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Democracy Day: Nigeria worse off than in 1993 – MKO Abiola’s son laments



Abdulmumuni, son of the late Chief MKO Abiola, has lamented about the state of Nigeria since 1993.

President Buhari on Monday signed into law the Public Holiday (Amendment) Bill, making June 12 a public holiday in the country and country’s official Democracy Day, replacing May 29.

But Abdulmumuni has now said June 12 should be a day of national sober reflection for Nigerians as things are worse than it was in 1993.

He lamented that the education and health sectors had collapsed.

He, however, expressed hope that things will get better but lamented about the increasing rate of poverty.

Abdulmumuni said this at the National Centre for Women Development in Abuja on Tuesday where he received an award on behalf of his late mother, who was inducted into the Nigerian Women Hall of Fame alongside 21 others.

He said: “The recognition of June 12 as Democracy Day will get people thinking. I don’t think it should be a day of celebration.

“It should be a day of reflection of where we are as a country and where we are going. It is important that we should know that for the decisions we make today, there are consequences.

“This is because those who made the decisions to truncate the Nigerian people’s yearning for democracy in 1993 would now see that sometimes when you make certain decisions, you must see the consequences.

“The country is worse off than it was in 1993. My father was trying to address certain issues like poverty eradication and free education. But what is going on in the country now? The education system is dilapidated.

“The health care system is nothing. People are getting poorer and the rich are getting richer.

“The poverty rate is increasing. I think the idea is that June 12 should be a day of reflection and I believe we can get out of this situation.”

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EPL: How John Terry blocked Chelsea from signing Man City striker



Former Chelsea captain, John Terry, blocked the West London club from signing Manchester City star, Sergio Aguero.

According to The Athletic, Terry advised Chelsea against signing Aguero when the Blues were working on a deal to bring the striker to Stamford Bridge two years before he joined Man City in 2011 from Atletico Madrid.

The newspaper reports that the ex-defender was not a huge fan of the Argentina international having played against him twice in the UEFA Champions League.

Terry also suggested that Chelsea’s hierarchy should sign striker, David Villa from Valencia at the time ahead of Aguero.

Aguero has been impressive for Man City since his move to Etihad from Atletico.

He has scored 173 goals for Pep Guardiola’s side and helped them to win four Premier League titles.

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Thierry Henry finally speaks on failing at Monaco, new job



Thierry Henry has vowed to bounce back from his bad spell in charge of Monaco, after he was unveiled as the new manager on Montreal Impact on Monday.

Henry has signed a two-year contract and is tasked with dragging the club out of mid-table obscurity.

The former Arsenal striker was handed his second opportunity in the hot seat with the MLS club, despite his failings at his boyhood side in France.

“You have to start somewhere. That’s how you acquire experience. For me it came with Belgium and Monaco, where I learned a lot about myself.

“It’s about fighting. This isn’t just my story but the story of everyone in life. Everyone falls. It’s about how you get up.

“It didn’t work out in Monaco (as a coach). I can give you a lot of excuses but at the end of the day it didn’t work out and I am here as a coach of Montreal.

“I learned a lot there. The only mistake you can make is not learning from what happened. You have to confront it,” he said at the press conference.

The former Arsenal striker added: “The face of a team is often a reflection of the coach, but I want the community, the players to feel what’s going on in this city. Finance is not a problem. In this league, winning teams do not always have money.”

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Hate speech: Prescribe death penalty in your states – Falana tells lawmakers



Human Rights Lawyer, Mr Femi Falana says that the National Assembly has no power to enact a law on hate speech for the entire country.

Falana said this while discussing as a panelist at Digital Voting Summit on Monday in Abuja, NAN reports.

He stated that such law was not within the purview of the NASS but the state.

The Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) said: “Under Section 4 of the Constitution, NASS can only legislative on matters in the exclusive and concurrent lists.

“I have looked at those lists, I have not found anyway where the NASS has been empowered to make the law on hate speech. It is a state affair on residual list. Let everybody know his or her limitations of power so that we will not make mistakes.

“If you want to prescribe death penalty, you can do so in your state. In Lagos State for instance, the execution of death penalty has been declared illegal by a court in Lagos.

“Whether you want to kill someone by hanging or firing squad, the court in Lagos has said that it is against Section 34 that has abolished any form of torture.”

According to him, if any state wants to legislate on hate speech, it can do so within its jurisdiction.

Falana said that the Cybercrime Act had taken care of the entire fiats regarding hate speech by making stringent conditions, including fines and prison terms for offenders.

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