President Muhammadu Buhari has pleaded with Ekiti Obas to support his reelection bid and government for sustainable peace in Ekiti State and beyond.
Buhari said he has not betrayed the country on the promises he made in 2015 to secure the nation, fight corruption and diversify the economy and make Nigeria self-sustaining in terms of local production
The President spoke in Ado Ekiti on Tuesday while interacting with Ekiti Obas when his presidential campaign train visited the state.
The Monarchs were led to the meeting by the Chairman of the State Council of Traditional Rulers and Oloye of Oye Ekiti, Oba Oluwole Ademolaju.
Present at the meeting were: Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Governors Kayode Fayemi(Ekiti), Gboyega Oyetola(Osun), Abiola Ajimobi(Oyo), RRotimi Akeredolu(Ondo) , Ibikule Amosun(Ogun), former All Progressives Congress(APC) Interim National Chairman, Chief Bisi Akande, Mr Olusola Oke, among others.
Buhari while addressing the Obas, said his government had made landmark achievements since coming on board by ensuring that no town in the country is under the control of the Boko Haram Insurgency.
“Let me first thank the people of Ekiti for voting for Governor Fayemi in the July 14 election. I love the pattern of voting and I am
pleased with it.
“When we were campaigning in 2015, we made some promises. Today, we have not reneged on them. As I speak with you, no part of the country is being controlled by Boko Haram. Before we came on board, 17 local governments were under the control of insurgents. We have technically retrieved those towns from them.
“The era when mosques, churches, motor parks were being bombed is over. We have also stopped the importation of rice by 90 per cent and we
can now grow what we consume. Those who were engaging in acts of smuggling are being dealt with. We have now reached food security.
“Apart from all these, we are also fighting corruption. We introduced Treasury Single Account to curb waste, among others.
“I am now seeking your support so that we can continue to enjoy sustainable peace in our land. We hope to do more and that is why we
are seeking the mandate of Nigerians, so that we can consolidate the gains of democracy for our people”.
In their position presented by the Secretary of the traditional rulers and Ajero of Ijero Ekiti, Oba Joseph Adewole, the monarchs appealed to Buhari to appoint a Minister to replace Governor Fayemi in his cabinet to represent Ekiti.
“We want you to remember us more. The federal roads in Ekiti are in a deplorable state and we want you to fix them and make them motorable.
You must also work hard to end ASUU strike, so our children can go back to school.
“We also congratulate you on the miraculous escape of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in an helicopter crash in Kabba on Saturday. His escape
showed that God has prepared him for a special purpose.
“Your success is our success, We assure you of our support in the arduous task to take Nigeria to the next level”.
2023 Presidency: Zoning can’t stop Tinubu – Ex-Minster
A former Minister of Works and National Chairman of South West Agenda for 2023, Senator Dayo Adeyeye, has restated that the truth that the quarter has produced the president withinside the beyond won’t forestall it from clinching the presidential price price tag if the All Progressives Congress zoned the price price tag to the South.
The former Minister opined that former Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, remains the best and the right man to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari after bowling out in 2023 based on experience and political networks.
Adeyeye spoke in Ado Ekiti on Tuesday during the official launching of the South West Agenda (SWAGA) 2023, a political platform rooting for the presidential aspiration of the former Lagos State Governor.
Adeyeye added that the APC leaders must respect the zoning of lresidency to the South in 2023, as a mark of respect for the silent agreement within the party at inception in 2013.
Adeyeye said: “And if the ticket comes to the South, the fact that the Southwest had produced the President before won’t prevent the Yoruba race from getting the APC ticket.
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“You could all remember that the late President, Umaru Musa Yar’Adua was from Katsina State and when the ticket went back to the North in 2007, they picked President Muhammadu Buhari from Katsina. They didn’t say his state had produced President before.
“What we need in Nigeria is someone like Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who knows everybody. Someone who has planted and nurtured people across all the zones. Someone, who believes in making stars to unite Nigeria,” Adeyeye said.
Also , the former Senator representing Ekiti South Senatorial District, Senator Tony Adeniyi, alleged that members of SWAGA in Ekiti were being harassed and intimidated by APC members loyal to Governor Kayode Fayemi , saying these barrage of embarrassment must stop in the interest of APC.
“Before SWAGA was formed, we had ‘Tokan Tokan’ and original ‘JKF’, which are outfits loyal to Governor Fayemi.
“Is it an offence to associate with one of the foremost Nigerians like Tinubu? We are being treated here in Ekiti like orphans in the Sahara desert . We are being intimated and harassed by people who had contributed nothing to APC.”
Also, in his short lecture at the event, a Professor of Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Lagos , Prof. Yemi Oke, said he came to fraternise with the group as a Yoruba man , who believes in the Southwest agenda for the 2023.
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In his speech entitled: ‘Nigeria at a Crossroad, What Option for the Southwest Geopolitical Zone’, Prof. Oke, described Tinubu as the most qualified to lead Nigeria after President Buhari, so that all the faultlines and cleavages can be amended for national unity.
Commending Tinubu for working hard to sustain the country’s democracy, the Chairman, Inter-party Advisory Council in Ekiti, Hon. Ife Iyaniwura, said Tinubu has become a strong political stakeholder that people respect in the country.
“Asiwaju has been a phenomenon. He has shown it.”
Open Grazing: I’m a herdsman but I ranch my cattle – Benue Varsity lecturer
A member of the Academic Staff Union of University, ASUU Benue State chapter, Dr Ogi John has declared support for ranching of cattle in the country.
Recall that following the incessant clashes between farmers and herders across the country, many prominent Nigerians called for a ban on open grazing.
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State in May 2017, signed the Open Grazing Prohibition Bill into law as a measure to tackle the farmers and herders crisis in the state.
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Similarly, governors in the Southern part of the country unanimously opted for ranching in a bid to end the insecurity in the region.
John Ogi, a senior lecturer in the university made his stance known in a post on his official Facebook page after visiting one of his farm in Anuja.
He said ranching remains the global standard of rearing cattle.
The post reads, “I am 100% in support of ranching, that’s the global best practice. I own cows and I ranch them, cattle business is a private business and cow owners must learn to protect their animals from destroying other peoples farm.
“Sunday visit to one of our farms in Abuja, part-time civil servant, full-time agro businessman”.
Students of Rivers State College of Health block major roads, protest poor amenities
Students of the Rivers State College of Health Sciences and Technology on Tuesday, blocked the mile four axis of the Ikwerre street in Port Harcourt in protest towards bad simple services withinside the institution.
The protest prompted a heavy gridlock across the area, forcing motorists to apply opportunity routes. The college students who defied an early morning downpour to level the protest are disturbing for the availability of water and energy of their hostels through the institution’s control. Some of the leaders of the protest, who spoke with us additionally decried “non accreditation of a few guides presented withinside the institution,”leaving them jobless after graduation.
A protester said,, “have a take a observe the building, it’s far simply pleasant out of doors however whilst you cross in, its rubbish. The region is water logged, there has now no longer been mild for over weeks now not to mention water”. “So college students are sincerely stranded. Just to wash and feature their garments ironed has been a massive problem. “So we’re calling at the Rivers State authorities to return back and assist us.
The control of the college has failed us. “We are paying a massive quantity of costs right here however you can not see the impact withinside the control of the college”.
The college students threatened to hold the protest till their needs are met. Efforts to attain the institution’s provost proved abortive as his cellular strains had been unreachable.
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