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Getting Cross River State back on track (By Marty Eteng)

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Cross River State Government House

By Marty Eteng

As Cross Riverians watch from the sidelines, it is pertinent to redefine how poor political leadership choices boomerang on them.

Most times, when elections approach, it becomes too confusing to identify, those that are genuinely on the side of the people due to spurious associations coming upstage to claim to make political decisions that will enhance social development.

Except we intend to continue on the road of delusional deception, our dear Cross River State has not experienced developmental succour these past years. And we as a community, have become a joke before other states that had begun to look towards us with admiration and respect.

Therefore, one would have thought that the commonest language that Cross Riverians will be speaking at this time of great controversies will be unity, against bad governance. But alas, every carrier politician with little or no impact in their decades of political sojourn except self-preservation, have crawled out from hiding again, chanting slogans of zoning.

It seems that we as a people have learnt little or nothing from the ruins left behind by the philosophy of everyone is fit to lead so long as we rotate leadership amongst every tribe.

READ ALSO: C’River leading Governorship Aspirant asks PDP defectors to come back home and rebuild

Now, has it not been said that power is taken and not given? And again, is democracy not a game of numbers? Why then has greed made it become a game for the few to impose stooges of self-interest and self-perpetuation to hijack and amass the commonwealth of the people, hence inflicting unimaginable penury on us, while those that should correct the abnormally keep mute or support the failed power tussle truce as if hypnotized?

If zoning political positions have answers to our problems, how come those candidates consensually foisted to lead continue to blunder without redress, while the people wait endlessly for invisible democratic dividends?

There is a saying that a blind person does not fall into the same pit twice. Why must the impoverished masses continue to bear the brunt of the test games of these failed politicians? How much longer should Cross River State suffer in the hands of these political pundits?

It has never been more shameful to be identified as a Cross Riverian due to the open mockery we have to bear in the hands of those that see the doomed leadership quagmire plaguing us.

If Anambra people can reject bribes and decide to vote for Soludo who wasn’t in any national party, Cross Riverians can also come together, shun the selfish shenanigans of their failed politician’s interest and also unanimously vote for a politician, who can have the collective interest of rebuilding the state, thus save it from total collapse.

As things stand now, it will take many years of concerted effort to revive the bubbling tourism path that had begun to thrive and the soonest a strategic revival plan is put in place for a selfless leader without parochial political influence to begin work, the better for everyone.

Marty Eteng is a Journalist, Author, Publisher, Blogger and TV Presenter/Producer.

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CJN cautions security agents on harassment of judges

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CJN Tanko Mohammed

The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Tanko Muhammad, on Wednesday, cautioned security and agencies over the increasing harassment of judicial officers in the country.

Muhammad made the call at a special session put together by the National Judicial Council (NJC) to herald the formal commencement of the 2021/2022 legal year of the Supreme Court.

The CJN was reacting to the October 29 invasion of the Abuja home of the Supreme Court Justice, Mary Peter Odili, by security agents.

He said: “I must make it known to all and sundry that we have had enough dosage of such embarrassments and harassments of our judicial officers across the country and we can no longer take any of such shenanigans. The silence of the judiciary should never be mistaken for stupidity or weakness.

READ ALSO: CJN summons five Chief Judges over conflicting court orders on PDP crisis, Anambra election

“By the nature of our work, we are conservative but not conquered species and should not be pushed further than this by any individual, institution, or agency of the government.

“With time, those taking the judiciary as a mere weakling will soon realise that it is from the calmest seas, we often experience the fiercest storms.

“Nigeria, to the best of my knowledge, is not a lawless society.

“We should begin to do things that will project us favourably and rightly, too, to the international community.

“No law permits anyone to invade, subdue or overawe any Nigerian citizen in his or her residence with a flimsy, fraudulently obtained search warrant.”

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I will deal with those involved in the killing of Sylvester Oromoni — Buhari vows

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President Muhammadu buhari 

Following the death of 12-year-old Sylvester Oromoni, a student of Dowen College, Lekki in Lagos State, President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed to deal with those involved in the killing. 

This was disclosed in a statement by his spokesman Garba Shehu on Wednesday. 

He said, “For several days now, the nation has been gripped by the news of the tragic incident at Dowen College, in Lagos with morbid details constantly emerging of how our young son, Sylvester Oromoni (Junior) met his death.

“President Muhammadu Buhari condemns the killing of Sylvester, one of our bright youngsters doing excellently in school, bringing joy to the family and if this incident is truly arising from bullying or cultism, the President assures that it must act as a trigger leading to a permanent solution to this recurring problem.

“I share the anger and grief up and down the country following this incident. On behalf of my family and I, and the government of the federation, I convey our heartfelt condolences to the Oromoni family, the government and people of Lagos State and give the firm assurance that this incident will be thoroughly investigated and the appropriate punishment meted out to all those who are culpable.”

The President urges the Police to continue the ongoing investigation until they get to the root of the matter in order for the law to take its course, assuring that justice will be done, no matter who is involved.

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Reps to probe non-appearance of CBN, AMCON for budget defence

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The House of Representatives on Wednesday, resolved to commence investigations into the non-appearance of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) and the Nigerian Security Printing and Minting Company for the 2022 budget defence.

This followed the adoption of a motion moved by a lawmaker, Fatau Mohammed (Katsina).

Mohammed, who led the debate on the matter, decried the non-appearance of the three organizations for the defence of their 2022 budget proposals before the House Committee on Banking and Currency.

He said: “It will interest the House to know that none of the above agencies has been over sighted in the past two years and they have failed to make their 2022 budget available to the committee. How long shall we allow this illegality to continue.”

READ ALSO: AMCON submits list of top 1000 debtors owing N3.96tn to National Assembly

In his submission, the Deputy Minority Leader, Toby Okechukwu, accused the agencies of flouting the law as every government agency was required to appear before the House for the defence of their budget.

”This is a breach of the law of which this House should make a finding and place it properly the culpability of these agencies. It would be proper for this to come in a way of a motion for an investigation,’’ he said.

In his ruling, the Deputy Speaker, Idris Wase, said the House leadership would engage the committee to resolve the matter.

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