Below are the headlines found on The Daily Sun Online Newspaper for today, Thursday, 1st  February, 2018.

Thu, 01 Feb 2018
Twenty-four hours after the expiration of an ultimatum given to Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr. Ibrahim Idris, to arrest perpetrators of recent killings in Benue State, the Senate yesterday ordered its Committee on Police Affairs to summon him (IGP).

At the same time, President Muhammadu Buhari faulted the legislators over claims that his administration did not do enough to tackle killings in Benue State and other parts of the country.

In his letter, dated January 25, 2018, but acknowledged by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki on Tuesday, Buhari claimed the police was working to apprehend all the culprits of the heartless killings.

The resolution of the Senate followed a point of order, raised by Joshua Lidani from Gombe State, drawing the attention of his colleagues to what he described as the refusal of the IGP to execute its resolution.

The Senate, had on Tuesday, January 16, mandated the IGP, to within two weeks, arrest and investigate the masterminds of the mass killings in Benue State. It warned the IGP not to flout its decision.

At the expiration of the ultimatum on Tuesday, the IGP was yet to announce the arrest of any culprits.

Saraki noted: “When we passed the ultimatum it was of great concern by some of us that such a resolution of this chamber must be taken seriously. It goes beyond the two-week ultimatum. The integrity of the institution must be taken seriously.

“The Senate Committee on Police and Intelligence should summon the IG to come before you by tomorrow (today) to make an explanation on where we are on this two-week ultimatum. This committee should report to us by Tuesday on where we are.

“We must make it clear to the security agencies that those kind of ultimatums cannot be taken lightly. If by Tuesday we are not happy with their report, we can take a decision to summon the IG.

“If they think we are just going to sweep this thing under the carpet, the answer is definitely no. We are not going to stop until people are made accounted.

“Like President Buhari said in his letter, he has told the IG to ensure speedy prosecution and we are not seeing that. The IG knows that he needs to take this seriously.”

However, Buhari in his letter insisted: “To infer therefore that nothing has been done, is incorrect.”

He also hinted that plans were underway to restructure and decentralise the country’s security apparatus:

“On December 19, 2017, while receiving the report of the committee set up to review the technical and administrative structure of the national intelligence agencies, I underscored the need to review the entire national security architecture as I promised in my inaugural address on the 29th May 2015.

“Action is being initiated to receive maximum cooperation from the Senate in line with the resolutions you forwarded to me.”

Buhari revealed that he had already ordered the IGP to speed up efforts and bring perpetrators of the massacre in Benue State to justice:

“Furthermore, I have instructed the IGP to relocate to Benue State and redeploy forces to the most sensitive towns. The Federal Government is initiating measures to address these and other security challenges, alleviate the consequences of these attacks and forestall reoccurrence.

“The senate resolution itemised in your letter would be taken into consideration and I am instructing all relevant ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) to factor them in their work.

“As I briefed you (Saraki) and the Speaker when we met, several courses of action have been taken prior to the Senate resolution. You may recall that I told you of the following steps taken as soon as the information came to me about the Benue killings.

“On Thursday, January 4, I sent the Minister of Interior and the Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of operations for an on-the-spot assessment of the situation.

“On Friday, January 5, the IGP briefed me verbally on the latest situation and that calm had then been restored.

“On Monday 8, the Minister of Interior met with the governors of Adamawa, Kaduna, Niger, Benue, Taraba and Nasarawa states together with the Director-General of the State Security Services (DSS), IGP, Comptroller-General of Civil Defence Corps, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development and police commissioners of the six aforementioned states.

Thu, 01 Feb 2018
Eulogies poured in yesterday at the commendation service organised in honour of the former vice president, late Dr Alex Ekwueme, at the Michael Okpara Square, Enugu.

At the service, the Archbishop of Enugu Ecclesiastical Province and Bishop of Anglican Diocese of Enugu, the Most Rev Dr. Emmanuel Chukwuma, who preached the sermon, hit hard on Nigerian politicians, accusing them of being self-centred.

This, he said, negated the kind of politics the late  Ekwueme played while he was alive.

Bishop Chukwuma told the legion of politicians who were present at the service that they were playing politics of personal aggrandisement, adding, “Recycling yourselves in politics is a disgrace.”

The cleric chided the politicians who he said as soon as they ride on the mandate of the people to power they would turn their backs against them.

Chukwuma whose message at the sermon was “How prepared are you?” said the problem with politicians is that most of them do not have other careers aside playing politics.

After the harsh words of the archbishop, tributes for the late elder statesman started pouring in with Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, where former president Shehu Shagari, who the late Ekwueme was his vice comes from, taking the lead.

Tambuwal said: “We have lost a thorough bred leader, a patriot, a democrat and, indeed, one of Nigeria’s best. Our condolence goes to his immediate family, the people of Anambra State, the people of the South East, and, indeed, Nigeria. May his perfect soul rest in peace,” he prayed.

Similarly, former vice president, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, praised the virtues of Ekwueme and recalled that he served with him, between 1994 and 1995, on the constitutional conference that drafted the current constitution of Nigeria. He said his stance on restructuring was influenced by the late  Ekwueme.

He said although he had initially disagreed with Ekwueme, he later became his “convert and student.”

“Between 1994 and 1995, the late Ekueme and I were part of the constitutional conference that drafted the current constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“So, my association with him started from then. He was a fountain of wisdom and intellect.

“Although, occasionally, we disagreed, for instance, I was one of those who disagreed on the issue of restructuring on geo-political basis, but I came later on to be his convert and his student.

“It is, therefore, very sad that we have lost such a man at this point in time when Nigeria really needs his fountain of wisdom, knowledge and leadership.”

Host Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuany, who Bishop Chukwuma singled out amongst the politicians for his good leadership, described Ekwueme as an “exemplary great man, a man of immeasurable honour and unquestionable integrity, a beckon of democracy, a man who bestowed social, cultural and political landscape like a colossus and, yet, remained humble and unassuming.”

Ugwuanyi noted that the late Ekwueme was the architect who drew the master plan of the federal capital territory and described him as “a leader by merit, and politician by trust.”

Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, described Ekwueme as an icon in life and one who has remained an icon in death.

“Ide was a legend among men. I once likened him to Hercules Nestor and Odysseus in one, considering his bravery, wits, intellect, and strength.

“Although innately gentle, he never hesitated to adorn the toga of a hot-headed ‘rebel’ in pursuit of common good.

“No wonder the Ikoro, the giant wooden gong, has continued to sound in a frenzy of unending and unbridled adulations since he passed on. As we know, the Ikoro hails a man in proportion to his heroics.

“History will be kind to Chief Alex Ekwueme for his bravery in rallying the G-34 to challenge the military hegemony over Nigeria and joining forces with other pro-democracy activists to enthrone the democracy we enjoy today,” Ekweremadu said.

Chairman of the South East Governors Forum and governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi, thanked Bishop Chukwuma for the words of advice he gave to the politicians during his sermon.

He also thanked all Nigerians who gathered in Enugu to bid the late Ekwueme a final farewell.

Responding on behalf of the Ekwueme’s family, Chief Obumneme Ekwueme thanked the South-East governors for rising up to give his late brother a befitting burial. He said they filled the gap left by the Federal Government.

He described the life of Ekwueme as an open book that would be difficult for any of his children to fill.

He, therefore, prayed that another Iroko like the departed Ekwueme, the late Nnamdi Azikiwe and Chief Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu would spring up again in Igbo land.

Meanwhile, President of Amalgamated Market Traders Association of Anambra State (AMATAS), Chief Okwudili Ezenwankwo, has directed all markets in the state to remain closed today in honour of the late former vice president. 

Thu, 01 Feb 2018
Promoters of the Coalition for Nigeria Movement (CNM) have unveiled its agenda, with former governor of Osun State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola as the arrowhead.

Prince Oyinlola warned at the Abuja launch, yesterday, that Nigeria is inching towards a dangerous and helpless point and cautioned that unless a bold step is urgently taken, the country may face a conflagration that would be difficult to contain.

Dignitaries at the event, which took place at the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre, included former governor of Cross Rivers State, Donald Duke, former political adviser to former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Akin Osuntokun .

Obasanjo had, in an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday, January 23, dismissed the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) as platforms that have failed Nigerians.

The former president stressed that the two political parties have lost the trust and confidence of Nigerians.

On the basis of that, he canvassed the formation of a political coalition and charged the populace to embrace it, to help re-direct the country.

The former president was, however, not present at the formal launch of the movement, yesterday, but some of his aides and former PDP members were at the event.

Lamenting the state of affairs, Oyinlola, who is the coordinator of the Movement, contended that lack of equity and equality are responsible for the current tension and challenges facing Nigeria.

The former governor insisted that peace will continue to elude the country as long as there is discrimination against some Nigerians because of where they come from.

He said: “There cannot be peace where there is no justice, no equity.

“You will agree with me that they can not be peace where  there is no justice.

“The tensions and security challenges this nation faces, today, are direct products of social and economic justice.”

The former Osun governor emphasised that the country is sitting on a keg of gun powder and that sitting aloof will spell doom for the country.

He added: “Every sensible person must know that there is trouble ahead, unless something urgent is done. 

“In the absence of credible social security programmes, the vulnerable and young ones have resorted to desperate actions, such as getting sold into slavery in Europe in this 21st century.

“Failure of leadership has robbed our country of greatness.”

He said the decision to float the coalition is to galvanise Nigerians, to wrest the country from few people who have left it more divided.

“You would understand why some of us have decided to make this  effort and are waking up the vast majority of our people to, for once, take their destinies in their hands, as demanded by the Constitution.”

Oyinlola maintained that insecurity and growing unemployment have made despondency and hopelessness more glaring on faces of millions of Nigerians, especially women and the youth.

On whether the movement will be registered as a political party or will affiliate with one of the existing parties Oyinlola, said the decision on what to do with the coalition was yet to be taken.

“We’re not a political party, at least, for now.

“We recognise the facts that, by the dictates of the Constitution, you can only contest on the platform of a political party.”

He also denied insinuations that the movement was formed to legitimise Obasanjo’s legacy.

Rather than that, he said the movement is determined to use the instrument of democracy to replace the the current state of affairs.

“It is a shame if we all fail to use the powers of democracy to fight and defeat this devil.

“What, then, are the specific aims and objectives of this movement?

“As stated earlier, this movement is here to promote the welfare of all citizens of a united Nigeria guarded by justice and fairness. 

“In carrying out this task, we are taking into consideration the various calls for equity in political and social relationship across the various segments of the country.

“This Movement, therefore, has as its cardinal objectives, the promotion of equity and equality of opportunities for all our compatriots, in order to have a truly just and united Nigeria.

“In more specific terms, we invite our youths and women to use the window provided by this Movement to take their desired place in the leadership of their country.

“The women and youths are very vital but vulnerable segment of our population that needs special attention. 

“Women in the formal sector need further encouragement while those in the informal sector desire enhanced assistance to realize their potentials,” said Oyinlola.

Meanwhile, barring any last minute change, Obasanjo will, today, launch the Ogun State chapter of the CNM.

Briefing journalists on the launch, in Abeokuta, yesterday,  Obasanjo’s Media Aide, Kehinde Akinyemi,  said the former president will personally perform the launch at  the Ogun State Secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Oke-Ilewo, in Abeokuta.

“The registration of members for the Coalition for Nigeria Movement (CMN), Ogun State chapter begins today .

“It will hold at the lwe-Irohin House, Press Centre, Oke Ilewo Abeokuta, starting from 10:00am and be  presided over by the special guest and Chief Convener, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo.”

Akinyemi also noted that registration is free.

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