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Corruption is Nigeria’s major problem, not restructuring – Ex-southeast governor declares

– An ex Anambra state governor, Chukwuemeka Ezeife, has added his voice to the ongoing restructuring debate

– According to the former governor, corruption is the nation’s major problem and not restructuring; even though he called for Nigeria to be restructured along regional lines

– He called on those desiring to build a new Nigeria to take an oath to serve the people, and not get involved in self-enrichment

Dr Chukwuemeka Ezeife, a former governor of Anambra state, has stated that the nation’s major problem is not restructuring, but corruption, Vanguard reports.

Ezeife made his comments in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa state capital, on Monday, February 12, at the anniversary lecture to mark Governor Seriake Dickson’s six years in office.

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NAIJ.com gathers that while speaking on the topic, Restructuring: The way forward for a New Nigeria, the former governor however reiterated the urgent need to restructure the country along regional lines.

He further stated that the call for the establishment of state police should be done with caution or it may give undue power to governors.

The former governor stated: “Our heroes past gave us a model; they gave a structure which worked. I testified and it has been confirmed by many people. When we talk of restructuring we mean, going back to the agreed Nigeria of 1954.

“Yes, there are so many elements, the APC came up with some ideas, I can see some meaningful development there, I have see the state police which is good and we may go beyond state police and have regional police.

“A state police controlled by the regional government which involves everybody in the zone will reduce too much power from the governors, but those who want to be governors are talking about state police as if it were a panacea. It will work but it has to be adjusted.

“What caused our problem is the messed up structure. In fact it is the major fact of what caused our problem. But what caused our problem is corruption. The root cause of our problem is corruption and unless we clear ourselves from it, that will be no change.

“How did APC get formed? Some corrupt men came from one party and built another party. Today in APC, corruption is in charge; PDP, corruption is in charge. I am saying we must fight corruption.

“I am involved in a small group trying to make out something for Nigeria and we decided that anybody who wants to be involved in the new system to bring about a new Nigeria must take an oath before any election; and the oath you are swearing is to serve the people and not to engage in corrupt self enrichment.”

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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that Dr Chukwuemeka Ezeife stated that ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo gave the best advice to President Muhammadu Buhari in his now-famous open letter.

The ex-governor stated that anyone who likes Buhari won’t advice him to re-contest for the presidency in 2019.

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Dambazau Holds Meeting With IGP Idris, Other Top Police Officers

The Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Danbazau, is in a meeting with the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris and senior police officers at the Force Headquarters, in Abuja.

The objective of the meeting is to devise strategies to stop illegal weapons which Idris described as becoming alarming in Nigeria, Daily Sun reported.

The IGP added that with the upcoming general elections slated to hold early next year, it is imperative for the police and other security agencies to curb illegal arms, which he insisted, were wrong hands.

IGP Idris had also condemned the arming of vigilance groups put in place by some state governors to protect lives and property of their citizens.

 

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PDP Blasts Lai Mohammed Over Commendation On Buhari’s Performance

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has reacted to the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed’s assertions that “there is no cause for alarm” as Nigeria is in “very safe and competent hands,” with President Muhammadu Buhari piloting the affairs of the country.

Mohammed said this over the weekend at a mini town hall meeting with the staff of the Nigerian Embassy in Madrid, Spain.

However, the PDP in a statement on Monday by its National Publicity Secretary Kola Ologbondiyan, condemned the statement saying the reality on the ground shows that the nation was on auto-pilot and drifting to the precipice.

The opposition party claimed that Nigerians are facing untold hardship due to the incompetence and corrupt proclivities of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

PDP said, “If a minister of information who ought to give the correct state of affairs can announce that a government which collapsed the nation’s once robust economy and plagued it with political tension, is indeed a safe hand, then our nation is in much more trouble under the All Progressives Congress (APC).

“How can anybody say that the same Presidency whose incompetence and bad policies are directly responsible for the massive unemployment and job losses, collapse of businesses and even the lingering fuel crisis which has brought untold hardship in the land, is indeed a safe hand?

“This is a government, under whose watch, the nation has become heavily polarised along dangerous fault lines and where citizens now live in fear and mutual suspicion; where citizens are slaughtered by the day by marauders; where hunger and strange diseases ravage the people.

“The reasonable take-away from the statement of the information minister is that this government has come to its wit’s end and has no solution for the troubles it caused the nation.

“More so, the minister’s statement has further exposed the fact that this failed administration is not the least remorseful for the pain it has caused the people, which underpins its arrogance and disdain towards Nigerians.

“We, however, urge Nigerians not to despair as the repositioned PDP stands with them in the collective quest to end the misrule of the APC in 2019.”

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I Was Abandoned As A Baby, I Never Knew My Parents – Maheeda

Maheeda reveals she never knew her parents while growing up. (Photo credit: File photo)

Nigerian popular nudist, Maheeda has reveal an hidden secret about her background, youthful days and parental issues.

According to Maheeda, she stated that at no point in time has she meet her parent. She mentioned this in a chat and added that she does not have much memory about her childhood and even the few things that come to her mind as a child are not good memories that she wishes to be reminded of.

She said:

I grew up in Kano State, but I don’t remember much about my childhood; even the few things that I can recall are not pleasant memories.

I never knew my parents because I was abandoned as a baby. My childhood was characterized by loneliness, sadness and feelings of worthlessness. From a very young age, I was desperate for freedom and happiness. I just wanted to be accepted. I didn’t have a happy childhood. I was raised by kind-hearted people who took pity on me

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Yemi Alade Hits Hard At A Follower On Twitter

Yemi Alade reply a follower who told her she does not release hit songs. (Photo credit: File photo).

Nigerian female singer, Yemi Alade who of recent has been facing constant social media criticism is not allowed to be at peace as a follower again hits hard at her, the follower stated that she does not release hit track with all her work.

The actress who made the announcement to release a new track got a fan stating that she always release track with no hit track to her credit, and Yemi Alade wasted no time in giving the fan a reply.

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Herders/Farmers Crisis: Nigerian Army Begins “Operation Cat Race” In Benue

The Nigerian Army has commenced Operation Cat Race Exercise in Benue state to put an end to the perennial clash between herdsmen and farmers in the state.

The army began the exercise, today, Tuesday.

Naija News gathered that ahead of the formal inauguration of the operation, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai, has visited Governor Samuel Ortom at the Government House in Makurdi the state capital.

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