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Buhari’s critics are beer parlour gossips, says senate spokesperson

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The spokesperson of the senate, Senator Ajibola Basiri has described allegations of lopsidedness in appointment in favour of the North against the President Muhammadu Buhari administration and the senate’s alleged complicity as beer parlour gossip.
There have been accusation and counter accusations that president Muhammadu Buhari in his appointments does not have regard for the secular nature of the country and that the senate is complicit by approving and endorsing such skewed appointments. Speaking against the backdrop of the controversy over appointments for chairman and secretary of the Federal Character Commission (FCC) both of whom are from the Northern extraction, he said, those peddling the allegations are mischievous politicians.He challenged those behind the allegations to do a tabulation of all appointments being done by the Federal Government to show scientifically and empirically how it has been lopsided. “I will not respect or rely on talks colloquially what people call beer parlour talks and discussion. Section 14(3) of the constitution is clear that that there must be diversity in terms of federal positions such that one part of the country would not be seen to be domineering.”I want to tell you too that politicians can be mischievous I am not saying any senator is mischievous. When you talk of the North we have three zones North central, North East and Northwest but when people want to be mischievous, when appointment comes from North central, they make it as if it is from the North.He said the problem is that such peollw categorise North central, Northwest and North east as North put together but when it soothes them they will talk of South East and south west.On the point raised by senate minority leader, that the secretary and the chairman of the Federal Character commission comes from the North he said Abaribe did not specify whether it is north central, Northwest or North East but just said North.”Of course when you want to make political statements you know what you are doing. He now said that in the past secretary usually comes from the east and chairman from the North there is no law that says so. “With all sense of responsibility when you look at section 14(3) of the constitution, it did not talk about the strength of the appointment but it talks about the composition to ensure there is geopolitical spread and when you look at the composition of that every state have representation.”He said any assemblage where every State has representation one cannot talk about being marginalised just because the chairman and secretary should not come from a part of the country. 
“It is no longer a part but we talk of zone. Did he know whether the secretary comes from North central or North East? The Senate President is from North East, the President is from Northwest. They are all from the North but the people from North West or north East have their own yearning and aspirations. “There is a difference between politics and reality and constitutionality. You can talk of the senate complicity or not if you are able to confront us with empirical evidence of lopsidedness.”He said when appointments were recently made for the people of South East nobody kicked, adding some appointments were made for the south west in the National Hajj Commission, where the present National Chairman of the Hajj commission is from Osun State it was also in good faith.He cited the position if the NCC chairman who is also from South West, saying that appointments come on incremental basis.”To be able to make a case you have to aggregate all the appointment and separate them according to North West, North East, South South, South East and North central, let us have a table and then we will know that a case is made for lopsidedness. He carpeted the popular letter of Col Umar to that accused Buhari of nepotism saying three quarter of the letter were more of political platitudes rather than statistics.”If you want to accuse somebody that is cheating you, if you want to tell somebody that he is cheating you, then you have to provide evidence with reports that will say so.”

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Zamfara gives Sahara Reporters 7 days to retract libelous publication or face litigation

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Zamfara State Government has threatened to institute a court action against Sahara Reporters over alleged libelous report against the state government and the personality of the Governor of Zamfara State Bello Muhammad Matawalle.

Commissioner for Justice, Barr. Nura Ibrahim Zarumi who issued the threat letter to the editor of the media outfit on Tuesday evening in Gusau, gave 7-day within which the management must publish a retraction and public apology on “your online publication and in two other national dailies”.

The commissioner warned that it will amount to “suspicious gamble” if the letter is threated with levity, adding that the state government would take every step necessary to fight the matter to it’s logical conclusion.

“It is our mandate to intimate you of this grievous breach on the image and hard-earned reputation of the state with patent collateral damage on its people,” the commissioner noted.

The letter further reads: “Be informed that the state has not only suffered an infinite loss of Goodwill but also confronted with unbearable disgrace from within, outside the state and across the globe as a result of your publication. The state is alive to it’s right both law and equity, but it disposed to afford you an opportunity to undo the evil you have already done by retracting the same unwholesome remarks on the same platform it was published and apologize in two other national dailies”.

“The whole scenario becomes bewildering after reading your publication and the description of the state is totally out of place and libelous.

“Having regard to your previous publications against the state government our state has come to the conclusion that your publication is both malicious and libelous.”

The Commissioner insisted that, the state government will swing to action if Sahara reporters refuse to act according to the instructions of the state on this very important issue.

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Buhari says the good family name left by Sam Nda-Isaiah is worth more than gold

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Buhari says the good family name left by Sam Nda-Isaiah is worth more than gold

***As Leadership Alumni holds candle light for him

The good family name left by Sam Nda-Isaiah is worth more than gold, President Muhammadu Buhari has declared.

He urged the family to do whatever it takes to uphold it.
This was contained in a letter he wrote to the bereaved family. President Buhari said: “On behalf of the Federal Government and my family, I sincerely express my condolence on the sudden transition of my friend and ally, Mr. Sam Nda-Isaiah, the publisher of Leadership newspapers.
“Indeed, Sam’s untimely passage filled me with shock and sadness to the point that I was short of words when the news reached me.”
Presidential aide, Garba Shehu, delivered Buhari’s letter to the deceased’s younger brother, Abraham Nda-Isaiah.
This was coming just as Leadership Newspaper Alumni held an evening of tributes and a candle light in his honour at the NUJ, FCT council secretariat on Tuesday.

At the session session, he was described as a man of many paths and a bridge builder who had finished his course.


The chairman of the NUJ FCT Council, Comrade, Emmanuel Ogbeche described him as “A man, many Love to Hate and Hate to Love”
A former editor of the paper, Sadiq Abdullateef said he was more than a boss, but like a father and big brother to all Alumni.
“He taught us a lot about leadership and journalism, no amount of words or eulogies can appropriately describe what chairman meant to all of us.
“He made us what we are today, so we can’t thank him enough for giving us the opportunity to grow on this job.
“Personally, a few days before he died we spoke on the phone and a day before he died I missed his call and I have been asking myself what that conversation would have been.
“It so sad, we will continue to pray for him, his family and Leaderhip as an jnstitution.”
He said he edited the newspaper from 2012 to 2016 as the longest serving editor of the paper.

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Humanitarian minister tasks media on awareness creation on the ills of drug abuse

The minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Sadiya Umar Farouq has charged, the Nigerian Mass Media on the need to educate the public on the ills of drug and substance abuse.
She made the call at a Media Orientation on National Awareness on Drugs and Substance Abuse held at Merit House, Abuja on Tuesday.

The Minister described the Media as a major agent of socialization as well as a viable tool for disseminating information on the ills of drug and substance abuse.

“The role and importance of media as a viable tool for informing and educating people across groups and demographics especially on Drugs and substance abuse in our society cannot be over emphasized.
“As you are aware, substance abuse is increasing at an alarming rate, deteriorating the health of nations, increasing crime, hampering productivity, destroying relationships, eroding social and moral values and impeding the overall progress of societies”.

Umar Farouq noted that young people were increasingly becoming victims of substance abuse, hence the urgent need for the mass media to propagate the disadvantages of the use of substances and hard drugs.

“The potential power of the mass media has helped in solving social problems. Television, radio and print advertising have been used overtime to influence our ideas, values and behaviour. “The continuous abuse of drugs has led to a situation of drug addiction and criminality. “The effects of drug abuse is detrimental not only to the individual but to the society as a whole, therefore, the use of campaigns by the mass media to reduce health and other related social problems in the society is very critical.
“The potential of mass media campaigns lies in their ability to propagate simple and focused messages to large audiences repeatedly, over time, at a low cost per capita.
“It is also assumed that they are able to reach a large and heterogeneous proportion of the population”.

The Minister also urged the media to remain steadfast in the accurate reportage of helpful information that will promote peace and unity of the nation.

Earlier, the Permanent Secretary Bashir Nura Alkali reiterated the negative consequences of substance abuse on the society especially on youths.
Alkali who was represented by the Director Human Resource Management, Mr Abdulrahaman Babatunde Jaji urged the mass media to join hands in stamping out substance and drug abuse.

“The abuse of alcohol and other drugs by youths may result in family crises and jeopardize many aspects of family life, which sometimes result in family dysfunction.
“Therefore, the collaborative effort of all stakeholders is needed as no one alone can control it.
“The  problem is on the increase especially in the conflict zones of the country which is a serious threat to our national sanctity. Based on these findings, prevention advocates would look to the mass media as an important aid in addressing the problem of Drugs and Substance abuse”.
In her closing remark, the Director Social Development, Dr Dorothy Nwodo thanked the participants and other stakeholders for their contributions in ensuring a robust  awareness on drugs and substance abuse. She also implored  the media to keep up efforts towards projecting and actualizing the Ministry’s mandates.

Other participants at the Media Orientation on Awareness on Substance and Drug Abuse were representatives of the National Youth Council of Nigeria, the Nigerian Correctional Service, Nigerian Immigration Service, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency and the Media.

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