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2015: Makarfi Urges Nigerians To Vote Based On Ability, Not Religious Affiliation

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 Sen. Ahmed Makarfi

Sen. Ahmed Makarfi

Chairman, Senate Committee on Finance, Sen. Ahmed Makarfi, has advised Nigerians to elect candidates based on their ability, rather than religious affiliation, to promote peace and unity in the country.

Makarfi said this on Friday in Kaduna when he received a delegation of Arewa Christians’ Political Forum (ACPF) at his residence.

He advised the group to ensure the unity of the North by not championing overzealous politicians based on religious sentiments which was capable of destroying the corporate existence in the region.

“As a nation, the basic requirement for good governance is security, and this requires all stakeholders to pursue it holistically,’’ he said.

Makarfi urged the forum to support quality leadership that would ensure peace, security and development, adding that he would do his best to assist the members in their quest.

Earlier, the Spokesman of the Forum, Mr Victor Bobai, said the visit was in line with the wider consultations by the forum to sensitise and mobilise political support in preparations for the 2015 elections.

Bobai said that the inequality and non effective representation of Christians in the North led to the emergence of the forum.

According to him, the forum is a voice for marginalised Northern Christians from the Northern states.

“Christian youth in the North should be given equal opportunities like their Muslim counterparts in the region.

“Our growth has been stunted based on discrimination; we call on our leaders to come to our aid.

“We require balance in terms of amenities, like the Almajiri Educational programme designed for Muslim youth.

“There is need for the government to balance up developmental programmes in the region to avoid acrimony,’’ he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that for months the group had been conferring with several Northern leaders with political and economic influence to come to their aid in ensuring fairness. [NAN]

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  1. Lingila

    August 10, 2013 at 4:04 am

    The impression given to the world always is Muslim north and Christian south by the media. We must truthfully know that not all north are Muslims. This issue of maginalization is as old as the country. Northern Christians – who are indegines of some states in the north are treated like second class citizens. It’s a despicable situation.

  2. prince

    August 10, 2013 at 10:39 am

    Thesame impression is given to the whole world that,the western part of the country are all christian which is not true. In yoruba area muslims are the majority but you can’t see in federal appointment, are they not the citizens of the country ?

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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.

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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

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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.

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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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Sanwo-Olu Sends Condolence Message To Seyi Makinde Over Mother’s Death

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Sanwo-Olu Sends Condolence Message To Seyi Makinde Over Mother's Death

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Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has sent a condolence message to Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde over the passing away of his mother.

Recall that InformationNigeria earlier reported that Governor Makinde of Oyo State on Thursday lost his mother, Chief Abigail Makinde.

The governor’s mother passed on at age 81.

Also Read: Governor Seyi Makinde Loses 81-Yr-Old Mother

Reacting to the news, Sanwo-Olu prayed for the dead and consoled the bereaved via his official Twitter handle on Thursday. He wrote:

“I commiserate with Governor @seyiamakinde on the passing to eternal glory of his dear mother, Mrs Abigail Makinde.

While I extend my condolences to the Makinde family, I pray that God grants them the grace and courage to bear the loss. May mama’s soul rest eternally.”

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