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My Administration Had Best Debt Profile – Ajimobi

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The immediate past governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi, says his administration had the best debt profile in the country.

Ajimobi told newsmen on Sunday at his Ibadan residence after the Eid-el-Kabir prayers that the state was not among the first 10 states in a list published by the Debt Management Office(DMO).

 

The News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) recalls that the incumbent administration of Gov. Seyi Makinde had alleged that the Ajimobi administration left behind huge debts for the state.

 

“If you look at the debts owed by each state in the country as published by DMO, you will see that Oyo State is not even among the first 10 states.

 

“US is the number one debtor in the world. Government by nature and establishment must continue to have debts. They must be able to use people’s money to make money,” Ajimobi said.

 

He said that 50 percent of the debts owed by his administration was drawdown debts from the World Bank, adding that less than 30 percent had been accessed.

 

“As we do the work, the World Bank comes to verify and pays. We still have about 70 percent of it, so this administration can stop taking it if they don’t want it,” he added.

 

On allegations that his aides carted away official vehicles, Ajimobi said that the officials paid for the vehicles based on the decision taken by the government.

 

“When you are in government, there are policies and decisions to be taken. We took the decision that anybody using vehicles at the time should take it away and pay.

 

” This is also practised by the federal and other state governments.

 

“When I got to office, I didn’t see any vehicle. My brother, former Gov. Adebayo Alao-Akala, took his vehicles away and I did not talk.

 

“There are civil servants who steal whenever politicians are leaving government. Let them go and check those civil servants,” he said.

 

He alleged that there were no curtains, furnitures and electronic equipment in the Government House when he moved in, adding that Alao-Akala left government a few days before his resumption.

 

Ajimobi, however, said that all facilities at the Government House and offices were intact because he worked till the last day of his administration.

 

On insecurity, the former governor described Makinde as lucky because of the already existing security structure bequeathed to him by his administration.

 

He called on Makinde to leverage on the many good initiatives his administration carried out, urging him to make amends where he made mistakes.

 

“We thank God that he has started seeing some of the good things we did. No government in the state has ever done as much as we have done. This does not mean we did not make mistakes,” he said.

 

Ajimobi said that he would take the decisions he took while in office if he had the opportunity of being the governor again.

 

The former governor also appealed to aggrieved members of APC to reconcile for the good of the party, saying his only regret was trying to be perfect in an imperfect world.

 

“There are many of our members who genuinely have reasons to be angry but 90 percent of those angry have no reason except that they were not appointed.

 

“The houses, name and titles some of these people are using today, they got it by working with us.

 

” Irrespective of whatever grievances, let us come together in the spirit of Eid-el-Kabir.

 

“Those I believe have genuine reasons to be angry, I have spoken to them. Some, I will not speak to them, they must come back,” he said.

 

The former governor also prayed for the success of the Makinde administration, adding that the people would gain nothing from its failure.

 

“I pray that Makinde succeeds and I will support him to succeed anytime. In supporting him, we are helping the state,” he said.

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“It’s Painful Seeing Boko Haram Killing Many People” – 38-Year-Old Woman Survivor Says

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Hawa Abdu, a 38-year old Nigerian mother of two was abducted by Boko Haram in 2014 and spent four years with the outlawed terrorist group moving around the north-east of Nigeria.

 

She has been living in Minawao, a camp for Nigerian refugees in the Far North region of Cameroon, since January 2018.

 

“In 2014, my mother was in Bama, a town in between the state capital of Borno State, Nigeria, and the border with Cameroon, so I went to see her.

 

One day, we were told by the local authorities that it was not safe to stay, but I refused to move my mother because she was sick.

 

The terrorists entered the town at 4 a.m. the next day and gathered in the market. It was beyond our power to prevent them.

 

“I heard gun shots from all sides, and in the confusion, my two children ran in one direction and I went with my mother in another. We were caught by terrorists and my mother was slapped and left on the ground.

 

“I was taken, many of us were taken, by the terrorists. We were driven to the town of Zamaimaya and then had to walk 10 kilometres into the bush.

 

“All but the young girls were forced to marry a Boko Haram fighter. I refused to begin with, however after three days I realized I had no choice but to agree, because they said if we did not marry, we would be executed.

 

I was ordered to convert to Islam, which I did before the marriage.

 

“After I married, I was beaten a lot and given very little food. One time I spent seven days without food. Sometimes I was given dindiri or beans to eat. I suffered a lot from hunger. I hated being married to a Boko Haram fighter.

 

“The terrorists killed many people in front of us. We did not have the power to stop that happening.

 

We moved around the bush a lot, changing locations day by day. God saved me during these harsh times.

 

“One day, my daughter Hadiza who is 13-years old managed to escape. I have not seen her since. I pray every day that she is still alive. I do not know where my mother is. And then later soldiers came and chased away Boko Haram, and they helped me and my other daughter, Fatima, who is now 14 years old, to escape.

 

“She is with me in Minawao camp today.

 

“I have spent over a year in this camp and have been given food and clothes by my neighbours. I have not eaten chicken since I have been here. I sell groundnuts to make a little money. I need a mat, a pot and more clothes.

 

“I am suffering from heart disease and anxiety and cannot forget how I was separated from my parents and brothers and the killings I saw. I think about this every day.

 

“One way, I can relax is by listening to music to Hausa Fulani songs. I sometimes borrow my neighbour’s phone to listen. It makes me happy; it gives me piece of mind.”

 

 

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35,000 People Have Been Killed So Far in Nigeria By Boko Haram – UN

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An estimated 35,000 persons have lost their lives in the ongoing Boko Haram insurgency in Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe States and other parts of Nigeria since the beginning of the conflict in 2009, the United Nations has said.

 

“These are 35,000 too many deaths,” it said in a statement.

 

The agency also said 37 aid workers lost their lives in the course of their duties in the region.

 

This was disclosed in a statement sent to PREMIUM TIMES on Saturday by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in commemoration of its humanitarian day.

 

“In total, 37 aid workers have lost their lives in service of humanity since the beginning of the conflict. We are here together to honour them and their grieving families, relatives, and children surviving them.

 

“As I stand before you today, my thoughts also go to the families of our colleagues who are still being held captive by armed groups. The UN and its humanitarian partners call for their immediate release and return to safety.

 

“My heart also goes out to the families of the thousands of civilians who have been similarly abducted and whose whereabouts are still unknown,” it said.

 

“Today, we are here together to remind the world that the humanitarian crisis hitting Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states is far from over.

 

“The less attention we pay to the crisis in the North-east, the more risks face our colleagues who are working in extremely volatile areas struck by violence and devastation.

 

“As respect for the laws of war weakens, aid workers are increasingly vulnerable, though they are more needed than ever before,” it added.

 

 

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I Was Freer In Nigeria Than In India – El-Zakzaky

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Leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, has said that he enjoyed more freedom in Nigeria than in India.

 

El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenah, arrived in Nigeria on Friday after a botched medical treatment in India.

 

In a video made public on Saturday, the seemingly healthy-looking El-Zakzaky, during his trip to India, is seen talking with an unidentified Indian official.

 

“I have been about four years in prison now; a house fully furnished.

 

In fact, our next neighbour was the senate president; a large house. I was free to move about. Similarly, when they moved me to Kaduna I was in the best area government reserved area. It is a house fully furnished with large bedrooms and I was free,” he said.

 

“I have never been in detention with police there; in fact, the soldiers used to stay outside at the gate. That is what they have been doing. When we came here we were put in prison.

 

“I will definitely prefer another hospital. I was told that some Shi’ite Ulama came and said I should be allowed to be treated in India.”

 

The Federal Government once said it was spending N3.5 million monthly to feed El-Zakzaky and his family.

 

The IMN leader said he made the trip at his own expense, but that the Nigerian government told Indian authorities that they were “the ones bringing us.”

 

The Federal Government had said on Friday that El-Zakzaky’s repatriation became necessary after he attempted to seek asylum, Igbere TV reports.

 

 

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