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Afenifere: We Support Confab Provided C’ttee Is Not Restricted •Jonathan Lacks Capacity To Organize Dialogue – Melaye

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NigeriaStatesMapBPresident Goodluck Jonathan’s planned national dialogue which he announced on Tuesday in an Independence Anniversary nationwide address, has received mixed reactions from some Nigerians.

While some chose to approach the news with caution, others dismissed it outrightly as another one of the Federal Government’s diversionary tactic.

While the Afenifere Renewal Group (ARG) welcomed the convocation of a national dialogue, warning that its outcome should not go the way of others before it, former House of Representatives member, Otunba Dino Melaye questioned the president’s capacity and capability to conduct a national dialogue or conference.

The ARG in a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Kunle Famoriyo, said although the group had been a consistent advocate for a Sovereign National Conference, it would cooperate with and support the Advisory Council set up by the President where necessary.

Mr. Jonathan did not categorically state whether the conference will be ‘sovereign’ or not.

The ARG said it believes that “the committee chairman, Senator Femi Okunrounmu, who has spent a significant part of his life in the struggle for democracy and true federalism, will work to produce a guideline that we can all be proud of, provided the government has not dictated a “No Go Area” to the committee.”

The group called on Mr. Jonathan to ensure that this latest move was towards sincere ending of the country’s many problems. It recalled that many conferences had been constituted in the past that never yielded any dividend for the people of Nigeria.

“We also urge him not to place any restriction on the committee’s term of reference and the proposed conference should have no prohibition clause like Senate President David Mark suggested.”

In his own reaction to the news, Melaye, who is also the Executive Secretary of the Anti-Corruption Network, said the president cannot conduct an acceptable national dialogue at this time because he has divided the country along “ethnic and religious lines.”

His words: “This government is a government of lies, ifs and committees. They have not implemented recommendations of the committees.

“The white paper on the post electoral crisis committee by Sheik Ahmed Lemu, where is Prof. Femi Odekunle and company?

“The Civil Service Reforms Committee headed by former Head of Service, Steve Orosanye’s report is there, nothing has been done on it. The Nuhu Ribadu’s committee was set up again, they have submitted their report, nothing has happened.

“The NEITI report is also available, nothing has happened. The Aig-Imhokhuede’s report is there, nothing has happened. As far as we are concerned, the setting up of the committee is just to economically empower some individuals.”

Melaye further said that what the country needs is a father-like figure in the mould of Nelson Mandela of South Africa to conduct a national conference.

“Goodluck Jonathan cannot conduct a national dialogue. I said Goodluck Jonathan does not have the capability and capacity to organise a national dialogue”, Melaye stressed.

“To organise a national dialogue, you need a fatherly-postured President who will bring all parties without rancor. But Jonathan has further divided this country on the grounds of religion and ethnicity which has made it practically impossible for him as a President to organise a national dialogue,” he said.

 

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  1. fatukasi abiodun

    October 2, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    Melaiye is a useless man…what is his problem? Since he lost favour in d political arena,he has suddenly become a useless activist.he needs a psychiatrist to diagnose his problem.what ll this president do that ll satisfy pple..to hell with melaiye opinion

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I Received Vision That I Would Be Governor – Oyetola

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I Received Vision That I Would Be Governor – Oyetola

Gboyega Oyetola

Governor of Osun State, Gboyega Oyetola has stated that God revealed to him in a dream that he would be Governor of the State long before he joined the race.

He revealed this while speaking at a service held to commemorate the second anniversary of his administration at the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Osun Province 1 Headquarters, Osogbo, on Sunday.

Oyetola said, “I am ordinarily not one who sees visions but on two occasions, I had a strange encounter. Imagine the son of an Imam, receiving a Christian song in a dream. That was my encounter.

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“All I could remember on both occasions was the last line of the song which says ‘IleriOluwa ni lati se’. Outside of that dream, I had never heard the song before. When the impression was heavy on my heart, I called one of my friends to ask him about the song, and he told me the song was the Track 2 of Timi Oshikoya’s album.

“He went out and got me the album and immediately I started listening to the track, my consciousness was restored and then I had an understanding of what God was saying to me. That revelation has continued to give me confidence of victory each time I am faced with legal and political battles since becoming governor.”

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Anyim Backed Out Of Defection Over Visit to Buhari – Umahi

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Anyim Backed Out Of Defection Over Visit to Buhari – Umahi

Dave Umahi

Governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi has claimed that a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari stopped former Senate President, Pius Anyim and National Assembly members from the state from defecting to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

He made the claim on Sunday while speaking during an APC stakeholders’ meeting at the Bouquet Lodge, Old Government House, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State.

Umahi claimed that Anyim who served as Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) in the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan, and others refused to defect because he outsmarted them all.

“They were planning to ambush me, but it is difficult to catch the air,” he said.

Also Read: President Buhari receives Governor Umahi after defecting to APC (Photos)

The governor insisted that he consulted all the National Assembly members and the elders from the state about his defection from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), adding that they all agreed to the defection arrangement.

“Let me tell you, I’m not afraid of anybody but I respect everybody. But I have said that if God sent me, this will be the last fight in this state,” he said.

Umahi added: “All these people that came together to fight me, they collect contracts, they collect monthly pay, they collect vehicles. And when they are asked to bring people that worked for us, they will bring their wives, children and relations.

“Now, they are dressing words for us. We are in chapter one, in Chapter two, I will publish all that I have done for the leaders of this state.”

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Sanwo-Olu Names Building After Tinubu, Warns Youths Against Vandalism

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Sanwo-Olu Names Building After Tinubu, Warns Youths Against Vandalism

Babajide Sanwo-Olu

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos has named the newly built Apapa-Iganmu Local Council Development Area after the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

This was made known in a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Gboyega Akosile.

Sanwo-Olu also named the Agboyi-Ketu LCDA after the late Senator of Lagos East Senatorial District, Adebayo Osinowo.

He stated that the recent #EndSARS protests brought out the need for the government to double their efforts and prioritize youth development and empowerment.

Also Read: No Pardon For Rapists, Says Sanwo-Olu

The governor however warned youths against the destruction of the government’s assets built with public funds.

Sanwo-Olu disclosed that the decision of the council leadership in Agboyi-Ketu to name the edifice after Osinowo testified to the contributions he made to the development of the council.

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