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Twitter reaches out to Nigerian government for formal dialogue

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Five days after Nigeria suspended the operations of Twitter in the country, the microblogging site has now reached out to the government for dialogue.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed disclosed this on Wednesday.

Speaking with State House correspondents after the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC), Mohammed said Twitter had reached out to the government seeking high-level discussion to resolve the issue.

He said that he got the message on Wednesday morning.

The minister stressed that the microblogging platform was suspended because it provided an avenue for people threatening the corporate existence of Nigeria.

According to him, the owner of Twitter helped to fund the recent #EndSARS protest while allowing the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, use the platform to call for the killing of policemen.

He said Twitter failed to take down Kanu’s tweets despite repeated requests to do so.

Mohammed listed conditions that must be met even if there is a discussion with Twitter including that it must now be registered in Nigeria as a business concern.

Apart from Twitter, he said other social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram must be registered in the country.

He said freedom of speech has not been stifled by the suspension of Twitter as Nigerians can still use other platforms such as Facebook and Instagram.

He dismissed the notion that the suspension is not effective, arguing that Twitter won’t be losing money if the ban is ineffective.

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Ooni of Ife’s wife attends naming ceremony of incarcerated Endsars protester’s child (photos)

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Ooni of Ife's wife attends naming ceremony of Kemisola Ogunniyi,

The naming ceremony of the son of Kemisola Ogunniyi, the #EndSARS protester who was two months pregnant at the time she was arrested by soldiers in Akure, Ondo State capital alongside three others, held today June 23. He was named Okikoiola Freedom Erinponmile.

In attendance was the wife of the Ooni of Ife, Prophetess Naomi Ogunwusi.

Kemisola was arrested after the violence that erupted in the wake of the October 2020 #EndSARS protests. She was accused of being one of those that set the state secretariat of the All Progressive Congress (APC) ablaze.

On June 16, she welcomed her baby boy while in prison.

See more photos from the naming ceremony below…

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Delta PDP suspends Senator Peter Nwaoboshi

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The Delta State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has suspended the Senator representing Delta North Senatorial District in the National Assembly Senator Peter Nwaoboshi.

The suspension endorsed by the PDP State Working Committee (SWC) subsists for a period of one month.

According to the State PDP leadership, “The action became necessary against the backdrop of the recent romance with the opposition party, verbal recklessness, and unprovoked utterances of Senator Peter Nwaoboshi, particularly against the person of His Excellency, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, the Executive Governor of Delta State, which the PDP State Working Committee views strongly as totally unacceptable, disturbing and unbecoming of a politician and party member of his stature.”

“The PDP State Working Committee is in no doubt that the rash, unguarded, confused and heavily noxious, and vitriolic attacks by Senator Nwaoboshi, a serving Senator and a very recent Chairman of our great Party, are potentially inimical to the peace and harmony of the Party and tantamount to causing discord and disaffection among loyal Party members.

“The suspension, therefore, though obligatory, has sadly become imperative and inevitable, especially given the dramatic spontaneity and overzealousness of his verbal attacks, which are totally out of character and the have suspiciously been induced by circumstances which defy immediate rational analysis and comprehension”, the statement signed by the Delta PDP Publicity Secretary, Dr. Ifeanyi Osuoza noted.

The matter, he said, has been referred to the State Disciplinary Committee, in order to afford Senator Nwaoboshi a fair hearing and the opportunity to appear before it and defend himself.

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Oshodi council boss, MC Oluomo finally reconcile (PHOTO)

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MC Oluomo reconciles with Oshodi council boss

 The executive chairman of Oshodi /Isolo local government area, Bolaji Ariyoh and the Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in Lagos State, Alhaji Musiliu Akinsanya also known as MC Oluomo have finally reconciled and agreed to work together for the good of the local government.

Ariyoh and MC Oluomo had been at each other’s throats for nearly six years now over issues relating to the control of the All progressives Congress (APC) in the local government.

The reconciliation took place on Tuesday at a meeting convened by Ariyoh in his office.

The foes-turned friends agreed to put their disagreement behind and forge ahead for the common good of the LGA.

Sources at the meeting noted that the two gladiators resolved to put the past behind them and work together as brothers especially during the forthcoming local government elections in the state.

Reacting, Ariyoh explained that both him and the NURTW boss have actually agreed to sheathe their swords and work together for the overall development of the local government.

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