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2019: Buhari being misled ‘ Gen. Useni
Sat, 25 Aug 2018
Jeremiah Useni is a retired Army General, former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and now Senator representing Plateau South in the National Assembly. In this interview with BERE GYANG in Jos, General Useni who wants to be Plateau state governor in 2019 on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) spoke on various issues including how he ordered the killing of over 200 persons in old the Bendel State when he was the military governor. He warned that President Buhari is making the same mistakes made by his predecessor by surrounding himself with wrong advisers.

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Are you satisfied with the way Governor Simon Lalong is handling issues of peace and security in the state?
Are you? You are a Journalist, are you satisfied. You used to write it for us, are you? The governor doesn’t stay here. With the problem we have, he is expected to stay here in Jos and get closer to the people. See the way he was dealt with when he decided to go round and visit IDPs; they stoned him. There must be a reason why the people do so; he must have done something to annoy the people. Imagine when the President visited Plateau and spent the night here and he was telling the President that everything was smooth, that since his assumption of office here, there has been peace. For three years now, we never had Local Government election, and he said there is peace. At the dinner when the President visited, they were killing people in Bokkos, so why do you lie? Why not say the truth so that the President can help.

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As a stakeholder in Plateau and Nigeria, has there been any time you have ever advised the governor on the insecurity in the state?
The governor must accept before you advise him. He is a friend, we were communicating but when he heard that I am looking for the governorship seat, he doesn’t pick my telephone call again, so how do I communicate with him? We can communicate but if he feels that he knows all, then what do you do? I don’t do politics of castigating people in the news. I have been telling people around who are close to him that I like the governor but he doesn’t answer my telephone call again because I want to be a governor; so you can give advice and when it is rejected, what do you do?

People believe that Lalong was elected in 2015 as protest against his predecessor who wanted to impose his relation on the people; do you agree?
Very good, and that is why we expect him not to forget the fact that he got there on protest vote. Going there on protest vote indicates that he wasn’t on ground before he got that seat but what happened when he got there? There are a certain number of APC people that are not in good terms with him. Those of us who gave him that seat on protest vote, he doesn’t listen to us. I was a governor before; I expected that you keep in touch with people so that when you have a problem, you discuss with them to find a solution to your problem, but when you don’t discuss with them, they will leave you. I am from Plateau but when I was in Bendel as a governor, except we discuss in English, I don’t hear their language. They tried to speak Hausa and they said I am a Northerner but I try to work with them. I try to understand the problem of everybody. Those that I need their help, I contacted them to advise; we did that from time to time. Sometimes, I sent them messages to say I know you are very influential here, what is the problem here and they will give me some hints, they will say do this and do that or you need to talk to this and that person; that was how I secured peace there. Today, if I go to Bendel and they announce my coming in the church, some people will leave to come and visit me. You see, if you get the governorship seat and you now think you are next to God, that is mistake number one. It is only God that doesn’t make mistake; we all make mistakes. Therefore, we need ourselves to move forward and you must be a governor for all. There should be no discrimination, take everybody as equal and punish people according to their offence but when you don’t do that, you will start having problems. Ask the prominent APC people within the state, how many of those big people that the present governor is with now. His problem is not only with PDP but even with his own people; that is the problem.

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Do you think your party, PDP will bounce back to power in 2019?
We are working hard towards that. What is happening in Nigeria today, if we don’t change our system, if we don’t work properly between ourselves and God, then we will have wrong people. There are people who may get there just because they have the money to splash around because of hunger and other needs. When you give somebody N10, 000 today and tomorrow another man gives him N2, 000, you will be surprised to see that he has forgotten it. The N2, 000 he is holding now, he will think it is important, that is the problem we have. We should pray to God to make sure that things are done properly and those who are given the job should do it properly.

In 2014, five governors including top PDP members defected to APC and Goodluck Jonathan was dethroned as President; now we are having a similar situation, where the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, Governor Aminu Tambuwal, Governor Samuel Ortom and some members of the National Assembly are leaving APC to PDP; do you think Buhari will be sent out in 2019?
If people are defecting to PDP, it means things are changing for good but I cannot predict until when the time comes but those people who defected have their reasons. It means they have tested the two parties and the thing should go this way. If people defected in 2014 and PDP lost election and today people are leaving APC to PDP, we expect the same thing to happen.

People believed that Goodluck Jonathan was a civilian and he relinquished power easily in 2015; do you see the same thing happening now that we have a retired General as the President of the country?
People have different opinions; sometimes people who work with you can be the same people who will run you down. The problem Jonathan had was that people ran him down; he had so many people who were not working in his interest. When General Buhari came in, you can see he started very well but now people are saying that the President is surrounded by wrong people. We are hoping to be able to make some changes, even the Senate requested for some Ministers to be changed. The Senate is saying that next time, the list of Ministerial appointments should include their portfolios. We only get the list and their credentials, which are usually good but they don’t fit into some ministries. I wish that the Senators coming in the future should take note of that; if a President wants to appoint a Minister, he should say the Ministry he wants to give him; we should not appoint Ministers who will go and rely on the staff.

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Herdsmen plotting to kill me, Gov Ortom raises alarm
Sat, 25 Aug 2018
Benue State governor, Dr. Samuel Ortom has again raised the alarm that Fulani herdsmen were planning to kidnap, torture and kill him along Makurdi-Lafia highway.

Ortom disclosed this on Friday at an interactive session for peace building between the church, traditional rulers and other stakeholders. Organized by the Makurdi Catholic Diocese, the event held at the Pastoral Center in the state capital.

The governor who spoke in Tiv language said he got an intelligence report that the Fulani herdsmen who are currently occupying part of Guma Local Government Area of the state were planning to attack him along Abuja-Lafia road.

He said the armed herdsmen, according to the intelligence report, would ensure that all his security aides were killed after which they would kidnap him, torture him before killing him, adding that already, he had reported the matter to the police and other security agencies.

“Therefore anytime I sleep and wake up and my spirit doesn’t allow me to travel by road, I would call flight operators, but just a few days ago, the federal government has issued a circular that no flight should land in Makurdi airport again.”

The governor who also alleged that some Benue indigenes were conniving with other forces in Abuja to kill him stressed the need for the federal government to urgently address the killings across Nigeria by herdsmen to pave way for peaceful election in 2019.

He disclosed that most of the polling units in the crisis-affected areas have been destroyed and taken over by Fulani herdsmen as their grazing fields.

“The killings across Nigeria is a deliberate attempt by some people, either Boko Haram, armed bandits or herdsmen, working for the same purpose to disenfranchise a large proportion of Nigerians from voting for the leaders of their choice.

“Amnesty International had come out to disclose that over 19,000 people have lost their lives in Benue, Taraba, Kaduna, Nasarawa and Plateau states to herdsmen attacks and this does not speak well of the Nigerian nation especially as we are heading towards 2019.”

While lamenting that Benue indigenes have become destitutes and refugees in their fatherland, Ortom further disclosed that pockets of killings are still going on in Makurdi, Guma, Logo and Katsina-Ala local government areas of the state.

He explained further that most of the farmlands along the borderlines of Taraba and Nasarawa States have been taken over by herdsmen militia who currently occupy the areas to the detriment of the indigenes. “Even though, a goat doesn’t bite, but when you continue to provoke the goat, the goat will turn back and bite you”, he warned.

He attributed the success of his administration’s amnesty programme to the support given to him by the leadership of the Catholic Church in the state.

While calling on the international community to beam its searchlight on states affected by herdsmen crisis, the governor enjoined traditional rulers to go back and enlighten their subjects on the need to register with INEC and obtain their PVCs which is the only sure way to vote out leaders with questionable characters in next year’s general elections.

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Juve vs Lazio : Allegri unafraid to bench CR7
Sat, 25 Aug 2018
Max Allegri hailed Cristiano Ronaldo for ‘raising the bar’ at Juventus ahead of facing Lazio butThe post Juve vs Lazio : Allegri unafraid to bench CR7 appeared first on – The Sun News.
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REVEALED! Cousin of City’s owner submitted ‘2b Reds takeover bid
Sat, 25 Aug 2018
SG have confirmed theyve fielded takeover interest for Liverpool. It has emerged that Abu Dhabi-basedThe post REVEALED! Cousin of Citys owner submitted ‘2b Reds takeover bid appeared first on – The Sun News.
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EPL TITLE RACE : Rudiger prays for City slip
Sat, 25 Aug 2018
Chelsea defender Toni Rudiger has warned teammates theres still much to improve. In their firstThe post EPL TITLE RACE : Rudiger prays for City slip appeared first on – The Sun News.
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STUBBORN GOAT! Inter to return for Modric in January
Sat, 25 Aug 2018
Inter Milan are ready to try again for Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric in January. Thats theThe post STUBBORN GOAT! Inter to return for Modric in January appeared first on – The Sun News.
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Pogba tells Scholes to shut up
Sat, 25 Aug 2018
Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has added to speculation over his future after a new social mediaThe post Pogba tells Scholes to shut up appeared first on – The Sun News.
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STILL HURTING! Real tells Chelsea: Hazard not worth Neymar, Mbappe money
Sat, 25 Aug 2018
Chelsea have successfully priced Eden Hazard out of a move to Real Madrid. Real president FlorentinoThe post STILL HURTING! Real tells Chelsea: Hazard not worth Neymar, Mbappe money appeared first on – The Sun News.
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Think and Grow Rich ‘ African Perspective
Sat, 25 Aug 2018
Nigerian entrepreneurs, captains of industries and leaders of thought who have read THINK AND GROW RICH’AfricanThe post Think and Grow Rich African Perspective appeared first on – The Sun News.
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There’s a special place in hell for men who abandon their children
Sat, 25 Aug 2018
You need to ask yourself if it is right for a man to abandon his children because he is no longer withThe post There’s a special place in hell for men who abandon their children appeared first on – The Sun News.
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FG’s micro credit scheme for petty traders
Sat, 25 Aug 2018
The Federal Government has announced plans to empower two million petty traders across the country withThe post FG’s micro credit scheme for petty traders appeared first on – The Sun News.
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My close chase with death in Kenya: Dr. Farombi, ex-General Overseer, Foursquare Gospel Church
Sat, 25 Aug 2018
After the meeting in Nairobi, Kenya we had a desire to travel to Uganda and Tanzania, but on our way we had a very serious motor accident Vivian Onyebukwa Former General Overseer, Foursquare Gospel Church and founder of the Refreshing Ministries International, Dr Gabriel Olusoji Farombi recently turned 80. Even at 80, Dr. Farombi is…The post My close chase with death in Kenya: Dr. Farombi, ex-General Overseer, Foursquare Gospel Church appeared first on – The Sun News.
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OJUDE OBA: A heritage of loyalty
Sat, 25 Aug 2018
As noted by Group Chief Executive of FCMB, Ladi Balogun: For all true sons and daughters Ijebuland, the Ojude Oba Festival is more than an event for us. With fanfare, fashion fair and fun, an Ijebu display of how to give a royal pledge Musa Jibril Regular visitors to the Ojude Oba festival were not…The post OJUDE OBA: A heritage of loyalty appeared first on – The Sun News.
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2019 elections: Sen.Sodangi wants governorship position zoned to Nasarawa-North
Sat, 25 Aug 2018
NAN A three-term Senator, Abubakar Sodangi, on Friday advocated the zoning of Nasarawa State governorshipThe post 2019 elections: Sen.Sodangi wants governorship position zoned to Nasarawa-North appeared first on – The Sun News.
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APC lawmaker defects to PDP, another party chieftain resigns in Osun
Sat, 25 Aug 2018
NAN Mr Clement Akanni, a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), representing Ila StateThe post APC lawmaker defects to PDP, another party chieftain resigns in Osun appeared first on – The Sun News.
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My vision for Sokoto people ‘ Yabo, guber aspirant
Sat, 25 Aug 2018
Tunde Omolehin, Sokoto A leading governorship aspirant in Sokoto State on the platform of All ProgressivesThe post My vision for Sokoto people Yabo, guber aspirant appeared first on – The Sun News.
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Nation’s Cup qualifiers: Rohr names Onazi, Musa, Omeruo, 21 others for Seychelles
Sat, 25 Aug 2018
NAN Gernot Rohr, Super Eagles Technical Adviser, on Friday in Lagos announced a 24-man team list forThe post Nation’s Cup qualifiers: Rohr names Onazi, Musa, Omeruo, 21 others for Seychelles appeared first on – The Sun News.
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Enyimba FC chairman hopeful CAF will approve stadium for matches
Sat, 25 Aug 2018
NAN Chief Felix Anyansi-Agwu, Chairman, Enyimba FC of Aba, says the facilities needed at the EnyimbaThe post Enyimba FC chairman hopeful CAF will approve stadium for matches appeared first on – The Sun News.
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Howe wants Bournemouth to stay grounded after strong start
Sat, 25 Aug 2018
NAN Bournemouth have offered a glimpse of their potential with two victories but cannot let their strongThe post Howe wants Bournemouth to stay grounded after strong start appeared first on – The Sun News.
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West Ham Utd need to be more clinical to win at Arsenal ‘ Arnautovic
Sat, 25 Aug 2018
NAN Marko Arnautovic says West Ham United cannot afford any more Jekyll and Hyde displays if they wantThe post West Ham Utd need to be more clinical to win at Arsenal ‘ Arnautovic appeared first on – The Sun News.
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Ortom’s allegation baseless ‘ Miyetti Allah
Sat, 25 Aug 2018
National Coordinator of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), Alhaji Garus GololoThe post Ortoms allegation baseless ‘ Miyetti Allah appeared first on – The Sun News.
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Okorocha is Adolph Hitler of Igboland ‘ IPOB
Sat, 25 Aug 2018
Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has described Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha as the Adolph HitlerThe post Okorocha is Adolph Hitler of Igboland ‘ IPOB appeared first on – The Sun News.
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Pro-Biafra women protesters regain freedom
Sat, 25 Aug 2018
This was just as lead counsel to the Pro-Biafra women said he will take legal action against the ImoThe post Pro-Biafra women protesters regain freedom appeared first on – The Sun News.
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Tears, anger as catholic faithful bury slain priest in Abuja
Sat, 25 Aug 2018
The late Akawu who was very popular with Catholic faithful in his parish was just 18 months in the priesthoodThe post Tears, anger as catholic faithful bury slain priest in Abuja appeared first on – The Sun News.
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Game over
Sat, 25 Aug 2018
Some people would rather stay in a situation hoping it will change than start over with someone else.The post Game over appeared first on – The Sun News.
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Why Obasanjo should forgive Atiku
Sat, 25 Aug 2018
Obasanjo should forgive Atiku whatever trespasses he had committed against him and help him out thisThe post Why Obasanjo should forgive Atiku appeared first on – The Sun News.
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APDA plans to adopt convicted Rev King as presidential candidate
Sat, 25 Aug 2018
Rev King has been convicted for murder and awaiting execution at Sokoto Prison. However, two weeks ago,The post APDA plans to adopt convicted Rev King as presidential candidate appeared first on – The Sun News.
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From the belly of the Mediterranean Sea: Libyan returnee recounts experience
Sat, 25 Aug 2018
With his eyes wide open, he jumped into a boat, with over 200 passengers hoping to make it through theThe post From the belly of the Mediterranean Sea: Libyan returnee recounts experience appeared first on – The Sun News.
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How ABUAD will emerge Africa’s best university by 2020 ‘ Aare Afe Babalola, Founder and Chancellor
Sat, 25 Aug 2018
A writer said the success of Afe Babalola University is hinged on his personal involvement. He is theThe post How ABUAD will emerge Africas best university by 2020 Aare Afe Babalola, Founder and Chancellor appeared first on – The Sun News.
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Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti: Eight years of setting the pace
Sat, 25 Aug 2018
In eight years, Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD) rose from a newly licensed private universityThe post Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti: Eight years of setting the pace appeared first on – The Sun News.
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Early marriages dangerous ‘ Josephine Abraham, singer/actress
Sat, 25 Aug 2018
Ladies who live outrageous lifestyle should be educated through this movie and have a rethink about earlyThe post Early marriages dangerous Josephine Abraham, singer/actress appeared first on – The Sun News.
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Civil servants have no business running National Theatre, says Lawal
Sat, 25 Aug 2018
NAN A thespian, Pelumi Lawal popularly known as ‘Pelumi Baba”, on Friday said that the FederalThe post Civil servants have no business running National Theatre, says Lawal appeared first on – The Sun News.
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Tears As Family And Friends Bid Ras Kimono Farewell At Lying-in-state In Lagos
Sat, 25 Aug 2018
The atmosphere was melancholic with long faces trooping in to take one last look at Nigerias legendaryThe post Tears As Family And Friends Bid Ras Kimono Farewell At Lying-in-state In Lagos appeared first on – The Sun News.
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