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A member of Nassarawa State House of Assembly, Kassim Mohammed Kassim, has accused former Presidents, Olusegun Obasanjo, ex-military Head of State, Ibrahim Babangida and ex-military Head of State Abdulsalami Abubakar, of “conspiracy against good governance” of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Kassim, who made the claim under the aegis of The Democratic Youth Congress, Kassim accused the three former leaders of being uncomfortable with Buhari’s stance on corruption.

He alleged that the former leaders, handed over to Nigerians corruption, nepotism, underdevelopment and values laced with mutual distrust and suspicion.

Speaking with Punch on Monday in Lafia, the state capital, Kassim also alleged that the former leaders have began, “a search for President Muhammadu Buhari’s successor.”

Kassim, who represents Akwanga South in the state House of Assembly said at no time did the President confide in any of the former leaders about his future political plans.

He stated that the former leaders lacked the moral standing to chart a political course for a country they “ignominiously mismanaged.”

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Kassim said such a move was not only “an act of betrayal,” but “arson against the collective wishes of the Nigerian people.”

He maintained that the so-called search smirks of “hypocrisy and intent to cause political disharmony in the polity.”

Kassim said, “What have Obasanjo, Babangida and Abdulsalam Abubakar bequeathed to this country as leaders, if not corruption, nepotism, underdevelopment and values laced with mutual distrust and suspicion which has further compounded our journey to prosperity as a nation.

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“Enough is enough. We Nigerian youths have allowed such leaders to mortgage the future of this country.

“We, Nigerian youths, would henceforth use any civil and political will to resist such attempt by past leaders to determine the common destiny of this great nation.”

The lawmaker pledged the group’s “unflinching support to the emergence and continuation in office of President Muhammad Buhari beyond 2019.”

Source: Dailypost

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Continued closure of churches no longer justifiable – says CAN

Continued closure of churches no longer justifiable – says CAN

Continued closure of churches no longer justifiable – says CAN

The Christian Association of Nigeria on Tuesday kicked against the continued closure of worship centres by some state governments.

The CAN president, Dr Samson Ayokunle, said this in a statement by his Special Assistant (Media and Communications), Adebayo Oladeji.

In the statement titled, ‘Reopen all churches now: Enough is enough,’ Ayokunle said there was no more justification for closure of worship centres.

The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 had at its press briefing on June 1 ordered the reopening of worship centres.

It, however, said state government would take a final decision on the issue and ensure compliance with COVID-19 safety rules.

However, some state governments, including Lagos and Ogun, which have yet to reopen the worship centres, are insisting that it is not yet safe to do so.

But Ayokunle warned that the lockdown of places of worship was no longer acceptable.

He regretted that despite the directive given by the PTF on the re-opening of places of worship nationwide, states such as Lagos and Ogun had yet to allow worship places, especially churches, to be reopened.

The CAN president said, “Despite the directive given by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 with regard to the reopening of places of worship nationwide, some states like Lagos and Ogun have yet to allow worship places. What sin have the places of worship committed?

“With the sudden emergence of the coronavirus pandemic, the leadership of CAN at all levels agreed with the government on the need to close down the places of worship, economy, schools and every other facet of life.

“But with the reopening of the economy, especially the markets, both organised and the unorganised markets, along with the plan to reopen airports and schools, the closure of churches anywhere in the country is no longer tenable and acceptable.

“In what way are the opened and road side markets more organised than the church which warranted their opening? Is it not our members in the places of worship that do go to markets? Why are they allowed to go to markets and disallowed from going to places of worship? Is it because the marketers cannot contract the virus in the markets and airports?

“It is our opinion that while the government and other relevant stakeholders are working hard to get a cure for the COVID-19 pandemic, the church too has a role to play by seeking divine solutions as well. CAN appeals to the Lagos, Ogun and other state governments where churches are still under lockdown to relax it for God’s sake.”

  • Comparing markets with churches is illogical – Lagos govt

When contacted, the Lagos State Commissioner for Information, Mr Gbenga Omotosho, said it was illogical to compare markets with worship centres as regards COVID-19 response.

Omotosho, in an interview with one of our correspondents on Tuesday, said the decision to close worship centres in Lagos was agreed on by the state government and the religious leaders.

He stated, “With due respect to the Christian Association of Nigeria, that kind of comparison is not logical. The decision to close worship centres in Lagos was taken by the religious leaders and the state government. The state government presented to them facts and figures about the COVID-19 situation in the state and they saw that it was premature to open worship centres.

“Don’t forget that we are using the curve model in Lagos, and all we are fighting for is to bend the curve. Experts have told us that either July or August that the virus will peak. Any moment from now, the figures will be getting higher. Why will it be now that we will throw open worship centres?”

  • We consulted Ogun CAN, others – State govt

On its part, the Ogun State Government said it consulted the leadership of CAN in the state before taking its decision on the closure of churches .

The state Governor spokesman , Remmy Hazzan, who stated this on Tuesday, advised the CAN President to consult with the leadership of CAN in Ogun and Lagos states to know the reason for the closure of churches .

Hazzan said, “We didn’t get to where we are without interfacing with CAN Ogun State and Lagos State didn’t get to where they are without interfacing with CAN Lagos State.”

Source: Punchng

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