2015: Nigerian youths give Jonathan ultimatum.

Nigerian youths under the aegis of the youth wing of the National Coalition for Jonathan/Sambo Presidency, NACOJP, have handed down a 45-day ultimatum to President Goodluck Jonathan to indicate interest in the 2015 presidential election or face their wrath. The youths said Jonathan must contest the 2015 presidential election and asked him to indicate his interest without further delay, even as they vowed to resist any attempt to intimidate him out of the race, threatening to make the country ungovernable in any event that Jonathan refused to run. NACOJP’s President, Comrade Godspower Denema, handed down the warning in an address presented after the inauguration of the leadership of the group, in Abuja. High point of the ceremony was the launching of a pamphlet, entitled, “100 Reasons Why Nigerian Youths Should Support President Jonathan.” In the statement made available to National Mirror, the group said Jonathan must be compelled to continue his transformation agenda, which it said had impacted positively on the lives of the citizens. Denema, whose executive was inaugurated along with the investiture of a renowned environmentalist and security and safety expert, Dr. Benjamin Onoriode Irikefe, as the national patron of the group by a former governor of Zamfara State and chairman of the Board of Trustees, BoT, Alhaji Mahmud Aliyu Shinkafi, said: “We call on President Jonathan to, within 45 days, make his intention to contest the 2015 presidency known to Nigerians.” Denema, while speaking at the ceremony attended by youths from the six geopolitical zones of the country as well as the Political Adviser to the Vice-President, Mallam Abba Dabbo and National Woman Leader of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Dr. Kema Chikwe, among others, warned that his members would take some drastic actions which might threaten the corporate existence of the country in the event that Jonathan failed to accede to their demand. He added: “On behalf of the entire youths of Nigeria, I want to sincerely warn that if Mr. President refuses to contest the 2015 presidential election, the youths of Nigeria from the six geopolitical zones of the country will be forced to take some drastic actions. “Some of the action may include but not limited to the shutdown of the entire country. More than 40 million Nigerian youths will storm Abuja in early February. We shall conscript Mr. President. We shall make sure that no Jonathan, no election in 2015 and most Nigerian youths shall change their national tags.” Also, in his remarks, Irikefe asked Jonathan not to succumb to intimidation over the 2015 presidential election, adding that those opposed to his re-election were “enemies of the country.” He said Jonathan deserved re-election in view of his “


Atiku begins nationwide consultations ahead of 2015

Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar on Sunday started his nationwide consultation ahead of the 2015 presidential election from the North-West geo-political zone of the country. It was gathered that many of the stakeholders at the consultative meeting urged him to contest the 2015 presidential election under the platform of the All Progressives Congress. A statement from his office said that the zonal consultative meeting, which took place in Kaduna on Sunday, had delegates from Kaduna, Kano, Katsina and Jigawa states in attendance.


Police arrest 320 Boko Haram suspects in Rivers

Harcourt, Rivers State, on Sunday, as the state police command confirmed the arrest of 320 Boko Haram suspects.ADVERTISEMENT Though details were still sketchy as of the time of filing this report, Nigerian Tribune gathered that the suspects were arrested from a convoy of 17 commuter buses, all coming from Jigawa State. However, sources at the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) confirmed that the arrest was made after a tip-off. According to the sources, the suspects, arrested in the convoy led by one Bala Marto Danbam, were all travelling in buses belonging to a transportation company owned by a former Inspector General of Police.


Ihejirika: Igbo youths, others warn northern elders

A coalition of Northern and Igbo youths has cautioned the Northern Elders Forum on its call for Lt.-Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika’s trial at the International Crime Court (ICC). It said the elders should not destroy the young generation with hatred, division and mistrust. Addressing a joint news briefing in Abuja, the presidents of the Ohanaeze Ndi-Igbo Youth Organisation, Comrade Uzoh Ifeanyi and Northern Youth Leaders Assembly, Comrade Tijani Kabiru Mohammed, said the elders were seeking media attention and looking for the spoils of the political economy of their self-made crisis. They said the feeling among Igbo youths was that the North could still not imagine that an Igbo man could head the Army, while northern youths were given the impression that an Igbo man commanded a troop to kill northerners.

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Arab Contractors Expatriate Pushes Down His Biafran Colleague From A 2 Storey Building In Enugu

A Nigerian, simply identified as Arinze, was feared dead yesterday, after an immigrant working with the Arab Contractors Construction Company (O.A.O) threw him down from the second-floor of a two-storey building undergoing construction at the new Enugu State Secretariat, Enugu.According to theParadigm, the immigrant worker, identified as Abdul Lateef, apparently from one of the Arab-speaking…


Corrupt Greedy Criminal Alhaji Aliko Dangote Says Negative perception responsible for low investment inflow in Africa

President and Chief Executive of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, at the on-going World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, decried the negative perception of socio-political situation in African countries, saying it is responsible for the low level of investment inflow into the continent.Speaking during a live telecast of a business platform “Africa’s Next Billion” alongside other…


Badeh’s promise to wipe out Boko Haram before April is unrealistic – Mohammed

Renowned northern leader and the Convener, Coalition of Northern Leaders, Academics, Professionals and Businessmen (CNLAPB), Junaid Mohammed, has described the promise of the new Chief of Defence Staff, Air Marshal Alex Badeh, that he will flush out Boko Haram from the north within four months as unrealistic.According to Mohammed, an ex-lawmaker, going by the history…


No Word Yet About Fashola and Tinubu’s Armored Cars, Yet Group To Sue EFCC On Oduah; Faults Budget For Ex-militants

THE  Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre has threatened to institute a  legal action against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission  (EFCC) within 14 days, if it fails to investigate Minister of Aviation,  Stella Oduah, over the N255 million armoured car saga for which the  House of Reps and the Presidential committee have already indicted her.    CISLAC, under its Say No to Corruption Campaign, said in a statement  Friday, that the EFCC should exercise its powers by conducting an  investigation into the issue and arresting the indicted minister for  prosecution in a court of competent jurisdiction.   “Should the  Economic and Financial Crimes Commission refrain from taking the  appropriate and required action, the Say No Campaign will not hesitate  to institute a legal action against the commission within 14 days,” the  statement reads.   The group also kicked against the 2014 budget, describing it as fraudulent.    “The 2014 budget, which is paradoxically themed: “Budget for Job  Creation and Inclusive Growth”, by its contents, goes to show that we  have a government that is yet to acknowledge its primary duty of  providing for the welfare and security of the people of Nigeria. The  budget simply confirms the fact that we have a government that is  insensitive to the plight of Nigerians.”   The group expressed  concern over the growing cost of governance and government’s reluctance  to cut down the cost of running government, as evidenced by the 70 per  cent recurrent expenditure. It said that no nation develops economically  with such style of budgeting.   CISLAC expressed  dissatisfaction with the amount earmarked for education, saying it is  yet to conform to UNESCO recommendation of 26 per cent of total budget.  It, therefore, called on the National Assembly to ensure proper scrutiny  of the budget before passing it.   “The issue of security cannot  be separated from development because where there is insecurity,  development is comatose. It is thus surprising that the 2014 budget  caters more for the servicing of militants than for our security  outfits. The major abuse of power and lack of motivation by military and  paramilitary personnel is mostly fueled by the poor welfare and social  security provided. It is, therefore, an injustice that a total sum of  N59 billion is allocated to cover the stipends and allowances to 30,000  Niger Delta ex-militants and reintegration of transformed ex-militants  under the Amnesty Programme, while the total capital budget allocated to  the Nigerian Army, Ministry of Defence Headquarters, Army, Navy, Air  force and the total budget for all police formations and commands is N45  billion.