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Jos Killings: Nigerians Should do Constructive, Fair Criticism- Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari has advised Nigerians to do constructive and fair criticism, saying those accusing his administration of doing nothing to stop the killings ongoing nationwide are being unfair.

Mr Buhari made this known  on Thursday, when he played host to a delegation of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) from the 19 northern states at the presidential villa, Abuja, said his accusers were evil-minded people.

The president who noted that the killings did not start with his administration promised to do everything within his powers to end it.

“When some (people), for clearly political purposes, attempt to suggest that this government is doing nothing about the killings, and that I, being Fulani, must be encouraging these satanic acts, it seems to me that there is no limit to the evil in the minds of these men,” he said.

“Otherwise, how can anyone in their right minds suggest that I, as an elected President even with substantial votes in the affected areas, will for any reason do harm by an act of omission to those same people?

“Secondly, the problems in all these areas, as you all know, are historical. There is no administration that has not had to contend with killings in these same areas over the years.

“Indeed, in 2001, you may recall that after thousands were killed in Plateau State, a state of emergency was declared and a governor was replaced by an administrator.

“To suggest that our administration is doing nothing is terribly unfair. We must not forget that the same Plateau state which has been crisis-ridden for years has in the past three years been celebrated for its peacefulness. The governor’s hard work for peace and the presence of the military’s Operation Safe Haven must have had some impact.”

Buhari also told his audience that the military and police had many suspects across the various flash-points in the region and several prosecutions were ongoing, pleading with the judiciary to fast-track the process.

“The recent killings in Benue, Zamfara and lately Plateau are wicked, condemnable and completely unacceptable acts. We, Nigerians, are religious people and no religion or culture accepts the killing of people for any reason whatsoever,” he said.

“This is why we must all rise as one to condemn these vile and wicked acts to ensure that all the culprits are brought to justice.

“We owe it to the memory of those who lost their lives in the violence in Plateau, Benue, Nasarawa, Taraba, Zamfara and elsewhere since 1999 to bring the conflicts to a decisive end. I assure you that we will do this.

“Let me make it clear that even a single life lost in any part of the country is one too many. I came to office vowing to ensure the protection of lives and property, and I remain committed to this despite the challenges we have experienced.

“I, therefore, seek your support as clerics and religious leaders to join hands with this administration and give us your full support. As you all know, deploying law enforcement agencies is fully our responsibility as a government while creating the platform and mechanisms for dialogue is a collective effort.

“The military and police have arrested hundreds of suspects across the various flash-points in the region and several prosecutions are going on. In a number of cases, we have seen convictions.

“Nigerians are right when they say they want to see more convictions and I would like to appeal to the judiciary to help us fast-track these cases.”

Buhari also urged the media in whose hands he said lies the power to “frame, shape the perspectives and narratives which influence the thinking of millions of people within and outside Nigeria.”

“Finally, let us collectively shame those who are stoking the fires of ethnic and religious conflicts for their short-term political gains,” he said.

“This country belongs equally to Christians and Muslims and even those who claim ignorance of God.”

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APC Cautions Secondus on Political Language, Conduct

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The All Progressive Congress (APC) has caution the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus on political language and conduct.

In a statement signed by the Ag. National Publicity Secretary Mr. Yekini Nabena on Tuesday said that the National Chairman of a political party is expected to exhibit the highest sense of patriotism, decency and decorum in public conduct and discourse. Regrettably, the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus has not lived up to these basic expectations.

Mr Nabena said that Weeks ago the PDP National Chairman took the internal matters of the country’s politics to the international scene by writing letters to various international organizations. Again, soon after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared the Osun State Governorship Election inconclusive, Prince Secondus without basis accused the electoral body of conspiring with the All Progressives Congress (APC) to declare the election inconclusive.

The spokesman stated that the APC would as a rule ignore irresponsible and baseless utterances and actions as exhibited by the PDP National Chairman, but as we prepare for the forthcoming 2019 General elections, it is necessary we give a word of caution on expected behavior required of all political sides. Prince Secondus is respectfully advised to temper his political language and conduct.

” His unfounded allegation on the inconclusive Osun State governorship election is not expected from such highly-placed party official. Accusing the APC of conspiring with INEC, without proof, is taking mudslinging too far” Mr Nabena said.

” We advise Prince Secondus not to descend to the level unexpected of his office, less he enters the boxing ring with its attendant mud and dirt. His action will only bring him personal attacks, ridicule. A word is enough for the wise!” he added.

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Saraki cautions world leaders on SDGs

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Mrs Toyin Ojora Saraki has sounded a warning bell as the United Nations General Assembly convenes in New York.

Saraki cautioned that unless significant progress is made, the Sustainable Development Goals will not be met by the global community.

“Only two countries in Africa – Rwanda and South Africa – have met the Abuja declaration to pledge 15% of their government budgets to health. Meanwhile, tuberculosis kills more than 4,000 people every single day, non-communicable diseases kill over 41 million people every year, and 80% of deaths in childbirth could be avoided with techniques that should be available across the globe. There has also been a distinct lack of progress in delivering upon the World Health Assembly 2017 Sepsis Resolution and improving water, sanitation and hygiene in healthcare facilities, schools and communities.”

Mrs Saraki said that she will be advocating for five key interventions which must be urgently made at UN meeting this week.

“Investment in family, community and primary healthcare – along with hospitals where needed – to bolster healthcare wherever people need it; in rural areas and urban, cities and villages. The murder of young midwife and mother Saifura Hussaini Ahmed Khorsa in Nigeria last week must spur Governments and global institutions on to strengthen security provisions for frontline health workers. Their training and pay conditions must also be improved. The Wellbeing Foundation Africa’s Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care programme, operated with its global partners Johnson & Johnson and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, can serve as the benchmark for health worker training. We have shown that qualified midwives can and do lead the way with quality care. Civil registration and vital statistics systems must be implemented and strengthened to allow Governments to prepare for epidemics and allocate investment where it is needed the most. 1.8 billion people, according to the World Bank’s latest statistics, have no Government identification. Their health needs are consequently highly likely to not be met and they will be especially vulnerable during disease outbreaks,” she said.

She added that “government investment in strengthening health insurance systems is paramount – in Nigeria and around the world, too many people are pushed into poverty by health emergencies that they or their families experience. Non-communicable diseases kill over 41 million people every year. The Director-General of the WHO, Dr. Tedros, has rightly highlighted the NCD crisis and it must be a core focus of all Government programmes. Whilst progress has been made in many areas, I feel compelled to speak out as too many women, children and communities are being left behind. We have the opportunity to change the course of history, but it is a chance that is slipping away. Urgency is the order of the day.”

During the UN General Assembly, Mrs Saraki is also scheduled to meet with fellow African philanthropists and global partners, and to deliver high-level United Nations advocacy speeches on child health and malaria, frontline health workers and the steps required to achieve Universal Health Coverage.

Toyin Saraki is Founder-President of the Wellbeing Foundation Africa, Global Goodwill Ambassador for the International Confederation of Midwives, Special Adviser to the World Health Organization regional office for Africa and Wife of the Senate President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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2019 Senatorial poll: Nnamdi Kanu can’t return Abaribe to Senate—APC aspirant

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In an assuring mood, Abia South senatorial aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chinedu Onyeizu, has said that if he is given ticket to contest against Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, he is confidence ofo retiring him, adding that because the incubent Senator helped Nnamdi Kanu out of detention cannot safe him.

Addressing newsmen yesterday in Abuja, the 38 year-old senate aspirant, said that he is banking on the NotTooYoungToRun Act to mobilise Abia youths to retire Abaribe from the senate, promising to empower the youths, provide the needed dividend of democracy.

“That he helped Nnamdi Kanu out of detention does not give me edge over me. It is not enough. I am concerned about the hopelessness of the youths of the Senatorial district, the bad roads in the community, lack of empowerment of the youths and these are more important to my people,” he said.

“The purpose of this press conference is to inform you and Nigerians at large that something is happening right now in Abia State. There is a wind of change blowing across the southern precincts of God’s Own State.

“The people of Abia South are ready for this change. Old and young, market men and women, students, artisans and the rural folk are ready for this change. I am ready to bring this change to Abia South, so that my people may have a strong voice in the Red Chamber of the National Assembly from 2019.

“Change that is now necessary because Abia South senatorial zone has been running in circles for too long. Because for too long, we have replaced purposeful leadership with selfishness and lack of direction. Because issues that matter to most of my people are yet to be settled.

“In the 2019 senatorial election, the people of Abia South have said loud and clear that they have had enough of the same old breed politicians who never fulfilled their election promises. They deserve better. That is why I dare to bring about change. I believe that now is the time to bring about that change.

“I am committed to do things differently if elected. I believe I have what it takes to offer qualitative representation at the Senate. I will leverage my training in political affairs, management of people and resources garnered from reputable institutions around the world and a robust track record of accomplishments to deliver on my promises.

“Many a time people have asked me why at 38 I want to start my political career from the senate. My answer has been simple! I have the skills, qualifications, innovative spirit and the passion to positively impact on lives with any position that I occupy.

“The youths could be the agents of development that our country needs to achieve a breakaway from deprivation and lack that afflict us if their talents are tapped. But we the youth also have to demonstrate that we are ready to put our talents and competences at the disposal of national interest so that we can be the catalyst that is needed to speed up the process of change that we desire.

“Though the task may be daunting yet, we need to step out boldly with a mind-set that we can achieve it and the courage that elsewhere people have achieved it even when they didn’t have all that is required,” he noted.

“We have received trainings designed for a great future of humanity. Training that are fast changing the way business are done, how we communicate with each other and how to leave a happier and eventful life. We also have the demographics to make meaningful impact.

“These trainings are the most critical elements in terms of requirements for high offices. We cannot run away from the fact that in the nearest future, the baton of leadership will be handed over to us whether we like it or not.

“Therefore, I am stepping out to seek nomination of All Progressives Congress on October 2, 2018 to fly the flag of this great party as Abia South senatorial zone representative in the Senate come 2019.

“The time has come for someone to take on responsibilities that will encourage Nigerian youths to actively participate in leadership of this great nation. I am ready to take on this challenge! It can’t be done without you. Let’s work together and make the positive impact that our country deserves.”

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