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Behold, The Junketing President! By Ozodinukwe Okenwa – The Maravi Post

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President Muhammadu Buhari is reputed to be a strong military General who brooks no opposition. His handlers present him often as ‘Mr Integrity’ who is both incorruptible and patriotic. He is lanky, dour and frugal yet corruption is flourishing in his administration. The President is accused of aloofness, cluelessness and inept in his presidential duties. His leadership style, methods and tactics sometimes run counter to democratic norms and ethos.

Since coming to power democratically six odd years ago President Buhari has succeeded in dividing Nigeria more favouring his ethnic group and religion to the detriment of other ethno-religious components of the federation. He is taciturn but his media handlers are always on the defensive portraying the underwhelming President as a ‘victim’ of media bashing.



President Buhari has many personal issues the principal of which is his state of health and alleged dementia. Many unpatriotic elements at the corridors of power had exploited this presidential infirmity to criminally enrich themselves. The Fulani man from Daura likes the idea of delegation of duties because he knows his ineptitude.

Since 2015 when he defeated the then incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan in a presidential poll Nigeria has known little or no peace. It has been one friction or agitation or the other across the lenght and breadth of the country. No region is spared the chaos, the generalised insecurity plaguing the nation.

If the President or his aides were not blaming the present socio-economic challenges on the past PDP administrations then the President must be outside our shores tending to his fragile health or attending one international function or the other.

This President likes overseas trips! It appears it is his hobby apart from drawing blood from the innocent citizens. If not for the hypocritical image of integrity he is associated with then one could safely conclude that the estacodes derivable from the global tours could be the major reason for the junkets. Nigerian politicians ‘love’ estacodes!

Let us not confuse issues here. A President of any country is entitled to foreign trips. It is not a crime to jet off abroad to promote your country or sign new partnerships or MOUs with foreign interests. We need foreign investments for our economic development as a nation.

Having said the foregoing, however, it must be said that something is fundamentally wrong when the President discreetly embarks on a foreign trip, especially one involving medical tourism with tax-payers money. No one knows how much such trips has gulped thus far. Besides what ails the President necessitating constant medical sojourns abroad is not yet indicated officially. It is still shrouded in mystery!

If the President is suffering from kidney failure or Churg-strauss syndrome (which reportedly killed ex-President Yar’Adua) Nigerians are entitled to know. If he had contracted COVID-19 we ought to be told. If he is afflicted with HIV/AIDS we must be told the truth. If it is dementia he is suffering from or other ailments associated with old age why hide the fact from Nigerians?

Recently, Saharareporters had reported exclusively that President Buhari, barring last-minute change in programme, would be heading to Turkey in December. If not London yesterday then it must be Saudi Arabia tomorrow or China next tomorrow. If not Paris yesterday then it must have been the US the other day.

President Buhari gives the impression of a careless leader, one disconnected totally with realities Nigerian on the ground. He goes about as if we are still under the Jackboot! Democracy remains the government of the people, for the people and by the people. He must, therefore, submit himself to democratic accounts.

Some months ago this year London was a theatre of opposing protests for and against his medical tourism in the British capital city. Then home-based doctors were on strike! Yet he abandoned his duties and headed for London to keep medical appointment with his British doctors. At another time Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) were on strike for unpaid salaries and deterioration of the academic environment yet the President was nowhere to be found at home.

How can you be patronising foreign world-class medical facilities whereas we have the resources to replicate same at home? How about the Aso Rock Clinic? Why not turn it into a sophisticated medical centre capable of handling whatever medical condition anyone in government could face?

Just in three months interval this year starting from September President Buhari has visited close to a dozen countries with little or no commensurate benefits for the country. He was in New York, the US, in September for the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly. There and then in the Big Apple opposing protests were organized with one group calling him out and listing his human rights abuses and atrocities. And the other sympathetic group (obviously sponsored) drumming up support for him!

From New York he jetted off for Ethiopia to attend the inauguration of the country’s Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, for a second five-year term in office. The Nobel peace prize-winning executive PM had since transformed himself into a war-monger. Recently he made it clear he was going to the frontline to lead the battle against the imminent rebel invasion of the Ethiopian capital.

Someone should remind PM Ahmed that that was how the late Chadian strongman, Idris Deby Itno met his waterloo allegedly. When a haughty man who was rewarded with a Nobel prize for peace (with millions of Dollars that went with it) suddenly become an agent of war seeking to militarily subdue the Tigray region of the country then Nobel executives in Sweden must have regretted ever bestowing the honourable prize on him. Better candidates abounded!

From Addis Abeba (a city almost encircled by rebel forces) the President commanded his presidential plane pilot to head towards Saudi Arabia for an investment conference organised by the Future Investment Initiative Institute and lesser Hajj in Madinah and Makkah. Buhari is more at home in Saudi Arabia than in Nigeria!

Just few days after his return from the Arabian oil-rich country the President left the country yet again for Glasgow, Scotland, to participate in the 26th Conference of Parties (COP26) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). And from Glasgow he secretly took off yet again sneaking into London to see his doctors!

And from London he embarked on another trip to Paris for a one-day official visit as a guest of President Emmanuel Macron. And from Paris he flew straight to Durban, South Africa and returned to Nigeria on November 16, 2021.

And now yet another impending trip to Turkey where President Erdogan is ruling like a dictator. From Turkey he could divert the presidential plane to Dubai or Hong Kong, who knows!
The junketing President must be made to understand that Nigeria is burning and in need of leadership. Travelling out when the nation needs his attention most is not in the best interest of the country. He should, therefore, stay home and do the job for which he sought for our collective votes.

SOC Okenwa
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Solomon Islands Tension – The Maravi Post

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Three bodies were found in a burnt out building in Honiara amid this week’s violence in the capital of the Solomon Islands, Australian media reported. Authorities had put a curfew in place on Friday night in an attempt to stem the unrest and the situation seemed to be calmer on Saturday. But the government showed no signs of addressing the underlying grievances that sparked two days of riots, including concerns about the country’s increasing links with China. Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare sought to deflect attention from domestic issues by blaming outside interference for stirring up the protesters, with a thinly veiled reference to Taiwan and the United States. Honiara’s Chinatown and its downtown precinct were focuses of rioters, looters and protesters who demanded the resignation of Sogavare, who has been prime minister intermittently since 2000. Sogavare has been widely criticized by leaders of the country’s most populous island of Malaita for a 2019 decision to drop diplomatic ties with Taiwan in favor of mainland China. His government, meanwhile, has been upset over millions in U.S. aid promised directly to Malaita, rather than through the central government. Those issues are just the latest in decades of rivalry between Malaita and Guadalcanal, where the capital, Honiara, is located, said Jonathan Pryke, director of the Sydney-based Lowy Institute think tank’s Pacific Islands program. The Solomon Islands, with a population of about 700,000, are located about 1,500 kilometers (1,000 miles) northeast of Australia.

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Immunology professor talks about the new coronavirus variant – The Maravi Post

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Passengers at Johannesburg’s O.R Tambo airport scrambled this Saturday to find flights to Europe as more and more countries are shutting doors to passengers coming from African countries.

The emergence of the new coronavirus Omicron variant in South Africa sparked a worldwide reaction.

Professor of Immunology Danny Altmann explains.

“I know it feels very harsh to people in South Africa who have really done the right thing and been terribly speedy and vigilant in their reporting. But I just feel that we were so slow to act on Delta and the whole world paid such a high price for it. Let’s try and be forewarned and do it properly this time. So, I think it probably is warranted”, said the academic working at Imperial College London.

Last minute PCR tests are now mandatory.

The UK-based professor believes that vaccination still offers protection against the worst effects of this disease.

“I think it’s a case of kind of hope for the best and fear the worst, isn’t it? So in some ways, if you look at the straight molecular biology limitations, it looks potentially quite a lot scarier even than Delta. And don’t forget, we thought of Delta. I certainly thought Delta as a peak variant, and probably it couldn’t get much worse than that. This looks potentially worse. On the other hand, there’s no reporting from South Africa yet that cases are more severe, and it looks like vaccines may still be doing something because we heard there yesterday that the people in hospital tended to be the unvaccinated people rather than the vaccinated”, said Professor Altmann.

In Africa vaccination rates are significantly lower compared to Europe, the United States and other regions.

According to Professor Altmann, distribution of vaccines throughout Africa is essential to stop future variants.

“You know, in this particular case, if it did come out of Botswana and or South Africa, there has been quite a lot of vaccine available there. But as you say in the African continent as a whole, they’ve been very short of vaccines compared to Europe or North America. And things like this demonstrate how foolhardy that is. We’re just breeding the future variants to come and haunt us. Why do it?”

The latest available data indicate that South Africa has registered almost 3 million cases of Covid-19 and close to 90,000 deaths.

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Hawkeye Marvel Movie 2021 Release Date, Where To Watch Online Streaming on Disney+ Hotstar

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The ‘Hawkeye’ is the latest release which is in the limelight because of the story. As per the details, the stream of this film is available on several platforms that we going to discuss here. After the release of ‘Hawkeye’, there are many peoples who waiting for it.

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We can tell the way from which you will be able to watch the streaming of this brilliant movie. So let’s begin the article which is important to know and you will get all the details. We will explore all the things and solve your queries regarding ‘Hawkeye’ streaming.

Hawkeye Marvel Movie 2021 Release Date

Talking about the cast then we want to tell you some information. There are many things. There are several names of star cast which is definitely important to be discussed and we will tell you briefly about it. This star cast will become the reason behind its upcoming popularity. If you want to know the details then you will see an amazing level of popularity in the upcoming days.

  • Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton / Hawkeye
  • Hailee Steinfeld as Kate Bishop / Hawkeye
  • Vera Farmiga as Eleanor Bishop
  • Fra Fee as Kazi
  • Tony Dalton as Jack Duquesne
  • Zahn McClarnon as William Lopez
  • Alaqua Cox as Maya Lopez / Echo
  • Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova / Black Widow
  • How many episodes is Hawkeye?
  • Hawkeye consists of six episodes.

The film was released and on the official platform of the movies. It got an amazing level of popularity over the period of time. After the release, there are many fans appear who eagerly want to watch the story on their screen. Currently, it is getting such huge popularity over the period of time. Definitely you check on IMDB.

Now comes the very important detail which is about how to watch the live stream of the movies. So on the basis of available details, you can watch the streaming on Amazon prime video.

Also, you can rate the movie and share your feedback regarding the entertainment how much enjoyed it. However, if you want to watch it for free then must be you can bookmark the page in your browser. So stay tuned with us and get all the details.



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