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Presidency Reacts As Ex-Defence Chief Says Nigeria May Be Restructured Violently

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The Presidency on Sunday slammed some groups of citizens for advocating restructuring of Nigeria through violent change and social unrest.

The President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, raised the alarm while reacting to a statement credited to a former Chief of Defence Staff, retired Gen. Alexander Ogomudia, who submitted that, ‘Nigeria may be restructured violently.’

According to him, the greatest threat facing Nigeria as a geo-political entity comes from those mindsets and entities rooted in the idea of violence as a means to change.

The presidential aide stated that, ”this vituperation, coming from a former military Chief speaks volumes about the mindset of groups of citizens who have yet to accept democracy as a form of government.

”It is very important to stress that we as a nation, are a constitutional democracy and changes to the country in structure, its systems, policy and politics must abide by the norms of democracy, otherwise they would be extrajudicial and therefore unconstitutional.

”This system has subsisted, uninterrupted, for upward of 20 years and still going, and the country’s law courts, with its armed forces are primed at all times to defend it using all means that are lawful.

”The biggest challenge to the country today is not necessarily from perceived regional or state imbalances or conflicts between the government at the centre and states but from the mindsets and entities rooted in the idea of violence as a means to change.

”Such individuals, groups and entities peddling ideologies of violence and hate are closed to the notion of healthy dialogue through popular platforms including elected parliaments, hence only open to violence and destruction as their means.”

He, however, maintained that the Buhari administration would continue to promote the virtues of democratic principles to counter ”the growing calls for violence as a means to change” in the country.

He said: ”This administration under President Muhammadu Buhari is strongly of the view that democracy that is self-correcting under the laws as we have is the answer to growing calls for violence and a means to change in the structure, form and content of the union that binds us as one country.”

Shehu also dismissed the assertion that nothing had been done by the Buhari administration on the unfortunate gruesome murder of retired Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, a former Chief of Defence Staff.

”Equally important is to deny the General’s assertion that nothing had been done on the unfortunate gruesome murder of Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, a former Chief of Defence Staff.

”Truth is, the investigation instituted by General Olonisakin, the current Chief of Defence Staff, has led to the arrest of 14 suspects based on their alleged involvement in a report that has been sent to the police and the Nigeria Air Force for further action,” he added.

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Nine-Year Old Boy Passes University-Level Maths Exam [VIDEO]

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The Mathematics Certification Institute of Japan on Tuesday said a 9-year-old boy from the Western Japanese province of Hyogo has passed a university-level maths exam.

According to the Kyodo news agency, the institute said Shogo Ando had been studying for the exam for two years and intended to use his mathematical skills for the betterment of society.

The report said the boy was cited as saying that he would like to use his skills to combat climate change.

Testing and achievement are central to Japan’s highly competitive school system.

However, according to the latest data from the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), Japan has fallen from fifth to sixth place in the ranking of countries by their school pupils’ maths abilities.

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Forgive My Mistakes, Fayose Begs PDP Members

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The Immediate past governor of Ekiti state, Mr. Ayodele Fayose has pleaded to the aggrieved members of the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the state to forgive him of all his iniquities when in office.

Fayose urged the aggrieved members to sheathe swords against him, embrace his peace initiative and work together with unity of purpose and togetherness to relaunch the party to prominence in the state.

The former governor spoke on Tuesday in his Afao-Ekiti countryhome while addressing party members across the 16 local government areas and the 177 wards in the state.

He expressed confidence that the party will soon regain its lost glory ahead of future elections in the state, noting the strength of the party would be restored after members would have settled their differences.

While explaining that creating different groups within the party would not be the best option, however assured that all issues and tendencies would be resolved for the party to reclaim the state from the All Progressive Congress.

Fayose, however, congratulated Senator Biodun Olujimi on her victory at the appellate court as the lawmaker representing Ekiti South senatorial district, saying she remains one of the leaders of the party in the state.

He regretted the violence and alleged electoral malpractices that marred the last saturday’s local government election where a member of the party, Forum Kosedake was allegedly killed by political thugs.

He noted that the leadership of PDP was warned not to not participate in the poll knowing fully well the ‘antics’ of the APC-led government in the state.

” Everybody should come back to the party. I am open to reconciliation. If Senator Biodun Olujimi call you for meeting tomorrow, go there and listen to her. All of us are leaders , don’t let us factionalize this party

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Edo: Oshiomhole, Obaseki Fight Over APC Rally

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The supremacy tussle over the control of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State between Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and Governor Godwin Obaseki deepened Tuesday over a rally scheduled to hold on Friday in Bénin City.

Some defectors from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) led by Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu are expected to be received into the APC fold at the rally.

Pastor Ize-Iyamu has earlier joined others to resign from the PDP.

There have been jingles in several television stations inviting the general public to the rally.

Governor Godwin Obaseki who denied knowledge of any APC rally in the state after the security meeting with heads of security agencies in the state said he has checked with the state APC secretariat and the party has not announced officially that they would be having a rally.

Obaseki said issues of public safety were reviewed at the security meeting particularly in relation to the yuletide season.

“The issue of public safety is a major concern to us as a government and this being the last Security Council meeting for the year, we had to put up measures in place to tackle security challenges,” he said.

State Chairman of APC, Barr Anselm Ojezua, said the party has directive its members to boycott the rally.

Ojezua who described the purported rally as provocative and capable of disrupting peace in the state said it was not the APC National Body that should inform the state organs about any rally.

He said, “I am not aware of any rally in Edo. We don’t know anything about it. Is it not absurd that the Governor of the State is not aware? We are not a party to it and it must not be held in our name.”

But Oshiomhole’s backed factional Chairman of Edo APC, Col David Imuse, said Edo cannot have two chairmen as there can only be one party chairman in the state.

He said, “As at today, the chairman is Col. David Imuse (rtd). The next line of action is to strengthen the party for the challenges ahead and win future elections.

“We are not at a press war with anybody. The party leadership took a decision and the national headquarters affirmed that decision. So whatever we do here is subject to ratification by Abuja, the party took a decision here and it was affirmed in Abuja.

“We had a NEC meeting, it was ratified and affirmed. We had the South-South leaders meeting it was affirmed and in the meeting of all the chairmen of APC nationwide, it was affirmed. I don’t dwell on illegality. I am a highly focused person so right now the task before us is how to fortified party. Right now we are preparing for the reception of our brothers who are coming back home to strengthen the party,” he said.

Meanwhile, suspended State Secretary of the Edo APC, Mr. Lawrence Okah, raised the alarm over plans by the Edo State government to recruit thugs from Kogi and Ekiti States to disrupt the planned Friday rally.

Okah said over twenty thousand leaders of the PDP across the 18 LGAs in the state led by Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, would be received into the APC by Oshiomhole and other leaders of the APC across the country.

He said, “We are raising this alarm so that the world will know that governor Obaseki intends to unleash mayhem on APC members in Edo state after he had perfected plans to join the PDP.

“We have informed him of the scheduled rally. His deputy has also been informed but they have vowed to disrupt any event that will boost the strength of the APC in Edo state. This claim that cultists are invading the state is arrant nonsense. We are holding APC rally and we have accordingly informed all relevant authorities.

“We appeal to the Inspector General of Police, the Edo State Police Commissioner and the DSS to provide security to our members on that day. We use this opportunity to appeal to the governor to toe the path of peace and avoid violence because no blood of any Edo man is worth the ambition of any body.

“We urged security agents to be at alert because since the preparation for this rally, our members are being harassed while many are being threatened and beaten across the state.”

Reacting, Special Adviser to Governor on Parliamentary matters, Hon Kabiru Adjoto when contacted on phone Tuesday denied allegations of importing thugs to the state.

He said, “It is unfortunate that such statement will come from Chief Lawrence Okah who is somebody I respect so much and I will be shocked if he actually said so. I am a man of peace. I am a stakeholder in this state and the governor is committed to absolute peace in the state.

“He recently held a security meeting where he preached peace especially in this yuletide season. I am a man of peace and throughout my time as Speaker in the state, we maintained peace. If actually Chief Okah made this allegation against me, I will seek redress.”

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