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The National President of the Coalition of APC Support Groups, Amb. Mohammed Lawal Kabiru has indicated has indicated that the ruling All Progressives Congeess (APC) party is on a good sted to reap from the crises rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that was known for impunity and disrespect for the rule of law

Represented by the national secretary, Mazi Peter Okoroafor, during the inauguration of the Kogi State chapter in Lokoja yesterday, he said the PDP is a victim of those political ideologies and practices that never believe in rules.
“Today their house can no longer stand because there is a new order that has respect for the rule of law and the rights of the people.
“An order that believes that democracy emanates from the grass roots and not from the top and as such it is a practice that is alien to them, they can never come together as one.
He pointed out that President Muhammadu Buhari”s personal integrity is providing credible leadership for the country and bringing renewed hope to Nigerians and in Nigeria.
Kabiru noted that the one year of the Buhari administration has impacted positively on the socio-economic survival of Nigeria.
He said President Buhari’s style and personal integrity has continued to engender hope and confidence in the country’s prospect, both locally and internationally.
He noted that despite the precipitous condition in which the APC took over the reins of power at the national level, it has no doubt turned the ride through its pragmatic socio-economic choices, just had he called in Nigerians not to relent in their support for the government.
His words: “President Buhari has brought trust in government, and has succeeded in turning the tide of decay dealth on the matter majority of Nigerians by the PDP in its sixteen years of mismanagement.
“Our country is no longer moribund, as there is renewed hope in our country, just as the international community have woken up to the reality that it is not over for Nigeria”.
Governor Yahaya Bello, who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Mr. Edward Onoja, but briefly breezed in before taking leave to be part in Abuja to join in welcoming the president from his travel abroad, reiterated the resolve of his administration to move use the New Direction agenda to jump-start the development of the state.
He said through the initiative, his administration will lift one million Kogites above the global poverty line, create more jobs or equating the present number of public officers, provide quality and free or affordable education and health care for all and ensure the security of lives and property among others.
He deplored the situation where he said a segment in the state made it their duty to vilify him, including those that purportedly set up a self-appointed probe panel made up wholly of disgruntled members of his own party.
He however called for vigilance, saying adversaries of the government remain unrelenting.
He added:”We are grateful for all your support, before, during and after the elections. I want to report to you officially that some people have sworn that His Excellency will not be allowed to focus on delivering this New Direction agenda as promised. Their dear is the continuous erosion of their corrupt hold on the politics and finances of Kogi State from its inception, to the detriment of the people.”
He admonishes the people of the state, particularly the youth, to put on new thinking cap, saying a paradigm shift will impact positively on their future.
“Stop waiting for easy money my brothers and sisters and start taking action. Nothing worthwhile is ever easy. You may need to go back to school from here. You may need to learn a year. You may need to sell something to raise capital. Just so what it takes to become a person id your dreams; you start where you are today”,
Chairman of the newly inaugurated Kogi APC coalition, Dr Yakubu Ugwolawo, noted that it was the groups that served as the “centre that fought relentlessly, which eventually brought victory to the party in the state”. Despite the litany of political acrimonies that prevailed.
He said they were not oblivious of the problems confronting the Kogi APC, the state and its economy, and called on all parties “to whatever dispute it is in the state to bury their hatchets and embrace peace, the only condition that he noted can guarantee effective planning for positive development”.

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Buhari returns to Nigeria after weeks of medical trip to the UK

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Nigerian president Muhammadu Buharihas returned to Abuja after weeks on medical trip in London.
This was according to a statement from the presidency on Thursday.
The president had been heavily criticized for his perchance for medical expedition inspite huge budgetary allocation to the Presdential Villa clinic.
His critics also blamed him for embarking on such trip even when resident doctors in his country were on industrial action.
The presidential aircraft that brought Buhari and some of his aides touched down at the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja at about 4.45 p.m.
Dignitaries at the airport to welcome the president included the Chief of Staff to the President, Ibrahim Gambari, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Muhammed Bello, and the National Security Adviser to the President, Babagana Monguno.
Others were the service chiefs, acting Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali, the Director-General, National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ahmed Rufa’i, the Director General of the State Securitt Services, Yusuf Bichi and other presidential aides.
President Buhari, after a brief welcoming ceremony at the airport, boarded a presidentrtial helicopter that conveyed him to the Presidential Villa.

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Participants urge Kogi to key into Open Government Partnership

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By Friday Idachaba

Participants at a one-day stakeholders strategic meeting on Open Governance Partnership have called on Kogi government to urgently key into the global concept to promote transparency, accountability and good governance.

The participants made the call in a communiqué issued at the end of the meeting organised by Conscience For Human Rights and Conflict Resolution (CHRCR) in partnership with African Centre For Leadership Strategies And Development (Centre LSD) on Tuesday in Lokoja.

The News Agency of Nigeria NAN reports that the Communiqué was signed by Mr Idris Miliki, Executive Director of Kogi-based CHRCR and made available to newsmen in Lokoja.

The Communiqué said that in view of the importance of the global OGP concept with potentials to check corruption and enhance good governance, 16 states in Nigeria had presently signed up.

It however revealed that Kogi State was yet to key into the global concept and urged the state to, as a matter of urgency, sign up for the state to derive inherent benefits of the partnership.

Objective of the meeting in line with the OGP concept, according to the Communiqué, is to encourage accountability, transparency and reduce corruption in Kogi State.

It is also to build on the existing Networks on Anti-Corruption, Transparency and Accountability (NATA), to mobilize Media institutions and professionals in reporting activities on OGP in Kogi State.

The participants however, urged multi-lateral financial institutions particular the World Bank to begin to hold State Governments accountable by verifying the situations of implementations on ground before rating them on financed projects.

The Communiqué reiterated that there should be no rivalry but rather, a broad based relationship and partnerships between the state government and the Civil Society Organizations as both work for and in the interest of the citizens.

The Communiqué said there was need for the current House of Assembly members to live up to their constitutional responsibilities by performing their oversight functions on all institutions of the state, “particularly the local government councils.”

It also called on Media Professionals to take more interest in OGP issues and partner more with the Civil Society Organisations in particular and other relevant institutions to drive the OGP Concept.

“The Civil Society Organizations needs to do more in raising awareness and sensitization of the general public on the OGP and with the Government to get the OGP.

“There is need for the development partners to continue to work with the Civil Society Organizations in the state to promote the OGP process”, the Communiqué added. (NAN)

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Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah, of Sokoto Catholic diocese, has come under attack again from the Presidency for describing Nigeria as a killing field under the Buhari administration.
Kukah in his Easter homily on Sunday, said both the government and the citizens have become helpless as criminals continue to cause havoc in parts of the country.
The battle over insecurity in Nigeria has continued unabated especially in the northern parts of the country where bandits and insurgents have turned to a killing field.
Kukah said the security situation has frustrated many citizens making them to believe the government has gone AWOL (absent without official leave).

“Taunted by Boko Haram, ravaged by bandits, kidnappers, armed robbers, and other merchants of death across the nation, there is collective fear as to whether Nigeria’s glory is about to depart” the bishop said.
“Retired military and intelligence officers lament over what has become of their glorious profession, as they watch the humiliation of our military personnel. Traumatised citizens are tortured daily by bandits.
“The nation has since become a massive killing field, as both government and the governed look on helplessly. A thick and suffocating cloud of desperation, despondency, desolation, gloom, and misery hangs in the hot air. We have no message and have no idea how long this will last.”

However in a statement issued in Abuja Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman said Kukah’s “bashing” of President Muhammadu Buhari is “ungodly.”
“All citizens have their individual ideologies, even their own versions of truth. But if you profess to being a man of God, as Father Mathew Hassan Kukah does, ideology should not stand in the way of facts and fairness,” he said.
“Father Kukah has said some things that are inexplicable in his Easter message. But, in saying that the Boko Haram terrorism is worse than it was in 2015, he did not speak like a man of God. 

“Kukah should go to Borno or Adamawa to ask the citizens there the difference between 2014 and 2021.”
Shehu also faulted the bishop for saying Buhari is not concerned about those displaced because of the security crisis, citing the creation of the ministry of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development as part of the president’s efforts in that regard.
“Some of the comments are no more than a sample of the unrestrained rhetoric Fr. Kukah trades in, which he often does in the guise of a homily,” the presidential spokesman said.
“We urge well-meaning citizens to continue to support the ongoing efforts by the administration to secure the country and move it forward.”

With additional reports from Cable

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