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Vanguard Newspaper Headlines (Monday, 4 January, 2021)

Lagos State Governor-Elect, Babajide Sanwo-Olu

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COVID-19: Sanwo-Olu extends work from home order for classes of civil servants till January 18

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has ordered all State Public Servants on Grade Levels 14 and below to continue working from home till Monday, 18th January 2021 on vie of the spike in COVID-19 cases in the state.

The measure, according to the governor, aimed to stem the tide of the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Head of Service, Mr. Hakeem Muri-Okunola who announced the order in a statement on Sunday and made available by the state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Gbenga Omotoso, noted that it excludes staff on essential duty as well as First Responders, urging all public servants to stay safe and ensure continued adherence to all COVID-19 protocols in order to rid the state of the pandemic.

State of Nation: Why Nigerians can’t have the desired change they want – Shekarau

Former Governor of Kano State and incumbent Senator representing Kano Central, Senator Ibrahim Shekarau has on Sunday opened up on why Nigerians cannot have the desired change they want to see.

This was as he said Nigerians are not doing the right thing to elect the right leaders from the ward level to the top to bring about the leadership that would change the narrative of the nation.

Shekarau stated this during a media parley with Journalists in Kano on Sunday. The Senator also said ahead of the 2023 general elections, common sense should prevail in who becomes the President and quality leadership should be the watchword.

Kankara schoolboys: No dime was paid to secure release – Katsina Govt insists

The Katsina State government has insisted that it didn’t pay a dime as a ransom to secure the release of the schoolboys kidnapped by bandits who attacked the Government Science Secondary School in the Kankara area of the state.

The state government kicked against reports making rounds that it paid the sum of N344 million (N1 million per head) as a ransom for the release of the schoolboys.

The Secretary to the Katsina State Government, Mustapha Inuwa who stated this in an interview with Vanguard instead kicked against the idea of payment of ransom which he said if encouraged will fuel criminality instead of tackling the menace.

I never knew I would be governor – Diri

Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa, on Sunday, joined other Christians in the state to offer praises to God for witnessing the first Sunday of 2021.

Diri, who worshipped at St. Peter’s Anglican Church in Sampou, his hometown, told the congregation that he never knew the community would produce a governor, while he was supporting the governorship aspiration of others.

A statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Daniel Alabrah, quoted Diri as saying that when it was time for God’s destined purpose, it would surely manifest.

Presidency’s attack on us, kick of weak horse — PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), described the attack by the Presidency against the party as a feeble kick of a weak horse and a failed attempt to beguile Nigerians.

Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu had in an essay on Sunday likened the PDP to a “university of lies,” which Nigerians are not interested in bringing back in 2023.

Reacting to the development, PDP national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan in a statement said the main opposition party “is not surprised that the Buhari Presidency is rattled by the bitter truth that Nigerians are fed up with President Muhammadu Buhari as well as his All Progressives Congress, APC, and are rallying on our platform to rescue our nation from misrule.”

Defection: Umahi still remains our leader, friend in PDP — Lawmaker

A federal lawmaker, Chief Sylvester Ogbaga, says Gov. David Umahi of Ebonyi remains the leader and friend of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, notwithstanding his defection to the All Progressives Party (APC).

Ogbaga, representing Abakaliki/ Izzi Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, stated this at Isu, Onicha Local Government Area on Sunday.

Ogbaga, a fourth-term member of the lower legislative chamber, stated that although Umahi had joined APC, he rose to political stardom on the platform of PDP. “We have no two governors in Ebonyi, and we expect him as our leader to address the threats to PDP members and the general insecurity in the state. It is still surprising that Umahi, who remains our friend and brother, joined APC when we were expecting the party to meet the expectations of Nigerians,” he said.

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