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Buhari’s New Year Address Empty, Directionless – PDP
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described the 2021 New year speech by President Muhammadu Buhari as empty and directionless, arguing it confirmed that the nation had become leaderless.
The PDP in a statement on Friday by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said the president’s speech underscored the urgent need for compatriots to come together and salvage the nation which it said was fast heading to a failed state.
The opposition party said the least Nigerians expected from Mr. President, in the new year, was a decisive will to tackle the security challenges by reviewing his parade and heeding the demands by Nigerians to rejig the nation’s security architecture. The PDP said it was appalling that on New Year day, all that President Buhari could offer “a troubled and frustrated nation” was a regurgitated script allegedly full of lame excuses and empty promises that address nothing.
Implement 2014 Confab Report Before 2023 Elections — Bode George
A former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to implement the 2014 Constitutional Conference report to ensure decentralisation of power.
Chief George, who made the call in his New Year message yesterday, said the nation was still challenged “with the burden of inequitable obviousness in the machinery of the state.”
He called for the implementation of the report to address the widening inequality, saying this was a task that must be done before the 2023 general elections. “Let us revisit the document of the 2014 Constitutional Conference which in totality is quite enlightening about how this nation can be redesigned along a true, fair, equitable and civilised federation.”
UNICEF Predicts Over 21,000 Births In Nigeria On New Year’s Day
The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) has said that over 21,000 babies will be born in Nigeria on New Year day.
Nigeria ranks third with 21,439, behind India with 59,995 and China 35,615. Other countries include Pakistan with 14,161; Indonesia 12,336; Ethiopia 12,006; United States 10,312; Egypt 9,455; Bangladesh 9,236 and Democratic Republic of Congo 8,640.
UNICEF stated that Nigerian babies would account for nearly six per cent of the estimated 371,504 babies born globally on New Year day, adding that their average life expectancy was expected to be 62.8 years compared to a global average of 84 years.
We’ll Deliver On Our Manifesto In 2021 – APC Govs
Governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) heve said they are committed to making all states under their control models of good governance with records of rapid human development this year.
Kebbi State Governor and the Chairman of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF), Atiku Bagudu, in a new year message on Friday, said the decision of the governors was in line with the principles of social democracy, provisions of the APC’s constitution and manifesto.
“In 2021, we shall continue to take all the necessary steps to roll out programmes that will consolidate development of synergy, experience sharing and collaboration by all progressive states.
North Central Should Produce Next President – ADP Chairman
In this interview, the National Chairman of the Action Democratic Party (ADP), Yabagi Yusuf Sani, speaks on the the need for the people of the North Central Zone to come together ahead of the 2023 general elections and pursue the presidential seat and on other issues.
“If at all zoning is about equity and fairness and giving every Nigerian a sense of belonging, then I think this time around it is the turn of the North Central; not any other zone. I can show you a map here. You can see each zone has had a civilian representation. The only zone that is yet to produce a president or vice president is the North Central. So, if zoning in a civilian arrangement is about equity and fairness, the North Central should have it this time.”
Asked: Are you saying that we should wipe away the memory of military regimes in Nigeria where the North Central featured prominently?
“No; other regions had military regimes too. The South East had Ironsi; South West had Obasanjo; North West had Buhari and Murtala. The zones are now having civilian administrations and so we too deserve it,” he said.
Mr. Joseph Simeon is an Editor/Content Creator at Naija Buzz News. He is an experienced content creator. He currently leads a small group of talented writers at Naija Buzz News. He previously served as the Relationship Editor at 1Push.Ng. He studied Public Administration at the Federal Polytechnic Idah, Kogi State, before proceeding to Kaduna Polytechnic Kaduna for his Advance Studies in Public Administration. Simeon loves and enjoys playing football.