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Secondus: Nigeria Now on Auto Pilot with Insecurity, Collapsing Economy

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•Says PDP will ensure gender parity in 2023

The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus, yesterday, painted a gloomy picture of Nigeria, stating that the country had gone into autopilot with nobody in control.

He also said the insecurities have pervaded the country and that the economy has collapsed with inflation and unemployment spiking to the highest point ever in the country.

Secondus spoke to a select group of reporters, where he also assured the female members of the party that in constituting the federal cabinet, gender parity would be uppermost should the party win the 2023 general election.

According to the PDP chair, “Nigeria is in an auto pilot and deserves rescue from all well-meaning Nigerians especially, the women that constitute over 60 per cent of the voting population.

Further lamenting the growing insecurity in the country, Secondus said, it has gone so bad that schools are now closed in some parts of the northern states due to kidnapping and banditry.

He also lamented the near collapse of the economy, stating that almost all manufacturing companies in Nigeria had relocated to Ghana or neighbouring West African countries due to the collapse of infrastructure and high cost of production.

“Today, in Nigeria, inflation is about 17.4 per cent, official rate and the level of unemployment is about 33 per cent mostly among the youths. Nothing seems to be working. The country is in an auto pilot,” the PDP national chairman lamented.

He, therefore, charged the PDP women and women in general to rise up and rescue the country as everything was in a perilous state.

Secondus urged women in Nigeria to rescue the nation from the grips of corruption and injustice pervading the land, saying, “You should emulate women nationalists like Funmilayo Ransom Kuti and recently Dr. Ngozi Okonjo Iweala”.

Pledging gender parity in constituting a new cabinet, he said, if PDP forms government in 2023, the cabinet would be 50/50 based on competence.

“It is a known fact that whenever and wherever you find a Women in government, there will be no corruption.

According to him, “The 35 per cent is already taken, but we believe that we must drive it to logical conclusion. We are also setting new guidelines that will give youths and women free forms and also give them some form of preference.

We believe that if PDP form government in 2023, it be 50/50 between men and women, because women have what its needed for national development”, he said.

Speaking, the chairperson of the PDP Women Action Committee, Senator Biodiun Olujimi, described the committee as another agenda setting for other political parties to emulate and should be seen as a challenge factor to all women on all national developmental issues.

“Women are central to democracy. It will give women a sense of belonging and ensure justice and equity in the affairs of the party and national development.”

She also noted that, “It is right to say women are an integral part of any strong and forward looking party, such as PDP. In fact, the participation of women in the socio-political and cultural affairs is not just a goal, but central to sustainability of the democratic process.

“Statistics tells us that engaging women in leadership processes, increases the gross domestic product of our nation. Empowering women is a very smart political move that political parties will greatly benefit from. And the process starts from arrangements such as this lobby group being inaugurated today.”

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Eid el Fitr; Former Federal Lawmaker,Mohammed Sani Kutigi Greets Nigerlites.

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A former Federal Lawmaker from Niger state and PDP starlwart,Alhaji Mohammed Sani Kutigi has sent a message of congratulations to Moslem faithfuls and the people of Niger state on the occassion of Eid el Fitr.

In a message to mark the occassion,the Federal Lawmaker commemded the people of Niger state for remaining peaceful and law abiding amidst naked provocations.

Kutigi urged the people of the state to pray more fervently for God’s intervention inview of frequent securtiy threats to lives and properties.

He appealed to the people of the state to remain securtiy conscious,their neighbors keepers and report suspicious movement to the law enforcement agencies.

He challenged the security agencies to do more in the protection of lives and properties of hapless citizens from bandits attacks, kidnapping and herders threats to lives and properties.

The PDP starlwart and national officer congratulated the people of the state for witnessing this year’s occassion.

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APC: Nigeria will be Secured from Fifth Columnists, Secessionist Agitators

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has restated the commitment of the federal government to secure the nation from all fifth columnists and secessionist elements who have continued to seek ways of dragging the nation backward.

Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee of the party, Senator John Akpanudoedehe, stated this in statement issued yesterday in Abuja.

The ruling party said it celebrateed with Muslim faithful and entire Nigerians on the occasion of this year’s Eid-el-Fitr, after the 30 days of abstinence from worldly pleasures and utmost devotion to the Almighty Allah.

The party enjoined Nigerians to use this period to demonstrate the essence of Ramadan, which is about personal sacrifice and sharing with the less-privileged.

Akpanudoedehe said, “On this day, we assure Nigerians of our commitment to securing the nation from all fifth columnists and secessionist elements who have continued to seek ways of dragging the nation backward.”

The party also urged Nigerians to use the occasion to pray for the leaders and the country’s peace and development.

The secretary noted that the collective efforts of all were required to ensure that citizens enjoyed the many pro-people developmental strides of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration in an atmosphere of peace.
The APC, therefore, called on all people of goodwill and patriotic citizens to use the occasion to extend their spiritual support for the efforts of the administration in its continued quest to place the country on the path of economic prosperity.

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Eid-el-Fitr: I’m delightful seeing Christians breaking fast, extending gifts to Muslims – Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed delight that Eid festival will continue to bring with it peace, safety, security, brotherhood and love amongst Muslims and Christians as witnessed during the fasting period.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the president made his feelings known in a Sallah message issued by his spokesman, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Wednesday.

According to the president, it is noteworthy and delightful to see Christians breaking fast and in some instances, extending goodwill and gifts to Muslim faithful during the Ramadan.

“This model also shone through with Muslim groups joining Christian festivities.

”These are practices that promote brotherhood and forgiveness,” he added.

The president, therefore, extended his best wishes to all Nigerians and Muslims across the globe as they mark the Eid-el-Fitr following the completion of a month of fasting.

In the message signed by him, Buhari said: “On this blessed occasion, I wish that the Eid festival brings with it peace, safety, security, brotherhood and love amongst all.

“Unity and solidarity among all citizens, Muslims and Christians are imperative especially at a time when our country is faced with multiple challenges which are surmountable only when we come together as one.

It is important that we remember how we share, through our faiths, common bonds that should serve to unite us and not allow ourselves to succumb to those who seek to divide us, using our two great religions, for their own selfish advantages.

“We should jointly pray against the tragic incidents of kidnapping and banditry and the desperate quest for political power expressed through blackmail against the existence of our country as a united entity.

“We must resist the temptation to retreat into our communities. I urge our political and religious leaders as well as traditional rulers to encourage our citizens to turn towards one another in love and compassion.”

The president also urged Nigerians to continue to observe all COVID-19 prevention measures and celebrate responsibly during the holidays.

NAN reports that the Sultan of Sokoto and President-General, Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, had on Tuesday declared Thursday (May 13), as the first day of Shawwal 1442AH.

Abubakar III made the declaration in a statement signed by Prof. Sambo Junaidu, the Chairman, Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs Sultanate Council, Sokoto.

He said: “The Sultanate Council Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs in conjunction with the National Moon Sighting Committee did not receive any report from various Moon sighting committees across the country.

“This, confirming the sighting of the new moon of Shawwal 1442AH, on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, which was 29th day of Ramadan 1442AH.

“Therefore, Wednesday, May 12, 2021, is the 30th day of the month of Ramadan 1442AH.”

 

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