Osinbajo urges Nigerians to believe in victory despite the challenges

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Yemi Osinbajo, Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has called on Nigerians to be steadfast and believe that despite the challenges facing the nation, victory is sure.

Osinbajo made the appeal on Sunday during the 2019 Presidential Inauguration Service at the National Christian Centre, Abuja.

The theme of the service was: “Setting the Nation on Higher Levels of Peace and Development in the Fear of God.”

He called on them “to rise and take their rightful place as lights of the world, so that those in darkness would see their light.’’

“You and I, as Christians, are called the salt of the earth because our lives enhance and give meaning to this existence we call life.

“We are the salt of the earth because Jesus called us by that name and the implication was that we are to bring joy to people,” he said.

The vice president reassured Nigerians that the future of the nation was bright, “because the scripture says that the path of the righteous is like a shining light that shines bright and bright unto perfect days.’’

He pointed out that though the nation might be clouded with darkness, confusion and different challenges, at the end, it shall be great again.

Osinbajo urged Nigerians to rise above ethnicity and religious sentiment, and see one another as one.

He called on them to be confident in the promise of God upon the nation.

The former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon, prayed for a peaceful Nigeria and called on everybody to work towards a more prosperous and united country.

In his sermon, the President, Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria, Archbishop Augustine Akabueze, said socio-economic disparity was to be blamed for the challenges in the country.

Akabueze, who was represented by the Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, John Cardinal Onaiyekan, called on all Nigerians to join hands to find a lasting solution to the nation’s problems.

“For a positive change to take place in the nation, Nigerians must all get ready for a sincere change of heart, from the lowest to the highest, especially at the highest levels.

“Empty boasts and bare faced denial of the realities around us cannot build the nation,” he said.

He urged the Federal Government to mobilise Nigerians for the good of the country.

The Primate of all Nigeria Anglican Communion, Bishop Nicholas Okoh, prayed to God to forgive and heal the land.

He committed President Muhammadu Buhari in God’s hand to give him the ability to rule and lead the nation in the right direction.

Also present at the service were the wife of the Vice President, Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo; Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha, and a number of cabinet members.

Others were Rev. Samson Ayokunle, President of the Christian Association of Nigeria; the Executive Secretary, Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission, Rev. Tor Uja.

(NAN)

NAFDAC bans the sale of Sniper Insecticides in open market and supermarkets.

The federal government yesterday placed a restriction on the sale and use of the fatal agro-chemical product, Sniper.

The development was made public by NAFDAC’s director, Veterinary Medicine and Allied Products Directorate, Dr Bukar Usman, at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan on Wednesday, June 19, Leadership reports.

Since Sniper hits the Nigerian market, it has become the favourite of most Nigerians, especially the poor for killing mosquitoes and other pests. Similarly, the product has also been abused by many.

Tribunal Admits Presidential Election Result Declared By INEC As Exhibit

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The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal on Monday admitted the final result declared by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the Feb.23 general election as an exhibit.

Dr Livy Uzoukwu, SAN, Counsel for the petitioners tendered the document before Justice Mohammed Garba-led five-man panel as part of his clients’ moves to prove allegations of election malpractice leveled against the conduct of the election.

Also admitted in evidence, was a document containing bio-data of president Muhammadu Buahri submitted to the electoral body.

The chairman of the tribunal also admitted a document containing the total number of registered voters and collected Permanent Voters Cards used in the election.

The receipt of payment dated March 24 and acknowledgment letter issued by the Director of Legal Services of the commission in respect of the above document were also admitted as a total of six national dailies were tendered by the petitioners and admitted as evidence by the tribunal.

The national dailies were listed to include: Daily Trust (Feb.8, 2019); Vanguard (Feb.19, 2019); Nigerian Tribune (Feb.20, 2019) THISDAY (Feb.24, 2019); and Sunday Tribune (Feb.24, 2019); as well as Vanguard dated March 26, 2019.

The receipt obtained from the National Library in respect of the certified newspapers was also admitted in evidence.

Meanwhile, another set of result sheets from Zamfara and Kano totaling 6,806 were admitted as additional evidence from the petitioners.

The petitioners on July 4 tendered a total of 31, 371 documents comprising election results sheets from wards, polling units and Local Government Areas from 10 states.

The states were Niger; Yobe; Katsina; Kebbi; Borno; Jigawa; Gombe; Bauchi; and Kaduna.

Similarly, Alhaji Buba Galadima, a petitoners’ witness in his evidence in chief, told the tribunal that he was the National Chairman of the Reformed All Progressive Congress (APC).

He also said his party had a Memorandum of Understanding with the PDP to elect a credible person as president of the country.

In his testimony, Galadima said he voted in his polling unit and thereafter went to monitor the election across the country from the PDP situation room in Abuja.

He said the election was marred by malpractices to favour the second respondent.

He also said Buhari was obliged to make public his West African Examination Council result, adding that he (Buhari) failed to annex the document on his nomination form.

Galadima explained that he was close associate of the second respondent (Buhari) and had supported his presidential election in 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015 without reservations.

Galadima, however explained that he backed up from supporting him when issues around his qualification were raised.

Mr Ijeoma Obi, a Registered Area Technician employed by INEC, also invited by the petitioners to testify, said he was employed by INEC to monitor the card readers in some polling units with a view to transmitting results to the commission’s server.

Obi explained that results from all the polling units he was deplored were sent to the server.

When crossed examined however, Obi failed to substantiate his claims by failing to give the code number used in sending the results to the acclaimed server.

Similarly, Adejuyitan Olanikan, another acclaimed Registered Area Technician employed by INEC said results were transmitted to the commission’s server but also failed to state how that was done.

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