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Buhari Raises The Alarm Over Ritual Killings, Deadly Attacks On Innocents

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In a week marked by increased security concerns, President Muhammadu Buhari criticized a spike in ritual killings and deadly attacks against on-duty police officers and ethnic minorities.

Buhari’s fears stemmed from recent incidences in the states of Enugu, Imo, Abia, Zamfara, and Ogun.

The president scowled at reports of ritual killings, hate crimes, and the assassination of law enforcement agents, calling them outliers.

Buhari extended his condolences to the victims’ families in a statement sent by his media adviser, Malam Garba Shehu.

He asked law enforcement agencies, state governments, local governments, community leaders, and religious leaders to take all legal measures to prevent similar tragedies in the future.

He also charged the security agencies to put in place measures against such primitive acts including hate crimes and acts of terror.

Before departing for Brussels on Feb. 15, the president had hosted Gov. Hope Uzodinma of Imo.

Uzodinma had briefed the president on socio-economic developments and the security situation in his state.

The governor informed the president of the electric potential in Nworie River in the state, and the Nigerian leader had also given the approval for the commencement of conceptual designs for the power generating project.

‘“The president welcomed the idea of using the Nworie River in Imo State to generate and boost electricity supply in the state,” he said.

Also on Feb. 15, the president also met behind closed door with Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi.

Bello noted that Kogi had been enjoying relative peace and stability in recent times due to new security measures introduced in the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo also presided over the virtual meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Feb. 16.

The Council approved the National Policy on the Government, Second Level Domain, aimed at safeguarding official communications using the government’s top-level domain of “dot government dot ng’’.

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Pantami, disclosed this when he addressed State House correspondents on the outcome of the meeting.

Pantami said with the approval of the policy, government officials must now migrate from using generic domains in their websites and their emails to the second-level domain under the government’s top-level domain.

According to him, the use of private email like yahoo.com; hotmail.com, or gmail.com for official communications by government officials will no longer be tolerated.

The Council also approved 2.8 million dollars for the procurement of rolling stocks operational maintenance equipment for Ibadan to Kano standard gauge and Port Harcourt to Maiduguri narrow gauge railway projects.
The rolling stocks are consumables meant for the maintenance and operation of the railway.

The president, who returned to Abuja after attending the sixth Europe-Africa Summit in Brussels, Belgium, on Saturday, departed the country on Feb. 16, to join other African and European leaders to discuss issues of mutual concerns to both continents.

These included; Financing for Sustainable and Inclusive Growth; Climate Change and Energy Transition, Digital and Transport (Connectivity and Infrastructure); Peace, Security, and Governance; and Private Sector Support and Economic Integration.

While in Brussels, the President apart from actively participating in the sixth EU-AU Summit, held various bilateral meetings with world leaders including the Presidents of Algeria, South Africa, and the Prime Minister of Ethiopia under the auspices of the “G4”.

During the G4 meeting, the leaders resolved to strengthen the platform for the resolution of the various issues confronting the African continent.

The G4 Platform, an initiative of the Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, was set up toward discussing and proffering solutions, as well as aggregating positions to ensure that the African Union carried its work forward successfully, efficiently, and quickly too.

In his contribution at a roundtable discussion on Peace, Security, and Governance at the summit, Buhari called on European leaders to lend their weight to measures by the African Union to stem the tide of unconstitutional leadership changes rearing its head again on the continent.

He equally stressed the need to nip the root causes of extremism, conflicts, and tensions in Africa at inception. (NAN)

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Aare Abisoye Fagade Joyously Celebrates The Coronation Of The 43rd Olubadan Of Ibadan, Oba Akinloye Owolabi Olakulehin

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In a momentous celebration that echoes through the vibrant streets of Ibadan, Aare Abisoye Fagade extends his exuberant congratulations to Oba Akinloye Owolabi Olakulehin on his enthronement as the 43rd Olubadan of Ibadan. This landmark coronation ushers in a new era of leadership, heritage, and progress for the illustrious city of Ibadan.

With a heartfelt connection that spans decades, Aare Fagade has cherished the guidance and wisdom of Oba Olamilehin, whom he has revered not only as an esteemed uncle but also as a distinguished entrepreneur and an astute politician, a legacy passed down through his father, the late Elder David Oladokun Fagade. The bond between their families is woven into the very fabric of Ibadan’s history, making this occasion deeply personal and profoundly significant.

“Today, we celebrate not just a coronation but the dawn of a new chapter in the storied history of Ibadan,” proclaimed Aare Abisoye Fagade. “Oba Akinloye Owolabi Olakulehin embodies the virtues of wisdom, integrity, and visionary leadership. His ascent to the throne heralds a future filled with promise and prosperity for our beloved city.”

Aare Fagade’s jubilant praise for the new Olubadan is accompanied by fervent prayers for his reign. “May the reign of Oba Akinloye Owolabi Olamilehin be showered with divine blessings, peace, and unprecedented growth. May his leadership unite us and inspire us to reach new heights of excellence and harmony.

The coronation of Oba Olakulehin is not merely a ceremonial event but a rallying cry for all Ibadan indigenes to come together in support of their new monarch. Aare Fagade calls upon every son and daughter of Ibadan to embrace this momentous occasion with unity and enthusiasm, pledging their support to a reign that promises to uphold the grandeur and legacy of Ibadan.

As the city of Ibadan rejoices in this historic event, the air is filled with anticipation and hope for a future sculpted by the vision and guidance of Oba Akinloye Owolabi Olamilehin. Aare Abisoye Fagade stands proudly with his fellow Ibadan natives, celebrating the dawn of a new era.

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JUST IN: President Tinubu Renames National Theatre After Wole Soyinka

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Nigeria’s President, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has renamed the national theatre in Lagos after Wole Soyinka.

Tinubu made the pronouncement in a birthday message to the Nobel laureate who turns 90 on July 13.

“It is also fitting we celebrate this national treasure while he is still with us,” Tinubu said.

“I am, accordingly, delighted to announce the decision of the Federal Government to rename the National Theatre in Iganmu, Surulere, as the Wole Soyinka Centre for Culture and the Creative Arts.

“We do not only celebrate Soyinka’s remarkable literary achievements but also his unwavering dedication to the values of human dignity and justice.”

 

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HEALTH: FG Inaugurates Committee To End Mother-To-Child Transmission Of HIV

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The federal government has established a multidisciplinary committee to eliminate the transmission of HIV from mothers to children in Nigeria.

Minister of State for Health and Social Welfare, Tunji Alausa, launched the Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission (PMTCT) and Pediatric HIV Programme Committee in Abuja on Thursday.

Alausa highlighted that Nigeria accounts for 25% of global mother-to-child HIV transmission and emphasized the ministry’s commitment to collaborating with the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) and the National AIDS and STIs Control Programme (NASCP) to ensure that no child is born with HIV, thereby eradicating vertical transmission.

“As you are aware, Nigeria contributes 25% of the global burden of HIV transmission between mothers and their children,” Alausa said.

“Despite testing approximately 4 million pregnant women in 2023, our PMTCT (prevention of mother-to-child transmission) and pediatric HIV coverage remain at about 35%, falling significantly short of the 95% target.

“Through the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) and the National AIDS and STIs Control Programme (NASCP), we will provide effective governance for this programme.

“Eliminating mother-to-child transmission of HIV and ensuring care for all persons living with HIV, especially our children, aligns with the renewed hope agenda of Mr President.”

Also speaking, Temitope Ilori, the director-general of NACA, expressed concern over the low coverage of PMTCT and pediatric HIV in Nigeria.

Ilori said about 140,000 children below 14 years old are living with HIV as of 2023, with 22,000 new infections and 15,000 AIDS-related deaths occurring among underage people.

The NACA DG noted that the newly constituted committee will drive the implementation of the initiative, in line with the sector-wide approach to health care in Nigeria.

“Nigeria faces a critical challenge in preventing mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV and ensuring access to care for children living with HIV,” Ilori said.

“The objective of today’s meeting is to formally inaugurate the acceleration plan committee to provide oversight to the PMTCT and pediatric HIV programme implementation in line with the three-one principle of one coordinating agency, one strategic framework, and one M&E system.”

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