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Friday, June 8, 2018

''Buhari, call your security agents to order'' Atiku Abubakar reacts to alleged plans by FG to arrest Obasanjo



Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has expressed concerns over the alarm by former President Olusegun Obasanjo that the Federal Government plans to arrest him using trumped up charges.

In a statement he released this evening, the former Vice President who served under Obasanjo, said the alarm raised by the former president is disturbing. He called on President Buhari to call his security agents to order. The former Vice President stressed that Obasanjo is a historical figure in Nigeria's democracy.
Read the statement from Atiku below
I have received with serious concern the purported alert raised by former President Olusegun Obasanjo of an alleged plot by the government to arrest him on trumped up charges.
I am disturbed by this turn of events in our dear country considering the huge price that was paid for us to have democracy.
I wish to advise that government and its agents should retrace their steps to avoid aggravating the already over heated polity.
The alert by President Obasanjo is coming against the backdrop of earlier alerts by some leaders, especially those of the opposition of deliberate and orchestrated attempt to intimidate and frame them up.
I wish to state without equivocation that President Obasanjo is a historical figure in Nigeria’s democracy and that the primary purpose of government is to provide security of lives and property of all citizens and residents irrespective of their status, political affiliation, religious inclination and ethnic leanings.
Our nation has lost so much precious lives and property that we can no longer afford to travel that road again.
I wish to appeal to President Buhari to call the security agencies to order in order to douse the tension in the land.
Atiku Abubakar
Vice President of Nigeria, 1999-2007
June 8th 2018
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''We will not be distracted by frivolous Allegations' FG replies Obasanjo



The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has said the Buhari Administration will not be distracted by frivolous allegations from any quarter, especially those cleverly choreographed to divert attention from a widely-acclaimed presidential proclamation and to shore up support for a waning and egotistical cause.

In a statement issued in Lagos today, the Minister said the administration is too busy trying to clear the mess of 16 years and build on its unprecedented achievements over the past three years to waste its energy and time on framing up anyone or dwelling on issues that are not grounded in fact.
He said while those who have skeletons in their wardrobes should be afraid, even of their own shadows, innocent persons need not worry about any investigation, whether real or imagined.
''This administration will never engage in a frame-up of innocent citizens. That is neither in the character of President Muhammadu Buhari nor in that of his administration. Only the guilty should be worried. To paraphrase an African proverb, a man who has no wife cannot lose an inlaw to the cold hands of death. The administration is also strongly committed to the tenets of democracy, including freedom of speech and the right to dissent. But we understand that those who, in their time, were untethered to those principles would find it hard to believe,'' Mohammed said
The Minister said it was curious that the frame-up and witch-hunt allegations came a day after a major presidential proclamation reversing some past acts of injustice was made, to the relief and acclamation of a long-expectant nation.
''Apparently, the impact of this proclamation was too much to bear by those who, through acts of omission or commission, helped to deepen the wounds inflicted by the blow of injustice that followed an election that was widely acclaimed to be free, fair and credible, hence they felt the need for a red herring that will distract the nation. Added to that is the frustration brought about by the fact that the contraption they have so much hyped as a freeway to power has failed to gain traction. Faced with this double tragedy, even the strongest of men may begin to succumb to a figment of their imagination. They may start crying wolf where there is none,'' he said.
Alhaji Mohammed said the unprecedented achievements of the Buhari Administration are also enough to cause sleepless nights, with the attendant symptoms that include phantasm, for those who had better opportunities to make the country great but floundered on the altar of narcissism.

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President Buhari to honour Abiola, Kingibe, Fawehinmi on June 12th, invites Soyinka, Falana, others

President Buhari to honour Abiola, Kingibe, Fawehinmi on June 12th, invites Soyinka, Falana, others

President Buhari has invited key players of the June 12 struggle to the conferment of posthumous Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger (GCON) on Chief Moshood Abiola on Tuesday June 12th. The ceremony will take place at the state house, Abuja. 

Among the top key players invited by President Buhari include human-activist Wole Soyinka and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Femi Falana. Also, all governors elected under Social Democratic Party of Nigeria (SDP) platform have also been invited to the investiture
Read the state from the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, below
Following the historic designation of June 12 as DEMOCRACY DAY and NATIONAL HOLIDAY, Muhammadu Buhari, President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, will confer Post-Humous national honours on Chief M.K.O. Abiola as Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (GCFR), Chief Gani Fawehinmi as the Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger (GCON). He will also decorate Ambassador Babagana Kingibe with the Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger (GCON), at an investiture scheduled to take place as follows:-
DATE: Tuesday, June 12 2018 
VENUE: Conference Hall, State House, Aso Rock Villa, Abuja
TIME: 10.00 am
Accordingly, Ambassador Babagana Kingibe , the family of the late Bashorun M.K.O. Abiola and that of Chief Gani Fawehinmi , along with the underlisted key players of June 12 struggle are cordially invited:
  • Members of the National Executive Committee of the SDP including States Chairmen and Secretaries at the time of June 12, 1993
  • Governors elected under SDP platform
  • Former Senate Presidents – Iyorchia Ayu and Ameh Ebute and Speaker Agunwa Anekwe along with Principal Officers of the National Assembly elected under SDP platform
  • Speakers of the States Assembly elected under SDP platform
  • All Chairmen of the States Traditional Councils from the six South-Western States
  • Prof. Wole Soyinka
  • Mr. Femi Falana SAN
  • Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu
  • Chief Bisi Akande
  • Ms. Ayo Obe
  • Bayo Onanuga – The News
  • Kunle Ajibade – Tempo
  • Nosa Igiebor – Tell
  • Kayode Komolafe – Media Hope 93
  • Senator Janathan Zwingina – DG Hope 93
  • Comrade Frank Ovie Kokori
  • Prof. Humphrey Nwosu
“Also invited are Senate President, Bukola Saraki, Speaker Yakubu Dogora, Principal Officers of the National Assembly, Members of the Federal Executive Council and all State Governors.
“Accommodation has been reserved for all invitees at the NICON Luxury Hotel, Tafawa Balewa Way, area 11, Garki, Abuja from Monday, 11th June 2018. For further inquiries please contact William Alo, Permanent Secretary, Special Duties Office, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation by telephone on +234 803 585 4332.
“Invitation letters have been despatched. However, should the invitation arrive late, this publication serves as a formal invitation.”
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PDP expresses worry over alleged plot to arrest ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo

PDP expresses worry over alleged plot to arrest ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo

Press statement from PDP
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is alarmed by the revelation of former President Olusegun Obasanjo that the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government is plotting to arrest him on trumped up charges and detain him indefinitely.
PDP says the revelation coming from a Nigerian of Chief Obasanjo status is terrifying as it has heightened the tension in the polity and confirmed our fears that our dear nation has descended into a police state where any Nigerian, who holds a divergent view to President Muhammodu Buhari 2019 re-election bid, becomes endangered.
The alarm by Chief Obasanjo has further shown that the PDP has not been crying wolf regarding the plots by the APC Federal Government to frame, arrest, detain and arraign political opponents of the APC, including regular Nigerians, for holding or canvasing opinions that are divergent to the interest of those in power.
We invite Nigerians to note the travails faced by perceived opponents of Buhari Presidency including Senate President Bukola Saraki, Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu, Senators Shehu Sani and Dino Melaye, who had raised similar alarms in the past.
The PDP urges Nigerians to note how APC controlled security forces, on Wednesday, arrested and detained opposition members in Ogun state, including a member of the House of Assembly, Hon Adebiyi Adeleye, who were going about their legitimate activities, only to tag them as cultists.
The PDP condemns APC’s resort to persecution, intimidation, harassment and framing of our members, as well as dissenting voices, just to suppress the opposition ahead of the 2019 election.
PDP wants the APC and Buhari Presidency to note that no amount of coercion, intimidation and illegal arrests will alter the determination of Nigerians to vote out the dysfunctional APC and rescue our nation from the shackles of the Buhari Presidency and its misrule, come 2019.
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