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Group wants Omojuwa investigated over alleged forgery

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A policy advocacy group known as Society for Watchdog on Non-Governmental Organization and Good Governance (SWOGG), has called on the police to launch an immediate investigation into an on-going cyber offence and personality forgery involving a company linked to influential social media activist, Japheth Omojuwa.

The group, in a press release signed Monday in Abuja, by its Executive Director, Bayo Orimolade said that it was wrong of Omojuwa to have listed the former Minister of Education, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili as a director in his company, Alpha Reach Limited, when indeed, the information was false.

“This act of forgery and identity theft is a crime against the Nigerian laws and, in this instance has opened a high ranking Nigerian, in the person of Dr. Ezewesili to public ridicule.

“We ask that the Nigerian Police should cast its attention to this developing story and particularly unearth why the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) would register a company with a false information and without due diligence.

“It is unfortunate that Mr. Omojuwa’s company is mentioned as a crony in an international image laundering campaign in support of an individual under criminal investigation. It is pertinent that we refrain from commenting on this particular allegation until the conclusion of investigations on the matter.

“However, it is our intention to put Nigerians on the alert about the necessity of cross checking information put out by the so-called social media influential figures. Such warning is expedient as the 2023 election cycle is approaching and it is necessary for Nigerians know that a good number of social media agitators are fronts for politicians, hence the reason why their commentaries should be taken with a pinch of salt,” the statement said.

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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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