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Abdulsalami, David Mark, Junaid, Iwuanyawu, others eulogize IBB @80

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By Zainab Suleiman Okino

General Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd), ex-military Head of State, former Senate President Senator David Mark, and elder statesman Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, Brigadier-General Haliru Akilu, Prof Adele Jinadu, Colonel Olagunsoye Oyinlola(rtd) are amongst eminent Nigerians who were at IBB Legacy Dialogue to celebrate the former military president, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida.

They (the IBB tribe) as were re referred to during the event all spoke eloquently about the IBB legacy, his dynamicism and vision, and how enigmatic he was as a leader.

The event which was put together by the Ibrahim and Mariam Babangida Presidential Library and Museum drew other dignatories such as such as Alhaji Bello Maitama, Prof Sam Oyovbaire, Brig Tunji Olurin, former Minister of Information and National Orientation Professor Jerry Gana; former Governor of Niger State Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu; former Education Minister Prof Tunde Adeniran; Emeritus Chairman, Daar Communications Plc, High Chief Raymond Dokpesi; former Deputy Governor of Lagos State Sinatu Ojikutu, amongst others and many more.

In his remarks, Chief Raymond Dokpesi said IBB is the most talked about ex-leaders in the country and attributed it to his sterling qualities and the glamour he brought to governance even as he admitted his (IBB) traducers nicknamed him Marodona by which they meant, IBB could get things done through foul means.

Gen Abdulsalami went memory lane in his journey with IBB who he said is only a year older and as such belong to the same generation. He revealed that while they were in school, IBB was a monitor and was also called maigari testifying to his leadership traits from a very young age.

He spoke glowingly of IBB’s accommodating spirit, generosity and how always thinks about Nigeria even as he added that the man, IBB is the most ridiculed former leader.

These attributes of IBB ran through the gamut of the event, held at Harrow park, as almost everyone who spoke on his good side said he deserved to be celebrated with the hope that history would remember him in kind words. They also want him and his late wife to be immortalised.

Brig-Gen Akilu also harped on these attributes and his intelligence and how he cared for junior officers and how all these positive attributes endeared him to them especially during the coup that usherd in his administration. Akilu said his blind loyalty to friends once made him give his only car to a friend, adding that IBB will never forsake friends and associates.

Former deputy governor of Lagos state, Alhaja Sinatu Ojikutu said IBB’s vision started with the choice of a spouse like Mariam, while another elder statesman, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyawu referred to IBB as a humanist and philanthropist adding that he was often vilified because he did not blow his trumpet.

He recalled how they fought on the opposing sides during the civil war, he being on Biafra side, but which he (IBB) never took to heart even as both of them have bullets in their bodies.

Dr Chidi Amuta talked on IBB’s effective management of our diversity, which is absent in today’s Nigeria, as he has always been surrounded by people from different walks of life, hence his untribilized nature.

Miss Aisha Sambo, a communication specialist in her spoken- word interlude called IBB an embodiment of a fighting spirit.

Thus it is that after surviving the civil war, coups and rumours of death several times, the only military president in Nigeria ever is being showered with accolades at 80, 28 years after stepping aside.


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Shocker! Kidnappers detain pregnant woman till child birth, keep new baby, set mother free

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A pregnant woman, has allegedly been set free and her baby taking away by kidnappers, after detaining her till the birth of her child, introducing a shocking but gory dimension to what has now become a sort of epidemic in parts of Africa.

Reports coming from Ghana, said the woman, who was identified as Josephine Panyin Mensah, was seized and taken away from her home in Takoradi, when her pregnancy was already due at nine months, but that her abductors only allowed her to go, after she gave birth and her baby taken away.

According to the source, the kidnappers who were interested in the unborn baby bolted with the baby after she had been delivered, adding that family sources indicated that the distraught woman is currently receiving treatment at the Effiankwanta Teaching Hospital.

The victim, was said to have gone missing on Thursday, September 16, after she went for a dawn walk in Takoradi, and that the police immediately swung into action leading a search party for her after a report was made to the by her husband, Michael Simmons.


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Breaking: Davido’s photographer dies

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Davido’s official photographer Fortunate Umunname Peter aka Fortune is dead.

He died three months after the hit maker’s close friend and associate, Habeeb Ademola Uthman aka as Obama DMW passed on.

Davido had also lost his bodyguard of six years, Ogbeide Tijani Olamilekan (Teejay) in 2020.

In 2017, Davido lost two friends and team members, Tagbo and DJ Olu.

Fortune was born and bred in Bariga, Lagos but hailed from Owerri.

He has been working with Davido since 2019.

He was born on July 10, 1997 and started off as a graphics designer before he moved to photography after his aunt, Dr. Harriet, got him his first camera which forced him to move back to Lagos from Owerri.

The exceptional photographer has made portfolios for Davido, Pogba, Popcaan, Lilbaby, Cassanova, Mayorkun, Wizkid, Jidenna, Tiwa Savage, Burna boy, Patoranking, Akon, DMW and many others.

His last Instagram post was on July 10 where he made a birthday post with a caption “Rolling stone +1”


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Breaking: Ex-Kwara gov, Jega, Utomi, Duke, others form third Force ahead 2023 elections

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Ahead of the 2023 general elections, prominent Nigerians have established a third force, Rescue Nigeria Project (RNP), to give Nigerians alternative platform to the All Progressives Congress, APC and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

Founders of RNP include former governor of Kwara state, Ahmed Abdulfatai, Prof. Pat Utomi, Prof. Tunde Adeniran, former Governor of Cross River state, Donald Duke,

Senator Lee Maeba, Usman Bugaje, Prof. Attahiru Jega, Amb. Nkoyo Toyo, Yomi Awoniyi, Dr. Rose Idi Danladi, Dr. Sadiq Gombe among others.

Delivering his keynote address, Abdulfatai lamented the state of the nation, noting that the high level of nepotism and lack of inclusiveness have given rise to agitations by different ethnic groups.

He recalled that in 2015, Nigerians embraced change, adding that today, “that change appears to be what we didn’t expect, as insecurity has taken over the nation.”

He said, “It is based on this that we decided to set up this Rescue Nigeria Project. We want to salvage this country and see how we can fix the mess. We want to set a template and key criteria leaders must have before they can attain any political position.

“Despite the great opportunities of the past, Nigeria has failed to live up to the dreams of its founding fathers and the hopes of successive generations of its citizens.

“Perhaps, at no other time have these failings become more apparent than in the past decade or so.

“In 2015, Nigerians overwhelmingly embraced the promise of change. These hopes have not only been dashed, but they have arguably turned out to be the worst political statements ever to be made in this country. Nigeria today appears set to fulfill all the prophesies of doom.”

He further noted that “Unprecedented nepotism and political exclusion have left the country more divided than ever as evident in the various separatists agitation that are threatening the corporate existence of the country itself.”

Also speaking, Adeniran noted that there is disaster at hand, hence the move to rescue the nation.

He said: “You only rescue when there is disaster and when you fail to rescue during disaster, it is more dangerous.

“We have a disaster in our hands and we need to rescue the country. We need to look back and see how we get here. We know where Nigeria was before now. We know the task is not going to be easy, but we have to determine how to rescue the nation.”

In his opening remarks, the RNP national coordinator, Usman Bugaje, explained that the Rescue Nigeria Project was founded on the premise that the challenges bedeviling the country were largely derived from poor leadership.


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