Political leaders in Argungu Local Government Area of Kebbi State have decried the level of acrimony and political thuggery by party supporters in the area.
The Tide On Sunday reports that, a cross section of politicians, including the PDP Chairman Alhaji Musa Dakwaya, in Argungu. warned aspirants and their supporters to exhibit restraint in the quest for victory during the 2011 general elections. He advised politicians to shun violence and thuggery while campaigning for support, adding that guidelines for campaigns and elections required to be followed strictly.
The Sole Administrator of the Area, Alhaji Salisu Ahmed, also expressed dismay over the activities of some supporters of aspirants, saying that those who disrupted public peace would be prosecuted. He said some politicians in the area had given assurances that they would avoid violent campaigns. In a similar development, suspected political thugs in Katsina are defying the state government’s order against placement of posters on public buildings in the state.
The government had constituted a committee to ensure that no posters or bill boards were placed on roundabouts, road kerbs and electricity poles. Our correspondent investigation in Katsina metropolis and other major towns, showed that youths, especially political thugs, continued to deface some roundabouts and other public buildings with politicians’ posters. To worsen the matter, some of the posters were placed on the roads along the Government House, the wall fence of primary and secondary school buildings, in clear defiance of the order.
The investigation further showed that the posters were usually posted in the midnight, to avoid possible arrest by the police and other security agents. Efforts to contact Alhaji Bashir Gula, Chairman of the state Committee on Sanitation and Environment, which is charged with the responsibility of enforcing the order failed as he was said to have travelled out of the state.
However, a member of the committee who pleaded anonymity, said that the committee would do its best to ensure total compliance with the order.According to the member, the committee has also been mandated to ensure that posters or billboards are placed only at political party offices, candidates’ campaign offices and private residences.
“The whole idea behind the setting up of the committee is to ensure that the state capital and other towns in the state remained clean and tidy,” he said.
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Bode George Urges FG To Relax Lagos Lockdown
A former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George has urged federal government to relax the lockdown it imposed on Lagos State as a result of COVID- 19 pandemic.
George, who made the call in a statement in Lagos, yesterday said the lockdown imposed since March 29 was adversely affecting livelihoods and bringing up security challenges.
He said though government intended to curb the spread of the virus with the lockdown, the directive had left many Nigerians hungry at home without palliatives.
The PDP chieftain noted that there must be a balance between curbing the spread of the virus and protecting livelihoods and asked the government to relax the lockdown while putting safety measures in place.
“Everywhere in Lagos is now locked down. The markets, banking halls, the local grocery shops, the supermarkets, the transportation services are all halted, frozen by the federal government directives since March 29.
“On the surface level, the federal government’s position is to ensure safety, prevent communal spread of the virus and banish this scourge from our shores.
“Lagosians have been staying at home for about a month now. In a largely informal economy where most of our people depend on daily wages, the burden of lack of income is devastating.
“There is a natural growing anger in Lagos as the most vulnerable are ravaged with hunger,” George said.
Prince Charles, Kagame, Others Condole Buhari Over Loss Of Kyari
Prince Charles has condoled with President Muhammadu Buhari, the government and people of Nigeria over the death of Abba Kyari, the former Chief of Staff to the President.
According to a statement by Malam Garba Shehu, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, in Abuja, last Wednesday, Prince Charles described the death of Mallam Kyari was “a desperately sad news”.
Prince Charles regretted that the death of Kyari had occurred through “this pernicious virus…I can only begin to imagine what an immense gap Mr. Kyari’s untimely death will leave in Your Excellency’s life and my heart goes to you and Mr Kyari’s family”.
In a message through the Embassy of Rwanda in Abuja, President Paul Kagame, the government and people of Rwanda extended their heart-felt condolences to the Nigerian leader.
Kagame used the opportunity “to express solidarity to the government and people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as we are faced with the Covid-19 global crisis”.
The former Vice president, Architect Namadi Sambo in his own message to the President, described the death of Abba Kyari as a “monumental national loss”.
In his condolence message to the president, an industry leader and businessman, Abdulsamad Rabi’u said he was deeply saddened by what he described as “this colossal loss”.
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