2023: I won’t cede power to politicians who can’t win elections in their domains- Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday said he would not cede power to politicians who cannot win elections in their domains, adding that there is nothing that the country needs now other than peace.

To this end, he said the country would be better if it remain united as a sovereign nation than fragmented entities.
President Buhari was speaking as a Special Guest of Honour at the launching of Kudirat Abiola Sabon Gari, Zaria Peace Foundation held at Ahmadu Bello University Hotels, Zaria yesterday.

The President further noted that those agitating for separation were ignorant of war and its consequences. President Buhari who was represented by the Executive Secretary, Revenue Mobilization, Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC), Alhaji Mohammed Bello Shehu, further stated that separation of the country would not help matters.
Source – Sun Newspapers



Secession: Southeast Governors Condemn IPOB, Want United Nigeria

Members of the South East Governors’ Forum have distanced themselves from the agitations of secessionist groups in the region and other parts of the country.

They also condemned the violence that followed the agitations which led to the loss of lives and destruction of properties.

Recall that a proscribed group in the region, Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has been fighting for the secession of the region from Nigeria.

The group has been blamed for all the violent attacks on security agencies and government’s infrastructures in the Southeast recently.

The governors of states in the region met on Saturday in Enugu State to deliberate on ways to tackle the security challenges and restore peace in the region.

The Chairman of the Forum and Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, spoke on behalf of the governors at the end of the meeting, saying: “We condemn in totality, the activities of violent secessionist groups in the South East and elsewhere.

“We firmly proclaim that we do not support them, they do not speak for South East.

“The impression that South-East leaders are silent over some of our youths’ agitations for secession is not correct.

“South-East Governors, Ohanaeze President, National Assembly members, notable leaders had come out publicly many times in the past to speak against such agitations.

“In order not to mismanage the unfortunate situation, South-East leaders have set up a committee to engage such youths to stop and allow elders speak to address such fears,” he said.
Source – Daily Trust



Kebbi abduction: I will storm forest with rescue team, I was elected to take such risk – Gov Bagudu

Gov. Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State on Saturday vowed to lead the rescue operation of teachers and students abducted from the Federal Government College (FGC), Birnin Yauri, in Ngaski Local Government Area of the State

Bagudu, who is also the Chairman, Progressives Governors’ Forum, spoke when local hunters visited him.

Recall that armed men suspected to be bandits had abducted students and teachers of the Federal Government College in Birnin-Yauri, on Thursday in the state.

One of the students abducted from the school was shot dead during a gun duel between soldiers and the abductors.

However, the Nigerian Army had confirmed that five of the abducted students and two teachers have been rescued.

Also, the Chairman, Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) and Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, and his Jigawa State counterpart, Alhaji Badaru Abubakar, also paid a solidarity and sympathy visit on Gov. Bagudu.

Bagudu assured that some other governors and stakeholders will join him in the ongoing search operations for the abducted students and staff of the school.

According to him, he will discuss with his colleagues and security agencies in this direction, so as not to jeorpardise the ongoing commendable operations to rescue the abducted students and staff.
Source – Daily Post