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Nigeria elections: Real reason Buhari, ex-President kicked against electoral reforms – Shehu Sani

Shehu Sani, the senator representing Kaduna Central, on Thursday said the President Muhammadu Buhari was not interested in any serious electoral reforms.

The lawmaker explained that both previous governments and that of Buhari were not interested in serious electoral reforms because they tend to benefit from its failures.

He, however, stated that only former President Goodluck Jonathan could appoint a chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, without meeting and knowing him.

In a tweet, he also stated that only Jonathan could approve the use of technology, which terminated his administration.

“The Previous Governments including the one in power doesn’t want any serious electoral reforms because they tend to benefit from its failings.

“Its only GEJ that can appoint an INEC chair he never met and never knew and approved of technology for use that can terminate his reign,” he tweeted.

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MASSOB backs Obasanjo, accuses Buhari of planning to destroy S/east, S/south regions

The leadership of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign
State of Biafra (MASSOB) on Tuesday accused the federal government lead by President Muhammadu Buhari of alleged plot to destroy both the south-east and south-south regions.

The group made this known through a statement signed by the
Director of Information, Mr. Edeson Samuel and forwarded to DAILY POT in Abakaliki, capital of Ebonyi State.

MASSOB, however, applauded former President Olusegun Obasanjo for revealing the plans of President Buhari to use Boko Haram and ISIS to actualize the agenda of Islamization and fulanization of Nigeria.

The statement read, “Chief Obasanjo should not be crucified or condemned because he exposed the intended evil President Muhammad Buhari led Federal government is planning to unleash on people of southern and middle belt regions of Nigeria.

“MASSOB have conferred that the likes of Loretta Onochie and Alhaji Lai Mohammed have mortgaged their consciences for their selfish desires, presenting falsehoods to the citizens because they want to be relevant to the President Buhari’s administration.

“MASSOB commends Obasanjo for been courageous and eloquence in
revealing this unwanted truth, which the present government doesn’t
want to hear.

“It will be recalled that MASSOB have earlier exposed this Islamization agenda of President Muhammad Buhari in pursuit, projection and actualization of the grand command of Othman Dan Fodio which is to islamize/fulanize this geographical entity called Nigeria and destroy the entire southern Nigeria but nobody believed us.

“MASSOB has gathered many secret plans by the northern political and religious leaders against the southern region through Biafra Intelligence Agency (BIA).

“In early 1960’s, the north through Tafawa Balewa and Ahmadu Bello used Chief Akintola to destabilize the Western region, today they want to use Bola Tinubu to destabilize the political structure of the Southern region. That was the recent meeting of some northern leaders
in Saudi Arabia.

“MASSOB wishes to make it clearer again that there is no difference between Boko Haram and Fulani herdsmen, the terrorist herdsmen where sent to go and destroy the South and Middle belt while the Boko Haram will carry their acts of terrorism in the northeast.

“That is why President Buhari can never declare Fulani herdsmen, a terrorist movement or even to condemn the killing of the innocent citizens by these foot soldiers of Islam called Fulani herdsmen,” the group stated.

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We are not safe – Cardinal Onaiyekan speaks on insecurity in Nigeria

John Cardinal Onaiyekan, the Archbishop, Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja, has urged government at all levels to do more in addressing worsening insecurity in the country.

Onaiyekan said this on Tuesday at the 5th Anniversary of Lumen Christi Television Network and Presentation of Annual Maiden Lecture at Catholic House, Lekki, Lagos.

According to him, “we cannot pretend that everything is fine as people go around with fear in their hearts.

“Apart from Boko Haram senseless insurgency which has been around for the past 10 years, initially we did not see the herdsmen as terrorists, now we know,’’ he said.

He urged the government not to allow those involved in criminal activities in the country to have free reign, saying that those caught should be prosecuted.

“Nigerians are practically at the mercy of these criminals; in time past, we have our traditional culture where every able-body man went around with his cutlass, bows and arrows to defend themselves.

“Now we have disarmed ourselves so that the security agencies can protect us but they cannot protect us, the only people that carry weapons around are criminals.

“It is only the rich people and those in government that surround themselves with security men, leaving the poor helpless,’’ he said.

The cleric said that he believed that the insurgents are out to Islamize the country at gunpoint.

“My own understanding and experience is that Muslims do not agree with what the insurgents are doing.

“But they should do more and make their disagreement loud and clear that this group is giving them bad name.

“Everything boils down to good governance, if we have good governance, criminals will not have a free route, religious fanatics will not promote their religion by force.

“Those using other means like political influence and power to promote their religion at the expense of others in a way that is unjust will also have a rethink,” Onaiyekan said.

The Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Most Rev. Adewale Martins, said that all hands must be on deck to address the nation’s security challenges, NAN reports.

“If the present situation is not addressed, the sense of unity and togetherness of the Nigerian people from a psychological standpoint could be under threat,” he said.

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May 29: Gov. Okowa tells commissioners to handover

Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, on Tuesday, thanked the commissioners for their support in making his first term a success, while asking them to vacate their positions on Friday, May 24.

The Governor gave the order at the valedictory session of the State Executive Council meeting held in Government House, Asaba.

He said the council’s collective efforts and determination ensured the execution of government programmes and policies to the satisfaction of the people.

According to the Governor, the commissioners are to handover to their Permanent Secretaries before the close of work on Friday, May 24.

“In the last four years, I have had a working team’ an Exco that realised that we are together and that our success story will be told together.

“I am proud to say that it is the collective efforts of each and every one of us that has given us our success stories, which also resulted in the resounding victory we recorded at the elections.

“I will first want to thank each and every one and appreciate you more for the commitment to your offices in the last four years.

“We give all the glory to God, who gave us the grace to take certain steps in our administration, look at the second tenure there is still a lot to be done.

“I want to use this opportunity to thank the people for the support given to us as a government,” he said.

He urged the people to sustain their support and prayers for the government in the second tenure.

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