I GO DYE WRITES BUHARI: LEAVE NOW WHEN THE OVATION IS LOUD
With the letter from former President Olusegun Obasanjo, advising President Mohammadu Buhari not to seek reelection causing political uproar in the polity, ace comedian and UN ambassador, I Go Dye, has written his own letter to the President, also, advising him to leave now as the ovation is still loud for him. Excerpts from his letter
“….Honestly speaking, there is nothing new for you to conquer, the only sacrifice that will bring more honour to your personality, is for you to lead the process of advancing and transferring political leadership to the youths. The best gift that you can obviously give to my generation is to activate and set the process of ending the long and over -due political recycling’s that has denied the youths their rightful place in our political history as Nation. Today, some people are already clamouring that you should continue in power, they have a right to their opinions, but I feel we all owe this Nation the truth at all times.
Since you became president, life has taught many of us that the circumstance of life are unforeseeable, It will be honourable to become an elder statesman at this time of your life. Most of those instigating this continuation are doing it mostly for their selfish interest ,because of what they are gaining or stand to gain, if you remain in power,do they really care about what you will be remembered for.”
FOR SEXUALLY ABUSING YOUNG GIRLS NASSAR DISGRACED USA GYMNASTICS DOCTOR GETS 175 YEARS JAIL
Disgraced former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison on Wednesday for sexually abusing scores of young girls under the guise of medical treatment.
“You do not deserve to walk outside of a prison ever again,” the judge told the 54-year-old Nassar in a tense Lansing, Michigan, courtroom. “Anywhere you walk destruction will occur to those most vulnerable.”
Minutes ahead of the sentencing, Nassar apologized in court to his victims, who included Olympic gold-medal winners Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas and McKayla Maroney but also scores of female athletes at Michigan State University, where he worked.
“What I am feeling pales in comparison to the pain, trauma, and emotional destruction that all of you are feeling,” Nassar said, turning at several points to face his victims in court. “There are no words to describe the depth and breadth of how sorry I am for what has occurred,” he said.
More than 150 women and girls accused Nassar of a pattern of serial abuse dating back two decades.
NORTH KOREA SENDS A RARE MESSAGE OF UNITY WITH SOUTH KOREA
North Korea sent a rare message address to “all Koreans at home and abroad” on Thursday, saying they should make a “breakthrough” for unification without the help of other countries, its state media said.
It said all Koreans should “promote contact, travel, cooperation between North and South Korea” while adding Pyongyang will “smash” all challenges against reunification of the Korean peninsula.
BUHARI THANKS OBASANJO, EDUCATES HIM ON SUCCESSES SO FAR
President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration has responded to former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s statement, thanking him for his observation and also educating him on the various successes recorded in the last 32 months. Some of the achievements included the exiting of recession, the increase in the production of rice and other grains, such that import of rice from Thailand has fallen from 664,000metric tonnes to 22,000 in 2017.
On whether or not President Muhammadu Buhari should run for another, the minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said the issue is a distraction for the President at the moment because the president spends every waking hour tackling the enormous challenges facing the nation, most of which were bequeathed to his Administration by successive past Administrations.
OLAMIDE JOINS SENATE, OTHERS TO FIGHT DRUG ABUSE
Music star, Olamide has joined the campaign against drug abuse among Nigerian youths with the song “Sciencestudent”.According to Olamide, the song discusses the rising rate of drug abuse in the society.
The YBNL boss in his reaction to the criticism said on his Instagram @baddosneh saying, “Since the release of #ScienceStudent, the support has been massive.
“As you are all sharing, dancing, singing along to this relatable music of mine, I want you all to take some time to reflect on the subject, say no to drug abuse. Don’t abuse alcohol. Stop mixing what you don’t know about. Live responsibly and drink responsibly. Don’t aspire the ‘highness state’ but a state of purpose fulfilment and passion discovery. Together let’s put an end to drug abuse and save as many lives as possible.
BRAZIL COURT EXTENDS JAIL SENTENCE FOR EX-PRESIDENT LULA
A Brazilian appeal court Wednesday not only upheld former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva’s conviction for corruption, it also extended the sentence by about three years. The verdict dealt a body blow to Lula’s hopes of running for re-election in August this year.
ARSENAL KNOCK OUT CHELSEA IN CARABAO CUP, TO MEET MAN CITY
Arsenal edged out London rivals Chelsea in the second semi-final of the Carabao Cup, coming from behind to win 2-1 on Monday at the Emirates Stadium. They will now meet Manchester City in the final in Wembley on 25 February.
HOW HERDSMEN DESTROYED N6.8M CASSAVA FARM OVER 4 MISSING COWS IN OGUN
FOLLOWING the reported loss of four cows, herdsmen invaded a four-hectare cassava farm in Likosi-Alabata village in Papalanto, Obafemi-Owode Local Government Area of Ogun State, destroying farm produce worth N6.8 million.
The herdsmen also inflicted machete cuts on one of the workers, who is now in the hospital. However, the Police stepped in, with the farm owner and the herdsmen agreeing to settle out of court, while the suspected cow thief, a vigilante, will be charged to court.
INFERNO AS 6M CAPACITY PETROL STORAGE EXPLODES IN LAGOS TANK FARM
A tank farm belonging to Stallonaire Nigeria Limited, located in Ijegun Egba area of Satellite Town, Lagos, went up in flames yesterday, destroying a 6,000,000-litre capacity tank, which had some petrol in it. One person was said to have received minor burns while others, among who were staff of the company, sustained minor injuries in the ensuing stampede.
The explosion that ignited the fire threw residents into panic as many fled their abodes with some of their valuables. Others hurriedly drove their vehicles away from the vicinity.