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Irakpo Faults Fadahunsi, Says Entertainers Should Not Be Exempted in the War Against Drug Abuse

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Following the appeal by the senator representing Osun East Senatorial zone, Francis Fadahunsi, that celebrities and entertainers should be exempted in the war against drugs and substance abuse, Anti-drug Advocate , founder /president Silec Initiatives, Sunny Irakpo, has condemned the call, saying that “It is so disheartening, unfatherly, unpatriotic and highly ridiculous that a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria who should be a role model and custodian of values would say something as repulsive as this in this critical moment when Nigeria is combating with so many challenges including insecurity, value depreciation and criminality.”

He opined that for a Senator to voice that the Nation Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and other regulatory bodies that are against the use of hard drugs to develop soft spots towards entertainers, simply because he feels that the entertainment industry is arguably one of the most lucrative industries that is accommodating many Nigerian youths in depressing economic condition, this position for me is not logical, belittling, unacceptable and will never hold water .

“The Senator said ” and I quote, “The only area where the youths are doing well is in the entertainment industry. That’s why I’m pleading with the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) not to take the fight against drug abuse to their domain.”

As a well known anti-drug and advocacy organization in the forefront of sensitization that has witnessed first hand damages of drug abuse for over a decade in the lives of the youths in the country , we caution the law maker not to use his highly exalted office to promote drugs and cause more family and Nation troubles but rather use his office to educate on dangers of drugs and applause agency such as NDLEA that has done wonderfully in the history of Nigeria under the Buba Marwa’s administration.

Silec Initiatives therefore find this statement ludicrous and highly antagonizing to the incredible work of the Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa-led NDLEA who is saving the youths and Nation from further destruction.

Dear lawmaker since you feels that many Nigerian youths mismanaged the proceeds of COVID-19 palliatives, hence they sought refuge in the entertainment industry, agreed that the entertainment industry a good platform that should be used to absorbed the energies of youths meaningful and Government at all levels should give the industry serious attention so youths can use such channel productively to better their lives ; that should be your take and not you requesting NDLEA not to do their work as required by law . I throw this to you , because entertainment industry is lucrative so youths should deeply engaged themselves in drugs?. I think you are cut-off on reality of how drugs is currently destroying the lives of promising Nigerian youths from the family, community and National level.

You should know that countries of the world are taking drugs issues very seriously and capital punishment await violators of which many Nigerians are in a death roll just to be executed for drug trafficking.

As well meaning Nigerians have come out to challenge a parliamentarian like you with misplaced priority, questioning your motive for making such plea, we join to condemned in totality your uncalculated statement directed as read.

As good as entertainers are ,are you not aware that same entertainers have reck havoc to the lives of some youths who sees them as role model.? Is it that the laws for entertainers should be different from the laws that guide the common man on the street? We have many entertainers who remain good role models such as Alibaba, King Sunny Ade, Chief Ebenezer Obe and many more.

We have reiterated over and over again that no stone should be left unturned in our fight against drugs and substance abuse. We stand on our ground, that no matter whose ox is gored, the law enforcement agency should be allowed to do their job in the continued fight as we strive to cleanse our society of drug abuse. Every sane Nigerian knows the monumental effects of drug abuse and it is so visible to everyone how it has caused so much damages in the lives of many Nigerians, mostly our youths.

Therefore,your position as a serving Senator to maintain this stance for entertainers to have immunity to laws that pertain to drug usage , it is barbarically moved.

Our entertainers/celebrities are supposed to be role models that shouldn’t be indulging in hard drugs or showcasing their weak moral standards at the public space due to millions of followers, or its promotion as seeing with many. If drugs are the source of their inspiration and they cannot do without it, then they are not worthy of emulation. If we must build a Nigeria of our dream, then there should be no compromise in our quest to raise future leaders in all sectors of our economy.

Who says an actor, an artiste, a dancer or a producer cannot do without drugs? What happened to our compass of morality? What happened to our value system?

The level of proliferation of drugs is on the increase because of mindset like this. If we don’t come out and fight this cancer called drug abuse, we shall become victims of it’s colossal effects now and then.

We all most take a stand and condemn hard drugs in it’s entirety in order to save this generation from moral decay, habitual decadence and destruction, Irakpo concluded.

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Presidential Candidate: PDP PCC Accuses Wike of Frustration, Lack of Integrity

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The Peoples Democratic Party Campaign Council in Rivers State has taken a swipe at the state governor, Nyesom Wike, over the cancellation of the approval granted for the party’s presidential campaign in Port Harcourt, the state capital.

The spokesman for the PDP PCC in the state, Dr Leloonu Nwibubasa, who stated this in an interview with The PUNCH, also said the governor lacked integrity for not naming his preferred presidential candidate in January as he promised.

Nwibubasa said from all indications, the governor was increasingly frustrated.

On Wednesday, the state government cancelled the approval given to the PDP for the rally of its standard bearer to hold in the state on February 11, 2023.

The cancellation was contained in a letter signed by the state Commissioner for Sports, Christopher Green, and addressed to the Director General, PDP PCC, Aminu Tambuwal.

The letter said credible information available to the state government showed that the PDP PCC was working in collaboration with a faction of the All Progressives Congress in the state led by Tonye Cole.

It added that information at the government’s disposal show that activities of the APC in the state have always been marred by violence due largely to irreconcilable internal conflicts within the party.

It added, “The Rivers State Government is unable to risk damage to or destruction of the very valuable and priced asset, the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, which your use of the same in collaboration with your Tonye Patrick Cole APC faction will expose it to.

“In the circumstance, the Rivers State Government has come to the painful but inevitable decision to withdraw the approval earlier given to you for the use of the stadium and the said approval is hereby withdrawn.”

Nwibubasa, while confirming the development, described the state government’s earlier approval as a Greek gift.

Berating Wike, Nwibubasa further said the governor was not a good fighter, because a good fighter knows when to quit.

Nwibubasa stated, “We are not surprised when certain decisions are taken because it all amounts to the fact that the level of frustration is increasing.

“We will only appeal to him that he should return to his party and return to the part of peace. And that is part of honour. No one fights a war and refuses to evaluate the same war, and knows when to call it quits. He is not a good fighter.

“For the presidential candidate of the PDP, we are very certain that Rivers people are happy with him. They are in love with him and they are going to vote for him en masse come February 25, 2023.”

Asked what he thinks about Wike’s inability to name his preferred presidential candidate as he had promised, he said it shows the governor has no integrity.

“His inability to name his preferred candidate as publicly announced in January, again is a pointer to his level of instability and incoherence.”

“It tells of his integrity that he cannot match his words with action. So, for us, it is painful that we have a governor who says one thing and does the other.

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Just In: Fifth Columnists in the Presidency Working Against Tinubu, Says El-Rufai

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By Michael Effiong

Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, has revealed that there are some fifth columnists in the presidency who want the All Progressives Congress ( APC) to lose the 2023 Presidential election.

Speaking on Channels TV flagship programme, Sunrise Daily, Governor El-Rufai affirmed that there was serious division in the APC Presidential Campaign Council.

He stated that some people in the Presidency because Asiwaju Bola Tinubu was not their preferred candidate are working against his interest.

He noted that the Naira redesign was not an APC problem but a Presidency problem, urging Nigerians to ignore their current situation and still vote for Tinubu as a person.

On the fuel crisis, he said fuel subsidy had been a problem for many years and that it was President Buhari and not APC that has insisted on the subsidy which is costing the nation a whopping six Trillion Naira.

He revealed that as far back as 2016, Buhari had been advised to remove subsidy but he had bluntly refused.

Governor El Rufai used the opportunity to hail his tenure in Kaduna State, noting that his government has attracted over $4billion worth of investments to the state.

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Atiku Vows to Construct Funtua-Gusau-Sokoto Road, Reiterates End to Banditry

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate in the February 25 presidential election, Atiku Abubakar, has pledged to reconstruct the Funtua-Gusau-Sokoto road, if elected. He also promised to float empowerment programmes that will combat poverty among the citizens.

Atiku made the pledges on Tuesday in Sokoto while addressing a crowd of supporters at his presidential campaign rally.

The PDP presidential candidate also pledged to end the security challenges bedevilling the nation, ensure stability for profitable farming, grazing as well as reopen the nation’s borders to bolster business activities.

He urged citizens to support PDP candidates at all levels at the forthcoming elections, vowing that a PDP-led administration would curb social, economic and infrastructural decay in the country.

Mr Atiku had inaugurated a remodelled presidential lodge and the Dandima flyover bridge constructed by the Governor Aminu Tambuwal’s administration.

The PDP presidential flag bearer also paid homage on the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Abubakar Sa’ad III, after an interactive session with community and traditional rulers in the state.

Earlier, the PDP National Chairman, Dr Ayochia Ayu, presented the party’s flag to PDP governorship candidate in the State, Sa’idu Umar and received scores of defectors from the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Mr Ayu described the Sokoto rally as home coming and enjoined party loyalists to use their PVCs to change the national government as well as sustain the achievements of Tambuwal.

Leader of the defectors, Amb. Faruku Yabo, said the PDP-led administration in the state had the people’s interests at heart, and it was capable of surmounting the national challenges.

The event witnessed presentations from various party chieftains on the ways to address the challenges being faced by the citizens.

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