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Don’t Scrap Or Merge NDDC With Niger Delta Ministry, IYC Warns FG

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Ijaw Youth Council, IYC, Worldwide, has warned the Federal Government not to scrap the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, or merge it with the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, noting that such would trigger crisis in the oil rich region.

The President of IYC, Peter Igbifa, in a statement in Port Harcourt at the weekend said although the report sounds unreal, but that the body would not dismiss it entirely following the silence that has bedeviled the demand for the inauguration of a substantive board of the NDDC.

Igbifa informed President Muhammadu Buhari that some of his aides have abandoned their responsibility in pursuit of their selfish interest, adding.that their move is to plunge the regions into another crisis.

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He said: “Attention of the Ijaw Youths Council (IYC) Worldwide has been drawn to some reports of a conspiracy of a select few within the corridors of power to scrap the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and merge it with the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs.

“The Presidency and the Federal Government should distance themselves from any suggestion or advice by any group of persons or individuals to either scrap the NDDC or merge it with any ministry because considering such a sinister idea will nail the fragile peace we currently enjoy in the region to the coffin of avoidable violent conflict.

“President Muhammadu Buhari should know that some of his close aides especially some persons he entrusted with the collective interests of our region have abandoned the region to pursue their selfish interests.

“They have raped the NDDC so much that they can no longer account for the humongous amount of money that accrued to the Commission in the past two years. They are, therefore, desperate to cover up their tracks and are capable of coming up with wicked suggestions to bury their malfeasance without recourse to the peace, stability and development of the region.

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“We are calling on President Buhari to know that these enemies of the Niger Delta are determined to set our region on the path of violence to further deepen the scourge of insecurity plaguing the country under his administration.

“Our people are already provoked with the ongoing delay in the inauguration of the NDDC board and our exclusion from the NNPC road projects. Therefore, any attempt to allow orchestrated machinations of greedy politicians to decide the fate of NDDC will trigger crisis of unimaginable proportion.”

 

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Oshiomhole Clears Air On Calling Makinde ‘Over Hyped Social Media Gov’

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Adams Oshiomhole, former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has reacted to tweets disparaging Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State.

Oshiomhole denied calling Makinde ‘an over hyped social media governor’.

The tweets ascribed to Oshiomhole denigrated the governor amongst other issues.

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However, the former, in a statement signed by his media aide, Victor Oshioke on Sunday, distanced himself from the handle.

The former APC National Chairman described the Twitter handle as fake.

According to the former Comrade governor, the handle is not operated by him or any of his aides.

The statement reads: “The attention of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has been drawn to a series of tweets from a twitter account @A_Oshiomhole commenting on recent national issues. Specifically, there was a tweet that originated from this account on January 20, 2022 which seem to insinuate that H. E. Seyi Makinde, Executive Governor of Oyo State is an “Overhyped Social Media Governor.”

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“We wish to alert the general public that this twitter account is fake as it is not operated by Comrade Adams Oshiomhole or any of his aides.”

The APC chieftain stressed that he holds Makinde in high esteem; hence has no reason to disparage him privately or publicly.

Let it be on record that all tweets that have originated from this account or will originate from it in the future do not represent the opinions or sentiments of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.”

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Oshiomhole also disassociated himself from some Twitter handles carrying his names and photographs.

Some of them are: @adamsoshiomhole, @Oshiomhole, @adamsosh, @_adamsoshiomole, @adamsOshiomhol, @Adamsoshiomol4, @Adamsoshiomol5”

Disclosing his handle, the former APC National Chairman said his “official handle which will be verified soon is @aoshiomhole.”

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Matthew Ashimolowo Appoints Son As UK Resident Pastor, Hints At ‘Retirement’

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Founder of the Kingsway International Christian Centre, Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo, has appointed his first son, Tobi Ashimolowo, as Resident Pastor 2 of the KICC in London.

This is as he briefly hinted at his own ‘retirement’.

Tobi will be assisting his mother, Yemisi Ashimolowo, who has been the resident pastor at the church for a long time.

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A video posted on the Facebook Page of a Christian platform, Church Gist, on Sunday, showed Ashimolowo making the announcement to the excitement of the congregation.

In the video, Ashimolowo said, “In a very major way from this morning, we will no longer have one resident pastor. Yemisi has always been our resident pastor, so she will be Resident Pastor 1. Our new resident pastor is Pastor Tobi Ashimolowo. So, he is our Resident Pastor 2, he has to take some serious responsibility from now on. These guys are retiring their father.”

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He prayed that his son will be anointed and favoured by God, and that God will use him to draw his own generation to God, and to shake systems.

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Tobi is one of Ashimolowo’s two sons. He founded the Vault, a high-end store for men’s wear and accessories.

The KICC is a Pentecostal church which has branches in Europe, America, Africa including Nigeria. It started in North London in 1992 by Reverend Matthew Ashimolowo.

According to the KICC website, the church is “the largest growing church in Western Europe”. The church claims that it builds its members by investing in “the socio-economic and spiritual needs of multi-cultural communities and our overall desire and commitment to live our lives based on the teachings of Jesus Christ”.

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Nigeria vs Tunisia: NFF Under ‘Fire’ Over Buhari’s Video Conference With Super Eagles

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The Nigerian Football Federation, NFF, has come under fire for allowing President Muhammadu Buhari to address the Super Eagles.

Buhari had addressed the Super Eagles of Nigeria via a video conference, ahead of their match against the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia.

The Super Eagles will today tackle Tunisia in a knockout stage match at 8pm in the ongoing African Cup of Nations, AFCON, in Cameroon.

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The President spoke with Coach Augustine Eguavoen, Captain Ahmed Musa , Amaju Pinnick, NFF President, and others

Mentioning two of the players, Kelechi Iheanacho and Moses Simon, President Buhari urged the Super Eagles to continue making Nigerians happy, not only by winning the second round match, but to eventually lift the trophy.

Reacting, former presidential aide, Reno Omokri, wondered why NFF allowed Buhari speak with the Super Eagles before an important match.

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The socio-political activist recounted how Buhari spoke with Anthony Joshua and Eagles in the last AFCON, and they all lost their matches.

In a tweet, Omokri wrote: “Oh oh! Why did NFF allow Buhari speak with the Super Eagles players now! What is wrong with NFF?

“Have the forgotten what happened after he spoke to Anthony Joshua? Or Eagles in the last AFCON? Please we want to win. This nonsense must not repeat itself!”

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