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God Behind APC’s Wind Of Change – Shema



gbenga-daniel-shema-awardGovernor Ibrahim Shehu Shema of Katsina State has said that the victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the presidential level and in many states in the country should be seen as the will of God.

He made the observation yesterday during an in­teractive session with a panel of interviewers at the maiden edition of The Sun Outstand­ing Performance Exit Award, which was held in Lagos.

Shema, who was the recipient of the award, said that despite the loss of his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the APC, the country should be grateful to God for the peace it enjoys.

According to him, “Those who lost the elections should be grateful that the country is at peace. Such things hap­pen and it is not strange at all because Nigeria is a growing democracy. In the just-con­cluded election in the United Kingdom, the country wit­nessed the Conservatives win­ning most of the seats in the UK Parliament. In the United States of America, it is the same thing. The Presidency of the United States usually changes between the Demo­crats and the Republicans.

“I am a PDP governor, but the APC won the governorship in my state, and I take responsi­bility for all that happened in my party at the state level and my efforts during the election. However, the important thing to note is that nobody can take responsibility for the will of God”.

Responding to the ques­tion on why he chose not to contest for a Senate seat like some of his colleagues, Shema said, “I didn’t go to the Senate be­cause already my people had given me the opportunity of governing them for eight years. I see that as a rare op­portunity. I didn’t see it as necessary and I felt it was important to pave the way for somebody else to go. When I leave government, I would go and rest for a while with my family, then come back to the political scene”.

Highlighting some of his achievements in his eight years in office, the governor said he owed everything to God and the people of Katsina.

“Ev­erything I did in the state, I did it with the fear of God, so I do not believe that there is anything that I would have done differently. God guided us to do all we did and I hope that the incoming govern­ment would even do better. I am proud of the achieve­ments in the education sector in my state. When I became governor, we introduced free education at the primary and secondary school levels. And we ensured that we pay the fees for all the students at the senior secondary final level.

“We have not failed in the areas of salaries. In Katsina State, we do not owe salaries. All government workers are paid before the month ends and there is no outstanding sal­ary till date. We get four billion naira as monthly allocation and we generate one billion naira as Internally Generated Revenue. How we were able to succeed is that we manage our resources prudently. I have been a student of business ad­ministration and I understand financial management. Our first approach when I got into government was to ensure that every year, we allocated 70 percent of our budget for capi­tal expenditure and 30 percent for recurrent expenditure. We minimize wastage in govern­ment by ensuring that quality jobs are done. We did not bor­row a dime, the government is not owing any contractor and there is no abandoned project in the state. This system of governance has proven to be very effective and it can be replicated in all the states in the country. What it takes to achieve this is determination and sincerity.

“The peace and security of a state is very important and in Katsina we engage all stakeholders to ensure that there is no breach of security. We adapted the process of proactive policing. One of the strategies we adopted is the support of security agencies in the provision of their needs. We have a work­ing relationship with them which enables us see things first hand. We have our own share of challenges, but they are usually brought under control in due time”.


#EndSARS: Gov Bello Warns Protesters Against Overthrowing Buhari



Gov Yahaya Bello
#EndSARS: Gov Bello Warns Protesters Against Overthrowing Buhari

Governor Bello

The Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello has declared his intention to lead the #EndSARS protest against police brutality ongoing nationwide.

He stated this during an interview with Africa Independent Television AIT on Monday night.

Bello called on his fellow state governors to tack charge in their respective states so as to prevent loss of lives and properties due to attacks by hoodlums.

Also Read: Fayemi Names Members Of Judicial Panel On Human Rights Violations By Police

He, however, warned Nigerian youths to resist the temptation of using the current situation in the country to seek an undemocratic change in leadership.

The Governor warned that those interested in the presidency must wait till 2023 and go through democratic processes.

He urged the protesting youths to leave the streets and embrace dialogue.

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#EndSARS: Protesters Rain Curses On Me: Femi Adesina



Why Buhari has travelled to the UK again - Femi Adesina
#EndSARS: Protesters Rain Curses On Me – Buhari’s Aide, Adesina

Femi Adesina

Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina has revealed that he has been receiving curses from Nigerians through phone calls and text messages over a false report that he advised his principal to shun protesters.

Adesina stated in an article he wrote titled: “An Enemy of the People’ published on Thursday evening.

Also Read: #EndSARS: Nigerians Recount Their Horrible Ordeals In The Hands Of Thugs In Police Uniform

Adesina denied that he advised President Buhari for whatever reasons on the End SARS protesters, but said an online platform falsely accused him that he told Buhari to “ignore the protests and not give in to the demands of ‘Twitter warriors’.

He explained that his telephone numbers were posted on social media, thereby, making people reach out to him with curses.

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Sanwo-Olu Sends Condolence Message To Seyi Makinde Over Mother’s Death



Governor Seyi Makinde confirms the killing of #EndSARS protester, Jimoh Isiaka in Ogbomosho, Oyo state
Sanwo-Olu Sends Condolence Message To Seyi Makinde Over Mother's Death

Seyi Makinde

Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has sent a condolence message to Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde over the passing away of his mother.

Recall that InformationNigeria earlier reported that Governor Makinde of Oyo State on Thursday lost his mother, Chief Abigail Makinde.

The governor’s mother passed on at age 81.

Also Read: Governor Seyi Makinde Loses 81-Yr-Old Mother

Reacting to the news, Sanwo-Olu prayed for the dead and consoled the bereaved via his official Twitter handle on Thursday. He wrote:

“I commiserate with Governor @seyiamakinde on the passing to eternal glory of his dear mother, Mrs Abigail Makinde.

While I extend my condolences to the Makinde family, I pray that God grants them the grace and courage to bear the loss. May mama’s soul rest eternally.”

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