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Niger Junta Orders UN Coordinator To Leave Country Within 72 Hours



The military government in Niger Republic has ordered the United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator, Louise Aubin, to vacate the country within 72 hours.

The junta accused the UN General Secretariat of blocking the country’s participation at the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York held last month.

In a statement dated October 10 and addressed to the UN, the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs accused the global body of using “underhanded manoeuvres” against Niger Republic “under the instigation of France”.

The junta said the “sponsored sabotage” against the country continued at the IAEA general conference in Vienna and the extraordinary congress of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) in Saudi Arabia.

Fani-Kayode Reacts As France Withdraws Ambassador, Troops from Niger Republic
Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has reacted to the decision of the French Government to withdraw its ambassador and troops from Niger Republic.

France agreed to withdraw its ambassador from Niger Republic, Sylvian Itte, followed by its military contingent.

In an interview on Sunday, President Emmanuel Macron said France has decided to withdraw its ambassador and several diplomats.

He added that military cooperation was over, and French troops would withdraw in “the months and weeks to come” with a complete pullout by the end of the year.

Reacting to the development in a post on his verified X handle on Monday, Fani-Kayode mocked the French government for withdrawing its ambassador and planned withdrawal of its troops.

The former minister said the withdrawal and apology is the smartest thing President Emmanuel Macron has done since he was elected.

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BREAKING: Tinubu Appoints Ayodeji Gbeleyi as BPE DG



President Tinubu
– Ayodeji Gbeleyi appointed as Director-General of Bureau of Public Enterprises
– Renowned financial expert and award-winning chartered accountant
– Over 30 years of experience in diverse sectors

President Bola Tinubu has appointed Ayodeji Ariyo Gbeleyi as the Director-General of the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE).

According to the President’s spokesman, Ajuri Ngelale, Gbeleyi is expected to bring his vast experience and competence to bear in this role.

Gbeleyi is a fellow of both the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria and the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria.

He has also attended executive programmes at the prestigious London Business School, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and Lagos Business School.

With over 30 years of post-qualification experience in diverse sectors, Gbeleyi is well-equipped to strengthen the agency as the national resource centre for capacity building and sustenance of reforms.

The President expects him to promote a competitive private sector-driven economy and ensure social accountability and efficient deployment of public resources.

“The new Director-General is expected to bring his vast experience and competence to bear in this role,” said Ajuri Ngelale. “He will advance effective corporate governance and fiduciary discipline in the public and private sectors.”

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Love Knows No Age: Breaking Down the Taboo of Younger Men Dating Older Women in Nigeria



As I explore Nigeria’s rich cultural heritage, I’m struck by the harmful biases that exist.

One example is the stigma against older women dating younger men – a double standard that restricts women’s choices and reinforces harmful gender stereotypes.

In Nigeria, a woman’s value is often tied to her age, with younger women being prized for their beauty and fertility.

what about older women who desire love and companionship? Why are they shamed for their relationships, forced to hide their love due to societal pressure?

The double standard is clear. Older men marrying younger women is widely accepted, even celebrated, while older women in relationships with younger men face judgment and discrimination.

This issue affects men too, who are trapped by societal norms, forced to conform to traditional gender roles and expectations.

It’s time to challenge these outdated norms and embrace love in all its forms by promoting gender equality and inclusivity.

Let’s look to inspiring examples of older women who have defied societal norms and found love with younger men. Women like Gabrielle Union, who has spoken publicly about her relationship with her husband, Dwyane, who is several years younger than her or women like Viola Davis, who has embraced her love for her husband, Julius Tennon, despite their significant age difference.

These women are trailblazers, paving the way for a new generation of Nigerians who refuse to be bound by societal norms.

They show us that love knows no age, no gender, and no boundaries. It’s time for us to follow their lead and create a society that truly celebrates love in all its forms.

Research has shown that relationships with significant age gaps can be just as fulfilling and long-lasting as those with smaller age gaps. In fact, some studies suggest that older women in relationships with younger men may experience increased happiness and satisfaction due to the younger partner’s energy and enthusiasm.

By letting go of societal constraints and embracing our true desires, we can experience increased self-esteem, confidence, and overall life satisfaction.

we can create a society where everyone can love freely, without fear of judgment or rejection.

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