Three University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) lecturers abducted by Boko Haram terrorists in Magumeri, Borno State have been released.
This was disclosed in a statement by Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.
Buhari in the statement expressed delight at the development while being briefed by the Department of State Services (DSS).
Also released from the Boko Haram terrorists, according to the statement, are 10 women kidnapped in a raid by the militant group on a military/police convoy on Damboa Road, near Maiduguri.
Shehu said their release followed a series of negotiations facilitated by the International Committee of the Red Cross, ICRC, as directed by the President.
The presidential spokesman quoted the brief given by the DSS as revealing that all the 13 rescued persons are in the custody of the service and are on their way to Abuja with the assistance of the Nigerian Army and the Air Force.
He added that the rescued persons may be presented to the President and thereafter released to their families, if there are no issues of security or medical concerns.
The statement read in part, “The President, who got step by step progress reports on the lengthy negotiations while they took place, received the good news with a lot of happiness.
“He commended all those who in one way or the other helped in making the release possible.
“He then urged the DSS and the Nigerian Army to intensify efforts to bring home the remaining Chibok Girls still in the custody of the terrorists.
“The Director-General of the DSS, Lawal Daura, assured the President that they were working hard to bring home the remaining girls and, as soon as possible, bring the Chibok girls saga to an end.”
Nigeria has lost a prominent figure, Ajimobi was a patriotic politician – Oyo NUJ
Oyo State Council of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), on Tuesday declared that with the demise of late Governor Abiola Ajimobi, Nigeria has once again lost one of her prominent figures, describing the former governor as a patriotic and distinguished politician who impacted on many Nigerians.
The State NUJ Chairman, Comrade Ademola Babalola stated this during a condolence visit to the widow of the late former governor in Ibadan,!the state capital.
It will be recalled that the late Ajimobi who died on June 25 was buried at his Oluyole residence on June 28 in Ibadan.
Speaking further, the NUJ boss noted that Ajimobi’s impact would be missed at all level, adding that the late former governor was a successful politician in Oyo State and Nigeria.
In his words, “We have come here to commiserate with you over the demise of your husband. We are friend to Ajimobi’s family. He was a patriot and distinguish Nigerian.
“It was pleasant to be with him. We have lost a great man in Oyo State. It will take us 50years to come before we can see someone like Ajimobi.
“He was the first person to have governed the state twice. We shall continue to remember him for good”
Babalola prayed that Almighty God forgive the shortcomings of the late Ajimobi and grant him eternal rest.
He also prayed that Almighty God grant the family, associates and the good people of the state fortitude to bear the loss.
Daughter of the deceased, Mrs Abisola Kola-Daisi, who spoke on behalf of the family, thanked the union for their love, support during and after the lifetime of their late father.
On the delegation are Mr Sola Oladapo, the Secretary, Mr Akeem Abas, the Treaurer, Mr. Kemi Olaitan, Mr. Raji Adebayo, Mr. Jeremiah Oke, Mrs Dupe Fehintola, and Mr. Musiliudeen Adebayo among others.
Just In: Senator Buhari proposes naming Ibadan Airport after Ajimobi
Senator Abdulfatai Buhari representing Oyo North Senatorial District on Tuesday asked the federal government to name the Ibadan Airport after late Governor Abiola Ajimobi.
Senator Ajimobi was in charge of the Agodi Government House between 2011 -2019.
Senator Buhari made this request while raising a point of order which came under Order 42 and 52 requesting for the leave of the Senate to present his motion.
Meanwhile, in the motion, the lawmaker notified the senate of the sad demise of late Senator Abiola Ajimobi.
He further asked the Senate to observe a minute silence in his honour and also requesting a high powered delegation to commiserate with the late Ajimobi’s family and the good people of Oyo state.
Ajimobi lived a fulfilled life – Sheik Bello
• Family frowns at continued politicization of late governor’s death, burial
Immediate past Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi has been described as a once in a lifetime leader who only comes around in a generation.
This was the verdict of Sheik Muideen Bello who delivered the sermon at the 8th day fidau prayers for the former Governor.
Sheik Bello said Ajimobi died a fulfilled man after having achieved all God wanted him to achieve.
“ When Senator Isiaq Ajimobi entered Baitul -L- Atik, he asked God to let him see 70 years because no one in his lineage had seen it. He asked God to make him the first Governor to serve two terms in Oyo state. He also asked God to grant him mercy to build a befitting mosque for HIM. God granted all his requests. He died a fulfilled man”, the preacher said.
According to Sheik Bello, an individual like Ajimobi was a special creation of the Almighty Allah and a leader like him will not come around for another 50 years.“ He was a special being, we can never have a Governor like him in Oyo state who had done so well until the next 50 years”.
The scholar who was accompanied by other notable Islamic scholars and clerics in leading series of prayers for the repose of the soul of the deceased recounted the various encounters he had with the Governor and where he (Ajimobi) had emphasised how he longed to break the family jinx of living beyond 70 years.
“Many times, he didn’t hide his secret prayers of how we wanted to live for 70 years because his father had died before the age of 70.”
The cleric also condemned people for only coming out to sing the praises of the deceased Governor after his death said such hypocrisy will attract judgement and punishment from the Almighty Allah. The fidau prayers which started shortly before 11 am was strictly a family affair in line with the Covid-19 protocols as laid down by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). There were less than 30 people at the ceremony which included Dr (Mrs) Florence Ajimobi, wife of the late Deputy National Chairman (South), the All Progressives Congress (APC), the children and extended family members.
Sheik Bello further enjoined those present at the event to be prayerful at all times in order to live a good and fulfilled life like Senator Ajimobi did.
Before the event ended, special prayers were offered for the protection of the family, Oyo state and Nigeria as well as prayers for the departed former Governor.
Meanwhile, the family has reacted to the issue of the inability of the Deputy Governor not having access to the venue.
In a statement signed by Bolaji Tunji, Special Adviser on Media to Senator Ajimobi, the family of the former Governor were not aware of the incident with the Deputy Governor, just as they frowned at the continued politicization of the death and burial of their husband, father and grandfather.
“In view of the disinformation going about concerning the inability of the Deputy Governor of Oyo State, Engineer Rauf Olaniyan’s inability to gain access to the venue of the 8th day Fidau prayers for HE, Senator Abiola Ajimobi.
“We want to state clearly that the event was announced as strictly a family affair. However, some dignitaries arrived for the event prior to the commencement of the prayers and were permitted entry and because they were not family, they were taken to a sitting room specially prepared for that purpose.
” There was a need to comply with the Covid-19 protocol as established by NCDC – Social distancing, not more than 30 people in a place and seats arranged, accordingly.
“Once we reached capacity, the gate was locked in order to reduce the continued presence of people at the event.
” No one was aware that the Deputy Governor was coming as neither the advance team nor the protocol informed us.
“The Deputy Governor arrived after the prayers had started and once the family was informed they proceeded to the gate in order to usher in the Deputy Governor.
“By the time we got to the gate to usher him into the sitting room, he had left. Everything happened within a few minutes.
“Through a serving Senator and a former Attorney General we tried to get in touch with him that it was not to slight him and he could sit in a private sitting room provided by the family. Unfortunately, he had left.
“There was no attempt to disturb or detain the DSS details of the Deputy Governor. From information available, they did not park within the same area as the Deputy Governor and had to do a catch up in order to meet the deputy Governor ‘s convoy that had already left”, the statement explained.
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