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PRESIDENT BUHARI EXPRESSES OUTRAGE, SADNESS OVER GULAK’S MURDER

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed outrage and disgust over what he called “the heinous murder of Adamawa politician Ahmed Gulak in Owerri, Imo State by yet to be identified gunmen.”
Reacting to the development on Sunday, the President said: “I’m repulsed by such premeditated and gruesome murder of Gulak by evil people who are determined to undermine the peace, unity and territorial integrity of our country.
“Let me warn however that nobody or group of people who engages in such despicable acts should expect to go free. We will deploy all resources at our disposal to ensure that such callous and criminal elements are brought to justice.”
Finally, President Buhari expressed his “deep condolences to the family of the deceased, the people and government of Adamawa State as well as his friends and associates all over the country.
Garba Shehu
Senior Special Assistant to the President
(Media & Publicity)
May 30, 2021

May 30, 2021
Press Statement
APC Responsible For Bloodletting In Nigeria – PDP
…Says APC Leaders Must Answer for Killings
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of being responsible for the escalated tension, indignation, violence, mass killing, kidnapping, terrorism and banditry ravaging various parts of our country.
The PDP wonders how APC leaders sleep at night with all the blood in their hands, as their lust for power, body language, divisiveness as well as vindictive policies of their administration have brought acrimony and resentment among citizens while also encouraging and emboldening acts of terrorists against Nigerians.
Nigerians can recall that the PDP had earlier alerted that the APC had come to power with a Janjaweed agenda; to foist a reign of terror, balkanize, destabilize and raze down our beloved country for their selfish gains.
Since APC assumed office in 2015, our nation has not known peace. At every turn and on daily basis, one is confronted with gory tales of killings, bloodbath, misery and destitution, with thousands of compatriots killed and many more injured and displaced in various parts of the country.
From Kano to Cross River, Lagos to Borno, Kaduna to Imo, Kogi to Ebonyi and indeed all parts of the nation, the APC is erecting altars of violence and pushing life to Hobbes state of nature; short and brutish.
The APC has practically balkanized our nation along all faultlines with their, hateful, ruthless and vengeful actions, resulting in dissonances and pushing compatriots to take actions in anger, in some cases, leading to death and devastations.
More distressing is that the APC leaders, as terrorism apologists, have been patronizing terrorists and opening up our nation to bandits, kidnappers and vandals, who are having a field day marauding our communities, killing and maiming our citizens on daily basis.
It is not surprising that the APC have never forcefully condemned the activities of these marauders. Instead, they have continued to patronize terrorists and blame our slain compatriots, rather than going after their assailants, as in the case of the 43 rice farmers killed in Borno state by terrorists.
This is even as it is now common knowledge that many of these terrorists and bandits were political mercenaries which the APC imported from neighbouring countries as thugs to unleash violence against Nigerians during elections.
The sudden appearance of such hoodlums to attack Nigerians during any protest against misrule, as witnessed in the EndSARS protest as well as the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) protest in Kaduna, is quite revealing in this direction.
There are even allegations that the APC has compromised the registration of our citizens to open the system for the inclusion of these aliens, as citizens, for heinous political reasons.
This is why APC’s political activities are always characterized by violence, bloodbath and killings, like their recent local government primaries in Lagos.
Our party cautions the APC to stop wasting the lives of Nigerians because of their lust for power in the face of rejection.
Let APC leaders know that even as their party fizzles out in 2023, they must answer for the violence and bloodletting that have enveloped our nation under their rule.
Signed:
Kola Ologbondiyan
National Publicity Secretary

OKPE UNION NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COUNCIL.

28th May, 2021
Press Statement.

MESSAGE OF APPRECIATION TO MEMBERS OF TROMPCON ON THE ELECTION OF THE ORODJE OF OKPE AS NATIONAL CHAIRMAN.

The National Executive Council of the Okpe Union expresses, on behalf of the members and branches of the union nationally and the Diaspora, our profound gratitude to the traditional rulers of the Niger Delta and other oil producing kingdoms under the auspices of the Association of Traditional Rulers of Oil and Mineral Producing Communities of Nigeria (TROMPCON) on their election of the Orodje of Okpe as the National Chairman of the body. We are particularly impressed that our revered traditional leaders all over the oil producing regions of the country were able to appreciate the sterling leadership and administrative qualities of HRM Orhue I, the Orodje of Okpe, to elect him to this strategic office in these trying times of our nation.

With his administrative acumen, Orhue I has ensured peace and stability of the Okpe Nation for well over a decade now. In addition to this, we believe that the wealth of experience of His Royal Majesty in military coordination in the country during his service years as a general in the Nigerian Army gives him unique security insights in the area of affording advice to the political leaders in respect to the security of the states of the region generally and in the oil production sector.

As the Okpe Union congratulates HRM, Orhue I, the Orodje of Okpe on his election, we pray the Almighty God who alone grants leadership offices, to grant him the wisdom, good health and wherewithal to excel in the new assignment.

Signed:

Prof. Igho Natufe, President General, the Okpe Union.

Akpederin Kingsley Ehensiri Esq., General Secretary, the Okpe Union.

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Okowa appreciates Nigerians, holds private burial for late father

Okowa appreciates Nigerians, holds private burial for late father

Delta Governor, Senator (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa, has expressed appreciation to Nigerians for their condolences and show of love on the passing of his father, Sir Arthur Okorie Okowa.

The governor, in a statement he personally signed, thanked all those who came to condole with him and those who called or sent messages of condolences to him and his siblings.

He announced that because of the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic, the family had resolved to hold a private burial for their late patriarch sometime in February, 2021, adding that a “celebration of life’’ would be held in his honour in August, 2021, subject to the slowing down of the pandemic.

According to Okowa, in view of the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country, we have opted to hold a private burial ceremony sometime this month, while a Celebration of Life event will take place on August 21, 2021.

“Hopefully, by then the current challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic would have given way to a freer and more assured environment,’’ he stated.

He described his late father as a “huge pillar of support”, and said that he would miss his wise counsel.

“On behalf of the Okowa family of Owa-Alero, Ika North East Local Government Area, I wish to thank all who have taken time to commiserate with us on the death of my beloved father, Sir Arthur Okorie Okowa.

“Ever since the news of his demise, our family has been overwhelmed by the outpouring of goodwill from a wide spectrum of political, business, religious leaders as well as the mass of Nigerians.

“My siblings and I are deeply grateful for the show of solidarity, which have, in no small measure, helped us to cope with Papa’s passing.

“Although he died at what may be considered a good old age, the death of someone so dear cannot but leave one with a sense of void.

“My late father was a strong pillar of support all through my political/public service career.

“I drew immeasurably from his fountain of knowledge and wisdom, and he was very passionate about the growth and development of our beloved Delta State.

“As a family, we will greatly miss his physical fellowship but we thank God that he lived a good and full life; he has etched his name in gold with his legacy of hard work, selfless service, discipline, godliness, love for others/community, and passion for positive, lasting change,” he said.

“Once again, I thank all those who have called, visited, prayed for us and issued statements in solidarity with our family. May God richly bless you,” the governor added.