A pan-African students movement, Progressive Students Movement yesterday urged President Muhammadu Buhari to be steadfast and focused in his determination to deliver his campaign promises to Nigerians.
The group said that it “considers the ruling of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal in the February 23 election as a true reflection of the mandate given to Buhari by millions of Nigerians”.
The president of the group in Nigeria, Mr Bestman Okereafor, stated this while speaking with newsmen on the tribunal judgment delivered in Abuja last Wednesday.
Okereafor also commended the judiciary for its professional conduct and unbiased judgment, calling on all state election tribunals to emulate same and dispense justice without fear or favour and devoid of political interference.
“The group salutes the doggedness of Atiku Abubakar for exercising his constitutional right by challenging the outcome of the elections in court (tribunal).
“We are passionately calling on him to accept the tribunal verdict with utmost good faith and support the Buhari-led administration for the development of our beloved country,” he said.
In a related development, a Lecturer at the Federal University of Technology Minna, Dr Bashir Yankuzu, has called on Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the main contender in the presidential election, to take the judgment of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal in good faith and support President Muhammadu Buhari.
“I expect Abubakar now to put the election matters behind, cooperate with Buhari-led government for peace, progress and political stability in our country”, Yankuzu told newsmen in Minna lastThursday in Minna.
He said that the judgment was a relief to the nation and opportunity for both the ruling party and opposition to work together for the common good of the country.
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Bode George Urges FG To Relax Lagos Lockdown
A former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George has urged federal government to relax the lockdown it imposed on Lagos State as a result of COVID- 19 pandemic.
George, who made the call in a statement in Lagos, yesterday said the lockdown imposed since March 29 was adversely affecting livelihoods and bringing up security challenges.
He said though government intended to curb the spread of the virus with the lockdown, the directive had left many Nigerians hungry at home without palliatives.
The PDP chieftain noted that there must be a balance between curbing the spread of the virus and protecting livelihoods and asked the government to relax the lockdown while putting safety measures in place.
“Everywhere in Lagos is now locked down. The markets, banking halls, the local grocery shops, the supermarkets, the transportation services are all halted, frozen by the federal government directives since March 29.
“On the surface level, the federal government’s position is to ensure safety, prevent communal spread of the virus and banish this scourge from our shores.
“Lagosians have been staying at home for about a month now. In a largely informal economy where most of our people depend on daily wages, the burden of lack of income is devastating.
“There is a natural growing anger in Lagos as the most vulnerable are ravaged with hunger,” George said.
Prince Charles, Kagame, Others Condole Buhari Over Loss Of Kyari
Prince Charles has condoled with President Muhammadu Buhari, the government and people of Nigeria over the death of Abba Kyari, the former Chief of Staff to the President.
According to a statement by Malam Garba Shehu, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, in Abuja, last Wednesday, Prince Charles described the death of Mallam Kyari was “a desperately sad news”.
Prince Charles regretted that the death of Kyari had occurred through “this pernicious virus…I can only begin to imagine what an immense gap Mr. Kyari’s untimely death will leave in Your Excellency’s life and my heart goes to you and Mr Kyari’s family”.
In a message through the Embassy of Rwanda in Abuja, President Paul Kagame, the government and people of Rwanda extended their heart-felt condolences to the Nigerian leader.
Kagame used the opportunity “to express solidarity to the government and people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as we are faced with the Covid-19 global crisis”.
The former Vice president, Architect Namadi Sambo in his own message to the President, described the death of Abba Kyari as a “monumental national loss”.
In his condolence message to the president, an industry leader and businessman, Abdulsamad Rabi’u said he was deeply saddened by what he described as “this colossal loss”.
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