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We owe no apology to anyone on Zuma’s statue – Okorocha

By Nwafor Sunday Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state, Wednesday  said that his administration will not apologies to anyone for erecting the statue of Jacob Zuma, the president of South Africa, noting that the statue was to honour and appreciate Zuma, whose visit was strictly to sign a MoU between Jacob Zuma Education Foundation and Rochas Foundation College of Africa. Jacob Zuma’s statue in Imo “We owe no one apology. Rochas made a promise to open the doors of Imo to the rest of the world, for good and he is doing that and we cannot be deterred by these enemies of our people”, he said Recall that Okorocha unveiled the said statue on Sunday which perhaps attracted many critics. It was on that note however that Okorocha issued a statement through his chief press secret...

Contempt: Court remands former Vice president Atiku’s Son, Aminu

By Onozure Dania Lagos- The son of former Vice President Abubakar Atiku, Aminu Atiku was yesterday remanded in transit cell by a Tinubu Magistrate’s Court in Lagos  for allegedly disobeying a court order of the court, made on October 11, ordering him to produce his son Amir Atiku. Magistrate Kikelomo Ayeye had  on October 11, made the order over the custody of 8 year old Amir, whom he was alleged to have taken away from the custody of his estranged wife, Fatimo Bolori. In the order which a copy which was made avaliable to Vanguard , Magistrate Ayeye had made an order of emergency evacuation and protection ordereding the respondent in the suit marked FCL/29/2017, between U. F.  Bolori Vs M. A. Abubakar, to produce one Amir Abubakar, on October 18 (Wednesday), for the he...

UNFPA renews commitment to women, girls in crises

Dr Natalia Kanem, Executive Director of the UNFPA on Wednesday in Abuja renewed the commitment of the agency to supporting women and girls affected by humanitarian crises. Kanem, who disclosed this at media briefing, decried the alarming increase of refugees and people displaced by emergency within their country. “The humanitarian situation is increasing alarmingly; we have never had so many refugees as we have now, more than 65 million refugees in the world, and an additional number of people who are displaced within their home land because of conflict. “The noble mission of the United Nations to help nations on this scourge; that is war is even more important today than it has ever been. “As UNFPA, we feel the pain of Nigeria and in the northeast and any other region...

Trump slams NFL for not making players stand for anthem

U.S. President Donald Trump criticised the National Football League on Wednesday for not forcing players to stand for the national anthem. Trump fired back after league officials meeting in New York chose instead to effectively back players’ right to political activism. “Total disrespect for our great country!” tweeted Trump, who has repeatedly denounced players in the country’s most popular sports league as unpatriotic for kneeling during the anthem in a demonstration against racism. NFL COMMISSIONER ROGER GOODELL AT A NEWS CONFERENCE IN NEW YORK, U.S., OCTOBER 17, 2017 After the first day of the NFL’s two-day autumn meeting of team owners, players and their unions, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell told reporters they talked about “the issues that our players have been ...

‘He Painted Landscapes With His Words’: Gord Downie Remembered By Canadian Leaders, Music Industry

The Tragically Hip frontman died this week following a battle with brain cancer. It’s difficult to sum up just how important Gord Downie was to Canadian music fans around the world — so it’s no surprise that The Tragically Hip frontman’s death Tuesday following a nearly two-year battle with glioblastoma, an incurable form of brain cancer, is being met with a kind of reverence only saved for national heroes. In a heartfelt statement, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called Downie a “rock star, artist, and poet whose evocative lyrics came to define a country,” adding, “The Tragically Hip’s music invited us to explore places we had never been — from Mistaken Point to Churchill — and helped us understand each other, while capturing the complex...

Aare Ona Kakanfo cap fits Adams – Fayose

By Rotimi Ojomoyela Ado-Ekiti- Ekiti State Governor, Chief Ayodele Fayose, has described as a perfect fit and an honour well deserved, the title of the Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland being conferred on the Leader of the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC), Otunba Gani Adams by the Alaafin of Oyo, Kabiyesi Iku Baba Yeye Oba Lamidi Adeyemi. Fayose said he has no doubt that the cap fits Adams going by the pedigree of the recipient of the prestigious title. Fayose He stated this in a message to congratulate Adams on Wednesday in Ado-Ekiti through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Idowu Adelusi. According to the governor, Oba Adeyemi made the right choice in the appointment of Adams as the Generalissimo of the Oyo Empire. “In the Yoruba tradition, before a person is conferred with a ...

BeepMAGNET unveils entrepreneurial platform for youths’ empowerment

By Chris Onuoha BeepMAGNET International Group has introduced two of its e-compliant entrepreneurship and empowerment innovation platform called the GoldClub 3.0 and the BMCoin. BeepMAGNET Unveiling this at a business dinner to mark their one year anniversary in Lagos, the Group revealed that with the prevailing technology knowledge gap as a major challenges encountered in online transactions in the country, the introduction of this innovative technology will go a long way to revolutionize the concepts of crypto currency education, financial freedom and as well empower, create jobs, and proffer alternative streams of income for young Nigerians. According to Managing Director, Chief Executive Officer, BeepMagnet Group, Gilead Okolonkwo, “The Goldclub International is an...

Why FG should abolish state of origin, Indigeneship – Prof Azinge

By Ikechukwu Nnochiri ABUJA – Former Director General of the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, NIALS, Prof. Epiphany Azinge, SAN, has called for the abolition of State of Origin and Indigeneship from the 1999 Constitution. *Prof. Epiphany Azinge, SAN Azinge maintained that expunging the two items from the constitution would foster unity in the country and obviate situations like the recently withdrawn notice of quit that was handed to Igbo by coalition of northern youths. The senior lawyer who spoke to journalists in Abuja while unveiling plans for the inauguration of the Azinge Foundation, said Nigeria had reached a critical junction in its national life to warrant a holistic appraisal of some components of the constitution. He blamed the increased level o...

Obiano has fulfilled the purpose of government – Hon. Awogu

By Nwabueze Okonkwo ONITSHA – The Senior Special Assistant to overnor Willie Obiano on Political Matters, Hon. Arinzechukwu Awogu has appealed to Anambra electorate to vote for Obiano on November 18 because Obiano has earned our trust and confidence. He stated that as an incumbent, the readily yardstick that comes to mind is performance level which is in itself relative in the sense that it presents different appeal to different people. Chief Willie Obiano In a press statement issued to newsmen yesterday in Onitsha, Awogu stated that looking at Obiano’s performance in retrospect especially when juxtaposed with the first four years of previous  administrations in the state, I found it reassuring to say that Obiano has performed exceptionally well in his three and a half...

Please, queue up behind Obaze, defeated PDP guber aspirant begs fellow aspirants

By Nwabueze Okonkwo ONITSHA – The defeated governorship aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Zeribe Ezeanuna has appealed to his fellow defeated aspirants to queue up behind the party’s candidate, Oseloka Henry Obaze. Oseloka Obaze This, he said, was to enable the party reclaim its mandate from other political parties, particularly the All Progressives Congress, APC which is now controlling the centre and the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA which is currently having the grip of Anambra state. Reacting to the gang up by his fellow defeated aspirants in the state to fight Obaze out of the contest, Ezeanuna stated that since the primaries were over and he understood how it pains for an aspirant to lose party nomination at a particular dispensation, they sh...

8 Division, Nigerian Army takes off in Sokoto

The newly-established 8 Division of the Nigerian Army, Sokoto, has taken off with the assumption of duty of its pioneer General Officer Commanding (GOC), Brig.-Gen. Olabanji Samuel, Gen. Samuel disclosed this when he paid a courtesy visit to Gov. Aminu Tambuwal at the Government House in Sokoto  on Wednesday. File: Recruits undergoing training at the headquaters of the Depot of the Nigerian Army  He said necessary arrangements had been put in place to ensure the smooth take off of the new division. He said the bulk of the men and officers of the division  had  now been mobilised to ensure its proper take off . “As you may recall, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Yusuf Burutai, announced the establishment of this division when he visited Sokoto earlier this year. “I am...

Southwest PDP: Survival schemes

By Gbenga Oke Southwest leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP have plans to survive intrigues being set against them. GIVEN his position as the only Peoples Democratic Party, PDP governor in the Southwest it was not out of place for Governor Ayodele Fayose to prepare his house for the forthcoming convention of the party. Fayose The need for such preparation is against the background of the aspiration of at least five members of the party for the office of the national chairman of the party. That aspiration is in the face of the determination of some other interested aspirants from other zones to contest for the position. Prominent among the contenders from outside the zone is media mogul, Chief Raymond Dokpesi, who has been fanning across the country in preparat...