Four Dead, 13 Rescued, One Missing As 18-seater Bus Plunges Into Black River In Kogi

At least four persons have been confirmed dead, 13 others rescued, while one person is still missing as an 18-seater bus plunged into the Black River, a tributary to River Niger in Kotonkarfe, Kogi State.

The accident occurred around 7.30pm on Tuesday when the driver of the bus allegedly slept off and lost control.

According to the state Commandant of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Suleiman Mafara, who disclosed this to our correspondent in Lokoja, on the receipt of the distress call, his men of the Disaster and Crisis Unit, in conjunction with the Federal Road Safety Corps and volunteer divers, were mobilised to the scene.

He said that four corpses have been recovered, while 13 passengers were rescued alive. One person is still missing, he said.

He added that his men and other security personnel were working to recover the only person yet to be accounted for.

He added that the recovered bodies have been deposited in a morgue in Lokoja.

He warned drivers and commuters to adhere strictly to road safety guidelines to prevent avoidable carnage on the highways.
Source – Punch

Northern Elders Reject Another President Like Buhari

What Nigeria needs in 2023 is a president that will show inclusiveness in governance and make everyone proud to be a part of the country.
This position was reiterated by the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) who rejected the idea of another president in the mold of Muhammadu Buhari.

According to NEF through its Director of Publicity and Advocacy, Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed whoever succeeds Buhari as the next president of Nigeria must do what Buhari has failed to do in terms of inclusive governance.

Describing President Buhari as a tribalistic leader, Baba-Ahmed during an interview on Arise TV said the resentment and frustration felt by the people under Buhari must not repeat itself in the administration of whoever emerges in 2023 as the next leader of Nigeria.

“The nation needs a leader that would do the things that President (Muhammadu) Buhari hasn’t done, create inclusiveness, address resentment and frustration in other parts of the country and in the north and speak and act for everybody,” he said.

Naija News reports his position is contrary to what Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State said about two weeks ago about Buhari’s successor.

Umahi, who is the chairman of the southeast governors forum, had said God will give Nigeria a next president who has a good heart like Buhari for the good of this country.

His submission attracted lots of criticisms and condemnation but reacting to the public backlash he suffered after his statement, Umahi again openly declared that he doesn’t regret praying someone like President Buhari comes into power in 2023.

Speaking with reporters in Abuja on Friday, Ebonyi State Commissioner of Information and State Orientation, Uchenna Orji, said the governor has no regret praying for another president like Buhari in 2023.
Source – Naija News