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Obasanjo speaks on Boko Haram, Nigeria’s 450 million population projection

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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has warned that the Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East could take 15 more years to eliminate if the government fails to focus on education.

He also warned the country about the risks of a population explosion.

According to him, Nigeria’s population will be 450 million in the next 30 years.

Obasanjo gave the warnings while addressing some youths and students at a youth programme organised by the Youth Development Centre, an arm of the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, in Abeokuta on Tuesday.

He urged the government to find a lasting solution to the big rise in the number of children out of school in some parts of the country, saying the development had contributed to the Boko Haram insurgency.

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Obasanjo said,

“There should be no Nigerian child that should be out of school for any reason.

“You have already got your Boko Haram in the next 15 years if you don’t do anything about that. So, whatever you are talking about, unless you take care of inclusivity, you will not get there. Quality is important, but inclusivity is much better.”

He urged Nigerian youths not to lose hope despite the challenges facing the country.

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Obasanjo, who described himself as “an incurable optimist about Nigeria”, said although the situation in Nigeria was bad, he could see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Obasanjo recalled how he and the late Gen Murtala Muhammed turned around the country’s fortunes after the 1970 civil war.

He said,

“Having run the affairs of Nigeria as a military Head of State when some people felt there was virtually no hope, we turned it around.”

Obasanjo added,

“I have tremendous hope in Nigeria; I am an incurable optimist about Nigeria.

“During the Murtala Muhammed government and my government soldiers who were working in Lagos and who had to go to office in public transport did not wear their uniforms, they were ashamed. But within the space of six months, they were proudly wearing their uniforms. So, it can be done.

“Don’t lose hope. The current situation is bad. I don’t need to tell you that, but I can see the light beyond the tunnel. There is light beyond the tunnel.”

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Happenings in Edo threat to constitutional order – Atiku

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Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar says the unfolding political developments in Edo are a threat to constitutional order.

Abubakar, in his verified tweeter handle on Thursday, urged the forces behind the developments to reign in their proxies, and abide by the rule of law to allow the people elect who they wanted to govern them.

“Nigeria has been on the edge due to the brinkmanship of those charged with the constitutional leadership.

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“We must, as a nation, not escalate the already tense atmosphere in our polity.

“What is happening in Edo is a threat to constitutional order nationwide.

“I strongly urge belligerent forces to reign in their proxies, and abide by the rule of law.

“As I have previously said, without the rule of law, there will be no rule at all.

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The current goings-on portend grave danger, not only to law and order in that state, but to the coming Edo elections.

“The people of Edo should be allowed to choose who they wish to govern them, and that choice is to be made on Sept. 19.

“Pending then, everything legally possible must be done to preserve the status quo,” Atiku said
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Gov Ikpeazu calls for Federal Secretariat in Abia

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Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia on Thursday appealed to the Federal Government to establish a Federal Secretariat in the state to promote sustainable development.
Ikpeazu made the appeal while receiving Mr. Henry Ogbulogu, the Commissioner, representing Abia in the Federal Character Commission (FCC) in Umuahia.
He said that the initiative would facilitate effective implementation of the Federal Character principles in the state, and as well promote sustainable development.
Ikpeazu said: “The mere absence of a Federal Secretariat shows that Abia can hardly boast of any federal presence.
“Also, there is nothing to show that Abia is an oil-producing state because companies that drill oil here have their secretariats in Rivers. Their staff live and pay taxes in Rivers.
“Similarly, a good proportion of the gas supplied to the Nigerian Liquified Natural Gas (NLNG) comes from Abia, and we started making our contributions to the nation’s economy over 60 years ago.
“I urge you to join us in the clarion call to the Federal Government, that Abia is ripe for a Federal Secretariat,” Ikpeazu said.
The governor directed the state Ministries and parastatal Agencies to provide the commission with the information required to enable it to do its job.
Ikpeazu noted that the state government was poised to give its support to the commission for it to achieve success in its programs in Abia.
Earlier, Ogbulogu said that the commission has the mandate to monitor the state’s compliance with the guidelines for “employment provision associated with economic activities”.
He expressed the commission’s readiness to collaborate with the state government to achieve effective implementation of federal character principles in Abia.
“I appeal to the state government to compel all ministries and parastatal agencies in Abia to avail the commission with a nominal role to enable the commission to do its monthly reports,” Ogbulogu said
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APC appoints acting state chairman in Akwa Ibom

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The All Progressives Congress (APC), has appointed Dr. Ita Udosen, as the acting state chairman following the passage of the state chairman, Mr. Ini Okopido, on Aug. 5.
The appointment of Udosen is contained in a statement issued by the State Publicity Secretary of APC,  Mr. Nkereuwem Enyongekere, in Uyo on Thursday.
 
The statement said the appointment was made at an emergency meeting of the State Working Committee of the party at its secretariat in Uyo.
 
“Following the sudden, sad and devastating transition of our Chairman, Late Ini Okopido on Aug. 5, 2020, the State Working Committee (SWC), of our party met in an emergency session at the state party secretariat and resolved as follows:
“That based on Article 14.2 Section iii of the Party’s Constitution, the Deputy Chairman of the Party, Dr. Ita Udosen, should hereby assume the position of the Acting Chairman henceforth.
“With the said resolution of the SWC today, Aug. 6, 2020, Dr. Ita Udosen, the State Deputy Chairman is hereby appointed the Acting State Chairman effective Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020,” it said.
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