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Spiritual pressures working against Nigeria prosperity says clergy

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Pastor Joshua Omada the senior pastor of the Knowledge of the Truth Ministries Lokoja has indicated that there are spiritual pressures working against the survival of Nigeria which require serious prayers.
The man of God who spoke to the Guardian in Lokoja against the backdrop that Nigerians had very high expectations after President was massively voted in said they did not actually bargained for the present hardship.
Omada who was speaking on the expectations in the New Year said,
“There are certain problems we are dealing with now, one is spiritual pressure, we need to pray that forces that are against the welfare of this country be subdued.
“There is no doubt the way things are happening certain forces from the pit of hell are waging war against the welfare and wellbeing of its citizens but we must sit up in prayers, so prayer is required for the issues of this country to be well addressed.”
He charged the leaders to actually ensure that they followup their good intentions because it is one thing to have a good intention and it is another thing to be able to unfold it.
“We bear them witness that the President came up with a lot of good intentions but what we are face with now is how much of the good intention is unfolding.
“So we will want him to combine decision with determination because it is one thing to want to do a thing and yet be faced with a number of obstacles that wouldn’t want your decision to manifest but where there is determination you are adding no submission to your decision and so the decision must be backed up with determination.”

He advised that the President considers proper information gathering and management because he cannot be everywhere in this country and so people he would be working with should be able to give him the necessary information for good governance because everyone decision is a product of the information available to him and then if the information is faulty certainly the decision would be faulty.
“If there is no information at all there might not be any good decision at all. So we want him to actually take his time to put his ears on the ground, have a good network of people who will give him real good information.
In leadership certain things must be handled carefully because some people would want to bring information that would be so pleasing and make the leader think that every thing is in order. “Information that will give them a place in government, I don’t think we should continue at that level again information should be given as raw, as precise as they are and leadership sit down to digest and take the necessary action that has to be worked upon. ”
“What kind of information is he working with? Nothing can deceive a leader as fast as wrong information he needs to work on that carefully.”
Omada expressed gratitude to God that Nigeria is still united as one entity saying it because of its uniqueness adding that if it were in the climes what is happening now it would have been in turmoil.
“We are so grateful to God that the nation is still one. Things would have to be addressed in the proper way.”
He cautioned Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State not to allow his good intention of verifying workers status to be sub-zoomed by never ending screening.
The clergy man who acknowledged the effort of Government in paying some of the backlog of salaries of many workers in the State said the outstanding for other cleard workers yet to be paid should not be delayed further. ”
According to him,
“As it is now, the decision of the Government for embarking the screening exercise is not out of place as there is nothing bad in the screening taking place, after all through the screening a number of things have been discovered to be addressed “Nevertheless the screening doesn’t have to last for ever and of course people who don’t have any hand in any dubious practice within the system should be quickly identified and paid up their money.
“God is actually concerned about the labor of the innocent people, he doesn’t want the pay for their wages to be held back.”
He advised that those that have no problem be carefully sorted out and their wages paid so that those that are having indications of problems be noted for any further steps the Government might like to take.
“While we believe that the present Governor came in by the miraculous hand of God the thing is that as he works to get better at the work to get more experience and skills, enough caution must be taken on how to buy some good experience from certain persons who are not among the bad eggs.

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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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