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S’Court: Buhari, Tinubu engaged in two-fighting – Apostle Suleman



President Muhammadu Buhari should not have involved Nigerians in his bitter war with Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Apostle Johnson Suleman, Pastor of the Omega Fire Ministries, has said, as he weighed in on the current crisis in the country regarding the cash crunch arising from the monetary policy of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

Describing what seems a bitter feud between the camp of the President and some members of his cabinet on the one hand and Tinubu, presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), on the other as mere two-fighting, the cleric, said both ought to have settled the dispute between them without dragging Nigerians into it.

Rueing the current suffering in the land, Suleman, said since the issue the President seemed to be having with the former Governor of Lagos State was that he did not this Saturday’s presidential election to be bought with money, he should have gone straight to Tinubu to recover the cash he must have stockpiled.

Though the cleric only came close without mentioning the names of the APC leader, there is a strong assumption in the public space that the CBN’s policy was targetted at him, with some of the party’s big wigs saying so openly.

Even Tinubu, during an outing in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital on January 26, clearly said the same, when he told his audience: “They have started coming up with the issue of ‘no fuel’. Don’t worry, if there is no fuel, we will trek to cast the vote. If you like, increase the price of fuel, hide the fuel or change the ink on the naira notes, we will win the election. We will use our PVCs (permanent voter cards) to take over the government from them.

“If they like, let them say there is no fuel, we will trek there. They are full of mischief, they want to create a fuel crisis, they have started creating a fuel crisis, but, forget about it, put your mind at rest, I’m assuring you. I, Asiwaju will end fuel scarcity.

“Let the price of fuel continue to increase, they are the ones that know where they are hoarding it. They are hoarding naira notes, they are hoarding fuel, we will vote and we will win. If you like, change the ink in the naira note, we will win the election, the opposition will be defeated.”

On the strength of the comment, even the legal action at the Supreme Court, instituted by Nasir El-Rufai, Yahaya Bello and Bello Matawalle, Governors of Kaduna, Kogi and Zamfara, respectively, is believed to have been at the instance of the APC candidate.

But weighing in on the issue, Suleman, in a video that surfaced on Sunday and has since gone viral on social media, of one of his sermons in his church, sought to give a historical background to the development.

He said: “One of the things I don’t do is talk about politics. I don’t do that anymore. I can only encourage you and advise you to do the right thing. Hunger and all of that are not what we’re supposed to be going through. We have no business going through what we’re going through right now.

“What is happening now is that 200million Nigerians are suffering from two-fighting. We’re victims of two fighting. Let me give you a short parable. Some years ago, some politicians from different parties, decided to come together to form one party to chase out one man.

“It’s a story. I heard this story from a mad man. They came together that they want to stand behind one man, so all of them collapsed their structure and gave it to one man. They sponsored him with the money they kept at home. They didn’t take the money from the bank. It was at home that they kept it. They sponsored him.

“But on the inaugural day, the first thing the man said was that – I’m for everybody and I’m for no one. That should have told them that this is not a reliable person. This is an ingrate. (But) all of them came together again and supported him for a second time, not knowing that this person never had them in mind.

“Now the person came back and the first thing the person said is that he doesn’t want vote-buying and so they want to make sure there’s no money anywhere. For people to agree to sell their votes is because you made them poor. You weaponised poverty and that’s why you’re scared of vote-buying. If you made everywhere okay and people are comfortable, you’ll not be scared of people buying votes.

“It takes bulk money, it doesn’t take people withdrawing little money from their banks to buy votes. Money has to be so much to buy votes. You know who you’re targetting, why not go to the person and collect the money they kept at home? Why dragging all of us into your fight. You know who you’re targetting.

“And those who supported him, ntoo! Your eyes are clear now. Most of my friends who supported him, have been retired. They retired them because they gave their support. And on the other part, they’re all crying. They said that the governors are crying that the policy is hard on Nigerians, forget those governors, because they’re all criminals. The truth is that they’re paying for their own selfish game – that we should obey the courts because of this. The courts have said that Nnamdi Kanu should be released long time ago. He has not been released. They didn’t obey the courts. All of a sudden, you’re talking about the court. You that doesn’t obey the courts.

“They know why they’re fighting and they shouldn’t drag us into the mess. Those of you politicians in the church, you should have learnt your lesson. don’t plan your political life around the person that is not grateful. They’ll retire you.”


Speak now! Catholic priests want Kaduna gov’s reaction to El-Rufai’s Islamisation comments



Uba Sani, must either officially distance himself or affirm the declaration of his predecessor Nasir El-Rufai that Muslim-Muslim executive branch leadership, have come to stay or stand up to denounce it immediately.

These were the demands from Catholic priests in parts of the North, who as they expressed disgust at the statement, which showed the former governor captured in a video, which went viral last week, practically celebrating the continuation of an arrangement, which he first introduced in 2019, and which has now been sustained with the new governor having a Muslim deputy.

Clerics from Kaduna, Kafanchan and Zaria chapters of the Nigerian Catholic Diocesan Priests Association (NCDPA), in a public letter to Sani, urged him to declare his position on what they described as political supremacism in Kaduna state and Nigeria, as part of their reactions to the video, which has raised a lot of dust.

El-Rufai, who in his speech to Muslim clerics in the state, had recounted how after instituting an all-Muslim executive in the state himself and made it permanent in the state, the arrangement was pushed through at the national level with the election of Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Kashim Shettima, as President and Vice President, respectively on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Informing that while Nigerians were actually believed that religion was not the issue in pushing through with the ticket, when it was in fact the case, the former Governor, who spoke in Hausa, declared that the arrangement had come to stay and would last for the next 20 years at the initial stage after Tinubu, adding that the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), had been defeated by the outcome.

But an apparently thoroughly upset Catholic priests, in an open letter on Thursday, said: “Having soberly considered the contents and implications of such communication by a former state governor who is known to be your close ally, we feel compelled to write you, to know where you stand with regard to the commotions Mallam El-Rufai intends to propagate and perpetuate in our state,” the letter reads.

“We write you today because we are responsible stakeholders in the affairs of our beloved state with our own congregations and followers. Mr governor, we do not intend to conclude that you are in agreement with all the content of the former governor’s utterances, as you have given no explicit reason to suggest so (yet), even though you were present at the occasion! We therefore earnestly expect your direct official reaction to the utterances of your predecessor in office.”

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Buhari spent more than $19billion on revamping four refineries without result – Nasarawa gov



Barely two weeks after his exit, the records of former President Muhammadu Buhari, have come to to the fore with one of them indicating a damning verdict, as he was said to have sunk a whopping $19billion in trying to rehabilitate the nation’s four refineries, without anything to show for it.

Abdullahi Sule, Governor of Nassarawa State, who used the former President abysmal failure to make a case for supporting the removal on petroleum products, compared the huge wastage to the amount Dangote refinery, cost to give Nigeria a facility with the single chain production in the world.

None of Nigeria’s four refineries, located in Kaduna, Port Harcourt, and Warri is currently operational despite the huge amount sunk to resuscitate them, most of the funds borrowed from foreign lending agencies, the latest being the securing of $1.5million loan for that of Port Harcourt.

Bemoaning the situation, the governor, said: “Look at how much the President Buhari administration spent on fixing the refineries. In the eight years, he spent more money than the $19 billion that Dangote spent in building a refinery. That is one and a half times the size of our three refineries combined.”

A guest on Sunrise Daily, a breakfast programm of Channels Television on Thursday, Sule, pinned the payments of subsidy on Nigeria’s non-functional refineries, adding: “From the government side, I think we didn’t do a good job. When the (former) President (Buhari) came in in 2015, prices of crude oil dropped by less than 30 dollars. At that time, there was zero subsidy.

“Our three refineries in Nigeria today have a total of 450,000 barrels per day, Dangote is 650,000. He spent $19 billion on building it. We spent, not building a new one, but in maintaining these refineries; more than $19 billion in eight years, yet they have not been maintained.”

The Dangote Refinery, Africa’s biggest oil refinery, which took off in 2017, drew Nigerians and global personalities in different fields of life, including four African Presidents at its commissioning on May 22, 2023 by Buhari.

Sule, who also lamented the complexity of maintaining the refineries due to their diverse components, added: “The refinery is actually a component for water, crude, and diesel, about five or six different components that constitute a refinery. The moment the government says we are going to spend $2 billion this year on the refinery. The $2 billion is spent and as far as the President is concerned, they have given $2 billion.

“Now when it goes to the three refineries that we have in Port Harcourt, Warri, and Kaduna. Then they say, you now take $700 million, you now take $800 million – by the time they take that, it goes to fix maybe only one component out of the four components that are all bad. The ideal resolve would have been to allocate the major funds to one of the refining states to fix it totally before allocating the remainder to the other states.

“So, zero work is done. These are the true realities of what is happening, and that is why none of the refineries is working. These are truly the problem, we have not really managed this thing well.”

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Japan goes tough on asylum seekers, enacts new law to check abuse



Despite desperate attempts to block it, including a ruckus, which broke out in parliament Japan went ahead on Friday to enact an immigration law that would see the government deporting failed asylum seekers, even with members of civil society, joining in the pushback.

The law gives refugees only three chances to try after which they would face deportation, unlike before when applicants could stay in Japan during the decision process, regardless of the number of attempts they made to secure refugee status, reports, say.

The revised law will “protect those who must be protected while strictly dealing with people who have violated rules. There are many people who misuse the application system to avoid deportation,” Justice Minister Ken Saito, was quoted as saying, adding that this had persisted even when such people were not fleeing danger or persecution.

Last year, Japan accepted just 202 refugees out of some 12,500 applicants, and separately allowed 1,760 people to remain in the country due to “humanitarian considerations,” including more than 2,400 evacuees from Ukraine under a different framework.

Activists staged rallies against the revised law, but a protest from the opposition bloc in parliament was voted down by the ruling coalition, which holds a commanding majority.

“It is intolerable to deport people, even if they have criminal records, to countries that may violate their human rights” and where “their life and freedom would be in danger”, the Tokyo Bar Association said this week.

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party says the revisions will bring better access to medical care and accommodation options for people whose asylum applications are pending.

Japan’s immigration detention conditions have been under scrutiny since the 2021 death of Wishma Sandamali, a 33-year-old Sri Lankan woman.

Sandamali was not an asylum seeker but had been held for overstaying her visa after seeking police protection, reportedly to escape an abusive relationship.

Her family are seeking compensation of more than $1 million from the government over her death.

Sandamali reportedly complained repeatedly of stomach pain and other symptoms, and campaigners allege she received inadequate medical care.

Controversy and political pressure over the incident led ruling lawmakers to drop a push to enact similar legal changes to immigration rules two years ago.

Shoichi Ibusuki, a lawyer for Sandamali’s family, told AFP on Thursday that the revised bill was “equivalent to having a button to execute those who seek refuge by deporting them”.

“Japan’s refugee recognition system is not working,” he said, with officials turning down applications quickly, sometimes without face-to-face interviews.

Amnesty International also said in March that Japan should scrap the proposed revision to immigration laws, calling the country’s detention policies “harsh” and “repressive.”

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