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The Next President After Jonathan Should Come From The Middle Belt, Says Jang

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jonah-jangGovernor Jonah Jang of Plateau State has advocated for a president from the Middle Belt States after President Goodluck Jonathan must have completed his tenure and therefore urged the region to brace-up for the possibility of producing the country’s next leader.

Jang made this known in his address at a one day consultative forum with likely delegates from the North Central that would represent the region at the proposed National Conference.

The Plateau governor lamented that the Middle Belt had suffered neglect by past administrations due to lack of unity among citizens of the zone.

“If we unite God will anoint, the next president after Jonathan from the middle belt, so (we) must prepare to produce the next president after Jonathan”, he said.

Jang blamed the current challenges confronting the zone as well as the entire country on an older living generation that held leadership positions both in the states and at national level.

“We of the older generation might not have done well, but for the fact that we are on our way out with one leg in the grave and another still on earth, we must not destroy the country for the younger generation”, he pleaded.

Chairman of Middle Belt Forum and former Minister of Information, Prof. Jerry Gana, stressed the need for issues of insecurity to be extensively discussed and addressed during the national dialogue. He revealed that the Middle Belt would insist on matters of fiscal federalism during the conference and urged other zones to support its position.

“Matters of fiscal federalism should be discussed. We must get our priority right, security and welfare of the people should be the primary purpose of our agenda. We want to ensure stability in Nigeria”, he said.

The former minister and Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chieftain challenged the expected delegates to be critical in their deliberations.

“Our people are depending on you. We expect that nobody should complain of marginalisation after the national conference, therefore you must debate, deliberate and harmonise all the points to present at the conference”, he said.

A former presidential candidate on the joint platform of the now defunct Alliance for Democracy (AD) and the All People’s Party (APP), Chief Olu Falae, in his address, urged expected delegates to deliberate on the return of regional governments. According to him, this would bring the government come closer to the grassroots. He also advocated state police for effective policing in Nigeria.

He also called for proper funding of non-oil producing states to enable such states invest in an alternative source of revenue as, according to him, revenue from oil might dry up in the future.

Falae, a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, attributed the current security and economic challenges to poor leadership and poor governance.

Most speakers at the consultative forum urged Nigerians to disabuse their minds of talks of the imminent disintegration of the country.

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  1. Abdulazeez Saeed

    February 22, 2014 at 8:46 am

    Jang and ur cohort, let us be reasonable wen u talk about d president from middle belt. Those in d military era like d person of Gowon, IBB and Abdulsalam are from wic region. Are de not a middle beltas as u may refer. Stop being sycophant in ur challanges and face d realities in ground. It is somebody like dat go outside and claim to be a middle beltas destroyg d cohesion of Northerner dat some of our great grand father fought for. All these shoutg are fr ur personal consumptions. Stop destroyg d region in d name of religion or etnicity

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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.

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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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PDP Governor, Matawalle Commends Umahi For Joining APC

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PDP Governor, Matawalle Commends Umahi For Joining APC

Dave Umahi

Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle, has commended Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State, for joining the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Governor Matawalle who is a governor on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) attributed Mr Umahi’s decamping to “bad blood in the present Peoples Democratic Party.”

Also Read: Gov. Umahi Sacks Political Appointees From Ohaukwu LGA

Governor Matawalle made this comment in a statement issued by his spokesperson, Zailani Bappa, on Friday.

He expressed that he would rather commend Umahi for “his bold decision rather than condemn him because everyone feels welcome only in a house where he feels comfortable.”

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You Are A Worthy Successor, Aregbesola Tells Oyetola

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You are a worthy successor, Aregbesola tells Oyetola

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Rauf Aregbesola, former Governor of Osun State and Minister of Interior, has described Governor Gboyega Oyetola as a worthy successor.

In a congratulatory statement in Osogbo on Friday to mark Oyetola’s second anniversary, the Minister said the Osun governor has weathered the storm of governance effectively.

Aregbesola wrote: “I write to congratulate you on the second anniversary of your administration.

“I look back with pride and nostalgia the hard-fought battle of your election and the continuation of progressive administration in the State of Osun.

Also Read: Oyetola Bans Sales Of School Uniforms

“There have been challenges along the line – the inclement national financial weather, the COVID-19 pandemic and others not so significant. But you have weathered the storm admirably and steadied the ship of state.

“The challenges will no doubt present a new format as you step into the third year. These are heightened political participation, pressure to deliver more dividends of democracy and increased demands from the political system. I have no doubt that you will cope nicely.

“Please continue to make the welfare of the people your biggest concern. They are the reason for the state. Without them there will be no government or any political office to occupy.

“Once again, congratulations, as I wish you a resounding success in office and every aspect of life.

“My kind regards to the good wife, Alhaja Kafayat Oyetola and the entire cabinet of the State of Osun.”

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