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Atiku Decries Widespread Poverty, High Maternal Mortality Rate

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atikuFormer Presidential candidate in the 2007 polls, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has decried the high level of poverty in the country just as he regretted that political intolerance and impunity by political leaders in the country did not end with military rule.

Atiku who spoke as a guest speaker at the Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations, Geneva, Switzerland, yesterday, bemoaned the over-bearing attitude of  Nigerian and other African leaders whom he said often see the opposition as enemies of the state.

In the same lecture, Atiku also corrected the widespread notion that Nigeria is a nation of crooks; he asserted that most Nigerians were hardworking people in productive ventures wherever they are found in the world.

In his paper entitled, ‘Deepening Democracy in Nigeria: Implications for Africa,’ Atiku Abubakar said as a result of such lip-service to democratic principles, “disregard for rules and regulations and the utter impunity with which they are committed,” has led to what he called “the militarisation of democracy.”

According to the former Vice-President, many retired military top brass who came into power as politicians entered the democratic arena without being able to shed their military mind-sets, thereby fuelling the culture of intolerance and entrenching impunity, which character- ises political reality in Nigeria.

Atiku, however, admitted that the democratic challenges did not stop the entrechment of fundamental rights in the country including the freedom of speech, of association and the restoration of the liberty to criticise the government with the return of democratic rule.

Painting a bleak picture of poverty in Nigeria, he said:  “70 per cent of Nigerians are living below the poverty line and maternal mortality at 840 deaths per 100,000 births.”

According to him, Nigeria ranks the 9th worst in the world in 2008 and 10th worst in 2010 in terms of maternal mortality.

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  1. joshua mbah

    May 1, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    Who is responsible for the wild spread is you and your counterparts.

  2. a.agyo

    May 1, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    Atiku , you also dey complain, hmmmm,naija 4 us

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Nigeria’s Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

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Nigeria's Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

Communications minister, Isa Pantami

Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami, has announced the loss of his 13-year-old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali.

The Minister took to his Twitter account on Monday night to announce this sad news.

Pantami stated that the funeral prayer for the deceased will be conducted in Abuja on Tuesday at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2.

Also Read: Gunmen Evict NIDCOM Staff From Office On Minister’s Order

The post by the minister announcing the incident reads; “Inna lil Laahi wa inna ilaiHi Rajiun! My 13-year old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali (Amal) passed away just a moment ago.

“Due to some necessities, funeral prayer tomorrow at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2, immediately after Zuhr prayer In sha Allah. May Allah forgive and be merciful to her.”

 

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

Governor Wike

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has imposed a 24-hour total curfew for two weeks on some parts of Port-Harcourt, the state capital.

The Governor made this known during a broadcast on Sunday where he noted that the curfew begins from Monday 23rd November 2020.

The statement noted that the upsurge noticed by the state government in cases of cult activities, other forms of violence, and killings is responsible for the curfew.

Also Read: Umahi Unhappy With PDP Because Atiku Picked Peter Obi – Wike

Wike in the statement declared that the entire area along and around the Okoro-nodu flyover up to a one-kilometre radius from Saint Emmanuel Anglican Church, Rumuokoro, extending to the Rumuodomaya Slaughter and Local Government daily market will be affected.

He added that no form of trading, human or vehicular movement is allowed in the affected areas until further notice.

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Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims

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Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims

Bello Matawalle

Governor of Zamafara, Bello Matawalle has announced the release of 11 kidnapped victims.

According to reports, ten of the victims were male and a female from Bukkuyum Local Government Area.

Matawalle received the rescued kidnapped victims on Saturday night at the Government House in Gusau, the state capital.

The Commissioner of Security and Home Affairs, Abubakar Muhammed Dauran revealed that the victims were released without paying a ransom.

Also Read: Nigeria still needs SARS, Zamfara gov, Matawalle insists

He stated they were released as a result of the peace initiative and stakeholders meeting summoned by Governor Matawalle with all critical stakeholders from Bukkuyum Local Government Area on Thursday.

Governor Matawalle assured that his administration will not rest on its oars until total peace is achieved in all parts of the state.

 

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