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$9.3m Deal: Ijaw Activist Faults Oritsejafor’s Condemnation By ACF, Others

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joseph evahThe Coordinator, Ijaw Monitoring Group, IMG, Comrade Joseph Evah, has described the attack on the President of Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, by the Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, and some groups over the $9.3 million cash seized in South Africa, as hasty and barbaric as investigations by the South African Government and the Senate of Nigeria, who had commenced investigations, is still ongoing.

The South African authorities had seized the cash because it was not declared when it was ferried into the country by a private jet owned by the CAN president. Pastor Oritsejafor, in his defence following the public outrage that greeted the scandal, claimed the jet was leased out, therefore, he could not be held liable for its operations while the lease lasted.

Meanwhile, the federal government has claimed ownership of the cash, saying it was meant to purchase military hardware to help it in the war against insurgency.

Evah, who was the Coordinator of Non-Indigenes for the Actualization of June 12, during the June 12, 1993 struggle, in a statement, said: “Recently, Pastor Oritsejafor set up a private university in Delta State, if tomorrow a staff of the university uses the facility to engage in a questionable activity, would that mean blackmailing the owner of the university as a criminal?  This concerted condemnation of an illustrious son of the Niger Delta without fair hearing in a serious matter that is attracting international attention is unacceptable to our people”.

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Akeredolu Sacks Ondo Attorney-General, Olawoye

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Akeredolu Removes Ondo Attorney-General, Olawoye

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Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has sacked the state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Kola Olawoye.

This was made known in a statement on Monday by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Segun Ajiboye.

Akeredolu immediately appointed a human rights lawyer, Mr. Charles Titiloye, as the new Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice.

Also Read: #ENDSARS: Challenge CBN’s Action In Court If Your Account Is Frozen – Akeredolu

According to the statement, the Ondo State governor would forward Titiloye’s name to the State House of Assembly for confirmation.

Akeredolu also expressed his appreciation to the sacked commissioner for services rendered to the state.

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Focus On Reducing Poverty, Not 2023 Elections – Peter Obi

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Focus On Reducing Poverty, Not 2023 Elections – Peter Obi

Peter Obi

Former Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, has called on his fellow politicians to put issues of 2023 aside and focus on how to rescue the country from the current economic crisis.

Obi said that solving the economic problems of Nigeria was more important than political permutations geared towards the next general elections.

The former Anambra State Governor stated during an appearance on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics.

Also Read: Recession: Nigeria Is Broke, Can’t Afford 2021 Budget – Atiku

He expressed that the next election has no impact on people’s current livelihoods.

Obi also blamed President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration for not adequately preparing Nigerians for the impact of COVID-19, stating the monies borrowed by this government were not properly put to use.

“Every other country is discussing the recession and how to pull their people out of poverty.

“So what we should do now is to concentrate on the monetary and fiscal policies to start pulling people out of poverty,” Obi said.

 

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Recession: Nigeria Is Broke, Can’t Afford 2021 Budget – Atiku

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Recession: Nigeria Is Broke, Can’t Afford 2021 Budget – Atiku

Atiku Abubakar

Former Vice-President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar has expressed that the Federal Government should reconsider the 2021 budget owing to the recession.

Nigeria officially entered into its worst economic recession in 33 years after the nation recorded a GDP contraction of 3.62 percent in the third quarter of 2020.

He stated that Nigeria is broke and cannot afford the luxurious items in the N13.08 trillion budget proposal.

Atiku in a Twitter thread on Sunday stated that COVID-19 only complicated an existing economic problem.

Atiu went on to express that had President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration listened to advice, the recession could have been avoided.

Also Read: Recession: SERAP Asks Buhari To Cut Cost Of Governance

“We could have avoided this fate by a disciplined and prudent management of our economy.”

“This could have been avoided had this administration taken heed to the patriotic counsel given by myself and other well-meaning Nigerians on cutting the cost of governance, saving for a rainy day, and avoiding profligate borrowing,” Atiku said.

He further said that now is not the time to trade blames but to focus on ways to manage the situation and called on Buhari’s government to “swallow its pride, and accept its limitations, so that they can open their minds to ideas, without caring who the messenger is.”

 

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