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Northern Governors Slam Maku Over ‘Not Doing Enough’ Comment



Governors under the aegis of Northern Governors Forum have lampooned the Minister of Information, Mr Labaran Maku, over his recent comments on the insurgency in the North Eastern part of the country, describing the statement credited to Maku after the Federal Executive Council meeting on Wednesday as unfortunate.

Chairman of the forum and Governor of Niger State, Dr Babangida Aliyu, who reacted to the statement at the opening of a one-day meeting of Federal and State Government’s Security Administrators in Minna, said if the views expressed by the minister was the opinion of the Federal Government “it is very uncharitable, it is more than unfortunate.”

Maku was yesterday reported to have said that governors in the northern part of the country were not doing enough to contain insurgency in the region.

“I was very sad when I read today (Thursday) in virtually all the papers where the Minister of Information was accusing us (northern governors) of not doing enough to fight insurgency in the region,” said Aliyu.

“If it is his views, then it is very unfortunate. If it is the views of the Federal Government that is very, very uncharitable. It is more than unfortunate and I think it is part of hypocrisy because no governor as far as I know and as Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum, no Governor will be accused of not doing enough.

“But given the circumstances that we have found ourselves, how can we do enough when we are aware that people like Labaran Maku would be playing politics of their states with a serious matter. I think the statement came out because of what is happening in Nasarawa State and now he generalises it to the northern states.

“How can we do enough when some people believe that what is happening is a deliberate plan to stop some people and, therefore, the action that should have been taken from the start was delayed.

“Why should anybody accuse us of not doing enough with even the children that were kidnapped and some people are trying to make it look as if nothing happened.

“I am not aware of any governor that has either been invited by the National Security Adviser or the Director of DSS to be told what to do and he did not do it. I am not aware of that.

“We as Northern governors set up a committee that went round all the states, we sent our report and recommendations to the Federal Government and what did the Federal Government do? They set up another committee which went round and plagiarized the report of the Northern governors.

“So, for any minister to wake up and start castigating people, that will not solve the problem. I thought with what has happened that we need to stop this blame game and start to find solution to what is happening.

“If we are serious, if there is political will, with the assistance of the international committee, we should be able to finish this thing in three months. We still insist, all the agreements entered into should be finished withing three months,” the governor said.

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  1. Dan Jigawa

    May 23, 2014 at 9:49 am

    Anytin dat happen nw d̶̲̥̅̊ε̲̣̣̣γ̲̣̣ blame our govnrs, accepted d̶̲̥̅̊ε̲̣̣̣γ̲̣̣ share deir blame in all dis evil bt nws nt d time to start tradin blame…. And pls Labaran, exempt my govnr, d govnr of govnrs….Alhaji Sule Lamido of Jigawa State, d best govnor in d whole universe

  2. frank

    May 23, 2014 at 9:57 am


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BREAKING: Police Arrest Suspects As Explosion Rocks Wike Father’s Church



BREAKING: Police Arrest Suspects As Explosion Rocks Wike Father’s Church

Nyesom Wike

An explosion has reportedly rocked a church belonging to the father of Rivers Governor, Nyesom Wike, in Port Harcourt, the state capital.

The Rivers State Police Command has however announced the arrest of three suspects who allegedly detonated explosives at a Pentecostal church, Christain Universal Church International, located at Mile 3, Diobu area of Port Harcourt.

Also Read: Buhari Will Set Nigeria On Fire If He Doesn’t Implement People’s Demands —Wike

The act was reportedly carried out on Saturday night and detonated the explosives suspected to be dynamite.

According to reports, a significant part of the church was damaged by the explosion, which created panic in the area.

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Gunmen Abduct Wife Of Akeredolu’s Chief Of Staff



 Gunmen Abduct Wife Of Akeredolu’s Chief Of Staff

Ondo on map

Kidnappers on Friday abducted the wife of Olugbenga Ale, Chief of Staff to Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu.

According to reports, she was kidnapped around Owena after the Joseph Ayo Babalola University while on her way back to Ondo from Lagos State.

Also Read: Unknown Gunmen Kill Ondo Traditional Ruler, Olufon Of Ifon

The police spokesman in the state, ASP Tee-Leo Ikoro, confirmed the news to Channels Television on Friday.

This development is coming about twenty-four hours after a first-class traditional ruler in Ondo State, the Olufon of Ifon in Ose local government, Oba Isreal Adeusi, was murdered by suspected kidnappers.


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TECNO Stormed Computer Village with BBNaija’s OZO to Wrap up its Black Friday Sales Activities



The month of November is always known for its intense sales activities because the best deals of the year come
during the Black Friday Period. For TECNO, Africa Number One mobile brand, it was the time to reward its
customers with massive discounts and various gift items while also unveiling some of its new devices.

The brand in collaboration with SLOT stormed computer village as part of the events to wrap up its black Friday
sale activities, hosted BBNaija’s Ozoemena Chukwu to a hangout at SLOT Ikeja.

Fans and customers had a fun time interacting with the handsome celebrity while enjoying discount offers on
TECNO devices. Different deals and gift items were up for grabs as customers who made purchases at the store
enjoyed 50% discounts on Spark 5, Camon 16 Series and 100% cashback on the Spark 5 Pro.

The major highlight of the event was the presentation prizes to lucky winners. Customers who participated in
the spin the wheel game won gifts items such as Bluetooth Speaker; Power Bank and kettle while those who
participated in the Scratch and Win Promo won for themselves different deals ranging from 50% to 100%

TECNO also introduced two latest devices-the Spark GO 2020-powered by Google Android 10 Go Edition and a
TECNO POVA. POVA means ‘Powering Optimal Value and Ambitions’ is a rebrand of the popular battery series
formerly known as Pouvoir was inspired by the zeal to deliver budget-friendly smartphones with superior
gaming experience.

The first of its kind 6.8-inch TECNO POVA, is powered by Mediatek Helio G80 octa-core processor and hyper-
engine game technology that transforms gameplay experience giving ultimate stability and a high refresh rate.
Additionally, users will benefit from the “Game Space,” “Game Mode,” and “Game Assistant 2.0” features,
allowing them to switch to the “do not disturb” function, a much-anticipated experience all gamers will
absolutely enjoy.

The TECNO POVA is also equipped with a power-packed multitasking effect ramped up by 6GB RAM and 128GB
of internal memory. The device also has a 6000mAh super big battery, 18W Dual IC Flash charger, a standby
time of 30 days and the ability to play music for 8 days straight, on just a single charge. It’s the perfect
smartphone offering a way to worry less about low battery.

The new devices are available for purchase this November and for the rest of November, customers will enjoy
amazing discounts, instant and mega prizes on TECNO devices.

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