APGA demands Prof. Akinyemi’s resignation as National Conference Deputy Chairman over alleged anti-Igbo stance

APGA demands Prof. Akinyemi’s resignation as National Conference Deputy Chairman over alleged anti-Igbo stanceAbout a decade and a half after he made ostensibly anti-Igbo utterances, Prof. Bolaji Akinyemi’s past today returned to haunt him as the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has demanded his resignation from the on-going National Conference in Abuja.A statement issued in Abuja by APGA’s Publicity Bureau said that “after a review of Professor Bolaji Akinyemi’s speeches,” the party had decided to call on him “to withdraw himself from acting as the Deputy Chairman of the current National Conference, holding in Abuja,

President or Sultan’s Toy Boy?: I Don’t Marginalise Muslims, Jonathan Tells Sultan of Sokoto

President Goodluck Jonathan has denied allegation that he is marginalising muslims in his policies rather the president reiterated on Wednesday his commitment to be fair and just to all Nigerian irrespective of religious and ethnic affiliation.The president said this in Abuja when he met in closed-door with a delegation of the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, NSCIA.The delegation was led by its leader, the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar, and the Secretary General of the council, Ishaq Oloyede.Mr. Oloyede, a professor, who spoke to State House correspondents after the meeting, said the president had told them that the administration did not “deliberately marginalised” the Muslims as reported in the media.There were media reports alleging lopsidedness on the composition of delegation to the on-going National Conference.Mr. Oloyede said: “What we came to discuss with the president is to consult with Mr. President and we are happy we consulted with him, and he has given us reasons to re-assure us that Muslims in Nigeria are not deliberately marginalised.“He has asked us to convey the feelings of the government, the genuineness of the government, the fairness of the government to the entire populace.“The president said that if there are issues that are not as they ought to be, they were not definitely deliberate.“We want to believe what Mr. President told us (is) from his mind; but we also want to believe that it is proper to protest.“It is also proper to assume that a leader will always be just even if there are mistakes thereafter.“We just felt that we must convey the feelings of the Muslims in Nigeria to Mr. President and he has given us his words to re-assure the Muslims community that he is a genuine and committed Christian who will not be unjust to others.” (Biafra Galaxy)

Blood flows again in Benue, Borno

From ROSE EJEMBI, Makurdi and TIMOTHY OLANREWAJU, MaiduguriIt was a bloody day for residents of Benue and Borno states yesterday when suspected Fulani herdsmen and Boko Haram killed 70 people, among them five policemen.The bloodbath came despite an appeal by Senate President David Mark, Tuesday urging terrorists to stop the killings even as the Inspector-General of Police (IGP). Mohammed Abubakar on Monday deployed four units of Mobile Force to Benue and other troubled spots in the North.At least, 60 people were killed in Agena Village of Mbaalom District of Gwer East Local Government Area of Benue State after gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen invaded the village in the early hours of yesterday.As at press time, remains of the dead were being moved to the morgue of the Federal Medical Centre in Makurdi where residents of the state capital trouped in their large numbers to behold the gory sight.An eyewitness from the village, who simply gave his name as Toapine told newsmen at the hospital that the invaders stormed the community around 5am shooting and killing people mercilessly.“We were still sleeping when they invaded our village shooting and killing people. Some of us cannot even tell how we escaped because nobody knew where the shots were coming from. We were just running in all directions.”A source said the attackers who were all dressed in blacks and heavily armed with guns and ammunition while others were with machetes wasted no time in unleashing terror on the sleepy village.Meanwhile, four persons were also killed in Adeka on Oweto Market Day when suspected Fulani herdsmen overran the market. House of Assembly member representing Agatu state constituency, Alhaji Sule Audu, said yesterday that the people had gone to the market for the usual trading when suddenly the gunmen stormed the market and opened fire on them.The state police command’s spokesman, Daniel Ezeala, a Superintendent, confirmed the attack on Agena Village but insisted that the police saw only seven bodies, adding that the police would continue to search for more bodies while a team of policemen had already been deployed to arrest the invaders.In another development, suicide bombers suspected to be Boko Haram yesterday rammed their car into a waiting highway patrol vehicle of the police at a checkpoint in Maiduguri, Borno State killing five policemen, three other civilians and the bombers.

Nobody Is Satisfied With President Jonathan-Bashir Tofa

…Says: Confab Won’t Take Nigeria Anywhere Bashir Othman Tofa, former presidential flag-bearer of the defunctNational Republican Convention (NRC) and staunch member of the AllProgressive Congress in this interview with selected media men in Kanocondemned President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan’s style of leadership,insisting that the country is in dire need of change. He also spoke on howAPC…

Sultan of Sokoto & others protest marginalisation of Muslim at national conference

The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, on Wednesday led some prominent Muslims in the country to the Presidential Villa, Abuja to protest what they called their marginalisation.At a closed-door meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan, Vice -President Namadi Sambo and a few top government officials, the Sultan and the other muslim leaders  specifically faulted the composition of the national conference , saying it  was skewed against them.Their protest  took place just as the delegates to the conference   again failed on Wednesday   to agree on what constituted  a

Prof. Wole Soyinka Our presidential system of govt breeds corrupt leaders

NOBEL Laureate Prof. Wole Soyinka, yesterday took a swipe at the presidential system of government being practiced in Nigeria, describing it as a model  that breeds corrupt leaders. He also regretted that those who were not elected bulldoze their ways into public offices under the present structure of governance.Soyinka, who was among the panelists at the inaugural Public Service Debate convened by the Saint John’s Forum, titled: Will Nigeria Be Better Served By A Parliamentary System of Government?,  spoke in Lagos.The event, which also had former Minister of External Affairs, Mr. Odein Ajumogobia, Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu

The new CBN Emefiele I’ll review Sanusi’s N266bn deficit

NIGERIA’s next governor of the Central Bank, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, yesterday,  promised to review the past expenditure profiles of the nation’s apex bank to find out why it ran a budget deficit of N266 billion in 2013.Emefiele, who was confirmed by the Senate after being screened for about two hours also unfolded his plans on how to grow the economy. He said the CBN under his watch will adopt development banking model.During the confirmation hearing, yesterday, Senate President, David Mark, gave a stern warning to senators who were in the habit of

Lamido of Adamawa threatens to secede, we will join our people in Cameroun

THERE was a mild drama Wednesday at the venue of the on- going National Conference, when the Lamido Adamawa, Alhaji Muhammadu Barkindo Mustapha told his fellow delegates that he was prepared to secede from the present Nigeria if the country disintegrates.Noting that whereas many people in the country would have no where to run to in the event of disintegration, he said that himself and his people in Adamawa Kingdom would have no such problem as they would simply cross the border to join their kith and kin in the Republic of CamerounThe Lamido Adamawa who is one of the thirteen persons representing the National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria also said he was ready to lead his people on a walk-out from the conference.