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Paul Unongo, second republic minister, dies at 87

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Elder statesman and former minister of Mines and Steel Development in the Second Republic, Wantaregh Paul Unongo has died at the age of 87.
Details of his death was sketchy as  formal statement was yet to be issued by the family, however, a source within the confirmed that he died on Tuesday in Jos, following a protracted illness.
“Yes Wantaregh Paul Unongo died today (Tuesday) in Jos,  but I cannot say more than that because I am not authorised to do so. But our family will issue a formal statement on the development,” the source said.
Born on September 26,1935 in Turan, Kwande Local Government Area of Benue state, Unongo attended the famous Government College, Keffi, between 1953 to 1958, after which he proceeded to the Nigerian College of Arts, Science and Technology Zaria, (now Ahmadu Bello University ) for a two -year Pre-Degree Programme.
Upon completion of the programme in 1960, he went to study Experimental Psychology at the University of Calgary, Canada.
He later transferred to the University of Alberta Edmonton, also in Canada, where he completed both his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Experimental Psychology, specializing in Human Experimental Psychopathology.
He was at the University of London, United Kingdom, where he obtained his Ph.D.
He holds the traditional title –
Wantaregh, one of the highest traditional titles in Tiv land.
He was a lecturer at the University of Lagos and helped in establishing the Department of Psychology in the university.
He was among the 50 distinguished Nigerians who drafted the Nigerian constitution of 1979.
Unongo, was the pioneer Secretary General of the defunct Nigerian People’s Party (NPP) and an ally of the late Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe.
He was also a member of the 1994 Constitutional Conference where he served as Chairman of States Creation Committee.
The then military Head of State, Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo, conferred on him a National Honour – Officer of the Federal Republic (OFR), for his contributions to the nation.
He was Minister of Mines and Steel during the Shagari administration.
He also served as the Chairman of the Governing Board of the Nigerian Education Research and Development Council (NERDC).
He was one time the chairman of the Northern Elders Forum (NEF), a pressure group founded by some Northern politicians.
Very outspoken and fearless, Unongo was a founding member of several political movements in Nigeria.
As a philanthropist,he established the Paul Unongo Foundation, which has continued to impact positively on many people in his community.

PLAFESAC: Showcasing culture, tourism on the Plateau   

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The Plateau Festival of Arts and Culture (PLAFESAC 2022) kicked off on Tuesday at the Rwang Pam Township Stadium, Jos, in grand style.
The event was declared opened by the state governor, Simon Lalong.
The 53 ethnic groups in the state will fearure with dancances, Cultural displays and art. The even was declared opened, by the state governor, Simon Lalong.

Plateau governor, Simon Lalong (left), with His Majesty, Grange Buba, the Gbong Gwom Jos.

The popular Jarawa dancers from Jos East LGA
The popular Ngas Sombi from Kanke and Pankshin LGA

Cross section of traditional rulers at the event

Photos credit: Courtesy Facebook page of Makut Macham, Director of Press and Public Affairs to the governor of Plateau state.

Gunmen kill LP women leader in Kaduna

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Victoria Chintex, the women leader of the Labour Party (LP) in Kaura Local Government Area of Kaduna state, has been killed by unknown gunmen.
In a statement on Tuesday, Edward Buju, Publicity Secretary of the LP in  Southern Kaduna Senatorial Zone, said the incident occurred on Monday, when the gunmen invaded her resident in Kaura and shot her to dead.
Her husband was also said to have sustained  injuries from gun shots and was rushed to a medical facility where he is said to be receiving treatment.
The statement commiserated with the family of the deceased  and assured that it will support them.
“The Southern Kaduna (Zone 3) Labour Party, commiserate with the party chairman and his exco’s in Kaura Local government area, over the untimely demised of our Mother and  Sister, Mrs Victoria Chintex, Woman leader, Kaura Local government who killed  yesterday (Monday) by some unknown gun men in her resident in Kaura,” the statement said.
Buju who described the deceased as  “industrious, hard working and dedicated party  leader”, said the LP is  saddened by the unfortunate incident, coming at a time when people like her are needed to champion the course for a new nation through the LP.
The statement called on members of the LP at all levels in the state to pray for the repose of her soul.
“More so as we awaits the burial plans by the family, the Zone 3 Labour Party will make  support to her family.
“On behalf of our  Presidential candidate, Peter Obi,  our gubernatorial candidate  in Kaduna state,  Jonathan Asake, the party  senatorial candidate for Southern Kaduna Senatorial zone,  Mike Auta,  we call on the people of Kaura LGA, to be law abiding as vengeance is of the Lord…” Buju said.
Mohammed Jalige, spokesman of the Kaduna state police command did not respond to telephone calls when contacted.

Troops raid bandits’ camp in Kaduna, rescue nine kidnapped victims

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Troops of Operation Forest Sanity have rescued nine kidnapped persons in Kaso, Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna state.
Samuel Aruwan,commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, disclosed this in a statement on Monday.
Aruwan said the troops engaged the bandits in their hideout during which their victims were rescued.
According to him, the troops also recovered 90 cows and four motorcycles left behind by the fleeing bandits.
The statement said operational feedback to the Kaduna State Government, indicated that “the troops engaged bandits on the Tantatu high ground, as the bandits abandoned their camp fled further into the forest.
Aruwan said, “The troops searched the camp and rescued nine kidnapped persons, identified as: Salama Oliver Husseini Odu, Danjuma Jakanwa Ezekiel Garba, Obadiah Moses, Taiwo Isaac, Buky Isaac, Ado Adamu and Maigari Shekarau.
The commissioner said, “Initial debriefing of the rescued victims revealed that they had all been kidnapped around the Gurara Dam area.
“The troops also recovered 90 cattle left behind by the fleeing bandits. The animals will be handed over to the Kaduna State Livestock Regulatory Authority for proper identification.
“Further clearance patrols to Bawa Rikasa hill led to the recovery of four motorcycles belonging to the bandits.
“The nine rescued persons will undergo further debriefing and examination before being reunited with their families.
“Fighting patrols will continue in the general area.”

 

PDP to El-Rufai: Your apology is meaningless, politically motivated

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The Director General of the Campaign Council of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kaduna state, Haruna Sa’eed, has described Governor Nasir El-Rufai’s recent apology to the people of the state, as meaningless, politically motivated and will not reverse the pains and hardship inflicted on the people.
In a sstatement on Sunday in Kaduna, Sa’eed said, attempts by El-Rufai to distance himself from his annointed governorship candidate, Senator Uba Sani of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, “is like a crude attempt to separate conjoined twins.”
“El-rufai cannot deliberately and recklessly create hardship for the people of Kaduna state for eight years and then think that he can conveniently utter a political apology at the twilight of his tenure”, Saeed said.
EL-Rufai, had while addressing party members during the inauguration of the APC campaign council, last week in Kaduna, apologised to those he may have offended in the course of his work and asked for forgiveness.
“We know in the course of this job, we have offended some people. They should forgive us. I will not contest again so do not blame others for my mistakes.
“Those I mistakenly offended I seek for their forgiveness”, El-Rufai was quoted to have said during the inauguration.
Saeed said, “On the surface, this apology might look noble, but since El-Rufai has probably not heard of the wisdom of Benjamin Franklin, who admonished people not to ruin an apology with an excuse, this apology, apart from being made in a political gathering to suit itching ears, is bereft of honesty and sincerity”.
The PDP chieftain said, El-rufai and Sani “are one and the same. The fear that the people of Kaduna should even entertain if the anointed candidate would not exceed his anointer in apathy”.
He maintained that, “In addition to the fact that an apology followed by an excuse means that the same deliberate act could be repeated again, came at a time when it lacks substance and offensive in context.
“More disingenuous is his attempt to separate his insensitive and intolerant mode of governance from his anointed candidate in 2023.
“It means he is repudiating the known democratic principles of governance as a continuous process. So sad!
“El-rufai cannot deliberately and recklessly create hardship for the people of Kaduna state for eight years and then think that he can conveniently utter a political apology at the twilight of his tenure.
“At what point did he think an apology was appropriate? Was his apology targeted at those he sacked from work without paying them their entitlement? “Those whose homes and businesses were demolished on the altar of aestheticism?
“Was his political apology targeted at the lives of millions of Kaduna people that he endangered when he made reckless and boastful statements on insecurity?
“Was his apology targeted at the millions of Kaduna people who, today, can’t go to their farms or even stay at their homes because of the pervasive insecurity in almost all parts of the state?
“Was his apology aimed at the bastardization of the state’s civil service, or his naked intolerance to those who dared to oppose him?
“El-rufai can apologise severally before he leaves, but it won’t change the fact that his meaningless apology won’t reverse the hardship and pain he brought to the people of Kaduna state.
“It rankles more that this apology came without restitution which smacks of only a cosmetic act without substance.”
The statement further maintained that, “El-rufai’s attempt to distance himself from his selected gubernatorial candidate of the APC is like a crude attempt to separate conjoined twins.
“They are one and the same. The fear that the people of Kaduna should even entertain it if the anointed candidate would not exceed his anointer in apathy”.
Saeed called on the people of the state to “vote out the APC and El-rufai’s anointed candidate”.

Atiku vows to deal with oil thieves if elected president in 2023

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Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has vowed to deal with oil thieves and their accomplices, no matter how highly placed in the country, if he elected president in 2023.
According to PUNCH, Atiku stated this on Saturday in Lagos at an interactive meeting with a wide section of corporate Nigeria, under the aegis of Business Dialogue Stakeholders Forum at Eko hotel.
Present at the meeting, according to PUNCH were, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Jim Ovia, Femi Otedola, Tony Elumelu, Herbert Wigwe and Muhammad Hayatudeen among others.
Atiku also said he would, in the interest of national development, confiscate all oil bloc allocated to some Nigerians who had failed to make them operational.
The former Vice President,who promised to sustain frequent interactive sessions between government and the country’s business class when voted to power, equally outlined the ways he would tackle what he described as an ailing economy.
“If you are not going to develop oil blocs given to you, we will take it away and give it to those who will develop it. We will also assemble the names of those involved in oil theft, publish same and prosecute them,” Atiku told the stakeholders.
On his plans to boost the oil and gas sector, Atiku noted that under the administration of ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo, the quota of oil production was earmarked for increase to four million barrels per day.
That plan, he explained, would be resuscitated and sustained beyond the projected figure, when he is voted into office next year, pointing out that in order to do this successfully, the Petroleum Industry Act and any other enabling law would be invoked.
“When we were in government, we started this process. However, there were hiccups. We were unable to pass the legislation to encourage IOCs to partake in the sector. We will go back to where we started,” he said.
He added that the Brass and Olokola LNG projects, started under the Obasanjo administration would be given more attention under him. “We will continue if we have the opportunity. As you know, joint ventures are good because they are investor-driven,” he said.
He reiterated his commitment to privatising the refineries in Kaduna, Port Harcourt and Warri, saying, “I swear to God, I’ll privatise them,” he told the entrepreneurs.
Turning to fiscal challenges of FOREX, monetary policy and the N20 trillion way and means balance facing the country, Atiku said, “I believe that we should have a FOREX policy that allows a convergence. I don’t believe in a multiple FOREX policy that currently applies.”
He said in order to stabilise the FOREX regime loopholes in oil, production would be blocked, emphasising that he would encourage local production and “not control of public expenditure.”
“Dollarisation or otherwise of the Nigerian economy depends on the strength or weakness of our economy. If we strengthen our economy, you don’t need the dollar. The naira can be strengthened by the number of jobs created and exports,” he said.
He said the monetary policy would be such that the Central Bank of Nigeria would be independent.
“Monetary policy and other related items would be liberalised. Without prize stability, the economy does not work for anyone; and job creation and poverty eradication cannot be attained.
“The CBN will take responsibility to deliver price stability despite the fact that inflation is a global phenomenon and a product of strong demand and limited supply.
“But none of these stops the CBN from carrying out its duty of price stability and single window fiscal regime,” the PDP presidential candidate said, pointing out that “some of these economic and financial challenges existed in 1999.”
Source: The PUNCH

Bandits kill 15 in attacks on Kaduna communities 

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Fifteen people have been killed in separate attacks by bandits on communities in Giwa, Birnin Gwari and Kajuru Local Government Areas of Kaduna state.
Unspecified number of people were also said to have sustained injuries during the attacks.
Samuel Aruwan, the commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, confirmed the killings in a statement on Friday.
He said in Giwa LGA, the bandits attacked Rafin Sarki community and killed 11 people, while in Cibiya and Karamai communities in Kajuru LGA two people killed.
He added that the bandits killed two people in Damari community, Birnin Gwari LGA.
The statement reads: “On a sad note, the Kaduna State Government has sent its deepest commiserations to families of several victims who were killed in attacks by bandits in Giwa, Birnin Gwari and Kajuru local government areas.
“The Government was informed by security agencies that bandits attacked Rafin Sarki in Giwa LGA, with 11 locals confirmed killed. They are identified as:Abdullahi Musa, Adamu Musa, Aminu Nasiru, Adamu Ibrahim, Yau Usman Ladan, Yunusa Saidu, Salisu Abdulrahman, Fati Usman, Yakubu Ya’u Marwanu Ibrahim and one unidentified person.
“Similar briefings revealed that Cibiya and Karamai communities in Kufana, Kajuru LGA were attacked by bandits and two people were killed, identified as, Idon Bonos and Aston Namaskar.
“Several persons were left injured.
Furthermore,bandits killed two people in Damari, Birnin Gwari LGA. The victims are identified as: Salisu Mai Tireda and Mohammed Maikaba”.
Aruwan said Governor Nasir El-Rufai expressed deep sadness over the incidents and sent his heartfelt sympathy to the families of the slain victims.
He said while praying for the repose of their souls, the governor also prayed for the speedy recovery of the injured.
Aruwan said, “The Government is engaging the security forces on these developments and other fronts”.

Again, Tinubu will not attend Arise TV town hall meeting for presidential candidates

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The Presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu will not attend the third edition of Arise TV town hall meeting slated for December 4.
Spokesman of the Bola Tinubu campaign organisation, Bayo Onanuga, disclosed this in a statement on Friday.
The statement said,Tinubu will not attend any presidential debate or town hall meeting organised by media organisations.
The statement reads: “We are surprised that the TV station listed our candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, as a participant, when there was no prior consultation with him and his aides and no consent of the candidate obtained for the advertisement.
“We deem this as professionally wrong and reckless. No media organisation should arrogate to itself the right to railroad any candidate to fit into its own agenda.
“As we said in an earlier statement, the busy and hectic campaign schedules of Asiwaju Tinubu will not permit him to honour all invitations from different radio and TV stations for debate and or town hall meetings, hence our decision for him not to start with one media organisation and later ignore the others.
“In the absence of a unified and mutually acceptable all parties and all candidates platform, our candidate has been speaking directly to Nigerians,since president Muhammadu Buhari launched Tinubu’s action plan for a better Nigeria.

“Till date, over seven town hall meetings with strategic sectors  have been held across the geopolitical zones, where the candidate and his running mate  have spoken about their programmes.
“These direct engagements will continue before the election on 25 February 2023. We therefore urge Arise News to stop using our candidate’s name or portrait in its advertisement, forthwith.
“Tinubu, did not attend the previous editions of the town hall meetings which featured presidential candidates from six out of eight political parties.
The third edition will focus on issues on education, healthcare, poverty and human capital.

Dogara, Sheni, others, dissociate selves from Babachir’s statement endorsing Obi

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The Northern Christian Leaders in the All-Progressives Congress (APC), have dissociated themselves from a statement by Babachir Lawal, endorsing the Presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi. Lawal had in a statement in a statement issued on Thursday announced on behalf of the Christian leaders, declared support for Obi, maintaining that the APC’s same faith Presidential ticket,” is intended to shame Christians and bestow on them and their religion a second-class socio-political status in their own country.”
Babachir said, “The Obi/Datti presidential ticket give us breath of fresh air and the greatest opportunity to redeem our country from the quagmire into which we have been plunged by a recurring group of self-centred reactionaries”.
However, in a statement jointly signed by Hon. Yakubu Dogara, Simon Achuba, Hon. Albert Atiwurcha, Prof. Doknan Sheni, Mela Nunge (SAN), Gen. Ishaya Bauka (Retd), Prof Ibrahim Haruna and Mrs Leah Olusiyi, the group said necessary consultations had been concluded, but a position had not been taken.
The statement added that based on manifestly unassailable empirical data, the group was poised to adopt a position which would be made known to the public at an interfaith event to be held very soon.
According to the statement, the decision to endorse a particular candidate and the statement credited to the Babachir, chairman of the group, were solely the decision and his views he was absolutely entitled to but not that of the group.
“We want to draw the attention of the public to the recent position canvassed by our Chairman, Engr B D Lawal as the position of our Group.
The group said, “We wish to state that necessary consultations have been concluded, and based on manifestly unassailable empirical data, the group is poised to adopt a position which will be made known to the public at an interfaith event to be held very soon.
“Suffices to say that no one in the group including the Chairman has been mandated to speak to the public about our position at this material time.
“Based on our modus Operandi, our position was meant to be presented to the public at the event above referred to. That has not changed.
“Consequently, the decision to endorse a particular candidate and the statement credited to the chairman are solely the decision and views of the Chairman which he is absolutely entitled to but not that of the group.
“We hope this statement clears all the quarries most of us have been inundated with on this all-important subject matter.
“We wish to state that necessary consultations have been concluded, and based on manifestly unassailable empirical data, the group is poised to adopt a position which will be made known to the public at an interfaith event to be held very soon.
“Suffices to say that no one in the group including the Chairman has been mandated to speak to the public about our position at this material time.
“Based on our modus Operandi, our position was meant to be presented to the public at the event above referred to. That has not changed.
“Consequently, the decision to endorse a particular candidate and the statement credited to the chairman are solely the decision and views of the Chairman which he is absolutely entitled to but not that of the group.
“We hope this statement clears all the quarries most of us have been inundated with on this all-important subject matter”.

Babachir: Why we endorsed Peter Obi

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Why we endorsed Obi/ Datti Presidential ticket, by Lawal Babachir

As one of the foremost critics of APC’s single-faith presidential ticket, and also in difference to those who have patiently waited for our guidance as to where to pitch our tent, after a painstaking review and analysis of the alternative presidential tickets, we now wish to recommend the Obi/Datti presidential ticket.
We wish to briefly narrate some few reasons among many why we have endorsed this ticket and commend it to all Nigerians of good conscience who desire justice, equity and a harmonious co-existence of all Nigerians across tribes, religion and geopolitical regions.
More over there is currently in circulation the fake news that I have thrown in my towel with the PDP. Nothing could be further from the truth. To me the PDP and APC are different sides of the same coin.
1. The APC same-faith is a deliberate, well-calculated plan to sow the seeds of religious and social discord among Nigerians.
It is obvious that Northerners, in particular, are the intended targets and victims of this satanic plan.
It is an indisputable fact that the whole of Northern Nigeria is currently mired in several intractable socio-economic problems due to the activities of several nebulous criminal groups.
Agriculture, the mainstay of the northern economy, is all but abandoned because kidnappers and bandits have prevented people from venturing out of the safety of their homes.
Interstate and intercity travel for either business or leisure have all but ceased not only due to un-motorable roads but more so for fear of kidnapping, armed robbery and other forms of banditry.
Our rural schools have all but closed for fear of kidnappers. Government-owned universities have closed thus depriving the children of the already impoverished Northern masses access to affordable higher education.
Thus, our out-of-school and idle children have become easy targets for recruitment by bandits and kidnappers. And there is no solution in sight.
Then, out of nowhere this man Bola Ahmed Tinubu, a renown Yoruba-hegemonist, a man who championed the establishment of a Ministry of Regional Integration in each state government of the South-west geopolitical region which he bestrides as an emperor, and a man who was once quoted as saying “I do not believe in one Nigeria” (THISDAY, The Sunday Newspaper, April 13, 1997, page 9) comes up with a Muslim-muslim ticket knowing fully well that religion is the underbelly of Northern Nigeria. APC’s same-faith ticket is a ploy to further sow discord among Northerners using the most potent weapon of social discord – religion. As Karl Max once said – “religion is the opium of the people”. Nigerians from all shades of the society must see this Tinubu/Kashim same-faith ticket as a proposal from the pit of hell that can only be conjured by the most Machiavellian minds known to man and therefore must be rejected wholesome by all lovers of our country and its nascent democracy.
On the other hand, Alhaji Kashim Shetima, Tinubu’s Vice Presidential running mate is a man who once said “restructuring my foot, let’s restructure our minds”. For eight years he presided over Borno State at a time when Boko Haram was overrunning the state almost at will and restructuring the minds of its victims against Christianity and western education.
The kidnapped Chibok and Dapchi girls and many more are now slowly trickling out of captivity in the Boko Haram indoctrination camps fully Islamized and carrying children born into Islam in captivity – a true example of “mind restructuring” if there ever was one.
There is also this little matter of an allegation of a very close relationship or otherwise between the Vice Presidential candidate of APC and Boko Haram! And, which Christian can forget one Kabiru Sokoto the alleged Boko Haram kingpin accused of complicity in the Christmas bombing of St Theresa Catholic Church, Madallah that resulted in 44 deaths and 77 injured Christian worshippers?
Or that the said Kabiru Sokoto was eventually arrested at his hiding place in the Borno State Government Lodge Abuja? Are Christians not justified in being scared of a government run by these duo?
2. Surely, APC’s same-faith ticket is intended to shame Christians and bestow on them and their religion a second-class socio-political status in their own country. In particular it is a validation of the discrimination and oppression being meted out on Northern Nigerian Christians where they are now denied employment, promotion, contracts, and admission to read prestigious and marketable courses in government-owned schools simply on account of their religion.
It is no wonder then that Alhaji Bola Tinubu thinks that the Bible is a book of jokes from which he can freely construct his “jokes” like his “Poisoned Holly Communion” and “Speaking in Tongues” jokes.
If he is man enough, I challenge him to ridicule the Holy Quran even once as he freely does the Holy Bible. This guy has no respect for Christians and Christianity at all.
3. This APC ticket goes against the grain of Nigerian politics which in practice (if not in law) has always sought to achieve a religious balance in its politics and governance.
It is worth noting that all the other seventeen political parties fielding presidential candidates have gone the way of established conventions and practices by fielding different-faith tickets.
Truly except for its incitement to social disharmony, there is no sense at all in APC’s same faith ticket.
Furthermore, in our quest for justice and equity in the socio-political and religious space of the country, it is obvious that only the Obi/Datti ticket has the potential of speaking to the genuine clamor for power shift to the South-East and at the same time speak to the cry of marginalization by our people of the South-East.
Obviously, a Christian/Muslim presidency like the Obi/Datti one will be most appropriate at this stage of our political journey more so since we are now transiting from a Muslim/Christian presidency.
It will also achieve the regional shift of the presidency from the current NW/SW to a SE/NW presidency as popularly being canvassed.
This is justice; this is equity. This is political engineering at its best and one that engineers peace and harmonious co-existence of the various socio-political and religious classes of our nation.
5. Nigerians should also resist the temptation of being ruled by the same set of courtiers who are recycling themselves, their children and their friends in a monarchal fashion, in and out of government to the exclusion of other segments of the society.
This trend has resulted in these disastrous consequences in which we now find ourselves – impoverished, unsecured, divided, severely underdeveloped and massively unemployed with a widening gulf between the rich and poor of the society.
A keen observer will not fall to notice that APC is a transmutation of Action Group/UPN that is dominated by the children or grandchildren of those who once run and ruined the Action Group while the PDP is a transmutation of NPC/NPN similarly dominated by the children or grandchildren of the people who once run and ruined the NPC.
A government of either APC or PDP will only be a recycling of the same class of people who have been running and ruining the country from independence to date. Is it any wonder that Nigeria has remained static?
The Obi/Datti will give us breath of fresh air and the greatest opportunity to redeem our country from the quagmire into which we have been plunged by a recurring group of self-centred reactionaries.
6. There is a also this palpable fear and anxiety over a possible transition of the current presidency from one Fulbe to another – same tribe, same religion, same region, same courtiers.
This has given rise to a heightened fear of a possible perpetuation of a Fulbe hegemony in the country. Besides, there is the perception by many Nigerians that the Fulbe are the main actors in the banditry and kidnappings currently ravaging the country.
Therefore, there is a widespread perception that another Fulbe-led government will not have the inclination or political will to address the country’s security challenges seeing as a majority of the perpetrators are its kindred.
There is also this perception that appointments by the current government are driven more by ethnic and religious cronyism than by Nationalistic considerations.
This has given rise to a fear of a possible perpetuation of this trend by another Fulbe-led government. Both APC and PDP presents us with these horrible options.
The Obi/Datti ticket possesses a great potential to wean us from these problems.
7. Finally, as the political campaigns advance towards the election dates, the tendency to divide the country along regional, tribal and religious affiliations is gradually beginning to manifest.
We can see very clearly that the APC having woefully failed in its original plan to instigate a form of jihad which it had sought through its same-faith ticket in order to capture the moslem votes, has now resorted to a tribal card.
The battle cry is now “it is our turn” tribal card in the South-West. The PDP on the other hand, seeing new opportunities in APC’s failed jihad strategy is tending towards adapting both the religious and ethnic strategies of APC in the North.
Nigerians must be awake to these very dangerous campaign trends because any of the political parties that comes into government by pandering to ethnic or religious sentiments may not be able govern successfully and might further accentuate the social cleavages .
Men of good conscience should therefore look to opportunities that unite rather than divide us.
Only the Labor Party presents this opportunity. We therefore call on all patriots to labor for our country in this presidential election.
Nigeria’s future is at stake in this presidential election. Obi-Datti is the only way to go. All other ways lead to perdition.

BD Lawal,
Abuja, 23/11/2023