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NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY’S THISDAY NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [13 JUNE, 2018].

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June 12: We Are Sorry, Buhari Tells Families of Abiola, Other Heroes
Wed, 13 Jun 2018

President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday in Abuja apologised to the family of the winner of June 12, 1993 presidential election, Bashorun MKO Abiola, over the injustice done to him by the annulment of the election and his eventual untimely death.

Buhari also apologised to the families of others who lost their lives in the struggle for the actualisation of June 12, 1993 presidential election.

“Accordingly, on behalf of the Federal Government, I tender the nation’s apology to the family of Late MKO Abiola, who got the highest votes and to those that lost their loved ones in the course of June 12 struggle,” the president said in a speech that drew loud applause from the distinguished audience.

The election, described as the freest and fairest in Nigeria’s electoral history was unjustly annulled by the former military president, General Ibrahim Babangida (rtd.), on June 23 same year.

Consequently, Abiola who in search of his mandate, declared himself as the country’s president on June 11, 1994 at Epetedo, Lagos, was arrested and imprisoned by the despotic ruler, Gen. Sani Abacha. Abiola passed on in mysterious circumstances on July 7, 1998 while still in detention.

However, Buhari had in a move to pacify the South-western region where Abiola hailed from, on June 6, 2018 acceded to the region’s long agitation for the declaration of June 12 as a public holiday.

He also announced the conferment of the highest honour of the Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (GCFR) on Abiola as well as the conferment of the Grand Commander of the Order of Niger (GCON) on Abiola’s running mate, Baba Gana Kingibe, and a posthumous conferment of GCON on the late foremost rights crusader, Chief Gani Fawehinmi.

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At the investiture Tuesday, Abiola’s honour was received by his eldest son, Kola, while Fawehinmi’s medal was received by his wife, Ganiyat.

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Another Former Governor, Dariye, Bags 14 Years Imprisonment for Corruption
Wed, 13 Jun 2018

The war against graft scored another victoryTuesday when former a governor of Plateau State, Senator Joshua Dariye, got a 14-year prison term for fraud.

His conviction came less than one month after the imprisonment of former governor Jolly Nyame of Taraba State.

He was sentenced to 14 years imprisonment also by the same Federal Capital City (FCT) High Court, Abuja that put Dariye behind bars.

In her judgment Tuesday, Justice Adebukola Banjoko found Dariye guilty on 15 of the 23-count charge and sentenced him to 14 years imprisonment.

The court found the former governor guilty of criminal breach of trust and sentenced him to 14 years jail term, while handing him another two years on each of the count relating to criminal misappropriation.

The sentences, according to her, are without the option of fine, and would run concurrently.

Dariye was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on a 23-count criminal charge of diversion of ecological fund meant for Plateau State.

According to the EFCC, the former governor diverted the funds into the account of Ebenezer Retina Venture, which was alleged to be one of the companies through which he allegedly siphoned public funds.

The court in the judgment held that Dariye as a public servant entrusted with and having dominion over N1.1 billion ecological funds for Plateau State, was guilty with the manner the cheque was cleared and disbursed contrary to the real intent of the fund.

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Moshood Kashimawo Abiola: A Life Fulfilled
Wed, 13 Jun 2018

Say what you will, Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola has finally achieved apotheosis. Not many humans are so lucky, or that endowed in life or in death. It is common to hear ordinary mortals say, in moments of deep frustration, Abiola should not have joined politics. In theory, such proponents believe he would be alive today. That is normal, because no one likes to lose a loved one, no matter how old. But there is never a cast-iron guarantee about life and death. No one ever chose when to be born and when to die.

Abiola’s life was a stuff of fairy-tale, and eerily mythical. He was the 23rd child of his dad when he was born on August 24, 1937, to the family of Salaudeen Abiola, in the Gbagura compound of Abeokuta, Ogun State. All 22 children born before him had died in infancy under varying and mysterious circumstances. His parents doubted if Moshood would stay or go the way of the other 22 children, the reason he was promptly and grudgingly named Kashimawo. But as fate would have it, Moshood not only stayed, other children born after him also enjoyed the same grace, making him a harbinger of good tidings. As was the norm in those days, his parents were not economically buoyant, but they nevertheless struggled to send him to school.
Abiola showed much promise early in life. He was gifted with a magnetic brain, and photographic memory, and also had an unusual ability for entertainment. Indeed, his musical performances enabled him get money that helped him and other siblings fund their education. The beginning of the great entrepreneur that he was to become was already sowed, and germinated, from such business dexterity. Abiola did not allow his under-privileged pedigree to affect him. His thirst for knowledge was insatiable. He spent his most formative years at the famous Baptist Boys High School, Abeokuta. That was where he encountered Christian teachings and assimilated the Bible alongside his Koranic background. He became a versatile man who never discriminated against anyone on account of tribe or religion.

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Dickson Calls for Renegotiation of Derivation Formula
Wed, 13 Jun 2018
Emmanuel Addeh in Yenagoa Governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson, yesterday called for a renegotiation of the 13 percent derivation formula, describing the principle as a mockery of the yearnings and aspirations of the people of the Niger Delta. He argued that the 13 percent derivation was not enough to radically change the face of []The post Dickson Calls for Renegotiation of Derivation Formula appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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PDP Campaign Funds: Court Stops Shekarau from Performing Lesser Hajj
Wed, 13 Jun 2018
Justice Zainab Bage Abubakar of the Federal High Court in Kano yesterday refused an application by a former Governor of Kano State, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau, for the release of his international passport to enable him travel to Saudi Arabia for lesser hajj. Shekarau approached the court with a motion on notice dated May 28, 2018 []The post PDP Campaign Funds: Court Stops Shekarau from Performing Lesser Hajj appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Nigerians Not Fooled By Buhari’s Image Laundering in Morocco, Says PDP
Wed, 13 Jun 2018
Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described the praises showered on Nigerians by President Muhammadu Buhari before his host, the Moroccan Prime Minister, Saadeddine Othman, as a cover-up for his deep-seated disdain for Nigerian youths. The opposition party said Buhari was making a vain effort to launder his image and reverse []The post Nigerians Not Fooled By Buhari’s Image Laundering in Morocco, Says PDP appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Ambode: Fiscal Federalism Only Path to True Nationhood
Wed, 13 Jun 2018
Unveils Abiola’s 37-feet statue Gboyega Akinsanmi Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, yesterday said Nigeria’s democratic experience would never be an ideal model without entrenching fiscal federalism, noting that a true federal system ‘is the only path to nationhood.’ The governor has also unveiled a new 37-feet statue of the presumed winner of the June 12 []The post Ambode: Fiscal Federalism Only Path to True Nationhood appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Court Fixes Ruling On EFCC’s Suit against Ex-Katsina Governor, Shema
Wed, 13 Jun 2018
Francis Sardauna in Katsina The Katsina State High Court is to commence ruling on the matter brought before it by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), over alleged money laundering levelled against the former Governor of the state, Ibrahim Shehu Shema, to the tune of N11 billion on July 9 and 10, 2018. The []The post Court Fixes Ruling On EFCC’s Suit against Ex-Katsina Governor, Shema appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Saraki: Senate is Committed Towards Eradication of Child Labour Deji Elumoye in Abuja
Wed, 13 Jun 2018
The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has reiterated the commitment of the Senate and indeed, the National Assembly towards the eradication of child labour in the country. Saraki, in a statement issued in Abuja, yesterday to mark this year’s World Day Against Child Labour, said over 10.5 million Nigerian children are currently out of school []The post Saraki: Senate is Committed Towards Eradication of Child Labour Deji Elumoye in Abuja ‘ appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Ekweremadu Frowns at Relegation of Women in Governance
Wed, 13 Jun 2018
Deji Elumoye in Abuja The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, has frowned at the seeming relegation of women to the background in the country’s political dispensation. Ekweremadu, who spoke in Abuja yesterday at a stakeholders’ forum to improve the representation of women in politics. lamented that despite the active participation of women like late Kudirat []The post Ekweremadu Frowns at Relegation of Women in Governance appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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