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Attack on Zulum: Sack Buratai now, YouthAid asks Buhari

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Attack on Zulum: Sack Buratai now, YouthAid asks Buhari

Apparently piqued by the recent attack on the Governor of Borno State, Professor Umara Zulum, a youth pressure group, YouthAid, has demanded that President Muhammadu Buhari immedaitely sack the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai for incompetence

They said the sack has become expedient since he has failed to fish out pepertrators of the attack .

The Executive Director, YouthAid, Comrade Smart Edwards, who issued the Statement in Abuja, also lamented that the army hierarchy has failed to identify the hoodlums who almost snuffed out the life of the governor on his way from Baga town. 

He urged Buhari to recall and sanction all the General Officers Commanding (GOCs) in the Northeast over their inability to prevent the attack that has caused Nigeria monumental embarrassment. 

Edwards said: “The spirited and encouraging touch of good governance by Governor Zulum must not be stampeded.

“YouthAid unequivocally restates its stand with Governor Zulum, the people of Borno and prays for the recovery of any member of his team that sustained injury.

“We also reassure the Governor of the solidarity of Nigerian students and citizens.

“This is a matter we would not leave. It is of serious interest to us, Prof. Zulum is ours, a national pride and very dear to the victory over  terror in Nigeria, particularly the North East Region. 
“He is both strategic and compassionate, therefore he should not be sabotaged. 
“The people need him, the regions ravaged by insurgency are feeling the impact of his outreach, it is sad therefore that anyone wants him out of the way.
“We call on President Buhari to immediately order for the recall or reposting of the Commanders (GOCs) in the Northeast and even the Commander at the Nigerian Army Super Camp.
“It is clear that their coordination and commitment has proved ineffective as evidenced by the attack on the Governor’s convoy and killing of a newly wed soldier, among others.
“If the Army is not tired of Buratai, the citizens are tired of him and his manifest inefficiencies and excuses.
“Lives are being lost daily, young people who are both the future of the military and the hope of our nation’s defence are being wasted unnecessarily.”
He noted that security is also the first business of government. “It will no longer be appropriate to give excuses,” he declared. 
He called on security agencies to fish out the attackers of Governor Zulum as a matter or urgency. 
“Find them immediately and show them to the public. Governor Zulum is a God-sent to the state  at a time like this and must be protected  at all cost,” Comrade Edwards said. 
He also called on Nigerians to stand up for the security of the country, as “this is central to President Buhari’s agenda.”
“We commend the willing and able soldiers who are sacrificing day and night to keep the nation safe,” he added. 

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Senator Gaya grieves over Hajia Fanta’s demise

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Senator Gaya grieves over Hajia Fanta’s demise

The Senator representing Kano South Senatorial District, Senator Kabiru Ibrahim Gaya (APC), has expressed deep sorrow over the death of Hajiya Fatima Mohammed (Fanta).
Hajia Muhammed is the younger sister of late head of state, General Sani Abacha and the mother of Senator Basheer Mohammed (Lado), a federal commissioner, National Commission for Refugees, and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

Senator Gaya in his message of condolence, expressed deep sorrow and sympathies with the bereaved family and entire Kano people over the death.
The former Kano State governor described the late Fatima as a philanthropist, a mother and a community leader that touched the lives of many in different ways over times.
He said that the late Fatima has died at a time that her wisdom is most needed in the global epidemic ravaged time and other challenges in the country.
Senator Gaya enjoined Senator Basheer to take solace in the Almighty Allah at this trying times, adding that death is a garment of all mortals, explaining that all will taste it when the time is due.
The former Kano State governor explained that the late Fatima lived an exemplary life that has impacted on all that was closed to her in her life time.

The Kano South Senator further calls on the family and entire Kano people to pray for the repose of the soul of late mother, Kano State and Nigeria at large for peace and development at the unending threat of insecurity in the country. He prayed Almighty Allah to grant the late philanthropist AljanatulFirdausi.

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Kogi first lady commends husband on gender sensitivity

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By Aisha Audu

Wife of Kogi State governor, Mrs Rashida has commended her husband, Alh Yahaya Bello for being the most gender sensitive governor in Nigeria.
Mrs. Bello made the statement on the occasion of conferment of an award of ” the most gender sensitive governor in Nigeria and as a goodwill ambassador of Nigerian women” to Governor Yahaya Bello by the national council of women societies (NCWS) at glass house Lokoja.
According to her (NCWS) is a reputable umbrella body of notable women of integrity, from across Nigeria and the choice of my husband for this award is very well deserved.
She said she is not surprised because her husband right from the inception of his administration has demonstrated strong commitment towards active involvement and participation of women in leadership positions, governance as well as politics.
She noted that under the administration of her husband, key government positions such as SSG, Head of service, Kogi pension Board, Teaching Service Commission, Vice chairmen of the 21 Local government of the state as well as female councillors among others.
Mrs. Rashida Bello indicated that Governor Bello has maintained a clear lead in the implementation of the 35 percent women affirmative action policy of the Federal Government.
She saluted the courage of the leadership and members of National Council of Women societies while praying that their courageous efforts continue to uplift the voices and standard of women across the country.

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Spare Old Okene Sec. School, Alumni Association begs Bello

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Spare Old Okene Sec. School, Alumni Association begs Bello

By Friday Idachaba

The Okene Secondary School Old Students Association has appealed to Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State to spare the school as one of the legacy colleges of old Northern Nigerian Government rather than cede it to the military for use as Barracks.

The Alumni association made the appeal in a statement issued by its national President, Abubakar Abdulsalam to newsmen on Thursday in Lokoja.

The association said the school, formerly known as Okene Teachers College before it transmuted to a secondary school in 1970 had produced a lot of great Nigerians in all fields of human endeavour.

“There is no doubt that the institution has produced a lot of alumni and former employees, who are doing it proud in several areas both at home and abroad” the statement said.

“One of such was the late Alhaji Bello Ipemida Ochi (the father of His Excellency, Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello) may his gentle soul rest in perfect peace.

“Many God reward him for his love for the children of other parents he laboured to cater for while in the school as an employee, Amen.

“The school where Pa Bello’s humane attributes were exhibited and remembered might no longer exist as it is currently being proposed to be a military barracks.

“We wish to use this medium to appeal to you to use your good offices to ensure that the school is spared and retained so that it can continue to turn out quality products with legacies as an institution of repute.”, the alumni added.

The association used the occasion to thank Gov. Bello for the appointment of Prof. Salawu Sadiku, an old student of the school, as pioneer Vice-Chancellor of Confluence University of Science and Technology (CUSTECH), Osara in the Central Senatorial District of Kogi.

“We, the entire old students of OSS, Okene worldwide, wish to express our profound gratitude and appreciation to the Executive Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello for appointing one of us, Prof. Salawu Sadiku as the pioneer Vice-Chancellor of CUSTECH, Osara.”

The alumni described the appointment as a good one saying that the appointee was eminently qualified academically and had over the years, garnered the necessary cognate experience for the task ahead.

“We thank you for providing us the opportunity to showcase the stuff the products of the great Iresu-pogo College are made of through the appointment of Prof. Sadiku.

“We the old students pledge to collaborate with the government to turn around the fortunes of the school and continue to make it a centre of excellence that it has always been known for”, the alumni pledged. (NAN)

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