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Rename Nigeria To ‘Naijiria’ To Avoid International Embarrassment

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A member of the ongoing National Conference suggested to change the name of the country from Nigeria to ‘Naijiria’ in order to spare the country further “setbacks and embarrassment” in the international arena.

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During a press briefing at the venue of National Conference in Abuja on Tuesday, the founder of Okali Seminal Ideas Foundation for Africa (OSIFA), Dr Agwu Ukiwe Okali, proposed to rename the country.

According to him, Nigeria is being badly hurt in the international arena by the constant and recurring confusion between the country’s name and that of Niger Republic. He added that there is confusion also between what is ‘Nigerian’ pertaining to Nigeria and what is ‘Nigerien’ pertaining to Niger.

Okali said this confusion, often coming to the fore at major international events, manifested again at the ongoing FIFA world cup in Brazil where Niger was mistaken for Nigeria during the opening ceremony.

“As reported by Yahoo Sports, the flag of Niger was displayed in place of that of Nigeria, thereby subjecting us to acute embarrassment, if not humiliation, at this most-watched and most-anticipated event on the planet, he stated.

He further said the confusion is not the only problem with the name ‘Nigeria’ as it can be associated with the racially derogatory term “Nigger” and also anti-African with colonial connotation.

“We at OSIFA call on the National Conference to do the country and posterity a favour, and in the process enhance its own legacy, by initiating this much-needed change that will spare the country further set-backs and embarrassment in the international arena,” Okali said.

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  1. jay

    June 25, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    Nonsense talk from a pit-laterine mouth oozing shit! I nuh know when NIGERIA turn company weh una deh propose to change her name. Mtcheeeeww!#ANUOFIA crazegroup!

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Tinubu finally speaks on Lekki shooting, tells Buhari to find culprits

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Tinubu finally speaks on Lekki shooting, tells Buhari to find culprits

Former Governor of Lagos state and the All Progressives Congress (APC) Chieftain, Bola Ahmed Tinubu has commented on the Lekki toll gate shooting that left many dead and several others injured.

The Lagos politician who was interviewed via telephone by a Channels TV reporter, Olu Philips, shared his shock over the shooting and also revealed that he is ready to complain to the highest authorities.

Contrary to people’s predictions, Tinubu however denied ordering the shooting and also stated that he can only control his security guard. He again reiterated that he will never be part of any group that uses live ammunition against protesters.

Insisting that he has always been an activist, the APC Chieftain expressed sympathy for the victims of the incident and advised the federal government to “fish out whoever gave the order (for the shooting) and put them on trial”.

He then recalled how he was falsely accused of being behind #EndSARS protests. Tinubu who noted that he doesn’t believe that Buhari ordered the shooting, appealed for calm over the incident. He also denied having a stake in the Lekki toll gate or suffering a loss due to the continous blockage of the area by #EndSARS protesters.

He said,

“It is early hours of the morning, there’s no way I can talk to the authorities or wake them up now. I have tried to reach the NSA, I have tried to reach the head of the army.

“You don’t call the president at this hour, but I strongly condemn the act. There are other means of settling or dispersing protest. Why would they use live bullets? There are rubber bullets.

“I am not even sure yet they are Nigerian army, I am not sure how well the uniforms of the army are controlled. But that is not as critical as the bloodshed that has occurred.

“We have lost our sleep, we have lost our peace of mind, (and) we just have to deal with it.”

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Buhari Will Come Up With Solutions In Few Hours -Major General Babagana Monguno

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Buhari Will Come Up With Solutions In Few Hours -Major General Babagana Monguno

It has been reported that the National Security, Major General Babagana Monguno (retd), on Thursday said the President Muhammadu Buhari, would come up with solutions to the ongoing violence erupting in parts of the country ”in the next few hours”.

Babagana Monguno Says Buhari Is Coming Up With Solutions

According to Punch, May Babagana did not disclose the solutions, he said they would communicate to parties concerned.

Mongunu revealed this in an interview with State House correspondents at the end of a meeting of the National Security presided over the President.

The NSA also did not disclose whether the President will announce the solutions through a national broadcast.

He said,

“The President himself, I have just left his office, is also going to deal with these issues in a specific manner apart from what has just taken place in council.

I believe in the next couple of hours, Mr President will come up with certain solutions that will be agreeable to the entire federation.”

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Another Warehouse Loaded With COVID-19 Palliative Allegedly Uncovered In Lagos

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Another Warehouse Loaded With COVID-19 Palliative Allegedly Uncovered In Lagos

Lagos State residents have again uncovered another warehouse where COVID-19 palliatives are been stored.

The palliatives discovered on Thursday (today), October 22, were meant for residents of Festac-Okota but were secretly stored in the warehouse.

According to reports, at least four people have died at the warehouse due to the hundreds of people that gathered to cart away the food items which include rice, beans, yams, and others.

However, the individual or group of persons who stored up the food items believed to have been provisioned by the government to share for the masses to cushion the effect of COVID-19 are yet to be known as at the time this report is given.

The angry youths and some old-aged citizens in the area gain entrance into the warehouse with force and do away with food items of their choices.

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