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Kukah: FG Urges Religious Leaders To Eschew Message of Disharmony

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The Federal Government has urged religious leaders in the country to
refrain from stoking the embers of hatred and disunity, warning that
resorting to scorched-earth rhetoric at this time could trigger
unintended consequences.

”While religious leaders have a responsibility to speak truth to
power, such truth must not come wrapped in anger, hatred, disunity and
religious disharmony,” the Minister of Information and Culture,
Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said in a statement issued in Lagos on Saturday.

He said it is particularly graceless and impious for any
religious leader to use the period of Christmas, which is a season of
peace, to stoke the embers of hatred, sectarian strife and national
disunity.

”Calling for a violent overthrow of a democratically-elected
government, no matter how disguised such a call is, and casting a
particular religion as violent is not what any religious leader should
engage in, and certainly not in a season of peace,” Alhaji Mohammed
said, adding that instigating regime change outside the ballot box is
not only unconstitutional but also an open call to anarchy.

He said while some religious leaders, being human, may not be able to
disguise their national leadership preference, they should refrain
from stigmatizing the leader they have never supported anyway, using
well-worn and disproved allegations of nepotism or whatever.

The Minister said whatever challenges Nigeria may be going through at
this moment can only be tackled when all leaders and indeed all
Nigerians come together, not when some people arrogantly engage in
name-calling and finger-pointing.

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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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