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‘Tired of people taking us for a ride’: Nigeria readies to vote | Elections 2018 News





Lagos, Nigeria – In Saturday’s vote, after a bitter campaign, main opposition candidate Atiku Abubakar and 71 other candidates will go head-to-head with Muhammadu Buhari for Nigeria’s top job.

Al Jazeera spoke to people on the streets of Lagos about how they planned to vote, and why.

Here is what they had to say:

Dele Gbadeyan, Businessman

Businessman Dele Gbadeyan says incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari can make Nigeria ‘great’ [Fidelis Mbah/Al Jazeera]

I am voting for President Muhammadu Buhari. He is not a corrupt leader, if he says he would do something, he does it. To make Nigeria great, let us all support him to finish his two terms.

John Bakare, Public Servant

I am voting for Omoyele Sowore. He has all it takes to be the Nigerian president. Sowore has offered his life for good governance, right from when he was in school; he has been deeply involved in human rights issues trying to ensure that the average Nigerian has a quality life to live. He has the integrity, he has the educational qualification that is required and he has the exposure and more importantly he has the zeal and the energy to give that expectation to Nigerians because we are tired of politics of bread and butter, we are tired of people taking us for a ride. In Sowore, we can see that he means well and the integrity is there to speak for him.

Chidi Kalu, Businessman

Businessman Chidi Kalu says ‘nothing is moving forward’ in Nigeria [Fidelis Mbah/Al Jazeera]

I am voting for Atiku (Abubakar) because in the last four years, Buhari hasn’t performed well; people are crying, the cost of things has doubled, people are going through a lot of pain and sorrow, people are suffering and nothing is moving forward. Many companies have folded up. At the organisation my wife was working at, they sacked about 250 of them. Let us try Atiku, if he doesn’t do well, after four years, we vote him out.

Samuel Akanbi, Salesman

The present government promised us a lot of things to change the country but it was like a trick. Atiku is a successful businessman and I want to vote for him because he understands the economy.

Wale Bello, Businessman

Businessman Wale Bello will vote for Buhari ‘because he is going to stabilise the Nigerian economy’ [Fidelis Mbah/Al Jazeera]

I am voting for President Muhammadu Buhari because I have confidence in him, he is not a corrupt leader, and he is going to stabilise the Nigerian economy, so let him continue.

Naomi Chinedu, Housewife

I am not voting for any of them. They only care about their pocket and their family. I will sit back at home and take care of my children.

Esther Paul

Esther Paul says candidate Kingsley Moghalu has the ‘ideas to move Nigeria forward’ [Fidelis Mbah/Al Jazeera]

I am voting for Kingsley Moghalu because he has shown himself to be a youth of quality and he knows what is going on with us in Nigeria and he has proved that with facts and data, most importantly. He has shown data as to why he needs to be president and I think he has awesome ideas to move the country forward.

Vincent Lois

I am voting for Atiku because he is someone who has Nigeria at heart.

Benjamin Chuks, Trader

Trader Benjamin Chuks says Nigeria’s economy is in a ‘downfall’ [Fidelis Mbah/Al Jazeera]

I am voting for Atiku Abubakar because I feel the economy is in a downfall and there is a lot of poverty, hunger and unemployment in the nation right now, so we need somebody to elevate us from that situation.

Aande Musiliu, Banker

Buhari is prepared to fix this country and he has my vote. I don’t care about the way he is portrayed in the media, I love him.


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Ottawa families give mixed reviews for online schooling





So, how’s it going with online school? Families reached by CBC Ottawa seem to have mixed reviews. 

Masuma Khan is a mother of two. Her seven-year-old, Hana Wyndham in Grade 2, is attending French immersion virtual school. Masuma is grateful it’s an option, but can’t help notice a lot of down time.

“There’s a lot of, ‘are you on mute?’ In terms of the amount of learning that’s actually happening, it does seem to be not that high,” said Masuma.

Parents who kept their children at home this fall are in the minority, but they still form a significant chunk of families in Ottawa.

In the city’s largest school board, the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB), about 27 per cent of elementary students and 22 per cent of high school students chose online learning. The Ottawa Catholic School Board says roughly a quarter of its students are online.

For Masuma, the decision to keep her daughter home was complex: extended family members are immunocompromised and she worried the in-person learning environment would be unpleasant because of precautions. She also felt her daughter might benefit from being supported at home.

“She doesn’t necessarily enjoy school. I also found out during the pandemic that she was being bullied [last year],” said Masuma. “So I thought, why not try from home?”

To help her daughter socialize face-to-face with other kids, Masuma enrolled Hana in Baxter Forest School, an alternative education program where kids spend most of their time outside, one day a week. Hana also attends virtual Arabic classes two days a week after school. 

Masuma’s husband and Hana share the living room work space, and Masuma admits he does the lion’s share of helping their daughter stay on task. There is a possibility that he’ll be required to return to his office in the new year.

“When he goes back to work … it’s probably going to be a little bit more difficult.”

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No school closures after Christmas holiday break, says Ontario education minister





Ontario elementary and secondary schools will not close for an extended winter break, says Education Minister Stephen Lecce.

Closures aren’t needed given Ontario’s “strong safety protocols, low levels of (COVID-19) transmission and safety within our schools,” Lecce announced Wednesday afternoon. He said he had consulted with Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Williams and the province’s public health measures advisory table.

That ended speculation about school buildings remaining closed in January for a period of time after the Christmas break.

Earlier in the week, Lecce told reporters the government was considering having students spend “some period out of class” in January, perhaps switching to online learning.

In a statement, Lecce said that even though rates of community transmission of COVID-19 are increasing, “schools have been remarkably successful at minimizing outbreaks to ensure that our kids stay safe and learning in their classrooms.”

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Windy start to the week in Ottawa





OTTAWA — It’s a blustery Monday in the capital with wind gusts of up to 50 km/hour expected throughout the day.

Environment Canada is forecasting a high of 4 C with a 60 per cent chance of showers or flurries before the wind dies down later this evening.

There’s a chance of flurries on Tuesday as well with a high of -1 C. The overnight low will dip to an unseasonal -9 C.  

Wednesday’s high will be just -5 C with lots of sunshine.

Seasonal temperatures return for the rest of the week..

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