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Tinubu meets Afenifere leader, says ‘I am irrevocably committed to unity of Nigeria’

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President Bola Tinubu on Wednesday promised harsh consequences for persons who pit themselves against Nigeria’s

President Bola Tinubu on Wednesday promised harsh consequences for persons who pit themselves against Nigeria’s sovereignty and security.

He also said his administration has made considerable gains against banditry and kidnapping through intensified campaigns buoyed by intelligence gathering.

“Those who think they can threaten the sovereignty of Nigeria will have themselves to blame. They have a price to pay. And we are not going to relent,” Tinubu said when he received leaders of the Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, Afenifere, at the State House in Abuja on Wednesday.

The leader of Afenifere, Pa Reuben Fasoranti, Olu Falae, and other eminent citizens led the delegation.

The President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, revealed details of Wednesday’s talks in a statement titled ‘President Tinubu receives leaders of Afenifere, says the administration is resolute in achieving economic security in a fair and equitable system for all Nigerians.’

Speaking on security, the President declared that those who threaten the sovereignty of Nigeria would pay a heavy price.

He affirmed, “I am irrevocably committed to the unity of Nigeria and constitutional democracy. Constitutional democracy has been reflected greatly here since we assumed office. What we face now is the challenge of terrorism.

“Security of life and property is very necessary for development. I can tell you we are achieving success. We have degraded terrorism to a level that they cannot threaten the sovereignty of Nigeria any longer.

“Banditry and kidnapping will be defeated. And there is no payment of ransom whatsoever. We are taking the battle to them. We are getting results more rapidly than before. We are working hard on intelligence gathering.”

The President said his administration is re-engineering Nigeria’s finances and seeking to boost citizens’ purchasing power and spread prosperity by instituting a credit system where the element of cash does not impede a significantly enhanced standard of living for all citizens.

He argued that Nigeria must first secure itself economically before achieving any of its more sophisticated objectives.

“We are committed to the economic survival of our country. To re-engineer our country’s finances, we must start in earnest,” he explained.

According to Tinubu, this would require first retooling, revamping the economic opportunities available, and continuing to take the necessary firm, steady baby steps.

“Education is a strong weapon against poverty. To empower the people, we must invest in the future of our youths.

“We have seen the problems parents face in training their children in school; it is the reason why we established the National Student Loan Programme, which is taking off well,” he explained.

He assured the Yoruba leaders that his administration would emphasise the Consumer Credit Scheme and provide allowances for the unemployed to reduce the high unemployment rate.

“We must help vulnerable people by providing social security.

“We are looking at how to provide allowances for the unemployed, and we are developing ways to boost the purchasing power of citizens with the Consumer Credit Scheme.

“If we remove the cash upfront element to buy a car or a house, we will reduce the propensity for fraud and corruption across the land,” President Tinubu said.

He thanked the delegation for their prayers and support, assuring them he would not relent in his resolve to advance Nigeria.

“God bless Nigeria. God bless our unity; our diversity must bring prosperity for all for the sake of Nigeria,” Tinubu concluded.

Earlier in his remarks, Olu Falae commended the President for his courageous decisions, the rehabilitation of the Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos, and other critical ongoing projects.

Falae urged the President not to relent in ensuring fairness and equity for all Nigerians while noting the importance of a constitutional amendment to devolve more powers to the states.

He said, “We are delighted about what you are doing for our country, and we assure you of our continued support.

“We thank you for your visit to Akure in February 2024, and we believe it is proper to reciprocate your kind gesture.

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EXCLUSIVE: Why Tinubu stays clear of Kano tussle – Presidency

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Despite several reports calling President Tinubu interfering in the Emirate stool tussle in Kano, facts have emerged from the presidency

Despite several reports calling the Nigeria President interfering in the Emirate stool tussle in Kano state, facts have emerged from the presidency that President Bola Tinubu has refused to wade into the Kano state matter as a result of the cordial relationship between him and the political godfathers in the state.

The PAPERS reports that there has been tension in  Kano after Abba Yusuf, the governor, ordered the immediate arrest of Aminu Ado Bayero, the dethroned Emir.

Yusuf’s order came a day after he reappointed Muhammadu Sanusi II as the 16th Emir of Kano.

On Thursday, Abba Yusuf, governor of  Kano, announced the reinstatement of Sanusi after signing the new Kano Emirate Council Law.

The state assembly had passed the amended Kano State Emirate Council (Repeal) Bill 2024.

The law repealed the 2019 version, which balkanised the Kano emirate into five jurisdictions and was relied upon to depose Sanusi as Emir in 2020.

The source who spoke to ThePAPERS said Tinubu recognised that the Kano drama was a local matter and resisted all pressure to interfere.

“It was a local matter, even though it is all about a political brawl between the two godfathers in the state. The president will not interfere and has resisted any form of pressure. However, the two godfathers are his friends and he is not interested in taking sides,” a Source from the presidency spoke anonymously on Sunday night.

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‘Nobody is above the law’ — deposed Kano Emir calls for justice

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Aminu Ado Bayero, the 15th Emir of Kano, has called on the “authorities” to ensure justice is served in the emirship tussle in the state.

Bayero was dethroned as the Emir on Thursday after the Kano state assembly repealed a 2019 emirate law that was used to oust Muhammadu Sanusi in 2020.

Subsequently, Sanusi was reinstated by Abba Yusuf, governor of Kano, while Bayero was in Ogun state on an official visit.

Upon his return, Bayero moved to the Kano emirate mini palace in Nassarawa LGA of the state, where his supporters thronged to welcome him.

The governor also ordered Bayero’s arrest “for creating tension in the state”.

Speaking when he hosted some security agents, Bayero said he would accept the position of the law, noting that no one is above it.

He called for calm, stressing the need for peace in Kano.

“I call on the people to remain law-abiding while awaiting the outcome of the legal process in this tussle,” Bayero said in Hausa.

“We call on the authority to do justice in this matter. Kano is a very influential state in Nigeria. Whatever affects Kano affects Nigeria.

“May peace reign in Kano. We pray for Allah to bless Kano with responsible and just leaders.

“Justice is the way to go on every issue. There will be justice. Nobody is above the law. We will accept whatever the law says. I appreciate all the people who have shown concern.

“As I said, justice will take its course. We will keep on praying for peace in Kano State. May Allah the Almighty protect us.”

On May 23, a federal high court in Kano ordered the state government not to enforce the Emirate Council Repeal Law 2024.

On Saturday, the Kano state police command said law enforcement agencies would obey the court order that ruled against Sanusi’s reinstatement.

 

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PHOTOS: Soldiers guard deposed Emir Bayero as tension mounts in Kano

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Armed military personnel have taken up positions around the Nasarawa Palace, where the deposed Emir of Kano, Aminu Ado Bayero,

Armed military personnel have taken up positions around the Nasarawa Palace, where the deposed Emir of Kano, Aminu Ado Bayero, has taken up refuge on Saturday following his deposition on Thursday.

The development comes apparently to preempt possible arrest of the embattled Bayero as ordered by Kano State governor, Abba Kabir Yusuf, on Saturday morning.

In the early hours of Saturday, Bayero returned to Kano to a rapturous welcome from his supporters. Following his arrival, he moved into the mini palace on Nasarawa Road, escalating tensions in the state, a development the state government said was a security risk.

Deputy Governor Aminu Abdulsalam Gwarzo, speaking at a press briefing, alleged that former Governor Abdullahi Ganduje was behind Bayero’s defiant reappearance in Kano to cause chaos.

“We know Ganduje is using the office of the National Security Adviser, Nuhu Ribadu, to provide the deposed Emir with military personnel in order to intimidate and subjugate the people of Kano into accepting what they are not in favour of, and we refuse to tolerate it,” he stated.

Meanwhile, Gwarzo, alongside reinstated Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II and other state government functionaries have remained at the Kano Emir’s Palace in a show of solidarity with the reinstated Emir against what they perceived as undue interference from powers-that-be in Abuja.

Gwarzo expressed disappointment over actions he believed were intended to destabilise the state, adding: “It’s disappointing that they will do such a thing that will cause tension and disrupt the peace in the state.”

The situation in Kano remains uncertainty as the standoff continues. Governor Yusuf administration appeared determined to assert its authority, while supporters of deposed Emir Bayero also remained defiant. The involvement of military personnel has added a complex layer to the already volatile situation.

 

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Nigerian-born woman becomes first African Lord Mayor of Leeds 

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A woman of Nigerian descent, Abigail Katung, has been inaugurated as the 130th Lord Mayor of Leeds City, England, marking the first time a person

A woman of Nigerian descent, Abigail Katung, has been inaugurated as the 130th Lord Mayor of Leeds City, England, marking the first time a person of African descent has occupied this prestigious position.

The formal announcement came during the Leeds City Council’s annual general meeting on Thursday night.

Abigail Marshall Katung, taking over from the previous Lord Mayor, Al Garthwaite, will be supported throughout her tenure by her husband, Nigerian Senator Sunday Marshall Katung, who will serve as the Lord Mayor Consort.

Born in Zaria, Kaduna State, Nigeria, Katung moved to the UK in 2000 to pursue postgraduate studies at the University of Leeds.

Before her election as Lord Mayor, Katung made significant contributions to the Leeds community.

She was the first African to become a ward member of the Leeds City Council in 2019, representing the culturally rich Little London and Woodhouse ward. Her re-election in 2023 underscored her commitment and popularity within the community.

Throughout her career, Katung has held various roles, including chairing several scrutiny boards, leading initiatives on hate crime, education, and public health, and advocating for faith and belief communities.

Speaking on her new role, Katung expressed her gratitude and commitment to inclusivity, stating, “It is with great appreciation and humility that I embrace the privilege of becoming this great city’s 130th Lord Mayor. Leeds became my cherished second home, and it’s where I chose to become a public servant.”

Her appointment has been celebrated as a significant milestone, particularly within Leeds’s African community.

Former Nigerian Vice President Atiku Abubakar congratulated Katung and acknowledged her achievement as a testament to Nigerians’ global prowess and talent.

 

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Ayo Banjo, ex-VC of UI, dies at 90

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Ladipo Ayodeji Banjo, a former vice-chancellor of the University of Ibadan (UI), is dead. Sources close to his family confirmed to TheCable that the academic passed away on Friday morning.

He was born on May 2, 1934, in Oyo state. He attended Igbobi College in Lagos between 1947 and 1952.

Banjo began his career as a lecturer at UI’s English department in 1966. The same year, he won the American State Department scholarship award for an MA in linguistics at the University of California in the US.

The academic later obtained a doctorate degree from UI in 1969.

He was appointed associate professor in 1973 and became a full professor in 1975.

The academic was appointed vice-chancellor of the University of Ibadan in 1984, a position he held till 1991.

During this period, he was the chairman of the committee of vice-chancellors for Nigerian universities.

Banjo was a visiting professor for one year at the University of West Indies at Cave Hill, Northern Ireland.

He was also a visiting fellow at the University of Cambridge, England, between 1993 and 1994.

The professor was appointed the pro-chancellor of the University of Port Harcourt between 2000 and 2004.

After his tenure, he was appointed pro-chancellor of the University of Ilorin for two years (2005 to 2007).

He also served as the incumbent pro-chancellor of Ajayi Crowther University.

Source: The cable

 

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Why I reinstated Sanusi as Emir of Kano -Gov Yusuf

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Governor Abba Yusuf on Friday explained why he reinstated the former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor, Lamido Sanusi, as the

Governor Abba Yusuf on Friday explained why he reinstated the former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor, Lamido Sanusi, as the emir of Kano.

He spoke before presenting the letter of appointment to Sanusi at Africa House of Government House, Kano.

Yusuf said Sanusi was “victimised in 2019” by the Ganduje administration that dethroned and banished him.

“We repealed the former law, the appointment of former emirs as well as all the appointments that were done by the previous administration. We did that out of our conviction and believe that this gentleman (Sanusi) was victimised in 2019.

“So, we had a feeling that we have to bring back what is due to the good people of the state. And by doing that, the bill was signed around after 5pm and there was no problem. We signed the bill into law and it has become our law; nobody will change it,” the governor said.

Yusuf further articulated that the return of Sanusi, also Muhammadu Sanusi II back on throne will propel peace and prosperity adding that the repeal of the council law was in realisation of his campaign commitments to restore the lost glory of the state and its rich cultural heritage.

He noted that the reappointment of Sanusi to the probated throne of Malam Ibrahim Dabo was guided by collective and careful judgment about his confidence, credibility and proven intellect that he will, by the grace of Allah, at this trying period of the emirate, deploy his wealth of experience to provide the required visionary and purposeful leadership to reunite and rebuild the traditional institution.

Presenting the appointment letter, Yusuf said: “I am standing before you today the 24th of May, 2024, to present a letter of reinstatement to the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Sanusi Lamido Aminu Sanusi.

“Yesterday (Thursday) we gathered here in Government House and had series of meetings with the kingmakers. We also had extensive discussions with the Speaker and members of the State House of Assembly. We also had time to sit with the heads of security agencies in the state.

“At the end of the day, we all sat down at that chamber, where I received the bill that repealed the former law and I signed the bill into law.

“By the powers conferred on me by the Kano state emirates council of chiefs, given the Kano state appointment and disposition law of 1984, in consonant with the Kano state emirate council repealed law 2024 and supported by the recommendation of the Kano state emirates council kingmakers who are here with us, I, Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf of Kano state, have the singular pleasure to confirm the appointment of Sanusi Lamido Aminu Sanusi as the 16th emir of Kano and the head of Kano emirates council.”

He congratulated Sanusi, also known as Muhammadu Sanusi II on the appointment and thanked the Speaker and State Assembly members for their “doggedness, commitment and respect for the rule of law,” saying what the lawmakers had done was a testament of their interest in the welfare of the people of the state.

While praying God to protect and guide Sanusi, he reminded that as the former CBN governor ascends the throne for the second time, the rising expectation has broadened.

The governor said he signed the proposed law at exactly 5:14pm after which came the orders.

“It means they were already armed with the motion ex-parte even before he gave assent to the bill passed by the State House of Assembly or at what time had they approached the court to obtain the order?,” he asked.

Justice Mohammed Liman gave the order following an application by a kingmaker, Alhaji Aminu Babba Dan Agundi.

Kano State Government, Kano Assembly, the Speaker, the Attorney-General, Commissioner of Police, Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and the State Security Service (SSS) are respondents.

“The judge is in America, how could he sit in America and give order in Nigeria to stop a legitimate process,” he queried.

Yusuf said Sanusi’s reinstatement was delayed because due process was being followed.

“The Assembly members did their legislative duty and passed the bill into law. We met with law enforcement agencies and the kingmakers before I signed the law,” he said and added the law has come to stay and no one can stop it.

He said the Kano State Emirate Council Repeal Law 2024 happened to affect the five (dethroned) emirs, while favouring Sanusi.

The new law says: “All traditional office holders and title holders elevated or appointed to office created under the repealed Principal law, dated 5th December, 2019 shall revert to their position where such positions previously existed under recognized custom and traditions prior to the enactment of the repealed Principal Law dated 5th December, 2019.”

Yusuf said: “It is not a new stool, neither Sanusi is a new emir. The king has only returned home to his throne, after it was balkanised. It has all along been his throne.”

The governor said Kano is peaceful and calm, as he appealed to the people to go about their businesses freely.

Sanusi leads Juma’at prayer at Kano State House:
Reinstated Emir of Kano, Lamido Sanusi on Friday led the Juma’at prayer for Muslims at Government House, Kano.

This was done after Governor Abba Yusuf presented the letter of appointment as the 16th emir of Kano to him at Africa House.

The governor said after the Juma’at prayer, Sanusi would return to his lodge with members of his emirate council to continue with the business of the emirate council.
“A announcement shall be made later as to when he will move to the palace,” the governor said.

He charged the emir, an Islamic scholar, to use his wisdom to unite all the Islamic sects in the state.

As soon as he received his appointment letter and confirmation as emir of Kano, all the district heads and senior council chiefs bowed and paid allegiance to him at the Africa House.

 

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