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Today's Headlines: Buhari Makes Fresh Appointments From London, President Seeks Sixth Term In Office

2023 presidency: It’s shameful we’re debating tribe not competence -Bugaje.

Former Honourable Member, House of Representatives, Dr Usman Bugaje, has expressed concern over the debate on the zone from which the next president of Nigeria should emerge.

He explained that competence and not tribe or zone should be used to determine who leads the country.

He spoke during the 26th Annual Pre-Ramadan Lecture organised by the University of Lagos Muslim Alumni on ‘Though Tribe and Tongue May Differ: Interrogating Nigeria’s Nationhood’.

While speaking on Sunday, the ex-lawmaker warned Nigerians against political opinions, noting that there was a need for policies that can benefit the next generation.

He said, “The problem that we are facing is not unique to Nigeria. It is understandable because colonialism influences the crafting of a lot of African countries.

“We have to manage diversity and resource sharing. We have mixed up so many things. We need to come back and clarify many issues.

“The elite that needs to guide the country is not clear on a number of issues. We tend to confuse unity and uniformity. There is no society that is completely homogenous.There is a lack of trust. We have failed to develop an elite consensus. You find conflict where there should be none. Sometimes, we just denigrate each other because we don’t understand ourselves.

“We need to put policies that can help us in place. The National Orientation Agency could have done a lot of work. I cannot understand why NOA can’t be used to talk to citizens.

“The elite must come together and create a consensus on some of the big issues in this country.

“We should not be led by the limited vision of politicians. Most of their visions do not go beyond the next election. We must be thinking of the next generation.

Fulani Terrorists/Soldiers Abducting Igbos – Nnamdi Kanu.

The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has claimed that Fulani terrorists are allegedly abducting people in Ozubulu and Ihiala in Anambra State.

Naija News reports that the wanted IPOB leader made this known iNnamdi Kanun a post on his Twitter page on Sunday.

According to the pro-Biafra activist, the ‘Fulani soldiers’ arrived in over 30 Toyota Hilux.Nnamdi Kanu wrote: “RED ALERT Police cars revolving light!!!

“There are confirmed sightings of ongoing abductions & kidnappings of people around OZUBULU and IHIALA right now by Fulani terrorists/soldiers of the Nigerian Army.

“They arrived in over 30 Toyota Hilux vans. Some were seen patrolling on foot around these areas.”This online newspaper reports that the Federal Government has asked the International Criminal Police (INTERPOL) Organisation for help in tracking for the inmates who escaped in the recent jailbreaks in the country, including the most recent in Owerri, the Imo State capital.

It was gathered that the Nigerian Immigration Service had also been issued an alert, noting that the data of the inmates were being compiled and would be sent to the relevant organizations in batches.

Boko Haram kills 3 soldiers in Maiduguri shootout, scores dead in Damasak LG.

Three Soldiers were reportedly killed by suspected members of Boko Haram who sneaked into Molai general area of Maiduguri metropolis on Saturday evening. Multiple sources have said.

This is even as scores of residents were feared dead and all humanitarian hubs destroyed when armed terrorists invaded Damasak, the headquarter of Mobbar Local Government Area of Borno state.

These incidents took place when Governor Babagana Umara Zulum was not in the state, as he had travelled to Ibadan to receive an Award bestowed on him by authorities of University of Ibadan as ‘Most Distinguished Alumus’.

In Damasak, some residents who survived the attack told our Vanguard that the insurgents also stormed General Hospital and carted away many medical consumables and equipment without confrontation.

Makinde backs Arapaja as chairman PDP South West zone.

Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo state has expressed support for Ambassador Taofeek Arapaja as the Peoples Democratic Party, South West Zonal chairman.The rescheduled zonal congress of the party will take place in Osogbo on Monday.

Makinde spoke in Ogbomoso on Saturday at the installation of Segun Ogunwuyi, as Otunba Mayeloye of Ijeru Kingdom.

The event held at the Lagbami Oseku Hall, Ogbomoso South Local Government, Arowomole, Ogbomoso.

Ogunwuyi is the Director-General, Oyo State Investment and Public and Private Partnership Agency (OYSIPA).

He stated that the former member of the Oyo State House of Assembly and House of Representatives has good records in all the places he had served in the country, adding that his footprints are still noticeable in the House of Assembly many years after he left.

“First, I want to say that this honour is well- deserved and I want to thank God that one of us is being honoured in his homestead.

“They do say that prophets are usually not honoured in their homes but this one is being honoured at the grassroots.”

“I am glad that one of our own, who is also one of the future leaders of this state and country, is being honoured in his home base”.

Chad President Seeks Sixth Term After 30 Years In Power.

Giant portraits of Deby line the streets of the capital, N'Djamena, and the incumbent leader has campaigned on promises of building schools, paving roads and improving living conditions in this country that remains one of the least developed in the world.

had President Idriss Deby Itno is seeking to extend his three-decade-long rule, running for the sixth time in this oil-producing Central African nation that is home to nearly half a million refugees and also plays a prominent role in the fight against Islamic extremism in the Sahel.

Deby is widely expected to win in the first round because two of the leading opposition candidates withdrew from the race as part of a boycott and a third man considered a top contender chose not to run.

The only remaining opposition candidate with the resources to campaign outside the capital is Albert Pahimi Padacke, a one-time Deby ally who served as prime minister from 2016 to 2018. Padacke has argued that the opposition boycott only benefits the president.

Buhari Makes Fresh Appointments From London.

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Ambassador Rabiu Dagari as Director-General of the Directorate of Technical Cooperation in Africa (DTCA) from his medical vacation in London.

Naija News reports that the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Gabriel Aduda, in a letter dated April 8, 2021, addressed to Dagari, said the appointment was for an initial period of four years with effect from March 16, 2021.

The letter read: “The terms and condition of your appointment is as provided in the appointment of Chief Executives of Government Parastatals and Agencies In the Federal Public Services.“

It Is hoped that your performance at the Interview/screening exercise as well as your experiences as a seasoned Diplomat/Administrator will be brought to bear in the discharge of your duties as the Director-General of the Directorate,” Aduda said.

Dagari, a former Nigerian Ambassador to Venezuela with concurrent accreditation to Colombia and Ecuador, had while in service, served in the Nigerian Mission in Paris as Ambassador/Deputy Head of Mission, London, Rome, Dublin and Brussels.

At the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dagari also served in various departments, particularly as the acting director, Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs; the Director of Consular Affairs and Deputy Director, Protocol, Office of the Head of State, State House.

North Central Crucial To PDP’s Success, Says Saraki.

Immediate Past Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has advised leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the North Central work together as the success of the party in the next national elections depends on its ability to win across the zone.

Saraki while addressing delegates during the Zonal Congress of the Party in Aper Aku Stadium, Makurdi, on Saturday, said in all the past elections that PDP won at the national level, the party has always recorded sound victory in the Zone and that the calculations has not changed.

We have looked at the statistics for past elections since 1999 and projected into the 2023 elections, for PDP to return to control of federal power, the party needs to return to winning ways in this Zone.

“This is a party that started with controlling four of the states plus FCT in 1999 and at one time was in control of all the six states.

Today, a situation where we now have only one State is partially responsible for our loss of federal power. Therefore our leaders in the Zone must make sacrifices, forget their differences and work together in national interest.

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