You Don’t Have That Authority!
The Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, has berated the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governor-elect in the state, Emeka Ihedioha for asking financial institutions not to deal with his government.
Okorocha said Ihedioha lacked the constitutional powers to issue such directives to financial institutions.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo, Okorocha said the governor-elect can only issue such directive when he is sworn-in.
The statement reads: “Emeka Ihedioha, who was declared winner of the governorship election in Imo State by Prof. Francis Ezeonu-led INEC in Owerri, does not have the right or locus yet to harass or give directives to the financial institutions in the state over their dealings with the state government.
‘The media report quoting Ihedioha as having given such directive is unfortunate and a sign of ugly things to come. Otherwise, Ihedioha should not have been the first of all the governors-elect in the country to issue such directive.”
The Governor stated that Ihedioha issued the “directive because as a PDP man, his interest, first and foremost, will be the treasury of the state, and the policy or the slogan of ‘Share the money’ will soon come back. But he should exercise patience and wait till he is sworn-in.
“He shouldn’t be in a hurry. There is a government in place and until May 29, 2019, that government should continue to work in the interest of the State and her people and also Continue to carry out programmes and policies for the same purpose, until the end of its approved life span.
“To begin to harass or give directives to financial institutions in the State is an act of hostility and he should know that.
“The financial Institutions in the State should disregard such directive and continue to do the right thing and take the right action since the best he can do is to confront the outgoing government when he takes over on any financial transaction he has reservations at,” the statement added.
It must be recalled that Ethelbert Okorocha, Governor of Imo State has been bitter since INEC declared Ihedioha of the PDP winner of the gubernatorial election over his preferred candidate, his son-in-law.
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While the news is going down and vanishing like the many news in Nigeria which need sufficient attention, a Facebook user, Gaetan Dolores, has dug up the issue, and this time, in a strange and hilarious way.
Posting on his timeline, this social critic, known for working towards correcting the social ills in the society have given the Nigerian Army a new mandate and job. This Facebook user orders soldiers:
The poster argued that for long, the security agencies have just misplaced their priorities and have got everything wrong from the way they turn their ‘eye of suspicion’ towards innocent civilians to the way they don’t even understand their jobs.
Nigeria, has just been riddled with these kinds of negative news. We just hope that this attention the poster draws will solve the problem, to an extent!
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The pastor of a megachurch in South Carolina, United States has defended buying a $200,000 Lamborghini luxury car as gift for his wife on their eighth wedding anniversary. -Pastor gifts wife a car –
Pastor John Gray captured headlines over the weekend after an Instagram video taken of the moment he handed his wife the keys to the bow-wrapped “Lamborghini Urus” on Saturday went viral.
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Gray, who is the pastor of Relentless Church, later stressed online that he had purchased the vehicle for his wife, while rebutting critics who raised suggestions about whether he bought the car with church money.
“God helped me to make my wife’s dream come true,” Gray said in an Instagram post on Tuesday. “Why not? She’s made mine come true!”
He then addressed the matter in a video on Facebook Live on Thursday, in which he doubled down on his defense of the purchase and said “not a nickel, not a penny” of money from the church went to the gift.
“First of all, it wasn’t a pastor that bought the car. It was a husband that bought the car,” Gray said in the video.
“I’m a husband first. Don’t confuse what I do with who I am. What I do is I pastor God’s people.
Who I am is a husband and a father and I’ll do anything to honour them. And I won’t ask permission from anybody to do it.”
“My wife has pushed for my dreams and my vision, and she has toiled with a man who is still trying to find himself,” Gray continued. “That carries a weight. I wanted to honor her for how she’s covered me.”
“What should concern people who are actually genuinely concerned is ‘did this man use any money from the church to do this?’ And the answer is no, absolutely not,” he continued.
Some critics pointed to the pastor’s association with Lakewood Church pastor Joel Osteen, who once proclaimed, “It’s God’s will for you to live in prosperity instead of poverty.”
Osteen has also captured flak for his lifestyle, including living in a $10.5 million mansion in River Oaks, according to the Houston Chronicle.
However, other social media users supported Gray and his wife, Aventer Gray, and questioned why people were critical of the purchase given the pastor also has other forms of income.
Gray’s wife also jumped to her husband’s defense on Instagram, mentioning a number of different projects her husband is currently involved in – including a reality show on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) and his various book deals.
“I don’t see anyone screaming about how basketball players drive what they do while you paying $$$ to see them play in arenas and on fields. We don’t live for people! We live for God!” she said in the post.
Your Words Don’t Make Sense – Lai Mohammed
There has been a very strong speculation going on in the country about the cloning of President Muhammad Buhari. While some offer their positions on the take, the Information and Culture Minister has dismissed this with a wave of hand. – Lai Mohammed Chides Nnamdi Kanu-
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has reacted to insinuation by the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu that President Muhammadu Buhari was cloned in London.
Speaking during a media briefing in his office in Abuja, on Thursday, Mohammed said the idea was “not only absolute idiotic but also sheer bunkum.”
The Minister said the insinuation “does not require any response from any responsible government or its agencies.”
On the arrest and prosecution of a human rights activist, Deji Adejanju, Mohammed said that being an activists or an opposition member does not confer any immunity on anyone who flouts the laws.
“What Nigerians must and should know is that the law is always there to guide their conducts. So, it does not matter whether you are in government or opposition if you flout the law,” he said.
Recall that Nnamdi Kanu had earlier insisted that Buhari was long dead and is replaced by Jubril from Sudan. Kanu had accused the government of misleading the people and urged the APC to come clean on the whereabout of President Muhammad Buhari.