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Baby With Brain Tumour Miraculously Recovers After Pope Francis Kissed Her Head

When Pope Francis kissed baby Gianna Masciantonio in 2015, some saw it as an encouraging sign.

The then one-year-old had been diagnosed with a brain tumour.

Doctors had not expected that she would make it to her first birthday, but she overcame the odds — and days after her birthday, Pope Francis kissed her head.

It was reported that Gianna had histiocytosis, a rare condition that made it impossible for her to have surgery to remove a tumour.

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The blood disorder caused lesions on her brain stem, reports said.

Gianna was treated with chemotherapy, and CBS Philadelphia reports that now, Gianna is in good health and will begin pre-school this year.

To commemorate Gianna’s recovery, her parents, Joey and Kristen Masciantonio, donated $50,000 to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where Gianna was treated.

They made the donation in the name of the foundation they started, For the Love of Grace.

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Grace is Gianna’s middle name, and the foundation is dedicated to helping children with brain tumours and histiocytosis. (Punch)

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Monthly Running Cost For President, Vice And Ministers Shock Nigerians |RN

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By Dr Fashina Aladejobi

Previously, Nigerians have been treated to the shock of knowing the salaries of the federal legislators but not those of the President, his vice and heads of various ministries.

Now, The Republican News got hold of the mouth-watering running cost of the office of the President, the Vice President and various heads of the ministries.

Here, in bold letters, is the monthly running cost of PRESIDENT @MBuhari, VP @ProfOsinbajo, Ministers and heads of government parastatals.

A monthly running cost (or operations budget) is the provision in the budget for office expenditures and equipment, travel and utilities. Find below the monthly running costs of the President, Ministers and Heads of Government parastatals….

PRESIDENT – N194,718,021

PRESIDENT’S CHIEF OF STAFF – N22,257,682

VICE PRESIDENT – N22,430,904.70

MINISTER OF DEFENCE – N64,756,891.41

MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS – N38,796,036.55

MINISTER OF INFORMATION & CULTURE – N70,174,857

MINISTER OF INTERIOR – N43,048,172.41

HEAD OF THE CIVIL SERVICE OF THE FEDERATION — N23,506,572

AUDITOR GENERAL FOR THE FEDERATION — N16,403,846.58

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY — N26,697,456.10

NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER — N20,748,321.53

SECRETARY TO THE GOVERNMENT OF THE FEDERATION —N68,457,734.80

MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE — N31,227,749.45

MINISTER OF FINANCE — N37,287,276,015.75

MINISTER OF INDUSTRY, TRADE AND INVESTMENT —N34,416,743.32

MINISTER OF LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT — N34,416,743.32

MINISTER OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY —N22,614,499.02

MINISTER OF TRANSPORTATION — N44,890,929.68

MINISTER OF POWER, WORKS & HOUSING —N24,166,666.72

MINISTER OF STATE FOR PETROLEUM RESOURCES — N56,499,466.60

MINISTER OF MINES AND STEEL DEVELOPMENT — N33,206,847.95

MINISTER OF BUDGET AND NATIONAL PLANNING — N12,302,700,834

CHAIRMAN, NATIONAL SALARIES, INCOMES AND WAGES COMMISSION — N1,566,354.57

CHAIRMAN, FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY COMMISSION —N3,029,460.25

MINISTER OF WATER RESOURCES — N15,854,343.40

MINISTER OF JUSTICE, ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE FEDERATION – N56,666,666.73

CHAIRMAN, INDEPENDENT CORRUPT PRACTICES AND RELATED OFFENCES COMMISSION (ICPC) – N21,881,433.55

MINISTER OF NIGER DELTA — N14,618,152.07

MINISTER OF YOUTH & SPORTS DEVELOPMENT — N14,155,885.63

MINISTER OF WOMEN AFFAIRS — N8,333,333.35

MINISTER OF EDUCATION — N46,138,810.26

MINISTER OF HEALTH — N36,353,957.13

MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENT — N30,954,296.83

CHAIRMAN, NATIONAL POPULATION COMMISSION —N6,917,899.20

MANAGING DIRECTOR, NATIONAL INLAND WATERWAYS AUTHORITY — N990,000

CONTROLLER-GENERAL, NIGERIAN PRISON SERVICE —N33,058,664.2

COMPTROLLER-GENERAL, NIGERIA IMMIGRATION SERVICE – N33,614,346.83

COMMANDANT GENERAL, NIGERIA SECURITY AND CIVIL DEFENCE CORPS (NSCDC) — N19,340,826.13

INSPECTOR GENERAL OF POLICE — N55,176,088.43
CHAIRMAN, FEDERAL ROAD SAFETY COMMISSION — N26,011,329.68

DIRECTOR, DEPARTMENT OF PETROLEUM RESOURCES — N22,405,308.35

NATIONAL BUREAU OF STATISTICS — N7,200,213.23

DIRECTOR GENERAL, BUDGET OFFICE OF THE FEDERATION — N14,329,422.43

NIGERIAN INVESTMENT PROMOTION COUNCIL HQTRS — N8,854,541.90

CHAIRMAN, CODE OF CONDUCT TRIBUNAL — N15,061,463.37

CHAIRMAN, CODE OF CONDUCT BUREAU — N10,890,415.00

CHAIRMAN, FEDERAL CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION — N14,328,685.48

CHAIRMAN, FEDERAL CHARACTER COMMISSION — N9,315,888.48

CHAIRMAN, POLICE SERVICE COMMISSION — N5,284,232.95

CHAIRMAN, REVENUE MOBILISATION, ALLOCATION AND FISCAL COMMISSION — N11,492,076.23
CHAIRMAN, CODE OF CONDUCT BUREAU — N10,890,415.00

CHAIRMAN, FEDERAL CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION — N14,328,685.48

CHAIRMAN, FEDERAL CHARACTER COMMISSION — N9,315,888.48

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The Igbo Should Have Been Wiped Out During Biafra War – Babcock University Staff, Ajibola

A Babcock University staff identified as Alaba Ajibola is currently trending on social media after his rant against the Igbos of South-East Nigeria.

Ajibola who revealed how much he loathes the Igbos in a Facebook comment stated that the Igbos should have been wiped out during the Biafran war.

According to him, ‘If this happened, Nigeria would have ‘gone far off’ as the tribe is the most hated tribe in the world’.

 

Babcock University Staff, Alaba Ajibola

Source: Oriental Times

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252 Aides To Tambuwal Resign From His Cabinet |The Republican News

Adeniyi Olugbemi, Sokoto

Two hundred and fifty-two Special Advisers and Special Assistants appointed under Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal’s administration have resigned their positions.

The affected aides said their resignations were informed by the recent decision of the Sokoto State Governor to dump the All Progressives Congress, the party which they are bona fide members of in the state.

They stated that their resolve to remain in APC will not allow them to function in their respective positions under Tambuwal’s government.

Addressing journalists on Sunday in Sokoto, the spokesman of the SAs, Hon. Dasuki Haske, also said their decisions were hinged on their loyalty to the party.

“We deem it fit state categorically that we are not ready to join Governor Tambuwal in his new party. That was what informed our decision. We will remain in APC and there is no going back.

“We are members of APC before taking up our appointments as SAs and it was based on the membership values that we were given such positions. Now, we have resigned because the governor has not performed well since inception to justify our support for him.

“We want to assure that we will work for the success of APC in the state come 2019 general election. We will work for the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari and our state party leader, Senator Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko,” Haske said.

Another speaker, Abdullahi Ahmad Sokoto, said all the ex-aides will work for the success of APC in the state.

He added that the party remained the one to beat in any election.

Also speaking, a former Special Assistant, Hajia Rabi Tudunwada, alleged that she and other aides of the governor were called and compelled to swear with Holy Qur’an to secure their promise to defect from APC before they could be paid their August salary.

Hajia Tudunwada disclosed that some of them had refused to be part of the oath, which informed their decision to resign from their respective positions.

She posited that both PDP and Governor Tambuwal will be rejected in the forthcoming general elections by the electorate.

Responding, the state APC chairman, Hon. Isah Achida thanked the affected Special Advisers and Assistants for their loyalty to the party.

He also promised them rewards for their “steadfastness and commitment to the party.”

“We thank you for being loyal to the party and we are assuring you of equal treatment as loyal party members.

“We have taken cognizance of your loyalty and commitment,” Achida state (Punch)

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13-year-old Boy Stolen In Ebonyi, Sold In Imo For N300,000 |RN

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On arrival at Owerri, 13-year-old Daniel was separated from his family and sold to one Madam Peppe from Mbaise community for N300,000.

Mother, 2 siblings still missing

Obinna Odogwu, Abakaliki

Uncertainties are still surrounding the whereabouts of Mrs Ngozi Nweze and her two children: Elochukwu and Wisdom, who were taken away from their abode on June 15, 2015, by their neighbour who sold them in Imo State.

Until his recovery by the officials of the Ebonyi State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development recently, her first son, Daniel, was also part of the persons trafficked to the state and sold like a common commodity.

The family hails from Umuezeoka community in Ezza North Local Government Area of Ebonyi State. The four were lured to Imo State on a fateful day by their neighbour, whose name was simply given as Amaechi.

Before that fateful day, Sunday Sun gathered that life was hellish for the poor family of the Nwezes. The breadwinner of the family had kicked the bucket, leaving his young wife and three children, whose ages range from seven to 13, behind.

To feed, the widow worked herself to the bones in order to raise money. And in all she did, helps appeared not to be coming from anywhere. There were a series of bills to pay, ranging from school fees to clothing the children.

It was perhaps based on the obvious predicament of the family that their neighbour, Amaechi, allegedly lured them to Imo State with a promise to offer the widow a plum job through which she would be able to take care of her children.

Like the proverbial goat that goes to the slaughterhouse, Ngozi prepared the family for the journey. And on a fateful day, they bid their villagers goodbye not knowing that they had set out for a precarious journey which return was uncertain.

On arrival at Owerri, the Imo State capital, 13-year-old Daniel, was separated from his family as he was sold to one Madam Peppe who reportedly resides in Mbaise community in the same state for N300,000.

But the business went sour when the boy sneaked out of his buyer’s house during a renaming ceremony reportedly staged for him by his buyers and ran into a team of mobile policemen on patrol.

The Director, Child Development Department in the Ebonyi State Ministry of Women’s Affairs and Social Development, Mr Godwin Igwe, who had been on the matter confirmed the incident.

He disclosed that the trafficker who also hails from the same Ebonyi community sold Daniel to the said Madam Peppe, noting that the whereabouts of the other family members remained unknown.

“What happened was that a human trafficker hoodwinked his mother and two other siblings to Imo State and probably sold or gave them out to different people.

“The story has it that the person who bought this Daniel Nweze organized a renaming ceremony. But as they were entertaining themselves lavishly, the child sneaked out.

“In the course of running back home, he ran into policemen on patrol and they then took the child to an orphanage home in the state”, he said.

Daniel’s uncle, Ven. Silas Nweze said that he got the message about the family’s disappearance a month after the incident happened.

“It was in July 2015 that I got a message that some policemen from Imo State came to our place with Daniel. I rushed to Imo State to find out. So, when I got there, I discovered that the police kept him in their facility.

“On inquiry, I was told that somebody in a nearby compound sold Daniel out to one Mr Solo from Mbaise in Imo State on one Eke market day together with his two siblings and mother. Mr Solo later sold Daniel to one Madam Peppe for N300,000”, he narrated.

But a source who preferred anonymity gave a conflicting account. “It was Mr Solo that sold this boy to a woman called Madam Peppe. Then, they organized a party, as they said; to rename him, but the boy refused to answer the name and insisted on answering his real name.

“The woman was shocked by his spontaneous rejection of the new name and she immediately demanded her money back. She accused Mr Solo of selling an ‘old man’ to her. She told him to come and take the boy back.

“In the morning, Mr Solo came and an argument over the refund of N300,000 ensured between them. The boy, having eavesdropped on their argument, ran out of the house.

“Incidentally, he ran into a team of mobile policemen on patrol. He took the police to the scene of the incident after narrating his ordeal to them. On getting to the scene, the argument was still on.

“The police arrested them, but one week later, they were released. After they were released, Mr Solo ran away”, the source said.

Receiving the boy in her office, the Ebonyi State Commissioner for Women’s Affairs and Social Development, Mrs Rebecca Ogbuewu, said that it took the ministry three years of consistent efforts to recover him from a motherless babies’ home where the police had sent him to.

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She said that when the mission to recover the boy became too tough for the officials of the ministry she had detailed to bring the boy back, she liaised with her counterpart in Imo State who assisted to ensure that the child was released to the Ebonyi State government.

She, however, promised to rehabilitate the child and ensure he is properly taken care of; even as she vowed that his siblings and mother must be discovered no matter what it would take. (The Sun)

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Putin Attends Austrian Foreign Minister’s Wedding |RN

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               Vladimir Putin and Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl dancing

Russian President Vladimir Putin attended the wedding of Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl on Saturday, in a visit that the opposition says has damaged Austria’s reputation for political neutrality.

Putin was one of around 100 guests at Kneissl’s wedding to businessman Wolfgang Meilinger in the picturesque village of Gamlitz in southeastern Austria.

The Russian leader was pictured dancing with Kneissl during the festivities. He also brought a Cossack choir to perform for the newlyweds.

Austrian opposition politicians had criticised the invitation to Putin saying it undermined Austria’s claim to be an “honest broker” between Europe and Russia, with the Green party calling for Kneissl’s resignation.

Russia has been accused of seeking to weaken and divide the EU, notably by maintaining links with populist parties in several European countries.

Hundreds of police officers were deployed for the ceremony and the road from nearby Graz airport to Gamlitz was shut in both directions for Putin’s arrival and departure.

Putin was accompanied to the airport by Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and went straight on to Germany for a planned meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Among the other guests at the wedding were Kurz, of the centre-right People’s Party (OeVP) and Vice-Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache, of the far-right Freedom Party (FPOe).

Kneissl was nominated for the post of foreign minister by the FPOe, which since 2016 has had a “cooperation pact” with Putin’s United Russia party.

Since last December, the FPOe has been in government in coalition with Kurz’s OeVP after a campaign in which both parties ran on an anti-immigration platform.

Putin’s visit comes amid reports of other Western countries becoming warier of intelligence co-operation with Austria because of suspicion that the FPOe and its Interior Minister Herbert Kickl are trying to exert influence on intelligence agencies.

Unnamed intelligence officials told the Washington Post newspaper that police raids on the BVT domestic intelligence agency in February caused particular concern.

“The alarms are going off. What happened in Austria reminds me of what autocrats would do,” one senior European intelligence official told the paper.

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BREAKING NEWS: Buhari Returns From London After 10-Day Vacation |RN

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Muhammadu Buhari at the airport on his return

By Ike A. Offor

President Muhammadu Buhari who left for London today Saturday returned from his 10-working-day vacation to London

His Vice, Yemi Osinbajo, acted as the president while he was away in London.

Here are some photos from his arrival and Bashir Ahmad shared this tweet about his return too.

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