An Uber driver who crashed a man’s car got the shock of his life after the man stopped him from paying for damages and gifted him cash.
Alabo Braide, the victim whose car was hit by the Uber driver shared details of the incident on Twitter and narrated how his wife stepped in for the Uber driver.
He said at first, he wasn’t going to let him go without paying for damages, but after witnessing the condition of the Uber driver and how he has been struggling to make ends meet, he got emotional.
Speaking further, he disclosed how his caring wife begged him to give the Uber driver back his keys and allow him go free. He obliged to her request and gave the young man his keys.
The reaction of the Uber driver towards his little action made him more sober and he was left with no other choice than to gift him some cash to take care of himself.
Soyinka: It’s Madness Sign To Think Nigeria’ll Work Without Restructuring
Nobel laureate , Prof. Wole Soyinka, on Saturday , re- echoed the call for restructuring the country as a means of tackling some of the major problems confronting it.
Soyinka stated that there was a consensus among Nigerians that the country must be restructured urgently , saying anybody still asking what restructuring means despite the numerous explanations already provided should be ignored because such persons had chosen to be ignorant deliberately.
The elder statesman spoke at the 2021 Obafemi Awolowo Lecture titled , ‘ Whither Nigeria ?’ organised by the Obafemi Awolowo Foundation.
The event, which was held virtually , had in attendance dignitaries, including a former Secretary – General of Commonwealth , Chief Emeka Anyaoku ; the Emir of Sokoto , Saad Abubakar; Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi; former Emir of Kano , Muhammadu Sanusi II ; and former Deputy Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria , Obadiah Mailafia , among others .
Awolowo, who died in 1987, would have been 112 years old on Saturday.
Soyinka said , “There is a consensus that this country whether in terms of governance , economic relations , security , educational policy , cultural policy , etc, requires restructuring . Even the word ‘restructuring ’ has been restructured in many directions , in cogent expression which will mean the same thing for everybody .
“For me , for instance , I emphasised decentralisation , reconfiguration… We all know what we have now is not working , it ’s obvious and we can’ t continue along the same line and say that it will work, it is sign of madness .
“I want to make a plea to all governors , stop being so timid . Push this federal envelope as far as it can go , even while we undertake the technical aspect of restructuring whether in terms of dialogue, evolving the constitution or whatever, something has to go on , after all, we’ ve had so many of these confabs .
“My plea is to governors to start with : You are charged with the immediate responsibility of the welfare of your own people in whatever term and if you study the constitution carefully , I have done this with lawyers , and it seems that a lot can be done at this moment .
“You need a season of greater autonomy for your own states and that is what I mean by pushing the federal envelope as far as it can go even with this impossible document that we have to cease what power , what authority you can derive from the constitution .
“ Consult with your lawyers , I have consulted with mine and they also expressed the view that the governors are too timid, there is too much centralised mentality embedded in their minds and they are afraid to come out of their cocoons.
“Please remember that your primary responsibility is not the centre but the people , the state . So , take in your hands any form of authority that you can even from this constitution as it stands while we are working on a more honest, a more people -oriented constitution. ”
Anyaoku also said Nigeria needed a new constitution which would be produced by the people
He said , “There is no section or ethnic group that does not stand to gain from belonging to one country that is the size and resources of Nigeria . Therefore, it is and should be in the common interest of ethnic groups and component parts to sustain and nourish one country .
“The growing level of distrust and divisiveness among ethnic and religious groups are undermining the cohesion and threatening the continued existence of one Nigeria . For how can the leadership of Nigeria continue to ignore this fact?”
The guest lecturer , Odia Ofeimun, and Sanusi , however , clashed over why the North had been educationally backward.
Ofeimun, a poet who was the private secretary to Awolowo, said , “ Every child in the North should go to school . There is an ethnic argument against education . They are using that argument to stop the rest of us from moving forward . ”
Ofeimun had hardly finished speaking when the former Emir of Kano tackled him , saying the problem was not ethnicity but the failure of the government to provide schools, train the teachers and provide everything needed to encourage the children in the North to go to school .
Sanusi said he also believed that the problem was ethnicity until he became the emir and saw the situation differently .
He also argued that the British colonial masters did not want the North to be educated like the South.
Obaseki, Oshiomhole Meet Publicly For The First Time Since After Edo Polls (pix)
The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki at the weekend maintained that he has no personal grudges against his predecessor and former chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, but only dislikes his style of politics.
Obaseki disclosed this to journalists in Auchi, Etsako-West Local Government Area of the state, at the Centenary Birthday Thanksgiving of Msgr. Thomas Oleghe and 18th Canonical Erection Anniversary of the Diocese of Auchi held at Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Auchi.
Obaseki, who exchanged greetings with an elbow-bump in compliance with COVID-19 preventive protocols, with his predecessor, said they are both sons of Edo with interest of the state at heart.
The governor said: “I don’t have anything personal against Oshiomhole. I may not like his politics, but he has not done anything personal against me. We all are interacting with the interest of the country and the development of our community at heart.”
The governor said the Zonal Congress of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which was scheduled to hold this Saturday, was postponed due to the local government elections taking place in Delta State.
“The Zonal Congress, which was to hold today has been postponed to Tuesday and it’s a normal routine to satisfy the party’s constitution; there is nothing amiss,” he added.
On his part, Oshiomhole, who was a guest at the event, hailed his successor, Governor Obaseki, describing him as ‘his brother and friend.’
Oshiomhole stated: “Once the governor speaks, the matter ends. The governor knows that pensioners here might not be able to do much, that is why he said every other thing required to complete the hostel of the Catholic School of Nursing and Midwifery in Uzairue, his government will do.”
El-Rufai Appoints 28-Year-Old Nur-Khalil As Director In Kaduna Investment Agency
Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has approved the appointment of the 28-year-old Kalil Nur-Khalil as the Director, Investment Intelligence at the Kaduna Investment Promotion Agency, KADIPA.
DAILY NIGERIAN reports that until his appointment, Mr Nur-Khalil was the acting head of Investor Relations at the agency.
He also doubled as a Technical Adviser to the Executive Secretary of the agency, Umma Yusuf-Aboki.
Mr Nur-Khalil holds a First-Class bachelors’ degree in Economics and was the best graduating student with a 3.98/4.00 CGPA.
Meanwhile, the state governor has also inaugurated the Board of the investment promotion agency with his deputy, Hadiza Balarabe as the Chairperson.
Recall that on March 10, Mr El-Rufai had appointed the ex-Kano emir, Muhammadu Sanusi II, as the vice-chairman of the board.
Speaking during the ceremony, the governor stressed that the agency was established to compete with all emerging markets within and outside Nigeria.
Mr El-Rufai, therefore, welcomed the members of the Board, especially Mr Sanusi for accepting to “serve the people of the state”.
According to Mr El-Rufai, KADIPA has been an “important and successful vehicle” in the investment drive of the state, helping to attract “over $2.1 billion in actual and pledged investments since 2015.”
The governor urged the board chair to “double its efforts in making the state the topmost investment destination in Nigeria by improving its ease-of-doing-business ranking”.
On her part, Mrs Balarabe assured the governor of the boards’ commitment to improving the record KADIPA holds, “given the calibre of persons on the board”.
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