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The Grassroots Mobilisers for Buhari and Osinbajo (GMBO) has called on the Coalition of United Political Parties, CUPP, not politicise the tenure elongation of Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, noting that “the issue of the extension of tenure of a security chief should not be the subject of any political debate except for those politicians who have sworn to protect the interests of criminals and of criminality and are trying to heat up the polity with rumours and insinuations.”

In statement made available to newsmen in Abuja, the national chairperson of GMBO, Dr Fatima Goni said that the noise being made by some retrogressive groups under the guise of Coalition for United Political Parties, CUPP, is disturbing the peace and tranquility of Nigerians by trying to undermine the good efforts of IGP Ibrahim Idris Idris in the fight against crime and criminality.

She said this matters are purely the exclusive prejudice of the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, contained in Section 215, sub 1, Paragraph (a)., in country’s constitution.

Dr Fatima popularly known as Mama GMB stated that, “the noise makers in their wild imaginations are imagining the subjugation of the privileges of the President of the Federal Republic and that of the Police Service Commission by insinuating to whom and when appointments are made.”

She said history should be considered in such matters that has to do with security sensitivity.

“If we take from the precedence of the case of the extension of tenure of IGP Sunday Ehindero, whose tenure elapsed in March 20, 2006 but was twice. First, for one year which should elapse March 20, 2007 and subsequently extended till May 29, 2007. Again, IGP Mike Okiro during his tenure, enjoyed the privilege of the President and Police Service commission with an extension of one year.” She said.

Dr Fatima further emphasized that the Grassroots Mobilizers for Buhari/Osibanjo(GMB&O), are advising opposition politicians to use their time and energy in focusing on canvassing for votes rather than circulating lies and the campaign of calumny. Adding that “Nigerians are wise enough to know that the ill-intended cries are only meant to divert attention as they are lost for words or explanation for their past mistakes.

“IGP Ibrahim Idris should be left to focus on the tedious task of policing without undue interference by politicians.

The group also urged politicians to also learn and understand the good intentions of Mr. President who in his wisdom extends the tenure of Security Chiefs in the past to maintain stability in the fight against insurgency without any loss of tempo.

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NABDA Set To Develop Sustainable Value Chain For Gum Arabic-DG

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BY SARAUNIYA G USMAN, ABUJA

The National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) says the agency is poised to use biotechnology tools in developing
a sustainable value chain for improved productivity of gum Arabic in the country.

The acting Director-General of NABDA,Prof. Alex Akpa,said this at the 1st National Gum Arabic Biosciences and Biotechnology Stakeholders Session on Monday in Abuja.

The theme of the session is “Sustainable Exploitation of Gum Arabic for Socio-economic Development of Nigeria’’ which has in attendance, experts from
different fields as genomics, phylogeny, agronomy and related areas.

According to him, the goal of the session is to aggregate the perspectives and research results of experts in the fields on the best approach to carry out
the exploration and exploitation for gum Arabic for socio-economic development.

He said that “potentially, gum Arabic is an export crop that can add value to various sectors of Nigeria’s economy, most especially in the food
industry, biomedicine and afforestation, thereby contributing to national Gross Domestic Products (GDP).

“Gum Arabic is one of the most important crops in the mitigation of climate, hence the priority need for its massive cultivation in strategic areas of the country at the time in our history.

“NABDA is positioned to lead the use of biotechnological tools in developing a sustainable value chain of the crop for improved productivity.

“Specifically, shortening the maturity age of the crop, massive production of the seedling using tissue culture, enhancing the quality of the product
at molecular level, phylogenetic studies, among others, shall be our priorities.’’

Akpa said that the engagement was expected to lead to the development of actionable work plans on the crop to the benefit of the nation at large.

The acting Director, Agricultural Biotechnology Department, NABDA, Dr Nasiru Ibrahim,said that the meeting was to get all those involved in one way or the other in the field to make impactful inputs that would lead to sustainable research and development of the crop.

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Buhari speaks on INEC, elections, as details of meeting with EU observers emerge

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President Muhammadu Buhari, Tuesday, in Abuja told the European Union Observer Mission (EOM) to Nigeria’s elections starting in February, that he was impressed by the preparations made by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and was optimistic that the electoral body would deliver on its mandate of a credible poll.

Receiving the EOM, led by the Chief Observer and member of the European Parliament, Maria Arena, at the State House, the President said he had listened earlier in the day, to the INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, when he briefed the National Council of State.

He said, “I am happy and impressed with the briefing he gave. I hope that the confidence he exuded and the intellect he brought to bear on the Report will be justified at the end of the day.”

The President told the EU delegation that Nigeria had grown its electoral system incrementally, getting better, year after year.

“Having participated in elections four times in the past, I would say that since 2015, technology has helped the credibility of our elections,” he said.

Buhari said that Nigeria with over 250 cultural groups across religions and ethnic groups, with each group canvassing for identity and primacy in the affairs of the nation, “patriotism demands that we identify the nation’s best interest and go with it.”

He stressed that the governing All Progressives Congress, APC, administration had the good sense of identifying the national interest to include security, peace and stability, improved economy, jobs creation and the campaign against corruption, noting that the party was not wrong in 2015, and is not wrong going into the election this year with the same issues in its campaigns.

The President thanked the delegation for taking interest in Nigeria’s elections, and in the affairs of the nation generally.

The EOM team, accompanied by Ambassador Ketil Karlsen, Head, European Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS, said that the EU had observed every election in Nigeria since 1999, and had come here again for the next one, following an invitation by INEC.

The delegation promised impartiality and neutrality in the monitoring of the elections.

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Housemaid exposed her boss for allegedly trying to use her for ritual

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A housemaid, Mary Mulembe reported her madam a business woman named Bridget Banda and a single mother of one to the police of ritual activities after she overheard her over the phone planning to sacrifice her life and a fellow worker.

Officers later followed up the issue yesterday morning and got the woman arrested after shocking the police with some fetish items found at her residence in Kabulonga area of Lusaka, Zambia. Believed to be used for rituals.

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