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“Proposed National Conference: Jonathan Has Hidden Agenda”

Group Wants CONFAB To Hold After General Elections A Muslim group, known as the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has  accused the federal government of Nigeria of having hidden agenda  following the announcement of the modalities and guidelines for the  proposed national conference.In a statement signed by the Director of the organization, Professor  Ishaq Akintola, and made available to African Examiner, the group was  not happy that the president will nominate 114 out of 492 delegates  expected to attend the CONFAB. The statement reads: “The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) smells a rat in the conference  blueprint revealed by the FG. In the first instance, FG has arrogated  too much power to itself by planning to pick 114 delegates out of 492. “President Jonathan alone wants to pick almost 25% of the total number of delegates. The race is finished before it starts. “We call on Nigerians to open their eyes. If it is true that he who  pays the piper dictates the tune, delegates picked by the FG will have  no other option than to articulate government’s position and seek to  retain the status quo. The change for which Nigerians are yearning  cannot materialize in that kind of environment. “Once bitten twice shy. Nigerians must not allow themselves to be  cheated twice. Today was born from the wombs of yesterday. Only  yesterday, this same government postulated an astounding mathematical  theory which posited that 16 was higher than 19.This happened during the  election of the chairman of Nigerian governors. FG recognized Jonah  Jang of Plateau State who scored 16 votes. To date, government has not  deemed it fit to correct this anomaly. “If the margin between 16 and 19 is not wide enough to arouse our  utmost disgust, what of the difference between 5 and 27? Only five  members of the Rivers State House of Assembly allegedly got Aso Rock’s  blessing to unseat the speaker who had the support of 27 members. These  are nauseating instances which conscious Nigerians will continue to use  as barometers to measure the clime in Jonathan’s government. “MURIC puts it to FG that it has a hidden agenda. The outcome of a  conference heavily tilted in favour of government cannot be the will of  the people but an imposition of President Jonathan’s will, contrary to  Rousseau’s General Will, the will of the Nigerian people. “We also wish to reiterate our fear of a booby trap in FG’s plan for  the National Conference. We speculate that the main preoccupation of  FG’s 114 delegates will be to create as much confusion as possible in  order to cause delay in taking decisions. This will necessitate request  for extension of time and eventually culminate in clamour for  postponement of the 2015 general election, which the presidency will  ‘reluctantly’ accede to. It is all an agenda for extension of tenure.


Are they preparing for elections or a civil war? 2015: Arms importation to Nigeria rises

As preparations for the 2015 general elections* and* 2014 governorship  elections in Ekiti and Osun states gather steam, there are strong  indications of increase in the smuggling of arms and ammunition into the  country.Saturday PUNCH also learnt that the demand for imported bulletproof cars had increased in the last few months.A report of the Nigeria Customs Service obtained by our correspondents  on Thursday showed that the records of seizures of arms and ammunition  in 2013 by the Nigeria Customs Service were seven times more than those  of 2012. The police also gave indications of a rise in the number of  arms in circulation even though its spokesperson did not give a definite  figure.The Public Relations Officer of the NCS, Mr. Wale Adeniyi, said in Abuja  on Thursday that the service now seizes contraband including arms and  ammunition daily.* He said the agency* had beefed up security along the  nation’s borders to curtail the influx of arms and ammunition into the  country.“We know the porosity of our borders, we had to change patrol strategies  and the patrol strategy that we are using now is yielding dividends, we  are making seizures of contraband on daily basis including arms and  ammunitions,” he said.Late Thursday, the State Security Service Operatives intercepted  high-calibre ammunition in a 20-foot container at the Port Harcourt*  Port in River State.The vessel identified as MV Iron Trader was carrying 2,700 anti-aircraft and anti-tank bombs, according to security sources.The Customs report entitled, “2013 Summary of Suppression of  Smuggling/Seizures Report,” showed that the arms and ammunition were  seized at* airports, seaports, creeks and border stations nationwide.The report is prepared by the Enforcement, Investigation and Inspection  Department of the NCS and it details the general anti-smuggling  activities of the agency for a specified year.Specifically, the report showed that the cases of seizures represented  an increase of about 700 per cent when compared with the single seizure  recorded in 2012.Analysts say the increase in smuggling of arms and ammunitions to the  country might not be unconnected with the increase in political  activities towards the 2015 general elections and other governorship  elections this year given the violence that usually accompanied* past  electoral activities in the country.The Independent National Electoral Commission had announced the  timetable for the 2015 general elections and* governorship elections in  Ekiti and Osun states last Friday.Though the electoral body is yet to give the go-ahead for the  commencement of political* campaigns,* many politicians including the  Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, have indicated their interest  in contesting in the oncoming elections.The 2007 governorship election turned bloody in Osun State when  thousands of residents, who felt that the election was rigged by the  Peoples Democratic Party took to the streets, burning houses and  properties. Soldiers and policemen were drafted to quell the uprising,  which spread from Osogbo to Ilesa, the hometown of Action Congress of  Nigeria candidate in the election, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, who eventually  emerged as governor after three and a half years of legal battle.No fewer than eight persons were killed in the countdown to the election  while about three persons lost their lives on the day of election,  which gave a contentious victory to the PDP candidate, Prince Olagunsoye  Oyinlola.The latest in the series of political violence in Ekiti State was the  killing of a supporter of the House of Representatives member  representing Ado/Irepodun Ifelodun Constituency, Opeyemi Bamidele, who  was shot dead at Emure Ekiti during a political rally.The 1983 general elections erupted in violence in Ondo State when the  Federal Electoral Commission declared the candidate of the National  Party of Nigeria, Chief Akin Omoboriowo, as the winner of the  governorship election.A month-by-month analysis of ammunitions seized by the NCS, showed that  the agency recorded the highest seizure of 56,570 in May 2013 and the  lowest of 49 seizures in April.Findings by one of our correspondents revealed that the seizure of  56,570 rounds of ammunition was recorded in Oyo/Osun Command of the NCS*  and it was the highest ever recorded in the history of the  anti-smuggling agency. Oyo State is one of the country’s border states  sharing boundaries with the Republic of Benin.It was gathered that the ammunition, which were neatly loaded in 227  cartons, and conveyed in a vehicle, were concealed in bags packed with  dried cassava tubers.Adeniyi emphasised the importance of intelligence gathering and said it  was one of the* viable ways by which security agencies could*  effectively stem* the influx of illegal weapons into the country.He said, “Intelligence plays a very crucial role in interception of  smuggled goods particularly arms and ammunition. People must be willing  to give us intelligence reports; they should not just abandon the job  of** intelligence reports* to the* customs and other security agencies  alone.“We will continue to intensify our efforts to ensure that dangerous  cargoes that could impede on national security are not allowed into the  country. We will continue to count on the assistance of well meaning  Nigerians* to give us


INSECURITY: Negotiate With Boko Haram Or Crush Them Now Kwankwaso Tells Jonathan and his service chiefs

Negotiate With Boko Haram Or Crush Them Now – Gov. Kwankwaso Tells FGConcerned by the wave of violence, destruction of lives and property by insurgents in the North-Eastern flank of Nigeria, the Governor of Kano State, Dr. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, has asked the Federal Government, President to either negotiate with the perpetrators of the violence…


South East Group Applauds Confab Modality

The South East Peoples Assembly (SEPA), yesterday applauded the modalitiesfor the conduct of the proposed National Conference. According to Dr. Ifedi Okwenna, SEPA national secretary, who issued thestatement, the body noted that the conference, will mark the beginning ofthe last stage of our march towards a True Federalism; the only sure basison which Nigeria can remain…


18 Killed in Northern Nigeria religious violence & bomb attack

Eight  people were killed in religious violence in Nigeria on Friday, including  a Christian family of seven, while a roadside bomb killed seven others  in an area known for Boko Haram activity. The two incidents follow  deadly violence last weekend, which raised fresh questions about the  government’s strategy to end the bloodshed and a change…

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Igbo leaders disagree on confab

The Professor Nwabueze led Concerned Igbo Leaders of Thought yesterday disagreed on the modalities for the proposed national conference as released on Thursday by the Federal Government through the SGF Anyim Pius Anyim. While the Igbo leaders of thought faulted the government position saying, that it was in total contrast with recommendations and yearning of Nigerians, the leadership of Ohaneze embraced it as a welcome development. The Igbo leaders who met in Enugu however said they will not advise Ndigbo to boycott the exercise but would rather articulate a


Ango Abdullahi Nigeria’s oil sector was developed with money from the North

In this interview with JOHN ALECHENU, the spokesperson for the Northern Elders Forum, Professor Ango Abdullahi, speaks about the Almajiri phenomenon, Boko Haram insurgency, and the 2015 elections among other issues The way you talk about the North, some people tend to see you as someone who hates the rest of the country… This is certainly an unfair assessment. If you look at my pedigree and my background, I come from Zaria; I went to a mixed school. Virtually all my classmates in elementary school and senior primary school came from the southern part of the country. They were non-Hausa, non-Fulani and we remained together, we went to school and finished together and this continued throughout to my secondary education in Barewa College. And you know, Barewa College was a mixture of people from all the Northern provinces and a few from the southern part of the country. I went to the Nigerian College of Arts, Sciences and Technology, Zaria.


Strange Imo community where snake is worshipped as god

Despite the aggressive evangelization often embarked upon by various Christian and Islamic denominations across Nigeria and beyond, there are indications that several local communities are still far from being reached with the message of the new religion as they still clinch to their old deities which they worship as their gods. An example of such communities where residents still regard python as one of their gods is Mgbidi, the headquarters of Oru West local government area of Imo State. Mgbidi is made up of eleven communities including Imeoha, Eziali, Umuekwe, Okwudor , Umuorji, Umuokpara, Umuehi , Umuabiahu, Uziaumu , Ihitte and Ugbele.


Is this a turning point? MASSOB suspends seven administrators over Onitsha clash.

Following previous Monday’s clash between members of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra, (MASSOB) and traders at the Old Motor Spare Parts, Mgbuka, in the commercial city of Onitsha, seven regional administrators of the movement have been suspended by its leadership over their alleged involvement in the fracas. The leader…