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Nigeria’s Economy Now Like A Cancer Patient — Hayatu-deen



…Says We Need To Fix It To Restore Hope

As part of his presidential campaign tour to delegates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), a leading aspirant, Mohammed Hayatu-deen, has likened the state of Nigeria’s economy to that of a cancer patient.

The aspirant spoke in Ogun and Lagos States with a message of hope to rebuild and revamp the ailing economy.

According to Hayatu-deen: “The economy right now is like a cancer patient.

“To be able to fix it, you need to do three things.

“First and foremost, you need to put the patient on the operating table and stop the bleeding until you are able to restore the patient to a point where he can actually sit up.

“Second, you need to stabilise it by embarking on certain reforms to deal with some of the daily issues that we face.

“These daily issues revolve around poverty, lack of utilities, access to good schools, safety and security and access to jobs.

“You have stabilised the economy at that stage.

“The third, which is equally important, is that within a period of three to five years, Nigeria, which is blessed by God with abundant resources, we should be able to lift the country out of the woods by having a fully integrated rural development programme and start the process of industrialisation so that we become an investor nation such as Malaysia, South Korea and the United Arab Emirates.”

Hayatu-deen promised that his programmes are going to be sequenced and methodically and systematically implemented just like putting building blocks so that you build the economy from the scratch, have a foundation and progress steadily.

He further noted that what he intends to do is to link the economy with a social system that works.

He said: “The Yoruba society has, like many of us from the North, a history of ancient civilisation actually based on character, a certain ethical conduct and behaviour on personal discipline, on hard work, on mutual respect for each other, on looking after your neighbour and that if one person misbehaves, he was simply ostracised by the rest of the society.”

He believes all that is gone now.

He noted also that the country is living in a land of crimes, drugs and blood.

According to him, no matter what you do about the economy unless you are rightfully able to reconstruct the society and bring back the value of the society, it is not going to work.

He stated that it was the job of the president to actually lead the way, set the goals by the power of his present design, mobilise the citizens, speak to them and treat everybody equally.

Hayatu-deen expressed deep concern on the mood of the nation.

He said: “This nation is suffering from deep wounds as we are completely fragmented and disunited and I will work assiduously to heal the wounds and ensure unity, stability, peace and progress is attained within the shortest possible time.”

The delegation earlier on had paid courtesy visits to former President Olusegun Obasanjo and Chief Olabode George.

The former President, who, while defining the meaning of passion, ascribed it to being mad about the country, stated that he was mad about Nigeria as well as Hayatu-deen.

Obasanjo noted that Hayatudeen is his friend and that having left partisan politics for statesmanship, he believes in all that the aspirant has stated and his ability to address them.

He said: “I believe you have the knowledge and the vision… you have the madness and the innovation.

“But let me add, Nigeria is a complex country.

“If we take care of the complexity, Nigeria is not a difficult country to manage.”

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Israel Adesanya Beats Jared Cannonier To Retain UFC Middleweight Title



Israel Adesanya defeated Jarred Cannonier via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 50-45) to retain the UFC middleweight championship.

Adesanya fought against middleweight contender Jared Cannonier at UFC 276 at the T-mobile Arena, Las Vegas Sunday morning.

Since making his debut in 2018, ‘The Last Stylebender’ has looked better each time he’s stepped into the Octagon and is still undefeated in the middleweight. He first captured the interim title in the Fight of The Year winner against Kelvin Gastelum in 2019.

‘Izzy’ then defeated Robert Whittaker and unified the titles that same year.

He has successfully defended his title four times since then. On an otherwise perfect record for Adesanya (22-1), his only loss was during his unsuccessful step up to light heavyweight, losing to then-champion Jan Blachowicz.

On Sunday, the Nigerian-born New Zealander successfully defended his middleweight title for the fifth time.

While Adesanya defeated Robert Whittaker in February for the second time to retain his middleweight strap, Cannonier knocked out Derek Brunson in the second round in February to become the weight’s No.1contender.

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Ekiti Election: INEC Calls For Speedy Prosecution Of Arrested ‘Vote-Buyers’



The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Saturday called for the quick prosecution of all those arrested for vote-buying during the Ekiti State governorship election.

INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, made the call during a meeting with members of the Inter-Agency Committee on Election Security in Abuja.

He said he was satisfied with the conduct of security agencies during the election, and that the speedy prosecution of culprits of vote-buying will serve as a deterrent for others.

“Vote busying remains a major area of concern. We appreciate the role played by anti-corruption and security agencies,” he said.

“We are working with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to ensure the prosecution of persons arrested in the Ekiti governorship election.”

The INEC Chairman also highlighted the commission’s activities lined up for the forthcoming Osun State scheduled for July 16.

According to him, INEC is committed to the conduct of pre-election activities to perfect the Osun polls.

“The Commission is deploying a readiness assessment team to Osun State next week to assess our preparations. We will visit some of our local government offices in the state, hold meetings with our staff, we will also observe the mock accreditation of voters in some polling units across the three senatorial districts in the state,” the INEC Chairman added.

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Let Me Go, I Hate Playing In Europa League, Ronaldo Tells Man United



Cristiano Ronaldo has asked Manchester United to let him leave should they receive a satisfactory offer this summer, the UK Times reports.

The 37-year-old’s decision is driven by his desire to play in the Champions League for the remainder of his career.

Ronaldo has featured in Europe’s top tier club competition for the last 19 consecutive seasons since he left Sporting Lisbon in 2003.

The Portugal captain has made 183 appearances in the Champions League, notching 140 goals and providing 42 assists.

Ronaldo has never played in the Europa League, in which the Red Devils will feature this season, after they could only finish sixth in the Premier League.

According to Ronaldo, he has “three or four years” left at the highest level.

The player has been linked with Chelsea and Bayern Munich in recent weeks.

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