President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday reiterated his position that Nigerians have no other country than Nigeria, telling those who feel that have another to leave.
President Buhari made the remark on Monday when he received the All Progressives Congress governorship aspirant and members of the party from the three Senatorial Districts of Kwara State at the State House.
He described his late deputy when he was Military Head of State, Major General Tunde Idiagbon, who is from Kwara State, as a very rare example of what loyalty to one’s fatherland should be.
A statement by presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, quoted Buhari as having said: “The late Major General Tunde Idiagbon was a very rare example of what loyalty to the fatherland and to a superior should be.
“Tunde was strong, loyal and extremely committed to the cause of positively changing the narrative about Nigeria, which the administration set out to do at that time.”
President Buhari recalled how his former deputy while on pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia when the administration was overthrown in 1985, insisted on returning to the country despite the political uncertainty, especially as he had learned that he, as Commander-in-Chief at that time, had not been killed in the take-over.
The President added that the late Idiagbon rejected the offer from the King of Saudi Arabia to bring members of his (Idiagbon) family from Nigeria to the Kingdom, as he was his guest at that time, and eventually returned to Nigeria to suffer arrest like he (Buhari) did.
President Buhari further enjoined Nigerians to remain faithful and loyal to the country in all their dealings.
He said: “You don’t have to be in uniform to be loyal.
“What I said long ago in 1984 is still valid today.
“We have no other country but Nigeria.
“Others who feel they have another country may choose to go.
“We will stay here and salvage it together.”
President Buhari thanked the APC stakeholders for the position they have taken to continue to support the party regardless of the outcome of the primaries and assured them that with the unity displayed so far, the party will form the government in Kwara State after the 2019 elections.
How Tambuwal, APC Governors Pushed Me To Remove Oil Subsidy And Later Protested Against Me — Jonathan
Nearly six years after implementing a controversial fuel subsidy withdrawal which sparked a nationwide protest, former President Goodluck Jonathan has revealed that it was the 36 state governors who pushed him to remove the subsidy to provide more money for them.
Jonathan, who made the startling revelation in his book, My Transition Hours, unveiled in an upscale event in Abuja yesterday, however, accused the same governors of precipitating a mass protest against him and his administration when Nigerians kicked against the fuel price hike from N65 to N97 per liter.
The former president also slammed the then speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, who is currently the governor of Sokoto State, for hobnobbing with the opposition to tackle him over the fuel price increase.
Jonathan recalled how Tambuwal mobilised the members of the House to sit on a Sunday just to condemn the deregulation approved by his administration.
The former leader said that Tambuwal embarked on the session in the hope that he (Jonathan) had travelled out of the country to South Africa for the centenary celebration of African National Congress, ANC.
“That was the first and only time in Nigeria’s political history that the Parliament sat on a Sunday. At that sitting, an opposition member of the House got up to allege that I had abandoned the nation at such a crucial time to join in festivity in South Africa.
“Unknown to the House, on that same day, while they were sitting, I was at Eagle Square to commission mass transit vehicles my administration purchased to cushion the effect of the subsidy removal.
‘’I had to address the issue by telling the nation that it was untrue that I had abandoned the nation at such a crucial time to join festivities in South Africa. The country was tense and the public was wondering what would happen next,” he said.
Jonathan accused the governors, especially those from the opposition APC, of abandoning their push for deregulation when the protests broke out, castigating him and his administration for the decision, apparently to look good before the people.
He said in the 194-page book: “State governors of the main opposition party, some of whom were champions of the subsidy removal in our meetings on the matter, made a volta face.”
Customs Officers Kill Woman In Lagos
The Nigeria Police in Badagry said it had arrested seven customs officers over the killing one Mrs Patience Oni and injuring an innocent man at Forte Oil Filling Station near popular Badagry Roundabout in Lagos state.
The Divisional Police Officer (DPO) Badagry Police Station, Mr Samson Akhiromen, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Badagry that the men of customs were arrested for indiscriminately shooting and killing of innocent people.
According to the DPO, the customs officers, under the code name Anti-flying, were raiding an illegal rice depot near a filling station around 12 noon on Tuesday, when they started shooting.
“They started shooting indiscriminately to scare away traders and residents from the area.
“During the shooting, the bullets from one of the officers hit two people, one died immediately, while the other one is receiving treatment in an undisclosed hospital.
“The husband of the woman killed is a police inspector serving in Area K Police Station, Morogbo,” he said.
The DPO said that he arrested the officers with his team of officers when the situation was getting out of hand.
He, however, said the arrested officers had been handed over to the SCIID Panti for further investigation and prosecution.
I Will Pay N100,000 As Minimum Wage — ADP Presidential Candidate, Yabagi Sani
The presidential candidate of the Action Democratic Party, Yabagi Sani, on Wednesday, said he would pay N100,000 national minimum wage.
Yabagi made the disclosure to newsmen in Abuja while unveiling his running mate, Prince Martin Kunle Olateru-Olagbegi.
“Our agenda shall be anchored on the deployment of new governance models to restructure Nigeria and give our people a new direction,” he said.
On workers’ salary, he stated, “The Nigerian economy has the capacity to give a minimum of N100,000 per month to the least paid worker in this country. We have the capacity, what we are losing is leadership.
“A country that is number six among the crude oil and gas exporting countries in the world; a country that is number three among the gas exporting countries in the world; a country that has the largest population in Africa; a country that is remarkable in terms of where the resources of this world are deposited and a country that has the youngest population, youngest workers and youngest capital with all the potential, we cannot be paying N30,000 per month as minimum wage. Believe me, it is very small”.
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