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​Presidency releases Buhari’s voice message, debunks media report on speech impairment

Presidency releases Buhari’s voice message debunks media report on speech impairment

By NAN | 

The Presidency has released President Muhammadu Buhari’s voice message to Nigerians to debunk reports that he is suffering from speech impairment.

NAN reports that recently there have been reports in the social media claiming that the President was suffering from speech impairment and memory loss.

However, in the recording, aired on Sunday by some radio stations, including the BBC, the President was heard felicitating with Nigerians on the occassion of Eid-el Fitr.

Buhari thanked them for their consistent prayers for his well-being.

The President also urged all citizens, irrespective of their socio-political affiliations, to always avoid hate speech and divisive tendencies capable of causing disaffection among them.

He also prayed for good harvest as farmers embarked on agricultural activities occasion by the commencement of rainfalls across the country.

Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity had on Saturday in a statement issued a similar message.

A presidential source on Saturday had earlier confirmed that “the President is getting better “will return to Nigeria very soon”.

Buhari left Abuja for London on May 7, to see his doctors for follow-up medical checks.

​Rivers commissioner resigns 24 hours after sack of colleague

Rivers commissioner resigns 24 hours after sack of colleague

By Kelvin Ebiri, Port Harcourt | 

The Rivers State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Austin Tam-George, has resigned from Governor Nyesom Wike’s government.

His resignation came barely 24 hours after Wike relieved the Commissioner of Works, Bathuel Harrison, of his appointment.

George, who assumed office on December 9, 2015, in a letter dated June 23, this year and directed to Wike, announced that he was leaving the state executive council.

The letter read in part: “I wish to resign my appointment as commissioner for Information and Communication with effect from today, June 23, 2017.

“I have handed over officially to the Director of Administration of the ministry. Thank you for the opportunity to serve the state.”

Though George did not specify the reason for his resignation, The Guardian gathered that the governor was planning to overhaul his cabinet ahead of the 2019 general elections and the commissioner might have been affected.

It is not clear if Wike asked George, who hails from Okrika Council and is not a politician, to resign or not.

But sources said the governor was due to overhaul his cabinet and bring on board persons who could aid his second term bid.

Source: The Guardian 

Sheriff’s lawyer loses SAN title over role in Ondo PDP governorship nomination crisis

Lawyer loses SAN rank over Ondo PDP crisis

Ade Adesomoju, Abuja

The Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee has withdrawn the Senior Advocate of Nigeria rank from a lawyer , Mr . Beluolisa Nwofor, who represented the Ali Modu Sheriff faction of the Peoples Democratic Party in the legal battle for the party ’ s ticket ahead of last year ’ s governorship election in Ondo State .

The Sheriff faction had recorded a temporary victory by obtaining a judgment of the Federal High Court in Abuja , which recognised the faction ’ s preferred aspirant , Mr . Jimoh Ibrahim , as the PDP’ s governorship candidate for the said governorship poll.

The victory was truncated few days to the election when the Court of Appeal in Abuja in its judgment delivered on November 23 , 2016 , retrieved the ticket from Ibrahim and returned it to Eyitayo Jegede, who was the candidate of the rival Ahmed Makarfi -led faction of the party .

The LPPC , in a statement dated Thursday but released late on Friday, described the conduct of Nwofor during the hearing of the case as “ unbecoming of the holder of the esteemed rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria . ”

The statement signed by the Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court and Secretary of the LPPC , Mr . Ahmed Saleh, stated that the decision to strip Nwofor of his SAN rank was based on a petition filed against the lawyer by the Court of Appeal .

The decision , according to the statement , took immediate effect . The statement read , “ The Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee at its 126 th General Meeting held on 22 nd of June , 2017 considered extensively the complaint filed by the Court of Appeal of Nigeria against B. E . I Nwofor Esq . , a Senior Advocate of Nigeria , with his response to same and all material facts and have decided that B. E . I Nwofor Esq . , a Senior Advocate of Nigeria , conducted himself in a manner unbecoming of the holder of the esteemed rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria .

“ By reason of the foregoing , the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria ( including its privileges ) has been withdrawn from B. E . I Nwofor Esq . , forthwith . ”

It will be recalled that Nwofor had a rancorous encounter with the Justice Ibrahim Saulawa – led three- man panel during the hearing of the case by the Court of Appeal. Specifically, the November 16 , 2016 proceedings went on for over five hours in a tense courtroom charged by the confrontation between members of the Justice Saulawa – led panel and Nwofor.

Also before the conclusion of the case , Nwofor also on behalf of his client filed before the Supreme Court , two motions , one of which asked for a stay of the appeal court ’ s proceedings .

The second motion also sought an order disbanding the Justice Saulawa panel .

The Supreme Court on November 22 , 2016 , dismissed the two motions , paving the way for the Justice Saulawa panel to go ahead to deliver its judgment in the Ondo State PDP case earlier reserved to await the decision of the apex court .

Incensed by the motions which Nwofor filed on behalf of his clients, the Supreme Court after dismissing them, awarded cumulative fines of over N 10 m against the applicants and Nwofor, their lawyer , for filing the applications adjudged to have constituted an abuse of court process . The Justice Saulawa – led panel of the Court of Appeal eventually on November 23 , 2016 , delivered its judgment in which it sacked Jimoh Ibrahim as the PDP’ s candidate in the governorship election .

The Court of Appeal in the said judgment returned the ticket to Jegede, who eventually contested but lost the November 26 , 2016 poll to the All Progressives Congress ’ candidate and now incumbent governor of the state , Mr . Rotimi Akeredolu .
Source: The Punch 

Budget padding: How N Assembly cut N21b from Lagos-Ibadan expressway budget 

Lawmakers cut N21b off Lagos-Ibadan road vote

Wale Ajetunmobi 

The depth of the changes the National Assembly made in the 2017 budget was revealed yesterday by Minister of Power, Works and Housing Babatunde Fashola.

The lawmakers slashed N21billion off the N31billion vote for the Lagos –Ibadan Expressway. The contractor is threatening to abandon the project.

Besides, N5billion was taken off the Second Niger Bridge.

The money taken away from these projects is diverted to projects inserted by the lawmakers. These projects are not priorities of the Federal Government, according to Fashola, who spoke in Lagos.

He said: “What I have in my budget now is primary healthcare centres, boreholes.’’

He added: “That was the meeting we had with the Acting President and that was the reason why the budget was not signed on time.

“We were asked to complete those abandoned projects; the budget of Lagos-Ibadan Expressway was reduced by the National Assembly from N31 billion to N10 billion.

“We are owing the contractors about N15 billion and they have written to us that they are going to shut down.

“Also, the budget of the 2nd Niger bridge was reduced from N15 billion to N10 billion and about N3 billion or so was removed from the Okene-Lokoja-Abuja road budget.’’

According to the minister, “Everybody is complaining about power supply but they also cut the budget for Manbila power project and the Bodo bridge that connects the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Station was also cut and all these were also discussed.”

He asked: “If after we had defended the budget and we had gone and the legislature unilaterally changed the budget, what is the purpose of deliberation?’’

To the former Lagos State Governor, it is unfair to Nigerians after public hearings were conducted with tax payers’ money and consultations with the lawmakers only for the budget to be altered, cut or padded.

The minister said to the 200 uncompleted roads he inherited from the previous administration, the lawmakers added 100.

“These roads are not federal roads and some of them do not have designs; how do we award roads that were not designed irrespective of the power you have?

“It is unconstitutional for the National Assembly to legislate on state roads.

“The executive controls all the machinery for collecting taxes and other revenue with relevant data from the Ministries of Finance, Physical Planning and the Budget Office and others.

“I am not saying that the legislature cannot contribute to the budget, but I hold the view that it cannot increase the budget because they do not collect the revenue with which to run or implement the budget.

“The society benefits more from the power of example and interdependence rather than the example (show) of power; it requires that we show good examples.’’

On the concept of interdependence, Fashola said the President and the Vice-President could not swear themselves into office but by the judicial arm, while the president also proclaims the National Assembly without which it could not start business.

In the same vein, he said the National Assembly confirms ministerial nominees and justices of the courts who are in turn sworn-in by the executive.

He urged the intervention of the judicial arm of government to set the necessary parameters and set things right.

Fashola, however, blamed the electorate for putting pressure on the lawmakers and expecting them to do what was outside their constitutional duties of law-making, representation and oversight.
Source: The Nation

​INEC receives signatures on Dino Melaye’s recall

INEC receives signatures on Dino Melaye’s recall


Olusola Fabiyi , Abuja

The Independent National Electoral Commission has received signatures from the electorates in Kogi West Senatorial District , asking for the recall of Senator Dino Melaye from the Senate.

Six bags , which contained the signatures of 52 . 3 percent of the electorates from the zone and other petitions , were submitted to the Commission in Abuja on Wednesday .

Kogi West, which Melaye represents in the Senate , has seven local governments areas .

Signatures and petitions from each of the local government area were packaged in each of the bags , which were tagged according to the names of the local governments .

The local governments and the percentage of voters who signed the recall petition showed that Yagba West had the highest number of voters asking Melaye to return home from the Senate.

The breakdown , as shown in the petition , is Yagba West, 55 . 7 percent ; Lokoja , 54 . 8 percent ; Kogi , 52 . 77 percent ; Yagba East , 52 percent ; Ijumu ( Melaye ’ s local government ) , 51 . 8 percent ; Mopa/ Moro , 50 . 4 per cent and Kabba/ Bunu, 46 . 7 per cent .

A prominent member of the All Progressives Congress in Ijumu , Mr . Cornelius Olowo, who led the delegation insisted that the constituents were not satisfied with the quality of Melaye ’ s representation .

He said , “ We want Senator Melaye back because of poor representation , he is also not accessible to us , he is unreadable and has no constituency projects .

“ Apart from the fact that h has never called any town hall meeting , there has been a major gap between the senator and the people he claims to represent . ”

He insisted that the Governor of the state , Mr . Yahaya Bello, was not the sponsor of the petition against the chairman of the Senate Committee on the Federal Capital Territory.

Olowo said , “ We don ’ t need to lobby or allow anyone to lobby us . The governor and the senator are not from the same senatorial district .

“ We believe that the Senate ought to be a place for people who can be trusted . We have stomach his excesses for more than two years now . We can ’ t continue anymore.

“ We were the one that mobilised the voters and we did this for some days . Melaye was a pillar among those who installed the governor and was also the one who nominated the present secretary to the state government . ”

The Director of Publicity and Voter Education at the commission , Mr . Oluwole Osaze – Uzzi , was not available to react to the submission of the petition .

However , he had earlier told our correspondent that the commission would conduct a referendum on the plan to recall Melaye .

Section 69 of the Constitution stipulates on how to recall senators from the Senate.

It states that ( 1 ) A member of the Senate or of the House of Representatives may be recalled as such a member if —

( a ) there is presented to the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission a petition in that behalf signed by more than one – half of the persons registered to vote in that member ’ s constituency alleging their loss of confidence in that member ; and

( b) the petition is thereafter in a referendum conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission within 90 days of the date of receipt of the petition , approved by a simple majority of the votes of the persons registered to vote in that member ’ s constituency.
Source: The Punch

Reject treasury loots,  Osinbajo charges church 

Osinbajo Tells Church to Reject Treasury Looters

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo

The Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has said people who loot the public treasury or their organisations are doing so out of greed, and not because of any political objective of keeping a war chest for the future.

Osinbajo made the remark yesterday at the celebration of Father’s Day at Aso Villa Chapel, during which he also challenged the church to teach the lessons of honesty and integrity.

”Many would say the reason why they steal is because they want to have an arsenal for future political exploits. It is a lie. It is greed. In any case, even if you want to do that, you have no right to do it,” he said.

His message from the pulpit certainly strikes a chord against the backdrop of the avalanche of corruption cases the Muhammadu Buhari administration has been pursuing.

The campaign had suffered some setbacks of late, with controversial verdicts by the court that tend to let go the accused.

Osinbajo, a professor of law and also a pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, felt the church has a role to play.

“If the church says we will not accept you here or that we will expose you if you are stealing the resources of the country or stealing the resources of a private company or other establishment where you work, we would not have the type of problem that we have in this country.”

“In Genesis 18:19. God was speaking about Abraham. And God said he had known him or called him in order that he may command his children and his household after him that they keep the way of the Lord with righteousness and justice that the Lord may bring to Abraham what He had spoken to him.

“In other words, God was saying that He called Abraham, in particular, because he realises that Abraham will command his household, will command his children to do righteousness and justice and to fear God. And if you back this up with Genesis 12:2, God has spoken concerning Abraham, that He will make Abraham a great nation. Genesis 12:3 says, God said, I will make you a great nation.

“In other words, the role of the father is supposed to be that of building nations, building generations. And Abraham is the example God set for us; of a man who God wanted to be the exemplar of the type of conduct that God expects of fatherhood; a man who will teach his children and children thereafter the way of righteousness and justice and the way of fear of God.

“When I listened to His Eminence, the Prelate of the Methodist Church a few minutes ago, talking about the importance of the type of training that he received as a child in his family. I’m sure many of us here are reminded of that type of training. A type of training where you are taught and reminded about integrity, primarily as the first order of business; that you must be a person of integrity. You must be truthful, you must be trustworthy, you must be honest, you must be forthright. That is the foundation. And in the days he referred to, Catechism was an important part of our lives. Even just knowing the 10 commandments was enough to teach you about righteousness, teach you about the way of truth and I think that is very important, especially for us today as Christians.

“Christian fatherhood in particular is a position that God has placed us as exemplar to our nation. The Christian father is the one referred to in Genesis 18:19; the one who will teach the way of righteousness and justice to his children and would teach the fear of the Lord. And I just want to say to all of our leaders (and I was speaking with few of our Christian leaders just last week, both of the PFN and CAN just last week on various occasions) that it is the role of the church to build this nation. And the church has that role because God has said concerning us that we are the light of the world and we are the salt of the earth. That role is a very, very difficult role.

“We are not to teach the world how to be like the world but to teach the world how to be like the one who saved the world, how to be like Jesus. It is not easy.

“Every time that we come to church, we are told about giving. But we need to talk more about honesty. We need to talk far more about honesty. In the same way we talk about giving, we need to talk more about honesty because just like His Eminence said, Nigeria’s great problem is not the absence of prosperity. It is as he so eloquently put it, that we have enough for our needs but we don’t have enough for our greed. The greed of many is what has landed this country where it is today. It is the greed of so many; many who have been placed in position of authority. It is their greed that has landed us where we are, where it is difficult to do the sorts of things His Eminence saw in Washington and so many other places. You cannot steal half of the resources of the country and expect to build the sort of things you see in other places.

“And if the church says you are not allowed to steal and we will ostracize you in our midst if you did. If what a man has does not measure up to what he has, if we found that a man has more money than he should have, if a man is earning a salary of a civil servant or a public servant and he has houses everywhere, we have to hold him to account. But he must be held to account in the church. He must be told first in the church we will not allow you here. If the church says we will not accept you here or that we will expose you if you are stealing the resources of the country or stealing the resources of a private company or other establishment where you work, then we would not have the type of problem that we have in this country. If only the church does so. Just the church.

“Just as Christian fathers today, it is our duty as God spoke concerning Abraham in Genesis 18:19, it is our duty to build up a generation of righteous men and women, a nation of just men and women who fear God and puts God above everything else. And I believe that the Almighty God will help us. I just pray that the Father of fathers, the One who has called us, one who has saved us will bless each and every father here today in the mighty name of Jesus. The Almighty God who is the great Father of all fathers will ensure that we get everything we need to make our families, to make communities truly great and to make our nation great.”
Source: ThisDay 

​New Nigeria Needs New Nigerians By Simon Kolawole 

New Nigeria Needs New Nigerians

By Simon Kolawole 

In a “side bar” article I wrote years ago, I noted that the then central bank governor, Professor Chukwuma Soludo, was still signing the naira as “Charles Soludo” and joked that I would not spend the Nigerian currency again until he did the needful. I got an e-mail from a young reader who said although he always enjoyed reading my articles, he just could not understand my “constant criticism” of Soludo. He accused me of being an “Igbo hater”. I chuckled. Why did he not accuse me of “hating” Soludo because he is a professor and I am not, or because he is richer than I am, or because he is more handsome? Why must my “hatred” for Soludo be based on ethnicity?

I did not bother to reply the mail. (Unknown to the reader, I enjoyed, and still enjoy, a fantastic relationship with Soludo.) But I took away one disturbing message from the mail: creating a “Nigeria first” identity is going to be the toughest task ever. The divisive mindsets we inherited from our “founding fathers” pervade not just the older generations but even the new ones. The older generations viewed Nigeria from a narrow ethno-religious prism. Over the decades, closer interaction, greater integration and much education have neither renewed nor reset our mindsets. We still continue to interact with Nigeria the way our “ancestors” did.

In my mind, I often see two Nigerias — the Old and the New. In the Old Nigeria, ethnic and religious identities take precedence over national identity. That is, you are first and foremost a Yoruba, Igbo, Hausa, Muslim, Christian, southerner, northerner, etc, before you are a Nigerian. Your first line of thinking is always along this myopia. For instance, if the federal government makes appointments, the first thing you do is count how many Muslims and Christians or southerners and northerners are on the list before asking whether the appointees are good enough to deliver development to Nigeria. You can’t be bothered about the competence as long as they are from your village.

In the New Nigeria, the one I would love to see, it is “Nigeria first” before your ethnic and religious leanings. You are Yoruba or Christian quite all right, but that is not what determines how you treat issues of common significance. What that means, in practice, is that if a ministerial list comes out, your first instinct is not the religion of the appointees but their CVs. It means if Yoruba and Hausa are fighting, your first instinct is not to side with the person from your part of the country but to seek to understand the contending issues before taking a position. You remain Yoruba or Hausa, of course; nothing can take that away from you. But that is not what controls your brain.

Building a New Nigeria is a tall order, let me say that. We start acquiring narrow mindsets from a tender age. We are socialised to view people from other ethnic groups, religions and cultures in a particular way, mostly unflattering. Every ethnic group harbours prejudices and biases against others. The good news, as if there is any good in the news, is that this is not a Nigerian problem. It is universal. Human beings are brought up under the influence of mindsets that eventually colour how they see their world and the world around them. This regulates how they think and how they understand and analyse issues. Their worldviews are shaped by inherited prejudices and biases.

In Nigeria, there are established terms with which we describe people from other ethnic groups and religions: illiterates, beggars, cows, cowards, drunks, traitors, fraudsters, money worshippers, cannibals, terrorists, infidels, and all that. You hear racist tags such as “yamiri”, “malo”, “ofe mmanu”, “kafir”, and all that. From infanthood, children are told stories about other ethnicities in a way to prejudice their minds, to sow seeds of hate, mistrust and discord in their souls in preparation for their future. Don’t make friends with those people — they are traitors! Fraudsters! Infidels! At age 10, a child is already using derogatory terms to describe people of other faiths and ethnicities.

As tensions begin to well up in the land again with secession threats and “quit notices” flying up and down, the biggest challenge is how to continue to preach “one Nigeria”, “Nigeria first” or “New Nigeria”. We are losing the argument by the day. The most dominant voices in the public space today belong to hate merchants. They are prisoners to the prejudices and biases with which they were nurtured. Every problem in Nigeria, for all they care, should be looked at with the tinted lenses of ethnicity, region and religion. All analyses, opinions and positions start and end with ethnicity and religion. It is the inherited Old Nigeria at work, no thanks to the “founding fathers”.

I have gone round Nigeria a bit. Everywhere I go, I see dilapidated schools, helpless children, weather-beaten hawkers, sick hospitals, potholed roads, and wailing generators. I mean every single state of the federation. I see harassed and pauperised Nigerians from every tribe and every tongue, from every religion and every persuasion. And I see stinking rich government officials in their convoys of gold-plated SUVs, waving their diamond-crusted wristwatches in the air, frolicking with their bevy of indecent beauties. Every state, every region, every religion. Yet we’ve managed to conclude that our problem is the person from other ethnic group. Who bewitched us?

We desperately need a New Nigeria, but we cannot build a New Nigeria without New Nigerians. We need new thinking and new thinkers. Old Nigeria was built on ethno-religious chauvinism. The evangelists of Old Nigeria made sure that they reproduced themselves, such that people who were born in 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, who are supposed to be New Nigerians, are also hostages to ethnic hate and bigotry. So their age is not the issue; it is the age of their mindsets. A New Nigeria can only be built by those who can see beyond their nose, beyond their ethnic cocoons, beyond the hate that has been sown and groomed in their minds. Old Nigerians cannot build a New Nigeria.

There are people who see themselves as custodians of sectional interests, who continue to fuel division and discord in Nigeria. They are enemies of nation-building. They cannot see what binds us together. They are too blind to see it. They cannot see the common afflictions holding back Nigerians of all faiths and all ethnic affiliations. They are too blind to see. They cannot see the diseases that kill lowly Nigerians in the north and the south. They are too blind to see. They cannot see the politicians and public servants pillaging the commonwealth. All they can see is how another part of the country is their problem. This Old Nigeria mindset is, sadly, the king in the ring.

I will give a recurring example. The beef some people had with President Goodluck Jonathan had nothing to do with his performance in office: it was all down to ethnic and religious biases. Jonathan’s performance, or lack of it, only helped their case. It is exactly the same thing going on today: some people cannot just stand the sight of President Muhammadu Buhari because of his ethnic identity and religion — and they cannot wait for him to fail. That is the Old Nigeria mentality. The New Nigeria mindset is more focused on how the president can succeed, and criticisms are directed at the issues rather than at his person. After all, if he succeeds, Nigeria succeeds.

Lest I forget, ethnic diversity is not a problem in itself. Diversity is a fact of life. Using stereotypes to describe other people may not be a problem in itself. Stereotyping is a universal phenomenon. However, the fierce competition for the political-cum-economic space, in the face of scarcity, is what usually leads to the propagation of hate and violence. Limited opportunities often get twinned with identities and ethnic entrepreneurs jump on the opportunity to magnify and manipulate prejudice. Until we build a New Nigeria that works for all, that keeps poverty on the fringes, that gives every part a sense of belonging, the hate merchants will continue to call the tune.

For the time being, this is a clarion call to New Nigerians to rise up and drown out the voices of Old Nigerians. The country is overdue to be hijacked and controlled by those who think they are first Nigerians before they are Ijaw, Igala, Urhobo, Ika, Kuteb, Kaje, whatever. We must commit to bringing up our own children in a new way, helping them acquire broader worldviews, with emphasis on celebrating the good in others, building new mindsets on putting the overall interest of Nigeria above narrow ethno-religious narratives. Enough of the parochialism that is holding Nigeria hostage. This cycle must be broken. We cannot make real progress this way. Never.

AND FOUR OTHER THINGS

HATE SPEECH

There is a video going round in which an Igbo cleric utters unprintable words about Hausa people and President Muhammadu Buhari. I recently watched one in which the IPOB leader says horrible things about the Yoruba. Is this not harmful to Igbo people living in other parts of Nigeria? If other people start making hate videos against the Igbo and begin to circulate them, there can only be one outcome. Can’t people make their points decently without insulting and provoking others? I am totally against hate speech, even if it is made by my mother or my pastor. Maybe IPOB sympathisers now need to think twice about the possible consequences. Caution.

KIDNAP ASSETS

It is coming to light the key role the social media plays in turning people to valuable kidnap assets, thanks to the arrested Chukwudi Dumeme Onuamadike aka Evans, reputedly Nigeria’s most notorious kidnapper. The way people live their lives on social media these days makes no sense to me. I have this contact on my WhatsApp who is always announcing his leisure trips to Dubai, Rome and Los Angeles, sometimes with status videos. He even uploads the videos of himself and his wife at the first-class check-in counter and lounge of Emirates Airlines. Can someone please tell me what’s going on in this world? Am I just too old-fashioned to understand? Bewildering.

TOWER FIRE

The midnight fire tragedy that engulfed Grenfell Tower, London, killing yet unspecified number of residents, is one too many. I hate to imagine the agonising cries of people, young and old, woken up from their deep sleep by the inferno that cremated them alive. While investigation begins, it has been established that the flammable cladding on the outside was responsible for the rapid spread of the fatal fire from the fourth floor to the top of the 24-story building. Flammable cladding is commonly used on office buildings in Nigeria because of its beautifying effect. The Nigerian fire services may want to take a look at its health and safety implications. Proactive.

BLESSING IN DISGUISE

Our own Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor was the cynosure of all eyes at the Diamond League event in Oslo, Norway, on Thursday. No, she did not win her long jump event. She actually placed seventh. She had a bad hair day: her wig jumped out of her head, turning her into an instant internet sensation. Even the global mainstream media could not resist the fun of the wardrobe malfunction. But don’t I just love her? There was no trace of embarrassment on her face. She dusted herself up, picked the wayward wig and restored the disguise to her head. Pictures of the incident are surely going to endure and become iconic, long after she’s left the stage. Drama.

Source: ThisDay