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Presidency, Northern Elders Disagree On Calls For Secession

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Presidency, Northern Elders Disagree On Calls For Secession

The Presidency and the Northern Elders Forum have disagreed on the right way the government should respond to the various agitations for secession in the country.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, who spoke on Channels Television’s ‘Sunrise Daily’ programme on Friday described secession agitators as “charlatans” sponsored to bully President Muhammadu Buhari thinking he would cower or panic. He maintained that the Buhari administration would not be kicked out of power by any group through blackmail.

The presidency stressed that the Buhari government was democratically elected. It, therefore, advised those who want to lead the country to wait for two more years to take over power in 2023 through the ballot boxes.

Growing disaffection and insecurity in the country have made some persons declare their support for a Yoruba nation and a Biafra Republic.
Yoruba rights activist, Sunday Adeyemo also known as Sunday Igboho as well as the Chairman of socio-political group, the Nigerian Indigenous Nationalities Alliance for Self-Determination, Prof Banji Akintoye, and other proponents of self-determination last week declared their allegiance to the Yoruba nation.

A former militant in the Niger Delta region, Mujahid Asari-Dokubo, also recently announced himself as the leader of the new Biafra de facto Customary Government in the South-East.

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But speaking on Friday, Shehu urged people with “strong ambitions” to wait for another two years to contest in the 2023 presidential election.
He said : “I want to assure Nigerians that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is addressing multiple challenges that are facing the country especially in dealing with security and yet we are still making progress in agriculture, economy, anti-corruption, which are the key policies that brought the party and the government to office.

“It is sad for the country that opposition is exploiting some of these things. It is quite unfortunate and I want to assure that the president remains focused on preserving the security and unity of this country.

“It is an established fact that all nations of the world face problems and what is expected of all well-meaning members of the society is that they should team up with the government so that together we will all fight criminality and insurgency and all that.

“We accept that dissent is allowed, this is a democracy and people have a right to tell truth to government but we must be careful in doing that. Nobody can bring down the government because this is a government elected democratically.

“Government in a democracy comes through periodic elections and if we have a government in office as we have, sponsored by political parties to win the elections, it is telling you that that confidence of the public is still there.

“People with strong ambitions, wait till four years, in fact, in our case, two more years to go to election and President Buhari will not be a candidate in that election.”

The spokesman for the Northern Elders Forum, Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, who was also on the programme, however, said nobody was interested in bringing down the Buhari government.

He chastised the presidency for labeling critics of the Buhari administration as enemies and accusing them of trying to bring down the government.

According to Baba-Ahmed, Nigerians want to live in a safe and secure country and the president must protect the life and property of the citizens, adding that Buhari must listen to the grievances of secessionists.

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Tambuwal Emerges Chairman Of Governors’ Forum

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Tambuwal Emerges Chairman Of Governors' Forum

Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal has been named as the Chairman, Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF).

The Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum and Governor of Ekiti State Dr. John Kayode Fayemi, on Thursday  at the National Economic Council (NEC) meeting, held at the Aso Rock Villa Abuja transferred power of the NGF to the Governor of Sokoto State, Rt Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal.

A statement by the Director, Media and Public Affairs of NGF, Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo read, “Tambuwal has served meritoriously and harmoniously as Vice Chairman of the Forum under Dr Fayemi in the last four years.

“Dr John Kayode Fayemi who was only a few weeks ago elected as the President of the Forum of Regional and State Governments in Saidia in the state of Casablanca in Morrocco attended the NEC virtually from New York City, where he is currently attending the United Nations General Assembly meeting.

“The Sokoto State Governor will be holding fort until May next year when a proper election is conducted among the governors.

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“Before making the announcement, the Ekiti State Governor acknowledged the result driven output of the NEC and thanked his colleagues and other members of the council for their support, explaining that yes, we may be occasionally troublesome, coming from the Forum of Governors, and we do test your patience but you have never really expressed any frustration with all our truculent questions and the insistence that the federation must be a true federation.”

“The new President of the FORAF also did not forget to thank the Secretariat of the NEC and through the NEC thanked the President and Commander in Chief of the Country for taking the resolutions of the NEC seriously by implementing them.

“In his response the Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo said the NGF chairman had taken the wind out of their sail, because he was “meant to, on behalf of the NEC commend the Ekiti Governor and NGF Chairman’s informed and patriotic services to the council in the last four years and that was enhanced by your chairmanship of the NGF, admitting that the NGF has ensured that we move to a true federation, not just in words but in deeds as well.”

“Professor Osinbajo prayed that Dr fayemi’s services both nationally and globally to development, and to all of the good which the nation deserves and the global community deserves will continue.

“Dr Fayemi formally hands over the Chairmanship of the NGF to Rt Hon Amuinu Waziri Tambuwal on October 16th.”

 

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BREAKING: PDP Crisis Deepens As Wike’s Camp Shuns Atiku Campaign, Insists On Ayu’s Removal

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BREAKING: How Atiku, Ayu, Ex-generals, Others Conspired Against Me - Wike

As the crisis in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) festers, the camp of Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has pulled out of the Atiku Presidential Campaign activities after a stormy session in Port Harcourt.

Rising from the meeting in the early hours of Wednesday, they insisted that the PDP National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu must resign his position if Governor Wike’s group must partake in the presidential campaign activities of the party.

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The team vowed not to partake in the campaign activities until the resignation of Ayu.

 

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18 Presidential Candidates Make INEC’s Final List

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18 Presidential Candidates Make INEC's Final List

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Tuesday released 18 names as the presidential candidates for the 2023 elections.

On the list are: the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Mr Peter Obi of Labour Party, LP,   and others.

The circular released by the electoral body on Tuesday captured the state of origin, age, and other details of the candidates.

Tinubu was captured in the circular as 70 years old. In his qualification, the independent body wrote BSC in Business Administration.

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Tinubu’s running mate, Shettima Kashim is 55 years old and presented primary school certificate, General Certificate of Education, B.Sc Agriculture.

While Obi Peter Gregory of Labour Party, submitted FSLC, WASC/GCE and a degree certificate and he is 61 years old, his running mate Baba Ahmed Yusuf Datti has FSLC, GCE and PhD and he is 53 years old.

The candidate of the PDP, Atiku is 75 years old and he presented GCE and a master’s degree. His running mate Okowa Arthur Ifeanyi is 63 years old and he presented HSC and MBBS.

 

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