2023 presidency: RCCG told to stop promoting Osinbajo

Ahead of the 2023 general elections, a socio-political activist, Reno Omokri has called on the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, to focus on preaching Christ and refrain from promoting the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo.

Omokri made the call while reacting to comments from Head of Politics and Governance of RCCG, Pastor Timothy Olaniyan, who claimed that the Vice President remained the best candidate to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari.

DAILY POST reports that prior to Osinbajo’s declaration to run for the office of the Nigerian President in 2023, the RCCG set up a Politics Directorate across the county to support members vying for elective positions.

According to Omokri, the church can pray for the VP but not campaign for him.

In a post on his verified Facebook page, he urged the General Overseer, Pastor E. A. Adeboye to call his members to order.

He said, “‪It is very dangerous for the Redeemed Christian Church of God to politically promote Osinbajo. Churches are meant to promote Christ. If churches and mosques start promoting candidates, then, they are no longer religious organisations and should start paying tax!‬

“It is alright for the candidates to visit the church and Pastor Adeboye for prayers and his blessings. But when the Redeemed Christian Church of God sets up a politics directorate, and the head of that unit starts openly campaigning for Osinbajo, in his official capacity, then things are falling apart!

“‪G.O Adeboye should call RCCG’s political directorate to order before they start what they can’t finish!”‬ Dailypost 


Gladbach vs RB Leipzig preview: Can Leipzig move back into the top four?

RB Leipzig will be aiming to move back into the Champions League places with a win on Monday, but they must overcome a Borussia Mönchengladbach side that have lost just one of their last five home games.

With three matches remaining, Gladbach sit in a disappointing 13th position. 

Although there may not be much to play for, Adi Hütter will be challenging his side to finish the season on the front foot with a top half finish still a possibility. 

After losing 3-1 to FC Köln in the Rhine Derby, Gladbach played out a dramatic 3-3 draw with Freiburg in their last outing. 

Ramy Bensebaïni and Breel Embolo netted within 13 minutes of kick off to give Gladbach a two-goal advantage, but the game was turned on its head in the second half with Vincenzo Grifo, Christian Günter and Philipp Lienhart all scoring to give Freiburg a 3-2 lead. However, with all hope seemingly lost Lars Stindl nodded home in the third minute of stoppage time to rescue a point for Die Fohlen. 

Despite snatching a point in their most recent encounter, Hütter will be concerned that his side have conceded three goals in their last two matches, leaving Gladbach with the third-worst defence in the Bundesliga. 

The hosts can at least take confidence from the fact that they have scored in each of their last eight games.  (Bulinews)


3m workers lost to occupational hazards yearly, says ILO

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has disclosed that about three million workers are said to die yearly due to occupational accidents and diseases, while 402 million people suffer from non-fatal occupational injuries.


A joint estimation by the labour organisation and the World Health Organisation (WHO), indicated that work-related diseases were responsible for 81 per cent of all work-related deaths, with deaths due to occupational injuries accounting for the remaining 19 per cent of work-related deaths.

    In a message to mark World Day for Safety and Health at Work, commemorated every April 28, Director-General of the ILO, Guy Ryder, outlined the importance of workers, employers and governments working together to reduce deaths and injuries in the workplace.


He said the COVID-19 pandemic had shown the importance of occupational safety and health and how collaboration and social dialogue between workers, employers and governments could reduce risks, and improve safety and health in the world of work.


According to him, social dialogue improves the quality of policies because employers and workers have in-depth knowledge of the needs and realities of companies and workforces – all the more necessary in times of crisis when quick responses are needed.


Ryder said consistent action at all levels was needed to create safe and healthy workplaces.


He said it means governments prioritising workers’ health and safety in the national agenda and allocating enough resources to increase awareness and implement policies. 


“It means workplaces complying with safety and health regulations, introducing Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) management systems and promoting a positive OSH culture. It means workers participating in the development of OSH policies, which all the evidence shows, reduces accident and injury rates,” he said.


To promote a preventative safety and health culture, he said actions are needed at both the workplace and national levels.


According to him, at the national level, he said it was vital that the government as a whole, involving all the relevant ministries, commits to building and maintaining such a preventative safety and health culture, ensuring that workers’ health and safety are considered a priority in the national agenda.


He said adequate means and resources needed to be allocated to increase general awareness of OSH, knowledge of hazards and risks, and an understanding of their prevention and control. 


“Meaningful social dialogue and tripartite national commitment constitute the cornerstone for such a preventative safety and health culture, whose role is to foster lasting improvements in safety and health at work.


“Through social dialogue, the tripartite constituents actively participate in all phases of the OSH decision making processes. This ranges from developing and revising OSH policy and regulatory frameworks to address persistent and new OSH challenges, to promoting compliance mechanisms at the workplace level.


“In workplaces with a strong positive OSH culture, workers feel comfortable raising concerns about possible OSH risks or hazards in the workplace and management is proactive about collaborating with them to find appropriate, effective and sustainable solutions.


“This process requires open communication and dialogue built on trust and mutual respect,” he said. Theguardianng 


Fifa sanctions Senegalese team over fan disorder

The Senegalese national team has been sanctioned by Fifa for the incidents that took place during the second leg of the World Cup 2022 qualifying play-off between Senegal and Egypt in Dakar on 29 March.

In a statement released on Monday, FIFA fined Senegal’s soccer federation $180,000 for fan disorder at a World Cup playoff game, including shining laser pointers at Egypt star Mohamed Salah in the penalty shootout.

Senegal went on to win the shootout in Dakar in March with Salah's Liverpool teammate Sadio Mane scoring the decisive spot kick.

The Algerian Federation will also have to pay a fine of close to 3,000 euros for the use of smoke bombsand throwing objects during the Algeria-Cameroon play-off during the Algeria-Cameroon play-off on 29 March in Blida.

Algeria on the otherhand appealed to Fifa to have the match replayed because of the "scandalous refereeing", according to the Algerian Federation, of Gambian Bakary Gassama. Africannews 


Coinbase CEO Predicts One Billion Crypto Users Within a Decade

Within a decade, 1 billion people will have used or tried crypto, up from about 200 million currently, Coinbase Global Inc. Chief Executive Officer Brian Armstrong said at the Milken Institute Global Conference on Monday.

“My guess is that in 10-20 years, we’ll see a substantial portion of GDP happening in the crypto economy,” Armstrong said, speaking at a session with ARK Investment Management LLC CEO Cathie Wood. 



Ebola in DRC: WHO rules out risk of regional and international spread

In a further accusation of former President Jacob Zuma, the latest report by the commission of inquiry into state capture has found that Zuma was prepared to do anything requested by the controversial Gupta family, which has fled from South Africa.

The fourth part of the investigations into the plots that led to the looting of South Africa's state coffers during the presidency of Jacob Zuma (2009-2018) was handed over to the presidency on Friday.

Since January, the anti-corruption commission of Judge Raymond Zondo, has been churning out the conclusions of four years of investigation and hundreds of hours of hearings on organised state corruption linked to a sulphurous trio of businessmen of Indian origin, the Gupta brothers.

The new report focuses on the misappropriation of funds at the state-owned electricity company, Eskom.

According to the report, "the Guptas set up a plan to take over Eskom" and former president Jacob Zuma was "a key player" in interfering in their favour in the composition of the board.

The former management, against whom Judge Zondo is recommending criminal proceedings, is suspected of having entered into irregular contracts worth more than €96 million (R1.6 billion) with consultancy firms.

-A coal supply contract with a Gupta-owned entity, Tegeta, worth more than €221 million (R3.7 billion) was also tainted by irregularities.

"It is clear that from the beginning of his first term in office, President Zuma did everything the Guptas wanted," Judge Zondo said.

The company said it had been the victim of "immense prejudice" and said in a statement that "appropriate action" would be taken if anyone involved was still employed.

Eskom, which supplies more than 90% of South Africa's electricity, is struggling to recover from the wrongdoing, burdened by a debt of about 24 billion euros (400 billion rand). Unable to maintain ageing power plants, it regularly plunges the country into darkness with load shedding.

The report also found suspected fraud in contracts for social housing and asbestos removal in the central province of Free State, then headed by one of the ruling ANC party's most senior officials, Ace Magashule.

The report denounces "a debacle", saying that "either no houses were built or so few were built that they are not worth mentioning".

The final report is due by 15 June. President Cyril Ramaphosa will then have to decide whether to prosecute.

After taking over from Zuma, he estimated that about 30 billion euros (500 billion rand) had been embezzled and made corruption his focus. However, he too has been called to testify before the commission.

Mr Zuma, 80, is on parole after being sentenced to prison for refusing to testify before the commission. His imprisonment sparked violence in July that left more than 350 people dead. Africanews 


Kwara: Police arrest 3 suspected burglars, 2 receivers of stolen items in Ilorin

The Kwara State Police Command has arrested three suspected burglars and two alleged receivers of stolen items in Ilorin, the state capital.

Spokesman of the police command, Mr Okasanmi Ajayi in Ilorin on Friday, gave the names of the suspects as Ayo Rasaki Sakiru, Iliyasu Rasaki and Jimoh Mashood.

He said the arrest of the suspects was sequel to recent reports of shop-breaking and stealing around some areas within Ilorin metropolis.

According to the spokesman, the Commissioner of Police, Tuesday Assayomo, gave a marching order to the DPOs of the affected areas to go all out to stem the emerging trend and ensure all the perpetrators of the criminal acts were arrested.

“Consequent upon the CP’s order, the DPOs swung into action wherein the suspects were arrested,” he disclosed.

Okasanmi said “all the suspects confessed to the crime, and revealed they had burgled several shops at Fate and Stadium road areas in Ilorin and stolen valuables therein.”

The police spokesman also revealed that Fatima Shuaibu ‘f’ and Olajumoke Yusuf ‘f’ both alleged receivers and custodians of the stolen items were also arrested.

“Investigation into the matter eventually led to the recovery of two deep freezers, four Elepaq generators, six pairs of shoes, 90 pairs of ankara materials, one Bajaj motorcycle with Reg No: DPG 589 OGUN and one Haque Lucky lady machine with Reg No: KSF 550 GP.

“Efforts are ongoing to arrest other members of the syndicate and possible recovery of already sold stolen items,” Okasanmi added.

The Commissioner of Police, again warned criminal elements to vacate Kwara State and relocate else where, declaring that a criminal who succeeds in committing crime would never succeed in escaping arrest.

Assayomo advised any criminal minded individual or groups in their own interest, to desist forthwith from their evil ways and embrace compliance with the law.

The suspects arrested in the instant case and others, would be charged to court as soon as investigation is concluded.



US confirms first human case of H5 bird flu

The United States has confirmed the first known human case of H5 bird flu in a person in the western state of Colorado.

The U.S. Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in a statement said that the person who tested positive for avian influenza A (H5) virus was involved in the culling of poultry presumed to have had H5N1 bird flu.

The patient reported fatigue for a few days as the only symptom and had since recovered.

According to the CDC, the patient is being isolated and treated with the influenza antiviral drug oseltamivir.

“This case does not change the human risk assessment for the general public, which CDC considers to be low,’’ the agency said.

CDC had been monitoring for illness among people exposed to H5N1 virus-infected birds since these outbreaks were detected in U.S. wild birds and poultry in late 2021.

The first case of H5N1 viruses was reported in Britain in December 2021. Dailypost 


Wimbledon champion Becker jailed over bankruptcy

Three-time Wimbledon champion Boris Becker has been jailed for two-and-a-half years for hiding 2.5 million pounds (3.14 million dollars) worth of assets and loans to avoid paying his debts.

The 54-year-old former world number one was declared bankrupt on June 21 in 2017.

He was owing creditors almost 50 million pounds, over an unpaid loan of more than three million dollars on his estate in Mallorca, Spain.

Becker transferred almost 427,000 euro (450,400 dollars) from his business account to others, including those of his ex-wife Barbara and estranged wife Sharlely “Lilly” Becker.

The father-of-four also failed to declare his share in a one million pounds property in his home town of Leimen, Germany, and hid an 825,000 euros bank loan – worth 1.1 million pounds with interest.

He also concealed 75,000 shares in a tech firm, valued at 66,000 pounds.

Becker was handed a two-year suspended sentence for tax evasion and attempted tax evasion worth 1.7 million euros in Germany in 2002.

Now he was found guilty of four offences under the Insolvency Act between June 21 and Oct. 3, 2017, earlier this month.

Judge Deborah Taylor sentenced the six-time Grand Slam champion to two-and-a-half years imprisonment, of which he will serve half, at Southwark Crown Court on Friday.

Referring to his previous conviction, the judge said: “You did not heed the warning you were given and the chance you were given by the suspended sentence and that is a significant aggravating factor.”

She told Becker: “I take into account what has been described as your fall from grace.

“You have lost your career and reputation and all of your property as a result of your bankruptcy.”

But she added: “You have not shown remorse, acceptance of your guilt and have sought to distance yourself from your offending and your bankruptcy.

“While I accept your humiliation as part of the proceedings, there has been no humility.”

Becker, wearing a striped tie in the Wimbledon colours of purple and green, showed no emotion before being taken down to the cells.

He earlier arrived holding the hand of partner Lilian de Carvalho Monteiro, while his eldest son Noah was also in court.

Following his retirement, Becker coached current men’s world number one Novak Djokovic, worked as a TV sports commentator for broadcasters including the BBC and acted as a brand ambassador for firms such as Puma.

His barrister Jonathan Laidlaw QC said the tennis star’s “fall from grace” was “the most public humiliation”.

“Boris Becker has literally nothing and there is also nothing to show for what was the most glittering of sporting careers and that is correctly termed as nothing short of a tragedy,” he said.

“These proceedings have destroyed his career entirely and ruined any further prospect of earning an income.

“His reputation is in tatters. He will not be able to find work and will have to rely on the charity of others if he is to survive.”

Becker told jurors his 50 million dollars career earnings were swallowed up by an expensive divorce to his first wife Barbara, child maintenance payments and “expensive lifestyle commitments.”

The German national, who has lived in Britain since 2012, said he was “shocked” and “embarrassed” when he was declared bankrupt.

He claimed he had co-operated with trustees tasked with securing his assets, even offering up his wedding ring, and relied on the advisers who managed his life.

However, Becker was found guilty of four charges, including removal of property, two counts of failing to disclose estate and concealing debt.

Prosecutor Rebecca Chalkley said the jury had found he acted “deliberately and dishonestly”.

But she added, “Even now, Mr Becker is still seeking to blame others when it was obviously his duty.”

The court heard he received 1.13 million euros from the sale of a Mercedes car dealership he owned in Germany into a business account used as his “piggy bank” for his personal expenses.

They included 7,600 pounds on children’s school fees, almost 1,000 pounds at Harrods, and payments made to Ralph Lauren, Porsche, Ocado and a Chelsea children’s club.

He also paid 48,000 euros for an ankle operation at a private Swiss clinic and spent 6,000 euros at a luxury golf resort in China, the court heard.

Becker was acquitted of 20 charges, including nine counts of failing to hand over trophies and medals from his tennis career.

He said he did not know the whereabouts of the memorabilia, including the 1985 Wimbledon title that catapulted him to stardom at the age of 17.

Becker was also cleared of failing to declare a second German property, as well as his interest in the 2.5 million pounds Chelsea flat occupied by his daughter Anna Ermakova.

She was conceived during Becker’s sexual encounter with waitress Angela Ermakova at London restaurant Nobu in 1999.

Laidlaw said Becker had not spent money on a “lavish lifestyle” but used funds to pay child maintenance, lawyers, business expenses and rent.

“He was in desperate financial straits and what in essence he has done is exercised his own choice as to which creditors to pay.

“Choosing or preferring to my monies to dependents rather than allowing the joint trustees to determine how those monies should be applied,” he added.



EPL: Manchester United ahead Arsenal in race for Osimhen

Manchester United are ahead of Premier League rivals Arsenal in the race for Napoli forward Victor Osimhen, according to reports.

The Nigeria international has been in impressive form for the Partenopei this season despite spending time on the sidelines due to injury.

Osimhen has so far scored 16 goals and provided five assists in 28 appearances across all competitions for the Blues this season.

The 23-year-old still has more than three years left on his current deal with the Blues, but there has been speculation surrounding his future in recent months.

The former Lille striker was also linked with a move to another Premier League club Newcastle United in January.

Arsenal were thought to be in pole position for the forward, but Manchester United, according to Corriere dello Sport are now leading the race for Osimhen.

Osimhen’s agent Roberto Calenda according to the report, has also held talks with Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis and sporting director Cristiano Guintolli over the player’s future.

Napoli would allegedly be prepared to sell the talented striker during this summer’s transfer window if they received an offer in the region of £67m. Dailypost 


Will AU give support to Ukraine after Zelensky's second request to address African leaders?

The African Union has said there was need for a "peaceful solution to the conflict with Russia". This comes after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky made a fresh request to address African Union (AU) heads of state, according to AU Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki.

In a tweet, Mr Faki said he received the request during a call with Ukraine's foreign minister. The pair also talked about President Zelensky's "wish to develop closer ties with the AU".

Mr Faki didn't disclose whether the request will be granted but tweeted that he had "insisted on the need for a peaceful solution to the conflict with Russia" thus bringing to question the AU's position in the conflict.

Dalvarice Ngoudjou, a Cameroonian expert in international relations believes there are various aspects to it.

"The first variable is that the Ukrainian president Zaleski realized that a good part of the African states feel much closer to Russia than to Ukraine. And this is an element that is very important in international forums, especially the United Nations, where there is a strong desire on the part of Ukraine and certain Western countries to isolate Russia, and an important element on which this person should lean is the African continent. I think this is one of the reasons why President Zaleski is doing everything he can to be able to speak before the African Union"

Ukraine's Presdient Volodymyr Zelensky has spoken with major western governments and parliaments. He however has not spoken with countries in Africa. The war in his country has now gone past two months.

Ngoudjou shares some more insight:

"For me there is no problem to listen, to listen to a protagonist in a state of crisis, in a state of war. We can listen to the different protagonists. But still, if we look at the timing of the contacts between the authorities of the African Union and the protagonists of the crisis, we realize that the president of the African Union, the Senegalese president Macky Sall, has taken his phone and it is he who takes the initiative. He called Vladimir Putin to discuss the crisis with him and did not call President Zelenski. But it is almost a month later, when President Zelesnki realizes that the trend on the African continent is much closer to Russia that he takes his phone, calls macky sall and expresses the will to speak before the African Union"

It is not yet known whether President Zelensky's request will be granted by the AU but if it does, there are questions on him being able to rally the support of neutral countries on the continent to his cause.

"If we had to rely only on the word of Zelensky, it would be extremely difficult, but given that there are a number of Western powers that exert pressure on states, there is a chance that he may be able to gather a certain amount of support".

With some African nations extending ties to Russia lately, analysts fear having a collective support of the AU may be unattenable for Ukraine. Africanews 


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