Professor Ango Abdullahi is the spokesman of the Northern Elders Forum. In this interview with PAUL ORUDE, conducted in Bauchi, Abdullahi, a former Vice Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, and one time minister of Agriculture spoke on some national issues. He did not mince words that the north wants the president to come from the region in 2015, and would persuade all political parties to present northern candidates. While condemning the molestation of four northern governors on solidarity visit to Rivers State by some youths, he predicted that the current military action being carried out by the federal government in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states will fail because of the approach.
The newly registered All Progressives Congress has begun moves to draft a former Minister of Defence (retd.), General Theophilus Danjuma, into the 2015 presidential election race, Saturday PUNCH has learnt. It was learnt that the North had foreclosed the possibility of getting the Peoples Democratic Party’s presidential ticket with President Goodluck Jonathan’s grip on the party. Investigations showed that the North had shifted its focus to the newly registered APC. A source familiar with the permutations of the northerners confided in our correspondent that the region was desperately looking for a candidate, who could unite its people, who had been divided by religions.
Sheikh Abubakar Shekau, leader of the violent Islamic sect, Boko Haram, has reportedly been shot and deposed by members of his own sect, Boko Haram. A new leader, Abu Zamira Mohammed, who is the sect’s leader negotiating with the federal government has been appointed new leader by the group’s Shura Council. The group also said that its ceasefire declaration is working, pointing out that there has not been any suicide bombing since the declaration. It noted its condemnation of the Yobe massacre where 40 students were killed, adding that some politicians now commit murder and ascribe it to Boko Haram
WHEN Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola was sworn in as the Governor of Lagos State, to take over from his mentor, I was one of those who vouched for him,
RIVERS State Governor and Chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has reacted to the ongoing controversy between him and the first lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, saying the perceived misunder-standing arose out of his desire to provide a conducive learning environment for the children of Okrika, home town of the First Lady. Amaechi said he has enormous respect for both President Goodluck Jonathan and his wife, Patience. He spoke when clergymen of the Niger Delta Bishops’ Forum visited him in Government House, Port Harcourt on yesterday as part of their efforts to mediate in the political crisis in the state. The bishops had some weeks back visited the First Lady and Minister of State for Education Nyesom Wike in Abuja as part of their efforts to resolve the issues