The immediate past Minister of Interior, Mr. Abba Moro, has urged politicians in Benue State to focus on issues that will affect people positively instead of dissipating their energy on campaign of calumny.
Moro specifically warned those attacking former Senate President David Mark ahead of the rerun election in Benue South senatorial district to desist, saying “because he cannot be distracted by the antics of a few disgruntled elements, whose stock in trade is to spread falsehood”.
The ex-minister, who is the director-general of the Senator David Mark Campaign Organisation, said: “We are concerned with the rerun in Benue South, as ordered by the tribunal.
“A few uninformed persons have engaged in spreading falsehood that 16 years of Mark in the Senate did not benefit the Idoma. History will judge.
“Mark is not just another senator, he is a man who stood to be counted when it mattered. He presided over the Senate that stabilised democracy through the invocation of the Doctrine of Necessity and saved politics from disaster.
“I’m confident that the Idoma man and woman, who appreciate the worth of Mark, will neither betray nor let him down. He is the choice. A Daniel Onjeh cannot be an option for the Idoma nation”.
He continued: “Noting can be farther from the truth. Mark remains the only individual who has been consistent with scholarship awards to Benue State students since 2005. At the moment, 20,000 students have been given scholarship.
“In 2008, he built and donated a multi-million naira complex to the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Otukpo study centre.
“For his effective representation in the Senate, he attracted the multi-billion naira Otobi Water Dam project that will solve water problem in the zone.
“In addition, the dam will improve electricity supply and thousands of people will be employed.
“The multi-billion naira Oweto/Loko Bridge in Benue South is nearing completion. When completed, movement of goods will be enhanced and it will boost the economy.
“In fact, a journey from Otukpo to Abuja would have been reduced from seven hours to just two and a half hours.
“Nobody can undermine the importance of education which Senator Mark made his pet project. It was under his effective representation that the Federal Government approved the Federal University of Health Sciences in Otukpo.
“He has influenced the appointment of Benue sons and daughters into federal boards and parastatals.
“The attack on Senator Mark is uncharitable. I don’t understand why somebody with conscience will say he has not done anything for his people.
“Yet, our brothers from the other side of the divide still complain that federal appointments and projects go to Benue South.
“I think there is a limit to treachery. No amount of falsehood will change facts.
“If the campaign of calumny is about the rerun in Benue South, I can say boldly that the promoters have failed because the Idoma nation will not yield to blackmail. They know that Senator Mark is our choice”.
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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