Abia log­jam per­sists as courts hear suits to­day

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - By Ade­lanwa Bamg­boye, John Chuks Azu (Abuja) & Li­nus Ef­fiong (Umuahia)

The po­lit­i­cal log­jam caused by last week’s sack of Abia State Gover­nor Okezie Ik­peazu by a Fed­eral High Court con­tin­ued over the week­end.

Mr. Uchechukwu Ogah, the gu­ber­na­to­rial can­di­date of the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) who re­ceived his Cer­tifi­cate of Re­turn from the In­de­pen­dent Na­tional Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (INEC), Thurs­day, say­ing Ik­peazu de­clared to­day a pub­lic hol­i­day to trun­cate the judg­ment.

There was con­fu­sion in the state last week af­ter the judg­ment.

This is even as a Fed­eral High Court in Ow­erri, Imo State, will to­day be­gin hear­ing in the suit brought by an­other claimant to the Abia gover­nor­ship seat, Fri­day Nwanozie Nwosu, a People’s Demo­cratic Party (PDP) gover­nor­ship as­pi­rant in the state.

Ogah’s coun­sel, Onyekachi Ubani, said it was clear that the hol­i­day was “all about ef­forts to ar­rest the judg­ment of the court af­ter Ik­peazu had gone to an­other court to ob­tain a re­strain­ing in­junc­tion on ex parte.”

Ubani said the claim that the hol­i­day was de­clared to mourn a deceased el­der states­man and for­mer min­is­ter of For­eign Af­fairs, Ojo Maduekwe, was false be­cause he never held any po­lit­i­cal or ap­pointive po­si­tion in the state.

The Abia State gov­ern­ment an­nounced the hol­i­day, which will run through the hol­i­days de­clared by the fed­eral gov­ern­ment on Tues­day and

The Sul­tan of Sokoto, Muham­mad Sa’ad Abubakar III, has ad­vised Nige­ri­ans to stop as­so­ci­at­ing re­li­gion with any­thing neg­a­tive in the coun­try, say­ing no coun­try ever sur­vives re­li­gious war.

Speak­ing dur­ing a break­fast din­ner or­gan­ised for re­li­gious lead­ers, se­cu­rity agen­cies, res­i­dent com­mu­ni­ties, me­dia prac­ti­tion­ers, NGOs and a host of oth­ers at his palace, he also said that Mus­lims felt more marginal­ized in the coun­try, only that they were not com­plain­ing.

“When there is a va­cant po­si­tion and a Hausa man is ap­pointed, we call it ‘north­erniza­tion and when a Mus­lim leader vis­its an Is­lamic coun­try, we say he is try­ing to Is­lamize Nige­ria, while there are many people from other re­li­gion and tribes manning other of­fices and we wit­ness many Chris­tian lead­ers who have vis­ited Chris­tian coun­tries but nobody said they were plan­ning to Chris­tian­ize the coun­try,” he said.

He said ev­ery­thing was being politi­cized and any­thing neg­a­tive was being given to Mus­lims, Fu­lani (herders) and Hausa, even as there were other people com­mit­ting heinous crimes else­where but were not linked to re­li­gion, eth­nic­ity or re­gion.

The monarch who said that Nige­ria was a beau­ti­ful coun­try whose masses loved one an­other, blamed the elite for some of the coun­try’s chal­lenges.

Main­tain­ing that the elite were the ma­jor prob­lem of the coun­try be­cause of their self­ish­ness and un­com­pro­mis­ing at­ti­tudes, he said, “When­ever one loses power, he cre­ates prob­lem, and the masses are al­ways at the re­ceiv­ing end.”

He won­dered why people blamed Fu­lani men for ev­ery at­tack, say­ing, “If crim­i­nals are doing bad things, they are crim­i­nals and they can be found any­where, in any re­li­gion and tribes. There­fore don’t add re­li­gious or tribal toga to any act of ter­ror­ism.”

In his re­marks, a Kaduna-based clergy, Pas­tor Yo­hana begged Mus­lims to for­give their Chris­tian broth­ers that of­fended them and vice versa.

Photo: State House.

Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari in a group pho­to­graph with his class­mates of the 1953 set of Katsina Mid­dle School who vis­ited him in Daura, Katsina State yes­ter­day.

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