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Restructuring Possible Without Violence –Pastor Bakare

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The Founder of Citadel Global Community Church (CGCC), Pastor Tunde Bakare has said that restructuring Nigeria can take place without violence.

The Pastor made this declaration on Friday in  after a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa.

He said Nigeria is better off as one nation, that such unity must be based on equity, justice, fair play and a rule of law.

Pastor Bakare’s has been in the forefront of drumming support for restructuring of the country.

It would be recalled that in one of his State of the Nation addresses was of the opinion that “we have failed to realise that a strong federal government working with strong federating units can guarantee the security and prosperity of the Nigerian people”.

In his view, “we have failed to appreciate the fact that coordinated governance by the different states in each of the geopolitical zones will enhance the security of Nigerians and bring our people out of poverty.

According to him, “this is the heart and soul of restructuring”.

He went on to explain that restructuring does not mean the dismemberment of the Nigerian state.

“It is not an attack on Nigerian unity. It does not mean disadvantaging any section of the country,” the CGCC founder explained.

While briefing newsmen on Friday, Bakare also explicitly criticized the debate over power rotation describing it as politically immature.

He noted that the idea of zoning has never benefited the region where the power was resident.

He said selecting a leader should be more about what the candidate has to offer. regardless of region.

He called on the best of Nigerians to present themselves for future elections.

Toward 2023 General Elections

Pastor Bakare also called for the adoption of electronic voting to ensure that no Nigerian of eligible voting age, including those in the Diaspora, are disenfranchised.

He hailed the Senate for reversing its decision on the electronic transmission of election results, adding that the country should go one step futher and adopt electronic voting.

On whether he would contest the 2023 presidential election, he said his plans have been made known to the president alone.

He further noted that he would contest if God and Nigerians wants him to.

Pastor Bakare, who has recently criticized the current administration, was Buhari’s running mate under the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) in 2011.

A few days ago, the cleric asked President Buhari to do away with the 1999 constitution, saying it is a great inhibitor of the nation’s progress.

“Mr Gorbachev, tear down this wall! Mr. Gorbachev eventually did, and Germany is better off for it today.

“In the same spirit, I say to President Muhammadu Buhari: Mr President, stop passing the buck to the National Assembly.

“Tear down this inhibiting concoction of a constitution; tear it down so we can build a truly great nation,” Bakare said at what he said might be the last state of the nation address from his church auditorium.

According to the founding pastor of the CGCC, “this is one enduring legacy” that the Buhari-led administration can still secure before their time in power draws to a close.

Bakare further argued that if President Buhari does thrash the 1999 constitution, present and unborn generations of Nigerians will remember him for it and write his name in gold when the history of the period is written.

On the other hand, he stated that if the president fails to heed the call, then, “history will record that you failed to rise to the occasion and squandered a great opportunity”.

Throwing more light on the need to get rid of the 1999 constitution, Pastor Bakare asserted that the constitution was erroneous to say the unity of the nation was not negotiable.

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Sanusi Reinstated As Emir Of Kano

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Four years after Muhammadu Sanusi II was deposed as the Emir of Kano, Governor Abba Yusuf of Kano State has reinstated him to the throne.

“With the full support of the kingmakers, I have approved the reappointment of Malam Sanusi Lamido,” the governor said to cheers at the Art Chamber of the Kano State Government House around 5:16 pm on Thursday.

He announced the decision right after signing the Kano State Emirate Council (Repeal) Bill 2024 into law.

The new law replaces the Kano State Emirates Council Law, 2019, and dissolves the emirate councils created by Governor Yusuf’s predecessor Abdullahi Ganduje.

It was based on the law that Ganduje split the Kano Emirate into five in December 2019 and deposed the 14th Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II on March 9, 2020. The emirates created by the Ganduje administration were Karaye, Bichi, Rano, and Gaya, in addition to Kano.

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FG Offers 2-Month Free Ride On Abuja Light Rail

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The federal government has offered 2-month free ride services to passengers on the Abuja Light rail after its inauguration on Monday.

Nyesom Wike, The FCT Minister, disclosed this in Abuja on Thursday at a ministerial press briefing on the one year in office of President Bola Tinubu.

He said President Tinubu would inaugurate the rail project on Monday, while it would start commercial services on Tuesday.

“For those who are saying that the rail system had already been commissioned, don’t make a mistake. What was earlier commissioned was the building. What we want to commission on Monday is commercial operations.

“If you are going to the airport, from here to airport is 20 minutes. Seeing is believing. Go on Tuesday. We are going to allow for free rides for two months.

“You know, Mr. President, he can even say extend it to six months just to reduce the pain of our people. That is renewed hope agenda. When you say something, you do it,” Wike said.

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Sanusi II To Be Reinstated As Kano Emir …..As State Assembly Dethrones Emir Bayero, Others

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Sanusi Lamido Sanusi II has been reinstated as the Emir of Kano, according to a report by LEADERSHIP newspaper.

This decision followed the Kano State House of Assembly’s resolution to dethrone the current Emir and also dismantle the four new Emirates in the State established under a controversial 2019 law.

Though it has not been officially announced, LEADERSHIP reported that it had it on a good authority that Sanusi II had been reinstated, and was expected in Kano on Friday.

“According to credible inside sources, ‘So certainly with the passage of the Bill, Sanusi automatically stands reinstated. No need for confirmation, the thing to is wait for the Governor to assent to it’.

“The then restructuring of the Kano Emirate is seen as a political manoeuvre to diminish the influence of then Emir Sanusi II, a vocal critic of the former Governor Abdullahi Ganduje administration. The creation of the new emirates fragmented the authority of the old Kano Emirate Council, diluting its power and influence.

“Meanwhile, the Majority Leader of the Kano State House of Assembly, Lawan Hussaini Chediyar Yan Gurasa, who sponsored the Amendment Bill, shortly after Thursday’s session, revealed to journalists that, “the bill has been sent to the governor for assent, now there is no longer an active Emir in Kano in all the five Emirates; Kano, Bichi, Gaya, Rano and Karaye. The law now provides the governor to call on the traditional kingmakers to choose a new king.”

“Our correspondent also reports that all the district heads elevated or appointed under the repealed law are to revert to their previous positions.”

 

 

 

Source: Leadership

 

 

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