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NASS Will Revisit State Creation – David Mark

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david bonaventure markSenate President, David Mark, has assured those angling for state creation not to be discouraged by the recent turn of events as there is still opportunity to address the issue.

In a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Paul Mumeh, Mark said the issue of state creation was “a chapter not closed”.

The Senate President made this known when he addressed members of Idoma National Forum (INF), who said they were unhappy that the committee on the review of the constitution had rejected requests for creation of states.

He said “the National Assembly will revisit it to assuage the aspirations of those asking for states.”

The Idoma’s had clamoured for the creation of Apa State from the existing Benue State.

But Mr. Mark said that the drawback in the recommendation was that the constitution made it cumbersome to actualize creation of states but added that the system was being streamlined to enable agitators to realize their aspirations.

“I have never minced words about my position for the creation of additional states,” he said.

“It is not that we cannot live together with our brothers and sisters but I am a firm believer that states creation will bring more development and progress nearer to the people.

“You should continue with the agitation for state creation and work towards meeting the requirements. I am sure that when the conditions are met, states would be created.

“Milk may have been spilled but not fallen over. There is still a window and the National Assembly will hearken to the yearnings and aspirations of the citizenry,” Mr. Mark explained.

He urged the people to maintain peace and unity for progress, adding: “your strength is in your unity.”

The Senate President promised to continue to be good ambassador of the Idoma nation, Benue and Nigeria at all times.

Mr. Mark said that all his actions and deeds would be guided by the fear of God, fairness, objectivity and the rule of Law.

Earlier, the President of Idoma National Forum, Okopi Momoh, urged the National Assembly to review requests for the creation of states considering that there were 61 requests from different groups.

Mr. Momoh urged the National Assembly to investigate and verify the claims for states creation in order to address the issue and feelings of many Nigerians.

He commended the Senate president for providing quality leadership in the Senate and being a worthy representative of the Idoma nation.

Mr. Momoh pledged that the forum would partner with the Senate president in the onerous task of developing the Idoma nation for the good of all.

(NAN)

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PDP Asks Buhari To Stop Killing Of #EndSARS Protesters Across Nigeria

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PDP Asks Buhari To Stop Killing Of #EndSARS Protesters Across Nigeria

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned the killing of peaceful #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate, Lagos.

This was contained in a statement titled “EndSARS- Lekki Massacre,” signed by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, late on Tuesday.

Ologbodiyan said, “The Peoples Democratic Party, condemns in very strong terms, the killing of peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos as well as other parts of our country.

Also Read: Shehu Sani Condemns Shooting Of #EndSARS Protesters At Lekki Toll Gate

“It is shocking that security agents and, in some cases, thugs, were reportedly deployed to end the lives of promising Nigerians. This, to say the least, is saddening.

“Those responsible for the heinous murder of the innocent and harmless Nigerians must account for their nefarious acts.

“The PDP calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately direct an end to these wanton killings across our nation.

 

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#EndSARS: Gov Bello Warns Protesters Against Overthrowing Buhari

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#EndSARS: Gov Bello Warns Protesters Against Overthrowing Buhari

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The Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello has declared his intention to lead the #EndSARS protest against police brutality ongoing nationwide.

He stated this during an interview with Africa Independent Television AIT on Monday night.

Bello called on his fellow state governors to tack charge in their respective states so as to prevent loss of lives and properties due to attacks by hoodlums.

Also Read: Fayemi Names Members Of Judicial Panel On Human Rights Violations By Police

He, however, warned Nigerian youths to resist the temptation of using the current situation in the country to seek an undemocratic change in leadership.

The Governor warned that those interested in the presidency must wait till 2023 and go through democratic processes.

He urged the protesting youths to leave the streets and embrace dialogue.

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#EndSARS: Protesters Rain Curses On Me: Femi Adesina

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#EndSARS: Protesters Rain Curses On Me – Buhari’s Aide, Adesina

Femi Adesina

Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina has revealed that he has been receiving curses from Nigerians through phone calls and text messages over a false report that he advised his principal to shun protesters.

Adesina stated in an article he wrote titled: “An Enemy of the People’ published on Thursday evening.

Also Read: #EndSARS: Nigerians Recount Their Horrible Ordeals In The Hands Of Thugs In Police Uniform

Adesina denied that he advised President Buhari for whatever reasons on the End SARS protesters, but said an online platform falsely accused him that he told Buhari to “ignore the protests and not give in to the demands of ‘Twitter warriors’.

He explained that his telephone numbers were posted on social media, thereby, making people reach out to him with curses.

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