Following the claims of ownership between neighbouring Kpean and Sii communities in Khana LGA, over an oil well known as Kilometre 16, in the area, the member representing Khana Constituency 1 in the Rivers State House of Assembly, Hon. Legborsi Nwidadah has called for peaceful resolution of the issue, to avert crisis.
Hon. Nwidadah made the appeal at Kpean community while speaking to newsmen during the recent Coronation of Chief Peter Erelo-Kote as the new paramount ruler of the community.
The lawmaker said prior to the recent claim of ownership by Sii Community, the oil well had over the years been under the control of Kpean Community, and added that leaders of the two communities should not allow the situation to degenerate to crisis.
He described as unfortunate a situation where aggrieved youths of Sii community blew up the bridge leading to the oil well, which subsequently led to their arrest and detention by the Police before his intervention.
Hon. Nwidadah assured that he will liase with the Khana Local Government Council Chairman, Hon. Greg Nwidam to ensure that the issue is amicable resolved.
He said a committee will soon be set up to investigate the issue, and added that the aggrieved parties should seek legal redress rather than resorting to crude measures to assert their claims.
Earlier, the chairman of the coronation ceremony, HRM King M.S.H. Eguru, Gbenemene Ken Khana, lauded the people of Kpean Community over their successful coronation of a new paramount Ruler.
King Eguru, who is also the Chairman of Khana Council of recognised Traditional Rulers, urged the people of Kpean to embrace peace to usher in accelerated development in the community.
Buhari Praises Jonathan’s Diplomatic Skills
President Muhammadu Buhari hailed his predecessor, Dr Goodluck Jonathan’s diplomatic efforts during his address at the ECOWAS summit in Ghana.
The President joined other Heads of State of Government for the mid-year statutory meeting of the regional bloc.
The Nigerian leader commended Jonathan for his efforts toward the restoration of stability in Mali.
Jonathan, an ECOWAS Special Envoy and Mediator to Mali, presented a report on his latest working visit to the country.
Mali did not attend the Accra event due to suspension from the body.
Buhari urged ECOWAS to remain engaged with all stakeholders for a peaceful resolution of the situation in the country.
The President described Jonathan as an “astute mediator” and congratulated him “for his untiring efforts thus far.
“I encourage him to sustain these efforts to ensure that the transition is completed as scheduled,” Buhari added.
Insecurity, Governance: We Must Hold Onto God, Kaigama Tells Nigerians
The Archbishop of Abuja Catholic Archdiocese, Most Rev. Ignatius Kaigama, has advised Nigerians to hold onto God amidst rising insecurity, poor economic indices and other perceived hopeless situations in Nigeria.
Kaigama was concerned that survival in Nigeria is now based on connections, recommendations, ethnic, political, religious and other advantageous affiliations.
Speaking at St. Kizito’s Catholic Church, Kuje, Abuja, Kaigama, thus challenged government and other stakeholders to take realistic steps to correct the anomalies, giving everyone, irrespective of religion, ethnic, political affiliations, equal chance and opportunity to thrive and realize their dreams.
He said, “For us in Nigeria and Africa at large, the spiritual, social, political and economic storm that we face are many. Our boats may, obviously, be sinking, but we must hold onto God even when He appears to be ‘sleeping’ or quiet about our petition or situation.
“Sometimes we ask why those we think we are more intelligent or more efficient than at work, seem to do better or get promoted and we are not. Just continue to remain righteous, strong in faith and good in conduct. Leave the rest to God. Do not feel that God is absent from your situation or is deaf to your prayers.
“When you feel enslaved by fear, especially of evil spirits, witches and wizards, know that you are ‘Christopher’, a bearer of Christ. Behave like the man arrested by a desperate bribe-seeking police man and told he had committed an offence by driving alone in his car! The man said he was not alone. That he is carrying God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. The policeman responded, Aha, you have overloaded your car.
“We fear many things ranging from snakes, kidnappers, bandits to people of our village sending diabolical powers after us in the city. Some ladies and young men fear not getting married. Many fear remaining jobless after university (I think of the five graduates in one family with no employment).
“In a society where there is little room for merit and competence, where one’s chance of getting a meaningful job is determined in many cases by where you come from or which faith you belong to, these fears are justified.
“Thousands may go through the rigors of interviews, while others on account of their tribe, religion or political association, get selected even without an interview.
“A young Nigerian girl was very happy because she sat and passed various examinations to start work in Britain. She did not have to rely on anyone of influence, but her intelligence. I hope we shall get to a day when jobs, promotions, admissions or recruitments will be available purely on merit and not because a senator or minister or governor is one’s godfather or godmother.”
He, thus, asked Nigerians to pray and identify with those forced to leave their homelands such as IDPs as well as those suffering daily attacks from the so-called “unknown gunmen.
“As UN observes World Refugee Day, we pray that even the ‘unknown gunmen’ in Nigeria should realize as Pope Francis said that there is only a single ‘we’, encompassing all of humanity. Together we heal, learn and shine.”
Watch Your Tongue, PDP Chides Buhari Over ‘Inflammatory’ Comments
The main opposition party in Nigeria, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), yesterday, cautioned President Muhammadu Buhari to guard against comments capable of pushing the country to the edge.
The party stated this in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan.
Ologbondiyan said the party’s warning is “a response to an incendiary comment credited to President Buhari, wherein he was on Saturday, reported having observed the demand by Nigerians for constitutional restructuring as contiguous with warfare, while sentencing the proponents as ‘mischievously dangerous’.”
The PDP said the remark is an indication that President Buhari and his All Progressives Congress (APC), are not interested in the call by Nigerians, across board, for a discourse on the state of the nation, particularly in the face of worsening insecurity, economic hardship and sectional disagreements.
The statement read in part, “It is instructive to inform President Buhari that, as citizens of a democratic state, Nigerians have every right to demand for constitutional restructuring as well as a democratic forum to deliberate on good governance and national cohesion.
“The PDP notes that such demands are neither synonymous nor contiguous to warfare.
“It is appalling, and to say the least, despicable, that Mr. President and his party, the APC, who came to power in 2015 on the promise of restructuring, have not only reneged, in utter duplicity towards Nigerians, but also turned around, six years after, to label restructuring as warfare and Nigerians demanding for it as mischievously dangerous.
“President Buhari should be tutored to know that even the quest for efficient local government system as well as an effectual Judiciary, which he alluded to as a focus, can only be achieved through a constitutional restructuring that directly confers and vests the required powers and control to them.
“Only recently, President Buhari confessed how he asked some state governors who came to him on issues of security to go back to their respective states and face the challenge.
“The amendment or alteration of the constitution to permit state police as widely demanded by Nigerians is, therefore, a form of restructuring that will adjust our policing system without creating a war.
“In as much as the PDP hold the unity and indivisibility of our nation as supreme, our party however supports amendments that will alter the 1999 Constitution (as amended) in any manners that will engender good governance and reinforce, rather than detract from her unity, peace, equity and stability.
“Moreover, our party invites Nigerians to note that the APC, as a party, does not have any iota of regard for their aspiration as a people, and as such must not be further entrusted with the fate of our nation after the Buhari abysmal tenure.
“On Mr. President’s allusion to a power of selection over whom he will cede power to, the PDP informs President Buhari and his APC to understand that political power belongs to Nigerians and the people will determine who governs them after the Buhari and APC’s era, which will come to an inevitable end on May 29, 2023.”
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