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Buhari applauds Idowu-Fearon’s appointment at Anglican Communion

By Lawrence Olaoye

President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated  Nigeria’s Most Reverend Josiah Idowu-Fearon on his appointment as the Secretary-General of the Consultative Council of the Anglican Communion Worldwide.

According to Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on media and publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, in a letter delivered to Dr. Idowu-Fearon in London today on the occasion of his commissioning into the new post, the President said that all Nigerians were proud of his elevation into one of the most important offices in the world of faith.

The President also applauded Bishop Idowu-Fearon’s  emergence, after a highly competitive selection process, as the first African to occupy the office.

“With your intellect, with great pastoral zeal and with compassion, you have over the years risen above intolerance and narrow sectarianism and built interfaith and ecumenical bridges of understanding among your countrymen.

“We salute your special gift of clearly articulating the essence and beauty of the many bonds that bind us. You have lived up to your calling and attained your self-stated goals of creating a culture of respect for differences, a culture of accepting human beings for what they are and playing down the things that divide them.

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Presidency okays $18.5 billion Centenary City projects

By Lawrence Olaoye

The Presidency has approved the continuation of the controversial $18.5 billion Centenary City Project initiated by the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

 This came after President Muhammadu Buhari and his Vice, Yemi Osinbajo, were briefed by the Chairman of the Centenary City PLC Board of Directors and former Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar.

 In a statement by Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on media and publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, the President welcomed an assurance from Centenary City PLC that all the original inhabitants of the site have been fully compensated.

 Buhari praised the Centenary City’s main development partners from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for having enough confidence in Nigeria to agree to invest about $18.5 billion in the project.

 The President  also welcomed the assertion by Gen. Abubakar and his team that the project will create about 250,000 more direct jobs in the Federal Capital Territory and about half a million indirect jobs.

 He noted that skills, expertise and vast experience that  will be brought into country to build the Centenary City on the Dubai model, will also be of immense benefit to Nigeria’s overall development.

 He said that he looked forward to regular updates on the Centenary City’s development.

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Army Generals sabotaging FG’s efforts to end Boko Haram - Corporal

From Ibrahim Sidi Muh’d, Gusau

A serving soldier identified as Corporal Lawal Ahmed under 115 Task Force (TF) battalion with the service number 03NA/54/5867 has drawn the attention of President Muhammadu Buhari and the International Human Rights Organisations who embarked upon possible measures to end the activities of Boko Haram in the North-East, that Army Generals are sabotaging the efforts of the federal government.

Speaking exclusively with Peoples Daily Weekend, the worried Soldier said he has strong evidences which could prove that officers of the Nigerian Army at war front could not eventually work to actualize the dreams of Nigerians in a bid to end of Boko Haram insurgency as there were no rules of engagements issued for the Army to work upon.

According to Corporal Lawal Ahmed, a single battalion could have since made the Boko Haram operations a history but, that could only be possible should the fighting officers were guided with rules of engagements, the development on which they would fight under complete networking order of the senior officers from remote or at war ground.

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Boko Haram: Adamawa varsity lost over N5b —VC

From Umar Dankano, Yola 

In an effort to improve security of its environments, the Adamawa State University Mubi, (ADSU) has engaged the services of 80 local security personnel popularly called vigilante to guard the institution 24 hours daily.

Vice chancellor of the university Professor David Joshua Shall disclosed the development in an interview with journalists in Mubi stressing that, the institution was aware of the complementary role played by the vigilante/ hunters in complementing the military in recapturing Mubi and therefore decided to recruited them to continue the complimentary role to the military and policemen monitoring the school.

Shall who noted that 95 per cent of the students have resumed for classes, said that the school lost 11 staff including three students while the total value of properties looted and vandalized by the insurgents in the university is over N5 billion.

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Scores injured as Army, Police clash in Edo

By Osaigbovo Iguobaro, Benin 

Over 13 caught in the cross fire when Police personnel and Soldiers clashed at the King square in Benin City, were reportedly injured last weekend, while goods that are yet to be quantified were destroyed. 

Reports have it that trouble started when an orderly attached to senior Military personnel came down from a vehicle belonging to the Nigerian Army and allegedly ordered a female traffic policewoman to make way for his boss. 

The development resulted in an argument between the duo, while some Police personnel attached to Oba market police station over-powered the Military personal and took him to Oba market police station, few metres away from the scene. 

It was learnt that the incident infuriated some soldiers loaded in more than 10 Hilux buses and stormed the police station, where the army officer was reportedly kept.

There was a near stampede as pandemonium broke out in the ever-busy vicinity following the arrival of the soldiers.

Traffic was halted within the vicinity even as shop owners quickly closed for businesses, while pedestrians and commuters flee for safety, when teargas was fired into the air.

It took about two hours before sanity was restored as the army team were seen departing the police station at about 5:45p.m.

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