Ganduje: My suspension by Individuals masquerading as Executives is Drama

National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Abdullahi Ganduje, says his purported suspension from the Party, by Individuals masquerading as Executives of his Ward, is just like an African Drama.

Ganduje said this when he received Members of Forum of the States APC Chairman in Abuja on Tuesday.

“This is African Drama, and it is not leading Political Parties to anywhere, there is no doubt that what happened was a distraction but we assure you that our Party cannot be distracted or diverted.

“We are focused, we know where we are heading to, we know our objectives and we know how to achieve them.

“That is why we have the President, more State Governors, and more Senators in our Party, and more are coming into our fold,” he said.

He charged the State Chairmen to remain focus, saying the Party under his Leadership had introduced Innovations to make it a strong Institution.

Earlier, Alphonsus Okadigbo, the Secretary of the Forum of APC State Chairmen, said the Visit was to identify with Ganduje and to affirm their support for him.

“We are here to show loyalty and solidarity to your Leadership and the Party’s National Working Committee (NWC) and to tell Members of the Public that we are solidly behind you.

“We are sure that you are on course on the steps you have taken to reposition our Party and to take it to greater heights,” he said.

He added that the Chairmen would be delighted if they were given a Formal Meeting Day where they could discuss their perspective on how to grow and make the party better.

Also speaking, Cornelius Ojelabi, the Lagos State APC Chairman and the Forum’s Acting Chairman, described the purported suspension of Ganduje as unfortunate.

He said the Party’s State Chairmen were saddened by the development, adding that such should not be encouraged in the Party, because there were Constitutional Provisions before such decisions could be taken.

“Although the Coup has failed, we want to assure you that we are  behind you, we pray that the good Lord will give you the wisdom, knowledge and understanding to continue to lead us,” he said.


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Ganduje: My suspension by Individuals masquerading as Executives is Drama

Dana Runway Incident: We took prompt emergency action, says FAAN

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has notified the Public and all Stakeholders that Runway 18L/36R has been reopened for Flight Operations.

This is contained in a Statement signed by Obiageli Orah, Director of Public Affairs and Consumer Protection, FAAN on Tuesday in Lagos.

Orah said the development followed the earlier closure of the Runway on Tuesday morning due to an incident involving a Dana Air Aircraft, with Registration Number 5N-BKI, which overshot the Runway during its Landing Sequence.

She said prompt actions were taken by FAAN’s Emergency Response Team to evacuate and recover the Aircraft from the Site.

Subsequently, comprehensive Clearing Operations were conducted to ensure the Runway was free of any Foreign Object Debris (FOD) that could impede Flight Safety.

She added that the FAAN Operations Division and the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) had jointly conducted a thorough Inspection of the Runway Surface and deemed it safe for the resumption of Operations.

Also, an appropriate Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) has been issued in this regard.

“We acknowledge the area affected by the overshoot was significantly muddy.

“A concerted effort was made for the thorough and efficient cleaning of the Area to facilitate the swift resumption of Operations on Runway 18L/36R.

“FAAN wishes to express its gratitude to the Traveling Public, our Airline Partners, and all Stakeholders for their patience, understanding, and cooperation during the temporary closure.

“We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this incident may have caused.

“Ensuring the safety and security of our Passengers, Staff, and Airport Operations remains our top priority.

“FAAN is committed to providing a safe, secure, and efficient Air Transport Environment for all Users of our Airports”.

The Authority appreciated everyone for their continued support and understanding.


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Dana Runway Incident: We took prompt emergency action, says FAAN

Ribadu to African Nations: Let's fight Terrorism, share Intelligence together

National Security Adviser (NSA), Nuhu Ribadu, has called for enhanced Collaboration among African Countries to enhance Intelligence Sharing to effectively address the menace of Terrorism.

Ribadu made the call at the round off of the two-day High-Level African Counter-Terrorism Meeting, on Tuesday in Abuja.

The Meeting had as the Theme, ‘Strengthening Regional Cooperation and Institution Building to Address the Evolving Threat of Terrorism in Africa’.

The Meeting was organised by Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) and UN Office for Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT).

Ribadu said that such Collaboration should include investing in Cybersecurity Capabilities to combat the increasing Digital Recruitment by Extremist Groups and circulation of their Propaganda.

He also urged all to work towards a cohesive Framework for Regional and International Regulations to facilitate Operational Coordination and support Capacity Building in critical areas such as Forensic Science, Legal Frameworks, and Counter Terrorism Financing.

The NSA said there was need to developing Community-based solutions with the backing of Local and International Partners, to make them sustainable and impactful.

“Reflecting on the Outcomes of our Discussions, it is clear that while the challenges are daunting, they are surmountable with a holistic approach that encompasses reverse Security Measures and Comprehensive Strategies aimed at tackling the root cause of Terrorism.

“In closing, let us depart from here together with a renewed sense of purpose and determination.

“The road ahead may be found with challenges, but it is also bringing opportunities for progress and transformation.

“We must continue to analyse the promotion of Peace, Security and Justice for all, building a future where the Scourge of Terrorism is but a distant memory and the promise of prosperity and peace prevails,” he said.

In his Remarks, the Under Secretary-General, UNOCT, Vladimir Voronkov, said the Meeting had sent a strong “Message of Unity” on the Counter-Terrorism Agenda in Africa.

Voronkov said that supporting African Member States in their Counter-Terrorism efforts and responding to their needs, were among the top priorities of UNOCT, adding that the high-level Meeting had kicked off the Abuja Process.

He said the Process would be guided by African-led and African-owned solutions against Terrorism; enhanced Regional and Sub-Regional Cooperation.

Others, were a comprehensive approach at addressing conditions conducive to the spread of Terrorism, and strengthening capacities of affected Member States.

“The UNOCT will continue to support the Government of Nigeria, the African Union, and Regional Organisations as well as all African Member States during the Abuja Process.

“It is also important that International Partners enhance their Counter-Terrorism support to African Member States.

“The sharing of Experiences, Expertise and Resources is critical for the success of our common endeavors in the Continent,” he added.

In an interview with Journalists, Nigeria’s Minister of Defence, Muhammad Badaru, said the meeting had reinforced the commitment of African Nations to work together to fight Terrorism.

Badaru said the Nations had resolved as Africans to develop means and strategies that was African to tackle Terrorism with the support of the International Community.

According to him, the Delegates encouraged the thinking that the time is now to end Insecurity and have resolved to work together as a Continent.

“We will get a lot of Intelligence on the Source of Funding and Source of Arms for Terrorists and we are also collaborating with other Countries to protect the movement of Terrorists from one Country to the other.”

For her part, Emanuela Del Re, European Union Special Representative for the Sahel, reiterated the commitment of the EU to support the Counter-Terrorism efforts of the African Countries to end the menace.

She said the Meeting was an African led Programme, adding that the EU would support African ownership.

According to her, the EU has a lot of Projects in several hundreds of millions of Dollars of which 72 per cent of all its Investments in Terrorism go to Africa.

“This shows, of course, how much we are involved and committed.

“I really want to praise President Bola Tinubu, the NSA and of course, Nigeria for taking the Leadership.

“I think this is brave on the part of Nigeria because it is a very difficult issue that is trying to take the Leadership off.

“I think that from now on, with this particular Event, when the Abuja Process started, I think we will have more Opportunities to work together to tackle the situation.

“Especially, as regards Terrorism, which is probably one of the most horrible Events that affect the Continent,” she said. 


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Ribadu to African Nations: Let's fight Terrorism, share Intelligence together