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Buhari congratulates Obaseki on Edo State election victory

Benjamin Ukpabi

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President Muhammadu Buhari has commended the electoral process in Edo State which led to the victory of Governor Godwin Obaseki as declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The president’s spokesman, Garba Shehu, in a Tweet on Sunday said Buhari also “commended the people of Edo State, the parties, candidates and security agencies for conducting themselves responsibly.”

In his reaction to the outcome of the election as announced by INEC, President Buhari said: “My commitment to free and fair elections is firm, because without free and fair elections, the foundation of our political and moral authority will be weak.”

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The President added: “I have consistently advocated for free and fair elections in the country because it is the bedrock of true democratic order.

“Democracy will mean nothing if the votes of the people don’t count or if their mandate is fraudulently tampered with,” he said in a statement by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on media and publicity.

He commended the people of Edo State, the parties, candidates and security agencies for conducting themselves responsibly.

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Jonathan-It is better to lose power and gain honour

Wisdom Nwachukwu

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Former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, says it is better to lose power and gain honour. The former President announced this on Friday in a Facebook post.

He wrote “Nobody’s ambition is worth the blood of any citizen. It is better to gain honour at the cost of losing power than to gain power at the cost of losing honour.

“At any point in time, the power of love should matter more than the love of power.

This is my philosophy. I have lived it. It has brought great peace to both my beloved nation and I. And I recommend it to all leaders facing challenging situations, either in government, or at the polls, or even in their dealings with fellow political actors.”

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Jonathan’s peaceful hand over of power despite being the sitting president gained him much respect, dignity international recognition and Awards.

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China temporarily restrains Nigeria due to codvid-19 fears

Wisdom Nwachukwu

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China has temporarily restrained entry of Nigerians into the country due to covid-19 worries.

The Chinese Embassy in Nigeria on Thursday, raised concerns over the resurfacing of the corona virus. The embassy made it clear that they would no longer issue certified health declaration form for non Chinese citizens residing in the country.

According to the statement “Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, China has decided to temporarily suspend entry into China by non-Chinese nationals in Nigeria holding visas or residence permits still valid at the time of this announcement.”

People on diplomatic, courtesy, missions and staffs working on a planes, ships and ships are exempted in this new restriction and those needing to travel to china for emergency reasons will be granted visa.

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According to National Centre for Disease Control corona virus cases stood at 63,328, death,1155 and recoveries, 59,675.

Recall, Corona Virus broke out first in China, but has managed the virus effectively, this new development is a precautionary measure to stop the spread of the virus into China.

 

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FRSC set to carry Guns-Rep

Wisdom Nwachukwu

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The House of Representatives in Abuja on Thursday disclosed in the corps 2020 budget performance and 2021 budget defence, that the federal Road Safety Corps(FRSC) will carry guns for them to discharge their duties effectively.

Mr Akinfolarin Mayowa stated clearly that the 1992 Act of FRSC allowed the corps to carry firearms. He pleaded that the act should be implemented to enable the FRSC to discharge their duties with ease and effectively.

He added that committee will meet with Boss Mustapha, the secretary to the government of the federation to discuss this issue with him, also write to the president pleading with him to implement the law.

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Contributing, a member of the committee said that the committee would also seek audience with the Inspector General of the Police, Mohammed Adamu to seek his support too.

Boboye Oyeyemi, FRSC Corps Marshall, lamented there were several scenarios where motorist threatened corps members on duty, the firearm will serve as a protection for them to checkmate activities of mischievous road users.

 

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