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MASSOB Knocks Obi, Okorocha, Says They Betrayed Ojukwu By Dumping APGA

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The leadership of the Biafra Independence Movement and the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra has alleged that former governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, and ex-governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, betrayed the late Biafran leader,  Chukwuemeka Ojukwu.

In a statement on Wednesday by its Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mazi Mocha, BIM-MASSOB  said Obi and Okorocha betrayed Ojukwu by abandoning the All Progressives Grand Alliance and defecting to other political parties after serving as governors of their various states on the platform of APGA.

The organisation said if not for Ojukwu, Obi would not have become the governor of Anambra State in 2003.

Mocha said, “As BIM-MASSOB prepares to celebrate the 12th edition of Ojukwu Memorial Day on November 26, there was a need for the leadership to let the world know that former governors of Anambra State, Peter Obi, and his Imo State counterpart, Chief Rochas Okorocha, betrayed the late Dim Chukwuemeka Ojukwu.

“A few months after the demise of the founder of APGA in November 2011, and the funeral ceremony in 2012, Peter Obi defected to the Peoples Democratic Party where he later became the vice presidential candidate to Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the party.

“When Obi could not secure the presidential ticket of the PDP,  he quickly left the PDP to hurriedly join the Labour Party, where he emerged as the presidential flagbearer of the party in the February 25, 2023 general elections.

“If not for the Ikemba Nnewi, the APGA governorship candidate in the 2003 election would not have become the governor of Anambra State.

“Recall that Dr. Chris Ngige of the PDP was declared winner in the said April 2003 Anambra State governorship poll before Dim Ojukwu waded in.”

BIM-MASSOB said it was regrettable that Obi never acknowledged Ojukwu’s role whenever he talked about how he reclaimed his mandate through the court.

“Peter Obi didn’t know about this deal, but every time during his media interactive sessions, he always said he didn’t spend any money to retrieve what he described as his ‘stolen’  mandate through the court process.

“Yes, Peter Obi didn’t spend money because Ojukwu and Ralph Uwazuruike didn’t ask him to bring money. For one to become governor or President, there are certain things that ought to be done that Peter Obi didn’t do; instead, he was engaged in consultation with the northern Emirs and Yoruba Obas.”

Continuing, the BIM-MASSOB spokesperson said, “It was also Ralph Uwazuruike who made Chief Rochas Okorocha actualise his gubernatorial ambition in 2011 on the platform of APGA. Our members supported Okorocha hoping he was a true Igbo son, and as a  philanthropist could deliver the needed democracy dividends to  the Imolites.”

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Aare Abisoye Fagade Joyously Celebrates The Coronation Of The 43rd Olubadan Of Ibadan, Oba Akinloye Owolabi Olakulehin

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In a momentous celebration that echoes through the vibrant streets of Ibadan, Aare Abisoye Fagade extends his exuberant congratulations to Oba Akinloye Owolabi Olakulehin on his enthronement as the 43rd Olubadan of Ibadan. This landmark coronation ushers in a new era of leadership, heritage, and progress for the illustrious city of Ibadan.

With a heartfelt connection that spans decades, Aare Fagade has cherished the guidance and wisdom of Oba Olamilehin, whom he has revered not only as an esteemed uncle but also as a distinguished entrepreneur and an astute politician, a legacy passed down through his father, the late Elder David Oladokun Fagade. The bond between their families is woven into the very fabric of Ibadan’s history, making this occasion deeply personal and profoundly significant.

“Today, we celebrate not just a coronation but the dawn of a new chapter in the storied history of Ibadan,” proclaimed Aare Abisoye Fagade. “Oba Akinloye Owolabi Olakulehin embodies the virtues of wisdom, integrity, and visionary leadership. His ascent to the throne heralds a future filled with promise and prosperity for our beloved city.”

Aare Fagade’s jubilant praise for the new Olubadan is accompanied by fervent prayers for his reign. “May the reign of Oba Akinloye Owolabi Olamilehin be showered with divine blessings, peace, and unprecedented growth. May his leadership unite us and inspire us to reach new heights of excellence and harmony.

The coronation of Oba Olakulehin is not merely a ceremonial event but a rallying cry for all Ibadan indigenes to come together in support of their new monarch. Aare Fagade calls upon every son and daughter of Ibadan to embrace this momentous occasion with unity and enthusiasm, pledging their support to a reign that promises to uphold the grandeur and legacy of Ibadan.

As the city of Ibadan rejoices in this historic event, the air is filled with anticipation and hope for a future sculpted by the vision and guidance of Oba Akinloye Owolabi Olamilehin. Aare Abisoye Fagade stands proudly with his fellow Ibadan natives, celebrating the dawn of a new era.

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JUST IN: President Tinubu Renames National Theatre After Wole Soyinka

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Nigeria’s President, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has renamed the national theatre in Lagos after Wole Soyinka.

Tinubu made the pronouncement in a birthday message to the Nobel laureate who turns 90 on July 13.

“It is also fitting we celebrate this national treasure while he is still with us,” Tinubu said.

“I am, accordingly, delighted to announce the decision of the Federal Government to rename the National Theatre in Iganmu, Surulere, as the Wole Soyinka Centre for Culture and the Creative Arts.

“We do not only celebrate Soyinka’s remarkable literary achievements but also his unwavering dedication to the values of human dignity and justice.”

 

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HEALTH: FG Inaugurates Committee To End Mother-To-Child Transmission Of HIV

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The federal government has established a multidisciplinary committee to eliminate the transmission of HIV from mothers to children in Nigeria.

Minister of State for Health and Social Welfare, Tunji Alausa, launched the Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission (PMTCT) and Pediatric HIV Programme Committee in Abuja on Thursday.

Alausa highlighted that Nigeria accounts for 25% of global mother-to-child HIV transmission and emphasized the ministry’s commitment to collaborating with the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) and the National AIDS and STIs Control Programme (NASCP) to ensure that no child is born with HIV, thereby eradicating vertical transmission.

“As you are aware, Nigeria contributes 25% of the global burden of HIV transmission between mothers and their children,” Alausa said.

“Despite testing approximately 4 million pregnant women in 2023, our PMTCT (prevention of mother-to-child transmission) and pediatric HIV coverage remain at about 35%, falling significantly short of the 95% target.

“Through the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) and the National AIDS and STIs Control Programme (NASCP), we will provide effective governance for this programme.

“Eliminating mother-to-child transmission of HIV and ensuring care for all persons living with HIV, especially our children, aligns with the renewed hope agenda of Mr President.”

Also speaking, Temitope Ilori, the director-general of NACA, expressed concern over the low coverage of PMTCT and pediatric HIV in Nigeria.

Ilori said about 140,000 children below 14 years old are living with HIV as of 2023, with 22,000 new infections and 15,000 AIDS-related deaths occurring among underage people.

The NACA DG noted that the newly constituted committee will drive the implementation of the initiative, in line with the sector-wide approach to health care in Nigeria.

“Nigeria faces a critical challenge in preventing mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV and ensuring access to care for children living with HIV,” Ilori said.

“The objective of today’s meeting is to formally inaugurate the acceleration plan committee to provide oversight to the PMTCT and pediatric HIV programme implementation in line with the three-one principle of one coordinating agency, one strategic framework, and one M&E system.”

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