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Obasanjo Visits Ebola-Hit Countries, Rallies International Support For Victims

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Former Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo, has visited Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia in solidarity with the West African nations worst hit by the Ebola Virus Disease.

Mr. Obasanjo arrived in Guinea Conakry on Thursday February 19, and was received by President Alpha Conde at the Presidential Palace.

Speaking during a meeting with the Guinean President, Mr. Obasanjo said he was in Conakry to commiserate with the people over the losses suffered due to the Ebola outbreak and to congratulate the nation’s leadership for its efforts in containing the disease.

“True friendship is tested in times of trials”, the former President said.

“I am here because this is a trying time for my brother and the people of Guinea.

“I commiserate with you and also congratulate you for the way and manner you have handled this crisis”.

Mr. Obasanjo reiterated his commitment to seeking international assistance for countries affected by the Ebola crisis.

“Let me assure you that I am personally involved in mobilising support for the affected countries”, he said.

“I have been working closely with the African Union chairperson to raise funds from the private sector in Africa to support efforts to eradicate Ebola”.

The former Nigerian President said although Guinea and the other affected countries have reasonably contained the disease, it is important for global partners to provide assistance to victims and find ways to ensure such outbreaks are avoided in the future.

“I will continue to sensitise the international community on the need to support victims of the disease and to assist the affected countries to recover from this epidemic.

“The children who have been orphaned by the virus will require support to make it through childhood”.

Responding, President Conde said Mr. Obasanjo’s visit came as no surprise to him even though other global leaders are reluctant to visit the Ebola-hit countries.

“You have always been a Pan-Africanist who takes the issues of Africa very seriously”, Mr. Conde said.

“Your visit here, therefore, comes as no surprise to me and it reinforces the friendship we have shared over the years”.

“At the moment, there are critical areas in which I would kindly request your urgent intervention.

“First, the affected countries will need debt relief from the international community.

“Second, there is urgent need for a Marshall plan to help the countries recover from the disaster.

“We also need assistance to strengthen our health and education sectors to effectively deal with disasters of this kind.

“I ask these not only as the President of the Republic of Guinea but also as the Chairman of the Mano River Union”.

Mr. Obasanjo gave his assurances of seeking support for the countries.

“You can count on me and my good offices whenever you need my intervention”, he told Mr. Conde.

In Sierra Leone, Mr. Obasanjo met with President Ernest Bai Koroma at his Goderich residence in Freetown where he lamented the effect of Ebola on the people of Sierra Leone at a time the country’s rapid development was taking off.

Mr. Obasanjo praised the efforts made by the government of Sierra Leone and development partners in containing the disease and promised to further garner international support for the affected countries as they deal with and recover from the outbreak.

In his remarks, President Koroma thanked Mr. Obasanjo for his statesmanship and reassured him of the commitment of the three worst-hit countries to eradication of Ebola and economic recovery.

He hailed the role played by Nigeria, which sent medical personnel to help Sierra Leone combat the disease.

President Koroma urged the international community not to isolate the affected countries but instead show empathy and offer assistance.

Following the meeting with President Koroma, Chief Obasanjo paid a surprise visit to the Western Area Emergency Response Centre in Freetown where he met with the various teams combating the Ebola outbreak.

From Sierra Leone, Mr. Obasanjo proceeded to Liberia where he met with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at her offices in Monrovia. Discussions during the meeting centred on post-Ebola economic recovery for the three worst-hit countries.

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Gunmen Abduct Wife Of Akeredolu’s Chief Of Staff

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 Gunmen Abduct Wife Of Akeredolu’s Chief Of Staff

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Kidnappers on Friday abducted the wife of Olugbenga Ale, Chief of Staff to Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu.

According to reports, she was kidnapped around Owena after the Joseph Ayo Babalola University while on her way back to Ondo from Lagos State.

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The police spokesman in the state, ASP Tee-Leo Ikoro, confirmed the news to Channels Television on Friday.

This development is coming about twenty-four hours after a first-class traditional ruler in Ondo State, the Olufon of Ifon in Ose local government, Oba Isreal Adeusi, was murdered by suspected kidnappers.

 

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TECNO Stormed Computer Village with BBNaija’s OZO to Wrap up its Black Friday Sales Activities

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The month of November is always known for its intense sales activities because the best deals of the year come
during the Black Friday Period. For TECNO, Africa Number One mobile brand, it was the time to reward its
customers with massive discounts and various gift items while also unveiling some of its new devices.

The brand in collaboration with SLOT stormed computer village as part of the events to wrap up its black Friday
sale activities, hosted BBNaija’s Ozoemena Chukwu to a hangout at SLOT Ikeja.

Fans and customers had a fun time interacting with the handsome celebrity while enjoying discount offers on
TECNO devices. Different deals and gift items were up for grabs as customers who made purchases at the store
enjoyed 50% discounts on Spark 5, Camon 16 Series and 100% cashback on the Spark 5 Pro.

The major highlight of the event was the presentation prizes to lucky winners. Customers who participated in
the spin the wheel game won gifts items such as Bluetooth Speaker; Power Bank and kettle while those who
participated in the Scratch and Win Promo won for themselves different deals ranging from 50% to 100%
cashback.

TECNO also introduced two latest devices-the Spark GO 2020-powered by Google Android 10 Go Edition and a
TECNO POVA. POVA means ‘Powering Optimal Value and Ambitions’ is a rebrand of the popular battery series
formerly known as Pouvoir was inspired by the zeal to deliver budget-friendly smartphones with superior
gaming experience.

The first of its kind 6.8-inch TECNO POVA, is powered by Mediatek Helio G80 octa-core processor and hyper-
engine game technology that transforms gameplay experience giving ultimate stability and a high refresh rate.
Additionally, users will benefit from the “Game Space,” “Game Mode,” and “Game Assistant 2.0” features,
allowing them to switch to the “do not disturb” function, a much-anticipated experience all gamers will
absolutely enjoy.

The TECNO POVA is also equipped with a power-packed multitasking effect ramped up by 6GB RAM and 128GB
of internal memory. The device also has a 6000mAh super big battery, 18W Dual IC Flash charger, a standby
time of 30 days and the ability to play music for 8 days straight, on just a single charge. It’s the perfect
smartphone offering a way to worry less about low battery.

The new devices are available for purchase this November and for the rest of November, customers will enjoy
amazing discounts, instant and mega prizes on TECNO devices.

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BREAKING: Court Jails Rep Member For Lying

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BREAKING: Court Jails Rep Member For Lying

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A member of the House of Representatives, Victor Mela has been sentenced to one-month imprisonment by a Magistrate Court in Wuse, Zone 6.

The lawmaker who represents Billiri/Balanga federal constituency was, however, given an option of fine.

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Recall that on November 10 that a magistrate court found the lawmaker guilty of lying under oath while filling the CD001 INEC form prior to the 2019 elections.

The magistrate had, however, set a different date for sentencing of the lawmaker after his lawyer pleaded for leniency.

Mr Mela swore to an affidavit thrice, denying citizenship of another country whereas he has a British passport.

 

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