Former President of the Senate, Sen. David Mark yesterday described the Governor of Benue, Dr. Samuel Ortom, as an uncommon political leader.
Mark, in a statement signed by Paul Mumeh, his media aide said Ortom had demonstrated himself as a man of the people. He described the governor, who turned 59 on Thursday, as a “brave soldier” and political tactician who knew the roadmap and was fully committed to the wellbeing of his people.
“Ortom’s political trajectory in the contemporary Nigeria, especially in Benue where he navigates to victory in spite of all odds, places him above his peers.
“He has fought titanic battles to defend the Benue valley and kept the people united,” the former senate president said.
Mark pointed out that Ortom’s people-oriented policies and programmes had touched on the wellbeing of the people, particularly the downtrodden.
He enjoined the governor not to rest on his oars, but continue to sustain and improve on the good works of delivering dividends of democracy to the nooks and crannies of Benue.
Mark urged the governor to continue to be guided by a sense of equity, justice and fairness to all, for which he was known and esteemed by all.
He also charged him to continue to sustain the legacy of peace and one united Benue as well as his well-documented efforts in defending and protecting the common heritage and destiny of the state.
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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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