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Yoruba youths: There’ll be crisis if Sunday Igboho is arrested

The Presidency has been advised against the planned arrest of Sunday Adeyemo also known as Sunday Igboho. The National President of Yoruba Youth Socio-Cultural Association, Olalekan Hammed, who said this in an interview with our correspondent said arresting Igboho will trigger a crisis in the area. He said Igboho offered to do what security agencies had not been able to do for the people, saying many indigenes of the land had been maimed and killed for so long by herdsmen. According to him, arresting Igboho will make the people lose confidence in the Federal Government. He said, “Ibarapa youths may react violently if Sunday Igboho is arrested. They will also lose hope in both the federal and the state government. “Ibarapa and other communities across Yoruba land seriously need to be guaran...

50 Cent, Celine Dion, Andrea Bocelli & More Pay Tribute to Larry King

“R.i.P To the legend Larry King God bless him,” 50 Cent captioned a photo of himself alongside King on Twitter. Bocelli remembered the broadcasting giant as a “king of the talk show and legendary face of @CNN” on Twitter. The opera singer added, “A remarkable individual, a great journalist and a good man who loved life deeply.” Bennett also took to Twitter to remember King. “Whenever you sat down in Larry King’s TV living room you felt like you were just having a conversation with a friend and forgot that millions around the world were watching,” the iconic crooner wrote. Dion, meanwhile, shared a touching tweet, calling King a “kind gentleman” who “made all of us feel as though we were speaking with a lifelong fr...

Remembering Larry King’s Interviews With Lady Gaga, Prince, Beyonce & More

It’s estimated that King, a 25-year veteran of CNN, conducted an estimated 50,000 on-air interviews during career. He was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1989. Watch 10 of King’s most memorable sit-downs with musicians below. Frank Sinatra (1988) Sinatra gave a rare interview to King in 1988, marking the iconic singer’s last major TV appearance before his death 10 years later. During the chat, Sinatra revealed that he never got over his stage fright (“I tremble every time…”) and called writers of kiss-and-tell books “pimps and whores.” Barbra Streisand (1995) Streisand appeared on CNN’s Larry King Live several times dating back to the early 1990s. In this mid-’90s appearance, the legendary singer and actress discussed her f...

HURIWA accuses IGP Adamu of bias over Sunday Igboho’s arrest order

Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) on Saturday accused the Inspector General of Police, (IGP) Mohammed Adamu of partiality and double standards by ordering the Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Mrs. Ngozi Onadeko to arrest the Yoruba Ethnic Rights Activist, Mr. Sunday Ighoho. But, HURIWA said IGP has refused to order the immediate arrest of the leader of a faction of Miyetti Allah Association, Bello Badejo who has threatened to take over lands of communities across the country unlawfully. HURIWA in a statement issued by the National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, said: “May be the IGP is lobbying for extension of tenure and can do everything to please the powers that be that have unambiguously made it known that the Fulani Ethnicity and Fulani herdsmen are sacred cows wh...

Yoruba elders condemn burning of Sarkin Fulani’s residence

Elders in the South West have condemned Friday’s attack on Sarkin Fulani, in Oyo State, Alhaji Salihu AbdulKadir and his family where houses were burnt down, livestock killed and 11 cars also burnt to ashes. The elders, who stated their opposition to the action attributed it to some criminals led by a secessionist, Sunday Adeyemo, in a statement under the umbrella of Coalition of Oduduwa Elders, said the development was inimical to the unity of the country which they stand for. Expressing shock that such ugly development can happen in Yorubaland which they noted, had been in the forefront of a united Nigeria, the elders tasked security agencies to immediately swing into action with a view to arresting the culprits so they can face the wrath of the country’s law. In the statement signed by ...

Rivers governor commiserates Akwa Ibom over death of PDP, PANDEF chairmen

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has commiserated with the governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr Udom Emmanuel over the recent loss of prominent indigenes of the state. Wike described the death of the State Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Mr Udo Ekpenyong and the Director-General of Governor Emmanuel’s two terms Divine Mandate organization and Chairman of Pan Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, Air Commodore Idongesit Nkanga rtd., as a grave loss not just to Akwa Ibom State but the entire South-South region and the party which, he said, is Nigeria’s hope. The Rivers State Governor who was on a condolence visit to Governor Emmanuel at Hilltop Mansion, Government House Uyo, on Thursday said what touches Akwa Ibom touches Rivers state. Hear him, “what I came here is that the Governor Udom ...

Meet CMT’s Next Women of Country Class of 2021: Exclusive

The CMT Next Women of Country class of 2021 is Ashland Craft, Brittney Spencer, Chapel Hart, Hannah Dasher, Harper Grae, MacKenzie Porter, Priscilla Block, Reyna Roberts, Sacha and Tenille Arts. “These artists represent the best of fresh new talent and the diversity of styles that country music has to offer,” says Leslie Fram, senior VP, music & talent, CMT. Now in its eighth year, the program has evolved to offer more touchpoints for participating artists. “Over the years, we’ve moved beyond a standalone event to a 365 day-a-year exposure vehicle that provides significant exposure across CMT platforms, six national Next Women of Country Tours and cross-promotional opportunities within [parent company] ViacomCBS,” Fram says. Over the next year, the participants will receive cross-brand...

ACF: Attack on Fulani a social upheaval that may destabilise Nigeria

The Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, has condemned the attack on a Fulani community in the southwest, insisting that such an act was a social upheaval that may destabilize the country. ACF also alleged that security agents did nothing when the attack was carried out. Emmanuel Yawe, National Publicity Secretary, Arewa Consultative Forum, in a statement on Saturday entitled “STOP THE DRIFT IN THE SOUTHWEST”, recalled that the civil war in the 1960’s started with attacks and counter-attacks like the Oyo attack on Fulani. He stated that “this morning, we received reports of an attack by Yoruba Youths on Alhaji Saliu Abdulkadir, the Serki Fulani in Oyo State. In the reports, he was attacked and driven out of his house, eleven cars and his house burnt with his family members now living in the bush...

Zimbabwe loses two more ministers to coronavirus

Two ministers serving in the Zimbabwean government died of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) within a matter of days, prompting the country to announce on Saturday plans to further tighten lockdown measures. Late on Friday, the government announced that Transport Minister Joel Matiza had died after falling ill with COVID-19, less than two days after the country lost Foreign minister Sibusiso Moyo to the same disease. Four government ministers have succumbed to the coronavirus in Zimbabwe so far. According to unconfirmed media reports, several other cabinet ministers are fighting for their lives in a private hospital. “We are in a dark cloud that we have to clear very soon,” deputy health minister John Mangwiro told dpa. Mangwiro revealed plans to intensify the current lockdown, which has been in ...

Luke Bryan Wanted This Top 10 Country Hit, But Morgan Wallen Got It First: ‘Sorry, Luke’

“I listened to it. I immediately fell in love with it, man,” Wallen chimed in about his initial reaction to hearing the demo. “I knew I was going to have to change some of your Mississippi sh– off of there, but that’s all right,” Wallen laughed. However, that “summer love kind of thing” wasn’t meant to be between the song and Bryan. HARDY told Wallen during the interview that the “Play It Again” hitmaker “fell in love with it too,” but he and Wallen didn’t know how he had even heard the demo. “We were all like, ‘Man, we wanted you [Wallen] to have it. We thought you could make it cool.’ So he missed out, dawg,” HARDY said. “Sorry, Luke,” Wallen teased at the end. Since Wa...

U.S. Senate confirms Joe Biden nominee Lloyd Austin as defense secretary

The U.S. Senate on Friday confirmed President Joe Biden’s nominee, retired Army General Lloyd Austin, to serve as Secretary of Defense – the first Black American in the role. The vote was an overwhelming 90-2 in the 100-member chamber, far more than the simple majority needed. Lawmakers from both parties said they were pleased that Austin would be installed to lead the Pentagon just two days after Biden was sworn in as president on Wednesday. Senator Jack Reed, the incoming Democratic chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, noted the wide range of challenges facing the country – including the coronavirus pandemic and competition with China and Russia. “General Austin is an exceptionally qualified leader with a long and distinguished career in the U.S. military,” Reed said before t...