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New twists have emerged on why a former governor of Kano State, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, is yet to join the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of the 2023 general elections.

Competent sources within the party said that Kwankwaso had sought a soft landing and given conditions for joining the party.

It was gathered that since the leaders of the APC from the North had been mulling a southern president in 2023, Kwankwaso’s conditions were that he would only return to the APC if agreed that he would be made a presidential running mate in the 2023 general elections.

Also, Kwankwaso is asking the party not to tamper with his existing structures especially the Kwankwasiyya Movement that exists all over Nigeria.

The source said Kwankwaso demanded that the structure of the party in Kano State should go to him rather than his home state governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, who was his deputy.

Kwankwaso has been in a political war with Ganduje since their tenure as governor and deputy expired in 2015.

Kwankwaso was among some northern  governors who left the convention ground of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2014 to form the nPDP that later joined the All Progressives Congress (APC) that defeated the then ruling party in the 2015 presidential election.

Pundits say Kwankwaso’s former friend, deputy and present governor of Kano State, Ganduje will never cage in to surrendering his power as the leader of the APC in the state.

Another source said that while Kwankwaso was making such a demand, the party disagreed and also gave him certain leeway.

“But people who were negotiating his return on behalf of the party told Kwankwaso that he is free to return to the party and fight for any office he wants but that his demands cannot be part of an agreement.

 

“He (Kwankwaso) was told that giving him the ticket as a presidential running mate and controlling the structure of the APC is something he can’t be assured of but can pursue his ambitions.

“Kwankwaso was given a green light to return to the APC without any promise of a presidential running mate ticket neither will he be made  the leader of the APC in Kano.

“He was told that the Kwankwasiyya Movement should be disbanded,” the source said.

Another member of the APC in the North West said if Kwankwaso returned to the party with his Kwankwasiyya Movement unchecked, it might affect the running of the party.

“The Kwankwasiyya Movement has a large followership. There will beconflicting views and interests if the Kwankwasiyya Movement is allowed in the APC. If Kwankwaso returns with his Kwankwasiyya Movement, there would be a series of clashes,” he said.

Kwankwaso had in June denied plans to dump the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

Kwankwaso’s aide, Saifullahi Hassan, had said that reports making the rounds that Kwankwaso planned to return to the APC were false.

He also said their leader was not planning to float a new political party to challenge PDP and APC for presidency in 2023.

But during a meeting of APC stakeholders in Kano on Thursday, the state commissioner for rural development, Musa Iliyasu Kwankwaso, said Kwankwaso would be welcomed back to the APC.

Musa, a relation to Kwankwaso, said they were still expecting the former governor in the APC but could not disclose when he would join the party.

“If he is ready to submit to the leadership of Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, he is welcome. Ganduje is the leader of the APC in Kano,” Musa was quoted as saying.

 

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Senior Pastor of Dunamis International Gospel Centre, Dr Paul Eneche has said that compulsory COVID-19 vaccination is from the “pit of hell.”

Eneche said this during the “Early Will I Seek You” program at the church’s headquarters, Glory Dome, Abuja.

Recall that the Federal Government said it would ban unvaccinated workers from accessing their offices starting from December 1.

Reacting to the directive, Eneche said “We terminate the demonic covid agenda. We terminate the demonic false vaccination agenda all around the earth.

“In case you don’t know, compulsory COVID-19 vaccination is from the pit of hell. Nobody is ever permitted to be given an injection by force for any reason. It is from the pit of hell. That is what you are praying about.

“Anybody who is sick has the right to be treated and anybody by choice can receive any medication, any time. Even God Almighty gave man a choice in the Garden of Eden, only the devil leaves people with no choice”.

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Popular music promoter and socialite, Captain Oladiran Ibironke, popularly known as Dudu Heritage, has been buried amidst tears on Friday, October 15, 2021.

Dudu Heritage, who is husband to Nollywood actress, Bimbo Oshin, was buried at the Eternal Home cemetery, Ojoo, Ibadan, Oyo State.

The interment was after the planting of a tree in his honour at the Ibadan Golf Club and the funeral service at the All Saints Church, Jericho, Ibadan.

Ibironke died after slumping while playing golf in Ibadan on Sunday, September 12, 2021.

The ceremony had in attendance family, friends and members of the entertainment industry, particularly friends of actress Bimbo Oshin.

Celebrated Gospel artiste, Tope Alabi, gave a rendition glorifying God for a life well spent by the deceased.

In her tribute, Bimbo eulogised her late husband, describing him as her pillar and one who contributed to her success in the movie industry.

She said, “I have cried more than I have done in my 25 years as an actress. It all still looks like a dream to me. With a heavy heart and tears in my eyes, I write this tribute.

“I had the great opportunity and rare privilege of being the wife and partner to the most wonderful loving, romantic, peaceful, kind, and God-fearing man any woman can wish for. Life could not have been a better place without you in it.

 

“I flashback to the 12th of September 2021 and am still shattered. I still called you at some minutes to 7pm when I came to pick our son up at the Golf Club as directed by you. My instinct told me to call you to come out and see me at the car park. I did call and you said ‘Hello Iyawo e, ma binu, mo wa n meeting’, meaning Hello my wife, I’m sorry, I’m in a meeting.

“I prayed to God to bring you back to life but alas death snatched you away from me (Iku da mi Loro) A loving and accommodating father to several people. Tell me a man of noble character and I will present my husband to you. My heavenly father used you to bless me with the most amazing and adorable children.”

LEADERSHIP reports that the late Dudu Heritage resided in the United States where he was a music promoter before relocating to Nigeria to run a private business.

Until his death, he was the Captain of the prestigious Ibadan Golf Club. He is survived by an aged parent, wives, children and grandchildren.

 

 

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Reality TV star, Tolani Shobajo, popularly known as Tolanibaj, has said that there’s nothing attractive about a man who every woman wants.

The former Big Brother Naija season five housemate made this known on her Instagram story on Friday.

She wrote, “You ever get ya hands on a nigga everybody think the goat and he really a lamb. There’s nothing attractive nor exciting about a man that every female wants…Lowkey men who like to stay home” (sic)
 
TheNewsGuru recalls that her statement comes days after the BBNaija Lockdown ex-housemate also made her birthday gift expectations known to the public.

Taking to her Instagram story, she wrote, “My birthday is on Wednesday. I want a black Velar and a new house in Jesus name.”

Former Big Brother Naija housemates have been known to receive houses, cars, and other luxury gifts from their fans.

Two weeks ago, Tolanibaj’s fellow Lockdown ex-housemate, Tochi, was given a car days after he was mocked for not having one from his fans.

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The House of Representatives has said that Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) that failed to implement their 2021 budget because they were not given 100 per cent allocation may not be accommodated in the 2022 appropriation.

Briefing reporters, spokesperson of the House, Hon. Benjamin Kalu, described such attitude from the MDAs as sabotaging the efforts of the government.

As the House breaks into committees to scrutinise the budget proposal and assess the performance of MDAs from next week, Kalu said defaulters would be sent back.

He assured that the lawmakers would do a thorough job on the budget for the benefit of Nigerians.

He said: “It is one thing to move the budget early enough. It is another thing to return the budget to the January to December calendar. It is another thing to sabotage the government by saying you have not received 100 per cent and so there would be no implementation.

“There is nowhere the appropriation committee stated that you must receive 100 per cent funding before you start implementing the budget.

“We actually frown at the agencies or ministries who say they have only received 75 per cent or 60 per cent and are waiting for more to come before implementation. Why don’t you start with that 50 per cent that you have received and when the other ones come, you mobilise, especially on capital projects?

 
 

“To wait till the dying minutes and then start giving somebody 100 per cent for him to be able to perform on that before coming for presentation is a very wrong strategy, and this is one thing that we want the MDAs to change and that is what we are going to be looking out for in the budget implementation defence when they appear before us.

“Yes, most of them would be sent back. MDAs that took the money of the government and kept it in the bank and refused to use it and came to tell us that it was not complete, they would be sent back. And some of them may not get appropriation in this new budget because you have to justify what you took before. What is the essence of asking to give you more?

“Another thing we are going to be looking out for in this budget is those various resolutions that we reached as a parliament, which were supposed to be handled by the various MDAs for them to capture it in their budget. If you ignored the resolutions of the parliament and you drafted your own budget without reference to what the representatives of the Nigerian people have asked you to please consider while preparing your budget, you have acted on the frolick of your own.

“It is an exercise in futility because we are going to pick it up and we are going to match it against the legislative compliance committee’s report, who would find out whether the MDAS are complying with legislative resolutions. It is no longer an all comers affair.

“If we move for resolution for example and say while they are considering projects that had to do with ecology in this particular area, considered one, two, three, four projects, and then you ignore them and then out of the blues introduce something that is strange to us, be sure that we are going to question you on that and you will justify it or we take it out.

“I want to guarantee Nigerians that the budget would not be as it came to the National Assembly. It is either it goes up or it goes down. But it would not be garbage in, garbage out. A lot of work is going to be done, and as you know, the House has adjourned to the 9th of November to enable us consider at the committee level this budget, so that by the time we come back, we would be looking at the work done so far. And if there is need to go back again, we would go back. So from now till the 9th of November we will be meeting you mostly at the committee level.”

 

 

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The National Economic Council presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Friday called on the leadership of the security agencies to ensure that persons recruited into arms-bearing agencies undergo psychiatric evaluations and drug tests before and after enlistment.

NEC said the evaluations would ensure that the personnel were psychologically fit to carry weapons and identify behavioural tendencies that might require psycho-social interventions.

The Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, disclosed this in a statement titled, ‘NEC: States, FG to pay compensation to victims of #EndSARS protests and prosecute those indicted’.

The council also urged personnel of the agencies to dutifully observe the rules of engagement in the discharge of their duties.

It said police accountability was being strengthened through the Police Service Commission, improved funding and budgetary allocation to the Nigeria Police Force and other securities agencies, as well as the lifting of the ban on recruitment of police officers.

It, therefore, urged the Federal Government to give priority to the general welfare of policemen and personnel of other security agencies.

 

It also advocated a review of pension and gratuity of retired police officers and equal remuneration for police officers and other security agents; a comprehensive assessment of all police stations across the country with a view to ensuring that they were fit for purpose; and deployment of cutting-edge technology by the Nigeria Police and other security agencies in the fight against crimes.

The council equally called on the police to prioritise training of personnel in human rights provisions guaranteed by the constitution and in the professional handling of weapons.

It said, “All those detained by the police as a result of the #EndSARS protests should be expeditiously processed with due regard to the principles of fair hearing. The system established within the Nigeria Police Force for receipt and handling of complaints or petitions is strengthened, and all police officers on duty should be in police-approved uniform with their full names and force numbers boldly written for easy identification.”

 

 

Ajibola Olufemi Adeniyi, a 71-year-old man has reportedly died during a romp with a call girl inside a hotel in Ogun State.

It was learnt that the incident happened on Monday at 50/50 hotel Ogijo, Sagamu Local Government Area of Ogun State.

The deceased, said to be a resident of 22, Akilo Street, Bariga, Lagos State, had visited the brothel to ‘relax’ with one of the prostitutes therein, who was simply identified as Joy.

“In the course of the intercourse, the man slumped and died immediately,” a hotelier in the area confirmed the incident to newsmen anonymously.

According to the source, the police from the Ogijo Division had visited the scene to evacuate the lifeless body of Adeniyi, where they also recovered his ATM card and driver’s license.

“As police try to locate the family of the man, his body was deposited at the morgue of Sagamu General Hospital, Ogun State.

“The prostitute has also been arrested by the police to unravel the cause of the man’s death,” our correspondent was told.

Abimbola Oyeyemi, Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, could not be reached as he did not answer calls or reply messages sent to him since Thursday.

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The skyrocketing increase in the price of foodstuff has led to an uncomfortable change in most dining rooms across the country, findings revealed.

A market survey conducted across the six geo-political zones in the country shows an already upsurge in the prices of staple food such as meat, fish, rice, beans, millet, maize, wheat, tomatoes, and pepper and other food items and beverages have increased blamed on the increase in foreign exchange (FOREX).

 

Amidst the price increase, millions of Nigerians may be caught between a rock and a hard place as farmers across the six geo-political zones in the country are lamenting the vicious cycle caused by the negative impact of banditry and COVID-19 pandemic on the current farming season.

The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) reports that food prices surged in September due to tightening supply and robust demand.

According to the report, the Food Price Index averaged 130.0 points in September, up by 1.2 per cent from the figure recorded in August. It noted that the September 2021 record was the highest level since September 2011.

It further noted that the Cereal Price Index in September increased by 2.0 percent from the previous month, with world wheat prices up almost 4 per cent – and as much as 41 per cent higher than a year earlier – due to tightening export availability amid high demand.

findings show that food items have now become luxury items that are served only when they can be afforded but sparingly and replaced with cheaper substitutes. At the moment, most Nigerians have adjusted the nutritional quality and quantity of food they consume daily.

Also, Nigerians now see beans and rice as a luxury food and now substitute them with yam, plantain, and cassava flakes (garri) which are also expensive.

However, the monetary measure of poverty, what economists refer to as the ‘headcount index’ shows that individuals should feed on $1.90 per day deemed adequate to maintain an acceptable living standard, given the cost of living in a given country.

 

Sadly, a report released by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said “In an analysis of 91 countries, including Nigeria, half of the children aged six to 23 months globally, are not being fed the minimum recommended meals a day. Two-thirds do not consume the minimum number of food groups they need to thrive. In Nigeria, one out of every three children is stunted, and one out of every 10 children is wasted.’’

In Jigawa, the people of the state have been facing so many economic challenges which manifested in the high rate of child malnutrition, stunting rate, maternal and child mortality, and other related indices.

The current inflation and other related economic challenges have made life more difficult and very unbearable to residents of the state.

‘’Many families in the state have been living without access to three square meals per day,’’ said Musa Shehu, a rural peasant farmer.

Shehu said, for over two months he and his family of five children and one wife have been living on only one to two meals per day.

“I am a subsistence farmer, and I am yet to harvest my crops so life is very unbearable to my family, the little food we are getting is “ci karka mutu” a Hausa word, meaning eat to survive,” he said.

For Ibrahim Sani, a junior staff in the Local Education Authority, the economic challenges have forced him to allow his children to engage in street hawking as his salary cannot feed his family.

“The food items are available in the market, however, it is costly, the price keeps rising daily while my salary is not increasing,’’ he said.

In Kaduna State, residents have continued to lament the increasing prices of foodstuffs amidst poverty and urged the government to do all within its powers to stem the tide so that average Nigerians can survive in these trying times.

Residents in Kaduna State who spoke said they mostly go to bed with an empty stomach, while some said they manage one square meal and a good day two square meal but certainly not a balanced diet.

For most rural dwellers he said their situation is worsening by the increasing insecurity that practically makes it impossible for them to go to their farms.

A petty trader in Kaduna central market who sells pumpkin leaves, Mrs Chinyere Okeke said, “The hardship in Nigeria now is too much, my profit is less than N1,000 daily. I cannot afford to buy much of what I sell because it is too expensive.

“I have five children. We barely eat two times daily, we depend on people for survival, sometimes we go to bed with an empty stomach,” she lamented.

A cleaner, Mallam Aminu Isah, said, “My daily expenses are more than what I earn when put together in a month, my transportation alone is up to a thousand Naira daily to my working place.

According to him, “As a family man with three wives and 22 children, we barely eat once a day. We survive at the mercy of others, but God is helping us. Prices of foodstuffs are high, so we manage to eat what we can afford with or without any meat.

“We deserve to benefit from the dividend of democracy. The government should open all borders so that we can be able to feed, we are dying of hunger. Government should also create an enabling environment, ease the way of doing business and also strengthen our institutions.”

Also, a civil servant in Kaduna state, Aisha Ibrahim said “We eat what can keep our soul going, life has become difficult for us as Nigerians. As a widow with four children, the least I can make soup with is N2,500. I can only make noodles with N1,400 for five people. It is indeed very difficult, we appeal to the government to look into the suffering of the masses, times are hard, now we eat what comes our way and that we can afford.”

Meanwhile, residents of Katsina state have expressed worry over the persistent rising in the price of commodities in the state. According to them, life has been so difficult that lots of them had to forfeit their desire for other commodities to focus on food as their most essential need.

 

A soft drink seller in Kankara Katsina, Nuradeen Faruq, said that the cost of drinks and other items has made business difficult for him.

“The price of soft drinks like Coke is now sold at N180 instead of N150, Maltina which was sold N150 is now N200. Also, a bottle of water that was sold at N100 has now moved to N120,’’ he said.

On the food items, he said ‘’We are buying rice at the cost of N1,000 per measure (Tiya) prior to now it is being sold at N1500. A bag of maize which sold N7,000 last year is now N14,000.”

In Osun State, a nutritionist Mrs Elizabeth Adesokan has raised alarm over the imminent outbreak of cases of malnutrition patients in hospitals.

Adesokan lamented the rate at which patients with cases of malnutrition are being admitted into paediatric wards across hospitals in Osun State.

According to an expert in economics, Dr. Olawale Lawal, the percentage of people living below the poverty level rises on a daily basis due to the rise in the price of commodities, especially food items.

In Ibadan, three housewives, Mrs. Koleosho Ajayi, Adeyeri Ganiyat, and Olatunji Bello disclosed that as a result of the high inflation, it has been ‘’1-0-1 or 0-0-1’’ in most of the households.

They explained that they only cook food based on their needs and not what they wanted due to the high cost of foodstuffs in the market.

A lecturer of the Department of Economics, University of Jos, Prof. Ademu Wada, attributed the hike in the prices of foodstuff to insecurity in the country. He pointed out that farmers cannot go to their farms for fear of being attacked and killed. He said the situation has led to food insecurity in the country.

He said, ‘’Government should encourage people to farm on a large scale instead of the usual subsistence farming which will not meet the demand of our ever-growing population.’’

Austin Gazuk, Department of Economics and General Studies Plateau State Polytechnic said the reason for the hike in the prices of foodstuff in the market was as a result of the fact that food supply is very low, while the demands are high.

A Consultant Family care practitioner at the Federal Medical Centre Owerri, Dr Jideuma Egwim, said wrong eating results in malnutrition and reduced immunity.

Egwim said, “People may think they are saving money but in the long run, their immunity is reduced and this makes them susceptible to Infections because their body’s ability to ward off ailments is reduced.’’

He said children are largely affected by kwashiorkor, and adults gradually develop health concerns.

The president of Lagos Chamber of Commerce & Industry (LCCI), Mrs. Toki Mabogunje said that “Nigeria’s actual output performance is still below its potential output level as recorded in the pre-COVID-19 period. Achieving key development outcomes such as employment creation and poverty reduction will always remain elusive in the light of fragile recovery, and this reinforces the need for policymakers to pursue critical reforms to bolster confidence in the economy, accelerate post-pandemic recovery and alleviate poverty.”

She noted that the successive deceleration in headline inflation from 18.17 per cent in March this year to 17.01 per cent in August, saying that food inflation also recorded a decline of 73 basis points. The highest increases were recorded in bread, cereals, milk, cheese, eggs, oils and fats, potatoes, yam and other tubers, meat, coffee, tea, and cocoa.

 

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SUPER EAGLES and Napoli star, Victor Osimhen, in an interview with compatriot, William Troost-Ekong, on YouTube has opened up on his journey to becoming a professional footballer and how he did menial jobs to survive.

Osimhen, who was born in Lagos, completed an €80m deal to move from Lille to Napoli in the summer of 2020 becoming the most expensive African player of all time.

The 22-year-old, a product of Ultimate Strikers Academy, made his breakthrough when he signed a three-and-a-half-year deal with Wolfsburg in 2017.

He then moved to Belgium and France playing for Charleroi and Lille respectively.

He scored 18 goals in 38 appearances across all competitions with the Ligue 1 side before moving to Napoli on a permanent deal.

In his debut season in Naples, the Nigeria international scored 10 goals in 24 Serie A appearances at Stadio Maradona.

However, in the video posted on the Troost-Ekong YouTube page, the Napoli striker opened up on his road to stardom.

“It all started like a dream, a boyhood dream from the slum,” the 22-year-old said in an interview with his compatriot, Troost-Ekong on YouTube.

“I wanted to become a professional player, inspired by a lot of big legends like Didier Drogba, Odion Ighalo, Mikel Obi and many others.

“I feel like I have achieved this feat, it’s one of my biggest achievements in life,” the former striker added. 

“Most people are familiar when I say this because they have come through even worse (situations) than mine and where I grew up, nothing is promised there because whatever you want to get, you have to work so hard for it.

“I remember when I was growing up, I was cleaning the gutters for 20 Naira, for my landlord and did some cleaning jobs for my neighbours close to my house, fetch water for 80 Naira, I think.

“I found pleasure in doing these things because I believed when I worked so hard to get this money, it was important for me. I had consciousness on how to spend this money and help my family.

“While growing up, my brother was selling newspapers, my sister oranges. I was in the traffic with water and I’d had to chase cars, give them water to get the money. I feel like these struggles helped me in life.

“I am grateful for where I am today because of what I’d been through, it shaped me into the man I am. I am really grateful to God for that.”

Osimhen has had a great start to the 2021-22 campaign with seven goals in eight games across all competitions.

His contract with the Partenopei expires in June 2025.

 

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