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Tinubu Receives Shell Delegation in Aso Rock (Photos)

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President Bola Ahmed Tinubu receives in audience a delegation led by Ms Zoe Yunovic, the Global Upstream Director, Shell Petroleum Development Company on a Courtesy Visit. Mr Peter Costello, Osagie Okunbo, Mar De Jong joins Ms Zoe from Shell’s Delegation. COS, Femi Gbajabiamila , SA Energy to the President, Ms Olu Verheijen, SA on Revenue matters to the President, Mr Zacchaeus Adedeji, SA Communications, Special Duties and Strategy, Mr Dele Alake and Mr Mele Kyari the GMD, NNPC were all present at the meeting at the State House, Abuja. Photos by Nosa Asemota

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Hope of Rescue Dims for Two Passengers Thrown into Lagoon from TMB Bus Accident – NEMA

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The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said on Wednesday the hope of rescuing the two passengers who fell off a bus into the Lagos lagoon following an accident on the Third Mainland Bridge has become dim.

The South-West Coordinator of NEMA, Ibrahim Farinloye, disclosed this to journalists at the scene of the accident in Lagos.

He said the impact of an accident earlier on Wednesday, had left two adults thrown off an 18-seater LT bus into the lagoon.

Farinloye said personnel of the Marine Police were in search of the two adults, a male and female, who fell off the bus.

According to him, the crash occurred by Adeniyi Adele axis inward of Lagos Island on the bridge.

The NEMA coordinator revealed that the driver of the vehicle who was on top speed, swerved off the road and hit the bridge railings with the impact pushing the two passengers off the bus into the lagoon.

He said: “However, by now, we are not looking at the search and rescue again, but recovery.

“This is because the male passenger was said to have floated about three times before he was finally drowned, while the woman did not even surface at all.

“Therefore, the possibility of anyone of them surviving is slim,” he added.

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We Regret Voting Tinubu, Northern Elders Lament, Reveal Plans for 2027

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The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has expressed regret for supporting President Bola Tinubu in the 2023 election.

Spokesman of the forum, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, said this on Tuesday.

He noted that in subsequent polls, particularly the 2027 general elections, the northern region will prioritize unity and consensus in selecting a candidate for the highest office in Nigeria.

“The North made a mistake in voting Bola Tinubu to the presidency in 2023, and it is unlikely that they will repeat the same error in the future.

“They have learned from their past misstep and will strive to select a candidate who can unite the country and govern in the best interests of all Nigerians.

“Moving forward, the North will be more cautious in selecting a candidate for the presidency. They will prioritize someone who is seen as more inclusive, less controversial, and more aligned with the interests of all regions of the country,” he said.

President Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) polled the highest votes from the region to beat his major contenders, including a northerner, Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Since his inauguration in May 2023, the president has been widely criticised over some policies of his administration, which are have largely been tagged by the opposition as anti-masses.

Tinubu is also accused by northern groups of lopsided appointments in the Federal government.

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FG Expands Eid-el-Fitr Public Holidays to Thursday

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The Federal Government has declared Thursday, April 11, 2024, as additional public holiday to commemorate Eid-El-Fitr.

This was made known in a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Dr Aishetu Ndayako, shared on the ministry’s X account on Tuesday.

The statement said, “The Federal Government has approved Thursday, April 11, 2024 as an additional public holiday to celebrate this year’s Eid -El-Fitr.

“The Minister of Interior, Dr Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, while congratulating the Muslim Ummah for a successful completion of a month of spiritual rejuvenation, reiterates President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s firm commitment to providing a safe and prosperous Nigeria for all to thrive.”

Saudi Arabia, on Monday, said the crescent of Shawwal has not been sighted, indicating that the fasting will continue on Tuesday.

It also added that the Eid-El-Fitr would hold on Wednesday, April 10 to mark the beginning of the new Islamic month.

The Federal Government had earlier Sunday declared Tuesday and Wednesday, April 9 and 10, 2024, as public holidays to mark the Eid-el-Fitr celebration.

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