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BREAKING: Abba Kyari, Buhari’s Chief of Staff, Reportedly Sick, Suspected Of Contracting Coronavirus

President Buhari and his Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari

A top government source told SaharaReporters on Monday that Kyari has been seriously “down” since returning from a trip abroad.

Abba Kyari, Chief of Staff to Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, is said to be seriously ill and in fact suspected of being infected with Coronavirus.

A top government source told SaharaReporters on Monday that Kyari has been seriously “down” since returning from a trip abroad.

Kyari visited Germany and Egypt and only returned this week, giving credence to the fact that he may have indeed been infected with the virus.

Egypt has 327 confirmed cases of Coronavirus and 14 deaths while Germany has 29,056 infections and 123 deaths.

Though coughing severely, Kyari is said to have been attending meetings including with Buhari, Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, ministers and other members of the Federal Executive Council.

Executive Chairman of Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, Prof James Momoh, was said to have accompanied Kyari on the trip to both countries.

The latest development comes hours after a leaked memo showed Kyari telling Nigerian legislators, who recently returned from foreign trips, to submit themselves for Coronavirus test.

It also comes after Aisha Buhari, wife of Nigeria’s President, disclosed that one of her daughters was in self-isolation after returning from the United Kingdom, one of the high risk countries for the virus.

On Monday, Nigeria confirmed its first Coronavirus death after a former Managing Director of Pipelines and Products Marketing Company, a subsidiary of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Suleiman Achimugu, succumbed to the virus in Abuja.

Earlier, the Nigerian Center for Disease Control announced a total of 36 confirmed cases but with Kyari’s suspected infection, that figure may have now risen to 37. (SaharaReporters)

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Where Is Our President? — Fani-Kayode Asked As Buhari Spoke On “COVIKK ONE NINE PHIRUS

President Muhammadu Buhari

Femi Fani-Kayode has taken on president Mohammadu Buhari following a viral video of COVID-19 address on Sunday.

Though, majority of Nigerians displayed worry over Buhari’s silence over the ravaging Coronavirus pandemic, including Nigeria Lawmakers, urged he update on the efforts in place so far to put to an end to virus.

On Sunday, the media aides released a video containing message by the president addressed Nigerians on the need to take precautions while the government do the needful.

Chief Kayode in his reaction shared on his official Facebook page showed dissatisfaction on the president’s video message.

He said Nigerians were expecting president Buhari to touch on the Coronavirus and give reasons everyone should not nurse fears rather he spoke on different topic referred to as “COVIK ONE NINE PHIRUS “.

He argued why the president could not know the name of a virus facing every continent, blamed his media handlers.

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EXPOSED: South East Got No Investment From Buhari’s Government $22.7bn Foreign Loan |The Republican News

President Buhari chatting with National Assembly leaders

The Senate yesterday approved a $22.7 billion loan after a heated debate. Below are the projects it is going to be used for and the regions that benefited.

General:

Emergency road rehabilitation and maintenance ($434.7m, nationwide)

– Abidjan-Lagos corridor highway development project study ($1.5m; multinational)

Nigeria Housing Finance Project Guarantee Scheme ($100m; national)

– National Social Safety Net Project ($500m, nationwide)

– TCN overall transportation system enhancement project ($200m; nationwide)

– Nigeria Electricity Transmission and Access Project ($364m; nationwide)

– Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA) ($500m, nationwide)

– Development finance project ($500m, nationwide)

– Development finance project (2) ($450m, min. of power)

– MSMEs project ($1.28bn; nationwide)

– NTA digitisation project ($500m; nationwide)

– Agriculture Transformation Agenda Support Project II (ATASP) ($200m, nationwide)

– Staple crops processing zone projects (2) (500m; nationwide)

– Regional disease surveillance systems enhancement project in West Africa ($90m, nationwide)

– Fiscal Governance and Institutions Project (FGIP) ($200m, government institutions)

– Institutional strengthening and implementation of policy reforms ($33.7m, min. of works and housing)

South west:

– Power transmission project ($200m; Lagos, Ogun)

South south

– East-west road ($800m; Niger Delta)

Railway modernisation coastal railway project (Calabar-Port Harcourt-Onne deep sea port segment ($3.47bn; Cross River and Rivers states)

South East      Nil

North East

– Multi-sectoral crises recovery programme ($200m, north-east)

– North-east Nigeria integrated social protection, basic health, education, nutrition services and livelihood restoration project ($100m; north-east)

North west

– Kano – Lagos railway modernisation project (kano – Ibadan segment double track) ($5.53bn; kani – Ibadan states)

– Vocational training in power sector ($50m; FCT, Lagos, Ogun. Kano, Plateau, Niger, Enugu, Kaduna and Cross River)

– Kaduna state economic transformation program for results ($35m, Kaduna)

– National Information and Communication Technology Infrastructural Backbone Project (NICTIB) phase II ($328.1m; Lagos, Abuja, Ibadan, Akure, Maiduguri, Lokoja, Kaduna, Akwanga, Bauchi, Kano, Katsina)

Health System Project ($110m, Katsina)

– Rural water supply and sanitation ($150m; north-east, and Plateau)

– Lake Chad Basin Commission ($13m, multinational)

– Integrated programme for development and adaption to climate change in the Niger Basin ($6m; Nigeria and Niger)

– Development of the mining industry ($150m, nationwide)

North central:

– Staple crops processing zone support project ($100m, Kogi)

– Greater Abuja water supply project ($381m; FCT)

Abuja mass rail transit project (phase 2) ($1.25bn; FCT)

– Mambila hydro-electric power project ($4.8bn; Taraba)

Summary:

General: $5,853,900,000.00

South west:-$200,000,000.00

South south:- $4,270,000,000.00

South east:-$ 0

North west:-$6,372,000,000.00

North central:-$6,531,000,000

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DSS Claims Buhari Ordered Arrest, Unlawful Detention Of Businessman Who Bought SIM Card Previously Used By Daughter, Hanan

Buhari and daughter, Hanan

…The DSS has now said that it received
official letter of instruction from the Presidency dated July 5, 2019 upon which it acted to arrest Okolie.

The Department of State Services has said that the unlawful arrest and detention of a young Nigerian businessman based in Asaba, Delta State, Anthony Okolie, was ordered by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Okolie was arrested at Asaba and later  transferred to the DSS Headquarters in Abuja where he was unlawfully detained for at least 10 weeks for purchasing and using an MTN mobile telephone line previously used but abandoned by Hanan, President Buhari’s daughter.

Okolie, through his lawyer, has since sued the DSS, Hanan and MTN for the breach of his fundamental human rights.

He had earlier revealed that DSS officials informed him that Hanan ordered his arrest and that she was contacted three times to back up her claims but failed to show up, prompting the secret police to release the young businessman.

But in twist of events, the DSS has now said that it received official letter of instruction from the Presidency dated July 5, 2019 upon which it acted to arrest Okolie.

In an affidavit deposed to at the Federal High Court, Asaba, where the case is being heard, the DSS said Okolie’s purchase and use of the MTN mobile telephone line formerly belonging to Hanan, was a “classified national security issue” upon which basis the security outfit had no option than to arrest Okolie.

Reacting to the latest development, Okolie’s lawyer, Tope Akinyode, National President of Revolutionary Lawyer’s Forum, said, “The Nigerian constitution made no provision of any kind for first family and the involvement of the Presidency in the matter was a disgraceful deployment of state apparatus for personal gains.”

Meanwhile telecommunications company, MTN, has argued that it did not transfer absolute right of ownership of the SIM card to Okolie because it was a national asset, which cannot be personalised.

The matter is scheduled to come up on March 3 before Justice Nnamdi Dimgba for hearing. (Sahara Reporters)

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Ohanaeze Youth Blasts Abaribe For Asking Buhari To Resign, Says He Failed In His Constituency |The Republican News

Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro

Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council (OYC) worldwide has taken a swipe at the the Senator representing Abia South, Sen. Enyinnaya Abaribe for calling for President Buhari’s resignation over insecurity in Nigeria, saying Buhari alone is not to be held responsible over the spate of insecurity in the country.

OYC in a statement signed by the President General Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro and the Secretary General, Mazi Okwu Nnabuike made available to ABN TV, expressed surprise that Sen. Abaribe whom they said only empowered his constituents l in 2015 with few free ambulance vehicles for those that died out of hunger and frustration and lotto bet for the youths could be the one to make such call.

The group also applauded South East governors for moves to establish regional security outfit, saying it will check incessant killing, kidnapping, raping and other nefarious activities of bandits in the region.

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Insecurity: Ohanaeze Ndigbo Laud Southeast Governors on Regional Security Outfit…. Mourn Dr Arthur Nwankwo….. Buhari May not Sack Service chiefs

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(1) Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide Laud the Courageous but Well Conceived idea of South East Governors forum led by Gov Dave Umahi to listen to the Suggestions of OYC and others to float the South East Regional Security Outfit, it’s Timely,a right peg in the right hole, Igbo Youths went agog, received the cheering news as the best measures to get rid of Insecurity challenges emanating from Nefarious activities of herdsmen thriving in the absence of joint co ordination of Security Outfit for the South East, Individual State Owned Security Outfits was restricted by State boundaries, and made it difficult in curbing inter and intra State Crimes comitted by Miscreants, Kidnappers, Bandits and Herdsmen, the incessant Crimes committed during farming seasons especially rape victims mostly Igbo Mothers will be reduced drastically, OYC Urge the South East Governors to inculcate all Stakeholders across-the-board into The regional Security Outfit, as we believe that Amotekun was copied from the Original ideas of South East Security Outfit which was designed by South East Governors, like Amotekun, South West Governors Unleash their Ethnic Militia OPC, OYC advocates the inclusion of Igbo militia, Ebonyi Neighborhood Watch, Enugu Forest Guards, Abia Homeland Security Outfit, Dreaded Bakassi Boys, with the Cordial relationship existing between President Muhammadu Buhari and South East Governors, South East Regional Security Outfit will be a smooth sail, to Get Presidential endorsement of the project which is only intelligence gathering for the Federal Security Agents to curb crime.

(2) OYC frown at the high rate of Insecurity Challenges facing Nigeria and call For the establishment of Regional Security Outfits to Curb insecurity challenges in Various Regions, and it’s the Primary Responsibility of all Governments at All levels to guarantee Security of lives and Properties of her Citizenry, failure of Governance and lack of Commitment to Secure Lives and Properties of Nigerians, are the collective failure of all political Class,If LGA Chairmen do the needful,if Senators and Reps bring Home their Constituency Projects without diverting it for personal gains, President Muhammadu Buhari should not be blamed alone,all politicians are involved,those calling for Buhari’s resignation,had equally failed their Constituency, it’s on record that the Senator only empowered his Constituency in 2015 with Few Free Ambulance Vehicles for those that died out of hunger and frustration and Lotto Bet for the Youths, OYC May lead the moves to recall non performing Igbo Senators, Rather than getting dividends of Democracy to their Constituencies, they only attract Hatred and Enemity to their Constituencies, the manner of by Which National Assembly Communicated to President Muhammadu Buhari to Sack Service Chiefs was Provocative and We Doubt if President Muhammadu Buhari will Listen to Such Advice under these Circumstances, President Buhari should Change Strategy and do the needful as soon as possible.

(3) OYC Mourn with deep regret, the Demise of Dr Arthur Agwuncha Nwankwo,He was a Mentor, philosopher par Excellence, and a Courageous but brave Igbo Leader, whose wealth of knowledge was a compass to millions of Igbo Youths to navigate through most turbulent times and Conquer, Igbo Nation had lost one the few Igbo leaders with Conscience and fearless to speak the truth to Power…adieu Agwuncha,May God grant Your family and Ndigbo the fortitude to bear this irreplaceable loss.

Mazi okechukwu isiguzoro
President General
Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide

Mazi Okwu Nnabuike
Secretary General
Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide

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Supreme Court Judgement: Imo Citizens In Diaspora Petition Trump, Seek Visa Ban On Supreme Court Judges |The Republican News

US President, Donald Trump

The tussle for the Imo State Government House has taken a new turn, with Ndi Imo abroad under the aegis of Imo Diaspora Coalition for Justice and Democracy petitioning United States President Donald Trump and Speaker Nancy Pelosi over last week’s controversial judgement by the Nigerian Supreme Court removing Governor Emeka Ihedioha and replacing him with Hope Uzodinma.

The coalition in the petition which has gone viral faulted the verdict as illogical and requested a visa ban on those who delivered it. The petitioners a statement issued over the weekend announced that they have set the goal to get 1,000 signatures by Wednesday, January 22, 2020.

The petition reads:

“Dear President Trump,

“Nigeria’s Disgraceful Partisan Supreme Court Must Reverse Her Recent Perverted Ruling or Be Placed on Visa Ban or no Fly List, Including Members of their Immediate Families

“The Nigeria’s Supreme Court recently in what has been described a “judicial coup”, overturned the landslide Imo State Governorship electoral mandate, given to Rt Hon Emeka Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and handed victory to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Party candidate, Hope Uzodinma, who came a distant fourth position in the election. Imo State is a totally Christian State!

“On March 9, 2019, during Nigeria’s gubernatorial elections held in Imo State Nigeria, the incumbent APC Party candidate, Hope Uzodinma lost in this highly Christians concentrated enclave to a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), candidate, former Speaker of the National House of Representatives Rt. Hon Emeka Ihedioha, a Knight of the order of St. Christopher of the Anglican Communion, and three others. According to official figures of the electoral umpire – the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the results were as follows;

1.     Accredited voters is                      = 823,743.

2.     The total valid votes cast is          = 714,355

3.     Rejected votes                              =  25,130

4.     Total votes cast (Line 2 Plus 3) is  = 739,485

The top four candidates received the following number of votes:

5.     Rt Hon Emeka Ihedioha (People’s Democratic Party-PDP)   = 273,404 votes

6.     Mr Uche Nwosu (Action Alliance – AA)                                = 190,364 votes

7.     Ifeanyi Ararume (All Progressives Grand Alliance – APGA) = 114,676 votes

8.     Hope Uzodinma (All Progressives Congress – APC “Moslem Party”) = 96,458 votes

“On the basis of the above the INEC declared Rt Hon Emeka Ihedioha the winner. However, thereafter all the losers went to court, with Hon Ihedioha sustaining his win at the tribunal, and again at the appeal court. Then at the Supreme Court something strange and yet inexplicable happened, the Supreme Court accepted previously tendered and INEC rejected 213,699 votes  from Mr Hope Uzodinma, the fourth placed candidate which was adjudged to be fake and unreliable by the trial Tribunal and concurred by the Court of Appeal.

“They added these fake votes to the official INEC declared votes for him of 96,458 to give Mr Uzodinma the winning votes of 310,153.

“But in a haste to gain foothold in this Christian enclave of Imo State, through their proxy Mr Uzodinma (a notorious character who had been indicted by a Presidential Task Force on fraud for diverting over $11m meant for dredging a government sea port channel and currently has a bench warrant for his arrest issued by an Abuja Magistrate Court for issuance of N200 million naira dud cheque amongst other criminal infractions) they forgot simple Arithmetic.


“When that whole fake results were added without adjustment to other figures, it brought the total votes cast to 928,054 , which is not only higher than INEC declared total valid votes cast of 714,355 but total number of accredited voters of 823,743 for the election. Yet, the Supreme Court in a bizarre judgment awarded more votes to the fourth placed candidate, that inflated total votes cast above the number of voters, and made him winner. When confronted in private, two of the justices said, “we were under instructions”.

“Nigeria legal system allows for Supreme Court to reverse itself in certain circumstances including where the judgement was obtained by fraudulent representations as in the case herein.

“It is based on these that we are calling on the partisan-agenda driven Nigeria’s Supreme court to review and reverse their decision, within ten days, or be sanctioned alongside their immediate families with visa ban and/or put on international No-fly list.

“The compromised Justices who delivered this atrocious ruling and who we demand sanctioned, if they fail to reverse their fraudulent judgement are

“Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad,

“Justice Kudrat Kekere-Ekun,

“Justice Sylvester Ngwuta,

“Justice Olukayode Ariwoola,

“Justice Aminu Sanusi, Amina Augie, and

“Justice Uwani Abba-Aji.

“We need your intervention Mr. President!

“Thank you!”

The petition was signed by the following:

Eddie Oparaoji; Matthew Mbanaja; Chijike Ndukwu; Chiwuikem Ihediwa; Adaugo Vivian Agwuocha; Hyacinth Nwachukwu; Jerry Uchechukwu; Joy Mmegwa; Anyanwu Benedict; Benson Ifeanyi; Kelechi Eberechi; AIhetuge Paschal; Ntim Jonathan; Nneoma Jonathan; Festus Nnodim; Patricia Ndubuisi; Uchenna Nomso; Chidiebere Madumere; Noble Ndubuisi; Flavius Ndubuisi; Goodness Nwafor; Eusebius Emereole; Calista Nnadi; Victor Chikere; Petrus Onyeokoro; Ugochukwu Nwanna; Michael Ishiguzo; Stan Ogadinma; Amam Nwaopara; Ejike Ozoemena; Zeph Achilonu; Isidore Nwoko; Basil Ugwo; Chima Ozioma; Marcel Njoku; Lucky Toochukwu; Ken Obijuru; Emeka Ebiringa; Paul Nwankwo; Michael Izundu; Joshua Ohanu; Christopher Ihekaire; Stella Amanze; Judith Ahamefule; Silas Etoh; Flavor Onyakachi; Luke Chilaka; Chinonso Udeze; Canice Onu; Charles Umudim; Obasi Agwulonu; Nathan Nkemakolam; Vitus Gozie; Bartholomew Akachi; Thomas Abara;  Nwada Akanegbu; Kelechi Wilson; Chizoma Samuel; Enyinna Azuogu; Nnenna Onuoha; Austin Ibeawuchi; Obi Chetachi; Fidelis Okoronkwo; Alphonsus Madubuchi; Daniel Uka; Lawrence Unachukwu; Helen Nwachukwu; Philomena Ogbuja; Deborah Opara; Declan Agwulonu; Polycarp Ejekam; Suzanna Ikeh; Ekene Dimkpa; Stephen Ejiogu; Magellan Ebomuche; David Aso; Damian Ukaga; Kyrian Asoluka; Peter Ezeude; Joseph Okwu; Tunde Ibekwe; Nwalozie Obinna; Ahunna Chidebere; Chinedu Chiedozie; Esther Nweze; Bentley Ogbonna; Thed Clement; Chizoba Nwuzor; Nosike Ebirim; Uchenne Chimezie; Gabriel. C. Madu; Kings Nnaji; Chinemerem Daniel Owuliri; Anthony Egbuhuzor; Robert Unegbu; Eddie Eze Ojukwu; Olelewe Nwamaka; Godwin Osuagwu; James Osuagwu; Charles Ihejirika; Donatus O. Ekeanyanwu; Kate Nwaete-Nwanedo; Patrick Iroegbu; Charlie Ogbuehi; Ibeh Tobechukwu Cynthia; Ndukwu Prisca; Chuks Ikedigwe; Chimaeze Amadi; Prince Ferdinand Alilonu; Moses Ohaegbuchi; Anne Nkwocha; Colman Ejerenwa; Njoku Obioma; Esther Anosike; Olivia Anyanwu; Bismarck Njoku; Austin Ifeanyi; Anad Daberechi Ezebunwa; Chisom Ezebunwa; Zara Blessing; Eburuche John; Ogechi Ugwo; and Julius Udekwe. (Expressnews)

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Buhari Doing Nothing To End Mass Killings, Persecution Of Christians By The Fulanis —European Union


The Eropean Union in a new report released on January 16, 2020 said over 6000 Christians had been murdered by “Fulani militants whereas in Sharia states, Christians face constant discrimination and are often considered second class citizens.”

The European parliament, legislative branch of the European Union, has accused the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration of overseeing the persecution of Christians in the Northern part of Nigeria where Sharia law is in practice.

The EU in a new report released on January 16, 2020 said over 6000 Christians had been murdered by “Fulani militants whereas in Sharia states, Christians face constant discrimination and are often considered second class citizens.”

The report further adds that, “These attacks have continued with total impunity with perpetrators rarely being held to account whereas Amnesty International report has demonstrated wilful negligence by the Nigerian security forces concerning deadly attacks against farming communities.”

The report says Buhari’s poor handling of Nigeria’s deteriorating situation in the North-East has worsened as non-governmental organisations ready to help are denied access by the Nigerian Government for political reasons.

The EU condemned what it described as “extermination of human beings or ethnic cleansing” while calling on the Nigerian Government to find immediate solutions to the conflict now affecting the stability of West Africa.

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Nigeria Not Yet Overwhelmed By Civil War Because Of Peaceful Tenets Of Christianity —Bishop Matthew Kukah

Bishop Matthew Kukah

“The only difference between the Federal Government and Boko Haram is that Boko Haram is holding a bomb. The Federal Government is using different methods to achieve the same goal of Islamic dominance.

They are using the levers of power to secure the supremacy of Islam which then gives more weight to the idea that it can be achieved by violence. They have created the conditions to make it possible for Boko Haram to behave the way they are behaving.

On Boxing Day 2019, ISWAP released a video beheading 10 Christians and shooting one Muslim, saying they were avenging the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghadi, Daesh, ISIS leader, and other senior Daesh members killed during a US raid in October.

The beheading of the 10 Christians followed a Christmas eve attack by Boko Haram, in which seven were killed in coldblood, adding that the United Nations estimated that over 2.2 million people have been displaced by Boko Haram’s actions between 2013 and 2015.

More than 11,000 innocent people were killed by the rampaging Islamist group. The Nigerian government, by packing key government positions with hardline Muslims, gives tacit approval to such groups.

If the people in power don’t do enough to integrate Christians, then they give oxygen to Islamism. If they have countries where everybody in power is Muslim, then you give vent to the idea that Islam should be supreme.

The western nations are not doing enough. They have shown that the resources of Africa are more important than the ordinary people.

Clearly the Western nations could have reduced the influence of Boko Haram by 80 or 90 percent. They have deliberately not done enough. The only thing preventing Nigeria from being engulfed in civil war is the peaceful tenets of Christianity”.

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If Jega Had Declared Jonathan Winner In 2015, There Won’t Be Democracy Today -Garba Shehu |The Republican News

Muhammadu Buhari, Garba Shehu

Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, Garba Shehu, has hailed Attahiru Jega, former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, for saving Nigeria democracy in 2015.

Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, Garba Shehu, has hailed Attahiru Jega, former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, for saving Nigeria democracy in 2015..

He said Jega’s refusal to deny President Muhammadu Buhari’s victory in the 2015 presidential election has saved the nation’s democracy from collapsing.

Shehu, stated this while appearing on a special end of the year programme ‘2019 End Of A Decade’ on Channels Television.

Shehu maintained that there was a move by the then ruling party, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to seize power.

He said: “We thank God for Jega and the civil society activism at that time because if Jega had caved in, this democracy would have collapsed at that time.

“So, it is an interesting time that we had lived through and then, it tells a story of the resilience of our democracy and that we shouldn’t just toy with it. It didn’t come cheap, it didn’t come easy.”

The Presidential spokesman disclosed that the All Progressives Congress, APC, officials had monitored the election exercise closely.

“For us in the situation room at that time, it was an attempt to grab power or to hold on to power by regime elements or beneficiaries of the system who saw defeat staring them in the face.

“Before those results got to the INEC chairman and he announced them, you are aware that parties had representatives at the lowest of the point; the polling units and the local councils, and the states.

“They did a collation of their own and they had a sense of how or which direction things were going. So, it was obvious to those regime elements at that time that the regime was falling,” he said.

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Please Forgive And Let An Igbo Man Succeed You —APC BOT, Okoloagu Begs Buhari |The Republican News

  • President Muhammadu Buhari has been urged to forgive the hostility of some Igbo youths and work to put a southeasterner in Aso Rock when he leaves office in 2023
  • APC BoT member, Okoloagu, a retired brigadier-general, made the plea on behalf of the people of the southeast
  • Okoloagu noted that it is only fair to let the Igbos, the third-largest nation in Nigeria, pick the country’s next leader

A member of the All Progressives Congress (APC’s) Board of Trustees (BoT), Joseph Okoloagu, has pleaded with President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure that he is succeeded by someone from the southeastern part of Nigeria in 2023.

The retired brigadier-general made the plea in an interview he had with a national newspaper, Daily Trust, where he also pleaded with President Buhari to forgive the hostility of some Igbo youths towards him.

He said: “I humbly appeal to my revered President Buhari to ignore the hostility of the Igbo youths against him and his administration and be a nobleman, to make sure at the end of his tenure, an Igbo man succeeds him.

Okoloagu noted that for the sake of equality, the southeastern should be allowed to produce the country’s next president in 2023.

“I want to make it abundantly clear that it is fair and proper to let the Igbo have a shot at the presidency. But it can only be done on a party platform. If the party the Igbos are using now is okay to give them the presidency, so be it.

“But if the party they have been patronizing is not strong enough to give them the presidency, what I am advocating is that, for peace, equity and good conscience, there should be a president of Igbo extraction and not necessarily an Igbo president when Buhari leaves office in 2023.”

Okoloagu’s plea came just days after President Buhari on Tuesday, December 17, said that he would not allow anyone to use his name to campaign for votes in the bid to compromise the 2023 presidential election.

The president said this when he was paid a visit by Secretary to Federal Government (SGF) Boss Mustapha alongside his aides to celebrate the Nigerian leader’s 77 birthday.

He promised Nigerians that he will give them free and fair general elections in 2023.

Specifically, the president said he would not make the mistake of attempting a third term and went on to enumerate reasons why he would not seek another term.

Buhari’s announcement has since thrown open the floodgates of intentions among politicians.

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