Ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo on Saturday paid a condolence visit to the leader of the pan-Yoruba group, Afenifere, Pa Ayo Adebanjo, on the demise of the National Publicity Secretary of the group, Yinka Odumakin.
Obasanjo visited the nonagenarian at his Lagos residence to commiserate with him on the death of Odumakin, according to a report by Punch.
SaharaReporters had reported that Odumakin died on Saturday at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital Covid Isolation Centre, according to his wife, Mrs Joe Okei-Odumakin.
Adebanjo had in a tweet described the death of the Afenifere spokesman as “too heavy to bear”.
Odumakin spoke tenaciously for the rights of the Yoruba and the people of the South-West geopolitical zone. He was also a staunch critic of the policies and programmes of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The late Afenifere spokesman, amongst other things, canvassed restructuring, fiscal federalism, and decentralised policing as solutions to the country’s socio-economic challenges.
Before his death, he consistently condemned the activities of criminal Fulani herders, who have been accused of farmland destruction, rape, killings and abductions in the South-West.
This is not time to lose Yinka Odumakin - Ex-President, Jonathan
Former President Goodluck Jonathan has expressed sadness over the passing of Afenifere spokesman, Yinka Odumakin.
In a statement on Saturday, Jonathan described Odumakin as a courageous patriot and rights crusader who contributed so much to the development of the nation.
The ex-Nigerian leader called Odumakin a man with rich democratic credentials. He remembered the active roles of the deceased in the years of activism that birthed and stabilised civil rule in Nigeria.
Jonathan said he was a great asset for just causes whose considerable contributions to the growth of civil society is not in doubt.
“He also acquitted himself as a seasoned journalist and columnist who promoted egalitarianism and social well-being, in his regular essays.
“Mr. Odumakin exits this world with rich democratic credentials, having played active roles in the years of activism that birthed and stabilised civil rule in our country.
“As a cultural enthusiast, Mr. Odumakin lived his short life as a force to be reckoned with in propagating and protecting the interest of the Yoruba in the larger Nigeria social space.
“This is not a time to lose such a strong promoter of the ideals that would progress our nation in the desired direction of a united, just and equitable society.”
Jonathan condoled the wife, Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin, other members of his family, the Afenifere social-cultural association and the entire civil society.
He prayed that God will grant the soul of the departed eternal rest and give all that mourn him the fortitude to bear the loss.
Those who attacked Ebonyi communities, Soludo won't be spared - Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the Monday night attack on three communities in Íshíelu Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.
The President directed law enforcement agencies to fish out the attackers and make them face justice.
The affected communities are Egedegede, Obegu and Amuzu communities.
The Nigerian leader stressed that the perpetrators of the “heinous attacks” must not be spared.
Buhari extended his sympathies to families and friends who have lost loved ones and to the communities.
He also sympathized with the former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria and a member of the Presidential Economic Advisory Council, Professor Chukwuma Soludo.
Soludo, a governorship aspirant in Anambra, was attacked during a town hall meeting in Aguata LGA. Three police escorts were killed.
“Our prayers are with him and the families of the security operatives who lost their lives trying to defend innocent citizens assembled for a peaceful meeting.”
Buhari reassured Nigerians that ongoing efforts which had led to the record recovery of illegal weapons and arrests of a large number of arms suppliers would be intensified.
Gov. Sule cautions against reprisal over killing of MACBAN leaders - Daily Post Nigeria
Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State has cautioned against reprisal attack over the killing of two Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) leaders in the state by gunmen.
Recall that the state Chairman of MACBAN, Mohammed Hussaini, and the MACBAN Chairman of Toto Local Government Area, Mohammed Umar, were killed by suspected bandits on Friday at Garaku market, Kokona Local Government Area of the state.
Reacting, the Governor in a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr Ibrahim Addra, on Saturday in Lafia, expressed sadness over the incident.
He also cautioned against reprisal attacks capable of worsening the situation.
Sule promised to work with security agencies to arrest and prosecute criminal elements disturbing the peace in the state.
He, however, called on those bent on breaching the peace enjoyed in the state to turn a new leaf for development to thrive.
The governor urged the families of the deceased to remain faithful and take solace in God.
He gave assurance that his administration would continue to work hard at ensuring adequate security of lives and property in the state.
NMA slams Ngige for saying US, UK don't pay resident doctors - Punch Newspapers
Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige
The Nigerian Medical Association has lambasted the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, for saying developed nations like the United States and the United Kingdom don’t pay resident doctors.
Ngige, who is also a medical doctor, had berated the National Association of Resident Doctors for embarking on a nationwide strike, claiming that developed countries don’t pay resident doctors.
He had also stated on Channels Television that resident doctors in foreign countries actually pay the hospitals where they work while in Nigeria the reverse is the case.
Reacting in a statement by its National President, Prof. Innocent Ujah; and its Secretary-General, Dr Phillips Ekpe, the NMA knocked Ngige for his approach towards ending the strike.
The statement read in part, “The attention of the NMA has been drawn to a recent live interview granted on Channels TV on Friday, April 2, 2021, by the Minister of Labour, Dr Chris Ngige.
“In the interview, the minister alleged that in the USA and other developed countries, resident doctors pay for their residency training abroad, whereas, in Nigeria, the government pays them.
“In as much as we appreciate the efforts being made by the government to resolve the issues that have led to this avoidable and unnecessary industrial action by NARD, the NMA wishes to clarify the misinformation by the minister in the interview, which is seriously viewed to be a hate speech capable of bringing down the health system in Nigeria and thereby worsening the health care delivery and further escalate the rather unimaginable current brain drain.”
The NMA said in the US and other developed countries, resident doctors work as they are being trained and they are paid by their employers.
“In the United Kingdom, the employer of resident doctors is the NHS, which is similar to what is obtainable in Nigeria,” it added.
Crashed NAF jet: Boko Haram video is from 2012 Syrian incident –Analyst - Punch Newspapers
A Sweden-based analyst, Hugo Kaaman, has said terror group, Boko Haram, doctored a video it released on Friday which claimed the terrorists gunned down a Nigeria Air Force Alpha jet, which disappeared from the radar on Wednesday.
Kaaman, “an independent open-source researcher, with a heavy focus on the use of Suicide Vehicle-Borne Improvised Explosive Devices by armed non-state actors”, said the video was from a 2012 incident involving a Syrian Air Force helicopter.
The PUNCH had reported that two personnel on the missing NAF Alpha jet were feared dead following reports that the aircraft had crashed at the outskirts of Maiduguri, Borno State.
NAF identified the two men as Flt Lts. John Abolarinwa and Ebiakpo Chapele.
Boko Haram had claimed responsibility for downing the aircraft in a viral video on Friday.
The Abubakar Shekau-led faction of the Boko Haram sect released the footage of a crashed jet with one of its fighters standing on the wreckage. A body was also seen in the wreckage of the aircraft.
The Air Force, however, dismissed claims by the terror group that it gunned down the missing Alpha jet.
Commenting on the footage released by Boko Haram, Kaaman tweeted on Saturday, “Boko Haram just released a video claiming it shows a NAF jet shot down by the group. Looking at the video, it appears as if the jet explodes mid-air.
“However, this is not true. BH (Boko Haram) took a 2012 video showing a SyAAF (Syrian Air Force) helicopter exploding mid-air over Idlib and superimposed it. Weak
“Just to be clear, the jet really crashed. It’s unclear whether this was due to hostile fire or technical issues. The wreckage can be seen in the same Boko Haram video. This video merely highlights Boko Haram’s fake footage of the shoot down itself.”
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