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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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Exit Rumour: APC Refutes Ortom’s Exit Rumour

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By Abdullahi Mohammed

 

In a reaction to the report about an exit of one of its state executives, the All Progressive Congress (APC) has denied the exit of Benue state  Governor, Samuel Ortom, saying that it was  a mere  rumour.

Meanwhile , earlier on Monday, Mr Ortom  announced his exit from the APC. The governor said he was chased out hence his decision to leave.

He also hinted of decamping to any party that woos him.

Reacting, the APC who did not believe reports of the governor’s action said Ortom, known for his integrity, could not have dumped the party without first notifying it.

The National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole, stated this while addressing newsmen shortly after the meeting of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC),

“The party will not comment on the basis of rumour,” Oshiomhole said.

“I am sure that eventually we will find out the facts of the matter and we will now act.

“Governor Ortom is a respected, prominent member of the APC and he has said repeatedly to me that he will not leave the APC unless he was pushed out,” he added.

Governor Ortom, on Monday, while swearing in a newly appointed Special Adviser on Local Government and Cheftaincy Affairs, Jerome Torshimbe, at the banquet hall of the Government House in Makurdi, the state capital, noted that the APC gave him a red card.

“As for party, I’ve been given the red card and I’m now outside the pitch. So, if I have been given the red card and I’m standing outside, that means I’m a free man,” said Ortom.

“I don’t know what will happen next but I’m waiting. If others approach me, then I will tell the Benue people that I’m joining another football club,” he said.

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Fayose Attacks Shehu, Reacts to Ekiti Election, Fayemi’s Victory

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In what was termed as undemocratic process, the outgoing Governor, Ayodele Fayose attacked  presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu as he  finally reacted to the victory of Kayode Fayemi.

It may interest Nigerians that the governor-elect who contested on the platform of the All Progressive Congress (APC) defeated Kolapo Olusola, Fayose’s deputy and the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP).

Fayose who reacted on Monday said President Muhammadu Buhari demonstrated truly that “he is not a democrat, but a dictator and fascist per excellence.”

“It is only Buhari that will pride himself with the security shooting sporadically at polling centres , scaring people to pave the way for the APC thugs to snatch ballot boxes,” he said in a tweet via his twitter account.

He also lambasted presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, describing him as a fair weather fellow. The latter had mocked the governor in an article he published after Fayemi was declared winner of the election.

Shehu had described Fayose as a deceiver.

“The President should bury his head in shame for using the police, army, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and INEC to snatch the mandate given to Olusola and deliver it to Fayemi “whom Ekiti people rejected.

“What Buhari won as referendum from Ekiti people , Nigerians, and international community is shame, big shame.

“If APC truly won, why was it that there was no jubilation in Ekiti ? That victory of Kayode Fayemi is pyrrhic, we will reclaim the stolen mandate in the court by the power of God.

“As for me, I am Peter Ayodele Fayose , I hold with my head high. I can never be suppressed. I don’t lose battles and I will not lose this. By the power of God, I will laugh last.

“The President should note what the Bible says which applies to him: “He that wears the armour should not boast as he that removes it.

“May God rescue our country,” he added.

On Shehu, Fayose said: “that fellow is not to be accorded any attention. Being a fair weather friend, he would soon desert his current pay masters.

“Garba Shehu was in the Presidency courtesy Atiku Abubakar for eight years and came back for this current dispensation still courtesy Abubakar. Now, he has abandoned the person who brought him to the limelight.”

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Fayemi Explains Why He was Re-elected as Ekiti Governor

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In a confident mood, the Governor-elect of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi, has explained  why the people of the state got him re-elected.

Mr Fayemi who had governed the state earlier was sent packing from the government house in 2014 when the incumbent and outgoing governor, Ayodele Fayose, won his own re-election.

It is not new  that, Mr Fayose who did his first term earlier before Fayemi was oust through Impeachment on allegation of embezzlement.

However, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) are set to resume investigation into the suspended allegation.

While Fayose is of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the former governor belongs to the All Progressive Congress (APC). Both men are not in good terms politically.

Kolapo Olusola, Fayose’s deputy and candidate of the PDP in the governorship election which held on Saturday was Fayemi’s major challenger.

Fayemi who took ministerial post after his first tenure emerged victorious in the election on the platform of the APC.

Featuring on Channels Television’s News At 10, the former minister said his return to the seat of power as Ekiti State governor is to continue developmental projects in the state from where he stopped and for this he was re-elected.

“This victory means, at the Ekiti State level, a determination by our people to really have governance on a serious level back in Ekiti State. That’s why the people have shown fate, by returning us to power,” Fayemi said.

“On a national level, this victory means that the propaganda out there about our party (APC) being a party of trialists and people who are just interested in a section of the country is not selling to ordinary Nigerian,” he said.

The former minister who said “there is unfinished business” in the Ekiti government house, added that: “I already explained that there is unfinished business. The clock of progress and development in Ekiti stopped in October 2014. (My) coming back is to restart the clock and get it back to the developmental trajectory. What we have witnessed in Ekiti in the last four years is arrested development.

“When I say reclaiming the land, it is not just about the physical reclamation of any land, it is about the reclamation and restoration of the values of our people.

“It is a return to decency, decorum and dignity. A return to a sense of self-worth and self-respect. A return to respect for our elders and traditional institution. It is a return to seriousness in government,” he said.

Responding to questions on his position to the PDP disagreement to the election outcome and threat to challenge his victory in court, Fayemi said he is not afraid of tribunals.

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