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Grieving Bola Tinubu writes a tribute for late son Babajide

Grieving dad, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu pens an emotional tribute for his late son, Kazeem Olajide Babajide, who died early on Wednesday in Lagos, aged 37. Jide was born on 12 October 1980.

We want to express our thanks and deep appreciation to all who have demonstrated their sympathy and expressed their condolences over the loss of our eldest son, Jide. I want to especially thank President Muhammadu Buhari, VP Yemi Osinbajo, the state Governors, distinguished Senators particularly Senate President Bukola Saraki, members of the House of Representatives, APC leaders and members and indeed all Nigerians. I thank the traditional rulers for their display of support.

My son was a highly intelligent person with a vibrant personality and a zest for life. He followed his own course and made his own way on his own terms. Those who knew him could not help but like him. Yet, he was taken away by cardiac arrest when it seemed he had so much life to still live. This is a reminder that we must live each day to its best as none of us know when our last day shall be. Mortality comes upon us all. We have no choice in that but we do have a choice whether we shall be good or bad, just or unjust. Let us all strive toward the best in ourselves.

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Jide lived for so long in London and there he has left behind a darling wife and three precious boys. My wife Remi and I have gone to London to be with them at this painful time to support and help them. Please excuse our absence from Lagos for a while but it is essential that we are with them. Prayers are being offered and will continue to be offered for the repose of his soul. I have suffered a grave loss that no parent would like to bear. As a father, I must spend time putting my arms around the family he has left behind.

We must seek a lesson in every loss. Your reaction to my son’s passing has taught me that we can be a people of profound love and humanity when we want to be. People of every tribe, region, faith and every political affiliation have expressed their sympathy and extended to me the embrace of a brother or sister. Even those who don’t agree with me politically have shown strong support and care indistinguishable from that of my associates. This says so much about the innate goodness in all of us. For no matter what, we are not foes or enemies. We are all of one human stock, a single nation, one family.

 

We must seek a lesson in every loss. Your reaction to my son’s passing has taught me that we can be a people of profound love and humanity when we want to be. People of every tribe, region, faith and every political affiliation have expressed their sympathy and extended to me the embrace of a brother or sister. Even those who don’t agree with me politically have shown strong support and care indistinguishable from that of my associates. This says so much about the innate goodness in all of us. For no matter what, we are not foes or enemies. We are all of one human stock, a single nation, one family.

I wish I could bring my son back but I cannot. However, what I can do is to be more caring and helpful to the living as I know this is what Jide would want to become of his passing. Let us all take a lesson from this and think a bit more about our fellow man, our neighbor, our fellow Nigerians. Let us live as we were meant to live with each other in greater peace, compassion and love. If only this can happen, I know my son will be happy.

Again, as we are away from Lagos, we thank you for the love you have shown and ask that you not only show it to us but to each other. Please continue to pray for him wherever you are.

Thank you and may God bless you all.
Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu

 

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NASS will re-visit devolution of power

Deputy Speaker of House of Representatives, Yusuf  Lasun, has assured that the National Assembly will re-visit the issue of devolution of power in the Constitution Amendment process.

He gave the assurance on Sunday at St. Petersburg, Russia, while speaking to newsmen on  the sidelines of the 137th Inter-Parliamentary Union(IPU) Assembly.

The deputy speaker, who is part of the Nigerian delegation to the assembly, said the reactions that followed the failure of devolution of power to scale through during voting  on constitution amendment was an indication of how critical it is.

He said the resolve to re-visit the issue was in line with the 137th IPU theme — “Promoting Cultural Pluralism and Peace through Inter-faith and Inter-ethnic Dialogue”.

According to him, devolution of power has been part of the call for restructuring of the country to ensure adequate distribution of resources, which will in turn ensure peaceful co-existence.

read more at: https://www.dailytrust.com.ng/nass-will-re-visit-devolution-of-power-in-constitution-amendment-lasun.html

 

APC can’t remove Ekweremadu – PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has responded to a statement attributed to National Assembly members elected under the All Progressives Congress (APC) which cited that Enugu senator Ike Ekweremadu will lose his deputy Senate president seat if he does not dump PDP for APC.

Spokesman of the Caretaker Committee of the PDP, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, said in Abuja yesterday,

“Our attention has been drawn to a statement credited to Senator Kabiru Marafa on the floor of the Nigerian Senate on Wednesday , January 11, 2017, in which he advised Senator Ike Ekweremadu to defect to the APC in order to remain as the Deputy Senate President.

“This call is unconstitutional , undemocratic and, to say the least , unbecoming of Senator Marafa.

“While calling on Ekweremadu to defect, Marafa had said , “ I am using this medium to call on Ekweremadu to simply defect . Section 68( G) of the 1999 Constitution captures this.

“There is no section or clause of the Nigerian Constitution 1999 ( as amended ) that provides that one must be a member of the ruling party before he/she can be elected into any position in the Senate or the House of Representatives.

“Equally, it is very distasteful and uncharitable for any senator to stand on the floor of the hallowed chamber and ask his colleague to violate the constitution by cross – carpeting from his own party to join the ruling party.

“Note that it is the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and not the Senate of the APC.”

Source: http://www.somtoo.com