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Naira scarcity will mar elections – Fr Mbaka

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The Spiritual Director, Catholic Adoration Chaplaincy Enugu, Rev Fr Ejike Mbaka has warned that the current naira crisis will mar the forthcoming elections if not addressed immediately.

Mbaka gave the warning during the first Sunday ministration at Adoration Ground, Umuchigbo Nike.

He lamented why the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) and the Federal Government commenced the implementation of the currency policy towards the general elections when they had eight years to implement it but waited towards their exit, adding that both the President and the Central Bank of Nigeria Governor, Godwin Emefiele will suffer if they don’t overturn the ongoing naira crisis in the country.

The cleric insisted that there was no justification for the unimaginable hardship the regime had brought upon Nigerians, querying, “do you think that if this situation continues, that Nigerians will do election?

“What is happening now is a coup d’etat on democracy. But who will say it? To buy pure water, will you do a cash transfer? Why mess up Nigeria because you people are going? Why didn’t you start it all the while? Eight years was enough for you people to stabilise it, wickedness. No job, no food, no house.”

Mbaka lamented further, “People will suffer to make money and still suffer to take their money and there is still a country.

“I am giving both the President and the CBN Governor a mandate from heaven, if they don’t want to react immediately and stop this self-imposed wicked suffering on the people, they will suffer.

“What a rubbish; why do you multiply misery; people are sleeping in the bank to get their money; in which country has it ever happened? People are now selling money; not dollars; it is easier now to get dollars than to get naira; parents cannot have money to buy foodstuff for their children; I don’t know how many will be alive by the time the so-called new currency will come out. The new currency is not even good, the design very poor, the colour separation, rubbish.

“And everybody is talking election, election. Will dead men do the election? Men of God you better open your mouths. I have come back from monastery to see my people in suffering, in agony. It is time to tell Pharoah, ‘let my people go’,” he warned.

He lamented that parents now spent their nights either in ATMs or in filling stations, stressing “you are killing people, what kidnappers are not doing; you are doing worse. People cannot access healthcare, by the time the doctor gets alert, the person is dead.”

He insisted that over 99 per cent of Nigeria population were ignorant of the new naira policy, while he insisted that it “is evil in the land. If you are not ready with the new naira, why push out the old naira?”

Mbaka regretted that he returned to learn that more Nigerians had lost their jobs despite the acclaimed job creations.

“The present government, I want to ask you, change, or you people will cry, what you are inviting, you cannot face it.

“The Hausas are crying; the Fulani are crying; the Yorubas are crying; the Igbos are crying; the Niger Delta people are crying; the Middle Belt are crying, who are you now leading?”

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State police non-negotiable — Jonathan

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Former President Goodluck Jonathan has described state police as a non-negotiable entity that Nigeria must establish.

Mr Jonathan, who was president from 2010-2015, said the conversation must shift to the prevention of abuse by governors.

He stated this on Monday at the ongoing dialogue on state police organized by the House of Representatives.

He said most times governors abuse institutions, however, the challenges are not sufficient to stop the creation of state police.

The former president said state police was wildly accepted by the delegates at the 2014 Confab.

“We can only end kidnapping and other forms of insecurity through the creation of state police,” Mr Jonathan said.

Mr Jonathan’s stance contradicts the position of the inspector general of police, Kayode Egbetokun, who opposed the establishment of state police.

Earlier, in his opening remarks, the Deputy Speaker of the House, Ben Kalu argued that the current security situation in Nigeria requires a multilayer approach to insecurity.

He stated that over N5 billion has been paid in ransoms to kidnappers, a figure that starkly exposes the alarming growth of this criminal enterprise in the country.

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Edo Guber: INEC releases final list of candidates

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The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has announced the final list of candidates for the forthcoming Edo State Governorship Election.

This is even as the Commission said that the political parties are permitted to start campaign in public from Wednesday 24th April 2024.

The campaigns will end at midnight on Thursday 19th September 2024.

In a statement by Sam Olumekun,
National Commissioner & Chairman,
Information and Voter Education Committee, INEC disclosed that 17 political parties have fielded candidates for the election out of which 16 are male while one is female.

Olumekun said the final list has been published at INEC’s office in Edo State and also uploaded to the Commission’s website and social media platforms for public information.

“The Commission is pleased to announce the publication of the final list of candidates for the Edo State Governorship Election. Following the initial primaries, the Commission published the personal particulars of the Governorship candidates and their running mates in our State and Local Government offices in Edo State.

“Overall, seventeen (17) political parties are fielding candidates in the election. Sixteen (16) are male while one (1) is female. The final list, which also gives the breakdown of the candidates by age, academic qualifications and disability, has been published at our office in Edo State and also uploaded to our website and social media platforms for public information.

“With the publication of the final list of candidates for the Edo State Governorship Election, the next activity is electioneering campaign.

“Therefore, Political Parties are now permitted to start campaign in public from Wednesday 24th April 2024 and end at midnight on Thursday 19th September 2024 as indicated in items 8 and 12 of the Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the election,” parts of the statement read.

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Tinubu unveils African Counter-Terrorism summit

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President Bola Tinubu unveiled the African Counter-Terrorism Summit at the Office of the National Security Adviser in Abuja on Monday.

The event which is currently ongoing and organised by Nigeria, with support from the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism, will be held from Monday to Tuesday, April 23, 2024, with the theme: ‘Strengthening Regional Cooperation and Institution Building to Address the Evolving Threat of Terrorism’.

The Presidency announced on Sunday that the summit aims to enhance multilateral counter-terrorism cooperation.

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