Archbishop of Canterbury offers to help end violence in Nigeria


The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby on Tuesday repeated his offer to contribute towards any peace negotiations as violence continues to erupt in some parts of Nigeria.

Archbishop Justin tweeted in January: “I am deeply saddened by the killings and displacements in #Nigeria. President @MBuhari and authorities are exhorted to act now to end this violence and begin mediated dialogue. I mourn with this great country and stand with them in prayer, #prayforthepeaceofNigeria.”

However, the attacks have continued and spread rather than abate.

A question was put to the British government in the House of Lords – the upper house of the UK Parliament – on Monday on the deteriorating security situation in Nigeria.

Archbishop Justin said: “I once again exhort President Muhammadu Buhari and other authorities, civil and religious, national and international, urgently to build a coalition to end this violence immediately.

“In communications earlier this year with the Primate…

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MLK family visit to Nigeria, award not sponsored by FG, Dabiri-Erewa says

Adelani Adepegba, Abuja

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has defended the commemorative award presented to President Muhammadu Buhari by the family of legendary American civil rights activist, Martin Luther King Jnr.

She explained that the award was in appreciation of the President’s fight against corruption, noting that the visit of the MLK family members to Nigeria was not sponsored by the Federal Government.

The plaque presented to the President had generated a firestorm of argument and criticisms on social media, with many saying the award was fake, and that it was used to extort money from the Presidency.

But Dabiri-Erewa in a statement on Thursday in Abuja by her media aide, Abdurrahman Balogun, dismissed insinuations that the government paid for the award, stressing that nothing could be further from the truth.

“It must be categorically stated here that the trip was totally privately funded and not one…

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Couple die 72hrs to daughter’s wedding


…others seriously injured in a tragic motor accident


A yet to be identified couple have been reported dead after their motorcycle collided with a commercial bus in Ugwunagbo Local government Area of Abia State 72hrs to their daughter’s wedding.

Our correspondent gathered that the incidence occurred near a village called Umuaja in Ugwunagbo left many passengers of the commercial bus wounded as many of them were said to be in critical conditions.

It was learnt that while the husband and wife died on the spot, some of the injured were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment and the critically injured were reportedly referred to Abia State Teaching Hospital (ABSUTH), Aba for issues beyond their capacity to handle.

Reports have it that one of the tyres of the vehicle busted while the driver was said to have lose control of the car and in the process, ramming into the couple.

A source who pleaded anonymity said that the daughter of the couple would be having her traditional…

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Oba of Benin places Libya returnees on salaries

The Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II, has placed each returnee from Libya, on three months salaries.

A statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Desmond Agbama, made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday said Oba Ewuare, announced this when he hosted to Libyan returnees in his palace.

Apart from the allowances, the Oba said the Oba Ewuare Foundation would provide the necessary tools/facilities for those who had gone through the various skills acquisition programmes.

He expressed disappointment over the mentality of the Nigerian youth, with the quest to make quick money without legitimate means, noting that youths must embrace agriculture and other legal businesses to excel.

The statement said the monarch frowned at the attitude of some parents who encouraged illegal migration via sea and desert, stressing that the palace would employ all traditional means to eradicate the scourge.

Oba Ewuare, who was full of praises for steps taken so far to curb the menace of…

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