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Buhari Reacts To Onitsha Fire Outbreak

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday expressed sadness over the death of a mother and her child in the tanker accident at Onitsha, Anambra State.

Buhari called on the Ministry of Transport under the leadership of Rotimi Amaechi, the Federal Road Safety Commission and other stakeholders to ensure safety standards are adhered to on Nigerian roads.

Recall that a truck loaded with petroleum product had exploded at Upper Iweka, Onitsha in Anambra State.

The truck was said to have lost control and rammed into the wall of the popular Toronto Hospital at Upper-Iweka before exploding.

The State Police Command’s Public Relations Officer, SP Haruna Mohammed confirmed the incident.

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Reacting to the incident, a statement by Buhari’s Media Aide, Garba Shehu quoted the president as saying: “I am profoundly touched by the sight of the charred remains of an innocent mother and her child who are victims of this tragedy.

“I also extend my sympathies to other victims of the explosion whose houses, shops and other property were destroyed in the mishap.”

The President explained that “while I express sadness over this tragedy, I must at the same time call for urgent action on the part of those concerned to stem these frequent fatal disasters on public roads.”

Buhari added, “safety precautions and routine maintenance are taken for granted by vehicle owners.”

“I call on the Ministry of Transport, the Federal Road Safety Commission and other stakeholders to urgently address the issue of safety standards in the country, with a view to stemming the embarrassing frequency of these tragedies

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Ben Bruce Hails Buhari’s ‘No Visa Policy’

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A former lawmaker representing Bayelsa East in the National Assembly, Senator Ben Murray-Bruce has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for allowing all Africans to come to Nigeria without Visa from January 2020.

President Buhari while attending a peace and development summit in Egypt, announced the country will begin issuing visas on arrival for all African nationals.

If this policy comes into effect it would be a major boon for the continent-wide push to ensure freer movement of Africans.

Reacting to the No Visa Policy on Thursday, Murray-Bruce urged Buhari to extend ‘no visa policy’ to all people of Black African origin in the Diaspora.

In a tweet on his official Twitter page on Monday, Ben Bruce wrote: “I commend President
@MBuhari for his visa free policy to all citizens of African Union member nations. I first suggested this in my Right of Return Bill. I urge the President to go the whole hog and extend this to all people of Black African origin in the Diaspora.”

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BREAKING: Senate Probes DSS Invasion Of Court, Rearrest Of Sowore

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The Senate has begun probe into the action of the operatives of the Department of State Services, DSS following the rearrest of pro-democracy campaigner and journalist, Omoyele Sowore, at the premises of a Federal High Court in Abuja.

Consequently, the Senate on Thursday mandated its Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters chaired by Senator Opeyemi Bamidele, All Progressives Congress, APC, Ekiti Central to carry out a holistic investigation into the matter and report back in one week.

Resolution of the Senate was sequel to a point of Order on the issue raised by Senator Bamidele on the invasion.

Bamidele came under Order 43 of the Senate Standing Orders as Amended that did not allow for contributions from other Senators.

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Sowore: Nigeria Is Not Answerable To US, UK, EU — Femi Adesina

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The Special Adviser on Media Affairs and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, Femi Adesina has stated that Nigeria is a sovereign nation therefore not answerable to the US, UK or EU regarding cases of human rights abuses.

This statement was uttered by Femi Adesina when he appeared on Channels TV on Wednesday night, December 11th as a guest.

The statement he made was in reference to comments from the EU, UK and the US on the invasion of the Federal High Court Abuja by men of the Department of State Services to re-arrest the Publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore.

Adesina said: “We are not answerable to the US, the UK or the EU. We are Nigeria, a sovereign country. Those countries and entities have issues of their own. Let them deal with their issues. Let Nigeria also deal with her internal issues. We are not answerable to them.”

He went on to speak about Wole Soyinka’s criticisms against the regime of the President, stating that the Nobel laureate was free to express his opinion.

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“We respect Prof. Soyinka. You don’t have too many of them in the country or even on the continent. He is an avatar and he is well respected but his opinion will remain his opinion. It will be considered and if there are things to act on, we will act on them,” he said.

When asked to comment on the recent attack on his senior colleague, Garba Shehu by the first lady, Aisha Buhari, Adesina said he will not be able to comment as he is not the person that was attacked by the first lady. He went on to add that the President’s family is off limits except the President directs him speak on the issue.

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