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Youth Council Alleges Plot To Sack Emefiele Through Mass Protests



The Council of Ethnic Youth Leaders of Nigeria, on Wednesday, an alleged plot by some individuals to discredit the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele over the economic recovery plans of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.)

The Council at a news conference in Abuja claimed that the detractors planned to paint very bad pictures of the economic situation of the country as a cover to allegedly launch a smear campaign so that the President would sack the CBN Governor.

The CEYLON noted that the individuals wanted to use misinformation and fabricated stories to pressurize the President to sack the CBN Governor.

Speaking on behalf of the Council, the President of the Middle Belt Youth Council, Meliga Godwin, called on all the security agencies to immediately investigate these acts of economic sabotage with a view to nipping it in the bud.

The Council further alleged that the detractors were offered N2m to join in the fight against Emefiele.

He said, “It has come to a time when credible youth leaders will speak up against the ills in the society and expose it so as to bring it to a permanent end.
“Some individuals approached us to discredit Emefiele.”

He added, “Sometime in August 2021 we the leadership of the Council of Ethnic Youth Leaders of Nigeria were approached by two persons.

“The mission they disclosed was that of painting very bad pictures of the economic situation of the country as a cover to launch smear campaign asking for the sack of the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria.

“They ultimately claimed to be representing interests in the government who would want to use misinformation and fabricated stories to pressure the President to sack the CBN Governor and pledged that they had secured funding for the project.

“They further disclosed that the project to smear the CBN Governor and lobby for his sack would be hydra-headed which would include among other things, Court actions, which they believed they would get a compliant judge to issue orders against the CBN Governor.

“Other avenues they are pursuing are, press conferences from different groups coordinated to put pressure on the Governor and the President with the groups passing a vote of no confidence and calling for the sacking of the Governor.”

The Council added that the ultimate plot would be “a massive rally at the CBN Headquarters on the 29th of September, 2021 aimed at disrupting all activities of the bank for that day and the following day leading up to the public holidays to mark the Independence anniversary.

Godwin said, “They sought our support, cooperation, and collaboration particularly in the areas of the press conferences and mobilization for the rally.

“They pledged to pick the bills for the project and asked that a comprehensive bill be submitted to them within 48 hours for their considerations with their masters.

“For the audience granted them, they immediately made available the sum of N2, 000, 000:00 (Two Million Naira) only, which they said was for kola and for transport for members to coordinate our meetings to agree on the bill to be presented to them.

“However, upon the meeting of the entire leadership of the Council, we unanimously agreed not to accept their proposal and not to align with them on the basis that the economic policies of this administration was beginning to take shape and the figures for the growth of the GDP were looking positive.

“We also agreed that the policies of the Central Bank including the stopping of sales of Forex to BDC’s just announced by the CBN should be given reasonable time to kick in without disruption.

“We outrightly rejected their kola and transport largesse and informed them that having given it thorough consideration, we would not do their bidding and asked them to come and take it back as we would not join to pull our country down.”

A northern socio-political youth group, ‘Arewa Youth Assembly has been calling for the sacking of Emefiele.


It’s Idiocy To Claim Buhari Is Dead and Replaced With Jubril From Sudan —- Femi Adesina



The Presidency has rubbished claims by Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), that President Muhammadu Buhari is Jubril of Sudan.

Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity said it is “idiocy” to claim that the president is dead and was replaced with Jubril from Sudan.

Adesina disclosed this in his latest article titled, ‘The Essential Buhari: VP Osinbajo got it!.’

He recalls how Buhari, upon return from his medical trip abroad in 2017, recognized him.

The article reads partly: “I remember that day in August 2017, when the President returned to the country finally from his medical vacation. From January of that year, he had been in and out a couple of times, but spending weeks and months outside, attending to his health. And finally, on August 19, he returned home, triumphantly.

“We were at the airport to receive him. I have told the story a number of times, to dispel the idiocy that it was a certain Jibril of Sudan that came back and not Buhari. The daughter of the immediate past Chief of Defence Staff, Gen Gabriel Olonisakin, was getting married. And I had attended both the church service and reception, decked in full Yoruba traditional attire of Agbada and a cap to match. Straight from the ceremony, I went to the airport to join the welcome party for the President.

“We the principal aides were on a line to receive the President as he descended from the aircraft. And he shook hands with each person, having one wisecrack or the other to say, as is typical of him. When he got to me, he said, “Adesina, this is the best I’ve seen you dressed.” And we both laughed.

“Jibril of Sudan? How did he know I was Adesina? How would he know how I normally dressed? Idiocy, I say again. But that is just a digression, not the story I really want to tell to support the topic at hand.”

Kanu had rumoured Buhari’s death in 2017, following the president’s medical trip to London.

He had claimed that Buhari was cloned and replaced with Jubril Al-Sudan after his death.

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Take Vaccine or Present Negative COVID-19 Result, FG Tells Civil Servants



The Federal Government has informed federal civil servants that they either get the COVID-19 vaccine or present a negative test result.

Recall that the FG had mandated all civil servants to get the vaccine or else they would not be allowed to enter offices.

The Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr Faisal Shuaib, at a press conference, on Thursday, in Abuja, made clear that federal civil servants were not under obligation to take the vaccine, however, they must show negative COVID-19 PCR test.

He said, “The Presidential Steering Committee (PSC), on Wednesday, announced interventions to, not only protect the most vulnerable people in our society but to also ensure that the workplace is safe for all citizens. Clearly, there is a loss of productivity and its impact on socio-economic development when workers are unable to come to work on a regular, and consistent basis due to outbreaks of an infectious disease such as COVID-19.

“Following advice by public health experts, the PSC announced that all Federal Government employees should make a choice as to how they can contribute towards making the work environment COVID-19-free. The logical choice is between taking the vaccine and showing the evidence or presenting proof that one is COVID-19-free by showing a negative PCR test taken 72 hours prior.

“This provision is applicable to all Federal Government institutions. The decision to release the advisory was not taken lightly. It is part of the PSC and Federal Ministry of Health’s mantra to always use scientific evidence to make decisions for the benefit of all Nigerians.”

Shuaib also confirmed that there are enough vaccines to cover the population of employees of the Federal Government and more, stating that the PSC had already done a comprehensive analysis and forecast on the availability of COVID-19 vaccines.

“Based on delivery forecasts from the COVAX facility and African Union, Nigeria will have adequate vaccines to cover more than 50 percent of eligible populations by the end of the first quarter of 2022. In order words, please do not worry about the availability of vaccines because we have the supply chain figured out already,” he added.

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N4.9bn Fraud: Judge Angry, Slams N200K Fine On Fani-Kayode For Shunning Trial For Fifth Time



Justice Daniel Osaigor of a Federal High Court in Lagos, on Wednesday, ordered a former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, to pay N200,000 for not making himself available for re-arraignment for alleged money laundering.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Osaigor said he had gone through the court’s file and noted five different letters by Fani-Kayode, seeking adjournment on the same medical grounds.

The court, consequently ordered that he should pay the sum or risk revocation of his bail.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had charged Fani-Kayode alongside a former Minister of State for Finance, Nenandi Usman.

Also charged was Yusuf Danjuma, a former Chairman of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria, and a company, Jointrust Dimensions Nigeria Limited.

The EFCC preferred 17 counts bordering on N4.6bn money laundering against them before Justice Mohammed Aikawa.

They had all pleaded not guilty and were granted bail.

The trial had begun before Aikawa and witnesses being led in evidence before the judge was transferred out of the Lagos jurisdiction of the court.

The case was consequently assigned to Justice Osaigor and the defendants scheduled for re-arraignment on Wednesday.

When the case was called on Wednesday, Mrs Bilikisu Buhari, announced an appearance for prosecution.

Mr I. J. Ogechukwu appeared for the first defendant (Usman), Mr B. F. Ajudua appeared for the second defendant (Fani-Kayode) and Y. Olabode appeared for the third and fourth defendants.

Buhari then informed the court that on July 15, the prosecution asked the court to adjourn the matter for re-arraignment of the defendants.

She told the court that on October 11, the prosecution received a letter from the second defendant informing them that he had been given bed rest.

“Whenever he doesn’t want to attend court, this is the type of letter we get,” Buhari said.

However, Ajudua told the court that although his Fani-Kayode’s illness was recurring, he had attended court regularly.

After the judge went through the court’s file, he asked his counsel to take one of two options: revocation of Fani-Kayode’s bail or imposition of N200,000 fine to be paid before the next adjourned date.

The counsel chose the fine option.

Justice Osaigor adjourned the case till November 30.

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