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2023: I’m Not Stepping Down For Tinubu, Yahaya Bello Debunks Rumour

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Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, has debunked speculations that he is stepping down for the National Leader of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu for the 2023 presidential election.

Bello made the rebuttal while speaking in an interview on Wednesday.

According to the governor, he and Tinubu have not made their intentions public.

While stating that Kogi State is the safest state in Nigeria, Bello said the next president of Nigeria will continue with the strong legacies President Muhammadu Buhari has laid down.

He said he has met and shared his developmental strides in Kogi State with the president and he assured that he will replicate such at the federal level.

“We’re yet to make our intention publicly known. So, I don’t know where the news of stepping down for anybody (Bola Tinubu) arises. When we declare to run, we shall by the grace of God help to build on what Mr. President (Muhammadu Buhari) has started,” Bello said on Channels Television.

“Today, Nigeria is bedevilled with all those troubles and Kogi is rated the safest. So, security before any other thing. And if I’m called to fix that in this country, I won’t hesitate.

“I only relate with Mr. President on development in Kogi; how I’m uniting the people, fixing the security architecture, managing resources, securing our borders that share boundaries with nine states, and providing succour and safety for FCT. The president has really been very pleased and he encourages me to continue to do my best.”

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2023 Presidency: Igbos will kneel, prostrate, beg – Ezeife

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Former Governor of Anambra State Chukwuemeka Ezeife
Former Governor of Anambra State, Chukwuemeka Ezeife

A former Governor of Anambra State, Chukwuemeka Ezeife, has said that the South-East was ready to kneel, even prostrate and beg to get the opportunity to become Nigeria’s President come 2023.

Ezeife said this at the United for Better Nigeria Initiative National Convention in Abuja on Saturday.

The elder statesman said it was the right time for Ndigbo to produce the country’s next President.

He, however, pointed out that Presidency is not given to anyone, but people have to work and show that they really merit the position.

Ezeife noted that one of the ways to put a South Easterner in power come 2023 was for the region to swallow its pride and start begging every other region for the presidential seat.

“So I found Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo and other groups in this place talking about the need for federal character. If you do it that way, there will be unity; if there is fairness, equity, justice, you will have unity and progress,” he said.

“In the absence of those, you see where we are now. So it is not a matter of to give us President, we don’t give, you have to work for it, the Igbo does not prostrate.

“The Igbo man does not kneel down but this time, we are prepared to kneel down to every part of Nigeria, every group, every ethnic group in Nigeria, we are prepared to even prostrate because we believe in this country.”

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BREAKING: UK suspends visitor visa applications for Nigeria

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British Health Secretary Sajid Javid has tested positive for COVID 19
UK Health Secretary Sajid Javid says Nigeria has been added to the red list

The British High Commission says it will “pause making decisions” on visitor visa applications for Nigeria after the Omicron variant was announced by the west African country.

The decision was announced in a statement issued on Sunday by the commission, noting that, there is a different travel guidance for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The suspension of visitors visa for Nigeria comes barely 18 hours after the UK added Nigeria to its travel red list as a result of concerns over the Omicron COVID variant.

“To support the UK Government’s aim to protect public health from COVID-19 and associated variants of concern (VOC), UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) will pause making decisions on visitor visa applications in all red list countries, including Nigeria, until travel restrictions are lifted,” the statement reads.

COVID-19 variant Omicron
World Health Organization called Omicron a “variant of concern”

“Visit visas cover travel to the UK for tourism, visiting family and friends, undertaking short-term business activities (for example, attending meetings), undertaking short-term studies (under 6 months), taking part in research or exchange programmes as an academic, medical reasons (for example, receiving private medical treatment).

“If you apply for a visit visa in a red list country and you meet the UK Immigration Rules, your application will be paused. You will not receive a decision on your visit visa application whilst red list travel restrictions remain in place.

“You will not be able to request a refund of your visa fee once you have given your biometrics at a Visa Application Centre (VAC). If you already hold a valid visit visa and are intending to travel to England as a visitor from a red list country, you will not be allowed to enter.

“Separate guidance is available for travellers entering Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. See https://www.gov.uk/uk-border-control and https://www.gov.uk/guidance/red-list-of-countries-and-territories.”

The commission also said visas or entry permits from red list countries will only be issued where there are compelling and compassionate circumstances.

“There are only very limited exemptions to travel and entry requirements for critical workers and medical and compassionate cases,” the statement reads.

“If you have submitted a visit visa application and you do not wish to withdraw, we will continue to hold your application.

“If you choose to continue with your visa application, you will not receive a decision on your visit visa whilst red list travel restrictions remain in place.”

Persons interested in applying on compassionate grounds can find more information on the process here.

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BREAKING: UK suspends visitor visa applications for Nigeria

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British Health Secretary Sajid Javid has tested positive for COVID 19
UK Health Secretary Sajid Javid says Nigeria has been added to the red list

The British High Commission says it will “pause making decisions” on visitor visa applications from all red list countries, including Nigeria.

The decision was announced in a statement issued on Sunday by the commission, noting that, there is a different travel guidance for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The suspension of visitors visa for Nigeria comes barely 18 hours after the UK added Nigeria to its travel red list as a result of concerns over the Omicron COVID variant.

“To support the UK Government’s aim to protect public health from COVID-19 and associated variants of concern (VOC), UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) will pause making decisions on visitor visa applications in all red list countries, including Nigeria, until travel restrictions are lifted,” the statement reads.

“Visit visas cover travel to the UK for tourism, visiting family and friends, undertaking short-term business activities (for example, attending meetings), undertaking short-term studies (under 6 months), taking part in research or exchange programmes as an academic, medical reasons (for example, receiving private medical treatment).

“If you apply for a visit visa in a red list country and you meet the UK Immigration Rules, your application will be paused. You will not receive a decision on your visit visa application whilst red list travel restrictions remain in place.

“You will not be able to request a refund of your visa fee once you have given your biometrics at a Visa Application Centre (VAC). If you already hold a valid visit visa and are intending to travel to England as a visitor from a red list country, you will not be allowed to enter.

“Separate guidance is available for travellers entering Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. See https://www.gov.uk/uk-border-control and https://www.gov.uk/guidance/red-list-of-countries-and-territories.”

The commission also said visas or entry permits from red list countries will only be issued where there are compelling and compassionate circumstances.

“There are only very limited exemptions to travel and entry requirements for critical workers and medical and compassionate cases,” the statement reads.

“If you have submitted a visit visa application and you do not wish to withdraw, we will continue to hold your application.

“If you choose to continue with your visa application, you will not receive a decision on your visit visa whilst red list travel restrictions remain in place.”

Persons interested in applying on compassionate grounds can find more information on the process here.

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