He restated the need for the political class to be reeducated to recognise the fact that Islam and Christianity preach tolerance and peaceful coexistence among its people and among the members of the human community. SUN
President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Prof. George Obiozor, has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to restructure and decentralise power to address the insecurity issue facing the country.
He spoke on Saturday at the palace of the traditional ruler of Amaifeke in Orlu Local Government Area of Imo State, Eze Emmanuel Okeke, as he went to assess the security situation in the area after the military and the Eastern Security Network clashed.
The Ohanaeze President-General also spoke on the stand of the group on the security issue, saying,
“Our position is that no matter how bad Nigeria problems may be, the only peaceful solution will be best to guarantee Nigerian unity. This can be achieved through a restructured, renegotiated, decentralised or through power devolution.”
Obiozor also said, “Use of force, intimidation or violence will be a national catastrophe which should be avoided. Use violent method will lead to a synchronised national crises and ultimate disintegration of Nigeria. This must be avoided.
“Insecurity in the country is real and must be treated as a matter of national emergency. In this context, I congratulate the Southeast governors and government for the anti-open grazing ban.
“Those who preach or prefer military solutions to Nigeria’s problems are today equally as a threat to Nigerian unity as those enemies they are fighting,” Obiozor said.
He thanked the traditional leaders in the South-East for their role in maintaining peace in the zone, adding, “We are glad there is peace in Orlu zone and that people are carrying out their normal duties. We appeal to the leaders of Orlu to maintain peace in Orlu, a zone traditionally known for being the most peaceful in Imo State.”
Hold Peter Obi, supporters responsible if anything happens to me – Reno Omokri
Former presidential aide, Reno Omokri has raised an alarm over the continued threat to his life and that of his immediate family.
Omokri who served under President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration said Peter Obi and his supporters should be held responsible if anything happens to him and members of his family.
If anything should happen to my immediate and extended family and I, Peter Obi and his consultant broadcast journalist should be held responsible!#TableShaker
— Reno Omokri (@renoomokri) December 4, 2022
“If anything should happen to my immediate and extended family and I, Peter Obi and his consultant broadcast journalist should be held responsible!”
Galandachi, National Mosque Imam, cautions politicians against using religion to divide Nigeria
Elder statesman and Imam (Murshid) of the Abuja National Mosque, Prof. Shehu Galadanchi, has cautioned politicians against using religion to divide Nigerians, saying it would not augur well for the country.
The cleric, who spoke at the National Inter-Religion conference organised by the Kano State government observed that some politicians from both Christianity and Islam, have already started exploiting religion to cause confusion and violence in their campaigns.
He also flayed politicians who out to rig the coming elections by hook or by crook, alleging that among those determined to use illegal methods to win the polls were those ones deploying religion in their campaigns, including religion, to achieve their goals.
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“Some of our politicians, unfortunately from the two religions, are using their religion to emphasise our differences and causing disagreements, violence and fights among Nigerians. This has already begun to happen during their campaigns in many places…Let me say that one would be standing on a highly dented ground if he used religion in this manner and at the expense of his own country. I find it pertinent, in a situation like this, to remind ourselves as Nigerians that Almighty Allah has graciously granted us, in this country, unlimited bounties. We have a very beautiful country, this is a very beautiful country, a very fertile country, full of natural and human resources.”
Galadanchi observed that all of these were granted to Nigeria so that its people would work together for its development and to bring it at equal standing with the rest of the developed world.
Obasanjo: 2023 poll should be Nigeria’s turning point
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo is optimistic that next year would be a turning point for Nigeria after successful general elections.
He however cautioned Nigerians not to allow emotions cloud their sense of judgement at the poll.
Obasanjo spoke on Sunday when the leadership of Mzough U Tiv, a Benue socio-cultural group, paid him a visit at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
He said the elections should be a turning point for Nigeria, adding that he is in support of a change of leadership from the North to the South.
The former president urged the middle belt to subsequently advocate for power to come to the region.
“If Nigeria is ready to get it right, the 2023 election should be a turning point. We should not go for emotion that will destroy us,” he said.
Obasanjo said with the growing population of the country, agriculture would be the solution to feeding Nigerians and not oil and gas.
“Only farming and agribusiness could tackle the nation’s growing population. Farming and agribusiness is what will feed the nation,” he said.
Obasanjo encouraged Tiv people to focus on farming and agribusiness, adding that he hopes to establish an industry in the state next year.
Iorbee Ihagh, leader of the group, said the visit was “basically to interface with you as our former head of state, a political pillar, a nationalist and elder statesman to appreciate your overwhelming love, passion and concern you have demonstrated over the Tiv people”.
He asked the former president to consider the need for the establishment of a fruit juice industry in Benue state and the power-sharing formula in the country.
“With regards to the current power equation in the country, we in the Mzough u Tiv in conjunction with the Middle Belt Forum had unanimously resolved for power shift from the north to the south for fairness, justice and a true federalism,” he said.
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