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Why My Old Official Car Deserved To Be Changed – Saraki

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official carsThe Office of the President of the Senate has debunked reports in Saturday that Dr. Bukola Saraki has taken delivery of exotic new cars purchased by the National Assembly management for his official use, despite widespread criticism against such lavish spending at a time of economic downturn.
An online news medium had exclusively reported that at least four of the 10 vehicles meant for Mr. Saraki’s use had already been delivered and since been put to use by the Senate president.
The online newspaper confirmed that the vehicles delivered for Saraki’s use are one Mercedes Benz S500 and three Toyota Prado SUVs – all 2016 models – with a total value of N161.2 million.
Reacting to the report in a statement signed by Yusuph Olaniyonu, his Special Adviser (Media and Publicity), the Senate president said he has only one official vehicle, a Mercedes Benz, which was changed and that the spare car in his convoy is the old one he inherited and has been using since he assumed office in June of 2015.
The statement said it was wrong to classify vehicles provided for security agencies in Mr. Saraki’s convoy like the police and State Security Service by the National Assembly management for their own operations, as vehicles bought for the Senate president’s use.
The statement reads in part: “It is an obvious fact that the official and spare cars that the Senate president inherited and has been using are old and have been malfunctioning.
“There are instances like the day Dr. Saraki visited Keffi for the marriage of the daughter of Senator Abdullahi Adamu and another day at the Presidential wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport that the spare vehicle broke down.
“In both instances, the spare vehicle did not return home with the convoy. The same vehicle had malfunctioned at the Presidential Villa and National Mosque on different occasions.
“It is for this reason that the Senate president approved that instead of providing two vehicles for him as he is entitled, only one should be bought to replace the official vehicle while the old official car should be converted to spare car.
“Also, if the National Assembly Management chose to provide operational vehicles for Security Agencies, should that be presented as if they are personal or official vehicles meant for the use of Dr. Saraki? These are vehicles that cannot be used for other purposes and by other people. The Senate President also have no control over the security vehicles.
“It is also surprising that despite the fact that Premium Times in the same story reported that the order for the vehicle was made in December, it chose to calculate the value of the vehicles based on current exchange rate of the Naira to the dollar. This is obviously a mischief aimed at making the figure look huge and justify the screaming headline.
“The press should avoid deliberately inciting members of the public against public officials. The Senate President and his colleagues are conscious of the economic situation in the country and will continue to act responsibly and responsively”.
Mr. Olaniyonu recalled that just last week, the Senate president learnt that the Ministry of FCT in its 2016 budget, proposed a N6 billion estimate for the construction of his official residence but he out rightly rejected the proposal.
He said Mr. Saraki immediately directed Senator Dino Melaye, Chairman, Senate Committee on FCT, to bring down the cost of the project to one billion Naira.
“He said that it should be made known to the Ministry that if it cannot construct the building with N1 billion then they should leave out the project entirely till after his tenure. He said he will rather stay in his present abode”, the media aide said.
He further stated that Senator Melaye had already acted as instructed as indicated in the report his committee presented to the Appropriation Committee.
“It should therefore be noted that if Dr. Saraki can demonstrate frugality and responsible leadership in a matter that saved the country so much money, how can it then be presented as if purchase of cars is a big issue that he cares so much about? Those who know the antecedent of the Senate president know that there is no type of vehicle that can excite him at this stage in his life”, Olaniyonu stated.

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Ezekwesili Reacts To Nigerian Govt’s Threat To Sanction CNN

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Ezekwesili Reacts To Nigerian Govt’s Threat To Sanction CNN

Former Nigeria’s Minister of Education, Dr. Obaigeli Ezekwesili

Former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili, has reacted to a statement by the Nigerian government demanding that CNN be sanctioned.

On Thursday, Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, expressed that CNN should be sanctioned for its investigations which he described as irresponsible journalism.

Also Read: #EndSars: UK Parliament Set To Debate The Sanction Of Buhari’s Regime Over #LekkiMassacre

The minister also insisted that there was no mass killing at Lekki toll-gate, adding that it was a ‘Massacre with no bodies’

Reacting to the development, Ezekwesili, mocked the government over its threats at CNN.

She queried the reason for Judicial panels on the #EndSARS crisis if the government has closed its minds to information based on evidence.

She wrote:

https://twitter.com/obyezeks/status/1329409799440769024

 

 

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Man shares chat with mother who is trying to hustle a girl for him to marry

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A Nigerian man identified as Opata Efungwu has shared his chat with his mother who is trying so hard to get a lady for him to marry.

From the chat with he shared, his mom sent a photo of a lady to him, and asked him to decide if he would want to see her when he comes home for Christmas.

“Check if you will like to see this girl in December when you come home for Christmas or not. If you will like to have her number or not. I still want to show you another person if you want me to”, his mom wrote.

Sharing the conversation on his Instagram page, he wrote;

“This life if someone told me when I was younger that a time will come when my mom will be hustling girls for me, I would never have believed it”.

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Strippers Spotted At Wedding Reception In Nigeria

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A video circulating on social media captures the moment some strippers were seen performing at a wedding reception in Nigeria.

Information Nigeria learnt that the brother of the groom thought it wise to entertain guests by hiring strippers to perform at the afterparty of the wedding.

The man decided to make the unusual move which has got people talking.

In the video, the strippers rocked skimpy outfits as they showed off their dance skills to the pleasure of the guests.

The web user, who made the video available tweeted;

“Lord wash my eyes.

A friends brother legit had strippers as entertainment at his wedding reception
Yo”

Read Also: Nigerian Professor Arrested For Spending $185k Research Money On Strippers

Watch the video below:

https://twitter.com/wyld__flower/status/1327923856137449474?s=21

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