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Afenifere to Buhari: ‘We are not sycophants’

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The spokesperson of the Afenifere Renewal Group, Yinka Odumakin said the criticism of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration by the socio-cultural organisation was for the good governance of the country.

He affirmed that Afenifere are not mad people to condemn what is good but would condemn the bad things under Buhari’s Presidency because they are sycophants.

In his words, “We are not mad people who will see (a) good thing and say it’s bad but we are also not sycophants who will see (a) bad thing and say it’s good,” Odumakin said.

Odumakin stated this while speaking on Channels TV’s Sunday Politics.

According to Odumakin, if the government does the right thing like when it gave national honours to the Chief MKO Abiola, other heroes of Democracy and declared June 12 as the nation’s Democracy Day, then it would receive praise as it did then.

“When they do good things, we say it.

“When this government decided to honour June 12, didn’t we commend it? We did.

Odumakin is, however, sceptical about Buhari’s administration doing more good things in its second term.

But he believes he has no other country than Nigeria and is keen to see things improve because “every day that we spend under bad conditions” helps no one and “every day that we spend under good conditions is a plus for all of us”.

Consequently, he added, “Even if you do not support the government, you will not say that the country should be destroyed. We will be happy if they (the government) get it right.

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Why Buhari appointed me Minister women affairs – Pauline Tallen

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Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen, has explained that President Muhammadu Buhari deployed her to the ministry because he was not unmindful of the role women have played in his political career.

She, therefore, assured that women will henceforth begin enjoying enormous support and cooperation from President Buhari.

Dame Tallen said that the key word she will dwell with is girl-child education because most vulnerable women are uneducated.

The minister spoke in Abuja while addressing staff of the ministry on her assumption of office.

She said: “This is a wholistic ministry as the woman takes care of the home, children and husband. I am giving you all a charge that things will be done different henceforth.

“We must set out targets and work towards achieving it. We must make history and make undelible mark on the sands of history.

“You have severally bombarded Mr. President about the role women played in his political carrer. He is not unmindful of that and I want to assure you that Mr. President has a very good reason of sending me to this ministry. You will see the enormous support and corporation we are going to enjoy from him.

“We all resolved to work as a team from our recent retreat. This ministry is multi facet and has a lot of responsibility. To touch the lives of the vulnerable.

“We have an uphill task to meet up with mandate of the ministry and demand of the president. Women do not go without the children; neither can they go without the men. This is the time to give back to the society.

“Women are the engine of the economy and must be carried along to improve the economy. Once women are empowered, the economy changes. We will make impact if we are able to improve on the life of the vulnerable woman. Support them with income generating activities, there will be peace and development.

“Most of the security problem is because we have out of school children. If we look for ways to engage these children meaningfully, the security situation will change. Then we will have peace.

“The key word I want to dwell with is the girl child education because most of the vulnerable women are uneducated. If a girl is uneducated, there is nothing she can do. She becomes vulnerable in the hand of men.

“We will work with Ministry of Education and Information to sensitise Nigerians and to get everybody on board to ensure that the youths and our women are well engaged in order to change the economy.

“Nigeria is going through a very difficult stage, the issue of security, economy and corruption. We can together stem the tide. I need your full support so that we can make a difference and make history.”

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Buhari to Tribunal: ‘No law requires me to tender my certificates’

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President Muhammadu Buhari, Wednesday, insisted that there is no law in Nigeria that requires him to produce his certificates in a bid to prove his eligibility to run for Presidency.

Buhari argued that that under the 1999 Constitution, he was only required to be educated.

He stated this through his counsel, Chief Wole Olanipekun SAN, while adopting his final brief of argument in opposition to the petition the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and its candidate, Atiku Abubakar, filed to nullify Buhari’s 2019 re-election, at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja.

The President also urged the tribunal to dismiss the petition challenging his election and his educational qualifications because it lacked merit and substance.

He said: “The law is well settled and the case-law is crystalized on the point that the 2nd Respondent (Buhari) cannot go beyond provisions of sections 131 and 131(8) of the 1999 Constitution.

“The case-law is replete with decisions of this Court on the subject. We cannot amend the constitution.

“We need to make it very clear at this point that the Constitution and laws of the land do not expect any Certificate to be tendered or attached.

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N10bn fraud: Ambode’s aide reacts on EFCC’s raid

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Chief of Staff to the immediate past Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Samuel Olakunle Ojo, has debunked claim that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, raided his house alongside his former boss, Akinwunmi Ambode, over alleged N9.9 billion fraud.

Ojo added that he was neither involved in any fraud nor his house raided by the anti-graft agency during their visit to Epe.

The anti-graft agency had been investigating the administration of the former governor over alleged N9.9 billion fraud which led to freezing three accounts owned by the State Government.

EFCC freezes N10billion linked to ex-Lagos gov Ambode

In a statement made available to journalists in Lagos on Tuesday by his Media aide, Cornelius Kayode, the former Chief of Staff stressed that the house raided by the agency in Epe did not belong to him.

He maintained that the house raided by the EFCC operatives belongs to the former Personal Assistant to Ambode, Mr. Bunmi Ariyo.

According to him, my boss, Mr. Olakunle Ojo, did not have any personal house in Epe while in office and after leaving office.

“The former Chief of Staff did not build any house in Epe as claimed. The House raided by EFCC belongs to Bunmi Ariyo who was the former governor’s Personal Assistance,” he added.

Ojo, however, urged the public to disregard the claim that his house was among buildings raided by the anti-corruption agency.

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