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Pope Francis makes new appointment in Nigeria

His Holiness, Pope Francis, has appointed His Grace, Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama as the Catholic Archbishop of Abuja.

Pope Francis, represented by Apostolic Nuncio to Nigeria, His Grace, Archbishop Antonio Guido Filipazzi, made the announcement on Monday in Abuja, during the opening ceremony of the first plenary meeting of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN).

NAN reports that Kaigama will take over from His Eminence, John Cardinal Onaiyekan who reached the retirement age of 75 years on Jan. 29.

Until his appointment, Kaigama was the Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Jos and immediate past President of the CBCN.

“We congratulate and pray for Archbishop Kaigama. I know that it is not easy for him. But I told him like Abraham, go out of your land to the land God will show you and God will bless you and make you the father of many people,” Filipazzi said.

The new Catholic bishop of Abuja is a priest of Jukun origin from Taraba.

Born on July 31, 1958, Kaigama studied for the priesthood at St. Augustine’s Major Seminary in Jos and Rome respectively.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that Kaigama was ordained priest on June 6, 1981, and was appointed Bishop of Jalingo by Pope John Paul II, now Saint Pope John Paul, and later consecrated as bishop on April 23, 1995.

In 2,000, Kaigama was again appointed by Pope John Paul II to succeed the late Archbishop Gabriel Ganaka as Archbishop of Jos.

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Atiku vs Buhari: Heavy security ahead of Wednesday’s tribunal sitting

Ahead of the Wednesday sitting of the Presidential Election Tribunal hearing the case of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar against President Muhammadu Buhari at the Court of Appeal, the FCT Police Command has announced water tight security.

A statement on Tuesday sent to DAILY POST by DSP Anjuguri Manzah, Police Public Relations Officer, said there will be diversion of traffic at Goodluck Ebele way and Shehu Shagari Way.

While apologising for the inconveniences the arrangement might cause, the Command explained that it was part of proactive measure to beef up security at the venue and forestall any act that could disrupt the Tribunal sitting and result in the breakdown of law and order; especially clash between supporters of both parties.

“In view of this development, members of the public are advised to use alternative routes to their destinations on Wednesday.

“The Command reiterate its commitment to the protection of lives and property in the Federal Capital Territory”, it said.

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Anambra CP orders arrest of tricycles, buses operating with curtains, tinted glasses

The Anambra State Commissioner of Police, Mustapha Dandaura, has ordered the arrest of commercial shuttle bus or tricycle operators with tinted glasses or curtains in the state.

The CP gave the order on Tuesday in a statement in Awka, where he ordered that such vehicles or tricycles be impounded.

He further asked residents of the state to avoid patronizing them in order not to fall victims of their nefarious activities.

He said, “Information at the disposal of the Anambra State Police Command revealed that hoodlums in the State are using commercial vehicles especially shuttle buses and KEKE NAPEP with tinted glasses and thick curtains (which shield their interiors) in Awka, Onitsha, Ekwulobia, Oko and other densely populated areas to rob unsuspecting passengers and disposes them of their valuables without being detected by the law enforcement agencies.

“In view of the foregoing, the Commissioner of Police CP Mustapha Dandaura has ordered with immediate effect, the arrest of any commercial vehicle especially shuttle bus driver or Keke riders found operating with tinted glasses or curtains in the State and such vehicles/Keke be impounded by the Police.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the Command will commence intensive stop and search Operations to enforce this order to the letter.”

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PDP to Tinubu: Don’t curry relevance with our party, mocks ‘his trip to Mecca’

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Tuesday berated the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, for allegedly resorting to
hauling insults against the opposition party to curry political relevance.

It also alleged that Tinubu was ostensibly attacking the PDP for his selfish pecuniary interests.

PDP spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan said this in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja.

He said by travelling to faraway Mecca, at this Ramadan period,
just to meet President Muhammadu Buhari and engage in gossips, invectives and diatribes against the PDP, Asiwaju Tinubu has further demonstrated nothing to offer towards the development of our
nation.

“It is atrocious that at the time other leaders are in the Holy Land offering prayers and supplications for our nation, Asiwaju Tinubu is in Mecca for photo-ops, playing dirty politics and hauling insults at other Nigerians just to curry relevance before President Buhari.

“The party noted that nothing but sheer hypocrisy would push Asiwaju Tinubu to engage in unholy praises of a failed administration in desperation to avert the purported threats by certain agents of the Buhari Presidency to expose him.

“This is the same Asiwaju Tinubu, who, in January 2018, at the 15th Annual Daily Trust Dialogue, berated the Buhari administration for its nepotism, incompetence, corrupt oil subsidy regime; blaming it for the high-level poverty in our country and counseled Nigerians to be guided by their conscience in electing leaders in the 2019 general elections.

“Asiwaju, in criticizing the Buhari administration held rightly that “too
much political and economic power resides in the hands of too few. This result in a society described by too much of unemployment, inadequate infrastructure, too little food, yet too much poverty,” he said.

“He added that under President Buhari, “rather than becoming a joyous nation, Nigeria has become a cruel playground where the fears and concerns of the average person get exploited but their interests never get promoted.”

The PDP, therefore, lambasted Tinubu for allegedly making allusion to its determination with Nigerians to retrieve Atiku Abubakar’s stolen Presidential mandate at the court, adding that no amount of blackmail can detract from this resolve.

Further, PDP said, “The party cautioned Asiwaju Tinubu to call himself to order,
particularly as Nigerians, including members of his party, the All
Progressives Congress (APC), have seen through his power-grabbing antics
and are now determined to give him the back seat treatment”.

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