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Ganduje mourns Dr Ali-Abubakar, condoles family, AKTH



Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state has condoled with the family, Kano people and Medical professionals over the demise of Dr Shehi Ali-Abubakar, Consultant Radiologist with Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH), who passed away on Thursday, in the United States of America.

The condolence was contained in a statement signed by Abba Anwar, the Chief Press Secretary to Gov. Ganduje and issued to newsmen in Kano on Saturday.

According to Anwar, the deceased was one of the selected few Doctors who worked assiduously for the realisation of Kano Ultra-Modern Specialists Hospitals of Muhammadu Buhari Specialist Hospital, Giginyu and Sheikh Isyaku Rabiu Paediatric Hospital, Zoo Road Kano.

“Himself alongside other medical experts were in the Committee that developed the global standard framework for the establishment of these hospitals.

“He never missed any meetings during the committee’s work, which signified his unrelenting commitment to his profession, who worked tirelessly for human development.

The governor described the death of Ali-Abubakar as a great loss to Kano state, AKTH, and the medical profession.

“He was a committed, disciplined and down-to-earth medical doctor, whose understanding and belief in global best practices took him to many heights,” he said.

“On behalf of the government and people of Kano state, we wish to condole with the family, friends, people of Kano state and medical community as well as the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital over the death of Ali-Abubakar.

“We pray the Almighty Allah to give us the fortitude to bear the great loss,” Ganduje said.

The deceased, who was a 2001 graduate of MBBS from University of Maiduguri, left behind a wife and two children.


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Ganduje relaxes lockdown on Mondays



Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has approved the relaxation of the lockdown on Mondays, as part of measures to further ease the restriction of movement in the state.

Mr Abba Anwar, the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, stated this in a statement on Sunday in Kano.

“To further cushion the effect and hardship caused by the  lockdown in Kano State, Gov. Ganduje has approved the relaxation of the lockdown on Mondays to be part of the existing free days (Friday, Sunday and Wednesday).

“While; I urge people to continue observing the COVID-19 protocols, I wish to convey to all, that, Monday is now the fourth day of a week, that lockdown is suspended.

“People are now free to move freely on Mondays within the stipulated time between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

“They must maintain wearing of face masks, social distancing, use of hand sanitiser and washing hand with soap under running water,” Ganduje said.

The governor also directed that all markets and other public places must continue observing the safety protocols, while all hands must be on deck to effectively tame the pandemic. (NAN)

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Gov. Bello facilitate with Gen. Abubakar @78



Gov. Abubakar Bello of Niger has felicitated with former military Head of State, retired Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar on his 78th birthday.

Bello in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mrs Mary Berje, in Minna on Sunday, described the former military leader as “a full of drive, passionate and commitment to the corporate existence of the country as an entity.

He also described Abdulsalami as “a courageous, generous, compassionate, and a selfless leader who kept aside his personal ambition to midwife the nation return to democratic governance which earned him the titled a father of democracy.’’

He noted that Abudlsalami’s role had remained consistent in the growth and development of Niger state in particular and the country as a whole.

The governor commended his continued advice to the state, noting that such has been unparalleled and highly appreciated.

Bello thanked the Almighty God for a life of great fulfillment and accomplishment and prayed God to bless his new age and grant him many more years in good health and wisdom to continue to do more for the state, country and humanity.

“Our Dear General, as you mark your 78th birthday, we join millions of Nigerians to celebrate with you on this important day of your life.

“At 78, you have touched the lives of many people in many positive ways and contributed immensely to the development of this great nation in many spheres of our national life.

“Your various contributions to the unity of this country both in war and peace times, especially the Peace forum project initiated by your centre, has gone a long way in setting standards for democracy in Nigeria.

“We believe you still have a lot to offer Nigerians and this is why we join members of your family, friends and numerous admirers to wish you many more years of good health, wisdom and selfless service to God and humanity, ” he said.

Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Ali Baba-Inuwa (NAN)
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June 12: Family urges FG to recognize Abiola as ex-President



The Abiola family of Abeokuta in Ogun on Friday demanded for an official recognition of late chief M.K.O Abiola as an ex-president of Nigeria.

The Head of the Family, Chief Olanrewaju Abiola, made the demand on President Muhammadu Buharui at the family house in Abeokuta.

The late M.K.O Abiola was believed to have won the June 12, 1993 presidential elections.

Abiola said the recognition had become necessary for Nigerian leaders to rule in peace.

He commended Buhari for conferring a posthumus highest national honour of the Grand Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic (GCFR) on Late Abiola and recognising June 12 as Nigeria’s authentic Democracy Day.

He, however, urged the president to actualise the mandate that Nigerians gave to his late junior brother, Moshood, on June 12, 1993, by conferring an official status of an ex-president of the nation on him.

Abiola also demanded that all the entitlements that should have accrued to his late brother from 1993 to date should be fully paid to the family.

He called on Buhari to liase with the National Assembly to debate the issue and subsequently pass it as a law.

“On June 12, last year when I spoke with the president, he said he has given him the honour, but we want it in black and white.

“Let the members of the National Assembly debate it and pass it into law.

“Moshood was the bread winner of the family and since his death, the family members have been suffering,” he said.


Edited By: Benson Iziama/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)
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Buhari mourns ex-Lagos CP Abubakar Tsav



The President’s condolence message was conveyed in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Tuesday.

President Buhari joined family members, friends and associates in mourning the retired police officer, ”whose years in service continue to resonate with the discipline and focus he brought into security operations, particularly in Lagos State.”

The President noted with sadness that the vociferous voice of Tsav would be sorely missed.

He also acknowledged Tsav’s wise counsels to leaders in his state and national level, especially on good governance, were most timely and impactful.

He said: “I feel very special about people like Tsav, who took great personal risks to defend me and my government in all situations and circumstances.’’

The President prayed for the repose of his soul, urging the family to find strength in his contributions to humanity.

Edited By: Wale Ojetimi (NAN)
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