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Onaiyekan: Nigeria Faced with Two Undesirable Presidential Candidates
Mon, 03 Dec 2018

The Catholic Archbishop of Abuja Archdiocese, John Cardinal Onaiyekan, at the weekend took a critical look at the nation’s political landscape and concluded that the main challenge before Nigerians is making a choice between two well-known but undesirable candidates in the forthcoming presidential election.

In his speech presented at the weekend in Abuja during a sensitisation programme towards the 2019 general elections titled, ‘The Church in Politics, Towards Election Year-2019,’ Onaiyekan said the new political parties that would have joined forces to produce a credible alternative presidential candidate failed to do so due to selfishness and ego.

He said that at the moment, it would not be in the interest of the church to support one political party against the other; but to identify and stand behind those who can offer good governance for the people.

According to Cardinal Onaiyekan, the church and the clergies must come out clearly to support efforts to sanitise the political climate.

He said, “My dear brothers, our country is deeply in a great dilemma as we move towards the 2019 general elections. It would appear that we are faced with horrible tragedy of a choice between two well-known undesirable candidates.

‘’This is not only because both of them are Muslims but because we have seen both and we have no reason to be enthusiastic that they will do wonders. But this does not mean that we will completely give up interest, if we do, others are busy working. All it takes for evil to thrive is for the righteous to stay quiet and do what they call minding their own business, which means doing nothing.

“It is a pity that whereas there are over 90 political parties, there seems to be no viable alternative to the two mega parties that have failed us. Where is the alternative? It is a pity that they cannot come together to form a viable alternative.

‘’In my opinion, this is mainly because of their selfishness. Everybody wants to be president and wield power. No one wants to step down and join hands with others of like minds. We need to pray that there will be a way forward. We need to seriously tackle the devil of selfishness.’’

He charged Catholic Church faithful who belonged to the APC and PDP to realise the need for a conversion of hearts and a change from selfishness to a sense of solidarity.

The Cardinal, who expressed fears of a looming crisis facing the country in view of forthcoming general elections, advised that one of the ways to avert it is for religious leaders to act responsibly by addressing issues and speaking clearly to political elites no matter which sides they belong.

He added, “We need to change from deceit and lies to truth and honesty. We should encourage our Catholics that it is possible for politicians to be honest.’’

Onaiyekan stated that part of the inter-religious peace and cooperation that the Catholic Church is preaching is for its members to join other men and women of goodwill in pursuing justice, love and peace.

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PDP Rallies Governors Behind Atiku, Unveils Policy Document Competition
Mon, 03 Dec 2018

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has intensified efforts to rally its governors behind its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, whose electioneering formally begins today in Sokoto with a rally the party said marks the start of its move to grab power from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

There have been media reports that Atiku’s bid to become Nigeria’s president might be much tougher than envisaged as some governors elected on the platform of the party have become hurdles standing imposingly between him and his aspiration.
According to the reports, the former vice-president’s travail is said to have started the moment he settled for former governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi, as his running mate.

Atiku is believed to have struck a deal with some prominent South-east politicians, amongst them, the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, and the Ebonyi State Governor, Chief Dave Umahi, as likely running mate if they support him to emerge as the party’s candidate.

Atiku is, however, being accused of settling for Obi without consulting with South-east and South-south leaders of the party, thus fuelling intense mistrust amongst majority of them, who then chose to stay away from his presidential affair, because ‘he cannot be trusted.’

The governors are believed to be facing intense lobby from the president’s men and their colleagues in the APC, a development believed to have given rise to their recent meeting with Buhari at the Villa.

But speaking with THISDAY yesterday, the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, insisted that there is no in-house fighting in the main opposition party, as the party is committed and united to assume leadership of the country in 2019.

Ologbondiyan said that the party has been carrying along all its stakeholders and that the governors have been part of all the major decisions on the presidential campaign.

Admitting that there were initial misgivings in some quarters, he, however, told THISDAY that everyone had been brought up to speed and all misunderstandings straightened out.

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N2.3trn Stock Market Losses Widen Entry Opportunity for Investors
Mon, 03 Dec 2018
By Goddy Egene One month to the end of the year, the Nigerian stock market has shed N2.348 trillion following persistent weak demand for stocks in a bear market. Specifically, in the last 11 months, N2.348 trillion has been eroded from the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) market capitalisation.While the market shed N1.766trillion in 10 months []The post N2.3trn Stock Market Losses Widen Entry Opportunity for Investors appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Buratai Charges Special Forces to Prove Their Mettle
Mon, 03 Dec 2018
By Kingsley Nwezeh in Abuja The Nigerian Army has challenged its Special Forces to prove that they have better training and tactics than terrorists by making the difference and positive impact in the on-going counter-terrorism operations. However, THISDAY gathered that the killing of 23 soldiers in Metele, Borno State by insurgents and the angry response []The post Buratai Charges Special Forces to Prove Their Mettle appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Fuel Crisis Looms as Marketers Issue Ultimatum over Outstanding Payments
Mon, 03 Dec 2018
By Peter Uzoho Motorists and other users of petroleum products may experience scarcity of the products as oil marketers have issued a seven-day ultimatum to the federal government to settle with cash all outstanding payments arising from unpaid subsidy claims, including forex differentials and interest, which it said amount to about N800 billion. The marketers, []The post Fuel Crisis Looms as Marketers Issue Ultimatum over Outstanding Payments appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Concerns Mount as Buhari May Not Sign Electoral Act Amendment Bill
Mon, 03 Dec 2018
By Davidson Iriekpen With just three days to the deadline for President Muhammadu Buhari to assent to the Electoral Act Amendment Bill transmitted to him early last month, strong indications have emerged that he might not sign it into law, THISDAY has learnt. President Buhari had thrice this year refused assent to the Electoral Act []The post Concerns Mount as Buhari May Not Sign Electoral Act Amendment Bill appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Osinbajo, Gowon Urge Nigerians to be Prayerful
Mon, 03 Dec 2018
By Sharon Emi The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, and a former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (rtd), yesterday in Abuja, thanked God for his goodness to Nigeria and also prayed for a more prosperous country. Osinbajo and Gowon were at the State House Chapel for the annual End of Year Thanksgiving Service. Speaking []The post Osinbajo, Gowon Urge Nigerians to be Prayerful appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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19 Children Drown in Kwara Boat Mishap
Mon, 03 Dec 2018
By Hammed Shittu in Ilorin No fewer than 19 children have been reportedly drowned in a boat mishap on Saturday in Lafiagi, Edu Local Government Area (LGA) of Kwara State. The boat, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) learnt, was conveying the victims across River Niger for a programme at a traditional wedding ceremony in []The post 19 Children Drown in Kwara Boat Mishap appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Obasanjo Commiserates with Trump over George Bush’s Death
Mon, 03 Dec 2018
By Femi Ogbonnikan in Abeokuta Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has condoled with the President of the United States of America (USA), Mr. Donald Trump, over the death of the country’s former President, Mr. George H.W Bush (Snr). The 94-year old former US leader died on Saturday. In a letter of condolence, which was made []The post Obasanjo Commiserates with Trump over George Bush’s Death appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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2019: 20 Political Parties to Form Coalition with Olawepo-Hashim
Mon, 03 Dec 2018
Presidential candidate of the Peoples Trust (PT) in the next general election, Mr. Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim, yesterday revealed that no fewer than 20 political parties are teaming up with his party to back his presidential aspiration. The candidate stated this yesterday while addressing journalists when a former presidential aspirant of the African Democratic Party (ADP), Matbias []The post 2019: 20 Political Parties to Form Coalition with Olawepo-Hashim appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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