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Diri not among governors opposing Buhari’s new naira policy – Bayelsa govt

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Senator Douye Diri

The Bayelsa State government has declared that the state Governor, Senator Douye Diri, was not among the group of 10 governors, G-10, opposing President Muhammadu Buhari on the Naira redesign policy of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

The State government while demanding an unreserved apology from a group of civil society organisations (CSOs) under the aegis of the Civil Society Organisations Central Coordinating Council over a false allegation against Governor Douye Diri, noted that the statement is not only unfounded and baseless but are also annoying and provocative.

Recall that the CSOs through its member, Gabriel Ojemena, alleged at a press conference in Abuja on Tuesday that Governor Diri was among a group of 10 governors (G-10) opposing President Muhammadu Buhari on the Naira redesign policy of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

The CSOs also claimed that the 10 governors were disrespectful to the President and planned to make the country ungovernable if the policy was not reversed.

A statement issued and sent to DAILY POST, through the State’s Commissioner for Information, Orientation and Strategy, Ayibaina Duba, stated that ”it is even more ridiculous and insensitive coming at a time the governor is mourning the passing of his father.

The statement reads “The government is particularly dismayed that CSOs that should be better informed rather yielded themselves as agent-provocateur to misinform Nigerians”

The government urges the CSOs to go study the papers that some states filed at the Supreme Court on the new notes suit instead of spreading falsehood.

For the avoidance of doubts, Governor Diri is not opposed to the Naira re-design policy of the CBN or the Federal Government. What he is opposed to is the hardship the implementation of the policy has visited on Nigerians.

When he spoke publicly for the first time about the policy a week ago, it was at a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Kaduna South senatorial campaign launch at Zonkwa in Zangon Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State. His comments in support of the policy were unflattering and unambiguous.

Governor Diri said at the rally: “We have to reset this country. The way the country is going is not about religion and ethnicity. It is about a few people that have taken the wealth of this country for themselves.

“While we are not in support of the common man suffering as a result of the sudden CBN policy, that policy will change not only our currency but our attitude towards everything as leaders.

“While we plead with the CBN to ensure that our people do not suffer, the other side, those of them who have bullion vans, who are prepared to buy over the presidency, the CBN policy is Holy Ghost fire on them. That is why they are shouting. Why are they shouting as if it affects them more than us?

“All the CBN is saying is that anybody who does not earn money should not have money in bullion vans to go and buy over our voters. That is all the CBN has said and we support that policy. However, make the money available to those who have earned it through their farms, trading and their legitimate business. That is all we are saying.”

The aforementioned quote as published in Thisday of Tuesday, February 7, 2023 not only summed up the governor’s position but also reinforced the CBN’s stand on the policy.

The Bayelsa government thus challenges the CSOs if their motive was not a hatchet job that eventually misfired, to show contrary proof.

If their intention was not borne out of mischief, why include Governor Diri, a PDP governor, among his colleagues of the All Progressives Congress (APC) that are purportedly against a decision taken by their ruling party in government?

By his disposition, Governor Diri at all times, in his deeds and actions, promotes the peace and unity of Nigeria. He would therefore not engage in any activity that would undermine his party or even the corporate existence of the country.

Source: BBC

In other news – We’ll deal decisively with businesses rejecting old naira notes – Ogun govt

Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has reiterated his warning that the state government will clamp down on banks and businesses rejecting the old naira notes.

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Explaining that part of the measures being considered may include getting security agencies to arrest anyone who refuses to accept old Naira notes. Learn more

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Nigeria’s constitution not working, paperwork for military – Bode George

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A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Bode George, on Monday said Nigeria’s constitution is not working. George said Nigeria’s constitution is paperwork for the country’s military. Featuring on Arise Television’s Morning Show, the PDP chieftain said the current constitution gives room to politicians to share largesse in Abuja.George reiterated the call for restructuring Nigeria, stressing that it’s an antidote to secession agitation in Nigeria.

According to George: “The constitution we are running is not working, it’s more like paperwork for a military organization; why should everybody head to Abuja monthly to collect their largess; it’s not working, what does the president do with my local government or that in Sokoto? Nothing.

“Politics is local and we want to see that the restructuring everybody is talking about is the path we should take instead of taking arms and shooting people which is a modern-day Robin Hood.

Source: Naijanews

In other news – I dislike men who wear skirts – Davido

Nigerian Afrobeats star David Adeleke, aka Davido, has revealed the fashion trend that he dislikes. The DMW boss stated that he dislikes men who wear skirts.

 

Davido

He said he would never wear a skirt but may reconsider if he is offered half a million dollars.Davido disclosed this in a recent interview with American fashion content creator, Mysterious Fashioniest. Read more

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EFCC vows to probe bank chiefs over COVID funds, World Bank loans

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFFC, said it has redoubled its investigation into the culpability of bank Chief Executive Officers, CEOs, in the mismanagement of COVID-19 funds and World Bank loans. This is contained in a statement by its spokesman, Dele Oyewale, on Sunday in Abuja.

The statement said that also under probe is the alleged mismanagement of recovered Abacha loot given to the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development for disbursement to beneficiaries of the Federal Government support-for-the-poor programme. The EFCC also announced that it had recovered N32.7 billion and $445,000 so far from top officials of the ministry under its searchlight, adding that the abuse of naira has become a priority investigation of the agency.

Shedding light on the probe of malfeasance in the Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development ministry, the agency said: “At the outset of investigations, past and suspended officials of the Humanitarian Ministry were invited by the commission and investigations into the alleged fraud involving them have yielded the recovery of N32.7billion and $445,000 so far.

“Discreet investigations by the EFCC have opened other fraudulent dealings involving Covid -19 funds, the World Bank loan, Abacha recovered loot released to the Ministry by the Federal Government to execute its poverty alleviation mandate.

Source: Dailypost

In other news – Singer Paul Okoye hints at remarrying

Popular singer and half of P-Square, Paul Okoye, aka Rudeboy, has hinted at remarrying. The ‘Reason With Me’ crooner dropped the hint while scolding fans for wishing his divorce from his ex-wife to be toxic.

Paul Okoye

He stated that he would not succumb to their wishes, urging them to accept the reality that he is with his new partner, Ivy Ifeoma.He went on to unveil hashtag options for himself and his partner, Ifeoma. Read more

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I dislike men who wear skirts – Davido

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Davido

Nigerian Afrobeats star David Adeleke, aka Davido, has revealed the fashion trend that he dislikes. The DMW boss stated that he dislikes men who wear skirts.

He said he would never wear a skirt but may reconsider if he is offered half a million dollars.Davido disclosed this in a recent interview with American fashion content creator, Mysterious Fashioniest.

Davido

The interview asked, “What’s one fashion trend you dislike? He said, “Skirt; men that wears skirts. I will never wear the skirt. Except if I am offered half a million or a million dollars [laughs

Source: Dailypost

In other news – Junior Pope not buried by river bank – Police

The Anambra State Police Command says the remains of Nollywood star, John Paul Odonwodo, popularly called Junior Pope, were not among those buried by the bank of the Anam River. The Command’s spokesman, SP Ikenga Tochukwu, made the clarification on Sunday, stating that only three of the deceased families agreed that the victims be buried by the riverside.

John Paul Odonwodo

 

He noted that after the burial of the three, one of the families came back to exhume the remains of their daughter for a befitting burial in her country home.Ikenga added that the corpse of Junior Pope was deposited at a morgue. Read more

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