European countries are trolling Russia by renaming streets where the nation’s embassies are located to pro-Ukrainian addresses.
Showing strong solidarity with Ukraine, the city councils in Alabania, Latvia and Lithuania have all renamed roads in honour of Ukraine that is currently being attacked by Russia.
In the Latvian capital of Riga, the address of the Russian Embassy has been renamed to No 2, Street of Ukrainian Independence.
The change of name from Antonijas Street follows a vote by Riga City Council on Thursday afternoon, March 10.
In the Albanian capital of Tirana, Donika Kastrioti street has become Free Ukraine Street to honour Ukraine’s resistance to Russia’s invading forces.
Announcing the name change, Erion Veliaj, the mayor of Tirana said: ‘Our generation will be marked by this bloody Russian aggression, and the heroic resistance of Ukraine should be remembered in our public places.
‘The Russians will have to work, live and get their mail on a Free Ukraine street address.’
The street was previously named after the wife of Albania’s national hero Skanderbeg and is also home to the embassies of Serbia, Kosovo and Ukraine.
In Lithuania, Remigijus Šimašius, the Mayor of Vilnius, announced on March 3, anyone visiting the city’s Russian Embassy would be directed to Ukrainian Heroes Street.
Announcing on Twitter Mr Šimašius said: ‘Russian Embassy’s ??new address in Vilnius: Ukrainian heroes – 2.
‘I suspect that . will not necessarily deliver the letters if the address is given incorrectly.’
In the UK, council chiefs in Edinburgh are being urged to rename the street where the Russian consulate in Scotland is based.
They reportedly want Melville Street in Edinburgh to instead be called Zelensky Street.
In a letter to Adam McVey the leader of Edinburgh City Council, Mr Cole-Hamilton said:
‘We must seek to shame Putin at every possible opportunity.
‘As such, everyone visiting or writing to the consulate should be reminded of Putin’s murderous and destructive invasion of Ukraine.’
Join me in praying for his safe return
Nollywood actor, Uche Odoputa, has raised an alarm over the kidnap of his father, Kenneth Odoputa, over two weeks ago.
In a post shared on Instagram, Uche appealed to his friends to pray for the safe rescue of his dad who he said has been in the kidnapper’s den for two weeks and counting.
In his post, the distraught actor wrote ;
“Friends please join me in praying for my father’s safe return from the hands of kidnappers that took him over two weeks now. Mr. Kenneth Odoputa”
2023: ‘I’m focused on AfDB’, Adesina rejects calls to run for president
Factual Pursuit of Truth for Progress
THE President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Akinwumi Adesina, has rejected the calls from some Nigerians urging him to run for President in 2023.
Some groups had reportedly purchased and submitted the presidential nomination form of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on behalf of Adesina.
But in a statement issued on Tuesday, the AfDB boss said he is “focused on the mission of supporting the accelerated development and economic integration of Africa”.
”I have been extremely humbled by several calls from Nigerians at home and abroad that I should consider running for the office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. I am very touched by all who have gone to great extent, with such huge sacrifices, of their own volition, to consider me worthy to be proposed for potential consideration,” he said.
”The coalition groups of youth, women, farmers, physically challenged and well-meaning Nigerians that have done this have expressed their genuine free will, political right, freedom of expression and association for my consideration, with the interest of Nigeria at heart. While I am deeply honored, humbled and grateful for all the incredible goodwill, kindness, and confidence, my current responsibilities at this time do not allow me to accept to be considered.
”I remain fully engaged and committed to the mission that Nigeria, Africa and all the non-African shareholders of the African Development Bank have given me for Africa’s development. I remain fully focused on the mission of supporting the accelerated development and economic integration of Africa. May God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
Many feared dead as explosion rocks Sabon Gari in Kano (video)
Several people are feared killed with others injured in a huge explosion in the Sabon Gari area of Kano State.
Details of the incident are still sketchy at the time of filing this report but it was gathered that the explosion occurred at about 9am, near a primary school along Court Road by Aba Road, with many children affected .
It was not clear whether it was a case of a bomb blast or as a result of a gas explosion.
Meanwhile the police anti bomb unit and several security units have moved to scene of the incident.