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Today's Headlines: Leadership Not By Force – Jonathan, Nigeria Needs Competence - Tinubu

Leadership Not By Force – Jonathan

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Ahead of Saturday’s rescheduled governorship and House of Assembly elections, former President Goodluck Jonathan has called on politicians to bear in mind that leadership is not by force.

He advised them to shun politics of desperation and killing.

The former president spoke at Sampou community in the Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Area of Bayelsa State shortly after paying a condolence visit to Governor Douye Diri over the demise of his father, Pa Abraham Diri, on Wednesday.

According to him, politics should be about service and not about self, urging politicians to wait for God’s time to get into leadership positions.

A statement on Thursday by Diri’s Chief Press Secretary, Daniel Alabrah, quoted the former president to have said that in a democracy the people play a critical role, wondering why those who aspire to lead want to force themselves on the people.

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Nigeria Needs Competence - Tinubu

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President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on Thursday, dampened the hope of advocates of a government of national unity, favouring competence over such a political arrangement.

He stated that his aim was higher than a government of national unity and would rather seek a government of national competence in selecting his cabinet members and not choosing appointees based on religion.

Tinubu spoke in a signed statement on Thursday, marking his first official statement after his declaration as president-elect by the Independent National Electoral Commission on March 1.

Commenting on the presidential election whose conduct was also faulted by some individuals and asserting the rights of aggrieved contestants to go to court, the ex-Lagos State governor noted that a fair and credible poll was held and won.

NCC, Stakeholders Hold Talks On Data Depletion

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The Nigerian Communication Commission on Thursday announced plans to introduce measures to curb data depletion and ensure that telecom subscribers get value for their money.

The commission noted that data depletion was one of the most prevalent complaints received from telecom consumers.

 The Executive Vice Chairman/ Chief Executive Officer, NCC, Prof Umar Danbata said this at the 91st edition of the Telecom Consumer Parliament held in Abuja.

Danbata said most of the complaints came as a result of the recent customer’s migration to 4G/LTE technology.

He, however, said that as a result of the 90th TCP event, the commission had increased its capacity to handle type approval of devices resulting from the introduction of 5G by intensifying its efforts to educate telecom consumers on the benefits of 5G, particularly as regards the higher speed of data.

Federal High Court Suspends Proceedings Ahead Of Gov Poll

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Ahead of Saturday’s Governorship and House of Assembly elections, the Federal High Court of Nigeria said it would suspend proceedings for two working days — Friday, March 17 and Monday, March 20.

The Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice John Tsoho, directed the court’s justices to preside over cases up until Thursday, March 16, before proceeding on break.

However, they are to resume on Tuesday, March 21, two days after the polls. The break will also allow the judges to vote in the elections.

Justice Tsoho disclosed this in a March 15 circular titled Break for the 2023 governorship and House of Assembly elections. It was addressed to all of the court’s judges.

It also stated that the administrative judges in the Abuja, Lagos, and Port Harcourt Judicial Divisions shall ensure that a judge is designated to cater for the North, South-West, and South-South/South-East geo-political areas, respectively, regarding urgent matters during the period.

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