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We Must Work Together To Salvage Our Country- Gov Wike



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Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has urged Nigerians to work together to salvage the country from current political and socio-economic woes.

The Governor in a statement by his Media Aide Mr Kelvin Ebiri pointed out that development can only be secured in a society that promote good governance that is predicated on the rule of law.

Governor Wike made the assertion when he hosted on courtesy visit the former Emir of Kano and Grand Khaleefa of the Tijaniyyan Order in Nigeria, His Royal Highness, Muhammad Sanusi II, at Government House, Port Harcourt on Sunday.

According to Governor Wike, the country’s economy is not doing well and everyday Nigerians also wake up to the tails of bad news that have exerted excruciating pains on them.

Governor Wike maintained that everybody can attest to the fact that things are not well in Nigeria and it does not matter how pretenders try to exonerate themselves from the happenings.

“We should brace up; it behooves of all Nigerians to say, we must work together to salvage our country. We must work together to move this country forward. It doesn’t matter where you come from.

“Because poverty does not know Fulani. It does not know Hausa. It does not know Igbo, it does not know Yoruba. It does not know other ethnic groups.”

Speaking further, Governor Wike reiterated that Rivers State will continue to be a place where every Nigerian can reside and consider as home. But, he insisted that it is also obligatory on all residents in the State to conduct their affairs within the confines of the law and be orderly.

The governor said it is the place of government to provide development for its people and ensure safety of all residents. But also noted it is wrong for some residents to view government’s development policy and efforts to provide security from the prism of religion or ethnicity.

“Rivers State, for me, is a place for all Nigerians. Wherever you come from, whether you’re from the east, you’re from the north, you’re from the west or you’re from the south. Whatever, your religion, is immaterial to me. All of us are Nigerians and we do things in common.

“The only thing I have always crave for is law and order. For people to understand that no society can progress without behaving orderly, without obeying the law. When you have a lawless society with no security, you can imagine the kind of state it’ll be.”

Governor Wike enjoined the former Emir to advice his followers in the State to obey the law and live orderly.

The governor explained that the relocation of the former Oginiba Slaughter Market in Trans-Amadi Industrial Area, was a measure taken to curb the level of criminality in the area.

He said it is rather unfortunate that instead of people accepting the genuine efforts of government to create a peaceful state for everybody, they see it as measure of hatred against them.

“But as a state, you also owe that duty to protect your citizens, protect the business people , protect the property. So, when we took that decision, the next thing was that, he is demolishing where Fulanis and Hausas are. And I said, what type of country we are.

“How can we live under this kind of situation. You take a decision that is for the interest of everybody, they said its because I don’t like them. So, if I don’t like them, why have I not closed the other slaughters.”

Governor Wike also stated that the construction of the Nkpolu -Oroworukwo flyover in Port Harcourt has nothing to do with tribe or religion, but to further the development agenda of the State and provide safety for all residents.

“We are trying to put our State in such manner that people doing business or who live in the state will have that sense of protection.”

Stating his reasons for the courtesy call, the former Emir of Kano, His Royal Highness, Muhammad Sanusi II said he was on familiarisation tour to leaders and members of Tjjaniyya Order who are resident in Rivers State because he is their Grand Khaleefa.

He noted with delight the quality of leadership demonstrated by Governor Wike in making Rivers State home for all Nigerians.

He also acknowledged the quality of public infrastructure, the development strides and security provided for all residents by the Wike’s administration.

“This is part of the familiarisation tour to meet with the leaders and members of the order here in Port Harcourt. I will like to thank your excellency, they have informed me of the support they have received and we have watched closely the efforts of his excellency to make Rivers a home for all Nigerians. To make all Nigerians feel they’re true citizens of this country and to protect life and property and the freedom of persons.”

He assured the governor that the Order does not tolerate extremism, but advocates peace, brotherhood, togetherness, solidarity and progress of the country.

“I would like to assure you that this order is a Sufi Order, it is a peaceful order. We do not have among us any extremist. We do not encourage any kind of criminal activity. We advocate peace, brotherhood, togetherness, solidarity. Our interest would be the progress of this country. But we are committed as a group to play our role in supporting leadership that will bring development to the Nigerian people because we are convinced that if the leadership of the country and the sub-nationals is not up to speed, all of us suffer. If we have good leaders, all Nigerians benefit.”

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State Coordinator Of Actualization Group Felicitates With Gov Fintiri Over 2nd Term Inauguration




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The State Coordinator of Actualisation Group, a non governmental organisation in Adamawa, Ya’u Alh Umar Babayi has congratulated Rt. Hon. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri over his second term inauguration.

According to a statement made available to this platform, Babayi described the second term inauguration as a success to the people of Adamawa State.

The Coordinator who is the former Special Assistant to the Governor on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) noted that the re-election of Governor Fintiri was indeed a testament of his dogged efforts towards developing the state to greater heights.

He thanked Governor Fintiri for giving him the opportunity to serve under his administration.

Babayi added that Governor Fintiri has performed beyond expectations in his first tenue especially in the areas of road network, health, education and agriculture among other sectors in Gombi and other local government areas across the state.

He affirmed that the victory of Governor Fintiri at the polls, was no doubt a major pointer that politics is all about being trusted by the people.

The former SA prayed to Allah to grant Governor Fintiri the wisdom to pilot the affairs of Adamawa state for the next four years successfully.

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Adamawa NUJ Congratulates Fintiri Over Successful Second Term Inauguration




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By Muhammad B. Muhammad

The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Adamawa State Council has congratulated Governor Fintiri over his second term inauguration in office.

This is contained in a statement released by Secretary of the Council, Comrade Fidelis Jockthan and made available to this platform.

“The Nigeria Union of Journalists ( NUJ) Adamawa State council has congratulated His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Adamawa State,Rt.Hon.Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri (CON)and his Deputy , Her Excellency, Professor Kaletapwa Farauta over the successful inauguration for the second term in office.

“Indeed, the tumultuous crowd that besiege Mahmud Ribadu square Yola for the event was a reflection of unprecedented love for the Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri.

“As his excellency steers the leadership of the state again, the NUJ heartedly commends Fintiri’s tremendous achievements during his first four Years in office through his urban and rural transformation, Health care, Security and empowerment among others, which earned him a well deserved prestigious Award of a National Honour of Commander of the Niger(CON) by the Immidiete Past President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari GCFR.

“While the union pledged it’s total support and commitment to the Governor,it urged him to sustain the tempo in consolidating on the gains of the previous tenure.

“The NUJ prayed for His Excellency’s God protection and a flourishing administration,” the statement said.

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Mubi South LG Councillors Withdraw Suspension On Council Chair




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Nine (9) Councillors of Mubi South Local Government Area, Adamawa State have withdrawn the suspension of the Chairman of the LGC, Hon. Hamidu Adamu Jingi(Dirbishi).

Aside the the unanimous withdrawal of the suspension, the affected Councillors, who represent various political wards, apologised to the Chairman as well as their electorate for their action.

The councillors included that of Mugulbu, Nduku, Dirbishi, Duvu, Gude, Lamorde, Kwaja, Muzara and Nasarawo, said that they had jumped some steps during the suspension of Hon. Dirbishi.

The councillors announced the withdrawal of the suspension while addressing newsmen at the press center of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Yola on Monday.

The spokesman of the delegation who is also the Chief Whip, Hon. Aminu Sa’adu (aka Mo-Allahyidi), disclosed that the suspension of the Chairman was in outright violation of Local Government Administration Law as well as the 1999 Constitution.

Hon. Aminu who is the Councillor representing Lamorde Ward, told newsmen said that they were summoned by the State House of Assembly after the suspension where they were shown some steps they had jumped.

“Today, we are here to clarify some issues. If you could recall, we impeached the Chairman of the Council last week, based on the allegations against him”. He explained .

He stated thus:” After the incident ,we were summoned by the State House of Assembly where our votes and proceedings were collacted. During our meeting, we were told that there are some steps which we jumped during the impeachment”.

“As law abiding citizens, nine (9) out of ten (10) us sat down and agreed to withdraw the suspension in the interest of our LGA and for peace to rain and at the same time apologise for our action”. He added.

He said that they have no intention whatsoever to go back and continue with the process, saying that they are ready for peace, and that the Chairman of the LGC has promised to do the needful.

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