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The Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, has told members of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria that they are angry with President Muhammadu Buhari because he has blocked avenues for stolen tithes to churches and mosques.

Bello said this on Friday in reaction to the position of members of the CBCN, led by their President and Catholic Bishop of Jos, Bishop Ignatius Kaigama, that the Buhari Administration had not lived up to expectations and the people were hungry and angry.

Bello, who spoke after observing Ju’mat prayer at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on the position of the Bishops that Nigerians are angry, said: “Yes. I followed it keenly and one of the key statements there was that Nigerians are angry.

“Yes, it is true that Nigerians are angry, but the question is: who are these categories of Nigerians who are angry?

“The category of Nigerians that are angry are those who used private jets to cart away Nigeria’s money in dollars out of the country to South Africa.

“I’m sure you are aware that our money is still locked down there.

“Such money, if you bring it into the economy, a lot of youths that are unemployed will surely be employed.

“And of course, those that have looted the country dry and normally go to the church and mosque to pay tithes are no longer doing so.

“Of course, these are the category of people who are angry.

“If you look at it critically, the farmers, those with real jobs, are happy because the economy is improving.

“In no time, we have come out of recession, our foreign reserve is increasing, no more bombing in Sambisa, no more bombing in the country, no more bombing in Emab Plaza even as close as Abuja, no more bombing in Suleja and all over the country.

“I think those that are benefiting from these crimes and criminality will be angry and they are Nigerians.

“So, it is important to define the category of the people who are angry.

“I want to urge Nigerians to continue to appreciate Mr. President, pray for him so that the good work he has started he will complete it so that Nigeria will be not of the woods.”

Bello threw his weight behind the National Assembly in its rearrangement of the order of election, saying it would deny “bad” legislators the chance to be re-elected hiding under the cover of the “Buhari Tsunami” as was the case in 2015.

While expressing confidence that Buhari would be re-elected in a landslide, he added: “I so much appreciate this.

“I think if you observe critically what happened in the last election where Mr. President was elected along with other members of National Assembly, then we called it Buhari tsunami, where the good, the bad and the ugly were all put together and elected, it is either going to be in their interest that the Buhari tsunami will return them or everybody will be on his or her own.

“Let Buhari return and let Nigerians select the good ones out of the bad ones to return to the National Assembly.

“Whichever order it comes, in the upcoming general elections, I can assure you that Mr. President will win a landslide and the good ones will return to the National Assembly.”

Asked if he believed that the lawmakers would lose out under the reordering, he argued: “They have the choice to make and they have made their choice that the goodwill of Mr. President should not rob on the bad ones.

“Surely, the good ones on their own account will return to the National Assembly at the appropriate time.”

The governor also supported the appointment by President Buhari of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to lead the reconciliation process within the ruling All Progressives Congress, saying that he supported any move made by the president.

He said: “Of course. Whatever Mr President believes in, his judgement and his wisdom I believe in him.

“And I believe in his ability to bring all party members together.”

The governor insisted on selling off state assets which he said were not adding value to the state.

Bello said Kogi State people who were against the move were ignorant Abuja-based politicians.

He said: “You see, this is politics playing, but we will not be deterred by some uninformed so-called elites that are here in Abuja making noise.”

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Osun Guber: Don’t Kill Yourselves Over Who Becomes Governor, Only God Gives Power — Ooni Of Ife

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The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, has warned youths against political violence before, during and after the Osun gubernatorial election coming up on Saturday.

Oba Ogunwusi gave the warning during the courtesy visit of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) gubernatorial candidate, Sen. Iyiola Omisore to his Palace, on Thursday, in Ile-Ife.

He said: “It is only Almighty Allah that has the power to elevate whoever He wants to the post. For He is in Heaven doing what pleases Him”.

According to him, people don’t need to fight each other over getting to a post, but should rather allow God’s will to come into perfection.

The royal father, therefore, appealed to all and sundry to maintain peaceful coexistence in the forthcoming election, saying there is no gain in blood shedding.

Earlier, Omisore lauded the Ooni for his fatherly role and for supporting his aspirations to rule the state.

Omisore also thanked Ife and Osun indigenes, for rallying around him in his campaign and appealed to all and sundry to support him by casting their votes for him during the election.

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Buhari Lacks Vision, Capacity To Develop Nigeria — Saraki

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President of Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, on Thursday, said that the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) led by President Muhammadu Buhari, lacks the vision, capacity and the patience to develop the country.

A statement by the Special Adviser to the Governor of Bayelsa State on Media Relations, Mr. Fidelis Soriwei, quoted Saraki as having made the comment when he led his campaign team on a courtesy visit to Government House, Yenagoa.

Saraki tasked Nigerians to replace the current leadership provided by the All Progressives Congress, which he said, had caused disunity in the country.

The Senate President stressed that the country was in dire need of a leader like him with a demonstrable capacity to unite the deeply divided country and create a sense of belonging through fair distribution of appointments in the country.

Saraki argued that it was indeed impossible for anybody to give what he doesn’t have as shown by the leadership inadequacies of the current APC leaders.

He stated further that the country was in need of a young vibrant leader with the capacity to withstand the rigours of governance at all time.

He stressed that running governance must be accompanied with the inseparable willingness and capacity to give 24 hours attention to the demands of the job.

According to Saraki, the Asian Tigers are respected to have developed their countries because of their painstaking commitment and patience in dealing with issues of governance which is lacking in Nigeria.

Saraki appealed to PDP delegates to consider him for the candidature of the party to make the requisite difference in the governance of the country.

The Senate President who also spoke on the raging debate on restructuring stated that it would be wrong to perceive restructuring as a move to develop a few states.

Saraki said that restructuring would create opportunities for the respective states of the federation to actualise their developmental potentials and ensure national growth in the interest of the future generation of Nigerians.

He said: “2019 is a very crucial election for this country; we are at the crossroads in this country today. We have never been so disunited as we are today.

“Wherever you go, people ask questions: where do you belong? We need to address the issue of unity in this country; it is time for everybody to have a seat on the table, a time for everyone to have a sense of belonging in this country. It is not about me.

“There is a new order in the world today, wherever we go, we see leaders that have the vision, that are ready to develop their country. A lot of us talked about the Asian tiger, but they did not come by chance, or trial and error, they became tigers because they have visionary leaders.

“They are leaders that are ready to defend their countries, that have an idea of what they want to do. As I keep on saying, you cannot give what you don’t have.

“Where we are now, we have a leadership that has no vision for us. We must bring visionary leadership to the presidential level so we can move this country forward.”

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Ambode Does Not Deserve The Sympathy Of Lagosians, Sanwo-Olu Should Be Rejected —- SPN

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The Socialist Party of Nigeria on Thursday prayed that the fight between Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State and National Leader, Asiwaju Tinubu should worsen.

The opposition party in a statement on Thursday jointly signed by its Chairman, Rufus Olusesan and Publicity Secretary, Shoyombo M.K, urged Nigerians not to support Tinubu’s alleged quest to replace Ambode but to seize the opportunity to disrupt “the typical bourgeois politics wherein a tiny organised mafia is dictating the affairs and looting of collective resources.”

According to them, neither Ambode nor Tinubu deserved the sympathy of Lagos residents.

SPN urged Lagosians to reject Sanwo-Olu and Ambode and seize the opportunity to vote for its candidates to liberate Lagos from ‘moneybags.

“The Socialist Party of Nigeria states clearly that neither Sanwo-Olu nor Ambode represents a future that will make Lagos work for the mass of its poor working people, given the fact that they both represent the wishes and aspiration of big business and the moneybags.

“The struggle between the Mandate Movement loyal to Tinubu and Ambode is about business and profit interests of the contending forces of the ruling elite in Lagos.

“The disagreement between them should be used as an opportunity to free Lagos from “self-succession in power and installation of cronies as governors,” the statement said.

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