Kogi 2019: Buhari save APC from crisis and defeat

Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello By Gabriel  B. Agbonika On May 27, 2019, Mr George Oyedepo wrote a passionate and touching article in ThisDay newspaper in which he called on President Muhammadu Buhari, to choose between Kogi State people and Governor Yahaya Bello for the November 16, 2019 State gubernatorial election. The call, he said, has become necessary because many Nigerians now believed strongly that President Buhari seems to be supporting Governor Yahaya Bello when majority of Kogi people were crying and begging the leadership of APC to save and rescue…

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Kogi 2019: Pick Bello, loose election – Jibril

Former Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Usman Jibril (rtd) By Gabriel B. Agbonika The former Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Usman Jibril, officially joined the list of governorship aspirants on the platform of the All Progressives Congress in Kogi state when he picked the party’s nomination form in Abuja on July 15, 2019. He told reporters at the party’s  headquarters in Abuja, after he had paid and collected the mandatory N25.5million nomination form, that he took the decision to contest the primary election of the party as a first step…

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N30,000 minimum wage: Salivating workers await end to waiting game

By Tosin Kolade, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN “You can see me smiling on behalf of Nigerian workers; President Muhammadu Buhari has assented to the Minimum Wage Repeal and Enactment Act, 2019. “This makes it compulsory for all employers of labour in Nigeria to pay to their workers the sum of N30,000 as the minimum wage. “It also gives workers the right to sue for the balance, when compelled to accept salary that is less than N30,000.” The above quotes were the exact words of Mr Ita Enang, Senior Special…

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Making wishes at Sensoji, Tokyo’s centuries-old temple

The Sensoji temple is a beehive of activities Every year, thousands of people from across the world visit the Sensoji Temple in Tokyo, Japan, seeking fortune, health and spiritual understanding. Anthony Maliki, who was in Tokyo The stream of visitors seemed unending along the stretch of the walkway from the Kaminarimon Gate (or Thunder Gate) with a giant hanging lantern, to the inner part of the Sensoji Buddhist Temple of Asakusa in Tokyo. The lantern was painted red and black. It is also the insignia of Asakusa. The Kaminarimon Gate…

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India election 2019: Narendra Modi thanks voters for ‘historic mandate’

Mr Modi’s Hindu nationalist politics were under scrutiny in the marathon election Prime Minister Narendra Modi has thanked the people of India for giving him a “historic mandate” of five more years in office, after a landslide victory in the general election. “We all want a new India. I want to bow down my head and say thank you,” he said in a victory address to supporters of his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The BJP is projected to get about 300 of the 543 seats in parliament. It is likely…

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‘Prostitution is seen as a leisure activity here’: tackling Spain’s sex traffickers

It’s staggeringly big business in Spain, where demand is being met by traffickers. Can a groundbreaking team turn the tide? Anti-trafficking police officers speak to a woman in Colonia Marconi Madrid. All photographs Ofelia de Pablo and Javier ZuritaThe Guardian On a sunny morning in Madrid, two young women duck down a side street, into a residential block and up to an apartment front door. Then they start knocking. Marcella and Maria spend a lot of time banging on doors and yelling through letterboxes all over the city. Most of…

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‘You cannot muzzle the media’: Nigerian journalists on press freedom under Buhari

A billboard for Nigeria’s incumbent president Muhammadu Buhari and his deputy, who won re-election in February. (CPJ/Jonathan Rozen)  By Jonathan Rozen When Nigeria’s incumbent president Muhammadu Buhari won re-election this year, he campaigned (as he did in 2015) on an image of good governance and anti-corruption. Billboards in the capital, Abuja, bore the smiling faces of the president–who first led Nigeria as military ruler from 1983-1985–and his vice-president Yemi Osinbajo, and called for voters to let them “continue” their work and take the country to the “Next Level.” Under Buhari’s first…

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Alan García: Peru’s former president kills himself ahead of arrest

Alan García served as president of Peru from 1985 to 1990 and again from 2006 to 2011 A former Peruvian President Alan García has died after shooting himself as police arrived at his home to arrest him over bribery allegations. Mr García was rushed to hospital in the capital, Lima. His death was confirmed by current President Martín Vizcarra. A crowd of supporters gathered outside the hospital and were held back by a line of police. Mr García was accused of taking bribes from Brazilian construction company Odebrecht – claims…

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Peru’s ex-President Alan García shoots himself before arrest

Mr García was taken to Casimiro Ulloa hospital in Lima after shooting himself Peru’s former President Alan García has shot himself as police came to arrest him. Casimiro Ulloa hospital in the capital, Lima, said he was in surgery where he was being treated for “a bullet wound to his head”. Mr García is accused of taking bribes from Brazilian construction company Odebrecht – claims he has repeatedly denied. Officers had been sent to arrest him in connection with the allegations. Health minister Zulema Tomás said Mr García’s condition was…

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UNICEF Cash Transfer: What next?

By Carl Umegboro Quintessentially, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) which was created by the UN-General Assembly on 11 December 1946, to provide succours to underprivileged children and mothers originally in countries devastated by World War II, is extensively, in its characteristic interventions making headway, touching more lives. A two-day media dialogue on Educate-A-Child (EAC) Cash Transfer Programme in Birnin-Kebbi, Kebbi State on 8-9 April, 2019 unwittingly, exposed extreme wickedness, exploitation and egotism of the ruling class against the people. Steve J. Stowell notably said, “Great leaders find ways to connect with their people…

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