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RSG’ll Adhere To Tenets Of Social Contract With Rivers People, Wike Assures



The Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike has assured that the state government would continue to adhere to the tenets of the social contract it entered with Rivers people.
Speaking during the 13th Anniversary Celebration of Omega Power Ministry (OPM), yesterday, Wike said that the delivery of projects and the empowerment of the people would be sustained.
Wike said: “The government is determined to create the enabling environment for investors to come into Rivers State through the promotion of security.
“We are determined to sustain the development of infrastructure. We will continue to adhere to the social contract we have with Rivers people.”
The Rivers State governor, who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Engr Chukwuemeka Woke, expressed gratitude to the general overseer of OPM for delivering God’s prophecy on the governor’s re-election.
“We will not forget that you prophesied that the Rivers State governor will be re-elected as a second term governor. In the course of the election, there were uncertainties. But the word of God from a genuine man of God came to pass.
“That singular prophecy led to some of your members to have misgivings. But today, with the fulfillment of that prophecy, those who left are beginning to return”, he said.
Wike congratulated the general overseer of Omega Power Ministry (OPM) on the special celebration of his 46th birthday anniversary.
The governor also congratulated OPM on its 13th Year of existence as a church, saying that God can use anybody and can make something out of nothing.
He noted that the story of Apostle Chibuzor Chinyere was the typical act of God’s blessing.
Wike said: “We give God all the glory on what he has done in the life of this cleric. Looking back on where OPM as a church is coming from, with the branches all over the world, you can see that God is here.
“The rapid growth of the ministry shows the presence of God. Your programmes and activities conform to the programmes of NEW Rivers Vision.
“We look at your free education programme, your free health programme and the inroads towards counselling cultists. They are good programmes that promote the development of the state.”
Wike said that the Rivers State Government has no option, but to continue to support OPM, and urged clerics to pray for the security of the entire country.
In his remarks, the General Overseer of OPM, Apostle Chibuzor Chinyere said God’s gift on his life is un-merited and given freely for him to serve humanity, adding that OPM was rehabilitating millions of people, turning them to responsible people who will make heaven.
Chinyere said that the ministry remains committed to free social services through the empowerment of God, pointing out that church funds should be used to empower the people.

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Obasanjo, Abdulsalami, Sultan, Others Brainstorm On Insecurity



Rising insecurity and agitations for secession by different ethnic groups across Nigeria has attracted the attention of elder statesmen and other national leaders to a meeting in Abuja.

The meeting was organised by Interfaith Initiatives for Peace jointly led by the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, and Emeritus Cardinal John Onaiyekan, and the National Peace Committee chaired by Gen Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd).

Reporters were barred from taking part in the closed-door meeting, expected to proffer solutions to the ongoing security challenges threatening the peace and unity of the country.

It was also an exploratory meeting on pressing issues of national unity, security, peace, integration, economic revitalisation and development, women and youth welfare and general progress.

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo; former Head of State, General Abdulsalam Abubakar (rtd); Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar; Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi; Tor Tiv, Prof Ortese Iorzua James Ayatse, Emeritus Cardinal John Onaiyekan; President General (Ohanaeze Ndigbo), Prof George Obiozor; and Afenifere leader, Ayo Adebanjo; were all in attendance.

Others sighted at the meeting are President of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Ayuba Wabba; CAN General Secretary, Joseph Daramola; JAMB Registrar, Prof Ishaq Oloyede; Etsu Nupe, Yahya Abubakar; former Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbe, among several political and traditional rulers at the meeting.

Elder statesmen, Chief Edwin Clark, also attended the event at the Congress Hall of Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja, but could not participate in the meeting because he could not climb the staircase to the meeting room.

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Fighting Corruption Difficult In Democratic Setting, Buhari Laments



President Muhammadu Buhari says fighting corruption in democratic setting is a difficult task to accomplish.

The president disclosed this during an interview with Arise Television which was televised, yesterday.

According to him, the war against corruption has not been easy for him since he became a democratically elected president six years ago.

He, however, stressed that his administration had succeeded in easing out corrupt public officials without making noise about it.

Buhari recalled that much was achieved in the fight against corruption when he was military Head of State in the early 80s “when a lot of people were sent to prisons before I was also booted out”.

The president frowned at the way and manner local government system was being managed, saying the local government administration was almost non-existent in the country.

He cited situation where state governors continued to starve the local governments of funds saying “in a situation where N300million is allocated to local government and they are given N100million is not fair”.

On activities of bandits and kidnappers particularly in the North-West and North-Central zones, Buhari said he had given the police and Armed Forces the instructions to be ruthless with bandits and vandals terrorising innocent citizens across the country.

He stated that he had told the security agencies to treat bandits and other criminals in the “the language they understand.

“Problem in the north-west; you have people over there stealing each other’s cattle and burning each other’s villages.

“Like I said, we are going to treat them in the language they understand.

“We have given the police and the military the power to be ruthless. You watch it in a few weeks’ time there will be difference.

”Because we told them if we keep people away from their farm, we are going to starve. And the government can’t control the public.

“If you allow hunger, the government is going to be in trouble and we don’t want to be in trouble.

“We are already in enough trouble. So, we warn them sooner than later you’ll see the difference,’’ he said.

On farmers/herders clashes, the president said the problem had persisted because old cattle routes and grazing areas had been violated by development, adding that those who had taken over such traditional arrangements would be dispossessed.

On the fight against insurgency, Buhari dismissed the assertion that majority of Boko Haram members were foreigners.

According to him, the majority of the Boko Haram members are Nigerians, saying this was further corroborated by Borno State Governor, Prof Babagana Zulum.

The president stated that his administration had done a lot to fight the terrorists and insurgents but the problem in the “North-East is very difficult.”

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Igboho Declares June 12 Day Of Protest, Warns Buhari



Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, has declared June 12 as day of protest for Yoruba nation agitators.

The self-acclaimed Yoruba activist said the agitators will hold ‘peaceful rallies’ across the South-West region on Saturday, June 12.

Igboho, who spoke through his spokesman, Olayomi Koiki, in a live video programme aired, last Wednesday night, called on South-West governors to cooperate with the peaceful protesters during the exercise.

He warned the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration not to attack the agitators.

He said, “Let us warn the Federal Government that if there is bloodshed this weekend, the international community is watching, if the military kills any Nigerian this weekend, it is going to be very hot.

“The Yoruba nation rally will go ahead in every part of Yoruba land and the rest of the country where it will hold.

“Red alarm will begin on Friday. People should stock up food Items from Friday night.

“We are not backing down this weekend; we are ready to take back what belongs to us.”

He also enjoined agitators to ‘fast’ on Friday.

This is coming after NANS under the leadership of its National President, Comrade Sunday Asefon, had declared June 12 as National Day of peaceful protest to call on the government to act decisively towards addressing insecurity.

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