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National Confab: Why I Shouted Down Gov. Oshiomhole, By Nyiam

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COL. TONY NYIAM (RTD)

COL. TONY NYIAM (RTD)

A member of the Presidential Advisory Committee on National Conference Col.Tony Nyiam (rtd), who shouted down Edo State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole at Monday’s interactive session of the committee in Benin, has justified his action which led to his resignation from the committee.

At the continued sitting of the advisory committee on Monday, Col. Nyiam reportedly joined the audience in the booing and heckling of Governor Oshiomhole while he was making his presentation; a move that led to the abrupt termination of the governor’s speech and his eventual whisking away by security following the tensed atmosphere that enveloped the venue.

But in defence of his action yesterday, Col. Nyiam said the Edo governor made some “sarcastic remarks” against the proposed National Dialogue, asserting that governors, who are in the habit of making mockery of President Goodluck Jonathan’s laudable efforts should be prepared to be at the receiving end of Nigerians’ response.

Nyiam, who was asked if he has resigned, said “The situation is that I have not told anybody in the public that I have resigned”.

Reacting to his well-publicized spat with Governor Oshiomhole, he explained that the governor was “talking down on people and he is not supposed to do that because our job is to meet with the people and not the governor since we have paid him a courtesy visit earlier”.

His words: “Governors who have penchant for insulting the President or making sarcastic remarks against the sense of judgment of the President of Nigeria should be ready to tolerate response from Nigerian citizens to tell them no. The committee’s role is advisory, we need to consult with the people to advise us and we will then synthesise the people’s opinion and use that to advise the President because we believe that we need to work towards a people’s-driven constitution which we never had in our history.

“We thought we should start a bottom-up approach from the grassroots to the top. The attitude was that there should be no talking down on the people we are supposed to engage the people not to talk down on them. Based on this principle, the key feature of our consultation was to meet with the people but out of courtesy we pay courtesy calls on the governors or the king in the city”.

He added: “So when people started booing the governor, I went to the chairman to remind him about the rules of our committee. The chairman said we should give him a chance to continue. He carried on with his derogatory remarks and it was at that point I then said ‘no, not again’. When I said that, by this time, his aides tried to come at me, but when I suspected that one was at my back I stood up. I sat down throughout.

“Not long after, a group of thugs came towards the table. It was then that the SSS people advised that my life was not safe and I was taken away for safety; the director of the state SSS raises security around us. The Commissioner of Police came to see me and they brought security. The police drove us all through out of Edo State because of the fear of attack. So, contrary to what they said, that I mobilised thugs, it is not true, it is Edo people that protected me”, Col. Nyiam explained.

-The Nation

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  1. donjeff

    October 30, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    Col Nyiam you’ve said it all,I know oshiomhole very well he’s very troublesome,Hon osaigie should stop talking like a thug even though he’s one.

  2. chike emefie

    October 30, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    The committee paid him a courtesy visit,and the committee listened to him derogate on them and the President. As if he was not satisfied, he followed them to the Peoples arena to continue with his unfinished job. What impudence!

  3. Bahmidele

    October 30, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    I laugh at times when i see what Nigerian leaders do at tymz cos i feel everyone tink they are smart nd everyone should go tru dere own procedure (wich iz forceful act nd insultive behaviour) buh everyones opnion must be respected in lyf, Gov. Oshiemole u re 2 perfect buh do u knw u av nt done anything significant dat distinguishes u frm d past leaders

  4. AlpaCINO

    October 30, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    I’m highly disappointed in Oshiomole, he prefers party interest more than the wishes and desires of his people. When he was the NLC president, he was pretending to be for the people, now he has shown his real self.

  5. Deremi

    October 30, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    With all due respect to the Comrade Governor, a host should welcome and not heat up the polity.Let the people lead,air their views,needs-interest and concerns.which General ever go into battle telling his troops that hope is lost?Let us dialogue, all of us together.Opposition politics in Nigeria should not be seeing nothing good in governance simply because we are not the government in power at the centre but to profer a more pro-active and people orriented alternative to inadequacies of gov.measures.Appologies to your beloved people and the Committee as well as the President.Be humble.Abi who is the boss?is it not we the people including you? Consider this as a query Sir and not be carried away like that next time.

  6. ikenna

    October 30, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    APC is grooming dia govnors to become so rebelious jst bcos jonathan is a gentlemann its so unfair. They al askd for national conference bt now they ar rejecting it cos it is coming frm jonathan. Is dis how dey want to rule naija? God forbid.

  7. Abba

    October 31, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Is better if he resigns. As that may restore public confidence in the Committee.

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Unknown Gunmen Kill Ondo Traditional Ruler, Olufon Of Ifon

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Unknown Gunmen Kill Ondo Traditional Ruler, Olufon Of Ifon

Olufon of Ifon

Oba Adegoke Adeusi, the Olufon of Ifon under Ose Local Government Area Ondo State, has been murdered by unknown gunmen suspected to be bandits.

Oba Adeusi was reportedly killed on Thursday evening at a spot around the Elegbeka axis of the town.

According to reports, the monarch was initially kidnapped before he was eventually killed.

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The monarch reportedly died at the Federal Medical Centre in Owo, as a result of gunshots he sustained during the attack.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Tee Leo-Ikoro, confirmed the incident to Channels Television.

Describing the event as an unfortunate one, the Police spokesman in the state also revealed that two people in the monarch’s convoy were kidnapped.

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No Pardon For Rapists, Says Sanwo-Olu

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No Pardon For Rapists, Says Sanwo-Olu

Babajide Sanwo-Olu

Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has expressed that there is no pardon for people indicted in reported cases of rape and gender-based violence.

The governor made this remark on Thursday when he received a 54-page compendium on Sexual and Gender-Based Violence compiled by the Stakeholders’ Committee set up by this wife, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu.

The Committee was set up to give recommendations on how the fight against sexual and gender-based violence can be won.

Speaking at the occasion, Sanwo-Olu, restated his commitment to protecting the vulnerable demographics and getting justice for victims violated.

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The governor said, “I am delighted by the work done by the Stakeholders’ Committee to bring attention to the problems facing voiceless adults and children in our society. Through your efforts, vulnerable people are building the courage to speak out on offences of sexual violence and heal their wounds.

“We will bring people, who have been perpetrating these crimes, knowingly or unknowingly, to book. We will ensure they never walk freely without the full wrath of the law brought upon them. It is part of our responsibility to ensure that the vulnerable members of our society have a voice and have access to where they can get justice when their rights are violated.”

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Vendor’s Widow Disowns Family Over N500m Lawsuit Against Gbajabiamila

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Vendor’s Widow Disowns Family Over N500m Lawsuit Against Gbajabiamila

Femi Gbajabiamila

Josephine Okereke, wife of the Abuja-based vendor killed by a security aide of Femi Gbajabiamila, speaker of the house of representatives, has rejected the family’s demand of N500 million compensation.

Okereke while speaking to newsmen on Thursday stated that what she wants is justice for her late husband, and not the compensation being sought by his family.

Recall that some days ago, Ifeanyi, her husband, was shot by Abdullahi Hassan, a Department of State Services (DSS) operative attached to the speaker.

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Days after the Speaker promised to ensure justice, the family of the slain vendor wrote the speaker, demanding a N500 million compensation.

Okereke, however, told journalists in Abuja that she was not privy to the N500 million compensation requested by the family.

“I was in my house when within 10 minutes my father-in-law came from Abia, he went out along with his other son and the next day I heard that my husband’s people are demanding N500 million as compensation,” she said.

“I was shocked and asked how will they be doing that and how will the speaker help the children again with such demand. All I want now is that the person that killed my husband to face justice.”

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