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Ruga: Northern Governors react to suspension of settlement for Fulani herdsmen



The Northern Governors’ Forum has urged all stakeholders, especially in the North, to remain calm and be democratic in expressing their views about the suspended Ruga settlement project by the Federal Government.

The Forum Chairman and Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, made the appeal in a statement he issued in Abuja, according to NAN.

Lalong urged all stakeholders to be democratic in their views, while allowing government to handle the matter.

He said that the forum was already reaching out to major stakeholders, particularly in the North, after receiving the position of the leadership of the Coalition of Northern Groups.

Lalong said that with the ensuing development following the announcement of the suspension of the initiative; it had become pertinent for him as Chairman of the forum to make clarifications on the true position in order to calm nerves.

“We have acknowledged the varied responses that have been coming in throughout the hours after the announcement of the suspension which we see as part of the beauty of democracy.

“This allows citizens to participate in shaping and moderating the functions of government with regards to matters of public interest.

“Meanwhile, we urge all stakeholders and all shades of interested parties, especially from the North, to remain calm and air their views democratically and decently while allowing the government chance to handle the matter.

“In the meantime, we are happy to announce that we are reaching out engagement with major stakeholders in the matter particularly in the North.

“This is after receiving the position of the leadership of the Coalition of Northern Groups with the hope of getting the public to fully understand the whole concept and the wisdom behind the decision by the government.

“We acknowledge here the Coalition’s concerns and in particular, its decency in urging the northern people to remain civil and resist the temptation to be drawn into anything untoward.

“We are reassured that the leadership of the Coalition is genuinely and responsibly concerned with the betterment of the whole nation and with the well-being of the Northern region and people in particular, and that it will continue to work for calm and understanding,” Lalong said.

The governor assured that at the end of the day, what was coming out of the suspension would turn out to be more beneficial and in the best interest of the whole nation.

“We are working on a complete package that comes with multi sectoral and multidimensional benefits that will serve the interest of all, both in the short and long terms.

“We once again urge for understanding and cooperation from all,” he said.

The federal government, on Tuesday, announced the suspension of the planned Ruga settlement project.

President Muhammadu Buhari’s New Media aide, Bashir Ahmad confirmed the suspension on his verified Twitter handle.

He tweeted, “The federal government after consultations with stakeholders has suspended the Ruga Settlement Project, for now, Kebbi State Governor disclosed that after a meeting with Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo.”

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Ekweremadu: FG reacts to IPOB’s disgrace of ex-Senate President in Germany



The Chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has condemned the attack on the former deputy senate president, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, in Nuremberg Germany.

Senator Ekweremadu, who was attending the 2nd Annual Igbo Cultural Festival as a speaker and special guest of honour at the event organised by the Ndi-Igbo Germany community, was beaten up and publicly humiliated.

Dabiri-Erewa in a statement on Saturday described the incident as an embarrassment to the country.

She stated that some of the culprits who perpetrated the act had been apprehended and called on the German government and law enforcement agencies to ensure they faced the consequences of their actions.

The statement reads, “It is also shamefully pathetic that an event which was nobly put together by the Ndi-Igbo community in Germany whose members make up the majority of Nigerians living in Germany, to amongst other things provide a forum for the Diasporans and various stakeholders to network and to facilitate a better cooperation between German and Nigerian businesses, ended up in such a disgraceful manner.”

She appealed to Nigerians to be of good behaviour wherever they find themselves “because such incidents tarnish the image of the country.”

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FG reveals date for indefinite closure of Enugu airport, gives reason



The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has said the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu would be closed indefinitely on August 24.

A statement on Saturday in Lagos by FAAN’s General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Mrs Henrietta Yakubu, said the closure is to enable the Authority carry out major repairs on the runway.

“The closure would address existing safety and security concerns at the airport,” the statement said.

It added that the closure of the runway would take effect by 12:00 a.m. on August 24.

She said a date to reopen the runway would be communicated in due course.

Yakubu further said, “FAAN remains committed to its core values of safety, security and comfort of airport users in the country.”

It would be recalled that the immediate past Minister of State, Aviation, Hadi Sirika, had said during his recent ministerial screening that the airport would be closed down because of the state of the runway.

He also said the airport might be downgraded, sparking controversy as different personalities and groups urged the government against the move, citing the importance of the airport in the region.

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Shehu Sani reacts as IPOB members attack Ekweremadu in Germany



Shehu Sani, immediate past Kaduna Central Senator, has condemned the attack on the former Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, in Nuremberg Germany.

Senator Ekweremadu, who was attending the 2nd Annual Igbo Cultural Festival as a speaker and special guest of honour in an event organised by the Ndi-Igbo Germany community, was beaten up and publicly humiliated by suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.

Reacting, Sani condemned the attack.

The former lawmaker noted that the agenda of those that attacked Ekweremadu cannot be achieved through violence or assault.

Sani on his Twitter page wrote: “The attack on Senator Ekweremadu in Germany stands unreservedly condemned.

“Whatever is the political or philosophical agenda of the people that attacked him, the strategy of physical assault or violence cannot lead them to success.”

Meanwhile, the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB had owned up on the attack on the former Deputy Senate President.

IPOB said the attack serves as a warning to Nnia Nwodo, Dave Umahi, Okezie Ikpeazu, Willie Obiano and others to stay away from any public event abroad unless they want to be humiliated.

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