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Today’s Headlines: Buhari Has Failed Us–Miyetti Allah, Court dismisses suit challenging Tinubu’s age

Buhari Has Failed Us –Miyetti Allah

A coalition of cattle breeders’ associations in Nigeria have accused President Muhammadu Buhari of failure to address their challenges, leaving them exposed to victimization with hundreds of their members killed and their cattle rustled.

The coalition of pastoralists association is made up of members of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), Tabital Pulaaku International, Nigeria chapter,r, and Fulbe Global Dev. And Rights Initiatives (FGDRI). Members of the group raised the alarm over the upsurge of violence and what they called ethnic cleansing of pastoral communities in parts of the country, a development they said seemed to be well organized and orchestrated by ethnic bigots who want to continue the ethnic wars. They also complained that while over N500 billion was spent on agronomy under Buhari’s watch, nothing was spent on livestock.

“We have never had it so bad as when Buhari is in government. This is the worst ever for the Nigerian pastoralist. We have never had it so bad like this time,” the national president of MACBAN, Baba Othman Ngelzarma said while addressing journalists at a press conference on the recent security challenges in some states. Vice president of Tabital Pulaaku International, Nigeria chapter Alh. Auwal Gonga said the Buhari-led administration failed to address the many issues responsible for the increased cattle herders/farmers crisis because it refused to hold a stakeholders’ engagement.

UPDATED: Court dismisses suit challenging Tinubu’s age, citizenship, fines petitioners

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has dismissed a suit filed by three individuals seeking to stop the inauguration of President-elect, Bola Tinubu and his vice, Kashim Shettima over age falsification and citizenship status in the document Tinubu submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission.

Justice James Omotosho, in a ruling on Friday, held that the suit by the trio of Praise Ilemona Isaiah, Pastor Paul Isaac Audu, and Anongu Moses, who identified themselves as Concerned Citizens, was frivolous and an abuse of the court process. In the suit marked, FHC/ABJ/C5/657/2023, the plaintiffs alleged that Tinubu, who was declared the winner of the presidential election held on February 25, lied on oath in the Form EC9 he submitted to INEC, in aid of his qualifications to contest the election.

They also told the court that Tinubu falsely declared that he was not a citizen of any other country despite that he had a Guinean passport. The trio further alleged that whereas the President-elect claimed that he was born in 1957, it was discovered that 1952 was his actual date of birth, arguing that Tinubu’s action was in gross violation of Section 117 of the Criminal Code Act as well as Section 156 of the Penal Code Act.

Dare Bags NOC’s Outstanding Award

The minister of sports and youth development, Sunday Dare, has received an award for his contributions to sports development in Nigeria and the Olympic movement.

The outstanding youth and sports minister award was presented to Dare by the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) led by its president, Engineer Habu Gumel in Abuja on Wednesday. Gumel highlighted “the numerous and outstanding achievements as the captain of Nigerian sports and Minister of Youth and Sports Development” including the emergence of the National Sports Industry Policy(NSIP), Adopt initiative, revamping of the Nigeria Professional Football League(NPFL), payment of monthly stipends to the families of departed sports icons as well as providing financial support to ailing former and active athletes.

According to the NOC President, “Another remarkable legacy was the delivery of the Headquarters and Secretariat of the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa(ANOCA) by the Federal Government of Nigeria which was commissioned by the President of the International Olympic Committee(IOC), Dr Thomas Bach.” In his response, the Minister attributed the successes he recorded to the support he received from the sports federations because of their direct dealings with the athletes.

Ganduje seeks divine intervention for a peaceful handover

Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has urged clerics to offer special prayers on Friday for a peaceful and smooth transition of power to the incoming administration in the state. According to a statement released on Friday by Muhammad Garba, the Commissioner for Information and Internal Affairs, Ganduje, has urged clerics to offer special prayers for a peaceful and smooth transition of power to the incoming administration in the state.

The governor also commended the people of the state for their support of his administration, which enabled the implementation of commendable development programs. He emphasized the need to consolidate the policies that guarantee peace in the state through fervent prayers. Recall that Alhaji Abba Yusuf of the New Nigeria People Party won the Kano State election, defeating the All Progressives Congress candidate, Nasiru Gawuna. Yusuf is set to be sworn in as the new governor on Monday.

On Wednesday, Ganduje presented the 2023 transition report to Yusuf during a brief meeting at the Kano Government House, Ante Chamber Hall. Ganduje, represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Usman Alhaji, reiterated his readiness to ensure a seamless transition of power. Ganduje urged the incoming administration to carefully study the transition report and provide feedback on any areas that need improvement.