Mr. Habu Gumel, President of the Nigerian Olympic Committee
The Nigerian Basketball Federation (NBBF) assured the President of the Nigerian Olympic Committee, Mr. Habu Gumel, of their unwavering support during the difficult times following the loss of his wife.
The assurance was contained in a condolence message from NBBF President Musa Kida, released in Lagos on Friday by NBBF media official Afolabi Oni.
The message affirmed the federation’s commitment to provide the necessary moral and emotional support.
Kida reportedly said that the loss of a loved one was not an easy burden to bear as he prayed for the rest of the deceased soul.
“We are deeply touched by this unfortunate incident that no one saw coming.
“While we have all come to terms with the inevitable, no one is prepared for the pain that comes after losing a loved one.
“As a federation under NOC, we owe the support of our president while praying to God to give him the strength to bear this irreparable loss,” said the president of the NBF.
The statement further quoted Kida extolling the virtues of the deceased despite her brief stay in this kingdom.
According to Kida, she shone and was a strong pillar of support for her husband, his immediate environment and the people around him.
“Over the years, Mr. Gumel has provided quality leadership for the development of sport in Nigeria.
“This he presents in various capacities, as a retiree of the Federal Ministry of Sports, President of the NBBF, the NOC and Executive Secretary of the Nation Lottery Trust Fund, among others.
“It wouldn’t have been possible without the support of his wife,” Kida said.
Hajiya Gumel, who died at the age of 56, is survived by four children.
Whether they’re single parents by decision, divorce, heartbreaking loss, or relationships that just didn’t work out, these infamous single parents undoubtedly define what it means to be super moms!
While balancing careers in the entertainment space – whether as a musician, model or actress, these acclaimed women do an incredible job raising their children on their own and making them look easy.
This league of parents has taken on the work of mother and father to their children / children, especially when one or the other is not accessible and it is fair to applaud their efforts.
Below are 10 Nigerian Celebrities who are single parents with beautiful and strong kids / kids to show off their struggles over the years.
Actress Geneviève Nnaji gave birth to her daughter, Chimebuka, when she was a teenager in high school. Rather than let that slow her down, she took care of her daughter, who is now married, without getting attached to any man. Needless to say, Genevieve is still rocking and has a figure that many would give an arm and a leg for.
Actress and entrepreneur, Tonto married her ex-husband, Oladunni Churchill in August 2015. In February 2016, Dikeh gave birth to her son Andre Omodayo Churchill. However, in 2017 the couple broke up and she has since taken on the role of mother and father to her son. Tonto obviously loves motherhood and we always see her springing up for her son.
The talented singer, Waje, gave birth to her daughter, Emerald Iruobe, years before she was in the limelight, and we have to say she is her mother’s real daughter.
Famous singer and songwriter Tiwa Savage married Tunji “Tee Billz” Balogun in 2013. While the traditional wedding took place in Lagos, their white wedding took place in 2014 in Dubai. Their union produced a son, Jamil Balogun. In 2016, the duo broke up.
Popular Yoruba film actress, Biodun Okeowo a.k.a. Omobutty, according to reports, openly admitted that she had never married at any time although she was once in an abusive relationship which left her a single parent. . She is a proud mother of two adorable children.
Nollywood actress and fitness enthusiast Kate Henshaw was married in 2000 to Roderick Nuttal and they have a daughter, Gabrielle Nutall.
Yvonne Jegede in 2017 married her husband Olakunle Fawole, aka Abounce, who is also an actor and the third and last child of the late broadcaster and actress Bukky Ajayi. Her one-year marriage produced a baby boy named Xavier.
Pretty fashionista, businesswoman and actress, Mercy Aigbe, who has separated from her ex-husband due to domestic violence, is a proud mother of two beautiful children. Before her marriage, she had her first daughter, Michelle at age 22, then was fortunate enough to have a son, Juwon, at Gentry’s home. Since her separation, she takes care of her beautiful children on her own.
A superb Nollywood actress, Adunni Ade has two sons D’Marion and Ayden. She revealed that after making a difficult choice to break up with their father, she would continue to be a single parent. It is a known fact that Adunni does not joke with her boys as she adores them.
Popular Nollywood actor, businesswoman and fashionista, Iyabo Ojo was previously married to a Lagos-based film marketer in 1999 when she was 21. The union produced their two adorable children – Felix Ojo and Priscilla Ajoke Ojo. She has since divorced her ex-husband and continued to work hard to build her career and her business which she named after her children, FesPris.
A Nigerian company, Meter Assets Finance and Management Company (MAPCo), has made plans to raise 480 billion naira ($ 1.2 billion) over the next 3 years, to buy electricity meters and help companies Electricity Distribution Company (DISCO) to bridge the revenue gaps in their operations. .
It also supports the federal government’s initiative to ensure that all electricity consumers are metered, which will end estimated billing by DISCOs.
According to a PricewaterhouseCoopers report, less than a tenth of Nigeria’s 41 million households have their electricity use measured, and half of them are defective. As a result, distribution companies have to estimate bills, resulting in constant conflict with consumers delaying payments.
New Hampshire Capital CEO Onion Omonforma said Meter Assets Finance and Management Co. hopes to end the practice of estimated billing by raising funds to purchase and supply meters to consumers.
New Hampshire Capital, FBNQuest, and Kairos Investments Africa are helping to structure and structure the business, known as MAPCo, for investors to buy shares or inject debt into the business.
What they say
Omonformaa said, “Electricity utilities will then have the money to go back and buy more meters and the cycle will continue, paving the way for the metering gap to be reduced. MAPCo will collect the cost of meters from consumers at a premium over the next 10 years. The meters will be returned to the electricity distribution companies once paid.“
While revealing that MAPCo plans to issue a 100 billion naira bond next year, Omonforma also pointed out that road shows are planned in the United States and Europe and will include local institutional investors.
He said, “We expect a lot of people looking for a long-term instrument to find it useful ”.
It can be recalled that in addition to repealing the estimated billing method in determining tariffs for electricity consumers; the federal government had insisted that all consumers should be measured, as part of the condition of a tariff increase.
Also, within the framework of the agreement concluded with the unions concerning the tariff increase; the federal government announced that the national mass metering program will be accelerated, with the distribution of 6 million meters free to Nigerians.
What does that mean
A large number of electricity consumers in the 36 states and the FCT are still not measured by their respective DISCOs. This MAPCo initiative will help close the existing gap, with more electricity consumers acquiring a prepaid meter and removing billing deemed controversial.
During the arbitration, Olasupo Shasore, counsel for Nigeria, asked the panel of three arbitrators for permission to cross-examine a witness. But there was a problem. Not only did the lawyer not follow the preliminary procedural steps required to call the witness; the witness was already dead.
A number of mistakes like this were a big factor for Nigeria to lose the cause. But how could Shasore have beenincompetent?
Following the London court ruling in 2017, Nigeria attempted to delay payment by appealing the UK courts as P&ID vigorously sought enforcement. However, a New York disclosure request earlier this year revealed P&ID-related bank account transactions to two Nigeria Petroleum Resources employees, Taofiq Tijani and Grace Taiga, both of whom were heavily involved in the negotiation of the gas contract. These findings were one of the reasons why, in September 2020, the High Court in London allowed Nigeria to seek reconsideration of the US $ 6.6 billion award, four and a half years after being found responsible. .
However, this evidence alone might not have been enough without another startling revelation.
Two other former employees of the Department of Petroleum Resources, Folakemi Adelore and Ikechukwu Oguine, traveled to London in December 2014 to negotiate with P&ID. Only a month earlier, Adelore had recommended to the attorney general that the state had a weak record and that settlement was the best option available. Seven days after this recommendation, US $ 100,000 was deposited into each of their accounts. The source of these payments at the right time? None other than Olasupo Shasore, the lawyer who wanted to cross-examine the deceased witness. Nigeria’s lawyer is accused of making these payments to cover up his conduct during arbitration. There is little evidence to suggest another interpretation.
Nigeria argued that Shasore had in fact colluded with P&ID to intentionally lose the arbitration: the legal equivalent of a goalkeeper accepting a bribe to kick off a World Cup final. The High Court in London agreed that there is strong evidence to suggest so. As a result, Nigeria will finally have the opportunity in 2021 to argue that this was a bold two-tier ploy to defraud an entire country, and that rewarding P&ID with US $ 10 billion would be wrong.
According to the music star, it was shocking how things turned south on the Lekki toll axis of the protest in the country.
“It’s shocking to see that this is happening in this place, in such a place, which was the landmark of everything. The Lekki toll gate, was the most peaceful place to protest, the most peaceful place in the whole country, then this is the place where [the shootings] happen. It’s not something you can just figure out. ” he said.
Hitmaker “Ye” also said during his conversation with Sky News that the nationwide protests against SARS had changed the nature of politics in Nigeria.
“This is the most important moment in the history of Nigeria … this is what we are witnessing right now because if nothing changes after this, if it does not work, it is over.” he said.
“Look what’s going on right now: young people have come together, like something inexplicable (sic), something no man could have organized or led, young people from the world’s greatest black nation. got together, enough said is enough and this was triggered by police brutality.
“It’s not like she’s been triggered by all the other things she should have triggered all these years.”
For Burna Boy despite everything that happened at the Lekki tollbooth, Nigerians deserve to know who ordered security guards to open fire on innocent and unarmed young protesters.
The Nigerian president called for an end to the unrest sweeping the country, but avoided mentioning the police shooting at unarmed protesters that sparked international condemnation and sparked chaos in Africa’s largest city.
Lagos has seen shootings, shops looted and a prison set on fire since security forces opened fire this week on peaceful protesters calling for better governance and an end to police brutality in the city of 20 million people .
Amnesty International said Nigerian soldiers and police shot dead 12 protesters, while 56 had died across the country since a wave of protests began two weeks ago.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday warned protesters not to “undermine national security” in his first nationwide speech since Tuesday’s incident, which he avoided directly mentioning.
Instead, he blamed the agitators who he said had “hijacked and misdirected” the protest movement.
“In no case will this be tolerated,” added Mr. Buhari.
The 77-year-old called on young people to “end street protests and constructively engage the government in the search for solutions.”
International condemnation has snowballed in recent days with the United States, the African Union, the European Union and Britain all criticizing authorities for using excessive force.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called for an immediate investigation into the violence by the security forces, but Buhari brushed aside all foreign reprimands.
“We thank you and urge you all to seek out all the facts available before taking a stand or rushing to judge and making hasty statements,” he said.
Sporadic gunfire was reported for the second day in Lagos on Thursday despite a 24-hour curfew.
Mr Buhari’s hardline line sparked immediate anger online and did not seem apt to quell widespread anger over one of the biggest crises of his tenure.
“Anyone noticed that the president couldn’t even recognize the lives lost and those injured due to the outbreak of happy police officers?” Nigerian actress Kemi Lala Akindoju wrote on Twitter.
“No empathy. Hopeless. No responsibility. No leadership, ”she added.
Protests erupted in Nigeria two weeks ago over police brutality from the hated Special Anti-Theft Squad.
Mr Buhari scrapped unity and pledged reforms, but demands from young protesters widened to calls for more radical change.
Authorities said protests were increasingly taken over by criminals as violence erupted and sought to stop them.
“Unfortunately, the speed with which we have acted seems to have been misinterpreted as a sign of weakness,” Mr. Buhari said in his speech.
The Nigerian military has denied that its soldiers opened fire on protesters on Tuesday.
But United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said there were signs the attack was “premeditated, planned and coordinated”.
The incident sparked a wave of major unrest in the streets of Lagos which saw supermarkets emptied and prisons attacked.
The authorities insist that the violence is perpetrated by “thugs” and have sent the army into the city to restore order.
In the bourgeois district of Lekki, the soldiers had taken control of the streets Thursday afternoon.
But the scorched pods of government buildings, wrecks of burning cars and destroyed storefronts testified to the ferocity of the chaos.
“Now they have seen what we are capable of,” said an angry youth. “We are just hungry, we are tired.”
In another district, a warehouse containing food intended for distribution to poor residents affected by coronavirus restrictions was ransacked.
Further east, in oil-rich Delta state, authorities have ordered a 48-hour curfew after arson, robberies and attacks on a prison and other public buildings.
Nigeria – which has a median age of 18 and the highest number of people living in extreme poverty in the world – is a powder keg of deep grievances.
Africa’s largest oil producer and economy faces a deep recession after the coronavirus caused crude oil prices to plummet that crippled state revenues.
Windsorite Angelina Ebegbuzie says what is happening in her family’s homeland of Nigeria is “painful to see” and she wants the Canadian government to act.
Thousands of Nigerians continue to demonstrate peacefully against police brutality, a two-week call to action in Lagos, the country’s largest city. According to Amnesty International, at least 56 people have died across the country as they sought to end the Special Theft Brigade, or SARS, a police unit created in 1992 to fight crime.
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari dissolved SARS last week, but protests have continued as skeptical protesters seek further police reforms in the country.
The unit was controversial and had a reputation for brutality. Amnesty accused him of extortion and torture, among other human rights violations.
“It’s overwhelming because when you know… this is your home, this is where you come from and you see the people you come from suffering in such a way that it shouldn’t really be happening, it ‘is painful to see,’ said Ebegbuzie, who was born in Windsor but has family in Nigeria.
“But at the same time, I know it is something that needs to be done because they have been protesting this for so long and there has never been a change. So sometimes events like this and on this scale get the world’s attention. And maybe now the government will have to do something.
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Nigerians living in Windsor call on the government to condemn and take action against the Nigerian government. 2:26
Windsor resident Chidera Ikewibe agreed that what is happening in the country must happen to advance change.
She said the young people were leading the squad and asking to dismantle the “corrupt” police unit. They want to see an increase in police salaries so that they don’t have to lead a criminal life to make ends meet, she said.
‘My heart aches’
Ikewibe said if she could speak to the Nigerian President, she would tell him “he must embrace real change for the people, because we are afraid.”
“It’s not just a passing moment. It is not a passing trend. It is something that we demand and the youth and people of Nigeria want real and real change, ”she said.
As for watching it all unfold from afar, Ikewibe said “it has been incredibly difficult”.
She says she talks to her family frequently in Nigeria, but it’s not the same as being with them.
“My heart hurts for my family. But, you know, we’re not the ones who are suffering the most right now. Those who have been most affected are those who have lost their families and my heart is fine with them, ”she said.
Canada is deeply concerned about excessive use of force during ongoing protests #Nigeria. Those responsible for #Human rights violations and abuses must be held accountable.
In response to everything that is happening, she wants Canadian political leaders to take action and “publicly denounce” what is happening against the Nigerian people.
“Nigerians in the Nigerian diaspora are citizens [Canada] and we demand change, ”she said. “We demand that [the Canadian government] Denounce, you know, all these terrible things that happen because something that hurts Nigerians abroad hurts us here.
Falz gave an overview of what has been going on in the country since the first day young Nigerians decided to come out and protest the police brutality.
“Myself and another artist, Runtown, we had shared on our Twitter handles that we were going for a walk, a peaceful protest against all forms of police brutality. We did this with the hashtag #EndSars. The hashtag already existed. It was a big thing on social networks, but no one had gone to do it physically, so we decided to go further ”. he said.
The lawyer turned rapper then recounted how the protest that started with just a few people marching through the streets of Lagos turned into a nationwide protest.
Falz further pointed out that the main issue surrounding the dissolution of the police is that the government has made similar statements in the past without any changes.
Amanpour asked the rapper if he was afraid for his life after scores of other disgruntled Nigerians refused to speak to the media about the crisis in the country.
“I am not afraid for my life. I’m not afraid for my life because where we are right now I can die from anything. I don’t even know where to start, we have a non-existent health system, we have a very high level of poverty, there is unemployment and we are in critical condition due to the corruption that we continue to see the country , “ he said.
“So if I don’t come and talk about anything, I could sit and have an accident on my way to work and die because the state of health care has nothing written down. We don’t even have proper hospitals, people have to travel overseas for treatment. “
The music star’s interview came days after several young Nigerians were killed by security guards at the Lekki toll booth in Lagos.
Young Nigerians were among the thousands of Nigerians who came out to protest against police brutality in the country.
Former Lagos state governor and national leader of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has denied investing in Kobo in the Lekki Concession Company (LCC), and as such he did not no penny in funds generated at Lekki Tollgate.
The rebuttal follows claims and allegations of his involvement in the shooting of unarmed protesters on Tuesday at Lekki Tollgate. He would have been livid from the losses suffered at the toll due to its closure by the demonstrators of #EndSARS; hence the plan to disperse the demonstrators
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Bola Tinubu debunked this rumor, during a telephone interview with Channels Television in the early hours of Wednesday.
In response to a question about his interest in Lekki Tollgate, the APC leader said: “I have no money, no investment from Kobo in the toll “.
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He also denied having invested in the Lekki Concession Company (LCC), the company that manages the toll.
Going further, he said he was denounced to the president and initially accused of being behind the protests that were taking place across the country; an allegation he has since denied. He refuted allegations that he gave the order to shoot protesters at the Lekki tollgate and questioned the logic behind the use of live weapons on unarmed protesters.
“I’ll never, ever be part of a carnage. I’ll never be a part of this.
According to Tinubu, it was his intervention that prompted Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to respond to protesters’ demands.
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He said, “That’s why he (Sanwo-Olu) set up the Judicial Commission of Inquiry. The governor went to the home of one of the victims to appeal to them.He raised 200 million naira for restitution and compensation for those attacked.
There have been reports of vandalization of properties allegedly owned by the former Lagos State Governor, fueled by rumors that he was involved in the shooting of peaceful protesters at Lekki Toll Plaza.
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Thugs razed the Lekki Tollgate and there were also alleged attacks on an oriental hotel, Television Continental, among others.
Reigning UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya is proud of his Nigerian heritage and although he currently resides in New Zealand with his family he said he was deeply disturbed by the current state. from his birthplace, Lagos. The Last Stylebender recently took to social media and called for “human rights” while sharing a disturbing video.
In the clip, a Nigerian can be seen tortured by what are believed to be members of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). A SARS member hits the man – who hangs from the ceiling – with a gun while others slap and beat him with slippers.
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Nigerians have been protesting against police brutality for two weeks and demanded “an end to corruption, responsible governance and respect for human rights in the country”. The special anti-theft squad has been accused of having killed, harassed and tortured several demonstrators. According to Skysports, the unit was disbanded on October 11, 2020, but according to Israel Adesanya’s tweet, SARS still commits crimes.
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Nigeria Protest: Kamaru Usman calls out to President Muhammadu Buhari
Besides Israel Adesanya, another Nigerian fighter Kamaru Usman condemned the government by arresting President Muhammadu Buhari in his recent post. The UFC welterweight champion asked why the Nigerian president is silent on all the protests and crimes going on in his country. Kamaru Usman claimed that every Nigerian is the child of Muhammadu Buhari and should come and talk to his “children”.
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Protest in Nigeria: Kamaru Usman says government has let down its people
Concluding his comment, Kamaru Usman said the Nigerian government has let its people down, asking Muhammadu Buhari to wake up. “Now is the time to wake up and get up. It’s time to change what I see, ”added. Israel Adesanya then relied on Kamaru Usman’s comments, responding: “They don’t really care about us.”
“You were elected president to lead us and you failed. You’ve been failing for a long, long time and that’s how it got to this point, ”Kamaru Usman said.
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