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Obasanjo, Gumi, others Meet Over Insecurity

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Obasanjo, Gumi, others Meet Over Insecurity

The Kaduna-based popular Islamic scholar, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, on Sunday had a closed-door meeting with former President, Olusegun Obasanjo at his Hilltop residence in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
A source present at the meeting told newsmen that the choice of Chief Obasanjo by Gumi was based on the fact that the former president is a critical stakeholder and a respected elder statesman.
Gumi briefed Obasanjo on his recent peace advocacy visits to the Fulani bandits in the North with the hope that government will understand the situation better and adopt his suggestions as the best possible way of ending the current insecurity crisis in the Country.

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In a statement jointly signed by Obasanjo and Gumi at the end of the meeting, they both agreed that the menace of banditry, kidnapping, other crimes and atrocities leading to general insecurity is a nationwide phenomenon.
They identified the remote causes of insecurity in Nigeria as educational and economic disparities, and the negative use of religion and ethnicity by what they termed, unscrupulous politicians.

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FG Rejects Generalised Approach To Financial Reforms

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The Federal Government on Monday rejected a generalised approach for financial reform initiatives in Nigeria, stressing that it would rather prefer specific measures to reform the country’s financial management system.

Accountant-General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, made this public in Abuja while playing host to the Partners of Ernst & Young in his office led by the Advisory Leader, West Africa, Ben Afudego.

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Idris lauded the credentials of EY Consulting and stated that the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation was open to value addition and with the firm on financial reforms but advised against a generalised approach.

He was quoted in a statement issued in Abuja by the OAGF spokesperson, Henshaw Ogubike, as saying, “The OAGF does not want a generalised approach; we want specifics. No more talking and meeting, we want to achieve results.”

Idris, whose office anchored the Federal Government’s financial management reforms, noted that the overall success of the initiatives was hinged on implementation of result-oriented ideas.

He called on stakeholders that could add value to the government’s efforts to come up and further advocated for strong collaboration between some treasury departments and EY Consulting to drive government reforms with the application of technology.

“We are open to new ideas; we are open to value addition. We believe if we get critical stakeholders, we can achieve even more successes in the reform initiatives,” the accountant-general stated.

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Ramadan 2021: Remember Nigeria in prayers, Lawan urges Muslims

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The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has urged Muslims on Ramadan to remember Nigeria in their prayers as the country seeks to overcome the challenges it is facing.

He urged them to stress the messages of peace, love and national unity as the fasting period begins across the Islamic world.

He also urged them to use the period for sober reflection, self-discipline and sacrifice.

This was disclosed in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media, Ola Awoniyi, titled ‘Senate President urges peace, national unity and prayers for Nigeria during Ramadan.’

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“I urge us to remember our dear country in our prayers as we seek to overcome the challenges we are facing as a nation.

“This is in the realisation that Allah is the Almighty, kind and greater than all human problems. “I enjoin us to stress the importance of peace, love, generosity and unity in our teachings during this sacred period.

“We should also not let down our guards in the observance of COVID-19 non-pharmaceutical protocols in our spiritual and other activities during the Holy Month,” Lawan said.

The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs had yesterday announced    that Ramadan will start in the country on Tuesday, April 13.

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Edo Female Football team pip Lagos team to win Gold

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Edo Female Football team pip Lagos team to win Gold

Team Edo Female Festival Football emerged winners of the football event at the 20th National Sports Festival NSF in Benin-City the Edo State Capital.

In a high tension-soaked match played this morning at the University of Benin-City Sports Complex, Edo Female Football team pip the hard fighting Lagos opponent 1-0 to clinch the Gold for the female football event.

Efe Osakpolor scored the Godwin Obaseki girls only goal of the encounter.

The Lagos State team gave the host team a good fight in the second half of the game, but the Goalkeeper of Team Edo Udoka Unawchukwu, was there to provide answers to all advances made by Lagos team towards getting an equalizer.

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Team Edo came back hard fighting to increase the goal margin towards the last few minutes of the cracker, all shots went off target.

To reach the finals, Team Edo defeated their Delta counterpart 1-0 at the Semi-final, while Team Lagos humbled their Kaduna opponent 4-0 to get to the finals.

With this result, Team Edo female football squad has proved their supremacy over all other State female team that participated in the soccer events.

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