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Weekend Buzz (Saturday, 16 March, 2019 Edition)

Ooni of Ife

Hello Naija! Hope you’re all enjoying your weekend! Here are the top buzzy stories this weekend. Enjoy!

1.The Ooni of Ife, Enitan Ogunwusi, has described oil and gas as the greatest misfortune that has ever befallen Nigeria as a nation.

Ooni stated this on Friday during a courtesy visit by the National Executive of Nigeria Tour Operators (NATOP) at his palace in Ile-Ife.

“As a nation, our biggest problem has been discovering oil; we have different tourism products rich in content which are nature based, tourism is not exhaustible but oil is.

“It is important for us to propagate domestic tourism, it is the future of the country and that is the way things can get better.

“We should encourage people to travel within the confines of the nation, we should focus on things nature has blessed us with and take away every negative charge in us.

“Tourism is something I am very passionate about, I don’t joke with it so let us all collectively groom it together,” he said.

2. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) after investigation into the cancellation of the Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area result in Bauchi State has approved the resumption and conclusion of the collation.

The collation will be completed with the duplicate and original Registration Area results available.

INEC further noted that that the collation process for the LGA will resume on Tuesday, March 19.

Read the official statement issued by INEC on Bauchi election

3. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) after investigation into the crisis that marred the governorship election in Rivers State, said that it would continue collation of results.

The commission further accused the Nigerian Army and some gangs of contributing to the violence that resulted to the suspension of the exercise.

Read the official statement issued by INEC on Rivers State Election

4. Friday Akininibosin, a suspect involved in the gruesome Offa Bank Robbery incident that happened in April 2018, has accused the Nigeria Police of forcing him to falsely indict Senate President Bukola Saraki.

According to the suspect (as reported by Tribune Newspaper), a former police officer who was involved in the robbery, Michael Adikwu, was killed by the police because he refused to go with the alleged plot to accuse Saraki.

He further revealed that the police intimidated them by killing five (5) men in their presence and ordering them to lie on the bodies of the dead people.

“My hands and legs were tied to the back and suspended in between two tables by iron rod for like one hour 30 minutes. Then the senior police officer, Abba Kyari, came around to tell me that I should say that it was the Senate president that gave us guns to rob Offa banks,” the suspect told the court (according to Nigerian Tribune Newspaper).

“I was shot on my two legs. I was later taken to Abba Kyari office, where he asked to know if I was ready to cooperate and I said yes and pleaded not to kill me. The next day was when Michael Adikwu was brought to identify us and say what connected us together. The dismissed officer said he didn’t know us and after much torture, he was shot dead in our presence,” he added.

5. Chief Otunba Gbenga Daniel, a former Governor of Ogun State, and the Chief Strategist for the Atiku Abubakar Presidential Campaign, has announced his resignation from partisan politics few weeks after Atiku lost the presidential election to President Muhammadu Buhari of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

According to Mr. Daniel, 62, he is leaving politics to concentrate on his charity foundation because he has reached the peak of his political career.

Read the letter written by the former governor to his party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and copied to former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the PDP.

6. Oyinkansola Saraki, the young sister to Senate President Bukola Saraki, in a recent state said that her brother failed the people of Kwara while he was serving as Governor of the State for 8 years.

She criticized her brother on national television in a programme aired on TVC on Thursday.

“I am disappointed that Bukola Saraki did not do well when he was a governor in Kwara State having studied in the United Kingdom. Bukola and I studied in the United Kingdom, he knows all the good things in the United Kingdom. We thought he would reciprocate that in Kwara when he became the Governor but he failed them.

“Even as a Senate President, he has not carried the people of Kwara along. I am not happy the way my brother served Kwarans.”

“I just want the governor elect to give me a chance to serve the people of Kwara. Just to say we are sorry. I don’t need appointment. Nemesis will catch up. I don’t want nemesis to catch up on my children, my grandchildren or upon myself. That’s why I am saying the truth now,” she said.

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