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What Right do you have Over who is Staying or Not in Nigeria Nnamdi Kanu Blast FG.

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What Right do you have Over who is Staying or Not in Nigeria Nnamdi Kanu Blast FG.

NaijaNews Nigeria March 28, 2021

NaijaNews Nigeria reports that Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the proscribed Indigenous People Of Biafra, IPOB, has said it is not the duty of the Federal Government to decide who stays in Nigeria

 

This online news medium understand that according to him, the decision of whether the country would disintegrate or remain integrated should be determined by the people via a referendum.

 

The founder of the Eastern Security Network, ESN, said not even the military has such power.

 

“Dear Nigerian Govs

It’s not your business to decide whether the people of your State should remain Nigerians or not. It’s not even the business of @NGRPresident or the @HQNigerianArmy.

 

“Instead, it’s the business of the PEOPLE, freely expressed through a process called REFERENDUM”, the tweet reads.

 

Recall that the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. -Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru recently said the military was ready to deal with all separatists disturbing the cooperate existence of Nigeria.

 

He vowed to ensure that those inciting disintegration such as the Yoruba activist, Sunday Igboho who recently declared the Oduduwa Republic and his South South counterpart, ex-militant, Asari Dokubo are all dealt with.

 

Meanwhile, Anaedoonline.ng reported that Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, on Saturday, denied threatening the Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Alfred Achebe.

 

Kanu said contrary to rumours, he never insulted the Obi of Onitsha. Following the Onitsha Ado Security outfit formation, Kanu was accused of insulting and threatening the monarch.

 

However, Kanu explained that he only advised the monarch not to allow himself and his newly formed security outfit to be used by Fulani Janjaweed in Abuja to fight the Eastern Security Network, ESN, and IPOB.

 

Kanu made the explanation in a statement signed by the IPOB spokesman, Emma Powerful.

 

The statement reads: “The attention of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra IPOB has been drawn to the activities of mischief makers who are twisting the response of our Leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, to the recent statement made by our revered Obi of Onitsha, HRM Igwe Alfred Achebe concerning the formation of Onitsha Ado Security outfit.

 

FRSC Deploys 25, 224 Personnel, 580 Patrol Vehicles, 92 Ambulances, Other Logistics For Easter Special Patrols

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FRSC Deploys 25, 224 Personnel, 580 Patrol Vehicles, 92 Ambulances, Other Logistics For Easter Special Patrols

NaijaNews Nigeria March 27, 2021

Towards ensuring a safe and smooth 2021 Easter celebrations, the Federal Road Safety Corps ( FRSC) National Headquarters has deployed a total of 25, 224 personnel to cover the various highways across the country with monitors deployed to ensure compliance to the operational guidelines of the special patrol scheduled to commence from 31 March and terminate on 1 April, 2021. This was contained in a press release signed by the Corps Public Education Officer, Assistant Corps Marshal Bisi Kazeem over the weekend.

 

According to him, the deployed personnel include 7,100 Officers, 18,124 Marshals Inspectors and Road Road Marshal assistants 15,225 Special Marshals who would cover all the identified areas across the country. He added that Management staff, Zonal Commanding Officers, Sector Commanders and other senior officers of the rank of Deputy Corps Commanders (DCC) in the National Headquarters as well as Corridor Commanders are also deployed to the Field Commands to ensure compliance with the Operational Guidelines issued at the beginning of the exercise.

 

“In addition, 580 patrol vehicles, 92 ambulances, 17 tow trucks and 73 motorbikes are being deployed as part of the patrol logistics,” he stated.

 

“Furthermore, 2,096 reflective jackets , 1,000 traffic crones, 73 tyre pressure gauges, a number of extricating machines and digital breathalyzers are part of the tools set aside for the special operations,” Bisi further stated.

 

The Corps Public Officer further noted that as part of the strategies, a total of 22 Help Areas have been mobilised to ensure prompt removal of obstructions, death and injuries during the period. This, he said, is in addition to the ten traffic control camps which would be dedicated solely to identifying traffic gridlock areas to be manned by our personnel on 24/7 basis during the Easter Celebration.

 

“The Corps has put in place a Situation Room at the National Headquarters to monitor the activities across the country, collate and process information for dissemination to relevant commands and stakeholders as the case may be. This is in addition to the activation of 28 Road Traffic Crash Clinics and 48 Zebra points located along the major routes which would be covered by 92 ambulances that would be fully utilized to respond promptly to cases of rescue and convey injured victims to hospitals for more professional attention,” he stated.

 

Kazeem added that Commanding Officers have been directed to liaise with other strategic stakeholders within their operational areas to secure the needed moral and logistics as well as security support. He identified some of the stakeholders as Military formations (enroute or resident); the Nigeria Police (enroute or resident); DSS (enroute or resident); the Nigeria Immigration Service; the NSCDC (enroute or resident). Others are Federal Ministry of Works and Housing; National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA); State Traffic Management Agencies; State owned NGO’s ambulance Services providers; National Network on Emergency Rescue Services (NNES);

Federal Road Maintenance Agencies and

Federal Fire Service.

 

He further disclosed that the objectives of special operations are reduction in Road Traffic Crashes, Road Traffic Fatalities and Road Traffic Injuries; enforcement and strict compliance to COVID-19 Protocol by motorists and road users; prompt response to road traffic crash victims; unhindered engagement in purposeful public education and enlightenment and speedy removal of obstructions from the highways among others.

 

He assures members of the public that in achieving the objectives of the special operations, the Corps will combine the engagement of the motoring public through purposeful and impactful public education programmes, strengthening of surveillance activities to regulate unprofessional excesses, sustained effective patrol operations as well as adequate monitoring on the highways.

 

“To this end, the Corps would carryout aggressive enforcement including conducting over 200 mobile court operations, with the aim of checking the following offences:

 

a. Speed Limit Violations;

 

b. Overloading Violations/ Physical distancing in vehicles.

 

c. Tyre violations, light signs violations including directional lights headlights, backlight and break light.

 

d. Use of Phone while driving;

 

e. Route Violation / Lane Indiscipline;

 

f. Seatbelt use violations;

 

g. Driving under the influence of alcohol/ drugs;

 

h. Dangerous driving;

 

i. Number Plate violations;

 

j. Mechanically deficient vehicles and

 

k. Illegal parking.

 

 

On the overall preparedness of the Corps for the special operations, the Corps Public Education Officer stated that the Corps Marshal, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi has expressed optimism that Nigerians would as usual, cooperate with members of the Corps and other security agencies as well as volunteers who would come out to assist the Corps in traffic management during the period, stressing that with the massive deployment of personnel and logistics and the envisaged public support, the celebration would be a huge success.

 

‘The Corps Marshal wishes all Nigerians safe and successful Easter celebrations,” Kazeem stated.

*Nigerian Military Receives Tanks, Artillery From China*

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*Nigerian Military Receives Tanks, Artillery From China*

NaijaNews Nigeria March 27, 2021

Nigeria’s military has taken delivery of VT-4 main battle tanks, SH-5 self-propelled howitzers and other equipment from China in an effort to strengthen its land forces in the battle against Boko Haram militants.

 

The equipment was acquired from China’s Norinco after being ordered last year under an apparent $152 million contract.

 

The equipment was unloaded on 8 April and included VT-4 main battle tanks, SH5 105 mm self-propelled artillery and other items.

 

Nigerian Army Chief of Policy and Plans Lieutenant General Lamidi Adeosun said, “The process of acquiring this has been on for some time but thank God they are coming in now. From this, you can see how serious the Federal Government of Nigeria is in making sure that the Nigerian Army is not only equipped, but contains problem of insecurity we are having across the country.

 

“This is being tackled with trained personnel and required equipment. What you are seeing here is just a tip of the iceberg. Others are still coming but it is very important that we all see that both the military and the government are really very serious to tackle the security problems across the nation.”

 

Adeosun said the delivery from China includes main battle tanks, light tanks and two types of artillery. He added that personnel have been trained in China to operate the equipment.

 

According to Nigerian media, 17 vehicles were offloaded on Wednesday, including VT-4 main battle tank and ST1 light tanks. Photos confirm VT-4 and SH-5 vehicles were delivered.

 

In May 2019, Minister of Defence, Brigadier General Mansur Dan-Ali, said the Nigerian government had provided funding for the acquisition of modern equipment for the Nigerian armed forces, with some in service and others on the way.

 

This included 35 main battle tanks, 25 Typhoon MRAPs (mine-resistant, ambush protected vehicles), 10 Spartan armoured personnel carriers, 20 Armoured Guard Booths, five armoured mine-clearing vehicles, 50 troop-carrying vehicles and 40 Buffalo vehicles, among others for the Nigerian Army.

 

In addition, four Ships, 182 rigid hull inflatable and Epenal boats, four inshore patrol craft, two STAN Patrol Vessels and one helicopter were procured for the Nigerian Navy. The Nigerian Air Force has benefited from the acquisition of 25 fixed wing aircraft and 12 helicopters, Dan-Ali said at the time.

 

The VT-4 (MBT-3000) main battle tank was built by Norinco for the export market and unveiled internationally in 2012. The 52-ton vehicle has a crew of three (commander, driver and gunner – an automatic loader reduces crew numbers). It is armed with a 125 mm smoothbore cannon, a remotely operated 12.7 mm anti-aircraft machine gun and a 7.62 mm coaxial machine gun but can also fire guided missiles. It can be fitted with a GL5 active protection system.

 

The vehicle’s fire control unit also comprises roof-mounted panoramic sights, a laser warning device, and a digital gun control system designed to support day and night operation. A 1 200 hp turbocharged diesel engine gives a maximum speed of 70km/h and range of 500 km.

 

 

 

The SH5 self-propelled artillery system is a development of Norinco’s SH2. It is armed with a 105 mm gun on a 6×6 platform. The gun has an elevation of zero to 70 degrees with traverse being 30 degrees left and right. Range of the weapon is around 18 km. The SH5 is fitted with a computerized fire-control system, including GPS navigation and positioning, targeting, and communications systems.

 

The SH5 has an armoured crew compartment, which is protected against small arms fire and shell splinters. The vehicle has a top speed of 100 km/h and range of 800 km.

Central Bank of Nigeria(CBN) Announced it’s Decision to increase(SMEs).

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Central Bank of Nigeria(CBN) Announced it’s Decision to increase(SMEs).

 

NaijaNews Nigeria March 21, 2021

 

NaijaNews Nigeria reports that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has announced its decision to increase the Targeted Credit Facility (TCF) for households and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) from N150 billion to N300 billion.

 

This online news medium understand that the apex bank has revealed that it had disbursed a total of sum N149.21 billion to SMEs and households across the country under the TCF.

 

According to a report from Punch, this disclosure was made by the CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, at a virtual seminar organized for finance editors and correspondents in Lagos and Abuja simultaneously.

 

Emefiele, who was represented by the apex bank’s Deputy Governor, Corporate Services, Edward Lametek, said the CBN had set out to alleviate the plights of households and business owners who have been negatively impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and drive economic growth during this period.

What the CBN Governor is saying

Emefiele in his statement said, “We initially created a N150bn Targeted Credit Facility for affected households and small and medium enterprises through the NIRSAL Microfinance Bank. Already, N149.21bn has been disbursed to 316,869 beneficiaries.

 

“Given the resounding success of this programme and its positive impact on output growth, we have decided to double this fund to about N300bn, in order to accommodate many more beneficiaries and boost consumer expenditure which should positively stimulate the economy.”

 

Emefiele stated that in line with the growing need to go digital, the application

 

process was done online and required limited paperwork from prospective applicants.

 

Things you need to know

It can be recalled that in April 2020, the CBN introduced the Targeted Credit Facility (TCF) as a stimulus package to support households and micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) that are affected by the coronavirus pandemic

The TCF was designed to cushion the adverse effects of COVID-19 on households and MSMEs; support households and MSMEs whose economic activities have been significantly disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and stimulate credit to MSMEs to expand their productive capacity through equipment upgrade and research and development.

Afenifere Backs Igboho, Says Only Buhari Can Stop Yoruba Secession 

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Afenifere Backs Igboho, Says Only Buhari Can Stop Yoruba Secession 

 

By NaijaNews Nigeria March 20, 2021

 

NaijaNews Nigeria reports that Afenifere, pan Yoruba so­cio-political organisation, on Friday, said it is not opposed to the calls for the actualisa­tion of Oduduwa Republic by activist, Sunday Adeyemi, popularly known as Sunday Igboho.

 

This online news medium understand that the Chief Ayo Adebanjo, na­tional leader of the organisa­tion in a chat with Saturday INDEPENDENT said the only thing that can stop Yorubas from pulling out of the Fed­eral Republic is if President Muhammadu Buhari takes urgent steps to restructure the country and give the peo­ple an acceptable constitution.

 

According to him, they are not opposed to Igboho because he is speaking the minds of youths and masses of the country. He however said as elders they have been appealing to the youths to hold on and see if President Buhari will listen to the voice of reason by restructuring the country.

 

“Our position is clear, that is the position of the extreme ones in Yorubaland. That is why we are warning Buhari to do restructuring now. If he doesn’t do it, that is what is going to happen. The Yorubas will secede. We are trying to stop that and that is why we are asking the President to restructure the country now.

 

“The clamour for restruc­turing is all over the country now. Those of us who are ask­ing for restructuring now are the moderates. If not for the respect our people have for us, they would have stoned us because they believe we have been asking for restructuring over the years and nothing has come out of it. They are now saying ‘enough is enough’.

 

“But we are pleading with Buhari to save this na­tion from disintegration by restructuring and doing an acceptable constitution for us so that we can live in peace to­gether. For Igboho and others who are asking for secession, that is the wish of the youths and masses of this country. It is people like us who are pacifying them by asking for restructuring.

 

“So, our stand with them is that they should hold on and Buhari will be helping us to calm them down by doing the right thing because there is a limit to which we can stop them. Those who make peace­ful change impossible, makes violent revolution inevitable.

 

“We are not opposed to their stand on secession but we are asking them to hold on. If Buhari refuses, that will be the last resort” he said.

 

2023: People Democratic Party will Serve Better, Give PDP Chance – Saraki Begs Nigerians

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2023: People Democratic Party will Serve Better, Give PDP Chance – Saraki Begs Nigerians

 

NaijaNews Nigeria March 20, 2021

 

NaijaNews Nigeria reports that former President of the Senate, Senator Bukola Saraki, Friday appealed to Nigerians to give the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, another chance to lead the country in 2023.

This online news medium gathered that the former senate House President Saraki who made the appeal in Asaba, Delta state while inaugurating DLA Road, adjoining streets and Government Primary School, Junior Staff Quarters, Asaba, built by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, said Nigeria was currently in bad shape, with alarming cases of insecurity and economic challenges.

 

While urging the people to give PDP another chance to make the difference, he said the new projects being commissioned were already impacting the economic activities in Asaba and thanked Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for completing the projects.

 

He said: “It gives me great pleasure to be here and to be part of this inauguration. For four years in the Senate, we sat next to each other and I worked very closely with you when we passed the National Health Bill; I am very pleased with your performance here in Delta.

 

“It is on record that in our party, anytime we have difficult assignments we come to you because of your competence, integrity and commitment to duty.

 

“Our country is passing through some difficulties and I appeal to Nigerians to give PDP the chance again to lead Nigeria and you will see the difference.

 

“Your administration’s commitment to the growth and development of Asaba capital city is laudable and commendable.”

 

Noting that the future of Nigeria would depend on infrastructure as being provided in Delta, he said “we are proud of what we as PDP government is doing here in Delta”.

 

He appealed to teachers and pupils in the new school to maintain the facilities to ensure their sustainability.

 

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa in his remarks commended Senator Bukola Saraki for his exemplary leadership in the PDP and the nation.

 

He expressed joy that he have achieved the completion of DLA Road and adjoining streets after unsuccessful attempts by previous administrations in the state.

 

He said his administration was constructing a gigantic secretariat in the state capital to accommodate all government ministries, departments and agencies, adding that; “we are truly very happy that this road is being inaugurated by you; there have been previous attempts at constructing the road but it failed because of inadequate drainage facilities.

 

“Beyond the construction of the roads, we have done the major sewer leading to the Amilimocha River and we are glad that the road will be put to use at all times in the year.

 

“We are constructing a leisure park and a film village because Asaba is home to Nollywood and we will want to maintain our leadership in Nollywood,” commending Asaba people for their cooperation.

 

Okowa said: “I must publicly thank the people of Asaba for their cooperation and support for my administration. I want to promise that by the time we finish in the next two years, we will be glad that there was a government in the state.”

 

The State Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Chief Patrick Ukah, who spoke earlier, said the establishment of the Government Primary School, Junior Staff Quarters, Asaba was conceptualised during the 2016 Delta Education Summit which among others was the need to give quality access to education for Delta children.

 

The handing over of schools in 2011 to the missionaries necessitated the building of more public schools to cope with rising population in the state capital.

 

The new primary school is built according to specification and has the capacity to admit 760 pupils at an average of 40 pupils per classroom”.

 

The Asagba of Asaba, Obi Prof. Choke Edozien, who was represented by Chief Nwanze Oduah, said the road was a nightmare to inhabitants of the area, and commended the governor for being able to complete the road.

 

He said: “We have witnessed an avalanche of roads inauguration in the state and as you can see, economic activities have picked up again on this road and we, the Asaba people, cannot thank you enough for doing this for us”.

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GTBANK- 238.1 Billion Profit before Task in the Year 2020- Reports.

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GTBANK- 238.1 Billion Profit before Task in the Year 2020- Reports.

 

NaijaNews Nigeria March 19, 2021

 

NaijaNews Nigeria reports that Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, on Thursday, released its audited financial results for the year ended Dec. 31, 2020 to the Nigerian and London Stock Exchanges, announcing a profit before tax of N238.1 billion.

 

The audited result released by the bank showed that profit before tax increased by 2.8 per cent to N238.1 billion compared with N231.7 billion posted in the comparative period of 2019.

 

Net interest income stood at N253.668 billion during the period under review against N291.66 billion in 2019.

 

The group’s loan book grew by 10.7 per cent to N1.66 trillion from N1.50 trillion achieved in the corresponding period of 2019.

 

Customers’ deposits increased by 38.6 per cent to N3.51 trillion from N2.53 trillion in December 2019.

 

Also, loan and advances to customers stood at N1.66 trillion in contrast with N1.50 trillion in 2019.

 

Total assets and shareholders’ funds closed at N4.95 trillion and N814.4 billion, respectively.

 

Commenting on the financial results, the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the bank, Mr Segun Agbaje, said: “2020 was arguably the most challenging year that the world has faced in decades.

 

“In such unprecedented times, we sought to live out the full extent of our values; safeguarding lives and livelihoods for our people, our customers and across the communities where we operate.

 

“We were on solid footing going into 2020.

 

“The strength, scale and liquidity of our balance sheet, coupled with the quality of our past decisions and the efficacy of our digital-first customer-centric strategy gave us the resilience and flexibility to navigate the economic shocks and market volatility that dominated the year.”

 

Agbaje said that amidst the many challenges, the bank remained ardent believers in Africa’s growth potential.

 

“Amidst the many challenges that persist, we remain ardent believers in Africa’s growth potential.

 

“Our world is increasingly digital, and we see it opening new and exciting opportunities for empowering people and uplifting our communities.

 

“With our commitment to deepening customer relationships and intense focus on delivering innovative financial solutions, we enter 2021 well-positioned to lead this new world,” he said.

Law Permits Adamu To Remain IGP Till 2024-Buhari, Malami

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Law Permits Adamu To Remain IGP Till 2024-Buhari, Malami

 

By NaijaNewsNigeria                                    March17 2021

 

NaijaNews Nigeria reports that President Buhari and Abubakar Malami, the AGF, said IGP, Mohammed Adamu, can remain in office as he is still a serving police officer.

 

BUHARI

 

In a counter affidavit to the suit filed at a Federal High Court in Abuja by an Abuja-based lawyer, Maxwell Opara, Buhari and Malami said the law permits Adamu to remain in office till 2023 or 2024.

 

 

They said Okpara “has failed to discharge the legal burden of proof that the 2nd defendant is not a serving police officer for the purposes of extension of his tenure in office.”

 

Abubakar Malami

 

Meanwhile, Justice Ahmed Mohammed on Tuesday ruled that the Nigeria Police Council was not properly served with the originating processes.

 

The decision by the judge followed an observation that there was no legal representation for the NPC.

 

The judge noted that the service of the documents was done on one Adeyemi, whose status was not stated, on the originating processes, thus making the service improper.

 

 

 

Although counsel to Okpara, Ugochukwu Ezekiel, said the counsel to Buhari and Malami served him in the morning with a counter affidavit challenging the court’s jurisdiction to hear the matter, the court said service was fundamental to the proceeding.

 

 

The suit was fixed March 30 for hearing.

 

 Ayo Adebanjo Takes Over As Afenifere National Leader

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Ayo Adebanjo Takes Over As Afenifere National Leader

NewsReport Nigeria March 16, 2021

NewsReport Nigeria reports that Pa Reuben Fasoranti, the National Leader of the Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, has stepped down from his leadership role.

This online news medium understand that Fasoranti cited old age as his reason for stepping down as leader of the organisation.

He made the decision known during the organisation’s monthly meeting which held in Akure, the Ondo State capital.

The 95-year-old also named the body’s former deputy leader, Chief Ayo Adebanjo as the acting National Leader while the former financial secretary, Oba Oladipo Olaitan, the Alaago of Kajola Ago, Atakumosa East council area, Ilesa, Osun state was named the group’s deputy leader.

Speaking, Fasoranti explained that the development became necessary “as the group needs more than ever before to have an improved organisation with a more effective approach to combat the monstrous invasion of our culture and pride as a people.

“Only a more alike and active leadership can achieve this. At 95, I am hardly able to provide such and so it is time for me to step aside.

“At this juncture, I am proud to announce Chief Ayo Adebanjo a politician of the Awolowo school of thought as the Acting leader of Afenifere and His Royal Highness, Oba Oladipo Olaitan, the Alaago of Kajola Ago in Atakumosa East Local Government Area, as the Deputy Leader.

*Chief of Army Staff, Attahiru, Visits Yobe, Addresses Lafiya Dole Troops*

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*Chief of Army Staff, Attahiru, Visits Yobe, Addresses Lafiya Dole Troops*

NaijaNews Nigeria March 14, 2021

Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru, on Sunday, March 14, inspected a guard of honour at the Sector 2 Headquarters of Operation Lafiya Dole during an official visit to Damaturu, Yobe State capital, North East Nigeria.

The Army Chief told the troops to be courageous in the discharge of their duties saying that the visit was intended to familiarize himself with how the officers are going about ending the war against insurgency throughout the theatre in the whole region.

 

He noted that he was also in Yobe to convey special greetings from Mr President and Commander-in-Chief, Muhammadu Buhari to the troops, stressing that the President has full knowledge of the efforts the officers are putting into the battle.

 

He said, “Being the Chief of Army Staff, I am aware of the challenges you are facing. I am making frantic efforts to see we overcome it so as to have and ensure you have the highest level of morale to be able to accomplish the task before you.”

 

Addressing Journalists shortly after, Attahiru revealed that he is touring theater headquarters as well as all the sectors of the operation Lafiya Dole in the country.

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