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Niger State government calls for Peace and Dialogue.

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Niger state government has appealed to the bandits across the state to embrace and dialogue by laying down their arms in the interest of reconciliation for security.

The secretary to the state government, Ibrahim Matane, made the plead in Dutsen Magaji, in Mariga local government area of the state while address, the bandits and their commanders.

Ibrahim Matane who was accompanied by a Kaduna-based Islamic renowned scholar, Sheik Ahmed Gumi, further called on other criminal elements like the kidnappers and cattle rustlers to join in the peace process in order to put an end to all challenges of insecurities in the state.

He also enjoined their commanders to support the government to secure the release of the abducted NSTA  passenger and the students of Government Science College, Kagara, which he described as an unfortunate incident.

The SSG however reaffirmed that the state government will continue to ensure the security of lives and property in the state by strengthening the security apparatus, hence the need for people to support government efforts to rid the state of all criminal activities.

He further stressed the need for religious leaders and other stakeholders to embark on efforts to get bandits and other criminal elements key into government peace initiatives.

In his remarks, the renowned Islamic scholar, Sheik Ahmed Gumi expressed optimism that dialogue with bandits will put an end to the current insecurity situations in the state and country at large.

He reminded the bandits that Islam is against taking of innocent people’s lives and therefore appealed to them to embrace the peace process and lay down their arms.

The Islamic cleric told the bandits that he will continue to discuss with state government to explore all necessary assistance and support for them and to achieve the set objective.

In their separate remarks, the commanders applauded the state government is seeking peace with them as they described the action as what would go a long way in restoring lasting peace across the state.

The bandits also appealed to the state government to assist the release of their members arrested by security agencies and detained across the state in order for this peace process to thrive.

The dialogue meeting also witnesses of distribution of Islamic books to the bandits by the sheik Ahmed Gumi.

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Guber 2023: APC Youths Summon Akan Udofia

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A Coalition of All Progressives Congress Youth in Akwa Ibom State has called on billionaire oil magnate, Mr. Akanimo Udofia, to consider contesting for governorship of the State come 2023 on the platform of All Progressives Congress, APC.

Mr. Udofia is the CEO/Managing Director, Desicon Engineering Limited, an engineering, procurement and construction services company, one of the major service providers in Nigeria’s oil and gas industry. He was rumoured recently to have joined partisan politics on the platform of APC.

The APC youth coalition, which is an amalgamation of major political youth groups in the main opposition party in the State, made this call last Sunday, during its inaugural meeting at Akwa Ibom Renaissance Secretariat, Ewet Housing Estate, Uyo.

In his welcome remarks, Mr. Anthony Bassey, the leader of Akwa Ibom Renaissance, urged youths to close ranks and objectively weighed antecedents of every intending governorship aspirant against the collective dreams of Akwa Ibom people.

He said the era of use and dump politics is over as youths are determined to assert themselves and get involved in every aspect of state development from electioneering to governance, adding that the decision to call on Mr. Akanimo Udofia to contest the 2023 governorship election in the State was reflective of current expectations of Akwa Ibom youths.

Governor Udom Emmanuel (l) with Mr. Akanimo Udofia (m) and Senator Godswill Akpabio (r) during an award presentation ceremony in 2018.

A communique from the group, made available to The Guide Newspapers further strengthened this position, which was reached after a reassessment of the chances of the party and the desires of the younger generation to raise the ante of governance in the State and Nigeria as a whole come 2023 and beyond.

Giving reasons for its choice of Udofia, the group stated that “the State at this time is in dire need of a governor whom the people can look up from his past and current development drive and economic pursuits and connections within and around the Nation and the world and can easily attract industries, capital investment and strong capacity and ability to harness his personal resources and wealth of business acumen to the wealth and resources of the State for the general good of all irrespective of party lines, religious affinity, social status and inclinations; a detribalized Akwa Ibomite, a national and internationally known and recognized figure who could break even at any stage in the world for the good of the State.”

It continued that “after a thorough, painstaking soul search, we have come to the inescapable conclusion and we vouch for MR. AKANIMO UDOFIA as such a person that possesses all the earlier listed qualities, credibility and charisma that will give us victory with ease and will not be a disappointment to our great party and state come 2023.

“His aspiration will boost our chances and help to add quality and value to our primaries and general Elections come 2023. We hereby extend the call to our illustrious and distinguished son to contest the 2023 general election as Governor of Akwa Ibom state.”

Mr. Anthony Bassey, addressing representatives of APC youth groups in the State during the meeting at Akwa Ibom Renaissance Secretariat, Uyo, last Sunday.

The youth coalition acknowledged President Mohammed Buhari’s efforts to enhance APC’s political capital in the State through various appointments of party chieftains in his government, which sadly failed to bring about notable political gain to the party hence it admonished [federal political appointees] to harmoniously work together to foster the positive nest of political gains in Akwa Ibom State.

Furthermore, the group warned habitual governorship candidates in the party to take a break and embrace change, noting that from past contests they have tested their popularity and known their strength “we also have come to know in real political participation paradigm their strengths and weaknesses hence we appreciate all they have built for the party and their followers’ strength at each congresses and general elections notwithstanding.

“It is our earnest position that owing to their antecedents and precedents in past elections we note that if they continue to work together and see more of the party good and push forward an acceptable more credible, younger, youth friendly candidate and push same for presentation to the Akwa Ibom people, it will be very easy for our great party to take over government”. The group posited.

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