The Presidency on Monday cautioned leaders in the country to be mindful of their utterances and its potential consequences following the unfortunate killing of the daughter of Afenifere leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti.
Mrs. Funke Olakunri was killed on Friday on the Kajola-Ore road in Ondo State by those the police described as “armed robbers”.
A statement by the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu issued in Abuja, warned against politicizing the tragic death of Olakunri.
”It is incumbent on all leaders across the country to consider their language and its potential consequences.
”Insecurity is an issue that Nigeria must face together as one nation – united.
”Times of a tragedy like this are not the time for politics. It reveals only disrespect for the departed and her family.
”And we hope that those who stand in positions of influence recognize and understand this,” the statement said.
It added that President Muhammadu Buhari had already issued a statement expressing his heartfelt condolences to the family of Mrs. Funke Olakunri and followed up with a telephone call.
”The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has, in addition, paid a visit to the grieving family in Akure, Ondo State.
”Her death is a tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family,” the statement added.
Obasanjo: Nigeria’s Situation Bad But There’s Light Beyond The Tunnel
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo says Nigeria’s
socio-economic-political situation of Nigeria is bad but expressed optimism that things would be good again.
Obasanjo stated this while addressing a gathering at a youth programme organised by the Youth Development Centre, an arm of the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, in Abeokuta on Tuesday.
The ex-president said, “I have tremendous hope in Nigeria; I am an incurable optimist about Nigeria.
“Having run the affairs of Nigeria as a military head of state when some people felt there was virtually no hope, we turned it around.
“During the Murtala Muhammed government and my government soldiers who were working in Lagos and who had to go to the office in public transport did not wear their uniforms, they were ashamed.
“But within the space of six months, they were proudly wearing their uniforms. So, it can be done.
“Don’t lose hope. The current situation is bad. I don’t need to tell you that, but I can see the light beyond the tunnel. There is light beyond the tunnel.”
He added, “There should be no Nigerian child that should be out of school for any reason.
“You have already got your Boko Haram in the next 15 years if you don’t do anything about that. So, whatever you are talking about, unless you take care of inclusivity, you will not get there. Quality is important, but inclusivity is much better.”
Obasanjo, Davido, Omisore, Others Top 19,000 Tax Defaulters In Nigeria
The Federal Inland Revenue Service has published names of 19,901 individuals and organisations, who default on tax payment in Nigeria.
The list contains prominent individuals and organisations Obasanjo Farms Nig. Ltd (Feedmill); Iyiola Omisore & Par; Citiroof Aluminium Co. Ltd; Coldstone Creamery Limited (Yaba); Davido Music Worldwide Ltd; Grand Square Supermarket and Stores Ltd; Open Heavens Bliss Enterprises; and God is Good Motors.
The agency said it had taken possession of the bank accounts of the tax defaulters, adding that the accounts would be under its possession until they regularise their tax status.
It said, “This is to notify all companies, which had their bank accounts placed under lien by the Federal Inland Revenue Service pursuant to Section 31 of the FIRSE Act but are yet to regularise their tax status with the FIRS, that if they fail, refuse or neglect to pay the tax due within 30 days of this notice, the FIRS shall in accordance with Section 49 (2) (a- d) of the FIRSE Act proceed and enforce the payment of the said tax against all the directors, managers, secretaries and every other person concerned in the management of the companies and recover the said tax from such persons without further notice.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the above section authorises the FIRS to proceed against and punish every officer, manager, director, secretary or any person concerned with the management of the company in like manner as if he/she had committed the offence.”
Others on the list of defaulters include Tiger Foods Limited; Slot Enterprises; Payporte Technology Limited; Visionscape Sanitation Solutions Limited; Erisco Foods Limited, Hubmart Stores Limited and United Capital Plc.
People thought I would be last president of Nigeria – Obasanjo
Obasanjo said this in Abeokuta while addressing some youths and students from select schools in the State at a Youths Governance Dialogue organized by the Youth Development Centre, an arm of the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library.
According to him, the state of the nation was really bad at the time, but that since Nigeria came out as one, he is now “an incurable optimist” about the country.
Obasanjo, who cited examples of how he turned around the country when it was in a comatose during the 1970 civil war and during the regime of late Muritala Muhammed in 1975, said, many Nigerians had lost hope then but that Nigerians’ hopes were brought back by his regime.
He said, “Having run the affairs of Nigeria as a Military Head of State when some people felt there was virtually no hope about Nigeria and we turned it around.
“And having taken care of Nigeria when I came out of the Prison when some people told me that I will be the last President of Nigeria, because, after me, there will be no Nigeria again, because, the situation was so bad. I have come to have tremendous hope in Nigeria, belief and optimism. So, I am an incurable optimist about Nigeria”.
He, therefore, advised thus; “don’t lose hope, the situation is bad. The current situation is bad. I don’t need to tell you that, but, I can see the light beyond the tunnel. There is a light beyond the tunnel”.
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