A former presidential aspirant, Adamu Garba, on Tuesday said in the event he becomes the president of the country, he will change the country’s name to ‘The Nigerian Federation.
Garba also stated that as president, he will grant sovereign autonomy to the Republics of Biafra and Oduduwa, “all under the suzerainty of the Nigerian Federation”.
“When I have the opportunity, I will change Country’s name to “The Nigerian Federation “ and grant sovereign autonomy to the republic of Biafra and Oduduwa, all under the “Suzerainty” of the Nigerian Federation. Everyone will be respected. That’s all,” Garba wrote on his known Facebook page.
Nigeria is a federal republic, with executive power exercised by the president. The president is the head of state, the head of government, and the head of a multi-party system.
Garba had aspired to be president in 2019, and contested on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC). But he didn’t succeed in getting the party ticket.
It is still unclear if the 39-year-old will contest for any office in the 2023 Nigerian general election.
Also, in the news, governors, who are members of the All Progressives Congress, have been unable to agree on a common position on the direct mode of primaries imposed on political parties by the National Assembly.
It was gathered that the meeting between the 22 APC governors on Sunday ended with no consensus.
A meeting of the Progressive Governors’ Forum, which was held at the Kebbi State Governor’s Lodge, Abuja, reportedly degenerated into a shouting match between two governors from the North-Central zone when the issue came up for discussion.
While some governors said to be sympathetic to the National Leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, wanted the position of the National Assembly upheld, others argued that since democracy was all about choices, parties should be given options to choose from.
Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule, who is one of the biggest advocates of power returning to the South in 2023, was the most vocal and spoke in favour of direct primaries, while others who preferred indirect primaries found a lead advocate in Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello.
A source said, “The meeting started on a friendly note with the governors exchanging banters before getting down to the business of the day.
“They had agreed to propose February as the date for the convention to give room for the President to choose a day at his convenience for the event. This was done after a vote of confidence was passed
in the Governor Mai Mala Buni-led caretaker committee and the party congresses held across the nation.
“Trouble, however, started when the issue of the amendment to the Electoral Act as passed by the National Assembly came up. Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule, who spoke in favour of the direct primaries, used words which his Kogi State counterpart, Yahaya Bello, felt were offensive, and a war of words ensued. It took the intervention of the Chairman of the PGF and Kebbi State Governor, Abubakar Bagudu, to restore calm.”
Speaking to newsmen after the meeting, Bagudu said the governors only discussed issues bordering on good governance.
When asked what decision was taken with respect to the direct primaries for the choice of candidates, he said the meeting with the President would present the final decision.
Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, lHURIWA in its latest reaction says it is shocking that up till now, the Armed Forces have deliberately refused to crush terrorists, who are being tagged ‘bandits’ in the North West region of Nigeria.
“We regret to observe that these terrorists who are mostly ethnic Fulani same ethnicity with all the heads of the internal security institutions are still operating freely in Kaduna, Niger, Zamfara, and Katsina and have killed scores of citizens only in the last few days,” HURIWA said in a statement signed by its coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko.
The group wondered why the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, President Muhammadu Buhari, has failed to carry out his primary responsibility of protection of lives and properties of citizens.
Furthermore, HURIWA cited the Global Terrorism Index (2019) which ranked Nigeria as the third-worst nation prone to terrorism with no improvement since 2017.