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International Men’s Day: Stop Producing Children You Can’t Train, Nigerians warned

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As Nigerians join the rest of the world to mark this year’s International Men’s Day, health experts have cautioned couples against producing children they can’t cater for.

International Men’s Day is marked every November 19 to celebrate positive male role models and to raise awareness of men’s issues.

Speaking at a one-day rally organized by Marie Stopes Nigeria, to sensitize men on the need for family planning, some health experts avowed that many children are still victims of various forms of abuses such as child marriages, sexual violence, abduction of children, molestation, child labour, and neglect, because their parents do not adequately provide for them.

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Dr. Kingsley Odogwu, a vasectomy surgeon, told newsmen that following the soaring cost of living in contemporary Nigeria, parents need to take the issue of family planning seriously.

Odogwu noted that in most cases, women are the ones who bear the brunt when it comes to preventing pregnancies with contraceptive methods (including oral pills), as well as implants, intrauterine devices, among others.

He observed that the percentage of men getting vasectomy was still very low, same with its awareness level.

Odogwu pointed out that “Instead of women going for an operation just for the purpose of preventing a pregnancy from occurring, it is easier and much cheaper for men to do vasectomy.”

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According to him: “It is a procedure that can be done in less than 15 minutes. This procedure doesn’t affect erection, while the sexual drive is still as adequate as it should be.”

Other experts such as Anne Taiwo and the Country Director of Marie Stopes Nigeria, Effiom Effiom, who spoke at the rally, believe that it is wrong for parents to continue to produce children they can’t take care of.

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EndSARS: No Peace Without Justice, Eedris Abdulkareem To Sanwo-Olu

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Nigerian Music legend, Eedris Abdulkareem has condemned Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu over his invitation for a peace walk in Lagos State.

Sanwo-Olu, in a speech on Tuesday on the Lekki shootings of October 20, 2020, said he will be leading a Walk for Peace in December to herald the “healing of our land”.

“Let me use this occasion to extend an open invitation to our youths, members of the diplomatic corps, civil society groups, students, and the media as well as other stakeholders to join me,” he said.

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He specifically extended invitations to Falana, Adebayo, Dele Farotimi, Temitope Majekodunmi, Segun Awosanya (Segalink), Adedotun (Just Detoun), Seun Kuti; Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu; and Commander of Rapid Response Squad CSP Yinka Egbeyemi and others to join him in the “historic march for our dear Lagos.”

Falz and Mr Macaroni have since rejected the invitation as they demanded justice of those allegedly killed during the EndSARS protest before peace can be restored.

Eedris, taking to his Instagram page described the invitation for the walk of peace as being dead on arrival.

READ ALSO: EndSARS: Lagos Govt Releases White Paper In Panel Report

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According to him, no amount of walking can get Nigeria to the destination of peace without the route of justice.

His post read, “Dead On Arrival; No amount of walking can get us to the destination of peace without taking the honourable route of justice.

“Sanwo-Olu your walk of peace is dead on arrival.”

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BREAKING: Court Dismisses Suit Seeking Soludo’s Disqualification As Anambra Governor-elect

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A Federal High Court in Abuja has dismissed a suit seeking the disqualification of Prof. Charles Chukwuma Soludo as the governor-elect of Anambra State.

Justice Taiwo Oladipupo Taiwo, in a judgment, described the suit as frivolous, irritating, and lacking in merit.

The judge awarded a punitive cost of N2 million against the two plaintiffs to be paid to Soludo and his deputy, Ibezim.

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‘Why We Will Allow ‘Repentant’ Boko Haram Terrorists To Go Scot-free’—Borno Gov

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Governor of Borno State, Babagana Zulum has said the state government will not prosecute ‘repentant’ Boko Haram insurgents.

While presenting the 2022 budget at the State House Of Assembly on Tuesday, Zulum said terrorists will not be encouraged to eschew violence if they see ‘repentant’ ones being prosecuted.

Addressing the House of Assembly, the governor said, “Mr. Speaker, honourable members, we need Allah’s guidance and the utmost wisdom to work for an end to the crisis facing our dear state.

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“Prosecuting all the criminals (insurgents) would have been most appropriate but if we insist on it, we would discourage others out there that are willing to lay down their arms.

“The terrorists’ ranks could swell and our innocent fellow citizens, particularly those in local government areas, could become more vulnerable to attacks and abductions.”

READ ALSO: Police Rescue Soldier, 15 Others Abducted By Boko Haram

Noting that the exercise to de-radicalise terrorists is being handled by security forces, Zulum said the initiative does not give terrorists the freedom to kill and immediately seek pardon.

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He said none of the ‘repentant’ terrorists had been reintegrated into society yet, adding that terrorists willing to surrender must immediately “stop further attacks on civilians, security agents and facilities”.

 

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