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‘You’re A Dumbkid…. Shame On You, Ma’ — Wizkid, Buhari’s Aide In War Of Words On Twitter

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Wizkid, a multiple-award-winning singer, and Lauretta Onochie, special assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on social media, have engaged in a heated war of words on Twitter.

It all started on Sunday after the ‘Ojuelegba’ crooner lambasted Buhari for wishing Donald Trump a “quick recovery from COVID-19” amid the security tension in Nigeria.

Wizkid had taken to his Twitter page to vent his annoyance at the president, describing him as an “old man” who should be paying attention to issues in the country rather than in the United States.

He was speaking on the back of renewed protests against the Special Anti-robbery Squad (SARS) after a video showing a man allegedly gunned down in Delta by operatives of the police unit went viral.

Reacting on Tuesday night, Onochie described the ‘Fever’ crooner as a “dumbkid”, who exhibited crass ignorance and childishness in the way he addressed the president.

“It’s not disrespectful to call anyone old. Its the way and manner Ayo Balogun addressed the President that leaves a sour taste in the mouth. He exhibited crass ignorance, insensitivity, and childishness. But hey, he’s a #DumbkidNotWhizKid When he grows up, he might learn respect,” she said.

In a swift reply, Wizkid slammed Onochie for making such utterance about age, saying she should be “ashamed of herself.”

The singer also wondered why the media aide would resort to name-calling when he was only demanding better governance in his country.

“lol a 77-year-old man is not young ma.. You are a woman and a mother and kids are getting killed by police/sars and this is all you have to say? shame on you!!! shame on you!! I am a father and age has nothing to do with demanding for a better governance in my country!!,” the singer wrote.

Due to the public outcry, Mohammed Adamu, inspector-general of police (IGP), had banned SARS from undertaking routine patrols and search duties.

Celebrities also called for protest using the ‘EndSARS’ hashtag, with Runtown volunteering to lead a march against police brutality at the Lekki toll gate on October 8.

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Don’t Panic Over Hike In Food Prices, Lagos Govt Tells Residents

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The Lagos State Government has advised residents not to panic over reports that trucks conveying food from the North are stuck on the way.

In a statement, the Lagos State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Gbenga Omotoso, assured Lagosians of food security despite the crisis.

According to him, there is no need for anxiety.

He was quoted as saying this while appearing as a guest on “Daily Digest with Jimi Disu”, a programme on Nigerian Info 99.3FM, on Tuesday.

Omotoso said the government was not ignorant of the food supply situation and assured citizens that it would not be allowed to become a crisis.

Asked what the government was doing about the matter, he replied, “The government is aware of the situation and Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu is on top of it. He has initiated steps to ensure the matter is resolved by the weekend.

“I assure you Governor Sanwo-Olu is on top of the matter. There will be a meeting. He will tell both sides to embrace peace in the interest of all.’’

He also urged residents to “take it easy” as Lagos State would continue to put facilities in place to ensure self-sufficiency in food production and supply.

The crisis emanated from the clash of traders in Ibadan. Food and cattle merchants from the North have withheld supplies, an action that has sparked rising prices. Lagos consumes at least 50% of agricultural products in Nigeria.

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Banditry Becoming An Industry, Benefiting Some People —Senate President Lawan

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The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, on Tuesday, lamented that banditry was fast becoming an industry and that quite a number of people were benefitting from the ugly situation.

Lawan, who spoke after the confirmation of the service chiefs, described the situation as unacceptable and asked the new military generals to stop the ugly trend.

The newly confirmed service chiefs are, Maj. Gen. Lucky Eluonye Onyenuchea lrabor as Chief of Defence Staff; Maj. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru (Chief of Army Staff); Rear Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo, (Chief of Naval Staff); and Air Vice Marshal Isiaka O. Amao as Chief of Air staff.

They replaced the former Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin; Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai; Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas; and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar.

Lawan asked the new service chiefs to take the war to the bandits and insurgents and dislodge them in their strongholds.

He said, “A situation whereby a group of people will go to a school and take over 300 students away on motorcycles is not accepted.

“Kidnapping without a trace is not acceptable. Something has to be done because, apparently, this is becoming an industry, some people are benefiting from this and we have to unravel who these people are, and fight bandits and insurgents until we rescue our country.

“Let me also advise the service chiefs that there must be an interagency corporation. There must be an interagency corporation, the army, the air force, they are supposed to have complementary roles.

“We promise them and indeed Nigerians that we support them in whatever way the parliament can come to their support.

The Senate on Tuesday confirmed the appointment of the new service chiefs following the consideration of the report of the Committee on Defence which recommended their confirmation.

Lawan, had on Wednesday, penultimate week, referred the request of the President, Major General, Muhammadu Buhari, (retd.), for the confirmation of the new service chiefs, to the Committee on Defence.

Lawan, gave the committee, led by Senator Aliyu Wamakko, two weeks to carry out their assignments and report to the Senate in plenary.

The Senate confirmed their appointments both at the committee of the whole and at plenary on Tuesday following the Wamakko report’s consideration.

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Popular Nigerian Author Chimamanda Adichie Loses Mum

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Popular Nigerian novelist, Chimamanda Adichie, has lost her mother, Grace Ifeoma Adichie. It was gathered that her mother died on Monday, however, the cause of her death is still unknown.

Her mother’s death comes more than eight months after the author had lost her father, James Adichie, who died after a brief illness.

The deceased couple are survived by six children: Ijeoma, Uchenna, Chuks, Okechukwu, Chimamanda, and Kenechukwu; as well as nine grandchildren.

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