Nigeria’s famous pop singer, Innocent Idibia, popularly known as ‘2baba’, has urged youths in Anambra to be agents of peace and shun violence during the Nov. 6 governorship poll in the state.
Idibia made the call on Thursday in Awka at the ongoing “Vote Not to Fight” campaign organised by the Catch Them Young Community Initiative (CATYCOI), in collaboration with the 2Face Idibia Foundation.
The campaign is supported by the National Democratic Institute (NDI) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
He said: “We are here to dialogue with Anambra youths and campaign for peace, especially, as we prepare for the election.
“Our youths are critical stakeholders; this is why politicians use them to cause violence. I want to tell you that violence has no gain but destroys lives and property.
“As youths, we need to promote peace, because without peace; the election cannot be free, fair and credible, and development too, cannot take place.
“Let us be aware that election is not war but a time for us to participate by voting wisely for the candidate that can help secure our future,” he said.
Idibia urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the security agencies to discharge their duties without any form of bias.
He also urged the electorate to cooperate with the security agencies to ensure a violence-free election on November 6.
Also speaking, Mr Ben Aga, Programme Director, NDI, said that the institute would always support programmes and campaigns that would ensure the effectiveness of the democratic process in the country.
Aga said that the NDI recognised the youth as assets and future of the country as well as key stakeholders in achieving a peaceful election in the state.
Contributing, the Commissioner of Police in Anambra, Eworo Echeng, said the force was committed to ensuring the safety and security of residents before, during and after the election.
Echeng, represented by ACP Emma Ogbuanya, said that they were collaborating with other security agencies, CSOs, community and traditional leaders in the area of intelligence gathering.
While appealing to the youth to embrace peace, he also urged the electorate to come out and vote on election dates without fear of attacks or harassment.
In his remarks, Mr Nonso Orakwe, the Executive Director, CATYCOI, said that the role of youths in election-related violence had been particularly dynamic, as they had been perpetrators and victims at the same time.
“Due to eroding societal values and poverty, youths are easy recruits for attacks and violence during elections. With this campaign, we want to change the narratives and become ambassadors of peace in our nation,” Orakwe said. (NAN)
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Alec Baldwin: ‘Someone Will Pay For This’, Family Of Halyna Hutchins Demands Answers After Cinematographer Is Shot Dead
The distraught family of Halyna Hutchins were yesterday demanding answers about her death as they frantically tried to beat red tape to fly to the US.
Friends said dad Antoly and mum Olga were “beside themselves with grief” after being told of the tragedy by her husband, Matthew.
Halyna’s husband Matthew is comforting their eight-year-old son Andros at their home in CaliforniaCredit: Supplied as a technical service. No is implied or inferred.
A pal in Kiev, Ukraine, where Halyna grew up said: “The family is grieving but at the same time they are asking and they will want answers. If someone made a mistake then they will have to pay.
“They just don’t understand how something dreadful like this could have happened when safety measures are supposed to be in place.
“They are also frantically trying to secure documents to get to the United States. Her mother does not have the correct paperwork.”
Film studio bosses fear a mega lawsuit from the family if it turns out that Halyna’s death could have been avoided.
Husband Matthew was last night comforting their eight-year-old son Andros at their home in California.
The lad is named after her maiden name Androsovych, in a nod to her east European roots.
Halyna had written that she grew up on a Russian military base “surrounded by reindeer and nuclear submarines” and her father was reported to be a former member of the Soviet navy.
She spoke English and Russian, graduated from Kiev University in journalism and often found work as a BBC documentary producer.
Last night her sister Svetlana, who lives in Indonesia, said: “I cannot comprehend [her passing]. I loved her very much. I was very proud of her, and she was my role model. We were always close.
“This loss is a great grief for our family, and I see how hard it is for our parents. Hopefully, time will ease our heartache.”
University friend Yana Nestoliy said: “She was a wonderful woman and a dear friend and mother.
“Her parents are devastated and are trying to get to the US to see her but it is very difficult for them. I heard from another friend that it was Matthew who called them to break the news.
“She was fantastic at her work and after she left Kiev University she moved to the United States but she would often come back to Europe to work.
“Her mum wants to go to the US to see her and find out what exactly happened but is having trouble with her documents.
“It was her dream to live in America and make films and now she has died for her dream.”
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I Struggle With Trauma From Childhood, Singer, Elton John Discloses
Legendary entertainer, Sir Elton John has revealed he still struggles with the trauma of his childhood.
The 74-year-old singer said the trauma of his childhood inspired his parenting style to be the polar opposite towards his own children. Elton who shares sons Zachary, 10, and Elijah, eight, with husband David Furnish, said they are being raised to be ‘loved every second of the day’ and not fearing their parents like he did.
In an interview with Guardian, he said; ‘We never hit them or lose our temper with them. When they’re bad, they lose their pocket money, or their electronic stuff for a week – but they don’t get punished physically or mentally.
‘We talk it through with them. And they’re very happy children. I was always afraid of my parents, and I didn’t want my children to ever be afraid of me.
‘They’re going to feel embraced and loved every second of the day; they’re not going to be beaten and have those scars for the rest of their lives.’
Recounting how worried he was thinking it was ‘too late’ for him to have children, Elton averred that his sons came at ‘the right time’ and gave him a ‘purpose in life’.
During the height of his fame, Sir Elton struggled with his temper especially while abusing cocaine and alcohol. The singer who has been sober for 30 years, admitted that the tendency to ‘explode’ is still within him.
He said; ‘My behaviour was so erratic and so unpredictable. And it’s still in me, to explode at any moment.
‘I’ve been trying to work on that for a long time and I’ve got a wonderful husband who knows how to get me out of that stuff. I think it’s an artistic thing – artists can be so self-destructive sometimes, for no reason. I can have a day when everything in my whole life is going so well, and I get up and I feel like the world is against me. Why, I do not know.’
The issues, he says, stem from his childhood, adding: ‘The self-loathing, not having any self-esteem, that all comes from when I was a kid.’
In his memoir, Elton had revealed that his mother beat him with a wire brush while potty training him and his father hit him for taking his school blazer off the wrong way, which left him ‘walking on eggshells’.
He wrote; ‘All my life, until I became sober, I was afraid of talking to anybody. They asked me when I went to treatment how I felt and I said: “I don’t know, I don’t feel anything.”
‘I came to defrost, as it were, and discovered I did have feelings, and they went back a long time. And I think it stays with you for the whole of your life … I just have terrible feelings about myself; I feel bad about myself sometimes.’
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Sex Tape: You’ve Inspired Many People, Yul Edochie Lauds Tiwa Savage
Nollywood actor, Yul Edochie, has commended Tiwa Savage concerning the leaked sex tape saga, stating that she has inspired many people going through blackmail.
The actor shared Tiwa Savage’s picture on his verified Instagram page, and hailed her for her strength.
On Thursday night, the singer had shared a picture of herself with the caption, “Charge that sh*t to the game and never speak on it again.”
Though she didn’t state what or who she was referring to, it is pertinent to note that this message comes three days after she trended on the internet because of her alleged sex video.
Commending Tiwa for how she handled the issue, Yul Edochie said, “I commend you @tiwasavage for the way you handled the issue.
“You may not know this but you’ve inspired so many other people who may be going through blackmail silently.
“You said capital NO to blackmail and it takes a lot of strength to do so. It is well. You’re a human being, like the rest of us.
“Nobody holy pass. In life, there will always be ups and downs. You enjoy the ups and learn from the downs.
“Anything that doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Keep your head up. Keep being strong. This too shall pass.” (sic).
Sex tape saga
Two weeks ago, Tiwa Savage had revealed during an interview with American OAP, Angie Martinez of Power 105.1, that she was being blackmailed by an unknown person who threatened to release a sex tape that featured her and her current lover.
The Koroba singer revealed that the blackmailer demanded money from her so as not to release the sex tape but she has decided not to pay the money.
On Monday night, a sex tape leaked online. While the face of the man involved in it did not show, the lady in the video bears a close resemblance with Tiwa Savage.
As the video went viral, social media users on several platforms have taken to their accounts to air their opinion on the situation.
Some celebrities have drummed up support for the singer, as they uploaded her picture and hailed her on Instagram.
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