Buhari Refuses To Attend Late Army Chief’s Burial
The absence of the president, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) at the burial of his Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Ibrahim Attahiru and other military personnel in Abuja on Saturday, raised eyebrows.
Some Nigerians on Twitter wondered why Buhari failed to show up, given the event was in Abuja.
Former presidential aide, Reno Omokri tweeted, “Sad that General #MBuhari did not attend the burial of the late Chief of Army Staff, General Attahiru.
He was represented by his Defence Minister. Attahiru died serving Nigeria. Buhari, who went to Paris for 4 days, could not go to Attahiru’s funeral for 30 minutes.”
Popular Twitter user, JJ Omojuwa said, “If you can go to France, you can attend the burial of your COAS + others and use that platform as an opportunity to reassure your troops whilst celebrating the loss of our gallant men. But I shouldn’t tweet this. I shouldn’t attract unnecessary negative energy to my timeline.”
Abiola Sanni said, “I’m very disappointed heartbroken This is the least the President could have done.”
Ken Utah tweeted, “This is a good point but again what do we know?
The level of secrecy being perpetrated is shocking to comprehend considering we are supposed to be in a democracy.”
Adeboye salutes Yahaya Bello’s handling of COVID-19, governance style
Enoch Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), has lauded the governance and leadership style of Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi, describing him as a man of faith.
Speaking when he visited Bello on Saturday in Lokoja, Mr Adeboye also commended the governor for his religious tolerance.
The cleric said that the show of faith by Mr Bello in handling the Coronavirus pandemic was a rare demonstration from a political leader.
“We have heard and seen your show of faith in God, particularly in dealing with the Coronavirus. It takes the man of faith to have acted the way you did and we are very, very pleased with you.
“We have also heard the news of how you have been relating to people of every faith to the extent that you built the first chapel in the Government House, Lokoja, we are delighted, sir.
“I want to assure you that we will keep on praying for you, we will keep on praying for the people of your state and I believe that the Almighty God will answer our prayers for you,” Mr Adeboye said.
In the heat of the COVID-19 outbreak in Nigeria, the Kogi governor vehemently denied the existence of the contagion, without evidence, while also controverting vaccines development efforts.
Mr Bello also refused to allow for COVID-19 testing in the state’s health facilities and vowed not to partake in the vaccination. He later soft-pedaled to allow mass inoculation in the state.
In his response to the pastor, Mr Bello the visit of Mr Adeboye was a gift and he was delighted to be hosting a father figure who served as a role model to many across the country, himself inclusive.
Mr Bello asserted that it was evil for any leader to continually do wrong without recourse to natural justice.
He alluded that his administration’s strive to ensure ethnic, religious balance, fighting criminality and other modest achievements were only natural and mandatory obligations expected of leaders bequeathed with the people’s mandate.
Mr Bello urged Adeboye to continue to pray for the country, the state, both leadership and followership.
Atletico Madrid crowned LaLiga champions
Atletico Madrid are LaLiga champions for the 2020/2021 season.
Diego Simeone’s men were confirmed title winners after beating Valladolid 2-1 on the final day of the LaLiga season on Saturday.
Goals from Angel Correa and Luis Suarez ensured Atletico Madrid defeated Valladolid to win the LaLiga title.
Valladolid took the lead through Oscar Plano before Correa equalized for the visitors.
Suarez then sealed the victory for Atletico Madrid in 67 minutes.
Atletico Madrid won the LaLiga title with 86 points from 38 matches.
Meanwhile, Real Madrid defeated Villarreal 2-1 to occupy the second position on the log.