1) Obasanjo Remains Nigeria’s Most Genuine Living Statesman – Ikpeazu
The Governor of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu, on Friday described the former President, Olusegun Obasanjo as “Nigeria’s most authentic living statesman whose life’s odyssey has become an invaluable source of history.”
Ikpeazu made this claim in a birthday message forwarded to the former President on his 84th birthday.
The Abia Governor further stated that Buhari lived for Nigeria and gave the best of his years to the sustenance of the unity and democratic development of the country.
He also described the elder statesman as a man with the exceptional privilege of serving as both a military and democratically elected president of the country.
2) COVID-19 Is Not Our Business In Kogi, I Won’t Take The Vaccine – Yahaya Bello
The Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello has insisted that there is no COVID-19 in the state, adding that he won’t take the AstraZeneca/Oxford COVID-19 vaccine.
The Governor while speaking on Friday, declared Kogi State has more important issues to deal with than subjecting residents to COVID-19 vaccination.
Governor Bello however added that he won’t stop residents who wish to be vaccinated if the federal government makes the vaccine available but personally, he would rather not make the people guinea pigs.
He made the declaration when he appeared on Channels TV ‘Politics Today.
3) 2023: Goodluck Jonathan speaks on running for president
Former Nigeria president, Goodluck Jonathan, has addressed speculation that he will run again for the position during the 2023 general elections.
According to him, it is all a speculation.
Jonathan stated this when he paid a condolence visit to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa at the Government House in Asaba, over the recent death of Sir Okorie Okowa.
He pledged to continue to serve God, humanity, Africa to the best of his ability.
Jonathan said, “On the rumour of my interest in the 2023 presidential election, it was mere speculation.
“I will continue to serve God, humanity, Africa, and the world to the best of my ability and with all sense of commitment and sincerity.
4) 2023 Presidency: Nigerians won’t vote for religion, money – Okupe warns APC, PDP
Doyin Okupe, a former Senior Special Assistant to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan on Public Affairs, has hinted at how Nigerians would decide the country’s next President in 2023.
Okupe said Nigerians would no longer vote for a presidential candidate based on religious affiliation or region.
He pointed out that the next Nigerian President would have to earn his ticket and votes.
In a tweet, Okupe charged presidential hopefuls to start the process of getting votes now.
“2023 on my mind. The next Nigerian President will have to earn his ticket and his votes. The era of taking money or I am a Northerner, or I am Christian or Muslim, or APC or PDP is gone.
4) I Believe Buhari Is Not Sleeping, Says Jonathan On Insecurity
Former President Goodluck Jonathan has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to synergise with governors, security chiefs and other stakeholders to de-escalate tension occasioned by the high level of insecurity in the country.
Jonathan made the call when he led a delegation of politicians from Bayelsa on a condolence visit to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa at Government House, Asaba, Delta State, over the recent demise of the governor’s father, Sir Okorie Okowa.
He said it is unfortunate that school children and many Nigerians were being kidnapped for ransom.
“I believe that with the commitment of the governors and the Federal Government, we will be able to address the issue of insecurity in the country.
“I believe that the President himself is not sleeping and that the governors are not sleeping as well over the insecurity challenge in the country.
5) There Is No Perfect Government Anywhere – Presidency
The presidency has admitted that the Buhari-led administration is not perfect, adding that there is no perfect administration anywhere in the world not even in America or Europe.
In his words: “Wailers, is dead, can we see it as an allegory? Is it not also time for the wailing wailers here to keep their peace? Instead of grumbling, murmuring and complaining about everything, can they rather begin to wish the government well, pray for those in authority, and give constructive advice?
According to the president’s spokesman, instead of Nigerians complaining endlessly against the president, they should commend the efforts of the administration.
6) Insecurity: I Will Not Negotiate With Criminals – Governor Bello
Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello has said his administration will not negotiate with criminals.
He stated this on Friday during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today.
“Anybody that is carrying rifles or arms against the state, they are criminals. I will not subscribe to negotiating with criminals,” he said.
“The issue of kinetic or non-kinetic, when criminals hold guns against the state, let us get them out. When people are ready, we should be able to provide succour for lawful Nigerians to have lawful employment.
“He who takes arms against the state as a result of joblessness should be dealt with decisively,” he added.
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