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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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Ikpeazu lauds Nigerian Armed Forces for sustaining national peace

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Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State has lauded the sacrifices and commitment of the Nigerian Armed Forces in the maintenance of national, sub-national, regional and global peace and security.

Ikpeazu, who made the commendation during the grand finale marking the end of the 2022 Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration held at the old Cenotaph ground, Ogurube layout, Umuahia, said the country must continue to appreciate and acknowledge the patriotic contributions and sacrifices of the Nigerian Armed Forces in the fight against Boko Haram, insurgency, kidnapping, banditry, armed robbery, terrorism and other forms of criminality across the country.

Ikpeazu, ably represented by his Deputy, Rt Hon. Ude Oko Chukwu, pointed out that the achievements of the Nigerian Legion in the state cannot be overemphasized given her commitment to the training of security personnel for churches, schools, banks, ministries among others and reassured that as a security-conscious government, they will continue to prioritize security and always partner the Nigerian Legion and other security agencies in their effort to sustain the prevailing peace and security in the state.

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He stressed the need for all to, as a mark of honour for the sacrifices of the men and women of the Armed forces of Nigeria, show greater commitment to the unity of the nation and the task of building a greater and better Society. He further promised that the present administration will not relent in its commitment to always encourage and support the state chapter of the Nigeria Legion and other security agencies in all areas within the limits of available resources.

In a vote of thanks, the Commissioner for Women Affairs, Deaconess Nna Rose Urenta, said the event marks the end of the 2022 Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration which commenced with the launch of the emblem appeal fund and interdenominational Thanksgiving Service in honour of the country’s fallen heroes that paid the supreme sacrifice.

Highlights of the occasion included the inspection of Guards mounted by men of the Nigerian Armed Forces by the Governor’s representative, laying of wreaths at the feet of the unknown soldier by the Governor represented by Chukwu; the Commander, 14 Brigade, Ohafia, Brigadier Gen M.B. Wabili; the Commandant, Nigeria Navy Finance and Logistics School , Owerrinta, Commodore Bugaje; the Commissioner of Police, Mrs.Janet Agbade; the Chairman Nigeria Legion, Abia State Chapter, Commander, Ambrose Nnabugwu; the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Deaconess Nna Rose Urenta; the Chairman Abia State Traditional Rulers Council, Eze Ndubuisi Nwabeke; representatives of widows of Commissioned and Non Commissioned Officers, the release of pigeons and the traditional 21 gun salute in honour of the nation’s fallen heroes.

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Orijin partners ‘Fuji: A Opera’ as Fuji icons dazzle fans at ‘Fuji Vibrations’ and ‘Fuji Is Art Exhibition’

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Orijin, in its signature style of blending the old with the new, partnered Fuji: A Opera for a series of fuji-themed experience; including a digital artwork exhibition titled #OrijinalFujiIsArt and Fuji Vibrations – a platform for blending fuji music styles with other genres of music in December 2021.

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The multi-layered experience, started with the Orijinal Fuji Is Art exhibition, designed in two folds: outdoor installations and a gallery exhibition which thrilled Art lovers with the presentation of digital artworks by 24-year-old Nigerian digital artist, Bidemi Tata whose works visualized the tenet and character of the Fuji music sub-culture.

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The grand finale of the Art Exhibition, an exclusive VIP Preview, took place at Untitled, Maitama Sule, Ikoyi Lagos on Sunday, December 5th as Bidemi took guests on a journey using comic-book sensibility to express a bold representation of the Fuji music sub-culture, grounding this age-old genre of music in relevance with new age technology and digital possibilities of relatable storytelling.

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The other aspect of the experience; Fuji vibrations, a platform dedicated to blending Fuji music with other genres and styles witnessed series of live fuji music concerts at Ogba, Yaba & Victoria Island respectively with highly respected line up of Fuji music powerhouses including Akeem Adisa Adesope, Alhaji Rasheed Ayinde Merenge, Igwe Remi Aluko, Alhaji Dr. Saheed Osupa, General Ayinla Kollington, Sulaimon Adio Atawewe (Mr. Spirit), SK Sensation who is also the president of the Fuji Musician Association of Nigeria (FUMAN), Kolade Onanuga also known as KWAM 2, KS1 Malaika, among others.Images 1 Images 3 Images 8 Images 4 Images 5 Images 7 Images 4 Images 2

The grand finale of the Fuji Vibrations not only entertained guests with the blend of Fuji music styles, it also served as a platform to see the possibilities of other music genre in fusion with the Fuji Music genre as DJ Maze & Xtreme held a 30 minutes DJ set that fused Electronic Dance Music (EDM) with Fuji music. A happy remix of known Fuji songs got the room jumping as they performed. Guests stood up and took to their phones to capture the fluid transitions. It was indeed a breath-taking experience as Orijin, the official beverage partner of the event, served various orijinal cocktails, and its new variant, the Tigernut and Ginger, much to the delight of the ecstatic guests.

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Funmilola Adigolo, Orijin Brand Manager, made an impressive remark, reinforcing the brand’s commitment to celebrating Fuji subculture. This dedication was reflected in the space’s design. There were photobooths with cultural props where attendees could imagine themselves as a Fuji artist or aficionado. There were also traditional Yoruba games.

It couldn’t have been a more orijinal December as Ogba danced, Yaba trembled, and Victoria Island surely vibrated to its roots, all thanks to the highly cultural experience brought to life by Fuji: A Opera in partnership with Orijin Nigeria.

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Speed Darlington pulls knife as woman calls him ‘rapist’ on Instagram video

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It appears Nigerian artist, Speed Darlington, real name Darlington Okoye, may have some trouble coming his way.

During a live video on his Instagram page at the weekend, two ladies engaged him in a shouting match. One called the musician a “rapist”.

Speed recorded the video seen by DAILY POST, walking around the living room while arguing with the duo, both outside his apartment.

The actual location is yet to be ascertained but the artist who used to reside in America currently lives in Lagos.

Speed accused the women of embarrassing him and warned against extreme provocation. Shortly after, he headed to the kitchen and pulled a knife.

“I’m not a foreign person, I was born here (Nigeria). I grew up in Ojo. If I come outside, I’ll carry a weapon”, he told them.

“They continually invade my privacy, opening my window, opening my curtain”, the songwriter informed the audience.

“I’m alone, two people attacking me. If somebody put in my curtain and…(swings the knife), will I be wrong?”

One of the women replied that he was being confronted because “you passed your boundary”.

The other, more vocal throughout the recording, said: “You’ve met your match. Speed come outside. I will deal with you, I will deal with you. Why are you running?

“Continue your live video, let them know you’re a rapist. You want to start messaging a 16-year-old girl, a house girl. Open this door, come out.”

The video is circulating on social media with respondents expressing concern about the mention of the artiste getting close to a teenager.

In several countries including Nigeria, persons younger than 18 years of age are considered minors.

Some have advised Speed Darlington’s accusers to make a formal complaint to the police for investigation.

Though his year of birth is not publicly known, the native of Arondizuogu in Ideato North Local Government Area of Imo State is believed to be around 40 years old.

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