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Oshiomhole apologizes to Archbishop Obinna



Oshiomhole apologizes to Archbishop Obinna

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has apologized to the Most. Rev. Anthony Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri and the entire Christian community in Imo State over what he described as the lack of respect exhibited to the church by Governor Okorocha.

Oshiomhole who spoke in Abuja last week was however quick to add that the party should not be dragged into the problem of the governor with the Church in the state as it is the governor’s personal problem.

Oshiomhole stressed that, “Governor Rochas Okorocha’s personal battle with the Christian community in Imo State is a matter between him and the Catholic Church. We in APC are not party to that. We do not want our party to be dragged into such contestation because it will not be helpful to us. Our road to power is election by the people, we cannot antagonize the people.

“Even the ordinary man in Imo is entitled to respect not to talk of the leaders of the Christian community. And so, we distance ourselves from all of those things that Rochas has done which sometimes has been a source of huge embarrassment to our party but we have tried to manage it in-house. So, I sincerely apologize to Archbishop Obinna and Christians in Imo State.”

Oshiomhole said he watched on television Governor Rochas saying that five million members have left APC in the state. “I didn’t know he was such a wonderful statistician. The entire membership of the party in Imo State, as far as I know, they are under one million, to put it generously. So, if people have left us because we are not able to help them create a political dynasty, then it will be nice for him to give further details about the origin, location of those people who have left (APC). You could see Gov. Okorocha in one hand trying to run down his party and on the other hand claiming to be loyal to that party. But the truth is, Nigerians have become more and more sophisticated. At the heart of this challenge is the trauma of going through change.

“Most Nigerians have worried, how can we have democracy in which only few kingpins dominate the scene, and party membership doesn’t carry any meaning anymore; you hear of godfather anoint, you hear of godfather imposition. It has been my desire, to consciously work, to steer APC away from this ruinous past which PDP created, to open it up, so that it can be membership driven. Now those people who have survived so far, courtesy of this kind of impunity, imposition, creating dynasty from their own privileged position, find it difficult to accept the logic of participatory democracy, of bottom up approach, because, nothing explains the frustration of these few people better than the fact they cannot understand how, in a primary, whether direct or indirect, that the vote of the governor is only one, and the vote of the sweeper, who is a member of APC is also only one. They cannot reconcile with this reality.

“They got to Abuja to persuade Abuja to put pressure on me to revise what has been properly done and to accept what is clearly unlawful, not only unlawful, but undemocratic, immoral and tantamount to abuse of power. Our constitution does not recognize emperors. There are no emperors in APC and if anybody tries to address himself as one, it will be an exercise in futility, certainly not under my leadership.

“What I’m not able to do for Governor Okorocha is to assist him with the instrument of APC, to help him create Rochas Okorocha’s dynasty in Imo State, in which Rochas will be the APC Senatorial candidate and Rochas son-in-law, Uche Nwosu will be APC governorship candidate. I do not have the power to help him create political dynasty in Imo State.

“I will resist every pressure, on my part, to assist to undermine the wishes of the good people of Imo State.

“We conducted the first governorship primaries, that were headed by Mr. Gulak. NWC has met, we have reviewed the report of the Gulak Committee and NWC has held the result of the committee because we found out that it was in substantial compliance with the guidelines, guiding the conduct of gubernatorial primaries and we have upheld it and we have done the needful by also ensuring that we submit the name of the winner, Senator Hope Uzodimma as the APC candidate for Imo State. If Governor Rochas chose to relocate to the Villa (President Buhari’s residence) and use the grounds of the Villa to try to intimidate me to create a dynasty for him, I will, even on one leg, but powered by truth and conscience uphold the best interest of APC.”



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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