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Buhari, Obasanjo, Jonathan, Akinyemi Mourn Powell, Commiserate with US Govt Obaigbena salutes a man who chaired event that birthed ARISE Group Deji Elumoye in Abuja and James Sowole in Abeokuta President Muhammadu Buhari and former Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan, have extended the sympathy of the

Nigerian government to the United States President, Joe Biden, and the people of America over the demise of a former US Secretary of State, General Colin Powell. They expressed their feelings over the demise of Powell in separate

statements yesterday. Also paying tribute to the late former Secretary of State, the Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of THISDAY/ARISE Media Group, Prince Nduka Obaigbena, saluted Powell for his support and inspira-

tion that ultimately helped to birth ARISE News Channel. According to him, "Powell enabled the emergence of ARISE News Channel, Africa's leading global broadcaster, through his support for the ARISE Magazine and the Africa Rising Festival, which

he Chaired at the Royal Albert Hall, London in 2008. ARISE Magazine, the global style and culture platform later transformed into the ARISE News Channel in 2013 and is now available to over 200 million people around the world on multiple

platforms." President Buhari in a statement by his spokesman, Garba Shehu, said he believed that as the first African-American Chairman of the Continued on page 12

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Ahmed: Finance Ministry, CBN Working Assiduously to Bridge Gap in FX Rates James Emejo in Abuja with Agency report

A NEW ERA BEGINS IN THE PETROLEUM INDUSTRY...

L-R: Group Managing Director, Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mallam Mele Kyari; Chief Executive Officer, Midstream & Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (MDPRA), Engr. Farouk Ahmed; Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva; Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Dr. Nasir Sani-Gwarzo and Chief Executive Officer, Nigeria Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC), Engr. Gbenga Komolafe, shortly after the inauguration of the two agencies by the minister at NNPC Towers, Abuja... yesterday

The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, has disclosed that her ministry is collaborating with the Central Bank of Nigeria Continued on page 12

Bandits Massacre 40 in Sokoto Market, Buhari Declares Total War Says their days are numbered Troops kill 10 in Kaduna Tambuwal calls for coordinated operations in state Ortom worries about situation in schools US expresses readiness to help

Deji Elumoye, Michael Olugbode in Abuja, George Okoh In Makurdi, John Shiklam in Kaduna and Onuminya Innocent in Sokoto President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday declared total war on bandits wreaking havoc in parts of the country, saying their days are numbered. The president, who was reacting to the killing, on Sunday, of over 40 people by

bandits at Goronyo market, in Sokoto State, sent a tough warning to the criminals and declared, "The clock of your ultimate destruction is ticking as you will no longer have a place to hide." Buhari had earlier taken a critical look at the security situation in the country before news of the massacre in Sokoto State filtered in. Continued on page 12

Fashola, Monguno, Irabor, Kyari Headline AFRICA RISING... Late General Colin Powell (left) with Chairman, THISDAY/ARISE Media Group, Prince Nduka Obaigbena, at the Africa Rising Festival at the Royal Albert Editors’ Conference on Security... Hall, London in October 2008. The Africa Rising Festival birthed ARISE Magazine which transformed to ARISE News Channel. Page 10