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Igbo leaders shop 2023 presidency,pen down 10 candidates.

 •Selection committee chief Iwuanyanwu
•Selection committee chief Iwuanyanwu

Igbo leaders have commenced consultations to ensure the South East produces the president in 2023.

Daily Sun gathered that elder statesman, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, is leading the push to make the dream a reality.

It was learnt that Iwuanyanwu recently met with some notable Igbo leaders including first republic Minister of Aviation, Chief Mbazuluike Amaechi, and the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, as part of efforts to strategise ahead of 2023.

In one of the meetings, it was gathered that one of the criteria set for any Igbo presidential aspirants is that he or she must not be above 70 years of age.

Iwuanyanwu, confirmed to Daily Sun that consultations had begun with the target to ensure the zone produced the President Muhammadu Buhari’s successor.

He said 10 prominent Igbo sons (made up of professionals and politicians) have been shortlisted across party lines for consideration.  Iwuanyanwu, who declined to mention those shortlisted, however, said age was a very important factor for the zone as it hopes to present a robust and energetic president to Nigerians to elect.

“I don’t support Igbo presidency, but I support a Nigeria president of Igbo extraction, this is what we want, we don’t want a person who would be there and think he is representing Ndigbo,” said Iwuanyanwu.

“The question is if the Igbo deserve it; yes, we deserve it. We have qualified people; Igbo have played major roles in shaping the destiny of Nigeria, starting from independence our leaders like Nnamdi Azikiwe made the crusade for independence

“I have met with prominent Igbo sons. I have met with Mbazuluike Amaechi, and President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Nnia Nwodo and 10 names have been pencilled down already for the position,” Iwuanyanwu said.

According to him, whoever emerged as preferred candidate from the zone has to detribalised.

Said Iwuanyanwu on qualities of target aspirants: “You must look at the 36 states and Abuja and regard it as your territory; you must solve the problems of the 36 states and the FCT and take it as your own; you must protect lives of citizens, take responsibility for the prosperity and peace of everybody; be honest and transparent, tolerant to people’s views, allow people to practice their religion without interference; and you must practice democracy.” (Daily Sun)

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Christians and Muslims are not fighting in Nigeria

Yemi Osinbajo attacks Obasanjo over TraderMoni

Vice President Yemi Osimbajo has urged the youths to eschew divisive, ethnic and religious narratives about the country, and actively advocate for causes and issues that will deepen national unity, progress and development.

Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, in a statement, said the vice president made the call on Tuesday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, when he received a delegation from ONE Campaign, Nigeria Chapter.

The delegation was led by its Country Director, Ms Serah Makka-Ugbabe.

The delegation comprised members of the ONE Campaign, champions, and policy advocates representing the country’s six geo-political zones who were selected to present the vice president a Youth Declaration.

Osinbajo said that young people should focus their energies on championing causes that unite the country rather than divide it, adding that ethnic and religious divisions and corruption were major issues that impeded the development of any nation.

“There is no Muslim, Christian fighting in this country; it is not true at all. That is not the issue.

“ A lot of you who are here are Muslims and Christians, and young people want the same things, the same jobs. If you allow such false narratives, it would destroy and divide the country.

“Some people don’t care what they say or do, so long as they can get into power. And it is a very dangerous thing. And we have to preach against it openly.”

The vice president Osinbajo said that when it came to stealing of resources, there were people of different religions and tribes involved.

“So, people don’t talk about ethnicity and religion when they are stealing resources, why? Why don’t they say that it is an attempt to islamise Nigeria?

“The same way you have Nigerians cooperating in business across everything, across ethnicity or religion. But when it is convenient for some, the person pushes an ethnic agenda.”

He said that the issues of ethnic and religious divisions and corruption must be addressed frontally by all Nigerians, including young Nigerians.

Referring to the composition of the Federal Executive Council of the administration in the first term, the Osinbajo said the cabinet had 20 Christians and 18 Muslims.

“The President is a Muslim. How does he want to Islamise the country?

“How, when we are all sitting down there?

“They make those stories up, just to push an agenda,” he said.

Osinbajo also stressed the impact of the Buhari administration’s Social Investment Programmes (SIPs) and the plan to take more Nigerians out of poverty and create jobs for young Nigerians through programmes like the N-Power job scheme.

The vice president said that the SIPs would be expanded to further improve the welfare of youths and Nigerians generally, while the Federal Government would also focus on improving areas such as healthcare, education and agriculture.

In her remarks, Makka-Ugbabe, said the group’s members and champions were honoured to present the Youth Declaration to the vice president.

She also commended the spirit of openness and dialogue with which Osinbajo received the delegation (NAN).

It pains me that 13m Nigerian children are out of school -olusegun obasanjo

BMO tackles OBJ for comparing Nigeria under Buhari to civil wae days

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Thursday, described claims that over 13 million Nigerian children who should be in school are out of school, as one of the things giving him more pains in the current situation of the country.

Obasanjo spoke when the National Youths Council of Nigeria (NYCN) visited him at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL), in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

He admonished his visitors to try and make contributions in the affairs of the country and not allow anybody to tell them they are too young to make input on national matters.

“Whatever I have done, I have done it because I was educated and the love I have for Nigeria. If I didn’t have education, I would not have been able to do what I have done and today, it pains me that more than 13million Nigerian children who should be in school are out of school.

“We don’t need additional teachers; you will only increase what those teachers get maybe by 40 per cent or something, we can even do two streams if we prepare for that and start two years from now and those children would have become product that would be able to make contributions and make their own life better and as well making the life of their families too better.

“I am so much concerned about the youths, the truth is, over 60 per cent of our populations are youths and under 30 years of age.

“Don’t let anybody tell you that you are too young, I started making contribution to the world when I was serving in Congo in 1960, I was only 24 years old. By the time I went to the war front, I was still under 35 years of age, by the time I became the Head of State, I was under 40 years of age,” he said.

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Nyaope boys turn south African capital city into capital of waste.

The Pretoria CBD is fast becoming a place of filth and waste for homeless people and nyaope drug addicts, who have taken to relieving themselves anywhere and everywhere as soon as it becomes dark.

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This week the Pretoria News spoke to countless people on the streets, listening to their frustrations regarding the filth and faeces scattered along the city’s side-walks and urine stains against walls and pavements.

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They said filth against the walls of some landmark department buildings and facilities like Church Square, The National Treasury, the Palace of Justice, the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court and the abandoned building behind Tshwane House had become the norm.

The stench produced by the faeces and urine was most intense early in the morning, according to residents.

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Joseph Tshifaro was cleaning the pay toilets he operates on Church Square, a job he has been doing for 13 years, when the Pretoria News spoke to him. He said many homeless people and drug addicts felt free to relieve themselves anywhere they liked in the CBD.

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There are multiple factors plaguing South Africa’s waste management system at the moment, especially with environmentalists halting the traditional waste processing measures within the country. Limited resources and the increase in population especially in cities like Pretoria are certainly not helping the cause either.

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Utilize the bins.

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