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Gumi stated this in an interview with BBC Pidgin on Saturday while reflecting on the insecurity situation in the country.
The cleric said it would be unfair to claim Nigerians want the country divided because of the activities of some “miscreants” who are only pushing their own different ideologies and interests.
The cleric claimed that majority of Nigerians want a united nation where peace and equity abound.
He said: “I usually give an example of General Murtala Mohammed, the former head of state from Kano that was assassinated by the Buka Suka Dimka-led group.
“He married a Yoruba wife. So, where do you want his children to go if the nation is divided?
“Are they going to be with the Yorubas or Hausas in the North?
“Look, let’s forget these useless youths. They’re no more different from these herdsmen.
“These people agitating for Ododuwa, Biafra or Arewa are all the same group of people with Boko Haram.
“Majority of Nigerians want to stay with Nigeria. And if they are in doubt, let’s conduct a referendum.
“Look at elections for instance, millions of votes from all the states, whether from APC or PDP.
“This means that Nigerians are ready to stay with a united Nigeria. That is an indirect referendum which shows that the people are ready.
“So, all these youths that are making noise, whether Abubakar Shekau of Boko Haram, Nnamdi Kanu of IPOB and their Ododuwa counterpart, they are just a tiny minority of Nigerians using ethnic, archaic and retrogressive sentiments to destabilise the nation.
“But l can vouch that Nigerians really want to stay together in peace. But in peace and equity. Not any segment of Nigeria is cheated.”
Former Lagos State Governor, Bola Tinubu has revalidated his membership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Saturday.
He returned to Nigeria two weeks ago. The APC national leader was in London for weeks on vacation.
Tinubu has remained silent since his return, despite tension in the South-West over the quit notice to herdsmen.
Some say the politician is being tactical to avoid any form of confrontation with the North due to his purported 2023 presidential ambition.
Meanwhile, in reaction to recent developments, ex-Senate President Bukola Saraki, accused some prominent citizens of refusing to speak out.
“The deafening silence by key stakeholders, leaders and others who we think should speak out is worrisome. This silence is a dangerous tell-tale sign that things are wrong.
“This is not good for our country. We must all speak out and talk about the solution to this twin-problem of insecurity and threat to national unity”, Saraki said in a statement.
Insiders believe Tinubu was among the targets of the former Kwara State Governor’s veiled reference.
Meanwhile, Tinubu’s ally and pioneer APC national chairman, Bisi Akande, has condemned the ongoing membership registration and revalidation exercise.
The ex-Osun State Governor called it a waste of funds, arguing that no population census is repeated less than a decade and that voters are not re-registered at every election.
“I see the present APC membership registration within less than a decade after the original register as an indefensible aberration leading to certain ugly perceptions”, he said.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday said Nigeria and Africa are happy with the US endorsement of ex-Finance Minister, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala for the Director-General of the World Trade Organisation.
The United States, under the administration of ex-President Donald Trump, had objected to Okonjo-Iweala’s candidacy for the WTO top job.
Instead, Trump had preferred South Korea’s Trade Minister Yoo Myung-hee, saying she got the requisite experience to lead the organisation.
However, the US made a U-turn by backing the ex-Vice President of the World Bank, thus paving the way for her to be the first woman and African to emerge as the WTO boss
President Buhari said he welcomed the pronouncement of the Office of the United States Trade Representative, signifying withdrawal of the country’s objection to Okonjo-Iweala’s emergence as WTO DG.
“Nigeria and the entire African continent are happy about this new U.S position, which signifies a shift and an important turnaround in the relations between our continent and the United States under the Biden administration,” Buhari was quoted as saying in a statement issued by his spokesman, Garba Shehu.
“We certainly welcome the decision of the new U.S administration to remove the last obstacle in the path of Dr. Okonjo-Iweala to becoming the first female and the first person of African descent to lead the organization.
“Today, we see that the United States stands with Nigeria and Africa with the acceptance of our widely respected citizen, Okonjo-Iweala to lead the WTO. We look forward to working very closely with the new U.S administration on this and all issues of common interests, especially in such areas as accelerated economic growth, fight against terrorism and deepening progress on development issues.”
APC Will Rule For The Next 100 Years - Rep
Yusuf Gagdi, a lawmaker representing Pankshin/Kanke/Kanam constituency, says the All Progressives Congress (APC) will remain in power for 100 years.
He said this shortly after revalidating his membership of the party in Gum-Gagdi, Kanam local government area (LGA) of Plateau.
According to him, the party has been gaining momentum since coming to power in 2015.
He said the APC had performed credibly well, adding that Nigerians will still vote overwhelmingly for the party in the 2023 general election and beyond.
From the crowd you have seen here today, it is crystal clear that APC, our party, is on ground,” the lawmaker said on Saturday.
“Though God decides what happens, but with the achievements of our party at various levels, we will retain power beyond 2023.
“In fact, it is not just about the next general elections, but the party will remain in power for the next hundred years.”
The lawmaker added that with the registration and revalidation exercise, more members will join the party, hence increasing its strength and capacity to retain power.
Okonjo Iweala Break To Break 26- Year WTO Record
The United States has finally backed a former Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, to lead the World Trade Organisation after several months of delay of the selection process.
President Joe Biden’s administration on Friday offered its “strong support” to Okonjo-Iweala, citing her “wealth of knowledge in economics and international diplomacy from her 25 years with the World Bank and two terms as Nigerian Finance Minister.”
The move marks another sharp split with former President Donald Trump who paralysed the organisation and opposed Okonjo-Iweala who was backed by many other countries.
The development came after Okonjo-Iweala’s only remaining contender and South Korea’s Trade Minister, Yoo Myung-hee, on Friday withdrew her candidacy for the position.
The US’ decision to back Okonjo-Iweala was contained in a statement on Friday on the website of the US Trade Representative titled, ‘Office of the United States Trade Representative Statement on the Director General of the World Trade Organisation.’
The statement read, “The United States takes note of today’s decision by the Republic of Korea’s Trade Minister Yoo Myung-hee to withdraw her candidacy for Director General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).
“The Biden-Harris Administration is pleased to express its strong support for the candidacy of Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as the next Director-General of the WTO. Dr Okonjo-Iweala brings a wealth of knowledge in economics and international diplomacy from her 25 years with the World Bank and two terms as Nigerian Finance Minister.
She is widely respected for her effective leadership and has proven experience managing a large international organisation with a diverse membership. It is particularly important to underscore that two highly qualified women made it to the final round of consideration for the position of WTO Director-General – the first time that any woman has made it to this stage in the history of the institution.”
The US said it stood ready to engage in the next phase of the WTO process for reaching a consensus decision on the WTO Director-General, adding, “the Biden-Harris administration looks forward to working with a new WTO Director-General to find paths forward to achieve necessary substantive and procedural reform of the WTO.”
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