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2023: How I will end insecurity as president – Adebayo

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Presidential aspirant, Prince Adewole Adebayo, says he will have a compact with those in charge of the nation’s security to address the tide of banditry, insurgency and other criminal vices.

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The Social Democratic Party (SDP) aspirant, who uses the campaign slogan ‘HopeForNigeria’, made this known in a recent interview.

Adebayo promised that if elected president in 2023, he will engage his Service Chiefs and the bureaucrats and ward off those who have commercial interests.

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According to him, the measure of performance will not be about money.

He noted that due to the negligence of successive governments, insecurity has now become an excuse for reckless expenditure.

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“All you need is to have a compact with those in charge and they will do their job. The compact we have now is a compact between those who have political power and authority, those who have the professional skill, those who have commercial interests, and those who have administrative responsibility,” he said.

“All these people are united in a compact to make money out of the insecure situation of the country. This compact is seen in the relationship between those who appoint professionals into service positions and those they appoint; they have to be greased; that is why the selection of who will head any of the services or how long he will stay is not done professionally; it is seen as a lucrative ground, so only people who are in a compact with them are appointed and how long you will stay is not a measure of your performance but how much returns you make to those who put you there.

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“What I will do differently is to engage my Service chiefs and the bureaucrats and ward off those who have commercial interests. My measure of performance will not be about how much money I can make. This problem is not peculiar to this administration, it started with the previous administration whereby the security situation was not taken seriously. The insecurity has now got worse and becomes an excuse to spend money recklessly. Look at the structure of this spending and compare it with spending during the ECOMOG and civil war, you will find that the spending now is not going into fighting insecurity because it is not producing results. If you look at our military and paramilitary, you will discover their problem is not that of capacity or training; it is a problem of leadership and that is why I’m coming out”.

Contrary to public opinion, Adebayo said Nigerians have never been this united in a long while.

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His words, “Some of those who say Nigeria has not been this divided are using it as a weapon to keep us disunited and to challenge the government of the day. I can tell you that Nigerians themselves have not been this united in a very long time. Nigerians are united about the problems the country is facing.

“The problem is that the elite have not been this desperate at any time in Nigeria’s history to use disunity to keep us divided as they are doing now. Since 1999 when terms and tenure of political offices were defined, the political elite have discovered that no matter how powerful or mischievous a politician is, after four years, he must have to take another mandate to continue in office during which his renewal of mandate could be denied and even if it was renewed after eight years, he cannot renew it again.

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“So, what the political elite in Nigeria have done now is to form a conclave and put their names in a basket. A governor today will after eight years put a lackey to succeed him and move to the Senate and after some years in the Senate, he will take a shot at the presidency and if he doesn’t get it, he will become a minister. They keep the people disunited to succeed in doing this. Sometimes they use ethnic strife and other times they use religious tension but the bottom line is that this does not have any effect on the real life dynamics of the Nigerian people.

“The common Nigerians are united by the misery the political elite foist on them. The political elites’ own interpretation of unity is whether they are all represented in government. We must contrast the cry of the elite over the sharing of the loot and our common patrimony and what the Nigerian people are going through because the common people of Nigeria are not disunited among themselves. I don’t join the elite in their ethno-religious classification and interpretation of what a disunited Nigeria is based on how much access they have to the villa. The Nigerian elite is the ones stubbornly trying to promote disunity”.

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2023 Presidency: Atiku lists five-point agenda

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Former Vice President and a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential aspirant Atiku Abubakar, on Sunday, said listed his five-point development agenda for Nigeria if he becomes the next President come 2023.

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Atiku made this known when he met with Abia State Special Delegates to the PDP National convention at the Government House Banquet Hall.

He highlighted his five-point development agenda to include; instituting symbols of unity, and dealing with insecurity, the economy, education, and restructure of the country.

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He said that the South-East is his real point adding, “Therefore, nobody can label me anti-East or anti-race”.

According to him, by 2023, PDP would have been in opposition for 8 years, stating, “We must win the next election.Would we like to go back? Do we want to remain in opposition? These are the questions before us”

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“Your aspiration as Igbo people will materialise and be realised. So, give me victory so that your aspiration will be realised.

“Together, we can achieve these goals if we unite as PDP and fight for power.”

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He added, “I came with these objectives and if you should be able to give me this opportunity, I believe we will work together to achieve this”.

Earlier in a courtesy call on him, Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu saluted Atiku for his doggedness in his quest to unify and recover Nigeria.

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Nigeria, he said, “has drifted further down the valley from where we are. Nigerians are faced with serious challenges and are now begging for the opportunity to live.”

Speaking, the PDP state chairman, Asiforo Okere, expressed his excitement to receive Atiku, adding, “We are not unaware of your contributions to the nation”.

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Atiku was led by his campaign director general, Raymond Dokpesi who described Atiku, as “a detribalised Nigerian, astute deliverer of democracy and a unifier”.

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Acting Involves Brainwork, Not Only Looks

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Nollywood actress, Kehinde Bankole, has advised those coming into Nollywood to be ready for the intellectual work that comes with the glamour of the industry.
The ‘Blood Sisters’ actress stated this known during an Instagram Live session.
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She said, “Don’t see acting as a career you can come into when all other careers are not working for you. (Perhaps), you have been told that doctors and lawyers are more professional than actors, so you decided to start acting because you couldn’t cope in other fields. Acting is not just about looking good; it involves a lot of intellectual work. You have to think on your toes, otherwise, you would become irrelevant.”
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Speaking further, the award-winning actress noted that being able to sustain relevance is where the real work lies. “Being able to sustain relevance is the real work, being able to make it pay your bills. Stumbling on fame doesn’t happen like that for people every time, like the case of Olajumoke the bread seller. There are people whose stories are like that but it’s usually one out of every five hundred.”Kehinde BankoleKehinde Bankole

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FG empowers women in sanitary items production

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About 30 women were trained over the weekend by the Ministry of Women Affairs, Bauchi State on the production of sanitary items for home management.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria the training was done in collaboration with QUB Resources Limited, Abuja, which provided the training.

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The women were trained on how to make liquid soaps, hand sanitisers, and other disinfectants.

The training was done under the ministry’s Women’s Economic Empowerment Workshop.

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Representative of QUB Resources Limited, Mrs. Lydia Shehu, said the theme of the one-day training is, ‘Building women’s economic resilience for inclusive recovery’.

Shehu said that the aim was for the attainment of personal and family hygiene and from bacteria, and viruses, among others, and to improve their means of livelihood.

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She lauded the Minister for Women Affairs and Social Development, Pauline Tallen for organising the programme, especially during this period of COVID-19 and other diseases.

The representative explained that the skills taught were not capital-intensive, adding that the trainees could start up the business with little income and train other women on the products.

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