Ex-Imo Gov, Okorocha breaths air of freedom after two nights in EFCC’s custody
After about fourty eight hours in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the anti graft agency has released the former Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha.
Senator Okorocha was released on Thursday evening after which he returned to his Maitama residence in Abuja.
It would be recalled that the EFCC had invited the embattled Okorocha on Tuesday for questioning.
The former Imo State Governor between 2011 and 2019, was accused of embezzlement and misappropriation of state funds by the incumbent Governor of the State, Hope Uzodinma.
He had accused Uzodinma of setting the EFCC and the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) against him.
Okorocha had since the allegations, insisting that the state government had not been able to prove corruption allegations against him and his family in court
Don’t pay lip service to resolution, South-South Study Group (3SG), urges Southern Governors
** demands for a referendum
The South-South Study Group, (3SG) has charged the Southern States Governors not to pay lip service to their resolution but ensure that it does not stop with the communique but backed with action to lift the lot of their people from the present servitude and disadvantages that they have been subjected to.
They therefore called for a national referendum to give political action to their resolution on restructuring and their common position against open grazing among others.
The group challenged the Governors not to allow themselves to be weighed down by politics of their party affiliations as they commended them for the far reaching resolution.
The 3SG, which is a network of some of the South-South’s leading professionals in the public and private arena, gave the indication in a statement they issued on Sunday.
The statement which was signed for the group by Otoks Dan Princewill further challenged the Southern governors against shying away from articulating the desires of their people in the competive environment between the large majority of progressively minded Nigerians and the few persons determined to foster regression.
Endorsing the intervention of the Southern governors, 3SG said:
“The timely intervention by the Southern Governors presents a watershed moment as the nation becomes a contested arena between the progressive will of the people and the regressive whims and caprices of a few.
“It is for this reason that the commendable display of astutely effective diplomatic effort by the Southern Governors across party lines emphasizes the urgency and need for relief as demanded by Southerners of all affiliation.
“On this note, the Southern Governors must realise that now more than ever, regardless of party affiliation, the citizens of Southern Nigeria look up to this collective body of Southern Governors to protect them from rampaging marauders and bandits, to push forward their collective interests and hold many more positive Conferences also involving other Southern stakeholders in the immediate future for the sake of the rapidly deteriorating national state of affairs.
“Nigerians at home and in diaspora are waiting on edge with baited breath in expectation that this presents hope for a new beginning.”
Affirming that the resolution of the governors on restructuring was explicit, the group said:
“The Communiqué of the Southern Governors explicitly explains what Restructuring entails; review of resource control, revenue allocation formula, strict adherence to federal character principles in appointments and the shared interests of the Federating States.
“It is pertinent to acknowledge that our festering national ills have been dramatically amplified by a current approach of gross insensitivity to the diversity and the multicultural nature of Nigeria. This complete neglect of the most primary characteristic of Federalism by the current Federal Government worsened the already festering national malaise.
“The solutions to our national problems arising from diversity and multiculturalism were clearly stated only with slight differences and variations in the national conferences of 1995, 2005, and 2014. Interestingly, the ruling party in its review of the National Question reaffirmed these same solutions based on the imperative of Restructuring.”
Open grazing ban by southern Governors a welcome development, says Aisha
A renowned activist, Aisha Yesufu has lauded the Southern governors for taking a bold decision in ending the menace of the herders in their region through the ban on open grazing.
The activist added her voice to the reactions that has trailed the resolution of the southern Governors through her twitter handle.
She said it is clear prove that the country does not belong to one tribe but that every tribe/region has a right to make decisions.
The Southern governors after a meeting in Delta State on Tuesday, banned open grazing in their domains.
This was coming just as Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state also made it clear that there is no going back on the implementation of the ban on open grazing as resolved by Southern governors.
He said he will implement ut to the later in Rivers Stater.
Aisha in a video on her Twitter page said: “ Dear Southern Governors, Una do well! For every North there is a South and no region has monopoly of being self centered and intolerant!
“We all can be crazy and everyone has a bed in a psychiatric hospital. Na who wan occupy am dey go there!
“I’m so proud of southern governors, let them keep making such decisions and having meetings and sending communiques.
“They think it’s only Northern governors that have a day in this country . There’s so much insolence and disrespect in this country.
“I see some people coming out to say the southern governors don’t have the right to make such decisions but yet hail northern governors for making decisions for their states.
Buhari leaves for Paris on a four-day African finance summit
The President Muhammadu Buhari is billed to depart Abuja for Paris, France, on a four-day official visit starting today Suday
A statement issued on Saturday by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, indicated that the President will be attending the African Finance Summit.
The sumit the statemnt said will focus on reviewing African economy, following shocks from the Coronavirus pandemic, and getting relief, especially from increased debt burden on countries.
The statement was titled ‘President Buhari to participate in African Finance Summit in Paris, meet with Emmanuel Macron on security.’
Shehu said the smmit, to be hosted by French President, Emmanuel Macron, would draw major stakeholders in the global finance institutions and some Heads of Government, who will, collectively, discuss external funding and debt treatment for Africa, and private sector reforms.
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