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2015: Nigeria’s Year Of Political Reckoning, Says Cardinal Okogie

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Anthony Cardinal Olubunmi OkogieFormer Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Anthony Cardinal Olubunmi Okogie, on Wednesday said the year 2015 was an important year for Nigeria politically, economically and morally.

This is contained in a statement signed by Okogie and made available to the press, he said that the political importance of 2015 to the country needs strong and sober reflection from all and sundry to ensure peaceful and successful general elections.

“The political importance of 2015 to our dear nation needs strong and sober reflection from all and sundry.

“How democratic we are is yet to be seen in most of our words and actions as recent events in our democratic process that leads to the general election slated for next year has left little to be desired”.

According to him, a normal democratic process for any major election should be the elections of party members from the primaries who will become candidates and flag bearers of each party for the general election.

He said that the common practice in Nigeria today was contrary to the normal norm, as candidates are being imposed as ‘sole candidates’ in the name of consensus candidates.

“The normal democratic process for any major election we believe should be the elections of party members from the primaries who will become candidates and flag bearers of each party for the general election.

“On the contrary, what we have today is not an election but a selection and imposition of ‘sole candidates’ in the name of ‘consensus candidates.

“This is neither an elective nor credible process slated for election, it is to say the least, undemocratic and unacceptable”, the statement read in part.

The Bishop appealed to all our politicians, INEC, Nigerians and other stake­holders to ensure that due democratic process was practically followed for the enthronement of true democracy in the country.

“We must remember that Nigeria is for us all and we pray that the good Lord will lead us to establish a just, peaceful and God-fearing nation, come 2015”, he said. (NAN)

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Nigeria’s Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

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Nigeria's Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

Communications minister, Isa Pantami

Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami, has announced the loss of his 13-year-old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali.

The Minister took to his Twitter account on Monday night to announce this sad news.

Pantami stated that the funeral prayer for the deceased will be conducted in Abuja on Tuesday at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2.

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The post by the minister announcing the incident reads; “Inna lil Laahi wa inna ilaiHi Rajiun! My 13-year old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali (Amal) passed away just a moment ago.

“Due to some necessities, funeral prayer tomorrow at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2, immediately after Zuhr prayer In sha Allah. May Allah forgive and be merciful to her.”

 

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

Governor Wike

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has imposed a 24-hour total curfew for two weeks on some parts of Port-Harcourt, the state capital.

The Governor made this known during a broadcast on Sunday where he noted that the curfew begins from Monday 23rd November 2020.

The statement noted that the upsurge noticed by the state government in cases of cult activities, other forms of violence, and killings is responsible for the curfew.

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Wike in the statement declared that the entire area along and around the Okoro-nodu flyover up to a one-kilometre radius from Saint Emmanuel Anglican Church, Rumuokoro, extending to the Rumuodomaya Slaughter and Local Government daily market will be affected.

He added that no form of trading, human or vehicular movement is allowed in the affected areas until further notice.

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Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims

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Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims

Bello Matawalle

Governor of Zamafara, Bello Matawalle has announced the release of 11 kidnapped victims.

According to reports, ten of the victims were male and a female from Bukkuyum Local Government Area.

Matawalle received the rescued kidnapped victims on Saturday night at the Government House in Gusau, the state capital.

The Commissioner of Security and Home Affairs, Abubakar Muhammed Dauran revealed that the victims were released without paying a ransom.

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He stated they were released as a result of the peace initiative and stakeholders meeting summoned by Governor Matawalle with all critical stakeholders from Bukkuyum Local Government Area on Thursday.

Governor Matawalle assured that his administration will not rest on its oars until total peace is achieved in all parts of the state.

 

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