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Southern Leaders Decry Buhari’s Lopsided Appointments, Increasing Insurgency

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Southern Nigeria Peoples AssemblyEminent leaders from the southern part of the country under the auspices of Southern Nigeria Peoples Assembly (SNPA) yesterday faulted appointments made so far by President Muhammadu Buhari, describing them as lopsided.

They also lamented the rising activities of Boko Haram terrorists.

The leaders, who complained about what they called politicization of the ongoing anti-corruption drive of the federal government, said the campaign should not be targeted at the opposition or one sided.

The leaders including Bishop Emmanuel Bolanle Gbonigi, Chief Edwin Clark, Chief Alex Ekwueme, Gen. Akin Aduwo (retd.), Senator Ngod Denton-West, Ndogesit Ekanga, Senator Femi Okunronmu and Dr Kunle Olajide among others, advised President Buhari to step up the war against insurgency.

Gbonigi, who is chairman and leader of the South-west delegates, said the fight against corruption by the Buhari administration was one sided and the government should do everything to reverse the trend.

While commending the president for anti-corruption stance and the setting up of the Prof Itse Sagay-led Presidential Advisory Panel on anti-corruption, Gbonigi appealed to him to be total and non-selective in the fight.

On lopsidedness of appointments made so far, the respected bishop said: “Elections are over and President Buhari is president of Nigeria and Nigerians. No section of the country should be over-patronised at the expense of others. It is our sincere hope that the lopsidedness in the appointments made by Mr. President to date is not an indication of the trend of future appointments.

“The constitution must be respected and the diversity of Nigeria must be reflect in all appointments to guarantee stability, unity, peace and progress. A situation where the President, Senate President, Speaker and Chief Justice are from the North is not acceptable.

“The South is not subservient to the North and the situation in which only the deputies are zoned to the South is not acceptable”.

Leader of the Southsouth delegates and frontline Ijaw leader, Clark who said at 89 years he was no longer a member of any political party, added: “It is my strong, irrevocable view that the fundamental state directive principles and federal character shall not only be respected but must be seen to be adhered to by government for the overall interest and good of all Nigerians”.

On the fight against corruption, the former federal commissioner for information said the war must not be selective, limited to perceived political enemies or to score cheap political points, but be holistic and made to save Nigeria from depression.

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#EndSARS: Gov Bello Warns Protesters Against Overthrowing Buhari

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#EndSARS: Gov Bello Warns Protesters Against Overthrowing Buhari

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The Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello has declared his intention to lead the #EndSARS protest against police brutality ongoing nationwide.

He stated this during an interview with Africa Independent Television AIT on Monday night.

Bello called on his fellow state governors to tack charge in their respective states so as to prevent loss of lives and properties due to attacks by hoodlums.

Also Read: Fayemi Names Members Of Judicial Panel On Human Rights Violations By Police

He, however, warned Nigerian youths to resist the temptation of using the current situation in the country to seek an undemocratic change in leadership.

The Governor warned that those interested in the presidency must wait till 2023 and go through democratic processes.

He urged the protesting youths to leave the streets and embrace dialogue.

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#EndSARS: Protesters Rain Curses On Me: Femi Adesina

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#EndSARS: Protesters Rain Curses On Me – Buhari’s Aide, Adesina

Femi Adesina

Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina has revealed that he has been receiving curses from Nigerians through phone calls and text messages over a false report that he advised his principal to shun protesters.

Adesina stated in an article he wrote titled: “An Enemy of the People’ published on Thursday evening.

Also Read: #EndSARS: Nigerians Recount Their Horrible Ordeals In The Hands Of Thugs In Police Uniform

Adesina denied that he advised President Buhari for whatever reasons on the End SARS protesters, but said an online platform falsely accused him that he told Buhari to “ignore the protests and not give in to the demands of ‘Twitter warriors’.

He explained that his telephone numbers were posted on social media, thereby, making people reach out to him with curses.

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Sanwo-Olu Sends Condolence Message To Seyi Makinde Over Mother’s Death

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Sanwo-Olu Sends Condolence Message To Seyi Makinde Over Mother's Death

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Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has sent a condolence message to Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde over the passing away of his mother.

Recall that InformationNigeria earlier reported that Governor Makinde of Oyo State on Thursday lost his mother, Chief Abigail Makinde.

The governor’s mother passed on at age 81.

Also Read: Governor Seyi Makinde Loses 81-Yr-Old Mother

Reacting to the news, Sanwo-Olu prayed for the dead and consoled the bereaved via his official Twitter handle on Thursday. He wrote:

“I commiserate with Governor @seyiamakinde on the passing to eternal glory of his dear mother, Mrs Abigail Makinde.

While I extend my condolences to the Makinde family, I pray that God grants them the grace and courage to bear the loss. May mama’s soul rest eternally.”

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