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South-east States Reject Ranching – Umahi

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South-east states will not participate in ranching as envisaged in the National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP), according to the Chairman of the South-east Governors Forum and Governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi.

The governor said that given the scarcity of land in the region, the states would not participate in the ranching arrangement of the NLTP. He, however, said that the region embraced other forms of the programme. He equally said that the region accepted a free movement of animals into the zone as long as they do not come by foot because of the attendant security problems.

Umahi also said there was no rationale for establishing a joint regional security network for the states in south-east. The governor who dismissed the possibility of contributing security personnel from different states that make up the region to form South East Security Network, added that what was obtainable in the region was a Joint Security Committee (JSC) whose personnel train other local security architectures at various states.

He explained that the security challenges in the south-east states were peculiar and should be handled in different ways.
He made the statements while responding to questions during the Channels Tv breakfast programme ‘Sunrise Daily’.

“What we have in south-east states is a Joint Security Committee which trains Neighbourhood Watch and the Vigilance groups or other local security architectures at different states in the region. If anybody tells you that there could be security personnel contributed from different states to form a joint security for this region, it is not a possibility. It is not workable even if the constitution permits it.

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“Every state is peculiar and so is their security challenges. The problem is that those complaining about lack of joint security for the south-east are not living in the region. They don’t have the knowledge of how security works in the region.

“The governors of the south-east states are comfortable with the different security architectures at various states because the personnel are working very well. There is the problem of insecurity in the region, but the issue is not peculiar to the region alone, it is a national problem.

“We are happy with what our local security personnel are doing at different states. We are not God who assures people of 100% security but we are trying our best and this is what our people want.

“You can even imagine that we form the joint security network and put them in Enugu State for instance. If there is a problem in Ebonyi State which is about 200-300 kilometers away, and then you start mobilising to go to the place, or that we are contributing personnel and you deploy someone from Abia State to go to Enugu for instance, then why are we talking about state police? It is the same kind of arrangement. ”

“Our local security architectures at different states know the terrain and the people very well and are given the opportunity to secure their environment and the people. That is the kind of arrangement we have in the south-east,” he explained.

He also said that there was no much difference between the vigilantes and community policing, adding that the region would not allow the Police Service Commission to take care of the community policing.

The governor who insisted that community policing must be in the hands of the natives equally said “the advantage of community policing is that it has the impetus of the law to arrest and detain suspects, but in our case in the south-east, we also have the state law which is very good in doing this. However, no section of the state laws will run contrary to federal laws.

“We rejected the template which the IGP brought to us at Enugu on community policing because it did not give the natives the power to control the community police. It is being restructured to give the traditional rulers and local government chairmen the power to control the system.”

The governor said that given the scarcity of land in the region, the states would not participate in the ranching arrangement of the NLTP.

He, however, said that the region embraced other forms of the programme. He equally said that the region accepted a free movement of animals into the zone as long as they do not come by foot because of the attendant security problems.

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Anambra Ex-PDP Governorship Candidate Ozigbo Defects To LP

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Valentine Ozigbo, the 2021 Anambra State governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has defected to the Labour Party (LP).

The 52-year-old former President of Transcorp has announced that he would work for the emergence of Peter Obi as Nigeria’s President.
The former Anambra governor is the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP).

Ozigbo explained that his decision to resign from the PDP was based on the need for Nigeria to have a competent and visionary individual in charge of affairs.

He observed Nigerians have been split into two categories: those working to sustain the status quo and those uncomfortable with the status quo and want to bring positive change.

“I belong to the group that is uncomfortable with the status quo, and we must do what we have to do to save this country and set us on the path of progress,” Ozigbo said in a statement.

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Urging people of good conscience to stand up to be counted, the businessman told citizens to decide whether they prefer to be “on the dark side or on the side of the light”.

He noted that in 2023, Nigerians could either work to entrench the forces that have destroyed Nigeria or warriors of the light who would work to bring justice, equity, and peace.

Ozigbo described Obi as a man with the right vision, assuring that his temperance, capacity and experience would take the country out of troubled waters.

The politician said the nationwide support the LP flagbearer is receiving “is based mainly on the revolutionary, inclusive, and inspiring leadership he demonstrated as a governor”.

“Having worked with him closely during my governorship campaign in 2021, I can attest that Obi is a thoughtful, kind, and generous leader who seeks excellence in all he does.

“Pulled by the brilliance of the candidacy of Peter Obi and Yusuf Datti, inspired by the passion of the Nigerian youth and driven by an undying love for Nigeria, I formally join the Obi-dient Movement.”

Ozigbo urged the people to work to transform the dreams of Nigeria into reality and “get it right” at the polls next February.

Lamenting the state of the nation under the All Progressives Congress (APC), he hailed the youths for showing patriotism, boldness and passion in choosing who will lead from May 29, 2023.

“They have rejected the lust for power of politicians that ought to be in retirement. They have consciously chosen who they want to lead them into the next four years.

“They considered fairness, justice, and equity. They have adopted a bold vision of a country where everyone is carried along irrespective of beliefs, faith, tribe, language, gender, and social status,” he said.

Ozigbo added that young Nigerians were committed to seeing that peace returned to the nation and that citizens experienced what the founding fathers and heroes desired.

 

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Tinubu Is A Bundle Of Lies – Bode George

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A Lagos-based politician Chief Bode George has described Bola Tinubu, as a “bundle of lies.”

George, a leader of the Peoples’ Democratic Party ( PDP) has said that everything Tinubu, the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate attributed to himself is a “bundle of lies”.

He said Tinubu did nothing to alleviate the pains of residents of Lagos State despite serving as a governor for two terms.

Bode told Channels Television last night: “I absolutely have no qualms, no quarrel with Tinubu, but all I know is that everything he has said he was or his name is this or his school is that it’s a bundle of lies.

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“I’m a bonafide Lagosian, we knew what Lagos was like, and Lagos remains the commercial nerve centre, not only in Nigeria but in the whole of West Africa. What has this fellow done to us?”

The PDP chieftain charged Tinubu to open up on the ownership of Alpa Beta company.

He said the APC presidential candidate should tell Nigerians how much the company has allegedly stolen from the Lagos State Government.

“I have asked a very simple question and none of them has been able to answer it: who owns the Alpha Beta company? How much has the Alpha Beta company stolen from the coffers of our treasury in Lagos state?

“What has he done to alleviate the pains of the people of the state?”

 

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Muslim-Muslim Ticket Unacceptable – Kukah

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The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto, Matthew Hassan Kukah has described the All Progressives Congress (APC) Muslim-Muslim presidential ticket as unacceptable.

Bishop Kukah told Channels Television on Thursday that the ticket was a setback to the country’s national integration.

Against the clamour of Nigerians, the APC presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu had picked Kashim Shettima as his running mate.

While Tinubu is a Muslim from the Southwest, Shettima is a Muslim from the North.

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However, Kukah wondered if Muslims would accept a Christian-Christian presidential ticket.

He said Nigerians would wait to hear what they have to say when the campaign starts.

He said: “But moving forward, the question I have asked my friends who are Muslims, especially those who are from northern Nigeria, is a simple question: ‘Would Muslims in Nigeria or northern Nigeria be ready to make the same concession that Christians made in 1984 and 1993?

“I think that as a Christian, this is totally reprehensible. It is not acceptable to me, but that is the decision of the APC as a party. Perhaps, when the campaign starts, we will hear what people have to say.”

 

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