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Pantami: Buhari Has No Agenda To End Terrorism In Nigeria – HURIWA

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Following revelation by former Assistant Director of the Department of State Service that President Buhari was aware Pantami was a supporter of terrorists organizations, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, has accused the of disrespecting constitution of Nigeria.

 

The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, said the president who was fully aware from intelligence provided for him that Pantami was a supporter of terrorist organizations, and still went ahead to appoint him as minister, shows he has no agenda to end Islamic terrorism in the country.

 

Recall that the Federal government at its last Federal Executive Council meeting on Wednesday failed to discuss the statement of the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Sheikh Isa Pantami, who admitted he supported Taliban, Al-Quaeda and Boko-Haram, while in the university.

 

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HURIWA stated this in a statement by its National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, and National Media Affairs Director, Miss Zainab Yusuf.

 

According to HURIWA: “The disclosure by a respected erstwhile Assistant Director of the Department of State Services (DSS) Dennis Amachree that President Muhammadu Buhari discountenanced and neglected intelligence on the affiliation of Sheikh Ibrahim Ali Pantami to Taliban and Al-Quaeda before naming him into his cabinet has shown that President Muhammadu Buhari has no respect for his constitutional oath of office.

 

“Besides, the decision by the Federal Executive Council not to discuss the swirling controversy over the confession by the Minister of Communication and Digital economy that he once supported the teachings of Taliban and Al- Quaeda regarded as leaders of the global terror networks, is to put it mildly, unconscionable, wicked, insensitive, and irrational.

 

“The failure of President Muhammadu Buhari to sack the Communications Minister even after he confessed to have backed global terrorists that bombed the USA on September 11th 2001, shows that the government has no agenda to end Islamic terrorism in Nigeria.”

 

HURIWA also accused Buhari of desecrating the Nigerian Constitution by undermining a strong intelligence against the nomination of someone who had previously held public opinions that are extremists and are in support of global Jihadist movement.

 

HURIWA said Buhari had sworn to an oath to do the following:”…that I will not allow my personal interest to influence my official conduct or my official decisions; that I will to the best of my ability preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

 

The group said the President by “choosing to overlook such an important leaks and well grounded intelligence on Sheikh Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami and proceeded to appoint him into a very strategic national office as minister of Communications and Digital economy is an unambiguous message that the Government has a sinister motive and never intended to end the state of insecurity compounded by the attacks of armed Islamic terrorists and herdsmen.”

 

Nigerians across all divides, including members of House of Representative have been calling for the resignation and prosecution of Isa Pantami following his admittance to have been a supporter of terrorist organizations in the world that have killed millions and destroyed properties worth billions in dollars.

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PDP Secondus Accused Of Siphoning N10 Billion

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PDP Secondus Accused Of Siphoning N10 Billion

National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP),  Prince Uche Secondus-led National Working Committee (NWC), has been accused of mismanagement of N10bn generated from the sale of forms for four years.

 

The country’s anti-corruption agencies, EFCC and ICPC have been petitioned by one of the chieftains of the party over the matter.

 

The petitioner, Prince Kassim Afegbua, alleged that the leadership has mismanaged close to N10bn which accrued from the sale of nomination forms for the presidential, gubernatorial, house of assembly and senatorial elections from 2017 to date.

 

Responding to the petitioner, the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, described the claim as “spurious” and “irresponsible”.

 

“The PDP did not raise Afegbua’s fictitious sum of N10 billion as alleged by him. For the avoidance of doubt, the PDP generated the sum of N4.6 billion and raised a budget for its expenditure, in line with all known financial regulations of our party.

 

“This budget passed through the organs of our party and received the approvals from the NWC, the governors’ forum, the Board of Trustees as well as other organs of the party.

 

“As a law-abiding political party that respects the doctrine of rule of law and transparency, the budget was presented to the National Executive Committee (NEC) where it also received a final approval,” the party stated.

 

The petitioner, in a statement, said, “Much of the financial transactions of the PDP under Prince Uche Secondus have been shrouded in mystery.”

 

He said in the event the anti-graft agency delayed in carrying out its investigation, he would have no option but to seek legal redress in the law court.

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IPOB’s Ikonso Killing: Embrace Dialogue Now – Ohanaeze Tells South-East Governors

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IPOB’s Ikonso Killing: Embrace dialogue now – Ohanaeze tells South-East Governors

The apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, on Tuesday, urged the South-East Governors to without further delay enter into negotiations with angry youths in the zone.

 

This is coming on the heels of heightened tensions in the region, with unknown gunmen wreaking havoc on a daily basis across the five States in the zone.

 

Recall that in the weekend killing of Ikonso Don, the commander of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB’s Eastern Security Network, ESN, has added to the tension in the zone, with the pro-Biafra group vowing to go all out for revenge.

 

In a statement made available to Daily Post, the Secretary-General of the Chidi-Ibeh led Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro said any delay in entering into a negotiation process with the youths would spell doom for the zone.

 

He said the rising insecurity in the zone was a product of age-long neglect of the youths by the political class, and unprovoked killing of agitators.

 

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He recalled that, “there have been instances where security agencies opened fire on Biafra agitators where they are holding their meetings and nothing was done about it. That is where the problem started and we must address it from there.

 

“We have two challenges- the killer herdsmen who have been ravaging the land and nothing serious was done to checkmate them. Secondly, the neglect of the youths while politicians lived in affluence.

 

“However, we must all know that whatever is happening is to our own disadvantage and the enemies are happy that the South-East is burning.

 

“The Federal Government has also not implemented the promises it made during the EndSARS, especially with regards to financial compensation of victims. We also did not see much from them in the form of palliatives during the COVID-19 lockdown, so the youths are angry.

 

“Now, talking about the South-East Governors meeting on Sunday, they still missed the point. The people at the centre of it all- the youths, were not in any way represented during the meeting.

 

“What we are saying is that everybody should rise up to the occasion; the governors are trying but what is happening is beyond them and we have to help them.”

 

“There should be town hall meetings; there should be interface, engagements with the youths, the youths are not happy with the system they found themselves in Nigeria.

 

“The governors are even setting up committees without the youths, without their representatives. We are calling on the governors and other stakeholders to reach out to the youths, they should give what belongs to the youths to them. There is danger ahead and that danger can be averted now. If they fail to do so, it will not augur well for our people,” he warned.

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EFCC Charges NGOs, CSOs On Money Laundering, Terrorism Financing

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EFCC Charges NGOs, CSOs On Money Laundering, Terrorism Financing

The Head of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC,  has reminded Non-Governmental Organisations, NGOs and Civil Society Organisations, CSOs, that they have critical roles to play, in curbing money laundering and terrorism financing in Nigeria.

 

EFCC Lagos Zonal Office, Ahmed Ghali, stated this on Monday at a seminar jointly organised by ECOWAS, the Inter-Governmental Action Group against Money Laundering in West Africa, GIABA, AML/CFT Forum, Nigeria and NGOs/ CSOs Consortium in Ikeja, Lagos.

 

Delivering a paper entitled, “The Role of Non-Governmental Organisations and Civil Society Organisations in Countering Terrorism Financing in Nigeria”, Ghali stressed the law will not spare any NGO/CSO that allows itself to be a tool for perpetrating money laundering or terrorism financing in Nigeria.

 

“The varied funding sources and the ability of NGOs and CSOs to process large amounts of cash to beneficiaries and regularly transmitting funds between jurisdictions make them prone to money laundering and financing of terrorism,” he said.

 

According to him, it is mandatory to report to the Special Control Unit against Money Laundering, SCUML, any transaction through any formal financial channels in excess of $10,000 and any cash donations in excess of $1,000.

 

“Failure to do this is punishable by the law,” he said.

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