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Edo crises: Obaseki pays Oshiomhole surprise visit

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The Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, on Monday paid a surprise visit to his predecessor and National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, despite the alleged rift between them.

Obaseki, according to a statement, went to greet Oshiomhole, who was at his Iyamho country home with his mother, Hajia Aishetu Oshiomhole, for the Eid-el-Kabir holidays.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Communications, Crusoe Osagie, was quoted in the statement as saying that the visit had punctured the claim that Obaseki and Oshiomhole were at loggerheads.

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He said, “The notion that these two men are adversaries is being propagated by morally and financially insolvent people seeking to profit off of the challenges they have been working so hard to foment. You cannot blame such people really. Their talents and abilities are severely limited, so it is in their collective interest to stoke tension and drive division, but I can tell you that they have already failed.

“It is not in their interests for Edo State to peacefully progress, so they will try to twist the purpose of this visit. This is what they’ve always done and it’s their stock-in-trade.”

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Osagie re-echoed Obaseki’s promise not to share the state funds among the political elite but to spend the same on developmental projects that would benefit the masses.

According to the statement, when asked whether Obaseki’s visit to Oshiomhole meant that the governor would yield to the demand of the National Assembly on the composition of the Edo State House of Assembly’s leadership, Osagie said he could not comment on the matter as it was already in court.

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He said, “I cannot speak on this matter as it is sub judice. But I think the whole world knows that the Edo State House of Assembly has already been inaugurated. No person or group of persons or institution other than the judiciary can order a state governor to do anything on a matter that is presently before courts of competent jurisdiction.

“We are a nation of laws and by the special grace of God, we will all be alive to witness the law run its full course.”

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Buhari is leading Nigeria well, says Femi Adesina

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Buhari approves sack of NECO Registrar Uwakwe, four others

Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari [retd], has said that Nigerians were lucky to have a leader like his principal.

Adesina made the remark while dismissing attempts to pitch him against his principal.

The presidential spokesman maintained that Buhari was leading Nigeria well.

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In a post on his Facebook, Adesina wrote:

“A quote from mischief-makers is making the rounds, ascribed to me. I just dey laugh.

“I am a Buharist any day, no apologies, and I believe the president is leading the country well. In fact, we are lucky to him at a time like this.

“All attempts to demonize me will fail.”

Just a few days ago, a former Presidential Adviser, Tanko Yakassai had passed a vote of no confidence on Buhari.

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Yakassai had described Buhari as an incompetent leader who can’t fix the problems in the country.

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Sanwo-Olu commiserates with New Telegraph over editor’s death

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Lagos State Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has commiserated with the management and staff of the New Telegraph newspaper on the death of its former Saturday Editor, Alhaji Waheed Bakare.

In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Gboyega Akosile, on Tuesday, the governor described the death as painful.

He said that Bakare was a prolific writer, who had a promising journalism career.

He said that the demise of Bakare was a rude shock to his family, friends, colleagues, and associates, but should be accepted as the will of God.

”We should be consoled by the modest achievements of the late editor. Death is inevitable, as we all will die.

”Our goal in life is not to live forever but to create something that will outlive us, bearing in mind that it is not the length of life that matters but the depth.

”Waheed lived an exemplary life. He was a devout Muslim, a dutiful husband, and a good father.

”Above all, he touched millions of lives through his chosen profession as a journalist, who rose to the position of Saturday Editor of a national newspaper,” he said.

Sanwo-Olu also consoled with the Lagos State chapter and the national body of the Nigeria Union of Journalists as well as the Nigeria Guild of Editors.

”No doubt, the Nigeria Union of Journalists both at the state and the national levels, as well as the Nigeria Guild of Editors will by now be mourning the loss of an illustrious member. I pray that God will comfort you.

”May God comfort his immediate family, friends, and associates. May God grant them the fortitude to bear the irreplaceable loss.

”May He grant the soul of Waheed al-Jannah firdaus. Amen,” the governor said.

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Coronavirus has affected his eyesight, Boris Johnson says

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The UK prime minister Boris Johnson has revealed his eyesight has been affected by the Coronavirus disease.

Johnson contracted Coronavirus and was hospitalized in April, and spent several nights in intensive care battling the disease.

Johnson told the daily Downing Street press briefing on Monday that he was “having to wear glasses for the first time in years” after suffering coronavirus.

“I’m finding that I have to wear spectacles for the first time in years – because I think of the likely effects of this thing – so I’m inclined to think there’s some … I think that’s very, very plausible that eyesight can be a problem associated with coronavirus,” he said.

Johnson’s comments come after top adviser Dominic Cummings said he made a 60 mile round trip from London to Barnard Castle in Durham to check if his eyes were good enough to drive back to London.

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Cummings made the statement in defence of his controversial decision to disobey lockdown rules and leave London to travel to Durham when his wife became unwell.

He said he had fallen ill with ‘COVID symptoms’ of a headache and fever the day after arriving in Durham.

After recovering, Mr Cummings said he got expert medical advice and was told he could go back to work but decided to drive with his wife because the virus had affected his eyesight.

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Cummings said his wife did not want to risk the drive back to London and they agreed they should go for a short drive.

Mr Cummings said:

“My wife was very worried, particularly as my eyesight seemed to have been affected by the disease.

“She did not want to risk a nearly 300-mile drive with our child given how ill I had been.

“We agreed that we should go for a short drive to see if I could drive safely, we drove for roughly half an hour and ended up on the outskirts of Barnard Castle town.

“We did not visit the castle, we did not walk around the town. ‘We parked by a river. My wife and I discussed the situation, we agreed that I could drive safely, we should turn around and go home.”

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