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Nigeria’s coming generations must not bear brunt of mess we created -Pastor Tunde Bakare

 

Tunde Bakare, overseer of the Citadel Global Community Church, says Nigeria’s coming generations must not be burdened with insurgency, huge debt, and lack of basic amenities.

Speaking during a Democracy Day dialogue organised by the Canada chapter of PTB4Nigeria, Bakare noted that the next generations of Nigerians must not bear the brunt of the mess created by those before them.

 

The cleric noted that coming generations must not inherit “generator-powered economy, pothole-infested road network and comatose refineries”, adding that there should be a generation that will witness the “new Nigeria”.

 

“Let me reiterate that it is our responsibility as present-day nation builders to ensure national reconciliation, national reconstitution and national reconstruction to provide an enabling environment for the growth and optimisation of future generations of Nigerians,” Bakare said.

“It is our responsibility, and we must not leave it to the coming generations. As Franklin D. Roosevelt also said, There is a mysterious cycle in human events. To some generations much is given. Of other generations much is expected.

 

“I perceive this emerging generation of Nigerians has “a rendezvous with destiny.

 

“Consequently, the emerging and coming generations of Nigerians, including the generation of my grandson, Rereoluwade, must not bear the brunt of the mess that we and those before us have created.

“Their generation must not be burdened with tackling Boko Haram, insurgency in the south-east, banditry, kidnapping, or the farmer-herder crisis.

 

“Their generation should not have to exclaim “Up NEPA!” nor should they be handed a generator-powered economy or a pothole-infested road network.

 

“Their generation should not be burdened about comatose refineries, nor should they be bequeathed a growing debt burden that could render Nigerians slaves on their soil.

 

“Their generation should not have to march on the streets against police brutality or the inability of the government to prevent or resolve the abductions of hundreds of schoolboys and girls.

“Their generation must not be burdened with a failed education system, nor should tens of millions of their peers be left out of school without access to education.

 

“Their generation should not be confronted with incessant strikes that turn four-year university courses into eight years of torture in dilapidated facilities, under poorly paid teachers and sex-for-grades merchants masquerading as lecturers.

 

“Theirs should not be a generation incapacitated with an inability to match the rising population with corresponding growth in job creation.

 

“Rather than these bleak prospects, theirs should be the generation that inherits the New Nigeria, a nation that runs on the dreams of patriotic fathers and the ideas and visions of a young generation of the most brilliant minds on the planet.”

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Nigeria’s Israel Adesanya defeats Vettori to retain UFC middleweight title

 

Israel Adesanya successfully defended his middleweight Ultimate Fighting Championship title on Sunday morning, beating Italian Marvin Vettori in the main event of UFC 263 at Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona.

Adesanya put up a dominant display over Vettori, winning 50-45 on all of the judges cards.

Adesanya and Vettori first did battle in 2018, with the Nigerian winning via a split decision in just his second trip to the Octagon.

The win is Adesanya’s third title defence after losing to Jan Blachowicz in a bid to add the light heavyweight title to his laurels.

Vettori believed he won his 2018 clash with Adesanya and never stopped calling for a rematch with the man who would go on to become UFC middleweight champion.

He got his rematch on Sunday in the main event of UFC 263 and came up empty, with Adesanya taking a clear decision victory in Arizona.

Adesanya showed improvements on his ground work as he expertly untangled himself from all of Vettori’s takedowns.

Renowned as one of the best strikers in the division, the 31-year-old landed several leg shots and jabs as he dimmed Vettori’s dream of becoming the first Italian UFC champion.

Vettori had only a few successful moments in the fight, scoring with a handful of takedowns, but Adesanya showcased improved grappling skills as he escaped back to his feet every time, including spinning out of a rear-naked choke attempt to end up in top position. Outside of those fleeting moments for Vettori, the fight was all Adesanya’s as he worked Vettori over with a steady diet of leg kicks.

In the end, Adesanya took every round on all three official scorecards, winning by scores of 50-45 across the board.

Moreno dethrones Figueiredo

The co-main event was another title fight, and Brandon Moreno took his chance dethroning Deiveson Figueiredo as the flyweight king by submission in the third round of their title fight to become Mexico’s first UFC champion.

Moreno dominated the first round, dropping the champion and landing several heavy punches and leg kicks.

But Figueiredo asserted his authority in the second round with an early takedown but Moreno handled his time on the ground and got his own take down.

Their first fight had ended in a draw but Moreno ensured he got the job done in the second round, this time around.

Maia vs Muhammad

In the welterweight category, Belal Muhammad secured the 10th win of his UFC career with a unanimous decision win over 43-year-old Demian Maia (30-27, 29- 28, 29-28).

Maia attacked Muhammad’s legs in all three rounds, recording just one successful take down.

The win takes Muhammad to ninth in the welterweight ranking.

Edwards vs Diaz

Undefeated since his 2015 loss to Nigerian Kamaru Usman, Leon Edwards beat Nate Diaz in the “Battle of The Southpaw” in a fight rated as one of the top performance of the day, winning 49-46, 49-46, 49-46 on all of the judges card.

An elbow to the face in the third round after a successful take-down by Edwards left American Diaz bloodied.

Edwards landed over 65 per cent of his significant shots and successfully achieved four take-down attempts.

Diaz gave Edwards a late scare in the fifth round after landing two devastating punches with 50 seconds to go but the Brit held on for the victory.

The win takes Edwards closer to a rematch with Usman.

In other prelims, Pannie Kianzad defeated Alexis Davis via unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 29-28); Lauren Murphy beat Joanne Calderwood via split decision (29-28 x2, 28-29); Brad Riddell triumphed over Drew Dober through a unanimous decision (29-28 x3) and Eryk Anders beat Darren Stewart via unanimous decision (29-27 x2, 29-28).

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Why I apologised to my lesbian daughter – Charlyboy

 

Popular entertainer cum good governance activist, Charles Oputa,.AKA Charlyboy has explained why he apologized to his lesbian daughter, Dewy Oputa after she accused him of neglect.

 

Recall that Dewy had called out her father on Instagram, when he revealed how he felt about her sexuality.

 

Charly Boy had stressed that he is in support of his daughter, irrespective of her choice of a sexual partner.

 

But Dewy who didn’t seem pleased with her father’s statement accused him of being a ‘hypocrite.

 

But speaking in an interview, Charlyboy said he apologized to his daughter because he realized he was encroaching into her private life.

 

”I apologized because I had same clash with my father who was trying to doctor my life. I resisted and said no, I will tell my own story.

 

”I did not realize I was encroaching. Even though initially when I heard, like any other parent, I was concerned but then I cannot be hypocritical because I have fought for LGBT right and some many rights. So because of my daughter, I cant change.

 

”When I realized that, I apologized to her because we are friends. It is not a father-daughter relationship, we are buddy and that is the special bond I share with all my children,” he added.

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Nigerian Police justify use of tear gas on June 12 protesters

 

Spokesman of the Nigerian Police, Frank Mba has justified the use of tear gas by officers on June 12 protesters in Lagos and Abuja.

The commissioner said that the actions of officers were in line with international best practices of dispersing violent protests.

He said this on Saturday while speaking in an interview with Channels Television in Abuja.

 

Police officers on Saturday fired tear gas in Lagos and Abuja while trying to disperse protesters.

An aide of the Lagos State governor, Anthony Adeyinka, said the action was to ward off hoodlums from hijacking the peaceful protest.

The spokesperson of FCT Police Command, Yusuf Mariam, however, said in a statement that officers fired tear gas to disperse protesters and foil attempts by the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) members from inciting public disturbance.

Mba while speaking explained that there was an isolated case in Abuja where protesters turned violent and police officers had to fire tear gas at them.

“We had an isolated case in Abuja where some of the protesters became unruly and in line with international best practices, police fired teargas at them,” he said.

“That is an acceptable mode of engaging violent protesters anywhere in the world, whether it is in Abuja, Lagos, Paris, London, or New York or California. That is internationally accepted.

“We would have problems if we had fired live bullets at them, but when you fire teargas at protesters to disperse them, you are not in breach of any known code, either nationally or internationally.

No June 12 protester in detention

The police image maker during the interview also said that officers in Lagos, Abuja and any other part of the country did not detain any protester.

“I also want to use this opportunity to state clearly that no citizen, either in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Kano or anywhere, is currently in detention as a result of this isolated incident, he said.

“As long as protesters conduct themselves within the confines of the law; they do not constitute themselves into a nuisance, they do not breach the rights of other citizens, they do not obstruct traffic, they do not compel other citizens to join their protests, the police will largely work with them.

“When you protest in contravention of this set of conditions I have given, clearly you are coming in direct conflict with the laws of the land, and the police will never stand by idly and watch you create problems for the entire polity.”

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EURO 2020: Eriksen stable after collapsing on the pitch – Danish FA

 

Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen remained in hospital but is in a “stable” condition after collapsing in his country’s  Euro 2020 game against Finland on Saturday, the Danish Football Union (DBU) said Sunday.

“This morning we have spoken to Christian Eriksen, who has sent his greetings to his teammates. His condition is stable, and he continues to be hospitalized for further examination,” the football body said in a post to Twitter.

DBU also said that the team and staff had “received crisis assistance and will continue to be there for each other after yesterday’s incident.”

The Inter Milan star suddenly collapsed in the 43rd minute of Denmark’s opening Euro 2020 game against Finland, lying motionless as medical personnel administered CPR.

He laid on the field for about 15 minutes before being carried off the pitch and rushed to the hospital.

The game was temporarily suspended awaiting confirmation that Eriksen was alright but after reports that the player was in a stable condition and awake, the game was resumed later in the evening, ending in a 1-0 win for underdogs Finland.

A Sunday press conference with the DBU was cancelled in the morning and the team’s scheduled training session has also been postponed indefinitely, broadcaster TV2 reported.

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How to end Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria immediately – Al Mustapha

 

Retired Maj. Hamza Al Mustapha said he has done some research and concluded that the 12 year-old Boko Haram insurgency can be ended in a short time.

Al Mustapha, who was a former Chief Security Officer (CSO) to Gen. Sani Abacha, gave the advice in an interview with NAN.

He has thus advised Maj.-Gen. Farouk Yahaya, the new Chief of Army Staff (COAS), to borrow from his insight.

“Delaying the fight against Boko Haram will be a great disservice to Nigeria. The earlier we crush them, the better.

“Speed is very vital, because we are not fighting a conventional war, speed matters a lot because Nigeria should recover from this speedily as much as possible.

“I know this is possible because I have done some homework,” Al Mustapha said.

The former CSO congratulated the new COAS on his appointment.

“He is our younger brother, I have prayed for him and wished him well on the appointment.

“I spoke with him and what I sent to him in a text message were prayers for him to succeed.

“There are different ways for him to succeed in overcoming the numerous security challenges bedevilling the country, ” he said.

Al Mustapha advised the new army chief to work in synergy with other security agencies to ensure success.

“My advice is that the army should not be alone because it is not a military affair alone.

“Boko Haram for example has been on for more than 20 years from my account, that is from conception to its maturity.

“If you want to contain an insurgency, every single detail of its activities should be on your palm, that is when you can say am on top of the situation.

“You have to get their sources of logistics, their electronic support and capabilities, what they do on daily basis and how they get information among others, ” he said.

Al Mustapha said the army chief must also trace the sources of arms getting into Nigeria resulting in arms proliferation.

“Our security challenge also has its root in the grand design by some powerful countries as far back as 1972 to retard Nigeria’s development.

“That’s why the country is facing security challenges from all facets at the same time.

 

“Our past mistakes have to do with viewing issues from narrow perspectives and that is why we must be very wide and open now,” he said.

Al Mustapha said the military must hasten its pace in tackling security challenges facing the country so it can return to barracks as soon as possible.

“We need to end all these challenges as quickly as possible, so that the military can go back to the barracks to face its primary role of protecting the territorial integrity of Nigeria.

“Internal security operation has reduced the value of the military because they are taking over the role of the police, which is a disservice.

“We have to end these crises so that the police can effectively take over their function, train and expand their capacity, ” he said.

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Attacks won’t make us repeal anti-grazing law in Benue -Gov Ortom

 

Samuel Ortom, governor of Benue, says attacks on residents won’t force his administration to repeal the anti-grazing law in the state.

 

On May 22, 2017, Ortom signed the anti-grazing law that prohibits the movement of livestock on foot within the state — following a series of clashes between herders and farmers.

 

The state has witnessed a series of attacks in recent times.

 

On June 6, at least 20 people were reportedly killed, after an attack by gunmen in Odugbeho community in Agatu LGA of the state.

 

The attack came days after over 30 people were reportedly killed — including students of the College of Education — in Katsina Ala LGA of the state.

 

Speaking on the development on Saturday during a media parley to celebrate his second year in office, the Benue governor said his administration has started recruitment to activate the Community Volunteer Guards Law enacted in 2000.

 

He noted that the recent attacks in the state has triggered him to activate the vigilante groups, while clamouring that the groups should be allowed to carry arms.

 

 “A few weeks ago, Benue stakeholders met and gave this administration the mandate to activate and implement the Community Volunteer Guards Law enacted in 2000,” he said.

 

“We have already commenced the process of recruiting responsible people of 50 years and below into the Volunteer Guards.

 

“Their duty is to support the conventional security agencies in defending their communities. We have cried enough. We will cry no more. Now is time for action.

 

“Let me remind those who think that sustained attacks on the Benue people will force us to repeal the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law that they are making a mistake.

 

 “This law has come to stay and no amount of intimidation can make us repeal it. Instead, we will soon amend the law in order to increase the penalties against offenders.”

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How we stopped hoodlums from hijacking June 12 protest in Ojota -Lagos Police

 

The Lagos police command says it prevented hoodlums from hijacking the June 12 protest in the Ojota area of the state.

 

The police noted that the hoodlums blocked traffic at the Maryland axis with the intention of attacking motorists.

 

Recall that security operatives barricaded the Gani Fawehinmi Park in Ojota, venue of the June 12 protest in Lagos.

 

Police officers had fired several shots into the air in a bid to disperse protesters who gathered at the venue.

Speaking on the development, the Lagos police said the “proactiveness” of the command prevented the protest from being hijacked.

 

“The Lagos state police command, due to its proactiveness, averted the hijack of the rally at Ojota Lagos state when some hoodlums blocked the Maryland/Ikorodu expressway with the intent to attack motorists that got stuck in the artificial traffic congestion caused by the arranged blockage,” says the statement signed by Muyiwa Adejobi, Lagos police spokesperson.

 

“The commissioner of police, Lagos state, CP Hakeem Odumosu, in his bid to forestall any act of lawlessness, had deployed adequate personnel to strategic places and arranged for show of force across the state.

 

 “As he personally moved round the state to assess the general security of the state, visited Lagos Island, Lekki Toll Gate, Surulere, Alausa and Ojota where he addressed the protesters on the need to be peaceful and avoid depriving other Nigerians of their human rights to free movement.

 

“And doing their businesses; noting that blocking the roads will only cause more harm to other innocent Nigerians and threaten the security of Lagos state.

 

“The Police boss engaged the protesters in a tete-a-tete for more than one hour at Ojota Lagos state assuring them of the police’s support and responsibility to provide security for them and other Nigerians.”

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Gov. Matawalle on banditry: Things are getting worse by the day in Zamfara

 

Bello Matawalle, governor of Zamfara, says the insecurity challenges in the state are getting worse.

 

In a statewide broadcast on Saturday, Matawalle said banditry has reverted to how it used to be before his administration — despite efforts to curtail it.

 

About 90 persons were reportedly killed by bandits in Kadawa village in Zurmi LGA area of the state on Thursday night.

 

The governor, however, said none of the criminals and their sponsors will be spared “no matter how highly placed”.

 

“In recent weeks, the act of banditry has reverted to the ugly dimensions it had, prior to the coming of my administration,” he said.

 

“The marauders kill without regard for any rules of sanity. Women, the elderly, and children are not spared.

 

“As a result, a large number of people have been displaced in nearly every town in the state.

“You are witnesses to what we have accomplished from the beginning of our administration, particularly the peace and reconciliation efforts that we initiated and achieved.

 

“As a result, we have been able to shift our violent narratives to one of optimism and peaceful coexistence. Unfortunately, things suddenly took a dramatic turn and things are getting worse by the day.

 

“It is clear that some invincible hands are plotting evil against our people with the goal of making our state as terrifying as it were in the years gone by.

 

“My constant prayer is for Allah to reveal those who are perpetrating these cruel atrocities against our people.”

He assured the people of his government’s commitment to eradicate banditry and all types of criminality from the state.

 

The governor also urged community members to repel any attack against their communities.

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Pro-Buhari protesters fight while sharing money in Abuja

 

Supporters of President Muhammadu Buhari who stormed Unity Fountain, Abuja on Saturday morning, were seen fighting over the method of sharing money.

 

According to reports, the group was out to counter those protesting against bad governance across the country.

 

Eyewitnesses revealed that leaders of the group were seen in a heated exchange over the sharing of monetary resources meant for organising the counter protests.

 

The Federal Capital Territory, Abuja has been plunged into palpable tension over protests happening in major parts of the city.

 

Earlier, police operatives clashed with some protesters at Gudu Junction causing tension in the area.

 

Similar demonstrations are currently ongoing in major parts of the country including Lagos State.