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Border Closure: Benin Republic Unrepentant – Lai Mohammed

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Former Minister, Lai Mohammed

Information Minister, Lai Mohammed

The Republic of Benin has been accused unrepentant about importing prohibited goods for ultimate dumping into Nigeria’s market in spite of the partial border closure order.

The accusation was made by Lai Mohammed, the minister of information and culture when he appeared on a live programme on TV Continental.

“Regrettably, the signs out there are not positive in the sense that in the last few weeks, the number of seizures that have been made does not show that our neighbours are in a hurry to comply with Nigeria,” NAN quoted him to have said.

“As we speak today, there are three ships heading toward the Benin Republic laden with about 105,000 metric tons of rice.

“This is a country of about 12 million people. That rice is meant for ultimate consumption of Nigerians.

“In addition, Benin Republic just negotiated with Japan to receive rice worth 30 million dollars.

“It is clear that the ultimate destination of the rice will be Nigeria and that is why we are appealing to our neighbours.”

“The facts at our disposal reveal that 10,000 vehicles are imported every month into the Cotonou seaport,” he explained.

“For a population of about 12 million people to be importing 120,000 vehicles in a year means that the vehicles are going to Nigeria with sufficient market.

“As I have said, there is no gain without pain, there will be discomfort at the beginning ultimately we believe it is going to be to the ultimate interest of Nigeria,” he said.

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“We have been on this dialogue since 2015 and the truth of the matter is that there has never been any legitimate transit trade between us and the two countries.”

“This is hurting our economy, affecting our security and no country will fold its arms when the overall interest of its people is being jeopardised.”

Mohammed, however, notes that the government was very aware of the toil border closure is having on its citizens especially when it comes to the price of rice, but stressed that Nigerians must bear the temporary pains to reap the benefits.

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Wike Ordered Police, Army To Kill IPOB Members, Nnamdi Kanu Alleges

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Wike Ordered Police, Army To Kill IPOB Members, Nnamdi Kanu Alleges

Governor Nyesom Wike makes U-turn, joins #EndSARS protesters in Rivers state (video)

Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the proscribed group, Independent People of Biafra (IPOB) has accused Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike of ordering police and soldiers to kill members of the group.

Recall that Wike had signed an executive order to reinforce the total ban on IPOB and its activities in Rivers State.

Also Read: Wike Signs Executive Order Proscribing IPOB, Lifts Curfew

Reacting in a tweet on Friday, Kanu accused the Governor of sponsoring state security to execute IPOB members.

“Nyesom Wike, the little Hitler of Rivers State had a closed-door meeting with lawyers where he instructed them that any arrested IPOB member should not be brought to court but rather should be executed by the army & police.”

He wrote:

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Buhari Approves Emaimo’s Re-Appointment

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Buhari Approves Emaimo’s Re-Appointment

Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the reappointment of Dr. John Emaimo, as Rector, Federal College of Dental Technology and Therapy, Enugu State.

The appointment was made known in a letter signed by the Minister of State for Health, Olorunnimbe Mamora on behalf of President Buhari.

Dr. Emaimo’s re-appointment takes effect from Nov. 27, 2020.

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Speaking on the re-appointment, Mamora stated that Emaimo was found eligible for a second term based on his assessment.

The minister urged Emaimo to continue to work with his team because whatever achievements he had made in his first term could not have been done alone.

He reminded him of the enormous responsibilities of his office and the expectations of the government and people towards efficient service delivery.

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WTO: Launch Diplomatic Offensive Against Trump, Obiano Tells Buhari

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WTO: Launch Diplomatic Offensive Against Trump, Obiano Tells Buhari

Governor Willie Obiano

Governor of Anambra State, Willie Obiano has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to deploy all diplomatic moves to ensure Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala emerge as the next Director-General of the World Trade Organisation.

Obiano urged President Buhari not to allow US President Donald Trump to frustrate Okonjo-Iweala’s emergence.

Obiano said this in a statement titled, ‘WTO DG: A Call on President Buhari and African leaders to step up diplomatic offensive’, signed by the state Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, C-Don Adinuba, in Awka, on Thursday.

Also Read: WTO: Gov Ikpeazu Drums Support For Okonjo-Iweala’s Appointment

He asked Buhari to mobilise African and European Union leaders to back Okonjo-Iweala.

“All that is needed is a great diplomatic offensive before the formal announcement of the winner on November 9,” he said.

“The people and government of Anambra State, therefore, call upon President Muhammadu Buhari and other African leaders to immediately set in motion the machinery to get the United States to do the right thing by supporting the most qualified and the most popular candidate,” p[art of the statement read.

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