President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday commended the Esama of Benin kingdom, Chief Gabriel Igbinedion, “for living a life of uncommon accomplishments”.
A statement issued by Dr Reuben Abati, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, in Abuja said Jonathan’s commendation was contained in a congratulatory letter addressed to Igbinedion on the occasion of his 80th birthday anniversary.
Abati said Jonathan also praised the Esama’s “trail-blazing achievements in several fields of human endeavour.
“Come Sept. 11, you will be marking your landmark 80th birthday anniversary of a life of uncommon accomplishments and enduring fulfillment.
“In a classic epitomisation of the triumph of the will over the temporal limitations of circumstance of birth, you defied all odds and emerged from very humble beginnings to become a captain of industry of note beyond the shores of our nation.
“You are also one of Nigeria’s most readily recognisable names, through it all, you have remained faithful to the rich cultural heritage of the revered Benin Kingdom as one of the most senior chiefs in the land”.
He said Igbinedion had played a significant role in Nigeria’s democratic developmental process.
He also described the Esama as a trailblazer in every enterprise he had ventured into, noting that “yours is indeed a life truly worthy of celebration”. (NAN)
Several Injured As Thugs Attack #EndSARS Protesters, Governor Oyetola In Osun
Some of the vehicles in the Governor’s convoy were also destroyed by the thugs but the Governor himself was evacuated to safety by his security team.
As the convoy was leaving the protest venue, some of the youths continued to stone his vehicles.
While the protest was disrupted, Governor Oyetola assured the injured victims that the government would be responsible for their medical bills.
#EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu Constitutes Panel Of Enquiry
In a bid to quell the #EndSARS protest which is spreading like a raging inferno across the country, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Governor of Lagos State has set up a panel of inquiry and restitution for victims of SARS.
This was announced in a statewide broadcast on Thursday.
The panel will be a 7-man panel which will ensure that all those with verifiable cases of SARS brutality or fatality receive compensation.
The Panel will be chaired by retired Justice Doris Okuwobi, while members are Ebun Adegboruwa, SAN (representing the Civil Society), Taiwo Lakanu (a retired Deputy Inspector General of Police), Patience Udoh (representing the Civil Society); Segun Awosanya aka Segalink (Human Rights Activist).
Others are Olutoyin Odusanya (Director, Citizens Mediation Center), a rep/member of the youth-led protest, and a representative of the Human Rights Commission.
There will be a help desk for the complaints and petitions to the panel.
Governor Seyi Makinde Loses 81-Yr-Old Mother
Abigail Makinde, the mother of the governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, is dead.
The Chief Press Secretary to Mr Makinde, Taiwo Adisa, however, told newsmen that the family will soon make an official statement on the death of the deceased.
He said: “Yes. The family will make an official statement.
“The family will soon make an official statement. In the next few minutes, the family will make an official statement, in few minutes.”
It was gathered that Mr Makinde lost his father, Olatunbosun Makinde, a few years ago.
It was learnt that Mrs Makinde died in the early hours of Thursday.
She died at the age of 81.
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