Governor Fayose Dissolves Cabinet

The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has directed the immediate dissolution of the State Executive Council.

Dailypost reports that, all former Commissioners have been ordered to hand over to the Permanent Secretaries of their respective ministries.

The Governor, through Lere Olayinka, Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, thanked the former commissioners for their service to the State and wished them well in their future endeavours.

No reason was given for the dissolution but the development came in the wake of Governor Wike Nyesom of Rivers state sacking all the members of the State Executive Council.

Arewa Youths Refuses to Apologise, Defends Ultimatum

President of the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, AYCF, Shettima Yerima, has insisted that the statement issued by the Coalition of Northern Groups on Tuesday asking the Igbo to leave the North was to help them achieve their Biafra faster.

Yerima added that he has no reason to apology for issuing the quit notice even though it has received so much disapproval from all over the country.

In an interview with Punch, the youth leader maintained that he has done nothing wrong in trying to help Igbo people get the​ international attention they want.

He said,

“Apology for what? And exactly what part of the statement are you referring to? The Coalition of Northern Groups, after due consultation came up with a position as regard the disposition of the Indigenous People of Biafra.

“Our position is very clear: we have the intention of helping the Igbo to get the international attention they want so that they can leave Nigeria in peace.

“At no time did we advocate violence or make any attempt to incite anyone in the North or any other part of the country, to engage in violence against any tribe.

Asked why they issued the three months ultimatum, he explained,

“Yes; because by then they would have had a referendum to decide whether they want to be part of Nigeria or they want to have an independent nation of their own.

“If after the three months they succeed in getting a referendum in having an independent state of Biafra, what business do they have again in the North?

“They should go back to their Biafra. We did not ask them to go. They said they want to go. They are the ones demanding for their own independent nation and we said ‘OK, we will help you.’

“I should add that the silence of the Igbo in the North concerning the call by IPOB for a state of Biafra indicates that they are in support of the agitation – it is what we term ab initio, as conspiracy of silence.

“They have agreed to have their own nation; then they should go – IPOB is speaking for them. If not, they should have come out to say, ‘No, IPOB does not represent us. We do not want to be part of the Biafra being called by IPOB.’

“They didn’t say that. We are all living witnesses to the Biafran agitation. Everybody wants to leave Nigeria but nobody moves. Therefore, it clearly means they (Igbo in the North) are in agreement with them (IPOB).

“It is not our intention or plan to push them out of the North by force – no, that’s not our intention. We won’t do that. We are only encouraging them to leave. If they have decided to be part of an independent Biafran state, why are they wasting time still living in other people’s land?

“They should go to their region if they want to go; we will help them to leave. They should leave. But if at the end of the referendum and they vote to remain as part of Nigeria, we are willing to receive them back.

“Our declaration is by no means a call for violence. By upbringing and orientation, as northern youths we are not inclined to violence. We believe in peaceful resolution of conflicts.

“We will continue to help them to the extent that their voice would be heard in the international community. We will help them to ensure that the African Union, the Economic Community of West African States, the United Nations and other international organisations come to their aid.

“There was a referendum in the United Kingdom; was there any bloodshed there? In essence, what we are saying is that if the easterners want a state of Biafra the Federal Government should give them what they want.

“Is that asking for too much? We insist that the Federal Government should organise a referendum for them to choose whether they want to remain a part of Nigeria or not; let them vote for or against.”

 

Nigerian Delta Militants Weighs in on the Ndigbo Quit Notice, Demands FG Retrieves Oil Blocks From Northerners

Following the statement from some youth groups in the north who issued an ultimatum for the Igbos to leave the north by October 1, a coalition of eight Niger Delta militant groups have also called on the Federal Government to return all oil blocks presently controlled by northerners to the people of the region.

he Niger Delta groups threatened that by that October 1, they would declare independence of Niger Delta region.

This was contained in a statement leaders of the eight groups released after their meeting in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

The statement read,

“A coalition of the Niger Delta militants met today in Port Harcourt to review the recent call by Arewa youth groups that the Ndigbo should vacate all the northern states within three months.

“We see the declaration by Arewa youths as a consultative declaration. which the northern elders, leaders, political elite, security heads from the North and governors were fully aware of.

“We demand 100 per cent control of our resources. We demand that the Federal Government should hand over all oil blocks owned by the northerners to Niger Delta indigenes. All the companies operating in such oil blocks/wells should vacate within three months.

“The Federal Government should immediately relocate the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and all the offices that have to do with oil/gas sector back to Niger Delta states and immediately replace the Group Managing Director (of NNPC) with an indigene of Niger Delta.

“All northern indigenes working in NNPC and any other board that has anything to do with oil/gas should be sacked with immediate effect.

“We demand an independent and sovereign Republic of Niger Delta. We are tired of living with the North under Nigeria. We are tired of the President’s sentiments to the Niger Delta people.

“The president can have time to receive the Chibok girls, but could not have time to meet with the representatives of the Niger Delta agitators. Our money has been used to fund Boko Haram, a problem created by the northerners in order to use it as a conduit to siphon off the resources of Niger Delta.

On October 1, 2017, we shall declare our independence, come rain, come shine. We shall take our destiny in our hands and free ourselves from the slavery of the North as they are tired of one Nigeria.”

“From October 1, 2017, we don ’t want to see any northerner close to Niger Delta; any attempt to penetrate shall meet fierce resistance. This time, we are not going to play defence, but attack,” the statement included.

They also added that, “We also demand that the Federal Government should immediately replace the Inspector General of Police with an indigene of the South-West, the Director – General of the Department of State Services with an indigene of South-East, and the National Security Adviser with an indigene of South – South.

“The Speaker, House of Representatives should voluntarily resign and hand over to an indigene of the South – South.”

Those who signed the statement include Niger Delta Watchdogs , Niger Delta Volunteers, Niger Delta Peoples Fighters, Niger Delta Warriors, Bakassi Freedom Fighters, Niger Delta Movement for Justice, Niger Delta Fighters Network and Niger Delta Freedom Mandate.

Why Buhari Chose UK Hospitals – Lai Mohammed

During a live radio programme titled, ‘Morning Crossfire’, on Nigeria Info, Abuja, 95.1FM, on Thursday, Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed said, the president needed the best medication, hence the need to travel overseas.

During the phone-in section, an angry caller had criticised the All Progressives Congress-led government for going back on its promise to bar public officials from travelling abroad for medical treatment at the expense of taxpayers.

Responding, Mohammed said,

“My answer is very simple. Mr President is our father, he is the leader of the nation and I think he deserves the best in terms of medical treatment.”

A caller commended the Federal Government for its achievements but lamented the high cost of food prices, especially rice.

And the minister said,

“The truth of the matter is that in 2015, this government imported 580,000MT of rice. We cut it down to 58,000MT in 2016 and we have saved about $200m in the process. Yes, we understand the cost of rice is still high and we are going to intervene through price fixing by subsidising the cost of transportation.”

Yet another caller questioned why the Buhari-led administration​ was flouting court orders regarding the release of some detained politically exposed persons,

The minister replied,

“If it is a court order and the order is not appealed, then you have flouted the order. But if the order is appealed, then it is not a final order. Also, you have to balance national security with the rule of law. In the case of Ifeanyi Ubah, I think it is neither here nor there.”

 

Suicide Bomber Blown Up While Waiting to Attack UNIMAID

It has been reported that a suicide bomber allegedly blew up himself while waiting in the bushes for the right opportunity to set a bomb off  among students gathering at the University of Maiduguri.

According to the statement by the spokesman of the National Emergency Management Agency in the North East, Mallam Abdulkadir Ibrahim, the suicide bomber was the lone death recorded during the attempted attack.
He said the explosive on him went off while lying in wait for the right opportunity to detonate the bomb among students gathering.

The statement read,

“Today 20/5/2017 some minutes past 10 am, one male adult suicide bomber hid in the bush within university community surrounding, supposedly trying to gain access into university where students are gathering.

Unfortunately for him the IED exploded and killed him, No casualty was recorded. The corpse was deposited at Borno specialist hospital.”

Aisha Buhari Speaks On Her Husband’s Health

The wife of the President, Aisha Buhari has spoken about her husband, President Muhammadu Buhari’s ​health.

In a series of tweets today, she stated that  his health is not as bad as it’s being perceived.

“I thank all Nigerians for their concern, love and prayers over my husband’s health status.

           “I wish to inform everyone that his health is not as bad as it’s being perceived,Meanwhile he continues to carry out his responsibilities during this period. As it may come to your notice, he is meeting with Minister of Justice and GMD of NNPC this evening.”
Long Live Nigerians, Long

 

NLC: SGF Lawal Shouldn’t be Tried by Osibanjo

The Nigerian Labour Congress has opposed the decision of President Muhammadu Buhari to conduct an in-house administrative trial of the Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal, who has been accused of abusing his office, Ripples reports.

According to senior officials of the labour union who spoke to newsmen on Thursday, ordering an in-house probe came short on expectations as the alleged offense committed by the SGF bordered on criminality.

Speaking, Dr. Peter Ozo-Eson, General Secretary of NLC posits,

“Well, we think that it is something that is positive. There are those who will say that it has taken long, particularly the issue of the SGF. Well, government has now decided to suspend them and investigation is going on, it is fine.”

“But what we don’t understand is how an administrative committee, chaired by the Vice President, will be investigating what is an alleged criminal offence. However, whatever processes they have chosen to adopt, what is important is that they need to bring the facts before the nation.”

“We need to know that there are no sacred cows and at the end of the day, we hope that justice will be done and citizens will be able to attest that justice has been done.”

“Once there are allegations of corruption and there are prima facie cases established while such investigation is going on, the normal practice is that people step aside, or are suspended or they remove themselves from the process.”

National President of SSANU, Comrade Samson Chijioke Ugwoke, asserts that “if somebody in the Presidency is accused of corruption, the usual anti-corruption agencies that investigate other ones, should also investigate the SGF. The Presidency should not investigate Presidency, nobody should be a judge in his own case.”

 

FG To Open Portal To Gather Data of Unemployed Nigerians


The Federal Government will start an online registration to gather data of unemployed Nigeria by Wednesday, April 5, 2017.

This was revealed by the deputy director, information and public relations, National Directorate of Employment (NDE), Edmund Onwuliri in Abuja.

According to him,

With NDE’s “mandate to obtain and maintain a data bank on unemployment and vacancies in the country, the exercise would enable the directorate to serve as a clearing house linking job seekers with existing vacancies in government agencies and the private sector.”

“The online portal which goes live on Wednesday April 5, 2017, is designed to capture the relevant details of any unemployed person. It will equally serve as a job exchange portal that will link job seekers and employers.”

He also stated that a practical demonstration of the workings of the portal will take place at NDE stand at the ongoing 28th edition of the Enugu International Trade Fair on Thursday.

Describing the initiative as a bold step towards deepening the effectiveness of its employment creation strategies and a critical input into the process of designing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating programmes and schemes, Onwuliri added that the online portal would henceforth serve as a meeting point for job seekers and their prospective employers.

The portal’s address would be : www.jobsforall.ng.

Reps Against FG Plans to Build N3bn Houses For Top Officials


The House of Representatives, on Thursday, opposed the plan by the federal government to built 40 houses for top Federal Government officials at a cost of N3billion.

According to the Herman Hembe-led House Committee on Federal Capital Territory (FCT) during its 2016/2017 budget session with the Ministry of FCT, the change of policy started by former President Olusegun Obasanjo where housing and car incentives to civil servants are monetised, by the present administration, arguing that the initial programme may have been jettisoned without due process.

“When government comes up with a policy, it should follow it up. When you begin to build houses for ministers, permanent secretaries and directors, are they above the members of the National Assembly?”

“If you want to move for monetisation, it should be complete. I think it was wrong to sell the houses in the first place. This kind of thing may be very difficult to pass on the floor of the House. You can’t push for building houses for them. I remember at some point, they even wanted to sell the Vice President’s house.”

Representing the minister of the FCT,  FCT Permanent Secretary, Babatope Ajakaiye said,

“We have not started it; it is a new project. I still want to plead for understanding on this issue. The issue has been discussed last year and we’re still talking about it. The policy was introduced by government, but after sometime, there was this feeling that it should be reviewed.”

“When government says top functionaries, it is not defining. In countries around the world, they build safe houses, and it’s not meant for any particular person.”

“Can we really say we want to give houses to about 500 legislators in one or two years? Top government functionary could be anybody. There’s always a start.”

The committee however agreed to further look into it after details of the 40 unit houses, their specifications and supposed beneficiaries are made available.