Nigeria Politics: Youth Treks To Abuja From Sokoto In Support Of Atiku

By David Oladele

Ibrahim Watatsiya has commenced trekking from Sokoto to Abuja to show his support for Atiku

Watatsiya said he started the journey on Monday, October 7, some hours after Atiku emerged as presidential candidate of the PDP

According to Google Map, the distance from Sokoto to Abuja is 680km and that it will take nine hours 15 minutes by car

A young man identified as Ibrahim Watatsiya, has commenced trekking from Sokoto to Abuja to show his support over the emergence of Atiku Abubakar as the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

It was learnt that Watatsiya will be arriving Abuja on Saturday, October 21, after embarking on the trek from Sokoto with the intention of paying homage to PDP presidential flag-bearer, Atiku Abubakar.

Daily Trust reports that Watatsiya said he started the journey on Monday, October 7, some hours after Atiku emerged as presidential candidate of the PDP.

According to Google Map, the distance from Sokoto to Abuja is 680km and that it will take nine hours 15 minutes by car.

Watatsiya on Thursday, October 18, explained that his mission in Abuja was to tell Atiku that youths would support him.

According to him, “I am now at Rijana and Insha Allah I will be arriving Abuja on Saturday or very early on Sunday.

“From Sokoto, I passed through many towns and villages, including Imasa, Talata Marafa, Tumfafiya, Mayanci in Maru, Bungudu, Gusau, Lalan, Kwatarkwashi, Tsafe and Kuchere.

“I am now in Rijina (140 kilometres to Abuja). I have only one message for Atiku. He should keep to his word of providing jobs for the youths; that is my only reason of going to Abuja.”

Meanwhile, had reported that a young man, Kamaludden Bashir, started trekking from Zaria to Abuja with the intention of paying homage to PDP presidential flag-bearer, Atiku Abubakar.

Bashir who arrived Kaduna on Tuesday,October 9, a day after he left Zaria, told newsmen that he plans to reach Abuja within five days.

“I am really happy with the victory, that is why I am trekking to Abuja to show him that I am with him 100 per cent.

“Along the way, I will sensitizes thousands of youth to join me in the campaign to make Nigeria great under Atiku as president.

“I believe that only him can overcome the problems of unemployment, poverty, insecurity, communal and ethno-religious crisis disturbing the peace and stability of the country.”


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Kenya: Nigerian Singer Burna Boy Returns to Nairobi After Calling Kenyans ‘Peasants’

By Hilary Kimuyu

Nigerian dancehall-reggae artiste Burna Boy is scheduled to perform in Nairobi on Saturday, a year after he infamously described Kenyans as peasants.

The artiste, known for his hits Yawa-Dey, Soke and Tonight, had in April 2017 angered fans at Club Privee in Westlands when he showed up for a show at 3am and performed just for an hour.

The crowd felt cheated and Kenyans on Twitter (KOT) caused an uproar, voicing their disappointment for the musician’s bad performance.
Burna Boy reacted to the criticism with a tweet that described Kenyans as “peasants”.

One Kenyan radio personality tweeted saying he will blacklist Burna Boy’s hits just as he did with Davido.

Burna Boy replied that he and Davido could buy his “dead” radio station and turn it into an ashtray.”

He will perform this weekend at the Uhuru Gardens for the Thrift Social-Athleisure Edition. The event is a showcase of creatives, art, leisure and fashion.

Among the opening acts to perform include Barak Jacuzzi, Coco Emmah, Valerie Muthoni, Wakadinali, and Mixmasterlenny.

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Source: Nairobi News

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Kenya: President Uhuru Kenyatta Promises Credible National Exams

Nairobi — President Uhuru Kenyatta has promised that the government will deliver credible examinations and warned those bent on attempts to corrupt the country’s exam systems of dire consequences.

The President said the government will keep on the trend it has established of making national exams free of cheating and taking strong measures against any attempts to steal or leak examinations.

The Head of State made the pledge when he opened the inaugural international conference on Early Childhood Development and education bringing together all African nations.

“My administration has taken bold measures to make examinations credible and I commend those who work hard and long hours to achieve this,” he said. “I condemn those who insist on corrupting our exam system,” he continued.

President Kenyatta assured all students and candidates that they will be shielded from unscrupulous individuals whose wish is to take advantage of their situation.

The Head of State said Kenya prioritises Early Childhood Development and the government has set out clear policies to support the education of children.

He said children who are exposed to quality ECD and education stay longer in school and that was why the government is taking the sector seriously.

In his address to the delegates drawn from across Africa, the President listed steps the Government is taking to bolster the ECD and pre-primary sector.

Some of the steps he cited include allocating more funds to support research and knowledge sharing in the sector.

He said the National Government will work closely with county governments in supporting ECD and will include the interest of the pre-primary sector in its short and long term plans.

The President said Kenya is on track to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal of ensuring that all boys and girls have access to quality ECD and pre-primary education by 2030.

He called on county governments, under whose docket ECD falls, to work closely with the national government so that no child is left behind.

The President pointed out that Kenya is proud of the status of its ECD and education which is fully anchored in policies. He pointed out that more than 80 percent of ECD teachers in the country are trained.

Governor Mike Sonko said the Nairobi county government plans to employ two new teachers for every ECD centre and is also in the process of improving the security of schools by deploying day and night guards to all institutions.

Source: Capital FM

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Nigeria Politics: Don’t politicise lives in Akwa Ibom, youth group cautions

The Akwa Ibom Youth League (AYL) has urged federal lawmakers from the state to project a good image.

The group was reacting to Tuesday’s shouting match in the Senate during an observation by Senator Albert Akpan of an alleged plot to cause mayhem in the state in 2019

In a statement, the group expressed concern over what it claimed was a move by some senators to suppress what it claimed was the purposeful motion to bring to the centre stage the increasing efforts by some political actors to disrupt the atmosphere of peace that Governor Udom Emmanuel’s administration had ushered.

“For three years, Governor Emmanuel projected a template of peace that has made Akwa Ibom one of the top destinations for Foreign Direct Investments.

“This was notably absent in the past when insecurity drove investors away from the state.

“It is in this light that we welcome the initiative of Senator Akpan to draw attention to the growing sense of unease as some political actors who are not happy with the Governor Emmanuel administration plot to distabilise the state as a way of pursuing their election agenda.

“Such plots we dare say are against the collective interest of the people of Akwa Ibom and urge those who want to turn the state into a killing field to have a rethink. The death of any one person in Akwa Ibom is a reduction in the population of the state and by that reduces the collective esteem of the state.

“We applaud the Senate leadership for receiving the motion and we dare say, the lives of Akwa Ibom people should not be subjected to political considerations as some senators from the state and their allies sought to do on Tuesday.”

Source: The Nation

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Nigeria Politics: Ondo youths solicit support for Atiku’s presidential bid.

By Adekunle:

Some youths in Ondo State have pledged to mobilise support for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, for his election in 2019.

The youths, under the aegis of Council of Concerned Youths of Nigeria (COCYON), made the pledge on Thursday in Okitipupa in a statement signed by its President, Mr Olumide Akinrinlola, .

The group said that the PDP flag bearer would use his wealth of experience to revive the economy and solve the security challenges confronting the country.

They said that the former vice-president had the business acumen to ensure that most international companies that had left the shores of the country return for the teeming youths to be gainfully employed.

The youths said that Abubakar attracted their support because of his plan to restructure the country to pave way for resource control and wealth creation for the citizenry.

“The economy of this country is nose-diving as the exchange rate formerly N197/$1 is now N360/$1 and millions of youths, who are their families’ breadwinners, lost their jobs through unfavourable policies.

“The few employed youths and other civil servants are living on N18,000 minimum wage which is not enough to cater for their families.

“Restructuring of the country, which is in dire need to redistribute wealth that will benefit all citizens, has been neglected.

“Insecurity of lives and property have become the order of the day as we are witnessing killings of innocent citizens by Boko Haram, herdsmen and kidnappers.

“Public electricity has been a thing of the past in the country and Nigerians no longer enjoy 10-hour power as several blue chips companies have left the shores of Nigeria to neigbouring countries.

“We, the COCYON have declared our support for Abubakar who we believe will help solve all the lingering problems and return Nigeria’s economy back to its winning ways,” they said.

The group, however, cautioned youths to resist being used as political thugs by politicians to scuttle the 2019 general elections.

Source: Vanguard Nigeria

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