50 Years After Civil War: Reconciliation Efforts Were Not Pushed Hard, Says Babangida

Former Military President of Nigeria, General Ibrahim Babangida (retired) says all the efforts made to reconcile Nigerians in the aftermath of the civil war, which ended 50 years ago, have had limited impact because they were not consistently pushed by the authorities.

Babangida stated this during an interview with Channels Television’s Ladi Akeredolu.

The ex-military ruler who fought in the Nigerian army during the 30-month battle lauded initiatives such as the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and the unity schools set up across the country.

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He, however, wants the Federal Government to do more by consistently pushing hard to achieve their objectives.

“For example, the NYSC, unity schools.. I think we didn’t push it hard,” he said.

“We should have pushed all those hard so that people from different parts of the country can say that we met at unity schools together”.

THE FULL INTERVIEW WILL AIR ON CHANNELS TV’S Newsnight Monday AT 9:00 pm.

Thomas Markle Seeks Reconciliation With Daughter, Meghan

File photo of Meghan and Thomas Markle

 

Meghan Markle’s estranged father Thomas on Monday pleaded with his daughter to get in touch, saying the rift caused by her marriage to Prince Harry “can’t continue forever”.

Markle told ITV’s Good Morning Britain (GMB) that he was “hopeful something will be resolved,” adding “this can’t continue forever.

“I don’t plan to be silent for the rest of my life… I would really appreciate if she just called me,” he said.

Markle revealed he had not spoken to his daughter since they fell out in the buildup to her wedding to Prince Harry last May.

The 74-year-old missed the event due to heart surgery, amid a furore after he was found to have received payment for staged paparazzi photographs.

He ended up watching the wedding from California, with Prince Charles taking his place and walking Meghan down the aisle.

The couple is expecting their first child next year, and soon-to-be-grandfather Markle said he was “hoping that everything goes well and I get to see a little Meghan or Harry.

“There has to be a place for me, I’m her father,” he added.

Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, has faced a barrage of negative headlines in recent weeks over her relationship with royal staff.

Her father ran to her defense, telling GMB that “she’s always been very controlling, but she’s never been rude… she’s always been polite.”

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Pope Calls For ‘Reconciliation’ At Inter-Korean Summit

FILE PHOTO Pope Francis addresses the crowd during his weekly general audience at St Peter’s square in the Vatican. Alberto PIZZOLI / AFP

 

Pope Francis Wednesday called on the leaders of North and South Korea to seek a “path to reconciliation” at their upcoming summit.

Kim Jong Un is due to meet South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Friday in the border village of Panmunjom, becoming the first North Korean leader to visit the South since the Korean War ended 65 years ago.

“I ask them to have the courage of hope by becoming artisans of peace,” the pope said in his weekly audience in Saint Peter’s Square, calling for “a concrete path to reconciliation” and “transparent dialogue.”

“The Holy See accompanies, supports and encourages” this meeting, he added.

The high-level summit is intended to pave the way for a separate highly anticipated encounter between Kim and US President Donald Trump.

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PDP Faction: Dickson Calls For Cooperation, Reconciliation

The Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, who is also the chairman of the National Reconciliation Committee of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) has called on the factional members of the Party, to sheathe their swords, in the interest of the party.

The Governor who also called for cooperation in the reconciliation efforts made this call on Wednesday shortly after his arrival to Yenagoa the state capital.

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A new faction of the PDP was unveiled on Wednesday at a new secretariat in Abuja. Some of the leaders of the faction are Chief Olusola Akindele, Chief Godwin Duru, Franklyne Edede, Prince Obi Nwosu and Alhaji Hassan Adamu.

Dickson said the concerns of the members were legitimate on how the party conducted the last National Convention in Abuja.

“The duty of resolving conflicts is the responsibility of every party leader. You don’t have to be in reconciliation committee. You don’t have to be a party leader to promote understanding and that’s what we need to do, moving forward.

“If there is anytime when the party needs to do this more in all constituencies. If there is anytime when the party needs to solve all problems and exercise right judgement, that time is now,” he said.

The Bayelsa State governor also appealed to all aggrieved members of the party to be patient with the party as the reconciliatory committee has put all machinery in place to resolve all issues that arose from the conduct of the national convention.

He further assured all aspirants and aggrieved members that by the second week of January 2018, the National Working Committee and the leadership of the party would meet for a peaceful resolution.

PDP Plans Reconciliation Ahead Of Ondo Election

PDP, INEC, Police, DSS, Court, Ondo Election, ReconciliationThe former national secretary of the PDP, Professor Adewale Oladepo, says they are setting up a 24-man committee to reorganize the party.

This is part of ongoing efforts by leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party  to put their house together, ahead of the Ondo governorship election.

Professor Oladepo stated this at a press conference in Abuja on the activities of the party in the last two weeks after the two factional leaders agreed to work together.

The former national secretary stated that the 24-man committee that will be inaugurated will not only reconcile the party, but will prepare it ahead of the Ondo state governorship election in November.

Senator Ali Modu Sheriff and his group had been in constant leadership tussle with the Makarfi-led caretaker committee  in the last five months.

The party’s attempt to elect principal officers in May and August 2016 to put to rest the leadership crisis failed.

But the Secretary of the Makarfi-led caretaker committee, Senator Ben Obi and the Deputy Chairman of Senator Sheriff-led faction told reporters at a joint press conference in Abuja on Tuesday, September 20, that all differences were being resolved.

It was also announced that the two group leaders had agreed to set up a joint committee that will reconcile other aggrieved members of the party.

Division became obvious in the party after it lost power to the All Progressives Congress in the 2015 general election. Its national convention held in Port Harcourt ended controversially, with the chairman of the party, Senator Sheriff removed.

After his removal at that convention, top leaders of the party set up a caretaker committee headed by Senator Makarfi.

However, Senator Sheriff continued to parade himself as the chairman of the party, saying the decision to remove him contravened a court order that had made the convention illegal.

The party has continued in division, with both men claiming the leadership position.

PDP Poised To Wrest Power From Opposition

Nigeria’s ruling party the Peoples’ Democratic Party has shown that it is not ready to relinquish power to oppositions in PDP controlled domain come 2015, rather claim the non-PDP states.

Even though it is two years way from now, the party has been to map strategies on how to extend its political grip to non-PDP controlled states.

The Chairman of the National Reconciliation Committee of the party and governor of Bayelsa state, Mr Seriake Dickson, while addressing chairmen, secretaries, youth and women leaders from the thirteen non-PDP controlled states in Abuja, said states not being controlled by the PDP deserve better administration.

The governor reaffirmed the commitment of the committee to reconcile all aggrieved members of the party from the south west and the north east ahead of the Anambra and Ekiti governorship elections and the 2015 general elections.