• No negotiation, no surrender, Boko Haram tells FG

    02/Apr/2016 // 538 Viewers


    A new video was released on Friday by the Boko Haram jihadist group, denying any suggestion that it might negotiate with the Federal Government.

    This is coming just about a week after its leader, Abubakar Shekau, said in March that his time as the head of the group might be coming to an end.

    The previous video showed Shekau, who appeared thin and spiritless, delivering his message without his usual fiery manner.

    This had prompted speculation from the Army that the Islamist group was on the verge of collapse in the face of a sustained military counter-insurgency.

    However, in a Friday video posted on YouTube, which showed men holding AK-47s and posing in front of Toyota Hilux pick-up trucks and a lorry mounted with a military cannon, Boko Haram maintained that it was still a potent fighting force and would not surrender.

    According to an AFP report, a masked man in camouflage said in a prepared script in Hausa that, “You should know that there is no truce, there are no negotiations, there is no surrender. This war between us will not stop.”

    The video, of markedly better quality than Shekau’s and including Arabic subtitles, featured nine masked Boko Haram fighters standing on sandy ground in an undisclosed desert location.

    It is, however, unclear whether Shekau was among the masked people in the video.

    “Shekau is still the head of the ‘West African wing’,” said the masked man, who likened the sect to the Islamist insurgents in Iraq, Libya and Syria.

    Boko Haram, which has killed over 20,000 people and displaced more than two million people from their homes, had pledged allegiance to ISIS in March 2015.

    Meanwhile, the Nigerian Army has won back a number of territories from the militants, rescuing thousands of people who had been living under the sect’s control.

    Commenting on the new video, an Africa security specialist, Ryan Cummings, said, “The (new) video appears to confirm collaboration between Boko Haram and the Islamic State group. The production quality bears the hallmarks of the Islamic State’s media wing.” - Punch

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  • BIAFRA: Another lie against Kanu nailed

    02/Apr/2016 // 418 Viewers


    PARIS, APRIL 2, 2016: (DGW) - CONTRARY  to previous reports that the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, (IPOB) asked the British Government to intervene in his case by prevailing on President Muhammadu Buhari to release him from prison, Biafra Writers today issued a cutting rejoinder dispelling that ill-conceived rumour on the grapevine.

    Maxi Nnamdi Kanu, in the rejoinder signed by Ayinkwa Kelechi Cynthia and Ikechukwu Nwaorisa, did not solicit for help from the British Government or mandated anyone to do so on his behalf and asked the public to disregard the rumour.

    In the previous report which made news headlines across Nigeria, Kanu was reported to have asked the British Government through the agency of his lawyer in a letter to the British High Commission in Abuja  to intervene in his case adding that he is British.

    Below is a copy of  the rejoinder sent to our Paris newsroom:

    ''Sequel to the lies concocted by the Nigerian gutter media, that Nnamdi Kanu the leader of IPOB said: "he is a British citizen, ask Buhari to release me Nnamdi Kanu tells the UK", we hereby, wish to deconstruct that garbage fed to the Nigerian audience by the most corrupt press in the world...The Nigeria Media''.

    ''This is not actually the first time Nigerian journalists are writing junk in the name of the reportage and lying against Nnamdi Kanu and Biafrans. They lied that Nnamdi Kanu was apprehended in a hotel with a prostitute, they equally lied that Nnamdi Kanu apologized to the tyrant Buhari for calling him a terrorist, and a Pedophile and also to ex-president Goodluck for calling him Imbecilic''.

    ''All these lies we dismantle line by line, letting the world to know that Buhari vowed and declared publicly that he would tamper with the freedom of the press, simply because he got from the press 2.5 billion Naira scandal when he was a minister of petroleum, therefore he vowed to deal with the press by using them against IPOB and Nnamdi Kanu''.

    ''Buhari didn't allow the independence of the judiciary as well as the press in Nigeria that he keeps meddling in their activities. It could be recalled that Buhari jailed journalists for giving truthful reports. Now they are frightened, threatened and bribed by Buhari to fake reports, just like he maneuver and bribed a justice of the federal high Court Abuja Justice John Tsoho, to overrule own rulings by allowing masquerades to testify behind the screen, and never to grant Nnamdi Kanu bail even though proven innocent''.

    ''Since Buhari and his cohorts (media) ain't tired of reporting lies and fake report about the prisoner of conscience Nnamdi Kanu, Biafrans gladly welcomed their challenge and promise to deconstruct and uncover their true identity that Nigeria state is built on lies and deceit hence must dismember''.

    ''Scores of pro-Biafra protesters were killed by Nigerian Army ,Buratai chief of Army staff lied and reported only ten (10), although Biafrans countered that with our evidence and proof unlike them, for the world to see how devilish Nigeria state really are''.

    ''We, therefore, wish to make a categorical statement here that, Nnamdi Kanu never solicited for any help, not from Buhari, Britain, Nigerians nor anybody. IPOB is his only family and they are with him. But if they claim Kanu had requested for the help from the UK regarding his detention, where is the video and audio clip to that effect? Until then, their allegations are dead on arrival''.

    Written By Anyikwa Kelechi Cynthia
    Edited By Ikechukwu Nwaorisa

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  • Another member Of IMN who died in prison buried today

    02/Apr/2016 // 716 Viewers


    Today, another brother of the Islamic Movement, among those awaiting trial in Kaduna prison was buried in Tudun wada Kaduna cemetery, exactly 3 month after he died of gun shots he sustained during the Nigerian army’s attack in Zaria last December.

    Abbas Ishaq, 49, was arrested in Sheikh Zakzaky’s house and died two weeks after he and other 200 brothers of the Islamic Movement were detained in Kaduna central prison.

    After much persuasion, the Hospital where his corpse was stored released him for proper Islamic burial today.

    Doctors of the Islamic Movement confirmed that he was unattended to by the prison authorities when he was in prison, a situation that led to his death.

    Abbas, who is a native of Danja in Katsina state, but live in Kawo Kaduna, left behind a wife and a child.

    There is still another corpse yet to be released to the Islamic Movement for burial. It is that of Idris Khalid. Efforts are still going on for its release for burial.

    Abbas is the only person released by the authorities for Islamic burials, even though there are over a thousand unarmed people gunned down by the military during the Zaria massacre.

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  • See list of new appointments made by President Buhari on Monday

    02/Aug/2016 // 4643 Viewers


    President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of 17 new Chief Executives for Parastatals and Agencies under the Federal Ministry of Education.

    The appointment is with effect from August 1, 2016.

    While some of the appointments amounted to the sack of the former CEOs, some others, like the National Universities Commission, had theirs replaced after the tenure of office of the incumbent.
    Those appointed are:

    National Universities Commission – Prof. Abubakar Adamu Rasheed
    Nigerian Institute for Education Planning and Administration – Prof. Lilian Salami

    Universal Basic Education – Dr. Hameed Bobboyi

    National library of Nigeria – Prof Lanre Aina

    National Examinations Council – Prof. Charles Uwakwe

    National Commission for Mass Literacy, Adult and Non-Formal education – Prof. Abba Aladu

    Nomadic education Commission – Prof. Bashir Usman

    National Business and technical Examinations Board – Prof. Isioma Isiugo-Abanihe

    Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria – Prof. Sunday Josiah Ajiboye

    Computer Registration Council of Nigeria – Afolabi Aderinto

    National Commission for Colleges of Education – Prof. Bappah Aliyu

    Tertiary Education Trust Fund – Dr. Abdullahi Bichi Baffa

    National Mathematical Centre – Prof. Steven Ejugwu Onah

    Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB – Prof. Ishaq Oloyede

    National Institute of Nigerian Languages – Prof. Chinyere Ohiri-Aniche

    Librarian Registration Counil of Nigeria – Prof Michael Afolabi
    National Teachers Institute – Prof Garba Dahuwa Azare

    Similarly, President Buhari has also approved that the following chief executives to be retained in their respective agencies:

    Nigeria Educational Research and Development Council – Prof. Samaila Junaidu

    Nigerian French Language C\Village – Prof rauuf adebisi

    National board for technical education – Dr. Mas’ud Kazaure

    National Arabic language Village – Prof. Muhammad Mu’az.

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  • Ekweremadu’s removal will divide Nigeria – Archbishop Chukwuma cautions Buhari

    02/Aug/2016 // 3673 Viewers


    The Anglican ArchBishop of the Enugu Province, Most Rev Dr. Emmanuel Chukwuma on Monday urged the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government to desist from further plot to remove the Deputy Senate President, Chief Ike Ekweremadu.
    The All Progressives Congress, APC, led administration had continued to rue the emergence of Ekweremadu.

    Speaking to journalists on the sideline of the town hall meeting organized by the Federal Ministry of Information in Enugu, Chukwuma also insisted that “Nigerias is negotiable because people are wounded; people are being sidelined and this is what is causing this spate of bombings by Avengers and all these people who are agitators.

    “The more you make Nigerians to know that they are part of the government and receive the social amenities and care, then there will be no need for us to talk
    about restructuring.

    “Restructuring will surely be done because the way things are going, it has to be restructured. South-East is the only
    zone that has five states. You have to restructure because without restructuring there will be marginalization.”

    “We need to know‎ that Nigerians are Nigerians; to keep Nigeria as one is a task that must be done, but Nigerians must be carried along without any part being neglected in appointments, in infrastructure, and even when you
    see how they appoint some South-East people into government, it does not translate to infrastructural development. It does not.”

    He added that “this town hall meeting is an opening for the Minister to tell the President that we are not happy; we need to be carried along, we need to be recognized.

    “But we appeal to our brothers, let us be patient and see what will happen and this town hall meeting should not just be a jamboree, it should be studied for implementation and action to take place as
    soon as possible.”

    On Ekweremadu, he noted that “What we are saying is that APC should not be afraid of Ekweremadu; Ekweremadu is a very simple developing senator and out of all the senators in the South East, Ekweremadu is the most, I must say, loved, hard-working senator that APC can make use of to develop Nigeria.

    “We want to also express that it is unfortunate that the governor of Imo State has continued to insult him and we say that this is not right, he should be called to order by the APC because Ekweremadu was not elected by the APC and election in the senate was not done by governors.

    “So, if a senator is going to survive in the senate, that senator must come to pay homage to the leading senator in
    the South-East.

    “The governor of Imo State should tread with caution, if he is an Igbo man, otherwise he is a betrayer. I‎ want to call him to order that if he continues this way, the Igbos will deny him.

    “Ekweremadu should be left alone to do his work, he has been elected constitutionally as Deputy Senate President and nobody can‎ remove him there. If they do that, it means that this government doesn’t want the Igbos, then you are calling for its secession from Nigeria because that is the high ranking position we have and we are
    all behind him and he has been performing, and he should be left to perform.‎” - DAILY POST



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  • Watch video of aerial bombardment of vandals' camps in S'West Nigeria by Nigerian Air Force

    02/Aug/2016 // 1737 Viewers


    PARIS, AUGUST 2, 2016: (DGW) THE  Nigerian Air Force on Monday released a video of its fighter jets aerial bombardment of militant camps at Arepo Ogun State. 

    The air strikes became necessary to dislodge vandals whose reign of terror has been going in Ogun and Lagos States' creek communities.

    Below is the video of the air strikes culled from Punch Newspapers.

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  • Buhari ridiculed in Enugu on Monday, Gov Ugwuanyi urges him to redeem campaign promises

    02/Aug/2016 // 1543 Viewers


    Enugu State Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to redeem the promises he made to the people of the state during his campaign.

    The governor spoke yesterday in Enugu at a town hall meeting organised by the Federal Ministry of Information.

    He said the appeal became imperative, following the epileptic power supply in the country.

    Ugwuanyi said the poor state of electricity across the country was discouraging investments.
    The governor also urged the Federal Government to make substantial investment in the Ugwuoba Gas Field in Oji River Local Government Area.

    He said: “I recall the President’s campaign promise to revive the coal mines in Enugu and utilise it to generate electricity.

    “Coal is a major energy source in some countries of the world and we have it in abundance in the state. If this is done, it will directly or indirectly create jobs for millions of Nigerians.”

    Ugwuanyi also reminded the Federal Government of the Ada Rice Farm Irrigation Project it started in the state in 2007, adding that work had since stopped on the site.

    The governor said the project was critical and important to the state government, following efforts to diversify the economy and make the country self-sufficient in rice production.

    He said: “Of very critical importance to us is the Ada Rice Farm in Uzo Uwani Local Government Area. The project has the capacity for low gravity irrigation and has the potential of expansion to cover 10,000 hectares.

    “Unfortunately, only 1,200 hectares of irrigable land have been fully developed. The Federal Government started the rehabilitation of the project in 2007. Sadly, progress in this regard has stalled.”

    The governor appealed to the Federal Government to re-evaluate the project to make it fully functional, adding that it would provide employment and boost economic activities in the area.

    He regretted that some Federal Government agencies in the state were indebted to it and contributed to its financial stress.

    Ugwuanyi said: “The government of the state will in this regard appreciate the intervention of the Federal Government to ensure the payment of huge debts owed the state by some federal agencies and establishments in the state.

    “They are the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH), University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) and the Federal College of Education, Eha-Amufu, which owe N2.3 billion, N10 billion and N190 million in tax returns.

    “These institutions have continued to owe even though the state government provides infrastructure and other ancillary supports to them.”

    The governor hailed the Federal Government for providing bailout funds to states, saying this had assisted them to wriggle out of some financial challenges.

    He said: “While we commend the Federal Government for providing the bailout funds, we do humbly appeal for the release of more resources to the states to enable them discharge their ever increasing responsibilities.”

    “We request for Federal Government’s intervention in the rehabilitation of its roads linking the Southeast states. They are in deplorable condition.”

    Ugwuanyi called for the economic encouragement of the zone to stem capital flight by localising skills acquisition among the youths to increase productivity.

    “I thank the Minister of Information and Culture for bringing this meeting to the zone. I am convinced that the presence of these ministers will help usher in the new vista of development for Enugu State and other parts of the Southeast region.”

    Information and Culture Minister Lai Mohammed said the Federal Government was not unmindful of the sufferings of Nigerians, assuring that the difficult times would not last.

    He said the Federal Government would evenly develop all parts of the country, adding that no region would be short-changed.

    On the deplorable condition of the roads in the zone, Mohammed said the Federal Government had mobilised contractors to begin work on some of them.

    He said the rains might have hindered the progress of work on the roads.

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  • 2015 Zaria Massacre: Tension in the Army as soldiers go on trial

    02/Aug/2016 // 1519 Viewers


    The Kaduna State Commission of Inquiry into the December 2015 clashes between the members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria and the Nigerian Army has recommended the identification and prosecution of the soldiers who participated in the killings of the members of the Islamic sect.

    This is as the commission also indicted the Nigerian Army for its excessive use of force on the IMN also known as Shiites.

    The Kaduna State Government on Sunday night officially released the Justice Mohammed Lawal-Garba-led Commission of Inquiry on the December 2015 bloody clash between the Nigerian Army and the Shiites.
    The report e-mailed to our correspondent in Kaduna also indicted the leader of the Shiites, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, for his refusal to caution his members during the crisis, which it said, was ‘avoidable.’

    The report read in part, “The commission is of the view that the use of excessive force by the Nigerian Army, which led to the heavy casualties recorded in the Cordon and Search Operation is an act of commission for which the NA is directly responsible.

    “The commission therefore recommends that steps should  immediately be taken to identify the members of the NA who participated in the killings of 12th- 14thDecember 2015 incident with a view to prosecuting them.”

    The report, however, put the Shiites members on the watch-list of the state.

    It added, “Security agencies should ensure watch-listing of IMN members and other persons of security interests, whenever they are going out or coming into Nigeria with a view to discovering the sources of their funding, foreign contacts and other useful and relevant information.”

    Besides, the report added that the panel found out that the Federal Government, Kaduna State Government, the IMN, the Nigerian Army and other security and law enforcement agencies committed certain acts of commission or omission which resulted in the avoidable clashes.

    The commission was inaugurated on January 29 2016, to unravel the circumstances that led to the clash which claimed many lives and properties in Zaria, Kaduna State.

    The commission on July, 15, 2016 submitted its report to Governor Nasir El-Rufai who promised to make the report public.

    While receiving the report, the governor said it would be diligently studied to ensure that the lessons were properly digested.

    The panel also directed that EI-Zakzaky should be personally held responsible for all the acts of commission and omission of the entire membership of the IMN in its clashes with the Nigerian Army for refusing to caution his members when required to do so.

    The report added, “Considering the nature and organisational structure of the IMN, where the leader has the total control over the members, Sheikh lbraheem EI-Zakzaky should be personally held responsible for all the acts of commission and omission of the entire membership of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria in its clashes with the Nigerian Army for refusing to call his members to order when required to do so.

    “Members of the IMN should never be allowed to carry any unlicensed weapon under any guise. Whosoever found so doing should be prosecuted immediately.

    “Intelligence reports by security agencies regarding all threats to security, law and order should be taken seriously and acted upon to nip in the bud such occurrences.

     “The Federal Government should have the political will to deal with such threats posed by the IMN and similar groups.”

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  • Ngige regrets going to Enugu on Monday, read how he was disgraced while defending Buhari

    02/Aug/2016 // 28098 Viewers


    The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, was booed while trying to defend President Muhammadu Buhari’s appointments at a town hall meeting organised by the Federal Government for the South-East in Enugu on Monday.

    Shouts of ‘No! No!’ rented the hall as he attempted to justify the appointments, which are generally believed to be lopsided and skewed in favour of the North.

    The South-East is seen as the most marginalised zone in the appointments made so far by Buhari.
    Ngige was responding to criticism of Buhari’s failure to appoint an Igbo as one of the service chiefs at the interactive town hall meeting.

    Some South-East stakeholders at the event included leaders of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, traditional rulers, members of the National Assembly, and other current and former political office-holders.

    Meanwhile, the Federal Government on Monday responded to demands for the implementation of the recommendations of the last constitutional conference with a declaration that new states cannot be created without the involvement of the National Assembly.

    Ngige said this at a town hall meeting between the Federal Government and South-East stakeholders in Enugu.

    The minister was responding to calls for new states in the zone, as well as the demand for the restructuring of the country into regions.

    Stressing that the members of the National Assembly were the only true representatives of the people, Ngige noted that those who participated in the constitutional conference were not elected.

    “The only people elected today to represent the people are those in the National Assembly.

    “If you want to amend the constitution or to create more states you must pass through the National Assembly,” he said.

    The minister, a former governor of Anambra State, and an erstwhile member of the Senate, said the Igbo must strategise on how best to survive and thrive in Nigeria.

    Reacting to what he described as ‘the question of restructuring and the South-East,’ he advised that the Igbo should avoid wallowing in self pity.

    “We (Igbo) have to put on our thinking cap; we don’t have to cry and wallow in self pity,” he said, noting that Nigeria is a federation where all the federating units must relate with one another.

    “If tomorrow President Muhammadu Buhari says ‘I want to do a constitutional conference’, I can assure you that whatever you lobby and get in the conference will be implemented to the letter,” Ngige added.

    The minister added that the demand for the restructuring of the country was not a new thing.

    Going down memory lane, he said the draft constitution from the 1994-1995 Constitutional Conference, organised by then Head of State, the late Gen. Sani Abacha, meant well for the country.

    Noting that most of the states and local government areas in the country were created by ‘military fiat’, Ngige said, “They said Abacha was not good but there were some aspects of Abacha that were excellent.

    “The Abacha Constitution provided for residency, so that any Nigerian could contest election wherever he lived, like Nnamdi Azikiwe did in the then Western region, and rotation of Presidency, among other things.

    “After death took Abacha away we went back to the 1979 Constitution with a few amendments making it the 1999 Constitution.

    “The South-East was divided at the constitutional conference; the South-East rejected zoning because the man from Ebonyi said it would make him a minority in the South-East.”

    Ngige added that the Federal Government would soon set up a committee that would review the minimum wage.

    He explained that the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress would be represented in the planned committee.

    According to him, the current minimum wage is due for a review.

    “The minimum wage has a caveat that it should be reviewed every five years.

    “By next week, we are going to empanel the minimum wage committee with the NLC and TUC involved.

    “The issue of transportation will also be looked into,” the minister said.

    Also speaking at the event, the Agriculture Minister, Chief Audu Ogbeh, said the Federal Government was ready to support youths who were interested in farming.

    “The present farmers are getting too old and something drastic has to be done.

    “In the next 10 to 15 years, most of the old farmers will no longer be active, so who will feed the country?” he said.

    …Presidency denies favouring North, Muslims

    Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja

    The Presidency on Monday said contrary to claims by some individuals and groups, President Muhammadu Buhari had treated all Nigerians without bias for ethnicity or religion in his appointments and policies since he assumed office on May 29, 2015.

    It said claims that the present administration was targeting Christians and members of the opposition were without foundation.

    The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said this in a statement while reacting to The London Telegraph’s article “Children Face Death by Starvation in Northern Nigeria” published on Saturday.

    Shehu said the article repeated a claim from an earlier piece “Nigeria Using UK Aid to Persecute President’s Political Foes” published on April 12, indicating that Nigeria was diverting United Kingdom’s aid monies away from fighting the Islamist terror group Boko Haram towards those the newspaper identified as political opponents of the administration.

    Shehu said the statement was incorrect and unhelpful.

    The presidential spokesman said to suggest that Buhari’s government was deepening Muslim-Christian division was not only untrue, but played into the hands of the Boko Haram sect who wished to divide Nigerians along religious lines.

    He said, “As for claims that the administration is targeting Christians and the opposition, these are without foundation. Since assuming office, President Buhari has treated all Nigerians without bias for ethnicity or religion, as the composition of his cabinet and the policies and programmes of his administration demonstrate.

    “To suggest his government as deepening Muslim-Christian division is not only untrue, but plays into the hands of Boko Haram who wish to divide Nigerians along religious lines.

    “Fighting this group is key priority of President Buhari’s administration. Indeed the international community has widely acknowledged his determination to defeat terrorism in Nigeria and the entire Lake Chad Basin.

    “There is nothing to gain by attempting to mould public opinion against these facts. Therefore we invite The Telegraph to visit Nigeria: to witness first-hand not only the challenges we face, but the administration’s determination to confront them.”

    Shehu noted that while the claims in both articles were attributed to an unnamed source in the United States  and “Western officials,” the first article drew the condemnation of the US Embassy in Abuja as having drawn conclusions directly opposite to the position of the US government when it was first published.

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  • My heart bleeds for Nigeria, it has never been this divided, Buhari pursuing sectional agenda - Ekweremadu

    02/Aug/2016 // 1952 Viewers



    Nigeria’s Deputy Senate President, Chief Ike Ekweremadu, on Sunday expressed concern over the divisive tendencies of the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration.
    The Senator spoke in Enugu during a solidarity visit to him by members of the Enugu State Economic Advisory Council.

    The group, led by Monsignor Professor Obiora Ike had disclosed that they were in the visit to show solidarity to Ekweremadu over the face-off between the Senate leadership and the Executive arm.

    He said the group equally needed to get clear information on the matter.

    According to the renowned cleric: “We are here because we have heard a lot of noise from Abuja. We are here because we support the principles of separation of power; separation of power guarantees freedom and brings stability in governance. So, we are here to hear what is happening in the National Assembly.

    “We want to assure you that our people are solidly behind you; our people believe in you; whenever you are in public office, there will always be challenges but if you are upright, you will emerge stronger.”

    Professor Ike advised the federal government to focus its energy on development, reconciliation, building bridges, stressing “we need Nigeria to move forward.”

    Those on the visit also included former power minister, Prof. Barth Nnaji, former economic adviser to ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo, Prof. Osita Ogbu, among others.

    ‎While addressing the delegation, Ekweremadu re-echoed his earlier stand that he was innocent of the forgery allegation, stressing that it had to do with ill-feelings in some quarters over the emergence of the Senate leadership.

    He maintained that the Buhari led government had neglected major issues affecting the country, while busy pursuing sectional agenda.

    He declared that: “our country has never been as divided as it is now; my heart bleeds because that is not what we desire for this country.”

    On the suit against him in court, Ekweremadu declared: “I restate my innocence. I forged no document; none of the accused persons forged any document.”

    While declining to speak more on the matter since it was already in court, he expressed his commitment towards the independence of the legislature, maintaining that “we will come and go but the Senate as an institution will remain.”

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