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Nigerians Knock Seyi Tinubu For Preaching Endurance Over Economic Hardship

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The eldest son of President Bola Tinubu, Mr Seyi Tinubu, on Monday, pleaded with Nigerians to exercise patience with his father’s administration as they weather the challenging economic times.

This followed protests in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital, where angry youths took to the streets to decry the rising cost of living. More so, a 41-year-old man identified as David Ubaha also staged a lone protest in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital, to voice his complaints over the harsh economic situation.

In the past nine months in office, President Tinubu’s economic reforms have sparked collateral instability in the value of the Naira, heaping hardship on Nigerians as food prices continue to soar.

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But Seyi, in an Instagram post, rehashed his father’s words from a national broadcast to mark the 63rd Independence Day anniversary last October.

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Then, Tinubu said, “There is no joy in seeing the people of this nation shoulder burdens that should have been shed years ago. I wish today’s difficulties did not exist. But we must endure if we are to reach the good side of our future.”

Seyi declared that he stands with his father and argued that the present generation “will yield the fruits of this hardship.”

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The post carried hashtags such as #HaveFaithinHim, #NigeriaisinGreatHands, #OurGenerationwillYieldthefruitsofthishardship, #IStandwithOurPresident, #RenewedHope and #NigeriaismyHome.

However, Seyi’s message did not sit well with some Nigerians, who criticised the President’s son for living opulently while demanding sacrifice from the people.

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A user named @King_ando1 remarked, “The most painful part is that this n*gga got a Richard Mille on his wrist while typing hardship.” The most affordable of a Richard Mill timepiece goes for about $48,000. While the Richard Mille RM 69 retails for around $750,000.

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Another user named @Empresstok said, “How far are you enduring? You can say that to the masses cos you are not in their shoes.”

@ada_la_pinky simply said, “It’s hard for the masses,” while @akorede_dk quipped, “I believe you. May Allah make it easy for us.”

Hours earlier, a former Vice President and presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party at the 2023 polls, Atiku Abubakar, debated that Tinubu’s economic policies, especially the unification of the exchange rate, were implemented hastily without adequate planning and proper consultations with stakeholders.

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Atiku criticised the government, saying, “The wrong policies of the Tinubu administration continue to cause untold pain and distress on the economy and the rest of us cannot keep quiet when the government has demonstrated sufficient poverty of ideas to redeem the situation.”

He argued, “Given Nigeria’s underlying economic conditions, adopting a floating exchange rate system would be an overkill. We would have encouraged the Central Bank of Nigeria to adopt a gradualist approach to FX management. A managed-floating system would have been a preferred option.”

Atiku observed that the Naira may fluctuate daily in such a system, but the CBN will step in to control and stabilise its value.

Such control will be exercised judiciously and responsibly, especially to curb speculative activities,” he noted.

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But the Presidency disagreed, saying, “Atiku’s alternative of a controlled floatation of the Naira is similar to the policy of Godwin Emefiele when an estimated $1.5bn was spent monthly to shore up the Naira, while arbitrage or round-tripping went on unhindered. Sadly, it was perpetrated by people close to the corridors of power.”

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Nigeria May Adopt Chinese Water Transport System

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Nigerian maritime stakeholders and authorities have concluded plans to understudy the Chinese waterways transport model with a view to perfecting Nigeria’s waterways transportation system.

In a statement, the Head of Maritime Roundtable Breakfast Meeting, MBRBM, Mrs Tosan Edodo-Emore, said that China being the largest country with the largest inland waterways is apt to teach Nigeria on how best to manage and improve water transport system.

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She said that the Consul General of the People’s Republic of China, Madam Yan Yuqing, is expected to share the Chinese experience with the Sino-Nigeria Maritime Relationship and lessons to be learnt from China at the summit scheduled for April 18, 2024.

According to the Edodo-Emore, the Summit themed, “Security and New Technologies in Inland Waterways Transportation”, will have some heads of maritime institutions

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NAFDAC Alerts Nigerians On Banned Soap

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The National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC), has drawn Nigerians’ attention to the ban on Dex Luxury Bar Soap (No 6 Mystic Flower), by European Union (EU).

The notification is contained in a public alert with No. 012/2024, signed by NAFDAC Director-General, Prof Mojisola Adeyeye, and issued to newsmen in Abuja on Sunday.

The product does not comply with the cosmetic products regulation; it also contains Butyphenyl Methylpropional (BMHCA), which is prohibited in cosmetic products due to its risk of harming the reproductive system.

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“It also causes harm to the health of unborn children and may cause skin sensitisation.

“It is as a result of the defective nature of the product that the EU banned it.

“The products is not in NAFDAC database; importers, distributors, retailers and consumers are to exercise caution and vigilance within the supply chain,” she said.

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Adeyeye called on marketers and consumers to avoid the importation, distribution, sale and use of the product, saying that product’s authenticity and physical condition must be carefully checked.

She called on members of the public in possession of the product to discontinue sale or use, and submit stock to the nearest NAFDAC office.

The NAFDAC boss advised healthcare professionals and consumers to report any suspicion of adverse reaction or substandard and falsified regulated products to the nearest NAFDAC office on 0800-162-3322 or via email: sf.alert@nafdac.gov.ng.

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She also encouraged healthcare professionals and patients to report adverse events or side effects related to the use of the product, to the nearest NAFDAC office.

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Troops Ambush Terrorists On Transit To Cause Havoc In Kaduna, Neutralize Two

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Troops of the Nigerian Army have neutralized two terrorists and recovered arms in Giwa Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

Director Army Public Relations, Major General Onyema Nwachukwu, who made this known in a statement on Sunday, April 14, 2024, said the terrorists were on transit to cause havoc in the area.

Nigerian Army troops deployed for Counter- terrorism Counter-insurgency operations in the North West on Saturday 13 April 2024 successfully ambushed and neutralized two terrorists transiting with arms in Kaduna,” the statement read.

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The operation, which took place in Rafin Sariki Village of Giwa Local Government Area, was a prompt response to actionable intelligence on the presence of terrorists transiting with a sack containing weapons.

“The troops laid in ambush for the terrorists and engaged them in a gun battle, that neutralized two of the terrorists. The gallant troops also recovered one AK-47 rifle, 52 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition, and one locally fabricated revolver frame.

“The Nigerian Army remains committed to ensuring the safety and security of the citizenry and the nation in general.

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“The NA will thus, continue to take decisive actions against terrorists activities in the region.”

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