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I’m Committed To Promoting Good Governance ― Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari has restated the commitment of his administration to the enthronement of democracy and good governance on the African continent.
He gave this position while speaking at the President Villa, Abuja during the Virtual Support Mission and Signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Committee of Heads of State and Government participating in the African Peer Review Mechanism (APR Forum) and the Federal Republic of Nigeria on the on-going Second Peer Review Process, President Buhari stated:
“As you are aware, the Government of Nigeria has consistently supported the strengthening of democracy and good governance throughout the African continent, including under the umbrella of the African Peer Review Mechanism.
Edo Election Petition Tribunal: Forensic Expert Faults Obaseki’s UI Certificate
A forensic expert, Raphael Onwuzuligbo, on Monday, testified at the Edo Election Petition Tribunal to the effect that Governor Godwin Obaseki presented two different University of Ibadan (UI)’s Bachelor’s Degree certificate to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in 2016 and 2020.
Onwuzuligbo, a retired Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) testified as a subpoenaed witness in the case filed by the Action Democratic Party (ADP) and its governorship candidate, Iboi Emmanuel, who are challenging the victory of Obaseki on the claim that he was not qualified to contest the election in the first instance, on an alleged certificate forgery and perjury.
Under cross-examination by the counsel to the respondents, the retired police officer maintained that the UI’s certificate presented by Obaseki in 2016 was different from the one he presented in 2020 to INEC.
Nigeria Records 1,617 New COVID-19 Cases, Total Rises To 112,004
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has recorded 1,617 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 112,004. The NCDC disclosed this on its official Twitter handle on Monday.
“1,617 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria; Lagos-776 Kaduna-147 Kwara-131 FCT-102 Plateau-78 Edo-59 Ogun-53 Osun-45 Rivers-37 Taraba-36 Nasarawa-34 Adamawa-33 Kano-26 Delta-20 Ebonyi-16 Bayelsa-11 Gombe-11 Borno-2.
“Our discharges today includes 289 community recoveries in Lagos State managed in line with guidelines,” the NCDC said.
Let’s Do Everything Possible To Avoid Another Lockdown, PTF Tells Nigerians
The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 pandemic has assured that unless vaccines are safe and effective, they will not be administered on people in the country.
Chairman of the task force and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha, who gave the assurance, on Monday, during the task force’s media briefing in Abuja, noted that apart from the use of vaccines, the adherence to non-pharmaceutical interventions will continue to be emphasised in the fight against the virus in the country.
He admonished Nigerians to make all sacrifices necessary to prevent a second lockdown in the country, pointing out that Nigeria is in a difficult situation that makes it necessary to consider all options.
Akeredolu Gives Herdsmen Seven Days To Vacate Forest Reserves
Worried by the spate of insecurity in Ondo State, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has issued a seven-day ultimatum to herdsmen in all forest reserves in the state to vacate the area with effect from Monday, January 18, 2021.
Akeredolu who issued the ultimatum said the development became necessary due to the resurgence of banditry and other security challenges facing the state. He also placed a ban on night-grazing and movement of cattle within cities and highways in the state.
Arising from a closed-door security meeting with the leadership of the Hausa/Fulani and Ebira communities in the state held at the Cocoa Conference Hall of the Governor’s office, Alagabaka, Akure on Monday, Akeredolu said underaged grazing of cattle has been outlawed in the state.
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