Atolagbe Animashaun Praises Shomolu LG Chairman, DULLAR: Deems Him a Worthy Role Model for The Youths

A respected and renowned businessman in Shomolu who is an ardent lover of farming and a proud promoter of handiwork has praised and extolled Shomolu Local Government Chairman, Abdul-Ahmed Salaudeen popularly called DULLAR for his deeds and hard work over the past couple of years since he assumed office. He tagged the LG Chairman as a “special leader chosen by God to liberate and empower the youths” and declared Shomolu youths “lucky indeed” to have DULLAR as their Chairman.

Atolagbe Animashaun who is the CEO of Tola Guinea Fowl Ventures, the most popular grilled foods service in Lagos and National Director, Youths Love Inc.- a NGO focused on building Youths who are self-sufficient, productive, fiscally responsible and are a generally more than a definite plus to the society; made this known in a recent talk with journalists. I must confess his enthusiasm and fervor for building legitimately productive and skilled youths are genuine and very contagious.

The King of Awo as Atolagbe Animashaun is fondly and rightly called had recently received state-wide acclaim and accolades when he bagged the award for the best Finger Foods Company late last year and early this year for a particularly sterling interview where he touted the now famous words “Farmers are Not Slaves!” and preached the importance of farming and having a handiwork or skill to our youths and country as a whole. In the interview by esrtwhile FlipTV journalist Boma Al Onyanabo, he went as far as to demand the addition of a brand new subject-Pratical Farming-to the curriculum of all schools across the nation. Addressing the government, he maintained that only by doing so would we as a nation come to resurrect the acceptance and pride in farming by our young ones and future leaders. He has since been recognized as a bonafide lover of the youths, agriculture and farming and a staunch advocate of getting a skill or learning a handiwork-regarding of your educational status or level; graduate or not.

The successful businessman has asked youths in this most recent chat with journalists to pick role models carefully from some of our leaders. Leaders who are hardworking and genuinely love the youths and constantly try to empower them. He said that he knew that there weren’t that many leaders out there who were worthy of being made role models of and emulating, but he charged the youths not to forget the benefits of having the right role models and learning from their successes, failures and mistakes. He made an example of the present Local Government Chairman of Shomolu Abdul-Hamed Salaudeen and brandished the Chairman as a leader and politician to be studied and emulated by the youths of his constituency and nationwide.

In his words:

“Let’s take for example someone who is close to home and who we all in Shomolu here know very closely; our Chairman Abdul Hamed Salaudeen who was given to us by God. He is someone whom I respect and love very much, and one of the few politicians I can sincerely say I have learnt a couple of things from. I know most of our leaders and politicians nowadays are terrible role models for our youths but DULLAR is a shining light amongst his peers and contemporaries.”

“We are not friends or acquaintances but I have been lucky to meet him once or twice(in passing) and he left a lasting impression on me. He is easily accessible, down to earth and seeks opinions and advice constantly from the people around him. He listens and that is a God given gift he is using it well. Any business owner who has established a successful business in any environment in Nigeria knows how crucial it is be sound and well versed politically even if one is not politically active.”

“I have watched the Chairman closely over the years and have identified three key attitudes that I love about him and sincerely implore youths to emulate and practice in their every day lives and see themselves get the acclaim and success DULLAR has achieved and have so far eluded them.

 

1. His Penchant for Love & Peace

“I have been running my business(Tola Guinea Fowl Ventures) in Shomolu for close to two decades and I have examined and watched our leaders to an extent over the years. I have always maintained that the youths of Shomolu are indeed quite lucky and even blessed to have DULLAR as their LG chairman because I know for a fact that he loves the Youths, children and even our elders as well genuinely. They are lucky because they have a role model as a Chairman, one who practices love in all his doings.”

“Looking back, one of the things that he did in his first days in office is the way he brokered peace amongst the Youths in Shomolu. Like I said I have been here in Shomolu since in 1991 and I witnessed the way and despicable manner our youths here related with another, there was almost no love. It was a issue that caused heartache in the hearts of residents because it affected everyone-parents, business owners, workers, entrepreneurs and even the youths themselves. DULLAR came in and faciliated peace among the youths, outsiders wouldn’t understand the value of this peace I speak about. But indigenes and even those who have traveled out now would understand and still appreciate the importance of the peace DULLAR brought to Shomolu. I am pretty confident that’s why our elders and parents love our Chairman till tomorrow, why he can do not wrong in their eyes; he stopped their children from fighting with one another and empowered them to build a live for themselves. This amazing feat wouldn’t not been possible if not the love of the youths God put in his heart even before he became a leader or politician.”

He then encouraged the youths to emulate this love DULLAR has displayed and practices.

“The love being displayed by DULLAR is inbuilt and is unpretentious. I want our youths to learn and practice this genuine love for one another the way our leader loves us. As a businessman, I improved my understanding and practice of love and patience after emulating him and I can tell you confidently that the love of your fellow man cannot be understated and can never bring you harm. I would be remiss if I didn’t use this opportunity to thank and commend the youths of Shomolu for emulating this love and keeping the peace our leader has facilitated; this is one of the highest honors the youths can give our Chairman and I urge them to keep the peace even after DULLAR has left office. I also plead with them not to only practice this love but to also plant the seed and teach the importance of love of our fellow man to their children. If we all practice genuine love from as a people, from politicians to leaders to businessmen to parents to the youths, to each and every individual, I am sure our country would become better than it is. I urge other leaders and politicians to emulate DULLAR’s love and plead with them to spread love not hate among the youths as they are our future leaders. Let’s us not forget that peace, wealth, prosperity and true happiness abound only where genuine love is found. I pray that every leader, parent and youth who practices and preaches true love be blessed and find favor this year.”

 

2. His Hardworking Attitude

The King of Finger Foods went to reveal the second thing he loves about DULLAR and wants to youth to emulate and practice immediately.

He said:

“Another thing I noticed and admire about DULLAR is his hardworking attitude and I want our youths to pay particular attention to this. He is extremely focused on the future and his focus is selfless and positive-focus differs from person to person and leader to leader but DULLAR’s focus is worth emulating because he’s focused on building a good name and legacy for his children through his actions and hardwork. Going back to his hardworking attitude, regardless of his post and status he’s regularly seen on the streets monitoring things and speaking to residents. Unlike some leaders and politicians who spend the bulk of their terms and time in power sitting and lounging in their air-conditioned office cut off from their people; DULLAR meanwhile is always ready to get on the road and get things happening. He got my attention initially because I noticed he was as tenacious, focused and is a real hands-on boss like myself.”

“Now what made me like and cherish him is the fact that he has made it a point to ensure that the youths of his constituency are hardworking and skilled regardless of their educational status or level. He has tried to imbibe his hardworking attitude in the youths and enable them make a better life for themselves. He has empowered youths by training them in various skills and handiworks, helping to ensure that his youths are not jobless and skill-less at the same time and do not fall into a life of crime. This is quite priceless to me and I respect him greatly for that because he understands that we have to engage our youths, keep them busy and off the streets and goes out of his way to reach out to them because he genuinely loves them”

“I hereby urge the youths to know and remember if they have forgotten that hardwork is Paramount, regardless of your status or post do not stop working hard in whatever you do and I promise you success in life. Your hardwork and tenacity now would determine the kind of name and legacy you will leave behind. A name that would make your generation proud and pave way for them. Just like General Idi Agbon, a man I respect so much even in death. A name that would be respected by people from all works of life.

 

3. His Attitude of Service

The final thing I want youths to emulate from DULLAR is how he serves. Forget the title Chairman, DULLAR is a servant of his people. Permit me to bring in Idi Agbon once more, forget his shortcomings, he understood the meaning of service and getting dirty for one’s work, which was why he was quite invaluable to Buhari. Remember that even when getting a certificate, one more serve the government before being recognized as a bonafide graduate. That underlines the importance of service in life as a person.

Whatever you serve now and get dirty for is what will create a name for you now, a legacy for you later andz make your children proud of your deeds. There a couple of songs from the old days that we have forgotten and these songs are sources of unending, timeless wisdom. These songs helped make us know then that not everyone had to be a doctor, banker or teacher; these songs helped us realize that shame and pride in work is counterproductive. It also made us understand that getting a certificate without having a skill is nothing but folly. I would like to remember a song we sang every day in school during my days then, it made me realize that the money and wealth we are looking for is in that work that we are trying to avoid. It goes like this:

Owe kiko lasi Oko ati ada

Ko e pe oh, ko e pe oh,

Ise agbe ni ise ile wa

Eni ti o ni ise oma jale.

 

Which can be loosely translated to English as:

 

Getting Educated, without having a skill

Is getting incomplete education,

Farming is the job of our land

A jobless man will steal.

I want to youths to read, digest and live this song. This song is almost prophetic, it is almost 50 years old yet all the lines of this song are still valid and true.

You can not achieve anything in this life if you don’t serve and serve diligently. Let’s go take schooling for example, what youths don’t know that you are serving your course and career when you spend time in school. Going to learning a skill from a “Oga”, you can not really learn a skill or handiwork if you don’t serve your Oga and work.

The astute businessman wrapped it up with this epic conclusion, he said:

“Those who know know intimately know that even though I am very well informed politically, I rarely actively participate in politics or single out politicians to laud or criticize. I made an example of DULLAR not because I am politically inclined or have an endgame, I did because of my love of the youths and because we all can attest to the fact that the Chairman is worthy of emulation. Quote me anywhere on this: if a young man or woman practices acquires these attributes listed below such a youth would most assuredly lead a life of posperity and fulfilment.”

1. Love, not just of yourself but of your fellow man.

2. An hardworking, focused and passionate attitude in any chosen career or field.

3. Readiness to serve, as service comes before success.

“Understand young man or lady that having these three attributes is not enough to do it irrespective of how important they are. There are other notable attributes which worthy of mention and paramount in the make up of any young man or woman. They are: Respect, Patience, Long-suffering, Humility, Contentment and Discipline.”

I pray for that our leaders be blessed with wisdom and their hearts filled with love so as to enable them lead us well and ruin our future, I also pray for the youths too with love and wisdom to learn from the mistakes of their elders and leaders and embrace hard-work and discipline to avoid selling their futures in pursuit of fast money.

Boma Al Onyanabo

 

 

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“Farmers Are Not Slaves!” King of Finger Foods, Atolagbe Animashaun Talks Farming And Youth

Atolagbe Animashaun, King of Finger Foods and CEO of Tola GuineaFowl Ventures, who runs the most popular grilled foods spot in Lagos-has pleaded with the Government to add Practical Farming as a compulsory subject in Junior and Secondary Schools across the country.

 

The King of Finger Foods, as he fondly called, made his advice to the Federal Government public in a recent chat with Journalists. Atolagbe Animashuan runs Tola Guinea Fowl Ventures, the oldest and most trusted grilling service company in Lagos and over the past couple of years has emerged as one of the major players when it comes to events in Nigeria. His most popular product, the Roasted and Peppered Guinea Fowl(awo) has been a favorite of the high and mighty for the past 15 years. His skill and consistency over the past 19 years since he launched has made him and his brand get and many partnerships with the biggest Event Planners in Nigeria.

Mr Atolagbe Animashuan is very passionate about farming and agriculture and is quite saddened by the attitude of today’s generation of youth’s attitude towards farming. He feels something has to been done about that mindset of the youths towards a very profitable and vital occupation – Farming. Hence he has called for a strategic and systematic re-oreintation of the youths of a country.

He commended the efforts of the government over the past couple of years towards the sensitization of the Nigerian youth about the promise, importance and honor involved in farming. The government made grants, loans, material, land all available to budding young farmers, the problem is that the youths out there now see Farming as a dirty, if not shameful job.

 

He urged the government has to plant the seed for the love of farming in their minds of the next generation of Nigerian youths early on. These little ones will be taught that a Farmer is as important as a Doctor, Engineer, Teacher, Soldier or President.

He said:

“Having thought about this for quite a while now, I am very sure that a sure fire way to get more youths interested in farming is to start at a very early age. When was the last time you asked a teen-ager or child for his preferred future occupation and heard “I want to be a Farmer”, they will be made to understand that farming is every bit as vital and profitable as medicine or entertainment.

He has asks the Government to create a new compulsory subject for all secondary pupils tagged PRACTICAL FARMING. This new subject would be compulsory for all children in Junior and Senior secondary schools across the country.

We have to create a generation of young, educated and passionate youths who are genuinely interested about farming. We can take a leaf from the Chinese, their young are taught about technology at a very age. We all know how that alone has helped boost the Chinese economy.

China gives their children technological advancement
Isreal gives their children military training
Let Nigeria give it children Farming, they will thank us later. ”

The staunch farming enthusiast and King of Finger Foods went on to highlight some unbelievable and real effects on getting the younger generation involved in farming:

1. Farming will teach the next generation about the importance of hard work and farmers to the world at a very young age.

2. Crime rates would reduce significantly if more of next generation of youths went into farming.

3. Unemployment rates would plunge as these budding farmers become self employed.

 

We as a nation have to work together if we are to utilize the agricultural resources of our country. We have to recognize that farmers are not slaves but an important part of our society and economy.

 

If everybody abandons farming and refuses to farm, where would food come from; the rich, powerful, wise and skilled all need the farmer.

We have a very blessed and fertile land that was a gift from God and we are not utilizing it not yet enough. Encouraging the youth to become involved in farming will be very beneficial to the economy and country. The government and the people have to do more to create and increase the awareness and interest in farming.

In the days of our great, grand fathers, if they wanted to reward a young man for pleasing them or doing something commendable. They didn’t give that young man money, wife or food, they would give him a land to begin farming. And over time that young man would begin successful.

 

The King of Finger Foods rounded up with this:

Farming is a very profitable business, there can be 100 farmers in a town and all of them would be very well. A farmer is as smart as a doctor or engineer or teacher or banker, the youth need to take pride in farming and understand that the money and success they are looking for is in the very work they are avoiding. Farming has always and would always been one of the best legacies to leave behind, we forget that farming was once the only occupation and job in the world. Everything came from FARMING!

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Taoreed Ajuwon declares interest for Ifako Ijaiye Chairmanship position

Ahead 2021 Lagos LGA/LCDA elections, Taoreed Ajuwon declares interest for Ifako Ijaiye Chairmanship position

Taoreed Ajuwon has declared interest in running for the Ifako Ijaiye chairmanship position ahead of the 2021 Local Government and Local Council Development Area elections in Lagos state.

Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC) has assured of the state’s readiness to conduct a free and credible polls in to offices in 2021.

Chairman of LASIEC Justice Ayotunde Phillips had, in July, led other members of the commission on inspection tour of electoral offices in various Local Government Councils of the state.

The commission assured that the agency is working tirelessly on revised guidelines that would reflect how it could successfully conduct elections in the present reality of COVID-19 pandemic, if the situation persisted beyond this year.

And ahead of the polls, Taoreed Ajuwon who graduated at the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye, has promised to reposition Ifako Ijaiye if elected into office as chairman of the Local Government.

He said: “It is time to reposition Ifako Ijaiye to become the leading Local Government in our state. We have both intellectual and resourceful capacities to turn things around to improve the lives and well-being of our people.

“In the realization of my ambition, I will contest under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and I seek support and prayers of everyone in the Local Government.

The career banker further added that Ifako Ijaiye which was created along with 183 other local governments on October 1, 1996 by General Sani Abacha, the then military head of state, will witness massive development during his time.

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Tola Guinea Fowl Ventures Plans Massive Promo This Xmas Season

Christmas is just around the corner and your favorite Roast Birds and small chops company Tola Guinea Fowl Ventures has loads and loads of gifts for you this xmas season! We shall be giving back to all our customers:to say thank you for your patronage and faithfulness to us throughout the year.

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You don’t want to miss out on this amazing offer as this Christmas TolaGuimeaFowl Ventures plans to make everybody a winner!

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StarTimes GO Super Sales Carnival Goes Live November 15

As Nigerians grapple with the rising cost of household items, StarTimes GO has launched its maiden Super Sales Carnival which gives customers the chance to get various products at incredibly low prices.
Starting from November 15 to Christmas day, shoppers will enjoy a massive discount on selected household products ranging from TV, blender, bags and lamps, among others.

 

During the super sales carnival window, there will be two days of bigger discount on Nov 27th for Black Friday and December 12 for Christmas Shopping.
The super sales carnival will hold daily on StarTimes GO TV Channel 002 and on Facebook @StarTimesGO

 

Speaking on this the initiative, Viki Liu, Brand Manager, StarTimes GO said, “having test-run the launch of StarTimes GO, the first integrated e-shopping television channel, we got positive feedback on how it has enriched e-shopping experience with a rich category of products available on the e-shopping platform.

“We are taking a step further to make shoppers save big during the festive season via our Super Sales Carnival. From 15th November, every product on the StarTimes GO channel and facebook.com/startimesgo will be sold on discount. The products are sourced directly from local and foreign brands and will be sold at incredibly low prices and promptly delivered at your doorstep. Placing an order is simple. Buyers who see their choice item on StarTimes GO Channel or Facebook platform can call 01-465-8888 to place their order” Viki said.
Launched this year, StarTimes GO became a lifesaver for many families during the pandemic. StarTimes GO made e-commerce convenient and valuable by offering great deals on electronic and daily life products,
StarTimes GO offers high-quality items of great design, quality, and price. The platform provides top experience in TV shopping, Online shopping and Phone-call shopping.

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10 Things President Buhari Said In Live Broadcast On EndSARS Protest

 

President Muhammadu Buhari finally addressed the nation on Thursday night about the ongoing #EndSARS protests all over the country.

Below are 10 things the President said tonight;

1. HIJACKING OF #ENDSARS PROTESTS

The president said; “It has become necessary for me to address you having heard from many concerned Nigerians and having concluded a meeting with all the Security Chiefs.”

“I must warn those who have hijacked and misdirected the initial, genuine and well – intended protest of some of our youths in parts of the country, against the excesses of some members of the now disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).”

2. PROTESTS ARE A FUNDAMENTAL HUMAN RIGHT

President Buhari said; “On Monday 12th October, I acknowledged the genuine concerns and agitations of members of the public regarding the excessive use of force by some members of SARS.”

“The choice to demonstrate peacefully is a fundamental right of citizens as enshrined in Section 40 of our Constitution and other enactments; but this right to protest also imposes on the demonstrators the responsibility to respect the rights of other citizens, and the necessity to operate within the law.”

3. #EndSARS PROTESTERS DEMANDS

The President disclosed: “As a democratic government, we listened to, and carefully evaluated the five-point demands of the protesters. And, having accepted them, we immediately scrapped SARS, and put measures in place to address the other demands of our youth.”

“”On approving the termination of SARS, I already made it clear that it was in line with our commitment to the implementation of extensive Police reforms.”

4. CRIMES COMMITTED IN THE NAME OF #EndSARS

President Buhari said: “Sadly, the promptness with which we have acted seemed to have been misconstrued as a sign of weakness and twisted by some for their selfish unpatriotic interests.”

“The result of this is clear to all observers: human lives have been lost; acts of sexual violence have been reported; two major correctional facilities were attacked and convicts freed; public and private properties completely destroyed or vandalised; the sanctity of the Palace of a Peace Maker, the Oba of Lagos has been violated. So-called protesters have invaded an International Airport and in the process disrupted the travel plans of fellow Nigerians and our visitors.”

“All these executed in the name of the ENDSARS protests. I am indeed deeply pained that innocent lives have been lost. These tragedies are uncalled for and unnecessary. Certainly, there is no way whatsoever to connect these bad acts to legitimate expression of grievance of the youth of our country.”

5. FAKE NEWS

The President lamented: “The spreading of deliberate falsehood and misinformation through the social media in particular, that this government is oblivious to the pains and plight of its citizens is a ploy to mislead the unwary within and outside Nigeria into unfair judgement and disruptive behaviour.”

“On the contrary, both our deeds and words have shown how committed this administration has been to the wellbeing and welfare of citizens, even with the steadily dwindling revenues, and the added responsibilities and restrictions due to the Coronavirus pandemic.”

6. GOVERNMENT INITIATIVES FOR YOUTHS

The President said: “Government has put in place measures and initiatives principally targeted at youths, women and the most vulnerable groups in our society. These included our broad plan to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in the next 10 years; the creation of N75 billion National Youth Investment Fund to provide opportunities for the youths and the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Survival Fund, through which government is:

a. paying three months salaries of the staff of 100,000 micro, small – and medium – enterprises,

b. paying for the registration of 250,000 businesses at the Corporate Affairs Commission,

c. giving a grant of N30,000 to 100,000 artisans; and

d. guaranteeing market for the products of traders.

“These are in addition to many other initiatives such as;

a. Farmermoni,

b. Tradermoni,

c. Marketmoni,

d. N-Power,

e. N-Tech and

f. N-Agro.

“No Nigerian Government in the past has methodically and seriously approached poverty-alleviation like we have done.”

7. POLICE WELFARE/REFORM

Speaking on Police reform, President Buhari said: “With regard to the welfare of police personnel, the National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission has been directed to expedite action on the finalization of the new salary structure of members of the Nigeria Police Force. The emoluments of other paramilitary services are also being reviewed upwards.”

“In order to underscore the importance of education in preparing youths for the future, this administration has come up with a new salary structure and other incentives for our teachers.”

8. COMMITMENT TO NIGERIA’S UNITY

President Buhari said; “Let me at this point reaffirm the Federal Government’s commitment to preserving the unity of this country. We will continue to improve good governance and our democratic process, including through sustained engagement.”

“We shall continue to ensure that liberty and freedom, as well as the fundamental rights of all citizens are protected.”

9. INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY

The President said: “To our neighbours in particular, and members of the international community, many of whom have expressed concern about the ongoing development in Nigeria, we thank you and urge you all to seek to know all the facts available before taking a position or rushing to judgment and making hasty pronouncements.”

“In the circumstances, I would like to appeal to protesters to note and take advantage of the various well-thought-out initiatives of this administration designed to make their lives better and more meaningful, and resist the temptation of being used by some subversive elements to cause chaos with the aim of truncating our nascent democracy.”

10. END THE PROTESTS

The president said: “I therefore call on our youths to discontinue the street protests and constructively engage government in finding solutions. Your voice has been heard loud and clear and we are responding.”

“And I call on all Nigerians to go about their normal businesses, and enjoin security agencies to protect lives and properties of all law abiding citizens without doing harm to those they are meant to protect. Let me pay tribute to officers of the Nigeria Police Force who have tragically lost their lives in the line of duty.”

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Protesters Give Thailand PM 3 Days to Resign

 

Following more than a week of regular anti-government demonstrations in the nation’s capital and other cities, Thailand’s Prime Minister has withdrawn emergency measures levied on Bangkok.

A Royal Gazette announcement on Thursday said “as the serious situation that had led to the enactment of an emergency decree appeared, it has been resolved and stopped.” The new order, which came into effect in Bangkok at noon, said the situation had returned to a state where the situation could be addressed by normal law enforcement.

This follows a pre-recorded television address on Wednesday by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, who said he was taking the first steps to “de-escalate” political tensions that have seen tens of thousands of demonstrators take to the streets in recent months, calling for a new constitution, reform of the monarchy and the resignation of Prayut.

“The protestors have made their voices and views heard,” Prayut said. “As the leader of the nation who is responsible for the welfare of all Thais — whether they be protestors or the silent majority with whatever political convictions — I will make the first move to de-escalate this situation.”
Prayut said he would lift the state of severe emergency in the capital on the condition that “there are no violent incidents” and asked protesters to work through representatives in parliament.

“I ask the protesters to reciprocate with sincerity, to turn down the volume on hateful and divisive talk, and to let us, together, disperse this terrible dark cloud before it moves over our country,” the Prime Minster added.
Meanwhile, an extraordinary parliamentary session was given royal assent and will be convened from Monday, according to an announcement from Thailand’s Royal Gazette. Thailand’s parliament is in recess but will be recalled to debate the crisis. The order said King Maha Vajiralongkorn approved the session “With necessity for the national interest.”

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#EndSARS: ECOWAS Chairman Calls for Peace

 

The President of the Economic Community of West Africa (ECOWAS) and the President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Adodo, called on Nigerians to preserve and establish stability in the country despite the current crisis.

On Wednesday, Mr. Akufo-Adodo called on Nigerians to use mediation to find a permanent solution to the protracted clashes between the government and demonstrators over a campaign to end police brutality and poor governance.

The ECOWAS chair said in a tweet, “I join all well-meaning people in calling for peace and the use of mediation in addressing the # EndSARS impasse in Nigeria.”

We have been reporting how the #EndSARS movement has degenerated into violence in some parts of the country with protesters clashing with suspected government-sponsored hoodlums and security agents in the last two weeks.

Tuesday night’s shooting in Lekki, Lagos has unfurled anger and condemnation within the country and the international community, with many calling for calm.

The Ghanaian president who pressed for peace said, “violence, be it on the part of the police or protesters, cannot be the solution.

“To the families who have lost their loved ones, I express my sincere condolences, and I wish the injured a speedy recovery.”

He said he was in talks with President Muhammadu Buhari, “who is committed to this end, and has begun the processes that will lead to reform.”

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Paypal to Offer Cryptos by Early 2021

PayPal Holdings , Inc. revealed on Tuesday that it would provide its customers with the ability by early next year to acquire, retain and sell cryptos directly from their PayPal account.

It also proposed a plan to expand the usefulness potential of its crypto substantially by making it freely accessible to its 26 million users worldwide as a means of financing for transactions.

“Our global presence, experience in digital payments, a two-sided network, and robust security and enforcement measures give us the opportunity and obligation to help promote the awareness, redemption, and interoperability of these new trade instruments,” he said.

In addition, he added, “We look forward to partnering with central banks and regulators around the world to give our support and to contribute significantly to defining the role that digital currencies can play in global finance and exchange in the future.”

This offering was made possible through a partnership with Paxos Trust Company, a regulated provider of crypto services and products.

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EndSARS: UK High Commission Shuts Down Visa Centres in Nigeria

On Wednesday 21 October 2020, the United Kingdom High Commission in Nigeria declared the closure of its VISA application centers in Nigeria for the next 48 hours, with effect from today (Wednesday) due to the country ‘s continuing # EndSARS demonstrations.

Following the eruption of violence from the # EndSARS protests in major parts of the country, including Lagos State and the FCT, this comes barely a day after the US shut down its Lagos consulate.

The announcement was included in a statement released on Wednesday, October 21, 2020, in Nigeria by the UK High Commission.

In a brief note, the High Commission also invited applicants with appointments for Wednesday and Thursday to reschedule their appointments to Monday, 26 October.

“Due to the ongoing protest in Nigeria and for the safety of both staff and applicants, our Nigeria centres will be closed for 48 hours at a minimum. For applicants with booked appointments within this period, please you will need to reschedule your appointment for next week, from 26th October 2020.

“We will continue to post regular updates on this page, so please keep checking back for the latest information on reopening. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.”

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