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Lai Muhammed says electoral fraud and other manipulations endanger Nigerian democracy

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Lai Muhammed says electoral fraud and other manipulations endanger Nigerian democracy

The minister of Information and culture, Alhaji Lai Muhammed has said Nigerian democracy would be endangered when it’s elections are characterised by violence, ballot box snatching, thuggery, rigging and all forms of manipulations.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the two-day Annual Roundtable on Cultural Orientation (ARTCO) held at the Saat of Hotel and Suites in Lokoja Kogi State, he said to address the anomaly Government has stepped up its youth and Voter Education campaigns.
According to him, the Government is doing that through agencies such as the National Orientation Agency (NOA) and strengthen the capacity of security agencies to prevent or deal deal with all forms of social menace.
He said the theme of the program, “Culture in Consolidation of Nigeria’s Democracy: the Role of Women and Youths, is not only apt, but also timely coming shortly after the 2019 general elections.
“It is worthy to mention that essential relationship exists between culture and National development.
“An appreciation of the place of culture as the bedrock of development is imperative for meaningful progress, sustainable socio-political and economic development of our nation.”
The minister explained further that culture and democracy in contemporary times, are critical factors in development adding that a deep understanding of the inter relationship between culture democracy and development will foster the achievement of the Nigerian goals and aspirations.
The minister pointed out that the role of women and youths in the consolidation of democracy being the central issue at the conference speak volumes on their importance to democracy as they constitute 50% of the population.
Hence the reason women empowerment and constant engagement with Nigerian youths also recieved priority attention of the APC led adminiatration he observed.
“Against this backdrop, Government has initiated a lot of measures and has taken concrete steps to eliminate all forms of discrimination against women and encourage women participation on equal basis with men.”
On youth engagement he said “The not too young to run’ bill signed into law by the President and the N-POWER and a host of others are designed to enhance youth empowerment and active involvement in the democratic process.”
Earlier, in his remarks, Louis Eriomala, the Acting Executive Secretary, National Institute for culrueal Orientation(NICO) stated that the “present state of cultural and moral degeneration in the country is traceable to the neglect of our cherished cultural values of honesty, hardwork,patrotism, respect for elders, respect for constituted authority and respect sanctity of human life”

He said unfortunately these cherished values have been replaced by the get -quick syndrome and the culture of impunity, saying that no nation can achieve meaniful progress and development ,if the energy and potentials of its youths and women are not harnessed positively.

Eriomala, however held that it is disappointing to note that youths who should be rightly trained and equipped as leaders of tomorrow and agents of democracy are being used to perpetuate election violence and condemnable acts.

Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State represented by his special adviser on sustainable Development Goals Architect Mumuni Okura said if you must take youths off thuggery you must provide them alternatives.
He said the major issue is the inability to speak truth to authorities.
He said women and youths remain very crucial tools for the sustenance of democracy.
“We should develop the culture of knowing our neighbors adding that it would go a long way to curbing crimes.

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Unknown gunmen kidnap family of three in varsity campus

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Unknown gunmen have abducted three members of a family from the main campus of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria.
The university through a press release that was signed by Malam Auwalu Umar, Director, Public Affairs Directorate of the University, said the armed kidnappers abducted husband, wife and daughter from the main campus in Samaru, Zaria.
The statement concealed the identity of the victims.
The press statement reads in part, “At about 12.50am on Monday, 23rd November, 2020, kidnappers invaded the house of a staff member of the University on Sardauna Crescent, Area BZ, Main Campus, Samaru Zaria. They went away with him along with his wife and daughter.
“The University Security Division quickly informed the operatives of the Police Intelligence Response Team that advanced to the scene following the distress call. There was exchange of fire between the kidnappers and the mobile police operatives. When it was clear that they would be overpowered, the kidnappers ran into nearby bush along with the victims.


“As the police went after them up to Kasuwar Da’a village bordering the University, the kidnappers released the wife and daughter but went away with the husband. Some empty shells were recovered from the scene.
“The Inspector General of Police and other security agencies, as well as all relevant government establishments have been duly informed of the unfortunate incident.
“The Vice Chancellor urges the University community to remain calm and vigilant to avoid the recurrence of the incident.”

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NMA appeals to Security agencies, Kogi Govt over rescue of kidnapped member

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NMA appeals to Security agencies, Kogi Govt over rescue of kidnapped member

The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Kogi chapter, has made a passionate appeal to security agencies and the state government on the need to rescue it’s member
Dr Azubuike Iheanacho, kidnapped on Nov. 21 in Anyigba.
The association in a statement on Monday in Lokoja, said Iheanacho, the Medical Director of Peace Hospital, Anyigba in Dekina Local Government Area of the state, was kidnapped by unknown gunmen.
The statement was jointly signed by Dr Omakoji Oyiguh, the branch Chairman and Dr Famotele Tolorunju, the Secretary.
The association said the unknown gunmen stormed the doctor’s residence between 9.00p.m and 9.30p.m. last Saturday night.

The doctor was said to have been abducted in front of his house while returning from an outing in a vehicle with his wife and a friend.
The NMA added that the gunmen ordered the victim’s wife and his friend out of the car and zoomed off with him to an unknown destination.
It said it had reported the ugly incident to security agencies and the state government.
It would be recalled that two medical doctors, Ebiloma Aduku of Zonal Hospital, Ankpa and Kelechi Mgbahurike of Christ the King Hospital, Anyigba, were earlier abducted on Oct. 6.
They were later released, following intervention of the security agencies.

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Maina’s refusal to appear in Court lands Senator Ali Ndume in prison custody

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Court lands Senator Ali Ndume in prison custody


After Abdulrasheed Maina, former Chairman, defunct Pension Reformed Task Team (PRTT) jumped the bail, the Federal High Court, Abuja, on Monday, ordered Senator Ali Ndume to be remanded in Kuje Prison.
Ndume, who represents Borno South Senatorial District, failed to file a formal application to show cause why he should not forfeit the bail bond of N500 million deposed to on May 5 to stand as surety for Maina, hence Justice Okon Abang gave the remand order.

The EFCC’s Lawyer, Mohammed Abubakar, had, on Nov. 18, asked the court to make an order for the lawmaker to forfeit the bail bond since Maina, who he stood as surtee for, had jumped bail.

Abubakar also asked the court to revoke Maina’s bail and issued a warrant of arrest on him.
Although the court granted the applications by the EFCC on Maina, it gave Ndume an opportunity to appear with his legal representation and adjourned until Nov. 23.
Justice Abang, in his ruling, ordered Ndume’s remand pending the time he was able to fulfill the bail bond or produce Maina in court.













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