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A Lady From My State Has Offered Herself To Marry You As You Go On Sabbatical — Senator Marafa Tells Saraki

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Kabir Marafa, senator representing Zamfara central, has offered Senate President Bukola Saraki another wife.

Marafa made the offer while thanking his colleagues for approving a N10 billion intervention fund for Zamfara, owing to the insecurity in the state.

Speaking on the floor of Senate on Thursday, the lawmaker said there is room for another wife in Saraki’s house because its size “is grossly underutilised.”

“I have a mounting order from my constituents to thank you for the efforts we all collectively put in addressing the plight of the people of Zamfara state,” he said.

“Mr President, I want to thank you specifically. A lady in my constituency said I should tell you specifically that she has never seen you hit the gavel the way you did yesterday and I should tell you that when you commence your sabbatical, that she has offered herself to marry you if you so wish.

“I told her to wait until we see facts and figures in the 2019 budget. With respect and apology to Madam at home but from where I come, you are allowed up to four wives. So madam should please keep space because anytime I sit at home and look at the size of the house, I feel it is grossly underutilised.” He said.

Marafa also thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for intervening in the security situation of the state.

“On behalf of all the people of Zamfara state, I want to thank you so much and also the leadership of the Senate. Senator Bukar Abba Ibrahim, they wish you a successful retirement as government pikin,” he said.

“Senator Shehu Sani, you are legislatively violent with your chairmanship of the committee on foreign and domestic debts and we are all going to be together in retirement, me, you and senator Monsurat.

“They said I should tell the chairman of appropriations and members that you have done your utmost best and look forward to your efforts and cooperation.

“I thank senator Adeyeye as a retiring senator, you performed very well. Obviously, nobody will say they want to marry you. (Laughter) distinguished Senator Ekweremadu, you are doing quite a befitting cap today. You have called for a state of emergency in Zamfara but I will advise you don’t visit the Senate president in the office today for very obvious reasons.”

On his part, Saraki appreciated all the senators who contributed to the debate on the insecurity situation in the state and a made case for the funds to be approved.

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Nigeria Yet To Receive Ventilators From US, A Month After Trump’s Promise — FG

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The federal government says it is yet to receive ventilators from the US.

On April 28, US President Donald Trump, during a telephone conversation with President Muhammadu Buhari, promised to send ventilators to support Nigeria in the fight against COVID-19.

Speaking at the presidential task force briefing on Thursday, Lai Mohammed, minister of information and culture, said the ventilators are yet to arrive in Nigeria.

He said there is no specific date for the arrival of the medical items, and that the information will be made public once the ventilators are received.

“On when the ventilators promised by President Trump will arrive, to the best of my knowledge, they have not arrived. When they do arrive it will be made known to the public,” he said.

On the efforts made by the information ministry in curbing the spread of COVID-19, Mohammed said there has been increased community sensitization against the disease.

He said there has been a series of jingles played on radio stations to enhance rural engagements.

“In addition, we also have support from 40 community and campus radio stations across the country awaiting our jingles,” he said.

“Our aggressive and sustained campaign on the Social Media has gained traction, in the last five days alone some of the videos we posted have been viewed over one million times.”




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Buhari Came To ‘Steal, Kill, Destroy’ —- Fani-Kayode

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A former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, has described the five years of President Muhammadu Buhari as “disastrous.”

He disagreed with Special Adviser to Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, whose weekly column argued the President’s emergence, saved the nation from collapse in 2015.

Fani-Kayode, on his verified twitter handle, said Buhari’s emergence has plunged the nation into a deeper abyss.

Responding directly to Adesina’s tweet, the former Minister said: “Not so my friend. The emergence of Buhari in 2015 annihilated Nigeria and plunged her into darkness, death, and destruction.

“He came to steal, kill and destroy and for the last disastrous 5 years that is all he has done.”





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Lagos BRT Increases Fares By 50%

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Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Primero Transport Services Limited, operators of the Bus Rapid Transport, have said fares will increase by about 50 percent.

The company on Thursday said it got approval from the regulator of the sector, the Lagos State Metropolitan Area Transport Authority, to increase the fares.

Earlier, the News Agency of Nigeria reported that the company withdrew its services on Monday due to losses caused by the new guidelines of government which restricted the number of commuters on BRT to 20 per trip instead of 70.

The BRT Managing Director, Mr Fola Tinubu, told NAN that the management of the company would resolve the issues after a meeting with the government.

After the meeting, Tinubu said an agreement had been reached for the fares to be increased.

He said, “We are going to increase our pricing effective from Friday, May 29 (today). We agreed on this after our talk with the Lagos State Government.

“Everywhere commuters are paying N200 for a trip, it is going to be N300 and everywhere commuters are paying N300 per trip, it is going to be N500.

“We are increasing our fares. We have secured the permission of the regulator, Lagos State Metropolitan Area Transport Authority.”

He said the number of passengers on the buses would also be increased to 42, with no passenger standing on buses as against 20 earlier approved by the government.

The LAMATA External Relations Specialist, Kola Ojelabi, confirmed the development.




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