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Otedola Donates N5 Billion To North-East Intervention

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Femi Otedola, billionaire entrepreneur, has donated N5 billion to Save the Children, the 100-year United Kingdom-based charity, to support its intervention in the north-east.

This is arguably the largest individual donation to charity in Nigeria’s history.

“My father, Mr. Femi Otedola, has been at the forefront of supporting worthy causes,” she said.

“It is in this spirit that he will be donating the sum of N5 billion to the children of Borno, Adamawa and Katsina through the Save the Children.”

The event was organised by the Cuppy Foundation to raise funds for Save the Children, which is the biggest children-focused organisation in the world after UNICEF.

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Cuppy Foundation is the non-profit organisation founded by his daughter, Florence Otedola (aka DJ Cuppy).

DJ Cuppy is a board ambassador for Save the Children and a member of the organisation’s Africa advisory board.

Responding to Otedola’s donation, Kevin Watkins, chief executive officer of the charity, pledged that every penny out of it would be spent improving the lives of the children affected by insurgency in the north-east.

Earlier, Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man, announced a donation of N100 million.

Dangote said many people find it difficult to give without knowing that “the more you give, the more blessed you become”.

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo; Adams Oshiomhole, national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC); Bukola Saraki, former senate president; Babagana Kingibe, former secretary to the government of the federation; and Bola Shagaya, billionaire businesswoman, were among those at the event.

The governors present were Babajide Sanwo-Olu (Lagos), Babagana Zulum (Borno), and Dapo Abiodun (Ogun).

Otedola, a well-regarded philanthropist, has in the past donated to good causes.

In 2005, he instituted a N200 million scholarship for Lagos state undergraduates, same year he donated N300 million for the completion of the National Ecumenical Centre in Abuja.

He, at various times, donated N100 million to the Lagos State College of Primary Education, N100 million to the Central Mosque, Ilorin (Kwara State), and N100 million to the University of Port Harcourt, Rivers state.

He has committed to building and donating a faculty of engineering valued at N2 billion to the Augustine University in his hometown, Epe, Lagos state.

Recently, he made life-saving interventions by footing the medical bills of Christian Chukwu, former captain and coach of Super Eagles; Peter Fregene, former international goalkeeper; Majek Fashek, celebrated Reggae artiste; as well as Sadiq Daba and Victor Olaotan, veteran actors.

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Ben Bruce Hails Buhari’s ‘No Visa Policy’

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A former lawmaker representing Bayelsa East in the National Assembly, Senator Ben Murray-Bruce has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for allowing all Africans to come to Nigeria without Visa from January 2020.

President Buhari while attending a peace and development summit in Egypt, announced the country will begin issuing visas on arrival for all African nationals.

If this policy comes into effect it would be a major boon for the continent-wide push to ensure freer movement of Africans.

Reacting to the No Visa Policy on Thursday, Murray-Bruce urged Buhari to extend ‘no visa policy’ to all people of Black African origin in the Diaspora.

In a tweet on his official Twitter page on Monday, Ben Bruce wrote: “I commend President
@MBuhari for his visa free policy to all citizens of African Union member nations. I first suggested this in my Right of Return Bill. I urge the President to go the whole hog and extend this to all people of Black African origin in the Diaspora.”

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BREAKING: Senate Probes DSS Invasion Of Court, Rearrest Of Sowore

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The Senate has begun probe into the action of the operatives of the Department of State Services, DSS following the rearrest of pro-democracy campaigner and journalist, Omoyele Sowore, at the premises of a Federal High Court in Abuja.

Consequently, the Senate on Thursday mandated its Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters chaired by Senator Opeyemi Bamidele, All Progressives Congress, APC, Ekiti Central to carry out a holistic investigation into the matter and report back in one week.

Resolution of the Senate was sequel to a point of Order on the issue raised by Senator Bamidele on the invasion.

Bamidele came under Order 43 of the Senate Standing Orders as Amended that did not allow for contributions from other Senators.

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Sowore: Nigeria Is Not Answerable To US, UK, EU — Femi Adesina

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The Special Adviser on Media Affairs and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, Femi Adesina has stated that Nigeria is a sovereign nation therefore not answerable to the US, UK or EU regarding cases of human rights abuses.

This statement was uttered by Femi Adesina when he appeared on Channels TV on Wednesday night, December 11th as a guest.

The statement he made was in reference to comments from the EU, UK and the US on the invasion of the Federal High Court Abuja by men of the Department of State Services to re-arrest the Publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore.

Adesina said: “We are not answerable to the US, the UK or the EU. We are Nigeria, a sovereign country. Those countries and entities have issues of their own. Let them deal with their issues. Let Nigeria also deal with her internal issues. We are not answerable to them.”

He went on to speak about Wole Soyinka’s criticisms against the regime of the President, stating that the Nobel laureate was free to express his opinion.

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“We respect Prof. Soyinka. You don’t have too many of them in the country or even on the continent. He is an avatar and he is well respected but his opinion will remain his opinion. It will be considered and if there are things to act on, we will act on them,” he said.

When asked to comment on the recent attack on his senior colleague, Garba Shehu by the first lady, Aisha Buhari, Adesina said he will not be able to comment as he is not the person that was attacked by the first lady. He went on to add that the President’s family is off limits except the President directs him speak on the issue.

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