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Mrs Osinbajo to Benue Youths: You Must Assume Authority




From Chris Gaga, Makurdi

Wife of the Vice President of Nigeria, Mrs Dolapo Osinbajo has challenged youths to assume authority and treasure Nigeria as their land.

Mrs Osinbajo was speaking to Benue Youths during a gender issues based Youth Town Hall meeting at the Benue People’s House in Makurdi over the weekend.

The wife of the Vice President urged the youths to avoid vices that were capable of ruining their future as well as status as Princes and Princesses of the Country.

“You are Nigerian Princes and Princesses, that is who you are.

You are Nigerian Prince. A Nigerian Prince and princess cannot be touched anyhow, ” Mrs Osinbajo said.

While challenging the youths to draw inspiration from the humble beginnings of some Nigerian leaders like the late Awolowo, Mrs Osinbajo enjoined the youths to strive for meaningful ventures that would bring glory to their name, family, community and the nation at large.

She said fantasies of the internet were illusionary, and cautioned youths not to copy the things they see on the internet, describing the “internet as a Cartoon”.

Earlier, the Wife of the Benue state governor, Dr Eunice Ortom speaking on the rising  cases of rape, substance abuse, and other vices said, there was need for youths to put their emotions in check and live a good life.

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Mrs Ortom challenged youths to always make positive choice even in the glare of negative options as well as peer pressure.

She urged the youths to be passionate about their interests and take their destiny in their hands.

Benue State governor Samuel Ortom while addressing the youths at the meeting aligned with his wife by urging them to always decide wisely as well as make decent choices.

Youths participants at the town hall meeting highlighted issues like; lack of employment, less punitive measures for offenders, poor parenting, and poor sex education of children as some of the motivating factors escalating gender based crimes.

DAILY ASSET reports that during the meeting, the Wife of the Vice President, Mrs Dolapo Osinbajo issued cheques for undisclosed amount to six Benue youths as her empowerment package.

Our Correspondent added that during the visit, the Second Lady commissioned Mama Abayol Orphanage Home in Makurdi, recently renovated by the Benue state government, as well as the Benue state Centre for Enterprise  Development And Innovation(BENCEDI) built by Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs).
She also attended the 49th Edition of the Benue Women in Prayer Convocation(BEWIP) as convened by the First Lady of Benue State, Dr. Eunice Ortom.


Nollywood Actor Urges Men to Keep Confidence Level High in Approaching Women




Nollywood actor, Yul Edochie, has urged men to always keep their confidence level high when approaching women for relationship.

The renowned movie star, who took to his Instagram page @yuledochie to give the advice, said building one’s confidence as a man in approaching a lady makes the person to get the right choice.

According to him, being frightened by a woman’s success is not the best, adding that not all women are interested in money, but in a man’s qualities, logic, personality and appearance.

He added that a lady’s wealth should not prevent a man to express his feelings, especially when truly in love.

” If she is rich and you, shishi no dey your side, but you like her, tell her you like her.

” If you want to date her tell her. Not all women are after money.

” Some women are moved by the quality of the man, his reasoning, behavior and looks.

” Tell her how you feel, she will either say yes or no, she no go kill you.

” Whetter you are rich or poor, as a human being keep your confidence level high.

“Even your confidence can make her like you, ‘Money is not everything ‘, he wrote.(NAN)

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Nigerians React as Nudity Trends as Fashion




Mixed reactions have continued to trail how nudity is becoming a fashion trend as Nigerians differ on their perspective of what fashion truly portends.

A cross-section of Nigerians who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Lagos, expressed their views on the consequences and the misconceptions of nudity.

Mrs Florence Okenwa, a florist, condemned the idea of bringing nudity into fashion saying that unnecessary exposure of the body could be interpreted as a person being irresponsible.

“I don’t support nudity or the exposure of our precious bodies in the name of fashion.

There is an adage that says that one should dress in the way he or she wants to be addressed.
Ladies exposing their bodies is an invitation or temptation to the opposite sex.

“I believe strongly that indecent dressing can devalue a woman because it exposes her treasure. To the males, it gives them this image of irresponsibility. I see it as indecent, when people in the name of fashion open sensitive parts of their bodies,” she said.

Mr Fayemi, a designer, however, said that nudity is mixed with fashion all over the world and that it usually depends on what the designer is promoting or showcasing.


“All over the world, nudity is mixed with fashion. However, it depends on what the designer is trying to promote.

“If you’re promoting lingerie for example, then you have models who wear them and the rest of the public would see it as nudity.

“The designer is trying to promote the lingerie not the models. So you have to be able to figure out what is being promoted because nudity and models is part of fashion,”  he said.

A lawyer, Mr Solomon Adekunle, said that indecent dressing was once uncommon in Africa but now becoming a trend leading to increase in the rate of immorality in the society.

Adekunle said mass media as an agent of socialisation should also promote good moral values, adding that display of indecently dressed people on television through advertisement, films and music videos should be discouraged.

“This act is common among students in the higher institutions. They dress in all kinds of manner, all with the aim of looking sexy and attractive instead of dressing in a responsible way.

“In order to eliminate indecent dressing, strict enforcement of dress codes should be introduced in higher institutions across the country.

“Also, to complement such efforts, parents must teach their children how to dress decently.

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“Religious leaders should also preach against such act. Students should be educated on the consequences of dressing indecently,” he said.

Mr Jude Oni-Okpaku, the Managing Director of Quintessence, however said that nudity and fashion should not be mixed up as fashion is strictly about expressing oneself.

“As you rightly said, these are two different things that should not be confused or mixed up. Fashion is about expressing oneself  through clothing and appearance, nudity is a naked state that has nothing to do with fashion,” he said.

According to Miss Funmilayo Simeon, an entrepreneur, she sometimes wonder why people expose their body all in the name of fashion but later discovered  that it can be as a result of what they see in the media or poor parenting.

“It could also be as a result of poor moral upbringing or peer pressure. They can be lured into prostitution with this and also be influenced to join a cult group.

“Also, a lady who dresses indecently may be seen as a prostitute in this part of Africa, I  keep wondering how they feel comfortable in those clothes all in the name of fashion,” she said. (NAN)

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Reps Mulls jail Term, Fine for Female Circumcision



House of Rep Speaker-Femi Gbajabiamila

The House of Representatives has passed for second reading a Bill for an Act to amend the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act, 2015 to increase the penalty for the offence of female genital mutilation.

Rep. Ganiyu Johnson (APC-Lagos), who sponsored the bill during plenary in Abuja on Wednesday, sought imprisonment of four years or a fine not exceeding N200,000 for any person who performs female genital mutilation

He further said that anyone who engaged another to carry out such circumcision must face the same consequence.

In his lead debate, Johnson said anyone who carried out such circumcision or mutilation committed an offence and is liable on conviction to a term of imprisonment.

This according to him should not exceed five years or a fine not exceeding N1 million or to both”.

He said an amendment of the existing section would go a long was in deterring persons from engaging in the unwholesome practice of female genital mutilation.

“A UNICEF survey recently revealed that in Nigeria, one out of four girls and one out of 10 boys suffers from sexual molestation and about one out of 10 children will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday.

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“Among factors that encourage the commission of such unwholesome practices like female genital mutilation is lack of adequate sanctions.”

He said female genital mutilation, also known as female circumcision, excision or genital cutting, comprises all procedures that involved partial or total removal of the external female genitalia.

He further said it also include other injuries to the genital organs for non-medical reasons, mostly carried out between infancy and age 15.

According to him, the procedure has no health benefits for girls and women because it is usually performed without permission and often against will.

He said such practice violates girls’ right to make important decisions about their sexual and reproductive health. (NAN) 

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