The Queen Makes A Rare Appearance At London Fashion Week

A Swarovski-studded Queen Elizabeth II graced the front row of London Fashion Week, brushing shoulders with longtime Vogue editor Anna Wintour, during a surprise visit to the event on Tuesday. The 91-year-old monarch, wearing a powder blue tweed dress and jacket by her personal advisor Angela Kelly, could be seen chatting with Wintour and clapping her black-gloved hands as models walked in British designer Richard Quinn’s runway show.

The monarch later presented London-born Quinn, known for his avante-gard prints and colorful headscarves, with the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design. The award was designed by Kelly, the woman who has crafted the Queen’s style for the past 26 years. It recognizes the role the fashion industry plays in both society and diplomacy.

It will be awarded annually to an emerging British fashion designer who shows talent and originality, whilst demonstrating value to the community and sustainable policies. Quinn established his namesake label in 2016, shortly after graduating from the fashion masters course at Central Saint Martins in London.

“Specialising in womenswear and textiles, his collections are bold and emotive creating a forward thinking unafraid vision,” the British Fashion Council said in a statement celebrating the designer’s “ability to combine unique handcrafted skill with a refined high fashion sensibility.”

The council hailed Quinn’s creation of a print studio, which offers accessible services to students.

The Queen also toured the designer showrooms at London Fashion Week, viewing collections and meeting up-and-coming designers with Caroline Rush CBE, Chief Executive of the British Fashion Council. Photos shared by The Royal Family’s official Twitter account showed her admiring a red top hat and fascinator.

 

 

El-Rufai Slams Defamation Suit Against Shehu Sani, claims N2b damages

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state has filed a suit at the State High Court seeking N2 billion damages against Senator Shehu Sani, who has promptly denied making any derogatory statement against the governor.

The governor filed a four defamation charge against the senator representing Kaduna Central zone.

The governor, who personally filed the suit on Friday, is seeking compensation for the injury he allegedly suffered as a result of “the malicious statements” by Senator Sani.

He accused the lawmaker of calling him an embarrassment to President Muhammadu Buhari among others.

El-Rufai is also seeking a declaration that the derogatory remarks purportedly made against him by Senator Sani are totally false and injurious to his person in the eyes of the public.

Counsel to the governor, Mr. Abdul-Hakeem Mustapha, said at the court premises that each of the four actions attracts the sum of N500 million each.

He also dismissed insinuations that his client, by virtue of his position, lacked the constitutional right to sue any citizen.

In a swift reaction, Sani said that though he had not gotten any document of the suit, but was fully prepared.

He, however, denied making any derogatory remarks, stressing that he never called the governor a drunk, loose cannon, or an embarrassment to the President

Instead, the lawmaker said his criticism was limited to issues that have to do with governance and alleged abuse of power by Governor El-Rufai.

He also accused the governor of dragging the President into his battle, saying: “He always hides behind President Muhammadu Buhari … and all that I mean is about my own state.”

Sani insisted that he has the fundamental right to express himself, saying he cannot be stopped or silenced by any legal action.

With the governor suing the lawmaker, there seems to be no end in sight yet in the crisis rocking the Kaduna State chapter of the All Progressive Congress (APC).

The crisis has been on for a while and has resulted in the suspension of Senator Shehu Sani in 2016, and Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi in February by the APC leadership in the state.

Consequently, a faction of the party emerged but its secretariat was demolished by the Kaduna State government which said its action was not politically motivated.

Worried by the crisis, the APC National Working Committee met on Wednesday and set up a three-man committee to investigate the disagreement that led to the emergence of a faction among other issues in the state.

The is headed by the APC Deputy National Chairman (South), Mr Segun Oni, and has the party’s national auditor and national woman leader, George Moghalu and Rahmatu Alliyu, as members.

It has been directed to embark on a fact-finding mission to Kaduna, with a view to identifying the remote and immediate causes of the disagreement and report back to the NWC within a week.

Kogi Govt. House Driver Jailed Over Prof. Iyayi’s Death

Four years after he caused the death of Prof. Festus Iyayi, Danladi Baba, a driver with Kogi Government House, Lokoja has been sentenced to seven years imprisonment for reckless driving.

Chief Magistrate Alhassan Husaini of Lokoja Chief Magistrate Court 11, who jailed Baba on Friday, said he found him guilty of reckless driving and causing the death of Prof. Festus Iyayi in a car crash in November, 2013.

“I have no option than to sentence you, Danladi baba, to seven years without option of fine,” the chief magistrate declared.

The chief magistrate cautioned government drivers against recklessness driving“ especially while on convoys”, and accused the drivers of abusing the privilege of driving VIPs.

“These siren-blaring convoys force on-coming and other categories of vehicles off the roads in a manner that exposes law abiding road users to hazards,” he fumed.

Baba had been arraigned on a one-count charge of causing death by dangerous driving, an offence punishable under section 5 of the Federal Highway Act CAP F. 13 of 2004.

According to the prosecution, Baba, while driving a Toyota Hilux pick-up van on the convoy of then Kogi governor Idris Wada, drove dangerously without regard to other roads users.

It said that the action led to a near head-on collision with a bus belonging to the University of Benin chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), which was traveling to Kano.

“The bus, in an attempt to swerve and avoid the collision, skidded and rolled over several times, leading to the death of Iyayi, while two others – Mrs. Ngozi Iloh and Dr. Enchanted Anthony – were injured,” it said.

Baba, who was visibly shaken by the sentence, openly cried in the court room while being dragged away by prison officials.

BMW To Recall 11,700 Cars After Installing Wrong Engine Software

German car maker BMW said on Friday it would recall 11,700 cars to fix their engine management software after it discovered that the wrong programming had been installed on its luxury 5- and 7-Series models.

“In the course of internal tests, the BMW Group has discovered that a correctly developed software update was mistakenly assigned to certain unsuitable model-versions,” the company said in a statement.

“The BMW Group informed the relevant authorities immediately.”

BMW issued the statement after a report in the Media suggested it had installed software that manipulated emissions of harmful gases such as nitrogen oxide, something its management has always denied.

Competitor Volkswagen reached a multi-billion-dollar U.S. settlement after admitting installing so-called “defeat devices” on its diesel models designed to game emissions tests.

VW has been roiled by the “Dieselgate” emissions scandal, which has forced it to set aside 25.8 billion euros (31.7 billion dollars) to cover fines and related costs, of which it has paid out nearly 20 billion euros.

BMW said the models affected were 5- and 7-Series cars made between 2012 and 2017 containing high-performance diesel engines and three turbo chargers.

BMW did not say where the cars were but said it would cooperate with the relevant authorities on further steps

Buhari Meets Oyegun Over Tinubu’s Letter

Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari on Friday met behind closed doors with the embattled National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun.

The meeting was held less than 24 hours after a letter written by a national leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, in which he accused Odigie-Oyegun of sabotaging his efforts aimed at reconciling aggrieved party members as directed by Buhari was released.

It was believed that the meeting which was held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja was to afford the party chairman the opportunity of responding to the allegations contained in the letter, Punch reports.

Odigie-Oyegun arrived the Presidential Vill at about 3pm and left at about 3.50pm.

Apparently aware that State House correspondents would seek his reaction to the letter, the party chairman avoided them.

As soon as he sighted the journalists who were waiting for him at their operational base inside the Council Chambers Briefing Room, Odigie-Oyegun increased his pace as he was finding his way out of the premises.

‘Hate Speech Not Free Speech: Journalism In Dire Need of Sanitization’

The Director-General of the National Orientation Agency, NOA, Garba Abari has described the increasing rate of hate speech and fake news in the social space as capable of deepening the fault lines of our country and threatening the fragility of our hard earned national unity.

Mr Abari, who spoke in Kano during the second edition of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, NUJ, Conference held at the Coronation Hall of the Government House, Kano, said if not checked, the trend could undermine democracy, national development.

The D-G said it was timely and apt for the union to provide the platform for frank and sober reflection on the essence and scope of press freedom, saying hate speech is not free speech

He regretted that journalism profession is in dire need of sanitization, especially now when it appeared that the environment has supported the sacrifice of ethical values on the altar of mediocrity and primordial consideration.

He urged the forum to “proffer practical steps and solutions that would make the spread of hate speech and fate news less effective and less attractive”.

The Director-General said “hate speech promotes suspicion, heats up the polity, heightens acrimony and inflames avoidable social discontent which often crystallizes in social tensions and unrests that take their toll on our national unity and development”

According to the NOA boss, it is wrong to assume “that free speech is hate speech or that the right to free speech is an open cheque that justifies the promotion of hate speech. It is equally necessary that we understand what free speech means for the purpose of drawing a distinction between the two”

“While we have a duty to uphold the ideals of free speech as enshrined in our constitution, we equally desire free speech for healthy campaigns in a healthy democracy,” Abari said.

MultiChoice, Africa Magic Announce 2018 AMVCAs

Following months of speculation and anticipation, Africa Magic, in association with Multichoice, has announced the call to entry for the 2018 edition of the AfricaMagic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCAs), the prestigious initiative that honours film and TV talents across the continent.

Billed to hold on 1 September, this year’s edition of the AMVCAs is sponsored by Konga and supported by Nokia and Heritage Bank.

The AMVCAs celebrate the contribution of African filmmakers, actors and technicians in the success of the continent’s film and television industry and with the success of the previous five editions, preparations are in top gear for the 2018 edition.

Entries for the AMVCAs open on 1 March and close on 30 April.

Wangi Mba-Uzoukwu, Director for M-Net West Africa, said: “Nearly one year after the last AMVCAs, We are pleased to announce the call to entry for 2018 edition of the Awards. The African movie and television industry is brimming with exciting talents at AfricaMagic, we contribute to the industry by not only giving these talents the platform to showcase their skills and passion, but by celebrating their achievements whilst also encouraging them to continue honing their craft.”

The AMVCA awards filmmakers in different categories ranging from acting and directing to script writing and cinematography. Other categories will include: short film or online video, soundtrack, costume designing, sound and lighting amongst others. For 2018 there are 27 categories in all, with 7 open to viewers and 20 decided by the respected AMVCA panel of judges.

John Ugbe, Managing Director, MultiChoice Nigeria, expressed delight at the growing success of the AMVCAs.

“We have been inundated with calls from filmmakers across Africa, with everyone asking when the AMVCAs would
return for another edition. After a brief hiatus, we are thrilled to announce that 2018 will indeed mark the sixth consecutive year of MultiChoice and Africa Magic successfully hosting the AMVCAs and we remain proud of the improvements seen in the industry since the inception of the awards as we know that these cannot be ignored or overstated.

”Furthermore, our continued investment demonstrates our dedication in helping unearth and celebrate talents on the continent and we believe that the 2018 edition of the AMVCAs will leave an even bigger impact on the African film production industry than the previous five,” said Ugbe.

Entry for the AMVCAs is free and the closing date for submissions is the 30 April 2018. Films, made-for-television movies or television series previously entered into or nominated for an award, or awarded a prize in another film and television competition are eligible to be entered for the AMVCAs. All films, made-for-television movies or television series are eligible for entry to the AMVCA if they are broadcast or publicly screened during the period of October 1, 2016 to March 31, 2018.

Entry guidelines below:

GUILDLINES:

STEP 1

Prepare a 2 to 3 minute long showreel for your online submission.

STEP 2

Log on to www. africamagic.tv and navigate to the submission page.

Step 3

Fill out the submission forms and upload the clip. A unique reference number will be allocated to each completed online submission

Depending on their location, participants should send their entries to either of the following addresses, quoting their unique reference number:

Attention:Hadizat Ibrahim (Nigeria)
Mss Local Productions

4 industrial street, off Town Planning Way, Ilupeju, Lagos.

Attention: BuhleNgcauzele (South Africa)
137 Bram Fischer Drive, Randburg, 2123, South Africa.

Attention: Margaret Mathore (Kenya)
2nd floor, M-Net Offices

Local Production studio, Jamhuri Grounds off Ngong Road, Nairobi, Kenya.
For more information on entry requirements and submission procedures, please log on to www.africamagic.tv

Why We Are Not Winning the War against Corruption, By Dele Momodu

“Power is like fire; it can keep you warm and it can burn you. It can cook you a meal or raze your house. It can purify gold or calcify a human being. Ensconced deep within its core are elements of good and evil. It all depends on the choices you make when you handle it.” – NEWTON C. JIBUNOH

Fellow Nigerians, I have some serious posers to raise today and I promise to answer them myself. One, how come every Nigerian is a saint, who pontificates about leadership, until he gets power and misbehaves worse than those he used to criticise? Two, why is corruption so endemic in Nigeria? Three, are we one of the most corrupt people on earth, and if so, why? Four, why is it impossible or difficult to fight and defeat or reduce corruption in Nigeria? Five and finally, what is the way forward?

Every Nigerian I know attacks and abuses every one of our leaders as corrupt, greedy, reckless and irresponsible. But is it not strange that our leaders did not just drop from the skies? They were born as normal human beings, went to similar schools like the rest of us, were raised by their parents, went into politics purportedly to serve and help their people, many of them as paupers who had no jobs and could barely feed themselves and their families. But as soon as they get elected or selected, levels change immediately. Instead of being servants of the people, what we see is a complete transformation and transfiguration. They become, and behave like, overlords and, in some cases, even warlords! The people serve them and not vice versa. The same man who, once upon a time, criticised leaders and even heaped curses on them is now a parasite feeding fat on his people. And acting in a worse manner, with no qualms or shame whatsoever.

Why is corruption so endemic in Nigeria? We all miss the answer by jumping to the conclusion that it is because we are selfish and greedy. Every human being has some measure or dosage of selfishness and greed in his blood, the quantity is what differs. I’m yet to see any of the critics who got to power and did not partake in the sharing of public resources or rejected his own share of the incredible remunerations and perks that our leaders attract and enjoy. It is usually a revalidation of the thesis of the Brazilian author, Paulo Freire in his seminal book, Pedagogy of the Oppressed, that the oppressed man loves and respects only one man, his oppressor, and he has only one dream in life, which is to join the class of oppressors, in order to fulfil his own fantasies.

The reason corruption has become endemic is simple and straight-forward. It begins from severe need and chronic want. Most of us were born poor, abysmally poor, struggled to go to school, graduated into unemployment, and joined the rat race. Even when we eventually get the jobs, it is not usually what we craved and desired. Although, I must immediately stress that, this was not the case many years ago particularly up to about 1984. At that time, it was a shame to be labelled as corrupt, a stigma that nobody wanted to attract to himself. People even took their lives if they were found wanting in this regard. It was more honourable to starve than to be a thief or worse still to be caught stealing from the public purse.

However, things changed from the mid-1980’s. A new mindset began to prevail. It suddenly did not matter too much if you were caught dipping your hands in the Treasury. Government and other public officials began to openly flaunt their ill-gotten wealth, the perennial season of anomy (apologies to Professor Wole Soyinka) from which we have never recovered had begun. What happened? It is not that people became poorer at the outset of this era, although eventually this also happened, but in reality it was our leadership at the time that brazenly took corruption to another level and the mass of the people who were already impoverished and looking for a way out suddenly followed suit.

From then on, the available jobs became jobs that can hardly keep our bodies and souls together. Month in, month out, most of us are already in deficit before the middle of the month. In Nigeria of today, many are easily and readily turned into beggars who have to seek extras from anywhere and wherever to make ends meet. Thus, when opportunities surface in form of political appointments, it is difficult to resist the temptations of stealing some, if not all of the divine favour, as many see such bazaar. Essentially, every adult operates his own government in the jungle that our city life has become. The amount of pressure this puts on an average individual is best left to the imagination.

Mass unemployment has made lives even tougher. Those who went to school with the hope of finding jobs to do afterwards would soon wake up to reality. There is nothing for them. Those with brilliant ideas cannot activate and actualise their dreams. There is no credit system to assist in fertilising their brains. Most civilised societies thrive on credits and overdraft. Ours is totally dependent on cash and carry system that takes no prisoners. I doubt if 80 percent of those who live abroad would ever be able to buy their homes without mortgages or buy cars without loans. Meanwhile, their Nigerian counterparts see how their old schoolmates and friends who went into politics suddenly acquired amazing wealth without much ado or stress. These are some of the reasons corruption is very attractive and extremely endemic in our clime. It has also become a crime not to have money in Nigeria.

Are we the most corrupt people on earth? The answer is a big NO. Nigerians are among the most hardworking people on earth. Most of us work 24/7 but without commensurate results or rewards. Some combine several jobs and juggle this and that to survive in the forest of a thousand demons. Those who let others give us the tag of the most corrupt people on earth are, in reality few and far between. They are people who stole in arrears and in advance. They stole more than they or their families, and even generations unborn, would ever ordinarily need. Speak to any politician about what it takes to attain power, you would be shocked to hear how much he spent and what he sold, including family properties to gamble on politics. It does not end there. Even if he is lucky to win his election, he is permanently under pressure to service his constituency. It is impossible today for the ruling government to probe and prosecute most of its members without hitting a brick-wall or running into big trouble. Apart from the fact that there is the conundrum that these crooks funded the elections that brought the Government into power, there is the irony that it was done on the basis that there would be a quid pro quo, some payback! Indeed, the fight against corruption was therefore compromised from the outset. Once those in opposition realised that this sword of Damocles was actually hanging over the government’s head, it became a way out for those who feared for their proprietary interests. Now, all known criminals, including all those under EFCC trial, have hastily absconded from their former political Parties to join APC, in order for their sins to be glossed over or even buried permanently. I can imagine the frustrations experienced by the EFCC and ICPC bosses who are usually handicapped and constrained from bringing many cases to their logical climax because of the mixed signals being sent by government. All told, corruption is such a complex web, at least in Nigeria.

It is noteworthy, that the corrupt always started as petty thieves in need of succour. Perhaps, if their needs had been nipped in the bud, those needs would not have graduated into pure unadulterated, unrelenting and all-pervading greed. There are several simple and legitimate ways of doing this without giving in to the cankerworm of corruption or creating a beggarly nation.

I love the American system of offering tips for services. It helps to cushion the shortfalls in inadequate incomes. It also ensures excellent service delivery because the nicer you are, the higher your tips. No American leader would ever condemn Americans as a nation of killers just because more homicidal lunatics have killed more human beings than in any other countries in the world. Let Nigeria kill corruption from the bottom and see if it would not reduce at the top. It is natural for people to seek and fight desperately for what they lack but want passionately. Every Nigerian loves the good life which he can hardly afford. It is obvious that waiting for peanuts at the end of every month would never guarantee that good life. Even those who have jobs don’t get paid regularly. He would have to slug it out anyway necessary or possible. As one erudite Judge says, a government cannot demand loyalty, trust and integrity from its work force if that government itself displays no loyalty, trust or integrity towards them by paying them, even the meagre salaries owed to them, when such salaries are due. Integrity, loyalty and trust are, in essence, an issue of mutuality and reciprocity for both the government or employer and its workers. Failing this, corruption becomes one of the easier options, willy-nilly.

Similarly, there is the proven and tested method of giving bonuses and performance related pay. It is frustrating when one knows how much you have contributed to the growth of your organisation, be it the public or private sector, but only the bosses get to receive the benefits of your hard work. The likelihood that you will want to take your own bonus, regardless, is very real and does happen

Unfortunately, we all focus our total attention on 36 Governors, 60 Ministers, less than 50,000 political appointees, while studiously ignoring the millions in the private sectors who wreak havoc slowly but surely and steadily. We simply accept as normal the policeman who collects bribes. A journalist who blackmails, torments and terrorises people would still write articles on behalf of the masses who regard him as their friend and defender. A journalist who is notorious for collecting “brown envelopes” would still misbehave like a pot calling kettle black.”

Is it impossible to kill or reduce corruption in Nigeria? It is not an impossibility. As rampant and pervasive as it is, Nigerians are still largely and mostly honest people. We need to work on those things enumerated above that have made corruption very attractive. There must be a multi-prong approach to killing it. We do not have to reinvent the wheel as different countries are known to have worked assiduously and truly succeeded in curbing the menace. We need to borrow some useful ideas from them. We should never feel too cocky to learn from others.

The way forward is to combine forces and efforts. The executive must be willing and ready. The economy must improve drastically. We can preach from now till kingdom come, but an empty stomach would always rumble and grumble. Mass poverty is the greatest tester and tempter of faith. The Executive and the Legislature must work harder together to create an enabling environment and justice for all. In this regard, the notion that these politicians are legitimately stealing the country blind, by voting humongous salaries for themselves, must be erased and eradicated. The Judiciary must be encouraged, at all times, to do justice without fear or favour. We have witnessed too much intimidation of the Judiciary in recent time and this does not augur well for the fight against corruption. The trial and conviction of alleged offenders on the pages of newspapers and on social media is also very wrong and terrible. No Nigerian should be pronounced guilty summarily without being tried and found guilty in a proper court of Justice.

Above all else, what is greatly needed is for the creation of strong institutions rather than strong personalities. The idea that corruption can only be fought buy one corruption Czar or one person as President must stop. Indeed, that in itself could breed corruption for nothing corrupts more than power. As the saying goes, absolute power corrupts absolutely. With strong institutions, all the safeguards and checks already put in place by our Constitution and other enabling laws can thrive. Things will work, seamlessly, regardless of whoever it is we have at the helm of affairs.

We can rid our country of this cancer. It is benign and not malignant! The way forward is by dedication to those principles of honesty, integrity and, in particular, shame, which served our forefathers well in the past.

Ojudu’s Declaration Is Going to Be Ekiti’s Biggest , Says Group

The day is set and preparations are at the crescendo as Senator Babafemi Ojudu, SBO, put finishing touches to plans for the public declaration of his intention to run as governor of Ekiti State in the coming election slated for July 14, 2018, under the banner of the All Progressives Congress, APC.

According to the Director General (DG) of the Ekiti Rebirth Organisation, the campaign arm of Ojudu 2018, Chief Aderanti Adebisi (aka Opomulero), March 9, 2018 has been slated for the ‘Mother of All’ declarations as it will bring together party faithful, friends, loyalists, professionals, civil society organisations and political associates of Ojudu to Ado Ekiti , the capital city of Ekiti State, for the epoch making event.

Adebisi who spoke in from Houston, United State , on his way to Nigeria after a brief holiday, said: “Ekiti should expect pragmatic leadership from Ojudu as the governor of our state. SBO with his FINE agenda will transform Ekiti both with renewed vigour on human, infrastructure and economic development.

“It is going to be a new dawn in Ekiti with a Process focused government that will give our party APC and the people a new lease of life where investors are encouraged to come in and invest while existing businesses are allowed to flourish.”

At the declaration ground, Ojudu will be unfolding his manifesto to Ekiti people as encapsulated in the FINE agenda standing for: Foster economic growth, Invest in the people, Nurture enterprise and innovation and Ensure the well-being of the people.

Speaking about his aspiration, Ojudu said, Ekiti State is yearning for freedom under an oppressive regime that has taken food from their table and replaced their dignity with humiliation through sundry wicked extortions.

“Our people have been battered, raped and terribly humiliated. We need to go back and found our pride which is embedded in hard work, discipline, decency, respect for and value of human dignity.”

He promised to run a government that will restore the economy of the state through adequate focus on agriculture, investment in the people through human capital development, optimising education and knowledge production.

Ojudu also promised a government that would cater for the well-being of the people through free healthcare to the old citizens and other vulnerable groups by launching the ‘T’Ebi, T’Ara health initiative, while not losing focus on the high unemployment rate in the state.

“The unemployment rate of 20.60 percent in Ekiti is above the national average of 19.7 percent. It is also higher than the rate in other south-west states. We shall therefore direct energy towards evolving a private-centric economy that is market-driven, creates jobs, guarantee self-reliance and dignity,” he stressed.

The Friday declaration is the outcome of a yearlong consultation across the state by Ojudu who kick-started a reconciliatory move within the APC in March 2017 to fix missing links and present a formidable party capable of taking power from the incumbent Peoples Democratic Party, PDP government in the state.

The Presidential Adviser to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on Political Matters, SBO, used the opportunity presented by the tour to gauge the pause of the people as well as seek the opinion of stakeholders in the state on ways forward to the declining situation in Ekiti, hence his governorship aspiration.

Asked what should be expected in Ojudu’s camp during and after the March 9 declaration, the ERO boss, Adebisi says:

“Until you see the Zulu warrior dance his battle dance on the hills of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift, you know nothing. Until you hear the Ashanti and the Yoruba sing worship songs to the Living God, you have heard nothing.

Until you see brave men fight, suffer and die for a noble and just cause, you know nothing. Until you hear the cries, see the tears, read the words and feel the pain of a wounded, tormented and broken soul, you have seen nothing.

“The Friday declaration will be symbolic, a beginning of a revolution that will midwife the social and economic freedom of our people. It is a date with history,” he said.