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Nigerians must stop Buhari second coming –Atiku



Nigerians must stop Buhari second coming –Atiku


Tunde Omolehin, Sokoto

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar on Monday urged Nigerians not to fall into deceptions of President Muhammdu Buhari and his party (APC) in their to seek second term.
He also described the President Buhari as a ‘failed’ farmer who could only boost of rearing 150 cows ‘year-in-year-out’ of his livestock business.
Atiku spoke in Sokoto while addressing party supporters that attended the flag-off of his zonal campaign rally and presentation of the party presidential’s flag.
The presidentail hopeful was accompanied to Sokoto by his running mate, Mr. Peter Obi, former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, his deputy, Arch. Namadi Sambo, among other party stalwarts.
He noted that despite failing Nigerians on their campaign promises, the APC-led government have continued to deceive Nigerians in their bid to secure a second coming.
According to him: “I am a politician, I am a businessman, I am into many things, I am also a farmer and knows exactly what the problem of Nigerians are.
“I have more than a thousand cows in my farm, please we should not allowed someone whose cows have not grown from 150 year-in-year-out to come and tell us lies and propaganda again.
He promised that if elected as president, his priorities includes job creation and bringing peace into country.
Atiku also said his bid for presidential contest was not borne out of a contest between him and his main challenger, President Muhammadu Buhari.
He noted that nigerians should see the 2019 presidential election as a choice “between forging ahead for better and remain in deficiting governance.”
He noted that the party has been fully revived in the overall interest of Nigerians against “the claims and liars of the opposition ruling APC.”
According to him: “My presidential bid is to strengthen the capacity and independence of our teeming unemployed youths, women and the less privileged persons in the society by supporting their course for financial and economic independence through vibrant policies and programmes.”
Atiku eulogised the political value of the northwest states which include, Sokoto, Kano Kaduna, Katsina, Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara, saying that “the Northwest has been the foundation and pillar of PDP where we have the people and support.”
He however dispelled rumour making round that PDP supporters in the northern States have deprecated ahead of the forthcoming general elections.
The PDP presidential hopeful expressed optimism in his victory come 2019. The former Vice president who traced his ancestral background to Wurno town of Sokoto state said “my  great-grand parents were from Wurno a fulani ancestral settlement.
“I came from a poor background and have been involved in many trades ad endeavours to sustain myself to be self reliant with a dream to demonstrate capacity and support for our youths and the less privileged who have over the years through my personal intervention initiatives benefitted enormously.” He narrated.
He urged Nigerians to turn-out enmasse and vote candidates of the party in the forthcoming general elections, whom according to him, “will ensure the realisation of the Nigeria dream.”
Former president, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan in his remarks described PDP has a party to beat in the forthcoming presidential election. He said that Nigerians are not happy because “there is no food to eat.”
“Nigerians are not gappy because there is no good to eat and if you do not have food to eat, you will not be happy. For those of us that are adult, history will not forgive us if we fail to change this government.
He also urged the people of the north west zone to prove their electoral worth’s by given their vote for PDP in the forthcoming general elections.
Also speaking, the Senate President and Director General, PDP/Atiku Campaign, Senator Bukola Saraki described the presidential candidate as the only man that can bring food to the table of Nigerians. “The man that can bring security is Atiku Abubakar.”
Presenting the party’s flag to the president candidate, the party National Chairman, Chief Uche Secondus said the party is on rescue mission to salvage Nigerians out of their present plights.
According to him: ” PDP is on rescue mission and Atiku Abubakar is a man that will bring food to the tables of Nigerians.
He also urged the security personnel and INEC to be neutral during the poll, saying “Election must be free and fair. We will not accept where they will use INEC and security against us. We must stand against rigging this time.
Earlier, Speaker, House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara reminded Nigerians not to see the 2019 presidential poll as a contest between President Buhari and Atiku Abubakar.
According to him: “We have the opportunities to correct ourselves. We have a wonderful opportunity to revisit our decision in 2015. This election is not about Buhari and Atiku but between the bad government and the Nigerians.
“These are the things that on the ballot papers for Nigerian ms to decide in the forthcoming general elections. We want to take Nigeria back to her rightful place in 2019.” Dogara explained.
In his opening addresing, Sokoto State governor an Northwest campaign coordinator, Alhaji Aminu Waziri Tambuwal said the people from the North west states will not play politics with sentiment in the 2019 presidential election.
Tambuwal also noted that the forthcoming presidential election will be devoured of ethnicity and self interest as the common goal is to defeat the ruling party an his presidential candidate.
Te governor further said: “The signs are very clear, this is very clear. I am calling on those who do not know the north west politics to please take note that the zone will not play politics in 2019.
“PDP is a party that will provide employment for our youths. It is a party that will ensure security for all among others. Atiku is a democratic per excellence. I have confident in him.” He explained.
He added that the party presidential candidate will ensure an inclusive government where youth will take a rightful position. “Atiku knows your value as the youth. He will not be a president that will be in another country condemning the youth at home.”
Other speakers include former governor of Kaduna State an onetime caretaker Chairman of the party, Alhaji Ahmed Makarfi who assured that the PDP presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar will emerged victorious in the presidential election.
Makarfi maintained that Nigerians are eager to change the ruling APC for PDP in 2019. “Only God gives power and as such I have firm believe that our party (PDP) will form government in 2019. I am optimistic that our candidate, Atiku Abubakar will be our next president in 2019.”
Also, Former Jigawa state governor, Alhaji Sule Lamido in his remarks noted that the era of insecurity, high level of poverty and corruption tendency will soon be a thin of the past when PDP take over on 2019.
The former governor however urged the people of the zone to unite in voting against the APC government.
Former minister of Special Duties Taminu Kabiru Turaki who spoke on behalf of the former ministers described the APC-led government as unrealistic and woeful in its promise to Nigerians.
Also, former governor of Niger State, Alhaji Babangida Mu’azu who spoke on behalf of former governors urged Nigerians to voted Buhari’s government in order to ensure security, job creation and unity among others.
Other notable party chieftains that grace the event include former Governors, Rabiu Musa Kwankaso, Attahiru Bafarawa, Sule Lamido, Lyon Imoke, Ibrahim Shema, Gbenga Daniel and Babangida Aliyu. Also Doyin Okupe, Tanimu Turaki, Mukhtar Shagari, the BOT chairman, Senator Jubril Wali, Taraba state Governor, Garius Isiaku were in attendance.

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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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