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 We have evidence Bauchi Govt arming thugs with assault rifles- Dogara ..Says not opposing Gov Abubakar because he isn’t originally from Bauchi state   Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara, has disclosed plans to unleash violence on the people of Bauchi State during the forthcoming elections, adding that there is evidence that the state government has procured assault rifles for that purpose. He also debunked insinuations that he is opposing Governor Mohammed Abduallahi Abubakar’s re-election because he is not originally from the state. Speaking at a press conference by a coalition of political parties and stakeholders United against the Bwuchi state government, Dogara said they had uncovered a government sanctioned plot to perpetuate violence on unprecedented scale to ensure that the present administration continues to rule over the affairs of the state against their will. “Now, we have heard, with some evidence, that violence on unprecedented scale is being planned in order to ensure that whether we like it or not in Bauchi State, they will maintain the status quo. Now, the reason why I must address this is because we are all aware, most of us, including journalists, of a young man who came out to polling booth with an assault rifle and the picture was captured, I can even name his name if you want. I can say one his name is Ilela, you can fill the gap. “Now, my worry is that this thing is being encouraged by the government of the state, all of you know that but the warning I will deliver is that they should desist from planning to kill our brothers and sisters, our uncles and our relations in Bauchi State. If someone does not have his own relations in the state and that is why he trying to promote violence, I want to say categorically here that he should desist from doing so. And some of our brothers that are conniving with him, by the time this crisis comes, his own sister is not going to be killed because he doesn’t have them, he doesn’t have uncles that will be killed, he doesn’t have brothers and sisters that will be killed and nephews and nieces that will be killed but we all have them. “But in spite of all those things, the resolve of all the people of Bauchi State, as has always been, is to cast their votes, to stay there till their votes are counted and until the results are known and by so doing, as we always done, the will of the people will prevail. Now, if anyone is killed, the chief promoter of this violence, we are delivering this warning, we will not only defeat him, we will ensure that we get a bus that may escort all that he has, maybe 10-seater bus out of the state so that we can live in peace that Bauchi is known for and make the kind of progress that is needed,” he stated. Hon Dogara explained that neither he, nor other people standing against the governor of the state have any grudge against him because he is not from Bauchi State originally, but because he has failed to bring development to the state, having failed in human capital development, promotion of healthcare, education, infrastructure, among others. “We are not fighting as some of them have alleged and rightly so, that the governor is not originally from Bauchi State, that is not the reason. We have welcomed so many people who have done good to this state and we will not stop but anyone who will bring lack of progress, will steal resources from Bauchi, will encourage underdevelopment of Bauchi, even if he is the original son of the soil, we will fight that person. And I want to say before you all here, before all the people of Bauchi, that even among them, we are working hard to make sure that when one of them emerges the governor and begins to do what Governor M.A is doing in Bauchi State, they will see what M.A is seeing. We will continue to try until we get the best that will take this state out of the dungeons. That is very, very important. “So, it doesn’t matter where you come from, provided you are not for the people of Bauchi State, some of us have vowed – there is nothing we are looking for from the governor, not appointments, contracts or anything- because God has brought us to the level where if we see that some is wrong, we should be able to say it and stand by it, to stand with the truth and not what is convenient or promote our interest or what will bring money to our pockets. We do not need it. We are fighting agents of underdevelopment and for the people of Bauchi State. We will not only defeat him, we will prevent anyone from stealing elections in this state and continue to perpetuate himself so that he can continue to play with the destiny of Bauchi State.” If you play with education, you are playing with your future. 1.3 million children out of school is too much a burden for us. If we continue like this, we are going to have millions in next few years so what do we do with them? They are unskilled, they are not trained, even if you build the industries, you cannot employ them because they do not have the training, they do not have the skills, so what do you do with them? And then, imagine if they are two to three million in the next 15 years, what do we do with them, throw them in wells? Kill them, because they will kill us. So, that is the grave danger that all of us as stakeholders face.” He warned the people of Bauchi not to joke with the future of their children by supporting the re-election of a governor that does not care that 1.3 million children are out of school, not because there is no funds to promote development of education and other areas, but out of greed and lack of concern for the growth of the state. The speaker noted that it is inevitable when youths are not trained, they will become a security threat in the future because of poverty and idleness, among other things. “Instead of sinking boreholes, improving our hospitals and schools, all they do is use them in producing billboards, banners and posters. Our youths who should be in school, about 1.3 of them are out of school, the only job they have is for them to guard these billboards and if you are not prepared to be a guard man or guard woman of these billbords, then there is no job for you. That is the unfortunate situation that this state that is blessed with talents, blessed with elites, has found itself. “Now, our governor made a very big mistake; the mistake is that he thought he could gather money accruing to the state and price all of us, including the elders here. He believes that all of us have price tags and I can assure that most of us have been priced already. If not because of the interest of Bauchi State, I can beat my chest and swear with whatever that we will not be seated here, all of us would have settled because the governor would rather pay Baba Waziri (Alhaji Bello Kirfi)  he would rather pay me, pay some of us, than pay all these noisemakers or some of these our brothers who worship only their stomach, their God is their stomach. If that is not the case, there is no sane person in Bauchi State that will align with what is happening in this state. There is no  progess virtually in all areas of human development and you talk about the local government system, it is dead. “We are not talking about 50 billion here, what of the money accruing to local government? What happened to it and it is hundreds of billions in the last 3 years plus. Where is the money in Bauchi State? So, when we talk, we talk with pains. You can now understand. Look at the progress that is being made in Gombe, states like Jigawa in those days, even in Adamawa, if you go to Yola, you can see some progress being made. Go to Plateau, in spite of crisis upon crisis in that state, look at the progress that is being made. What has happened to Bauchi State? Is it because we are cursed? So, what is the problem? “That is why all of us here have agreed to work together and even if it means producing one candidate in order to ensure that we send lack of progress and development out of Bauchi State, we are prepared to do that.”                       Attached pictures: Pix 1&2,R – L ,Speaker, House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, Elder stateman, Alh. Bello Kirfi,  Bauchi State PRP Governorship candidate, Prof. Ali  Pate & PDP Governorship candidate Sen Bala Mohammed at a press conference announcing formation of a grand coalition of political parties & Stakeholders united against Governor M.A Abubakar of Bauchi State, at NUJ Secretariat, Bauchi, on Sunday 20th January,2019.  Picture : Speaker’s Media Office.  Turaki Hassan Special Adviser (Media & Public Affairs) January 20, 2019.

Sunday, 20 January 2019 by

Dogara flags off re-election campaign …Urges Nigerians to resist rigging, protect their votes …prays God to destroy plotters of killings, violence during 2019 elections ..As 8 APC State State, 10,000 members defect to PDP Speaker of the House or Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara, on Saturday flagged off his -re-election campaign in Bununu, headquarters of Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area, where he called on the people to resist any attempt to instigate violence and rig the 2019 elections. He also warned that there are people who do not have any ancestral link, connection or origin in Bauchi State but want to cause violence and killings during the elections because they have nothing to lose and therefore, called on the people to do everything possible to foil the plot because they are the ones who will lose relatives, mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers in addition to their ancestral homes. Hon Dogara told his supporters to ensure that they monitor their votes on election day from the beginning to the end of the exercise in order to foil any plan to rig the polls. “On election day, when you vote, don’t go home: vote and wait until all votes are counted and results announced and escort the vote.There are some of our unpatriotic people who are conniving with the Bauchi State government to cause violence,” he said. The speaker lamented that good governance has eluded Bauchi State in the last four years, unlike other states that have been witnessing development. And that in spite of his spirited efforts to spur development from the grassroots through the bill passed by the National Assembly to grant autonomy to local government councils, some governors did all within their powers to block it in order to continue to divert local government funds. Hon Dogara also appealed to his constituents to vote out the present government in order to bring in a government of the PDP which will be dedicated to infrastructure development of the state and the country at large. He disclosed to his constituents, the unwillingness of the state government to support this efforts at bringing developmental projects to the state, saying, “I did everything within my power together with my colleagues to give autonomy to local governments but some state governors connived with some states assemblies to block it. Today, the local government is non-existent and the ordinary people don’t benefit anything from there. “We have attracted so much infrastructural development to Bauchi State but the State government even sponsored some youths to protest and sweep the venue of the flag-off of road construction in 2017. “Now that they see work is ongoing, the same Bauchi State government and its supporters have turned around to say the projects are President Muhammadu Buhari’s. So if they knew it was Buhari’s projects, why were they opposing it?” “We attracted schools and other projects too numerous to mention but the Bauchi State government stopped the work and chased away the contractors. Don’t allow them deceive you. Even mosque we wanted to renovate here in Bununu they stopped it.” He also used the avenue to emphasise that neither him nor his political associates have any personal grudge against President Muhammadu Buhari but are only concerned about the welfare and security of the Nigerian people. “None of us here hates President Muhammadu Buhari,” he stated, adding, “we do not hate him but the truth is we are worried and concerned about the future of our people in Nigeria, especially the North East, which has been ravaged by Boko Haram violence. If not checked, it will consume us here even in Bununu, may God forbid. Poverty and killings and bloodletting have ravaged our land. Two days ago, two people who did everything to stop me from joining the PDP called after watching Buhari’s interview on television to apologise to me and said they thank God for opening their eyes.” While decrying the desperation to remain in power in the face of glaring incompetence, he prayed that God will destroy whoever equates himself with Him as the one who gives and takes power and positions, as He did to Pharaoh a d other despots and dictators. He also apologised to the people of Bauchi for helping to bring the present state government that has been a massive and monumental failure to power and sought their forgiveness. At the campaign rally, eight former executives of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), in addition to over 10,000 other members defected to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. The event was attended by the gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Bauchi State, Senator Bala Mohammed, deputy governor of Gombe State, Hon Charles Illiya, director general of the Gubernatorial campaign of the PDP in Bauchi State, Senator Abdul Ningi, serving and former members of the National Assembly from Bauchi and neighboring states, members of the national PDP, as well as the executive and members of the party in Bauchi State.

Saturday, 19 January 2019 by

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara, has urged Nigerian youths to focus on developing their talents in sports as participation on professional levels has proven to be an effective route to exiting poverty. Speaking at the finals of the intra-state Dogara Unity Football Competition in Bauchi, Bauchi State, the speaker said though

Dogara promotes football talents in 20 Bauchi LGAs Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara, has urged Nigerian youths to focus on developing their talents in sports as participation on professional levels has proven to be an effective route to exiting poverty. Speaking at the finals of the intra-state Dogara Unity Football Competition in Bauchi, Bauchi State, the speaker said though education remains the bedrock of development, participating in professional sports have over the years, played a big role in empowering youths, especially financially. He explained that it was because of this fact that he took the initiative to sponsor the football competition which was keenly contested by football teams from all the local government areas in the state and beyond. Recall that in December 2017, the speaker had vowed to sponsor a state-wide football competition in order to harness the talents of Bauchi youths and put them in form for onward selection into local and national teams. He promised that the 2nd edition of the competition will be better organised and requested the support of Bauchi people to elect a government that will support his initiative. The speaker said, “This event is not just for playing and feeling good about it. You will notice that football has become one profession that can lift youths out of poverty. One good footballer may do better in uplifting a community out of poverty. I am not saying that education is not important. It is important but as you train yourselves in education, also concentrate on sport activities.” Expressing delight that about six of the participants have already been contracted by clubs outside the state, he hoped that it will lead eventually to the inclusion of a Bauchi State indigene in the national team. The competition was won by Dogara Boys Football Club who carted away one million naira prize money; Super Starlets of Azare second place with a cash prize of seven hundred and fifty thousand naira; while Misau FC went home with a cash prize of five hundred thousand Naira. Attached picture: Speaker, House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara presenting the Trophy to Captain of Dogara Unity Football Team, Ibrahim Saleh, Winners of the Final Tournament 2018 Dogara Unity Football Competition for 20 Bauchi LGAs, with them are: Hon. Ahmed Yerima(left) and Chairman planning Committee, Mr. Balarabe Douglas in Bauchi at the Weekend

Saturday, 19 January 2019 by

Nigerians will accept nothing short of openness, adherence to rules in 2019 elections- Speaker Dogara tells INEC, Police Urges President Buhari to overhaul security architecture Violence, killings threatening our civilization Sequel to the failure of President Muhammadu Buhari to assent to the Electoral Act amendment Bill passed by the National Assembly three times, Speaker of

Armed forces remembrance day:  Dogara calls for establishment of special education fund for children of fallen heroes  Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara, has advocated for the establishment of a special education fund for the children of Nigeria’s fallen heroes as part of measures to improve the welfare of men of the armed forces. In a statement to mark the 2019 Armed Forces Remembrance Day, the speaker pledged the continuous support of the House of Representatives to the welfare of officers and men of the armed forces, saying the National Assembly is ever ready to expeditiously pass any legislative measures proposed by the Executive towards improving the welfare and conditions of service of men of the armed forces so as to boost their morale. While thanking the fallen heroes for paying the ultimate sacrifice for the defence of the territorial integrity of Nigeria, as well as her peace and stability, he prayed for the repose of their souls and encouraged those who are in the trenches to hold on as they are in the thoughts and prayers of Nigerians. Stressing that violence is threatening the unity and foundation of Nigeria and its democracy, Hon Dogara added that everything possible to win the war against terrorism and all sundry violence must be done. He stated, “Today we remember our fallen heroes, brave men and women of our armed forces who paid the supreme price by laying down their lives in defence of the unity,  territorial integrity of our nation and promotion of global peace. They died for the love, honour and service to God and country. We remember and honour with prayers for the repose of the souls of these courageous and patriotic unknown soldiers that their sacrifices will never be in vain.  “To everyone who is out there in the trenches,  fighting for peace and territorial integrity of this country, we are with them and will continue to say that they should stand strong. “We remember them this day on behalf of a very grateful nation for the sacrifice these very important brothers and sisters, very extraordinary sacrifices that they are making for the peace and stability of this nation. We can’t thank them enough. There is no way we can possibly pay them for the supreme sacrifice. “We pledge the continuous support of the House of Representatives to the welfare of our armed forces. We in the National Assembly, as always asserted, are ever ready to expeditiously pass any legislative measures proposed by the Executive towards improving the welfare and conditions of service of our armed forces so as to boost their morale. “In this regard, I call for the establishment of a special education fund for the children of our fallen heroes.” Furthermore, he added, “We must do everything possible to win the war against terrorism and all sundry violence. Needless to say, violence is threatening our unity and the very foundation of our country and its democracy.” Turaki Hassan  Special Adviser (Media & Public Affairs) January 15, 2019.

Tuesday, 15 January 2019 by

Onnoghen: Nigeria not a banana republic- Speaker Dogara Speaker of the House of Representatives Hon Yakubu Dogara, has called for caution in the charges filed against the Chief Justice of Nigeria Hon Justice Walter Onnoghen by the Federal Government. In a statement issued Sunday, Hon Dogara said that while the House awaits further briefing from relevant agencies, nevertheless, it is important that due process is followed because Nigeria is a country govered by laws and not dictates of men. He noted that the House is not less zealous in the fight against corruption but said to commence a matter of that grave magnitude with a media trial is pregnant with innuendos least needed by the polity at this sensitive time. The Speaker asserts that Nigeria is a country governed by laws with clearly spelt out procedures and processes for their activation and not the dictates of men. It is important that people in authority should excercise power with decorum and not plunge the nation to needless crises as Nigeria is not a banana republic. “This is a matter that affects another arm of government and its head which should be treated with caution so as not to send the wrong signal that there is a political undertone or other ulterior motives to the issue”. “As we raised our voice when the National Assembly was invaded by hooded security men last year, it is incumbent on us as the legislature to voice our concerns because we operate under a system where three arms of government are co – equal branches and enjoy a measure of independence guaranteed by the Constitution.” “As we approach the general elections, it is incumbent on the prosecutorial authorities to exercise caution and treat matters of this nature with utmost circumspection.” Turaki Hassan Special Adviser (Media & Public Affairs) January 13, 2019

Tuesday, 15 January 2019 by

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, has urged Nigerians not to despair, but look to the future with optimism and absolute faith in the Almighty God as the country moves into 2019. In a new year message, Speaker Dogara acknowledged that 2018 was characterised by unprecedented spate of needless killings, decline in

As Christian faithful celebrate Christmas in remembrance of the birth of Jesus Christ, speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon Yakubu Dogara, has urged Nigerians to imbibe the spirit of the season, which is the love of God for humanity. In a Christmas message to Nigerians, the speaker noted that it was because of

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara has declared that the 2019 elections would be a referendum on the state of security and hunger in Nigeria. Dogara who was speaking in Gombe, Gombe state capital at the North East zonal campaign and rally of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) challenged Nigerians to

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