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One Nigeria Not Negotiable- President Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari has urged Niger Delta militants and other belligerent groups in the country to embrace peace, saying that, “One Nigeria is not negotiable’.’

Buhari gave the advice when some residents of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) paid him Sallah visit at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Wednesday.

President Buhari

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He called on well-meaning Nigerians to persuade the militants to give peace a chance, saying that his administration would continue to ensure justice and fairness in the country.

The President vowed that his administration would ensure that Nigeria continued to exist as a geo-political entity despite the activities of the militants.

“On security, we have made a lot of improvement in checking the activities of Boko Haram. We are now concentrating on the militants to know how many of them are there in terms of groupings, leadership and to plead with them to try and give Nigeria a chance.

“I assure them of keeping to the saying by General Gowon that to keep Nigeria one is a task that must be done.”

“In those days we never thought of oil, all we were concerned of was one Nigeria.”

“So, please pass this message to the militants, that `one Nigeria’ is not a negotiation and they had better accept it.”

“The Nigerian constitution is clear as to what they should get and I assure them there will be justice,’’ he said‎.”

Buhari also appealed to those in possession of Nigeria’s stolen funds to return them peacefully and negotiate with the government.

According to him, Nigeria is seriously in need of the stolen funds to uplift the quality of life of its citizens.

“And please tell those with plenty of money, which does not belong to them‎ to try and negotiate and return it in peace so that both they and us will be in peace. Otherwise, we will continue to look for it,’’ he said.”

Speaking earlier, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, noted that the past one year had been tough for the government and Nigerians because the Buhari-led administration had been busy clearing up the mess it met on ground.

He, however, stressed the administration’s commitment to placing the country on a sound footing, saying: “things are already looking up.’’

He prayed that the President would continue to get the wisdom and strength to overcome all challenges facing the country.

Sources reports that the Minister of FCT, Alhaji Muhammed Bello and the leadership of the Presidential Villa Chapel presented Sallah greeting cards to the President.

Buhari had earlier performed the 2-Raka’at Eid-el-Fitr prayer at the Mogadishu Mosque in Abuja.

The prayer was led by the Chief Imam of the Mosque, Major Hamisu Mustapha, whose sermon centred on the need for Muslim faithful to continue to exhibit the virtues of the Ramadan fast.

Members of the Federal Executive Council; Service Chiefs; the acting Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris; traditional rulers; religious leaders; and some residents of FCT, were among those, who visited the president.

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Ayo Edebiri Says She Left The Church Because Of Her LGBTQ Friends

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Ayo Edebiri, a Nigerian-American actress, recently shared why she left the Pentecostal church she grew up in.

Edebiri, who won awards for her acting, said her beliefs changed a lot after moving to New York. Raised in a strict religious household by Nigerian immigrant parents, she attended a Pentecostal church with her mom.

The church had strict rules about clothing, not allowing jewellery, revealing clothing, or anything form-fitting. She also found the church’s teachings about the second coming of Jesus to be very anxiety-provoking. One of the things that most bothered her was the idea that her friends who were gay or Muslim wouldn’t go to heaven.

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Timini Egbuson Is The Highest Grossing Nollywood Actor For 2023

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Film distribution and production company FilmOne, after crunching the numbers, has crowned Timini Egbuson as Nollywood’s king of the box office in 2023.

This means the movies Egbuson starred in were the biggest money-makers of the year. It draws in the most viewers. But Egbuson wasn’t the only actor with box-office clout. Keep reading to see who else made FilmOne’s list of top earners for 2023!

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Timini Egbuson is a well-respected Nollywood actor. He’s known for his role in the long-running TV series “Tinsel” and starred in the 2023 blockbuster “A Tribe Called Judah.” He’s also an award winner, having taken home the African Magic Viewer’s Choice Award for Best Actor in a Drama back in 2020.

Last year was a busy one for Timini Egbuson; he appeared in a total of nine Nollywood films, including titles like “The Kujus Again,” “Honey Money,” and “Something Like Gold.”

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Why Fela Kuti Married 27 Women In One Day – Seun Kuti

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Seun Kuti, the son of the late Afrobeats pioneer Fela Anikulapo Kuti, has shared the reasons behind his father’s decision to marry 27 women. These women included his backup singers and dancers, all in one day.

In 1978, Fela Anikulapo Kuti made headlines worldwide by marrying 27 women in a single day. The act was seen as extremely bold and unconventional. This group marriage was not just a spectacle but had deeper motivations behind it.

Seun Kuti explained that Fela’s female dancers and band members were frequently subjected to harsh media scrutiny and were often labelled as prostitutes. This negative portrayal deeply concerned Fela, who has always challenged societal norms and media propaganda. To counter these damaging accusations and preserve the honour and dignity of these women, Fela decided to marry all 27 of them at once.

Seun elaborated that this act was Fela’s way of showing solidarity with his band members and dancers.

It affirmed their importance and value in his life and work. By marrying them, Fela aimed to protect them from societal stigma and ensure they were respected.

In a recent interview on the “Fresh Off The Boat” podcast via Skype, Seun shared these insights. He highlighted his father’s commitment to challenging societal norms and defending the people close to him. This act of marrying 27 women was another example of Fela’s rebellious spirit and desire to stand up against injustice and societal prejudice.

“My father was under immense media propaganda. He was very scrutinised. And most of it were directed to the women that were in his life—his female backup singers, dancers.”

“They all lived together with my dad, but the media started calling them prostitutes. So my dad, in order to preserve their honour and dignity, asked them if they would choose to be his brides, so nobody would call them names anymore, and they all agreed. That was how the marriage happened.”

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