The Imo General Assembly, IGA, Friday, alleged that the Supreme Court judgement that unseated Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha and installed Senator Hope Uzodinma as the governor of Imo State was meant to set brothers against each other and to cause crisis in Imo State and South East in general.
In a statement by the President of the Nnewi chapter of IGA, Hon. Chinedu Igwe, “almost everyone in Imo state backed the candidature of the former governor, Emeka Ihedioha because Owerri zone has never produced the governor of the state since 1999.”
Former governor Ihedioha was running people-oriented administration before his government was truncated by the supreme court judgement, which was actually aimed at causing trouble in Imo state and South East, but the good people of Imo State have as usual and in spite of the provocation of the judgement and the misrule of the immediate past All Progressive Congress, APC, government, demonstrated the highest level of maturity, by remaining calm in the face of the provocation and the people behind the judgement.”
On the question whether the new APC government in Imo State will receive the support of the disappointed people of the state, Hon. Igwe said, “Imo people cannot readily support the new governor until he rolls out his program for the state.”
“With the emergence of Sen Hope Uzodinma as the Imo state governor, it does appear that God is speaking to the people of the state and if God is actually the one talking to us, the new governor will do well to govern us with the fear of God, but I believe the reverse will not be the case and I hope that Uzodinma will not turn out to be a serpent and stone for Imolites like his APC predecessor.
“I must emphasize that if the plan of the powers that be in Nigeria was to cause mayhem in Imo state with the Supreme Court judgement, they have failed woefully, their plan of penetrating Igbo land with their inhuman policies the people have resisted will not work, our people will still resist them and such evil plans, Nigerians know the evil plans and policies we have resisted.”
Customs Threatens To Close Shops Selling Foreign Rice
The Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) has issued a warning to shop owners that are still selling foreign rice despite the closure of land borders across the country.
This warning was issued by customs area comptroller in charge of Kano/Jigawa, Ahmed Nasir who made it known via a letter with reference number NCS/KAN/053/S.28 and dated February 17, 2020.
Ahmed Nasir said the aim of the border closure is to put an end to smuggling activities across the country.
“In our effort to suppress smuggling, the Nigerian Customs Service Kano/Jigawa area command deemed it fit to write and seek for your cooperation to stop patronising foreign rice and other prohibited items in your supermarket/shops to avoid being closed by customs operatives,” the statement read.
‘It’s Only In Nigeria One Politician Moves Around With 22 Cars, It’s Madness’ — Peter Obi
Former Governor of Anambra state and vice presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party in 2019 elections, Peter Obi has disclosed that it is madness for any political office holder to move around with 22 cars in the country.
Obi stated that as a former governor, he discovered that about 13 cars that rode in his convoy were empty.
The former governor of Anambra state made this disclosure while delivering a lecture at the eight convocation ceremony and award of degrees to students of Veritas University Bwari, Abuja
Obi said there was need for government to cut down the cost of governance in the country.
He said: “There is no place in the world that I have seen where one man moves around with 22 vehicles. It is madness.
“I used it as a governor. You will not believe it. I used it as a governor until I asked to find out one day how many of the cars people were occupying, and about 13 of the cars were empty.
“So the cars were creating nuisance for the public and making things difficult for the travelling people and in Nigeria that shows you are powerful. You are in power.
That’s why I said if we are going on this path, there will be collapse. What the government is now doing is to share pension money. This will lead us to nowhere.
He urged Nigerian youths to change the dwindling fortunes of the country through innovations, creativity and entrepreneurship.
Obi said: “Today, Nigeria is the biggest economy in Africa, followed by South Africa and Egypt. If you combine these countries, their Gross Domestic Product is not up to Apple, an international technology company.
“So Apple is actually worth more than these three African giants. That is what knowledge can do.”
Speaking at the event, the Vice-Chancellor of Veritas, Prof Hyacinth Ichoku, said the university awarded degrees to 286 graduates including five Post-graduate students.
He said 25 made a First Class honour in the 2019/2020 academic session.
If Nigeria Breaks Up Today, It Won’t Affect The Fulani — Miyetti Allah
A socio-cultural organisation of the Fulani ethnic group, Miyetti Allah, Kautel Horeh, has said that they are ready to set up their own security operation in the country.
Speaking through its National President, Abdullahi Bodejo, in an interview with the Sun, the organization also declared that Nigeria’s breakup won’t affect the Fulani in any way.
Bodejo said he is so afraid the way regions are coming up with illegal security outfits, “One group calls its own, Amotekun; another group calls its own Shege ka fasa”, declaring that he does not support anything illegal.
The Fulani leader pointed out that it would be a disaster for the country if all the groups are allowed to form their own security.
He explained that the Fulani are in every corner, “if the Fulani should set up its own, how many countries will that be; how many countries do they not have brothers- Our brothers are in Cameroun, Niger, Chad, Mali etc. Some migrated to Ghana to rear their cows and other parts of the world.”
He said his organization is looking at the response of the government and security agencies to the formation of these “illegal security outfits”, because if it comes to our side. I don’t think it is something that anybody can control.”
“If we are pushed to set up our own security outfit, nobody can control it because nobody knows how many Fulani in Nigeria; we are more than every tribe in this country, we are in every corner,” Bodejo warned.
“If anything happens to this country whether break up, nothing can affect the Fulani. Nothing can affect the Fulani,” he added.
He said, however, that Fulani is blessed people who are managing themselves, but are hated by Nigerians “who do not want to take their eyes off them.”