For the umpteenth time, President Bola Tinubu, on Wednesday appealed to Nigerians to bear more the current harrowing pains they are undergoing as a result of the hardship in the country, especially with the removal of fuel subsidy and the concomitant pains associated with it, saying their experience, was akin to childbirth, in which the mother would not only feel relief, but joy at safe delivery.
Acknowledging that the measure, which he announced during his inauguration on May 29, and which saw the price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), otherwise known as petrol, jump from N189 to N550 in two days, the President, said the savings realised from the removal of the subsidy would benefit many Nigerians, but maintained that the people must bear the pains for now, following the jump in the prices of other commodities.
Tunubu, who sent a N500bllion proposal to the National Assembly to provide palliatives to the citizens to cushion the effect of the measure, following the outcry in the county, in which his critics accused him of putting the cart before the horse, by not planning to do so before yanking off the subsidy abruptly, made the appeal while reconnecting with his colleagues during a meeting with former governors known as the “class of 1999.”
“On the subsidy removal, I thank you for the support and I understand people are suffering. Yet, there can be no childbirth without pain. The joy of childbirth is the big relief of the pain. Nigeria is reborn. It is a rebirth of our country. To face our problem, to bring the savings to benefit the largest number of people in the country and not a few smugglers and exploiters. Thank you for your support.”
Lucky Igbinedion, the chairperson of the class of 1999 governors, under which Tinubu served as Governor of Lagos State, asked Nigerians to trust the president on the palliatives to be provided.
Igbinedion, former Governor of Edo governor, who said the President must be given the necessary support to foster a better Nigeria, added: “We came to congratulate Mr President and also to thank him for making one of us the secretary to the government.
“We came to assure him that he has our full support and prayers for the bold steps he has started to take, for his initiatives and also let him know that this is beyond party politics, we’re now talking about the project Nigeria.
“Therefore all hands must be on deck to give Mr President the needed support and encouragement to foster a better nation. On his part, Mr President assured us that it is his dream to see a better Nigeria and he also wants us to let you know that the decisions that he has taken so far might be painful.
“Therefore, Nigerians should wait patiently and believe in him, that he’s going to come up with palliatives that will put smiles on the faces of every one of us in Nigeria.”
Hostage talk: Israel still holding 7,000 Palestinians, 300 children – envoy
Any talk about releasing the hostages being held by HAMAS, without considering the 7,000 Palestinians held behind bars in Israel will not be complete, Abdullah Shawesh, The Palestinian Ambassador to Nigeria, has said, adding that holistic approach must be taken towards the Israelis- Palestinians hostage talk.
“The Israelis and the Palestinians and Gaza should be freed and likewise West Bank. That the people of Gaza should not be subjected to Israeli siege. We want the ceasefire and also to ensure that there is no one Israeli or Palestinian hostage. We hope that all the hostages that is Israelis and Palestinians go back to their homes tonight .
“It is very important and in this particular issue we need all to take it in a collective manner and not to talk about just the Israeli hostages. There are more than 7,000 Palestinians in the Israeli Jails. More than 300 children. More 2,600 from last escalation. All of them should be set freed. There cannot be peace as long as Israel has nuclear weapon, there cannot be peace as long as they continue to occupy us.”
Mutfwang: Don’t blame Tinubu, APC for your woes, Presidency tells PDP
Nobody should blame the All Progressives Congress (APC), President Bola Tinubu or anyone else for the travails of Caleb Mutfwang outside the Governor of Plateau State himself and his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), for going rogue with the law.
This was the position of the Presidency, on Monday, as it argued that the fate both the governor and his party are suffering in the hands of the courts, is what other parties including the ruling APC had faced when they decided to brush aside the orders of court for impunity.
Bayo Onanuga, presidential spokesman, while reacting to the verdict of the Court of Appeal which sacked the governor on Sunday, after setting aside the judgement of the governorship election tribunal that initially upheld the result of the March 18, 2023, which declared him winner, said the PDP was simply benefitting from disobeying court orders ahead of the elections.
The Court, sitting in Abuja had in a ruling on Sunday removed Mutfwang and ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to withdraw Certificate of Return presented to him, and present same to Nentawe Yilwatda of the APC, who came second during the polls.
Onanuga, Special Adviser on Information and Strategy to the President, stressing that neither the judiciary nor the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), should be blamed for the outcome, pointed out how the APC suffered the same fate after the 2019 elections, when all the elected officials in Zamfara State, were sacked by the Supreme Court for refusing to follow due process in the nomination of candidates.
Hear him: “To those crying and complaining about the judgment of the Appeal Court in nullifying the Election of Governor Caleb Mutfwang, they seem to have forgotten history so quickly. In 2019, all Zamfara elected officials and members of the APC, from governor to state and National Assembly lawmakers lost their posts because the APC failed to carry out legally valid primaries. The PDP, failing to learn from history, repeated the same illegality, using an illegal caretaker committee to conduct primaries, despite a court order.
“Blame the PDP for the electoral setback, not the APC, the judiciary, INEC and President Tinubu. Non-compliance with the electoral law and the constitution is also at the root of the nullification of the election of Kano governor, Abba Yusuf. Those blaming the judiciary and being emotional about the ruling should face reality. Yusuf was sacked based on the law. I believe we all want our country to be guided by the rule of law.”
Man who killed two Lagos sweepers finally in police custody, to face manslaughter charge
Lagos State Police Command, has confirmed that the yet to be identified driver of the Honda saloon with the licence plate EPE 984 DV, which killed two sweepers from the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) on Monday morning, is currently in their custody.
Benjamin Hundeyin, a Superintendent of Police (SP) and spokesman of the command, who gave an update on the ghastly incident, which occurred on the Gbagada Motorway, said the driver, who fled the scene after the incident, had turned himself in and currently being held, preparatory to being charged to court.
Hundeyin, said: “The owner of the Honda Saloon car turned himself in yesterday (Monday) night and he will be taken to court today for manslaughter. It was not murder, it was an accident and was not deliberate, so he will be charged with manslaughter.”
The said driver, according to reports, had abandoned his car and fled on foot immediately after ramming into the sweepers while allegedly trying to escape from officials of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LSTMA).
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