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Speak Out On Restructuring, PDP Tells Tinubu, El-Rufai, Amaechi, Others
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has challenged leaders of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to speak out on President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to go back on their party’s campaign promise of implementing an administrative restructuring for better governance of the country.
The PDP also tasked the APC leaders to respond to their members in the senate who, through their spokesperson, Senator Ajibola Basiru, have declared that restructuring, as promised by APC, is only a “slogan.” The Presidency had on Thursday, asked prominent Nigerians agitating for restructuring of the country to channel their demands to the National Assembly.
“The PDP calls out APC leaders including its Caretaker Chairman, Governor Mai Mala Buni; its National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu; Governor Nasir el-Rufai, Governor Kayode Fayemi, Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi; Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed among others, to speak out on Mr President’s recent declaration on restructuring as well as the position of the senate.
Quit Order: We’ll Take The Next Step On Monday – Akeredolu
The Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu has said the state government would take ‘the next step’ inline with the quit notice issued to the herders in Ondo forest reserves.
The governor had also banned night grazing and outlawed underage herders as part of his administration’s effort to stop kidnapping in the state.
The Senior Special Adviser to the Governor on Security Matters, Alhaji Jimoh Dojumo said that the state government “will wait for the expiration of the seven-day ultimatum handed down to the herdsmen occupying the forest reserves before it will know the next step.”
Quit Notice: South West Governors Meet Miyetti Allah
Following the expiration of Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu’s order asking herdsmen to leave the state’s forest reserves within seven days, governors from the South-west will meet with national and zonal leaders of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria on Monday.
A source told Daily Trust on Sunday that the meeting, billed to hold in Akure, Ondo State capital, would also be attended by the governors of Jigawa and Kebbi States as well as all Commissioners of Police in the south-western states.
He said the meeting was convened to discuss the ultimatum and address the security challenges in the southwest. The chairman of the Mayetti Allah in Ondo State, Alhaji Bello Garuba, said MACBAN leaders had arrived Akure for the meeting.
Makinde, Oyo CP Meet Fulani Leaders, Others
Oyo State Govenor Seyi Makinde and the Commissioner of Police, Ngozi Onadeko, on Sunday visited Igangan, Ibarapa North Local Government Area of the state to ensure peace returned to the troubled community.
Youths at Igangan had on Friday razed the house of Sarkin Fulani of Oyo State, Alhaji Saliu Abdulkadir, accusing the Fulani community of complicity in kidnappings and killings of the people of the area.
The delegation also visited the razed home of the Sarkin Fulani in Igangan to assess the damage and promised thorough investigation. Addressing a gathering of traditional rulers, government officials and Fulani leaders in Igangan, the CP called for calm.
Jega’s Verdict: Buhari’s Govt Disappointing
The immediate past chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega, has taken a swipe at the Buhari administration, describing its performance as disappointing.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with Daily Trust on Sunday, Jega, who conducted the election that ushered in President Muhmmadu Buhari in 2015, said the high expectations on the government by Nigerians was largely dashed, with many people worried about the future of the country.
“Unfortunately, he has disappointed so many people. He still has time to correct things if he has the capacity to do that. But frankly, his government has been very disappointing. Many people wish him well but are worried about the direction the country is taking,” he said.
AYC Demands Reversal Of Quit Notice As Aare Onakakanfo Cautions Miyetti Allah
The Leadership of the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) has fumed over the various attacks on Northerners in western part of the country. It then demanded for the reversal of the quit notice order by the Governor of Ondo State Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN to herders in the state.
On Saturday 16 January, an Ibadan-based politician and youth leader, Sunday Igboho had also issued a seven-day ultimatum to the Fulani community in Igangan, Ibarapa North Local Government Area of Oyo State, over an allegation that they were responsible for the rising insecurity and kidnapping in the area.
The President of the forum, Shettima Yerima, in a statement described the destruction of property of herders in Oyo as not only worrisome but disturbing. “Finally, we must guide against any act that will create a war like situation in Nigeria, we must learn from mistakes of the past and avoid a repeat because it’s consequences may be unimaginable,” he added.
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