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Buhari’s aide tackles Omotola over ‘hellish’ comment

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A tweet by Nollywood actress, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, telling the Federal Government that Nigeria is hellish; and a presidential aide’s response have set Twitter agog, as Omotola and Bashir Ahmed have continued to trend as Nigerians respond to their tweets.

Jalade-Ekeinde had, on Sunday, tweeted at President Muhammadu Buhari and his deputy, Yemi Osinbajo, via her official Twitter account, @Realomosexy: “The country under your watch is hellish! @ProfOsinbajo @MBuhari @NGRPresident The lack of Money in circulation, now coupled with the continuous assault and killings by uniformed men will make this country implode!!! It’s unbearable! Do something! Insecurity! Fear and desperation everywhere.”

The Personal Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on New Media, Bashir Ahmed, via his verified Twitter account, @BashirAhmaad, on Tuesday, responded, “Madam Omotola, those who are working for clean money are not complaining and will never refer to our dear country as ‘hellish’. In Kano State alone, from 2015 to 2018, no fewer than 200 medium and small-scale rice milling centres emerged. For that, billions circulated among millions.”

However, Jalade-Ekeinde, in her reply, called on the presidential aide to put politics aside and address the issues objectively.

She said, “As long as you’re not insinuating that I am not working clean for my money, I hear you. It’s good that there are some (signs of) progress. Do you truly want to say you don’t see all that’s really wrong? Can we fight for our future in truth for once? Without being partisan?”

Jalade-Ekeinde’s tweet generated support from several Nigerians, including a former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili, who reminded the actress that public servants were wont to turn a blind eye to the protests of the public.

Ezekwesili said, “Don’t worry yourself. We all know foolish hubris when we see it. The world is filled with relics of governments that ignored the outcries of their citizens. Don’t worry yourself. #MessageToOmotola.

“Those with the privilege of education must use their voice in every society to demand a better life for especially the weak, the poor and the vulnerable. Don’t worry yourself about what is thrown at you. They and not you have the duty to the accountability you demanded.”

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Stop endorsing drug abuse, La Face tells Nigerian musicians

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Nigerian musicians have been advised to stop glamourising and endorsing illicit drug abuse in whatever shape or form as role models that should show the way for others to follow.

Speaking recently in an interview, a popular Nigerian entertainment promoter Tunde oshinubosi, (La Face) stated that the nation was sitting on a keg of gun powder “if this crazy trend continues unabated.”

He said: “If we think the yahoo trend is bad, guess what, the looming drug epidemic, which will ruin the lives of our future leaders, will be catastrophic.

“With drug abuse comes accelerated cases of social vices such as armed robbery, kidnapping, prostitution, fraud, cultism, banditary etc.

“The sweet codeine documentary is just a tip of the iceberg, today’s drug abuse wave cuts across gender, ethnic and religious divide. It is scary, as a parent, I fear for the future of the coming generation.

“The lukewarm attitude of the state and federal governments is mind blowing, I doubt if this madness will be tolerated even by our Ghanaian neighbours.”

La Face stated further that as major stakeholders in the music industry, Nigerian musicians must condemn the evil trend, adding that “let me burst your brain using a common phrase by youths today; an addict will do anything for a score.”

The promoter stressed that music should be about creativity, and not a platform to “glamourise illicit drug abuse, as creative minds, we should focus on lasting legacy.”

He opined that as a nation, Nigeria lost it from the beginning by creating a situation where everything goes, and that the nation must put a stop “to this madness called music.”

“Today, codeine, tramadol rophenol, diazepan etc are abused with reckless abandon. Addicts will automatically graduate into cocaine, heroine, meth etc.

“We already have a problem of massive unemployment with the looming drug epidemic.
“We welcome an unemployable youth populace coupled with poverty, Boko Haram banditary, kidnapping to name a few.

“As industry insiders, it is an open secret that over 90‰ of Nigerian secular artists do drugs. Should they then pass it on, destroying the future generation, please enough is enough,” La Face stated.

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Journalist Michael Alonge unveils motivational book ‘The Hidden Substance’

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Alonge Michael, a journalist and an online news service provider at Mike Angelo News has perfected all acts for the public presentation of the maiden edition of his intellectual compilation, The Hidden Substance, slated for Thursday 27th, June, 2019 at Imperial Hall, Muhammed Jobifele Way, Behind MKO Abiola Gardens, Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos from 12 noon.

The Hidden Substance is a ‘mini-autobiography’, embellished with some motivational and inspirational nuggets for the emerging generation and for those entrepreneurs who are yet to, or still struggling to realise their potential.

According to the latest author on the bloc, Alonge Michael, “The Hidden Substance is a needed formula for those aspiring for success and greatness despite stumbling blocks. It is a tool that is no doubt needed in the engineering factory of success. It’s a model in book format that is enriched with necessary tools that will help reshape, mold and change the mentality of our youths who believe that cutting corners or engaging in  shady deals like ‘yahooyahoo’ will launch them into the fantasy life of their dreams.”

Alonge continues, “a book I once read changed my perception to life, and I believe this too will definitely change someone’s life. Whatever you want to become in life, you need necessary tools, this book contains all the nourishments needed to be on top of your game. ”

The book which will be reviewed by Mr. Babatunde Olowu has Apostle Aderemi Awode, the man behind the global brand, Finecoat paint, as the writer of the Foreword.

Activities for the launch include Book Reading from three industry persons, a Nollywood thespian, a lawyer and a columnist.

Expected to grace the event are distinguished personalities from all strata of society cutting across captains of industries, entertainment czars, media personalities from all walks of life.

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Amnesty Programme boss, Dokubo laments at burial of sister, says ‘A pain that’ll never go has come’

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L-R- Jackson Son of the late Madam Rose Dokubo, Jackson, Prof Charles Dokubo, Niger Delta Amnesty Boss, Mrs Faith Diepiriye Jack (sister) and Osigimate Akamaka (daughter) at the burial of late Madam Amaro Roseline Dokubo, sister of the Prof Charles Dokubo, Coordinator Presidential Amnesty Programme, held in Port Harcourt on Saturday 15th, June.

Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Prof. Charles Dokubo said at the weekend that the recent death of his elder sister, Madam Amaro Roseline Dokubo, has caused him an eternal pain.

Describing his late sister as a mother and friend, Dokubo lamented on Saturday at a funeral ceremony in Abonnema, Akuku-Toru Local Government Area of Rivers State, that until her death, she stood by him through thick and thin.

“Sister Ama, I know you are at peace where you are and there is no need for tears. I know how much tears I shed on the day of your death when I received the phone call that you had passed on. As I stood motionless in my office, consumed with grief, the tears kept rolling, giving me a feeling of emptiness of heart. I realized that a pain has come that will never go away and I must own that you have gone forever”, Dokubo said in a tribute before her body was interred.

Prof Charles Dokubo, Coordinator Presidential Amnesty Programme, greeting the Clergy’s , at the sister’s burial ceremony Late Madam Amaro Roseline Dokubo, held in Port Harcourt, on Saturday 15th June.

 

While calling her care and love for her siblings and family members, he said “for me, your younger brother, you always shared in my joys, sorrows, laughter, tears and successes; an inspiration from my tender age to my adulthood, up to the time you departed. You are gone, but there is a place deep down in my heart where God has placed a love for you. My beloved sister, you will remain there forever”.

Dokubo said he considered himself lucky to have had a loving, caring and supportive sister like Madam Amaro. “I will miss our little talks, our uncommon jokes, your comforting and reassuring voice; your inspirational words of wisdom, guidance and advice”.

Section seating of families at the Church service burial ceremony of Late Madam Amaro Roseline Dokubo, sister of Prof Charles Dokubo, Coordinator Presidential Amnesty Programme held in Port Harcourt, on Saturday 15th June.

 

Until her death on April 11, in Abuja at the age of 73, Madam Amaro presided over a flourishing business empire with diverse interests and was also a contractor to local and multinational firms as well as MDAs in Rivers State. She was also a respected community and religious leader.

Dignitaries across the country from the private and public sector, among them politicians, traditional, religious and community leaders, attended her funeral ceremony held on June 15, which included commendation services at St. Cyprian’s Anglican Church, Port Harcourt, and St. Augustine’s Anglican Church, Abonnema, Rivers State.

Families standing by the casket at the Church service burial ceremony of Late Madam Amaro Roseline Dokubo, sister of Prof Charles Dokubo, Coordinator Presidential Amnesty Programme held in Port Harcourt, on Saturday 15th June.

 

In Port Harcourt, the officiating minister for the interment service for Madam Amaro, Rev. Canon Isaac Erekosima noted that it is a joyful moment when a child is born, but an end must come and all humans should prepare for it.

He urged the congregation to do the will of God and always think of eternity to qualify for God’s reward after death. The deceased’s daughter, Rosebella Briggs, described her as a woman of substance.

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