Some youths in Kaduna State on Sunday berated a former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory and All Progressives Congress, APC, gubernatorial aspirant, Malam Nasir el-Rufai, for disparaging the National President of Christian Association of Nigeria, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, over the latter’s alleged involvement in the $9.3m cash, which was smuggled to South Africa.
Two Nigerians and an Israeli were arrested for failing to declare the money when their private jet, allegedly owned by the CAN President, flew into an airport in South Africa.
The money was said to be meant for the procurement of arms for intelligence agencies in Nigeria.
The money, valued at about R102m, was frozen by the South African authorities while the aircraft which was initially seized, has been released following the purported intervention of the Nigerian government. Ever since, controversies have continued to trail the smuggled money, with fingers allegedly pointing at the CAN president as a sponsor of terrorism and money launderer.
However, the youths, under the aegis of the Kaduna Patriotic Youths for Development, condemned the former FCT minister over a comment they claimed disparaged the personality of Oritsejafor.
The youths, in a statement made available to newsmen in Kaduna on Sunday by the National Coordinator, Mr. Danladi Husseini-Abubakar, and the General Secretary, Ishaku Irimiya, respectively, said the attack on the CAN leader was an attack on all Christians as well as the Church of God, which must not be treated with levity.
According to the statement, El-Rufai’s audacity for calling the CAN leader ‘irresponsible’ was a reminder of his tyrannical reign as the FCT minister under the administration of ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo.
They, therefore, called on the former minister to retract the negative statement and tender apology to the ‘man of God’.
The statement said, “It is unfortunate that the former minister has remained consistent in his quest to smear the CAN President and indeed the Church of God. This is not the first time El-Rufa’i has deployed his verbal venom and obvious deep hate for the CAN leader and indeed the organisation and community he leads.
“We view el-Rufa’i’s penchant for using abusive and berating statements against CAN leadership as a crass display of arrogance and disrespect for the entire Christian community in Nigeria, which Pastor Oritsejafor leads.
“The former minister is known for his disrespect for elders and leaders at all levels in this country. Little wonder he has no one to guide his actions which are becoming inimical to the credibility of his own personality as an accidental elite.
“Nigerians will never forget how el-Rufai flouted court injunctions to indiscriminately demolish homes while rendering thousands of families homeless, including the highly respected late Justice Bashir Sambo, whom he threw out of his home in the middle of a storm”.
The group also urged the people of the state to be wary of the former minister’s plot to contest the 2015 governorship election in the state on the platform of APC.
“Kaduna people must be wary of this accidental politician, who has no respect for human dignity. We have fear for the people and we want them to reject el-Rufa’i and halt his inordinate political ambition even before the primary election of his party. It is clear that his arrogance has not left him and he certainly plans to unleash another regime of tyranny on the people”, it said.
Akeredolu Sacks Ondo Attorney-General, Olawoye
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.
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.
Focus On Reducing Poverty, Not 2023 Elections – 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.
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.
Recession: Nigeria Is Broke, Can’t Afford 2021 Budget – Atiku
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.
“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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