June 13, 2024

President Bola Tinubu [Credit: Tinubu] has issued fresh sanctions against individuals, groups, and organizations identified as providing support to the military junta in the Republic of Niger.

Ajuri Ngelale, the special media and publicity adviser to President Bola Tinubu, shared this information on Tuesday in Abuja while addressing reporters at the State House.

Ngelale stated that Mr. Tinubu has instructed the acting governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to carry out these measures in line with the ECOWAS protocol.

“I am pleased to inform that following the lapse of the ultimatum deadline and in line with the established collective stance on financial penalties directed at the military junta, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has commanded a supplementary round of financial penalties,” he explained.

He went on to clarify that the sanctions are being executed through the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) against entities and individuals connected to or associated with the military junta in Niger Republic.

Regarding the ultimatum given to the junta, Mr. Ngelale criticized media reports that wrongly attributed ECOWAS’s decision to the Nigerian president.

“Regarding the ultimatum given to the military junta in Niger Republic, it is important to clarify that the ECOWAS mandate and ultimatum is not a singularly Nigerian directive. President Bola Tinubu, in his capacity as ECOWAS chairman, wishes to underscore this fact.”

“For this reason, the president has found it imperative to unequivocally state that the mandate and ultimatum issued by ECOWAS are representative of ECOWAS’s official position,” he added.

Ngelale explained that subsequent to the expiration of the ECOWAS ultimatum, the president has expanded international and domestic consultations, including discussions with state governors in Nigeria situated along the Niger Republic border. These consultations cover the multifaceted ramifications of the unfortunate circumstances in Niger.

“President Tinubu wants to emphasize that ECOWAS’s reaction to the military coup in Niger is and will continue to be free from ethnic or religious biases. The regional alliance comprises a variety of sub-regional ethnic and religious groups, reflecting the diversity of humanity. Therefore, ECOWAS’s response embodies the interests of all these groups, rather than any individual group,” Ngelale emphasized.

He concluded by noting that all possible courses of action are under consideration as the extraordinary ECOWAS Heads of State and Government summit convenes in Abuja on Thursday.

rephrase: Addressing a World Press Conference on the Governor Sanwo-Olu’s commissioners-designate list on Tuesday in Lagos, the Convener of Joint Muslim Forum (JMF) and National Missioner, Ansarudeen Society of Nigeria, Imam Abdul Rahman Ahmad said the group has petitioned the state House of Assmebly over the matter. The press conference was attended by top Muslim leaders in Lagos, including Sheikh AbdulRahman Adangba; Amir (President) Muslim Students Society of Nigeria, MSSN, Kamoldeen Abiona; Director of Muslims Rights Concern, MURIC, Professor Lakin Akintola; and Sheikh Dhirullah Shafii. The JMF, an umbrella of over 30 Muslim groups, the community, declaring that the 8 number of Muslims to 31 number of Christians on the list of 39 men and women shows oppression, pathological hatred, callousness. Insensitivity, and unfairness. Speaking on the commissioner-designate list, Imam Ahmad noted that forum had exhausted all efforts to reach out to the governor and his deputy over what it called the great injustice. He stated, “In line with the dictates of our Islamic faith which consistently emphasizes fairness in all dealings, and also in line with our conviction that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his deputy Dr Kadiri Hamzat both are better experienced and prepared to uplift the quality of lives of Lagosians, we mobilized our community to, not only vote for the return of the Governor, but also defended the votes under very difficult circumstances. “It must be stated that the Muslim community did not collect a dime from neither the APC flag bearers, nor any of their opponents in that election, rather we acted truthfully and selflessly with hope for a more prosperous Lagos. “With all sense of utmost sincerity, we noted to our utter dismay that Governor Sanwo-Olu’s list exhibited callous insensitivity to diversity, equity, and fairness. Muslims make up less than 20% of the list, even though they constitute over 60% of not just the state’s population but her voting public. We observed that out of 39 Nominees only 8 are Muslims. “It is no longer news that this list is not pleasing to the generality of Muslims of Lagos. It is indeed an afront to our collective sensibilities and tragically confirmed long standing suspected misgivings about iGov. Sanwo-Olu’s genuine commitment to fair leadership.ChatGPT

Speaking at a World Press Conference concerning the roster of designated commissioners for Governor Sanwo-Olu, Imam Abdul Rahman Ahmad, the Convenor of the Joint Muslim Forum (JMF) and National Missioner of the Ansarudeen Society of Nigeria, conveyed that the group had submitted a formal complaint to the state House of Assembly on this matter.

Prominent Muslim leaders in Lagos attended the press conference, among them Sheikh AbdulRahman Adangba, Kamoldeen Abiona, Amir (President) of the Muslim Students Society of Nigeria (MSSN), Professor Lakin Akintola, Director of Muslims Rights Concern (MURIC), and Sheikh Dhirullah Shafii.

The JMF, a collective of more than 30 Muslim organizations, articulated that the unbalanced ratio of 8 Muslims to 31 Christians among the 39 individuals nominated for positions displays injustice, extreme animosity, cruelty, lack of empathy, and partiality.

Imam Ahmad addressed the list of commissioner-designates, highlighting that the forum had exhausted all channels to communicate with the governor and his deputy regarding what they perceived as a grave injustice.

He expressed, “Aligning with the principles of our Islamic faith, which consistently advocates for impartiality in all matters, and also guided by our belief that both Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his deputy Dr. Kadiri Hamzat possess superior experience and readiness to enhance the well-being of Lagos residents, we rallied our community not only to vote for the re-election of the Governor but also to safeguard those votes under extremely challenging circumstances.”

“It’s imperative to note that the Muslim community did not accept any form of financial gain from either the APC candidates or their rivals in that election. Instead, we acted with honesty and selflessness, with a vision for a more prosperous Lagos,” he continued.

“With utmost sincerity, we are deeply dismayed by the composition of Governor Sanwo-Olu’s list, which glaringly disregards diversity, fairness, and parity. Despite constituting over 60% of both the state’s population and its voting populace, Muslims make up less than 20% of the list. Out of 39 nominees, a mere 8 are Muslims,” he pointed out.

“It is widely acknowledged that this list has not been well-received by the majority of Lagos Muslims. It stands as an affront to our collective sentiments and sadly confirms long-standing suspicions about Governor Sanwo-Olu’s true dedication to equitable leadership,” he concluded.

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