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Niger Delta Protests the Removal of JTF Commander Apochi

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In a demand to know the ration over the removal of the leader of the JTF, the coalition of Niger Delta Civil Society activists and the Niger Delta environmental protection group on Friday protested in Abuja, calling for the removal of the Commander of the Joint Task Force, JTF, in the Niger Delta, Suleman Apochi.

In the early hour of the day , the protesters, comprising of men and women from the region accused Mr Apochi of aiding fraudulent oil bunkering in the region, sabotage of the region’s economy, vandalisation of oil facilities as well as stealing, hence their demand for his immediate removal.

In his  address to  the media, the  Joint Co-ordinator of the group, Tochukwu Ohazuruike  said they group will take a protest match to the Defence Headquarters and the Force Headquarters where they would lay their grievances to both the Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin and the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris.

The group noted that, the JTF Commander is now known as Commander of Bunkering in Nigeria.

According to the  protesters  Apochi is not working alone as he has a worthy lieutenant in the person of one Dagogo Gilbert.

“Dagogo Gilbert is the key man that collects money for Apochi Suleman, if this man is arrested everything about him (Suleman) will be exposed,” a source close to the group told our reporter .

They carried placards bearing different inscriptions such as:”Please Save Nigerian Economy from the hands of Apochi and his oil bunkerer friends; EFCC please save Niger Delta and arrest Chief Bunkerer of Nigeria Apochi Sulaiman and his bribe collector, Dagogo Gilbert; Apochi sabotaging the Chief of Defence Staff Anti-vandalism and Bunkering Programme in the Niger Delta among others.

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NotTooYoungToRun Law, Another Election Promise Kept – APC

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  • Condemn PDP’s Reaction to Bill Assent

The All Progressives Congress (APC) congratulated  President Muhammadu Buhari on the signing into law of the progressive Not Too Young To Run Bill.

In a statement signed  by the National Publicity Secretary, All Progressives Congress (APC) , Bolaji Abdullahi stated that this is indeed another promise kept by the President during his 2018 Democracy Day address and in our 2015 APC election manifesto in which we promised to provide the opportunities for youths to realize, harness, and develop their full potentials and to facilitate the emergence of a new generation of citizens committed to the sustenance of good governance and service to the people and the country.

The party also haiedl the efforts of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and the Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara under whose leadership the Bill was passed in the National Assembly and forwarded for presidential assent.

The Party congratulated the Youth Initiative for Advocacy Growth and Advancement (YIAGA), Youngstars Development Initiative (YDI) and the National Democratic Institute (NDI) who partnered to launch the “Not Too Young To Run” (NTYTR) campaign.

“We believe the massive support the Bill received particularly from APC members in the National Assembly speaks volume of the progressive ideals the Party continues to identify with and champion, irrespective of partisan considerations and interests”the statement said.

According to the ruling party, this is indeed a major milestone in advocacy efforts to ensure increased participation and inclusion of marginalised groups, in this case the youth in Nigerian politics. The youth comprise roughly half of the Nigerian population, it is only right that they take their rightful place within Party leadership structures and elective positions at all levels.

“We are confident that the new law will inspire a new thinking among many Nigerian youths pertaining their roles in elections and politics. Youths should not be used as disruptive elements, thugs and social media mobs, it is possible for young people to lead politically and occupy elective positions”it added.

Meanwhile, it is unfortunate that the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has chosen this very moment of victory for our youths to be a killjoy and engage in its usual pettiness and unnecessary divisive politics over the Bill’s sponsor in the National Assembly.

“Our party is happy to share this victory with all Nigerians who desire to see a better future for our youths. However, we probably needs to be remind the PDP that it is still a minority in the in the National Assembly. ”

 

 

 

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Apologise to Nass on Your comment Against NASS Dino Urges Buhari

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Few weeks after sel styled law makers issues with the Nigerian security force,  Senator Dino Melaye (Kogi West) has urged president muhammadu Buhari to apologise to the National Assembly as he accused President Muhammadu Buhari of making derogatory statements about him and the National Assembly.

He was referring to a statement credited to Mr Buhari where he accused the National Assembly of indolence.

Speaking when he received a delegation of Buhari Support Organisation (BSO) at the Presidential Villa on May 22, Mr Buhari came down hard on the members of the National Assembly.

“Let anybody come and confront me publicly in the National Assembly. What have they been doing? Some of them have been there for 10 years. What have they been doing?” he asked.

Mr Melaye described Mr Buhari’s statement as “unpresidential” and “unconstitutional.”

“As a senator who came to the National Assembly in 2007, about eleven years ago, I am particularly unhappy that my privilege is abused by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari last week.

“Last week, the president in the Presidential Villa while addressing the delegation of the Buhari Campaign Organisation and this was televised in Channels Television and AIT and I have a copy to tender.

Melaye thereafter asked President Buhari to as a matter of urgency, apologize to the National Assembly for his comments against the legislature.

Ruling on the matter, the president of the upper legislative chamber, Bukola Saraki said the president might have been misquoted.

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Buhari Signs Not Too Young to Run Bill Begs Youth Not to run Aginst Him

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President Muhammadu Buhari  has signed the ‘Not Too Young To Run Bill’ as he  begged Nigerian youths not to contest against him advising them to  shelve their political ambition until after the 2019 general election. Mr Buhari made the plea on Thursday while signing into law the Not Too Young To Run’ bill passed by the National Assembly last year.

Nigerian youth cannot forget in hurry some  months after the president described the youths as  people who want freebies and want easy money.

He signed the bill in the presence of selected invited youth from across the county at the Council Chamber of State House Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Earlier  in the week , he  assured Nigerians that the ‘Not too Young to Run Bill’ will be signed into law in a few days’ time.

“You can aspire for President but Please postpone your campaign till after 2019 election,” Mr Buhari, who is running for a second term pleaded with the youths.

The new law is aimed at relaxing some of the stringent and discriminatory provisions of the constitution.

The bill was passed by the National Assembly last year to alter Sections 65, 106, 131, 177 of the constitution. It was to reduce the age qualification for president from 40 to 30; governor from 35 to 30; senator from 35 to 30; House of Representatives membership from 30 to 25 and State House of Assembly membership from 30 to 25.

Lawmakers also approved independent candidature in the new law. It was part of a wider constitutional amendment process which the National Assembly carried out last year.

Since its passage in July 2017 by the National Assembly, about 25 states, representing more than two-thirds of the country’s 36 states, had adopted the bill as at March ending.

It was the outcome of relentless efforts by a coalition of more than 40 youth-based initiatives across the country.

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