The immediate past President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan has reacted to the killing of United Nations staff by Boko Haram insurgents.
Jonathan condemned the spate of killings in the country, particularly the recent attack that led to the death of international aid workers in Rann, Borno State.
Following the attack in Rann on 1st March 2018, three aid workers were killed and one was injured.
Reacting in a Facebook post on Saturday, Jonathan called for international cooperation in the war against terrorism, noting that an attack on a nation is an attack on all nations of the world.
He wrote, “I condemn the killings of members of staff of the United Nations (UN) and other humanitarian and aid workers in Rann by Boko Haram terrorists.
“My thoughts and prayers are with the UN and the families of the victims as well as to those injured in the dastardly and cowardly attack.
“The UN and other humanitarian and aid groups such as Médecins Sans Frontières have been friends of Nigeria and deserve hailing, not killing.
“I therefore repeat the call I made while in office-that the war on terror must be treated as a global war. There must be full and total cooperation amongst the nations of the world.
“An attack on one nation must be seen as an attack on all nations. That is the only way we can defeat terror, together, not apart.”
You’re Mere Attention Seeker, PDP Govs’ Forum Blasts Umahi
The Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) has described Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State as an attention seeker, floating in imaginary presidential interests.
A statement by the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Kola Ologbondiyan, said, since Umahi, out of his personal ambition, joined the All Progressives Congress (APC), while still sitting on the mandate of the PDP in Ebonyi State, he has become pathetically confused and disoriented, having realized that he joined a “one chance” bus, with strange and deceitful co-travellers.
According to him, it is clear that Governor Umahi is now politically floating and seeks to use an unwarranted attack on governors elected on the platform of the PDP to actualize his desperation for public relevance.
He said the PDP finds it very pathetic that, having mortgaged his conscience, over his self-confessed love for the oppressive administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, Umahi is manifestly accommodating the daily incidences of killings, wanton destruction of property, kidnapping and other acts of terrorism going on in Ebonyi State and the nation at large under the APC.
“The PDP charges Governor Umahi to show his claimed commitment to the South-East by jettisoning his personal ambition and summoning the courage to call out President Buhari for his divisiveness, injustice, incompetence, treasury looting and insecurity that have become the hallmark of his failed administration.
“On zoning, our party urges Governor Umahi to focus on his fizzling APC and leave the PDP alone. By now, Governor Umahi ought to know that the PDP is a party of due process and inclusiveness and that all interests within our party will collectively and peacefully take decision on zoning when the time comes,” he said.
According to him, Umahi is expected to take his stampeding agenda on zoning to his APC but he would not do so because he knows that Nigerians will vote out the APC and usher in the PDP in 2023 so as to bring an end to a life of misery, economic hardship, mass killings, terrorism and divisiveness brought to our nation by the APC.
Similarly, the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) Governors’ Forum has revealed that a decision on zoning of political offices would be made by the party at the right time before the party’s convention scheduled for October 30.
PDP and its governors’ forum disclosed this in separate statements issued, last Saturday in Abuja, in reaction to a comment by Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State on the issue of zoning of presidency by the party ahead of the PDP national convention.
Umahi had accused the PDP of not being ready to zone its 2023 presidential ticket to the southern region of the country.
The PDP Governors’ Forum (PDP-GF), in a statement by its Director-General, Hon. C.I.D. Maduabum, said that the forum was outraged by Umahi, who left the PDP for the All Progressives Congress (APC), attempting “to turn truth on its head.”
Maduabum urged Umahi, who he alleged to have sabotaged PDP in the 2019 presidential election in the state, to continue his role in the APC and leave the PDP alone.
On the issue of zoning, Maduabum urged Umahi to face his issues in the APC and not drag the PDP and its governors into it.
“PDP is an independent political party with workable structures and method of doing things. It is not an appendage of the APC or indeed of any other association or group.
“The PDP will take its decision on the issue of zoning political offices at the appropriate time. Even the APC has not taken any decision yet on zoning.
“Different groups and interests are advancing arguments to defend their positions as is required in a democracy. At the end of the day, decisions will be taken by each political party.”
Maduabum stated that the PDP was single minded in its resolve to regain power in 2023 and would craft strategies to accomplish the same in the national interest and survival of Nigeria’s democracy.
Retirement: Teachers Demand Removal Of NUT Chairman In Rivers
Some public school teachers in Rivers State have staged a protest against the state Chairman of Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Comrade Lucky Nkpogene, demanding his removal from office as the chairman of the union following his retirement from service.
The aggrieved teachers matched through the streets of Port Harcourt with some inscriptions like, “NUT is for serving teachers, not for retirees”, “Nkpogene respect the law”.
The protesters said they were angry that same Nkpogene who “chased out his predecessor from office on account of retirement” has continued to occupy the office of state NUT chairman even after his own retirement.
Some of the protesters, who spoke to journalists in Port Harcourt, called on the state Ministry of Education and Senior Secondary Schools Management Board to direct Nkpogene to “immediately vacate the office and handover the office to his deputy”.
They also called on “relevant authorities” and other stakeholders to urgently intervene while threatening to embark on a mass protest to the Ministry of Education and schools board to press down their demands if the NUT chairman does not leave office within seven days.
Addressing the protesters, a representative of the state government who received the protest letter, commended the protesters for their “peaceful approach”, and promised to submit the letter to appropriate authorities.
When contacted, the state Chairman of NUT, Comrade Lucky Nkpogene, said the union has precedent in a situation as such.
He said those against his removal were those “who contested election against me and lost.
“If there is anyone who should leave, it should be my deputy.
“I have told all of them, let them come together, let us build the union but they have ill-mind”, he claimed.
Health Workers Issue Fresh Strike Notice
The industrial crisis in the nation’s health sector is not about to abate following a fresh 15-day ultimatum issued to the Federal Government by the Joint Health Sectors Unions (JOHESU), and the Assembly of Healthcare Professional Associations (AHPA), to meet their demands.
This comes on the heels of the strike by doctors across Nigeria under the aegis of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD).
JOHESU and AHPA had suspended their planned industrial action billed to commence, yesterday, over unmet demands following an understanding it had with the government.
But rising from an emergency meeting of the expanded National Executive Council (NEC), the unions, gave government another 15 days to accelerate the process and fulfil their demands.
In a communiqué signed by the Acting National General Secretary, JOHESU, Comrade Mathew Ajorutu, on behalf of the group, the NEC-in-Session unanimously adopted a resolution to step down the notice of strike due to have expired last night and issue a fresh notice of 15 days.
They further critically appraised the reports of JOHESU negotiation and conciliation meetings with the Federal Government since the declaration of the trade dispute through the 15-day strike notice issued on September 2.
Noting the appeal from President Muhammadu Buhari on the need to show understanding with his administration and his pledge to pay any debt owed health workers, the unions insisted that the Federal Ministry of Health should ensure speedy circularisation of all establishment and welfare matters as agreed during negotiation meetings.
“The Federal Government should ensure that the new data for the computation of the adjusted Consolidated Health Salary Structure (CONHESS), for JOHESU members are completed and submitted to the ‘High-Level Body’ (HLB) of the FG not later than Wednesday, September 22, 2021 as agreed”, the communique said.
“NEC-in-Session urges the Federal Government to ensure that the ‘High-Level Body’ (HLB) complete and submit the computation of the adjusted CONHESS for inclusion in the 2022 budget within the September 30, 2021 submission window.
“NEC-in-Session urges the Federal Government to reciprocate the patriotic humanitarian gesture of JOHESU in the interest of the larger Nigerian masses to expeditiously resolve all the demands within the fifteen days window”.
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