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`Buhari’s victory in 2015, a political revolution’ – Dalung

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Mr Solomon Dalung, the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, said President Muhammadu Buhari’s victory against an incumbent in 2015 had proved that one could win election in Nigeria without having money.

Dalung, who said this, while addressing officials of the Permanent Mission, Nigeria House in New York, said there was a brewing political revolution against ‘god-fatherism’ in the Nigerian political space.
Minister of Youth and Sports Development Solomon Dalung and officials of the Nigerian Permanent Mission and Nigerian Consulate in New York prayed for Nigeria before Dalung addressed them at the Nigeria House in New York

“There is hope for Nigeria. The victory of President Buhari, up till now, not many Nigerians have understood it; it was a political revolution.

“What it has brought is that you can contest and win election even when you do not have money.’’

“God-fatherism’ was instituted to control elected officials so that they would not go beyond control.

“Dalung said ‘god-fatherism’ is a political servitude where you are tested to determine your loyalty. The thing is that without a god father, they believe you can’t be controlled.’’

The minister was in New York for the Seventh Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum at the UN Headquarters where he delivered a paper on: ‘The role of youth in building sustainable and resilient communities’.

“The ‘Not too Young to Run’ is an advocacy that is sending strong signals to political lords that they had overstayed their welcome; either they give way or they will be forced out.’’

The minister blamed those he called “urban gorillas” whom he said were in charge of the country’s political machinery for manipulating the system.

“At 53 years, they still call me a small boy,” he decried, saying he had contested elections several times and won but was deprived by the ‘urban gorillas’.

The minister also said that he brought the All Progressives Congress (APC) to Plateau but suffered as an orphan because he did not have a god-father.

According to him, his advocacy is to liberate the young people, reorient the mindset of many Nigerian youths that have been enslaved.

He also called on young people to understand the political system they were coming into so as to better strategise.

According to Dalung, Nigeria is making steady progress in infrastructure, economy and security and called for unity.

“We can refine and build a Nigeria of our dream.

“We have the best form of selfless ministers in this era. As ministers, most of us do not have houses but we live in rented apartments in Abuja.

“Some of us lived in Boys Quarters before we got apartments because people were asking for N1.5 million as rent.

“I would have even preferred to stay in Gwagwa but we were told we could not for obvious reasons,’’ he said.

Dalung said Buhari had made a statement about the rampaging armed herdsmen but that the country would also need to engage its neighbours to stop giving access to the criminals to move freely into the country.
Minister of Youth and Sports Development Solomon Dalung addressing officials of the Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the UN and Consulate-General of Nigeria at the Nigeria House, New York. With him is Nigeria’ Ambassador/Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN, Amb. Samson Itegboje.

Earlier, Nigeria’s Ambassador/Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN, Amb. Samson Itegboje commended the Federal Government for the steady progress in the areas of economy, infrastructure, fight against insurgency and anti-corruption.

The Nigerian ambassador pledged that the missions’ would continue to bring their expertise to bear on the international stage so as to lift the flag of Nigeria high among the comity of nations.

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NGO Advocates for Good Governace In Nigeria

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Olisa Uzoewulu

Olisa Uzoewulu

By Augustine Aminu

A Non-Governmental Organisation Awakening The Sleeping Giant Leadership Initiative, has canvassed for good governance in Nigeria even as electioneering campaigns towards 2019 general elections is gathering momentum.

President of the group, Olisa Uzoewulu (Wulus), who made this call in Abuja, said the group will throw its weight behind any candidate (s), who would convince Nigerians beyond reasonable doubt of his commitment to bring out the country out of woods.

He said ASGLI has been on ground reseaching on modalities for good and accountable government, adding that the group only supports individual or candidate that has intention for good governance.

Uzoewulu said ” The various competition to the leadership lacked democratic process. The lies, the secrecy of governance are very discouraging and the ability of every Nigerian to describe the Nigeria problems eloquently and become a historical expert is enomous”.

” We tried to understand the capacity endowment of our great nation now described as the poverty capital of the world and ranked at the lowest level in all social, political, economic competition in Africa and the world”.

Uzoewulu noted that it is worrisome that with all the human and natural endowment of Nigeria, yet poor leadership quality has draged the nation backward.

” It is unacceptable and we must accept failure of our leaders. We need to do better, we must have the hangover of continuous and persistent non productive leadership pool which drastically is pulling the nation backward”.

” It is not disrespectful to accept failure or pretend to claim the goodness of lack of performance. Such a position does not produce cure to sickness and kills idea pool. We bare tied of the concept of here we are again- a cycle of repeating promises and failures” he added.

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2019 Elections: Only competent hands must be elected – Aledare

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Mr Akinwale Samuel Aledare

Mr Akinwale Samuel Aledare

A former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), House of Assembly aspirant, Mr Akinwale Samuel Aledare, has said that only competent hands would be elected in the 2019 General Elections.

Speaking with newsmen in Abuja on Monday, Aledare said that Nigerians had become aware of the importance of voting in competent people to occupy positions in the country.

The former aspirants stressed that having monitored the primary election and its processes, the PDP conducted better primary election and fielded the most competent candidates.

To this end, the young politician said that he would be backing all the candidates of the PDP to ensure that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) was defeated.

He urged Nigerians to be very careful in choosing their leaders and to ensure that that they were not swayed by sentiments or unfounded allegations but they should rather focus on issues and solutions.

“As a loyal party man, I stand by the choice of the party. I will support His Excellency, Atiku Abubakar for president, Senator Dino Melaye for senate Kogi West, Hon Teejay Yusuf for House of Representatives Kabba-Bunu/Ijumu Federal Constituency and Hon Alfred Bello for Kogi House of Assembly Kabba/Bunu,” he said.

He said that the youths of Kabba/Bunu had made the party proud stressing that they would continue to be loyal to the party and ensure that the PDP votes were protected from “hawks”.

“We in Kabba/Bunu local government of Kogi state have made PDP proud in previous elections and we shall continue to perform even beyond the expectation of the party.

“We have a great decision before us in few months’ time and we must put in our best at ensuring we get it right,” he said.

He also called on the leadership of the party as well as its members and supporters to stay united and work for the victory of all the party’s candidates in the 2019 election.

With specific reference to the Kabba/Bunu/Ijumu federal constituency, Aledare assured that the elections would be duly monitored and right decisions taken.

He reminded the people of the untold hardship they have suffered in the last couple of years due to poor electoral choices and urged them not to repeat such mistakes in 2019.

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2019: Niger Delta ex-agitators urged to stand with Buhari

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Militants surrender through Amnesty office

Militants surrender through Amnesty office

Niger Delta ex-agitators under phases one, two and three of Presidential Amnesty Programme have been urged to support the reelection of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019 to enable him complete the laudable projects he started in the region.

Leader of Coalition of Niger Delta ex-Agitators, Phase II, Comrade Steve Ebisintei, who gave the advice in a statement issued in Abuja, also urged other critical stakeholders in the region to support the president’s reelection bid.

Comrade Ebisintei argued that stakeholders must rally round the reelection project of President Buhari, to enable the region benefit from the numerous programmes and projects of the President.

“President Buhari remains the only president since the return of democracy in 1999 who has initiated projects and programmes that are directly beneficial to the people of the Niger Delta.”

He also called on the people of the area to support Professor Quaker Dokubo, the Amnesty Office boss, whose influence and integrity had attracted major projects for the region.

Ahead of the forthcoming 2019 election,

The ex-agitators’ leader maintained that the only option left for the region was to continue to support the president and Prof Dokubo in their quest to elevate the youths of the region.

According to him, not supporting the reelection of President Buhari will only hurt the region more “as many of the ongoing projects in the area may likely stop.”

Continuing, he said, “Without equivocation, I can tell you that more than ever before, the federal government under President Buhari has paid more attention to our devastated region than any other government at least since 1999.

“Today, modular refineries, which when completed will take over from illegal refiners and create jobs for our teeming youths are ongoing in the region.

“The East West road, which had prior to now remain in the pipelines, has been progressing with appreciable speed and the petroleum university at Okerenkoko in Delta State is progressing in good measure.

“The Amnesty program has been revived and expanded in the interest of the youths of our region; it is the only program that is targeted at the youths and it is evident that Prof Dokubo has integrated more youths into the program than any other Amnesty boss before him.

“Because of the sterling performance of President Buhari’s administration in the area of peace-building, which has resulted in decrease in the spate of militancy in the region, the dark days of avengers and other militant groups in the region are in the past.

“All these achievements can be traced to the Midas touch of Prof. Quaker Dokubo and therefore we as a region must encourage the Amnesty boss by supporting President Buhari.”

He said that no other sentiments should prevail in the region going into the 2019 election except the sentiments of visible performance and what could be seen on ground for the people of the region to benefit.

Ebisintei cautioned politicians from the region to avoid misleading the youths for their own selfish political gains ahead of the 2019 elections.

He promised to work with other like-minded youths of the region to ensure the president’s reelection bid becomes a reality, as a way of repaying him for the good work so far done in the Niger Delta.

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