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The Co-founder of the BringBackOurGirls group, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, has reacted to the release of the abducted secondary schoolgirls in Dapchi, Yobe State.
Multiple sources reported earlier that 105 of the abducted schoolgirls have been released by their abductors with 5 of them reportedly dead.Reacting to the development, the BBOG coordinator commended President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration while also calling for the freedom of the remaining 112 Chibok Schoolgirls abducted from Borno.
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A former Governor fingered in an alleged N5.6 billion fraud is likely to be declared wanted by the ICPC.Ex-Governor of Plateau, Jonah David JangThe Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) may declare the former governor of Plateau State, Mr. Jonah David Jang wanted for failing to report to the Commission to answer questions on allegations of embezzling N5.6 billion belonging to the state.The Commission has been on the trail of the former governor now a Senator, since October 2017, when it opened investigation into alleged corruption-related activities during his tenure.Evidence before the Commission so far indicates that Senator Jang allegedly committed the offences in March 2015.He allegedly received N2 billion in cash illegally out of the money which was allocated to micro, small and medium enterprises, under the pretext of a loan to be spent on ‘classified expenditure’.Jang again allegedly received N400 million illegally of funds meant for Plateau State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB).He also allegedly caused a former commissioner of finance in the state to illegally transfer the sum of N3.2 billion of SUBEB funds to the project account of the ministry of finance.Several invitations have been sent to Mr. Jang by ICPC through both the Senate President and the Clerk of the National Assembly to come and clear his name but he has refused and neglected to honour the invitations.Also, efforts to procure an arrest warrant from two different magistrate’s courts in the Federal Capital Territory have been futile as the Magistrates declined to sign them even after the sworn requisite affidavit had been presented by the Commission.In the light of the foregoing, the Commission may have no other option than to declare the former governor wanted.
Luck has finally ran out on a notorious cyber criminal who has been fleecing innocent visa applicants of their hard earned money.Samuel Olowobola GboyegaThe Lagos State Police Command has dismantled a major fraud haven situated at No. 48, Allen Avenue, Ikeja, and operated by a 26-year-old cyber criminal cum fraud kingpin, Samuel Olowobola Gboyega.His arrest followed a petition addressed to the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, Edgal Imohimi, by one Antonio Kaplanis of the Embassy of Greece, Abuja, alleging that the suspect had fraudulently obtained huge sums of money from unsuspecting Nigerians seeking visa to travel to Europe by claiming to be an employee of the Embassy of Greece with a mandate to make visa procurement easy for applicants.Sequel to the above, the CP Lagos deployed crack detectives from the State Intelligence Bureau (SIB) to fish out the culprit and his partners in crime. The detectives swung into action immediately the order was given. They located the suspect’s hideout and carried out a sting operation on him. During the operation, some Nigerian passports, laptops and other visa related documents were recovered from the criminal’s operating theatre.Further scrutiny of the laptop confirmed that there were documents in the notepad that had different embassy visas and their respective price tags. It was also seen that the said Samuel Olowobola Gboyega made false presentations through publications on his website: www.kukutravels.com, attaching the name of Embassy of Greece to it.The CP noted with sadness that the activities of the young man had dented the image of the nation and greatly embarrassed the Embassy of Greece in Nigeria. He warned people behind this kind of crime to have a rethink or have the law to contend with.Meanwhile, the suspect has been charged to court for the offences he committed.
The Nigerian senate has approved the confirmation of the nomination of two Deputy CBN Governors and other MPC nominees.Aisha AhmadThe Senate has confirmed the appointments of Mrs. Aisha Ahmad and Mr. Edward Adamu as Deputy Governors of the Central Bank of Nigeria. Three of the nominated members the Monetary Policy Committee were also approved, while one was rejected.The MPC members confirmed are Prof. Adeola Festus Adenikinju, Dr. Aliyu Rafindadi Sanusi and Dr. Robert Chikwendu Asogwa. Rejected is Dr. Asheikh A. Maidugu.A Punch report revealed that the confirmation followed the adoption of the reports by the Senate Committee on Banking, Insurance and Other Financial Institutions, which screened the nominees last week.In the report on the MPC nominees presented by Chairman of the committee, Senator Rafiu Ibrahim, the panel said Maidugu was considered not qualified to occupy the position for which he was nominated.“I would like to thank the Committee on Banking and Finance and all our colleagues for this action today,” Senate President Bukola Saraki said shortly the confirmation.“We promised the country last week that within a week we would carry out this confirmation and we have done this,” he added.
One of the world’s richest men, Bill Gates, has made a startling revelation about Nigeria during the NEC meeting with Yemi Osinbajo.(l-r) President Dangote Foundation, Alhaji Aliko Dangote; Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; Co-Chair, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Mr. Bill Gates and the Country Director, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Mr. Paulin Basinga during the National Economic Council meeting on Human Capital Investment at the State House Conference Centre, Abuja. Photo by Abayomi Adeshida 22/03/2018Bill Gates, the Chairman of Bill and Melinda Foundation, has said that Nigeria is one of the most dangerous places in the world to give birth with the fourth worst maternal mortality rate in the world ahead of only Sierra Leone, Central African Republic and Chad.Gates who stated this at the Expanded National Economic Council presided over by the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, said that Nigeria’s fiscal situation was at a low equilibrium, adding that in return for low levels of service, people pay low levels of tax.The philanthropist disclosed that his foundation’s biggest office in Africa was Nigeria where he had committed over $1.6 billion so far with the intention of increasing his commitment in the country.He said that Nigeria has unmatched economic potential but that what becomes of the potential depends on the choices her leaders make.According to him, “The most important choice you can make is to maximize your greatest resource, the Nigerian people. Nigeria will thrive when every Nigerian is able to thrive.“If you invest in their health, education and opportunities-the “human capital” we are talking about today-then they will lay the foundation for sustained prosperity. If you don’t, however, then it is very important to recognise that there will be a sharp limit on how much the country can grow.“Nigeria is one of the most dangerous places in the world to give birth with the fourth worst maternal mortality rate in the world ahead of only Sierra Leone, Central African Republic and Chad. One in three Nigerian children is chronically malnourished.“I urge you to apply this thinking to all your investments in your people. The Nigerian government’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan identifies “investing in our people” as one of three “strategic objectives.” But the “execution priorities” don’t fully reflect people’s needs, prioritizing physical capital over human capital.“To anchor the economy over the long term, investments in infrastructure and competitiveness must go hand in hand with investments in people. People without roads, ports, and factories can’t flourish. And roads, ports and factories without skilled workers to build and manage them can’t sustain an economy.”
The General Overseer of a Pentecostal church based in Victoria Island, Pastor Femi Aribisala has added his voice to the ongoing debate about the released Dapchi girls.Pastor Femi AribisalaControversial Nigerian pastor, Femi Aribisala has tackled the Federal Government following the release of over 100 Dapchi girls on Wednesday by dreaded Boko Haram terrorists.The man of God has expressed doubts on the incident. He took to his Twitter page to express his opinion and wrote: “Nigerian politics has now reached such a pathetic level that innocent Dapchi school-girls are kidnapped and released so do-nothing governments can claim victory. Anyone who believes this orchestrated nollywood drama is a fool.”
Comrade Ikechukwu Norbert a.k.a Emacipiator has been in fore-front of those campaigning for President Buhari completion of his second tenure. He is the National Coordinator and Acting Chairman, of the Progressive Ambassadors for Buhari Project(PABP).
In this interview, he hails President Buhari’s socio-economic goals and achievements, insisting he earned second tenure and speaks on why the group is championing for his re-election, and what they are doing to make sure his deserved second mandates are given to him.
National Enquirer: The group has been making lots of wave towards President Buhari’s second tenure. What is the concept behind the formation of this group?.
Comrd. Norbert: We are group of Nigeria youth who after watching the scenery of Nigeria political atmospheres, came together to form this group, to represent the voice of the youth and after studying both socio-economical policies of this regime , the reliable changes it has been initiating in terms of ethical values and sustainable development objectives goals achieved by the administration so far, we came to collective decision, that to ensure progressiveness of these recorded achievements, we must come together to rent a voice that President Muhammandu Buhari deserved a second thereby showcasing evidence behind our resolutions. This is how the group emerged and mission behind it.
National Enquirer: What are the other initiatives the group into?
Comrd. Norbert: Our brand represents President Buhari, so all we do is to promote and show case his laudable achievements to Nigerians and the world at large. In relation to the economic growth he is ensuring, the protection of lives and property, infrastructural and the change in ethics and values he is creating, the enabling environments for investment and businesses, he is putting in place and so on etc.
National Enquirer: To be precise, what are those measurable achievements you can point recorded by President Buhari- led administration so far?
Comrd. Norbert: Where can I start? Lets talk about how thing are before his emergence as President of Republic of Nigeria. Since his inception of power, he has been dealing with the rot left behind by the predecessors to be precise as you said, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), a squandermia regime. He came in, to create environment of accountability, he introduced TSA. Much has been saved by the system. For example, JAMB who has been remitting 28million naira before, is now accounting over 3billions. You can calculate how much had been saved, which could have been swept under the ocean of impunity in the system?.
President Buhari has been able to fight corruption to the minimum no matter as Prof. Woyinka predicted, if your fighting corruption, expect at one time corruption will turn back and fight you back. This is exactly what we are seeing today. Those objecting his continuation are those who hate the progress of our Nation. Thank God, many international organizations and nations are parting him at the back for sanity he has brought into Nigeria system. Believe me, Mr. President has been getting lots of nods despite opposition’s propaganda.
National Enquirer: How is it that many groups seem not attached to the party, APC but President Buhari in particular?
Comrd. Norbert: Yes, Is more or less why we call our group Progressive Ambassadors for Buhari Project (PABP). Mind you this is a support group and it cut across all geographical and party lines in the nation. Is the personality and deeds of Buhari, we are after to promote, and as it happened, he is in APC party, there we are too.
National Enquirer: Some people interpret his anti-corruption war as a mechanism to witch- hunt the Opposition?
How can it be witch-hunting? when you are asked to return what you have stolen? Look into the case of Former Petroleum Minister, Mrs. Allison Madueke , nearly, she left the National purse empty. Ok, Dasuki case, he diverted money meant to fight insurgency and shared it among them. At the first instance, you as a Journalist have to ask yourself, “Has the money been actually stolen? Yes. Then why are we calling catching the thief and asking him to return the loots, witch-hunting? Let those detractors, go back and study the word “witch-hunting” very well. He has never witch-hunt anyone. We the youth know better now, of who is who.
National Enquirer: Fulani herdsmen menace, and Benue State has been , seems targeted and is worst hit, and Mr. President kept mum?
Comrd. Norbert: Mr. President is a very busy person. He can’t be everywhere, but he has spoken many times condemning the acts, and even deployed military and Para-military apparatus to ensure the place is secured, and culprits caught. As I am speaking to you now, Mr. President is in Benue State on visit to the area and meeting the affected communities.
National Enquirer: Which part of Nigeria are you from?
Comrd. Norbert: I am a Nigerian first, from Igbo ancestry. Irrespective of tribal or religious affiliations, we have been going round showcasing his achievements across all the 36 states of the nation, converting followers and supporters as we go, by enlightening them of what Mr. President has done so far and why he needs eight years to consolidate on war against corruption, insecurity and developmental infrastructures he initiated.
In my candid opinion, President Buhari should be given a chance to complete his 2nd term. He needs eight years to consolidate and revamping decayed infrastructures, war against corruption and insecurity in this country.
National Enquirer: what is your general message to Nigerians and to your people?
Comrd. Norbert: My message to my people especially, their kind of politics cannot work. Take the indigenous Party, APGA, only in one state. My advice to them, is for them to extend the hands of fellowship to all regions and that they should know is only through APC that they can achieve Igbo Presidency agenda, so let them come out massively to back President Buhari continuation beyond 2019 and join APC Party where a hopeful future is. We Igbos in APC Party has a better deal with President Muhammadu Buhari.
National Enquirer: Can we talk about your incoming events?
Yes. We are holding an event on 21st April 2018 titled “ 1 million march for President Buhari” venue, Eagle Square.
Comrd. Norbert: Then award giving ceremony to deserved Buhari Supporters and Democracy warriors, supporters’ signatures for President Buhari will be collected and compiled that day too.
Besides, on 25 of March 2018, we will be inaugurating Local Organizing Committee for the group and event.
National Enquirer: Is a pleasure speaking with you?
Comrd. Norbert: Thank you for your time.
The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted normal onset and cessation of rainfall in many parts of Nigeria in its 2018 Seasonal Rainfall Prediction (SRP).
Director-General, Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), Prof. Sani Mashi
The Director-General, NiMet, Prof. Sani Mashi, disclosed this during the public presentation of the agency’s 2018 SRP in Abuja on Tuesday. Director-General, Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), Prof. Sani Mashi Mashi, however, stated that though normal rainfall amounts are expected this year, dry spells during the rainy season may be severe, especially in some parts of the North. He said that earliest onset is expected to be from March 1st around the coastal region of the South-South.
Mashi added that places like Sokoto, Bauchi, Lafia, Makurdi, Ado-Ekiti, Calabar and Eket are also expected to experience early onsets, while places like Yelwa, Bida, Abuja, Iseyin, Abeokuta, Lagos and Umuahia are expected to experience late onset. Other parts of the country were expected to have normal onset.
According to him, cessation dates of the rains in 2018 are predicted to start from September 28 in the North West and reach the coastal states around December 19. “The ending of the growing season is expected to commence from September 28. The earliest cessation date is expected to start from September 28th.
Unveiling of the book 2018 Seasonal Rainfall Prediction (SRP)
This will occur around Sokoto and Katsina. “Cessation of the growing season is expected to be normal across most parts of the country. Early cessation is anticipated over Jos, Ibi, Uyo, Ikeja. Cessation will, however, be a little delayed over parts of Ibadan, Ondo, and Warri,” he said. Mashi informed that the SRP aimed at minimizing potential risks and damages from weather and climate hazards, mitigate and adapt to the effects of the weather hazards on food, lives, installations, environment and the economy.
He, however, added that the 2018 SRP despite forecasting normal rainfall in parts of the country does not rule out the possibility of isolated flash floods due to high intensity rainfall at the peak of the season, especially in areas that are naturally prone to flooding.
Against that backdrop, the Minister of State (Aviation), Senator Hadi Sirika, while making his remarks, expressed disappointment that the 2017 predictions NiMet released about the likelihood of flooding several months earlier was neglected and adequate preparations were not made for the floods that inflicted heavy devastation across the country when it came later in the year.
He urged all stakeholders to take necessary precautions to reduce the negative impacts of possible flooding, especially on agriculture, water resources and environment sector.
The senator Kaduna Central Senatorial District in the senate has revealed that the governor of the state is a tyrant and if Tinubu fails in reconciling aggrieved members, there will be mass defection from APC.Senator Shehu SaniSenator Shehu Sani explains his rift with Kaduna State Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai, its genesis and how it has mutated and now involves Senator Hunkuyi, creating a sharp division within the ruling All Progressives Congress in the state. Sani, who was a pro-democracy and human rights activist before coming to the National Assembly, represents Kaduna Central Senatorial District and chairs the Ad hoc Committee of the Senate, which investigated former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr.Babachir Lawal, for breach of the Public Procurement Act and for abuse of his official position.In your opinion, what precipitated the worsening of the crisis in Kaduna chapter of APC which resulted into demolition of a house of a senator aligned to your faction of the party?The Kaduna APC crisis came in different stages- the one that began with me and the one that is continuing with Senator Hunkuyi and others. There are both ideological and political differences between me and (Governor) El-Rufai. He came from a political establishment. For the 16 years of PDP rule, he spent 13 years as a PDP man, he was never known until 1999 when he was appointed the DG of Bureau of Public Enterprises and later, Minister for FCT. This was a man who used to call Obasanjo his mentor and he used to call (Late) Umar Yar’Adua his mentor and teacher and he used to call Jonathan Goodluck his very good leader, and now, it is Buhari. What I know is that the Nasir- el Rufai that betrayed Atiku, betrayed Obasanjo, Jonathan, Atiku will also betray Buhari.But the relationship between you and the governor seemed to have kicked off on a good note as members and aspirants on the platform of APCA: No, I came from a social, political movement and he came from the political establishment and then we found ourselves in APC. I was not his favourite candidate for the Senate. His favourite candidate was then the incumbent candidateBut there was this information that he supported you financially with about N109 million during the campaign…A: Oh my God! We live in a world of Google now. If you Google Nasir, you will see where he generally said that he supported General Saleh. We are not in 1960, we are not in 1950. Check the interview he granted in 2016 to Vanguard newspaper where he said he supported General Saleh. So, which one are you going to believe – what his aides say or what he said personally? And as far as I am concerned, you can check my Facebook posts, I said it very clearly, that I would not give and delegate any kobo to win election. Vote for me based on my ideas and principles and I was voted in that manner. I didn’t say that in a room or just inside my mind. I said it publicly.The next thing I want you to understand is that the APC raised funds for its campaign, the election centrally with the support of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Bukola Saraki and other business moguls. That money was shared to all the 36 states and put in custody of the gubernatorial candidates to pay agents of the party. Did we pay the people who voted for us? No, we didn’t. Did we give them some incentives to vote for us? No, we didn’t. We differ politically and ideologically. He has a different candidate who I defeated at the primary and from then, when it comes to sharing positions of offices in the state, he gave those positions to the person I defeated. But he removed him recently from the position he gave him when he (Senator Saleh) went against him. Senator Saleh was the Senator from 2011 to 2015 and El-Rufai wanted him to be the senator from 2015 to 2019, but I defeated him. But to compensate him, El-rufai gave him the position of Chairman of Kaduna State House of Assembly Commission. But when General Saleh attended our meeting just some days ago, he sacked him. And he also sacked all political appointees that owe allegiance to Senator Hunkuyi and Saleh. Luckily for me, I don’t have one political appointee in his government, so there is nobody to sack.Many things happened in the past three years. First of all, he induced members of my ward to issue a fictitious suspension against me, a suspension that has no constitutional value in the party, but was only done for the purpose of just announcing it to embarrass me publicly. And I also warned Senator Hunkuyi that we are heading to tyranny, but he never agreed with me until two years after when the fangs of the tyrant in Kaduna now descended on him.Many things happened in the past three years. First of all, he induced members of my ward to issue a fictitious suspension against me, a suspension that has no constitutional value in the party, but was only done for the purpose of just announcing it to embarrass me publicly. And I also warned Senator Hunkuyi that we are heading to tyranny, but he never agreed with me until two years after when the fangs of the tyrant in Kaduna now descended on him.After my purported suspension, first, for eleven months, then indefinite suspension and Nasir discovered that that would not give him the peace he needs because I simply kept on my activities, the next thing he did was to send his agents to start moving round the schools which I attended from primary school, secondary to the Polytechnic to even the NYSC, trying to see whether I forged my documents or not.I have all their correspondences and letters and the contacts which they have made with my schools. That also did not work. The next thing was that my constituency office was attacked eleven times by thugs, but that was not enough. And now, they moved to organising protests, spending heavy amounts of money on radio, trying to destroy my reputation and incite people against me, but that also did not work. They went around, planting stories that I am anti-Buhari and I said I can criticise Buhari, I don’t hide my views, I am not a hypocrite nor am I a sycophant. That also did not work. The next thing that happened was that my own personal house was also attacked and the one that happened some weeks ago was the attempt to frame my own aides in a murder case. But that also has not worked.I do not believe that people should be punished for their ideas or for dissenting, because I am a chief dissenter myself. But you cannot be in the Senate where you have the opportunity to disagree and you walk out to go and call press conference and make false allegations against people. I am not elected into the Senate to be pro or anti-Buhari. A senator has a set of rules and order to which he is duty bound to comply with. But when you tag somebody as being anti-Buhari, all you are trying to do is to whip up sentiment against that person and create a lot of issues for that person.What led to the opening of the new APC Secretariat located in the building which has now been demolished?Now, I and Senator Hunkuyi agreed that, this party is not working because he too becomes a victim of the man he has been working with. And then, we said we should open our own APC office because what Nasir did after he won the 2015 election was to appoint 18 of the 26 members of the Kaduna APC into his cabinet, leaving the party empty. And by the constitution of the party, those persons appointed into political offices have virtually lost their seats in the party. And now, having seen that the party is empty, he started appointing people to various positions within it which is against what the constitution of the party says. There must be a mini convention or a consensus before that can be done. But he also handed over the party office to his political adviser, so that it got to a point that you don’t even have a party.As a journalist, if I asked you, please, show me any clip, on radio, TV, audio or newspaper of the acting chairman of Kaduna APC, you would not have any. The person that is supposed to be the chairman of the party now is Danladi Wada who is on our own side. But he brought somebody called Shuaibu Laoje. The only thing he does at APC meeting is opening prayer and closing prayer. Apart from that, he doesn’t know anything.So, when it comes to the point of going to the media, the governor will hide Shuaibu Laoje and will bring an acting Secretary or the acting publicity secretary to speak on behalf of the party. That is what they have been doing.The chairman of the party became the deputy governor of the state, so the party now is only having a deputy chairman who happens to be Danladi who is on our side. But Nasir said he cannot be the chairman because he is our candidate. He brought Laoje and for the past two and a half years, you journalists have never seen him because the man cannot express himself. He is simply a decoy. If we say this is our deputy chairman and you say this is your own deputy chairman, that’s okay, but please, let’s bring them together and let’s see who is better.But the argument was that the move by your faction to set up the new APC Secretariat and even the purported suspension of Governor El-Rufai done before then was because the President set up a committee headed by Asiwaju Tinubu to reconcile party chapters where there are crises across the states. The claim was that your group hurriedly set up the secretariat to gain an advantage in the reconciliation process…?If Nasir thinks we are irrelevant, why did he move bulldozer there? If you think and believe that the masses of Kaduna State are with you and these people are simply rabble rousers, why move the bulldozer there? So, what he did was to simply engineer his own faction to suspend me for two and a half years. He used his own party to suspend Senator Hunkuyi and the two groups that were set up – the Akida and the Restoration Group. He even expelled them from the party. But when his own suspension came for six months, he lost his senses, rationality, sense of reasoning and moved a bulldozer against our office. But what we are telling him is that the message has been sent. Nasir in Kaduna is fighting a lot of people – he is fighting traditional rulers, Muslim religious leaders, Christian religious leaders, labour market women, the political class- almost everybody. So, with that kind of person, how do we win the 2019 election?Will this infighting not affect the chances of APC in the 2019 general elections?Yes, Kaduna State is the only state with a PDP Senator in North West. Ten local governments out of 23 are effectively under the control of PDP. So, what becomes of the other local governments that are under APC, but are not united? So, if this disunity continues, it is going to affect us. If he (El-Rufai) believes in Tinubu, why is he moving a bulldozer? We are saying that nobody could have addressed the problems of APC except the President himself because the governors are party to the crisis, the Senators, Reps are party to the crisis, the party itself is also a part of the crisis.How far can Tinubu or the three-man committee led by former Governor Segun Oni go in solving the crisis afflicting Kaduna APC?I can tell you when you are talking of reconciliation and peace in APC, there are some fires that Tinubu can extinguish with a cup of water and there are some fires he has to use a bucket of water and there are some fires, he has to pipe an ocean in order to extinguish. There are areas Tinubu can have some achievements. But he can only make that achievement if the parties are prepared to make peace. If one party is prepared for peace and the other party is not, there cannot be peace. But it is better late than never- this reconciliation ought to have been done since last year, but it appears that even Tinubu himself is aggrieved and has been sidelined in the affairs of the government. But now, inviting him to tackle this problem, I believe that if he succeeds, he will bring the APC family together and they will be stronger.In the event that the reconciliation fails in Kaduna APC, are you thinking of jumping ship to another party, because there are even speculations that you are preparing to contest the governorship on the platform of another party?A: I can tell you that if Tinubu fails, there is going to be mass defection from APC.Is it true that you have your eyes on the governorship of Kaduna State?I have the constitutional rights to contest if I want to. But as things are now, we need to put our ambitions in our pockets and allow the process of reconciliation to continue because reconciliation cannot go on with ambitions and bulldozers. Even, before you have peace in war situations, you must have a ceasefire. For now, we are giving a grace of time for Tinubu to succeed. If he succeeds, the outcome of the deliberations will form the roadmap for the future of the party and if he fails, we will simply apply our senses.It is always good to look at the messenger and the message. Governor El-Rufai is the chief architect of that committee because he wants political relevance. How can an APC that promised restructuring only think of restructuring when it is a year to an election? Documents of that committee is more or less a campaign document for 2018. There will be no restructuring, you can quote me.
A member of the All Progressives Congress who is a senator might have found himself in trouble after a court gave an order for his arrest.Andy UbaA Federal High Court presided over by Justice Binta Murtala Nyako has granted an exparte application compelling the Inspector-General of Police to arrest and prosecute Senator Andy Uba over allegation of certificate forgery.According to the report by LeadershipNG, in the order signed by Justice Nyako and dated March 8, 2018, the court said, “That leave is granted to the applicant to apply for the issuance of an order of mandamus compelling the 1st respondent to arrest, investigate and commence criminal proceedings in respect of forgery charges involving Senator Emmanuel Nnamdi also known as Andy Uba upon which a letter was written to the 1st respondent dated 12th February, 2018, urging him to exercise his power under Section 4 of the Police Act and other relevant laws.“That leave is granted to the applicant to apply for the issuance of an order of mandamus compelling the 2nd respondent to arrest investigate and commence criminal proceedings in respect of forgery charges involving Senator Nnamdi Uba also known as Andy Uba, upon which a letter was written to the 2nd respondent dated 12th February, 2018 urging him to exercise his powers under Section 174 (1) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended”.Recall that a civil society organisation, Anti-Corruption and Integrity Forum, through their lawyer, Amobi Nzelu, in suit number FHC/ABJ/CS/175/2018 dragged theIGP and the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice before the court, asking it to order the arrest of the senator. In the order, the judge asked the plaintiff to put the defendants on notice and adjourned the case to 26th March, 2018.In the affidavit in support of the motion on notice, deposed to by Ikechukwu Godswill Nwaozichi, the deponent said on April 24th, 2017, the law firm of Anthony Agbolahor wrote a letter to the IGP oon behalf of Chief Victor Uwajeh, regarding the alleged fake West African. Examination Council Certificate of the senator.He also said based on the letter, the IGP directed the office of the DIG in charge of criminal Intelligence and Investigation department to investigate the matter.He said based on the directive, the office of the DIG wrote a letter to the Registrar of WAEC to confirm the authenticity of the certificate.“That the West African Examination Council responded to the said letter wherein it stated clearly that the certificate was not issued from their office. The said response from West African examination Council is attached and marked exhibit D.“That based on the said response from the Registrar of the West African Examination Council, the Deputy Inspector General of Police Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department, through the office of the Senate President, requesting Senator Emmanuel Nnammdi Uba also known as Andy Uba to see him for interview on the 31st of August 2017. The said letter is attached and marked exhibit E.“That the said interview never held due to the intervening circumstances arising from the letter written by the 1st respondent to the Deputy Inspector General of Police Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigating Department on the matter”.
The Governor of Anambra state, Willie Obiano has relieved about 18 commissioners and other appointees of their duties with immediate effect.Governor Willie Obiano18 commissioners including political appointees in ministries, departments and agencies have been fired by the Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano. This was made public in a letter signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Solo Chukwulobelu.The Governor ordered the affected officers to hand over to permanent secretaries of their respective ministries, departments and agencies or to the most senior civil servants in the absence of permanent secretaries.The memo directed the affected appointees to hand over any project/vehicles in their possession to the office of the Secretary to the State Government on or before Friday, 16th March, 2018.The memo read,”His Excellency, Chief (Dr.) Willie Obiano, Governor of Anambra State, has directed that all political appointees and non-civil servants, heads of MDAs in the state submit their hand over notes/reports on or before Friday, 16th March, 2018 to the Permanent Secretary of their respective MDAs, or to the most senior civil servant there in the absence of a Permanent Secretary.“All SSAs/SAs are to submit their handover notes/reports to the Permanent Secretary, Office of the SSG.“A copy of the handover note/report must be submitted to the Secretary to the State Government on or before Friday, 16th March, 2018.“Further to the above, political appointees and non-civil servants, heads of MDAs and SSAs/SAs under reference, are to also hand over any government project/utility vehicles in their custody to the Permanent Secretary, Office of the Secretary to the State Government on or before Friday, 16th March 2018.“The contents of this letter are for your attention and necessary actions, as I assure you of my high regards.”The memo was copied to the office of the deputy governor, among others.Senior Special Assistant to the governor on media, Mr. Oliver Okpala, confirmed the development, saying, “It’s the proper thing to do in the circumstance.”“When a government is transiting to a new term, it’s proper to disengage all those who served in the former tenure.“Governor Willie Obiano will start his second term on 17th of March. So, all those who served in the first term should go.“If the governor wants to reappoint anybody, then it is a fresh contract. So, the disengagement of the political appointees is normal and proper,” Okpala added.Obiano was re-elected on 18th of November, 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari and the Senate might soon clash over his refusal to sign the Peace Corps Bill into law.President Muhammadu BuhariThe Nigerian Senate has drawn a battle-line with the presidency following President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to withhold assent to the bill establishing Peace Corps of Nigeria.This followed the adoption of a Point of Order raised by Sen. Dino Melaye during plenary.Relying on the Senate rules, Melaye urged the Senate to revisit the bill with a view to veto the president if he failed to rescind his rejection of the bill.President Buhari had cited duplication of duty and funding challenges in declining assent to the Nigerian Peace Corps (Establishment) Bill, 2017 recently passed by the National Assembly.However, Melaye said that the bill should be given priority by Buhari.“The same thing happened when the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) was to be established; there was also the same complaint that there was no money and all of that.“But today we can see the advantages of the civil defence and how they have helped in safeguarding the government infrastructure.“About 5.5 billion dollars was borrowed from euro bond; what part of it will the youths of this country benefit from.“About one billion dollars is to be spent on security and how does this affect the youth of this country.“Without fear or favour, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in 16 years, borrowed N6 trillion and this government in three years, has borrowed N11 trillion but there is no specific programme that will empower the youth.“Also, N500 billion was earmarked for the social investment programme of the Federal Government but we have not seen any impact.“If the Peace Corps is given an opportunity to exist, thousands will be employed and this will help to fight unemployment in this country.“We may need to write Mr president to review his position if not we have the power on behalf of the Nigerian youths who voted us to veto him so that people will become the ultimate beneficiaries of this bill.“The youth of this country must be given priority and they must be respected,’’ Melaye said.
Daniel Donald Onjeh at the middle with wife and friends
Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, Minister, Dr. Christopher Ogbonnaya Onu today, 8th March 2018 at Abuja, inaugurated a new Governing Council for the institution, with Daniel Donald Onjeh assuming the position of the Chairman of the Research Institute.
Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, Minister, Dr. Christopher Ogbonnaya Onu
Project Development Institute, Enugu (PRODA), National Research Institute was initially established in 1971 by the government of the defunct East Central State, later adopted as one of the parastals under the Federal ministry of Science and Technology in 1977; making it one of the oldest research institutes under the ministry. The institute’s broad mandate is to conduct innovative, cross-cutting research and development on industrial materials and process to pilot plant stages, including engineering design and fabrication.
Comrade Onjeh, while responding on behalf of the other governing board members, appreciated the Mr. President, Muhammadu Buhari for finding him and his team worthy to serve as Chairman/ Governing Council members of the one of the oldest Nigeria Research institute. He failed not to commend the Management and staff of the institute for keeping the ball running despite challenges confronting the institute, however, without Governing Board for past three years while keeping the set mandate.
“My sincere appreciation goes to our able President, Muhammadu Buhari for believing in me and deem it worthy appoint me for this assignment, is a demonstration of this Government’s efforts aim at building strong institutions of Governance, and by extension, improving the quality of Policy formulation and supervision. PRODA has operated without a Governing Board for the past three years, and we must commend the Management and staff of the institute for their tireless efforts at keeping faith with the mandate of the institute against all odds. There are many challenges facing the institute, centered on inadequate funding which is not only peculiar to PRODA. Every parastatal across the three tiers of government in Nigeria, is grasping with the same challenge.”
Ex- President of National Executive Council of NANS, comrade Onjeh went further to pledge to tackle those challenges with head long and reposition the institute under his chairmanship to better sustainable future.
“However, the inauguration today of the governing board of PRODA, under my chairmanship will herald a new dawn at the institute. We will hit the ground running and tinker with policies and programmes of the institute, in order to proffer solutions to its current challenges and reposition the agency in line with its mandate. The Board will also look out for emerging or likely future challenges, and work assiduously to offer- far reaching solutions.”
He also emphasized that despite the challenges faced, the institute was poised to be the cradle for Nigeria’s technological self-reliance as it relates to machinery and equipment design as industrial and consumer appliances research hub and yet provides consultancy and training services for Armed Forces, tertiary institutions, corporate bodies and individuals.
He appreciated the Mr. President for the inauguration of the council and caliber of persons appointed to work with him, a body he acknowledged was crucial for the smooth running of the institute. He charged Nigerians and world at large to expect nothing but positive results from their stewardship at PRODA.
Onjeh gave the assurance on behalf of other Council members that their decision shall be driven by justice, fairness, equity, humanness and fear of God.
“With God on our side, I believe that there is no obstacle impossible to mount.” He quoted.
Pastor Sam Adeyemi, has given his views on payment of tithe by Christians, saying that curses attached to the failure to pay tithe have expired and only worked in the Old Testament.
While preaching on the subject of giving during a church service on Sunday, February 25, the Senior Pastor of Daystar Christian Centre, Samuel Adeyemi, shared his thoughts on the growing debate on tithe and offering, describing the law on tithe as recorded in the Old Testament as an expired law which has no relevance in the New Dispensation.
According to Church Times Nigeria, the influential cleric urged his listeners and congregants not to entertain any guilt for not paying tithe adding that “People should not give out of fear”
He said he personally took interest in the tithe debate, did a lot of study and came to the conclusion that God is not angry with anybody that does not pay tithe neither is the person under any form of curse.
He said, “I have been following the tithe debate. I discovered that it has been an age long debate and it will be on for a long time. My first observation is that church people are behaving as if we own the word tithe.
“We don’t own the word. It is an English word. I want to say clearly that tithe as practiced under the law of Moses has expired. The death and resurrection of Jesus has put paid to it. It has expired.”
While explaining that there are different types of tithe he said, “All the requirements of the law were satisfied under Christ. It is a gamble to say Jesus never paid tithe. The fact that it was not written that Jesus paid tithe does not mean he did not do it.
“I can also claim that Jesus did not go to the toilet because it is not written. 18 years of his life were not recorded in the Bible. When he was born his parents satisfied the requirements of the law. John 21v25 says there are many things he did that were not recorded. Jesus did not say it was wrong to pay tithe in his day.”
Pastor Adeyemi however stressed again at the risk of repeating himself that Tithing as it is in the law has expired.
He noted, “The law of the spirit of life in Christ has made us free. Romans 8 clearly tells us that we are free. No Christian should feel guilty for not paying tithe. There is nothing you can add to what Jesus did to be qualified before God. When Jesus said it is finished it was finished. Gal 3v13 says Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law.
“A Christian is not cursed because he or she did not pay tithe. A Christian should not give out of fear. A Christian should give out of love. We are free from guilt, from fear. We are in a dispensation of grace.”
He however warned that though we live under grace man will have to bear the consequences of his action. “If you commit murder, you realise what you did and you repent God will forgive you. But bear in mind that Police will arrest you and prosecute you. The forgiveness of God does not remove the consequences of our action.
“You are free to decide what to give. But if you sow sparingly you will reap sparingly. Tithing as practiced under the law has expired but tithing as a general principle cannot expire. A Christian is free to give any percentage of his money. But just bear in mind that 10 percent is still part of the number. If somebody chooses to give 10 percent he should not be condemned and if he gives less or more than that he has a right to decide on what to do”
If men who approaches me for friendship know my actual age, they wouldn’t come close or show interest in me-Empress NjamahNollywood actress Empress Njamah stated she ‘feels offended’ when younger men woo her. The actress is currently single and gets a lot of attention from the opposite sex. However, a lot of the attention comes from younger men who do not realise her age.
In an interview we Sunday Scoop she stated: “A lot of men in their twenties say they admire me and want to date me. I am sure most of them think I am really young. Sometimes, I find it annoying because if they know my actual age, they wouldn’t come close or show interest in me.Nollywood actress Empress Njamah stated she ‘feels offended’ when younger men woo her. The actress is currently single and gets a lot of attention from the opposite sex. However, a lot of the attention comes from younger men who do not realise her age.
In an interview we Sunday Scoop she stated: “A lot of men in their twenties say they admire me and want to date me. I am sure most of them think I am really young. Sometimes, I find it annoying because if they know my actual age, they wouldn’t come close or show interest in me.“When people say I look like a lady in her twenties, I just smile. I am actually in my thirties. when people ask me what I do to look the way I do, I struggle to give an answer. I guess it is just the grace of God because I don’t do anything special.”Asked about her future plans she said: “For people who know me well, I don’t talk too much. I believe actions speak louder than words and that has been my approach to life. I am satisfied with all that I achieved last year. I am also an entrepreneur. I have a boutique where I sell ladies’ wear and accessories. I wouldn’t be honest if I say there are no challenges, but I thank God for the strength to overcome them.”“When people say I look like a lady in her twenties, I just smile. I am actually in my thirties. when people ask me what I do to look the way I do, I struggle to give an answer. I guess it is just the grace of God because I don’t do anything special.”Asked about her future plans she said: “For people who know me well, I don’t talk too much. I believe actions speak louder than words and that has been my approach to life. I am satisfied with all that I achieved last year. I am also an entrepreneur. I have a boutique where I sell ladies’ wear and accessories. I wouldn’t be honest if I say there are no challenges, but I thank God for the strength to overcome them.”
“We all sadly make the mistake of thinking that this is what God wants and God says ‘No, that’s not what I want.’ It’s time to live biblically-Benny Hinn
Benny Hinn makes shocking revelations about pastors preaching prosperity, flying private jets.
Popular Israeli televangelist, Benny Hinn, has faulted pastors, whose sermons only focus on prosperity and living ostentatiously.
Benny Hinn, while reflecting on Billy Graham’s death in a Facebook Live broadcast, called on preachers of the gospel to stop living extravagant lives and start living according to God’s instruction.
According to him, everything should be about Jesus not other extravagant things, adding that he has never flown a private jet in his life.
“We get attacked for preaching prosperity, well it’s in the Bible, but I think some have gone to the extreme with it sadly, and it’s not God’s word what is taught and I think I’m as guilty as others. Sometimes you go a little farther than you really need to go and then God brings you back to normality and reality,” Hinn, 65, said
He admitted that as he has grown older and come to understand the Bible more, he now realizes that some of the things he learned from preachers when he was growing up weren’t biblical and the popular interpretation of the prosperity gospel — the teaching that believers have a right to the blessings of health and wealth and that they can obtain these blessings through positive confessions of faith and the “sowing of seeds” through the faithful payments of tithes and offerings is one of those things.
“The more you know the Bible the more you become biblically based and more balanced in your opinions and your thoughts because we are influenced. When I was younger I was influenced by the preachers who taught whatever they taught. But as I’ve lived longer I’m thinking wait a minute, you know this doesn’t fit totally with the Bible and it doesn’t fit with the reality. So what is prosperity? No lack. I’ve said this before.
“Did Elijah the prophet have a car? No. Did not even have a bicycle. He had no lack … Did Jesus drive a car or live in a mansion? No. He had no lack. How about the apostles? None lacked among them.
“Today, the idea is abundance and palatial homes and cars and bank accounts. The focus is wrong … It’s so wrong.”
“I mean forgive me. People have accused me of things that aren’t even real. One guy wrote a comment ‘Oh he’s worth 40 million.’ Oh how I wish. I would give it all to the Kingdom before God Almighty.
“‘Well he flies private jets,’” he continued mimicking criticism. “No, I don’t. I have not flown private in dear God years. I fly commercial just like anyone else.
“We all sadly make the mistake of thinking that this is what God wants and God says ‘No, that’s not what I want.’ It’s time to live biblically. You know it all comes down to one thing. Do we love Jesus, yes or no? If we love Jesus then it’s all about Jesus. If we don’t love Jesus then it’s about other things.
Hinn was one of six televangelists, who were part of a 2007 Senate inquiry that raised questions about the personal use of church-owned airplanes, luxury homes and credit cards by pastors and their families, and expressed concerns about the lack of oversight of finances by boards often packed with the televangelists’ relatives and friends. No definitive findings of wrongdoing were made.
Mrs. Veronica Moro
The immediate past Federal Minister of Interior, Comrade Patrick Abbah Moro is bereaved as he loses his amiable partner, Mrs Veronica Moro nee Ondoma to painful hands of death at earl hours of yesterday.
Comrd. Abba Moro receiving Sen. David Mark at his residence
Comrd. Moro speaking with Elder Noah McDickson
Hon. Emmanuel Pronto Ameh discussing with Noah Mcdickson
Among the early callers at his Abuja residence were the former Senate President, David Mark, Member, House of Reps. Otukpo/ Ohimini, Federal House of Rep. Aspirant, Chief Mike Audu , Hon. Ezekiel Adaji, Former Rector, Benue Polytechnic, Ambassador Ogbe Obande, APC Chairmanship hopeful, Elder McDickson Noah, two time Councillor, Ugbokolo Ward, Hon. Emmanuel Pronto Ameh, Member, House of Reps. Hon Samson Okwu, former Member, House of Reps.Hon Dave Idoko, Dr Christy Ekoja, Barr. Peter Ofikwu, Hon. Solomon Aboh aka Solo One, Comptroller of Immigration, William Oche, Comrade Tom Idoko, Clement D Usman, Chairman, Effa Development Community, Hon. Friday Agodo Iwodi Friday Adogo, Barr Johnwayne John-Wayne Anejo, Ameh Adoyi Ofikwu, Ameh Chris, Prince Leonard Pius Ocheuje, Dr Paul Orhil, Former DG, NAFDAC, Comrd. Austeen Ochiga, Inans Ochiga, Mr Owoicho Anefu, Mrs Patricia Anefu, amongst others.
Kano State APC party is poised ready to deliver over 5 million votes to President Buhari come 2019- Hon. Alhassan Ado Doguwa.
The Chief Whip of the Federal House of Representatives, Hon. Alhassan Ado Doguwa, Congressman representing Tudun Wada/ Doguwa constituency at 8th Nigeria National Assembly speaking after casting his vote at Ragada Ward A polling booth yesterday during Kano State Local Government election.
“For what you have seen here today, the massive turn-out of voters, the patience and devotion waiting to cast their votes, must have shown you all that Kano State APC party is poised ready to deliver again over 5 million votes to President Buhari come 2019 reelection.”
He reinstated the state party commitment towards ensuring President Buhari reelection 2019, if he ever decides to run again.
According to him the state party members are putting it in reality by their voluminous supports and votes, the promise they made to the President Buhari during his visit to the state last year, due to developmental strides of the present administration in the state and federal level.
Hon. Ali Abdu Aliyu Doguwa, APC candidate contesting for the the Doguwa Local Government Area Chairmanship position was later emerged a winner of the election, with 58,645 valid votes.
The two-timer administrator on his good message after the victory, thanked the supporters who voted him in, and pledged to carry everyone irrespective of the party affiliation to ensure unity, peace and progress within the communities.
He seized the opportunity to divulged that, having served as care-taker committee and now democratically elected to the same post, will enable to consummate some on-going projects he started as well enough time to initiate new ones.
Despite PDP party eschewal, the turn out was surprising and void of violence.
A Northwest University professor in Kano state has alleged that Benue state belongs to Fulani herdsmen through conquest.Professor Umar Labdo MuhammadProfessor Umar Labdo Muhammad of the Faculty of Humanities, Northwest University, Kano has started another controversy after alleging that Benue State belongs to the Fulani by right of conquest.Making the allegation, the University Don in an article he shared on Facebook said: “BENUE STATE BELONGS TO THE FULANI BY RIGHT OF CONQUEST”Benue State belongs to the Fulani people by right of conquest. This is because half of the state is part of the Bauchi Emirate and the other half is part of the Adamawa Emirate. Benue is therefore part and parcel of the Sokoto Caliphate.So no one has the right to expel the Fulani from Benue under any guise.Second to the Arabs, perhaps the Fulani are the most benevolent and merciful conquerors in history. If they had applied the Nazi final solution to the natives, or if they had treated them the same way the European settlers treated Red Indians in North America or the Aborigines in Australia, the story would have been different toady.The Fulani are the largest single nation in West Africa and, perhaps, on the whole continent and they have remained unbeatable throughout their history.You can hate the Fulani, you can call them all sort of names, you can blackmail their spineless political leaders, you can conspire to wipe out the entire Fulani leadership in a single day, you can stage a coup and “orkarize” (excise) the core Fulani states from Nigeria, you can hate them to he’ll, but you can never beat them.Fulani’s main problem remains their meek, spineless, incompetent leaders that have lost all sense of responsibility and abandoned their people. But this problem, thank God, is not insurmountable. The Fulani are capable of changing their leaders: traditional, political, religious and cultural (I mean by cultural those so-called Fulani socio-cultural organizations that eat fat on the Fulani but cannot champion their cause or defend their rights). They have done this in the past and are capable of doing it again..”However, Muhammad has come under severe criticism as many people have attacked him saying he wants to re-write history.Peters Ichull on Facebook responding said: “The first thing to prove this gargantuan lie is the fact that all Fulani conquered slaves were forced to accept their religion, it was a package. That Tiv are predominantly Christians proves they were at no time in history conquered by Fulanis. Instead, knowing the valor of Tiv, Fulani courted their friendship in order to have safe passage through their territories. The valor of Tiv has been proved in all wars they fought along with Fulani, from Europen wars to the Nigerian civil war.This friendship continued until an impure breed of the Fulani emerged with menacing swords to unleash violence and desecrate a long standing friendship with Tiv. It’s this breed with their greed that is hell bent on ruining this nation with speed.”
Ahead of the upcoming 2019 presidential election, Donald Duke, Charles Soludo, Olisa Agbakoba, Tafawa Balewa, and Prof. Pat Utomi, have formed a pro-democracy movement and revealed that they are committed to changing the political order.Donald DukeNigeria Intervention Movement (NIM), which has former Cross River State governor, Donald Duke, former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Charles Soludo, Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Olisa Agbakoba, Tafawa Balewa, and Prof. Pat Utomi, as members, has vowed to rescue Nigeria in 2019.The group said it would be providing an alternative to the All Progressives Congress (APC), and the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP).Former Education Minister, Mrs. Oby Ezekwesili is also a member of the group, including former Information minister, Frank Nweke Jnr, Col. Abubakar Umar (retd), Ayo Obe, Rabiu Ishyaku Rabiu, former presidential adviser, Akin Osuntokun.A statement from the NIM secretariat in Abuja, yesterday, described the group as a pro-democracy movement and pressure group of like-minded Nigerians who are committed to changing the political order, which has failed to fashion a Nigeria that works for all.“NIM is concerned that the political elite, since independence, and particularly, since the exit of the military from visible power in 1999, has proved that it is ill-equipped and unprepared for the challenge of transforming our nation from its under-developed status to one that is prosperous and can create a veritable environment for the realisation of its citizens’ potentials and well-being.“It is clear that the political elite, as currently represented by the two dominant political parties, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressive Congress (APC), among others, have failed Nigerians, for lack of clear Ideology and principle on how to run the country.“Concerned that left to their schemes and antics, this class of entrenched leaders will lead Nigeria into a state of indescribable human misery, characterised by death, hunger, disease, illiteracy and manipulation.“Therefore, the NIM, being unable to continue to stand aloof, has decided to create a third political force, a platform to mobilise all citizens of goodwill and conscience towards engendering a new political system and culture in Nigeria, capable of bringing about the desired opportunities for all to actualise their dreams and potentialities; a nation where no man or group is oppressed.”The statement noted that to drive NIM’s vision are: Dr. Olisa Agbakoba (Co-Chair); Dr. Jhalil Tafawa Balewa (Co-Chair); Professor Pat Utomi (Deputy Chair); Rabiu Ishyaku Rabiu (Deputy Chair); Comrade Isah Aremu (Deputy Chair) and Chief Akin Osuntokun (Deputy Chair).Other officers include Hajia Aisha Aliyu (Women Leader), Mr Dayo Israel (Youth Leader), Dr Osagie Obayuwana (Legal Adviser), Hajia Shetu Alfa Ibrahim (Treasurer), Mallam Naseer Kura (Publicity Secretary), Col. Abubakar Umar Dangiwa (Ex -Officio), Dr Oby Ezekwesili (Ex -Officio) and Mrs Ayo Obe (Ex-Officio), Sir Olawale Okunniyi (National Secretary/Director General).Chairmen of standing committees are: Mr Donald Duke (Finance Committee); Prof Jibrin Ibrahim (Ideology Commission); Comrade Najeem Usman (Political Commission); Mallam Tanko Yinusa (Mobilisation); Mr Wale Ajani (Students & Youth); Mr Taiwo Akinola (Diaspora Commission); Mr Tony Uranta (Strategy & Engagement) and Mallam Shittu Kabir (Contact/Logistics).
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