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Watch The Shocking Moment Venezuelan President Survived Assassination Attempt On Live TV (Video)

Mr Nicolas Maduro, the Venezuelan President, has survived an apparent assassination attempt by “terrorists” who detonated drones rigged with explosives as he addressed a military parade on live TV.

According to CNN, hundreds of soldiers broke ranks and sprinted for cover as blasts rang out last night over the capital Caracas. Seven soldiers were hurt.

Maduro has since called on US president Donald Trump to join his fight against the “terrorist groups” responsible for the attack.

The explosions cut short a televised speech by the Venezuelan head of government during the National Guard’s 81 anniversary celebration.

Maduro – blamed for the impoverished country’s crippling inflation and shortages of basic goods – was unharmed.

Information Minister Jorge Rodriguez condemned it as an attempted attack on the President’s life.

He said: “At exactly 5:41 p.m. in the afternoon several explosions were heard. The investigation clearly reveals they came from drone-like devices that carried explosives.”

This is the moment hundreds of soldiers break ranks and scatter at the event

Wearing a presidential banner, Maduro was speaking on a podium alongside his wife Cilia Flores and several high-ranking military officials.

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He told the crowds: “To the conscious Venezuela, we are going to bet for the good of our country, the hour of the economic recovery has come and we need….”

Maduro then stops and looks up in the air in horror and Cilia recoils in horror.

Later security forces were seen checking a nearby building that was apparently set alight around the same time as the explosions.

Mr Maduro blamed far-right factions and the government of neighbouring Colombia for what he described as an assassination attempt.

A uniformed Venezuelan official was pictured with head injuries following the drone blasts

In an address to the nation Saturday evening, he said: “This was an attempt to kill me. Today they attempted to assassinate me.”

Maduro said at no point did he panic, confident the military would protect him.

“That drone came after me,” he said. “But there was a shield of love that always protects us. I’m sure I’ll live for many more years.”

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He said police had made a number of arrests but gave no further details.

He also said he believed Colombia’s president Juan Manuel Santos – one of his most outspoken critics – was behind the bomb plot.

Security personnel shield Maduro after the apparent assassination attempt

And he claimed the plot was planned and financed in Florida and asked for Donald Trump’s help catching the perpetrators.

A previously unknown group claimed responsibility for the attack.

Soldiers in T-shirts said in a tweet that it planned to fly two drones loaded with explosives at the president, but government soldiers shot them down before they reached their target.

The claims could not be immediately verified.

Watch the a video of the attack below:

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Buhari at 76: NANS calls for reshuffling of cabinet 

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has joined Nigerians and the rest of the world to felicitate with President Muhammadu Buhari as he celebrates his 76th birthday.

NANS’ National Public Relations Officer, Mr Bestman Okereafor spoke through a message sent to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu on Sunday.

Okereafor said that Buhari, who is also the Chairman of Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS), had displayed great commitment in repositioning Africa for growth and economic sustainability.

“The national secretariat of NANS joins the World, ECOWAS and Progressive minded Nigerians in wishing our beloved President and ECOWAS Chairman, Muhammadu Buhari, a happy 76th birthday.

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“Mr President, no doubt, has consistently displayed an unrivaled commitment to a better Africa and Nigeria.

“Nigerian students both home and in Diaspora are sincerely praying that God upholds, strengthen and preserve you, Mr President.

“We also pray that God help you lead this country in the right direction of progress, peace and prosperity for all,’’ he said.

Okereafor, however, said that NANS was also calling on Buhari to consider a cabinet reshuffle.

“There is a need to bring on board young, fresh and capable hands into your cabinet to man critical and growing areas especially in some sectors of the nation’s economy,’’ he added

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2019 elections: PDP plotting to operate ‘container economy’ – Tinubu 

The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has said that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, was plotting to operate “container economy” if voted into power in 2019.

Tinubu made the allegation while reacting to the Vice Presidential debate.

Speaking at the Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi’s Roundtable entitled: ‘The Imperatives of Building Institutions for Lasting Legacies,’ held at Ibadan, yesterday, Tinubu said the outcome of the debate has shown that the ‘developmental economy’ of APC cannot be compared with the ‘container economy’ of PDP.

The former Governor of Lagos State argued that the developmental economy would take Nigeria to a secured next level of economic prosperity.

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He, however, stated that the container economy would return the country to perpetual slavery and poverty.

The former governor also assured that he would support the APC governorship candidate for the 2019 poll in the state, Chief Adebayo Adelabu.

He said: “I saw the debate yesterday, to crown my remarks. You could see the difference between a developmental economy and a container economy.

“Is Oyo State going APC? Oyo State is APC. It is progressive politics. I said in one place before, our Moses has crossed the Red Sea, no going back to Egypt. Success all the way.”

He stated that he did not feel bad if opposition parties in the State associated him with the process that threw Adelabu up as governorship candidate.

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“If we do indirect primary again, I will still vote for your (Governor Ajimobi) choice of successor, because reforms, re-engineering, reinvigoration of the institutions can only continue beyond us. If the foundation is bad, the house will crumble,” he said.

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Social media users react to the Yaba Market March

Yesterday, Nigerian women, and some men, took to Yaba Market to carry out a protest and social media users are reacting to it.

It was a peaceful demonstration with women asking that traders stop touching them inappropriately at the market.

But the traders jeered at the women, called them names, and tried to shut them up.

See social media reactions to the market march below.

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