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Buhari sacks Osinbajo’s aides


Yemi Osinbajo

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the dismissal of some of his aides who were attached to the Office of the Vice-President.

Daily Nigerian had reported on Wednesday that about 35 of the aides were sacked.

Osinbajo, it was learnt, had more aides than President Buhari. Some of them were appointed while Osinbajo was acting as President when Buhari was out of the country for over 130 non-consecutive days in London in 2017.

A top source at the Presidency said,

“It is true that many of VP’s aides were given termination letters last night. However, I cannot confirm the exact number because it was not done in public. But you know it is political.

“Some of those dismissed are those who have been made redundant since the VP’s duties have been reduced and some of the social investment programmes have been put under other ministries.”

The VP, who was saddled with the responsibility of running the economy as well as the social investment programmes in the first term of the President, is believed to have twice the number of aides that work directly with the President.

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Aides to the Vice-President as of 2017 according to Premium Times was about 52 while that of the President was 25.

However, other appointments were said to have been made for Osinbajo which were never made public.

Some others, it was learnt, were being paid by donor agencies and not directly from the Federal Government’s purse.

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The President appointed additional aides for Osinbajo in August 2019. They include Ahmad Zakari as Special Adviser on Infrastructure, Obafela Bank-Olemoh, as Senior Special Assistant on Education Interventions, Louis Odion as Senior Technical Assistant on Print Media, and Ajuri Ngelale as Senior Special Assistant for Public Affairs in the Presidency.

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There have been reports about the attempts by the ‘cabal’ within the Presidency to water down the power and duties of Osinbajo since the second term kicked off.

Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, had said on Tuesday that the Vice-President had been made redundant as he was no longer a relevant member of Buhari’s government.

The President has also failed to transmit power to Osinbajo anytime he travels for long periods as he had done in previous years.



Magu: Buhari will not condole any form of corruption- APC



The All Progressives Congress (APC) has assured all Nigerians that President Muhammad Buhari will not condole any form of corrupt practices.

The party stated that the administration was committed to fighting graft.

APC said this in reaction to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) comment about alleged corrupt practices in the government.

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The ruling party noted that

“the PDP is the founder of corruption in Nigeria, to the extent that the evil practices were made an official way of life during its 16 wasteful years”.

The spokesman stressed that in the APC government, “nobody is above the law”.

Nabena said the investigation of the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC, Ibrahim Magu,

“should send a signal to all those who think and have blackmailed the government’s anti-corruption battle”.

He added that the president has assured that there is no hiding place for any corrupt government official.

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Nabena told Nigerians to ignore “the fake lamentations of an unrepentant corrupt PDP”.

APC said the opposition party is only pained that it is no longer in government.

“PDP does not have a history of caring for the people even when the revenue generations were at the highest levels”, the party said.

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Mandela’s 59-year-old daughter, Zindzi, dies



Zindzi Mandela, the eldest daughter of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela is dead at the age of 59.

She died in a Johannesburg hospital in the early hours of Monday, July 13. News of Zindzi’s death has been confirmed by the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

Zindzi Mandela’s son, Bambatha also shared a photo of his mother with the caption “Rest in Peace”.

The deceased who is survived by her husband and four children, served as South Africa’s ambassador to Denmark. She first took up her position as the ambassador to Denmark in 2015.

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She was 18 months old when her father was sent to prison. Her mother was also imprisoned often at that time, leaving her in the care of her elder sibling, Zenani. In 1977 her mother Winnie was banished to Brandfort, then in the Orange Free State, and Zindzi moved with her, taking her out of her normal life. She then moved to Swaziland and upon finishing high school, enrolled at the University of Cape Town for a law degree.

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She and her sister soon became effective spokespeople for her imprisoned parents. In 1985, the year she graduated, Zindzi was selected to read her father’s refusal speech after the then president PW Botha offered him conditional release from prison.

Zindzi has written poetry and has been published on several occasions. One of her works, Black As I Am, included pictures taken by revered Drum magazine journalist, Peter Magubane.

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Magu worked for his ‘godfathers,’ Tinubu and Osinbajo not Buhari, Fani Kayode alleges



Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has alleged that Ibrahim Magu, the suspended Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, worked for Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, and the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu while in office.

He insisted that Osinbajo and Tinubu are the two godfathers of Magu.

Fani-Kayode also claimed that Magu never worked for President Muhammadu Buhari while in office.

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According to him, what is happening to Magu, who is being held at the Police headquarters, Abuja, over allegations of lack of transparency in managing recovered assets and mismanagement of the EFCC, was planned years ago.

Fani-Kayode said this in a tweet on his official Twitter handle on Sunday night.

He said:

“What is happening to Magu today was planned years ago.

“The real target is not Magu but those he worked for and protected for the last 4 years.

“He NEVER worked for Buhari. He worked for Tinubu & Osinbajo.

“When they finish crushing him, they will move against his two godfathers.”

Magu is expected to reappear before the Justice Ayo Salami probe panel on Monday, to defend himself against several other allegations.

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Meanwhile, Ibrahim Magu has again been accused of allegedly failing to give a proper account of missing 332 out of the 836 recovered real estate property in March 2018.

A report by the Presidential Committee on Audit of Recovered Assets (PCARA) confirmed the development, indicating that the unaccounted property was worth billions of naira.

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