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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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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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