News: #EndSARS: MEGA Music suspends its activities

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The Music and Entertainment Gospel Awards (MEGA) have suspended their activities following violent protests across the country.

A statement released by Femi Akintunde-Johnson, national coordinator, said the award took note of events across the country over the past two weeks.

“We identify with the legitimate demand of young Nigerians to end brutality and other rights violations by the authorities charged with protecting the lives and property of citizens.

“We agree with the widely held positions that inhuman force in general and riot police deny basic human rights, and that the authorities should act quickly to effect large-scale reforms in the operations of the forces. Nigerian security and other institutions having a direct impact on life. and the well-being of the population.

“In response to the nation’s gloomy mood, the organizers of MEGAwards2020 have decided to suspend the planning and execution of the awards ceremony scheduled for November 15, 2020,” the statement said.

He added that “Therefore, the voting platforms which have received the generous patronage of gospel music fans since its inception on October 10 will be closed, until further notice, from 8pm today. It is the least we can do.

“We sympathize with the families of the bereaved, injured and others who have lost valuables during this trying time. Now is the time, we believe, for Nigerian gospel artists to expand their talents in avenues that can help and appease Nigerians in these difficult times.

“May God heal our hearts and our earth. God bless Nigeria. “

Source: www.pmnewsnigeria.com

News: New Zealanders support Nigerian protesters

Dozens of New Zealanders gathered in Aotea Square this afternoon to stand in solidarity with peaceful protesters in Nigeria who are fighting police brutality and corruption.

UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya at the EndSARS event

UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya at the EndSARS event
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Protests in Nigeria began earlier this month, with most young people demanding the demolition of a notorious police unit, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

The unit was disbanded days later, but protests continued, demanding broader reforms in the way Nigeria is governed.

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They escalated after a shooting in the country’s largest city, Lagos, on Tuesday, when Amnesty International said security forces killed at least 12 people. The Nigerian military has denied any involvement.

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Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said today that 69 people were killed during the protests.

Musician JessB at the EndSARS rally.

Musician JessB at the EndSARS rally.
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Today’s EndSARS rally in Auckland included sportsmen such as UFC middleweight Israel Adesanya, born in Lagos, and musicians such as Mazbou Q, JessB and Phodiso Dintwe.

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Various speakers from the local Nigerian community explained how the Nigerian government hated and failed its own people, but New Zealand also needed to look at how the police were targeting Maori and Pasifika.

Police were not present at today’s meeting.

Musician Mazbou Q at the EndSARS rally.

Musician Mazbou Q at the EndSARS rally.
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Source: www.rnz.co.nz

News: Early detection ‘guarantees full recovery’

Abuja National Hospital Chief Medical Director Jaf Momoh on Tuesday called for routine screening for breast cancer in women, saying early detection guarantees a 100% cure.

Mr Momoh said this during the Breast Cancer Awareness Day commemoration, organized by the Breast Imaging Society of Nigeria (BISON), a branch of Abuja National Hospital.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Breast Cancer Awareness Month is marked in countries around the world every October, which helps to increase awareness and support for early detection and treatment. , as well as palliative care of the disease.

The theme for Breast Cancer Awareness Day 2020 is “Go Pink Day, Save a breast, save a life” ”.

The CMD explained that early detection of disease remains the best way to control breast cancer, noting that if caught early, with proper diagnosis and treatment, there is a good chance of being cured.

“It is a disease which we know that if diagnosed early it can be cured 100% because currently there was not sufficient knowledge about the causes of these diseases.

“If you want to contain these diseases as early as possible, routine screening is what we need to encourage all women, young and old, to undertake.

“So we will encourage and support any service that offers a program that is in the best interest of our patients,” he said.

The Chief Medical Director encouraged BISON to continue its efforts to educate the public about breast cancer as well as its service to humanity.

Likewise, Feyisayo Daji, consultant radiologist and head of the radiology department at Abuja National Hospital, recommended that people over 40 undergo a routine mammogram every two years.

She advised younger ones to undergo breast ultrasound, while those over 50 should get annual screening and regularly undertake breast self-exams.

Ms. Daji further advised women to check for changes in breast, nipple discharge, lump, skin texture, swelling and discoloration at all times.

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She urged women to go to the hospital if any of the symptoms were detected.

The consultant said the breast cancer awareness day was also aimed at showing and supporting female patients with breast cancer, saying the disease was not a death sentence.

Ms Daji advised Nigerians not to believe the religious and traditional myths associated with cancer, adding that they always delay patient referrals to the hospital.

The president of the Association of Radiologists, Jimoh Kamaldeen, has asked for the support of men in the fight against breast cancer.

Mr Kamaldeen advised men to support women financially, emotionally and psychologically by encouraging them to be screened for breast cancer, revealing that women with breast cancer need financial, emotional and psychological support mainly from the government, organizations, families and concerned citizens.

“Most of the women you see die from the lack of support which alone takes its toll on women more than the disease itself. If we continue to do this we will be able to stem the tide, ”he said.

Mercy David, a 34-year-old cancer patient at the National Hospital, said being a victim of breast cancer was not a death sentence for her, saying there was still hope for her to be healed and live a normal life.

“So many people with this disease, don’t get me wrong and say this disease will kill me because it’s the thought and the stigma that kills faster.

“I encourage everyone going through this difficult time to believe in themselves, the experts and the drugs,” she said.

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News: FG is ready to recognize 60 sports icons [ARTICLE]

Who are your 60 best sports icons of the past 60 years?

Football, athletics, boxing, special sports, wrestling, tennis, basketball, weightlifting, volleyball, handball, taekwondo, hockey, judo, golf , among other things, choose the athletes who have excited you the most over the past 60 years.

The ball is in your court to determine Nigeria’s 60 superstars over the past 60 years. Don’t just be a fan, be a real fan by naming your favorite icon now on all of our social media platforms. Keep the passion alive.

Nominations end on Wednesday, September 30, 2020.

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Qualifying parameters are as follows: Athlete must be Olympic Medalist, Commonwealth Games Medalist, Nations Cup Medalist, World Champion, African Champion. Pacesetters like Teslim Balogun, Hogan Bassey, Omowunmi Majekodunmi, Ernest Okonkwo, Larry Izamoje, Babatunde Oshuntolu (SB), all belong to the Pacesetters categories which can also be nominated.

You can submit your candidacy via @nigeriafmysd (Instagram) and @ naija60icons (Twitter).

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Source: www.pulse.ng

News: Roads blocked in Nigeria in defiance of the president’s call for calm | Voice of America

Main roads in Lagos, Nigeria were blocked on Friday by groups of people armed with knives and sticks, many of whom were angered by the president’s speech calling for calm but did not denounce the killing by police peaceful demonstrators demanding an end to police brutality.

In his first public comments Thursday on the unrest in the West African country, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari urged young people involved in the protests to end the protests and start a dialogue with the government.

In this photo released by Nigeria State House, President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari addresses the nation on a live television broadcast on October 22, 2020.

However, Buhari did not mention police shooting at peaceful protesters at the Lekki tollgate earlier this week, which resulted in the deaths of at least 12 protesters. The Nigerian military has denied responsibility for the shooting.

On Friday, the president’s office acknowledged that “many lives have been lost” in the unrest but still did not disclose the death toll. The office said Buhari made the comment during a meeting with former heads of state on how to tackle some of the country’s most intense violence in years.

Also on Friday, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Nigerian authorities should “not use force during protests” and that he had received assurances from Buhari.

“I have heard from the president his strong will to do everything possible to avoid these kinds of incidents and I hope that will be the case in the future,” said Guterres.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday condemned police brutality in Lagos and called for an investigation.

“We welcome an immediate investigation into any excessive use of force by members of the security forces. Those involved should be held to account in accordance with Nigerian law, ”Pompeo said in a statement.

Amnesty International reported on Wednesday that a total of 38 people had died in incidents related to the protests on Tuesday. Amnesty International also said at least 56 people have been killed in the past two weeks in protests against the police’s special anti-theft squad, known as SARS, which the international rights group of man accused of torture and murder. The government dissolved SARS last week, but that has not alleviated the outrage.

Representative Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, speaks during the March in Washington, August 28, 2020, at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington.

Congressional Black Caucus member Sheila Jackson Lee, along with caucus members Barbara Lee and Frederica Wilson, sent a letter to the Nigerian President calling for an end to the violence, the release of those arrested and an investigation into the shootings on the toll plaza.

Lee told VOA that she and her colleagues also wrote to the United Nations Security Council “to request an investigation as it was a violation of human rights and the violation of human rights. should not be tolerated by the United Nations. “

Alister, a protester who says his brother Emeka died from a stray army bullet, responds by speaking to the Associated Press near the Lekki toll booth in Lagos, Nigeria on October 20, 2020.

US Democratic members of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Africa also condemned police brutality and called for “an immediate end to the violent crackdown on peaceful protesters.”

“The fact that security forces used live ammunition against peaceful protesters demonstrating against police brutality is particularly alarming. We urge the security forces to act with restraint and the Nigerian authorities to defuse the situation and hold the perpetrators to account, ”Senators Chris Coons, Cory Booker, Tim Kaine and Chris Murphy said in a statement.

Authorities in Lagos were unable to fully enforce a curfew as anger continued to escalate. The Lagos government said on Friday that the curfew would be eased on Saturday, remaining in effect from 6 p.m. at 8 a.m. local time.

Salem Solomon of VOA contributed to this report.

News: Nigeria: #BBNaija now most viewed live entertainment on Showmax

Showmax, an internet television service, said on Friday that the ongoing Big Brother Naija (BBNaija) show has become the most popular live entertainment stream on that platform.

This was contained in a statement to reporters in Lagos, by the organization which added that the development had proven that local content definitely had cross-border appeal.

The television service has attracted audiences in Nigeria and other countries on the continent.

“The Big Brother Naija Lockdown, which began on July 19, 2020, had already broken a Showmax live broadcast record and became the most-watched live entertainment content of all time on the streaming service.

“If you look at them back to back, the total streaming hours this season is already almost 30 years of viewing.

“Interestingly, a significant portion of the viewing takes place outside of Nigeria,” he said.

According to the statement, Showmax, which launched in Nigeria in July 2019, with Big Brother Naija Pepper Dem as the key launch card, had all of the eviction episodes aired live and the recordings of the nominating shows released on Tuesday.

He said comedians Bright Okpocha popularly known as “Basketmouth” and Kris Ugboma, known as “Bovi” also took turns hosting the Big Brother Naija Hot Room show.

“This year Showmax has taken a different route and is streaming the full show live 24 hours a day and judging by the viewing stats, BBNaija fans have been enthusiastic about watching it online.

“The evictions are the most popular part of the show, peaking at 7pm on Sunday.

“Interestingly, while Nigeria accounts for almost 50% of viewing hours, South Africans are big fans too, with 30% of viewing in South Africa and 15% in Kenya.