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Nigeria needs unifiers, Osinbajo says at Bida Emirate turbaning ceremony



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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

  • Etsu Nupe: VP is concerned about all Nigerians irrespective of differences

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, says that Nigeria needs not just achievers, but more importantly, men and women who are bridge-builders and unifiers, and who see the country’s ethnic diversity as a source of strength, and not as a point of difference.

The VP said this on Sunday during the turbaning ceremony of some prominent persons in Bida emirate, Niger State. It was his second public outing of the day after he was Special Guest of Honour at the National Institute for Security Studies in Bwari, FCT.

In Bida, the Etsu Nupe and Chairman, Niger State Council of Traditional Rulers, Alhaji Dr. Yahaya Abubakar, CFR, in a show of goodwill and appreciation, conferred on the Vice President the “Garkuwan Yamma Nupe” which means “the Defender of Nupe Kingdom.”

“I am short of words to express our gratitude to the Vice President. It shows the concern you have for all Nigerians irrespective of who they are and where they come from,” Etsu Nupe stated.

The Etsu Nupe turbaned four prominent public officials, including Hon. Said Musa Abdullahi, a member of the House of Representatives who was made the Gwarzon Nupe, and Hon. Bako Alfa Kasimu who became the Zarman Nupe. He is also a House of Representatives member.

Others were Hon. Engr. Muhammed Alhaji Haruna who was Turbaned as the Dan Turakin Nupe. He is a member of the Niger State House of Assembly, and Dr. Suleiman Sheshi, the Chairman of the Bida Local Government Council who was given the title, Maina Nupe.

Congratulating those who were honoured at the event, the Vice President stated that “the Etsu Nupe has wisely chosen today to celebrate excellence and selfless service.”

“They have all brought competence, commitment and character to the positions of responsibility entrusted to them. And this is evident from all we know and what has been said about them,” he stated.

In his remarks after the turbaning, the VP noted that the conferment of the titles was a fresh call to service to the Bida community and the nation, adding that “our country needs men and women who understand that all men and women regardless of race and faith deserve to be treated equally, fairly and justly.”

Prof. Osinbajo also restated the Federal Government’s commitment to enhancing security nationwide.

“We will continue to work with key stakeholders and the people to effectively tackle the current insecurity challenges in order to achieve a peaceful and prosperous society. This we promise to do to the glory of the Almighty and for the benefit of the people who elected us into office,” he said.

While noting that “many sons and daughters of Nupe land have risen to prominence in Nigeria in both the pre- and post-independence era, making significant contributions to national development,” the VP further said that the President Muhammadu Buhari administration recognized the strategic importance of Nupe-land in national development.

According to him, “that is why only a few weeks ago the Federal Executive Council approved the reconstruction of key roads here in Niger State. This Administration understands that in order to sustainably improve the standard of living of the people, we must address the persistent socio–economic inequalities in our society by ensuring our people are gainfully engaged in legitimate economic activity.

“That is why we have and will continue to prioritize agricultural growth and development. Between July and September 2021, agriculture contributed almost 30 per cent of Nigeria’s total GDP. Nupe-land, with its vast farmlands and extensive farming activities, is key in delivering this figure.”

The VP celebrated the culture of the Nupe people and their contributions to national development over the course of the nation’s history.

“Nupe kingdom is a land that is steeped in the splendour of tradition. Indeed, this occasion provides us a platform to appreciate the rich cultural heritage of the Nupe people, a proud and distinguished people with a unique history; and looking around Wadata Palace here, we can see some of the vestiges of the battles, symbols of Nupe bravery and heroism,” he stated.

The VP further said Nupe land is today “very fortunate to have one of its great sons, who had an illustrious career in the Nigerian military and rose to the rank of a General before he answered the call of service to his people, to take the seat of his forefathers as the 13th Etsu Nupe: His Royal Highness, Alhaji (Dr.) Yahaya Abubakar, CFR, our host today. And he is easily one of the most respected traditional leaders in Nigeria today.”

On arrival in Bida, Prof. Osinbajo was welcomed by the State Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello, and was also accompanied on the trip by Senator Sani Musa who represents Niger State at the Senate.



2023: ‘It Is Criminal For Tinubu To Think Of Taking Presidential Slot’ – Obioha



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Political Analyst, Greg Obioha, has condemned Leader of All Progressive Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu’s ambition to contest for president in the coming 2023 election.

In a recent interview, Obioha, noted that any Igbo man who supports Tinubu should be banished.

“To promote Ashiwaju for what? Whoever does it no matter his inalienable right to associate or support whoever he wishes is not a true Igbo person.

“Why should we talk of Tinubu in Igbo land? Obasanjo displaced the foremost leader, Alex Ekwueme, and opened ...-military democratic rule of the present era between 1999 and 2007. A Yoruba man became the Speaker of the Federal House of Representatives immediately after Obasanjo, I mean Dimeji Bankole.

“In 2015, power returned to the northern part of the country through Buhari, and naturally the Vice President should come from the south. What happened? Same southwest led by this very Tinubu insisted that it must be ceded to them and it happened? Professor Yemi Osibanjo was made the Vice President and by 2023, he would have spent eight years there.

“Again, shortly after the 2019 general election, while a Yoruba man in the person of Osinbajo was the vice President, same Yorubas of the southwest led by Tinubu insisted that the Speaker of House of Representatives be ceded to their region and that was how Gbajabiamila emerged.

“At the Senate, the Deputy Senate President slot for the south was grabbed by Senator Omo Age from Delta State. When Obasanjo ceded power back to the north on completion of his tenure, he ceded the Vice President slot meant for the south to the south-south state of Bayelsa, through Jonathan who later became the President of Nigeria for six years. That implies that every slot that had been ceded to the south since 1999 returned to the southwest or southeast.

“It is criminal, atrocious, repugnant for Tinubu to think of taking the presidential slot of 2023 that has been ceded to the southern part of the country. Any Igbo man that supports such criminality deserves to be banished.”


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BREAKING: Wife of Senator Teslim Folarin, Angela, is dead [PHOTO]



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Teslim Folarin, the Senator representing Oyo Central Senatorial District in the NationaL Assembly, has lost his wife, Angela.

Angela died on Friday afternoon in the United Kingdom (UK).

Late Mrs. Folarin

This was made known in a statement by his Special Adviser on media and publicity, YSO Olaniyi, obtained by POLITICS NIGERIA. The statement read: “With total submission to the will of Almighty Allah, we announce the death of our wife, mother and sister, Chief (Barr.) Angela Nwaka Folarin.

“The wife of Oyo Central Senator was confirmed dead on Friday afternoon. She breathed her last in UK.

“The deceased was hale and hearty until the angel of death knocked the door. May Almighty God Comfort us and Grant Late Angela an eternal rest.”

Folarin, a former governorship candidate in Oyo state, won the senatorial position in the 2019 Oyo central senatorial district election defeating the incumbent senator, Mrs. Monsurat Sunmonu and other candidates. He is the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Content in the 9th Senate. He also sits on several other committees including National Intelliegence, INEC, Interparliamentary, Constitutional Review, Finance, Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) and Airforce.



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Sylvester Oromoni: Dowen College Founder Steps Down



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The Founder of Dowen College, Lekki, Lagos, Dr. Olumide Phillips, has stepped down from office.

Phillips, who served as board chairman of the institution, announced retirement in a statement signed by Tomi Borisade.

Part of the statement read: “The founding members of the Board of Governors including the founder and Chairman of the Board, Dr. O. Olumide Phillips, have decided to retire and pass the baton of change to a new generation of seasoned professionals who will run with the vision, leadership passion, commitment and values they have worked rigorously to establish.

“This will also enhance communication and effectiveness with the Parents Teachers Forum.”

The school added that it is working with the Lagos State Ministry of Education and has taken on board their guidance and suggestions concerning various areas of improvement.




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