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Peter Obi, has warned that the Nigerian economy will collapse soon if the federal government does not take immediate steps to address the rot in the system.

Arewa Groups Ask Igbos To Leave North
Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (ACYF) a coalition of socio-political groups in the North, on Tuesday, issued a three-month ultimatum for all Igbos in the 19 northern states to vacate the region.

If the Igbos fail to leave by the October 1, 2017, the group said, it would use force to evict them. The group also threatened to take over all the landed properties of the Igbos after may have left the region. Though the group did not specifically say how it intends to carry out its threat, it said not even the Arewa Consultative Forum or the Northern Elders Forum would prevent it from carrying out its threat.

At a press conference in Kaduna, the AYCF officials led by the group’s National President, Yerima Shettima, claimed that a successful sit-at-home protest organised by Igbo groups, was a threat to the country’s national security.

But the AYCF said they would not tolerate such action, hence the issuance of the three months ultimatum for the Igbos to leave. With the success recorded during the sit-at-home order in the southeast by the IPOB and MASSOB, reaction was expected from the North. But nobody expected these thought-provoking and inciting reactions from the region. It is good it comes now, when calls for restructuring and true federalism are at their peak. It is hoped that this will be a wake up call for Igbos, who have before now neglected their region to develop other regions, forgetting that charity should begin at home.

One may ask; what happens to the billion naira investments Igbos have made in some parts of the North. The truth remains that the investments are not more important than the economic cum political freedom for all Nigerians, especially the Igbos, who have suffered undue marginalisation since the civil war.

The Northern youths and their cohorts should know that nobody has monopoly of violence and no one is above the law, even though some may be for now. Constitutionally, every Nigerian has the right to live anywhere in the country unmolested. So, it is expected of the Northern youths to be mindful of their utterances, actions and inactions.

With this development, it is imperative for the federating units that make up Nigeria to renegotiate their co-existence. In doing this, the leadership and followers are expected to be on the same page and approach the task with patriotism and altruism. This is especially, as it has become obvious that the bad leadership, poor followers and corruption that have bedeviled the country know no tribe, religion or status.

FG Pays 20 Whistleblowers N375.8 Million — Finance Ministry
The federal government said on Wednesday it had released about N375.8 million for payment of 20 whistleblowers who provided information that led to the recovery over N11.6 billion.

The Ministry of Finance, which confirmed the release in a statement, said the payments were the first under the Whistleblower Policy.
The government did not disclose the identities of the beneficiaries, apparently for security reasons.

“This payment is the first under the Whistleblower Policy,” the Minister for Finance, Kemi Adeosun, said in the statement. This is good news. If not for anything, the policy has provided temporary job and source of income for some Nigerians. It has also helped in the fight against corruption, especially in public service. But the worry remains the sustainability of the policy and the safety of whistleblowers in a long run. Also, it is not enough to tell Nigerians how much has been paid to whistleblowers without disclosing how much has been recovered through the policy.

It is the right of Nigerians to know this because the recovered funds are public funds that should be accounted for. Keeping away these details is very suspicious and not in line with the government’s anti-graft war. Nigerians have not forgotten that the Buhari government has not properly accounted for the loots recovered by EFCC since 2015. It is hoped that these recovered loots are not being re-looted as usual. If not, why has it become difficult to account for it transparently and statistically?

Economy May Collapse Soon, Says Peter Obi
A former governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, has warned that the Nigerian economy will collapse soon if the federal government does not take immediate steps to address the rot in the system.

He also accused the government of not doing enough to alleviate the suffering of the people, even as he decried the high level of hunger and poverty that Nigerians are passing through.

Obi gave the warning in an address at the Federal University, Ndufu Alike Ikwo (FUNAI) during the grand-finale and presentation of awards to winners of a creative writing competition on Tuesday.

The event was organised by the university’s chapter of the Creative Writers Association of Nigeria, with the theme “Hope for Africa: The Birth of A New Age. Obi urged youth across the country to show more concern to creativity to enable them realise their dreams and warned them to stop emulating Nigerian leaders.

Obi’s narrative lacks specifics. Obi being a politician and businessman has to prove that he is different from the present leaders and politicians. He is also part and parcel of Nigeria’s leadership problem, which is more of elite conspiracy than any other thing.

So, instead of sounding different, Obi should be bold enough to call a spade, a spade, and at the same time proffer clear solution to Nigeria problems. If Obi is asking Nigerian youths not to emulate leaders, it simply means that Obi is counting himself among those who should not be emulated. Has Obi forgotten that the economy has recessed before now and according to “them” it was recovering. Or is Obi saying that another recession is on the way. Well, time will tell.

Kano Gov. Moves To Reconcile Jibrin, Dogara, Others
The House of Representatives may soon recall its suspended former Appropriation Committee Chairman, Abdulmumini Jibrin, following a reconciliation meeting initiated by the Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, between Jibrin and leaders of the lower chamber.

Jibrin, who represents Kiru/Bebeji federal constituency of Kano State, was suspended from the legislature for 181 days last September, following his allegation of budget padding against the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, and three other principal officers.

Sources in Kano State Government House disclosed Ganduje had on Monday convened a reconciliation meeting between Jibrin and Doguwa. This development is not surprising. It is a continuation of the leadership conspiracy against the rest of Nigerians, who are always at the receiving end. The other day, it was Borno State governor, Kashim Shettima, who pleaded with the Senate leadership to forgive and recall Senator Ali Ndume to the upper chamber. So, it is about them, not us. It seems these politicians have no other job except occupying public offices

Wait!!! If Jibrin is forgiven and recalled, what happens to the corruption allegations he leveled against the House leadership? It will be buried under carpet as usual. But why won’t it be so, when the anti-graft agencies and the Presidency have treated it with kid’s glove.

Corrupt People Are Funding Anti-Govt Media War — Osinbajo
Those who have stolen public funds are spearheading a “media war” against the anti-corruption efforts of the Muhammadu Buhari administration, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo said in Abuja on Monday.

The Acting President spoke at the Conference on Promoting International Co-operation in Combating Illicit Financial Flows and Enhancing Asset Recovery to Foster Sustainable Development.

“In Nigeria for instance, corruption fights back so eloquently that government itself if not careful could be overwhelmed,” Mr. Osinbajo said. Who says Acting President Osinbajo is not living up to the expectation? He is. Don’t you observe that he is sounding more like a politician now than a pastor and seasoned lawyer. Maybe, he is trying to complement the work of Lai Mohammed, who seems to be losing grip gradually.

If Osinbajo knows and has incontrovertible evidence against those who have stolen public fund and are using it to spearhead media war against the anti-graft fight of government, why not take them to court for prosecution, instead of talking flippantly over such serious matter in public? That is what is expected of him. And that is how he can be taken seriously and respected.

Well, there is no doubt that Osinbajo has been acting and talking to the expectation of his boss, Buhari who is away on a medical trip. This is exactly how his boss goes about announcing to global audience how corrupt Nigerians are. Osinbajo is playing true to his master’s voice.

Makarfi Disputes Figure Of PDP Defectors In Kebbi
The leader of a faction of Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) Ahmed Makarfi, has disputed the report that 25,000 members have fled the party to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kebbi State.

According to the former governor of Kaduna State, the reported figure of the numbers involved was exaggerated. It was reported that the former PDP Chairman in Kebbi State, Bello Doya, led the members to the ruling party on Sunday.

According to the report, Governor Atiku Bagudu, APC leaders and hundreds of supporters from the 21 local government areas of the state were on hand to receive the defectors, among whom were, Isah Argungu, the former Director-General of the campaign organisation of former governor Saidu Dakingari and the 2015 PDP gubernatorial candidate, Bello Sarkin-Yaki.

Makarfi’s denial is not necessary, considering that the crisis-ridden PDP has suffered mass defection nationwide. So, Kebbi’s case is not new or different. What should bother Makarfi now is how best to rebuild the party, if his faction gets favourable judgment in the pending case at the Supreme Court against Ali-Modu Sheriff’s faction.

It is clear that if PDP bounces back to power in 2019, those who have defected from the party will defect back. This is because jumping from one party to another at any slightest opportunity has become a tradition in Nigerian politics. So, Makarfi should bother about them. Let him rebuild the party first.

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