At Independence, Eminent Nigerians Preach Hope, Peace As Governors Pardon 294
At Independence, Eminent Nigerians Preach Hope, Peace As Governors Pardon 294 – The challenges facing it notwithstanding, eminent citizens expressed hope at the greatness of Nigeria as the 58th anniversary of its nationhood was yesterday marked.
They were unanimous in their positions that the country has prospects of rising again with its resilient people.
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, however, urged vigilance for the survival of the country’s democracy.
The wife of the president, Aisha Buhari, prayed for peace and development.
The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor E. A. Adeboye, urged Nigerians to work for the nation’s greatness
Senator Ben Murray-Bruce, on his part, expressed hope amid the prevailing poverty in the land.
For former vice president and presidential aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, a better tomorrow beckons.
According to the Director of Strategic Communications and spokesperson of the 2019 re-election bid of President Muhammadu Buhari, Festus Keyamo, there is hope, as “God Almighty will not abandon Nigeria.”
To presidential aspirant of the Alliance for Democracy, Prince Eniola Ojajuni, there is light at the end of the tunnel.
In her remarks, one of the arrowheads of the Bring Back Our Girls movement, Aisha Yesufu, prophesied a great nation.
In his contribution, the immediate past Ondo State governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, foresaw Justice and prosperity.
In the spirit of the season, Plateau and Niger State governors granted reprieves to 294 prisoners across the board.
In Jos, the Plateau capital, Governor Simon Lalong pardoned seven inmates serving various jail terms.
The governor, who took the decision after consultation with the State Advisory Council on Prerogative of Mercy, drew his powers from Section 212 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).
In Minna, the Niger capital city, Governor Abubakar Sani-Bello granted reprieves to four prison inmates on death row and two others convicts in prison custody.
He also commuted the death sentences of 20 inmates, discharged 40 others and ordered payment of fines for 221 convicts.
Consequently, he directed the Office of the Attorney General as well as the State Council on Prerogative of Mercy to give effect to the pronouncements.