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Barack Obama accuses Donald Trump of inciting violence at the U.S Capitol building

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Former US president Barack Obama has accused President Donald Trump of inciting his supporters who stormed the US Capitol and violently clashed with police in an attempt to stop President-elect Joe Biden’s certification on Wednesday, January 6. 

“History will rightly remember today’s violence at the Capitol, incited by a sitting president who has continued to baselessly lie about the outcome of a lawful election, as a moment of great dishonor and shame for our nation. But we’d be kidding ourselves if we treated it as a total surprise,” he said.

In the statement, he issued via his Twitter page, Obama also slammed Trump and his supporters’ baseless claims of election fraud, saying, “For two months now, a political party and it’s accompanying media ecosystem has too often been unwilling to tell their followers the truth — that this was not a particularly close election and that President-Elect Biden will be inaugurated on January 20.”

“Their fantasy narrative has spiraled further and further from reality, and it builds upon years of sown resentments. Now we’re seeing the consequences, whipped up into a violent crescendo,” Obama said.

Read the former president’s full remarks below. 

“History will rightly remember today’s violence at the Capitol, incited by a sitting president who has continued to baselessly lie about the outcome of a lawful election, as a moment of great dishonor and shame for our nation. But we’d be kidding ourselves if we treated it as a total surprise.

“For two months now, a political party and its accompanying media ecosystem has too often been unwilling to tell their followers the truth–that this was not a particularly close election and that President-elect Biden will be inaugurated on Jan. 20. Their fantasy narrative has spiraled further and further from reality, and it builds upon years of sown resentments. Now we’re seeing the consequences, whipped up into a violent crescendo.

“Right now, Republican leaders have a choice made clear in the desecrated chambers of democracy. They can continue down this road and keep stoking the rage fires, or they can choose reality and take the first steps toward extinguishing the flames. They can choose America.

“I’ve been heartened to see so many members of the president’s party speak up forcefully today. Their voices add to the examples of Republican state and local officials in states like Georgia who’ve refused to be intimidated and have discharged their duties honorably. We need more leaders like these–right now and in the days, weeks and months ahead as President-elect Biden works to restore a common purpose to our politics. It’s up to all of us as Americans, regardless of party, to support him in that goal.”

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Breaking: Nigerian multi Billionaire Bolu Akin-Olugbade dies of COVID-19

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Bolu Akin-Olugbade, Nigeria’s billionaire has succumbed to Covid-19. The businessman, 61, passed away on Wednesday 13th January, 2021 at the Paelon COVID Centre, Ikeja, Lagos.

The Lead Express gathered that he was the first person in Africa to receive the $450,000 Rolls Royce Cullinan in 2019. In his own words in 2018 during an interview with ThisDay, he stated, “I have different concepts of how I spend money. I spend money on cars because I have always loved cars. I bought my first Rolls Royce in 1984 and now, I am on my ninth Rolls Royce. I believe in dressing well and I travel a lot.”

Until his death, Akin-Olugbade was the Owu Kingdom’s Aare Onakakanfo. He received a PhD in Business Law from Cambridge University. A Rolls Royce enthusiast, Akin-Olugbade was one of the world’s biggest collectors.

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20 Nigerian Generals test positive for Coronavirus

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About 20 Generals have reportedly tested positive for COVID-19, one week after the death of the General Officer Commanding, 6 Division, Port-Harcourt, Rivers State, Maj. Gen. John Irefin from complications arising from the disease. 

The infected Generals reportedly had contact with the deceased during the Chief of Army Staff’s annual conference 2020, in Abuja which was cancelled after the death of Irefin. 

The conference was attended by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, pictured above; the Minister of Defence, Bashir Magashi; and GOCs from nearly all the army divisions nationwide. They were all directed to go isolation thereafter, leading to the COAS not being able to attend the wedding of his son in Abuja on Friday, December 11. 

Punch reported that some of the infected GOCs and principal officers were being treated at the COVID-19 isolation centre, University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada, Abuja. Some patients were also being quarantined at other isolation centres in the Federal Capital Territory.

A source who confirmed the development which has reportedly triggered panic among top military brass who are yet to take the COVID-19 test told the publication;

“The report is true; I know about four generals who returned positive and are being treated for the disease.”

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Donald Trump Jr urges his dad to ‘fight to the death’ and ‘go to total war’ to expose election ‘cheating and fraud’

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Donald Trump Jr has urged his father to ‘fight to the death’ over the presidential election and ‘go to total war’ to expose election ‘cheating and fraud’ as Joe Biden is still leading in their race. 

President Donald Trump’s eldest son made the comments on Thursday, November 5, as he spoke at a news conference at the Georgia Republican Party Headquarters in Atlanta

‘I think the number one thing Donald Trump can do in this election is fight each and every one of these battles to the death so that we get full transparency in the process,’ Don Jr said. 

‘And everyone on the Democrat side should welcome this unless they are actually cheating.’

He also accused Democrats of ignoring election deadlines, claiming boxes of invalid ballots ‘magically’ appeared in Democratic states and counties after voting had ended. 

‘We know that’s against the law, but you get in front of a Democrat judge in a Democrat city with Democrat control and it’s okay,’ he said.  

‘I think the Democrats are used to this from a Republican party that hasn’t had a backbone – you’re not going to see that this time around,’ he added, prompting cheers from the crowd. 

He also claimed it was a ‘statistical impossibility’ for his father not to receive a single vote in some counties where up to 123,000 ballots were all counted in Joe Biden’s favor. 

‘Does anyone believe that this is possible?’ he asked, drawing a resounding ‘no’ from the crowd.

‘Because it’s not, it’s a statistical impossibility. It’s happened not just once, it’s happened over and over again.’ 

‘Americans need to know that this is not a banana republic and right now very few people have faith that’s not the case,’ he added.

Don Jr made similar comments in a tweet yesterday, in which he said his father should ‘go to total war’ and ‘expose all of the fraud that has been going on for far too long.’

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