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Only Buhari can explain why he has kept mute over Herdsmen killings – Falae

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A former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Chief Olu Falae, on Monday said only President Muhammadu Buhari can explain his silence in the face-off the killing by herdsmen across the country.
False, who spoke when the police and officials of the Ondo State Government visited his farm that was set on fire by herdsmen in Ilado area of the state, said he was disappointed by the silence of Buhari on the activities of Fulani herdsmen in the country.
The police team was led by the Ondo State Commissioner of Police, Olugbenga Adeyanju.
Falae said: “My farm has been destroyed five times within three years and it’s a deliberate means to probably kill me, run me out of business and away from the farmland, which is not possible.
“There shall not be cattle colonies in any part of Yorubaland.
“It’s a fraud.”
When asked if he was not worried by the silence of the President on the activities of the herdsmen, Falae said: “It is only President Buhari who can answer the question why he is silent over these Fulani herdsmen atrocities.
“I have expected him for over two years to take an initiative and make a national broadcast to his people in Nigeria and assure us that he will handle the matter by announcing effective measures that could control the rapacity of the herdsmen.”
“He has failed to assure Nigerians that both the herdsmen and us can live together in peace without one side damaging the other.
“I am disappointed I’ve not heard this from him.
“If I were President, I would have taken the initiative because this is not a problem that cannot be solved.
“Many nations have gone through this.
“This mode of cattle rearing is universal, but in the last 100 years, most nation’s have solved the problem by adopting ranching.
“Ranching in cattle farming is a legitimate and very profitable business run by private businessmen, but they are trying to make my crops to feed their cattle to subsidise their own business because they are forcing me by invading my farm in the night to supply free food to their cattle and when they sell the cattle they don’t give me part of the money.
“This is a system that cannot survive and I expected the government to have stopped it.
“We are not saying cattle rearing should be stopped, but the cattle rearers should be assisted to set up or do their business without hurting anybody.
“Hurting farmers is not acceptable.
“What they did to my farm is not a question of cattle eating grass.
“It is a matter of people destroying other people’s means of livelihood consciously, maliciously and deliberately.
“They set the farm on fire overnight and did it one after the other.
“They burnt them.
“Why?
“Cattle does not feed on palm trees.
“They just want to destroy my assets.
“This is an attack on my livelihood, on what I possess.
“It is continuous.
“They do it every year.
“For the agriculture people, this is an attack to our food production.
“People are afraid now to plant.
“They do not have guarantee that they would not destroy it.
“They have destroyed my 10 hectares of cassava.
“Whoever borrows money to plant now, the asset will be ruined.
“I thank God that the road that divides the plantation and with the help of those who were in the farm yesterday night, they were able to prevent further damages.
“They limited the spread.
“The intention is what worries me: that some Nigerians deliberately want to destroy properties of other Nigerians.
“The destruction does not enhance their well-being.
“If they drive the cows to eat my maize and destroy my assets, it enhances their assets using it to subsidize their cows.
“But when they burnt my plantation, there is no rationality except malice and hatred.
“I will try to contain myself because I am provoked.
“You know Nigeria was a colony.
“Through the efforts of our leaders, we were able to get the British to leave and we are free.
“A colony is a territory that is a dependent territory, more or less owned by another nation.
“Thank God, since 1960 we are no longer a colony.
“In Nigeria, to mention the word colony has political connotation, not economic.
“A colony is a political entity, which someone said he wants to create in the territory of another.
“That is a provocation.
“That is terrible thing for anybody to contemplate.
“I am sure it was a mistake.
“I hope my friend Audu Ogbeh will withdraw that obnoxious policy.
“In any case, with what is going on, I can tell you as a leader of our race, the Yoruba people will not concede one inch of its territory as a colony to another person.”

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Why Buhari did not attend presidential debate – Spokesperson

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The campaign office of President Mohammadu Buhari has explained why the president was absent for the debate slated to hold on Saturday evening.

According to a statement credited to the campaign spokesperson, Festus Keyamo SAN, FCIArb (UK), the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, who is also the APC Presidential Candidate in the forthcoming Presidential Election, President Muhammadu Buhari, could not attend the Presidential Debate organised by the Nigeria Election Debate Group and the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria which held today, Saturday, January 19, 2019 for the following reasons:

Firstly, out of several opportunities afforded our candidate to interact with the Nigerian people directly by different organisations, our presidential candidate has taken full advantage of another town-hall meeting organized by another group which held on Wednesday, January 16, 2019. He was also joined at that town-hall meeting by our Vice-Presidential candidate who is also the Vice-President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, SAN. Nigerians from all walks of life who were physically present and through on-line platforms asked uncensored questions which were adequately answered. It was also transmitted live by various broadcast networks in Nigeria.

In addition, the busy and hectic official and campaign schedules of Mr. President clashed with this programme. Today, Mr. President commissioned the Baro Inland Water Port in Niger State and campaigned in Niger and Plateau States where his time was over-stretched by the tumultuous and mammoth crowds in both States, (as seen by Nigerians on live television) and only returned to Abuja late this evening.

Whilst we thank the organisers for the invitation, we want to assure Nigerians that we shall continue to hold these debate groups and Nigerians in high esteem which our candidate has demonstrated during past election debates when he honoured similar invitations. Nigerians will also recall that a few weeks ago, our Vice-Presidential candidate, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, also attended the debate organized by the same organisations.

Lastly, we note the statement of the candidate of the PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar who actually came for the event and left the venue when he did not see Mr. President, who is our candidate. According to him, he would not want to “attack” Mr. President in his absence.

It should now be obvious to Nigerians that for Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and the PDP, this election is all about attacking the person and programmes of Mr. President and not about proffering their own solutions to the problems they created during their sixteen years of misrule, maladministration and looting of the nation’s resources. When they cannot see President Buhari to attack, the content of their campaign becomes hollow, empty and “full of sound and fury, signifying nothing”. Now that Atiku Abubakar had a unique opportunity to explain to Nigerians his own vision and mission without a President Buhari in the picture, he ran away. Afterall, he has his own eight years of crass and grand corruption as Vice President to defend before the Nigerian people.

On February 16, 2019 we urge Nigerians to demonstrate to Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and the PDP, through their votes, how empty indeed their campaign has always been and to vote massively for President Muhammadu Buhari and Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN who have started the rebuilding process of our great nation.

Thank you.

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Irregularities mar Paralympics Committee election – Obuh

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The Tuesday, 15th January 2019 Presidential election of Paralympic Committee of Nigeria has been dubbed fraudulent, full of irregularities and outcome totally rejected by the President of Para-powerlifting Federation of Nigeria, Queen Obuh.
Rejecting the election in its entirety, Queen Obuh told newsmen that the process of the election subverts the constitution and guidelines for election into the body.
The Para-powerlifting Federation of Nigeria President, Obuh who is one of the presidential candidates said delegates for the election were handpicked within the National Stadium venue of the election instead of from federations across the six geopolitical zones of the country as stipulated by the constitution of PCN.
She said: “One of the zonal representatives claimed Para Tennis but to my amazement Kano State Director of Sports said they don’t do such sport in Kano.
 “The elections lacked merit in all ramifications and the evidences are there. Most of the zonal representatives were not eligible to vote. Most of them were hand-picked by the officials of the Sports Ministry on the Election Day.
According to PCN election guideline, “The elections will be conducted by the electoral committee which shall comprise not more than (5) five persons and not less than (3) three persons or members.
“The Elections shall be monitored by the representatives of Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development and members of the Nigerian Olympic Committee.”
Furthermore, it was clearly stated in the Conduct of Election in the Guideline for the election that “The chairman of states Para Sports Associations or The Director of state sports council/Commission shall Authenticate the zonal candidates letter for the zonal election, but all these were fragrantly flaunted.
The most shocking according to Obuh is why the election should be conducted by the Ministry instead of playing observatory role as the constitution stipulates.
Recounting her experience, Lucy Ejike, the team captain of Para-powerlifting of Nigeria said she stood for Athletes Representative election on the 10th of January against Flora Ugonwa which was declared inconclusive but to her dismay, at the PCN presidential election yesterday, Flora Ugunnwa was called to vote as Athletes Representative
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Why I’ll privatise NNPC if elected president – Atiku

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The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, said on Wednesday that he would privatise the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation if elected, describing the state-owned oil firm as a “mafia organisation.”

Atiku was quoted by TheCable as saying at an interactive session with the business community in Lagos that he would take the step even if doing so would cost him his life.

He explained that he sold the idea to President Olusegun Obasanjo whom he worked with as a deputy between 1999 and 2007 but that the former president did not approve of it.

Atiku said he was convinced that the NNPC would run better if not managed by the government.

He said, “Let me go back to my experience. When we got into office, I walked up to my boss and said, “Sir, there are two mafia organisations in government: one is the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation while the other one is the National Electricity Power Authority.

“I said unless we dismantle these mafia organisations, we cannot make progress. Let’s privatise them… the long and short of this is that I am committed to privatisation as I have said. I swear even if they are going to kill me, I will do it (privatise NNPC).”

Atiku also spoke on how an expert in the petroleum sector influenced his stance on the privatisation of the NNPC.

The former Vice President said, “I asked a Nigerian professor based in America; I said, ‘Prof, do you have a ministry of petroleum in America?’ He said no. I said, ‘Do you have an organisation like the NNPC over there?’ He said no. And America produces oil more than any country? He said yes.

“So I asked him, ‘How do they do it in America?’ and he said taxation, and I decided that I will go by taxation too.”

Atiku criticised the current administration for the delay in passing the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill.

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