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APC celebrates Deputy Senate President Omo-Agege @57

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has joined the family, friends and associates all over the world in celebrating the Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege, on his 57th birthday.

A statement signed by the party’s spokesman, Yekini Nabena, on Monday in Abuja, said Senator Omo-Agege has been exemplary and has distinguished himself in his private practice and public life, adding that the DSP’s doggedness, courage and sincerity of purpose in pursuing patriotic causes should be emulated by all, particularly the younger generations.

“As Deputy Senate President, the Party notes with pride the team play and cooperation Senator Omo-Agege has exhibited in joining hands with the Senate President Ahmed Lawan as well as other principal Officers to steer the affairs of the 9th Senate. This partnership and synergy has resulted in the Senate leadership enjoying cross-partisan support which has equally translated to a long-sought cordial and functional Legislative-Executive relations. Nigerians are the ultimate beneficiaries with both arms of government working in tandem to execute the Legislative Agenda of the 9th Assembly, achieve good governance and deliver dividends of democracy to the citizenry.

“As the leader of the APC in the South-South region, the distinguished Senator Omo-Agege has continued to entrench the party in the region by carrying party stakeholders along, marketing and endearing the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC administration to the good people of the South-south.”

The ruling party prayed the Almighty God continue to grant the Obarisi of Urhobo Land good health and wisdom in dedicated service to the APC and the Nation.

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Stone Gay Couples, Burundian President Advocates

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Burundi’s President Evariste Ndayishimiye launched a virulent anti-gay tirade on Friday, saying same-sex couples should be publicly stoned.

He also lashed out at Western countries that press other nations to allow gay rights or risk losing aid.

Homosexuality in Burundi, a conservative Christian country in East Africa, has been criminalised since 2009 with prison terms of up to two years for consensual same-sex acts.

Évariste Ndayishimiye-Burundi President

Ndayishimiye, a Catholic, described marriage between same-sex couples as an “abominable practice”.

“Personally, I think if we see these kind of individuals in Burundi we should put them in a stadium and stone them. And it would not be a sin for those who do,” Ndayishimiye said in response to a question at a public event in the east of the country that was broadcast by Burundian media.

He also criticised Western countries that urge smaller nations to allow gay marriage or risk losing aid, saying: “Let them keep their help, let them keep it.”

Burundians living abroad who have “chosen the devil” and practise homosexuality should “not come back”, he added.

Homosexuality is illegal in many East African countries, which have a history of repression and stigmas against gay people, often encouraged by conservative Muslims and Christians.

Uganda in May adopted what has been described as one of the world’s harshest laws against homosexuality, prompting outrage among rights groups and Western powers.

In response, Washington has said it would remove Uganda from a key trade deal and has imposed visa restrictions on some officials, while the World Bank suspended new loans to the country.

The legislation is currently being challenged at Uganda’s constitutional court.

In March this year, Burundi charged 24 people with “homosexual practices” in a crackdown on same-sex relationships.

The move followed a call by Ndayishimiye for citizens to root out homosexuality and treat gay people as “pariahs”.

Ndayishimiye took power in June 2020 after the death of president Pierre Nkurunziza and has been lauded by the international community for slowly ending years of Burundi’s isolation under his predecessor’s chaotic and bloody rule.

But he has failed to improve a wretched human rights record and the country of 12 million people remains one of the poorest on the planet.

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Rashford and Lingard Apologise for Taking Photo with Disgraced Rapper Wiley

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Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard have issued apologies after a photo emerged of the Manchester United duo with rapper Wiley, who has been all but banished from the UK music scene due to multiple antisemitic tirades.

Wiley performed at Club Blu Dubai on Sunday before posting the photo to his Instagram saying: “Thank you @officialdjironik for getting me a booking and big up these dons”

Both Lingard and Rashford have since apologised for the photo, insisting that they do not support the rapper or his beliefs.

Who is Wiley?

Wiley is a UK Grime artist that rose to prominence in 2020 due to controversy stemming from an antisemitic tirade online.

The rapper, known for songs like “Wearing My Rolex”, “Never Be Your Woman”, and his UK number-one hit “Heatwave”, accused Jewish people of being “racists”, “snakes” and “cowards” before going on to say that “black people” should go to “war” with Jewish people.

The 43-year-old, who was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 2018 for services to music, has struggled to find bookings ever since and was banned by Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram while being dumped by his record label.

What was said?

“This picture has been brought to my attention which I understand now, given context, could easily be misconstrued,” Rashford, who has been one of world football’s most vocal anti-racism advocates, tweeted.

“I would like to reinforce that I do not and will not condone discriminative language or behaviour of any kind aimed at the Jewish community or any other community.

“I truly believe that tackling antisemitism in and outside of the game requires a greater level of attention and should very much form part of the game’s anti-racism stance.”

 

 

 

His team-mate, Lingard, who has previously taken part in a campaign to raise awareness about antisemitism, also took to Twitter to address the photo.
“I’ve been made aware of a photo circulating currently, that can easily be misconstrued,” he said. “I want to make it clear that I do not condone any form of racism whatsoever!”

 

 

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FG Approves 14-Day Paternity Leave

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The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved the right to 14-day paternity leave for male Federal civil servants to allow them to bond with their infants.

This was disclosed to State House Correspondents on Wednesday by the Head of Service of the Federation, Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan, after the week’s virtual FEC meeting presided over by Yemi Osinbajo (SAN) at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

She said this is to enable for proper bonding between the father and a newborn, either natural-born or adopted, especially at the early stages of the child’s life.

Mrs. Yemi -Esan further explained that fathers of adopted babies of less than four months will also enjoy this gesture

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