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What must be done to secure unity in Nigeria — Ekweremadu

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The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, has sued for unity in Nigeria and that there was no need for separation, stressing that there is joy in being together.

Mr. Ekeremadu also said there was need for Nigeria to be restructured in order to take care of the interest of everyone at each geo-political zones which will go a long way to maximize their potentials.

Ekweremadu expressed the view after delivering a lecture on ‘Constitutionalism and the challenges of leadership in Africa: an evaluation of tested models’, in New York.

The event was organised by the Centre for Media and Peace Initiatives, a New York-based international non-governmental organisation, to mark the 10th anniversary of the centre.

He said “Nigeria does not require to be fragmented at this time. There is joy in being together. There is a benefit in being together.

“There is an advantage that is conferred on us as a country by our large population. What we need is giving everybody a sense of belonging and ensuring good governance.”

Ekweremadu, however, stressed the need for the country to be restructured from the current over-concentration of power at the centre, which was non-responsive to the citizenry.

“The central government that once appeared necessary and beneficent has compromised, even jeopardised its standing by perceived highhandedness, unfair treatment of some ethnic groups and abuse of power.

“The powerful central government has made citizens vulnerable to bureaucratic manipulation and control and left them powerless, and reminded them at every turn that the promise of self-government has been eroded.

“Nigeria, and indeed African constitutions, should espouse federalism characterised by weak centres and strong federating units.

“Currently, Nigeria has a very powerful centre, hence the need for devolution of powers.”

“If we start this process, it will assure the agitators that there is hope for a better Nigeria.

‘’We must continue to assure that the best way to go is restructuring, not dismemberment of the country.”

According to him, no argument that is both coherent and respectable can be made to support the continued emasculation of the component states by the centre.

“For example, the North will be a net exporter of solar energy and agricultural products while the West will be the hub of banking and information technology.

“The East will be the hub of industrial manufacturing and scientific innovations while the Middle Belt will be the hub of solid minerals development and tourism.

“The South-South will be the oil and gas hub as well as shipping. When this happens, there will be less pressure on the Federal Government.

“The zones will be the centres of development, the rush to Abuja will cease and the country will be able to realise it potential,” he said.

Ekweremadu called for a new constitution in Nigeria to replace the military-imposed document as had been done by Kenya, Zimbabwe and Brazil.

He said while most African constitutions provided only for amendments, not replacements, existing constitutions could be amended to make provisions for new constitutions and referendums.

Sen. Godswill Akpabio, in his remarks, stressed the need to ensure the implementation of some of the suggestions raised by Ekweremadu in his lecture to ensure a better Nigeria and Africa, by extension.

“We will go back with you and work to implement some of these recommendations because Nigeria must lead in Africa,” Akpabio, the Senate Minority Leader, said.

Sen. Bala Na’Allah, the Deputy Majority Leader, lauded Ekweremadu for the richness of the lecture and pledged that the 8th Senate would work to engender good governance through citizens-centred legislations.

The Nigerian Ambassador/Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN, Amb. Samson Itegboje, said Nigeria had come a long way but was a work in progress and would overcome its current challenges.

“We have the democratic structures; Nigeria is a country that now runs on the constitution, no constitution is permanent; it is a work in progress. What we need is re-engineering.”

The event was attended by members of the diplomatic corps, business leaders, media practitioners, civil society leaders, academics and Africans in the diaspora.

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2023: Primate Ayodele makes fresh prophecies, issues warnings

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Leader of INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, Primate Elijah Ayodele, on Tuesday, released prophetic warnings concerning the forthcoming national convention of the All Progressives Congress (APC), People Democratic Party (PDP) and the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike.

In a statement signed by his media aide, Osho Oluwatosin, Primate Ayodele revealed that the convention of the APC will lead to another crisis in the party if care isn’t taken.

He warned the leadership of the party to handle it well to avoid more issues coming up within the party as a result of the convention.

”APC must be careful of their convention, if not handled well, it will cause more crisis in the party.”

On the PDP, the man of God warned the leaders to be careful so they won’t break the party themselves.

He revealed that a third force may spring up from the opposition party due to the activities of the leaders.

”PDP must be careful with what they are doing, they will break the party; and if care isn’t taken, third force might surface from that end.”

He also warned Wike to be careful so he won’t make the party miss their chances in 2023.

“Governor Wike must also be careful so he won’t break the PDP. He may make PDP miss their chances in 2023 if he continues to bring setbacks in the party.

“The BOT of PDP should look into the matter, if not, they will miss it.”

Still speaking on Wike, Primate Ayodele noted that he foresees PDP governors fighting him while the EFCC will also go after his government.

“I also see PDP governors fighting Nyesom Wike. EFCC will also go after his government.”

He further warned him not to start a project he can’t finish, while advising him not to run for presidency because he won’t win.

“Wike should not start a project he can’t finish in PDP. He won’t become president in case he has an ambition.”

Continuing, Primate Ayodele spoke on the future of Iyochia Ayu, the national chairman of PDP, making it known that his duty will be hijacked and that he will be driven out of the party unceremoniously.

“In PDP, the duty of the national chairman will be hijacked. Ayu will be driven out of the party unceremoniously.”

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Don’t hijack APC primary– Group warns Fayemi ahead of Ekiti Guber

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The Ekiti State chapter of the Grassroots Movement for Change (GMC), has cautioned Governor Kayode Fayemi against using state apparatus to favour his “choice candidate”.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primary will be held on Thursday ahead of the June 18 election.

A statement on Monday by the GMC, noted that any attempt to subvert the wish of the people will be resisted.

The Secretary, Ademola Ogunrombi, said Fayemi has enjoyed a relatively peaceful tenure and should not be involved in any act that might cause violence in the state.

The scribe demanded that the people be allowed to vote their choice candidate without any fear of manipulation.

“This election seeks to present a fresh candidate for the first time in a long time in our electoral history.

“For those who seek to enslave us by collecting money to mortgage our future, be warned that Ekiti is not like every other state.”

The group urged stakeholders to rise and ensure that the state does not drift into anarchy “due to the selfish interest of a microscopic few”.

The statement advised the APC national caretaker committee under the leadership of Governor Mai Buni to be fair and transparent during the primary.

Earlier, Presidential Adviser on Political Matters, Femi Ojudu, advised the party to ensure a credible exercise in order to produce a formidable flagbearer.

Ojudu said he decided not to endorse any aspirant because he wants to be an unbiased umpire and a rallying point to settle differences that would emerge after the primary.

Meanwhile, a House of Representatives member and aspirant, Femi Bamisile, has warned that the APC will collapse if the party picks its candidate outside Ekiti South Senatorial District.

Bamisile commended the adoption of direct primary, saying it would remove the financial burden on contestants and tame manipulation of process.

The lawmaker stressed that the people of the South can no longer tolerate the “conspiracy” that has ostracised them from the political equation since 1999.

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Osinbajo reveals type of leaders Nigeria need

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo argues that building a nation requires leaders from all layers of society to put aside personal interests in order to reach a consensus that ensures a win-win situation for all.

He gave a speech in Abuja over the weekend to commemorate the UFUK Dialogue Foundation’s tenth anniversary.

“A sustained and productive nationhood gives access to diverse multi-ethnic strengths and provide opportunities to gain more from being together than otherwise.

“It’s true that in the last two decades, we face severe threats to our mutual coexistence. Violent extremism in the North-East has resulted in the destruction and unfortunate loss of lives of many, banditry and kidnappings has traumatised families,” Osinbajo said.

Osinbajo and President Muhammadu Buhari’s tenure will end by 2023.

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