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I did NOT call for a coup — I only spoke the truth on Buhari’s nepotism-Bishop Kukah

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Against the backlash from his Christmas message, Bishop Matthew of Sokoto Catholic diocese, has denied calling for a coup, saying he only expressed his personal view “based on evidence”.

The outspoken clergy had accused president Muhammadu Buhari of nepotism in his Christmas message on Friday stating that said there could have been a coup if a non-northern Muslim commander-in-chief does a fraction of what Buhari has done.

In reaction to the priest’s criticism, the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) called for the prosecution of Kukah for allegedly demanding a coup.

Speaking with reporters on Monday night, Kukah said it is unfair for anyone to report that he called for a coup.

“The loss of lives in the last ten years, even before the advent of this administration, calls for concern,” he said.

“The reactions are a reflection of every citizen that make ups Nigeria. It is sad that when you drop something in Nigeria, everybody goes back to their enclave and abandons the larger picture. I am someone who never takes offence to what people say about me.

The forum described the bishop’s comments as “treasonable”.

Speaking with reporters on Monday night, Kukah said it is unfair for anyone to report that he called for a coup.

“The loss of lives in the last ten years, even before the advent of this administration, calls for concern,” he said.

“The reactions are a reflection of every citizen that make ups Nigeria. It is sad that when you drop something in Nigeria, everybody goes back to their enclave and abandons the larger picture. I am someone who never takes offence to what people say about me.

“What I said was my opinion based on evidence and what has happened in Nigeria, and if you looked into the records, there is evidence that justifies that statement, and if anyone thinks I am wrong, they should come out with a superior position.

“It is unfair for a journalist or medium to report that I called for a coup while expressing my personal view about Nigeria. To those calling him to drop his priesthood cassock and join the political fray, the outspoken cleric said if he was to join politics, it would have been during the time of late Aminu Kano and not now.”

The Catholic priest said he has no plans to indulge in partisan politics.

“I have no plan and will never play partisan politics for any reason. Those who link my message to partisan politics are only playing to the gallery,” he said.

“Take, for instance, brilliant Nigerian youths making comments about Chelsea or Arsenal and have never been to England, does that make them players of such club sides?

“So, why will someone think because Bishop Kukah is speaking therefore he is a politician? People who make this argument are totally ignorant of elementary politics and ignorant of the role of a Priest.

“The truth is that a lot of us have not seen a priest saying what I am saying. The truth of the matter is, we are all in politics, but party politics for me, no. I am not a member of any political party and I cannot be. If it comes to voting, I do my right.

“Whatever I said can please or displease anyone, but that is my own opinion and doesn’t stop others from saying their own opinion. If you think my motive is wrong, say yours.”

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No Bench Warrant against NDDC Interim Administrator – Senator Nwaoboshi

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… Says money allocated for new NDDC Hdqs well uilitised

Chairman, Senate Committee on Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Peter Nwaoboshi, has refuted reports that the Senate issued a bench warrant for the arrest of the Interim Administrator of Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Mr. Efiong Akwa.

Senator Nwaboshi, who was speaking during the oversight visit of the Senate Committee at the new NDDC headquarters in Port Harcourt, described the reports as untrue, saying that he was reliably informed that no such order was issued.

“The Interim Administrator has been reaching out, communicating and discussing with the Senate,” he stated, adding: “He opened discussions with us. We are happy that he accepted that there is need for cooperation and collaboration for Niger Delta to move forward.”

The Senate Committee chairman, however, disclosed that the Senate was still investigating the issues connected with the NDDC COVID-19 palliative funds, adding: “We are aware that the NDDC Interim Administrator was not part of the NDDC leadership team at the time.”

He stated that the NDDC boss was appointed Acting Executive Director, Finance and Administration of the Commission in August, 2020, “a month after the National Assembly began probing the matter. He was not a party to any of the transactions on the palliatives.”

Sen. Nwaoboshi also expressed delight over the completion of the NDDC permanent headquarters, noting that the Committee had appropriated N16 billion for the completion of the headquarters building.

He stated: “We are happy to sit at the headquarters today. We have come to see how the money has been used in executing the project. We want to know whether the money has been well uilitised. And I want to state that we are happy with what we have seen. The money has been well utilised.”

Welcoming members of the Senate Committee, to the NDDC permanent headquarters, Mr. Akwa commended the Committee for their unflinching support for the NDDC, noting that the support was critical for the development and progress of the Niger Delta region.

Akwa said: “For about a year we had misunderstanding with some members of the National Assembly. The members are noble men and they had to bend backwards to bury the hatchet in the interest of the region. When I went to the joint session of the Senate and the House of Representatives to defend the 2020 budget, they cooperated with us. I assured them that we will insist on doing the right thing at the NDDC.”

The Interim Administrator later took members of the Senate Committee on a tour of the newly completed headquarters complex.

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Graphic Pics: Port Harcourt Councillor stabs vigilante on the penis

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The outgoing councillor of ward 17 in the Port Harcourt City Council , Chigozie Woka has allegedly stabbed the leader of the vigilante in Okwuzu street by Ilabuchi street in Mile One Diobu, Mr. Isaac Ikechukwu Ohaukwu who is popularly known as Grade A1 on his manhood after some verbal exchanges regarding the struggle over councillorship ticket for the ward.

According to a report from Ayo Odungweru, a Correspondent with Wave FM, “the councillor was boasting to the member of the vigilante that his boss, the Mayor of Port Harcourt has given him returning ticket to run for the April 17 local Government election before him and his boys allegedly stabbed the victim on his manhood”.

When reached on phone, the victim, Mr. Isaac Ikeachukwu said the councillor is always using his boy to terrorizes his area of jurisdiction.

He said the incident happened around 9pm yesterday (Friday) night along Anozie street when he (victim) was coming back, the suspect (councillor) called him and asked him why he didn’t greet him the way he had greeted others.

The question from the suspect (councillor) according to the victim resulted to several verbal words from both, on the issue of PDP councillorship tussles in the ward, before the suspect (councillor) ordered his boys and him self beat up the victim and stabbed his manhood.

Picture of the councillor (Suspect) and mayor of Port Harcourt)

As at the time of this report, Mr. Isaac Ikeachukwu Ohaukwu aka Grade A1 is still admitted at the Rivers state University Teaching Hospital after he reported to the illabuchi/Azikiwe Police division were he obtained police report.

Arrest of the suspects(councillor and boys) is yet unknown as at the time of this report.

Meanwhile, the spokesperson of the state police command said the incident report from the Azikiwe police station is yet to get to his desk.

Several calls to the suspected councillor was not successful as at the time of this report

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