Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has urged Christian leaders and other faithful to participate in politics in order to improve the system of governance in the country.
The governor made the call on Sunday when the Anglican Bishop of Niger Delta North and his team, visited him at the Government House in Port Harcourt, the state capital for a brief prayer session.
He explained that bad policies are products of bad leadership, and will, in turn, affect everyone.
Consequently, he believes the days of leaving governance solely in the hands of politicians are over.
“When men of God are involved, you always see that there will be a difference,” he said.
“Continue to pray for us and encourage your people to be part of politics. Let them not leave it for those who you say are politicians. If anything goes wrong, you are part of those that made things go wrong”.
The Independent National Electoral Commission has issued a Certificate of Return to the Imo State Governor-Elect, Mr Emeka Ihedioha, his deputy, Gerald Irona and 27 members of the House of Assembly in the state.
After receiving his certificate, Ihedioha promised to run an all-inclusive government that will lead to cooperation between all the arms of government.
According to him, people of the state will have a course to smile during his administration with local government given the needed support.
“I want to assure you that under our watch, we shall have a responsible government and under our watch, democracy shall be practised as enshrined in the constitution of our Republic.
“Under our watch, we shall observe independence and respect for the legislative arm of government. At the same time, the judicial arm of government will work closely with us to ensure justice dispensation as enshrined in the constitution,” he stated.
The former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Olu Falae has charged the Oyo State Governor-Elect, Mr. Seyi Makinde on good governance.
On his visit to Makinde on Tuesday in the Ibadan area of the state, Falae advised the newly-elected governor to reset the template instituted by late Obafemi Awolowo in the southwest.
Falae, who is the national chairman of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) said only a determined and focused person can help reposition the region based on good governance.
“Since the demise of Obafemi Awolowo, we have not had a governor to set a new template, the template Obafemi Awolowo Set in his 9 years of government as the Premier of Western Nigeria.
“We need to reinvent that template so that we will be more in accordance with the challenges and priorities of today, and I have no doubt whatsoever that Engineer Seyi Makinde by the grace of God is the man chosen by providence to set that for the Yoruba race,” he stated.
The elder statesman also commended Makinde over what he described as his courageous and resilient spirit over the years by remaining focus after suffering setbacks in his political career.
He advised those who are still aspiring to go into politics not to give up, adding that “Seyi never gave up, he will go back to the drawing board, come to Akure and seek for advice on how to go about his next step. Today God has crowned his efforts.”
In his response, Makinde appreciated the elder statesman for the visit and support extended to him so far.
He reiterated his commitment for regional integration, adding what is needed for Nigeria to be lifted economically and socially is the restoration of the Yoruba race.
He also stated his resolve to consult the elder statesman, imploring him that whenever they are passing through Oyo state “see us and we will host you as you give us your advice on how to move the state forward.”
The President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo has called on African leaders to promote good governance in the continent.
He made this call on Monday at the 58th Annual General Meeting of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
“We have a great battle to fight and win. That is the battle to provide our people with a good quality of life,” he said.
He, however, advocated the need for the provision of free and qualitative education from cradle to secondary school.
“I have no hesitation whatsoever in asking all African countries to adopt the policy of free compulsory education from Kindergarten to Senior High School,” he added.
The Ghanaian leader believes the fight against corruption is one that must be won in order to improve the lives of the African people.
“For us to build a continent and meet the aspirations of the African people, we must characterize our budgetary arrangements to ensure that funds are available to strengthen key institutions of the state such as the legislature, judiciary, the school institution among others.”
Akufo-Addo also charged African leaders to embrace the principles and democratic accountability, rule of law, human rights, individual liberty and freedom, which he noted were the bedrock of Africa’s development and individual prosperity.
The Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN) has commended the Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, for the remarkable successes recorded by his administration in the state despite “the harsh economic climate” in the country.
President of the body, Alhaji Shehu Usman Ladan, gave the commendation during a visit to the governor in the state capital.
“This government renovated, rehabilitated and re-equipped primary and secondary schools in the state, which were in a deplorable state. Your Excellency recruited over 2000 primary school teachers through Enugu State Universal Basic Education Board to improve the standard of teaching and learning in the state.
“Your Excellency has taken giant strides to reposition tertiary education in the state by upgrading the Institute of Management and Technology (IMT), Enugu to a degree awarding institution and released hundreds of millions of Naira to the institution to enable it meet the accreditation needs of its courses. Similar gestures were also extended to other tertiary institutions in the state,” he said.
Furthermore, the ANAN president noted that the governor empowered the security operatives by “procuring a good number of vehicles for them to operate.
He also added that the state government released money for the reactivation of the activities of vigilante groups in all the communities.
Responding to the comments, Ugwuanyi reiterated his administration’s commitment towards working with the association in serving the people of the state.
He also underscored the importance of the role of the association developing the economy.
“I assure you of the readiness of the state government to partner with the association towards the achievement of its objectives more, especially as they relate to the well-being of the government and people of Enugu State,” he said.
The former interim National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adebisi Akande, says a total change of the country’s constitution is the solution to the problems facing the country.
Akande stated this on Tuesday in his home town, Ila-Orangun in Osun State as he marked his 79th birthday.
He told journalists that no solution proffered to the country’s problems would work under the current system.
“In Nigeria’s Presidential System of government, lawmakers are elected on party platforms, but as soon as they get to the parliament, the party on which platform they get the opportunity, becomes less important,” he said.
“All that is important at that level is the collective interest of the members of that parliament. Party’s programmes and manifestos are no longer important. That has been the major problem facing the country. Let’s dump this corrupt presidential system and go for the more transparent Parliamentary System.”
Akande experienced the dangers of the current system of government during his time as a governor.
He said, “As a governor in 1999, my administration worked with a parliament that had 26 members all voted in on the platform of my party. Despite this, the assembly decided not to support the programmes of the party that gave them an opportunity.
“They served me impeachment notice. On the day the motion was moved, 24 members all from my party voted in support of my removal, one voted against it and the Speaker did not vote.
“I was given 21 days. On the day they sat again on the matter, 13 said no to my impeachment and 12 said I should be removed. The Speaker did not vote. Same party that produced the lawmakers also produced me as governor. I believe, even if an angel is sent to administer this kind of unworkable system, he will fail.”
While advocating a multi-party parliamentary democracy for Nigeria, the elder statesman said that the current system of government allows for manipulation by those in the positions of authorities.
He believes the President Muhammadu Buhari has faced setbacks as a result of the system.
According to Akande, President Muhammad Buhari is working under a very difficult situation with the unworkable and ineffective system.
To address the security challenges in the country, he called for a decentralised police.
The Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership (CACOL) has said that lack of visionary leadership is greatly responsible for the high level of illegal migration of Africans overseas to seek greener pastures.
Its Chairman, Mr Debo Adeniran on Tuesday said corruption, followed by the refusal of the government in providing the basic infrastructural amenities has forced people to be desperate in building illegal routes.
“The failure of leadership and governance institutions in Nigeria in particular and most African countries are clearly indictable for this retrogressive development.
“The most unnerving trauma is the stupendous amassing or crude accumulation of wealth by a few privileged elites who have constructed a strong iron wedge-bar on the social ladder for the poor and socially alienated majority to climb even to the surface of the poverty datum pit of hell,” according to a statement.
Adeniran’s comments come hours after the media was awash with reports of remains of 26 Nigerian women believed to be migrants have been recovered from a Spanish warship in the Italian coastal city of Salerno.
The British Broadcasting Corporation had in its report on Monday said a Spanish warship, Cantabria, which docked in the city, was found to be carrying 375 rescued migrants and the dead women.
According to the BBC, 23 of the dead women were on a rubber boat with 64 other people.
It also quoted Italian media report that the women’s bodies were kept in a refrigerated section of the warship. Most of them were between the ages of 14 and 18.
Spokesman for the United Nations Human Rights Commission, Marco Rotunno, said the 26 dead were involved in a shipwreck off Libya.
It was said that most of the 375 survivors brought to Salerno were sub-Saharan Africans drawn from Nigeria, Senegal, Ghana, The Gambia and Sudan.
A National Secretary of the Young Progressive Party (YPP), Mr Vidiyeno Bamaiyi, has condemned the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, saying it has failed to deliver on its promises.
“The performance of the economy is not impressive as far as I’m concerned. Majority of Nigerians were carried away by the lofty promises which the APC government made before coming into power.
“No sooner had we elected them that we discovered that they were completely clueless. They had no idea how to run the government and they were overwhelmed with the nuances of government,” he stated.
Mr Bamaiyi made this known on Monday while speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily.
Speaking further, the YPP Chief also expressed displeasure over the idea of borrowing to fix the nation’s economy which is still recovering from what has been described as the worst recession in its history.
“I don’t support borrowing to move the economy forward. The idea of borrowing at a time like this, shows great ineptitude on the part of the govt.
“I think this government is a colossal failure. I think what this government should do is to completely resign and call for elections earlier than 2019.
“Nigerians know better now and will not be carried away by lofty promises that politicians come to make.”
Mr Bamaiyi, however, lauded the efforts of government in the area of job creation, saying that if more efforts can be put in, the improvement will be enormous.
While lamenting that his party was sick and tired of old politicians who have been ruling Nigeria in the past few years, he stated that the youths would be in a better position to lead the nation.
“What we are seeking to do at the Young Progressive Party is to ignite a youth revolution. We believe so much in the youths and so we want the young people of this country to take over governance at all levels – from the state, federal, local government.
“We want every unit of government to be taken over by young people. We are just catalysts for that kind of revolution. It is a revolution without guns or weapons; it is a revolution with the ballot box. And it will be achieved, that is the cardinal principle for which we stand.
“The young people have great ideas that will transform this nation. We are sick and tired of the old politicians who have been in leadership all these years. Since I was a small child, they told me that I would be a leader of tomorrow. Today they are still telling me I am a leader of tomorrow. The same old people that have been in leadership all along when we were children,” he stressed.
Furthermore, Mr Bamaiyi dismissed the beliefs held in some quarters that youth leadership in the country can only be made possible during the military regime.
He explained: “Who says it is only in the military regime that young people will lead this country? If you look at the various military regimes we have had, most of the military leaders led this country as young people. We want to say, that even in a democratic government as this one, young people can lead this country.
“And young people must be given the opportunity. We know it is not going to be easy, but we have put machinery in place to take over the leadership of this nation from the old people that have completely dominated the leadership of Nigeria because the young people have brilliant ideas.”
The President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, has said that African leaders can stop the brain drain in the continent by providing for the youth, the basics of rule of law, democracy, governance and peace.
Obama made the demand on Monday at a meeting with young African leaders of the Mandela Washington fellowship in the United States.
The President also said that many young, talented and well educated people from Africa, the Middle East and Asia were staying away from their countries for lack of confidence in succeeding in their home countries.
He said it was not the wealth of the host countries that keep the young people away, but their quest to have a sense of meaning and belonging in the society they live and grow, an atmosphere he said every government must try to provide for its young people.
In the last few months, deaths of migrants have been recorded in the Mediterranean sea, as they attempt to cross to Europe in search of greener pasture, a development that may have triggered President Obama’s comments.
The influx had forced the European Union consider military operation against human traffickers.
The new Governor of Enugu State, Honourable Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, has assured the people of the state of continued hope, peace and development.
This is in addition to his promise to continue with the legacies of his predecessor, Sullivan Chime, and his road map for transforming the state.
The Governor made the declaration at his swearing-in as the governor of Enugu State at Dr. Michael Okpara Square, in the state.
Before Ugwuanyi was sworn in, Mr Chime had formally handed over the consolidated transition report and a copy of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
In his valedictory speech, the out-going Governor, Sullivan Chime, expresses gratitude to the people of Enugu State for their support and collaboration, enjoining them to support the incoming administration.
He said God had given the people a capable leader, assuring residents of the state that the new Governor would deliver good governance.
Lagos state Governor Babatunde Fashola has expressed optimism that the 2015 election will be based on issues, a clear departure from the past trend where electorates cast their votes on the ethnicity and other primordial sentiments.
Governor Fashola in an exclusive interview with our Edo State correspondent in Benin City was reacting to comments by Edo State governor on the voting pattern of Nigerians in previous elections.
Fashola said the recently concluded presidential election in the United States can be replicated in 2015 as Nigerians are gradually declaring their stand against bad governance through their votes evidenced by the number of incumbencies that lost elections recently.