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Tukur Renews Call For Dialogue With Boko Haram

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Tukur-1-600x433Erstwhile National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, has reiterated his call for dialogue with Boko Haram sect members in order to bring an end to the wave of killings occasioned by their terrorist activities.

Tukur, who made the call while speaking with reporters in Abuja on Thursday, explained that everywhere war was fought around the world, the parties involved resorted to dialogue at the end.

He, therefore, advised that dialogue should not be taken off the table in the efforts to resolve the present security challenges in the country.

He said: “All the insurgencies, believe me, one time or the other, must end in dialogue. So, don’t put dialogue aside.

“They are doing that in Iraq, in Iran and so on. So, dialogue is the answer, but let us make it faster so that we can save the souls of those who normally perish through the acts of insurgents”.

The former PDP chairman spoke on the heels of Wednesday’s bomb blast in Abuja, which left at least 21 persons dead and several others injured.

Tukur called for the strengthening of the nation’s security forces through training and adequate equipment if terrorists must be stopped, adding that the Federal Government should also go into diplomatic cooperation with neighbouring countries to ensure that they are enlisted in the war against terror.

On the part of citizens, Tukur called for patriotism, saying “we have a nation. We need to ensure that patriotism is the hallmark. If we love ourselves, we must love our nation.

“We see what happens when people kill without mercy. We have to strengthen our defence”, he said, noting that “while the security forces are doing their bit, citizens must be watchful”.

Tukur noted that the security challenges facing the nation was more than ordinary and therefore, the whole nation must rise against the evil.

“These things are not ordinary. We must resolve to stand against all those doing this to the nation”, he declared.

Recalling the 3Ds agenda of “Defence, Dialogue and Diplomacy”, which he preached during his time as the PDP chairman, Tukur remarked that since the party had presence in all the nooks and crannies of the country, it could spread the message contained in the agenda to all Nigerians.

He said in spite of the killings in the country, Nigerians should not lose hope and must continue to pray for God to touch the hearts of the perpetrators.

On the 2015 general elections, Tukur warned politicians against heating up the polity, telling them that they should think of ways to improve the system rather than making it worse.

He said politicians must realise that it was the people who elected their leaders, therefore, their choices must be respected.

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I Received Vision That I Would Be Governor – Oyetola

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I Received Vision That I Would Be Governor – Oyetola

Gboyega Oyetola

Governor of Osun State, Gboyega Oyetola has stated that God revealed to him in a dream that he would be Governor of the State long before he joined the race.

He revealed this while speaking at a service held to commemorate the second anniversary of his administration at the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Osun Province 1 Headquarters, Osogbo, on Sunday.

Oyetola said, “I am ordinarily not one who sees visions but on two occasions, I had a strange encounter. Imagine the son of an Imam, receiving a Christian song in a dream. That was my encounter.

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“All I could remember on both occasions was the last line of the song which says ‘IleriOluwa ni lati se’. Outside of that dream, I had never heard the song before. When the impression was heavy on my heart, I called one of my friends to ask him about the song, and he told me the song was the Track 2 of Timi Oshikoya’s album.

“He went out and got me the album and immediately I started listening to the track, my consciousness was restored and then I had an understanding of what God was saying to me. That revelation has continued to give me confidence of victory each time I am faced with legal and political battles since becoming governor.”

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Anyim Backed Out Of Defection Over Visit to Buhari – Umahi

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Anyim Backed Out Of Defection Over Visit to Buhari – Umahi

Dave Umahi

Governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi has claimed that a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari stopped former Senate President, Pius Anyim and National Assembly members from the state from defecting to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

He made the claim on Sunday while speaking during an APC stakeholders’ meeting at the Bouquet Lodge, Old Government House, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State.

Umahi claimed that Anyim who served as Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) in the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan, and others refused to defect because he outsmarted them all.

“They were planning to ambush me, but it is difficult to catch the air,” he said.

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The governor insisted that he consulted all the National Assembly members and the elders from the state about his defection from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), adding that they all agreed to the defection arrangement.

“Let me tell you, I’m not afraid of anybody but I respect everybody. But I have said that if God sent me, this will be the last fight in this state,” he said.

Umahi added: “All these people that came together to fight me, they collect contracts, they collect monthly pay, they collect vehicles. And when they are asked to bring people that worked for us, they will bring their wives, children and relations.

“Now, they are dressing words for us. We are in chapter one, in Chapter two, I will publish all that I have done for the leaders of this state.”

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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.

Also Read: No Pardon For Rapists, Says Sanwo-Olu

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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