President Muhammadu Buhari (Right) and his guest, President Muhammadou Issoufou of Niger Republic, when President Issoufou paid him Sallah homage in Daura, Katsina State, yesterday.
Two brothers and their supporters in Ogobia and Ondo communities of Benue State ran amok for yet undetermined reason, shooting, killing and destroying in the communities. HEMBADOON ORSAR, who visited the scenes of the mayhem writes. There was bloodbath in Ogobia and Ondo communities in Benue State as two brothers: Ijachi Udeh and Ejeh Udeh who are low-level politicians along with their followers, launched an attack on the people of the two communities killing four, and leaving dozens with varying degrees of injuries. Our correspondent who visited the area gathered that those killed included Ebute Ugbo, a retired Major of the Nigerian Army, who was a former state chairman of PDP. Our correspondent gathered that the crisis was ignited by the two brothers: Ijachi Udeh and Ejeh Udeh following party differences their different political party leanings. Ijachi is said to be a member of the All Progressives Party (APC), while his brother, Ejeh...
By MSUE AZA, Kaduna Hundreds of youths drawn from various states in the North, have staged a peaceful rally in Kaduna, urging  President Muhammadu Buhari to ignore calls for his resignation. Speaking on behalf of the group, Ibrahim Garkuwa,while declaring total support for the Buhari’s administration,said they were happy with the manner in which he has governed the country in the last two years. A member of the group, Mohammed Sani, also noted that in spite of repeated attempts to portray the present administration as not performing, the President has achieved far better than his predecessors. The group insisted that President Buhari has fulfilled his campaign promises to Nigerians, especially in areas of anti-corruption fight and security despite the challenges he met on ground. They described those calling for his resignation as enemies of the country who are not happy with the successes recorded by his administration in riding Nigeria of corruption. The group maintained...
. . . As el-Rufai faults current structure By Kauthar Anumba-Khaleel, Abuja Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt Hon Yakubu Dogara, yesterday, backed President Muhammadu Buhari’s position that the National Assembly is the only organ of government to restructure the country. This is as the chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Committee on True Federalism and Kaduna State governor, Malam Nasiru el-Rufai asserted that there are imbalances in the current federal arrangement in the country. These declarations where made when the members of the APC committee paid a courtesy call on the leadership of the House of Representatives. Addressing the committee, Dogara said “when the president talked about the National Assembly being the proper forum where the nation can be restructured, a lot of people objected, even senior advocates of Nigeria saying the president can do it. But the president cannot tinker with the provisions of the constitution. “I concur totally with him...
BY ISAIAH BENJAMIN ,Kaduna The apex northern sociocultural group, Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has felicitated with Nigerians on the 57th independence anniversary of our country today but lamented that inspite of the years attained after independence, it is yet to realize full pottention and deliver on the expectations of its citizens. ACF in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary Muhammad Ibrahim Biu noted that the journey over the years- considering our diversity and complexity-has been full of challenges in the areas of national security, peaceful coexistence, political and economic development. ACF further observed that our founding fathers laid a good foundation for a prosperous Nigeria but stressed however that the instability we witnessed in our polity, especially the military coups and the civil war, have affected and distorted our journey to a developed nation at 57. " Although Nigeria as a nation at 57 is yet to realize its full potential...
bY ANDREW ESSIEN and OMONU YAX-NELSON, Abuja Amidst the ongoing agitations for restrcturing ahead of the 2019 general elections, former vice president and chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has cautioned Nigerians to be mindful of others who may not think, act or believe in what they do, saying the country’s diversity ought to be her strength and not otherwise. Atiku who was speaking yesterday in Abuja as the Chairman of the occasion at the formal presentation of the book, titled “Constitutional Misconception of Secularism: Implications for Politics and Religion” said first country’s national constitution carefully considered the diverse character as a nation and chose the secular path in order to accommodate the diversity and peaceful coexistence. Waziri Adamawa, who was represented by the former Speaker of the Plateau state House of Assembly, George Daika said: “Let me, however, use this opportunity to remind us all that...
By Blessing Bature, Abuja The level of photocopying and downloads going on in Nigerian tertiary institutions is significantly high. There is need therefore for a system through which authors and publishers would be adequately compensated for their works. This was the position of the National Working Group of Reproduction Rights Societies of Nigeria (REPRONIG), as they rose from a two-day meeting on the copyright licensing in tertiary institutions. Incorporated in the year 2000, REPRONIG is an umbrella body of various copyright owners’ associations, including Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) Academic and Non-fiction Authors Association of Nigeria (ANFAAN) and National Association of Translators and Interpreters (NATI). Others are Newspapers Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN), Nigerian Publishers Association (NPA) and Photographers Association of Nigeria (PAN). Representatives of these bodies had met in Abuja to strategize on the implementation of licensing for copyright reproduction in Nigerian higher institutions. In fact, the major focus of the two-day...
BY ANKELI EMMANUEL, Sokoto The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) yesterday announced the constitution of a Special Intervention Committee to look into issues affecting its 19 member-states. Alhaji Mustapha Wali, a member of the forum, announced the development in Makurdi, when the group paid a courtesy call on Gov Samuel Ortom of Benue. Wali said that the committee was saddled with investigating and recommending the best ways to intervene on lingering and emerging issues affecting its members. He regretted the internal challenges that had often led to bloodshed in some of northern states, and expressed NEF’s readiness to work toward resolving all disagreements to make for a united and peaceful northern Nigeria where prosperity would flourish. “Any issue that threatens the peace and unity of the north of Nigeria is our primary concern; currently, our major concern is the herdsmen/farmers crisis,” he said. He urged the Federal Government to intervene so as to settle the issues...
House Call with ADEBIYI ADEDAPO The Chairman of the House of Representatives committee on Public Petitions, Hon. Nkem Abonta Uzoma, like many other lawmakers, is not a media friendly politician. He treats journalists with disdain. A colleague who recounted his ordeal with Abonta last week said, "He doesn't like to talk to journalists; he once asked me to meet him in his office to clarify some issues following a telephone conversation, only for him to leave me at the reception of his office after waiting for a few hours. His secretary then advised me to leave, as it was obvious the man wasn't willing to receive me". The story is believable, as I have personally experienced a similar situation with the lawmaker representing Donga/Ussa/Takum/Special Area Federal Constituency of Taraba State, Hon. Rimande Shawulu and recently with the member representing Ahiazu Mbaise/Ezinihitte federal constituency, Hon. Igbokwe Raphael Nnanna. Also, Abonta's deliberate and direct...
by Kauthar Anumba-Khaleel, Abuja Concerned about the spate of agitations across the country, the House of Representatives yesterday, resolved to constitute an ad hoc committee to liaise with stakeholders in the six geopolitical zones on how best to restructure the country and sustain the unity of the nation. The resolution was sequel to the adoption of a motion on matters of urgent importance on the unity of the nation moved by leader of the House, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila. The leader observed that different agitations across the country have led to divergent views on the structures upon which the unity of Nigeria rests. “These agitations have resulted into proscription of groups, loss of lives and judicial pronouncements.” According to Gbajabiamila, “Events of the last few weeks brought Nigeria close to the precipice but for the determination of Nigerians in their various show of commitment to the peace and unity of the country. Hence the...