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Civil War Tweet: Buhari has agenda to wipe out those who are not Fulani – Pa Adebanjo alleges

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Civil War Tweet: Buhari has agenda to wipe out those who are not Fulani – Pa Adebanjo alleges

The Pan Yoruba Social-Political leader of Afenifere, Chief Ayo Adebanjo has berated President Muhammadu Buhari over his trending statement on Twitter that he’s going to teach youths lessons he learnt during the nation’s civil war.

Speaking during a monitored interview on Channels Television, ‘Politics Today’, the Afenifere helmsman described the president’s statement as unfortunate.

“It’s a very unfortunate statement from a President of a democratic country. I was very sad when I heard it. When I was informed, I thought it couldn’t be but I am not surprised. It is those that voted for Buhari in 2015 that should be amazed. I warned you then that this man is a Dictator. He’s born a feudalist; he’s trained as a dictator, and has no respect for the rule of law.

“The problem against unity and peace in this country is President Buhari. He is not on the same page with us looking for unity and peace in this country. He stated in that statement (i.e. Tweet) that he toured 36 states. Did he tour the 36 states to say that he’s going to oppress them? Did he tour the 36 States to say that there’s going to be a diversion in the rule of law in administration of the country? In the North, the insurgency is so vast, in Kaduna, Zamfara, Sokoto and in Katsina in his own state. He has not arrested or blindfolded the emirs of those places. I received a video where he blindfolded a traditional ruler in Ogoni in traditional regalia.

“Two standards of ruling in this country by the president that says he loves this country. And each time those who love the country say there’s a solution to these problems, he pretends not to listen. The ones he listens to are the youths of this country who are tired of deceits. Any language he’s using, they are just deceiving themselves. The media should not allow him to change the narrative.

“How can a democratic elected president be talking of teaching his subject who voted him into power a lesson he practiced during a war?… when I say this man has a private agenda and the agenda is to wipe-out those of us who are not Fulani….”

Asked his thoughts on the National Assembly’s constitutional review, Pa. Adebanjo reafirmed that “We cannot amend a constitution we didn’t make. We said this (1999) constitution is a fraud, Let them dispute that! We said it was not our constitution. That is where we began from.

When we say we are the people of the Federal Republic, are we Federal? Did we make the constitution? It was imposed on us by the military. Why should president Buhari find it dificult when we say we should go back to the constitution of our founding fathers? The constitution made by Sardauna of Sokoto, Sir Ahmadu Bello, Nnamdi Azikwe, and Chief Obafemi Awolowo. What is the problem there? If he says he doesn’t understand restructuring, I said that is restructuring! But Garba Shehu and Adeshina will not address that.

“The groundnorm you can bind us to is the 1963 constitution. Can you deny the fact that it was the military that imposed the 1999 constitution and Abdulsam confirmed it? That is the issue, they should not divert it.

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Ban foreign football matches so that Nigerians can watch their League – Shehu Sani to FG

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Ban foreign football matches so that Nigerians can watch their League – Shehu Sani to FG

The former Senator who represented Kaduna Central at the 8th Assembly, Senator Shehu Sani has lamented that Nigerians are not showing interest in the Nation’s football league.

He observed that last week’s match between Kano Pillars and Enyimba FC was not discussed by Nigerians. He said neither the people in Kano nor those in Abia showed interest in that match but if it were to be an English Premiership or European Football matches, countless Nigerians would have been interested.

The former senator suggested banning of foreign football match broadcast so that Nigerians can start watching the local teams.

“Yesterday, Kano Pillars defeated Enyimba FC by 2:1 at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium kaduna; neither the people of Kano nor those of Abia showed any interest in the match. If it were English or European Football matches, the madness could have been immeasurable. What about banning the broadcast of foreign football matches so that we can all be patriots and watch our local teams”, Shehu Sani said.

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Insecurity: Time running out on Nigeria – Onaiyekan warns

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Insecurity: Time running out on Nigeria - Onaiyekan warns

Some Nigerian leaders of thought have urged urgent action to address the country’s present challenges and stave off impending doom, saying it is no longer a time to just complain and do nothing.

The leaders who came under the Nigerian Inter-Faith Initiative for Peace (IIP), under its Tripartite Consultation (TC), called for reconciliation, peace and national cohesion for a prosperous nation under God.

The group made the call during the TC joint consultation meeting on the “State of the Nation” in Abuja, Wednesday  June 9.

The convener of the meeting, John Cardinal Onaiyekan, said that as heavy clouds of impending tempest hang over the nation, people should not just sit back and complain.

“Nigerians cannot just sit back, complaining or merely waiting for the worst to happen. Many are thinking aloud, speaking out clearly, discussing and dialoguing to seek a way out of our impasses quickly.

“This tripartite consultation is one of such many voluntary fora for positive conversations on the state of the nation.

“We must find our way back as a country from the brink of chaos and look forward to reconciliation, peace and national cohesion, for a prosperous nation under God,” he said.

According to the Archbishop of Emeritus of Abuja, the state of the nation calls for major concern as the challenges facing the country were many, serious and well known to all.

Cardinal Onaiyekan noted that Nigerians were talking, often complaining and, at times, even threatening to quit a dysfunctional state in which they had lost all trust and faith.

He said that in the midst of the voices, the government should come out with a clear position and explanation why certain things that ought not to happen were happening in a modern and civilised state.

The clergyman also said that the National Assembly, which is the institutional forum for fruitful dialogue and conversation, should try to live up to expectation.

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I alone can’t guarantee security in Imo, says Uzodimma

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I alone can't guarantee security in Imo, says Uzodimma

The Governor of Imo State, Sen. Hope Uzodinma, has declared that he cannot guarantee security in the state if left alone.

After meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Uzodimma told newsmen that stakeholders, including traditional, religious and political leaders, must engage more with the people to restore normalcy in the beleaguered state.

According to him, former political office holders, who fail to speak against the activities of trouble-makers, have questions to answer.

“If they speak out against the unwholesome activities of those destabilising the country, things would be different,” he said, adding that he was at the Villa to brief the President on the situation in the state.

While acknowledging that all is not well with the country, the governor warned that those destroying government property must be ready to face the consequences.

Although insecurity is prevalent everywhere in Nigeria, the authorities in Imo were doing their best to tackle the situation, he stated.

“So far, the situation is relatively okay in Imo State than it was. People can come around and do business. Normal life has resumed in the state. Security agencies are on top of the situation,” he said.

The governor dismissed the allegation that his recent utterances foreclosing dialogue were part of the problems fuelling the seemingly hopeless situation in the state.

His words: “That is their thinking. I don’t know the kind of utterance that I have made that suggests that I closed the door. If you have monitored what is going on in Imo of late, you would have seen me receiving leadership by leadership according to the local council, trying to find a common way of resolving these security challenges in the state.

“It is not only Imo that has security challenges. In fact, I can even tell you that Imo’s case is better, apart from one or two cases that involved Very Important Personalities (VIPs). There has never been a time 20 persons died simultaneously or school children were kidnapped, and all that.”

On why it was difficult for him to mention names of politicians behind the insecurity in the state and get them arrested, he said: “It is not only in Imo; I didn’t limit it to Imo. I am saying, and I want to say it again, that cases of insecurity here and there in the country have not been helped by the posture of the opposition party and some aggrieved politicians.”

According to him, anybody worth his onion as a leader should be able to speak out.

“How many of them are speaking out? How many of them are condemning what is going on? Rather, what you see are leaders fanning the embers of insecurity, blaming the only government.”

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