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Review of Nigerian Newspapers: 10 things you need to grab this Wednesday morning

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Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers

1. The Social Democratic Party (SDP) has suspended its two presidential candidates, Jerry Gana and Donald Duke, over alleged anti-party activities.

Yemi Akinbode, SDP’s Director of Media and Publicity, announced this during a press briefing at the party’s secretariat in Abuja, on Tuesday.

2. A mystery fire broke out inside the Anambra State headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, on Tuesday

It was gathered that the fire, which started at about 2:10pm, was discovered in a container bearing election materials.

3. Suspected herdsmen have killed at least two persons, injured several others and razed many houses in a fresh attack on Tse-Kyoon, Nyiev Clan, Guma LGA, Benue State.

The attackers, armed with dangerous weapons, stormed the village, Monday evening and started shooting sporadically into the air.

4. The General Overseer of Evangelical Bible Outreach Ministries Int’l (EBOMI), Prophet Isa El-Buba, on Tuesday predicted that President Muhammadu Buhari will lose the election to his Peoples Democratic Party’s counterpart, Atiku Abubakar.

The cleric said the Nigerian people will surely protect their votes and if the President loses the election, he will have no option than to go to his country home in Daura, Katsina State.

5. The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has again called on the Executive arm of the Federal Government to discontinue the charge against suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Samuel Onnoghen.

The NBA in a statement said that, as widely reported, one of the two petitions against the CJN that is currently before the National Judicial Council (NJC) was an exact replica of the petition that motivated the CCT Charge.

6. Five suspected fake soldiers were on Tuesday arrested by the Imo State Police Command headquarters in Owerri, the Imo State capital.

The Commander, 34 Artillery Brigade, Obinze Owerri, Brigade General H. I. Bature, while parading them before newsmen on Tuesday, said that two out of the five suspects were caught escorting a politician.

7. A former leader of the Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta, MEND, Alhaji Asari Dokubo, has blasted the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.

Dokubo, a frontline agitator for the actualization of Biafra, slammed Kanu for allegedly betraying the cause of the struggle by calling for election boycott, which he (Asari) sees as a support for President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election bid.

8. Babachir Lawal, former Secretary to the Government of the Federation was on Tuesday arraigned in an FCT High Court Maitama on allegation of N544 million grass cutting fraud.

He was arraigned alongside Hamidu Lawal, a director of Rholaviosion Engineering Ltd., Babachir’s company, Sulaiman Abubakar, a staff of the same company and Apeh Monday, a staff in Josmon Technologies Ltd and consequently remanded in EFCC custody pending the outcome of the ruling on their bail applications on Feb. 13.

9. Immediate past Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose has alleged of plot by the All Progressives Congress (APC) led Federal Government to jam all telecommunications networks from 5am on Saturday till 5pm on Sunday to make it impossible for use of internet and phone calls during the Presidential and National Assembly elections.
Fayose, who is also the Southwest Coordinator of the Atiku/Obi PDP Presidential Campaign Council said the equipment for the sinister plot.

10. The Kaduna State Command of the Department of State Services ( DSS ) has explained why it arrested the Director General of the Peoples Democratic Party campaign, Ben Bako.

The security outfit said it picked up Bako because of a recent inciting statement credited to him.

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Kwara workers locked outside secretariat gate as Gov Abdulrazaq pay surprise visit

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Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara state, Monday warned civil servants in the state against lateness and poor attitude to work.

He said late coming and poor attitude to work certainly will not be tolerated.

The governor who was at the state government secretariat in Ilorin, the state capital,at about 7.55am met most offices under lock with a large number of the workers yet to report to duty.

Visibly unhappy about the development, he said late coming was not helpful for government business in the 21st century.

For over one hour during the visit, only a few workers were at work as most of the offices were locked at 9am.

According to a statement by his Spokesman, Rafiu Ajakaye, the governor said,” late coming and poor attitude to work, certainly will not be tolerated.

”He said the civil service should be business-like and efficient in service delivery.

“As we try to support the civil service, to deliver on its mandate, we expect a drastic shift from old practices that have taken our state nowhere”, the governor added.

Hundreds of the workers who came to work late were still locked outside the main gate by the time the governor left the secretariat a few minutes before 10am.

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Katsina-Ala unrest: Benue security council suspends chiefs

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The Benue State Government has suspended Two 3rd Class Chiefs from Katsina-Ala, Chief Tivlumun Ubugh, Mue Ter Chongo and Chief Ayoleve Ornguga, Mue Ter Ipusu as well as the District Head of Mbacher, Chief Luke Atomigba over their roles in the prolonged crisis between Shitile and Ikyurav.

The suspension of the chiefs followed recommendation of the Benue State Security Council after its emergency meeting in Makurdi yesterday.

Governor Samuel Ortom read the Council’s resolutions during a marathon meeting with stakeholders from the local government area also held yesterday at the New Banquet Hall of the Benue Peoples House, Makurdi.

He stated that the traditional rulers had neglected their duties and exhibited nonchalance towards efforts aimed at resolving the crisis.

The Governor noted that the traditional rulers had instead, resorted to fuelling the crisis based on vested interests, thereby contravening the code of conduct enshrined in the Local Government and Chieftaincy Law of the State.

The affected traditional rulers are to face a panel to be constituted by the Tor Tiv to investigate them and determine appropriate sanctions.

According to the Governor, the Council also directed that all the District Heads from the area who declined invitation to attend a security meeting with Tor Sankera, Chief Abu King Shuluwa would be queried to explain why disciplinary actions should not be taken against them.

He said Council also warned the Tor Sankera to be a father to all his subjects and eschew sentiments and personal interest, pointing out that he should work with all his subjects to ensure peace in his domain.

Governor Ortom said security agencies were directed by Council to go after criminal elements responsible for the unrest in the area and also arrest and prosecute any politician found culpable in the violence.

The Governor urged the people of Katsina-Ala to go about their normal businesses without fear of molestation and report suspicious elements to security operatives for prompt action, adding that the President had already given marching orders to security agencies to tackle banditry in the country.

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What I find annoying in Obasanjo’s letters to Buhari – Junaid Mohammed

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Elder statesman and northern politician, Dr Junaid Mohammed, has faulted the controversial letters published by former President Olusegun Obasanjo regarding the state of the nation.

Chief Obasanjo wrote some open letters to the current President Muhammadu Buhari listing concerns, worries about security situations in Nigeria. https://dailypost.ng/2019/07/15/breaking-obasanjo-raises-alarm-another-open-letter-buhari-full-text/

However, Dr. Mohammed has said he does not really think the letters were altruistic in their motives.

Dr Mohammed, who was a guest on Channels Television’s NewsNight on Monday, insisted that Obasanjo should have given his advise to Buhari in whispers, because of his place in the society.

The Second Republic lawmaker said, “Fundamentally, I believe in a democracy everybody must have his say that includes those who are perverse of majority view or those who are perverse in minority view.

“What Obasanjo says is as important as what somebody who is walking the land, the fields in his farm and certainly what he says is as important as somebody who works in a factory or works in a government office.

“Why I take issues with Obasanjo and we have been friends for a very long time since 1976, I could go to him, see him anytime when he was in the cabinet office, we have a number of friends in common.

“What I find difficult is this obsession with making public matters that ought not to be made public because by making them public, you are in fact going into a contradiction and what you say may in fact be counter protective.

“Secondly, even though Buhari was his junior in the military, and they fought the civil war together even though Buhari did not work directly under him, and it is not my headache, it is not my business to defend Buhari and I’ve never defended him because I believe if you are in public life, you are fair game whether you are president, whatever public office you are holding in a democracy, and I always underline ‘in a democracy’.

“Now if you may want letter public, it creates whatever it was it wanted to create, you make a second one, again it hasn’t had much of an impact, you also have seen him in between the first and the second one and you also have seen him in between the second and the third one. That shows that you are not giving him advice in public because you don’t have access.

“People like me who are commoners or like you may not be able to go in and see the president but he (Obasanjo) can see him anytime, he can talk to him anytime, the only thing he cannot do perhaps for security considerations might be to simply ask him to come and see him but if it were the reverse, he could actually ask Buhari to go to Ota or Abeokuta to go and see him.

“And if you want to advise somebody and you are really truly sincere about it and you are not out for cheap publicity, you do it in whispers, you go and whisper at him so and so cannot be right, my experience is that so so is also not right but if you decide to go the pompous way, write a big letter and quote A, B, and C, tell how much history you know, how many geographies you know, how much connections you have with the heads of state and heads of government it becomes counterproductive and what you say may be very important, so you can see that the man you are advising will not be able to benefit, the country will also not benefit from some of these things and that is why I thought enough is enough of this public letters.

“And if you write somebody a public letter, by definition you are not advising him, you are making cheap publicity for the country to organize and your own relevance either in the scheme of things or in what happened or you are trying also to cultivate your own place in history come what happens in the future, you may also be trying to say, after all, I got it right everybody else got it wrong and that is unfortunate especially when you are talking about the destiny of 200 million people.”

Though Dr Mohammed agreed that Obasanjo made some highly valid point in his letters to Buhari, he, however, notes that the messenger and the manner in which the message is passed is as important as the message itself.

He said, “In the words of late Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, no man is entirely evil and you cannot dismiss a man who has been a president twice, no. but the manner of conveying a message is as important as the messenger himself and the topic which he tries to address.

“So I will be the last person that has known him intimately in terms of very serious discussions about the future of this country. But the way and the manner and the style of presentation is as important as the message itself and that is what we learn in public life, I have no doubt in my mind that a lot of what he has been saying is important but it is important only if it is going to be utilized for improvement and for good of the country.

“If it’s going to be used like in the market place, then at the end of the day, we are going to get ourselves into unnecessary skirmishes and vulgar language and people taking positions on primordial sentiments and not necessarily on what is ought to be rationally advisable for the good of the country.”

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