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Osibanjo to the rescue over Bello’s battle with Catholics

Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State took a moment out of his speech at the Kogi State Economic and Investment Summit to again apologise to the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria over his alleged verbal tackles on the clergy.
The Governor pleaded with the Vice President to take his apology to the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria saying that he never meant to denigrade their visit to the President.
“Let me take a moment out of this event to address an issue which is dear to my heart.
“I have been mortified since last friday when a comment I made during a chat with journalists at the State House, Abuja after Juma’at Prayers caused an uproar which is still raging in the Press.
“In responding to a question related to the visit of revered Catholic Bishops to the President and some of their views on the State of the Nation to him, it has been reported that I said things which are disrespectful, not only to our revered Spiritual Fathers in that delegation, but also to Christians in general.
He said nothing could be far from the truth Adding that his exact words, as far as he knows were,

‘“Those that have looted the country dry and normally go to the church and mosque to pay tithe are no longer doing so. Of course, this is the category of people who are angry.”’
“I was trying to generalise, and speak to the two major religions, but I now realise that the word, ‘tithe’ (which Muslims do not pay), made it appear as if I targeted Christians specifically.
“I have spoken to My Lord, His Grace, Bishop Ignatius Kaigama, President of the Nigerian Bishops’ Conference and President of the Episcopal Conference of West African Catholic Bishops on this.
He therefore apologised to all of his Christian brethren for in any way in which he may have hurt their sensibilities.
He also urged Vice President to help convey to the Christian leaders and brethren all over the world that he would never dream of disrespecting them.
“I hold all faiths in high regard

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Zamfara government debunks reports that abducted students have regained freedom

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Zamfara government debunks reports that abducted students have regained freedom

Zamfara State Government has indicated that the over 300 Students kidnapped by Bandits are still in the den of their abductors.

Press Secretary to the Governor, Jamilu Magaji, debunked some online media reports that claimed the female students of Government Girls Science Secondary School, Jangebe have regained freedom.
He stated: “Governor Bello Matawalle and his aides have been been having sleepless nights since Friday when the girls were abducted by gunmen.

He said they have been working round the clock, making frantic efforts that will lead to the safe release of the victims.
He expressed dismay that that some persons, who do not know the details of the situation, will try to further hurt the victims’ parents, government and security by ridiculing the effort with falsehood.
“The state government will come immediately and happily inform the world as soon as the girls are released.”

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New fuel price regime in the offing

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New fuel price regime in the offing

A new fuel price regime between N170 and N175 may be approved by the federal government this week, Daily Trust has learnt.
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), the sole importer of refined petroleum products was selling at the old landing cost of N158.33 as of Saturday but government officials and some marketers have confirmed to Daily Trust that a new fuel price band is imminent this week.
The Minister of Petroleum Resources Timipre Sylva had two weeks ago said Nigerians should prepare for fuel price increase as oil price climbed above $60 per barrel.
The rise in crude oil price has taken the landing cost of petrol in Nigeria above N180 per litre.
“Even though the organised labour is still adamant on their stance against fuel price hike, we have told paying for the differential is not sustainable… This week a new price band will likely come into effect”, an oil agency official said yesterday.
The source said the Nigerian Petroleum Marketing Company (NPMC), a marketing arm of the NNPC, would notify depot owners and marketers of the new price by Monday.
However, NNPC said there would not be fuel price increase any time soon in an earlier statement. NNPC spokesman, Dr. Kennie had Obateru explained that the decision was to allow ongoing engagements with organized labour and other stakeholders on an acceptable framework that will not expose the ordinary Nigerian to any hardship, to be concluded.
The Coalition of Nigerian Civil Society Organisations for Petroleum and Energy Security (CONCSOPES) has said the organised labour’s refusal to allow fuel price hike and its agitation for the rollback of oil sector’s deregulation will lead to the product scarcity.
CONCSOPES’ convener Timothy Ademola told newsmen in Abuja on Saturday said market forces should be allowed to determine fuel prices.

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Marketers allay fears over fuel scarcity, ask Nigerians to stop panic buying

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Marketers allay fears over fuel scarcity, ask Nigerians to stop panic buying

The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) has allayed apprehension among Nigerians who may be planning to hoard the Premium Motor Spirit.

The Public Relations Officer, Suleiman Yakubu
on Sunday spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) as long fuel queues were noticed at filling stations in many states and Abuja.

It was observed that some filling stations are reluctant dispense the PMS they have in stock to motorists while some have run out of supply.

Yakubu said the price of crude oil has gone up and affected the price of products.

The spokesman assured that PMS would soon be available in excess as loading had already commenced at depots.

“The government and marketers are doing everything possible to ensure that the products are available in every filling station within a few days starting from today,” he said

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