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We Prefer Free Fair Elections To National Conference – ACF

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PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN (M), VICE-PRESIDENT NAMADI SAMBO (4TH R) WITH MEMBERS OF THE PRESIDENTIAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON NATIONAL DIALOGUE AFTER THEIR INAUGURATION IN ABUJA ON MONDAY (PHOTO CREDIT: NAN)

PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN (M), VICE-PRESIDENT NAMADI SAMBO (4TH R) WITH MEMBERS OF THE PRESIDENTIAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON NATIONAL DIALOGUE AFTER THEIR INAUGURATION IN ABUJA ON MONDAY (PHOTO CREDIT: NAN)

The pan-northern socio-political and cultural association, Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, has said that the proposed National Conference may not be “a magic wand” to the myriad of problems confronting the country, citing previous conferences held since independence that did not record any achievements.

The Forum also said what the country lacked was the political will to realize its dreams.

The National Publicity Secretary, ACF, Mr. Anthony Sani, who made these views known in an interview, noted that the Forum was not against the idea of a national dialogue but preferred free and fair elections to it.

According to the spokesman of ACF, the argument that ethno-religious and political sentiments shared by lawmakers would make them incompetent to handle the national dialogue was baseless.

His words, “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”, Mr. Sani stated.

-PUNCH

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  1. magaji adamu

    October 13, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    Nigeria is sorounded with so many problems, our cultural values have bn vitiated by our selfishness. So we need to sit and make solution to our predicament

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

Governor Wike

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has imposed a 24-hour total curfew for two weeks on some parts of Port-Harcourt, the state capital.

The Governor made this known during a broadcast on Sunday where he noted that the curfew begins from Monday 23rd November 2020.

The statement noted that the upsurge noticed by the state government in cases of cult activities, other forms of violence, and killings is responsible for the curfew.

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Wike in the statement declared that the entire area along and around the Okoro-nodu flyover up to a one-kilometre radius from Saint Emmanuel Anglican Church, Rumuokoro, extending to the Rumuodomaya Slaughter and Local Government daily market will be affected.

He added that no form of trading, human or vehicular movement is allowed in the affected areas until further notice.

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Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims

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Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims

Bello Matawalle

Governor of Zamafara, Bello Matawalle has announced the release of 11 kidnapped victims.

According to reports, ten of the victims were male and a female from Bukkuyum Local Government Area.

Matawalle received the rescued kidnapped victims on Saturday night at the Government House in Gusau, the state capital.

The Commissioner of Security and Home Affairs, Abubakar Muhammed Dauran revealed that the victims were released without paying a ransom.

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He stated they were released as a result of the peace initiative and stakeholders meeting summoned by Governor Matawalle with all critical stakeholders from Bukkuyum Local Government Area on Thursday.

Governor Matawalle assured that his administration will not rest on its oars until total peace is achieved in all parts of the state.

 

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Police Confirm Abduction Of Nasarawa APC Chairman

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Police Confirm Abduction Of Nasarawa APC Chairman

Police

The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Nasarawa State, Philip Shekwor, has been kidnapped by unknown gunmen.

According to reports, Shekwor was abducted on Saturday night at his residence along Dunamis church, Bukan Sidi in Lafia.

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Confirming the incident, Police Commissioner Bola Longe said the unidentified gunmen in large number stormed the residence of the APC chairman in Lafia around 11 pm and took him away to an unknown destination.

According to him, security agencies had reacted swiftly by deploying personnel to different forest locations to ensure the safe release of the APC chieftain.

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