Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, yesterday in Abuja received a stolen Ile-Ife artifact from Mexico.
The minister called for a more secured border to prevent future theft.
Onyeama collected the artifact from the Charge d’Affaires of the Nigerian Mission in Mexico, Dr. Yakubu Dadu.
The minister hailed the Embassy for recovering the artifact.
He noted that the interventions of Nigerian envoys in recovering stolen national possessions showed the important works they were doing as against negative reports of Nigerian missions in the social media.
Onyeama expressed appreciation to the Government of Mexico for ensuring that the artifact was duly returned to Nigeria.
Acting Director General of the National Commission for Museums and Monuments, Mr. Gimba Muhammed, said a lot of measures were put in place to prevent stolen artifacts from leaving the country.
“There are lots of measures in place to end theft of artifacts. There are countries-to-countries agreements.
“Recently, there was an ECOWAS Head of Cultural Directors Ministries which papers were presented by ECOWAS countries to restitute some of these our properties from any country that they are found.
“If you find that of Nigeria in Côte d’Ivoire, they bring it, and if you find theirs here, we return it to them,” Muhammed said.
The Legal Adviser to the National Commission for Museums and Monuments, Mr. Babatunde Adebiyi said plans were underway to build even more secured museums with global standards.
“Museum as an Institution has evolved in Nigeria and are better secured now and I can vouch that hardly can anybody steal objects from Nigerian Museums.
“We are making arrangements to build a Museum in the standard of the Western World like the one we are making efforts with the Edo State government to build and even some foreign governments,” Adebiyi said.
Buhari directed us to drop Osinbajo from Tinubu’s campaign – APC
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has said President Muhammadu Buhari, directed that Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, be dropped from the Campaign Council of the party’s Presidential Candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
Naija News 247 had reported that Osinbajo’s name was missing from the he 422-man list realised by the Presidential Campaign Council Secretary, James Faleke, in Abuja on Friday night on Friday night.
The spokesman of the campaign, Festus Keyamo, said President Buhari asked that Osinbajo alongside Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, should not be part of the campaign council so they could focus on governance.
Keyamo disclosed this on Saturday in a statement while explaining the reason behind the decision to drop the vice president
The statement read, “Our attention has been drawn to some stories making the rounds that there may be something amiss within the family of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the name of our own revered and respected Vice-President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, GCON, is not included in the list of the Tinubu/Shettima Presidential Campaign Council.”
“Nothing can be farther from the facts. For the avoidance of doubt, President Muhammadu Buhari , GCFR, is the Chairman of the Campaign Council. As a result, Mr. President has SPECIFICALLY directed that the Vice-President and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha should be left out of the Campaign Council to concentrate on the governance of the country and administration of Government. As a responsible Party and Government, all the key functionaries of government cannot abandon their positions for electioneering campaigns. The APC has the mandate of the Nigerian people to administer the country on their behalf at least till May, 29, 2023, and this we intend to do with all sense of responsibility.
“We will not toe the path of those who governed the country in an irresponsible manner before us and our Party is not in total disarray like those who wish to ‘rescue’ the country, but cannot simply manage their own internal affairs.”
Again, three storey building collapses in Lagos
A three storey building has collapsed on Sonuga Street, Palm Avenue, Mushin Local Government Area of Lagos State.
According to Vanguard, an eyewitness said the incident happened at 12 noon on Friday amid heavy rainfall.
The Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyinyolu, who confirmed the development said, “A building has collapsed in Mushin few minutes ago. The rescue operation is ongoing,” PUNCH reports.
As of the time of filing this report, it could not be established if anyone was trapped in the rubble of the collapsed structure.
However, LASEMA, and Lagos State Rescue and Fire Service, have arrived the scene on rescue victims mission.
Ayu manipulated PDP presidential primary – Wike
The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has accused the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Iyorchia Ayu, of manipulating delegates at the party’s convention for former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, to clinch the PDP presidential ticket.
The governor revealed this on Friday in an ongoing media parley.
Wike alleged that Ayu played a vital role that was detrimental to other aspirants in the emergence of Atiku as PDP flagbearer.
He said if not for the love he and others in his camp had for the main opposition party, they could have prevented the PDP convention from holding.
The governor alleged that Ayu called several presidential aspirants to step down for the former vice president during the convention.
“He was calling aspirants to withdraw for Atiku. I was there, Saraki and others were there.
“He manipulated the delegates. There was nothing Ayu did not do to ensure Wike didn’t emerge,” Wike said.
The governor added, “Meetings upon meetings were going. Pressures were being mounted on people to step down.
“Even on the night of the convention meetings were going on. That is why we started our convention late.
“Some of the retired generals were involved. Some of the meetings were held in their houses. There is nothing they didn’t do for me to step down.
“Those who know me, know that I would have stopped the convention, even if heaven falls.”
Naija News 247 had reported that Wike camp announced their plan not to participate in the campaign council which was scheduled for inauguration next Wednesday after a meeting at Wike’s private residence in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on Wednesday morning.
Reacting to the withdrawal from Wike’s camp, Atiku in a statement he personally signed reiterated his decision not to interfere in the demands for Ayu’s removal.
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