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Nigeria at 63: The Struggle for a Better Nigeria Continues – Ajia

Ajia stated this in a congratulatory message to Nigerians on the occasion of the 63rd anniversary issued on Sunday in Abuja by his Director of Communications, Malam Abdulrahman Aliagan and made available to Journalists.

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The President and Founder of MAI Foundation Alhaji Ibrahim Mohammed Ajia has said that the struggle for a better Nigeria continues, noting that it is essential to address the ongoing challenges facing our beloved nation.

Ajia stated this in a congratulatory message to Nigerians on the occasion of the 63rd anniversary issued on Sunday in Abuja by his Director of Communications, Malam Abdulrahman Aliagan and made available to Journalists.

According to the statement, “As Nigeria celebrates its 63rd independence anniversary, it is crucial to reflect on the progress made so far, while acknowledging that the struggle for a better Nigeria continues.

Ajia acknowledges the fact that, Nigeria has come a long way since gaining independence in 1960, but pointed out that Nigerians cannot ignore the fact that we still grapple with numerous challenges that hinder our growth and development.

According to him, “From inadequate healthcare and poorly funded education systems to corruption and socioeconomic inequality, the struggle for a prosperous Nigeria continues.

“Undoubtedly, Nigerians are facing serious economic challenges, made worse by rising exchange rates, fuel subsidy removal, dilapidated infrastructures, and other pressing issues. Our beloved nation is also grappling with the scourge of security challenges, including kidnapping, unknown gunmen attacks, banditry, and various other security concerns.”

“In these trying times, it is incumbent upon us, as Nigerians, to remain patient and resilient as we navigate through these turbulent waters.”

On this momentous occasion, Ajia calls upon Nigerians to remain united and steadfast in our pursuit of a brighter future. While progress has been made in certain areas, it is imperative that we continue to fight for the eradication of poverty, unemployment, and social injustice.

He added, “Commitment to justice and equality must remain unwavering, and it is through collective efforts that we can bring about meaningful change.”

“Let us remember the sacrifices of our forefathers who fought tirelessly for our independence. Their unwavering commitment and determination laid the foundation for a free Nigeria. We must channel their energy and embrace their vision as we strive towards a better tomorrow.

The security expert urges the government to prioritize the needs and aspirations of Nigerians. Investing in key sectors such as education, healthcare, infrastructure, and job creation will undoubtedly propel our nation forward.

“Additionally, policies aimed at combating corruption, promoting transparency, and empowering our citizens are imperative for building a strong and prosperous Nigeria.

“As we commemorate this milestone, let us not only celebrate our achievements but also reflect on the challenges that lie ahead. The struggle for a better Nigeria continues, and we must remain resolute in our determination to overcome them. This day serves as a reminder of our collective responsibility to leave a legacy for future generations – a Nigeria that embodies unity, progress, and social justice.”

The Ilorin-born politician, therefore, extends his heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to all Nigerians who have contributed to the growth and development of our great nation.

Ajia earnestly prays for divine guidance for our dear leaders. “May God bestow upon them the wisdom and discernment needed to make decisions that will steer our nation towards progress and prosperity. It is through their vision and dedication that we can address the multifaceted issues plaguing our country and foster an environment conducive for growth.

“Let us not lose sight of our collective responsibility in shaping the trajectory of our dear nation. Together, with unwavering determination and unity, we can overcome adversity and embark on a journey towards sustainable development and a brighter future.

“May God bless Nigeria and guide us on this journey of progress and prosperity.” Let’s keep Hope Alive . The statement concludes.

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Stop cursing your leaders – Sanwo-Olu tells Nigerians

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Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State urged citizens to refrain from criticizing Nigeria and instead pray for its improvement.

Speaking at the 2024 Eid-el-Fitr celebration, themed “Allah will not Change the Way of the People until they Change What is in their Hearts,” held at the Lagos House, Ikeja, Sanwo-Olu, represented by his Deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, emphasized the need for Nigerians to adopt a positive outlook towards the country.

He stressed that divine intervention would only occur when people change their mindset and stop speaking negatively about Nigeria.

Sanwo-Olu encouraged Nigerians to have faith in their current leaders and pray for the nation’s progress, emphasizing the importance of collective prayer and positive thoughts for national development.

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Nigeria’s Onyeka reacts as he scores first premier league for Brentford

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Frank Onyeka is ecstatic after netting his debut Premier League goal for Brentford.

Onyeka swiftly made an impact for the Bees, entering as a late substitute during their 2-0 triumph against Sheffield United at the Gtech Community Stadium last Saturday.

The defensive midfielder found the back of the net in stoppage time, securing a crucial 2-0 victory for the home side.

This win marked Thomas Frank’s team’s first victory in their previous nine Premier League matches.

Onyeka took to social media to share his joy about the win and his goal, stating, “Crucial 3 points secured and thrilled to contribute with a goal ⚽️.” Brentford’s win alleviated concerns about relegation, propelling them to 14th place in the standings.

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Ondo Monarch dies months after ascending throne

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Julius Omomo, the Olojoda of Oda kingdom, passed away at the age of 83.

Ade Adelakun, a family source, confirmed the monarch’s demise on Sunday, stating that he died on Saturday after a brief illness.

Adelakun described Omomo as a humble, decent, and down-to-earth monarch, noting that his reign brought peace and development to the monarch’s domain.

Omomo ascended to the throne on May 30, 2023, and was formally crowned in December of the same year, albeit amid controversy.

Despite challenges to his nomination, including claims of an illegal installation by members of the ruling house, the state government proceeded with his installation, stating that no court injunction had been served against it.

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UNIBEN begins investigation following alleged student ‘assault’ on Akpata

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Olumide Akpata, the Labour Party’s gubernatorial candidate in Edo state, claims he was assaulted by certain University of Benin (UNIBEN) students.

During an interactive session at the senior staff club, Oshodin pavilion in UNIBEN, Akpata stated that he was “attacked by some students” who felt excluded from the meeting with the university’s senior staff.

In a widely circulated video, a UNIBEN student alleged being shot in the leg by one of Akpata’s security personnel. However, Akpata refuted the claim in a video response, asserting that he was actually the victim of the chaos.

Akpata further explained that the students disrupted the meeting, barricaded the gates, and caused a lecturer to sustain injuries.

He emphasized that the incident was an attempt by the present Edo government to disrupt the upcoming election in September.

Meanwhile, UNIBEN has announced the formation of a committee to investigate the “violent incident,” condemning the reported violence during Akpata’s visit.

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Matawalle slams Northern elders over anti-Tinubu comments

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The recent remarks made by the Northern Elders Forum regarding Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s presidency have sparked controversy.

The NEF expressed regret for their support of Tinubu in the 2023 general election, stating a preference for a candidate who is perceived as more inclusive and aligned with the interests of all regions.

In response, Minister of State for Defence, Bello Matawalle, criticized the NEF, calling their actions a political burden on the North and emphasizing that they lack the authority to speak for the entire region.

Matawalle defended Tinubu’s presidency, highlighting his victory in the 2023 election and the positive impact of his government on the Northern region.

He urged the NEF to prioritize unity and cooperation within the North and to support Tinubu’s presidency for the country’s progress.

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85% of Nigerians still enjoying electricity subsidy – FG

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The Federal Government has announced that despite the removal of electricity subsidy for Band A consumers, approximately 85% of Nigerians still benefit from the subsidy under the new electricity supply regime.

This revelation comes amid ongoing public outcry over the recent tariff hike by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC).

The Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris, highlighted that the subsidy withdrawal, expected to save over N1 trillion, will be reinvested to enhance power supply and social services.

He also underscored the need for equitable distribution, noting that a significant portion of the subsidy was previously enjoyed by affluent individuals and industrial clusters.

Furthermore, he emphasized the strengthened governance structure of the NERC under the new Electricity Act, enabling the agency to impose stringent penalties on electricity distribution companies for billing and supply-related infractions.

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