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Nigeria better together, says Pastor Bakare

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Tunde Bakare, overseer of the Citadel Global Community Church, formerly known as Latter Rain Assembly, has assessed the various challenges facing the country including mistrust fuelling the call for disintegration but notes that Nigeria will be better staying together.

He also says President Muhammadu Buhari has disappointed Nigerians.

Bakare gave the views while speaking with Dele Momodu, a journalist and publisher of Ovation Magazine, in a virtual interview on Instagram, held on Tuesday.

The pastor said the drum of disintegration “is louder than before” but called for efforts to preserve the country’s unity.

“Nigeria will survive and will become the Nigeria of our dreams but right now, things are not together, especially with the drum of disintegration which is louder than before,” he said.

The cleric also said, “Nigeria is better together. If we go back together to the basics of how we came together, looking at 1960 and 1963, we can still be together.

“The truth of the matter is it is still the same Buhari. In the midst of many competing interests, we respond differently. As far as I know, the president is still himself. Some have even asked me if he is not somebody else. And I said, if that were so, the whole world would know.

“Power changes people. Has power changed him or is he making the best of the situation or the circumstances he has found himself in? He will be the one to answer that question.

“As far as I know, the expectations of Nigerians, including the gentleman interviewing me, and everyone who rose up at that time to say we need a breath of fresh air by bringing in President Buhari, I think whatever it is, the expectations have not been met and, therefore, there is a gut feeling of disappointment everywhere.

 “We are the government. The citizens have the right to demand good governance and nothing can stop that.

“People deserve the government they get, and the government deserves the kind of people that support them, or say ‘no, we can’t take this anymore.”

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Obasanjo in Addis Ababa to monitor Ethiopia’s election

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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has arrived in Addis Ababa to monitor Ethiopia’s general election scheduled for Monday June 21.
Obasanjo is heading the African Union Elections Observation Mission to the country.
The election was initially slated for August last year but the COVID-19 pandemic forced a postponement by 10 months. And technical hitches forced another weeks’ delay in May.
It was agreed that the poll in the vast country of 110 million should hold at the best of times.
And things are worsened by unrest, conflict and COVID-19.
Campaign for the elections ended on Thursday.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed campaigned in the southern city of Jimma on Wednesday, where he outlined his vision of a peaceful, united and prosperous Ethiopia. It was his final campaign rally.
His upbeat speech came at a time of widespread ethnic unrest and economic difficulties, as well as a conflict in the northern Tigray region where the UN warns 350,000 people face famine.

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Sunday Igboho issues fresh quit notice to killer Fulani in South-West

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A Yoruba Freedom fighter, Chief Sunday Adeyemo, a.k.a Igboho, has given a fresh quit notice to killer herdsmen in the South-West zone, saying he will ensure they are all smoked out of the forests very soon.

Igboho, in an interview, anchored by his Spokesperson, Mr Oluyomi Koiki in a viral video said he would never give any order without monitoring compliance.

He said the issue of agitation for Yoruba nation is non-negotiable and no Jupiter can stop it.

The popular Yoruba man also insisted that no governor can say Yoruba nation rally must not hold in his state noting if any governor says that, it will not be obeyed because Yoruba land belongs to all Yoruba indigenes.

He further warned criminal elements hibernating in the forests to leave because henceforth, there must not be any issue of kidnapping again in the zone.

Chief Adeyemo who spoke in Yoruba said, “how can six million people be commanding about 250 million of other Nigerians. Marriage is not by force. We can’t live with you again. Yoruba nation is a vehicle of salvation and I want all Yoruba to board the vehicle and have their seats.”

On the agitation struggle, he stressed that there is no going back.
“How can we go back when we are almost in our destination. Those who have not joined us should do so now because there’s no election come 2023. Yoruba will go.”

He appealed to all youths not to insult elders in Yoruba land including the traditional rulers.

“Please, don’t insult our elders again. I don’t want anyone to cast aspersions to our traditional rulers that they have collected money. No, don’t do that. Even, if they were given money, it’s part of common wealth that was stolen.”

“Don’t fight the police or any security agents. Let’s do our rally peacefully.Tell President Buhari, if he doesn’t understand Yoruba, tell him in English Language that we don’t want bandits in our zone again. Work has begun already and as from Monday, I will begin combing all forests in Yoruba land.”

“I want all Fulani on Yoruba land to leave. I, myself will monitor compliance to the eviction notice. I don’t issue an order without ensuring compliance. As from Monday, we don’t want to hear of any kidnapping in Yorubaland again. I will show them the stuff Yoruba people are made of.”

“We will tell them there is clear distinction between Yoruba and Fulani. All these weapons they are brandishing, we will collect them with ease. We will blow ‘wind’ into all the forests in Yoruba land. If we don’t prove to these people who we are now, they will be encroaching on our lands when we achieve our Yoruba nation.”

He dared anyone who claimed to have given him money on the agitation to come forward and say it out now.

“If you know you have given me money that I should shelve Yoruba nation struggle, come out and say it now. No amount of money can stop me from going ahead with this struggle. You can’t kill me. Kill who? Throw bomb at me? If you throw bomb, I, too, will send thunder”.

On his rumoured kidnap, he dismissed it saying “no one can kidnap me. I know you Yoruba people love me. I’m not missing. We are almost there. All those who go out with me to rallies, you are safe. No policeman can arrest you. We are asking for our rights. No one can intimidate us on our father land. No governor can say we must not have rally in his state.”

“We are in Yoruba land. It will be okay if Britain or United Nations come to our aid to help us actualize it, if not we will never back down. It’s possible some political hangers-on will align with politicians because of benefits they get from them, don’t mind them; they are too minute to stop us”, he said.

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INEC creates additional 56,872 polling units — total now 176,846

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The Independent National Electoral Commission has announced the creation of additional polling units.
INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, said in Abuja on Wednesday that the commission converted a total of 56,872 voting points and voting point settlements into polling units.
With this, Nigeria now has a total of 176,846 polling units.
This is said to be part of the preparations for the 2023 general elections, which is less than two years away.
Yakubu said the location and number of polling units in the country has been a source of concern for the commission as it hopes to improve voter participation.
“Before 2010, the commission operated on a round figure of approximately 120,000 polling units. However, a census undertaken by the Commission before the 2011 general election arrived at the precise figure of 119,973 polling units,” he said.
“Following several unsuccessful attempts to create additional polling units despite the obvious pressure from the increased number of registered voters, the commission established voting points and voting point settlements across the states and the federal capital territory as a pragmatic response to necessity.
“The voting points were tied to the existing polling units and voting point settlements. The number of registered voters in a polling unit and the voting point settlement in the FCT, was used to determine their voting points, based on the upper and lower thresholds of 500 and 750 voters respectively.
“These were also the limits used for the 2019 general election. The number of new polling units in a state is the number of voting points aggregated from those polling units having voting points.”
He said with that and other necessary adjustments, the actual number of approved polling units came to 119,974, with the 56,872 voting points across the country also converted to polling units.

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