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Agency For Boko Haram: Shekau may soon become Nigeria president, Fani-Kayode

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The way hardened Boko Haram fighters & killers are being pampered, pardoned, rehabilitated & re-integrated in this country there is a very real possibility that a few years from now we may have a Nigerian President who was once an active Boko Haram veteran and field commander.

Former Minister of Aviation and a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, has expressed fear that in few years to come Nigeria may have a Boko Haram field commander as president.

There had been outrage across the country over a bill sponsored by Senator Ibrahim Gaidam, which seeks to establish an agency for the rehabilitation of repentant Boko Haram members.

The Senator who is the immediate past governor of Yobe State, said the proposed commission would help repentant insurgents to re-enter mainstream politics, religion and society. It would also would promote reconciliation and national unity.

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“The agency when established will help rehabilitate and reintegrate the defectors, repentant and forcefully conscripted members of the insurgent group Boko Haram to make them useful members of the society and provide an avenue for reconciliation and promote national security,” he said.

“It will also encourage other members of the group who are still engaged in the insurgency to abandon the group, especially in the face of the military pressure and enable the government to derive insider-information about the insurgency group for greater understanding of the group and its inner workings,” he added.

“It will enable government to use the defectors to fight the unrepentant insurgents. It will help disintegrate the violent and poisonous ideology that the group spreads as the program will allow some repentant defectors or suspect terrorists to express remorse over their actions repent and recant their violent doctrine and in the long run, re-enter mainstream politics, religion and society.

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“The agency would also help to combat future recruitments into the insurgents group. If defectors told their stories and were made more public, their experiences would play a key role in countering Terrorist propaganda, which in turn would lessen the appeal of joining the group,” he explained.

But reacting on his official twitter handle on Thursday, Fani-Kayode said that the way the Boko Haram insurgents are being pampered and pardoned by the Federal government is an indication that the insurgents will soon rule the country.

The way hardened Boko Haram fighters & killers are being pampered, pardoned, rehabilitated & re-integrated in this country there is a very real possibility that a few years from now we may have a Nigerian President who was once an active Boko Haram veteran and field commander.

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He tweeted, “The way hardened Boko Haram fighters & k*llers are being pampered, pardoned, rehabilitated & re-integrated in this country there is a very real possibility that a few years from now we may have a Nigerian President who was once an active Boko Haram veteran and field commander.

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Members of civil society organisations and students on Monday took to major streets in Edo State to protest against the compulsory COVID-19 vaccination policy put in place by the Governor Godwin Obaseki-led administration.

The protesters, who grounded vehicular movement in the metropolis, carried placards bearing inscriptions as: ‘We need security in Edo, not vaccine’; ‘We will resist any form of executive rascality’; ‘Hunger is killing us, not COVID-19’; ‘Obaseki obey court order’; ‘My body is my right’; ‘Share COVID-19 palliative’.

They also threatened to completely shut down government houses, government agencies/parastatals, corporate organisations enforcing ‘no vaccine, no entry’ policies, stressing that the protest of Monday was just a warning.

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Speaking at the secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Edo State Council, the coordinator of the Freedom Ambassador Organisation, Curtis Ogbebor, said they were out to express their displeasure over the compulsory vaccination in the state, noting that other pressing issues such as security should be the governor’s priority and not COVID-19 vaccination.

Protesters shut down Edo over compulsory covid 19 vaccination

He said, “We have come out today to send a warning and an advice for him to urgently withdraw that enforcement order. If he refuses to withdraw that order in 48 hours, we will mobilise to shut down the economy of the state. We cannot fold our arms and watch the act of illegality happen in our state.

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“There are issues of urgent concern like security which is enshrined in the constitution that the governor is under the law to secure the lives and properties of its citizenry. But as we speak, the governor is not concern about the security and welfare of the people.

“As of now, no street light is working in Edo State; Benin-Auchi Road is not safe to travel on because of bandits, herdsmen and other criminal elements.”

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Only Senseless Governor Will Borrow To Pay Salaries – PDP Tackles Abiodun

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The Ogun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has lamented what it called the unquenchable appetite of Governor Dapo Abiodun for borrowing, saying no reasonable government borrows money to pay salaries and take care of other recurrent expenditures.

The PDP said it was worried by the “increasingly disturbing socio-economic realities currently staring the people in the face under the watch of Prince Dapo Abiodun.”

The opposition party said it was unfortunate that “since its emergence, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) government has steadily conducted the business of governance in a most insensitive manner.”

It was said that “every sane mind is worried about the unquenchable appetite of the government for unjustifiable loans. The spree of borrowings has become very embarrassing.”

While conceding that quests for financial aid and interventions are not wrong in itself, the PDP, however, stated that all assistance, in form of loans must have a practicable plan, both medium and long term of repayment and clear-cut reasons for such borrowings, stressing that, “No reasonable government accesses loans to pay salaries or other recurrent needs.”

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A statement signed by Ogun PDP’s Publicity Secretary, Akinloye Bankole, and made available to DAILY POST on Monday, read in part:

“The situation in Ogun State is so pathetic to the extent that the ruling government is hell-bent on plunging the entire destiny of unborn generation to an endless pit of indebtedness by seeking another 83.5billion without giving full details of what happened to the Post COVID-19 250billion which the State House of Assembly approved around April 2021.

Only Senseless Governor Will Borrow To Pay Salaries – PDP Tackles Abiodun

“As a fact, the worry is, despite the scary burden of indebtedness hanging around the state’s neck as a direct result of lack of developmental creativity by the government, Ogun State still wallows in socio-economic hardship, huge infrastructural decay and unprecedented environmental degradation. A countless number of our roads have become impassable owing to blatant abandonment by the same government that is expected to fix them. The deplorable conditions in virtually all sectors call for immediate concerns of all.

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“The public should also be reminded that despite huge debt profile, Dapo Abiodun led government still owes about 20 months contributory deductions of civil servants; bout 10 years gratuity and pensions of retirees are also being owed by the Abiodun led government who is currently somewhere holidaying outside the country. His promise of houses to Ogun state teachers during World Teachers’ Day in 2020 has not been fulfilled till now.

“Perhaps it may also interest the good people of Ogun State that a recent report of a survey carried out by the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council chaired by the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osibajo, is enough to make this sinking ship show remorse but it is obviously comfortable with the rating which shows that Ogun State has shamelessly drifted from its erstwhile position of pride as it currently ranks 19th in the nation. Without mincing words, this government is an embarrassment.

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“As a responsible political organization, our great party is sympathetic to the plights of the people in general, civil servants and pensioners. We are ever determined to always stand by them, especially during this legitimate demand for their inalienable rights. We shall continue to partner with the good people of the state in order to rescue our collective patrimony from the claws of the irresponsibility of the ruling APC government.”

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Benue Community Gives INEC 21-Day Ultimatum To Register 120,000 IDP Voters

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At least six communities in Guma Local Government Area of Benue State have threatened legal action against the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) if it fails to register about 120,000 allegedly disenfranchised voters at Internally Displaced Persons (IPD) camps.

Daily Trust reports that the communities’ grievances were contained in a petition signed on their behalf by a former Commissioner for Lands and Survey in Benue State, Surv. John Tondu, which was made available to our correspondent in Makurdi on Monday.

“I write to you on behalf of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from the following Council Wards in Guma Local Government Area: Uvir, Mbadwem, Mbabai, Mbayer-Yandev, Mbawa, and Nyiev.”

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“These people were sacked from their homes by armed marauders and for a long time they have been living in Internally Displaced Persons’ camps (IDP Camps) in Benue State.

Benue Community Gives INEC 21-Day Ultimatum To Register 120,000 IDP Voters

“I have the mandate of the aforesaid internally displaced persons and my people in general to bring to your immediate attention for necessary action, the fact that the IDP Camps in Benue state and their inhabitants are being completely shut out of our country’s political process because they are not part of the on-going continuous voters’ registration exercise,” the letter read.

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Tondo argued that voting and being voted for are at the heart of democratic system of government and that in furtherance of these rights that the extant Electoral Act provides for continuous voters’ registration and constant updating of the Voters’ Register by INEC.

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