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Biafra: Nigeria Heading Into Another Civil War With Break Up Calls – Emir

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Alhaji Samaila Muhammed Mera, the Emir of Argungu, has warned that Nigeria risks another devastating civil war if the calls for the country’s break up are not halted.

The first class monarch and foremost traditional ruler said the nation is better off as one entity.

The monarch pointed out that if Nigeria was separated today, each of these ethnic groups would start rising against each other, waging supremacy war and this would lead to another civil war.

He said, “I am not a constitutional lawyer or politician. Whatever restructuring would take place in this country, my sincere advice is that we are better off to remain one Nigeria than divided into pieces,” he was quoted by Sun.

“I keep on telling my friends in the South-East, South-South regions of Nigeria that it will be a sad day for me whenever any one of them would have to collect visa before they could visit me. There is strength in number, unity.

We are over 150 million now in term of our population and there was a forecast that before end of this century, Nigeria’s population would exceed 300 million making us the most populous nation behind China and Indian.

“If you look around the world today, the most successful nations are those with highest population. Like I said, our problem is that we are not patient with our leaders. “Just imagine, if Igbo break away, how many land space do they have? The same thing with Yoruba, the same thing with us in the Northern region.

“Every part of this country has something to offer to other regions. We are better the way we are now. Whatever our grievances are, let us embrace dialogue and address our differences.

“Whenever I hear our people are agitating for Biafra here, another region calling for break up, I feel sad. “We must not forget what happened to Albania, Yugoslavia, and others when they separated into seven nations.

“Their country was the most vibrant nation in Europe in term of economy. But today, they are small nations with inadequate resources to cater for their citizens. “This should be a big lesson to us. If we break up, all of us would suffer for it, because we have many ethnic groups and tribes across the country.

“If we were separated today, each of these ethnic groups would start rising against each other, waging supremacy war. “May God forbid, that would be the beginning of civil war. Instead, we should continue to pray for our leaders, unite for the country’s survival and development.

“We need to fully tap our potential. We were made to understand that Zamfara state is the richest state in Nigeria in term of gold deposits. “Have we fully utilized this potential? Also Kebbi state is blessed with gold and other mineral resources.

“In fact, each state across Nigeria has two or more natural resources that could change the economy of this country for better. We were also told that there are large deposits of gas in the Northeast.

“Let us bring all these potentials out, utilise them and I am optimistic that all these threats of breaking away, restructuring and others would be history in our country.”

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BREAKING: Senate Approves Buhari’s Request To Increase VAT

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The senate has approved the request by President Muhammadu Buhari to increase value added tax (VAT) from 5 percent to 7.5 percent.

The senate approved the request after Solomon Olamilekan, chairman of the finance committee, presented a report on a bill entitled ‘Nigeria tax and fiscal law’.

In September, the federal executive council (FEC) approved an increase in VAT and sent a bill to the national assembly for consent.

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BREAKING: Court Sacks Kano New Emirs

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A Kano High Court sitting in Kano State has nullified the four Emirates created in the state by Governor Abdullahi Ganduje. Justice Usman Naába in his judgment on Thursday, held that the creation of the Emirates and appointment of four first Emirs was illegal.

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Bayelsa Guber: Pressure Mounts On PDP Chairman, Secondus To Resign

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National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Prince Uche Secondus is under intense pressure to vacate office over alleged constitutional breaches, misappropriation of funds and failure to lead the party to victory in the 2015 and 2019 general elections.

Uche Secondus has also allegedly failed to call for major meetings of the various organs of the party including the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting which is the second highest decision-making organ of the party.

Daily Trust reports that the pressure is coming from PDP leaders and groups within the party. A former Special Adviser on Public Affairs, to President Goodluck Jonathan and member of the defunct Presidential Campaign Council for Atiku Abubakar, Malam Nasir Zahradeen, confirmed to our correspondent last night that majority of PDP stalwarts and power brokers were demanding for Secondus’ resignation.

“Secondus must go and he must be investigated by the EFCC, ICPC and the SSS because of the alleged impropriety, alleged putting of his hands on the funds of the party which is unacceptable. “You cannot say whether the other members of the NWC are doing well or they are not doing well. But if the head is rotten, definitely, you don’t expect any action from the rest

“Now we have lost the Kogi and Bayelsa elections. On Bayelsa, he (Secondus) connived with the governor. Apparently, the governor had his own idea of getting his kinsman to be the governor while he will get the senatorial seat,” he said. Similarly, a highly placed source from the North West, who sought not to be named, passed a vote of no confidence on Secondus, saying he cannot guarantee victory for the party any more.

“We all had confidence in Secondus when he emerged. But later we discovered there were issues that we did not envisage. The leadership of Prince Secondus has several lapses and breaches of the constitution of the PDP. “For instance, from the very time we lost the 2019 elections, I doubt if there has been any NEC or caucus meeting to discuss the issues and that is weighing us down.

“If they can’t deliver us today, how can we be sure they will deliver us tomorrow? Actually, I cannot ask the other members of the NWC to resign but sincerely, Secondus should resign because I doubt if he is willing to get us to the Promised Land. He should resign,” he said.

But the Special Adviser on Media to Secondus, Mr. Ike Abonyi, dismissed the allegations in a telephone chat with our correspondent, saying the party had more serious issues to discuss on the threat to democracy. “The allegations are baseless and unsubstantiated. Let them provide evidence that Secondus is a thief; that he dipped his hands into the party’s funds.

“The constitution says one NEC meeting to one quarter. And between February and now, he called NEC meetings three times. So he has not violated the PDP Constitution,” he said. Spokesperson of the party, Kola Ologbondiyan also dispelled claims that Secondus was under pressure to vacate office.

“The National Chairman is not under any pressure except the fact that we believe that democracy is gradually being killed by this government and we believe that as the main opposition party we have a responsibility to salvage democracy,” he said.

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