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Buhari Confers National Honours on Tinubu, Shettima, says Nigeria in Capable Hands




President Muhammadu Buhari has conferred the national honour of Grand Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (GCFR) on President-elect, Sen. Bola Tinubu.

Vice President-elect, Kashim Shettima, was also conferred with the national honour of the Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger(GCON).

The investiture, performed on Thursday at the State House Banquet Hall, Abuja, is in accordance with the tradition of honouring all Nigerian presidents and vice presidents respectively.

The ceremony is in line with the National Honours Act Cap N43LFN 2004.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, First Lady Aisha Buhari, Senate President Ahmed Lawan, Speaker, House of Representative Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila and National Chairman, All Progressives Congress, Abdullahi Adamu were present at the event.

The event featured the introduction of Transition Document and Presentation of the Scorecard of the Buhari Administration by Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairman, Presidential Transition Council.

There was also the Transfer of Baton of Service by President Buhari to the president-elect.

Three key documents were handed over to the president-elect by the president—a briefing note on each of the nine priority areas; a compendium of projects and programmes implemented by the outgoing administration, major challenges and advisories; policy update.

In his address at the event, Buhari congratulated Tinubu and said he had no doubt that Nigeria would continue to thrive and achieve new heights under his leadership.

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“I equally extend my congratulations to the vice president-elect; your wealth of experience in governance, your unwavering commitment to the well-being of the Nigerian people, and your exemplary leadership during challenging times as Governor of Borno, has made you a deserving candidate for this position.

“ I have full confidence that you will serve our nation with utmost dedication and integrity.

“Today, with the authority vested in me, as the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, I have conferred the National Honour of GCFR on Bola Tinubu and that of the GCON on Kashim Shettima respectively.’’

Buhari expressed belief in Tinubu’s abilities and tasked the incoming administration not to forget the immense responsibilities that came with leadership.

According to him, the challenges facing Nigeria are significant, and it is the duty of the president and vice president to address them with courage, wisdom, and compassion.

He said that there was need to remain committed to the principles of good governance, transparency, and accountability, as these were the foundations on which Nigeria’s progress and development relied.

“President-elect Tinubu, you have a long and illustrious track record of public service, marked by your exceptional achievements in various capacities.

“ Your transformative leadership in Lagos State, where you left an indelible mark in the areas of infrastructure, education, healthcare, and economic development, speaks volumes about your dedication to the welfare of the Nigerian people.

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“Your commitment to fostering unity, irrespective of ethnic or religious differences, is a testament to your statesmanship and visionary leadership.

“This administration from inception has faced security challenges such as insurgency, oil theft, kidnapping as well as corruption which has eaten deep into the system.

“With political will and support of many Nigerians, especially our dogged Armed Forces, insurgency, terrorism and kidnapping have been reduced to their barest minimum while corruption has been tackled headlong.’’

Buhari said that in spite of the aforementioned challenges, his administration had made economic gains over the years.

He said that in spite of the turbulent times and global economic meltdown occasioned by world oil crisis and most recently, the COVID-19 pandemic, Nigerian economy had remained afloat and strong.

He said that the Second Niger Bridge, renamed Muhammadu Buhari Bridge, had been completed and commissioned.

According to him, no administration in Nigeria’s modern history has given so much attention to roads like his administration has done in the last eight years.

“In all, we have been able to construct and complete over 8,352 kilometres of roads across Nigeria.’’

Buhari expressed gratitude to the Nigerian people for their unwavering support and trust throughout his tenure as president and congratulated Tinubu and Shettima for their well-deserved investiture.

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In his response, Tinubu described Buhari as “Mr Democrat’’ and thanked him for bestowing the nation’s highest honour on him and the vice president-elect.

Tinubu said that the transition documents handed over to him enumerated the efforts of the past eight years.

“The documents constitute an impressive and noteworthy scorecard.

“You have made history and no one can deny your contributions to our national development; your devotion to progressive and democratic governance is unassailable.

“I stand here today renewed in hope and dedication to our national greatness; I also feel full obliged that this moment is our moment and I know what it represents.

“This occasion is a proof that Nigeria is a vibrant and true democracy,’’ he said.

He applauded Buhari for having the courage to recognise the injustice of the annulment of the 1993 election by designating June 12 as democracy day and bestowing the nation’s highest honour on late MKO Abiola.

State governors, members of Federal Executive Council, members of the diplomatic corps, party chieftains, members of the National Assembly, service chiefs, traditional rulers also attended the event.(NAN)


Gov. Bago Inspects Site of Demolished Police Station in Niger




Gov. Umaru Bago of Niger, on Thursday inspected the site of a police station demolished by the state government in Chanchaga, Minna.

The governor had on May 29, during his inaugural speech, announced that the police station was built on major water pipeline disrupting supply of water in Minna metropolis.

Bago, who was represented by his deputy, Mr Yakubu Garba, said the structure was disrupting adequate water supply to residents, adding that there was the need to demolish the structure to pave way for free water supply.

He noted that demolishing the police station was part of government’s efforts to ensure that metropolitan towns enjoy supply of potable water.


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Council Chairman Imposes Dusk-to-dawn Curfew on 3 Communities in Ebonyi




Chairman of Ohaozara Local Government Area of Ebonyi, Mr Chinonso Ajah has imposed a dusk- to-dawn curfew on three communities in the council area.

Ajah stated in Abakaliki on Thursday that the decision followed recurring restiveness in the communities.

He listed the communities as Ọkpọsị, Ugwulangwu and Uburu, the hometown of immediate past Gov.

David Umahi.

The curfew which is intended to check the restiveness, takes effect from 6 p.

m. on Thursday till further notice, he added.

“All forms of movements including activities of motorcyclists and commercial tricycle operators within the areas have been outlawed.

“The people are advised to adhere to this directive to avoid further threat to peace in the council area,’’ Ajah stressed.

He advised traditional and religious leaders as well as town union executives to sensitise their subjects on the need to comply with the curfew.

“This is because, violators will be dealt with severely,’’ the council chairman stated. (NAN) (

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Panic in Anambra Assembly as Armed Men Try to Whisk Away Member-elect




There was panic at the Anambra State House of Assembly as four armed men, suspected to be operatives of the Directorate of Security Services (DSS), tried to whisk away member-elect for Nnewi North constituency, Mr Onyekachukwu Ike.

The armed men drove into the Assembly complex in three vehicles and grabbed the member-elect after he participated in a valedictory thanksgiving mass for the seventh Assembly.

They forced the member-elect into their vehicle and were trying to drive out of the Assembly complex when security personnel quickly locked the exit gate.

The Acting Clerk of the Assembly, Mrs Esther Aneto, and other senior staff lamented that the suspected DSS operatives did not inform them or even the Police personnel at the Assembly before trying to whisk Ike away.

One of the suspected DSS operatives, however, explained that they had a court order to arrest the member-elect.

It took the intervention of the Speaker, Dr Uche Okafor, and the Deputy Governor, Dr Onyeka Ibezim, who came to represent the Governor at the Valedictory session of the seventh Assembly, before the member-elect was released. (NAN)

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