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Senate Minority Leader Enyinnaya Abaribe has said Nigerians are struggling for basic democratic rights because “democracy is difficult for some people to really fathom ”.
Abaribe said this on Thursday night at the Government House in Port Harcourt during a condolence visit by the Senate Minority Caucus to the Rivers State Governor , Nyesom Wike, over the death of his uncle, Charles Wike.
He said , “Nigeria as it needs to move in a different direction from where we are moving now . We need you ( Wike) to support us in our effort to make every Nigerian feel the impact of good governance .
“We understand the difficulty every Nigerian is feeling today . We understand the pain most Nigerians are going through. We understand that those who came on the platform of change have ended up even being worse than those that they came to change .
“The disappointment , the disillusionment that most Nigerians are feeling today is our responsibility to bring to the fore in our public debate .”
The former Abia State deputy governor added , “ We have been keeping up with our ideals . Democracy is difficult for some people to really fathom . I think that is why the government at the centre is finding it really difficult .
“You cannot have democracy without having democrats . Only democrats can give you democracy . Autocrats can never give you democracy .
“What autocrats want at every time is to say that their word is law . We believe in interaction and the contestation of ideas in the public space . That is what will lead us to a better Nigeria .
“We have been trying to steer the ship of state in the right direction when we get communications from the Presidency and it has been very difficult.”
He added though the Senate Minority Caucus had continued to work to correct the anomalies in government , the struggle had been met with resistance .
Abaribe said , “ It has been very difficult for us . We thought we would have been able to change the direction of Nigeria in 2019. Be that as it may , we also resolved that we would give a positive direction to government , considering that all of us are supposed to be working for the interest of the country .
“But as you have seen from interactions and what has come out in the media , it has been a very difficult task . Even today , we had to go into a very difficult discussion with our colleagues on the propriety of plunging Nigerians into further debts .
“What we have seen is that maybe there ’s a reluctance on the part of the Federal Government to take good advice from the citizenry represented by us .”

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    March 22, 2020 at 4:29 am

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Coronavirus: Ajimobi reacts as Oyo Gov Makinde tests positive

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Former Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, has expressed sadness over his predecessor’s test result for coronavirus.

Governor Seyi Makinde had confirmed his positive status and said he was going into isolation.

In a statement Monday night, Ajimobi, the Deputy National Chairman (South) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) said he reached out to Makinde after the announcement.

Ajimobi disclosed that he sent his wishes and beseeches God’s protection.
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“Immediately I heard that my brother, Governor Seyi Makinde test came back positive, I sent him a text message to express solidarity with him and wish him quick recovery and God’s protection.

“I also want to appreciate him for his bravery with this revelation. I know with adequate care he will get over it. I wish him a quick recovery”, he noted.

Ajimobi added that coronavirus is not a death sentence and that “we will get over this too”.

He advocated compliance with all safety measures including washing of hands, social-distancing and other safety standards as recommended by health professionals.

The former Senator commended the efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari, federal government officials and agencies as well as state governments in curbing the disease.

The global pandemic has claimed over 35,000 lives across the world.

Nigeria now has 131 cases.

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COVID-19: PDP urges Buhari to speak out on status of Presidential Villa

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to douse widespread public anxiety by immediately addressing the nation on the status of the Presidential Villa, in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The party’s demand is predicated on public apprehension of health safety issues in the Villa following reports that President Buhari’s Chief of Staff, Mallam Abba Kyari, had tested positive to the deadly corona virus disease.

In a statement on Tuesday by spokesman for the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan the party noted that though President Buhari was reported to have tested negative to the virus, it’s still imperative that he doused public tension by addressing a distressed nation on the status of the Villa.

The PDP added that given the fact that Abba Kyari and some other top government officials had travelled to high-risk countries in the course of official duties recent times, the President owed it a duty to address a distraught nation.

The party noted that an address on the situation in the Presidential villa will further douse public concerns about the status of certain key officials, who have not been visible in the last few days.

The party stressed that Nigerians, no matter how highly placed, should strictly adhere to directives by relevant agencies of government on health safety measures, particularly as they relate to isolation of persons returning from foreign trips.

The PDP urged the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and other relevant agencies to adopt stringent measures to isolate and monitor persons coming into the country as well as to track and equally isolate those who had made contacts with infected persons.

“In this regard, the NCDC should move into the Presidential villa and immediately track and isolate all those who had made contact with President Buhari’s Chief of Staff, so as to check further spread of COVID-19 in our country”, the PDP said.

The party called on Nigerians to remain vigilant and observe all health safety directives, including social distancing, self-isolation, personal hygiene and prompt report for medical assistance in the case of any symptoms.

The PDP expressed optimism that with a concerted effort by all Nigerians, the nation will overcome the COVID-19 pandemic.

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