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Police Arraign Man Who Climbed Telecom Mast To Protest Buhari’s Incompetence

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The Police on Wednesday arraigned Iliyasu Lawal, 28, Nura Iliyasu, 29, and Idris Suleiman 28, in a Wuse Zone 2 Magistrates’ Court FCT for allegedly trespassing the premises of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the trio, who are residents of Kaduna State, were accused of attempts to commit suicide inside the presidential villa.

Mr Augustine Urom, the Prosecuting Counsel, had averred that Lawal, on September 12 allegedly climbed a telecommunication mast within the presidential villa to commit suicide while the others watched.

Urom further told the court that the Department of State Service had transferred the defendants to the FCT Police Command on September 18.

He further averred that the defendants allegedly invaded the Aso Rock Villa with various protestation placards capable of making the public to revolt against the Federal Government.

Urom said the First Information Report had alleged that the display of the defendants was capable of igniting an uprising against constituted authority.

The prosecutor claimed the offences contravened Sections 79, 348, 114, 113 and 231 of the Penal Code.

The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to the five counts of joint act, criminal trespass, inciting disturbance, disturbance of public peace and attempt to commit suicide levelled against them.

Mr Uche Uwazuruonye, Counsel to Lawal and Suleiman thereafter filed an oral application seeking the court to admit his clients to bail.

Uwazuruonye, said the alleged offences were bailable, adding that his clients would always be available to stand justice.

“I assure the court that the defendants would not jump bail if admitted,’’  he said.

Similarly, Mr Dim Udebuani, Counsel to the second defendant, Iliyasu prayed the court to also grant his client bail, saying this will provide for him required right atmosphere to prepare his defence.

The Magistrate, Mr Muhammad Abdulmumini went ahead to admit the three defendants to bail in the sum of N250, 000 and a surety respectively.

Abdulmumini said the sureties must be from a Grade Level Seven Officer and above in the Federal Civil Service within the jurisdiction of the court.

The Magistrate adjourned the case until October 16 for hearing.

(NAN)

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Buhari Has No Vision, Capacity To Develop Nigeria, Says Saraki |RN

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Simon Utebor, Yenagoa

 

The President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, says that the leadership of the All Progressives Congress, led by President Muhammadu Buhari, lacks the vision, capacity and the patience to develop the country.

Saraki made the comment on Thursday when he led his Presidential campaign team on a courtesy visit to Governor Seriake Dickson at Government House, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.

The Senate President asked Nigerians to replace the current leadership provided by the APC, saying that the party had caused disunity in the country.

Saraki stressed that the country was in dire need of a leader like him with a demonstrable capacity to unite the deeply divided country and create a sense of belonging through fair distribution of appointments in the country.

He argued that it was indeed impossible for anybody to give what he doesn’t have as shown by the inadequacies of the current APC leaders.

He further said that the country was in need of a young vibrant leader with the capacity to withstand the rigours of governance at all times.

He said that running governance must be accompanied with the inseparable willingness and capacity to give all-round attention to the demands of the job.

The Senate President, who also spoke on the raging debate on restructuring, stated that it would be wrong to perceive restructuring as a move to develop a few states.

Saraki said that restructuring would create opportunities for the respective states of the federation to actualise their developmental potential and ensure national growth in the interest of the future generation of Nigerians.

He stated, “2019 is a very crucial election for this country; we are at the crossroads as we have never been so disunited as we are today.

“Wherever you go, people ask questions: where do you belong? We need to address the issue of unity in this country; it is time for everybody to have a seat on the table, a time for everyone to have a sense of belonging in this country. It is not about me.

“There is a new order in the world today, wherever we go, we see leaders that have a vision, that are ready to develop their countries. A lot of us talked about the Asian tigers, but they did not come by chance, or trial and error, they became tigers because they have visionary leaders.

“They are leaders that are ready to defend their countries, that have an idea of what they want to do.  As I keep on saying, you cannot give what you don’t have.

“Where we are now, we have a leadership that has no vision for us. We must bring visionary leadership to the presidential level so we can move this country forward.”

In his remarks, Governor Dickson said that the time had come for the country to move away from the evil of bigotry and indeed a leadership founded on feelings of sectional superiority.

He restated the position of the elders and leaders of the Niger Delta that the 2019 election would be a referendum on restructuring.

He said, “We must get quickly to that point where we build a new Nigeria; where to be appointed as Director General of the Department of State Services or the Chief of Army Staff, the Inspector General of Police, the Chief Justice of Nigeria and to be whatever you want to be, you don’t need to come from a particular tribe, or someone who worships one type of God or another.”

The presidency, in its reaction, described Saraki’s comment as crude, condemnable and derogatory of the President.

In a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President, Garba Shehu, the Presidency, however, called on Buhari’s supporters to display restraint in language and conduct.

Noting that Saraki’s sole aim of joining the PDP was contesting for the President, Shehu said the Senate President had shown himself to be a very dangerous person who could go any length to promote his personal interests.

The statement read, “The Presidency wishes to react to the crude speeches hitting the news from Senator Bukola Saraki, who recently joined the PDP with the sole ambition of running as the president of Nigeria.

“In response to the condemnable and extremely derogatory speeches by the PDP aspirant, we urge all Buhari supporters to display restraint in language and conduct and to always put across their points of view in a decent language.

“Throughout his political career, Senator Saraki has shown that he is a very dangerous person who can go any length to promote his personal interests.

“The language of his campaign is such that cannot be used against a domestic help.

“Does he just know that the President lacked vision? This is someone that the Senator had worked with very closely for more than three years.

“Amazingly, he never said all that he is now saying against him. Rather, his words for and on the President were always respectful and reassuring.

“That’s the man he called ‘My Father,” about him “there is no cause for alarm…a President who is healthy, witty and himself.’ What then changed, all of a sudden?

“Is he saying these blatantly false and crude things against the President because he is running for the same office? Could it be that he is targeting President Buhari because the party he just joined does not have any real issues to highlight?”  (Punch)

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Buhari Is Nigeria’s Most Incompetent President, Says Atiku |The Republican News

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Former Vice-President Abubakar Atiku has said President Muhammadu Buhari’s failure to retain significant individuals in his party was a sign of weakness and lack of leadership.

Atiku, through his campaign organisation, said his attempt to come to power “is to clean the mess that Buhari would leave which has resulted in job loss, poor economy and ranking of the country as one of the poorest.”

The spokesperson for the Atiku Campaign Organisation, Segun Sowunmi, in a reaction to Buhari’s comment while receiving the All Progressive Congress nomination forms, said, “Never in the history of Nigeria has a more incompetent person served in the chambers of the exalted office of the President. No President of Nigeria, politics apart, will speak in such manner. The fact is that freedom of association is guaranteed by all the United Nations’ conventions and the constitution of our country.

“That Buhari has not been able to provide leadership and keep high-network individuals in the APC is to his own weakness and a question of his lack of capacity to keep Nigerians together. We are in the campaign and we are on the ballot. Atiku is attempting to become the President to clean the mess that Buhari caused in our country.

“Buhari has made many Nigerians lose their jobs and our country has become one of the poorest countries in the world. He has divided the country and people cannot move freely. He has made a mess of the economy.

“Therefore, we take his comment as not possibly referring to us. He should speak to issues, development, job creation, restructuring and so on. Obviously, these things he cannot do.”

President Buhari had on Tuesday lashed out at defectors from the All Progressives Congress, describing them as weak and selfish politicians.    (Punch)

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2019: Igbo Land Will Never Be The Same By End Of My Second Tenure – Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari has told the Igbo ethnic extraction that the “Igboland will never be the same again” by the time his second term in office eventually comes to an end in 2023.

Buhari said his administration is not unaware that the country, especially the South East region, has many deficits in infrastructure but that he would ensure most of the deficits are taken care of before the end of his second tenure.

THE WHISTLER recalls that the South East had countless times accused the current administration of marginalizing the region in terms of development projects and federal appointments.

But the president, who was represented by his Senior Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, made the promise of developing the region while flagging off the 5.5km road in Isieketa community, Isiala Ngwa South LGA, Abia State.

He said, “One thing that is dear to the heart of President Buhari is infrastructure, roads, railway, power, etc.

“Nigeria has a lot of deficits in infrastructure and President Muhammadu Buhari is determined to reverse that deficit.

“We will see that by the time this administration ends, Igboland will never be the same again. Igbo will be far better beyond where it has ever been before.”             (The Whistler)

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Oyedepo Tells Buhari: Resign, Get Out Of Office |The Republican News

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The founder and presiding bishop of the Living Faith Church Worldwide, aka Winners’ Chapel, David Oyedepo, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to resign over persistent Fulani militant herdsmen killings.

In a YouTube video posted by the church’s official page, the cleric made this call on Sunday at its headquarters in Ota, Ogun State.

With this development, Oyedepo has joined other notable clerics – including the Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Church, Abuja, John Cardinal Onaiyekan; and a former Archbishop of the Catholic Church in Lagos, Cardinal Anthony Olubunmi Okogie – who have asked Buhari to quit his position over failure to secure the lives of Nigerians.

The cleric told his congregation that although he was not partisan, he would not be alive and not talk about the massacre of Nigerians, especially in the Middle Belt, by suspected Fulani herdsmen.

Speaking on the theme, “Enough is enough,” he said, “When I was talking in 2015, people were saying my own was too much, now everybody can see what’s happening. What has moved forward in anybody’s life? You don’t know it’s war. Why are they attacking the Christian communities? Why has nobody been arrested? I can tell you this, the authorities and the powers that be are behind them.

“I will never be partisan; Jesus got me out of it in 1984. But I will not be alive to see innocent people massacred.

“We must wake up and push this evil back. Not one of those so-called herdsmen – they are jihadists – has been brought to book till date. Herdsmen don’t shoot; they have been here all along. They are just taking cover under the herdsmen to assault innocent citizens. They wake up in the night and slice innocent children to pieces. Yet, you have a government in place. What!

“The most honourable thing for any non-performing leader to do is to resign. The most honourable thing is to resign. That’s my own for Mr President. Resign! Get out of office! Even our Islamic friends in the North are calling on him (Buhari) to resign. Because that’s the noblest thing to do. Or are we going to look at one system destroy a whole nation?”

Oyedepo also warned Nigerians against the ceding of land to the Fulani herdsmen for ranching, as proposed by the Federal Government.

He said, “I’m going to say this and I’m not going to be tired. This (Nigeria) will never be a Fulani republic. That is not our terms of the agreement. It will remain a secular nation until Jesus returns. It’s not just (about) land, it’s (about) heritage.

“Forever, I stand on the fact that no government has the authority to collect land from those who own it and transfer it to another person because on the other side (presumably the north), it never happens.”  (Punch)

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Nigerians Have Lost Confidence In Buhari – Bent |The Republican News

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A former lawmaker, Grace Bent, who represented the Adamawa Southern Senatorial District in the Senate between 2007 and 2011, says Nigerians have lost confidence in the ability of President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure the security of lives and property.

Despite claims of performance by Buhari and his security chiefs, Bent lamented that insecurity remained a major concern for Nigerians in general.

The former lawmaker spoke on Saturday on the sidelines of a mega rally organised by the Adamawa State Peoples Democratic Party to welcome ex-Vice-President Atiku Abubakar back into the party.

Bent said, “The insecurity in the country is of major concern to Nigerians. We have reached a point where Nigerians have become helpless as far as insecurity is concerned because they could not bank on the government to secure them.

“If you don’t hear of killings caused by farmers/herders conflict, you will hear of kidnappings and killings for ransoms and rituals and other unfathomable disasters from bandits that Nigerians have been made to live with over the last three years.

“I’m so amazed that the APC and President Muhammadu Buhari and his security chiefs could still be raising up their neck over their shoulders, bragging that they have done well for this country. A government that cannot guarantee the safety of lives and property of the people and live up to this creed does not have any bragging rights over taming insecurity.”

Bent contended that the little achievements that Buhari and the APC were laying claim to were accomplished by the former ruling party, the Peoples Democratic Party.

“Everything they are laying claim to as their accomplishment, whether it is in the agricultural sector or railways, these were foundations that were started by the PDP. The structures were put by the PDP. Tell me one major project that they have started and implemented from the foundation,” Bent said.  (Punch)

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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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