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The Emir of Katsina and Chancellor, University of Ilorin, Alhaji Abdulmumini Kabir Usman, has said that those pushing Nigeria to war are “agents of disunity, who do not wish the country well.”

According to the University’s weekly publication released on Wednesday, Kabir made the remark in his Palace when Unilorin Pro-Chancellor, Dr Abdullah Oyekan, paid him a courtesy visit.

The Emir noted that even though the situation in the country was tense, Nigerians must work towards peaceful co-existence.

“This country must remain one indivisible sovereignty that it has been since time immemorial,” he was quoted as saying. He blamed the renewed agitation on “agents of disunity, especially those who do not want the present administration to succeed.”

Kabir said, “Igbos, Yorubas, Hausas and other tribes in the country – we are all brothers and sisters and we must be wary of these unscrupulous people.”

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He said as Emir, it was his responsibility to take care of all people in the emirate irrespective of religious and tribal affiliation. Kabir appealed to Nigerians of good will to continue to pray for peace and progress of the country.

The Emir praised Unilorin for maintaining peaceful atmosphere and stable academic calendar. Earlier, the pro-chancellor, who is also Chairman of the Governing Council, commended the Emir’s contribution to educational development in the country.

Oyekan recalled that the emir had instituted the Kabir Usman Scholarship Foundation, in honour of his late father, of which the university had benefited.

He expressed the belief that with the support of the chancellor, the institution would soon be rated among the best 100 universities in the world.

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139 Comments

139 Comments

  1. Rufus Fame

    July 21, 2017 at 6:06 am

    Even At Gun Point Naija Must Be Divided By Gods Grace, Isee!!

  2. Nnamdi Chidiume

    July 20, 2017 at 9:28 pm

    U are AQUYA EMIR NAMA

  3. Orjika Paschal

    July 20, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    Emir my foot

  4. Orjika Paschal

    July 20, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    You’re a Big Fool

  5. Chidi Apiti

    July 20, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    God punsih u…animal kingdom like u

  6. Okorie Emmanuel

    July 20, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    Na must?

  7. Malachi Chibuzo Godfirst

    July 20, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    Marriage is not by force you fool

  8. Uchechukwu Ezihe

    July 20, 2017 at 10:17 am

    I can see this old man is out of is mind

  9. Lloyed Gabriel

    July 20, 2017 at 8:08 am

    fool like you

  10. Prince Nonso

    July 20, 2017 at 8:02 am

    hahahaha, i know for sure that they won’t success without the Biafrans. Ewu

  11. Billy Benzor

    July 20, 2017 at 7:06 am

    Not compulsory we live together, let everybody goes their own way

  12. Chiboy Uka

    July 20, 2017 at 7:05 am

    Aboki is talking said Nigeria must remain one,one as what? Biafra must Go

  13. Ogbu Jermiah

    July 20, 2017 at 6:52 am

    I hate this word “must” with passion,,,, how can someone will be using it to address a country as if he is talking to his kindergarten child.

    Emir pls respect ur old ago and a favour to ur people by telling them to do the best noe before the worst will happen on then

  14. Ikechukwu Mathew

    July 20, 2017 at 6:46 am

    Senseless people.

  15. Ifeanyichukwu Madunagu Frank

    July 20, 2017 at 6:45 am

    Biafrans demand referendum for biafra now because we can’t continue to live with northern youths terrorist anymore

  16. Ekene Jesus

    July 20, 2017 at 6:39 am

    Na by force?

  17. Tochukwu Emeka

    July 20, 2017 at 6:29 am

    Biafra must be established this year in Jesus name Amen.

  18. Kelechi Mbamalu

    July 20, 2017 at 6:06 am

    Common shutup there!

  19. Chijioke Uwakwe

    July 20, 2017 at 6:02 am

    awusa fulani can never be same wt BIAFRA.Take it or live it.

  20. Chijioke Uwakwe

    July 20, 2017 at 6:02 am

    awusa fulani can never be same wt BIAFRA.Take it or live it.

  21. Anthony Igwuru

    July 20, 2017 at 5:56 am

    Infidels

  22. Solo KC

    July 20, 2017 at 5:53 am

    oil thief do u know the distance from that ur nigel to akwa ibom? ghost workers

  23. Chiagozie Christian Raphael

    July 20, 2017 at 5:47 am

    Tell me are Hausa Igbo Yoruba the same people No we are not and we can never be
    One Nigeria is a satanic bondages
    When God say let there be country Nigeria is not among therefore Nigeria was created by satanic lordlugard not God and it has expired

  24. McCharles Anthony Ebhodaghe

    July 20, 2017 at 5:42 am

    Coz u guy have nothing in ur state.. Grande animale

  25. Victor Agu

    July 20, 2017 at 5:32 am

    After Tony blair has gone u have the gut……useless people

  26. Godsown Emeka

    July 20, 2017 at 5:32 am

    Hia hia by fire by force… pls is emir now the king of all the people kings…

  27. Citylife Light

    July 20, 2017 at 5:05 am

    So that you fool’s Fulanis will be living from our Sweat. We biafrans live the country to work hard bring money home for you foolish selfish people to live on and at the end they call them names.Referendum for father land biafra .Is time the fulans should live the country themselves and see how it is in other countries they are so comfortable in the country that why they want one Nigeria.fool’s

  28. Benjamin Sanni

    July 20, 2017 at 4:49 am

    If Nigeria Must Remain One Pls Educate Ur Fulani’s To Stop This Their Killing For Their gods Be4 Is Too Late,

  29. David Joseph

    July 20, 2017 at 4:28 am

    We are not ignorant of the devices of the devil……

  30. Isa Usman

    July 20, 2017 at 4:19 am

    Wow we net more that Sir

  31. Willfred Osiwu

    July 20, 2017 at 4:15 am

    An ordinary emir do not have the power to decide that, because Biafrans are not Nigerians.

  32. Obidike Nze

    July 20, 2017 at 3:43 am

    You people have selfishly been doing things the way you want it in this country for years, and now you remember that nigeria must remain one forgetting that you are born to rule, every one is also burn to rule bt in your own country, biafra has come to stay.

  33. Obidike Nze

    July 20, 2017 at 3:40 am

    You people have selfishly been doing things the way you want it in this country for years, and now you remember that nigeria must remain one forgetting that you are born to rule, every one is also burn to rule bt in your own country, biafra has come to stay.

  34. Obia Edwin Ogbonna

    July 20, 2017 at 1:56 am

    Uncircumcised foolish alamajiri who can not be on their own.

  35. Darlington David Duru-ocean

    July 20, 2017 at 12:20 am

    idiot

  36. Jerry Thomas

    July 19, 2017 at 11:48 pm

    Come force na,,,,

  37. Ndubuisi Eze

    July 19, 2017 at 11:04 pm

    With quit notice?

  38. Stanley Stanley

    July 19, 2017 at 10:39 pm

    You must be out of your mind

  39. Collins Maduekwe

    July 19, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    says by who!

  40. Murphy Asibe

    July 19, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    Why Must?pls give only 4 Reasons

  41. Dion Nick

    July 19, 2017 at 10:26 pm

    Who are you to challenge God decision? Or you want to join your ancestor!!!

  42. Benson Chuka Ameke

    July 19, 2017 at 10:23 pm

    Goat

  43. Uche Okwuoha

    July 19, 2017 at 10:23 pm

    Mad cow

  44. Igwe Arizona Diego

    July 19, 2017 at 9:51 pm

    Duru uwaluka

  45. John Ozoremena

    July 19, 2017 at 9:50 pm

    GOD WILL DISTROY YOUR MOUTH AMEN

  46. Christian Chukwudi Nwankwere

    July 19, 2017 at 9:38 pm

    One word for him.plsss

  47. Chika Isräel

    July 19, 2017 at 9:34 pm

    After biafra Leaves

  48. Mekus Gift Nwali

    July 19, 2017 at 9:29 pm

    Is not a must

  49. George Mbaike

    July 19, 2017 at 9:28 pm

    Idiots in zoo

  50. Ifeanyi Ochonogor

    July 19, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    GOD BLESS BIAFRA. BIAFRA MUST BE FREE.

  51. Sunny Biafra

    July 19, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    Foolish man idiot animal

  52. Happy Ndumele

    July 19, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    Because of you people’s selfish interest.they knew that if they allow Igbo’s to go, they will all die,because we are their God’s, ague with me let amadioha strike your entire generation Hausa fools

  53. Chinasa Philomena

    July 19, 2017 at 9:07 pm

    How? Despite the quit notice?

  54. Amaka Ezebunanwa

    July 19, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    Story Teller

  55. Kingsley Chima

    July 19, 2017 at 8:48 pm

  56. Rufus Anthony

    July 19, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    Donkey

  57. Matthew Benedict

    July 19, 2017 at 8:43 pm

    Old man did u say must? Time shall Tell

  58. Izuchukwu Christogonus

    July 19, 2017 at 8:37 pm

    Munu is talking

  59. Ikechukwu Frederick F Nwajiobi

    July 19, 2017 at 8:34 pm

    Nigeria must remain one by force or by fire , Na waooh, sounds funny .

  60. Eze Collins Nnabuike

    July 19, 2017 at 8:33 pm

    Idiotic idea!

  61. Vincent Ogbonna Offor

    July 19, 2017 at 8:28 pm

    Must we live together?

  62. Paschal Opara

    July 19, 2017 at 8:28 pm

    For ur mind

  63. Franklin Ejike

    July 19, 2017 at 8:21 pm

    Good you not for me…..

  64. Ibeh Chukwujekwu

    July 19, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    ASCII.ikwue aru na onu nwoke a

  65. Nnaji-Edeh Innocent

    July 19, 2017 at 8:18 pm

    In your dreams

  66. Wogedity Entity Ezeogo

    July 19, 2017 at 8:14 pm

    ANIMAL HAS SPOKEN

  67. Andy Victor

    July 19, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    Na kola dey hungry u abi?

  68. Sunday Onyegbunam

    July 19, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    Is a lie

  69. Ezeoke Evarist Chinedu

    July 19, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    Stop all impunity

  70. Joseph Abuchi

    July 19, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    Commot cum die

  71. Waribo Ferene Oko Jaja

    July 19, 2017 at 8:01 pm

    Look at idiot, for your notice Biafra has come.

  72. Paul Chukwuemeka Ejike

    July 19, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    Old lieing…

  73. Prince Adubasim Ifeanyichukwu Hezekia

    July 19, 2017 at 7:57 pm

    Must ba

  74. Lawrence Udeonu

    July 19, 2017 at 7:54 pm

    The house is already divided and nothing can stop its collapse. Time is running out.

  75. Jonathan Nwaechefom

    July 19, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    IS IT BY FORCE IF PPL SAY THEY WANT TO GO WHY NOT ALLOW THEM, WHY USING THE WORD MUST BUT THE RIGHT THING CAN NOT BE DONE, NAWAOOOO

  76. Uchenna Ossai

    July 19, 2017 at 7:51 pm

    GOD Forbid

  77. Ahmad Umar Muhammad

    July 19, 2017 at 7:46 pm

    Igbo i no understand you i know it is Dim odimega odimeju ojukwu start fighting for biafra but when the mission failt still thesame ojukwu come to contest for presdent in thesame nigeria he fought with, And also during goodluck no body among you taiked about biafra which kind of people do we have igbo

  78. Elon Judson

    July 19, 2017 at 7:36 pm

    Onye ara, mumu

  79. Frank Adinkwu

    July 19, 2017 at 7:35 pm

    No it’s must

  80. Christian Micheal

    July 19, 2017 at 7:33 pm

    One Nigeria na by force

  81. Mmaduabia Chime

    July 19, 2017 at 7:33 pm

    Zombie

  82. Chibueze Agbo

    July 19, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    nigeria is an expired zoological republic (animal kingdom) ,, BIAFRA is my country

  83. Sanchiz Sandra

    July 19, 2017 at 7:29 pm

    Because you are benefiting at other tribe’s detriment..

  84. Sagacious Sunday Isaiah

    July 19, 2017 at 7:27 pm

    We biafrans forbade OneNigeria

  85. Felix Okechukwu

    July 19, 2017 at 7:26 pm

    At the expense of who?pls i need an answer urgently

  86. Divinelove Mckevin

    July 19, 2017 at 7:24 pm

    Fools na by force

  87. Augustine Okoye

    July 19, 2017 at 7:24 pm

    All the alamajiri must be one, fool

  88. Onyemaechi Tony

    July 19, 2017 at 7:23 pm

    One Nigeria just because of the Economic resources in the East. Big fools & terrorist. ALL HAIL BIAFRA

  89. Emmanuel Okereke

    July 19, 2017 at 7:19 pm

    Nigeria must not remain one

  90. Tochukwu Grand Finale

    July 19, 2017 at 7:17 pm

    I wonder why all hausaFulani are afraid of Nigeria

  91. Gordon Alloy PE

    July 19, 2017 at 7:16 pm

    Mtchewwwwwwww i dnt blame u nd buhari came 4rm d same state of cow brain beings

  92. Hamidu Mohammed

    July 19, 2017 at 7:15 pm

    I cant believe this,look at how mad people are comenting here, all of u here are talking against nigeria, saying that u are nt one nigeria,and still,i hv checked all of ur profile,i found nothing like biafra which u claimed as ur country name.bt inside all of ur profiles,i can see this name call nigeria, and i believe ghanians,togolist,kenyans,cameroonians etc can never tip the name nigeria in their fb.profile becouse they are nt nigerians, iam ashamed of u who pretend that u are nt more a nigerian,bt still using nigeria name as ur home country. this is part expor for u, next term if u want to involve ur selves in this kind of argument,u make sure,and change that name in ur profile to biafraud oh sorry oo,is biafrad.thanks and bye for nwn

  93. Chris Igwe

    July 19, 2017 at 7:14 pm

    NO

  94. Moses Ikechukwu

    July 19, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    Cow brain is taking

  95. Sylvanus Eberechukwu Chukwukere

    July 19, 2017 at 7:11 pm

    Must? Fool!

  96. Sylvanus Eberechukwu Chukwukere

    July 19, 2017 at 7:11 pm

    Must!

  97. Bombaata Abdullahi Bombaata

    July 19, 2017 at 7:08 pm

    Are you God, to say must? Is only God can say, not idiot like you.

  98. Osita Okoye

    July 19, 2017 at 7:04 pm

    If u want one nigeria?give 4 of your oilwel to others and remain with one.then,we talk of one nigeria

  99. Mazanterah Shonzenviran

    July 19, 2017 at 7:01 pm

    USELESS EMIRE NO MORE ONE NIGERIA

  100. Ahmad Haruna Muhammad

    July 19, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    Inji uban wa?

  101. John Iheanacho Ezugwu

    July 19, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    Thunder fire your entire generation. Aturu awusa.

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  103. Chinonso Nkeogaeme Ejims

    July 19, 2017 at 6:58 pm

    See this Emir na by force

  104. Kingsley Ibe

    July 19, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    U r talking rubbish is either BIAFRA or death no more going back again

  105. Prince Ike

    July 19, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    Is Nigeria Two? Are Not One? Biafra Is Also One!

  106. Usman Mohammed

    July 19, 2017 at 6:56 pm

    Nigeria is too endowed to failed if any of it’s region parted.

  107. Asogwo Chidi Frank

    July 19, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    Ur mad man

  108. Franklin Eyo

    July 19, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    Has nigeria ever been one?

  109. Austine Obinna

    July 19, 2017 at 6:52 pm

    Says who…..

  110. Chizoba Kings

    July 19, 2017 at 6:51 pm

    Keep hallucinating!

  111. Christian Onuorah

    July 19, 2017 at 6:51 pm

    Fool

  112. Philipiper Okeke

    July 19, 2017 at 6:51 pm

    unitybeggers.com

  113. Philipiper Okeke

    July 19, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    unitybeggers.com

  114. Ani Aloysius Kenechukwu

    July 19, 2017 at 6:49 pm

    na lie him dey talk afterall no be by force to remain one

  115. Leonard Okey

    July 19, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    Ur not serious

  116. Daniel Kadson

    July 19, 2017 at 6:40 pm

    So that you will continue to abdopt christian tenagers as wives and forcefully convert them Islam abi? You have met your waterloo, what will happen will happen your view is inconsequential.

  117. Elo Elowhite

    July 19, 2017 at 6:40 pm

    We must go whether Devil like it or not,biafran must stand

  118. Henry-Paloka Adimonye

    July 19, 2017 at 6:36 pm

    Nigeria must not remain one, bcus we are not one from the begining. We are far different from each other. Our culture and tradition, our faith and belief, our our physical stature and appearance, our intelligence and sense of reasoning, our way of speach and attitude, our fashion and dressing, our ways of investment and economical formular, our value to life and health matters, our background and orientation, our interest and love to humanity, our conflict resolution system, u marry underage girls and we don’t,pls, all these and many more are very very different from each other, so we are not one.

  119. Egede Obinna Solomon Obinigwe

    July 19, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    There are so many FOOLS in the Emirates with the emir as their headmaster.

  120. Chukky Felix

    July 19, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    because of oil?

  121. Osas Maverick Osas

    July 19, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    Who are you to say that? Awa gbe iye we

  122. Osas Maverick Osas

    July 19, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    Must?

  123. Japheth Odoh

    July 19, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    Why?

  124. Sunday Obasi

    July 19, 2017 at 6:26 pm

    biafra must remain one

  125. Success Afam

    July 19, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    Your own personal opinion

  126. Chris Orogwu

    July 19, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    No reason for that

  127. Christopher Ochini

    July 19, 2017 at 6:22 pm

    Why

  128. Daniel Nelson Dike

    July 19, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    How? But to me as a BIAFRA!, BIAFRA must separate from Nigeria,!

  129. Ezz Peace

    July 19, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    You said is a must, well to me is a lie.

  130. Owolabi Samuel

    July 19, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    What do you mean?

  131. John Nwaeze

    July 19, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    BY FORCE?.

  132. Angel Di Maria

    July 19, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    don’t say must, say i what nigeria to remain one by ur gods grace. all hail biafra.

  133. Honourable Boniface Eme

    July 19, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    Yes you said well fulani emir, Nigeria must remain one,Great Biafra is not Nigeria,long live Federal republic of Biafra

  134. Elly Ifeanyi

    July 19, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    KATSINA MUST REMAIN ONE.

  135. Istifanus Jyah Sylvanus

    July 19, 2017 at 6:15 pm

    That can happens if the country is restructured Mr Man.

  136. Chinedu Shedracks

    July 19, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    the reason of brothers and sisters as promogated by you is not a valid reason…data my opinion though

  137. Innocent Obiechina

    July 19, 2017 at 6:08 pm

    It can’t be must, u said ur mind why other will also say their own too till we come to conclution base on dialogue or anyother way.

  138. Havetrust InGod

    July 19, 2017 at 6:05 pm

    Because of our oil money. We niger delta says no,,,,

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Presidency Finally Reacts To Sowore’s Rearrest By DSS

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The Presidency has finally reacted to the maltreatment of Omoyele Sowore, the convener of RevolutionNow Movement by officials of the Department of State Services (DSS).

The presidency on Sunday justified the treatment of Omoyele Sowore by the State Security Service (SSS)

The Presidency posited that Omoyele Sowore, is a person of interest to the Department of State Service (DSS) and not ordinary human rights activist.

Recall that despite the court order, he was rearrested at the court premises in Abuja last week by the service, an action that has drawn widespread condemnation.

But reacting to the rearrest, the Presidency in a statement issued in Abuja by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media & Publicity), reiterated its accusation that Sowore called for a revolution to overthrow the democratically elected government of Nigeria.

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It said no government will allow anyone to destabilise the country.

The statement read: “The Presidency notes some of the insinuations in the media about the arrest by the Department of State Services (DSS) of the agitator, Omoyele Sowore.

“The DSS does not necessarily need the permission of the Presidency in all cases to carry out its essential responsibilities that are laid down in the Nigerian Constitution which was the foundation for the restoration of democracy in our country in 1999.

“However, it should not surprise anyone who has followed his actions and words that Sowore is a person of interest to the DSS.

“Sowore called for a revolution to overthrow the democratically elected government of Nigeria.

“He did so on television, and from a privileged position as the owner of a widely-read digital newspaper run from the United States of America.

“He founded an organisation, Revolution Now, to launch, in their own words, ‘Days of Rage,’ with the publicised purpose of fomenting mass civil unrest and the elected administration’s overthrow.

“No government will allow anybody to openly call for destabilisation in the country and do nothing.

“Mr Sowore is no ordinary citizen expressing his views freely on social media and the internet.

“He was a presidential candidate himself, who ran and lost as the flag bearer of the African Action Congress (AAC) in the February 23 general elections.

“Nigeria’s democracy was a long time in the making and was achieved after decades of often harsh, military-led overthrows of government: the kind of situation Sowore was advocating.

“To believe in and desire armed revolution is not normal amongst ‘human rights activists’, as Sowore has been incorrectly described.

“Again, it is no surprise that he should be a person of interest to the DSS.

“Nigeria is already dealing with an insurgency that has left millions of people displaced and desperate in the northeastern region of our country.

“The Boko Haram militants, who are behind the violence, also fancy themselves to be fighting for some sort of revolution.

“Nigerians do not need another spate of lawlessness and loss of lives all in the name of ‘revolution’, especially not one that is orchestrated by a man who makes his home in faraway New York and who can easily disappear and leave behind whatever instability he intends to cause, to wit, Nnamdi Kanu.

“This is a matter for the DSS, acting under its powers.”

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JUST IN: US Department Of State Condemns Sowore’s Arrest

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The United States Department of State has condemned the rearrest of convener of RevolutionNow protest and journalist, Omoyele Sowore, at the Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday barely 24 hours after he was released on bail after four months in the detention of Department of State Services.

Sowore was first arrested on August 3, 2019 by the DSS for calling on Nigerians to pour out to the streets in peaceful demonstrations to demand a better country from the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

In a post on Twitter on Sunday, the State Department tweeting @StateDRL, said, “We are deeply concerned that #Sowore has been re-detained in #Nigeria shortly after a court ordered he be released on bail.

“Respect for rule of law, judicial independence, political and media freedom, and due process are key tenets of #democracy.”

The US State Department’s position follows similar condemnation by top American lawmakers like Cory Booker and Bob Menendez, who both called for the respect of Sowore’s rights and his immediate release.

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Presidency: Buhari Is Ready To Restructure Nigeria But…

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The Presidency in his reaction to the agitations on restructuring by Nigerians has said that President Muhammadu Buhari is ready to restructure the country but the issue is that he does not have the constitutional power to do so, adding that only the National Assembly does.

This was disclosed by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu at a media parley with House of Representatives correspondents.

Garba Shehu urged proponents of restructuring to take their agitation for restructuring to the national assembly as the Buhari-led administration is committed to the promise which is contained in APC manifesto.

He said: “We in the APC are committed to restructuring. Read the manifesto of the APC. It is stated there and so, we are not running away from it. President Buhari is ready to restructure the country.

“The problem we have with a lot of the proponents of restructuring is that they are looking for the fastest way to that restructuring. They don’t want to use the parliament. They want to use extra constitutional bodies and that is untidy. If you are a democrat, you abide by the processes.

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“The parliament is the institution of government working with the executive and the judiciary. For you to say no you want to do a congress at Yaba Market Square and debate; do you want to cause a fight.

“We must be organised and follow due process. If you have a case on restructuring, come to the parliament. In any case, the Senate President has announced that this 9th Parliament will start constitutional amendment in January. So, bring your issue. These are intelligent people voted for by the people.

“Those who shout restructuring saying they want a parallel body to-do that, we have said to them that they are wrong. The sovereignty of the people resides with the parliament and so, if you want to restructure the country, come to the parliament.

“If you don’t have confidence in the parliamentarians you have voted for, wait for four years and vote them out and choose another set of people. But you cannot circumvent the role of the parliament in a democracy and it is key to whatever restructuring you want,” he said.

While reacting on the controversial social media bill, the Presidential spokesperson insisted that the proposed death penalty is not the only thing contained in the bill.

Garba Shehu disclosed that there is need to curb fake news as it can lead to the death of other Nigerians which is not acceptable.

He said: “It is your responsibility as the media to help the Nigerian government on the issue of hate speech before the parliament. The Minister of Information, who speaks for the Nigerian government, has spoken of the necessity of a law to govern social media.

“I am being careful on what he wants to do because I think there are parallel processes going on. I also blame the media for creating unnecessary controversy. If you look at the law being discussed, the media has focused more on the death penalty for fake news.

“You have a responsibility of studying that bill. Only a few days ago, the American Ambassador met the sponsor of that bill and at the end, he said Nigerians should have a rethink. It is your duty to reap it open and tell Nigerians what it contained. The bill is not all about death penalty or free speech,” he said.

He also said, “I think we have a problem that Nigerians have to address. Nobody is saying that President Buhari or the parliament should impose a law against the press. I am happy that they will hold public hearing on this and if you have any objection to some of the elements, come forward and tell parliament that you have objection. This country needs a law that will regulate social media and attack fake news.”

On claims of the current parliament being a rubber stamp legislature, Garba Shehu said;

“Anybody who is thinking that because the parliament and the executive has worked together on the finance bill and the budget within record time, so we are dealing with a rubber stamp parliament, such a person better look back and see what happened in the past.”

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