The President, Maj Gen Muhammadu Buhari [retd.], on Monday, met behind closed doors with the Chairman of the Governors’ Forum, Kayode Fayemi, as well as the Chairman of the Progressives Governors’ Forum, Sen. Atiku Bagudu.
The president met separately with the two governors, with the first meeting with Fayemi at the president’s office.
Buhari later met with Bagudu, who was accompanied by his Jigawa State counterpart, Abubakar Badaru.
The agenda of the two meetings were unknown to newsmen as at the time of filing this report.
The Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) on Friday met with business mogul, Aliko Dangote.
Kayode Fayemi, NGF Chairman and Governor of Ekiti, led his colleagues on a visit to the sites of the Dangote Refinery, Petrochemicals and Fertiliser projects at Ibeju Lekki, Lagos.
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Bauchi State governor, Senator Bala Mohammed, has announced the suspension of the Emir of Misau, Alhaji Ahmed Suleiman, following the crisis that occurred in Hardawa ward in Misau Local Government Area of the state which led to the death of nine people.
Several other people sustained varying degrees of injuries in the crisis.
Also suspended alongside the Emir are the District Head of Chiromah and Village Head of Zadawa or his representative.
The PUNCH had reported that nine people were killed and several others injured on Monday following the crisis that erupted between herders and Fulani farmers in Zadawa village in Misau LGA of Bauchi State.
Several others sustained varying degrees of injuries.
The governor had, on Tuesday, suspended the Caretaker Chairman of Misau LGA, Yaro Gwaram.
Suspended along with him are his deputy, Baidu Kafin-Misau and his Secretary, Usman Abdu.
The clash was over ownership of land in the surrounding settlement where herders are located and have been grazing for several years although the land belongs to the government.
The land was to be converted to farming land by the local government, a development that did not go down well with the herders.
President Buhari pays tribute to late Ooni of Ife, Oba Adesoji Aderemi
President Muhammadu Buhari has paid glowing tribute to the late Ooni of Ife, Oba Adesoji Aderemi, on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the passage of the foremost monarch.
According to Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President (Media and Publicity), in a letter to the family of the departed Oba, the President wrote:
“It gives me a deep sense of pleasure and fulfilment to do this brief tribute in memory of the illustrious Ooni of Ife, Oba Adesoji Tadenikawo Aderemi, who reigned between 1930 and 1980.
“On this 40th Remembrance Anniversary of the great man, the country recalls the imprints of a foremost Nationalist, very successful businessman, former Governor, Western Region (1960-1962), and traditional ruler, on the sands of time.
“To the benefit of his memory, Ooni Aderemi built schools, dispensaries, churches, museums, and attracted the establishment in his domain of waterworks, electricity projects, and the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife).
“It is also on record that the respected monarch was a Member, Legislative Council of Nigeria (1946-1951); Delegate, African Conference, London (1948); President, Western House of Chiefs (1952-1960); Member, Federal House of Representatives/Minister (1952-1954); led Nigeria’s delegation to Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation (1953); and Member, Nigeria Constitutional Conferences (1953-1958).
“As the family remembers this awesome personality, knighted twice by the Queen of England, it gladdens the heart that his memory remains evergreen. Please, keep this alive, for the guidance and inspiration of the current and subsequent generations.
“May God give us more illustrious people in the mould of Ooni Adesoji Aderemi. Amen.”
Lalong’s Chief of Staff tests positive for COVID-19
The Chief of Staff to Plateau Governor Simon Lalong, Noel Donjur, has tested positive for COVID-19.
His status was discovered after test conducted for members of the State EXCO on July 1 on the order of the Governor.
Commissioner of information and communication, Mr Dan Manjang in a statement on Friday said:
“The outcome of the tests indicate that all other members of the State EXCO tested negative except the Chief of Staff who is asymptomatic and in good condition.
“Accordingly, health officials have commenced treatment for him at one of the isolation centres in the State capital Jos while members of his family and other contacts are being traced, tested and quarantined.
“The Chief of Staff who is in high spirits urged prayers from members of the public and also encourages people to submit to COVID-19 testing which is very important in unveiling cases and leading to treatment.
“However, other personal aides of the Governor, Permanent Secretaries, heads of parastatals as well as other senior civil servants conducted the test on Thursday 2nd July 2020 and are awaiting the results.”
Governor Lalong also urged the citizens to continue to adhere strictly to the guidelines issued to stop the spread of the virus.
Recall that Lalong ordered members of the State Executive Council to undergo COVID-19 test after Commissioner for Commerce and Industry Abe Aku positive.
He stated that after submitting themselves for the test, they should immediately proceed on self-isolation.
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