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Open Letter To Femi Gbajabiamila On Refusal To Attend To 2021 Budget Because of End SARS

Mr. Speaker sir, my decision to write to you at this material time is necessitated by the fact that your recent outburst and insistent on being a sectional leader using your position as the Speaker of the House of Representative is not only disgusting but a clear sign that you have lost touch with reality, especially considering how our Northern Representatives rally around you in your bid to be the leader of the House of Representatives in this 9th Assembly.

Your recent annoying insistence that you will only sign the 2021 Appropriation Bill for onward transmission to the President for assent if the End SARS Protesters are considered for compensation, despite the apparent undertone that the so called protest is targeted more at disrupting and destabilizing the popular government of President Muhammadu Buhari is another sign that you are somehow in concord with the real aim of the protest and that to me will be a betrayal trust.

Before your recent behavior which has succeeded in revealing your true colour, I used to consider you as a modern Nationalist, but not anymore, because, this your call has shown that you have no feelings for your fellow compatriots in the North, considering the number of years the people of the north, especially, that of the North East and recently the North West had suffered insurgency, banditry and senseless killings, which had led into an unquantifiable loss of means of livelihood.

Furthermore, according to amnesty international who reported that some security personnel used unnecessary and excessive force on some Shiite and IPOB members from the North West and South East geo political zones of the country in 2015 and 2016 respectively which resulted in multiple deaths and injuries. Likewise, some security challenges like banditry, kidnapping, and armed robbery which also claimed innocent lives in Kaduna, Sokoto, Kebbi, Zamfara, Plateau, Nassarawa and Benue states.

Sagaciously, to my greatest surprise, I thought Mr. Speaker, is a concern Nigerian and also a voice for all Nigerians regardless of region, religion, social or political background, but unfortunately, you are not, otherwise, you should have included the aforementioned incidences in your Plenary speech at the Chambers of the Honourable House of Representatives.

Since Mr. Speaker, has failed to do that. That is why I decided to give you ample time to ponder over your dummy split about the lives that End SARS claimed as you stated and apologies to each and every Nigerian for your trabalistic approach to this very sensitive issue.
Therefore, I want to use this medium to draw your attention to the fact that during the time of your immediate predecessor Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, the leadership of the House of Representative had successfully shun all divisive tendencies, the people of North East will remain ever grateful and appreciative of his modest effort towards the establishment of the North East Development Commission, which has contributed in no small major in addressing their daily plight for meaningful life, but we cannot remember any time in our recent history when Dogara or anyone before him threating to jeopardize the collective interest of the people of Nigeria for the interest of some few nonentities.

Mr. Speaker, we want you to know that what you are doing at the moment is nothing but an attempt to destroy the long political investment you have made in the minds of Nigerians, especially in the North, don’t also forget that the seat you are occupying at the moment supposed to be that of the North Central if the APC political realignment is to be taken into consideration.

Mr. Speaker, my call to you at this very stage is to honorably step down from your position since you are not capable of serving as a speaker for all Nigerians, so as to give way for a more competent and capable hand, capable of leading us to the Promised Land.

It is also my call to all well-meaning members of the National Assembly, particularly, those of the House of Representatives, to start a movement for the removal of Femi Gbajabiamila from the Speakership of the House of Representatives if you did not apologies for your arrogant contempt to the nation in the next seven (7) days.

Mr. Speaker, I will also like to remind you that the followership you have being enjoying from the members of the House of Representatives, is not that of a slave-master relation, but understandably for the good of the country, so don’t mistaken that for cowardice, as we are keenly watching and it appears it is high time they begin to withdraw their support for your insensitive leadership.

Finally, should you see any reason to be a responsible leader, then refused only to do any of your obligation in solidarity with the victims of Boko Haram, who have being pounded continuously for over ten (10) years now for no good reason and not the End SARS Protesters who have cost this nation greatly. What I expected from you in all this is to take the side of the men of our hardworking security operatives who were killed in broad day light for protecting the lives and properties of your fellow citizens, but that is not to be.

At the end, I will keep praying for these security challenges to come to an end. And I also pray for peaceful coexistence in every part of the country going forward.

United we stand and divided we fall, long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria.


Yours in humanity.

By: Alh. Umar Mohammed Maifata (Baraden Yalwa),
Yalwa, Bauchi, Bauchi State.
umarmuhdumar1970@gmail.com

Chief Arthur Eze Says Only God Can MAKE An Igbo Man President In Nigeria

The billionaire oil magnate, Chief Arthur Eze, said it will take God for intervention for an Igbo man to become Nigeria’s President.

According to Chief Arthur, the Igbo people do not love one another as they are not united.

Arthur while addressing journalists at Ukpo, Anambra State, on Sunday during Church service, considering the 2023 general elections, Eze advised the Ndigbo not to crave for a President of Igbo extraction but a President who would champion their interest irrespective of his tribe.

Chief Arthur Eze, also declared that he would support a good leader as Nigerian President irrespective of the person’s ethnic group, when he said,

“For the Igbo to be President, they must love themselves. Do they love themselves? The North is very kind. If you go to northern Nigeria, you will see churches everywhere. There are churches in Kano, Sokoto, Kaduna, Abuja and others yet they say there is hatred. Do we (Igbo) love ourselves?

“Only God can make an Igbo man President. We shall pray to God to find an Igbo man who has character to help people. I would prefer someone who has conscience; somebody who will remember me. I don’t care where you come from.

“I went to the North, they didn’t know who I was. They gave me $12m for the construction of Kano TV in 1980. I didn’t have one naira then. It was the same thing in Katsina, Borno and Kaduna. Then, they put me in oil business. They didn’t care where I came from. Tell me any Igbo man who can do that?”

$2.8 Billion Ajaokuta, Kaduna Kano (AKK) PIPELINE PROJECT: BUHARI STRIKES AGAIN! – Presidency

Something good is already happening. Something marvelous is in store, as Federal Government kick starts the $2.8 billion Ajaokuta – Kaduna – Kano (AKK) National Gas Pipeline Project next Tuesday. It’s another humongous signature milestone by President Muhammadu Buhari, which will leave his footprints inexorably on the sands of time.

Roads, Bridges, Rail, Airports, Social Investment, and many others. Buhari is doing great things, which will pedestal him in the pantheon of great Nigerian leaders. And now, he has struck again. He is kicking off the AKK pipeline project, which will carry gas between the southern and northern parts of the country. The project will eventually extend to North Africa.

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) initially announced tenders for the project in July 2013. A project proposal was submitted to the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission in June 2017, and the Federal Executive Council granted approval in December 2017. I tell you, this President Buhari has the heart of a lion.

If the intention was to continue to run the NNPC as an automated teller machine (ATM), as we have seen before in this country, will such staggering project ever be approved, not to talk of taking off? And some people are still asking for CHANGE, when it is right before their very eyes.

The 614 kilometers-long National Gas Pipeline is Phase One of the Trans-Nigeria Gas Pipeline (TNGP) project, to be done on build and transfer Public Private Partnership (PPP). It will transport 3,500 Million metric standard cubic feet per day of dehydrated gas from several gas gathering projects located in southern Nigeria.

The project will be in three phases. Phase One is 200 kilometers-long, between Ajaokuta and Abuja, at a projected cost of $855 Million.

Phase Two is 193 kilometers-long, between Abuja and Kaduna, to cost an estimated $835 million, while Phase Three is 221 kilometers-long, between Kaduna and Kano, at an approximate cost of $1.2 billion.
The project will eventually reach North Africa in subsequent phases.

What will AKK pipeline project do for Nigeria? Great and wonderful things. It will create steady and guaranteed gas supply network between the North and South, and will enhance Power Generation Capacity. The industrial sector will be strengthened, local usage of gas will be promoted and increased, and the country’s revenue generation boosted through export of natural gas.

Nigeria is ranked the 7th most endowed natural gas country in the world. She sits on about 180 trillion cubic feet of natural gas deposits, which can be utilized as gas to power, gas to petrochemicals, Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), among others.

Over the years, Nigeria has exploited its oil resources more, to the detriment of gas, which incidentally fetches more revenue, but is also more expensive to prospect.
One big advantage the average Nigerian can look forward to is the evolvement of compressed natural gas (CNG), which is still at pilot stage in the country.

While presenting his performance report to the Federal Executive Council recently, Minister of State for Petroleum, Timipre Sylva, spoke extensively about CNG, and what it can do for Nigeria as an alternative to petrol.
He listed the challenges of the oil and gas sector to include; under-recovery, crude theft, insecurity, high cost of production, very low LPG penetration, refineries shutdown, long contracting cycle, among others.

Sylva stressed that the oil and gas sector remains critical to the Nigerian economy, even as we strive to diversify. He identified CNG and LPG penetration as priority.
Said the Minister: “The switch to CNG will help reduce the burden of petrol subsidy on the finances of the country, and government should encourage Nigerians to use CNG as fuel for transportation.”

CNG began as a pilot project in the country in 2006, but target for conversion workshops was not met till 2015. About 4,000 vehicles run on CNG in Benin, Edo State, and it’s about 50% cheaper than petrol.
Vehicles running on CNG, statistics show, save about N1,143 daily, compared with petrol. This amounts to over N30, 000 monthly. The cost of converting the car can thus be recovered within six months.

Gas is cleaner energy, cheaper than petrol, and more friendly to the environment. Global warming will, therefore, be slowed down.

More than 175,000 vehicles run on CNG in America today, and 23 million worldwide. Nigeria will join the number, and boost productivity.

The Buhari signature projects will remain landmarks in Nigeria. Help me count them: Roads, rail, bridges, airports, agriculture, AKK… and many more.

Surely, we will always remember this President for good.

By: Adesina is Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity

President Buhari and Northern governors have lost the capacity to end insecurity

The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) said that President Buhari and the Northern Governors have lost the capacity to end insecurity. NEF, led by Professor Ango Abdullahi, in a statement released yesterday, the group expressed great concerns at the rising insecurity in communities in the North.

According to NEF, Northerners are known to be patient with any adverse situation confronting them, but with this present uncontrollable state of insecurity, “our people have been pushed to the wall.”

The Northern Elders Forum, in the statement asserted that :

“Recent escalation of attacks by bandits, rustlers and insurgents leave the only conclusion that the people of the North are now completely at the mercy of armed gangs who roam towns and villages at will, wreaking havoc.

It would appear that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari and governors have lost control over the imperatives of protecting people of the North, a constitutional duty that they swore to uphold.

The situation is getting worse literally by the day. Bandits and insurgents appear to sense a huge vacuum in political will and capacity, which they exploit with disastrous consequences on communities and individuals.”

The statement further reads:

“It is no exaggeration to say that the people of the North have never experienced this level of exposure to criminals who attack, kill, maim, rape, kidnap, burn villages and rustle cattle, while President Buhari issues threats and promises that have no effect.”

Professor Abdullahi cited instances where armed bandits have taken initiative, after studying the lack of capacity of Government to protect its people, noting that

“The situation under which our communities from Kogi to Borno States, from Sokoto to Taraba States live is no longer tolerable”.

As a responsible body, the Forum has joined millions of others in prayers and in giving advise and encouragement to all authorities that have responsibility to protect our communities.It is now time to say, enough is enough.”

“ Our people are known for their patience and respect for constituted authorities, but all governments must be aware by now that all Northerners have been pushed to the wall. The Forum is aware that some citizens are contemplating peaceful protests, which are their constitutional rights, to draw attention of President Buhari and all levels of authority to the plight of people of the North.”

“ The Forum urges all citizens to conduct themselves in peaceful and responsible manner, and it urges governments to respect the rights of citizens to express their opinions peacefully. The Forum is also consulting other groups and organizations which share its goals and concerns to lend our voices to the demands for action and relief from the unremitting assaults on our lives and livelihood as Northerners.”

“The Forum reminds President Muhammadu Buhari that provision of security and pursuit of economic welfare of citizens are the only two constitutional responsibilities of the state which all leaders must achieve.”

Said Abdullahi: “Our current circumstances in the North clearly demonstrate that President Buhari’s administration has woefully failed to achieve either. This is unacceptable. We demand an immediate and comprehensive improvement of our security in the North”.

Professor Ango Abdullahi, Chairman, Northern Elders Forum (NEF), Nigeria.

“ We are tired of excuses and verbal threats which criminals laugh at, and our fellow citizens see as a clear failure of leadership which they see as part of them. Enough is enough”, he added.

NORTHERN ELDERS FORUM: STILL GENERAL WITHOUT TROOPS – PRESIDENCY

The Presidency in a press statement yesterday, described the Northern Elders Forum, under the leadership of Prof Ango Abdullahi, as a “General Without Troops”.

In a statement released and signed by Mr. Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, yesterday night, addressing the Northern Elders Forum’s earlier issued statement on the state of the insecurity in the North, he said:

“The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) in a statement Sunday signed by its so-called Convener, Prof. Ango Abdullahi, alleged that the insecurity in some northern states of the country was an indication that President Muhammadu Buhari and the governors of those states have lost control over the protection of the people which is a constitutional duty.

We are not surprised by this latest statement by Prof. Abdullahi, and our past position on what his group represents remains unchanged: a mere irritant and featherweight.”

Femi Adesina went further that:

“The former vice chancellor signed the statement under the banner of Northern Elders Forum (NEF). Hearing that title, you would think the body was a conglomeration of true elders. But the truth is that NEF is just Ango Abdullahi, and Ango Abdullahi is NEF. It is a quasi-organization that boasts of no credible membership, and its leader is akin to a General without troops.”

“Before the 2019 presidential election, the one-man army called NEF had shown its antipathy against President Buhari, and its preference for another candidate. They all got beaten together.

NEF is merely waving a flag that is at half-mast. President Buhari steadily and steadfastly focuses on the task of retooling Nigeria, and discerning Nigerians know the true state of the nation. They don’t need a paper tiger to tell them anything.” He concluded.

But the official response of the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) is not known to Daily Watch Press up to this moment, as the press statement from the Presidency came late on Sunday 14th June, 2020, around 9:00 Pm.