Nigerian Army to establish zoos, parks nationwide
The Nigerian Army has expressed readiness to establish zoos and parks in all its cantonments nationwide for preserving the ecosystem and help to conserve the country’s natural and cultural heritage.
Maj. Gen. Adekunle Shodunke, the Chief of Army Standards and Evaluation (CASE) said this when he paid a courtesy visit to the Conservator-General of the National Park Service at the Park Headquarters in Abuja on Monday.
Shoduke said that the zoos and parks would enhance recreational activities for the personnel of the Nigerian Army in particular and the nation in general.
Alhaji Ibrahim Goni, Conservator-General of the service, while welcoming his visitors expressed delight over the desire of the army to establish zoos and parks in its cantonments.
“I am glad at your desire and I pledge the service’s total support for cooperation to that effect.’’
The C-G and his Assistant Controllers General (ACGs), Controllers of Parks (CPs) and other senior officers guided the army entourage on a tour to the Museum, Animal Orphanage, the Mini Park and Arboretum at the headquarters. (NAN)
12 presidential candidates congratulate Buhari
Twelve presidential candidates in the Feb. 23 presidential election on Monday in Abuja, congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC), on his re-election.
Acting under the aegis of Forum of Presidential Candidates and Political Parties for Good Governance, the group said at a news conference in Abuja, that the victory was deserved.
Chairman of the forum, Mr Shittu Kabir, said “we are indeed not oblivious of the fact that only one candidate will emerge as president.
“Now that the candidate of the APC, President Buhari has been re-elected, we have no qualms accepting his victory.
“Permit this opportunity to congratulate President Buhari on his well-deserved victory at the polls. The pattern of voting, the large turn-out and country-wide endorsement of Buhari attests to the fact that Nigerians are pleased with him, his style of leadership and performance in the last three and half years.”
Kabir, who is a member of Advanced Peoples Democratic Alliance (APDA), appealed to Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate in the election, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku, not to contest Buhari’s victory in court.
He advised Abubakar to put Nigeria above primordial sentiment at this crucial time by respecting the verdict of the citizens, who gave their votes to support Buhari’s re-election.
“We strongly urge Alhaji Abubakar to drop the legal option in expressing his grievances. This is consistent with the counsel of many well-meaning Nigerians, including Chief Olisa Agbakoba and General Ibrahim Babangida.
“We think he has a lot more to contribute to developing humanity and promoting peace and progress in our nation, even without holding any political office,” he said.
The chairman called on Buhari to include everyone in his government, including those who did not vote for him.
Kabir commended Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for conducting a credible, free and fair election, in spite of obvious lapses bothering on human error and isolated cases of thuggery and intolerance.
Twelve presidential candidates of other political parties had before the poll, endorsed Buhari.
The candidates included Advanced Peoples Democratic Alliance’s Shittu Kabiru, Independent Democrats’ Edozie Madu, Danjuma Mohammed of Movement for Restoration and Defence of Democracy, Mamman Naptali of Allied Peoples Movement and Save Nigeria Party’s Ahmed Buhari.
Police withdraw charge against man accused of killing own father
The police in Abuja have withdrawn the murder charge against one Huzaifa Hussaini Usman, who was accused of killing his own father, Alhaji Hussaini Usman.
The police, in a one-count charge, had accused Huzaifa, 21, of strangling his father and causing him severe bodily injuries that led to his death on October 28, 2018 at B2A S.A. Latinwo Street, Adisa Estate, Durumi 2, Abuja FCT.
The charge further said Huzaifa carried out the said act with the knowledge that his (Usman’s) death would be the probable and likely consequence of his act. He was under charge Section 221 of the Penal Code Law.
When the matter came up for hearing today, the prosecuting counsel, Noel Omeji, informed the court that there was a development in the case that called for further investigation.
In line with the provisions of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA), he therefore applied that the charge be terminated against the defendant and for the defendant to be discharged.
Without objection from the defence counsel, the trial judge, Justice A. Bello Muhammed ruled that “the charge is hereby struck out and the defendant is hereby discharged.”
The prosecutor had earlier said that the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) had indicated interest in taking over the case and as such the police would be handing over the case to the DPP.
Tough decisions by Buhari will be in Nigeria’s interest – SGF
The Secretary to the Government of Federation, Boss Mustafa, says the tough decisions President Muhammadu Buhari will take during his second term will be in the interest of Nigeria.
Mustafa said in an interview with newsmen in Yola yesterday, allaying fears expressed in some quarters following a statement by the president that his second term would be tough.
He described the president as a good man, who had the trust of ordinary Nigerians and would like to see improvement in their lives, while the nation moved to the next level.
“When we came to power in 2015 about 27 states couldn’t pay salaries; we had to take tough decisions like giving them bail-out and Paris Club refund.
“These are tough decisions,” Mustafa said.
He also identified the ban on rice and fertilizer importation as one of the tough decisions taken by the government and which yielded positive results by boosting local production, among other things.
“By such tough decisions we are able to raise the number of rice farmers from 4 million to 12 million and we are about 98 per cent self-sufficient in rice.
“Due to the establishment of many fertilizer blending plants after we banned the importation of fertilizer, the product is now available and the prize is going down,” Mustafa added.
The SGF explained that anti-graft institutions such as Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission as well as the Code of Conduct Bureau were being strengthened to tackle corruption.
He said that the strengthening of such institutions, corruption would be nipped in the bud.
“It’s better to prevent it (corruption) instead of spending a lot of money prosecuting corruption cases,” Mustafa said. (NAN)
Buhari: We’ll reclaim our mandate in Akwa Ibom
President Muhammadu Buhari says Godswill Akpabio of the All Progressives Congress is the elected senator of Akwa Ibom North-West.
The Independent National Electoral Commission had declared Chris Ekpenyong of the People’s Democratic Party the winner of the election held on February 23.
But speaking yesterday in Uyo at a town hall meeting to thank the people of the state for voting the APC, Buhari said “it is not possible” for Akpabio to have lost the election, vowing that the votes of the APC that were stolen in the state would be reclaimed.
Represented by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Buhari asked the people of the state to defend their votes during the Saturday’s governorship and state assembly elections.
He said: “What happened on the 23rd of February was robbery. The votes of the people were stolen, but we are not deterred. The president sent me to thank you today. We are going to make sure that everything that was stolen on the 23rd February would be restored.
“It is not possible that Senator Godwill Akpabio lost. We are in no doubt that Senator Akpabio is the elected senator of Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District. I and Adams Oshiomhole, the national chairman of party, have been in the opposition for long and we cannot be defeated anymore.
“Every one of you should go out to vote on Saturday and defend your votes, we cannot be cheated; not only you, but tell your neighbours to vote for Obong Nsima Ekere and all APC candidates. Wait for your votes to be counted. It is the duty of the Federal Government to provide security and we will do that. We will recover every one of our votes.”
APC National Chairman Oshiomhole alleged that the INEC denied the state of its electoral victory on February 23.
“We have not come here to brag that our mandate was stolen last week. We have come to thank you that you voted for President Buhari and all members of the party. You did your job, but some armed robbers in INEC stole your votes.
“You think that those who stole your votes will have peace? We have come to reaffirm our commitment to democracy. We have come to affirm that no robber will go unpunished, but when an electoral umpire is corrupt and collude with the opposition, we have the witnesses and we have lawyers to deal with that,” he said.