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Insecurity: God is angry with our leaders, says Mbaka

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  • Resign to avert impeachment, he tells Buhari

Spiritual Director of Adoration Ministry, Enugu, Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka, has said God is not happy with the nation’s leaders, including President Muhammadu Buhari over the prolonged insecurity and killings in the country.

The cleric, who warned of a looming disaster for failing to stop the killings, also asked the President to resign to avert being impeached.

Speaking at the Adoration Ministry in Enugu, Mbaka said it was wrong for Buhari to “maintain grave silence” despite the widespread killings in the country.

He said, “God is angry with our leaders, from Buhari to the last (person on the ladder). God’s anger is upon you; you have failed God.

“God is asking: What is the matter? I am telling God now; let Him change our leaders for us

The cleric was one of the staunch supporters of Buhari in the build-up to the 2015 elections.

But he said God had asked him to withdraw for the President.

He said, “I know people will say: Mbaka did you not pray for Buhari? Did Samuel not anoint Saul? What are you talking about? Am I the creator of Buhari? God created him. Nigerians trusted him because he had done well sometime ago. But now how can people just be dying?”

“God will ask Nigerians: Nigerians why are you crying? We are crying because our leaders have failed us woefully. If it is in a civilized country, by now, President Buhari will resign. Quote me anywhere and let the whole world hear it. By now, with what is happening, President Buhari should honourably resign.

“We are crying because we don’t have a shepherd. All those that will fight what I’m saying now will eventually suffer the rot. If you can’t do it, either you resign or you be changed. A good coach cannot watch his team being defeated when he has players sitting watching on the bench. Either Buhari resigns by himself or he will be impeached.”

He also challenged the federal lawmakers to put the President under pressure, adding, “If the members of these two houses do not want to impeach him and they want to begin to fight Fr Mbaka, something worse than what they ever imagined will happen to the members of the Senate and members of the House of Representatives.”

The cleric warned that disaster was brewing in the land over youth unemployment.

Mbaka said, “Disaster is coming! Until the government of this country find something useful for our youths, they are going to face disaster, a time is coming when, if you are asked to be a governor, senator, House of a Representatives member, you will begin to run because I’m trying to tell you that we cannot continue like this.”

“The leaders have made the youth to suffer. It is time for the civilians to make the leaders suffer. Enough of this rubbish! Most of the reasons why you come here for prayers are not prayer projects; these are things government should supply. To feed, pay for house rent; even to import products from abroad, taxation has doubled. The international community cannot come to Nigeria to invest anymore. Are we living or dying?”

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JUST IN: Old naira: IMF asks FG, CBN to extend February 10 deadline

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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has called for the extension of the February 10 deadline to phase out the old naira notes.

The International monetary body made the call just after the Supreme Court had restrained the Federal Government and Central Bank of Nigeria(CBN) from enforcing the deadline.

The IMF, in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday by Laraba Bonet, said the plea was on the hardship Nigerians were exposed to over the issue.

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It said: “in light of hardships caused by disruptions to trade and payments due to the shortage of new bank notes available to the public, in spite of measures introduced by the CBN to mitigate the challenges in the banknote swap process, the IMF encourages the CBN to consider extending the deadline should problems persist  in the next few days leading up to the February 10, 2023 deadline”.

The IMF is the first international financial organisation to openly call for extension of the deadline for the deposit of old Naira notes.

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Cash crunch: Protesters defy police in Abeokuta, make bonfires on major roads

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Residents of Abeokuta, Ogun State, took to the streets on Tuesday protesting the scarcity of cash and the attendant pains.

Major streets affected by the protests are Aladesanmi, Fajol and Somorin in Obantoko area of Abeokuta as the protesters made bonfires and chanted anti-CBN songs
The Sapon branch of First Bank was also vandalised and the protesters tried to set it ablaze.
Ogun Police spokesman, Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed the protest, saying police officers were on the ground to monitor the situation and prevent the destruction of property and loss of lives.
He said some group of boys were involved in the crisis.
The police later came to disperse the protesters but they regrouped as soon as the operatives withdrew from the scene.
The situation affected vehicular movement as motorists and pedestrians ran in different directions to avert being caught up in the chaotic situation.

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Court frees Diezani associate Omokore of $1.6bn fraud

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An Abuja federal high court on Tuesday discharged and acquitted Jide Omokore, chairman of Atlantic Energy Drilling Concepts Nigeria Limited, of $1.6bn fraud allegations.

Omokore, an associate of former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke, was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) with Victor Briggs, Abiye Membere, and David Mbanefo on a 15-count charge on July 4, 2016.

They were accused of fraudulently diverting the $1.6bn said to be part of proceeds of sales of petroleum products belonging to the Federal Government.

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