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Thursday, April 16, 2020

Maltreatment of Nigerians in China has been sorted out - Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila

Maltreatment of Nigerians in China has been sorted out - Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila


Femi Gbajabiamila, Speaker of the House of Representatives has said that the maltreatment of Nigerians in China has been resolved between both countries.

The Speaker who disclosed this on Twitter, said the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria has communicated his finding on the issue.

Gbajabiamila also expressed hope of future communication being swift and clear even where there are allegations of wrongdoing by citizens of other countries.

He tweeted;

“I’m glad the matter of maltreatment of Nigerians in China has been sorted out between both countries. The ambassador has communicated his findings and we hope that moving forward, communication will be swift and clear and due process will be observed even where there are allegations of wrongdoing by citizens of other countries.

“It is important that we follow up on this and Nigerians can legitimately go about their business in the People’s Republic of China.

“I spoke with the Acting Consul General, Mr. Razak Lawal, whose robust defence of the rights of Nigerians in China went viral and I salute the gentleman diplomat for his dedication to duty and his patriotism.”

Ben Murray-Bruce confirms death of Keniebi Okoko during plastic surgery

Former Senator representing Bayelsa East Senatorial district, Ben Murray-Bruce has confirmed the death of billionaire and former Bayelsa Governorship apsirant, Keniebi Okoko.

LIB reported yesterday that the 43-year-old billionaire politician died while reportedly undergoing a liposuction surgery in Lagos on April 14. It was gathered that he died in the theater room in Lagos because of power outage, as the back up generator refused to come up.

Ben Murray-Bruce who confirmed the death of the deceased on Twitter, described him as a "star". He also sent out condolences to all the loved ones Keniebi left behind.

He tweeted;

I am saddened by the news of the death of my friend and brother, Keniebi Okoko. The Ijaw Nation and indeed Nigeria has lost a star. My condolences to all the loved ones my friend, Keniebi, left behind. May his soul rest in peace.

This puts to rest claims of the deceased 'coming back to life,' hours after he was confirmed dead.

Ubi Franklin's 3rd babymama responds to his 4th babaymama Sandra Iheuwa's claim of Xenophobic attack stopping him from coming to see his son in SA

Ubi Franklin's third babymama, Nicola Siyo, has responded to Sandra Iheuwa's claim that Xenophobic attack stopped Ubi from coming to see his son, Shiloh in South Africa.

Recall that Nicola called Ubi out on Instagram yesterday April 15, after he wished her a happy birthday on Instagram. Nicola stated that Ubi has never met their son, Shiloh, since his birth in April 2019, but is fond of posting his photos on Instagram to suit his public image.

Ubi reacted to Nicola's claim, stating that he never fails to meet his financial obligations to all his four children and that he cannot be there physically for his kids because of work.

Sandra who is Ubi's fourth babymama, thereafter, took to Instagram to defend Ubi after Nicola called him out for being an absentee father. Sandra stated that Ubi sends Nicola money regularly for the upkeep of their child, so she shouldn't be complaining.

Sandra who has since settled her rift with Ubi Franklin after he initially denied her pregnancy, stated that Ubi couldn't make it to SA when Shiloh was born in April 2019 because of all the Xenophobic attacks and that Ubi had offered Nicola money to bring Shiloh down to Nigeria but she refused.

CNN anchor Chris Cuomo's wife Cristina tests positive for Coronavirus

Cristina Cuomo, the wife of CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, has been diagnosed with Coronavirus two weeks after he announced he was infected.

Chris made the announcement from his family home on Wednesday night during a live interview with his brother, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

'It's very rare for a family to be one-and-done,' the 49-year-old father-of-three said on his show, Cuomo Prime Time. 'And Cristina now has COVID. She is now positive, and it just breaks my heart. It is the one thing I was hoping wouldn't happen, and now it has.'

He later tweeted that his children are fine.

"Kids are still healthy but this shook us at our literal core," he said. "All are stepping up. Can't wait to shake this fever so I can help her as she helped me. Sucks."

According to Chris, his wife's symptoms include a loss of smell and taste, which Chris said that, based on anectodal evidence, appeared to be more common in milder cases of the illness.

The News anchor announced his coronavirus diagnosis two weeks ago. At the time, he said he was having fevers, chills, and shortness of breath.

Cuomo recently revealed he's now feeling well enough to work, and has continued to anchor his 9 p.m. program from his home

Kanye West implies he will vote for Donald Trump in 2020 election

Rapper, Kanye West has implied he will be voting for US President Donald Trump in the 2020 election.

The 42-year-old rapper made the declaration in the May issue of GQ magazine, saying: 'We know who I'm voting on... I'm not going to be told by the people around me and the people that have their agenda that my career is going to be over because of it!'

The father of four who has always faced backlash for being an outspoken supporter of Trump told the publication that 'better real estate' is the primary motivation for his decision.

'I buy real estate. It's better now than when Obama was in office. They don't teach you in school about buying property. They teach you how to become somebody's property,' he claimed.

Asked whether he was worried about being an outcast in liberal Hollywood due to his political preferences, West said: 'Celebrities are scared! Celebrities don't have the real voice... What's the point of being a celebrity if you can't have an opinion?'

The controversial rapper also trashed Hillary Clinton's 2016 'I'm With Her' slogan, stating: “I was told my career would end if I wasn’t with [Hillary Clinton]. What kind of campaign is that, anyway?”

West continued. “That’s like if Obama’s campaign was ‘I’m with black.’ What’s the point of being a celebrity if you can’t have an opinion? Everybody make their own opinion! You know?”

'Both my parents were freedom fighters... they didn't fight for me to be told by white people which white person I can vote on!'

West who got himself into trouble for claiming that slavery was 'a choice' in 2018, made several controversial comments on race in his wide-ranging chat with GQ.

'One in three African Americans are enslaved, and we go more crazy if, you know, someone scores a touchdown,' he stated.

'Modern-day mass incarceration is right in front of us, and if I even use the word slavery, I'm treated like I'm a white person talking about slavery.'

Police arrests mother and son for allegedly attempting to sell four-year-old boy in Niger (photo)

46-year-old Stella Idris pictured above and her 16-year-old son, Miracle and one other, 18 year old Ebube Ebuka, have been arrested by men of the Niger state police command for allegedly abducting and attempting to sell a four-year-old boy in Suleja local government area of the state.

A statement released by the command says the father of the four-year-old boy had reported to the A’ Division in Suleja when he discovered that his son was missing. A team of policemen upon receipt of the complaint began their investigation after which they trailed the group based on suspicion, to the place where the transaction was supposed to take place.

Upon seeing the police, the alleged buyer took to his heels and is still currently on the run. The suspects were arrested and are currently being investigated.

Coronavirus: History will not be kind to us if Nigerians go hungry - Tinubu tells FG

Former governor of Lagos state, Bola Tinubu has appealed to the federal government to protect Nigerians from hunger and other disease while fighting the Coronavirus pandemic.

The APC Chieftain stated that history will not be kind to the federal government if Nigerians go hungry amid the Coronavirus pandemic.

In a statement released on Wednesday April 15, Tinubu averred that social intervention programmes will only cater for small scale traders and leave out the average salary earners who lost their jobs because of the lockdown order.

The former Governor also called for the expansion of the school feeding programme and push for debt relief.

Tinubu said;

“We dare not underestimate the twin dangers posed by the virus itself and the economic consequences of the public health response. Our goal must be that the people live neither with disease nor in hunger. This situation presents a historic chance to establish a more beneficial social contract between the government and the governed.

“If we so utilize this moment, it will be recorded as a pivotal one in our national history. If we allow this moment to slip, history will not be obliged to treat us with great mercy.

“The worst of this dark potential can be avoided if the government is prepared to act in ways that not only feed people but protect the basic contours of our private-sector economy so that it can more quickly revive once normal conditions return.

The APC chieftain recommended;

Suspension/amendment of the 5% deficit limit of the fiscal responsibility law which prohibits fiscal deficit from exceeding 5% of the nation’s gross domestic product. “The best step would be to suspend the 5% budgetary limit for this fiscal year. Alternatively, the limit should be raised to 25-30% to allow the federal government more room to make the minimum expenditures necessary to save the economy and the people,” he wrote.
Emergency sustenance payments: This, he said, could be paid to households for monthly needs or as emergency unemployment insurance to people who can prove they have been laid off due to the crisis or as payroll support to businesses to help them maintain staff so they can return to full operation when normalcy returns.
Re-establishment of agricultural market and commodity boards for strategically important crops to stabilise farmers’ income and consumer prices.
Import suppression through luxury taxes, higher tariffs and higher import processing fees due to the partial closure of ports of entry due to the coronavirus.
Conditional interest-free loans from the Central Bank of Nigeria to large businesses. Tinubu said some of the conditions could be maintaining their workforce and even hiring an extra 10% for two or three months at reduced wages. “These additional workers should be youth hired under a temporary internship or training program.”

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