Some residents of the federal capital territory (FCT) paid last respect to Pius Adesanmi, Nigerian-born Canadian professor, on Wednesday.
Adesanmi was among the passengers on the ill-fated Ethiopian Airlines flight that crashed on its way to Nairobi, Kenya, on Sunday.
All the 157 persons on board died in the accident.
At the Unity Fountain, different people, mostly clad in black and teary-eyed, recounted how the professor touched their lives in numerous ways.
Speaking at the event, Senate President Bukola Saraki said Adesanmi was not his enemy despite criticising him.
Describing Adesanmi as an ambassador of Nigeria, Saraki said the professor “did not die in vain.”
“As I was leaving my house somebody said, ‘Sir, do you know that he was very critical of you?’ I said we are not enemies, we share different views and we must appreciate his talent. He had his views, he had his thought about some of us,” he said.
“We can learn from some of those things and that is why I came here to join you and appreciate those that are good ambassadors of this country. His wife and his daughter, let them know that their father and husband did not die in vain. I’m here to give him that respect.”
Deji Adeyanju, convener of Concerned Nigerians, said Adesanmi was a patriot who ought to be celebrated.
“There is no greater patriot than a person who speaks the truth, we must celebrate Pius Adesanmi. I’m touched by this death and I prayer that his memory be blessed,” Adeyanju.
“We must take the lives of Nigerians more seriously than business.”
Nwabufo paying tribute to the late professor
Dino Melaye, senator representing Kogi west, said the professor was one who spoke the truth “fearlessly.”
Melaye said one way to honour Adesanmi is to stand for the “truth he wrote.”
“He was a great Nigerian, one who spoke the truth fearlessly. He is gone but his works are here and the only way to appreciate this transparent ordinary Nigerian is to make sure that the truth is stood for,” the senator said.
“The truth he wrote about we will defend it. In an unjust society, silence becomes a crime.”
Frederick Nwabufo, media personality, said Adesanmi would live forever.
“You wrote your legacy in the sands of time. Archaeologists have work to do excavating the artefacts of truths you left sprawling everywhere on red earth. Rest on, Prof,” he said.
Aisha Yesufu, an activist, spoke on how they used to exchanged banters on social media.
After the speeches, a procession was held within the vicinity of the fountain.
Details of IBB’s meeting with lawmakers in Minna revealed
Former Military President, Gen. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, on Thursday, told members of the Niger State House of Assembly, that they have met the expectations of the people.
IBB stated this when the lawmakers visited him at his Uphill home in Minna.
“I have been looking forward to meeting with you.
“I am proud to say that you have been doing well. You are meeting our expectations.
“We have heard of states lacking synergy among the arms of the government, but in Niger State that should not be your lot.
“Keep a good working relationship between the legislature, the executive and the judiciary. You have been doing this and I want you to keep it up.
“You are closer to the people. It is your responsibility to know what the people need and carry them along all the time. Do not leave them outside your projects and programmes,” he said.
Speaker Abdullahi Bawa Wuse explained that they visited the former President, to get the blessings required to run the legislature effectively.
“We are here to get the blessing of our father; this is because we know your concern and commitment to the development of this state and Nigeria.
“Outside office, you have done more than you did while in office. Your role as a father in the nation has ensured that Nigeria remains indivisible,” Bawa said.
Tribunal upholds Ikpeazu’s election, dismisses Alex Otti’s petition
The three-man panel of the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Umuahia, the Abia State capital, and chaired by Justice A.L. Ogumoye, has dismissed the petition filed by 2019 APGA gubernatorial candidate, Dr. Alex Otti against the declaration of Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu.
The tribunal ruled that the petitioner failed to prove the case of over-voting, non-compliance to the INEC election guideline and electoral act.
Recall that Alex Otti had asked the tribunal to cancel fifteen out of the seventeen local government areas’ election results in Abia State.
Otti claimed that the respondents, PDP, and Governor Okezie Ikpeazu who was the governorship candidate of PDP perpetrated excessive malpractice in those LGAs in the last March 9, 2019, election conducted in the state.
Importers Smuggling Rice In Tyres, Says Economist
Due to the closure of Nigeria’s borders with Benin Republic, rice smugglers are seeking out more devious ways of importing the product into the country.
National Coordinator of the Institute of Chartered Economists of Nigeria, Dr Oladapo Ganiyu, while speaking with SaharaReporters said that people have resulted to fitting bags of rice into tyres of automobiles.
Ganiyu, who claims this method is carcinogenic, said the border closure was untimely.
He said, “The closure of the border now is untimely. People are now packing rice inside tyres.
“When the four tyres are rolling, will you suspect there is rice there? The way they are bringing it in, it can cause cancer.
“The people I have spoken with on commercial buses and market women, say the rice is not sweet and it takes time to cook.”
Speaking further, Ganiyu said ICEN will give the government’s new economic team six months before judging their performance.
For over 30 days, Nigeria’s border with Benin Republic and parts of its Northern border with Niger Republic had been closed.
Comptroller-General of Customs, Hameed Ali, insists that the border closure will not cease until concerned West African states stop the smuggling of parboiled rice from their country into Nigeria.
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