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‘May God Not Run Out Of Patience With Nigeria’

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Ahead of 2023 presidential and general election, former President Olusegun Obasanjo has prayed that God’s patience with Nigeria does not end, asking Nigerians to ensure that the right lessons were learned in the search for new leadership.
According to Obasanjo, at independence, Nigeria was to be Giant in the Sun and just of Africa.
He spoke, yesterday, in Abuja at the public presentation of a book entitled, “The Letter Man: Inside the ‘Secret’ Letters of former Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo”, written by Premium Times’ Editor-in-Chief, Musikilu Mojeed.
According to Obasanjo, when James Earl Carter (Jimmy Carter) was the President of the United States of America, USA, there was no time he had anything to do in Africa and would not inform Nigeria.
But that unfortunately, he said, that respect for Nigeria was gone.
The former President said: “Only this morning, I heard something that shocked me; here at our door, Chad.
“When Idris Dabi was killed or died, some people said he was shot from the back when he was in the war front.
“But he died and it was Doha that decided to pull the different elements in charge together, not Nigeria and Chad is at our door.
“We didn’t do anything about that. I believe, to say the least, that it is not good enough.
“Again, I believe that God is in Nigeria, because God loves us so much that we got away so many stupid things.
“I sincerely hope that God’s patience have no limit of elasticity. Because if it does, there will be a day that God will say look, I have had enough.
“And if God says he has had enough, it doesn’t matter; Musikilu can write 20 books on letter men and letter women, it won’t help us.
“So, I believe that the right lessons must be learned. We have all that we need to have. God gave us all that we need to have. That we are not doing what we need to do, God is not to blame. We should blame ourselves.”
The former President said he was not aware of the book, but only got to know about it last week Monday when two copies were brought to him with a letter inviting him for the event.
He said that he was highly flabbergasted when he read it and that after reading it; he found out that the book is really amazingly good and a must-read.
The book was presented by the former Chairman, Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Mrs Ifueko Omoigui-Okauru.
The Letter Man is a 465-page book on 25 selected letters with different subject matters.
Dignitaries at the launch were former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, represented by former Aviation Minister, Osita Chidoka; former Governor of Bayelsa State, Senator Henry Dickson; the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Ahmed Bola Asiwaju Tinubu, represented by former Minister of Culture and Tourism, Femi Fani Kayode.
Other were former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory Administration, Dr. Modibbo Umar; former Transportation Minister, Rotimi Amaechi; immediate past Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, represented by the Director-General of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF); Minister of State, former Minister Bolaji Abdullahi; former Managing Director of Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman, among others.
Also represented were the governors of Kaduna, Kogi, Sokoto, minister of information and culture; Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abdulrasheed Bawa, among others.

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NAFDAC Alerts Nigerians To EU Ban On Dex Soap

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The National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control, NAFDAC, has alerted Nigerians on the ban on Dex Luxury Bar Soap (No 6 Mystic Flower), by the European Union (EU).
The notification is contained in a public alert with No. 012/2024, signed by NAFDAC Director-General, Prof Mojisola Adeyeye, and issued to newsmen in Abuja yesterday.
“The product does not comply with the cosmetic products regulation; it also contains Butyphenyl Methylpropional (BMHCA), which is prohibited in cosmetic products due to its risk of harming the reproductive system.
“It also causes harm to the health of unborn children and may cause skin sensitisation.
“It is as a result of the defective nature of the product that the EU banned it.
“The products is not in NAFDAC database; importers, distributors, retailers and consumers are to exercise caution and vigilance within the supply chain,” she said.
NAFDAC boss urged marketers and consumers to avoid the importation, distribution, sale and use of the product, stressing that product’s authenticity and physical condition must be carefully checked.
She enjoined members of the public in possession of the product to discontinue sale or use, and submit stock to the nearest NAFDAC office.

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Communities, Volunteers Ready To Face Upcoming Floods – Red Cross

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The Country Manager of the British Red Cross in Nigeria, Karsten Voigt, says communities and volunteers are ready to face the challenges expected with the upcoming floods.
Voigt said this at the sidelines of the 56th Annual General Meeting of the Nigerian Red Cross Society (NRCS), Lagos Branch.
The Tide’s source recalls that the British Red Cross donated resilience items to some communities in December 2023, to help mitigate the effects of flooding.
The items included cash, rain boots, rain coats, mosquito nets, handheld flashlights, solar powered lights with radio, USB chargers and a bridge to link the communities.
The communities that benefited included Agboyi 1, Agboyi 2, Agboyi 3 and Odo Ogun in Kosofe Local Government Area of the state.
Voigt said the Red Cross had measured the impact of the project in the communities and noticed that a lot of progress had been made.
According to him, apart from the cash and items given to the communities, simulation exercises have also been carried out to prepare the volunteers ahead of the floods.
“We have seen that people used the cash to address immediate needs they have after floods.
“Many households have used part of the cash to build up businesses.
“The solutions we have given to them are not only addressing their immediate needs after the disaster but actually building family income for their future,” he said.

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Nimet Forecasts Three-Day Sunshine, Thunderstorms

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The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted sunshine and thunderstorm from Monday to Wednesday across the country.
NiMet’s weather outlook released yesterday in Abuja, forecasts sunny skies on Monday with a few patches of cloud over the northern cities and prospects of thunderstorms over parts of Taraba later in the day.
According to the forecast, sunny skies with patches of clouds are expected over the North Central region with prospects of morning thunderstorm over parts of the Federal Capital Territory, Nasarawa, Kogi and Kwara States.
“Later in the day, isolated thunderstorms are anticipated over parts of the Federal Capital Territory, Kogi and Benue States.
“The southern region is expected to be cloudy with spells of sunshine with prospects of morning thunderstorms over parts of Oyo, Ekiti, Ogun, Ondo and Lagos States.
“ In the afternoon/evening periods, isolated thunderstorms are expected over parts of Enugu, Ebonyi, Abia, Ekiti, Ogun, Imo, Oyo, Ondo, Edo, Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Delta, Rivers, Lagos and Bayelsa States,” it said.
NiMet also anticipated sunny skies on Tuesday with few patches of cloud over the northern states with prospects of isolated thunderstorms envisaged over parts of Bauchi, Gombe, Adamawa, Taraba and Kaduna States during the afternoon and evening hours.
It envisaged the North Central region to be sunny with patches of cloud during the morning hours.
The agency also envisaged isolated thunderstorms over parts of the Federal Capital Territory, Plateau, Nasarawa, Kogi, Benue, Kwara and Niger States, later in the day.
“Cloudy atmosphere with intervals of sunshine is expected over the inland and coastal areas of the South, with chances of morning thunderstorm over parts of Cross River, Bayelsa, Akwa Ibom and Rivers States.
“In the afternoon/evening periods, isolated thunderstorms are anticipated over parts of Osun, Ekiti, Ondo, Imo, Anambra, Enugu, Abia, Oyo, Edo, Delta, Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Lagos, Rivers and Bayelsa States ,” it said.
It predicted a sunny atmosphere on Wednesday, with patches of cloud over the northern region, during the forecast period.
“Sunny skies with patches of clouds are expected over the North Central region with chances of isolated thunderstorms over parts of Plateau, Kogi, Nasarawa, the Federal Capital Territory and Benue States, during the afternoon/evening periods.
“ Cloudy atmosphere with intervals of sunshine is expected over the inland and coastal areas of the South with prospects of thunderstorms over parts of Anambra, Imo, Enugu, Ebonyi and Abia.”
Other states to experience cloudy atmosphere, are “Edo, Ondo, Ekiti, Ogun, Oyo, Cross River, Lagos, Akwa Ibom, Rivers, Delta and Bayelsa States, later in the day.”
NiMet urged the public to take adequate precaution as strong winds might precede rains in areas where thunderstorms were likely to occur.
The agency also urged airline operators to get updated weather reports and forecasts from its office for effective planning in their operations.

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