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Since 1966, millions have died to keep us together — Nigeria will remain one, says Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari says the millions of Nigerians, who have died for the country to remain united, is a pointer to practical experience on “hard-earned patriotism”.

Buhari spoke on Tuesday when he received former state chairpersons of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), at the state house, Abuja.

According to a statement by Femi Adesina, presidential spokesman, Buhari said the passion for improving the livelihood of Nigerians, which culminated in the creation of the political party, had not dwindled.

The president said the self-centeredness that led to the loss of about a million lives between from 1966 — just before the Civil War — till date, must not be allowed to repeat itself.

The president called for more steadfastness among Nigerians, and urged political leaders to stay focused and uphold the ultimate objective of promoting the interest of the country.

“Our main objective is the Federal Republic of Nigeria. We are human beings. We have our weaknesses, but I can assure you that the patriotism in us is hard-earned,” he said.

“We have gone through all the troubles from 15th of January 1966 to date. You know what I mean by this. We have killed a million of ourselves in order to keep this country together.

“I don’t think there can be any practical experience more than that. We are Nigerians. God willing, we remain Nigerians and Nigeria will remain one.”

The president also urged members of the defunct CPC and political leaders to work towards preserving the unity, peace and integrity of the nation.

Buhari thanked the former chairpersons of the CPC for always highlighting the achievements of the government.

“I am delighted to welcome the forum of state chairmen of the former Congress for Progressive Change to the State House today. I accord great significance to this visit as it demonstrates a determination and commitment to identify with our administration,” Buhari said.

“I commend members of this forum and all members of the legacy party, CPC, for their continued dedication to the ideals of democratic governance that we all believed in.

“I am particularly grateful for the unalterable belief the members of CPC and, by extension, the Nigerian electorate, had and still have in me as demonstrated in their unalloyed support for our electoral struggles, which reflected in the results that we consistently recorded at the polls over the years.”

He said the “solid credentials” that the CPC possessed gave the party a prime place in the merger that led to the formation of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Describing Buhari as the “patriarch of the CPC”, Umar Shuaibu, chairman of the forum, commended the president for providing strong leadership over the years, particularly in his ability to remain “balanced, fair and above board” in electoral issues.

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FG sues Meta over ‘unapproved adverts’, seeks 30bn penalty

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The Advertising Regulatory Council of Nigeria (ARCON) has sued Meta Platforms Incorporated, owners of Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp platforms, for showing unapproved advertisements to the Nigerian audience.

In a statement on Tuesday, ARCON also said it sued Meta’s agent, AT3 Resources Limited, in the suit filed before the federal high court in Abuja.

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Sanwo-Olu approves salary increase for workers

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Governor Bababjide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has announced an upward review of salaries for the over 100,000 public workers in the state.

Governor Sanwo-Olu, who did not disclose the actual increment, said the increase will be above the Federal Government’s minimum wage standard, “as Lagos is a pacesetter and first in setting the standard.”

The governor also promised to pay all the outstanding backlog of pensions to workers by the end of October.

Sanwo-Olu disclosed these on Tuesday, while addressing a large crowd of workers who converged on the Head of Service, HOS’ office, during his working visit to the secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja.

On the salary review, the governor said: “We know there is inflation and high cost of living in the country, but we are determined to cushion the effects on our workers and residents.

“Last month (September), I instructed the Head of Service, HoS, the Commissioner for Establishment, Training and Pensions to work out modalities for salary increase for the entire over 100,000 of public service workforce.

“We are capable of doing this. Lagos leads while others follow in Nigeria. In salary increment, we are leading again.

“We are going to reflect the popular Buga slogan in the payment of salaries. We are not going to wait for the Federal Government’s Minimum Wage increase.

“We have commenced the process, I can assure that by early next year it wlil be ready for implementation.

“We don’t want to wait for workers’ unions to hold us to ransome before we do the needful.”

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Again, two-storey building collapses in Ibadan

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A two-storey building located in the Ashi area of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, has collapsed.

The building, which is said to be used as a shopping and office complex reportedly came down at around 2 am on Monday.

Residents of the area told newsmen that no life was lost in the incident which initially made people in the area panic.

Goods were said to have been trapped under the rubble and caterpillars were later invited to clear the debris to salvage some of the goods and appliances.

Another resident, who identified himself as Taye, said the land upon which the building was erected was used as a burial ground before it was sold.

Taye said corpses were exhumed before the building was erected on the piece of land. He added that the structure had been giving a sign of possible failure before it finally collapsed.

The South-West Coordinator of the National Emergency Maintenance Agency, Saheed Akiode, told our correspondent that nobody was hurt or killed in the incident.

He said, “We went there today and we heard that the building has been there for about 30 years. But nobody was there when it collapsed because it happened at around 2am.

“The building is an office complex and efforts were being made to salvage some of the appliances and other valuables there. But we are happy that no life was lost and nobody was injured because nobody was there when it collapsed.”

The structure collapsed less than a month ago after an uncompleted five storey-building came down at Awosika Street at Bodija. Some masons who slept at the uncompleted hotel were injured in the incident which happened around 5:30 am.

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