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Victor Osimhen: The new king in Italy



Victor Osimhen: The new king in Italy

Victor Osimhen made history on Thursday night powering Napoli to win a Serie A title after 33 years to become the new king in Italy.

The Nigerian forward scored the decisive goal in the second half as Napoli came back from trailing to Sandi Lovric’s opener at half-time.

Osimhen’s title-deciding strike against Udine was his 22nd goal in 28 league appearances and rightly caused bedlam among the massed ranks of away fans who took over Udine.

The Nigerian striker has had the best season of his career and been key to Napoli’s historic charge to glory, becoming, in the process, one of the most devastating centre forwards in European football, clattering in goals left and right.

Injury slowed down the 24-year-old striker’s scoring rate but between returning from a thigh injury in mid-October and the recent round of African Cup of Nations qualifiers last month, he averaged a goal a game. READ MORE…


Organ Trafficking: I feel guilty over my parents conviction — Sonia Ekweremadu

Sonia, the daughter of former deputy senate president, Ike Ekweremadu, has reacted to the news of her parents’ conviction. In an interview with BBC, Sonia…

Sonia, the daughter of former deputy senate president, Ike Ekweremadu, has reacted to the news of her parents’ conviction.

In an interview with BBC, Sonia said she feels guilty that her parents were convicted because they were looking for ways to find a solution to her health condition. She said although she understands why her parents were convicted, she disagrees with it from a “very biased perspective as their daughter.”

“I understand the conviction, however, I personally disagree with it. That is from a very bias perspective as their daughter, I will obviously always back my parents. However, the law has taken its course, we just need to move on as one family,” she said. READ MORE

Why Tinubu favours Akpabio as Senate President, Tajudeen as Speaker

President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu on Friday met with the leadership of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as consultation continue on the zoning of the leadership position of the 10th National Assembly.

It was gathered that the meeting which had in attendance the National Chairman of APC, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, Deputy National Chairman, North, Senator Abubakar Kyari, Deputy National Chairman, South, Emma Eneukwu and the National Secretary of the party, Senator Iyiola Omisore took place at the Defence House in Abuja.

A reliable source who preferred anonymity said during the meeting that lasted for about 1hr 30mins, Tinubu told leaders of the party of his preference for Akpabio as the 10th Senate President while Senator Jibrin Barau will serve as his deputy. READ MORE

Actress Onuoha: I hope they can extend Ekweremadu’s jail terms

Nollywood actress Georgina Onuoha has reacted to the sentencing of former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, for organ harvesting by a court in the United Kingdom.

Central Criminal Court in London on Friday sentenced Ekweremadu to nine years and eight months in prison for spearheading the move to bring a Lagos market trader to the UK to harvest his kidney.

Ekweremadu’s wife was sentenced to four years in prison while the family’s doctor, Obinna Obeta, got 10 years jail sentence after the court found that he targeted the “young, poor and vulnerable” kidney donor.

Onouha, who reacted to the ruling on her social media page, said the couple deserved the punishment. READ MORE

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How to sign up for Amazon Prime ahead of Prime day 2024



How to sign up for Amazon Prime ahead of Prime Day 2024

Amazon Prime Day is coming up again, and exciting deals await on electronics, clothes, makeup and more — but there’s a catch. To access exclusive Prime Day deals, shoppers must first sign up for Amazon Prime and opt for a free 30-day trial or a full subscription.

Subscribers can save plenty on big brands like Apple, HP, Bose, and more if they shop on Prime Day in July this year, and they’ll also gain other Prime benefits, such as free delivery and hours of entertainment thanks to full access to Amazon Video, Amazon Music, and Prime Gaming.

Here’s how shoppers can sign up for Amazon Prime:

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Step 1: Go to the Amazon Prime sign-up page and click on Start your free 30-day trial.

Head to Amazon Prime’s sign-up page.

Step 2: Input your email if you have an existing Amazon account or click on Create Your Amazon account.

A new sign-in page will open up on the website. Input your email or mobile number and password if you have an existing Amazon account or click on Create Your Amazon account. If you make a new account, you’ll need to provide some basic information such as name, email, and password.

Step 3: If you’re creating a new account, follow the steps to verify your email with a One-Time Password.

If you choose to create a new account, Amazon will send an OTP to your respective email address or mobile number for account verification. If you are using an existing account, skip to Step 5.

Step 4: Input the OTP and click on Verify.

Once the OTP verification page appears on the screen, input the code and click on Verify.

Step 5: Sign up for your free one-month trial or purchase a full subscription.

Now users have two options: sign up for a free one-month trial or purchase a full subscription, though many users might not qualify for a free trial if they have already availed it in the past with the same email or phone number. If you are purchasing a subscription, click on one of these four plans to become a prime member: Monthly Prime Membership — costs $14.99 per month Annual Membership — costs $139 per year or under $12 monthly Student Monthly Membership — costs $7.49 per month; students are eligible for exclusive offers including a 6-month free Prime trial. Prime for government assistance recipients — costs $6.99 per month (must verify eligibility)

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When is Prime Day 2024?
According to a press release, Amazon has announced that Prime Day will return in July 2024. Last year, Prime Day landed on July 11 and 12, and in 2022, it landed on July 12 and 13. Though we don’t know the exact dates yet, we’re expecting a similar mid-July timeframe for 2024.

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Digital Analyst expresses concern on potential risks internet poses to children, young people



Digital Analyst Expresses Concern on Potential Risks Internet Poses to Children, Young People

A Digital Rights Advocate, Mr. Wale Bakare, has expressed concern over the potential risks the internet poses to its users, especially children and young people.

Speaking in Ilorin, Kwara state capital on Tuesday on the sidelines of the workshop organised by a non profit organisation, Webfalai Digital Skills for All Initiative (WDSFAI) for over 50 participants, Mr. Bakare stressed the need for digital citizenship and how to maintain digital wellbeing for children.

According to him, digital citizenship fosters responsible and ethical use of the internet and other digital devices, with emphasis on kindness and empathy.

Bakare, who said the internet had a lot of advantages, noted that children and young people could use the internet positively in different ways to promote learning, creativity and personal growth.

He highlighted exposure to obscene and inappropriate contents, cyber stalking, cyber bullying, addiction, impersonation, scams, sextortion, and consumption of misinformation and fake news as some of the risks internet usage poses to children.

The digital rights advocate, therefore, sensitised parents and teachers on how to ensure a secure and positive digital experience for young users.

Bakare encouraged parents and teachers to create a safe environment for open communication that will allow their children and students talk to them about their experiences online, noting that “guiding, not restricting, is key to fostering responsible online behaviour among children.”

He asked teachers and parents to demonstrate to children good digital habits they want them to adopt and to also equip them with skills to critically access various content they come across online.

He recommended security softwares parents and teachers could use to guide and monitor the online activities of their wards.

Additionally, he emphasised the need for parents to reduce screen time for their children by encouraging more offline activities and creating quality family time.

“As technology becomes increasingly integrated into every aspect of our lives, ensuring the digital well-being of individuals particularly children must be a crucial concern for all stakeholders, including teachers and parents.

“By prioritizing digital well-being, we can foster healthier, more balanced interactions with technology, enhancing the overall quality of life,” Bakare said.

Earlier, the WDSFAI Executive Director, Nafisat Bakare reiterated its commitment to make a safer online environment for children in the country.

She said that, the workshop was aimed to raise awareness and understanding about internet safety and to promote the importance of raising responsible and ethical digital citizens.

In a chat with newsmen shortly after the training, the Director of Communications and Strategy for Webfala Digital Skills for all Initiative, Hameed Muritala, said the training workshop marked a significant step forward in the organisation’s efforts to promote online safety and digital citizenship.

“Our organisation is committed to empowering individuals to navigate the digital world responsibly by equipping them with the tools and knowledge needed to foster safer online environments, especially for children,” he added.

Source: This Day

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On Father’s day, Tinubu, Obaseki hail Fathers for their resilience, sacrifice



Tinubu wants direct elections into ECOWAS parliament

President Bola Tinubu and Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State have congratulated fathers, including all paternal figures for their contributions in shaping Nigeria’s destiny by their sacrifice, forbearance, provision, protection, presence, and guidance of the young ones to the noble and true path.

Tinubu, in a statement issued yesterday on the occasion of this year’s Father’s Day by his Media Adviser, Ajuri Ngelale, stressed that Father’s Day was significant for its purpose as a day set apart to honour all fathers – living, deceased, and paternal figures.

Tinubu traced the history of this special day to the Middle Ages, and official roots in West Virginia, the United States, where an event was held in 1908 to celebrate 362 men who died in an explosion at a coal mining company.

He affirmed that society is in better stead with fathers who rise to the great demand of responsibility, guiding the children through the vagaries of existence and preparing them for the future, as well as bequeathing to them pristine values that money or material comfort cannot provide, but only by personal example of discipline, integrity, service, respect, love and allegiance to the nation.

The president saluted all fathers, the sung and the unsung, who brave the toil of the day and the soreness of the night to provide for their families.

Tinubu urged fathers to stay true to their commitment to positively shape the destinies of those to whom the future belongs.

Meanwhile, Obaseki, has also commended fathers for their enormous responsibilities in holding the society and contributing to societal growth.

The governor, in a statement to commemorate Father’s Day, said: “I celebrate fathers for their immense contributions to societal development, holding the family unit together amid the hardship occasioned by the prevailing economic realities.”
Obaseki noted: “Despite the economic difficulties, fathers have remained strong pillars of support in the family, toiling daily to make ends meet while juggling roles such as mentor, leader, protector, provider, and breadwinner. They deserve to be celebrated.

“On this auspicious day set aside to acknowledge their gallantry, sacrifice, love, and resilience, we celebrate our fathers and assure them of our continued support to deliver on their duties on the home front with dignity, including the State’s civil and service reforms and increase in the minimum wage to N70, 000, the highest in the country.”

“While we urge them, as the family’s reflective mirrors to imbue in their children the right values and character so as to ensure peace, stability, and harmony in our society, especially amid the electioneering campaigns, we will not relent at ongoing reforms to open up the economy so that our fathers would be actively engaged and are productive. Happy Fathers’ Day!” he added.

Source: THIS DAY


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House of Reps: Leaders of thought disagree over new debate on single tenure



House of Reps: Leaders of thought disagree over new debate on single tenure

That Nigeria is not getting the best out of the present structure of government is a known fact. Over the years, the issue of tenure review to check the excesses and authority of the president and state governors has remained on the front burner of public discourse.

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While some people have argued in support of the existing two-term tenure, there are a legion of others who are rooting for a single term.

For the protagonists of single tenure, the major attraction is that incumbents are less likely to use the state’s institutions to manipulate elections or alienate their rival contenders. On the part of the leaders, they feel more pressure to deliver results and leave office with a positive legacy.

More importantly, the need to change leadership encourages a new generation of political leaders, fresh ideas, and possible policy changes.

It also promotes healthy competition needed to strengthen democratic institutions and the democratic process thereby focusing politicians on governance rather than re-election. It also reduces campaign costs and tempers the unrest caused by the elections.

From the botched Second Republic to the present dispensation, the idea of single tenure has endured all successive governments. However, due to a lack of consensus, it has died many times and resurrected accordingly.

Apart from its inclusion in the recommendations of the national political conference organized by former President Olusegun Obasanjo along with its third term agenda, the administration of Goodluck Jonathan also made a feeble attempt to send the proposal to the National Assembly to pass into law.

On Tuesday, a fresh debate ensued again in the House of Representatives over the desirability or otherwise of a bill proposing single tenure for the president and state governors.

The bill was sponsored by a group of over 30 lawmakers under the aegis of the Reform Minded Legislators seeking constitutional alterations to provide for the rotation of the presidency among the sigeo-political zones.

According to them, when the bill becomes law, it will reduce government spending, eliminate wastage, and bring about efficiency in governance and national stability following the practice of a single term of six years for the president and the governors.

Already, the bill has passed the first reading. The Coordinator of the group, Hon. Ikenga Ugochinyere, said: “The electoral reform bills have gone through first reading.

“We are a group of Reform-minded lawmakers committed to using the instrument of lawmaking to reform Nigeria and our political process, constitutional and electoral reform has been a burning topic in Nigeria since independence from Britain in 1960.”

He explained that the current political arrangement had some identified distortions, defects, and limitations that called for urgent, focused, and realistic attention.

So, it’s a whole range of reforms, covering governance, economic, security, and justice sectors, among others.

The section of the proposed bill that is of particular interest to the majority of stakeholders is the one seeking to amend Section 3 of the Constitution to provide for the recognition of the division of Nigeria into geo-political zones, as well as the creation of the office of two vice presidents from the southern and northern parts of Nigeria.

According to the lawmakers, the first vice president shall be a succession vice president, while the second vice president shall be a Minister in charge of the Administration and Economy, and both shall be Ministers.

While some leaders of thought described the tenure limit as a welcome idea, others dismissed it as a distraction.

Chief Chekwas Okorie, sharing his perspective of the bill with Sunday Sun, said that the intention of the sponsors might be good, but it was done in bad taste.

He went down memory lane, narrating how the late Alex Ekwueme frantically fought for the inclusion of six geo-political zone arrangements in the constitution, but all to no avail.

His words: “The idea of the bill is not novel. It has been on the front burner for a long time. In the case of the late former Vice President Alex Ekwueme, he fought gallantly at the national conference and included it in the new constitution Nigeria had under the late General Sani Abacha. It was Ekwueme who proposed six zonal structures for Nigeria for the rotation of the presidency.

“The idea was that Nigeria would have attained stable nationhood by the time the rotation goes round in 36 years so that it would not matter anymore where the president comes from. However, the provision was dropped. It was well debated, adopted, and recommended.

“However, the Northern political elite that wouldn’t want power rotation in that order went and advised Abacha to come up with another committee to review the recommendation of the conference. It was at that point that that brilliant suggestion was dropped.

“That is why till today the provision for the six geo-political zones is not contained in the 1999 constitution. Nigerians just mention it at their convenience. If Ekweume’s proposal had been allowed into the constitution, every zone would have had the presidency for one term. By now, Nigeria would have attained unity and coercion. The issue of where the president comes from will no longer matter.

“After Ekwueme, some other leaders like former President Goodluck Jonathan made a similar suggestion, but did not take any direct steps to ensure the implementation by using the executive bill. It is so unfortunate that the sponsors of the bill are now coming up with such an idea at this time to distract all of us.

“To me, it is a mere distraction. The condition put in the 1999 constitution for the creation of a state makes it impossible to create new states. It is like the biblical proverbial camel passing through the eye of the needle. Coming with a private member bill at this time is ridiculous and diversionary.

“No matter the good intention of the proposal, it is in a very bad taste. The sponsors of the bill even named the state he wanted to see created from his local government. Two days later, Hon Ned Nwoko submitted his bill, calling for the creation of Anioma State, and even went further to say that Anioma should be incorporated in the Southeast so that the imbalance in the state creation would have been resolved. I don’t see it passing the second reading. It will end at first reading.”

Okorie maintained that only a restructuring of the country could address some of the fundamental problems inherent in the existing federal system, urging President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to take the bull by the horns.

“Let them amend the constitution and incorporate this thing we are talking about in a new constitution. If it is to ensure equality of the zones, let it be in the constitution. It becomes constitutional.

“Already, some people are saying that the issue has been overtaken by events. All we need to do now is restructure Nigeria and let states be the federating units and give each unit the latitude to develop at its own pace. That is why we are expecting President Bola Ahmed Tinubu who has been part and parcel of true federalism in Nigeria to use his good office to either support constitutional arrangements to make Nigeria a more federal state or produce the executive bill in that regard. This private member bill will not see the light of day because it is self-centred. It is dead on arrival,” he declared.

Another elder statesman and Second Republic politician in Kano State, Tanko Yakassai, also speaking with Sunday Sun, argued that single tenure would add more to the cost of governance in the country.

He said: “I think they have not done their homework very well because the more you hold elections in the country, the more costly it will be. I don’t support the proposal. According to my calculation, the more you hold elections, the more costly it will be for the country. If you reduce the tenure of the president or governors, it will mean more elections. The idea of a second term is to make people perform not the other way round.

“If they know that they have no stake again after six years, they will do worse things. Again, you know what the legislators in the national and state assemblies are taking as salaries and allowances. The more elections we hold, the more money they will make and the more costly it will be for the country. What we need now is a reduction in the cost of governance.”

However, former Deputy National Chairman (Southwest) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Shuiab Oyedokun, in his opinion, applauded the bill as a welcome development, saying that it would reduce unhealthy competition characterizing the present system.

“Both single and two-term tenures have advantages and disadvantages. But for some reason, I prefer a six-year tenure. In my view, I think it is a good development. The main disadvantage of two-term tenure is the usual cutthroat competition which distracts those who seek a second term from governance while in their first tenure. They always concentrate on subtle mobilization as preparation for a second term. And that discourages many other people who can also aspire because they deliberately alienate other contenders.

“A single term of six years will enable those elected to concentrate on governance. However, to make it effective, the immunity of the governors must be reduced. If they know that they have only six years to spend in office, they could unleash some havoc on society. Therefore, it should be accompanied by checks and balances so that people will not become autocratic within six years,” he posited.

By and large, the debate is still raging on. The next few weeks will determine how far the lawmakers can go in seeking concurrent approval from the two chambers of the National Assembly.

Source: Sun News

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Dangote reveals how oil mafia tried to stop establishment of Dangote Refinery



The founder of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, has revealed that both local and international criminal organisations, which he described as “mafia”, made repeated attempts to sabotage his $19bn refinery project located in Lagos.

Speaking at the Afreximbank Annual Meetings, Dangote likened the oil cartels to a mafia stronger than the drug mafia hell-bent on maintaining their grip on the industry.

“Well, I knew that there would be a fight. But I didn’t know that the mafia in oil, they are stronger than the mafia in drugs. I can tell you that. Yes, it’s a fact,” he said.

Dangote, who described himself as a fighter, said they “tried all sorts” to stop him.

“But I’m a person that has been fighting all my life. You know, so I think it’s part of my life to fight,” he said.

He added, “As a matter of fact during the COVID period, some of the international banks really were looking forward to making sure that they push us into default of our loans so that the project will just be dead. And that didn’t happen with the help of banks like Afreximbank.”

Dangote also revealed that he has paid off $2.4bn of the $5.5bn borrowed for the Lagos-based refinery.

Dangote also unveiled plans to diversify into the steel sector, aiming to utilise solely Nigerian-produced steel and achieve self-sufficiency.

Dangote Refinery recently rescheduled the launch of its petrol sales to July 10-15, pushing back its initial June target due to “minor” logistical issues.


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Malawi President, Chakwera confirms death of VP in plane crash



Malawi President, Chakwera confirms death of VP in plane crash

The President of Malawi, Lazarus Chakwera on Tuesday confirmed the death of his Vice, Saulos Chilima.

Chakwera said his deputy was killed alongside nine other passengers in a plane crash.

Addressing a press conference, the President said the aircraft carrying his deputy went missing after it failed to land at the Mzuzu International Airport, about 380 km (240 miles) to the north of the capital Lilongwe, adding that the plane’s wreckage has been located.

“The search and rescue operation I ordered to find the missing plane that carried our vice president and nine others has been completed.

“The plane has been found. And I am deeply saddened and sorry to inform you that it has turned out to be a terrible tragedy,” Chakwera said.

DAILY POST had reported that a plane carrying Chilima and nine others disappeared off the radar on Monday.

The plane reportedly crash landed in Chikangawa forest.

A statement from the President’s office said the Malawi Defense Force aircraft “went off the radar” after it left the capital, Lilongwe, on Monday morning.

According to BBC, the President ordered a search and rescue operation after aviation officials were unable to contact the aircraft.

It was supposed to land at Mzuzu International Airport, in the country’s north, just after 10:00 local time (11:00 BST)

Source: Daily Post


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