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Bishop Adaji says greed among politicians is the bane of Nigeria development

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Bishop Adaji says greed among politicians is the bane of Nigeria development

The Catholic bishop of Idah Diocese Dr. Anthony Adaji has challenged christian politicians to make the difference by living out their faith as Christians in their political lives as greed among leaders has remain the bane of Nigerian development.
Speaking at a thanksgiving Mass offered for the survival of the minster of State for labour and employment Professir Stephen Ocieni on sunday at the cathedral church of Our Lady of Mercy at Idah he berated politicians who try to stockpile properties and wealth for their children and children yet unborn as being selfish.
Adaji noted that it is wrong for politicians to be arrogant and care less for those they are supposed to serve diligently and selflessly.
He said if politicians would do the needful by ensuring good governance is allowed to prevail when they are elected, there would be no need to amass wealth in corrupt manner for their children as they would would grow to live their own lives to the fullest by acquiring what would be enough for their lifetime.
Adaji bemoaned the greed among leaders and politicians that have truncated the needed development that would have made Nigeria a better place for all.
He said God has a purpose why he saved the minister, the vice president and the others on board the Helicopter that crashed and they all came out unscathed.
“You are seated alive today strong and alive because of the power and mercy of God.”
The Bishop indicated that the plan of the devil was for all of them to perish however God said it would not be.
He said the purpose is to make them more charitable by doing what is right.
“Place before yourself the view of eternity which many tend to forget when they are in power. Be a different and Christian politician and know that eternity is larger than anything. God is kind to you because you are kind to people.”
While thanking God for the life of the Minister and others in the ill-fated helicopter crash, the Bishop admonished politicians to always make positive impact on the society and to serve humanity and their creator with sincerity and deep commitment.
The minister in his response described his miraculous escape along with the vice President Yemi Osibanjo and 7 others in the ill fated helicopter crash as the handiwork of God.
The said the crash was happening barely 2 years and half after his predecessor James Ocholi who died along with his wife and first son on 6th, March 2016 in an auto crash.
The minister said it was not the first time he was escaping death in an accident recalling that in 1993 he also escaped death in an auto crash that claimed 6 lives adding he was among the only three survivors.

He said it was not in the plan of the enemy for them to be alive but because of the mercy of God they were in the church celebrating the thanksgiving.
He prayed for the church that non of the members will witness accident.
“I believe in the word of God which has been seeing me through not but not without challenges. This is not the first of its kind, that is why I have every course to continue to pray and give more devotion to the service of God.
“Right from first experience in 1993 when I was involved in a very fatal accident when 6 lives were lost and only 3 of us survived that accident. “That is why I made a vow that I will continue to serve God in my life.
“I want to say here in the course of my duty as Minister or as a member of this church if I have offended any persob please forgive me.
“When you see me going wrong in any aspect of my life draw my attention, give me a call or send me a text.”
“The world is a very small place, it is the grace of God that is seeing us through. Sometimes when we seat down we plan for five years, ten years without recoursse to God who is the only one that can determine a person’s life in the next 10 minites.”
Professor Ocheni also thanked Nigerians, and indeed the people of Kogi State for their concern and prayers.

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Buhari tells mothers to admonish their wards on need for dialogue over #EndSARS

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Apparently piqued by the growing youth restiveness which engulfed parts of the country in the last few weeks,
President Muhammadu Buhari has urged women to engage with children and youths on the need for dialogue that would yield better understanding.

The President spoke on Thursday while hosting the representatives of women at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

He said Nigeria remained committed to ending violence against women and girls in Nigeria and the rest of the world.

According to him, although the country had not achieved the 35 percent affirmation on the participation of women in governance, the current administration intended to exceed the benchmark.

“I want to assure you that this administration remains resolute to not only meet the 35 percent National Gender Policy, but to exceed it across key decision-making role in government,” he said.

He restated his commitment to end child marriage and boost girl child education in all parts of the country.
The Minister of Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen, earlier appealed to President Buhari to ensure that the issues responsible for the ongoing strike by university lecturers were resolved amicably, to enable universities reopen and students go back to school

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Labour disowns FG over petrol price hike, as it asks for reversal to N160

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Labour disowns FG over petrol price hike, as it asks for reversal to N160

**decries FG insincerity

The organised Labour has expressed disappointment with the Federal Government over its high level of insincerity with the union.
The general secretary of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Emma Ugboajah indicated that labour movement’s agreement with Government was for local refineries to be be rehabilitated to boost local refining.
He said almost eight weeks after the negotiations, the Federal Government has not shown any commitment to all the items that were agreed upon.
He stressed that out of 161 buses that are powered gas, none of them has been supplied to the movement.
“We never supported deregulation that is anchored on price increment. Our minimum request is that the Federal Government must reverse back to N160,” Ugboajah said. “We agreed that the refineries should be out to work. We have not seen any work in that regard.
Also, we have seen the NNPC maintaining a stranglehold on importation.”
He said the are demanding for a reversal of recent hike in the petrol price adding that they did not endorse deregulation that is anchored on price.

He said the strikers option is still opened for them to explore

The President of Trade Union Congress (TUC), Quadri Olaleye, said things are going out of hand if urgent steps are not taken.
His words: “We cannot pretend that things are not going right. It seems government wants to create crisis when none exists. We have been coming here to ensure the hardship on the people is reduced.
He accused the Government of sponsoring miscreants who torment them with insults through text messages on daily bases making almost impossible for them to move freely

“Academic staffers have been on strike. We set up a committee for more than two months and nothing has happened. A month to the end of the year, nothing has been done. If today’s meeting does not solve the problem, we will mobilise outselve and stage a walk out of the meeting. I hope today’s meeting will be productive. ”
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, said the meeting was supposed to have been held in October but for #EndSars protests that rocked the nation last month.
Ngige said the Federal Government is ready to begin rolling out the palliatives as from today, Monday.
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha said government is already working on some of the agreed area such as reduction of tariff on the importation of cars from 35% to 10% and other steps that the Federal Government has taken.









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Lekki shooting: Army debunks use of live ammunition allegation

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The Nigerian Army has debunked allegations that it used live ammunition on unarmed #EndSARS protesters, during the alleged Oct. 20 shooting at the Lekki Tollgate.
The Army made its position known when it appeared before the Lagos Judicial Panel of Inquiry and Restitution for Victims of SARS Related Abuses and Other Matters.
Commander of the 81 Division, Military Intelligence Brigade, Victoria Island, Lagos, Brig.-Gen. Ahmed Taiwo, who testified on behalf of the Nigerian Army said that the military had fired blank ammunition into the air to disperse protesters on the night of the alleged shooting.
Taiwo, who gave a presentation to the panel with the use of a projector, played a footage which showed soldiers standing in front of singing protesters and firing their weapons into the air.
He said there would have been a lot of fatalities if the 600m live ammunition normally used by the military were used to disperse the #EndSARS protesters.
“I have been in the army since 1986 and you cannot be under fire and be singing.
“The entry hole for the 600m is thin while the exit is wide, if it hits you in the chest or the bowels, the intestines come down.
“I am an expert in ammunition having spent so long in the army. Blank ammunition is slower and can do no damage to the flesh and you have nothing to fear except you take a rifle, put it against your eye and fire.
“Even if you put it against your skin and fire you will only have burn marks,” he said.
Taiwo said that troops had managed to disperse most of the #EndSARS protesters, and had even shared drinks from protesters who had remained at the Lekki Tollgate.
He said he was monitoring the situation on the internet, and that it was after the departure of the soldiers that hoodlums set the tollgate on fire.
He said that non-kinetic (non violent) means was used in the Army’s rules of engagement during the protests.
Following his revelation, Taiwo through the counsel of the Nigerian Army, Mr Akinlolu Kehinde (SAN), presented four spent blank ammunition to the panel as evidence.
Taiwo said there was a lapse in communication between the Lagos State Government and the Nigerian Army regarding the imposing and lifting of the curfew.
“Due to the urgency of the security situation in the state, the governor declared a 24-hour curfew which was supposed to start at 4pm.
“They wanted everyone off the streets to deal with the hoodlums, but after some observations the timing was shifted to 21:00 hours, but this timing was not communicated to the Nigerian Army.
“Be that as it may, we the Nigerian Army had already immediately deployed the 65 Battalion under the 81 Division Garrison to forestal all further violence and loss of lives.
“It is important to note that this deployment of troops contrary to reports, was done throughout Lagos to activate Phase 4 of the Internal Security Operations,” Taiwo said.
The officer told the panel that the Army had entered the Stabilisation Phase of the Internal Security Operations, and had started recovering looted items when the Lagos State Government lifted the curfew without informing them.
“We were still recovering a lot of looted items which were given back to the owners on production of receipt or proof of ownership.
“If the curfew was not lifted we would have recovered a 100 times more than the items we recovered,” Taiwo said.

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