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Buhari will probe Niger-Delta amnesty programme - Presidency

The presidency has disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari will probe the amnesty programme for ex-militants in the Niger Delta.

It further explained that it would be wrong for the president to sustain the amnesty programme without taking a thorough look at its activities in the past administration.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, who stated this on Africa Independent Television (AIT) breakfast programme, Kaakaki, in Abuja, Friday, added that there are issues surrounding the amnesty programme that Mr. Buhari is taking time to study.

Adesina said, “Don’t also forget that if a situation or process was riddled with corruption and you come saying you are going to clean up the system, and then you continue to just run on the same steam of what you met on ground, then you have not changed anything.

“There are a lot of issues about it and the President is studying those issues. After he has finished studying them, the package will be unfolded on amnesty”.

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Service Chiefs: Igbos victimised for voting against Buhari – Hon Opia

Honourable Goodluck Nanah Opiah was a former Speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly and now represents Ohaji/Egbema/Oguta/Orlu west federal constituency in the House of Representatives. He claims the exclusion of the Igbo nation in the recent appointment of service chiefs shows political victimization. He added that the leadership saga in the National Assembly is a carryover of the APC’s lack of coordination emphatically stating that the supremacy of the party ends at its secretariat. Opiah spoke with the press and Patrick Andrew brings excerpts…. 

President Buhari recently appointed service chiefs that did not reflect the federal character principle, in fact nobody of Igbo extraction was included. What is your reaction?


Well, it is good that finally President Muhammadu Buhari has started taking actions in terms of appointment of service chiefs. l want to believe that these appointments, which to me is supposed to inject new blood into the security system and help in bringing an end to the security challenges in the country. In the west, there is incessant armed robbery, in the south south and south east militancy and incidences of kidnapping are rampant and the insurgency in north has been on for some time now. Security requires serious attention and I am glad the president has taken off with the appointment of service chiefs. 

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Is recanting part of the change?

By Patrick Andrew

President Muhammadu Buhari’s inaugural address moments after being sworn-in as Nigeria’s sixth civilian presidents, five of which were democratically elected, was both unique and historical. The President had said: “Having just a few minutes ago sworn on the Holy Book, I intend to keep my oath and serve as President to all Nigerians.I belong to everybody and I belong to nobody”.

The applause that heralded the uncommon speech: its import in epoch and altruism and clarity, left none in doubt that a new era has been ushered in. It was hardly surprising. The All Progressives Congress (APC) had hinged its campaign slogan on ‘change’ something the party definitely knew Nigerians deeply craved. It was no luxury but a certain need, one that years of deprivation, dire economic suffocation had made inevitable. 

Further, the personality from whose lips the words dripped from has a trustworthy pedigree, in fact the APC could not hope to dethrone the suffocating Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) without the helpings of the behemothic image of the General. He seems a pious fulcrum upon which the bastion of socio-economic cum political liberation of Nigeria rests. So, the presence of the General in the battle line represented a change in character, composure and realistic chances of upturning the applecart against a bunch of highly conceited and oppressively arrogant elements that constituted the ruling PDP. 

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APC is not divided – Rep Jika

By Isioma Nwabasha

The member representing Darazo/Ganjuwa Federal Constituency of Bauchi State, Halliru Dauda Jika, said the emergence of Yakubu Dogara as Speaker of the eight National Assembly saved the All Progressives Congress (APC) from collapse, adding that crisis is normal in any democratic setting.

According to him, politics is a game and the players are humans, so what they did for Dogara was a game and not division. He stressed that some of them faulted the plan by the party to impose a speaker on them, saying it is undemocratic.

Speaking to Peoples Daily Weekend in Abuja, Jika said Dogara’s election did not divide the party, but rather strengthened and has made it stronger and the largest party in Africa.

He said principal offices would be zoned to the six geopolitical zones in order to balance the tide. 

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Can dissolved Plateau councils chairmen return to power?

From Ado Musa, Jos

For the past 16 years that Nigeria returned to democracy, the Peoples Democracy Party (PDP) had virtually dominated positions of power and authority in Nigeria. Even at the state level, Plateau was one of those states where political positions were occupied by the then ruling PDP.

But the party in the last general election had a setback, as the number one seat in the state plus other political seats were won by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in an unbelievable circumstance.

Prior to the general elections, the then governor, Jonah David Jang of the PDP, had conducted local government elections where the PDP was declared winner of the poll in all 17 councils.

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