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We shall all die and give account, Atiku tells people blocking his path to justice



Atiku who had tried to unseat Buhari by pleading at the presidential tribunal that he had more plural votes via a server vote tally unknown to the Independent National Electoral Commission, Buhari’s ineligibility for election and electoral fraud said he will pursue his case until he gets justice.

But he has a bad case, the tribunal unanimously ruled on 11 September and dismissed his petition in all its entirety.

The former vice-president, who is reportedly in Dubai on vacation, has six more days to file an appeal at the Supreme Court to make his dream for his self-defined justice possible.

In his statement on Friday, Atiku canvassed for belief from supporters in Nigeria that the Supreme Court could give him the ‘justice’ he wants, while at the same time dropping subtle threat of eternal damnation to those blocking him, by saying: “Finally, I say to all concerned, that we will all die and give an account of our lives to our Creator”.

In his statement on Friday, Atiku canvassed for belief from supporters in Nigeria that the Supreme Court could give him the ‘justice’ he wants, while at the same time dropping subtle threat of eternal damnation to those blocking him, by saying: “Finally, I say to all concerned, that we will all die and give an account of our lives to our Creator”.

“I urge all Nigerians to continue their support for this recourse to constitutional order via the courts. Even if there is little or nothing you can do to ensure that justice is done in Nigeria, just believe that it will happen. Let us never underestimate the effect of our belief in Nigeria”, he said.

According to Atiku, nothing good comes easy, saying that hard as the task to rid Nigeria from the forces of fascism, and be an instrument for the full restoration of the rule of law and democracy in Nigeria was, Nigerians supported him in making the struggle worthwhile.

“I owe so much to this great land of Nigeria that took me from the streets of Jada, where I sold firewood, to the heights I have attained, by God’s benevolence, in the civil service, in corporate Nigeria, and in public service.

“If I do not play my part in making it possible for other orphaned children, indigent youths and the less privileged, to replicate and even surpass my path to significance, I would have failed my Maker. If I do not ensure that the ladder I climbed remains accessible to those at the bottom, middle and top tiers of society, I would not have fulfilled my purpose.

“And only by ensuring that democracy is not just done, but seen to be done, can Nigeria and Nigerians have a sense that this our dear land is indeed a land where Unity, Faith, Peace and Progress reside. It is for this, and other patriotic reasons, that I am pursuing this judicial route: To ensure that the votes of Nigerians count and are counted,” he said.

He said those who did not want this as Nigeria’s reality, would use every trick in the book to undermine, discourage, misinform and mislead, but that with God’s help and the support of Nigerians, he and his party would ensure that Nigeria made a course correction away from tyranny and towards democracy.

Atiku said Nigeria must return to being Africa’s bastion of democracy, where the rights to Freedom of Speech and Freedom after the Speech, were guaranteed and that Nigerians must stand together to pursue this just cause all the way so that the judiciary was not afraid to do their jobs and had to be wary of blackmail, intimidation, and victimisation.

“I note the immense outpouring of goodwill from ordinary Nigerians in every nook and cranny of Nigeria and from all regions, religions and relationships. Once again I thank you all for your support. I also thank the governors elected on the platform of my party, the Peoples Democratic Party, as well as the National Executive Committee, for their unanimous and unambiguous support for the judicial phase of this struggle, especially after it was announced that we would go on to appeal.

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Lagos pipeline explosion: 3 dead, 11 trucks, 7 houses razed



The pipeline explosion at Ile-Epo area of Abule Egba, in Lagos, Southwest Nigeria has left three persons burnt to death, 11 trucks and seven houses razed in the inferno.

A massive explosion shattered the peace of the area around 7:45pm on Sunday with thick smokes and balls of fire bellowing the atmosphere.

Residents fled their homes to take shelter in safer places while thousands of onlookers were seen close to the scenes taking pictures.

Several fire trucks raced to the area, but they are finding it difficult to contain the rampaging fire as at the time of filing this report around 12:15am on Monday.

Director General, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, Dr. Femi Oke-Osanyintolu said “a raging fire from the explosion of a vandalised NNPC pipeline has caused panic among residents within Awori, and Pipeline communities in Abule Egba.

“LASEMA, Lagos fire service are responding and on top of the situation,” he said earlier.

Oke-Osanyintolu, however, confirmed that two adult male and a child were burnt to death, with 11 trucks and seven houses razed.

“Investigation reveal that the inferno was as a result of pipeline vandalism. Hence, two adult male and a child have been lost while eleven trucks laden with 40 feet containers were destroyed while, about seven buildings have so far been razed down by the inferno,” he said.

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100 Nigerians honoured with Ooni Youth Royal Awards



No fewer than 100 Nigerian youth leaders who have distinguished themselves in their chosen careers and have impacted on the society have been honoured with royal awards by Royal African Young Leadership Forum under the guidance of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, an initiative created to celebrate exceptional Nigerian youths.

The awardees cut across various fields like real estate, entertainment, sports, ICT, humanitarian and social investment.

Speaking at the maiden edition of the event which held at the Oduduwa Hall in the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, Ooni Ogunwusi said youth development remained crucial to economic prosperity.

According to Ogunwusi, the young population remains the major catalyst in boosting the economic growth of the country and that of the African continent.

“Africa has one of the world’s youngest populations with stimulating depth of human capacity and arrays of entrepreneurial relentless spirit, new dreams, unquenchable energies and ambitions.

“The united voices of millions of young populations in Nigeria and across Africa will certainly contribute solutions through their own ingenuities that would help in painting a picture of what they want for themselves, the future generations and the continent.

“I am proud of the successes being recorded by our youths despite the challenges.

The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare, who handed out most of the awards alongside Dr. Fahad AL-Taffaq, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ambassador to Nigeria, congratulated the awardees and encouraged them to better their current achievements.

He said he was elated that the Nigerian Youth was finally getting recognition for positive and worthy contributions to the world. He told the audience that the Ministry is currently poised to develop the Nigerian Youth by improving on their digital literacy, handing them digital skills and greatly improving their employability.

The Minister while delivering his keynote address disclosed that Federal Government will make the Royal Awards more institutionalised, through the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development.

The Minister said, “The Federal Government, through the instrumentality of the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, will partner with the Royal African Young Leadership Forum going forward and will sponsor and support this event annually.

“The fact that we are recognising 100 of our Youth today validates the fact that the Youth of this country are not the problem but a resource to be harnessed. Any nation that fails to invest in the Youth in a timely manner imperils not just the future but also the present. The greatest national project of our time is an investment in our youth.

“At the Ministry, we are taking our Youth Development mandate just as serious as we take the Sports Development mandate. President Muhammadu Buhari’s ‘New DEEL’ for the Nigerian Youth should be wholly supported. The New DEEL hands young people the power to take a personal stake in their development, and in a broader sense, that of the continent,” the Minister added.

He praised all the young people in the Youth present at the event and said, “You represent the best of the 67 million of Nigerian Youth.”

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Oyetola Appoints Afolabi as Alapomu



The State Executive Council under the chairmanship of Adegboyega Oyetola, Osun State Governor at its meeting held on Monday January 6, 2020, approved the appointment of Prince Kayode Adeneken Afolabi from the Atoyebi Ruling House as the next Alapomu of Apomu, headquaters of Isokan local government Area of the State. The Stool of Alapomu of Apomu had been vacant for five years after the demise of Oba Lasisi Afolabi of Ayeye Ruling House in 2015.

With the appointment of the new Alapomu, the State Council Of Obas has gained a new member. The installation of the new Alapomu, took place on January 7, 2020. He was accompanied by his wife Janet Mba Afolabi, CNN Award winning Journalist and Publisher Scroll Report to the ceremony.

Meanwhile the Ooni Of Ife, has congratulated the Alapomu and hailed the choice of the new king. A statement by his Director of Media and Public Affairs, Moses Olafare said;

“I am directed by the Arole Oduduwa’Olofin Adimula, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, Ooni of Ife, to Congratulate Oba(elect) Kayode Adelekan Afolabi on his selection, confirmation and installation as the new ALAPOMU of APOMU kingdom of the State of Osun.

The Ooni commends the choice of Prince Kayode Afolabi made by the Apomu’s kingmakers after due process according to the town’s customs and traditions as a round peg in a round hole considering the quality of his personality as a very educated and well exposed Media and Public Relation practitioner with a network of friends and associates across the Nigeria both in the private and public sectors.”

The Co-Chairman of the National Council of the Traditional Rulers of Nigeria(NCTRN) described the new Alapomu designate as a cool headed virtuous man greatly endowed with all what it takes to be a royal father in the House of Oduduwa.

Honorable Taiwo Oluga, member, House of Representatives for Ayedaade/Irewole/Isokan Federal constituency also congratulated Oba Afolabi.

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