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Elections: Tinubu Sends Message To Elected Officials



The President-elect, Sen. Bola Tinubu, has called on elected officials to take steps to unite the people and champion the country`s healing process by embracing their opponents and supporters.

He made the call in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja while congratulating all those elected during the March 18, Governorship and State Houses of Assembly.

The former two-term governor of Lagos State also congratulated Senators-elect at the Feb. 25 National Assembly election.

“With the conclusion of the Governorship and State Houses of Assembly elections, I congratulate all the elected governors and assembly members for earning the mandate of the people.

“The March 18 governorship election held across 28 states and the state legislative poll across the 36 states of the federation have brought the 2023 election circle to a fitting close,“ he said.

He praised President Muhammadu Buhari, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), security agencies, Election Observer Groups, Civil Society Organisations, development partners and the electorate for the success of the elections.

Tinubu noted that the election was pivotal to the growth and sustenance of democracy and democratic governance at the state level.

He said he was, however, saddened by the reported isolated infractions during the elections and its aftermath in some states.

“I strongly condemn it; also, the report of arson after the announcement of governorship results in one state did not represent who we truly are as peace-loving people.

“The physical and verbal assaults committed are unacceptable and antithetical to democratic ethos.

“Elections should be a celebration of our maturing democracy and freedom of choice and ought not to be moments of grief.

“I am particularly pained by cases of ethnic slurs, which are capable of creating needless mis-characterisation reported in some locations,’’ he said.

He appealed to Nigerians to rise above their differences, which he said were fewer than the value strings that bounded us together as a people in reality, irrespective of the circumstances of our births.

He said as a former governor of Lagos State, he could attest to the strength in our diversity and togetherness.

“As your President-elect, it is that spirit of inclusiveness we engendered in Lagos that I intend to bring into national governance so that together we can attain our full potential.

“I will give priority to expanding the civic space and safeguarding citizens’ freedom to exercise their rights within the bounds of the law.

“Indeed, the elections are over, the people have voted to elect their governors and state legislators that will serve them for the next four years. The time for leadership and governance is now upon us.

“In a democracy, majority would have their way but that majority must not suppress the minority from having their say. As democrats, we have to safeguard free expression,” Tinubu said.

He added that winners must be magnanimous and those who did not win should have a large heart for tolerance and respect for the greater interest of the nation.

He further added that the only way to justify the trust and confidence of the people and the mandate entrusted to those elected was to commit to the service of the people.

“We must all work diligently and sincerely to make life better for the masses.

“As elected officers, we have no other assignment than to be burden-bearers for the masses and ensure they have better life than we promised during the campaigns.

“We must take urgent steps to unite the people; those who voted for us and those who did not, we must champion the healing process by embracing the opponents and their supporters,’’ he said.

Tinubu re-emphasised that the time for politicking has gone, saying that now is the time for nation building; a task beyond one individual or a section of society.

“We need every hand from wherever it may come to be on deck.

“I am ready to work with you all as your president. I will be a worthy partner you can trust and rely on as we all bond together in unity of purpose and renewed hope for, the betterment of our blessed country and beloved people,’’ Tinubu said.

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Chaos And Confusion Trail Introduction Of Nigerian ‘Brown Card’



Chaos And Confusion Trail Introduction Of Nigerian ‘Brown Card'

There is currently chaos and confusion over the hurried introduction of “Brown Card”, a new document for permanent residency for foreigners in Nigeria by the immediate past government.

The innovation, which was announced by the former minister of interior, Rauf Aregbesola, was packaged without the input of relevant agencies and stakeholders. Aregbesola made the announcement at the conferral ceremony for 385 foreigners.

However, there has been apprehension and confusion since the introduction as stakeholders are querying the hurried nature of the new policy. These worries revolve around the execution and the intention of this policy. A source close to the new administration disclosed that the policy is being reviewed.

Currently, there are reports of unscrupulous ISIS characters using the back door routes with ECOWAS passports from countries such as Guinea-Bissau thronging through West Africa. Who can key into this Brown Card.

It would be recalled that towards the twilight of the previous administration, many policies and bills were signed which are expected to benefit Nigerians in the long run.

However, this is one of those policies that is being revisited by the new administration to ensure that the interest of Nigeria, overrides the interest of a few.

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Fuel Subsidy Removal Not Happening Immediately — Tinubu Media Centre



The Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Media Centre has urged Nigerian citizens to relax as the removal of the fuel subsidy announced by President Bola Tinubu on Monday, will not happen immediately.

The Centre, in a tweet said the development was neither a new one nor an action of his new administration.

“The public is advised to note that President Bola Tinubu’s declaration that ‘subsidy is gone’ is neither a new development nor an action of his new administration.

“He was merely communicating the status quo, considering that the previous administration’s budget for fuel subsidy was planned and approved to last for only the first half of the year.

“Effectively, this means that by the end of June, the Federal Government will be without funds to continue the subsidy regime, translating to its termination.

“The panic-buying that has ensued as a result of the communication is needless; it will not take immediate effect.

“Furthermore, President Tinubu was clear about his plans to re-channel the funds previously devoted to the payment of subsidies into better investments that will cushion the effects of the removal on the general public, especially the poor of the poor. This includes but is not limited to investments in public infrastructure, education, healthcare and jobs that will materially improve the lives of millions of Nigerians and increase their earning potential,” the Centre said.

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BREAKING: FG Declares Monday May 29 Public Holiday



The Federal Government has declared Monday, May 29 work free to commemorate the inauguration of the 16th democratically elected President.

Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, made the declaration in Abuja on Friday on behalf of the Government.

The Minister felicitated all Nigerians on the momentous occasion, commending them for their faith in democracy as expressed in the nationwide elections that produced the President and his Deputy being inaugurated and indeed in all elections across the nation.

The Minister in a statement by the Permanent Secretary, Dr Shuaib Belgore enjoined Nigerians to continue to support and promote democracy through adherence to the rule of law and uphold all democratic institutions.

“Democracy anywhere is an unfinished business and the only way it can keep developing and serve its end of being the vehicle to good governance and the welfare of all the people is by adhering to its tenets of rule of law, support for democratic institutions, promotion of free and responsible press and advancement of the frontiers of freedom for all the people,” the Minister said.

Aregbesola urged Nigerians also to continue to promote ideals of peaceful coexistence and love for our neighbours, noting that we can only practice democracy and enjoy its dividends in a peaceful environment.

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