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2019: Why I’m running for president – Oby Ezekwesili

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2019: Why I'm running for president - Oby Ezekwesili

The presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), Oby Ezekwesili, on Monday said she is running for president to right the wrongs of governance in the country.

Speaking to journalists in Lagos, Mrs Ezekwesili, a former education minister, said she is not in the race to make up the numbers.

“I am the candidate of the Nigerian people and there is no power or force greater than the people acting as a collective,” she said.

Mrs Ezekwesili said there is need to revive the economy as a matter of urgency and that within 100 days of her taking the office, Nigeria would experience a change.

“The only reason you need leaders is for them to solve daunting challenges, it is only when there is an ineffective government that the problem persists,” she said.

“There is need to implement policies that will boost the economy and lift people from the state of extreme poverty. China has shown us the way to do it, and we can do it, we need to keep hope alive,” she said.

The candidate also said one of the things she would treat as a matter of urgency is to put the citizens first and make every citizen begin to matter again.

Asked the areas of the economy she would accord priority, Mrs Ezekwesili said, “We need to get our fiscal crisis sorted out. The 2017 budget performance that was released by the federal government shows that we are now in a state of imbalance.

“The oil revenue is not sufficient to cover the personnel cost of government. This is a nation of about 186 million people but the two million people in public service consume the entire oil revenue, there has to be drastic measures on the cost of governance.”

She explained that the country needs to shift her gaze from oil revenue to making investments in proper livelihood, quality education and skills necessary to make Nigerians world class citizens.

“The country also needs to invest in human capital and creating an environment suitable for development,” Mrs Ezekwesili said.

“We will do everything to improve the conditions of livelihood, human security and identify and carry out very ambitious security reform that will function effectively.

“Nigerians must not be told that what they deserve is a choice between evils, I am not the evil one, I am the choice of the Nigerian people.”

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N500 healed my friend of depression — Reno Omokri

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Reno Omokri on Twitter Saturday narrated how N500 healed his friend of depression.

He said this while trying to enlighten his followers on depression and how someone will know if he/she is depressed.

He said in series of tweets:

“Depression is REAL. But BEFORE you take anti depression drugs, try this. Stop thinking about YOU. Think about the less privileged. Take 24 hours to FORGET YOURSELF and do something for them. Then see if you are still depressed after the experience.

I met someone who thought he was depressed. I sent him money. He received the bank alert and got INSTANT HEALING. My point isn’t to trivialise depression. But before taking anti depression drugs, make sure you are really depressed and not just broke.

Many people are LONELY, HEARTBROKEN, BROKE, DISAPPOINTED, DISILLUSIONED, REJECTED & JILTED. But they have allowed MODERN SCIENCE to deceive them that they are DEPRESSED. Don’t allow a one time temporary EVENT become your life long permanent DESTINY.

When I was in university, a friend of mine was depressed. I traveled to Benin to tell his dad. His dad said there has NEVER been depression in their family, but I should take this ₦500 (it was 94). Behold, that ₦500 healed my friend of depression.”

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Taiwan legalises Same Sex Marriage, first in Asia

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In what has been touted as the first in Asia, Taiwan’s parliament legalised same-sex marriage on Friday as the government survived a last-minute attempt by conservatives to pass watered-down legislation.

Lawmakers comfortably passed a bill allowing same-sex couples to form “exclusive permanent unions” and another clause that would let them apply for a “marriage registration” with government agencies.

The vote — which took place on the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia — is a major victory for the island’s LGBT community and it places the island at the vanguard of Asia’s burgeoning gay rights movement.

Thousands of gay rights supporters gathered outside parliament despite heavy downpours, waving rainbow flags, flashing victory signs and breaking into cheers as the news filtered out. In recent months conservatives had mobilised to rid the law of any reference to marriage, instead putting forward rival bills that offered something closer to limited same-sex unions.

But those bills struggled to receive enough votes. Gay rights groups hailed the vote on Friday, saying the ability to apply for a “marriage registration” — known as Clause Four — put their community much closer to parity with heterosexual couples.

“The passage of Clause Four ensures that two persons of the same-sex can register their marriage on May 24th and ensure that Taiwan becomes the first country in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage and to successfully open a new page in history,” said the Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights.

Two years ago Taiwan’s top court ruled that not allowing same-sex couples to marry violates the constitution with judges giving the government until May 24 to make the changes or see marriage equality enacted automatically.

The law does not bring full equality with heterosexual couples — it only allows for biological adoption, for example, and marriages with foreigners are not recognised.

 

 

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EFCC arrests 22 Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Delta

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Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Advance Fee Fraud Section, Abuja Headquarters in collaboration with men from the Benin Zonal Office in an operation on Friday 17, 2019 arrested 22 suspected internet fraudsters during an early morning raid at Sapele, Delta State.

Working on intelligence reports, the suspects, who are between the ages of 18 to 30 years, were smoked out from their hideout in an early morning operation.


A day earlier, the operatives from Abuja had arrested two suspected internet fraudster in Ughelli, Delta State.

Items recovered from the suspects include lap top computers, iPhones, phones, ATM cards and three exotic vehicles. The cars are Benz C350, Benz ML 350 and Chrysler 300.

The raid on the internet fraudsters is one in the series by operatives of the Commission in line with the directive of the acting Executive Chairman of the Commission, Ibrahim Magu to rid the entire country of internet fraud and cyber crime.

The suspects have made useful statements and will be charged to court as soon investigations are completed.

 

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