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Buhari: The Wrong Interventionist.

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By Elempe Dele, Edo.

I can’t seem able to get out of the nagging feelings of pains that assail me each time I recall to mind the faces of some of those 43 rice farmers that were killed, necks slit, days ago in Borno State. The gruesome and gory details indicts my conscience and it brings me to heavy emotions.

It would be more than sufficient for me if our collective voice today achieve nothing more than a call on African leaders on the plight of our brothers and sisters trapped in Nigeria under the leadership of General Buhari.

I am optimistic, against all odds, that with a union of minds against this evil, an opening up of channels of interrogation to determine what necessary actions that need to be taken against this modern day evil where a sleeping man, a supposed general, pretends to be awake while his people are slaughtered during the day trying to earn their legitimate livelihood.

It would remain deeply satisfying if we shout, with human impulses, towards this savagery, rather than remain silent, in carving holes into this despicable acts of unjust killings emanating from that country known for pampering acts of terrorism. It would also be sufficient to celebrate that moment when African people would rise against those holding our brothers and sisters in death there in the North East with the aim to demolishing the scriptural doctrine of killings, the scriptures of human marketing, the atrocities that commercialize killings by religious fiats.

Reflections from us must take over this very sad moment in our history as a people as our tears shall certainly dry on their own. We must task our minds that have been disturbed of its peace with this horrifying videos coming from Borno State. We must summon occasions to begin to replace complacency with dedication. The dedication should be to excuse Buhari from power as UNFIT.

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We must provoke our minds to the direction of this recent symbolically reality that exhibit in its entirety, inhumanity. Let this arouse a need for a collective response, over and beyond mere wishes on social media. (Some are already planning protests in high commissions and embassies around the world)

As we speak, some of our sisters are still trapped with the terrorists under inhuman conditions. A project of slavery is thriving in Nigeria, with passive complexities of Mr. president; General Buhari, who mostly sleep at war.

How we humanists and writers react towards the perversion is key to unlocking this sad puzzle. I mean how we react to the Nigerian state, the rogue nation should be the anchor of our debate.

It is shameful that Africa Union, AU, has suddenly become impotent in the face of this reenactment of our colonial history of death and slave trade.

I feel deep pains in the abandonment of our people in the North East, in the hands of notorious gangs and terrorists who could wipe off over 40 people in a day trying to make food available to us all. Is there need for the Africa Union to wait for protocols before it goes to rescue its own people from Nigeria since Nigeria is now so docile? It’s people that are already sold to slavery, abused, violated, killed and certainly dehumanized.

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What exactly is AU doing in the face of this human pandemic here in Nigeria?

I find it unbelievable for actions against this act were not invoked immediately, and still not yet invoked till now. What would it take for an intervention to rescue this humanity by AU and UN from this murderous gangs and terrorists in Nigeria? Do we need mercenaries? Should we declare total war against Boko Haram?

As of today, the Africa Union has not challenged, in physical terms, the pain and shame of the continent, a pathetic inadequacy in providing rescue channels for the thousands of victims in Nigeria since General Buhari cannot do it.

What has been achieved so far is to give cold comfort through the social media to those victims that have been killed or sold as cheap as $400, some who would be used to work in farms in the hot winds with rags of shame on their backs and those girls who are sold into sex slavery.

Where is Leah Shaiubu today? The pain of a missing young girl that keeps nagging in our minds.

How do we feel? Some are being slaughtered, raped, throat slit, bodies mutilated and robbed of the last drop of dignity left in them, naked!

Yet, we shall continue to talk from Benin City to Senegal to Yaoundé to Niger…in impotence and argue from futile positions in sterility because our children are not involved directly – because General Buhari’s children who study in the UK are not involved directly. I appreciate, however, the social media campaigns and indictments by millions of people against these deaths to many, but they can’t replace the honour of physical actions against the killers or against the docile Buhari’s administration.

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African states can commence expelling Nigerian diplomats from their countries to show their collective disgust against this criminal impunity which General Buhari has allowed to prosper for too long. Let them go free their country of the swelling mutilated deaths and victims of slavery. Let these diplomats go to join the army to fight these insurgents.

This is a pain we writers cannot easily forget. Part of the writer’s mission is to testify by laying ambush for dysfunctional minds. We must lay legitimate ambush against the docility of General Buhari and his administration. We that are living today witnessing this human horrors must save something for the yet unborn to ponder about.

We must act securely to make our written words, at least, be used to mobilise our government towards taking responsibilities of protecting our people in their own lands – the disadvantaged. We shall continue to say to the world, those holding controls of directions of Nigeria, General Buhari expecially, that the future will never forget these atrocities nor shall it forgive.

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Can Poverty Reduced In The Midst Of Skyrocketing Price achieve?

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Can Poverty Reduced In The Midst Of Skyrocketing Price achieve?
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Can Poverty Reduced In The Midst Of Skyrocketing Price achieve?

During Democracy Day National Address to the Nation by President Buhari claimed his administration has lifted 10m out of poverty in the two last years. Barely days after president’s claimed, World Bank reports stated rising prices in the country have pushed an estimated 7 million Nigerians below the poverty line in 2020 alone.

President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari

About 100 million Nigerians, or half the population, live on less than $1(N500) per day, unemployment rate has rising to 32.5 and also Nigeria had overtaken India as the country with the largest number of people living in extreme poverty.

Everyday Nigerians lamented rising cost of living as food prices soar at 12.56%. With all sense of highest esteem to Mr President, the level of poverty in the country is unspeakable talk less of lifted –farmers, Small-scale Traders, artisans, market women and other people out of poverty.

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According to the reports released by National Statistic Bureau the rise in the food index was broad based, caused by increases in prices of bread, egg, beans, rice, yam, Fish, meat, fruits, and vegetables. Nigerians never expects such kind hardship as country’s inflation rate rose further in June 2020 to 12.56% (Year-on-Year), 0.16% points higher than the rate recorded in May 2020 (12.4%) as country’s inflation rate rose further each passing day. In reality Food inflation across the federation is worse than official Bureau figures show.

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Nigerians are languishing in extreme poverty battling with daily survival became uphill challenge due to unprecedented hardships peoples going through in the country reaching highest since in the late 80s.

For the administration to reduce the level of poverty in the country federal government should focus on three Policy Priorities which include: “Reduce Inflation by Implementing Policies That Support Macroeconomic Stability, Inclusive Growth, And Job Creation; Protect poor households from the impacts of inflation; Facilitate access to financing for small and medium enterprises in key sectors to mitigate the effects of inflation and accelerate the recovery. World Bank advice

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It will be highest injustice for anybody not to acknowledge many PMB’s programs to alleviate economic hardship to Nigerians but targets citizens are not much benefits. Reviving Nation’s Economy which is the one of the three cardinal promises PMB made before the electorates remain Herculean tasks.

Nigerians are worrying each passing day over the increasing debt burden reached unprecedented level as it increased by N191 billion in the first quarter of this year, representing a 0.58 percent increase from N32.916 trillion as of December 31, 2020.

Lack of clear economic policies scare Foreign Investment coupling with weak Naira while the country slum into recession twice while financial and economic policies of the administration do not favor the masses that spent hours under the sun to vote the administration

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To be honest adminstration Poverty Reduction efforts will only remain inclusive due to the level of soar Inflation, unemployment rate, high rate of money landing and other factors.

Abba Dukawa, a public commentator and writer from Kano State

Abba Dukawa, a public commentator and writer from Kano State

Those entrusts with public offices may not necessarily remain honest to tells truth to the leaders on the true situation on the ground. One may go to market stalls to listen peoples conversation even without listening them one may see the anger in their faces.

For sake of history and the country to judge the administration fairly, let captain of the ship regain his past hard earning status of being a strong and No Non Sense General, Let him do any things to prevent the worst happening in remaining two years of the administration.

Dukawa Write In From Kano And Can Be Reached At abbahydukawa@gmail com

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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2021 | What We Must Do

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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2021 | What We Must Do

Old age is a blessing that our faith recognizes and extols. Sadly, for many people, old age is a dread due to certain socio-cultural and economic reasons. According to the United Nations, elder abuse is a global human rights issue which affects the health of millions of older persons around the world.

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The incidence of abuse towards older people, according to the UN, is predicted to increase as many countries are experiencing rapidly ageing populations. Even though Nigeria’s population is increasingly youthful, an estimated 1.2 billion (by 2025) global population of persons aged 60 years and older, compels us to brace up for a moral showdown in my view.

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At Onyejeocha Foundation, care for the widows and the elderly is a key component of our activities.

Having older people around us is a blessing that cannot be quantified. The fact is that our elders make huge contributions to our world. They ought to be given due recognition and care.

It is therefore pertinent for all of us to work together to improve the living conditions of older persons while we yet have them with us.

 

The UN General Assembly proclaimed this Day in its 2012 resolution A/RES/66/127.

Hon (Barr) Nkeiruka Onyejeocha
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“ARAKUNRIN AKEREDOLU IS A RARE BREED AMONG POLITICIANS IN THE SOUTHWEST” – AFENIFERE FOR COLLECTIVE TRANSFORMATION

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“ARAKUNRIN AKEREDOLU IS A RARE BREED AMONG POLITICIANS IN THE SOUTHWEST” – AFENIFERE FOR COLLECTIVE TRANSFORMATION

 

 

As a socio-political movement, Afenifere For Collective Transformation led by the Director General, Prince Tolu Ajayi has been following the ongoing Public Hearing on Constitution Review across the Country so far with our focus on the southwest.

No submission has caught our attention like the submission from the Governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu whom was represented by his Deputy, Mr. Lucky Aiyedatiwa among other brilliant submissions, calling for the scraping of the senate which has been the call by many groups in the Country as well.

The senate in recent time has become the retirement home for many Governors who believed that the Nigeria state must continue to take care of their well-being and that of their families for the rest of their lives despite the the huge pension packages many of them allocates to themselves with the collaboration of their State Assemblies.

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Today, many senators in the senate are collecting huge pension on monthly basis and still collecting salaries and allowances as senators, yet common Nigerians that voted them into power go to bed each day on empty stomach especially in this economic hardship caused as a result of Covid 19 pandemic, banditry which has caused many farmers to abandoned their homes and farms and lots of unfavourable economic policies.

According to the Governor, “the membership of the Assembly should be part time. No member should earn allowances not known to the Revenue Mobilisation and Allocation Committee and the people they claim to serve”

“Legislators should earn under a uniform salary structure. Allowance peculiarities must not be about obscenity. The Senate should be scrapped”

“The House of Representatives too should not be unwieldy. A maximum of four representatives should come from each Zone,”

“Ministries, departments and agencies must be pruned to reflect the socio-economic realities of the moment”

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“The government at the centre must divest itself of this self-inflicted heavy burden, for effective and impactful performance”

He later called for State police, resource control, judicial reforms, especially with zones having their court of appeals.

Akeredolu concluded by a return to the 1963 Republican Constitution, saying, “We would have resolved many fundamental issues of nationhood with the adoption”

For us, the above submission by Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu shows clearly that he’s not in anyway eyeing the senate upon completion of his tenure.

He has demonstrated a rare breed of leadership quality that an average Nigerian is unknown for.

He has demonstrated true patriotism against power hunger which has become the second nature of many of our leaders and politicians.

In view of this, Afenifere For Collective Transformation ACT, salute the courage, patriotism and kind-hearted nature of the Governor which is rare among his contemporaries.

We hereby declare our support for the submission and position of the governor regarding the constitution review and wish Nigeria could be blessed with many leaders of his kind.

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Finally, we throw our weight behind the Governor and call on our Senators to display the same level of patriotism exhibited by Governor Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu by adopting the submissions of the Governor even though it would definitely have a negative effect on them as their present offices would be threatened.

We implore them to see this as a necessary sacrifice towards giving Nigerians a Country our generation and generations to come can be proud of.

We believe posterity would be kind to this 9th senate if this could be done.

They should just for once do this as a means of selfless service to the people and the Country at large.

 

Signed:

Prince Tolu Ajayi,
DG Afenifere For Collective Transformation ACT.

Comrade Salami Taiwo Ramon,
Chief Press Secretary to the DG.

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