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Ex-Super Eagles player, Tijani Babangida recovering in Abuja hospital, appreciates Gov Uba, others



By Kayode Sanni-Arewa

Ex- Nigerian International, Tijani Babangida who was involved in a ghastly car crash, is recuperating well in an Abuja hospital.

The accident an accident claimed the life of his brother, a former international himself, Ibrahim and his son.

He was appreciative of support of well meaning Nigerians that have been showing concern since the incident that has left him still in the hospital.

Speaking from his hospital bed in Abuja, Babangida specifically thank the governor of Kaduna state, Senator Uba Sani for deploying all state machineries towards assisting him and his family in this trying period.

He stated that the Commissioner of Local Government Affairs, Alhaji Sadiq Mamma Lagos who represented the governor attended to all their needs while in Zaria hospital. He also stated that because of their prompt response and support, his wife is also coming out of her critical condition.

“I really do not know how much I can thank the Governor. He has demonstrated so much love towards me and my family in this trying period, and I am grateful.

I want to also thank Alhaji Sadiq Mamma Lagos. He is indeed a very good friend and I appreciate him too.

My coming to Abuja was facilitated by a friend who is like a brother to me, Engr. Mike Auta and I still want to say a very big thank you to him too.

Since I came down to Abuja, the President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Ibrahim Gusau in the company of some of his board members have visited me. I really appreciate them for the visit. Several of our ex-players both from Nigeria and abroad have visited and some have called to find out how I am doing. I am grateful to all of them,” Tijani said.

The President of the Nigeria players union association assured Nigerians that by the special grace of God he would soon be back on his feet thanks to the first class treatment he has been given access to since the accident.

Speaking about the death of his brother and his son, Babangida noted that he is not in a position to query God as Him alone understand why things happen the way they do.

“Because of my religion it is not proper to query God no matter the level of the pain. It is Him that gives and it is Him that takes. I believe that with time He will give me the inner strength to forget,” Babangida concluded.

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By Kayode Sanni-Arewa

The daughter of Arise News Managing Editor, Christian Ogodo, was among graduands who bagged various degrees from the prestigious Havard University in the United States.

Oghenetega Steffi Eberechukwu Ogodo, was conferred with a masters degree in Urban Planning of the Graduate School of Design of Harvard University on 23rd May, 2024.

Tega was also a Bloemberg Leadership Fellow, who did her industrial training with the Rochester City Council in New York, while her field work had the theme: “People must feed,” postulating that there must be decent and nutritious food even for the downtrodden people in society.

Tega is a graduate of the University of Lagos with a Second Class Honours [Upper Division] from the Faculty of Environmental Sciences, majoring in Urban and Regional Planning.

She is the daughter of Nigeria’s foremost News Anchor on Arise News on WEEKEND NEWSNIGHT, Christian Ogodo, who is the Managing Editor of Arise News Media Group.

She is currently working with an engineering consulting firm in Chicago that specialises in logistics.

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National Anthem: Nigeria switches from fatherland to motherland



By Francesca Hangeior

The Federal Republic of Nigeria, today, officially reverted to the National Anthem that heralded its independence as a sovereign Nation.

President Bola Tinubu, after he met a joint session of the National Assembly, signed into law, the adoption of the old National Anthem, “Nigeria, We Hail Thee.”

“Nigeria, We Hail Thee” was adopted as Nigeria’s first national anthem on October 1, 1960.

The anthem’s lyrics were written by Lillian Jean Williams, a British expatriate who lived in Nigeria when it achieved independence.

Frances Berda composed the music for “Nigeria, We Hail Thee.”

However, the second national anthem, “Arise, O Compatriots,” was adopted in 1978.

The lyrics of the now jettisoned anthem were a combination of words and phrases taken from five of the best entries in a national contest.

The words were put to music by the Nigerian Police Band under the directorship of Benedict P. Odiase (1934–2013).

The Nigerian national anthem lyrics were created by five people: P. O. Aderibigbe, John A. Ilechukwu, Dr. Sota Omoigui, Eme tim Akpan and B.A. Ogunnaike.

With the return to the old anthem, Nigeria officially switched from a ‘Fatherland’ to a ‘Motherland’.

Hereunder are the Three Stanzas of the old but now new National Anthem:

1. Nigeria we hail thee,
Our own dear native land,
Though tribe and tongue may differ,
In brotherhood we stand,
Nigerians all, and proud to serve
Our sovereign Motherland.

2. Our flag shall be a symbol
That truth and justice reign,
In peace or battle honour’d,
And this we count as gain,
To hand on to our children
A banner without stain.

3. O God of all creation,
Grant this our one request,
Help us to build a nation
Where no man is oppressed,
And so with peace and plenty
Nigeria may be blessed.

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BREAKING! Tinubu extends Abuja free train ride for six months



President Bola Tinubu has approved the extension of free train rides on the Abuja Rail Mass Transit, also called the Metro Rail, for the next six months until the end of the year.

The FCT Minister, Nyesom Wike, had announced free train rides for two months, to ease the burden of commuting for residents of the FCT.

Tinubu gave the approval during his address at the inauguration of the commencement of operations of the Abuja metro rail in Abuja on Wednesday, May 29.

The president appealed for the extension to offer hope to the people of the FCT and give them reasons to celebrate.

“Our dear landlord and his team, I heard you saying two months free ride. I appeal to you to make it till the end of the year. Since today you’re not going to charge me, that will give the people hope and reasons to celebrate,” Tinubu said.

Details shortly…

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