Northern Elders Forum members [Photo: Daily Trust]
The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has declared full support for Yemi Osinbajo as Nigeria’s Acting President.
The forum also also commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his steadfast respect for the constitution in transferring power to Mr. Osinbajo when it became necessary for him to travel to seek for medical treatment.
The Deputy leader of the Forum, Paul Unongo, made the commendation while addressing a news conference shortly after a meeting in Kano on Thursday.
“The Forum expresses its full support and encouragement behind Acting President Osinbajo and urges him to exercise responsibility, as he did in the past, with commitment, sensitivity and respect for the Constitution.
“We urge him to ignore mischief which seeks to pitch him against the President or the Nigerian people whose mandates they both exercise,” Mr. Unongo said.
He called on all persons with responsibility to cooperate fully with the Acting President to sustain a united, focused and committed administration to achieve the desired results.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday travelled to the UK for medical treatment ensuring he transmitted power to his vice president via letters to the National Assembly.
The Northern Elders Forum also commended President Buhari for securing the northern part of the country from the clutches of Boko Haram.
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We’ll swap more Boko Haram prisoners to see all Chibok girls released – FG
The Federal government has denied reports alleging that parents of released 82 Chibok girls were not allowed to see them.
The government said people denied access were not their biological parents, adding that they will swap more Boko Haram members for the remaining girls if they have to do it again.
The parents of Chibok girls are also expected to arrive in abuja in a matter of days.
The statement read: “Photos of#Chibok82 sent to families in Chibok for identification. Families currently meeting to identify their daughters.
“The people complaining that they’re not allowed to see the#Chibok21 are not their biological parents or guardians.
“We’re very careful who we grant access to #Chibokgirls. We will only grant access to their parents, not community members.
“It was the choice of the#Chibokgirls and their parents when they returned to stay under the care of the Fed Govt in Abuja.
“The parents of the#Chibokgirls are free to visit them at any time. We will never prevent them from seeing their daughters.
“One of the #Chibok21 has asked for permission to visit her family. We’ve allowed her to go, she’ll be back in 2 weeks.
“We ask the #Chibokgirls — ‘who do you want to visit you from home?’ We invite whoever they tell us they want to see.
“We have no apologies or regrets whatsoever for exchanging Boko Haram detainees for our daughters. We’ll do it again if needed.”
The statement from twitter handle @AsoRock also assured those still doubting of free transport fare to Chibok community to confirm from their families.
“When #Chibok82 parents arrive from Chibok (in a matter of days) doubting Thomases will see that they’re truly#ChibokGirls
“Persons doubting that 82 Chibok girls are not Chibok Girls—we’re happy to pay for you to travel to Chibok to confirm from families.
“We’re negotiating seriously to have the rest of the#ChibokGirls released. We will not relent until all are back,” it added.
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Amosun escapes death as CBN van collides with his convoy
Gov. Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun on Thursday escaped death in an auto accident at the Ibafo axis of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.
The governor’s Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mr Juwon Soyinka, said in a statement that the incident happened when a bullion van belonging to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) ran into Amosun’s convoy in the area.
He said: “The incident which occurred around Ibafo while the governor was travelling to Lagos for an official assignment, resulted in damage to the escort vehicles in the governor’s convoy.
“The CBN convoy drivers, driving dangerously, attempted to overtake the governor’s convoy without regard for the safety of other road users.
“On sensing danger, the governor’s escort commander used a public address system mounted on his vehicle to warn the CBN convoy drivers to desist from such reckless driving.
“Not only was the governor’s escort commander ignored, the CBN convoy drivers went ahead to crush his vehicle and subsequently went after other vehicles in the governor’s convoy, including his official car.
” The CBN convoy was later brought to a halt by the security team attached to the governor,” Soyinka said.
Amosun, according to Soyinka, described the manner of driving of the drivers in the CBN convoy as reckless.
“We will not allow such senseless and reckless behaviour in Ogun State,” Soyinka quoted Amosun as saying.
Soyinka also said: “ If this could happen to a governor within his territory, you can imagine what they would do to our citizens who are simply going about their legitimate business.
“Governor Amosun, who expressed disappointment at the reckless manner in which the CBN bullion van convoy moved on the road, warned that such act of impunity will no longer be tolerated within the borders of Ogun.’’
He explained that the governor had cause to personally caution reckless CBN convoy drivers in the state on a number of occasions.
“On several occasions, the Ogun State governor had to personally turn back reckless CBN bullion van drivers who often drive against traffic with impunity on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway,” he said.
Witness slumps, dies while giving evidence in Lagos court
An Ikeja High Court was on Thursday thrown into confusion after an unnamed witness slumped and died in the court just before testifying before Justice O.A. Olayinka in a land case.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the deceased, who was in his late 30s had come to testify in a land dispute.
“Before the case was called for trial, he started coughing and gasping and had to leave the courtroom.
“He was vomiting a lot of blood and onlookers were scared to go near him.
“He collapsed on the corridors of the courtroom and a medical team came in an ambulance to take his body away.
“His lawyer informed Justice Olayinka of his client’s death and she immediately stopped proceedings for the day,” a witness said.
When NAN visited the courtroom, clots of blood were seen on the corridors of the courtroom as well as the blood-stained shirt and leather slippers of the deceased.
A court registrar, who pleaded anonymity, told NAN:“I am not authorised to speak on what happened in this court today, it is only the Chief Registrar that can speak.”
Contacted, the Chief Registrar was unavailable as he was having a meeting with the Chief Judge and Chief Security Officer of the court.
Niger, Benin Republic pay $159.8m to Nigeria for power
As Nigerians battle with unstable power supply, two countries, Niger and Benin Republics have paid $159.8million for power from Nigeria, The Sun reports.
This came to light Monday in Jos at the 15th monthly meeting of the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, with operators of the Power Sector. In the Communique issued at the end of the meeting, the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trader (NBET), reported that two international customers, Republic of Niger and Benin Republic paid about $159.8million for power from Nigeria.
The Communique states: “NBET reported on international customer payments, stating NIGELEC (Republic of Niger) and CEB (Republic of Benin) had made payments for power of $159,773, 116.61 (with a combined balance still outstanding of $92,315,986.20). The payments have been duly remitted to the Generating Companies and Service Providers who had provided the generation and transmission services”