Shun ethnic, religious divisions, Peter Obi urges Nigerians

The Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi, has urged Nigerians to tear down the walls of ethnic and religious divisions, stating that these barriers have continuously impeded the nations’ unity and progress.

Obi stated this while celebrating the International Human Solidarity Day in a series of tweet on his X handle on Wednesday.

He wrote, “Today, we join the global community in celebrating  the International Human Solidarity Day which is dedicated to strengthening our global unity in diversity, and to help in fostering international cooperation on the eradication of hunger and diseases at the global level.

“On the national level, Nigerians need to solemnly remind ourselves of the need to tear down the walls of ethnic and religious divisions that have continued to divide us and instead emphasize our unity and leverage our diverse and rich cultural and ethnic identities and strengths to advance our national progress.”

The former Anambra State Governor further stated that Nigeria, as a “result of bad politics and elite insensitivity”, has become more divided than ever, making it difficult for people to work together for national development.

He wrote, “Unfortunately, we have, today as a nation, become more sharply divided than ever. Our dear nation is more polarised today than it has ever been, fueled by overwhelming tribal and religious sentiments among the people resulting in the unwillingness of Nigerians to cooperate and work together towards achieving national growth and development. This is clearly the result of bad politics and elite insensitivity.

“I, therefore, wish to use this occasion to remind Nigerians that the problems of hunger, poverty, and inequality are not specific to a particular ethnicity or religion, but cut across the nation. Thus, the task ahead of us, as political leaders and as citizens, is to continue to beat the drums of unity, social justice, and social equality to form one united front that will stand in solidarity against the many challenges that confront our nation.”

(Punch)

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Peter Obi congratulates Osimhen, Oshoala, others on CAF awards

The Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi, has congratulated Victor Osimhen and Asisat Oshoala on their  emergence as the 2023 African Players of the Year, in the men and women categories respectively.

The former Anambra State Governor also celebrated Chiamaka Nnadozie who bagged the 2023 Confederation of African Football Women’s Goalkeeper, and the Nigerian Female football team.

In a series of tweets on his X handle on Tuesday , Obi wrote, ” I like to join all other sports lovers in the country to sincerely congratulate the Nigeria duo of #victorosimhen9 and #AsisatOshoala for emerging African Players of the Year, in the men and women categories respectively this year.

“I also celebrate #Nadoziechiamaka who won the 2023 CAF Women’s Goalkeeper of the Year Award and our Nigerian female football team, Super Falcons, who won the 2023 CAF award for the National Team of the Year.

“We are all proud of their awards, which bear witness to their innate talents, passions for growth, and determination for success.

“My sincere desire is that every Nigerian youth will have the needed enablement to explore and develop their talents, and skills and live to fulfill their dreams, and by so doing, help to contribute to the development of our nation.”

(Punch)

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Nnamdi Kanu’s release will weaken Simon Ekpa, Peter Obi’s popularity – Ohanaeze

The Ohanaeze Ndigbo socio-cultural organisation has said the release of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), will weaken the popularity of self-acclaimed Biafra agitator Simon Ekpa and the Labour Party’s presidential candidate Peter Obi.

Ohanaeze said Kanu’s release will consign Ekpa’s activities in the Southeast to the “annals of history.”

A statement by the factional Secretary-General of Ohanaeze, Isiguzoro Okechukwu, said the release of Kanu would have significant implications for the political landscape in the Southeast.

The statement reads: “It has come to our attention that certain mischievous Igbo political elites and deviant opportunists are attempting to take undue credit for Nnamdi Kanu’s potential release.

“Ohanaeze Ndigbo urges President Tinubu not to entertain any visits or demands from these individuals, as the credit for Kanu’s release should solely be attributed to him.

“We emphasise that the effects of Nnamdi Kanu’s release will gradually diminish the rising popularity of both Peter Obi and Simon Ekpa in the Southeast.

“Additionally, from a security perspective, Ekpa’s disruptive activities and terrorist tendencies in the Southeast will be consigned to the annals of history.”

Ohanaeze urges President Bola Tinubu to remain resolute in his decision-making process regarding Kanu’s release.

“We assure him that the Igbo nation stands behind him, and we trust that he will handle this matter with utmost care and consideration,” he added.

(Daily Post)

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40% IGR policy: ‘It’s gratifying FG reversed itself’ – Peter Obi

The presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) in the February 25 presidential election, Mr Peter Obi, has commended the federal government for rescinding its decision on the remittance of 40 per cent of the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of universities.

DAILY POST reported the Federal Government had finally bowed to pressure by suspending the automatic deduction of 40 per cent from the IGR of tertiary institutions.

President Bola Tinubu gave the reversal order on Friday while speaking at the 75th Founder’s Day ceremony at the University of Ibadan (UI).

“The 40 per cent IGR automatic deduction policy stands cancelled. This is not the best time for such policy since our universities are struggling,” he declared.

The former Anambra State governor, in a post on his X handle, urged the government to promptly reorganise and revamp TETFund.

Obi wrote: “It is gratifying that the FGN has reversed its demand on the 40% IGR from universities. It is ab initio totally inconceivable that grossly underfunded universities would be expected to dole out 40% of their IGR to the FGN.

“Moreover, that demand underlines a lack of attention to the persistent abuse of the TetFund, which is presently not being properly utilised to fund tertiary education as initially envisaged.

“In fact, FGN should promptly reorganise and revamp TETFund to fulfil its statutory role of funding Nigerian public universities, both federal and state-owned, and also in assisting those owned by voluntary agencies.

“The time has come for the government to pay more attention to the financial autonomy of our public universities while fulfilling its statutory financial responsibility to our public tertiary education.”

(Daily Post)

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Tinubu will work with Atiku, Obi – FG

Govt planning national discourse on unity – Minister

The Federal Government has said that in spite of Thursday’s judgment that affirmed the victory of President Bola Tinubu, he is open to working with the major contenders in the February 25 presidential election; Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party and Peter Obi of the Labour Party.

The Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris, said this on Friday as a sequel to Thursday’s Supreme Court judgment that affirmed Tinubu as the winner of the election while dismissing the appeals filed by Obi and Atiku.

The apex court on Thursday upheld the September 6 ruling of the Presidential Election Petitions Court.

The five-member panel of the PEPC, led by Justice Haruna Tsammani, in a unanimous judgment, dismissed the petitions by Atiku, Obi and the Allied People’s Movement challenging Tinubu’s victory.

Dissatisfied by the ruling of the PEPC, the PDP and LP presidential candidates filed an appeal before the Supreme Court. They respectively asked the apex court to annul Tinubu’s victory and declare them as winners.

The seven-man panel of the Supreme Court was led by Justice Inyang Okoro, while other justices on the panel were Uwani Aji, Mohammed Garba, Ibrahim Saulawa, Adamu Jauro, Abubakar Tijjani, and Emmanuel Agim agreed with the lead judgment dismissing Atiku and Obi’s appeals.

But following the Supreme Court’s Thursday ruling that brought the litigation to a conclusive end, the minister in an interview with one of our correspondents on Friday night said the President remained open to work with the opposition.

Asked if Tinubu would be ready to work with both Atiku and Obi, Idris stated, “Since the President won this election, he has always invited people to come and join him for the good of Nigeria. Mr President is not the kind of person to say ‘I have become president, everybody should go away’. No. They (Atiku and Obi) are the ones that have not heeded that call.

“Anytime any of them is willing to join hands with the President, why not? The President is open and willing to accommodate everybody, irrespective of religious, social and political affiliation so that we can all join hands for Nigeria to go forward.”

Earlier at a news conference in Abuja on Friday, he called on Nigerians to put the election matters behind them and join hands together with the government to tackle the myriads of challenges confronting the nation.

He said the President had made it clear that he would be a President for all Nigerians, irrespective of their regional, ethnic, partisan or religious affiliations. He added that Tinubu, since assuming office on May 29, had been working tirelessly to actualise the Renewed Hope Agenda that formed the basis of his campaign.

He stated further, “The courts have spoken and the President and the governing party, the All Progressives Congress, have welcomed this judicial victory as pronounced. We thank the judiciary for the painstaking work that they have done and for rising up to the occasion in fulfilment of their constitutional mandate as the final arbiters of electoral proceedings in the country.

“Now that the legal contest regarding the outcome of the presidential election is now behind us, it is time for all of us to come together and move forward, into a season of governing that is without distraction.

“These are indeed challenging economic times, not just for Nigeria, but also for many countries around the world, and all hands must be on deck to tackle the challenges confronting us.”

Govt plans discourse

In a related development, the minister said the Federal Government was planning a national discourse to address the issues of national values and unity. He stressed that the discourse would be distinct from the constitutional conference organised by previous governments, saying this had nothing to do with the constitution but national orientation.

He stated in the interview, “It’s true the Federal Government is planning a national discourse for national orientation. It’s a discourse for us to look at our nation again and decide where we want to be as a nation, and citizens and everybody would key into that.

“Everybody knows what they are expecting from Nigeria and citizens can also do a lot for their country. We need to agree on the kind of nation we want to build. What our founding fathers left for us is gradually being eroded. Trust in the leadership has waned over the years and that is clear.

“We must agree on what we want as a country, where we want to be and then work collectively towards achieving that. There would be a national discourse so that Nigerians would have the consciousness about their country and strive towards keeping that for the benefit of all.”

Asked when the discourse would hold, he said the decision had yet to be taken but that it would hold soon, noting, “The previous ones were for constitutional reforms but this one is about all the key segments of the society coming together; youth, women, elders, religious leaders, professionals. There will be representation. We will come together to agree on the set values that we want to promote as a country so that everybody will move in that direction. The difference is that this is about value orientation that all of us will collectively agree on.”

Hardship temporary – Minister

The minister also said the President had implemented reforms that would yield benefits for all and serve as the necessary foundation for economic growth and prosperity Nigerians deserve, noting that the pain being experienced would only last a short time.

He noted that the removal of petrol subsidy, envisaged by the Petroleum Industry Act, 2021 was freeing up significant resources for federal and state governments to invest in infrastructure and welfare programmes for the citizens.

He said the harmonisation of the foreign exchange regime was to close loopholes that had been exploited over the years, leading to the loss of billions of dollars.

He added, “The combined impact of these reforms, no doubt, has produced pain for many of our citizens, which the President and the administration have never shied away from acknowledging. No serious government seeks to inflict burdens on its people.

“We are very clear in explaining that these pains being felt are a short-term sacrifice to make for the kind of country that we want and that we deserve.”

He outlined some of the efforts so far made in the short and medium term, including the monthly provisional wage increment of N35,000 for six months, establishment of an Infrastructure Support Fund for states to invest in critical areas that would create an enabling environment for businesses; launch of a N100bn CNG bus rollout programme to deliver CNG-powered buses and establishment of a presidential committee to drive implementation.

APC, Onanuga speak

The Special Adviser to the President on Information and Strategy, Bayo Onanuga, also said the President had never hidden his intention to work harmoniously with the opposition.

He stated, “If you read the president’s statement yesterday (Thursday), you will notice he extended out an olive branch to them, saying he will welcome their participation in his government. This has been consistent with his declaration on May 29 when he came in.

“He said he sees it as a normal thing in democracy for them to contest his victory and still regard all of them as brothers, members of the same family living in the same house but in different rooms.

“The President stands by that declaration and will always welcome them. You remember he said he was not a ‘superman’ but a human being that will always welcome alternative ideas that the opposition may also provide. The ball is now in their court to take the olive branch President Tinubu has extended to them.”

He said they observed that 24 hours after the Supreme Court judgment, both Atiku and Obi had kept mute.

When reminded that Obi was not in the country, the presidential aide said distance was not an obstacle, adding, “The world is a global village. Wherever Obi is at the moment, nothing stops him from congratulating the President. That will be his demonstration that he has forgotten all about this election matter and is ready to uphold the verdict of the Supreme Court, which we know is also final.”

Speaking on reports that Tinubu might use the reconciliation process as a smokescreen to go after his political opponents after the judgment, Onanuga dismissed the notion, saying, “President Tinubu is a democrat who won the election free and fair. He is also an accommodating president who welcomes ideas. The President is not someone who believes anybody with a contrary opinion must be alienated. No, they are Nigerians too.”

Also, the APC Director of Publicity, Bala Ibrahim, said Tinubu deserved to be commended for walking his talks, adding that the appointment of Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike, and Minister of Power, Adebayo Adelabu, were a testament that he was indeed running an inclusive government.

He added, “It goes without saying that the APC is a progressive party. Right from the very beginning, the President has made it very clear that he wants to carry everyone along. The idea is to renew the hope of Nigerians and give them a new sense of belonging and direction.

“Regardless of where you belong, as long as you have something to contribute to the progress of Nigeria, you will be welcome by the president and the ruling party. What Atiku and others have done by going to court instead of resorting to the use of cutlass is a welcome democratic process. But now that the Supreme Court has affirmed the legitimacy of the president, it is for them to be good sportsmen by coming on board and contributing to the progress of Nigeria.”

(Punch)

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Supreme Court to deliver final verdict in Atiku, Obi’s petitions Oct 26

The Supreme Court has finally fixed Thursday, October 26, to deliver final judgements in the two surviving petitions challenging the legality or otherwise of the declaration of President Bola Tinubu as winner of the last presidential election.

They are the petitions filed by the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar, and his counterpart in the Labour Party, LP, Peter Gregory Obi.

The Supreme Court’s Director of the Press and Information, Dr Awemeri Festus Akande, confirmed the development on Wednesday.

He said adequate security arrangements have been put in place to prevent security breaches both within and outside the court premises.

A 7-man panel of Justices of the Court led by Justice John Inyang Okoro had on Monday taken final arguments from lawyers to parties in the petitions.

The Justices thereafter reserved their judgments.

(Daily Post)

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APC, PDP hopeful as S’Court battle begins today

As the Supreme Court today hears the appeals challenging the electoral victory of President Bola Tinubu, the ruling All Progressives Congress has expressed confidence that the President will come out victorious.

Tinubu’s victory in the February 25 presidential poll is being challenged by the Peoples Democratic Party and the Labour Party.

The opposition parties had earlier lost at the Presidential Election Petitions Court where they first challenged Tinubu’s victory.

Displeased with the verdict of the PEPC, both parties and their candidates, Atiku Abubakar (PDP) and Peter Obi (LP) proceeded to the Supreme Court, which has fixed today for hearing.

Speaking on Sunday ahead of today’s hearing, the APC Director of Publicity, Bala Ibrahim, told The PUNCH the opposition would lose again.

He said, “We are expecting justice and I know the Supreme Court Justices are just. They are going to look at the cases on merit. So, we are optimistic that justice is going to be done just as was done earlier on (tribunal judgment).

“We are not expecting anything different from a just and fair ruling. Whatever may be the case, my confidence is in the judicial system of Nigeria. So, I am consoled that justice will be delivered and whoever wins or loses should take it in good faith.

“But as a party, the APC is confident the Supreme Court is going to be just.”

But the PDP expressed optimism that the Supreme Court will sack Tinubu and declare Atiku as winner.

The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba, in a statement on Sunday, said, “Nigerians and indeed the whole world look forward to the Supreme Court for justice in the hope that the court will apply the laws, including the express provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), the Electoral Act, 2022 and INEC Guidelines and Regulations in delivering substantial justice in the matter.

“The earnest expectation of Nigerians and lovers of democracy across the world is that the Supreme Court will use this case to firmly validate the maxim that the judiciary is the last hope of the common man.

“Nigerians are, therefore, optimistic that the Supreme Court will dispense substantial justice according to the law and the facts in the appeal.”

Meanwhile, the Allied Peoples Movement also urged the Supreme Court to nullify the election of Tinubu, saying his running mate was not validly nominated.

According to the party, the placeholder nominated by the President, Ibrahim Masari, was not replaced within the 14 days stipulated by Section 33 of the Electoral Act.

The APM also said the tribunal was wrong to have held that the nomination and sponsorship of Tinubu and Kashim Shettima were APC internal affairs.

(Punch)

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Obi won 2023 presidential election – ex-SGF, Babachir Lawal

… demands Tinubu’s resignation

A former Secretary to the Federal Government, Babachir Lawal, said that the candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, won the February 25 presidential election, and not Bola Tinubu.

The Independent National Electoral Commission had declared Tinubu as the winner of the election.

Also, the presidential election petition tribunal affirmed Tinubu’s election.

However, Babachir Lawal in a statement on Tuesday claimed that data from independent sources indicated that Obi had majority votes while Atiku came second in the election.

According to him, Bola Tinubu came a distant third in the number of votes scored.

The statement partly read, “I have resisted the temptation to engage in the contemporary political discourse since the May 2023 election faux pas.

“I did this for two reasons; the first being that as an active player in the drama, I needed time to analyze and digest the data that led to the outcome(s) so I could arrive at an informed decision; the second, being that the rainy season had just set in and I needed to focus my attention on my farms which are the mainstay of my livelihood.

“The current topical issues for political discourse and inquiry are whether or not Bola Tinubu won the presidential election and/or that he was apriori, qualified to participate in the election given his murky biodata as is now being publicly unveiled daily in an avalanche.

“My answer to the first inquiry is that regardless of whatever INEC or Appeal Court said or did, Bola did not win the election.

“Right from the start of the campaigns, Bola knew he was not going to win the election in a free and fair contest so he decided to go by all means.

“Available factual data as aggregated from several independent sources indicate that Obi got the majority votes while Atiku came second. Bola came a distant third in the number of votes scored. ”

He urged the president to resign to prevent public humiliation and embarrassment.

“My answer to the second inquiry is that given the now unfolding deluge of uncomplimentary information about who or what he is, ordinarily, sound ethics and morality should have convinced him to voluntarily excuse himself from participation in the election.

“But this, notwithstanding, I believe he still has time and opportunity to save himself this public humiliation and embarrassment to his person, both locally and internationally by resigning so that he can give more attention to his health.

“After all, no one knows about the truism of these severely embarrassing and humiliating exposures about his person than the man himself.

“Leadership is all about integrity; sound pedigree, trustworthiness, and the ability to unite and instil hope and confidence in the people one seeks to lead. In these qualities, most Nigerians are in total agreement that Bola has them in very very short supply indeed, ” the statement added.

Lawal said Tinubu had yet to appoint any competent person into office.

He said, “Bola the President, and his group are now in government and are in full control of Nigeria’s vast resources and opportunities. They are enjoying their offices while Nigerians languish in insecurity, poverty and hopelessness.

“During the campaign, Bola mouthed some platitudes about competence; but we are so far yet to see it reflected in his political appointments. It seems more like he is rewarding people who supported him to get the Presidency at all costs “This band of appointees that Bola is assembling into his government don’t care about Nigeria at all.

“Fuel prices will continue to gallop upwards until only they can afford it; the Naira will continue to race downhill in a free-fall until only they can afford anything in the market; insecurity will continue its escalation until every community in the nation is consumed by it”.

(Punch)

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CSU: Focus on 2027, Ex-LP Presidential aspirant advises Atiku, Obi

A former Presidential aspirant on the platform of the Labour Party, Faduri Joseph has described the controversy surrounding the Chicago State University, CSU certificate of President Bola Tinubu as a reflection of the value the nation places on education and advised former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and the LP Presidential candidate, Peter Obi to rather than dissipate energy on the issue, should stabilize their respective parties and work towards the 2027 elections.

He said, “I want to respond to the certificate issue of President Bola Tinubu. It’s so surprising that many Nigerians today are crying foul about the certificate of the President. I am not a supporter of President Bola Tinubu. I never supported him and I am still not supporting him. But where he is right, I will commend him and where he is wrong I will also speak out. I remain a voice of robust opposition to the government, even if I will be the lone voice, we are to put the government on their toes.

“In the case of the CSU certificate. Our constitution says anyone intending to contest as President, only needs a Secondary school certificate to be qualified. That shows the value placed on education in our dear country. A lot is wrong with our political process or political requirements. If we must make the issue of certificates very important, then we must start the correction of our political process and precisely, our political requirements.

“Within the last 20 years, so many politicians have come up with all kinds of certificates. The person at the forefront of contesting President Tinubu’s certificate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar in his desperation, thought of what to use to fight, then he took up the issue of the certificate because they just wanted to malign our President… Atiku is only looking for those to join him to malign the President.

“My advice to Mr. Peter Obi is that he should focus on resolving the internal crisis in the Labour Party that has divided the Party into two rather than joining Atiku on this issue. We still have 2027 ahead of us, let’s focus on preparing how to take over our dear country.”
End.

(Vanguard)

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Nigeria@63: Don’t lose hope, Atiku, Obi, Akpabio, Jonathan tell Nigerians

As the nation marks its 63rd Independence anniversary, prominent Nigerians, including former President Goodluck Jonathan; ex-Vice-President Atiku Abubakar; the Senate President, Godswill Akpabio; and the Labour Party presidential candidate in the 2023 election, Peter Obi among others, have expressed optimism that the country has the capacity to overcome its challenges.

In their various Independence anniversary messages on Saturday, Jonathan and other eminent Nigerians urged the citizens to work towards enthroning equity, justice, peace, and national cohesion for Nigeria to realise its potential.

Jonathan, who specifically appealed to Nigerians in a goodwill message through his Media Adviser, Ikechukwu Eze, encouraged them not to despair but to remain committed to the task of charting a more progressive path for a greater tomorrow.

The former President commended Nigerians for their loyalty to the country in the face of the modest successes recorded and the developmental challenges.

Jonathan noted that the anniversary offered citizens and leaders of the country the opportunity to reflect on Nigeria’s journey since independence.

“Our country has seen progress as well as setbacks. Patriotic Nigerians, believing in their country, have always stood firm, sharing in the glory of successes and feeling the pain of missed opportunities,” the former President said.

Also, Atiku urged Nigerians to do their best to pull the country back from the position of uncertainty to a place of common safety, Akpabio said there were many landmarks in the nation’s 63 years journey to give a sense of optimism for a better tomorrow.

Atiku lamented that the anniversary was coming at a time when the country was at a crossroads in many aspects of national lives.

The former Vice President recalled that 63 years ago when Nigeria acquired independence, it was based on the promise of abundant prosperity and the principle of social justice.

“As a nation, we have continued to struggle to manifest the dreams of our founding fathers in upholding the promises of shared prosperity and social justice.

“We have encountered great moments when the flag of our dear country flew tall on the global stage through the industry of our sportsmen and women, the prolific distinction of our academia, and the topnotch artistry of Nigerian talents in the global music scene,” he stated.

Atiku added, “While I enjoin us all to submit our strengths in faith to the Almighty God, we must be prepared to do our best to pull the country back from this point of uncertainty to a place of common safety.”

In his goodwill message to Nigerians, the Senate President, in a statement by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Eseme Eyiboh, acknowledged the challenges facing the country, but added that Nigeria was currently on the pathway to rediscovery.

Akpabio said, “As we reminiscence on our 63 years as a country it is tempting to allow present economic and security considerations to becloud the triumphs of our nationhood.

“I dare say that in several fields of endeavour, the world has reckoned and continues to reckon with Nigeria in business, politics, sports and the arts.”

On his part, Obi urged Nigerians not to despair over the agonising situation in the country after 63 years of nationhood, adding that citizens should be hopeful that a new Nigeria was possible.

The presidential candidate in the 2023 election explained that though the situation in the country might be critical, it was “certainly not hopeless.”

In an Obi-Datti press statement on Saturday, the LP candidate noted that the real reason Nigerians had remained mired in poor governance and poverty after 63 years was because successive administrations had attempted to suppress the people through their policies, actions and inactions.

“Every nation invariably determines its fate and destiny; and gets a leadership it deserves. Nigeria cannot be an exception. If we subscribe to rogue leadership, then we must face the attending consequences.

“At 63 years, what type of questions are Nigerians asking of their leaders and what type of answers are we expecting? If at 63 years, we cannot conduct an election to allow the will of the people to prevail, what type of country do we expect?

“Present realities notwithstanding, Obi is hopeful that a new Nigeria is possible; but insists that the burden of responsibility is on Nigerians to take back their country from those engaged in state capture,” the statement read in part.

On his part, the Lagos State Governor, Sanwo-Olu urged Nigerians at home and in the diaspora to support the administration of President Tinubu and all state governments in their efforts to birth a new, prosperous Nigeria.

The governor made the appeal in a statement issued on Saturday through his Chief Press Secretary, Gboyega Akosile.

Sanwo-Olu said, “Let us continue to work together for peace in our dear Lagos State and Nigeria. Let us support President Bola Tinubu’s government to achieve his Renewed Hope agenda.”

In his good message, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Tajudeen Abass, urged Nigerians to keep hope in the country alive, adding that doomsayers and pessimists would soon be disappointed.

The Speaker urged the organised labour under the auspices of the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress to shelve the plan to embark on an indefinite nationwide strike on Tuesday over issues bothering welfare.

On his part, the Deputy Senate President, Jibrin Barau, assured Nigerians of the commitment of the Red Chamber to always speedily accent to President Bola Tinubu’s request in order to fast-track the development of the country.

Senator Barau also urged Nigerians not to despair, saying the challenges facing the country were surmountable with the commitment of President Tinubu.

Joining the calls on organised labour to shelve its planned strike over petrol subsidy removal, he said there were genuine moves by the government to cushion the effects of the subsidy removal.

Also, the National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje, urged Nigerians not to despair, reassuring them that the President Bola Tinubu-led administration would deliver a good governance and the dividend of democracy he promised.

This was contained in the goodwill message issued in Abuja by Ganduje’s Chief Press Secretary, Edwin Olofu, to celebrate the nation’s 63rd Independence anniversary.

However, the Peoples Democratic Party felicitated Nigerians on the occasion of the 63rd Independence Anniversary of the nation and for surviving over eight years of dreadful administrations of the All Progressives Congress.

The PDP, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba, alleged that the APC had reversed the gains made by the nation’s founding fathers and the achievements recorded during its (PDP) 16 years in government.

Speaking, the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Benjamin Kalu, said that though the trajectory had not been all rosy, Nigeria had a cause to be called a great country in the comity of nations, especially in the African hemisphere.

In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Levinus Nwabughiogu, the deputy speaker extolled President Tinubu’s efforts at repositioning the country in line with his Renewed Hope agenda.

In another goodwill message, the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa, in a congratulatory message issued by his Media Assistant, Eromosele Ebhomele, urged citizens to exercise more patience with the hope of a greater destination for the country.

Mount flags –NOA

Meanwhile, the National Orientation Agency has called on Nigerians to mount the national flag at their homes, offices and business places as part of initiatives to celebrate the nation’s 63rd Independence anniversary on Sunday.

In an Independence Day felicitation message to Nigerians, the Director General of NOA, Dr Garba Abari, said, “Independence is about people’s liberty and freedom, hence citizens, on Independence Day, should proudly display their national symbols, including the National Flag and National Anthem, in their individual spaces.”

However, the Lagos State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party lamented the sufferings in the country, especially Lagos State.

The state chapter of the party, in a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Hakeem Amode, decried the current state of hardship on Nigerians in general, and Lagosians in particular.

Also, the Kano State Deputy Governor, Aminu Gwarzo, congratulated Nigerians on the occasion of the country’s 63rd independence anniversary.

Gwarzo, in a statement released to newsmen by his Press Secretary, Ibrahim Shuaibu, described the anniversary as a time to reflect on the country’s journey since independence and celebrate its achievements.

(Punch)

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