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We never had it this bad in Nigeria – Sanusi

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“Level of poverty and hunger in the land is daily increasing and so also the level of insecurity, corruption, rate of inflation, youth unemployment, gender imbalance, poor electricity, poor foreign exchange rate, corruption”

Former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and 14th Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, on Thursday, in Lagos, expressed great concerns about the current state of the country, saying Nigeria and its people had never had it as bad as it is currently in history.

He said nothing seems to work again in the country, citing various social issues to buttress his view.

He said the level of poverty and hunger in the land is daily increasing and so also the level of insecurity, corruption, rate of inflation, youth unemployment, gender imbalance, poor electricity, poor foreign exchange rate, corruption and so forth.

He said the worst thing is that the level where Nigeria was in 2015 when people were crying foul about the state of the country’s socio-political economy, insecurity, inflation and so forth was far better than what the situation were at the moment.

Sanusi gave this remark at the 7th colloquium of Akinjide Adeosun Foundation (AFF) to mark the 54th birthday of the founder of the foundation and CEO of St. Rachael’s Pharmaceuticals Nigeria, Mr Akinjide Adeosun.

He was the guest of honour at the event, which also has Mr Jimi Agbaje, a pharmacist cum politician; the Secretary to the Oyo State Government and wife of the celebrator, Mrs Olubamiwo Adeosun; as well as a keynote speaker, Prof Ayodele Olurotimi and the Managing Director of Megamound Investment Ltd, Mr Olumide Osunsina, among other dignitaries, in attendance.

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Speaking further and on the theme of the programme, “Are leaders scarce in Nigeria,” Sanusi blamed Nigeria’s situation mostly on leaders in political governance, saying many of them lack a clear vision that can effectively move the country forward appreciably.

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He said that was why rather than for things to get better after successive administration comes to the stage of governance things get worse.

According to him, we thought we were in a deep hole in 2015 but between 2015 and now; we have been digging ourselves into a deeper hole.

He said it was unheard of that Nigeria could not take the advantage of the Russian-Ukraine War to better its economy just as all other oil-producing countries globally do at the moment.

According to him, Nigeria is the only oil-producing country that is grieving at this time as every other oil-producing country is celebrating and smiling to the banks due to the price of oil that has gone up appreciably because of the Russian-Ukraine War.

He said it was more disturbing that the country’s revenue is not enough to service the debts let alone meet peoples’ needs.

He said it was not that good leaders who could cause a positive change for the country and its people are scarce in Nigeria but that the process and platform to get such people into corridors of power are grossly unfriendly.

He said: “The reality is that there are so many Nigerians that if given the opportunity would do well, but they simply cannot contest in that space because they can’t compete otherwise they will be dead.

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According to him, you don’t have the money, you can’t pay thugs or send anyone to kill anyone or burn somebody’s house to win an election or shed the blood of innocent people because you want to be in office, and certainly cannot make compromises with certain characters, who are responsible for destroying this country in order to get into office. You can’t sell your conscience for that.

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“Even at that, he stressed, we can’t give up hope. We need the courage to stand up and speak because, at the end of the day, this is our country.”

Speaking earlier, AFF founder and celebrant, Mr Akinjide Adeosun, explained the reasons for setting up the foundation, saying it is to strengthen capabilities of today’s leaders and also produce their likes among the younger generation as future leaders in Nigeria and beyond.

He said the foundation is doing that as a valuable contribution to national development and that the efforts within its seven years of existence had yielded tremendous results.

Speaking on the theme, Adeosun said visionary leaders are those who can, among others identify potentials and support them for positive change and significant contributions to nation-building.

He said what Nigeria needs now, particularly in political governance are leaders chosen based on what they could offer to the generality of Nigerians and also promote locally produced goods.

He, however, urged the government at all levels to invest more in building people and also in their healthcare as the two sectors according to him are the drivers of any economy. (Nigerian Tribune)

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Five children suffocate to death inside abandoned car in Niger

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• The unused car in which the bodies of the five children were found in Minna, Niger State

Three children of the same parents and two others whose ages ranged from five to 10 years died in an abandoned Honda Civic with Registration No. GO 778 ABC in Niger State following suffocation after they locked themselves inside the car for hours.

It is a common sight to find children in large numbers throwing caution to the wind and playing on the streets of Minna, the state capital.

The incident happened on Sunday in the Gurara Albishir area located on Bida Road when the children mistakenly entered the vehicle which had been abandoned for two years before the incident and locked themselves inside for over five hours.

An eyewitness in the neighbourhood who gave his name as Bala Usman said the children were playing in a large compound when they hopped into the abandoned car which refused to open.

“They tried to open the car and it refused to open and so they gave up trying. The car had been parked there for about two years by the owner.

“They might have mistakenly locked themselves up from around 11 am while the parents were searching for them only to discover their dead bodies in the car around 4 pm after fruitlessly looking everywhere around the vicinity,” Usman said.

The victims, which included four females and a male, comprised three siblings and two victims of different parents including the owner of the car. Their names and ages were given as Zahra, 10; Aisha, seven; Fati, five, and Isah, seven.

Our correspondent could not ascertain the identity of the fifth victim.

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In his reaction, the chairman of Chanchaga Local Government Area, Aminu Ladan, confirmed the incident, describing it as unfortunate.

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“This is a very unfortunate incident, I must tell you. We pray for the families to be comforted at a time like this,” he said.

Aminu, whose residence is located around the neighbourhood where the incident occurred, immediately visited the scene and condoled with the bereaved families.

The Niger State Police Command Public Relations Officer, Wasiu Abiodun, who also reacted to the incident said the owner of the vehicle had been invited for questioning while the matter was under investigation.

“On 21/4/2024 at about 6.30 pm, based on information received at Kpakungu Division, five children of about five to 13 years of age were found trapped in a Honda Civic vehicle with Reg No. GO 778 ABC at Albishiri area of Minna.

“They were found to have suffocated in the vehicle, while their bodies were later removed by the various parents, as the police visited the scene.

“However, the owner of the vehicle was invited for questioning, as the unfortunate incident is under investigation,” he stated in a WhatsApp message sent to our correspondent. (Punch)

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Mbah offers scholarship to 11-year-old domestic worker abused by lawyer in Anambra

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Mbah offers scholarship to 11-year-old domestic worker abused by lawyer in Anambra
•Ngozi Enih, Nwafor Happiness and her Mother

Gov. Peter Mbah of Enugu state on Wednesday offered scholarship up to university level to 11-year-old domestic worker, Happiness Nwafor, who was allegedly abused and brutalised by her employer.

The governor also ordered the rehabilitation of the victim.

The State Commissioner for Children, Gender and Social Development, Mrs Ngozi Enih, disclosed this while briefing newsmen in Enugu.

The Advocate reports that Nwafor,  who hails from Enugu state,  was allegedly molested by her “madam”,  an Anambra based Lawyer, Adachukwu Okafor, who resides in Onitsha.

Okafor had brought her into her home in January,  after contacting her parents to help her get a child who would assist her with house chores.

She had battered the little Nwafor with hot iron and knife, inflicting injuries on her after accusing her of touching her child’s private part while bathing the child.

In a letter to the Scholarship Board, Enih said Mbah had graciously approved the rehabilitation and offer of scholarship up to university level for Nwafor.

She stated that the governor’s action was in line with the resolution of the Enugu State House of Assembly.

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“Today we are here to to handover little Happiness Nwafor to the Enugu State Scholarship Board. Recall that on  Feb. 1, a video went viral about a child that was physically abused by a lawyer in Anambra.

“The little girl in question was from Enugu state and we have to rush down to Anambra to ascertain the level of injury and make sure she is healed.

“I appreciate Mbah and his wife, Mrs Nkechinyere Mbah, Gov. Charles Soludo of Anambra and his wife, Dr Nonyelum Soludo, for their rapid response and quick intervention and  making sure that Nwafor was rescued and got the adequate medical treatment.

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“It shows us the type of government we are all witnessing, a government that cares for his people they have been taking care of her even as she go through rehabilitation.

“I equally thank the Ministry of Gender Affairs, Anambra and Minister of Women Affairs, Mrs Uju Kennedy for placing a bounty on the perpetrator who was nowhere to be found.

“We all collaborated to make sure that the Okafor was arrested,” Enih said.

She maintained that the Enugu state would not condone or accept any form of child abuse,  in state or outside the state as it has zero to child abuse.

The commissioner added that little Nwafor would be handed over to the Director in charge of Enugu State School Board for proper documentation.

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Receiving the victim, Mr Peter Nkwuo, the Head of Administration, Enugu Scholarship and Education Loan Board, said the board would provide her with school uniform, bag, books and others as pupils in the state do not pay school fees.

He stressed that in future when she would gain admission into secondary school,  the state would pay her school fees and provide her with other materials.

While thanking Anambra and Enugu governments, the mother of the victim, Nwanneka Anioke, said Nwafor’s father abandoned her with four kids,  prompting her to give out Nwafor as a maid.

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Alleged N80Bn Graft: Yahaya Bello fails to appear in court for arraignment

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Alleged N80Bn Graft: Yahaya Bello fails to appear in court for arraignment
Ex-Kogi Governor Yahaya Bello

The arraignment of former Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello before a Federal High Court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC was stalled on Thursday due to his absence in court.

Bello is to be arraigned by the anti-graft commission for looting of over ₦80bn belonging to the Kogi State government when he served as governor.

However, when the matter came up today, his lawyer said there is an exparte order restraining EFCC from arresting and prosecuting the former Governor which EFCC appealed against at the Court of Appeal.

It will be recalled that the EFCC failed to arrest Mr. Bello on Wednesday after laying siege on his Abuja home for over 8 hours.

The incumbent, Usman Ododo came to the rescue of his predecessor preventing the commission from leaving with him.

Ododo and security operatives attached to the former governor succeeded in taking Bello away from his Abuja residence on Wednesday thus preventing his areest by EFCC.

Bello’s whereabouts is unknown by press time.

Meanwhile, Justice Emeka Nwite of the Federal High Court Abuja has adjourned the case to April 23rd.

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The adjournment is for substituted service and possible arraignment of the former governor.

The EFCC has vowed to break all barriers to find where the former governor is and make him face his arraignment, citing section 12 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015.

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