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Don’t Host Tinubu’s Birthday Party In Govt House, Arewa Group Tells Ganduje

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A civil society organization, the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF), has cautioned Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State, against using the state government house as a venue for the birthday party of the National leader of the APC, Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

This is following an allegation that the governor is planning to use Government House for the said event.

In a statement, the National President of AYCF, Alhaji Yerima Shettima, said the forum was displeased with the choice of Kano Government House as the venue of the birthday party of the APC Chieftain.

However, the Forum accused Tinubu of being indifferent while northerners were being attacked in some South Western states.

They said, “While northerners were being attacked and maimed, Tinubu kept mute even when Northerners’ assets were being destroyed in some parts of the Southwest.”

“He could not even condemn the violence. Yet, this is shamelessly the special guest for Ganduje in Kano Government House.

“Kano is not only the financial nerve centre of the North, but also the symbol of the region’s cultural and historical pride, up to today and we won’t fold our arms and watch this pillar of the North turned into a birthday party venue for people who are not officials of any government in the country.”

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They added that Lagos State Government has never done similar thing to even the most respected politicians or private individuals from the North.

The added, “Why can’t the governor of Lagos State, where Tinubu has a lot of influence do so inside the Government House, Alausa? Has Governor Ganduje ever hosted Aminu Kano’s remembrance in Government House?

“And if Governor Ganduje is so desperate about pleasing Tinubu, either as associate or political godfather what stops him from using any event centre or stadium in Kano Municipal that could be more conveniently used for such purposes? Why must it be Government House?”

They advised governor to drop the idea of hosting a private individual inside Kano Government House, or else the will apply all legitimate means to stop “this embarrassing wastage and denigration of the official abode of a Governor for fun.”

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[BREAKING] Arms fund probe: Finally, Army chief appears before Reps

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The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, is currently appearing before the House of Representatives’ Ad Hoc Committee on the Need to Review the Purchase, Use and Control of Arms, Ammunition and Related Hardware by Military, Paramilitary and Other Law Enforcement Agencies.

The committee had no less than two times invited Attahiru and Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, to answer questions on the procurement of arms and ammunition.
On Friday, the committee, after a long wait, postponed the investigative hearing till Monday.

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Earlier on March 22, 2021, the committee had, after the failure by the CBN governor and the COAS to appear before it, summoned them to appear before on April 7, 2021.

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Ramadan: Look out for moon Monday, Sultan tells Muslims

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The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, has directed the Muslim Ummah to look out for the crescent (moon) of Ramadan 1442AH from Monday.

Abubakar gave the directive on Sunday in a statement issued by Prof. Sambo Junaidu, Chairman, Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs, Sultanate Council, Sokoto.

“This is to inform the Muslim Ummah that Monday, April 12, which is equivalent to the 29th day of Sha’aban 1442AH shall be the day to look for the new moon of Ramadan 1442AH.

“Muslim are, therefore, requested to start looking for the crescent moon on Monday and report its sighting to the nearest District or Village Head for onward communication to the Sultan,’’ the statement read.

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The Sultan prayed Allah to assist Muslims in the discharge of their religious duty.

Junaidu gave telephone numbers that could be used directly to report the sighting of the new moon to the committee.

The numbers are 08037157100, 07067416900, 08066303077, 08036149757, 08035965322 and 08035945903.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar observed by Muslims worldwide as a month for fasting, prayer, reflection and assisting the needy.

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Prince Philip’s funeral to take place April 17, says Buckingham Palace

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The funeral of Queen Elizabeth II’s husband, Prince Philip, will take place at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, on April 17, Buckingham Palace announced Saturday.

The ceremony at Windsor, west of London, which will be televised but have no public element because of coronavirus restrictions, will be preceded by a national minute’s silence.

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Royal officials said the 99-year-old Duke of Edinburgh’s grandson, Prince Harry, would attend, but his heavily pregnant wife, Meghan, had been advised against travelling from the United States on medical grounds.

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