You Are Responsible For Your Woes, APC Replies PDP

The All Progressives Congress (APC) said yesterday that the main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), should blame itself for the current state it has found itself.

The ruling party also described as childish and laughable the conspiracy theory being handled by the PDP over its misfortune.

The party said members of the PDP who are genuinely inspired by the APC-led administration are welcome to the APC fold, saying “it is their right to abandon a sinking ship and join one that is smooth-sailing.”

National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, said in a statement made available to The Nation on Sunday, further described as laughable PDP’s claim that the APC is afraid that the former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki, who is currently standing trial on corruption charges may be eyeing the presidency in 2019.

PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisah Metuh had alleged in a statement that “the federal government is persecuting, and not prosecuting Col. Sambo Dasuki. The APC and its leaders fear that Dasuki, given his vast political and security network, may be harbouring a presidential ambition, more so that the PDP has zoned its presidential ticket to the North.”

Metuh also alleged that the APC is obviously seeking to destroy the PDP so that it can push through Buhari’s second tenure in 2019 without any serious opposition from the PDP.

Oyegun said: “Whoever the PDP picks as its candidate for the 2019 presidential election is not the business of the APC. Relevant laws in the country clearly spell out requirements for persons seeking election into all political offices.

“The preoccupation of the APC and President Muhammadu Buhari is to deliver on all the promises made to Nigerians by the party during the 2015 elections. Looking back at the last seven months, there are clear indicators showing that the APC and the Buhari-led administration is on the right track to delivering on its Change Agenda.

“The PDP speaks of a presidential directive to security agencies and judiciary to “coerce” and “convict” PDP leaders and officials of the immediate-past administration with corruption charges. Clearly, such abuse of presidential directives was a concept invented and effectively deployed by the PDP during its defunct 16-year rule. The APC is a law-abiding party and cannot adopt such diabolical concept. The APC believes strongly in the rule of law, as against the kind of impunity Nigeria witnessed under the PDP for 16 years.

“We assure Nigerians that the PDP conspiracy theories will not distract President Buhari’s administration, law enforcement and anti-graft agencies from the successful on-going war against corruption being waged on looters of our commonwealth. The ongoing war against corruption is not selective. Anybody guilty of corrupt practices will face the law.”

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$2.1bn Arms Scandal: Jonathan Replies Sagay

Former President Goodluck Jonathan, on Saturday took a swipe at the Chairman of the Presidential anti-corruption committee, Professor Itse Sagay and Information and Culture Minister, Alhaji Lai Mohammed over their recent attack on former President Goodluck Jonathan.

Speaking on behalf of the ex-president, the immediate past Minister of National Planning, Suleiman Abubakar said the statement credited to legal jurist, Prof. Itse Sagay on the 23rd December, 2015 that tends to vilify President Jonathan on the ongoing arms scam is not only unfortunate but unprofessional.

His words: ”One should expect the respected learned scholar to know that you don’t hang a suspect on the pages of newspaper or via social media until he or she is found guilty by a court of competent jurisdiction.

“Even where the learned jurist feel passionate of such a sensitive but sensational issue, he should know the right route to the villa rather than taking such prejudicial position. It is high time our legal luminaries confined
themselves to the noble enclave of their profession than toeing the path of some mischief politicians whose main occupation is perceiving every matter from the point of sheer politics and propaganda.”

Continuing, he said: ”Nigeria awaits the report of Sagay committee on how best to fight corruption in our polity. And we pray that when the report of his Committee finally comes out, it will reflect and incorporate the noble principles of rule of law, fair hearing and impartiality so as to meet the irreducible minimum standard expected in
matters of this nature. We also pray that it may not end up dashing, rather than raising the hopes of average Nigerian in the vintage APC fashion, as with most things these days.”

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PDP Asks Buhari To Probe 1984 Security Votes, PTF; You Are Shameless, FG Replies

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and the presidency yesterday re-engaged in a war of words over corruption, with the opposition party daring the administration to institute a truth commission to probe utilisation of security votes back to 1984.

The acrimony was further worsened by assertions made by the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu that the country could be headed towards a revolution given the downward slide of the economy.In an apparent reaction to the fresh spew of allegations against officials of the immediate past administration, the PDP faulted the administration for supposedly engaging in a media trial of the Goodluck Jonathan administration, daring the administration to come clean on how it obtained its own funds for the 2015 elections.

The administration, responding through Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information flayed the opposition party for its lack of shame in the face of what he claimed was the ruin of the economy by its leaders.

The PDP, while welcoming the investigations of its government in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, however, condemned what it described as a media trial and dared the administration to extend the investigations into the utilisation of security votes to 1984 when President Muhammadu Buhari was military head of state.

Olisa Metuh:

“We restate for emphasis that a media and public war against corruption is good, but it should not be limited to only those opposed to the President and the ruling party. In fact, until top officials of the former government open up on the exact source of the funding, it remains premature to be accusing our party members of corrupt practices.

“Nevertheless, if indeed the government’s investigation includes the expenditure of President Jonathan security votes from 2011, then it should be extended to a public inquisition on the following:

*The security votes of past presidents and Heads of state from 1984.

*Contract award by the Petroleum Trust Fund from 1995 to 1999.

*The expenditure of military purchases and expenditure during the Bakassi wars, the fight against militancy in the Niger Delta, military interventions in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Somalia, Rwanda, among others.

*The source of funding of the PDP and APC’s 2015 presidential campaigns; the contributions from APC-controlled state governors for their presidential campaign and the beneficiaries thereof.

Ekweremadu:
The highest elected political office holder in PDP, Ekweremadu, had at a PDP Southeast zonal caucus meeting in Enugu last Saturday expressed concern on what he described as the administration’s inability to manage the economy warning at the prospect of a revolution breaking out.

Lai Mohammed:
Accusing the PDP officials of living in denial, Mohammed said: “Senator Ekweremadu complained about the depreciation of the Naira without telling Nigerians who ‘dollarized’ the Nigerian economy by bribing many individuals and groups with dollars during the last elections, thus inflicting a knock-out punch on the local currency. He also failed to tell Nigerians which government presided over the frenzied mop-up of dollars, either for ‘armsgate’ or for slush fund purposes, from the CBN to a point where it almost ran out of the hard currency,’’ he said

“The outcome of the months of hard work will manifest soon in the 2016 national budget that will give succour to millions of Nigerians who are reeling from fallout of the solecism of the immediate past administration that turned the country into a cash bazaar.’’

“In the next six months Onitsha and Alaba markets will shut down. If government does not do anything, I’m not a prophet of doom, but I believe if nothing urgent is done to reverse the ugly development, we will have revolution in our hands.

“Both our nationals and foreigners are worried; we need to inform APC that Nigerians are dying, unless APC changes style, Nigerians will in 2019 be begging PDP to come back,” he said.

The assertion drew the sharp response of the administration which responding through the Minister of Information charged Ekweremadu and his colleagues in the PDP to hide in shame after their party mismanaged the economy.

“If there was still any honour left among thieves, there is no way the leaders of a party under whose watch the nation’s economy suffered a monumental mismanagement and the Central Bank was turned to the ATM or piggy bank of a few people will have the temerity to insult a government that is working hard to turn things around or the citizens who are bearing the brunt of such mismanagement,’’ Mohammed, said in a statement on Sunday.

“It is now clear to all Nigerians that if the PDP had won the last general elections, Nigeria’s economy would not have survived one more month, considering the battering it received under the immediate past Administration. It is therefore unconscionable that those who should show contrition and hunker down to avoid public opprobrium are the same ones pointing an accusing finger at the Buhari Administration,’’ he said.

‘’They are lucky that Nigerians are not as incautious as they are, otherwise they would not be able to walk around freely, not to talk of having the effrontery to fire darts at the government that inherited their rot or the people who are suffering the consequences.

‘’They looted the billions of Naira that were allocated for the fight against insurgency, causing many innocent and patriotic soldiers to die needlessly, yet they are not remorseful. They looted the treasury to influence the last elections, doling out money as if it was going out of fashion, yet they continue to grandstand.

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FG Replies Ekweremadu, PDP; Says Jonathan The Cause Of Nigeria’s Worsening Economy

The federal government says the depreciation of the naira is the “direct consequence of the incomprehensible mismanagement of the economy and the mindless looting of the national treasury” under former President Goodluck Jonathan.

Responding to the comments credited to Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu, that businesses may collapse in the next six months because the Buhari Administration has mismanaged the economy, Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said in a statement on Sunday. that: ”If there was still any honour left among thieves, there is no way the leaders of a party under whose watch the nation’s economy suffered a monumental mismanagement and the Central Bank was turned to the ATM or piggy bank of a few people will have the temerity to insult a government that is working hard to turn things around or the citizens who are bearing the brunt of such mismanagement.”

”It is now clear to all Nigerians that if the PDP had won the last general elections, Nigeria’s economy would not have survived one more month, considering the battering it received under the immediate past Administration. It is therefore unconscionable that those who should show contrition and hunker down to avoid public opprobrium are the same ones pointing an accusing finger at the Buhari Administration,” he said.

“The comments credited to Ike Ekweremadu, deputy senate president, that businesses might collapse in the next six months because the Buhari administration had mismanaged the economy, as the clearest indication yet that the PDP and its leaders were still in denial about the massive body blows they inflicted on the Nigerian economy.”

”Senator Ekweremadu complained about the depreciation of the Naira without telling Nigerians who ‘dollarized’ the Nigerian economy by bribing many individuals and groups with dollars during the last elections, thus inflicting a knock-out punch on the local currency. He also failed to tell Nigerians which government presided over the frenzied mop-up of dollars, either for ‘armsgate’ or for slush fund purposes, from the CBN to a point where it almost ran out of the hard currency,” he said

The Minister said even though the Buhari Administration met an economy that was in coma, it had refused to use that as an excuse for inaction, hence has been working hard on measures that will turn the economy around and greatly offer relief to Nigerians by lifting millions, not thousands, of people out of poverty through a massive social intervention policy.

”The outcome of the months of hard work will manifest soon in the 2016 national budget that will give succour to millions of Nigerians who are reeling from fallout of the solecism of the immediate past Administration that turned the country into a cash bazaar,” the Minister said

He advised the leaders of the PDP and members of the immediate past Administration who are involved in the emerging cases of looting binge to urgently return, to government coffers, the funds they have squirreled out of the commonwealth.

”They are lucky that Nigerians are not as incautious as they are, otherwise they would not be able to walk around freely, not to talk of having the effrontery to fire darts at the government that inherited their rot or the people who are suffering the consequences.

”They looted the billions of Naira that were allocated for the fight against insurgency, causing many innocent and patriotic soldiers to die needlessly, yet they are not remorseful. They looted the treasury to influence the last elections, doling out money as if it was going out of fashion, yet they continue to grandstand.

”In the latest revelation, a Minister under the immediate past dispensation admitted to sharing 600 million Naira to six Chairmen of the Contact and Mobilization Committee of the PDP for the last general elections, 300 million Naira to an account given by a former PDP chairman, 200 million Naira to a PDP governorship candidate and 100 million Naira to a former PDP governor. This is just one case out of many, yet these revelations are but a tip of the iceberg of what Nigerians will hear in the days ahead,” Mr. Mohammed said.

The Minister assured that despite the mind-boggling revelations about looting and the mismanagement by self-styled economic wizards, the economy will bounce back under the watch of President Muhammadu Buhari, who is bringing probity and transparency back into governance.

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Biafra Agitators Replies Father Mbaka, Says They Are ready To Die

Pro-Biafra agitators on Sunday lashed out at fiery Enugu catholic priest and founder of the Adoration Ministries, Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka, for describing the ongoing protests as a waste of time.

Mbaka had in a sermon in Enugu on Saturday condemned ongoing agitation and protests for the actualization of Biafra.

The priest, who also described the agitation as ‘evil’, chided the protesters, mostly youths, for abandoning their businesses and disrupting economic activities.

“Locking up your shops and disrupting economic activities will not add any naira to your pocket, whatever grievance you have could be resolved through dialogue,” the clergyman had said.

But, reacting to Mbaka’s comments, a faction of the Movement for the Actualization of Biafra, which had joined the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra in the protests, said the agitators are ready to sacrifice more than their shops and businesses.

National Director of Information of the MASSOB faction, Comrade Uchenna Madu, in a statement made available to journalists in Enugu, said the youths are ready to lay down their lives for the sake of ‘freedom’.

“Biafra agitators are more determined to sacrifice our shops, businesses, jobs, comfort and even the supreme price for the sake of our freedom,” Madu said.

The MASSOB spokesman described Mbaka’s comments as insensitive.

He wondered why the cleric spoke out against the protests a few days after he was allegedly visited by the wife of the president, Mrs Aisha Buhari, who was in Enugu State recently to inaugurate a health screening scheme.

“Factional MASSOB totally condemned Fr. Mbaka’s insensitive statement against Biafra.

“His position on Biafra is misguided, so selfish and shameful – how can a revered Igbo clergyman descend so low in making such a condemnable statement few days after Buhari’s wife visited him?,” Madu said.

He added that nothing can “frustrate or diminish the rising status, consciousness and global re-awakening/acceptance of Biafra”.

Accusing the cleric of speaking from both sides of his mouth, the MASSOB spokesman said, “Igbo christians, catholics and even the Pope will prove Mbaka wrong.

“Many Igbo clergymen including the catholic priests are not in support of Fr. Mbaka’s government paid anti comment on Biafra.”

“This is why the Igbo youths and other citizens have lost confidence and trust on many Igbo leaders in Nigeria,” he added.

Madu expressed regrets that Mbaka chose to speak out against the pro-Biafra agitation despite the fact that the agitators patronized his satchet and bottled water products while marching on the streets in the course of the protests.

“Fr. Mbaka’s business boomed as the protests last,” Madu noted.

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PDP Replies Dokpesi, Says It Didn’t Force Anyone To Support Jonathan

The national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party has said the party didn’t force anyone to support the second term presidential aspiration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

The party was reacting to the claim by the Chairman of the party’s national conference, Dr. Raymond Dokpesi, who said on Tuesday that it was wrong for the then ruling party to have fielded Jonathan as the presidential candidate of the party in 2015.

READ: Jonathan Was A Mistake – Raymond Dopkesi

Dokpesi, who was speaking on the conference sheduled for Thursday in Abuja, said the fielding of Jonathan made the party to lose the last general election.

He begged Nigerians and members of the party over what he described as the inability of the PDP to meet their yearnings in the past 16 years when the party was in power.

He said, “We are aware that there were errors we made. We admit that we made mistakes and we have not met the expectation of Nigerians and we tender unreserved apologies for these mistakes.

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“You must have seen the Ike Ekweremadu report on why we are apologising. There was no internal democracy, there was impunity within the party and there was no level-playing ground for members of the party.

“Zoning principles of the party were abandoned and a gamut of all other issues, which will come out during the conference and for all these and the people who have been offended, for people whose toes were stepped upon, we also tender unreserved apology. ”

But in his reaction to Dokpesi’s statement, the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Chief Olisa Metuh told journalists that Dokpesi was not speaking for the party.

Metuh said, “That statement made by Dokpesi is his personal opinion and does not represent in any way an official position of the PDP.

“In the first place, Dokpesi is not a member of the national executive of the PDP and he can only speak in his personal capacity and his opinion remains personal and does not represent that of the party

“The decision to field former President Jonathan in the 2015 presidential race was approved by the National Working Committee, the National Executive Council and the party’s national caucus.

“In addition, the constitution of party allows a sitting president chance to exercise his personal right to run for a second term if he so desires.

“This is not the time for buck passing or blame game. We are repositioning our party. What we should do is to join hands to reposition PDP based on the report of the Senator Ike Ekwerenmadu report to reclaim the party lost glory. This is what is expected of us all at this time.”

On whether the party now regrets it’s action, Metuh said, “how can you regret a decision taken where everyone was there, the NWC, NEC and the national caucus. What are we talking about?

“Everybody was conscious of the decision, nobody was coerced into supporting the position.”

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Buhari Replies PDP, Vows To Always Tell Nigerians The Truth

President Muhammadu Buhari has rejected an accusation by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that his utterances amounted to “demarketing” Nigeria, adding that he owed it to Nigerians to always tell them the truth.

A statement issued by President Buhari’s special adviser on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, reacted fiercely to a statement by the PDP’s national publicity secretary, Olisa Metuh. The presidential spokesman warned that Mr. Metuh and his ilk were attempting to distract the president, adding that their effort would fail.

“President Buhari will remain true to the virtues of honesty, integrity, sincerity, incorruptibility and plain-speaking which endeared him to Nigerians and made them prefer his leadership [to] that of a lying and deceptive PDP administration,” said the presidential statement, titled “President Buhari Will Always Tell Nigerians The Truth.”

Mr. Adesina added: “The President will not, in the guise of ‘marketing’ the country, refrain from telling Nigerians and the world, the emerging truths about the abject state in which years of plundering by a PDP leadership has left the Nigerian treasury and economy.

“President Buhari will not in the name of ‘marketing’ or ‘attracting’ investors, follow in the footsteps of the ousted PDP Administration and its discredited officials who shamelessly lied to Nigerians and the world about the buoyancy and vibrancy of an economy they had bled dry for personal gain, when it was very obvious to the discerning, that the Nigerian economy was headed for serious trouble.”

The presidential spokesman stated that the PDP should be remorseful for the harm the party had done to Nigeria and should offer support to President Buhari in his “efforts to salvage and revamp the national economy.”

Mr. Adesina accused Mr. Metuh of seeking to “remain relevant on the national stage by unjustly denigrating the President who continues to strive with all his might to alleviate and reverse the harm done to the nation by PDP misrule and corruption.”

Describing Mr. Metuh as “a broken record,” the presidential spokesman said the Presidency would be prepared to listen “If the PDP spokesman ever has serious matters to bring to our attention.”

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You Are Too Quarrelsome, PDP Tells Lai Mohd; You Are Untrainable, Lai Mohd Replies

The spokesman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh and that of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Lai Mohammed on Saturday engaged each other in a war of words over their party positions on recent issues bordering on the 2015 general elections and the outcome of several Tribunal cases.

While Metuh described Lai Mohammed as a ‘quarrelsome and misguided’ individual completely unfit to hold responsible national office in a democratic government, Lai Mohammed on the other hand says Metuh has gone beyond control and training.

Olisa Metuh, in a statement on Saturday said the “cantankerous nature, resort to personal attacks and uncouth” description of a rival political party always, by the APC spokesperson while responding to critical issues, are indicative of his “background, pedigree, upbringing and emptiness as a low life”.

The party advised Mr. Mohammed to shed his ‘offensive narcissist tendencies’ even in his desperation not to end up being a minister without portfolio.

“The PDP counseled Lai Mohammed that having been a beneficiary of the benevolence and forgiving spirit of the senate president, one would expect him now to be mature, decent, civil and more organized in his responses to public comments,” the party said.

But in a quick response, the All Progressives Congress on Saturday said the resort to ‘crude’ personal attacks by the spokesperson of the PDP, Olisa Metuh,? in his latest statement is a clear vindication of the party’s (APC’s) stand that the PDP should urgently rebrand or go into extinction.

In a statement issued in Lagos on Saturday by its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, the party said with a “combustible and out-of-control spokesman like Metuh, there is no way the PDP will survive in opposition”

”Metuh has shown, time and again, that he lacks the temperament, presence of mind, sobriety, analytical mind, decency in the use of language and panache needed for anyone to be the face of any organisation, not to talk of a political party.

”It was the realization of this obvious fact that ?made us to offer to provide the excitable Metuh a crash course on how to function as an opposition spokesman. Unfortunately, it is too late now as he seems to have become totally untrainable.

”Instead of reacting to our sincere advice to his party to urgently rebrand or go down, Metuh chose to unleash his vitriolic tongue on the APC spokesman, just as he has done to the judiciary and many agencies of government in recent times.

”In what is surely a looming tragedy for the PDP, a spokesman who helped write the party into opposition is now poised to further write it into extinction,” ?it said.

The APC insisted that the PDP should stop wailing and insulting the judiciary over the electoral tragedy? which it brought upon itself by engaging in mindless rigging and violence in the last general elections.

”The doomed opposition should also immediately stop its failed strategy of trying to distract the Buhari Administration, which is busy cleaning up the mess left behind by the 16 years of locust of the sinking ‘PDP,” the party said.

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Emir Sanusi Replies Critics, Explains His Marriage To 18-year Old Adamawa Princess

Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, has replied critics who criticised his marriage to the 18-year old daughter of the lamido of Adamawa.

Sanusi has been under criticism after the news about the non-publicised wedding broke last Friday, with Nigerians re-introducing the hashtag #ChildNotBride to drive home their criticism.

But the emir in his response published by The Herald sheds light on his decision to get married to the 18 year old.

“I am sure NC members all have their views and have kept quiet out of (appropriate) deference to our right to make our individual choice. Obviously I do not need to explain anything to anyone in a purely personal matter but a few points are worthy of note:

“The lady in question is 18 and therefore legally of age to marry under all laws and certainly under Muslim law. She is proceeding for her undergraduate education in the UK in January. She had an “A” in computer science in her “O” levels and plans to get a degree in computer science.

“Each and every one of my wives is a university graduate and some have worked and then stopped and in each case the choice was purely theirs.

“It is a tradition in Kano that emirs and princes in choosing wives consider issues beyond the individual. The family is in every sense a social unit. My predecessor was married to princesses from Ilorin, Katsina and Sokoto.

“The relationship between the late Lamido of Adamawa Aliyu Musdafa, the father of the current Lamido is well known. Lamido Aliyu was the first emir turbaned after emir Sanusi I and they remained close until Sanusi’s death. My own relationship with the current Lamido dates back to 1981 when he was Ciroma and commissioner for works. By the way the Lamido and I are not illiterates we know what we are doing and he does have a PhD in Engineering.

“My own mother was married in Adamawa and lived there for more than two decades and I have eight younger brothers and sisters from there.

“It is therefore natural that if I choose to marry from another kingdom Adamawa would be the first choice for me and I am extremely happy to strengthen these long historical bonds. The young lady in question gave her free consent and even after the contract the wedding will not happen for a few years. By then she may be 21. If she freely consents to this I do not know on what moral grounds anyone has a grouse. She is an adult, she gave her consent, and her education is not being in anyway interrupted.

“The real issue is that people do not accept cultural difference. And you can see it in the approach to these issues. I am supposed to be urbane and western educated. Yes but I am not European. I am a northern Nigerian Fulani Muslim brought up in a setting exactly like the one my children are being brought up in.

“If you read this and it improves your understanding of this issue that is fine. If it does not just remember it is not your life, it is not your daughter and you are not my wife therefore it is not your business.

“I obviously cannot stop to the level of responding publicly to these kinds of articles. I have always been an advocate of girls marrying after maturing. I personally like the minimum age of 18 even though I understand those who say 16 is fine and indeed this is the law in most so called advanced countries.

“Is this something that I expect a European or western trained or feminist mind to appreciate or endorse? Not at all. But has any American been bothered about my views on men marrying men or women marrying women who frankly I find primitive and bestial? No and my views do not matter. These are cultural issues.

“Even in Nigeria I have heard all this stuff as in Pius article about “north” and northerners. Again it is a failure to respect difference. There are parts of this country where parents expect their daughters to live with their boyfriends for years and actually get pregnant before they marry. It has become culture. We do not have that in the north and if your daughter gets pregnant before marriage she brings nothing but shame to the name. But we do not issue condemnations. We agree that this is how they choose to live. And I can give many other examples.

“When people use the term libido they do themselves injustice. First of all it shows how they view women and marriage. Women are nothing but the object of sexual desire. Marriage is nothing but sexual gratification. Well I am sorry but in my tradition it is not. Beauty and attraction rank third after religion and lineage in the choice of a wife.

“They see an 18-year-old young lady. I see a princess of noble birth whose mother is also a princess, and who has been brought up in a good Muslim home. This is the kind of woman that is prepared for giving birth to princes and bringing them up for the role expected of them in society.

“Marriage is both social and political. Expanding the links of Kano which have already been established by my predecessors through inter-marriage with Katsina, Sokoto, Ilorin, Katagum, Ningi, Bauchi, etc. to Adamawa is an important and significant step and this is obvious to anyone with a sense of how royal families work and Ibn Khaldun’s sociological concept of Asabiyyah.

“When the Emir of Kano marries it has to be something beyond what he personally desires to what is appropriate for that position and the expectations of the people he represents. You don’t just pick up any girl on the street. And by the way, for those who shout libido, sex is cheap and available everywhere in all shapes and sizes and all colours if that is what they want. And all ages too. Marriage is a very different proposition. The mother of your children has to be something other than, not at least much more than a mere object of sexual fantasy. But if you do not know that you need to buy yourself a brain.

“I have daughters. And they know they can only marry from certain backgrounds. I always prefer family. When my daughter wanted to marry Mouftah Baba Ahmed’s son and she asked me, knowing my views on family, I told her Mouftah is family. And this is not about me and Mouftah or me an Hakeem or Nafiu. No. It goes back to Baba Ahmed and Emirs Sanusi and Bayero. And the same rule applies to my sons. And it applied to me as well.

“It is, I am sure, very strange that I should even bother to comment on this. But it would be hypocritical for me to just keep quiet so long as these things are being posted and commented upon explicitly or in a snide manner. There was no secrecy in the marriage fatiha. The date was fixed and it was to be done in the central mosque after Friday prayers.

“The day before we had a tragedy in Saudi Arabia and decided the fatiha must be very low key as a mark of respect for the dead. All traditional rulers in Adamawa were there, as were governors and commissioners, members of my own emirate council and Adamawa people. There is nothing here to hide or be apologetic about.

“The emirs of Adamawa have shown love to my parents and grandparents and it is a sign of my appreciation of their love that I marry their daughter. This is the highest statement of friendship and loyalty on both sides.

“Again if you understand this this is fine. If you do not, buy yourself a brain, A la Pius. In any event this is my one and final and only comment on this. And I am making it out of respect for NC members.”

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Nigeria Military Replies Shekau, Says He’s A Nobody

The Nigerian Miliatary has replied the leader of the Boko Haram insurgents group, Abubakar Shekau describing him as a nobody.

The military was reacting to an audio message believed to have been recorded by Shekau which was released last week.

Shekau, in the audio message called president Buhari a liar and said the claim by the military that it has sucessfully decimated the sect is not true.

But the military in a statement by its spokesperson, Colonel Rabe Abaubakar said “Shekau or any of his cohorts would not deter the spate of the military operations to rid the country of criminals hiding under strange religious ideology to kill innocent Nigerians.”

The military said it viewed the new audio as “irrelevant and fruitless”.

“The Armed Forces is using this medium to appeal to the good citizens of Nigeria not to lose sleep over the concocted audio rhetoric of the waning terrorist sect which is a usual antic of a drowning person struggling to hold on to anything to remain afloat,” Abubakar said.

“The Armed Forces wishes to reiterate that it is a well-known fact that the terrorists have been seriously decimated and the tremendous effort and achievement recorded in the recent time by combined forces of the Nigerian Army and the Air Force is commendable.

“The Armed Forces did not lie about the successes recorded so far in its counterinsurgency operations and for avoidance of doubt, the liberated communities in the North East, which were hitherto under the throes of Boko Haram terrorists, are free for interested person or body to explore.

“The military does re-state that in the recent time a number of Boko Haram members have been surrendering and denouncing radicalization. Our candid advice to Shekau or his ghost; cohorts or impersonators is to toll the line of their fellow comrades and surrender now as no more hidden place for him or his criminal gang to operate freely any longer.

“It is also necessary to tell those that are still masquerading as leadership of Boko Haram in whatsoever guise to quickly come to term with the fact that era of cheap propaganda is over and in no distance time Nigerians and the whole world will know who is saying the truth.

“Therefore, while urging Nigerians and the nation’s well-wishers to disregard the audio clip purportedly released by Shekau in its entirely, the Armed Forces is calling on peace-loving people of our dear nation to go about their normal businesses as the military is working round the clock to rid the country of this devilish and anti-human group.

“Our compatriots too are called upon to report any suspicious person or object to law enforcement agencies for prompt action. It is in doing this that we would jointly restore the dignity of our dear country from the claw of terrorists,” the statement said.

 

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Stop Resorting To Insults, Address Issues, PDP Tells APC

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that no amount of blackmail and diversionary tactics by the All Progressives Congress (APC) would deter it from exposing the deliberate agenda, already in motion, by the present administration to destroy the nation’s democracy and impose a dictatorship in the country

The party said by resorting to insults, threats and personal attacks on its leaders, instead of responding to issues of emerging fascism raised by the PDP on Saturday, September 20, 2015, the APC and the Federal Government further confirm their intolerance, disdain for democracy and frenetic appetite for totalitarianism.

PDP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh in a statement on Sunday said Nigerians await answers to issues and would not be hoodwinked by the antics of APC’s spokesperson, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, whose cleverness in using insults, personal attacks and wild allegations to divert attention is well known.

“While we understand the nervousness of Alhaji Lai Mohammed to remain relevant, especially in the face of desperation for an appointment, this administration must come to terms with the fact that democracy requires accountability, adherence to the rule of law and constitutional order, and not the crass infractions, executive arrogance, intolerance and undermining of the legislature; the symbol of the sovereignty of the people, which we now witness under the APC.

“The question is, has the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC government not exhibited all the trappings of despotism, including ruling without a constitutional component of a cabinet, persistent abuse of power, corrupting of democratic institutions, quest to appropriate the National Assembly, in spite of the principle of separation of powers; invasion of state government and personal houses, injecting confusion into the judiciary and hounding of individuals perceived to be against its interests?

“What is APC’s position regarding the anti-democratic statement by the President, who, in an interview, during the recent visit to France, expressed his reluctance to appoint ministers, in addition to his disparaging allusion to cabinet ministers as noise makers? Does this not smack of totalitarianism?

“How else can one explain the relentless interferences in the activities of the National Assembly, a separate and independent arm of government, in addition to the bitterness with which the Presidency and the APC hold the duly elected leadership of the Senate, simply because it is not occupied by their preferred candidates?

“If not for a possible ulterior motive of appropriating the federal legislature as a means to undermine its statutory role of checks and balances and set the stage for dictatorship, what other reasons could there be for the current fixation on the leadership of the Senate by the APC and the Presidency?

“Nigerians are still waiting for APC, a party which prides itself as a progressive platform, to respond to the widely condemned invasion of Akwa-Ibom state government house by the Department of State Services (DSS), under the direct instructions from the Presidency. Is it not part of the plot activated for possible forceful takeover of PDP states and impose a one-party regime in Nigeria?

“What about the July reprehensible invasion and sealing of Rivers local councils by the federal controlled Police, who also barred members of caretaker committees that were duly appointed by the state government to take charge of the councils?

“In the same vein, how else can one explain the undue interferences of the DSS in the activities of election tribunals in PDP controlled states of Rivers, Akwa-Ibom, Delta, Abia, Taraba and others where electoral officers are being harassed, intimidated and detained, ostensibly to influence judgments against the PDP?

“This is not to talk about the intolerance and arrogance witnessed in the venom with which the APC attack well-meaning Nigerians, including
highly revered national leaders, for daring to counsel the Federal Government on some observed undemocratic tendencies under their ‘new Sheriff’, a development which has resulted in the setting in of an environment where citizens, irrespective of political affiliations, can no longer freely express their views.

“Is the PDP therefore not justified when we described as a mockery of reasoning, President Buhari’s use choice words to condemn the coup in Burkina Faso whilst his government engages in brazen contravention of our own constitution?

“Whilst we note the failed efforts of the APC spokesman to divert attention, we invite the Presidency and the APC to be informed that their attempt to harass and/or intimidate us with plethora of well instigated, sponsored, immature and wild allegations can never deter us from remaining focused on issues.

“Nevertheless, as we restate our commitment in providing issue-based opposition as well as our support for the fight against corruption, our final word for the APC spokesman on this, is that being ethically challenged, includes embezzling funds meant for fencing of an airport in an APC-led South West states. It also includes when one fraudulently refuse to supply ambulances after collecting monies from another APC South West state.

“It is then a comedy of roles when Alhaji Lai Mohammed speaks on corruption, a topic he practices and has well learnt, being a personal aide to one of the most corrupt politicians to ever bestride the political landscape of the country.

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SarakiGate: You Lack Moral Ground To Criticise, APC Replies PDP

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has accused the PDP of openly launching a counter-offensive against the determined efforts of the Buhari Administration to rid the country of impunity and corruption, but warned that the opposition party will fail in its attempt to take Nigerians back to Egypt.

The APC made this accusation in a swift response to the accusation of the PDP that Nigeria is Sliding Into “Official Terrorism” Under Buhari, where it added that the president is desperate to remove Senate president Bukola Saraki from Office.

Saraki is facing trial on a 13-count charge filed by the Code of Conduct Bureau over allegation of false declaration of assets.

”Saturday’s Press Statement by the PDP is nothing but a thinly-veiled frontal assault on the relentless efforts of the Buhari Administration’s to clean the Augean Stable of the last PDP Federal Government,” the party said in a statement issued in Lagos on Saturday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed

”With its statement that is nothing but an unabashed support for impunity and corruption, as well as its major actors, the PDP has now confirmed itself as the official ‘poster boy’ for corruption in Nigeria,” it said.

APC said the long-winding sophistry about the rule of law, democracy and personal freedoms is aimed at couching the PDP’s abhorrence and disdain for the fight against corruption in democratic cliches, especially now that the battle is gradually hitting the PDP where it hurts.

The party said that for the PDP’s National Publicity Secretary himself, the persistent onslaught against the Buhari Administration is neither altruistic nor informed by any belief in higher values, ”because the allegations of corruption hanging on his own neck, from within his own party, is a clear indication that he is mortally afraid that the wind will soon blow hard enough to expose the fowl’s rump”.

”Neither the PDP as a party nor its spokesman have the moral authority to condemn anyone, least of all a President that is working hard to rescue Nigeria from the abyss to which it has been plunged by the former ruling party.

”For the PDP to brush aside the latest revelation that a government it sired could not account for $700 million from the Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF), or the fact that the party could not account for billions of Naira in its own campaign funds, and then launch a frontal attack against a reformist government, is the height of shamelessness.

”For the ethically-challenged spokesman of the same morally-deficient party to continue to spew trash under the guise of opposition politics is totally provocative and absolutely unacceptable. Worse still, the lack of focus in the labyrinthine statements being issued by the opposition party has confirmed the prescience of the APC’s offer to the PDP’s spokesman to take a crash course in how to speak for the opposition,” it said.

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