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Edwin Clark To Buhari: Your Appointments Are Skewed Against South-South Region

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Chief Edwin Clark, former minister of information in the administration of Gen. Yakubu Gowon, has drawn the attention of President Muhammadu Buhari to the fact that his administration has discriminated against the south-south geo-political zone in terms of appointments.

In an open letter to the president tagged ‘Let us call a spade a spade’, the 93-year-old elder statesman said “it seems the only qualifications for appointment in the federal civil service or public service, under your administration, are religion or ethnicity.”

He said the south-south zone had continued to witness situations “whereby people due confirmation for their positions, are being removed, and replaced with people from particular parts of the country.”

He recalled the recent case of Akwa State-born Mrs. Mary Uduk who acted as the director general of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for over two years, “but Mr. President did not deem it fit to confirm her as substantive director general.”

Instead, he said “Mr. President thought otherwise and replaced her with Mr. Lamido Yuguda, a retired staff of Central Bank of Nigeria, somebody from the North, who was a commissioner working under her in the commission.”

Clark also cited the case of Mrs. Azuka Azinge who served the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) for 10 years and was later appointed acting registrar general of the commission for two years.

He said the Delta State-born indigene was ridiculed and booted out of office for a northerner Mr. Garba Abubakar, from Bauchi State, who was a principal manager and former special adviser to the former registrar general to take over as chief helmsman of the CAC.

Clark did not forget to mention the former Rivers State-born director general of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Mr. Dakuku Peterside who was appointed as chief of the agency in 2016 but was not reappointed when his term expired in 2020.

“Unknown to, and without the input of the minister of transportation, under whose charge the agency operates, Mr. President appointed a northerner, Bashir Jamoh, from Kaduna State, who was an executive director at the agency, to replace Dr. Dakuku Peterside. Mr. Bashir Jamoh, is reportedly, a father-in-law to one of your aides,” said Clark.

However, he recalled that recently the president renewed the appointment of the executive vice chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof Umar Garba Danbatta, “which was done expressly, without any hullabaloo, apparently, because he is from the northern part of the country.”

The elder statesman also deplored the shoddy manner in which the cases involving the former Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen and the former head of the civil service of the federation, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita (both south-southerners) were handled.

Turning his attention to happenings in the petroleum industry Clark said appointments to certain posts are skewed towards the south-south zone which lays the golden egg.

‘So it seems to me, there are positions in NNPC, reserved for people from the south-south, and there are some other positions reserved for people from the northern zone. Why the discrimination, and seeming snobbery?

“While our resources are being managed, and subjugated, mainly by people from other parts of the country, the people of the oil producing communities of the Niger Delta, who bear the brunt of degradation, arising from the oil and gas exploratory activities…are rendered spectators of the oil business,” he said.

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Again Fulani Terrorists Attack Omala LGA, Kill 3 in Ajokpachi

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Barely a few weeks after a deadly attack by Fulani herdsmen on the Agojeju-odo Community in Omala Local Government Area of Kogi State,  another community has suffered the same fate.

The Dare Devil Fulani Bandits on Tuesday launched a deadly attack on the Ajokpachi Odo Community, a neighbouring Community killing no fewer than three persons, and carting away Motorbikes, foodstuff while scores of people still missing.
The attack was said to have occurred when the Youths in the area on surveillance mission were ambushed and killed  by the Fulani herdsmen terrorists.
According to the locals , the fulani militia who have been engaging in fierce battle with the Agatus in Benue state for over a week now were relocating when they met the   youths who were holding a meeting in Ajokpachi Odo and openedfire on them.,
Among the confirmed dead were Musa Sule from Ajokpachi Odo , one youth from Bagaji Odo and another one from Ajomachi, a border village in Benue state who were attending  the meeting on how to protect their communities.

Victims of the Fulani herdsmen attack on Agojeju-odo

Unconfirmed reports have it that the terrorists have also earmarked other communities in the local government for similar attacks. This has resulted in the desertion of Agbenema, Opada, Ajedegbo and surrounding communities whose inhabitants are moving in droves to Abejukolo the local government headquarters.
SunriseNigeria could not reach the Divisional Police Officer of the local government as his line could not be reached.
However a Community Leader , Nifu Abuka, who spent all night in the bush for fear of his life  as a result of the incident, said since  the heinous attack on  Agojeju Odo, his people have been sleeping with one eye closed.
He added that the porous security situation in the area has made them vulnerable to incessant Fulani attacks and called on relevant government agencies to come to their rescue.
He explained that the age long  feud between Agatu and Fulani in Benue and Nasarawa states have made his community, which share boundary with Agatu in Benue state -susceptible to attack.
In an interview with our correspondent, a prominent indigene of the local government, Dr James Odaudu reiterated the age-long calls by stakeholders for the establishment of a military base,  especially the Navy, in the area,  since the marauders usually cross the River Benue from the neighbouring Nasarawa State to attack the Agatus in Benue state and and communities in Omala LGA in Kogi State.
He called on the Federal and Benue  state Governments to urgently deploy permanent Security outfits to the communities to save them from unwarranted
deaths in the hands of the heavily armed Fulani herdsmen who have taken over their farms and the  deserted  villages.
According to him, the people are tired of the usual condolences by those whose responsibility it is to protect them and said if left unchecked, the bandits will overrun not only the local government, but the whole of Igala Kingdom.
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Submit Yourself to the Law, Tinubu Media Group Tells Yahaya Bello

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The Tinubu Media Support Group, TMSG, has urged the immediate past governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, to heed the advice of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Lateef Fagbemi, and submit himself to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, and the court of law.

According to the group, it has become necessary for Bello to clear himself of allegations of financial malfeasance while in office.

In a statement issued Sunday and jointly signed by its Chairman, Emeka Nwankpa and Secretary, Dapo Okubanjo, the group described the stand-off between the former governor and the EFCC as unnecessary, saying it is an affront on the sanctity of the law and the integrity of the President’s war against corruption.

The statement said: “We have carefully watched all the drama and subterfuge that continue to trail the invitation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to Governor Yahaya Bello, a senior member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the curious attempts to politicize the routine matter of the request by the graft fighting agency to ask former Governor Bello to meet with its investigators.

“For us, the intervention of the Attorney General of the Federation, Lateef Fagbemi, asking the former Kogi governor to subject himself to EFCC’s scrutiny is a clear signal in this regard, not only on the position of law, but also on the stance of the President Bola Tinubu administration on anti- corruption.

“It should be clear by now to all Nigerians that strict accountability in governance occupies a cardinal place in President Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda. To serve this purpose, his government has shown zero tolerance to cases of corruption since assuming office.

According to the statement, the EFCC, by inviting the former governor Yahaya Bello, like it did with past and previous officials of the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and others, is in tandem with its policy and character to nurture a culture of probity and accountability in governance.

The group added that as a staunch member of the APC, Bello has no reason to fear.

“We urge him to heed the advice of the Attorney General and make himself available to EFCC’s investigators as required by extant laws.

“We also advise members of the ruling party who have been up in arms against the anti- graft agency to be circumspect in their reaction to the issue,” the group added.

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