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We Need Free, Fair Elections, Not National Conference – ACF

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The umbrella body of the North, Arewa Consultative Forum, has said that the proposed national conference will not be “a magic wand,” saying that the country did not record any achievement with the conferences held since independence.

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The body said what the country lacked was the political will to realise its dreams.

In an interview with Punch, the National Publicity Secretary, ACF, Mr. Anthony Sani, noted that the forum was not opposed to a national dialogue but preferred free and fair elections to it.

He said there was no basis in the claim that ethno-religious and political sentiments shared by lawmakers would make them incompetent to handle the national dialogue.

Sani said, “Are you suggesting that because the proposed national dialogue will be by ethnic nationalities, the delegates will cease to be Nigerians with distorted values? Will those who will select the delegates come from the moon? And will the legislatures have no place in the order of things anymore?

“While not opposed to the dialogue, it is our considered opinions that what remains lacking in our quest to move the nation forward is consciously directed efforts to make common desires possible and then actual.

“The starting point is free and fair elections under the watch of the Independent National Electoral Commission, especially if Nigerians make consciously-directed efforts and ensure that votes count, so that the ensuing leaders will be accountable to the people and make poverty history.”

Meanwhile, the Igbo socio-cultural body, Ohanaeze Ndi’gbo, has said, contrary to the opinion of some northerners that the conference should be held after the 2015 general elections, it should be held “immediately.”

It noted that the nation needed to discuss a myriad of national challenges that required urgent attention.

The Publicity Secretary of the body, Mr. Osita Oganah, said those, who opposed the convocation of the conference before the general elections, did so out of selfishness. He said restructuring the polity had become imperative for good governance.

He noted that where there was good federalism and power decentralisation, many politicians would not find politics lucrative anymore. He added that such a field would be left with only those who wanted to serve the country.

Oganah said, “What Nigeria needs now, most importantly, is restructuring. Since President Goodluck Jonathan has given this opportunity, we will be stupid to say that (2015) election is more important, given the state of anarchy in Nigeria now and coupled with the United States of America’s prediction that Nigeria will break up in 2015.

“It will come to pass, if we still hold election and forget about national conference. The whole idea is that we should restructure immediately and bring all the six geo-political zones to the same level; same number of states, local government and revenue allocation. Each zone will be federating units and not states anymore.”

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Tinubu Visits Sanwo-Olu, Says “I’m Still The Jagaban”

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Tinubu Visits Sanwo-Olu, Says “I’m Still The Jagaban”

 

Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, former governor of Lagos State and National leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress on Saturday paid a courtesy visit to the governor of the state, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

Tinubu, in his visit to the governor, stated that contrary to false news making the rounds, he did not travel to France, adding that he is still the Jagaban.

He also denied rumours that his son Seyi was kidnapped or chased out of his residence outside the country, emphasizing that nobody can chase him or his family out of Lagos.

The former governor’s visit comes after the infamous shooting of unarmed protesters in Lekki area of the state.

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Air Force Intervenes, Slams Policemen For Shooting At A Crowd (Video)

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Air Force Intervenes, Slams Policemen For Shooting At A Crowd (Video)

A viral video has captured moment soldiers of the Nigeria Air Force intervened and slammed some policemen for shooting at a crowd.

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The incident which occurred at a yet to be identified venue showed some men of the Nigeria Air Force calling on officers of the Nigeria police to cease fire.

In the videos also, residents were seen running helter-skelter while soldiers used a megaphone to call for calm. “Stop shooting, the Air Force are here”, the soldiers could be heard screaming.

However, the policemen appeared reluctant in taking orders from the soldiers until one of them showed proof of his rank by pointing to the stars on his shoulder.

The soldier also warned that if they refuse to ceasefire, he would charge them and their headquarters for inciting violence.

The officer who spoke on behalf of the Air Force then commanded the policemen to move their van behind theirs so the Army would serve as a buffer between them and the crowd.

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#EndSARS: Hoodlums vandalize Senator Gershom Bassey’s family house in Calabar

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#EndSARS: Hoodlums vandalize Senator Gershom Bassey’s family house in Calabar

Senator Gershom Bassey’s resident has been vandalized and looted by hoodlums rampaging the streets of Calabar.

Information Nigeria gathered that the hoodlums overpowered the security men attached to the property.

 

This is in spite of the  24 hours curfew declared in Cross River state.

Some of the buildings already vandalised include the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office along Marian Road, Cross River State Transport Regulatory Agency (CRTRA) office and banks along Mayne Avenue and 8-Miles Calabar.

Federal institutions like the Ministry of Agriculture, Cross River Basin Authourity, and Federal Psychiatric Hospital were also vandalized.

Houses belonging to some politicians were not spared. Some of those affected include Senators Gershom Bassey and Victor Ndoma Egba. Bassey’s houses located at Mayne Avenue by White and the one at Asari Iso were looted and burnt.

Egba’s house located within the same Asari Iso axis was also vandalized.

To restore normalcy, military personnel have reportedly taken over major streets.

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