Northern Elders are not prepared to back down on the North’s demand for the presidency in 2015,spokesman for the group, Professor Ango Abdullahi has said. “There is no going back on the presidency returning to the North in 2015, and that has remained our position,” he told The Nation on the outcome of the last weekend meeting of the Northern Elders Forum. Professor Abdullahi accused the President of playing politics with the proposed national conference. “As far as we are concerned, all this talk about national conference is political and geared towards 2015. It is also becoming clear that the only card on the table of Mr. President is ethnicity or religion. We are waiting to see how this will work in his favour,” he said.
Northern States chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has expressed some fears about the national dialogue, saying that the conference would end in vain if it failed to address minority issue in the country. The Executive Secretary of Northern CAN, Professor Daniel Babayi told Saturday Sun in an interview that there was a minority commission put in place during the British rule where ethnic minorities had their problems, particularly conflicts, addressed up to the time the colonial masters left the Nigerian shores. Babayi regretted that successive governments jettisoned the commission, saying that it was now an opportunity for Nigerians to revisit the issue and revive the commission at the national conference.
There was confusion at Enugu Airport yesterday as over 200 passengers on board an Areo Contractors Airline that arrived Enugu from Lagos on Thursday, were stranded as their luggage were nowhere to be found upon their arrival at destination point. Up till yesterday afternoon, the luggage were yet to arrive leaving most of the passengers to go back home utterly dejected. The Passengers were outraged as they alighted at about 12:00 pm Thursday to discover that their luggage were left behind in Lagos, only to be told that their luggage would come with another aircraft by 3:00 pm, an arrangement that also failed. The passengers who wore long faces waited till dusk and dispersed with most confused on where to go. Some passengers who spoke to Saturday Mirror, said they had to loan money to sleep in hotels while others had to make quick
The radical Islamic sect, suspected to be Boko Haram members yesterday had access to Damaturu, the Yobe state capital and launched a coordinated attacks using Rocket Propelled Launchers and Improvised Explosive Devices (EIDs) on different military checkpoints within the metropolis, killing quiet a number of people, with the torching of some security formations. Witnesses said the attackers first launched attack around the NNPC Mega station, a suburb of Damaturu which have been a GSM Call centre for Maiduguri residents who on daily basis travel from Maiduguri due to lack of telecommunication network to make calls.
Umuahia – Many traders displaced from the Umuahia main market following its closure four days ago have relocated to major streets
In continuation of its fight against Boko Haram Insurgents in the North-East, the troops of 7 Division of the Nigerian Army have destroyed Boko Haram camp, killing over 95 insurgents in Galangi and Limanti villages of Kaga local government area of Borno state. The invasion came barely some hours after attack on military and police locations in Damaturu the capital of Yobe State by gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram members yesterday. The gunmen had access and launched coordinated attacks using Rocket Propelled Launchers and Improvised Explosive Devices (EIDs) on different military checkpoints within the metropolis killing several people. Mallam Abdulwasiu Akinsanya, a staff of Media Trust, publishers of Daily Trust, Weekly Trust and Sunday Trust was among several civilians that were killed in Damaturu when the gunmen launched multiple attacks on military and police locations as well as public
Niger State governor, Dr. Muazu Babangida Aliyu, yesterday said that the 19 northern states’ governors are no longer opposed to the idea of states setting up their own police as advocated by some people in the country. He also advocated the use of the 774 local government areas in the country as the basis for selecting delegates to represent the aspirations of the various interest groups at the proposed national conference, adding that the country should de-emphasise the use of religion and ethnicity as suggested by many. Aliyu, who stated this during a courtesy visit by the Chairman and members of the Presidential Advisory Committee on National Dialogue in Minna said, initially, the north was against the establishment of state police out of fears that state governors will abuse such opportunity,
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar on Thursday said that the world was leaving Nigeria behind because of poor education development in the country. The ex-VP spoke in Abuja at the National Dialogue on Education, Good Governance and National Unity organised by the Unity Schools Old Students Association. Atiku expressed regret that while countries like Japan and Singapore were rapidly developing without oil and solid minerals, Nigeria with abundant resources had been lagging behind. He said, “Education is the key to our future, not oil, not solid minerals. For us to rapidly develop this country and improve the living standards of our people, we must focus on human capital development, i.e. education.
President Goodluck Jonathan has been dragged to a Federal High Court, sitting in Kaduna, over his eligibility to contest the presidential election in 2015.The suit, filed by a chieftain of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change, Alhaji Shuaibu Lili and a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Richard Tersoo Mnenga, sought the court to determine whether President Goodluck Jonathan is constitutionally qualified to contest the 2015 presidential election. However, the presiding judge, Justice Evelyn Anyadike, could not entertain the case, on Thursday, because the defendants, President Jonathan and the PDP were said not to have be served the notice of hearing. She, however, fixed Monday, November 11, 2013 for mention of the case. Counsel to the plaintiff, Mr Tony Agaga, had told the court that he was not in the position to know whether the defendants were dully served or not with court notice regarding the case.
MAIDUGURI — The 7 Division of the Nigerian Army has said, that three out of the six suspects Boko Haram insurgents arrested at the Maiduguri International Airport Monday, while returning from this year’s Hajj exercise in Saudi Arabia had been released. Spokesman of the Division, Captain Aliyu Danja told newsmen in Maiduguri yesterday that those released had no link with terrorists, contrary to reports by a section of the media. Danja confirmed that arrests were made at the airport by security operatives where six suspected Boko Haram sect members were handed over to men of the division, but stressed that after thorough interrogation, it was discovered that they were neither terrorists nor members of Boko Haram Islamic sect. He pointed out that three of them had since been freed by the Division and reunited with their families.