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Atiku, Dickson, Others Mourn Aguma

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As activities lined up for the burial of the late Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice of Rivers State, Hon. Emmanuel Aguma (SAN), commence Wednesday, more top personalities and groups besieged Governemnt House, Port Harcourt last week on condolence visits to the State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike.
Among them were the former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson, the Board and Management of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Northern Elders Forum (NEF) and the South-South Forum of Attorneys-General and Commissioners of Jsutice.
Abubakar who paid condolence visit on Wednesday described the demise of Aguma as shocking.
“The loss of the Attorney-General of Rivers State was shocking news to us. This is because of our relationship with the state,” he said.
He regretted that the country would miss the services of a legal luminary as Aguma and prayed God to give the family, Government and people of the state the fortitude to bear the loss.
In similar vein, Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Pastor Kemela Okara said news of the death of the Attorney-General was shocking.
He said that the affinity between the people of Rivers and Bayelsa States is such that whatever affects one, affects the other and assured Wike of Bayelsa’s active participation in the burial.
Last Tuesday, the chairman of the Board of NDDC, Senator Ndoma Egba led the board and management of the commission to Government House, Port Harcourt on a condolence visit to Governor Wike.
Describing late Aguma as a thorough bred professional who contributed to the development of the Niger Delta region, said “As a commission, we share in your grief. His death is a sad loss for the Niger Delta region because Aguma was an outstanding legal practitioner from the region,” and prayed God to grant the people of Rivers State the fortitude to bear the great loss.
Chairman of the Northern Elder Forum (NEF), Professor Ango Abdulahi conveyed the condolences of the forum during a visit to Governor Wike last Friday in Government House.
Describing death as a necessary end for every human being Abdulahi stressed the need for everyone to work towards improving the society while alive. He urged Rivers people to be consoled by the worthy legacies left by the late Aguma.
South-South Forum of Attorneys-General and Commissioners of Justice paid a condolence visit to Wike last Monday over the passage of their colleague, Hon. Emmanuel Aguma.
Secretary of the forum and Attorney-General of Akwa Ibom State Mr Uwemedimo Nwoko said the news of the death of late Aguma broke like an enemy bomb on their WhatsApp platform.
Describing it as an unquantifiable loss to the Niger Delta region, Nwoko noted that Aguma’s death was in comprehensible and inexplicable.
He said Aguma was, “fearless and believed in responsibilities” and a strong believer in the fight for justice in the Niger Delta.
In each of the visits, Wike eulogized late Aguma for his commitment to the course of the state and loyalty to his administration and commended the visitors for identifying with Rivers State at trial moments and circumstance provoked by the loss of its valued Attorney-General.

 

Chris Oluoh

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Restructuring, Not Solution To Nigeria’s Problem – Group

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The President of Yoruba World Congress, Prof Banji Akintoye, has said that restructuring is no longer capable of solving the problem facing the Yoruba race in Nigeria as well as other oppressed ethnic nationalities.
The professor of History said rather than agitating for restructuring, what Nigeria leaders needed to do now was a negotiation of how they wanted the country to be.
He said this in an interview with our source on Saturday.
According to him, various ethnic groups need to come together and agree on their relationship with Nigeria.
Akintoye said restructuring would not stop the invasion of various ethnic groups and massive destruction of lives and properties that had been going on for some years.
He said, “I respect people who are asking for restructuring but I belong to the large number of Yoruba people who have come to the conclusion that restructuring is no longer capable of solving the problems of Nigerian people.
“I was one of the people fighting for restructuring before now and I have written more than 50 articles on restructuring but in the light of what has been happening in Nigeria, especially since 2015, it is obvious to me that restructuring is no longer capable of solving the problems.
“For instance, I ask people, “Are you saying mere restructuring will stop the invasion of our land by the Fulani? Are you saying the people who are threatening to conquer our land, exterminate us and bring their tribal men from countries in West Africa will stop by just restructuring?
“Are you saying restructuring will be the solution to the people who are bringing foreign terrorist organisations to conquer every tribe in Nigeria? Those who are asking for restructuring are free to go on.

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PDP NWC Postpones State Congress In C’River

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The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has postponed the state congress in Cross River State by one week.
In a press statement dated August 8, 2020 and signed by the National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, the party said it decided to postpone the congress after consultations with critical stakeholders.
The statement read in part: “The NWC, after due consultations and in exercise of its powers under the PDP constitution, postponed the Cross River State Congress from the earlier scheduled date of Saturday, August 8, 2020 to Saturday, August 15, 2020.
“The postponement is sequel to demands of exigencies of party administration.
“All critical stakeholders, elders, leaders as well as teeming members and supporters of our great party, particularly in Cross River State, are to be guided accordingly.”
But sources close to the state caucus of PDP revealed that the postponement was not unconnected with the uncompromising position of Governor Ben Ayade and National Assembly members from the state.
Both Ayade and NASS members have been locked in a battle over the list of ward and local government executive committee, leading to factionalisation of the party.
In build up to the state congress, both factions have fielded their candidates in every position.
Sources close to Government House confided in our correspondent that both factions had been locked in series of meetings in a bid to resolve the political deadlock.

 

By: Friday Nwagbara, Calabar

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Why Obaseki Deserves Re-Election – Shaibu

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Edo State Deputy Governor, Hon. Philip Shaibu, has called on the people of the state to support Governor Obaseki’s reelection and ignore all the lies of the opposition.
Shaibu in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Benjamin Atu, in Benin City, said: “Even the fiercest critics and rivals of Obaseki have acknowledged that Obaseki is not corrupt and he has efficiently deployed the resources of the state to impact upon the lives of those who need government the most.
“Those who hold contrary opinion about the achievements of the Obaseki’s administration are doing so out of ignorance of what’s happening in the State. Obaseki is a legend in terms of performance and a Saint in terms of management of the State resources”, the deputy governor said.
He revealed how the Obaseki’s administration was able to cushion the effect of Austerity Measure that was allegedly created by the Oshiomhole’s administration, saying, “We took over a state with huge challenge of crushing austerity measure with dwindling economic Fortunes of our people. The only way we were able to tackle it was to embark upon aggressive effort in raising entrepreneurs and building entrepreneurial spirit among the people.
“As a government, we want the poor in our midst to have access to means of production, turn them into entrepreneurs in their own right, employers of labour and masters of their own economic destiny, with the ability to turn the economic fortune of the state around for the better.
“We discover that micro credit will enable us achieve our objectives faster because micro-credit can be used to benefit poor entrepreneurs as a major fillip in removing people from the poverty line. This the government has proven by various forms of Micro credit programmes to bring about their own sustained development”, Shaibu said.Shaibu said.
He explained that the objective of the Oobaseki’s administration is to achieve the happiness, economic enhancement and independence of the poorest, the weakest, the most vulnerable and disadvantaged.
“Obaseki’s administration has penetrated into the grassroots through meeting financial obligations of businesses. This he has done because; regular financial institutions owing to their nature cannot put down funds for low income business.
“In the absence of alternative funds for this group of people, the Obaseki government took it as a social responsibility and obligation, to provide them with necessary credit as we cannot continue to neglect them, considering the fact that they are in the majority”.
Shaibu emphasised that one of the major achievements of this poverty alleviation programme is that it was carefully packaged to meet the desire of the people at the grassroots, people who have never experienced direct benefit from government in any form.
“All cruelty springs from weakness. The ongoing cruelty they are doing is scrabbling for power in order to deprive the Edo Central people of their chances. Obaseki is left with one term as a Governor when reelected but Ize-Iyamu will seek for a two terms in office as a Governor and the people of Edo Central may wait forever for their time to be Governor if Ize-Iyamu is allowed to have his way”.

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