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News items that made headlines on Thursday, October 29


Nyesom Wike

Rivers Governor, Nyesom Wike was up on the trend after he signed an executive order proscribing the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in the state. Wike had accused members of the group of killing police men in Oyigbo.

The development generated reactions with many supporting the governor’s action. Some, however, berated Wike, alleging that herdsmen and security operatives have been attacking and killing several residents in the state while the governor didn’t take action against them.

Desmond Elliot

The lawmaker representing Surulere Constituency in the Lagos State House of Assembly, Desmond Elliot, came under intense criticism after video in which he spoke on the recent EndSARS protests and its aftermath, went viral on social media.

Elliot had condemned the reactions that followed the Lekki shootings and the subsequent desecration of the palace of the Oba of Lagos by hoodlums. He decried the lack of regard for the people’s culture and traditional institutions.

But criticizing the lawnmaker, some said Elliot spent more time condemning those who looted the Oba’s palace without showing much empathy with innocent protesters allegedly killed in the Lekki shootings.

Eid El Maulud

Muslims in Nigeria have joined their counterparts across the globe to mark this year’s Eid El Maulud, which commemorates the birth of Prophet Mohammed.

Both Muslims and non Muslims use the occasion to pray for peace, unity and prosperity of the country. They said it was necessary for every group to come together to build an indivisible bond of brotherhood, as through this can Nigeria achieve her desired development.


Nigerians have taken to social media to blast the United States of America for opposing Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as the consensus candidate for the World Trade Organisation’s top job.

Many had expressed delight when key WTO ambassadors led by New Zealand’s Ambassador, David Walker, proposed Okonjo-Iweala as the best candidate for the job.

However, while most of the 164 member states that make up the WTO supported the former Nigerian finance minister to take up the role, the US delegation opposed the move, saying it supported South Korean Trade Minister, Yoo Myung-hee.

Those who reacted likened the US opposition to that encountered by African Development Bank chief, Akinwumi Adesina, who also faced similar hostility from Washington before his re-election.

Kogi State

Kogi State Commissioner for Health, Dr Saka Audu, has become a social media sensation after he wept in front of camera, decrying the extent of damage wrought on medical equipments by hoodlums.

The pathetic situation generated series of hilarious reactions, as many likened the Commissioner to Cross River Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade, whom they said, has carved out a niche for himself as ‘Nigeria’s crying governor.’

Some, however, expressed empathy with Dr Audu, urging authorities to ensure that those responsible for the dastardly act were brought to book.

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