Two times attorney general in Kogi throws hat in the ring for Governorship
A two times attorney general in Kogi State Barrister Abdullahi Haruna, (SAN), has declared his intention to take a shot at the converted position of Governor of Kogi State for the November 2019 Gobernatorial election in the State.
The aspirant declared his ambition when he picked the intent for at the PDP Secretariat in Lokoja today being the 11th of July, 2018.
Speaking through Hon Onuh Abdullahi who came to pick the form in company of other party stalwarts he said he has the experience and the capacity to rescue the state from the present state of backwardness.
The legal luminary said what Kogi State needs at the moment is someone with his perdegree and wealth experience garnered over the years as a two time attorney general.
Speaking on the qualities of the aspirant Capt. Umar Abdullahi (Rtd) said his foray into the contest is the best thing that has happen to the State in need of rescue from its present State of under development, abject poverty and deprivation.
“The qualities of Barrister Abdullahi Haruna that sets him aside as the most competent to be Governor of Kogi State at this point in time are numerous. They are integrity, honesty, he has the capacity to carry all his followers along. A two time attorney general and Commissioner of Justice in Kogi State, one of the founding members of Kogi as a State.
He said, during the struggle for the creation of Kogi State, he was one of the forerunners, saying as a unionist, activist and a philanthropist per excellent, the qualities that will be used to sell him to the electorates are numerous.
He noted that With the avalanche of crises in almost every sector in Kogi State he is in the best sted to pilot the state given the qualities enumerated above.
“Even outsiders know that there are a lot of challenges in Kogi State, remember he is an indigene that knows every nooks and crannies, he is a grassroots, man the challenges we are facing currently in Kogi State are not new to him, as I told you he has the capacity he said
Abdullahi stressed that one of the things that Barr. Haruna is coming with to tackle the challenges in the state, is discipline.
“He is very disciplined, secondly he is very conversant with the environment, thirdly he has the requisite knowledge and experience, he has the exposure and he has avalanche of learned and deeply experienced friends around him.”
He explained that with the combination of all the variables the problems that are on ground will easily be surmounted without much stress.
While charging the electorates to ensure that they vote for candidates who have the welfare of the people at heart, he said “We are going to embark on massive electoral sensitization, people should endeavour to take the pain to collect their permanent Voters Cards. If you do not have PVC you do not have the electoral power to vote in the candidate of your choice.
“Secondly, people should not sell their birth right. If you have the PVC and you sell it for whatever amount of money you are not being fair to yourself so people should be able to live above board. We have not heard that hunger can kill anybody except you embark on an extensive hunger strike. So whatever is happening is not new in the Nigerian Enviroment, it has happened before.
“We are bringing on board wealth of experience, high level of intellectual capacity, education and whatever you can think of with the hope that we will get cooperation from people around the State; the elders, the women and the youths.
“Another selling point that he has is that he can serve as a bridge as he doesn’t belong to the old brigade and he does not belong to the very young. He is within the bracket of what is being clamoured for in this country so we believe that with the energy and strength on his side, we should be able to pool the State out of the woods where it is now.
NUJ Oyo, grieves over death of Guardian photojournalist
The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Oyo State Council, has been been been thrown into morning mood over the untimely death of Najeem Raheem, a photojournalist with the Guardian Newspaper in the state, who died on Monday morning.
A statement jointly signed by the council’s Chairman, Ademola Babalola and Secretary, Sola Oladapo, described Raheem’s death as unfortunate and devastating.
Raheem died after a brief illness.
The deceased it was gathered, recently lost his parents in a single day and was planning for their burial when his death occurred.
The council described late Raheem as a very humble, dutiful, diligent jovial and friendly colleague, who distinguished himself professionally in his chosen career.
It prayed the Almighty Allah to
accept him into Aljanah Firdaous and grant his family fortitude to bear the irreplaceable loss.
Also, the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), Oyo State Chapter, has commiserated with the NUJ over Raheem’s death.
The chapter in a statement by its Chairperson, Jadesola Ajibola, also described Raheem’s death as a rude shock.
“It is a painful one. Raheem was an easy going man with a heart of gold. We will forever remember you. May the Almighty God keep his family.’’
Suspend patronage of Twitter, or face sanctions, NBC threatens TV, Radio stations
The National Broadcasting Commission has ordered all broadcast stations in the country to suspend the patronage of Twitter with immediate effect.
The NBC’s decision is coming on the heels of the suspension of Twitter operations in Nigeria by the Federal Government over what it perceived to be the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining the corporate existence of Nigeria.
The Commission directed the broadcast stations to “de-install Twitter handles and desist from using Twitter as a source (UGC) of information gathering for News and programmes presentation especially phone-in.”
The acting Director-General of the NBC, Prof. Armstrong Idachaba, issued the directive in a statement on Monday titled: “Suspend Twitter handles.”
He said, “Consequent upon the suspension of Twitter operations in Nigeria by the Federal Government over the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining the corporate existence of Nigeria, the National Broadcasting Commission directs all Broadcasting Stations in Nigeria to suspend the patronage of Twitter immediately.
“In Compliance to the above directive, Broadcasting Stations are hereby advised to de-install Twitter handles and desist from using Twitter as a source (UGC) of information gathering for News and programmes Presentation especially phone-in.
“Section 2(1) r of the NBC Act entrusts the Commission with responsibility to ensure strict adherence to the national laws, rules and regulations. Also, Section 3.11.2 of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code provides that “the broadcaster shall ensure that law enforcement is upheld at all times in a matter depicting that law and order are socially superior to or more desirable than crime and anarchy.
“Attention is also drawn to section 5.6.3 of The Code which requires Broadcasters to be mindful of materials that may cause disaffection, incite to panic or rift in the society in the use of a user generated content (UGC).
“Note that it will be unpatriotic for any broadcaster in Nigeria to continue to patronise the suspended Twitter as a source of its information therefore strict compliance is enjoined.”
Twitter Suspension is violation of 1999 constitution – Editors
The Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) has described the Federal Government suspension of Twitter as an infringement on Section 39 of the 1999 Constitution which violates the right of Nigerians to interact freely on this platform.
The NGE therefore urged the federal government to tread with caution and immediately reconsider the suspension of the operation of Twitter in Nigeria and seek other legitimate means of resolving its dispute with the company.
In a statement by Mustapha Isah (President) and Iyobosa Uwugiaren (General Secretary) respectively, the NGE said that the federal government’s action has the unintended consequence of jeopardising the economic interests of many Nigerians who rely on the social media platform for vital information to make informed business decisions daily.
The statement advised the federal government to desist from any action that would project it as a dictator.
‘’In addition, the suspension is a grave breach of Nigeria’s international obligations under article 9 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, and article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
‘’The Guild sees the federal government’s action as an overreaction to Twitter’s decision to delete President Muhammadu Buhari’s tweet early this week.
‘’If the federal government finds Twitter’s action against the President objectionable, Nigerians should not be made to suffer the collateral damage of denying them their right to freely discourse on Twitter’’, the Guild added.
The Guild noted that the federal government had in an initial reaction by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, condemned the deletion of President Buhari’s view as an unacceptable tab on the president’s right, saying this ought to have been a sufficient response.
‘’However, the ban at the weekend, of Twitter’s operation in Nigeria, is an overkill that gives wind to the sail of critics who daily accuse the Buhari administration of intolerance of opposing views.
‘’Certainly, the federal government has the responsibility to safeguard the unity, peace and stability of Nigeria and any person or group that threatens this must draw its ire. In expressing its anger, the federal government, however, ought to exercise restraints to avoid giving the impression that it is intolerant of opposing views and expression of opinion by individual and corporate citizens’’, the Guild stated.
Stressing its concern over the growing insecurity in the country, the Guild advised social media leaders, which provide micro-messaging services, to also beam their searchlight on the activities of those who want to use their platforms to cause divisions and spread hatred in the country and the global community as well.
Noting the socio-political and economic benefits of social media platforms, the NGE explained that strong democracies rely on both civic and political participation by citizens, saying that Twitter, has over the years, aided citizens’ participation in the nation’s democratic process.
‘’The Guild is aware of the democratizing influence of social media platforms, including Twitter, in helping to check dictatorship and promote democracy worldwide.
‘’Twitter also builds a market research prospect for businesses to see what customers are chit-chatting about, their feeling and what is important to them about products and services’’, the Guild said,
The Guild therefore called on the federal government to immediately rescind its decision in order not to deny millions of Nigerians who rely on Twitter to provide services and earn a living.
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