Today’s Headlines:Tinubu Visits Oba Akiolu, Promises not to disappoint, Blame Politicians Not Farmers For Food Insecurity–OBJ


Tinubu Visits Oba Akiolu

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The president-elect, Bola Tinubu, breezed into Lagos on Sunday where he was received by a mammoth crowd of supporters and party members after his private jet landed at the Presidential wing of the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Ikeja.

The development is coming five days after the former Lagos State governor was announced as winner of the contentious presidential poll held on February 25.

Tinubu had polled 8,794,726 votes to defeat his closest rivals, Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party and Labour Party flag-bearer Peter Obi, who got 6,984,520 and 6,101,533 votes, respectively.

Tinubu was received at the airport by the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Chief of Staff, Tayo Ayinde; former Lagos Deputy Governor, Femi Pedro; Senator Musiliu Obanikoro; former Commissioner for Environment in Lagos, Muiz Banire, and Woman Leader in the state, Jumoke Okoya-Thomas.

This was disclosed in a statement issued on Sunday by the media adviser of president-elect, Tunde Rahman.

Blame Politicians Not Farmers For Food Insecurity–OBJ

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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, on Sunday, said political leaders and not farmers should be blamed for the failure of Nigeria and Africa to take advantage of advancement in science and technology for the development of the agricultural sector.

Obasanjo said politicians caused the inability of the country to attain self-sufficiency in food production.

The former president stated this at a lecture organised to mark his 86th birthday in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

Obasanjo said Nigerians must blame the country leaders for lacking the political will to turn Nigeria into the food basket of Africa.

He stressed that Nigeria was not created by God to be poor, but the leaders of the country have Nigerians with poor policies.

Obasanjo said, “I believe that God has not created Nigeria as a basket case. God has created Nigeria for a great purpose. At independence, the world did not refer to Nigeria as a giant in Africa, no, they referred to Nigeria as a giant in the sun, Nigeria was more than a giant in Africa, it was a giant in the sun. But, not only have we not been giants in the sun, we have not even been giants in Africa. Some people called us giants with clay feet.

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Democracy Taking Root In Nigeria Says NGO

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The Centre for 21st Century Issues has felicitated the winners of the February 25 presidential and parliamentary elections.

The group noted that following the outcome of the elections, democracy was taking root in Nigeria.

The Executive Director of the non-governmental organisation, Ms Gbemisola Akosa, specifically hailed the victory of the presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, describing it as a victory for progressive forces across the country.

Appraising the outcome of the elections, she stated that the presidential poll remained one of the most competitive in the history of the country.

Akosa in a statement issued on behalf of her organisation also called on all aggrieved candidates in the elections to embrace peace by approaching the law court to ventilate their grievances.

“We are glad that the much-anticipated general election with respect to the presidential and National Assembly elections has come and gone with the winners and losers emerging for the available positions.

“We at the 21st Century Issues are particularly delighted that the elections went on well without any serious security breach.

God Watching You, Kaigama Tells Election Tribunal Judges

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The Catholic Archbishop of Abuja Diocese, Ignatius Kaigama, on Sunday, called on Justices of the Supreme Court to do their work with the greatest sense of justice as God is watching from above how they would dispense justice as litigants disappointed with the results of the general election head for the tribunal.

He also warned political leaders against fighting dirty, rigging or manipulating elections if their desire is to genuinely serve the common good.

Kaigama stated these in his homily delivered at St. Augustine’s Parish, Lugbe on Sunday.

He said, “I urge you to keep hope alive. We concluded our presidential and National Assembly elections last Saturday. Many people turned out and enthusiastically voted, believing that the transparency promised would be guaranteed. When it did not happen in all cases, as many felt that the process was compromised, many wanted street protests, but thanks to the maturity of the top contenders who called all to exercise caution and obedience to the laws of the land. We have yet survived together again as against those predicting doom.

We encouraged people to get registered, to obtain their voter cards, to go out and vote. They enthusiastically trooped out to vote but to their greatest chagrin, the process did not achieve the degree of transparency expected. Despite all, remain calm and peaceful. Those not satisfied with the results are heading to the courts.


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