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Rivers APC Praises Directive On Executive Bill

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Interim Chairman of the Rivers State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr. Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, has hailed the decision of the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) to frontally confront the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the President Goodluck Jonathan-led Federal Government.
Ikanya was reacting to the directive given by the APC interim National Executive Committee (NEC) after its 8th regular meeting last Thursday in Abuja, to its members in the National Assembly to henceforth shoot down any executive bill from the Presidency, including the 2014 budget and confirmation of the appointment of Service Chiefs as well as ministerial nominees until constitutionalism was restored in Rivers State and the nation in general.
In a statement issued in Port Harcourt by the Senior Special Adviser to the APC in Rivers State, Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, Ikanya described the directive as a masterstroke by the APC interim National Executive Committee.
“With this decision by APC, let us now see which party is the majority in Nigeria and how the Presidency, which has in connivance with the PDP leadership, frustrated all attempts by APC as the new majority party to assume its rightful position by taking over the position of majority leader, among other important leadership positions in the House of Representatives, can function effectively,” Ikanya said.
He condemned the brazen manner in which the rights of citizens of Rivers State were being breached by security institutions saddled with the responsibility of protecting them, and stated that such acts of impunity by Mbu Joseph Mbu, who he accused of usurping the powers of the governor of Rivers State as the state administrator and sole administrator of PDP were no longer acceptable.
The Rivers State APC interim chairman described the Jonathan administration and the PDP as lawless, accusing them of having broken modern records in the perpetration of impunity.
According to him, “from Rivers State, which they have virtually made ungovernable, to the National Assembly, where they have also exported their lawlessness, PDP and the Jonathan Presidency have showed, beyond every reasonable doubt, that the only language they understand is force. With this minimal force being applied by APC to restore sanity in the polity in Rivers State, reclaim its right in the National Assembly, grow our democracy and promote constitutionalism in our nation, PDP will be forced to wake up to the reality that it will no longer take the plight of our nation for granted”
He regretted that the APC’s new position would inevitably lead to some form of hardship as it may delay the passage of the 2014 budget, but however, appealed to Nigerians to accept the step as a necessary sacrifice which has to be made to rescue the country’s fledgling democracy from the pang of impunity and undemocratic forces.
He advised the Presidency to retrace its steps and toe the path of honour, integrity, constitutionalism and democratic norms in order to move the nation forward.

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Obasanjo, Abdulsalami, Sultan, Others Brainstorm On Insecurity

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Rising insecurity and agitations for secession by different ethnic groups across Nigeria has attracted the attention of elder statesmen and other national leaders to a meeting in Abuja.

The meeting was organised by Interfaith Initiatives for Peace jointly led by the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, and Emeritus Cardinal John Onaiyekan, and the National Peace Committee chaired by Gen Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd).

Reporters were barred from taking part in the closed-door meeting, expected to proffer solutions to the ongoing security challenges threatening the peace and unity of the country.

It was also an exploratory meeting on pressing issues of national unity, security, peace, integration, economic revitalisation and development, women and youth welfare and general progress.

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo; former Head of State, General Abdulsalam Abubakar (rtd); Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar; Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi; Tor Tiv, Prof Ortese Iorzua James Ayatse, Emeritus Cardinal John Onaiyekan; President General (Ohanaeze Ndigbo), Prof George Obiozor; and Afenifere leader, Ayo Adebanjo; were all in attendance.

Others sighted at the meeting are President of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Ayuba Wabba; CAN General Secretary, Joseph Daramola; JAMB Registrar, Prof Ishaq Oloyede; Etsu Nupe, Yahya Abubakar; former Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbe, among several political and traditional rulers at the meeting.

Elder statesmen, Chief Edwin Clark, also attended the event at the Congress Hall of Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja, but could not participate in the meeting because he could not climb the staircase to the meeting room.

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Fighting Corruption Difficult In Democratic Setting, Buhari Laments

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President Muhammadu Buhari says fighting corruption in democratic setting is a difficult task to accomplish.

The president disclosed this during an interview with Arise Television which was televised, yesterday.

According to him, the war against corruption has not been easy for him since he became a democratically elected president six years ago.

He, however, stressed that his administration had succeeded in easing out corrupt public officials without making noise about it.

Buhari recalled that much was achieved in the fight against corruption when he was military Head of State in the early 80s “when a lot of people were sent to prisons before I was also booted out”.

The president frowned at the way and manner local government system was being managed, saying the local government administration was almost non-existent in the country.

He cited situation where state governors continued to starve the local governments of funds saying “in a situation where N300million is allocated to local government and they are given N100million is not fair”.

On activities of bandits and kidnappers particularly in the North-West and North-Central zones, Buhari said he had given the police and Armed Forces the instructions to be ruthless with bandits and vandals terrorising innocent citizens across the country.

He stated that he had told the security agencies to treat bandits and other criminals in the “the language they understand.

“Problem in the north-west; you have people over there stealing each other’s cattle and burning each other’s villages.

“Like I said, we are going to treat them in the language they understand.

“We have given the police and the military the power to be ruthless. You watch it in a few weeks’ time there will be difference.

”Because we told them if we keep people away from their farm, we are going to starve. And the government can’t control the public.

“If you allow hunger, the government is going to be in trouble and we don’t want to be in trouble.

“We are already in enough trouble. So, we warn them sooner than later you’ll see the difference,’’ he said.

On farmers/herders clashes, the president said the problem had persisted because old cattle routes and grazing areas had been violated by development, adding that those who had taken over such traditional arrangements would be dispossessed.

On the fight against insurgency, Buhari dismissed the assertion that majority of Boko Haram members were foreigners.

According to him, the majority of the Boko Haram members are Nigerians, saying this was further corroborated by Borno State Governor, Prof Babagana Zulum.

The president stated that his administration had done a lot to fight the terrorists and insurgents but the problem in the “North-East is very difficult.”

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Igboho Declares June 12 Day Of Protest, Warns Buhari

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Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, has declared June 12 as day of protest for Yoruba nation agitators.

The self-acclaimed Yoruba activist said the agitators will hold ‘peaceful rallies’ across the South-West region on Saturday, June 12.

Igboho, who spoke through his spokesman, Olayomi Koiki, in a live video programme aired, last Wednesday night, called on South-West governors to cooperate with the peaceful protesters during the exercise.

He warned the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration not to attack the agitators.

He said, “Let us warn the Federal Government that if there is bloodshed this weekend, the international community is watching, if the military kills any Nigerian this weekend, it is going to be very hot.

“The Yoruba nation rally will go ahead in every part of Yoruba land and the rest of the country where it will hold.

“Red alarm will begin on Friday. People should stock up food Items from Friday night.

“We are not backing down this weekend; we are ready to take back what belongs to us.”

He also enjoined agitators to ‘fast’ on Friday.

This is coming after NANS under the leadership of its National President, Comrade Sunday Asefon, had declared June 12 as National Day of peaceful protest to call on the government to act decisively towards addressing insecurity.

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