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Deborah’s Killing Distressing, Osinbajo Finally Reacts

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…Commends Buhari, Sultan Of Sokoto For Condemning Such Action

…Why We Haven’t Cancelled NBA Sokoto Conference – Ubani

…Investigate, Arrest Killers Of Sokoto Student, NASFAT Tells Security Agencies

Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo has condemned the killing of a 200-level student of Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto, Deborah Samuel.

Osinbajo described Deborah’s murder over alleged blasphemy as deeply distressing.

He said there was no justification for extra-judicial killing because there were legal channels of addressing any misdeed.

The Vice President spoke to journalists in Abuja, upon his arrival from Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

Osinbajo commended President Muhammadu Buhari and the Sultan of Sokoto for condemning the incident.

According to Osinbajo: “Let me say that, first, the President has reacted to this, in a statement which was issued earlier condemning the action.

“I must say that it’s a deeply distressing thing, very disturbing – such an atrocious killing of the young lady by a mob who took the law into their own hands; I think it’s very unfortunate.

“The swift reaction of the Sokoto State Government and also the Sultan of Sokoto is highly commendable.

“I think that their swift reaction to the situation clearly demonstrates the outrage of millions of Nigerians and also the desire of everyone to ensure that the perpetrators are quickly apprehended and prosecuted.

“As the President said, there’s really no excuse for anyone to take the law into their own hands no matter the provocation, there are set processes for ensuring that we are able to redress whatever wrongs that are done against us.”

Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association Section on Public Interest Litigation, Mr Monday Ubani, said the leadership of the NBA would decide whether or not the SPIDEL conference scheduled to hold in Sokoto from May 22 to 26 would be cancelled.

Ubani’s statement followed call by human rights activist and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa for justice and cancellation of the conference in the light of the “barbaric” murder of Deborah.

Speaking with one of our correspondents, Ubani said, “No, we can’t cancel it that way; there is authority. We have the NBA President. If there is any reason to cancel it, the situation will be reviewed and a proper statement will be made. Individuals cannot; nobody has cancelled any conference.”

On Adegboruwa’s position, Ubani said it would be preposterous for some members to suggest the cancellation because of the acts of lawbreakers in the state, noting that the state government was not complicit in the killing, saying, “Let us all be circumspect over the sad Sokoto incident. The barbaric killing is condemnable as no individual has any right under our present jurisprudence to take life and extrajudicial killing is not allowed by our laws.”

The NBA chairman expounded on his statement saying, “It is absolutely wrong for our colleagues, who have not consulted or called Mr President of the Bar, to be calling for the boycott of the conference when the state government that is hosting is not complicit in this heinous crime unless there is evidence to the contrary.

Tambuwal; Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad; NBA President, Mr Olumide Akpata; the Sultan of Sokoto; Chief Judge of Sokoto State, Justice Muhammad Sa’idu Sifawa; and others are expected to attend the conference.

In the same vein, the Chief Missioner of Nasrul-Lahi-l-Fatih, Imam Abdul-Azeez Onike, has urged law enforcement agencies to thoroughly investigate and arrest all culprits involved in the killing of a female student in Sokoto.

Onike made the plea in a statement on Friday while reacting to the killing of Deborah Samuel, a student of the Shehu Shagari College of Education, Wamako in Sokoto State.

“I urge the law enforcement agents to do a thorough investigation, arrest all culprits and speedily bring justice to bear,” Onike said.

He, however, condemned the reported extra-judicial killing of the female student, saying, “it is extra-judicial punishment is alien to Islam and unacceptable in Islam”.

The NASFAT chief missioner advised against reprisal attacks and unnecessary maligning of a particular tribe or religion.

He said that the plea became imperative since jungle justice was “fast becoming rampant in our country”.

While condemning the killing, he said, “To understand the anathema of the sad incident of extra-judicial punishment meted out to a lady in Sokoto recently, which resulted in her death, let us look at the following narration which depicts and represents the expected reaction of any follower of our Noble Prophet Muhammad (saws):

“Anas Malik reported: While we were in the mosque with Allah’s Messenger, a desert Arab came and stood up and began to urinate in the Mosque.

“The Companions of Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said: ‘Stop, stop, but the Messenger of Allah said: Don’t interrupt him; leave him alone’.

“They left him alone, and when he finished urinating, Allah’s Messenger called him and said to him: These Mosques are not the places meant for urine and filth, but are only for the remembrance of Allah.

“It is a place for prayer and the recitation of the Qur’an, the Holy Prophet then gave orders to one of the people who brought a bucket of water and poured it over.

“Can you imagine what would be the reactions of some people, if they see someone ignorantly or deliberately urinating inside a Mosque?” He said.

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Breaking: 2023: Hayatu-Deen Withdraws From PDP Presidential Race

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…Says Primary “Obscenely Monetised”

A former Managing Director and Chief Executive of FSB International Bank, Mohammed Hayatu-Deen has withdrawn from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential race.

PDP National Convention to elect a 2023 Presidential candidate out of the 15 aspirants is slated for today, in Abuja.

The foremost Economist and Banker, in a letter addressed to the PDP National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, said interacting with Nigerians from all walks of life had reinforced his resolve that Nigeria must be saved, otherwise the future is doomed.

He lamented that for years he observed with great concern and sorrow the recent rapid deterioration of all aspects of Nigeria’s national life characterised by increasing poverty, religious intolerance, banditry and kidnapping, monumental oil theft, corruption, mismanagement of national assets, communal and religious strifes and near collapse of public services and public institutions.

Hayatu-Deen said he planned to ensure that the great potential that had become the hallmark of Nigeria’s development paradigm should be actualized during his presidency.

He alleged that the primary had been “obscenely monetised”.

The renowned economist said he planned to make Nigeria the continental economic powerhouse, which would guarantee high quality of life to most Nigerians.

The foremost Banker said his ambition was driven by passion and commitment to rescue Nigeria which is on the verge of collapse.

He said “My exposure locally and internationally and contributions to the nation’s economic and political well being positioned me to take up the challenges facing our dear nation and the courage to participate in this gruelling exercise which most of our elites have shunned away from. Regrettably, the political system has proved to be acrimonious, corrupt and self-serving.

“I joined the contest as a democrat, with an open mind to keenly contest and accept the result of a process that is fair, credible and transparent

“We have endeavoured to forge a consensus which would have facilitated a seamless emergence of a candidate which unfortunately could not be achieved.

“I wish to reiterate that I did not join party politics and to contest for the presidency because of personal gains and inordinate ambition, but to serve our country.

“It is, therefore, based on personal principles and with great humility that I have decided after wide consultations to withdraw from this contest which has been obscenely monetized”.

Hayatu-Deen assured that as a very loyal party member and believer in the democratic process, he’ll continue to avail himself and his teeming supporters at all times to ensure the victory of the PDP.

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2023: Peter Obi Blows Hot, Insists He’s Not Desperate To Be President

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…I’m Not A Saint, But Go And Check My Records, Ex-Anambra Gov Blasts Wike Over Integrity ‘Attack’

 

Former Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, on Friday said he is not desperate to be President.

Mr Obi made the comment while appearing on Channels Television’s Politics Today.

According to Mr Obi, he left the Peoples Democratic Party for the Labour Party because the former did no longer align with his political values.

“I’m not desperate to be President or anything,” he said. “I’m desperate to see Nigeria work. Especially for the youths of this country.

“I’ve moved to where I think the process might allow me.

He also retorted that no one can question his integrity over management of public funds/office as he did his best and the records show it.

Obi in a statement on Friday submitted that leaving the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) does not bring his integrity into question or disrepute in any form.

Obi made the submission as a response to Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike who had earlier on Thursday during a TV interview stated that Obi’s decision to dump the PDP a few days to the presidential primaries shows a lack of character and integrity.

But replying Wike’s statement, Obi during an interview on Channels Television Politics Today on Friday said his only offence while in office was refusing to mismanage public funds, hence no one can call him out for lack of integrity.

Obi added that even when has was offered some ‘juicy packages’ while in office, he rejected them and opted to live within his means.

According to him, the politics of sharing money has never been a part of him.

“Wike talks about the issue of integrity. He said my leaving the PDP questioned my integrity, I don’t know how that came about. When we talk about integrity, we talk about it in the management of public assets.

“That is what we should be talking about in this country and when such things are mentioned about me, I feel maybe there is something missing somehow. Go and check my record as a governor, I was impeached for three reasons, one, my office had an approved budget for renovation for N298m and I renovated everything with N43,2m.

“My lodge, to renovate where I live, I got a budget of N486m, I did everything with N81m. Number three is that I was saving money without the approval of the House. From day one I said we must save money, for 8 years I was governor, go and ask any contractor that sat with me whether I inflated any contract,” Obi declared.

He added that the evidence of his integrity and character in managing public funds is the N75 billion he left behind when he left office after eight years as Governor.

“When I left office, I left N75bn as at that time because it is public money and I am managing it on public trust. For me when you talk about integrity, it questions your management of public funds and resources.

“Go to Anambra State today, I have no land given to me by the Anambra State Government, My managing director of my housing authority, Mike Nwafor, is still alive, he gave me land and two houses and I rejected them. Nobody has ever seen me in my political life sharing money at any time. I am not saying I am a saint, but I did things which I believe were right,” Obi added.

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JUST IN: APC Postpones Presidential Primaries To June 6-7

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has postponed its presidential primary election to Friday, June 6 and Saturday, 7.

The APC announced the postponement after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Friday evening bowed to pressure by political parties to extend the dates for the conduct of primary elections.

INEC in a statement on Friday, extended the dates for primaries by six days.



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