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2023: Catholic Secretariat Warns Against Muslim-Muslim Ticket

A photo combination of APC presidential aspirant, Bola Tinubu, and PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.

 

The Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria has warned political parties against presenting a Muslim- Muslim ticket in the upcoming 2023 general elections.

In a statement jointly signed on Tuesday by the Secretary – General of the organisation Very Rev. Fr. Zacharia Nyantiso Samjumi and the Director, Social Communications, Very Rev. Fr. Michael Nsikak Umoh, the CSN noted that while there are some things to be happy about, there are other aspects that are worrisome.

“The process for the 2023 General election in Nigeria has been initiated, and there are some things to be happy about; the passing of the Electoral Act 2022, which allows the use of electronic devices for accreditation and in the capturing and transmission of results; the prompt release of election timetable by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC); the renewed confidence in the electoral process by the electorate, as demonstrated in the massive last minute turn out for voter registration amongst others,” the statement read in part.

“It is, however, disheartening to observe that the conduct of most of our politicians seems to be going from bad to worse as we witnessed a show of shame and heightened ugly culture of money politics during the recently held primaries.

“While all this is going on, we must not lose sight of the fact that the unity of this country has, over the years, been maintained by a delicate balancing of the religious and the regional”.

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The CSN made reference to previous governments in Nigeria’s history, explaining that even in the “despotic military era, most juntas ensured a balance of the religious architecture in their regimes”.

While noting that a Muslim-Muslim ticket or a Christian-Christian ticket is not entirely bad, the CSN believes that such agenda’s may not work for the current situation of the country.

“For instance, we had Murtala-Obasanjo, Obasanjo-Yar’adua, Babangida-Ebitu Ukiwe, Abacha – Diya. This also applied to the heads of the various military formations and the different government parastatals like Customs, Immigrations, Finance, etc.

“Significantly, it was only during the General Muhammadu Buhari era as military Head of State (31 Dec. 1983 – 27 Aug. 1985) that we had a Muslim-Muslim military dictatorship.

“Similarly, only once did we have a Muslim-Muslim ticket in the 1993 democratic elections, which featured Abiola-Kingibe ticket and turned out to be one of Nigeria’s freest and fairest elections. But that government never took off!

“Fast forward to 2022, 30 years later, some individuals have tried to suggest the Muslim-Muslim ticket for the Presidential election in a country like Nigeria that has unfortunately been badly polarized.

“Ordinarily, there would have been nothing wrong with a Muslim-Muslim or Christian-Christian ticket in a democratic dispensation if there is mutual trust and respect for the human person and where the overriding desire for seeking political office is the fostering of the common good. But one cannot really say so of our country at the moment”.

Political parties last week, produced their flagbearers for the forthcoming 2023 presidential elections.

Former Lagos State Governor, Bola Ahmed Tinubu emerged as the flagbearer for the All Progressives Congress (APC), former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar emerged as the flagbearer for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), while Peter Obi will be flying the flag of the Labour Party among other contenders.

APC Loses Two Senators To PDP, Abaribe Defects To APGA

A file photo of lawmakers during plenary in the Senate.

 

Two members of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senate Majority Leader, Yahaya Abdullahi, and Adamu Aliero, have officially defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Also to defect formally on Wednesday is the Senate Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe, whose defection to the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and exit as Minority Leader was deferred as a result of the inability of the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, to come with his defection and resignation letter to plenary.

Although an announcement to that effect was made by Senate President Lawan, it was however agreed that Abaribe’s letter be formally read on the floor before his exit as Minority Leader, after a point of order raised by Senator Gabriel Suswam.

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The formal defection of Senators Yahaya Abdullahi and Adamu Aliero from Kebbi State, were conveyed in two separate letters addressed to the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, and read on the floor during plenary on Tuesday.

Both lawmakers represent Kebbi North and Kebbi Central Senatorial Districts, respectively.

The defection of the APC Senators brings the total number of PDP Senators to 39 from the previous 38, with the exclusion of Abaribe who is set to formally defect from the opposition party to APGA on Wednesday.

It also cuts down on the number of APC Senators from 71 to 69 in the upper chamber.

The Senate Leader, in his letter titled, “Defection From APC to PDP And Resignation As The Majority Leader Of The 9th Senate”, said his decision was informed by the democratic challenges and deficits faced by the APC in Kebbi State.

He explained that all attempts to remedy the situation through the intervention of North-West Zone Governors’ and the defunct Abdullahi Adamu-led National Reconciliation Committee failed.

The text of the letter reads, “I write to inform you of the withdrawal of my membership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and consequently resign from my position as the Majority Leader of the 9th Senate.

“I came to this decision after a very hard struggle with my conscience and emotions. It is either to remain on the side of my people, or to selfishly look the other way. All politics is local. I cannot therefore in good Conscience, continue to work for the success of this administration at the centre while the people of my state, my primary constituency, continue wallow in abject poverty and destitution under the misrule and manipulation of a despot.

“I have therefore decided to pitch my tent with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in order to join forces with my compatriots at home who are struggling against incompetence, imposition and violation of democratic norms, principles and practices.

“The democratic challenges and deficits in my state, Kebbi State, did not just start from the last congresses, but right from July last year when the governor illegally decapitated the State Leadership of the Party, imposed unelected ward, Local government and State executives of the Party.

“This matter was brought to the attention of the caretaker Committee of the Party who failed to bring the Governor to order.

“Efforts by all well meaning individuals including Your Excellency, Mr. President, were equally spurned. The North-West Zone Governors’ entreaties were ignored. The defunct Abdullahi Adamu-led National Reconciliation Committee’s intervention to find amicable resolutions failed. All primarily due to the manipulative intransigence of the Governor.

“At a point I thought of resort to the courts, but decided against that course of action after realizing that political challenges require political solutions in the democratic arena where it is the people and not the judges who are the final arbiters.

“So, after having failed to get justice in my former Party, the APC, I have jumped ship to the PDP together with our teeming supporters in a struggle to democratically bring to an end the misrule and tyranny currently gripping Kebbi State.

“Mr. President, I appreciate and will continue to support your leadership. I cherish and remain eternally grateful to you and all my colleagues for the unconditional support and cooperation rendered to me in the last three golden years of our tenure.

“A tenure that witnessed unprecedented unity, productivity, sense of purpose and patriotism in the conduct of our legislative responsibilities. l also plead with any of my colleagues whom I have offended in the course of our interactions to please forgive me.

“While praying for Allah’s guidance and peaceful journey to the forthcoming elections, please accept the assurances of my highest respect and esteem.”

Nations League: Germany Thump Italy 5-2

Germany’s forward Timo Werner (L) celebrates scoring the 4-0 goal with his teammates during the UEFA Nations League football match Germany v Italy at the Borussia Park stadium in Moenchengladbach, western Germany, on June 14, 2022. John MACDOUGALL / AFP

 

Germany equalled their biggest ever win over European champions Italy as Timo Werner scored twice in a thumping 5-2 Nations League victory on Tuesday.

The result in Moenchengladbach matched the Germans’ 5-2 triumph over the Azzurri at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium back in 1939.

Germany captain Manuel Neuer said the result was an “important milestone” for the hosts.

“You could tell today that we wanted to dominate,” he said.

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An early goal by Joshua Kimmich and Ilkay Gundogan’s penalty at Borussia Park put Germany 2-0 up before the floodgates opened early in the second half.

Thomas Mueller scored his 44th goal for Germany on his 116th international appearance before Werner scored twice in quick succession.

Italy’s consolation goals came late on through 18-year-old striker Wilfried Gnonto and Alessandro Bastoni.

“We played really good football at times and deserved to win,” said Gundogan.

“If we play like we did today, many teams will have a hard time against us.”

The result sees Germany move second in Group A3 as previous leaders Italy dropped to third, with Hungary top after a shock 4-0 win over England in Wolverhampton.

Germany could only scramble a 1-1 draw thanks to a late Kimmich goal when the sides last met in Bologna in early June, but this was a vastly improved performance.

Italy coach Roberto Mancini paid the price for making nine changes from the team which drew with England last weekend as only Gianluigi Donnarumma and David Frattesi kept their places in an experimental side.

German coach Hansi Flick made five alterations to the team which drew with Hungary in Budapest last Saturday as Gundogan seized his chance on his return.

The Manchester City star bossed the Italian midfield, creating more space up front.

Germany took the lead when Werner and Hoffenheim’s David Raum combined to set up Kimmich, who fired in on 10 minutes.

Italy conceded again just before half-time when Bastoni brought down Jonas Hofmann and Gundogan swept the resulting penalty past Donnarumma.

Mueller grabbed Germany’s third goal when he drilled a sloppy clearance into the Italian net.

Werner punished the visitors with two goals inside a minute, as Serge Gnabry provided both assists after slicing through the Italy defence.

Neuer, who had been outstanding all night, was finally beaten when he blocked a shot by Federico Dimarco into the path of Gnonto, then Bastoni headed in.

“We didn’t play the game we wanted,” admitted Gnonto. “Germany were clearly better and we have to match this level, which won’t be easy.”

 

AFP

Ruthless Hungary Inflict England’s Worst Home Defeat In 94 Years

Hungary’s striker Adam Szalai (C) leads the celebrations as Hungary’s players celebrate in front of their supporters after the UEFA Nations League, league A group 3 football match between England and Hungary at Molineux Stadium in Wolverhampton, central England on June 14, 2022. Hungary won the game 4-0. Adrian DENNIS / AFP

 

England manager Gareth Southgate accepted responsibility for the Three Lions’ worst home defeat since 1928 as Hungary stormed to a 4-0 win in Wolverhampton on Tuesday.

Southgate’s men are staring at relegation from the top tier of the Nations League after a fourth consecutive game without a win.

But he called for fans to stand by his players ahead of the World Cup in five months’ time.

“I totally understand tonight is a chastening experience,” said Southgate who was the target for most of the anger coming from the stands at Molineux.

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“What I would say is this group of players have been unbelievable for the country and it’s important people stay with them because they are still going to be strong going forward.”

England surpassed all expectations to reach the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup and backed that up by reaching the final of a major tournament for the first time in 55 years at Euro 2020 last summer.

“It’s no time to panic,” said England captain Harry Kane, who dismissed any suggestion that Southgate should be sacked.

“It was a night to forget but we’ve got to take it on the chin. We’ve got to move forward.

“We are preparing for a big World Cup and that’s the most important thing.”

England toothless

Hungary secured their first win over England for 60 years in Budapest 10 days ago and followed that up with their first victory on English soil since a famous 6-3 success at Wembley in 1953.

A double from Roland Sallai and late goals from Adam Nagy and Daniel Gazdag kept Marco Rossi’s side on course to reach the Nations League finals next year.

Hungary are not headed to the World Cup after they finished a distant fourth behind England in their qualifying group.

But they lead Germany by a point in Nations League Group A3, with European champions Italy a further point behind with two games to go.

England are three points adrift at the bottom of the section and need a revival in September away to Italy and home to Germany to avoid relegation.

However, of greater concern for Southgate is how he rallies his squad with just two more matches before their World Cup campaign kicks off against Iran on November 21.

Fatigue at the end of a long season that began just weeks after losing the Euro 2020 final to Italy has been blamed for England’s lacklustre form.

Southgate has rotated his side heavily over the four matches this month and admitted his decisions have backfired.

“The results are my responsibility,” added Southgate.

“We picked a young team with energy and when the game started to go against them, it started to look that way.

“That’s my responsibility in the end. I felt at half-time we needed to go for the game. We made changes to have a more attacking impetus, but then we were more open as well.”

Southgate has bemoaned a reliance on Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling for goals and Kane’s penalty remains the only goal they have scored in four games this month.

However, there are also major defensive issues for Southgate to address before the World Cup.

John Stones rounded off a miserable evening when he was harshly sent off for a second yellow card eight minutes from time.

The Manchester City centre-back was also at fault for the opening goal as he turned a free-kick into Sallai’s path, whose shot had too much power for Aaron Ramsdale.

Sallai produced another deadly finish to double Hungary’s lead 20 minutes from time when he latched onto Martin Adam’s inch-perfect pass to fire in between Ramsdale’s legs.

Nagy drilled home a powerful shot from the edge of the area to put the result beyond any doubt.

Stones was then given his marching orders before Gazdag broke clear to rub salt into England’s wounds.

 

AFP

Fayemi Introduces Abiodun As ‘Eleyi Of Ogun State’ At Ekiti Rally

Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, was all smiles on June 14, 2022, after he was introduced as the ‘Eleyi of Ogun State’ at a political rally in Ekiti State.

 

Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, on Tuesday introduced Dapo Abiodun as the ‘Eleyi of Ogun State’ at a political rally in Ekiti State.

The title is a play on Bola Tinubu’s reference to Governor Abiodun during the former’s presidential campaign visit to Ogun State earlier this month.

Speaking in Yoruba, Tinubu had referred to Abiodun as ‘eleyi’, a term that could be interpreted as derogatory.

Tinubu had touted how instrumental he was to Abiodun’s election as Governor.

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The ‘Eleyi of Ogun State’ later became a meme to mock the Governor on social media.

‘Eleyi of Ogun State’: Kayode Fayemi introduces Dapo Abiodun at APC Ekiti rally.

The title is a play on Bola Tinubu’s reference to Governor Abiodun during the former’s presidential campaign visit to Ogun State earlier this month. pic.twitter.com/tlBZCA6PDb

— Channels Television (@channelstv) June 14, 2022

 

But it appears he has taken ownership of the title, as evidenced by Tuesday’s events.

“I have just been informed that I did not introduce Governor Dapo Abiodun properly as the ‘Eleyi of Ogun State’,” Fayemi said to loud cheers. “The Eleyi of Ogun State is here.”

When the camera panned to Abiodun, he was beaming, in company of Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

The rally was held in Ado-Ekiti as part of efforts to campaign for the All Progressives Congress’ candidate in the upcoming Governorship election in the state, Biodun Oyebanji.

Pastor, Sunday School Teacher Kidnapped During Church Vigil In Ogun – Police

A map of Ogun, a state in south-west Nigeria.

 

Two worshippers at a Celestial Church of Christ in Wasinmi, Ewekoro local government area of Ogun State have been abducted during a vigil.

The Ogun state police command confirmed the kidnapping.

According to police spokesperson Abimbola Oyeyemi, the kidnapped persons were a pastor and a Sunday school teacher.

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While assuring that the tactical team of the police are on the trail of the suspected kidnappers, he confirmed that the kidnappers have reached out to family members for a N50 million ransom.

The kidnapping comes after at least 40 persons were massacred in a Catholic church in Owo, Ondo state.

The Federal Government has blamed the Owo massacre on jihadist group, Iswap.

BREAKING: Abducted Anglican Bishop, Wife And Driver Regain Freedom

A graphical illustration of gunmen.

 

The Anglican Bishop Rt Rev Aderogba Adeyinka of Jebba Anglican Diocese, Kwara State, his wife and a driver who were abducted on Sunday have regained their freedom.

The Oyo State Police Public Relations Officer, Adewale Osifeso, confirmed this in a statement on Tuesday.

“The Massive deployment of Police personnel for the operation to rescue the victims and the domination of the entire area by the Police Tactical teams pressurized the abductors into freeing the victims,” the statement read, adding that the victims were released unhurt at about 18:20 pm on Tuesday.

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The Bishop, his wife and the driver were abducted on Sunday along the new Oyo/Ogbomoso Expressway in Oyo State.

Following the abduction, Osifeso said preliminary investigations revealed that before the incident, the victims’ vehicle had developed what seemed like a mechanical fault while traveling from Yewa in Ogun State to Jebba in Kwara.

Subsequently, the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Operations of the Command was directed to oversee the case.

According to the PPRO, investigations are ongoing to apprehend the perpetrators of the crime and bring them to justice.

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