Buhari to address Nigerians by 7am on Independence Day

Buhari to address Nigerians by 7am on Independence Day

President Muhammadu Buhari will on Friday, October 1, broadcast to the nation at 7.00 a.m. as part of activities marking the 61st Independence Anniversary of the country.

Mr Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, confirmed this development in a statement on Thursday in Abuja.

“All television, radio and other electronic media outlets are enjoined to hook up to network services of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), respectively, for the address,’’ the statement said.

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Meanwhile, President Buhari expressed sadness over the gruesome killing of Dr. Chike Akunyili, the widower of the former Director-General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Prof. Dora Akunyili.

This is as he assured other families, whose loved ones were also killed; that the killers would face both the judgment of man and that of God.

Buhari, in a statement by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, yesterday, shared the pain of the Akunyilis; and also their friends whose lives would never remain the same after the tragedy in Onitsha, Anambra State.

The Igbo Conscience (TIC) in Lagos State has called on the Federal Government to consider a state of emergency in the South East, or at least in some states of the region, to prevent anarchy.

They stated this while addressing a press conference in Lagos, yesterday, over the murder of Dr. Akunyili.

The medical doctor, who had attended a lecture at the All Saints Cathedral, Onitsha; organised by the University of Nigeria Nsukka Alumni Association (UNNAA), Onitsha branch; in honour of his late wife, was murdered alongside his driver; police escort; as well as five others on Tuesday evening.

Former Anambra Governor, Peter Obi, and the traditional ruler of Agulu, Igwe Innocent Obodoakor, have condemned the murder.

Obi, who spoke with newsmen at Agulu, yesterday, described the incident as a sad situation.

On his part, Obodoakor described the deceased as a peace-loving man who cannot hurt.

IN the same vein, the Senate, at plenary yesterday, honoured the late Akunyili.

Gunmen murdered the medical doctor at Afor Nkpor, Idemili North Local Council, on Tuesday.


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