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Eleven travellers from Sokoto defy interstate lockdown, apprehended in Ibadan

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Eleven travellers from Sokoto who claimed to be travelling to Akure, Ondo state have been apprehended in Ibadan at Asejire after defying the COVID-19 interstate border lockdown.


The driver of the bus who claimed to have passed through old roads and bushes from Sokoto to Niger, Kwara into Ogbomosho then Ibadan said they were eager to reconcile with their families in Akure.


Oyo state Governor Seyi Makinde who was at Gbagi divisional police station to observe the situation, said the state government would duly test the travellers and ensure they were sent back to Sokoto after being isolated while awaiting their test results
Governor Makinde also stressed that though Governors across the nation have continued to meet to intensify strategies for interstate lock down, Oyo state would not relent in enforcing health and other safety compliance in the continuing fight against COVID-19
Officials of the Oyo state COVID-19
task force were already on ground to administer necessary test and safety measures to forestall possible escalation.

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Leader Can Be Called Upon To Come Rule Again After Losing Elections – Jonathan

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Former President Goodluck Jonathan, has given reason a politician could be called to come back to lead the people after losing an election.

Recall that Jonathan lost his second term bid to President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015.

According to the former Nigerian leader, the way leaders are perceived while in office can play a major role in their political career.

Jonathan stated this on Wednesday when he met the representatives of political parties from The Gambia at the closing of a two-day consultative retreat for political parties.

He charged African leaders to always pay attention to the way the majority of perceive them and their policies while in office.

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He said for this reason, even after they lose elections, they can be called back to rule again by popular demand.

“Whatever a leader is doing, he needs to understand the fact that the perception of his policies and decisions would be a critical factor to be considered because he is there for the people,” Dr. Jonathan said.

“A leader can be doing all the right things to be done for nation-building, but if the perception among the people does not match what he is doing, then he can never go very far in politics

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Northern Elders Rejects Gumi For Defending Bandits Say He Doesn’t Represent Us

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A coalition of some Northern elders on Wednesday disassociated themselves from comments made by an Islamic cleric, Sheikh Gumi who has been holding peace talks with bandits across Kaduna, Zamfara and Niger State.

The northern elders dissociated themselves from allegations the Islamic cleric made after one of his meetings where he said non-Muslim soldiers had carried out orchestrated killings in some communities, precipitating anger.

“What I want you people to understand is, soldiers that are involved in most of the criminalities are not Muslims. You know, soldiers have Muslims and none Muslims. The non-Muslims are the ones causing confusion just to ignite a crisis,” Sheikh Gumi told a delegation led by the Secretary to the Niger State Government on a negotiation mission for the release of the kidnapped Kagara students.

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The Norther Elders under the aegis of North East Elders for Peace and Development (NEEPD) disassociated themselves from the comments noting that the allegation does not represent the position of the region. They said the public should see such comment as the cleric’s personal opinion.

NEEPD in a statement by the coordinator, Zana Goni, resisted attempts by individuals or groups to profile the military.

They said it was necessary for groups in the north to condemn such dangerous statement made by the Islamic cleric so it does not look like he speaks for the region.

“As Northern elders committed to a united and indivisible nation, we hasten to condemn in very strong terms the allegations made against the Nigerian military by one of our leading Islamic scholars, Sheikh Abubakar Gumi

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“We rise in one voice to dissociate ourselves from the dangerous and divisive allegations leveled against our patriotic soldiers by Sheikh Gumi, in one of his missions to meet with bandits in a forest around Niger State, the group said.

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Nigerians Disappointed With NASS For Confirming Sacked Chiefs As Ambassadors

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Nigerians are disappointed with the National Assembly for confirming sacked Service Chiefs as ambassadors.

I wonder why Senators who agreed with Nigerians when they decried the poor performance of the Service Chiefs will sit to cleared them for another appointment.

2) Let me use this opportunity to express the dismay of most Nigerians to the Senate. Convey this to the Senate. We must be courageous in whatever we are doing. Everything must not be party affairs.

3) You (Senators) sat and discussed that they should dismiss the service chiefs. You said they’re not performing. Now the same people who were not performing, you have confirmed them as ambassadors. What kind of country are we?

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4) In anything we do, we must remember that there is tomorrow; our conscience is key. It’s not because I want to be a loyalist to a party. No. There are things you cannot reconcile at all.

Gov Wike

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