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Ahmed Musa Clarifies Cultural Gesture

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By Gabriella Ogbu

Super Eagles captain Ahmed Musa has found himself embroiled in a social media storm over a controversial video clip depicting him making welcome gestures.

Amidst the uproar, Musa has urged for a shift in attention towards the urgent issues facing the country, defending his actions as a gesture of cultural respect.

Responding to a viral video from Monday, where he was seen shaking hands with the deputy governor of Kano State but seemingly bypassing Governor Abba Yusuf while bowing to him, Musa addressed the matter.

In a statement on Tuesday, Musa expressed disappointment at the disproportionate focus on what he deemed a simple act of cultural reverence.

He explained the significance of his gestures within Northern culture, emphasizing that kneeling and shaking hands are deeply ingrained forms of respect.

Musa clarified that his intention was to honor the deputy governor with the customary greeting, while choosing to bow to the governor as a mark of respect aligned with tradition.

Expressing regret over the undue attention the incident garnered, he lamented its overshadowing of more critical issues such as economic hardships and security challenges plaguing the nation.

Musa further expressed dismay at comments questioning his respectfulness, particularly from those unfamiliar with him personally, calling for a refocus on pertinent national concerns.

He implored Nigerians to redirect their efforts towards addressing the country’s pressing issues, advocating for unity and collective action towards a better future.

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EFCC Secures Warrant to Arrest Ex-Kogi Gov Yahaya Bello

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The Federal High Court in Abuja has granted the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) permission to arrest former Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, ahead of his court appearance on Thursday.

Justice Emeka Nwite authorized the warrant earlier today following the EFCC’s request.

This decision comes after a conflicting ruling from the Kogi State High Court, which previously barred the EFCC from arresting, detaining, or prosecuting the former governor.

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Chaos Ensues as Ododo Allegedly Thwarts Attempt to Arrest Ex-Gov Bello

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Pandemonium erupted as Kogi State Governor, Ahmed Ododo, reportedly intervened to prevent the arrest of former governor Yahaya Bello at his Abuja residence, leading to gunfire.

Armed operatives of the EFCC had sought to arrest Bello, but faced resistance upon arrival. Governor Ododo later arrived at the scene and was suspected to have left with Bello in his official vehicle.

Additional security forces were called in to support the EFCC, leading to a tense standoff. As Ododo departed with Bello, security operatives opened fire amid suspicions that the former governor was in the governor’s vehicle.

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Tinubu Applauds Dangote as Diesel Price Dips to N1,000 per Litre

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President Bola Tinubu has praised Dangote Oil and Gas Limited for slashing the price of diesel, a move expected to impact industries and transportation costs positively.

In a statement by his media aide, Ajuri Ngelale, Tinubu emphasized the significance of the diesel price reduction, foreseeing a ripple effect on the nation’s economy.

Dangote recently announced a significant reduction in the price of Automotive Gas Oil (diesel) from N1,650 to N1,000 per litre for bulk purchases, with additional discounts for larger volumes.

The reduction, amounting to a 60% drop, is poised to alleviate the burden of high transportation costs and contribute to stabilizing prices across various sectors.

Acknowledging the partnership between the federal government and Dangote Refinery, in which the government holds a 20% stake, Tinubu emphasized the importance of such collaborations in advancing national prosperity.

He urged Nigerians and businesses to prioritize national interests, assuring them of a conducive environment for growth and development.

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