Elder statesman, Edwin Clark, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately implement the Governor Nasir El-Rufai-led committee of the 0All Progressives Congress (APC) report on true federalism.
Clark, who is the leader of the Pan-Niger Delta Forum (PANFEF), told newsmen at his Abuja residence on Wednesday that true federalism remains the solution to the multiple challenges besetting Nigeria.
According to him, it is President Buhari’s duty to ensure the nation heads towards true federalism even as it has been detailed in the APC report by the Governor El-Rufai-led committee.
The elder statesman is of the opinion that the degenerating living conditions in the country are worsening because the President has refused to heed the call for restructuring which breeds equity, fairness, and justice.
He further asserted that restructuring was part of the President’s campaign manifesto in 2015 and wondered why it has become an uphill task to implement.
The former federal commissioner of information argued that if the APC cannot implement its own committee’s recommendations, then the party lacked the necessary capacity under President Buhari.
“The statement of both the former chairman of APC, His Excellency, John Oyegun and El-Rufai himself; El-Rufai was blaming the National Assembly because they have the power to make law, they have the power to constitute a constitution,” he said.
“If the government in power in 2015, said that ‘in our manifesto, restructuring of Nigeria for a better Nigeria is number one’ and you came to power in 2015. Now, we are in 2021, or two years more for you to go, you are not talking about your constitution.
“So, your party said look, let us put into the writing. It was in our manifesto. Let us set your committee to examine the issue of restructuring and the party did it. What are they waiting for? Are they waiting for PDP to come into power before executing their own report?
“As I said, I am speaking on behalf of the majority of Nigerians who are aggrieved. A meeting called by Mr President to Aso Rock of representatives of Nigeria will not last more than one day.
“The executive will then prepare a memorandum to the National Assembly and within three or four months, they will be completed. The National Assembly has been spending N1 billion every year on amending the Constitution of Nigeria for years now; they have not been able to do so.
“So, if the APC is the party ruling Nigeria today, it means it lacks power under President Buhari to implement whatever they want to implement in the interest of Nigeria,” Clark explained.
He, however, noted that regardless of how long was left for the current administration, the Buhari-led government can still implement the recommendations of the party’s report.
“So, the issue of time does not arise. If they want to do it within six months, it will be carried out,” the elder statesman declared.
The PANDEF chief also stressed that no part of the country would remain slaves to the other, adding that until the injustice perceived by parts of the country was addressed, the issue of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and other agitators would be a child’s play.
According to him, the agitation for self-determination and secessions will definitely increase to the extent that it will worsen the security situation in the country, therefore, threatening the nation’s polity.
He asked the government to heed the cautionary messages and act lest the nation implodes.
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I Never Demanded N50bn Monthly From Ambode, Tinubu Reacts As He Warns Peter Obi’s Supporters Against Promoting Fake News
…Says Lies, Misinformation Won’t Take Ex-Anambra Gov Anywhere
The presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has debunked reports circulating in the social media alleging that he demanded N50 billion monthly from the former Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode during his administration.
Recall that Ambode who emerged governor of the state in 2025, had only four years in office as his attempt to secure a second tenure failed after he lost the APC primary election in 2018.
A report recently emerged online alleging that part of his inability to secure the APC governorship ticket in 2018 was his refusal to remit the said amount to Asiawaju.
Debunking the report, a statement by the Director, Media and Communications for Tinubu Campaign Organisation(TCO), Bayo Onanuga said Tinubu could not have made such a demand.
“A content analysis of the site clearly showed that it is a Biafra news platform. The fake news was reposted on Facebook by the Peter Obi Support Group, the same day – clear proof that Biafra campaigners and Peter Obi supporters are the same.
“Both the Facebook account and the website are replete with fake stories about Bola Tinubu, including a fake story credited to former governor Akinwunmi Ambode, alleging that Tinubu demanded N50 billion monthly payment from him.
“The spuriousness of the statement is in the evidence that Lagos did not begin to clock N50 billion revenue until after Ambode left office. Tinubu could not have demanded N50 billion monthly payment from Ambode when the state government didn’t make such in a month throughout the tenure of Ambode.
“There is also the most wicked of all headlines: ‘When I become president, I will build more prison (sic) for Igbo’s and IPOB members – Tinubu’.
“The big surprise in all of these is that all the headlines have no supporting stories, and clicking them may bring a virus to your computer.
“We have come to a point where it becomes imperative to tell Mr Obi to show leadership and disavow his supporters who are employing fake news and disinformation as deliberate tools to deceive and poison the minds of unsuspecting Nigerians,” Onanuga reiterated.
The statement revealed that the site where some of the fake news emanated from has been identified as World of News with URL as world news.
According to Onanuga, “A content analysis of the site clearly showed that it is a Biafra news platform”.
He also stated that Nigeria will be better for it and the electoral process enriched if the 2023 presidential campaign sticks to issues of good governance that will lift millions of Nigerians out of poverty rather than being dominated by the ravings of guttersnipes, who do not wish the country well.
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Muslim-Muslim Ticket: Pope Has Not Told Me I Am Wrong – Lalong
Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau state on Wednesday criticised Christians who oppose his acceptance to serve as the Director General of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Organization, stating that as a Catholic with the highest Papal award, the Pope has not told him what he is doing is wrong.
Since the emergence of Bola Tinubu as the APC presidential candidate, the ex-Lagos governor picked former Borno Governor, Kashim Shettima as his running mate.
The development has since generated controversy, especially among the Christian folks including the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) who have since rejected the Muslim-Muslim ticket.
Despite defending his choice of Shettima as his running mate, critics have remained adamant considering the religious beliefs of Nigerians.
But Governor Lalong backed the idea of the Muslim-Muslim ticket after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House in Abuja.
In a question and answer session, Lalong noted that as an awardee of Knight of Saint Gregory, he remains a staunch Catholic despite his new responsibility to market a Muslim-Muslim presidential ticket.
Governor Lalong maintained that he has enormous respect for his faith as a Christian, noting that he was elected governor for people of all faiths and non-believers as well.
The Plateau leader said he is therefore not sure where those who claimed to be Christians and stand in opposition to his appointment are from.
He reminded that when upon his return to Jos after his recent appointment as the DG, the APC Presidential Campaign organization, the state chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), welcomed him.
Governor Lalong also disclosed that he met with the President to thank him for the presidential pardon granted to former Governor of the State, Joshua Dariye and his Taraba State counterpart, Jolly Nyame who were recently released from incarceration, as well as the approval of several projects cited in Plateau State.
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2023 Election: Police Ready To Provide Adequate Security, IGP Assures
The Inspector-General of Police (I-G), Usman Baba, has assured Nigerians that the police would provide effective security during the 2023 general elections.
Mr Baba also assured that the police would manage any security challenge that may come up before, during and after the election.
The I-G gave the assurance on Wednesday in Kano at the opening of a workshop on election security management for police officers in the North-West zone.
The workshop, organised by the Police and Solar Security and Consult Company Limited, has the theme: “The 2023 General Elections: Enhancing National Security Capacity for a Secure and Credible Electoral Process in Nigeria”.
The I-G was represented by the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 1, Sadiq Bello.
He said that the participants would be trained on various techniques of managing security challenges during elections.
“We are preparing the minds of the police officers to be ready in confronting security challenges that might come up, so as to ensure a successful election.
“There are a lot of expectations on the police and other security agencies as the election is around the corner.
“Performance of the police has improved, you will believe me that based on the recent election conducted in Ekiti state, there is hope for the country,” he said.
Former Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, at the training, expressed confidence that the election would hold in spite of the current security challenges in the country.
“That is why the I-G’s initiatives should be commended. One aspect we are very concerned about is the new Electoral Act, 2022.
“We believe that our officers should be conversant with the provisions of these laws, and most importantly, on the issue of inter-agency collaboration.
“It is true that the police is the lead agency, but we work in cooperation with other security agencies, we want to develop templates, where our working arrangement will be seamless,” he said.
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