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2023: Tambuwal visits Obasanjo, says ex-president still relevant

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Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal has described former President Olusegun Obasanjo as a statesman who is still relevant for consultations on issues of governance and the challenges of the country.

The Governor, who stated this when he paid the ex-president a visit at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) Pent House residence, said that Nigerians will continue to learn from him.

A statement on Saturday by the Special Assistant on Media to the former president, Kehinde Akinyemi, disclosed that the Governor met with Obasanjo behind closed doors.

After the meeting, Tambuwal hinted that he had a successful parley with Obasanjo, adding that he was happy that the elder statesman was in high spirit in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic.

‘You know Baba is our leader and statesman.

And it is always good for us to come around to see how he is doing, pay homage and consult him on very many issues of governance. That is why we have come this afternoon. And we brought him the greetings and felicitations of the good people of Sokoto State,’ Tambuwal said.

‘We shall continue to learn from him, drink from his wealth of experience and fountain of his knowledge and wisdom on issues of governance and challenges of today. We pray that God Almighty shall continue to give him good health as I have met him today, and may he and all of us survive this COVID-19 pandemic.’

 

On governance in Sokoto State, the Governor said his administration has restored stability after recent attacks by bandits.

‘We are reestablishing peace in the northern part of the state, where we have been having challenges of banditry.

‘Peace is returning and people are back to their farms and villages. Those of them in the IDPs camps are back in their homes and villages now. We are doing our best as a State Government to ensure that we engender security. And we are doing our best to provide development and employment for our people,’ the Governor said.

Governor Tambuwal, who arrived OOPL at about 2:30 pm and left at 3:30 pm, was accompanied on the visit by eight Special Advisers.

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Protect democracy, enact Electoral Act Amendment Bill, UK urges Nigeria

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The United Kingdom (UK) has urged Nigeria to ensure quick passage and enactment of the Electoral Act Amendment Bill currently pending before the National Assembly.

UK’s Minister for Africa James Duddridge gave the advice in an interview in Abuja.

Duddridge said that passing the amendment bill would build more confidence in the country’s electoral process.

According to him, confidence in election results plays a very important role in democratic governance.

“It is very important. I will meet the senate and I will be asking when the Electoral Act Amendment Bill is going to be passed.

“You Know, democracy is not a static thing. It has to evolve; you have to make elections increasingly secure.

“So, I think it is really important to make an Act that will give the Nigerian people and the international community greater confidence that the elections are free, fair, and a reflection of what the people voted.

If you have not got that in actuality or perception, democracy starts to crumble and we see where that leads.

“Democracy is the main pillar alongside a capitalist free market that drives social progress and allows us to function,” he said.

According to him, one of the components that build confidence in the electoral process is the electronic transmission of results such that the final results declared correspond with each of the local results.

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He said that though the UK was interested in seeing Nigeria’s democracy become stronger, it could only play an advisory role and not dictate to Nigeria what it should do.

“We can offer practical advice on election processes working with Non-Governmental Organisations and youth groups to make sure that young people are not only more likely to be registered for elections but also that their voices are heard.

“In the UK parliament, we have got members of parliament in their 20s and it is the richer for it.

“We wouldn’t want a parliament full of 20-year-olds.

“Equally, we do not want a parliament full of 70 and 80-year-olds.

“We need a balance to reflect society and everyone brings different experiences,” he said.

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Support Nigeria, Relocate AFRICOM HQ To Africa –President Buhari Appeals to US

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The United States has been urged to consider relocating the headquarters of the US Africa Command (AFRICOM) from Stuttgart, Germany to Africa and near the Theatre of Operation.

The United States has been urged to consider relocating the headquarters of the US Africa Command (AFRICOM) from Stuttgart, Germany to Africa and near the Theatre of Operation.

The OBSERVERS TIMES gathered that the appeal was made by President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, April 27, during a virtual meeting with US secretary of state, Anthony Blinken.

President Buhari has urged the United States to consider relocating the headquarters of the US Africa Command to Africa. Photo credit: Femi Adesina Source: Facebook Bashir Ahmad, a personal assistant on new media to the president, in a tweet via his verified Twitter handle, @BashirAhmaad confirmed the development.

The Nigerian leader in a statement by presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, explained that the move was necessary as part of efforts to address the issue of insecurity in Nigeria and other countries in Africa.
According to Adesina, the support of important and strategic partners like the United States cannot be overstated. He noted that the growing security challenges in West, Central Africa, Gulf of Guinea, Lake Chad region and Sahel, underscores the need for the United States to relocate the defence command. AFRICOM is responsible for military relations with nations and regional organisations in Africa. It also focuses on addressing security challenges affecting African countries.

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NEW ATTA UPDATE: A TIME TO DUST THAT STOOL By: Igala Teacher.

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Following the death of Idakwo Ameh on 27th August, 2020, the stool of Atta Igala has remained vacant even after 18 clear months.

Expectedly, that stool must be dusty by now due to abandonment.

My intention for rendering this piece is not to drum support for any of the contestants, rather, it is with a view to updating those who have been asking me for progress thus far, also, to plead with those in charge to quickly but correctly give us a new Atta.

On the update menu therefore, the Igala Area Traditional Council will on 27th April, 2021 consider recommendation of another Atta designate, this time, Mr. Mathew Alaji Opaluwa.

You will recall that in February, 2021, the Etemahi and his 8 chiefs forming Igalamela; who are the kown kingmakers (being the 9 Igala clans) had recommended Mr Ocholi Opaluwa to the Council for onward transition to the governor, but the recommendation was greeted with several petitions, alleging unprintable irregularities.

The Council considered it and perhaps rejected it.

The Council therefore decided to boycott the kingmakers by setting up its own panel, an act some observers have warned will backfire if tested in the court as it is not backed by any law or customary practice. The only person vested with powers to refuse and or setup a new panel under the Kogi State Chiefs (appointment and deposition) Law, 2006 is the Governor in Council.

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The issue of concern for the Igalamela kingmakers of Ajaka is not just that the new panel does not have any of the 9 Igala clans (Igalamela) as its member, the panel also sat and screened candidates in Anyigba, instead of Ajaka. This is said to be capable of taking away the powers of Igalamela for life, a power they have exercised since the reign of Ayegba Idoko, some hundreds of years ago.

Though the screening by the Council’s panel was peaceful and wounded up last week with the recommendation of Mathew Opaluwa, some candidates however refused to appear before the panel while it sat; insisting that the Council does not have powers to setup such a panel.

Notable amongst those who refused to surrender to the Council’s panel was Ocholi Opaluwa for obvious reasons, he had already been recommended by the Etemahi kingmakers.

It is interesting to note that supporters of other candidates are also insisting that the two brothers, Mathew and Ocholi Opaluwa are not even qualified as their own older brother Samuel Opaluwa is still in the race. Then, there is another argument in favour of Okoliko Opaluwa as the only candidate nominated by the elders surviving member of Ameacho family, a prerequisite to eligibility to contest from the family.

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Obviously, this is a time that requires patience, caution and wisdom, but is also a time that requires speed as that stool must have become too dusty by now. It is a time to dust that stool, it is a time to put it to use.

In all, I sincerely join all Igala sons and daughters to pray for a smooth emergence of a new Atta.

May God give us the grace to dust that stool clean for the deserving and God chosen occupant.

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