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Echo Of 2018 Sacked Chairmen, Others Increases In Imo

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… 2018 Sacked Councilors Join Chair

… Insist On Resuming Duty Nov 30                   

The war over which group that is legitimately supposed to occupy the 27 Government Councils in Imo has again re-echoed.

This is as the suspended councilors elected under the regime of former Governor Rochas Okorocha have joined their LGA chairmen moves to resume work on November 30, 2020.

Suspended 2018 ALGON chairmen had a week ago vowed to resume office on November 30.

This is even as they called on the governor of Imo State Senator Hope Uzodinma to obey the court judgment which ordered them to resume office but were not allowed to do so following stay of execution order which the Imo State Government received from the court of Appeal.

The 645 elected councilors in the 27 LGAs of the state under the auspices of Legislative Council Leaders Forum are set to resume their constitutionally backed legislative duties at the council headquarters around the state on the 30th of November.

This was indicated in a release made available to our medium, and signed by the leader of all leaders; Rt. Hon. Abed Ochaso Njemanze; the secretary, Rt. Hon. Anthony Diala and the zonal coordinators.

The release recalled with dismay their unconstitutional ejection from office by Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha led the government, despite been duly elected by their constituents on 25th August 2018.

It further stated that such brazen disregard for the rule of law and democratic principles by the then governor drew the attention of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister for Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN) and on the instruction of President Muhammadu Buhari, wrote the governor to ensure their immediate re-statement, as the action contravened the 1999 Constitution.

Accordingly, the Inspector General of police it noted, instructed Imo Police Commissioner to ensure their smooth resumption.

The forum also noted the order of the Federal High Court Owerri on the 1st of July, 2020 for their immediate reinstatement, citing the Supreme Court ruling in Appeal No 5c/120/2013 between Ekiti State Government and Prince Sanmi Olubunmi which overruled the power of governors to dissolve elected LGAs officials.

While pledging their total support to Governor Hope Uzodinma’s government, the forum solicited the support of Imolites the Media and civil society Organizations towards their resumption and restoration of democratic governance at the councils.

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Eid: Put politics aside, pray for Buhari, Tinubu urges Nigerians

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All Progressives Congress chieftain, Bola Tinubu, has urged Nigerians to put politics aside and pray for the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) for strength and wisdom to protect the nation.

He made this call on Wednesday in his Eid-el-Fitr message titled, ‘Let righteous acts, efforts of Ramadan continue to guide our actions’.

Tinubu, who joined Muslims in Nigeria and across the world to mark the completion of this year’s Ramadan fast, stressed that the fasting is a sign of complete devotion to God.

He, therefore, urged Nigerians to remember the lessons of Ramadan.

He said, “We must never condone and tolerate the works and words of those who would do evil or who would pit brother against brother, Nigerian against Nigerian.”

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He also urged Nigerians to put politics aside and continue to pray for Buhari and his government.

“Let us put politics aside and continue to pray to Almighty Allah for our country and all its people.

“Let us remember President Muhammadu Buhari and his government in our prayers that they may be given the requisite strength and wisdom to protect the nation, defeat the challenges that confront us and help establish Nigeria as a more prosperous and just land,” he stressed.

Tinubu also emphasised that Nigerians should pray for soldiers and those that are in the frontline against the war on terrorism and coronavirus pandemic.

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FG careful with kidnappers not with #EndSARS protesters, Omokri slams Lai Mohammed

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An ex-aide to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Reno Omokri, has slammed the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, for saying that the Federal Government and its security agencies know the whereabouts of kidnappers and bandits but only being careful.

According to Omokri, the government was not careful with #EndSARS protesters last October when soldiers allegedly opened fire on youths at the Lekki toll gate in Lagos, injuring over 30 protesters and allegedly killing some youths.

It was reported that the minister at a briefing on Tuesday said the government indeed knew the locations of kidnappers, adding that security agencies were only being careful to avoid civilian casualties.

“One of the most difficult things to do, for a democratically-elected government, is to use the instruments of coercion against its own people. For example, while the nation’s military have superior firepower over the rag tag band of Boko Haram and ISWA, the terrorists most often than not operate among the populace, either in our villages or towns, hence the military, in tackling them, is usually careful to avoid collateral damage.

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“The same applies to the kidnappers who abduct our school children. Usually, the location of the kidnappers is not unknown to security forces, but they still have to exercise caution in order not to hurt the same children they are trying to rescue. Despite these inhibitions, the security forces have the wherewithal to decisively tackle the challenges,” Mohammed had said.

Reacting, Omokri, in a string of tweets on Wednesday, wrote, “Lai Mohammed says the Buhari government knows where kidnappers are, but are only being ‘careful’. But why was the Buhari administration not careful during #LekkiMassacre, or when they massacred Nigerian Shiites? Why is their mercy only reserved for kidnappers?

“Lai, why is your government now appealing to bandits and herdsmen? Did you ‘appeal’ to #EndSARS protesters before massacring them, or to the people of Orlu before slaughtering them? The Buhari administration is a useless embarrassment!”

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Eid: Buhari asks Nigerians to pray against banditry, kidnapping

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The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Wednesday asked Nigerians to pray against kidnapping, banditry and blackmail.

According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President made the call in his Eid-il-Fitr message.

The statement was titled ‘On the occasion of Eid, President Buhari calls for unity and solidarity’.

Shehu quoted the President as saying, “On this blessed occasion, I wish that the Eid festival brings with it peace, safety, security, brotherhood and love amongst all.

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“Unity and solidarity among all citizens, Muslims and Christians are imperative especially at a time when our country is faced with multiple challenges which are surmountable only when we come together as one.

“It is important that we remember how we share, through our faiths, common bonds that should serve to unite us and not allow ourselves to succumb to those who seek to divide us, using our two great religions, for their own selfish advantages.

“We should jointly pray against the tragic incidents of kidnapping and banditry and the desperate quest for political power expressed through blackmail against the existence of our country as a united entity.

“We must resist the temptation to retreat into our communities. I urge our political and religious leaders as well as traditional rulers to encourage our citizens to turn towards one another in love and compassion.”

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