Today’s Headlines:Buhari’s Apology Amid Rising Insecurity;Orji Kalu Writes APC NWC, Senators-Elect

Buhari’s Apology Amid Rising Insecurity

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Abductions, killings and general insecurity have lately gone haywire again, leaving on the trail a growing discontent and vote of no confidence in the Federal Government’s handling of security. But beyond President Muhammadu Buhari’s request for forgiveness for the misfortune visited on Nigerians in the last eight years, he should admit that he has a defining problem in his hands, and man up towards a parameter that will end terrorism in Nigeria. Otherwise, he should admit governance failure.

Recently, the foremost Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, expressed concern about the upsurge in terrorist activities in the country. The group regrets that since the completion of the 2023 election, die-hard terrorists have been freely going about killing and kidnapping hundreds of Nigerians, especially the citizens of Benue State. Afenifere laments that apart from killing and kidnapping people on highways, “bandits now even have the effrontery to abduct people from their homes,” as it happened to one Adebukola in Ondo State, to a former deputy governor of Nasarawa State, Prof. Onje Gye-Wado, to the driver of the incumbent Nasarawa State deputy governor, to one Muhammadu Jibril in Ago Igbira, Osun State, and to over 100 students of Federal Government College, Yauri, Kebbi State, who were abducted from their hostels – to mention a few.

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Orji Kalu Writes APC NWC, Senators-Elect

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The Senate Chief Whip, Orji Kalu, has written to members of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and 108 Senators-elect about his interest to become the Senate president.

This was contained in a statement issued by the Media Office of the Chief Whip of the Senate on Monday in Abuja.

Mr Kalu, however, refuted the report that South east Senators-elect endorsed him.

According to him, the Senators-elect of the South-east only met to make a demand from the President-elect and the party and yet to endorse anyone.

Mr Kalu, in the letters which he personally signed and addressed to each of the NWC members and Senators-elect, said he is offering himself for the position with sincerity of heart, humility and candour.

He explained that his seeming inactiveness in the contest for the senate president was because of the one-month mourning of his late wife, Ifeoma Kalu.

The Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that attached to the letters of intent is Mr Kalu’s Legislative Agenda, which has six priorities.

I Don’t Know Obidients_Soyinka

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Nobel laureate Prof Wole Soyinka has described the word “reconciliation”, used in media reports of Labour Party presidential candidate Peter Obi’s visit to his house in Abeokuta Ogun State at the weekend as non-applicable.

He said the word was never raised, adding that its insertion in the reports was “most inappropriate” and a “diversionary invocation.

Soyinka noted that there was no issue to reconcile between him and Obi, but refuted any acknowledgement of or relationship with the “Obidient” or “Obidient Family” as Obi’s supporters are known.

The Obidients verbally attacked the Nobel laureate for describing the LP flag bearer’s running mate Datti Baba-Ahmed’s comment on Channels Television, TV, as fascist.

Obi, in a post on his official Twitter handle on Sunday, poured encomiums on Soyinka.

Tinubu’s Administration Will Favour Rivers_ Tony

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Achieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers state, Tony Okocha, has urged Nigerians to hope for the best in the Bola Tinubu-led administration.

Okocha, during a chat with reporters yesterday in Port Harcourt, believes the administration will favour Rivers State in no small measure. He also urged journalists to highlight areas of need in their reportage to draw the Federal Government’s attention when the new government comes on board.

He said: “Two reasons Governor Nyesom Wike invited Tinubu to the state is to show him the people’s hospitality and make him see what deprivation the state has suffered overtime from the Federal Government.

In the last eight years, there has not been any tangible project from the Federal Government to the state. The only one that comes to mind, the Opobo/Bonny River Bridge, is still on a snail speed. That also is not solely a Federal Government project as it is in partnership with the Nigerian Liquified Natural Gas (NLNG).


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