In New York, a massive billboard in the middle of Times Square displayed images of the late singer Mohbad, as fans and the music community trooped out in their numbers on Thursday, to a stage a memorial procession and pay their last respects to the singer.
The death of Mohbad at the age of 27, under controversial circumstances, ignited the hashtag Justice for Mohbad among his fans. Investigative journalist, David Hundeyin who has been critical of president Bola Ahmed Tinubu, even before his emergence as president of Nigeria, made a passionate plea in a video posted on x, claiming that his asylum status in Ghana has been revealed, and as such he may become a target of extradition by the Nigerian Government.
President Bola Tinubu on Thursday appealed to Nigerians in the diaspora to return to home emphasising the nation’s current state of growth and progress.
Tinubu made the appeal while speaking during a presidential town hall meeting in New York, organised by the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission on the sidelines of the 78th session of the UN General Assembly.
Tinubu highlighted the need for a change in mindset in-order to grasp the abundant business opportunities available in Nigeria he also expressed pride in the achievements of Nigerians excelling in various fields abroad, urging them to contribute to Nigeria’s development. There have been mixed reactions trailing a statement released by the presidency after President Bola Ahmed Tinubu rang the closing bell of the Nasdaq stock market on Wednesday.
Renowned for its large selection of technology stocks, The Nasdaq stock market is ranked second globally on the list of stock exchanges by market capitalization of shares traded behind the New York stock exchange.
Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, in a statement on Thursday said the Nasdaq invitation was in honour of Tinubu’s determined global push to aggressively attract foreign direct investment into Nigeria, and that Tinubu was the first African President to ever receive the honour.
The presidency has come under fire as another African leader, former Tanzanian President, Jakaya Kikwete rang the NASDAQ closing bell twelve Years ago, on September 21, 2011.
Others African leaders in field have also rang the Nasdaq bell, Including celebrated pharmacist, Professor Isa Odidi who rang the NASDAQ opening bell in October, 2010. Former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan rang the New York Stock Exchange Closing bell, which is ranked first globally on the list of stock exchanges, in Spetember 2013, While DJ Cuppy, the famous daughter of Nigerian billionaire Femi Otedola also rang the New York Stock Exchange Opening Bell in September 2019.