A seasoned activist and chieftain of the United Brothers’ of Opobo Kingdom (UBOK), Comrade Rawlings Goodluck Ubani, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to start his anti-graft war by compelling those that sponsored his election to unveil their sources of income.
In a chat with The Tide on Monday in Opobo Town, Ubani said that some of those who sponsored the President’s election in 2015 and 2019 respectively have not done any other jobs apart from holding public offices.
He stressed that they provided funds with which the President campaigned across the length and breadth of Nigeria and insisted that the President should let Nigerians know where they got money to fund his election, and the several billions of naira spent for vote buying.
According to him, “No one romancing with evil will be able to fight corruption because as it is today, President Buhari is romancing with corrupt people, especially his cabinet members and the All Progressives Congress (APC) leadership; he must first extricate himself from the avalanche of corruption”.
Ubani, who took a swipe at the Federal Government anti-corruption drive, described it as mere noise-making, witch-hunt and diversionary tactic to hoodwink the public into overlooking the seeming failure of the leadership to deliver on its electoral promises.
He averred: “If President Muhammadu Buhari knows exactly where the stolen funds are kept and the looters, he does not need all these public announcements, rather, he should make public names of those involved in the looting and bring back the so-to-speak stolen funds, location of which he has identified”.
“It is when he is able to return back the money that he should make announcements of recovered funds”.
“You don’t announce a process to the public, rather you announce the after effect because that is what is of interest to the people. It is like you are announcing that you know where armed robbers reside, won’t they relocate?”
He reminded the APC government to know that Nigeria of today is different from that of 1983 and that unlike 1983, nothing could stop them from demanding for their rights.
“President Buhari and his team should bear in their minds, that those planned efforts to brand the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as a corrupt political party and suppress the good works of its leaders won’t work because Nigerians know that APC is surrounded with avalanche of corrupt people”.
He advised Buhari to treat the issue of corruption without looking at political parties and enemies.
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Bode George Urges FG To Relax Lagos Lockdown
A former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George has urged federal government to relax the lockdown it imposed on Lagos State as a result of COVID- 19 pandemic.
George, who made the call in a statement in Lagos, yesterday said the lockdown imposed since March 29 was adversely affecting livelihoods and bringing up security challenges.
He said though government intended to curb the spread of the virus with the lockdown, the directive had left many Nigerians hungry at home without palliatives.
The PDP chieftain noted that there must be a balance between curbing the spread of the virus and protecting livelihoods and asked the government to relax the lockdown while putting safety measures in place.
“Everywhere in Lagos is now locked down. The markets, banking halls, the local grocery shops, the supermarkets, the transportation services are all halted, frozen by the federal government directives since March 29.
“On the surface level, the federal government’s position is to ensure safety, prevent communal spread of the virus and banish this scourge from our shores.
“Lagosians have been staying at home for about a month now. In a largely informal economy where most of our people depend on daily wages, the burden of lack of income is devastating.
“There is a natural growing anger in Lagos as the most vulnerable are ravaged with hunger,” George said.
Prince Charles, Kagame, Others Condole Buhari Over Loss Of Kyari
Prince Charles has condoled with President Muhammadu Buhari, the government and people of Nigeria over the death of Abba Kyari, the former Chief of Staff to the President.
According to a statement by Malam Garba Shehu, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, in Abuja, last Wednesday, Prince Charles described the death of Mallam Kyari was “a desperately sad news”.
Prince Charles regretted that the death of Kyari had occurred through “this pernicious virus…I can only begin to imagine what an immense gap Mr. Kyari’s untimely death will leave in Your Excellency’s life and my heart goes to you and Mr Kyari’s family”.
In a message through the Embassy of Rwanda in Abuja, President Paul Kagame, the government and people of Rwanda extended their heart-felt condolences to the Nigerian leader.
Kagame used the opportunity “to express solidarity to the government and people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as we are faced with the Covid-19 global crisis”.
The former Vice president, Architect Namadi Sambo in his own message to the President, described the death of Abba Kyari as a “monumental national loss”.
In his condolence message to the president, an industry leader and businessman, Abdulsamad Rabi’u said he was deeply saddened by what he described as “this colossal loss”.
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