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Soyinka blasts Buhari over state pardon for convicted ex-govs, others

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Nobel Laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka has again lambasted President Muhammadu Buhari over the presidential pardon granted some Nigerians convicted for corruption.

His position came few days after the Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Sokoto, Matthew Kukah, criticised Buhari over insecurity, corruption and division in Nigeria.

Soyinka in a statement titled “A putrid presidential Easter egg,” backed the position of Kukah.

He also agreed with former President Olusegun Obasanjo who said Buhari’s presidency had offered its best to Nigeria.

The statement read, “Easter greetings to you, Reverend Mathew Kukah and to all your followers. All has been said, I think. I am impelled however not to miss an opportunity to add my own Easter drop to the overflowing vessel of pietistic sentiments, if only to reassure Christians – and also Moslems in turn – that even we, non-believers, do partake of that same ethical communion to which most humanity aspire. Also, your Easter sermon opens up yet again those sluices of juridical hypocrisy to which we dare not cease to draw attention.

“Of course, it is easy to track the trajectory of events. Nettled by increasingly scabrous comments, such as those of his predecessor in office, Olusegun Obasanjo, who declared that this incumbent has run out of ideas, that he has nothing left to offer the nation, Muhammad Buhari decided to embark on the Easter train and donate an Easter egg of truly presidential proportions to his subjects.

“Coming from a leader who had placed all his eggs in one basket, labeled Anti-Corruption, this is one egg squashed against Nigerian faces that they shall not forget – or wipe off – in a hurry. It evokes the legend of Pandora’s box, whose contents are alleged to constitute all the ills that plague the world. Putrid to the core, allied to power provocations in numerous variations, such as catapulting a notorious player in the martyrdom of a serving minister of Justice to the hub of governance’s wheel, these define the nature of bequests that have brought the nation to this moment of near dissolution. Precedents are no consolation, no excuses. One states the obvious in remarking that precedents either undermine or reinforce principles, and aspiring offenders, especially in the political domain, are encouraged or inhibited by the ease or difficulty of access to the fount of mercy. Officeholders, we presume, are constrained by the existence of that dangling Sword of Damocles – simply knowing that one day, the cloak of immunity will turn threadbare, and the awaited day of reckoning finds them answerable. Clearly, not any longer.

“You will forgive, though disagree with me, I know, for clambering onto the Easter wagon myself, to echo the words of the One whose passage through the world the Easter season commemorates: It is finished!”

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Name govs stealing LG funds, Shehu Sani tells Buhari

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A former Senator representing Kaduna Central District, Shehu Sani, has challenged President Muhammadu Buhari to name the governors ‘stealing’ local government funds in the country.

Buhari had blamed many state governments of sitting on the funds allocated to the local governments in their respective states, thereby frustrating the autonomy of the LGs and making it difficult for them to function well.

Sani made the appeal in a tweet via his verified Twitter account.

He wrote, “The President should have the courage to specifically mention those governors pocketing LG allocations rather than timid generalisation.”

Sani urged the President to be courageous in being explicit with the names of the governors involved in the reckless use of local council funds.

Buhari it will be recalled at a parley with graduands of Senior Executive Course No. 44 2022 of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies held at the Aso Villa in Abuja on Thursday accused some state governors of merely remitting a half of the funds allotted to local governments in their states.

He said, “Governors and local government officials who ‘pocket’, according to the President, public monies are to blame for the stalled development at the local governments.”

But the 36 state governors in the country have not made their position known on the development.

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Keyamo Releases Tinubu’s American Visa, Knocks mischief-makers

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Festus Keyamo, spokesman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council, has taunted critics of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the party’s flag bearer.

In a tweet on Saturday night, Keyamo also released an image of the American visa of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

“For mischief-makers who peddle unfounded rumours about ⁦@officialABAT⁩ being denied visa to the US, you leave us with no option but to show you his current visa (that has always been renewed since time immemorial). This is for the misguided ones who believe these rumours,” he wrote alongside the visa.

There were speculations that US denied Tinubu visa after his trip was postponed.

The APC Presidential Campaign Council had in a statement last week said that Tinubu will embark on foreign trips from December 4 to meet global leaders and pitch his Presidential aspiration.

In the statement posted on its Twitter handle, the campaign council disclosed that Tinubu and his delegation will be in London, USA, France, and key European Union member states to share his vision and plans and to also solicit the support of the Western powers for the democratic process that will usher in the new administration in Nigeria from May 29th, 2023.

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It also stated that while in London, Tinubu will address the Chatham House, the United Kingdom’s elite Foreign and Policy Think-tank institution where he will speak on security, economy and foreign policy on Monday, December 5, 2022.

But the rumour mill was agog that Tinubu was denied entry into the US based on some allegations levelled against him.

However, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, an APC Chieftain who belongs to 1999-2007 set of governors like Tinubu, dismissed the rumour.

Orji Kalu claimed that the State Department of the US confirmed to him that Tinubu will be received in the third week of December.

In a Facebook post, he wrote, “As the election draws closer, the opposition will spread more fake news against our presidential candidate but we should always ignore and keep our eyes on the ball. The news that Tinubu was denied a visa to the USA is as fake as other fake news.

“Tinubu postponed the travel himself and was never denied a visa. The State Department of the US confirmed to me that Tinubu will be received in the third week of December. As the presidential candidate of our party with an outstanding personality, he will be warmly welcomed in the United States. OUK.”

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UN announces plans to rescue Nigeria North-East from humanitarian crisis next year

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North East Nigeria is one of the world’s worst humanitarian crisis zone, the United Nations has said.

The UN, noting that about 8.3 million devastated people will be in need of help in this part of Nigeria next year, has announced plans to launch a programme to offer succour to them in 2023.

Violent conflict, the climate crisis, disease, and other risks, according to the just launched Global Humanitarian Overview (GHO), are putting lives of the inhabitants of the area and a number of other identified places at risk.
The GHO provides an annual assessment of global humanitarian needs and how best to respond to them.
According to a statement by the GHO, early next year, the 2023 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) for Nigeria will be launched setting out detailed and prioritised plans for meeting the needs of affected people in North-East Nigeria, coordinated across United Nations agencies and NGO partners, as well as with the government of Nigeria.
Through this HRP, which is a part of the GHO, the humanitarian community will take collective action to save people’s lives and protect the most vulnerable.

It noted that the scale of suffering by women, men and children across Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states remained undiminished, stressing that urgent action was needed now more than ever.
“The bravery, dedication, resilience and commitment of frontline staff, most working for NGO partners, who deliver the bulk of humanitarian assistance humbles me. Without them, we would not be able to support the Government in addressing humanitarian needs in Nigeria,” said the Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Mr Matthias Schmale.

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