Plateau, Zamfara killings, others not religiously motivated – Okorocha

Governor Okorocha said the killings experienced in some parts for Nigeria are beyond religion He said the recent killings in Zamfara and Plateau have shown that religion is not the reason behind the deadly violence threatening the country’s peace – He, however, sought the collaboration of religious bodies in tackling insecurity in the country The governor of Imo state, Rochas Okorocha, said on Sunday, July 1, that the recent killings in some parts of the country, especially Plateau and Zamfara states were beyond religious sentiments. Okorocha stated that no religious group is spared in the killings, adding that “in some of the incidents both Christians and Muslims were victims”, The Nation reports. He noted that the country is at the moment passing through very difficult times and urged religious leaders and all Nigerians “to pray to God for the peace of the country not minding where one comes from and which religion one belongs Okorocha said this at the 10th Episcopal Anniversary of the Catholic Bishop of Orlu Diocese, Imo state, His Lordship, Most Rev. Augustine Ukwuoma at the Holy Trinity Cathedral Orlu. He lamented that “some people have lost their sense of value for lives with the rate at which blood-letting is going on in this Country”. According to him: “Initially, I thought that what was going on in some parts of the country was a religious war; but the Plateau and Zamfara killings have shown that what we have in our hands is beyond religious killings. “In these killings, Muslims were killing Muslims and Christians killing Christians. They kill innocent citizens both young and old. And for us Christians, this is the time to pray for peace and love for one another”. Governor Okorocha told the bishop “the reason I join the world to celebrate you at your 10th Episcopal Anniversary is that you are a very good Bishop. You are the kind of Bishop that uses his office to attract people to God rather than chase them[…]

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Plateau Assembly speaker escapes impeachment

Plateau State House of Assembly Speaker Peter Azi has escaped impeachment by fellow lawmakers for attempting to prolong the tenure of transition committee chairmen in the 17 local government councils of the state slated to expire on Thursday, June 28. This is following the truncated election of chairmen and councillors by the state Governor Simon Lalong barely a month after he took over power in 2015. Since then, the state government had been appointing caretaker committees periodically to oversee the affairs of the local governments. Disagreement reportedly started on the floor of the House on Thursday when Azi wanted the lawmakers to go on recess without discussing the tenure of the transition committees whose tenure expired same day. But a lawmaker representing Mikang constituency, Na’anlong Daniel moved a motion of urgency on the tenure of the transition of chairmen that had just expired. This was supported by Simon Kudu of Irigwe/Rukuba constituency. The debate was reportedly uncomfortable for some members who were not in support of the development, as they commenced impeachment process of collecting signatures against the speaker before the lawmakers resolved to settle the matter. After much deliberation, 18 out of the 24 members of the House voted to end the tenure of the transition committee chairmen in the state. The House will further debate on having elected executives for the local governments. The failed impeachment process has resulted in the dismissal of chairmen and councillors at the 17 local government councils. However, reports suggest that the action of the majority of the lawmakers is not connected with principal officers of the House to extend committee chairmen’s tenure in compliance to wish of the state government.

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