French President, Francois Hollande, gave the President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, a phone call yesterday.
The telephone is said to have been an invitation for Buhari to come to Paris for discussions on the expansion of trade between France and Nigeria. A statement by the French Embassy in Abuja said the French leader congratulated Buhari on his success and noted the peaceful and fair electoral process which had enhanced Nigeria’s democracy.
“The French head of state assured the President-elect of France’s wish to continue the close relationship that existed with his predecessor, Goodluck Jonathan, and reiterated France’s support for Nigeria and its neighbours in their efforts to combat the terrorist sect, Boko Haram,” the statement added.
Hollande also expressed his wish to expand trade between France and Nigeria and invited his Nigerian counterpart to Paris. Meanwhile, more government officials on Thursday trooped to the Presidential Villa, Abuja, to solidarise with President Jonathan, two days after he lost his re-election bid.
Those who met the President in his office included ministers, heads of government agencies and Peoples Democratic Party chiefs. Others were Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State; Governor Gabriel Suswam of Benue State and Governor Sule Lamido of Jigawa State.
While Akpabio and Suswam met the President in his office, Lamido met Jonathan inside his official residence in the evening. The governor arrived when the President was breaking his fast with some clergymen who were led by his Chaplain, Venerable Obioma Onwuzurumba.
In a related development, Akpabio, who is also the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party Governors’ Forum, has commended President Jonathan for accepting the result of the March 28 presidential election.
A statement signed by the Commissioner of Information, Mr. Aniekan Umana, in Uyo on Thursday, hailed Jonathan for his statesman-like disposition in congratulating, in real time, the President-elect.
“With this, President Jonathan has destroyed the sit-tight syndrome associated with African leaders and placed Nigeria as a beacon of true democracy to the rest of African and indeed, the global community,” he said.
Akpabio also congratulated the President-elect and urged him to institute an inclusive government that would give a sense of belonging to all Nigerians, irrespective of gender, ethnicity or religion.
He asked all the PDP faithful to remain united and to display their strength by returning over 20 PDP governors into office in April 11. Also, a former Petroleum Minister, Chief Don Etiebet, congratulated Buhari for his resilience.
He said Buhari’s resilience was an indication that he is a true patriot, a man who placed the love of his country above every other thing. Etiebet also commended the sportsmanship attitude which President Jonathan displayed in accepting the defeat.
He added that Jonathan’s attitude had shown that there were leaders in the country who would not risk the unity of Nigeria for their personal interests.“Kudos to President Jonathan for being such an exemplary statesman. Nigeria is proud of you,” he said.
He, however, stated that the actions of the two leaders demonstrated a new beginning in Nigeria. He said this was bound to take the country on new paths of democracy and development as the alternation of political leadership brings about true democracy and good governance based on the competitiveness of their performance.
According to him, Nigerians love Jonathan and that the new government will not forget the roles he played and the transformation agenda he put in place. He noted that the action had also proven to the rest of the world that Nigeria is, indeed, the biggest democracy in Africa.
“From bum shorts to leggings” – BBNaija’s Ozo called out over his choice of outfits
It is not new that ex-BBNaija housemate Ozoemena Chukwu likes to wear skimpy shorts – the kind of clothing items called bum shorts that are mostly worn by ladies.
Throughout the BBNaija show, Ozo was often seen wearing those kind of shorts, sometimes pulling them further up himself to reveal his light-skinned thighs.
Ozo’s choice of outfit lately makes him trend and at the same time, his getting backlash from his fans for what he is wearing.
The light skin big brother Naija ex housemate doesn’t look bothered, as he keeps wearing what he feels comfortable in.
The picture above was what Ozo was seen wearing that got him a lot of backlash as he decided to wear something more longer but still the trolling didn’t stop.
A Facebook user identified as Bright said “Ozo upgraded from bum short to leggings”
@enna said “if I catch my man wearing a leggings like that, we are done”
@alpha said “what is this guy wearing”
@enioluwa said “what kind of trouser is this guy always wearing”
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North Is The Worst Place To Live In Nigeria -Sultan of Sokoto
The Sultan of Sokoto,Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, on Thursday lamented the high rate of insecurity in the North, saying it was the worst place in the country to live.
The Sultan, who stated this at the fourth quarterly meeting of the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council in Abuja, said bandits were fast overrunning the North as residents slept with their eyes open.
While describing the North as the worst place to live, he said that bandits had become daring.
He said they moved from house to house, village to village, market to market, with AK-47 rifles openly, purchasing foodstuffs and other items and even collecting change without any challenge from the security agencies.
The foremost traditional ruler stated that the security system in the North had completely collapsed.
He said, “Security situation in Northern Nigeria has assumed a worrisome situation. Few weeks ago, over 76 persons were killed in a community in Sokoto in a day. I was there with the governor to commiserate with the affected community.
“Unfortunately, you don’t hear these stories in the media because it’s in the North. We have accepted the fact that the North does not have strong media to report the atrocities of these bandits.
“People think North is safe but that assumption is not true. In fact, it’s the worst place to be in this country because bandits go around in the villages, households and markets with their AK 47 and nobody is challenging them.
“They stop at the market, buy things, pay and collect change, with their weapons openly displayed. These are facts, I know because I am at the centre of it.
“I am not only a traditional ruler, I am also a religious leader. So, I am in a better place to tell the story. I can speak for the North in this regard because I am fully aware of the security challenges there. We have to sincerely and seriously find solutions to the problem, otherwise, we will find ourselves soon, in a situation where we would lose sleep because of insecurity.”
‘Stop Calling Friday ‘Black Friday’, Its A Holy Day For Muslims’ – Kano Hisbah Board Warns Radio Station
The Kano Hisbah Board has reportedly warned a Nigerian radio station and it is about Black Friday.
Per the letter sent to the radio station, the group ordered the station to stop calling Friday ‘Black Friday’ ahead of a “Black Friday Sales” which is scheduled to take place today.
Per the letter from the Sharia Police, majority of the residents in Kano are Muslims and they consider Friday a holy day.
Read the letter below;
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