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Ojude Oba 2018: Controversy as Saraki Storms Ijebu-Ode as Special guest of honor

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Ojude Oba 2018: Controversy as Saraki storms Ijebu-ode as special guest

Daily Hint   13/8/2018

Controversies have continued to trail the choice of the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, as the Special Guest of Honour in the forthcoming annual Ojude Oba festival in Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State, South West Nigeria.

While an ordinary Ijebu indigene awaits the presence of the number three man in Nigeria as a matter of honour, politicians in the state, especially members of the All progressives Congress, (APC), who are loyal to President Muhammadu Buhari, and the State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun have considered this as an aberration.

Some of the APC’s stalwarts in the state, who spoke to DAILY HINT on the telephone expressed their displeasure over the development, stating that such invitation tends to legitimise Saraki’s “defiant attitudes” against the party.

They argued that Saraki ‘s presence in the state could trigger violent reactions from many of President Buhari’s loyalists who are of Ijebu extraction, and who considered Saraki’s action and inaction as an affront on the presidency.

According to an APC bigwig in the state, who pleaded anonymity, the choice of Saraki as Special Guest at the Ojude-Oba festival had become a source of worry to many APC members of Ijebu origin and Ogun State generally.

He said “it is unthinkable that Saraki, a certified traitor would be honoured at a festival every one of us hold in high esteem, what an affront.”

“The planning committee of this festival ought to have done a proper assessment of the polity and mood of the nation before committing this monumental blunder.

“Sincerely, this is absurd, many of us would not be able to withstand such situation, his presence at the event would adversely affects the importance of that occasion “, the source said.

Meanwhile, the Coordinator of the event, Dr Fassy Yusuf, who doubles as Baagbimo of Ijebu has appealed to sons and daughters of the ancient town, and the entire people of Ogun State to look beyond politics in the choice of Saraki as the Special Guest at the Ojude Oba festival.

In a press statement, the University lecturer explained that the conclusion on the choice of the Senate President preceded present political development in the nation, saying that Saraki had been earlier invited for the same role in 2017 edition of the festival but could not make it, hence his choice this time around.

“May I thank you all for the interest being shown as it concerns Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki , who has been invited as the Special Guest of Honour at the 2018 edition of Ojude Oba Festival.

“Let it be said with all humility, I am not a registered member of any political party in our dear country. It is my choice. However, I am an analyst- a socio-political, communication and public affairs observer cum analyst, and a servant of Ijebu nation. I do my best to serve.

“The choice of Saraki should not attract any political nor religious connotation, after all in the past, Ojude Oba played host to political gladiators not in the same party with those at the helm of affairs in Ogun State during those editions.

“In the last seven years, we saw our amiable Governor and my brother, Sen. Ibikunle Amosun, CON, FCA., playing host to PDP stalwarts (David Mark, Tambuwal, Dickson, etc.) at Ojude Oba Days. Ditto, my brother and former Governor Daniel, fas. Nigerian politics is all about alignment and realignment of forces cum interests- no permanent friends, no permanent foes.

“We must be circumspect about the way we approach and analyse issues. Objectivity, rationality, truth, equity, justice and fairness must be our watch words.

“We must imbibe those virtues Ojude Oba espouse: tolerance, accommodation, civility and mutual respect.

“The decision to invite Saraki was taken early in 2017. However, he could not make it in 2017.

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President Buhari Arrives Borno on one day state visit

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President Buhari arrives Borno on one day state visit

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

President Muhammadu Buhari has landed, Maiduguri, Air force Base at exact 9:45 am this morning for one day working visit to the state to asses security situation in the Northeast and commission some projects

The President was received by the Borno state Governor ,Prof. Babagana Zulum along side his Yobe counterpart Governor and the ruling All progressive congress (APC) National chairman Hon. Mai Mala Buni, and Honourable members of the National and state Assemblies, members of the state Executive Council, as well as other officials of the Federal and state government.

The president was in Borno last in 12 February 2020 when he came to commemorate with the people and Government of Borno state over the Auno attack.

On arriving the Presiddent proceeded to Government Technical College Njimtilo and Borno state University, where he commissioned some projects.

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Service Chiefs Arrived Maiduguri in Preparation to President Buhari Visit to Borno

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Service chiefs arrived Maiduguri in preparation to President Buhar’ visit to Borno

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Chief of Defense Staff (CDS),General Lucky Irabor, the Chief of Arny Staff ( COAS), Major General Faruk Yahaya,, Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal, Isiaka Anao Chief of Naval , (CNS), Auwal Gambo Staff, Rear Admiral and Inspector General of Police (IGP) Usman Baba Alkali were in Maiduguri to discuss security situation in the Northeast. in preparation to the President Muhammadu Buhari visit to Borno

On arrrival of the service Chiefs they proceeded straight to the headquarters Joint Tasks force Operation Hadin Kai where they went into closed door meeting that lasted for over 2 hours.

The President during the visit is expected to address the troops of Northeast Joint Task Force, Operation Hadin Kai at the Maimalari Cantonment

Speaking in an interview with newsmen shortly after the close door meeting, the Chief of Defense Staff, General Lucky Irabor said assured Nigerians that the military is determined to end the Boko Haram insurgency.

The reason why we are here to re-strategize and address the problems facing the troops

Chief of Defence Staff led Service Chiefs and Inspector General of Police to headquarters Theatre Command ahead of President Buhari’s visit.

The CDS said their visit to the Theatre is to strategize and address the security problems facing the people of the Northeast and the entire country, adding that ,the greatest challenge before the military and other security agencies is how to restore peace in the entire region, and stressed the need for collaborative effort to end the crisis.

In welcome address, before the close door session,, the acting Theatre Commander Joint Taskforce Operation Hadin Kai Major General Felix Omoigui said that the Theatre had recorded numerous success which led to economic activities to thrive in many liberated areas of the northeast.

The Chief of Defence Staff was accompanied on the visit by Chief of Army Staff, Major General Farouq Yahaya, Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Isiaka Amao, Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Auwal Gambo, Inspector General of Police Usman Alkali, Chief of Defence Intelligence, Principal Staff Officers from Defence and Service Headquarters.

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Just in: Former Special Adviser to president Jonathan, Ali Gulak Assassinated

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Just in: Former special adviser to president Jonathan, Ali Gulak assassinated

By Daily Hint News

Former special adviser to president Goodluck Jonathan on politics, Ali Gulak has reportedly been assassinated by unknown gunmen in Owerri, the capital of IMO State.

Confirming the sad incident to our reporter, a former classmate of the slain politician who is also a PDP stalwart in Adamawa State, Dr. Umar Ardo said, “I just confirmed the sad and gruesome murder of my friend and classmate, the former special adviser political to president Goodluck Jonathan.”

According to Ardo, Gulak was assassinated in the night by yet to be identified gunmen in Owerri.

Gulak was a one time speaker of Adamawa State house of assembly and former special assistant to the vice president.

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