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Greenfield Varsity Students Will Be Released Soon – Gumi



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Popular Islamic Scholar Sheikh Ahmad Gumi has assured the remaining 16 of the kidnapped Greenfield varsity students would be released soon.

He said negotiations were ongoing with the bandits who seized them since they issued a threat to kill the abductees if ransom of N100 million was not paid.

He spoke in Kaduna with newsmen shortly after receiving parents of freed students of Federal College of Forestry, Afaka who paid him a ‘thank you visit’ on his roles in securing release of their children.

While confirming the bandits did not carry out their threat to kill the students because of the ongoing talks with them, Gumi said they have reduced their initial demand of N100 million.

According to him: “Talk is ongoing with Greenfield University students’ abductors. You know they threatened to kill all of them (students) after a particular deadline but after talking to them, they are now lowering their bar.

“So, we are thankful they have stopped killing. And we are still negotiating with them. I hope this Afaka case will also encourage them to know that there is hope in negotiation and release the children.”

Speaking on his role in the release of the 27 Afaka students, Gumi said: “The role myself and former President Olusegun Obasanjo played in the release of the 27 Afaka students is the role of mediators because the fight is not between us and them but between the bandits and the government.

“What we understand is that these people were trying to attack the government by attacking the government institutions and take innocent children.

“Having understood that, we came to the conclusion that, this is not a hopeless situation. We can really go in and negotiate for the release of these children which we did after so much ups and downs.

“But in the long run, a conclusion was reached and these children are out. So, we are happy that, all of them are out and none was killed.”

The Nation reports that when asked about the reported swap of a bandit for the students, Sheikh Gumi said: “I cannot confirm that but I can quote the Governor of Kaduna when the children of Chibok were kidnapped by Boko Haram.

“He said it is the duty of the government to use whatever means possible to save the lives of Chibok girls. This is a general rule that life is more precious. Now, I am happy that, 27 lives have been saved.”

The Afaka parents were led by their chairman and spokesman, Usman Abdullahi and Friday Sanni.

They thanked the Islamic cleric and begged him to help convey their appreciation to former President Obasanjo who worked alongside the cleric to bring back their children from captivity.

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Peace Day : NYCN Urges Youth To Foster Peaceful Coexistence




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By Nyahama Japhet

As the world celebrate International Peace Day, the Adamawa State Chapter of the National Youth Council of Nigeria has urged youths in the state to embrace the vision of peaceful society advocated by the administration of Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri.

The NYCN in the state acknowledged the relentless efforts of the present administration under the leadership of the Governor Rt. Hon. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, for ensuring a peaceful administration in the state under his watch.

The State NYCN Chairman Ambassador Ajine Delo, in a statement maintained that the Governor has created an environment conducive for growth, prosperity and harmonious coexistence.

He called on the youth to key into the Governor’s peace mission by cultivating values of tolerance, respect, compassion, resolving conflict and fostering peaceful relationship with all and sundry.

“As we celebrate International Peace Day, the NYCN Adamawa State is calling on the youth to embrace the vision of peaceful coexistence often preached by the Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri.

“I urged you to be law abiding citizens by rejecting violence but instead seek peaceful resolution when faced with conflict”

He emphasized that by standing united in support of peace, the youth in Adamawa State can shape a brighter future for themselves and the generation to come.

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ANAN Inducts ADHA Maj-leader Mamuno With FCNA Prestigious Fellowship Award




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The Majority Leader Adamawa State House of Assembly and Member Representing Demsa Constituency Hon. Mrs Kate Raymond Mamuno, FCNA was on Thursday, 21st of September 2023 inducted as a Fellow Certified National Accountant (FCNA) by the Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN)

The highest decision making body of National Accountants was Founded in 1979, and Chartered by ACT NO 76 of 1993 Now CAP A26 LFN. 2004.

The Fellowship Award was bestowed on Hon. Mrs. Kate Raymond Mamuno at the 28th National Annual Conference held at the International Conference Centre Abuja, on Monday, 18th September to Thursday, 21st of September 2023.

The President and Chairman of Council of ANAN Dr. James Ekerare Neminebor FCNA, while conferring the Fellowship Award on the awardees stated that Hon. Mrs. Kate Raymond Mamuno and other awardees were carefully selected for the prestigious honour in recognition of their solid contributions to the Association.

While specifically acknowledging Adamawa Assembly Majority Leader’s dedication towards the promotion of the activities of the ANAN as well as the exemplary leadership qualities she has exhibited in her various careers, the President described Kate Raymond Mamuno as a Household Name to the Body.

He further urged her not to relent on her duties but strive to contribute more.

The Speaker of the 8th Adamawa Assembly, Rt. Hon. Bathiya Wesley on behalf of all other members of the House as well as Management and Staff of the Assembly, congratulate the Majority Leader Hon. Mrs. Kate Raymond Mamuno and wish her well in her present and future endeavours.

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Fintiri Restates Support To Polo Tournament In Adamawa




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By Muhammad B. Muhammad

Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has restated the determination of his administration to support polo tournament to drive its economic impact for Adamawa State.

The Governor stated this when he received in audience national executives of Nigeria Polo Federation on a courtesy call in the Government House, Yola Friday.

Fintiri maintained that his administration will continue to invest in security for peaceful Adamawa, stressing that “most of the security challenges created by people are avoidable ones.”

The Governor thanked Lamido Adamawa, Dr Muhammadu Barkindo Aliyu Mustafa for making Adamawa the hub of polo games in Nigeria, saying the government will continue to give the sector a priority.

In his remarks, the President of Nigeria Polo Federation, Alhaji Nura Dangiwa commended Governor Fintiri for maintaining peace in the state which he noted has created enabling environment for the polo games to thrive.

While debunking the notion that polo game is meant for the rich and royalty, the President explained that the goal of the polo federation is to make the game more accessable and enjoyable to everyone.

He maintained that polo is a trending sport tournament that have the vibrancy of creating jobs for youths adding that if the sector is being harnessed properly, it will generate economic benefits for the country.

The national executives of Nigeria Polo Federation were in the state for the ongoing national polo tournament taking place in Yola which will be rounded off on Saturday, this week.

Highlight of the visit was presentation of polo sport kits among other gift to Governor Umaru Fintiri by the officials of the Yola Polo Club and Nigeria Polo federation.


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