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2019: Restructuring is Nigeria’s last hope – Monarch

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2019: Restructuring is Nigeria’s last hope – Monarch

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“Right now as it is, things are very bad and the Atiku-Obi emergence seems to be the last hope for the common man especially in the South East.”

Geoffrey Anyanwu, Awka

The traditional ruler of Agulu, Mr Peter Obi’s home town in Anaocha Local Government Area of Anambra State, Igwe Innocent Obodoakor, speaks on the Atiku-Obi ticket and how it would affect the restructuring debate.

READ ALSO: Anambra monarch canvases House of Assembly seat for community
What was your reaction when it was announced that Obi would be the running mate to the PDP presidential candidate?

Obi is my subject and I know that he fits perfectly into the office. Anybody who knows him also knows how well he governed Anambra State for eight years. When he was campaigning to become governor, he asked a very deep question which was everywhere on his billboards, saying, ‘Is Anambra cursed or are we the cause?’

After governing for four years, the question was answered as it was clear that we were the problem because within those four years, things moved very well for the state. He continued for another four years and they were actually wonderful years. Obi is not a new person in Nigeria anymore; people know him and know what he is capable of. If anybody says he doesn’t want him as Vice President, maybe the person might not be a Nigerian. If that person is from the East, then it’s really unfortunate for the people saying such a thing.

When we heard that he was picked as running mate to Atiku, we rejoiced knowing well that with him there, everything will happen the way we had wished it. One is that Atiku said he is going to carry out the restructuring of the country.

You see, parents in Nigeria are very unhappy and confused because our children have no jobs but with restructuring things will begin to work in Nigeria again and someone who finishes school will find a job.

It is unfortunate that many people are living in this nation without any hope and that is why you see them running out, both male and female, to other parts of the world and be slaves there instead of staying here and wasting away. So, if there is no restructuring, we would only be deceiving ourselves and that is why we are happy that Atiku has said he is going to do that.

It would be unfortunate for anyone from the South East not to support Atiku and Obi. If you do not support them, what then do you want for your children? Because it is painful that we are getting old but we haven’t seen those we will hand over to. Our children go to school only to graduate without jobs. So, the only way everyone in Nigeria will belong is by restructuring the country, without that, everything will remain hopeless.

Some of Obi’s critics say he is not as transparent as he claims to be. How well do you know him?

If somebody was the governor of a state for eight years, I don’t think there is anything he will be hiding again about himself. But I know that Peter is a good Christian, he likes to help the poor. He loves Anambra people and wants them to take their rightful position in Nigeria and that was what he taught throughout his time as the governor. He takes the development of the state very seriously and worked so hard to make Anambra occupy the first position in almost every developmental index. So if there is anything people don’t understand about him again, I don’t know.

What are his contributions to Agulu community?

Peter is actually a special person from his upbringing. In his family for instance, you have a Reverend Father, a Reverend Sister and himself being a very successful businessman among others. Don’t you see that there is something special about them? It’s not easy to come into a family and get a Reverend Father and a Reverend Sister; something must be special about that family.

As a member of my community, if you need help and it’s something that he can do for you; he will do it without wasting time. Many have gotten jobs through him including my daughter. Since leaving office, he has done so much for the community; he even gave the town union about 200 buses on hire purchase which were used to assist those who have nothing doing. They deployed it for commercial transportation and when you drive the bus and complete the money, it becomes yours. He normally gives the women money to assist them in their businesses.

What is your impression about the Atiku-Obi ticket?

Everything on earth has its time. The Atiku-Obi ticket is an opportunity for Nigerians to be happy again. Peter is a man of many parts. If I call him an economist, you will ask me, where did he study? For him to be the Vice Presidential candidate to Atiku means if they win, Atiku will perform well because he will be advising him from his wealth of experience. You see, there is nothing the people are looking for in governance than that the people governing us are doing well. Right now as it is, things are very bad and the Atiku-Obi emergence seems to be the last hope for the common man especially in the South East. That is why I am talking about restructuring. When we restructure, we will have direction and Nigeria will develop in every aspect.

For now, we are without direction, just wallowing about aimlessly. I picked a newspaper few days ago, and they said someone committed suicide and that many more will commit suicide because of the hardship in the country. The writer of that article said that many people cannot afford food to eat and if something is not done, things would get worse. So, my point is that the Atiku-Obi PDP ticket is the only hope we have now and every Nigerian should embrace them and ensure they are voted into power. They are going to perform well.

READ ALSO: The Atiku-Obi ticket

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Killing of Christians: Buhari lied to Trump – CAN fumes

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The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has reacted to President Muhammadu Buhari’s revelation of his conversation with United States President, Donald Trump, on the massacre of Christians in Nigeria, saying President Buhari was economical with the truth.

President Buhari had on Tuesday, revealed that at the heat of the bloody clashes between herdsmen and farmers in Nigeria, the United States President, Donald Trump, unequivocally accused him of killing Christians.

Buhari said these in his closing remarks at the two-day ministerial performance review retreat held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Tuesday.

At a point, the President digressed from his prepared speech and narrated his encounter with Trump on the bloody clashes.

He said he managed to explain to the American leader that the clashes were not about ethnicity or religion.

He said, “I believe I was about the only African among the less developed countries the President of United States invited.

“When I was in his office, only myself and himself, only God is my witness, he looked at me in the face, and asked, ‘Why are you killing Christians?’

“I wonder, if you were the person, how you will react. I hope what I was feeling inside did not betray my emotion, so I told him that the problem between the cattle rearers and farmers, I know is older than me not to talk of him. I think I am a couple of years older than him.

“With climate change and population growth and the culture of the cattle rearers, if you have 50 cows and they eat grass, any root, to your water point, then they will follow it. It doesn’t matter whose farm it is.

“The First Republic set of leadership was the most responsible leadership we ever had. I asked the Minister of Agriculture to get a gazette of the early 60s which delineated the cattle route where they used meager resources then to put earth dams, wind mills even sanitary department.

“So, any cattle rearers that allowed his cattle to go to somebody’s farm would be arrested, taken before the court. The farmer would be called to submit his bill and if he couldn’t pay, the cattle would be sold, but subsequent leaders, the VVIPs (very important persons) encroached on the cattle routes. They took over the cattle rearing areas.

“So, I tried and explained to him (Trump) that this has got nothing to do with ethnicity or religion. It is a cultural thing.”

However, CAN’s Vice President and Chairman of the association in Kaduna State, John Hayab, was not impressed with Buhari’s submission, saying “Buhari and his government will never stop from amusing us with their tales by moonlight because what is happening in Zamfara, Sokoto, Katsina, Birnin Gwari, Southern Kaduna, Taraba, Plateau and others cannot be described as a cultural thing.

He told Punch correspondent in an interview: “President Buhari’s weak story about his conversation with President Donald Trump further confirms why his government does not care about the killings in our country by calling them cultural things.

“Just this (Tuesday) evening, I received a report from the Kaduna Baptist Conference President about the number of their members that have been killed by bandits in Kaduna State from January 2020 to date to be 105 and our President will call it a cultural thing? All we can say is may God save our Nigeria.”

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The Catholic Bishop of Nsukka, Most Rev. Godfrey Onah, has blamed Christians in the National Assembly (NASS), for the passage of the 2020 Companies and Allied Matters Bill (CAMA), signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari recently.

Bishop Onah, said in a remark during the Sunday Mass that if Christians in NASS had opposed the bill, it would not have been passed into law.

President Muhammadu Buhari had on Aug. 7, signed the CAMA bill into law, giving provision for religious bodies and charity organizations to be regulated by the registrar of the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), and a supervising minister.

“The question many Christians have been asking is, where were Christian legislators during the debate of this bill and its passage in the National Assembly?

“Because, if they had opposed this bill on the floor of the house, it would not have been passed and sent to the president for assent.

“I blame Christian legislators for doing nothing and allowing the passage of the 2020 CAMA Act,” he said.

“When I say that Christians are too divided and too selfish, don’t forget that the second in command in this country is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, a professor of Law and a pastor.”

Onah, however, wondered what the Federal Government wanted to achieve in monitoring how the finances of churches in the country are managed when it contributed no dime to the church, NAN reports.

“Government should focus and monitor its ministries, agencies and other government institutions where it budgets billions of Naira annually and not church offerings.

“Had it been that the government gave allocations to churches and decided to monitor its usage, nobody will question the government,” he said.

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Nigerians spit fire over fuel, electricity prices hike

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Increasing Fuel and Electricity Prices

Anger and condemnations, across the country, have continued to trail last week’s take off, of new increases in pump price of petroleum products and electricity tariffs, as directed by Federal Government.

Recall that the Petroleum Products Marketing Company (PPMC) official, D.O. Abalaka announced on Wednesday September 3, on behalf of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) that the new price of petroleum is now N151.56k per litre instead of N149 – N150 per litre which it was previously.

The new electricity tariff which the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) tagged “Service Reflective Tariff” has also come into effect. It requires consumers to pay N53.87 – N66.422 per kwh of electricity.

Outraged consumers of fuel and electricity have therefore warned government to get ready for collision with the masses if it fails to rescind these new prices.

Those who have expressed outrage over the new prices regimes include, the Organized Labour, Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Nigerian main opposition political party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA) and the Major Marketers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN).

Others are: Petroleum Products Retail Outlets Owners Association of Nigeria, the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) and the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce (NACCIMA).

The NLC said, “The frequent fuel price increase will no longer be accepted. We will not allow Nigerians fall victim of government ineptitude and negligence to make the country self-sufficient in terms of refining petroleum products at home.”

On its part, the PDP has described the price hike as “callous, cruel and punishing” and demanded an immediate reversal to avert a national crisis.

The All Industrial Global sees the incessant increase as a confirmation that deregulation means just price increase.

“This is unacceptable! Under a pandemic, we should put money in the pockets of citizens to revive collapsed livelihoods and preserve lives.” In its reaction, NECA said it has always urged Federal Government to adopt deregulation policy in the oil and gas downstream sector.

The MOMAN in its statement insists that monthly price variation of fuel was no longer sustainable. It urged PPRA to adopt quarterly price mechanism which would save the market the hassles of price volatility. The statements by IPMAN and NACCIMA also followed along the same line that the hike “…serves only to increase the severity and duration of the looming economic recession.”

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