Just in: Morocco signs 10-year military co-op deal with United States

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The United States Secretary of Defense Mark Esper signed a 10-year military cooperation deal in Rabat, Morocco on Friday — two days after signing a similar deal in Tunisia as he made his final stop on a North African tour aimed at strengthening the fight against Islamist extremists in war-torn Libya and the Sahel-Sahara region.

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Nasser Bourita, Morocco’s Foreign Minister, shared a few words in a public address, “Our long-standing alliance has not only endured the test of time. We have stood side by side throughout the major challenges that shaped the 20th century, and we have transitioned into the 21st century stronger than ever.”

A sentiment which seems to be shared by the States who sees Morocco as a key ally in this terrorist-challenged area of the continent. Esper followed in kind, “Now more than ever, our two nations are working closely together to tackle the challenges of an increasingly complex security environment – ranging from counterterrorism and other transnational threats to regional instability and broader strategic challenges.”

The goal of Esper’s visit was to reinforce mutual cooperation between the two nations as Morocco already hosts the largest annual US joint military exercise in Africa, “African Lion” — cancelled this year in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

His visit came as talks between Libyan rivals were set to restart Friday evening in Bouznika, near Rabat, according to a Moroccan official.


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COVID-19: Recoveries increases speedily as Nigeria reports 126 fresh cases.

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Nigeria reports 126 fresh COVID-19 cases as total Recoveries hit 50,593 and total infections hit 59,127

Lagos State reports highest cases of 62 followed by Rivers State with 22 cases and Ogun State with 9 COVID-19 cases.

Bayelsa and Abia State tied with 2 cases each as Zamfara and Imo State reports lowest cases of 1 each.

New cases of 126 was reported by 12 Nigerian States as all 36 States have contributed to total cases of 59,127 in Nigeria.

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126 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria;

Lagos-62
Rivers-22
Ogun-9
Plateau-7
FCT-7
Osun-5
Kwara-5
Taraba-3
Bayelsa-2
Abia-2
Zamfara-1
Imo-1

59,127 confirmed
50,593 discharged
1,112 deaths


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MP3 » Olamide – Greenlight

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YBNL Nation General, Olamide dropped a brand new song titled “Greenlight”.

However, Olamide is gearing up for the release of his album, ‘Carpe Diem’ which serves as his 8th studio album.

Extensively, Olamide forthcoming project, ‘Carpe Diem’ holds 12 songs and features massive appearances of Phyno, Peruzzi, Fireboy DML, Omah Lay, Bad boy Timz and others.

Year: 2020

Song: Greenlight

Artist: Olamide

Album: Carpe Diem

Feat: N/A

Prod:

Olamide Adedeji (born 15 March 1989), popularly known as
Olamide (but popularly called Olamide Baddo or BaddoSneh ), is a Nigerian hip hop recording artist. He records in Yoruba, and English . In 2011, he released his debut studio album Rapsodi while signed to Coded Tunes. YBNL, his follow-up album, was released under his label imprint YBNL Nation . The album was supported by the singles "First of All", "Voice of the Street", "Stupid Love", and "Ilefo Illuminati". On 7 November 2013, he released his third studio album Baddest Guy Ever Liveth. The album's singles include " Durosoke" and "Yemi My Lover". On 17 July 2013, Olamide became the first Nigerian to sign an endorsement deal with Cîroc .


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COVID-19: US President, Donald Trump and wife, Melania test positive.

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US President Donald Trump said early Friday he and First Lady Melania had tested positive for the coronavirus.

“Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!,” Trump tweeted.

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Trump went into quarantine Thursday night after potential Covid-19 exposure, as more restrictions loomed in Europe in an attempt to contain the deadly pandemic.

Trump’s close White House aide Hope Hicks had tested positive earlier in the day.

Hicks was on board Air Force One with the president as he travelled to Cleveland, Ohio for the first presidential debate with his rival, Democrat Joe Biden, on Tuesday.

And she also joined Trump on his trip to a campaign stop in Minnesota on Wednesday.


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Nigeria @ 60: Toyin Lawani celebrate in style. [Photos]

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Nigerian businesswoman, Toyin Lawani has shared some racy photos of herself in the bid to celebrate Nigeria’s 60th Independence Day in style.

The mother of two took to her social media to share the photos of herself covering her modesty with a giant green flower.

The fashion entrepreneur wrote in her caption: ‘Happy Independence Day to Nigeria that’s nothing to write home About, But we will continue to strive and break boundaries internationally for our nation, open doors the Government couldn’t open for us for the youths, Not cause it’s our duty, But for the future, our kids Are the future. Hopefully one day our voice will be heard.’


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Nigeria @ 60: I can’t wish anyone happy independence – Yul Edochie spills

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Veteran Nollywood actor, Yul Edochie has shared quite a deep and heartwarming message to celebrate Nigeria at 60.

The actor via his Twitter handle wrote about the plights Nigeria faces as a country and expressed displeasure about the current state of things in the country. According to him, he can’t wish anyone happy independence when people are not happy with the state of the country

I cannot wish anyone happy independence when my people are not happy.
What are we celebrating?
Fuel price increase? Electricity tariff hike? Hardship? Bad roads? Killings everywhere?
Jobless youths turned beggars?
The list is endless.
Speak the truth.
Nigerians are suffering.


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Nigeria @ 60: We are borrowing loans to build better Nigeria – Amaechi spills.

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The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi speaks on the railway during a special programme aired on Noble Reporters Media‘s known Media on October 1, 2020.

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, says President Muhammadu Buhari has given his approval for Nigeria to take loans.

Amaechi disclosed this during a special programme which held on Media TV known to Noble Reporters Media on Thursday to mark Nigeria’s diamond independence anniversary.

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According to him, the borrowings were done for infrastructural development in several parts of the country.

“The President (Muhammadu Buhari) allows us to borrow and we are borrowing to develop and things will change,” he said.

Speaking on rail transportation, the Minister said Nigeria had money from the excess crude oil account before Buhari’s administration in 2015.

He argued that when crude oil was sold at $120 per barrel, the total amount meant to develop the nation’s railway across the 36 states and the FCT was between $35 to $40billion.

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“It wasn’t like this before. We had money to construct this railway. The total fund that we needed to complete the entire railway in the country was about $36 to $40billion.

“We had this kind of money when we were selling crude at $110 to $120 per barrel. Now, the money is no longer there,” Amaechi said.

While reiterating the Federal Government’s commitment to delivering laudable projects for infrastructural developments, the Minister asked Nigerians for more time.

He however explained that logistics is crucial in dealing with economic development in the country for the well-being of the masses.


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Nigeria @ 60: Move to reduce oil price is senseless – Buhari says.

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President Muhammadu Buhari has defended the current price of fuel in the country, stating that a responsible government must face realities.

In his Independence Day Speech, President Buhari stated that while petroleum prices are to be adjusted, the government must take tough decisions.


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The president compared the oil price in Nigeria to those of neighbouring countries, arguing that it makes no sense for oil to be cheaper in Nigeria than it is in other oil-producing nations.

Buhari said, “Petroleum prices in Nigeria are to be adjusted. We sell now at N161 per litre. A comparison with our neighbours will illustrate the point;

Chad which is an oil-producing country charges N362 per litre

Niger, also an oil-producing country sells 1 litre at N346.

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In Ghana, another oil-producing country, the petroleum pump price is N326 per litre.

Further afield, Egypt charges N211 per litre. Saudi Arabia charges N168 per litre.

“It makes no sense for oil to be cheaper in Nigeria than in Saudi Arabia”.

President Muhammadu Buhari addressed the nation on the occasion of the country’s 60th independence anniversary on October 1, 2020.
President Muhammadu Buhari addressed the nation on the occasion of the country’s 60th independence anniversary on October 1, 2020.

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The president called for a sincere process of national healing as the nation marks the 60th anniversary of its independence from Great Britain.

The healing, the President said, is necessary as the nation has consistently focused on “contrived fault-lines” that have been “allowed unnecessarily to fester.”

“We need to begin a sincere process of national healing and this anniversary presents a genuine opportunity to eliminate old and outworn perceptions that are always put to test in the lie they always are,” the President said.

He argued that to achieve a desired great country, the nation needs to solidify its strength, adding that the citizens must increase their commitment and encourage each other to do that which is right and proper even when no one is watching.


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Nigeria @ 60: Buhari’s independence speech. [Detailed]

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President Muhammadu Buhari addresses the nation as Nigeria marks its 60th Independence anniversary

INDEPENDENCE DAY ADDRESS BY HIS EXCELLENCY, MUHAMMADU BUHARI, PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA ON THE OCCASION OF

NIGERIA’S SIXTIETH INDEPENDENCE

ANNIVERSARY, THURSDAY

1ST OCTOBER 2020

Fellow Nigerians

I speak to you today as your President and fellow citizen on this epoch occasion of our country’s 60th independence Anniversary. As President, I wish to renew my appreciation to Nigerians for entrusting me with your hopes and aspirations for a better and greater Nigeria.

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  1. Today, it is my unique privilege to re-commit myself to the service of this great country of great people with profound diversities and opportunities. We are bound by destiny to be the largest and greatest black nation on earth.
  2. At this stage in our nationhood it is important that we reflect how we got here to enable us work TOGETHER to get to where we aspire to be as a strong indivisible nation, united in hope and equal in opportunity.
  3. On October 1st 1960 when Prime Minister Alhaji Abubakar Tafawa Balewa received the constitutional instruments symbolizing Nigeria’s independence, he expressed his wish that having acquired our rightful status as an independent sovereign nation, history would record that the building of our nation proceeded at the wisest pace.
  4. This optimism was anchored on the peaceful planning, full and open consultation and harmonious cooperation with the different groups which culminated in Nigeria emerging as a country without bitterness and bloodshed.
  5. Our founding fathers understood the imperative of structuring a National identity using the power of the state and worked towards unification of Nigerians in a politically stable and viable entity.
  6. That philosophy guided the foundation that was laid for our young nation of 45 million people with an urban population of approximately 7million occupying an area of 910,768 square kilometers. These demographics led to development challenges for which major efforts were made to overcome.
  7. Today, we grapple with multiple challenges with a population exceeding 200million occupying the same land mass but 52% residing in urban areas.
  8. Sixty years of nationhood provides an opportunity to ask ourselves questions on the extent to which we have sustained the aspirations of our founding fathers. Where did we do the right things? Are we on course? If not where did we stray and how can we remedy and retrace our steps?
  9. Upon attaining independence, Nigeria’s growth trajectory was anchored on policies and programmes that positively impacted on all sectors of the economy. However, this journey was cut short by the 30-months of civil war.
  10. We came out of the civil war with a focus on reconstruction, rehabilitation and reconciliation that enabled the country to put in place world-class development structures and a strengthened public service that well served the government. This positive trajectory continued with a return to democratic government which was truncated by another round of military rule.
  11. For a cumulative 29 of our 60 years existence as a nation, we have been under military rule.
  12. My summary of our journey so far as a nation is necessary to appropriately chart where we need to go and how to get there TOGETHER.
  13. Today, I am aware that our economy along with every single economy in the world is in crisis. We still face security challenges in parts of the country, while our society suffers from a high loss of moral rectitude which is driven by unbridled craving for political control.
  14. An underlying cause of most of the problems we have faced as a nation is our consistent harping on artificially contrived fault-lines that we have harboured and allowed unnecessarily to fester.
  15. In addition, institutions such as civil service, police, the judiciary, the military all suffered from a general decline.
  16. We need to begin a sincere process of national healing and this anniversary presents a genuine opportunity to eliminate old and outworn perceptions that are always put to test in the lie they always are.
  17. The stereotype of thinking of ourselves as coming from one part of the country before seeing ourselves as Nigerians is a key starting point to project us on the road to our deserved nation’s evolution and integration.
  18. To start this healing process, we are already blessed with the most important asset any nation requires for such – OUR PEOPLE – and this has manifested globally in the exploits of Nigerians in many fields.
  19. It has been demonstrated time and time again that Nigerians in the diaspora frequently excel in science, technology, medicine, sports, arts and many other fields.
  20. Similarly, the creativity, ingenuity and resourcefulness of the Nigerian at home have resulted in globally recognized endeavours.
  21. I am convinced that if we pursue our aspirations TOGETHER we would be able to achieve whatever we desire. That informed our adopting the theme TOGETHER to mark this epochal event.
  22. Together we can change our condition for the better and more importantly, together we can do much more for ourselves and for our country.
  23. I chose the path of self-reflection because this is what I do on a daily basis and I must confess that at most times, I always felt the need for a collective reflection as I know that the foundation for a solid future which this administration is laying can only be sustainable if there is a collective commitment by Nigerians.
  24. Nigeria is not a country for Mr. President, any ruling or opposition party but a country for all of us and we must play our part, irrespective of challenges we face, to make this country what we desire.
  25. To achieve this, we must focus our minds, TOGETHER as a people, on ways of resolving the identified critical challenges that underlie our present state. These include:
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a. Evolving and sustaining a democratic culture that leaves power in the hands of the people;

b. Supporting the enthronement of the rule of law, demanding accountability of elected representatives and contributing to good governance;

c. Increasing our commitment to peaceful co-existence in a peaceful, secure and united Nigeria;

d. Harnessing and Optimizing our tremendous human and natural resources to attain our goal of being in the top twenty economies of the world and in the process;

e. Lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in 10 years;

f. Strengthening institutions to make them stronger in protecting National Interests; and

g. Imbibing tolerance in diversity.

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  1. I am a firm believer in transparent, free, fair and credible elections as has been demonstrated during my period as a democratically elected President.
  2. The recent build-up and eventual outcome of the Edo State elections should encourage Nigerians that it is my commitment to bequeath to this country processes and procedures that would guarantee that the people’s votes count.
  3. The problems with our electoral process are mainly human induced as desperate desire for power leads to desperate attempts to gain power and office.
  4. Democracy, the world over and as I am pursuing in Nigeria, recognizes the power of the people. However, if some constituencies choose to bargain off their power, they should be prepared for denial of their rights.
  5. This call is made more urgent if we realise that even after a transparent, free, fair and credible election, desperation leads to compromising the judiciary to upturn legitimate decisions of the people.
  6. It is necessary to, therefore support the enthronement of the rule of law by avoiding actions which compromise the judiciary.
  7. Fellow Nigerians, our history has shown that we are a people that have the capacity to live peacefully with one another.
  8. As a government, we remain committed to our constitutional oath of securing the lives and properties of the citizenry. I, however, call on the citizenry to also support government by providing the necessary community level intelligence in addressing these challenges.
  9. In moving forward together, it is important to strengthen our economy to provide sustainable means of livelihood for as many Nigerians as possible so as to eradicate absolute poverty from our midst.
  10. I want to re-emphasize my dedication and commitment, a dedication and commitment that propelled my public service career and informed my quest to continually seek for an opportunity to improve the lives of Nigerians, set the country on the path of prosperity and lead the country to a better future.
  11. This administration has been focused on rebuilding and laying the foundations for a sustainable Nigeria. Of course, we have met and are still meeting the challenges inherent in any rebuilding initiative – more so that of a nation like Nigeria that has undergone avoidable levels of deprivation – but can be surmounted if we all work together.
  12. I wish to re-iterate that our people and our spirit of excellence remains our most important asset.
  13. In this wise, the need to return to our age-old ethical and high moral values would be necessary and this informed my launching of the National Ethics and Integrity Policy on Monday 28th September, 2020.
  14. The policy would not implement itself and the first contact of the visibility of its implementation is the Public Service whose on-going reforms would be expected to be sustainable and give a radical re-direction in providing services to all Nigerians.
  15. Fellow Nigerians, in addition to public health challenges of working to contain the spread of the Coronavirus, we have suffered a significant drop in our foreign exchange earnings and internal revenues due to 40 per cent drop in oil prices and steep drop in economic activities, leading to a 60 per cent drop in government revenue.
  16. Our government is grappling with the dual challenge of saving lives and livelihoods in face of drastically reduced resources.
  17. In this regard, sustaining the level of petroleum prices is no longer possible. The government, since coming into office has recognized the economic argument for adjusting the price of petroleum. But the social argument about the knock-on effect of any adjustment weighed heavily with the government.
  18. Accordingly, in the last three years, we have introduced unprecedented measures in support of the economy and to the weakest members of our society in the shape of:

a. Tradermoni

b. Farmermoni

c. School Feeding Programme

d. Job creation efforts

e. Agricultural intervention programmes

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  1. No government in the past did what we are doing with such scarce resources. We have managed to keep things going in spite of the disproportionate spending on security. Those in the previous Governments from 1999 – 2015 who presided over the near destruction of the country have now the impudence to attempt to criticize our efforts.
  2. In the circumstances, a responsible government must face realities and take tough decisions.
  3. Petroleum prices in Nigeria are to be adjusted. We sell now at N161 per litre. A comparison with our neighbours will illustrate the point;

a. Chad which is an oil producing country charges N362 per litre

b. Niger, also an oil producing country sells 1 litre at N346.

c. In Ghana, another oil producing country, petroleum pump price is N326 per litre.

  1. Further afield, Egypt charges N211 per litre. Saudi Arabia charges N168 per litre. It makes no sense for oil to be cheaper in Nigeria than in Saudi Arabia.
  2. Fellow Nigerians, to achieve the great country we desire, we need to solidify our strength, increase our commitment and encourage ourselves to do that which is right and proper even when no one is watching.
  3. Fellow Nigerians, let us collectively resolve to continue our journey beyond the sixty years on the clear understanding that as a nation we are greater together than being smaller units of nationalities. By the special grace of God we shall come through any transient challenges.
  4. It is my sincere hope that by the end of this anniversary on September 30th 2021, we will all be proud of taking this individual and collective self-assessment for the progress of our great Nation.

Long Live the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

God Bless us all. Thank you.


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[ALBUM] » Niniola – Colours & Sounds.

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Niniola comes through with yet another new album project titled “Colours and Sounds”

Year: 2020

Song: N/a

Artist: Niniola

Album: Colours and Sounds

Feat: N/A

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Niniola Apata (born 15 December 1986), known professionally as Niniola , is a Nigerian singer and songwriter. She participated in the sixth season ofProject Fame West Africa in 2013. After releasing her debut single "Ibadi", she was nominated for Most Promising Act to Watch at the 2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards .


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EP » Simi – Restless II

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Simi comes through with yet another new EP project titled “RESTLESS II”

Year: 2020

Song: N/A

Artist: Simi

Album: Restless II (EP)

Feat: N/A

Prod: N/A

Simisola Kosoko ( née Ogunleye ; born April 19, 1988), better known by her stage name Simi , is a Nigerian singer, songwriter and actress. She started her career as a gospel singer, releasing her debut studio album in 2008, titled Ogaju. She gained prominence in 2014 after releasing " Tiff", a song that was nominated for Best Alternative Song at The Headies 2015


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COVID-19: 153 new cases as Nigeria celebrate 60th independence anniversary.

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Nigeria reports 153 fresh COVID-19 cases as total infection hits 59,001.

New cases of 153 was reported by 14 Nigerian States as total recoveries hit 50,452.

Lagos leads with 81 highest cases, followedd by Rivers with 21 cases and Abuja with 11.

While Plateau and Kano state reports lowest coronavirus cases of 1 each, Edo, Ebonyi and Nasarawa tied with 2 cases each. Reports, NRM

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153 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria;

Lagos-81
Rivers-21
FCT-11
Ogun-8
Kaduna-7
Oyo-6
Akwa Ibom-5
Osun-3
Katsina-3
Edo-2
Ebonyi-2
Nasarawa-2
Plateau-1
Kano-1

59,001 confirmed
50,452 discharged
1,112 deaths


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Nigeria celebrate 60th independence anniversary.

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Nigeria marks its 60th independence anniversary today.

Six decades after its independence from Great Britain, Africa’s largest economy and most populous country stands as one despite years of military rule, a civil war, widespread poverty, stagnant development, cancerous corruption, and a plethora of security challenges.

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While some believe the nation’s troubles are a sign of its inevitable disintegration, others, citing its power of diversity, abundant natural resources and an avalanche of talented individuals, maintain the future is bright.

To mark the Independence anniversary, the Federal Government has said celebrations will be low-key.

On Thursday morning, President Muhammadu Buhari addressed Nigerians and called for a sincere process of national healing, while tackling pressing national issues such as rising oil prices and electoral reform.

Action, Not Just Words
Reacting to Buhari’s speech on Thursday, a former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega said the government must go beyond talking to implementation.

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“What is clear is that the speech carries quite a lot of the right things to be said on a day like this. But for me, the critical thing is not what is said but how it is followed up,” Professor Jega noted.

“I think it is important to reflect on the issue of what government needs to do to ensure that when you call upon Nigerians to take pride in Nigeria, there are certain things that encourage and help them to be able to do that.”

While admitting that Nigeria has come a long way in the past six decades, the former lecturer called for caution, insisting that the 60th Independence anniversary should serve as a time for reflection.

There Is Hope
Meanwhile, the Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development, Uchechukwu Ogah, described the President’s speech as one filled with hope.

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“The President did not say it is Uhuru for us. But he is saying that there is hope,” the minister noted.

“And that hope is what I am lending my voice to; that there is hope. If we can look at all this national ethics and integrity policy, things that we are doing; a lot of things are being done; the first time you see that a lot of things are critically done for the interest of this nation.”

Save Nation From Collapse
The country’s main opposition, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in a statement on Thursday urged President Buhari to rejig his cabinet and save Nigeria from collapse.

“The PDP calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to save the nation from collapse by using the occasion of this 60th independence anniversary to reposition his government and urgently address the economic and security challenges that have escalated under his watch,” the statement said.


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MP3 » Naira Marley – Idi Oremi (Opotoyi PT. 2)

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Marlians president, Naira Marley has officially unleashed his long-awaited single titled, “Idi Oremi” (Opotoyi 2).

After his previous well-accepted record, “Opotoyi“; Naira Marley returns with the second part of the catchy record that dominated 2019.

However, Naira Marley’s new entry “Idi Oremi” (Opotoyi 2) had unique production preference from Nigerian serial hit-maker, Rexxie; Mixed and mastered by Spyritmyx.

Year: 2020

Song: Idi Oremi (Opotoyi PART 2)

Artist: Naira Marley

Album: N/A

Feat: N/A

Prod: Rexxie

Azeez Adeshina Fashola (born 10 May, 1991), known professionally as Naira Marley, is a Nigerian singer and songwriter. He is known as the president of his controversial fan base, "Marlians".


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COVID-19: Nigeria reports 201 cases; total death hit 1,112

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Nigeria reports 201 fresh COVID-19 cases as total infections surge. New death toll hit 1,112.

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201 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria;

Lagos-77
Rivers-37
Plateau-25
FCT-13
Kaduna-12
Ogun-12
Adamawa-8
Taraba-7
Imo-4
Kwara-2
Osun-2
Abia-1
Oyo-1

58,848 confirmed
50,358 discharged
1,112 deaths


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