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El-Rufai Seeks State Police, Fayemi Wants System To Manage Forests



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Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State and his Ekiti State counterpart, Kayode Fayemi, have proffered ways to peace in the polity.

The governors and other speakers, including Senate Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe and Lagos-based Pastor, Sam Adeyemi, spoke yesterday during ‘Radio Now’s Urgent Conversation’ with the theme, ‘The Fierce Urgency Of Now: Tactics And Strategies To Pull Nigeria From The Brink’.

El-Rufai, who urged the Federal Government to implement the recommendations of the APC Committee on True Federalism, called for devolution of power between the FG and the states.

“I will dwell on three of the issues that I believe are critical to the immediate needs of the country to pull back from the brink: Imperative for federal, state and community police; vesting control of oil and gas, mines and minerals (other than offshore in the Continental Shelf and Extended Economic Zone) in the states with royalties and taxes payable to the Federation Account, and rectifying the anomaly of a federation that has a more or less unitary judiciary.

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“Give us state police now. Vest all minerals in the states now, and decentralise our judiciary now, not later,” he said.

Among other suggestions, the Kaduna State governor called on the government to focus and deal decisively with all state and non-state actors engaged in conducts that amount to challenging the supremacy of the Nigerian state and the Constitution without ethnic profiling or discriminatory treatment.
On his part, Governor Fayemi, who expressed worry over the current spate of violence in Nigeria, canvassed a system to manage forests across states to ensure that illegal occupants are evicted from such areas in order for people to regain normalcy in their livelihoods.

Fayemi, who is the chair of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, said governors do not subscribe to ethnic profiling as criminals are found all over the country and they come from virtually almost every ethnic group. He stressed that it’s important to make a clear distinction between criminality and race bigotry.

Pastor Adeyemi of Daystar Christian Centre said breaking away as a nation was not the way out.

He added that Nigeria may go from one crisis to another if its current leadership does not change its culture, stressing that members of the Nigerian elite and those in government were not leading the citizens on the path of progress, hence, the fury in the land.

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BREAKING: Abacha’s Ex-chief Of Staff Oladipo Diya Dies




Retired Lt.General Donaldson Oladipo Oyeyinka Diya, the former Chief of Staff in General Sani Abacha’s military government, is dead.

His death was confirmed by Prince Oyesinmilola Diya. He said the former military administrator of Ogun State passed on to glory in the early hours of 26th March 2023.

Born on the 3rd of April, 1944, Diya was military Governor of Ogun State after the Buhari-Idiagbon coup of December 31st, 1983.

Diya joined the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna and fought during the Nigerian Civil War.

He later attended the US Army School of Infantry, the Command and Staff College, Jaji (1980–1981) and the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru.

While serving in the military, Diya studied law at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, where he obtained an LLB degree, and then at the Nigerian Law School, where he was called to bar as Solicitor and Advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

He held other top military posts like GOC, 82 Division and finally the Chief of General Staff (military Vice President) to Gen Sani Abacha

The statement read: “On behalf of the entire Diya family home and abroad; we announce the passing on to Glory of our dear Husband,Father, Grandfather,brother, Lt- General Donaldson Oladipo Oyeyinka Diya (Rtd) GCON, LLB, BL, PSC, FSS, mni.

“Our dear Daddy passed onto glory in the early hours of 26th March 2023. Please keep us in your prayers as we mourn his demise in this period. Further announcements will be made public in due course.

“Barrister Prince Oyesinmilola Diya, on behalf of the family.”

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Breaking: Appeal Court Retains Adeleke As Osun Governor



BREAKING: Adeleke Freezes Osun Accounts , Reverses Appointments After Swearing In As Governor
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The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has vacated the tribunal judgement that nullified the election of Governor Ademola Adeleke of Osun State.

The appellate court, in a unanimous decision by a three-member panel of Justices, on Friday held that the appeal Adeleke lodged to challenge his sack by the Osun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, was meritorious.

Aside from setting aside the judgement of the tribunal, the court, in its lead judgement that was delivered by Justice Mohammed Lawal, awarded N500, 000 cost against the All Progressive Congress, APC, and its candidate, Gboyega Oyetola

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BREAKING: PDP Suspends Anyim, Fayose



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Former governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose; former president of the Senate, Pius Anyim; Prof Dennis Ityavyar and Aslam Aliyu were on Thursday suspended from the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP).

The PDP made the suspension on Thursday after an extensive review of the affairs of the party, pursuant to the provisions of the PDP Constitution (as amended in 2017).

The PDP also referred the Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, to the National Disciplinary Committee over his reported involvement in anti-party activities.

This was disclosed in a statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba.

“The PDP urges all leaders, critical stakeholders and teeming members of our party across the country to remain united and focused at this critical time,” the statement added.


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