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Death of PDP will spell doom for democracy in Nigeria says Wada

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Death of PDP will spell doom for democracy in Nigeria says Wada

The immediate past Governor of Kogi State, captain Idris Wada has warned that those bent on ensuring the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) is annihilated do not mean well for the country’s democracy.
Speaking at a stakeholders meeting in Lokoja over the weekend Wada said should anything untoward happen to PDP, that would mark the end of democracy in Nigeria.
The former Governor pointed out that the party had come to stay in the country, insisting that any attempt to muzzle it out opposition would not last.
He said the leaders of the party are determined not to allow the issues at the National level consume the party as he assured that they would be resolved in a matter if weeks.
He said for virile and effective opposition every member should work for the amicable resolution of the crises.
In life people fall but it is the ability to get up again that makes the man
He also admonished members of the party at the meeting to take the message of peace back home to the grassroots to avoid rumours.
Wada challenged members to look inward and start making contributions for the party for its survival saying that for more than twelve years the members were enjoying the benefit of belonging to the ruling party.
Former Governor Ibrahim Idris on his part believe that the PDP can make it to the Lizard house in the next election provided the members can learn from their mistakes.
He canvassed for the members to imbibe the spirit of tolerance, forgiveness and patience.
“What happened would never happen again, we would destroy the devil that penetrated into us. ”
According to him, if within a short notice we can gather the calibre of people that have turned up for the meeting it is a sign that the party is still intact.”
“The people that are here have the intelligence, capacity to take the PDP to the next level, it can not be rosy all the time.”
He said the meeting is for them know those who are not with them however he said he believes that when the party comes together all those that left would all come back.
He said suffering is not going to be forever assuring that the lost glory of the party would be reclaimed.
Idris indicated that the the party would surmount all its crises as it it is a family crises adding that a lot of effort is being made to achieve an amicable resolution.
According to him the court can not give the party any peace.
The underlining issue harped on by speakers after speakers was the resolve to unite and dislodge the All Progressives Congress (APC) led government in the state.
The party noted that events of over the last one year in the state showed that poverty among the people had further been elevated with the people facing tougher times.
At the meeting were the two former Governor’s, the immediate past deputy Governor Yomi Awoniyi, members of the House of Representatives and House of Assembly on the platform of the party.

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Senate confirms Bawa as EFCC Chairman

The Senate on Wednesday confirmed Abdulrasheed Bawa as the substantive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

He was confirmed after being grilled during Senate plenary.

For more than six years the commission was headed by persons in acting capacity.

For the first time a staff of the commission who is not a police officer is being appointed as chairman.
He rose through the ranks from the academy before being nominated to head the commission.

The Anti graft agency’s chairmanship designate reacted to a plethora of questions posed by Senators on his preparedness for the job, given his age and working in a complex society like Nigeria, at planary

Bawa, addressed most of the concerns of lawmakers, while assuring that he would bring his experience to bear having joined the agency in 2004.

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Gov Bala Mohammed berates Ortom for criminalising the Fulani herders

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Gov Bala Mohammed berates Ortom for criminalising the Fulani herders

By Princess Rose Yusuf

Governor Bala Muhammed of Bauchi State has berated the Benue state governor for being an arrow head in excerbating the bad media framings, criminalizing the Fulani tribe in Nigeria.
Muhammed spoke at the Press week organised by the Bauchi state Correspondents’ Chapel, Monday, in Bauchi.
The Governor reminded Ortom that other states in the North also accommodates other tribes, including people from the Tiv extraction in Bauchi and other places.
In his words, “We have so many Tiv speaking people farming in Alkaleri, In Tafawa Balewa and in Bogoro LGAs; has anybody told them to leave the State?. “We have not; because its their own inalienable rights to be there.

Explaining further, he said there are Yorubas in Bauchi, for over 150 years, even before the birth of Nigeria; some of them have risen to become permanent Secretaries in the Civil Service of the state, and other states of the North East like Gombe and Borno.“
“However, because at the moment the Fulani man is practicing the tradition of pastoralism, he has been exposed to the vagaries of the forest, cattle rustlers who carry guns, killed him and take away his livelihood, his cows.”
The Governor said he is left with no option than to carry the AK47 because the society and the government could not protect him.
“What is his fault? it’s the fault of the government and the people.”Governor Senator Bala said“nobody  should criminalize all Fulanis, because in every tribe, there are criminals. “If Cybercrime is practiced by one tribe, you don’t criminalise all the tribe by saying they are criminals.
“That sensitivity is highly needed, and journalists have to exercised restraints in some reports, decipher the wrongs from rights, especially any report that is not building this country Nigeria, which can divide her and threaten the peace and the unity of the country

He however, commended his counterpart Simon Lalong of Plateau State for ending the mutual suspicion between fulanis and farmers of his state without looking at political differences.
He said, “I must comment the chairman of the Nortgern Governor’s forum, Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State. “With his diverse background despite being a minority State, he’s leading the northern Governors with focus, with sense of humour, and maturity.

Muhammed indicated that people like Lalong are needed in Nigeria for the good fight of faith for unity and peace in his state as the fight between farmers and fulanis in the Plateau has ceased, because of justice and equity.

Patriotism among communities is now common place in Plateau because of governance that fosters understanding between the diverse ethnic groups in the state.

“And that is what is happening in Bauchi, where everyone is important. So the media must single out those people for promotion not like people in other States that are asking Fulanis to leave their lands.
The Governor indicated that nobody can intimidate any one over land since it belongs to all(our fathers land) quoting section 23, 24 and 25, of the constitution to back up his claim he said that every Nigerian is free to stay anywhere.
It is worthy of note that Governor Muhammed though not a Fulani by tribe, but a Bajari from Duguri district, Alkaleri LGA has been standing in defense of the Fulani.
In a swift reaction the Benue state Governor expressed disappointment with his colleague the Bauchi state Governor, for heaping the blame of the negative perception of Fulani herders on him.
“He said, it was surprising that a colleague, who took the oath of office to protect and preserve the Constitution, now takes the lead in violating provisions of the same Constitution by calling for lawlessness.

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42 victims of Kagara abduction regain freedom

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The 42 victims that were kidnapped by bandits from the Government Science College Kagara, Niger State, have been retained freedom.

This was coming after negotiations and a plane on a surveillance mission over their abduction crashed killing 7 NAF officers.
The statement confirming their freedom was contained in a statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the Niger governor, Mary Noel-Berje.

The statement indicated that a total of 27 students, three staff members and 12 members of their family were abducted after the attack on the school in the early hours of Wednesday.

The statement explained further that the kidnapped victims are on their way to Minna, where they will be formally received by the governor.

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