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Killings: Oby Ezekwesili Issue message to Buhari

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The former Minister of Education, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, sent a message to President Muhammadu Buhari about the insecurity and the series of murders in the country.

She expressed concern when speaking with journalists at the media conference series of the 11th Wole Soyinka Center in Lagos.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the theme of the conference, organized to commemorate the 85th anniversary of the Nobel Prize, was: “Rethinking credible elections, responsibility and good governance in Nigeria.”

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The former minister condemned the murder of Mrs. Funke Olakunrin, the 58-year-old daughter of Pa Reuben Fasoranti, leader of Afenifere, a pan-Yoruba group, around Akure on Friday.

She described the murder of Olakunrin by armed men yet to be identified as many, saying that the incident reflected the seriousness of the insecurity in the country.

Ezekwesili said the situation gave the impression that the government was incompetent and described the situation as unacceptable.

The former minister urged the government to get up and take urgent measures to protect lives and property in the country.

“The government must do what it is expected to do on the issue of insecurity in the country.” “The security of the citizens of this country must be placed above any other issue,” he said.

In delivering the opening speech on the program, Ezekwesili said that several factors were harassing the country’s democracy.

She said that the conduct of the elections was still far from acceptable global standards since the many shortcomings of the process often subverted the will of the people.

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The former minister said that for the country to do well, it has to start developing ways to ensure that elections are credible and free of violence.

Ezekwesili said that the electorate also has a significant role in improving and, ultimately, perfecting the system.

He urged the Nigerians to always participate actively in the electoral process and vote according to their conscience during the elections.

Ezekwesili advised the electorate to always vote for candidates on character and values ​​and not for political affiliation, tribe, age or any other irrelevant consideration.

She said: “It is necessary to have a gender balance in the process that leads to governance in the country. “When we get to that point, what will happen is equitable development, equal opportunities, etc.

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“And when you look at the table of the world league on economic performance, political and social stability, is occupied by countries that have learned how to practice inclusion where men and women, boys and girls participate in the process of democratic maturation,” he said. . .

The former minister urged political parties to defend progressive democratic values, saying that the lack of correct ideologies on the part of the parties was undermining democracy.

Ezekwesili, while congratulating Soyinka on his 85th birthday, described him as a literary icon and a fighter for democracy. She said that Nigeria would be a better place if more people defended the truth and justice as Soyinka.

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Buhari approves new appointment

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President Muhammadu Buhari approved the appointment of Captain Musa Nuhu as the new Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).

Latest Nigeria newspaper report that It will replace Captain Muthar Usman. Until his appointment, Nuhu was the Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

He is an airline pilot, security expert, leading quality control auditor, and artificial intelligence expert. Nuhu has a master’s degree. Bachelor of Business in Aviation and was in the Presidential Air Fleet as Captain and security officer.

Latest Nigeria newspaper report that He also worked at Nigeria Airways, Aero Contractors and Petrowest, among other organizations.

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Declare state of emergency on education – CLO tells Gov Emmanuel

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The Civil Liberties Organization, a chapter of the state of Akwa Ibom, has asked Governor Udom Emmanuel to declare a state of emergency in the state’s education sector.

The president of CLO in the state, Franklyn Isong, said this in his office in Uyo, the state capital while informing journalists as part of activities to commemorate World Teachers’ Day with the theme “Young teachers: the future of the profession.”

He said the need became necessary to stop the serious decomposition of infrastructure and insecurity in state public schools.

Isong criticized the content of the education presentation recently organized by the state government, describing it as “urbanized” and not with the intention of capturing the deep crisis that was shaking the sector in the state.

He said: “It is worrisome and sad that most public schools in some communities in Akwa Ibom state are in ruins, insecure and left to the destiny of the communities without government attention.

“All that is needed is for the Governor to take bold steps by declaring a state of emergency in the education sector to build more classroom blocks in rural and urban schools, provide good infrastructure such as science equipment, libraries, laboratories, as well as review the education curriculum to ensure a better and safe future for children in the state of Akwa Ibom. ”

He thanked the state government for tameing the right to basic education of the Akwa Ibom child in free and compulsory education and urged the state government to do what is necessary.

“The right to basic education of all Nigerian children, as enshrined in the Child Rights Act of 2003 in Article 15 (1), had been tamed under the Akwa Ibom State Child Rights Act, to ensure that every child in the State of Akwa Ibom the right to compulsory, free and qualitative basic education. ”

Isong added that; “In the Fundamental Principles and Directives of State Policy, as set out in Chapter 2, Section 13 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria of 1999 (as amended), the government has the responsibility to ensure that the education of Nigerian children be free and qualitative. ”

He also urged the government to address the numerous complaints of delays in the payment of pensions and unpaid tips to relatives of late elementary school teachers with delays in 1991 and to provide an improved social assistance package for teachers in public schools throughout the state.

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We will attack DSTV, MTN, Shoprite, Stanbic IBTC, others if they don’t leave Nigeria – Yoruba youths

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After the xenophobic attacks against Nigerians and Nigerian companies in South Africa, the Oodua Youth Coalition, OYC, has granted South African companies and businesses seven ultimata to leave Nigeria.

Latest Nigeria newspaper report that the group president, Oluyi Akintade Tayo, the refusal of the interested parties to give in to the notice of resignation will mean death.

While expressing disappointment at the attitude of South Africans against Nigerians living and working in South Africa, particularly what they described as the continued silence of the South African government on development, the group emphasized that during the apartheid era, which was the time Difficult of In the rainbow country, Nigeria was firm with them.

The statement says: “Oodua Youth Coalition (OYC), the most crucial youth group in Nigeria that projects and protects the Yoruba nation in the country, is sad and angry because South Africans, with the support of the country’s authorities, are coordinating the looting and burning of Nigerian businesses and mutilations and murders of our brothers and fathers on earth.

“It is unfortunate that South Africa, which under the apartheid regime had the support and solidarity of the Nigerians and the government while the white supremacists reigned supreme, is now turning to inflict physical and psychological pain and injury to the people whose parents committed great harm.” part of wages and profits and the community to end the apartheid reign.

“The circulating video in which Mr. Bongani Mkongi, the Vice Minister of Police of South Africa, defended the attacks against Nigerians and other Africans confirmed our previous fear and doubts about the guilt of the South African authorities. It is disconcerting that the country whose former leader, the late Nelson Mandela, recognized Nigeria’s efforts to elevate the South African-led government, is expelling other Africans, mostly Nigerians, energetically and with shame.

“We have tolerated the excesses of these South Africans whose businesses have prospered in Nigeria without any physical and psychological attack. For months, the coalition has written several letters to the South African consulate in Nigeria requesting meetings to chart a way forward and find a lasting solution for these unfortunate and barbaric incidents that have still been ignored or have run into a brick wall.

“OYC, after an emergency meeting, has concluded plans to, as a matter of urgency, attack all South African companies and facilities in Nigeria, especially in the southwest region of the country. DSTV, MTN, SHOPRITE, STANBIC IBTC, and other outlets are our goals.

“Therefore, we give these South African companies a maximum of seven days to leave Nigeria or forget them, since our coalition, with other groups and comrades throughout the country, will attack them and burn them to ashes,” reads the notice.

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