Jammeh ‘Sacks’ US Ambassador Who Urged Him To Concede

The Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh has sacked the US ambassador who called for him to accept defeat to Adama Barrow in elections this month, according to a letter written by the ambassador.

In a letter being shared on social media bearing the embassy’s official stamp, Ambassador Omar Faye writes:

I would like to inform my friends, colleagues and all Gambians that I have been recalled for home service.

The ambassador says he will stand down willingly, adding he’s like the long-serving ruler to follow his example:

I hope and pray that president Jammeh will likewise hand over to President Elect Adama Barrow.

He finishes his letter by urging all authorities, especially the army, which observers say is the key to the outcome of The Gambia’s election crisis, to respect Mr Barrow’s win in the 1 December election:

I am hereby reminding all Gambian officials, civil servants and military personnel [that] they are serving the people of The Gambia and must protect its security, peace and prosperity.

As a former military officer, I was taught loyalty to country FIRST. I hope the armed and security forces will uphold the WILL of The Gambian people made on December 1, 2016.”

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FG Urged To Invest Recovered Loot In Housing

A call has gone to the Federal government to invest recovered looted funds in the development of low-cost housing and mortgage financing to facilitate the reduction of housing deficit in Nigeria. Director-General, Institute of Mortgage Brokers and Lenders (IMBL), Elisha Jasper, made the call in a congratulatory message to the President Muhammadu Buhari on his one year in office.

“There is a lack of mortgage professionals in Nigeria due to lack of mortgage studies; thereby creating a lack of knowledge and skills on mortgage brokerage, financing and lending. But IMBL cannot do it alone.

Individuals (workers and/or students), governments, Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN) and Primary Mortgage Institutions (PMIs) must all play their parts or roles in this fight.

The governing council of IMBL urges that the looted funds recovered should be reinvested in low-cost housing and mortgage. While IMBL, with help from the government, continues to raise and produce mortgage professionals, FMBN should build mass houses that can be allocated or acquired by Nigerians on mortgage,” he stated.

Jasper said that members of IMBL believe that every Nigerian should own a house, no matter the situation of the economy. He noted that the problem with housing in Nigeria has become very unbearable and unimaginable, for not just the poor or low-income earners, but also for the so-called rich and elite.

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Amnesty: Presidency Urged To Include Bakassi Victims

Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to include the over 3,000 displaced people of Bakassi in the re-integration of the presidential amnesty ?programme for the Niger Delta Region.

Governor Ayade made the appeal in Calabar, the Cross River State capital when he received the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Affairs and Chairman, Presidential Amnesty Committee, Brigadier General Paul Boroh (Rtd).

According to the governor, the daily sufferings the displaced Bakassi people have been subjected to following their forceful? eviction from Cameroon three years ago needed the Federal government’s intervention through the amnesty program.

In his speech. General Boroh assured the Governor Ayade that all eligible and qualified youths from Cross River State would be captured in the re-integration programme in line with the guiding procedures.

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Boko Haram: FG Urged To Ban Use Of Veils

A human rights activist in Sapele, Delta State, Mr James Idoghor, has called on the Federal Government to ban the wearing of veils across the country, noting that hoodlums were perpetrating crimes with them.

Idogho, who expressed concern over the inability of the Federal Government to find the over 200 missing Chibok girls, and the continuous killings and unleashing of mayhem on innocent citizens, particularly in northern parts of the country, said, “Most of the perpetrators of the heinous crimes usually wear veils to disguise their gender and motives.”

Adding that, “No democratic country will tolerate any religious norm that has turned dangerous to the precious lives of her citizenry. This government should not pay deaf ears to the cries of her citizens. People are dying in their dozens by the day. The wearing of veils must be stopped.”

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Pope Urged To Condemn Gay Unions As Unnatural

Nearly half a million Catholics have signed a petition urging Pope Francis to condemn same sex unions as unnatural and rule out allowing divorced believers who remarry to receive communion, organizers claim.

The Filial Appeal on the Future of the Family, launched by a group describing itself as an alliance of lay Catholics and pro-Life organisations, has also secured the backing of more than 100 senior clerics, including many bishops from the developing world and American cardinal Raymond Burke, an arch-conservative who has been sidelined within the Vatican hierarchy since Francis was elected two years ago.

According to the Appeal’s website, more than 462,700 people had, by Thursday, signed the petition, which urges Francis to uphold traditional teaching ahead of an October synod which will review how the Church relates to gay and divorced followers.

The petition claims that a first synod held last year had caused, “widespread confusion arising from the possibility that a breach has been opened within the Church that would accept adultery — by permitting divorced and then civilly remarried Catholics to receive Holy Communion — and would virtually accept even homosexual unions when such practices are categorically condemned as being contrary to divine and natural law.”

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President Buhari Urged To Empower Private Sector Participation

The Chief Imam of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Alhaji Abdulahakeem Abdullateef, on Sunday advised President Mohammed Buhari to empower the private sector to develop untapped areas of the economy. Abdullateef gave the advice during interview in Lagos.

He also said the new government needed to tackle insecurity, corruption and unemployment to succeed. “Government should empower private sector to invest in subsectors such as gas, iron and steel. If we can refine oil here, we would be saving the cost of bringing in fuel from abroad. In fact, if we refine, we can begin to export and that would positively affect the currency since they would not need more of naira to purchase.”

Abdullateef said in spite of the country’s enormous wealth, it was yet to reflect on the living standard of its citizens. He said government should create an enabling environment for businesses to strive, adding that, “doing business in neighbouring countries is by far cheaper than doing business in Nigeria.”

The cleric further advised government to explore opportunities in agriculture, the gas industry, as well as iron and steel. He said: “you cannot address security without addressing unemployment because many Nigerians are willing to work. There should be an all-inclusive approach to employment in the country.

“We are blessed, we have weather that is rear to come by in the world, we have fertile agricultural land to explore agriculture, especially mechanised farming.”

The Imam commended the President for his promise to allow various arms of government to operate on their own, and urged him not to be biased in the fight against bribery and corruption.

He, therefore, advised the President to work with technocrats, intelligent and righteous individuals. President Buhari was inaugurated into office on May 29.

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Buhari Urged To Ensure Independence Of EFCC

Transparency Coalition of Nigeria (TCN) has appealed to the incoming administration to ensure the autonomy of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

TCN Secretary General, Peter Gimba, raised concern the anti-corruption agency was politically compromised. “The reasons for the establishment of the EFCC remains genuine and the case for the commission remains strong. However, the perceived use of the EFCC by the executive to muzzle or intimidate its real or perceived opponents into submission is a worrisome development that has diminished public confidence in the EFCC and raised questions about the government’s commitment to due process, accountability and transparency,” stated Gimba.

He added, “TCN therefore calls on the President-elect, General Mohammadu Buhari to strengthen the EFCC and insulate it from political control, especially by those who seek to use the commission as a weapon of intimidation and blackmail targeted at political opponents.”

Gimba said currently, EFCC had been reduced to an agency that settles political scores.

“The use of pending EFCC cases in hate campaigns against perceived political opponents further contributes to the erosion of public confidence in the commission apart from the injury inflicted on the reputation of the affected individuals.

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Jonathan Urged To Hand Over Power May 29

Chairman of Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC), in Yobe, Alhaji Umar Kukuri, has urged President Goodluck Jonathan to hand over power on May 29, 2015. Huhuri made the call during interview, in Damaturu on Saturday.

He said, “the May 28 handover proposal has generated arguments with a lot of suspicions and interpreted negatively. “So, Mr President should complete the 24- hour difference and hand over power to the president-elect on May 29 to sustain the statesmanship he demonstrated during the election.

“President Jonathan has earned himself international respect when he conceded defeat and congratulated Gen. Buhari. He should sustain this for the remaining period of his administration and beyond.

“Handing over power on May 29 will erase every suspicion, fear of creating vacuum and the judicial interpretation to the difference between May 28 and May 29.’’

According to Kukuri, Nigerians are united towards peaceful transition after the peaceful elections, so, the traditional handover date of May 29 should be respected’’, he said.

He urged the two transition committees of the outgoing and incoming governments to give priority to national interest.

The chairman called on all stakeholders to support a smooth transition from Goodluck to Buhari to consolidate the achievements recorded in the just- concluded election. “The security agencies should also support a successful transition, every Nigerian has a role to play in ensuring a peaceful and successful transition for Nigeria’s democracy to become a role model in Africa.’’

He expressed optimism that the issue will be resolved easily. “l do not see this as a problem, but it seems to be generating serious arguments, l am sure it will be resolved amicably’’, he said.