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The Only Person From South-East In Aso Villa Is A Photographer — Abaribe Blows Hot

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Enyinnaya Araribe, the Senate Minority leader, has made more calls for better recognition to be given to those from the South East at the federal level.

The senate leader said that the only person from that region in the Aso Villa is a photographer, Vanguard reports.

Abaribe said this on Friday as a guest on Channels Television’s programme Sunrise Daily in reaction to Governor David Umahi’s defection from Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to the All Progressives Congress, APC.

Abaribe who had earlier in the week said the party was unfazed by Umahi’ defection also believes the governor’s movement will be gauged properly when it’s time for the 2023 elections.

His words: “Let us assume Governor Umahi is bringing the South East, as he says, into the mainstream because that was what I heard yesterday. What is the mainstream? Is it the Aso Villa that belongs to all of us that you cannot find a single person from the South East, except a photographer?

“Before every part of this country was represented in the Aso Villa, so when you want to do government business because sometimes government business is done from back channels, so if you have a problem or they want to do some consultations, you make a call into the Villa, you call to your countryman and say please can you tell oga this or that so that we can have this talk, there is none today inside the villa. There’s one guy, his name is Sunny, I think he’s a photographer.

“So Umahi is going to talk to who? Ok, because he is governor he can talk to Chief of Staff, he can go to see the president but what about others?”

When confronted with names of those who are from the South East and aides to the president, Araribe responded by asking, ‘where are they? Can you call them and ask them to tell the President A, B, or C? Everybody knows that we do not have someone you can call a proper person within that whole enclave you call the Villa. We had access, we do not have that anymore. Of course, you can have low-level people being appointed, but what do they do that you can say these people make a difference in our lives in the South East?

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So talented: Watch Folarin Balogun brilliant goals in Gunners 3-0 win over Molde

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Premier League giants Arsenal are blessed with a corp of talented young strike at the minute. After years of struggling in the centre forward department the north London side have a glut of attacking options coming through the ranks to supplement the efforts of Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the first team.

The latest one off the conveyer belt is teenage forward Folarin Balogun. The 19-year-old scored his first senior goal for Arsenal just seconds after coming on in their 3-0 victory over Molde.

The man of the moment Folarin Balogun may not even be an Arsenal player by the time next season comes around. The 19-year-old’s contract is set to expire in June meaning Arsenal could lose him for absolutely nothing at the end of the season.

Head coach Mikel Arteta has already stated his intention to ensure that doesn’t happen though and claimed that the player wants to stay at Emirates stadium beyond next season.

Folarin originally stated his credentials as a star in the making by firing 25 goals in 19 games as Arsenal won the under-18 Premier League, before going on to score goals consistently again at Premier League 2 level.

If Balogun keeps taking his opportunities like he did against Molde then surely Arsenal will do anything to get him to commit his future to the club.

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Graphic Photo Of Man Who Committed Suicide Inside His Shop Over ‘Family Burdens’ In Kano

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A man identified as Ibrahim Abubakar, has killed himself, Vanguard reports.

The man, a shop owner along Zoo Road in Kano metropolis, committed suicide on Thursday evening.

His body was discovered hanging from a rope in his shop.

His son, Abdussalam Ibrahim, told newsmen that his father was battling with psychological trauma further worsened by domestic responsibilities he could not handle, including the wedding of his daughter that is coming up soon.

He said: “Our father was battling with psychological trauma and he is also poverty-stricken. More so, my sister is due to be given out in marriage soon.

“We performed the evening prayer with him after which he went back to the shop and hung himself. He gave up the ghost despite attempts to save him when he was discovered.”

In his response, the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa, stated that investigation into the case is on to determine what actually happened.

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Nigerian Army And Navy Promote Senior Officers

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Senior officers serving in the Nigerian Army and Nigerian Air Force have been promoted. 

This comes after the Boards of the Nigerian Army (NA), Nigerian Air Force (NAF) and Nigerian Navy (NN) gave its approval.

The military services boards are chaired by the Defence Minister, Major General Bashir Magashi (rtd). 

A meeting on the elevation was held on Wednesday at the Ministry of Defence, Abuja, PRNigeria reports. The board sitting were attended by Chief Of Army Staff (COAS) Lt-General Tukur Buratai, Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas, Chief of Air Staff (CAS) Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar, their respective military secretaries and other top officers. The promoted Army personnel are in the ranks of Lieutenant Colonel, Colonel, Brigadier General and Major General in the NA.

 The levels are equivalent to Commander, Captain, Commodore and Rear Admiral in the NN, and Wing Commander, Group Captain, Air Commodore and Air Vice Marshal in the NAF. On Thursday, Nigerian Navy issued a statement on the lift of 203 naval officers. 

A total of 122 Lieutenant Commanders were promoted to the rank of Commanders, 38 Commanders to Captains. Also, 24 Captains were raised to Flag Rank of Commodores, while 19 Commodores are now Flag Rank of Rear Admiral.

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