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Security Beefed Up in Ebonyi as President Buhari Visits



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The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that streets in the capital city wore new looks with different security personnel seen at strategic locations.

The security personnel on guard comprised soldiers, policemen, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps personnel.

Some residents said they hope to benefit from the visit of the President by presenting problems affecting the zone to Buhari and give them a sense of belonging.

The Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi, yesterday announced the planned visit of the President.

He said the President is scheduled to commission projects executed by his administration including the King David University of Medical Sciences and King David University Twin Flyover; Margaret Umahi International Market; International Market Ring Road; International Market Twin Flyover; Uburu-Mpu dualised road; President Muhammadu Buhari 4-way Light Tunnel; State Shopping Mall; New Government House; New Governor’s Office and New State Executive Council Chambers.

He stated: “We acknowledge with the deepest appreciation, your fatherly love and support to Ebonyi State like you do extend to other States irrespective of their party affiliations and which has made our modest achievements possible.

“As we welcome you and your entourage to the Salt of the Nation, please accept always, the assurances of the best regards of the Government and people of Ebonyi State.”

Meanwhile, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide has called for peace and security ahead of President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to Ebonyi State.

In a statement issued at the end of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Elders Council meeting held in Abakaliki yesterday and signed by the secretary-general of the association, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, the group said for translucence and clarity of purpose, President Mohammadu Buhari had been fair to Ndigbo with federal projects.

Mazi Isiguzoro said irrespective of the fact that his party’s fortunes declined and acceptance in 2015 and 2019 elections in the southeast, the chairman of Southeast Governors and Ebonyi Governor, Chief David Umahi, has brought good tidings.

He stated that Governor Umahi has paid huge sacrifices for Ndigbo to access the presidency and attract federal government’s projects and attention to the southeast zone,”

He said the elders council was presided over by Prince Dr. Richard Ozobu adding that this was the best opportunity for Igbo leaders with the southeast governors to dialogue with President Buhari over the release of the IPOB leader Mazi Nnamdi Kalu.

“Ndigbo’s expectations are that such windows of opportunities must be fully utilized for positive results as President Buhari will be received warmly by Ndigbo. This will be one of the most remarkable visits of Mr. President to the southeast, as we except that the President’s two days working visit to Ebonyi State will change the narratives that Buhari loves Ndigbo.”

The Ohanaeze scribe said President Buhari would prove his love for Nd’Igbo by kick-starting the process that will release Nnamdi Kanu.

“IPOB and other Biafra agitators should hold their peace and remain loyal to the procedure that will help them achieve the release of their leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.

“Buhari’s visit will usher in fresh hopes of having a Nigerian President of Igbo extraction and secure the release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, we are conscious of the fact that Ipob is cognizant of the process of releasing their leader is ongoing”

“Their proper attitudes and conduct are expected to solidify the process of Kanu’s release, we are welcoming President Buhari with an open mind and wish him a pleasant stay in Ebonyi State.”

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Aspirant Confirms Receiving Refund From Delegates After Losing Primaries 



Adam Namadi, son of former Vice President Namadi Sambo, has confirmed receiving a refund from delegates after losing the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) House of Representatives ticket for Kaduna North Federal Constituency.

Reports earlier emerged that drama ensued when Namadi who allegedly gave each delegate N2 million and promised to add N1.5 million if given the ticket, asked them to refund the money.

Reacting, in a statement on Wednesday, the former aspirant justified his action, saying “there was nothing dramatic about the request, and it is unfortunate the media has been purporting it as such”.

According to him, there was an agreement between the delegates and stakeholders in the constituency prior to the primary election that those not favoured by the outcome of the election should be refunded.

He said, “Delegates themselves are aware of the directives given by the major stakeholders of the PDP in the Kaduna North constituency, that any sums given to delegates by various aspirants for their support should be returned to those unsuccessful in their primary elections.

“This was done to encourage delegates to vote for the aspirants based on their qualities and not just their perceived spending power and to hold them accountable for the candidates they put forth.

“As a mark of respect for that agreement, some delegates in the Kaduna North constituency started to reach out to the unsuccessful State House of Assembly aspirants whose elections were held before ours, followed by my fellow contender, Shehu Usman ABG and I.

“Therefore, I am not acting in isolation or making any ludicrous demands.

“I take their decision in good faith and will continue to labour with the PDP and do all my best to protect its good fortunes”.

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“Absolute Agony” says Alex Ferguson, As He Presents Manager of the Year Award to Jurgen Klopp



Sir Alex Ferguson joked that it was “absolute agony” to have to present Jurgen Klopp with the trophy named after him at the League Manager’s Association (LMA) awards last night.

Liverpool boss Klopp was named Manager of the Year after guiding the Reds to League Cup and FA Cup glory, plus second in the Premier League and this weekend’s Champions League final.

Klopp was presented with the Alex Ferguson Trophy by the man himself – who admitted, with tongue in cheek, that doing so was especially painful.

Watch: Ferguson in “agony” as he honours Klopp

Why would that have pained Ferguson?

As manager of Manchester United, Ferguson made them undisputed kings of English football, overtaking Liverpool as the club with the most national league titles – as the Scotsman once put it, knocking them off their perch.

The balance of power has shifted in recent years, however, with Ferguson retiring and Klopp being appointed at Anfield, with the German bringing consistent domestic and European success back to Liverpool.

United have not won the Premier League since 2012-13 – Ferguson’s last season in charge – or any trophy at all in the last five seasons, while Liverpool won the league in 2019-20 and the Champions League the year before.

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Nigeria lauds improved collaboration in AFI Region, signs MoU with Sierra Leone, Rwanda



MINISTER of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika has commended International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) stressing that it’s leadership stance in collaboration has led member states of the African Indian-Ocean ( AFI) region to pool resources in resolving challenges and enhance safety in the Sub-region.

Sirika made this known at the 7th AFI Aviation Week in Abuja, Nigeria holding from 16th – 20th May where the nation signed Memorandum of Understandings, (MoUs) with Sierra Leone and Rwanda for technical support to enhance safety and security of Civil Aviation in the region.

According to him, ICAO’s leadership has set the bar for Member States to collaborate in resolving challenges particularly in the area of enhancing safety in our Sub-region.

He explained that one of the outcomes of such collaboration is the Comprehensive Regional Implementation Plan for Aviation Safety in Africa, which metamorphosized in the West Africa region into the Banjul Accord Group Aviation Safety Oversight Organization (BAGASOO), in Abuja, which is hosted and substantially funded by Nigeria stating that this organisation has continued to support the Member States in improving their safety oversight capabilities and human resource development.

On the MoUs, Sirika said they will aid to strengthen safety and efficiency of the sector as well as cooperation in the region.

The Aviation Minister stated that, aviation being an enabler and a positive factor for growth, development and robustness of the economy, informed the sector to enter into partnerships with other countries.

From left, Commisioner Banjul Accord Accident Investigation Agency (BAGAIA), Engineer Charles Irikefe Erhueh with Minister of Aviation, Nigeria, Senator Hadi Sirika and Commissioner Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) Nigeria, Engineer Akin Olateru at the opening ceremony of the 7th AFI Aviation Week in Abuja, Nigeria holding from 16th – 20th May

“This is the only way to continue to make these initiatives relevant and sustainable, while contributing to the strengthening of safety, security and facilitation in the region, bearing in mind that a safe, secure and efficient air transport system is a natural impetus for socio-economic development of the region and a means to support trade and tourism”.

The MoUs were signed by the Nigeria’s Director General, Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, Captain Musa Nuhu and representatives of the two countries at the opening ceremony of the Conference in Abuja.

Explaining further, the NCAA Director General, Captain Nuhu said, the partnership with the two African countries is to assist each other where there are gaps or deficiencies in the system, adding that no civil aviation authorities globally have the capacity to do everything.

The experience of the last two years, Captain Nuhu emphasized has underscored the fact that overcoming challenges and achieving meaningful growth in the industry, can only be done through cooperation, collaboration and co-ordination amongst stakeholders.

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