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Few days back, Borno State Governor ordered the demolition of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa A Nigeria (EYN).

According to report, the operatives of Borno Civilian task force attached to the Borno Geographic Information Service (BOGIS).

Allegedly killed a protester during the demolition exercise at the Church in Moduganari area of Maiduguri.

Although the governor had ordered an immediate investigation into the incident.

However, that did not stopped the Church members from worshipping, as pictures of the local church members emerge online.

Some of them are pictured standing while others on the blocks receiving sermon.

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It’s a touching story, but the people chose to show that indeed the Church has been demolished but the Body of Christ still stands.

Maiduguri EYN Church Members Still Worship At The Demolished Premises

Maiduguri EYN Church Members Still Worship At The Demolished Premises

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Any northerner eyeing presidential seat doesn’t love Nigeria – CAC president

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The President of the Christ Apostolic Church Nigeria and overseas, Pastor Samuel Oladele, has said anybody from the north who is planning to contest for the presidency does not love the country.

He stated this during a press conference held at the Ikeja Arakeji branch of the church during the week.

Oladele said, “Presidency should rotate between the north and the south. That’s not a perfect arrangement either, because when you talk about the north, it is not one. The South is also not one either. To allow for peace to reign in this country, I want to say that anybody among the Northerners hitching towards clinching the presidency again in 2023, after General Buhari does not love this country.

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“No matter what, the South is not in short supply of good leaders. For the North to have occupied the seat for eight years and now saying it should go back there again is not going to help this country at all. Zoning or rotation is the best thing for a country like ours. If anybody from the north says he is going to contest for that presidency again in 2023, that person doesn’t love this country at all. What has been helping us is the rotation of the presidency.”

Any northerner eyeing presidential seat doesn’t love Nigeria – CAC president

He also said it seemed like God may be using the president of Nigeria, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) as punishment to all Nigerians.

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Expressing how disappointed he was at the president’s performance, having voted for him in 2011 and basked in joy with the news that he had won the elections, Oladele said it seemed like God may be using Buhari as a punishment to all Nigerians.

Oladele stated, “I persuaded some friends to vote for him. I voted for him in 2011 when he didn’t win. In 2015 when he won, I wasn’t in the country, when we received the news that President Jonathan had conceded victory to him, we all shouted and jumped for joy. But he has disappointed everybody who once loved and admired him because what is happening in Nigeria today defies logic.

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Why PDP National Zoning Committee meeting ended in deadlock

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Facts have emerged on why the meeting of the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) National Convention Committee on Zoning, held in Enugu, last Thursday, ended in a stalemate.

It would be recalled that the Chairman of the Committee and Governor of Enugu State, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, after the closed-door meeting, told newsmen that they adjourned to conclude this week, adding that “we had a fruitful meeting”.

Speaking further on what transpired at the meeting, a member of the committee, who does not want his name to be mentioned, disclosed that the adjournment of the meeting was because there was a sharp division among members of committee as they could not reach a definite decision on where the next national chairman of the party, currently occupied by the Southern part of the country, should emerge from during the October 30-31 National Convention.

Consequently, the member revealed that the committee adjourned till this week to consult further with other relevant stakeholders in the Party, especially the PDP Governors’ Forum and the Board of Trustees (BOT).

According to the member, while some members of the committee wanted the South to retain it with the hope that doing so will pave way for the

Presidential candidate of the party to come from the North, others canvassed that the North should produce the next national chairman in the spirit of the four-year rotational agreement in the party.

It was further revealed that two groups emerged from within and outside the zoning committee with both disagreeing on where the next national chairman should come from.

The first group, the ‘Maintain the Status Quo Group’, wanted all the party offices retained on the geographical side to which they presently are.

However, the second group, the ‘Move Around Group’, wanted all the positions presently in the South to be transferred to the North while the ones in the North should move southward. By the calculation of the ‘Maintain the Status Quo Group’, the chairmanship of the party will be retained in the South while the national secretary will move to the North.

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Why PDP National Zoning Committee meeting ended in deadlock

However, the ‘Move Around Group’ wanted the next chairman of PDP to emerge from the North while the South produces the secretary. Also while the ‘Move Around Group’ believed that zoning the chairman’s position to the North will make the presidential ticket to be automatically zoned to the South, they continued to insist that the issue at hand now is party position and when the party gets to the point where it has to nominate the presidential flagbearer, the matter will be resolved.

However, the ‘Maintain the Status Quo Group’ believed that the zoning committee should also adopt the position of the Bala Mohammed Committee which reviewed the performance of the party in the 2019 general election. It wanted the

presidential ticket of the party thrown open for aspirants from all the six zones.

Former Senate President Anyim Pius Anyim led the ‘Move Around Group’ with the support of some elements in the South-South and SouthEast zones. The ‘Maintain the Status Quo Group’ is led by Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo and has the buy-in of key leaders of the party across South-West and the three zones in the North.

Earlier in his welcome address, Gov. Ugwuanyi clarified that the committee has no mandate to zone political offices such as president or vice president. The governor explained that “our committee is strictly limited to the PDP national executive offices to be contested at the 2021 PDP National Convention scheduled for the end of October 2021”, stressing: “We have no mandate to zone political offices such as president or vice president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”.

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Gov. Ugwuanyi maintained that the PDP remains the most credible platform to deliver good and accountable governance to Nigeria, adding that the work of the committee will contribute immensely “in this deliberate search for national officers of our party that will help PDP achieve the lofty ideals and goals of our founding fathers”.

He, therefore, encouraged members of the committee to be frank, open and constructive in their proposals and

debates, and also exhibit consistency with the enormity of their mandate.

“The membership and leadership of this committee have been carefully selected as it is composed of very experienced, competent and eminent Nigerians who are desirous of repositioning the PDP to play its role not just as the main opposition political party in Nigeria but to build a party that offers alternative policy proposals and hope to Nigerians that there is still light at the end of the tunnel”, Gov. Ugwuanyi said.

Members of the committee present at the meeting included the governor of Benue State, Dr. Samuel Ortom, who

is the Deputy Chairman; the Deputy Governor of Zamfara State, Barr. Mahdi Aliyu Mohammed, who serves as secretary; former Presidents of the Senate, Senators Iyorchia Ayu and Anyim Pius Anyim; and former governors of Niger, Ekiti, Sokoto, Jigawa and Adamawa states, Dr. Muazu Aliyu Babangida, Ayodele Fayose, Attahiru Bafarawa, Sule Lamido, and Boni Haruna, respectively.

Also in the meeting were Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje, Kabiru Tanimu Turaki, Rt. Hon. Sunday K. E Okoye, Chief Dan Orbih, Chief (Dr.) Ali Odefa, Amb. (Mrs.) Kema Chikwe, Chief Osita Chidoka, Chidi Lloyd, Senator Bassey Ewa Henshaw, Senator Emmanuel Nwaka, Engr. Donatus Udeh, among others.

Meanwhile, ahead of the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) national convention slated for October 30, 6000 delegates will converge on Abuja to elect new National Working Committee (NWC) to pilot the affairs of the party.

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This is even as Governors Nyesom Wike of Rivers, Udom Emmanuel of Akwa-Ibom and Darius Ishaku of Taraba

have emerged as chairmen of sub-committees. These developments emerged on Thursday during the inauguration of the party’s 15 sub-convention committees.

Disclosing this after the inauguration, the chairman of the national convention organising committee and Adamawa State governor, Ahmadu Fintiri, also said that the leadership tussle in the party has largely been addressed.

He said: “We are expecting over 6,000 delegates by our new constitution and we are fully prepared for that. We’re expecting everybody in every ward that is a delegate to attend the convention.

“We are moving on. I am the chairman of the convention committee and you can see that we are doing our work. Everybody is happy and participating. I don’t see any crisis in this party.”

On which provision of the party’s constitution is likely to be amended, Fintiri stressed the importance of allowing the committee to complete its job, saying, “I don’t want to preempt anybody’s job. The work is segmented into sub-committees. The constitution committee is working, and I will wait for the report to be submitted before I make any comment on it,” he added.

Meanwhile, Governor Wike has emerged as the Chairman of Special Duties Sub-Committee; Governor Emmanuel, Chairman of Constitutional Amendment and Governor Darius, Chairman of Contact and Mobilisation.

Other appointments as announced by Senator Duoye Diri include Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Mohammed Bello Adoke, Ifeanyi Okowa, and Solomon Arase as chairmen of zoning, screening, screening appeal, accreditation and security committees.

Others are Ahmadu Fintiri (electoral), Godwin Obaseki (publicity), Bala Mohammed (venue), Mariya Waziri (welfare and entertainment), Ibrahim Dankwambo (transportation), Biodun Olujimi (protocol), Nuhu (medical) and Ibrahim Tsauri (secretariat).

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61st Independence Anniversary Celebration: Nigeria Can Still Be Remedied – Bishop Ezeokafor

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...Shudders At Politicians’ Desperation

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The Catholic bishop of Awka Diocese, His Lordship Most Reverend Paulinus Ezeokafor, Says that Nigeria will still come good despite the myriads of problems bedeviling the nation.

Bishop Ezeokafor who stated this at St. Patrick’s Catholic Cathedral, Awka, expressed the hope that with continued prayers and quality leadership things would be changed for good, even as he quoted Late Prof Chinua Achebe whom he said, described Nigeria’s problem as a problem of leadership.

‘I believe in one Nigeria where everyone will live in peace and harmony. I want a country all will be treated equally and democracy dividends evenly shared. I believe in one Nigeria, but not at all cost. In all, we still have to thank God for our country Nigeria. Attaining 61 as a nation calls for Thanksgiving.

‘That I believe in one Nigeria does not mean I will support evil or close my eyes to maltreatment of a section of the country and labelling of those who are asking for their rights and independence as terrorists. I will never believe in one Nigeria where “Monkey dey work, Bamboo dey chop”.

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The Charismatic and influential Prelate said that bad leadership had subjected the masses into abject penury, beggars and state of hopelessness, saying that the nation could still be remedied if adequate leadership would be put in place.

The outspoken Cleric accused the Federal Government of Nigeria of being insensitive to the plights of those they were leading, noting that the insensitivity of the leaders had gotten to the level everyone should speak out.

‘This is the time we all need to pour out our minds. Things are not being done right at all. The level of hardship in this country is indescribable. Leadership ineptitude has turned all of us into wailers. People are suffering on daily basis. I will continue to talk. If they do well my talk will reduce. Nigeria is for all of us. No one should play god or believe that others are second and third class citizens,’ he said.

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The Chief shepherd of Catholic Diocese of Awka expressed dismay with what he described as veiled Islamization agenda going on in the country, stating anyone who was still doubting the ‘glaring truth’ was still living in fool’s paradise.

‘Programme of Islamization of Nigeria ongoing. There is no gainsaying the fact. Nigeria is a secular state and we have two major religions in this country; Christianity and Islam. The two religions and others should be allowed to be. Any attempt to force a particular religion on the people will be resisted by Nigerians,’ he stated.

He said that Federal Government’s borrowing spree was pure enslavement, saying that it had gotten to an alarming proportion, even as he said that they were obviously mortgaging the future of the poor masses, especially the future of the children yet unborn.

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On Anambra Election, The Local Ordinary expressed serious concern what he described as unbelievable desperation of some politicians, noting that there were those who do not have any business contesting the election, but were there to play spoiler’s role as well as to cause confusion and division.

Bishop Ezeokafor appealed to Ndi Anambra to vote according to their conscience, noting that any bad government enthroned during the November 6 gubernatorial election would hurt Ndi Anambra for the next four years.

‘Collecting money to vote a bad candidate is a recipe for disaster and anarchy. Do not mortgage your future by voting in the wrong person. Vote because you love Anambra State. Vote someone who is capable,’ he pleaded.

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