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Obasanjo not democrat –Attah

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From Femi Folaranmi, Yenagoa

As the issue of who owns the oil resources in the Niger Delta rages, former governor of Akwa Ibom State, Obong Victor Attah, has declared former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, is not a democrat.

Speaking in an interview on Arise TV Morning Show against the backdrop of exchange of letters between Obasanjo and foremost Ijaw leader, Edwin Clark, Attah claimed Obasanjo‘s concept of federalism is suspect.

Making reference to the former president’s dictatorial style inherited from his military background and actions in and out of office, he pointed out that Obasanjo carried out many undemocratic acts.

“Let me refer specifically to the letter written by Obasanjo. We all know that He is not a democrat. His letter talked about federalism, his letter talked about sovereignty. I would like to deal with those because those are the fundamental things that have taken us back as a country.

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“I say he is not a democrat and I will give you my reasons. If you look at the frequency in which he changed the chairmen of our party. And the same applies to the presidency of the Senate. I think almost every Igbo senator became president of the Senate because if Obasanjo doesn’t want you, you cannot be president of the Senate. And the manner in which he was changing it was far from being democratic.

“But the worst aspect was after he left office, he now decided to come and take over the chairmanship of the Board of Trustees by muscling out Anthony Anehin. And the way he did it was far from being democratic. Now, when he doubles away from democracy and you begin to look at federalism, his understanding of federalism is very suspect.

“Anybody that subscribes to federalism could have done what former President Obasanjo did with the funds that belonged to Lagos State local governments. “That is one. Two, there is no way he would have understood and practiced federalism and would be able to assemble a few legislators from a state in Abuja and have them impeach a properly elected governor of a state. That doesn’t happen in federalism. Those are the things that really worry me when I hear him talk about federalism and the Federal Government and all of that. Because those things don’t just happen, there is a system by which they should happen and that system does not include what happened to me in my issue of oil wells. Look at the way he took the oil wells that belonged to Akwa Ibom State and distributed them to Rivers and Cross River states and decided that we were not oil producing state which is far from the truth. His concept of sovereignty is what worries me the most. He seems to think there is something called sovereignty that owns Nigeria.”

Attah, while insisting that Nigeria should revert to the 1963 Constitution and modify it to suit the present circumstances, maintained that the oil resources in the Niger Delta region belonged to the Niger Delta people.

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Jigawa: Hisbah arrests 92 prostitutes, seizes 1,906 bottles of alcohol

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The Jigawa State Hisbah Command had seized 1,906 bottles of alcohol and arrested 92 persons, including prostitutes, in the state

Commander of the board, Mallam Ibrahim Dahiru, disclosed this to DAILY POST in Dutse, the state capital.

He said the board had seized 1,906 bottles of alcohol in raids carried out by the personnel of the command last year, 2021.

Dahiru said during the operation, the command had also arrested 92 persons on suspicion of various offenses within the last year.

The offenses include gambling, drug abuse, prostitution and other social vices.

He also said that during the period, the Hisbah board had also closed beer parlours and brothels across the state.

Mallam Ibrahim added that the seized bottles of alcohol and suspects were handed over to the police for further investigation.

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Hanifa and Asmau: They killed the parents as well – Peju Akande

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Hanifa Abubakar’s photo is one of a child well cared for.

 

Her skin is fresh, her cheeks full, her face a picture of good health and being an only child, one can imagine the love and attention lavished on her by her parents and the rest of the extended family.

 

What’s not to love about this child?

 

That is why the Proprietor of Nobel Kids Academy and North West Preparatory School, Abdulmalik Tanko decided to poke her parents in the eye by abducting her. He saw her as his ticket to wealth, like most criminals, however, he didn’t think it through.

 

He didn’t calculate the what ifs?

 

He only saw himself swimming in money he didn’t work for.

 

What’s a few millions to parents of a child who will move mountains to have their child back?

 

They won’t even feel the pinch of N3million…N6 million won’t even create a dent in their finances…they have rich friends.

 

These were all he saw…

 

He didn’t see that Hanifa was just a baby who must have innocently blurted that she would tell her parents he held away from them and gave her food she didn’t like. Like most 5 year olds, there would be no guile, no hidden agenda to her words.

 

He must have promised to take her to her parents if she stopped crying and she must have obeyed him, hoping he would, not sensing the danger she was in…she was five years old, a baby, in fact.

 

She must have said things that made Tanko begin to understand the gravity of his actions.

 

 

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She morphed from a baby girl to a dangerous weapon against Tanko. So he began to think.

 

This baby girl would tell anyone that asked her how she was taken away; she had seen Tanko’s accomplices, even if she was unable to name them; she would give information that would eventually lead to the arrest and imprisonment of anyone linked in any way to her abduction.

 

Which is why Tanko, after keeping her for a while; decided to kill her by feeding her rat poison even after collecting N3 million ransom!

 

In killing her, Tanko “killed” three people in the process, Hanifa and her parents.

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When he murdered Hanifa and cut her up, scattering her remains  in a compound she had once learned from, Tanko becaome every parents’s worsts fear because you see, only a depraved mind can do this to a child!

 

The image of their pretty little girl, cut up into pieces will forever be imprinted in the minds of her parents!

 

Speaking of images, did you see Asmau’photo?

 

Beautiful child.

 

Then imagine her in pain, tears, her fear as she spent days away in the kidnappers den. crying, begging, refusing to eat, scared out of her life and wondering when her parents would come get her.

 

That’s the image Asmau’s parents will be tortured with for years to come.

 

8 year old Asma’u Wa’alamu, kidnapped on the 9th of December, 2021, her abductors, like Hanifa’s, demanded ransom, they were paid and yet, the child was killed. Asmau was sent to buy a recharge card and she never came back home.

 

Her abductors informed her father she’d been killed. The only reason being that she identified her abductors, who have turned out to be their neighbors. One can only hope that these girls weren’t raped before they were killed. Let’s hope they were in no way in pain before death came.

 

I have no idea what the parents of these children are going through but I can guess and it is hell!

 

My son was missing for a few hours and I became a mad woman, I mean, raving mad with horrible pictures of what could possibly have happened or be happening to my kid while I was living and breathing!

 

So I can hazard a guess that, their parents will hear their daughters’ cries for help.(In their heads)

 

Their daughters’ tears and anguish at being left in the dark will fill their ears, live.

 

They will “talk” to their daughters’ and have no answers to their queries:

 

“Why didn’t daddy come get me?”

 

“Where is mummy?”

 

“I’m hungry, I want my mummy…”

 

Not having the right answers will drive them up the wall!

 

I have no idea what will happen to Tanko and his accomplices.

 

I do know, though, that the bulk of the ransom they collected will never be spent; the comfort they hoped for and the life they thought they would enjoy has forever been taken away from them.

 

Though these will never bring any form of comfort to the parents of the girls nor the families of hundreds of children being kidnapped nationwide. I hope someday, some year, they will find closure…

 

May the souls of these little ones find peace.

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NLC suspends nationwide protest over proposed fuel subsidy removal

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The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has suspended its planned nationwide protest over plan by the Federal Government to remove subsidy and increase price of fuel.

The NLC is supposed to stage a nationwide protest on 27 January to move against fuel hike occasioned by planned subsidy removal.

But the Federal Government on Monday suspended its plan to remove subsidy indefinitely.

NLC’s President, Ayuba Wabba, on Tuesday said the union decided to suspend the protest after its national executive council meeting in Abuja.

He said  following the reversal and re-approach by the government, the National Executive Council of the Nigeria Labour Congress had an emergency virtual meeting on Tuesday morning to consider the new position of the government.

Wabba said after vigorous debates, the NEC decided to suspend the planned nationwide protest scheduled for 27th January, 2022 and the national protest in Abuja scheduled for 2nd February 2022.

According to him, the leadership of the Congress had communicated its decision to its civil society allies who had stood behind Nigerian workers in its quest for social and economic justice for workers and the downtrodden people of our country.

He said going forward, the union would continue to engage with the government on the very critical issues of ensuring local refining of petroleum, creation of sustainable jobs and provision of petrol at an affordable price for Nigerian workers and people.

Wabba commended the Nigerian workers and people, particularly the civil society allies, for their unwavering solidarity and support during this struggle.

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