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The Director General of Media and Publicity to the Governor of Kogi State, Kingsley Fanwo has described those agitating for immediate appointment of a Federal Minister from Kogi State to replace the late Barrister James Ocholi on the Federal Executive Council as political jobbers that have no means of livelihood. 
Fanwo who stated this during a chat with journalists in Lokoja said the people of the State have absolute confidence in President Muhammadu Buhari to making a good choice at the appropriate time, insisting that staging a protest to force the hand of the President is “reckless, mischievous and a misrepresentation of the position of Kogi people on the issue”.
This was coming against the background that the former APGA Governorship candidate in the 2015 Governorship election in Kogi State comrade Goodman Akwu led a one Million man match to Aso Rock Villa to call on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately appoint a replacement for the late minister for State for Labour and employment.
He said the protest match is to press home the need to fill the vacuum that had left out the people of the State for over seven months without a ministerial representative.
According to Akwu Government is a continuum with no room for vacuum.”just like the tire of a car which must be replaced when it goes bad for the car to move the slot for Kogi must be filled.
“The content of my letter is for the immediate replacement of the exclusion of the people from the Government which they helped to install, so that the people can be liberated from socio economic exclusion and political exclusion as well. 
“It is a serious disconnect that has never happened before and we say no. We have waited patiently for seven months and we say no to that and we are asking the President to quickly fill the vacuum.”
He said the President should immediately appoint a minister to replace Late Ocholi to continue from where the deceased minister stopped.
Continuing the director general said,
“We are aware some vested interests have been making frantic moves to create a wrong impression of the issue of ministerial appointment from Kogi State. President Muhammadu Buhari is a meticulous leader who will ensure all the processes are followed before a pronouncement is made. 
“Appointment of a Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria takes a process. As we speak, the President is working on it and very soon, Kogi State shall be represented on the Federal Executive Council. 
“Those protesting against what they termed a delay in the appointment are mischievous and are at variance to the feelings of The Kogi people. They are sponsored political jobbers and confused mercenaries employed to make a big storm out of a tea cup. 
“We urge the security agencies to ensure people do not hide under the guise of unnecessary protest to disrupt the peace of the Federal Capital Territory as the protesters do not represent the interest of the good people of the State”.

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#ENDSARSSenate President asks Nigerian youths to embrace dialogue, peace at Eid-el-Maulud

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The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has cautioned the Nigerian youths who recently protested demanding for better policing and political governance, to embrace peace at this years Eid-el-Maulud celebration especially as the Government has acceded to their demands.
This was contained in a statement by his special aviser(Media) Ola Awoniyi that was issued in Abuja on Wednesday.
In the statement Lawan
felicitated with Nigerians, particularly the Muslim Ummah, on the occasion of this year’s Eid-el-Maulud, which is the celebration of the birth of Prophet Mohammed.
According to Lawan, the youths, having made their points, in the spirit of the occasion should embrace peace and engage government through dialogue, as the corrections they seek can only manifest under a peaceful atmosphere.
Lawan noted that this year’s celebration comes at a time that Nigeria is striving to restore law and order in the chastening aftermath of the #EndSARS protest.

“Our harrowing experience over the past few weeks underscores the need for us as a people of faith to imbibe and demonstrate in our every conduct the virtues of love, peace and tolerance which Prophet Mohammed personifies.

“This trying time requires our prayers and supplications to Allah to intervene to restore peace and love of neighbours to our land. “However, it also requires of us introspection as to the roles we are playing as leaders and individual citizens in building the nation that we desire.”

The Senate President reiterated the commitment of the ninth National Assembly to “the entrenchment of processes that will encourage our youths to tap their talents and pursue their dreams for the elevation of our great country.”

Lawan expresses confidence that “the trials we are going through will ultimately strengthen our bonds as citizens of the same nation and propel Nigeria to its great destiny.”



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Hoarding of Palliatives: Niger APC chieftain accuses Govs of crime against humanity

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Former Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism and a Chieftain of All Progressive Congress (APC) in Niger state, Mr. Jonathan Vatsa has berated state governors in the country for stockpilling COVID-19 palliatives in warehouses, which were looted by angry youths across the country.
He indicated that governors are the real problems of Nigerians.
Vatsa was however quick to exonerate President Mohammadu Buhari from any blame over the nationwide looting of palliatives, resulting in the loss of lives of “desperate and hungry Nigerians”.
“Buhari can not go to states to share palliatives. It has been entrusted to the governors for onward distribution to the people, so I think Nigerians should excuse Buhari from this unfortunate development”.
Vatsa who is the Coordinator, public affairs to governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger state gave the indication in Minna on Tuesday while reacting to the nationwide looting of palliatives by Nigerians.
“The Governors are making governance very difficult for the President. In fact they are part of Buhari’s problems if not how can someone explain the hoarding of palliatives meant to cushion the effect of Coronavirus Lockdown”.
The former publicity secretary of APC in the state believed that Governors who hoarded palliatives away from Nigerians can never provide dividends of democracy to their people.
He added that “governance is all about the welfare of the people so if you can not give the people what was given to you to give them, what else would they expect from you”, he queried
He pointed out that the governors know quite well that Nigerians are hungry and desperately need these things, so they want to make them very hungry so that they can buy them during election very cheaply with those items.
According to him “with this Singular act, they have deliberately de-marketed this government, and Nigerians have lost confidence in this administration. It is very unfortunate”, he submitted.
Vatsa therefore cautioned the security agents using force on these Nigerians who are merely looting what was meant for them, adding that “what is happening is re-looting the looted”.
Vatsa who argued that the looting of the palliatives does not amount to any crime also believed that “what these governors have done is nothing but a crime against humaninity, that is my opinion on this and its quite unfortunate”.
He also appealed to the youths to stop attacking individuals and private companies, saying that “that does not portray the qualities of future leaders in them.

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Vice-Chairman of the Senate Committee on Petroleum Resources (Upstream), Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah has urged
President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately commence prosecution of all soldiers found culpable in the deadly Lekki Toll Gate shooting.

In a statement, he issued in Abuja on Monday, he described the shooting as a gross violation of the fundamental right of the #EndSARS protesters.

Describing the shooting as barbaric, Ubah said, “I am deeply saddened by reports of extrajudicial shootings and barbaric killing of peaceful protesters in Lekki-Lagos, Nigeria. I wish to categorically condemn in its entirety, these shootings by security operatives who are meant to protect the citizens.”
According to him, “these unlawful shootings by the military and security agents at unarmed protesters are a gross violation of the right to life as enshrined in Section 33 of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999; Article 4 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights, and Article 6 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.”
He said the prosecution would go a long way in serving justice to the deceased and their loved ones.
According to him “I am deeply saddened by reports of extrajudicial shootings and barbaric killing of peaceful protesters in Lekki-Lagos, Nigeria. I wish to categorically condemn in its entirety, these shootings by security operatives who are meant to protect the citizens.

“These unlawful shootings by the military and security agents at unarmed protesters are a gross violation of the right to life as enshrined in Section 33 of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999; Article 4 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights, and Article 6 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.”

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