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Prince Uche Secondus, the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)

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2023 not realistic if security issues are not addressed –Secondus

The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Uche Secondus, says the much-expected 2023 general elections is not realistic if the worsening security situation persists in Nigeria.

He stated this on Thursday at the Emergency meeting of the party’s National Executive Committee at the Wadata Plaza in Abuja.

Secondus, therefore, urged the All Progressives Congress government of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to constitute a National Security Conference immediately to address the insecurity in the country.

Senate summons finance minister, Attahiru on N199bn anti-terror fund spending

The Ministry of Finance told the Senate Committee on Army on Thursday that the Federal Government spent N198.84bn to fight terrorism from 2019 till date.

The Permanent Secretary, Special Duties, in the finance ministry, Aliyu Shinkafi, said all the funds appropriated for the war against insurgency had been released to the military authorities.

The Permanent Secretary told the committee that N75bn was appropriated and released in 2019. The Permanent Secretary also told the senators that N75bn was appropriated in 2020 but that N74.99bn was released. He said, “In the current year, N100bn was appropriated and we have released N19.4bn for the first quarter.

God has directed me to prophesy against Buhari, Uzodinma – Mbaka

The Catholic Priest and Spiritual Director of Adoration Ministry, Enugu, Fr Ejike Mbaka, has blessed the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, for championing the cause of his people.

“Up till today, I don’t know who Nnamdi Kanu is. I have never seen him face to face. Look at my hand on the altar. But I want to tell you something. Wherever he is, may God bless him. Because if somebody has risen to shout that his brothers are suffering, is it a crime? May the lord bless his courage,” Mbaka said in a recent sermon at his church.

Mbaka also stated that God had asked him to withdraw his support for the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), and Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, and to prophesy against them.

Embattled Niger communities negotiate with Boko Haram, N20m levy agreed

Following the confirmation of the presence of Boko Haram in Niger State by the Niger State Governor Abubakar Bello, it has been gathered that about 65 communities in Niger State have resorted to negotiating and signing a peace deal with the insurgent to avoid future raids.

This development came few days after the terror group displaced more than 5,000 villagers from their homes in some local government areas in the state. Though the Nigerian Army said it was unaware of Boko Haram’s incursion into Niger State, Wasiu Abiodun, the police spokesperson in the state, said he could not dispute Bello’s claim about the influx of the terrorist group into the state.

Yusuf Sani, the co-convener of Concerned Shiroro Youth, said, “This is what most of the communities are resorting to. By my records now, communities that have signed the peace deal with the terrorists are more than 40. While some communities have already sealed up deals for ceasefire with the terrorists and are currently reaping the benefits, others are on the verge of finalising theirs. Sani also said the communities had paid “not less than N20 million to sign the peace deal with the terrorists.”

Fraud allegation: Secondus demands apology, N1bn from ex-Oshiomhole’s aide

The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Uche Secondus, has demanded N1bn in damages and an apology from a member of the party, Kassim Afegbua, over statements which he said impugned on his integrity. Afegbua was Oshiomhole’s aide when Oshiomhole was the governor of Edo State.

Secondus asked Afegbua to pay the damages, retract the statements and apologise within 48 hours or be ready to face a lawsuit.

Secondus’ demands were contained in a letter by his lawyer, Emeka Etiaba (SAN), dated April 29, 2021 and addressed to Afegbua. The letter was titled ‘Re: Case of defamation of character of Prince Uche Secondus: National chairman, Peoples Democratic Party.’

Nigeria becoming failed state, says Peter Obi

Former Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, has advised Nigerians, irrespective of party affiliations, to join hands in tackling the challenges facing the country.

Obi who ran for Vice President in the 2019 general elections listed the challenges as insecurity, poverty, and unemployment.

According to him, Nigeria is fast becoming a failed state, adding that the downward spiral should not be allowed to continue.

Buhari disappointed in Ortom, says presidential aide

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, on Thursday said the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has expressed “disappointment and sadness” to hear the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, make a litany of accusations against his person and his government following the recent unfortunate incidents in the state.

Shehu said this in a statement titled, ‘Governor Ortom only sees the problems of others, he doesn’t see his own,’ made available to journalists on Thursday in Abuja.

Recall that Ortom had on Tuesday accused Buhari of working for the Fulani ethnic stock to take over Nigeria. The governor, who spoke in reaction to the recent killing of residents allegedly perpetrated by herdsmen in parts of the North-Central state, also lamented that no fewer than 70 people have been killed in the last two weeks in three local governments in the state.

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