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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.

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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‘You’re responsible for Nigeria’s economic woes’— Atiku tackles Tinubu

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Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the 2023 general election, attributed Nigeria’s economic challenges to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

In a statement shared on his official social media account on Sunday, the former Vice President of Nigeria urged Tinubu to take cues from Argentina’s President Javier Milei on swiftly restoring investor confidence despite inheriting a troubled economy.

Atiku criticized Tinubu for deflecting blame onto the opposition and his predecessors, calling such actions unnecessary and shortsighted. He emphasized that market dynamics respond to concrete actions, not political rhetoric.

Drawing parallels with President Milei’s leadership in Argentina, Atiku highlighted the need for well-sequenced economic reforms. He commended Milei’s proactive approach in preparing for the post-reform challenges and ensuring the availability of mitigating measures.

Atiku contrasted Tinubu’s administration’s ad hoc and hurried reforms with Milei’s strategic sequencing. He pointed out Argentina’s lean government structure achieved through reducing ministries and privatizing state-owned enterprises, contrasting it with Nigeria’s expanding bureaucracy and excessive spending on official residences.

Atiku likened Tinubu’s administration’s approach to Nero fiddling while Rome burns, accusing him of evading substantive action and blaming the opposition for policy failures, reminiscent of characters in George Orwell’s Animal Farm.

Expressing admiration for Argentina’s reforms, Atiku suggested aligning his “Recover Nigeria Plan” with Milei’s stabilization strategy to alleviate Nigeria’s economic distress. He emphasized the need for transparent policies focused on economic revival and warned against dismissing discontent, particularly among the youth, which could manifest in protests.

The statement referred to the worsening economic conditions in Nigeria, highlighted by soaring inflation rates and high living costs, as reported by the National Bureau of Statistics, with headline inflation reaching 29.90% and food inflation at 35.42% in January 2024.

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BREAKING: Fire guts FCT Minister’s residence

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A fire broke out at the private residence of Dr. Mariya Mahmoud, the Minister of State in the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), on Sunday afternoon.

Situated at No. 9, Justice Roseline Ukeji Close in the affluent Asokoro district of Abuja, the property was reportedly completely destroyed by the blaze.

Despite prompt emergency response efforts, including the arrival of fire service personnel, nothing could be salvaged from the premises.

Mr. Austin Elemue, the Minister’s Special Adviser on Media, confirmed the incident, indicating that the cause of the fire remained unknown at the time.

Authorities have initiated an investigation to ascertain the cause of the fire.

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PHOTO: Gov Makinde Host Nigeria Police Games

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1: Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde (left) and Inspector General of Police, Olukayode Egbetokun, during the opening ceremony of the 14th Biennial Nigeria Police Games, host by Oyo State Government, held at Adamasigba Stadium, Ibadan. PHOTO: Oyo Gov’s Media Unit.

2: From left, Deputy Governor of Oyo State, Barr Bayo Lawal; Governor Seyi Makinde; Inspector General of Police, Olukayode Egbetokun and his wife Elizabeth, during the opening ceremony of the 14th Biennial Nigeria Police Games, host by Oyo State Government, held at Adamasigba Stadium, Ibadan. PHOTO: Oyo Gov’s Media Unit.

3: Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde (left) take a salute from the Police Mascots, during the opening ceremony of the 14th Biennial Nigeria Police Games, host by Oyo State Government, held at Adamasigba Stadium, Ibadan. PHOTO: Oyo Gov’s Media Unit.

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