Former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Dr. Obadiah Mailafia, has said that Middle Belt ethnic minorities should no longer be regarded as second-class citizens in the North. Mailafia said this while presenting a paper entitled: “Harnessing Your Economic Potential Toward Self-Reliance,” during the Youth Summit of Southern Kaduna Peoples’ Forum, SOKAPU, in Kafanchan. He said the era of core northerners scheming the Middle Belt people out in the sharing of the ‘national cake’ was over. Malaifia, who is the Chief of Staff, African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States, Brussels, Belgium, also rejected a few constituencies allocated to Southern Kaduna, stressing that it would no longer be acceptable by the people of the zone.
A Chieftain of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Ebenezer Babatope, has condemned the action of Lagos State governor, Babatunde Raji Fashola, for deporting 72 indigenes of Anambra State last month.
No, Fashola should apologise to Obi — APGALAGOS — All Progressives Congress, APC, Sunday, accused Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State, of threatening the country’s unity and whipping up tribal sentiment by sensationalising the recent ‘deportation’ of some indigenes of the state from Lagos. The party in a statement by its Interim National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, called on Obi to apologise to Nigerians, noting that only 14 Anambra indigenes were deported and not 72, as widely claimed. But National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, Chief Victor Umeh, in a reaction, said there was no basis for Obi to apologise to anyone, as he did not err in any way. According to Umeh, “Why should Obi apologise to somebody, who did a wrong thing? There is no law in Nigeria that empowers anybody to deport Nigerians from one part of the country to the other.
President of the Kano State Chapter of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Tobias Michael Idika, has alleged that high government officials and security agencies are benefitting from the terrorist acts by members of the Boko Haram in parts of the north and would therefore want the crisis to continue. Chief Idika, who is also the President-General of leaders of ethnic communities resident in Kano State in an interview with Sunday Vanguard did not spare northern politicians as well as religious leaders and traditional rulers in what he described as blackmail to ensure the violent attacks do not come to an end.
THERE is mounting tension in the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over the composition of its seven-man national disciplinary committee headed by the second republic Transport Minister, Alhaji Umaru Dikko as most of the governors, members of the National Working Committee (NWC), members of the Board of Trustees (BOT) and other party elders were said to be kicking against it, describing it as another “political blunder” by its National Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur. Alhaji Tukur named the seven-man committee last week as follows: Alhaji Umaru Dikko, Chairman; King A J Turner, Deputy National Chairman; Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, Alhaji Shuaib Oyedokun, Barrister Hussaini Kiraki, Hajiya Nana Ayisat Kadir and Senator Emmanuel Agboti as Secretary. According to feelers from the National Secretariat of the party in Abuja,
Tragedy struck in Plateau as 14 people were confirmed dead in the early hour of yesterday in Barakin- Ladi Local Government Area of the state when a vehicle traveling to one of the local governments of the state rammed into a group of children, killing 14 of them instantly and injuring 10 others. Investigation revealed that the youth were members of Boys and Girls Brigade from three churches within the locality, Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN), Assemblies of God Church and Baptist Church, all in Barakin-Ladi local government of the state. A source who spoke to our correspondent disclosed that the children who were about 40 were between the age of 12 and 16 years and were out as early as 7:00 a.m. for their routine jogging exercise to keep fit and on their way back, precisely at Tundun Maza, a wagon skidded off the road and rammed into them killing 14 of them on the spot.
THE core North cannot stop President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015 if he decides to seek second term due to four main reasons,the national Vice-President of Ijaw National Congress, Mr Ebieridei Ambaiowei, has said. The congress, an umbrella body of all Ijaws, recently decided to dialogue with other ethnic associations on the 2015 presidential election, even though the president had not declared interest in seeking a second term in office. Speaking on recent decision of Ijaw leaders to reach out to other nationalities on 2015 in an interview with the Nigeria Tribune, the Ijaw leader stated that the core North could not be asking for return of power to the north in 2015, as according to him, “Nigeria is a democracy, not a military dictatorship, where a clique takes decision on power transfers.
IMO State governor, Rochas Okorocha, on Sunday, described his suspension by the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) as irrelevant.’
The Unity Party of Nigeria has called on the police and non-governmental organisations to investigate the detention and deportation of about 70 Nigerian citizens from Lagos, without trial, and prosecute Lagos State officials involved for possible human rights violations. The UPN added that the state government should publicly apologise, compensate and rehabilitate all the victims of the deportation. In a statement sent to SUNDAY PUNCH, by the Chairman of UPN and founder of the Oodua Peoples Congress, Dr. Fredrick Fasehun, the party described the forced relocation of about 70 persons, most of whom were Igbo, from Lagos to Onitsha, in Anambra State as insensitive, provocative and unconstitutional.