Politics should not be war, says Jonathan
Former President Goodluck Jonathan has urged politicians to see politics as a means of developing the people and not as warfare. Jonathan spoke yesterday at the Ecumenical Centre in Igbogene, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, during the first anniversary thanksgiving of the Governor Douye Diri administration.
The thanksgiving was also used to celebrate the February 13, 2020, Supreme Court judgment that ushered in Diri as governor. Others at the thanksgiving were Dame Patience Jonathan, Governors Seyi Makinde (Oyo); Bala Mohammed (Bauchi); Udom Emmanuel (Akwa Ibom); National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Uche Secondus, among others.
The former president stressed that at the end of every political contest, politicians should sheathe their swords and work with the winner. He praised Diri for his non-discriminatory style of politics, which ‘had seen him embrace everybody regardless of their political leanings’.
Jonathan also called for support from the people to enable the Diri administration to succeed.
He said: “Those of us in politics should learn to play politics as politics and not as a war. At the end of the process, let us come together and support the winner. I thank our governor for opening his mind to accept everybody irrespective of the political divide, and I urge him to do more.”
Ex-SPIP prosecutor sues Buhari, Malami for copyright law violations
A lawyer, Tosin Ojaomo, has sued President Muhammadu Buhari, and the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, for alleged violation of copyright laws. Other defendants are the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed; and the Speaker, House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila.
Specifically, the former special prosecutor with the Presidential Investigation Panel on Recovery of Public Property is seeking an order of the Federal High Court declaring the placing of the Nigerian Copyright Commission under the Ministry of Justice as a violation of the Nigerian Copyright Act, 2010.
In the originating summons scheduled for hearing in March 2021 before Justice Evelyn Maha of the Federal High Court, Abuja division, the lawyer is seeking a declaration that going by sections 50 and 51 of the Nigerian Copyright Commission Act 2010, the third defendant is the rightful minister to supervise and perform all statutory functions provided for in the Nigerian Copyright Commission Act, 2010.
The summons read in part, “A declaratioan that all the appointments made by the first defendant to the position of director-general of the Nigerian Copyright Commission relying on the statutory recommendation of the second defendant in contravention of the combined provisions of sections 37 (1) and 51 of the Copyright Act, 2010, is null and void and of no legal effect.”
Again, suspected herdsmen strike in Ondo, kill three farmers
No fewer than three persons were allegedly killed by suspected Fulani herdsmen at Ijugbere forest in the Owo Local Government Area of Ondo on Saturday. The deceased were said to be farmers in the area.
The Senior Special Assistant to Governor Rotimi Akeredolu on Agriculture and Agric Business, Mr Akin Olotu, confirmed the incident. He described the killings as unfortunate, saying, “Those blaming Governor Akeredolu for saying the illegal occupants should vacate the forest should bury their heads in shame.”
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Tee- Leo Ikoro, said he had not been briefed about the incident and promised to find out from the area.
Tinubu’s Selfish Ambition Keeping Him Silent On Attacks Against Yoruba People – Timi Frank
Political Activist, Timi Frank, has urged former Lagos State governor and national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu, to speak up in defence of the Yoruba race amidst the crisis that has rocked South-West states in recent times.
Frank, who made the call in a statement on Monday, also decried the spate of insecurity in the country, especially in the South-West with reference to the recent Oyo crisis. He said it was high time the APC leader broke his silence and spoke up against the attacks in his region, stressing that his continued silence did not portray him as a leader with the interest of his people at heart.
Frank alleged that Tinubu's silence over time was simply because of his 'selfish' political ambition to run for presidency in 2023.
He said: “The crisis in the South-West should be solely blamed on Tinubu who foisted Buhari on Nigerians and especially on the South-West. How can Tinubu continue to keep mute over the attacks in Oyo State and other South-West states?
“Tinubu is a leader of the Yorubas in the South-West. Asiwaju cannot be silent over matters involving threats to life, peace and security of his people. His continued silence has become too loud, especially owing to the fact that he was the major influence and the reason the Yorubas voted massively for Buhari in 2015. He does not want to shatter his relationship with Buhari which in turn, by his calculation, would attract the President’s nod for him to have a shot at the presidency come 2023.
“But as a leader of the region, Tinubu should speak against the attacks against his people and not be driven by his selfish 2023 presidential ambition.”
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