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Ekiti: Erelu Fayemi makes case for girl-child education

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The Wife of Ekiti State Governor, Erelu Bisi Fayemi on Tuesday called for the removal of barriers that are capable of limiting the girl-child education in the country and break away from stereotype traditions and customs.

This, she said became necessary for the emancipation of women, end the vicious circle of poverty and set women on the course of self fulfilment and realization.

Erelu Fayemi stated this at a special Colloquium marking the third anniversary of the Dr Fayemi Administration in Ado Ekiti, tagged “Ekiti Women Let’s Talk About Gender Stereotyping; Challenging Women’s Roles at Home, at Work and in Our Society.”

The event which was attended by the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Hon Funminiyi Afuye; Head of Service, Mrs Peju Babafemi; spouses of members of the State House of Assembly; spouses of members of the State Executive Council; female political office holders; and female public servants.

The First Lady of Ekiti State spoke just as the guest speaker and Senior Pastor of Agape Ministry, Mrs Funke Felix-Adejumo exposed participants to issues that bother on values, marriage ethics, financial independence, businesses and empowerment.

Mrs Felix-Adejumo charged the women to embrace self-development, self-improvement and brace up for the challenges around and within their homes and communities.

She commended Ekiti State Government for not only providing leadership in the implementation of policies and programmes that tackle Gender-Based violence but for also providing space that allows women to contribute their quota to the development of the State.

Erelu Fayemi while charging women to continue to work in love and solidarity assured that she would continue to support and advocate continuous education of the girl-child.

“Women need to be able to stand on their own whether they have husband or not, we must be able to take care of ourselves and our businesses.

“And that is why I am so passionate about the education of a girl child, keeping girls in school because the only way you can break the circle of generational poverty is to ensure that you educate girls. Keep them in school for as long as possible so that their lives can make ways for generation to come to reap the benefits.” the First Lady
said.

Earlier in his speech, the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Hon Wale Fapohunda said the Fayemi-led administration is unapologetically committed to protecting the dignity and values of every woman in the State, irrespective of ethnicity, political class or cultural background.

He added that the colloquial further affirms Fayemi’s administration’s commitment to sustain dialogues that guarantee women’s emancipation and participation in nation building.

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‘End SARS protest now a thing of show-off’ – Bello Shagari

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Bello, grandson of late former President Shehu Shagari has said a lot of Nigerians who identify with the End SARS movement are doing it to a show-off

According to him, most End SARS protesters are claiming to be activists and have little understanding of socio-political system.

On his Facebook page, Shagari wrote: “A lot of the young people who identify with the#EndSARS protest are doing so because it has become fashionable.

”This has become a thing of show off; that everyone is now an activist. Whereas most of them have little understanding of the socio-political system.”

He admonished youths to focus and mobilize votes for 2023 election rather than protest, adopt a progressive approach which will yield meaningful result.

“However, my advice has always been that we shouldn’t focus too much in protests when we can do better by mobilizing young people’s votes to achieve a change in the entire political system, or to change our present realities, or at least to be in charge of them.

“We must adopt a more progressive and strategic approach rather than the usual disruptive one which hasn’t yielded any meaningful results. You cannot be doing the same thing and expect a different result.

“Use this same energy and reinforce it into a political power at the polls,” his post read.

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Nnamdi Kanu: Group condemns denial of Ezeife, Ubah entry into courtroom

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An Igbo interest group, Coalition of South East Youth Leaders (COSEYL) has condemned the denial of former Anambra State governor, and elder statesman, Chukwuemeka Ezeife and Senator Ifeanyi Ubah entry into the Abuja courtroom for the trial of the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu, on Thursday.

COSEYL in a statement by its President General, Goodluck Ibem, said the denial of the two and other Igbo leaders entry into the courtroom was an insult on Igbo people.

The body said it was enraged by the unprofessional conduct of the Department of State Security Services (DSS) for barring such respected Igbo leaders from gaining access into the courtroom, and described the action of the DSS as desecration of the temple of Justice.

The release stated in part that: “The DSS operatives threatened to shoot lawyers and Igbo leaders who dared to enforce their right by approaching the entrance to the courtroom. They said they were acting on orders from above.

“Does the order from above also include ordering them to assassinate great Igbo leaders in broad daylight at the court premises? Is the Nigerian Court now the court of the North, where no Igbo man is allowed access? It is so pathetic. This present administration has destroyed all our democratic ethos,” it lamented.

It further stated that: “What played out at the court today is the height of insult against Ndigbo and we condemn it in its entirety. It is very clear that the present regime enjoys insulting the sensibility of the Igbo race.

“Dr. Ezeife, Senator Ifeanyi Ubah and other great Igbo leaders were representatives of the Igbo Nation, they were denied access to the court in a matter involving their own son and brother, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in a supposed democratic administration.

“Only a society that has no respect for elders and fundamental human rights will stop highly respected statesmen in the society who are great and respected personalities from gaining access to the courtroom. Dr. Ezeife is a former Governor and Senator Ubah is a serving Senator but they were denied access because they are of the Igbo tribe.”

The group said the DSS was a part of the executive arm of government that executes its orders and that they had no powers under a democratic government to dictate who enters the courtroom that is totally under the Judiciary arm of government.

“It is an aberration and a travesty of the law for the DSS operatives to stand at the entrance of the courtroom to dictate who enters and who does not enter the courtroom.

“What happened today in court at the hearing of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s case clearly shows that we are not in a democratic administration but a military regime that has no respect for fundamental human rights and the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria which the President swore to protect.

“There is nowhere in the world where the president in a democratic administration dictates what happens in the court. The Judiciary is an independent arm of government separated from the executive arm. The Judiciary is the last hope of the common man and everyone is entitled to approach the court.”

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Nnamdi Kanu: IPOB gives conditions to dialogue with Buhari govt

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The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, on Thursday gave the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government conditions for dialogue.

IPOB’s spokesman, Emma Powerful said the group would listen to the Federal Government when its leader, Nnamdi Kanu is released unconditionally.

Powerful also noted that the Federal Government should set a date for the referendum of Biafra.

In a statement he signed, Powerful insisted that Kanu committed no crime to warrant being arrested and prosecuted.

He maintained that Kanu should not be detained while terrorists are roaming the streets freely.

According to Powerful: “Our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu committed no crime to deserve persecution by the federal government that is openly hobnobbing with real terrorists and Fulani bandits but crushing peaceful agitators.

“We demand unconditional release of our Leader. He should not be in detention while real terrorists and mass murderers are parading freely on the streets.

“Nigeria government should prepare a date for the referendum on Biafra for people to decide where to stay either in Biafra or Nigeria.Those who want to sabotage Biafra freedom should wait for the referendum date.

“IPOB demands nothing other than unconditional release of our great leader, Mazi Nnamdi KANU, and a date for the Biafra referendum.

“We are not interested in any dialogue unless our Leader, Mazi Nnamdi KANU is released before we can sit with anybody for discussion.”

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