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ECOWAS endorses Adesina for second term as AFDB President

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ECOWAS endorses Adesina for second term as AFDB President

ECOWAS endorses Adesina for second term as AFDB President

Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has endorsed the candidacy of Dr Akinwumi Adesina, the President of African Development Bank (AfDB), for a second term.

The decision was announced in a communique signed by the commission’s President, Jean-Claude Kassi at the end of the 56th ordinary session of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS, held in Abuja.

ECOWAS said the development was in recognition of the sterling performance of Adesina during his first term of office as President of the bank.

The commission further stated that the authority had endorsed the president of AfDB’s candidacy for a second term as the president of the bank.

Adesina is the eighth elected President of the African Development Bank Group. He was elected to the five-year term on 28 May 2015 by the Bank’s Board of Governors at its Annual Meetings in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, where the same electoral process will play out in 2020.

Adesina is a renowned development economist and the first Nigerian to serve as President of the Bank Group.

He has served in a number of high-profile positions internationally, including that of Rockefeller Foundation, as well as Nigeria’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development from 2011 to 2015.

The commission commended Adesina for the bank’s involvement in the provision of technical and financial interventions to west African region.

It also lauded the president for the implementation of numerous projects and programmes across the region.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that during the summit, Adesina announced that AfDB’s portfolio investments in ECOWAS region stood at 20 billion dollars

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Shina Peller: Police confirm arrest, reveal his sins

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Shina Peller: Police confirm arrest, reveal his sins

The Lagos State Police Command has explained why House of Representatives member, Shina Peller, was arrested.

Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, said Peller’s club, Quilox, was fond of obstructing free flow of traffic.

The spokesman recalled that the lawmaker had been warned many times, but he refused to do anything about it.

He said after some of his customers’ vehicles caused gridlock on Monday, the police intervened by towing three of the vehicles.

Bala claimed that Peller mobilised thugs, invaded the station and forcefully removed the vehicles.

He said, “The honourable is the owner of that club and his customers are fond of parking on the road and blocking the road. If you want to pass that place, you will have tough times.

“Up till 9am, the club was still on. They refused to remove their vehicles and Lagosians were seriously disturbed. Even Mr Governor was affected this morning. He had to manoeuvre his way through it.

“This man had been talked to many times, but he refused to listen. This morning, our patrol vehicles towed three vehicles out of that place so that people could pass.

“This honourable mobilised over 50 thugs to attack Maroko Police Station to move those vehicles out. We had to send reinforcement from neighbouring stations before they were able to curtail the situation.

“That was how he was arrested with five of the thugs, while others escaped. We had to exercise a lot of restraints. They have been moved to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Panti, where they are being investigated.”

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TY Danjuma under fire for saying he has secrets that can keep Nigerians sleepless

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TY Danjuma under fire for saying he has secrets that can keep Nigerians sleepless

Elder statesman and former Chief of Army Staff, Gen Theophilus Danjuma (rtd), has come under fire over his recent comment on the state of the nation.

Gen. Danjuma, who was a former Defense Minister, had claimed while speaking at the University of Ibadan in Oyo State, on Thursday, that Nigerians won’t sleep if he reveals what is happening in Nigeria.

Reacting, however, the Middle belt Conscience Guard, an umbrella body of the states in the middle belt region in Nigeria, described the comment by Gen. Danjuma as diversionary and tactless.

The group declared that the statement credited to Gen. Danjuma was not a reflection of the mindset of the people of the middle belt region in Nigeria in its entirety.

Prince Raymond Enero, National President of the group, in a statement signed on Saturday, stated that the comment by “Theophilus Danjuma is unpatriotic and highly misleading, and if care is not taken might lead to unrest in the country.”

The group warned the ex-military general to desist from making crude statements that could cause unrest in the nation.

The statement added, “The Middle belt Conscience Guard wishes to state that the statement credited to Theophilus Danjuma is not a reflection of the mindset of the people of the middle belt region in Nigeria in its entirety.

“The statement can be best described as diversionary, tactless, and of poor taste, meant to unnecessarily heat the polity for no morally justifiable reason.

“The statement can be best described as diversionary, tactless, and of poor taste, meant to unnecessarily heat the polity for no morally justifiable reason.

“The Middle belt Conscience Guard views with concern the way and manner a supposed elder statesman who has benefited immensely from Nigeria could throw caution into the wind by making statements that are not meant for unifying purposes, but for disintegration and to create chaos in the country.

“We are constrained to ask Theophilus Danjuma what he stands to benefit by making such inglorious call in this critical point of our existence as a people and as a country. If this is not malicious, we do not know what to call it.

“The Middle belt Conscience Guard wishes to state that there are certain conducts expected from elder statesmen in the country, and Theophilus Danjuma has fallen short of this expectation. As such, he should retrace his steps and tender unreserved apologies to the country for acting against common sense.

“The Middle belt Conscience Guard also wishes to use this medium to inform Theophilus Danjuma that there are boundaries he should not cross in his futile attempt as portraying himself as a saint amongst sinners, while in the real sense of it; he is part and parcel of the anomaly that has been entrenched in the system from time immemorial. This attempt is nothing short of calling a dog a bad name to hang it.

“It is expected that his likes should at this age and time sober reflect on how they have conspired to bring Nigeria to its knees while they held sway at the helm of affairs in the country with their actions and inactions that were self-serving and inglorious.

“The Middle belt Conscience Guard believes that Theophilus Danjuma is flying a kite aimed at promoting the interests of their allies that were rejected by the electorate in the recently concluded general elections in the country.

“This is indeed a testament to the fact that the hawks that held Nigeria hostage had been rejected, and as such, the country must be made ungovernable in their bid to bring Nigeria to its knees as they intended.

“The Middle belt Conscience Guard wishes to inform the generality of Nigerians to hold Theophilus Danjuma and his cohorts responsible should there be an attempt at truncating Nigeria’s nascent democracy in the days ahead as it evident that there is a grand plot by some disgruntled elements that are not happy with the progress been made in critical areas of the economy in Nigeria.

“It is instructive to state that the generality of Nigerians can decipher between light and darkness. As such, any attempt to heat the polity unnecessarily through callous statements would be resisted in its entirety.

“The Middle belt Conscience Guard wishes to admonish Theophilus Danjuma to retrace his steps and seek for forgiveness from the Nigerian people for his failure to put Nigeria on the road to progress and prosperity while he held strategic positions of authority including as Chief of Army Staff, and as Minister of Defense under President Olusegun Obasanjo.

“The Middle belt Conscience Guard wishes to state in unequivocal terms that should Nigeria experience any form of unrest; the blame should be put at the doorsteps of Theophilus Danjuma. Nigeria is indeed on the path of greatness, and as such, any form of a deliberate plot to truncate our progress should be resisted.”

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Trending News:- Nigerian Political parties react as Punch changes President Buhari’s title to Major General

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The Coalition of United Political Parties, CUPP, has hailed PUNCH Newspapers for standing up against President Muhammadu Buhari’s alleged dictatorial regime.

In a notice titled “Buhari’s lawlessness: Our Stand”, Punch stated that it will “henceforth prefix Buhari’s name with his rank as a military dictator in the 80s ‘Major General’ and refer to his administration as a regime until they purge themselves of their insufferable contempt for the rule of law.

The newspaper made the decision while making reference to DSS non-compliance to court orders on trial of Omoyele Sowore, publisher of SaharaReporters; invasion of courtroom and trial of Shiites’ leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky amongst others.

Punch said its decision shows its protest against autocracy and military-style repression under Buhari’s administration.

In reaction, CUPP said that Punch’s designation of Buhari’s government as an autocratic regime was heroic, patriotic, pro-people and worthy of commendation.

In a statement on Wednesday signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere, the coalition noted that the decision by Punch to henceforth start referring to Buhari as a Major General and his govt as a regime, was an act of courage.

The opposition coalition’s statement added, “CUPP has noted with delight the editorial by The PUNCH newspapers tagged ‘Buhari’s lawlessness: Our stand.’

“The CUPP hails the newspaper for courageously standing up against Gen. Buhari’s dictatorial regime at a time many individuals and groups have been cowed into silence.

“We view PUNCH’s designation of Buhari’s government as an autocratic regime as a heroic, patriotic and pro-people decision which is worthy of commendation by all lovers of democracy.

“The CUPP also views the decision by PUNCH to henceforth refer to Buhari as a Major General and his government as a regime, an act of courage.

“It is noteworthy that this courageous stand taken by this newspaper is coming at a time when the organised labour, popular electronic/print media and ethnic associations among others have opted to be silent in the face of obvious tyranny.

“Many of them are alleged to have been bribed to keep silent in the face of return to military-liked dictatorship.

“We, therefore, urge those not yet compromised to borrow a leaf from PUNCH’s courageous and patriotic stand. They should stand up and condemn Buhari’s growing autocratic actions.

“The CUPP also warns Buhari’s regime and his foot soldiers against any attempt to clamp down on PUNCH and its staffers under any guise based on this newspaper’s courageous stand.

“This newspaper’s stand has further confirmed that not all voices have been silenced by this regime. Others should join this crusade to end impunity in our country.”

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