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Sunday, 25 June 2017

Make 2014 Confab Report Public – Bishop Kukah Tells FG

The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto, Most Rev. Mathew Hassan Kukah has urged Nigerians to demand for the report of the 2014 National Conference hosted by President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.

Kukah, who made the call in Abuja yesterday, said such thorough understanding would enable them demand what was most important to them from the government during the course of its implementation.

The cleric maintained that it was proper to kick-start the implementation of the 2014 National Conference Report by first making the report public.

He said: “the implementation of the 2014 National Conference report is not a ping-pong thing between the Senate and the executives.

“Such initiatives are always ongoing, it is left for the citizens to demand to know the details of the recommendations about what is dearest to them.”

The Bishop added that the call by the Senate though “is a good omen,” adding that naturally, such demand ought to fall within the purview of “the people’s parliament.”

On the spate of agitations in the country, Kukah blamed it on the inability of political elites to ascertain what exactly is wrong with the country.

He said: “the country (Nigeria) does not belong to Christians and does not belong to the Muslims, and people don’t get elected into public offices as Christians or Muslims. So, it’s a question of the failures of the inability of the political elites.

“There is absolutely no bad will but just sheer mental inability to understand the structure. It is a problem of leadership.”

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Mid-Term: ACF Scores Buhari High on Security, Anti-Grafts War

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The Buhari Administration got a thumbs-up from the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) yesterday for what it called government’s openness, transparency and accountability, as well as security and anti-corruption war in the last two years.
But the group rated the administration low in such areas as power generation and road construction.
The ACF in a statement issued in Kaduna by its National Publicity Secretary, Muhammad Ibrahim Biu, said the administration has a success story to tell regarding its handling of the business of governance.
But it called for the strengthening of the anti-corruption agencies “through legislation and quick dispensation of justice by the courts.”
It added: “It should be noted that the economy cannot flourish amid insecurity and corruption, hence the emphasis to tame them.”
It asked the government to do more on infrastructural development, especially “the rehabilitation and building of roads, completion of vital projects like the Baro Port Terminal, Mambila Power Station, Kano-Maiduguri dual carriage way, Calabar-Jalingo-Biu-Maiduguri trunk A road, Kano-Lagos Railway and many others in view of their economic values and direct bearing on the lives of the people.
“The power privatization arrangement concluded three years ago has not yielded the desired result. Power being the driver of the economy has been erratic and low.
“ACF had earlier called on the Federal Government to take necessary and practical steps to improve power supply, including reviewing its privatization.
“The Senate has of recent taken the same position by asking the government to reverse the privatization of the power sector in view of the inability of the private entrepreneurs to improve power supply and distribution.
“Government should also put in place a policy framework that will encourage private investments in the renewable energy sector to compliment the thermal and hydro generating plants.
“On employment and the economy, the government N-power programme, Social Investment Project, diversification in agriculture and solid minerals, recruitment into the military, police force and other security agencies are commendable efforts to reduce unemployment and also boost the economy.
-The Nation

Man Killed In Abuja for Urinating Near Mosque

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Tension is mounting among youths in Jiwa and Gwagwa communities in Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) over the killing of a middle-aged man yesterday in Jiwa for urinating near a mosque, located in the community.

According to an eyewitness, the man, whose name was not immediately disclosed to newsmen, was passing through one of the streets in the village, and then decided to urinate in a drainage, close to a mosque.

However, just  as he was doing that, a man who was sitting at the front of the mosque and watching him, picked a stone and threw at him.

Blueprint gathered that when the man had finished urinating, he picked the same stone and threw it back at the same man.

This action prompted some youths who were at the mosque to descend on him and gave him the beating of his life.

He was said to have fainted and was rushed to a private hospital in Gwagwa village, where he was pronounced dead by doctors in the hospital.

Our correspondent also gathered that it took the intervention of the divisional police officer (DPO), Gwagwa Police Station, and some other prominent persons in the two communities to stop the youth, who wanted to retaliate.
However, every effort to reach the FCT Police Public Relations officer (PPRO), Anjuguri Manza, for comments on the matter proved abortive.


Tension in Borno as Boko Haram Hijacks Bags of Rice from UN Body

Suspected members of the Boko Haram sect broke loose in Maiduguri, capital of Borno state, on Friday, hijacking bags of rice which the World Food Programme (WFP) planned to distribute to internally displaced persons (IDPs).

WFP is the food assistance branch of the United Nations (UN) and the world’s largest humanitarian organisation addressing hunger.

It has been distributing food items to IDPs and other vulnerable groups in the state worst hit by insurgency.

Maigari Bala, a driver, who witnessed the incident, told TheCable that the insurgents struck in the Damboa road axis of the ancient town.

“They laid siege to the road around 3pm this afternoon. They seized a truck loaded with rice which was meant for distribution at an internally displaced persons (IDPs), camp in Damboa,” he said.
“We took to our heels when we saw them in very large numbers. They were shooting everywhere and chanting ‘Allahu Akhbar’.”
Bala said the insurgents did not kill anyone but were only interested in the foodstuff.

Bashir Isa, another driver, who was on his way from Biu, another community in Borno, expressed how lucky he was for not running into the armed men.
“On a normal day, they would have killed everyone in sight, but this time around, they came for food,” he said.
“I thank God that I didn’t run into him.”
A similar incident occurred on Bama road last year. Insurgents seized a truck conveying rice meant for IDPs.
-The Cable


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Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Saturday left for Italy to attend the ongoing Group of Seven (G7) summit in the country.

Laolu Akande, Osinbajo’s spokesman, made this known in the early hours of Saturday.
He said Osinbajo was invited to the summit to represent Nigeria, and added that the acting president was expected back in the country on Saturday evening.

“AgP Osinbajo invited to ongoing G7 summit in Italy to represent Nigeria, leaves this morning and is expected back later in the evening today,” Akande tweeted.

The 43rd G7 summit is currently being held in Taormina, Italy.
The summit, which started on Friday, is to last for just two days.
G7 is made up of leaders from the group of leading industrial nations.
It consists of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the US, while the EU also has representatives.
The group meets annually to discuss a wide range of issues, including global economy, security and energy.




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