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Does An Acting President Have A “WILL” of His Own?

Economy, Human Rights, Politics, Security
By Benjamin Bala Thoughts for this article arose from the reaction of Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President, to the “Return or Resign” protest group of 7th August, 2017. He asserted rightly that “Mr. President has complied 100% with the requirements of the constitution of this Country” because he, “has handed over power to the Vice President”. Garba Shehu stated that the Acting (Ag) President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo “was carrying out his responsibilities to the delight of the president”. He therefore insisted; “there was no power vacuum in governance even with Buhari’s absence” (tribuneonlineng.com, accessed on 08.08.2017). I have also listened curiously to some learned lawyers and political analysts with admiration arguing in favour of same position. No doubt, the Preside
Another plot by Elrufai leaked

Another plot by Elrufai leaked

Human Rights, Religion, Security, Southern Kaduna
Some days back, between 9 - 10pm Governor El-Rufai held a meeting with some former LG sole administrators in government house. In the course of his discussion with them he made the following positions: 1. That the Southern kaduna elites didn't get patronage from him and  that's why they are instigating their people against him and creating crisis in the area, but that he has vowed that he will not share state money to anybody in Southern Kaduna . That because he refused to give them money the elites had no option than to allow peace to returned to the area. 2. That no matter how long it takes,he will deal with the Leadership of SOKAPU by arresting and prosecuting them particularly now that they have  gone back to their hate activities and trying to embarrass him. That  he is patie
OUR POSITION ON THE PROPOSED REVIEW OF EXISTING CHIEFTAINCY SYSTEM IN KADUNA STATE

OUR POSITION ON THE PROPOSED REVIEW OF EXISTING CHIEFTAINCY SYSTEM IN KADUNA STATE

Culture & Lifestyle, Human Rights, Politics, Security
SOUTHERN KADUNA PEOPLES’ UNION (SOKAPU) OUR POSITION ON THE PROPOSED REVIEW OF EXISTING CHIEFTAINCY SYSTEM IN KADUNA STATE Our attention was drawn on 28/7/2017 to two documents circulating in the social media on review of existing chieftaincy system in Kaduna State. The first is titled “Appointment of Committee to Review the Existing Chieftaincy System in the State” and the second emanated from a body called the “Committee to Review the Existing Chieftaincy System in the State Sub-Committee on the Nomenclature”. The mandate or Terms of (TOR) Reference of the main Committee are: “(i). To examine the existing nomenclature of the graded chiefs which emphasizes ethnic identity and propose new ones based on town/location of the Chiefdom taking due cognizance of the historical antece
SOUTHERN KADUNA WOMEN FOUNDATION REPORT FOR THE TRIP TO GODOGOD AND NINTE VILLAGE

SOUTHERN KADUNA WOMEN FOUNDATION REPORT FOR THE TRIP TO GODOGOD AND NINTE VILLAGE

Economy, Education, Human Rights, Security, Southern Kaduna
DATE:   12TH JULY, 2017 DEPARTURE TIME: 9:25AM The journey started out at a good time and it was led by Mrs. Patience Dodo in company of 9 women, 2 camera men and 3 drivers. By the grace of God we were able to get a bus and two Hilux trucks from Mummy Shekari, Mummy Ambi (who also gave 5  bags of salt), and Rahilah Benedict respectively. We were able to carry a good number of food stuff - Palm oil , groundnut oil , Tom brown for children ,Sugar, tomatoe puree , matches ,  washing soap, kitchen utensils and clothings . God answered our prayers, there was no rain until every item was dropped at the last village visited. Godogodo Experience: We got there at a good time and we met with our contact persons . There was a  massive turn out of women, men and children all around where ou
NO AGREEMENT SIGNED BY SOKAPU IN KAFANCHAN

NO AGREEMENT SIGNED BY SOKAPU IN KAFANCHAN

Human Rights, Politics, Security, Southern Kaduna
Southern Kaduna Peoples’ Union Press Statement 18/7/2017 Our attention has been drawn to certain press reports by a Kaduna-based radio station that SOKAPU has signed a peace pact with certain groups at a meeting convened by Global Peace Foundation Nigeria in Kafanchan on 13th July, 2017. The report is completely untrue. SOKAPU did not sign any form of agreement with any group, body or individuals. No agreement of any nature was signed at the meeting. Groups were invited to give their brief perspectives about the attacks in Southern Kaduna as well as the way forward. SOKAPU assured the gathering that Southern Kaduna people are inherently a peaceful, accommodating and hospitable people. Also, that SOKAPU as a Union does not condone killings of anyone-Christian or Muslim; Bajju
Students To Report el-Rufai To Right Groups over closure of institutions in Southern Kaduna

Students To Report el-Rufai To Right Groups over closure of institutions in Southern Kaduna

Education, Human Rights, Politics, Security, Southern Kaduna
Gets 3,753 signatures for vote of no confidence against governor By Haruna Marok, Kaduna The Southern Kaduna Youth and Students Forum (SKYSFOM) said it is set to report the Kaduna State governor, Malam Nasir el-Rufai to 10 different human right and policy making organizations over closure of schools in the area. The students also disclosed that they have officially gathered about 3,753 signatures from members who signed a register it open for the passage of a Vote of No Confidence on governor Nasir el-Rufai. According to the group, the collation of over 3000 signatories for the vote of no confidence on el-Rufai is indeed remarkable since within a short time, giving the hardship by their poor members who made efforts and voted online or travel to designated points of voting. "We ar
Elrufai’s naivety and tyranny

Elrufai’s naivety and tyranny

Education, Human Rights, Politics, Security, Southern Kaduna
It's no longer news that Luka Biniyat ha been incarcerated and now in jail despite his poor health. What was supposed to be a normal court procedure became a charade of the highest order as the judge after the hearing ordered that Luka be remanded in prison until the 20th of July. The judge, by keeping Luka in the prison walls definitely is  acting a script carefully put together by Elrufai who is desperate to prove a point that he is Lord of the law and has power to twist our Nigerian constitution to suit his purposes. Kaduna State, under the leadership of El Rufai has degenerated to an all time low. At the slightest provocation, he deploys executive powers given to him through a mandate. He has mischievously transformed this power into an instrument of coercion and oppression to humil
A journalist remanded in Prison for the second time over allegation of false publication by Nasiru Elrufai

A journalist remanded in Prison for the second time over allegation of false publication by Nasiru Elrufai

Human Rights, Security, Southern Kaduna
Kaduna Based Journalist Who Appears In Court With Crutches Remanded In Prison. A Kaduna State High Court sitting in Kaduna has remanded a former reporter with Vanguard Newspapers, Mr. Luka Binniyat to Kaduna Maximum prison over allegation of false publication brought before it by Nasir el-Rufai’s led government. Luka, who had some health challenge, appeared at the court today on crutches and was sent to Kaduna prison byJustice Bashir Sukola after appeals from Barr. James Kanyip, counsel to the Journalist. Justice Sukola said the Journalist should be remanded in Prison custody till 20th-July, 2017 for ruling on the application of bail filed by the Journalist’s lawyer. The Kaduna State had dragged the Journalist to court on two count charges over publication in Vanguard Newspaper o
Exposed plans of El-Rufai’s  for 2019

Exposed plans of El-Rufai’s for 2019

Human Rights, Politics, Security, Southern Kaduna
Just like former Governor Ramallan Yero did prior to the 2015 gubernatorial elections when he hired a consultant to tell him how to win the gubernatorial elections, Governor, El-Rufai is also toying the same path. He, El-Rufai actually wanted to contest for the Presidency after his first term in kaduna. His plan was to support the present Commissioner  for Budget and Planning as Governor and somebody ( He hasn't really made up his mind on this because of his belief that he or the person he backs can win election in kaduna without the votes of southern Kaduna people )from SK as deputy in 2019. That's Partly the reason why he was treating SK and by extension people in kaduna the way he is currently doing. His intention was to do his term and then move to Abuja in 2019. He was counting on
SKYSFOM Vote of No Confidence;  3,446 Signatures collected

SKYSFOM Vote of No Confidence; 3,446 Signatures collected

Education, Human Rights, Security, Southern Kaduna
The ongoing collection of votes of no confidence by the Southern Kaduna Youths and Students Forum against  the Kaduna State government regards Education in the state due to the prolonged closure of Institutions in Southern Kaduna has been yielding much results as Three Thousand, Four Hundred and Fourty Six (3,446) votes has so far been collated and verified today. The president of SKYSFOM, Comr Jesse Galadima  encourages those who have not Signed to ensure they do so before 12:00 midnight Tomorrow 9th July 2017 when collection of Signatures will officially close. The president encourages students to be very peaceful and Law abiding as SKYSFOM is determined to employ all lawful means to ensure the Schools are reopened. Katuka Meshack PRO1 SKYSFOM