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Tinubu Running Mate For Buhari In 2019?

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14 months to the next presidential election, APC leader has addressed indications that the ruling All Progressives Congress may have President Muhammadu Buhari-Asiwaju Bola Tinubu ticket.

In a statement released on Wednesday by The Tinubu Media Office, the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, said his endorsement of Professor Yemi Osinbajo as President Muhammadu Buhari’s deputy remains unchanged.
The former Lagos State governor who was reacting to a report that President Buhari may pick him as running mate in the 2019 presidential election if he contests, said just as he supported Osinbajo to be Buhari’s running mate in 2015, he still stands for that as the duo have been doing a good job in running the country.
According to Daily Sun, Tinubu noted that he and the people of the South West “have absolute confidence and are exceedingly proud of the excellent job Prof Osinbajo is doing as vice president of Nigeria.”
Insinuating that he has no interest in being vice president, Tinubu said: “Contrary to the impression the story seeks to create, Asiwaju’s politics is not that of unbridled personal ambition for selfish interest. When at some point in the build up to the 2015 election, president Buhari offered him the vice presidential ticket, Tinubu gratefully and publicly thanked the president.
 
“When it turned out that such an offer would not be in the interest of the party and would play into the hands of enemies of change, Asiwaju unreservedly and passionately threw his support behind Osinbajo, as the best man for the job. His opinion has not changed. Indeed, his confidence and belief in Osinbajo has been amply justified by the latter’s sterling performance in office.”
Tinubu restated his statement while endorsing Osinbajo on December 17, 2014: “After all, the political calculations are made and the dust of competition has settled, it must be this nation and its people who stand first and foremost.
 
“The question becomes whether we stand strong, able to shape ourselves into our best future or will we stand frail and trembling, burdened by the abject failure to surmount the multiple problems confronting us…For me, political ambition will never triumph over patriotic conviction. This delicate moment affords no space for emotion to intrude to blind us from what is best.
 
“The APC is the best and only vehicle to enact the progressive and broad change this nation cries for. I eagerly lend myself to this fine cause without me having to be on the ticket. This is a time for cohesion and an overriding sense of mission. We must defeat the foe before us and resist all temptations intended to entice us to fight among ourselves.’ As it was then, so it remains today.”
Tinubu said there is no way Osinbajo would consider returning to full church work, against contesting with Buhari for a second term “without as much as discussing such a sensitive issue with his party and with Asiwaju Tinubu,”and added: “In any case, is this story not entirely unwarranted and indefensible as the Buhari/Osinbajo ticket has an electoral mandate of four years out of which it has spent only over two years and a half years?”
 
He said the insinuation on change of VP in 2019 was “an attempt to distract the APC-led Federal Government from the yeoman’s job it has been doing in rescuing the country from the deep rooted socio-economic, political, security and moral mess inherited from the PDP’s 16 years misrule of Nigeria, instigate crisis within the party, stoke dangerous embers of religious disaffection within the party and the country generally and stem the remarkable progress being made in the reinvention and revitalisation of Nigeria.”
 
According to the former governor, he has confidence and faith in both President Buhari and Vice President Osinbajo, “who have been working hard harmoniously in offering inspirational leadership to Nigeria at a most critical period in her history.”
He added: “The hemorrhaging of the national economy, through the wanton and unprecedented corruption that obtained before the advent of the APC-led federal government has been stanched.”
Praising the Buhari government, Tinubu said there is now “greater sanity, accountability and transparency in the management of the country’s finances. The Boko Haram insurgency has been substantially contained. We should not allow ourselves to be derailed from the job we are effectively undertaking in fulfilling our campaign promises anchored on the tripod of containing insecurity, taming the scourge of corruption and resuscitating the economy.”
 
He vowed not to support any attempt to distract Buhari and Osinbajo and insisted the vice president has done well in office.
 
“Here is a man of the highest integrity, moral rectitude, amazing humility, high intellect and unimpeachable credibility. Here is a man of fierce loyalty and absolute trustworthiness who will never do anything in word, thought or deed to undermine his boss.
“His unquestionable dependability and indisputable fidelity to his oath of office was demonstrated beyond question by his honourable conduct during the President’s medical vacation. Asiwaju Tinubu and the people of the South West have absolute confidence and are exceedingly proud of the excellent job Professor Osinbajo is doing as Vice President of Nigeria,” the former Lagos state governor said.
Tinubu also denied the existence of a rift with Buhari. “We challenge the media to provide any evidence where Tinubu has ever complained of any grouse against Buhari. As Asiwaju had cause to point out recently, having been elected president, Buhari had to be given the space to run his government.
 
“There have always been and always will be channels of communication between Tinubu and Buhari as members of the same party. Their interaction must not necessarily always be conducted in the public space.”

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Criminal minds threatening Army with travel ban: Buratai

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Criminal minds threatening Army with travel ban: Buratai

Tukur Buratai, Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff has disclosed that he does not mind living in Nigeria for the rest of his life.

Buratai made this statement on Monday in a meeting with Army Commanders in Abuja,  where they deliberated on the recent End SARS protest and pockets of violence across the country.

Information Nigeria recalls there have been calls by International bodies calling for a travel ban to be placed on some military officers accused of human rights abuses in Nigeria.

Buratai attacked the international organizations clamoring for a ban on top personnel and soldiers over rights abuses. According to him, his first trip outside Nigeria was when he was 50 and that he doesn’t mind if he has to live in Nigeria for the rest of his life.

“Criminal elements are threatening us with travel ban but we are not worried because we must remain in this country to make it better. The first time I travelled outside of this country, I was already 50 years and a General, so I don’t mind if I live the rest of my life here” The Cable quoted him as saying

At the meeting, the Army chief said recent events across the country have shown the determination of unscrupulous individuals and groups to cause chaos by all means.

“The events of the past few days in our dear nation have shown the determination of some unscrupulous individuals and groups to destabilise Nigeria by all means,” he said.

These individuals, groups and other undesirable elements have hijacked the peaceful #EndSARS protest marches resulting to widespread violence, acts of wanton destruction and looting of public and private properties in many parts of the country. These acts led to the imposition of curfew in several states of the federation.

Despite all these, the army has continued to exercise restraint applied all the principles of internal security operations and fully abided by the internationally recognised rules of engagement as contained in our published standard operating procedures for internal security operations which are derived from the International human rights laws and are in accordance with the international principles guiding the use of force.” he said.

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How iron protector prevented my shop from being robbed: Business man

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How iron protector prevented my shop from being robbed: Business man

Chima Smart Nwaneri, a businessman who operates in Owerri, Imo state has disclosed how suspected robbers were unable to burgle his office due to an iron protector.

Nwaneri thanked God for wisdom saying they couldn’t access his goods because of the protector on his ceiling.

 

 

Chima wrote on his Twitter account;

“So robbers visited my office where i do my business, but I thank God for wisdom, they couldn’t enter because of the protector on the ceiling..
Help me thank God….”

 

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#EndSARS: We are not collection of angels, Nigerian Police says

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#EndSARS: We are not a collection of angels, Nigerian Police says

The Nigerian police have said its officers are not angels, but the force is doing its best to serve Nigerians better.

This was disclosed in a statement posted on Twitter by the force. This comes after several unrest and pockets of violence that greeted the endsSARS protest against police brutality.

The Nigerian police appear to have started an online campaign to redeem their image and rebuild trust with Nigerian citizens, following the nationwide #EndSARS protests and its devastating fallout.

The security agency which admitted that it is not a collection of angels, however told Nigerians that it is doing its best to ensure better services.

The police, Monday night, uploaded a campaign flyer on Twitter, via their official handle @PoliceNG.

“We are not a collection of angels, but we are doing our best to serve you better,” said the flyer which was produced by the police public relations department, Force Headquarters, Abuja.

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