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Ekiti
The resolve of  President Goodluck Jonathan to organise
a national conference was last Tuesday welcomed by Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti state as well as some eminent Nigerians across the country.
Fayemi, who addressed the people of the state shortly after the nationwide address of the president, called for sincerity in holding the forum.
The governor said  the acceptance of  dialogue as means of resolving the challenges confronting the nation was long overdue.
He, however,  said that the fact that support for such a national dialogue was now coming from prominent members of  the  ruling PDP  was a surprise.
Fayemi warned that the conference may  be viewed with suspicion  if no sincerity of purpose was attached to its organisation.
FCT
The Christian Association of Nigeria has extended its
goodwill to Nigerians as the country celebrates her 53rd Independence Anniversary but, however, said “as leader of the African continent, Nigeria deserved more than she has attained so far.”
The association said that the country was “yet to achieve the desired standard of conduct and performance envisaged by her founding fathers.”
President of CAN, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, in a statement  last Monday in Abuja expressed “a strong hope that development would come as soon as all the challenges inhibiting her progress are surmounted.”
Oritsejafor said, “We must keep hope alive. We are still together and would be together. There has been modest improvement and development. It could be better. But the atmosphere is not encouraging enough to hold those administering the country accountable, talking about the security challenges. We must all return to the path of sanity to be able to develop.” he said.

Kano
The President of Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote,
said last Tuesday that he would construct a 1,000-bed hospital in Kano to improve health care delivery in the state.
Dangote announced this while laying the foundation of Mariya Sanusi Dantata Ultra-Modern Theatre and diagnostic complex at Murtala Muhammed Hospital in Kano metropolis said the project would make health care delivery easier and accessible to the people of the state.
In his remark, Gov. Rabiu Kwankwaso commended, Aliko Dangote for initiating the project, which he said, would facilitate surgical operation in the hospital.
Kwankwaso said that the state government rehabilitated and equipped health training institutions to enable them to produce qualified health workers.
The state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Labaran Yusuf, commended the governor and the president of Dangote Foundation for transforming the health sector in the state.

Kaduna

The Kaduna State Pilgrims Welfare Board has barred 21
women from performing this year’s pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia, Dr Ibrahim Aliyu, the Director of the state Medical Team, has said.
Aliyu said 19 of the women were dropped when they were found to be pregnant while two others were barred from performing the Hajj due to serious medical conditions.
The director disclosed this when he received the wife of the state governor, Hajia Fati Yero, who was at the state Hajj Camp for medical screening preparatory to her journey for the pilgrimage.
He said those screened out were carrying pregnancies of between three weeks to six months, adding that the screening would continue until the transportation of the pilgrims was concluded.
Katsina

Governor Ibrahim Shema of Katsina State last Wednes
day in Abuja called on the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to link more farmers to markets for their produce.
Shema who made the call at a reception organised by USAID for the Lagos-Kano-Jibiya (LAKAJI) Agricultural Growth Corridor Investment Summit said most African farmers needed to be connected to agriculture and agro-allied markets for their produce.
The governor explained that the LAKAJI initiative, if well co-ordinated, would open more opportunities for Nigerian farmers, adding that the Katsina State Government had laid more emphasis on the growth of agriculture.
Kwara
Secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Kwara, Rev.  Zacchaeus Fawenu, has commended President Goodluck Jonathan over his plan to organise a national conference.
Fawenu said  in Ilorin that  the proposed  conference  was the most positive agenda unveiled by the president in his Independence  Day  broadcast.
He described the move for national dialogue as a welcome idea, urging that it should not be politicised.
“If it is with genuine spirit of solving the problems at hand and the right stakeholders are brought in into the conference, I think it is going to be a way forward.  ”It is a right agenda that I would welcome and I will encourage Nigerians and Christians in particular to actively take part in it,’’  he said.
Lagos

Some members of the academia have described as nec
essary President Goodluck Jonathan’s constitution of an advisory committee to set up modalities for a national dialogue or conference.
Lecturer in Political Science Department at the University of Lagos, Dr Samuel Ugo, described it as a welcome development and a relief to all concerned parties.
Also, Prof. Lai Olurode, a former Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Lagos, said the move was a bold step by government towards national reconciliation and nationalism.
Ondo
The former Chairman of the Ondo State Council of Obas,
Oba Lawrence Omowole, has urged Governor Olusegun Mimiko to complete the abandoned projects started by his predecessor, the late Dr. Olusegun Agagu.
He said it was the best way to immortalise the late Agagu.
Agagu’s remains will arrive in the state tomorrow from Lagos and will be laid-in-state at the Democracy Park in Akure, the state capital, and the Civic Centre in Iju-Odo, Okitipupa Local Government.
Oba Omowole, who is the Amapetu of Mahin Kingdom, described the late Agagu as a pragmatic leader, who would be missed by the people.
Speaking with reporters yesterday in Akure, the monarch said the late Agagu was a great politician, whose impact was felt in all sectors during his tenures as a minister and governor.
Osun

The second term bid of Governor Rauf Aregbesola re
ceived a boost recently as the lawmakers representing Osun State at the National Assembly and their counterparts at the House of Assembly declared their support for him  to contest for the second term in 2014.
Declaring their support in Osogbo at a  rally to celebrate the 53rd Independence anniversary of Nigeria, the legislators attributed their resolve to what they described as sterling performances of the governor, which they said had brought about social and economic transformation of the state.
Oyo

The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) Oluyole
RS 11.32 Ibadan last Tuesday handed over a 10-month-old baby, Emmanuel to his family members at the Ibadan Central Hospital, Ososami, Ibadan. The FRSC team was led by the Unit Head of operation, Francis Adejare
Ajatta, who represented the unit commander, Commander Sanya Adeoye at the event received the baby from Dr Oriola Olafeso who was on duty.
However, baby Emmanuel who had earlier been christened Emmanuel by the FRSC and the medical team was revealed to be known as  Abdul Rasak Abayomi Molumo by his father, Tajudeen Molumo.
According to the birth certificate issued by the National Population Commission displayed at the ceremony, the boy was born on June 17, 2007, to Mr and Mrs Tajudeen and Fatimoh Molumo.
Abdulrasak was recovered at an accident scene which occured at the Lagos/Ibadan expressway on Sepember 22, 2013, where his mother, Fatimoh had died. The baby was then handed over to a medical team which deposited him for proper medical examination and care at the Ibadan Central Hospital, Ososami road, Ibadan.

Taraba
The Commissioner of Police in Taraba State, Mr Jibril
Adeniji, said that the command arrested 138 youths who were being conveyed from Wukari to Jalingo on a suspicious mission.
Speaking with newsmen, he said that the youths, whose ages ranged from 20 to 30,  were intercepted in Mutum-Biyu on Monday as they were being conveyed to Jalingo in seven buses.
“Although no incriminating items were found on them, we suspect that they were being drafted to the headquarters for some mischievous purpose,” Adeniji said.
The commissioner explained that when interrogated by the police, the suspects said they were invited for screening in Jalingo by one emergency rescue organisation.

Yobe

The Foundation for Peace and Non-Violence in Nigeria
recently  in Abuja condemned the recent killing of more than 50 students of the College of Agriculture, Gubja in Yobe.
President of the foundation, Onengiya Erekosima, made the condemnation during a rally organised by the group called on those responsible for the “barbaric act’’ to embrace peace, adding that killing innocent people would not solve any problem.
The group’s president also urged the group responsible for the killings to follow the path which brought peace and stability to the Niger-Delta region.
“Nigeria is unbreakable and no amount of killings will break up the country,’’ he said.

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Group Urges Police To Apologise To Protesters

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The Alliance on Surviving Covid-19 and Beyond (ASCAB), has asked the Nigeria Police to apologise for violating the fundamental right of the protesters to freedom of expression.
A statement by the human rights group yesterday, by its Interim Chair, Femi Falana (SAN), also accused the police of deliberately contravening Section 83 (4) of the Police Establishment Act 2020. 
The section provides that “Where a person or organization notifies the police of his or its intention to hold a public meeting, rally or procession on a public highway or such meetings in a place where the public has access to, the police officer responsible for the area where the meeting rally or procession will take place shall mobilize personnel to provide security cover for the meeting, rally or the procession.”
The group noted that Section 36 of the Constitution guarantees the fundamental right of the Nigerian people to freedom of expression including the right to protest against policies of the government. 
Many Nigerians in many states across the country trooped out on Saturday, June 12 to mark the day– Democracy Day – with protests against bad governance. 
The protesters chanted ‘Buhari must go’ in apparent dissatisfaction with the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government that has seen security, economy, youth employment rate and some other sectors and indices worsen. 
However, there were arrests and harassment of peaceful protesters by the policex particularly in Abuja, Lagos and Cross River. 
The group in the statement said, “For having the audacity to insist on their fundamental right to protest against unpopular policies of governments, teams of armed police personnel fired teargas to disperse the peaceful rallies. As if the unprovoked attack was not enough, the Police brutalised and arrested scores of protesters in Lagos, Abuja and Calabar (Cross River State capital). 
“Since the protesters who were arrested during the peaceful rallies did not commit any offence, they have since regained their liberty. But the police authorities ought to apologise for violating the fundamental right of the protesters to freedom of expression.
“More so that the Police had deliberately contravened Section 83 (4) of the Police Establishment Act 2020 which provides that ‘Where a person or organization notifies the police of his or its intention to hold a public meeting, rally or procession on a public highway or such meetings in a place where the public has access to, the police officer responsible for the area where the meeting rally or procession will take place shall mobilise personnel to provide security cover for the meeting, rally or the procession.’
“While commending the protesters for conducting the themselves in a matured and peaceful manner, we condemn the official lie that the protesters were teargassed to prevent hoodlums and miscreants from hijacking the peaceful rallies. Since the Police admitted that protesters committed no offence whatsoever why were some of them arrested? Why were the so-called hoodlums and miscreants who wanted to cause mayhem and unleash violence on the protesters not arrested? 
“Or were they treated like sacred cows because they had been hired to disrupt the peaceful rallies of the protesters? Why were the scanty pro-government protesters who were reported to have fought openly in Abuja over their booty not arrested for breach of the peace in the Federal Capital Territory?

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‘MKO Most Acceptable Nigerian Democrat’

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Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, has described the late Chief Moshood Abiola, widely believed to have won the June 12, 1993 presidential poll, as “the most acceptable democrat cherished by Nigerians”.
Mohammed said this in Gamawa Local Government Area (LGA) of the state during the distribution of empowerment items to youths and women under the Kaura Economic Empowerment Programme (KEEP).
He said the empowerment scheme historic as it coincided with Democracy Day which he described as an unforgettable day in the history of Nigeria.
The governor, who was full of praises for the late business mogul, said Abiola provided the country with a lot of empowerment programmes without considering the tribe, language and geographical location of the beneficiaries.
“Our launching of this empowerment programne today is historic and passionate; we remember today is democracy day and we decided to do it on this day.
“This is because Chief Moshood Abiola, who we are celebrating, empowered several people.
“He did that across board without considering the religion, language and origin of those that benefited from the gestures.
“Abiola will remain in our memory as the most acceptable democrat or politician in Nigeria.
“We all voted for him and that is why myself, my deputy and the government decided honour to him this day by coming to Gamawa and Zaki to empower the people,” he said.
Mohammed noted that democracy day meant remembering people who had empowered the masses, adding that the late Abiola was in that category.
The gesture, he said, was also to show appreciation to the people who brought his administration to power, adding that his government had a lot to offer to the people.

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Buhari, Bello Greet Abubakar At 79

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President Muhammadu Buhari has felicitated former Head of State, retired Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, on his 79th birthday, joining family members and friends to celebrate with the iconic leader.
The president’s congratulatory message is contained in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja yesterday.
Buhari noted that Abubakar’s legacy of setting the country on the path of democracy and good governance, and passionate pursuit of peace had continued to yield results.
He congratulated the General for another age, appreciating his patriotism and visionary leadership style of always advocating unity, projecting maturity and wisdom on national discourse, and providing a rallying point for the future of the country.
The president noted the goodwill that the former Head of State had continued to attract to the country, both at national and international levels.
He particularly lauded him for sacrificing his time and resources to reach out to individuals and institutions on the need to work for the growth of Nigeria.
Buhari prayed for increase in wisdom, strength and long life for the former military leader that midwifed return of democracy to the country in 1999.
Similarly, Governor Abubakar Sani-Bello of Niger has felicitated former Military Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar (Rtd), on his 79th birthday.
Sani-Bello, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mrs Mary Noel-Berje, last Saturday in Minna eulogised Abubakar and described him as a “complete gentleman”.
According to him, the former head of state is a patriot who has remained “consistent and significant” in the progress and development of the country.
He said Niger and the country were indeed lucky to have an outstanding leader and statesman who had consistently remained on the path of promoting national unity and integration, as well as pursuit of global peace.
“Undoubtedly, your resolve to rededicate yourself to the service of our fatherland and humanity in general is a clear testimony of your statesmanship and influence which cuts across the length and breadth of the country,” Sani-Bello said.
He noted that at 79 years, Abdulsalami had remained a reference point for good governance, diplomacy and conflict resolution.
He prayed Allah to grant him sound health, many more years of wisdom, courage and determination to continue to offer selfless service to the nation and humanity.

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