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I’m Indebted To Germany For Pressing For My Release From Abacha’s Jail – Obasanjo

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MDG : Nigeria's ex-president Olusegun ObasanjoFormer President Olusegun Obasanjo on Tuesday recalled with a sense of gratitude, the role Germany played on the diplomatic front, in pressing for his release from jail under the late military dictator, Sani Abacha.

The former president was speaking at the 40th anniversary of Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, a German Non-Governmental Organisation in Nigeria, held at Shehu Musa Yaradua Centre in Abuja.

According to Mr. Obasanjo, the body was among those that fought for his freedom.

During the military regime of late General Abacha, Obasanjo, who was critical of the junta’s human rights abuses, was arrested and thrown in jail in 1995 over a phantom coup plot. He was released only after the sudden death of the dictator on 8 June 1998.

Recalling how Friedrich Ebert Stiftung bestowed on him a Human Right award received on his behalf by his late wife, Stella, the former president said “I was arrested, put in jail. I would have rotten away, but Friedrich Ebert Stiftung embarked on vigorous campaign towards my release. For me and my family, we shall remain grateful to them”.

Mr. Obasanjo, who was the chairman of the event, said the relationship between Germany and Nigeria had come a long way and has continued to grow‎.

“Nigeria and Germany’s relationship has come a long way. It has gone well in the interest of both countries. Nigeria feels good with the relationship with Germany”, he said.

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Shehu Sani Mocks FG Poverty Alleviation Scheme

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Shehu Sani Mocks FG Poverty Alleviation Scheme

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Civil Rights activist and former Senator representing Kaduna Central Senatorial district, Shehu Sani has mocked the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration plan to lift Nigerians out of poverty.

Recall that President Buhari administration has constantly reiterated plans to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in 10 years.

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However, the last few days have seen Nigerians discover warehouses where COVID-19 palliatives are stored by state governments which have led to the raiding of the warehouses by Nigerians.

Reacting to the development, the former lawmaker described the move to be the consequence of Nigerians being tired of having to wait for 10 years to be lifted out of poverty.

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Nigerians React As Festus Keyamo Shades Youths Over #EndSARS Protests

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Festus Keyamo

Nigerians have expressed their distaste for the tweet posted by Festus Keyamo over the #EndSARS protests that has led to lives and property being destroyed by hoodlums.

The Minister of State, Labour & Employment took to his Twitter page on Friday morning to post a tweet that reads thus:

“This morning, I woke up and remembered the African proverb: WHAT AN OLD MAN CAN SEE SITTING DOWN, A YOUNG MAN CAN’T SEE EVEN IF HE CLIMBS THE HIGHEST IROKO TREE. Good morning, Lagos. Good morning, Nigeria.”

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A Twitter user identified as Adesina Oluwafemi berates the SAN for being a part of bad governance. “Mr. Keyamo. I am astonished at your statement. I am equally as old as you are if not older and I feel the pain of this our youth. I even have classmates that I can’t boast of. All these is because of bad governance which u are a part of“, he wrote.

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Nigerians React As Army Says Videos Of Lekki Shooting Are Photoshopped, Fake

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Nigerians React To Defence Spokesperson's Statement That Videos Of Lekki Shooting Were Photoshopped

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Nigerians have reacted to the video of Nigeria’s defence spokesman, John Eneche, saying that the videos of the Lekki Tollgate shooting were photoshopped. In the video, he said it was analysed and the analyst concluded that they were all doctored.

His statement has generated reactions from Nigerians. Taking to Twitter, many Nigerian users on the micro-blogging platform have dismissed his statement as false because it is impossible to photoshop a live video on Instagram.

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Information Nigeria recalls DJ Switch was hailed by Nigerians for her bravery as she waited at the scene of the incident to give everyone a live footage via her Instagram page.

A user identified as Tolani tweeted:

“Dear generation old Nigeria… you cannot photoshop Instagram live. Your ‘analyst’ has 419’d you sir.”

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