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It’s silly to say military created Nigeria’s problems — IBB

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Former Military President of Nigeria, Gen Ibrahim Babangida (IBB), has said it is silly to say the military created the country’s problems.

He said since civilians were those running the institutions of government, the military could not be singled as responsible for any maladministration and poor distribution of wealth witnessed in the country over the years.

IBB, who was at the helm of affairs of the country from 1986 to 1993, said the ministries, parastatals and institutions were run by civilians, so if there were any issues, it would be wrong to say the military created them.

Babangida gave the assertion in an interview with Channels TV on Friday.

He said, “You were there to show us how the civil service operates, how the system works; the institutions of governance.

“We didn’t create problems. We created the framework for subsequent administration to build on: infrastructure, democracy and free market economy. We were able to capture and bring to our country what the world is doing.”

IBB, however, noted that only a stupid soldier would seize power today, as it recently happened in Mali. He said the world had become smaller and embraced democracy.

“I said stupid because the moment you take over ECOWAS, AU, EU, UN, the super powers will come after you with sanctions.”

Babangida said such detractions would not allow a military government to function.

He also spoke on why he had not released his memoirs that would show an account of what transpired in his regime, he said it was to ensure a thorough job and avoid any form of litigation concerning the contents.

“I am scared of somebody suing me to court that I libelled somebody or that I misrepresented somebody and I will spend five years going to court,” Babangida said.

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UNIPORT banning official activities during Sallah, public holidays satisfying – MURIC

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Executive Director of MURIC, Professor Ishaq Akintola

UNIPORT banning official activities during Sallah, public holidays satisfying – MURIC

The University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) has announced a ban on all academic and official activities during Sallah and other public holidays declared by the Federal Government. This decision follows objections raised by the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) regarding a field trip organized by the university on Eid al-Kabir, coinciding with this year’s celebration.

Prof. Ishaq Akintola, Director of MURIC, confirmed this development in a statement on Thursday night. He expressed satisfaction that UNIPORT responded positively to their objections and instructed all departments and faculties to strictly adhere to public holidays declared by the Federal Government.

“MURIC has confirmed that UNIPORT has instructed all departments and faculties to refrain from scheduling any official university programme or activity during Sallah and other public holidays declared by the FG,” Akintola stated.

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He acknowledged the university’s acknowledgment that organizing the field trip on Eid al-Kabir and the subsequent public holidays was inappropriate. He clarified that MURIC does not seek apologies, legal action, or damages, emphasizing Islam’s principles of forgiveness and tolerance.

“We are not pursuing this campaign for personal reasons but to uphold the fundamental rights of Muslims wherever they are infringed upon. We hope other tertiary institutions will learn from this incident,” Akintola added.

He concluded by expressing hope that lessons learned from this incident would guide future decisions regarding religious observances and public holidays in educational institutions.

UNIPORT banning official activities during Sallah, public holidays satisfying – MURIC

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Kano govt orders Ado Bayero palace demolition after court order

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Kano govt orders Ado Bayero palace demolition after court order

The palace of the 15th Emir of Kano, Aminu Ado-Bayero, has been marked for demolition by the State government.

The state governor, Abba Yusuf, ordered the demolition of the palace on Thursday.

The state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Haruna Dederi, disclosed the development while addressing newsmen on Thursday.

According to him, the demolition will allow for the renovation of the palace which will commence immediately.

Dederi also stated that the Commissioner of Police has been expressly told to evict Bayero from the Nasarawa GRA mini palace where he resides.

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He said “concluded arrangements for the general reconstruction and renovation of the property including the demolishing and reconstruction of the dilapidated wall fence with immediate effect.”

The development marks a new turn in the tussle for the throne of the Emir of the ancient city.

The demolition order comes a few hours after the Federal High Court nullified the dethronement of Bayero.

The court ruled on its substantive suit validating the Kano Emirate Council Repeal Law 2024 but nullifying all actions of Governor Abba Yusuf following the passage of the law.

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Sanusi remains Emir, says Kano govt despite court order

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Muhammadu Sanusi II

Sanusi remains Emir, says Kano govt despite court order

This is contained in the government’s reaction to a pronouncement by a Federal High Court on Thursday, June 20, 2024, nullifying the reinstallation of Sanusi to the throne.

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