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Abia Threatens To Seal Markets, Others Observing IPOB’s Sit-at-home Order

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The Abia State government has threatened to seal markets and motor unions that fail to open for normal activities because of the sit-at-home order on Monday.

It warned market and transport unions in the state to ensure that markets are open while transport vehicles are deployed on the roads by their members.

“Any market that is closed or transport union that fails to operate will be closed and disbanded, respectively, by the government till further notice.”

In a statement by the Commissioner for Information, Chief John Okiyi Kalu, the government said it could not afford to sit idly and watch the future of students and economic well-being jeopardized over the lingering sit-at-home illegally enforced by a group of hoodlums hiding under the identity of agitators in the southeast region to cause chaos in the state.

The statement directed security agencies in the state to deploy at all flash points on Monday and maintain regular patrols to ensure the safety and protection of law-abiding citizens and visitors.

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“The leaders of all market and transport unions in the state are hereby advised to ensure that markets are open and transport vehicles deployed by their members for regular activities on Monday and beyond unless otherwise advised by government. Any market that is closed or transport union that fails to operate will be closed and disbanded, respectively, by government till further notice. We cannot continue to cut our nose to spite our face.”

“We wish to state categorically that it is unacceptable to allow any individual or group to instill fear in our people to the extent of negatively impacting the education of our innocent school children who are billed to write the compulsory English examination of the West African School Certificate Examination (WASCE) on Monday, 13th September and Tuesday, 14th September, and on the rights of other law abiding citizens.”

It urged parents to ensure that their children go to the examination centres while teachers and examination supervisors are to ensure the protection of the children.

Assuring that it is committed to protecting all residents of the state, the statement tasked residents to report any individual or group that attempts to molest, intimidate or stop law-abiding citizens from exercising their freedom of movement to the police.

“Our people are wise and historically known to exercise wisdom in handling issues no matter the provocation. It is unthinkable that any Igbo man will want to cut his nose to spite his face especially in these circumstances that may adversely affect the future of our innocent children.

“We must rise collectively to do the needful: protect our children’s education and ensure that those who may wish us evil as a people do not succeed in provoking us to destroy our means of livelihood at a time we are yet to recover from the economic challenges occasioned by the COVID-19 and EndSARS protests that necessitated the prolonged shutdown of businesses.

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“As a responsible government, we will continue to explore all avenues to ensure peaceful resolution of the issues that have led to the agitations by the concerned non-state actors but we will not shirk our responsibility to the majority of our people who are also suffering silently out of no fault of theirs.”

 

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Activist Professor Tunde Fatunde Dies

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Activist Professor Tunde Fatunde Dies

A Professor of French Language in the Faculty of Arts, Lagos State University(LASU), Prof. Tunde Fatunde, is dead.

The LASU branch of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) disclosed that Fatunde died on Thursday.

He was 70 years old. LASU-ASUU did not state the cause of death.

Fatunde was a renowned activist and scholar. He was not just a teacher of the French language, he was also a newspaper columnist and dramatist.

He was born on 11 December 1951 in Makurdi, Benue state. He was married to Oluyemisi Jokotade Olaopa and both have several children.

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Fatunde began his education at St Paul’s Primary School, Gbongan, Osun State, 1956-62; Gbogan/Ode Omu Anglican Grammar School, Gbongan, Osun State, 1963-67; Comprehensive High School, Aiyetoro. Ogun State, 1968- 69.

Thereafter, he went to L’lnstitute DeTouraine, Tours, France, 1971-72; University oflbadan, Ibadan, Oyo State, 1971-75; Universite de Bordeauz III. Bordeaux, France 1972-77; Universite de Bordeau 111, Bordeaux, France, 1977-80.

Fatunde returned to Nigeria to assume lectureship at University of Benin, Benin City in 1983.

In between his academic career, Fatunde created time for his journalistic passion, with links with many media houses, both in Nigeria and abroad.

He published several books, such as No Food. No Country, Water no get Enemy and a collection of his plays: No More Oil Boom.

He was until his death, a professor of French Language in the Faculty of Arts at LASU.

Friends and fellow activists paid tributes on Friday morning.

Richard Akinola, a veteran journalist wrote: “What a sad loss of a friend and comrade, Professor Tunde Fatunde. Easy going, unassuming and principled. Rest well brother”.

Henry Hunjo, a lecturer at LASU wrote: “Travel well, Prof Tunde Fatunde. You fought on all fronts of life and won many of these battles but you couldn’t conquer the eternal sleep, death.

“It’s the most assured reality of human experiences. It’s perfect in bringing finality to all things. I wish I could write a dirge but with a heavy heart, I wish you a joyous eternal sleep. You’ve completed your cycle. Adieu, Prof”.

 

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Why GOFAMINT General Overseer Demoted His Deputy

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Why GOFAMINT General Overseer Demoted His Deputy

The General Overseer of the Gospel Faith Mission International (GOFAMINT), Pastor Elijah O. Abina, has demoted his deputy.

Before his demotion, Pastor Emmanuel Oluwayemi was the successor-designate to Abina.

In a statement by GOFAMINT spokesperson Pastor Taiwo on January 26, Abina disclosed that Pastor Emmanuel Oluwayemi would no longer serve as the Deputy General Overseer (DGO).

Olwayemi has been relegated to an Assistant General Overseer (AGO) “in order to stem the tide of this unfortunate drift in the system,” the statement reads.

“The issue concerning Pastor Oluwayemi has been long on my table, spanning a space of about five years. His activities since he came to the office have had a very negative effect on the church,” Abina said.

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“Way back in 2018, I noticed that the leadership style he brought to the office of the Deputy General Overseer was diametrically opposed to the servant-leadership style of Jesus Christ which this church is used to.

“This has led to division in the church, which since inception, has been one united family. I raised this issue in a joint meeting of the Executive Council and the Advisory Board on August 1, 2019, during which I emphatically stated that I could no longer work with him as my deputy, and that I was convinced that he was not going to be my successor for the reason of the said attitude.

“I have stated repeatedly that this is absolutely not a personal issue, but something that affects the well-being of the church.

“As a matter of fact, I know him to be very generous and charismatic but, he lacks the character of a servant-leader, and I have told him on many occasions that charisma without character leads to crisis.

“Part of his character defects is his desperate pursuit of the office of the G.O. This desperation is clearly obvious in his usual manner of taking official matters of the church to the public in order to whip up sentiments in his favour and to create resentment or disaffection for the church authority.

“All these events are unprecedented in the sixty-six year history of this church.”

 

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PDP To Conclude Lagos Congress Feb 19

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PDP To Conclude Lagos Congress Feb 19

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will conclude its outstanding congress to elect new state executive committee members in Lagos on February 19.

The National Working Committee (NWC) of the party disclosed this in a statement by its National Organising Secretary, Umar Bature, on Thursday in Abuja.

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According to the statement, the NWC also scheduled a crucial meeting with Lagos stakeholders on February 7 at its zonal headquarters, Ibadan.

It added that the NWC would continue to update stakeholders on any development in that regard.

(NAN)

 

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