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Deji Osibogun Quits Yoruba World Congress to Focus on the Big Picture

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A renowned media mogul and convener of a Pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group, Yoruba Ko’ya Movement for Development, Leadership, Training and Peace Foundation, Deji Osibogun have resigned his position as the Organizing Secretary of Yoruba World Congress (YWC).

CRACK IN YORUBA WORLD CONGRESS?

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There are indications that there is ongoing rift among the pioneer executives members of the Yoruba World Congress (YWC) lead by Prof. Banji Akintoye, YWC is an umbrella body of about 100 Yoruba socio-cultural groups in Nigeria and the Diaspora. In a letter addressed to Akintoye, Deji Osibogun said he considered it worthy of quitting as the group’s Organizing Secretary to pave the way for others to contribute their quota to the development of Yoruba Land.

COVID-9: INEC Approves New Policy On Elections

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has approved a new policy structure on how elections are to be conducted during this coronavirus pandemic.  The guideline known as Policy on Conducting Elections in the Context of COVID-19 Pandemic was made public on Thursday, May 21, in a statement issued by Festus Okoye, INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee.

Hydroxychloroquine Not Safe For COVID-19 Patients - WHO

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A clinical trial of hydroxychloroquine as a means of treatment for COVID-19 has been temporarily suspended by the World Health Organization, WHO. The move by WHO followed new data suggesting that the drugs increase mortality among patients.

COVID-19 Vaccine Passes First Human Trial, Declared Safe For Use

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Phase1 human trial of a COVID-19 vaccine called the Ad5-nCoV shows that it is safe, well-tolerated and able to generate an immune response against the SARS-CoV-2 in participants. The trial demonstrates that a single dose of the new vaccine produces virus-specific antibodies and T cells in 14 days, making it a potential candidate for further investigation.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has revealed additional 339 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus were recorded on Thursday pushing the toll beyond 7000 persons. The agency said Lagos state recorded 139 of the deadly infections while Kano and Oyo state recorded 28 persons each.

Nigeria's GDP Grows To 1.87 Percent Despite Global Challenges

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Data from the National Bureau of Statistics show that Nigeria's Gross Domestic Product, GDP rose to 1.87% in the first quarter of this year. The bureau, in a report released on Monday, May 25, 2020, said the economy reflected the earliest signs of disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, sharp decline on oil prices and restrictions on international trade.

Imo State Government Suspends Payment Of Pensions To ex-Public Office Holders

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Imo state Governor Hope Uzodinma has assented to a bill repealing the law that created pension allowances and gratuities for ex-public Office Holders like governors, deputy governors, assembly speakers and deputy speakers. He noted that the erstwhile law runs contrary to the 1999 constitution as amended, which stipulates that a pensioner must have worked for at least 10 years and must be up to 45 years of age.

President Buhari Signs Executive Order Granting Financial Autonomy To States, Legislature, Judiciary

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President MuhammaduBuhari, on Friday, signed into law an Executive Order to grant financial autonomy to the legislature and the judiciary across the 36 states of the country. He made the announcement in a tweet on Friday, May 22.  He said, "Based on the power vested in me under Section 5 of the 1999 constitution (as amended), I, today, signed into law Executive Order 10 of 2020 for the implementation of financial autonomy of state legislature and judiciary.

NBA Mulls Walt Disney Resorts For Games As Restart Date Draws Closer

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The National Basketball Association (NBA) have stated that they are in "exploratory" talks with The Walt Disney Co. about a late-July restart at one of their Florida resorts.

La Liga To Return From June 8 - Spanish Prime Minister

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Spanish La Liga has officially been given the green light to resume in June. The country Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said La Liga can return as early as June 8, although June 12 or June 19 will be targeted for action to officially resume, pending an announcement from La Liga president Javier Tebas.

Rohr Set To Become 'Longest-Serving' Nigerian Coach As He Agrees To A New Deal

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Super Eagles German coach Gernot Rohr has agreed to a contract extension that will see him in charge of the team until after the Qatar 2022 Worldcup. The gaffer who is on the verge of becoming the longest-serving Head Coach/ Technical Adviser since the creation of the men's football team (Only Clemens Westerhof has coached for more than 4years) has agreed to a two and a half year contract extension with the Nigeria football federation.

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Eid-el-Fitr: President Buhari Charges Muslim Faithful To Remember The Reason For The Season

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President MuhammaduBuhari on Sunday observed Eid-el-Fitr prayers with his immediate family at the State House, Abuja. The President through his official Twitter handle, @MBuhari, said he joined his family for Eid prayers at home, in keeping with the Presidential Task Force, PTF, on COVID-19 protocol against mass gatherings, as well as the directive of the Sultan of Sokoto suspending Eid congregational prayers across the country.

FG To Punish Workers Caught Leaking Official Documents On Social Media

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The Federal Government has made it clear it may no longer go easy on staff and officials caught leaking official documents on social media without authorization. In a circular marked HCSF/109/S.1/120 titled 'Unauthorized circulation of official documents/information on social media,'  the Head of Service of the Federation, Dr FolasadeYemi-Esan, said recent unauthorized disclosure of official documents on social media which amounts to gross acts of misconduct and punishable as contained in the Public Service Rules was becoming embarrassing and therefore unacceptable.

Veteran Nollywood actress, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, popularly known as Omosexy on Sunday took social media by storm with pictures to celebrate 25 years in the Nigerian entertainment industry.

Salah Khashoggi, the son of the murdered Saudi Arabian Journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, who died in a controversial manner has told his father’s killers that he and his brothers have forgiven them. The statement was obtained from his tweet that reads;