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Corruption is cancer, we must call it out – Osinbajo

Highlighting why transformational leadership is critical to national life, the Vice President noted that it would spur positive changes across all sectors and spheres of society.

Nigeria’s vice president, Yemi Osinbajo has disclosed that the pursuit of the common good requires a collective condemnation and exposure of corruption and corrupt practices, which he termed cancer to the country.

Osinbajo also stated that only leaders inspired by a higher purpose other than their profit could bring about national transformation.

This was stated on Friday by Osinbajo at the 1st Annual General Assembly of Catholics in Politics and Catholic Business Leaders themed ‘The Advancement of the Common Good towards Justice, Unity, Structure and Development of Nigeria’ in Abuja.

Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, disclosed this in a statement he signed late Friday titled ‘Only leaders inspired by higher purpose, not personal profit, can bring about national transformation-Osinbajo.’

The Vice President who described corruption as a “cancer” noted that “the cancer in governments anywhere is corruption. When public officials, be they high or low in the executive, legislature or judiciary, are toll gates for the extortion of the populace while seeking government dispensations, the common good, happy and prosperous lives for the people is impossible.”

He added that the pursuit of the common good must “involve a relentless pursuit of integrity and transparency of public officers, we must think through the systems that will reduce human discretion in public-facing institutions. So we must, as a collective, condemn and call out corruption and corrupt practises.”

Osinbajo also encouraged Nigerians not to despair, despite some of the challenges, but to have hope and belief in the promise of a great nation while urging that Nigerians must be willing to pay the price to achieve national greatness by actively pursuing the common good of all, regardless of tribal and religious differences.

He also posited that transformational leadership, particularly in a multi-ethnic and multi-faceted country like Nigeria, is needed across all levels of government and spheres of society. Its primary focus is the pursuit of the common good to ensure fairness, justice, unity and development in a nation.
Highlighting why transformational leadership is critical to national life, the Vice President noted that it would spur positive changes across all sectors and spheres of society. He added that as a leadership model, transformational leadership operates by serving and uplifting others because it is servant leadership.

“The purpose of power is service, not domination; it is to uplift and empower others rather than to control or oppress. This is a model of leadership that is inseparable from our conception of the common good.

“Transformational leadership is, therefore, the pursuit of the common good. But the pursuit of the common good itself is not as easy as it sounds. This is especially so where the wounds and enmities of ethnic and religious conflicts are deep.

“The common type of leadership will seek the path of relevance and popularity within their own ethnic or religious camps by seeking only the good of their own. The servant-leader will serve his people by emphasising the letter and spirit of the gospel, that even our worst enemies were still made in the image of God. And the pursuit of the common good is the pursuit of the good of those who hate us and have hurt us even in the recent past,” he said.

Osinbajo affirmed that, contrary to opinion in some quarters, the country will not fall because it is being built and needs yet many more people to commit to building the sort of nation that Nigerians want.

“The throes and pangs of birth must not be interpreted as the pains of impending death. We are by the grace of God, more than able to overcome our present difficulties, and we will overcome them,” he added.

In attendance were the Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong; Deputy Governors of Osun State, Gboyega Alabi; Akwa Ibom State, Moses Ekpo; Edo State, Philip Shaibu; Prof. Nora Daduut; and Catholic Archbishop of Sokoto Diocese, Matthew Kukah, who was represented by Raymond Aina.

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Sammie Okposo deletes Instagram page after taking down public apology amidst infidelity saga

It is also alleged that the singer’s name has been withdrawn from forthcoming ministeration events as earlier suggested by a media personality, Bolanle Olukanmi.

Popular gospel singer, Sammie Okposo has finally taken down his Instagram page.
This comes after he was dragged mercilessly for impregnating an American woman.

Recall that he had also tendered an apology to his wife, church and family members after the impregnating an American lady, African Doll.

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Another girl, Zuwaira Gambo murdered in Kano

“There is another case of one Zuwaira Gambo, 12 years old, who was also murdered,” Ganduje revealed.

Another young life has been ended prematurely in Kano state.
This comes after 5-year-old Hanifa Abubakar was also recently killed in the state.

Hanifa was just 5 while the latest victim is 12-year-old, Zuwaira Gambo.
Governor Abdullahi Ganduje made the disclosure at the Government House on Wednesday.

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Goods worth millions of naira destroyed as fire guts Onitsha market

“We were calling the fire service and they have not responded. See how goods belonging to traders are being destroyed before their eyes.

The PUNCH reports that goods worth millions of naira were destroyed by a late-night fire that occurred at the plaza of the Onitsha Main Market in Anambra State on Wednesday.
According to an eyewitnesses account, the fire also destroyed shops on the third floor of the three-storey building located near the main market.

Our correspondent gathered that the fire was caused by an electrical fault.
One of the traders in the market said the damage had already been done before the arrival of fire responders.

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Canada-based Nigerian dupes Lagos man of N84m

The defendant had earlier been granted bail by the Federal High Court, and he has fulfilled the conditions,” he said, adding that Ididia was again arrested by operatives of the EFCC upon his release.

Ididia is facing a two-count charge bordering on stealing and obtaining money by false pretence.

A man identified as Edrian Osagie Ididia has been arraigned before Justice S.O. Solebo of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Wednesday for defrauding his victim to the tune of 84,000,000.


Prostitute absconded with man ATM card and phone after he died while sleeping with her

Prostitute absconded with man ATM card and phone after he died while sleeping with her.

Sources said the commercial sex worker rushed the deceased to Sawbrade Hospital in Jesse, near Otortor House, abandoned him in the hospital after she took his ATM Card and phone and absconded.

However, nobody including the friend in whose house the death occurred could identify the lady.

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Secondary school boy caught with charm tied around his waist

A student of the Alapoti High School, Ado-Odo, Ogun State, was on Tuesday apprehended with an assorted charm around his waist during school hours.

According to reports, the culprit, identified as Bankole Kamoli, was nabbed inside a forest very close to the school.

It was gathered that Kamoli stays in the jungle during school hours, to smoke, drink and gamble with some other boys.

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Any officer who infringed on Nigerians right will not go unpunished – Lagos CP warns officers

“The CP has warned officers against corruption and infringement on fundamental human rights of Nigerians, as offenders will not go unpunished”

Lagos State Commissioner of Police Abiodun Alabi, has warned officers of the state police command against corruption and infringement on fundamental human rights of Nigerians.

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Whitemoney set to storm Ojuelegba to celebrate with people who slept under bridge with him

Whitemoney set to storm Ojuelegba to celebrate with who slept under bridge with him.

Big Brother Shine Ya Eye Naija winner, Hazel Onou aka White Money has announced his Ojuelegba homecoming slated for Friday, January 28, 2022.

Recall that during his time on the season 6 edition of the show, the reality TV star recounted how he slept under Ojuelegba bridge while engaging in different daily hustle.


2023: Okorocha, Saraki join presidential race

My joining the race was to offer Nigerians the leadership that would take Nigerians out of the wilderness.

former President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has hinted at a high possibility of contesting the 2023 presidential election, even as a former governor of Imo State, Senator Rochas Okorocha has also declared his intention to vie for the nation’s number one job.

Hinting at a possibility of throwing his hat in the ring, Saraki, yesterday, on his official Facebook page, relayed an encounter with a follower on Twitter, who charged him to run and in his response, hinted at the possibility.