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Attack: FG assures Nigerians of safe evacuation from Ukraine

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The Federal Government on Friday assured Nigerians living in Ukraine of their safe evacuation amidst the Russia multiple attacks of Ukraine.

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, gave the assurance while speaking with newsmen in Abuja.

Onyeama said the Federal Government was making arrangements for a special flight operation to evacuate her citizens from Ukraine in view of the escalating tension between that country and Russia.

He added that the Nigerian Embassy in Kiev had been contacted and told to make arrangements for those wishing to  return home from other areas including Donestk and Luhensk.

The minister assured Nigerians that the ministry was following the event since it  began and assured of the Federal Government’s readiness to speedily ensure the safe evacuation of Nigerians, particularly, students in Ukraine.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Russian military has started  attacking military installations in multiple fronts in spite of Russian President Vladimir Putin assurance not to attack Ukrainian citizens.

While Kiev is under bombardment, her citizens are seeking shelter in metro underground stations.

Tens of thousands of people cross the border out of Ukraine, while the European Union expressed readiness to assist with the sum of 1.7 billion euros in economic aid to Ukraine.

Turkish government has also expressed readiness to send humanitarian aid to its Ukrainain counterpart.

 

 

 

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APGA National Secretary Maku, returns back to PDP

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The National Secretary of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) Mr Labaran Maku,
has returned back to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Maku, a former Minister of Information under President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration, confirmed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Lafia.

He said his decision to return to the PDP was in response to the yearnings of his people in Nasarawa State.

NAN reports that Maku had defected from the PDP to APGA in 2015 after his unsuccessful attempt to clinch the PDP governorship ticket.

The former minister contested for the Nasarawa State governorship position in 2015 and 2019 on the APGA ticket.

 

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2023 presidency: Young Professionals buys N40m nomination forms for Saraki

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A group known as Young Professionals has obtained the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential nomination and expression of interest forms for the 2023 general elections for the immediate past President of the Senate, Abubakar Bukola Saraki.

Presenting the forms to Saraki at his Abuja residence, the leader of the group, Abubakar Dan Musa, expressed hope that a better and united Nigeria is possible with the immediate past Senate President as president.
Musa said, “After extensive deliberations, we have concluded that the situation of our country is so far from what it should be if we have the right leadership. The country is not running as a functional entity that can bring the best out of her citizens and provide the best for the generality of the people.”

Musa also lamented the terrible situation in the country, sayang, “It is for these reasons that we concluded that we should not leave the process leading to the emergence of the next President of our country to only politicians. We have decided to get involved right from the pre-primary election period.
“We want candidates who understand the needs of the business group and can initiate policies, programmes, and projects that will encourage the growth of businesses, particularly, small and medium scale enterprises (SMEs).

“We want a candidate that will create a synergy between the private and business sectors. We want a man who will naturally earn the respect of the international community and the confidence of foreign and local investors and get them to establish factories and businesses. We want a candidate who understands job creation and wealth creation.”

In his response, Saraki, who commended the Young Professionals for gesture said, “what you have done is a symbolic message that you are mandating me to go out to the field and work hard among all our leaders, delegates, and other stakeholders to win the PDP presidential ticket come May as well as subsequently follow up with decisive victory in the general elections in February 2023.

Sraki said he does not have an option but to listen to the voice of the youths who represent 62 per cent of the over 200 million Nigerians and contest the 2023 presidential election.

The immediate past President of the Senate promised that If he becomes the President of Nigeria, all positions of ministers of state in the cabinet will be occupied by youths.
“Without unfolding all the plans here because we will soon formally hold a public declaration to which all of you are hereby invited, I want to once again express my happiness over this gesture. I so much appreciate it and I will not take it for granted,” Saraki stated.

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Afcon 2021: Cameroon stage late comeback to win Burkina Faso on penalties

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The Indomitable Lions of Cameroon pulled off a historic comeback on Saturday night to secure a third place finish at the 2021 edition of the Africa Cup of Nations at the expense of Burkina Faso in Yaounde.

The host nation fought back from three goals down to force the play-off game into penalty shootout which they subsequently won.

The scoreline in the first half was barely reflective of what ensued on the pitch. Despite Cameroon dominating the proceeding, it was Burkina Faso who broke the deadlock through Steeve Yago with another one of their breakaway goals in the 24th minute.

Two minutes before half time, a bizarre own-goal by Andre Onana doubled the Stallions’ advantage to further complicate his side’s cause.

It almost looked certain that Burkina Faso will be going home with the bronze medal after they got their third goal of the night through Djibril Ouattara.

However, what ensued in the final 20 minutes was one for the history books with Cameroon turning the game right back in their favor.

The Indomitable Lions’ Stephane Bahoken reduced the goal deficit to two in the 71st minute before substitute Vincent Aboubakar set them on course for a thrilling final five minutes by scoring the second of the night.

A goalkeeping error in the 87th minute then handed the competition’s top-goalscorer to get the equaliser which was also his record-equalling eighth goal of the tournament.

The former Beskitas striker joined Ndaye Mulamba (9, 1974) and Laurent Pokou (8, 1970) as the only three players to score eight or more goals at a single AFCON tournament.

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