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Month: October 2018

The Girl Osinbajo ‘Fell In Love With’ And All That Went Down At Ake Festival 2018

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On Sunday, October 28, the Ake Festival came to an end.  The four-day event, which holds annually in Nigeria, is the brain-child of author Lola Shoneyin, whose debut novel 'The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives' was nominated for the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2010.  The event was declared open on Friday by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, who acknowledged the importance of the creative industry, while also paying tribute to great Nigerian poets such as Niyi Osundare, Molara Wood and Tanure Ojaide.  Delivering his welcome address, he cited the consequences of discouraging participation in the arts with a fictional childhood experience he had with a girl he "fell in love with". “Does the artist have a responsibility to society beyond that of the ordinary citizen?

Despite Losing Five Members To Army, Shi’ites Flood Abuja For El-Zakzaky Protest

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The Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) has waded through barricades mounted by security agents, and marched through Abuja in protest. The protesters, who came from different states, arrived Abuja through Kubwa expressway, wielding portraits of their spiritual leader, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, as well as flags with Arabic inscriptions. Efforts by a combined detachment of armed policemen and soldiers to prevent the group from proceeding with the protest proved futile, as they waded through the security barricades. The protesters, who converged on Abuja from different states across the nation, defied a heavy downpour as they chanted: 'Free Zakzaky'; 'Free Our Leader'. The group later ended the protest at Citec bus stop, near Gwarinpa, a few meters away from Abuja. They, however, vowe...

VIDEO: How Army Denied Being In Possession Of Buhari’s Certificate In 2015

Video of FLASHBACK: We Only Have Letter Of Recommendation- Army Deny Possession Of Buhari's WAEC Certificate FLASHBACK: We Only Have Letter Of Recommendation- Army Deny Possession Of Buhari's WAEC Certificate FLASHBACK: We Only Have Letter Of Recommendation- Army Deny Possession Of Buhari's WAEC Certificate... A repeat of the drama that occurred in the build-up to the 2015 elections is currently making waves, regarding the failure of President Muhammadu Buhari to submit his academic credentials to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as required of candidates. SaharaReporters recalls that this is the second time the President has failed to submit the minimum certificate required of anyone to contest any elective position. In 2015, when Buhari entered...

President Without A Certificate By Ebun-olu Adegboruwa

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Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa Major-Gen Muhammadu Buhari (Retd) is eminently qualified to contest the presidential election in 2019. The controversy over the qualification of Gen Buhari to contest the 2019 presidential election is needless. By section 131, of the 1999 Constitution, a person is qualified for election to the office of President if: A. He is a citizen of Nigeria B. He has attained the age of forty years. C. He is a member of a political party and he is sponsored by that political party; and D. He has been educated up to at least School Certificate level or its equivalent. In my humble view, Gen Buhari has met all the above requirements. Under and by virtue of section 318 (1) of the Constitution: “School Certificate or its equivalent” means- a. a Secondar

God Has Helped Nigeria By Giving Us Somebody Like Buhari, Says Youth Organisation

Leaders of Buhari Youth Organisation (BYO) have praised the achievements of President Muhammadu Buhari. The group also referred to Buhari as a "man of integrity", symbolising how "God has helped Nigeria". This was the position at the group's Third Annual Independence Youth Pep Talk Programme, organised in partnership with the National Committee of Buhari Support Groups (NCBSG), held in Lagos. According to NAN, the event featured the presence of hundreds of young Buhari’s supporters, and was tagged: 'Change Mantra: Before, Now and the Future (Account of the Current Government). In his address, Senator Abu Ibrahim, Chairman, Board of Trustees, NCBSG, who was represented by Chief Abiodun Ajiboye, the National Secretary of NCBSG, said the objective of the event was to create awareness

We’ Won’t Repeat The Mistake Of Voting Buhari, Yoruba Youth Reply Fashola

The Yoruba Youth Council (YYC) has responded to the statement credited to Babatude Fashola, Minister of Power, Works and Housing, in which he said power will return to the South-West in 2023, if they re-elect President Muhammadu Buhari for a second term in the 2019 presidential poll. At a special town hall meeting on infrastructure, organised by the Ministry of Information and Culture and the National Orientation Agency, Fashola had called on the people of the South-West to support the second term ambition of President Buhari to ensure the return of power to the region in 2023.  See Also Elections Vote For Buhari In 2019 And Presidency Will Return To You In 2023, Fashola Tells South-Westerners 0 Comments 1 Day Ago However, the YYC said such calls by the Mi...

Delta Poly Students Demand Immediate Sack DSA Of Over ‘Bribery, Extortion, Abuse Of Office’

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Thomas Ojuye, Dean of Student Affairs, Delta State Polytechnic Students of the Delta State Polytechnic, Ozoro, Isoko North Local Government Area of the state, have called for the immediate probe and sack of the Dean of Student Affairs, Thomas Ojuye and the institution's Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) Chairman, America Akpituren Mogbeiyishereje, over "abuse of office, gross misconduct and extortion from vulnerable students". Some of the students, who spoke in confidence to SaharaReporters, alleged that "abuse of office, extortion and other forms of misconduct have become the order of the day at the office of the Dean of Students Affairs, especially when it concerns the issues of students bursary". Narrating happenings in the school, one of the students, who preferred not...

UNIBEN Students Receive Presidential Commendation For Innovation

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Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has commended the Mr Voiceover Mentorship Initiative team for their activities geared towards job creation and empowerment. Osinbajo stated this during his visit to Benin City in Edo State. Godwin Obaseki, Governor of Edo State, who was present with Osinbajo at the Edo State government house applauded the team of students, Ifeanyi Dickins, Emmanuel Oluwasayomi Ahmadu, Ayodele Ayodeji, Akomolafe Jesutomi, Andrew Nwuzurike, and others for thinking out of the box on finding solutions to environmental pollution. The initiative is aimed at creating jobs by converting waste nylon wrappers into creative paintings, as well as collage artworks for portrait, furniture design, interior decoration, monument and others. The vice-president took one of the cre...

Dealing With Corruption Is More Important Than Shouting About It, Says Peter Obi

Peter Obi, vice-presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has said the fight against corruption should go beyond "shouting about it". Obi, who affirmed that corruption "kills entrepreneurship, professionalism and hard work", highlighted some of his achievements when he was Governor of Anambra State. He stated this in an interview with NAN in Abuja. His words: “We should look at the effect of corruption and go on to deal with it in the way it should. It is important that everybody becomes part of those trying to stop it, because it kills three things that try to make society work. “It kills entrepreneurship, professionalism and hard work; it is not about shouting about it, but dealing with it." In his remarks on Nigeria's rating by the World Economic Forum,

AfDB Approves $50m Credit Facility For Fidelity Bank

The African Development Bank has approved a US$50 million line of credit to Nigeria’s Fidelity Bank Plc to support small and medium-sized, and women-owned enterprises in selected transformative sectors. The credit will also accommodate close to 100 SMEs in manufacturing, health and education. According to a statement by AfDB, the credit was approved by the bank’s board on October 10, 2018, and the facility is fully dedicated to financing micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs), with a minimum of 30 per cent going to women-owned enterprises. The statement read: "The loan will enhance Fidelity Bank’s liquidity and help meet the demand for medium-term funding to players in the target sectors, contributing to improved quality of lives, job and wealth creation and tax-revenue