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Edo politics must change for better, says Obaseki
The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has said his involvement in politics was meant to help drive the process of change in Edo politics.
Obaseki said this at an event in Benin on Thursday. He said the last seven months of his second term had been spent separating governance from politics all in a bid to positively improve the system to make it work better for citizens.
He said, “In the last seven months, in trying to reform the system, we discovered that the government lacked professionals in the civil service to set the machinery of government on motion before political appointees will step in to collaborate in making Edo great again. “I am into politics in the state to midwife the process of change, as change is a constant thing in life. We can’t do politics the way that we did it in 1999.
Northern group asks National Assembly to halt constitution review
The Coalition of Northern Groups has asked the National Assembly to suspend the ongoing review of the 1999 Constitution, describing it as ill-timed and uncalled for.
The group made the demand at a press conference in Abuja on Thursday. Spokesperson for the group, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman said, “We demanded the immediate suspension of the ongoing exercise for the review of the 1999 Constitution and to concentrate on the first priority of determining who and what actually constitutes Nigeria as a nation in the present circumstance in which the Igbo, by taking up arms against the Nigerian state, for the third time, have foreclosed every hope for the rest of us to continue coexisting with them as one nation.”
He said the National Assembly should invoke the doctrine of necessity, organise a referendum to allow people of the South East to decide whether or not they want to remain in the Nigerian federation.
IPOB alleges house-to-house abduction, killing of South-East youths
The Indigenous People of Biafra has accused security operatives of house-to-house abduction and killing of youths in the South-East.
While denying any involvement in the killing of 128 security personnel in Imo State as alleged, the secessionist group said neither IPOB nor its security outfit, Eastern Security Network, had been involved in any attack on security personnel in Imo or any part of the country.
The group’s Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, in a statement, accused the Nigerian Army and other security agencies of desperately looking for ways to incriminate IPOB and ESN to justify the continued extrajudicial killings of their members.
TB Joshua: Monarchs insist burial must hold in Ondo
The monarchs in the four local government areas in Akokoland of Ondo State have restated their call that the remains of the founder of the Synagogue Church of All Nations, Pastor Temitope Joshua, be buried in his hometown, Arigidi Akoko.
The family of the deceased, who are in Lagos to make decision on the burial arrangement of the late cleric, had said the decision would be taken at the meeting scheduled to hold on Friday.
The monarchs and the community leaders in the four local governments held a meeting on Thursday in Oka Akoko, the headquarters of Akoko South West Local Government Area, where they resolved that the interment of the late pastor should be held in his hometown. In the communique issued at the end of the meeting, the traditional rulers, said Joshua had done well for the people of the Akokoland and deserved to be buried in Arigidi Akoko.
My directive to shoot criminals with AK-47 stands – Buhari
The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Thursday declared his support for the Nigeria Police Force and expressed his intolerance for all criminal activities in Lagos State and the entire country.
Buhari spoke at the Police College, Ikeja, during the inauguration of security vehicles and crime-fighting equipment bought by the Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, for the Lagos State Police Command.
Buhari said, “We will deal firmly and decisively against any and all persons fomenting or carrying out attacks on our police force or other security personnel. Let me also use this opportunity to reiterate that my directive to security agencies to shoot any person or persons found illegally with AK-47 and any other assault weapons remains in place.”
Grazing routes outdated, inconsistent with constitution, SANs tell Buhari
Senior lawyers on Thursday faulted the position of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on grazing routes. They said his position was inconsistent with the nation’s constitution and was therefore calling for anarchy.
Buhari had during an interview on Arise Television supported the position of his Attorney-General, Abubakar Malami, who had earlier faulted state governors’ banning of open grazing in their states. The President had said, “You want me to contradict my Attorney-General? What I did was ask him to go and dig the gazette of the First Republic when people were obeying laws. “There were cattle routes and grazing areas. Cattle routes were for when they (herdsmen) were moving up country; North to South or East to West; they had to go through there.”
But a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Norrison Quakers, in an interview with The PUNCH said Buhari’s move to foist a law that pertains to a section of the country on Nigeria was a call for anarchy. He said, “If indeed he is trying to enforce a law that applies to a section of the Nigerian society on the whole country, then that law is inconsistent with the provisions of the constitution. This is calling for anarchy and chaos.
You can’t sit in Lagos and determine zoning in APC, says Buhari
The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), says the issue of zoning in the All Progressives Congress will be determined by the party and not any single individual.
He added that no one will for instance sit in Lagos and determine what the party will do. The President said this during an interview with Arise Television which aired on Thursday.
Buhari added that the caretaker committee of the APC led by Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State was working to reposition the party.
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