President Emmanuel Macron of France attributed his decision to visit the Afrika Shrine in Lagos to his nostalgia for the good memories of the iconic place.
The President stated this while reacting to questions after a closed door bilateral talks with President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa, Abuja, on Tuesday.
It is believed that Macron would become the first “real president” to enter the Afrika Shrine synonymous with marijuana smoke, sexy backup dancers and protest music.
The French President, who was trained as a senior civil servant at the French Embassy in Lagos in 2004, seven years after Fela died, described the Shrine as a cultural and iconic hub.
Macron, who `confessed’ that he was not a stranger to the club, said he recognised the Shrine as an importance place for lovers of African culture.
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“First, because I wanted to find a good occasion to come back there. I know the place and I have some memories,
“I have to confess at a time that there was no president around, I hope I will not spoil the party.
“I think that is such an iconic place for a lot of African people and African culture.
“And I think very often when you speak of the African culture in Europe, those who succeeded in Europe and in France, which is different most of the times, are not dramatically very famous in Nigeria or in Africa.
“And there is a bias because you know people are absolutely not the same. I mean Fela, Femi, Seun Kuti are obviously very famous in France and Europe,
“I mean they are big successes but the Shrine is a cultural hub, an iconic hub and is very important for me first on a personal level, and that is why I want to say with a lot of humility that I recognise the importance of this place, I recognise the place of culture in this current environment,’’ he said.
President Macron expressed the readiness of French government to promote sport and cultural relations between Nigeria and France to address the problem of unemployment among youths in both countries.
According to him, African Cultural Season to be hosted in France in 2020 will be inaugurated at the African Shrine tonight, while French sport initiative will be launched in Lagos on Wednesday.
He said the African Cultural Season which would provide new opportunities to youths, was being financed by the private sector in Nigeria.
Also speaking on the scheduled visit of French President to the Shrine, President Buhari described it as a very good idea.
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“Of course it is a very good idea and that is why the shrine survives. If it were not good idea people would have forgotten about it since the death of Fela Anikulapo Kuti.
“People institutionalised it because they value it and that keeps the young men and women very busy”
Jones Abiri: How Buhari Led FG, Charges Activist And Journalist On Terrorism
The Federal Government of Nigeria under the command of President Mohammadu Buhari apprehend Jones Abiri, who happened to be a Journalist, and he is charged with three offences, namely, terrorism, fraud and economic sabotage. The Journalist was charged on the three counts on Wednesday as reported by his legal advisor, Samuel Ogala, NIGERIA NEWS reports.
NIGERIA NEWS gathered the fact why Mr. Jones was charged with terrorism and it is as a result of the court reports that states that he blackmailed the officials at Agip and Shell through text message to meet his requests, otherwise he would be left with no choice to blow off their oil installations
He was also charged for ordering sets of crooks who called themselves activists to vandalize the Bayelsa state oil pipelines. The period reported for committing the offences is as of date back between the month of June to July of 2016.
Mr Jones Abiri was arrested by the Bayelsa state security service and he spent two years in their custody without charging him to the court of law. Immediately he was released, the charges were then brought against him some months later.
Mr Jones pleaded not guilty of the offences and said that he was only haunted for his journalism work that brings to the limelight the corrupt conducts of oil companies and the intervention of the Federal Government in the Niger Delta region. The media rights advocates have taken his matter up and have requested that all sort of court charges be nullified.
FAAC Allocates The Sum Of N616.19bn In The Month Of April (DETAILS)
The NIGERIA NEWS gathered that the three tiers of government, Federal, State, and Local government have been allocated proportionally the sum of 616.19 billion naira by the Federation Account Allocation Committee, FAAC, in the month of April.
The allocation is done from the Federation account on Tuesday and the report was made known during the meeting of FAAC committee at the Ministry of Finance headquarter.
The statement disclosing the information of how the allocation for the month of April was distributed was signed by Mohammed Usman who is the Acting Accountant-General of FAAC.
The statement revealed the gross statutory revenue for March and April to be 518.91 billion naira and 446.64 billion naira respectively. The statement further revealed that there is an increment in Import Duty and Companies Income Tax and Petroleum Profit Tax while Export Duty and Oil royalty decrease between the month of March and April.
The statement details that the FAAC allocation for April is mainly gotten from the statutory revenue and the Value Added Tax, VAT as there is an immense increase in VAT between the month of March and April.
However, the Federal, State and Local governments were allocated 253.91 billion naira, 168.015 billion naira and 126.27 billion naira respectively after the deduction of the cost of revenue collection to the agency is deducted. Moreso, about 46.35 billion naira is given to the state producing oil in accordance with the 13 percent deduction unit.
The Federal, State and Local government received 13.89 billion naira, 46.31 billion naira, and 32.41 billion naira respectively from the VAT income of about 96.4 billion naira.
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