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A renowned businessman, entrepreneur and humanitarian, the Chief Executive Officer of Lamido Cars and Lamido Homes, Chief Nwoye-Oba Chinedu has been honoured at Silent Heroes Award. 


He won in the category of Silent Hero in Business and Enterprise. This is in recognition of his impact and selflessness in service to humanity and it was presented to him by the FCT Commissioner of Police, CP Bennett Igweh.


The 2024 annual Nigerian Silent Heroes Award (NSHA) ceremony which is the 6th in the series was organised by NSHA Initiative, a non-governmental organisation, aiming to express gratitude of society to the award recipients for their kindness towards fellow individuals, families, community and environment and their silent heroic service to fatherland.

The initiative was conceived by the Coordinator, Mrs. Ozioma Odita Sunday 


Chief Nwoye-Oba Chinedu has made significant impact in the service of humanity through his philanthropic and humanitarian campaign. 


He has embarked on several scholarship schemes and carried out youth empowerment projects in his Anambra communities and beyond. 


He was honoured along with Vice Admiral Emmanuel Ogalla, Chief of the Naval Staff; RT. Hon Sheriff F.O. Oborevwori, Governor of Delta State; Prof. Leroy Chuma Edozien, Ubili Ka Nkwu Ahaba; IGP Kayode Egbetokun; and Pastor Ikechukwu Edmund Ezeobi among others. 

The 2024 edition of Nigerian Silent Heroes Award (NSHA) is the sixth in the series and held at Cabana Hall, Wells Carlton Hotel, Asokoro Abuja.


According to the Convener, “In our larger society, there are men and women who are silently working assiduously behind the scenes to oil our nation’s wheel of progress.


“These people are SILENT HEROES in their own right but have largely remained unsung and under-celebrated. Believe it or not, they are the reason our nation has made the modest progress recorded in different spheres in contemporary times.”






As our dear nation marks Democracy Day today, commemorating 25 years of striving to be a democratic country, the fundamental question for all of us remains: Are we truly democratic?


An unexamined life is not worth living, so it is now time to re-examine what we have been doing over this quarter of a century. Democracy, as we know, is the government of the people, by the people, and for the people.


While we may say that in 1999 we started in earnest in the right direction, today we have deteriorated into what can be classified as classical state capture. Instead of benefiting all, it has become a deprivation to all.


The consequences of not being a true democracy have led to leadership failures that have resulted in uncontrolled systemic corruption, high levels of insecurity, lack of freedom of speech, increasing poverty rates, and unprecedented levels of hunger and hardship, which remain unsolved and are growing geometrically. True democracy should be people-oriented, where the rights of citizens are respected, the laws are obeyed, the leaders remain accountable to the people, and people's welfare and care, especially for the poor, become paramount and high priorities. Unfortunately, the opposite is the case in our situation. To further illustrate that we are not truly democratic and have only produced the vices enumerated above,


we are now ranked as follows:


In the measurement of democracy, we have a democracy index score of 4.23, which ranks us low on the Global Democracy Index. In the Corruption Perception Index, we are ranked 145th among the 180 countries measured, showing a high level of corruption in Nigeria. In the Rule of Law Measurement, we are ranked 120th out of 142 countries measured in the World Justice Project (WJP) Rule of Law Index, indicating that Nigeria suffers from gross disobedience to the rule of law.


The 2024 World Press Freedom Index by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) describes Nigeria as one of West Africa's most dangerous and difficult countries for journalists.


Nigeria ranks 112th out of 180 countries where journalists are regularly monitored, attacked, and arbitrarily arrested. We are ranked 109th out of 125 countries measured on the Global Hunger Index.


Let us, therefore, use the commemoration of June 12 as an occasion to return to a truly democratic nation. We achieved that feat on June 12, 1993, by collectively voting for democracy in Nigeria. We must stand in defense of Nigeria's democracy today.


I urge everyone to respect and protect the institutions of the democratic state, obey the governing laws of the state, be accountable to the people, and fulfill the responsibilities of responsible governance as contained in the constitution.


As we build a New Nigeria, these tenets shall be the pillars of our true democracy. It is possible. -PO

Mr Akpabio said the errors were spotted in three lines in the standardised version of the anthem unveiled by the National Orientation Agency.


Senate President Godswill Akpabio has identified errors in lines three, five, and 18 of the new national anthem released by the National Orientation Agency (NOA).


Mr Akpabio observed the errors during the plenary on Tuesday and directed the National Orientation Agency (NOA) to immediately correct the errors.


Last Wednesday, the Director-General of NOA, Lanre Issa-Onilu, unveiled the “standardised version” of the national anthem in Abuja.


Mr Issa-Onilu, during the unveiling, urged Nigerians to pay attention to the words in lines three and five of the anthem as released by the agency.


“We call the attention of Nigerians to line three of the first stanza, which reads: ‘Though tribes and tongues may differ’.


“Note that the words ‘tribes’ and ‘tongues’ are in plural.


“We want you to also note that line five of the first stanza reads: ‘Nigerians all, are proud to serve’.


“The word ‘are’, not ‘and’ is correct” Mr Issa-Onilu said at the unveiling.


But, at the plenary, Mr Akpabio said the correction introduced by the NOA was not what the National Assembly passed.


“Take note, this is the version that was passed by the National Assembly. What the National Orientation Agency has is not what we passed,” he said.


“Where you have, ‘Nigerians all, are proud to serve’, they said ‘Nigerians all, and proud to serve’, that is number one, it should be ‘are’.


“And then it said ‘though tribes and tongues may differ’, they said, ‘though tribe and tongue, I hope you understand and at the end where we said ‘Nigeria shall be blessed’, they did not say so. They said ‘Nigeria may be blessed’.


“We are using the word shall, which is compulsion, that this country shall be blessed. So, tell the National Orientation Agency to drop what they are circulating now. Congratulations to all of us” Mr Akpabio added.


The Senate and the House of Representatives hurriedly passed the National Anthem Bill recently reverting to the old anthem introduced at the country’s independence in 1960 but changed by the Olusegun Obasanjo military regime in 1978.


President Bola Tinubu assented to the bill on 29 May.

President Bola Tinubu has assured the Organised Labour that a an executive bill on the new national minimum wage for workers will soon be sent to the National Assembly for passage.


Tinubu made this known on Wednesday in his second Democracy Day speech on June 12, 2024.


“In this spirit, we have negotiated in good faith and with open arms with Organised Labour on a new national minimum wage. We shall soon send an executive bill to the National Assembly to enshrine what has been agreed upon as part of our law for the next five years or less,” the President said.

President Bola Tinubu addressed Nigerians this morning on the occasion of Democracy Day, which is also the 25th anniversary of unbroken democracy in Nigeria.


The presidency has released the full text of the president’s speech. Please read below:


TEXT OF PRESIDENT BOLA TINUBU’S NATIONAL BROADCAST ON THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF UNBROKEN DEMOCRACY IN NIGERIA, DEMOCRACY DAY 12TH JUNE 2024 ABUJA


My fellow Nigerians, let me begin by congratulating all of us for witnessing the celebration of another Democracy Day today, the 12th day of June 2024. This year also marks our nation’s 25 years of uninterrupted democratic governance. On this day, 31 years ago, we entered our rites of passage to becoming a true and enduring democratic society. Going through this passage was hard and dangerous.


During the fateful six years that followed, we fought and struggled for our natural rights as human beings put on this earth by the divine hand of our Creator. We lost great heroes and heroines along the way. In this struggle, the winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, Chief MKO Abiola, the most significant symbol of our democratic struggle, his wife, Kudirat, General Shehu Musa Yar’Adua and Pa Alfred Rewane, among others sacrificed their very lives.


They bravely surrendered their futures, so that our nation might have a better one. Let us honour the memories of Chief Anthony Enahoro, Chief Abraham Adesanya, Commodore Dan Suleiman, Chief Arthur Nwankwo, Chief Chukwuemeka Ezeife, Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu, Chief Frank Kokori, Chief Bola Ige, Chief Adekunle Ajasin, Chief Ganiyu Dawodu, Chief Ayo Fasanmi, Chief Gani Fawehinmi, Chief Olabiyi Durojaiye, Dr. Beko Ransome-Kuti, Chima Ubani, and others who have transited to the higher realm.


The sacrifices of General Alani Akinrinade, Professor Bolaji Akinyemi, Professor Wole Soyinka, Chief Ralph Obioha, Chief Cornelius Adebayo, among many others, should never be forgotten. For at least six years, they bore the pains and difficulties of life in exile. While the exiled pro-democracy activists kept the fire burning, their comrades at home sustained the pressure on the military brass hats.


Among the latter are Olisa Agbakoba, Femi Falana, Abdul Oroh, Senator Shehu Sani, Governor Uba Sani, Chief Olu Falae, and other National Democratic Coalition leaders such as Chief Ayo Adebanjo and Chief Ayo Opadokun. The sacrifices they made, and the precious gift brought about by their selfless devotion can never be repaid. Neither shall it be forgotten.


We could not have won the battle against military dictatorship without the irrepressible Nigerian journalists who mounted the barricades along with the pro-democracy activists. We celebrate them today, along with their media establishments such as The Punch, Guardian, National Concord, Tribune, The News/Tempo, and TELL Magazines. Military authorities proscribed these media establishments and jailed their journalists for standing for free speech and civil liberties. Despite the lethal might of the military government, what appeared to be high and unyielding walls of dictatorship came tumbling down. The dismal fortress exists no longer.


The power of an idea, the power of the people proved more potent than all the guns and munitions, than all the guns, the munitions and the threats of the strongmen. The nation exited the yoke of military rule in 1999 to become the most populous democracy on African soil, the beacon of democratic self-determination for the black race and one of the largest democracies in the world. This change stands as a pivotal moment in human history. From this change, we shall never turn, nor shall the annals of mankind’s progress forget the sublime meaning of this great moment.


Today, 25 years later, we celebrate the silver anniversary of our journey in democracy. We have steadied the course. Democracy is neither a foreign nor abstract concept devoid of real-life meaning for us. Neither can we afford to reduce or minimalise it to being nothing but the mere holding of periodic elections where one candidate and party outdo another. While elections attract dramatic attention, they are but one aspect of democracy. Democracy is a way of life that encompasses a broad outlook of which elections are but a part. As such, a nation can have elections without being democratic. But a nation cannot be truly democratic without holding elections. That we have established a tradition of holding transparent, open, and fair elections gives credence to our democratic bearing. That we have experienced peaceful transitions of government affirms our democratic temperament.


Fellow Nigerians, true democracy shines its light into the daily lives of the people who live under its nurturing wings. It affords us the freedom and liberty to think as we want, live where we want and pursue whatever legitimate endeavour that suits us. Democracy does not assume some false or forced unity of opinion. In fact, democracy assumes that conflicting ideas and differing opinions shall be the order of the day. Given the diversity and variety of the human experience, there must be diverse perspectives and viewpoints.


What democracy demands is that we do not resolve differences through force and repression. But we make allowance for the legitimacy of views that differ from our own. Where other forms of government impose against the will of the people, democracy aims to make leaders sufficiently humble that they conduct themselves as servants of the common good, not as viceroys of the narrow interests of the mighty.


My dear compatriots, Nigeria faced a decision of untold gravity twenty-five years ago: Whether to veer toward a better destination or continue aimlessly in the fog of dictatorship. We made the right choice then. We must continue with that choice now. As Nigerians, we must remind ourselves that no matter how complicated democracy may be, it is the best form of governance in the long run. We must also be aware that there are those among us who will try to exploit current challenges to undermine, if not destroy, this democracy for which so much has already been given. These people do this not to make things better but to subject all other people and things to their control and dominance until the point that, if you are not counted among their elite, then your life will be small and no longer owned by you. This is the great battle of our day and the major reason we specially celebrate this Democracy day.


Fellow Nigerians, our Democracy is more than a historic fact. It is a living, breathing reality. The true meaning of this day is not to focus solely on the great deeds of the past that have brought us to this point. Yes, we pay eternal honour to those who laid down their lives, sacrificing everything to pave the way for the nation. I stand uniquely placed in this regard. I was among those who took the risk to midwife the birth of our democracy. I am now a direct and obvious beneficiary of the fruits of those historic efforts. As president of this nation, I am morally and constitutionally bound to preserve this precious form of governance. I vow to do my utmost best to protect your rights, freedoms, and liberties as citizens of Nigeria. Even more than that, I pledge to do whatever is necessary to cement democracy as our way of life.


Although the challenges are steep and multiple, I am grateful to lead Nigeria at this moment in her history and point in her democratic journey. I come before you also to declare that our most important work remains before us. This real test has never been whether we would rise to challenge the slings of misfortune and grievous pain of dictatorship. The real test is whether we shall lower our guards as the shadow of despotism and its evident physical danger fade. I say to you here and now that as we celebrate the enshrinement of our political democracy, let us commit ourselves to the fulfilment of its equally important counterpart, the realisation of our economic democracy. I understand the economic difficulties we face as a nation.


Our economy has been in desperate need of reform for decades. It has been unbalanced because it was built on the flawed foundation of over-reliance on revenues from the exploitation of oil. The reforms we have initiated are intended to create a stronger, better foundation for future growth. There is no doubt the reforms have occasioned hardship. Yet, they are necessary repairs required to fix the economy over the long run so that everyone has access to economic opportunity, fair pay and compensation for his endeavour and labour.


As we continue to reform the economy, I shall always listen to the people and will never turn my back on you. In this spirit, we have negotiated in good faith and with open arms with organized labour on a new national minimum wage. We shall soon send an executive bill to the National Assembly to enshrine what has been agreed upon as part of our law for the next five years or less. In the face of labour’s call for a national strike, we did not seek to oppress or crack down on the workers as a dictatorial government would have done. We chose the path of cooperation over conflict. No one was arrested or threatened. Instead, the labour leadership was invited to break bread and negotiate toward a good-faith resolution. Reasoned discussion and principled compromise are hallmarks of democracy. These themes shall continue to animate my policies and interaction with the constituent parts of our political economy. I take on this vital task without fear or favour and I commit myself to this work until we have built a Nigeria where no man is oppressed. In the end, our national greatness will not be achieved by travelling the easy road. It can only be achieved by taking the right one.


The words of the American President Franklin Roosevelt certainly ring true: ” There are many ways of going forward. But only one way of standing still”! We dare not slumber lest the good things awaiting our immediate future pass us by. We dare not plant our feet in idle standstill in the middle of the intersection of hope and despair. We know the proper way forward and we shall take it! The initial rays of a brighter tomorrow now appear on the early horizon. An abundant future and our capacity to achieve that future lie within our reach.


Democracy and the institutions it begets offer to take us to our profound destination. Let us board this progressive train together. Together, let us move Nigeria forward. Let’s continue to keep the fire of democracy burning. Let’s keep the torch lit for generations to come. May God continue to bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria and preserve our democracy. I wish us all a Happy Democracy Day.

It is another Democracy Day without anything to really celebrate about. June 12th is a historic date in the political calendar of Nigeria because of its iconic identity indicative of a momentum that shook Nigeria to its very foundations and will remain relevant to our democratic experience as a people and country for a very long time to come.


In as much as it is commendable that this date has been inducted into our democratic Hall of Fame as Nigeria's Democracy Day, the hope it represents is largely absent. Democracy is useless unless it delivers to the people what makes them fulfilled as citizens of a country that they call theirs. In Nigeria of today, the productive and positive dividends of democracy are far remote from the mass of Nigerians.


The promised and expected hope has become a forlorn one because those in the position of power at the center are disconnected from the plights of the citizens who voted them into power.

Today, our supposed Democracy Day, most Nigerians have been deprived of their capacity to feed themselves and their families, unable to send their children to school, shelter has become mostly unaffordable, formal and informal sector businesses are collapsing, the Naira is at the mercy of other currencies, even African currencies like those of Bénin Republic, Ghana, South Africa and co - not just the dollar.


Our inflation rate of 33.70% is making life unbearable for most Nigerians. Insecurity is burgeoning beyond control as criminals are having a field day and often go unchallenged. Poverty level in the country has quadrupled since the inception of the current administration of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu due, principally, to the wicked and wrong timing of the fuel subsidy removal.


All the suffering and retrogression in the land a are solely attributable to the anti-people plus trial-and-error policies of the Tinubu administration. Before contesting, it is now obvious that the president didn't prepare to govern in any way beneficial to Nigerians or the country itself. He only prepared to win the election and, having won, he became clueless as to how to ease the suffering in the land before taking over from his also failed predecessor, Muhammadu Buhari. Rather than relieve the socioeconomic pains of Nigerians, the Tinubu administration has increased same unbearably from his first minute in office.


The only hope that this Democracy Day signifies is the opportunity it provides Nigerians in less than three years hence to make another choice at the ballot for a president who will connect directly with our aspirations and have the blueprint to take Nigeria up the ladder of socioeconomic and developmental heights like the United Arab Emirate, Turkey and, even, Rwanda.


Rwanda, having emerged from a deadly fatricidal war, has retraced its steps from projected demise towards development, peace, security and prosperity through deliberate leadership actions whilst Nigeria continues to stagnate and retrogress as a result of leadership mishap. For Nigeria to reclaim its pride of place in the comity of Nations, we need to recalibrate our leadership recruitment methodology with a view to electing the best leader with the capacity and revolutionary drive to attain the national redirection that we so eagerly crave.


Rather than find the pathway out of the socioeconomic conundrums that the Federal Government's policies have pushed Nigeria into, we have a president who prioritizes return to Nigeria's old national anthem over revamping the economy and security insurance of the people. Will national anthem put food on the table of hungry Nigerians, create job opportunities for our teeming youths, give the desperately needed security to our people, or avail the country the general developmental strides that it lacks? The answer is a resounding no! But as it is the character of Nigeria's ruling cliques from independence till date, they always take us backwards.


While we wish Nigerians a happy democracy day, we also commiserate with all of us for the atrocious environment being created by bad and incompetent leadership.


Sgd.

Comrade Mark Adebayo,

National Spokesperson

Coalition of United Political Parties, CUPP

Former President Goodluck Jonathan says political leaders in Nigeria should not hand over a democracy built on the politics of region and religion to future generations.


Jonathan spoke in Abuja on Tuesday at the public lecture to mark the country’s 25 years of democracy.


The former president spoke on ‘25 years of enduring democracy: Prospects for the future’, which was the theme of the public lecture.


Jonathan said the political class must lead by example and work with unity of purpose to ensure that Nigerians get the dividends of democracy.

democracy to yield its desired dividend, we, the political class and elites, must lead by example and work with unity of purpose to guarantee peace and social justice for the citizens,” the former president said.


“Our lifestyle must reflect that we are elected people. A situation where children of political officeholders go to parties and start spraying dollars is not the kind of democracy we want to witness in this country.


“We must work together despite our political differences, accommodate our diversity, and prioritise policies that will impact the lives of our citizens.


"As we project towards celebrating a golden jubilee of uninterrupted democracy, which I believe we will, we are celebrating 25 years, we will also celebrate the golden jubilee.”


Jonathan called for a model of democracy that is “more inclusive and reinforces social cohesion”.


“Let me say that we need to come up with a model of democratic practice that will be more inclusive and reinforce social cohesion,” he said.


“The zero sort of kind of politics, where a winner takes it all, has not helped us to foster unity and political justice.


"A political party, for example, that scores up to 30% of votes during an election at either the national or subnational level should have something to go with.


“I’m not clearly recommending proportional representation, but different governments come up with models of democracy that suit them.


“All the presidents of the world don’t emerge through the same process. In Nigeria, we elect our president directly. In a number of countries, presidents are elected indirectly.


“So our national assembly can also look at models that will fit us. A party that even sometimes gets 40 percent of the votes, especially at the state level, will have nothing.


“This gives rise to this do-or-die politics. The zero-sum approach, I think, is inimical to consolidating and strengthening our democracy.


“We must not hand over to our children a democracy built on the politics of the region and religion. A democracy built on ethnicity does not endure; it will continue to wobble.”

Nigerian singer David Adeleke, popularly known as Davido, has confirmed the news of his upcoming wedding to his partner, Chioma Rowland.

It was recently reported that singer and chef Chioma are set to hold their traditional wedding in Lagos on June 25, 2024.

Davido has now confirmed the reports in a video which went viral on Tuesday.

US President Joe Biden has said he will respect a jury’s decision to find his son guilty of gun crimes, after a week-long trial that laid bare a tumultuous time for the family.


The 12-person jury found Hunter Biden, 54, guilty of lying about his drug use on a form while purchasing a handgun in 2018. He faces possible jail time following the verdict, which marked the first criminal prosecution of a sitting president’s child.


His conviction on all three felony counts comes as President Biden campaigns for re-election in November, and less than two weeks after his election rival Donald Trump was himself convicted of a crime in New York.

While President Biden did not attend the trial in Delaware, many family members including First Lady Jill Biden did so regularly. Hunter Biden’s wife, sister and uncle were all present at times to support him during proceedings.

President Biden flew to Wilmington, Delaware, after the verdict where he greeted and hugged his son on the tarmac.


“I am the president, but I am also a dad. Jill and I love our son, and we are so proud of the man he is today,” he said in an earlier statement. Mr Biden added that he would “accept the outcome of this case and… continue to respect the judicial process as Hunter considers an appeal”.


President Biden earlier ruled out pardoning his son, whose trial surfaced embarrassing details as prosecutors sought to show the extent of Hunter Biden’s crack cocaine addiction at the time he bought the gun. Jurors heard from his ex-wife, Kathleen Buhle, and a former girlfriend, Zoe Kestan, who described frequent long drug binge.


The verdict on Tuesday prompted instant political reaction, including from Republicans in Congress who have spent years investigating Hunter Biden’s behaviour and business ties.

James Comer, the Republican chair of the House oversight committee, said it marked a “step toward accountability” but added that "everyone involved" in what he called the "Bidens’ corrupt influence peddling schemes” should be investigated.


A statement from the Trump campaign, meanwhile, said the trial had “been nothing more than a distraction from the real crimes of the Biden Crime Family

Democrats in Congress accused their Republican colleagues of hypocrisy, and praised the US justice system.

“Compare and contrast the difference in reaction between the Republicans and the Democrats," Maryland Democrat Jamie Raskin said in a hearing.

Referring to Trump's criminal conviction, he said: "The Republicans are attacking our entire system of justice and the rule of law because they don’t like the way one case came out, whereas the son of the president of the United States is prosecuted and I don’t hear a single Democrat crying foul.”.


Meanwhile, several jurors who convicted Hunter Biden have said politics was not a factor in their decision. "I was never thinking of President Joe Biden," one juror told the BBC.


"Out of all the jurors, nobody mentioned anything about political motivations," he added.

Aides to President Biden have told US news outlets that the trial and verdict have taken an emotional toll on Mr Biden, who has been closely watching the case.


Politico reported that Mr Biden had been "consumed with the trial for weeks" and asked family members for updates while he was on a trip to France for D-Day anniversary events.

The outlet also said Mr Biden has at times felt guilty about the spotlight that has been placed on his son, and believes his political career has contributed to his son's legal problems.


According to the Washington Post, the president's advisers have often been reluctant to speak to him about his son and some have tried to limit Hunter Biden's public appearances.

Hunter Biden will be sentenced at some point in the next 120 days, but the judge overseeing the case has not set a date for the hearing. He faces up to 25 years in prison, but legal experts say it is highly unlikely the eventual sentence will be close to that given he is a first time, non-violent offender.


His legal issues are set to continue throughout the year, and throughout his father's election campaign. In September, he will face trial in California on charges of failing to pay $1.4m (£1.1m) in income taxes.

If convicted, Hunter Biden could face up to 17 years in prison.

The Nigeria Police Force has cautioned against violent protests across the country.


This was as the force said it is unacceptable to disrupt critical infrastructure such as airports, hospitals, and other essential services during a protest.


The police added that tampering with the national grid is a criminal offence.


The PUNCH reports that activities were disrupted at the airports across the country and various unions shut down the national grid on June 3 to compel the government to agree on a new minimum wage for workers.


In a statement on Tuesday, the Force spokesperson, Muyiwa Adejobi stated that such action would not be tolerated during any protests.


Adejobi noted that any attempt to try this would be met with full force of the law.


The statement read, “Those who want to stage a peaceful protest are advised to inform the police and request protection. Those who do otherwise should be ready to face the full weight of the law. Members of the public are again reminded that it is a criminal offence to tamper with the national grid or prevent/disrupt the transmission of electricity.


“It is equally unacceptable to disrupt any other critical infrastructure such as airports, hospitals, and other essential services, or violent picketing in whatever magnitude.


“The Nigeria Police Force, being a civil and responsive institution, committed to maintaining law and order and ensuring the safety and security of all citizens, therefore warns that any attempt to disrupt critical infrastructure, which could lead to an act of economic sabotage, treasonable felony, and jeopardize national security and public safety, will not be condoned during any protest action and will be met with the full force of the law.”


Adejobi said the force would protect the rights of all citizens including those on peaceful protest but would not watch when other citizens’ rights are being violated.


He said, “Following recent moves by some groups mobilizing for a mass protest nationwide, the Nigeria Police Force reiterates that the right of citizens to protest is a right to peaceful protest only.


“The Nigeria police will protect the rights of all citizens including those on peaceful protest but will not look on to see the rights of other citizens being violated. No decent society anywhere in the world will tolerate the violent destruction of lives and properties in the name of a protest.


“While the NPF is committed to protecting the rights of those on peaceful protest, it will not look on to see the rights of others being violated in the name of a mass protest.”


Adejobi added that the Inspector General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun has ordered the Commissioners of Police among others to prevent the breakdown of law and order in the area of responsibilities.


He said, “The Inspector General of Police, has directed all Zonal Assistant Inspectors General of Police and State Command Commissioners of Police in collaboration with other security agencies to ensure robust security arrangements are in place to prevent any breakdown of law and order including strategic deployments to protect key infrastructures and ensure that protests, if any, remain peaceful and lawful.”


He also urged parents to warn their children against being used by disgruntled elements.


Adejobi said, “The Police equally appeal to parents and guardians to warn their wards not to be used by disgruntled and misguided individuals who are mobilizing for destruction with intent to create anarchy. Such individuals are advised in their own interest to shelve their unpatriotic and clandestine plans.


“We remain dedicated to upholding the rights of citizens while ensuring that public order is maintained.”

The Senate on Tuesday adjourned plenary session to July 2, 2024.

The development is to enable the lawmakers to participate in the activities marking the 2024 Democracy Day as well as its end of session break.

The Senate President, Godswill Akpabio, announced this during Tuesday’s plenary session.

The 10th National Assembly will be one year in office on Thursday, June 13.

Prior to the announcement, the Senate passed a total sum of N1.911 trillion as the 2024 statutory budget for the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC.

The Senate approved the budget after considering the report of its committee on NDDC during plenary.

 

I have directed our security agencies to go after the assailants responsible for the spate of attacks on our citizens in Dustin-Ma and Kankara LGAs of Katsina State and ensure they are brought to justice.


 

PRESS RELEASE

DSS ALERTS THE PUBLIC OVER PLANNED PROTESTS


The attention of the Department of State Services (DSS) has been drawn to plans by certain individuals and groups to stage physical protests in some parts of the country on 12th June, 2024. The protests are designed with sinister objectives to coincide with the Democracy Day Celebration. While citizens may have the rights of assembly and expression, such freedoms should not be used to undermine public safety and national security.


The determination by some non-state actors to incite mass disaffection through demonstrations that may turn violent will not be tolerated. However, it is instructive to note that violent demonstrations are at variance with the peaceful disposition of the Federal Government to amicably address all contentions including the minimum wage. Citizens are, therefore, called upon to resist any persuasions to be lawless or cause disorder and anarchy in the nation. Displeased persons are rather encouraged to appropriately channel their grievances through the right channels and procedures.


Consequently, the DSS reaffirms its unequivocal position to protect the country from inimical acts being orchestrated by disgruntled groups to cause a breakdown of law and order. It will also sustain collaboration with all relevant stakeholders, including sister security agencies, to maintain the peace as well as protect lives and property across the nation. Law abiding citizens are enjoined to go about their businesses without fear.


The Service, while felicitating the government and citizens on this auspicious occasion of celebrating 25 years of unbroken democracy, calls for continued patriotism, unity and commitment in building a Nigeria of our collective dream. Meanwhile, the DSS website, dss.gov.ng; email address- [email protected] and Telephone lines +2349153391309;+2349088373514 remain open to the public in the event that there is need to contact it.


Peter Afunanya, Ph.D, fsi, mnipr

Director, PR & Strategic

Communications

Department of State Services

National Headquarters, Abuja.

11th June, 2024

 

The Afri-Charity Fashion and Art Foundation (AFAA Foundation) a non-profit subsidiary of The African Fashion and Arts Award (AFAA) continues her trailblazing journey in mental health advocacy, recently hosting a captivating campaign at the Government Science and Technical College in Abuja, Nigeria.


 Renowned speakers illuminated various facets of mental wellness, offering transformative insights and practical strategies. We live in a world that constantly demands success and perfection and we often feel the pressure to always be at our best, to excel in academics, work and at home, meeting every expectation. This pressure can sometimes make us feel like we must hide our struggles or pretend that everything is okay, even when it's not. At AFAA FOUNDATION we understand that it is okay to feel overwhelmed, stressed, or even anxious at times. Admitting that we are not okay is not a sign of weakness, and we encourage people to seek help when needed.

In his introductory speech, Mr. Kingsley Amako, the founder of AFAA Foundation, delivered a poignant message, emphasizing the importance of acknowledging our mental health needs. He highlighted that nurturing our minds is as crucial as caring for our bodies, leading to improved focus, stress management, overall well-being and creativity. 

Mrs. Lynda Agiriga, Co-founder and AFAA Foundation's COO, shed light on the pitfalls of excessive social media consumption, urging the students to limit screen time and prioritize meaningful real-world interactions for their mental health. During her speech, she shared the foundations gratitude to the school’s authority for approval and the Senior Mistress Admin, Mrs Tochukwu for her support and kind words to the students.


Mr. Jakpo Ukueku, a mental health advocate, explored the pivotal role of healthy self-esteem in nurturing mental wellness. His discourse offered practical tips for fostering and sustaining a positive self-image, such as practicing positive affirmations and setting achievable goals.

Queen Joy Ebere, Miss Tourism Nigeria 2023/2024 and a youth advocate underscored the significance of seeking help during emotional struggles, outlining various support avenues including professional counselling and trusted confidantes.

In an interview with newsmen, Mr. Amako stated that the foundation wishes to empower African Youths to consciously build the Africa of our dreams. To achieve this, we have adopted the capacity building approach from the pipeline, the younger generation. Teaching them to know that they can let down their guards, share experiences, and learn from each other without fear of judgment. The audience, predominantly students, responded enthusiastically to the talks, expressing gratitude for the enlightening and empowering messages.

The AFAA Foundation reaffirms its steadfast commitment to promoting mental wellness and resilience within communities amongst the core objectives of harnessing talents amongst African youths for empowerment through capacity building for self-reliance in the areas of creativity especially the fashion and arts industries.

The founder and president of African Scholars Care Initiatives, Queen Joy Onumajuru has held a top management engagement with the leadership of Nigerian Bottling Company Plc (NBC) ahead of the 2024 edition of International Day of the African Child.

She has concluded arrangements to mark the day, which has as the theme, "Education For All Children in Africa: The Time is Now" with an inter-school quiz competition.

Though the aim of her visit was not disclosed to newsmen, it may not be unconnected with her efforts to foster collaboration in order to make the event more robust.

Her visit coincided with the World Food Day safety which had as the theme, "Prepare for the Unexpected". NBC celebrated the day at its Abuja plant. 

Already, she has secured media partnership with NTA and AIT.

Also supporting the event is Nutrition International, UNICEF, National Population Commission and others.

The inter-school quiz competition is scheduled to hold on June 19 and will have critical stakeholders in education, child rights and nutrition in attendance.






The Director, SI-Glad West Africa Ltd, Owelle Ejikeme Odumegwu esq has been honoured at the just concluded Silent Heroes Award ceremony which held in Abuja. 


He won in the category of Silent Hero in Philanthropy which was presented to him by Senator Ned Nwoko.


He was honoured along with Vice Admiral Emmanuel Ogalla, Chief of the Naval Staff; RT. Hon Sheriff F.O. Oborevwori, Governor of Delta State; Prof. Leroy Chuma Edozien, Ubili Ka Nkwu Ahaba; IGP Kayode Egbetokun; and Pastor Ikechukwu Edmund Ezeobi among others. 

The 2024 edition of Nigerian Silent Heroes Award (NSHA) is the sixth in the series and held at Cabana Hall, Wells Carlton Hotel, Asokoro Abuja.


Owelle Odumegwu was honoured at the ceremony initiated by SHA Initiative, a non-governmental organisation. 


It is in appreciation of his kindness towards fellow individuals, families, community and environment and his silent heroic service to fatherland.

The initiative was conceived by the founder, Odita Sunday-Udemaguna, an influential journalist and humanitarian who noted that “In our larger society, there are men and women who are silently working assiduously behind the scenes to oil our nation’s wheel of progress.


“These people are SILENT HEROES in their own right but have largely remained unsung and under-celebrated. Believe it or not, they are the reason our nation has made the modest progress recorded in different spheres in contemporary times.”

Others honoured include, Minister of state for Defence, Dr. Bello Muhammed Matawalle, MON as Silent Hero in Governance; Alhaji Jibrin Baba Nadace, Director General, Voice of Nigeria as Silent Hero in Journalism; Dr. Awele Elumelu, CEO Avon Medical Practice as Silent Hero in Medicine, Mr. Dozy Mmobuosi CEO, Tingo Inc. as Silent Hero in Fintech & Agro Development in Africa and more.

 

Nigerian disk jokey Florence Otedola, popularly known as DJ Cuppy, has urged her fans to always celebrate their achievements.


Cuppy, who is known for flaunting her achievements on social media, said celebrating one’s achievements builds confidence and motivation.


The music star, who recently revealed that she plans going back to school for her fourth degree, stated this on Social Media on Tuesday.


She wrote, “Be proud of yourself and be your biggest cheerleader. Make sure you celebrate your achievements to build confidence AND stay motivated!! [Hash tag] CuppyOnAMission.”

Sex Scandal rocks Nigeria's foreign affairs ministry as more than 4 Female employees accuse Permanent Secretary, Amb. Ibrahim Lamuwa Over 'Serial Sexual Harassment', forcefully grabbing breasts, coercion and predatory acts. Staff protests to Minister

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President Bola Tinubu will address the nation in a broadcast on the occasion of Democracy Day at 7am on Wednesday, June 12, 2024.
Television, radio, and other electronic media outlets are enjoined to plug in to the network services of the Nigerian Television Authority and the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) for the broadcast.

Chief Ajuri Ngelale
Special Adviser to the President
(Media & Publicity)

June 11, 2024
A Nigerian man living in Europe blasts his wife for neglecting house chores while he was out working to support their family. The confrontation, which was captured on video and has since gone viral, reveals the husband's frustration over his wife's perceived lack of contribution to their household. 
In the footage, the visibly upset husband chastises his wife for failing to keep their home clean. "You’re a liability to me," he exclaims. He points out that she has no job, does not attend school, and does not engage in any farming activities. Yet, despite these circumstances, she fails to maintain the cleanliness of their house.

"Where have you been since morning?" he demands. His wife responds that she had gone out to help a friend find a place to shop, an explanation that only further enrages her husband. "All you do is eat inside dirtiness," he retorts, labeling her a "liability woman."