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Presidency To El-Rufai: You Are On Your Own, Buhari Not In Receipt Of Your Letter

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The Presidency has distanced President Muhammadu Buhari from a letter in circulation, which alleged that the president had authorized Governor Nasir el-Rufai to “deal with traitors and disloyal members of APC, especially Senator Shehu Sani.

Malam Garba Shehu, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, made this known in a statement in Abuja on Sunday.

According to the presidential aide, the president is not aware of any such letter, let alone authorising anyone to deal with any party member.

The statement read: “The presidency wishes to distance President Muhammadu Buhari from a letter currently in circulation, which alleges that the President had authorized a governor or anyone else for that matter to deal with traitors and disloyal members of APC, especially Senator Shehu Sani.

“We wish to confirm that the president is not aware of any such letter, let alone authorising anyone to deal with any party member.

“Given President Buhari’s record, it is inconceivable that he would usurp the role of the party leaders and instruct anyone to punish a party member.

“In the light of above, we would like to appeal to the general public, especially members of the press, to ignore false or unauthorised information intended to attribute to the president any action which is not in line with his character.”

It would be recalled that Governor El-Rufai of Kaduna State had last week visited the Presidential villa twice over political developments in his state.

El-Rufai, who vehemently opposed the decision of the APC National Working Committee to clear Senator Shehu Sani as the sole candidate in the race for APC-Kaduna Central, said the fate of the senator “lies in the hands of the party delegates in the state”.

The national body of the APC had on Sunday reiterated that Sani remained its only senatorial candidate from Kaduna Central.

The Acting National Publicity Secretary of the party, Yekini Nabena, confirmed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja.

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Ooni Of Ife’s New Wife, Yeyeluwa Silekunola, Enters The Palace With Grace, Elegance [PHOTOS]

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Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, has received his new Olori after the necessary rites have been performed, the Palace said.

“Her Majesty, Olori Moronke Naomi Silekunola Ogunwusi is the new Yeyeluwa Oodua. Necessary rites fully performed,” a terse message from the Palace said.

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IPOB Leader, Nnamdi Kanu Resurfaces In Jerusalem [ Video/Photo]

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The leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu has been spotted in Jerusalem.

Kanu was spotted in Jerusalem on Friday praying.

In a video which surfaced online, the IPOB leader could be seen donning an Israeli outfit used for prayers while holding a book.

Kanu was last seen in Nigeria on September 10, 2017 after military some men invaded his residence in Afaraukwu community in Abia State.

Confirming the video and pictures, a source closed to IPOB spokesperson, Emma Powerful but chose to be anonymous told DAILY POST, “The video is true, Emma Powerful confirmed it to me.”

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We Can’t Pay New Minimum Wage — Governors

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Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum, NGF, Abdulaziz Yari, said yesterday that governors were not against upward review of the minimum wage, but lack capacity to pay it.

This is as indications emerged yesterday that organized labour might resume its suspended strike over the issue as early as November 6.

Briefing journalists on the outcome of the forum’s meeting with the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Wednesday night, Yari said the issue was not just on the agreed figure to be paid by the governors but also the “ability or resources to take care of that agreed minimum wage.”

Noting that his colleagues made it known that they have no problem with a review of salaries but were being real, Yari, who is governor of Zamfara State, said: “The problem of the states is the capacity to pay what is agreed. As we are talking today, we are struggling with N18,000.

“Some of the states are paying 35 percent, some 50 percent and still some states have salary arrears. So, it is not about only reviewing it but how we are going to get the resources to cater for it.”

Yari’s statement caused a stir in the polity, yesterday. There was anxiety that labour leaders who met over the issue last night may call for industrial action. Some state chapters of the NLC, vowed to shut down the country if the minimum wage was not reviewed and implemented.

The NLC had demanded N30,000 as minimum wage, the governors proposed N20,000, while the Federal Government said it could afford N24,000.

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