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By Idowu Bankole As the worldwide COVID-19 confirmed cases tops over 11 million and still counting, the Federal Government of Nigeria has urged religious bodies in the country to direct their members to fast and pray against the pandemic. The Chairman of the PTF and the Secretary to the government of the federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, at one of the ...

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This SpaceX photo released by NASA shows the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket carrying 24 satellites as part of the Department of Defense’s Space Test Program-2 (STP-2) mission launching from Launch Complex 39A on June 25, 2019 at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. A commercial rocket carrying seven satellites was “lost” after take-off Sunday from a New Zealand launch pad, ...

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The opposition triumph in Malawi’s recent landmark election re-run after last year’s fraudulent polls were overturned could spur similar democratic change across the continent, analysts and historians say. Lazarus Chakwera of the Malawi Congress Party comfortably won the June 23 election with 58.5% of the vote — beating Peter Mutharika, whose re-election last year was nullified by the courts over “widespread ...

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Flooding Two people died and 16 others were feared dead, local media said Sunday after torrential rain in western Japan triggered massive floods and mudslides. A woman and a man in their 80s in different towns in the western Kumamoto region died in mudslides triggered by the Japan heavy rain, according to national broadcaster NHK and other Japanese media, although ...

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Ghana’s president, Nana Akufo-Addo, has gone into self-isolation for two weeks as a precautionary measure despite testing negative for coronavirus, the government said, after one of his contacts was confirmed to have the illness. President Akufo-Addo began his quarantine on Saturday and will be working from the presidential villa in Accra, capital of the West African country, the information minister ...

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By David Odama – Lafia National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Saturday directed chairman of the Zonal Working Committee (ZWC), Hon Theophilus Dakas Shan, to take charge and oversee the activities of Nasarawa state chapter of the party until further notice. The party National committee in a letter dated July 2nd to the zonal chairman with ...

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Yahaya Bello By Ikechukwu Nnochiri ABUJA — The Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal, on Saturday, upheld the election victory of Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State. The appellate court, in separate unanimous judgements by a five-man panel led by Justice Adamu Jauro, dismissed four appeals that challenged the return of Governor Bello as valid winner of the gubernatorial ...

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At least five people were killed and ten others injured following a bomb attack in Baidoa, southwest Somalia on Saturday, officials said. Somali government spokesman Ismael Mukhtar Omar confirmed the attack, saying the militant group al-Shabab was behind the latest attack in Baidoa town, the administrative capital of Southwest State in Somalia. “Remote control landmine blast killed five people and ...

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Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq, says no fewer than 109,823 beneficiaries of the N-Power Programme are now business owners. Farouq, in a statement on Saturday in Abuja by her Special Assistant on Strategic Communication, Mrs Halima Oyelade, said the beneficiaries of Batch A and B of N-Power ...

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By Tunde Oyediran In the build-up to the UFC Strawweight Women’s Championship fight of March 7th, 2020, the Polish contender, Joanne Jedrzejczyk attracted stern criticisms after she posted, to her Instagram story, a photoshopped picture of her wearing a gas mask with series of laughing emojis while standing behind her Chinese opponent; the reigning Strawweight Women Champion, Zhang Weili. The ...

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*Says herders are no criminals By David Odama, Lafia Miyetti Allah Cattle Breaders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) yesterday, fought back over the claim that Fulani herdsmen are criminals, saying most of kidnappers and rapists hail from Zamfara, Niger, Kaduna, Bauchi and Katsina States. MACBAN Chairman in Nasarawa State, Alhaji Mohammed Hussaini, who disclosed this accused visitors from the far North ...

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By Hassan Ainofenokhai Godfatherism is a doctrine of the Catholic  Church where a child is blessed with a godfather and that child becomes a godson.  The idea is for a godfather to provide guidance and be role model to the child from infancy to adulthood. Therefore, there is nothing wrong about godfatherism. It is an ecumenical concept; a cosmopolitan reality. ...

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Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State By Chinonso Alozie, Imo State government, yesterday, made public its findings in the payroll system regarding pension fraud which involved eight persons said to be receiving N330 million annually as pension. The governor, Hope Uzodinma, disclosed this in Owerri, after meeting with the leadership of the state chapters of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners, ...

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By Chioma Obinna As COVID-19 pandemic continues to change consumer behaviour and forces  businesses to rethink globally, MeCure Smart has launched online medical consultation with over 10,000 doctors on board. This is coming on the heels of a new normal where simple tasks such as grocery shopping or a simple walk in the park now come with social distancing, guidelines ...

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Azikiwe By Douglas Anele For the first time in the twenty-two years I have been writing for Sunday Vanguard, I will do what I have never done before, namely, publish verbatim a reply from one of the teeming readers of “Perspectives,” Mazi Chike Chidolue. Because a large percentage of Ndigbo have an unfavourable view about late Chief Obafemi Awolowo, the ...

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Nizzle Man Handy Nathaniel Demont, known as Nizzle Man, is an American independent songwriter and artist from Staten Island, New York. He started music in 2007 and has since been a force to reckon with. Drawing from the influences of his Puerto Rican and African-American heritage, he fuses intense raw lyrical energy with pounding beats and has cultivated a sound ...

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MWIA President Dr Eleanor Nwadinobi By Ebele Orakpo Dr Eleanor Nwadinobi is the president of the Medical Women’s International Association. Interestingly, in the association’s 100-year history, this is the first time a Nigerian is elected its president. In this interview with Vanguard, Nwadinobi who has championed the cause of widows and children over the years, speaks on her journey to ...

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Dr. Chris Ngige A group, Civil Society Groups for Good Governance (CSGGG) has condemned the recent controversy in the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF), accusing the minister of labour and employment, Dr Chris Ngige of circumventing President Muhammadu Buhari’s powers. Briefing journalists on Saturday in Abuja, the convener of CSGGG, Comrade Ogakwu Dominic, described the minister’s action as an ...

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