Bad Leadership Has Seriously Damaged Nigeria, We Must Rescue Our Country – Peter Obi

 

Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party in the 2023 election, Peter Obi, is of the opinion that bad leadership has seriously damaged Nigeria.

The former Anambra State governor said it is time for Nigerians to rescue the country and put an end to bad governance.

Obi made these assertions on Sunday in Toronto, Canada, where he engaged Nigerians resident in Canada in an interactive townhall session regarding the future of Nigeria.

Speaking on his political drive for 2023 and what he and his team will do to transform the nation, Mr Obi said the vision and mission is to give full expression to “our democracy by moving our country from consumption to production”.


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In transforming the economy, the former governor disclosed that his party “intends to make it (the economy) more productive, thus creating employment and prosperity for millions of youths, reducing poverty in the land, and addressing issues of criminality and insecurity.

“We will aggressively pursue human capital development in the education and health sectors with available resources, while striving to adopt best global practices.

“We will have zero tolerance for corruption and will cut the cost of governance. Total commitment to transparency and accountability in government business is the only credible way to achieve limited to zero corruption.

“We will pursue intangible assets of good governance, rule of law, security of lives and properties, through an aggressive increase in personnel and equipment, and inclusive training of operatives in our security agencies.

“We will emphasize patriotism, national interest and national morale, quality of governance, political will, and character as complementary to others. We will ensure that we have these assets in place and stress asset optimization,” Obi explained.

Adding that his team intends to “lay special emphasis on critical infrastructures, especially Power, to ensure a clear measurable increase of today’s generation, transmission and distribution by 200% within the shortest possible time, through public-private partnership.

“We will aggressively pursue increased contribution of ICT to overall economic growth & national development.”

Furthermore, Mr Obi said  the Nigerian Diaspora represents a broad segment of Nigeria’s human development capital, noting that with that population, the diaspora family has the capacity to catapult any nation to greatness.

According to him, the Nigeria Diaspora has the capacity, and therefore must have a commensurate voice.

“By the 2027 elections, Nigeria Diaspora must have a voice via absentee ballots,” the LP’s flagbearer declared.

He was optimistic that under his leadership, Africa will remain the centrepiece of Nigeria’s foreign policy, stressing that his administration will improve Nigeria’s diplomatic sphere of influence via peacekeeping, trade, and investment initiatives.

Canada Police Shoot Man Seen With Rifle In Toronto

A picture of the Canadian flag used to illustrate the story.
A picture of the Canadian flag used to illustrate the story.

 

Police in Canada’s largest city Toronto on Thursday fatally shot a man armed with a rifle, local media reported, in an incident that forced several schools into lockdown just two days after a deadly assault on a US primary school.

Bystanders alerted police to the man’s presence in an eastern neighborhood of Toronto, and the circumstances of what transpired next were not immediately clear.

But city police chief James Ramer told reporters that the suspect, described as a man in his late teens or early 20s, was dead after he had “confronted” responding officers, without elaborating.

The police force’s Twitter account said that after officers located the man, a “police firearm” was “discharged.”

A spokeswoman for the Special Investigations Unit told the CBC that preliminary evidence showed that two police officers had fired their weapons, and the suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.

It was not clear if the man was holding the weapon when police shot him.

Ramer said he was unable to offer more details, as the incident was under investigation.

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“There’s no threat to public safety,” he said.

“Due to the proximity to a school, I certainly understand the trauma and how traumatic this must have been for staff, students and parents, given recent events that have happened in the United States,” the chief added.

On Tuesday, a shooting at a Texas elementary school left 21 dead — 19 children and two teachers.

AFP

Canada Protests Against COVID-19 Measures Set To Increase

Protestors party in front of Parliament Hill during a rally against COVID-19 vaccine mandates on January 29, 2022, in Ottawa, Canada. PHOTO: ALEX KENT / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / GETTY IMAGES VIA AFP

 

A week-long occupation of Canada’s capital by truckers opposed to vaccine mandates was set to ramp up Saturday with thousands of demonstrators expected to pile into Ottawa while other cities also braced for protests.

Police said they were expecting up to 2,000 protesters as well as 1,000 counter-protesters to join the hundreds already parked in front of parliament, but organizers said tens of thousands were headed to Ottawa.

Similar protests are also planned for Toronto, Quebec City, and Winnipeg.

“This remains… an increasingly volatile and increasingly dangerous demonstration,” Ottawa police Chief Peter Sloly told a news conference Friday.

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Following thousands of complaints from local residents of threats and harassment by protesters who have made even sleep difficult with incessant honking, and an online petition signed by 40,000 demanding action, Sloly vowed to crack down on what he called an “unlawful” protest.

But he did not offer a timeline.

Reached for comment by AFP, protest coordinator Jim Torma said on behalf of organizers that the protesters would not back down.

“They’re not going to hide us,” Torma said. “We’re going to be in (politicians’) faces as long as it takes” to force an end to public health restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of Covid-19.

With tensions already high and counter-protesters expected to now converge on the city, however, “the prospects for confrontation remain high,” warned federal Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino.

 

– Trump backs ‘Freedom Convoy’ –

The so-called Freedom Convoy started on Canada’s Pacific coast in late January and picked up supporters along its 4,400-kilometer (2,700 miles) trek to the capital, as well as more than 10 million Canadian dollars ($8 million) in online donations.

However, the online fundraising platform GoFundMe said Friday that it had removed the Freedom Convoy fundraiser from its site after receiving evidence from law enforcement that the demonstration “has become an occupation, with police reports of violence and other unlawful activity.”

The number of protesters in Ottawa had peaked at several thousand last Saturday, according to officials, before dwindling to a few hundred by midweek.

Donald Trump Jr. and Elon Musk have both tweeted support for the truckers.

On Friday, former US President Donald Trump encouraged them too, saying in a statement that the “harsh policies of far left lunatic Justin Trudeau… has destroyed Canada with insane Covid mandates.”

A recent Abacus poll showed 32 percent of Canadians supported the protesters, although only 10 percent of Canadian adults are unvaccinated.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who is isolating after contracting Covid, has refused to meet with the truckers, as others stepped up criticisms of the protesters, accusing them of racism and even terrorism — labels organizers reject.

This weekend, bridges and roadways into Ottawa will be blocked, with protesters asked to park in lots on the outskirts and walk or use city transit to downtown.

In Toronto, Mayor John Tory said officials were doing “everything we can to avoid the situation that we’re seeing in Ottawa.”

Toronto police started closing off streets late Friday and installing CCTV cameras to help keep an eye on the planned demonstrations.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford, meanwhile, urged the truckers in Ottawa to go home, echoing the protesters’ dislike of pandemic restrictions but insisting they are “necessary” to keep the population safe.

“It’s not a protest anymore,” he told a joint news conference with Canada’s 12 other provincial and territorial leaders. “It’s become an occupation that is not only hurting families, it’s hurting businesses.”

 

– Saskatchewan lifting restrictions –

Premier Jason Kenney of Alberta — where protesters blocked a border crossing into the US state of Montana — urged the federal government to start easing travel restrictions and pre-flight Covid tests notably.

“There are many jurisdictions around the world that have adopted more common-sense travel protocols than we have now in place in Canada,” he lamented.

Requiring people to wear face masks for indoor activities such as shopping, vaccine mandates, and most other Covid measures are provincial responsibilities.

Saskatchewan province this week became the first jurisdiction in Canada to announce an imminent lifting of all those pandemic restrictions — despite pushback from doctors.

“What’s necessary is your freedom,” Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe said in a video address. “What’s necessary is getting your life back to normal.”

AFP

24-Year-Old Rapper Bvlly, Shot Dead In Canada

Bvlly is seen in his music video for “No Light Bag”

 

A 24-year-old Toronto-based rapper popularly called Bvlly was shot and killed early Christmas Eve.

Police authorities described the killing as a homicide.

The CNN quotes Durham Regional Police Service as stating that the young rapper whose real name is Jahquar Stewart was killed Tuesday morning in a north Oshawa home.

Bvlly was reportedly found just before 3 a.m. with multiple gunshot wounds, DRPS said.

Reports suggest that he was pronounced dead on the scene.

At the time of filing this report, investigations had commenced but no arrests had been made.

Seven Dead In Small Plane Crash In Canada

TSB investigators search the site of the November 27 collision with the terrain in Kingston. Credit: @TSBCanada/Twitter.

 

Five Americans and two Canadians were killed when a light aircraft crashed in a wooded area on the north shore of Lake Ontario, Canada’s transport safety agency said Thursday.

The US-registered single-engine Piper PA-32 departed Toronto’s Buttonville Airport and was apparently headed to Quebec City when it crashed on approach to the Kingston, Ontario airport on Wednesday just after five pm (2200 GMT), Transportation Safety Board (TSB) investigator Ken Webster told a press conference.

Emergency services, including police on all-terrain vehicles and a military search and rescue helicopter, were dispatched to locate the downed plane, which was found in a thick rush.

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“Five Americans and two Canadians were aboard,” TSB spokeswoman Nora Vallee told reporters.

Canadian media reported that the pilot was from the state of Texas and the plane was carrying his spouse, three children aged three, 11 and 15 along with two Canadians.

The foreign ministry of Uzbekistan identified two of the victims — Otabek Oblokulov and Bobomurod Nabiev — as citizens of the ex-Soviet country in Central Asia.

It said Oblokulov had been piloting the plane and that the other victims included his wife and three children.

Canadian investigators were busy throughout the day “taking pictures of the wreckage, looking at the condition of the engines and the general condition of the aircraft,” TSB spokesman Alexandre Fournier told AFP.

He added that they would also try to recover the plane’s flight recorder and review radio communications with control towers.

Just In: Injured Serena Retires From Toronto WTA Final, Andreescu Claims

 

Serena Williams fought back tears as back pain forced her out of the WTA Toronto final after just four games on Sunday, handing the title to home hope Bianca Andreescu.

Andreescu, 19, was up 3-1 with a break of serve when 23-time Grand Slam champion Williams found she couldn’t continue.

PHOTOS: Toronto Fans Celebrate Raptors’ NBA Historic Win

Toronto Raptors fans cheer after the team beat the Golden State Warriors in Game Six of the NBA Finals, during a viewing party in Jurassic Park outside of Scotiabank Arena on June 13, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. PHOTO: Cole Burston/Getty Images/AFP Cole Burston / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

 

Thousands of fans stormed the streets of Toronto early Friday in a rowdy celebration of their hometown team’s first ever NBA championship.

The TorontoRaptorsclinched the win over Golden State Warriors 114-110 shortly before midnight local time, taking the best-of-seven series 4-2 and becoming the first team outside the United States to win the world’s premier basketball competition.

Thousands of supporters dressed in the team’s red and black had gathered in pubs and bars across the city to watch the biggest game in Canadian basketball history.

At the final buzzer they poured out into downtown Toronto’s Yonge-Dundas Square chanting the team’s rallying cry “We the North.”

“I feel amazing. I’ve been waiting my whole life for that moment,” said Hussein Asoma, a 26-year-old decked out in aRaptorsjersey celebrating amongst the throng of fans.

Fireworks lit up the square as the crowd sang Queen’s triumphal anthem “We Are the Champions”, while others kissed, danced and shouted the team’s name.

“It’s amazing. I’ve never seen a Toronto team win a big trophy like this,” said 24-year-old Brendan Stringer.

“It means a lot to me to see my city happy. Just seeing everyone happy is amazing,” he added.

In recent days prominent landmarks had been decorated in the colors of theRaptors, including the Art Gallery of Ontario and the 3D illuminated Toronto sign in the city’s Nathan Phillips Square.

“And that’s how we do it in the North,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted in the moments after theRaptors’ win.

Cities across the country from Vancouver to Montreal joined in the revelry as Canada celebrated a rare sporting triumph over its southern neighbors.

 

Toronto Mall Evacuated After Gunshots

FILE PHOTO: Toronto Police officers stand watch at the scene of a shooting in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on July 23, 2018. PHOTO: Cole BURSTON / AFP

 

A fight between two groups of young men that culminated in shots being fired on Thursday prompted the evacuation of a mall in Toronto, a month after a mass shooting in the nation’s largest city left two dead.

Police Superintendent Rob Johnson said the shooting took place on the east side of the gigantic Yorkdale Shopping Centre that is popular with locals.

It began, he said, as an altercation between “two groups of males” with three or more on each side. “At least two shots” were fired by one person with a handgun, before fleeing.

One person was taken away by paramedics in an ambulance, but police said it was “not as a direct result of the shots fired.”

A handful of others also suffered minor injuries as they rushed to the exits after the shots rang out, said Johnson.

Television images showed scores of shoppers and retail clerks lining the sidewalks and parking lots outside the mall, which is one of the largest in Canada, in Toronto’s north end.

Mall officials said stores that were locked down during the incident would remain closed until morning.

Area transit was also temporarily suspended while police searched for the suspects described as in their 20s, wearing hoodies and jeans.

On July 22, a man opened fire in a bustling Toronto district, killing an 18-year-old woman and a 10-year-old girl while wounding 13 other people.  The suspect died in a confrontation with police.

The rampage — just the latest in recent years that shocked Canadians unused to gun violence — has prompted the federal government to look into gun control.

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asked his government to study the possibility of a total ban on handguns and assault weapons.

AFP

Several Feared Dead As Van Runs Over Toronto Pedestrians

 

Several Feared Dead As Van Runs Over Toronto Pedestrians
Police inspect a van suspected of being involved in a collision injuring at least eight people at Yonge St. and Finch Ave. on April 23, 2018, in Toronto, Canada. Photo: Cole Burston/Getty Images/AFP

 

A man plowed a white rental van into a crowd of pedestrians in the center of Canada’s biggest city Toronto on Monday, police said, with several people feared dead.

Police said up to 10 people were struck, adding they could not confirm any deaths, but local media reported at least four fatalities in the incident.

Television images showed the man and a police officer facing off, their guns drawn. The suspect eventually surrendered his weapon and was taken into custody.

Vehicle attacks have been carried out to deadly effect by extremists in a number of capitals and major cities, including London, Paris, New York and Nice, but the motive for Monday’s incident was not yet clear.

“Update: unknown of extent of injuries, possible 8 – 10 pedestrians struck,” Toronto police wrote on Twitter.

Police then said it was “too early to confirm the number of pedestrians struck or their injuries.”

At least one body was seen covered at the scene. At least seven patients were being treated at the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, the facility said on Twitter.

Several Feared Dead As Van Runs Over Toronto Pedestrians
Police officers stand near several ambulances after the incident. Photo: Lars Hagberg / AFP

‘Really fast’

Officers were called to the scene — on Yonge Street at the corner with Finch Avenue — at 1:27 pm (1727 GMT), police said.

A white rental van with a dented front bumper was stopped on the sidewalk of a major intersection, surrounded by police vehicles.

“He was going really fast,” witness Alex Shaker told CTV television.

“All I could see was just people one by one getting knocked out, knocked out, one by one,” Shaker said. “There are so many people lying down on the streets.”

Another witness, Jamie Eopni, told local Toronto television station CP24: “It was crashing into everything. It destroyed a bench. If anybody was on that street, they would have been hit on the sidewalk.”

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told the House of Commons: “Our hearts go to anyone affected.”

“We are going to have more to learn and more to say in the coming hours,” he added.

 

Police inspect a van suspected of being involved in a collision injuring at least eight people at Yonge St. and Finch Ave. on April 23, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. A suspect is in custody after a white van collided with multiple pedestrians. Cole Burston/Getty Images/AFP
Photo: Cole Burston/Getty Images/AFP

‘It’s frightening’

The incident occurred as Toronto was hosting foreign and public security ministers from the G7 leading industrialized nations — Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States.

Authorities have not yet stated what the driver’s motives may have been.

“We have no information on that point and we need to wait until there’s information before we comment… I will respect the expertise of the security officials,” Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne told reporters when asked if the incident was terror-related.

“We are all unsettled and very disturbed by a situation like this, it’s impossible not to be — it’s frightening.”

Canada has only rarely been the scene of terror attacks.

In October, a man stabbed a police officer in the western city of Edmonton before slamming his van into a group of pedestrians, injuring four people.

And in Quebec in October 2014, a Canadian man ran over two soldiers in a parking lot with his car, killing one of them. The driver was shot dead by police when he attacked them with a knife.

In March 2016, a Canadian who claimed to have radical Islamist sympathies attacked two soldiers at a military recruitment center in Toronto.

AFP

Turbulence On Air Canada Flight From China Injures 21

canada-airlineAt least 21 people have been sent to the hospital after a Canada-bound airline experienced severe turbulence.

The Air Canada flight from Shanghai to Toronto was diverted to Calgary for an emergency landing after the incident.

Eight passengers suffered neck and back injuries, as hospital officials say all the victims are in stable condition.

Some of the passengers narrated their experience.

The Boeing 777 with 332 passengers and 19 crew members landed at Calgary without further incident.

 

Djokovic Wins Shanghai Masters

DjokovicNovak Djokovic continued his dominance of men’s tennis by winning the Shanghai Masters title on Sunday in straight sets.

It proved all too easy once again for the Serbian brushing aside Frenchman, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-1 6-4 to claim his third Shanghai Masters and ninth title of the year.

Tsonga had shown his serving prowess in taking out Rafael Nadal in three tight sets in the semi-finals but against the imperious returning skills of Djokovic, he had no answers.

It was a second straight tournament Djokovic had won without dropping a set after he landed his sixth China Open title in Beijing last week.

Tsonga Faces Djokovic In Shanghai Masters Final

tsongaJo-Wilfried Tsonga has recorded a first win over Rafael Nadal in almost four years, after producing some scintillating tennis to beat the Spaniard in the semi-finals of the Shanghai Masters to Face Novak Djokovic.

The Frenchman triumphed 6-4 0-6 7-5 to reach his first Masters final since he triumphed in Toronto last year.

The 30-year-old fired down 11 aces to record his first win over Nadal since the 2011 ATP World Tour finals.

Nadal, a winner of 14 Grand Slam singles titles, struggled to cope with Tsonga in the opening set as the Frenchman pressured the Spaniard’s serve with some heavy hitting.

The victory gives a major boost to his flagging hopes of qualifying again for the end of season Championships in London.

However, Novak Djokovic produced an imperious performance to cruise to a 6-1 6-3 victory over Andy Murray.

British number one, Murray, was brushed aside in the first set by the Serbian as he won just one service game.

The 28-year-old Scot showed some fight in the second set, but never really threatened as Djokovic served out.