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The Pan socio-cultural group, Afenifere, on Thursday, reacted to the court order granting the detention of Mr. Omoyele Sowore, the candidate of the African Action (AAC), for 45 days.

DAILY POST reported that a Federal High Court, sitting in Abuja, Thursday, granted the Department of State Services, DSS, an approval to keep Omoyele Sowore in detention for 45 days pending the outcome of its discrete investigations.

The presiding , Taiwo Taiwo also said DSS could get additional permission to detain Sowore in custody for his activism.

Afenifere in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Yinka Odumakin, Afenifere expressed worry over the court ruling granted to detain Sowore.

Odumakin said he was perturbed by the detention without trial order granted the DSS.

According to him, “The order represents a new phase in the orchestrated conscription of the democratic space in .”

The statement read: “Sowore was arrested before he could commit an offence and the DSS seems to want to go shopping for evidence to prosecute him.

“We are aware of that obnoxious provision in the Terrorism Act, but it can never assume superiority over the Constitution which stipulates that a citizen cannot be detained for more than 48 hours before being charged to court .

“Having failed to allow him to commit the offense before he was peremptorily arrested, the DSS should free Sowore or charge him to court so that the judicial process can take its course.

“As it is, he is only being held illegally using the legal process.

“The government should understand and act in conformity with the democratic tenets in dealing with the rights of Nigerians.”

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Abass Sulaiman Adegoke, well known as Adegoke is a student of Federal Polytechnic Ede studying Civil Engineering, He is a media enthusiast, loves traveling, and has a special interest in personal development.

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House leadership to meet electricity workers union, power minister over imminent strike

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The House of Representatives has resolved to intervene in the ongoing impasse between the Federal government and the National Union of Electricity Employees, (NUEE) to forestall power outage.

The Union on the November 7th petitioned the Ministry of Power, Distribution Companies of (DISCOs)and Generation Companies of (GENCOs) over unpaid pensions of 2000 disengaged staff of the defunct Power Holding Company (PHCN) since 2013.

The Union subsequently issued a 21days ultimatum to the federal government with a threat to embark on strike.

The House on Wednesday resolved to wade into the crisis following a motion of urgent public importance moved by the Deputy Minority Leader, Toby Okechukwu (PDP, Enugu).

The motion prayed for the intervention of the leadership of the House, to avoid the shutdown of the power sector.

Speaking on the motion. the Minority leader, Ndudi Elumelu condemned those responsible for fulfilling agreements with the Unions.

“Even the meagre 4,000Megawatts, Nigerians are still without power, then imagine it now shut down. Those managing to survive, they will have issues. Let us restrict it to this chamber, look at cameramen, they will have to iron their clothes. Imagine the calamity of a shutdown, because someone due to ignorance, ignored the 21days ultimatum given,” Elumelu said.

The Acting majority leader and former of The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), Peter Akpatason in his contribution blamed government for industrial actions by Labour.

“Over the years, we have always complained that the reason for industrial action is that a lot of agreements are not fulfilled. Public officers given responsibilities wait till things get out of hand. If the House had not intervened, the people would have gone on strike with the intended and unintended consequences. Many of NEPA workers were forces out of work as a result of privatization. These people did not prepare for pension but were laid off and their pensions are not paid. These workers today will become pensioners tomorrow,” he stated.

The Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila in his reaction worried that 21days will elapse today by 12 midnight.

He, therefore, directed the Clerk to invite the Union, Minister of power, Saleh Mamman, minister of Labour, employment and productivity, Chris Ngige and the Director-General of Pension Commission, Aisha Dahir Umar for an interface with the leadership of the House on Thursday by 2 pm.

He added that the House leadership in the meantime will reach out to the union through a backchannel to appeal to the union to “ceasefire.”

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Buhari reveals reasons behind Africa’s problems in Egypt

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Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday declared that the resolution of conflict situations in African countries remains a key component in the overall development of the continent.

He spoke during the opening session of the ongoing Aswan Forum for Sustainable Peace and Development in Africa in Egypt and was contained in a statement signed and forwarded to DAILY POST by his spokesman, Femi Adesina.

According to Buhari: “As Africans, it is important to focus on the issues of conflict prevention and resolution. Conflicts have devastating effects on our societies and they militate against our progress. In this regard, the need to silence the guns cannot be overemphasized.”

Buhari equally emphasized that massive investment in transportation infrastructure was necessary for African economic resurgence as this would facilitate the African Free Trade Area Agreement recently signed on by the continental leaders.

“Africa should embark on the provision of transport connectivity by enhancing the development of roads, rail, and air links which will ease the free movement of persons, goods and services within the continent. In this regard, we in have already commenced an aggressive drive to upgrade our rail transport system and road networks across the country.

“We should furthermore promote free trade within and amongst Africa and Africans especially now that we have launched the African Free Trade Area Agreement,” he said.

In order to realize its Pan-African vision of an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the global arena, President Buhari declared: “We in Nigeria have already taken the strategic decision to bring down barriers that have hindered the free movement of our people within the continent by introducing the issuance of visa at the point of entry into Nigeria to all persons holding passports of African countries with effect from January 2020.”

The Nigerian leader also stated that Africa must take its destiny in its own hands by minimizing reliance on donor funding for the execution of its vital peace, security and development agenda.

According to him, “Nigeria is not only a host to our sub-regional body ECOWAS but has also been supporting substantially the ECOWAS budget up to about 60 per cent.

“Nigeria has been funding by almost at 100 per cent the operations of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) fighting Boko Haram Terrorists in the Lake Chad Basin.”

President Buhari also harped on the fight against corruption and inclusive growth: “The menace of corruption undermines our efforts to achieve sustainable development and realize the goals of the AU Agenda 2063. It is also important to attach great priority to the promotion of good and inclusive governance as we equally strive to empower our women and youth.”

The President once again used the opportunity to draw global attention to the recession of the Lake Chad and its attendant economic consequences for the region.

“The issue of climate change should be given the due attention that it deserves. The effects of Climate Change are at the root of some of the conflicts in parts of the continent. This is why we must focus on the issue of recharging the Lake Chad which used to provide a livelihood to over forty million people in the region. It is difficult to expect durable stability in the region without restoration of the shrinking lake.

He urged African leaders to see education as a key tool for the transformation and repositioning of our continent, saying, “Africa would need to heavily invest in education and capacity building. Education creates opportunities and holds the key for a better and prosperous future of our people.”

The President added that his administration was, “ pursuing the diversification of our economy through the development of agriculture and mineral resources, the promotion of manufacturing sector and the creation of job opportunities for our teeming youths. By so doing, we will also discourage the irregular migration of our youth out of the continent through dangerous journeys.”

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