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Democracy Day: Buhari lauds INEC, security agencies over 2019 elections

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President Muhammadu Buhari has commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and Nigerian security agencies for conducting free and fair general polls in 2019 that brought him to power for a second term.

Buhari made the commendation during the June 12 Democracy Day celebration at the Eagle Square in Abuja.

He said that INEC was given all the necessary support by providing the commission with the resources needed for a successful electoral process.

The President further stated that the various security agencies in the country must be commended for maintaining peace and order and for laying down their lives to protect the nation.

He said, “today, we are privileged to mark the 9th secretariat of unbroken democracy leadership and peaceful transfer of power; we have won a democratic election government for another four years in Nigeria.

“Throughout the last four years, I respected the independency of INEC, I ensured that INEC got every resources needed to independently conduct impartial management of elections in the country.

“Political parties can agree that the recent elections, except for pockets of unrest, were free, fair and peaceful. I thank all the people who worked for our party, who campaigned and who voted for us.

“I thank my fellow Nigerians, who, since 2003 consistently voted for me.

“I and Nigerians must collectively commend our Armed Forces and other security agencies for working round the clock to protect us by putting themselves to protect our future,” NAN quoted him as saying.
Buhari said that the issue of terrorism was a worldwide phenomenon given that even the best secured countries were experiencing increasing incidents of unrest.

He, however, said that the present administration would consolidate on the achievements of the last four years.

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EPL: What Emery said about Xhaka after penalty error in 2-2 draw with Tottenham

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Arsenal manager, Unai Emery, has defended Granit Xhaka, after the midfielder’s performance against Tottenham.

Xhaka gave away a penalty in the 2-2 draw with Spurs, but remains a candidate to be Arsenal’s new captain.

Emery is poised to name a new skipper, after the departure of Laurent Koscielny during the summer and said he spoke to Xhaka after his error against Tottenham.

“We’ve been speaking — mistake, recognise that mistake, learn, correct, improve and after repeat with success.

“Every player makes mistakes, only some are magnified because the consequence is more.

“But I am really focused on the good things, on the positive performances and Xhaka has a big character and is very important for us.

“He played a very good match against Tottenham, he made a mistake that was a penalty, he knows and we are working to improve, to change that mistake in one process,” Emery told reporters, ahead of their trip to Watford on Sunday.

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Benue former governor, Suswam allegedly planning defection ahead of 2023

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The former Governor of Benue State and Senator representing Benue North East Senatorial District, Gabriel Suswam might defect to the ruling All Progressives Congress in no distant time.

Sources close to the lawmaker indicated over the weekend that he has opened up talks with some highly powerful northern politicians and oligarchs preparatory to 2023 general election, saying he would be interested in joining the ruling All Progressives Congress leadership.

An Aide who spoke with DAILY POST under anonymity stressed that the lawmaker who was appointed Senate Committee Chairman on Power in the ninth Senate would be comfortable being a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress, adding that Suswam has, “choice of joining any political party he wants.”

According to him, “President Muhammadu Buhari’s expiration of tenure in 2023 would leave opportunity for building of political blocks which any politician of Suswam’s standing would like to belong.”

The former Governor who won his case at the Benue State Election Petition Tribunal against the APC’s Mimi Adzape Orubibi reportedly told his political associates who paid him a congratulatory visit at the weekend in Makurdi that he would overcome all court cases instituted against him.

“Don’t be jittery. I am on top as far as all ourt cases are concerned. ”

“Cases already decided for and against the PDP in Benue which have gone to Appeal Court panels would be upturned”, the source added.
The source said, Suswam at the meeting with visitors promised to deepen contacts with the Presidency and Senate leadership to see how the APC headship would be restructured in Benue State preparatory for 2023.

Suswam was said to be optimistic of enjoying the support of the National leadership of the APC, stressing that the Benue State leadership of the party is weak under its current leaders.
Effort to speak with the former governor directly to confirm his decision, however, failed.

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Slain Ondo Varsity Professor buried amid tears, tributes [PHOTOS]

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The remains of Professor Gideon Okedayo, a senior lecturer of the Ondo State University of Science and Technology, OSUSTECH, Okitipupa who was allegedly killed by suspected kidnappers have been committed to mother earth.

The late professor who was also a pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, was on Saturday interred at his residence, in Idepe, Okitipupa Local Government Area of the Ondo State.

Late Professor Okedayo who lectured in the institution’s Department of Mathematics was allegedly killed by gunmen suspected to be kidnappers following his abduction last week while on his way to his hometown of Igarra, Edo State.

At the funeral service of the late Professor which was attended by his colleagues, Pastor Johnson Umoren of the Ondo Province 5 RCCG described death as inevitable, hence the need for everyone to be impactful while alive.

The pastor who urged government to ensure that those behind the gruesome killing of the professor are nabbed described the late university lecturer as a man who lived for mankind.

“Therefore as we mourn, we should not mourn as those without hope. We are very sure he is resting with the Lord. You must summon the courage to forge ahead and continue where he has stopped. This I know will gladden his heart.

“To the wife and children. Don’t forget you are not alone, the Good Shepherd has promised ” he will not leave nor forsake you.

Describing her late husband as a genius whose death was avoidable, his widow, Mrs. Marrietta Okedayo said her husband lived for justice and equity.

“You were a devout Christian and a pastor indeed who lived an exemplary life which I am still emulating till this very moment. You were a great disciplinarian, academic, a father and a mentor. You were a genius with no match, but Nigeria did not protect you.”

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