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UN honours Nigeria’s Rebecca Dali for role in Boko Haram victim re-integration

Nigeria’s civil right activist, Dr Rebecca Samuel Dali who played a huge role in the reintegration of girls and orphans freed by Boko Haram received the Sergio Vieira de Mello Foundation award today in Geneva.

Rebecca who runs the Centre for Caring, Empowerment and Peace initiative (CCEPI) was recognised for her courageous efforts in promoting the reintegration of returning women abducted by the Boko Haram group back into their local communities in Nigeria.

The award was given at the United Nations European headquarters, Palais des Nations in Geneva to mark the World Humanitarian Day (WHD).

In her address, after receiving the award Rebecca said: “I give thanks to my God who gave me courage and opportunity to serve his children – my neighbours”.

She said she was heartened by the recognition she and her organization have received from the de Mello Foundation.

“The award came to me as a miracle from God. So, it will urge me to do more. It is really going to help me,” she said.

Rebecca was nominated for the award by Stanley Noffsinger, director of the office of the General Secretariat of the World Council of Churches and former general secretary of the Church of the Brethren in USA.

The award is given every two years in memory of Sergio Vieira de Mello, who was killed in a terrorist attack on August 19, 2003 in Baghdad, Iraq, along with 21 others. The prize aims to draw world attention to the courageous, often unnoticed, humanitarian work of an individual, group or organisation in areas of conflict.

“Rebecca Dali is a very courageous woman in a corner in Africa, in northeastern Nigeria, who is doing work under very difficult circumstances,” said Anne Willem Bijleveld, the chairman of the board of the de Mello Foundation, according to a report by Voice of America.

“Rebecca Dali did a tremendous job in re-establishing dialogue and reconciliation to get these girls back into their communities, to get them back where they came from and that they can continue with their life again,” Bijleveld said.

The award carries a cash prize of about $5,000, which Bijleveld terms “a symbolic amount.” She may also win more support from the publicity.

According to the profile published by Voice of America, Dali was born on October 1, 1960, the same day Nigeria got its independence. She overcame extreme poverty in childhood and a rape at age six to earn a PhD in later years in ethics and philosophy.

She got married in 1979 to a man who, she said, “allowed me to do what I like to do.” She has six children. Her fourth, a son, was lost on August 21, 2011, in the aftermath of the Jos crisis, when clashes erupted between Muslim and Christian ethnic groups.

Dali formed her non-profit organization Center for Caring Empowerment and Peace Initiative in northern Nigeria in 1989 to aid widows and orphans caught in situations of violence, who often struggle to survive.

She has established three Livelihood Centers that teach women marketable skills, such as sewing, computers, and cosmetology. “When they graduate, we give them seed money so they can start their own business,” she said.

When the Boko Haram insurgency began in 2009, she turned her attention to the victims of this Islamist radical group. She told VOA tens of thousands of destitute widows and orphans were left behind when their men were killed.

“In our society, women are not dignified. Even if their husbands are killed, then the family usually will take away all the things that they own,” she said.

Dali’s husband, Reverend Samuel Dali, was president of the Church of the Brethren, which was attended by most of the 276 Chibok girls abducted by Boko Haram in April 2014.

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Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka Declares Support for Atiku Abubakar

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Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka Declares Support for Atiku Abubakar

Controversial Nigerian clergyman Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka, of the Adoration Ministry, has declared his support for Atiku Abubakar saying that the former Vice President is the new blessing for Nigeria.

According to Mbaka, Atiku has what it takes to “put smile on Nigerians suffering different marginalization,” if voted into the office of President in 2019. He made the statement while speaking in Enugu today.

The clergyman who widely campaigned for President Buhari in 2015 said Atiku was advocating a “new order, a new paradigm shift in the government”. In his words;

“Every political relationship is open for negotiations, without pre-set outcomes. Atiku do not fear negotiations, as democrat and businessman that is what reasonable human beings that love his people do. This is even more important if a stubborn resistance against negotiations can lead to unsavoury outcomes, which the present governments have demonstrated!

“For the Nigerian State to have a soul, the constituent parts need to renegotiate and rework the union. It is what will reduce to the barest minimum the feelings of injustice and poverty among Nigerians. It is what will make Nigerians believe that they chose this union willingly, ending effectively the theory of Lugardian contraption.

“It is a perfect antidote for peace. The times call for new ideas For creative solutions, for restructuring, for people to be happy, for people to have means of living, for people to love Nigeria again!

“Atiku is the only person that have contested and is still contesting for Nigerian presidency that love the youths more and have created more jobs for the youths to prove that more than most state government!

“Imagine what he will do when he have the power and resources to do more! Let’s pray that the blessing and protection of God to be with him to put smile in Nigerians suffering different marginalization!”

In a recent interview with Dele Momodu, Atiku Abubakar bragged that he’ll easily defeat President at the polls in 2019 .

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Yul Edochie Dump DPC for APGA

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Yul Edochie Dump DPC for APGA

Yul Edochie Dump DPC for APGA

Nollywood actor Yul Edochie who contested in the recently conducted gubernatorial elections in Anambra State under the aegis of the Democratic People’s Congress (DPC)  has now decamped to the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).

Yul Edochie made the announcement via his Instagram page. He was welcomed into the party by the Anambra State Governor Willie Obiano who congratulated him for being “brave enough” to run for the office of Governor. He captioned the post;

So yesterday my State Governor His Excellency Chief Dr. Willie Obiano (Akpokue Dike) congratulated me for being brave enough to run for Governor at 35yrs old,
for running the race till the end and for being a worthy ambassador to Anambra/Nigerian youths.
He officially welcomed me into the APGA family. (Nkea bu nke anyi).

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Amaechi: Wike was my Staff, One of My Sons

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Amaechi: Wike was my Staff, One of My Sons

The ex governor of Rivers state and the current Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has said the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, is like one of his sons and has just one agenda, which is “Amaechi”.

Rotimi Amaechi made the statement when he featured on Question Time, a programme on Channels Television. In his words;

“The governor has just one agenda – if he is in his toilet, ‘Amaechi’; if he is outside his toilet, ‘Amaechi’”

Amaechi who was the governor of Rivers State from 2007 to 2015 has also debunked rumours of him having any issues with Governor Wike, saying that he is like one of his sons.

“He (Wike) was my staff; he is like one of my sons,”.

“Why should I engage him? He was local government chairman when I was the speaker of the state,”.

Talking about his past achievements in Rivers state during his time, Amaechi said his impact was still being felt in the state, most especially in the education sector (which he closed down for almost a year).

“When I was governor, I used Rivers state’s money on projects in the state. If you visit the state, you will see the primary schools that we built. No matter what the governor does, the projects are there,” .

“I hired 13,200 teachers who are alive, I established primary schools, the primary schools are there. They are no longer maintained. When I was there, I appointed a contractor whose responsibility was to come to school like the children,” .

Governor Nyesom Wike and Rotimi Amaechi are considered to be arch rivals since the time of former President Goodluck Jonathan. Recently, Amaechi’s escort attacked Governor Wike’s motorcade in Port Harcourt.

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