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Int’l Youth Day: Panel Of Discussants In Benin Decry Lack Of Sex Education In Homes

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Discussants at a one day programme organized to mark this year’s International Youth Day have attributed unwanted pregnancy, abortion among Nigerian youths to the huge gap of sexual communication between parents and their wards as they grow up.

They said most parents forbid communicating anything that has to do with sex in their homes to their growing children, hence they go elsewhere particularly the social media to get such sexual information and even get the wrong ones.

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The programme to mark year’s International Youth Day with the theme: ‘Intergenerational Solidarity: Creating a World for All Ages’ was organized on Friday in Benin by Edo State Technical Working Group for Adolescent Health and Developent (STWGAYHD) in collaboration with Advocacy Core Group (ACG), Edo and other stakeholders including the Network of Reproductive Health Journalists of Nigeria.

One of the panel of discussants at the event, Comrade Abiola Daisy Igaga from Conference of Non-Governmnetal Organisation said most parents do not have anything to tell their children on reproductive health, rather they gave the scary information of getting pregnant if a man meets them.

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“Most mothers do not have what they can tell their children on reproductive health. In fact, my mother then will tell me that ‘if a man gets close to you, you will be pregnant,’ but this is not true. So, I did not have any information on reproductive health until I got to school,” she said.

Another discussant, Juliet Egwede from Edo State Technical Group on Adolescent and Youth Reproductive Health said parents and the society at large respond negatively to any discussion on sex by the young ones rather than enlightening them and telling them the right ways to go about it.

“The response from parents, when a child starts communication on reproductive health, has been negative. Even the society we are living in, when you talk about sex, the response is always negative. So, this makes young people shy away from talking about it particularly in public,” she said.

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Continuing in the discussion, she said: “We need to talk about it at home. We are in the social media age where young ones go and learn most often in the negative, so, if we fail to teach them at home, they will go and learn elsewhere. So, as parents, if we have that communication relationship with our children about sex as they grow up, they will open up to us.”

Earlier in his welcome address, Dr. Bright Oniovokukor, Chairman, STWGAYHD, said one of the issues plaguing young people is inadequate access to reproductive health services, mostly, accurate information on reproductive health services and contraceptive service health.

He added: “Numerous factors such as parental influence, community and religious norms, etc are seen as significant barriers in affecting sexual reproductive health discussion. To address this social barrier hence we are having this International Dialogue and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health Services. We want to bridge the gap that we can close.”

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He continued: “One is tempted to ask, where did we miss it; where does the gap lie? Can we identify these gaps for things to get better?”

In his goodwill message, Hillary Aghedo, Chairman, National Youth Council, Oredo Chapter, urged youths to join the movement of positive change that everyone in the country is yearning for.

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In her goodwill message, Bisi Akpaida, state coordinator, Network of Reproductive Health Journalists of Nigeria, said journalists are concerned about the reproductive health of the young ones hence media practitioners came together with a view to talking and enlightening them on reproductive health.

Discussants at the event all stressed the need for parents to all bridge the gap of sexual communication with their children with a view to guiding them aright in their sexual activities, as they said most of the young ones are sexually active hence no need to hiding anything from them.

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2023: Don’t Vote For Killers, Jonathan Warns Nigerians

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Former president, Goodluck Jonathan, has warned Nigerians not to vote for those he described as “killers” during the 2023 election.

Jonathan stated this on Sunday in Uyo during a special interdenominational service to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the creation of Akwa Ibom State.

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“In 2023, you must not make the mistake to vote killers.

“Those who will carry knives, guns, and all kinds of gadgets to go and kill people because of politics, are the enemies of society.

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“If you kill to become a leader, you will continue to kill to remain a leader.

“The people will continue to suffer. Make sure that from the House of Assembly to the House of Representatives to Senate to governor, you vote for the right people in Akwa Ibom State,” Jonathan said.

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$23m Abacha Loot: Group Drags Buhari, Malami To Court Over Nigeria’s Agreement With US

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Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has sued President Muhammadu Buhari over the agreement between Nigeria and the United States for the repatriated $23 million stolen by Sani Abacha.

Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN) is a respondent in the suit.

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The agreement signed in August followed the $311 million Abacha loot returned by America in 2020.

In suit FHC/ABJ/CS/1700/2022 filed at the Federal High Court, Abuja, SERAP is asking the court to direct the President and Malami to make the details public.

The body wants to know the mechanisms put in place to ensure that the repatriated funds are not mismanaged, diverted or re-stolen.

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SERAP noted that the repatriated $23 million is vulnerable to mismanagement as a substantial part of the estimated $5 billion returned Abacha loot since 1999 remains unaccounted for.

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The suit filed by Kolawole Oluwadare and Atinuke Adejuyigbe relies on the Nigerian Constitution, the Freedom of Information Act, and the country’s international obligations.

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The lawyers said Nigerians look forward to the court’s favourable judgement as they are entitled to information about the use of public funds.

No date has been fixed for the hearing of the suit which was instituted on Friday.

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Delta Community Presents Akanigboro III To Chief Priests Of Ijaw Kingdoms’ Gods

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Heir to the traditional stool of Akanigboro, King John Falabu Court, Akanigboro III, a priestly stool of ancient Mein Dynasty, has presented himself to the chief priests of the gods in Mein kingdoms.

Akanigboro III, addressing the chief priests at Ezebiri in Bomadi Local Government Area of Delta State, who came from the various Mein kingdoms, including from Mein ancestral home of Ogobiri in Bayelsa State and various Mein Kingdoms in Delta State, said he sought to present himself to them to inform them of his ascension to the ancient stool after much hesitations and refusal to the wish of his ancestors.

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The meeting, which started with prayers to God in recognition of His supremacy over all creatures, featured questions, answers and advice.

Responding to questions of scrutiny from the chief priests, Akanigboro III, who went into historical lane, said: “The Akanigboro stool is a priestly stool and original kingship stool of Mein, progenitor of Mein clan, who was the first on the stool, being Akanigboro I.

“When Mein passed on, his son, Akan, ascended the stool and was Akanigboro II.

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“When Akan passed on, there was a development that stalled the ascension process of a new ruler on the stool, which situation lingered for centuries with the kingdom in disarray without a ruler.

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“It was this situation that led the children of Mein to leave our ancestral home, Ogobiri, in the present-day Bayelsa State, and migrated down to the present location called Western Ijaw, where they founded communities and kingdoms. More so, it was that same development that led the heir to the stool to migrate to the present location, Kpakiama and which history is known by all Mein descendants.

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“Now, when I was growing up, I began to receive messages from the ancestors in my dreams that I’m the chosen one to ascend the Akanigboro stool, being a descendant of Ogubo, but I did not heed to the dreams.

“But, as time went on, seers from various places started telling me that I’m the chosen one to ascend the stool.

“With all these signs, I was hesitant until it got to a point I was disturbed by the ancestors which forced me to present issues, first to my family members, then to the people of Ogubo-ebede quarters who, in turn, presented me to Kpakiama urban community that I’m the chosen one and that I’m ready to ascend the stool of Akanigboro.

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“However, the leadership and people of Kpakiama urban community received the news with joy and prayers to bring alive the ancient stool of their progenitor with the assurance that they’re ready to do the needful to ensure the Akanigboro stool takes its rightful place once again.

“The essence of calling you to converge here is to formally inform you that a chosen heir has ascended the ancient stool of Akanigboro. I was supposed to visit all communities in various Mein Kingdoms to inform you, but to make it easier, I opted to call all of you to Ezebiri. More so, I have earlier visited our ancestral home, Ogobiri, before this gathering here”.

In their response, the priests of the gods in Mein kingdoms, speaking through the chief priest, Mirror of the gods, Ezebiri, Chief Godwin Oroupade, thanked him for informing them and said that the Akanigboro stool rules over only three communities in Mein Clan, stressing they had no roles to play in his priestly stool since he’s not ruling over Mein Kingdoms.

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Oroupade, who is the Eseduo of Kerebiri-Mein kingdom and Chairman, Priests of the gods in Mein kingdoms, said: “We have heard you. The Akanigboro stool is well-known but it’s not ruling over all Mein Kingdoms. “Therefore, we’ve no part to play in either confirming or accepting you.

“We, after our deliberations, have resolved to inform you that your stool is not ruling over Mein Kingdoms but it’s ruling over the children of Akan who found three communities, including Kpakiama, Bomadi and Bilabiri.

“So, we advise you to go and consult with your people, and if they accept you and your coronation is made ready, we, chief priests of the gods of Mein Kingdoms will come and celebrate with you.

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“Again, I want to emphatically state here that no chief priest is having dominion or rulership over another in Mein Kingdoms.

“We’ve just formed an association where I’m the Chairman and I’m never a superior to any other chief priest, nobody is superior to anybody. We’re all chief priests in our various areas of abode and never a subject to anyone.

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“We threw so many questions at you because of the misinformation about this gathering, as some people alleged that we’re preparing to install you in this gathering, which is unfounded because we’re no part of the Akanigboro stool, hence, we don’t have the powers to do so.

“So, go and consult with the people of Kpakiama, Bomadi and Bilabiri on the way forward for your stool”.

However, Akanigboro III thanked them for the warm reception and advice and promised to speak with his people for the successful resuscitation of the ancient stool.
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