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Gov. Ugwuanyi receives Whitemoney, confers him with “Ambassador of Enugu State in Creative Arts”

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Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, on Friday, hosted the winner of Big Brother Naija (BBN) Season 6 edition (Shine Ya Eye), Mazi Hazel Oyeze Onoduenyi, an illustrious son of the state, popularly known as Whitemoney, at the Banquet Hall of the Government House, Enugu, commending him for his uncommon love, humility and Godliness and consistency with the Enugu spirit, which he said endeared him to his Housemates and the viewing public.

Gov. Ugwuanyi who appreciated God’s grace on the Big Brother Naija winner, described him as “a worthy son of Enugu State, truly representative of the humility, talent, industry, ambition, and Godliness of a true Enugu youth, saying: “I therefore call on the teeming Enugu youths to deploy their creative talents and skills to win more laurels for the state”.

Conferring Whitemoney with the status of “Ambassador of Enugu State in Creative Arts”, Gov. Ugwuanyi who described the crown he brought home as “most deserving”, urged him to feel good about his accomplishment which he truly earned, saying: “We are very proud of you and wish you many more successes”.

Jokingly, the governor said: “In a lighter mood Mr. Whitemoney, Ndi Enugu who followed your activities in the House observed that you spent most of your time in the Kitchen. While we do not claim to know the meaning, we however decided to provide enough food for dinner as we do not wish to see you visiting the kitchen tonight”.

Responding, the elated Whitemoney who declared that “God’s grace located me abundantly”, thanked Gov. Ugwuanyi for the great honour and warm reception.

He also expressed gratitude to the people of Enugu State and all those who supported him while in the House and promised to uphold “the good things we started from the House”.

His words: “Mazi never changed; I am still cooking; I have not changed; the level has changed but I have not changed; I am still the same person.

“Thank you so much Your Excellency; Daddy I am grateful and I promise to serve this state with all my heart; with my best capacity to do what is right for the Enugu youth empowerment and growth of the community at large.

Present at the event were the Deputy Governor of Enugu State, Hon. Mrs. Cecilia Ezeilo, the Secretary to the State Government and Director General of South East Governors’ Forum, Prof. Simon Uchenna Ortuanya, Chief of Staff to the Governor, Rt. Hon. Dr. Festus Uzor, other members of the State Executive Council, Special Advisers to the Governor, Accountant General, Enugu State, Remigius Odoh, Heads of Boards, Agencies and Parastatals, Hon. Barr. Kate Nnamani, BB Naija winner’s ex-House Mates, Niyi Lawal and Emmanuel Umoh, among others.

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Group advises politicians above 60 not to contest in 2023 election

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The leadership of the Concerned Northern Forum (CNF) has appealed to Nigerian politicians over 60 years of age to stay away from the 2023 presidency.

Spokesman of the forum, Comrade Abdulsalam Moh’d Kazeem, in a statement noted, “In Nigeria today, our civil service (rules) will not retain any individual above 60 years of age no matter his/her experience and value the said distinguished/accomplished individual will add to our system, this is enshrined in law.”

The statement explained that most renowned civil servants with an outstanding history of bravery, accountability, transparency, and fairness in service can later be engaged by the federal, state, or local government either as consultants, advisors, or committee members to help formulate and restructure policies that would bring about efficiency, and effectiveness in service delivery.

In developed nations, the forum noted that people of such age and experience are mostly engaged in charitable activities, free consultancy services, and all forms of selfless services to their nation and populace.

It lamented that in developing nations, the people in the age group are actively involved in all forms of forgeries, desperate moves in aspiring for the presidency to which they have no value to add, their aspiration for such office is wrongly motivated.

“Most of Nigeria’s political elites sources of wealth/ ideology is questionable, their state of health is unknown, primary, secondary and university/polytechnic attended is unknown while their age, name, parents and even state of origin are disputed,” the forum lamented.

According to the statement, research carried out by CNF proves that most of the country’s political elites inclinations to be Nigeria’s president are for reasons not beyond lust for power and affluence, with no blueprint on how to tackle the enormous challenges bedeviling us as a nation.

It observed that the time has come for Nigerians to give their mandate to candidates below 60 years, with good manifestos, stressing that the political will to help address the immediate, short term and long term problems that have made Nigeria the poverty headquarters of the world despite its population and abundant resources, which ordinarily should be advantageous to the country at any rate.

The forum noted that the country is faced with brain drain due to the effect of poor leadership caused by the so-called “Landlords of Nigeria” that sees nothing good in developing the nation but developing themselves at the detriment of over 200 million people.

According to the forum, “The time is now and 2023 Presidency for us should be based on an Individual’s personal competence, health status, integrity, and credibility will determine his marketability and electability”.

The group explained that it can not allow the recycling of old politicians who have been instrumental to the enormous problems facing the country from 1999 till date to still come and lead the country to more uncertainty, alleging that their achievements are looting, corruption, among others.

It called on progressive youths to take advantage of the not too young to rule to participate actively, not only in social media, since no polling unit exist here, rather they should help mobilize and sensitive their fellow youths on how to get permanent voters card, become a member of a particular political party, aspire for political offices, and equally encourage others with leadership potential with either finance, free consultancy services or soft words of encouragement, which will demonstrate that we are ready to lead our nation too.

“We are the trustees of this nation and the epoch of being spectators is over, we have to participate actively because available records show that out of the over 84 million registered voters, the youth represent over 51% and our nation with a fast-growing population of over 200 million, with more than 60% of the people under 25 years of age, we can and the time is now to unerring our past and have a nation that can stand tall among the comity of great nations against all we presently witness today,” the forum explained.

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Billionaire kidnapper Evans’s co-defendant dies in prison

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Chiemeka Arinze, one of the co-defendants in the alleged kidnap of trial of Chukwudimeme Onwuamadike, alias Evans, has died in the custody of the Nigerian Correctional Service.

Recall that Arinze was charged alongside, Evans, Joseph Emeka, and Udeme Upong with the attempted kidnap of Chief Vincent Obianodo, the Chairman of Young Shall Grow Motors.

They were arraigned before Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of an Ikeja Special Offences Court.

They were also charged with murder, attempted murder, conspiracy to commit kidnapping, attempt to kidnap and sale and transfer of firearms.

According to his death certificate obtained by NAN on Monday, Arinze passed away at 9.08 pm on Nov. 26 as a result of cardiopulmonary arrest.

The death certificate which was issued by Ajeromi General Hospital, Ajegunle, signed by Dr. B.E Salisu indicated that the deceased, who died at the age of 45, was also suffering from complicated Advanced HIV.

According to officials of the correctional facilities who spoke under anonymity, Arinze, who was battling ill health, was rushed from the hospital of the Kirikiri Maximum Correctional Center to a General Hospital on Friday where he passed away, NAN reports.

As at the time of the filing of this report, the counsel to Arinze, Mr Ogedi Ogu is in court for the hearing of the kidnapping case which is slated for hearing.

He disclosed to NAN that he intends to inform the court of Arinze’s demise and apply to withdraw from the case

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Reduce cost of governance instead of planned oil subsidy removal – Muslim journalists tell FG

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Muslim journalists on the platform of Muslim Media Practitioners of Nigeria (MMPN) have advised the Federal Government to reduce the cost of governance instead of the planned subsidy removal.

DAILY POST recalls that the Federal Government had a few days ago announced its plan to remove subsidy on petroleum products.

But, MMPN in its reaction has advised the government to shelve the idea of oil subsidy removal.

The Oyo State chapter of the association, in a communique issued at the end of its monthly meeting held in Ibadan on Sunday, insisted that the government should reduce the cost of governance in order to save money to embark on developmental projects.

In the communique made available to DAILY POST on Monday through its Chairman, Alhaji Ridwan Fasasi, MMPN enjoined the government not to remove oil subsidy because such a move will lead to an increase in prices of fuel and other essential commodities.

The association revealed that the removal of subsidy at this time will inflict more suffering on the majority of the Nigerian masses.

It appealed to the committee set up by the Federal Government on fuel subsidy to advise the government to look for other options such as reduction in the cost of governance at all levels by 70 percent.

“The reduction in the cost of governance will help to save more money as the Association believes that the cost of governance in the country is too high compared to the developed world,” it said.

The association while reviewing recent happenings in the journalism profession in the state, advised media professionals to uphold the responsibility of being the watchdog of the society by avoiding practices that could lead to derailment from its journalistic ethos.

It condemned the crisis that characterised the October Correspondents’ chapel election and the recently held NAWOJ election in the state.

“The charade that led to the NUJ National election, the brouhaha that characterized NUJ, Oyo State Correspondent Chapel election and the recent State NAWOJ election where two factions are claiming leadership of the union is a show of shame which have soiled the watchdog responsibility of the media as well as its role model functions.

“MMPN warns civil and public servants against being overzealous in implementing government circulars or taking steps that could lead to denial or infringement on Muslims fundamental human rights,” it added.

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