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BREAKING: Ahead Of 2023 Polls, Obasanjo, Babangida, Abdulsalami Meet

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BREAKING: Ahead Of 2023 Polls, Obasanjo, Babangida, Abdulsalami Meet

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo and erstwhile Military Heads of State Gen. Ibrahim Babangida (rtd) and Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd) met on Sunday.

Obasanjo who met with the duo in Minna, Niger State later declared that he has no favoured candidate for the presidency of the country as being speculated in the media.

Even though Obasanjo gave other reasons for the visit, it is said to be linked to the 2023 elections.

“I do not have a special candidate. I only have a national agenda,” Obasanjo said.

Obasanjo said that he was in Minna to see Abdulsalami Abubakar who has been indisposed, adding that the former leader “is very special to me”.

READ ALSO: Only Dishonest Nigerians Say Everything’s Well With Nigeria – Obasanjo

“I came to see my brother who has been a little indisposed. When he was in London, I wanted to visit him but the day I arrived in London was the day he left. So that is why I decided to come and see him at home

“He (Abdulsalami) is very special and I am still strong to visit those who are special to me,” he said.

The former president arrived at Abdulsalami’s Uphill residence at about 12.30 pm and after greetings with members of the family entered a closed-door meeting with the former Head of State.

The meeting lasted for a little over 30 minutes.

From Abdulsalami’s residence, Obasanjo went to that of Babangida , where he also held another closed-door meeting.

He left Babangida’s residence at about 2.30pm for the Minna airport from where he flew to Abuja.

Obasanjo had in the last couple of days met with prominent presidential candidates of the leading political parties in the country.

His first parley was with the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential standard-bearer Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, at his Otta farm followed by Peter Obi of the Labour Party.

 

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BREAKING:  Fresh Tension In Kano As Police, Others  Oppose Return Of Lamido Sanusi To Throne

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Banishment Of Sanusi After Dethronement As Emir Illegal - Court
Lamido Sanusi
The police  and other security agencies in Kano  have opposed the return of Lamido Sanusi as the emir in the state.
The  police said they  would obey a court order restraining the Kano State Government from repealing Kano Emirate Council Law 2019, which has seen the dethronement of all the five emirs in the state and opened the door for the return of Lamido Sanusi as the emir in the state.
Governor Abba Yusuf reinstated Mr Sanusi on Friday, a day after the state House of Assembly passed a bill that scrapped the four emirates created under the 2019 law.
This was in defiance of an order of the Federal High Court in Kano, which, on Thursday restrained the authorities from implementing the new emirate law.
In the order issued by Justice AM Liman in suit number FHC/KN/CS/182/2024, the court asked the state government and the other parties involved to stop the implementation of the law, pending the hearing of the substantive case.
A title holder in Kano emirate, Aminu Dan’agundi, filed the suit to challenge the government’s decision in the matter.
But Governor Yusuf, after handing Mr Sanusi his letter of reinstatement, vowed to report Justice Liman for issuing the order while not being in the country.
However, the state commissioner of police, Muhammad Gumel, at a press conference attended by the heads of security agencies in Kano, said the agencies would implement the court order to the letter.
He asked all parties involved to obey the court order. He said the security agencies in the state would ensure peace and order and arrest anyone who caused a breach.

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BREAKING: Ex-VC Of University Of Ibadan Ayo Banjo Dies

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Emeritus Prof.Ayo Banjo.

A former vice-chancellor, University of Ibadan, Emeritus Prof. Ayo Banjo, has died at the age of 90 years.

The don died early morning, Friday, May 24.

The top academic celebrated his 90th birthday on May 2nd.

Renowned for his contributions to the development of the English Language curriculum in Nigeria and the promotion of Nigerian varieties of English, Banjo was a former Chairman of the Board of the National Universities Commission

He was Pro-Chancellor of the Universities of Port Harcourt, Ilorin, and Ajayi Crowther.

Banjo’s scholarly contributions include over 50 publications and widely used textbooks in primary and secondary education.

He was born into the family of the late Pa. Reverend Samuel Ayodele Banjo, a graduate, an educationist and a teacher at St. Andrew Primary School, Oyo, a period when Professor Ayodeji Banjo was born. He was a native of Ijebu-Igbo, Ogun State.

He started his education career at the St. Andrew Anglican Primary School where he did standard One (1) to three (3). On the transfer of his father to Christ Cathedral Primary School in Lagos on the same mission, he completed his Standard Four (4) and Five (5) at St. Aroloya and Christ Cathedral Primary Schools both in Lagos.

He attended Igbobi College, Lagos from 1947 to 1952 for his secondary education.

Following his sound academic background and excellent performance at ‘A’ Level Class at the Nigeria College of Arts Science and Technology, Ibadan, on the nomination, Professor Ayodeji Banjo was awarded the British Council Scholarship in 1959 to study Master of Arts (M. A.) in English Language at the University of Glasgow, Scotland. He thereafter proceeded to do a Post-Graduate Diploma in Education (PG in education) and a Post-Graduate Diploma in English Studies at the University of Leeds in England and came out, with distinction.

In 1966, he was awarded a scholarship by the American State Department to study Master of Arts (M. A.) in Linguistics, at the University of California, Los Angeles, United States of America (U. S. A.). He got his Ph.D with a specialization in English Language at the University Ibadan, Ibadan in 1969. Professor Banjo’s work experience was garnered across several countries of the world.

During summer, he was consistently travelling to the Oxford University press, England, to write English Course Books and Oxford Dictionaries at primary and 4 secondary levels. This work, he did from early 70’s until he was appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Ibadan in 1981.

Professor Ayodeji Banjo had to his credit, over 55 publications (books, chapters in books and articles in learned journals).

Professor Ayodeji Banjo spent ten (10) Years, consistently in the University of Ibadan, managing the affairs of the University; two (2) years as Deputy Vice-Chancellor, one (1) year as Acting Vice-Chancellor and seven (7) years as Vice-Chancellor respectively. Records have shown that Professor Ayodeji Banjo is the longest-serving Vice-Chancellor in the history of the University of Ibadan, to date!

On successful completion of his term of office as Vice-Chancellor in 1991, Professor Ayodeji Banjo, humbly displayed a beauty in the academics by returning to the classroom to lecture. In 1994, Professor Ayodeji Banjo, clocked sixty (60) years of age in service and consequently retired from the service of the university.

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Sanusi Reinstated As Emir of Kano State

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By John Michael Ojo

Former CBN Governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi has been reinstated as the Emir of Kano State four years after he was humiliated and dethroned by the then Governor of the state, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.

This was made known on Thursday by the state governor, Alhaji Abba Yusuf moments after he abolished the five emirates earlier created by Ganduje while signing the Kano State Emirate Council (Repeal) Bill 2024 into law.

While making the announcement, Governor Yesuf said “With the full support of the kingmakers, I have approved the reappointment of Malam Sanusi Lamido,”

READ ALSO: Banishment Of Sanusi After Dethronement As Emir Illegal – Court

In addition to Kano Emirate, in December 2019, Ganduje created the emirates of  Karaye, Bichi, Rano, and Gaya. Thereafter, he dethroned Sanusi on March 9 2020 after a prolonged power tussel.

 

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