Remembering Nelson Mandela Today

I got up from bed Instinctively geared towards what later became a soulful day of solidarity mixed with a joyous celebration of life as the morning of 6th December 2013 remains evergreen.
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Image: Abiodun Abidoye
I called a car hire service also got a bonus luckily as he humbly guided me through the streets of Houghton estate. The night before, former President Zuma had announced the passing of Madiba on state TV.
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We couldn’t get closer because Police restricted movement to pedestrians only as there weren’t enough parking space and for obvious security reasons most roads were cordoned off. I was fortunate to be part of that morning gathering as we walked past the numerous mourners and well-wishers who came to pay their last respect.
I imagined how great can a man be after his demise. The feeling was ecstatic and anyone present that morning felt that thing. The feeling you get when multiple souls in unison come together for a single purpose. Unlike a stadia where the gatherings are divided between two teams yet you still feel that thing. This was a confederation of nations, tribes, races, religion, and creed in Houghton to say adieu to one of the greatest men that walked this earth.
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While international and local media were present with their Outside Broadcast vans, some had small gadgets that could feed a live radio broadcast somewhere in Europe. I was armed with my Samsung Galaxy S3 and captured images and videos that remain top of my classical collections.
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After spending about 2 hours in Houghton, I moved my coverage to Sandton’s Nelson Mandela Square and yet another ecstatically gripping atmosphere.
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Image: Abiodun Abidoye
Wreaths of the most beautiful flowers available were placed all around the towering 20 feet 2.5 tons bronze statue of Nelson Mandela.
It was indeed one of the greatest moments experienced and on this Nelson Mandela International Day, despite the global challenge we all facing as a result of the virus pandemic, we should continue to remember this iconic figure and what he represents.
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Long Live the spirit of Madiba, Long live.
Written by Abiodun Abidoye member of the Southern African Freelancers Association and the Editor/Publisher Africa Online News a Top 20 News Website to follow in South Africa.


Virus Pandemic Update in SA

Revised Level 3 Restrictions

  • Curfew from 9 pm to 4 am
  • Family visits not permitted
  • Compulsory wearing of Face-mask
  • Immediate suspension of Alcohol sale

Data & Statistics

  • Total number of tests conducted 2 154 391
  • Total number of Confirmed Cases 276 242
  • Total number of recoveries 134 874
  • Total number of deaths 4079


Compiled by Abiodun Abidoye

Nigeria’s Anti-Graft Head Suspended Amid Reports of Impropriety..

Nigeria’s Federal Attorney General and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami on the 19th of June had recommended in a memo to President Muhammadu Buhari to sack the Anti Graft head over several grounds including misconduct, diversion of recovered loot and insubordination.
Reports of Arrest by Nigeria’s Secret Police
Department of State Security DSS, Nigeria’s secret police on Monday afternoon arrested the Head of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC Ibrahim Magu outside its offices in Wuse II Abuja but a spokesperson for the secret police Peter Afunanya in a media statement said “DSS wishes to inform the public that it did not arrest Ibrahim Magu, acting EFCC chairman as has been reported by sections of the media.
His statement refuted the claim that the Anti corruption boss was arrested by its operatives.
Ibrahim Magu has been in acting capacity for five years now after the senate of the the Republic refused to swear him into office as the substantive head of the agency.
Despite several reports of his arrest coming out from Nigeria, the Media aide to the anti-graft head Tony Amokedo also was reported to have said that his boss was not arrested but only invited by a panel probing allegations against the agency.
A 2016 report by the DSS Indicting Ibrahim Magu reads;
“In December 2010, the Police Service Commission (PSC) found Magu guilty of action prejudicial to state security – withholding of EFCC files, sabotage, unauthorised removal of EFCC files and acts unbecoming of a police officer, and awarded him severe reprimand as punishment”.
“Magu is currently occupying a residence rented for N40m at N20m per annum. This accommodation was not paid [for] from the commission’s finances, but by one Umar Mohammed, Air Commodore retired, a questionable businessman who has subsequently been arrested by the secret service”.
“For the furnishing of the residence, Magu enlisted the Federal Capital Development Authority to award a contract to Africa Energy, a company owned by the same Mohammed, to furnish the residence at the cost of N43m”.
“Investigations show that the acting EFCC chairman regularly embarked on official and private trips through a private jet owned by Mohammed. “In one of such trips, Magu flew to Maiduguri alongside Mohammed with a bank MD who was being investigated by the EFCC over complicity in funds allegedly stolen by the immediate past petroleum minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke”.
“Furthermore, the EFCC boss has so far maintained a high-profile lifestyle. This is exemplified by his preference for first-class air travels. On 24 June, 2016, he flew Emirate airlines first-class to Saudi Arabia to perform lesser hajj at the cost of N2.9m. This is in spite of Mr President’s directive to all public servants to fly economy class”.
“Magu has fostered a beneficial relationship with Mohammed who by his confession approaches clients for possible exploitation, favours and associated returns”. The report said.
Compiled by Abiodun Abidoye
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