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President Buhari celebrates with Goodluck Jonathan as he clocks 63, also thanked him for accepting defeat

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The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) today, congratulated former President Goodluck Jonathan, on his 63rd birthday.

His congratulatory message was contained in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, titled ‘President Buhari greets former President Goodluck Jonathan on 63rd birthday’.

The statement read, “Onn behalf of the Federal Government and Nigerians in general, President Muhammadu Buhari warmly felicitates with former President Goodluck “Jonathan on his 63rd birthday, November 20, 2020, congratulating him for a life of service that has brought honour and goodwill to the country.

“The President notes, with appreciation, the peculiar and remarkable climb of the former president on Nigeria’s political ladder, and dedication that has kept him working most recently as ECOWAS envoy to bring peace to the Republic of Mali.

“As the former Nigerian President turns 63, President Buhari prays that the Almighty God will grant Dr Jonathan longer life, good health and more wisdom to keep serving the nation and humanity.”

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Drama As Kwara State Governor Was Forced To Enter A Bike After #EndSARS Protesters Blocked The Highway (Video)

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The governor of Kwara State was allegedly forced to take a bike after #EndSARS Protesters blocked the major highway.

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The Governor’s convoy could not move as the highway was obstructed by citizens exercising their right to protest. Hence, he had to use an alternate means of transportation to continue his journey.

The governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq reportedly stepped out of his luxury car and entered a motorcycle after protesters blocked his intended route.

The video currently making rounds on social media shows the governor on a bike while his security personnel were running on foot.

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I Regret Creating SARS, Says Former CP Who Founded Unit In 1984

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Fulani Kwajafa, a former commissioner of police behind the creation of the disbanded special anti-robbery squad (SARS), says he regrets creating the unit.

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In an interview with BBC Hausa, he said over time, SARS derailed from the intent for which it was created.

Mohammed Adamu, inspector-general of police, disbanded the anti-robbery unit on Sunday, following a nationwide outrage.

Speaking on how SARS came to be, Kwajafa explained that in the 1980s, there was an upsurge in criminal activities in the country, especially in Lagos.

According to him, Muhammadu Buhari, then head of state, ordered Etim Inyang, then inspector-general of police, to come up with a strategy to tackle the armed robbery incidents in the country.

“The IGP called me that we should do something to save the country from armed robbery incidents; I accepted the offer and requested for time and materials. I then mobilised personnel for the task,” Kwajafa said.

“Four months after the formation of SARS in 1984, the unit flushed out the criminals and there was peace.”

He added that in the original plan of SARS, its operatives were not meant to be involved with “members of the public”.

Kwajafa said some members of SARS, however, now indulge in the same crime they were formed to fight against.

“SARS of today is not the same SARS I established in 1984. This is not the SARS we formed in the 80s, I use to be ashamed that I am the person that created the SARS because of their activities, had it been I knew such things will happen, I could not have created the unit,” he said.

“I always tell my wife that I was sad that what I created with good purpose and direction has been turned into banditry.”

Commenting on the new Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) unit meant to replace SARS, Kwajafa said changes might be undermined if there is no “change in mentality”.

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JUST IN: Federal Government declares Thursday and Friday public holidays

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The Federal Government has declared Thursday, July 30 and Friday, July 31, 2020 as public holidays to mark this year’s Eid-el-Kabir celebrations.

This was contained in a statement on Tuesday signed by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Interior, Georgina Ehuriah.

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The statement was titled, ‘Federal Government Declares 30 and 31 July, 2020 Public Holidays To Mark Eid-el-Kabir Celebration’.

According to the statement, the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, while making the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government, congratulated Muslim faithful and all Nigerians both at home and abroad on the occasion.

“He called on Muslims to continue to imbibe the spirit of love, peace, kindness and sacrifice, as exemplified by the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him) and to also use the period to pray for peace, unity, prosperity and the stability of the country especially as the world is witnessing global health challenges caused by Covid-19 pandemic,” the statement added.

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