Governor Isa Yuguda of Bauchi State has given the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), Afenifere, Ohanaeze Ndigbo and other ethnic nationality groups in the country knocks over what he described as their divisive tendencies.
Yuguda accused the regional socio-cultural and political interest groups of stoking the flames of disunity among the Nigerian people with their inflammatory statements about the polity and the nation’s leaders.
Yuguda, a former Aviation minister was particularly piqued by the apparently combative posture of the groups regarding the upcoming National Conference and their parochial views on the Presidency in the build up to the 2015 general elections.
The governor, who spoke with journalists in Bauchi at the weekend, cautioned the groups against preparing the grounds for political violence that could arise from their unguarded utterances.
He said, “Some of these people who are old men of about 90 years appear to have lost focus. They are busy abusing one another and abusing leaders from different sections of the country.
“Most of them were privileged individuals during their prime, but they have now turned around sowing divisions among the various groups in the country. It is high time they stopped instigating the peace loving people of the country against one another”.
The governor enjoined the youth population to shun the divisive tendencies of the groups, challenging them to work towards bridging the gaping developmental gap in all facets of the economy.
The youths, he said, must strive hard to harness the nation’s abundant human and material resources and to forge unity among the diverse groups for the advancement of the country.
Yuguda also blamed what he termed the mercantile approach to power by some members of the political class, saying their actions were the root cause of some of the woes confronting the country.
According to him, “these politicians are busy competing for power just for the oil money. They see politics as an enterprise, with the sole purpose of making profit.
“Instead of focusing on how best to serve their people and develop the economy, they see political power as a means of making money for their children, their grandchildren and their generation unborn.
“It is high time they changed their perception if we want our country to grow and the media have a vital role to play in this self-discovery campaign”.
Fayemi Presents Over N109 billion As Budget Estimate For 2021
Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi has presented the proposed budget for the 2021 fiscal year in the State.
The Governor on Monday presented a budget estimate of over N109 billion for the 2021 fiscal year.
Governor Fayemi, while presenting the budget at the State House of Assembly complex yesterday in Ado-Ekiti described the 2021 budget as “Budget of Recovery and Economic Restoration.”
The budget has a recurrent expenditure of N57, 997,898,982.62k while the capital expenditure has N51, 668,386,739.99k.
Fayemi, said the budget proposal presented contains the policy thrust, programmes, and vision of his administration for 2021, saying efforts shall be made to source the needed resources to fund the budget.
National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over ‘Disappointing, Empty’ Speech – PDP
Recall that Buhari in his speech called for an end to the protest, adding that his government had already accepted and started implementing demands of the protesters.
He, however, failed to acknowledge the shooting of protesters by soldiers of the Nigerian Army at the Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday night.
Reacting in a statement on Thursday night by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbodinyan, the PDP said Buhari’s address was depressing and failed empathy test.
The party appealed to Nigerians, particularly the youth, to remain calm and allow a return to normal life in the collective quest for peaceful co-existence in the overall interest of the nation.
PDP Asks Buhari To Stop Killing Of #EndSARS Protesters Across Nigeria
This was contained in a statement titled “EndSARS- Lekki Massacre,” signed by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, late on Tuesday.
Ologbodiyan said, “The Peoples Democratic Party, condemns in very strong terms, the killing of peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos as well as other parts of our country.
“It is shocking that security agents and, in some cases, thugs, were reportedly deployed to end the lives of promising Nigerians. This, to say the least, is saddening.
“Those responsible for the heinous murder of the innocent and harmless Nigerians must account for their nefarious acts.
“The PDP calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately direct an end to these wanton killings across our nation.
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