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Victor Ganzallo: Tinubu at 68, Is He Really Worth the Hype? [MUST READ]

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It’s that time of the year again when a generous number of newspaper pages are dedicated to felicitating and sending birthday wishes the way of former Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. WhatsApp statuses and other social media spaces are all generously dedicated to him, some with pictures even the man has never seen of himself before.

Some of the words used to describe Tinubu by his aides, political beneficiaries, business associates and followers can make traditional gods like Ogun, Sango and even Orunmila envious.

Every 29th of March, since he has come to be identified as one of the most powerful kingmakers in Nigeria and the undisputed godfather of Southwest Nigeria politics, the words used in celebrating Tinubu will leave you wondering if the senders of the messages have been composing them since his last birthday or maybe they employed the services of copywriters to compose the birthday messages.

Some of the messages are short of being seen as sycophantic, from their tone and choice of words.

But is Tinubu really worth the adulation and the godlike reverence he has come to enjoy from far and near?

Is he really deserving of the iconic veneration he currently enjoys?

Is Tinubu deserving of being treated like a god among his contemporaries?

Among his contemporaries, in spite of his slight frame and average height, Tinubu stands very tall politically. You can rightly say that he has become like a single tree that you can regard as a forest.
His political sagacity and audacious ventures have seen him build one of the most formidable political empires in present-day Africa. His ability to sniff a talent from a mile away and win such to his side is unbelievable. Tinubu is the man that is smart enough to surround himself with the people who have got the things he is lacking.

Today, hate him or like him, he has come to occupy a place of pride among his Yoruba people of southwest Nigeria, always fighting their cause and cleverly building up the region by filling up positions that are critical to the growth of the region with the minds that can best occupy such positions.

Indeed the Yoruba people have never been left without a visionary leader from 1960 when Nigeria attained independence from Britain. The first Premier of the old Western region, Chief Jeremiah Oyeniyi Obafemi Awolowo is still regarded as the most sagacious politician Nigeria has ever produced to date. He was an uncommon visionary and his foresight is the reason the southwest of Nigeria is ahead of all the other regions in the area of educational and infrastructural development.

Awo as he was fondly called was not nicknamed the sage for nothing. Although his aspiration to rule Nigeria between 1979 and 1983 was not to be, he occupies a place of higher reverence in the heart of Yorubas and even other ethnic groups than any Nigerian ruler, dead or living. Bola Ahmed Tinubu belongs to the Awolowo School of political ideology. He has consistently since joining active politics in 1992 been progressive.

Another political leader of Yoruba stock that Tinubu has mirrored and is walking in his footstep is Bashorun MKO Abiola, the acclaimed winner of the June 12, 1993, presidential election that was annulled by the former military head of state, General Ibrahim Babangida. MKO was a people person; he too surrounded himself with and built his business empire around some of the most brilliant minds in Nigeria in his time, regardless of their ethnicity or religion.

Abiola was generous to a fault and his native wisdom and cerebral use of words always leave his audience awed. These outstanding attributes of Chief MKO Abiola can be seen in the way Tinubu handles his businesses and political affairs too. Nigerians are always on the lookout for Tinubu’s position on issues of national importance and the husband of Oluremi never disappoints. At every opportunity, he never fails to leave sound bites that will become subject of discussions days after.

As Tinubu celebrates another birthday, here’s wishing the Lion of Bourdillon, the Jagaban of the Borgu Kingdom in Niger State and the Asiwaju of Lagos many more years in good health.

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World-Famous Society Writer, Lanre Alfred Feeds Over 3000 Indigent Nigerians As He Adds A Year [PHOTOS]

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He is loved by many and respected among his ilk like he is fondly called, ‘African Prince’ by his friends simply because he is truly a prince of royal parentage and halts a princely heart.

Lanre Alfred as a celebrity journalist, author and businessman and publisher of The Capital; an online publishing platform, is former society editor and columnist at This Day Newspaper, author of five books and owner of Old English provision store with branches in Lagos

Lanre, on his birthday, generously doled out many good things to indigents people and this, he has been known for in past years.

This ace journalist, as many know he for, doesn’t give a hoot about giving to the underprivileged and he is remaining in that realm of generosity, philanthropy, charity, and human nature. And this is why many love him for his good gestures and kindness at all times.

Meanwhile, if not for COVID-19 pandemic in town, those who know Lanre as a man about town would readily tell that the man that writes about the intimate affairs of the rich, high and mighty of the society, would have painted the town red for his birthday because he has that pedigree and he calls all the shots when it comes to good partying.

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Rape Epidemic: 12-Year-Old Girl Gang-Raped By Four Masked Men In Lagos

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A 12-year-old girl, Blessing (not real name), is said to be experiencing trauma after she was allegedly gang-raped by four masked men at her residence in Abijo area of Ajah, Lagos State.

She was said to have been raped while playing alone in the compound around 2 pm on Thursday.

According to Saturday PUNCH, the victim, a secondary school pupil, was left bleeding from injuries she sustained in her private parts.

When our correspondent reached out to her mother on Friday morning, the victim was said to be asleep after receiving medical treatment.

The mother, identified simply as Anthonia, explained that she was not in the house when the perpetrators raped her daughter.

“I went to the office and was called (on the phone) and told that my daughter was raped in our house. I learnt she was having her online class when suddenly, there was a power outage. My husband rushed out to get fuel at a filling station so that she could participate in the class seamlessly,” the mother recalled amid futile attempts to control her emotions.

She stated, “Favour told us that while she was in the compound, four masked men jumped into the house through the fence. They took her inside and took turns to have sex with her, leaving her with multiple injuries.”

The distraught mother said incidentally in her office, she was listening to a radio programme about the recent wave of rape incidents in the country on the day her daughter was raped. Little did she know that her daughter would also become a victim.

“Immediately I received the call, I became so mad. I headed for the hospital where my daughter was rushed to. When I got there, I was told she suffered from ‘vaginal trauma’. The underneath of her clitoris was bruised and she had a deep tear that made her bleed severely,” Anthonia explained, painting a graphic picture of the cruel assault.

“She could have passed out if not that her dad got back home early. She lost a lot of blood. The bleeding stopped after the tear was stitched; although, she is still experiencing very severe pain,” the mother added.

Anthonia said the case had been reported at Ajiwe Police Station in Ajah.

She said, “I don’t think we are secure anymore because it seems like we are being monitored. They perpetuated their evil within the few minutes it took my husband to buy fuel.

“They could not enter through the gate because of ongoing construction at a building opposite ours. The site was crowded and that made them avoid entering through the front door. They scaled the fence. Some policemen followed us to the house and saw how the attackers scattered our things around.”

When our correspondent called Anthonia back on Friday evening, the victim was said to be suffering from trauma and could not speak on the incident.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Bala Elkana, said the command had been duly informed of the crime and investigations were ongoing.

He said, “The police have been duly informed of the atrocity and have commenced an investigation into the case. We are on the trail of the culprits. It’s a bit complicated because those guys wore face masks, which makes us suspect the culprits are people close to them. They probably covered their faces to conceal their identities.”

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#JusticeForUwa: Students Protest In Benin, Demand Death Sentence For Sex Offenders

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Members of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) on Thursday occupied major streets of Benin City, the Edo state capital in protest.

The students demanded justice for Uwaila Omozuwa, an undergraduate of the University of Benin who was recently raped and killed.

They also demanded that a death sentence be pronounced for sex offenders.

The President of the students’ union, Danielson Akpan, spoke with Channels Television during the protest demanding justice for their late colleague.

The lawmaker representing Ovia Federal Constituency, Dennis Idahosa, who also joined the students in the solidarity march vowed that he would move a motion to support capital punishment at the floor of the house.

Meanwhile, the new Commissioner of Police in Edo State, Johnson Kokumo had earlier on Wednesday promised that efforts would not be spared in ensuring that the culprits involved in the circumstances that led to Uwaila’s death are apprehended and made to face the law.

Kokumo made the promise when he paid a condolence visit to the family of the deceased.

Uwa, a 22-year-old student of UNIBEN was reported to have been raped inside a church where she went to read at the Ikpoba Hill area of Benin City, Edo State Capital.

The hoodlums were reported to have struck her in the head with a fire extinguisher after raping her and left her for dead. She was rushed to the University of Benin Teaching Hospital where she later died.

The news of her death has continued to spark outrage with trends on social media demanding justice and an end to rape.

(Channels TV)

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