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Government House activities last week took off on a serious note when Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, called on the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo to sack the Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu for freezing the accounts of both Benue and Akwa Ibom State governments.
The Governor, at a press briefing in Government House, Port Harcourt last Thursday, noted that freezing the accounts of the two state governments is more grievous than the recent invasion of the National Assembly by the sacked Director-General of DSS, Lawan Daura.
“I am calling for the sack of Acting Chairman of the EFCC, Mr Ibrahim Magu for overthrowing a tier of government. The mere fact that the two accounts have been reopened does not mean that a crime was not committed.
“When you freeze the account of the state government, you have overthrown that government. Without funds, a state cannot function. This means the shut-down of government business at Executive, Legislative and Judiciary in the affected state”, Wike said.
He said if the former D-G of DSS could be sacked for overthrowing just one arm of federal government, then the boss of EFCC should be prosecuted for overthrowing the two tiers of government in the affected two states.
The governor described the EFCC’s action as the worst coup against the constitution and the law-abiding people in the states.
“If you are sacking Lawan Daura for coup at the National Assembly, what will you do with a man who overthrew two state governments through two separate coups?, he asked, lamenting that APC-led Federal Government has enthroned a culture of impunity using security agencies to destroy democracy.
He said invasion of the National Assembly by operatives of DSS was a clear indication that the nation’s democracy is under threat as a result of the military-terrorist style of the present administration and urged well-meaning Nigerians to speak up to avoid truncating our democracy.
He said: “Just one week ago, they laid siege and locked the Benue State House of Assembly. To the chagrin of all Nigerians, they invaded the beacon of democracy at the Federal level”.
Wike congratulated members of the National Assembly especially the leadership for remaining resolute.
The sad news of the death of the State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Hon Emmanuel Aguma (SAN) was a rude shock that affected Government House on Friday.
Wike, who received the news with rude shock led members of the State Executive Council on a condolence visit to late Aguma family house at Ogbunabail in Port Harcourt.
He commiserated with the bereaved family for the loss and ordered that flags fly at half-mast for two days in honour of the legal luminary.
Prominent individuals and top government officials have been trooping to Government House to sign the condolence register.
The Attorney-General died Friday in a London Hospital.
Wile also commiserated with the Governor of Bayelsa State, Hon Seriake Dickson over the passage of his mother, Mrs Goldcoast Dickson.
He said that late Mrs. Goldcoast Dickson contributed positively to the development of the society and particularly raised worthy children like the Bayelsa State Governor.
Wike prayed God to grant the bereaved family the fortitude to bear the loss.

 

Chris Oluoh

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Ex-APC National Chairman Tasks Party On Responsive Leadership

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Chief John Odigie-oyegun, former National Chairman, All Progressives Congress APC), has charged the party’s leaders to be more progressive and responsive to the people.
He said this at the public presentation of a book”APC’S Litmus Test, Nigerian Democracy and Politics of Change”, written by Dr Salihu Lukman, Director-General, Progressives Congress Forum (PGF) in Abuja, yesterday.
“We are in charge today, a progressive government, a progressive regime, and I think it is proper that we show to the nation that when the people want some degree of change, “we should be responsive to it, we should address it, compromises have to be made, there’s no question about that,” Odigie-Oyegun said.
He added that the APC document on true federalism was still being worked upon before its release.
Odigie-Oyegun said the ideas of people from different parts of the country would be different up to the extent that they would want to go with the proposals in the document.
He said it was however, necessary, vital and mandatory in the interest of the survival of the country that issues regarding federalism were addressed.
“We cannot continue to allow the subject to become something that threatens our nation at any turn.
“So, the earlier we address it, the earlier we show that as a party we are responsive to the feelings of the people, the desires of the people and the wants of the people.
“It becomes easier then, to diffuse the kind of stresses that the nation is passing through today,”Odigie-Oyegun said.
He added that for those at the formation of the APC, the uniqueness of its Constitution and its manifesto promised change was meant by all members with their hearts and beings.
He said unfortunately, the forces of economics had made things not quite the way it was planned.
The APC former national chairman said there was need for the party members to do everything possible to keep it not just alive but very virile.
He added that in spite of general belief, the APC was one party that had put together things that meant hope for the country.
He said the fact that things were bad and people were angry and hungry was not questionable, saying that these were worldwide phenomenon.
Odigie-Oyegun decried the current security challenge in the country.
“It is my hope that we will begin to get control of the security of this nation,” he said.

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PDP Rep Harps On Justice, Dialogue To Secure Nigeria

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), House of Representatives member has enjoined Nigerian leaders to tow the path of justice, equity, dialogue, and rule of law in the country.
Rep. Toby Okechukwu, the Deputy Minority Leader of the House, said this in a statement issued on Saturday in Abuja to commemorate the Democracy Day
He added that such path would help to arrest worsening insecurity and arrest separatist agitations across the country.
Okechukwu said that opportunities still abound in preserving the nation’s democracy and reconstruct the union to a more workable piece.
He said that June 12 was designated Democracy Day in honour of a symbol of the nation’s democratic struggles, the late Chief MKO Abiola.
He added that Abiola was unjustly denied the opportunity to exercise an overwhelmingly popular mandate handed him by the Nigerian people on June 12 1993, but only to be celebrated at death.
“The greatest debt the governments and leaders of Nigeria owe every part of this country and every Nigerian is a sense of justice and equity according to the letters and spirit of our constitution.
“The golden rule of justice is to do unto others as you would have them to unto you,” he said.
 He called on the Federal Government to take conscious steps to do things that would promote national unity and earn it loyalty.
He also called on leaders to be proactive in creating a clement environment for peace to reign to arrest the present security challenges in the country.
Okechukwu commended the leaders of the South East and the Federal Government for the June 11, dialogue in Enugu to deescalate tension in the region.
He stated that it was a right step that should be sustained and replicated nationwide, while wishing Nigerians a happy Democracy Day.

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Democracy Day: PDP Lawmakers Wants Observance Of Rule Of Law

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) caucus in the House of Representatives has called for strict observance of the rule of law to improve democratic practice in the country.
The caucus made the call  in a statement by its Leader, Rep. Kingsley Chinda (PDP-Rivers) last Saturday in Abuja.
Chinda called for an environment that would guarantee freedom of speech and standard operations for the fourth estate of the realm.
The lawmaker  stressed the need to place greater value on Nigerian lives and for decisive and pragmatic steps to end the avoidable deaths in the country.
He called on the government to restrain the Police and other security agencies from further unleashing violence on unarmed youths and other peaceful protesters.
“They choose to go out and exercise their rights in commemoration of  Democracy Day.
“June 12 is a symbol of democratic freedom and supremacy of the people’s power and should be respected by ensuring that all the tenets of democracy are adhered to in all ramifications.
“June 12 is not only about introspection, it is about renewing the commitments of all to the growth of democracy in our dear county.
“It is about ensuring that our country is never again enveloped by darkness, hemmed to the abyss by the sinister forces that threaten our collective rights and freedoms,” he said.
Chinda urged all Nigerians to hold on to democratic principles in spite of the challenges facing the country saying that “good will triumph over evil.”

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