Tens of thousands of Kwarans on Thursday came out in droves for the official flag off of the Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu/Kashim Shettima presidential campaign in Ilorin, with Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq saying the APC ticket is the most progressive path to a greater Nigeria.
Fidel Info reports that The flag-off was led by the First Lady of Nigeria Mrs Aisha Buhari, joined by several first ladies from APC states, Deputy Governor of Kwara State Mr. Kayode Alabi; top government and party officials from Abuja and across Nigeria.
Also in attendance were the wives of Asiwaju Tinubu and Shetimma: Senator Oluremi and Nana.
Kwara’s Senators Lola Ashiru (South) and Sadiq Umar (North) were also there — joined by House of Representative member Raheem Olawuyi Ajuloopin; the APC Senatorial Candidate for Kwara Central and Turaki Ilorin Mallam Salihu Mustapha; and other APC candidates.
Speaker Yakubu Danladi Salihu led the lawmakers from the state, along with cabinet members and other government officials.
AbdulRazaq said the choice of Kwara for the campaign flag off was unique and deserving, given its pole position in gender parity and women and youths empowerment.
“I welcome all of you the great Amazons of our party to Kwara State. I express our profound appreciation for the choice of the State of Harmony to flag off the APC Women Presidential Campaign for our candidates His Excellencies Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Alhaji Kashim Shettima,” the Governor said.
“Your Excellencies, distinguished ladies and gentlemen, our support for Asiwaju Tinubu is not because he is perfect. Our support for Asiwaju is because of his provable excellent track record as a people’s person who is able to consolidate on the gains of the present, drive inclusive growth, and lead our country to become more prosperous.
“Asiwaju has the experience. He has the temperament. And he has the right network to make our country more united and stronger. By their antecedents, it is clear that the Asiwaju Tinubu/Shettima presidential ticket is the most experienced and the most progressive combination available on the ballot in 2023.
“As advocates of gender parity, we will work with Asiwaju to ensure that the rights and privileges of the Nigerian women are fully protected.
“As the frontline state for gender inclusion and empowerment in Nigeria, I assure you of our commitment to making sure that women always get enough seats at the table where issues of public importance are decided.
“On this note, I call on the Nigerian people, especially our women, to support the APC in the coming elections for sustainable development and steady victory against all forces of evil.”
The First Lady, for her part, said the campaign messaging of APC will be devoid of hate or anything that may affect the unity of Nigeria.
She added: “We are here today to continue what I have started for the Nigerian women and youth during electioneering campaign. The women and youth presidential campaign committee has become a movement and proven to be the game changer leading to door-to-door and victory for the APC in 2015. In 2019, the same feat was repeated.
“Today, having our candidate Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Kashim Shettima as Vice Presidential candidate, the history is set to repeat itself. We are here en masse, women and youths, ready to come up to seek your votes from men to men, women to women, house to house, door to door.
“In 2019, the feat was achieved because women used their numbers to prove their strengths, commitment and choice of the APC. The same feat will be recorded in 2023 by the Grace of God.
“APC is making progress in the field of women empowerment, and under APC, the future of women is assured. As women, we will vote for our party because the party has achieved a lot in the areas of health, education empowerment and road construction such as the second Niger Bridge.
“The APC is built on trust, values and understanding, respect and accommodation. Our campaign is devoid of hate speech unlike those hate mongers who do not wish Nigeria well.
“Our campaign is full of soft speeches, no hate speeches, no character assassination, except commitment, mobilising and solidifying our unity.
“As a woman, mother, grandmother, I advise Nigerian APC women to carry on the campaign with sense of responsibility and commitment and unity for the victory of the party.”
Senator Oluremi Tinubu, for her part, said the choice of Kwara for the launch of this campaign was rightly chosen by “our lovely mother and grand patron of the Women campaign council for Tinubu/Shettima Presidency. This is because Kwara State is a land of peace and harmony. My sister (Nana Shettima) and I assure you that you can count on us as partners in progress.
“Coming to Kwara State further gives me the assurance of a nation that is more unified, productive and peaceful all across our borders during Tinubu/Shettima administration. We, as the wives, are assuring you of continuous support. We will stand by our husbands to bring succour to the less privileged and the unemployed youths by encouraging entrepreneurial skills and do all within our power to ensure that we all live in harmony despite our ethnic and religious diversities.”
Speaking in the same breath, Kwara First Lady Ambassador Olufolake AbdulRazaq pledged her total commitment to lead Campaign among women round the nooks and crannies of the State to mobilize votes for the presidential candidate and all APC candidates.
She thanked Mrs. Aisha Buhari and the party for appointing her the North Central Coordinator for APC Women Presidential Campaign.
She promised to do her best to deliver on the national assignment.
National Women Leader of the APC, Dr. Beta Edu, said the party is targeting at least 40 million votes for Tinubu/ Shettima’s presidency in 2023, and enjoined all women in the State and across Nigeria to strive to achieve that.
Brazilian King Of Soccer: Pele Dies At 82
The Brazillian King of soccer, Edson Arantes do Nascimento, known as Pele who was hospitalized in Sao Paulo last Tuesday has died this morning.
Fidel Info reports that Pele, the greatest player to ever play the game and a three-time World Cup champion, allegedly received a respiratory illness diagnosis and was admitted to the hospital right away.
A medical report issued on Friday stated that Pele had a good response to antibiotic therapy and was stable with “general improvement in health status.”
He underwent colon tumor removal in September 2021 and has been routinely receiving hospital care.
According to reports, chemotherapy had been stopped and Pele was just receiving palliative care, which focused on treating symptoms including pain and breathing difficulties.
When he was admitted to the hospital earlier this week, he was also said to have experienced widespread edema and cardiac problems.
Pele had said in an Instagram post on Thursday that he was at the hospital for a “monthly visit” and thanked his supporters for the positive messages he had received.
The former Brazil, Santos and New York Cosmos striker’s face was projected on a building in Qatar with the message, “Get well soon”.
A sign with the same message was displayed by Brazilian fans at the Lusail Stadium last Friday ahead of the national team’s 1-0 defeat against Cameroon.
Meanhwile, ahead of Brazil’s last-16 tie at Stadium 974, Pele recalled memories of his World Cup debut in 1958, when the 17-year-old helped Brazil lift the Jules Rimet Trophy in Sweden.
He wrote on Twitter: “In 1958, I walked the streets thinking about fulfilling the promise I made to my father. I know that today many have made similar promises and are also going in search of their first World Cup.
“I’ll be watching the game from hospital and I’ll be rooting for each one of you. Good luck!”
Injury affected Pele’s contribution to the 1962 and 1966 World Cup finals, but he returned to lead Brazil to a third triumph in Mexico in 1970 as part of what is widely regarded as the greatest international team of all time.
Officially, Pele scored 757 goals in 831 games during a glittering career from 1957 to 1977, although club Santos claim his tally was closer to 1,000.
Celine Dion Has Been Diagnosed With Stiff-Person Syndrome
Celine Dion’s diagnosis with stiff-person syndrome has brought public attention to the rare neurological disorder, which affects roughly one or two out of every million people.
Fidel Info reports that Dion announced Thursday that she had postponed dates for her European tour next year due to the condition.
“While we’re still learning about this rare condition, we now know this is what’s been causing all of the spasms that I’ve been having. Unfortunately, these spasms affect every aspect of my daily life, sometimes causing difficulties when I walk and not allowing me to use my vocal cords to sing the way I’m used to,” the singer said in an Instagram Video.
People with stiff-person syndrome often experience rigidity in their torso and limbs, as well as severe muscle spasms that can cause them to fall down. The spasms can occur at random or be triggered by certain stimuli, including loud noises, touch and emotional distress.
Dr. Richard Nowak, an assistant neurology professor at the Yale School of Medicine, said the condition “has a range of severity, from quite mild — easily managed with a little bit of medication — to folks that are quite severe that can be, frankly, quite disabled from it.”
Stiff-person syndrome overall disrupts the normal pathways of communication between the brain and the muscles.
“There’s a massive firing that’s occurring from the central nervous system, down through the spinal cord, down through the nerves as they plug into the muscles, and it’s causing them to become rigid or go into spasm, which equals the stiffness,” Nowak said.
In most but not all cases, people with stiff-person syndrome have elevated levels of antibodies that target a particular protein involved in the process of controlling muscle function. Doctors consider these patients to have an autoimmune condition.
“In stiff persons, the pathways that are attacked are the brake pathways, so you’ve lost your brakes on your muscles,” said Dr. Simon Helfgott, a rheumatologist at Harvard Medical School. “Once your muscle starts to contract, it doesn’t have a way to stop itself from contracting.”
Helfgott estimated that about two-thirds of stiff-person patients have these antibodies, which can be picked up by a blood test. But around 30% don’t, he said, so researchers don’t fully understand what’s driving their illness.
A small minority of cancer patients may also produce antibodies that attack the nervous system and trigger stiff-person syndrome, Helfgott added.
Symptoms of the syndrome go beyond the normal muscle cramps that most people experience from time to time, Helfgott said; instead, the muscles tend to lock up. Some of his patients have had difficulty walking or required wheelchairs, he added.
“This is just such a severe diagnosis to have, especially if you’re an entertainer [on] the world-class type of stage,” Helfgott said. “It’s going to be very, very challenging to be able to continue.”
Because many symptoms of stiff-person syndrome overlap with those of Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia or anxiety, it often takes time to diagnose. Doctors rely on several tools to do that, including MRIs of the brain or spinal cord, blood tests or electromyography tests that use tiny needles to measure a person’s muscle and nerve responses.
Helfgott said the syndrome is harder to treat than other autoimmune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis or Crohn’s disease, and there is no cure.
Muscle relaxants or Botox injections can help relieve milder symptoms like spasms, Nowak said. Patients with more severe symptoms are often prescribed intravenous immunoglobulin, an infusion that has been shown to reduce people’s stiffness and sensitivity to noise, touch and stress.
But the symptoms and their severity levels can vary minute by minute, Helfgott said, and it’s difficult to predict whether a patient’s condition will get worse over time.
“In some cases, the condition can level off and stay the way it is. I have people who are like that — they’re no different now than they were 10 years ago,” he said. “In others, it is a slow, subtle decline.”
House Of Reps Has Ordered CBN To Suspend Latest Cash Policy
On Thursday, the House of Representatives requested that the Central Bank of Nigeria suspend its most recent policy, which among other things places restrictions on the amount of cash that can be withdrawn from deposit money banks and other financial institutions.
Fidel Info reports that the House summoned the Governor of the CBN, Godwin Emefiele, to appear and explain the policy before the parliament.
This is based on a motion of urgent public significance made at the House’s plenary on Thursday by Aliyu Magaji.
The legislation, according to several senators, would harm businesses and Nigerians without access to the banking system and have catastrophic repercussions.
Ndudi Elumelu, the minority leader, asserted that the proposal would reduce crime because money would now be monitored through the banking system. Although the timing could be off, the country would gain more from it, he claimed.
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