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CUPP National Secretary eulogises Imoke at 60

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The National Secretary of the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP), High Chief Peter Ojonugwa Ameh has eulogised former Governor of Cross Rivers State, Senator Liyel Imoke, on the occasion of his 60th birthday anniversary.

In a Congratulatory Statement made available to the NationalUpdate in Avuja on Saturday Ameh described Senator Imoke as a man with incredible leadership qualities, contributing significantly to the glorious years of Nigeria’s return to democracy between 1999 and 2003. 

He said the former Senator in clocking 60, reflects a life of dedication to God and humanity, adding that: “He posseses remarkable Leadership qualities whose years of experience in Resource Adminstration, Legal Practice, Legislature, and statesmanship remain unequalled.”

Beyond sixty, the CUPP Secretary asked Senator Imoke to keep his fire of love, selfless service, compassion, philanthropy, and mentorship to the younger generation burning, praying he witnesses more milestones in sound health, capacity, and wisdom of the Almighty God.

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Phenomenal People Magazine Publisher, Evelyn Onyilo Mourns Barr. Hauwa Shekarau

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The publisher Phenomenal People Magazine, Evelyn Onyilo has expressed sadness over the death of Chairman of Nigerian Bar Association, (NBA) FCT chapter, Barr. Hauwa Shekarau, describing it as a blow on gender rights movement in Nigeria.

Onyilo, a former President of Nigeria Association of Women Journalists, NAWOJ and founder, Initiative for Women’s Accelerated Development in Africa, (INWOAD) while describing the late Barr. Shekarau as a trailblazer, friend, sister, human and women’s rights advocate, extolled the late former FIDA National President’s contributions to Nigeria’s development.

In a statement she personally endorsed in Abuja on Friday, Onyilo observed that the late Barr. Shekarau contributed her very best in making the world liveable for the downtrodden and less privileged.

She said, “It is indeed with deep pain and sadness that we from Phenomenal People Magazine received the news of the death of our trailblazer, friend, sister, human and women’s rights advocate Barrister Hauwa Evelyn Shekarau.

“This is a blow not only to the gender rights movement in the FCT but to our country generally. Barrister Hauwa Evelyn Shekarau has contributed immensely to national development in many spheres including her legal profession, politically, her state, community, and women’s rights specifically women inclusion in governance and campaign against gender based violence.

“She lived a purpose driven life of making the world a better place for all especially the poor and downtrodden.”

Going memory lane, Onyilo recalled how closely she worked with the late Barr. Shekarau when the latter was the FCT chapter Chairperson of Federation of Women Lawyers, FIDA at a time when she (Onyilo) was the National President of NAWOJ in 2002 in the advancement of the campaign against gender-based violence.

“Barrister Hauwa became close to us at the time I was National President of NAWOJ in 2002. She was FCT FIDA Chair. We worked closely in the Coalition for the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Bill which was then in the National Assembly. Her tireless efforts together with other key stakeholders led to the passage of the VAPP Act in 2015.

“Since then, we have worked together in many gender related advocacy groups and even some political affiliations. She was kindhearted, warm and humble. She would support any worthy course with her time talent and treasure.

“As Country Director of Ipas, Dr. Hauwa Shekarau gave support to our NGO INWOAD right from its formative period” she noted.

While joining other women rights advocates in the country to mourn the late Barr. Shekarau, Onyilo said her death will create a huge loss to the gender agenda in Nigeria.

She prayed God to comfort the grieving family of Barr. Shekarau.

Onyilo also extolled her impact to the world, noting that her memories and legacies will linger.

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Jigawa Governor, Badaru salutes predecessor, Lamido at 73

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The Executive Governor of Jigawa state Alhaji Mohammed Badaru Abubakar has warmly felicitated with his predecessor Alhaji Sule Lamido, on his 73rd birthday.

Senior Special Assistant to the Executive Governor of Jigawa State on New Media Auwal D. Sankara (in a congratulatory issued on Monday lauded the elder statesman for years of service to Jigawa State and the Country working as Federal Legislator, Minister of Foreign Affairs and two-term elected governor of the State.

In the congratulatory message Badaru joined the family, associates, and well-wishers in celebrating with Alhaji Lamido, whose service to the state and passion for development remains remarkable.

He eulogized the virtues of Lamido adding that the life of the PDP chieftain has been beneficial to mankind.

According to the Governor, Lamido’s experience will always be relevant for the next generation, as he prayed that the Almighty God will continue to bless him with long life and good health.



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Kogi Governor celebrates predecessor, Capt. Wada at 71

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***Eulogises him as a man of peace, progressive conscience

Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has congratulated his predecessor, Captain Idris Ichalla Wada on his 71st birthday anniversary, describing him as a man of peace with a progressive conscience

Governor Bello’s felicitation was contained in a press statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Muhammed Onogwu on Thursday.

The Governor congratulated Captain Wada for witnessing another milestone in good health noting that the former Governor and now elder Statesman while serving in public office  played his part in fronting the ideas of the desired Kogi State

He added that not withstanding their differences  in political party affilliation, Capt Wada has continued to render support and counsel to his administration while extending his hand of fellowship in the overall interest of the state which they all belonged to.

Bello expressed confidence that the former governor’s legacy of peace and mutual understanding would continue to chart the course for a smoother relationship which would further affirm his own administration’s policies of friendship across ethnic, religious and even party lines

He prayed God to grant the celebrant long life and good health.
Bello noted that the astute politician and revered humanitarian would continue to play a vital leadership role for the younger generation by leading a life of selfless service and devotion to God.

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