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Hike in Fuel price: Junaid Muhammed says Buhari’s Govt is insensitive to plight of Nigerians

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Hike in Fuel price: Junaid Muhammed says Buhari’s Govt is insensitive to plight of Nigerians


A second republic lawmaker and elder statesman, Junaid Muhammed has taken on Nigerians who are expecting so much from the Present administration of President Muhammedu Buhari that does not have their interest at heart.

He said, Unless Nigerians are prepared to stand up for their rights and confront the Government, man for man, word for word, stone for stone, gun for gun they will never have a responsible Government.Speaking to theNationalUpdate in Abuja in a telephone interview yesterday  Muhammed said the present APC led administration is certainly not a responsible Government except Nigerians want to continue to decieve themselves.”First and foremost I think it is a mistake to think that a government that has lost track with its constituents, its own people can listen to any of their concerns especially when it comes to natters of livelihood or their own existence.”This Government has for long forgotten about whatever it was they pretended to come into Government for.”He said they are only there to satisfy themselves and people who are their cronies who thinks they are comfortable in Government.”The concerns of the ordinary Nigerian is not on their radar, it is completely out of question.”Muhammed expressed the believe that part of the problem has to do with the so-called Labour union who are meant to tackle the excesses of the Government if they had done so much earlier in a very credible manner.”Making noise after the Government has made up its mind and they knew about this actually from last year and they start making noise now, I think it is nothing but mix bag.On the position of the National Assembly over the electricity tariff which they had put off till January 2021 and yet Government went ahead to effect it he said they has never pretended to stand on the side of the people when there is an issue that concern their welfare.”I have never known when they did that. And this idea about people making noise about standard of living and how people are coping or not coping has been there with economic bad news, security bad news since the existence of this country.”It is not entirely new but why people are now making noise I am beginning to wonder, what are they after, what do they want?He said personally he would not have minded the increase in tariff for electricity or increase in the pump price for PMS. “I believe it should have been done in a very transparent and opened manner. Take South Africa for example, they are not much of an oil producer but they are highly industrialised, they are the most industrialised country in Africa today.”Any time they bring in fuel from outside they subeject it to the portion in their refinery and then they will come with the cost of each litre at which they bought it and how much to refine it into several components which they call fractional distillation and when they do that they tell everybody.”This is how much they spent for the refining and for the crude and how much extra they put in order to pay their workers and the additional expenses in the refining process.”So you can see why you have never heard of a problem of fuel prices in South Africa.On the issue of Electricity he said the ANC Government committed the same mistake which the Nigerian Government has been committing for several years choosing deliberately to maintain their refineries.According to him, in the Nigerian scenario the monies were actually being stolen and it Started from the military era.”They will pick somebody who is a retailer and give him a multi billion Naira to maintain a refinery whether in Warri or the two refineries in Portharcourt and it doesn’t work but we knew the people who took the money.”The monies have not been recovered and the refineries are not working, why are they grumbling? I dont understand the kind of people Nigerians are. “Unless we have a government that is prepared and that is up and doing, that is prepared to maintain the refineries in the best practices with some of the best standards of the developed countries who brought out the technology in the first place we can never get it right.

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PDP expresses dismay that Buhari will blame the dead for his failure

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PDP expresses dismay that Buhari will blame the dead for his failure

**Says remark is an open support for insurgency

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday expressed dismay that a President would blame the dead fir his cluelessness.

The major opposition party in Nigeria described as weird, reprehensible and repulsive that the Buhari Presidency now seeks to turn itself into a mouthpiece of terrorists by its subtle attempt to rationalize the killing of innocent and hard working Nigerians.
The party said it is shocked that the Buhari Presidency has graduated from making bogus claims of having degraded terrorism to the embarrassing point of blaming unprotected and helpless Nigerians for falling victims of terrorist attacks.

It said; “This, to say the least, is the height of leadership failure of the lazy, lethargic and incompetent Buhari administration”.
It stressed that it is alarmed by the reckless and bizarre attempt by the Buhari Presidency to rationalize the gruesome beheading of 43 innocent Nigerians by insurgents in Zabarmari, Borno state.
The PDP particularly said that it is outraged by the Buhari Presidency’s claims that the farmers were killed because they failed to get clearance before going to their farms.
The Party in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, said that the statement by the Presidency is also an admission that the Buhari administration has been overwhelmed by terrorists and can no longer guarantee Nigerians and other citizens a normal life.

The statement reads, “This unpatriotic stance smacks of support for acts of terrorism and mindless killing of our compatriots by a government whose Commander-in-Chief had promised Nigerians to lead the battle against insurgents from the front.
“Our party is forced to hold that attitudes such as the unpatriotic remark of the Buhari Presidency embolden insurgents in their ceaseless attacks in our country.
“Such also provides further insights into the escalation of acts of terrorism in our country in the last five years.
“It is therefore insensitive for the Buhari Presidency to have shown this huge lack of empathy, which amounts to a spat on the grave of the slain as well as an unpardonable slap on the faces of the generality of mourning Nigerians.

“Perhaps this also informs why their party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), has not deemed it fit to have a word of lamentation for the death nor consolation for the bereaved.
The party therefore chalkenged President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately withdraw the offensive statement by his Presidency and apologize to Nigerians, particularly the people of Borno state.
The PDP also restated its call to President Buhari to heed the demands by Nigerians to rejig the nation’s security architecture as well as replace his Service Chiefs with more competent hands in the interest of the nation.

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Prof Yakubu harps on electoral act ammendment to allow over 1 million adhoc staff to vote

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Prof Yakubu harps on electoral act ammendment to allow over 1 million adhoc staff to vote

The provisions of the Nigeria’s electoral law may be disenfranchising over 1 million over one million Nigerians of voting age, the chairmanship nominee of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Mahmood Yakubu, has observed
Speaking on Thursday at his confirmation hearing organized by the Senate Committee on INEC, Yakubu noted that the current law allows voters to vote only where they have registered.

He said this has denied INEC staff and ad hoc ones deployed for election duties, journalists and election observers the opportunity to exercise their civic duty during elections.
“We engaged about one million ad hoc staff during the last general elections. This means that the staff and others deployed for election duties did not vote,” he said.
He said until the law is amended to allow voters to cast their ballots wherever they are, millions of registered voters would continue to be denied voting rights.
Prof Yakubu also said the Commission needs to construct strong rooms in all the 36 states of the federation and FCT to store smart card readers and other election materials.
This, he said, was to prevent them from burning in case of fire incident.

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Senator Abbo vows to unseat Fintiri using APC platform

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Senator Ishaku Abbo (Adamawa North) has debunked insinuations that he was overwhelmed by tirades of attacks from his Governor hence he left the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
Speaking to senate press Corps after officially announcing his exit he said left the party to be able to square it up with the Governor in 2023
Senator Abbo had announced his defection to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in a letter addressed to the Senate President Ahmad Lawan and read during plenary on Wednesday. 

The lawmaker said though he fought for Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri’s victory in 2019, the governor chased him out of PDP due to his alleged mismanagement of the party, which, Abbo said, had led to polarization. 

Senator expressed optimism that he will defeat the state governor in 2023. 

He said: “I’m not overwhelmed by Governor Fintiri. I fought to bring him to power. 

“The governor did not defeat me. The governor chased me out (of PDP). I actually gave way so I will go and take his seat from him.”

With his defection, APC now has 60 senators, while PDP 42. The ninth Senate has six vacant seats.

Abbo announced his defection in a letter addressed to the House, read by Senate President Ahmad Lawan during Wednesday’s plenary session.

In the letter, Abbo stated that his decision to defect to the APC is because of the mismanagement of the PDP in Adamawa state by Governor Umaru Fintiri.

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