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Nigerians Knock Tinubu On Social Media Over Comments On Ambode

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…As Lagos Residents Hail Ambode For Initiating Pen Cinema Flyover

 

National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu came under fire on Friday for his comments against former governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode during the commissioning of the 1.4km Agege Pen Cinema Flyover.

Tinubu, who was present at the commissioning of the project, initiated by Ambode in 2017, said the ship of state, under Ambode was heading in the wrong direction.

According to him, the drift became noticeable between 2017-2018, alleging that it was the reason political leaders in the state decided to bring Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Obafemi Hamzat, on board to steady the ship.

But it would be recalled that Tinubu had hailed Ambode in March 2017 during the commissioning of Aboru Abesan Link Bridge, where he precisely commended him for improving the fortunes of the State despite the huge debt profile his predecessor in office (Fashola) left behind.

Residents of the State, especially direct beneficiaries of the project did not hesitate to disagree with Tinubu, insisting that Ambode deserves commendation not just for the Pen Cinema project, but for other major capital projects his administration initiated and completed within a short time.

Micro-blogging site, twitter went agog, as residents expressed their displeasure that Ambode, who conceived and started the Pen Cinema Flyover, was neither invited to the event nor acknowledged during the inauguration of the project.

@NejeebBello said, “Bola Tinubu carried his two legs to meet Sanwo-Olu at the inauguration of Agege Pen Cinema Flyover Bridge built by Ambode whom they both ganged up to victimize and chase away.”Does Sanwoolu himself not have any project in the last 2 years that he can show his “National Leader”?

Anuoluwa23 said, “ Tinubu is nothing but a politician. Same way he praised Ambode to the highest heavens in 2017 when he was commissioning Aboru Abesan Link Bridge and today he is vilifying him. Get ready Sanwo-Olu, he will still deny you before 2023.”

@LaWills_ said, “According to Tinubu, Oshodi World-class Transport Interchange, Agege Flyover, Abule Egba Flyover, Ajah Flyover, Airport Road project and many other Ambode’s projects are not part of Lagos Masterplan. But today, he went to commission one of the projects.”

@Mmanua_p said, “Former Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos should please come back & contest for his 2nd term he was denied of by APC Chieftains. I don’t like this idea of someone claiming his glory. Since 2019, I haven’t seen a project initiated & completed in Lagos till date.”

Official Oluwakorede, MPA (PHD soon) wrote: “All I can is God bless Ambode, the navigator. I’m sad that Gov Sanwoolu invited everybody, but not Ambode who initiated and mobilised the project and several others across the State. Agege motorists, congrats.”

@SodiqTade said, “Ambode’s projects are everywhere even two years after he left office. The Agege flyover that Sanwoolu is commissioning today with funfair is part of Ambode’s projects. Tinubu that went against Ambo is also there dancing while commissioning the supposed ‘failure’ project.”

Alex Teflondon said, “I think we should give credit to ambode for the agege bridge ..he started that project but unfortunately wasn’t there to finish it …now fagba will be free again.”

@iamkennethcole wrote, “Thank you Ambode @AkinwunmiAmbode, the navigator & initiator. You did only start this project but several others across the State,in 3 yrs you constructed & rehabilitated 450 major roads & 50 other impactful projects. Notably is the Agric-Ishawo dual carriageway.”

@pastorchristob1 said, “Anyone who lived in Lagos for the period of Ambode’s 4 years regime would know that he was a true governor with good intentions. He wanted to liberate Lagos and redefine the face of Lagos. His project during the 4 years can never be forgotten even till beautifying under bridges.”

@iamteju4real, “All accolades as regards the #AgegePenCinemaBridge should be given to Ambode who started the project in 2017, Sanwoolu only had the honor of completing it in 2021.”

Ex-BBNaija Star, Dorathy Speaks On Struggle About Getting Her Bra Size 

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The first runner up of the 2020 edition of the Big Brother Naija reality show, Dorathy Bachor, has disclosed her ordeal getting a fitted bra for her ‘big breast’.

Bachor, also stated that the reality television show made her come out of her shell.

The busty reality star during a recent Instagram Live chat with Media Personality, Ubi Franklin, said she ventured into her lingerie brand as a result of the struggle she had with her body feature.

Dorathy in her narration said TV show, most especially the BBNaija event has helped her to build her self confidence. She noted that after the Season 5 edition of the Nigeria biggest reality show which she took part in, she was able to come out of her shells as she used to be a private person.

She said; “I am a private person. I hate public opinion. The words, ‘That’s my opinion’, annoys me because I am not someone that would sit down and want to have an opinion about other people’s lives. That was why I stayed in my shell. However, that did not pay my bills and it did not put food on my table either. But, Big Brother Naija made me come out of my shell”.

Speaking further on why she decided to go for the lingerie brand, Bachor said she enjoys doing a business which she could relate to, and the new business idea came from the struggles she had with getting the right braziers.

She said, “When I came out of the house, I was blank. However, I took the time to study my fans. I tried to understand what they liked about me. I found out it was more of (my) confidence. I wanted to do fashion but I realised that many people were already doing that. So, I decided to do something unique that I can relate to. I know the struggles of not being able to get a perfect underwear or bra. The businesses I do are those I can relate to and have a passion for,” She added.

 

 

Tayo Sobola Secretly Ties Nuptial Knot; Shares Wedding Photos

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Nollywood actress and filmmaker, Tayo Sobola stunned many of her fans and colleague when she recently shared pictures from her wedding.

Surprisingly, the light skinned role interpreter did not reveal the identity of her husband.

The married actress who has kept her family from social media shared the photos on her Instagram page this morning.

Her colleagues and fans flooded her timeline with congratulatory messages thinking it was today that she tied the knot.

Her colleagues like Funke Akindele, Tope Solaja, Femi Adebayo Salami, Belinda Effah and others have taken to the comment section to congratulate her.

In her response, she wrote;

Okay… this is not today.
I only just decided to post it today.
Thanks everyone for the msgs and prayers. God bless you.

 

 

 

Fani-Kayode Beat Me During Pregnancy, Drugged Me, Ex-Wife Tells Court

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Precious Chikwendu, a former beauty queen and ex-wife of former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has said her ex-husband beat her up on several occasions even while she was pregnant.

She, therefore, demanded full custody of their four sons aged five and three.

Chikwendu made the allegations in an affidavit she deposed to in support of an originating motion brought pursuant to Section 69 of the Child’s Rights Act, 2003.

The case is being presided over by Justice S.C. Oriji of the FCT High Court, Apo, in Abuja.

The ex-beauty queen said she met Fani-Kayode in 2014 at the peak of her career and they soon fell in love and began living together.

She noted that she had four children, including a son aged five and a set of triplets aged three.

She said, “From the early days of our relationship, the respondent (Fani-Kayode) has always maintained a lifestyle of utter disregard to my feelings. This was evident in the way and manner the respondent assaulted me while I was pregnant with our first son.

“The respondent (Fani-Kayode) kicked me several times on my stomach over a petty argument that ensued. It was my friend, Vanessa, who was around at the material time that intervened at the nick of time to save me.

“I had to leave the respondent’s (Fani-Kayode’s) house a few days after this incident. The respondent (Fani-Kayode) repeated the same act when I was pregnant with triplets, this time it was my mother and sister, Faith, that intervened.”

Chikwendu said on one occasion, Fani-Kayode and a former Divisional Police Officer of the Asokoro Police Station drugged her.

She said the ex-minister and her soon became companions and began living together.

She, however, said things soon turned sour as Fani-Kayode began exhibiting signs of paranoia.

The ex-beauty pageant alleged that the former minister accused her of infidelity and on several occasions locked her out of their home located on Aso Drive, Asokoro, Abuja.

She told the court, “Sometime in 2018, in one of my attempts to leave the house with the children, the respondent (Fani-Kayode) in the company of the DPO of Asokoro Police Division, and her team of policemen handcuffed me and stripped me naked while someone from the crowd whom I initially mistook for a policeman forcefully injected me with a sedation.

“That I was then abducted and incarcerated at a hospital for a period of two weeks. I was separated from my six-month-old triplets and a-year-old son at the time.”

Chikwendu, who alleged that the ex-minister had denied her access to her children for several months, asked the court to compel Fani-Kayode to give her a monthly payment of N3.5 million for the upkeep of their four sons.

According to Chikwendu, Fani-Kayode currently spends N1.8 million on food, toiletries and others on the four children every month while N575,000 is spent monthly on clothing.

She said Fani-Kayode had continued to deny her access to the children in order to compel her to return to the marriage.

The ex-beauty pageant alleged that in a bid to spite her, Fani-Kayode had been taking pictures of the children with different women and posting them on social media.

In a response filed by one Oluwafemi Popoola on behalf of Fani-Kayode, the ex-minister said he had not been properly served with the court processes and hence, he could not respond appropriately.

The affidavit Popoola deposed to read in part, “Except there is service or proper service of the originating processes filed in this case on the respondent/applicant, this honourable court will lack jurisdiction to conduct further proceedings.”

In the court documents obtained by SaharaReporters, Fani-Kayode’s ex-wife seeks an order of the court “granting custody of the four children to the applicant but with reasonable right of access to the respondent”.

 

Buhari, Osinbajo Take COVID-19 Vaccine [Photos]

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President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, on Saturday, received the COVID-19 vaccine publicly at the Presidential Villa.

President Buhari was vaccinated at 11:51a.m., while Professor Osinbajo took his at 11:57 am.

It was preceded by e-registration of the President and the Vice President and the filling out of their vaccination cards by the Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, NPHCDA, Faisal Shuaib.

Vaccination of Buhari was done by Chief Personal Physician to the President, Dr. Suhayb Rafindadi Sanusi, after which he was presented with the e-vaccination card by Dr. Shuaib at 11:59a.m.

Professor Osinbajo was vaccinated by his personal physician, Dr. Nicholas Audifferen, and was also presented with the e-vaccination card by Dr. Shuaib by 11:59a.m.

The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, said the jab was painless, a narrow gauge syringe was used with a small quantity injected in the upper arm.

He said the after-effects are mild and little discomfort follows in the area that was injected.

Other personalities present at the brief ceremony were the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha; Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed; and the Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari.

Nigeria commenced the COVID-19 vaccination of its citizens on Friday, three days after it received 3.94 million doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines through the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Assess Facility (COVAX).

The COVID-19 vaccines arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International airport at about 11:45 a.m. on Tuesday. Nigeria is the third Africa country to benefit from the COVAX facility after Ghana and Ivory Coast.

The COVID-19 vaccination in Nigeria began with health workers, who are often at risk of exposure to infections, including COVID-19, as they are the first responders to patients.
Before the arrival of the vaccines, the government had said the president and other officials will take the vaccines publicly to encourage Nigerians to accept it.

 

 

 

 

 

Sadiq Daba had oxygen machine while acting in ‘Citation’ — Kunle Afolayan

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Kunle Afolayan, Nigerian film producer, says Sadiq Daba, the late actor, had an oxygen machine with him while featuring in ‘Citation’, a 2020 film.

Daba breathed his last at the Lagos state university teaching hospital (LASUTH) where he had been undergoing treatment last Wednesday. He had battled prostate cancer and leukemia for years prior to his demise.

Speaking about his memories of the deceased film star during an Arise TV show on Friday night, Afolayan said Daba had his oxygen close when they were filming ‘Citation’.

“I think God gave him those last few years for him to reconnect with people and for people to reconnect with him. And so he can be documented properly. Before I found him, he wasn’t doing anything,” he explained.

“When we were prepping for the film, his name came to mind. I went online, looked for him, and saw an interview he did two years ago (2012). I reached out to the journalist who wrote the article and she gave me his number.

“After that, he featured in a few other films. God brought him back after we did ‘October 1’ but I can tell that, even when we were shooting ‘October 1’, he was a struggle. Uncle S is fragile. Sometimes he’d be sick and we had to wait.

“But when we were doing ‘Citation’, if you check our videos, he had his oxygen machine under the table. When I was casting him, a lot of people had reservations like, ‘Look, Uncle S is not fit, what if he’s not able to finish?’

“I said, ‘I can’t go wrong. If this is the last film he’d to do, I’ll do it.’ We brought him, when he is uncomfortable, I tell him let’s take time out. In all the clips where he’s dancing, I played the songs to put him in good mood.”

On how he met Daba, Afolayan said his name had come up when he sought someone to fill a role for ‘October 1’.

“I experienced him when I was really young in the 80s and 70s. I saw a lot of his works as a broadcaster and journalist on NTA. Our paths crossed because I was looking for someone to fit into a particular role in ‘October 1’,” he added.

“His name came to mind. I was so glad that it happened also because he won the ‘Best Actor of the Year’ at the African Movie Academy Awards. In 2018, we did a documentary and I had to bring him aboard.

“A lot of these people, when you keep them going and give them a reason to appreciate their existence, it means a lot to them. A year ago we did ‘Citation’. Three to four weeks ago, I spoke with him over the phone.

“And we were talking about how much people accepted the movie. When I heard he was gone, I felt we lost an amazing guy. I think he lived a great life and his name will be remembered forever.”

School Gateman Involved In Jangebe Students’ Abduction- Matawalle

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Zamfara State governor, Bello Matawalle has alleged that the security guard of Government Secondary School in Jangebe, Zamfara State, was involved in the abduction of the schoolgirls on February 26.

The governor raised the allegation during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today. The governor added that the girls made the revelation upon their release from the den of their abductors.

Over 270 schoolgirls were abducted from Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe in Talata-Mafara LGA of Zamfara in February.
They were released on Tuesday.

Asked to reveal the identities of the abductors, the governor said the bandits named the watchman of the school as the facilitator of the abduction.

Matawalle said an investigation will be carried out, but he did not reveal the identities of other abductors.

“…Even the watchman of the school…. The children have mentioned that when they were there; after releasing them, the bandits were telling them (the schoolgirls) to greet the watchman for them,” he said.

“They even mentioned his name that he is the one who gave them the go-ahead to come, so he was involved.

“They have said this in front of the commissioner of police in Zamfara state. Investigation will be carried out and all people involved will be known.”

Reacting to the no-fly zone order issued by President Muhammadu Buhari, the governor said he has accepted the decision of the president, but added that he should have been consulted before the decision was taken.

“I thought the security council should invite me so that I can come inform them and give them more information that can help them to do whatever they want to do,” he said.

I Tested Positive For Covid-19- Obasanjo Reveals

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Former president of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo, has revealed he tested positive for COVID-19. Obasanjo disclosed this on Friday when he spoke at a colloquium held in the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL), Abeokuta, Ogun state.

He admitted although he was concerned, he had no symptoms.

“It will surprise you that I was tested positive for Coronavirus. I called them to test me, they came on a Saturday, I did not get the result till Wednesday and it came out positive but I had no symptoms.

“Three days after they tested me again and I am negative, that is three days after I tested positive.

“My daughter, Iyabo is an epidemiologist and I called her to explain, she said maybe they tested me at the later stage of your being positive.

“I told her I had no symptoms and she said it could be a faulty result. But I was tested positive. Since then I have been tested three times negative, so, if you want to come near me, you can come near me.

“It was nothing to worry about when I was tested positive, my household was running from me but I told them to stay in their place while I stay in mine,” Obasanjo said.

Nigerian Governors, Deputies To Receive COVID-19 Vaccine Next Week

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Nigerian Governors and their deputies will take the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday, March 10.

This was disclosed by Kayode Fayemi, Chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) and Ekiti Governor, on Thursday.

Fayemi addressed the media after governors’ emergency virtual meeting.

The governor also urged Nigerians to take the vaccine, assuring it was safe for persons up to 18 years.

Boss Mustapha, Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, briefed governors on the 3.92m doses of the vaccine received by Nigeria.

President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, top government officials and frontline health workers would be the first to receive the vaccine from March 6.

Buhari Decorates Nigeria’s Service Chiefs With New Ranks (Photos)

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President Muhammadu Buhari, on Friday, decorated the new service chiefs at the council chambers of the presidential villa, Abuja.

He told the service chiefs they have a “short time” to deliver.

Lucky Irabor, chief of defence staff, is now a four-star general. He was a major-general.

Ibrahim Attahiru, chief of army staff, was decorated with the rank of lieutenant-general

after his promotion from major general.

Awwal Gambo, chief of naval staff, is now a vice admiral, up from rear admiral.

Isiaka Amao, chief of air staff, was decorated with the rank of air marshal, a step above air vice marshal.

Promoting newly appointed service chiefs has become a tradition since Nigeria transited to democracy in 1999.

Buhari announced the appointment of the new service chiefs in January.

Following their screening by the senate, they were confirmed on Tuesday.

Aliyu Wamakko, chairman of the joint committees on army, navy and air force, who presented a report for the consideration of the senate during the screening, had said the service chiefs met the requirements expected of them.

The chairman said no petition was received against the nominations.
“Their nominations are in line with the constitution. The committee did not receive any petition against them. That they are experienced public servants,” he had said.

The ceremony was witnessed by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo; Boss Mustapha, secretary to the government of the federation (SGF); Bashir Magashi, defense minister, and Ibrahim Gambari, chief of staff to the president.

The new service chiefs were also accompanied to the ceremony by their wives and some other senior officers of the Nigerian armed forces.

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