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Oshiomhole Breaks Silence On Sir Victor Uwaifo’s Death

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Former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole said late music maestro, Sir Victor Uwaifo, used his talent to take Nigeria and Edo to the international community.

Oshiomhole said this in Benin on Thursday, when he paid a condolence visit to the family of late Uwaifo in his residence, in the company of APC chieftains in Edo.

Oshiomhole, also a former governor of Edo, described Uwaifo as an intellectual, who tried to bring his thoughts to reality in his music and the arts.

“There are many ways in which he affected my life. As a young man in the typical rural village when there was no light and no road, anytime we want to listen to music, we make requests through Radio Nigeria.

“We listen to radio using battery. The number one record we always requested was Victor Uwaifo; Guitar Boy, Joromi and others. We will wear our small knickers and dance and then there were stories about the exploits of Uwaifo in the music world.

“In this part of the world and at that time, the man who forcefully put Nigeria and the face of Edo on the world map was Sir Victor Uwaifo by his creativity, his talent and his industry. You cannot resist the music.

“We always pray that God give us long life and good health because you can live so long and become a vegetable; you are not dying and you are not living.

“We thank God that he came in the manner he did and left without being a burden to the family,” he said.

Oshiomhole said Uwaifo was an original musician, noting that in his days, one had to master the use of English language, and have a natural good voice not digitally aided and shopped.

“The voice of Uwaifo was not the result of manipulation of modern gadgets, it was a natural gift that God gave him and his music had meaning. When you listen, beyond the entertainment, you also pick a lesson.

“Uwaifo was an intellectual. Beyond music, Uwaifo was always busy, if he can think it through he will try to create and translate it,” Oshiomhole said.

According to the former governor, Edo people and Nigeria indeed, have lost an elder statesman.

He said he was happy that President Muhammadu Buhari acknowledged the fact that Uwaifo was one of the few artistes that succeeding heads of states and presidents recognised and invited to state functions.

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Sanwo-Olu Appoints Prof. Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello As LASU VC

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Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has appointed the wife of the Lagos State Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Professor Ibiyemi-Olatunji Bello as the ninth substantive Vice-Chancellor of the Lagos State University, LASU, Ojo.

The Professor of Physiology (Lagos State University College of Medicine) had served as Acting Vice-Chancellor of the institution before her elevation.

She becomes the ninth Vice-Chancellor of LASU after an exercise laced with intrigues and suspense.

Details later…

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FG To Lift Twitter Suspension Soon

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The Federal Government of Nigeria has announced that the ban on Twitter will soon be lifted.

Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, confirmed this development when he fielded questions from State House correspondents on Wednesday in Abuja.

According to him, a lot of progress has been made in the ongoing dialogue with Twitter.

“I think even Twitter itself two days ago gave what I will call a progress report on our talks with them, and I think if I want to quote them rightly `it has been productive and quite respectful’.

“And as to the qualifying word for when or how soon, I want to assure you that the time that Twitter operation has been suspended, (I meant) between the time it has been suspended, and when it will be restored is by far, much, much shorter.

“That I can assure you that it is by far in other words, if the operation has been suspended for about 100 days now, I can tell that we’re just actually talking about a few, just a few more days now.”

The minister stressed that both parties were focused on reaching a conclusion on the matter.

“What we’re trying to do is the changes that have been going on, but we need to dot the ‘i’s’ and cross the ‘t’s’, but I can assure us that we’re not unmindful of the anxiety of Nigerians and both parties are working very hard to put a closure on the matter.

“And like Twitter itself said the changes have been very, very productive on both parties. It has not been advisory at all. And it’s quite respectful,’’ he said.

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Our Director Not On Terrorist Financier List — 9mobile

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The Management of 9mobile has reacted to media reports that one of its directors is on the United Arab Emirates (UAE} list of terrorist (Boko Haram) sponsors.

According to a press statement cited by Crystal News, 9mobile said that one Abdurrahman Ado Musa, who is on that list is not a director of the mobile telecommunications company.

Some Nigerians were included on the list said to have been ratified by the Emirate Federal Capital. One of the names on the list and that the media has latched on is Abdurrahaman Ado Musa.

In its clarification, 9mobile said “We, however, wish to clarify that the so-named individual is not 9mobile’s Executive Director, Regulatory & Corporate Affairs, Abdulrahman Ado. The resemblance in names is purely coincidental, and our Director does not bear ‘Musa’.

“Our Director, Abdulrahman Ado, is a respectable law-abiding Nigerian. He served the country diligently in public service for over three decades before transferring his services to the private sector.

“He served in various capacities and was Pioneer Vice-Chairman of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission and Executive Commissioner, Licensing and Consumer Affairs, Nigerian Communications Commission.

“As a law-abiding company that believes in the greatness of Nigeria, and the well-being of all its citizens, 9mobile would never accommodate any undesirable element within its management and staff.

“We urge the general public to kindly disregard the mistaken identify media reports making the rounds”

ICYM: High Profiled Nigerians Enlisted As Terrorist Sponsors- UAE Report

UAE authorities named 6 Nigerians as financiers of terrorist organizations including the Boko Haram sect and other criminal activities.

The 6 persons mentioned had been previously tried and sentenced in UAE with various prison terms after a federal appeals court upheld their convictions for funding the terrorist groups.

The decision was taken when the UAE federal cabinet met in Abu Dhabi on Monday after which they issued Resolution No. 83 of 2021, designating a total of 38 individuals and 15 corporate sponsors on its approved list of persons and organizations supporting Boko Haram and other terrorist causes.

The 6 Nigerians who are part of the list include Abdurrahaman Ado Musa, Salihu Yusuf Adamu, Bashir Ali Yusuf, Muhammed Ibrahim Isa, Ibrahim Ali Alhassan and Surajo Abubakar Muhammad.

The 38 names on the list are mostly Arabs from the Middle East.

UAE news agency reported that the resolution underscored the country’s commitment to target and dismantle networks that finance terrorism and its related activities.

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