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Insecurity: Don’t Ignore Obasanjo’s Comment, Soyinka Tells FG

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Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka has asked the Federal Government not to ignore former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s assertion that activities of Boko Haram and herdsmen in Nigeria are now West African Fulanisation and Islamisation agenda.

Speaking yesterday in Lagos at an event organised by the United Bank of Africa to mark the 2019 Africa Day, Soyinka said rather than dismiss Obasanjo’s comment, the government should deal with its substance.

He said: “Everybody knows me and Obasanjo, and I think we should be careful not to be too dismissive or abrasive. The language must be put aside and let us deal with the substance. Let us analyse carefully what the (former) president has said.

“I was listening to the Minister of Information; they are living aside the substance and dealing with the person. Obasanjo also called for a meeting to deal with the social malaise of suicide, kidnapping, noting that we had better sit down and tackle this issues.”

Soyinka said leaders get too distracted about the “marvellous concept of unity” and ignore the issues that threaten our existence. This country is undergoing a horrendous descent into the abysmal”.

He noted that the issue of Boko Haram had been debated in relation to African wellbeing in the House of Common in London.

He urged the government to prioritize the material condition of its citizens, saying ”we are being re-colonized by a number of forces.”

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How Obaseki Paid ₦15 Billion To PDP For Guber Ticket — Ize-Iyamu

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The All Progressives Congress (APC), gubernatorial candidate in Edo State, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, has accused the state Governor, Godwin Obaseki of bribing his way to emerge as the party’s flag bearer in the upcoming poll.

Ize-Iyamu alleged that Obaseki paid the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) ₦15 billion to emerge as its governorship candidate.

He made the allegation in a statement signed by John Mayaki, his campaign Director of Communications.

The APC governorship candidate charged the state governor to explain to people of the state how he came about such a huge fund.

He also expressed optimism that he would defeat Obaseki at the poll on September 19.

“He is also yet to explain to the people of Edo State where he got the 15 billion Naira he paid the PDP tax-collectors to facilitate his imposition as the party’s emergency-hour candidate.”

“It is no surprise, given the nature of Obaseki’s administration and sharp practices of both governor and appointees that such an agency is missing in Edo State.”

Obaseki had emerged as PDP’s governorship candidate in Edo State after all aspirants stepped down for him.

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Ondo APC Chairman Resigns, Dumps Party For PDP

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The Chairman of All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ese-Odo Local Government Area of Ondo State, Samuel Olorunwa Ajayi, resigned from his position as chairman yesterday July 10 and as well dumped the party for PDP.

This is coming about nearly two weeks away from the APC’s governorship primaries in the state.

The former chairman who tendered his resignation letter at the party’s secretariat, also revealed that he has decamped to the People’s Democratic Party, PDP.

It has been gathered that he is a close ally of the Deputy Governor, Agboola Ajayi, who recently dumped APC for PDP.

The ex chairman is at loggerheads with the incumbent governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu and has indicated interest to run against him in October.

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“Igbo People Are Happy With Buhari, Will Continue To Support Him” — Arthur Eze

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Billionaire oil magnate, Arthur Eze says Igbo people are happy with President Muhammadu Buhari and will continue to support his administration.

The notable philanthropist stated this on Wednesday at the inauguration of Zone 13 Nigeria Police Headquarters at Ukpo, in Dunukofia Local Government Area of Anambra State.

A visibly-elated Eze expressed delight that his hometown was chosen as the site for the police zonal headquarters, thanking the president and the police authorities.

“He is currently rehabilitating the Enugu-Onitsha highway, constructing the 2nd Niger Bridge and has approved this new police zone 13 for our people,” said Mr Eze, an indigene of Ukpo.

“We cannot thank him enough, and as a leader from the zone, I must say that we the Igbo people are happy with President Buhari and will continue to support his people-oriented programmes,’’ Eze said.

He later handed over the key of the complex to a representative of the Inspector-General of Police, saying that policemen deployed to the zone would have a fruitful working experience.

The newly-established Zone 13 is expected to cover three South-Eastern states – Ebonyi, Enugu and Anambra.

While Ebonyi was previously under Zone 6 headquartered in Calabar, Enugu and Anambra were under Zone 9 with headquarters in Umuahia.

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