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NASEMA: Flood sack 361,000 persons in two Nasarawa councils

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No fewer than 361, 000 persons have been displaced by the flood disaster that ravaged two local government Council in Nasarawa state.

A break down of the figure showed that 135, 000 people from 23 communities were displaced in Umaisha, Toto LGA, while 226,000 displaced have been displaced in Nasarawa LGA of the state.

Executive Secretary of the Nasarawa State Emergency Management Agency, (ASEMA), Barrister Zachary Allumaga disclosed this on Thursday in Lafia while fielding questions from journalists.

According to Allumaga who expressed fears over the rising cases of displaced persons following increase rainfall resulting in flooding across communities in seven local government areas of the state, hinted that over 800 to 1, 000,000 residents of the state were at risk of being displaced between September and October this year.

“Over 800 to one million residents in Nasarawa state may be displaced before the end of October. As we speak, some people are in the river currently to take assessment, search and rescue,” Allumaga stated..

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Allumaga said the state emergency agency have taken several actions including dispatching search and rescue team to the affected local government areas and communities for on the spot assessment, stating that Nasarawa state was among the states Metrological Agency predicted to be ravaged by this year flood particularly in the month of September and October.

“Towards mitigating the effect, the agency with the authority from the governor undertook sensitisation of the people at the riverine areas especially the flood prone LGAs of Nasarawa, Toto, Doma, Awe, and other flood flash points of Lafia, Obi and Karu Akwanga.

” We have procured five speed boats and live jackets for five Local Government Areas along the coastal areas of River Benue, unfortunately, flood has already caused havoc in the following LGAs; Lafia, Obi, Nasarawa, Toto, Awe, Doma, Karu with one dead recorded.

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According to Allumaga, arrangements were on top gear to assist the displaced persons with the relief materials to cushion the effect of the hardship as a result of the flood. adding that the agency was already in the market making additional purchases for onwards distribution to the displaced persons.

“We are making additional purchases of food items and non food items such as grains, rice, beans, oils, mattresses, mats, blankets, toiletries, buckets, cups, children clothes, mosquito nets among others”.

The Executive Secretary however, called on the residents living along riverine areas to relocate to high ground, warning against the impending more flooding in the months of September and October.

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It would be recalled that the State House of Assembly had last week directed the state government to distribute relief materials to to the flood ravaged persons to cushion the effect of flood victims in the state.

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Why Afenifere won’t support Tinubu, Atiku – Adebanjo

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Afenifere denies endorsing Tinubu’s 2023 presidential ambition

The leader of the pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, has revealed why the group will not support the All Progressives Congress’ candidate, Bola Tinubu, and the Peoples Democratic Party’s candidate, Atiku Abubakar, in the 2023 presidential election.

Adebanjo said Afenifere stood on justice and fairness and believed in true federalism and the Federal Character principle.

The Afenifere leader disclosed this on Monday in a statement while clarifying his position on the group’s support for Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s candidate in the 2023 general election.

Responding to the backlash that followed his announcement of the group’s support for Peter Obi in the 2023 presidential election, Adebanjo said, “…not a few Yoruba leaders questioned why I should be supporting Peter Obi, a candidate of Igbo extraction, against Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, a Yoruba. I took my time to explain that the presidency is not a contest between the Yorubas and the Igbos and to a large extent I was able to convince many.

“But ever since, social media has been filled with comments tending to ethnicise the campaign instead of making it issue-based. Afenifere has, therefore, decided to address you today and through you educate the public on the ideological and equitable principles which have influenced our decision.”

Adebanjo stated that Afenifere “is the Yoruba interpretation of the social welfarist ideology of Action Group, a political party founded by Chief Obafemi Awolowo and his colleagues in 1951 with strong advocacy for federalism as the best form of government to give the federating units the requisite autonomy to thrive and peacefully compete among themselves for the ultimate development of Nigeria.”

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He said other founding fathers of Nigeria — Sir Ahmadu Bello, Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, and Chief Obafemi Awolowo — agreed to the system with the endorsement of colonial secretary Sir Oliver Littleton in 1954 “and embodied in the 1960 independence constitution. This is the modest contribution of Afenifere in shaping Nigeria into a federation where no person or ethnic nationality is oppressed.”

The nonagenarian said Afenifere had always advocated and insisted on restructuring of the country “long before the parties conducted their Conventions to elect their National Executives and candidates,” and had proposed “a synthesis of the identical Resolutions of the 2014 National Conference and the APC El-Rufai 2018 True Federalism Committee.”

Adebanjo said Afenifere and the Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum “unanimously proposed that the minimum condition for a peaceful transition from the disastrous eight years of Buhari’s government headed by a President of northern extraction was to have the next President from the South,” a position which, he said, was supported by southern governors irrespective of their political parties.

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He added, “In this quest for peace, based on equity and inclusiveness, the Yoruba took the first turn at the zoning arrangement in 1999, and that led to the emergence of Chief (Olusegun) Obasanjo, the current Vice President is a Yoruba man and equity forbids us for presuming to support another Yoruba person for the presidency in 2023.

“The current President is a Fulani from the North-West and by virtue of the zoning arrangement that has governed Nigeria since 1999, power is supposed to return to the south imminently. The

“The South-West, as I have pointed out, has produced a president and currently sits as VP, the South-South has spent a total of six years in the Presidency, but the Igbo people of the South-East have never tasted presidency in Nigeria, and now that the power is due back in the South, equity demands that it be ceded to the Igbo.

“We cannot continue to demand that the Igbo people remain in Nigeria, while we at the same time continue to brutally marginalise and exclude them from the power dynamics.”

Adebanjo, therefore, condemned the ceding of the PDP presidential ticket to “a Northern Fulani Muslim to succeed General Muhammadu Buhari, another Fulani Muslim, who will soon complete eight years of uneventful and disastrous rule. One can imagine such a high degree of political insensitivity.”

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The Afenifere leader also stated that the group would not jettison equity, inclusiveness and justice just because one of their own — Asiwaju Bola Tinubu — was in the contest.

“We will not compromise this principle of justice, equity and inclusiveness because one of our own Asiwaju Bola Tinubu is a frontline candidate,” Adebanjo said.

Adebanjo, who said Afenifere had “no apologies but due courage of our conviction that Nigeria can only prosper in righteousness,” reiterated that, “To keep Nigeria one, everyone should be Obi/Datti compliant,” and advocated that that should be the slogan henceforth.

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Harvard to honour Chimamanda Adichie with W.E.B Du Bois Medal

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Nigerian writer, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, is set to be awarded with the W.E.B Du Bois Medal by Harvard.

The medal will be presented on the 6th of October, 2022.

The W.E.B Du Bois medal which has not been awarded to anyone since the beginning of the pandemic is the highest honour given by Harvard in the field of African and African American studies.

Harvard made the announcement via their Twitter handle. Fellow recipients of the award include activist and basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, award-winning actress Laverne Cox, Patron of Arts and Education Agnes Gund.

This year, the W.E.B. Du Bois Medals will be awarded to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Chimamanda Adichie, Laverne Cox, Agnes Gund, Raymond J. McGuire, Deval Patrick, and Betye Saar on October 6 at Harvard https://t.co/AZow33Fryd

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— Harvard University (@Harvard) September 25, 2022

Chimamanda is known for her elegant story telling and her advocacy on gender equality. She was also a speaker at the Harvard College Class Day in 2018, and was previously a Harvard Radcliffe Institute Fellow between 2011 and 2012.

A professor of the university and director of the Hutchins centre said in a statement that, “Whether they’ve distinguished themselves in the arts, civic life, education, athletics, activism, or any combination of the above, these medalists show in all that they do their unyielding commitment to pushing the boundaries of representation and creating opportunities for advancement and participation for people who have been too often shut out from the great promise of our times.”

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The medal allows her to join the list of trailblazers like Muhammad Ali, Maya Angelou, Ava Duvernay, Dave Chappelle, Queen Latifah, Nasir “Nas” Jones, John Lewis, Steven Spielberg, athlete-activist Colin Kaepernick, and others who are past recipients of the medal.

Chimamanda has been described by The New York Times T Magazine in its 2017 ‘Greats’ issue, as ‘one of those rarest of people: a celebrated novelist who has also become a leading public intellectual’.

Former president of the U.S, Barack Obama, called her “one of the world’s great contemporary writers;” and Hillary Clinton has written that “she has the rare ability to sum up even the biggest societal problems swiftly and incisively.”

Her first novel, Purple Hibiscus (2003), won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. Her second, Half of a Yellow Sun (2006), won the Orange Prize for Fiction the world’s most prestigious annual book award for fiction written by a woman.

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She has received 16 honorary PhD’s and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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Dumebi Kachikwu, the presidential candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), says the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) cannot beat the party in the 2023 election.

Mr Kachikwu said this in a statement issued in Abuja on Monday.

He said the two major parties stood no chance of winning as they have failed Nigerians.

“The country has continued to lag in all indices of development since 1999 when PDP assumed power after which it handed over to APC in 2015,” he said.

Mr Kachikwu said the indices of good governance anchored on the rule of law in Nigeria have remained negative since the return to civil rule in 1999.

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He said the two dominant parties gravely impoverished the country and made it the “poverty capital of the world.”

“Today, the inflation rate has rallied to a 17-year high of 20.5 per cent up from 8.06 per cent in 2014 before the APC took over the reins of power at the centre in 2015, notwithstanding the humongous debt the party has amassed for the country through reckless borrowing.

“This rate of inflation simply means that the average Nigerian cannot afford basic daily necessities like three square meals due to skyrocketing food prices and other essential services like healthcare and education for their children,” he said.

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He urged Nigerians to reinvent the country by voting for ADC, saying that the party has the vision and the know-how to turn the fortunes of the country around.

The ADC presidential candidate urged Nigerians to vote wisely in 2023 to reclaim, revive and restore the positive destiny of Nigeria.

Mr Kachikwu said he would unveil his plans for the election on Tuesday.

Mr Kachikwu was purportedly expelled by a faction of the ADC led by Ralph Nwosu who had run the party for 17 years until he was removed by another group in the party which set up an interim leadership headed by Patricia Akwashiki, a former PDP senator.

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Despite the expulsion, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) published his name on the final list of presidential candidates on 20 September.

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