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Ooni urges Nigerians in Canada to remember home  

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The Arole Oodua and Ooni of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Ogunwusi has charged Nigerians residing in Canada to in the spirit of patriotism come together to join the government and the people of Nigeria in proffering solutions to the economic challenges facing the country.

The foremost African monarch gave the admonition on Monday during a ceremony of Proclamation Day, Flag Exchange presentation of city key done in his honour by the government of the City of Brampton in Toronto by the Mayor of Brampton Patrick Brown, his wife Genevieve, cabinet members and members of Nigeria community led by His Excellency, Ambassador Adeyinka Asekun alongside senior officials of the embassy of Nigeria in Canada.

Welcoming the visiting Ooni and his entourage in his speech, the 41 year old Mayor expressed delights at hosting the epoch event describing himself as being lucky receiving such a revered African king.

“Your Imperial Majesty, I feel so delighted to be your host today. The city of Brampton is humble to be your host for this great event because you are one of the greatest kings in the world.
I visited Nigeria in 2006 and I was in love with the country. It is a great country of great people and great cultures.

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“We know you, you have been preaching peace and harmony all over the world and that is why we have decided to honour you today”. Mayor Brown said.

According to the Mayor, the city of Brampton hosts over 60, 000 Africans and Caribbeans with Nigerians standing out contributing immensely to the socioeconomic development of the city and Canada in general.

“This city have over 60, 000 Africans including Caribbeans residing here. This population has more Nigerians doing very great.”

“Your majesty, I feel great everyday to see these great Nigerians contributing to the development of Brampton and Canada socially and economically.”

“I look forward to visiting Nigeria soon for productive collaboration and my first point of call will be Ile-Ife because I have read and heard about the cultural richness of Yoruba people who have you as the overall head”,he added

Ooni Ogunwusi in  his speech proclaimed Brampton as the city of love, appreciating the warm reception and honour given him.

“I proclaim this city as ‘city of love’ because you have so welcoming and receptive. I could feel in your spirit what is called love through this warm reception.

“You have been good to Nigerians and I feel so proud of the positive roles Nigerians are also playing in the economic life of this city which is the fattest growing city in Canada. I confirmed this during my meeting with the cabinet members of this government who told me how Nigerians have impacted positively. It is now evident that good things can actually come out of Africa”.

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Admonishing Nigerians in Canada to be patriotic ambassadors in the country, the Spiritual father of Yoruba race worldwide said
“If everyone can be like Canada. We know what country of Canada “man must be kind to one another. Canada is doing this.

“We as Nigerians should always think of how to benefit our country for the goodness of our unborn generations. I appeal to you Nigerians living here never to write off your country.

“This proclamation doesn’t go to me alone, it goes to all of you from Nigeria. These are the ways we should be portraying Nigeria to the world

“I hold this honour of proclamation flag exchange dear to my heart and I will carry it with pride.

“In appreciation of this honour, I also bring u a gift of bronze cast which emanated from our land in Africa”.

The Co-chairman of National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria (NCTRN) accompanied to the event by his beautiful queen, Olori Silekunola Ogunwusi (Yeyeluwa), the Nigerian ambassador to Canada, H.E, Adeyinka Asekun, the Zaki of Arigidi-Akoko, HRM Oba Yisa Olanipekun, the Oloba of Oba-Ile, HRM Oba Adekunle Oyeyemi, Reverend Mother Esther Ajayi(Iya Adura), Coordinator of Imperial Awards and CEO of Hope4Sure Initiatives, Miss Peju Oke, Toronto based Pharmaceutical business giant, Prof Isa Odidi, Chairman of Okey Equipments, Mr Okey Eze, members and leaders of Nigerian community in Canada.

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Torrential rains destroy shelters for displaced people in northeast Nigeria

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Torrential rain has destroyed makeshift tents and caused severe flooding to temporary displacement camps in northeast Nigeria, leaving vulnerable families homeless. The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is appealing for urgent financial assistance to address the colossal humanitarian needs and to prevent the spread of deadly cholera.

“Displaced people are suffering due to relentless rains and wind battering their homes the last few days. Large numbers of families, who fled from conflict months ago, are left homeless while others are forced to share overcrowded tents with neighbours or relatives,” said Eric Batonon, Country Director for NRC in Nigeria.

According to NRC’s assessments, over 6,800 people living in displacement camps in Maiduguri have been impacted by floods in recent weeks. In Dikwa, 500 people have been rendered homeless due to flooding and have set up home in disused registration centres.

“They are essentially displaced within a displacement camp,” Batonon added.

“My home is completely destroyed. My floor has turned to mud and water is everywhere. The rain keeps coming and we do not have any choice but to wait for it to stop or share with others,” said displaced mother-of-four Fatima Mohammed (30).

The Adamawa State Government officially declared an outbreak of cholera in three local government areas during the rainy season. The total number of cases reported as of August 16 stands at 633. Four people have so far lost their lives to the disease. Due to recent heavy rain and flooding, more cases could be confirmed over the coming weeks.

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“Displaced people are living in sub-human conditions across the region. There are no sanitation or drainage facilities in most camps. People are going to the toilet in open spaces because there are no facilities for them to use and now that the camps are filled with stagnant flood water, water-borne diseases like cholera quickly spread,” Batonon added.

The United Nations and partners have appealed for $848 million to address the needs in northeast Nigeria this year. About eight months into the year, less than 40 per cent has been received.

“Additional financial support is urgently needed to reach the 6.2 million people targeted for humanitarian aid in 2019. People will die if they don´t receive urgent assistance now,” Batonon said.

Furthermore, heavy rain periods present opportunities by armed groups to infiltrate and target displacement camps. On Tuesday night (August 20) in Dikwa, a female suicide bomber detonated a bomb, killing herself and injuring four civilians. This was the first attack of its kind in the area since December 2018.

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IT’S OFFICIAL: Osinbajo Appoints Ajimobi’s Ex- Documentary Photographer, Tolani Alli

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Nigeria’s Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has appointed Tolani Alli as his official photographer.

Tolani Alli, the daughter of the immediate past Secretary to the Oyo State Government, Alhaji Olalekan Alli, was the former documentary  photographer to Ex- governor Abiola Ajimobi.

She will be joining Bayo Omoboriowo who is President Muhammadu Buhari’s official photographer.

The Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Digital and New Media, Tolu Ogunlesi, in a tweet, confirmed her appointment

“Looking forward to working with this pair over the next four years. Official Photographers to President Buhari (@bayoomoboriowo) and Vice President Osinbajo (@tolanialli)”, the tweet reads.

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Makinde Congratulates Sunday Dare On Appointment As New Youths & Sports Minister

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Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, on Thursday congratulated the newly-appointed Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr. Sunday Dare, just as he charged him to bring his wealth of experience to bear in transforming and repositioning the ministry.

The governor urged the Ogbomoso-born minister to be a good ambassador of Oyo State and to showcase the Pacesetter qualities of the State in the new position.

Governor Makinde , in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, added that the government of Oyo State would be looking forward to having a symbiotic relationship with the Federal Government through Dare, who is now an ambassador of the state.

The statement further reads, “On behalf of the good people of Oyo State, I congratulate Mr. Sunday Dare on his appointment as the Minister of Youth and Sports.

“By this appointment, Mr. Dare has become an ambassador of Oyo State, which has always been the pace-setter in all positive ramifications and we charge the new minister to keep that flag of excellence flying.

“I urge him to bring his wealth of experience to bear on the ministry and we will like to state that as a people-oriented Government and one that has made the commitment to bring about positive change in the life of the people of the state, we are ready to have a symbiotic relationship with the Federal Government through Mr. Dare.

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“It is our prayer that he succeeds in the new assignment and win laurels to the admiration of Nigerians”.

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