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Amazing facts about Bola Ahmed Tinubu

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The coming of Tinubu has brought various revolutionary changes to Nigerian politics, first of which is the emergence of a once-upon a time opposition party, the APC, as the ruling party at the centre. Either you love Tinubu, or you despise his brand of politics, there are some things that should be said about this astute and shrewd politician.

1. Education

Bola Tinubu attended St John’s Primary School in Lagos and Children’s Home School in Ibadan. He thereafter left for Richard Daley College, Chicago, Illinois, and later Chicago state University, both in the USA. He obtained a degree in Business Administration in 1979.

2. Achievements in education

The former Lagos state governor was always on the Dean’s list and was a Custodian of the Outstanding Student’s Award, also the University Scholar’s Award and a Certificate of Merit in Accounting and Finance, after he scored 3.54 out of a possible 4.0 Grade Point Average.

3. Career experience

The APC national leader worked with Arthur Anderson, Deloitte and Sells and GTE Services Corporation. He worked with Mobil Oil, Nigeria in 1983.

 4. Political journey

He joined active politics in the early 1990s. He joined the Social Democratic Party (SDP), where he clinched the party’s primary ticket to contest the Lagos West Senatorial District election, which he won against the candidate of the National Republican Convention (NRC).

5. Experience with the IBB government

Tinubu was assaulted and arrested for his anti-government stance many times. He constantly criticised the government.

6. Experience with Sani Abacha’s government

The former senator was forced to leave the shores of the country due to frequent assassination attempts on his life. He went on exile and thereafter joined the National Democratic Coalition (NADECO), with other critics of the Abacha regime. It was there other pro-NADECO members and Tinubu came up with Radio Kudirat, which later became a thorn in the flesh of the Abacha government.

7. Life as a governor

 He became the third democratically elected governor of Lagos state under the Alliance for Democracy (AD), after the return of democracy in 1999. He served two terms. He helped to increase the internally generated revenue (IGR) of the state to billions of naira.

8. Students of Tinubu’s school of politics

The number of politicians who served under the tutelage of the number one Yoruba political stalwart are numerous. They include: Prof Yemi Osinbajo, the vice president of Nigeria; Babatunde Raji Fashola, Minster of Power, Works and Housing and one time governor of Lagos state, Rauf Aregbesola, Osun state governor, among others.

9. Surpassing Chief Obafemi Awolowo’s political record

Although, Chief Awolowo gave life to the Yoruba race, through his free education programme, while he was the Premier of the Western Region in the late 1950s. However, Tinubu is the first Yoruba politician, whose party while in the opposition defeated a ruling party in a presidential election, thereby controlling the central government.

10. Surviving the PDP’s onslaught

When the other AD governors of Ondo, Osun, Ekiti, Ogun and Oyo all lost their second term re-election in 2003 to the PDP, it was only Tinubu, who used his political wits to win his second term. He survived as the only AD governor in the whole of the 36 states of the federation, thereby becoming a lone ranger. However, he never got discouraged or overwhelmed, as he galvanised forces and resources together, with other politicians of like minds to change the face of opposition party politics. In a matter of a few years, he and others formed the APC, which now has 22 state governors under its belt

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Zabarmari Killing: Fani-Kayode Condemns Presidency Over Insensitive Statement

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Zabarmari Killing: Fani-Kayode Condemns Presidency Over Insensitive Statement

Femi Fani-Kayode

Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode has condemned the presidency over its statement that the 43 farmers killed by members of Boko Haram on Saturday in Borno did not have military clearance to be on the farm.

Recall that Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity disclosed on Monday that the farmers slaughtered by Boko Haram terrorists on Saturday didn’t have military clearance to be on the farm.

Also Read: 43 Farmers Killed By Boko Haram Didn’t Have Clearance To Farm — Buhari’s aide

Reacting to the development, the former Minister expressed that the statement was not a good defence for the murder.

He wrote:

Whether it was 43 or 110 farmers that were killed, it’s not a good defence to say they were murdered because they did not get permission to farm. Every Nigerian, whether Northern or Southern, has a right to life &deserves to be protected regardless of their occupation or trade.

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Court Okays Suit Compelling Emefiele To Account For COVID-19 Donations

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Court Okays Suit Compelling Emefiele To Account For COVID-19 Donations

CBN Governor – Godwin Emefiele

The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Monday, granted a suit, seeking to apply for judicial review and order of mandamus to compel the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, to provide details of financial donations received by the country in relation to the coronavirus pandemic.

Justice Inyang Ekwo gave the ruling in a suit filed by Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) and Heda Resource Centre as 1st and 2nd applicants respectively.

Mandamus is a judicial writ issued as a command to an inferior court or ordering a person to perform a public or statutory duty.

Also Read: Nigeria’s Economy May Emerge From Recession In 2021 Q1, Says Emefiele

According to reports, the group, in an ex-parte motion marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/1456/2020, listed the CBN governor as sole respondent.

Ekwo also granted their plea to seek an order declaring that the failure of the CBN to provide the plaintiff with information on the sources of the donations, how they are being applied, among others, amounted to a violation of the applicant’s rights under the Freedom of Information Act and the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights.

He ordered the applicant to file, within seven days, a formal application for the orders sought, which must be served on the respondent within seven days.

The judge also ordered the respondent to, upon being served, file its response within 30 days.

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Lawan Leads FG’s Delegation On Condolence Visit To Borno

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Lawan Leads FG’s Delegation On Condolence Visit To Borno

Ahmad Lawan

Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, on Monday, led a federal government delegation to Borno State on a condolence visit following the killing of farmers on Saturday by members of the Boko Haram sect.

Members of the delegation include the Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, Ministers of the Federal Capital Territory, Mohammed Bello, Communications and Digital Economy, Ali Pantami, and the Minister of State for Agriculture, Mustapha Baba Shehuri.

Also Read: Boko Haram: ‘Be Hurt In Your Pursuit Of Justice For The Dead’, Ezekwesili Tells Buhari

Other members are the National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno (rtd), and Senior Special Assistant( Media and Publicity) to the President, Mallam Garba Shehu.

The delegation was reportedly received on arrival at the Airport by the Borno State Deputy Governor, Usman Umar Gadafu.

The delegation is in Borno, on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari and the Federal Government, to commiserate and identify with the family of the victims, the Government, and the people of Borno State over the incident.

 

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