An influential Islamic cleric, Sheik Murtala Sokoto, says the President, Muhammadu Buhari , has failed, adding that those who are still praising him saying ‘Sai baba’, are liars and hypocrites.
Sokoto said this while delivering a sermon to some Muslim youths.
In the video which was obtained by our source, the cleric said Buhari could no longer visit his home state of Katsina because of the anger and frustration of the people.
He said even though Buhari had appointed many northerners into key positions, those who were given such positions had also betrayed the people.
The cleric stated, “All those saying ‘Sai Baba’ Sai Baba, are liars, useless hypocrites. The man they called ‘Sai Baba’ now cannot even go to Katsina. He (Buhari) knows the anger that will greet him if he goes to Katsina.
“We are praying that Allah guide General Buhari to make amends, to do better as a leader, but if he continues in his ways, we pray Allah to replace him with a better leader. The peak of stupidity is when these people say northerners have been given juicy positions, but those given these juicy positions have betrayed everyone.”
Sokoto stated that the poor were on the receiving end as they could no longer go to their farms due to the high level of insecurity.
He said when these poor farmers go to the farm, they get kidnapped and huge ransoms are demanded from them.
Sokoto added, “Rice, can we feed ourselves? How? They said people should go to the farm but when you go to the farm you will be kidnapped. You (Buhari) said we should cultivate our farms in the North, go and see all over the North. An example is Katsina, go to Sokoto, Zamfara.
“In these places, those who go to the farm are always abducted by criminals and a ransom of N2m to N3m will be made…! How can a village farmer afford N3m? Are we really serious? Because of cruelty and wickedness, they are saying we should be patient, but for how long shall we be more patient? Patience is something the prophet has given us conditions for. We have had enough of this oppressive government.”
Sokoto said no one should accept the lame excuse that the suffering of the people was the will of Allah.
The cleric said with food shortages caused by the inability of farmers to harvest their crops, they hoped to import food but Buhari ordered the closure of all land borders which worsened their plight.
He said, “We will continue to talk about Zakkat, but first I have to talk to you about the difficult situation our country is in now. The country is in disarray. Is this country not already in trouble? Is that not true? The old man (Buhari) had pushed us all to the wall. Hasn’t he pushed us to the wall? Hasn’t he? Whatever noise that will be made, whatever evil sermon they are giving you is useless. Don’t listen to those stupid excuses that it is Allah that is putting us through this.
“If you believe this illogic; go and take a sword and slaughter a human being and then claim it is Allah that caused it. He who was merciful to people, Allah, will be merciful to him. What point am I trying to make?
‘No Man Would Have Done What Wike Has Done’
Former governorship aspirant and elderstatsman in Rivers State, Chief Sergeant Awuse has described the Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, as a huge blessing to the state who God has used to give the people of Emohua Local Government Area what no man could give to the people of the area.
Awuse made the remark last Saturday during the official flag-off of the Ogbakiri internal roads projects.
Awuse who said he was part of the forces that moved for the creation of Emohua Local Government Area, noted that since the creation of the local government, no administration in the state had ever brought development in the area more than that of the present government led by Governor Nyesom Wike in terms of infrastructure.
“ From 1999 up till date, we can count how many times the governors, from Gov Peter Odili, Amaechi etc have visited the local government, but you ( Gov Wike) have come so many times”, he said.
He said that the people of the area have lost count of the number of times Governor Wike had visited Emohua for either flag off or inauguration of one project or the other, such that Emohua has enjoyed so much dividends of democracy.
Describing the internal roads project being officially flagged off in Ogbakiri as highpoint of the developmental initiatives of Gov Wike’s administration, in view of the importance of road infrastructure in the area, Awuse assured Gov Wike that the people of Emohua have no option than to follow him (Wike).
“ No man would have done what you have done for us. We will follow you, stand with you and give you whatever you need from us. You are a correct Ikwerre son from Rumuepirikom.
“ Those people that are in APC, please leave Emohua alone. We gave you chance, you didn’t do anything for us. We will follow Wike because because he is a very good man”, he said.
The elderstatsman noted that though the people of Emohua have been following Governor Wike, the people would redouble their support for him because he has irresistable passion for the development of the area.
Our correspondent reports that the 15km internal roads will connect the six communities that make up Ogbakiri: which are Rumuoro, Oduoha, Rumuakani, Rumuada, Ahai, and Okporowo and is expected to be completed in 12 months.
Anambra PDP Chairman Annuls Governorship Congresses
The acting Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party in Anambra State, Chukwudi Umeaba, has annulled the governorship ward congresses of the party in the state.
Umeaba, who was recently reinstated by an Abuja Federal High Court as the state acting caretaker committee chairman of the party, announced the annulment on Saturday at a press conference in Awka, the state capital.
The party’s factional state executive committee led by Chief Ndubuisi Nwobu held ward congresses on Friday to produce its governorship candidate for the primary election on June 26.
But Umuaba at the press briefing described the exercise as void, stating that the National Executive Council of the party would give a new date for the conduct of congresses.
He said, “I hereby suspend the ward congresses of June 9 to elect a three-man Adhoc committee for the governorship primary.
“I will contact the NEC of our great party to give me a new date for the ward congresses that will elect the three-man Adhoc committee for the governorship primary.”
He urged the party members to remain calm and look forward to new developments that would ensure the growth of the party in the state.
He said the party’s primary election would go on as planned, and would not be truncated by the change in leadership.
A chieftain of the party, Samuel Anyakorah, who instituted the case that sacked the Nwobu-led exco, described the Umeaba-led party as the authentic leadership of the party, having been unjustly removed in 2017.
He said, “I was the one who dragged the party to court because of that unjust act. We wrote to the then national vice chairman of South-East, Mr Austin Umahi and even to His Excellency Uche Secondus, but they ignored us.’’
“That was why we went to court, and thank God today, the authentic leadership of the party has been restored. You can see how happy everybody is. We hope that the party will move on now.”
…Urges Ondo Gov To Shelve N2bn Gov’s Lodge Project
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has advised the Ondo State government to shelve its plans to build a new governor’s lodge at the cost of N2 billion in the interest of the state.
Mr Fatai Adams, the state PDP Chairman said this when he spoke with newsmen at the state party secretariat in Akure, yesterday.
Adams expressed concern over mass resignation of doctors in the state due to poor remuneration.
“We are seriously alarmed by the unfortunate resignation of over 109 doctors from the state public service over the inability of the government to pay their due salaries and hazard allowances as at when due.
“I’m sure you will all recall that Ondo State was the destination for medical tourism in the South West because of the first class service delivery found here under the PDP administration.
“According to the Nigerian Medical Association records, no medical house officer has been employed by the state government since 2019, a situation that is responsible for the poor services rendered in the hospitals.
“The present administration has a backlog of unpaid salaries of workers, it is proposing to build a N2 billion new governor’s lodge in Akure. This is not only ridiculous but the surest evidence that the government has completely lost direction,” he said.
Adams added” “Dr Olusegun Mimiko, Oluwarotimi Akeredeolu’s predecessor built a very befitting governor’s Lodge in 2013, a few years before Akeredolu assumed the reins of government.
“To spend N2 billion of tax payers money on another lodge at this time is the height of callousness and wastefulness,” he said.
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