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Gov. Zulum appoints Security Adviser, 10 more aides 



Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno has approved the appointment of retired Col. A. A. Chiroma as Special Adviser on Security.

Malam Isa Gusau, the Special Adviser on Public Relations and Strategy to the governor, in a statement in Maiduguri on Wednesday, said Zulum also appointed 10 other Senior Special Assistants (SSAs).

Gusau disclosed that the appointment of the aides was for specific functions, noting that two of the appointees would serve in the deputy governor’s office.

He said that the governor would announce a date for the swearing-in of the appointees, stressing that the appointments are with immediate effect.

Gusau said that Mr Mustapha Ali was appointed as SSA on Security; Malam Ali Jato, SSA Abuja Liaison Services; Mr Christopher Akaba, SSA on Jobs Creation and Youths Empowerment, and Mr Sale Habib, SSA on Schedules and Events.

Others were Malam Bukar Mustapha, SSA Documentation; Mr Mustapha Bulu, SSA Public Financial Management; Mr Yusuf Shettima, SSA Projects Monitoring and Evaluation, and Malam Abdullahi Yusuf, SSA Projects Documentation.

Messrs Shuaibu Adamu and Alfred Bwala were appointed SSA Special Duties in the deputy governor’s office.

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===== Nigerians must cooperate with government to end insecurity–Retired officer



Nigerians must cooperate with government to end insecurity—Retired officer

A retired Military Captain,  Rasheed Adesokan, has called on Nigerians to cooperate with the Federal Government in order to urgently end security problem in Nigeria.

Adesokan gave the advised during the 13th Biennial Conference of the Obafemi Awolowo University Muslim Graduates Association (UNIFEMGA) in Ibadan on Sunday.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the theme of the lecture was ” Islamic Antidotes To the Current Security Challenges In the Country”.

The guest lecturer said that the issue of Boko Haram, Kidnapping and other problems confronting Nigeria can only be tackled when citizenry cooperate with the government.

He said that there was nowhere in the world where citizens hate the government and expect security challenges to be solved.

“Nigerians are so hostile to the government and complain about  whatever the government does.

“Nigerians must be patriotic and cooperate with the government in order to end insecurity in the country, ‘’he said.

Adesokan called on government to play their part by increasing the number of armed forces and  police to be able cover the whole  country.

He said that the 250,000 armed forces and 300,000 police men were too small to provide security for the country.

The chairman of the occasion, Dr Basir Olarewaju, Permanent Secretary,Oyo State Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, said that insecurity in Nigeria was as a result of many factors.

Olarewaju said that the highest factor of insecurity in the country was poverty and must be nip in the bud to address the challenge..

The outgoing chairman of UNIFEMGA , Alhaji Ademola Munir, thanked all members of the executives and members of the association for their efforts and support.

Munir sought for the forgiveness of those whom he had inadvertently offended during his tenure, saying that the intents were purely for the course of the association without any prejudice.

He called on President Muhammadu Buhari and other political functionaries to know that their service was not just to the people but the Almighty Allah whom they would all give account on the day of Judgment.

He implored the President to deepen his anti-corruption crusade and make it total, no matter who is involved..

Munir called on the president not to back down and as expected he should know that the beneficiaries of the status quo would not fold their arms.

The new Chairman, Dr Ismail  Kamil, said the task of leading the association was no doubt enormous and sought the support and cooperation of members.

Kamil said that the new executives can only surmount the achievement of the old executives with cooperation from members.

Kamil, who prayed for God guidance, said the new executives would try as much as possible to sustain the legacy and correct the lapses of the out gone executives if any.


Edited by Constance Imasuen



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Kogi 2019: Irukera promises to clean system, enthrone good governance



An All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship aspirant in Kogi State, Dr Babatunde Irukera, has promised to clean up the system and return power back to the people through purposeful and people-oriented programmes.

Irukera disclosed this on Sunday in Lokoja during the inauguration of his campaign coordinators for the 21 local government areas in the state.

He said that he would enthrone good governance and save the state from economic woes through faithful implementation of his Health, Employment, Learning-Education and Prosperity (HELP) agenda.

The aspirant noted that the state was in dire need of help which he was ready to offer.

He advised those on the verge of losing hope as a result of the prevailing hardship in the state to continue to trust in God.

“I want you to tell everybody; your children, our fathers and mothers, tell your brothers, your sisters, tell workers and pensioners; let one tell 10; tell those who think that the end has come that help is on the way,” he said.

Irukera said that people should be given free hand to choose their next governor, saying that anything short of this might backfire.

“The time has come for us in Nigeria to choose our leaders based on character and popularity.

“We must change the narratives if Kogi must grow and develop. I will kneel down, if need be; I will prostrate and do all it takes to change the narratives of Kogi to a progressive state.

“What Kogi needs is a team which all ‘Kogites’ must belong to so as to guarantee security and prosperity.

“l have a vision of greater Kogi; you as individuals must be great. I have an Igala agenda, Okun agenda and Ebira agenda; but for the vision to become reality, there must be a mission which is for you to deliver me,” he said.

Speaking earlier, the immediate past Speaker of Kogi State House of Assembly, Hon. Ahmed Imam, described Irukera as the best among all the aspirants preparing for the APC governorship primaries on Aug. 29.

“We have the same philosophy in politics, which is good governance. We are not out to insult anybody. Ours is clean politics. We are going to start experiencing good leadership in our state.

Also speaking, the APC State Woman Leader, Hajia Fatima Allah-Dey, urged women to come out and fight for their freedom and the future of their children, saying that they had stayed too long in darkness.

“Come into the light. We have been groping in darkness for long, bulldozing our ways in the wrong direction; tighten your belt and fight for your freedom,” she said.

Edited by Kola Adeyemi and ‘Wale Sadeeq


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Magboro residents appeal to Ogun Govt. over land grabbers’ menace



The residents of Magboro in Ogun on Sunday appealed to the Ogun Government over the forceful take over of their properties by land grabbers popularly known as “Omo Onile”.

The residents made the appeal to Gov. Dapo Abiodun in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency , said the government should urgently come to the aid of the community.

reports that the land grabbers have been terrorising the community for the past two weeks pasting warrant for possession on houses or they pay a sum of N10 million.

The notices pasted on the houses were alleged to be a court judgment obtained in favour of the Omo Onile.

The land grabbers threatened those who refused to pay forfeiture of their properties.

The Omo Onile visited areas such as Gasoline, Ibasa, Igodo, Magada, Akintonde and other areas.

The General Secretary, Magboro/Arepo Community Development Council (CDC), Mr David Ajayi, said the government needed to act fast to forestall a breakdown of law and order in the community, adding that the court judgment obtained was fictitious.

“I really don’t know how the judgment came about, but the Omo Onile is an eyesore in the community, they can’t just come from the blues to create confusions in the community.

“They come and start to paste fictitious court injunction on houses in Magboro, asking us to pay certain money after we have initially paid for the lands purchased.

“The Chairman, Community Development Association in Gasoline, Magboro, Mr Olatunji Morin, told that the Omo Onile were out to exploit the residents and landlords, adding that only the government could save the situation.

“We residents are all in this together because the nature at which the Omo Onile are parading themselves is threatening the peace of the community.

“The Omo Onile are claiming that they have the power of attorney to take over our properties which is wrong.

“There is someone called Shyllon, an intermediary between the land buyers and the Omo Onile who we know has the power of attorney. This man is the person chosen by them for land transactions.

“Shyllon is the one that has been interfacing between us and the Omo Onile and we also have deeds of agreement which covers the sharing formula between the Omo Onile and him,” he said.

Morin said that members of the CDA were already working on the supposed court notice being bandied by the Omo Onile, adding that the N10 million being asked for by them was unjustifiable.

“Our lawyers are working on it and we have gone to court on the matter because what they told us is that they have court injunction for their actions which did not specify which area.

“We have even heard of many versions of the said court injunction which did not cover some Magboro which we learnt that it only affects an estate called Bankole within Magboro.

“When our lawyer reached out to their lawyers, he told us that we have to pay extra N10 million each for developed plots of land.

“He also told us that failure to pay will be tantamount to the forfeiture of our properties. We are not scared of the legal battle because we have our genuine documents,” he said.

A resident, Mr Sunkanmi Alade, said that the issue of the Omo Onile should be nipped in the bud before it degenerated into another crisis.

“From what I am seeing, this could be a crisis in the making in our community. We know the brutality of this Omo Onile, how they always come heavily armed to forcefully take over properties.

“In this age and time, I wonder how we should be talking about Omo Onile not to talk about the nuisance they often constitute to the communities where they operate.

“I am surprised to see their papers on the wall of my house, at first, I want to discountenance it, but on the other hand, thought of their incessant attack, I want to take it serious.

“We need government to help us now because these people have been outlawed in Lagos State, but they now find Ogun as a safe haven for their illegal activities,” he said.

(Editing by Peter Ejiofor)

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Rotary Club plans hepatitis sensitisation, diagnosis



The Rotary Club of Port Harcourt, Government Residential Area (GRA), says it plans to carry out sensitisation and diagnosis on hepatitis as part of the “Hepatitis Zero World Eradication Programme’’ in Rivers.

Mr Nelson John, Chair, Service Project of the club, made this known in a statement in Port Harcourt on Sunday.

He said that the programme would commence from Aug. 26 to Aug. 28 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.

John urged residents of the host community and others to kindly create time out of their busy schedule to be part of the hepatitis disease treatment and prevention project.

“The aim of the campaign is focused on keeping people healthy, ‘’ he said.


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Shun neo-paganism, Catholic bishop urges Christians



Bishop Paulinus Ezeokafor of the Catholic Diocese of Awka  has called on Christians to remain truly faithful to their faith  and shun neo-paganism which he described as the love for earthly things.


Ezeokafor gave the charge in his homily at Christ The King Catholic Parish, Isuaniocha near Awka, the Anambra capital on Sunday.


He said Christians, who pay attention to earthly possessions such as wealth, beauty, intelligence, spouses, children, jewellery, cars, houses and others  had already relegated God to the background.


” Holding different public positions or serving in different capacities in Church without living a Christ-like life is a waste of time which will not take you anywhere.


“Think more about your spiritual life, eternity and how to serve God and mankind with that position,” the cleric admonished the faithful.


Ezeokafor also advised  Christians to be vigilant and be ready to fight in defense of their faith as well as show humility as the biblical John the Baptist and Jesus Christ did.


In his remarks, the  Priest of Christ The King Parish, Rev. Fr. Kenneth Ekwealili, commended the bishop for making out time to visit them.


The Nigeria News Agency reports that Ezeokafor during the Mass administered the Sacrament of Confirmation on 510 faithful as well as dedicated the  Holy Trinity Chapel facility.


also  reports that that Sacrament of Confirmation is the  Catholic Church’s belief in  the special outpouring of the Holy Spirit on her faithful  for increased ability to practise the  faith and to witness Christ in every situation.



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