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El-Rufai Reaping From Evil Plotted Against Rivers – Wike

The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, on Friday accused the All Progressives Congress-led government of dragging Nigeria 50 years backwards.

Wike also noted that the Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai is reaping from the evil he plotted against Rivers State in 2015.

The Peoples Democratic Party chieftain stated this when the Vice President of the Rotary Club of Port Harcourt, Obiageli Ejezie, led other leaders of the association to the Government House, Port Harcourt, to confer on him the 2019/2020 Good Governance Award for his outstanding achievements in project execution in Rivers State.

Wike in a statement released through his spokesman, Kelvin Ebiri, disclosed that the ruling party convinced Nigerians that they had better governance than former President Goodluck Jonathan.

He said, “There can’t be good governance without security and this is based on the rule of law. All of us are living witnesses that in 2015, it was alleged that the government of former President Goodluck Jonathan could not perform.”

“So, Nigeria needed a change. What has happened to the change? They have taken Nigeria back by 50 years.”

Wike wondered for how long the APC-led Federal Government would allow the needless killings and abduction of innocent Nigerians to continue.

The governor said, “Now, you wake up every morning, students are being kidnapped in so-and-so state university; people have been killed in so-and-so state. It has become the norm.”

“Just wake up in the morning and the first thing you will see on the front page of the dailies is ‘10 people have been kidnapped in Niger State; 20 have been killed in Zamfara State, five have been killed in Imo’ and this happens virtually every day. So, where are we heading to?”

The Rivers State Governor accused the Federal Government of instigating security crises in Rivers, saying the APC governors had visited the Presidency to demand the withdrawal of a commissioner of police from Rivers.

“Now, in order to cause crises in our state, they brought the CP they wanted. At the end of the day, God did not allow them to have their way. But see what is happening in his state now. When you are plotting evil against somebody, evil will visit you. And that is the problem Governor el-Rufai is facing today in Kaduna State.’’

“I remember when I came in 2015, when they were honouring one of their friends as a minister on live television, Channels, el-Rufai had the temerity to say (my) election could not stand in Rivers State and that they would kick me out,” Wike said.

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2023: Ex-Senate President, Saraki Donates N10m To Gambari Mosque In Ilorin – [photos]

Former president of the Nigerian senate, Abubakar Bukola Saraki on Friday, donated the sum of ten million naira to Gambari mosque in Ilorin, Kwara State.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain disclosed this in a post on his official Twitter handle some moments ago. Naija News had reported earlier that Saraki was received with cheers by a crowd at the Gambari mosque on Friday, May 7 when he visited the Imam of Gambari Tafsir prayers.

Speaking about his visit to the prayer house, Saraki shared photos of himself and others during the Tafsif prayers, confirming that he donated the N10m to aide the completion of the uncompleted mosque where he also observed his juma’at prayers.

Earlier today, it was an absolute pleasure to attend the Tafsir Imam Gambari at the Gambari Mosque in Ilorin.

“Following the Tafsir, in-line with my commitment to see that the mosque is completed, I made a donation of N10million towards the construction project,” the ex-senate president shared.

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Top Nigerian Newspaper Headlines For Today, Saturday, 8th May, 2021

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Good morning Nigeria, welcome to Naija News roundup of top newspaper headlines in Nigeria for today Saturday, 7th May 2021.

1. Ebonyi Govt To Offer Amnesty To Repentant Bandits

The Ebonyi State Government says it will offer amnesty to bandits and other criminals who are willing to repent and lay down their arms.

State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Uchenna Orji, made this known to reporters on Friday in Abakaliki, the state capital.

According to NAN, Orji, however, said the governor of Ebonyi, Dave Umahi, will use any legitimate means to see to the protection of lives and property of residents of the state.

He said repentant criminals will be rehabilitated and reintegrated into society.

2. FG Investigating Nigerians Sponsoring Boko Haram – Malami

The Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami has declared that the federal government will prosecute some prominent Nigerians for sponsoring Boko Haram and other criminals in the country.

Malami made the revelation on Friday while answering questions from state house correspondents.

He noted that those to be prosecuted are those found to be culpable in providing fiance to terrorists based on far-reaching investigations.

3. Insecurity: We Didn’t Vote Femi Adesina, Garba Shehu – Buhari Should Resign If… – Melaye

Former Kogi West Senator, Dino Melaye has called out President Muhammadu Buhari, telling him to address Nigerians directly over the growing insecurity in the country.

This is as he submitted that it is not proper for the President to always speak to the people through statements issued by his media aides, Femi Adesina and Garba Shehu.

Melaye made the submission during an interview with Africa Independent Television (AIT) monitored by Naija News correspondent.

According to the former Senator, the growing insecurity in the country is worrisome but the President is absent and unavailable.

4. How Some Merciless Nigerians Are Affecting The Country – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has lamented that despite the best efforts by his administration, some merciless Nigerians are not allowing government policies to produce desired results.

Buhari made the declaration on Friday after receiving briefings from the Presidential Economic Advisory Council (PEAC) led by Professor Doyin Salami during its 6th regular meeting held at the Aso Rock Villa in Abuja.

A statement released by presidential spokesperson, Femi Adesina said President Buhari thereafter urged all those bent on derailing and bad-mouthing government policies to desist.

5. Supreme Court Upholds Deregistration Of 74 Political Parties

The Supreme Court on Friday reaffirmed a ruling by the Court of Appeal in support of the deregistration of 74 political parties.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in 2020 deregistered the political parties over their inability to win any election during the 2019 general elections.

In the judgment delivered by Justice China Nweze, the Supreme Court, on Friday, said deregistration of NUP, one of the 74 parties, was in line with the laws and compliance with the extant provisions of the Constitution and Electoral Act.

6. Eight Killed As Hoodlums Attack Police Headquarters In Imo

Eight gunmen have been killed by joint security operatives on Thursday night after a failed attack on Orlu Divisional Police Headquarters in Imo State.

Naija News reports that the security operatives engaged the gunmen in a gun battle that lasted for several hours.

The gun duel created an atmosphere of panic, as people scampered for safety, as the Roads in Orlu town and its environs were deserted.

Later, the operatives sent for reinforcement from the 34 artillery brigade, Obinze, in Owerri that helped repel the attack on the facility.

It was gathered that the incident which started early hours of Thursday ended at about 9:30pm with the final battle at Nkwito junction in Orlu Local Government Area of the state.

Also, eight vehicles were said to have been recovered from the said hoodlums, as well as sophisticated ammunitions which they used to attack the joint security forces.

7. Ex-Senator And Minister, Mama Taraba Is Dead

Former Minister of Women Affairs, Jummai Alhassan, better known as Mama Taraba, has reportedly died.

The report of Mama Taraba’s death was confirmed to newsmen on Friday by one of her former aides, Naija News reports.

It was gathered that Mama Taraba died on Friday, May 7 at the age of 61 in Cairo, Egypt.

8. Ex-Minister Al-Hassan’s Death Huge Loss To Nigeria – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed sadness over the demise of a former Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Senator Aisha Al-Hassan, popularly known as Mama Taraba.

Naija News had earlier reported that the Nigerian Mission in Egypt had confirmed that the former minister died aged 61 in Cairo on Friday.

In a statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, the president further tagged the death a huge loss to the nation as a whole.

9. APC: Buni Speaks On Fighting Lawan Over 2023 Presidency

The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), and Yobe state Governor, Mai Mala Buni has described as false, the news that he and Senate President Ahmad Lawan are at loggerheads with each other.

Buni said this in a reaction to reports that there is a rift between him Lawan over the forthcoming 2023 presidential election.

He added that those behind the rumours want to discredit the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari and distract Buni from carrying out the enormous tasks before him.

10. Kaduna: Freed Afaka Students Reunite With Family Members [Photos]

Students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, Kaduna state, have been reunited with their families.

The students, who had earlier been taken for a medical check-up by the state government, were reunited with their family members on Friday.

Reacting to the incident, parents of the abducted students urged the federal government to ensure the provision of proper rehabilitation for their children.

That’s the top Nigerian newspaper headlines for today. Read more Nigerian news on Naija News. See you again tomorrow.

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Ebonyi Govt To Offer Amnesty To Repentant Bandits

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The Ebonyi State Government says it will offer amnesty to bandits and other criminals who are willing to repent and lay down their arms.

State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Uchenna Orji, made this known to reporters on Friday in Abakaliki, the state capital.

Stakeholders have expressed different views on whether there should be negotiations with bandits or if they should be granted amnesty.

In February, President Muhammadu Buhari said his government will not grant amnesty to criminals, adding that it will continue to deal with insurgents, bandits, kidnappers, and other criminals who constitute a threat.

According to NAN, Orji, however, said the governor of Ebonyi, Dave Umahi, will use any legitimate means to see to the protection of lives and property of residents of the state.

He said repentant criminals will be rehabilitated and reintegrated into society.

The governor’s take is that of amnesty and offering the olive branch to them,” Orji said.

“So, if they can surrender and lay down their arms, government is ready to get them profiled, rehabilitated and engaged in life transforming empowerment programmes.

“The EndSARS N3 billion empowerment programme is not only for those who were involved in the protest; it is also for idle youths and women.

“If this category of people can remember God, humanity, and the wonderful strides, selfless and passionate work of our governor, I can tell you that he will develop a programme that will give an immediate intervention.”

The commissioner further said the security meetings convened recently by the governor were designed to find solution to the challenges affecting the state.

“The engagement is also aimed at enhancing effective policing of our communities in order to ensure timely alert about security threats and breaches to relevant agencies,” he said.

“The truth is that these bandits and hoodlums are not totally outsiders.

“From the history of those already arrested, we have a lot of engagement to do with some of our youths, who have been involved in banditry in the state.”

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Ex-Minister Al-Hassan’s Death Huge Loss To Nigeria – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed sadness over the demise of a former Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Senator Aisha Al-Hassan, popularly known as Mama Taraba.

Naija News had earlier reported that the Nigerian Mission in Egypt had confirmed that the former minister died aged 61 in Cairo on Friday.

In a statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, the president further tagged the death a huge loss to the nation as a whole.

The president said, “The demise of the notable politician, Aisha Jummai Al-Hassan has left many saddened. Both in office and out of office, her concern for the education of the girl child, especially those of Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, who were abducted by Boko Haram terrorists, shone through.

“Her death is a huge loss not only to the female gender activist community but to the country as a whole. Our condolences to her family, friends, National Assembly and government and people of Taraba State.”

Meanwhile, former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar has reacted to the death of the former minister.

Atiku in his reaction said Mama Taraba will be sorely missed describing her as a compassionate, loyal, and deeply committed Nigerian.

Atiku in a statement on Friday evening in which he reacted to her death, prayed Allah to grant her soul eternal rest.

He wrote: “I am grieved by the death of former Minister of Women Affairs, Sen. Aisha Alhassan. I asked about her condition this afternoon after I called her number without a response! Inna lillahi wainna Ilaihi Rajiun!

May Allah forgive her sins and grant her Aljannah Fiddausi in this holy month. Ameen.

Mama Taraba as she was popularly known, was an accomplished civil servant, astute politician and patriot. She was compassionate, loyal and deeply committed to a better Nigeria.

She will be sorely missed. I really have lost a sister and a loyalist.

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Freed Afaka Student Speaks On Forgiving Her Abductors

One of the freed students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, Kaduna state, Sarah Sunday, has reacted to their kidnap by bandits.

Naija News reports that the college students were abducted when gunmen attacked their school on March 12.

Although 39 of them were kidnapped during the attack, 10 of the students were earlier released. However, on Wednesday, the remaining students were released after seven weeks in captivity.

The students, who had earlier been taken for a medical check-up by the state government, were reunited with their family members on Friday.

Speaking with newsmen after reuniting with her family on Friday, Sarah said they have forgiven their abductors, adding that it is only God that can forgive the bandits.

Sarah noted they suffered a lot in the hands of their abductors, noting that they were made to embark on long treks.

She said she was disturbed about her mother’s state of health as a result of the abduction, and appreciated everyone that worked for their release.

“I will tell them (referring to the abductors) we forgive them all. That is all. That is only what I’m going to tell them. And God will give them the chance to change,” she said.

“We suffered a lot. Honestly speaking, we suffered through insults, through hard labour. We trekked throughout.

“I thought maybe my mother will pass away because of the shock, but I thank God. Thank you. I appreciate. Thank you to everyone that helped us in prayers and everything.”

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Kaduna: Freed Afaka Students Reunite With Family Members [Photos]

Students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, Kaduna state, have been reunited with their families.

The students, who had earlier been taken for a medical check-up by the state government, were reunited with their family members on Friday.

Reacting to the incident, parents of the abducted students urged the federal government to ensure the provision of proper rehabilitation for their children.

In a statement on Thursday, jointly signed by the Chairman and Secretary of the forum of affected parents, Abdullahi Usman and Catherine Saleh, they said the federal government needs to pursue a safe schooling agenda that will provide a secure learning environment.

“The journey is not yet over because our children will definitely require rehabilitation to overcome the trauma that accompanies such ugly experiences,” the statement said.

“We call on the government to get more serious and aggressively pursue safe schooling as a pertinent agenda so as to give parents the confidence to send their children to school, because if the schools remain as porous as they now are, many may not find it worth the trouble to enroll their children in schools anymore.”

Naija News recalls that the students were abducted when gunmen attacked their school on March 12.

Although 39 of them were kidnapped during the attack, 10 of the students were earlier released. However, the remaining students were released on Wednesday — after seven weeks in captivity.

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Pure Evil, Terrorist That Can’t Be Trusted – Fani-Kayode Bombs Gumi

Former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode has lashed out at prominent Islamic scholar, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi describing him as a ‘hungry and insatiable wolf that thirsts for blood.’

Fani-Kayode also alleged that Gumi has no morals but is interested in war despite his seemingly gentle looks.

The PDP chieftain further submitted that Gumi is not who he portrays himself to be, adding that those who trust the cleric do so at their own peril.

Sheik Ahmad Gumi is the physical manifestation and living personification of unadulterated and pure evil.

He speaks peace but war is in his heart.

Behind his seemingly gentle visage and soft words lies a hungry and insatiable wolf that thirsts for blood.

He is the quintessential Janjaweed terrorist: a man with no morals and no scruples.

He reminds me of the Pied Piper of Hamlin that led the children away. Those who trust him do so at their own peril.” Fani-Kayode stated in a tweet from his Twitter page on Friday.

Naija News reports Gumi has become famous for his roles in negotiating with bandits after they kidnap and working out the release of their victims.

Only recently, Gumi revealed that the kidnapped students of the Greenfield University, Kaduna will soon be released.

Speaking on Thursday while receiving the parents of the 27 Afaka students on a thank-you visit to his Kaduna residence, Gumi said the remaining Greenfield varsity students will regain their freedom soon.

The controversial cleric noted that negotiation was ongoing for the release of the students, adding that the students are in good health.

Gumi, however, said that the bandits had decided not to kill the students after the parents failed to provide N100 million and 10 motorcycles for the bandits.

He said this after revealing the role played by himself and former President Olusegun Obasanjo in securing the release of 27 Afaka students noting that they both played the role of mediators in securing the release of the students.

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APC: Buni Speaks On Fighting Lawan Over 2023 Presidency

The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), and Yobe state Governor, Mai Mala Buni has described as false, the news that he and Senate President Ahmad Lawan are at loggerheads with each other.

Buni said this in a reaction to reports that there is a rift between him Lawan over the forthcoming 2023 presidential election.

The Yobe State Governor in a statement on Friday by his Director General, Press and Media Affairs, Mamman Mohammed described the rumours of disagreement between him and the Senate President as “regrettable, unimaginable, false, delusive, fallacious and a misleading figment of somebody’s imagination”.

He added that those behind the rumours want to discredit the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari and distract Buni from carrying out the enormous tasks before him.

The statement said the “satanic plans being orchestrated by some mischievous elements to cause disaffection to distract the Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee of the party from the onerous task of rebuilding the party and, to discredit the President Muhammadu Buhari led government”.

“For the avoidance of doubt, there is no any disagreement as a grain of wheat between their Excellencies the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan and the Executive Governor of Yobe state who doubles as Chairman APC Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, Hon. Mai Mala Buni.

“They have remained good brothers in a very good relationship with a common goal of contributing to the development of their state, party and country.

“His Excellency the Governor of Yobe and Chairman APC Caretaker committee, Hon. Mai Mala Buni, wish to make it abundantly clear that he is heavily preoccupied with the task of governance of his state and rebuilding the party.

“It amounts to insubordination for any loyal party member to start canvassing for any political office two years into the tenure of a sitting President from the party.

“It should be noted that President Muhammadu Buhari has two more years to complete his tenure, it is compulsory on the party and every loyal member to support him and the APC administration. We cannot contemplate anything outside the set plans of the party”, the statement noted.

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has lamented that despite the best efforts by his administration, some merciless Nigerians are not allowing government policies to produce desired results.

Buhari made the declaration on Friday after receiving briefings from the Presidential Economic Advisory Council (PEAC) led by Professor Doyin Salami during its 6th regular meeting held at the Aso Rock Villa in Abuja.

A statement released by presidential spokesperson, Femi Adesina said President Buhari thereafter urged all those bent on derailing and bad-mouthing government policies to desist.

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Insecurity: We Didn’t Vote Femi Adesina, Garba Shehu – Buhari Should Resign If… – Melaye

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Former Kogi West Senator, Dino Melaye has called out President Muhammadu Buhari, telling him to address Nigerians directly over the growing insecurity in the country.

This is as he submitted that it is not proper for the President to always speak to the people through statements issued by his media aides, Femi Adesina and Garba Shehu.

Melaye made the submission during an interview with Africa Independent Television (AIT) monitored by Naija News correspondent.

According to the former Senator, the growing insecurity in the country is worrisome but the President is absent and unavailable.

He added that the security challenges been experienced in the country can be traced back to the failure of the current leadership in the country and if President Buhari is incapable of taking action, he should simply resign.

The former lawmaker also lashed out at the current National Assembly leadership, lamenting that they have made themselves tools in the hands of the executive and unable to fulfil their constitutional roles.

He said: “President Buhari needs to speak to Nigerians directly, he needs to communicate with the media. Our President is absent, and this has negative concomitant effects on the war against insecurity in the country.

“It is very pathetic but our President is not available. All we hear is presidency says; we didn’t vote for Garba Shehu or Femi Adesina.

“All our security challenges boils down to leadership failure. This man has shown more than enough evidence that he has no capacity to run this country.

“President Buhari should, in the interest of children yet unborn, in the interest of Nigerians that are dying, excuse us. It is simple, he should resign.

“It is expected they will speak like that, because both chambers of the national assembly, the leadership of the national assembly is a creation of the villa, as we speak now, National Assembly is a department of the villa

“It is evident in the National Assembly’s decision not to impeach Buhari despite the array of insecurity and gross display of incompetence by this government.”

In other news, the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami has declared that the federal government will prosecute some prominent Nigerians for sponsoring Boko Haram and other criminals in the country.

Malami made the revelation on Friday while answering questions from state house correspondents.

He noted that those to be prosecuted are those found to be culpable in providing fiance to terrorists based on far-reaching investigations.