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CAN Mourns, Says Mailafia’s Death Big Loss To Nigeria

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The Christian Association of Nigeria has described the demise of former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Dr Obadiah Mailafia, as a rude shock and a great loss to the country and the Church.

The Christian body said that Nigerians need Mailafia’s bold personality and fearless voice to speak against the killings and kidnappings in the country.

In a statement on Monday titled, ‘CAN Mourns Obadiah Mailafia’, the General Secretary of the association, Joseph Daramola, called on the Federal government to immortalise the developmental economist who died over the weekend in an Abuja hospital at the age of 64.

The statement read, “We are dumbfounded by the sudden relocation of a voice of the voiceless, a voice of courage, wisdom and reason, a patriot per excellence, a genuine Christian, Dr Obadiah Mailafia when the Church, nay the country needs him most.

“Such a voice is needed now when many well-meaning Nigerians are keeping silent at the time they are expected to speak against the unending and unprecedented killings and kidnappings in the country as a result of the collapsed and compromised security architecture.

“As far as we are concerned, the demise of such a hardworking and committed patriot is a rude shock, untimely, humanly speaking, unbelievable and very unfortunate. He was a foremost defender of the masses and the Church. Our consolation is that he not only died on duty for the Kingdom of God as a martyr but refused to compromise his faith in the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

“He served God till his last breath. Here was a Christian leader who refused to be cowed or intimidated because of his resolve to see a new Nigeria. Although he had what it takes to be insensitive to the yearnings of the downtrodden people, but like Moses, he decided to pitch his tent with the oppressed. His death is a great loss to the Church and the country.

“Our hearts go out to his immediate family, the government and the people of Kaduna State and the country. May God console and comfort all the bereaved in Jesus’ Name.

“We call on the Federal and Kaduna governments to immortalise him. The people of the Middle Belt too should not forget the man who served them to the end. Our own part, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) will not be left behind as we have resolved to honour him during our forthcoming CAN’s Anniversary celebrations.

“Once again, we pray for the comfort of the Holy Spirit for his immediate family and the rest of us in Jesus’ name.”

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AFCON 2021: Eguavoen’s Failure To Change Tactics Behind Super Eagles’ Loss To Tunisia, Says NFF

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The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) is not happy with the elimination of the Super Eagles from the ongoing 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.

The football house feel its Technical Director, Augustine Eguavoen, who acted as interim head coach at the tournament in Cameroon, could have fielded a different team and tactics against Tunisia.

Nigerian won its first three games at the AFCON against Egypt, Sudan and Guinea-Bissau, playing expansive football with reliance on wing play from Moses Simon and Samuel Chukwueze.

However, the Tunisians found a way to shut down Simon and Chukwueze, winning 1-0 in the round of 16.

“We can’t be predictable for three consecutive matches straight up,” a senior NFF official told ESPN in a not-so-veiled criticism of Eguavoen.

“We ought to have changed tactics and even personnel to surprise them, too.

“Everyone was too heartbroken to have straight thoughts. But now, we have to maintain our heads, be stable, and focus on making the best decision for Nigeria.”

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Buhari Sympathises With Victims Of Market Fire Incident In Onitsha

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President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled with victims of the fire incident at Main Market and Relief Market in Onitsha, Anambra State.

This was contained in a statement by the president’s spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, on Friday in Abuja.

Recall that firefighters on Friday battle to put out a raging fire caused by a fallen petrol tanker in the state.

The fire reportedly destroyed several goods.

According to report, the fire started after a petrol tanker conveying fuel fell around Obodoukwu road, along the Onitsha-Owerri road in the commercial city.

Reacting, Buhari directed Federal Government agencies working with the Anambra government to give the necessary succour to victims.

He also urged public-spirited individuals and corporate organisations to assist those whose means of livelihood had been affected by the unfortunate incident.

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2023: Buhari Will Give Us Guidance On Zoning, Says Gov Abiodun

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Ahead of the APC National convention in February and General Elections in 2023, the Governor of Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun is confident that the President Muhammadu Buhari will give necessary guidance to ensure that equity and justice is reflected within the party’s zoning formula.

The Governor expressed this view after a visit to the President at the State House in Abuja on Friday.

He was accompanied by a broad delegation including former governor of the state, Olusegun Osoba; Chairman of the Council of Obas, Oba Babatunde Ajayi; former deputy governor, Alhaja Salimot Badru and a foremost industrialist, Chief Sulaiman Adegunwa.

Governor Abiodun who thanked the president for his recent visit to the state (where a number of projects were commissioned), equally spoke on the issue of zoning.

He noted that the party is working on a formula, which according to him will be made known after an approval by the National Executive Council.

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