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Oshiomhole Under Pressure, Working For Floundering Government – Jonathan |RN

              Former President, Dr Goodluck Ebelechukwu Jonathan

Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja

 

A former President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan,  has said there are indications that the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Mr Adams Oshiomhole, is under stress.

He explained that the stress could be as a result of workload and that he (Oshiomhole) was also working for what he called a floundering government.

Jonathan said these in a statement in Abuja, on Wednesday, while reacting to a claim by Oshiomhole that vote-buying started under the former president.

The former president, whose statement was signed by his media aide, Mr Ikechukwu Eze, also described Oshiomhole as a man of double identity.

The statement was titled, “Oshiomhole: The burden of blame game and tumultuous leadership.”

Oshiomhole, while being featured on a Channels Television programme, Roadmap, was quoted to have said, “President Jonathan started this massive vote buying in Nigeria and the media must play back and do a proper interview and proper investigation to discover the origin of vote- buying.”

Jonathan said he did not know why Oshiomhole decided to engage in what he described as misleading falsehood.

But he said the former governor could be under pressure.

He said, “We can only guess that Mr Oshiomhole, who is currently operating under tremendous stress in the bid to steady the already floundering ship of his administration as the new leader of his party, may have got himself entangled in a voyage of tactless desperation.

“His recent flip-flops where he praised Governor Samuel Ortom and Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso one day only to denounce them the very next day, is enough evidence of his fragile psychological state.

“Not only is he content on squabbling with members of the opposition, we note the self-destructive tendencies of Oshiomhole, who is locked in a feud with members of his own party, including the Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige, and a host of APC governors.

“It appears that Mr Oshiomhole’s psychological strain may have reached boiling point.”

The statement noted that vote-buying became known during the 2016 governorship election, more than a year after Jonathan left office.

According to the statement, “On the vexatious issue of ‘vote-buying’, which has unfortunately found its way into our election lexicon, this is what we know: It is obvious that the shameful development in our democratic experience became very glaring during the 2016 governorship election in Edo State; an exercise that took place more than one year after President Jonathan had left office.

“It is, therefore, disingenuous for any politician or group to link the former president with the anomaly, no matter how they want to stretch the now-failing blame game.

“While in office as president between 2010 and 2015, Jonathan conducted many elections including the 2011 and 2015 general elections, and many off-season governorship and parliamentary elections in some states like Anambra, Ekiti, Ondo and Edo; and not for once did the issue of vote-buying come up in the assessment of those elections.

“It is instructive that in each case, the former President was given a clean bill, with both local and international observers commending him for having supervised a credible and transparent process.”

Eze said one of those who gave the former President a clean bill of health was Oshiomhole.

According to him,  Oshiomhole was quoted to have said on July 16, 2012, that “What the Edo election has confirmed is that when the President and Commander-in-Chief puts the country first and he conducts himself as a statesman not just as a party leader, credible elections are possible.”

He said when the above statement is juxtaposed with Oshiomhole’s current statement, “it becomes obvious that the APC chairman is suffering from multiple personality syndrome and has Jekyll and Hyde schizophrenia.”

Eze added that the wave of commendation for Jonathan’s electoral conduct had continued, long after he had left office.

For example, he said in November 2017, a United Nations delegation led by Ambassador Mohamed Ibn Chambas, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for West Africa and the Sahel, and Chairman of the Cameroon-Nigeria Mixed Commission, had commended Jonathan for the positive outcome of the electoral reforms he initiated during his tenure, and prayed that the institutions he had built and the high standards he had set in organising credible and peaceful elections were maintained and sustained by his successors.  (Punch)

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Why Niger-Delta Citizens Do Not Want To Be Part Of Biafra – Goodluck Jonathan

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Former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Ebere Jonathan yesterday delivered a lecture at Texas US on why remaining indivisible with Nigeria than joining forces with Biafrans in splitting the country will pay Niger Deltans more.

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I begin this write-up by saying that I mean no ill-thought towards the Biafran struggle or Igbos in general. What I’ve written here are mainly my personal reflections concerning the Niger Delta, especially with regards to non-Igbo groups and their stake in the Biafran movement which has been rebirthed for some time now. I am not a mouthpiece for the Niger Delta but I believe I’ve been in the Niger Delta long enough to know our problems and our stand. I’ve also interacted with many Niger Deltans to know their stand in the Biafran struggle.

When I use the term Niger Delta, I am referring to the region covering Delta, Edo, Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, and Cross River states. However, I understand that the region also covers Ondo, Imo, and Abia states. I’m not concerned with the latter because they are either Igbos or Yorubas and have their own struggles. The ethnic groups within my coverage include Urhobo-Isoko, Bini, Esan, Itsekiri, Ijaw-Epie-Ogbia, Ogoni, Afemai, Efik-Annang-Eket-Oron-Ibibio, Ogoja, Ejagham, and other groups in Cross River North. Ikwerre, Ukwuani, Ika, Aniocha, Ogba, and other Igboid groups are not included. Historically, Biafra covered all the Niger Delta states EXCEPT Delta and Ondo states. This fact must be emphasised.

Pro-Biafrans are welcome to debate and address my issues in a civil manner. I understand that most pro-Biafrans resort to insults when salient issues are addressed.

Please let’s set a good precedence from hereon.

  1. Biafra may not be better for Niger Deltans because Niger Deltans may end up living one form of subjugation for another. The argument Igbos have made for their freedom is the desire to be free from Hausa-Yoruba domination. That argument also applies to the average Niger Deltan. Igbo, no doubt, will be the major ethnic group if Biafra is actualised. Ijaws may have a stake due to their numbers. What about the Ogonis, Urhobo-Isokos, Itsekiris, Efiks, etc? Where will they fit in at the national level? The sad reality is that another Nigeria will just be made manifest and resentments will build up. What will really be the fate of minorities? Will they fare better in Biafra or alone? In Nigeria, big groups such as Hausa, Yoruba and Igbo checkmate each other’s excesses very well. Who will checkmate that of Igbos in the new nation?
  2. Where will the capital be located? If we are to follow the notion of central location, the capital of Biafra won’t be Enugu but around Umuahia-Ikot Ekpene axis. Will Igbos allow their capital to be sited in a non-Igbo location? This is a very salient issue because you don’t expect the riverine Niger Deltan in Twon-Brass, for instance, to journey all the way to Enugu to see their President. It has to be a location where ALL BIAFRANS can access easily. Enugu won’t go.

  3. The issue of annexation comes to play. For so long, e-Biafrans have annexed Niger Delta as part of the proposed nation. The map below shows us what Biafrans have drawn to constitute the new nation:?

If we judge from this map, it means all groups in the Niger Delta have been annexed. My question is whether the leaders of these groups have been consulted before the annexation was done. I, for one, know that Urhobo-Isoko and Efik-Ibibio leaders have not approved of Biafra neither has anybody in these regions declared Biafra. So how and why were they included in the proposed map? Little things like this bring distrust and I understand that many of these non-Igbo regions have disowned the map and pledged allegiance to Nigeria. The declaration by the Delta State government is a case in point. I see this as forceful annexation. The so-called e-Biafrans have also not done much in calming the nerves of the people of the annexed regions. I’ve seen comments such as “if you don’t like it, go and stay in Sokoto”, “all land in the South is Biafraland”, etc. Is it not ironic that a group of people who want freedom want to annexe others?

  1. What languages will be made the official languages of the new nation? I have seen several posts by e-Biafrans where Igbo was proposed as the official language of the new republic. What then will happen to other languages such as Urhobo, Isoko, Okpe, Efik, Ibibio, Oron, Ogoni, Eleme, Okrika, Kalabari, Bini, Esan, etc? Will they die off because of Igbo? Certainly NOT! If English is made the official language, the Igbo majority factor will kick in. If your name isn’t Chukwuemeka or Oliseh, Amarachi or Nneka, etc, you won’t get any appointment nor shall you be recognised. These are things we can’t deny. We are very ethnocentric in Africa.
  • What and what have Igbo nation done for Niger Deltans to gain their trust? Every day I see Igbo youths making enemies where there were none. They constantly use the agency of the internet to sprout controversy, hurl insults at dissenters and make unfounded claims. There is this general air of mistrust for Igbos by some Niger Deltans, particularly by Urhobo-Isoko and Bini people. What have Igbos done to checkmate this? Has any Igbo leader or group extended the hand of friendship to the Niger Deltans. Mistrust cannot be wished away. Most Niger Deltans would rather follow Hausas as slaves than follow Igbos as kings. This is the real reality and truthfully, Igbos caused this.

  • Who will lead the new nation? Obviously, Nnamdi Kanu, their hero, has fought tooth and nails for Biafra and he is currently cooling off in jail. If Biafra comes today, who will be the interim leader and what modalities are in place for subsequent leaders to be elected? Igbos have been the only ones fighting for Biafra since time immemorial with a handful of other groups here and there. Will Igbos allow other groups to rule over them? Will they allow an Urhobo man to be President, for instance? This is not a case of mere wishing. We have to understand that Niger Delta groups MAY NEVER BE ALLOWED TO RULE BIAFRA IF IT IS ACTUALISED.

  • Still, on the issue of leaders, are the new leaders going to fall from the skies or they are simply going to change addresses from Abuja to Enugu. If so, what will change in the new nation? It is not arguable that Igbo national leaders are the most corrupt persons in Nigeria. If these same people are the ones to rule the new nation then there is no hope because corruption will be so rife that the economy of the new nation will shut down like a knocked engine. If we argue that new and younger leaders will arise, we still have the issue of who fought for Biafra to contend with. Most pro-Biafrans will not allow someone who sat at the periphery of the struggle to just come and waltz power away from the “heroes” of Biafra. If this is true then we will not have a proper democracy in Biafra.

  • Will Biafra be a utopia? The impression that e-Biafrans give is that Biafra will be perfect and we all know for a fact that this is not true. Apart from the issue of corruption and sentimentalism that have been addressed, we still have the issue of development. Where will money be generated from to develop the nation? In the whole of proposed Biafra, only Port Harcourt and Onitsha are economically viable cities. Where will the investors come from? Why should they invest in a volatile country? Only in Warri, we have Ijaw, Itsekiri and Urhobo at loggerheads, imagine what would happen to the whole nation. Secondly, I am sure that no Niger Deltan will allow his “oil” to be used to develop Enugu like what happened with Abuja, and is still happening today. Niger Deltans are getting wiser and by the time the new nation is formed, matters that border on oil, wealth distribution and infrastructural development will be raised.

  • The current structure of the proposed nation, as shown on the map earlier embedded, favour Igbos with more states. Urhobo has one, Efik-Ibibio has two, Itsekiri has none, etc. How will this be addressed? Certainly, every ethnic nationality will want adequate representation and so the structure on that map will never work.

  • Last, but not the least, is the issue of the referendum. Some Biafrans are already calling for a referendum which will involve all parts of the proposed nation. I am pretty sure how this referendum will turn out. However, for the sake of being hypothetical, let us imagine that some ethnic groups/states vote against Biafra by the majority, what will be their fate at the end of the day? Secondly, will the result of such a referendum be true and honest? I understand that electoral malpractice forms a part of our identity. How are we going to get a true reflection of people’s thoughts? Thirdly, if states and ethnic groups do decide to vote for Biafra, what mechanisms are in place to contain Igbophobia, Igbomania, Igbocentrism, Igbo hegemony, Land grabbing, and all issues that minorities have raised?

  • Above are the reasons why I feel that Niger Deltans will NOT subscribe to the Biafran movement. I have been very practical, philosophical and hypothetical in my approach. I do not speak for any group or persons but I present these issues for the pro-Biafrans to address. Niger Deltans can raise more issues that I have not raised. Finally, it should be noted that I expect insults directed at my person by e-warriors and keyboard mercenaries, as usual, but I won’t pleasure such persons with answers or altercations. If you raise good points, we can discuss like intellectuals.

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    IBB, Jonathan, Danjuma, Others On Buhari’s Gov’t’s Target – Fani-Kayode

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    Former Presidents, Goodluck Jonathan, and Olusegun Obasanjo

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    Former minister of Culture and Tourism as well as Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, has alleged that the All Progressives Congress, APC-led Federal Government has perfected plans to silence all opposition voices, starting from the former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

    In a statement he signed yesterday, Fani-Kayode warned that such move would not augur well for the country’s democracy.

    Fani-Kayode was reacting to Obasanjo’s allegation that Buhari was planning to arrest him.
    He described as disturbing, reports about Buhari’s plan to frame up, arrest and detain Obasanjo on trumped-up and politically-motivated charges.

    “The government is also planning to target other key opposition figures and elder statesmen as we get closer to 2019 such as General T.Y. Danjuma, General Ibrahim Babangida, former President Goodluck Jonathan and a handful of others. It appears that Buhari will stop at nothing in order to ensure that all his critics are silenced.

    “The plan to implicate and silence all these leaders, together with key figures in the PDP, such as Ayo Fayose, Emmanuel Udom, Ibrahim Dankwabo, Nyesome Wike, Darius Ishaku, Godswill Akpabio, David Mark, Ike Ekweremadu, Lyle Imoke, Uche Secondus, Sule Lamido, Ibrahim Shekarau, Abubakar Suleiman, Kabiru Turaki, David Jang, Atiku Abubakar, Dele Belgore, Jumoke Akinjide, Nenadi Usman and others is condemnable.”

    The former minister also accused the government of planning to give him and potent voices against the government “the Nnamdi Kanu or El Zakzaky treatment.” (The Sun)

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    Jonathan Responds To Presidency, El-Rufai, Condoles With Victims Of Herdsmen Attacks

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    Immediate past President, Dr Goodluck E. Jonathan

    Former President Goodluck Jonathan has reacted to the recent killings in Benue, Taraba by Fulani Herdsmen.Jonathan, in a press statement by his Media Reps, condoled with the victims and also responded to reports that 756 people were killed in his tenure by Fulani Herdsmen.

    The statement read;

    ‘”Former President Jonathan wishes to express his condolences to the government and people of Benue, Kaduna, Taraba, Adamawa and Nasarawa states, over the recent spate of killings occasioned by herdsmen/farmers clashes.

    “His heart bleeds for the sufferings of Nigerians and he calls on the authorities to do everything in their power to put an end to these needless killings.

    “Having said that, let it be known that we find the statement by the Presidency stating that 756 Nigerians were killed by Fulani herdsmen in two years under the government of former President Jonathan as a mischievous assertion by a callous Presidential spokesman who thinks that death is something to be trivialized.

    “For the avoidance of doubt, let it be known that the figure of 756 is wrong. But the issue is not that it is a false figure, the issue is that former President Jonathan was not inactive in the face of Fulani herdsmen killings during his Presidency.

    “While in office, the former President knew that the capacity of the Nigerian police would be challenged by the sophistication of arms available to the herdsmen and so after he was elected President and sworn in on May 29, 2011, former President Jonathan summoned a National Security Council meeting and ordered that Fulani herdsmen attack must be decisively dealt with.

    “In July 2012, the Plateau state government reported that herdsmen killings had reached a head in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area leading to tens of deaths of Nigerian citizens by Fulani herdsmen, many of whom were not even Nigerian citizens.

    “Then President Jonathan, when briefed about the situation insisted that there would not be such impunity under his leadership and immediately ordered the army and the Air Force to go to the affected communities and fish out the perpetrators and bring them to book.

    “The military immediately obeyed the then President’s orders and sent troops and helicopters to Barkin Ladi Local Government Area. They ordered all residents to leave their residence for temporary accommodation provided for them so they could conduct a joint air and ground operation to flush out the armed herdsmen who had been suspected of killing innocent Nigerians.

    “The residents complied and the soldiers went in and not only did they clear the area, they made arrests which led to trials and convictions.

    “We wish to remind Nigerians that when this episode was being carried out, it was precisely members of the opposition who later became the All Progressive Congress that heavily criticized then President Jonathan’s orders.

    “In fact, a prominent member of the APC and now the Governor of Kaduna State and a known confidante of the President, Malam Nasir El-Rufai tweeted his now infamous tweet on the 15th of July 2012 threatening that ‘We will write this for all to read. Anyone, soldier or not that kills the Fulani takes a loan repayable one day no matter how long it takes.’ (his exact words).

    “So the question Nigerians need to ask instead of allowing themselves to be distracted by the statement from the Presidency is this: Are Nigerians now repaying the ‘loan’ that El-Rufai threatened to make Nigeria repay?

    “If the then President was not active in decisively sending the military after herdsmen, why would El-Rufai have been so pained to have made such a statement?

    “Let it be known that the former President views herdsmen who kill unprovoked and with the intention of advancing their own economic and other interests as terrorists, pure and simple.  ( Akahi News)

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    Fulani Herdsmen Killed Over 750 In Two Years Under Jonathan – Femi Adesina |RN

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          Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina

     

    *says killings didn’t start under Buhari

    Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja

    The Presidency on Wednesday said over 756 people were killed by herdsmen in two years under former President Goodluck Jonathan.

    It said it would, therefore, be wrong to insinuate that the recent killings happened because President Muhammadu Buhari is a Fulani man.

    The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, disclosed these in a video he posted on his Facebook page. He insisted that the recent spate of killings by herdsmen in parts of the country had nothing to do with Buhari being Fulani.

    The presidential spokesman said, “Something that is disturbing that I have heard about it is linking those developments to the fact that a Fulani man is President and so, he is brooking such kind of evil acts.

    “I think that is very unkind. And I will try to back my position with statistics.

    “In 2013, particularly, there were nine cases of herdsmen invading communities in Benue state alone and more than 190 people were killed.

    “In 2014, there were about 16 of such tragic developments with more than 231 people killed. And then there was a change of government in May 2015.

    “But between January and May 2015, there were six attacks which left about 335 people dead.

    “Now, the question is, during that period, did we have a Fulani president?”

    According to him, this shows that the issue of herdsmen attacking settlements is something that government must deal with.

    “It is the duty of government to preserve the lives of the citizenry. It is the responsibility of government to maintain law and order and that this government is determined to do.

    “Therefore, let nobody say that all this is happening because we have a Fulani president.

    “We have had many Fulani presidents in the past and this issue of herders and local communities at loggerheads has predated this government.

    “But I will just like to appeal to Nigerians that the Muhammadu Buhari government is determined to crack this issue, is determined to get to the bottom of it and it will get done,” he added. (Punch)

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    2019: PDP Shop For Strong Presidential Candidate |The Republican News

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    * Woos 44 aggrieved APC senators

    * Jonahtan, Wike Congratulate PDP new leaders

    * Elections credible, says Wike

    By Ismail Omipidan

    Strong indications emerged, yesterday that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is not leaving anything to chance in plot against the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), ahead of the 2019 presidential election.

    As part of strategies to dislodge the APC, the PDP, after its Saturday’s national convention, which produced Prince Uche Secondus, has begun shopping for aspirants that could give Buhari a good fight.

    In the chairmanship election, at the just concluded national convention, Secondus, with the strong backing of PDP governors, polled over 2,000 votes to beat his closest rival, Prof. Tunde  Adeniran ,who had 230 votes. Raymond Dokpesi came third with 66 votes, while Taoheed Adedoja got no vote.

    Other contenders, including Gbenga Daniel, Jimi Agbaje, Bode George and Rasheed Ladoja pulled out of the race at the eleventh hour.  A source, who incidentally is of the APC, but who is also desirous of leaving the party in the first quarter of next year, disclosed that one of the presidential aspirants in the PDP already has about five retired army generals backing him.  One of the names being touted is that of a man who Daily Sun is aware has been backing President Muhammadu Buhari’s bid financially since 2003. He was, however, quick to add that the man, like the four other generals, were already “disenchanted with Buhari, and as such want him out.”

    Two of the retired army generals, Daily Sun gathered, were part of those who plotted Buhari’s ouster as a military Head of State in 1985.

    The source believed that Buhari is also losing it, even with the masses in the north.

    The source said: “The masses in the North supported Buhari because they believed he will come and lock up the big men. You know an average Talakawa sees a big man as a thief; so they believed Buhari would come and help them deal with the ‘thieves.’ But today, what do we have? The masses are hungry and Buhari himself is surrounded by people the masses believe are dirty. So, if the PDP gets its right, and field a strong candidate that will break Kano and Kaduna votes, Buhari will be defeated hands down.

    “I can tell you that about 44 senators are aggrieved over the way the APC governors sat down in the comfort of their offices to write names of persons during the July congress election to elect delegates. And the national leadership of the party is not showing any serious sign at addressing the issues. I will not be surprised if these 44 senators leave the party.”

    Speaking on the plots to sack the APC in 2019, a member of the PDP’s Board of Trustees (BoT) told Daily Sun that apart from working on the aggrieved lawmakers from the APC, some of the party stakeholders from the North are already trying to see if they could get a “neutral” person other than the already known names that have since indicated interest to run against Buhari.

    He said: “So far, we have secured commitment from 10 out of the 44 aggrieved senators from the APC. There are also some from the House of Representatives, but I am not too sure of the number now.  We are still working on the remaining 34 senators.

    “But apart from that, we are also looking at how we can source for a neutral presidential candidate outside the ones you and I already know. We are working on a number of persons and at the appropriate time, we will unveil our choice. What I want our people to focus on is how to send these APC people packing. Therefore, we must be united on that.”

    Jonathan, Wike congratulate PDP new leaders

    • Elections credible, says Rivers governor

    From Tony John, Port Harcourt

    Former President Goodluck Jonathan has congratulated the newly-elected national officers of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and urged them to seek to carry everyone along and reposition the party.

    In a statement by his spokesperson, Mr. Ikechukwu Eze, yesterday, the former president also urged members of the party to make sacrifices, and added that the only way to achieve the party’s goals and aspirations is to unite as members of one political family.

    “I congratulate the newly-elected members of the National Working Committee (NWC) of our great party, led by Prince Uche Secondus and wish them a successful tenure as they seek to reposition our great party.

    “I reiterate that the only way to prove that this is victory for the PDP and all our members is for the new leaders to be magnanimous and aim to carry everybody along, for we cannot achieve our mission and aspirations, unless we unite as a family.

    “To the rest of us, let us make sacrifices, put our differences behind us and accept this as a new dawn that will take our party to greater heights.”

    In a related development, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has  congratulated  Secondus and NWC members  on a well-deserved victory.

    Wike assured the party would be re-positioned  for greater service to the country.  He said Secondus emerged through a credible process which would further strengthen the bonds  of unity in the party.

    The governor  noted that Secondus came into leadership with a track record of service and loyalty to the party, pointing out that the new party chairman and his executive committee would rebuild  the PDP. 

    Wike described last Saturday’s convention as transparent, with a credible voting process.

    He said PDP has been repositioned to serve as credible opposition  against  the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

    “This election has been quite credible.  It has been very transparent, done in the full glare of the world. We are prepared  to be an opposition, as expected to the ruling party come 2019.”

    On those who are still criticising the process, Wike expressed  surprise  that anyone would fault the process which created room for the exhibition of true democracy. 

    “If you have not done your homework well, you come forward to cry foul. It is surprising that even an election  as organised as this, somebody will still cry.

    “You have an examination and you don’t prepare but you expect to win,” Wike said. 

    Meanwhile, former governor of the state, Dr. Peter Odili and Wike led delegates from Rivers to vote in the hitch-free elections at the weekend, at the Eagle Square, in Abuja.

    Rivers’ delegates included former ministers, members of the National Assembly, House of Assembly as well as  national delegates.  (The Sun)

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    Chibok Girls: Tell Nigerians Why You Concealed Your Fact-Finding Report, Shettima Replies Jonathan

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    Governor of Borno State, Alhaji Kashim Shettima

    …Says no one helped Jonathan’s fight on Boko Haram like him

    By Ismail Omipidan

    Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State has fired back at former president Goodluck Jonathan, challenging him to make public report of a Presidential Fact-Finding Committee on the abduction of the Chibok school girls.

    Shettima had, on Thursday, at a book presentation, in Abuja, exposed the poor handling of the abduction sàga by Jonathan, insisting that the former president believed, though erroneously that he (Shettima) had a hand in the abduction.

    But Jonathan also replied on Friday, challenging the Borno governor to tell Nigerians all he knew about the abuction of the school girls.

    Speaking yesterday through his Education commissioner, Inuwa Kubo, Shettima challenged the former president to tell Nigerians why he concealed the report of the fact- finding committee.

    Shettima, who noted that his Education commissioner was among those interrogated, revealed that Jonathan had
    constituted and inaugurated on Tuesday, 6th of May, 2014 a fact-funding committee on the matter and that the panel turned in its findings to the then President on Friday, 20th of June 2014.

    He further said that former President Jonathan’s decision to constitute that committee was a “miraculous intervention by God to preserve” his innocence and that of his administration.

    He added that if Jonathan was not the one that constituted the panel and received the report, no one would have upheld his (Shettima) innocence because Jonathan’s men would have questioned the report of any other fact-finding committee.

    ‎‎He therefore called on Jonathan’s media handlers to find something more important to do with their time rather than make baseless allegations just to confuse Nigerians.

    While insisting that he remains one of the very few highly placed Nigerians that assisted Jonathan in the fight against Boko Haram, by approving the funding of civilian JTF without any support from the Federal Government and that Jonathan himself repeatedly acknowledged the role played by Civilian JTF in whatever success his administration recorded in the fight against insurgency, Shettima said “as a government we supported Jonathan’s administration by funding security agencies and mobilising community intelligence as publicly attested to by the then Director of Operations at the Defence Headquarters, Major General Lawrence Ndugbane. ”

    “Jonathan’s anger with me was my decision to speak out, out of frustration though, by telling the world that the Nigerian Military wasn’t being equipped. And I have since been vindicated by former Chief of Defence Staff, Alex Badeh, who acknowledged that he led a troop that had no tools to fight.

    “For records purpose, Eze (Jonathan’s media aide) and his colleagues are pointing at the wrong direction.

    ” They should ask their principal why he deliberately refused to make public the report of a committee he constituted, inaugurated and received the findings on facts surrounding the Chibok abduction and who to blame for it.

    “To refresh their minds, on Tuesday, the 6th of May, 2014, President Jonathan had inaugurated multi-agency/stakeholder fact-finding committee under the chairmanship of Brig. General Ibrahim Sabo (rtd), a one-time Director of Military Intelligence and secretary of the Committee was from the Niger Delta. President Jonathan single handedly selected all members of that committee which included representatives of the UN, ECOWAS, ‎retired and security officers from the Army, DSS and Police; representatives of the Chibok community, local and international civil rights organisations, representatives of the National Council of Women Societies, the Nigeria Union of Journalists and some of his highly trusted associates.

    ” For nearly two months, the committee undertook thorough investigations that included forensic assessment of all documents on the entire issues, held meetings with parents of the schoolgirls, visited Chibok, met with the then Chief of Defence Staff, Chief of Army Staff, Chief of Naval Staff, the Director General of the DSS and the Inspector General of Police, all of whom were appointees of President Jonathan.

    “The committee also met with officials of Borno State Government including the school principal, the committee held meetings with heads of different security agencies in Borno State including security formations in charge of Chibok and after compiling their findings, the committee submitted its report directly to President Jonathan on Friday, the 20th of June, 2014 in Aso Rock.

    “The question anyone should ask is why President Jonathan deliberately refused to make that report public. What was he hiding from Nigerians? Here is another question, if the findings had indicted Governor Shettima or the Borno State Government in anyway, does anyone really think Jonathan would have concealed that report given his open hatred for me and the fact that I was in the opposition party?” Shettima asked.   (The Sun)

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