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Nigerian youths are not ready for leadership positions’
A member of the All Progressives Congress in Rivers, Karibi Bobmanuel, says Nigerian youths were not ready for leadership positions in the country as they were more interested in following leaders than taking up the mantle of leadership.
BobManuel told Newsmen in Port Harcourt on Friday that the complacency of youths to happenings in the country was of serious concern.
According to Bobmanuel, the 2023 general elections will hold in less than two years, but the youths were not coordinated to face the older generation currently holding
The APC chieftain called on Nigerian youths to mobilise for the on-going Continuous Voter Registration to be able to control their units.
Zamfara govt bars its officials from speaking to media
The Zamfara State government has placed a ban on officials from the state Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) from speaking to the media or disseminating information regarding policies and programs of the government.
The gag order was given on Thursday by the Commissioner for Information, Alhaji Ibrahim Dosara, while addressing journalists in Gusau, the state capital.
According to Dosara, the state government decided to settle for a centralized information management to curtail the spread of fake news and misinformation to the people
He informed journalists that any information from any government official on behalf of the state government, other than the Commissioner for Information or the Special Assistant to the Governor on Media, is invalid#
The Imo State Police Command has arrested a pastor Izuchukwu Anoloba of the Apostolic Church of Christ in Lagos after allegedly kidnapping a Catholic priest named Fidelis Ekemgba.
Thirty-five years old pastor, was paraded by the Imo State Commissioner of Police, Rabiu Hussaini, alongside other suspects namely Kingsley Obumunonye, 35; Uchenna Duru, 25; Chidinka Oduenyi, 20; Onyebuchi Emeka, 26; Augustine Azubuike, 47; Divine Ugochukwu, 39 and Chukwuma Onwe, 47.
The CP revealed the 71-year-old priest was waylaid and taken on November 17 as he returned from his mission assignment and spent over seven days in captivity, as the suspects demanded five-million-naira ransom.
Upon arrest, the pastor admitted he had received N1.5m random paid for the priest.
Two Gunned Down, ‘Over 50’ Abducted in Fresh Kaduna Attack
Two persons have been killed with more than 50 persons abducted in a fresh attack in Unguwan Gimbiya community in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
An eyewitness, who pleaded anonymity, said the incident happened in the early hours of Friday, maintaining that at least 13 families were attacked in the operation, which lasted for about two hours.
A resident, Gideon Jatau, who confirmed the attack, said the community had never had it so bad.
He alleged that there was mass exodus of residents to safer places for fear of another attack.
When contacted, the police Public Relations Officer, ASP Muhammad Jalige, promised to communicate the details of the attack to the media as soon as possible.
World Bank asks FG to impose special tax on alcohol, cigarettes, others to fund healthcare
The World Bank Group has urged Nigeria’s Federal Government to impose special taxes on alcohol, cigarettes and sugar-sweetened beverages to help fund primary healthcare across the country.
World Bank Group Country Director for Nigeria, Shubham Chaudhuri, made the suggestion at a special National Council on Health meeting organized by the Federal Ministry of Health on Friday in Abuja.
Chaudhuri noted that taxes on tobacco, alcohol, and sugar-sweetened beverages would reduce the health risks associated with their consumption and expand fiscal space for universal health post-Covid-19 coverage.
The country director stated that investing in stronger health systems for all would contribute to tackling rising poverty and inequality.
ON THE FOREIGN SCENE
South Africa mulls 10-year visa for Nigerian business
South African government says it was considering issuing a 10-year visa to Nigerian business operators to boost relationship between both countries.
Thamsanqa Mseleku, South Africa’s high commissioner to Nigeria, said this on Thursday during an Arise TV programme.
Mseleku encouraged more Nigerian businesses, especially financial institutions, to expand their businesses to South Africa.
He disclosed that Access bank has recently opened a bank in South Africa and also Air Peace is now flying to South Africa,.
Speaking on the inaccessibility of visas to Nigerian business personnel, the envoy said that south African government allows Nigerian business travellers, stating that it would continue to implement longer term visas for them.
Mseleku also said that the bilateral agreements being signed by both countries would be fully implemented in the coming years.
Nigerian Navy Releases Detained Comedian, Cute Abiola
The Nigerian Navy has freed online Comedian, Abdulgafar Ahmad, aka Cute Abiola, from detention
Naval spokesperson, Commodore Suleman Dahun, confirmed the release to newsmen on Friday.
Cute Abiola was reported missing on Monday, November 15, 2021, when fellow comedian, Debo Adedayo also known as Mr Macaroni, shared on social media that his family had lost contact with him after he resumed work that day.
Two days after the alarm was raised, Dahun announced that the funnyman wasn’t missing but was detained for contravening the military laws by posting a video of himself in military uniform on social media, an act which is said to be in violation of the armed forces’ social media policy.
Dahun a added that the comedian failed to show up when called upon to explain himself but only returned after the expiration of his leave on November 15, 2021, and was put behind bars the same day, saying he has been released to serve his punishment.
Nigeria: NFF Receives Ministerial Approval to Sack Rohr
The Federal Ministry of Youths and Sports Development has given approval for the Nigeria Football Federation to sack the present Technical Adviser of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr and hire a more competent coach for the three-time African champions.
This was part of the agreement reached at the meeting held on Thursday in Abuja between the Minister of Sports, Sunday Dare and the president of the NFF, Amaju Pinnick.
A reliable told journalist that among several other issues discussed, the Minister of Sports gave the NFF approval to pay-off Gernot Rohr and find a capable replacement for the Franco German coach.
According to him, the Minister insisted that before the NFF would employ a new coach, the federation must prove it can pay either whole or substantial part of the money that is due to the embattled coach.