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Eid-el-Fitr: Wike, Others Felicitate With Muslims …Harp On Peace, Unity



The Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike has felicitated with Nigerian Muslims on the successful completion of the 2017 Ramadan fast, urging them to use the Eid-el-Fitr celebration to pray for the peace and unity of the country.
Muslim faithful across the world marked the successful completion of the holy month of Ramadan, yesterday.
In a Sallah Message, Wike advised the Muslims to emulate the Holy Prophet Mohammed by imbibing the ideals of sacrifice exemplified by the Prophet.
He said that this was a season to promote love, peace and friendship.
He urged Nigerians to embrace religious tolerance, which would promote peace across the country and enhance national development.
He assured the people of Rivers State that the government would work with security agencies to ensure that all citizens celebrate the Sallah in peace and harmony.
Wike congratulated the Muslim community in Rivers State on the Eid-el-Fitr celebration, assuring them that his administration would continue to partner with  them to move the state forward.
The governor thanked the state Muslim community for the consistent support they extend to his administration.
In a similar vein, a host of top government functionaries and others across the country have felicitated with Nigerians on this year’s Eid-el-Fitr celebrations.
The wife of the President, Aisha Buhari; Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara; the South-East Governors’ Forum, among others, complimented Nigerians, and sued for a lasting peace amongst all ethnic groups and regions.
“I appeal to all to show a true sense of patriotism for national cohesion to ensure that Nigeria attains the greatness for which it was destined,” Mrs. Buhari said in a statement signed by her spokesperson, Suleiman Haruna.
It would be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari had, last Saturday, sent his greetings from his medical shelter in London, and urged all citizens to live in peace.
Mrs. Buhari used her Sallah message to thank Nigerians once again for their fervent prayers for her ailing husband.
Dogara said Nigeria’s diversity must be seen “as a source of strength.”
The citizens should “continue to promote and strengthen the unity, peace and progress of the country at all times,” the Speaker added in a statement signed by his media aide, Turaki Hassan.
The South-East Governors’ Forum called on Muslim faithful to embrace peace and live in unity with their Christian brethren as they mark this year’s Eid-el-Fitr.
“We implore our Muslim brethren to remember the lessons of love, sacrifice and dedication to prayers for self and others which should remain with us at all times, especially at this time that the country is battling a myriad of challenges which require the utmost patriotic intervention of the entire citizenry,” the forum said in a statement issued by its Chairman and Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi.
Umahi, ýassured all Hausa residents across the South-East of maximum support and safety of their lives and businesses, despite relentless agitation for secession be certain elements in the region.
The All Progressives Congress also called on Nigerians to remain peaceful and patient, while acknowledging harsh economic realities.
“The economic progress and development the country seeks cannot be achieved in a state of rancour, disunity and discord,” Bolaji Abdullahi, spokesperson of the party, said in a statement.
Also, Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello also sent in his greetings to Nigerians, alongside former Ogun State governor, Gbenga Daniel, who urged Nigerians to be tolerant of one another for the sustainable peace and development of the country.
Other leaders also used their respective messages to highlight the benefits of a united Nigeria and reiterate the urgent need for peaceful coexistence.
This year’s Sallah came as ethnic and tribal tension heightened across the country amidst agitation for secession by some groups.
The country is yet to recover from the fallout of an ultimatum some disgruntled youth in Northern Nigeria issued against Nigerians of Igbo origin living in the region to vacate.
Although leaders from the country’s nooks and crannies raced to slap down the June 6 provocative demand, many of them still used their latest messages to preach peace and harmony.

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Declare Buhari’s Seat Vacant, Owuru Urges Court



The candidate of the Hope Democratic Party (HDP) in the last presidential election, Chief Ambrose Owuru, has approached the Federal High Court in Abuja, asking it to declare the seat of President Muhammadu Buhari vacant.

Owuru, who was among the four petitioners that went to tribunal to challenge Buhari’s re-election, in his fresh suit, sought for an order to restrain the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), from “undertaking or planning any other election into the office of the President”, in 2023.

The Plaintiff, in his suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/480/2021, maintained that Buhari is “an unlawful President that is illegally occupying the Presidential seat”.

It would be recalled that Owuru and his party, HDP, had in an earlier appeal they litigated up to the Supreme Court, insisted that the Justice Mohammed Garba-led Presidential Election Petition Tribunal, erroneously dismissed a petition they lodged against the return of Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC), as winner of the presidential election that held on February 23, 2019.

They specifically prayed the apex court to sack Buhari on the premise that he emerged through an illegal process.

According to the Appellants, INEC, failed to follow condition precedents stipulated in the Electoral Act, when it unduly postponed the presidential election that was originally fixed for February 16.

The HDP claimed that its candidate, Owuru, secured over 50million votes in a referendum that was conducted by both electorates and observer networks that were dissatisfied with the unilateral postponement of the presidential election by INEC.

However, in a unanimous decision, a five-man panel of Justices of the Supreme Court led by Justice Mary Odili, struck out the appeal for constituting “a gross abuse of the judicial process”.

Meantime, in the fresh suit, Owuru and his party argued that their suit against Buhari at the Supreme Court was inconclusive.

The Plaintiffs argued that the case was fixed outside the 60 days period that was allowed by the law.

Owuru asked the court to declare him the authentic winner of the last presidential poll, as well as, to issue an order for his immediate inauguration to take over from Buhari.

He prayed the court to declare that he is entitled to serve out a tenure of 4 years after his formal inauguration.

More so, the HDP presidential candidate, aside from asking for Buhari’s immediate removal from office, equally prayed the court to compel him to refund all salaries, allowances and emoluments he collected while he unlawfully stayed in office as President.

Owuru also asked the court to give an order that salaries, allowances and emoluments be paid to him from May 29, 2019, when he ought to have been sworn in, till date.

The Plaintiff further applied for, “An order of interlocutory injunction restraining the Respondents by themselves and acting through their agents, servants, privies and or proxies howsoever from any further organizing, undertaking or planning of any other election into the office of the President of Nigeria or any such other Presidential Election interfering, harassing and or disturbing the Applicant adjudged acquired right as unopposed and unchallenged winner of the original scheduled and held the February 16 Presidential Election thereof until the 1st Applicant unserved constitutional four years term of office is served pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit by this honourable court”.

Cited as 1st to 3rd Respondents in the matter were Buhari, the Attorney General of the Federation, and INEC.

Meanwhile, no date has been fixed for the matter to be heard.

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World Bank Report Exposes Buhari’s Lies, PDP Affirms



The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said the report by World Bank that 7 million Nigerians have been pushed into poverty in the last year, has clinically belied the integrity posturing of President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The opposition party said the World Bank report came in the face of the recent claims by President Buhari that his administration has lifted over 10 million Nigerians out of poverty in the last two years.

The PDP asserted that the report by the World Bank has further vindicated its position that President Buhari runs an uncoordinated and clueless administration that thrives on lies, false performance claims, deceit, and perfidious propaganda.

The statement added that, “Nigerians can now clearly see why the APC and President Buhari’s handlers are always in a frenzy to attack our party and other well-meaning Nigerians whenever we point to the poor handling of the economy and on the need for President Buhari to always be factual on pertinent issues of governance in our country.

“Unfortunately, it indeed appears that Mr. President enjoys living in denial while watching millions of Nigerians go down in abject poverty, excruciating hunger, and starvation as our country now ranks 98th out of 107 in Global Hunger Index under his watch.

“Otherwise, why would Mr. President claim that his administration has lifted over 10.5 million Nigerians out of poverty while official figures even from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) show worsening poverty rate with 142.2% growth in food inflation and over 82.9 million Nigerians being unable to afford their daily meals due to the failure of the administration to take practical steps to grow and protect the food sector?

“Under President Buhari, Nigerians are now subjected to the worst form of poverty and hardship, with collapsed purchasing power, occasioned by a voodoo economy management that has wrecked our productive sectors and pummeled our naira from the about N167 to a US dollar in 2015 to the current over N500 per dollar.

“It is unfortunate that Mr. President will choose to always bandy fictitious figures and false performance claims, when he has, in a space of six years, destroyed our national productivity and reduced our country to a beggarly nation, a laughing stock and object of pity among the comity of nations.

“The PDP invites Nigerians to note President Buhari and APC’s similar false performance claims in other critical sectors, including power, transportation, road infrastructure, health, education, agriculture, security, aviation among others, where the Buhari administration has been bandying fictitious figures with no tangible project to point at.

“Our party counsels President Buhari, his handlers as well as their party, the APC, to note that Nigerians have seen through their deceitful clams.

“The PDP, once again, urges Mr. President to end his false performance claims and get more competent hands to manage the economy before every Nigerian is turned into a street beggar.”

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Amnesty Kicks As FG Pushes Social Media Regulation



Amnesty International has strongly opposed the call by the Nigerian Government to regulate the use of social media and online broadcasters.

It would be recalled that the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, had urged the House of Representatives to include regulation of Twitter in the National Broadcasting Commission Act.

The minister made the call at the public hearing on a bill to amend the NBC Act organised by the House Committee on Information.

“I will want to add, that specifically, internet broadcasting and all online media should be included in this because we have responsibility to monitor content— including Twitter,” he said.

Reacting, Amnesty International, in a tweet via its Twitter account, yesterday, kicked against the motion.

It noted that when social media is regulated, authorities can arbitrarily have powers to shut down the internet and limit access to social media.

It further noted that criticizing the government will be made punishable with penalties of up to three years in prison.

“When social media is regulated, authorities can arbitrarily have powers to shut down the Internet and limit access to social media.

“Criticizing the government will be made punishable with penalties of up to three years in prison.

“Regulating social media in Nigeria could be easily abused to punish critics of government policies and actions, and anyone who asks difficult questions could find themselves liable for ‘diminishing public confidence in the government.’

“Seeking a law to prohibit abusive, threatening and insulting behaviour is open to very wide interpretation. This section would pose a threat to critical opinion, satire, public dialogue and political commentary,” the statement added.

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