Hon Buba Felicitates with Speaker Gbajabiamila at 60
Chairman, Committee on Foreign Affairs and Member representing Gombi/Hong Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives,Rt. Hon.(Dr.) Yusuf Buba Yakub, has felicitated with the Speaker, House of Representatives, Rep. Femi Hakeem Gbajabiamila, on his 60th Birthday.
In a congratulatory message personally signed by the Adamawa-born lawmaker, which was released to his Media Officer today in Abuja, Buba poured encomiums on the Lagos-born legal and legislative icon, whose foray into the legislature has spanned almost two decades of active involvement in the affairs of the Green Chambers of the National Assembly through which he had been a Minority Leader, House Leader, among other Committee Chairmanship positions, before capping it with his current position as Speaker.
In the message entitled
“60 HEARTY CHEERS TO YOUR EXCELLENCY, THE PEOPLE’S LEADER, @ 60!”, Rt. Hon Buba stated the below:
Today is yet another milestone in the exciting story of your earthly sojourn. Among the many great achievements,which have dotted the path of your continuous evolution as not just the national leader which you have become,but the Statesman of repute that has been bestowed on you by the selfless, nationalistic fervor with which you have carried on the duties of State these past years,today’s celebration of 60 great years on mother earth stands out as a resounding testimony of God’s Great Grace,Uncommon Favour and Wisdom that Speaks Right at All Times and Places!
“At 60,you have by dint of hard work, selflessness and sheer brilliance in the management of men and resources showcased to the world the very essence of what leaders should be, especially,in our own part of the world where many who strive to lay claim to leadership lack the true credentials to be so qualified in deeds and character…
“At 60, Your Excellency,our Dear Leader,my Leader,you have by sheer strength of character, competence and courage won millions of admirers and followers for yourself and have shown to the world that one only needs to demonstrate commitment to what one believes in and offer true direction at all times for those they lead to constantly have faith and follow them. In doing this,you have raised other men and mentored leaders in the different noble callings upon which you have etched your name in letters of gold these solid sixty years…
“For myself,my dear family and, indeed,the good people of Gombi/Hong Federal Constituency,whose mandate I retain in the House of Representatives,I join millions of your admirers and well-wishers across the globe to convey to you our gratitude for all that you mean to us and, equally,congratulate you on attaining this new age of wisdom and greater maturity in the affairs of life. We are, indeed,happy to be associated with you and pray for more strength, health, wealth and wisdom for greater contribution to and impact on the development of our nation and mankind at large.
“Happy birthday,Your Excellency,our Dear Leader and Mentor”, the message said.
It will be recalled that Rep. Gbajabiamila has been a Member representing Surulere 1 Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives since 2003 and in 2019 assumed the leadership of the 360-member lower legislative chamber of Nigeria’s National Assembly. He was returned unopposed in his Constituency at the last primary election of the ruling APC to select a standard-bearer for the Party.
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Organ Trafficking: Ekweremadu, Wife, Doctor Sentenced To Various Prison Terms
The duo of Ekweremadu, former Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu, his wife Beatrice, and Doctor Obinna Obeta has been senenced to various jail terms for bringing a 21-year-old Lagos street trader to London to exploit him for his kidney.
A judge at The Central Criminal Court, [ Old Bailey], announced the sentence friday.
At a sentencing hearing on Friday, Ekweremadu was jailed for nine years and eight months, his wife Beatrice was sentenced to four years and six months imprisonment while Obeta received a 10-year prison term.
The sentencing follows their conviction in March for organ trafficking, The Ekweremadus’sick daughter, Sonia was cleared of any wrongdoing.
The jury said Ekweremadu, his wife and their doctor criminally conspired to bring the 21-year-old Lagos street trader to London to exploit him for his kidney.
The conviction is the first under the UK’s Modern Slavery Act 2015.
The sentencing comes after pleas from multiple prominent personalities and institutions, including former President Olusegun Obasanjo and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
Other petitioners included both chambers of the National Assembly, the Chairman/CEO, Nigeria in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Erewa Dabiri, and the International Human Rights Commission (IHRC).
After months of a pre-trial, the trial commenced on January 31, 2023 and lasted about six weeks, culminating in a guilty verdict against Ekweremadu, Beatrice, and Obeta.
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Reps Seek UK Government Clemency for Ekweremadu
The House of Representatives has write to the government of the United Kingdom seeking mercy in sentencing the embattled Ike Ekweremadu and his wife, Beatrice.
This is contained in a resolution reached following a motion moved by Toby Okechukwu, a lawmaker from Enugu State.
A UK court found the duo guilty of conspiracy of organ harvesting of another Nigerian. The Ekweremadu couple will be sentenced in the coming days.
Moving the motion, Okechukwu said diplomatic intervention in this kind of case is normal.
“It is a common practice in international relations for nations, including the UK, to seek relief for their citizens involved in situations such as that of the Ekweremadus,” he said.
Speaking on the motion, Femi Gbajabiamila, the Speaker of the House, said intervention by the House is not a justification for the charges against the Ekweremadus. He urged the UK government to consider Ekweremadu’s years of public service.
Consequently, the House resolved to urge the UK government and the court to temper justice with mercy in sentencing Ekweremadu, his wife and the doctor.
Also, they urged the Federal Government of Nigeria to take all diplomatic steps and other necessary interventions regarding the travails of the Ekweremadu family.
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HYPPDEC Donates Food Stuff, Clothing to Locals in Kogi to Tackle Cashless Policy Effect
By Joseph Amedu, Lokoja
The Hydroelectric Power Producing Areas Development Commission (HYPPDEC), on Tuesday, donated 400 bags of rice, 250 gallons of vegetable oil and some packaged women rappers to ten Local Government Areas in Kogi State under the agency to cushion the effect associated with the new cashless policy.
Making the presentation to Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State at the Lugard House, Lokoja on Tuesday, a Board Member of HYPPDEC, Alhaji Isah Ozi Salami, said that the gesture is part of the agency’s intervention in times of natural disaster or any hardship situation on citizens.
Salami expressed the commitment of HYPPDEC in tackling the prevailing economic hardship on Nigerians as a result of the Cashless Policy.
“We owe it as a duty to take adquate care of the people in the 10 Local Government Areas belonging to HYPPDEC communities in Kogi
“Our concern under the present economic hardship is to alleviate the sufferings of the people within HYPPDEC communities in Kogi” Ozi Salami told Governor Bello.
He commended Governor Yahaya Bello for the provision of logistic supports that have facilitated smooth operation of the agency in Kogi.
He also told the Governor that HYPPDEC will soon begin the construction of 50 housing units in Kogi for resettlement of last year’s flood victims in riverine communities.
“I appreciate Governor Bello’s magnanimity in providing land for the housing project. The Governor is expected to perform the foundation laying ceremony of the project” Ozi Salami disclosed.
The Chief of Staff to Governor Bello, Jamiu Asuku who received the food stuff on behalf of his boss, hinted that Kogi will key into HYPPDEC’s intervention initiative in the areas of provision of food and security of lives and property for citizens.
Governor Yahaya Bello appealed to HYPPDEC to focus more on Ibaji Local Government Area in its intervention programme as a result of the bad terrain of the area.
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