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Address Rumours Surrounding Osinbajo, Tell Nigerians The Truth; Bakare Tells Presidency

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Lagos-based preacher, Pastor Tunde Bakare, has asked the Presidency to address the rumours surrounding Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo.

Bakare, who is the Serving Overseer, Dominion Hall, Citadel Global Community Church (formerly Latter Rain Assembly) said this while delivering a sermon on Sunday.

There have been reports in the last couple of months about a strained relationship between Osinbajo and the cabal at the Presidency which culminated in the sacking and redeployment of some of the Vice-President’s aides.

Osinbajo was also relieved of some duties such as overseeing the Social Investment Programme and the economic advisory team.

Bakare, however, said there was a need for the Presidency to speak up.

He said, “It is my considered opinion that all the rumour mills and things going around the Vice-President in this nation, the government must address this country and tell the plain truth about what is going on instead of letting people continue to make guesses that are unprofitable for our nation or anybody.

“And if they don’t want to say anything, then let them not say but stop this nonsense that is going on. You have a moral responsibility to account for the mess that is going on if you don’t stop it.”

Bakare, who was running mate to the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), in 2011, said he never begged to be Buhari’s running mate.

He said no one could relegate him having “gained access” to the mountain.

The cleric added, “I didn’t apply to be running mate. I was minding my business when I was called. They gave me access to the mountain and you can’t check me out of the place. No.”

Bakare said the Bible “is replete with examples of persons who were nowhere but God elevated them.”

He said characters like Joseph and David received an accelerated promotion and ensured that they utilized the opportunity to the full.

The cleric compared that to the case of Osinbajo.

Bakare stated, “I am not sure Osinbajo was a party man. I am not sure he was there when the APC was being formed. I moved the motion for the merger of the CPC and the ACN at the Eagle Square. He was not anywhere around there that day. In fact, I can tell you that he went to the Supreme Court to argue a case on that day when they were looking for him… one day I will tell you the story of what transpired that night.

“Until the kings of the mountain give you access, you cannot do anything on that mountain. But when they give you access, you must know how to carry yourself upon the mountain.”

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Big Daddy Is Gone! Lagos Lawmaker, Tunde Buraimoh, Dies Two Weeks After His 60th Birthday

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A member of the Lagos state House of Assembly representing Kosofe Constituency II, Hon. Tunde Buraimoh has been declared dead.

His colleague, Honourable Sanni Ganeey Okanlawon from Kosofe Constituency 1, broke the news via social media.

The late lawmaker is said to have died exactly two weeks after his 60th birthday.

Buraimoh, who ensured that the assembly holds a special session for late Senator Bayo Osinowo, was said to have fallen ill and became indisposed for days to ensure he recovers from the health challenges quickly and resume to office.

A source from the House of Assembly confirmed to the Guild that the former lawmaker, representing Kosofe Constituency II, was battling with two underlying health issues, diabetes and High Blood Pressure (BP) before he passed on.

The source added that his health challenges and that of Osinowo were reasons the assembly suggested yesterday to the state Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, that more private hospitals should be accredited and ask Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, to work with the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) to assist the state gain control over coronavirus.

Although the news of the late lawmaker who was fondly called Big Daddy, has not been made official, a member of the family told our correspondent that the former assembly spokesman died early hours on Friday and that other members of the family were yet to come to terms that the former lawmaker was no more.

A member of All Progressives Congress (APC) in his constituency told The Guild that though they were yet to receive any official statement from the family since news of his death filtered in, meanwhile, the party members have started trooping to his home to commiserate with the Buraimohs.

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Diezani Removed $70m From NNPC In 12 Bags —– Ex-NNPC GMD

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A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos heard on Thursday that in 2015, a former Petroleum Resources Minister Diezani Alison-Madueke ordered the removal of $70 million from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in 12 padlocked bags.

A former NNPC Group General Manager told Justice Muslim Hassan that he delivered the bags to an Abuja-based banker on Mrs. Alison-Madueke’s instructions.

He testified that he and others “had a command-and-obey relationship and also took an oath of office to obey directives and authority”.

The former GGM appeared as a prosecution witness in the trial of a former Executive Director of a top commercial bank, Dauda Lawal.

Lawal is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for alleged money laundering of N928,000,000

The commission accused him of handling $25 million out of $153 million, which the former minister allegedly doled out to influence the 2015 general elections.

The trial opened on Thursday with the ex-NNPC GGM appearing as the first prosecution witness.

Led in evidence by EFCC Prosecutor Rotimi Oyedepo, the witness narrated how he delivered the cash-laden bags to the Abuja banker, identified simply as Charles, in the front of Dume Supermarket in Abuja.

The witness said: “My lord, as I can remember, shortly before the 2015 elections, it was the norm for heads of subsidiaries (of the NNPC) to be invited for an undisclosed briefing of activities of their departments to the minister.

“At the end of such briefings, the then Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Alison-Madueke, gave me a GSM number in respect of one Charles, whom I had never met, with a clear instruction that I should convey 12 padlocked bags to the said Charles.

“My lord, the source, the content, and the purpose of the bags were not disclosed to me.

“Thereafter, I called the said Charles, who equally confirmed to me that he had been briefed about the message. I delivered the bags to Charles.

“Much later, my lord, the EFCC invited me for interrogation on the issue and I made a statement to that effect.

“Charles equally confirmed at the EFCC that he received the 12 padlocked bags and the bags contained $70 million.”

Under cross-examination by the defense counsel, Patrick Ikwueto (SAN), the witness said he had never met Lawal before.

Justice Hassan adjourned till July 21, 22, and 23 for the continuation of trial.

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Afenifere Demands Sack Of Education Minister For Stopping School Resumption

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The pan-Yoruba socio-political organization, Afenifere has condemned the decision of the Federal Government that schools should remain closed in the country until further notice.

The group called on the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (red.), to sack the minister of education for planning to ground education for a year.

The Secretary-General of the association, Bashorun Sehinde Arogbofa, said the Federal Government should have allowed pupils to resume and find means of protecting them against coronavirus disease.

He said, “Adamu Adamu should be sacked, he cannot bring our school system back to the stone age. They had about six months to plan for these children what did the Federal Government do?

“It means the two of them (Adamu and the Minister of State for Education) don’t know what they are doing, so they should go. I think the two ministers in the ministry should go. Why would one say the pupils should resume taking their paper in August and the other minister would come and reverse the order?”

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