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Nigeria falling apart – Northern elders warn Buhari



Allow Biafra go – Northern groups

The Federal Government has been called upon to wake up to its responsibilities, as the territorial integrity of the nation is being threatened by insecurity.

The warning came from the Northern Elders’ Forum (NEF) through their spokesman, Hakeem Baba Ahmed.

Baba Ahmed, who spoke against the backdrop of high level insecurity, when he featured on Arise Television, condemned the level of criminality in the country such as insurgency, banditry, kidnapping and other violent crimes, which cause Nigerians to live in perpetual fear.

He criticized the slow governance style of the Buhari Administration. He said: “If I have the opportunity to speak with Mr. President, I will say, “Sir please wake up and smell the coffee, this country is falling apart.” It is in very serious danger, it is going down under your watch. “You swore in 2015 and again in 2019 that you will protect citizens, the territorial integrity of Nigeria. Sorry Sir, you are not doing that, doing it well or you are not doing it all. One of the things you should do is to call about 200 to 500 Nigerians without any preconditions and say; Ladies and Gentlemen, I believe that this government will benefit from some quality advice in terms of the way forward.”

“Two, take your governors more into confidence, speak to them. They are very important people. They have responsibilities under the constitution and they are able to carry out those responsibilities, particularly on matters of security.

“What do you want? What can we do together? What can I do for you and what can we consider a legitimate idea and a crazy ideal? “Thirdly, please ask real questions about what is going on with the security in this country. Something is wrong. You keep changing things but we see the same result. We are becoming insecure by the day.

“Either, it is your attitude as commander in-Chief of the Armed Forces or the people you trust to defend and protect us. There must be something about the security which you and the people who are fighting this country don’t understand.

“Why are we being so insecure? Why is it not possible for Nigerians to deal with banditry, kidnapping? These things, two, three years ago did not exist. Is anybody asking these questions? Is it that you have this harmony in your security agencies? Do you have a way of finding out because we don’t have the time for you to fix this country at your own leisure and the rate you are going? You are too slow and people are smelling a vacuum around your government and this is why you see people saying, we don’t want to be part of Nigeria. That is an expression of an opinion. When these opinions intensify and become popular as we are beginning to see in some parts of the South West, South East, you now have citizens who are now legitimately beginning to think this country represents a threat to us, we don’t want to be a part of this country. What happened to the country, the oath you took to protect Nigerians?” asked Ahmed.

The declaration by NEF was also supported by the Afenifere, the Pan Yoruba socio-political organization, Pan Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF and the Middle Belt Forum who also called on Buhari’s government to save the country from drifting into collapse.

While the Afenifere called on the government to do the needful, the Middle Belt Forum warned that unless the situation is reversed, the Buhari administration may midwife the disintegration of Nigeria.

Chief Ayo Adebayo, leader of Afenifere stated, “FG should do the needful. We are tired of people making statements… we have passed the age of making statements.

National President of Middle Belt Forum (MBF), Dr. Bitrus Pogu warned that what was left now is Nigeria’s dismembering.

“From all indications, everybody wants it, maybe including the Federal Government, because the way government is acting, is an indication that it doesn’t care.”

On its part, the PANDEF called for all to work together to end the reign of terror.


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



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



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



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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