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Protect your projects, Senate President tells Imo



The Senate President, Senator Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan on Friday, April, 2021 in Owerri, the Imo State capital commissioned one of the major link roads – Akachi Road – constructed by Governor Hope Uzodimma in his one year in office and renamed after a former Senate President and former Governor of Imo State, Senator Evan Enwerem.

Speaking before commissioning the project, the Senate President lauded Governor Uzodimma for remaining focused since assuming power, saying Governor Hope actually means (Higher on Project Ever).

“The Governor is doing a great and wonderful job in Imo State,” he said and congratulated him for achieving so much in one year with scarce resources.

The Senate President who was enthusiastic over the road renamed after one of his predecessors, Senator Enwerem, said “the renaming was very important and the message is that Imo is working and Imo will continue to work.”

He admonished Imo people to see government projects as their projects by ensuring that they do not only utilize them well, but “protect them, and own them up.”

He described those who destroy government property as enemies of the people and suggests the people resist such.

Senator Lawan urged Imolites to support the Government of Senator Uzodimma whom he said “Nigeria is proud of because he is honest, prudent and reliable.”

His words: “Imo is Lucky to have him as their Governor.”

He pointed out that though Governor Uzodimma receives very little resources compared to what most of his colleagues receive, “yet he is doing more infrastructural development than the previous administrations.”

He said Governor Uzodimma’s prudent use of scarce resources to achieve much is a reflection of what the APC governments at the federal and state levels represent.

“The APC today receives little resources but we are doing far better than previous administrations and governments who received large quantum of resources and yet failed to develop Nigeria infrastructure and add value to the Nigerian Nation,” Senator Lawan noted.

 The Senate President therefore thanked the Governor for his prudence and financial discipline that have contributed immensely to the several achievements he has recorded in just one year in office.

Delving into national issues, he informed that the National Assembly will always support good programmes of the Executive without recourse to public criticisms.

He acknowledged that the Security Agencies need more resources to effectively confront the several challenges before them, reiterating that “the importance of the change in the leadership of the Service Chiefs is aimed at having new ideas and new strategies to fight the Nigerian common enemy.”

To political leaders in Imo State Senator Lawan quipped:  “Remember that no condition is permanent, and most importantly, that Imo State is your State. It is APC today, Hope Uzodimma today and it could be another party and different Governor tomorrow. Hence, all should work towards the development and progress of Imo State in particular and Nigeria in general irrespective of party affiliation.”

Earlier in his address, Governor Uzodimma said the road being commissioned was part of the previous ones meant to reduce the infrastructure deficit in the State.

“The road revolution is to make Imo better, provide more access roads to the teaming population of Imo people and to allow for free movement of goods and services in the State as a whole,” the Governor said.

 Governor Uzodimma who was elated by the presence of the Senator Lawan and his colleagues as well as APC leaders, reiterated that Imo State is now in the good books of the national leadership

He repeated that he has come to serve the people, to bring prosperity using the limited resources available and that “nothing can stop” him from getting to his destination.

He however regretted that “detractors are working very hard on slowing down the Imo progress.”

But the Governor added that Imo State knows her enemies and assured the people of the readiness of the Security Agencies to tackle all security challenges headlong. 

He proceeded to announce that the road previously known as Akachi Road will now to be known and called Chief Evan Enwerem Way.

In his welcome remarks, the Imo State Commissioner for Works, Barr. Ralph Nwosu informed that the road which was completed by Governor Uzodimma was inherited from the previous administration and that only 10 percent job was done on it.

He said it was instructive that the Contractor who originally started work on the road accepted to complete it by dropping 20 percent of the original contract cost because of his believe in the Shared Prosperity mantra of the current government.

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



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



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



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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