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Drop your guns, negotiate with Nigerian Govt – Deputy Speaker tells unknown gunmen in South East

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The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Benjamin Kalu, has urged armed individuals operating in the South East to abandon their hideouts, relinquish their weapons, and engage in negotiations with the Federal government for improved employment opportunities and a secure future. This advice coincided with the launch of a Food-For-Peace Program aimed at addressing hunger in the South East.

Speaking at a gathering of All Progressives Congress (APC) stakeholders and an empowerment program for his constituents in Bende, Kalu commended President Bola Tinubu for fair appointments and developmental initiatives in the South East. He expressed concern over the economic downturn in the region due to sit-at-home orders, leading to the departure of many South East-origin investors.

The Deputy Speaker condemned the actions of unidentified gunmen as a challenge to the Federal Government, asserting that resorting to violence undermined the South East’s economy and overall progress. Kalu advised agitators still operating in the bush to lay down their arms and support the Federal Government’s peace initiatives, particularly the Peace In South East Project (PISE-P).

Highlighting Tinubu’s contributions to the Igbo nation, including key appointments, Kalu stressed the need for unwavering support for Tinubu’s current and future political endeavors. While expressing his interest in the release of detained IPOB leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, Kalu emphasized that dropping weapons and embracing peace by those involved in violent activities could expedite Kanu’s release.

He cautioned against the futility of sit-at-home actions and encouraged individuals to heed the call for peace, emphasizing that violence would not prevail against the Federal Government’s firepower. Kalu shared the destruction of the Tinubu/Shettima campaign office in Abia State before the 2023 general election by gunmen as an example of the consequences of violence.

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Despite challenges, Kalu acknowledged the success of PISE-P in fostering relative peace in the South East during the Yuletide. He also advocated for social cohesion between the Igbo community and other tribes as crucial for the region’s development. Additionally, during the stakeholders’ meeting, approximately 25 members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) defected to the APC in the constituency.

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‘Some people have turned into monitoring spirits because of Tinubu’ – Joe Igbokwe

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Joe Igbokwe, a prominent member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State, raised concerns on Saturday about the constant monitoring of President Bola Tinubu. Igbokwe claimed that some individuals have resorted to witchcraft and “monitoring spirits” to keep an eye on Tinubu.

He explained that these individuals are observing Tinubu closely to catch any mistakes or mishaps, wherever he goes. Posting on his Facebook page, Igbokwe predicted that this scrutiny will persist for the next eight years.

He wrote: “Some people have turned to monitoring spirits. They follow PBAT anywhere he goes to see if he will make mistakes, if he will fall down, or if he will be received very well in any country he goes to. This is witchcraft and they will do this for 8 years. Mark this.”

Tinubu had a slip during the Democracy Day celebration at Eagles Square on June 12. Addressing the incident later at a Democracy Day dinner at the Presidential Villa, the President commented: “Early this morning, I had a swagger and it’s on social media. They’re confused about whether I was doing bugger or babariga.

“But it is a day to celebrate democracy. Why doing dobale on the day? I’m a traditional Yoruba boy. I did my dobale.”

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‘We’re still owed salaries in Abia State University’ – ASUU

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The Abia State University chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has claimed that many of its members did not receive their April and May salaries, and those who were paid had deductions from their salaries. ASUU Chairperson Chidi Mbah and Secretary Victor Obisike stated that despite announcements from the Abia government and social media reports indicating that salaries had been settled, only a few staff members with accounts at commercial banks received their April salaries, and even fewer received their May salaries.

The ASUU leaders highlighted that this inconsistency in salary payments and deductions has caused financial difficulties, anxiety, and uncertainty among the affected staff. They noted that staff members who did receive their April or May salaries experienced unexplained deductions ranging from N8,000 to N53,000.

This irregular payment system has made it difficult for the unions within the university to determine the status of their check-off dues, which are usually deducted at the source. Additionally, ASUU emphasized that 11 months of outstanding salary arrears remain unpaid, despite repeated assurances from the government.

ASUU expressed its support for Governor Alex Otti’s efforts to improve Abia State University but urged government officials to avoid politicizing the salary payment issue. They appealed to the state government to promptly address the concerns raised and ensure that all outstanding salaries, including the arrears, are paid in full to alleviate the financial hardships faced by the university staff.

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Sanusi: Ado Bayero was never Emir of Kano – Gov Yusuf’s spokesman

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Sanusi Bature, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Abba Yusuf of Kano State, has asserted that Aminu Ado Bayero was never the Emir of Kano. According to Bature, former Governor Abdullahi Ganduje appointed Bayero as the Emir of the eight metropolitan local governments of Kano city.

During an appearance on Arise Television, Bature explained that Ganduje’s appointment of Bayero as emir was part of a political maneuver that compromised the integrity of the historic Kano Emirate, which predates Nigeria and its constitution by over a thousand years.

Bature stated: “The governor’s action was intended to protect the emirate’s integrity as an institution. The Emirate of Kano has a history that predates Nigeria, with people living under a single Emir for over a thousand years. Ganduje’s administration politicized this history, which Yusuf promised to rectify during his campaign to restore the emirate’s lost glory.”

He further remarked, “This is not the first time an Emir has been deposed; Ganduje did it, and Sanusi left Kano for peace to prevail. Now Sanusi has returned to Kano after the law was repealed.”

Clarifying Bayero’s status, Bature said, “Aminu Ado Bayero was never the Emir of Kano. He was appointed as the Emir of the eight metropolitan local governments of Kano city. With the revision of the law under a unified Kano, the emirate Bayero served no longer exists. He was the Emir of the Kano city emirate, not the entire 44 local governments of Kano, a status created by Ganduje’s 2019 Emirate law.”

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Governor Yusuf deposed Ado Bayero and reinstated Muhammed Sanusi as the Emir of Kano. Despite this, Ado Bayero has refused to leave his Nassarawa palace and has challenged the state government’s action in court.

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