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I’m Not A Negotiator For Bandits, Says Gumi
Respected Islamic scholar, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, has said he is not a negotiator for bandits. Gumi said this when he received Shehu Sani, the Senator who represented Kaduna Central in the 8th Assembly.
Sani had visited Gumi over the abduction of 39 students of Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, Kaduna State, and that of eight members of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG).
He, however, said arrangements were ongoing to secure the release of the students who have spent three weeks in captivity. “As for the College students, we have done all we can do. In fact I had a meeting with parents of the kidnapped students sequel to their meeting with Government. I showed them what the problem is and they went to visit government and returned. I am not a negotiator for bandits, we always ensured that government officials were present in our previous discussions with bandits in the forests, before the Federal Government’s shoot at sight order. But, as for the college students, we are making arrangements for them through a contact to see how this problem can be solved.”
Anti-Party: PDP Suspends Ex-Niger Gov Babangida Aliyu
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Chanchaga Local Government Area of Niger State yesterday suspended a former governor of the state, Dr. Muazu Babangida Aliyu, over allegations of anti-party activities leading to cracks in the party since 2014.
Aliyu, who was the governor of the state between 2007 and 2015, hails from Chanchaga LGA of the state. The suspension was contained in a communiqué issued at the end of an emergency stakeholders’ meeting in Minna on Monday and signed by 22 members of the committee, including Musa Bako, Zaka U. Luka and Adamu Alkasim.
The party said it slammed the suspension on the former governor following six allegations levelled against him inimical to the party’s progress. Aliyu was also accused of working against former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and the party’s governorship candidate in Niger State, Alhaji Umar Nasko, during the 2015 general elections. The party also blamed him for the crack in the party at the state level.
Release Money To Boost Economy, Tinubu Tells Buhari
The national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Sen. Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has said the executive and legislature must work together and release money to address poverty and unemployment in Nigeria.
Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos State, also urged President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Assembly to immediately put a stop to austerity measures and introduce stimulus expenditure to fast track the economy.
He stated this in Kano on Monday at the 12th colloquium to mark his 69th birthday, where he also said Nigerian leaders must fine-tune their economic programmes to favour the poor. The Asiwaju of Lagos equally advised the federal government to employ 50 million youths in the security sector to address various breaches afflicting the country.
Niger Delta Forum Backs FG On $1.5bn Port Harcourt Rehabilitation
The Niger Delta Nonviolence Agitators Forum (NDNAF) has said that the opposition to the Federal Government’s proposed $1.5bn for the rehabilitation of the Port Harcourt refinery is needless.
The National President of NDNAF, Mr. Wisdom Oniekpar Ikuli, said this on Monday in Abuja at a news conference. Ikuli, said that it is better to have the refinery rehabilitated due to the long-run benefit it would accrue to the country.
Minister of State Petroleum, Chief Timipre Sylva, said in Abuja after a Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting that President Muhammadu Buhari had approved $1.5bn for the rehabilitation of the refinery, which will be done in three phases of 18, 24 and 44 months.
Buhari Heading To UK For Medical Check-Up
President Muhammadu Buhari is heading to the United Kingdom for a medical check-up, on Tuesday.
Femi Adesina, Presidential Spokesman, disclosed this in a statement on Monday night.
“President Muhammadu Buhari will travel to London, the United Kingdom, Tuesday, March 30, 2021, for a routine medical check-up. Before his departure, Buhari will meet with Security Chiefs first in the morning, then, head to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, for the journey. The President is due back in the country during the second week of April, 2021,” the statement read.
All Nigerians Must Be Born Again, Says Ganduje
Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State on Monday said as far as national integration is concerned, all Nigerians must become born again. Ganduje made the comment in his welcome address as at the 12th Bola Tinubu Colloquium in Kano.
The colloquium, organised to mark the 69th birthday of Tinubu, the national leader of the All Progressive Congress (APC), has as its theme: “Our common bond, our common wealth: The imperative of national cohesion for growth and prosperity”.
Ganduje admitted that the level of cohesion in Nigeria is currently at a very low point, saying that if nothing is done to change the narrative, the the divisive variables will pull the country down. As far as the issue of national integration is concerned, all Nigerians must be born again,” he said.
Nigerians Are Stronger Together, Buhari Warns Secessionists
President Muhammadu Buhari says Nigerians are better and stronger together, warning those seeking to divide the country. Speaking as the chairman of the 12th colloquium to celebrate the 69th birthday of All Progressives Congress (APC) National leader, Bola Tinubu, the president said as a military man he fought for the unity of Nigeria.
Buhari spoke virtually from Aso Rock but the colloquium held in Kano. “Despite occasional inter-ethnic tensions in our national history, it seems to me that we have all agreed on one point that notwithstanding our diversity or ethnicity, culture, language and religion, Nigerians are better together, even stronger together.
“Asiwaju (Tinubu) himself is a known advocate of unity and cohesion in Nigeria. This has been a constant factor in his outstanding political career from the time his served in the short-lived senate in the third republic to his involvement in the struggle for the actualisation of the June 12 mandate of the late Chief MKO Abiola to his much acclaimed years of service as the governor of Lagos State from 1999 to 2007.”
“I can also relate personally to the ideals of One Nigeria. As a military officer, I have served with great comrades from all the nooks and crannies of our country. In the course of my career, I have also been opportuned to serve in all parts of Nigeria seeing firsthand the enticing possibilities of a strong, united nation. More importantly, I fought for the unity of Nigeria during the civil war – 1967 to 1970 and I saw firsthand the unspeakable horrors of war, not just from fellow soldiers from both sides but from the civilians, innocent children, women and the elderly left behind. As we all know the peace-keeping recovery and reconstruction that followed could also not have succeeded under an atmosphere of inter-ethnic animosity. We must count our blessings in Nigeria and see in them the crucial factors of peace and unity.”
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