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Buhari, Northern Elders Clash Over State Of The Nation

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President Muhammadu Buhari’s presidency and the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) clashed on Friday over the parlous state of the nation, particularly its security and economy.

While the NEF, represented by its spokesman, Dr Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, declared that the country was tottering on the bring of collapse due to the lack of effective leadership, the Presidency, through Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity, to the President, countered that the northern elders were critical of the president because they wished the government to collapse.

Both spoke Friday morning on a Channels Television programme, Sunrise Daily, monitored by Saturday Tribune.

To the Northern elders, the country has become “extremely insecure” because “we don’t have a leadership that shows capacity” in governance and in securing the nation.

“We are not winning the war against Boko Haram and banditry,” Baba-Ahmed said while berating the Buhari government for claiming success over the terrorists in the North East.

“The people know that the government has failed to secure the nation. We wished that what Malam Shehu is saying is true but it is not true. Insecurity is mutating under their watch,” he said while adding that when Buhari came, Boko Haram was the only problem but today banditry is everywhere. These he said were in addition to threats against national unity and cohesion.

Baba-Ahmed added that “this government does not have thinking capacity. They don’t know that there is a connection between their weakness and the opportunism of criminals. We don’t want to bring down Buhari’s government but we are asking him (Buhari) to work. What do you tell parents whose children are kidnapped?”

The NEF spokesman also said that banditry had become a big industry in the North on Buhari’s watch, declaring that “there is failure of leadership. The presidency has run out of ideas.”

He called on the government to put a stop to kidnapping and pull the country back from the brink.

According to Baba-Ahmed, the country’s condition has become precarious with respectable people now openly declaring that they no longer want to be part of Nigeria, because “it is too insecure.”

“If the presidency does not see this as an existential threat to the nation, then we are in greater trouble,” NEF spokesman declared.

In his response, Garba Shehu reminded Nigerians that the country was in a very terrible shape when Buhari took over in 2015.

He added that the president was addressing all challenges, including insecurity, even as he admitted that crime and criminality were mutating in the country.

“We are making progress in all the key policies. It is unfortunate that the opposition is exploiting the crises but the president is not distracted,” he said.

On NEF’s criticism of the Buhari regime, Shehu averred that while the people had the right to tell truth to the government, they “cannot bring down the government.”

He stressed that “in a democracy, governments come through periodic elections unless Baba-Ahmed does not believe in what he has been teaching his students all these years.”

The presidential spokesman, who noted that the North East had been stabilised by President Buhari, however, urged Nigerians to give the new service chiefs a chance, lamenting that “we don’t appreciate the sacrifices of our service men.”

He stressed that contrary to the picture painted by the Northern elders, “the government is not overwhelmed” by the various security challenges it is facing.

He added, however, that crime was mutating and complicating situations for the system as it kept changing in form and strategy.

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Court Reinstates Edo Commission Sacked By Oshiomhole 13 Years Ago

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The Court of Appeal, Benin Division, on Tuesday, set aside the dissolution of the Edo State Law Review Commission for the past 13 years over failure to follow due process.

The commission was dissolved in 2008 by the administration of Governor Adams Oshiomhole.

In a unanimous‎ judgment, the court ordered that the commission’s members be reinstated and be allowed to complete their tenure, which should now run from March 25, 2021, to August 25, 2025.

In the judgment delivered by a three-person panel and read by Justice Biobele Abraham Georgewill, with justices Oyebisi Omoleye and Fredrick Oho as members, the appellate court held that Mr Oshiomhole’s government did not follow the laid-down procedure in dissolving the commission.

In the suit (No B/375/OS/2009), the appellants were Jonathan Aghimien (SAN), T. E. Ogbeide-Ihama, and Edward Aigbanbe, while the Edo governor, the attorney general, and the House of Assembly were the respondents.

The appellants challenged the ruling of Justice Nogi Aifuwa Imoukhuede of the state’s high court, which dismissed the appellants’ claims for being statute-barred.

In his ruling, Mr Georgewill declared that “the dissolution of the Edo State Law Review Commission and consequent termination of the appointments of the Appellants on 24/11/2008, without due compliance with the provisions of the Revised Edition Law of Edo state 2001, by the 1st Respondent, the then Executive Governor of Edo state is null, void and of no effect whatsoever.”

The court set aside the letter issued by the then-Secretary to State Government on behalf of the governor, saying it was issued without compliance with the Revised Edition Law of Edo State 2001.

He said, “An order is hereby given reinstating the appellants to their aforesaid position as Chairman and members of the Edo State Law Review Commission to serve out the remainder of their five-year tenure.”

He added, “Thereafter from the date of this judgment being 25/3/2021 to 25/8/2025 totalling five years in line with Section 7 (1) of the Revised Edition Law 2001 of Edo state, excluding the period from 24/11/2008 to 25/3/2021, unless the appellants are removed in line with the provision of the Revised Edition law of Edo State of Nigeria 2001.”

(NAN)

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Some Of IPOB’s Grievances Are Valid. They Should Be Addressed Squarely – Gov Ikpeazu

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The governor of Abia state, Okezie Ikpeazu, says some of the grievances of the proscribed Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) are valid and need to be addressed squarely.

Some of IPOB?s grievances are valid. They should be addressed squarely - Gov Ikpeazu

The group has over the years accused successive Nigerian governments of marginalizing the South East region and have called for the creation of the Biafran nation.

 

Speaking on Arise TV on Tuesday, April 12, Ikpeazu said some of the “issues raised” by IPOB should be addressed as they are valid.

 

In his words

 

“I have taken my time to listen to some of these issues raised by IPOB: issues about injustice, issues of marginalisation, issues of trust deficits within the polity called Nigeria as it concerns people from south-eastern Nigeria. And I think some of those are valid issues and they should be addressed and spoken to. They should be addressed squarely. So that everybody and those of us that are in government today can have a foothold within the southeast region to continue to promote the unity of Nigeria.

I do not subscribe to the strategy of IPOB in pursuing their goals. And the reason is because I’m yet to see the end of the tunnel from where I’m standing and I do not like to take a plunge in the dark. We must engage and discuss the issue which is bothering them and everybody and we can’t continue to pretend as if these issues are not valid.

Equal rights and justice is an indelible right of all citizens and if through impunity and carelessness we allow a group of people to begin to feel like they’re not rightly represented within the polity, it creates a lacuna where people are no longer confident in the government to protect them and take care of their interest within the polity. There’s bound to be agitation one way or another. Some of these reactions may extrapolate to levels that may undermine national convention and unity.”

 

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EFCC Arrests Former Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha

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Former Imo state governor cum Senator, Rochas Okorocha, has reportedly been arrested by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC.

 

Officials of the Commission laid siege to the former Governor’s private office at Nkwerre Street in the Garki area of Abuja and picked him up shortly after he returned from a trip today April 13.

 

EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, who confirmed the arrest to the Nation but did not give reasons for the action.

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