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Daily Trust Newspaper Headlines (Wednesday, 03 March, 2021 Edition)

Ex-Senate President Bukola Saraki

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2023: What We Discussed With Obasanjo — Saraki

The immediate past Senate President, Bukola Saraki, Tuesday, met former President Olusegun Obasanjo behind closed doors in Abeokuta, Ogun State, over issues relating to the repositioning of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The former Senate president, who spoke with newsmen after the meeting held at Obasanjo’s pent house located within the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL), Abeokuta, told the former president what they were doing to reposition PDP.

Saraki, who is the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Reconciliation and Strategy Committee, led former governors Ibrahim Dankwambo (Gombe), Olagunsoye Oyinlola (Osun), Liyel Imoke (Cross River), Ibrahim Shema (Katsina) and former Majority Leader, House of Representatives, Mulikat Akande Adeola, to meet the former president.

“We told him (Obasanjo) what we are trying to do, to reposition the party, we told him how important that is to project Nigeria and he told us his commitment to Nigeria, that he will never shirk the responsibility to have a better Nigeria. Of course, like we all know he (Obasanjo) is not partisan at the moment, his focus in on Nigeria, not on party and that he repeated to us,” he said.

‘Let’s See If This Will Crush Bandits’ – Matawalle Rejects FG’s No-Fly Zone

Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State has reacted to the National Security Council’s decision to declare Zamfara State as a no-fly zone.

The National Security Adviser, Major-General Babagana Monguno (rtd), disclosed this at the end of National Security Council meeting on Tuesday. Monguno also announced that the federal government had banned mining activities in the state. He said the actions were taken as a result of the high level of insecurity in the state.

But reacting to the development when Kayode Fayemi, chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF), visited him on Tuesday, Matawalle said he is not sure the federal government understands the situation.

Again, Bandits ‘Abduct’ 3 Students In Katsina

Three students have been reportedly abducted from Gobirawa village of Safana Local Government Area of Katsina State on Tuesday.

A resident of Gobirawa, who spoke under condition of anonymity, confirmed to Daily Trust that the students were abducted after closing from the Community Day Secondary School in Gobirawa.

“It is not a boarding school and all of the three abductees are male students and they were abducted this afternoon on their way home after closing from the school,” the source said.

Saraki Tells Buhari To Include Opposition, Others In Fight Against Insecurity

A former Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, on Tuesday, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to include opposition parties and the international community in the fight against insecurity in Nigeria.

He spoke with newsmen shortly after he met with a former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, behind closed doors at his penthouse residence located within the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL), Abeokuta, Ogun State.

Saraki, who is the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Reconciliation and Strategy Committee, was joined in the meeting by former Governors, Ibrahim Dankwanbo (Gombe), Olagunsoye Oyinlola (Osun), Liyel Imoke (Cross River), Ibrahim Shehu Sema (Katsina) and former Majority Leader, House of Representatives, Mulikat Akande Adeola.

We Must Move From Talks To Results — WTO DG, Okonjo-Iweala

The new Director General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has charged members of the organisation to do things differently to deliver results.

Speaking after assuming office on March 1 at the WTO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, the Nigerian former Minister of Finance and first black and female head of WTO also said it would no longer be business as usual.

Dr Okonjo-Iweala is the seventh Director-General of WTO. She took office on March 1, 2021, becoming the first woman and the first African to serve as director-general. Her term of office will expire on 31 August 2025.

Buhari Declares Zamfara No-Fly Zone, Bans Mining

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed that Zamfara State be declared a no-fly zone.

The National Security Adviser (NSA), Major General Babagana Monguno (rtd), disclosed this on Tuesday while briefing State House correspondents after a meeting of National Security Council at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Monguno said the President had also approved a ban on mining activities in Zamfara to check rising insecurity.

The NSA, who also revealed that all non-state actors had been placed under surveillance, said the federal government would not hesitate to use kinetic means to restore normalcy in the country.

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