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Biafra Agitation Capable Of Destroying Nigeria – Akpabio

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The Senate Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio, has said Nigeria’s survival depends on the resolution of the Biafran agitation, the Boko Haram insurgency and other threats to national unity.

Mr. Akpabio spoke Thursday in Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom State, where he organised a constituency briefing and empowerment programme for his constituents in Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District.

“The war drums in our country have overwhelmed unity lines in our National Anthem, and threatened the cords of our brotherhood,” he said.

Mr. Akpabio, while addressing his constituents and guests, which included Akwa Ibom Governor, Udom Emmanuel, used human heart and blood pressure to do an analogy on how critical the situation was for the country.

“When you visit your doctor with an ailment, no matter the ailment, he would first check the state of your heart by measuring your blood pressure. The heart of our country is Abuja. The heart is holding out – it is beating fast but it is within normal measurement.

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“The political pressure is high but the country is not yet hypertensive.

“However, that heart needs close monitoring because if the diseased parts of this country do not get healed soon, the heart would get worse for it.

“If the Biafra agitation is not fixed; if the Arewa threat of the eviction of Igbos is not addressed; if Boko Haram and insurgency which despite the gallantry of our armed forces in crushing them, still perpetrate their evil of bombing and launching attacks at soft targets, are not totally diminished; if all the other flash points are allowed to fester; then the uneven heartbeat of the country could degenerate into a cardiac arrest,” the senator said.

Mr. Akpabio, who is the immediate past governor of Akwa Ibom, said it was time for all Nigerians of goodwill to pray for the nation and also put their hands on deck to move the nation to safe harbours.

Mr. Akpabio said he and his co-senators, “through robust debates on a sick Nigeria”, were praying for Nigeria not to die.

He called on Nigerians to stop the call for disintegration.

The senator said he was in support of the current administration’s war against corruption, but that there was a snag.

“You cannot wage a war against snakes while keeping the king cobra and the black mamba as pets.

“Let us fight corruption with an incorruptible spirit and with sincerity, not persecution and we would win the fight.”

Mr. Akpabio donated four tractors, over 800 power-generating sets, 100 computer sets, and printers, as well as sewing machines, grain-grinding machines, block molding machines and tricycles to his constituents.

He also announced scholarships and grants to hundreds of students from his constituency.

A handful of senators, including Dino Melaye, Sam Egwu, Theodore Orji, and Bassey Albert, flew from Abuja to witness the event. The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, was represented by the Senate Minority Whip, Philip Aduda.

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  1. Dr. Peter Ejirika,CPA

    March 6, 2018 at 4:22 pm

    What the Present and Past Leadership of Nigeria have failed to understand is that our great grand father King Jaja of Opobo resented the concept of Nigeria and was murdered by the British Government as a result. So if his descendants hate the concept of one or fractional Nigeria it should not come as a surprise given our hundred years experience of living with a group of people we have nothing in common with.

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2023: North Has Learnt Its Lessons With Buhari — Sheikh Gumi

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Islamic scholars, Sheikh Ahmed Gumi, has described Nigerians as very sentimental people who do not learn lessons.

In an interview with Sunday Sun, the Islamic scholar spoke about the 2023 elections, President Muhammadu Buhari and what is going on in the country.

Speaking on the coming 2023 elections, Gumi said stability is what is important now and not regional politics.

He explained that Nigeria is not about who leads from which region. He said what Nigeria needs is a crop of smart and intelligent Nigerians and it has nothing to do with whether the person is from the north, south, east or west.

According to him, the north has learnt its lessons with President Buhari. He said: “The north has learnt its lessons. Now, north is worse hit with Buhari. Jonathan was building 150 Almajiri schools, nine universities in the north. He was doing things. This Kaduna-Abuja rail, although the late President Umar Yar’Adua started it. So, let’s have somebody who can do it.”

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Listing the qualities of the kind of leader Nigeria needs, he said such a person must be alert, intelligent, not take revenge, be forgiving, rehabilitate and not kill or imprison.

He added that the person’s mind should not be about catching people, but correcting them.

Asked if he has noticed any difference in the country since its return to democratic rule in 1999, he said there is development in the world as technology has made things better. He, however, said there is retrogression in government.

“Things are supposed to improve because science and technology have brought development close to the people. Government is retrogressing simply because we don’t have the right people in the right place and at the right time. Nigeria’s situation now is worse,” he added.

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We Won’t Declare Kalu’s Seat Vacant — Senate

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The Senate on Friday ruled out the possibility of declaring vacant, the seat of its Chief Whip, Senator Orji Kalu, following his conviction by a Federal High Court in Lagos on Thursday.

Kalu, a former governor of Abia State, was sentenced to 12 years’ imprisonment over a N7.65bn fraud charges against him since 2007 by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

The judgment was delivered by Justice Mohammed Idris, 12 years after the EFCC filed the suit against him.

Kalu was convicted alongside his firm, Slok Nigeria Limited, and Jones Udeogu, who served under him as the director of finance and account at the Abia State Government House in Umuahia.

Reacting to the calls on the leadership of the Senate to declare his seat vacant, the Spokesperson for the red chamber, Senator Godiya Akwashiki, said it was not possible.

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He said such a request would only be considered after the embattled senator had explored all the legal options available to him without success.

Akwashiki argued that the constitution of Nigeria does not mandate the Senate President to unilaterally declare the seat of any senator facing prosecution or convicted by a lower court, vacant.

He said, “The Senate has no reason to declare his seat vacant. This is not the first time that such a thing would happen.

“There is no provision in the constitution that says the seat of any senator facing prosecution or convicted at a lower court should be declared vacant.

“He still has the opportunity to appeal the case.

“Even the tenure of a former governor Joshua Dariye, who has been in prison for some time now, ran its course until the end of the 8th National Assembly. Nobody declared his seat vacant.

“The Senate President cannot declare the seat of Kalu vacant. It is against the law.

“Tell those who are canvassing such things that there is nothing like that, it is a non-issue,” the Senate spokesperson added.

On whether Kalu will continue to receive salaries while in prison, Akwashiki said the National Assembly bureaucracy determines the payment of senators based on the template from the Revenue Mobilisation and Fiscal Allocation Commission.

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N40m Allegedly Stolen In Bayelsa Govt House

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Not less than N40 million was on Friday, December 6, declared missing in the office of Ebizi Ndiomu-Brown, the deputy chief of staff to the Bayelsa state Government House.

The Nation reports that about seven policemen and officials of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) have been arrested and detained as possible suspects linked to the development at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the state police command.

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