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You’ve lost your senses because of your belly — Adebanjo replies Adesina

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He called Adesina a sycophant.

Leader of pan-Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, has scolded Special Adviser on Media to President Muhammadu Buhari, Mr Femi Adesina, for shamelessly worshipping his boss, by claiming Nigerians rate Buhari more highly than all leaders in the nation’s history.

Adebanjo while reacting to Adesina’s claims, said on Friday, that Adesina is worse than a sycophant for choosing to exalt Buhari whom he said is not even qualified to be an “ordinary councilor”, over past leaders who built a nation Buhari is now destroying.

Adesina had said; “I am old enough to have seen our colorful and even swashbuckling politicians in action. I have seen the great Obafemi Awolowo. The charismatic Nnamdi Azikiwe (Zik of Africa). Shehu Shagari. Amino Kano. M.K.O Abiola. Bashir Tofa, and many others in action.

“But I have not seen anyone with the kind of attraction, magnetic pull, that Muhammadu Buhari has. And that is round the country, north, and south. People swarm round him as bees do to honey,”

However, Adebanjo who spoke with Tribune, described past leaders, including former Premier of Western Region, Chief Obafemi Awolowo; Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, first Nigerian president; former President Shehu Shagari, Alhaji Aminu Kano, late winner of June 12, 1993 election, Chief M.K.O. Abiola, among others, as the pride of the country. 

According to the elder statesman, Buhari can never measure up in whatever capacity with these icons, saying that it amounted to sycophancy taken too far for Adesina to compare Buhari to those past leaders whose records of attainments were legendary.

“For Adesina, with his record in journalism to have compared Buhari whose certificate is completely down and whose record of performance has been seen as battered, to the pride of Nigeria, is a disaster. 

“For him to compare the man who has been regarded as clueless, visionless, a bigot and one also regarded as the worse of Nigeria’s president to the founding fathers of Nigeria, is sycophancy taken too far,” Adebanjo said. 

Speaking further, the Afenifere leader maintained that the comparison was out of place, recalling that the sage, Awolowo, while alive, was seen as possessing the record and capacity to govern any of the Western countries successfully, “unlike someone who is not qualified to be an ordinary councillor but who found himself elected the president of a whole country.” 

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Violence in Imo caused by escaped Owerri prison inmates, Gov Uzodimma tells Buhari

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The Governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodimma, has attributed the escalating violence in the state to inmates who escaped from the Owerri Correctional Center on April 5, saying the escapees have been on rampage, further compounding the security challenges the state was facing.

Uzodimma, who made the allegation on Tuesday when he met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, begged the federal government to provide more funds for him to tackle the security challenges.

Briefing State House correspondents after meeting with the President, the governor said his mission was to ask the “president for financial support to tackle insecurity in Imo and the South-East in general.

“I gave Mr. President my message and Mr. President also, in his usual manner, addressed the issues to my satisfaction,” he said.

Read also: Crisis in Imo as suspended council chairmen clash with security agents

“Prominent among the issues is the increasing insecurity in the South-East. I know that despite the activities of the bandits and unknown gunmen, recall that the correctional facility in Owerri was broken and over 1,836 inmates were released.

“Since that time, they’ve been on rampage, committing all sorts of crimes; kidnapping, robbery and other sorts of crimes in the state and there is need for us to really clean up the state because of this period of Christmas.

“It is so important to our people and we want to ensure that those coming home to spend their Christmas will have a conducive atmosphere to enjoy their Christmas and then celebrate the season.

“Yes, we asked for support with additional manpower and also, I asked for some kind of funding to support the security situation in Imo State and Mr. President graciously approved.”

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Buhari doesn’t understand Igbos; they want appointments, not development: Ngige

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Igbos in the South-East prefer political appointments to infrastructural development in their region, but President Muhammadu Buhari does not understand that, says Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige.

“My people love appointments. That’s where this president (Mr Buhari) didn’t get them well,” Mr Ngige said. He (Mr Buhari) felt that by giving infrastructure: if I empower you through your fertilizer plant in Ebonyi state, give loans, credits and grants to farmers in Abakaliki, Ebonyi, Imo, that our people will be happy. But these people love appointments.”

Mr Ngige disclosed this in an interview with Channels TV on Tuesday.

He asserted that though former presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan gave more Igbos political appointments during their tenures, the South-East remained underdeveloped.

“We had plenty of appointments during Obasanjo and Jonathan. For example, the Enugu airport has been dilapidated over the years. We have had four aviation ministers: Kema Chikwe, Fidelia Nnjeze, Osita Chidoka, and Stella Oduah. How come your airport is dilapidated?” Mr Ngige reasoned.

He added, “But Hadi Sirika from Katsina discussed with president and some of us in council, and the president brought N10 billion special fund and renovated our airport. But I don’t know; my people love appointments. As far as I am concerned, I don’t have to behave like any other person. I say it to them: for me, appointment is ephemeral. It is immaterial. It is a four-term.”

Agitation for the secession of the South-East by IPOB has heightened since Mr Buhari assumed office in 2015, leading to violent attacks on the federal government facilities in the region and the killing of security officers.

The rearrest and detention of IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu has worsened the situation, making Mr Buhari more unpopular in the region.

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APC chieftain labels party congresses ‘a sham’, urges Buhari to instill internal democracy beyond 2023

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President Muhammadu Buhari has been called upon to as the leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to ensure that internal democracy was allowed to be instituted in the party if it must exist beyond 2023 after he must have left.

The call was made by a chieftain of the APC in Bauchi state, Alhaji Hassan Mohammed Sheriff who opined that what transpired during the recent congresses of the party held across the country was nothing but sham.

Addressing a press conference at the NUJ Press Center on Tuesday, he said that, “a situation where because someone is close to the seat of power will come down to impose leadership on the party at the state, LGA and ward levels is not acceptable and may spell doom for the party”.

He further called on the President to assent the Electoral Act as amended by the National Assembly and forwarded to him saying that, “when operational, the Electoral Act as amended will strengthen internal democracy within the political parties.

Hassan Sheriff also wants the President to ensure that all the states implement the Executive Order 10 by granting autonomy to the Legislative and Judiciary arms of democratic government as well as the LGAs as a tier of governance.

The politician also called on INEC to serve as an unbiased umpire during the primary elections of the parties to ensure that rules and regulations of such exercise as contained in the constitution and guidelines of the political parties were followed.

He said that “On the 16th of October, 2021, it will be recalled that a seven-man committee led by Jibrin Sam, mandated to provide oversight for the election of APC Party Officials in Bauchi State connived with a so called party leader, who is neither a genuine Stakeholder nor an elected representative to deprive our party and stakeholders genuine representation by hoisting a Alhaji BABAYO Aliyu Misau a questionable proxy on us as a State party leader”.

According to him, “Because we believe justice is for the masses and not for a few, we headed to court as a resort of the victimized to enforce our rights to elect those who will represent us. We believe that certain political actors that have not built our great party the All Progressive Congress in Bauchi State have come to reap where they did not sow”.

Read also: Buni, Marafa trade words over APC congress in Zamfara

Hassan Sheriff added that “it is against this background that we instituted a suit seeking for the dissolution of executive members of the party in the state. Also joined in the suit included the acting national chairman of the APC, Mai Mala Buni; chairman of the Bauchi State Extended Stakeholder Committee, Adamu Adamu; member of the Extended Stakeholder Committee, Yakubu Dogara; and 39 others as defendants”.

He explained that giving an interim injunction on the matter on Thursday, last week, the presiding judge, Justice Kunaza Hamidu, ordered the members of the EXCO to stop parading themselves as APC leaders, pending the hearing and determination of the suit before the court.

He then asserted that, “These individuals who are bent on causing rift in our party do not have the interest of the State at heart nor that of loyal party members and stakeholders, not even that of the National Party and its stake in our country, their ulterior motive is to cause disunity and disaffection in our party”.

He also said that, “We should not allow this to happen, we have worked hard to be where we are and as we approached 2023, we should shun all divisiveness by people who have no stake in our party or in our well being and prosperity. Let’s come together and forge a common party in order to reclaim our endowed and beautiful state to the path of glory and sustainability”.

On state creation, he called on the 9th National Assembly to write its name in cold by approving the creation of more states across the country in order to meet the yearnings and aspirations of the people.

By Yemi Kanji, Bauchi..

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