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Politics: N1.2b Arms Fund: APC, CNPP challenge Fayose to waive immunity

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Ayodele-Fayose

The Ekiti state chapter of the All Progressives Congress and the
Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP) and other anti-Fayose
groups yesterday trooped to the streets of Ado Ekiti in protest
against alleged looting of the state’s commonwealth by Governor
Ayodele Fayose.

The Coalition commended the action of the Economic and Financial
Crimes(EFCC) for freezing accounts belonging and operated by Fayose which allegedly contain N1.2 billion slush fund
from the office of the National Security Adviser(NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki to fund the governor’s campaign in 2014. Large retinue of policemen and men of the Department of State Security
were deployed to provide cover for the mammoth crowd that attended the


rally.

The placard-carrying protesters which comprise party leaders,
students, youth groups, artisans and other like-minded individuals ,
marched from Fajuyi park through Okeyinmi and stopped at Ijigbo area
where they were addressed by leaders of each group.
In what seems like a general consensus, the protesters passed
confidence vote in the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari and
his anti-corruption war, challenging the EFCC to dig deep into the
finances of the State and prosecute whoever was indicted in the
looting of the state’s treasury. They chanted anti-Fayose’s songs to deride the way the governor had
allegedly be looting the state, especially his alleged indictment in
the N1.2 billion arms fund, alleged collection of kickbacks from
contractors handling various projects in the state to buy
multibillion naira property in Lagos , among others.
The APC Acting Chairman in the state, Mrs Kemi Olaleye, expressed
regret about how the immunity conferred on Governor Fayose in line
with section 308 of the constitution, had been impeding his
prosecution for alleged embezzlement of funds.
“We are tired of immunity clause. Immunity has become impunity in
Ekiti. We condemn Governor Fayose’s corrupt tendencies .Things must
change. The EFCC must do its job and ensure that looters of Ekiti are
brought to justice,”she said.
A statement presented by the CNPP Chairman in the state, Mr Tunji Ogunlola ,
challenged Fayose to waive his immunity and face prosecution over
alleged involvement in N4.7 billion arms deal alongside former
Minister of State for Defence , Musiliu Obanikoro and PDP Governorship
candidate in Osun State in the last poll, Mr Iyiola Omisore.
“On the issue of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, we ask the 17
members alleged to have falsified their certificates to submit
themselves for prosecution. It is very unfortunate that their primary
roles have been abandoned for Fayose’s defence.
“We also plead with the federal government not to release bailout for
payment of salary to Governor Fayose. The Federal Ministry of Finance
should pay into workers’ accounts directly, because we have lost
confidence in the government. The previous N9.6b bailout should be
probed.
“We want to commend the Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris
and Director General of the DSS, Mr Lawal Daura for probing alleged
political thuggery leveled against PDP government in Ekiti.
“We also want a special force be deployed to Ekiti to maintain peace
in Ekiti State because our lives are no longer save .
“We pass confidence vote in President Buhari for fighting corruption
and for all his developmental programmes”, he said.
A students’ representative, Com. Samuel Olaoluwa , commended the
anti-graft agency for coming up with a comprehensive data of how Fayose
allegedly looted Ekiti, saying nothing must be spared to ensure that
all the monies are recovered and culprits prosecuted for Ekiti to move
forward.
“We must join the EFCC in the battle against graft. We should stop
politicizing issues of graft because it affects every facet of the
country. We must stop this act of impunity and return Ekiti to the
path of honour, glory and sanity”, he said.
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Covid-19: 6 Ways To Overcome Boredom During Stay-home Period

Due to the spread of covid-19 accross the world, most states in Nigeria are presently observing lockdown. Therefore, here are some ways to overcome boredom during stay-home period. 6 Ways Overcome Boredom Stay-home

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Considering the fact that everyone has no option than to stay at home to avoid the spread of covid-19 in our respective states or countries, boredom has been the order of the day which most people has been complaining about.

And to solve the problem of boredom you have to understand that you can’t go out, you can’t mingle neither can you gist with friends in crowded places, and you have to maintain social distancing — these are some of the measures to prevent the spread of the deadly virus.

So you ask yourself, I am being quarantined, how will I scale through boredom? You ask yourself, I am always alone, how will I prevent being bored? How will I overcome this boredom that is already drowning me?However, to be able to enjoy your stay home period, the following are ways you could actually prevent yourself from dull moments:

  1. Watch interesting movies: This is the time you have to increase your interest in film watching. You need to know the latest movies in town and make as well watch them when you’re bored.
  2. Listen to music: music is life, music bring you peace and happiness. Good music minister to the soul. This quarantine period is a time you need to listen to good music, ensure you learn their lyrics and sing them along. If you’re a type that knows how to dance, you could dance to the music alone in your room. Now te me, are you not overcoming boredom like that?
  3. Start reasonable argument with roommates or siblings: If you’re living with a friend or you’re probably in your family house, you have to start some reasonable argument with your friends or siblings in order to make the atmosphere lively. You could argue about celebrities, politics, football and also on academics line.Play interesting games: I know so many people have been doing this but they still have to keep playing games so as to prevent themselves from dull moments.
  4. Follow trends on social media: This is another way to overcome dull moments, you have follow what is trendy on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
  5. Watch comedy clips: Of course to there are lot of comedy clips out there you could watch, follow comedian on Instagram and YouTube. Watch their clips and get over boredom.
  6. Read books and interesting novels: Of course, this is the time you have to develop interest in reading. There are lots of interesting story books that could bring life to your dull moments. You could Google interesting stories or download book apps to get yourself busy and lively reading books.
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Nigeria To Unveil Her First Home-Made Ventilator,Today

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National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure has manufactured the first made in Nigeria ventilators to fight COVID – 19 pandemic in Nigeria.
This is a gesture made in order to aid COVID-19 patients in breathing.
In a notice made by NASENI spokesman , Segun Ayeoyenikan , on Monday , revealed that Minister of Science and Technology , Dr Ogbonnaya Onu , would unveil the respirators, Tuesday ( today ) .
Recall that, Nigeria government, begged for respirators from American billionaire,through the Federal Ministry of Finance before it was withdrew as it was seen as national embarrassment,not long ago.
However,with this Nigeria ,too can make used of her home-made ventilators for her COVID-19 patients.

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Is Nigeria Worth Dying For?

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I have not been privileged to travel outside the shores of the Nigerian nation and the African continent. However, friends of mine who have been opportuned to travel out for study, work and holidays often say it to my hearing of how governments of other nations treat their citizens with care. The reverse seems to be case in Nigeria. It seems there is no sanctity and dignity of the human life. No wonder, citizens of other nations treat us with contempts.

Going down the memory lane, there have been several cases of the government failing to act as the custodian of the human person. Even in legal cases involving citizens of Nigeria and other countries, both within and outside the continent, citizens of other countries seem to gain the upper hand. This is because their government provides several facilities that make the legal process smooth sailing.

I remembered in 2014, when the nation was battling with the deadly Ebola Virus. Dr. Adadevoh Ameyo who in a bid to cure the virus lost her life wasn’t given any tangible award to honour her.

Also in another dimension, when cases of casualty involving military personnel is recorded, the way they are treated is horrifying. The whole situation is as though they have only followed the dictates of their heart. The families that are left behind are not given any special treatment. This was what dissuaded me from joining the military.

Whereas, governments of other nation states organise comprehensive welfare programmes for their citizens (old, young, literate and illiterate), we are ridiculed and made to suffer in the midst of plenty “. Unemployed youths are used as political instruments of thuggery during elections, while children of the rich feed of large budgets, this making things turn from bad to worse.

Before elections, political candidates suddenly turn the friends of the poor promising Heaven on earth. After suddenly wielding the sword of power to themselves, they turn enemies making ignorant ones believe it isn’t their duty to make things better. We are forced to accept the fact that travelling abroad won’t make things better and that Nigeria has a lot opportunities. On the contrary, dying in the face of war, doesn’t call for a heroic celebration.

Dying for one’s country is the highest level of patriotism. However, with the current realities, I cannot die for Nigeria. Dear reader, my question to you is this: Can You Die For Nigeria? Do share your thoughts in the comments section.

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