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Tinubu donates N200m to contain coronavirus



The National leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Sen. Bola Tinubu has donated N200 million to support current effort of the Federal Government towards curbing the spread of Corona Virus or Covid-19 in the country.

Tinubu, a former Governor of Lagos State, stated on his twitter handle on Sunday, that the donation would go to the Lagos State Government and the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to battle the scourge in the country.

He said that if not for the coronavirus disease, his annual birthday celebration, which was often accompanied by a colloquium, would have been held as was done in the last 12 years.

”We could not do so this year but by God’s grace we will do so again.

”The circumstances this year prevent us from gathering together to celebrate my birthday, but I would still like to mark the occasion.

”That is why I have chosen today to announce that I will be making a donation of N200 million to fight this deadly virus.

”In pursuant to this pledge, N100 million will be made available to the government of Lagos State and another N100 million to NCDC to support their efforts in fighting the scourge of COVID-19

”Together, we will overcome this disease,” Tinubu said.

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Tinubu commiserates with Buhari over death of nephew



Sen. Bola Tinubu, National Leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), on Sunday, commiserated with President Muhammadu Buhari over the death of his nephew, Alhaji Ibrahim Dauda.

Tinubu, in a condolence message by his media adviser, Tunde Rahman, extended his condolences to the family of Dauda, Gov. Aminu Masari, the Daura community and people of Katsina over the tragic loss.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Dauda died in Daura, Katsina State, following a prolonged illness.

APC leader said: “Mr President, please accept my deepest sympathy and condolences over the passing of your nephew, Alhaji Ibrahim Dauda.

“My condolences also to the family left behind by Alhaji Ibrahim Dauda, to Governor Aminu Masari and the people of Daura Community.

“Coming after the recent demise of another family member, this may be further dampening but we cannot question God,” he said.

Tinubu urged Buhari and his family to take solace in the good and deeply religious life Dauda lived and the memories of the time they shared together.

He prayed Allah to give all the family members, particularly the wife and children the fortitude and everlasting succour to live without their patriarch.

“I beseech Allah SWT to support and strengthen you at this time even as you confront the nation’s current existential challenges.

“To the deceased, may Allah reward his good deeds, forgive his sins and grant him Aljannah,” he said.

NAN  recalls that on May 7, the President lost one of his nephew, Alhaji Mutari Dauda, after a brief illness.

Edited By: Debo Oshundun/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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Tinubu commiserates with Telegraph Newspaper over Editor’s death



Sen. Bola Tinubu, the National Leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), has commiserated with the family of late Waheed Bakare, Saturday Telegraph Editor, who died on Sunday.

Tinubu also condoled the management of Telegraph Newspaper and the Guild of Editors over the editor’s death.

In a condolence message by his Media Aide, Mr Tunde Rahman, on Tuesday in Lagos, the APC national leader also condoled with the Managing Director of Telegraph Newspaper, Mr Ayo Aminu.

He described the late Bakare as a diligent and committed journalist, who was devoted to the journalism profession.

“I’m deeply saddened by the news of the death of your colleague, Mr Waheed Bakare, the Saturday Telegraph Editor.

“I have been made to understand and appreciate Mr Bakare’s journalism trajectory, particularly his rise from being an assistant editor at Punch Newspapers to the zenith of the profession as an editor at Telegraph Newspaper.

“His career, as I learnt, was hallmarked by diligence, commitment, perseverance and professionalism.

“I recall his contributions on Journalist Hangout, TVC’s award-winning programme, where he engaged in an incisive analysis of national issues.

“Indeed, Mr Bakare’s demise is a sad loss, not only to his family, the Telegraph Newspaper, the Guild of Editors and the media industry generally but also a big loss to all of us.

“My thoughts are with his family and colleagues at Telegraph Newspaper at this moment,’’ Tinubu said.

The APC leader prayed Almighty Allah to comfort his wife and children and give them the strength to live with this demise.

“I pray that Allah SWT accept the soul of Waheed, reward his good deeds as a devout Muslim, forgive his sins and grant him Aljanna Fridaus Amin.’’

Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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Aregbesola laid foundation for infrastructural development in Osun — Tinubu



National Leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Sen. Bola Tinubu, has commended the Minister of Interior, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, for his pioneering inspirational leadership in Osun and his continued service to Nigeria.

Tinubu, in a statement signed by his Media Adviser, Tunde Rahman, described Aregbesola as a loyal and dependable friend and partner.

The APC leader, while congratulating the Minister on turning 63, said he had done remarkably well for his state and country.

According to Tinubu, Aregbesola laid the foundation for the infrastructural development of the State of Osun.

“He turned it to what it is today: a modern state.

“He is creative and innovative. He provided inspirational leadership in Osun and now at the centre in Abuja.

“Aregbesola is resolute and committed to worthy causes.

“He is bold, courageous and always eager to take decisions that would impart the lives of a majority of our people.

“An engineer and political activist, Aregbesola made the difference in Lagos as Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure for eight years, in Osun as governor for two terms and at present as Minister of Interior,” he said

The APC leader said that the Minister is an exceptional grassroots campaigner and mobilizer who has remained invaluable to APC.

Tinubu congratulated Aregbesola as he turned 63.

He prayed that the grace of Almighty Allah continued to be with him.

“May He grant him many more years, good health and renewed energy to continue in the service of our people and humanity,” he said

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Sen. Tinubu urges graduates to acquire entrepreneurial skills



Sen. Oluremi Tinubu, representing Lagos Central Senatorial District, has urged graduates to acquire entrepreneurial skills to be able to compete in the labour market, especially during the post COVID-19 period.

Tinubu gave the advice at the closing ceremony for the Work Experience Programme (WEP) organised for graduates in her constituency.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the programme started in November 2019 with no fewer than 260 graduates across the constituency who underwent the internship programme.

The exercise was conducted with the purpose of empowering youths with requisite work ethics, inculcating customary code of polite behaviour and promoting positive workplace culture.

They empower youths in the Lagos Central Senatorial District via ensuring employability and adequate preparation for the labour market.

Tinubu, represented by
Mr Wahab Alawiye-King, one of the facilitators at the programme, said apart from acquiring certain employability skills, graduates needed self-confidence to succeed in the job market.

The senator said that the programme was designed to make the participants ready for the labour market, which she said was highly competitive and hostile.

“Nobody envisaged COVID-19 pandemic, hence to succeed in such environment, one must acquire additional skills.

“We are in the era of working from home and as such, we must acquire extra skills in order to meet up with the challenges of Post COVID-19,” Tinubu said.

According to her, employers are looking beyond degree holders in today’s dynamic world, noting that most companies want graduates with skills that match available jobs.

She said that graduates need to acquire digital skills to be able to compete in the labour market.

“Post COVID-19 has opened our horizon and expanded our scope, and as a result, ability to adapt and adopt in the work environment is of essence.

“So far, 245 interns were involved in the exercise and 185 have been posted to different organisation, both the government and private establishments,” Tinubu said.

She said that conmmunication skills, leadership skills, interactive skills, analytical skills and IT proficiency were parts of the major requirements needed by today’s employers, urging graduates to improve themselves.

”We always say there is rise in the unemployment rate that graduates left schools for so long and they are still at home.

”But, the reality is that the jobs are not there; and many graduates do not have the skills and competencies to compete and pick up the few jobs.

”So, our young people must know that to get a job, they have to be ready. They need to acquire the right skills.

”We are in a digital economy; l urge them to engage other people and strive to acquire skills that could get them the better opportunities of being employed,” she said.

Tinubu said she conceived the idea of WEP to equip graduates with relevant skills to enhance their employability in the labour market and make them have practical work experience.

“They undergo training under the programme in government and private establishments.

According to her, the programme is committed to the wellbeing and welfare of the people of her constituency.

She, therefore, urged graduates to improve their confidence level for success.

In his remarks, Mr Omiyale Adejare, the Chairman Yaba LCDA, commended Tinubu for the kind gesture, saying it was a laudable programme.

Adejare said the programme would impact positively on the lives of the people.

He called on other politicians to emulate such in planning and developing youths in their district.

Adejare advised youths not to relent on their efforts, urging them to continue to search for knowledge in order to empower themselves.

A participant, Opeoluwa Akintola, a graduate of University of Lagos, also commended Tinubu for the programme, saying that it would go a long way to uplift graduates in the area.

Also, Miss Yetunde Shitta-Bay, a graduate of Public Administration, also expressed her appreciation for the N40,000 given to each participant.

Shitta-Bay advised youths not to depend solely on white collar jobs, urging them to have other means of livelihood to eradicate unemployment in the society.

Edited By: Olagoke Olatoye (NAN)

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Tinubu Eulogises Oba Akiolu on 17th Coronation Anniversary



The All Progressives Congress (APC), National Leader, Sen. Bola Tinubu, on Sunday eulogised the  Oba of Lagos,  Rilwanu Aremu Akiolu on his 17th coronation anniversary.

Tinubu praised the traditional ruler in a congratulatory message signed by his media adviser, Tunde Rahman on Sunday in Lagos.

Tinubu noted that his reign had not only helped to foster peace, stability and tremendous development in the state, but also brought unity and cohesion within the traditional institution in Lagos.

“I congratulate His Royal Majesty, Oba Rilwanu Aremu Okikiola Akiolu ‘Olowo Eko,’ on his 17th coronation anniversary.

“Oba Akiolu has offered focused, committed, purposeful and dynamic leadership in Lagos.

“His reign this past 17 years has helped in engendering peace, stability and development in the state as it has also brought unity and cohesion within the traditional institution in Lagos and beyond.

“A foremost traditional ruler fondly called ‘Olowo Eko,’ Oba Akiolu has led the way for other royal fathers in Lagos to follow and has given unwavering support to government’s policies and activities in Lagos, “Tinubu said.

He noted that  his wise counsel was  invaluable and had  helped in navigating difficult junctures during his time as governor.

Tinubu said that in the same fashion, the Oba Akiolu had also made his tremendous experience and wisdom available for successive governors after him including the present governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

“I pray that his reign continues to bring forth peace, stability and prosperity to Lagos State.

“May God grant Oba Akiolu the grace of long life, good health and increased wisdom. Kabiyesi, ki ade o pe lori, ki bata o pe lese, ki esin oba o jeko pe ooo, ” Tinubu said.

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Late Justice Nabaruma was courageous, diligent -Tinubu



The National Leader of the APC, Sen. Bola Tinubu, has commiserated with Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala-Buni and the people of Yobe over the death of the Chief Judge of  the State, Justice Musa Nabaruma.

In a condolence message to the family members of the deceased, Tinubu also expressed his condolences to the family of the late chief judge whom he described as a courageous and diligent judicial officer.

The Chief Judge,  until his death, was Yobe’s number one judicial official for 10 years, having been sworn in since 2011 in that capacity.

He died in an Abuja hospital on May 19, after a protracted renal disease.

Tinub said: “I received with great shock and grief, the news of the death of an illustrious public servant and a jurist of high intellectual repute, Hon. Justice Musa Nabaruma, chief judge of Yobe state.

“The late chief Judge was not just the longest serving in that capacity in the history of Yobe state, he was respected by all for his sense of justice, fairness, and equity,” he said

The APC leader said that as a judicial officer, the late chief judge discharged himself creditably.

“On behalf of myself and my wife, Oluremi, I wish to express our sincere sympathy and deepest condolences to Your Excellency, the Nigerian Judiciary, his immediate and extended family, as well as the entire people of Yobe state, on this irreparable loss.

“Our hearts are with you all at this moment.

“We pray that Almighty Allah grant his soul eternal rest, comfort his family and give us all, the fortitude to bear this loss,” Tinubu said.

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Eid-el-Fitr: Sen. Tinubu lauds Muslim faithful for their resilience, self-sacrifice



Sen. Oluremi Tinubu, representing Lagos Central Senatorial District, on Friday commended Muslim faithful for their resilience, dedication and self-sacrifice as they complete the Ramadan.

Tinubu, in a statement in Lagos,
urged all not to be carried away with the celebration of the Eid-el-Fitr, but to be mindful of the directives and protocols put in place to protect the society at large.

“While we may not be celebrating communally as we have been doing in prior years, we must remember the vulnerable in our midst, lending a helping hand to those we can around us.

“Our total reliance on God in times like this, when help seems far fetched, brings to the fore, the greatness of God and the best in us.

“Interestingly, times like this are also a good time to birth new ideas and unearth discoveries for our survival, and for charting the way forward,”she said.

Tinubu noted that exigencies of a global pandemic and the resulting lockdown had greatly affected a number of things, including our norms.

According to her, like no other year in this lifetime, 2020 would not be forgotten in a hurry.

“We must therefore continue in the teachings of love, tolerance, discipline, self-control, and piousness, while praying continually for restoration of all that we have lost to this pandemic.

“I congratulate Muslim faithful in Lagos Central Senatorial District, Lagos State and Nigeria on the successful observance of the Ramadan fast and commemoration of Eid-el-Fitr.

“l commend your resilience, dedication and self-sacrifice in partaking in this very important pillar of the Islamic faith.

“I felicitate with you all and wish you the blessings of the season. Eid Mubarak!” she said.

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Tinubu hails Ibrahim-Imam’s appointment as TETFUND Chairman



APC National Leader, Sen. Bola Tinubu, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing Alhaji Kashim Ibrahim-Imam as Chairman, Board of Trustees of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND).

Tinubu, in a statement signed by his Media Adviser, Tunde Rahman, on Wednesday in Lagos said Buhari was prudent in making an excellent choice.

According to the APC leader, Alhaji Kashim Ibrahim-Imam is bringing on board the TETFUND Board his high cognitive abilities, deep knowledge and immense skills.

“He horned his administrative and managerial skills over years of constant learning and engagement in the corporate sector.

“From my years of close relationship with him, I know that with his tenacity, innovative ideas and commitment to the development of tertiary education in Nigeria, he has the right qualities to make a huge difference at this important organisation.

“I commend President Muhammadu Buhari and the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, for their wisdom and prudence in finding an excellent man for the job,” he said.

Tinubu, thereafter, congratulated Ibrahim-Imam for his appointment.

He prayed to God to guide and direct him to make right decisions that would positively impact tertiary institutions in the country.

Edited By: Moses Solanke/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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Tinubu praises ace journalist, Dele Momodu, at 60



National Leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Sen. Bola Tinubu, has commended ace journalist, Dele Momodu, for his contributions to good governance.

Tinubu, in a statement signed by his Media Adviser, Tunde Rahman, described the ace journalist as a prolific writer, who has earned his innumerable stripes.

The APC leader, while congratulating Momodu, added that turning 60 was significant.

“Momodu has done remarkably well for the journalism profession and for his country.

“He fought relentlessly for the entrenchment of democracy in Nigeria and for the promotion of good governance and social justice,” Tinubu said.

Tinubu noted that Momodu was also actively involved in pro-democracy activities while traversing the media landscape and forging what was to become an exciting and illustrious career.

“For that, he was forced on exile by the Abacha military junta, at that time both of us, along with some other progressives, continued the struggle for the revalidation of the annulled June 12 election,” he said.

According to Tinubu, Momodu is not only a pro-democracy activist, but also a political actor.

“Also remarkable is his regular, incisive and helpful interventions in social and governance issues,” he said.

The former governor of Lagos State lauded Momodu’s courage, tenacity, resilience, sagacity and commitment to worthy causes and loyalty to friendship.

“On this milestone age, I join the family, friends and associates of our highly-admired Bob Dee in wishing him a most fulfilling birthday.

“Even at this moment that demands all of us preventive and physical distancing measures in the wake of the ravaging coronavirus pandemic.

“May God Almighty grant Momodu many more years, robust health and strength to continue to advance the cause of journalism, democracy and good governance,” he said

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)



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