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Presidential transition council debunks fake inauguration programme of events

On Friday, the programme of events including time details for the inauguration ceremony was circulating on social media platforms.

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Boss Mustapha, secretary to the government of the federation (SGF), has dissociated the Presidential Transition Council (PTC) from the circulating programme of events for the presidential inauguration.

On Friday, the programme of events including time details for the inauguration ceremony was circulating on social media platforms.

TheCable obtained the fake programme of events wherein a “valedictory exco meeting” is scheduled to hold on May 18, and a “national assembly proclamation” will be the last event of the inauguration on June 5.

But reacting to this through a statement on Saturday, Willie Bassey, director of information for the SGF, said the presumed leak is fake and shouldn’t be given serious attention.

He said “various approved events for the inauguration would be held from the week commencing on May 22”, noting that the original order of the programme would be unveiled on May 18.

“The inauguration committee of the council has reached an advanced stage in its preparation for the peaceful and orderly transfer of power on May 29.”

The transition council was approved for establishment by President Muhammadu Buhari on February 9, in order for it to coordinate the activities towards ensuring a smooth transition of power from the current administration to the next.

The council is chaired by the SGF, other members include the head of the civil service of the federation, solicitor-general of the federation, permanent secretary of the ministry of justice, permanent secretaries from the ministries of defence, interior, finance, foreign affairs, and information, and other government officials.

On March 28, Bola Tinubu, the president-elect, nominated Olawale Edun, a board member of the ministry of finance incorporated (MOFI) who is also a former Lagos commissioner for finance, alongside Atiku Bagudu, governor of Kebbi state, as representatives of the presidential transition council (PCT).

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Gombe Police arrests man for stealing 23 cows

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A report from PUNCH NEWSPAPERS has it that, Gombe State Police Command on Thursday paraded a suspect for stealing 23 cows in Golombi village, Shongom Local Government Area of the state.

The 23-year-old Adamu Maikudi of Mai Rana village, Billiri Local Government Area was paraded by the state police command for the act while two others.

Parading the suspect Public Relations Officer, Assistant Superintendent of Police Mahid Abubakar, said the suspect sold the 23 cows belonging to Anchau Maishanu, adding that two other suspects involved in the act were at large.

Abubakar said, “Maishanu reported at Pero Chonge Divisional Police headquarters that three suspects, including Maikudi, conspired among themselves and stole his 23 cows from Golombi village and sold them.

“The case was reported and an investigation was carried out where Maikudi was arrested and all the exhibits were recovered.”

Parading other suspects involved in kidnapping, conspiracy and possession of firearms, Abubakar noted that 25-year-old Hassan Danladi, Seth Adamu; aged 42 years, and Eli Bulus, aged 22 years; were arrested following credible intelligence.

“Danladi was found with some illegal arms in his possession which comprises dane gun, bow and arrows, charms and armlets. Upon preliminary investigation, the suspect confessed to have illegally got the firearms from Adamu and Bulus, all of Kaltungo Local Government Area. The case is under investigation,” Abubakar added.

Also, paraded by Abubakar was 25-year-old Buba Wakili, 2and 0-year-old Babangida Ahmadu, following a formal complaint from Buba Tukur that unknown persons were intimidating him to pay N1m or risk being kidnapped, adding, “A detailed investigation was carried out and the two suspects have confessed to have conspired among themselves to carry out the dastardly act.”

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Hardship: Tinubu won’t resign – Information Minister replies PDP governors

In response to the PDP Governors Forum’s statement urging Tinubu to resign if he couldn’t provide sustainable solutions, Idris, in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Rabiu Ibrahim, asserted that Tinubu would not resign.

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The Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris, has dismissed the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors Forum’s call for President Bola Tinubu’s resignation due to the country’s economic challenges.

In response to the PDP Governors Forum’s statement urging Tinubu to resign if he couldn’t provide sustainable solutions, Idris, in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Rabiu Ibrahim, asserted that Tinubu would not resign.

Idris labeled the call as a distraction and emphasized that the PDP and its governors should focus on supporting the president’s efforts rather than seeking resignation through intimidation.

He highlighted the financial support extended to all state governments regardless of partisan affiliation and the removal of the petrol subsidy as significant actions taken by Tinubu’s administration.

Idris also emphasized ongoing efforts to revamp the national economy and address security challenges, noting achievements in combating insurgency and other criminal activities.

He underscored the administration’s accomplishments in clearing liabilities and implementing major reforms in the oil sector, all amidst the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Idris reaffirmed Tinubu’s commitment to addressing the country’s challenges and called on the PDP governors to support the administration’s efforts instead of being distracted.

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JUST IN : FG, governors agree to establish state police

This consensus emerged from an urgent meeting held between President Bola Tinubu and the governors at the presidential villa in Abuja on Thursday, with Vice President Kashim Shettima also present.

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The Federal Government, alongside governors from all 36 states, have agreed to initiate the establishment of state police as a response to the nation’s ongoing struggle with insecurity.

This consensus emerged from an urgent meeting held between President Bola Tinubu and the governors at the presidential villa in Abuja on Thursday, with Vice President Kashim Shettima also present.

According to Minister of Information and National Orientation, Idris Mohammed, who briefed reporters after the meeting, the discussions centered on the feasibility of both federal and state governments adopting this approach.

However, he emphasized that concrete decisions are pending further discussions, with a series of meetings planned to outline the specifics of implementing state police.

Beyond security matters, the meeting also addressed the food situation in the country. Mohammed revealed that a committee has been formed to consolidate the outcomes of the discussions.

Furthermore, the President has instructed key security personnel to collaborate with governors to eliminate food hoarding. Contrary to previous government statements, Mohammed clarified that there will be no importation of food commodities, as the focus is on sustaining local food production to ensure self-sufficiency and potentially become a net exporter.

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Nigerians are frustrated and hungry – Sultan of Sokoto

He shared these sentiments during the 6th executive committee meeting of the Northern Traditional Rulers Council (NTRC) held in Kaduna state.

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Muhammad Abubakar, the Sultan of Sokoto, has expressed concern about the challenging economic conditions in Nigeria, stating that many Nigerians are facing frustration and hunger.

He shared these sentiments during the 6th executive committee meeting of the Northern Traditional Rulers Council (NTRC) held in Kaduna state.

Abubakar emphasized that insecurity and poverty are the primary issues affecting the people of the north.

He highlighted the urgent need to address these issues, stressing the importance of education and healthcare in finding solutions.

Abubakar also noted the responsibility of traditional rulers to provide leadership and reassurance to the people, urging collaboration between traditional leaders and government officials to address the country’s challenges, particularly youth unemployment.

He emphasized the importance of dialogue and cooperation in fostering peace and stability in the nation.

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PDP ready to provide alternative to Nigerians – Bala Muhammed

Addressing the PDP’s 76th board of trustees meeting in Abuja, Mohammed emphasizes the party’s readiness to revamp itself and prevent Nigeria from becoming a one-party state.

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Bala Mohammed, chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party governors’ forum, has asserted that the party is prepared to offer Nigerians a more effective alternative.

Addressing the PDP’s 76th board of trustees meeting in Abuja, Mohammed emphasizes the party’s readiness to revamp itself and prevent Nigeria from becoming a one-party state.

He stresses the need for unity among party members to tackle the challenges facing the nation, including hunger and insecurity.

Mohammed pledges the governors’ commitment to reorganizing the party and fostering cohesion to confront the current administration with informed opposition.

The PDP has also highlighted concerns over the escalating cost of living and insecurity in the country, urging the government to take decisive action to alleviate economic hardship and bolster security measures, including the establishment of state police.

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BUK sets to Install Emir of Ilorin as 5th Chancellor

This announcement, made by the Emir’s spokesperson, Mallam Abdulazeez, highlights that the ceremony will be part of the university’s 34th convocation activities.

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Bayero University Kano (BUK) will inaugurate the Emir of Ilorin, Mai-Martaba Alhaji (Dr) Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari CFR, as its 5th Chancellor on Saturday, March 2, 2024. 

This announcement, made by the Emir’s spokesperson, Mallam Abdulazeez, highlights that the ceremony will be part of the university’s 34th convocation activities.

Alhaji Sulu-Gambari, who currently serves as the Chairman of the Kwara State Traditional Rulers Council, previously held the position of Chancellor at Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, and the University of Agriculture Makurdi, before being redeployed to BUK.

The convocation will commence on February 27, with degree awards for various faculties, culminating in a convocation lecture on March 1, delivered by Alhaji Aliko Dangote. 

The theme of the lecture is “The Role of the Private Sector in Building a Sustainable Knowledge Economy in Nigeria.”

The statement encourages the participation of all individuals associated with the Ilorin Emirate and beyond, emphasizing the event’s significance in promoting royalty, scholarship, and academic excellence.

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