FG Reaffirms Commitment To Rescue Abducted Girls

Women-protest-Chibok-girls-abductionThe federal government has reaffirmed its commitment to rescue the abducted girls from Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno state.

The Attorney General of the federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Mohammed Adoke, at the National Executive Committee meeting of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), said the government has resolved to confront the Islamic sect, Boko Haram headlong.

He advised lawyers and other Nigerians to team up with the government to end all acts of terrorism in the country.

The attorney general also reeled out efforts put in place by the government to curb insurgency in the country.

The Chief Judge of the Federal Capital Territory, Justice Ibrahim Bukar, also advised delegates to arrest the declining standards in the legal profession just as the Minister of State for FCT, Olajumoke Akinjide, stressed the need for lawyers to promote the rule of law.

The issues on insecurity dominated discussions as the president of the Nigerian Bar Association, Okey Wali, and Chairman of the FCT chapter, Desmond Yamah, appealed to the government to brace up to its responsibility of guaranteeing the security of lives and property.

The two day National Executive Meeting is expected to among other things provide guidelines for the election of a new National Executive for the Association.

APGA Appoints Obi As Deputy National Leader

The Chairmen’s forum of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in its first ever National Executive Meeting which held in Awka, Anambra state, endorsed Mr. Peter Obi, the Governor of Anambra state, as its Deputy National Leader.

In the same meeting, chairmen of the party unanimously appointed Dr. Isa Arzuka Jega as the interim National Chairman.

The major objective of the forum was to discuss the process of restructuring and moving the party forward and it had all its 36 chairmen from all states of the federation in attendance.

In a communiqué issued by the forum, the executives of the party commended the leadership role of Anambra state governor, Mr. Peter Obi, and endorsing his position as its Deputy National Leader.

The communiqué also disclosed that the party’s National Convention will be held in Enugu in April.

In Februray 2012, chieftains of the party disassociated themselves from the merger talks with some opposition political parties in the country.

While addressing the chairmen for the first time, Mr. Obi took them down memory lane once again on the principles and ideals of the party, and on how he single-handedly financed the party, fought and won the 2003 governorship election, secured the second mandate 2010 and ensured that APGA is not dead and forgotten.

“My present concern and preoccupation would be to ensure the survival of the party through the conduct of a convention to usher in new party National Executive.” He stated.

Some of the members expressed satisfaction over the new dimension the party is taking.

The forum also resolved to readmit without pre-conditions all former members who express the desire to return to the party as well as grant clemency to all previously sanctioned members of the party.