‘No Cabal can Hijack Atiku if he Becomes President’
By John Akubo
Former acting Governor of Kogi State Chief Clarence Olafemi, who is a member of Abubakar Atiku Presidential Contact Committee North Central, has said that as an independent person no cabal can hijack Abubakar Atiku when he becomes the President of Nigeria.
Olafemi who spoke to newsmen in Lokoja yesterday described Atiku as an independent man who cannot be “hijacked by any cabal”, expressing the optimism that he would work for the overall development of the entire country irrespective of ethnic and religious considerations.
The former acting Governor of Kogi State who is also a member of Atiku Campaign Organisation for Kogi State, added that the victory of Atiku will definitely change the change as the nation’s economy has nosedived in the last three years.
He said former Vice President would revive the economy with his wealth of knowledge in the economic circles as an astute and successful busness mugol if elected.
“The people need to change President Buhari, the politicians have established that. Before Buhari became President, a dollar was less than N250 naira but today it is above N350 naira which has pushed the country into poverty level.
“The economy is in bad shape. We fought for change in 2014, believing that Buhari’s government will perform and liberated the people from the shackles of poverty but the situation became worse under his administration.
“Infrastructures like road have become death traps particularly Okene-Lokoja road which serve as a gate way between the North, West and the East,” he said.
He stressed that the issue of insecurity in the country has risen as people can no longer trust his administration due to insecurity that is consuming some part of the country.
“There is need to change Buhari, and it is the desire of the people for change that made Atiku to win the PDP presidential primary election. As a successful businessman he will be able to turn around the economy of the country just the way America President is turning around the fortune of Americans.
“We must create a Nigeria where people can work and do business in any part of the country. Abubakar is the man who can do it because is a detribalised man.
“Our leaders are not patriotic. The current government should come out and tell people what happen to the dollar and naira. The presebt Nigerian government does not have the charisma to address the economy,”
He indicated that the PDP’s presidential candidate remains the best candidate who has all it takes to unseat President Muhammadu Buhari come 2019.
He said Abubakar’s emergence as PDP flagbearer has rekindled the hope of Nigerians, whom he said were already fed up with the APC-led government and only waiting to send it packing come next year.
He said the state of the nation’s economy, security and infrastructural development under the Buhari-led administration has been appalling and therefore need somebody like Atiku to put the country on the path of growth.
PSC suspends DCP Abba Kyari, asks IGP to keep Commission updated on findings
Following the recommendation of the Inspector General of police, the Police Service Commission has suspended Abba Kyari, a Deputy Commissioner of Police and Head, Intelligence Response Team (IRT) of the Nigeria Police Force from the exercise of the Powers and functions of his office.
Abba Kyari’s suspension took effect from Saturday, July 31st 2021 and would subsist pending the outcome of the investigation in respect of his indictment by the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States .
The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, had written a letter to the Police Service Commission recommending for the immediate suspension of DCP Abba Kyari.
The Commission thereafter, also directed the Inspector General of Police to furnish it with information on further development on the matter for necessary further action.
The Commission’s decision which was conveyed in a letter with reference, PSC/POL/D/153/vol/V/138 to the Inspector General of Police today, Sunday, August 1st, 2021, was signed by Hon. Justice Clara Bata Ogunbiyi, a retired Justice of the Supreme Court and Honourable Commissioner 1 in the Commission for the Commission’s Chairman, Alhaji Musiliu Smith, a retired Inspector General of Police who is currently on leave.
Kaigama says high cost of foodstuff also taking its toll on his home
**Advises Nigerians not to abandon grandparents, elderly cos of COVID – 19
***Condemns lavish funerals by Nigerians
The Catholic Archbishop of Abuja Diocese, Ignatius Kaigama has said that the escalation in the prices of foodstuff was also biting hard in his home.
He also called on Nigerians not to distance themselves from grandparents and the elderly due to social distancing over COVID – 19 because they are a source of wisdom.
The cleric also described as sad the fact that Nigerians throw “lavish funerals organised for departed ones after they were allowed to live a life of loneliness, misery and neglect.”
Kaigama stated these in his Homily delivered at St. Luke’s Parish, Kubwa in honour of grandparents and the elderly with readings taken from the Old Testament including 2 Kings 4:42-44 and John 6:1-15.
According to him, the N12.3 billion agricultural subsidy from the Federal Government meant form2.2 million farmers should not be diverted like other interventions or palliative measures.
He said, “The escalation in the prices of foodstuff today has made it difficult for the poor among us to feed. My cook, Sunday Emola, showed me some current food prices from Garki market in Abuja: one measure each of garri costs N500, beans – N1,000, rice – N1,000, 1 bag (10kg) of semovita – N5,500, one bottle of groundnut oil – N1,600, one bottle of palm oil – N1,300, one tuber of yam – N1,300, a medium basket of tomatoes – N3,500, 1 gallon of kerosene – N2,000, Alebo – N500, etc.
“The problem in Nigeria is not whether we have resources to share, but the willingness to share them fairly, honestly and charitably. Both first reading and the gospel emphasised the fact that the power to end the hunger and suffering of other people lies in our ability to share the little we have.
“We often forget how far-reaching the little we each possess shared generously can satisfy the needs of other people. Often, we assume that it is the task for the government or the United Nations or NGOs.
“But a lot can be done with our little if we focus on the person in need and the intention rather than the quantity of what is available. I understand that 2.2 million farmers will soon receive N12.3 billion as agricultural subsidy from the Federal Government.
“We hope that the money of this laudable initiative will get directly into the hands of the farmers and not to be diverted like other interventions or palliative measures.
“The elderly are assured of the abiding presence of God who continues to accompany them on the journey of life, despite the difficulties and challenges associated with old age. They are reminded to tenaciously hold on to the faith and to pass it on to the young.
“Grandparents and the elderly are a source of wisdom. By passing on their knowledge, morals and values, they play a great role in the formation of a decent society. They are a strong link between the past, the present and the future.
“We must respect them and pray always for those of them who are sick and weak or suffering conditions associated with aging. Our practice of social distancing due to COVID – 19 should not distance us from them. It is sad today to see lavish funerals organized for departed ones after they were allowed to live a life of loneliness, misery and neglect.
“In these times of moral and social decay, grandparents and the elderly can teach us how to heal our wounded humanity; the spirit of sharing, in a nation where selfishness, corruption and the spate of crime and insecurity deprive many of the basic necessities of life; a nation that continues to take mind boggling financial loans without any corresponding impact on our quality of life; only to leave a fragile and perilous future for generations of our youths.
“As grandparents and the elderly continue their earthly pilgrimage, we expect the government to provide good social security for them even as we entrust them to the intercession of Saints Joachim and Anne, parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and grandparents of Jesus.”
NEF expresses apprehension, Nigeria may not survive till 2023
The Northern Elders Forum has indicated that Nigeria may not survive the remaining one year and some months of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration hence they
advised the next political party that will take over the helms of national affairs to prepare itself for a very difficult assignment of fixing the country.
They said Nigeria would have been completely wrecked in 2023 with the growing insecurity and economic woes by the President Muhammadu Buhari’s ruling All Progressive Congress.
The forum’s spokesman, Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, stated this during an interview on Channels Television on Monday, while also blaming the nation’s ruling elite for the failure of the country.
He said the country’s current challenges were not just as a result of banditry and kidnapping activities but also leadership failure. He said, “What are you going to do with 2023 because between now and 2023, APC would have completely wrecked this country? You are going to take over a country that has been completely destroyed by a party that has been substantially produced by the PDP and how are you going to fix this country?
What’s your blueprint for what happens to Nigeria in 2023?” Nigeria has been experiencing a series of security threats ranging from terrorism, banditry, militancy, cultism among others in several parts of the country. The country has been ravaged by terrorism for more than 10 years – a menace which has claimed the lives of over 36,000 people and forced hundreds of thousands to be homeless in the North-East.
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