President Muhammadu Buhari has sent his best wishes to Muslims in the country and all over the world as they begin this year’s 30-day fast following the sighting of the moon.
“I congratulate all Muslims as they commence this year’s Ramadan fast which is depicted by self-denial, universal brotherhood, austerity and helping relatives and needy people,” said the President in a statement on Friday night by Garba Shehu, his spokesman.
President Buhari described Ramadan 2020 as a challenge, falling in the period of the global pandemic, which has spread to more than 200 nations, with virtually all countries advising citizens to avoid large gatherings and have their prayers and meals (suhoor and iftar) individually or with family at home.
“In this Ramadan period, the kind of socializing you are used to now risks spreading the Coronavirus,” the President cautioned Muslims, while enjoining them to refrain from those Ramadan rituals and traditions such as group meals and congregational prayers that have been put on hold by Muslim religious authorities all over the world.
President Buhari urged Muslims to endure and not to use the Coronavirus as an excuse not to participate in the Ramadan fast, unless such abstention is warranted by the excuses clearly outlined by health and religious authorities.
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NASS Must Listen To INEC On Electoral Bill, Says Jega
Attahiru Jega, former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), says the national assembly must consider the recommendations of the agency to avoid ambiguity in the electoral act.
His statement comes weeks after Festus Okoye, national commissioner of INEC, said there is a provision in clause 63 that contradicts the provision for electronic transmission of result in clause 52 of the electoral act.
He had appealed to the harmonisation committees and the national assembly to amend the ambiguous clauses so as not to be used by politicians with selfish agendas to exploit legal loopholes for their own electoral advantages.
Speaking on the issue on Sunrise Daily, a Channels Television programme, on Tuesday, Jega said there is a need to harmonise the provisions of the act so as to avoid ambiguity and contradictions in electoral operations.
He asked the harmonisation committees in the bicameral assembly to give “serious consideration” to the recommendations of INEC.
The former INEC chief said any provision of the law that contradicts the use of electronic transmission of results for the 2023 elections must be amended.
“If the national assembly can generally continue to be receptive to genuine concern of citizens in the manner in which they do their legislation, this country would be better for it,” he said.
“There is a need to harmonise provision of the electoral act so that one provision does not contradict another and so that at the end of it those that want to cause mischief will not exploit the ambiguity and contradictory provisions in the law.
“It behooves the two committees of the house and senate that are sitting to harmonise the provisions of the bill to also give serious consideration to suggestions made by INEC.
“It is a value addition that can continue to improve the operations and conduct of elections in our country.
“There is no doubt that we have to go in the direction of electronic transmission of results and where there is any provision that can affect or negate or constrain that effort to transmit results electronically, those provisions need to be carefully looked at and then necessary amendments also exerted.
“The national assembly needs to pay attention to the very important issue that has been raised.
“The harmonisation committee of the national assembly should do the needful in addressing these provisions of the electoral bill that are being raised by INEC.
“In creating a legal framework for the operations of election, it is important that the national assembly listens to the recommendation of INEC.”
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Pandora Leak: I Am Yet To Receive Invitation From EFCC, Says Peter Obi
A former governor of Anambra State, Mr Peter Obi, on Monday, said he has not received any invitation from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC in connection with the Pandora paper leak.
He also denied having reacted to an invitation from the EFCC to him, saying what is being circulated on different social media platforms was not from him.
Obi said he only read letters circulating on the internet, just like everyone else.
The former governor, in a press release by his media Office, Valentine Obienyem, said a reaction which quoted him as requesting the EFCC to make their investigations public, among other remarks did not emanate from him.
He said: “Obi is yet to receive the letter from the EFCC, which he read on social media like others.
“From what is circulating, the letter appears to have been sent to an office he is no longer part of and is yet to reach him.”
The statement assured that Obi, being a law-abiding Nigerian, would honour all legitimate invitations from government agencies at all times.
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2023: Nnamdi Kanu’s Agitation For Biafra Has Affected Igbo Chances Of Succeeding Buhari, Says Dokpesi
Raymond Dokpesi, the founder of DAAR Communications, has disclosed how the agitation for Biafra by Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has affected the chances of the southeast producing a Nigerian president.
Dokpesi disclosed that some Nigerians believe that Kanu would force a Nigerian president of Igbo extraction to declare Biafra.
He said the IPOB leader may use militant tactics to blackmail and force an Igbo President to declare South East independence.
He stressed that Kanu and IPOB have complicated the agitation of the Southeast to produce a Nigerian president.
Dokpesi, in a statement he issued on Monday, stressed his belief in a united and indivisible Nigeria.
The statement reads partly: “The emergence of IPOB and its influence across the South East has complicated and undermined the agitation for patriotic Nigerians of Igbo extraction to lead this nation as far as the 2023 election is concerned.
“If nobody has told Ohaneze Ndigbo before, the concern today from some other regions is that if Nnamdi Kanu plays the role of Aguiyi Ironsi in leading a militant revolt against constitutional government in the southeast under Igbo presidency, the president will be pressured by his base to facilitate the UN processes for the South East to call for independence from Nigeria.
“Thus an Igbo President may be compromised in protecting the political and geographic boundaries of Nigeria whilst Nigeria remains under the threat of IPOB’s secessionist activities.”
Prior to his rearrest, Kanu had led the agitation for the actualization of Biafra.
While in the United Kingdom, UK, Kanu was pushing for the actualization of Biafra by engaging those he could across the world.
He used Twitter and Radio Biafra more in spreading his Biafra messages across Nigeria and the world
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