The Clergy of the Methodist Church of Nigeria, His eminence, Reverend Samuel Uche has expressed concern over the breaching of the principles of federal character as enlisted in the constitution of Nigeria.
The Methodist prelate suggested that every geopolitical zone of the country must have a share of the presidency to show the federal character, stressing that Nigeria is not only owned by people from a particular ethnic tribe as being witnessed in the current system of the country.
He further stressed that no particular ethnic tribe is born to rule nor has the monopoly of rulership and position in Nigeria, insisting that the nation’s presidential seat must rotate to reflect federal character for peace to return in the country.
Uche spoke while briefing newsmen at the end of the National Methodist Women Conference held at the Methodist Cathedral Church, Umuwaya road in Umuahia, the capital city of Abia State.
The Prelate posited that any good person who can bring progress and can move the country forward should be elected from any part of the geopolitical zones in the interest of peace, unity and economic development of Nigeria.
Asked to comment on the secessionist agitations across the southeast region, and the country at large, the Methodist prelate decried the repatriation of the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kan,u and the arrest of Yoruba activist, Sunday Igboho.
Revd Uche urged leaders in the country not to be autocratic or punitive but to go further to ascertain what necessitated the agitations and address it genuinely.
According to the priest, “they should trace what is the remote and the immediate cause of the agitations.
“There is an element of bad leadership and people are not happy they are not satisfied with the way things are going on; leadership with impunity and callousness.
“We are not in military rule and there is no trace of democratic rulership. This should not happen, it is absurd, “he added.
CBN Moves against Violators of New FX Policy
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) yesterday directed all banks to henceforth publish on their websites the names and Bank Verification Numbers (BVN) of unscrupulous customers who indulged in sharp practices to circumvent its new foreign exchange (FX) policy.
The CBN said it was concerned that some customers had taken undue advantage of the policy on sale of FX for overseas personal and business travels, using fake visas as well as cancelling air tickets after purchase of Personal Travel Allowance/Business Travel Allowance.
The apex bank stated these in a circular to all banks dated August 30, and signed by the CBN Director, Banking Supervision Department, Mr. Haruna Mustafa. It said the trend, if not curbed, presented a risk to the integrity and stability of the FX market.
CBN, therefore, directed banks to publish on their websites within two weeks the names and BVN of defaulting customers who presented fake travel documents or cancelled their tickets and failed to return the purchased PTA/BTA, as stipulated in the customer declaration form signed by them.
The CBN had in July resolved to discontinue FX sale to Bureau De Change (BDC) operators in the country. CBN Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, directed all commercial banks to immediately create designated branches for the sale and disposal of FX to customers who deserved it for legitimate purposes.
He said the CBN would no longer process or issue new licences for BDC operations in the country, adding that all licences being currently processed, regardless of the stage, had been suspended.
Following the development, the apex bank had announced that it will commence the immediate refund of capital deposits and licensing fees, where applicable, to BDC promoters who had pending license applications with the bank. It said in arriving at the decision to suspend FX sale to BDC, it had advised banks to ensure that no customer was turned back or refused FX, provided that documentation and all other requirements were met.
The apex bank further warned against undue delays, rationing and diversion of FX, and it directed the banks to establish electronic application and alert systems to update customers on the status of their FX requests.
The CBN further reminded banks that a toll-free line had been set up at the apex bank to enable bank customers to escalate unresolved complaints relating to their FX requests.
The bank added that it would continue to closely monitor banks’ conduct and compliance with the directive in order to ensure an efficient FX market for all legitimate users, adding that any breach of the directive would be severely sanctioned.
June 12 protest is suspended by NANS
NANS president, Sunday Asefon, said this in a talk on Friday morning.
Recollect that NANS had earlier this month pronounced 12 of June,2021 a day of protest.
The talk which was titled, ‘NANS Suspends June 12 Protest Over Concerns About Safety Of Protesters And Fear Of Possible Hijack By Politicians – Comrade Sunday Asefon,’ partly read, “Having considered the current security realities and the danger to the lives of our members in case of possible hijack of the planned protest, I in consultation with all the structures of NANS, therefore, announce the suspension of our proposed protest for June 12.”
In addition, the suspension of the protest was relevant to avoid a clash of interest and clash with security agencies as a result of many other protests scheduled for the date, the protest was suspended for the welfare of students, adding that it doesn’t want to put the life of any of the students in danger.
2face disclose the reason he opted for Annie atop other women
Prize- winning musician, 2face Idibia also known as 2Baba has told the public why he chose and married his wife, Annie Idibia in regardless of his kids from other women.
The “African Queen” Songster a father to seven children; five from his preceding relationships with other women and two with his wife, Annie Idibia made this known amidst an interview with Hypertek’s Digital boss.
The musician said Annie stood by him through the stormy days and his days of a little beginning.
He also made it clear when he said that all his baby mamas were wealthy and well to do but Annie possessed beautiful standards.
“You see, Annie is from an average background like myself and we both started from nothing.
“She stuck by me through it all. When there was no car she hopped on bikes, took the bus, and even trekked with me.
“When there was no money or house or hit song or millions of albums sold or big awards and accolades.
“She would always hold my head, look me in the eyes and tell me things will be fine one day. When I wasn’t handsome, she would call me her prince charming.
“Even when I wasn’t celebrated, she called me her king and said she is my number one fan and to this day, she still is.
“After I made it big as a musician and started misbehaving and controversies almost destroyed my career, she would go down on her knees and pray to God to show me the way and give me victory over my enemies.
“Now if I’m still that small boy struggling to make it like every other chap on the streets of Lagos, do u think a doctor, a lawyer, and wealthy businesswoman would want to look at me or even have my kids? No I did not choose who had more to offer me, I chose Annie because she offered me her all when we had very little,” he explained.
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