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I Am Honoured To Count You As A Friend – Tinubu Celebrates VP Shettima At 57



President Bola Tinubu has felicitated Vice-President Kashim Shettima as he turns 57 today, September 2.

Tinubu, in his birthday message to Shettima, thanked the VP for his ‘unwavering commitment’ and ‘undying loyalty’ to the nation.

The message shared on the official Instagram page of the president, @officialasiwajubat on Saturday read, “Dear Shettima, as you mark your 57th year, I take a moment to reflect on the journey we have undertaken together in the service of our great nation.

“Your story from the classrooms of the University of Maiduguri to the highest echelons of leadership serves as a testament to your undying loyalty, unwavering commitment, and unparalleled wisdom.

“Your courage, especially during those trying years in Borno State, has left an indelible mark. It’s not just your tenacity in the face of adversity that stands out, but the intellectual prowess and innovative spirit you bring to every challenge.

“I’m not just proud to have you as our Vice President, I am honoured to count you as a friend. May the years ahead continue to be filled with the same grace, wisdom, and strength you have shown over the decades.

“Happy 57th, Kashim. Here’s to many more years of shared success and collaboration,” the message read.

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FG Clarifies Renaming of Murtala Muhammed Expressway



Minister Of Information
– FG denies renaming Murtala Muhammed Expressway after Wole Soyinka
– New road inaugurated by President Tinubu named Arterial Road N20
– Murtala Muhammed Expressway remains unchanged

The Federal Government has dispelled rumors that the Murtala Muhammed Expressway in Abuja was renamed Wole Soyinka Way.

The government clarified that the renaming of the expressway was never considered by the current administration.

Instead, a new road was inaugurated by President Bola Tinubu on June 4, 2024, which was named Arterial Road N20.

This new road connects the Outer Northern Expressway to the Northern Parkway and was named after Prof. Wole Soyinka.

The confusion arose from a proposal by the FCT Minister, Nyesom Wike, during the inauguration, which was approved by President Tinubu. ”

The government emphasized that the Murtala Muhammed Expressway remains unchanged, honoring the legacy of the former Head of State, Gen. Murtala Ramat Muhammed.

Therefore, the Arterial Road N20 is named after Prof Soyinka.

The Murtala Muhammed Expressway remains unchanged, the government stressed.


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Rivers State on Edge as Youths Storm LG Headquarters Amid Tenure Crisis



Rivers State Governor
– Tension rises in Rivers State as youths occupy LG headquarters
– LG chairmen refuse to vacate office despite expiration of tenure
– Police deploy security operatives to maintain peace

Tension mounted in Rivers State on Monday as youths occupied the Degema Local Government Area headquarters, demanding that the council chairmen vacate office.

The youths, who were seen singing war songs, barricaded the entrance and vowed to remain until Wednesday.

The crisis follows the expiration of the tenure of local government chairmen in the state, with the chairmen refusing to step down citing a new law passed by the state House of Assembly.

The law empowers them to extend their tenure by six months, a move opposed by Governor Siminalayi Fubara.

In a similar development, youths stormed the Asari-Toru Local Government Area headquarters, occupying the building and vowing to resist any attempt by the council chairman to remain in office.

The situation was tense but peaceful, with security operatives deployed to maintain order.

Meanwhile, the outgoing chairman of Eleme LGA, Obarilomate Ollor, warned those eager to throw him out of office not to come close to the council, threatening to unleash terror on such invaders. “Some people are ganging up, they want to use force to enter into the local government, If you go there against the law, what you will see you will not believe it.”

The police have urged everyone to maintain peace in the state, with the spokesperson, Grace Iringe-Koko, saying “Our men were on a show of strength this morning. We are still monitoring the situation.”


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