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40 year old Nigerian, Olubayode Treasures Olawunmi, in a bid to reignite the interest in reading across Nigeria and beyond, read aloud for 122 hours at a Read Aloud Marathon Session organized by the YouREAD Initiative, a CSR initiative of Guaranty Trust Bank.

The Read Aloud Marathon, which had renowned Swiss watchmaker TAG Heuer as the official timekeeper, heldfrom 1:30pm on Monday, February 26th, 2018 to 3:30pm on Saturday, March 3rd at the Herbert Macaulay Library Yaba, which was recently remodeled into a state of the art facility by GTBank.

Olubayode, who read aloud 23 published books within 5 days and 2 hours, set out to achieve a personal goal of reading for 120 hours as well as play for the Guinness World Record. However, any claim to breaking the current World Record of 113 hours and 15 minutes (held by Deepak Sharma Bajaan from Nepal) is subject to confirmation by Guinness World Record in London, after verification of evidence of this attempt, in line with the guidelines set out by the organisation for every record breaking attempt.His challenge for the Guinness World Record however garnered huge public interest, with hundreds of well-wishers visiting him at the Herbert Macaulay Library and thousands more cheering him on across social media platforms.

Speaking on his remarkable feat, Olubayode said; “I would like to thank GTBank first for sponsoring my Guinness World Record attempt, and most importantly, for all the Bank has been doing to support education and promote the culture of reading. I would also like to thank the Governor of Lagos State, Lagos State Officials and Nigerians everywhere, who sent me messages of support physically and across social media; together, we are making reading famous again. I hope that this effort will raise our consciousness on the importance of reading and also help change the narrative that making money and being famous can only come from entertainment and sports. Those two are great, but so too is excelling in education, and hopefully the younger generation will find in my attempt the inspiration to read and study more.”

Commenting on the Read Aloud Marathon, the Managing Director and Chief Executive of GTBank, Segun Agbaje said; “We are proud to have supported Olubayode Treasures Olawunmi’s trial to make history through one of the most positive human activities—reading. His personal commitment to promoting a reading culture will hopefully put Nigeria on the global map as a nation that is passionate about books, it will also serve as a source of inspiration to everyone in the country and beyond to adopt and maintain an active reading culture.”

He further stated that “At GTBank, we are passionate about rekindling the interest of young Nigerians in reading and will continue to create and support innovative ways to promote an active reading culture within and outside the academic environment.”

GTBank is regarded by industry watchers as one of the best run African financial institutions across its subsidiary countries and serves as a role model within the financial service industry due to its bias for world class corporate governance standards, excellent service quality and innovation.

The Bank’s footprints in Corporate Social Responsibility are guided strategically by its decision to operate on four major pillars: Education, Community Development, Arts and the Environment, which it believes are essential building blocks for the society and prerequisites for economic growth and societal development.

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Nigeria Worse Than During Civil War — Obasanjo Drops Bombshell

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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has lamented over the current state of disunity in Nigeria.

Obasanjo said that Nigeria was not as divided as this during the civil war in comparison to the worst situation of things as they are now.

The former president said this while Speaking at a one-day ‘2019 annual retreat/conference and general meeting’ of members of Association of Chief Audit Executives of Banks in Nigeria (ACAEBIN) held at Park Inn, Abeokuta in Ogun State yesterday

The former president urged Nigerians to partner one another at home, within communities, states, countries, sub-African region and African continent, adding that Nigeria was in danger if “we don’t take partnership seriously.”

“When we look at this country today, even during the civil war, we were not as divided as we are now. Today, we are in danger if we don’t take partnership serious. That partnership should be within our people, Africa and the rest of the world.

“As chief audit, it is defined by virtue of what you are doing as a profession. If the audit is awry, banking business will not be right.

“What I want to emphasise is that it is a must as Nigerians and Africans that we have certain elements that we have to take very seriously which I put as 5Ps.

“The first is politics which is governance. Unless we get governance right, any other thing we are trying to do will not be right.

“The second is population. Our population at independence was estimated to be 45 million, but today we are almost 200 million. By the year 2050, we will be over 400 million. Normally, population should be an asset but looking at the condition we are in now, when in the North-east of Nigeria, the percentage of adult literacy is about 53 percent, and education being the basic of all human development, you can see that we have a problem.

“How do we think of setting education to be useful? Those people who will make our education over 400 million people in many years’ time are already born, and you cannot unborn them. So the problem is here, what do we do?

“We must provide education for them, housing, healthcare and most importantly, employment for them.

“One thing that I believe will help us is to provide employment is agricultural business. And you in the banking business must pay attention to how we build the agriculture sector. I am not talking of horticulture, I am talking of the whole value chain, from land preparation to the end product. And if we are able to get that right, maybe we will be able to get the issue of employment for our teeming youths right as well as rural development right.

“The next one is prosperity. I am not being bothered about Nigeria or Africa’s poverty. We have everything to generate wealth. We have God-given resources under our soil. We also have human resources. If we bring these together, then we will definitely get prosperity

“Another one is security. People must be protected in all aspect. Protection of lives and property is most important.”

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Adeleke vs Oyetola: Osun APC, PDP Members Embark On Three Days Fasting And Prayer Ahead Of Friday’s Court Judgement

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Some members of the All Progressives Congress and Peoples Democratic Party have embarked on fasting and prayer to ensure a favorable judgment by the Election Petitions Tribunal on PDP’s Ademola Adeleke’s petition against Adegboyega Oyetola’s election as Osun State governor last year.

The tribunal sitting in Abuja on Tuesday informed both parties to the case that it would give judgement on the Adeleke’s petition against Oyetola of the APC on Friday.

A statement by the Osun State chairman of the PDP, Mr Soji Adagunodo, directed members of the party to fast and pray on Thursday ahead of the ruling.

Sources told our correspondent that a PDP group on Tuesday commenced a three-day fasting and prayer for divine intervention in the judgement.

In a telephone interview with our correspondent, Adagunodo said the party believed in the power of prayer and fasting.

Also, two APC groups –Asiwaju Grassroots Foundation and Giomania – said they would hold a special prayer session on Thursday to seek the face of God for a favourable judgement on the case.

The groups in a statement jointly signed by their coordinators, Sikiru Tijani and Abdul Adegboyega, said, “This prayer became imperative because we cannot afford to take the state which has been experiencing a monumental development in the last eight years back to abject poverty and penury.

“Our prayer will surely be answered because God is not unjust. We believe in the efficacy of prayer. Since we are on the right side of justice, victory is guaranteed.

“We believe so much in our party and we are very optimistic that the judgement will favour us. “The people of Osun have spoken through their votes, they turned out massively during the election to elect Oyetola. So there is no cause for alarm.”

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#OurMumuDonDo: Deji Adeyanju Releases Audio Evidence Of CharlyBoy Confessing He Collected Money From Keyamo [LISTEN]

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An audio has emerged of co-covener of ‘Our Mumu Don Do Movement’ Charlyboy allegedly confessing to collecting money from Festus Keyamo, spokesperson of the All Progressives Congress presidential campaign council.

Recall that Adeyanju on Wednesday revealed that Charlyboy confessed to him that he collected money form President Muhammadu Buhari to attack Atiku before the presidential election.

Adeyanju also threatened to release an audio evidence of his conversation with Charlyboy where he confessed.

However, Charlyboy reacting did not refute or accept the allegation by Deji.

In an audio obtained by SaharaReporters on Thursday, Charlyboy was allegedly heard, saying he met with Festus Keyamo and collected money from him.

He, however, did not state if he collected the money in order to attack Atiku Abubakar.

Excerpts from the audio courtesy Sahara Reporters:

Adeyanju: “Is it true you collected money from Festus Keyamo and you were meeting with him? You told so many people that you collected money from him.

Charlyboy: “Ehn that thing they talk about Keyamo is a very big truth but not like that.

“Festus came here after we talked about your problem, I asked Festus, do you believe in what I’m doing, he said yes.

“So I told him because you don go follow these people, you no go fit support me?

“Anybody can say anything, e no concern me because if I carry that for head, I no suppose dey here.”

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