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Adebanjo Becomes Afenifere Leader As Fasoranti Quits

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Adebanjo Becomes Afenifere Leader As Fasoranti Quits

Following the decision of Chief Reuben Fasoranti to step down as the leader of Afenifere, Chief Ayo Adebanjo has been named to replace him.

The leader of the Yoruba sociopolitical group, Afenifere, Fasoranti, who dropped this hint during the meeting of the group in Akure, the Ondo state capital, said it was time for him to step down.

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Fasoranti said the development became necessary “as the group needs more than ever before to have an improved organisation with more effective approach to combat the monstrous invasion of our culture and pride as a people.

“Only a more alike and active leadership can achieve this. At 95, I am hardly able to provide such and so, it is time for me to step aside.

“At this junction, I am proud to announce Chief Ayo Adebanjo, a politician of the Awolowo school of thought as acting leader of Afenifere and His Royal Highness, Oba Oladipo Olaitan, the Alaago of Kajola Ago in Atakumosa East Local Government Area, as the Deputy Leader.”

The former leader of the group, Senator Abraham Adesanya, in 2008 named Fasoranti as the leader of Afenifere.

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Buhari Leaves For UN Assembly In US

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Buhari Leaves For UN Meeting In US

President Muhammadu Buhari will on Sunday leave Abuja for New York, United States, ahead of the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA76).

Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, disclosed this on Saturday.

Adesina noted that the session opened on Tuesday, September 14.

The statement said that the theme for this year’s UNGA is, “Building Resilience Through Hope – To Recover from COVID-19, Rebuild Sustainably, Respond to the Needs of the Planet, Respect the Rights of People and Revitalize the United Nations.”

Buhari will address the Assembly during the General Debates on Friday, September 24.

He is expected to speak on the theme of the conference and other global issues.

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It said: “In the course of the Assembly, the Nigerian leader and members of the delegation will partake in other significant meetings such as; The High-Level Meeting to Commemorate The Twentieth Anniversary of the Adoption of the Durban Declaration and Programme of

Action on the theme ‘Reparations, Racial Justice and Equality for People of African Descent.’ ”

Buhari will be accompanied to New York by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Attorney General and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami (SAN); and Minister of State for Environment, Sharon Ikeazor.

 

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ECOWAS Gives Guinea Military Deadline To Restore Democracy

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ECOWAS Gives Guinea Military Deadline To Restore Democracy

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has ordered the Guinean military to restore democracy in the country after its coup against the civilian government.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, stated this yesterday while representing President Muhammadu Buhari at the Extraordinary Summit of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS member-states on the political situation in the Republics of Guinea and Mali, which held in Accra, Ghana.

According to the communique issued at the end of the extraordinary summit, ECOWAS leaders have resolved to freeze the financial assets of members of the military junta, place a travel ban on them, while also demanding that the junta return Guinea to constitutional rule within six months.

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At the last summit of ECOWAS leaders which held virtually on September 8, Nigeria, also represented by VP Osinbajo, condemned the coup de‘tat in Guinea, calling for an unconditional release of President Alpha Conde, and for stringent measures on Guinea’s military junta.

At the Accra summit, Prof. Osinbajo restated Nigeria’s position, urging the unconditional release of President Condé and calling for more pressure to be put on the country’s military leaders to return the nation to democratic rule.

The vice president said : “It is also important that ECOWAS should simply insist that there should be an immediate return to civil rule.”
Calling for more stringent measures to be taken by the sub-regional body, Prof. Osinbajo said “we must make sure that sanctions by ECOWAS achieve the intended objectives.”

The vice president restated the call to engage global bodies and Africa’s development partners in taking steps to prevent such unconstitutional change of government in countries on the continent.

He said: “In this connection, I think we should engage all well-meaning stakeholders including the Africa Union, European Union, United Nations, developmental partners, and financial institutions to join in taking more stringent measures by imposing travel bans and freezing of offshore financial assets of the coupists and their collaborators to ensure that they do return the country to democracy immediately.”

 

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Gunmen Attack Bus, Kidnap 18 Travellers In Ondo

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Gunmen Kill 12 In Kaduna Community

Unidentified gunmen have attacked a bus and kidnapped 18 travellers in Ondo State.

According to reports, the victims were abducted on Wednesday night along the Ifira-Akoko/Idoani road in Akoko South East Local Government Area of the state.

The abductors were said to have fired gunshots into the air to scare the passengers before taking them into a nearby forest.

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The Commander of Ondo State Security Outfit, codenamed Amotekun, Adetunji Adeleye, confirmed the incident on Thursday.

Adeleye, however, said 14 of the victims have been rescued by men of the agency while efforts are ongoing to rescue the rest.

Meanwhile, the Ondo State government and the police command are yet to confirm the attack.

 

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