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Fayose Threatens To Sue Osinbajo, Demands Report On Suspended SGF, NIA DG

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                      Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose

Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti

The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has written the Acting President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, demanding the release of the report of the panel that investigated corruption allegations against the suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr David Babachir Lawal.

The Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party Governors Forum, who also demanded the release of the report on the Director-General, National Intelligence Agency, Mr Ayo Oke, threatened to sue Osinbanjo if he failed to meet his demands and “act expeditiously on the report.”

The governor stated this in a July 11 letter received at the Acting President’s office on July 13.

According to a statement by the Special Assistant to the governor on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Fayose told the Acting President “never to harbour the view that the matter can be swept under the carpet.”

He added, “The government’s war against corruption lacked credibility and had, thus floundered because of the government perceived penchant for sweeping allegations of corruption against top functionaries of the federal government and members of the ruling All Progressives Congress.

“I dare to say that this is one of the reasons the so-called war against corruption has not attracted public support. It lacks credibility and has, thus floundered. It is also the reason your administration has lost case after case in the court of law, even though administration officials have tried to cover government’s Achilles heel as well as their own howling incompetence under the pretence of corruption fighting back,” the governor said.

Fayose, who commended Osinbajo for “yeoman efforts” to quell agitation all over the country and stabilising the polity, said he had refused to join those promoting disunity for their selfish interests, and decided to queue behind him to assist his noble efforts.

“… let all hands be on the deck to salvage our beloved country, take solace and receive renewed strength, vigour and vitality in the fact that your efforts have begun to yield positive fruits and that the vast majority of the citizens appreciate and applaud your efforts and stand resolutely with you. As I have often said, the power of the people is greater than the power of those of us in power.

“In our own little corner, we, too, stand with you. And this being so, you can only succeed, and not fail!

“Therefore, every support and every advice that Your Excellency requires to succeed we promise we will not hide away from you, partisan politics notwithstanding.”

Fayose said it would be most unfortunate if the report is swept under the carpet.

“The preferential treatment given to the two top-notch members of your government is bad enough – and they are the only members of the ruling party that have got this slap-on-the-wrist treatment. So reckless and audacious had your government become in this regard that a serving Senator who is a member of your party said on the floor of the Senate that your government uses insecticides when dealing with alleged cases of corruption involving members of the opposition but applies deodorant when members of the ruling party are involved.

The governor urged the Acting President to do the needful and not let the absence of the president be the reason for not acting on the report.

The letter added, “Were President Buhari to be around, this issue would not have been any of your bothers. All that would have been required of you would be to turn in your report within the stipulated time and the ball would then have been squarely in the president’s court.

“Fortunately and unfortunately, President Buhari has been away on medical tourism for the most part of this year and as the Acting President, the buck now stops on your desk. Your Excellency, Nigerians demand two actions from you: First is that you release the report of the corruption investigation, which you presided over. Secondly is that you act expeditiously on the report. May I advise, Your Excellency, that you should never harbour the view that this matter can be swept under the carpet for two reasons.

“One is that Nigerians are not unmindful of the outcome of your investigation even if it has not been officially released. Two is that should you fail to release the report and act on it, I shall approach the law court to compel you to do so.

“Your Excellency, as a Law professor and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Your Excellency must not be associated with illegalities and cover-ups; not to talk of your highly exalted position as a man of God who must speak the truth at all times and uphold the Biblical admonition to let justice flow like the mighty river. I have refused to agree with those who, on account of your egregious stance on the EFCC boss, Ibrahim Magu’s continued but illegal stay in office; posit that the hood does not make the monk and a chain of titles and degrees does not translate to sound judgment. Kindly take up the challenge to prove those doubting Thomases wrong.

“Your Excellency, because of our dear country, Nigeria, the concern of all of its 170 million citizens as well as for the benefit of our friends the world over, permit me to make copies of this letter available to the media and other interested persons and organisations locally and internationally.” (Punchng.com)

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Northern Youths Declare ‘War’ On Cabal Hindering Osinbajo’s Progress |RN

From: Laide Raheem, Abeokuta

A group, Northern Youth Leaders Forum (NYLF), on Thursday, declared ‘war’ on any group, individuals or cabal working to hinder Acting President Yemi Osinbajo from functioning as a substantive president if President Muhammadu Buhari eventually resigns or declared unfit to rule.

The Forum said though it had prayed fervently for the full recovery of President Buhari for him to return and complete his tenure, it maintained that “Osinbajo remained unstoppable by any group from making progress according to the constitutional provision, even if the circumstances turned otherwise”.

NYFL, led by the national chairman, Pastor Elliot Afiyo, gave this declaration during a press conference, in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

Afiyo, who informed journalists that the group was in the state to hold a meeting with some opinion leaders and interest groups on the direction towards 2019, however, expressed worry over a media report, alleging a meeting in Saudi Arabia where some cabal discussed how  to stop Osinbajo from becoming a President if circumstances compelled the need in the country.

Flanked by the political secretary and woman leader of the Forum, Abubakar Tijani and Hassana Iliya respectively, Afiyo said, “Nigeria and Nigerians have reached a stage where a group of few and selfish individuals should no longer be allowed to determine their destiny”.

“We want to state that no individual or cabal can stop Prof. Yemi Osinbajo from becoming substantive president if President Muhammadu Buhari resigns or declared unfit to continue in office.

“It is our sincere prayer that President Buhari recovers and completes his term in office. Osinbajo is unstoppable by any group, no matter how powerful or connected the group may be”. He stated.

The NYFL national president, who said the group would not support Buhari if he decides to contest for the same seat in 2019 adding his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) had failed to deliver on its promises.

” Even if Buhari recovers and he decides on his own to contest we will not support him. The reason is that we entered into an agreement with him on the fight against corruption and he agreed to pursue it. That was why it took him almost a year to bring out a list of his cabinet. The list that was presented contained all corrupt people and he told us. He eventually appointed people who were allegedly indicted by security reports of corruption.

“He is surrounded by corrupt people and non-progressive elements. We voted for Buhari on our agreement to tackle corruption and not for All Progressives Congress (APC).

” In fact, the worst Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is better than the best of APC.

“The time has come that Nigerians must use the broom to sweep out the APC. We all voted for Buhari, not APC because we knew that APC had nothing to offer Nigerians apart from classical corruption and propaganda,” Afiyo submitted. (The Sun)

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BREAKING: Osinbajo Flies To London, Meets Ailing Buhari |The Republican News

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         File PHOTO: President Muhammadu Buhari and Prof. Yemi Osinbajo

Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja

The Acting President on Tuesday left Nigeria for London, United Kingdom, where he is scheduled to meet ailing President Muhammadu Buhari.

Buhari left the country on May 7 for the British capital where he is currently receiving medical treatment.

He had, in a communication to the two Chambers of the National Assembly, indicated that only his doctors would decide the duration of his medical trip which is the second one this year.

Our correspondent learnt that Osinbajo travelled to London to see the President shortly after he presided over the Quarterly Presidential Business Forum held at the Presidential Villa.

It was further learnt that the Acting President’s trip was at the instance of Buhari.

The Senior Special Assistant to the Acting President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Laolu Akande, confirmed Osinbajo’s trip to London in a message on his Twitter handle.

Akande said Osinbajo would meet Buhari in London and return to the country immediately after the meeting.

He wrote, “AgP Osinbajo meeting with President Buhari in London today, and returning to Abuja immediately afterwards.”  (Punchng.com)

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Restructuring: Something Will Be Done, Osinbajo Raises Hope On Restructuring |RN

 

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Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo

 

• Something will be done soon –Acting President

From Molly Kilete, Abuja and Oluseye Ojo, Ibadan

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, yesterday, raised hope on the ongoing debate over restructuring, with a pledge that government would harvest the various views and act on them to move the country forward.

Osinbajo, who spoke at the official presentation of a book, ‘Nigeria: The restructuring controversy,’ written by Chairman of the Police Service Commission, Dr Mike Okiro, in Abuja, said the government was observing and taking note of the debates.

“We can assure you that all of the contributions being made across the country, whether from the north, from the south, east or west; the government of President Muhammadu Buhari is taking note of all the contributions you are making, and very soon, we are going to come out with policies that would take care of some of the issues that are germane in this debate about restructuring,” Osinbanjo, who was represented by his Special Adviser on Political Matters, Senator Babafemi Ojudu, said.

In recent time, restructuring debate has received a groundswell of support from eminent Nigerians including  Ibrahim Babangida, Atiku Abubakar, Ayo Adebanjo, Olu Falae and Ike Ekweremadu.

The acting president who identified lack of inclusiveness as Nigeria’s major problem said the right thing was being done through the debates.

He insisted that the nation could not afford to go back to issues that were resolved during the civil war.

“Many have died in the course of fighting for one Nigeria. Therefore, we cannot afford to go back to issues that were resolved during the Nigerian civil war. What we can do is what we are doing, as we have gathered here today: writing books, debating and arguing among ourselves, and in the process of debate, we would find solutions to our problems.”

Citing the break-up of Sudan and the Soviet Union, Osinbajo noted that no country had been able to resolve the nationality question, stressing that the government was working to achieve equity, justice and fairness.

He warned against taking up arms, as Afghanistan had been fighting a war for over 40 years without resolution.

“We want everyone to continue with this debate across the country, in boardrooms and conferences. This is what we need and not war. We are going to observe and take note of all your opinions, and be rest assured that we are hearing you loud and clear and that something will be done accordingly to make this country respectable and peaceful,” Osinbajo declared.

However, to move the nation forward, former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Chief Olu Falae, said the report of the 2014 national conference could not be consigned to the trash bin.

According to him, the future of Nigeria lies in the implementation of the reports of the conference, convened by former President Goodluck Jonathan.

Falae who spoke on the topic: Restructuring Nigeria: Options and Strategies,” at a meeting of the Conscience of Yoruba Race, held at Premier Hotel, Ibadan, said the present government might not be positively predisposed to negotiating the unity of Nigeria, but the currency the debate about restructuring has made it critical for it to be discussed if Nigeria is to have a future.

“What we have come to discuss is a big subject in Nigeria. Not long ago, the new president, my friend, said it was a non-issue and that the report of the national confab had not been read.

“But that subject has become topical, and like I said in my recent interview, the restructuring of Nigeria via the report of the national conference is the future of Nigeria if Nigeria has a future.

“The options for restructuring are many. We went to Abuja for a regional agenda, but on getting there the Middle Belters were scared of it. But I am happy that in recent times, they are at the forefront of what the region shall be. I asked my friend, Jerry Gana what had happened; he said they had had a change of mind. Change must come but not the partisan change that has no meaning. Massive devolution of powers, responsibilities and resources must take place from the centre to the federating units.

“I want to add that the devolution will not stop at the old regional capitals of power. It must continue to the states created in the regions and the local government, which is where our people reside.”

The administrator of the Conscience of the Yoruba Race, Akogun Omololu, who said the group started as a social media group for the mobilisation, argued that it smacked of injustice for the government to insist that the unity of the country could not be negotiated, adding that the colonial rulers even allowed the negotiation of terms of governance. (The Sun)

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You’re Doing Your Best But That Is Not Enough, Fayose Tells Osinbajo |RN

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Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo

Governor Ayo Fayose,  of Ekiti state, says Acting President Yemi Osinbajo is doing his best to address some challenges in the country but he needs to put in more efforts.

Alleging that the Igbo have been made to “suffer forever” because of their role in the civil war, Fayose appealed to the Federal Government to be fair and just to all ethnic groups in the country.

He opposed the main objective of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), saying secession is not an option.

IPOB is in the frontline of the campaign to create an independent state for the Igbo.

According to Governor Fayose,“The Acting President Yemi Osinbajo is doing his best but that is not enough. We must remember that those who make positive change impossible make violent change inevitable. A situation where a section will be suffering forever because of their role in the civil war is not fair,” he said.

“As much as secession is not an option, the handlers of our democracy must be equitable, fair and just to everyone. The Igbo have continued to suffer because of the perceived role of Emeka Ojukwu. If we say past governments didn’t do well what has the present government done differently?

“I agree that secession is not desirable but there must be justice and equity. When people are being killed or vilified, you must expect a reaction. No region should begin to use power to oppress another. If Nigeria is truly one, it will not get to a stage that one region will openly call on another to leave its land.”

The governor said the federal government should dialogue with Nnamdi Kanu, IPOB leader, instead of using force.

Fayose accused the Buhari administration of dividing Nigeria “more than ever and it is the legitimate right of the people to agitate if they feel they are wrongly treated”. (TheCable)

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Presidency Replies Arewa Youths Letter To Osinbajo Supporting Biafra’s Peaceful Secession

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Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo

From: Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja

The Presidency has reacted to Arewa youths’ letter to Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, urging him to allow agitation for Biafra to succeed through peaceful means.

According to the Presidency, the ongoing  consultations with leaders of thoughts and traditional rulers from the North and Southeastern regions of the country, following the escalation of ethnic tensions occasioned by the agitation for Biafra and the vacation order  issued by Northern youths for Igbo to quit the North, was the best way to approach the issue.

A top Presidential source, who pleaded not to be named, told Daily Sun that, “our response is the ongoing consultations Mr Acting President is engaged in with leaders of thoughts from both regions. It is the best way to get everyone to see reason. The Presidency doesn’t want to escalate the matter by responding to individual groups. The ongoing parley is the best approach.”

The coalition of northern youth groups that recently gave all Igbo persons resident in the North three months ultimatum to vacate the region had, in a letter on Monday urged Osinbajo to take allow agitation for Biafra to succeed through peaceful means.

The group, in an open letter to the acting president, urges him to take “steps to facilitate the actualization of the agitation in line with the principle of self-determination as an integral part of contemporary customary international law”.

The coalition, while commending Osinbajo for initiating series of discussions with leaders from the north and south-east, however, said going by recent events, the talks would not yield any positive results.

The letter, which was signed by five leaders of the group insisted that  principle of self-determination has, since world War II become a part of the United Nations Charter which states in Article 1(2), that one of the purposes of the UN is “to develop friendly relations among nations based on respect for the principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples”.

” We submit that this protocol envisages that people of any nation have the right to self-determination, and although the Charter did not categorically impose direct legal obligations on the Member States; it implies that member States allow agitating or minority groups to self-govern as much as possible,” they said.  (Punchng.com)

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IPOB Condemns Meeting Between Osinbajo And Some Igbo Leaders, Calls It Futile

 

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Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo with some Igbo leaders

”The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has condemned the meeting between the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo and some Igbo leaders of Thought, saying it was a “senseless, futile” gathering.

Recall that Osinbajo hosted some Igbo leaders at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Issues bordering on the ultimatum issued by Northern youths that Igbos should vacate their region in three months and the struggle for secession by various pro-Biafra groups were discussed.

Reacting to the meeting, IPOB described those who attended the parley as political jobbers, who have no mandate to speak for people of the South East. The pro-Biafra group also berated the Acting President for allegedly using “scarce” resources that could have been
channelled for useful purposes to host Igbo leaders.

In a statement by its spokesperson, Emma Powerful, IPOB said the meeting was an “insult to the sensibilities of Biafrans all over
the world.”

The statement reads, “We the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) under the supreme leadership of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu wish to
place on record our unequivocal condemnation of the wholesomely senseless and futile gathering of a few compromised political jobbers from core Igbo states of Biafraland
in Abuja yesterday.

“This meeting we understand was convened at the instigation of the Nigerian Acting President Professor Yemi Osinbajo following
the political fallout from the hugely successful IPOB sit-at-home order of 30th of May 2017.
“With one or two exceptions and with the greatest respect to the attendees to this Nigeria sponsored gathering in Abuja, the so-called South East delegation is in no way representative of the views of the leadership of IPOB worldwide, neither can they claim with any degree of sincerity to be speaking for the masses.

“Therefore all Professor Osinbajo has succeeded in achieving with this meeting is to waste scarce resources that could have been channelled towards more useful purposes. None of those that attended this meeting with Osinbajo gave the order for people to sit at home on May 30th.

So we are at a loss to understand the justification for their invitation to the meeting to discuss something they know nothing about.
“IPOB viewed the meeting with certain Igbo politicians who are sympathetic to APC as an insult to the sensibilities of Biafrans all
over the world, especially the memory of the dead and injured.

The group affirmed the stance of its leader that any discussion with the Nigerian government must include a date fo a referendum or such discussion is an “exercise in futility.”

The statement added, “Our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has made it abundantly clear that any discussion or dialogue with Nigerian
government that doesn’t include an agreement on a referendum date to determine the issue of Biafra once and for all time, is an exercise in futility.

“In this regard, we wish to inform the government of Nigeria that the gathering and deliberations they thought they had yesterday is
a complete waste of time and will continue to be until the Federal Government does the needful.

“We note and respect the presence of Chief Nnia Nwodo the Ohaneze Leader and two others at that very meeting, however the
rest are nothing to write home about.

We do not think that presiding over the distribution of monthly allocation from Abuja
qualifies any political office holder to discuss issues pertaining to IPOB and Biafra restoration when the leadership can be directly contacted.

“Since August 2015 that Nigerian Government and her security operatives, especially the Army, Navy, DSS and Police, have been killing and abducting innocent and peaceful IPOB members, none of the governors that attended this meeting in Abuja rose to condemn the brutal and barbaric repression of IPOB peaceful
agitation for an independent homeland for Biafrans.

“None of them offered any comment in condemnation of the well documented atrocities despite the existence of overwhelming evidence to substantiate the facts alluded to in the widely received Amnesty Report on the senseless slaughter of IPOB
members.

“How can such persons now go to Abuja to discuss issues bothering on the activities of IPOB when they know nothing about
the modus operandi of the organisation. Only IPOB can and will discuss issues pertaining to her activities, not compromised politicians.

“From time, we firmly resolved that nobody among the governors or politicians can set an agenda for IPOB except our leader Mazi
Nnamdi Kanu. The sooner Nigerian Government understands this, the better.
Therefore, any meeting without the consent of our leader or those nominated by him in a representative capacity, is a complete waste and unacceptable to IPOB.”

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