Hot News:  Nnamdi Kanu Set to be Released, Buhari Approves Job Opportunities for 20,000 Graduates Powerful Governor Dares Buhari 

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Nnamdi Kanu will be out soon – Simon Ekpa

Simon Ekpa, a self-styled disciple of Nnamdi Kanu on Biafra restoration has vowed that Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the banned Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), will regain his freedom soon “to continue leading the struggle until Biafra is restored”.

Recall that in late June,

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Kanu, a Nigerian-British citizen, was arrested in Kenya 

by the East African country’s security operatives and he was transferred to Nigeria where he will face trial.

Kanu’s arrest has sparked anger among Biafran separatists and other Nigerians supportive of his cause. The World Igbo Congress (WIC) declared the arrest “illegal abduction and international gangsterism” while Kanu’s legal team led by Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor and Aloy Ejimakor described their client’s capture as an “extraordinary rendition”. Following his arrest, questions had been raised over what was termed “Kanu’s disregard of the Nigerian constitution” to abscond bail in 2017. On the occasion of his arraignment in court on 29 June 2021, Kanu told the presiding judge that the Nigerian military forced him to flee the country in 2017. Presently, he is in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS).

Ekpa in a Facebook post on Monday reiterated his unflinching loyalty to controversial Kanu, while also reaffirming he is focused on achieving a Biafra nation.

The diaspora-based Biafra separatist was primarily reacting to an allegation made against him that he demanded that IPOB-run Radio Biafra be handed over to him. According to him, he has “no reason” to demand such.

“This will be my last post on this issue!

“I have more pressing issues to deal with.

“My move to solve whatever anybody has against me prove abortive. On the 15th August 2021 I approached HDOS with love wanted to talk, he snubbed me. On the 19th of August 2021, I approached HDOS wanting to talk, he responded and never get back to me. My service is to Biafra and I am loyal to Onyendu, he will be out soon to continue leading the struggle until Biafra is restored.

“I am Simon Ekpa, ’s Disciple on Biafra Restoration. FOCUS!” Ekpa wrote accompanying his update with WhatsApp chat conversations with Chika Edoziem, the Head of Directorate of State (HDOS) of IPOB.

20,000 Graduates To Benefit Annually As Buhari Unveils Post-NYSC Job Scheme

President Muhammadu Buhari has unveiled “”, a programme designed to create new opportunities for 20,000 fresh graduates annually. Speaking during the ceremony…

President Muhammadu Buhari has unveiled “”, a programme designed to create new opportunities for 20,000 fresh graduates annually.

Speaking during the ceremony at the State House, Abuja, Buhari assured that it would provide an opportunity for mentors who were already engaged in various industries, gained relevant experience and built capacity over the years to provide mentorship and support for young Nigerians.

The President said: “Beyond the skills and work experience, we will be building a new culture of mentorship and guidance that can chart a new course for skills development and work experience in our country.

“We believe that as this programme creates new opportunities for 20,000 recent graduates annually, the beneficiaries will use the opportunities presented to them and maximize their 12 months of engagement.”

According to him, “The jubilee programme will provide a pathway for young Nigerians to gain work experience in top tier organisations, gaining relevant skills and building the right networks for the future in various sectors including information and communications technology, financial services, trade, manufacturing, agriculture and agro-processing.

“Other sectors include mining, telecommunications, creative industries and technology, education, health, research and development, and public sector institutions. We believe that building the right skills and experiences across these sectors are important to sustain the economic growth we are experiencing.’’

He said the programme will build on other efforts of the to support young Nigerians such as the N75 billion youth fund in the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, which was created to support young Nigerians in business or with business ideas, with N25 billion released annually for three years.

The President, who encouraged all eligible Nigerians to apply for the jubilee programme, also urged private sector organizations to join by providing work placement opportunities, mentors and funding.

“I would like to say thank you to the United Nations Development Programme and the European Union for their support on this vital initiative. And I hereby declare the program open,’’ he said

Buhari also said the focus on job creation, consistency in policy and innovation stimulated a 5 per cent growth of the economy in the second quarter, 2021, which is the highest in six years, assuring that the Jubilee Fellows Programme will further consolidate on the success recorded.

He listed some of the key drivers of economic growth and diversification in the second quarter to include telecommunications, transportation, electricity, agriculture and manufacturing.

“Tuesday, 22nd June 2021, I set up the National Poverty Reduction with Growth Strategy (NPRGS) steering committee to coordinate our work to fulfil my promise to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in ten years. This is building on the positive results from the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan and the targeted response to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic with the Economic Sustainability Plan.

“These efforts have yielded results with Nigeria recording its biggest economic growth in six years with a GDP growth of 5 per cent in the second quarter of 2021. The sectors that drove this growth are trade, telecommunications, transportation, electricity, agriculture and manufacturing. Each of these sectors showed significant improvement and thus created more jobs for our populace.

“An important part of our policies and strategies is the focus on employment and creating opportunities for our people. When this was elected in 2015, we committed to increasing job opportunities for Nigerians and as part of our social investments programme we recruited 500,000 graduates into our N-power programme,’’ he noted.

Jubilation As Akeredolu signs anti-grazing bill into law in Ondo

Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has signed the Anti-Grazing Bill passed by the State House of Assembly into law.

Akeredolu signed the bill into law at his office in Akure, the state capital, on Tuesday.

“The move is in line with the resolution of the Southern Governors’ Forum at its last meeting in Lagos where September 1st was set as the deadline for Governors in Southern Nigeria to sign the Anti-Open Grazing Bill into law,” Donald Ojogo, Commissioner for Information and Orientation, quoted the governor to have said.

“This is worthwhile and a very laudable development aimed at stemming needless instances of skirmishes, conflicts as well as infractions on the enviably peaceful disposition of the good people of Ondo State.

“It is very pertinent to aver and indeed, reiterate that the Law shall rather, engender a more cordial, mutually benefiting relationship amongst residents of the State irrespective of ethnicity, religion or creed. For emphasis, no particular group of persons is the target.

“While Government hopes that all residents would take ample advantage of this Law to enhance our socio-economic well being in Ondo State, compliance of same shall be given the utmost attention. Government shall pursue with vigour, through lawful means, to ensure strict compliance.

“In this regard, details of the new Law shall be made available to the public for proper information, more depth of understanding on contents as well as other relevant areas.”

There has been controversy over the ban on open grazing.

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