The African Democratic Congress has warned the Federal Government that it will shut down the Presidential Villa if Obasanjo is harmed.
Chairman of the ADC, Chief Okey Nwosu spoke on Friday saying having failed to deliver on its campaign promises, the Buhari-led government has resorted to hounding opposition members into submission.
He said when Obasanjo was supporting Buhari during the run-up to the 2015 general elections; he was described as an advocate of change by Buhari and his supporters, but the same man was now being treated as a criminal because he was speaking against the government.
“What we are witnessing is the desperation of a failed government. When you have mediocre persons that are not focused on handling state power, they often go to dictatorial levels to try to achieve their aim but this time, the people of Nigeria and God are on our side and we will do what our country needs. President Obasanjo cannot be touched. When in 2014 and 2015, he was in the vanguard of trying to effect change because of the situation then, they were applauding him as the champion of a new Nigeria. Now that things have gone wrong in the area of security and economy and he is speaking out, they are now chasing the champion of new Nigeria. We will mobilize the whole of Nigeria to take over Aso Rock Villa if the government steps out of line” The ADC chairman said.
Two civil society organizations, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project and the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights however said Obasanjo should be ready to face trial if there was any evidence of financial mismanagement traced to his administration.
SERAP Director, Adetokunbo Mumuni, said the former President’s alarm of a witch-hunt by President Buhari was unnecessary as the anti-graft agencies must carry out their statutory responsibilities. Mumuni said, “The truth of the matter is that Buhari should not be the one to set the EFCC against anybody; the anti-graft agency should do its job, investigate allegations of crime against anybody and begin prosecution. That Obasanjo is crying foul will not stop the agencies from going after him, if indeed there are admissible evidence against him. I don’t think we should listen to Obasanjo. Rather, we should let the EFCC do what is legally appropriate and prosecute anyone who is supposed to be prosecuted. If Obasanjo has a case to answer, he should be ready to have his day in court under the due process.”
Also, the CDHR President, Malachy Ugwummadu, said, “Obasanjo should not play to the gallery. For me, it will be a huge positive development if this government can muster enough courage to take on Obasanjo. “If the government has credible information or evidence to take on Obasanjo, it will clearly show that all the people in the league of former presidents can be taken up.”
”I am not involved in inter/intra party politics” – Pastor Adeboye denies begging Tinubu on behalf of Ambode
There have been reports that the former Lagos state governor Bola Tinubu, had allegedly decided to stop Ambode’s bid for a second term in office by replacing him with Babajide Sanwoolu. This according to the same report, led to an alleged phone conversation between Pastor Adeboye and Tinubu, in which the general overseer begged Tinubu not to dump Ambode.
But in a statement issued on Pastor Adeboye’s social media accounts, RCCG General Overseer has denied ever making the call.
“Our attention has been drawn to news making the rounds from dailies especially the New Telegraph that Pastor E.A Adeboye, the General Overseer of the RCCG had a recent phone conversation with the Leader of the All Progressive Congress (APC).
“We would like to inform the general public that this is false and Pastor E.A Adeboye has not and would not be involved in inter/intra party politics in Nigeria and anywhere RCCG is present across the world. Pastor E.A Adeboye advises all well meaning Nigerians just like him to get their PVCs and exercise their civic duty.
Pope Francis expels Chilean priest Christian Precht amid sex abuse scandal
Pope Francis has expelled the Chilean priest Cristian Precht Bañados who is under investigation for child sex abuse.
The Archdiocese of Santiago said the Pope had decided to defrock the Reverend, Cristian Precht, local daily El Mercurio reported.
Precht was a former head of the Church’s Vicariate of Solidarity human rights group that in the 1980s had challenged ex-dictator Augusto Pinochet to end the practice of torture in Chile. The well-known Chilean religious leader has since been accused of sexual abuse as part of the investigation into allegations against members of the Marist Brothers religious community. Precht has previously denied the charges.
Precht’s defrocking is the first formal resignation the Pope has decreed since every bishop in Chile offered to step down in May over the country’s sex abuse scandal. The move is thought to be unprecedented in the modern history of the Catholic Church.
Pope Francis announcement comes as Chilean police raid church offices throughout the Andean nation looking for new cases of sexual abuse or evidence that church officials concealed abuse from authorities.
Buhari presiding over a divided Nigeria, says Saraki
Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari is currently overseeing a divided Nigeria.
Saraki, a presidential aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, said this in Abeokuta , Ogun State on Monday.
He was in the state to meet with PDP delegates ahead of the next month presidential primary.
The former Governor was accompanied by a leader of R-APC Kawu Baraje, ex-governor of Kogi State, Idris Wada, Director-General of his campaign organization, Muhammad Wakil and a Senator representing Kogi West, Dino Melaye.
Saraki said Nigeria no longer need a sectional leader like President Buhari.
“Today in Nigeria, we are here at the crossroads. The country is divided and to unite the country, we need someone who will make everybody feel a sense of belonging.
“Today, there is no sense belonging in some parts of the country.
“We need a president that rules and represents Nigeria. We want a president where everybody will say they belong here. Where there is no unity, there can never be progress.
“After unity, we can talk about development and progress.
“A lot of our people are suffering because you cannot give what you don’t have. We need a visionary leader. It is time for us in Nigeria to have a visionary leader. We need a man that has the ability and that can perform.
“Today, there is a new order over the world; we have seen it in Asia, America, and Europe. We are seeing people bringing in new, dynamic and energetic presidents and more importantly, digital presidents.
“When we talk about insecurity, it takes a courageous leader to say this is right and this is wrong, this is fair and this is unfair.
“It is time we have a leader that will stand for justice, to do things the way it needs to be done. We should stop saying presidents can only come from one part of the country.
“We should start asking who is more capable, who is ready to carry the people along?” Saraki added.
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