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Kogi East leaders accuse Buhari of outrightly neglecting the Igala race

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Kogi East leaders accuse Buhari of outrightly neglecting the Igala race

The Uk’Omu Igala Organization executive council has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of outright neglect and discrimination agaisnt the Igala race of Kogi East senatorial district that is the 9th largest ethnic nationality since he took the mantle of Presidency on May 29, 2015.
They observed that Kogi East voted massively for President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015, yet it was not deemed qualified enough to get a major ministerial slot but minister for State the portfolio the late James Ocholi occupied despite his enormous contribution and when he died it took six months to get a replacement in Professor,
This was contained in
a communique issued at the end of Uk’Omu Igala Organization’s executive council meeting held at Harbour Bay Anyigba recently that was signed by Major General Patrick Akpa (rtd)
it’s national leader and made availlable to the Guardian in Lokoja yesterday.
The communique reads, “It was observed that there is an apparent discrimination and near-absence of Kogi Easterners in national and political appointment in the dispensation that is ending.
“Only a junior minister stands like a sour thumb in President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet. Even at the level of MDAs, candidates of Kogi East were not appointed even where they performed better than others and were highly recommended for such appointments.”
It stated that in many instances, their opportunities were traded off on the altar of politics of marginalization.
According to the communique, the people of Kogi East being the 9th largest ethnic nationality in Nigeria which obviously determines the winner of any election in Kogi State, have become second class citizens in Nigeria because they are peace-loving and non-violent.
They called for the anomally to be addressed ahead of the 2019 election as they observed that people must not take up arms before their plights are addressed.
It challenged political leaders in Kogi East to ensure they negotiate frontline ministerial slots and CEO positions of major MDAs with leaders of the political parties where they belong.
‘This should be a major agenda for the political class in 2019.’
The communique decried the seizure of the entire Kogi East by chains of violence unleashed by thugs believed to be acting on behalf of the government in power and elements of the opposition.
“It appears to have intensified in the countdown to the 2019 general elections. We certainly do not need Ward Governors in Kogi East no matter who gave them such mandate.”
The meeting also observed that vote buying and money politics have turned Nigerians into biblical Esau who sold his birth-right for a plate of porridge.
“In poverty-stricken Kogi State, politicians are using worthless cash to buy the people’s votes, as was seen in the by-elections that took place in Lokoja/Koton Karfe earlier in the year.
“It is very dangerous for the people to mortgage their future by accepting money from politicians. Uk’Omu Igala enjoins the political class to campaign on issues and promise only those things they could deliver.”
The meeting insists that vote buying is evil and detrimental to the people’s future. It called security agencies and traditional institutions in Kogi East to enlighten the people against it and shun politicians who tempt the people with cash for votes.

They noted that in the last four years, the crime rate in Kogi East has grown, to the point that criminal acts that were hitherto strange to the area have taken root.
It stated that though kidnapping was not known to the people it seem to have come to stay as many prominent sons and daughters now avoid the area for fear of being kidnapped.
“Recently, an abomination called ‘organ harvest’ brought Kogi East to ridicule as it attracted coverage on national television. This is unacceptable.
“Uk’Omu Igala Organisation calls on the police and other security agencies, traditional institutions and the judiciary to ensure that justice is done in the investigation and prosecution of those involved inthese criminal acts.”

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Why women in academia must not stay aloof of politics by Mantu

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Why women in academia must not stay aloof of politics by Mantu

***says without polilitics development would be a mirage

Former deputy President of the Senate Ibrahim Mantu has challenged the women in the academia not to stay aloof of politics because they percieve it to be leprous as there cannot be development without democracy.
He spoke recently in Abuja when the newly formed North Central Peoples Forum (NCPF) met with stakeholders from Kogi to sensitize them on the Forum’s agenda.
Mantu was speaking against the backdrop of comments by Professor Lucy Ogbadu who advised the forum to be apolitical for better developmental strides to be achieved in the zone.
The professor had also made strong case for women to be brought on board in the forum as no development can be achieved without them.
Senator Mantu however said,
“You cannot have Development without politics, politics produces people who are going to govern you, they are the ones that will ensure they manage the resources God has given properly.
He said people like Professor Ogbadu must show interest in politics. “We want women of substance, women who will go and talk so that people will warmly hear them and we would be proud to say this professor is from our zone and that is why she is doing wonderfully well.
“You must join politics so that we can make use of you in the right place because your voice would be better heard.
“There is no way we can compare you a professor with a woman who is on the street no matter what happens and if you are in politics and tomorrow your party wins because you are a professor the chances of you becoming the minister of education or Finance or any higher ministry is there.
“So people like you must not stay aloof and see politics as leprous, no you must show interest in politics so that the best women amongst us can be given the most resounding position that will go a long way to developing our zone and for our lives to be better.”

Professor Ogbadu earlier indicated she is not a politician, but identified immediately with the forum is because of what she saw about the Forum.
“It is a non partizan forum, a Forum geared towards the development of the zone and that is the only thing that endeared this Forum to my heart.
“That is why I have always presented myself. Unfortunately I am the only woman here today and it is in this respect that I wish to request that you should try to bring more women into this forum because there would be no developmental effort within the zone that will succeed without the women.
“You know it even as politicians. Most of you here are politicians. You can not get to the grassroots without women.

“We have to make concerted effort to reach more people and to bring more people on board. Some of you are politicians, the faces that people will see is that of politicians so when you bring people like us that are not politicians people will begin to identify more with the forum.
“Let us make effort to bring people that are apolitical. I also want to appeal to all of us to put away our differences, we are not talking about politics at this forum. We are talking about the backwardness of this zone in terms of development.
“The zone is backward in terms of development. We know the potentials that this zone have, we know we are blessed with capable human resources.
“We have been reminded that Gowon comes from this zone. Gowon is not the only past president from this zone. We can count up to three past heads of State from this zone yet we have nothing to show.
“For this reason I want to appeal to all us, as we make effort that this zone is brought to the limelight we do all we can within our capability to carry everybody along. “The women from this zone are capable, educated, they are beautiful. They have what it takes.”
The North Central Peoples Forum interim chairman Architect Gabriel Aduku said they are now getting closer to the people.
He said they were meeting with the Stakeholders of Kogi, those elected into offices like former Governors, senators and all that to have a close discussion with them on the need for them to key in and support.
“We are just gathering momentum.”

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Though Politics is tough for women, take the shot, humanitarian minister challenges womenfolk

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Though Politics is tough for women, take the shot, humanitarian minister challenges womenfolk 



Though there is the general believe that politics in Nigeria is tough for the womenfolk, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Sadiya Umar Farouq has challenged them to get more involved in politics. 

The Minister spoke at the Kashim Ibrahim Fellowship Speaker Series held in Kaduna on Tuesday October 21, 2020.

This was contained in a statement by the minister special adviser on media Nneka Ikem Anibeze on Thursday.

Umar Farouq who made a virtual presentation titled ‘My Political Career as a Northern Lady: Experiences and Challenges expressed concern about the percentage of women in politics.

“The truth is that we are not many. We are not where we should be and clearly we need more women represented in politics and executive positions. 

The good news is that we are making progress. Today as the Deputy Governor of Kaduna State is a woman. 

“This is a first for the North and His Excellency Governor Nasir El Rufai by the grace of Almighty God made this happen despite the odds.

She said very soon the hope for the first female Governor and President would soon be realised.

The Minister said politics especially in Africa is  a difficult and expensive terrain for women however she encouraged  the younger generation not to be deterred but embrace the career.

“Politics is driven by a selected few and is also very expensive. We need more young people to participate, change the narrative and make conscious efforts to ensure inclusion so that any young woman or man even from a less privileged background or  from any part of the country can be a President of this nation”.

Umar added that her vision for Nigeria is to see more young men and women dream and achieve their ambition as leaders in whatever field of endeavor they choose. 

“I am a grassroots person and will continue to connect with my people to lift the vulnerable out of poverty and foster the creation of an environment for inclusive growth and prosperity.  

K9I am supported by a team of vibrant young men and women working in the Ministry to bring fresh ideas and strategies to solving the nation’s Humanitarian and Social Development challenges. I want to use this avenue to thank my staff who work day and night in difficult terrains to ensure that we achieve our mandate,” Farouq said.

The Chief host of the Speaker Series was the Kaduna state Governor, Mallam Nasir Ahmed El-Rufai. 

The Speaker Series is designed to expose Fellows to notable personalities who have distinguished themselves in their various fields of expertise.

Some of the previous speakers include former President Chief Olusegun Obasanajo, Mallam Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai, HRH Muhammadu Sanusi II the former Emir of Kano,  Deputy Chief of Mission, US. Embassy Abuja, H.E. David J. Young, Deputy-Secretary General of the United Nations Hajiya Amina J. Mohammed, Mrs. Ibukun Awosika – Chairman, First Bank of Nigeria, H.E. Donald Duke the former Governor of Cross River State, H.E Kashim Shettima, Ms. Kadaria Ahmed, Dr. Joe Abah, Ms. Yewande Sadiku, Prof. Pat Utomi, Mr. Mohamad Darwish and Dr. Dakuku Peterside amongst others.

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PDP says Buhari’s Address Disconnected, Fails Empathy Test

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The long-awaited national broadcast by President Muhammadu Buhari on the protests rocking the nation, came with disappoint as it is completely disconnected from the realities of the tragic occurrences in our country in the last two weeks the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said.

This was contained in a statement that was issued by the party’s National publicity, secretary Kola Ologbodiayan in Abuja on Thursday.

The party however appeals to Nigerians, particularly the youth, to remain calm and allow a return to normal life in the collective quest for peaceful co-existence in the overall interest of our nation.

“The President’s address, in the face of the turmoil witnessed, the unrests as well as the killing of young Nigerians, is to say the least, depressing and failing in empathy test.
“Our party and, indeed, all lovers of peace in our country, were shocked that the President glossed over the immediate trigger of violent protests – the widely condemned killing at the Lekki Toll Gate by security operatives, a situation which created a global concern and drew the attention of the world to the abuse of human rights going on in our country under his watch.

“Painfully too, the President, as the Commander-in-Chief, was silent on the demand by Nigerians for enquires into the involvement of the military in the gruesome killing.
“Sadly, the long awaited address failed to inspire any hope. It failed to address the trepidations, the pervading hopelessness, the drifting towards anarchy and provided no concrete steps on how to arrest the situation and rein in bandits, hoodlums and vandals that were let loose to unleash violence on peaceful protesters and innocent Nigerians.
“In short, from the letters of the address, there were no correlations between the fundamentals of the crisis situation that we have witnessed and the long-sought reaction of the President.”

Furthermore, he said Nigerians had expected that the President will provide the lead for the much- needed overhauling of our security architecture to meet the demands of professionalism and respect for rules of engagement.
“The President also failed to use the opportunity to further heal wounds and inspire hope by outlining a roadmap to open up the economy in a manner that will enable our teeming hard working youths to pursue their productive goals as well as address the issue of pervading hunger in the land.
“However, in solidarity with Nigerians and in honour to the victims of Lekki Toll Gate killing, our party has directed that our flags in all our offices across the nation be flown at half-mast for a period of one week, beginning from Friday, October 23, 2020.

“The PDP urges all men and women of good faith to join forces in praying for our country as well as working towards solutions and peaceful resolution of the crisis that seeks to envelope our dear nation.”

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