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Service Chiefs: Wike Hails Buhari

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The Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing new Service Chiefs in the country.
Governor Wike who made the commendation last week, said even though it came late, the action of the president shows that he listens to the voice of the people.
Regretting that the nation’s security architecture had suffered a set back for the past five years, Governor Wike urged the new Service Chiefs to see their appointments as an opportunity to re-egineer Nigeria’s security architecture.
He particularly charged them not to align with politicians or politicise the nation’s security, but rather remain focused and dedicated in the interest of the country.
Governor Wike noted that Nigerians who lost confidence in the former Service Chiefs were looking up to the new appointees to make the desired change.
Another major issue last week in Government House Port Harcourt was the campaign posters bearing the name of Governor Wike which flooded the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
The State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Paulinus Nsirim, while reacting to the development, through a press release, said it was the handiwork of mischief- makers who felt threatened by Governor Wike’s rising political profile.
“ For the umpteenth time, we wish to restate that Governor Wike is presently preoccupied with his mission to make Rivers State a better place and destination of choice”, he said.
Stressing that the Rivers State Chief Executive has no hand in the posters, the Commissioner advised members of the public to discountenance the misinformation being circulated in Abuja.
Also last week, Governor Wike gave indication that from February 10, there would be inauguration of more projects executed by his administration.
He said this last Saturday at the conferment of chieftaincy title of Eze Gbuwara Uzor 1 Of Ikwerre on the former Governor of the state, Sir Celestine Omehia at Isiokpo, in Ikwerre Local Government Area of the state.
He said: “ From February 10, we shall start another round of commissioning, commissioning, commissioning”
Governor Wike restated the determination of his administration to spread projects in all the local government areas of the state, contrary to the insinuations by some of his critics that he was only concentrating development in Port Harcourt and Obio/Akpor Local Government Areas.
He described Sir Omehia as a trustworthy and firm person and commended the Ikwerre Council of Traditional Rulers for the honour done to the illustrious Ikwerre son.
Also within the week, Governor Wike expressed condolences to his Delta State counterpart, Ifeanyi Okowa over the death of his father, Chief Arthur Okorie Uzoma Okowa.
Governor Wike described the death of the patriarch as a great loss to Delta State, saying he died at a time his counsel would be greately needed.
In same spirit, the Rivers State Chief Executive commiserated with Governor Okowa over the death of the Majority Leader of Delta State House of Assembly, Sir Kim Komo Owerefe.
Also within the week under review, Governor Wike assured that his administration would not be distracted from contributing its quota in ensuring seamless administration of justice, both at state and national levels.
He stated this at the opening of a legal firm, L. A. Mitee and company (Inota Chambers ) in Port Harcourt.

 

By: 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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