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Sanwo-Olu Cautions Religious Leaders Against Stoking National Crises

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Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has cautioned faith leaders and opinion moulders against reckless utterances that may further aggravate the security crises facing the nation.

Sanwo-Olu said the nature of the crises required all notable leaders of men to refrain from making incendiary comments that could stoke divisions and violence, stressing that a crisis in Nigeria would be catastrophic for Africa.

The governor made the admonition at the 2021 Lagos State Interdenominational Divine Service (IDDS) held by Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) at The Apostolic Church in Ketu.

At the event with the theme: “A New Beginning, A New Dawn and A New Glory”, Sanwo-Olu was installed as the Grand Patron of the Christian body in the state.

Sanwo-Olu noted that the nation had faced difficult period in the past year, following economic downturn occasioned by the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and paralysing nationwide youth protests. Lagos, he said, became the epicentre of the crises, which kept the government on its toes.

He said religious leaders must use their pulpits to preach peace and discourage war. The governor said it was time for citizens to come together and give Nigeria the new beginning it deserved in surmounting the contemporary challenges the nation is facing.

He said: “It is time for sober reflection that must bring a new beginning for our nation. We have all witnessed the challenges of our country, but we need to be careful not to turn the observed crises into an ethnic or religious war. We need to guide against utterances that may stereotype anyone or their tribe. We have a duty to isolate criminals in our communities, rather than introducing tribal spin into every crime.

“Nigeria is the largest country in Africa. Where will we go to? That’s why I said we need a new beginning and there are no other people that can help us lower the temperature and calm the frayed nerves than our religious leaders whose voices are well respected. As a nation, we have several battles to fight but we must refrain from adding political instability to the issues.”

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Sanwo-Olu said the crises bedeviling the nation required collective action from every segment of the country towards proffering solutions.

Despite the COVID-19 crisis and destruction that trailed the EndSARS protest last year, Sanwo-Olu said Lagos had weathered the crisis with a strong determination to sustain progress it recorded.

The governor thanked religious groups across the state for sustaining Lagos with prayers, hailing CAN for its spiritual support towards his administration.

He said: “As a government, we will continue to play our part and deliver projects that are critical to the socio-economic wellbeing of the people. The duty of CAN and our church leaders is to continue to support with prayers and populate messages that promote unity within our communities and state.”

The Southwest leader of CAN, Very Reverend Father Raphael Osegboun, decorated Sanwo-Olu as the Grand Patron of the Lagos chapter of the association. The appointment, he said, was based on the Christian body’s resolve to naturally fill the position with any sitting governor of Christian faith.

Also, the lawmaker representing Lagos Central in the Senate, Sen. Oluremi Tinubu, was named the Matron of the association, while Reverend Mother Esther Ajayi was appointed as Grand Matron.

Chief of Staff, Mr. Tayo Ayinde, took the first Bible reading from the Book of Genesis 1 Vs 1-6, which reminded believers of how God created the earth and the heaven with the commandment of His words.

The National President of CAN, Rev. Samson Ayokunle, inducted new members of the executive into the State’s chapter of CAN, led by Rt. Reverend Stephen Adegbite.

Other awardees are the Senator representing Lagos West, Solomon Adeola and Sir Olu Okeowo.

All members of the state’s cabinet accompanied the governor to the event.

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Aisha Buhari Withdraws Defamation Case Against University Student Aminu Mohammed

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First Lady Aisha Buhari on Friday withdrew a defamation case against a student of the Federal University, Dutse, Aminu Mohammed.

The prosecution counsel, Fidelis Ogbobe, told the court in Abuja on Friday that the president’s wife withdrew the case due to the intervention of well-meaning Nigerians.

The first lady has been under pressure since news of Mohammed’s arrest broke last week.

Celebrities, social media influencers, students, politicians, media analysts have been commenting on the plight of Mohammed, who landed in trouble over a comment that the wife of Nigeria’s number one citizen found offensive.

Back in June, Mohammed had tweeted that the First Lady was feeding ‘fat’ on poor people’s money.

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The tweet, which was posted in Hausa, read: “Su mama anchi kudin talkawa ankoshi.” It loosely translates as “Mama has fed fat on poor people’s money.”

A picture of Aisha Buhari was posted with the tweet to match the post.

 

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Labour Party Rejects Suspension Of Okupe As Campaign DG

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Labour Party Rejects Suspension Of Okupe As Campaign DG

The Labour Party has rejected the purported suspension of its presidential campaign council (PCC) director-general, Doyin Okupe.

Umar-Farouk Ibrahim, the national secretary of the party said this when he addressed reporters in Abuja on Friday.

Ibrahim said that the national leadership of the party was surprised at the suspension by the Ogun chapter which was without due process.

“The Ogun State Chapter has acted outside its constitutional jurisdiction; the party has an internal conflict resolution mechanism of handling cases against members as enshrined in the party’s constitution.

“There are also disciplinary measures to be taken, for example, before you discipline any member, there are certain procedures that you have to follow, you have to issue a query among other procedures, and that has not been followed.

“No complaint was written by the state chapter, his ward and his local government, so we are saying the national headquarters is not aware of what they are doing, they are doing it on their own.

“The National Working Committee(NWC) is going to set up a committee and appropriate disciplinary action would be taken against the perpetrators in the state exco and we are going to fish them out and take appropriate action,” he said.

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Ibrahim said the suspension was void as Okupe remained a card- carrying member LP and the DG PCC.

He said that the party was not unaware of attempts by opposition parties to infiltrate its structures at all levels.

Ibrahim said that the party’s leadership would do everything within its powers to ensure that its cohesion was not tampered with and would not be distracted by the antics of the opposition candidates until all its candidates were victorious in the 2023 general election.

He expressed worry over recent attacks on party members, candidates and officials in some states, particularly Edo, Ebonyi states and Kaduna where the state women leader was gruesomely murdered.
(NAN)

 

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BREAKING: Wike Dares Buhari To Name Governors Diverting Council Funds

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BREAKING: Wike Dares Buhari To Name Governors Diverting Council Funds

President Muhammadu Buhari was on Friday challenged to name the state governors who diverted local government allocations.

The challenge came from Rivers State Governor Nyesome.

The president had at an event on Thursday alleged that some state governors divert allocations to local governments councils sent from the federation account.

He also accused the governors of making the council bosses sign undertakings for money not received and agreeing to have received the full allocation.

But on Friday, at the commissioning of a project in Port Harcourt, Gov. Wike claimed that he has never touched monies meant for the local government since he came on board in 2015.

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The governor also claimed that none of the G5 governors in the Peoples Democratic Party has ever touched local government allocations.

He then challenged the President to name the governors who tamper with local government allocations.

Wike said ” I challenge Mr. President, you must come out and tell Nigerians those committing this offence.

“You said the Governors are taking local government funds. I want to say, in the name of Almighty God, I’ve never touched local government funds one day. I have never and I have no reason to do that.

“So Mr President, tell us who are those people? You know them, tell us.

“I’m not one of those governors. Mr President tells Nigerians that the Integrity Governors are not part of them.

“Do us a favour to announce all those states that are taking local government funds”.

 

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