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Uzodinma To Igbos: Don’t Lose Hope In Nigeria

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Uzodinma To Igbos: Don't Lose Hope In Nigeria

Hope Uzodinma, the Governor of Imo State, has advised the Igbo ethnic group “to jettison every action and activity that would reduce the high stake (their) region has in the country so as to produce the next president of Nigeria.”

Uzodinma said this in Owerri, the Imo State capital when he welcomed his counterparts from the other states of the South-East and stakeholders of the region to its first security summit.

“Igbo are major stakeholders in Nigeria as they constitute the second largest population of every city in Nigeria,” he said.

“Our people have more stake in real estates in virtually all the major cities in the country, our people control the commanding height of commerce all over the country.”

According to the governor, no ethnic group in Nigeria is more united than the Igbo.

“We, the Igbo are more united than any other ethnic nationality in Nigeria, through our shared struggle, our chequered history and our deep-rooted extended family traditions and brotherhood makes our values, beliefs, commitment to a united Nigeria, beyond reproach,” he stated.

Continuing, he revealed that at a time when the peace in the region is threatened by some “dissident groups” who have taken up arms and created the impression that the Igbo want to leave Nigeria to create their own nation called Biafra.

“What Ndigbo wants is justice, equity and fairness. A Nigeria that provides a level playing ground for all citizens. That is what we want, not Biafra. And we believe we can get what we want through constructive and tenacious engagement with fellow Nationals and relevant institutions, not by violence or war. Igbo have seen war, not in storybooks or in movies but real war. No right-thinking Igbo, who experienced the excruciating and devastating effects of the civil war on Igboland and our people, will vote for another war. The young and inexperienced may zealously want to beat the drumbeat of war, but it is our duty, as their parents and elders to talk them out of it.

“Those creating the erroneous impression that Igbo want to leave Nigeria are either naive or mischievous. Igbos need Nigeria just like Nigeria and Nigerians need Igbo,” he added.

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Uzodinma Sacks 20 Commissioners After Cabinet Reshuffling, Here’s Why

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Uzodinma Sacks 20 Commissioners After Cabinet Reshuffling

Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma has sacked 20 out of his 28 commissioners, citing the need for more governance value.

The eight commissioners not affected by the announcement were of the ministries of Health, Youth and Sports, Tourism, Information and Strategy, Woman Affairs, Works, Finance, and Technology.

The sacking of the 20 commissioners came just one month after the governor reshuffled his cabinet and appointed new Commissioners for Finance and Health.

The sacking came as a surprise to the affected appointees, as there was no sign that the announcement would be made.

Confirming the sacking, Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Nwachuku Oguwike said Uzodinma wished the affected appointee well in their future endeavours.

The governor’s spokesperson said, “The news is correct. 20 commissioners were affected while eight were not affected. The reason is to infuse new blood and add more value to the governance system of the state.”

The state Commissioner for information and Strategy, Declan Emelumba, also confirmed the sacking of the 20 commissioners.

Imo State has been in the eye of the storm of late as members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) have been alleged to attack state security apparatus including prisons and police stations.

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APC Debunks Allegation To Cut Salaries Of Civil Servants

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APC Debunks Allegation To Cut Salaries Of Civil Servants
Sen. John Akpanudoedehe, Secretary, APC Caretaker

The All Progressives Congress (APC) on Sunday in Abuja, said the Federal Government has no plans to slash salaries of civil servants as alleged by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Sen. John Akpanudoedehe, National Secretary, APC Caretaker, and Extra-ordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), debunked the allegation in a statement.

PDP, in a statement by its spokesman, had alleged that it got an intelligence report that the Federal Government is planning to slash salaries of workers because of economic reasons.

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Akpanudoedehe said “The PDP is up to its comical tales on what it terms intelligence at its disposal to slash the salaries of workers in the country, clearly only the PDP believes its tales.

“We are proud of our credentials as a truly progressive and people-centered political party.”

He stressed that rather than thinking of slashing workers’ salaries as alleged by the PDP, President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government is committed to the welfare of Nigerian workers.

He added that the administration had been tested and proven in this regard, saying that it would continue to match words with actions in line with the APC electoral promises.

He noted that the administration had put in place several social investment programs targeted at citizens living on the margin.

These, he said, include the implementation of the improved minimum wage and the Economic Sustainability Plan to the mass housing program which thousands of Nigerians are already benefitting from, among others.

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Ortom Fires Back At El-Rufai, Calls Him A Sycophant

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Ortom Fires Back At El-Rufai, Calls Him A Sycophant

Benue governor, Samuel Ortom has fired back at his Kaduna counterpart, Nasir El-Rufai, who accused him of using the insecurity in his state to attack the Federal Government to cover up his failure.

El-Rufai, during a webinar, stated: “I know him (Ortom) and he is not somebody I take very seriously, frankly. He has other issues of governance that he is using the Federal Government as a punching bag to divert attention from his failures.

“Go and find out how many months’ salaries are being owed teachers and public servants in Benue State then you can understand a lot of what Ortom is doing.”

Responding to him, the Benue governor said El-Rufai has no moral justification to challenge other governors in the country.

In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase, Ortom added, “We want to believe that El-Rufai was wrongly quoted. A man who has failed in several aspects as governor of Kaduna has no moral justification to accuse another governor. “

According to him, El-Rufai divided the people of Kaduna against one another by allegedly not hiding his hatred for indigenes of the state on account of religion and ethnicity.

The statement read, “A governor who chose a Muslim deputy in a state where Christians have a huge population is certainly not one to preach unity and peaceful coexistence. El-Rufai’s attack on Governor Ortom is merely to make him look good before the Presidency.

“He has apparently fallen out of favour at the Villa and wants to use Governor Ortom as a launch pad back to reckoning. This is a man who has insulted almost every prominent Nigerian, including the late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua and former President Olusegun Obasanjo, a man who is his former boss and one who brought him to limelight.”

Ortom said Nigerians had yet to forget the unprintable things El-Rufai said during former President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration, saying, “He insulted the then President and publicly supported terrorists attacking parts of the country.

“His statements on the abduction of Chibok girls and several other acts of terrorism are still fresh in our minds. El-Rufai is on the record to have said repeatedly that Fulani people must retaliate any wrong done to them, no matter how long it takes.

“Is Governor Ortom responsible for El-Rufai’s inability to ensure peace in Kaduna State where bandits have taken over some communities while kidnappings and killings occur on a daily basis? El-Rufai admitted paying Fulani herdsmen whom he invited from other West African countries in the name of stopping attacks in Southern Kaduna.”

According to the Benue governor, since the “confessional statement,” attacks on the people of Southern Kaduna have escalated and kidnapping has become a “common crime” in Kaduna under the governor.

Ortom said Benue people did not take El-Rufai seriously, adding, “A man who has no regard for humanity does not deserve our attention. Nasir El-Rufai is a sycophant, ethnic champion, and religious bigot who hates anyone who does not share the same faith with him. He is among the very few persons who have misled President Muhammadu Buhari.”

Ortom described his Kaduna counterpart as “one of the real enemies of the country who do not hide their divisive tendencies by elevating nepotism and ethnicity above the good values that have held Nigeria together over the decades.”

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