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Okere Replies Imo PDP Says Appointees Cars Not Gifts

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The Director-General of the Imo State Orientation Agency, Dr. Ethelbert Okere,  has advised Imolites not to allow themselves to be misled by unscrupulous elements on the issue of operational vehicles recently allocated to government appointees by the governor, Sen. Hope Uzodinma. In a statement signed personally by him, Okere described as “misleading” the statement by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Imo State in which it claimed that the operational vehicles recently given to the appointees of the Uzodimma administration are “gifts”.

The orientation boss noticed that it is even more “curious and baffling” that the party further employed the phrase “parting gift”, pointing out that such use of words, apart from being inappropriate, is capable of instigating the people into “precipitate” actions. The statement reads in full as follows:

“The attention of the Imo State Orientation Agency has been drawn to a misleading statement by the Imo state wing of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on the recent allocation of operational vehicles to commissioners and aides of His Excellency, Senator Hope Uzodimma, the governor of Imo state.

In the statement, the party described the vehicles as “gifts” and even more curious as “parting gift”. The Agency is dismayed at the choice of words and expressions because they are capable of leading unsuspecting members of the Imo public into precipitate actions.

The Agency is not unmindful of the fact that some citizens have expressed their views on the governor’s gestures and which is expected in a democracy but frowns at any tendency to mislead a highly sophisticated people like Imolites through inappropriate use of language apparently in a hasty bid to score political points.

There was nowhere in the governor’s speech at the occasion that he alluded to the vehicles as “gifts”. The vehicles are the property of the state and are to be used by the functionaries, who are indigenes of the state, to carry out duties on behalf of the state and its people.

The Agency once again wishes to use this opportunity to urge Imolites to always insist that commentaries on public affairs in the state should remain at the standard for which they are known”.

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Farmers/Herders clash: “pass anti-grazing bill”, SDP advises state government.

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The Social Democratic Party (SDP) has advised State governments to pass the Anti-Grazing Bill into Law to tackle the constant farmers/herders conflicts across Nigeria.

The Party’s National Publicity Secretary, Mr Alfa Mohammed, gave the advice in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday.

Also he urged the state governors to set up Ministries of Internal Security and Conflict Resolution to deal with the activities of aliens in states.

In his words, “It is high time the [governors] start taking bold steps toward securing the lives of their citizens who are being kidnapped, raped, maimed or killed on a daily basis by marauding Fulani herdsmen who are mostly foreigners.

“The governors must remind themselves that the 1999 Constitution makes security and welfare of the people the primary purpose of their governments and confers upon them Chief security officers of their various states.

“This makes them accountable for security lapses suffered by their subjects in their various states.”

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Mohammed also added, “The Governors’ Forum should set up an investigative panel to investigate, among other things those who are responsible for the unrestrained influx of foreign bandits and herdsmen into Nigeria in the last 6 years.

“So that any ethnic leader who’s found to be aiding criminality among his people can be replaced and prosecuted.”

Mohammed also lauded state governments who have taken bold steps to establish their local security outfits and pass the Anti-Open Grazing Bill.

Recall that some states, for instance Oyo and Benue, have passed the Bill into law already.

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CBN lending rate still at 11.5%

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The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele has disclosed that CBN will retain her Monetary Policy Rate at 11.5 per cent.

This was disclosed in Abuja, after a two-day meeting held by the Monetary Policy Committee on Tuesday.

It also retained the Cash Reserve Ratio – CRR and Liquidity Ratio – LR at 27.5 percent and 30 percent respectively.

These rates are the rates the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) maintained at its last meeting in November, 2020

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Buhari appoints new Service Chief – Femi Adesina

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Following the clamour to replace the Service chiefs that had been appointed by the president since 2015, The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) has responded by accepting the resignation of the service chiefs.

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This was disclosed in a statement titled, ‘President Buhari appoints new service chiefs, read by the Special adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.

It read, “President Muhammadu Buhari has accepted the immediate resignation of the Service Chiefs, and their retirement from service“.

Those involved are:

  1. Chief of Defence  –  Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin
  2. Chief of Army Staff – Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai
  3. Chief of Naval Staff – Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas
  4. Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar.

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The new Service chiefs are:

  1. Major-General Leo Irabor –  Chief of Defence Staff
  2. Major-General I. Attahiru – Chief of Army Staff
  3. Rear Admiral A.Z Gambo – Chief of Naval Staff
  4. Air-Vice Marshal I.O Amao –  Chief of Air Staff.

“President Buhari thanks the outgoing Service Chiefs for what he calls their ‘overwhelming achievements in our efforts at bringing enduring peace to our dear country,’ wishing them well in their future endeavours

“The President congratulates the new Service Chiefs, and urges them to be loyal and dedicated in the discharge of their responsibilities.”

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