January 2, 2020

26,039 babies born on New Year Day in Nigeria – UNICEF

  The United Nations Children’s Fund says an estimated 26,039 babies were possibly born in Nigeria on New Year’s Day. UNICEF’s Nigeria Representative, Mr Peter Hawkins, said on Wednesday in a statement Nigerian babies would account for almost seven per cent of the estimated 392,078 babies to be born on New Year’s Day globally. Hawkins said this figure is the third highest number of babies in the world, after India with 67,385; and China, 46,299. “The beginning of a new year and this year, a new decade, is a chance for us to reflect on our hopes and dreams for the future of Nigeria, especially for those who stand to [Read]

We’ll respect rule of law… I’ll stand down in 2023’ — Buhari promises in New Year message

President Muhammadu Buhari has reiterated his commitment not to run for office in 2023. In his New Year’s message to Nigerians on Wednesday, Buhari promised to stand down at the end of his tenure in 2023. The president’s comment comes amid speculations of a third-term agenda. Femi Falana, senior lawyer, had alleged the third-term plan was initiated in September. But Buhari has once again dismissed the claim, saying: “I understand very well the frustrations our system has in the past triggered. I will be standing down in 2023 and will not be available in any future elections.” He added that he is determined to help strengthen the electoral process both [Read]

South-west ‘police’ takes-off January 9 – Fayemi

Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State Wednesday said the joint security outfit, “Amotekun,” initiated by the six governors in the zone would commence work January 9. Governor Fayemi, who disclosed this in his New Year message to the people of the state, said the outfit would complement the efforts of the regular security agencies. ”On January 9, 2020, the Western Nigeria Security Network known as ‘Amotekun’ shall commence operations in all the six states in our zone. ”Ekiti is very active in this initiative which will go a long way in securing the people and protecting the state. ”The fact remains, however, that criminality cannot be totally eradicated even as [Read]