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Catholic Bishop sends message to govt, reveals what herdsmen did to Church farm

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The Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Umuahia, Most Rev. Lucius Ugorji, has advised the Abia government to take urgent steps to address the huge infrastructure deficit in the state, especially Aba, the commercial hub of the state.

Ugorji made the call in his sermon on Sunday during a special thanksgiving mass to commemorate the 28th anniversary of the creation of the state at Mater Dei Cathedral, Umuahia.

He said that the state of infrastructure in Aba was deplorable and begging for immediate government’s attention to avert its total collapse.

Ugorji also expressed worry over the growing state of insecurity in the state, citing the menace of herdsmen and their wanton destruction of people’s farms in the state.

The clergyman alleged that herdsmen recently attacked the diocesan farm, destroying crops worth over N2.5 million and attempted “to stab the farm manager to death.”

He regretted that although the matter was reported to security agencies, no arrest had yet been made.

He charged security agencies in the state to rise to their responsibility of protecting the lives and property of the citizenry.

The cleric urged the government to endeavour to pay workers and teachers “promptly, as an when due” in order to motivate them to give their best.

He expressed profound gratitude to God for the human and mineral deposits as well as other material resources endowed on the state.

He expressed joy that the state had produced great sons and daughters, who had excelled in different spheres of human endeavours across the globe.

He further said that Aba possessed great potential that had attracted enormous trade and investment from other parts of Nigeria and West African region.

He opined that with diligent exploitation of the potential, Aba would be one of the greatest cities in Africa.

Ugorji commended the government for lifting the ban on employment, describing the measure as a positive development that could reduce the unemployment and crime rates in the state.

He further lauded government’s handover of schools to missions but said that there were still some hiccups in the completion process.

Deputy Gov. Ude Oko-Chukwu, who represented Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu at the solemn event, thanked God for the relative security in the state, in spite of the widespread security challenges in the country.

Uko-Chukwu also said that Abia had enjoyed substantial peace and harmony among political class in the state.

He commended the efforts of the founding fathers of the state in the realisation of the state in 1991 and promised that the present administration would continue to uphold the ideals of the elder statesmen.

He further promised that Okezie’s administration would not renege on its campaign promises to the citizenry.

He urged Christians to continue to pray for the country to overcome the current challenges that seemed to threaten its peace and unity.

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Portugal vs Lithuania: What Cristiano Ronaldo said after scoring hat-trick in 6-0 win

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Portugal captain, Cristiano Ronaldo has reacted to his side’s 6-0 victory over Lithuania in a 2020 Euro qualifier encounter on Thursday night.

Goals from Cristiano Ronaldo (3), Pizzi (1), Goncalo Paciencia (1) and Bernado Silva (1) ensure Portugal defeated Lithuania at Estadio Algarve.

Ronaldo, who scored a hat-trick against Lithuania, said Fernando Santos’s men are one step closer to qualifying for Euro 2020.

The Juventus star hailed his teammates for their victory against the visitors.

“Good team win! We are one step closer! #todosporportugal,” the 34-year-old posted on Twitter after the match, alongside a picture of himself and his teammates celebrating.

Ronaldo will now hope to lead Portugal to victory when they take on Luxembourg in their next fixture on Sunday.

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Kogi Guber: Reactions trail video of El-Rufai begging to re-elect Yahaya Bello

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A cross section of Nigerians have reacted to the public apology and kneeling by the Kaduna State Governor and Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, campaign council Nasir El-Rufai, in Kogi State.

DAILY POST reports that El-Rufai was down on his kneels at the All Progressives Congress, APC, mega rally in Lokoja, on Thursday, begging the people of the State to forgive Governor Yahaya Bello of whatever wrong he had done and vote him back to power.

El-Rufai had said, “Many people say Yahaya Bello is young and that he has fought many people. For every one that the governor has offended, I am asking all of you to forgive him. He is young, he is supposed to make mistakes.

“When you are young, you make mistakes, but you are supposed to learn from him. On his behalf, I am kneeling down to beg all of you to forgive Yahaya Bello if he has offended you.”

El-rufai’s action and statement have since stirred reactions from Nigerians on social media.

Here are some reactions gathered by DAILY POST from Twitter:

@Okutepa “When I watched Nasir El-Rufai kneeling down begging kogi people to forgive Yahaya Bello for failure of governance, I came to the conclusion that Nigerian politicians can take us for granted. Bello is young and he is bound to make mistakes he said. Mistakes I laughed. Mistakes?

@Omogbajabiamila “Same way APC begged Oyo people to forgive Ajimobi is the same way they’re begging Kogi people to forgive Yahaya Bello.Begging electorates after years of constant failure is quite instructive.Governance by pity!

@Oma_Igala “Kaduna state Governor has admitted that yahaya bello did not perform, that kogi people should forgive him, that he will do better at the second term to me he has accepted defeat already.”

@Cj_mbaka “While everyone is calling on Kogi people to forgive Yahaya Bello for not paying salaries, can we take a moment to ask them what happened to the money meant for the payment? Isn’t this the kind of criminal offence that should deserve death by hanging?

@Integrity56 “They are begging Kogi people to allow Yahaya Bello to continue to owe them salaries and keep them in abject poverty.The devil himself must be amazed by the level of wickedness of humans against each other.”

@Stivenchy “Wicked people. I watched as Oshiomole was sweating while using all his energy to deceive people in the state. If I live in Kogi,I won’t vote APC. I’ll also use everything I have to campaign against the incumbent. It is gonna be in retaliation to what is happening in Aso rock.”

@BOgbadamosi “At least pay the bloody salaries first, every last outstanding kobo. What is all this shitty begging for, after starving an entire state for 36 months? These people are spawns of the devil.”

@Ebitu_Promise “El-Rufai kneeling before Kogi people to plead for forgiveness on Yahaya Bello’s behalf is the scam of the highest level.In the first place what was Yahaya Bello’s offense? This is another political trick to lure the people into another 4yrs of slavery. Be wise Kogi!

@Yemiefash “Kaduna State Governor, El-rufay today knelt down to beg the people of kogi State to forgive Yahaya Bello for his wrong doings. They know he failed but want to reinforce failure. Why?

@Oisamojemaria “Rubbish. If he is too young, let him go back to school. Governance is not child’s play. You can’t subject people ‘s future to the misrule of immature , delinquent child like Yahaya Bello.”

@Dan_atim1 “This is a clear statement that Yahaya Bello is a colossal failure. if voted for a second term his performance will be worst. ”

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Kogi guber: Court told to stop PDP candidate, Wada from contesting

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A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has been asked to stop the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Engr. Musa Wada, from participating in Saturday’s governorship election on a count of alleged certificate forgery.

In a case with suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/1147/2019, the plaintiff, Femi Joseph, alleged that Wada forged his primary school certificate which he filled in the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Form CF001.

In the suit filed by his counsel, Mike Enahoro Ebah, the plaintiff is contending that by virtue of Section 31(5) & (6) of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended), he reasonably believes that the information supplied by Wada in both his Form CF001 and the attached First School Leaving Certificate as to his primary school education were false.

He prayed the Court to determine that the information submitted by the PDP flagbearer was indeed false and, on that basis, disqualify him from contesting in the gubernatorial elections.

He asked the court to determine the following issues:

Whether having regard to the clear and unambiguous provisions of Section 31 (5) and (6) of the Electoral Act, 2010 (As Amended), 3rd Defendant’s INEC FORM CFOO1 and the Primary School Certificate, bearing Number: 910922, attached therewith and submitted to the 2nd Defendant by the 1st and 3rd Defendants, contain false information regarding the 3rd Defendant’s Primary School Certificate.

Whether having regard to the clear and unambiguous provisions of Section 31 (5) and (6) of the Electoral Act, 2010 (As Amended), vis-a-vis 3rd Defendant’s INEC FORM CFOO1 and the Primary School Certificate, bearing Number:
910922, attached therewith and submitted to the 2nd Defendant by the 1st and 3rd Defendants, the 3rd Defendant is disqualified from contesting the Kogi State Governorship Election slated for 16th day of November, 2019, for submitting to the 2nd Defendant false information regarding the 3rd Defendant’s Primary School Certificate.

The plaintiff prayed the court for the following declaration:

A declaration that the 3rd Defendant’s INEC FORM CFOO1 and the Primary School Certificate, bearing Number: 910922, attached therewith and submitted to the 2nd defendant by the 1st and 3rd defendants, contain false information regarding the 3rd Defendant’s Primary School Certificate.

A declaration that having regard to the clear and unambiguous provisions of Section 31 (5) and (6) of the Electoral Act, 2010 (As Amended), vis-a-vis 3rd defendant’s INEC FORM CFOO1 and the Primary School Certificate, bearing
Number: 910922, attached therewith and submitted to the 2nd defendant by the 1st and 3rd defendants, the said 3rd Defendant is disqualified from contesting the Kogi State Governorship Election slated for 16th day of November, 2019, for submitting to the 2nd Defendant false information regarding the 3rd Defendant’sPrimary School Certificate.

An order disqualifying the 3rd Defendant from contesting the Kogi State Governorship Election slated for 16th day of November, 2019, for submitting to the 2nd defendant in his INEC FORM CFOO1 and the documents attached therewith, false information concerning his Primary School Certificate.

An order restraining the 2nd Defendant (INEC), from accepting the 3rd defendant as a candidate to contest the Kogi State Governorship Election slated for 16th day of November, 2019.

An order restraining the 3rd Defendant (Wada) from parading or holding himself out as Governorship candidates in the Kogi State Governorship Election slated for 16th day of November, 2019.

No date has been set down for the hearing of the suit.

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