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Shettima to represent Tinubu at 3rd belt, road forum in China

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On Sunday, Vice President Kashim Shettima left Nigeria to attend the 3rd Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) Forum in Beijing, China, on behalf of President Bola Tinubu. The forum is scheduled to take place from October 16 to 18. This information was disclosed by Mr. Stanley Nkwocha, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Communications, Office of the Vice President, in a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday.

Nkwocha stated that Shettima would be joining leaders from more than 130 countries across Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America to discuss the theme, “High-quality Belt and Road Cooperation: Together for Common Development and Prosperity.” During the forum, the Vice President is expected to leverage the platform to attract investors for additional development projects in Nigeria.

Furthermore, the Vice President will hold bilateral meetings with leaders from other nations to advance Nigeria’s trade and investment relationships in line with the economic development agenda of the Tinubu administration.

Nkwocha highlighted that the 2023 edition of the BRI Forum marks the 10th anniversary of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), which was initiated by China’s President, Xi Jinping, in 2013. This initiative seeks international collaboration to promote infrastructure investments across Asia, Africa, and Europe through land and maritime routes.

He also noted that in 2018, Nigeria, represented by former President Muhammadu Buhari, entered into a Belt and Road cooperation agreement with China. This partnership is expected to benefit Nigeria in various areas, including infrastructure investments like ports, skyscrapers, railroads, roads, bridges, airports, dams, and coal-fired power stations.

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The delegation accompanying the Vice President to the forum includes the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Yusuf Tuggar, the Minister of Budget and Economic Planning, Atiku Bagudu, the Minister of Transportation, Sa’idu Alkali, the Minister of Works, David Umahi, the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr. Doris Uzoka-Anite, the Managing Director of the Nigeria Railway Corporation, Fidet Okhiria, and the Director-General of the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission, Michael Ohiani.

Additionally, as part of the Tinubu administration’s food security and diversification policy, Vice President Shettima will travel from China to the United States of America (USA). While in the US as a special guest, Shettima will deliver a keynote address at the African Development Bank (AfDB) and World Food Prize-facilitated Norman E. Borlaug International Dialogue, set to commence on October 24th, 2023.

He will join other African international leaders and heads of state who have previously delivered keynote addresses at the Borlaug Dialogue. This includes former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, World Food Prize Laureates, Ghana President John Kufuor, AfDB President Akinwunmi Adeshina, former President Olusegun Obasanjo, and others.

During this visit, Shettima will highlight the agricultural and food sector reforms being implemented by the Tinubu administration in Nigeria. He will engage with various stakeholders, partners, and potential investors to explore opportunities for investments in Nigeria. Multiple meetings and engagements are scheduled for the Vice President, who is expected to return to Nigeria after fulfilling his commitments in the US.

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Why I may not hesitate to support Peter Obi in 2027 – Atiku Abubakar

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The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2023 election, Atiku Abubakar, has suggested he might support Peter Obi, his Labour Party counterpart from the last election, in 2027.

The former Vice President, currently in merger talks with stakeholders from various opposition political parties, indicated he would back Obi if the Labour Party nominates him for the next election.

According to The Sun, Atiku made this statement during an interview with BBC Hausa Service.

It was recently reported by DAILY POST that Obi and Atiku had a closed-door meeting, sparking rumors about a potential merger of opposition parties ahead of the 2027 general elections.

Atiku confirmed the efforts of opposition parties to align in order to challenge the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2027 election, saying, “We can merge to achieve a common goal. So, it’s possible and nothing can stop it if we so wish to achieve that.”

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Atiku added that if the new party decides it’s the turn of the South-East and chooses Peter Obi, he would not hesitate to support him.

“I have said repeatedly, and even before the 2023 general elections, that if the PDP decides to zone the presidential ticket to the South or South-East specifically, I won’t contest it.

“But I contested the 2023 presidential ticket because it was open to all members of the party,” Atiku explained.

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I once struggled with pornography – Bishop Oyedepo’s son, Isaac

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Isaac Oyedepo, son of Bishop David Oyedepo, founder of Living Faith Church, has admitted to having struggled with pornography at one point in his life.

Isaac revealed that he became involved with pornography during a trip to a European country.

Speaking on the podcast “Confession Box,” Isaac shared that he overcame this challenge with God’s help.

He explained: “My confessions are positive and meant to help others. I struggled with pornography before.

“I remember how it began; we traveled to a country, and I was alone in my room. I turned on the TV, and that’s how it started.

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“But God helped me overcome it quickly. Many people still struggle with it, and I think if someone who had previously struggled with it had approached me and showed me how to break free, I would have overcome it sooner.

“Some topics are often avoided, but today, many pastors and church members still struggle with this issue.

“You might be anointed and performing signs and wonders, but that doesn’t mean you are living right.

“There’s an old saying that if it works, it means you’re standing right, but I found out that’s not always true. There were times I realized I wasn’t right, but grace and mercy found me.

“For the sake of someone genuine in the congregation, God can bypass you to reach that person; this is my confession.”

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Alleged Corruption: Rights lawyer petitions Minister, seeks suspension of NSCDC CG, Audi

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Former Special Prosecutor for the Special Presidential Investigation Panel for Recovery of Public Properties, Tosin Ojaomo, has petitioned the Minister of Interior, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, regarding an ongoing investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) into corruption allegations against Ahmed Audi, the Commandant General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).

Ojaomo recommended Audi’s immediate suspension to ensure public safety and protect the integrity of the investigation from possible interference.

The petition, dated May 15 and made available to DAILY POST, was addressed to Tunji-Ojo and copied to President Bola Tinubu, Attorney General Lateef Fagbemi, and EFCC Chairman Olanipekun Olukoyede.

Ojaomo highlighted that the EFCC has been investigating the NSCDC for alleged financial mismanagement, making significant progress. He also mentioned a pending allegation against Audi regarding unexplained property acquisition filed with the Code of Conduct Bureau (CBB).

Ojaomo’s request is based on Section 8 of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps Act, 2003 (as amended), and Section 11 of the Interpretation Act, 2004, which allow the minister to recommend the appointment and removal of the NSCDC Commandant General.

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The petition stated, “We are compelled to make this request as the investigation of the agency cannot be thoroughly and discreetly conducted if the current Commandant General of the NSCDC is allowed to continue in office while the investigation continues because most of the financial activities of the agency which form the subject matter of the investigation are conducted under the current CG’s watch.”

He further emphasized that the suspension would safeguard the investigation process and prevent possible interference. Ojaomo cited allegations linking Audi to a company, Keltes Security and Consultancy Limited, which allegedly received contracts from Tantita Security Limited, a company under the NSCDC’s supervision.

He concluded, “In view of these facts, it will be in the interest of public safety and to protect the integrity of the office to suspend Dr. Abubakar Audi, the current Commandant General of NSCDC, so that the EFCC can conduct a thorough and discreet investigation into the matter.”

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