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Obasanjo Reacts To Sanusi’s Dethronement As Emir Of Kano

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Former Nigerian president, Olusegun Obasanjo, has described the dethronement of former Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, as ‘good’ and bad’ news.

In a letter, the retired army general addressed Sanusi as “Your Royal Highness and Brother,” and told him he had “heard of the sad and good news of your removal by the Executive Council of the Kano State government”.

Obasanjo said the Sanusi’s removal was sad because it was undeserved, but good because the former Emir had “paid the price”. He did not elaborate.

The Kano State government announced early Monday Sanusi’s removal from the revered throne, bringing to an end a rancorous relationship that had existed between the former Emir and the state governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.

Sanusi, who served as the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria from 2009 to 2014, was later arrested Monday and banished to central state of Nasarawa. By this, he is not permitted to return to Kano State again.

“My prayer is that God should give you the fortitude and courage to continue on the path that you have chosen for yourself in the best interest of our country and humanity,” Obasanjo wrote.

Sanusi is a critic of Northern Nigeria oligarchy, blaming them for the backwardness of the region as a result of some cultural and religious practices that perpetuate poverty.

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Court Orders Immediate Release Of Orji Kalu

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A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has ordered the Nigerian Correctional Services to immediately release a former Governor of Abia State, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu.

Kalu is in the Kuje Correctional Service centre following his conviction last December for looting N7.65billion belonging to Abia State.

Justice Mohammad Liman granted the lawmaker’s application for release moved by his counsel Lateef Fagbemi.
The judge made the order after he received no opposition to Kalu’s application by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

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BREAKING: Senator Muse Dies

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A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos state, Munir Adekunle Muse, is dead.

Muse was a former lawmaker who represented Lagos Central Senatorial District in the Senate between 2007 and 2011.

His death was announced by his son, Sulaimon Muse, on Tuesday.

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Rivers Govt Begins Decontamination Exercise

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The Rivers State Government has kick started the decontamination of public places as part of measures to keep the state safe from coronavirus.

Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike who flagged off the programme today at Government House, Port Harcourt, said with the commencement of the exercise, all public places in the state will be decontaminated.

He restated his administration’s commitment to the protection of the lives of everyone living and doing business in the state.

“I have always said that the lives of Rivers people and those living and doing business in the state is paramount. Part of the reason why markets are still shut is because we have not decontaminated them.

“As we decontaminate the markets, particularly the ones in Obio/Akpor and Port Harcourt Local Government Area, traders will undertake to abide by all relevant protocols because we are talking about the lives of people.

“All public and private schools will be decontaminated before schools open. Churches and motor parks will also be decontaminated,” he stated.

The Governor reiterated that coronavirus is real and that people who denied its existence have started believing due to the number of persons that had died.

 

He warned that government will not allow recalcitrant persons who refuse to obey government advisories to infect law abiding citizens with the virus.

“This issue of COVID- 19 is real and government will not hesitate to seal up and prosecute owners of banks, shopping malls, restaurants, shops, business places or offices that fail to enforce social distancing and the wearing of face masks in their premises,” he said.

He urged the Decontamination Team not to compromise standards but to put in their best to ensure that the entire state is decontaminated.

In his speech, the Sole Administrator of the Rivers State Waste Management Agency, Bro. Felix Obuah said the Decontamination Team made up of medical and environmental experts was put in place in line with the governor’s directives to decontaminate public places in the state.

The Leader of the Decontamination Team, Dr. Ian Abraham Gobo pledged that the team will carry out the exercise with utmost dedication.

He commended the Governor for putting Rivers people first in his fight against COVID-19,adding that the decontamination of the state will give the people a new lease of live when normal business activities resume.

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