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The young African population shares the same sentiments as Ibrahim Traore, the youngest head of state in the world who is making headlines | #NwokeukwuMascot

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 Opinion  Here is essential information compiled for you to know about him.  Ibrahim Traore  Ibrahim Traore is the current President of Burkina Faso. Born Jan 1988,he is currently the youngest head of state in the world. He went to the university of Ougadougou where he graduated with Honours. He joined the Burkina Faso army in 2009 where he quickly rose in ranks. He was sent to Morocco for anti-aircraft training. He subsequently came back and was put in charge of an infantry in Kaya. He was involved in the Mali war and also helped to suppress the jihadist uprising in Burkina Faso. Traoré was part of the group of army officers that supported the January 2022 Burkina Faso coup d'état and brought the Patriotic Movement for Safeguard and Restoration military junta to power. This came after a large section of young Army soldiers became dissatisfied with the government and the performance of Paul-henri Sandaogo Damiba. Following the coup, Ibrahim Traore assumed the office the supreme hea

Major key points from Tinubu's nationwide address | #NwokeukwuMascot

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 News   Bola Ahmed Tinubu  President Bola Tinubu, in his nationwide broadcast on Monday, tried to provide answers to several questions that many Nigerians were asking in the face of stifling economic realities caused by recent policies of his government. In the address, Tinubu empathized with Nigerians and also explained why his administration had to make certain difficult decisions, stating that it was for the greater good of the country. Here are the main points from the President's broadcast: 1.)The fuel subsidy that costs the country trillions yearly only benefits a few individuals. 2.)The previous administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, seeing the danger of continuing with the fuel subsidy, only made provision for it until June 2023. 3.) By removing the subsidy, the government is saving N1tn monthly. 4.) Ending the multiple exchange rates was necessary for correcting the imbalances bedeviling the Nigerian economy. 5.) The Federal Government is already working with state

Fugitive Simon Ekpa's Sit-at-home order is null and void, says Abia Governor, Alex Otti | #NwokeukwuMascot

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 News   Dr Alex Chioma Otti Addressing Newsmen in Abuja On Monday After A Security Meeting  Abia State Governor, Dr. Alex Otti, has said that the residents of the state cannot afford to stay at home for two weeks in compliance with the directive issued by a faction of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), led by fugitive Simon Ekpa. Mr. Kazie Uko, the Chief Press Secretary to Alex Otti, made this public in a release captioned: "We can't afford to sit at home for two weeks when we have work to do”. He said Gov Otti made the statement on Monday after a meeting in Abuja on the sidelines of a security meeting convened by the National Security Adviser (NSA), Nuhu Ribadu, and attended by the governors of the South East states - Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo - to address the issue of insecurity in the region.  More pictures from the security meeting.  Dr. Otti and his Imo counterpart, Hope Uzodimma, attended in person while the other governors were represented. Also, in atte

Kanu knows that Simon Ekpa is hired and fully bankrolled by the Nigerian government – Lawyer, Ejiofor | #NwokeukwuMascot

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 News   Mazi Nnamdi Kanu | Simon Ekpa  The detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, is aware that a Finland-based self-acclaimed disciple, Simon Ekpa, was hired and fully bankrolled by the Nigerian government to cause unrest in the South-East, Kanu’s lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, has declared. Ejiofor, in an update on his visit to Kanu on Monday, said that the IPOB leader mentioned this during the routine visit to him at the Department of State Services (DSS) custody in Abuja. According to the lawyer, Kanu who has several times denounced Ekpa and during the weekend in a handwritten letter, warned against the continued enforcement of the cancelled sit-at-home order, said that "whoever still goes about to observe any unauthorised sit-at-home directive should know that he or she is working for the Nigerian Government to destroy our once peaceful land." Ejiofor added that Kanu "was very emphatic that Simon Ekpa is procured and fully bankrolled by th

Former Governor El-Rufai's ministerial nomination is a disaster. Protesters stormed the National Assembly, demanded disqualification | #NwokeukwuMascot

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 News   Protesters holding a banner  A group of protesters under the aegis of Secure Nation Group (SNG) on Monday in Abuja staged a protest at the premises of National Assembly to call on the lawmakers not to confirm the former Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai as Minister. The protesters, wielding placards, defied the presence of security operatives who barricaded the main gate of the building as they chanted anti-government songs. The group expressed surprise that El-Rufai’s name was listed as a ministerial nominee despite his obvious religious colouration that was dangerous to the unity of the nation. They noted that it was quite unfortunate that the immediate past governor of Kaduna State was among the ministerial nominees despite his crimes against the people of the state. The protesters called on the President Bola Tinubu-led government to investigate and prosecute El-Rufai over genocidal attacks on predominantly Shia Muslims communities in Kaduna State. According to the C

National Assembly clears Wike for ministerial role | #NwokeukwuMascot

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  News   Bola Ahmed Tinubu | Nyesom Wike  The Senate has cleared the immediate past governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, for a ministerial role. Wike who was seen in a video shared by a tweep, Imran Muhammad arrived at the National Assembly complex with his wife on Monday. The former Rivers governor and chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party was part of the first set of ministerial nominees Tinubu forwarded to the Senate. Tribune Online had earlier reported that the Senate will commence the screening of the ministerial nominees submitted to it by President Bola Tinubu. This is just as indications emerged that the President will create new ministries and form his full cabinet in two weeks. Speaking shortly after the names of 28 nominees sent to the federal lawmakers were read on the floor by the President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio, the Senate spokesperson, Yemi Adaramodu (Ekiti South), said the Upper Chamber had suspended all its activities to commence the screening immediate

Niger Republic Military Junta Accuses France Of Planning Strikes To Free Ousted President Bazoum | #NwokeukwuMascot

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 News   File Image  The military junta of the Republic of Niger has stated that the overthrown government had given authorization to France to conduct strikes at the presidency in an attempt to liberate the ousted leader, Mohamed Bazoum. The junta seized power last week and ousted the democratically elected President Bazoum. One of the coup leaders, army Colonel Amadou Abdramane, said on state television on Monday that the authorization was signed by Niger Foreign Affairs Minister Hassoumi Massoudou, who was acting as the prime minister, according to Reuters. Massoudou could not be reached for comment. Recall our ealier reports on how France condemned the coup and urged that Bazoum be reinstated  but has not announced any intention to intervene militarily. Paris did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Monday, according to Reuters. The military junta, which has confined Bazoum to the presidential palace since Wednesday, has previously warned against any foreign attempts t

If Ikpeazu is your standard, then break his records, by Ikechukwu Iroha | #NwokeukwuMascot

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 Opinion   Dr. Okezie Victor Ikpeazu, PhD  Since you can’t do any other thing outside blaming Ikpeazu, try breaking the following records he set and we will join in clapping for you. 1. Ikpeazu kept Abia peaceful and safe at a time the rest of the region was in turmoil. No single successful bank robbery was recorded in Abia State under his watch; all elections held on his watch did not cost Abia even one life with ZERO politically motivated killing recorded throughout his 8-year tenure. He launched the Ministry of Homeland Security and the first crime prevention and monitoring system (CPAMS) in Abia State. 2. Ikpeazu increased public school enrollment from 114,000 to 650,000 and launched Free School Meal program even before FGN commenced theirs; he as well launched the Education for Employment (E4E) Scheme. 3. Ikpeazu’s Abia came first in WASSCE ranking for 4 consecutive years. 4. Ikpeazu's government awarded and sponsored the first ever foreign scholarship to more than 150 young A

Nnamdi Kanu has been released by the Department of State Services (DSS) in order to receive necessary medical care | #NwokeukwuMascot

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 News   Mazi Nnamdi Kanu  The Department of State Services (DSS) has released Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), for an independent medical examination. Kanu's lead counsel, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, said the IPOB leader underwent a medical examination at an unnamed hospital in Abuja on Friday. Ejiofor's statement: “We are pleased to inform you that Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu met with his choice personal physician yesterday (Friday) in a hospital in Abuja, outside the facility of the State Security Service (SSS). “As part of the protocol, I witnessed the consultation. The medical examination was seamless and productive, and he (Kanu) will be progressing to the next stage soon.” Kanu has been detained by the DSS since June 2021 after being unlawfully extradited from Kenya.While in custody, Kanu repeatedly requested an independent medical examination of his health condition.

Unfolding Crisis: Niger Coup Leader Reveals ECOWAS Ultimatum and Russian Alliance | #NwokeukwuMascot

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 News  Vladimir Putin, African leaders and heads of delegations posing for a family photo at the second Russia- Africa summit in Saint Petersburg on July 28, 2023. In a startling revelation this evening, General Abdourahamane Tchiani, the leader of the coup plotters in #Niger, made a concerning statement that has sent shockwaves through the nation and the international community. According to General Tchiani, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is set to declare war on their group within a week.  This declaration comes in response to the recent coup attempt that has heightened tensions in the region.  ECOWAS, a regional organization committed to promoting peace and stability in West Africa, has been closely monitoring the situation in Niger and has expressed its strong condemnation of the attempted overthrow of the government. In an apparent move to bolster their position, General Tchiani revealed that they are expecting to receive heavy weapons from their Russian al

France Vows Strong Response To Attacks On Its Nationals, Interests In Niger Republic Following Coup | #NwokeukwuMascot

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 News   President Emmanuel Macron |  General Abdourahamane Tchiani  France has condemned violence against its diplomatic mission in Niger Republic. The former colonial power in Niger has subsequently pledged to react strongly to any attack on its nationals or interests, as anti-French protests took place outside the French Embassy in Niamey on Sunday following last week's military coup,  Reuters  reports. "The President will not tolerate any attack against France and its interests," President Emmanuel Macron's office said in a statement, specifying that it would respond to attacks against French diplomats, armed forces or businesses. In a separate statement, the Foreign Affairs ministry condemned all violence against diplomatic missions and called on Niger authorities to protect the French mission as required under international law. Macron has spoken with ousted President Mohamed Bazoum and former president of Niger Mahamadou Issoufou in the last few hours, the state

Four people were killed and 47 were arrested during a youth rampage that included looting of Govt warehouses and shops in Nigeria's Adamawa State | #NwokeukwuMascot

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 News   Scene of the looting  At least four persons were reportedly killed during the youth rampage and looting of government warehouses in Adamawa State on Sunday.  SaharaReporters learnt that at about 8 am on Sunday, youths in their thousands attacked the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) warehouse at PZ Roundabout, adjacent to the Yola International Airport and carted away grains among other items. SaharaReporters reported that over 200 tricycle vehicles loaded with grains and other items left the NEMA warehouse alone, on Sunday morning. As further gathered, armed hoodlums took advantage of the situation to dispose residents of personal belongings, including cell phones. At least, four of the alleged looters were reportedly shot dead by security operatives during the rampage. "Here in this car is my own share of the loot, but it actually came at a cost, because four of us (looters) were shot dead. But I blame the youths because they attempted to engage the security gu