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Gowon In Closed Door Meeting With President Buhari

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YAKUBU GOWON-PMBA former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon (retd.) yesterday met President with Muhammadu Buhari behind-closed-doors at the State House, Abuja, over the state of the nation.

The former military ruler, who Calls For Restructuring Of Nigeria In Order If… – Gowon recently supported the call for restructuring provided it is done within the context of one Nigeria, told State House correspondents at the end of the meeting that he discussed with Buhari on the fate of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls, the renewed militancy in the Niger Delta and the ongoing anti-corruption war.

Mr. Gowon agreed that corruption was one of the problems that had created serious setbacks to Nigeria both nationally and internationally.

“We discussed the general affairs of the country, the problems of the country, his fight against corruption and all the efforts he’s making to deal with it and of course, the impatience of the public to see results of the fight which have yet to be found, since people have not been prosecuted yet, that would soon begin.

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“These are some of the issues we talked about. One appreciates his efforts and determination to rid the country of corruption which is one of the problems that have held the country down and created serious setbacks to the country both nationally and internationally and of course, the current situation about the Chibok girls and the efforts the government is making to rescue them.

“He (Buhari) said the government needed to get credible information about the whereabouts of the girls and also those that would assist the government achieve that. I believe that the government is certainly determined to ensure that a number of these girls are brought back home safely as soon as possible. To achieve that, certain credibility must be established of our sources of information on their location, but as at yet, no one knows where these girls are, and all the information that you’ve been getting, I don’t know their sources; but all efforts at engaging the international media and sources are necessary so that this matter can be resolved once and for all”, he said.

The elder statesman expressed optimism that with the government’s current efforts towards negotiating with the Niger Delta militants, all would soon be well in the region.

He also reminded Nigerians that the current economic hardships was a fallout of the crash in crude oil prices in the international market.

On his mission to the State House, his first since President Buhari took over on May 29, 2015, Mr. Gowon said “I’ve come to see the president, to say hello to him, I hadn’t seen him for quite some time. This time, I’ve come to see him to pay my respect to him and to let him know that I’m going out of the country on vacation to the USA and UK”.

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You Are A Worthy Successor, Aregbesola Tells Oyetola

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You are a worthy successor, Aregbesola tells Oyetola

Aregbesola and Oyetola

Rauf Aregbesola, former Governor of Osun State and Minister of Interior, has described Governor Gboyega Oyetola as a worthy successor.

In a congratulatory statement in Osogbo on Friday to mark Oyetola’s second anniversary, the Minister said the Osun governor has weathered the storm of governance effectively.

Aregbesola wrote: “I write to congratulate you on the second anniversary of your administration.

“I look back with pride and nostalgia the hard-fought battle of your election and the continuation of progressive administration in the State of Osun.

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“There have been challenges along the line – the inclement national financial weather, the COVID-19 pandemic and others not so significant. But you have weathered the storm admirably and steadied the ship of state.

“The challenges will no doubt present a new format as you step into the third year. These are heightened political participation, pressure to deliver more dividends of democracy and increased demands from the political system. I have no doubt that you will cope nicely.

“Please continue to make the welfare of the people your biggest concern. They are the reason for the state. Without them there will be no government or any political office to occupy.

“Once again, congratulations, as I wish you a resounding success in office and every aspect of life.

“My kind regards to the good wife, Alhaja Kafayat Oyetola and the entire cabinet of the State of Osun.”

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Why Fewer Nigerians Are Turning Out To Vote – Yakubu

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Why Fewer Nigerians Are Turning Out To Vote – Yakubu

Mahmood Yakubu

Former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Professor Mahmood Yakubu has stated that the country is experiencing low voter turnout during elections due to failed promises of politicians.

He made this known during his appearance in front of the Senate Committee on INEC for screening for his second tenure.

In the red chambers, when queried for the reason there is always a low turnout of voters during elections, Prof. Yakubu explained that Nigerians no longer trust politicians and are tired of hearing the same promises during electioneering campaigns, so they stay home during elections.

He also explained that the inadequate mobilisation of voters and violence recorded during the electioneering period also contributes to the low turnout of voters.

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“Violence or threat of violence, people don’t tend to vote simply for that fear. Some people just stay on the side of caution by staying away instead of risking it by going out to vote.

“Sometimes, the performance of those elected is a very important factor. Some voters will ask ‘why should I go and vote? Because four years earlier some people made the same promise so nothing has changed.’

“It is a shared responsibility that we all have to put our heads together to solve but we will continue to do what is required by the law in the area of voter registration and publicity,” he said.

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Injustice Made Me To Dump PDP For APC – Senator Abbo

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Injustice Made Me To Dump PDP For APC – Senator Abbo

Elisha Abbo

Senator Elisha Abbo has stated that injustice in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) made him leave the party for the All Progressives Congress (APC).

He stated this on Thursday shortly after he was presented with the party flag by the Chairman of the Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee, Governor Mai Mala Buni at the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja.

Senator Aboo said he has found justice, development, and purposeful leadership in the ruling party.

Also Read: BREAKING: Senator Abbo Dumps PDP; Joins APC

“In the first place, the reason, why everybody should join politics, is to serve the people. The essence of government is to shield the poor masses and ensure justice,” he said.

“My main mission of joining the APC is because I have seen justice, I have seen development and I have seen the desire for the leadership at the highest peak to sacrifice their personal comfort just to make the poor people feel good. So I am in the APC to deliver, I am into the APC to help the people.”

The lawmaker promised to work to make sure the APC takes back Adamawa State from the PDP in 2023.

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