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Northern Elders Forum Is A Quasi-Organization With No Credible Membership – Femi Adesina

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Special Adviser to President on media and publicity, Mr Femi Adesina has described the statements by the Northern Elders Forum as comments from a quasi-organization that boasts of no credible membership, and its leader is akin to a general without troops.

Mr Adesina said in a statement that “hearing that title, northern elders forum, you would think the body was a conglomeration of true elders. But the truth is that NEF is just Ango Abdullahi.

He noted that before the 2019 presidential election, the ‘one-man army’ called NEF had shown its antipathy against President Muhammadu Buhari, and its preference for another candidate, yet they all got beaten.

Adesina added that the Northern Elders Forum is merely waving a flag that is at half-mast, adding that President Muhammadu Buhari steadily and steadfastly focuses on the task of retooling Nigeria.

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Sanusi: End of nightmare as he arrives Lagos (Photos)

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Muhammadu Sanusi II has now put the horrors of the past five days behind him as he landed in Lagos in a private jet at 11.35pm on Friday.

It was a relieving climax for a day that began with the visit of Kaduna Governor Nasir El-Rufai, Sanusi’s leading the Friday prayer in Awe and his speaking about his dethronement philosophically.

Then came the order from a Federal High Court in Abuja asking his captors to release him immediately.

Muhammadu Sanusi, with El-Rufai leaving Awe

Sanusi, left, bids Governor Sule, middle, goodbye

El-Rufai and Sanusi in Awe on Friday morning

Sanusi’s nightmare began on Monday, when he was suddenly dethroned as the Emir of Kano by Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, for what his government called ‘insubordination’ to lawful authority.

Before leaving Abuja, Muhammadu Sanusi offers prayer

Muhammadu Sanusi prays, 3rd left is El-Rufai who saw the emir off

Moments after the police and the DSS operatives stormed the palace to drive him, first by flying to Abuja and then by road on a seven hour gruelling journey to Loko, a town on the banks of Benue River in the central state of Nasarawa. They had rejected Sanusi’s appeal to let him go to Lagos.

The security agents, ignorant of the Nigerian constitution said the emir was banished to Loko, based on a colonial law. But the following day, the Emir was moved to Awe, in the same state, on the intervention of Nasarawa governor Abdullahi Sule and the Emir of Lafia, Sidi Bage.

Sanusi’s lawyers went to court on Friday and got an exparte order to free him from his abductors.

He is now in Lagos, where he attended secondary school as a youngster, graduating in 1977 and returned later to spend decades in the banking sector before his appointment as Central Bank Governor in 2009.

He became the emir in 2014.

“We’ve finally arrived in Lagos, In Shaa Allah this drama is behind us now”, tweeted Ashraf Sanusi, one of the emir’s children.

Ashraf also thanked the people of Awe for hosting his dad since Tuesday:

Ashraf Sanusi@Adam_L_Sanusi

The people of Nassarawa have been so kind to us, we are thankful for such amazing supporters, the support, love and respect for HH is amazing here. Do not let people make you believe this good man is hated. May Allah bless you all.2,3015:03 PM – Mar 13, 2020Twitter Ads info and privacy502 people are talking ab

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Sanusi regains freedom, departs Awe with Gov. El-Rufai

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The dethroned Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi, has departed Awe in Nasarawa State with the Kaduna State Governor, Nasiru El-Rufai.

This comes after a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja granted an interim order releasing Sanusi from detention.

Justice Anwuli Chikere granted the order in line with the prayers on the exparte motion filed on behalf of the deposed Emir by Mr. Lateef Fagbemi SAN.

The former Emir had on Thursday approached the court seeking an interim order of the court directing his immediate release from detention.

He was dethroned over alleged disrespect to the office of the governor and other government agencies. The 14th emir of Kano was hours after his removal banished to Nasarawa State, a development that elicited outcry from different quarters. He was subsequently replaced by Aminu Ado Bayero, the son of the 13th emir of Kano.

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Crisis rocked NNPC as 40 top executives proceed on compulsory retirement

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Fresh crisis has rocked Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation as top 40 executives proceed on compulsory retirement. We gathered that uncertainty currently pervades the NNNPC, following the forceful retirement of 40 top executives in the corporation.

Their retirement has been approved by Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Mallam Mele Kyari. Those affected by the retirement, according to Punch Newspaper are group general managers and general managers.

“The one that is raising concern at the corporation is that most all the top management staff from M-3 to M-4 who are due for retirement within a year were asked to leave yesterday (Wednesday).

“About 40 GGMs and GMs were asked to leave, as they were retired by the corporation yesterday (Wednesday). Most of those affected are also not happy because they felt they were not due for retirement. However, they were all asked to leave yesterday and that is raising dust and concern among staff at the corporation.”

“But ask yourself this question, how long will it take the upcoming staff to get to those positions? The system is currently heated up and employees from certain regions of the country are not happy about this. As at this week, the corporation witnessed a massive shakeup. The management had to readjust some prominent positions.

“One of such is the movement of a top chief operating officer from a position that he only assumed last year to another position of COO that is not comparable to his former office.

“Another issue is that in the corporation, we have two categories of subsidiaries, the ones considered as redundant and the ones considered as grade A subsidiaries, such as NAPIMS, NPDC, shipping, NNPC Trading, PPMC.

“Under the present dispensation, one would have expected some form of balancing in terms of postings to these subsidiaries. But as it is right now, most of the positions in these subsidiaries are headed by people from one region of the country.

” If we doing something, we will officially announce it. So let’s just leave it at that,” the source told Punch Newspaper

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