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Sulaiman Muhammad, younger brother to Abubakar Muhammad, late officer of the Nigerian air force (NAF), has explained why he married his fiancée — about five weeks after his demise. 

Abubakar was said to have been among the NAF operatives killed during a gun duel with armed bandits at Ungwan Laya axis of Birnin Gwari, Kaduna state, on February 13.

His death had come three weeks to his wedding to Hajara — which was higly publicised on several social media platforms.

Few weeks after Abubakar’s demise, Sulaiman and Hajara had tied the knot on March 20.

Their marriage has continued to generate intense controversies on social media platforms with many users expressing different views over the union.Sulaiman Muhammad

But in an interview with BBC Pidgin, Sulaiman explained that the marriage took place at the instance of Hajara following his elder brother’s death.

“Abubakar was my immediate elder brother and I loved him so much that his death really pained me. So, what actually happened was that after his death, his fiancée’s family sent a message to us,” he said.

“The message was that she (Hajara) said she likes me and that instead of calling off the wedding which was just three weeks away at the time, it would be better that I replace my late brother and marry her. Today, we are married.”

The bridegroom also said he had to explain to his previous girlfriend at the time the incident took place, adding that he was glad that she understood the situation.

Sulaiman said that his marriage to Hajara got the backing of both families.

“I had a girlfriend prior to the incident but I believe what happened has been destined to be so. I’m glad that my ex-girlfriend accepted it that way. Both families supported what we did and that is the most important thing,” he said.

Sulaiman, who works as an interior designer, said he remains unperturbed by comments on social media over his marriage to Hajara.

“It was even my friend that showed me some of the comments but that did not bother me at all because God has already bless our wedding. In fact, it rained on our wedding day to show God’s blessings,” he added.

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Nkrumah was playful, not a dictator – Former lady-in-waiting to Fathia Nkrumah

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Former lady-in-waiting to Fathia Nkrumah, Madam Emma Florence Yaa Adinyira Amedahe has refuted the perception that the late Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah was a dictator.

Speaking to Benjamin Akakpo on the AM Show Monday, Madam Florence indicated that she was introduced to the first Family by Governor-General of Gold Coast, Lord Listowel when he was leaving the country.

She testifies about Nkrumah as someone who is down to earth and easy to work with.

“As for me, I never saw Nkrumah as a dictator, maybe outside, he looked like one but we that he was working with, he loved us, he never spoke English with us. He was always speaking Fante to us. And he loved laughing and playing. So I know him as someone who plays, he is not a dictator as people see him,” she stated.

According to her, Lord Listowel introduced her as a smart, humble and hardworking young lady .

This made the Nkrumah family pleased to take her as a daughter and live with her, she said.

Touching on her experience with the organizers of the 1966 coup, led by General Emmanuel Kwasi Kotoka, Madam Amedahe revealed chilling events that took place after Dr Kwame Nkrumah was overthrown. .“The Coup cut short so many things, so the one who made the coup, General Kotoka, I don’t like to hear his name at all. Some of us suffered in that Coup. For instance, I was the only woman who stayed with the men in the Statehouse. I was slim by then, I looked like a little girl, and not how I am looking today.

“So when the soldiers drove to the Statehouse, they went to every room and brought all the workers and left their wives. I was the only woman worker. They beat me and the men workers mercilessly and kicked me too. Even when they slap me and I fell down they kicked me as if I were a football.

“They stamped my back, my waist and my lower abdomen. Ah! I suffered,” she exclaimed.

“One of the soldiers lit a cigarette with his lighter and then used the burning end to burn me. I was shouting, he slapped me again and told me not to shout. I really suffered.

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Former President Jimmy Carter lives in a $167,000 house and shops at the Dollar General

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Former President Jimmy Carter might have once called the white mansion at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue his home, but now, he lives in a much, much more modest abode.

Carter, the nation’s 39th president and oldest-living former president in U.S. history at 96 years old, lives a fairly normal — and frugal — life, The Washington Post reported in 2018. In fact, Carter still lives in the ranch house he built himself in 1961.

The home, in rural Plains, Georgia (about a 2½-hour drive south of Atlanta) is a two-bedroom ranch assessed at just $167,000, which is “less than the value of the armored Secret Service vehicles parked outside,” the Post reports. It’s also less than the median home price in Georgia, which is $213,026, according to real estate site Zillow.

In addition to his affordable home, Carter’s frugal tendencies include spending weekends dining with neighbors on paper plates with bargain-brand wine, the Post says. In addition, it says he and wife Rosalynn make their own yogurt. Carter has also been known to buy his clothes at his local Dollar General store, according to a 2011 Rolling Stone story (he showed up for the store’s opening in Plains in 2004), and he often flies commercial.

In recent years, Carter has made much of his income from writing books, the Post repored; he has published at least 33, including a children’s book and reflections on his presidency. (Thriftbooks.com lists 46 books.) Carter also receives a $210,700 annual pension, as do all former presidents, plus the federal government gives all ex-presidents an allowance for things like travel and office space. In 2017, Carter got more than $230,000 in such allowances, according to the National Taxpayers Union Foundation, a conservative advocacy group.

Carter’s modest lifestyle is sharply different from those of other living former presidents.

In 2017, former President Barack Obama purchased an $8.1 million mansion in Washington, and is well known for his family’s tradition of taking a summer vacation to the picturesque (and pricey) Martha’s Vineyard.

And while Bill Clinton said he left the White House $16 million in debt, that was swiftly erased thanks to his lucrative paid speeches and book deals. It’s been reported by NPR that his first year out of office, Clinton gave 57 speeches and raked in a whopping $13.7 million from his “speaking and writing business,” according to a 2001 tax return.

Clinton’s real estate portfolio includes a $1.7 million home in Chappaqua, New York, and a $2.85 million home in D.C.

In 2015, Politico reported that George W. Bush had given at least 200 paid speeches since 2009, typically making around $100,000 to $175,000 per appearance.

But fancy living is not Carter’s style. Instead, the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize winner says, “It just never had been my ambition to be rich.”

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Lobster diver survives after being caught ‘in a whale’s mouth’

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A commercial lobster diver has survived after being caught in the mouth of a humpback whale off the coast of Cape Cod before he was spat out.

Michael Packard, 56, said he was about 45 feet (14 metres) deep in the waters off Provincetown when “all of a sudden I felt this huge bump, and everything went dark”.

He thought he had been attacked by a shark, common in area waters, but then realised he could not feel any teeth and he was not in any pain.

“Then I realised I’m in a whale’s mouth … and he’s trying to swallow me,” said Packard.

“And I thought to myself this is it, I’m gonna die.”

Packard estimates he was in the whale’s mouth for about 30 seconds on Friday but continued to breathe because he still had his breathing apparatus in. Then the whale surfaced, shook its head, and spat him out.

He was rescued by his crewmate in the surface boat.

“I saw light, and he started throwing his head side-to-side and the next thing I knew I was outside [in the water],” Packard told the Cape Cod Times.

Jooke Robbins, director of humpback whale studies at the Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown, Massachusetts, said she had no reason to doubt the account.

Robbins said she had never heard of an “accident” of this type, but “it may be that he was just in the wrong place at the wrong time”.

“I didn’t think it was a hoax because I knew the people involved … So I have every reason to believe that what they say is true,” she told AFP news agency.

“When they [whales] fish … they rush forward, open their mouth and engulf the fish and the water very quickly,” she said, adding they have large mouths, but throats so narrow they would not be able to swallow a human.

“It is important for people to be quite aware … And when they see a whale, keep a good distance. It’s really important to give whales their space,” Robbins added.SOURCE: NEWS AGENCIES

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