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     2023: UN backs INEC to conduct credible elections

    By Desmond Ejibas

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) says it is collaborating with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct free, fair and credible elections in 2023.

    Matthew Alao, UNDP Team Lead, Governance, Peace and Security, disclosed this at the opening of a two-day training organised by the UN body in Port Harcourt on Friday.

    Alao said that UNDP collaborated with INECs Election Monitoring Support Centre (EMSC) to train its Head of Departments (HODs) in South South and South East for successful conduct of the elections.

    According to him, the successful conduct of the elections would help deepen democracy and enable the country to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goal 16.

    UNDP will continue to assist INEC to achieve and sustain inclusive, transparent and credible electoral processes for peaceful and cohesive societies.

    This workshop intends to strengthen the capacity of INECs EMSC to ensure efficient planning, implementation and management of elections.

    Also, the training will help to strengthen the capacities of officers to counter disinformation, reinforce assurance and credibility in the election procedures,.

    This is the main crux of UNDPs partnership with INEC, he said.

    Alao said that Nigeria must continue to strive to develop its election processes so that every key political stakeholder and the general voting public would trust the election outcomes.

    The current management of INEC has continued to build on the foundation laid by the commission over a decade ago, thereby improving public trust and confidence in the electoral processes.

    The performance of INEC in recent elections has been acknowledged by citizens and the international community. However, there is room for improvement.

    Election processes must continue to be conducted in a manner that electorates will believe that their votes will count; and that the election umpire is impartial, he added.

    Prof. Mohammed Kuna, Special Adviser to Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, said the EMSC was used by INEC to plan, monitor, track and implement election activities across the country.

    He said the EMSC had five key components that enabled the commission to plan election activities; monitor election activities while the third component, helped implement the election plans.

    The fourth component is that it provides early warning by helping INEC to identify internal and external threats to the election.

    The fifth element helps the centre to provide support to field officers and their activities especially when officers are in distress while carrying out their duty.

    So, the EMSC has helped tremendously in our monitoring of election activities by providing INEC with real time visibility of the electoral process in the field, he said.

    Kuna said that similar training had been carried out for INECs HODs in Akure for South West; Kano for North West and Gombe for North East.

    On her part, Prof. Rhoda Gumus, INEC Commissioner in charge of Planning, Monitoring and Strategic Planning Committee (PMSC), gave assurance that the commission would conduct free and fair elections in 2023

    She said the introduction of BVAS meant that collation and transmission of election results would be seamless and transparent.

    According to her, the concluded elections in Osun and Ekiti States was testament to the integrity of the BVAS to collate results in a transparent, credible and fair manner.

    So, we expect that all political parties, stakeholders will comply with the electoral laws before, during and after the elections, he advised. (NAN) (


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     Group promises to mobilise 5m votes for Tinubu
    By Bridget Ikyado

    A group, Youths Alliance For Tinubu ( YAT) says it will mobilise five million votes for the APC presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tunubu and his vice-presidential candidate, Sen. Kassim Shettima.

    The News Agency of Nigeria ( NAN) reports that the groups National Coordinator, Bello Bala-Shagari, disclosed this at a media parley to unveil it on Friday in Abuja.

    Bala-Shagari said: Aside from mobilising massively for the victory of Asiwaju Tinubu, YAT is poised to be at the vanguard of advocating for youth inclusion and creatingawareness around Youth issues.

    We intend to work closely with APC candidates at all levels to ensure their policy initiatives are youth-centered and address core issues relating to youth development and

    The coordinator described YAT as a youths engagement platform for the actualisation of the Tinubu presidency in the forthcoming 2023 elections .

    Bala-Shagari said according to INECs database of newly registered voters, 71% of the over 11m fresh registrants were youths between the ages of 18 to 35.

    Therefore, the imperative of mobilising this demography for our candidate, the APC presidential standard bearer, Tinubu cannot be overemphasized.

    YAT is made up of seasoned young professionals that have participated actively in the APC since its formation, contributing immensely to its
    success at the grassroots and playing pivotal roles in government.

    Already, YAT structure is existent across the country with 36 State coordinators and the FCT.

    With this unveiling today, activities to entrench it, down to the grassroots, even to the polling units level will commence, in earnest. Bala-Shagari said.

    He added that the group also intends to bridge the perceived gap between the APC presidential candidate and the Nigerian youths.

    Bala-Shagari said: Hence, merging our innovative ideas with his experience, hence our motto Ideas meet experience.

    It is our strong belief that the synergy that YAT seeks to achieve will give renewed hope to our contemporaries that Tinubu is the authentic Youth candidate.

    As our great party kick-starts the campaigns in the coming days, we are ready to join hands with relevant stakeholders and party faithful to ensure emphatic victory in the 2023 General Elections.

    A greater and more prosperous Nigeria beckons. We are poised to put our hands on the plough to make this a reality. (NAN) (

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     FAAN boss commends increase in passengers traffic at Abuja airport

    By Gabriel Agbeja

    Capt. Rabiu Yadudu, the Managing Director, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), has applauded the yearly increase in passengers traffic at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA) , Abuja.

    Yadudu, who was represented by the FAAN Director of Airport Operation, Capt. Muktar Muye, made the commendation on Thursday in Abuja during his goodwill message at the NAIA 40th anniversary.

    According to him, as at Aug. 2022, NAIA has processed 3,247,484 domestic and 638, 502 international passengers.

    FAAN boss affirmed that Abuja airport had eight domestic airlines operating with a daily average of 65 flights and 11,774 passengers and 12 international carriers with an average of 10 flights and 3,034 passengers daily.

    NAIA is not just one of Nigerias most important airports in terms of positioning, capacity and revenue generation; it is also the airport that serves Nigerias FCT, the seat of national governance, so it is both strategic and highly significant.

    Just like the stages in the product life cycle, a concept in marketing; which are introduction, growth, maturity and decline, the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja came into being 40 years ago.

    I am glad that the airport has continued to grow in leaps and bounds since then, he said

    According to him, in the year 2021 for example, a total of 5,323,905 passengers were processed through the airport, which was a whopping 37.23 per cent increase on the year 2020 figures.

    On facility upgrade, Yadudu said the airport had been quite progressive notwithstanding that the airport was closed to flight operations for comprehensive runway rehabilitation in 2017.

    He said that the President Muhammadu Buhari led Federal Government completed and commissioned a world-class, brand new international terminal with a passenger processing capacity of 15million per annum at NAIA in 2018.

    Terminal D of the airport was also completed and commissioned, while the airport has been linked to the railway line in Abuja, making for seamless movement of passengers to and from the airport.

    Additionally, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) audited the airport and certified it safe and secure for flight operations, with 96 per cent score in 2018.

    The process of recertification has commenced and its currently ongoing. The FederalGovernment has also approved the construction of the second runway for the NAIA,The trajectory of progress has been upward ever since.

    Passengers and stakeholders have commended the level of facilities and service delivery at the airport. NAIA was adjudged the posts.

    He said that the authority was also making efforts to ensure airport users abide by rules and regulations.

    we are inculcating a level of discipline whereby staff are said to be as professional as possible.

    We make sure that airport users also live within those rules and regulations that guide their usage of the airport, he said. (NAN) (

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     FCTA reiterates desire to improve staffers capacity on critical areas
    By Salisu Sani-Idris

    The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has reiterated the desire to improve the capacity of its staffers on critical areas of knowledge and skills in keeping pace with global best practices.

    The Permanent Secretary of FCTA, Mr Olusade Adesola, gave the assurance at a 3-day workshop for the management staff of the FCT Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), held on Thursday in Abuja.

    Adesola said that knowledge and skills were the working capital that personnel needed to drive home government policies and programmes.

    He said based on this, he could sacrifice any other schedule in order to be part of the capacity building initiative.

    My expectation on the outcome of every workshop, in terms of cost, side by side improved quality of work, remains high.

    Therefore, this workshop was organised in keeping faith with the outcomes which are capable of driving a seamless realisation of the FEMA mandate.

    As drivers of this mandate, much is expected of you at the end of this programme and going forward, he said.

    The permanent secretary commended the goodwill of Konrad-Adenauer- Stiftung (KAS), the facilitators of the programme in building the capacity of FCTAs staffers on critical areas of knowledge and skills.

    You did it some months back and today we are grateful to be here again as beneficiaries of your magnanimity.

    In our desire for improved quality of work and especially in keeping pace with global best practices, we look forward to more from you, so that together we can deliver quality services to our people.

    Let me on behalf of the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello and the Minister of State, Dr Ramatu Aliyu, thank Konrad-Adenauer- Stiftung and everyone that played a role in making this workshop possible, Adesola said.

    Earlier, the Director-General of FEMA, Alhaji Abbas Idriss, said that 50 participants were selected from top and management cadres of the agency who are decision makers in various sectors of the agency.

    We are here to build the capacity of staffers through the resourcefulness of KAS.

    Knowledge is key to reducing disasters; while capacity building is continuous in a dynamic environment.

    The season we had in the past is not the same today. We need to update ourselves to ensure we are at par with situations to be able to respond effectively.

    That is why we need to keep on learning and retraining to ensure that we are at the right place in line with the global world, Idriss said. (NAN)

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     Buhari confers National Honour on Sen. Bamidele

    By Julius Toba-Jegede

    President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the conferment of a national honour on the Senator representing Ekiti Senatorial District, Sen. Opeyemi Bamidel.

    A copy of the letter of award made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Thursday indicated that the conferment inauguration will be don on Oct. 11 in Abuja.

    This is contained in a statement from Bamideles Media Office, stating that the Chairman, Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, is listed among the recipients of the 2022 National Honours Award of the Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON).

    NAN reports that Bamidele also doubles as the Chairman, Southern Senators Forum in the 9th Assembly.

    The letter which conveyed the award was signed by the Honourable Minister of Special Duties and Inter-government Affairs, Sen. George Akume on Sept 16.

    The letter reads thus: I have the honour to formally inform you that the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, has approved the conferment of the National Honours on you, in the rank of CON, Commander of the Order of the Niger.

    The ceremony is scheduled to take place at the International Conference Centre, Abuja on Tuesday, Oct.11,at 9am.

    NAN further reports that Bamidele was a member of the 7th House of Representatives between June 2011 to June 2015) where he served as the Chairman, House Committee on Legislative Budget and Research.

    He also served as Honourable Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Lagos State between July 2007 and February 2011.

    Before then, he had served as the Honourable Commissioner for Youths, Sports and Social Development in Lagos State from July 2003 to May 2007 as well as the Special Adviser to the Governor on Political and Inter-Governmental Affairs, Lagos State between July 2000 to May 2003.

    Bamidele obtained Bachelor of Arts (with honours) degree from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, in 1986; Bachelor of Laws degree (with honours) from the University of Benin, Edo and graduated from the Nigerian Law School in 1992.

    He thereafter proceeded to the University of New Hampshires Franklin Pierce Law Centre, USA where he bagged a Master of Laws degree in Intellectual Property Law and Licensing and Transfer of Technology in 1996. A lawyer without border.

    Bamidele passed the New York Bar Exams and was called to the New York Bar as an Attorney and Counselor at Law of the State of New York in January 1999. He is a Notary Public of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

    Among the bills sponsored by himvis a Bill for the Establishment of the Federal University of Medical and Environmental Sciences, Iyin-Ekiti in Ekiti.

    He also sponsored the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) Establishment Act (Amendment) Bill of 2021, seeking to strengthen and extend the life of AMCON.

    The AMCON Bill has already been assented to by President Buhari. He also played a major role in the passage of thee Petroleum Industry Bill as well as the new Electoral Bill, both of which had been assented to by the President and which are already redefining the economic and political landscape of Nigeria respectively.

    Bamidele is also a member of the prestigious Body of Benchers, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Consultants as well as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Nigeria.

    As a foremost political activist and human rights lawyer during the dark days of military dictatorship in Nigeria, Bamidele says he dedicates the National Honour to the slain and living legends of democracy in Nigeria and to our common humanity at large. (NAN)

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     Group debuts talent-hunt TV station, challenges youths to fight poverty

    By Ruth Oketunde
    The Ikeja African Chorale, a socio-religious group, has called on the youth in the country to leverage the opportunity provided by the group to discover talents.

    The Founder of the group, Dr Edward Olutoke, said in a statement that the group had launched a talent-hunt TV station, where singers could get empowered and would be helped to grow.

    He said that the group had also set up rewarding and useful platforms for the discovery, rewarding and promotion of young talents in Nigeria and Africa at large.

    According to him, part of the platforms is a voice audition for young talents coming up on Oct. 5 at Ikeja Hall, 3B, Alayode Close, Off Agbaoku Street, Opebi, Ikeja, Lagos.

    He said that the voice audition, entitled: The Healing Voices would take in new members into the choral group and provide a facelift to a lot of youths who had been yearning for mentoring and assistance in their classical singing aspirations.

    Olutoke explained that groups new television station CHOIRS TV would help to promote the culture of group singing and Classical music which is full of deep lyrics and meanings,

    He also announced that the group would reward anyone that could contribute to its ideals.

    Send any exclusive choir performances, not less than five minutes; that has never been uploaded on YouTube platform to [email protected] and receive N10,000 instantly.

    Very soon, choirs will be making millions of naira with their talents on weekly basis; its another way of fighting poverty to a standstill in Africa.

    Its an assignment, we encourage all well-meaning people in the world to join us in empowering our young people, Olutoke said.(NAN)(

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     Army to build command guest houses in more states  COAS

    The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya, on Thursday, said the Nigerian Army has concluded plans to build Command Guest Houses in more states across the country.

    Yahaya said this at the maiden Annual Command Guest House Stakeholders Conference 2022, organised by the Department of Special Services and Programmes on Thursday in Abuja.

    The COAS was represented by the Group Managing Director, Nigerian Army Welfare Limited by Guaranty, Maj.-Gen. Adekola Bakare.

    He said the theme of the conference, Repositioning the Nigerian Army Hospitality Endeavours for Enhanced Service Delivery, was apt and within the set objectives of the establishment of Command Guest Houses.

    The COAS said the desire to establish the guest houses was borne out of the need to provide secured, affordable and reliable accommodation as part of efforts to cater for the welfare needs of army personnel, members of the armed forces and the general public across Nigeria.

    He said the facilities had in no small measure continued to offer subsidised guest accommodation, recreation and entertainment support to users and had undoubtedly achieved their set goals and objectives.

    Presently, command guest houses are located in Lagos, Abuja, Bauchi, Yola, Gusau, Maiduguri and Kaduna.

    Command Guest House Sokoto will soon come on board as work in the new facility is almost completed.

    Plans are also on to expand and establish Command Guest Houses in major cities and geopolitical zones across the country.

    Since my assumption of command, our efforts have been geared towards improving infrastructure and facilities in the various Command Guest Houses.

    For example, the renovation of Command Guest House Maiduguri was completed and handed over to operators in May 2022, while there are also plans to carry out phased renovation of Command Guest Houses in Apapa, Yola, Gusau and Kaduna.

    These gestures are aimed at improving and repositioning the service delivery requirement of these very important Nigerian army welfare facilities, he said.

    Yahaya said the need to properly coordinate and manage all army welfare investments was critical to their sustainability and maintenance.

    He said the conference was convened to have an increased participation and more robust engagements with stakeholders of the guest houses.

    The COAS said the Nigerian army under his command was ever ready to stand in harms way to accord Nigerians the safety, security and comfort that they deserve.

    He added that army would leave no stone unturned in building all its components of fighting power including welfare and administration of personnel.

    Yahaya pledged to continue to provide leadership and guidance for the troops in the fight against perpetrators of insecurity in the country.

    According to him, they are confident that with the acquisition of more equipment and platforms, army is well positioned to win the war against insurgency, banditry and other violent crimes in the country.

    The Chief of Special Services and Programmes, Maj.-Gen. Solomon Udounwa, said the Nigerian army had redoubled its efforts to enhance the well-being of its personnel and their families through welfare investments.

    He said such investments included as the command guest houses and other ventures.
    Udounwa said the department was established in January with the mandate to ensure the efficient management of the guest houses amongst other roles and responsibilities.

    He said that Army Headquarters usually interacted with managements of command guest houses, though quarterly.

    Udounwa said the meeting was where Stakeholders with managements, presented briefs in respect of their facilities, with a view to taking appropriate decisions to sustain their operations.

    He said it had, however, been observed that the quarterly meeting did not provide a robust platform for interaction towards enhancing the performance of the guest houses due to several reasons, including limited number of participants.

    To address this gap, the department sought to increase the participation of stakeholders by proposing a more elaborate annual conference.

    It was envisaged that the conference would provide a more appropriate avenue for interaction among the managements of Command Guest Houses, stakeholders, operators and professionals in the hospitality business.

    We are excited to have representatives from all command guest houses as well as hospitality industry operators, regulators and professionals to interact and offer experience that would galvanise our zeal and interest.

    He said the representatives would also provide viable options for effective and efficient service delivery to boost overall operations of the command guest houses. (NAN) (

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     Showmax showcases first original Nigerian series, Diiche
    By Taiye Olayemi

    Showmax, an online movie streaming platform, has showcased its first original Nigerian series titled ,Diiche, to be premiered Sept.29.

    The media screening of the series held in Lagos on Tuesday, with attendance of some the creative industrys big wigs, actors and some of the evicted housemates of the ongoing television reality show, Big Brother Naija, season 7.

    Diiche is a psychological thriller, which promotes use of indigenous language and pays allusion to the ancient African culture of divinity.

    Diiche was coined from the word Odiiche, which means Different in the Igbo language.

    The role of Diiche was played by an A-list actress, Uzoamaka Onuoha.

    Diiche becomes a prime suspect in a high-profile murder investigation over the death of Nnamdi, her fianc. She must take it upon herself and rise against the clock to find out who killed her fianc and exonerate herself.

    However, there is more to the case than meets the eye and a backstory of almost 30 years, known only to her mother, which revealed the tussle between good and evil.

    Dr Busola Tejumola, Executive Head of Content and West Africa Channels, MultiChoice, acknowledged the cast and crew of Diiche saying it was an interesting journey producing the series.

    In the series, you will laugh, cry, be upset, surprised and shocked.

    The series will premiere on showmax on Sept. 29, we want you all to subscribe on showmax and watch, she said.

    The Executive Director of the series, James Omokwe, who said he worked with other directors Tolu Ajayi, Fiyin Gambo and Ifeoma Chukwuogo, noted that the choice of multiple directors cutting across different ethnic groups was deliberate.

    He said this was to effect a situation whereby different creatives with different imaginations and ideas relay a complicated story.

    The lead actor, Onuoha, said, I enjoyed a lot of help from the crew and cast of Diiche, they were always there.

    Working with James, the executive director of the series, was like working with a partner and not a boss, when he is losing his mind, he would still be himself, everyone was looking up to him, it was epic, she said.

    Actress Gloria Anozie-Young, who acted as Nnamdis mother, said this was the first time she would be featured in a production where she had to speak the Igbo language.

    She said she found it intriguing and interesting.

    Another cast, Uzoamaka Aniunoh, described the series as entertaining, intriguing, exciting and illuminating with beautiful blend of drama and cultural elements.

    The cast of the series also had vibrant mix of emerging and established Nollywood acts including Daniel K Daniel, Efa Iwara, Frank Konwea, Uzoamaka Aniunoh, Kalu Ikeagwu, and Chinyere Wilfred.

    To watch Diiche, viewers are to visit Showmax from Sept. 29, as new episodes will be aired weekly. (NAN) (

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     Auditor advocates risk based financial auditing
    By Muhyideen Jimoh

    The Director of Audit, overseeing Office of the Auditor-General for the Federation (OAuGF), Mr Andrew Onwudili has called for more focus on risk based auditing in public and private sectors.

    Onwudili said this on Wednesday in Abuja at a book launch titled: Risk Based Approach to Financial Auditing written by Mr Wasiu Akindele, a Director in the OAuGF

    The director, who was represented by Mr Benjamin Angbo, Director of Audit, Inspectorate, OAuGF emphasised the importance of auditing to efficient service delivery.

    This book is very educative and timely as it will help young officers and auditors on risk based approach to financial auditing in our public and private sectors.

    Its an auditors kit that every auditor should have as it will serve as a proper guide to writing your professional reports, he said.

    Earlier, Mr Wasiu Akindele, author of the book told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the book is a product of over 30 years experience as an auditor in professional and civil service career.

    He said the book, which focuses on a new area of auditing, would ultimately ensure more professional auditors and efficient service delivery in public and private sectors.

    The book will be very useful in the sense that it dwells on the meticulous examination of financial statements and in the process of examining it you are likely to come across some misstatements and how to mitigate them.

    So the benefit to the nation is that auditors will be well armed before carrying out their assignment and this will ultimately lead to better accountability and transparency in public and private organisations.

    Akindele therefore stressed the need for professional auditors and exploring new ways of ensuring value for money in government financial activities for the benefit of the nation.

    NAN reports that the 67-page book with 14 chapters analysed topics such as types of audit risks, audit process for a risk based approach among others.(NAN)(

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     2023:  Boroffice, Obanikoro lead prayers for Tinubu

    Sen. Ajayi Boroffice, the Senate Deputy Majority Leader on Wednesday led inter-faith special prayer session for the presidential ambition of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Candidate in Abuja.

    The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the prayer programme was organised by Asiwaju Project Beyond 2023, one of the foremost support groups working for the former Lagos governor.

    The programme which held in Maitama, Abuja also had in attendance, APC chieftains and prominent Nigerians including Sen. Musliu Obanikoro, former Minister of State for Defence.

    Boroffice, who currently represents Ondo North Senatorial District called on all Nigerians to seek the face of God in selecting a passionate leader like Tinubu, who he described as the leader Nigeria needs.

    The lawmaker who stepped down for Tinubu during the June 8 APC Presidential Primary said, I have been with Asiwaju for a long time and I know that he is the person who can salvage the economy, provide the leadership we need now. So I have no choice than to step down and support him.

    I established several platforms to market him. I established the Yoruba Koya which is going around the country on his behalf.

    This election is going to be strategic and scientific that we have to do a lot in information analysis. Not only going round wearing T-shirts, no. So we are gathered here today to begin the campaign with God.

    We have started here today with God as according to INEC time table, campaign is allowed beginning from today. We are praying for his guidance and grace to finish well too.

    On the Muslim-Muslim ticket which has raised some concerns in the polity, the lawmaker said we are not looking for a religious leader; we are looking for a leadership that can solve the problems of Nigeria.

    On his part, Obanikoro said the prayer session was important to usher in the months of campaign which will take Asiwaju and his team across the length and breadth of the country.

    He called on Nigerians of diverse religious backgrounds to seek the face of God for the APC presidential candidate and his running mate Sen. Kashim Shettima.

    Obanikoro said since it is only God that gives power to mankind, all APC supporters home and abroad should combine the campaign exercise with spiritual intervention for the realisation of Tinubu presidency.

    He also commended the organisers of the programme for their wisdom in putting God forward in their 2023 election journey.

    I strongly believe that nothing happens without Gods knowledge and it is commendable that Asiwaju Project Beyond 2023 is taking this good of seeking the face of God for our leader Asiwaju.

    With this step and the crowd you see here today, I have no doubt in my mind that we have started well and we shall end well come February 2023. I urge all Nigerian to follow this step regardless of their faith, he said.

    The Director-General of the group, Bar. Realwan Okpanachi, said the motive behind the special prayer programme was to drum support for Tinubu and to present him to God before in first week of the campaign.

    Asiwaju as a great leader and his running mate, Sen. Shettima deserve our best wishes through prayers and spiritual presentation to God Almighty their creator as the campaign begins today, he said.

    Thats why we are gathered here to talk to God on behalf of these two great men who have touched lives of many citizens positively in the past.

    This evening, we have with us prominent spiritual leaders from both Islam and Christianity to lead us in intercessory prayers for Gods protection and divine guide as we move into the campaign proper.

    We believe that God has answered our prayer both for the candidate, his running mate and for Nigeria as a whole.

    NAN reports that the Muslim prayers at the event were coordinated by Sheikh Danazumi Musa, National Deputy Chairman, Council of Ulama of Nigeria and Dr Abdul Mumeen Ashiribo, another prominent preacher from University of Ilorin.

    The Christian prayers were led by Pastor Taiwo Aregbesola of Heaven Focus Mission, Akure and Pastor Micheal Ogala of Christ Favour and Deliverance, Abuja.

    NAN reports that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) lifts ban on political campaign on Wednesday Sept. 28, in line with the electoral act. (NAN)

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