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Tinubu tasks politicians, traditional rulers on selfless service, unity

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President Bola Tinubu has tasked Nigerian politicians and traditional rulers on sustaining nation’s unity.

He made this known in Abuja on Thursday at the public presentation of the book “Brutally Frank,” an autobiography of elder statesman, Chief Edwin Clark.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the book has 28 chapters with 688 pages.

Tinubu, who was represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Sen George Akume,  said that traditional rulers and politicians had a stake in the country.

The President, therefore, called on all hands to be on deck to realise a great nation.

He further said that there was the need for all to manage Nigeria’s diversity for the unity of the country.

“We are greater when we are introduced as Nigerians than when we are introduced on the basis of ethnicity.

“This country is structurally complex and structurally difficult but can never be difficult to manage.

“Our plurality, our diverse cultures, languages, religion, constitute the source of our strength.”

“Since we came in, we have demonstrated enough for the management of this diversity through appointment of persons, citizens into key, strategic positions.’’

The President, who noted that the country was going through a difficult phase, assured Nigerians that a new nation would soon be birthed.

“These pains are the pains of birth, birth of a new nation. We know the removal of fuel subsidy has created some pains and that is why palliatives are being put in place.

“We can endure this for a moment; what we are going through today is for a better tomorrow. Nations are great because citizens have hope that tomorrow will be better than today,” he added.

The President further described Clark as a great man, an extraordinary citizen, whose name “is a household name throughout the country.

“Clark is a part of the Nigerian legion, the Iroko of the South-South and the Eagle of the nation.”

Also speaking, former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (Rtd), chairman of the occasion, said the presence of dignitaries at the occasion was deserving to a man such as Clark.

“It is deserving that at his ripe age of 96 years, the Nigerian nation could gather in this befitting manner to honour him and pay deserving respects to his towering legacy of national service.

“My relationship with the Clark family, unknown to many, has been enduring over the years and has been expressed in deep bonds of friendship and mutual respect.

“The period in which Nigeria emerged from its most challenging political turmoil was one that needed great dexterity and empathy in the arduous task of reconciliation, rehabilitation, reintegration, reconstruction and rebuilding our bonds of oneness.”

While recalling the days of how Clark was chosen as Federal Commissioner, Gowon said that, “there was no better Nigerian for the job of Information Minister at that time.

“That was when we needed to show our warmness and empathy for one another as a people.

“The need to fill in the void created by Chief Anthony Enahoro’s exit was what gave Clark the job of Minister in the government which I headed.

“He became my confidant and the voice of the government, fearlessly defending the government and projecting its image. I found comfort in discussing government and other issues with Clark.”

Similarly, former President Goodluck Jonathan described the book as a good political-history book that most Nigerians would want to read from the front page to the back page.

“It will be useful to our young people,” Jonathan said.

Jonathan said that Clark was a person whose vision was “for Nigeria; for the security of this country and for the unity of this country.

“Clark is one of those few Nigerians that his name should be written in letters of gold in our political-history book.”

Also speaking, Senate President Godswill Akpabio said the author of the book was a true elder statesman and a phenomenal patriot.

“Clark has remained “Brutally Frank” in his submissions over the years. I am therefore, not surprised that his autobiography is titled “Brutally Frank.”

“I have no doubt that the wisdom and perspectives shared in this great book, will offer us a chance to reflect on the journey we’ve undertaken as a society and to glean valuable lessons that can guide our future endeavours.”

In his vote of thanks, the author of the book, Clark called for the restructuring of Nigeria.

The event had in attendance traditional rulers, including the Ooni  of Ife; Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, the Amanayabo of Twon-Brass; Alfred Ditte-Spiff, the Emir of Kano; Aminu Ado Bayero, serving and former governors and serving and non-serving senators.(

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Kogi Governorship Tribunal Adjourns Indefinitely Pending Completion of Election Materials Inspection

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From Joseph Amedu,  Lokoja

The Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Kogi State has adjourned pending the completion of inspection of election materials by the Social Democratic Party.

At the resumed hearing, the SDP said the INEC was cooperating with the inspection of materials as granted by the order of the Tribunal, but sought for more time.

Recall that the Tribunal had ordered INEC to issue certified copies of electoral materials on the November 11 off-cycle election in the state to the SDP within 48 hours.

It also ordered INEC to allow SDP’s forensic experts to examine some electoral materials.

The materials include Bimodal Voter Accreditation System and result sheets for Adavi, Okene, Okehi, Ogori-Magongo, Ajaokuta, Lokoja, Kogi and Bassa Local Government Areas.

The tribunal ruled on Saturday in Lokoja that the SDP requested the materials to prove its case in the petition it filed against the victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the election.

Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Ado Birnin-Kudu gave the order following two ex-parte motions filed on Nov. 19 by the SDP and by its governorship candidate, Alhaji Muritala Yakubu-Ajaka.

Justice Birnin-Kudu at the resumed hearing adjourned pending when the inspection of materials would have been completed.

Lead counsel to the petitioners, Mr John Adele (SAN), had earlier told the court that efforts to obtain certified copies of materials used in the six local government areas from INEC had been fruitful, except for some hitch, leading to delay in meeting with the 48hours.

The SDP and Muritala Yakubu are challenging the victory of APC and its candidate, Alhaji Usman Ododo at the election petition tribunal.

Usman Ododo won the election with 446,237 votes, while his closest rival, Yakubu-Ajaka got 259,052 votes. 

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Kogi Guber Tribunal Adjourns Indefinitely Pending Completion of Election Materials Inspection

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From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja

The Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Kogi State has adjourned indefinitely pending the completion of inspection of election materials by the Social Democratic Party (SDP).

At the resumed hearing, the SDP said the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was cooperating with the inspection of materials as granted by the order of the Tribunal, but sought for more time.

It could be recalled that the Tribunal had ordered INEC to issue certified copies of electoral materials on the November 11 off-cycle election in the state to the SDP within 48 hours.

It also ordered INEC to allow SDP’s forensic experts to examine some electoral materials.

The materials include Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) and result sheets for Adavi, Okene, Okehi, Ogori-Magongo, Ajaokuta, Lokoja, Kogi and Bassa Local Government Areas.

The tribunal ruled on Saturday in Lokoja that the SDP requested the materials to prove its case in the petition it filed against the victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the election.

Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Ado Birnin-Kudu gave the order following two ex-parte motions filed on Nov. 19 by the SDP and by its governorship candidate, Alhaji Muritala Yakubu-Ajaka.

Justice Birnin-Kudu at the resumed hearing adjourned pending when the inspection of materials would have been completed.

Lead counsel to the petitioners, Mr John Adele (SAN), had earlier told the court that efforts to obtain certified copies of materials used in the six local government areas from INEC had been fruitful, except for some hitch, leading to delay in meeting within 48 hours.

The SDP and Muritala Yakubu are challenging the victory of APC and its candidate, Alhaji Usman Ododo at the election petition tribunal.

Usman Ododo won the election with 446,237 votes, while his closest rival, Yakubu-Ajaka got 259,052 votes.

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Oyo Assembly Asks Makinde to Grant Autonomy to School of Basic Midwifery

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From Kunle Idowu, Ogun

The Oyo State House of Assembly on Wednesday requested the state governor, Mr Seyi Makinde, to grant the State School of Basic Midwifery at Kisi full autonomy for enhanced efficiency.

The House’s request was necessitated by the need for the employment of more medical personnel, particularly in the state’s Oke-Ogun area.

The request followed a motion by Mr Waliu Salami, titled “An appeal to Gov.

Seyi Makinde under Omititun 2.0 to approve Oyo State School of Basic Midwifery Kisi as an autonomous and full-fledged institution in continuation of efforts to fill the medical personnel gaps in Oke-Ogun and Oyo state at large”.

The House noted that available facilities and infrastructure at the institution in Kisi was enough to justify the call to grant the school the required full autonomy.

It added that it has taken cognisance of the qualified and employable graduates produced by the school.

Since its establishment in 2016, the graduates are yet to be productively engaged as trained professionals, the House noted.

The House said the Oyo State College of Nursing and Midwifery was established through the enactment of Oyo State College of Nursing and Midwifery Law, 2005.

This was to, among other things, train student-nurses who provide nursing care for the citizenry in rural and urban areas either at primary, secondary or tertiary levels of healthcare settings in the state.

While presenting the motion, Salami disclosed that since inception the College has trained millions of qualified nurses and midwives in Nigeria to fill the medical personnel gaps experienced in the health sector.

“Since inception, the school has graduated qualified and employable sets of graduates as midwives, making the state proud professionally in places of work nationwide and globally.

“The school trained midwife-students of Oyo State College of Nursing and Midwifery with qualified personnel.

“It is therefore justifiable that with the presence of the facilities and infrastructure on ground, the School of Basic Midwifery Kisi has what it takes to be an autonomous and full-fledged medical institution,” Salami added.

After deliberating on the motion, the House urged the executive arm of government through the Ministry of Health and Oyo State School of Nursing to put the necessary machinery in place.

It said this would be for the metamorphosis of the school into an autonomous and full-fledged medical institution.

The House said this would be in continuation of the institution’s efforts at providing qualified and employable medical personnel in the state and country as a whole.

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