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Insecurity: Gbajabiamila strikes deal with Zamfara leaders over killings, banditry

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Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has said that the National Assembly would give special budgetary attention to the three Senatorial Districts of Zamfara State in order to resolve the issue of insecurity in the state.

A statement by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the Speaker, Mr. Lanre Lasisi, said the Speaker made the disclosure during his visit to the state as part of efforts to reconcile warring factions of herdsmen in the state.

The statement quoted Gbajabiamila as saying “the National Assembly would do everything within its constitutional powers to bring development to the state through allocation of resources in the budget.

“I can assure you that the Federal Government, at least as far as the National Assembly is concerned, when it comes to budgeting of your 14 local governments, every senatorial district will be empowered as far as schools are concerned, as far as skills acquisition centers are concerned, for our people to learn and acquire skills and be empowered to go out and win the daily bread to take care of their families.

“So, here’s the deal for me: we will devote a sizeable amount of resources to the senatorial districts, but you will have to do something in return. It’s a question of give and take.

“For a start, let’s have at least one year of peace, let’s not hear of killing for a year, let’s not hear of banditry for a year in Zamfara. After that one year, we renew our efforts.

”I want to believe we are here with men of good intentions and women of peace, that in the end, what has happened in Zamfara over the years, by the time we get into January, February it will be a thing of the past, do I have your word?” the Speaker said.

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COZA Pastor vs Busola Dakolo: Biodun Fatoyinbo shunned our investigative panel – PFN

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The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, PFN, on Thursday, released its report on the investigation into the rape scandal surrounding the Senior Pastor of Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA), Biodun Fatoyinbo.

DAILY POST recalls that CAN had given the PFN two weeks to submit report of its probe into the rape allegation against the Senior Pastor of Commonwealth of Zion Assembly, COZA, Biodun Fatoyinbo.

Speaking to newsmen on Thursday, PFN’s National Publicity Secretary, Bishop Emma Isong disclosed that Fatoyinbo ignored the panel that was set up to investigate the accusations against him.

PFN, while declaring the investigation ‘inconclusive’, stated however that Busola and her husband, Timi Dakolo appeared before the panel.

Recall that Busola, wife of Timi Dakolo had in weeks past disclosed details of how Fatoyinbo allegedly raped her when she was a teenager.

Fatoyinbo, however, denied the allegation, saying he has never forced himself on any woman in his life.

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Buhari appointed EFCC guests as ministers – Timi Frank

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Political activist and former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank has said that the corrupt pedigree of some personalities that now populate President Muhammadu Buhari’s new cabinet shows that governance in the country has been officially and effectively handed over to looters and manifestly corrupt individuals.

He called on Nigerians to lower their expectations for true dividends of democracy but should rather expect unprecedented and astronomical rise in the level of corruption in the country during the period the current administration will remain in office.

Reacting to the inauguration of new Ministers and assignment of portfolios released on Wednesday, Frank, in a statement he signed and made available to newsmen in Abuja on Thursday, said nothing positive can come from the new Ministers because “70 to 80 per cent of them have at one time or the other been guests of the anti-corruption agencies with most of them still battling corruption charges in court.”

According to Frank, “there will be more corruption in this cabinet than in any other administration in the history of Nigeria as some of the Ministers purchased their slots and would want to recoup their investments at the detriment of Nigeria and Nigerians.

“Therefore, I urge Nigerians to brace up for more hardships as corruption and incompetence have been enthroned with corruption masters turned Ministers to run the affairs of government in Nigeria.

“Buhari told Nigerians in 2015 that he will cut his salary by 50 per cent, reduce the aircraft in the presidential fleet before he became President. He also said he would reduce the cars in the Presidential convoy.

“But Nigerians can testify that this was never done. He neither reduced his salary, aircraft in the presidential fleet nor cars in his convoy.

“With this therefore, it is clear to Nigerians that General Buhari is a product of lies who has continued to live and rule with falsehood. It is clear that Nigeria cannot move forward under this circumstances because darkness and light have nothing in common.”

Reacting to Buhari’s directive that ministers who want to see him must go through his Chief of Staff or the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Frank queried: “What is the President still doing in office? By this action, he has completely abdicated his responsibilities and declared himself unavailable and unfit to occupy the Office of President.

“To subordinate ministers to the whims and caprices of his aides represent a gross abuse of office and the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“This is impunity of the highest order and a criminal alienation of the states of the federation that these ministers represent. Effectively, General Buhari’s misguided order means that the CoS and SGF are the de facto presidents.”

He said that another reason why Nigerians must not take Buhari and his cabinet serious is that he is not a man of integrity.

“In 2015, while campaigning, General Buhari promised to reduce the cost of governance if elected. After his election, he appointed 36 Ministers in apparent fulfilment of the promise. Why did he appoint 43 Ministers in 2019?

“We don’t need seer to know that ballooning of the cabinet would greatly increase government administrative cost and impact negatively on his ability to deliver on infrastructural development in the face of dwindling national revenue.

“Never in the history of Nigeria has any President appointed 43 Ministers. What has changed between 2015 and 2019 that led to this atrocious expansion of the cabinet?” Frank asked.

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#RevolutionNow: Sowore In High Spirits In Detention, Sources Say

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Omoyele Sowore, President Muhammadu Buhari’s opponent in the February 23 presidential election, though currently in detained by Nigeria’s secret police (the Department of State Services) is in high spirits,
SaharaReporters can report.

Sowore, a political and social activist, is being charged with terrorism for calling on Nigerians to embark on nationwide protests tagged, #RevolutionNow.

He was abducted on August 3, 2019, two days before the planned protest.

Reliable sources close to the detention facility Sowore is being held disclosed that every attempt to dampen his spirit had failed.

The sources added that the activist was in good health.

One of the sources told SaharaReporters that Sowore vowed that he would continue to “speak truth to power” and would not bow to intimidation and persecution.

The Buhari regime was pilloried by many individuals and organizations for arresting and detaining the pro-democracy campaigner and called for his release.

Among Nigerians who took to the social media includes the former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar who described the arrest as “kidnapping in the guise” adding that freedom of speech was part of the nation’s democracy.

Others were a former minister of education, Oby Ezekwesili, Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka, Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin, Senator Shehu Sani, Femi Falana, Mike Ozekhome, among others.

Also, over 52 civil society organizations condemned the government’s security agents’ clampdown on peaceful #RevolutionNow protesters.

However, the All Progressives Congress-led federal government has been seeking ways to prolong Sowore’s stay in DSS’ custody.

Sowore, a candidate of the African Action Congress in the February 23 presidential election is known to be a vocal critic against bad governance and corruption in Nigeria.

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