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Eko NAFEST: How Sanwo-Olu’s Wife Made Little Precious’ Dream Come to Pass

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Hers is a story of how weeping may endure for the night as tremendous joy follows in the morning.

Her name is Precious Inioluwa Olabanjo. She is an SS2 student of Model Secondary School, Alabaka, Akura, Ondo State. She came to Eko NAFEST to represent her school and state in the essay competition, themed “Culture and Peaceful Coexistence” but ended up crying! But her cries did not go unnoticed.

Discovered by the eagle eye of Vanguard’s Arts and Culture editor, Osa Amadi, little Precious finally sobbed her way to national recognition and reception.

Amadi had pulled out a stunning human interest story out of her case, which caught the attention of the indefatigable and humane Director General of National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) Otunba Segun Runsewe.

This is the story!

Precious is one if the delegates of the ongoing Eko NAFEST 2022 where she was supposed to participate in essay writing competition. She was determined to contribute to how Nigerian culture will drive unity and love for one another, but that was not to be; the rule of participation says one participant for each state. She was caught off guard because someone else was already selected to represent her state. She consequently gave in to emotions and broke down in tears. She was inconsolable.

The pain of being left out the competition tore her young heart apart, and caught the  which also caught the attention of the ebullient DG, who must have also cried from the inside like a father. But rules are rules, and cannot be broken r changed to favour anyone, especially not by the one who was part of making the rules as chief driver of NAFEST and as a journalist. But there was another way to make amends.

As a caring father, Runsewe took Precious case to Mama NAFEST, Mrs ibijoke Sanwo-0lu, who played host to children from the 36 states of the Federation and FCT.

Narrating Precious’ story, which touched the heart of everyone present, including the first lady of lagos state, Otunba Segun Runsewe revealed his deep love for Nigerian children whom he believe must be encouraged and supported to be ambassadors of Nigerian Cultural tomorrow.

Mrs Sanwo-0lu was gracious to little precious and indeed to all the children present whom she gifted not only ice cream and the best of Nigerian cuisine, she gave each of them computer lap tops and other academic materials to help them to surf the world of information.

Precious Inioluwa Olabanjo had the singular honour of giving the vote of thanks, drawing tears of joy from many eyes.

“Mummy, I must thank you for the honour done to me and other children here today. Mummy, you restored my hope and I also wish to thank our daddy, Otunba Segun Runsewe and all those who made it possible for me and others to be here. Thank you mummy, I love you!” She said.

No doubt, little precious’ case may remind us that Weeping over our individual and national issues may ” Endure for a night but joy cometh in the morning” Psalm 30 v5. This is one of best narratives of how Nigerian children love our culture, history and tradition.

What could have been a nightmare for little Precious turned around to become a dream come true.

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I Will Return Peace to Benue, Promote Agriculture, Atiku Pledges

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Atiku Abubakar, the Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), has assured that peace will return to Benue State when elected as the next President of Nigeria.

The former VP revealed that the measures he will adopt to ensure that peace returns to the state is for the Fulani and Tivs to sign a peace accord.

Speaking during the presidential campaign rally in Benue state, Atiku said he will bring insecurity to an end and ensure that there is peaceful co-existence between Fulani and Tiv communities in the state.

He said that he will ensure that people freely go to farms without fear of losing their lives and make Benue state truly the food basket of the nation.

He said: “The umbrella of Tiv people all over the world, I promise you, if you elect me as your president, just like I did in 2001 when I came to Benue and made the Fulanis sign a peace accord with their brother Tivs, I will come and make sure peace returns to Benue State.

“Benue state is the food basket of this country, today our farmers in Benue do not go to farm again because of insecurity. I will make sure security returns to Benue State.

“I also promised you that by the grace of God, the issue of unemployment of our young men and women will be a thing of the past, that is why in my policy document, I said we are going to allocate 10 billion US dollars to empower our young men and women with enterprises.

“Let me also assure you that the infrastructural deficit you are facing in this state in terms of your connectivity with other neighbouring states will be a thing of the past because we are going to make sure that we vote funding for the development of roads and railways to make sure that our transportation system is once again working.

“Benue state has been a gateway state between the far north and the south, that is why we have the railway line passing through Benue state, today that line is not working, I promise you that when you elect a PDP government, we shall reopen the railway lines.

“Let me again reassure you that the closure of our universities because of the non-payment of salaries to the members of staff will be a thing of the past.
“I have a private university, and we have never gone on strike for one day, so if a private university cannot go on strike for one day, why should the public university? I promise you ASUU will not go on strike, because we will pay them and fund the education sector adequately.”

Also speaking, the National Chairman of the party, Sen. Iyorchia Ayu, said, “all of you know that you have suffered in this country in the last eight years APC, only somebody who has a mental problem will vote for APC. Do not waste your vote.”

Speaking on the position of the party, Ayu said, “the party is not divided. There are a few members who have grievances. We are talking to them. We want to make sure they come back and work with us fully. One week is enough to change everything. This thing has been going on and I want to assure you that we’ll receive everybody back.

“I am appealing to my younger brother, Gov. Ortom to come back and join us so that we will fight to rescue Nigeria. Gov. Ortom has nowhere to go, his only house is the PDP and anytime that he comes, we shall be more than happy to receive him land all the PDP governors.

“We want all our candidates, all our governors to be with us because if you allow APC to win this election, you will regret it.”

Atiku earlier visited the Tor Tiv, His Royal Majesty Prof Ortese Iorzua James Ayatse. He equally met with Christian leaders in Makurdi.

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Naja’atu Mohammed Accuses Aisha Buhari of Being Part of Aso Rock Cabal

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A former Director in the All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Council, Naja’atu Mohammed, has said that the First Lady, Aisha Buhari, is part of the cabals in Aso Rock.

This follows the statement made by the Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, that some Aso Rock cabals were working to frustrate the victory of APC presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, in the forthcoming elections.

She said this Monday morning while featuring on Arise TV Morning Show.

Mohammed said unlike El-Rufai, she was not afraid to mention names.

“Let me tell you one of the cabals is Aisha Buhari. Aisha that is talking is part of the cabals. We knew the cabals of the late Abba Kyari. When she started talking of the cabals, she didn’t have the guts to come and name names. For the first time in Nigeria, I started to mention names.

“She (Aisha) reinforced what El-Rufai said. El-Rufai said ‘the cabals in the villa’, she confirmed it. She is also part of the cabals. I am trained not to say the details. We are trained to leave names. You have to have the guts to give names,” she said.

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Supreme Court Affirms Lawan As Authentic APC Candidate for Yobe North

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The Supreme Court has affirmed the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, as the All Progressives Congress (APC) senatorial candidate for Yobe North in the forthcoming 2023 general election.

In a majority judgment delivered on Monday, the apex court allowed the appeal filed by the APC against Bashir Machina’s candidature.

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