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Kingibe: My Role In Abacha’s Government Was For National Interest |The Republican News

Former running mate to late Moshood Abiola in the 1993 Presidential election, Babagana Kingibe has explained that his decision to take a role in the late military leader, General Sani Abachas regime, was for the national interest which he put above his personal feelings.

Kingibe made this known to journalists in Maiduguri, Borno State, during a solidarity visit to Governor Babagana Umara on Sunday.

He said that his actions were in line with the teachings of the Muslim faith, which he professed that leadership comes from God which he accepted in good fate.

When we think of the collective good there are times when we have to sacrifice personal interest and join hands in rebuilding society and bringing peace and harmony to our people: I have addressed this issue of why did I join Abachas government and so on.

I know we won the elections on June 12, 1993, I know that injustice was done when those elections were annulled but there is always one guiding principle in my public life which is that the national interest supersedes any other consideration and all my actions have been informed by this consciousness of what is best in the national interest.

The former minister who is from Borno state said he was particularly happy with the magnitude of celebration that took place in his home state to mark the new democracy day, which signifies love and solidarity towards him as a son of the soil and a key player in the events of that year.

I dont think the celebration on the actual 12th of June 1993 was any greater than the celebration of the first democracy day on June 12; And for that I have to thank the Governor who gave the leadership, thank the people of Borno not only for celebrating June 12 as democracy day per se, but I know that they also had in mind that one of their own, their own son was also a critical player, I appreciate the confidence and love. (DailyPost)

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Buhari Leads In Votes Counted So Far In Borno |The Republican News

 

Timothy Olanrewaju, Maiduguri

 

The All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, is leading with 71, 954 votes in seven local governments in Borno State as collation of results gets underway.

Results from Ngazai, Mobbar, Mongumeri, Gubio, Dikwa, Abadam and Guzamala (seven) local governments showed that Buhari beat his rival, PDP candidate, Atiku Abubakar who polled 3,348 votes.

State Collation Officer, Prof Saminu Ibrahim, while receiving the results from returning officers, at the collation centre, Kashim Ibrahim College of Education, Maiduguri, said the results of the remaining 20 local governments were still being expected.

There are 27 local governments in Borno State. And the results are as follows:

NGAZAI LG: PDP-775, APC-6,804

MOBBAR: PDP-13, 122, APC-280

MONGUMERI: PDP-692, APC-12,739

GUBIO: PDP-510, APC-10, 207

DIKWA: PDP-100, APC-17,805

ABADAM: PDP-270, APC -5,907

GUZAMALA: PDP-521, APC-5,370

(The Sun)

 

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Boko Haram: Tearful Shettima Breaks Down, Tells Buhari ‘I am Overwhelmed’ |RN

Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja

The activities of the terrorist sect, Boko Haram, on Monday overwhelmed the Borno State governor, Kashim Shettima, as he broke down in the presence of President Muhammadu Buhari at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa.

Shettima was in the Villa with leaders and elders from Borno State. In his introductory remarks at the meeting, he told President Buhari that they came to present a set of observations and specific requests after an extraordinary security meeting they held a week ago in Borno State. He said the elders had concluded that the state required urgent intervention by the president.

Present on the occasion were the National Security Adviser, Major Gen Babagana Monguno (retd); Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin; acting Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ahmed Rufai Abubakar and the Director General, Department for State Services, Yussuf Bitchi.

Shettima amid tears following the current setback in the fight against insurgency, told Buhari that the leaders had not lost hope in his ability to win the war and restore peace to the state.

Following his surprise outburst of emotion, members of the press were excused from the meeting.

Then Shettima said: “Between 2013 and 2014, we witnessed the most daring and most vicious evil of the Boko Haram, losing 20 local government areas.

“However, we rushed here because of the recent upsurge in the activities of the demented monster called Boko Haram especially in northern Borno senatorial district. We are here because since 2015, Mr President, you were able to restore our hope.

“Sir, you have demonstrated empathy for Borno and an overriding commitment to ending the Boko Haram. This is why we rushed here on witnessing some set back.

“We are here because we thought that Allah will use you to fully reclaim Borno’s traditional glory of being the home of peace. We are here as a people who worked, prayed and waited for your presidency in the firm and under the belief that with you as the Commander In Chief, Boko Haram will become history in Borno.

“Mr. President, we have not, and Insha Allah, we will not lose hope in you because we have witnessed and survived worse moments before you came. We do not feel hopeless.

“Our hopes are very much alive and they are very high.

“We came with some observation and ten requests for urgent presidential (president’s) intervention. These observations and requests are products of discussion in the aftermath of our extra-ordinary security meeting held one week ago.

“We didn’t rush to come after the meeting. We felt the need to travel to northern Borno, interact with displaced persons and the military so as to strengthen public confidence.

“I will seek the understanding of the journalists by not making public any of our observation and ten requests. They are matters of security which we hope to discuss with Mr President in a closed door.”  (The Sun)

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