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Osinbajo Task Nigerians On Unity



Osinbajo Task Nigerians On Unity

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, says Nigeria needs not just achievers, but men and women who are bridge-builders and unifiers.

The vice president said the nation needs people who will see its ethnic diversity as a source of strength, and not as a point of difference.

Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, in a statement on Saturday in Abuja, said the vice president spoke at the turbaning ceremony of some prominent persons in Bida Emirate, Niger State.

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In Bida, the Etsu Nupe and Chairman, Niger State Council of Traditional Rulers, Alhaji  Yahaya Abubakar, in a show of goodwill and appreciation, conferred on the vice president the

“Garkuwan Yamma Nupe”, which means – the Defender of Nupe Kingdom.“I am short of words to express our gratitude to the vice president.

It shows the concern you have for all Nigerians irrespective of who they are and where they come from,” Abubakar said.

The traditional ruler turbaned four prominent public officials including  Musa Abdullahi, a member of the House of Representatives, who was made the Gwarzon Nupe, and another member of the lower chamber, Bako  Kasimu, who became the Zarman Nupe.

Others were Engr. Muhammed Haruna, who was turbaned as the Dan Turakin Nupe – he is a member of the Niger State House of Assembly, and Dr Suleiman Sheshi, the Chairman of the Bida Local Government Council, who was given the title, Maina Nupe.

Osinbajo expressed his appreciation of the traditional ruler’s goodwill and congratulated all who were honoured at the event.

The Etsu Nupe has wisely chosen today to celebrate excellence and selfless service.

“They have all brought competence, commitment and character to the positions of responsibility entrusted to them.

And this is evident from all we know and what has been said about them.”

In his remarks afterwards, Osinbajo said that the conferment of the titles was a fresh call to service to the Bida community and the nation.

He restated the Federal Government’s commitment to enhancing security nationwide.“Our country needs men and women who understand that all men and women, regardless of race and faith, deserve to be treated equally, fairly and justly.

“We will continue to work with key stakeholders and the people to effectively tackle the current insecurity challenges in order to achieve a peaceful and prosperous society.

“This we promise to do to the glory of the Almighty and for the benefit of the people who elected us into office.

“Many sons and daughters of Nupe land have risen to prominence in Nigeria in both the pre-and post-independence era, making significant contributions to national development.”

The vice president said that that President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration recognised the strategic importance of Nupe-land in national development.

According to him, a few weeks ago, the Federal Executive Council approved the reconstruction of key roads in Niger State.

He said the administration understood that in order to sustainably improve the standard of living of the people, it must address the persistent socio-economic inequalities by ensuring that people are gainfully engaged in legitimate economic activity.

The vice president celebrated the culture of the Nupe people and their contributions to national development over the course of the nation’s history.

“That is why we have and will continue to prioritise agricultural growth and development. Between July and September 2021, agriculture contributed almost 30 per cent of Nigeria’s total GDP. 

Nupe-land, with its vast farmlands and extensive farming activities, is key in delivering this figure.

Nupe kingdom is a land that is steeped in the splendour of tradition.

“Indeed, this occasion provides us with a platform to appreciate the rich cultural heritage of the Nupe people, a proud and distinguished people with a unique history and looking around Wadata Palace here, we can see some of the vestiges of the battles, symbols of Nupe bravery and heroism.

“We are very fortunate to have one of its great sons, who had an illustrious career in the Nigerian military and rose to the rank of a General before he answered the call of service to his people, to take the seat of his forefathers as the 13th Etsu Nupe.

“His Royal Highness, Abubakar, our host today; is easily one of the most respected traditional leaders in Nigeria today,” he said.

Osinbajo was welcomed to Bida by  Gov. Abubakar Bello and was also accompanied on the trip by Sen. Sani Musa (APC-Niger East).

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2021 EFCC Essay Competition: Bawa Present Awards To Winners



2021 EFCC Essay Competition: Bawa Present Awards To Winners

The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abdulrasheed Bawa has presented awards to three winners of the 2021 EFCC Essay Competition.

The awardees were presented with their accolades at the EFCC’s headquarters in Abuja, as Bawa charges them to be good Ambassadors, as disclosed on the commission’s social media page.

“The Executive Chairman of the EFCC, Abdulrasheed Bawa on Wednesday, August 10, 2022, at the Commission’s headquarters in Abuja presented awards to the three winners of the 2021 EFCC Essay competition titled: “How to Fight Economic and Financial Crimes to Make Nigeria Great.” EFCC wrote.

The winners of the competition in order, are;

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  1. Ehizogie Iyeomoan, an undergraduate student of Law at the Ambrose Ali University Ekpoma, Edo State.
  2. Omtoso Abiola Sodiq, an Engineering student of the University of Ibadan, Oyo State
  3. Zeenat Magaji an undergraduate of Cyber Security at the Federal University of Technology Minna, Niger State.

“We encourage you not only to serve as role models but change agents by shunning all acts of corruption and economic crimes. Bawa said.

“It is no use lamenting that things are not right with our country. We are inviting you to invite others to lend a hand in helping us build a society.”

The EFCC Boss promised to institutionalize the essay competition as an annual event to enable other Nigerians to lend their voices to the anti-graft fight.

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Peter Obi: Nigeria Must Stop Borrowing For Consumption



Peter Obi: Nigeria Must Stop Borrowing For Consumption

The Labour Party Presidential Candidate has requested that Nigeria avoids borrowing for the sole purpose of consumption.

Revealing this in a tweet, the former Anambra Governor disclosed that investment should be the only right reason the country should borrow.

“As a matter of urgency, Nigeria must stop borrowing for consumption, but only borrow to invest in regenerative development projects and other productive ventures. Obi wrote.

“It’s ironic that States that received fiscal bailouts did not invest them properly; did not repay the loans and are still borrowing beyond their revenue earnings.

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“Also, it has become imperative to restrict Federal borrowings to the statutory 5% of the previous year’s revenue.”

In 1999, Olusegun Obasanjo’s government met $28 billion as foreign debt, it left $2.11 billion in 2007 after successfully securing a write-off by the London and Paris clubs of foreign creditors.

The Yar’adua government added $1.39 billion to what they met, and the Jonathan government incurred an additional $3.8 billion, taking the country’s total foreign debt to $7.3 billion when that administration came to an end in 2015.

Nigeria’s external loan reached $28.57 billion by December 2020, meaning an extra $21.27 billion had been accumulated under the Buhari administration — three times the combined amount by past governments since 1999.

For domestic debt, considered relatively less harmful to the value of Naira than foreign debt, the figure rose from N795 billion in 1999 when the Obasanjo government came to power, to N8.8 trillion in 2015 when the Buhari administration assumed office. By December 2020, Nigeria’s domestic debt stood at N16.02 trillion, twice as much as the combined amount taken by the past three governments.

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Motorbikes, Iphones, Others Recovered As EFCC Rounds Up 29 Suspected Fraudsters (See Names)



Motorbikes, Iphones, Others Recovered As EFCC Rounds Up 29 Suspected Fraudsters (See Names)

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested 29 suspected internet fraudsters, as Iphones, motorbikes, and Laptops, amongst others were recovered.

The law enforcement agency, lists the names of the apprehended, disclosing that they will be charged to court as soon as the investigations are concluded.

“Operatives of the Ibadan Zonal Command of the EFCC, on Wednesday, August 3, 2022, arrested twenty-nine (29) internet fraud suspects in a sting operation at the Omi-Adio area of Ibadan, Oyo State. EFCC stated.

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The suspects are;

  • Abdullahi Kehinde Tawab
  • Ayomide Alase Abiodun
  • Hassan Larla Olamilekan
  • Makinde Adebowale Saheed
  • Tofunmi Oyebade Segun
  • Rotimi Gbadamosi Ayomide
  • Igbamidun Joshua Olamiposi
  • Gbadamosi Samson Tobiloba
  • Qodir Ayoola Babalola
  • Frank Obi Ogechukwu
  • Olawale Abowaba Joshua
  • Dauda Kareem Oladayo
  • Hammed Dauda Akanji
  • Yusuf Akorede Abiodun
  • Haruna Adedoyin Kayode.
  • Yusuf Lawale Raji
  • Adejare Ayuba Olamide
  • Owolabi Gbadamosi Moses
  • Victor Salami Gbenga
  • Abdullahi Teslim Taiwo
  • Oluwaseun Abowaba Samuel
  • Alase Ayodele Philip
  • Oduola Kunmi Ireola
  • Ajayi Olumide Olamilekan
  • Opeyemi Samuel Enitan
  • Yusuf Ayobami Qudus
  • Atanda Jamiu Olamide
  • Ibrahim Bashit Alade
  • Ilori Peter Oladapo

“Items recovered from them include mobile phones, laptops, two motorbikes, one i-watch, video games, and jewelry. They will be charged to court as soon as the investigations are concluded.”

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