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Buhari Mourns Late Retd. Lt. Gen. Oladipo Diya



President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed his sorrow on the loss of Lt. Gen. Oladipo Diya, who led the military from 1993 to 1997 and served as vice chairman of the Interim Governing Council in 1994 under the Abacha government.

Fidel Info reports that He praised the late statesman “for his love, belief, and dedication to the country,” adding that “his services to the nation will never be forgotten.”

“Diya was known for his brilliance, exceptional organisational skills and discipline, and he displayed these virtues in the important roles he held in office as a military officer,” a statement signed by Buhari’s spokesman, Femi Adesina, read on Sunday afternoon.

The statement is titled ‘President Buhari pays tribute to General Diya’.

Diya, 79, passed away in the early hours of Sunday, as announced by his son, Oyesinmilola Diya.

The announcement read, “On behalf of the entire Diya family home and abroad; we announce the passing on to glory of our dear husband, father, grandfather, brother, Lt-General Donaldson Oladipo Oyeyinka Diya (retd).

“Our dear daddy passed on to glory in the early hours of March 26, 2023. Please keep us in your prayers as we mourn his demise in this period. Further announcements will be made public in due course.

Born April 3, 1944 at Odogbolu in Ogun State, Diya joined the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna and fought during the Nigerian Civil War.

He was appointed Chief of General Staff in 1993 and Vice Chairman of the Provisional Ruling Council in 1994.

He served as the Chief of the General Staff under General Sani Abacha from 1994 to 1997. He was second in command and the de facto vice president of Nigeria.

Adesina said that the President honors General Diya for his daring and valiant military career in Nigeria as well as his devoted service to the nation as General Officer Commanding, 82 Division, Commandant, National War College (1991–1993), Chief of Defence Staff, and Military Governor of Ogun State from January 1984 to August 1985.

“The President recalls that Diya was known for his brilliance, exceptional organizational skills and discipline, and he displayed these virtues in the important roles he held in office as a military officer.”

“The President salutes the former Chief of General Staff for his love, belief and loyalty to the country he cherished so much and fought gallantly on the frontlines to defend her unity,” he added.

Buhari sent heartfelt condolences to Diya’s family, friends and colleagues, on behalf of the Federal Government.

He also prays that General Diya’s soul finds rest with his Creator, and may his contributions to the nation never be forgotten.

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Why my children disliked Actor Odunlade Adekola – Sanyeri



Comic actor, Olaniyi Afonja, popularly known as ‘Sanyeri’ has revealed why his two sons once hated his colleague, Odunlade Adekola.

In a chat with Emmanuel Ojo, the father of two, Sanyeri whose sons recently made headlines for their English accent, said “Sometime in the past, when my first son watched some roles I played alongside Odunlade Adekola, he said to me, “Daddy, I hate this man (Odunlade).” When I asked him why, he said, “It’s because he (Odunlade) beats you.” I told him never to mind but just watch.

Sometimes, I let him know that that’s what brings food to the table. That was actually the extent to which he understood it then. He thought we were actually having a real fight. He didn’t understand that we were just acting.”

Speaking further on how he corrects his boys, Sanyeri said “They can’t call me Sanyeri because I’m their dad. They know that it’s the name of the character in the movie. I correct them but I’m usually not harsh on them and that’s because I’m usually not always at home with them. I can’t get too harsh on them for the little time I spend at home.

Even if their mum shouts at them, I shouldn’t do the same so that the both of us won’t be harsh on them. I have to play the role of reconciling them back and letting them know that what they did was wrong.If I was the one they offended, and I beat them, their mum also tries to reconcile them back and try to restrict me from letting it get too far. It’s also preferred that the mother should be the one disciplining them than the father because women are usually more compassionate than men, especially when they remember what they went through before having the child.”

When asked about how he raises them in the western culture, Sanyeri responded saying “God created everyone and every race in the world but anywhere one finds himself, he has to blend with the way of life. In the western culture, children are not disciplined that much when they go wrong but in Yoruba land where I was born and raised, we discipline children when they go wrong. Apart from the discipline, the culture and lifestyle is also important. When my children see me in the morning, they prostrate to greet me. It’s the culture of our land that when a father and child meet in the morning, the child prostrates for the father.”

On how he feels about their accent, he said “Well, we can’t blame them because we took them there (abroad). For the fact that they live abroad, they will have that accent but if they say something that I don’t understand, I tell them to say it in Yoruba.”

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“You have redefined the meaning of a strong female lead” MC Oluomo pours encomium on Liz Da Silva as she marks birthday



Lagos State Parks and Garages chairman, Musiliu Akisanya otherwise known as MC Oluomo has penned a powerful note to actress, Liz Da Silva as she celebrates her birthday today.

Taking to his Instagram page to share stunning photos of the celebrant, MC Oluomo described Liz as a strong woman.

He noted how her incredibly powerful performance has captivated audiences worldwide.

The former NURTW boss further noted how Liz Da Silva has redefined the meaning of a strong female lead, inspiring countless women to pursue their dreams with tenacity.

“Happy birthday to a strong woman, Elizabeth Da Silva. Your incredible strength and powerful performance have captivated audiences worldwide. Over the years, you have redefined the meaning of a strong female lead, inspiring countless women to pursue their dreams with tenacity. As you celebrate this milestone, may your unparalleled talent, grace, and resilience continue to shine bright, leaving an indelible mark on the world of cinema. Cheers to another spectacular year

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Meet Adebisi Shonubi, the New Acting CBN Governor Picked by Tinubu To Replace Emefiele



Adebisi Shonubi has been appointed the new Acting CBN Governor, brings a strong educational background and extensive experience in the banking sector

Shonubi was considered for the role by President Tinubu among four deputy governors that include Aishah Ahmed, Edward Adamu, and Kingsley Obiora

By law, one of the deputies must complete Emefiele’s tenure, which was expected to expire on May 2024

Folashodun Adebisi Shonubi has assumed the role of Acting Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) following the suspension of Godwin Emefiele.

His appointment was confirmed on Friday, June 9, 2023, less than a week after President Bola Tinubu met with Godwin Emefiele in Aso Rock.

In a swift transition, the suspended Emefiele was instructed by the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) to hand over the reins to Shonubi with immediate effect.

Shonubi is now positioned to play a pivotal role in steering the nation’s monetary policy in the new administration.

The Journey of Shonubi to CBN Governor role

Before his appointment as acting head of CBN, Shonubi occupied the position of Deputy Governor in the Operations Directorate.

He assumed the position in June 2018 after the approval of former president Muhammadu Buhari.

He brings his wealth of experience and expertise to the role, having held positions such as the Managing Director and CEO of the Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System PLC, where he played a key role in developing the Bank Verification Number (BVN).

Educational Background and Professional Career

Shonubi is an accomplished professional, holding double Master’s degrees in Business Administration and Mechanical Engineering from the prestigious University of Lagos.

His educational background reflects a multidisciplinary approach to problem-solving, which has undoubtedly contributed to his success in the banking sector for over 30 years.

Aside from working in the public service, Shonubi’s previous positions include Executive Director of Information Technology and Operations at Union Bank of Nigeria Plc, where he also served on the Board of Union Homes.

He has also held roles as Director of Information Technology and Corporate Services at Renaissance Securities Nigeria Limited, overseeing the group’s IT infrastructure in Africa.

During his career, Shonubi has served in various managerial capacities, including Deputy General Manager at MBC International, Vice President at First City Monument Bank Limited, Executive Director at Ecobank Nigeria Limited, and Head of Treasury Operations at Citibank Nigeria Limited.

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