Pro- Asiwaju Groups Call For Stop To Persecution Of Ehis On Terrorism, Arson Charges
Pro- Asiwaju groups, the Renewed Hope Ambassadors, and the Asiwaju Transformation Vanguard, have called for stop to persecution of Edison Ehie, the Chief of Staff to Rivers State Governor, Siminalayi Fubara on terrorism, arson charges.
Justice Emeka Nwite of the Federal High Court Abuja hahad issued a warrant for the arrest of Edison Ehie over his alleged involvement in the burning of the State House of Assembly.
Ehie, is the immediate past Speaker of Rivers State House of Assembly.
The court had ordered his arrest along with five other persons based in Port Harcourt which includes; Jinjiri Bala, Happy Benedict, Progress Joseph, Adokiye Oyagiri and Chibuike Peter also known as Rambo for allegedly participating in some criminal activities.
Justice Nwite granted order on Wednesday for their arrest while delivering ruling in an ex-parte application brought before him by the Inspector General of Police IGP.
However, the groups in a press confrence on Thursday called upon all stakeholders in Rivers State to work together towards a peaceful and harmonious coexistence.
It noted that it is only through unity and understanding that we can overcome the challenges we face as a nation and build a brighter future for generations to come. Emphasizing on the importance of Wike respecting Mr. President, and the peace of Rivers State,
The groups also urged Wike to reconsider his approach to handling the affairs of the state post his exit.
The statement reads in part; “Ladies and gentlemen, esteemed members of the Renewed Hope Ambassadors and the Asiwaju Transformation Vanguard, I stand before you today to address a matter of critical importance, the pressing issue of the state of our beloved nation and the need for mutual respect and unity among our political leaders: the ongoing tension between Mr Nyesom Wike and the emerging national political landscape under the potential leadership of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
“We will shed light on the importance of Governor Wike respecting Mr. President, and the peace of Rivers State, while also urging him to reconsider his approach to handling the affairs of the state post his exit.
“First and foremost, it is crucial to recognize the significance of respect in our political landscape. Respect is not only a fundamental value in our society but also a cornerstone of effective governance. As a leader, Mr Wike must understand the importance of showing respect to the President of our great nation. This respect fosters a harmonious relationship and enables collaboration in the best interest of the people.
“Furthermore, it is imperative to emphasize that the political philosophy of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is not one that promotes animosity or division. Asiwaju is a respected figure in Nigerian politics, admired for his ability to build bridges and foster unity.
“Asiwaju Tinubu, throughout his illustrious career, has embodied the spirit of unity and bridge-building. He has transcended regional and ethnic divides, forging alliances and friendships across the political spectrum. This philosophy, one that prioritizes respect for diverse viewpoints and peaceful collaboration, is the very foundation upon which a stronger, more prosperous Nigeria can be built.
“It Is with deep concern, therefore, that we witness Mr Wike’s apparent struggle to embrace this spirit of unity. His recent actions and pronouncements raise troubling questions about his commitment to respecting the democratic process and upholding the peace within Rivers State and the nation as a whole. It is very disheartening to witness Mr Wike finding it difficult to assimilate himself into this political philosophy, which is rooted in the principles of inclusivity, progress, and development for all.
“As supporters of Asiwaju, we must remember that Asiwaju is not a politician who harbors enemies. Throughout his career, he has faced betrayals, yet he has remained steadfast and loved by the people. It is this spirit of forgiveness, resilience, and love that we must emulate in our political discourse.
“Mr Wike, on the other hand, seems to revel in discord. His public pronouncements often incite division and stoke the flames of animosity. This approach, driven by personal ambition rather than national interest, stands in stark contrast to the unifying principles championed by President Tinubu.
“Furthermore, as regards the unnecessary tension and anxiety caused by the recent political climate, We unequivocally condemn the persecution and harassment of Governor Fubara’s political allies and Rt. Hon. Edison Ehis. It is crucial to uphold the principles of democracy, which include the right to support and associate with political figures of one’s choice. Targeting individuals based on political affiliation goes against the very principles of democracy and creates an atmosphere of fear and mistrust.
“In particular, we draw attention to the unjust persecution of Rt. Hon Edison Ehis. It is deeply troubling that he is facing repercussions simply because he chose not to support the attempt to remove Governor Fubara from office. This kind of punitive action is not only misguided but also undermines the democratic principles we hold dear.
“Wike and his team must immediately cease the harassment, intimidation, and persecution of these individuals, whether through the misuse of the police or the judiciary. The people of Rivers State deserve peace and stability. It is important for him to understand that the presidency under Asiwaju’s leadership demands unity and loyalty from all. We cannot tolerate any actions that aim to pull down the system, whether from within or outside. The peace and progress of our nation depend on cohesive leadership and a commitment to the greater good.
“We call upon Mr Wike and his administration to recognize the importance of diversity of thought and opinion within the political landscape. We urge him to embrace a more inclusive and tolerant approach, fostering an environment where political differences are respected and celebrated. It is through healthy discourse and respectful disagreement that we can achieve progress and development for our beloved Rivers State.
“Finally, we appeal to the Nigerian Police Force, as a professional institution, to maintain neutrality and not allow themselves to be manipulated by any individual or group to cause unrest in Rivers State.
“The police have a vital role in ensuring the safety and security of our citizens, and it Is imperative that they carry out their duties without bias or prejudice. Law enforcement institutions must serve the people, not any individual or political party. We call upon them to investigate all allegations of wrongdoing fairly and transparently, ensuring justice prevails.
“We call upon all stakeholders in Rivers State to work together towards a peaceful and harmonious coexistence. It is only through unity and understanding that we can overcome the challenges we face as a nation and build a brighter future for generations to come.
“Let us not forget that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the man we all admire, is a symbol of overcoming adversity and rising above personal differences. As his supporters, we are called upon to emulate his spirit of reconciliation and bridge the divides that threaten the peace and progress of Rivers State. Let us engage in constructive dialogue, promote mutual understanding, and work together to build a brighter future for all.
“The Renewed Hope Ambassadors, in collaboration with the Asiwaju Transformation Vanguard, call for mutual respect, unity, and understanding among our political leaders. We urge Mr Wike to prioritize the well-being of the citizens, embrace the values of transparency and good governance, and fully embrace the political philosophy of Asiwaju, recognizing the importance of respect for Mr. President and the peace of Rivers State.
“We also advise Mr Wike to be mindful of his actions and decisions, ensuring they align with the greater vision of a strong and united Nigeria under Asiwaju’s presidency. Only then can Rivers State truly thrive and contribute meaningfully to the national project.
“The potential of a Tinubu presidency lies in its ability to unite our nation and propel it towards a brighter future. Let us not allow personal agendas or divisive rhetoric to derail this progress. Together, let us build a Nigeria that is stronger, more prosperous, and more united than ever before.
“We all should Remember that, our strength lies in our unity. Let us choose collaboration over confrontation, and build a Rivers State, and a Nigeria, where peace and prosperity flourish for all. Together, we can work towards a brighter future for our nation, advancing the ideals of progress, development, and inclusivity.
Ogun To Begin Sales Of 100 Trucks Load Of Rice At Cheaper Rate-Abiodun …the poor, elderly, vulnerable to get free allocation
Ogun To Begin Sales Of 100 Trucks Load Of Rice At Cheaper Rate-Abiodun
…the poor, elderly, vulnerable to get free allocation
Ogun State has purchased 100 trucks load of rice to be sold at cheaper rates to residents of the state to cushion the effect of the rise in the prices of goods in the country.
The state governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun stated this on Wednesday while speaking at a stakeholders’ meeting in Abeokuta, the state capital.
Prince Abiodun disclosed that the rice would be subsidized and made available at the rate it was before the recent astronomical rise in the prices of the commodities.
He, however, said the poor, the elderly, and the vulnerable would enjoy free allocation.
“We have decided to give our people foodstuffs like rice, garri, beans. I have ordered almost 100 trailers of rice, they will start offloading them tomorrow (today).
“We have decided that the poor, the elderly, and the vulnerable will be given the rice free of charge, while others will have to buy the rice at the price we formally bought it before the dollar rose very high so that it won’t be a one-off and we can continue till the issue of the dollar is settled,” he said.
Governor Abiodun assured the people of Ogun State that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is fully in charge and knows what he is doing.
According to him, the President is on top of the situation, adding that Nigerians will soon start seeing the manifestation of the several policies put in place to curtail the rising inflation
He added that the Central Bank Governor, Mr. Yemi Cardoso, at a meeting he had with him, has assured that the dollar would soon fall.
“Everything we are experiencing at the moment is very transient, it will soon pass away. Let me assure you, the meeting we had yesterday (Tuesday) and today (Wednesday) after I left that meeting this evening, I am convinced that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is fully in charge. He knows what he is doing.
“With the plan that he has begun to implement, you will soon begin to see the change. We must remain very hopeful.
“The last meeting I had was with the CBN Governor. He said I should quote him and tell you that, very soon, the dollar will crash,” he said.
Abiodun noted that his administration in realization of the present hardship facing the country took some steps to cushion the effect, even as he recalled that an intervention worth more than N5 billion was announced by his administration last week.
Tertiary students of Ogun State origin across the country will receive N50,000 each, the governor said.
The secondary and primary school category with about 800,000 students, Prince Abiodun noted, will be done in phases, with the first phase, comprising 100,000 students getting N10,000 each.
Those not captured now would get five exercise books while waiting for the next phase.
The governor said women and the elderly would benefit from free medical care with insurance cards worth N18,000.
Abiodun further noted that his administration would set aside about N500 million monthly to offset the payment of deductions for civil servants in the state public service.
Governor Abiodun urged Nigerians, especially the youths not to allow themselves to be used by unscrupulous elements to disrupt the peace of the country.
“It is now so bad that they have planned to use our youths, give them money to disrupt the peace of the country by staging protests.
“What we going through isn’t what other countries around the world haven’t also experienced. But they were very patriotic, calm because they know the solution is on the way,” he said.
WE HAVE NO ALLEGATION OF FRAUD AGAINST EX- COMMISSIONER, OTHERS, OGUN ASSEMBLY CLARIFIES INVITATION
WE HAVE NO ALLEGATION OF FRAUD AGAINST EX- COMMISSIONER, OTHERS, OGUN ASSEMBLY CLARIFIES INVITATION
Sahara Weekly Reports That Ogun State House of Assembly Committee on Public Accounts and Anti-Corruption, led by Hon. Damilare Bello today continues with its sittings with a clarification that the invitation extended to the former Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Abdul-Waheed Odusile and the SSA to the Governor on Media, Emmanuel Ojo was not an indictment but rather to seek clarifications on the audit report of the Ministry.
Hon. Bello issued the clarification today during the Committee’s meeting with the officials of the State Hospitals Management Board at the Assembly Complex, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.
The Committee Chairman in company of other members including Honourables Musefiu Lamidi, Dickson Awolaja, Wahab Haruna, Yusuf Amosun, Folawewo Salami, Lawal Samsideen and Waliu Owode noted that the sitting was not meant to witch- hunt but to put the various Ministries, Departments and Agencies of Government on their toes in the prudent management of government resources.
He recalled that at the last sitting of the Committee, there was a misinformation in some sections of the media insinuating fraudulent practices, cautioning that the Committee had not indicted anyone but merely considering issues raised in the audit reports with a view to addressing them.
He stated, “on Monday at our last sitting, there was a misinformation that this Honourable House has indicted the ex- Commissioner and the SSA (Media), we have not indicted anyone. We have only used the media to invite them for clarification on the Auditor General reports in line with our constitutional responsibilities.
It is important to note that the this House has no reason to witch-hunt anyone. We are only making sure the people see our Governor working alongside with the legislators with the right procedure to achieve all the Government lofty policies and programmes”, he stated.
He urged the public to disregard the scandal rumour, saying not everything found on the media space might be the right picture of things coming from the Assembly.
He called on Heads of MDAs to work together with the Assembly in blocking all leakages and help promote accountability and transparency in the running of government in the State.
TINUBU APPOINTS DCG KEMI NANNA NANDAP AS COMPTROLLER-GENERAL OF THE NIGERIA IMMIGRATION SERVICE
PRESIDENT TINUBU APPOINTS DCG KEMI NANNA NANDAP AS COMPTROLLER-GENERAL OF THE NIGERIA IMMIGRATION SERVICE
President Bola Tinubu has approved the appointment of DCG Kemi Nanna Nandap to serve as the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), effective from March 1, 2024.
DCG Nandap takes over from Mrs. Caroline Wura-Ola Adepoju, whose term in office expires on February 29, 2024.
Before her appointment as Comptroller-General, Nandap was the Deputy Comptroller-General in charge of the Migration Directorate of the Service.
The President anticipates that the new Comptroller-General will deepen the ongoing reforms in the service and create a robust mechanism for efficient and dedicated service delivery to Nigerians, as well as strengthen the nation’s security through proactive and effective border security and migration management.
Chief Ajuri Ngelale
Special Adviser to the President
(Media & Publicity)
February 21, 2024
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