Zamfara Governor Replies Sanusi Over Comments On Meningitis

Zamfara Governor Replies Sanusi Over Comments On MeningitisWhen the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, referred to the response of the Governor of Zamfara State over the outbreak of cerebrospinal meningitis, it was clear he was stirring up a new debate on the matter.

Governor Abdulaziz Yari has responded to the comments made by the Emir, insisting that the comments were half-truth.

He also maintained that the outbreak of the disease indeed has a spiritual undertone.

“I stand by my words that if people do not change, God will not change for them. Therefore, I will answer the Emir perfectly and give him the Quran content of the Hadith where I belong to and where I have my fact.

“For instance, I made mention that in the past we have Type A, which vaccines have been brought and they have vaccinated over four million doses in 2011.

“We are now having Type B and Type C which they don’t even know. At the Centre for Disease Control in Chicago where we get our vaccines from, they only have five million,” he said.

Emir of Kano had on Wednesday, at the opening of the Kaduna State Economic and Investment Summit, criticised the statement credited to the Zamfara State Governor on meningitis, saying they were horrendous and “Islamically incorrect”.

Buhari Says Social Justice, Fairness Key To Nigeria’s Unity

Muhammadu-Buhari-and-Abdul-Muhsin-Muhammad-Al-QassimiNigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, on Friday in Abuja said his administration will continue to promote unity and peaceful co-existence of all Nigerians by ensuring fairness and social justice to all.

Receiving the Imam of the Mosque of the Holy Prophet in Medina, Sheikh Abdul-Muhsin Muhammad Al-Qassimi, at the State House, President Buhari said God had a purpose of bringing people from different ethnic backgrounds into one country – Nigeria.

“God knows best – a population of 180 million people comprising more than 300 ethnic groups many of them with cultural ties stronger than religion can only co-exist peacefully in an atmosphere of social justice,’’ he said.

President Buhari urged Muslims and all other citizens to imbibe and practice social justice as a norm and prayed to Allah to guide his government in doing the same.

”I pray that God gives us the courage to be fair to people He put in our charge so that we can enjoy his mercy,’’ he said.

Citing several personal life lessons from the country’s political crisis in 1966, the civil war, his incarceration for three and half years in solitary detention, and his attempts to win presidential election, President Buhari told the visiting Imam that he had learnt ”an important lesson about social justice.’’

A statement by a spokesman for the President, Mr Garba Shehu, said that Buhari commended the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for their efforts to create a better understanding and practice of Islam.

He welcomed the visit of the Imam to Nigeria, noting that it would strengthen the bond of ties between the two countries.

In his remarks, Sheikh (Dr) Al-Qassimi commended the peaceful co-existence of Nigerians of different faiths.

He expressed satisfaction with the cordial relations between government and religious leaders and called for a better teaching and practice of Islam devoid of extremism.

Addressing reporters after the closed-door meeting the Governor of Zamfara State, Abdullaziz Yari, said that the Chief Imam was in Zamfara and Sokoto for a programme and decided to pay homage to President Buhari.

He says Sheikh (Dr) Al-Qassimi is happy to witness that Nigeria is a peaceful country contrary to the negative pictures painted by detractors.

Nigerian Governors Forum To Meet Buhari Over Dire Economic Situation

Nigerian-Governors-ForumjpgThe Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) says plans are underway for its members to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari in order to fashion out ways of resolving the economic situation of Nigeria.

Addressing journalists after a meeting, the Governor of Zamfara State and Chairman of the Forum, Mr Abdulaziz Yari, said the current economic situation of the country has become one that requires urgent attention from both the federal and state governments.

“We discussed that extensively and we are trying to see that we find a lasting solution. We are seeing the President to sit down with him. As we are in a bad situation, the federal government is also in the same problem because some of the agencies have not paid salaries for six months.

“So it’s not only states that are owing. It’s the problem of the entire nation, not only states. We are going to work in synergy and keep our fingers crossed. We will meet with the President so that we can get a lasting solution to this problem,” he added.

The Forum also promised to offer a hand of fellowship to the president and members of the 8th National Assembly for the nation’s socio economic development.

Reports that most states governments are owing salaries and other back log of debts are some of the issues that were discussed during the meeting.

“Instead of asking for bailout, let us look for how the federal government can settle that backlog for us so that we can move forward. Nearly all the states are being owed by the by the federal government.

“Some of the states are being owed about N10 billion, some N20 billion with a state like Lagos being owed more than N50 billion. So, if we can get that done, then most of the issues can be resolved in earnest,” Governor Yari said.

Security issues were not left out as the Forum also came up with a resolution on how the Federal Government can assist states suffering from the Boko Haram terror attacks.

The issues surrounding the sharing of revenues accruing to the Federation Account also formed part of the discussion at the meeting that was held behind closed doors at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja.

It is the first time the Governors are meeting after about three years following the emergence of two factional chairmen after an election that resulted in disagreement.

At least 23 governors were present at the meeting.

In a communique released by the governors after the meeting and signed by Yari, the governors ratified Yari’s election as chairman of the Forum for a term of one year, renewable after expiration.

Some Governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) had on Monday requested for a bailout from the Federal Government, saying ‘dwindling revenue’ has affected the payment of workers salaries.

The NLC had said that about 18 state governors are owing over 8 months salaries.

Judicial Council Finds Justice Gummi Guilty of Gross Misconduct

The National Judicial Council (NJC) came down hard on former Chief Judge of the Federal Capital Territory, Justice Lawan Hassan Gummi, who recently quit office to become the Emir of Gummi, in Zamfara state.

A statement signed by the NJC’s acting director of information, Soji Oye, announced that the council accepted the findings of its committee which found that Justice Gummi interfered with the execution of a judgment delivered by Justice Jude Okeke of Abuja High Court in a suit between Nestello Gateway Group and the governor of Zamfara state, Abdul’Aziz Yari, in which execution had already been levied in favour of Nestello.

However, the council took cognizance of the fact that Gummi has already voluntarily retired from service and consequently decided not to recommend his removal from office.

It however ruled that henceforth, any similar misconduct by any judicial officer in the federation will be visited with severe sanctions.

4 Political Parties Fuse Into All Progressive Change

Four leading opposition parties have merged into the All Progressives Congress.

The merging parties are: the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) and All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).

The Chairman of the ACN Merging Committee, Chief Tom Ikimi said that the merger became necessary to offer Nigerians hope and peace.

Chief Ikimi told journalists that the detail of the new party’s identity is being concluded.

10 state governors from the different political parties and geo-political zones on Tuesday met in Lagos and endorsed on-going merger talks by their various political parties.

The Governor of Zamfara State, Alhaji Abdulazziz Abubakar Yari while responding to a question on whether the merger talk is about unseating the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), said it is about how to re-direct Nigeria unto the right perspectives.

He added that it is a question of asking if the people have been happy since 1999 till date when the PDP has been in power. “If the contrary has been the case then the leaders are duty bound to drive the people aright.”

“We believe that the PDP has not done enough.  We have the idea, the knowledge and the progressive intention to move the country forward. So, if you say that we are going to move PDP out of power, yes we are ready to do that, God willing”, Governor Yari emphasized.