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Bishop Wale Oke emerges new National President of PFN

From Oluseye Ojo, Ibadan

The President and Founder of the Sword of the Spirit Ministries International with headquarters in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, Bishop Francis Wale Oke, has emerged the new National President of the Pentecost Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN).

The founder of the Christ Life Church Worldwide emerged the new National President  of PFN at the Grace Cathedral, Enugu, Enugu State on Tuesday evening.

According to a statement made available to Daily Sun by the Wale Oke Media Office, the Promoter of the Precious Cornerstone University (PCU), Ibadan is the seventh national president of PFN consequent  upon unanimous decision of every member of National Advisory Council (NAC) of the umbrella body over all pentecostal churches in the country.

The statement read in part: “By a unanimous decision of every member of National Advisory Council (NAC) today (Tuesday) at Grace Cathedral, Enugu, Enugu State, *Bishop Francis Wale Oke is the 7th National President of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN).

In his acceptance speech, Oke, who is the founder of the International Bible College of Ministries and Seminary (IBCOMS), gave glory to God for putting it in the hearts of the NAC to choose him “as the  National President of our beloved fellowship, the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria(PFN). This is the doing of the Lord and it is marvellous in our eyes.  I sincerely thank you for your unanimous vote, without a single dissent. Thank you for your trust.

“The PFN has come a long way, starting with the vision of the founding fathers, and the great leadership of our past Presidents- Reverend J O Boyejo, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, Archbishop Benson Idahosa, Bishop Mike Okonkwo, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor and Reverend Dr. Felix Omobude, who have led the Fellowship in the past, taking it to the great and enviable height it is today.

“Without any doubt, the PFN is huge, with its tens of millions of Pentecostals, found in every walk and strata of our national life. It is our desire, with the help of the Lord, to make this humongous spiritual house to be much more effective in our national life and in the task of global evangelization at this very unusual time in human history.

“Indeed, it is an unusual time for the whole world, and more for our nation that is at a crossroad at this hour. But with the help of the Lord, and by tapping into the grace and resources He has made available to us as His children, we shall make a real difference to a nation in dire need of divine intervention.

“We plan to deploy massive prayers with effective fastings, massive evangelism with discipleship, uncompromised teaching of God’s word, coupled with the doing of it, massive social and charitable works and care for the needy. We plan to mobilize the youths massively and engage them in the Pentecostal traditions in order to tap into their potentials for church and nation building. As we seek the Lord together, we shall listen to the Holy Spirit and do all that the Lord will lead and enable us to do by His Spirit.

“With the full cooperation and support of all of us, we shall make a real difference and bring a real change to a nation in dire need. I want to thank our immediate past President, Rev Felix Omobude for his mature and inclusive approach to leadership. I want to thank all members of the National Advisory Council, NAC, for their prayers and choice of the new Executive. Together we shall take the PFN to greater heights, through the help of the Lord.”

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Insecurity: Nigeria, Others Need New Financial Instruments To Secure Investments- AfDB President

The President of the African Development Bank Group, Akinwumi A. Adesina, has lamented the surging rate of insecurity across the continent, particularly in Nigeria.

He said with rising insecurity across the continent, African countries need new financial instruments to protect and secure investments.

He said this in a tweet on Tuesday saying it is the one challenge to Africa’s development.

He said, “Insecurity is now the number one challenge to Africa’s development. We must ensure security stability in Africa.

“Africa needs new financial instruments to protect and secure investments in countries and regions against rising insecurity.”

Adenina had last year said that he was distressed by the unrest in Nigeria caused by the protest against police brutality.

In Africa’s biggest economy, social unrest and the worsening level of insecurity is making it difficult for foreign investors and local investors to risk huge amounts on infrastructural projects over fear of possible rampage, according to the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Nigeria has lost over N1trn to destruction of properties across the country in less than five months to social unrest, experts have said.

Within 14 days from the start of the #EndSARS protest, Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry President, Toki Mabogunje, had disclosed that Nigeria lost more than N700bn in economic value.

After the #EndSARS protest, a total estimate of 205 vital national security assets, corporate facilities and private property were vandalised.

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Former Barca President, Bartomeu Arrested

Former Barcelona president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, has been arrested as police search has been issued as part of the investigation into ‘Barcagate’Former Barca President Josep Maria Bartomeu

Former Barcelona president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, has been arrested as police search has been issued as part of the investigation into ‘Barcagate.’

Bartomeu’s administration has been accused of paying PR company I3 to oversee online work for the club.

According to reports, members of the former Barca board lead by Bartomeu had been initially taken into custody with the Spanish police later raiding their offices.

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Alongside the former president, Barca CEO Oscar Grau, a former presidential advisor, Jaume Masferrer, and legal head Roman Gomez Ponti have all been taken into custody

The arrest is reportedly as a result of the ongoing investigation of ‘Barcagate’ and the members have been made to hand over all relevant documents partaking in the case.

https://www.goal.com/en/amp/news/former-president-bartomeu-arrested-as-police-search-offices

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Anti-corruption group sends list of ignored cases to president

By Henry Uche, Lagos

The Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA) has written to President Muhammad Buhari, listing names of persons with top corruption cases which, the group said, have either been ignored or shabbily handled since the beginning of his administration.

In a statement signed and delivered by HEDA’s Executive Director, Mr Suraju Olanrewaju, the group said the corruption cases are linked with stolen or mismanaged funds worth N900 billion, an amount capable of taking care of major infrastructure in the country and providing for the welfare of Nigerians.

In the statement, HEDA warned that the country was sliding into extreme corruption and vice, with corrupt individuals taking over critical institutions and undermining the country’s anti-corruption profile.

In the letter titled “Re Awakening the Anti Corruption Drive”, the anti-corruption group regrets that many cases of corruption involving prominent people have been scuttled by government self-appointed gate keepers, noting that top corruption cases that appear to have been swept under the rug suggest that some N900 billion may have gone into the coffers of corrupt officials.

The letter reads in part:

‘This only affects top corruption cases, yet we have many other smaller cases that have met institutional road blocks.

‘The cases include but not limited to: The Managing Director of Fidelity Bank, Mr Nnamdi Okonkwo, during the 2015 General Elections arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for allegedly receiving $115 million in cash from a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke; the Executive Director of First Bank Plc, Dauda Lawal, tried by the EFCC for allegedly handling the sum of $25 million of $153 million rolled out by the former Minister of Petroleum Resources; former Comptroller General of Customs, Mr. Abdullahi Dikko, was alleged to have stolen over N40 billion, who was asked to return N1.5 billion to the Federal Government; former Accountant General of the Federation, Mr. Jonah Otunla, linked to a N2 billion graft.

‘Others were the dubious payment of $16.9 million fees to two friends as new lawyers for the recovery of the loot traced to a former Nigerian Head of State, Sanni Abacha, after a Swiss lawyer hired and fully paid by the previous government, Enrico Monfrini.’

Olanrewaju said in the statement that apart from cases involving cash, the group has documented cases of influence peddling involving top government officials that used their seats to upturn justice in favour of politically exposed individuals.

HEDA listed officials interfering in the investigation of a multi-billion Naira fraud in Nigeria, Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending (NISRAL) through a letter ordering the EFCC and the ICPC, the DSS and the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) to halt investigating the financial misappropriation in NIRSAL.

Acccording to him, there were also attempts to reinstate Mr. Abdulrasheed Maina, former chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), while the Attorney General, Mr Abubakar Malami, SAN, discontinued a N25 billion naira criminal charge against Senator Danjuma Goje without any justification.

HEDA also mentioned the allegation that the former Chief of Army Staff, General Yusuf Buratai, bought properties in Dubai, United Arab Emirates using suspended corrupt means as the Procurement Officer of the Nigerian Army.

The group said the cases are well known and recorded by Nigerians and foreigners against the Buhari government adding that they are considered as failure to match his words and professed commitment against corruption with actions by his administration.

‘We believe that the manner in which the above cases were handled, indirectly or directly, portray the Nigerian government and her mandate to eradicate corruption in bad light in the global space.

‘Beyond the return of the culture of impunity into governance and management of public resources, the few corrupt and compromised elements have taken over the reign of power in government and supplanted leadership of both institutions and reversing the anti-corruption gains. Obviously, Nigeria is facing fast declining reputation, as evidence in the negative Transparency International’s perception reports in the recent years.’

The statement continues: ‘The self-professed cardinal agenda of Buhari’s government and popular mandate of Nigerian citizens to fight corruption and restore the integrity of Nigeria amongst comity of Nations faces a huge threat.

‘Your Excellency, whereas this agenda of fighting corruption was vigorously pursued, albeit with some negligible shortcomings and international sabotage by some of your appointed officials and aides, significant results were recorded by the government and overwhelming supports received from local partners and international stakeholders, resulting in return of recovered stolen assets and aggressive investigation of several cases of past corruption cases by anti-corruption agencies, particularly the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Presidential Panel on Recovery of Public Property.’

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Former NITP president advocates Planning, orderliness to avoid scattered developments

By Okwy Iroegbu-Chikezie

It was a time for sharing experiences in Lagos over the weekend when a former President of Nigeria Institute of Town Planners ( NITP) and also former Rector, the Polytechnic lbadan turned 70.

In a short ceremony organised by his colleagues, a former Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development in Lagos, Toyin Ayinde who spoke on ‘Ethics in Professional Practice: The future of Town Planning,’ encouraged his colleagues to live above board.

He canvassed that without ethics, professionalism cannot be achieved.

He regretted that some professional colleagues are part of the problems that government is dealing with everyday as a result of compromise and failure to imbibe ethics in town planning regulations.

He said for every compromise by a Planner the whole city pays for it in terms of scattered development and chaos experienced in the environment and by extension the creation of Shanties and squalors where the public occupy as their homes.

He commended the celebrator, Waheed Kadiri for leaving above board which has been testified by his superiors, juniors and colleagues.

Contributing a former Transport Commissioner in Lagos State, Prof Bamidele Badejo said Kadiri is a rallying point and a mentor to young planners.

He said: “He looks to grow to improve himself as a person, professional, advisor and others from various climes”.

Earlier in his remarks President, Town Planners Registration Council of Nigeria (TOPREC), lsyaku Muhtar Kura speaking on Dr Waheed Kadiri, said success do acknowledgement and with every decade lived comes countless cherished memories and accomplishments.

“Finding just the right words to acknowledge someone’s success is important on behalf of the
Council and the Planning Profession we celebrate and extend our heartfelt congratulation for his achievements, success and milestones in life which will make anyone feel special at 70”.

He commended the former Ibadan Polytechnic Rector who used his birthday celebration to chart workable ways on how proper Town Planning can grow cities with livable experience.

He called on policy makers to tap into the knowledge of town planners to have livable cities in the nation against the scattered development witnessed in most of our cities currently.
Speaking on the birthday lecture; “Ethics in Professional Practice: The Future of Town Planning.”

The TOPREC boss said good ethics is a fundamental requirement of any profession.

He said: “It is integral to the success of any practice in view of its daunting challenges as well. Ethics is a system of moral principles governing the appropriate conduct of a person or a group. Maintaining good ethics is being consistent with the principles of correct moral conduct constantly.

Our personal ethics are as important as our professional ethics; this means that as professionals we owe the public a certain level of integrity and objectivity as well as professional competence, due care, confidentiality and professional behaviour.”

The TOPREC president said Dr Kadiri’s ambition and appetite for success have been driving forces in the life of many young planners.

Responding Kadiri who was overwhelmed by the show of love his by his colleagues pledged that the rest of his life will be spent to advocate that government and policy makers imbibe the ethics of planning in order to achieve orderly cities and towns.

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◊ Nigeria’s Federal Structure Making States Perpetually Poor-AfDB President

President of the African Development Bank Group, Akinwumi Adesina, has picked holes in Nigeria’s federalism, stating that the system as currently constituted, does not grow its constituent entities but makes them perpetually dependent.

Adesina spoke as a guest lecturer, on the theme, “Towards a new Nigeria, From Federal Fatherism to a Commonwealth”, at the second inaugural lecture of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu in Akure, Ondo State.

He said states in Nigeria were poor in the midst of plenty, owing to their inability to maximally explore or leverage resources they had in abundance.

Nigeria runs a federal structure that allows revenue to be shared from the federation account on a monthly basis.

The Federation Account is currently being managed on a legal framework that allows funds to be shared under three major components.

They are statutory allocation, Value Added Tax distribution; and allocation made under the 13 per cent derivation principle.

Under statutory allocation, the Federal Government gets 52.68 per cent of the revenue shared; states, 26.72 per cent; and local governments 20.60 per cent.

The framework also provides that Value Added Tax revenue be shared thus: FG, 15 per cent; states, 50 per cent; and LGs, 35 per cent.

Similarly, extra allocation is given to the nine oil producing states based on the 13 per cent derivation principle.

But Adesina said that like a pendulum, ever moving from side to side in constant motion, so too has the unfortunate dependency of states on the centre become seemingly unstoppable.

The AfDB President said, “The federal system of monthly grants has paralysed them. With stupendous resources, all concentrate at the centre, States are ever dependent on the centre.

“With the magnetic field of federal revenue allocations, states are constantly pulled, powerless into perennial dependency.

“This financial pilgrimage creates a sense of helplessness and overt dependency on the centre. State governors now spend more time in Abuja than they do in their own states, seeking the monthly ‘federal manna.”
He added, “The truth, however, is that to survive and strive, states must become financially independent of the center in Abuja. This is federalism of fiscal dependency. It is federalism that’s fiscally unhealthy for the states and the Federal Government.

“Because Nigeria depends on oil for over 70 per cent of government revenue, any decline in the price of oil creates fiscal and economic volatilities that reverberate across the states.”

Adesina said what Nigeria needed was greater economic and fiscal autonomy for the states.

He said the issue is less about states or regional autonomy, but the financial and economic viability of Nigeria’s constituent states.

The AfDB Boss added, “lf Nigeria were to be a conglomerate firm, it would not be economically viable because 92 per cent of its constituent ‘subsidiary companies’ are not viable without the support of the holding company.
“Nigeria’s federalism doesn’t grow its constituent entities. It simply makes them perpetual dependent. The Nigeria system is therefore not federalism…but “fatherism,” he added.

The AfDB boss noted that the agitations for decentralisation could be understood when viewed in the light of a craving for greater autonomy.

“But let us face it, political autonomy is meaningless unless it is backed by greater fiscal self-reliance at the state level.

“We tend to copy systems that are not well suited to our context. The United States that we copied from does not control resources at the state level. Instead, the states generate the bulk of their income from taxes,” Adesina said

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◊ “Nigerians have shed enough blood” – President Buhari

Head of states, President Muhammadu Buhari, has expressed regret over blood shed by Nigerians because of issues that could have been peacefully resolved.

A statement on Sunday by the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said the president spoke while reacting to the violence in Gombe State arising from the Billiri chieftaincy tussle.

The statement titled; ‘Billiri chieftaincy tussle: President Buhari condemns violence, calls for maximum restraint to avoid escalation’, quoted the President as expressing “great shock and deep concern” over the incident.

Buhari said,

“I’m seriously disturbed by the outbreak of violence in Gombe State and call on the parties involved to exercise maximum restraint to avoid escalation.

“The easy resort to violence is uncalled for because there are enough avenues to resolve differences amicably without threatening law and order.

“In a circle of violence, there are no winners, except losers. Muslims and Christians should avoid the temptation of resorting to violence in order to express their grievances.

“Nigerians have shed enough blood over issues that could have been peacefully resolved. I appeal to the two parties to sheathe their swords for the sake of peaceful coexistence. Gombe has enjoyed relative religious harmony for decades and you shouldn’t allow hoodlums destroy this positive record.”

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S’West Governors Responsible For Killings In Sasha Market, Others – Senate President, Lawan

Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, says divisive utterances by some Southwest governors were responsible for the killings in Sasha market in Ibadan, Oyo State and other violence against northerners in the region.

A crisis had on February 18 erupted in Shaha following an argument that ensued between a pregnant Yoruba woman and a Hausa businessman.

Following the development, many were killed while many houses were burnt, which rendered thousands of Hausa residents homeless.

Speaking in an interview with BBC Hausa Service, Lawan attributed the violence to the latest call for the eviction of Fulani herders out of Southwestern states.

“Leadership failures in the region cause what happened in Oyo State and other things that kept happening in the Southwestern states,” he said.

“Some utterances by some governors also went a long way in inciting the citizens to take up arms against other ethnic groups settling in their states.

“The governors’ utterances emboldened the criminals to unleash violence against the northerners.”

Rotimi Akeredolu, governor of Ondo state, had last month issued a seven-day quit notice to Fulani herdsmen operating illegally in the state’s forest reserves.

Apart from ejecting the herdsmen, the governor also banned underage grazing, night grazing, and cattle movement within the cities and on highways.

The issue generated an uproar, and after a meeting with various stakeholders, Akeredolu asked herdsmen to register with the government to operate unhindered in the forest reserves.

Sunday Adeyemo, better known as Sunday Igboho, also asked herdsmen in Igangan in Ibarapa North Local Government Area of Oyo state to leave within seven days following reports of the killing of some residents.

Days after, violence erupted in the area during which the houses and property of the Seriki Fulani, Alhaji Saliu Abdulkadir, were burnt.

Abdulkadir had told Nairalovers that he, his wives and children were sent out of the settlement, adding that 11 vehicles and houses were burnt in the process.

The Seriki had after that fled the community with his family, as aggrieved youths set fire on the settlement.

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2023: Tinubu best man to replace Buhari as president – Senator Adeyeye

The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council, on Monday, condemned in strong terms the arrest of the former Governor of Imo State, Senator Rochas Okorocha.

Okorocha was arrested by the operatives of the Imo State Police Command on the order of Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State.

This has been seen as the height of the on-going power tussle between the two political leaders in Imo State, who are both members of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.

In a statement issued Monday morning by the OYC President-General, Mazi Okwu Nnabuike he said Uzodinma should get prepared to face the wrath of Igbo youths.

He said it was shameful that Uzodinma was descending to the arena merely because of the governor’s interest in Igbo presidency.

According to him, “it is now clear that Hope Uzodinma has a single agenda- to destroy Igbo land. This has clearly manifested in his sending of military men to Orlu Imo State where several lives were wasted and properties destroyed.

“As if that was not enough, just a few days after, he now ordered the arrest and humiliation of Owelle Rochas Okorocha, a distinguished Igbo son.

“It is on record that Owelle Rochas Okorocha has done for Ndigbo what any other single person was able to do. A visit to Ohanaeze Ndigbo secretariat will show the gigantic edifice he single-handedly constructed for Ndigbo, well befitting, a pride of place.

“It is also on record that even before Owelle Rochas Okorocha became Governor of Imo State, he had already established himself and was already building educational structures and empowering the youths here and there.

“One, therefore, wonders how a man imposed on Imo people as governor will suddenly wake up and decide to attack Okorocha for no just cause. It appears that the same people who brought this man to power through the back door, the instrumentality of the Supreme Court, are also behind this dance of shame Uzodinma is involved in.

“But certainly, we are not going to sit by and watch Hope Uzodinma destroy Igboland all in a bid to satisfy the ego of his political masters. He should get ready to face our music; he should get ready to contend with millions of Igbo youths home and beyond.

“Igbo youths call for the immediate release of his Excellency Owele Rochas Okorocha and demand an end to any further harassment of this noble Igbo leader.”

“We have also reliably gathered that Hope Uzodimma has no single investment in any part of Imo State, not to talk of Owerri, and this is the reason he is not interested in protecting lives and properties.

“The Royal Spring Palm has been under investigation by EFCC and the matter already in the court; why can’t he await the outcome of court verdict? It’s actually a shame, a vendetta and pull him down syndrome by this agent of wickedness called Gov. Hope Uzodinma.

“To say the least, the youths of Ndigbo will do everything within our purview and reach to stop this embarrassment being meted on Senator Rochas by Hope Uzodinma and other presidential aspirants.

“There is no doubt that this act is heinous, barbaric and abominable by every standard and in every ramification,” he declared.

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Shasha crisis: Fani-Kayode carpets Senate President

From Bamigbola Gbolagunte, Akure

Former Minister of Aviation Chief Femi Fani-Kayode has taken a swipe at the Senate President, Dr Ahmed Lawan over his recent statement that the South-West Governors were responsible for the recent killings in the Shasha area of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

He said the proactive steps taken by the South-West Governors and Oyo State Governor Mr Seyi Makinde, in particular, helped at preventing the crisis from being worse than what it was.

In a statement released on Saturday night, the former Minister said: ‘I was in Ibadan when the Shasha killings started and I went on a tour of the affected area.

‘Let me assure you that many people were killed on both sides of the ethnic divide and had it not been for the efforts of the Governor of Oyo State and the tacit support and encouragement he got from the other South-West Governors in terms of appealing to the people of Ibadan to show restraint, what happened in Oyo would have been a hundred times worse and far many more northerners would have been killed.

‘The level of hate and resentment against Fulani herdsmen in the South-West is frightful and unprecedented today and the Governors are having a hard time trying to calm people down and reign them is even though. They may not want to admit it publicly.

‘The decisive actions of the South-West Governors over the last few months actually saved lives and their words and utterances actually reflected the will of the people.

‘If for example, Governor Akeredolu had not banned herdsmen from the forests of Ondo State, after some time the local population would have gone there themselves to throw them out violently.

‘The truth is that all the South-West states are sitting on a keg of gunpowder over this herdsmen issue and the local population are mobilising against them in a very frightening way.

‘Northern leaders should thank the SW Governors for keeping a lid on the whole thing and restraining our people rather than blame them for trying to keep the peace in the face of the most extreme provocation from the terrorists.

‘Quite apart from that I need to ask this question. Why does the Senate President not complain about the violence that northerners are inflicting on Middle Belters and Southerners in the North itself?

‘Again why does he not complain about the barbaric attacks and killing of our people in the South-West and other parts of the South and Middle Belt by killer Fulani herdsmen who are carrying arms, raping our women, occupying our land and terrorising out people?

‘How come he does not complain about that? Is Northern blood more precious than Southern blood? It appears that he is only concerned about retaliatory attacks by the local Yoruba population who have been brutalised and traumatised by the terrorists.

‘He has not complained about what those terrorists are doing to our people and he has exhibited no empathy with the victims simply because they are Southerners.

‘The only way the resentment against northerners will vanish in that zone is when the killer herdsmen and terrorists stop the killings. Outside of that all the self-serving and sanctimonious admonitions and lectures in the world from Northern leaders, who are clearly partial in this matter, to our leaders in the South-West will change nothing.

‘If we want peace let us be honest and let us join hands, stand shoulder to shoulder and fight against the killers together. Blaming South-West Governors and leaders for the failures of the federal government to provide law and order and protect our people from terrorists and savages will not help in this matter. As a matter of fact, it will only make things worse,’ he added.

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Equatorial Guinea President To Move Embassy To Jerusalem – Israel PM

According to Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, the Government of Equatorial Guinea is planning to move its embassy to Jerusalem.

Netanyahu, in a tweet on Friday, said he “spoke today by telephone with Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Mbasogo, who informed him that he would transfer Equatorial Guinea’s embassy to Jerusalem.”

He said he was happy that more countries were copying the move by former United States President Donald Trump, “in transferring their embassies to Jerusalem.”

Recall that Trump, as part of his Middle East Peace plan, had recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital while relocating the U.S. embassy there.

But the move was condemned by the European Union.

In its reaction, the Palestinian Government said that Jerusalem remained its capital.

Meanwhile, Netanyahu, wooed African countries to follow the path of Equatorial Guinea.

He added that ” Israel is continuing to deepen its cooperation with African countries – Israel is returning to Africa and Africa is returning to Israel in a big way.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke today by telephone with Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Mbasogo, who informed him that he would transfer Equatorial Guinea’s embassy to Jerusalem. 🇮🇱🤝🇬🇶

— PM of Israel (@IsraeliPM) February 19, 2021

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Group calls on President to caution Bauchi governor over comments justifying bearing of arms by Fulani herdsmen

From Tony Osauzo, Benin

An Edo State-based civil society organisation, the Foundation for Good Governance and Social Change (FGGSC), has called on the Presidency to caution the governor of Bauchi State, Bala Muhammed, over a statement credited to him justifying bearing of arms by Fulani herdsmen to protect their cows.

The group, faulting the comments of the governor, described it as ‘reckless, provocative, divisive and unbecoming of the status of a governor in a pluralistic society like Nigeria.’

Addressing journalists in Benin City, the Executive Director of FGGSC, Austin Osakue, said the situation in Nigeria was similar to what led to the 30 months civil war in the late 1960s that resulted in wanton destruction of lives and properties.

‘The statement opens the floodgates of self-help for Nigerians of other ethnic divides and geographical zones to resort to self-help and arm themselves.

‘That President Buhari’s federal government has not reprimanded the Bauchi’s governor so far paints a scenario of the voice of Jacob but the Hand of Esau.

‘How can one ethnic group constitute so much threat to the rest of Nigeria? Who are their backers? Why have repeated calls for ranches fallen on deaf ears?

‘We call on the Buhari government to consult the history books. If it does, it will discover that the exact same events which led to the thirty-month civil war between 1967 and 1970 are playing out now.

‘Those who fail to learn from history will be forced to repeat it,’ Osakue said.

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‘President Buhari is not doing well’, says Benue Gov Ortom as he speaks on insecurity

The Executive Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom on Thursday stated that President Buhari is not doing well in tackling the alarming rate of insecurity in the country.

This statement was made by Benue state governor, Ortom during a press briefing on Thursday, February 11.

According to him, when President Buhari assumed office in 2015, he said he was going to be the president of everyone but as it stands now, the President is just for ”everyone and some people”.

He called on President Buhari to declare a state of emergency on security in the country.

In his words;

”The President as our leader is not doing well and that is why I am calling on him to step up his action and act faster than the way it is being done right now. He should declare state of emergency in security right now so that all resources and more strength would be channeled towards ensuring that we have security for lives and property in this country because for now, everything is in disarray and without security there can be no meaningful development.

The Presidency is not doing well and that is why I had to write to him and publicly declare that the President must come out and take steps that would redeem his image.

President Buhari served this country as a Military head of state and Nigerians appreciated him for who he was and that was why overwhelmingly he was voted into power in 2015.

Honestly, what is happening now, the body language shows clearly he is not the President who is supposed to be the President of everybody but for nobody. It is clear to me that the President is the President for everybody and for some people. This is the challenge I have”

Reacting to media publications from some politicians claiming he is the least performing governor in Nigeria, the governor said;

”Since I left APC, I have been a performing governor.”

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Pete Edochie publicly endorses his son, Yul Edochie to run for president in the next election (Video)

Veteran Nollywood actor, Pete Edochie, has publicly endorsed his son, Yul, for the 2023 presidential race in the country.

Yul Edochie shared the news in a video shared on his social media pages on Thursday, February 11 with the caption:

“My Father Chief Pete Edochie endorses my 2023 Presidential ambition. God Almighty, take absolute control.”

In the video, Pete disclosed that the endorsement follows constant pleas from young people asking him to openly support his son’s bid for the country’s highest political office.

The veteran actor also expressed confidence that his son possesses the right values and drive to steer the country forward.

He said while he is not interested in politics, he would not hold back his support for Yul who has decided to delve into it.

Pete said;

“My values are very strong. I have my own children and they are very strong in that regard too. I am not one to be involved in politics. But you see, not all your children are bound to follow you.

One of my sons, who incidentally is an actor, has decided that he wants to be a politician. Most of the youngsters have been bugging my phone asking me to endorse my son that they want him as president and l get amused. But they keep insisting daddy, we want Yul to be the president of this country.

We like him. He is disciplined, sympathetic, he believes a lot in people. They have bothered me so much that today, I’m hereby present him to you. He has my blessing. He has my endorsement.

Any day he decides to veer off from the discipline under which he was raised, l will withdraw him from the race. It shall be well with you son. Since it has been your ambition to go into politics and the desire to run for the presidency of this country, may the good Lord assist you, protect and direct you.”

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Senate President rattles aide for failing to wear face mask

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President of the Senate Ahmed Lawan on Wednesday rattled a legislative aide for failing to wear facemask at the premises of the National Assembly.

A statement by Mr. Ezrel Tabiowo, his Special Assistant on Press Wednesday in Abuja, said that Lawan was entering the National Assembly Complex when he spotted the aide (name withheld), standing at the lobby without a facemask.

He said the Senate President upon seeing him, stopped and rattled him for not wearing a facemask, “where is your facemask,’’ he said.

“The legislative aide who was not expecting the question, mumbled, it is in my pocket, sir, while making frantic effort to retrieve his facemask from his pocket,” he said. Lawan watched as the aide tried to reach for his facemask, and thereafter, proceeded to his office.

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