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Friday, June 19, 2020

Rape is evil, if you did it in the past it will hunt your future - Lagbaja reacts to recent rape saga in Nigeria

Nigerian musician, Lagbaja has weighed in on the ongoing rape saga in the country.

Taking to his Instagram page this morning, the 60-year-old afrobeat veteran condemned rape and also noted that there are consequences for those who have committed the act in the past.

He shared a post, which read: 'MY SILENCE IS NO, MY NO IS NO, MY BODY IS MINE, MY LIFE IS MINE' and then wrote: 'Hmmmm, I can't believe in this 2020 people still do evil things like this. It is wrong, it is WRONG. If you did it in the past it would hunt your future, smh!.'

Don’t judge Nigerians succeeding abroad – Abike Dabiri-Erewa reacts to Hushpuppi's arrest

Chairman of the Nigerians in the Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa has reacted to the arrest of Ramoni Igbalode a.k.a Ray Hushpuppi on charges bordering on internet fraud and other related activities.

In a tweet she shared, the NIDCOM boss stated that the allegations against Hushpuppi is not a yardstick to judge Nigerians excelling abroad.

Abike who urged Nigerians abroad to be law-abiding citizens, good ambassadors and not tarnish the image of the country, also asked Nigerians to await EFCC's thorough investigation as well as further updates on the case.

She tweeted;

RE- RAY HUSHPUPPI (Ramoni Igbalode) HAS A CASE TO ANSWER WITH EFCC. The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission notes with displeasure, the cyber crime and money laundering network/transaction running into millions of dollars allegedly exhibited by Ramoni Igbalode aka Ray Hushpuppi.

We await @officialEFCC’s further and thorough investigation as well as further updates on the case. We advise and urge Nigerians abroad to be law-abiding citizens, be good ambassadors and not tarnish the image of the country.

However, while a few Nigerians get involved in acts such as this, millions of others are excelling world over. One bad apple should not spoil the whole bunch!.

This is the most sincere government Nigeria has ever had – Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire tells striking resident Doctors

Dr. Osagie Ehanire, Nigeria's Minister of Health, has called on the members of the National Association of Resident Doctors in Ngeria, to call off their strike action and return to work.

According to him, the striking doctors should believe the promises made so far by the Buhari-led government as this is the most sincere and serious government Nigeria has even had.

Speaking when he appeared on Channels TV Friday morning, June 19, Ehanire said

“We have made it clear to them (doctors) that this government is the most sincere and serious government this country has ever had. His (Buhari) word is his bond.

This government has a record of being sympathetic to people, of meeting its obligations and keeping to its promises.”

He recalled that the present government paid the Nigerian Airways pension arrears as well as kept to other promises it made to Nigerians. He called on the striking doctors to reconsider their action for the interest of the country, assuring them that the government will keep to its end of the bargain.

“This government does things differently. This is a government that says its word and keeps to its words. We would not do anything to hurt you. We work in your (doctors) interest.

We are going through a very difficult time with other countries and this is quite clearly not the time to add more to our problems by deciding to go on strike. I am worried that we are probably the first and only country where doctors have decided to go on strike.” he said

Members of the National Association of Resident Doctors began a nationwide strike on Monday, June 15 over the failure of the government to pay them their COVID-19 allowances among other issues.

"Leave that Yahoo Yahoo boyfriend before he brings you Yahoo Yahoo disgrace" - Ifu Ennada tells women dating fraudsters

Ifu Ennada has issued a warning to women dating fraudsters to quit the relationship in order not to attract disgrace upon themselves.

Posting on her Instagram page, the Big Brother Naija star wrote: "Leave that YahooYahoo boyfriend before he brings you Yahoo Yahoo disgrace. Go and hustle clean and make your own money, God will bless the work of your hands."

Governor Obaseki joins PDP

Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo state has joined the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), days after resigning from the All Progressives Congress.

The Edo state Governor who was disqualified from seeking reelection by the ruling All Progressives Congress(APC) on the grounds of having “defective qualifications", declared for the PDP at its state secretariat in Benin.

A tweet shared on the official Twitter handle of the PDP read;

Lord of the Rings star, Sir Ian Holm dies aged 88

English stage and film actor, Sir Ian Holm, who played Bilbo Baggins in The Lord of the Rings films, has died at the age of 88.

The award-winning actor passed away on Friday morning, June 19 after a battle with Parkinson’s disease.

A statement from his agent Alex Irwin said: "It is with great sadness we can confirm that the actor Sir Ian Holm CBE passed away this morning at the age of 88. He died peacefully in hospital, with his family and carer. His illness was Parkinson's related.

"An established star of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and Harold Pinter's favourite actor, (he won a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor as Lenny in The Homecoming), Sir Ian was globally recognised for his extraordinarily impressive and varied career which included highlights such as Chariots of Fire, The Fifth Element, Alien, The Sweet Hereafter, Time Bandits, The Emperor's New Clothes and The Madness of King George.

"His portrayal of Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings trilogies ensured the magic of his craft could be shared by all generations.

"He was a genius of stage and screen, winning multiple awards and loved by directors, audiences and his colleagues alike. His sparkling wit always accompanied a mischievous twinkle in his eye.

"Charming, kind and ferociously talented, we will miss him hugely."

The actor, who was also an acclaimed theatre star, appeared in films such as Alien and The Madness Of King George.

Reacting to his death, Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) artistic director Gregory Doran said: "It is with great sadness that we heard today of the death of Sir Ian Holm. Ian was quite simply one of the RSC greats.

"Long before he found fame in Chariots Of Fire, Alien, Greystoke and as Bilbo Baggins in The Lord Of The Rings, Ian joined the Stratford Company in 1958."

He said: "Ian perfectly expressed the cross fertilisation between classics and new writing that Peter Hall forged in the early days of the RSC.

"He married the technique of a classical Shakespeare actor and the intense naturalism and economy of style of a modern tradition...

"Ian was entirely original. Entirely a one-off. He had a simmering cool, a compressed volcanic sense of ferocity, of danger, a pressure cooker actor, a rare and magnificent talent. There's a great spirit gone."

The National Theatre tweeted: We're very sad to hear that Ian Holm has passed away. He was an extraordinary actor and we have wonderful memories of his performance at the National Theatre as King Lear (1997).

BAFTA also issued a statement, saying: We are very sorry to hear of the death of Ian Holm. Nominated for 6 BAFTAs in his wide-ranging and successful career across TV and film, he is pictured here winning the Supporting Actor award for his role in Chariots Of Fire in 1981.

Sir Ian Holm, widely considered as one of the greatest British actors, played more than 100 roles in films, television and on stage. He won a Laurence Olivier award, a Tony and a Bafta, and was a member of the prestigious Royal Shakespeare Company.

He was married four times, most recently to artist Sophie de Stempel, and had five children.

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