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Nigeria Passing Through Turbulent Times -Amaechi

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Vehicles presented to security agencies in Ibadan, recently.

Vehicles presented to security agencies in Ibadan, recently.

The Rivers State Governor and the Chairman of Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF), Rt Hon Chbuike Rotimi Amaechi, has described Nigeria as a nation passing through a turbulent time.
Amaechi also described the kidnap of Chibok girls and the inability to rescue them as a huge and massive assault on the image of the country.
The governor expressed worry that leaders in the country had shown disregard for the rule of law and reckless disposition to the mandate and calling of their offices.
He spoke in Port Harcourt yesterday while declaring open the 44th/9th Biennial Conference of Methodist Church Nigeria at the Wesley Methodist Church with the theme of the conference as ‘Let My People Move Forward’.
Amaechi pointed out that issues relating to the disregard to the rule of law and instability experienced in Nigeria could be traceable to decline in righteousness.
“This country at this time is passing through a very turbulent time and here we are, Port Harcourt in Rivers State happens to be one of the places chosen wittingly or unwittingly for some of these acts that exhibit reduction in righteousness and outright show of man’s impunity to another,” he said.
The governor, who was represented by the state Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Dr. Nabbs Imegwu, expressed the need for change in the country and added that change would bring development to Nigeria.
Calling on the church to stand firm and lead the resurrection of righteousness, Amaechi said, “I am thrilled about the fact that the general sentiment is about making a change. Change is real; change brings about development; change brings about progress.
“If you find yourself doing the same thing the same way over and over again over a period of time and getting the same result and you insist of doing the same thing the same way, then you are not interested in change; you are not interested in progress. You have to change your method for the better.
On the missing Chibok girls, Amaechi added, “Where we are today, the issue of the Chibok girls is huge and very massive assault and confrontation on the image of this country, on the internal peace of this country and the secular nature provided by our constitution.
“We have become a global flashpoint for the wrong reason. Countries and nations get reckoning internationally for positive things. Lately, the frequency of mentioning (about Nigeria) in the media like the CNN has never been so prominent; but prominence over the nastiness of all the things you can imagine. It is a national malaise and we should look at it that way.”
Similarly, the Prelate of the Methodist Church of Nigeria, His Eminence, Dr. Samuel Uche, who spoke earlier, said the country was going through harrowing experiences, adding that Nigerians need to come closer to God.
Uche, who observed the presence of social and political problems in Nigeria, maintained that the situation had resulted in instability, insecurity and insurgency.
“Brethren, it is time to return to God with genuine change of heart. Our situation has not gone beyond redemption. We only need to gather at various places of worship and pray to God with genuine hearts.

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RSG Alerts On Orchestrated Media Campaign

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The Rivers State Government has raised alarm over alleged moves by some critics of the government to use selected media houses in the state to denigrate the state government.
A statement signed by the state Commissioner for Information and Communications, Pastor Paulinus Nsirim, yesterday, reads, “The Rivers State Government is aware of clandestine plans by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State to use selected media houses in the state to denigrate the government of Governor Nyesom Wike.
“This is as a result of the intimidating sterling performance of Governor Wike in infrastructure, healthcare, education, agriculture, rural transformation, housing development, administration of justice, social welfare and sports development.
“This orchestrated campaign spearheaded by a defeated and dumped governorship aspirant of the APC, Dr. Dakuku Peterside is designed to portray the government of Governor Wike as one that is not meeting the developmental aspirations of Rivers people.
“However, the uncommon transformation of the 23 local government areas as witnessed during the last six years of projects commissioning and flag off shows clearly that Governor Wike is actually meeting the yearnings of the people.
“The fact that Rivers people that turn out en mass at the various projects sites to heartily welcome their beloved governor and his guests drawn from all political divides is a clear indication that Rivers people can no longer be swayed by cheap politically induced blackmail.
“The truth of the matter is that the APC government that boasted that Governor Wike will not see money to pay workers’ salaries and execute projects has been humbled by the revolution in governance currently witnessed in the state.
“Instead of people like Dr. Dakuku Peterside and his acolytes to eat the humble pie, they are busy looking for cheap popularity through sponsored appearances in the media.
“No matter how hard these detractors push their propaganda, Governor Wike will never be distracted in executing his social contract with the people of Rivers State.
“In the next few weeks, more projects that have direct bearing to the lives of Rivers people will be unveiled.
“Governor Wike’s promise to continue working as if this is his first tenure and not abandon any project remains sacrosanct.
“Rivers people are watching those whose stock in trade is to dance naked and pray that they continue as merchants of mischief, falsehood and baseless allegations.”
“The people of Rivers State love Governor Wike whose outstanding achievements in salvaging the state from the dearth of basic infrastructural development required for speedy socioeconomic transformation has received national and international applause.
“Therefore, no amount of negative propaganda by the failed APC can diminish the legacy of Governor Wike in Rivers State.
“Rather than launder the thoroughly battered image of the APC, such media appearances by Dr. Dakuku Peterside and his cohorts will further expose APC’s penchant for lies and deception which is now a public knowledge.
“The former governor of Rivers State, Dr. Peter Odili, has confirmed that Governor Wike is the best Rivers State has produced.
“’I have been there. And I make bold to say Governor Nyesom Wike, you are the best,’ Dr. Odili said.
“Odili’s comment serves as an answer to those masquerading as informed commentators with puerile and suffocating commentaries”, the statement added.

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Bandits In Trouble As Super Tucano Aircraft Arrives

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The first batch of A-29 Super Tucano aircraft has arrived in Kano, yesterday, at about 12.34 pm.
The NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, confirmed the arrival of the fighter aircraft in a statement.
“On hand to receive the aircraft were the Hon. Minister of Defence, Maj-Gen Bashir Magashi (rtd); Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen Farouk Yahaya; and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao”, he said.

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We’ve No Patience With Failure, Oyedepo Lashes Out At Sacked Pastors

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The General Overseer and Founder of The Living Faith Church International also known as Winners’ Chapel, Bishop David Oyedepo, has reacted to the recent sack of over 40 pastors by the church.
One of the affected Pastors, Peter Godwin, took to social media, claiming they were sacked for not generating enough income.
Godwin, who was in one of the church’s branches in Ekiti State, had claimed, “I was told by the management that the church doesn’t operate at a loss.
“They also told me that the total income that is being generated from my station should be able to cater for my welfare and accommodation, so as a result of low income, I’m hereby dismissed.”
Reacting to the allegation in a video posted on the social media, Oyedepo said the sack of the pastors was not about money, adding that the latter were sacked as a result of their failure and the church “has no patience with failure.
“Money? Nonsense! We have never lacked it, and yet, we have never prayed for it.
“We are just simply obeying God, and He is backing up what He is asking us to do. Awesome God,” he noted.
On those criticising the sack, the GO said, “People are confused about our ministry. I learnt some fellows said, you know, they are not bringing income, that is why they asked them to go”.
He added, “We asked you to go because you are unfruitful. Unfruitful! Blatant failure. Doing what there? We have no patience with failure here.
“When we employed 7,000 people at a time, social media was dead.
“We have more employees in this organisation than most of the states. No one is owed a dime salary and we don’t borrow, we don’t beg. Ask our bank whether we take overdraft.
“We are covenant bound, working in the light of God’s word, enjoying an open Heaven.”

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