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Today's Headlines: Pantami Drops Bombshell Over Link With Boko Haram, Buhari Makes New Appointment

FFK Reacts As Arapaja Emerges PDP Chairman.

Femi Fani-Kayode, former Aviation Minister, has congratulated Ambassador Taofeek Arapaja on his emergence as the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, South-West Zonal Chairman.

Fani-Kayode, in a tweet on his Twitter account on Tuesday, described Arapaja’s victory as well-deserved.

He also wished Arapaja and all the new zonal executives all the best.

Recall that Arapaja, who is the preferred candidate of the Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, emerged winner by edging out Dr. Eddy Olafeso with a total of 343 votes as against his opponent’s 330 votes yesterday.

Reacting to his victory, Arapaja thanked all his supporters for the love and for casting their votes in his favour.

Kaduna State Government Speaks Over Mass Sack Of Workers.

The Kaduna State Government has stated that the dwindling finances and high wage bill of the state were responsible for the sacking of workers on its payroll.

In a statement issued yesterday, the government declared that it had no other choice than to reduce the workforce due to high wage bill without corresponding revenues from the Federation Account Allocations Committee (FAAC).

Adekeye explained that what the government has been receiving from FAAC since the middle of 2020, like most other sub-nationals, can barely pay salaries and overheads.

The statement noted further that in March 2021, the state government received N4.819billion from FAAC, adding that only N321million was left after settling personnel costs.

Chief Of Army Staff Appears Before House Of Reps.

Nigeria Chief of Army Staff, Maj. Gen Attairu Ibrahim’s appearance before the House of Representatives ad hoc committee investigating arms procurement ended in a stalemate yesterday, Naija News reports.

The ad-hoc committee had several times invited the COAS and the Central Bank Governor, Godwin Emefiele for explanations on the $1 billion arms deal but the latter had refused to make any appearance until on Monday, April 12.

Having missed the 22nd of March and the 7th of April invitation by the committee, Ibrahim on Monday, showed up before the Committee members, but refused to apologize over his inability to attend prior invitations.

Naija News understands that during his appearance on yesterday, Ibrahim told the committee that he was unable to make it to the summons due to different engagements over internal security.

The COAS is said to also refused to speak on the report he submitted to the committee.

The COAS said the executive summary should suffice. His position, however, stirred up anger in some members of the committee who argued that he should speak under oath.

Buhari Makes New Appointment.

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the reappointment of Prof. Bissallah Ahmed Ekele, as the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital (UATH), Gwagwalada, Abuja.

A statement issued to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Tuesday, revealed that the appointment of Prof. Ekele would be valid for another term of four years after a selfless service in his first tenure in office.

While congratulating him on his reappointment, Buhari urged Ekele to use the responsibility given to him to continue with the development of the hospital and health sector in the country.

Gani Adams Sends Message To Yoruba.

The Aare Ona-Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Gani Adams, has called on South-West governors to promote Yoruba culture and harness its tourist potential for economic growth and global recognition.

Mr Adams said the promotion of the culture would turn Yoruba states into tourist destinations and enhance the rapid social and economic development of the area.

He made the call at the Grand Finale of `Omituntun’ Pacesetter Festival of Arts and Culture, tagged ‘Asa wa, Ipile wa,’ maintained that Yoruba was rich in culture and tradition.

The festival, held at the Cultural Centre, Mokola, Ibadan, was organised by the Oyo State Ministry of Information, Culture, and Tourism.

Mr Adams urged the Oyo government to develop and maintain existing tourist destinations for economic growth and global recognition.

Pantami Drops Bombshell Over Link With Boko Haram.

The Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Pantami, has faulted reports that he was placed on terrorism watch list in the USA.

He said no intelligence organisation had associated him with any terrorist organisation.

In a letter dated 12th April, 2021 and signed by his Michael Numa Esq., which was addressed to the Daily Independent Newspaper, Pantami demanded that the report be retracted within 24 hours in five national newspapers and five global media.

He said he was among the first Islamic scholars to engage the late leader of Boko Haram, Muhammed Yusuf, in a televised public debate to challenge his teachings as being against Islam.

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