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Dasukigate: Ijaw Youths Vow To Resist FG’s Plan To Arrest Jonathan

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jonathan-buhari11Ijaw youths under the umbrella of Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) worldwide, have raised the alarm over plans by the federal government to arrest former President Goodluck Jonathan over alleged corruption under his watch.
The ex-president has been a recurring decimal in the ongoing probe of alleged diversion of over $2.1 billion arms procurement fund by the Office of the National Security Adviser, ONSA.
The former NSA, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.), who is currently standing trial for his role in the alleged diversion, said he was merely following instructions handed to him by then President Jonathan.
But the IYC, which vowed to resist any move to humiliate Jonathan, an Ijaw from the Niger Delta, who it described as the “most performing president that Nigeria has ever had”, said its fears of an imminent arrest was not unfounded.
The IYC President, Comrade Udengs Eradiri, who made this known over the weekend at the funeral of first civilian governor of Bayelsa State, Chief Diepreye Solomon Peter Alamieyeseigha, said the recent arrest of Jonathan’s nephew, Robert Azibola, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, was a pointer to the fact that the government was moving in on the former president.
Recall that Azibola was detained by the EFCC for several weeks over an alleged $40 million payment he received from the ONSA for oil pipeline security until a Federal Capital Territory, FCT, High Court ordered his release on bail last Friday.
“They have arrested almost all our people”, Eradiri said. “Azibola was arrested by the EFCC and we are calling on the EFCC to stop persecuting him further and charge him to court if there are issues”.
The IYC leader said the anti-graft agency detained Azibola for prolonged period in a bid to force him to make incriminating statements against the former president.
He continued: “Azibola was a businessman, contractor and has the right like every Nigerian to get contracts. Why will the Niger Delta case be a different one? We noticed that the same way they persecuted Alamieyeseigha, they want to continue with Jonathan. Our people who contributed in that administration are being persecuted by this government. The recent one is the ploy to arrest Jonathan which is unfolding every day. This must stop”.
“Jonathan was the most performing president that Nigeria has ever had. We are proud of him. Every day, there is a calculated attempt to whittle down the achievements of Jonathan. We call on Nigerians to mount pressure on the government to focus on leading Nigeria right rather than looking for ways to bring down the achievements of Jonathan.
“Buhari should please focus on governance rather than persecution of people who have added value”, he said.
Speaking on the alleged removal of 10 per cent community equity from the new Petroleum Industry Bill, Eradiri asked the government to do the needful.
The IYC President added, “For us, we will not beg for it. We will not even lobby anybody. The oil is our oil and we will take it. If they like, they should put it, if they don’t like, they should leave it. We expect that this country should have commonsense by including community participation.
“In the issue of pipeline surveillance, this 10 per cent would have covered pipeline surveillance. Once the people know that they have 10 per cent in this business, they will protect it”.

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  1. niko

    April 11, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    So how much these Jonathan give these shameless youths and charlatans who have mortgaged their future for a sordid pot of porridge?

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Sanwo-Olu Names Building After Tinubu, Warns Youths Against Vandalism

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Sanwo-Olu Names Building After Tinubu, Warns Youths Against Vandalism

Babajide Sanwo-Olu

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos has named the newly built Apapa-Iganmu Local Council Development Area after the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

This was made known in a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Gboyega Akosile.

Sanwo-Olu also named the Agboyi-Ketu LCDA after the late Senator of Lagos East Senatorial District, Adebayo Osinowo.

He stated that the recent #EndSARS protests brought out the need for the government to double their efforts and prioritize youth development and empowerment.

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The governor however warned youths against the destruction of the government’s assets built with public funds.

Sanwo-Olu disclosed that the decision of the council leadership in Agboyi-Ketu to name the edifice after Osinowo testified to the contributions he made to the development of the council.

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PDP Governor, Matawalle Commends Umahi For Joining APC

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PDP Governor, Matawalle Commends Umahi For Joining APC

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Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle, has commended Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State, for joining the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Governor Matawalle who is a governor on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) attributed Mr Umahi’s decamping to “bad blood in the present Peoples Democratic Party.”

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Governor Matawalle made this comment in a statement issued by his spokesperson, Zailani Bappa, on Friday.

He expressed that he would rather commend Umahi for “his bold decision rather than condemn him because everyone feels welcome only in a house where he feels comfortable.”

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You Are A Worthy Successor, Aregbesola Tells Oyetola

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Aregbesola and Oyetola

Rauf Aregbesola, former Governor of Osun State and Minister of Interior, has described Governor Gboyega Oyetola as a worthy successor.

In a congratulatory statement in Osogbo on Friday to mark Oyetola’s second anniversary, the Minister said the Osun governor has weathered the storm of governance effectively.

Aregbesola wrote: “I write to congratulate you on the second anniversary of your administration.

“I look back with pride and nostalgia the hard-fought battle of your election and the continuation of progressive administration in the State of Osun.

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“There have been challenges along the line – the inclement national financial weather, the COVID-19 pandemic and others not so significant. But you have weathered the storm admirably and steadied the ship of state.

“The challenges will no doubt present a new format as you step into the third year. These are heightened political participation, pressure to deliver more dividends of democracy and increased demands from the political system. I have no doubt that you will cope nicely.

“Please continue to make the welfare of the people your biggest concern. They are the reason for the state. Without them there will be no government or any political office to occupy.

“Once again, congratulations, as I wish you a resounding success in office and every aspect of life.

“My kind regards to the good wife, Alhaja Kafayat Oyetola and the entire cabinet of the State of Osun.”

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