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22 May, 2018

APC FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DESPERATE TO MANIPULATE 2019 RIVERS ELECTION -GOVERNOR WIKE

By Simeon Nwakaudu,



Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that the desperation of the APC Federal Government to manipulate the 2019 General Election will only lead to crisis.

Governor Wike said that no amount of brute force or intimidation will stop the Rivers people  from defending their votes in 2019.

Speaking during a Media Chat on Tuesday at the Government House, Port Harcourt, Governor  Wike said: "They want to manipulate the electoral process in Rivers State in 2019. They are simply laying foundation for violence and crisis.

"They have no projects on ground in Rivers State upon which they can campaign on.  Therefore, their only option is  to attempt to rig.

"Our  campaign is the commissioning  of projects.  All we are doing is to distribute projects. We have provided effective  leadership  to the state and the people are happy ".

The governor noted that the Police has arranged  for Assistant Commissioner of Police, Akin Fakorede to be their point-man in the manipulation of Rivers polls.

"Fakorede is an enemy of democracy.  I brought this matter to the public for the people to be vigilant.  Fakorede is sabotaging the security architecture of Rivers State", he said.

He said the APC Federal Government ought to have realised that attempting to rig is an exercise in futility, in view of the few seats they won during the rerun. 

Commenting on the threat to his life, Governor Wike said that the threat is real because of credible intelligence available to the Rivers State Government.

He said that the denials of the officials of the Federal Government is expected.

On the political conflict in Rivers State, Governor Wike said that he has nothing personal against the Former Rivers State Governor, aside the need to protect the interest of the state.

He decried the situation where the Former Rivers State Governor leads a campaign to destroy and de-market Rivers State.

Governor Wike charged journalists to take action to promote the state, because as people who reside in the state, they are major stakeholders.

Governor Wike said that his greatest achievement has been to restoration of security in the state.  He noted that security is also his greatest challenge.

The governor said that he will not respond to insults heaped on him by the defeated 2015 Rivers State Governorship Candidate for the APC, because they are borne out of frustration.

He, however, offered to provide official transport to convey the defeated 2015 Rivers State APC Governorship Candidate to Opobo on the Ogoni-Andoni-Opobo-Nkoro Unity Road  at the end of the year.

The governor said that the APC has politicised the issue of soot challenge in the state, creating the atmosphere where security agencies destroy illegal refineries crudely.

He noted that despite the actions of the APC Federal Government, the administration is working with Agip, Shell and Total to resolve the soot challenge.

He added that the Rivers State Government has briefed a prominent environmental lawyer, Lucius  Nwosu to drag the APC Federal Government on the soot.

On women empowerment , Governor Wike he is empowering women with leadership positions, so that they can contribute to the development of the state.  He said that all the PDP Deputy Chairmanship Candidates for the Local Government Elections are women, while there are 150 women councillorship candidates.

He added N500million has been set aside by the State Government for the women involved in small scale businesses.


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21 May, 2018

DANISH MINISTER SAYS RAMADAN FASTING CAN BE ‘DANGEROUS’



A Danish minister known for her strong anti-immigration views on Monday called for Muslims to take time off work during the fasting period of Ramadan, saying the practice can be “dangerous for all of us”.
The comments from immigration and integration minister Inger Stojberg, a member of the centre-right Liberal Party, come after Ramadan, one of Islam’s most revered holidays in which Muslims around the world fast from dawn until dusk, began last week.
“I want to call on Muslims to take leave from work during the month of Ramadan to avoid negative consequences for the rest of Danish society,” Stojberg wrote in a column for the BT tabloid.
“I wonder if a religious order commanding observance of a 1,400-year-old pillar of Islam is compatible with the society and labour market that we have in Denmark in 2018.”
She said she feared the fasting could affect “safety and productivity,” giving as an example bus drivers who have “neither had a drink nor eaten for more than 10 hours”.
“This can be dangerous for all of us,” she said.
Stojberg stoked controversy last year when she posted to Facebook a photo of her smiling and holding a cake to celebrate Denmark’s 50th measure for toughening immigration laws.
One of the strongest measures came into force in 2016, allowing police to seize valuables from refugees. The government’s guidelines exempted wedding and engagement rings after the measure prompted international outrage and drew comparisons to Nazi Germany.
Stojberg also drew criticism by launching a series of adverts in Lebanese newspapers in 2015 warning would-be migrants of the difficulties of seeking asylum in Denmark.
Over the past 15 years, the country has tightened its immigration policies, insisting that migrants learn the country’s customs and language in order to adapt to the labour market.


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20 May, 2018

POPE TO APPOINT 14 NEW CARDINALS


Pope Francis announced Sunday that he will hold a meeting of the Church’s top council to appoint 14 new cardinals next month, including from Iraq, Pakistan, Madagascar and Japan.
In the event of a conclave of cardinals to name a new pope, 11 of the new 14 being under 80 years of age would be eligible to take part.
“I am happy to announce that on June 29 there will be a consistory meeting to appoint 14 new cardinals. Their origins reflect the universality of the church,” Pope Francis said in an address in Saint Peter’s square.
Among the new cardinals will be Iraq’s Louis Sako who has often met Pope Francis to discuss the situation in the war-torn country and the plight of its Christian community.
From Pakistan comes Joseph Coutts of Karachi with Desire Tsarahazana from Toamasina in Madagascar and Thomas Aquinas Manyo from Osaka in Japan.
As well as having the key role of choosing a new pope, cardinals often also hold the highest administrative offices in the church.
Pope Francis, the first head of the church from Latin America is 81 and was named in 2013 after his predecessor Pope Benedict XVI stood down citing the effect of advancing age on his ability to carry out the exacting duties of the office.
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INTELLIGENT REPORT INDICATES THAT APC FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PLAN TO ASSASSINATE ME SAYS GOVERNOR WIKE



Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has alerted Nigerians that the APC Federal Government is plotting to assassinate him in a crowd and claim accidental discharge.

This statement was writing by Simeon Nwakaudu,
As the governor made the revelation during the third year anniversary thanksgiving service of the Wike administration at Living Faith Church in D-Line, Port Harcourt on Sunday. 

He said: "Intelligence report available to us as at this morning indicate that they are plotting to assassinate me in a crowd and claim it was accidental discharge ".

The governor said that the plots of the APC Federal Government and her associates will not intimidate him as he remains committed to the defence of democracy and Rivers State.

He said that the plot will fail, because God will continue to defend him.

He said: "The level of conspiracy against Rivers State is unfortunate.  Instead of focusing on governance, they focus  on how to assassinate me or frame me up".

Governor Wike informed the church, that the APC Federal Government through the Inspector General of Police plotted to plant millions of dollars and AK 47 at his Abuja residence, when the Police sought search warrant from an Abuja court.

He noted that last week the Court ruled that the Police can search his Abuja residence, stopping them from their evil plot.

"I am not afraid of my residence being searched by the Police, but I know their evil intention", he said.

Governor Wike said that the State Government has come to thank God for his protection in the face of continuous plot by agents of the APC Federal Government.

He said: "We are born to win, we are born  to reign, we are destined for greatness.  While other states  are commissioning  wheel barrows, we are commissioning infrastructure ".

He said despite the declaration by the former governor that his administration will not  be able to salaries let alone do projects, his administration has succeeded in delivering outstanding projects.

Rivers State Pastor of Living Faith Church, Pastor Isaac Folaji said thanksgiving engenders growth and blessing.

He said thanksgiving enhances God's protection and financial multiplication.  The cleric noted that as a result of the dedication service, God will bless Rivers State.

The Dedication and Thanksgiving Service to mark the Third Anniversary of the Administration of Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike attracted traditional rulers, prominent leaders of Rivers State and Wife of the Former President Goodluck Jonathan, Dame Patience Jonathan.


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15 May, 2018

Please accept Fayemi’s apology, Bamidele begs Ekiti people



Prominent APC governorship candidate, Opeyemi Bamidele has urged the electorate to fully accept the apology rendered by Dr. Kayode Fayemi over perceived infractions while he was in office between 2010 and 2014. Bamidele who was also an aspirant spoke with newsmen following a meeting with his canvassers in a post-primary consultation at Iyin-Ekiti during which he urged all other aspirants to fully throw their support behind Fayemi’s candidature.

Bamidele who had a brutal fallout with Fayemi before the 2014 election and subsequently campaigned on the platform of Labour Party in that election urged all aspirants to put aside their differences in the interest of the APC and the state saying that he was very confident on Fayemi’s capacity to redress what he lamented as the perceived failures of the PDP administration.

“Dr. Fayemi in the full glare of everybody apologized to the teachers, civil servants, artisans and those who might have been affected by his policies as a governor; I beg our people to accept his apologies. “We have resolved to align Ekiti State and her good people with the progressive transformation being championed by the APC-led government of President Buhari, and no stone shall be left unturned in ensuring that this dream is achieved,” he said. Bamidele warned that the PDP was already latching on the existing cracks in the party to destabilize the party. “This is a calculated plot to destabilise and demonise the APC and give victory to their party in the July 14 election through the back door, but I am certain that the desperate and mischievous agenda of the PDP will fail on a final note”, he said.

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Gaza: UN chief urges Israel, Palestine to stop bloodshed



Secretary-General António Guterres has urged both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to show restraint, as Gaza violence left dozens of people dead on Monday.
UN Deputy Spokesperson Farhan Haq said in a statement that Guterres’ call followed reports that dozens of Palestinians had been killed, demonstrating along the border of the Gaza Strip on Monday.
“The Secretary-General is profoundly alarmed by the sharp escalation of violence in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and the high number of Palestinians killed and injured in the Gaza protests.
“Israel security forces must exercise maximum restraint in the use of live fire. Hamas and the leaders of the demonstrations have a responsibility to prevent all violent actions and provocations,” he said.
According to media reports, more than 50 Palestinians were killed and more than 2,000 wounded in Gaza, as the Israeli army fired live ammunition and tear gas at protesters assembled along the fence with Israel.
It was the highest Palestinian death toll in a single day since Hamas-led demonstrations began along the border fence on March 30, and the highest number of casualties inflicted since the 2014 conflict with Israel inside Gaza.
During the six-weeks of demonstrations which organisers called “the Great March of Return,” thousands of Palestinians have converged at the border to protest the long-standing blockade of the enclave.
Israel has accused Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other militants of using the protests, involving women, children and elderly civilians, as a pretext to infiltrate Israel and carry out terrorist attacks.
In Monday’s march, many Palestinians were protesting the official move of the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
The UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People does not recognise Israel’s claim that the entire city of Jerusalem is its capital.
The committee considers that the status of Jerusalem must be settled through negotiations that take account of the political and religious concerns of all sides.
He said: “With tensions high and more demonstrations expected in the coming days, it is imperative that everyone show the utmost restraint to avoid further loss of life.
“This includes ensuring that all civilians and particularly children are not put in harm’s way.
“The ongoing violence underscores the urgent need for a political solution. The Secretary-General reiterates that there is no viable alternative to the two-state solution, with Palestine and Israel living side by side in peace, each with its capital in Jerusalem,” the statement read in part.
Meanwhile, the UN body monitoring implementation of the convention on eliminating racial discrimination has urged Israel, which is a State party, to immediately end the disproportionate use of force against Palestinian demonstrators in the Gaza Strip.
The body, known as the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, also urged Israel to refrain from any act that could lead to further casualties and ensure prompt and unimpeded access to medical treatment for those injured.
The committee also urged Israel to initiate an impartial and independent investigation into the use of force against Palestinian demonstrators and ensure that all Palestinians under its effective control enjoy full rights under the Convention, without discrimination.


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2019: General Buratai warns soldiers to steer clear of politics

Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai


Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, has warned Army personnel to steer clear from politics, especially as 2019 elections draw near.
Buratai spoke when he declared open the 18th Conflict Management and Peace Support Seminar of the Nigerian Army College of Logistics (NACOL), in Lagos.
He urged commanders of the force, at all levels, to provide the requisite leadership and ensure their personnel are reminded to uphold military professionalism.
The army chief, who was represented by the Chief of Army Standard and Evaluation, Major General Adekunle Shodunke, said: “Commanders, at all levels, must ensure their personnel, are apolitical, uphold the tenets of military professionalism and be guided by the provision of the constitution.”
He decried the clash between herdsmen and farmers in the Middle Belt areas of the country and assured that the army willcontinue to play its role in resolving the conflict and put in place measures for the safe return of displaced farmers to their homes and farmlands.
Buratai said the army would continue to uphold the tenets of democracy, comply with rule of engagement and code of conduct during any military assistance to civil authority.

While lamenting the herdsmen and farmers clash in the North Central and North Western parts of the country, Buratai said: “These violent acts are not only undermining the capability of the government to protect its citizens, but has the tendency to affect food security in the country.
He said the various security challenges confronting the country, such as Boko Haram insurgency in the North East, militancy in the Niger Delta region, kidnapping for ransom, cattle rustling and armed robbery have continually put the force on its toes. He, however, said the synergy between the army and other security agencies has facilitated prompt intelligence sharing, which led to recent successes recorded in operations Ex Ayem Akpatuma, Ex Sharan Daji and Coin, against Boko Haram.
Earlier, Commandant of NACOL, Major General Richard Duru, also lamented the numerous security challenges the country had faced and efforts made by the military and security agencies at containing them. “The seemingly failure of the first line of defence in our internal security architecture has led to overwhelming presence and deployment of the military, virtually in all the 36 states of the federation.”
The dynamics of internal security threats and the mutating nature of the various crises, he noted, led to a complex state of insecurity in the country, pointing out that the spontaneous and marauding nature of the crises compel a responsive strategy in the planning and execution of all IS Operation by the Nigerian Army.
He said Armed Forces personnel, within these crises environment, must be equipped with the needed knowledge and capacity to anticipate, intervene, manage and resolve conflicts, insisting that there is need for the right mix of manpower and competencies, to meet the contemporary security challenges.


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