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Abike Dabiri: When Heroes become Villains



Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, was a former sterling Nigerian amazon turned outstanding parliamentarian, she was a hero now turned villain in the eyes of the Nigerian public.

Throughout her career, she earned respect and admiration for her compassion, firmness, and dedication to championing the rights of the less privileged.

Fondly known as the “Mother Teresa of the tube” for her care for the underprivileged and later as the “Lady Diaspora” for her pioneering efforts in advocating for Diaspora Affairs, Abike Dabiri seemed destined for greatness.

However, recent events have cast a shadow over her once illustrious reputation, leading some to question her efficiency and questionable actions.

The Heroic Acts:

As a parliamentarian, Abike Dabiri sponsored several significant bills that became law, leaving a positive impact on Nigerian society.

Among her noteworthy contributions were the Freedom of Information Bill, an act to protect the rights of Nigerians with physical disabilities, and the Nigerian Infant Health Welfare Bill, which ensured free medical care for children under five.

Abike Dabiri also played a pivotal role in establishing the Nigerian Diaspora Commission Bill and sought to promote responsible journalism through the Nigerian Press and Journalism Council Bill.

In 2015, Abike Dabiri assumed the role of leading the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), tasked with addressing the crucial issues affecting Nigerians living abroad.

In her capacity as the Chairperson of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri was a beacon of hope for Nigerians living abroad. Tasked with resolving various issues faced by Nigerians in foreign countries, including visa, student, and legal matters, she aimed to be an ‘image-maker’ of the country, protecting its reputation and standing.

Her commitment to assisting Nigerians in need earned her the admiration of many, and she stood as a guardian for the voiceless in the diaspora.

The Fall from Grace:

Despite her once-celebrated achievements, recent incidents have raised concerns about Abike Dabiri’s efficiency and sensitivity.

One notable case is the tragedy of Itunnu (Becky Paul), a Nigerian woman who died in an Ivorian prison while serving a 10-year jail term for human trafficking, despite pleading not guilty.

Abike Dabiri faced criticism for the lackluster handling of the case, and her subsequent radio interview, where she appeared apathetic and insensitive, only added to the outrage.

More recently, a tweet from Abike Dabiri in response to Nigerians stranded in Indonesia sparked immense outrage, as she tweeted “Ode, you go Indonesia, carry drugs, do cultism, and come begging to be rescued from death sentence. Thank God for @ndlea_nigeria now saving people like you from death row”

Abike’s major responsibility is to help Nigerians facing challenges without exacerbating the situations, thereby avoiding any negative portrayal of the country, but she obviously doesn’t get the memo as the commissioner, whose role should be to advocate for Nigerians, has instead taken a stance against her fellow citizens, portraying them negatively on an international platform.

It is surprising and sad how she turned from the hero who stood for the masses to the villain who verbally attacked the same masses.

Abike Dabiri’s verbal attack on those seeking assistance in the diaspora showcased a departure from her once empathetic and compassionate image. The backlash to her tweet on social media, included comments from prominent figures like Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, Media Personality Mr. Iruefi and even the controversial twitter critic, Daniel Regha who exposed her questionable actions and statements towards Nigerians in the diaspora.

Former Minister of Education, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, described the post as messy and urged Abike Dabiri to “clean it up.” However, Abike Dabiri clearly showed no intention of obliging, as she immediately stated that there was nothing to clean up in the first place.

Numerous Twitter users, including media personality Mr. Iruefi and controversial critic Daniel Regha, expressed their disappointment with Abike Dabiri’s actions. Take a look at their tweets below:

Media Personality Mr. Iruefi tweeted “Growing up, I used to idolize Abike Dabiri-Erewa so much, I never missed ‘Newsline’ which aired every Sunday by 8PM back when she was a broadcaster with NTA. How our childhood heroes lived long enough to become the villains will never seize to baffle me”.

@Sweetsixtien tweeted “ Hanty Abike that was given duty as diaspora woman, but was painting Nigerians in Negative light on her page as drug dealers especially those from a certain demographic MEANWHILE she supports a drug kingpin, the hypocrisy. Even Regha, when he was normal tackled her”.

@DanielRegha “ Abike u are the chairman of Nigerians in Dispora Commision, but it’s obvious u don’t know your job judging by your response;  Ur clap-back !sn’t justified. Let’s not forget you openly support Tinubu who’s reportedly a well-known k!ngpin & also dine with the APC, so what are you on about?”

Abike Dabiri ‘s journey from hero to villain has left many disillusioned and disappointed.

While she once stood as a symbol of hope and inspiration, recent incidents have raised questions about her efficiency, sensitivity, and moral standing. As a public figure representing Nigerians in the diaspora, the expectations for her conduct are high, and her recent actions have failed to meet those expectations.

It remains to be seen if Abike Dabiri will pay heed to the public’s concerns and regain the respect she once commanded or if she will continue on a path that further tarnishes her once illustrious reputation.

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African Union Takes Action: Republic of Niger Suspended Amidst Political Unrest



In a decisive move that reverberated across the continent, the African Union (AU) announced the suspension of the Republic of Niger from its membership ranks.

This momentous decision was unveiled during the African Union’s Peace and Security Council meeting held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Tuesday, August 22.

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The suspension stems from the recent political turmoil that engulfed the nation, with the African Union pointing to the coup orchestrated by Gen Abdourahamane Tchiani on Wednesday, July 26. As part of a series of sanctions imposed on the francophone West African country, the Republic of Niger faced the repercussions of its internal upheaval.

The African Union’s stance was uncompromising, as it made it clear that Western nations seeking to meddle in African affairs should refrain from interfering. This firm message was directed from the heart of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where the AU’s call for autonomy echoed loudly.

The events leading up to Niger’s suspension unfolded against a backdrop of political uncertainty and unrest. The coup in Niger, orchestrated by Gen Abdourahamane Tchiani, prompted the Afican Union to take action. Their decision to suspend Niger was not taken lightly and was ratified during the Peace and Security Council meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on August 22.

The aftermath of the military takeover in left President Mohamed Bazoum in captivity, held under the close watch of the juntas in Niger. Despite international pressure, the release of the president and his family remains elusive. This tense situation compelled the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to intervene, imposing sanctions on Niger and establishing a deadline for the initiation of military intervention by the sub-regional body’s standby forces.

The suspension of the Republic of Niger from the African Union serves as a stark reminder of the continent’s commitment to upholding stability and safeguarding democratic governance. The swift response underscores the African Union’s dedication to maintaining order and security within its member states, sending a resounding message to the global community about the importance of respecting Africa’s sovereignty.

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Peter Obi: “I Campaigned For Presidency Because I Can Say It Any Day, I Will Solve The Problem Of Nigeria”



In a recent tweet that has caught the attention of many, @MissPearls shares an inspiring declaration made by former Anambra state governor and Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi. According to @MissPearls, Peter Obi proclaimed, “I campaigned for Presidency because I can say it any day, I Will SOLVE THE PROBLEM OF NIGERIA. All these confusion everywhere can BE SOLVED, and I am PREPARED for it”

Peter Obi: I Campaigned For Presidency Because I Can Say It Any Day, I Will Solve The Problem Of Nigeria.

Peter Obi’s bid for the presidency in the recent elections stirred considerable excitement and garnered support from diverse quarters, particularly the youth demographic. The former governor is known for his progressive ideas and pragmatic approach to governance, which resonated with many Nigerians who sought change and effective solutions to the country’s myriad challenges.

Despite his extensive support and well-articulated vision, Peter Obi’s presidential ambitions faced formidable opponents in the election. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) released results that placed him behind the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who emerged as the winner, and Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who came second. However, these results were met with skepticism due to apparent electoral irregularities that marred the integrity of the process.

In response to the controversial election outcome, both Peter Obi and Atiku Abubakar filed legal challenges against the INEC’s declaration. This move underscores their commitment to upholding the democratic process and ensuring that the voice of the electorate is accurately reflected. As the election Tribunal Judges prepare to deliver their verdict, Nigeria watches with bated breath, eager to witness justice being served.

Meanwhile, the administration of Mr. Bola Ahmed Tinubu has taken significant policy actions since assuming office. The removal of fuel subsidies and the decision to float the Naira have triggered mixed reactions across the nation. While these measures may be intended to foster economic stability and growth, the immediate consequences have been felt by everyday Nigerians. The cost of living has surged, and the socio-economic effects on the rich and the poor have become more pronounced.

As the Nigerian population navigates these shifts, the aftermath of the election and the ensuing governance strategies offer a critical juncture for evaluating the nation’s trajectory. The voices of discontent, expressed by citizens facing the brunt of these policies, highlight the necessity for leaders to prioritize the well-being of the populace while pursuing economic advancements. It is essential for the government to strike a balance between fiscal prudence and safeguarding the interests of the vulnerable segments of society.

The policy changes implemented by Bola Tinubu have shed light on the delicate balance between progress and the welfare of the people. As the nation waits for the tribunal’s judgment and the dust settles on the recent election, Nigeria stands at a crossroads, with the potential to reshape its future trajectory and address the systemic challenges that have held it back for far too long.

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Youths in Kano Defy Police Ban to Protest Alleged Tribunal Bribery



Hundreds of determined youths in Kano took to the streets, defying a police ban, to protest what they perceive as attempts to manipulate the state election petition tribunal. This incident unfolded against the backdrop of a ban on protests by the Commissioner of Police, Usuani Gumel, following revelations of alleged plots to obstruct justice through financial inducement in legal proceedings.

Youths in kano

The rally, which unfolded outside the state government house, saw impassioned youths brandishing placards with messages that underscored their commitment to justice and the integrity of the electoral process. Their actions were sparked by concerns over an alleged plan to bribe the state election petition tribunal, casting a shadow over the fairness of the process.

The ban on protests was issued in response to recent revelations made by Justice Flora Azinge, who unveiled purported schemes by lawyers to disrupt the course of justice through financial incentives. The Commissioner of Police cited “confirmatory intelligence products” as the basis for this decision, leaving a contentious atmosphere surrounding the freedom of assembly and the right to peaceful protest.

This ban, however, failed to deter the resolute youths who carried a variety of placards conveying their strong stance against corruption, manipulation, and injustice. The slogans they chanted resonated with their determination to safeguard the sanctity of the electoral process and uphold transparency in governance.

Among the messages displayed, one placard caught the eye with its direct callout: “Gandollar, stop spoiling the name of Tinubu.” This highlights the allegation that financial impropriety is tainting the reputation of key political figures.

In a video circulated online, the enthusiastic protesters chanted slogans that echoed their deep-seated concerns. Chants of “No to corruption,” “No to injustice,” and “No to manipulation” reverberated through the crowd, embodying the youth’s unwavering commitment to fair and accountable governance.

Addressing the gathering, Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf praised the peaceful conduct of the protesters and assured them that their concerns would be relayed to President Bola Tinubu. This gesture recognizes the role of the youth in shaping political discourse and underscores the importance of their voices in the pursuit of a just society.

In conclusion, the youths in Kano have seized the moment to voice their concerns and demands for an unbiased electoral process. Their defiance of the police ban serves as a reminder that public sentiment cannot be easily suppressed. As this incident unfolds, it raises important questions about the delicate balance between freedom of assembly, legitimate protest, and maintaining public order. It also underscores the critical role of the youth in shaping the political landscape and demanding accountability from their leaders.

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