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Enugu: Eze our best bet – Odo

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“Every message the people are sending is that Senator Ayogu Eze will be declared winner of Enugu State gubernatorial election.”

Lawrence Enyoghasu

Onuora Odo, a lawyer, is the legal adviser of Grassroots Movement, Lagos chapter. He speaks on why the group is rooting for Senator Ayogu Eze.

What is the interest of of Grassroots Movement in Enugu politics?

The group has been advocating for good governance in Enugu State and beyond. We have decided to collapse all our structures to drum up support for Ayogu Eze. The group cuts across all nooks and cranny of Enugu State. If you go to Abianu, Ugwuaji, Ugwua River, and Enugu-Ezike, we have made some positive impacts there.

READ ALSO: Ugwuanyi’s giant strides in Enugu

The group is made up of mainly professionals. We look at everything we do critically and we have come to realise that there is no way we can fold our arms and keep quiet when things are not going the way it should. We take it upon ourselves to educate the people and tell them the way forward. We embark on massive sensitisation, massive conscientiousness, and awareness of the teeming populace. The reason being that there is what we call floating voters; people who have their PVC but do not even know who to vote for. It is a platform, a rallying point for people who are conscious of their environment.

There are people buying and selling PVC for N2,000 or N1,000 in Enugu-Ezike but we have taken an initiative to change it, we told them that instead of voting according to what is given to them, they should vote according to the dictates of their conscience. The thing is that, people at the corridors of power have collectively used us. We have been burnt and fooled; not once, not twice but this time around, we feel it is incumbent on us to go and tell people, that in politics promise weighs less than feather. No more opportunity to hoodwink the people.

What is Ayogu Eze bringing to the table?

Personally I have had close interaction with Senator Ayogu Eze so I don’t tell you what I heard from people but what I personally experienced. Ayogu Eze is down to earth; he is a pragmatic leader, visionary leader. He is a transformative leader who will give the people a sense of belonging. He does not give you empty promises. He won’t make promise and do another thing, and he doesn’t do that. The man is needed because there is no access to medical facilities, no road network, there is no government presence in major parts of the state. And that is why we are taking it as a burden, to make sure he gets to Lion Building, the seat of government. We have taken it upon ourselves to carry this load so our people can be liberated from bad governance.

How can, since APC is new in Enugu?

That is why we are here. We are moving beyond primordial sentiments, politics of party affiliations. We are moving away charting a course of paradigm shift, we are no more interested in which party you belong to; we are interested in the individual who is running. We have come to agree, the impact is huge and every message the people are sending is that Senator Ayogu Eze will be declared winner of Enugu State gubernatorial election. This man enjoys the support of his people, his integrity and credibility and all that are not in doubt. One of those drumming support for him is Jim Nwobodo of old Enugu State. Sullivan Chime is the Director General of Ayogu Eze Campaign group, as I speak to you.

So, with these supporters, you are confident Ayogu Eze will make it?

When you talk about support, there is what we call grassroots support and there is elitist support. And we have Jim Nwobodo, Ken Nnamani, former governor, Sullivan Chime and the host of other creme-de-la-creme, in Enugu State, including Baywood Ibe, supporting the APC candidate, they are all solidly behind this person because they have seen the potentials in him, the resources, both mental and physical, he has all it takes to move Enugu State to the Promise land.

Senator Ayogu Eze, having been a personal assistant to a governor, a Commissioner for Information and a principal member of the Red Chamber on two different occasions, has all it takes to govern Enugu State.

If you have come close to Senator Ayogu Eze, you will know he is a man of himself, he is not a featherweight, he is not a pushover, and he has brain of his own.

READ ALSO: APC’ll take over Enugu in 2019 – Ayogu Eze

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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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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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