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Don’t harm senator Melaye Kogi Women warn Kogi State Government

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By John Akubo,
Kogi West women yesterday warned the Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, the chief of staff Edward Onoja and The Ijumu Local Government chairman Taofiq Isah not to inflict any harm on senator Dino Melaye else they face their wrath.
Speaking during a protest rally at the senators Country home in Ayetoro Gbede the women said Melaye has been fighting for their course, the right of workers and pensioners.
They spoke against the backdrop of an assassination attempt on Melaye on the eve of Easter.
Even though the Government through the special adviser on security Jerry Omodara had warned against the protest the women went ahead to make their statement yesterday.
They said they have been practicing politics in Okun Land but they have never experienced politics of assassination.
The women carried banners with inscriptions that also read; Kogi West women say no to assassination attempt on Distinguished Senator Dino Melaye, do not kill the light, let the light shine.
Another banner reads, Dino Melaye our son has performed more than all his predecessors – He is a shining light.
The women came in their numbers from the seven Local Government of the Kogi West senatorial district.
Mrs. Ikusemoro Jalo who was the first to speak said they were in AyetoroGbede in solidarity with their distinguished Senator Dino Melaye, their son. “We are proud of him because he has made us proud. He is an international figure a lover of peace and progress.”
“We are here to tell the world that he is our man and he is representing us the way we want. Why should he be Killed by someone made by God. We pray their mission would not be fulfilled in Jesus name.”
“He is fighting for the masses, he is fighting for our right, the right of women, the right of workers and the right of pensioniers .
We are pleading with everybody that is concerned that they should please stay clear of our son. We are mothers and we don’t want him to be murdered and that is why we are here.”
Esther Tinuola Kayode said the plans of the enemy against Melaye has been thwarted and as the Bible made us to know, even though you walk through the shadow of the valley of death no evil shall befall us we should fear no evil no matter how their plans they shall fail and continue to fail.
“We are gathered here to appreciate God for your life because the Lord will empower you. Even when you are walking in the night he will be with you, in the day time he will not leave you, at noon he will not forsake you.
“We are are behind you, wherever you go the Lord will be with you. Your going out and coming in will be protection.
I want to urge yoy to do more for the work you have been doing and I want you to do more. You have been fighting for the course of the less privilege, the Lord will fight for you.
The senator expressed his appreciation foe the women of Kogi West.
“I pray that your sons and daughters would be greater than Dino because you have come out in solidarity with Dino. God and his angels will do solidarity with you, non of you will die prematurely.
“I decree and declare that this year we will not bury any of you.
The senator quoting from the book of psalms said why do the hearthen rage and the people imagine vain things, They will carry their arms and ammunitions but we depend on God almighty.
“As they were shooting from north and South last Friday, I say as the shooting was going on I was singing; though I walk through the shadow of death I will fear no evil.
I raised my voice and I said the Lord is my rock and salvation and that same God will deliver all of you.
He said they are after him because he is always saying the truth.
“Nothing will detract my attention from fighting the course of the common man. I will continue to speak for the talakawas and the mekunus. I will continue to speak for the voice and the voiceless and I will continue to defend the defenseless and I know that God will deliver us in Kogi State. “The misfortune called Yahaya Bello in Lokoja God will deliver us from him.
He said no Government, no Governor in the history of Kogi State has generated the kind of money Yahaya Bello has generated.
“He got over N20b from Bail out and Federal Government throygh Muhammadu Buhari gave out bail out because of the payment of salaries and arrears of pensioners which they did not use to pay the people.
“After bail out God provided again the Paris Club, Kogi State Government got N11B and after receiving the money they have not paid workers.
He said unending screening has continued for the past 15 months, in which many people have died on their way to Lokoja, many families can no longer take care of their aged ones, they cannot even buy drugs of N5000.
‘We have lost our fathers mothers and grand parents, we would not allow them to continue,
I have fought for the masses at the national God will not forgive me if I keep quiet and you suffer.
He said that is the reason they want to kill him but he announced to them thatDino Melaye is not killable by man.
“I have conquered fear and I am not afraid to die by the special grace of God we will continue to speak the truth until Bello changes from his bad ways.”

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Senator Opeyemi lampoons Buhari over refusal to sack service chiefs

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Senator Opeyemi lampoons Buhari over refusal to sack service chief

The senator representing Ekiti Central Micheal Opeyemi Bamidele has asked President Muhamadu Buhari to respect the resolution of the National Assembly that he should sack the service chiefs without further delay.
The senator while contributing to the motion on the beheading of 67 farmers in Borno, by Bokoharam insurgents: Need for Urgent, Decisive action pleaded with the service chiefs to voluntarily resign based on national interest.
He said they can then wait to be appointed as Presidential Advisory Panel on security.
“For me the number one resolution that I will like to reemphasize on this floor of the senate is for the President to allow the service chiefs to go, they have done their best, they have worked so hard, the best anybody can give is his best.
“You cannot give what you do not have and if the President believes so much in these service chiefs he should remove them as service chiefs and constitute them as Presidential advisory committee on security matters and they will still be there to be advising him and let the younger ones take over as service chiefs to move the country forward.
He said, “It is yet another moment when we run the risk of Nigerians looking at us as a group of elected representatives who sit in the red chamber to shed crocodile tears but we know that is not what we do.
“We are victims of certain circumstances that make it look like that. There is probably nothing any of us could say here today that has not been said, the only thing that is new is that more people have been killed in most barbaric manner. Yet we have to say something as representatives of the people.
“We are unhappy about what happened in Borno, Katsina and Niger States and some Northern parts of the country. Even in the South South, south East and south west where people are being kidnapped, there are some forms of insurgency.
“In Ondo State just last week a paramount ruler was killed. My own contribution is this, let us stand on existing resolution, in addition of course to the prayers that the mover of this motion made clear to us.
“Fighting Bokoharam cannot be something we do by habit, it cannot become part of our national life, it cannot become what we budget for year in year out as a routine.”
He lamented that the war was becoming a routine adding that there is a need to bring it to an end as lives are being lost on a daily bases.
He also made refrence to a constitutional provision in section 14(1)b which defines the primary purpose of Government to be the welfare and security of the people.
“We all agree that this is not being fulfilled and where a Government is deemed to be in breach of section 14(1)b the Government is also automatically seen to have breached section 32 and 34 of our constitution which provides for the right to life, right for personal liberty, and life against torture.
“These are things that goes together once you fail to fulfill the provision of section 14(1)b so what are we talking about let these service chiefs go.
“If the President would not remove them we call on these service chiefs in the interests of the public to resign and look forward to being appointed as members of Presidential committee on security. So this is one contribution that I really want to make.”
He also made reference to the budget of over N800b set aside for all of the armed forces, whereby more than 60% of it is specifically tailored towards prosecuting the war against insurgency.
“I believe before this budget is passed it is either the president come to address this parliament on the way forward on how to address the security matter or we hold a joint session and do a public hearing and allow Nigerians an opportunity to also speak to this issue.
“I dont think it should be a question of us sitting down to pass this budget it should not be business unusual.”

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

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

 
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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