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El-Rufai Is A Sycophant, Religious Bigot, Ethnic Champion Who Misled President Buhari —Ortom

Governor of Benue state, Samuel Ortom

Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom on Saturday took a swipe at his Kaduna counterpart, describing him as “one of the real enemies” of Nigeria.

Mr. Ortom was responding to a statement credited to Governor Nasir El-Rufai, where the latter reportedly accused the Benue Governor of attacking the federal government to cover for his failure to secure Benue state.

“Nasir el-Rufai is a sycophant, ethnic champion and religious bigot who hates anyone who does not share the same faith with him,” a statement signed by Ortom’s spokesman, Terver Akase, said.

“He is among the very few persons who have misled President Muhammadu Buhari.

“El-Rufai is one of the real enemies of this country who do not hide their divisive tendencies by elevating nepotism and ethnicity above the good values that have held Nigeria together over the decades.”

Communities in Benue have recently come under attack from suspected herdsmen prompting Ortom to accuse President Buhari of working with Fulani to take over Nigeria.

The Presidency, in response to Ortom’s comment, has expressed disappointment in the Governor.

Read Ortom’s full statement on El-Rufai:

EL-RUFAI IS ONE OF THOSE WHO HAVE MISLED PRESIDENT BUHARI

We read the statement credited to Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai in which he accused Governor Samuel Ortom of using the insecurity in his state to attack the Federal Government in order to cover up what he termed as the Benue State Governor’s failure.

We want to believe that El-Rufai was wrongly quoted. A man who has failed in several aspects as Governor of Kaduna has no moral justification to accuse another Governor.

A Governor who has divided the good people of Kaduna against one another by not hiding his hatred of indigenes of the state on account of religion and ethnicity is not qualified to judge another Governor on any issue whatsoever. A Governor who chose a Muslim deputy in a state where Christians have a huge population is certainly not one to preach unity and peaceful co-existence.

El-Rufai’s attack on Governor Ortom is merely to make him look good before the Presidency. He has apparently fallen out of favour at the Villa and wants to use Governor Ortom as a launch pad back to reckoning. How has he handled his own problems in Kaduna? This is a man who has insulted almost every prominent Nigerian including the late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua and former President Olusegun Obasanjo; a man who is his former boss and one who brought him to limelight.

Nigerians have not forgotten the unprintable things El-Rufai said during Goodluck Jonathan’s time as President. He insulted the then President and publicly supported terrorists attacking parts of the country. His statements on the abduction of Chibok girls and several other acts of terrorism are still fresh in our minds. El-Rufai is on record to have said repeatedly that Fulani people must retaliate any wrong done to them no matter how long it takes.

Is Governor Ortom responsible for El-Rufai’s inability to ensure peace in Kaduna State where bandits have taken over some communities while kidnappings and killings occur on daily basis?

El-Rufai admitted to paying Fulani herdsmen whom he invited from other West African countries in the name of stopping attacks in Southern Kaduna. Since he made the confessional statement, attacks on the people of Southern Kaduna have escalated. This is why he wants men of good conscience like Governor Ortom to be silent to pave way for the conquest and expansion agenda to succeed.

Kidnapping has become a common crime in Kaduna State under Nasir el-Rufai.
Aside the much celebrated cases, it has been estimated that at every given time, not less that 300 persons are abducted in Kaduna by kidnappers who are always identified as El-Rufai’s kinsmen. He pays them billions to embolden them. He has turned the state into one of the most unsafe places to live in Nigeria today.

Talking about taking someone seriously, if other Nigerians take El-Rufai seriously, we in Benue do not do same. A man who has no regard for humanity does not deserve our attention.

Nasir el-Rufai is a sycophant, ethnic champion and religious bigot who hates anyone who does not share the same faith with him. He is among the very few persons who have misled President Muhammadu Buhari. El-Rufai is one of the real enemies of this country who do not hide their divisive tendencies by elevating nepotism and ethnicity above the good values that have held Nigeria together over the decades.

Nasir el-Rufai doesn’t possess the credentials to counsel anyone on payment of salaries and the welfare of workers. This is a Governor who recently sacked 4,000 workers for no just cause. He ought to be ashamed of himself. What happened to the lofty promises he made to Kaduna people in 2015?

The Kaduna Governor should know that only two days ago, the people of Benue State met at a stakeholders meeting in Makurdi and unanimously passed a vote of confidence on Governor Ortom in recognition of his performance. That meeting was attended across party lines with leaders of All Progressives Congress, APC also present.

El-Rufai and his conspirators must note that Benue State will not repeal the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law, no matter the amount of blackmail, hatred and threats they wage against Governor Ortom.

We advise the Kaduna State Governor to focus on addressing the numerous problems he has created in his state and leave Governor Ortom to lead Benue in peace.

Terver Akase
Chief Press Secretary
May 08, 2021.

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FLASHBACK: “If I Were Jonathan, I Would Negotiate To Secure Chibok Girls’ Release” —El-Rufai |RN

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai

■ Nasir El-Rufai explains why he now says negotiating with criminals is objectionable.

By Alfred Olufemi 

Six years ago, before his election as Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai said he would explore all means, including negotiations with Boko Haram terrorists, to rescue the kidnapped Chibok girls if he were the president, a statement that contradicts his present stance.

After a video clip of his 2015 statement went viral this week, Mr El-Rufai has explained why he as governor has moved in the opposite direction.

No fewer than 270 schoolgirls were abducted when Boko Haram terrorists attacked their school in Chibok, a community in Borno State, in 2014.

While some of the girls managed to escape, others spent over two years with their abductors before the Nigerian government negotiated their release.

Seven years after the kidnap, about a hundred of the girls are still in the captivity of the insurgents.

Reacting to the federal government’s handling of the kidnap of the Chibok girls in 2015, Mr El-Rufai blamed former President Goodluck Jonathan for not exploring all possible means.

in an  interview with Sahara TV, Mr El-Rufai, whose All Progressives Congress was in the opposition then, said: “We have no apologies for pointing out to Nigeria’s that this government is incompetent and has failed to provide security. If you say we are politicizing it, fix the problem so that we cannot politicize it, okay?

Asked for the way forward, Mr El-Rufai said: “The government has the solution to this problem. Several committees have given them recommendations. They should just implement the recommendations in their drawer, okay?

“As for rescuing the girls, we have seen examples of what countries do when this situation happens, you should have military action, on the one hand; the negotiation on the other. You should not foreclose anything because the lives of your citizens are at risk and you don’t want to lose one life. You don’t want to lose the life of one person.”

Asked if he was in support of negotiation, he said:

“I’m in support of every option. When you have the lives of your citizens at risk, you should not take any option off the table. You should be flexible. You should listen. You should negotiate and look at the price. You have to be and get those girls out,” he told the interviewer.

In crisis
But today, Mr El-Rufai is faced with a similar situation in Kaduna but has said he will never negotiate with kidnappers or pay their ransom demands to free their victims.

In what seems like a test of Mr El-Rufai’s previous statements, several attacks have been launched in Kaduna with many kidnapped persons still with their abductors.

Last month, 39 students were kidnapped at Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka. While a few of them have been rescued nearly 30 students are still with the abductors.

Last week, bandits attacked Greenfield University, a private university in Kaduna State, and kidnapped an undisclosed number of students. Five of the University students have been found dead, suspected to have been killed by their assailants.

Others are still in captivity with promises to secure their release by the state and federal authorities.

Meanwhile, Mr El-Rufai has repeatedly emphasised his stance not to negotiate with the bandits.

“Our position on Kaduna State has been clear and consistent: bandits, cattle wrestlers and armed militia must be degraded and decimated to a state of unconditional submission to constituted authority.”

While speaking at the presentation of the state 2020 security report last month, Mr El-Rufai said the government would never negotiate with bandits of any kind or support any grant of amnesty to them.

This “no ransom, no negotiation” was reiterated in a statement signed by his spokesperson, Muyiwa Adekeye, on Tuesday.

In the statement sent to this newspaper, Mr Adeyeye said those sharing the video clip of the previous interview took Mr El-Rufai out of context.

“The years since 2014 may have led some people to forget the denial and doubt that defined the FG’s response to the Chibok abductions, especially the initial refusal to acknowledge that it happened. That was the context under which civic pressures were brought on the government.

“Nigeria’s journey since the 2014 Chibok tragedy has proven that the solution to violent crimes, including terrorism and banditry, is a robust response from the state and its coercive agencies. The quantum of money paid as ransom following many negotiations with bandits have not stopped kidnappings, reduced their frequency or deterred the criminals.”

He said negotiating with the criminals does not conform to the current realities.

“Mass abduction was like a novelty in 2014. But the facts have changed since then. Negotiations and ransoms have been undertaken, but these have not stopped the criminals. It has only encouraged them.”

Mr Adekeye further stated that the fact that criminals seek to hold the state government by the ‘jugular’ does not mean it should surrender and create an incentive for more crime. (Premium Times)

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Gov. El-Rufai’s Son, Bashir Faults Use Of Driver’s Licence By Northerners In Country He Says They Own |RN

Bashir El-Rufai, the son of Kaduna state governor, has questioned why northerners need a driver’s license to use their vehicles in a country they own.

Bashir was replying to a Twitter user who claimed citizens can drive in northern Nigeria without licenses for 20 years.

The user had written, “you can drive a vehicle in the north for more than 20 years without a license,” to which the governor’s son replied, “why should we need licenses to drive on roads in a country that we own?”

Why should we need licenses to drive on roads in a country that we own? https://t.co/MI3pRfxEWd

— Bashir El-Rufai (@BashirElRufai) April 8, 2021

The question, which was raised via Bashir’s Twitter page on Thursday, has elicited a wave of mixed reactions from Nigerians.

While some users downplayed the gravity of the tweet, others criticised him for suggesting northerners own the country.

“Imagine what a Governor’s Son is saying, someone who is supposed to set an example for others is even saying we don’t need a license to Drive in 2021 In the 21st century,” a user wrote.

Another user wrote: “Bash response is totally incorrect. Call it sarcasm or whatever.

“His response can be used against him in the nearest future, but still, I want to understand which of the north is the guy even talking about? If it’s northern Nigeria then. The guy is a joke.”

This is not the first time Bashir would be making the headlines over controversial tweets.

In 2020, he had said he would rather be beheaded than apologise for posting pre-wedding photos deemed to be controversial by his conservatives Muslim audience. (The Cable)

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Bandits Must Be Wiped Out, They Have Challenged Nigeria’s Sovereignty —El-Rufai |The Republican News

Kaduna state governor, Alhaji Nasir El-Rufai

by TheCable

Nasir El-Rufai, Kaduna state governor, says bandits have challenged the sovereignty of Nigeria and must be wiped out.

He said government at all levels must “immediately and without hesitation” put an end to the activities of bandits.

El-Rufai made the remark on Wednesday at the presentation of the 2020 Annual Security Report in Kaduna.

“Banditry has severely impacted the rural economy and shaken the confidence of citizens,” he said.

“It has driven farmers from their land, putting food security at risk, displaced communities, stolen property and deprived people of their right to life.

“We must put a stop to these criminal acts and enable our people to live their lives in peace and safety. This is a most urgent task.”

El-Rufai said Kaduna will not engage bandits in dialogue or offer them any form of amnesty.


He said: “We will neither negotiate with criminals of any description nor support any grant of amnesty.

“Criminal gangs, bandits, insurgents and ethno-religious militias made a conscious choice to challenge Nigeria’s sovereignty and menace our citizens.

“These criminals must be wiped out immediately and without hesitation.

“I am assured by the recent directive given to the federal security agencies to wipe out such gun-wielding criminals by the president.”


SIMULTANEOUS AND SUSTAINED BOMBARDMENT

The governor said the failure to mount a “sustained and simultaneous” operation against bandits in the north-west “has emboldened them”.

He said Kaduna and neighbouring states have been supporting the efforts of security agencies with funding and resources since 2015.

“Together with Niger state and our neighbours in the north-west, we put together resources to fund military operations against bandits in the Kamuku-Kuyambana forest range that straddles the region,” he said.


The governor said it is regrettable that the collaboration “was not sustained or expanded into a campaign of continuous, simultaneous operations against the bandits across our vast region”.

“Failure to contain and defeat them in one place has emboldened them to develop a national footprint and endanger national cohesion,” he added.

The governor said the security agencies need more “numbers”, modern technology and equipment to adequately overcome the bandits.

“The security of our communities depend on the robust projection of state power, and that can only be done with sufficient security numbers to overawe and deter criminals,” he said.


FRESH CASE FOR STATE POLICE

El-Rufai also reiterated his call for the decentralisation of policing, noting that the police officers in Nigeria are insufficient.

He said the police setup, as is presently obtainable, is inadequate and “not pragmatic”.

He added: “The prerogatives of the state need to be asserted, not merely proclaimed. The people we put in uniform must never be placed in avoidable danger, outgunned or outnumbered by non-state actors.

“In our view, critical to multiplying and reinforcing state power is a decentralisation of policing. “There are simply are not enough police officers in Nigeria and the idea of policing such a vast, federal republic of nearly a million square kilometres in a unitary manner is not pragmatic.

“This arrangement has already proven inadequate and we should promptly replace it with state police and other levels of policing.”

He added that his government has invested in a CCTV network that is being deployed in Kaduna metropolis “while options for consistent operations of its drones are being explored”.

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Boko Haram Can Invite El-Rufai To Their Annual General Meeting —Yinka Odumakin |The Republican News

Yinka Odumakin

Yinka Odumakin, National Publicity Secretary of Afenifere has ridiculed the Governor of Kaduna state, Nasir El- Rufai after the invitation given to him to speak at the Nigerian Bar Association forthcoming 2020 Annual General Meeting was withdrawn.

He charged El-Rufai to go to Boko Haram and collect his own invitation from them. Odumakin in his latest article titled ‘ El- Rufai and The Wages Of Sin’ said like the NBA, no decent Nigerian should give El-Rufai any platform to speak to Nigerians.

He wrote “The NBA has continued what I advocated that Nigerians to continue to do when the late Kashamu peers wanted to shut former President Olusegun Obasanjo up for grafting the proper epithet for the late serial fraud. Boko Haram can invite El-Rufai for their session but let no decent Nigerians give him their platforms”.

El-Rufai was one of the fresh blood President Obasanjo injected into governance in his time. He showed some zeal in restoring Abuja master plan but his activities were trailed with extreme wickedness”.“I met him on the net in 2010 when former President Yar’adua fell ill and the cabal around him started monkey business with Nigerians..We started a pressure group of 12 Nigerians which blossomed to 54”.

The online movement later became a real organization at a meeting called by Pastor Tunde Bakare.The Save Nigeria Group engaged the cabal until the National Assembly used the doctrine of necessity to enthrone Dr Goodluck Jonathan as President”. “I saw how efficient El-Rufai could be while working with him online.There was no airspace he could not enter to get information.

The day they were bringing Yar’adua to Nigeria, he was downloading every move of the plane to me.But it was in that process that I saw how widely ambitious he could be”.I cannot forget the day Jonathan was made President and he came to Pastor Bakare room at Transcorp.He wanted a list forwarded to the President of about 3 names from which he could pick a vice-President.His name was on the list with highest points”.“I forgot I have seen him twice in UAE before.The first time was when I attended his 50th birthday.

The second was when he solicited a meeting of SNG leadership through me.Pastor Bakare was reluctant at attending but succumbed to pressure from Mr Jimi Agbaje who was the first to become the first adversary of El-Rufai and his partner ,Jimi Lawal.I saw they were not for any great good at the UAE meeting !“Thereafter came the 2011 elections during which Major General Muhammadu Buhari picked Pastor Bakare as his running’ mate and me as his spokesman.El-Rufai was by the sides of Pastor but throwing bomb at Buhari as “corrupt and unelectable”“By 2015 he turned around a Buhari supporter and had abandoned his 2011 pipedream of running for President on Labour Party opportunistically using the SNG as a launchpad”.He became one of the members of the CPC merger committee for CPC towards the APC,I was named a member without anybody discussing with me.

I took a trip to Abuja to explain to other members that I was done with the CPC experiment and I was not going to participate in APC”. “I met El-Rufai and Hadiza Bala-Usman at 3G office and returned to Lagos. Some weeks after this encounter,I met EL-Rufai at Abuja Airport as we were both traveling to London on British Airways, I saw him and Dr Kayode Fayemi at the lounge and greeted them but EL-Rufai did not answer”.“As God would always show his sense of humor, we were assigned next seats to each other and we didn’t exchange a word till we got to London .

I was not surprised a year after that he started giving testimony as a Governor about how he started befriending killers and paying them compensations”.

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It Is Too Late To Forgive Bello For Failing To Deliver In Kogi — JS Okutepa SAN

When I watched Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State kneeling down begging kogi people today to forgive Yahaya Bello for failure of governance in that State just because election is on 16th of November 2019, I came to the conclusion that Nigerian politicians can take us for granted.

Yahaya Bello is young and he is bound to make mistakes he said. Mistakes I laughed. Mistakes?. What mistakes.

Yahaya Bello as an accidental Governor who had power foisted on him by providence was behaving in government as if there was no tomorrow.

He became synonymous with such characters as Herod and Nebuchadnezarr in the Bible.
Nobody matters to him except himself and his cronies. Forgiveness is a function of true repentance.Did he confess to Nasir El-Rufai. Kogi people want to know what he confessed to El-Rufai.

What happened to those who lost their lives under Bello’s tyrannical and mis-governance.

Let Yahaya Bello first confess his sins. What happened to our bail out funds. Why were workers not paid.
Let him tell us why in more than three years there is no visible evidence of good governance. He must be punished for his audacity of arrogance.

He acted like emperor.Yahaya Bello must explain to us in Kogi why he so desecrated the constitution and the institutions of government.

He disregarded law and order and had no respect for judicial pronouncements including orders of supreme court.

Bello must be punished to know the power of the people. It is too late to seek forgiveness when the corpse is in the mortuary of democracy. It is to late to cry when the head is off. Let the people decide in free and fair election. The day of reckoning is here.

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APO 6 Killings: Gov. El-Rufai Hiding Wanted Ex-Police DPO, CSP Othman Abdulsalam As Chief Driver |The Republican News

Governor Nasir El-Rufai and IGP Mohammed Adamu

Fleeing former Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Garki Police Station, Chief Superintendent of Police, (CSP), Othman Abdulsalam, who was implicated in the killing of six Igbo traders in Apo, a satellite town in Abuja, 14 years ago, is presently the Chief Driver to Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State, Pointblanknews.com investigation can authoritatively reveal.

The former DPO participated in the killing of the young Igbo traders namely, Chinedu Meniru, Augustina Arebu, Ifeanyi Ozor, Anthony Nwokike, Paulinus Ogbonna and Ekene Isaac Mgbe.

CSP Othman Abduldalam had strangled the only female victim, Augustina Arebu, who lived longer than other victims after the shooting.
He had fled Abuja when the matter heated up after then-President Olusegun Obasanjo ordered an inquiry into the gruesome killing of the young traders at Gimbya Street, Area 11, Abuja while returning from a night club.

The DPO had told one of his colleagues then after a manhunt was launched to track him down that he had gone far. “Forget me, I don go far, far. They no go fit catch me again”, he had said in pidgin English.

The discovery shows a pattern of protection provided for the two major characters involved in the killing of the young Igbo spare parts dealers, namely DCP now AIG Ibrahim Danjuma and the former DPO Abdulsalam, who are Fulani.

The police officer who ordered the killing, then Deputy Commissioner of Police, DCP Ibrahim Danjuma, has since been discharged and acquitted by Justice Ishaq Bello, a Fulani, and reinstated in the police force, paid his arrears of salary since 2005 when the incident took place and has since been promoted to Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG).

He has also attended a senior management course at the Nigerian Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPPS), Kuru, Jos, Plateau State, thus positioning him for higher responsibility in spite of his criminal baggage.
Danjuma has maintained a low profile, avoiding public attention especially contact with the media, moving in disguises and tinted vehicles, ignoring in the process the huge capacity of media memory.

Pointblanknews.com has learned through diligent investigation that Othman Abdulsalam, is the Chief Driver to Governor Nasir El-Rufai presently. Banking on the short memory lifespan of Nigerians, the governor deliberately employed him, having worked closely with the DPO in Abuja.

Elrufai was the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT when the DPO was implicated in the killings.

Curiously, the wanted DPO is still on the payroll of the Nigerian Police. “He was never fired by the police. He was transferred to the CID Department of Police to hide his identity and to avoid wearing a police uniform. He is now the chief driver to Governor el-Rufai. In that position with dark spectacles most of the time, he can never be found so they thought.

“But he has even forgotten that he committed any such offence. He was in hiding in the first few years after he stayed in the Niger Republic for some time. As it is now, he is even scheming to get a higher position in the security team of the governor”, a dependable source said.

Then DCP Ibrahim Danjuma then in charge of Operations in Abuja including the team overseeing presidential movement, had made advances to the female victim at a night club located at the Gimbiya Street Area 11, who turned him down. As they drove out of the street in a 406 Peugeot car, Danjuma radioed the next police checkpoint to halt them.

On getting to the checkpoint, Danjuma ordered the policemen at the checkpoint to open fire on the traders but the policemen were reluctant. He had snatched the rifle from one of them and opened fire on the automobile parts dealers, killing three of them instantly.

At the Garki Police station where they corpses were taken, the DPO ordered the killing of some of the traders who had jumped out of the police vehicle but were later re-arrested.

The female amongst them who was also shot was still breathing at the police station and the DPO had to personally strangle her in a bid to cover up any evidence that may arise from there.

CSP Othman Abdusalam also supervised the burial of the victims in shallow graves at Utako District of Abuja before the panel of enquiry exhumed them for autopsy.

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Nigeria: Country Of Backward North And Developing South — El-Rufai |The Republican News

Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai

by Noah Ebije, Kaduna

Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-Rufai has said that, Nigeria consists of two countries: a developing South, and a backward, less educated and unhealthy North, with the highest number of poor people in the world.
El-Rufai equally lamented that the northern region has development indicators similar to that of Afganistan, a country at war.

Speaking in Kaduna on Saturday at the Northern Youth Summit organised by Northern Hibiscus, an NGO, El-Rufai however said that the problems of the region must be addressed collectively as a group of 19 northern states governors, not as individual states.
El-Rufai said the summit whose theme was “Awakening the Arewa Spirit,” was very timely, adding that “when we talk about awakening the spirit, it means the spirit is either sleeping or dead. Therefore, this summit is very important, just like our keynote address speaker has said.

“But, looking at the statistics, Nigeria appears to be a middle-income country. But, if we segregate those statistics across states and zones, you will see that in terms of human development indicators, Nigeria consists of two countries; there is a backward, less educated and unhealthy northern Nigeria and a developing, largely educated and healthy southern Nigeria.

“We have to speak the truth to ourselves and ask why is it that northern Nigeria has development indicators similar to Afganistan, a country still at war?
“We have the largest number of poor people in the world, most of them in northern Nigeria. Nigeria also has the largest number of out-of-school children, virtually all of them in Northern Nigeria.

“Northern Nigeria has become the centre of drug abuse, gender violence, banditry, kidnapping and terrorism. We have also been associated with high divorce rate and breakdown of families. These are the challenges that confront us. This is the Unclad truth that we have to tell ourselves.

“We must, therefore, as leaders at all levels have a conversation about the way forward for our part of the country. Because increasingly, as many of you must have seen on social media, we are being considered as the parasite of the federal economy, even though, that is not entirely true. Because northern Nigeria still feeds the nation. The richest businessman in Nigeria is still Aliko Dangote, not someone from southern Nigeria, thank God for that.

“So, we still have a lot to be proud of. We should be proud of our culture and tradition, as well as unity. You hardly can find someone from northern Nigeria convicted of 419 or being aYahoo boy. That is something we should be proud of.

“We are generally considered to be more honest and less corrupt than other Nigerians. That is something we should be proud of. In addition, our demographic superiority gives us a very powerful tool to negotiate in politics. And that is something we should be proud of, and we should preserve. So, we have every reason to unite and not be divided.

“I, therefore, call on you the youth; you account for 80 per cent of the northern population and the future of this region lies in your hands, not in the hands of Dinosaurs like me. I’m 59 and among the oldest five per cent of the northern population. I shouldn’t even be governor; I should have been governor ten years ago. But ‘na condition make crayfish bend,’ so we are here.
“But, why are we here? In my view, we are here to prepare the next generation of leaders. That is why the agenda for this summit is very important. So, you should take the panel discussions very seriously and come up with very clear and implementable decisions that you will circulate to all of us elected to lead in northern Nigeria.

“I urge Northern Hibiscus to send recommendations from this summit to the Chairman of northern state governors’ forum. We have to do something about the situation of northern Nigeria and we must do so as a group of 19 governors, not individual state governors.” El-Rufai said.

Also speaking, the sponsor of the event and immediate past Chairman of House of Representatives Committee on Appropriation, Hon. Abdulmumini Jibrin said, while the North was in dire situation, the region has not lost everything. “There is growth everywhere and so many leaders have emerged.”

Jibrin who analysed the need to reawaken the Arewa spirit on sociocultural, economic and political spheres, said family unit remains the bigger challenge faced in the region as it contributes to high rate of divorce, late marriages, drug abuse and destitution.

Looking at the economic aspect, he noted the need for job and wealth creation to build businesses, understanding competition, marketing and funding in entrepreneurship. He said there is little or no money available at commercial banks to loan small and medium enterprises because government borrows an average of N1 trillion annually with N600 billion to N700 billion interest from first line charge.

The lawmaker called for role models across board, adding that “we have to mould leaders, we have to create ourselves into leaders,” he said.

In her opening remarks, founder of Northern Hibiscus Initiative, Aisha Falke, said the summit was organised to examine the numerous challenges of the North, with a view to finding lasting solutions to them.

She also disclosed that, Northern Hibiscus had also taken the bull by the horn with a 16-year action to empower the youths with useful skills, especially those who are not privileged to have formal education.
(The Sun)

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JUST IN: You Cannot License PFN Pastors In Kaduna, Court Rules Against El-Rufai |The Republican News

Kaduna state governor, Alhaji Nasir El-Rufai

A Kaduna State High Court has ruled that the plan by the Kaduna State government to issue licences to the pastors of Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) using the Religious Regulatory Bill is a gross violation of their fundamental human rights, which guarantees freedom of association and freedom of religion. Thus, inconsistent with the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended). Therefore it is hereby declared illegal.

The judge, Hon Justice D. Gwadah further added that the actions of the Kaduna State House of Assembly in proceeding to pass the bill into law despite the pending court proceedings and the subsisting court injunction restraining the action, “is an affront to this honourable court”.

This was declared today, June 19, 2019 in a ruling on the case instituted by the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) Kaduna chapter since 2016 against Kaduna State Governor (Mallam Nasiru El-Rufai), Kaduna State House of Assembly and the Attorney General of Kaduna State over the Kaduna State Religious Regulatory Bill.

The lawyers representing the respondents, in reaction to the judgment said that their clients will go higher, meaning Gov El-Rufai and the Kaduna State House of Assembly will appeal the ruling.

But Barr S. A. Akani (lead counsel to PFN) who briefly addressed the press after the ruling, expressed satisfaction in the judgment on behalf of his client, the PFN.

Arise News247 notes that the Kaduna State PFN that instituted the case is a registered trustees body. Thus, PFN is an entity that has the power to sue and be sued. However, the power is limited to act on behalf of the members of the body. Hence, the court ruling is applicable to the members of PFN. Though by implication, other Christians and Pastors can benefit indirectly from the ruling.

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Kajuru Killings: Kaduna PDP Guber Candidate Charges El-Rufai To Fish Out Killers

Noah Ebije, Kaduna

 

Kaduna State governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Isa, Mohammed Ashiru, has called on the state governor, Mallam Nasir El-rufai, to fish out the perpetrators of the latest killings in Kajuru Local Government Area of the state.

Governor El-rufai had on the eve of the postponed presidential election, announced that 66 persons were killed in a reappraisal attack in the area.

This has since generated a lot of reactions from various quarters, blaming the governor for allegedly reopening old wounds at such a critical time in the nation’s history.

Ashiru in a statement which he personally signed and made available to journalists on Monday condoled with the families of those who lost their loved ones in the crisis.

“It is with an absolute shock that I received the news, broken by the Kaduna State governor, of the murder of many people in some settlements in Kajuru Local Government Area of our dear Kaduna State.

“This unfortunate incident is not only an unwanted addition to the list of the past similar ones but is also a clear indication that insecurity still remains a huge challenge in some parts of Kaduna State.

“I urge the Kaduna State government and all the relevant security agencies to ensure that the criminals who carried out the killings are fished out and brought to justice. This will require a tremendous determination and demonstration of a sense of justice and fairness on the part of the authorities whose responsibility is to not only deal appropriately with the perpetrators of such acts but to also forestall their recurrence.

“The fact that the loss of human lives has been confirmed makes the whole issue terribly shocking. The act clearly smacks of callousness and a descent into barbarism.

“I, therefore, wish to express my heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims, people of Kajuru Local Government Area as well as the government and the entire people of Kaduna State over this unfortunate incident. It is my fervent prayer that Almighty God who created those souls will expose the perpetrators of the heinous act.

“Let me quickly remind my dear good people of Kaduna State of the need to embrace peace and eschew violence so that the diversity with which Almighty God has endowed us can be harnessed for the good of all of us. Our state is big, bountiful and rich enough to accommodate all of us; all we need to do is to continuously remind ourselves of the fact that resort to violence has never benefitted us as a people. In fact, such an act which results in the loss of human lives diminishes us as a people.

“We should, therefore, endeavour to come together, regardless of political, religious or ethnic differences, to let the world know that we are committed to ridding our state of violence and at the same time willing to live as the true brothers and sisters that we have always been.

“While I once again condole with the bereaved families, I also wish to reassure everyone again that my bid to clinch the governorship of Kaduna State is driven by both an immense concern for our people and a total determination to rescue the state from misrule.”  (The Sun)

 

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