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Daily Trust Newspaper Headlines (Friday, 22 January, 2021 Edition)

Hon. Yakubu Dogara, the speaker of the National House of Representatives

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Dogara Not Our Member – Bauchi PDP

Bauchi State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has declared that the immediate past Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, is no longer its member. The party stated this after posters of Dogara along with Governor Bala Mohammed flooded Bauchi metropolis.

The Publicity Secretary of PDP, Yayanuwa Zainabari, who addressed newsmen, Thursday at the party secretariat, said, “Yakubu Dogara is not a member of PDP in Bauchi State as far as we know because he tendered his resignation to his ward chairman in July 2020 which was copied to the state secretariat.

“The party is calling on political jobbers who are trying to cause confusion in the state to desist. We will not allow anyone to rubbish what the party has done in two years and perpetrators of the flooded posters should desist or face the full wrath of the law.”

Jega, Nwodo, Adebanjo: Restructure Nigeria Now

Key speakers at the 18th Daily Trust Annual Dialogue held in Abuja on Thursday backed restructuring of the country, insisting that the time to do so was now. This year’s edition of the annual dialogue with the theme: “Restructuring: Why? When? How?” which held at the NAF Conference Centre Abuja, was chaired by former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, who pointed out that Nigeria also needed an attitudinal change from its citizens to make it work.

A former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Attahiru Jega, who was one of the Guest Speaker’s at the occasion said there was an urgent need to restructure Nigeria to proactively block what he referred to as “irredentist tendencies” and facilitate stable socioeconomic development in the country. Another Guest Speaker and leader of the Pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, Pa. Ayo Adebanjo, said restructuring was necessary because the constitution currently being used is fraudulent and not people-oriented.

On his part, the immediate past President of the Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohaneze N’Igbo, John Nnia Nwodo said there was no alternative to restructuring Nigeria because oil revenue was a fast-drying resource for foreign exchange earnings as many countries had set deadlines for the use of alternative energy sources.

Let’s Fix Fundamental Issues First – Jonathan

The immediate past president of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, has called on leaders and the citizens to first address fundamental issues of disunity, nepotism and patriotism before any move to restructure Nigeria.

The former president stated this when he presided as chairman of the 18th Daily Trust Dialogue which was held in Abuja on Thursday. Dr. Jonathan, who was president of Nigeria from 2010 to 2015 spoke on the theme, ‘Restructuring: Why? When? How?’

He said, “My conviction is that discussion on restructuring will not help except we restructure our minds because some of the challenging issues at the national level still exist at the state and local levels.”

Discipline, Sincerity, Security Will Rescue Nigeria – North Central Forum

Nigeria can be rescued with sincerity and discipline, the representative, Northern Central People’s Forum, Mr. Gabriel Yakowa, has said. Mr. Yakowa, who said everybody knows the country is at a crossroad and there must be rescue effort because we cannot continue dialoguing, was speaking during the 18th Daily Trust Dialogue with the theme, ‘Restructuring, why? How?’ yesterday in Abuja.

He said there are enough materials in the cabinet of government, even from what has been discussed at the conference so far, to restructure the country, adding that we must begin to create a situation whereby Nigerians, whether young or old, need to keep this country together.

Mr. Yakowa also said Nigeria cannot move forward unless we all imbibe discipline, sincerity and security. “Without these three it will be difficult to move forward. Let us think of discipline which begins from home.

Buhari Orders Swift Response As Bandits Abduct Scores In Zamfara Village

Suspected bandits on Thursday stormed Nahuche village in Bungudu local government area of Zamfara state and abducted residents including women. Residents told our correspondent that the armed men stormed the village and started firing shots in the air.

“We were all scared and there was pandemonium in the community as everyone was running helter-skelter. The armed criminals came on motorbikes but stationed them at the outskirts of the community and marched into the village”

“We can’t give the exact number of people kidnapped now but some of our women were among the victims and we have alerted the security operatives to go after them,” a resident said.

Blasphemy: Court Sets Aside Death Sentence Of Kano Singer, Discharges Teenager

The appeal division of the Kano State High Court has set aside the death sentence passed on Aminu Yahaya Sharif, a Kano singer, charged with blasphemy.

The two-man panel of the court in a judgment on the appeal filed by Sharif ordered a retrial of the case on the grounds that the whole proceedings at the lower court were characterised with irregularities. The court in another appeal also set aside the judgement and sentencing of Umar Faruk, a 13-year-old boy who was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment on the charge of blasphemy.

A Sharia Court in Kano, in August last year sentenced Aminu Yahaya Sharif, to death by hanging for blasphemy against Prophet Mohammed (pbuh). The court sitting at Hausawa Filin Hockey, presided over by Khadi Muhammad Ali Kani, gave the verdict after finding Sharif guilty of the offence.

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