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Reason Why New Yobe Governor Marries His Predecessor’s Daughter

Mai Mala Buni, governor of Yobe state, married a new wife 24 hours after taking the oath of office.

The governor’s new bride is Umi Adama, one of the daughters of Ibrahim Gaidam, who handed over to Buni on Wednesday.

The newsmen understands that Umi Adama is currently a student at a university in Saudi Arabia. The wedding took place at Damaturu, capital of the state.

A source told our reporter that Buni was miffed that the plan to keep the wedding out of the public flopped.

“No one can say exactly how this strictly private affair caught the attention of the public,” the source said.

“As an insider, I can tell you that even the representative of the Gaidam family who handed over the girl to her in-laws did not initially know who the groom was. They only told the old man that she was getting married to someone called Yusuf.

“It was yesterday that some people know that the governor also bears Yusuf.”
After the wedding ceremony, Buni was said to have joined his father-in-law at his residence at Tahir guest palace in Kano state.

The governor reportedly spent the night there before moving to Abuja, where another source said he is at the moment.

There are unconfirmed reports that Buni, who already has two wives, plans to make his predecessor’s daughter the first lady of the state.

The governor was said to have recently married a Borno house of reps member who lost reelection bid.

Buni was national secretary of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) when Gaidam declared interest in having him as his successor.

Gaidam wields a great influence in the state. He was elected deputy governor of Yobe in 2007 but succeeded Mamman Bello Ali, the governor, who died in 2009.

Gaidam contested the 2011 governorship election under the All Nigeria Peoples Party in 2011 and won. He was re-elected under APC in 2015. He is currently the senator-elect of Yobe east.

Bukar Abba Ibrahim, a former governor of the state who has been in the senate since 2007, was said to have let go of his reelection ambition in order to pave the way for Gaidam.


Baba Suwe Backs To Nigeria In Good Health

Babatunde Omidina, veteran actor better known as Baba Suwe, has returned to Nigeria following the completion of his treatment at an undisclosed hospital in Rhode Island, United States.

Yomi Fabiyi, film producer and colleague of the 61-year-old Yoruba veteran movie star, announced his return in an official statement on Instagram.

“Baba Suwe leaves Hospital in Rhode Island, United States of America and now back in Nigeria. He will continue his final recovery at home,” Yomi wrote.

“Without going into individual details, on behalf of Baba Suwe and his family, I want to thank everyone for playing a vital role. Hopefully, his health restores to full capacity in no distance time, so as to enable him to return to the screen.”

“With tears of joy and gratitude, he sends his sincere heartfelt appreciation to you all. This update should be the near-final public information I will be supplying on this matter.

“I must thank you all (Nollywood Artists, fans and well-wishers especially) for trusting me to give you required updates on this, much valued. I shall lose no time to supply any further or additional vital information if and when needed in the future.”

‘About Half Of Nigeria Population Now Living In Extreme Poverty’

Over 93 million Nigerians are living in extreme poverty, according to data obtained at the World Poverty Clock, a Vienna, Austria-based data lab
According to the data by World Poverty Clock, created by Vienna-based World Data Lab, 93.641 million Nigerians were living below a dollar a day as of May, 25 2019.

The Nation understands that the target escape rate is 15.3%, while the current escape rate is at -4.3.

A report released in February 2019 revealed that at least three million Nigerians have slipped into extreme poverty between November 2018 and February 2019.

Recall that in June 2018, the Brookings Institution projected that Nigeria had overtaken India, as the poverty capital of the world, with 86.9 million extremely poor people.

This was further confirmed by the British Prime Minister Theresa May, who said Nigeria had become home to the largest number of very poor people in the world, putting the figures at 87 million.

“Much of Nigeria is thriving, with many individuals enjoying the fruits of a resurgent economy, yet 87 million Nigerians live below $1 and 90 cents a day, making it home to more very poor people than any other nation in the world,” the UK prime minister had said.

Since May made this observation in South Africa in August, the number of Nigerians living in extreme poverty has grown to 93.641 million, with six people falling into poverty every minute, according to Brookings Institution.

Kenyan Court Rules Against Same Sex Relationships

The Kenyan High Court on Friday handed down a landmark ruling banning same-sex relations in what gender activists called “a blow to human rights.”

“We are satisfied that the provisions (in the constitution) do not offend (homosexuals’) rights to dignity and privacy,” said judge Roselyne Aburili in the capital Nairobi.
“We find that the sections are not unconstitutional,” Aburili added.

There was no conclusive scientific proof that homosexuals “were born that way” and therefore needed special consideration within the constitution, Aburili explained the ruling.

Decriminalising gay sex would “open a door to same sex unions, which would go directly against the spirit of Article 45 of the constitution on marriage,” the justice further said.

Judge John Mativo meanwhile said the petitioners had failed to provide credible evidence to demonstrate that the law discriminates against homosexuals.
The ban was constitutional because it specifies that “any person” is punishable under the law and does not single out homosexuals, said Mativo.

Friday’s ruling comes after three Kenyan gay rights organisations filed petitions to declare sections of the penal code, which stem from the 1930s and make gay sex a crime, unconstitutional.

The case challenged colonial-era laws that criminalise homosexuality with a maximum jail sentence of 14 years.
Gender activists called the ruling “a blow to human rights” in Kenya.

“In handing down this most disappointing judgment, the Court has ruled that a certain sector of our society is not deserving of (human) rights,” said Njeri Gateru, executive director of the Kenyan National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (NGLHRC) and the main petitioner in the case.

The ban was leading to violence, blackmail, harassment and torture of homosexuals, said Gateru.

“They devastate people’s lives and have no place in a democratic Kenyan society,” he added.

Court hearings on the matter had been ongoing since February 2018.

2019 Osun Osogbo Festival Grand Procession Holds August 16 – Ataoja

The Ataoja of Osogboland, Oba Jimoh Oyetunji, has disclosed that the Osun Osogbo Festival 2019 grand procession to the scared Osun Grove will hold on August 16, 2019.

Oba Oyetunji, the custodian of the festival, said that the annual festival’s grand finale programs will hold between August 11 and 16, 2019, adding that the pre-festival events commence from June 16 to Friday, August 9, 2019.

The Ataoja at the weekend in Osogbo announced that Esquire Global, a tourism, art and culture consulting firm, has been engaged to market and organise the festival in order to give it a befitting arrangement and structured organisation without having any effect on the traditional rites.

Oba Oyetunji said that the healing power of the Osun Osogbo deity remains intact, calling on the people across the country and all over the world to join him in celebrating the Osun festival; the story and origin started over 700 years ago.

The Royal Father said that the festival, an international celebration of traditional and cultural events, begins with Iwopopo, the traditional cleansing of the town of evil on August 5 and after three days, the Ina Olujumerindinlogun, a 600-year-old, 16-point lamp is lighted on Thursday, August 8, 2019.

The Osun Festival custodian stated that the grand finale presentation of the celebration of the festival in 2019 will berth with Iboriade, Ataoja’s Crown Assemblage and FUMAN’s performance day on Monday August 2019, 2019, stressing that there will be a State tour of Historical and Cultural-Tourism sites the Arugba berth ceremony and dancing, singing as well as drumming event on Tuesday, August 13.

He noted that Ayo Olopon Contest (native Ayo Game), Football Competition Final, Arts & Crafts Fair and Children’s Fiesta at the Palace Pavilion hold on Wednesday, August 14, adding that there will be Ataoja’s Chieftaincy Coronation and FTAN’s Osun Festival Tourism Forum on Thursday, August 15.

Oba Oyetunji pointed out that the Osun Osogbo Festival Grand Procession-Osun Grove, Ataoja’s Royal Invitational Reception, an All White Party and Award Presentation will come up August 16, 2019, which will also be the date for the closing ceremony.

The Ataoja said that this year’s festival will be another opportunity for the people to benefit from the healing power of Osun River Goddess, assuring that he would continue to uphold the sanctity and sacredness of the Osun deity and the Grove.

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