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Stay Off Edo Election , HURIWA Warns Buhari

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The United States is a steadfast supporter of Nigerian democracy. We commend all those Nigerians who participated in elections throughout 2019 and have worked to strengthen Nigerian democratic institutions and processes.
We remain committed to working together to advance democracy and respect for human rights and achieve greater peace and prosperity for both our nations. We condemn the acts of violence, intimidation, or corruption that harmed Nigerians and undermined the democratic process.
As the Edo and Ondo State off-cycle elections near, we urge all stakeholders, including the Independent National Electoral Commission, the political parties, and the security services, to uphold the tenets of democracy and facilitate genuinely free and fair elections, conducted in an appropriately transparent and non-violent manner.
In a statement on January 24, 2019, the U.S. Government said we would consider consequences – including visa restrictions – for individuals responsible for undermining the Nigerian democratic process or for organizing election-related violence. In July 2019, we announced the imposition of visa restrictions on Nigerians who undermined the February and March 2019 elections.
Today, the Secretary of State is imposing additional visa restrictions on individuals for their actions surrounding the November 2019 Kogi and Bayelsa State elections and in the run up to the September and October 2020 Edo and Ondo State elections. These individuals have so far operated with impunity at the expense of the Nigerian people and have undermined democratic principles.
The Department of State emphasizes that the actions announced today are specific to certain individuals and not directed at the Nigerian people. This decision reflects the Department of State’s commitment to working with the Nigerian government to realize its expressed commitment to end corruption and strengthen democracy, accountability, and respect for human rights.

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Governor Zulum Donates House , N20M To Late Col . D .C. Bako’s Wife & Children

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Borno Governor, Zulum donates house, N20m to late Col. D. C. Bako’s widow, orphans
Borno Governor, Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum on Tuesday announced a donation of a befitting house and 20 million Naira to the widow and orphans left behind by late Col. Dahiru Chiroma Bako who died from wounds sustained while battling boko haram. Insurgents ambushed the Commander’s troop on Sunday morning.
Col. Bako, described by Zulum as a fallen warrior, was Commander of 25 Task Force Brigade of Operation Lafiya Dole in charge of Damboa and surrounding axis in southern Borno. He died at a military hospital in Maiduguri on Monday.
Zulum, at the burial of the late Commander in Maiduguri on Tuesday, paid glowing tribute and announced house and cash donation to family of the deceased.
“Indeed it is a very sad moment, this is not a loss to the family of Late Col. Dahiru Chiroma Bako alone, not to the Nigerian Military, it is a loss to Borno and indeed Nigeria.”
“Col. Bako was a gallant and dogged military officer, under whose watch Damboa was never defeated. He is humble and committed in discharging his duties, he is part of the success recorded in degrading boko haram insurgency in Borno State.”
“He has been one of the greatest in trying to stabilize not only Borno but even the neighbouring Yobe State. We will remember his contributions forever, may almighty Allah reward him, and forgive him.”
“To his family, may Allah give them fortitude to bear this irreparable lost. To all the soldiers and officers of the Nigerian Military that lost their lives, may Almighty Allah reward and forgive them. The injured ones we pray for their quick recovery.”
“I am reliably informed that Col. Bako did not have a house of his own. We cannot ignore the family he left behind. We share their grief and nothing can equal his life. Nevertheless, I am pleased to announce that Borno State Government will build a befitting house for the family of late Col. Bako. I was also told that the Nigerian Army under the distinguished leadership of Lt. General Tukur Yusuf Buratai has offered a scholarship to his children, we will also support the family to compliment the efforts of the military.”
“For the welfare of his family, Borno State Government will relase the sum of 20 million as support for them. A cheque to the effect will be ready later today or tomorrow morning” Zulum said.
The Governor had on Sunday night expressed sadness on the news of Bako’s demise.
Zulum described the Commander as one who inspired his troops and led them in the frontline with exceptional courage which was clearly out of pure patriotism.
He had also said the death of Bako and heroes like him shall not be in vain.

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Critics of water bill ill-informed – FG

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The Federal Government on Tuesday said those criticising the National Water Resources Bill 2020 currently before the National Assembly were ill- informed .
The Minister of Information and Culture , Lai Mohammed, said this at a press conference he addressed with the Minister of Water Resources , Suleiman Adamu , in Abuja.
Mohammed said those condemning the bill either have not read it or do not understand its provisions.
He said the bill was for the good of the nation and has no hidden agenda whatsoever.
He said , “ Also , we cannot rule out deliberate mischief by some of those who have been portraying the Bill as a new source of conflict .
“ We are therefore using this opportunity to appeal to Nigerians to avail themselves of the provisions of the Bill to avoid being misled by those who have chosen to politicise it .
“ We also want to state that the Bill is for the good of the nation , and has no hidden agenda whatsoever.
“ Finally , when passed into law , the National Water Resources Bill 2020 will provide for the enhancement of the Nigeria Water Sector , in line with global best practices .”
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How wrong economic decisions affect Nigerians – Sanusi

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A former Emir of Kano , Muhammadu Sanusi II , has lamented the effects of wrong economic decisions on Nigerians.
He said this while delivering a keynote address on Tuesday at the 5th Kaduna Investments Summit .
According to the former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria , wrong economic decisions have impacted on the means of livelihood of many Nigerians.
He urged governments across all levels to consider the impact of their economic decisions on Nigerians.
Sanusi narrated how many Nigerians had moved from being millionaires to paupers, noting that some parents have had to withdraw their children studying abroad .
He said , “ One of the things the government needs to do is to understand the impact of wrong economic decisions or address economic occurrences on human beings and individuals . It affects us in direct and personal ways . Most people are not looking at human beings . We should not just walk away when inflation rises .
“ For those of us who have grown up – in my generation , those who grew up in the oil period – we suffered I think about three occasions now with this boom and bust . We have seen highs and lows, friends who are multimillionaire became paupers.
“ We have seen people who send their children to school only to bring them back . Even this year , people are bringing their children back . If your child is in the United Kingdom and you need to buy pounds at over N 600, you move him to Cyprus , Benin, and so on .”
He also recommended diversification of Nigeria ’s economy .
Sanusi said , “ Think of the millions of people who can no longer afford to eat . Then, two per cent becomes a massive number . GDP has declined by one percent ! In an exam , ( if ) you move from 67 per cent to 66 per cent ( it ) is no deal . But if your GDP falls by one per cent , for example , $250 billion – GDP , then we are talking of $2 . 5 billion . You think of N2 . 5 billion in terms of people that are earning N 20, 000 , N 30 ,000 per month , how many millions of Nigerians are wiped out or family won’ t be able to afford to eat .
“ What makes Nigeria successful in the pre – oil period ? it was diversification . Dynamism in the trading sector and diversity in the export base , rubber, cocoa , palm oil , and so on. ”

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