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FG lists criteria for appointment of Ambassadors.

The Federal Government has listed criteria for the appointment of ambassadors, saying such people must track records.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, said this on Sunday in Abuja at a send-off dinner organised in honour of Nigeria’s Ambassador-designate to the State of Qatar, Ambassador Yakubu Ahmed, who is also the outgoing Director of Protocol (DOP) at the State House.

He said only people with track record of diligence, experience and professionalism in the Foreign Service would be appointed into positions of career ambassadors.

The Minister said the appointment of Ahmed and other career ambassadors were predicated on posting dedicated and keen Foreign Service practitioners to serve as image-makers of the country.

APC Leaders May Kill The Party Before 2023 Except… – PGF DG.

The Director-General of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) Salihu Moh. Lukman has warned that the All Progressives Congress (APC) may become weak before 2023.

According to the PGF DG, the strongest enemy of the APC at the moment is within the party itself, warning that the conduct of some party leaders may spell doom for the APC in 2023.

Specifically, he noted that the APC caretaker committee headed by Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni must conclude its work quickly and hand over party structures to normal organs as contained in the constitution of the party.

Lukman handed down the warning in a statement on Monday titled ‘determining factors for 2023 contests in APC’ noting that the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) can only return to power if the APC implodes before 2023 due to internal fights.

He however added that if APC can manage its internal disagreements very well, then it will continue to enjoy electoral victories beyond the tenure of President Muhammadu Buhari which expires in 2023.

Makinde is my leader, Fayose declares.

The embers of disagreement between former Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose; and Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, seemed to be permanently quenched on Monday when the former declared his submission to the leadership of the latter.

Speaking at the Wocdiff Centre, Osogbo, venue of the Zonal Congress of the Peoples Democratic Party, Fayose acknowledged, “The Governor of Oyo State, Governor Seyi Makinde, my brother, my friend and by the grace of God, our leader.”

The ex-Ekiti State governor also apologised to members of the party not in his faction for all they have all gone through over the years.I and Seyi Makinde are one from the beginning,” Fayose said, praying that the tenure of Makinde as the party leader in the South-West will usher the PDP into a season of great accomplishments.

“Nothing last forever, if I offend anybody, I apologise,” he added.

Of late, the leadership of the South-West arm of the PDP had been embroiled in crisis with Fayose and Makinde at the centre of the ruckus.

Makinde, a first term governor, is the only PDP governor in the South-West zone while the other five states in the region are ruled by the governors of the All Progressives Congress.

Sen Abaribe Send Message To Nigerian

The Minority Leader of the Nigerian Senate, Senator Enyinnaya Harcourt Abaribe, has lampooned President Muhammadu Buhari’s All Progressives Congress, APC-led government, saying it is leading the country to precipice.

This is as the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila also said that the realization of autonomy of the local government councils was dependant on the people.

Fielding questions from Journalists in Abuja on Monday at a two-day capacity training for the newly elected councillors and local government councils Chairmen from Aniocha/Oshimili federal constituency of Delta State organized by the House of Representatives minority leader, Hon. Ndudi Elumelu, Abaribe accused the APC government of making many wrong choices.

Tinubu-branded Rice Hits Kano, Distributed To Residents.

The development comes amid claims that Tinubu is nursing presidential ambition ahead of 2023 although he has not publicly confirmed it.

The action further stretches what many believed to be calculated steps taken by the former governor to get the support of the North.

The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) had last month celebrated his 69th birthday in Kano State.

The decision had generated various comments but Tinubu claimed the move was to prove that Nigeria is one.

In December 2020, he met with some scholars who threw their weight behind his “2023 presidential ambition”. Tinubu had also been to Kaduna and Katsina states, which are among the states with the largest voting populations in the country.

He had also recently donated the sum of N50 million to victims of a recent fire outbreak at Katsina Central Market in Katsina State.

This was even as he paid sympathy visits to traders and other victims of the fire outbreak in company with the state governor, Aminu Bello Masari.

Bandits kill father, son, raze houses, vehicle, motorcycle in Kaduna.

Bandits terrorising parts of Kaduna State on Monday killed a seven-year-old boy and his father in Wawan Rafi II village, Zangon Kataf local government area.

The bandits, during the bloody attack on the village, also set ablaze seven houses, one car and a motorcycle.

Kaduna Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs Samuel Aruwan confirmed the incident in a post on his Facebook page.

He identified the victims as Joshua Dauda and Philip Dauda.According to him: “Security agencies have reported that armed bandits this morning attacked Wawan Rafi II village, in Zangon Kataf local government area.

“According to the report, two persons were killed in the attack, identified as Joshua Dauda and his seven-year-old son Philip Dauda. Also, seven houses, one car and one motorcycle were burnt in the attack.

“Security patrols mobilsed to the area repelled the assailants, who retreated into the forests adjoining the location. The troops recovered eight empty cases of 7.62mm ammunition at the scene of the attack.

PDP Slams Buhari Administration.

The National Vice Chairman, South-south zone of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Dan Orbih, has said that the Nigerian government under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari has failed woefully in all ramifications.

According to him, the crises facing the country ranging from insecurity to poverty and economic starvation, among others, have become such huge embarrassment.

He claimed from recent analysis how difficult it is to point out one sector where the current administration has succeeded.

Orbih, who spoke during an interview on a radio programme, The Discourse on Classic FM 97.3, argued that the security situation in every region of the country is bad.

He stressed the need for government to take vital steps to stem the challenges, and restore the confidence of Nigerians in the government.

While speaking on the state of the economy, Orbih said it was in a serious mess.Most of us who are living in this country all know that poverty is a very serious issue facing Nigerians and that is coming as a result of the poor management of our economy. You would agree with me today that the naira is on a free fall.

“The exchange rate is unstable and unpredictable for a country that is not production-driven in terms of generating revenue. It’s a very worrisome development the direction that we are going.

US President Appoint Woman As Secretary Of Army.

The president 9f United State Of America, Joe Biden has Appoint Christine Wormuth As secretary of Army. If confirmed by the Senate, she would be the first woman ever to serve in the role and one of the most powerful officials in the Washington defence establishment.

At present, Ms Wormuth is director of the International Security and Defense Policy Centre at the RAND Corporation, a federally funded think tank.During the transition, she led the Biden-Harris defence agency review team, and on the campaign served as the co-chair of the defence working group.

If confirmed, she would work alongside the Army’s chief of staff, General James McConville, who does not command soldiers but is responsible, along with the Army secretary, for training and equipping them.

Ms Wormuth served as undersecretary of Defence policy during the Obama administration, the third most senior civilian position in the Department of Defense.

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