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Now, I am more of a politician than a technocrat’ Ambode says

Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has said he has grown wiser politically , having spent four years in office .

Ambode was at the Presidential Villa , Abuja , on Monday to pay what he called , “ thank you visit ” to President Muhammadu Buhari .

Buhari was in Lagos last month to inaugurate some projects initiated by the Ambode administration .

The governor lost his bid for a second term after he was beaten by Babajide Sanwo- Olu in the All Progressives Congress governorship primary election last year .

Sanwo- Olu progressed to win the March 9 governorship poll, leaving Ambode to become the first Lagos State governor to serve one term since 1999 .

APC National Leader Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and the Minister of Power , Works and Housing Babatunde Fashola served two terms each .

Responding to a question on the lessons he had learnt in office , Ambode said , “ You see , every politician learns every day .
“ The fact remains that I came in as a technocrat so I call myself a techno -politician , but I think I am wiser now .
“ I am more of a politician than a technocrat . ”

Meanwhile , the outgoing governor is scheduled to inaugurate projects started and completed by his administration on Tuesday .

They include the new Senate Building of Lagos State University .

The state Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Mr Ade Akinsanya , said this in a statement on Monday .

He said , “ It is pertinent to note that the Lagos State Government has procured seven ferries , five of which will be inaugurated and they are named after monumental events, notable towns and Lagos deities as a reminder of our historical values .

“ The names are Itesiwaju Eko , Ipakodo , Alausa , Adamu – Orisa , Ejinrin , Eko – Akete and Zangbeto.

“ Another project scheduled for opening is the new Senate Building of the Lagos State University in Ojo.

“ This project will change the landscape of the university and will remain another legacy project of this administration . ”

Military action yielding results, says Buhari

Military operations against criminals are yielding the desired results, President Muhammadu Buhari said yesterday.

According to the President, the Armed Forces have, by their efforts within the past four years, restored the pride and honour of Nigeria amongst the comity of nations.

President Buhari spoke at the Eagle Square, Abuja as the Special Guest of Honour during the Parade/Orbat Flypast/Aerial Display by the Nigerian Air Force to commemorate its 55 anniversary.

Represented by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, the President was treated to a colourful parade by the Six Commands of the NAF. He inducted two new Agusta 109 attack helicopters recently acquired by the service.

At the event were: Chief of Defence (CDS) Gen. Abayomi Olonisakin; Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai; representative of the Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) and Acting Inspector-General (IG) Mohammed Adamu.

President Buhari said: “I am very delighted to be in your midst today to celebrate the 55th anniversary of the NAF. Since the establishment of the NAF in 1964 by an Act of the Nigerian Parliament, the Nigerian Air Force has been fulfilling its Constitutional mandate of preserving Nigeria’s territorial integrity through the employment and projection of air power.

“As a country, we are particularly proud that in less than 4 years, we have been able to revitalise our armed forces for the full restoration of Nigeria’s territorial integrity that was once violated by Boko Haram insurgents.

“As the air arm of the armed forces, the Nigerian Air Force has continued to play very crucial roles in degrading the fighting capabilities of the Boko Haram Terrorists in North East where our officers, airmen, soldiers and ratings have performed gallantly.

“Once again, I salute the resolve of our Armed Forces and the invaluable contributions of other security agencies towards the defeat of Boko Haram and other security challenges bedeviling our dear nation.

“Specifically, the contributions of the NAF in addressing the security challenges in the Northwest against armed banditry/cattle rustling and kidnapping is also appreciated.

“Your efforts in conjunction with other security agents have started to yield positive results thereby restoring our pride and honour amongst the comity of nations.
“I also want to thank Nigerians for coming together as a united and determined people, irrespective of political, religious and ethnic affiliations, to wage the war against terror and insurgency.

“We are currently in the stabilisation, reconstruction and resettlement phase of the overall effort in the North East, and we continue to solicit for your support and understanding until terrorism is completely eradicated. We will not relent until every trouble spot within our territory enjoys enduring peace and order.”

Chief Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar commended the President for the support given to the service in the past four years, saying the NAF have been able to acquire new platforms and establish new commands through the magnanimity of the President.

The CAS said: “The 55 years of the existence of the Nigerian Air Force have been very eventful and during this period, the NAF was confronted with a myriad of challenges. However, we were able to surmount these challenges and progressively maturing in the process.

“The NAF has also grown in size, spread and equipment holding all in a bid to fulfil its statutory obligation of protecting and defending the territorial integrity of Nigeria from the air. The growth of the NAF since the inception of the Service has been particularly outstanding.

“From having only a few trainers and transport aircraft in the early years of the Service, the Nigerian Air Force currently has an impressive ORBAT comprising diverse aircraft with capabilities to perform a wide spectrum of missions.

“We have also continued to build upon the foundations laid by our noble predecessors by reactivating several aircraft that were hitherto grounded; acquired and inducted various platforms into service and increased the strength of service personnel by 7,500 airmen/airwomen and 400 officers. Additionally, two new commands and two staff branches were established to meet the evolving security challenges we are faced with.”

Address the unnecessary killings in Kaduna – CAN tells Buhari

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to address the “unnecessary killings” in Kaduna.

The body was on a congratulatory visit to Aso Rock where they also urged the President to ensure the release of Leah Sharibu from Boko Haram captivity.

CAN president, Samson Olasupo Ayokunle, was the leader of the delegation which comprised the executive council of the association, in a closed-door meeting with the president at the council chamber of the statehouse on Friday, Thecable reports.

“This delegation has come on behalf of the Christian Association of Nigeria (the largest Christian Association in Africa) to congratulate you for victory and for being declared winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at the just concluded 2019 Presidential Election in our nation,” said the CAN president.

“Our prayer for you is that God shall grant you everything it takes to perform hundred times better than your first term. We pray that your administration would lead Nigeria to become the glory and pride of the nations in Africa and a country many people would desire to be, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour.

“Please count on this organization as one that has the success of your administration at heart. In that respect, we would not cease in praying for you and speaking out about what is expected to be done from time to time in keeping with the Bible, the word of God.”

CAN seized the opportunity to highlight the issue of schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram.

“We solicit passionately for deliberate and relentless effort to free Leah Sharibu and other Chibok girls from captivity,” Ayokunle said.

“Each passing day inflicts anguish in the hearts of the parents of this young girl, the rest of us who are parents, all Nigerians and others all over the world who love freedom and regret that Leah’s life is being wasted in captivity for no sin of hers other than for her religion. Doing all within you to free Leah Sharibu and according it top priority shall confer greater credibility on your government and on you as a person.

“Please and please, Mr. President, let Leah Sharibu and those in captivity of insurgents be freed to enjoy their lives.”

Ayokunle, commenting on the recent bloodshed in parts of the country especially the north-east, said: “While we are thanking you for all your efforts at putting an end to bloodshed in the nation, we urge you to task the security agents to be more alive to their responsibilities by putting an end to insurgency, ethnic violence, kidnapping and herdsmen’s atrocities prevalent in our nation. Today, the north-west of Nigeria which used to be peaceful is also witnessing violent activities.

“The unnecessary killings in Kaduna and the detention of some leaders of Ajara chiefdom in Kaduna state since January should be addressed without delay to douse tension. All efforts today by all of us should be geared towards forgiving one another and reconciling with one another.”

Ayokunle also pleaded with the president to constitute a cabinet and appoint worthy Nigerians to the headship and membership of critical agencies, boards and parastatals.

“We were so happy listening to your speech after your re-election that you were going to run an all inclusive government. Having been re-elected President, you have become the President of all. In view of this, we urge you to see yourself as father to all by embracing all,” he said.

“We solicit for inclusiveness and fairness as you constitute your cabinet and appoint worthy Nigerians to the headship and membership of critical agencies, boards and parastatals.

“Your Excellency, there is no ethnic or religious group in Nigeria where you cannot find highly qualified men and women that you can engage to add value to your administration and help in moving the nation forward. This is the true and objective way in which you can give all in the country, a sense of belonging.”

Raymond Dokpesi Calls Buhari ‘A Parasite’

Chief Raymond Dopkesi, Chairman of Daar Communications, owners of the Raypower FM and African Independent Television, called President Buhari a ‘parasite of Nigeria’ as he spoke to journalists in Abuja. 

The media mogul who narrated his ordeal after being released by the Nigeria Immigration Service, also alleged that the Federal Government has been intimidating Peoples Democratic Party members. Dokpesi who called President Buhari a parasite, was detained by the Department of State Services  upon his return from Dubai on Friday. 

Speaking to newsmen he said; “I do not suspect foul play. I can state categorically that this is the handiwork of the Buhari-led Federal Government. There is nothing I can do. I am   in  court already. I am a citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. It is on my sweat that I go for treatment.

“Buhari, who says he is the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, unfortunately  in the history of Nigeria, has been a parasite of Nigeria. He has never  created  any employment (opportunities). I have contributed to the growth and development of this country.

“The Federal Government  is on an intimidation ploy and they are after everybody in the  PDP. I’m  undaunted. In  fact, the more they do this, they more I’m defiant and the more I’m resolute to stand for the good of the ordinary people of Nigeria.”

The Lagos based businessman who accused the NIS of  planning  to impound his passport, further disclosed that after he returned from medical treatment abroad, he returned his passport to the Federal High Court, Abuja, which released it and authorized his foreign  trip.

President Buhari meets APC Governors in Aso Rock

Buhari just returned to Abuja after participating in Saturday’s Gubernatorial and State House of Assembly elections in his hometown, Daura, Katsina State.

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday met behind closed doors with seven state governors of the governing All Progressives Congress (APC), at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the meeting came barely an hour after the president returned to Abuja after participating in Saturday’s Gubernatorial and State House of Assembly elections in his hometown, Daura, Katsina State.

The Governors at the meeting included Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti), Yahaya Bello (Kogi), Abubakar Badaru (Jigawa), Nasir el-Rufai (Kaduna), Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi), Abdulaziz Yari, Zamfara State and Kassim Shetima of Borno.

Buhari arriving Abuja from Katsina

NAN reports that the agenda of the meeting was not made public and the governors declined comment on the outcome of the meeting. NAN, however, reliably gathered that the meeting might have discussed the aftermaths of the March 9 governorship and state assembly elections held in 29 states of the federation on March 9.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared six governorship elections in Adamawa, Bauchi, Benue, Plateau, Kano and Sokoto inconclusive while all electoral processes were suspended in Rivers by the commission. INEC had since announced new dates for the conduct of the re-run elections in the affected states.

The APC serving governors whose elections were declared inconclusive include Mohammed Abubakar of Bauchi state, Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state and Jibrila Bindo of Adamawa state. The affected governors also used the opportunity of the meeting with the president to congratulate him on his re-election for a fresh four-term.

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