Former Lagos Governor Lateef Jakande Dies At 91
News hitting the airwaves has it that former Lagos Governor, Pa Lateef Jakande, has passed away on Thursday morning at the age of 91.
Jakande who was a trained journalist and Lagos’ first civilian governor, led Lagos State between October 1, 1979 and December 31, 1983.
He was credited with the development of modern Lagos, with infrastructure development, building of the popular Low-cost housing estates in various parts of Lagos to house the growing number of civil servants.
He also initiated educational programmes which targeted the poor and fast-tracked Lagos ahead of its peers in the 1980s.
His last political appointment was when he served as Minister of Works under the Sani Abacha military government in 1995. He led a quiet life retired from active politics since then.
His last known public outing was the celebration of his 90th birthday, hosted by the Lagos State government in July 23, 2019.
He would be remembered as the true father of modern Lagos.
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Son Debunks Fulani Herder’s Attack On Soyinka’s Abeokuta House
While confirming there was straying of cattle on his father’s Abeokuta residence, Dr. Olaokun Soyinka, son of the Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka, has denied his father was attacked by herders.
Unconfirmed reports of Fulani herders attack on Wole Soyinka’s “Ijegba Republic” home, published by a popular online reporters, went viral on social media platforms on Wednesday.
The development would have assumed an ugly dimension had Dr. Olaokun not doused the developing tension with viral networking app, WhatsApp, and other social media platforms.
Excerpts of Dr.Olaokun’s statement debunking the story said, “This is not true. Please, do not circulate further, but help debunk it. It is an attempt to encourage discord.”
Whom was trying to create the discord and whose interest it served is yet to be established but fingers have been pointing in the direction of some viral news outfits and disgruntled ethnic elements trying to foment trouble with recent clashes with herders in the Southwest region.
Corroborating Dr Olaokun’s story, former two-time minister, Dr. Agunloye, said the herders strayed into the unfenced portion of Professor Soyinka’s property but he wasn’t attacked, neither was any threat made to his life.
It was learnt Professor Soyinka reported the trespass incident to the police, and effected the arrest of the herdsmen who abandoned their livestock at property while making a run for it.
The police subsequently invited the owner of the cattle, an Ijeun man (Abeokuta native) who hired the Fulani herder to care for his livestock.
Had Dr. Olaokun not applied common sense and be unpatriotic, another ethnic clash would have started over rumours of the attack. Nigeria owes him a big favour.
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Violent Clash Between Rival NURTW Factions Throws Popular Lagos Island Bus Park Into Panic
Popular Lagos Bus Park, Obalende, was thrown into utter confusion on Thursday morning, following violent clash between rival factions of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW).
The origin of the clash which started around 8am, with the exchange of sporadic gunshots between the usually unruly union agitators, is yet to be established.
Videos and images of passengers making a run for safety are all over social media, with the tense situation already trending under #Obalende.
The belligerent thugs destroyed buses and other vehicles they could lay their hands on in the usually busy business district. (And Lagosians thought Oshodi was the home of chaos and Ojuelegba, the headquarters of thugs – Surprise…Surprise)
Though security agencies have been called to restore order, the whole of the Obalande area is still wearing an apprehensive look, as the police cordoned off segments of roads leading to the bus park.
Lagosians having business concerns on the Lagos Island have been advised to keep away from the restive Obalende till the security agencies fully restore normalcy.
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School Kids Block Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway In Protest Over Schoolmate’s Death
It’s unfortunate the gale of protests has blown the way of secondary school children but that’s exactly what was reported on Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway this Thursday morning.
The rustic community of Wasimi in Ogun State wore a pensive mood when tragic news of the knocking down of a student on a major highway passing through the community caused chaos.
Pupils of United Comprehensive High School, Wasimi of Ewekoro Local Government Area in Ogun State, blocked the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway to protest the knocking down of their school mate while crossing the road.
The irate students trooped out of their school in large numbers to express their displeasure on the knocking down of the unnamed student by refusing to allow vehicles to ply the busy expressway by turning them back.
Frustrated early travelers from both Lagos and Abeokuta in Ogun State were left stranded for hours by the highway blockade.
There was no official reaction from the Ogun State government on the development as at noon on Thursday afternoon.
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Fani Kayode Debunks News Of PDP Decamping To Ruling APC As Rumour Continues To Trend On Social Media
News of Chief Femi Fani Kayode’s rumoured decampment from the stables of the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has refused to leave the airwaves. And trust him, he’s loving every minute of it.
Bombastically vocal Chief Femi Fani-Kayode (popularly known as FFK) has debunked his rumoured exit from the PDP as nothing but spurious tales which lack substance. That’s he not going anywhere anytime soon.
PDP faithful were shocked to the marrows, while their APC counterparts piqued to beyond words, when a viral video of Kogi State helmsman, Yahaya Bello, in an interactive session with journalists, announced the decampment of Fani-Kayode to the ruling party.
Though absent from the unveiling event, previous images of FFK in a meeting with Yahaya Bello and another APC chieftain, Mai Mala Buni, seems to have given all the breath of life needed to the rumour to thrive.
Social media caught fire there and then, with all sorts of claims and counter-claims renting the political space but the man in the eye of the storm, uncharacteristically kept mum.
For the bankroll-exponent, famous for tongue-lashing the APC and its politicians with colourful language and in unprintable words, to be quiet at this moment felt very suspicious.
Controversy and hearsay being the politician’s bread and butter, FFK would have had a few laughs and enjoyed himself while followers of both parties tore at each other on social media. His rumoured decampment trended every day since Tuesday.
FFK eventually downed the decampment kite when he said in a statement that his meeting with the APC bigwigs was nothing but mere consultations across party lines to steady the nation’s rocky political ship.
Leaving Governor Yahaya Bello red-faced for jumping the gun over is viral video is nothing but comic material but if there’s more to it only time would tell.
FFKGetOut is still trending for a third straight day on social media by the way. Remember, there’s no proverbial smoke without fire.
What do you think really transpired behind the scenes? Was FFK testing the waters and using Yahaya Bello as his mouthpiece? With these politicians anything is possible. What do you think?
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Another National Airline Bites The Dust As Air Namibia Folds Under Weight Of Loss And Debt
Hard times have claimed another national airline in Africa as Namibia’s national carrier has abruptly announced the total shut down of operations.
Excerpts from the airline’s official memo on the shock end of operations read in part,
“Effective Thursday, 11 February 2021, all flight operations will be canceled with all aircraft returning to base”
Short and not sweet…
Air Namibia has reportedly failed in previous many attempts to stay afloat despite several years of infusion of government bailouts. Same script, different country – Village people in action. Money has grown wings as usual.
Over 600 staff are set to lose their jobs with Namibian government saying affected workers would get full compensation. Hope that promise doesn’t fly straight into voicemail (if you know how fleeting African government promises are).
The airline’s board resigned after accusing the Namibian government of interference at the beginning of February 2021. This must have paved the way for the shut down.
Air Namibia operated from Windhoek’s Hosea Kutako International Airport. They operated flights to South Africa, Zimbabwe, Angola, Zambia, and Botswana. They also flew internationally to Frankfurt, Germany.
The airline had a fleet of 10 aircraft including two Airbus A330s.
Can anyone adequately answer the question of why most African countries are incapable of successfully running national carriers?
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Rihanna Pulls Plug On Fenty Fashion Line With Louis Vuitton
You might not want to read this story if you’re a Rihanna fan who’s planning to cop Fenty shades or underwear in the future because she’s shutting down her fashion house.
Merely two years after launching her clothing brand, Fenty, American singer, Rihanna, has pulled the plug on the fashion house she runs with French luxury conglomerate LVMH aka Louis Vuitton.
The songstress who’s sold everything but music in recent times, had to close down the fashion label in her business conglomerate because Covid-19 restrictions won’t allow her run Paris-based Fenty Fashion from her Los Angeles base.
Rihanna was the first woman (white or black for that matter) to create and run an original brand under the French conglomerate. She didn’t sing better have my money for nothing!
Unlike most other businesses, you can’t run a fashion label remotely on the back of Zoom meetings and other technology pizzazz, it just doesn’t work like that. At least not Paris.
But it’s not all gloom and doom though because LVMH have stated they focus their efforts on planning to sell and expand Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty cosmetics line and Fenty Skin products, in Europe. Whatever they do, just don’t stop the music!
You can at least still buy mascara if you can’t pick Fenty shades. Some please remind Rihanna she owes music fans another album and the shoes she left behind hasn’t been filled by another diva (the Beehive won’t like that assertion one bit).
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