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Nobody Should Pay Ransom If I’m Kidnapped —- El-Rufai’s Wife

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The wife of Kaduna State Governor, Hajia Asia El-Rufai has said that Nigerians must sacrifice to end banditry and kidnapping, saying that, no ransom should be paid to her abductors if she is kidnapped.

According to The Nations Newspaper, the Governor’s wife made the remarks in Kaduna on Wednesday while addressing participants of a peace and security training, organized for Kaduna women by Equal Access International (EAI).

The training according to the EAI’s Country Director, Mr. Maaji Peters is aimed at securing Nigerian communities through the creation of Civilian Security, CIVSEC who will make contributions and decisions on issues that affect them and their communities.

El-Rufai’s wife who was the Guest of Honor at the event said that Nigerians must get back to their once-peaceful country and women have a great role to play in achieving that.

Mrs. El-Rufai who emphasized that ransom should not be paid if she is kidnapped added that, “we must sacrifice to bring this to an end. I am ready to die in the hands of kidnappers if it will bring peace to this country.

“For as long as you continue to pay a ransom, it is like you are adding kerosene to fire. you are giving bandits, kidnappers money for ammunition to continue to haunt you. We should not pay the ransom. this is my personal opinion.

“I have said it before and I will say it again if I am kidnapped don’t pay any ransom. rather pray for me that if it is death, I go in a good way and if I am going to be released that I am not violated.

“As long as we are giving them the money and they hurt people around, they will not change. Collectively as a country, we have to say no, we can not continue to give them our hard-earned money to buy weapons and drugs to kill and maim our children. If we don’t put a stop to this, they will destroy us all. They will even kidnap the person that takes the ransom to them.

“You will see that some of them you even give the ransom and they still kill the person, so you have lost twice,” she said.

Speaking on communal clashes witnessed in parts of Kaduna State, Hajia Asia El-Rufai told the women drawn from Chikun, Kajuru, and Jama’a local government areas to shun divisive narratives created by selfish politicians and work for the unity of the State.

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6th City People Real Estate Awards 2021: Nigeria Real Estate Company MKH Investment Receives Award In Lagos

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MKH INVESTMENT LIMITED won the 6th City People Awards 2021 for the record of contributing excellently to the real estate industry and Housing sector in Nigeria.

MKH Investment for short is an outstanding real estate company in Lagos. It recently opened its branch office in Ibadan with several projects across Nigeria.

The company was amidst the awardees who are worthy of reference in the real estate industry. The likes of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu who was represented by Toke Benson, the special adviser to the governor on housing also won an award for real estate governor of the year alongside MKH Investment and other diligent real estate companies.

The MD/CEO was present at the 10-degree Event centre at Ikeja with his team to receive the award. He appreciated the City People Real Estate Awards organizers for appreciating practitioners who are creating sanity and boosting investors’ confidence in Nigeria and the Diaspora.

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BREAKING: Buhari Departs To London For Medical Check, Summit

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The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), will leave Abuja today for London to see his doctors and participate in the Global Education Summit on Financing Global Partnership for Education 2021-2025.

This was contained in a statement by the president’s media adviser, Femi Adesina.

He is expected to be back by the second week of August 2021.

The statement read, “President Muhammadu Buhari will today Monday, July 26, 2021, travel to the United Kingdom to participate in the Global Education Summit on Financing Global Partnership for Education (GPE) 2021-2025.

“The Summit, which will be co-hosted by the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, and the President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, will bring together Heads of State and Government as well as stakeholders and youth leaders, and provide a platform for partners to chart a way forward towards transforming education systems in partner countries, through an exchange of best practices.

“It will also offer the opportunity for leaders to make 5-year pledges to support GPE’s work to help transform education systems in up to 90 countries and territories.

“Deliberations at the Summit will focus on: The Power of Education –A Conversation between Global Champions; Transforming Education for Girls; Financing for Impact and Recovery and; What Now? Priorities for Transforming Education in the Coming Five Years, among others.

“President Buhari will also hold a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
After the Summit, the President will spend a few days for an earlier scheduled medical check-up. He is due back by the second week of August 2021.

“The President will be accompanied by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, Minister of State Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, National Security Adviser, Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd) and Director General of National Intelligence Agency, Amb. Ahmed Rufai Abubakar.”

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Olubadan Sends Delegation To Cotonou As Sunday Igboho’s Trial Begins Today

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Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji, has sent a delegation to Cotonou, the Republic of Benin, to observe court proceedings in the case involving a self-styled activist, Sunday Adeyemo, also known as Sunday Igboho.

Adela Oloko, the personal assistant and director of media and publicity to the Olubadan, made this known in a statement issued on Sunday in Ibadan.

Mr Oloko quoted the royal father as stating this in his palace while exchanging views with leaders of the Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes (CCII), led by the President-General, Yemisi Adeaga.

The Oba, who did not disclose the identity of members of the delegation, said they would be in the court in Cotonou on Monday to observe Mr Igboho’s trial.

He said the step taken had become necessary in order to assure those who had been besieging his palace, including protesters, that he was not folding his arms over the travails of Igboho and his aides.

“Sunday Igboho lives in Ibadan, got married in Ibadan, reared his children in Ibadan, built houses in Ibadan and, as such, he has the rights to be protected by Ibadan traditional institution within the ambit of the law, just like any other resident of the city,” he said.

Mr Adetunji, who said he was in constant touch with other traditional rulers in Yoruba land, including the Igboho royal crowns, allayed the fears of a repeat of the Yoruba-Fulani collision of 1814.

He, however, urged people to remain calm and be law-abiding, stressing that truth would prevail.

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