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‘Don’t Christianize your cabinet’ – Islamic group warns Lagos, Oyo, Ogun governors

The Muslim Rights Concerned, MURIC, on Tuesday warned South West governors against what it termed “Christianizing” their cabinets.

MURIC charged governors from Lagos, Oyo and Ogun States to ensure that they form a balanced cabinet.

The body issued the warning in a statement signed and forwarded to DAILY POST by its Director, Professor Ishaq Akintola.

MURIC advised the new governors to allow their cabinets to reflect the spirit of participatory democracy by ensuring that all stakeholders were not only consulted but fully involved.

The statement reads: “As South West governors resume office after their inauguration on 29th May, 2019, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has called for the formation of balanced cabinets by the new governors of Oyo, Lagos and Ogun.

“Your new governments must be inclusive. It must carry all sectors and groups along. That is the secret of good governance. As you pick political figures, you must involve technocrats and business gurus.

“We are watching the exercise with keen interest. Muslims in the South West are aware that all the new governors in Ogun, Oyo and Lagos are Christians. They should not make the same mistakes made by Ayodele Fayose and his successor, Kayode Fayemi in Ekiti State.

“Fayose ensured that Muslims were politically strangulated during his tenure. The secretary to the state government (SSG), the chief of staff (COS), all fourteen commissioners, all permanent secretaries and all board chairmen except one were Christians. In spite of our exhortations, Fayemi gave Muslims only one commissioner out of fourteen. This kind of attitude cannot promote peaceful coexistence. Neither does it represent good governance.

“We have a special message for Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State. He has already appointed a Muslim as the chairman of the Muslim Pilgrims Board. His choice is a very good one. Professor S. H. A. Malik is one of the most respected Islamic scholars in Nigeria. But Makinde should not assume that he has given Muslims any post. No, he has not.

“That position can only be filled by a Muslim. Makinde must therefore do his homework very well. Oyo State is not a place where any governor can dare the Muslim population. Bola Ige learnt this lesson too late. We are waiting to see where the posts of SSG and COS will go. The number of seats allocated to Muslims and Christians in the cabinet and board appointments will determine Makinde’s political sagacity.

“For the avoidance of doubts, MURIC is aware of the essence of merit in making appointments. Therefore, we are not suggesting the contrary. Any governor who claims that he could not find competent Muslims to appoint is deceiving Nigerians. The truth is that political appointments have become indices for the general welfare of various groups. Failure to pay attention to the Muslim population in terms of appointments therefore tantamounts to deliberate attempt to impoverish Muslims.

“To conclude this advocacy, we welcome the three new governors in the South West and urge them to give every sector its fair share in governance. We counsel against the christianisation of governance in any form. Rather, the new governors should give their subjects balanced cabinets”.

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Kogi guber: Abubakar Audu’s son joins race, blasts Yahaya Bello’s govt

Late Prince Abubakar Audu’s son, Mona Mustapha Audu, has thrown his hat into the ring for the November gubernatorial election in Kogi State, pledging that he would sustain the political ideals of his father which focused on infrastructural and human capital development.

Speaking in Abuja on Wednesday on his ambition to govern Kogi State, Audu, who is contesting the governorship under the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), stated that poverty and underdevelopment have become a brand in Kogi State for almost four years.

According to him, his father has always been prudent with the state resources hence was able to address poverty and underdevelopment, adding that he would toe the same path.

“I am in politics to address the challenges of poverty and underdevelopment.

“Today, workers are owed several months of salaries; some are committing suicide, children are out of school.

“There is gross infrastructural decay, there is poverty everywhere. This shouldn’t be because of the abundant human and natural resources available in our state.

“Some of us have taken up the challenge to get Kogi State working again. We are going to restore the pride of our people.

“We want to provide qualitative healthcare system, quality education and develop other critical infrastructure for the comfort of our people. That is why we have come; I will build on the legacies of my late father,” he insisted.

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How ASUP reacted to Buhari’s assent of Polytechnic Amendment Bill

The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) on Wednesday lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for signing the Polytechnic Act Amendment Bill into law.

It’s National President, Mr Usman Dutse, spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Wednesday, while reacting to the signing of the bill into law by the president.

Dutse said the union was happy that the bill was finally signed, hoping that all agencies concerned would commence its implementation immediately.

He said the law when implemented, would bring development into the system, minimise internal challenges and conflicts in the sector and also increase efficiency in operations.

Dutse said the law would also minimise government’s interference and improve democracy in the sector and industrial harmony.

“We are happy that finally, the bill has been signed; and we thank God Almighty for this great feat we have recorded in the sector.

“The law is a paradigm shift in the polytechnic sector; it will address many challenges bedevilling the sector.

“We appreciate President Buhari for assenting to the bill because we made series of efforts in the sixth and seventh assembly, but all the efforts ended without any result.

“We thank God that this time, we were able to achieve something, and we believe it will be a paradigm shift in the sector.

“The law will bring development into the system, minimise internal challenges and conflict in the sector; it will bring about increase efficiency in operations, minimise government interference and improve democracy in the sector

“I want to encourage all stakeholders to implement the law. We are calling on all the agencies to immediately commence implementation.

“We are appealing to all the agencies concern to do the needful without further delay,” he said.

Dutse urged the Federal Government to also continue with the efforts and give more attention to the sector.

He said that the Polytechnic Act was just one of the many agitations and demands of the sector, urging the government to meet other demands.

“We are calling on the government, to without further delay, release the approved funds for the NEEDS assessment in all polytechnics, so that with the review of the law, everything will be complemented.

“The NEEDS assessment is to ensure a sustained and effective intervention in the infrastructure and other needs of our institutions, and it is long overdue.

“A good law without good infrastructure in the polytechnic will not yield the desired result; so we want government to improve infrastructure facilities in the sector.

“We also want government to meet all other demands which include reviewing the Memorandum of Action, release of the revitalisation fund, non-payment of salaries by some state governments, payment of CONTISS 15 arrears and HND/BSc dichotomy, among others,” he said.

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Anthony Joshua’s rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr to be confirmed next week

Boxing promoter, Eddie Hearn, has disclosed that Anthony Joshua will finalise a rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr next week.

Joshua’s world heavyweight title reign and unbeaten record were ended by a stunning defeat to Ruiz Jr in New York earlier this month and Hearn has activated a clause to enforce an immediate second fight.

A number of British venues, including the Wembley Stadium, are being considered for a date in November or December.

But Hearn has revealed that Joshua is still open to the idea of staging the return bout at the scene of his first defeat – Maddison Square Garden.

“The job over the next week is just to finalise the details now of just where and when that will be.

“I can’t tell you too much, just because I don’t know other than, between November 16 and December 14 will be the date of the fight. We’ve had offers from five different countries to stage the fight. For me, it’s a straight decision between the UK or America.

“In the UK, we’re talking to Cardiff, to Wembley, to Tottenham and in America, we’ve had a couple of approaches, but our preference is Madison Square Garden.

“A sensible man would say ‘Do it in the UK’.

“Anthony feels as though it would be special to rewrite history and get the win at Madison Square Garden. It’s really not about the money so much, it’s just about where we believe this fight should take place and those decisions will be made in the next week,” Hearn told Sky Sports News.

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