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“An epistle of garbage that belongs to the bottom of public toilet” — Fani-Kayode reacts to Chimamanda’s letter to Biden

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"An epistle of garbage that belongs to the bottom of public toilet” — Fani-Kayode reacts to Chimamanda's letter to Biden

“An epistle of garbage that belongs to the bottom of public toilet” — Fani-Kayode reacts to Chimamanda’s letter to Biden

Femi Fani-Kayode, has described the open letter written by the Nigerian writer, Chimamanda Adichie to President Joe Biden as an epistle of garbage that “belongs to the bottom of public toilet.”

Fani-Kayode who is the Director of Special Media Projects, Special Media Projects & New Media, Tinubu/Shettima Presidential Campaign Council, said this in a statement he released on Saturday.

Recall that Adichie had published an open letter titled, “Nigeria’s Hollow Democracy: Why is America congratulating the winner of this disastrous election?” addressed to Biden on Thursday.

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The letter, among other things, stated that “I hope, President Biden, that you do not personally share this cordial condescension. You have spoken of the importance of a ‘global community for democracy,’ and the need to stand up for ‘justice and the rule of law’.”

Reacting to the letter, Fani-Kayode described Chimamanda as an “over-rated and Igbocentric new age diva,” saying the letter belongs to bottom of public toilet.

He said: “Chimamanda Adichie’s ‘hollow democracy’ diatribe is a shitty little submission in a shitty little letter. It was hardly worth my time to read and ordinarily I would not have bothered.

“Like all fecal waste it belongs in one place and one place alone: the bottom of a public toilet. We do not need any lessons from this over-rated and Igbocentric new age diva.

“Neither do we need to respond to her self-serving, self-seeking, jaundiced, subjective, partial, primitive, tribal observations and implausible ethno-religious sentiments.

“If anyone needs to know that lawlessness has consequences, it is her candidate Peter and not the Nigerian people.

“And if anything is hollow it is her well-manicured diva head and not our democracy. She is not in this league and she would do well to stick to writing fairy tales,” he said.

The former minister further stated, “Running to foreign leaders to report your compatriots does not sit well with me no matter what your credentials may be.

“If you do not have respect for your own people and nation, and if you have to go cap in hand to foreigners for validation then you are not worthy of being called a Nigerian.

“Africa has come of age. We do not need to get a congratulatory note from any Western nation before we sleep well at night. This is not some Hollywood film script or fantasy fairy tale.

“This is about the destiny, future, welfare and fortune of 250 million Nigerian people who deserve to have their place under the sun as a free, progressive and independent nation and not to be treated like some vassal state or an appendage of others.

“What she has written is nothing but a long-winded, empty, tendentious and boring epistle of dishonest garbage.

“It is a litany of unwholesome mendacities designed to undermine our democracy, impress her global audience and incite her local ‘Obidient’ tribesmen against the Nigerian people and state.

“It is a reflection of her low self-esteem and inability to grasp the fact that no nation or people on earth are perfect in all their ways, and that the America she is reporting us to is also, in many ways, questionable and flawed and faced with many challenges.

“Chimamanda is not worthy of much of our attention. She should give us a break, spare the world her unsolicited counsel, desist from denigrating her nation from a foreign land, stop reporting Nigeria to her slave masters,” he said.

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Family Narrowly Escapes as Building Collapses in Lagos

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By Halima Abdulkadiri

The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) announced on Sunday that a family narrowly escaped death when their house on the outskirts of Lagos collapsed.

Dr. Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, the agency’s Permanent Secretary, stated that the incident occurred around Adealu Bus-stop in the Ipaja area. LASEMA responded to a distress call received through the 767 and 112 emergency toll-free lines at 10:44 PM on Saturday, July 13.

“The building collapsed at No. 49, Oyinlola Street, off Adealu Bus-stop, Iyana-Ipaja, Lagos. Upon arrival at the scene, investigations revealed that it was the boys’ quarters behind the storey-building that collapsed,” Oke-Osanyintolu said.

“Fortunately, the single family involved managed to escape before the collapse. There were no casualties or fatalities.”

Further investigations indicated that neglect and poor maintenance led to the collapse of the boys’ quarters. The agency’s response team conducted public awareness sessions to inform residents about the dangers of remaining in the compromised structure.

“The main building, which consists of nine rooms downstairs and two flats upstairs, has been cordoned off. All occupants have been advised to vacate the building immediately for their safety,” Oke-Osanyintolu added.

He recommended a manual demolition of the remaining structure and clearing of debris from the collapsed boys’ quarters. Additionally, integrity tests by the Material Testing Laboratory have been suggested to assess the safety of the main building.

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By Halima Abdulkadiri

The Police Command in Kaduna State has announced a ban on all forms of unlawful gatherings by the proscribed Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), including its planned Ashura procession.

The command’s spokesperson, ASP Mansir Hassan, issued the ban in a statement on Sunday in Kaduna. Hassan stated, “The command has banned every manner of illegal protest in the state.”

This decision follows intelligence reports indicating that the IMN, also known as Shi’ites, plans to hold a procession to mark the 2024 Islamic Ashura day ceremony. Hassan highlighted the violent history associated with these processions, stating, “The said ritual practice has in the recent past been characterized by unimaginable violence leading to the destruction of properties, injuries to persons, and even loss of lives.”

In response, the police command has issued a stern warning to IMN members to abandon their plans for the procession. Hassan emphasized that the command would enforce the law against any individuals or groups, particularly the outlawed IMN, who attempt to defy the ban.

Commissioner of Police for Kaduna State, Mr. Ali Dabigi, reassured law-abiding citizens to continue their activities without fear. He stressed that the state’s hard-earned relative peace would not be compromised by the actions of a few ‘renegades’.

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Out-of-school children: Octogenarian educationist tasks govt on education reforms

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An octogenarian and former Chief Education Officer, zonal education headquarters, Bauchi State, Mr Sangowole Amos Ayo has urged government at all levels to take steps towards reforming the education sector.

Ayo who made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Gombe on Saturday shortly after a Thanksgiving Service organised to mark his 80th birthday said such reforms were necessary to boost school enrolment across the country.

He said with the increasing rate of school drop out, it had become necessary for government to take urgent steps that would help reverse the trend as well as boost the quality of education.

He said with that the negative impact of out-of-school, the future of the country may be threatened if government does not initiate measures to encourage enrolment and make primary and secondary schools more attractive to children.

According to him, part of the reforms should include the re-introduction of the benefits that pupils and students enjoyed in the 1960s.

“With the hardship being experienced by Nigerians today, if nothing is done in terms of reforms and conscious efforts to encourage enrolment, students will continue to drop out.

“The future of the country depends on the education of these children and if they don’t get proper education then our challenges would be worse than what we have now.

“Those days we enjoyed free education, government paid us stipends and we got regular supply of beverages and toiletries.

“With the level of hardship today, if such measures are re-introduced, they will provide opportunity for more poor parents’ children to be in school and not drop out at least until they finish their secondary school,” he said.

The veteran teacher said the reforms should also include training teachers regularly, building more schools and equipping them with the modern innovative and technological tools.

Amos-Ayo said such would provide an environment conducive for students to compete favourable with their colleagues globally.

The educationist also advised parents to make more sacrifice towards ensuring that their children get the best education possible.

“Education remain the best tool to reforming our children and making them better citizens for the benefits of the nation.”

Our correspondent reports that Ayo has served as principal of various secondary schools including Misau in Bauchi State; Dadin Kowa, Kaltungo and Gombe all in Gombe State.

Ayo is the pioneer principal and director of Bethany Int’l College, Gombe who also thanked God for giving the grace to attain the octogenarian age said “It’s been God all through this journey; I owe Him everything I am today.

“I have been able to impact positively in the lives of children because I see them as children that God and their parents have entrusted in my hand and I can’t afford to fail them,” he said.

The thanksgiving service which held at Bethany International College was attended by people from all walks of life, many of the guests who spoke at the event described Ayo as a devoted child of God and lover of education, humble, hard working and committed teacher as well as a lover of football.

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