A lawyer, Mr Victor Giwa, on Thursday urged the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami to prosecute a civil servant, Mrs Asabe Waziri, over allegations bordering on false information.This is contained in a letter written to the AGF by Giwa in Abuja.Giwa alleged that Waziri misled the office of the AGF into filing a N130 million fraud charge against his client, Mr Cecil Osakwe, the managing director of Abeh Signatures Limited, a property company.Osakwe was said to have been sued for fraudulently collecting the sum of N130 million from Waziri for a property in Maitama area of Abuja.But in the letter dated July 13, the lawyer alleged that Waziri had been using the name and the office of the AGF to harass and intimidate his client.“It will be invidious and odious to speculate that Ms Asabe Waziri, in conjunction with her cohorts in the Ministry of Justice, is using the Ministry of Justice to pursue her personal vendetta against our client all in a bid to embarrass and damage our client’s hard earned reputation.“However, we are fully aware that you will not allow your office to be used as an instrument of settling personal scores.“We further believe you will take the appropriate steps when such anomalies are brought to your attention.“We therefore appeal to you that you do not allow Asabe Waziri with her accomplices to abuse the office of the ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE FEDERATION by using it to continue to harass and intimidate honest citizens who are using their hard earned resources to provide the much needed employment to Nigerians,” he said.Giwa, therefore, demanded that the charge, which he described as “frivolous and baseless” against his client be withdrawn.He also demanded thorough investigation of the incident with a view to punish the perpetrators.Besides, he asked that Waziri be prosecuted for giving false information to the ministry.
Chief Bonny Nkwuaku, President General (PG) of Enugwu-Ukwu Community, Njikoka Local Government Area of Anambra, has expressed concern over the rising rate of sudden death in the community.
Nkwuaku, who expressed his worries over the incident in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday, called for awareness for routine medical checks and more medical outreaches in the community.
NAN reports that Nkwuaku was reacting to the recent death of its subject, Capt. Chizor Obierika, which occurred recently at Enugu while he was in a social function.
The PG said that he was particularly pained that the community would lose such a personality at the time his services were highly needed in the development of the community.
Nkwuaku urged the people of the community to, as a matter of need, forestall premature deaths amongst the citizens by developing the culture of routine medical check up so as to identify any health challenges timely for quick attention.
He said that he was so troubled at the wave of sudden deaths in around the country and had a critically look in the direction of benefits of early medical checks and medical awareness.
“I had close talk with a citizen who is a medical doctor and we resolved that we would not fold our hands to allow preventable deaths wipe out people in a manner that is heart breaking.
“We need to wage war against such incidents through medical checks and not wait when things like this happen and console ourselves with the usual rhetoric, ‘it is the will of God’.
“We should go deeper and carry out a detailed medical examination to ascertain the cause of death. This could prevent similar occurrences in future.
“We will urgently plan to hold health summits where medical experts would enlighten us on the benefits of routine medical checks whether one is sick or not,” he said.
Nkwuaku said that once death occurs, people generally concludes “it is the will of God” and quickly say “rest in peace”.
“I do not think it is enough just to just say ‘rest in peace’, we can do better because with modern medical tools, we can live healthier and longer,” he said.
He said that when young people die unexpectedly or even from illnesses, we as a society needs to do a detailed analysis to find the root causes. If it is illness, what type, preventable or not preventable, Environmental, and behavioral, amongst others.
The PG said with modern medicine, once a death occurs, proper autopsy and detailed medical checks need to be done to ascertain the basic causes and possible way out for healthy living of others.
He said that the identified causes of the premature death need to be treated and analysis done to help prevent similar tragic losses.
“If we know what caused the death, we could then institute strategies to prevent future occurrences – public health enlightenment, and health strategies cannot be underplayed at this present time where preventable deaths are on the increase.”
The PG said that the death of Obierika shocked him to the marrows as he was not too long ago in a zoom meeting with him. “What a tragic loss, we need to work towards better knowledge of health maintenance.”
Nkwuaku urged the community to be ready for health summits to change their mind set about health care. “We should not just say ‘Rest in peace’, He is then buried and we all move on, then it will be another person tomorrow.”
He said that with modern medicine, even hereditary illnesses which may have an impact on other family members and their children would be detected early, treated and end the history of premature death from the family. (
HOPE 2023 AND THE QUEST TO BRIDGE EXISTENTIAL GAPS IN NIGERIA’S BODY POLITICS
BEING TEXT OF AN ADDRESS , GOVERNOR YAHAYA BELLO OF KOGI STATE AT THE OCCASION OF HIS FORMAL DECLARATION FOR PRESIDENT IN THE 2023 GENERAL ELECTIONS AT EAGLE SQUARE, ABUJA ON SATURDAY, 2ND OF APRIL, 202
I am grateful to Almighty God who has blessed me so much – life, health, family, friends and well wishers. But for God, I would have no story worth telling at all, and no platform from which to tell it, but I am what I am. I am grateful for the opportunities to serve my country which I have been given so far. In spite of the difficulties we face today, the privilege of being a Nigerian is one I cherish dearly
Dear friends and fellow patriots, I wish to declare my intention to run for President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in the 2023 General Elections. I will be doing so under the auspices of our great Party, the All Progressives Congress (APC). I will be running on a broad political philosophy of progressive activism through social action and political reforms
We are so blessed as a nation and yet it does not always seem so. I am running to restore Hope guarantees of Security, Unity and Progress to all Nigerians. Our focus will be proper management of our great diversity so that it can really be an advantage. We will foster more cooperation and integration among citizens and make sure that progress is made steadily across all sectors and indicators
Despite the dire challenges facing Nigeria today, no one can deny that President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR has given our country the greatest achievements in public works, government housing and social services since this 4th Republic began. In addition, this administration has invested heavily in our national security. The war against insecurity may be taking longer than earlier expected but President Buhari has ensured that we have the combat resources to keep hitting our foes hard until victory is achieve
It can also not be denied that under this APC government, Nigeria is pushing forward the most comprehensive proposals for restructuring since Independence. The sum of government policies, the Electoral Act and other statutes enacted and the ongoing amendment of our Constitution are fundamentally changing the way we do things
For instance, the average Nigerian Governor has more powers today over matters of security, public transportation, taxation, fiscal federalism, mineral and agro resources, electricity, etc than at any other time in our history. These are the legacies of Mr. President. They will help the next president take longer and easier developmental strides, provided Nigerians make sure he is succeeded is not out to discredit but to consolidate. I have proven time and time again that I am the only such successor in the APC’s line-up for 2023.
I am running for President because I see a bright light shining at the end of the tunnel for our nation. I am not one of those who only see doom and gloom. It is my intention to take custody of that light, to pierce the dark spots in our past and present with it, to illuminate every gap in our nationhood and to fix them. I will ensure that this light is handed over in due course to successors who will be trustworthy stewards of the great future which a federal government led build for our nation.
I am not an unknown quantity. I have been the Governor of Kogi State since January 27, 2016. I invite Nigerians to assess my suitability to be president on the scorecard of my performance. Of course, I mean my real scorecard, of course 00- the verifiable, tangible basket of works that we undertook and are undertaking to improve the lives and welfare of our people.
I do not deny that false and evil reports against us have often filled the press but all of us know why. He who pays the piper dictates the tune, and those who control the media control their narratives. It is well known that we offended powerful vested interests on our way to power in Kogi State.
Moreover, since we took office we have committed the unpardonable political sin in Nigeria, that is, refusal to have godfathers and kowtow to them. Their anger has burned furiously against us and sadly they have often misled the media about us. As a result, we have had to work extra hard to receive fair comment, not to talk of accolades or credit for our many achievements.
Before now, we have not cared much for biased reportage. Actually, we have gone ahead to record huge successes in spite of it. However, the 2023 Presidential Election is actually a battle for the survival of Nigeria and I am passionate enough about my country to fight for the privilege of leading her. In this race, I am adamant that the truth and nothing but the truth shall count for any assessment of Yahaya Bello, as a man, as a Governor and as a presidential aspirant.
As part of our efforts to set the records straight we have developed an e-Compendium which is probably the first and the only one of its kind among Nigerian states. We have showcased what we have done in my New Direction Administration in Kogi State there. It is domiciled at www.kogipedia.net and covers the period 2016 till date.
Kogipedia is a rich resource for research into the claims of performance which we shall be making in the course of our presidential run. I have instituted a standing reward for anyone who can disprove any of the hundreds of projects we have done in Kogi State which are showcased there. More information about how we have led the Confluence State can also be found at our official state website at www.kogistate.gov.ng
In Kogipedia you will see our strong efforts in Education, Health, Infrastructure and Utilities, Job Creation and Youth Empowerment, Civil Service and Pension Reforms, Agriculture, Security, Human Capital Development as well as our efforts in Cooperation and Integration
Chimamanda Adichie warned the world about ‘The Danger of A Single Story’. She insisted, and I agree with her, that “Stories matter. Many stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign, but stories can also be used to empower and to humanize. Stories can break…but stories can also repair..
To us, it is imperative that sincere Nigerians who truly love this nation are given every resource they need to make informed voting decisions ahead of the 2023 General Elections. The question of the next Nigerian President is way too important to fall victim to lies like in past presidential elections and the truth will start with fair and accurate assessment of all candidates. In Kogipedia, you will find us telling our own story, ourselves. It is likely to be an alternative narrative to what you have heard about us, but I assure you that it is the truth.
Let me itemize the most important qualities which I consider imperative in our next Commander-in-Chief. I invite Nigerians to rate all candidates we want a country that will live up to our expectations come 2023.
Youthfulness. Natural force and physical energy cannot be abated if performance is to be elevated. I am 46 and a half years old and of God, I am fit in all physical and mental faculties.
Courage. A clear capacity to be zealously affected in a good matter and to lead with courage and foresight in the pursuit of the overall best interests of the people and the nation. The aftermath of the covid pandemic has vindicated me enough for the times I stood alone and insisted that Nigerians deserve better.
Security. Proven ability to enforce Security, Unity and Peace in a large territory with difficult terrain. Citizens must be safe in their homes and assets. We must be able to safely go where we want in Nigeria, when we want. What God has helped us to do in Kogi, I am persuaded He will help us to do in Nigeria
Diversity. Our next president must possess excellent records in successfully managing diversity. We were able to take a polarized Kogi and forge it into a society that is both diverse and inclusive today. We genuinely demonstrated that every tribe, religion, gender, age, class and physical ability among us is unique and possesses intrinsic value.
We distributed projects and appointments fairly and made room at the table of government for everyone. Today we have a Kogi State where the youth are predomitly the ones in office, the women have crossed the 35% Affirmative Action threshold, People With Special Needs have adequate representation in government.
Kogi State is a microcosm of Nigeria and possesses the same diversities that, often mismanaged, have caused us so much trouble in Nigeria. However, I mobilized my people and together we are working through our differences. Is it any wonder that the brutal personality cults, tribal clashes, farmer/herdsmen conflict and religious upheavals we inherited have ceased.
One of my most outstanding achievements as Governor, and one that I am very proud of indeed, is the dismantling of these agelong dichotomies. Another is the elevation of inclusivity as a cardinal point in the compass of goverce. Increasingly, the measure of an individual among us is their humanity and their merit, that is, the sum of their own character and contribution, nothing else.
I was pleasantly surprised recently when I learnt that we have achieved the 35% affirmative action threshold for women and that 54 Nigerians from every state and the FCT have been appointed into our government ranging from Cabinet seats to clerical and administrative positions. Moreover, I am gratified that these new Kogites continue to add incredible value to Kogi State.
When we talk about inclusivity within the Nigerian context, our next leader must also recognize that it cannot be fully functional without Cooperation and Integration. Nigerians must be able to live and contribute anywhere in this nation with the guarantee that they will not be called strangers there one day. To achieve this we must make sure that ‘place of domicile’ gives way for ‘place of origin’ in determining who is a son or daughter of the soil. Our citizenship must no longer be diminished by indigeneship. This is the next level in what it means to be a Nigerian which I will actively champion as President.
I promise that under a Yahaya Bello Presidency, Nigerians of every extraction will know what it means to be free of the principles of exclusion that currently demean our very existence. All of us deserve to belong in our country without discrimination or marginalisation and to receive our full and valuable parts in the national scheme of affairs.
I am Ebira and as a person who overcame the ‘minority syndrome’ with much difficulty to be where I am today, I want every Nigerian, especially the youth, to live in a country where no tribe or religion or gender is ever considered a ‘minority’ again, particularly leaders do or fail to do in government.
Just like I have done in Kogi State, I will ensure that we apply a lot more empathy in how Nigerian society is run. Equity, fairness and justice must undergird government actions in the distribution of national resources and opportunities, including in the recruitment procedures of public entities. listen to all sides.
As president, I will make sure that each and every Nigerian becomes mentally and physically empowered with the unshakeable conviction and practical proof that they are not inferior to any other person for any reason. I believe that such conviction, fully internalised, frees people in their own minds and allows them to grow to heights of achievement previously thought impossible.
Leadership can lead one into some lonely places where you may have to stand on your own against other people. I have had to do that aplenty in the course of my own journey as a Governor, for example, during the covid pandemic. If there is nothing at stake a leader can afford to be flexible but once the people and their welfare are involved, one must only do what is right without caring for acclaim or accusation. Hopefully time will vindicate you. Even if it does not, you still get to have and keep a clear conscience because you did your best.
A Yahaya Bello Presidency, like his Governorship, will be tough on crime. I believe that crime is crime and all crimes are inexcusable and I have demonstrated strong capacity to neutralize crimes and criminals in Kogi State. Most Nigerians probably do not know this, but we went from being the state where violent crime was most endemic in 2015 to become one of the safest states in Nigeria from 2017 till date. Our crime rate has been one of the lowest in the country for years now. Terrorism, kidnapping, banditry and other violent crimes will not be tolerated when, of God, I become the President and Commander-in-Chief
I will not tolerate non-state actors who take up arms against the nation whatever their grievances but I will be willing to listen to all sides and address all agitations fairly, especially those which are borne out of genuine imbalances in the treatment of citizens . I will put a stop to existential mistreatment of any people among us, provided that agitators are willing to give peace a chance and threats of harm to the Nigerian Nation and People are not brought to the table as leverage.
The health or disease of our economy is crucial to the health of the country. According to a BBC News report of February 13, 2012 over 100 million Nigerians lived in extreme poverty during the PDP era. In 2018, with APC in the saddle that figure had dropped to about 87 million people, yet Nigeria overtook India as the poverty capital of the world. Just this month Nigeria, through the valiant efforts of the Buhari Administration, relinquished the ignoble title back to India, having brought the numbers down to about 70.6 million
This means that as of today we have at least 70.6 million Nigerians living in extreme poverty, which is defined as living on less than N855 per day. It is therefore clear that our path to national prosperity lies in pulling tens of millions of Nigerians out of poverty. We must make our citizens our greatest resource for economic growth and wealth creation
The Buhari administration has a target of lifting 100m Nigerians out of poverty by 2030. A Yahaya Bello Presidency will have an additional target of creating at least 20 million millionaires year 2030, with the aim that each of them will employ or otherwise empower at least 5 other citizens.
In this regard, we are going to learn a lot from the South East. The apprenticeship model boy, from an indigent or affluent background, is taken, trained and turned into a millionaire businessman in as little as 10 years is one we have to understudy and invest in. Harvard University already studies it and the Nigerian Government must do no less.
I have personally observed that this model works on average 50% of the time with at least 5 out of 10 boys who apprenticed with various Igbo friends of mine millionaires today in their own rights. I also observed that it is not the line of business but the underlying principles and practices that work so well. This is because this amazing phenomenon is repeated sector after sector whether they deal in vehicle spare parts, electricals, pharmaceuticals, clothing, or even foodstuffs, etc. This means it is a system that can be replicated. We will explore methods to do so
I have a vision of a Nigerian government and economy that is open, inclusive and honest. Leaders like me and governments such as mine have a duty to manage the economy so that it operates with a human face and transparent processes. Kogi State under my leadership has consistently led others in the World Bank’s States Fiscal Transparency, Accountability and Sustainability (SFTAS) indices. It is a result I want to mainstream to the nation as a whole
This is why, as President, I will foster an economy in which every citizen can maximize their potential as wealth creators and change agents. We will work towards a democracy of the economy which places equal access to the factors of productivity within the grasp of any citizen who is ready to work hard and to work smart in pursuit of their own dreams
Being Nigeria’s youngest Governor comes with its own challenges, particularly the burden of being constantly held up as a yardstick to measure the past and predict the future of youth participation in politics and goverce. The expectations are rife, and some are frankly unreasonable, but in the main, I am challenged to prove that leaders can be simultaneously youthful and useful in high Office. While my approach to resolving this conundrum may not be loud or popular, it has certainly proved effective.
A Yahaya Bello Presidency will pursue a clearly defined strategy on broadening the footprint of new technology in our economy. We know how important this is to youth enterprise in today’s world. In particular, we will set up a National BlockChain Taskforce (NBT) to develop a trailblazing policy for the nation in cryptos, the metaverse, NFTs and blockchain technology. This emergent field can certainly not be ignored and outrightly banned or completely outlawed. We must help our youth to keep pace with their generation in a lawful manner.
Dear friends, I am not running for President apologetically, but on a solid record of verifiable achievements in my current assignment as Governor of Kogi State. I have proven antecedents in the very areas that Nigerians crave for succour urgently, that is, Security, Unity and Progress. I would therefore say that I possess the academic qualifications and hands-on experience to be the Next Nigerian President on meri
The slogan of our campaign is ‘HOPE…BRIDGING THE GAP’. All we want to do is bring Hope to our nation and people while bridging the gaps in our body politics. This is only possible with the support of my party and the Nigerian people
This is why MKO Abiola of blessed memory once said, ‘People of Nigeria, our time is now. You are the repository of power in the land. Enough of square pegs in round holes…Enough is enough
Nigeria, believe me when I say, THERE IS HOPE! Indeed, there is great HOPE
My name is Yahaya Bello, I am a Nigerian and I here for President of The Federal Republic of Nigeria in the 2023 General Elections under the All Progressives Congress. I crave your support, now and when I get my party’s ticket.
To God be the Glory
GOVERNOR OF KOGI STATE
AND PRESIDENTIAL ASPIRANT
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The Nigeria Football Supporters Club (NFSC), on Thursday appointed Amb. Abayomi Olonisakin, Nigerian Ambassador to Cameroon as his patron.
The Nigerian News Agency reports that Olonisakin was decorated by Ladipo, NFSC World President General and National President, Rev. Samuel Ikpea, along with other senior club officials in Garoua, Cameroon.
Ladipo in his remarks noted that the NFSC was delighted to bestow the honor on the ambassador as its sponsor at a time when the senior national football team had made history at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).
reports that the Nigerian Super Eagles on Wednesday in Garoua advanced in style to the knockout stage of AFCON 2021 in Cameroon.
They beat Guinea-Bissau 2-0 at the Stade Roumde Adjia to become the only team in this 33rd edition of the competition to win all three of their group stage matches.
“Today is a special day for the supporters club, in the first place because of the victory that the Águilas have recorded after winning all their matches in the group stage to qualify for the round of 16.
“In fact, it is a cause for joy that this is happening in his tenure as the country's ambassador to Cameroon, as our national football team has not achieved such a feat for a long time.
“Whereas, if we had played a draw or a loss, it wouldn't have been so sweet, but we beat that fighter from Guinea-Bissau 2-0 and we thank God for the win.
“As is customary, when the supporters club moves to any country in the world, the first thing we do is pay a courtesy visit to our ambassador since you are the representative of the President here.
“You represent Nigeria and this is our home because you are here,” he said.LR: Dr. Rafiu Ladipo, NFSC PRESIDENT GENERAL, Amb. Abayomi Olonisakin, Nigerian Ambassador to Cameroon and Rev. Samuel Ikpea, National President
The president general noted that the decision to award the honor to the ambassador was based on his good deeds as well as his background.
“In addition to being our ambassador, back home then, you were the Chief of the Defense Staff, which is a highly respected and coveted position reserved for a privileged few in the country.
“You were there and served so deservingly that we as a club have found you worthy for this reason and many others that are too big to mention.
“So, this is to convey to you the decision of the president general, the national president, the board, the executive and the full members of the supporters club, all over the world, to appoint you sponsors of our great club.
“We say congratulations,” he said.
Accepting the appointment, Olonisakin said he was overwhelmed, adding that the honor could not have come at a better time than now when the country was in a celebratory mood.
“Today, let us thank God for the successes so far. It is not because of anyone's skill or work, but it is God who has granted us the favor and made us secure the nine points at stake in the first round of the competition.
“I want to really thank all the members of the club for everything they have been doing. Since I grew up knowing football, I have been aware of the NFSC.
“It is a pleasure for me this day to be a sponsor of this wonderful and excellent club that has spanned more than 65 years in our nation's history and I thank you for it,” he said.
He thanked the NFSC for the huge sacrifices the club had made to support the national football team.
“I want, on behalf of the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces, President Muhammadu Buhari, to thank you all for your support of the Super Eagles.
“Not only in this competition, but since I can remember there has been football in this country.
“I want to say that I am truly delighted and grateful for his support and the sacrifices he has always made to support the Eagles.
“It hasn't been easy, I know, for you, traveling the far and wide of the world, wherever the Super Eagles are playing to support them.
“You have made enormous sacrifices to always be there,” he said.
He stressed that the importance of the NFSC cannot be overstated, adding that the club's support had always propelled the Eagles into action and had seen them achieve many positive results.
“In most competitions, the moment I see the NFSC, I am always delighted because I know that their presence usually gives the team more courage and they will need it to win.
“Even when the game is not going in our favor, the moment the NFSC starts cheering the team on with their trumpets, drums and songs that are very unique to Nigeria, it spurs them into action and they can up the game in their favour. .
“You have done it so many times and you have also done it in this competition and yesterday I watched you all from where I was sitting in the VIP box supporting the team even when the score was still goalless at the end of the first half.
“You kept supporting the team, until later in the second half when we now had the win.
“I want to thank you once again for everything you are doing and wholeheartedly accept the honor you have conferred on me. I will continue to identify myself with the NFSC,” he said.Keep reading
Over the years, India has been at the forefront of capacity building for young people in Sudan and South Sudan.NEW DELHI, India, October 16, 2021 / APO Group / -
Minister of State (MoS) for External Affairs and Parliamentary Affairs Shri V. Muraleedharan will pay an official visit to the Republic of Sudan from October 18 to 19, 2021 and to the Republic of South Sudan from October 20 to 22, 2021. It will be his first visit to both countries.
During its visit to Sudan, the Defense Ministry will meet with Foreign Minister Mariam Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi and other dignitaries on bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual interest. He will challenge the President of the Sovereign Council of Sudan HE Mr. First Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman Al Burhan and the Prime Minister HE Mr. Abdalla Hamdok. MoS will also interact with the Indian community in Sudan during the visit.
In South Sudan, the Ministry of Defense will appeal to President HE General Salva Kiir Mayardit. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will meet the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mr. Mayiik Ayii Deng, the Speaker of the Transitional National Legislative Assembly HE Ms. Jemma NunuKumba and other dignitaries. He will speak to the Indian community in Juba and interact with Indian entrepreneurs there. The Defense Ministry will also visit a United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) hospital in Juba run by Indian Army medics.
India enjoys warm, friendly and cordial relations with Sudan and South Sudan. A number of Indian companies are operating in different sectors in the two countries. Over the years, India has been at the forefront of capacity building for young people in Sudan and South Sudan. A significant number of students from both countries have studied at institutions across India. India has deep-rooted cultural and people-to-people ties with Sudan and South Sudan. This visit should give new impetus to our relations with the two countries.
By Chijioke Okoronkwo As the confrontation between the federal government and Twitter persists, there are indications that some Western countries have already received an official designation of the activities of the IPOB and its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, as terrorists.
A senior federal government official, who made the disclosure, said the government, which handed down the petition nearly two months ago, was surprised when a number of these Western diplomats released a statement over the weekend. -end on the ban on Twitter.
The source said the statement completely ignored the violence instigated by Kanu, a concern the president's deleted tweet sought to address.
He said that this information regarding the level of violence Kanu had instigated and with which he directly engaged "are details that many Abuja-based diplomats have already learned on the basis of an official communication from the Nigerian government. ".
According to the source, details of the federal government's communication to some diplomatic missions in Western countries are now starting to emerge, including a clear designation of the group as terrorist.
The communication also contains a formal demand that the international community should treat IPOB and its leaders as criminals and terrorists like other known terrorist organizations around the world.
The source said that the federal government in this communication explained to some embassies in Western countries that “the Nigerian National Assembly, like almost all parliaments in the world, has already passed a law to combat terrorism and violent extremism. in the country, namely; the law on terrorism (prevention).
“Within this legal framework, the Nigerian authorities had requested and obtained a court order declaring and proscribing IPOB as a terrorist organization (Order of the Federal High Court, Abuja, Nigeria in FILE NO: FHC / ABJ / CS / 871/2017 - ADVOCATE GENERAL OF THE FEDERATION V. IPOB dated September 20, 2017), whose decree was therefore published in the Official Gazette of the Federal Government of Nigeria No. 99 Vol. 104 as Terrorism (Prevention) (Prohibition Order) Opinion 2017.
This therefore makes IPOB a terrorist organization and following the 2017 prohibition order of the Federal High Court, IPOB filed an appeal (APPEAL N °: CA / ABJ / 214/2018 - IPOB V. ATTORNEY GENERAL DE LA FEDERATION) which is currently pending before the Abuja Court of Appeal, Nigeria.
“The implication of the provisions of the Nigerian Terrorism Prevention Act on the issue under consideration is that IPOB is an illegal organization.
“Anyone who fraternizes or supports the organization undermines Nigeria's criminal law while posing a threat to its national security and sovereignty.
”It must be said that there are several groups in Nigeria that advocate restructuring the country or even call for secession, but they operate unhindered as long as it is within the limits of the law.
“It is important to stress that IPOB has been declared a terrorist organization on the basis of proven acts of terrorism.
Taking stock of the number of attacks, the source said that “in less than four months (January to April) this year, IPOB has committed more than fifty-five (55) acts of violence in various regions from Nigeria, killing dozens of people. and destroying many properties.
The senior government official also revealed that "Mr. Kanu continues to broadcast online from his base in some western towns and continues to give a series of instructions to his militia and other members of the organization. prohibited, on acts of violence to be committed in the territory. from Nigeria.
Likewise, the source noted that “members of the banned organization, in accordance with these instructions, have stepped up their attacks against the specified targets.
It has now become the model for its operations - Nnamdi Kanu issues instructions (from a city in the Western world) and members of the illegal organization carry out those instructions in Nigeria.
“For example, a day after Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State confirmed to reporters that Nnamdi Kanu ordered members of the group to kill him and other governors in the Southeast, orders that were repeated on Radio Biafra, the private residence of Imo State. Governor Hope Uzodimma in her hometown of Omuma in the Oru East local government area in Imo state was attacked and set on fire and two of the security officers attached to the house were killed The source said.
The Federal Government communication further stated that “Nnamdi Kanu intentionally seeks to manipulate the international community by pretending to campaign for secession, while actively working to destabilize the Nigerian nation through violence”.
The source further pointed out that “on April 22, 2021, Nnamdi Kanu called on his militia and other IPOB members to end all democratic processes in Anambra State; and capture, kill and behead all those he described as "apes".
According to the source, “a major lesson to be learned from history is that it is important to nip the activities of violent militias and terrorist groups in the bud. "
He added that "It should also be noted that a private for-profit entity like Facebook has blocked Nnamdi Kanu, the head of the IPOB, out of his platform for breaking its rules on prejudice and speech. of hate.
“It should be categorically stated that the government of Nigeria should take every opportunity to register its strong objection to the falsity and misrepresentation of the conditions in Nigeria, which sought to justify IPOB's violent acts under the guise of combating the regional marginalization. (NAA)(NAN)
Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State on Monday ordered the total overhauling of facilities in the General Hospital, Agbani, Nkanu West Local Government Area of the state.
Ugwuanyi gave the order when he inspected the new structure at the hospital and the state of facilities existing in the hospital.
The governor said that his administration would deploy the essential materials and manpower to ensure the full operation of the facility.
He said the action was in line with his administration’s resolve to upgrade health facilities in the state for the well being of the people.
Ugwuanyi also inspected the reconstruction of the Colliery Hospital, Enugu, and construction of new structures at the hospital, now designated as an Infectious Disease Isolation and Treatment Centre.
It would be recalled that Ugwuanyi administration last week, awarded multiple contracts for construction and rehabilitation of health facilities across the state.
The contracts include new Primary Health Care Centres in seven LGAs, rehabilitation of 34 health facilities across the 17 LGAs, upgrade and rehabilitation of General Hospital Ogrute, Enugu Ezike and Nsukka District Hospital, among others.
Present during the inspection in Agbani were member representing Nkanu East, West federal constituency in the House of Representatives, Mr Nnolim Nnaji, and the member representing Nkanu West in the State House of Assembly, Mr Iloabuchi Aniagu.
Others included the Nkanu West LGA Chairman, Chief Nwabueze Nnamani, the Permanent Secretary State Ministry of Health, Dr Ifeanyi Agujiobi, among others.
Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Maureen Atuonwu (NAN)
Italy registered a total of 236,305 coronavirus cases on Friday, as the number of active infections dropped below 30,000 for the first time since March 18, according to the latest official data.
More specifically, there were 28,997 positive cases across the country, with a decrease of 1,640 cases compared to Thursday, the Civil Protection Department said in its daily bulletin.
Of all those infected, some 227 patients are currently in intensive care, down by nine patients on a daily basis.
Another 3,893 are hospitalized with symptoms (down by 238), and 24,877 people -- or 86 percent of all those infected -- are isolated at home without symptoms or with mild symptoms.
The total number of people cured since the official outbreak of the pandemic here on Feb. 21 grew to 173,085 after 1,747 new recoveries were registered.
Some 56 new fatalities were also registered over the 24 hours, which brought the country's death toll to 34,223.
In related news on Friday, prosecutors questioned Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte within an ongoing probe into alleged delays of the central government in setting up red zones around some of northern Lombardy region's hot spots, during the first phase of the coronavirus pandemic.
The inquiry was opened by the Bergamo city's prosecution office, after a group of COVID-19 victims' relatives filed public legal complaints with regard to the creation of red zones around two Lombardy's small towns -- Nembro And Alzano -- which, they said, should have been ordered as soon as the outbreak was spotted.
Besides the prime minister, prosecutors also questioned Interior Minister Luciana Lamorgese and Health Minister Roberto Speranza in the Italian capital on Friday.
In an interview with La Stampa newspaper ahead of meeting with prosecutors in the morning, Conte stressed he was not at all worried about the probe. "I acted with conscience and according to science," he said.
CALL FOR STATES GENERAL OF ECONOMY
Meanwhile, local media unveiled a draft schedule for the beginning of the States-General of Economy, set on Saturday.
Conte was expected to deliver a key opening address, followed by governor of the Bank of Italy Ignazio Visco, President of the European Parliament David Sassoli, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, and European Economy Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni, Ansa news agency reported.
A panel of Italian and foreign economists would then gather in the afternoon on the theme "Policy in the Post-COVID world: challenges and opportunities," according to Ansa.
Launched by the government earlier this month, the event will take place at the historic Doria Pamphilj palace in the Italian capital, and was intended to draw economic experts and officials in order to plan Italy's post-COVID recovery.
"We will hold the States-General of the Economy ... with the best of our country's forces, we will discuss and gather the most useful ideas, and the most effective advice," Conte had explained during an event on the digital economy on June 4.
"We will seek (advice from) the most brilliant minds of the country's productive body...in order to later unveil our Recovery Plan to the public opinion."
In a report issued on June 8, the country's National Institute of Statistics (ISTAT) forecast the Italian gross domestic product (GDP) would contract by 8.3 percent this year due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, followed by a partial recovery of 4.6 percent in 2021.
Ilorin, June 9_ 2020 The Kwara House of Assembly on Tuesday confirmed the appointment of a former Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Titus Ashaolu (SAN) as Chairman, state Judicial Service Commission (JSC).
The former attorney general was confirmed along with three others who will serve as members of the commission
Danladi said that other three nominees confirmed as members of the state JSC are Lawal Jimoh, Salihu Ajibola Ajia and Aliyu Mande Umar.
He directed the Clerk of the House, Mrs Halimah Jummai-Kparogi, to communicate the notice of confirmation to the governor.
Responding to questions from lawmakers during screening, Ashaolu
promised to ensure that staff of the Judiciary are trained and courtrooms refurbished to create conducive environment for justice dispensation.
He vowed to ensure independence of judiciary and avoid actions that could soil the image of the third arm of government.
The former attorney general also advocated capital punishment for culprits of rape to curb the menace in the country.
Meanwhile, during plenary, the house urged the state government to implement relevant Child Right Laws to stem the tide of incessant rape in the society.
This was part of the resolutions of the house after adopting a matter
of General Public Importance raised by Abubakar Ayilara (APC-llorin North West).
The resolution advocated public enlightenment against rape and called security agencies to be proactive in safeguarding lives and property.
Ayilara in his submission expressed worry over the prevalence of rape in the country and called for appropriate actions to be taken to arrest the situation.
Other members who contributed condemned the act and urged the state government to take drastic step to stem it.
Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)
President of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) Tijjani Muhammad-Bande said Monday that some 100 diplomats are likely to attend the UN General Debate this September due to the uncertainties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
"We want to have the General Debate as scheduled...(but) the number of people that can be allowed into the hall (General Assembly Hall) maybe a hundred or so, but not a whole lot of people coming to the General Assembly," Muhammad-Bande said at a press briefing.
The UNGA president said that the United Nations is currently discussing the mechanics of the General Debate, which is scheduled for Sept. 22 to 30, and expects to decide on how the high-level event will be held in the next two weeks.
But Muhammad-Bande stressed that "in terms of the broad direction, we are not going to have heads of state and government come to New York" due to a lot of uncertainties including the number of hotels in New York and medical services, as world leaders do not travel as "simple individuals."
The United Nations is considering to shift to video messages by the heads of state and government for the high-level session, as opposed to in-person presentations.
The UN headquarters, which has remained largely closed since mid-March due to the pandemic, is considering to reopen with new workplace measures being put in place for staff, diplomats and journalists that will include maximum two-person occupancy in elevators and wearing masks in public areas.
The 75th session of the UNGA will open on Sept. 15. The first day of the high-level General Debate will be Sept. 22.
This year coincides with the 75th anniversary of the founding of the world body, which is also considering ways of celebration.