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Peter Obi halts campaign to commiserate with flood victims, donates NGN5M to Benue



Empathy, amongst other factors, is that one trait that qualifies and delineates one as a true leader and thus ultimately differentiates a true leader from an ‘ordinary’ leader.

The ability to combine this trait with tact, firmness and purpose, automatically places one as not just extraordinary but a great leader, and that is what the former governor of Anambra state and presidential hopeful Peter Obi has displayed within the last few days following his unscheduled visit to the victims of the flooding that is currently ravaging a substantial part of the country.

Obi who is undoubtedly the leading candidate in the 2023 presidential elections and the flag-bearer of the Labour Party of Nigeria has abruptly put a hold on his campaign in order to commiserate with the victims of this worrisome disaster.

Peter Obi started his unplanned visitations by heading to Benue state, which is one of the most affected states, which is greatly attributed to their very close proximity to the Benue river which forms a confluence with the Niger river in nearby Lokoja, which is another hot spot for this uneventful occurrence.

The Labour Party candidate didn’t just come with mere words and prayers, he brought forth good tidings as he made a modest cash donation of NGN5M to assist in alleviating the victims of this unfortunate event from their unenviable condition.

Following this visitation, some people have tried to unsuccessfully malign this genuine intention by politicizing it’s purpose and accusing Peter Obi of trying to score cheap political points over his opponents in the forthcoming general elections but as usual, Obi’s antecedent will once again exonerate him from their accusations and place him on the proper pedestal he ought to be as a man of integrity, love and compassion, one of which is the Ogbaru flooding disaster of 2012 where he showed utmost humility and value for human life.

Ogbaru Flooding Disaster (2012)

In 2012 when huge floods raided Ogbaru and neighboring communities, Obi cancelled his trip to Mexico in similar fashion as this on hearing about the development and went there himself to show support to the people.

He directed his then Secretary to the State Government (SSG) Oseloka Obaze to move the people to the governors lodge in Onitsha if the temporary accommodation spaces set up weren’t adequate, a number of them were eventually moved to his GRA residence where they were housed and fed for weeks while simultaneously working round the clock to curb the flooding.

He would often visit these camps to interact and relate with the affected people. This was well into his second term, he wasn’t seeking re-election and neither was election around the corner, this was purely from a place goodwill and genuine compassion for a man who cares for his people.

He navigated through the murky waters caused by the flooding, making his way around the houses and structures ravaged by this menace. You may not understand the impact this single event had on the people, it gave them hope, belief and trust that all will be well.

He also took in people from neighboring states affected by the flood such as Kogi and Benue states and famously asked, “are they not Nigerians?” when security tried to keep them out

Haiti earthquakes (2010)

Obi doesn’t limit his compassion to his state or Nigeria alone, he goes across borders to identify with those who find themselves in unfortunate situations beyond their control.

One of such visits was in 2010 when he led a coalition of South eastern governors to make donations to Haiti after the massive earthquakes that rocked the Caribbean nation in 2010, this was after he already made a personal donation of $200,000.

This proves that the man has been consistent with his good deeds way before he thought about contesting for the presidency. Reaching out to the people of Benue state is typical of him on a normal day when he isn’t contesting for the presidency.


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.

African Union:Picture Source- Pinterest

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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