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2019: We have capacity to mobilise for Atiku/Obi in Diaspora – Adimachukwu



2019: We have capacity to mobilise for Atiku/Obi in Diaspora - Adimachukwu


“It is one of the biggest pressure groups we have in Francophone Diaspora… all my structures are still intact and we are ready to work for Atiku and Obi”

Brown Chimezie

Innocent Adimachukwu is the leader of one of the Atiku campaign groups in Benin Republic, under the auspices of Nigeria Diaspora Movement (NDM). He speaks on the state of the nation and the ability of his group to mobilise for Atiku Abubakar in 2019.

How strong is NDM in Benin Republic and other Francophone countries?

It is one of the biggest socio-political pressure groups that we have in Francophone Diaspora. You can imagine in 2015 what we did in support of former President, Goodluck Jonathan here. We came out en mass and dominate the entire Badagry Division. So far, all my structures are still intact and we are ready to work for the Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi’s victory in next year’s election.

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In 2014, I was able to convey Nigerians resident here in Benin to Badagry, Seme border for registration and updating of their voter’s cards. Because of this effort, INEC has created Ward E, Badagry, to take care of these voters from the Diaspora.

Tell us why you think the Atiku/Obi ticket will fly?

There is no iota of thought about that. You are a Nigerian and you see the way people are lamenting daily about economic hardship, killings by herdsmen and absence of Federal character in government political appointments. Some of my brothers, who were in Benue State before, are now refugees here in Benin because of the ravaging Fulani herdsmen who have virtually destroyed all their means of livelihood.

Are you talking about hunger in Nigeria? Most households go hungry daily because family heads have lost their jobs. So for these three and half years, the nation has experienced downturn in its economy with devastating effect on poor Nigerians. Poor economic planning have also forced most Nigerian youths described by Mr. President as lazy to flee the country with most of them drowning in the Mediterranean Sea. In short, APC as a party has failed to deliver all its pre-election promises.

With this poor performance by the ruling party, I think PDP remains the only party that can lead Nigerians out of the woods, especially because of the calibre of the presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and his running mate, Dr. Peter Obi. Both men are pan-Nigerians with the right socio-political acumen to lead the nation back to the part of economic prosperity.

When Dr. Peter Obi was announced as running mate to Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, there was complain from PDP leaders in the South East. How would you describe such reaction?

We were very disappointed over such disturbing complains. When I read the reactions on the pages of the Newspapers, the questions I asked myself were: ‘When Governor Umahi chose his running mate in 2015, whom did he consult? Nigerians should ask him if he consulted the state party exco or local government chairmen or even his constituents before choosing his deputy. If he had any personal grievances with obi, he should be free to meet him and sort it out. But to bring such personal matter into the party is wrong and he should eschew rancour and join other party members to ensure that the party succeeds.

Obi’s emergence has rattled the opposition as it has thrown them into confusion. Before we had our National Convention in Port Harcourt, APC and their national Chairman were everywhere talking tough. However, since after the peaceful conduct of the exercise, with Atiku and Obi emerging as the candidate and running mate for PDP, they have kept silent. Nobody has heard any word from them. They are in complete fear and that fear would remain their camp until we reclaim what rightfully belong to us.

What does the state of the Seme-Badagry road speaks of the government of the day?

The state of the Seme-Badagry road which is the gateway to other West African countries is a monumental disgrace. Each time I pass through that road, I never cease to ask myself if there is any one in charge of this great nation. The minister of Works, who also happened to be former governor of the state since relocating to Abuja, has failed to bring the deplorable condition of the road to the attention of his principal. I am indeed ashamed each time other nationals who daily use that road describe my country, ‘Nigeria as big for nothing’. Although I heard that the Federal Government has awarded contract for the reconstruction of the road from Agbara to Seme, we hope that the project would commence immediately and be delivered on recorded time.

Do you think Atiku would keep to his promises on restructuring?

Atiku is a man of his word. Recently he declared that if restructuring is what Nigeria needs, he would ensure that they have it. You would also recall that he said if he becomes the president, he would talk to IPOB leader one-on-one on how to end the agitations and the marginalisation of the South East. This is the type of government that we want, government with listening ears, government of peace not pieces.

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Killing of Christians: Buhari lied to Trump – CAN fumes



Killing of Christians: Buhari lied to Trump - CAN fumes

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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CAMA: Bishop blasts Christian lawmakers



CAMA: Bishop blasts Christian lawmakers

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



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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