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News I want to go to heaven, says Obasanjo Former President Olusegun Obansanjo on Saturday at Apostolic Faith Church said he wants to go heaven and longs to sing among the heavenly host. According to the News Agency of Nigeria Obasanjo made this remark during the 2017 Camp Meeting Concert by Apostolic Faith Church Choir and Orchestral at the Camp Ground Igbesa in Ogun State. He said, “You have to be fully prepared for the second coming of our Lord, there is no compromise. “I have a friend who will always say that when we get to heaven, we will be exhausted praising God and it will be like a prison and very boring. “But with what I have seen by the choir this afternoon, I will want to go to heaven and join the host to sing. “If this is an example of what praising God in heaven will be like, then I want to be part of it. If what I have seen here is an indication of how heaven will be, I will like go to heaven. “Jesus Christ came to the world to show us the way to salvation and eternal life. We have a good heritage and we have everything to be proud of.” Obasanjo said God could not fix Nigeria except Nigerians invite God into their lives collectively and individually. “We have a lot of things wrong with this country, if all Nigerians are sincere. “Nigeria can be fixed by God but we have to invite Him into our lives. What we have to do about this country is in our hands. “Gods grace abounds when we do not abuse it,” he said. The District Superintendent, Apostolic Faith, West Africa, Rev. Adebayo Adeniran, said that only tolerance, peaceful coexistence and harmonious living among Nigerians, irrespective of religious and political differences, could lead to meaningful development. TODAY IN HISTORY August 13, 1532 – Union of Brittany and France: The Duchy of Brittany was absorbed into the Kingdom of France. August 13, 1898 – Carl Gustav Witt discovered 433 Eros, the first near-Earth asteroid to be found. August 13, 1912 - The first experimental radio license was issued to St. Joseph’s College in Philadelphia, PA. August 13, 1913 – First production in the UK of stainless steel by Harry Brearley. August 13, 1918 – Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW) established as a public company in Germany. August 13, 1932 - Adolf Hitler refused to take the post of vice-chancellor of Germany. He said he was going to hold out “for all or nothing.” August 13, 1954 – Radio Pakistan broadcasts the “Qaumī Tarāna”, the national anthem of Pakistan for the first time. August 13, 2017 3 Buhari meets aides, says doctors keeping him in London OLALEKAN ADETAYO P resident Muhammadu Buhari, who has been receiving medical treatment at a London hospital in the United Kingdom, again on Saturday said only his doctors would decide when he would return to Nigeria. According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President spoke POLITY at the Abuja House, London, when he received members of his media team led by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed. Buhari who has been receiving treatment in the British capital since May 7 was reported to have told the team that visited him that there was tremendous improvement in his health and that indeed, he wished to return home. “I have learnt to obey my doctor’s orders rather than be the one issuing the orders. Here, the doctor is absolutely in charge,” Buhari was quoted as saying. Mohammed was said to have led the team that included Adesina; Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu; Personal Assistant on Digital/ Online Media, Lauretta Onochie; and the Senior Special Assistant on Diaspora Matters, Mrs. Abike Dabiri- Erewa. According to Adesina, when the team expressed delight at the much-improved health of the President, Buhari reportedly said, “I feel I could go home, but the doctors are in charge. I have now learnt to obey orders, rather than be obeyed.” On how he felt when he heard different conjectures •L-R: Commissioner for Sport, Kano State, Mr. Ibrahim Galadima; Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje; and Commandant, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Kano State, Mr. Mohammed Aliyu, during the presentation of vehicles to security agencies in Kano... on Friday Photo: Olatunji Ob asa #ReturnOrResign protest enters sixth day ADELANI ADEPEGBA T he protest by #ReturnOrResign coalition entered its sixth day on Saturday with the protesters urging President Muhammadu Buhari to resign because the country cannot continue to pay the medical bills of a sick leader. The group insisted that President Buhari should resume or resign. It described Buhari as the “President of a cabal.” The protesters added that Buhari had remained accessible to only a few people who knew his health status contrary to his pledge on the day of his inauguration when he said, “I belong to everybody and I belong to nobody.” Speaking during their sit-in at the Unity fountain, Maitama, Abuja, a member of the #OurMumuDonDo movement, Adebayo Raphael, urged the President to resign honourably. He said, “Nigeria cannot continue to pay the medical bills of a sick president who is inaccessible to Nigerians but only to a cabal. On the day of his inauguration, Buhari said he belonged to nobody. But today, he is only accessible to a few people. He is the president of a cabal. “All Nigerians must rise up and speak truth to POLITY power. Time has come for all Nigerians to put an end to the shenanigans. As a president who preached accountability, transparency and integrity, we are calling on him to listen to the voice of Nigerians by doing the honourable thing – resign.” Convener of the protest, Deji Adeyanju, argued that governance had been grounded to a halt on account of the President’s absence. “Governance is suffering; you can see the poor budget performance because there is no solid supervision in government. That is a key issue we are calling the government to be accountable for. Even the anti-corruption war is suffering as anyone can see,” he stated. The activist alleged that the pro-Buhari group was sponsored to attack #ReturnOrResign coalition on Friday in order to get the police to issue a blanket ban on protests in the Federal Capital Territory. “Our colleagues (pro- Buhari supporters) are not here today (Saturday). Money cannot buy passion or commitment. The journalists saw what happened on Friday; they surged towards us but we were protected by some security men. We know there is a plan to encourage them to attack us so that the FCT police command could issue a blanket ban on protests in Abuja,” Adeyanju noted. Various pro-government groups had sprung up in defence of the President since the #ResumeOrResign coalition took to the streets last Monday. The groups have also enjoyed official protection as they were given police guards every time they marched to the Aso Villa in support of Buhari. about his health, Buhari was reported to have said he followed events at home closely. He was said to have praised Nigerian television stations, and the media generally, for keeping him informed. When told that prayers were going on fervently for him, not only in Nigeria, but all over Africa, and around the world, the President reportedly said, “What we did in The Gambia early this year fetched us a lot of goodwill in the African continent. It gave us a lot of latitude. I thank all those who are praying (for me). May God reward them.” Adesina said the President sent appreciation to all Nigerians, expressing hope that he would be with them soon. Meanwhile, Buhari appeared in his first video since he left the country in May. The short video aired by the Nigerian Television Authority on Saturday night was recorded when the President received members of his media team In the video, Buhari was seen standing up to receive his guests. As the President shook hands with Mohammed, he said, “Lai, good afternoon. You are all over the place,” and the minister responded, “Thank you sir.” “I see you every evening in the press. It is very good. Going by the press, you are working very hard,” the President told the minister. Mohammed later told the NTA reporter that members of the team were excited about the health status of the President. He said, “Mr. President is getting better. He is very healthy and he has not lost his sense of humour at all. We are very excited because we met our President in very good health. He spoke to us and we exchanged banters. We can’t ask for more.” Adesina, on his part, said, “He (the President) has said that now, he has learnt to obey orders. You know Mr. President is a retired general. He was the one who used to issue the orders but he is the one to obey orders.” Military raid won’t affect relations with Nigeria –UN T he United Nations on Saturday reaffirmed its commitment to support the Federal government’s counter- terrorism efforts in the North-East region, adding that the raid on its building would not affect its relations with Nigeria. According to the News Agency of Nigeria, the UN Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator for Nigeria, Mr. Peter Lundberg, said this at a press conference on Saturday in Maiduguri. Lundberg said the UN would continue to support Nigeria to address the major problems affecting diplomacy education, health, nutrition and security challenges occasioned by the Boko Haram insurgency. He said the raid conducted by the military on UN Humanitarian facility in Maiduguri would not affect its relations with the country, “I am very pleased to inform you that our relationship of collaboration and trust is intact, and at this stage, we are focused on the work ahead, to ensure that the millions of vulnerable people in the North-East are supported with life-saving humanitarian aid. “I reiterated that we are here in support of the government of Nigeria, the UN agencies and over 60 development organisations working to provide the much-needed food, shelter, safe water, latrines and medicines,” Lundberg said. Lundberg announced that the UN had resumed its services after it was temporarily suspended following a raid by the military on its office. He explained that the UN humanitarian services were facing serious challenges due to security threats posed by the Boko Haram insurgents. The UN official added that humanitarian services were restricted to thousands of people in the affected areas due to various challenges. “The rainy season is also creating challenges to humanitarian access in some areas in the region,” he noted. He said the UN estimated that about 8.5 million people were in dire need of humanitarian assistance in the North-East and Lake Chad region. He said that the UN has targeted 6.9 million people for the distribution of humanitarian assistance in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states.