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Security issue has gone beyond the wit and capacity of Nigerian government, says Obasanjo

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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has lamented the deadly activities of Boko Haram and herdsmen in the country.

According to him, the challenges have grown beyond what Nigeria alone can tackle following the groups’ collaboration with the Islamic State West African Province fighters.

Obasanjo said,

“It is no longer an issue of a lack of education and employment for our youths in Nigeria which it began as, it is now West African Fulanisation, African islamisation and global organised crimes of human trafficking, money laundering, drug trafficking, gun trafficking, illegal mining and regime change.”

The ex-Head of State spoke on Saturday at the second session of the Seventh Synod of the Anglican Communion, Oleh Diocese, in the Isoko South Local Government Area of Delta State.

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Obasanjo, who delivered a paper titled, ‘Mobilising Nigeria’s Human and Natural Resources for National Development and Stability’ at the event said,

“Every issue of insecurity must be taken seriously at all levels and addressed at once without favouritism or cuddling. Both Boko Haram and herdsmen acts of violence were not treated as they should at the beginning.

“They have both incubated and developed beyond what Nigeria can handle alone. They are now combined and internationalised with ISIS in control.

“We could have dealt with both earlier and nip them in the bud, but Boko Haram boys were seen as rascals not requiring any serious attention in administering holistic measures of stick and carrot. And when we woke up to the reality, it was turned to industry for all and sundry to supply materials and equipment that were already outdated and that were not fit for active military purpose.

“Soldiers were poorly trained for the unusual mission, poorly equipped, poorly motivated, poorly led and made to engage in propaganda rather than achieving results. Intelligence was poor and governments embarked on games of denials while paying ransoms which strengthened the insurgents and yet governments denied payment of ransoms. Today, the security issue has gone beyond the wit and capacity of Nigerian government or even West African governments.”

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Tinubu mourns Abdulkadir, ex-APC Vice-Chairman

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 The All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader, Sen. Bola Tinubu, has expressed sadness over the passing of a former member of the party’s National Working Committee, Alhaji Inuwa Abdulkadir.

Tinubu, in a statement by his Media Aide, Mr. Tunde Rahman, in Lagos on Monday, condoled with the family, friends, and political associates of the party stalwart, who once served as Minister of Sports and Youth Development.

He described the late Abdulkadir, who served as National Vice-Chairman, North-West, as a friend and associate, who contributed to the merger arrangement that led to the creation of APC as well as the progress and development of the party.

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“The late Abdulkadir played a prominent role in the creation and sustenance of the party. He was also a grassroots politician.

“He was a prominent legal luminary, who served his state, Sokoto, Nigeria, and the legal profession to the best of his ability.

“I commiserate with members of his immediate and extended family, particularly his wife and children, who have lost their father and patriarch,” Tinubu said.

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The former Lagos governor extended his condolences to Abdulkadir’s political and professional associates, particularly members of the Nigerian Bar Association, saying that they had lost a worthy compatriot.

He also condoled with the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, the APC leader in the state, and a former governor of the state, Sen. Aliyu Wamakko, over the demise of the politician, who was also one of the prominent leaders in the state.

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Tinubu also prayed Allah to comfort Abdulkadir’s family, adding: “I also beseech Him to accept the soul of our friend and brother, and admit him to Aljannah Firdaus.”

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Akeredolu didn’t win 2016 election – Ex-SSG

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The former Secretary to the Ondo State Government, Mr Sunday Abegunde, on Monday said the Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, didn’t win the election in 2016 but that some of them made it possible for him to become governor.

He also said he had to resign from the Akeredolu-led government following the ill-treatment meted out to him by the governor for the three and a half years he was with him.

The former SSG said these in an interview he granted in the Yoruba language on Crest FM, Akure, shortly after he tendered his resignation to the state governor in a letter he personally signed on Monday.

The resignation letter titled ‘Letter of Resignation’ read;

“I, Hon. Ifedayo Sunday Abegunde, the Secretary to the State Government of Ondo State hereby tender my letter of resignation.

“I want to thank Mr Governor for giving me the opportunity to serve the Government and people of Ondo State.

“Again, my family and I wish Mr Governor quick recovery.”

He boasted that he was one of the APC chieftains who worked vigorously for Akeredolu to ensure he was made the governor in 2016.

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He said:

“I suffered in his (Akeredolu) administration because he didn’t release any fund for my office grants. He has been telling lies that he was giving me N5m every month even when he knew he didn’t give me such money.

“Where on Earth did the governor give me such funds? Recently, I reported him to Governor Fayemi of Ekiti State and he promised to invite both of us to Abuja for settlement. I remember that I told Fayemi that I was going to spit on the face of Akeredolu if he repeated the lie that he was giving me N5m monthly if we meet face to face, and I would then return to Akure to resign and as well Inform the public of his looting sprees.

“Akeredolu didn’t win the election in 2016 but we made it possible for him to become governor. We were the pillars behind him and we will not support him again. He will lose this time around.”

Abegunde, a two-term member of the House of Representatives further said that he resigned because he could no longer be part of a government that made its subjects pass through hardship.

“The Akeredolu’s administration is making the entire people of the state suffer and I cannot be part of that any longer. Everyone is suffering. He doesn’t pay salaries at the right time. As a matter of fact, Akeredolu has not performed to the expectations of the masses apart from the roads he is rehabilitating.

“Akeredolu has turned Former Governor Mimiko to a saint with his own abysmal performance. We now see that Mimiko did well as governor because he gave his people enough funds to operate. I had worked with three governor’s, and I can say that in the history of Ondo State, Akeredolu is the worst governor,” Abegunde said.

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APC will win Edo governorship election — Gov. Ganduje

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The National Campaign Council of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has expressed optimism that the party will win the Sept. 19 Edo Governorship election.

Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje the leader of the council said this shortly after the inauguration of the council and the reconciliation committee of the party at the National Secretariat in Abuja on Monday.
The 49-member council also has Gov. Hope Uzodinma of Imo as Deputy Chairman and Mr. Abbas Braimoh as Secretary.

“First of all, seeing is believing, by looking at the composition of this committee, you know that APC is ready for the election, you know that APC will win this important election.

“The reason why I’m saying that you know the composition of this committee, we are all war veterans in politics who are ready to do this assignment.

“And we have young people who are just coming out from the election and are ready to go back into the processes of election again. And we have all the horses who never missed their targets.

“So, we assure you, the composition of this campaign council is strong and we are ready to do the job,” he said.

Ganduje said that the main task of the council was to highlight the achievements of the party to make it easier for the electorate to choose.

“The main purpose of this council is to provide enabling environment for all our party men and even non-party men, members of the public to appreciate our party based on their conscience and ideological belief that APC is the answer in Edo.

“So, we are assuring you we shall create enabling environment for a peaceful election,” he said.

Ganduje who said that the party knew the methodology and tactics of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), said that the council would dismantle PDP’s tactics to ensure victory at the poll.

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According to him, the campaign council will work with the leadership of the party in Edo so that it can understand the political trend on the field.

“And to know the areas of strength and weaknesses, areas that we have to take advantage and even areas of threats.

“We assure you that we will work to make everything possible to ensure that we succeed,” he said.

Gov. Mala Mai Buni Chairman, APC Caretaker Committee, urged the council and the reconciliation committee to give the party great hope and confidence that they would succeed for the party to emerge united and victorious.

“I feel greatly honored to be with you today for yet another important milestone in the life of our party as we inaugurate the reconciliation committee for Edo and Ondo States as well as the Edo Governorship Campaign Council.

“The assignment before the reconciliation and campaign council is to build a peaceful and united APC and to ensure the successful renewal of the mandate by the good people of Edo who voted the party into office in 2016.

“The rich cream of ladies and gentlemen carefully appointed into the reconciliation and campaign council gives the party great hope and confidence that they will succeed for the party to emerge united and victorious,” he said.

Buni urged the council to make use of teamwork, reach out to all stakeholders, and pursue its assignment with all sense of purpose and commitment for the party’s success.

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He also appealed to all stakeholders and members of the party across the country to support the peace initiative of the party for a stronger, united, and prosperous APC.

“I am glad to state that the caretaker committee which I am opportune to lead had initiated a wide range of consultations and reconciliatory measures to pave way for a true and sincere reconciliation.

“It has also drawn a road map and plan of action to forge a strong partnership that would stand the test of time among the stakeholders,” he said.

Buni expressed the party’s commitment towards rebuilding confidence and trust, recover its glory and fortunes in all the states across the country.

“To actualize these and other measures, we must engage in all inclusive consultations to accommodate and fix-up areas posing threats to the party.

“I am happy to state that our visit to some founding members of the party last week, has justified the new approach with very positive results after the consultations.

“As chairmen and members of the reconciliation committee, you have been carefully selected based on your personal and proven integrity, wealth of experience and, sense of fairness and objectivity to achieve the set target of reconciliation and victory.

“There is so much confidence in your ability to achieve these goals successfully. You should, therefore, remain focused and committed to justify the confidence reposed in you,” he said.

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