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Zamfara assembly summons dep gov, CP over PDP rally

- By Saawua Terzungwe

The apex Igbo socio-cultural organisati­on, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, says Nigerian president of Igbo extraction in 2023 would address the insurgency and banditry in the North.

Its factional SecretaryG­eneral, Isiguzoro Okechukwu, said this in a statement yesterday.

He said Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide pledged to northern elders and youths that the North would experience “a peaceful atmosphere and robust economic developmen­t if Igbo succeeds President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.”

He stated: “We understand why Northern Elders Forum and Arewa Consultati­ve Forum focus

The Zamfara State House of Assembly yesterday summoned the deputy governor of the state, Barr. Mahdi Aliyu Gusau, and the state’s commission­er of police, Hussaini Rabiu in connection with a rally organized by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to welcome the deputy governor to the capital.

The deputy governor was received by mammoth crowd on Saturday when he returned to the state since the decamping of Governor Bello Matawalle to the All Progressiv­es Congress (APC) on June 29.



declined on getting assurances from the South, of what the North stands to gain if they’re allowed to succeed Buhari in 2023.

“It’s obvious that the government’s incapacity to get lasting remedies for the insurgency and banditry in the North is giving northern leadership sleepless nights; but the with Igbo investment­s worth N22 trillion and out of school northern children rising to 19 million from 19 the Northern States, it’s only a discipline­d personalit­y with Igbo entreprene­urial bravery and heroism can restore normalcy in the North.

“Arewa Youths do not seem to have a clearer picture of the dwindling joining to follow Matawalle to ruling APC.

Matawalle was received into the APC at a major rally in Gusau attended by many APC governors and party big wigs.

But the state assembly yesterday queried the deputy governor for holding the Saturday rally “at the time the state was mourning attacks on communitie­s in Maradun Local Government Area”.

A statement last night by the spokespers­on of the assembly, Mustapha Jafaru Kaura, said the decision to invite the two personalit­ies was reached following a motion raised by Hon Yusuf Alhassan Kanoma, representi­ng Maru North fortunes of the North. With reported news of Borno state having two Governors, one led by APC controlled-25 LGAs and ISWAP controlled-5 LGAs, there are fears of ISWAP taking over the entire North.

“Arewa youths assertion of Northerner succeeding President Buhari will strengthen insecurity in that region and secessioni­st movements in the South.

“Igbo presidency come 2023 will undoubtedl­y restore Nigeria to the path of greatness and economic prosperity as Igbo men and women of proven integrity and will power are in abundance to give Nigerians the much needed good governance anchored on economic advancemen­t.” constituen­cy, under matters of urgent public importance.

The House Leader, Hon Faruk Musa Dosara, said proposed that an invitation be sent to the commission­er of police to also appear before the house “to explain whether the deputy governor obtain(sic) permission from them or not and to also explain to the House the role police authoritie­s played in stopping the rally”.

The assembly resolved that Gusau and CP Rabiu should appear before it on July 27.

An aide of the deputy governor said his principal was yet to receive the formal invitation.

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