I still want a godly husband despite my past – 26-year-old sex worker

A 26-year-old Ebonyi State lady, Chinaza Nwaezere, battling goitre (thyroid enlargement) decided to go into sex work to raise the money for her surgery after two failed businesses in Enugu State. She tells GODFREY GEORGE how life has been for her caring for her sick father and six younger siblings with the proceeds from the ‘business’ and why she wants to quit Where are you from? My name is Chinaza Nwaezere. I am 26 years old. I am from Abakiliki Local Government Area in Ebonyi State. Did you go to school? No, I did not finish secondary school. In fact, I stopped in JSS 1. I could not further my education because it was the period my mother died, and she was the breadwinner of the family. What year was this? This was in 2014. Where is your dad? My dad is alive, but my mother was the one taking care of the family. How has life been since your mother’s passing? Hmm… Life has been hard since she passed, especially as my dad is not really doing his work as a …

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Why New Electricity Tariff Took Immediate Effect – NERC Commissioner

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) on April 3, 2024, raised electricity tariffs for customers enjoying 20 hours of power supply daily. Customers in this category are said to be under the Band A classification. The increase will see the customers paying N225 kilowatt per hour from the current N66. This development has been heavily criticised by many Nigerians, considering the immediacy of the tariff hike and the current hardship in the land. NERC Commissioner for Planning Research and Strategy, Yusuf Ali, was on Channels Television’s Politics Today programme during the week and he provided perspectives to what informed the decision of the regulatory body. I know you have heard how angry people are about this increase. What goes through your mind? I think it’s unfortunate but also understandable the circumstances facing Nigerians. I think the current review is seen as part of reforms that are not so easy to accommodate now but I want to that this tariff review is focused on only 15% of the customer base. The difficulty on the government is very clear; the cost of …

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We Must Take Hard Decisions To Move Taraba State Forward – Gov Kefas

By Sylvanus Viashima, JALINGO – Taraba State Governor Dr. Agbu Kefas has taken some tough decisions as the head of government including fixing the crisis of a “town without a King”. In this interview with journalists, he disclosed his plans for opening up Taraba to investors, tackle insecurity, while insisting that Taraba is not and can not be poor under his leadership.Excerpts: You have taken the posture of a revolutionary leader since assuming office in the state. What is the motivation? Well I am committed to good governance and democracy. My strong conviction is that good governance is only possible with the support of the people. After all, democracy is government of the people, by the people and for the people. So our policies are centered on the people. Every thing we have been doing is for the citizenry. Free Education Policy for instance is to open up the space so that every child can access qualitative education that will release their potentials. We are building people and are energizing the state. Every policy comes with its own challenge but …

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Adeleke’s govt did nothing in one year – Ex-Aregbesola’s aide

Sunday Akere, former Commissioner for Information and Strategy in the administration of ex-governor, Rauf Aregbesola, speaks to BOLA BAMIGBOLA about the performance of the Peoples Democratic Party-led government in Osun State after one year what is the current state of affairs in the Osun State chapter of the All Progressives Congress? The All Progressive Congress is one in Osun State (as an opposition party), and after the last series of elections, we are doing everything possible to put our house in order and ensure that we forge ahead as one united and focused party ahead of the 2026 election. You will recall that on May 1, 2023, the leader of the party in the state, ex-governor Adegboyega Oyetola, and the leadership of the party constituted a repositioning committee headed by Prof Isaac Adewale to look at all the issues surrounding the failure of the party in the governorship, presidential, National Assembly and State House of Assembly elections, and the committee spent about three months. The committee took memoranda, interviewed people, and invited others to come and answer various allegations of anti-party …

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Interview: I practice traditional medicine, recite incantations as a Christian cleric

Dr. Obafemi Jegede, a Methodist clergyman who teaches traditional medicine at the University of Ibadan’s Department of African Studies, talks to Emmanuel Ojo about his love of African traditional medicine and the reasons why Africans should turn internally for answers. You have a PhD in Traditional Medicine. Can you give further insight into your academic background? My name is Obafemi Jegede. I am a researcher in traditional African medicine and I teach Traditional Medicine at the postgraduate level, that is master’s and PhD levels, at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan. I’m also a trained clergyman and I have taught some clergymen who are already bishops in both Methodist and Anglican churches. I studied at the Methodist Theological Institute in Sagamu and I was there as the registrar of the college for eight years. I went to the College of Theology and the seminary where I taught before I became a university lecturer. I was a seminary teacher for close to 12 years after which I moved to the University of Ibadan as a lecturer. I was trained as a seminarian after which I was brought back to the seminary to teach. I had been in the seminary since I was 19 years old, so I studied Theology extensively. I attended Ifeoluwa Primary School, Oke-Eso, Ilesa, and Ilesa …

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‘How DSS raided my home, caught me unawares’ – Sunday Igboho

In an email interview with BOLA BAMIGBOLA, Yoruba Nation agitator Chief Sunday Adeyemo, also known as Sunday Igboho, discusses the future of the Yoruba Nation fight and the midnight raid of his Ibadan house on July 1, 2021 by Department of State Services agents. Did you expect that President Muhammadu Buhari would send security forces after you when you started the struggle for Yoruba Nation? I was not expecting the government of former President Muhammadu Buhari to send security agents after me because our struggle for the actualisation of the Yoruba nation was constitutional, peaceful and legitimate. We were very civil with our activities, hence we never expected a responsible government to see our agitation as harmful to the peace of the country. Yoruba as an ethnic group among the ethnic nationalities in the country is an integral part of Nigeria. So for the past government of Buhari to come after my life and invade my residence in Ibadan with the security agents, killing my aide, and injuring several others was the highest level of illegality and executive recklessness. The whole building was riddled with bullets from the joint team of DSS and Nigeria Army personnel. My cars, most of which were brand new were also vandalised all because we were craving for the Yoruba nation.  How come you didn’t get intelligence information …

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I want to be Edo governor –Loretta Oduware, LP guber aspirant declares

Ogboro-Okor Loretta Oduware, a Medical Doctor currently doing a PhD in Law and Criminology was the policy lead for the Obi-Datti Campaign Group of the Labour Party during the 2023 presidential election. In this interview, she speaks about her quest to contest for the position of Governor of Edo State during the off-cycle elections in September 2024 and what she would do as governor. You are a medical doctor, why are you going into politics to contest for the governorship of Edo State? Yes, I studied Medicine at the University of Benin and I did my one-year house job at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH). I also obtained a Masters in Public Health Research at the University of Edinburgh and started a residency programme, or what you call speciality training in Obstetrics and Gynecology. I also got a second masters degree in Clinical Education and currently work as simulation expert and clinical trainer but I know how much I have prepared for the role I am going for, which is governor of Edo State. You are leaving the private …

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Iyalode Alaba Lawson planned her burial from sickbed – Ebenezer Obey narrates

Veteran juju musician, Chief Ebenezer Obey-Fabiyi, talks to OLUSOLA FABIYI about his family, the late Iyalode of Egbaland, Chief Alaba Lawson, and other sundry issues In the next few months, you will be 82 years old. Yes, by the grace of God. How has life treated you? When I look back from the first day that God brought me here on earth, and as I continue to climb the ladder of life, I begin to see that God has been good to me in the last 82 years. I have great experiences that one can always look back to like a book or a film. In everything that happened to me, I can see the goodness of God. God is a very good God and I can see that the love of God is the most important thing that has driven my life. I swim in the ocean of the love of God because God is good to me. He is a very kind and merciful God. There are stages in life in which a young person will behave like …

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It’s sad dad lasted only three days on throne – Ondo regent

The regent of Irokun land in the Ilaje Local Government Area of Ondo State, Princess Adeyinka Abejoye, tells TEMITOPE ADETUNJI the circumstances surrounding her ascension to the throne and how leadership has changed her As the daughter of a king, were you groomed to become a regent? My childhood experience was fun. I lived all my life with my dad. My father was a teacher who retired as a vice principal. My father had two wives; my mother was the first wife. I have many siblings. I am the eldest among 13 children. I was not groomed to become a regent. I would say that God made it possible. If a prophet had told me that I would be a regent this year (2023), I would have doubted it. The late Kabiyesi, who was my father, had been in the struggle for 19 years, from when I was still in primary school, to become a king. It came to pass last year in November (2022). The late Kabiyesi was one of the kings recently installed by the Ondo State government …

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Superpowers backing Niger, Tinubu must tread with caution – Retired capt, Babangida

A former military intelligence officer and Chief Executive Officer of Goldwater Consults, Captain Aliyu Babangida (retd.) talks to GODFREY GEORGE about President Bola Tinubu’s intervention in the aftermath of the coup in the Republic of Niger, among other issues What is your take on President Bola Tinubu’s efforts, including military intervention through the Economic Community of West African State, to restore normalcy in Niger? Short of military misadventure, I do not know what the President wants to engage in. There are many ways to look at that situation, and none of it is in his favour. The first thing is we are looking at a francophone family quarrel.  Regardless of his position as the President of Nigeria and Head of the Economic Community of West African States, you don’t match a francophone country with Anglophone troops. What happened to Vietnam? What happened to Cambodia? America decided to flex her muscles there and she was tumbled to the hilt. That is one thing. The second thing is that it is no news that our borders are porous ‘pro-max’. That is why all …

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Interview: I have no hand in Southeast mayhem — Simon Ekpa

Finland-based Biafran separatist leader, Simon Ekpa has absolved his group, the Auto-pilot and the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, of being responsible for the killings and destructions in the southeast and blamed politicians instead. He said sit-a-home is a civil disobedience but politicians are the ones sponsoring thugs to cause the mayhem in the zone. Ekpa spoke in an exclusive interview with Vanguard, during a question-and-answer session about his agitation and why he is doing what he is doing. Your agitation is affecting the people and a lot of people do not understand what your agitations are about. Simon Ekpa wants the freedom of the Biafra people, he wants to finish what our fathers started, he wants to liberate the people of Biafra and those who believe that Nigeria is not meant for them. The liberation of Biafra is what Simon Ekpa has come to do. Are you comfortable with the way you are going about it? I am very comfortable and optimistic that the way I am going about it. It is the only way that Biafra is going …

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NASS Oversight Function Not Business As Usual – Sen. Oyewumi Assures

Senator representing Osun West Senatorial District in the 10th Senate, Senator Olalere Oyewumi has said that the oversight functions of this present Senate won’t be business as usual. In this interview with our National Assembly correspondent, Senator Olalere Oyewumi gave insight as to how the 10th Assembly, in compliance with section 27 of the Senate rule, selected their principal officers. He also bore his mind on why they christened 10th Assembly as “Corrective Assembly” and how the opposition is ready to keep the ruling party on their toes. Come along with me as it promises to make an interesting read. Excerpts: Qstn: Following the emergence of principal officers of both Chambers, specifically the Senate, there were spontaneous reactions from political parties, the platform they used as template to come to the parliament. There were reactions that the parties were not aware of the list that was announced by the Senate President as regards principal officers. How did you feel when you heard about this? Ans: In the first instance, let me correct that impression. The party I represent, the Peoples …

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Peter Obi’s actions may cost LP victory in Bayelsa, Imo, Kogi – Bauchi Party chair

The Chairman of the Labour Party in Bauchi State, Hussaini Saraki in this exclusive Interview with Oluwatimilehin Owolabi shares his thoughts on the crisis rocking the party at the national level. He explains why the presidential candidate of the LP in the 2023 elections, Peter Obi should extend the olive branch to warring parties. Excerpts! As the Chairman of the Labour Party in Bauchi State, can you tell Nigerians the faction you belong to? I don’t belong to a faction. I belong to the Labour Party under the leadership of Alhaji Bashiru Lamidi Apapa who is the acting National Chairman of our party as it is presently. It’s believed in some quarters that the internal crisis may consume your party. What do you have to say about that? I don’t want to believe that it will consume the party because it is part of politics. Just like APC and PDP have their challenges and I don’t want to believe that it is insurmountable. Things like this will come and go. I believe it will even deepen democracy because when one …

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Allow Senators To Choose It’s Leadership – Sen Yahaya to Tinubu, APC

By Our Reporter In this interview, the former Senate Leader and Senator representing Kebbi North District in the 9th Assembly, Senator Yahaya Abdullahi has urged President Ahmed Tinubu and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to allow Senators to choose their own leadership rather than imposing somebody on them. He also bare his mind on the causes of Herdsmen and farmers clashes and what government should do to arrest the situation. Also not left out is the issue of fuel subsidy removal by the president during his inaugural speech on the 29th May, 2023. It promises to be an interesting read so come along with me. Excerpts Yahaya Abdullahi is the Senate Majority Leader. Qstn: There is a tussle over the issue of principal officers of the 10th Senate. What does this portend for us? Is it party supremacy or democracy at work? For me and given my experience in the Senate in the last eight years, I think all these is politics. Politics is about nation building for me. The most important thing is the way in which Senators across …

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My daughter preparing for master’s in UK before train crash – Dad

Oreoluwa Aina, a National Youth Service Corps member, was one of those who died on Thursday when a Lagos State Government staff bus collided with a train in the PWD area of the state. In this interview with DAYO OYEWO, her father, Femi Aina, speaks on her daughter’s plans after the service year How did you receive the news of your daughter’s death? I was in Abuja watching the television around 9 am when I saw the incident. An hour after that, I got a call that my daughter was involved in it. That was when I knew what I saw on TV was actually happening to me. Then I immediately called my younger brother and sister in Lagos. I later received two more calls in another 10 minutes and by then, she was already in the ICU (intensive care unit). They were attending to her and at the same time calling me from there. I even heard some of the staff members praying for her. So, I rushed to the airport to get any available flight back to Lagos …

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How I won election into House of Reps as an Okada rider

The member-elect for the Kaura Constituency in the Federal House of Representatives, Donatus Matthew, tells ISRAEL BULUS how he won the February 25 National Assembly on the platform of the Labour Party Before now, not much was known about you. Who actually is Donatus Matthew? My name is Donatus Mathew. I am from Kpak, Kagoro chiefdom in the Kaura Local Government Area of Kaduna State and presently an elected member of the Federal House of Representatives to represent Kaura on the platform of the Labour Party. I was born in 1976. I attended LGEA Primary School Kadarko, then proceeded to Saint Jani Seminary, but completed my secondary school education at Teachers’ College, Kagoro. I am a graduate of Saint Albert Institute with a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and I am married with four children. You were declared the winner of the House of Representatives election for the Kaura Federal Constituency on the platform of the Labour Party. What inspired you to contest the election?https://imasdk.googleapis.com/js/core/bridge3.559.1_en.html#goog_139299224 There are a lot of issues, personal and communal, based on our perception of how things should be …

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