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Theatre practitioners are direct influencers of the society – AD guber candidate

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Lagos State governorship candidate of Alliance for Democracy (AD), High Chief Owolabi Salis, has described theatre practitioners as direct influencers of the society.

Salis  spoke when the Lagos State Theatre Arts Association of Nigeria (LSTAA), endorsed his candidature at the Star Alliance Lagos Theatre Arts Conference, in Ikorodu.

Salis said, “They are the faces of the people. So, their endorsement means the people believe and would support my mission to rescue Lagos from systemic slavery.”

He presented a paper at the event on ‘Improving on the living standards of the people’.

Although he said, “Our movies and stagecraft reveals reality unlike those of the Western world that are full of tricks and are technologically enhanced fiction.

“This reality made our stage and screen popular in Asia, Europe, America and with the Jews.

“All that thespian need is the opportunity to connect with the big movies and theatre producers in the western environment.”

Salis added that Nigeria need a proper  theatre calendar that includes local and international event that can offer them opportunity to create more wealth  and improved the economy of the nation through theatre.

He urged them as artists to expand  their notion of what theatre can be if we truly believe  our arts as a basic human right.

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Salis charged the practitioners to put on theatrical productions that would help educate the masses on their conduct especially when it comes to violent act during elections.

“This is one of the many things we can do to bridge the gap between the rich and the poor.

“If a government is not concerned about the welfare of the governed, that is slavery.”

He encouraged them to be focused on innovations, hone their skills and creativity.

“My lecture harps on the living standards of the commoners in Lagos and I have really dealt with it terms of their basic needs because the government needs to address the basic needs of this less privileged people, the commoners, grassroots people.

“Now I tried to look into the health situation because there is so much widening gap on health matters in Lagos, a lot of rich people are okay but poor people buy antibiotics to address some of the problems they are facing.

“Look at housing, for the past 20 years there has been no housing for less privileged people and rich are the only one living in comfort, there are a lot of commoners living under the bridges.  We are going to address that if we win this election.

“Then we talk about food a lot of people are hungry because the economic situation is so bad, the grassroots people that most of them have no.

“Jobs and there is a systemic slavery going on trying to use our people for violence while they take own children abroad and take good care of them, but the children of the less privileged people are being empowered into violence.

“Give them guns and cudgels, these guys are killing themselves, so we have to address this social malaise for them to live and have good life.

On his part, Mr. Omolulu Faniyi, Chairman, of the event, said the party was the foundation of democracy in Lagos State, adding that since the current leaders have enslaved the people, AD has come to reinstate true democracy.

Faniyi emphasised the wealth of experience and exposure possessed by the gubernatorial candidate as the main attraction that drew his attention to the party, couple with the fact that many developmental projected would be facilitated by him.

A veteran Yoruba actor, High Chief Koran Kehinde Remi, said they have pulled out the drums to support the gubernatorial candidate because of his competence and interest to develop the profession.

Remi said several act was put together by the Umbrella body of the arts community to show the many talents thespians have.

He lauded the gubernatorial candidate for sharing innovative ideas that will help the profession experience boast and development.

“The profession  is like a market with many roads to reach out you can reach out with various act,” he noted.

More so, as part of the day’s activities was dinner with the monarch of Igbogbo kingdom, at the 30th anniversary of Igbogbo Day.

His Royal Majesty Oba Abdul-Semiu Orimadegun Kasali the Emugoriade 1, Adeboruwa of Igbogbo Kingdom, elucidated that Salis influence in his kingdom is great due to his philanthropist nature, he has been able to touched all facets of live.

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The monarch said High Chief Owolabi Salis is undoubtedly an illustrious son of Igbogbo and we can attest to that fact, he has no doubt made us proud and we wish him well in his ambition.

Simultaneously, as part of the grand finale of Ikorodu Day celebration, Ikorodu Oga Development Association, IKODASS, has honoured High Chief Salis with a Merit Award.

Speaking on the award, His Royal Majesty, Oba Kabir Adewale Shotobi of Ikorodu Kingdom epitomised Salis as a man with the heart of gold.

“He is a philanthropist in nature, humane, caring and one who respects culture.”

Reacting to the award, Salis said Ikorodu has been instrumental to the promotion of Yoruba culture worldwide, noting “I respect culture because Nigeria’s multi-cultural nature is important to the black race globally.”

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Killing of Christians: Buhari lied to Trump – CAN fumes

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The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has reacted to President Muhammadu Buhari’s revelation of his conversation with United States President, Donald Trump, on the massacre of Christians in Nigeria, saying President Buhari was economical with the truth.

President Buhari had on Tuesday, revealed that at the heat of the bloody clashes between herdsmen and farmers in Nigeria, the United States President, Donald Trump, unequivocally accused him of killing Christians.

Buhari said these in his closing remarks at the two-day ministerial performance review retreat held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Tuesday.

At a point, the President digressed from his prepared speech and narrated his encounter with Trump on the bloody clashes.

He said he managed to explain to the American leader that the clashes were not about ethnicity or religion.

He said, “I believe I was about the only African among the less developed countries the President of United States invited.

“When I was in his office, only myself and himself, only God is my witness, he looked at me in the face, and asked, ‘Why are you killing Christians?’

“I wonder, if you were the person, how you will react. I hope what I was feeling inside did not betray my emotion, so I told him that the problem between the cattle rearers and farmers, I know is older than me not to talk of him. I think I am a couple of years older than him.

“With climate change and population growth and the culture of the cattle rearers, if you have 50 cows and they eat grass, any root, to your water point, then they will follow it. It doesn’t matter whose farm it is.

“The First Republic set of leadership was the most responsible leadership we ever had. I asked the Minister of Agriculture to get a gazette of the early 60s which delineated the cattle route where they used meager resources then to put earth dams, wind mills even sanitary department.

“So, any cattle rearers that allowed his cattle to go to somebody’s farm would be arrested, taken before the court. The farmer would be called to submit his bill and if he couldn’t pay, the cattle would be sold, but subsequent leaders, the VVIPs (very important persons) encroached on the cattle routes. They took over the cattle rearing areas.

“So, I tried and explained to him (Trump) that this has got nothing to do with ethnicity or religion. It is a cultural thing.”

However, CAN’s Vice President and Chairman of the association in Kaduna State, John Hayab, was not impressed with Buhari’s submission, saying “Buhari and his government will never stop from amusing us with their tales by moonlight because what is happening in Zamfara, Sokoto, Katsina, Birnin Gwari, Southern Kaduna, Taraba, Plateau and others cannot be described as a cultural thing.

He told Punch correspondent in an interview: “President Buhari’s weak story about his conversation with President Donald Trump further confirms why his government does not care about the killings in our country by calling them cultural things.

“Just this (Tuesday) evening, I received a report from the Kaduna Baptist Conference President about the number of their members that have been killed by bandits in Kaduna State from January 2020 to date to be 105 and our President will call it a cultural thing? All we can say is may God save our Nigeria.”

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CAMA: Bishop blasts Christian lawmakers

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CAMA: Bishop blasts Christian lawmakers

The Catholic Bishop of Nsukka, Most Rev. Godfrey Onah, has blamed Christians in the National Assembly (NASS), for the passage of the 2020 Companies and Allied Matters Bill (CAMA), signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari recently.

Bishop Onah, said in a remark during the Sunday Mass that if Christians in NASS had opposed the bill, it would not have been passed into law.

President Muhammadu Buhari had on Aug. 7, signed the CAMA bill into law, giving provision for religious bodies and charity organizations to be regulated by the registrar of the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), and a supervising minister.

“The question many Christians have been asking is, where were Christian legislators during the debate of this bill and its passage in the National Assembly?

“Because, if they had opposed this bill on the floor of the house, it would not have been passed and sent to the president for assent.

“I blame Christian legislators for doing nothing and allowing the passage of the 2020 CAMA Act,” he said.

“When I say that Christians are too divided and too selfish, don’t forget that the second in command in this country is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, a professor of Law and a pastor.”

Onah, however, wondered what the Federal Government wanted to achieve in monitoring how the finances of churches in the country are managed when it contributed no dime to the church, NAN reports.

“Government should focus and monitor its ministries, agencies and other government institutions where it budgets billions of Naira annually and not church offerings.

“Had it been that the government gave allocations to churches and decided to monitor its usage, nobody will question the government,” he said.

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Nigerians spit fire over fuel, electricity prices hike

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Increasing Fuel and Electricity Prices

Anger and condemnations, across the country, have continued to trail last week’s take off, of new increases in pump price of petroleum products and electricity tariffs, as directed by Federal Government.

Recall that the Petroleum Products Marketing Company (PPMC) official, D.O. Abalaka announced on Wednesday September 3, on behalf of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) that the new price of petroleum is now N151.56k per litre instead of N149 – N150 per litre which it was previously.

The new electricity tariff which the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) tagged “Service Reflective Tariff” has also come into effect. It requires consumers to pay N53.87 – N66.422 per kwh of electricity.

Outraged consumers of fuel and electricity have therefore warned government to get ready for collision with the masses if it fails to rescind these new prices.

Those who have expressed outrage over the new prices regimes include, the Organized Labour, Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Nigerian main opposition political party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA) and the Major Marketers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN).

Others are: Petroleum Products Retail Outlets Owners Association of Nigeria, the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) and the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce (NACCIMA).

The NLC said, “The frequent fuel price increase will no longer be accepted. We will not allow Nigerians fall victim of government ineptitude and negligence to make the country self-sufficient in terms of refining petroleum products at home.”

On its part, the PDP has described the price hike as “callous, cruel and punishing” and demanded an immediate reversal to avert a national crisis.

The All Industrial Global sees the incessant increase as a confirmation that deregulation means just price increase.

“This is unacceptable! Under a pandemic, we should put money in the pockets of citizens to revive collapsed livelihoods and preserve lives.” In its reaction, NECA said it has always urged Federal Government to adopt deregulation policy in the oil and gas downstream sector.

The MOMAN in its statement insists that monthly price variation of fuel was no longer sustainable. It urged PPRA to adopt quarterly price mechanism which would save the market the hassles of price volatility. The statements by IPMAN and NACCIMA also followed along the same line that the hike “…serves only to increase the severity and duration of the looming economic recession.”

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