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Daily Trust Newspaper Headlines (Wednesday, 17 February, 2021 Edition)

Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan during a book presentation in Rivers State

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2023: Saraki Rules Out Jonathan’s Defection, Says Ex-President Ready To Work With PDP

Former Senate President Bokola Saraki has said ex-President Goodluck Jonathan will offer his experience, time, and resources for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to return to power.

Saraki disclosed this to newsmen on Tuesday, shortly after leading members of the party’s national reconciliation and strategy committee to a meeting with Jonathan at his Abuja residence.

Saraki also ruled out the former president’s defection to All Progressives Congress (APC), saying Jonathan is bent on seeing the PDP bounces back to national reckoning, particularly at the center.

Ogun Crisis: We Lost 23 Persons — Sarkin Fulani

The Sarkin Fulani of Abeokuta, Muhammad Kabir Labar on Tuesday said 23 herdsmen were killed and about 20 houses burnt in the recent crisis in Ogun State.

He spoke at the stakeholders’ meeting on farmers and herdsmen’s clashes in the state. Those present at the event were Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun, Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, Zamfara State Governor Bello Matawale, Kebbi State Governor Atiku Bagudu and Niger State Governor Abubakar Sanni Bello.

He said elements were bent “on setting our people against one another by whipping up ethnic sentiments.”

Rising Tension: Abdulsalami Asks Govs To Resolve Differences, Take Responsibility

Former Head of State and Chairman, National Peace Committee (NOC), General Abdulsalami Abubakar, has called on the 36 state governors to resolve their differences, speak with one voice and confront the security challenges bedevilling the country.

He also appealed to Nigerians to give peace a chance in the face of rising tension in different parts of the country.

Addressing journalists at his Hilltop residence in Minna on Tuesday, the Niger State capital, the former head of state noted that if care was not taken, the growing tension in the country might lead Nigeria to a point of no return.

Sheik Gumi: Bandits Learnt Kidnapping From Niger Delta Militants

Sheik Ahmad Gumi, a prominent Islamic cleric, has said bandits learnt kidnapping from the Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta (MEND).

MEND was on the frontline of kidnappings when expatriates and oil workers were abducted during the height of militancy in the Niger Delta region.

However, while kidnapping is fast becoming a thing of the past among militants, bandits have been abducting residents in different parts of the country. Speaking on an Africa Independent Television (AIT) programme on Tuesday, Gumi said if the federal government could grant amnesty to militants, why can’t the same gesture be extended to bandits. He said if the federal government grants them amnesty, bandits will expose those perpetrating criminality.

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