Connect with us

Uncategorized

2019: Igbos restates commitment to free, credible polls

Published

on


Ahead of the 2019 general elections, the Igbos in Nasarawa State has promised to remain committed to the peaceful conduct of the elections by supporting the state government and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

The people, under the aegis of All Saints Igbo Catholic Community, ASICC, however, promised to remain committed to the peaceful conduct of the elections by supporting the state government and INEC.

Chairman of the community, Chief Nwagede Michael, who made the call at the thanksgiving, end of the year celebration and launching of its uniform at Saint Gabriel Catholic Church in the state, however, charged INEC to ensure free, fair, peaceful and credible elections for the sustainable of democracy in the country.

He said: “Igbos are a people of destiny who must do all to keep the country, both the young people and the elders must preach peach peace at all times especially at this time that the country is going into another crucial moment of elections.

“We must have a home base. Yes, they receive us in Nasarawa, they receive us everywhere in the country, but we must have a strong home base like Israel. Once we have a strong home base like Israel, then we become useful to Nigeria the way God wants it

“We Igbos are God’s gift to Nigeria. Meanwhile, Nigeria is pushing Igbo down and therefore keeping Nigeria down. This appears to be the time Igbo will work to enthrone Nigeria to make Nigeria a superpower and that is our assignment and we must make sure that this exists. Igbos are egalitarian people, we want to sell that egalitarianism to all Nigerians.

“The elections are almost here. The campaigns are on, Nigerians should be praying to God. If we pray hard enough, the Yorubas, Hausas and the Igbos, the elections would be rancour free”.

Also speaking, a prominent member of the community, Chief Williams Abanonu, noted that with Nigeria setting an enviable record in the 2015 general elections, the country cannot afford to lower the standard in 2019.

“We must up the ante, because whatever we do will have impact on the continent and serve as a representation of Africa on the global stage”, he said.

Abanonu, while appealing to the Igbos resident in Nasarawa and other parts of the country to remain committed and contribute positively to the sustainability of democracy, said: “Nigerians must deal with those issues such as vote buying, staying away from God in order that the country would not be detract from the credibility and legitimacy of the coming 2019 polls”.

“We cannot afford to send the wrong signals with our actions or inactions as we prepare for the next elections. The world must take positive cues from us that we are ready to improve on our process, and make our electoral process more transparent and commendable. This is because perception matters, as you all know. Perception is, in fact, the reality.

“All of us who are gathered here have the responsibility to contribute ideas; the commission (INEC) should further seek the cooperation of all stakeholders, especially security agencies to ensure strict compliance. It is by so doing that Nigerians can trust the process, and it will be clear to all that the right steps have been taken”, he stressed.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Metro

FG urged to declare state of emergency on federal roads, Senate tasks

Published

on

By

Disturbed by the deplorable conditions of road networks across the country, the Senate on Tuesday, charged the federal government to declare a state of emergency on all federal roads.
This was as the upper legislative chamber mandated  its Committees on Petroleum (Downstream), Federal Roads Maintenance Agency, FERMA and National Planning to investigate the Petroleum Products Price Regulatory Agency, PPPRA on the non-remittance of five percent user charge pump price of petrol.
Besides, the joint committees were also asked to investigate the non remittance of international vehicle transit charge accruing to FERMA and other established state roads maintenance agency.
These resolutions followed deliberations on a motion sponsored under Orders 42 and 52 of the Senate rule by Senator Geshom Bassey (PDP Cross River South)  who lamented the deplorable state of federal roads in the country.
Presenting the motion, Senator Basset expressed concern that several thousands of lives have been lost to road accidents due to bad and un-motorable roads, while bad portion of roads are safe haven for kidnappers and armed robbers on Nigerian highways.
Supporting the motion, Senator Chukwuka Utazi (PDP Enugu North) said the state of the federal highways are highly deplorable and that urgent attention is needed especially within this budget cycle to do something drastic to address the situation.
Utazi said “and like you prayed that the PPPRA should release the fund for totally provided for FERMA to do  it’s job.
“Mr President, the raining season is just gradually coming to an end and this is the opportunity for FERMA to go and start rehabilitating our roads so that Nigerians can move freely.
“This period is also the time for harvest and in order to ensure that farmers that are in the hinterland get to the appropriate market to get adequate prices for their goods, we  have to make sure the roads are properly done.
“You also know that because we don’t have the rail lines that should be in place, most of the goods and services that we move from one place to the other are done through trucking and if you continue to do trucking, you know that the life span of any  major federal highway may not last long.
“This is a very important motion moved at the most appropriate time to get the desired attention and I’m standing here lending my support and full weigh to get that being done knowing fully well that those of us from the south east are the major complainants of the bad roads in this country and we hope that we get the desired attention from FERMA if  this motion scales through.”
In his remark, President of the Senate, Dr. Ahmad Lawan said he believe that every part of the country suffers from this problem of deplorable  roads.
He expressed optimism that the  committees mandated to look into the matter will  swing into action and attend to the issue associated with this motion.
Continue Reading

Metro

SAD… Taraba INEC REC is dead

Published

on

By

The INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, (REC) in Taraba State, Alhaji Baba Abba Yusuf, is dead.
INEC Secretary, Rose Oriarian-Anthony, said the REC died on Saturday night at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, Borno State, where he had been on admission.
She said: “The Independent National Electoral Commission regrets to announce the death of the Resident Electoral Commissioner for Taraba State, Alhaji Baba Abba Yusuf.
“He died last (Saturday) night at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, Borno State, where he was on admission for sometime.
He was buried today (Sunday) September 29 2019 at 4pm in Maiduguri.
Continue Reading

Uncategorized

Transgender: Sade Adu’s daughter finally becomes a man (PHOTOS)

Published

on

By

Izaak and Mum

Sade’s transgender son has shared a heartfelt message of thanks to the soul singer, as he completes his transition from female to male.

Izaak Theo Adu, born Mickailia ‘Ila’ Adu, has spent the past six months in recovery after undergoing phalloplasty surgery, the reconstructive procedure typically undergone by transgender and non-binary people.

After returning home to his family, Izaak shared a sweet photo of himself hugging Sade, 60, along with a message praising the iconic singer for her unwavering support. In the Instagram post, Izaak wrote: ‘It’s been a long hard road but We did it!! We are coming home!!!! ‘Thank you for staying by my side these past 6 months Mumma. Thank you for fighting with me to complete the man I am. ‘Thank you for your encouragement when things are hard, for the love you give me. The purest heart. I love you so much. Queen of queens ♥️ #mumma #lioness #queen#iloveyou.’

Izaak is Sade’s only child from her former relationship with reggae music producer Bob Morgan.

Continue Reading

Trending

Copyright © 2019 Royal News. MODISULT Media Concept 85 Ibrahim Taiwo Road, Ilorin +2348061346946 For events and parties.