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Trump appoints David Friedman U.S. Ambassador to Israel

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U.S.  President-elect Donald Trump has announced the nomination of Mr David Friedman to serve as the U.S. Ambassador to Israel, Trump’s Transition Team has said.

Friedman, a renowned attorney who had been Counselor to some of the world’s top businessmen and companies, was one of the President-elect’s principal advisors on the U.S.-Israel relationship during the campaign.

The statement read: “When Israel proclaimed itself an independent republic in 1948, the U.S. was the first country to extend formal recognition of the new government.
“From that moment forward, the two nations have enjoyed a special relationship based on mutual respect and a dedication to freedom and democracy.
“With Friedman’s nomination, President-elect Trump expressed his commitment to further enhancing the US-Israel relationship and ensuring there will be extraordinary strategic, technological, military and intelligence cooperation between the two countries.”
The statement quoted Trump as saying: “The bond between Israel and the U.S. runs deep, and I will ensure there is no daylight between us when I’m President.
“As the U. S.’ Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman will maintain the special relationship between our two countries.
“He has been a long-time friend and trusted advisor to me. His strong relationships in Israel will form the foundation of his diplomatic mission and be a tremendous asset to our country as we strengthen the ties with our allies and strive for peace in the Middle East.
“Nothing is more critical than protecting the security of our citizens at home and abroad.”
The statement added that “Friedman, whose bar mitzvah was held at the Western Wall in Jerusalem 45 years ago, is a fluent speaker of Hebrew and a lifelong student of Israel’s history.
“On Thursday, he expressed his resolve to be a rock-solid partner with the Israeli leadership as our two countries seek to advance our mutual interests and keep our people safe”.
The statement quoted Friedman as saying: “I am deeply honoured and humbled by the confidence placed in me by President-elect Trump to represent the United States as its Ambassador to Israel.
“I intend to work tirelessly to strengthen the unbreakable bond between our two countries and advance the cause of peace within the region, and look forward to doing this from the U.S. embassy in Israel’s eternal capital, Jerusalem”.
Friedman is a founding partner of Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP, a national law firm with approximately 350 attorneys.
For the past 35 years, he has specialised in litigation and bankruptcy law, playing a leading role in restructuring many of the nation’s most complex financial and business operations.
He has been widely recognised for his outstanding contributions to the legal profession, and has been named one of the 500 leading lawyers in the U.S.
Friedman has been a generous philanthropist to Jewish causes, including United Hatzalah of Israel, a nationwide volunteer service of first responders providing aid to all injured Israelis.
This is regardless of race, religion or ethnicity, and Aleh Negev, one of the world’s most advanced facilities for the care of severely disabled children.
Under his leadership and at the President-elect’s direction, the U.S.-Israel relationship will be a model of cooperation and respect, the statement said. 

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We will vote for presidential candidate that can guarantee LG autonomy- Councillors Forum

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The All Former Councillors Forum of Nigeria, says it will only support a presidential candidate that will grant full administrative and fiscal autonomy to the local government system in Nigeria.

The Adamawa Branch Chairman of the Forum, Mr Abdullahi Adamu, made the disclosure on Sunday in Yola.

Adamu said that the forum considered and believed in the aspiration of Nigerians to deepen democracy and economy in the grassroots.

“The All Former Councillors Forum of Nigeria had resolved to support any presidential candidate that will grant full and fiscal autonomy to the local government system in Nigeria.

” The forum also will consider any candidate that will restructure the tenure system of local government councils, to reflect the wishes of the grassroots,” Adamu said.

He said that in spite the economic and social challenges, the 2019 elections would usher in a new `page of hope’ and progress for all Nigerians.

He called on all members of the forum nationwide to work collectively and vigorously in order to achieve a common goal.

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Ondo: APC group accuses Akeredolu’s aides of destroying Buhari’s bill boards

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A support group of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo state on the aegis of Solidarity Group, has accused governor Rotimi Akeredolu of using his supporters to destroy all the re-election bill boards of President Muhammadu Buhari across the state.

The group also warned the national leaders of APC not to depend of both governor Akeredolu of Ondo state and his counterpart in Ekiti state, Kayode Fayemi, in mobilising support for the President’s re-election bid in the South-west.

In a statement signed on Sunday in Abuja by the Nationa Coordinator of the group, Comrade Gbenga Bojuwomi, said an investigated conducted by his group, Ondo APC solidarity group, revealed that the said clampdown on Buhari’s re-election images “started on 11th December 2018, when some touts and NURTW members loyal to governor Akeredolu were seen assisting the Ondo state Signage Agency in removal and total destruction of president Buhari billboards even as they chanted anti APC songs.”

The group also stated that several allegations of anti party activities have been raised by by a group known as Mandate and Solidarity groups in Ondo state about the governor Akeredolu allegedly test running Action Alliance (AA).

The group expressed surprise that despite those allegations against the governor “up till now both the presidency and APC have not seen any sense in it. Mr Akeredolu has therefore ordered the state agency signage to remove and destroy any Buhari poster or bill board found in all the 18 Local Government of Ondo state,” it alleged.

While cautioning the party againt anti party activities, the griup stated that “its high time APC and presidency wake up from their slumber as we also gathered that Akeredolu and governor Fayemi of Ekiti state who are on daily basis destroying Buhari in the south-west were the party’s best choices to lead Mr president campaign in the region,this is outright failure for president Buhari in southwest.

“Both Akeredolu and Fayemi do not even have enough clout to mobilize for elections in their families not to talk of leading the entire region for Mr president.To before warned is to before harmed,we have said our own on several occasions.”

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2019: Jimi Agbaje finally reveals why he dumped Tinubu

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Jimi Agbaje, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in Lagos state, has given reason why he left the camp of the National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

In a statement on Saturday, Agbaje said it was based on differences in principles, as he took exception to the rule of one man dictating how Lagos should be governed.

It would be recalled that Agbaje parted ways with Tinubu in 2007 to join the Democratic Peoples’ Alliance (DPA) as its governorship candidate.

“I take exception to the rule of one man in a metropolitan state like Lagos.

“I have no personal rift with him (Tinubu). What exists between us is all about differences in value and principle. When we were together, I discovered that his own idea of democracy was not what I was taught, so I had to take an exit.

“I am saying that what we are running today in Lagos is a one-man Lagos. A Lagos where somebody says when he is going to bed, Lagos is going to bed, to me that can no longer be tolerable. Lagos must be made to work for the people of Lagos,” Agbaje said.

In addition, he said the ruling APC was foisting “opaqueness in public spending,” pointing out that, it had refused to open up its activities to the people of the state who were not getting value for taxes they paid.

“It is unfortunate that Lagos State under the control of the APC has refused to domesticate the Freedom of Information Act. Everything in government in Lagos State is shrouded in secrecy. The time has come to hand the fortune of the state over to the people.

“Seven trillion naira is what the state government has spent in the last 20 years, and what have we got to show for it? If you look at the average for education in Lagos, only 20 per cent of our children have passed WAEC in five years. The question is, are we getting value? The answer is, we are not getting value at all,” Agbaje said.

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