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Anenih: End to inspiring chapter of nation’s history – Obasanjo, others

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“He was a patriot and a nationalist who belonged to that rare breed of Nigerians whose interests and associations cut across all sections,” Obasanjo stated.

Laide Raheem, Abeokuta, Rose Ejembi, Makurdi, Paul Osuyi, Asaba and Tony Osauzo, Benin

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has described the death of a former minister of Works, Chief Anthony Anenih, as end of one of the most inspiring chapters of the nation’s history.

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The late police commissioner died on Sunday, at 85.

He was also a former chairman of the Board of Trustees of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

Obasanjo, in a condolence letter to the head of the Anenih family, a copy which was made available by his Special Assistant Media, Kehinde Akinyemi, to newsmen in Abeokuta, yesterday, noted that “Anenih lived a well-fulfilled life and God had been kind to him in very many ways.

According to the former president in the one-page letter, “Chief Tony Anenih’s life was an archetypal lesson in public service and leadership at its best. He had to himself a life full of accomplishments and meritorious services to the local and national communities.

“He served the nation with devotion and diligence in his chosen profession. His service in the Nigeria Police Force was distinguished by high professional standard.

“He was an epitome of humility and quite dignity both in service and retirement, even though he rose to the rank of commissioner of police before retirement.”

Obasanjo, who appointed Anenih as minister of Works in 1999, added that, “in the course of a lifetime of remarkable contributions to the political sector of our nation, he (Anenih) became a national icon and authentic role model; one of the outstanding leaders of our generation.

“His political contribution to the Fourth Republic, notably as the honourable minister of Works and Housing, under my able leadership as the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, was stabilising.

“Indeed, he was a patriot and a nationalist of no mean order, who belonged to that rare breed of Nigerians whose interests and associations cut across all sections–tribe, language, region, religion and social status,” Obasanjo stated.

On his part, Benue State, Governor Samuel Ortom described Anenih’s death as a big loss to the country.
Governor Ortom in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase stated that Chief “Anenih was a father to all, a versatile administrator and patriot who was very passionate about the country,” Ortom said and posited further that “Anenih’s selfless role as an elder statesman was felt in many aspects of the country’s development.

Similarly, Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, commiserated with the family members, the government and the people of Edo State, on Anenih’s death.

Governor Okowa also conveyed his condolences to the family of the late Iyasele of Esanland, and described him as “a committed patriot who served the nation at the highest levels with an uncommon sense of patriotism and unwavering dedication.”

In a statement issued in Asaba, the state capital, by his Chief Press Secretary, Charles Aniagwu, the governor said he was saddened by Anenih’s demise.

“He was a committed patriot, an astute politician, who worked to better the lots of his people and Nigerians in general. Through his purposeful leadership and development strides, the late Anenih influenced the dualisation of the Benin-Asaba Road, Benin-Warri Road and the Benin By-pass Road which brought about unprecedented development to the Niger Delta.”

Governor Okowa remarked that as a democrat, the late Anenih etched his name in the annals of Nigeria’s democratic advancement by working courageously for the emergence and consolidation of the Fourth Republic in 1999, when he joined forces with other leaders to form the PDP.

To former presidential adviser on National Assembly Matters, Senator Florence Ita-Giwa, the passage of Chief Anenih, is a monumental loss to the country and the political space.

In a statement released by her Media Office, yesterday, Ita-Giwa recalled how she worked with the late Anenih, in different capacities, in promoting stability, national development and sustaining democracy.

She described Anenih as “a nationalist, a democrat and a patriot whose love for country and the people cannot be faulted.

“The death of our leader, Pa Tony Anenih, came to me as a shock but, I take solace in the fact that he lived a very good and fulfilled life.

“I worked with him day and night and noted his passion and love for the country especially in sustaining the democratic process. I pray for the repose of his soul and for his family, the fortitude to bear this monumental loss.”

Also, Edo state chapter of the PDP said it received the news with a heavy heart. The party, in a statement signed by its Chairman, Chief Dan Osi Orbih, described Anenih as‎ “a unifier, builder of men and a great political strategist.

“National leader, as he was affectionately called, served Nigeria with all his might. He was a unifier, builder of men and a great political strategist. He was popularly known as “Mr Fix-it,” for his ability to solve and navigate knotty political situations.

“In Edo state, he was our pillar, light, pathfinder, bridge builder,‎ and detribalised leader. He shone brightly and lit many candles. He was a leader par excellence. Coming from a minority zone and from a minority tribe in our state, he exceeded natural barriers so that others could aspire without fear or man-imposed limitations. (He was) a great organiser, mobiliser and an inspiration to men and women of goodwill.”

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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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