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Former Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe has revealed that his wife, Grace cries daily, over the harassment she receives, especially over her bogus doctorate degree. It was the first time that the former Zimbabwe leader would speak on the emotional torment of his wife, three months after he was forced to step down by the military, according to a report by South Africa’s News 24. Mugabe reportedly gave this insight into the former first family at a meeting with African Union chairperson, Moussa Faki Mahamat during a courtesy call he made to the Mugabes at their Blue Roof Harare mansion. The former leader also told Mahamat that he doesn’t feel safe and that his pension has not been paid by President Emmerson Mnangagwa. “They told you I was safe, but how can I be in this environment?,” Mugabe reportedly told Faki at the meeting on 19 February. “My wife is crying daily. They are persecuting her… What am I without my wife and family? We are not safe,” the Zimbabwe Independent quoted Mugabe as saying, citing “detailed notes” supplied by officials who attended the meeting. Mugabe said his wife was being harassed over her PhD from the University of Zimbabwe. Last week UZ Vice Chancellor Levi Nyagura was arrested for alleged abuse of office for awarding her the degree in 2014. Critics say her thesis is nowhere near PhD standard. Mugabe reportedly insisted to Faki the PhD was genuine: “I used to see her here working hard day and night. I would assist her here and there, so how can someone wake up and claim she didn’t work for it? This is harassment.” According to the leaked notes, Mugabe told Faki that Mnangagwa’s appointment as president was illegal, and appealed to the AU to help restore democracy in the country. “We want you to assist to restore normalcy and democracy in the country and stop this thing of ruling through guns,” he reportedly said. Mahamat had earlier visited President Emmerson Mnangagwa and tweeted about the double visits.

Manchester City won the Carabao Cup on Sunday, the first trophy of the Pep Guardiola, brushing Arsenal aside 3-0. It was an impressive statement of intent from Guardiola’s team at Wembley after a shock FA Cup defeat to lowly Wigan last week ended their bid for an unprecedented quadruple. City opened the scoring in the 18th minute when a long punt upfield from goalkeeper Claudio Bravo was controlled by Aguero, who coolly lifted the ball over a helpless David Ospina in the Arsenal goal. Captain Vincent Kompany doubled the lead in the second half with just over half an hour to go and David Silva put the game out of the reach of Arsene Wenger’s team. The runaway Premier League leaders will be hoping to use the victory as a springboard to greater glory as the season approaches its final stretch but defeat for Wenger means he has never lifted the League Cup. On a bitterly cold, clear day in London, City, in their light blue kit, took control early, playing measured football and enjoying the lion’s share of possession against a side who have made Wembley a second home in recent years. But Arsenal went closest to taking the lead within the first 10 minutes, with new signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang seeing his scuffed shot saved by a sprawling Bravo. Seconds later Aguero found the side netting after an incisive break from City, who looked short of their fluent best. But it was Aguero who broke the deadlock, controlling the ball as Arsenal’s defence failed to deal with the danger, silencing the boisterous Arsenal fans. The Argentine striker has scored in each of his past five games in all competitions against Arsenal and this was his 199th goal in City colours. It was an unusual goal for Guardiola’s team, who have been lauded for their silky passing game this season, which has already seen them hailed as one of the finest sides in Premier League history. City made a bright start to the second half and captain Kompany was in the right place to steer home Ilkay Gundogan’s shot from the edge of the box after a Kevin De Bruyne corner in the 58th minute. It was no more than City deserved against a lacklustre Arsenal and the Belgian celebrated wildly in front of his own fans. Just seven minutes later Arsenal were left with a mountain to climb when Silva smashed the ball past Ospina into the far corner of the net to make it 3-0. Former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss Guardiola kept faith with reserve goalkeeper Bravo for the Wembley showpiece ahead of first-choice Ederson. Bravo has played in every round of the competition so far. Wenger also played his number two between the sticks, fielding Ospina ahead of Petr Cech. City look nailed on to win the Premier League and have virtually guaranteed a place in the Champions League quarter-finals after a 4-0 first win in the first leg of their last-16 tie against Basel.

The Police have confirmed that a middle-aged man, Stephen Nnadiogo, has committed suicide by drinking poison after stabbing his four children and sister-in-law to death at Awada area of Onitsha in Anambra. Confirming the incident on Sunday, the Divisional Police Officer of Awada, Mr Martin Chijioke, said the police command had begun an investigation to unravel the circumstances that led to the murder. “Preliminary investigation reveals that the suspect, after committing the murder, took poison and died,” Chijioke said. Eyewitnesses, however, said that the incident occurred at about 8.00 p.m. at the residence of the suspect at 21B Ntueke street, Awada Obosi in Idemili North Local Government Area. The source said the suspect’s wife was not at home when the incident occurred while the house another maid reportedly ran away when the incident occurred. “It was the cry of the housemaid that alerted residents of the area. We have never seen this type of incident before,” the witness said. Another eyewitness said the suspect had been taken to the psychiatric hospital several times and had shown signs of recovery before the dastardly incident. The police later took the bodies of the victims and the suspected murderer to a mortuary.

The General Superintendent of Deeper Life Bible Church, Pastor William Kumuyi, has urged Nigerians to shun corrupt tendencies in their dealings to avoid the wrath of God. Kumuyi made the plea on Sunday at a special programme entitled: “Total Redemption For All” held at the Eagles Square, Abuja. He said that corruption should not be part of our national lifestyles, saying “it is evil’’. According to him, though, corrupt people may hide from men, they cannot hide from God. “Corrupt people will not see God because He will exclude them from His Kingdom in Heaven,’’ the cleric said. Kumuyi charged those standing on righteousness to continue in order to conquer. “Don’t backslide and don’t compromise your stand on righteous living,’’ he said. While calling on people to consider Christ as their High Priest, who is sinless and Holy, Kumuyi said, “Christ came to the world to redeem humanity from the power of sin and its consequences. “Christ builds individuals, families and national life so that good things would follow,” he said. Earlier, the FCT State Overseer of the Church, Pastor Joshua Esho, prayed that Nigeria would soon overcome its current state of insecurity.

Muslim women in Nigeria have said that they play more important roles in the family and society than to be seen as ‘sex objects’. They expressed displeasure with the numerous challenges that the society has subjected them to, noting that ‘they are reformists’. Some of the women spoke at the 2018 Sisters’ Enlightenment Programme, organized by the Sisters’ Circle of the Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria, Lagos State Area Unit at the Lagos State Polytechnic, Isolo. The SEP, which had about 2000 females in attendance, saw experts discussing the roles of women in the society. The head of the females (Amirah), explained that there was need for awareness about key issues facing women in recent times. She said, “The 21st century woman has been subjected to a whole lot of ridicule in the society and it has gone a long way to affect her social standing. She is seen as a sex object, good for marketing products and also to satisfy lustful desires of men. “Women are placed on a high pedestal where they seem to be valued for their bodies and not their brain. Although learning to love oneself could be a difficult and long road, we need to stop looking at other people and look at ourselves. “There is no gainsaying that the Muslim woman has a critical role to play in reforming the society. ‘In Her World’ is a carefully chosen theme for this year’s SEP which is solely aimed at bringing to limelight, the struggles and realities facing the Muslim woman in her spiritual life, career, health, education as well as other aspects of her life.” Former Women Leader of Nasrullahi-l Fathi Islamic Association (NASFAT), Nafisat Arogundade, implored the women to be good ambassadors and to strive to be righteous. “Don’t be discouraged by the challenges posed on us by the society, we have a greater role to play,” she added. While speaking on the theme, ‘In Her World’, Proprietor of Pace Setters Academy, Ibadan, Toyyibah Abdul Salam, called the attention of the women to the importance of proper children upbringing in the society. She said, “A woman should be in the company of the righteous people and friends. She uses the best method for children upbringing. She treats her husband well and treat his parent like she would treat her parent. “Being a woman is an all-encompassing role. It demands that we uphold the correct tenets of Islam by our actions and in actions. We need to train ourselves to be unique individuals who do not conform to the absurd societal standards prevalent in our society. “Perfect your roles, you can do better in your roles and duties. Forget the saying that says ‘what a man can do a woman can do better’, for our responsibilities are different. Females should work and be better in their responsibilities.” On her part, Director of Succour Psychological Health and Services, Ibadan, Lazbah Aroyewun while speaking on the sub-theme, ‘The Self Concept’, warned women against low self-esteem. Aroyewun said, “The ideal self is the self that you aspire to be. It is the one that you hope will possess characteristics similar to that of a mentor or some other worldly figure. Prioritising the western culture affects our way of thinking and behavior. “Be confident. High self-esteem equals to high self-worth. It is the approval and value that you place upon yourself.”

Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka said a psychiatrist should be called to examine him should he join the Coalition for Nigeria Movement (CNM) recently launched by former President Olusegun Obasanjo. Soyinka spoke in an interview with BBC Yoruba Service, which began online on Monday. Obasanjo had in a letter written to President Muhammadu Buhari in January, canvassed a new movement that will give Nigeria a new leadership. But Soyinka said: “Me? Obasanjo would establish a group and I will become a member of such group? That means they should get a psychiatrist to examine me,” he said. Soyinka advised Nigerians to be cautious in accepting at face value, Obasanjo’s letter and the statement issued by former military president, Ibrahim Babangida. ‘‘When these Generals begin to write letters there is the possibility that what they have in mind is different from what we have in mind.” However, Soyinka said the content of the message should be examined even though the messengers were not trustworthy. “When these Generals begin to speak, we are supposed to get suspicious and ask what exactly do they have in mind? It is possible that what they have in mind is different from what we have in mind,” he said. “You can look at it from two perspectives, the messenger and the message. The message should be examined closely. We should not look at the misdeeds of the messenger alone. “Let’s start by asking, is he saying the truth or telling lies, or is he being tricky? “If he is saying the truth and talking about things that are beneficial to the masses, we would allow that be. “After that, we would now look at the person speaking, what is in his mind? …even if it’s a little child who is speaking, as far as that child is saying the truth, we won’t ask the child to keep quiet. We won’t ask the child what do you know? “We would listen. It is the same situation with those who have presided over the affairs of this nation without making significant progress. “We have seen their weaknesses, we have seen their nakedness in public, if they now want to be covered, by saying that they have turned a new leaf, we would examine that too. What I am saying in essence is that what they have said should also be examined.” While urging the youth to come together to present a candidate to represent them, he said the older generation would support them if they are serious. “We have a lot of them. It is the turn of the younger ones. If they come together, as we speak, if they can start now and bring out one individual among them, we will work with him.”

The Episcopal Synod of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) has called on Anglican faithful to disregard ‘‘malicious publications’’ making the rounds on alleged impropriety and corruption in the election of the new bishop of Lagos diocese. The admonition is contained in a statement issued by the Episcopal Secretary of the Church, Bishop David Onuoha, on Tuesday in Abuja. The statement was responding to publications which the bishops said attempted to smear the image of the leadership of the Church in the aftermath of the Feb. 6 election of a successor to the incumbent Bishop of the Diocese of Lagos, who retires in August 2018. “This particular election was held alongside four others at the Cathedral Church of St Barnabas, Ilorin, in the Diocese of Kwara, Kwara State in accordance with the church’s laid down rules and regulations. The event was free and fair. “A total of 161 bishops participated and pursuant to the provisions of Canon V of the Constitution and Canons of the Church of Nigeria 1997 (as Amended), candidates were nominated after the advice from the diocese, which favoured translation, had been circulated and read. “The procedure before every election in the House of Bishops is to appoint a team of returning officers to collate the results. This was strictly followed with the Rt. Rev Sosthenes Eze, bishop of Enugu North diocese, leading eight other bishops to perform this sacred duty. “Only two candidates, Most Rev Michael Fape, bishop of Remo diocese, and Rt. Rev Humphrey Olumakaiye were duly nominated and seconded by highly respected members of the house without any objection raised against any of them,’’ According to the statement, after the voting which was by secret ballot, Most Rev’d Michael Fape polled 51 votes; Rt. Rev Humphrey Olumakaiye garnered 109 votes, while one bishop absented from the votes. “By this result Rt. Rev’ d Humphrey Olumakaiye, Bishop of Osun North East became duly elected for translation to the See of Lagos,’’ the statement said. The Episcopal Secretary noted that it was therefore uncharitable for anyone to smear the image of the Primate of the Church, Archbishop Nicholas Okoh and accuse him of not following laid down rules of the Church in the election of bishops. “The Primate as the President of the Episcopal Synod statutorily calls for nominations, and after the voting and counting of votes by those responsible, announces the results as submitted by the chief returning officer. “Votes are cast, counted and results declared in the full glare of the general house. “It is, therefore, uncharitable to attempt to smear the image of our beloved Primate, Most Rev Nicholas D Okoh, instead of thanking God for the numerous blessings He has graciously granted His church since the inception of this administration. “We call on the discerning public, especially all Anglican faithful to disregard the said malicious publications in their entirety as they are baseless and without any iota of truth. “The bishops of the Church of Nigeria remain resolute and united in their determination to uphold godliness and righteousness in their service to God and humanity. “We also call on our brethren who have fallen into this temptation of seeking to destabilize the church to use this period of Lent to seek God’s face in repentance that He may grant them forgiveness and time for amendment of life,’’’ the Episcopal Secretary said in the statement emailed to NAN in Abuja.

The Senate on Tuesday urged the Federal Government, through the Ministry of Health, to establish rehabilitation centres for victims of drug addiction in each state of the country. The upper legislative chamber also mandated its Committee on Health to ensure that the government gave the centres needed attention when established. This followed a motion by Sen. Jeremiah Useni (PDP-Plateau) and nine other senators. In the motion, Useni noted that drugs and other substances abuse had become the order of the day in all parts of the country. He said that at least 50 per cent of drug addicts were likely to bear children with same addictive traits in them unless they underwent professional drugs cessation rehabilitation. The lawmaker said that increase in the number of rehabilitation centres would go a long way in reducing drug-related issues such as impairment of memory and paranoid. In his contribution, Sen. Philip Gyunka (PDP-Nasarawa) decried the large number of drug addicts seen on the streets. In his remarks, Deputy President of the Senate, Mr Ike Ekweremadu, said drug abuse negatively affected productivity of the youth. “There is a need to stop the distribution of drugs at both the wholesale and retail levels. “This issue of drug abuse is a threat to youths’ productivity. There is the need to break the chain between the dealers and users as it is fostering crimes in the country. “Security agencies should curb the distribution of drugs,” Ekweremadu said.

A Federal High Court in Lagos on Tuesday expunged proceedings in the trial of a former Governor of Enugu State, Chimaroke Nnamani, who is charged with N5.3 billion fraud. Justice Chuka Obiozor expunged the proceedings at the instance of the prosecution, who informed the court of the intention of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to file a new charge against Nnamani and his former aide, Sunday Anyaogu. After the counsel had announced their appearances, the prosecutor, Mr Kelvin Uzozie, told the court that the EFCC had re-appraised the case and came to the conclusion that rather than continue with the old charge marked FHC/L/09c/2007, “it would be best to bring a fresh charge sheet.’’ Counsel to the first and second accused, Mr Rickey Tafa and Mr Victor Obaro, did not opposed the prosecution’s application. However, Nnamani’s lawyer informed the court that at the last proceedings, the defence had filed an affidavit for termination of the charge FHC/L/09C/07 which, he said, had been conceded to by the prosecution. He argued that at the time the case was reassigned, there was no charge, having filed an application to strike out same.t In response, the prosecutor said his request to court was that the entire proceedings before the court be set aside with liberty to the prosecution to file a new charge. Asked by the judge if the existing charge should be struck out, Uzozie urged the judge to take it that there was no charge before him and expunge all the proceedings observed so far before him. Ruling on the submissions of the parties, Justice Obiozor expunged and struck out the entire proceedings as sought by prosecution. Nnamani and Anyaogu are being prosecuted by the EFCC for N5.3 billion fraud. They were first arraigned in 2007 alongside six companies for allegedly conspiring to divert about N5.3 billion from the coffers of Enugu State. The case which had been handled by at least three judges was assigned to Justice Obiozor in December 2017.

Governor Nasir el Rufai of Kaduna State early this morning ordered the demolition of the secretariat of the factional All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state for suspending him from the party. Prom newsonline gathered that the building being used by the APC faction called Kaduna Restoration Group, led by Senator Suleiman Hukunyi, representing Kaduna north central, was pulled down under supervision by armed policemen and soldiers. Senator Hunkuyi accused El-Rufai of ordering the demolition, adding that armed soldiers blocked both sides of the road during the exercise. Though Governor El-Rufai is yet to respond to inquiries on the demolition, a senior official of the Kaduna government who did not want his name in print confirmed that the building was demolished by the Kaduna State Urban and Property Development Agency (KASUPDA) for illegal activities. According to him, the building was allocated for residential purposes and not for political activities. The Senator Hunkuyi faction of the APC in the state on Thursday accused Governor of El-Rufai of anti-party activities and later suspended him for six months.

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