Barely 24 hours after landing in Nigeria, Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey, has picked up some phrases in the native Yoruba language.
Clearly having a good time with his new friends which included media personality, Tolu Oniru-Demuren a.k.a Toolz, former government official, Dr Joe Abah and others, Dorsey was captured in a video asking ‘Bawo Ni?’, meaning ‘how are you’?.
“Great dinner with some new friends,” he tweeted later.
Officers of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Ondo State have intercepted a vehicle conveying over 3,000 kilogrammes of cannabis sativa, otherwise known as Indian hemp along Akure-Owo Highway.
The State Commander of the Agency, Mohammed Sokoto, hinted reporters on Wednesday of the seizure in Akure, the state’s capital while parading the driver and the illicit substance.
Mr Sokoto said the substance was neatly concealed in 298 bags in a Mercedes Benz truck.
He added that the arrest was made possible through an intelligent report received by the command.
The NDLEA boss appealed to residents of Ondo State to be vigilant and report to the agency individuals suspected to be Indian hemp cultivators and drug barons.
Paraded with the seizure was the apprehended suspect who drove the vehicle, Usman Bello.
He claimed to be innocent.
Mr Bello told reporters in Yoruba Language that he was called upon to drive the vehicle by his friend who was the original driver but was sick.
Bello insisted that he didn’t know the vehicle contained the illicit drug.
The Kwara State government has reported the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the Nigeria Police Force for what it called efforts to incite the public against the government through unsubstantiated allegation of fraud.
While the spokesman for the police in the State, Ajayi Okansanmi, on Tuesday confirmed that they had invited the opposition party for questioning, the PDP accused the government of the All Progressives Congress of trying to sniffle the voice of the opposition.
On Tuesday, members of the PDP arrived at the state headquarters of the police to honour an invitation.
Mr Okansanmi told reporters that the invited representatives of the party had been released after the nearly four hours interrogation.
Members of the PDP, after the interrogation, gathered at the office of their chairman to brief him on the outcome of the meeting with the police and most of them, who spoke in Yoruba Language, were bitter over the invitation.
The State Chairman of the PDP, Iyiola Oyedepo, accused the government of being intolerant to criticism.
He said that his party usually enlightens the public on the failure of the government to provide the dividends of democracy, wondering why they would be reported to the police as a result of that.
The State government, however, believes that critising the government is different from inciting the public.
The State Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General, Kamaldeen Ajibade, told reporters that dishing out false information to the public through live radio programmes made the party report the opposition to the police.
On what would be the next line of action, he said the government would wait for a report from the police to determine what to do next.
The bickering between the opposition party and state government has been on for quite sometime, but it is expected that it would be resolved soon with police intervention.
Governor of the State of Osun, Rauf Aregbesola, and other members of the Executive Council have joined the Celestial Church of Christ (CCC) Worldwide to offer prayers for peace and stability in the state, and Nigeria at large.
This was deemed necessary particularly at a period when the state governorship election is fast approaching.
The vigil, which held at the Nelson Mandela Freedom Park in Osogbo, the state capital, saw thousands of Christians and Muslims from the South-West states converging to pray for peace in troubled parts of the country.
In what looked more like a revival service, several members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) also joined in the gathering where they not only prayed for continued peace and progress of the state, but also for the re-election of Governor Rauf Aregbesola for a second term in office.
Governor Aregbesola, while speaking on the significance of the programme, said that religion could best be described as love, peaceful co-existence, tolerance and harmony without rancour.
The all night prayer session which lasted from 10pm till dawn, with various artistes drew the presence of a large congregation from virtually all the Yoruba speaking states in Nigeria.
Primary schools in the south-west geopolitical zone in the country may soon switch to the use of Yoruba language, their mother tongue, as the language of instruction.
The decision to consider the use of the language was part of the outcome of a meeting on Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) held by South-West Governors in Ibadan, Oyo State capital on Thursday night.
Speaking on behalf of the Governors, Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi said a region-wide education summit would soon be hosted by Osun state, to look at a mechanism that would allow the region come up with a common curriculum for basic education.
The curriculum according to Fayemi would place emphasis on the use of Yoruba as a language of instruction in basic schools across the region.
It could be recalled that the National Policy on Education (1976) had recommended that the mother tongue of pupils should be the language of instruction at the elementary education level.
Fayemi had at a forum in Akure a few weeks ago held that researches have also proven that pupils can learn faster when taught in their first language.
Speaking further on the outcome of the meeting, the Governor said the region was planning an alternative economic framework that will make the knowledge economy which the region is known for, serve as bulwark against the emerging reduction in the resource-based economy that the country currently has.
“What happens to us? We are being futuristic here. What happens to us as western Nigeria and we are concerned about Nigeria as a country? What happens to us when oil no longer flows or when oil sells for one dollar? Where would the resources come from? How do we harness the energy of our people, their creativity and innovation as scholars?”, he said.
Other issues raised at the meeting are the exploration of sports as a unifying vehicle for development in the region and homeland security framework to forestall any security challenges.
A resolution currently being considered by lawmakers in Ogun State, if passed, will enforce a policy that will have workers in the state’s civil service, wear the native adire fabric to their offices, once in a week.
A member of the State House of Assembly, Honourable Olayiwola Ojodu representing Abeokuta North State Constituency made this known in Abeokuta, the state capital while declaring open a 2-week Art exhibition tagged “Age of Change” to commemorate the nation’s 52nd Independence anniversary.
According to the lawmaker, “the step is being taken as part of measures to re-awaken the fast-dying cultural heritage of the people”, adding that “it is in this regard that lawmakers who are already wearing native attires and transact law making business in Yoruba language on Wednesdays would also want the civil servants, to appear in the adire fabric at least once a month.”
“The legislative configuration of the present House of Assembly has resolved to view every act of change in the State from a creative perspective by providing enabling law and edicts necessary for building a solid socio- cultural –economic future” the lawmaker stated.
The Adire fabric, also known as Adire Eleko is locally produced by in the state with a unique blend of prints that are indigenous to Egba people. One of the major tourist attraction in Abeokuta is local market where the adire fabrics are still produced using, centuries old tradition.
A similar policy is also being contemplated by the Osun state government, which seeks to enforce the fabrics as school uniform for all the students in the state public schools.
Honourable Ojodu, who is the Chairman, House Committee on Information, Culture and Tourism, noted that the recent creation of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism was to properly coordinate and guide the creative cultural potentials and tourist sites in the State.
He noted that meaningful change in any human endeavour may be sacrificial and painful, but always result in a form of satisfaction derived from new experiences.
Also speaking, the Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Chief Olu Odeyemi said the exhibition would be made an annual event with possible international recognition at the next Olympics.
He charged students and heads of Schools to be part of the “Age of Change” by giving adequate attention to teaching Fine Arts as part of the school curriculum, saying this was the only way to jointly bring back and restore the lost glory.