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Nigeria is damaged, bleeding, says anti-graft agency

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Nigeria is damaged, bleeding, says anti-graft agency

By Ifeoma Ikem

 

 

 

 

The Anti-Corruption Awareness Organisation of Nigeria (ACAON) has described the country as one that is “seriously bleeding and damaged,” and in need of urgent attention if it must be rescued.

 

 

 

Nigeria is damaged, bleeding, says anti-graft agency

 

 

It lamented that the General Muhammadu Buhari regime had erred through carrying out various “wonders” and “operations” in the name of implementing a cashless policy, fuel scarcity and in conducting a “shambles” of a national elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

 

 

 

 

 

 

According to the anti-corruption agency in a statement on Thursday, the government’s actions had not only brought untold suffering on the citizenry, but also “turned (the nation) into a laughing stock and a disgrace before international bodies.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ACAON through its board chairman, Prince Kola Adeyemi, noted that the recent happenings were “unfortunate and require urgent X-ray.” It said INEC boss, Prof. Yakubu Mahmoud, as the Chief Returning Officer and a professor of History, had by his lapses succeeded in turning our democracy upside down despite all opportunities given to him to do otherwise.

“We should recall the constant pledges and assurances of Mr President, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari of leaving a legacy by ensuring free, fair, credible and transparent elections,” Adeyemi began.

He added, “We should also recall the numerous pronouncements of Professor Mahmoud to go by the rules, our Electoral Act and ensure the BVAS upload of results, which reverse was the case.

“Instead, we had the (INEC) Chairman going ahead to declare a ‘winner’ that is now causing avoidable unrest in the country.”

Speaking further, the ACAON board chairman wondered how one would explain the recent razing of shops belonging to a certain tribe in the country, and more recently at the Spare Parts Market at Olodi-Apapa area of Lagos.

 

Describing the evil acts as meant to cause confusion, he expressed the hope that there won’t be a repeat of the earlier violence experienced at the forthcoming Governorships and State House of Assembly polls nationwide, especially in Lagos State.

His words: “To be honest, postponing the proposed Governorships and State House of Assembly elections, to me has its advantages and disadvantages in appealing to our Judiciary to do the needful in accordance to the Rules of Law, with a view to safeguard our country from international embarrassment.”

Speaking on attack on the Igbo, the ACAON said the people have a right to live whereever they like in any part of the country, and described the ugly incidences in Lagos as an handiwork of hoodlums and unpatriotic citizens, bereft of government connivance.

It also encouraged all voters to come out and exercise their franchise on the new date for the polls, explaining that the security agencies were now redoubling their efforts to ensure protection of lives and properties.

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Group Urges Yorubas To Shun Protest Against Tinubu

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Group Urges Yorubas To Shun Protest Against Tinubu

 

The Igbimo Asoju Yoruba, a prominent socio-cultural organization, is urging Yorubas to refrain from participating in protests against the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

 

 

Group Urges Yorubas To Shun Protest Against Tinubu

In the midst of economic hardship, the organization is calling for unity and calm within the Yoruba community, emphasizing that stability and order will be restored soon.

In a statement signed by the convener of this group, Chief George Olufemi Ogunjimi said in these challenging times, it is crucial for us to come together as a people and focus on finding solutions to the economic challenges facing our community. The Igbimo Asoju Yoruba believes that with collective effort and a spirit of solidarity, we will be able to overcome these difficulties and emerge stronger.

We urge all Yorubas to remain calm and exercise restraint, and to work towards peace and stability. Let us keep faith in the process and believe that things will be in order soon. We trust in the resilience and ingenuity of our people and are confident that together, we will be able to navigate through these tough times.

The Igbimo Asoju Yoruba is committed to promoting the interests and well-being of the Yoruba people, and we call on all Yorubas to join us in working towards a brighter future for our community.

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DHQ REFUTES ALLEGATION OF GUARDS BRIGADE PLACED ON HIGH ALERT OVER SUSPICION OF COUP PLOT IN NIGERIA

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*DHQ REFUTES ALLEGATION OF GUARDS BRIGADE PLACED ON HIGH ALERT OVER SUSPICION OF COUP PLOT IN NIGERIA

 

1.​The attention of the Defence Headquarters has been drawn to a malicious and unfounded article published online by the Saharareporters.com on 25 February 2024 claiming that the Guards Brigade has been put on high alert following unusual movements, leading to suspicion of a coup plot in Nigeria. The publication also asserted amongst other things that the suspicion prompted emergency meeting involving President Bola Tinubu, the Chief of Staff to the President and Commander of the Guards Brigade.

2.​The Defence Headquarters wishes to categorically state that the allegation is totally false. For the avoidance of doubt, the Guards Brigade has been statutorily assigned the responsibility of protecting the seat of power (The Presidency) and by extension the Federal Capital Territory and its environs. Hence, it is to be noted that the Guards Brigade has always been on high alert in order to effectively executive its assigned tasks.

3.​It will be recalled that the Chief of Defence Staff, General Christopher Musa OFR had in various fora reiterated the unalloyed commitment of members of the Armed Forces of Nigeria to the protection and sustenance of democracy in Nigeria. Therefore, the Defence Headquarters strongly condemn this unsubstantiated assertion which is just a figment of imagination of the publisher and enjoins members of the public to disregard it.

4.​Furthermore, the Defence Headquarters calls on relavant security agencies to immediately take appropriate action against the Sahara Reporters for this unpatriotic action. Meanwhile, the Defence Headquarters will seek legal redress on the issue which has the ulterior motive of creating unnecessary tension in the country.

5.​Kindly disseminate for the general public awareness.

Signed:
TUKUR GUSAU
Brigadier General
25 February2024 Acting Director Defence Information

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Former Gov Yahaya Bello’s legacy in infrastructure, health, others worth emulating, says Nigerian Guild of Editors

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Former Gov Yahaya Bello's legacy in infrastructure, health, others worth emulating, says Nigerian Guild of Editors

Former Gov Yahaya Bello’s legacy in infrastructure, health, others worth emulating, says Nigerian Guild of Editors

. Declares ‘Kogi State is working, editors highly impressed’

The Nigerian Guild of Editors has commended the Kogi State Government for what it described as a highly impressive performance in infrastructure, education and health.

 

 

 

The Guild gave the commendation during a tour of some of the projects initiated and completed under the administration of former Governor Yahaya Bello.

 

 

Former Gov Yahaya Bello's legacy in infrastructure, health, others worth emulating, says Nigerian Guild of Editors

 

 

The President of the Nigerian Guild of Editors, Eze Anaba, who briefed journalists at the end of the project tour, specifically said, from what he and other editors had seen, first-hand, the former governor had left a legacy worthy of emulation in critical sectors.

He, however, added that the current Governor of the state, Alhaji Usman Ododo, was doing well to consolidate on the good work of his predecessor.

The NGE was in Lokoja to hold its standing committee meeting. In all, about 40 editors, across the print, electronic and online media participated in the meeting. The editors used the opportunity to inspect some of the projects executed by the past administration in the state.

According to the NGE President, the Reference Hospital in Okene is one that can help the country in the area of medical tourism.

“Recently, the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria told the whole world that medical tourism alone was costing this country a fortune. So, if Nigerians patronise this hospital, it will save this country a lot of money and help put our economy in good shape. With what we have seen here, Nigerians should be happy for it,” he said.

He stated, “The immediate past administration has left a legacy worthy of emulation. I am appealing to the current administration to consolidate on the good work of the immediate past Governor of the state because he has done a lot in education, health and infrastructure development and such achievements should be sustained by the present administration.

“I and other members of the NGE have gone round projects executed by the Governor Yahaya Bello-led administration and I am saying this without mincing words that Kogi State is working and the current administration under Alhaji Ahmed Usman Ododo is doing well to sustain the legacies of his former boss.

“Democracy is about the people and the facilities we have seen, including the network of roads. If the road network is strong like we saw, I am sure Nigeria will be better for it. I am highly commending the State Government for what my team and I have seen so far.

“Government is a continuum. I would advise the current Government to follow the footstep of his predecessors. It is only in that way the Citizens will benefit and Kogi State will become the best place in the Country. People will know that democracy has taken root in Kogi State and the people are benefitting.

“At the end of the day, Governance is about the people. From what I have seen, from what my colleagues saw, Kogi is working in terms of education infrastructure and medical care.

“From a lay man perspective, I am not a Doctor. From what the Doctors have told me and my team and what we saw with our eyes, it is hugely impressive. The MRI machine and other laboratory equipment are very impressive. I have to commend the Kogi State Government for making this available.

“I would advise the people to put this to test and if this works, they will save Nigeria huge sums of money. Recently, the CBN Governor told the whole world that medical tourism alone is costing this country a fortune. So, if Nigerians patronise this hospital, it will save this country a lot of money and put our economy in good shape. What we have seen here, Nigeria should be happy for it.”

The Commissioner for Information in Kogi State, Kingsley Fanwo; and his Health counterpart, Dr. Adams Abdulazeez, thanked the editors for finding time to inspect the projects and encouraged them to tell Nigerians exactly what they saw.

“If we are to go round all the projects initiated and completed under the immediate past administration in Kogi State, you will be here for more than one week. There was massive projects execution,” Fanwo told the editors.

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