Nige­ria fac­ing dif­fi­cult chal­lenge – Oye­gun

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Na­tional Chair­man of the All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC), Chief John OdigieOye­gun, has ob­served that Nige­ria faces a dif­fi­cult chal­lenge if there is no fun­da­men­tal change in the value sys­tem of the cit­i­zens.

Chief Odigie-Oye­gun spoke in Abuja at the party’s na­tional sec­re­tar­iat when he re­ceived a 10man del­e­ga­tion from Univer­sity of Ibadan (UI) Alumni As­so­ci­a­tion led by its Na­tional Pres­i­dent, Dr Kemi Emina.

The APC boss, who was ac­com­pa­nied by the party’s Deputy Na­tional Chair­men, North and South, Sen­a­tor Lawan Shuaibu and Engi­neer Se­gun Oni, lamented a sit­u­a­tion whereby peo­ple glo­ri­fied money and found it dif­fi­cult to dif­fer­en­ti­ate be­tween right and wrong be­cause of moral deca­dence.

He said, “The new na­tion that the Muham­madu Buhari ad­min­is­tra­tion has com­mit­ted it­self to es­tab­lish will be an oner­ous task. It will be a most chal­leng­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity. But it is a task that must, in the in­ter­est of our na­tion, be per­formed. There are go­ing to be a lot of days to climb moun­tains. But thank God, we have a kind of Pres­i­dent, for whom, fac­ing chal­lenges does not hold any ter­ror at all if only it is a re­al­i­sa­tion that we are as a na­tion, on our last leg….

“There will be in­ter­est­ing times ahead. There will be dif­fi­cul­ties ahead be­cause of the state of the econ­omy. It is clear that our value sys­tem, eth­i­cal bal­ance and moral­ity have to change. It is clear that as a peo­ple we must be­gin to im­plant that knowl­edge of what is right and what is wrong. We must start draw­ing line in the sand be­yond which we don’t ex­pect any de­cent per­son to cross. All th­ese things have dis­ap­peared from our na­tional life.”

Ear­lier, the Na­tional Pres­i­dent UI Alumni As­so­ci­a­tion, Dr Emina ap­pealed to APC lead­ers to help fa­cil­i­tate the con­sid­er­a­tion of an alum­nus of the Univer­sity as the Chair­man of the Gov­ern­ing Coun­cil and the re­trieval of its Abuja land. He, there­after, pre­sented the land doc­u­ments to APC Na­tional Chair­man. Lead­ing po­lit­i­cal par­ties in Borno State have in­ten­si­fied cam­paigns ahead of to­mor­row’s Sen­a­to­rial bye-elec­tion for Borno Cen­tral.

The Sen­ate seat be­came va­cant, fol­low­ing the death of Sen­a­tor Ahmed Zan­nah Khal­ifa, who won a sec­ond term, but died shortly be­fore the in­au­gu­ra­tion of the 8th Na­tional As­sem­bly.

To­mor­row’s elec­tion would be a con­test be­tween Baba Kaka Bashir Gar­bai of the All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC) and Kaka She­huri of the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP).

Gar­bai, a prince from the Borno Emi­rate Coun­cil, had served as com­mis­sioner for lo­cal gov­ern­ment and chief­taincy af­fairs for four years, un­der Gover­nor Kashim Shet­tima, while Mr She­huri was a former chair­man of the Maiduguri Metropoli­tan Coun­cil.

Zan­nah Ibrahim Ngulde, a former com­mis­sioner, said this is the time for the peo­ple in Borno Cen­tral to con­sol­i­date the gains recorded by the APC at the state and na­tional level.

“I strongly be­lieve that Baba Gar­bai will of­fer the needed rep­re­sen­ta­tion at the Sen­ate be­cause he has the req­ui­site knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence. Con­sid­er­ing the tra­vails we have been go­ing through, Borno needs strong voices at the Sen­ate,” he said.

Gov of Oyo State, Sen Abi­ola Aji­mobi, ad­dresses sup­port­ers who thronged his of­fice to cel­e­brate his vic­tory at the tri­bunal

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