Hosting FFK at Aso Villa evidence of Buhari’s capacity to forgive -Femi Adesina

Special Adviser to the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, has explained why his principal hosted an unsparing critic of the regime and former minister Femi Fani-Kayode in Aso Villa following his defection to the ruling All Progress Congress.

Adesina wrote:

Not a small ruckus has been caused by the defection of former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode (FFK), from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC) last week.

An icing on the cake, or the salt added to injury (depending on which side you are), was his reception at the Presidential Villa by Muhammadu Buhari, father of the nation. The development has been rocking the polity for many days.

FFK is by no means a miscellaneous personality, and whatever he does, or does not do, attracts loads of attention.
He was a founding member of the APC, before he ported back to the PDP. And he did not leave quietly. He ruffled feathers and stirred up the mud. He became a rabid hater of his former party and its members.

Between last week and now, vitriol poured by FFK on anybody with the slightest affinity to APC has been dug up serially. He has said things straight from the gutters, things that the natural man would call unforgivable and unpardonable. Against President Buhari, the first family, Yusuf Buhari whom he wished had died when the latter had an almost fatal bike accident, APC as a party, the government, leaders of the party, groups and individuals. Even this writer has suffered horrid descriptions from FFK in many write-ups.

Yes, he even said he would rather die than return to APC, but last week, he returned—well and alive.
Naturally, a lot of loyal APC members are hopping mad that FFK was readmitted into the party. And not only that, he got back at the highest level. Not at his ward in Ile-Ife, Osun State, but the triumphal entry was at the Presidential Villa, with President Buhari himself as the host.

I understand the umbrage taken against the development by teeming APC supporters. It’s the natural thing to do. But then, having vented spleen, raised dust and almost brought down the roof, the next thing is to isolate the issues dispassionately.

With the bile displayed towards President Buhari and his family over the years, how did the man find the grace to have received FFK? How was he convinced? Who did the convincing? What were the extenuating factors? How? When? Why?

By agreeing to the readmission of FFK to APC as the leader of the party, and hosting him at the Villa, President Buhari displayed amazing capacity to forgive, to show mercy, and let bygones be bygones. How many of us can do that? Not many.

Remember William Shakespeare in Merchant of Venice:

“The quality of mercy is not strained.
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath. It is twice blest:
It blessed him that gives and him that takes…
It is an attribute of God Himself.”


That was what Buhari did to FFK. He showed him mercy, dropping like gentle rain from heaven, when he could have otherwise spat into the sky, collecting the spittle with his own face. Was that not what me and you would have done? Confess. We would have told FFK to go to hell, and stay there. But Buhari didn’t. He displayed an attribute of God: forgiveness.

One of the lies that had been serially told against the President was his alleged unforgiving spirit, a falsehood sold to Nigerians by anti-Buhari forces since the days of military rule. The lie traveled for so long, till it was eventually overtaken by the truth in one day. Nigerians saw through the facade, and elected Buhari as President in 2015. Re-elected him with wider margin in 2019.

I have worked with the President for over six years. And I have seen amazing things in terms of accommodation and capacity to forgive. I have visited him at home many times in the evenings, only to find at dinner table with him people who had been abusing his forefathers on television earlier in the day. This President has a capacity to forgive, and forget. And make peace. That was what he displayed in the case of FFK. Nothing short of divine attribute, which me and you should covet and seek to approximate.

True, the brother of the prodigal son in the Good Book was unhappy, after his sibling had engaged in riotous living, squandered his inheritance, and came back home in penury. And the father received him with glee, and slaughtered the fatted calf in celebration.

The brother was indignant. He accused the father of bad faith, saying he had remained faithful and loyal, and not once did the father give him a goat to kill, and make merry with his friends.

That is the case of the APC members who have been unhappy at the reception given FFK. He did not deserve it, they claim. True. But how many things don’t we deserve, but which eventually come our way? That is the inscrutable nature of God, and we should not begrudge ourselves, or anybody else. How many things have come your way, which you really don’t deserve? But God gave those things to you, nevertheless. Same with FFK.

I think those screaming blue murder and lamenting the injustice and unfairness of it all should hold their peace. They have made their points, and should let things be. Enough! FFK is back, let sleeping dogs lie. He may stay this time round, as he claims to have had a Damascus road experience, which turned Saul to Paul.

Many times, FFK has used unprintable words against me. He has deployed phrases from the nether region against me. But after writing those things, and we met in public places, he would embrace me, calling me his “friend and brother.” I agree, we are brothers, though I should hold giant sized grudges against him. President Buhari has shown us the way . To err is human, to forgive, divine.

And come to think of it. Is it pleasant to swallow one’s vomit? Nah. But that was what FFK did. All those foul words against the President, the APC, the government, many people in government. He has swallowed them. Delicious? By no means. Pueh! You would feel like retching. So, let’s salute the courage of his conviction. It is rare, and not many people would do it.

I welcome FFK back to APC. And I pray it is for an enduring time. I thank President Buhari for showing an astounding large heart. That’s how to be a father. He has confounded all those who peddle lies about him, and the balderdash about not forgiving.

“The quality of mercy is not strained. It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven. It has dropped upon FFK. May it always drop on us, for “it blesses him that gives, and him that takes.” Amen, somebody!

Source: Punch

Senators reject Buhari’s planned farm settlements

Some senators have expressed concerns over plans by the regime of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to establish farm settlements in each of the 108 senatorial districts in Nigeria.

They noted that any arrangement to acquire land by the Federal Government at the moment without giving details of what it would be used for, might face stiff resistance from various communities.

The President had last month, directed the National Agricultural Land Development Authority to set up the integrated farm estates in 108 senatorial districts nationwide.

Already, the policy has been greeted with criticisms from the leadership of the various ethnic groups in the middle belt, and southern part of the country, describing it as an attempt in disguise, to create grazing areas for cattle.

The Senator representing Edo South Senatorial District, Matthew Urhoghide, said the Federal Government should give details of the project before approaching state governments for land allocation.

He said, “We are in the Senate to represent our people. I know what my people want

“What we quarrel against is open grazing; we are not against ranching. We are not saying that a Fulani man that has a herd of cattle cannot come to the South to do the business of ranching but he cannot come to carry out open grazing.

“Grazing has two effects. It leads to wanton destruction of farmland. You cannot use animal husbandry to destroy crop farming. There are also criminal cases associated with it including murder.

“If the Federal Government is coming to get land in my state for ranching, it is okay because we need beef, which would be richer, when it is from the ranching system.

“However, the government should make its intention very clear on the policy to avoid major clashes and crisis.”

Similarly, Senator Abba Moro, representing Benue South in the red chamber said government could make arrangements for herders to do the business of ranching but not at the  expense of the farmers.

He advised the Federal Government to go to the drawing board and come up with a modern arrangement to make ranching the way to go.

He said, “When government policies are viewed with suspicion, when citizens lack trust in government policies, then something is wrong.

“Until we address the root causes of conflicts between herders and farmers, and genuinely come out with the right way to go through dialogue, any policy that is thrown at the citizens will be looked at with suspicion which would cause some level of tension.

“I believe that in the face of the current conflicts between herders and farmers, it is not appropriate for government to think of establishing ranches or cattle colonies in any part of the country.”

Also the Senator representing Niger North, Sabi Abdullahi, said the establishment of farm settlements would not resolve the issue of farmers – herders clashes.

The veterinary doctor said, “What the government is doing right now is not sufficient to address the issue we are facing in the country.

“Even the livestock transformation programme, as far as I am concerned, is deficient because we don’t know our livestock population.

“The last census was conducted in 1990 to ascertain the actual number of cattle in this country. The number of cattle, by projection, is put at 27 million, while sheep and goat are said to be about 11 million.

“The concern is that nobody is talking about the feed needs of the animals. People are kicking against open grazing but where is the feed for the animals?

“Even when land has been allocated for the feed, have we established the type of crops growing on such land? Is it what the animals need to eat?

“As far as I am concerned, until we tackle the livestock feeds challenge, this issue will always be there because no one can control hungry animals. They would find ways to eat whatever they see”

​2023: APC approves lobby committees for youth inclusion

The national leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has authorised the party’s youth wing to set up zonal strategic lobby committees at the State and Ward levels, ahead of the 2023 general elections.

Alhaji Ismaeel Ahmed, the APC National Youth representative in the party’s Caretaker and Extra-ordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), said this in a statement on Thursday in Abuja.

He commended the party’s leadership for adopting part of the recommendations of the recent APC National Progressives Youth Conference which said that anyone vying for the position of a youth leader in the party in the wards, must be between 18-35 years.


Ahmed said this should form part of guidelines for the conduct of the party’s upcoming Ward, Local Government, and State congresses.

According to him, adopting the recommendation by the party’s leadership has rekindled the hopes of millions of progressive youths

He noted that until now, such youths had been discouraged from participating in the party’s activities and holding elective leadership positions, especially at grassroots level.

“On our part, we will take this further by setting up Strategic Engagement Committees which will work in conjunction with caretaker youth leaders in the various zones.

“The committee will engage Governors, Legislators, Ministers, and other leaders and stakeholders in every zone to get more young people to occupy large percentages of the executives at the Ward and Local Government levels.

“We believe that since the battle of the forthcoming elections will be fought for the youth vote, it is wise for our party to fight that battle with youth voice,” he said.

Ahmed urged young progressives to use the occasion of Sallah break to engage and sensitise youths in their wards and polling units to be part of the congresses and to advance the cause of the progressive movement.

Ahmed said the approved committees were to work in conjunction and consultation with the interim youth leaders in their respective domains for maximum impact.

“The Chairman of the CECPC has approved for the Youth Wing of the APC to set up zonal strategic lobby committees.

“The committees are to engage with party leaders, Governors, Legislators, Ministers, Elders and other critical stakeholders within their zones.

“The committee is to ensure that most party positions are manned by youths at the lower levels,” he said.

He added that this was critical to attract the energy, commitment and brains of young people in running the affairs of the party and giving them a sense of ownership.

Ahmed said a National Youth Lobby Group had also been set up to meet with the party’s national leaders for the effective delivery of the youth mandate.

He said it was expected that the congresses, either by consensus or contests, would throw up many young and committed members of the party at the ward level as leaders that would invigorate it ahead of 2023.

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​2023 Presidency: Akpabio lauds group for preaching peace, cautions against Endorsing political aspirants

Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, has charged members of the Ambassador For Voice Of Change Initiative (AVCI), to keep to their agenda of preaching peace as agent of change to Nigerians and not to rush into endorsing any politician for the Office of the President in 2023.

He gave the charge when he received in courtesy, members of the group made up of Nollywood actors, musicians and comedians in his office in Abuja.

Akpabio, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Jackson Udom, said: “I want to thank you for this laudable assignment of preaching peace and change in attitude to Nigerians. We need peace for development.

“I am happy to be part of this peaceful move. But let me caution here that you should not be in a hurry to adopt any political aspirant, as doing so, could derail this laudable agenda of the group.”

The former Senate Minority Leader said: “Don’t be ashamed of what you are doing. Even your colleagues will criticize and be enemies of what you are doing.

“Do not expect everybody to praise you when you are doing something good. The joy you will have at the end of this peace initiative, will shock you because we all, as a nation deserve peace.”

Speaking further, the former two-term governor of Akwa Ibom State said the drive for a peaceful Nigeria has to come with change of attitude and the way people relate and communicate.

“As entertainers, you keep the country united through your activities on stage and that is why I am always on the forefront to make sure that you are well appreciated,” the minister said.

Akpabio called on the group to give their support to the president saying, “President Muhammadu Buhari, is a president that is doing so much for Nigerians.

“He is working to put in place a lasting change for the future of this country. The rail lines, the good roads, and all other infrastructure he is putting in place are not to be used by him but by our children and those yet unborn.”

In his speech, the leader of the group, Mr. Godswill Ben Kureh, commended the effort of the minister for maintaining peace in the Niger Delta Region.

He said: “Your achievement as a governor, senator and now a minister are enough to endear people to you and that is why we are here to tap from that wealth of experience and vision that saw you excel in those offices and the one you currently occupy.

“You have done so well for the people of the Niger Delta Region and that is why we are here to solicit for your support in this task we are embarking on.

“Nigeria cannot move forward without peace at this point in our history. We all need Godswill to be done in Nigeria and that is why we have come for your support in this task.”

Fight banditry, insurgency, not Kanu, Umar tells FG

A former military governor of Kaduna State, Col. Abubakar Umar (retd.), on Wednesday knocked the All Progressives Congress and Federal Government led by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) for giving undue attention to the arrest of leader of Kanu than the banditry, kidnapping ravaging the country.

Umar argued that it was disturbing that rather than concentrating on insecurity threatening to cripple the country, the Buhari regime was celebrating the arrest the IPOB leader.

The former governor stated this in a statement titled, ‘Nigeria: A nation challenged.’


Recall that Umar lost his commission in the Nigerian Army as a result of his principled stance on the annulment of the June 12, 1993 presidential election acclaimed to be won by the late Chief MKO Abiola.

He said on Wednesday that the Federal Government must go beyond the arrest of the Kanu and pay more attention to more security challenges threatening to cripple Nigeria.

Umar argued that for the average northerners living in the North-West and North-East, who had been affected by the activities of banditry, kidnapping and insurgency, the arrest of Kanu had no consequence, “since it does nothing to ameliorate his harsh and brutal condition.”

He said, “The re-arrest of the IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, elicited congratulatory messages to the Federal Government which appears overwhelmed by the intractable security challenges and in dire need of any redeeming act.

“This is clearly an exaggeration of the security threat Nnamdi Kanu and indeed IPOB pose to our nation’s security and unity. It is quite strange and disturbing that the Federal Government is paying undue attention to the threats of separatist movements in contrast to the more daunting ones posed by bandits, kidnappers and insurgents in the North West, some parts of North-Central and North-East.”

He lamented those activities of “those criminals have resulted in the evacuation of over 20 per cent the villages in the North-West and North-East. Hundreds are being murdered and maimed every week. Many more are kidnapped for ransom.”

He said, “Over 1,000 schoolchildren were abducted in the past eight months with over 300 still in the hands of the bandits and kidnappers who are demanding humongous ransom. Rape of women and young girls has become a daily occurrence. Most economic activities, particularly farming, the mainstay of the people in these areas, are now all but impossible.”

Umar counselled the government to deploy non-violent means in addressing the growing restiveness in the South-East of the country.

He, however, noted that “IPOB and its leader may well be responsible for some of the violence, including the murder of security personnel, arson and destruction of public and private properties for which they should be held to account.”
While touching on the unity of the country, the former governor argued that Nigeria was better as one and indivisible entity than disintegration.
The former governor carpeted the Buhari regime for not processing the skills in the management of the nation’s diversity.

“Truth be told, the Buhari administration has so far exhibited poor skills in its management of our diversity. Yet it has the benefit of great examples by past administrations and statesmen which should guide it,” Umar said.
Malami lambasts Canadian justice minister.

Meanwhile, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, has described the views of the Solicitor General of Alberta in Canada, Kelechi Amadi, regarding the arrest of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, as an “outrageously ignoramus opinion that is eccentric and weird.”

Malami, on Wednesday in a statement by the Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the Office of the AGF, Umar Gwandu, insisted that there was no illegality in the arrest of Kanu, saying, “It was abundantly clear that bench warrant was lawfully and judiciously procured through judicial process by a competent court of law, whose bail condition Nnamdi Kanu breached with impunity. There was no illegality in the entire process and the question of illegality does not even arise.”

Malami wondered why Madu never spoke up when Kanu was inciting violence against Nigeria.

The AGF urged the Canadian public officer to educate himself in matters of the law, adding that Madu only left for Canada after failing to succeed in his country of birth.

Source: Punch

​Anambra: Primary ‘ll determine maturity of  PDP delegates — Maduka

Aspirant for the November 6 governorship Anambra poll, under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr Godwin Maduka has said that the June 26 primary of the party would determine the maturity of the delegates, advising them to ignore what he called political distractions and fight for the future of the state and their children.

Addressing the would -be delegates in Awka, Maduka reminded them of the need to consider the interest of the state and the capability of each aspirant to deliver while making their choice during the primaries, urging them not to allow those he described as electoral manipulators to influence them.

Maduka said his reason for the meeting was to educate delegates   to know their rights and to know the power they posses, adding that if they knew the power they carry to elect a credible and financially stable candidate, they would ignore political distractions from various quarters.

While urging PDP delegates not to yield to any political inducement, he asked them to see their duty as a civic act and vote a candidate that had attracted developmental projects through self worth and promised to empower all the delegates if nominated as PDP candidate on their forthcoming primary election.

He said: “Before venturing into politics, I was developing my community based on my conviction to serve humanity and to say thank you God for his numerous blessing, I was a child of poverty. Before venturing into politics I had tried on personal strength to give back to the society that gave life to me.

“Umuchukwu, my home town and its environs are evidence of self made man. But with your votes, it would be on higher level with the help of  experts in all sectors of the economy so that   Anambra will bounce again.

“On my honor, if the PDP delegates play right wing politics by shunning shady   process and vote for a candidate with open evident of developmental projects in the state, I will engage you in all my gigantic investments as a reward for politically liberating Anambra from the hands of political jobbers.

“If I am elected PDP flag bearer I promise that this state will enjoy a new lease of life as all the senatorial zones will be given a fast face lift. I will pull all my foreign contact to come rebuild Anambra,

“I wore poverty as a cloth, I ate it as food and am here to reduce poverty to its barest minimum and that is why I beg all PDP delegates to vote for me.”

Source: Vanguard News Nigeria

​PDP celebrates Obaseki’s Supreme Court victory

The Peoples Democratic Party has hailed the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, over his victory at the Supreme Court.

It described the victory as that of good over evil.

This was contained in a statement titled, “PDP Hails Gov. Obaseki’s Victory At Supreme Court …Says It’s Triumph of the Will of the People,” signed by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, in Abuja, on Friday.

The party said the Supreme Court Judgment upholding the election of Obaseki, is “as the inevitable triumph of the will of the people over anti-democratic forces.“

The PDP said the verdict of the apex court in throwing out the petition of All Progressives Congress is a resounding reinforcement of the popularity of the PDP and Governor Obaseki in Edo state, as firmly established in the election.

The party urged Governor Obaseki to continue in his commitment towards the development of the state and the wellbeing of his people in line with the manifesto and ideology of the PDP; the very reason he was overwhelmingly re-elected as governor of the state.

Ologbondiyan further said, “The PDP is proud of Governor Obaseki for the empowerment of the people as well as massive infrastructural development of Edo state in critical areas of healthcare, education, agriculture and food production, oil and gas, industrialization among others.“

The party also commended the judiciary for its courage in upholding justice and the will of the people in the Edo governorship election.

The APC is yet to react to the judgment.

2023: APC Govs Rejects Zoning Presidential Ticket

By Victor Habila

Ahead of the forthcoming 2023 general elections, the Progressive Governors Forum under the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC), says there would be no zoning of presidential ticket in the party. 

The Governors declared that any of its chieftains is free to aspire to any position in the country in line with provisions of the party’s constitution and the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended. 

Kebbi state governor and Chairman of the forum, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu made the declaration on Friday in a statement where he commended the Cross Rivers State governor, Ben Ayade who dumped the PDP for the APC on Thursday. 

He maintained that the ruling party remained “open, transparent and will continue to guarantee fair contestation in politics, in line with the overarching commitment of President Muhammadu Buhari and all our founding leaders. 

According to the statement; “Our National Caretaker Extraordinary/Convention Planning Committee has worked hard to restore the political credentials of the APC as a strong institution for Nigeria’s democratic development. We will continue to support the National Caretaker Extraordinary/Convention Planning Committee in all its current initiatives to rebuild our great party. With the coming of Mr Ayade, the capacity of our party to mobilise all patriots and other like-minded progressive Nigerians to join the APC is stronger. 

 “APC belongs to all Nigerians. Everyone, from every part of the country, is free to aspire for any position in the party in line with provisions of our party’s constitution and the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended. The guiding philosophy as enshrined in the provisions of our manifesto is the economic, social and political development of Nigeria. 
“The Progressive Reinforcement of our party continues. We look forward to receiving more patriots and progressive-minded Nigerians into the APC!” 

The APC Governors who attributed the decision of Governor Ayade to the tireless efforts of Yobe state governor and Chairman of the CECPC, Mallam Mai Mala Buni, also claimed that President Muhammadu Buhari leadership qualities have endeared many Nigerians to the ruling party.

 “The Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) welcome His Excellency, Mr. Ben Ayade, Governor of Cross River State to the All Progressives Congress (APC). We join all leaders and members to welcome this illustrious Nigerian into our great party. The decision of Mr. Ayade to join the APC is a testament to our party’s capacity to mobilise all Nigerians consistent with the vision of the founding fathers to ensure that the APC is a platform to unite all Nigerians. 

The coming of Mr. Ayade into the APC further reinforces the process of membership and leadership recruitment at all levels. 

“We congratulate our leader, President Muhammadu Buhari, whose sterling qualities and fair mindedness endear patriotic Nigerians to the party. Mr. President’s credentials as a fair leader who is impartial will continue to promote our party and serve as a major source of electoral advantage. As Progressive Governors, we will remain steadfast in supporting the efforts and initiatives of Mr. President to build our party, APC, as a strong and democratic political party in the country. 

“Also, we salute our members of the APC National Caretaker Extraordinary/Convention Planning Committee under the leadership of HE Mai Mala Buni for this milestone achievement of once again getting another experienced leader in the person of His Excellency Ben Ayade to join the APC. We welcome Mr. Ben Ayade for taking the courageous decision of leaving the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) to join our party, the All Progressives Congress. The movement of our compatriot to the APC is indicative of his principles, commitment and conviction to the development of Nigeria. 

“Given all his achievements in Cross River State, Mr. Ayade is only coming home where he belongs. APC is indeed the party that will provide him and his people, and indeed all Nigerians the viable platform for political aspirations and negotiations. Together with Mr. Ayade and all our leaders in the APC, our party’s capacity to serve the collective interests of all Nigerians through effective representation will be strengthened and reinforced.” 

​Ortom blast El-rufai, warns him to stay off Benue affairs

By Victor Habila

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state has warned Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai to deal with the insecurity ravaging his state before interferring in the affairs of other States in the country.

In a statement on Saturday issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the state governor, Terver Akase, Ortom accused El-Rufai of misleading President Muhammadu Buhari on issues of insecurity rocking Nigeria.
This came as a response to an earlier position by El-Rufai who accused Gov. Ortom of blaming the federal government for insecurity in Benue as a way to cover up his own leadership failures.

However, Ortom in his reply said El-Rufai has no moral justification to talk about how to curb insecurity, accusing him of causing problems for his own people in Kaduna State.

He added that the Kaduna State Governor is only painting him in a bad light to score cheap political points with the Aso Rock Villa.

The Benue Governor accused El-Rufai of being a religious bigot and sycophant.

According to the statement : “We want to believe that El-Rufai was wrongly quoted. A man who has failed in several aspects as Governor of Kaduna has no moral justification to accuse another Governor.

“A Governor who has divided the good people of Kaduna against one another by not hiding his hatred of indigenes of the state on account of religion and ethnicity is not qualified to judge another Governor on any issue whatsoever. A Governor who chose a Muslim deputy in a state where Christians have a huge population is certainly not one to preach unity and peaceful co-existence.

“El-Rufai’s attack on Governor Ortom is merely to make him look good before the Presidency. He has apparently fallen out of favour at the Villa and wants to use Governor Ortom as a launch pad back to reckoning. How has he handled his own problems in Kaduna? This is a man who has insulted almost every prominent Nigerian including the late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua and former President Olusegun Obasanjo; a man who is his former boss and one who brought him to limelight.

“Nigerians have not forgotten the unprintable things El-Rufai said during Goodluck Jonathan’s time as President. He insulted the then President and publicly supported terrorists attacking parts of the country. His statements on the abduction of Chibok girls and several other acts of terrorism are still fresh in our minds. El-Rufai is on record to have said repeatedly that Fulani people must retaliate any wrong done to them no matter how long it takes.

“Is Governor Ortom responsible for El-Rufai’s inability to ensure peace in Kaduna State where bandits have taken over some communities while kidnappings and killings occur on a daily basis?

‘El-Rufai admitted to paying Fulani herdsmen whom he invited from other West African countries in the name of stopping attacks in Southern Kaduna. Since he made the confessional statement, attacks on the people of Southern Kaduna have escalated. This is why he wants men of good conscience like Governor Ortom to be silent to pave the way for the conquest and expansion agenda to succeed.

Ortom also said kidnapping has become a common crime in Kaduna State under the watch of  El-rufai.

“Aside from the much celebrated cases, it has been estimated that at every given time, not less than 300 persons are abducted in Kaduna by kidnappers who are always identified as El-Rufai’s kinsmen. He pays them billions to embolden them. He has turned the state into one of the most unsafe places to live in Nigeria today.

“Talking about taking someone seriously, if other Nigerians take El-Rufai seriously, we in Benue do not do the same. A man who has no regard for humanity does not deserve our attention.

“Nasir el-Rufai is a sycophant, ethnic champion and religious bigot who hates anyone who does not share the same faith with him. He is among the very few persons who have misled President Muhammadu Buhari. El-Rufai is one of the real enemies of this country who do not hide their divisive tendencies by elevating nepotism and ethnicity above the good values that have held Nigeria together over the decades.

“Nasir el-Rufai doesn’t possess the credentials to counsel anyone on payment of salaries and the welfare of workers. This is a Governor who recently sacked 4,000 workers for no just cause. He ought to be ashamed of himself. What happened to the lofty promises he made to the Kaduna people in 2015?

“The Kaduna Governor should know that only two days ago, the people of Benue State met at a stakeholders meeting in Makurdi and unanimously passed a vote of confidence on Governor Ortom in recognition of his performance. That meeting was attended across party lines with leaders of All Progressives Congress, APC also present.

“El-Rufai and his conspirators must note that Benue State will not repeal the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law, no matter the amount of blackmail, hatred and threats they wage against Governor Ortom.

“We advise the Kaduna State Governor to focus on addressing the numerous problems he has created in his state and leave Governor Ortom to lead Benue in peace”, He said.

​El-Rufai Plotted Evil Against Rivers, says Gov. Wike

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has on Friday accused the Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai of reaping from the evil he plotted against Rivers State in 2015.
Wike also stated that the All Progressives Congress-led government of dragging Nigeria 50 years backwards.

The Governor stated this when the Vice President of the Rotary Club of Port Harcourt, Obiageli Ejezie, led other leaders of the association to the Government House, Port Harcourt, to confer on him the 2019/2020 Good Governance Award for his outstanding achievements in project execution in Rivers State.

In a statement released through his spokesman, Kelvin Ebiri, disclosed that the ruling APC convinced Nigerians that they had better governance than former President Goodluck Jonathan.

He said, “There can’t be good governance without security and this is based on the rule of law. All of us are living witnesses that in 2015, it was alleged that the government of former President Goodluck Jonathan could not perform.”

“So, Nigeria needed a change. What has happened to the change? They have taken Nigeria back by 50 years.”

Wike wondered for how long the APC-led Federal Government would allow the needless killings and abduction of innocent Nigerians to continue.

The governor said, “Now, you wake up every morning, students are being kidnapped in so-and-so state university; people have been killed in so-and-so state. It has become the norm.”

“Just wake up in the morning and the first thing you will see on the front page of the dailies is ‘10 people have been kidnapped in Niger State; 20 have been killed in Zamfara State, five have been killed in Imo’ and this happens virtually every day. So, where are we heading to?”

The Rivers State Governor accused the Federal Government of instigating security crises in Rivers, saying the APC governors had visited the Presidency to demand the withdrawal of a commissioner of police from Rivers.

“Now, in order to cause crises in our state, they brought the CP they wanted. At the end of the day, God did not allow them to have their way. But see what is happening in his state now. When you are plotting evil against somebody, evil will visit you. And that is the problem Governor el-Rufai is facing today in Kaduna State.’’

“I remember when I came in 2015, when they were honouring one of their friends as a minister on live television, Channels, el-Rufai had the temerity to say (my) election could not stand in Rivers State and that they would kick me out,” Wike said.

Similarly, Gov. Wike has in recent times stated that Buhari Govt Has Lost Capacity To Address Insecurity challenges in the Country, The Governor made this known on Thursday when he hosted members of the south-south zonal working committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Port Harcourt, the state capital.

In a statement by his media aide, Kelvin Ebiri, the governor noted that the federal government does not care if people are killed and their corpses litter streets across the country.