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2023: NEF, CNG, ACF, Others Want The Nation Restructured



2023: NEF, CNG, ACF, Others Want The Nation Restructured

In preparation towards the 2023 general elections, the Northern Elders Forum, NEF, Coalition of Northern Groups, CNG, Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF and other stakeholders of the Northern Peoples Summit have maintained that restructuring of the nation is necessary for its survival as one united entity, insisted that they will not be cajoled into taking major decisions around rotating the Presidency.


Prof. Doknan Danjuma Sheni, Chairman of th Communiqué Drafting Committee who read the communiqué of Northern Peoples Summit on Friday at the Arewa House Kaduna,  said the Northern Peoples Summit convened on the 7th and 8th April 2021 at Arewa House, Kaduna where issues bedevilling the North and the Nigerian State were discussed.

“These include security, restructuring, economic, political and the survival of the Nigerian State. After two days’ intensive discussions, they resolved to sustain the Summit as a productive forum for utilizing Pan-Northern assets in the search for resolution of Northern problems.

He noted that, Northern elites and political leaders would be encourage to improve their levels of sensitivity to inclusiveness and management of the North’s pluralism.

“The North will be stronger if it addresses its internal weaknesses, particularly around ethnoreligious matters as it relates to its challenges with the rest of Nigeria. Perception and practice of creating minorities and majorities among Northerners should have no place in the North, nor is discrimination on the basis of place, faith or ethnic group of any Northerner;” he said.

“The North believes that restructuring the country is now a vital necessity for survival as one united entity. The North will not be stampeded or blackmailed into taking major decisions around rotating the Presidency.”

Sheni said the North is calling the attention of well meaning Nigerians towards the fragility of the Nigerian State. “For Nigeria to survive, all parts of the country must equally commit to supporting its continuation as one entity, without equivocation or subterfuge. The North extends an invitation to groups that are genuinely interested in discussing the future of the country. The North believes that every interest can be accommodated in one united, just and equitable nation, but the North cannot be the sole custodian of this endeavour.”

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“The North warns against the continuation of demonization, attacks and killings of Northerners in the Southern parts of the country. It demands that federal and state governments must take firmer steps to protect members of Northern communities who live in the South. This includes the arrest and prosecution of persons who are involved in these dangerous activities.”

“The North urges Northern communities to continue to exercise restraint and be good hosts.’

“The North invites the attention of President Muhammadu Buhari, Northern Governors and legislators to the fact that under their watch the North has sunk lower in all indices of human existence. Delegates at the Summit commit to continuously engage in searching for solutions, as well as raising their voices against poor governance, corruption and absence of commitment to deal with insecurity, poverty and hopelessness among Northerners.,” he said

He added that “Government should show effective presence in all ungoverned spaces in the North.’

“The North resolves that there should be government-backed negotiations and dialogue with the bandits, Boko Haram and affected communities for effective peace in the North.’

“The North appreciates the response of H.E. Governor of Plateau State and Chairman, Northern Governors Forum (NGF) Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong, to its invitation to attend the Summit, and be a resource person who enriched our discussions. The Northern Peoples Summit will reconvene in the near future,” he said.

The communiqué was co-signed by representatives of the various groups at the summit such as  Air Marshal Al-Amin Daggash of Northern Elders Forum (NEF), Amb. Ibrahim Mai-Sule of  Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), Dr. Usman Bugaje of Arewa Research Development Project (ARDP), Engr. Bello Suleiman of Code Group (CG),Dr. Sadiq Umar Abubakar  Gombe of The Northern Movement (TNM).

Others were Comrade (Dr.) Innocent Ahure: Northern Dev. Resource Centre (NDRC),Alh. Bashir Othman Tofa :  Kano Concern Citizens Initiative (KCCI) Haj. Bilkisu Oniyangi:  Arewa Initiative for Good Governance (AIGG), Dr. Rose Danladi Idi :  Northern Initiative Forum for Dev. (NIFD), Nastrura Ashir Shariff: Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG),Yerima Shettima : Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF), Murtala Mohammed: Joint Action Comm. Of Northern Youth Ass (JACNYA) , Comrd. D. S. Rimoni:  Middle Belt People Assembly (MBPA) ,Alh. Muhammed Tahir:  –  Amalgamated Union of Food Stuff and Cattle   Dealers of Nigeria,Alh. Awual Tukur (Galadiman Delta) :       Northern Union Rep. South-South, Alh. Iliyasu Yushau (S. Hausawa Onitsha) :  Northern Union Reps South East and Alh. Aliyu Yaro: Northern Union Rep. South West.

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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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