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Al-Makura Collected N309,247bn In Six Years Without Anything To Show For It – Nsarawa PDP

Linus Oota, Lafia
Nasarawa State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP ) on Wednesday came hard on the government of Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura for failing to justify N309, 247, 000,00 billion its government collected in six years.
The state chairman of the party Hon Francis Orogo told journalists yesterday during a press conference, adding that the governor has failed the people of the state and the Alago nation in particular and there is no basis for the governor to proceed to the Senate in 2019.
He expresses disappointment in the governor for ordering the closure of the Alogo tribe programme on the state broadcasting Radio and Television because the programme is promoting the aspirations of his opponents.
He said that the same Alago nation that he is preventing them from promoting the values of their culture on the state-owned media just like any other language in the state, but he wants to represent them at the Senate in 2019.
According to him “from 1999 to December 2016 which is 18 years, Nasarawa State has received the sum of N456,792, 000, 000 billion as both internal and external revenue
“Of this total, from 1999 to 2007, Abdullahi Adamu 8 years received about N60,974,000,00 billion.
“From 2007 to 2010, Aliyu Akwe Doma ‘s four years received about N86, 571, 000,000 billion
“From 2011 to 2016, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura received about N309,247,000,000 billion which is twice of what Abdullahi Adamu and Aliyu Akwe Doma received in 12 years
“Can the government of Umaru Tanko Al-Makura show us just one billion naira project executed in all Alago communities which are located in Doma, Keane and Obi local government areas where he is intending to represent at the Senate in 2019?
“What has the governor done to warrant the perceived plan of his Alago APC support team to organise a congress meeting in Doma calling on him to contest for the senatorial seat of the zone, I challenge any of his aids to come out and tell the people of Alago why the governor should be supported to go to the Senate even when a citizen of Doma is contesting for the same seat with him”
he said Responding, the chief press secretary to the governor Musa Elayo said the PDP  state chairman is leaving in the past as the achievements of the governor are visible in all the Alago communities.
” Right now as I talk to you, roads construction work is ongoing in all the local government areas dominated by the Alagos
“For the first time in the history of the state, roads are constructed within the local government”
He said that the governor will not join issues with any of his opponents as he is eminently qualified to proceeds to the Senate in 2019 having achieved so much for the people of Alago nation.  (The Sun)

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We Are Backing Commitment To Niger-Delta With Actions – FG

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President Muhammadu Buhari

Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja.

The Federal Government says it is backing its commitment to the Niger Delta region with necessary actions that would lead to the implementation of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s New Vision for the region.

It has also assured that the New Vision for the region would create a future of success and prosperity for the region.

Senior Special Assistant to the President on the Niger Delta Region, Edobor Iyamu, gave the assurance at a one-day capacity building workshop for the media, Civil Society Organisations and staff of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) at the State House Auditorium, Abuja.

The theme of the workshop was: “Niger Delta New Vision: Partnership for regional development & Nation-building.”

“Not only is the government committed, it is backing all of its commitment with the necessary action and steps that need to be taken,” Mr Iyamu said.

He said that one of the licensed modular refineries in Delta State was about 70 per cent completed, while works on the one in Rivers State was progressing.

Among other projects, Iyamu listed that were currently ongoing in the region in line with the Niger Delta New Vision, were the Maritime University, Okerenkoko, Delta State, and the Ogoni Cleanup.

Iyamu said the Federal Government had also demonstrated its commitment to the Niger Delta with a consistent increase in budgetary allocations to the region in the last three years.

“Today, the budget of the Ministry of the Niger Delta Affairs has been increased.  The budget of the NNDC has also been increased. The budget for NDDC has also been increased.”

Also, following that meeting with elders in the region, in 2017, on behalf of the President, the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, undertook a tour of oil producing communities in the region. The President Buhari administration’s New Vision for the Niger Delta was, thus, birthed.

According to Mr Iyamu, the Niger Delta New vision was “designed to promote development in the region through a forthright partnership between the Federal Government, state government, the private sector and the local community.”

He said the New Vision was also designed to positively change the narrative of failed promises and abandoned projects and creates a future of success and prosperity which the people of the region so earnestly deserve.

He restated Vice President Yemi Osinbajo’s assertion during his engagements with leaders and stakeholders in the region last year that the people of the Niger Delta deserved more than they were getting.

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Infrastructure, Imeh Okon, said the key to what government was doing in the Niger Delta was to complete all abandoned projects in the region.

In the words of Okon, “You don’t start something and then you abandon it where you have limited resources. “You need to finish it and be able to leverage on the resources that you deployed on that project in the first place.”

She said the government was working to ensure that all projects with strategic developmental impact were completed.

“And then we also look at new projects that have the impact that would be linked to those existing projects.  So, we can also fund those projects.  But the key is that we are no longer abandoning projects.”

Participants at the workshop were given an overview of the Strategic Implementation Work Plan (SIWP) of the Niger Delta New Vision.

They were also taken through the communication strategy of the SIWP to stakeholders in the Niger Delta and the role of Civil Society organisations in the region.

There was also a session on partnering towards regional development and nation building.

In November 2016, in a move to address concerns in the region and see to its development, President Muhammadu Buhari held a meeting with Niger Delta leaders under the aegis of Pan-Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF.

PANDEF made a 16-point demand to the Federal Government which was subsequently captured in the FG’s 20-point agenda to develop the region. (The Sun)

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2019: Nigerians Poorer, Grossly Divided Under Buhari, APC, Says Obasanjo |RN

By Kunle Olayeni

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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo yesterday said that Nigerians were poorer and more divided under President Mohammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) than ever before.

Obasanjo also announced the adoption of African Democratic Congress (ADC) as the political platform for his Coalition of Nigeria Movement (CNM) to contest the 2019 general elections.

He declared that the ADC, which is among the 68 registered political parties in the country, would bring about desirable change in the nation’s polity, consolidate democracy and stop the re-election bid of Buhari.

Obasanjo, who spoke at a press conference in Abeokuta, Ogun State, warned Nigerians against joining or voting for both the ruling APC and opposition Peoples Democratic Party PDP) in forthcoming elections.

He accused the APC of gloating and revelling in unrepentant misgovernance and taking Nigerians for fools while also upbraiding the PDP for merely offering an apology without disciplining those who set the country on a course of ruin.

Flanked by former acting Chief of Staff to late President Umar Yar’Adua, Dr Gbolade Osinowo, and former Secretary to the Oyo State Government, Chief Olayiwola Olakojo, the former president said ADC remained the platform to move Nigeria “up and forward.”

He explained that the leadership of CNM, which he founded, agreed to adopt ADC after detailed examination, wide consultation and bearing in mind the orientation, policies and direction of the movement. In his address titled: “My treatise for future of democracy and development in Nigeria,” Obasanjo said though he would not join the party based on his earlier vow not to play partisan politics, he would continue to be “alive and active on Nigerian and African issues and interests” and also offer necessary advice.

The former president, who spoke extensively on the nation’s politics, called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to ensure strict control of campaign funding and transparent accounting of all funds utilised by individuals and political parties for campaigns.

Obasanjo accused the Buhari administration of dividing the country by “playing the ethnic and religious game,” adding that the nation had also been more insecure and unsafe for the citizens.

He said: “I will advise others to join this political party platform (ADC) to usher in a new dawn for Nigeria, but I may not be able to advise anybody to join PDP or APC no matter what window-dressing reformation they may claim.

“Although PDP would seem to have realised the mistakes of its immediate past of the last eight years or so, its present evolution would, by itself, not give confidence to well-meaning Nigerians who are interested in a new Nigeria in the hands of God that will have leadership, governance, development and values within our culture as its guiding principles with the attributes of honesty, integrity, patriotism, love, unity, industry, incorruptibility, good neighbourliness, faithfulness, trust, courage and love and fear of God held aloft.

“PDP offered an apology without disciplining those who set Nigeria on a course of ruin and some of them are still holding leadership roles in their party. Nigerians may forgive, but Nigerians should never forget; otherwise, they will be suffering from amnesia and the same ugliness may raise its head again. “APC, as a political party, is still gloating and revelling in its unrepentant misgovernance of Nigeria and taking Nigerians for fools.

There is neither remorse nor appreciation of what they are doing wrong. It is all arrant arrogance and insult upon injury for Nigerians. “Whatever the leadership may personally claim, most Nigerians know that they (Nigerians) are poorer today than when APC came in and Nigeria is more impoverished with our foreign loan jumping from $3.6 billion to over $18 billion to be paid by the present and future generations of Nigerians.

“The country is more divided than ever before because the leadership is playing the ethnic and religious game which is very unfortunate. And the country is more insecure and unsafe for everybody. It is a political party with two classes of membership.”

While acknowledging that good men and women are still within the APC and PDP, Obasanjo noted that “what must be done is to take what is best from all to come together on a new alliance platform that will take us to the promised land.” He said: “It is pertinent to make the point that PDP and APC are not actually made of men and women who are totally evil.

There are sprinkles of good men and women out there and among them. But as political parties and the government they led or they are leading in the last 11 years, they have failed and failure should neither be hoisted for embracement nor reinforced.

“Nigerians must keep their eyes wide open, their ears quite attentive, their minds very clear, their hands very clean and must not remain dumb in the face of atrocities and impunities of the governors against the governed.

“Those who govern us at all levels must be made to realise that it is our collective rights and sovereignty that they hold in trust for us and to be used for the good of all of us and with all of us having interest and having a stake in how we are governed. It is our God-given right and we must not allow the abuse of it.” Also in Abuja, the Leader of CNM, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, at a world press conference, said the decision to move in the ADC was an appreciation of the progressive credentials of the party since its formation and entry into the nation’s politics.

“You will all recall that in January this year, the Coalition for Nigeria Movement, CNM, was formed by some of us across the country as a political platform to create a new generation of leaders for our country. National Chairman of African Democratic Congress, ADC, Chief Ralph Nwosu, described the fusion as the dawn of great Nigeria project. According to Nwosu, nation building could be a very daunting exercise but with good and committed leaders, the journey could be much easier.

“Today, our great country with 200 million population is in a dysfunctional state. Our biggest resources in human capacity and diversity seem to be weighing us down and tearing us apart.”  (New Telegraph)

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U.S Visit: You Missed Chance To Self- redeem, Obasanjo Tells Buhari |RN

By Kunle Olayeni Abeokuta

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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo yesterday declared that he would not back down from his opposition to President Muhammadu Buhari’s second term bid, insisting that the president had failed Nigerians.

Obasanjo also spoke about the just concluded meeting between President Buhari and President Donald Trump of United States, saying “for whatever the meeting was worth, President Buhari again bungled another opportunity to self-redeem.”

In a statement signed by his media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi, the former president also denied ever meeting with the Comrade Ayuba Wabba-led leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to canvass support for Buhari’s second term bid.
He was reacting to a report published by an online medium titled “Workers’ Day: Obasanjo makes U-turn, declares support for Buhari.”

But the former president described the report as deliberate falsehood aimed at hoodwinking unsuspecting Nigerians.

“For the record, Obasanjo has not and cannot endorse failure,” he stated.
He maintained that his position remains as stated in his January 23rd, 2018 statement on the state of the nation, wherein he asked the president not to seek re-election.

Obasanjo said Buhari’s performance had been nothing but mediocre, adding that he “will continue to exercise his right to free speech and no amount of hate speech will assuage Nigerians who are in need of a brand new leadership.”

The statement partly read, “It has come to the attention of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo that some elements in the Muhammadu Buhari camp and or support group are desperate to secure a second term, fair or foul.

“In this desperation, everything is fair, including telling libellous lies against persons and institutions, instead of addressing the fundamental issues of statecraft and economic management.

“In the last 24 hours, the Internet has been bombarded with deliberate falsehoods aimed at hoodwinking the unsuspecting Nigerians to believe that Obasanjo has now supported Buhari for his second term because of some perceived Buhari’s ‘superlative’ performance in his encounter with Trump during his visit to the White House in Washington D. C.

“In another breath, these blackmailers insinuated that Chief Obasanjo met with some Nigeria Labour Congress leaders in his house in Abuja on Workers’ Day.
“What a pathetic fallacy! Chief Obasanjo never met any Labour man or woman on May 1, 2018, to make any supposed volte-face to support Buhari.

“Furthermore, neither was Chief Obasanjo in Abuja on that date nor does he own a house in Abuja. Any time he visits Abuja, he usually stays in a guest house or hotel.
“For the record, Obasanjo has not and cannot endorse failure.

“His position remains as stated in his January 23rd, 2018 statement on the state of the nation. Chief Obasanjo sympathises with the plight of those campaigners and supporters of Buhari. He doesn’t believe dishing out fake news that can only be believed by imbeciles will turn black into white.

“Nigerians know that Chief Obasanjo has only spoken the truth about widening poverty, alienation and social disunity and near disintegration of the country through Buhari’s incompetence.
“Obasanjo will continue to exercise his right to free speech and no amount of hate speech will assuage Nigerians, who are in need of a brand new leadership.

“The mediocre performance of Buhari cannot be described by anybody as ‘superlative’ even by morons, not the least President Obasanjo.”

On the bilateral meeting between Nigeria and the United States presidents, Obasanjo pooh-poohed the parley, saying Buhari bungled another opportunity for self-redemption.

He said, “From the Buhari/Trump meeting, Chief Obasanjo only saw through three points: one, the US will continue to reduce purchase of crude oil from Nigeria and there is nothing Nigeria under Buhari can do about it; two, the US will export agricultural products to Nigeria and Buhari’s government will encourage that; and three – all the killings taking place in Nigeria by herdsmen are being done by expatriates trained by Gadaffi and no Nigerian is to blame and Buhari cannot do anything to stop it.

“For whatever the meeting was worth, President Buhari again bungled another opportunity to self-redeem.

“No wonder President Trump ordered him in a rather condescending manner to go back home and stop the killings going on in Nigeria! We hope now Buhari will heed Trump’s advice which, hopefully, will be considered non-abusive.

“Therefore, Chief Obasanjo is more convinced in his statement of January 23rd and will not change his position. No lies, fake news dished out by these desperate and unintelligent supporters is worth believing and these misinformation cartels and social media dogs will do more damage to the flint reputation of their principal.

“Chief Obasanjo understands that the Internet has good and bad uses. Those abusing the media should desist from this barbaric act as it will only expose them to greater ridicule at the end of the day.”  (New telegraph)

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Buhari Has Failed, Obasanjo Insists |The Republican News

By Kunle Olayeni, Abeokuta

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File Photo: President Buhari and Ex-president Obasanjo at Au summit in Addis Ababa

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo yesterday declared that he will not back down from his opposition to President Muhammadu Buhari’s second term bid, insisting that the president had failed Nigerians.

Obasanjo also spoke about the just concluded meeting between the president and President Donald Trump of United States, saying “for whatever the meeting was worth, President Buhari again bungled another opportunity to self-redeem.”

In a statement signed by his media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi, the former president also denied ever meeting with the Comrade Ayuba Wabba-led leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to canvass support for Buhari’s second term bid.

He was reacting to a report published by an online medium titled “Workers’ Day: Obasanjo makes U-turn, declares support for Buhari.”

But the former president described the report as deliberate falsehood aimed at hoodwinking the unsuspecting Nigerians.

“For the record, Obasanjo has not and cannot endorse failure,” he stated.

He maintained that his position remains as stated in his January 23rd, 2018 statement on the state of the nation, wherein he asked the president not to seek re-election.

Obasanjo said Buhari’s performance had been nothing but mediocre, adding that he “will continue to exercise his right to free speech and no amount of hate speech will assuage Nigerians who are in need of a brand new leadership.”

The statement partly read, “It has come to the attention of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo that some elements in the Muhammadu Buhari camp and or support group are desperate to secure a second term, fair or foul.

“In this desperation, everything is fair, including telling libellous lies against persons and institutions, instead of addressing the fundamental issues of statecraft and economic management.

“In the last 24 hours, the internet has been bombarded with deliberate falsehoods aimed at hoodwinking the unsuspecting Nigerians to believe that Obasanjo has now supported Buhari for his second term because of some perceived Buhari’s ‘superlative’ performance in his encounter with Trump during his visit to the White House in Washington D. C.

“In another breath, these blackmailers insinuated that Chief Obasanjo met with some Nigeria Labour Congress leaders in his house in Abuja on Workers’ Day.

“What a pathetic fallacy! Chief Obasanjo never met any Labour man or woman on May 1, 2018, to make any supposed volte-face to support Buhari.

“Furthermore, neither was Chief Obasanjo in Abuja on that date nor does he own a house in Abuja. Any time he visits Abuja, he usually stays in a Guest House or hotel.

“For the record, Obasanjo has not and cannot endorse failure.

“His position remains as stated in his January 23rd, 2018 statement on the state of the nation. Chief Obasanjo sympathises with the plight of those campaigners and supporters of Buhari. He doesn’t believe dishing out fake news that can only be believed by imbeciles will turn black into white.

“Nigerians know that Chief Obasanjo has only spoken the truth about widening poverty, alienation and social disunity and near disintegration of the country through Buhari’s incompetence.

“Obasanjo will continue to exercise his right to free speech and no amount of hate speech will assuage Nigerians who are in need of a brand new leadership.

“The mediocre performance of Buhari cannot be described by anybody as ‘superlative’ even by morons, not the least President Obasanjo.”

On the bilateral meeting between Nigeria and United States presidents, Obasanjo pooh-poohed the parley, saying Buhari bungled another opportunity for self-redemption.

He said, “From the Buhari/Trump meeting, Chief Obasanjo only saw through three points: one, the US will continue to reduce purchase of crude oil from Nigeria and there is nothing Nigeria under Buhari can do about; two, the US will export agricultural products to Nigeria and Buhari’s government will encourage that; and three – all the killings taking place in Nigeria by herdsmen are being done by expatriates trained by Gadaffi and no Nigerian is to blame and Buhari cannot do anything to stop it.

“For whatever the meeting was worth, President Buhari again bungled another opportunity to self-redeem.

“No wonder President Trump ordered him in a rather condescending manner to go back home and stop the killings going on in Nigeria! We hope now Buhari will heed Trump’s advice which hopefully will be considered non-abusive.

“Therefore, Chief Obasanjo is more convinced in his statement of January 23rd and will not change his position. No lies, fake news dished out by these desperate and unintelligent supporters is worth believing and these misinformation cartels and social media dogs will do more damage to the flint reputation of their principal.

“Chief Obasanjo understands that the internet has good and bad uses. Those abusing the media should desist from this barbaric act as it will only expose them to greater ridicule at the end of the day.” (New Telegraph)

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2019: Why I Will Win Again – Buhari |The Republican News

By Ali Garba

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President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, reiterated that he will seek re-election for a second term in the 2019 general elections and will win again because he is a clean man and not corrupt like other past Nigerian leaders. Buhari, who made the declaration in Bauchi as he began a two-day official visit to the state, said most past leaders looted the treasure and have more than 20 to 30 houses, while a majority of Nigerians cannot afford even a single room to sleep in because of poverty.

His words: “I contested election for the first time, second and third times, but lost. I said good and contested election again for the fourth time and won. I am telling you, I am going to contest election again for the seat of the president and I will win because I have never been found wanting. “I served as a president, governor and chairman of Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF), but never looted the treasury like Nigerian past leaders, who own 20 to 30 houses, while some Nigerians cannot afford one room to sleep in.”

Addressing a mammoth crowd at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium, the President added that he doesn’t have the “mind to loot the treasury, while people are suffering,” and assured that he will fish out those who looted the treasury, while funds recovered from them will be remitted back to the national coffers. “I will collect all your money and put it back into government coffers,” he said. He said the recovered funds would be used to develop the education, health, agriculture and security sectors, among others. “Any person that loots government’s fund will be made to return it to the treasury for utilization on the education, health and security sectors, among others,” he said. The president further said that the present administration had improved agricultural sector through the provision of agricultural loans for Nigerian farmers.

“The present administration has reduced the price of fertilizer and provided agricultural loans through the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), which improved farm yields in the recent past,” he said. He said that as a former military governor of the North Eastern State that comprised the entire North-East sub-region about 42 years ago, he was conversant with the challenges of the area. He stated that some years ago, he was a military leader, but that now, he was a democratically elected civilian president and, therefore, called on the people to be patient with the difference in the approach to governance. He then thanked the people of the state for their continuous support.

He also used the opportunity to encourage parents to send their children to school to acquire western education, saying life will not be good without education. His words: “Assuming I did not go school, I will not be the president of Nigeria today. You should not go to school because you want to work, but to acquire knowledge for the future and you should not also wait for the government do everything for you. Farmers are the richest people in the country now because agriculture is the main focus of our government.”

He commended the Bauchi State governor, Mohammed Abubakar, for using the bailout funds received by his administration to clear salary arrears of civil servants as well as ensuring regular payment of salaries in the state. Earlier in his remarks, Governor Abubakar of Bauchi said that the state government was committed to boosting agricultural activities and reducing unemployment among the teeming youth in the state.

The president later flagged-off the distribution of farm inputs and implements to farmers in the state. The items included tractors, ox ploughs, herbicides, seeds pesticides, and incubators, among others. He had also earlier inaugurated some rehabilitated roads in the state.  (New Telegraph)

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Regime Change: Redcard Revolt Has First Protest Activity In Abuja |The Republican News

By CALEB ONWE

Last week, the Redcard Movement, a pressure group seeking good governance and regime change in Nigeria launched its first public rally in Abuja. CALEB ONWE reports

The Red Card Movement has been trending on the social media for some time but last week, it’s promoters decided to bring to reality by organising a rally on the streets of Abuja.
This public perception of the group was boosted by the fact that it is led by a former Minister of Education, Mrs Oby Ezekwesili, a dogged fighter and prime mover of the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) fame.
In this latest outing, Ezekwesili and her group are angry about the poor level of governance in Nigeria today and have vowed to mobilise well-meaning Nigerians to dislodge what she described as an incompetent leadership.
Social media enthusiasts are familiar with the barrage of criticism that followed her declaration of a lofty dream to achieve a paradigm shift in the process of choosing leaders in Nigeria and also mindset conversion in part of those who chose leaders.
One thing counting in favour of Ezekwesili is her ability to remain resolute in pursuing this her new project, particularly when one considers her track records in mobilising and sustaining her vision in the BBOG campaigns against all odds.

The Rally
The launch of the movement in the Federal Capital Territory took place at the popular Berger Roundabout in Abuja. It was designed to feel the pulse of the public about this new pressure group.
The first hurdle the movement struggled to dismantle was the embargo the FCT Police command placed on the Unity Fountain, a place where citizens gather to exercise their constitutional rights of free speech.
Amidst heavy police presence, Ezekwesili took the Red Card campaign to Nigerians from all walks of life. She, supported by other members of the team, emphasized that political power belongs to the citizens, who must wake up and stand up against a “failed government”.
According to Ezekwesili, the country would remain in the claws of politicians who were not prepared to reward those who voted them with good governance, if nothing drastic was done to chase them out of office in 2019.
“We are here today to activate the office of the citizen which is the office that every Nigerian citizen occupies. A citizen doesn’t have to be in government in order to have a voice as to how they are governed.
“We want to mobilize citizens so that they will know that they have the power to determine the kind of government that will lead this country, a government that is competent, capable and has character
“When citizens don’t put their voice in how they are governed, then we are going to stay as a failed country forever. We decided to use our red card as a way of saying to people who have failed in governance to go and get out of the field of governance,” she declared.
Armed with the determination to see her dreams fulfilled in 2019, Ezekwesili also disclosed plans to have the movement launched across the 36 states of the federation.
Similarly, another member of the movement, Aisha Yesufu, who is also a member of the BBOG, said the vision of the movement was to lay the foundation for a new Nigeria.
Yesufu, while refuting the claims that the movement was being sponsored by a political party to discredit the current government, said the movement was purely a platform for citizens to express their will and take possession of what belonged to them.
“This movement is not sponsored by anyone. It started organically online by Nigerians who are tired of the bad governance that the APC and PDP have offered over the years. As citizens, we want to entrench leaders who believe in the people.
“Leaders, who are competent and capable of moving Nigeria forward. There is no sponsorship anywhere as this is just a movement by the Nigerian people,” she noted.
Another leader of the movement, Maureen Kabirk, noted that one of the most disturbing things about the current crop of leadership in the country was their penchant for sacrificing the interest of the masses to achieve their selfish aims.
“How many of the incompetent leaders will ever bring out their children to lead a political protest? When employment opportunities are available in places like the CBN, NNPC, these selfish leaders would secretly fix their own children there.
“But when it is time for recruiting the youths into the Police, the military, it would be made open, because they want people they will push to where they would be killed,” she said.
A citizen, Chizoba Nnamani, who probably had been looking for an opportunity outside the social media sphere to express his desire for a change in government, got one at the Redcard Movement rally when he was given the microphone to talk.
Nnamani said: “I am a trader, I came to Abuja and have not benefited from the social welfare of the government. I have never voted in any election before but have decided to get my voters card in order to vote out these politicians”.

The last word
Despite the efforts the proponents of the movement had made to sell their agenda to Nigerians, cynicism is on the increase.
However, with the benefit of hindsight, Ezekwesili and her supporters appear to be overlooking the threats in their ways with an unflinching commitment to the project.
One thing that remains outstanding about this idea, is the need for citizens to be actively involved in all the processes that produce their leaders, by voting and making their votes count. This is the cardinal point the Redcard Movement wants to be promoted. Whether the movement will withstand the opposition that is coming from all frontiers against it and leave its footprints on the sand of history is a matter of time. (New Telegraph)

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