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Atiku’s aide writes strong worded letter to INEC chairman, tells him what to do at tribunal

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The Special Assistant to former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar on Youth and Support Groups, Aliyu Bin Abbas has asked the Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu to wash his hands off, like Pontius Pilate, the alleged case of rigging during the last presidential election which is pending at the tribunal by telling the truth.

Abbas made the call on Thursday in an open letter he addressed to the INEC Chairman and released on Thursday.

He alleged gross manipulation during the election, claiming that INEC declared fake results.

He slammed INEC for ‘lying’ in a desperate bid to cover and defend its alleged doctoring of the election result.

The letter which was titled: “AN OPEN LETTER TO THE INEC CHAIRMAN, PROF YAKUBU MAHMOUD A REMINDER”, reads: “Sir, I would like to start by reminding you that one singular path to cast into the abyss the democracy of any nation is to aid and abet rigging during elections. It’s a recognized fact that once democracy is undermined, it would take just a little time before it collapses.

“Kindly be reminded that Nigeria’s democracy did not come free of cost. It took the tears, sweat, and the blood of many Nigerians who matched to the streets to protest against the autocratic and tyrannical regimes of the military.

“Many people paid dearly with their lives, while those who escaped death became debilitated for the remainder of their lives. These uncelebrated men and women gave in everything hoping that the next generation would enjoy the dividends of a new Nigeria.

“Sir, you will agree with me that the sustainability of democracy begins with electing qualified candidates who will not undermine the constitution, rubbish the rule of law and separation of power, disobey court orders, and drag down all other institutions of democracy.

“The system can only be sustained if the masses are allowed to decide who lead them devoid of any manipulation.

“The 2019 presidential election organized under your leadership is the WORST in the entire history of the human race to say the least.

“It is the most unfortunate thing that has ever happened to Nigeria. HURIWA described it as ‘a crime which is worse than that of Evans the Kidnapper.’ Chief Femi Falana SAN called it a ‘total mess.’

“The attitude displayed by your commission (INEC) has added credence to the widely held believe that INEC under your leadership has been politicized and will never for any reason be trusted by the good people of Nigeria.

He further told Prof. Mahmood that there is nothing as disgraceful and more irritating than the shameless denial of his commission in respect of the 2019 presidential election results in the INEC server.

“The result in the server (PDP ~ 18,356,732; APC ~ 16,741,430) shows that Atiku Abubakar of the PDP is the true and genuine winner of the 23rd February 2019 presidential election.

“But INEC announcing a concocted and a fraudulent result proves that the commission deliberately worked in cohort with Buhari and the APC to rig out Atiku Abubakar of the PDP.

“Kindly note that under your leadership, INEC has made it very clear (in both videos & print) that the commission will electronically transmit result of the February 23rd presidential election across all the polling units in the country into a central server to enhance transparency and credibility of the process.

“Your shameless denial of the existence of this result in the INEC server is an embarrassment to this nation.

“The commission also said that result collated manually must be in synchrony with the electronically collated results for the outcome of the presidential election to be credible and acceptable. However, this, the commission did not follow.

“We are nevertheless happy that many Presiding Officer who carried out the e~collation of the presidential election results are coming out to speak, sharing vital information to Nigerians and are ready to stand as credible witnesses in the case.

“To this end, we want to warn that those (INEC staff) who chose to stand as witness against the electoral daylight robbery aided by the commission you head should not be hounded.

“Their safety and security is in the hands of INEC. Should anything untoward happen to any of them, Nigerians will hold you and the commission responsible.

“We want to also warn that any attempt by the commission to temper with or incinerate any document that will be useful at the tribunal will not be tolerated by Nigerians. INEC under your leadership must know that the whole world is watching to see the end of the daylight robbery carried out by the APC with your tacit support. Enough is enough!” He sounded.

He advised the INEC Chairman to remember that history will not be kind to him if he doesn’t retrace his steps.

“In conclusion, Sir, I want you to know that posterity will continue to judge you harshly for the crime you have perpetrated against this country. You will be remembered for the worst election you’ve organized in Nigeria.

“Until death, your sense of right and wrong, if at all you have any, will continue to judge you harshly until you stand on the side of truth at the presidential election petition tribunal.

“You will always be remembered by over 18.3 million Nigerians as a man who subverted due process because of political sentiment and gains. However, Sir,. you still have a chance to make amends.

” Like Pontius Pilate, I’ll strongly advice that you wash off your hands in this case, tell the truth at the tribunal and live at peace with your maker in the next world. You can not deliberately cheat over 18 million Nigerians and think you can escape punishment from your maker. The choice is yours.

“Accept my letter in good faith,” he concluded.

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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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CAMA: Bishop blasts Christian lawmakers

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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

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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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