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Melaye ordeal: Embattled Kogi Senator appreciates Nigerians for standing by him

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The Senator representing Kogi West Dino Melaye has expressed profound appreciation to all Nigerians who stood by him during his ordeal in the hands of the police over trumped up charges that kept him in hospital detention for about two weeks.
He said he was at the rock bottom of a solid ground and a dead-end street.
The senator is standing trial for allegation on gunrunning and conspiracy to cause mischief in the 2019 general election along with two others who named him as their sponsors.
According to him it was a turning around point for him.
In his words, “In the last few weeks, I have been taken to the good solid ground at the rock bottom and they couldn’t go further. I have been brought to the dead-end street but with you standing by my side, I have turned around and bounced back to the chagrin of those who sought to seal my lips from speaking out against tyranny, politics of oppression and blackmail.” “They, unleashed an endless barrage of physical, psychological, metaphysical and emotional torture and assault on me, but, through the power of the Most High, and you the good people of Nigeria, we have once again, seen the triumph of truth over lies and good over evil.”
The senator quoted Edmund Burke saying that when bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, … in a contemptible struggle.
“I am of all men, a blessed man, to have courageous and dependable people like you as my fellow soldiers in the struggle to free us from the shackles of political strongholds and tyranny.
“It is to you and my most wonderful and ever knowledgeable people of Kogi State, especially Kogi West, that I owe my deepest gratitude.”

He said Nigerians stood by him against the state and tgeir own ‘best political self-interest’.
Continuing he said, the state unleashed its raw power on him and released a 200 man-strong fully armed policemen – on him without any weapon.
He said his sin that he spoke against injustice and called it by its name as he insiated there must be accountability.
“For this they sought to break my spirit and destroy me permanently. In their moment of reign, I was fully shackled.
“With my hands tied to my back, and hurled into a dark solitary confinement waiting for the butchers knife, you, my people stood by me.” Melaye indicated that Nigerians that stood by him did that against a raging fire and stood up against tyranny, lies, filthy lucre, injustice, persecution and greed.
“While in the dark and unable to fight for myself, they sought to take my mandate, which you had freely given to me. But you answered back and quenched deceit in its wake.
“You stood resolute and unflinching and defended your mandate to me. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
He said in their attempt to break him, they have made him stronger.
The senator extoled the senate President irremovable President as a true fighter for the enthronement of true democracy and the rule of law.
For the speaker of the House of representatives he described as fearless He thanked them both for their steadfastness in the defence of the Nigerian Constitution and the enthronement of the Rule of Law, justice and equity and the emasculation of anti-democratic forces and tyranny everywhere in Nigeria.
“To the entire National Assembly Membership, especially my colleagues in the Senate, I am eternally indebted to you for not playing politics but standing courageously against oppression and terror. You have shown yourself leaders on whom Nigeria’s hope for tomorrow can be assured.
He also lauded the governors, ministers, the Okun people and leaders, the National Chairman and Kogi State Executive of the PDP, leaders of the Diplomatic Corps, opinion leaders, Chief Mike Ozekhome SAN, Chief Ricky Tarfa SAN, human rights lawyers and activists, and all his well-wishers and lovers of democracy in Nigeria.

Others he extolled included the Christians and Muslim Communities, that visited him in the National Hospital, after he was injured and subsequently detained at the hospital.
“I thank you all for your steadfastness in the defence of due process and the rule of law. I also thank you for your courage and solidarity.”
The civil society leadership Our ever foresighted and courageous civil society leadership, the media, leaders of thought across the country, the hard working youth were not left out as he praised them for their courage and steadfastness.
He said he remain unbowed as they have only strengthened his resolve and hardened his flesh against those who seek to devour and make meat of him.

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How Forensic audit, completion of NDDC Headquarters created more enemies for Akpabio

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How Forensic audit, completion of NDDC Headquarters created more enemies for Akpabio

The Special Assistant to the Minister of Niger Delta on Project Monitoring Committee on NDDC, Anthony Ekene Onwuka, has indicated that his boss, Godswill Obot Akpabio is the most Petitioned more than any minister in President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet, because he ordered the Forensic Audit of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

Speaking with journalists in Abuja on the update of issues on the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Onwuka, disclosed that the minister is also being fought because he completed the NDDC headquarters which has been abandoned for over 26 years before he was appointed minister.

He said most of the petitions against the comes from those who didn’t mean well for the development of Niger Delta region, according to the minister’s aide.
Onwuka pointed out that ever since since Akpabio ordered a forensic audit of the Commission’s previous projects, his traducers would not give him breathing space.
According to him, the forensic audit initiated by Akpabio would unveil sharp practices with regards to authenticity of some projects or otherwise, a situation that challenged the old order, thereby, letting hell loosed with all forms of petitions to frustrate him out of office.

He said: “But l am worried that some people don’t want Akpabio to succeed; they do everything possible to sabotage him by writing all manner of petitions against him.
“However, he is an enigma and a transformer who seriously want to change the narrative in the Niger Delta region.
“I will never forget the day he was addressing his staff, and he said, ‘NDDC must succeed and Niger Delta must register uncommon development.
“What will I tell my children tomorrow; I must stamp my trademark, my brother, you need to see the passion for a better Niger Delta. The love for his people, I was challenged and when he said SA, go back to your office, you have my support.
“At this juncture, I want to humbly appeal to all stakeholders in the Niger Delta region to support Senator Akpabio in his efforts to make NDDC work, develop and sustain a new Niger Delta region.”

“Since he assumed office, the Minister has completed the NDDC’s headquarters after 26 years in the works, a project that defied seven consecutive boards and many CEOs.
“When the Interim Management Committee (lMC) was accused of corruption and ineptitude, Senator Akpabio, in his struggle to succeed as a supervising minister of the agency, accepted the introduction of the appointment of an Interim Administrator by Mr President to ensure a smooth running system pending the completion of the forensic audit report before the constitution of a substantive board according to relevant sections of our constitution.

“Within this period of the Interim Administrator, the NDDC permanent site was completed and commissioned by President Buhari, saving NDDC a whopping 300 million Naira paid as yearly rent by the commission”, he said.
Onwuka, who is a Diaspora Nigerian having lived in Germany for years called on Nigerians living abroad to come home and invest in the economy, saying the system in Nigeria wasn’t different from those foreign countries, save for culture and tradition of the people.
“The system here in Nigeria is not completely different from the one we know abroad, except that our customs and values here are not the same, and these are variables that one has to contend with.
“Frankly, the Nigerian system in particular, presents a lot of interesting challenges but they are still surmountable.”

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Presidency defends Pantami, threatens ICT companies sponsoring smear campaigns

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The Presidency has defended the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami over the tirades of attacks and public demand for him to resign over alleged extremist views.

In a statement by Senior Special Assistant to the President Media and Publicity Garba Shehu the Presidency said, “This Administration is committed to improving the lives of all Nigerians – and that includes ensuring they are not over-charged or under-protected for those services on which modern life depends.
The statement reads,
“The Minister has been leading the charge against illegal data deductions and pricing; he has revolutionized the government’s virtual public engagement to respond to COVID-19 and save taxpayers’ money; he has established ICT start-up centres to boost youth entrepreneurship and create jobs; he has changed policy to ensure locally produced ICT content is used by ministries, starting with his own; and he has deregistered some 9.2 million SIMs – ending the ability for criminals and terrorists to flagrantly use mobile networks undetected.

“In two short years, Minister Pantami has driven the contribution of the ICT sector to the GDP to more than 18 percent, making it one of the top two playing a critical role in the emergence of the economy from the COVID 19-induced recession.

“In putting people first, the Minister and this administration have made enemies. There are those in the opposition who see success and want it halted by any means.
“And there is now well-reported information that alleges newspaper editors rebuffed an attempt to financially induce them to run a smear campaign against the minister by some ICT companies, many of which do indeed stand to lose financially through lower prices and greater consumer protections.
The statement indicated that government is now investigating the veracity behind the claims of attempted inducement.
“Should they be found to hold credence – police and judicial action must be expected.

“The Administration stands behind Minister Pantami and all Nigerian citizens to ensure they receive fair treatment, fair prices, and fair protection in ICT services. “

Pantami, last Saturday acknowledged his past views but said he has since renounced those radical comments blaming his past radical posture on age, immaturity and limited knowledge.
“Some of the comments I made some years ago that are generating controversies now were based on my understanding of religious issues at the time, and I have changed several positions taken in the past based on new evidence and maturity,” Daily Trust quoted Pantami as saying during his daily Ramadan lecture at Annor Mosque in Abuja.

“I was young when I made some of the comments; I was in university, some of the comments were made when I was a teenager. I started preaching when I was 13, many scholars and individuals did not understand some of international events and therefore took some positions based on their understanding, some have come to change their positions later.”

His renunciation notwithstanding, more people on social media joined the call for him to resign. His critics said the views he expressed as a university student cannot be blamed on age.

Trouble started for the minister after Peoples Gazette unearthed his past views which were sympathetic to terrorist organisations.
“We are all happy whenever unbelievers are being killed,” Peoples Gazette quoted Pantami as saying in an audio recording. “But the Sharia does not allow us to kill them without a reason.”
“Our zeal (hamasa) should not take precedence over our obedience to the sacred law.”
Pantami reportedly made the incendiary comments while answering questions on the late Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden, who masterminded the destruction of the World Trade Centre. At least 3000 people died when planes crashed into the twin towers of WTC on September 11, 2001.
Pantami initially denied holding any extremists views and chalked down the reports to defamation of character by people miffed by his policies as the minister of communication and digital economy.
But he said on Saturday that he has since been preaching against those extremist views he held more than a decade before he became a minister.
“For 15 years, I have moved around the country while educating people about the dangers of terrorism,” Pantami reportedly said on Saturday.
“I have travelled to Katsina, Gombe, Borno, Kano states and Difa in Niger Republic to preach against terrorism.
“I have engaged those with Boko Haram ideologies in different places. I have been writing pamphlets in Hausa, English and Arabic. I have managed to bring back several young persons who have derailed from the right path.”

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Khalid Adams felicitates with Muslims at Ramadan

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The MD/CEO of ROCHL investments and Properties, Abuja, Alhaji Khalid Adams has felicitated with the entire Muslim Ummah as they observe the one Pillar of Islam which is fasting in the Holy Month of Ramadan

The Kogi born politician/property manager also charged the Muslim Ummah in the State and nation at large to imbibe the spirit of forgivenes love and unity which he said, forms the core sunnah of the Holy Prophet Muhammed (SAW).

He urged the people of the State to use the period to pray for the land and for sober reflection.

Adams who is also a former APC Governorship aspirant in the last Governorship primary of the party in he State, called on Nigerians to be security conscious at all times.

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