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Lagos threatens to sanction religious leaders ignoring COVID-19 safety guidelines

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The Lagos State Government says it will not hesitate to sanction religious leaders and centres that fail abide by the safety guidelines against the spread of coronavirus

 It warned that ignoring the safety protocols in crowded areas as being witnessed in religious centres could lead to a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

Lagos State Commissioner for Home Affairs, Anofiu Elegushi, gave the warning on Monday at the 2020 International Day for Tolerance.

He spoke in Lagos, appealing to operators of worship centres to comply with the guidelines set by the Nigeria Centre of Disease Control.

Elegushi said the state government might be forced to apply necessary sanctions on any religious house that failed to comply with regulations.

The commissioner said, “Let me admonish our beloved people not to relent in supporting and understanding the efforts of the Lagos State Government. We should not let down our guards; it is not yet Uhuru. The battle against this dreaded virus is not over. All guidelines and safety protocols of mitigating COVlD-19 should still be stringently adhered to.

“We are all aware that some countries, including the United States of America, the United Kingdom and France, are currently experiencing the second wave of the virus. We cannot afford to allow this to happen.

“I beseech us to continue to use our face masks, wash our hands frequently and maintain social distance in public places, while also using alcohol-based hand sanitisers from time to time to combat the transmission.”

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Planned protest: Ohanaeze Ndigbo warns Bayo Onanuga over anti-Igbo comment

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Bayo Onanuga, special adviser on Information & Strategy

Planned protest: Ohanaeze Ndigbo warns Bayo Onanuga over anti-Igbo comment

ENUGU—OHANAEZE Ndigbo has condemned what it called “Bayo Onanuga’s bizarre dispositions towards anything Igbo” and urged him to channel his energy towards helping President Bola Tinubu to address the challenges facing the country.

Ohanaeze Ndigbo wondered why Bayo Onanuga always harbour “unthoughtful, loathsome, cantankerous, uncouth, repugnant, inflammable and deep-seated hate” against Igbo.

The apex Igbo socio-cultural body reminded the presidential aide that “the prevailing hardship in Nigeria is blind to ethnicity,” and told him that “this is a time for the Presidency to initiate policies, programmes, activities and a body language that will appeal to or assuage the downtrodden, dispossessed and oppressed.”

Reacting to Onanuga’s statement about the national protests being planned by Nigerians, Ohanaeze, through the National Publicity Secretary, Dr. Alex Ogbonnia, said: “The attention of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide has been drawn to a remark by the Special Adviser to the President on Information and Strategy, Bayo Onanuga, to the effect that the malcontents planning to stage nationwide protests are supporters of Peter Obi, the failed presidential candidate of the Labour Party. And that Obi should be held responsible for whatever crisis that emanates from the protest.

“And that the Obidients are plotting to unseat President Bola Tinubu under the guise of protests. Several gullible undiscerning persons have joined Onanuga to state specifically that the Igbo are the propellers of the forthcoming nationwide protest.

“Ohanaeze views the above remarks by Onanuga as true to type. On March 19, 2023, Onanuga was reported by several news media to have issued a serious warning to the Igbo stating, ‘Let 2023 be the last time of Igbo interference in Lagos politics. Let there be no repeat in 2027.’

“When many well-meaning Nigerians including Mr. Festus Keyamo cautioned Onanuga on the ignoble path he has chosen for himself, he was quoted to have stated: ‘I owe no one apology for ethnic slur against Igbo.’

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“Ohanaeze Ndigbo views Onanuga’s bizarre dispositions towards anything Igbo as unthoughtful, loathsome, cantankerous, uncouth, repugnant, inflammable, repugnant and full of deep-seated hate.
“It may be necessary to inform Onanuga that Nigerians of all persuasions, North, South, East and West are in pains of diverse forms: excruciating hardships, poverty, naira downward spiral, incessant kidnappings, banditry, farmers-herdsmen conflict, most terrifying insecurity, joblessness, rising food prices and cost of living challenges. And that the prevailing hardship in Nigeria is blind to ethnicity.

“It is necessary to inform Onanuga that this is a time for the Presidency to initiate policies, programmes, activities and a body language that will appeal to or assuage the downtrodden, dispossessed, oppressed, the deprived, including Obidients.

“And to also inform the Onanugas that issuing threats to the masses, the hungry and the angry, the vulnerable and indeed those who no longer fear any fall is the most inconceivable line of action for any government in a fragile society.

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Why some people in NNPC are sabotaging Dangote refinery – Emir Sanusi

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Why some people in NNPC are sabotaging Dangote refinery – Emir Sanusi

The 16th Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, has weighed in on the controversy and furore surrounding the operation of the $20 billion Aliko Dangote Refinery.

For days on end now, Dangote, a hitherto reclusive and laconic character, has made headlines over his public expression of his frustration with the treatment that has been meted out to him and his investment, especially the refinery, by some government officials.

Speaking on the the topical issue, Emir Sanusi said some vested interested in the Nigerian-owned petroleum company, NNPC, don’t want the refinery to see the light of day.

He said this in reaction to the claim by Chief Executive Officer of The Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority, NMDPRA, Farouk Ahmed, that Nigeria can’t depend on Dangote’s refinery for petroleum products, especially Automotive Gas Oil and Dual Purpose Kerosene, DPK.

Sanusi said the claim is laughable, adding that a local refinery would guarantee energy security than imported petroleum products.

He added that the people in the NNPC don’t want to end their lucrative subsidy scam to end.

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Sanusi shared his take on the raging public discourse while commenting on a SOP Chat Group.

He said “This is most laughable. On the contrary, relying on a local refinery is far more secure than these imports.

“It is a very rich argument from an entity that had taken billions of dollars in the name of turnaround maintenance and not produced a drop of product from four refineries because it is more profitable to continue extracting rent in the name of subsidy. If NNPC activated its refineries, there would be no monopoly. Then, we can see the sulphur content of its products and compare them to Dangote’s.”

He said further: “Until then, keeping quiet is the honourable option for it, NNPC and its spinoffs have lost any right to talk until they fix the mess they have thrown us into.

“In any case, if the Dangote refinery is unable to meet local demand, the gap can be filled by imports, these people in NNPC do not want to end their lucrative subsidy scam, and I don’t think they will end it.

” But as a nation, if we do not thank Dangote for what he has done as an African to deal a hammer blow to multinationals and the rentier system and for structural change in this economy through value added in various sectors, we should not condemn him.

“Also, we tend to repeat stories without evidence. We hear about Dangote getting favourable taxation but no one has said what this tax is, if he got it alone or if it was offered to a sector or to pioneers, and if such a practice is in fact normal to encourage investment.”

The emir concluded thus: “Instead of killing Dangote, we should try and make more like him. Nigeria always kills its heroes and its best because of envy and pettiness.”

Why some people in NNPC are sabotaging Dangote refinery – Emir Sanusi

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NASS members victimising me for not signing dubious loan – Minister

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NASS members victimising me for not signing dubious loan – Minister

Embattled Minister of Women Affairs, Uju Kennedy-Ohanenye, claims she is being targeted by government cabals for refusing to sign a $500 million World Bank loan request.

In a phone interview with THISDAY, Kennedy-Ohanenye asserted that her refusal to sign the loan, which included an earlier $100 million case, has led to significant pressure and threats against her.

Kennedy-Ohanenye revealed that World Bank staff in Nigeria allegedly take back 40 percent of such loans as consultation fees. She stated, “All the loans they collect, including World Bank loans, are you aware that the same World Bank staff in Nigeria takes back 40 percent and calls it consultation fees? These are things you people should look into. You people should focus on where the problem is and let them leave me alone.”

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She emphasized that her life is now at risk due to her stance on the loan, mentioning the potential personal financial gain she turned down. “If I sign that loan today, I am entitled to five percent of the money, but I refused to sign it. It is part of why the National Assembly and all of them are after me.”

The minister highlighted the alleged misuse of the loan, suggesting the funds could be better utilized directly to support women rather than on consultations. She questioned the necessity of spending $100 million on teaching women how to save money, arguing for a more direct allocation to the women in need.

This controversy follows a tense interaction on July 10, 2024, between Kennedy-Ohanenye and the House of Representatives Committee on Women Affairs and Social Development over the alleged diversion of N1.5 billion meant for contractor payments.

NASS members victimising me for not signing dubious loan – Minister

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