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    THE EDAIKEN N’USELU: Here comes the new Oba of Benin!

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    The Benin Traditional Council, on Monday, announced the funeral rites for the Benin monarch, Oba Erediauwa, who joined his ancestors. It listed the funeral rites as Ekioba, Ekenaka, Agbado Eken. The rites, according to tradition, are carried out by the Edaiken N’Uselu, Crown Prince Ehenede Erediauwa, and within the 15 days of the exercise, all funeral ceremonies are prohibited. In this interview, Prince Solomon Ebuwa, the Chairman of the Assembly of Benin Aborigines World Wide and a former National Coordinator of the Great Benin Centenary, explains the rituals in the kingdom just as he debunks the insinuation that human beings are used for sacrifice.

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    MEETING—GOVERNORS FORUM: From left: Zamfara State Governor, Abdul’aziz Abubakar Yari; Kastina State Governor, Aminu Masari; Imo State Governor, Rochas  Okorocha; Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed; and Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima; during the President’s meeting with Nigerian Governors Forum, at the Presidential Villa Abuja, yesterday. Photo: Abayomi Adeshida.

    Democracy Day: How governors performed in last one year

    When last year Enugu people united to enthrone Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi to steer the mantle of governance for a first period of four years following his blistering popularity at the poll, a lot of expectations obviously rested on his shoulders. A prepared Ugwuanyi had during his inaugural address at the Micheal Okpara Square on May 29, assured the tumultuous crowd of his administration’s resolve to roll its sleeves in order to meet the burgeoning yearnings of the people especially now that the nation’s mono-cultural economy is buffeted by crude oil glut at the global scene while grappling with insecurity challenges at the home front.

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    Femi Adesina

    One year after: Buhari has done enough to inspire hope—Adesina

    For obvious reasons the talking point in the Nigerian polity as President Muhammadu Buhari marks his first year in office is government’s decision to scrap the contentious Petroleum Support Fund, otherwise known as fuel subsidy, a development culminating in marketers being directed to sell premium motor spirit, PMS, also known as petrol, between N135 and N145 per litre. Not surprisingly the hike in the pump price of petrol elicited mixed reactions, with those against it raising a deafening din of condemnation and demanding that government should immediately revert to status quo: that is, continue to sell the product at N86.50 a litre.

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    Deji of Akure

    Whoever sits on the Ooni throne is Yoruba father – Oba Aladelusi, the Deji of Akure

    Deji of Akure, Oba Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade Aladelusi, is facilitating the development of the ancient city. Recently, he visited Akure National Union in Ibadan where he met with Akure sons and daughters and invited them to come and develop their ancestral home. Aladelusi, a United States-based industrialist until his ascension to the throne, hosted Sunday Vanguard in his palace at Erekeson in the Ondo State capital, during which he opened up on the ranking of monarchs in Yorubaland.

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    The new Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi sits for his coronation at Ile-Ife in southwest Nigeria, on December 7, 2015.  41-year-old multi-millionaire Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, has been officially installed as the new Ooni of Ife. The monarch is the spiritual leader and the most influential traditional monarch among the Yoruba people of Nigeria's southwest .AFP

    How I escaped death during June 12 crisis — Ooni

    At a time the spate of violence across Nigeria seems to be threatening national security, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II, offers a valuable intervention, in this interview conducted at his palace preparatory to a non-violence programme, Peace Icons and the NMVA, coordinated by veteran broadcaster and cultural activist , Mr. Cally Ikpe. The monarch, who has passion for getting the teeming youths of Nigeria gainfully engaged, examines the country’s rate of violence within the context of the role of the youths and concludes that addressing the challenge is an urgent issue of national interest. He ascended the throne in December, 2015.

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    Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, (left) sympathizing with one of the victims of herdsmen’s Monday attack in Nimbo, admitted at Holy Cross Hospital, Nsukka, Enugu State, yesterday.

    Enugu: Blow-by-blow account of how herdsmen killed 46 natives

    Hell was let loose last Monday in Ukpabi-Nimbo, in Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State, when dare-devil herdsmen, numbering over 500, unleashed terror on hapless natives, killing 46 and burning the Christ Holy Catholic Church, Odozi-Obodo. 11 houses were razed while 14 victims are lying critically ill at Royal Cross Hospital,Nsukka,Nsukka District General Hospital and Bishop Shanahan Hospital, Nsukka.

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    Corrupt elements, incompetent aides, saboteurs join forces to hinder Buhari — Bashir Tofa

    Remember Alhaji Bashir Tofa?
    He was the man who contested the June 12, 1993 presidential election against the late Chief MKO Abiola. Abiola was generally believed to have won that historic election which was unfortunately annulled by the military. In this interview, Tofa wonders whether anybody said Abiola won the election and he lost.

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