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Nomination of Chukwu as INEC REC gets Senate’s confirmation

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Nomination of Chukwu as INEC REC gets Senate’s confirmation

The nomination of Dr. Chukwuemeka Chukwu as Resident Electoral Commissioner representing Abia State Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) by President Muhamadu Buhari has has confirmed by the senate.

The confirmation of the nominee followed consideration of a report during plenary on the screening exercise conducted by the Senate Committee on INEC.

Chairman of the Committee, Senator Kabiru Ibrahim Gaya (APC – Kano South) in his presentation recalled that the request by President Muhammadu Buhari seeking Chukwu’s confirmation was made pursuant to the provision of Section 154(1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended).

According to the lawmaker, the Committee found the nominee suitable for the position of REC having made findings that no petition or incriminating reports was received against the nominee; the nominee is not affiliated to any political party or participated in any political rally or campaign; and the nominee is a person of integrity who displayed a high level of intelligence and appeared to have the temerity to hold the office of REC.

“Having studied the nominee’s curriculum vitae and other relevant documents in addition to exhaustive interaction and deliberations, the Committee members were unanimously satisfied with the nominee considering his wealth of experiences, exposure, performances, qualifications, competence and integrity as required by the Constitution, and found him suitable for appointment as Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC),” Gaya said.

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When model police officer gets applause

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When model police officer gets applause

Just as there is unanimity of condemnation over the brutality of some members of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), also came the general commendation for a Divisional Police Officer (DPO) Rabiu Garba at Fegge, Onitsha, for being a model cop.

He has been variously described as the last hope for the failed police, the last man standing, hero, the man that saved his people.

When the rampaging youths came with the intention to burn down his Police Division yesterday, he neither fret nor fled.

While his men were panicking, he walked out to meet the mob with the courage of a man who had nothing to fear. They recognized him and the angry chants were silenced! Most of the youths could vouch for him as a professional cop and a role model for many young men in the community.

They even granted him audience to address and counsel them before the mob dispersed.

At least it indicated that the youths were not out of their minds as they could differentiate the good from the bad.

It had nothing to do with his tribe.
It had nothing to do with his religion.
He was just a model cop.
It was gathered that instead of extorting from the people he ensures the common folks are safe and free.
He also engaged in humanitarian activities that has integrated him as a community leader.
An example was when the community was faced with a debilitating water problem, he built a borehole for the neighbourhood without any fund raising.
To further give the youths a sense of belonging, through football competitions which he organises for them at the stadium where he also counsels them against crimes and criminality emphasising the need for them to stay away from them.
To further entrench himself as a people’s policeman, he threw his doors wide open, listened to the people with passion and genuine willingness to help.
Invite RABIU GARUBA to any local event, he’s there. Church dedication, naming ceremony, launching of community projects, he was there.
For Rabiu Garba, even though he hails from the North, Fegge in Onitsha Anambra State is his home. Fegge is his community.
He has attended almost every church and every event in the area as he is invited because he is accepted as one of them.

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#EndSARS: APC chieftain lauds northern Govs for stability, faults Aisha Yesufu’s comment

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#EndSARS: APC chieftain lauds northern Govs for stability, faults Aisha Yesufu’s comment

By Yemi Itodo

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr. Garus Gololo, has lauded the matured nature the northern Governors handled their states during the recent #EndSARS protest across the nation.

This was, even as Gololo blasted front line Activist and Co-Convener of #BringBackOurGirls crusade, Hajia Aisha Yesufu, for making inciting comments against the north.

Hajia Yesufu, a native of Edo State, had in a viral video on social media, lambasted the northern youth for failing to join their southern counterparts to protest against Police brutality and bad governance.

The Activist who spoke in Hausa language, also carpeted President Muhammad Buhari, saying the President continues to get fatter and glitter in the office while the masses continue to wallow in object poverty and underdevelopment, especially in the north.

But Dr. Gololo, at a press briefing  in Abuja Saturday, said Hajia Yesufu was not fair to the North, which made her all she is today.

He said the North would rather be thankful to the northern Governors for not allowing the hijacked protest degenerated into the region.

“Aisha’s comment is uncomplimentary and unpatriotic. That was the woman who was born in Kano and got her education and popularity there too. If the State of Kano was restive and crisis ridden, would she have been given birth to there? If the schools, public facilities and other infrastructures were destroyed in the North when she was growing up, would she have attained her education and the height she is today?

“Any reasonable and right thinking human being would feel sobber over the destructions of public and private properties in Lagos and other areas. Look at the killings of both civilians  and innocent security agents. Look at the massive looting going on in those areas. Look at Oba’s palace that was broken into. Is Oba a member of SARS? Look at the jailbreak in Edo where over 1000 inmates were freed. Is that kind of life Aisha wants for our youth?

“She should rather join other Nigerians, home and abroad, who are praising the northern Governors for containing the spread of that madness called protest. Imagine that the North also joined the street madness, by now we would have no country to call Nigeria”, Gololo said.

He advised Yesufu to always bring up issues that would contribute to the social economic growth of the country and not what would contribute to its downfall.

Gololo also cautioned the Activist to leave President Buhari alone and mind her business, adding that, no amount of antics would deter the President from doing good to the people of the South and Nigeria at large, saying, the President would also be on the seat till 2023.

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#ENDSARS: Group challenges NASS, President Buhari to immediately reform electoral system

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#ENDSARS: Group challenges NASS, President Buhari to immediately reform electoral system

***warns presidency against further attacks on protesters

A group, Peoples Life Improvement Foundation (PLIF) which has declared support for the #ENDSARS protests, has blamed the bad leadership bedevilling Nigeria on fraudulent electoral system which does not allow people’s votes to count leading to the protests.

As possible resolution to most of the agitations by the youths in their protests, the group challenged the National Assembly and the presidency to immediately sign in to law the ammended electorate act to bring about good Governance.

This was contained in a statement that was signed and issued by the National Publicity secretary of the group
Ngoama Waekite Wem.

“We have summed up the totality of Prolonged bad governance in Nigeria which has ruined the country and have come to the conclusion that our electoral system is the sole reason why the country is in this miserable and undone state.
Wem insisted that it is bad leadership that has led to all of the present tension.
He said protesters have the right for a peaceful demonstration
“And the root cause of it is where the people are not given the freedom to excercise the power of their individual Immortal Voters card to selecting their leaders.
“Therefore, we are calling for the Electoral Act Amendment which is the begining to the end of these problems and will allow real people to choose and vote their next leaders with no one writing the  results of our elections again.
“Let our county’s electoral process be electronically done. Let there be Biometric Accrediation of Voters, Electronic Voting, Counting of Votes and Results transmission.
The group also advocated for the establishment of a 4th Tier of Government called the Ward/Community Government along side the FG, State Govt and LGA.
The publicity secretary also demanded for every Ward/Community to have their independent Administrative and Financial Autonomy.
“Let every Ward/Community have their budget to treat their perculiar issues. This will foster Freedom, Peace and Prosperity as every individual communities will be self developing simultaneously.”
He said fourth tier of government will be more responsive to the rural people, where the people can monitor and seek explanations on issues all the times.
“A tier of government that can improve the rural economy. This will further create more jobs in our communities and reduce the migration of our teeming youths into the urban centres.”
He said by that format criminality in the urban areas will be reduced.
Wem declared the full solidarity of the group with the #ENDSARS protesters.
“It is in this regard that we support the protest and proudly say that the protest had not recorded any incident of looting that has characterized protests like this even in some civilized countries.
“We stand shoulder to shoulder with the patriots who are dissatisfied with the government having maintained constant vigilance has come out in the most civilized manner to alert the world calling for justice, fairness, political stability, security and peace.
“We salute all our members across the country who joined other citizens to discharge this honorable duty on behalf of the people.”

“It is clear that the Nigerian youths are not only protesting against police brutality and extra-judicial killings! alone, but, in reality, a variety of longstanding political and economic problems that had pushed the Nigerians state towards instability, insecurity, poverty, destitution, decayed infrastructure etc.”
He observed that the youths are demanding for a political reform that will give all Nigerians equal opportunities, where the rights of all individuals will be protected and respected.
The secretary therefore challenged the President to leave a legacy of a listening government and write his name in the sand of time.
“In this regard PLIF stands with Nigerians to push forward these demands of the protesting patriots enumerated below;

“We also wish to state in categorical terms that any harsh response from the authorities will only make the situation worse!
“This has happened at other times and we should work hard to avoid what happened in the Dara province in Syria in 2 011.”
The PLIF is an international non-profit and non-governmental Organization setup for the deepening of democracy and improvement of the lives of Nigerians.

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