Take a look at this interesting infographic we found on paymentsafrika.com, exploring the state of online shopping in Africa and what makes online shoppers tick (and click!).
600 consumers in African countries (South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya) were surveyed by emerging markets research firm, Jana. We've expanded on the results with notes so that you...
Hội nghị thượng đỉnh Liên minh châu Phi (AU) lần thứ 29 sẽ diễn ra trong hai ngày 3-4/7 ở thủ đô Addis-Ababa của Ethiopia, với chủ đề chính là “Vai trò của thanh niên trong tăng trưởng toàn diện và bền vững của châu lục."
Tại hội nghị lần này, ngoài chủ đề trọng tâm trên, các nguyên thủ và người đứng đầu chính phủ các nước thành viên AU cũng sẽ thảo luận về vấn đề “tự chủ tài chính”của AU trong thời gian tới.
Trước đó, các cuộc họp lần thứ 34 của Ủy ban đại diện thường trực AU (COREP) đã được tổ chức vào ngày 27-28/6 và cuộc họp Hội đồng chấp hành cấp Bộ trưởng Ngoại giao lần thứ 31 của AU cũng đã khai mạc ngày 30/6.
Ngoài mục đích phát huy những lợi thế to lớn trong việc đầu tư vào giới trẻ, Hội nghị thượng đỉnh AU lần thứ 29 cũng sẽ tập trung thảo luận và giải quyết những vấn đề liên quan hòa bình và an ninh ở châu lục. Đặc biệt là giải quyết khủng hoảng ở 2 quốc gia thành viên là Somalia và Libya, cũng như xem xét việc cải cách tổ chức lớn nhất châu lục này để phát huy hiệu quả hơn trong tương lai.
Hiện Tổng thống Rwanda Paul Kagame là Chủ tịch đương nhiệm của AU. Hội nghị thượng đỉnh AU lần thứ 29 diễn ra trong bối cảnh tỷ lệ thất nghiệp trong đội ngũ lao động trẻ ở châu Phi hiện rất cao, chiếm khoảng 30% tổng lực lượng lao động tại đây.
Đặc biệt, tình hình an ninh, trật tự tại châu lục này đang có chiều hướng phức tạp khi các tổ chức Hồi giáo cực đoan đang gia tăng các hoạt động khủng bố, nhất là Somalia, Niger, Mali, Nigeria …và nền hòa bình mong manh tại Libya, Nam Sudan.
Đặc biệt là cuộc khủng hoảng nhân đạo ở Nam Sudan được coi là tồi tệ nhất châu Phi và thế giới hiện nay với hàng trăm nghìn người có nguy cơ bị chết đói, trong đó có nhiều phụ nữ và trẻ em./.
International Medical Corps (IMC) is a global, humanitarian, non-profit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training, relief and development programs. Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, non-political, non-sectarian organization.International Medical Corps has been operating in Nigeria since November 2013. It currently […]
UNIDO Investment and Technology Promotion Office (ITPO) Nigeria, supports the Inclusive and sustainable industrialization efforts in Nigeria by identifying, attracting and mobilizing the financial, technological, and other required resources and enhancing investments- with development impact- in Nigeria and the ECOWAS Region.ITPO Nigeria, is seeking qualified experts to join a dynamic team in the ITPO Nigeria […]
La Agencia de la ONU para los Refugiados (ACNUR) expresó alarma por un nuevo incidente de regreso forzado de refugiados de Camerún al noreste de Nigeria. Unos 887 refugiados nigerianos, la mayoría niños, fueron repatriados en seis camiones del ejército de Nigeria y la policía camerunesa. Los migrantes fueron rodeados por las autoridades, amenazados y forzados a emprender el viaje de regreso.
NetSquared organizers bring together the nonprofit technology community for face-to-face meetings ... but we all know that meetings are boring! Admit it, you sometimes dread going to those all-staff assemblies. Luckily for you, our NetSquared leaders are super creative when planning their #Tech4Good events. "Meetings" come in diverse and innovative formats like Mississauga, Canada's Geek Talk — Coffee and Convo; Pangani, Tanzania's Social Media Surgery ; and Birmingham, United Kingdom's Summer Tech for Good Social in a local pub. Join us at your local group. It will be fun — we promise! Find your closest NetSquared group Upcoming Tech for Good Events This roundup of face-to-face nonprofit tech events includes meetups from NetSquared , NTEN's Tech Clubs , and other awesome organizations. If you're holding monthly events gathering the #nptech community, let me know , and I'll include you in the next community calendar. Or, apply today to start your own NetSquared group. Africa The targets need to be linked like so: --> Jump to events in North America or go international with events in Africa and Middle East Asia and Pacific Rim Europe and United Kingdom Central and South America ## North America ## Africa ## Europe ## Asia and Pacific Rim --> North America Monday, July 3, 2017 Mississauga, Ontario: Geek Talk — Coffee and Convo Wednesday, July 5, 2017 San Francisco, California: Code for America Civic Hack Night Thursday, July 6, 2017 San Francisco, California: Tech for Good Monthly Mixer Friday, July 07, 2017 Saint Paul, Minnesota: Tips and Tools to Doll Up Your Data | Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (Free) Tuesday, July 11, 2017 Naples, Florida: How to use Technology to Communicate and Manage Volunteers Vancouver, British Columbia: Full Spectrum Civic Engagement Columbus, Ohio: Nonprofit IT Forum Boston, Massachusetts: Tech Networks of Boston Roundtable: Nonprofit Organizations, Civic Data, and Civic Faith Phoenix, Arizona: Phoenix: QuickBooks Made Easy Wednesday, July 12, 2017 Los Angeles, California: Summer Social Phoenix, Arizona: Data Management: What Nonprofits Need to Know San Francisco, California: Code for America Civic Hack Night Monday, July 17, 2017 Kitchener, Ontario: Mail Management Tuesday, July 18, 2017 Greensburg, Pennsylvania: Bagels and Bytes — Westmoreland Marietta, Georgia: Easy SEO Fixes for Your Nonprofit Jasper, Indiana: Social Media Wednesday, July 19, 2017 San Francisco, California: Code for America Civic Hack Night Portland, Oregon: QuickBooks Made Easy Thursday, July 20, 2017 Seattle, Washington: QuickBooks Made Easy Friday, July 21, 2017 San Francisco, California: Mobile Apps for Change Demo Day at the Salvation Army Monday, July 24, 2017 Nanaimo, British Columbia: "Free Money" (Microsoft Volume Licensing and Google for Nonprofits) Tuesday, July 25, 2017 Buffalo, New York: Why Nonprofits Should Use TechSoup and NetSquared Houston, Texas: Net2Houston Refresh! Wednesday, July 26, 2017 San Francisco, California: Code for America Civic Hack Night Friday, July 28, 2017 Seattle, Washington: Roundtable for New Nonprofit Executives Tuesday, August 1, 2017 Naples, Florida: Tech4Good SWFL Meeting Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: Bagels and Bytes — Allegheny Wednesday, August 2, 2017 San Francisco, California: Code for America Civic Hack Night Phoenix, Arizona: Defining and Targeting Your Audience: Marketing for Nonprofits Thursday, August 3, 2017 Cleveland, Ohio: How to Remarket to Website Visitors via Facebook and Twitter Monday, August 7, 2017 Mississauga, Ontario: Geek Talk — Coffee and Convo Tuesday, August 8, 2017 Columbus, Ohio: Nonprofit IT Forum Ottawa, Ontario: Review Progress on Data Analysis Projects Wednesday, August 9, 2017 San Francisco, California: Code for America Civic Hack Night Los Angeles, California: Web Accessibility: Designing Inclusive User Experiences Friday, August 11, 2017 Saint Paul, Minnesota: Optimizing Your Communications for Mobile | Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (Free) Wednesday, August 16, 2017 San Francisco, California: Code for America Civic Hack Night Research Triangle Park, North Carolina: The Internet of Things: You Only Live Twice? Tuesday, August 22, 2017 Houston, Texas: Net2Houston Refresh! Wednesday, August 23, 2017 San Francisco, California: Code for America Civic Hack Night Asia and Pacific Rim Saturday, July 15, 2017 Jakarta, Indonesia: Strategy of Data Collection for Nonprofits Tuesday, August 15, 2017 Jakarta, Indonesia: YouTube for Nonprofits Africa and Middle East Saturday, July 1, 2017 Bunda, Tanzania: Microsoft Cloud Computing Monday, July 3, 2017 Beirut, Lebanon: Lebanon's Digital Big Bang — An AltCity Info Session Friday, July 7, 2017 Mukono, Uganda: Second Term 2017 Solar Mobile Computer Training Meetup for Kibiribiri Primary School Saturday, July 8, 2017 Bunda, Tanzania: Microsoft Cloud Computing Wednesday, July 12, 2017 Bamenda, Cameroon: How to Create Digital Stories Friday, July 14, 2017 Mukono, Uganda Second Term 2017 Solar Mobile Computer Training Meetup for Kibiribiri Primary School Second Term 2017 Solar Mobile Computer Training Meetup for Saint John Kaama Primary Saturday, July 15, 2017 Bunda, Tanzania: Microsoft Cloud Computing Friday, July 21, 2017 Mukono, Uganda Second Term 2017 Solar Mobile Computer Training Meetup for Kibiribiri Primary School Second Term 2017 Solar Mobile Computer Training Meetup for Saint John Kaama Primary Saturday, July 22, 2017 Bunda, Tanzania: Microsoft Cloud Computing Friday, July 28, 2017 Port Harcourt, Nigeria: Creating Apps and Other Tech Mukono, Uganda: Second Term 2017 Solar Mobile Computer Training Meetup for Saint John Kaama Primary Saturday, July 29, 2017 Bunda, Tanzania: Microsoft Cloud Computing Pangani, Tanzania: Social Media Surgery: WhatsApp for Farmers and Livestock Keepers Sunday, July 30, 2017 Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso: Monthly Meeting of Local Members Friday, August 4, 2017 Mukono, Uganda: Second Term 2017 Solar Mobile Computer Training Meetup for Kibiribiri Primary School Saturday, August 5, 2017 Bunda, Tanzania: Microsoft Cloud Computing Wednesday, August 9, 2017 Bamenda, Cameroon: How to Create Digital Stories Friday, August 11, 2017 Mukono, Uganda Second Term 2017 Solar Mobile Computer Training Meetup for Kibiribiri Primary School Second Term 2017 Solar Mobile Computer Training Meetup for Saint John Kaama Primary Saturday, August 12, 2017 Bunda, Tanzania: Microsoft Cloud Computing Friday, August 18, 2017 Mukono, Uganda Second Term 2017 Solar Mobile Computer Training Meetup for Kibiribiri Primary School Second Term 2017 Solar Mobile Computer Training Meetup for Saint John Kaama Primary Saturday, August 19, 2017 Bunda, Tanzania: Microsoft Cloud Computing Friday, August 25, 2017 Mukono, Uganda: Second Term 2017 Solar Mobile Computer Training Meetup for Kibiribiri Primary School Second Term 2017 Solar Mobile Computer Training Meetup for Saint John Kaama Primary Saturday, August 26, 2017 Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso: Monthly Meeting of Local Members Sunday, August 27, 2017 Pangani, Tanzania: Social Media Surgery: Instagram for Farmers and Livestock Keepers Europe and United Kingdom Saturday, July 1, 2017 Saint-Étienne , France: Rencontres Mondiales du Logiciel Libre 2017 Monday, July 3, 2017 Edinburgh, United Kingdom: One Digital Meetup Leith Tuesday, July 4, 2017 Saint-Étienne , France: Rencontres Professionnelles du Logiciel Libre Monday, July 10, 2017 Birmingham, United Kingdom: Data Analysis for Nonprofits Tuesday, July 11, 2017 West Bridgford, United Kingdom: User Research and Service Design — Lunch and Learn for Nottinghamshire County Council Staff Wednesday, July 12, 2017 Cambridge, United Kingdom Social Media Surgery — Hands-on Help with Social Media Tech for Good — Law and Justice Tuesday, July 18, 2017 Bath, United Kingdom: Design for All — Technology for Everyone, Accessibility, and User Experience Thursday, July 20, 2017 Milngavie, United Kingdom: One Digital Meetup Milngavie Tuesday, July 25, 2017 Renens, Switzerland: OpenLab: Visite du Fablab de Renens Dublin, Ireland: Design Thinking For Good: IBM Health Corps Tuesday, August 1, 2017 West Bridgford, United Kingdom: Organisation Design — Lunch and Learn for Nottinghamshire County Council Staff Wednesday, August 9, 2017 Cambridge, United Kingdom: Social Media Surgery — Hands-on Help with Social Media Monday, August 14, 2017 Birmingham, United Kingdom: Summer Tech for Good Social Tuesday, August 29, 2017 Paudex, Switzerland: RdV4-0.ch: 2. Objets Connectés — IoT Renens, Switzerland: OpenLab: Visite du Fablab de Renens Thursday, August 31, 2017 Edinburgh, United Kingdom: One Digital Meetup Edinburgh Image : Michele Mateus / CC BY Siobhan Aspinall with Umbrella at The Digital Nonprofit 201 : Elijah van der Giessen via Michele Mateus / CC BY-NC 2.0 --> spanhidden
Award-wining Nigerian, Afro-Soul Queen, Aramide ups the ante by linking up with Ghanaian-South African, Afro-pop star, Adina, to release a new song today, titled ‘Truth’. Recorded during her recently completed...
Huawei Marine, the joint venture between Huawei Technologies and UK-based Global Marine Systems, announced it has been contracted by China Unicom and Cameroon government-owned infrastructure operator Camtel to construct the South Atlantic Inter Link (SAIL), marking the official commencement of the SAIL cable system implementation phase.
Funded with investment from China Unicom and Camtel, the SAIL system will link Cameroon and Brazil and span around 6,000 km. The cable system will comprise 4 fibre pairs and offer a design capacity of 32 Tbit/s based on Huawei Marine’s advanced 100 Gbit/s technology.
The SAIL system will be the first direct access cable to connect Africa and South America, and on completion is designed to provide a reliable, high-quality intercontinental communications infrastructure between the two developing regions.
Huawei Marine originally announced that it had been commissioned to construct the Cameroon-Brazil cable system, initially called Cameroon-Brazil Cable System (CBCS), in October 2015.
Also in 2015, Huawei Marine announced it had started marine installation of the Nigeria-Cameroon Submarine Cable System (NCSCS), Cameroon's first wholly-owned submarine cable and part funded by the Cameroon government. Spanning around 1,100 km, the NCSCS directly connects Kribi in Cameroon with Lagos in Nigeria and will deliver 12.8 Tbit/s of capacity.
Camtel states that to date it has deployed more than 8,000 km of fibre that connects the ten regional chief towns in Cameroon, as well as around 60 divisional/sub-divisional chief towns and hundreds of rural communities; it also provides connectivity to CEMAC region countries including Chad. The company is aiming to build a network spanning over 20,000 km.
This market research report package offers a perspective on the actual market situation, trends and future outlook for vaccines in different countries around the world.
Portland, OR -- (ReleaseWire) -- 08/12/2014 -- This market research report package offers a perspective on the actual market situation, trends and future outlook for vaccines in different countries around the world. The studies provide essential market information for decision-makers including:
- Overall market for vaccines in different countries
- Market for vaccines by product type
- Forecasts and future outlook of the market
- Macroeconomic indicators
These market studies answer to questions such as:
- What is the size of the vaccine markets in different countries around the world?
- How are the markets divided into different types of products?
- Which products are growing fast?
- How the markets have been developing?
- How does the future look like?
- What is the potential for the markets?
- How the macroeconomic indicators look like?
Product types discussed in the studies:
Years covered: 2006 - 2017
Countries included in the package:
Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Nepal, Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Senegal, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay and Vietnam
I was in San Francisco for work and celebrated a productive morning with an out-of-the-way lunch. This is Palmyra. I got the Kibbi platter, which consists of: Four shells of mashed cracked wheat stuffed with ground beef, sauteed onions, and pine nuts served with a side of hummus, cucumber salad, pita, garlic sauce, and hot sauce. The kibbi was/were delicious. Not greasy or heavy at all. My only complaint was that it only came with four pieces. Countries tried so far: Africa: Algeria, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Morocco, Nigeria, Somalia, South Africa Asia: Afghanistan, Armenia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, Cambodia, China, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, North Korea, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Syria, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Vietnam, Yemen Europe: Albania, Belgium, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Czechia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden North America: Belize, Canada, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Trinidad & Tobago, USA South America: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Venezuela Oceania: Australia, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga
Emmanuel Iwueke, popularly known as Crazeclown is one of the most followed Nigerian Instagram comedians. Crazeclown who is from Imo State just graduated as a medical doctor from a university in Ukraine. An excited crazeclown shared a comical photo of him and wrote; “OFFICIALLY A DOCTOR OF MEDICINE … I’m gonna be LIVE ON INSTAGRAM […]
Multi-talented Nigerian music producer and singer, Maleek Berry comes around with another spicy Afro-pop song titled Been Calling. You don’t need to be told, it’s Berry pon dis. Been Calling is a love tune with so much melody and catchy rhythm. Maleek isn’t new to making romantic tunes like this. It’s a call to ladies to join in his […]
Wn a recent interview with Realfm in America, Nigerian music artiste, Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun, better known by his stage name Wizkid, has revealed that his parents are still living in the ghetto, because they refuse to move to Lekki. The ‘Ojuelegba’ singer who has been doing media rounds for his extended play (EP) “Sounds From […]
Naijahero.net offers Wide Range of Engaging content monthly to Millions of Nigerians & Receive over 10 Million pageviews Monthly according to Google Analytics Report.Naijahero has grown Constantly over the Years with Interesting & Engaging Content, We Currently have Over 2.1 Million Nigerians Registered on the Website [We Stopped Accepting Registration in dec 2014] We currently […]
Nigeria confirmó el fin de un letal brote de meningitis, responsable de la muerte de mil 166 personas en el norte del país en noviembre del año pasado. El ministro de Salud, Isaac Adewole, ratificó la noticia tres días después de que el Centro para el Control de Enfermedades de Nigeria lo anunciara en las […]
NATIONAL Chairman of United Progressive Party (UPP),Dr. Chekwas Okorie yesterday stated that the All Progressive Congress (APC)has succeeded in dividing Nigeria along primordial cleavage more than any government before it.
The pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, has said that a census of Nigerians against restructuring to quell the various agitations and correct the marginalisation in the country are “President Buhari, el-Rufai, Ango Abdullahi, Lai Mohammed and Tanko Yakassai.”
GENERAL Ibrahim BabangidaI will strongly advocate for devolution of powers to the extent that more responsibilities be given to the states while the Federal Government is vested with the responsibility to oversee our foreign policy, defence, and economy. Even the idea of having Federal roads in towns and cities has become outdated and urgently needs revisiting. That means we need to tinker with our constitution to accommodate new thoughts that will strengthen our nationality.
Ear Candy for those equip't with ears! Rapture-Ready! Hot tracks from the US, UK, South Africa, Italy, Nigeria, and Turkey... all in barely under an hour! Holy cow! This episode won't be broadcast at Luxuriamusic.com for months... perhaps years! What's your pleasure? Funk? Latin Soul? Psych? Freakbeat? Oh, it's here, bay-bee! The full illustrated Playlist is at http://axenhammer.com/spacepatrol/sp193/ . Enjoy! Luxuriamusic: http://luxuriamusic.com (live streaming music, chat and webcam) Space Patrol blog: http://spacepatrol.blogspot.com (none of the above!)
Newer and chewier! Rapture-Ready! Hot tracks from the US, UK, Brazil, Peru, France, Spain, Italy, Nigeria, Hungary and Turkey... all in barely under an hour! Holy cow!
This episode won't be broadcast at Luxuriamusic.com for months!
What's your pleasure? Funk? Latin Soul? Psych? Freakbeat? Oh, it's here, bay-bee!
The full illustrated Playlist is at http://axenhammer.com/spacepatrol/sp192/ .
Luxuriamusic: http://luxuriamusic.com (live streaming music, chat and webcam)
Space Patrol blog: http://spacepatrol.blogspot.com (none of the above!)
A Agência da ONU para Refugiados (ACNUR) demonstrou na quinta-feira (29) preocupação com o retorno forçado de refugiados em Camarões para o nordeste da Nigéria, em meio à ausência de condições para o retorno seguro dessas populações.
"O retorno involuntário de refugiados precisa ser evitado sob quaisquer circunstâncias", disse o alto-comissário da ONU para os refugiados, Filippo Grandi, em comunicado enviado à imprensa.
In today’s episode Lindsay talks with Norman Viss, an expat coach who helps his clients make the most of their time abroad by setting intentions.
How can setting intentions make your life abroad more fulfilling?
Think about what kind of expat you are and decide how that will shape your expat life:
Are you a foreign assignee? Has your company moved you abroad to work?
Are you an international student or former international student?
Are you a “love-pat”? (someone who has gone abroad because they have met a partner, are you a traveling spouse?
Are you a “greener pastures expat”? This is someone who has gone abroad to find a better place to live including retirees.
Set goals and don’t just “go with the flow”
Do you want to learn a language? Be realistic about what will be possible based on the amount of time that you will be abroad.
Be intentional about what kinds of friendships you want while you are abroad.
What are your areas of interest? Do you like desserts? Sports? Do you like history? What kind of focus will you have during your time abroad? Will you create a theme for your life abroad?
What about your work? What professional goals do you want to accomplish while you are abroad?
Consider how your life will look after your time abroad:
What do you want your life to look like after you return from abroad?
What about retirement? If you are going abroad in your 40’s or 50’s then it’s a good idea to think about the future after your time abroad.
The key to a happy life abroad is being intentional!
Let us know in the comments below if you have been intentional in your life abroad and how it has affected your experience abroad.
Norman Viss put down roots in Nigeria (10 years) and the Netherlands (22 years).
He has worked for mission organizations, churches and in the public sector for the City of Amsterdam.
He holds B.A. and Master’s degrees, with majors in cross-cultural and urban studies and theology; he is also an ICF- credentialed coach.
Currently he runs an online business coaching expats around the world (Expat Everyday Support Center) and serves part-time as a clergyman in the Philadelphia area in the USA. Norman is a thankful husband, father and grandfather.
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One of the biggest blogs in Nigeria is by a woman named Linda Ikeji, and her namesake site is in the top 10,000 in the world. It’s a gossip blog, brings in close to $1 million a year and gets millions of pageviews a month. It has a huge and dedicated following and it was on Blogspot. Was. Today on October 8, the website was removed by Google because of claims of copyright infringement. A space worth $1 million is gone just like that. It turns out that Linda Ikeji wasn’t running a tight operation that the revenue she was generating deserved. […]
Shaldag Limited is a greenfield aquaculture production company with a state-of-art intensive aquaculture facility comprising hatcheries, nurseries, and on-growing sections. Shaldag produces, distributes and sells [...]
A Nigerian couple based in Washington D.C in the US – have got themselves trending online after sharing their pre-wedding photos ahead of their wedding in a few months time. The soon-to-be bride Ashley, who revealed that she’s anticipating their big day, shared photos of her and her man whom she said has been her […]
Nigerian Musician, Yemi Alade is not taking any nonsense this time if you talking about her body.’ She shared pictures on instagram which showed off her hot thighs, a fan then told her she’s adding weight, and she promptly cleared him.
The police are looking for a 31-year-old Nigerian man identified as Ebiziem Ifeanyi Stephen to assist in investigations into the death of a five-year-old boy last Thursday, June 22. Brickfields OCPD Asst Comm Ruslan Khalid said that the police brought in the deceased’s mother, Nurfathiehah Ahmad Rokmar, 28, on June 23. “She was picked […]
A 23-year old Nigerian lady identified as Samiat Abimbola Owo-Alade has emerged as the best graduating student at Rajiv Ghandi University of Health Sciences in Karnataka, India. The Ikorodu indigene basked in the euphoria of her achievement as she took to the social media to announce to her success to her friends and well wishers. […]
NO MORE ELECTION IN BIAFRALAND IS A PEACEFUL WAY OF DECLARING POLITICAL OFFICES AND LEGISLATIVE REPRESENTATIONS IN NIGERIA GOVT VACANT BY BIAFRANS
By Mazi Onyebuchi Eze Family Writers
One thing that has seriously baffled many Biafrans is why the IPOB declaration of "No More Election" in Biafra land has continued to be the headache of the people in Abuja, Sokoto and Kano. It is worthy of note that Biafrans have vehemently vowed that there will be no election again in Biafra land beginning with a plan to resist the conduct of Anambra governorship election billed for November 18, and ultimately boycott it should INEC and Nigeria government defy IPOB declaration and go ahead to conduct the election. Biafrans are making the world to know that by the civil disobedience to be demonstrated with "No Election" arrangement of IPOB Worldwide, they have peacefully wanted to use peaceful means to withdraw all the political office holders serving or representing Biafrans in Nigeria government because they have rejected Nigeria government and everything associated with it.
There will be total rejection, resistance and eventual boycott of all the proposed elections if Nigeria government fail to organized a referendum for Biafra, there will be nobody elected anymore as a Senator, House of Representative member, Governors and House of Assembly members in Biafra land, because there will be nobody to vote in any election anywhere in the Biafraland. When this arrangement which we are perfecting in Biafra land is completed, Biafra land must have cut off legislative and executive ties with Nigeria government. As for the propaganda of Nigeria government against Biafra agitation with threats of war, IPOB has no business with Nigeria government over the beating of the drums of war because a demand for referendum has never been construed anywhere in the world as a call for war except in Nigeria which is a place of intellectual bankruptcy.
Biafrans want to use the rejection, resistance and outright boycott of the elections to tell the International Community that they are no more interested in Nigeria government and thereby peacefully chose to stop sending representatives in the government which they have rejected because after October 1st, 2017, any government structure of Nigeria in Biafra land as whole will be considered as forcefully occupying the Biafra territory without the approval of the indigenous people because Biafrans will no longer willfully give allegiance to Nigeria government and accord it the deserved respect as their Federal government. This development will be manifesting itself through an unprecedented freestyle of contempt and flagrant disdain against Nigeria government because it will be considered as an empirical alien government of dark ages only obtainable centuries ago during the Roman Empire under Caesar Augustus or Emperor Nero.
It is upon this ugly development coming against Nigeria government within the next few days, that IPOB Worldwide hereby advise Nigeria government not to wait until this ugly development set-in before relevant actions could be taken to remedy the battered image of Nigeria government which must have been seriously made caricature of by Biafrans by that time. Nigeria government should just organize a referendum for Biafra without further delay because there is no more going back on the issue of Biafra restoration struggle. When Biafra eventually exit Nigeria, the new sovereign nation called Biafra and the remaining parts of Nigeria could be good neighbouring countries.
So, why are Nigerians wailing now as we have decided to withdraw our representatives from Nigeria government through the instrumentality of the election boycott all over the Biafra land? For many years now, mischief makers in Nigeria have being challenging Biafrans to withdraw their Senators and House of Reps members from Nigeria National Assembly if they do not want Nigeria any more but truly desire Biafra restoration. As it is at moment, Biafrans have decided to respond to the challenge of Nigerians in withdrawal of their representatives from Nigeria government through direct peaceful election boycott. It is important for Nigerians to know that Biafrans are not terrorists like Arewa people who believe in doing everything in violence but they are civilized people who do things peacefully because Biafrans knew very well that a person must be elected through an election before he becomes a Senator, a House of Representative member, a Governor and a State House of Assembly member. Therefore, Biafrans as peaceful and civilized as they are always, they will never violently remove the serving Senators, House of Representative members or the serving Governors but any time their tenures elapses and Nigeria government yet to organize referendum for Biafra, let it be known to the world that Biafrans will not even allow election again in Biafra land not to talk about electing anybody into any office representing Nigeria government from Biafra land.
In conclusion, let Nigeria government and the world at large be aware that Biafrans have started the process of withdrawal of our representatives from Nigeria government as we were challenged to do by Nigerians months back if we are truly demanding for Biafra restoration. As for Anambra governorship election, we are not only going to boycott it but resist the conduct of it against INEC in totality.
NO ELECTION ORDER: OHANEZE NDIGBO HAS DECLARED WAR AGAINST IPOB AND BIAFRANS DUE TO MONEY COLLECTED FROM OSINBAJO IN ASO ROCK: BIAFRANS GET READY!
By Mazi Onyebuchi Eze For Family Writers
The information reaching the news room of Family Writers Press has it that Ohaneze Ndigbo political hungry pigs led by the political Chameleon known as Chief John Nnia Nwodo has declared a systematic war against Biafrans all the world in general and IPOB in particular by sabotaging Biafra restoration. The declaration of war was contained in the speech which John Nnia Nwodo of shame delivered in the Anambra State House of Assembly chamber in Awka. In the John "Chameleon" Nwodo's speech, he publicly challenged the authority vested on Mazi Nnamdi Kanu (De Great) by Biafrans which is going to attract serious consequences on John "Chameleon" Nwodo reputation in particular and Ohaneze mushroom organization bereft of membership in general after this showdown with IPOB and Biafrans.
Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) under the Supreme command of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu (De Great) cannot pretend ignorance of what Ohaneze Ndigbo of shame and John "Chameleon" Nwodo is turning out to become at the moment because their Chameleon-like body language over the months is already a pointer to IPOB that a day will come when they will pitch tent with the oppressors of Biafrans in Aso Rock to fight against the restoration of Biafra. A point to their chameleons disposition is stemmed at their regular attitude of frequent switching from support of Biafra restoration to call for dubious restructuring. But as Ohaneze Ndigbo led by John Nnia Nwodo has openly shown that they are not interested in Biafra restoration, is it not time for Biafran youths to banish the hungry pigs out of Biafra Land to serve as deterrent to many people who may intend to sabotage the restoration of Biafra in the future on a mere Ghana Must Go bags of money?
Chief John Nnia Nwodo
However, whatever eventually happens with John Nnia Nwodo and Ohaneze political harlots, it is important for everyone in Biafra land to show these fools that the bags of money given to them by Prof Osinbajo in Aso Rock as revealed by an insider from the presidency to Family Writers investigation department, is not more valuable than the lives of Ezu River Igbo youths killed by Anambra state government with the support of Ohaneze Ndigbo just because of their stand for Biafra restoration. Family Writers Press want Biafrans of Anambra State to ask Ohaneze Ndigbo the following questions: 1. What did Ohaneze and John Nwodo of shame said when Gov Willie Obiano openly supported the massacre of the same Anambra people inside St Edmund Catholic Church in Nkpor on 29/5/2016 and bath many bullet wounded people with acid to die slowly by Nigeria Army? 2. What did Ohaneze fickle Chameleons and John Nwodo said when Gov Willie Obiano openly declared before Nigeria Army kangaroo panel that nobody was killed at Nkpor even when the massacre was done in a broad daylight?
3. Is it true that Ohaneze hungry pigs went to Aso Rock only to go and collect Ghana Must Go bags of money and have started to fight against Biafra restoration struggle? All these questions are begging for answers but must be answered by the Ohaneze Ndigbo fickle Chameleons under the leadership of John Nwodo of disgrace. Presently in the investigation room of Family Writers Press is a revelation still under enquiries that politicians in Biafra land placed a bounty of huge amount of money for Ohaneze Ndigbo and other mushroom numberless organizations in Igbo land to challenge and render IPOB "No more Election" order useless and grab the bounty. It is important for Biafrans to ask Ohaneze Ndigbo, how long will you people continue to trade our collective destiny for peanut's money? How long will you people continue to pitch tent with Fulani Janjaweeds from Aso Rock who kill our people with impunity even inside church at Nkpor?
Haba John Nwodo! Where is your hypocritical singing of Biafra youths as your children since you are now going about collecting bags of money from Prof Osinbajo, Gov Willie Obiano and other governorship aspirants in Anambra State in order to destroy the road map of the Biafra youths in restoring Biafra? As you have declared war against Biafra restoration struggle by openly countering the order of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, be ready to die in shame because Biafrans are going to show you that you are like an ant before Nnamdi Kanu and Ohaneze is like an earth-worm before IPOB. By the time IPOB finish with you and your Ohaneze political hungry pigs, you will bury your head in shame. It is now iron for iron, teeth for teeth and bone for bone with Ohaneze.
As for Anambra governorship election, the battle line has been drawn between IPOB and the political elites in Biafra land who have sucked the blood of our people enough. Biafrans are not even going to allow INEC to anywhere to sit and conduct any election again in Biafra land unless Biafra referendum is conducted by Nigeria government. It is important for John Nwodo to understand that what we are planning against the elections is bigger than a mere boycott of the election but total resistance of the conduct of the election in the first place. The boycott of the election is going to be our final frontier in the framework of NO ELECTION campaign in the designed template of IPOB. In conclusion, IPOB is calling on Biafrans in Anambra state to disown Ohaneze Ndigbo and John Nwodo because none of those political predators can command even 1000 persons without financial inducement. Then, who and who are the members of Ohaneze Ndigbo? A word is enough for the wise!
AREWA QUIT NOTICE TO BIAFRANS- A HEAVENLY ORCHESTRATED AGENDA
Written By Nwafor Somtochukwu Aloysius; For Family Writers.
I have never said anything concerning the trending quit notice given to Biafrans living in Northern Nigeria (Arewaland), due to the intensive and extensive research I have been conducting concerning this very docket. Before I proceed, please do not be deceived or listen to the garbage the Arewa hypocritical elites and leaders are vomiting on the pages of newspapers on daily basis. It is just mere words from the lips and does not go far beyond the pages of newspapers, because their plans to chase Biafrans out of their land were concluded and sealed with an oath.
The Arewas have hearts of Stones fertilized with chronic hatred, watered with envy and jealousy, characterised by severe anger which can at the slightest provocation, be harvested with your heads and precious blood. You must understand that the Arewas cannot put together in words the level of hatred the have for Biafrans, because it is too chronic and beyond human description.
Believe it or not, they are not the ones asking you to go home, it is Chukwuokikeabiama, your creator who made you an embodiment of wisdom and a citadel of sparking intellectual decorum. He (Chukwuokikeabiama) cherishes and admires Biafrans more than any other race on earth. It is never Chukwuokikeabiama's will that the precious and innocent blood of Biafrans continue to be wasted by the Nigeria vampires; but He has allowed some things to happen because he wanted to punish us for going against His will and commandments. It is a clarion call and the wish of Chukwuokikeabiama, the supreme creator of heavens and earth that you, Biafrans living in Arewa land(northern Nigeria) should come back home safely and peacefully because, your stay in a foreign land where He scattered you in which you suffered chronic humiliation and pains has expired.
However, it is important to note that the Arewas knew with every sense of conviction that the appointed time for you to go is now, and of course they cannot do anything to hold you back.
The message from Heaven (the quit-notice) had been on the table of the Arewas long time ago but they refused to act on it believing that they would continue to hold down Biafrans in this bondage called Nigeria. They could not act on the message as delivered to them because they were not convinced that Biafrans were ready to leave because of the huge investments in their land. They had always believed that Biafrans would not leave the North (Arewaland) because they have invested much in their land and cannot afford to loose their investments.
Meanwhile, the 100% compliance to IPOB sit-at-home exercise left the Arewas heartbroken and in total absurdity, that they are now fully aware that Biafrans are no longer interested in the bondage called Nigeria. The Arewas are now more than convinced that Biafra restoration is imminent and cannot be stopped, and are left with no other option than to deliver and implement the message from Heaven (The Quit-notice). The fact remains that there is time for everything as stated in the Bible. Hence, now is the appropriate time for Biafrans to go home. Biafrans, please forget about your property in their land, for your creator allowed you build it there for a purpose which will be revealed as I continue to write this article.
Biafra must be restored and those who have oppressed her people must severely pay for the pains and agony that Biafrans went through in their hands. The fact remains that God is the greatest whose dominion and supremacy reigns above all both in the Heavens and the earth and as such does his things the way it pleases him without being questioned by mortal or immortals. The property of Biafrans in Arewa land or any other part of Nigeria will be used by the Almighty God to punish and judge the oppressors of his chosen people (Biafrans).
As revealed by the spirit, the Arewas will fight and kill themselves over the investments of Biafrans in their land. On the process of sharing them, there will be a lot of casualties in Arewa land when Biafrans had left in peace, ranging from starvation, hunger death and disdain amongst others. In fact, the Arewas will live to regret their evil actions against the people of Biafra. There will be an unsolvable problems that will erupt in Arewa land and other parts of Nigeria where Biafrans had left their immovable investments. Uncountable lives will be wasted, of which all measures applied to cub it will prove abortive and will only be resolved by God himself.
Biafrans, should therefore rejoice because your creator has remembered you and has vowed to bless you beyond your imagination. He, Chukwuokikeabiama has promised to multiply in million folds whatever that is in your hands when you return to the land he promised and gave our forefathers.
Just as He did it to Israel in the past whose origin you are traceable to! He has vowed to even do more for you because He (God) cherishes you more than any other race on earth. Do not forget that: "blessed is he that enlarges the tribe of GAD".
Rejoice Biafrans and come back to your promise land for it is time to possess your possessions!
By Ekwenye Samuel, Sunday Okafor and Paul Emerenini; For Family Writers Press.
Do you know that South South is more Biafran than you think? You may not know this and that is why some people keep on contacting us for clarifications up until this day, both on Radio Biafra group page, Emeka Gift's page and some direct inbox messages. These messages came after one of us wrote a letter to all the Biafran governors titled- "OPEN LETTER TO SOUTH EAST AND SOUTH SOUTH GOVERNORS OF BIAFRA LAND" , which was published on the Biafra Herald website dated 18th of June, 2017. One of the critical questions encountered was: "who told you that South - South is part of Biafra?". Now listen, to get the facts straight.
As at 1900, the three geographical areas around River Niger, South East/South geographical area was known as Biafra. The South_ West geographical area harbouring the Yorubas, was known as Oduduwa and the Northern geographical area harbouring the Hausas was known as Arewa. These three had been in existence before they were coined to form what is currently known today as Nigeria by the British colonists through Frederick Lord Lugard and his girl friend, Flora Shaw in 1914. Before Nigeria was amalgamated, Biafra was already in existence, but because nobody knew what was going to happen in subsequent years to come, our fathers as at then, could not hesitate to raise a disagreement motion when the British colonial masters came to amalgamate the protectorates between 1912-1914.
Having seen the intelligence and the natural blessings of Biafrans, the British government brought up a demarcation between the South East and the South South. If you go through the old world map containing Biafra before Nigeria was amalgamated, you will find out that South-South was located in Biafra until a new map was drawn and Biafra was erased completely. Then why must some people at this new era without any knowledge of history at all come up and open their mouths to proclaim that they are not Biafrans?
All the States located in the so called South-South were Biafran States before the fraudulent amalgamation. People like Gen. Philip Effiong who hailed from Akwa-Ibom fought for Biafra with all his strength, passion and love for the motherland during the 1967 to 1970 civil war against Nigeria. Effiong defended the national boundaries of Biafra alongside other people from the Niger Delta axis. They knew why they fought for and defended Biafra, because they were Biafrans and not Nigerians. Do you think that we know more than they knew then? Not at all, because it is quite glaring that the British imperialists only came to divide, conquer and rule over Biafrans.
Also, another question that should be posed to the doubting Thomases in the Niger Delta is; What prompted the elders from Bayelsa State in the Niger Delta to pay a solidarity visit to Mazi Nnamdi Kanu at his father's residence in Afaraukwu? And why were gifts of a glittering sword and a lantern given to him?
The visit simply means that they are not left out of this struggle for freedom of all of us as Biafrans. Among these elders were those who witnessed the Nigeria - Biafra civil war and who must have been told by their parents how the coming of the British colonists forcefully colonized Nigeria, thereby amalgamating three different groups of people with different ideology, mentality, socio cultural beliefs, as well as different languages to coexist as one concocted entity. The bold step which the elders took was to correct all the anomalies infiltrated by those who think that Biafra is for the Igbos alone, by showing the whole world that they are not Nigerians rather, Biafrans.
The sword and the lantern given to Nnamdi Kanu is highly significant. It is a very vital proof that the Igbos, Ijaws, Itsekiris, Idomas and others within the Eastern region have the same ideology and cultural beliefs.
Sword and lantern when given to somebody generally signify the following in Biafra Land: 1. Lantern when given to a person could mean to lighten the person's paths. How do we mean? The people of the east and south of Biafra have been in total darkness over the years without any or little knowledge of our existence. During the time of Ojukwu in 1967, they fought for Biafra, because Biafrans were tormented and killed in the northern Nigeria almost on daily basis. So they fought for Biafra freedom not because we were not Nigerians but because of the evils Biafrans were subjected to in Nigeria. Therefore, they believed that the only possible way to stop such an inhuman act was to declare Biafra as an independent nation. Unknown to many people then, we were quite too different from the other ethnic groups which made up Nigeria and our heroes left it without clarifications. During the time of Uwazurike from 1999, many people were yet again left without proper sensitization and knowledge about our existing as Nigerians and our origin. But from 2012 when Nnamdi Kanu took over the mantle of Biafra leadership, quite a lot of people were sensitised, educated with the knowledge of history concerning the root of Biafrans. With the lantern illuminating every Biafran territory, the gospel of Biafra will spread like a flame of fire to every doubting Thomas.
2. The Sword. The sword means to fight spiritually without any intimidation or fear against the enemies, both internal and external oppressors. THE INTERNAL ENEMIES : These are the ones within the territory of the nation which can either be an individual, or a group of people such as the governors in Biafra land, the senators in Biafra land, the ministers of Biafra origin, and so many others to mention but a few. They are regarded as enemies because they do not want Biafra to be restored due to their selfish and personal interests from the Nigerian government, thereby selling their people to a fake entity (Nigeria) as slaves.
THE EXTERNAL ENEMIES. These are the ones who are not of Biafran origin, and are fighting against her restoration. They can as well be classified as both individuals like the northern Hausa-Arewas and the Western yoruba Oduduwas, countries like Nigeria, Britain, Saudi Arabia and some other countries of the world.
Even Nnamdi Kanu said it in one of his speeches at his father's residence in Afaraukwu Abia State that all the South South areas are naturally Biafra entities. So, what are you waiting for? It is high time you joined the moving train of Biafra restoration for freedom, because that is the only hope we have to survive in this part of the Islamic world.
With this, we end this week's edition of FWFFA. Greetings to you, goodbye.
IT'S TOO LATE TO RESTRUCTURE NIGERIA – Ankko Briggs
Prominent resource control crusader, Ankko Briggs, has backed down on her call for the restructuring of the country. Briggs said making such move at this time in the life of the nation was too late.
She rather called for the parting of ways by the different sections of the country. In a position made known on Wednesday amid the call for restructuring by several prominent individuals and groups, Briggs said the restructuring of the country should have been long done before the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan or the National Conference held in 2014. She said at the time, nobody understood why she stood on the side of restructuring the country.
Now Briggs said that call is coming too late. She said what will work for the country at this time is for the different regions to go their separate ways. Briggs said: “Going by the figures, the North is getting over 60 per cent of the total local government allocations and even when we come to the states as well they also receive far more than the Southern states.
“Again, if you go to the National Assembly, they are far more in numbers, especially in the House of Representatives, and so by the time there is a motion or bill, which they are not in support of, ends up being frustrated or not being passed at all. “A good example is the PIB that had to spent over 10 years in the National Assembly.
“How can this continue?”
According to the renowned advocate for resource control in the Niger Delta, the time for restructuring Nigeria was long gone owing to the fact that it had become another political tool in the hands of the ruling elites, whose plan is to increase revenue allocation to some parts of the country currently agitating, but then retain the same form of governance, which has bred institutional injustice in the country.
Briggs said: “For me, calling for restructuring now is too late we want to go our separate ways because you see what they are calling restructuring is not what restructuring is. “Restructuring to them is that the status quo should remain and perharps a little increase in revenue to agitating regions, but the real restructuring is when everybody keeps what you have, even if it is only water that you have, and if you can sell it, sell it.
“So anything apart from that is not restructuring. “What is federalism? “This is where you have the states, which are the federating units. “So a federation means that every component is autonomous to itself within that nation. “So how can the Federal Government be interested in building hospitals in Abia State or building a university in Rivers State? “Nigeria is a good example of how impossible to run a government.
“How can one man alone, who is of a different culture, language, religion run or oversee the rest of the people of over 400 ethnic groups as if he is overseeing his own personal property or estate? “He cannot do it right because he doesn’t know my culture and so how can he make decisions that will be 100 per cent appealing to me because the things I would put into consideration if I am to make the same decisions will be totally different.
“People even say that I don’t fight other people’s battle, but that is not true. “I can fight the Igbo man’s battle because I understand his way of life and culture to a very large extent because my grandmother is Igbo and I can speak Igbo language well too, I can understand them, I can work with them and if I am working with them and I make decisions for my people and Igbo people, I won’t go wrong because I know what to do.
“Now reverse the case and ask me to make decisions for the Hausa-Fulani man or the Muslim man, I will make a terrible decision and this is because I don’t understand them. “So this is what we are saying that someone who doesn’t understand a people cannot make any good decision for them.
“If this simple conditions are not met, governance will fail and that is what has happened in the real sense, it has failed in Nigeria. “The then military leadership under General Abdusalami Abubakar had a rare opportunity of gathering Nigerians together to come up with a document meant to be the constitution, but it was bungled because what happened was that one man just sat down and made sure that the document was written to favour a particular section of the country and he called it the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The Nigerian constitution is the only constitution in the world that tells a lie against itself and its people, when its first sentence says: ‘We the people.’ “That statement is a lie.
“There was never a gathering of any people or group of persons to discuss any constitution. “Do you also know that the constitution was designed to work against people who are not Muslims as the word Islam, Muslim, Sharia or Mosque was mentioned over 200 times, while the word Christian or Church was never mentioned in the constitution? “And you say that same constitution is me
Ohanaeze Ndigbo on Thursday descended and distanced itself from Kanu and his IPOB organisation.
Chief John Nnia Nwodo, President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, made the stand of the body known while addressing members of the Anambra State House of Assembly at the Legislative Complex, Awka, Anambra State.
Nnamdi Kanu and Nnia Nwodo
Nwodo, who was particularly not happy with the statement credited to Kanu that governorship election should not hold in Anambra in November, said Kanu had breached the undertaking he took before him (Nwodo) when he was released from detention.
“I’m just being paternal. The way I commended them as my children is the way I have the right to chastise them when they go wrong. We don’t need this heat up”, Nwodo said.
“News that reached us in the past few days that Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of IPOB, has declared that there will be no election in Anambra in November is shocking and disturbing. I hereby countermand that declaration as president general of Ohanaeze.
“Whereas Ohanaeze understands the marginalisation and unfair treatment of Igbos which have given rise to self-determination movements in Igboland, leaders of these movements must not arrogate to themselves the supreme leadership of Igboland.
“Statements of the kind credited to Nnamdi Kanu are provocative, misleading and unproductive. Why should Anambra people be denied the opportunity to choose their own leader? Why should any of us who are not from Anambra, no matter how highly placed, descend to the arena and dictate for Anambra people when to vote, whether to vote or who to vote for?
“Anambra, nay Igbos, are still part and parcel of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Yes, we are not happy with our treatment in Nigeria. Yes, some of us want Biafra. Yes, some of us prefer a restructured Federal Republic of Nigeria. But the fact remains that we are still part and parcel of the present Federal Republic of Nigeria, bound by its laws, no matter how repressive or unjust”, Nwodo said while addressing the legislators.
Continuing, he said, “Our approach to reforms of our laws even if it leads to self-determination or restructuring must be lawful. We must convince other Nigerians of our point of view, we must strive to make others share our convictions.
“Our language must be civil, respectful and lead to consensus building. We must resist any attempt to turn division amongst us, as to which way we must go, become a source of altercations between us.
“As we speak very many of our people living in Northern Nigeria are in complete awe and consternation regarding how safe they will be after October 1st. Other Northerners living amongst us are also worried.
“The Inspector General of Police has taken public notice of Nnamdi’s comments inviting a possible invasion of Anambra by the Nigerian police, increasing the already existing siege of our people which lead to daily extortion on our highways. All these developments have arisen out of unguarded utterances.
“I find no venue more suited for the statements I make here. Every constituent part of Anambra is represented here. I believe that the honourable members here are competent enough to carry the Ohanaeze message to every nook and cranny of Anambra State”.
Nwodo, who said the organisation would visit other houses of Assembly in Igbo speaking states, said, “We are happy with the peace that exists here. We are happy with the steady progress Anambra has registered over the years. The next election can only improve not retard it.”
Igbos Must Not Be Divided
Earlier, Chief Willie Obiano, Anambra State governor, represented by his Senior Special Assistant on Legislative Matters, Chief Chiedozie Ezeugwa, said that the state government was committed to the Igbo cause and would continue to do everything to support the Ohanaeze in protecting the interest Igbos.
Mrs. Rita Mmaduagwu, Speaker of Anambra Assembly, and a former national chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Victor Umeh, in their speeches said Igbos should avoid being divided in whatever cause they pursue in the prevailing circumstance, adding that the time to listen to Igbos has come.
It would be recalled that on Wednesday Kanu in Umuahia, Abia State, was unanimously chosen by seven pro-Biafra groups as leader of all groups agitating for the sovereign state of Biafra.
Announcing the decision of the groups under the banner of Biafra Peoples National Council (BPNC) at Nnamdi Kanu’s country-home at Afara Ibeku in Umuahia North Council, the leader of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), Uchenna Madu, said Kanu’s sincerity, focus and doggedness in the struggle towards realisation of Biafra made the pro-Biafra groups to ask him to lead them.
The groups, according to him, are MASSOB, Eastern People’s Congress (EPC), Biafran Revolutionary Organisation (BRO), Joint Revolutionary Council of Biafra (JRCB); World Union of Biafran Scientists (WUBS), Biafran Liberation Crusaders (BLC), Salvation People of Biafra (SPB) and IPOB. SOURCE
Nigeria Restructuring: Yorubas Are The Most Ungrateful Backstabbers – Arewa Youth Coalition
Published by Family Writers Press
Less than two weeks a quite notice was issued to Igbos living in the North by the controversial coalition of Arewa youth, they have moved south west, stating that, “the Yoruba are the most ungrateful stock in Nigeria”, in a statement signed on behalf of the group by Muhammed Shehu and Tanko Abdullahi, after an emergency meeting called by the coalition in Daura, Katsina State, on Tuesday, June 27, 2017.
In what may be the most inflammatory statement of the times, the Northern youth group, which said that they speak for the youth of Northern Nigeria, said “having given power to the Yoruba on a platter of gold in 1999 as a way of compensating them for the June 12 saga, it is quite worrisome and unfortunate that they have lived up to their legendary reputation of backstabbing and betrayal by supporting the divisive calls for restructuring or dismemberment of the nation against the will and desire of the north”. “We gave the late Chief MKO Abiola the mandate in 1993 but shortly after that, as it is with the Yoruba as a culture, they immediately started circling around Abiola plotting on how to emasculate the north and strip us of every access we had to the politics and economy of this nation,” the Arewa group said.
“They had also raised a secret army of their elites to carry out these sinister plans against the north if Abiola eventually became president. It was this army that was unleashed on the nation in the guise of NADECO during the June 12 impasse. “May we remind the Yoruba that without the willingness and magnanimity of the north, there was no way Abiola could have purportedly won that election, and that all the Yoruba have now as assets in the south west, especially Lagos, were given to them by our leaders out of our own usual magnanimity. However, time and time again, the Yoruba have always turned their back on us whenever their support is needed. They have chosen to pitch tent with the Igbo this time around just to spite us, but we shall not succumb to their antics.
“We are very much aware that all the attacks against President Muhammadu Buhari were planted in the media by the Yoruba and spread by southerners generally just to discredit the north in order to pave way for their son, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to become president. But their plans will fail insha Allah. “We shall resist every of such plans and ensure by all means possible, that the north completes its eight-year tenure and possibly even continue after then, and that the federal structure of Nigeria as it currently is, is not tampered with by secession mongers and their collaborators,” the statement concluded.
Many Of Those Calling For Restructuring Are Opportunists, Irresponsible – El-Rufai
El-Rufai, while speaking on Channels TV’s Sunrise Daily said President Buhari’s administration has done far more in practical terms than past administrations and that many of those calling for a restructuring rather see it as a means of opportunism. He stated that some of the practical steps taken towards restructuring included the fact that state governors are now more than ever, involved in economic policy making at the national level. According to him, things that have always been hidden from state governments are now much more open as they are now more involved in investigations of finances of the excess crude account, among other things. “We meet every month under the auspice of the National Economic Council and working together with the Federal Government we chart directions of economic policy and that is part of shifting the federal- state balance. “A lot of the talk about political restructuring is political opportunism and irresponsibility in my opinion “It is popular and people that have presidential aspirations think there is a platform upon which they will exploit this. As I said, if you look at the APC manifesto, all the elements to divulge power to the state to change the balance in the federation are there and we are committed to that as a party. “The National Chairman of our party will restate that commitment and we are discussing it and as I said President Buhari and Osinbajo’s government has taken very concrete steps rather than rhetoric to actually move in that direction and we are going to move in that direction but we do not believe that the basis for it is rhetoric and opportunism, we do not believe that the 2014 CONFAB report is a sensible basis to even begin. “We all know the circumstances in which the so-called CONFAB was put together, we all know the composition, how lopsided it was, how important stakeholders were not taken to account, how even the composition and numbers do not reflect the demographics and the diversity of this country and we took a position as a party not to participate but to encourage our state governors to be there at the table.”
IPOB: Pro-Biafra groups forge common force, make Nnamdi Kanu overall leader
By Anayo Okoli
Published by Family Writers Press
UMUAHIA – SEVEN pro-Biafra groups Wednesday agreed to work together under the leaders of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, with the aim of achieving faster the their quest for referendum that will lead to the emancipation of Republic of Biafra.
The groups said that they decided to work together so that they would be speaking with one voice seeking for one objective of securing the Republic of Biafra.
Well over 5000 people from the various groups converged on Afaraukwu, native home of Nnamdi Kanu to witness his appointment as the over leader of Biafra. The groups were the Movement for the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, Biafran Revolutionary Organization, BRO, Eastern People Congress, EPC, Joint Revolutionary Council of Biafra, JRCB, Biafra Liberation Crusaders, BLC, and Salvation People of Biafra, all of who agreed to work indiscriminately with the Nnamdi Kanu led IPOB to pursue the Republic Biafra. Rising from a closed down with Kanu, Comrade Uchenna Madu addressed journalists on their decision. He said the decision was to work together and speak with one voice under a central leader, saying however that all the groups still exist but would be speaking with one voice more so as the quest for referendum hits up.
“Distinguished members and great people of Biafra and supporters of divine mission of emancipation of the land of Biafra from the oppressing Nigeria State, we salute you. Today as we stand in this holy land of Bifra in unique and brotherly gathering to honour our own brother who distinguished himself in the self determination struggle for Biafra actualization and restoration. “Today in honour of our supreme leader, Chukwu Okike Abiama and in remembrance of Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, we the people of Biafra under the representation of all the pro-Biafra groups hereby adopt and declare our brother, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu as the new leader of Biafra Nation, whose under his leadership, through the grace of Chukwu Okike Abiama shall the people of Biafra rest. “Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s leadership shall bring unity, peace, progress and brotherly love among the esteemed people of Biafra through the instrumentality of mutual and intimate understanding among the pro-Biafra groups”, the declaration read by MASSOB leader, Comrade Uchenna Madu said.
Kanu Reacts In his reaction, Nnamdi Kanu said that he was humbled by the decision of the various groups and assured that h would not let them down. “I am humbled by this decision of the groups, we started together and we have all ended up together because we are sincere and purposeful. I am not in the habit of letting my friends down, that thing you said I cannot do is what I will down. “Everybody will be carried along; if I am invited for any meeting I will take some people along. Today is a great day for Biafran all over the world.
Today we have shamed our enemies think that we cannot come together, who think that if when we get Biafra we will kill ourselves, we have shamed them”. In answer to a question, Kanu said he did not believe in the restructuring of Nigeria being called by eminent Nigeria, saying that Nigerian Government would not keep any agreement reached in the restructuring exercise. According to him, it is a referendum or nothing.
He said that Aburi agreement was reneged by Nigerian Government and that the 2014 National Conference was dumped where it was coated by dust until the Biafra agitation became intense and it was remembered. On whether the IPOB has formerly written to the United Nations demanding referendum, Kanu said that the best letter was the continuous civil disobedience which he said serves as “handwriting on the wall for the Government, they wake up to see it every day”. “We are going to compel the powers that be to recognize the inevitability of the referendum. Man made the law, man will change it. We will continue to deploy civil disobedience. It is not war, it is self-determination”, Kanu said.
A United Nations observer, Prof. Nwaimo Emma was around yesterday to see what was going on. According to Nwaimo, who said he is a professor of religion, he was overwhelmed with the crowd he saw and said that he would report back to the United Nations the true position of what he observed.
WE HAVE LOST CONFIDENCE IN IGP
Meanwhile, the leader of Afenifere Youths, Eric Olawale has said that the Afenifere youths have totally lost confidence in the leadership of the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris over his failure to arrested the Arewa Youths who gave the Igbo quit notice from the North. Olawale also said that they have lost confidence in the Northern governors over the same issue, saying with their action they have failed to provide leadership. Olawale who said he was in Umuahia in solidarity with Nnamdi Kanu and other pro-Biafra groups, said that they are also keenly interested in having Oduduwa Republic. He said that they came to give support to Kanu because they all part of Southern Nigeria, and will not watch and see their brother being punished.
The African institute for mathematical Sciences Rwanda Centre graduated its first ever cohort of students at a graduation ceremony held at the AIMS center in Kigali, Rwanda on 22nd June 2017 Forty-four students from 10 African countries, namely; Cameroon, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Sudan, Burundi, Nigeria, Zambia, Kenya and Tanzania received their Master’s of Science in Mathematical Sciences ...
BY ISAIAH BENJAMI,Kaduna The Federal High court sitting in Kaduna yesterday adjourned to 6th July, 2017 for Judgement on the N2bn suit filed by the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky against the Nigerian Army, the Attorney General of the Federation and Kaduna State Government. El-Zakzaky had dragged the Nigerian […]
Esteemed readers, a careful observation of the polity in the last one week suggests that there is a cross-regional consensus to restructure Nigeria’s federalism. Although, many vocal voices have relentlessly canvassed for a smaller, leaner federal government with reduced responsibilities. Pronouncements by governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and their […]
The Federal Government says it has released the sum of N420.2 million to the Nigeria film industry popularly called Nollywood to improve and support aspiring practitioners. According to a statement issued by the Deputy Director of Information, Federal Ministry of Finance, Mrs Patricia Deworitshe, on Friday in Abuja, the money, which is the second tranche […]
By Ebriku John Friday The General Superintendent, GS, Deeper Life Bible Church Worldwide, Pastor Dr William Kumuyi, will visit the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja, with ‘A Night of Divine Intervention Crusade’ on July 9. The renown man of God assisted that God will intervene the current challenges the country is facing, saying that “God […]
The Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Ms Hadiza Usman, says some terminals, including that of Ikorodu, will be designated for non-oil exports. Usman disclosed this at the flag-off of the Nigeria Yam Export Programme (NYEP) to the UK held at Lilypond Container Terminal, Lagos, on Friday. She said that necessary facilities would be […]
29/06/2017 - The African Development Bank's Board of Directors approved a US $3-million grant of the Bank's Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA) for Phase 2 of the Green Mini-Grid Market Development Programme (GMG MDP). Implemented by the Bank-hosted SEforALL Africa Hub, the GMG MDP's objective is to support the scale-up of investments in commercially viable GMG projects through a broad range of interventions to improve the enabling environment. The project seeks to remove or reduce market barriers at regional scale and strengthen the ecosystem for the emergence of a thriving GMG sector in Sub-Saharan Africa – contributing significantly to the objectives of SEforALL and the New Deal on Energy for Africa.
29/06/2017 - The Senior Director of the African Development Bank in Nigeria, Ebrima Faal, on Wednesday, June 28 concluded his accreditation with the Nigerian Government in a ceremony presided by the Nigerian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama.
“How An Uber Driver Wanted To “Forcefully Have Sex” With Me” Nigerian Lady Cries Out A lady identidied as Ann, has called out an Uber Driver who apparently, wanted to have sex with her. She summarized the story, and it was met with mixed reactions, with many calling her story false… Now, Ann has released
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“You Live And Die For Gucci, I Live And Die For People”, Phyno Slam Hard Hushpuppi Nigerian rapper, Phyno, has replied Hushpuppi. The Indigenous rapper took to his Snapchat to slam flamboyant big boy, Ray Hushpuppi, who mocked the former for rocking a counterfeit designer wristwatch. He took to no chill route as he slammed
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Oil climbed on Friday for a seventh straight session as a decrease in the U.S. rig count and stronger demand data from China lifted depressed prices that still finished the first half with the biggest decline for that period since 1998.
U.S. drillers decreased their number of rigs for the first time since January, according to energy services company Baker Hughes. [RIG/U] The rig count had risen for the previous 23 weeks.
Earlier, Chinese data showed factories grew at the quickest pace in three months. Rob Haworth, senior investment strategist at U.S. Bank Wealth Management, said the Chinese data "certainly gives you hope that demand is growing globally."
U.S. crude futures settled up $1.11, or around 2.5 percent, to $46.04 a barrel. Benchmark Brent crude futures settled up 50 cents at $47.92 a barrel.
Both benchmarks ended the first half of 2017 with drops of more than 14 percent since Dec. 30, 2016, the largest drop since Brent and U.S. crude fell about 19 percent in the first half of 1998.
Oil prices have generally increased in first half of most years.
Trading volume was low ahead of the U.S. Independence Day holiday weekend. Last week, crude hit a 10-month low as rises in output revived concerns about global oversupply.
The U.S. dollar <.DXY> fell, making dollar-denominated crude oil less expensive for investors using other currencies.
The global crude glut has knocked 16 percent off Brent crude so far this year, even though the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and other major producers have agreed to cut production about 1.8 million barrels per day (bpd).
"There’s a longer term question of where are prices going to be when the market rebalances," said Haworth.
Money managers cut their net long U.S. crude futures and options positions in the week to June 27 to the lowest since late September, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) said on Friday.
The market has also seen traders building short positions to the highest levels since mid-August.
Reuters' monthly oil price poll showed analysts have reduced their price forecasts again, with 2017 average Brent and WTI prices lowered by more than $2 since last month. [OILPOLL]
Bank of America Merrill Lynch analysts cut their forecast for average 2017 Brent crude prices to $50 a barrel from $54 and WTI to $47 from $52. They cited rising output from Libya, Nigeria and U.S. shale fields, coupled with weaker demand growth.
While U.S. drillers cut two oil rigs in the week to June 30, the total rig count of 756 is still more than double the count the same week a year ago, Baker Hughes said on Friday.
(Additional reporting by Karolin Schaps in London, Naveen Thukral in Singapore; editing by David Gregorio)
“You do not know me,” said tortoise. “I am a changed man. I have learned that a man who makes trouble for others makes trouble for himself.” This snippet is from celebrated Nigerian author Chinua Achebe’s best-selling novel: “Things Fall Apart” where the writer tells how folklore explains how the tortoise got its shells. There...
You are a wise man indeed. Some foolish Biafran propagandists here don't think. A man with British passport who left his Family safe in London is here telling you guys to rise and fight for Separation from Nigeria. How do you know that he will not vamoos to the United Kingdom the Moment bullets start flying and leave you guys to suffer the consequence? Even Ikemba ran to a neighbouring state. Be wise and leave this Biafran shit for the fools and fight for restructuring of Nigeria.
Le Kenya est le premier pays africain à commencer à utiliser un nouveau médicament générique
contre le SIDA – un médicament susceptible d’améliorer et de prolonger la vie des personnes qui souffrent d’effets secondaires graves et de résistance à d’autres traitements, rapporte l’agence de presse Reuters.
Dolutegravir (DTG), qui a été approuvé pour la première fois aux États-Unis en 2013, est administré à 20 000 patients au Kenya avant d’être lancé cette année au Nigeria et en Ouganda avec le soutien de l’initiative mondiale pour la santé de l’ONUSIDA.
Une patiente kenyane, Doughtiest Ogutu, qui a commencé à prendre le médicament au début de cette année en raison de la résistance à d’autres traitements, affirme qu’elle a retrouvé son appétit et se sent beaucoup mieux.
« J’avais constamment des cauchemars et pas d’appétit. Mon appétit est revenu… Mon corps réagit bien au médicament ». Mademoiselle Ogutu, qui vit avec le VIH depuis près de 15 ans, a déclaré que sa charge virale – la quantité de VIH dans son sang – a chuté de 450 000 à 40 000 depuis qu’elle a commencé à prendre le Dolutegravir.
ONUSIDA effectue des démarches pour mettre rapidement ce médicament sur le marché et pour réduire les coûts de fabrication en permettant aux entreprises génériques d’accéder aux brevets d’une petite redevance et de les produire à bon marché pour les pays en développement.
Selon le Programme national de lutte contre le SIDA et les MST, environ 1,5 million de Kenyans sont séropositifs, avec plus des deux tiers sous traitement.
At CARE, we seek a world of hope, tolerance and social justice, where poverty has been overcome and people live with dignity and security. This has been our vision since 1945, when we were founded to send lifesaving CARE Packages® to survivors of World War II. Today, CARE is a global leader in the movement […]
L’homme le plus riche d’Afrique et le président du groupe Dangote. L’homme d’affaires a dénoncé le
taux élevé de chômage au Nigeria. Aliko Dangote a déclaré que le nombre de jeunes sans emploi au Nigeria lui donnait des nuits blanches.
S’exprimant lors d’une réunion avec une équipe de dirigeants d’entreprises du Lagos Business School, Dangote a déclaré que le chômage au Nigeria est devenu une horreur et doit être redressé grâce à des efforts collectifs.
La réunion a eu lieu dans son entreprise de raffinerie et de pétrochimie de plusieurs milliards de dollars à Ibeju-Lekki, dans l’État de Lagos.
Il a révélé que chaque Nigérian a un rôle à jouer pour s’assurer que le problème du chômage est résolu. « Ce qui m’empêche de dormir tous les soirs n’est pas vraiment le tas d’idées d’affaires dans mon esprit, mais le taux de chômage élevé dans le pays ». « C’est une horreur et je pense que nous avons la responsabilité collective de résoudre ce problème», a-t-il dit.
L’homme d’affaires a déclaré que la population du Nigeria augmente à un rythme où elle devrait être une bénédiction pour la nation, mais le taux de pauvreté dans le pays, augmente avec la population. « Plus vous avez la pauvreté dans une société sans éducation, plus vous créez de criminels ».
Il est surprenant que la pauvreté se développe dans ce pays au fur et à mesure que la population grandit, surtout dans le nord où vous avez des familles à faible revenu avec plusieurs enfants dont elles ne peuvent pas répondre aux besoins ».
L’homme le plus riche d’Afrique ajoute que les Nigérians devraient créer leurs propres emplois pour ne pas compter toujours sur le gouvernement pour le faire. Il a toutefois exhorté le gouvernement fédéral à se concentrer sur la création d’un environnement propice pour tous les Nigérians qui veulent faire des affaires.
Citant des cas dans les pays développés, Dangote a déclaré que les grandes économies n’ont pas été créées par le gouvernement, mais par le secteur privé qui est le principal moteur de la croissance et du développement. Il a également déclaré que l’insurrection dans le Nord-Est et le militantisme dans la région du delta du Niger a contribué au taux de chômage qui ne cesse de croître.
De overgang van de Nigeriaan Henry Onyekuru van eersteklasser Eupen naar de Engelse subtopper Everton is afgerond, zo maakte de Premier League-club vrijdag bekend. Onyekuru tekende in Liverpool een contract tot medio 2022 en wordt meteen uitgeleend aan Anderlecht.
Le prochain Forum nigérian de l'énergie (NEF) se concentrera sur les défis dans le domaine énergétique dans le pays, a déclaré jeudi un haut responsable de l'Institut nigérian d'ingénierie électronique et électrique (NIEEE).
It has been revealed that popular Nigerian actress, Mercy Johnson live with her husband for 2 years before they eventually got married. Mercy Johnson and husband Prince Okojie Mercy Johnson’s husband, Prince Okojie, has revealed that before he married the actress, they lived together under the same roof for about 2 years. Mercy’s husband revealed […]
[Premium Times] The National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) has issued a one-week ultimatum to the Director-General of Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) to cause the release of promotion letters of all members of staff who passed the last promotion examination or face industrial action.
[VOA] Police and aid groups say more than 60 percent of illegal prostitutes in Belgium are trafficked from Nigeria. Many are only teenagers and almost all come from Benin City, a city in the south of Nigeria.
[Premium Times] The billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, otherwise known as Evans, on Thursday filed another suit against the Inspector General of Police, and three others at a Federal High Court in Lagos.
[Daily Trust] Nigeria has ranked 55th out of 89 countries in the governance of oil resources, the 2017 Resource Governance Index' (RGI) released on Wednesday by the Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI) revealed.
[Premium Times] Two years after PREMIUM TIMES revealed that four South-South states were running illegal surveillance programmes to intrude into privacy of their residents and target opposition, latest findings by this newspaper suggest that the states have not backed down on the controversial operation.
[Guardian] Abeokuta -The Next Einstein Forum (NEF) has taken the gauntlet to reposition science as the engine room of development. The move follows the declining interest in the subjects which the body attributes to students' worldview of their purported non-profitable nature.
[Guardian] Suspected kidnapping kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, a.k.a. Evans, has again dragged the Inspector General of Police, and three others before a Federal High Court in Lagos over his alleged illegal detention.
[Guardian] Recently, the media was awash with news of the arrest of a kingpin notorious for armed robbery and kidnapping, Chukwudubem Onwuamadike, known as Evans. He was arrested in his palatial home at Magodo area of Lagos State. As usual, Nigerians celebrated his arrest. They always demonstrate outrage in unison against petty stealing and such other acts of desperation often caused by hunger and immediate need. It is worse usually against a felon who has inflicted pain and desolation on his fellow citizens.
[This Day] The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) said that it has renewed its campaign against trade malpractices and smuggling as part of efforts to implement the ease of doing business policy of the federal government.
[This Day] The Lagos State Ministry of Establishments, Training and Pensions' (MET&P's) has embraced the Service Charter Policy of the Lagos State Government by renewing and emphasising its commitments towards excellent service delivery.
[Guardian] Prince Ajibola Adedoyin is the National President of the Association of Motor Dealers of Nigeria and the Chief Executive Officer of Mitchel Automobile Limited. In this interview with KINGSLEY JEREMIAH, he discusses germane issues in the automotive sector in Nigeria.
[Vanguard] The name 'Alex Ozone' is practically one of the most popular names in the Nigerian entertainment and social circle. The CEO of O3media who is believed to be the engine room of most successful Nigerian artistes in this no holds bared interview talked about the Nigerian entertainment industry and also bared his mind on the state of the
Just nu pågår Main Event i Pokerstars Championship i Bahamas, och en som är glad över att vara där är vinnaren i vår exklusiva satellitturnering – Zana Ali.
Ali är en 26-årig pokerentusiast som spelat poker i åtta år. Hans familj kommer från Kurdistan i norra Irak, men han flyttade till Norge för 18 år sedan, och han växte upp i en liten stad strax utanför Oslo.
I det riktiga livet arbetar Ali med att reparera samt underhålla båtar och skepp, så han reser mycket via jobbet.
Hans tripp till Bahamas är dock unik för honom, då den handlar om att spela poker och leva livet.
Pokerlistings: Anser du dig själv vara norsk eller kurd?
Zana Ali: Det är en tuff fråga. Jag växte upp i Norge, så i mitt sinne är jag norsk, men jag vet fortfarande vart mina rötter kommer ifrån.
Jag har rest till Kurdistan många gånger, och jag åker dit igen om ett par månader. Jag har mycket familj där, 67 kusiner bland annat.
PL: Är du duktig på att åka skidor?
PL: Det måste bero dina rötter, berätta lite om ditt spel.
ZA: Jag började spela på internet för åtta år sedan. Jag spelar främst turneringar, men det är bara en hobby för mig, så jag spelar mest på låga nivåer.
Alis andra liveevent
Efter att jag började jobba för några år sedan har jag inte spelat speciellt mycket poker. Mitt arbete har tagit mig till platser som Nigeria, Angola, Egypten, Dubai, Spanien och Skottland, men jag har aldrig varit i den här delen av världen.
Det var riktigt bra värde i den. Plats 2-5 fick en satellitbiljett för $500 tror jag. Det blev därför en extremt nervkittlande heads-up om förstapriset på $10k.
Tar man hänsyn till att turneringen bara höll på i 2,5 timma så var det en relativt lång HU-duell, runt 30 minuter
Det var spännande att spela för ett så stort pris, jag var shortstackad eller kring average hela turneringen. Jag var nästan i chock när jag vann.
PL: Hur länge stannar du här?
ZA: Hela veckan. Jag tog med mig en kompis, så han hade ännu mer flyt än mig. Jag har inte provat någon av aktiviteterna ännu då jag spelade Dag 1A, fast nu är jag utslagen, vilket är precis enligt planen.
PL: Varför tog du dig inte vidare till Dag 2?
ZA: När dagens sista nivå startade var jag short med bara 6 big blinds i stacken. Jag gick all-in från mittenposition med Knekt-Tio offsuit och vart synad av stora mörken som satt på Ess-Sju suited.
Jag floppade en tia, men han turnade ett ess och det var Game Over.
PL: Hur kändes det att spela i ett $5k-event?
ZA: I början var det lite läskigt. Jag försökte att inte tänka på det, men jag hade Daniel Negreanu och novembernian Vojtech Ruzicka vid mitt bord, så det var en tuff lineup.
Något som gjorde det ännu svårare var alla vänner som följde en på Facebook och som hela tiden ville ha uppdateringar. Det är dock alldeles för krävande att sitta och uppdatera sin Facebook-sida samtidigt som du spelar.
Oturligt nog var jag rätt kortdöd större delen av dagen, och min bluffar fungerade inte heller. En av dom var mot Daniel Negreanu. Jag lyckades ta en del marker från honom, men han tog mer från mig.
PL: Tänkte du försöka komma tillbaka nästa år?
ZA: Definitivt! Jag tänkte försöka kvalificera mig online. Inköpet är för högt för att köpa in sig direkt.
Jag funderar på att spela några fler turneringar i veckan. Det går många event här och ett par stycken med lågt inköp verkar riktigt intressanta.
PL: Tack så mycket för din tid och lycka till med dom!
Pokerlistings erbjuder exklusiva pokerturneringar på flera sajter. Vill du spela för stora prispotter i små fält som Zana gjorde kan du skapa ditt konto hos Pokerstars via vår recensionssida.
Ikväll inleds Dag 2 av Main Event. Bland de 350 överlevande finns 3 svenskar. Bäst till ligger Mattias Priolo på en sjundeplats.
Livestream hittar du här. Fler nyheter från Pokerstars Championship Bahamas går att läsa här.
[Deutsche Welle] Le procès qui a débuté jeudi contre le géant pétrolier Shell est le fruit d'une lutte acharnée de quatre veuves ogonis déterminées à ce que justice soit faite après l'exécution de leurs maris dans les années 1990.
Country: Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, World, Yemen
With the world on the brink of an unprecedented four famines, donor countries must urgently step up efforts to tackle the structural causes of hunger and poverty. Food security and sustainable agriculture are among the European Union’s key priorities for development cooperation. The EU is committed to longterm solutions, including empowering smallholders, in particular women, and supporting environmentally sustainable approaches in agriculture. In practice, however, its development aid to the agricultural sector does not live up to its commitments. An Oxfam analysis of more than 7,500 EU-funded projects reveals a significant lack of transparency in reporting, casting doubt on the accountability of the EU’s aid. Based on the reported data, only a small portion of the EU’s agricultural development aid complies with the aim of targeting small-scale producers and women. Funding is also biased towards industrial and export crops and countries of strategic interest, at the expense of smallholders and countries most in need.
In 2017, less than 10 years after the 2007–08 food price crisis, the world stands on the brink of an unprecedented four famines. Famine has already been declared in South Sudan, while Nigeria, Yemen and Somalia are also facing the risk of mass starvation.
These are just four of the dozens of countries confronting acute and widespread food insecurity.1 Globally, an estimated 795 million people – one in nine worldwide – are still going hungry.2 The reasons for this are many, including high food prices, low agricultural productivity, abnormal weather patterns and conflict. Yet the scale of food insecurity points to deeper problems in the global food system that have never been adequately tackled. Social and economic exclusion, structural poverty, lack of access to productive resources such as land, and imbalances in power are consigning millions of people to hunger.
There is significant agreement on the need for greater commitment to address the longterm structural causes of food insecurity – and solutions are known. Empowering smallholders and supporting their efficient and environmentally sustainable approaches to agriculture is a proven long-term solution to reducing hunger and poverty and tackling power imbalances and inequalities. At least 475 million small-scale farms worldwide support around two billion people, and investing in the sector is known to have immense potential for reducing poverty. Women play a potentially transformative role in agricultural development, but they continue to face social, cultural and economic constraints that limit their potential in the sector.
European Union policy makers are aware of both the challenges and the solutions. The role of agriculture was recognized as being crucial for poverty reduction in the 2005 European Consensus on Development. Responding to some of the most severe global food price crises from 2007 onwards, the EU launched the €1bn Food Facility, with a specific focus on small-scale producers, in 2009 and the Food Security Policy Framework (FSPF) in 2010. Through the FSPF, the EU committed to a rights-based approach to support small-scale food producers, gender mainstreaming and ecologically sustainable approaches. Since then, it has made further policy commitments to reinforce priorities established in 2010; an Implementation Plan has been produced, and the European Commission has compiled consolidated EU-wide biennial progress reports since 2014. The new European Consensus on Development, adopted in May 2017, reiterates the central importance of smallholder farmers.
However, Oxfam’s analysis of the EU’s official development assistance (ODA) for agriculture reveals that its investments do not match its policy priorities. On average, the EU’s financial support for the three priority areas of smallholders, gender equality in agriculture and ecological sustainability is strikingly low. An analysis of preimplementation project data shows that less than one-quarter of EU aid for agriculture explicitly targets small-scale producers. Only 2–3 percent of EU funding promotes gender equality in agriculture, while ecological sustainability is largely missed out in planning documents altogether. Furthermore, with the exception of just one year, EU ODA has consistently supported industrial and export crops with significantly higher budgets than food crops.
Finally, Oxfam’s analysis of EU development funding for agriculture suggests that ODA is being instrumentalized to support EU foreign policy goals instead of responding to the actual needs of the most marginalized people. There is a clear bias towards supporting potential candidates for EU membership and the European neighbourhood regions, to the detriment of poorer regions elsewhere. For instance, the EU spends 3.6 times as much agricultural development aid in Europe as in sub-Sahara Africa.
NATO and its partners, as a part of discussions related to the Alliance’s efforts to promote peace and security in its broader neighbourhood, have increasingly focused on NATOs’ “Southern Flank.” In the following report, the authors argue that this primarily military term is likely to be off-putting to many current or would-be NATO partners, such as foreign ministries, international organisations, and civilian stakeholders, hindering the goals of “projecting stability” and risking a near-exclusive focus on threats and risks. Furthermore, this report demonstrates how the term “Southern Flank” does not fully capture NATO’s challenges. For example, issues like trafficking and migration originate in far-flung areas including West Africa, Latin America, and Central Asia, which may not be part of the Southern Flank as current conceived by NATO. In suggesting the use of a less heavily value-laden and military-centric term like the “Greater South”, the authors point out that challenges emanating from the Greater South also present opportunities to Alliance states that may bolster NATO’s strategic objectives.
The following observations and findings are based on a review of the pertinent literature from academics, research institutions, governments, and various international organisations (IOs) and international nongovernmental organisations (INGOs). They also emerge in part from the authors’ combined twenty years of research experience working on and researching issues ranging from civil-military interaction to post-crisis stabilisation and humanitarian action in contexts as diverse as Afghanistan, Bosnia - Herzegovina, Lebanon, Somalia Syria and Yemen for governments, UN agencies, the World Bank, INGOs, NATO’s former Civil-Military Fusion Centre and others.
Challenges and Opportunities in NATO’s Greater South
Some of the most immediately pressing challenges emanating from the Greater South include migration and trafficking in drugs, guns, persons as well as conflict and violent extremism. These inter-related issues thrive amidst corruption and low state capacity, prevent economic growth, and facilitate instability and extremism. This report explores these challenges and demonstrates (i) their intersecting nature; (ii) how typical approaches to addressing these issues, including increased border control and military responses, can displace the challenge and plant the seeds of future instability elsewhere; and (iii) that the various challenges facing NATO may be reconceptualised as opportunities rather than purely as threats.
With regard to migration, in 2015, 1.2 million people applied for asylum in Europe, 66.2% of whom were male according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM). This may pose social stability challenges not only in assimilation and cultural differences relating to gender relations but also in the fact that most young, male migrants, many of whom are single, will be jobless for a year or two following arrival. However, with approximately 84% of incoming migrants under 34 years old, the host economy may ultimately benefit economically from migration. The International Monetary Fund (IMF), for instance, estimates annual output to increase by 0.1% in the EU and 0.3% in Germany by the end of 2017.
I can't believe that I wrote last over 14 weeks ago. It is so amazing how busy my life has become and it has also been so eventful.
I have missed blogging and reading other blogs but I also have been able to catch up with reading other paperback books and spending quality time with my family and friends. I have joined a women's Bible study group, and also have had the priviledge of teaching in a Women's wellness class and the bookshop and my husband's business is growing. It has not all been good news but I will not bore you with the not so good news because I trust God is taking care of the future and my path is in his hands. I have done my blog round and seen some new ones and enjoyed my favorites ones.I hope to visit more often and continue to blog as often as I can.I have decided to ignore the power problems and the shameful show of the so called democratic governors and just want to focus on seeing my glass as half full and not half empty.
I hope for a better Nigeria and may the souls of Dana Airline victims RIP.
I should have written this a long time ago but I guess, I had a lot on my mind. A Heart To Mend by Myne Whitman is the romance tale of Edward Bestman and Gladys Eborah but it is much more than romance.
The setting is Lagos and as a long time eader of romance, it gladdens my heart to read a book set in my beloved and familiar environment. I was also glad to read a book written by a Nigerian and since reading romance books by Bisi Abejo in my teenage years,it was the 1st romance novel written by homegirl that I read as an adult and it did not disappoint.
Gladys is an independent woman who just came to town and caught the sight of businessman Edward,who had a lot of carry overs from his past and this colored his views to life. He chased and wooed Gladys who he could not get out of his system despite his distrust. Gladys certainly was no pushover and did not allow herself to be disrespected, she is a steady force when required and did not give up on her relationship.
I also kind of enjoyed the intrigue of the stock market, it did seem to go on and can be overwhelming but it was all woven together to create a beautiful story, the characters came alive and told their stories.
This is a wonderful book and a MUST READ and I certainly recommend it.
Ps, I could not put up a picture of the book because I can't seem to upload with this iPad
Happy Annnivesary to all of us as Nigeria clocks 52 as a nation.
God decided to shower us with the rain of Blessings(it is raining in Lagos right now). And as I listen to the President's speech on TV I can't help to pray for this nation, join me as we pray;
Dear Father in Heaven, please watch over us and our nation, may our hearts be turned back to you. May we grow in our love for each other and let go of all tribalistic resentments but rather be our brother's keeper. Give our leaders the wisdom to guide us aright and have our interest at heart,help them understand the need to make us secure in our everyday lives.
Help us to understand that 'The earth is yours' and we came naked and will not take anything along when we pass on,so acquiring wealth that even our great grand children cannot finish spending is of no use. Thank you so much for loving us despite our failings. Thank you for answering our prayers IJN. Amen
Have a great week.
Ps. I could not upload a photo as I don't know how to using this iPad thing. Nothing compares to my laptop....lol.
I decided to write about our reading culture today because of how it affects me as retailer of books.....lol.
As you know,(I hope) I started a bookshop a few months back and I have to read and review a number of books I sell,so, I read more and for me reading is the best part of my job, reading and forgetting my worries and the world in general is bliss.
My best customers are children, it pleases me when children come to my book tables in church on Sundays(I make quite a lot of sales this way and I get to personally interact with my customers). They are always eager to buy new books and I have seen children who save their pocket money to buy books, even my boys are reading more and are always the 1st to buy from me as soon as I get new stock. I believe we have a new generation of readers and schools are becoming more aware of encouraging reading as a past time.
Some Adults too are good customers I enjoy recommending books and reviewing with my customers.I have regular customers who come by every week and ask me to recommend a new book and they don't mind the cost.
I also have people who tell me they don't like reading and will rather watch a movie than read a book
Nigerians are not known readers and there is a lot of fears about our reading culture. I met a lady buying some gifts for the prize-giving day of a school and she did not think to buy books as gifts until I pointed it out and this is a teacher. My questions are; How do you see our reading culture?
What are you doing about it?
What book(s) are you reading right now?
When last did you buy a book for yourself or as a gift?
Do you read to your children? Or encourage them to read?
Would you rather watch a movie or read?
Why don't you buy books?
Does the cost of book determines your choice?
Do you buy pirated books and why?
I will be very grateful if you can give me honest answers by leaving your comments as this will help me and other booksellers.
Just checking in and hoping you will have a wonderful weekend.
I also pray for a Peaceful and terrorist free weekend in Nigeria.....Pray with me on this one.Hope we will not weep over our citizens again and may God give our leaders the wisdom to lead us right. And may they have the humility to ask for help from the rigth sources when confused. In Jesus name I pray. Amen
I got this award from Empi a couple of weeks ago and am so grateful to her, this means alot to me as it is my 1st award or is it nomination????
Here are the rules; - Thank giver(done) and include a link to their blog also done.
- Select 15 blogs you follow regularly......The hard part but here goes;
1. Chi_ajad 2. Nenyenwa 3. Secretlilies 4. Simply MEE 5. Myne Whitman 7. Priscy 8. Dayor writes 9, Diary of a derespate Naija woman 10. Kiru Taye writes 11. NutritionAlert 12. Naijamum In London 13. Northern Girl 14. Natural Nigerian 15. Okeoghene I did it .
- Tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself Here goes; 1.I enjoy my own company. 2.I sell perfumes as well as books. 3.I love travelling, preferable with a friend. 4.I work in my profession just 2 days a week. 5. I love cooking and experimenting with new recipes 6. I also love the rain at night. 7.I have never been in labour, I had my children by CS.
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If ur boyfrnd is not a Norseman,my dear u are single.
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Meet the best and brightest high school students in the state.
The class of 2017, our 23rd, is made up of athletes, coders, budding politicians and brain experts. There's rarely a B on the transcripts of these students — in not just this, their senior year, but in any year of their high school careers.
Back in 1995, we created the Academic All-Star Team to honor what we then called "the silent majority — the kids who go to school, do their homework (most of it, anyway), graduate and go on to be contributing members of society." Too often, we argued then, all Arkansans heard about young people was how poorly they were faring. Or, when students did get positive attention, it came for athletic achievement.
As you read profiles of this year's All-Stars, it should be abundantly clear that good things are happening in Arkansas schools and there are many academic achievers who deserve to be celebrated. You should get a good idea, as well, of how these stellar students are busy outside school, with extracurricular activities, volunteer work, mission activities and more.
They'll be honored this week at a ceremony at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with plaques and $250 cash awards.
Many college plans listed here are not set in stone, as students await information on scholarships and acceptances.
Hometown: North Little Rock
High School: Mount St. Mary Academy
Parents: (guardian) Dennis Chudy
College plans: Duke University
Caroline Coplin-Chudy has a 4.4 grade point average — high enough to rank second in her class at Mount St. Mary Academy — and lost her mother to leukemia during her sophomore year, something she told us came to be a source of inspiration and drive during her academic development. "It was a big adjustment. After my mom passed away, it was just my stepdad. It's a weird realization coming to the idea that both of your parents are gone, and it's just you. ... I still think of her every single day. She motivates me to do well in everything, because my whole life I wanted to make her proud." Caroline is president of Mount St. Mary's Investment Club and of SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions). She's also been a regular volunteer for several years at the Little Rock Compassion Center, whose recovery branch provides meals and health resources to people suffering from addiction. Caroline said she found healing from her own grief in the friendships she forged there. As the recipient of a Questbridge scholarship, described by Caroline's guidance counselor and nominator Amy Perkins as a program where lower-income students qualify for tuition to schools with which they "match" via an early decision process, Caroline will attend Duke University on a full scholarship. "I'm going to study biology and psych, with a minor in Spanish. My plan is to work at the Duke Center for Addiction [Science and Technology] helping people with drug addictions overcome that sort of thing. It's something that I've had experience with, watching my family go through things like that."
Hometown: Pine Bluff
High School: Subiaco Academy
Parents: Sixte Ntamatungiro and Sylvana Niciteretse
College plans: Rice University, neuroscience
Axel Ntamatungiro grew up among books and maps dispersed throughout his home that "paint[ed] the walls with nuanced shades of knowledge." It shows. Not often can a high school senior explain, as Axel does, his love for studying the brain so easily. "Neuroscience is basically a neuron turning on and off," he said. "The fact that you have billions of these combinations that lead to consciousness, that's unbelievable." To continue learning about the mind, Axel is headed to Rice University on a full ride as a QuestBridge scholar. Maybe medical school or graduate school after that. Axel said his parents taught him a "humble intellectualism" that helped him understand "the irrationality of life." They always told him: "Work hard, but you need to realize you don't always get what you deserve." And life has been, at times, irrational and difficult for his family. Axel was the only member of his family born in the United States — in Little Rock in 1999. The rest migrated from Burundi in the early 1990s. They stayed here as the Rwandan genocide inflicted incredible damage in the area. That past was never hidden from Axel. "Instead of avoiding my questions, my parents level-headedly answered [them], telling me about Belgian colonialism, Hutu-Tutsi tension and the systematic poverty afflicting Burundi," he said. Maybe that is why Axel has never been afraid to ask big questions. He said it also helped to have a diverse group of friends who taught him new things. At his cafeteria table for lunch are kids from all over: Nigeria, Fort Smith, Japan, Bentonville and Russia. Everyone's small stories add to a global perspective, something bigger from something small, kind of like those neurons.
High School: Haas Hall Academy (Fayetteville)
Parents: Brenan and Tiffany DeSpain
College plans: U.S. Naval Academy, nuclear engineering
For Jade DeSpain, the question, "Where's your hometown?" isn't necessarily as straightforward as it seems. The National Merit semifinalist, swimming star and Quiz Bowler spent much of her childhood in Beijing, where her parents — both fluent in Mandarin — taught her Chinese concurrently with English (and where, she notes, she acquired an "incredible prowess with chopsticks.") "We've moved around so much that I don't really have a 'hometown,' but Springdale is the closest I've ever gotten," she said. She's made her impact there, too, tutoring students free of charge through her volunteer work with the M&N Augustine Foundation and putting in time at the Arkansas Council for the Blind and the Springdale Animal Shelter. Jade is ranked second in her class, and her high school transcript is full of aced courses in trigonometry, physics and calculus. She's also the co-founder of Haas Hall Academy's coding club, so a career in nuclear energy development — Jade's field of choice — isn't just an aspiration; it's the plan. "I have a deep appreciation for nature," she told us, citing Devil's Den State Park as a spot to which she feels closely connected, and stressing the importance of preserving natural spaces and developing more long-term options for sustainable energy. On Christmas Day 2016, Jade checked her email to find that she'd attained something she'd wanted as early as age 12: acceptance to the U.S. Naval Academy. There, she'll major in nuclear engineering and complete her five mandatory post-Academy years in the Navy, after which she hopes to acquire a Ph.D. in the field.
High school: Cabot High School
Parents: Dan and Melissa Elliott
College plans: University of Arkansas, medicine
Though many of our All-Stars seem destined from birth for academic greatness, there is the occasional inspiring All-Star who has had to overcome seemingly insurmountable odds. One of those is Cabot High School's Avery Elliott, who was born with nystagmus, a condition that causes involuntary eye movements that can make it hard for sufferers to concentrate and learn. Though it's hard to imagine it now, when she was in elementary school Avery found herself falling further and further behind her classmates in reading because of her condition. "That was difficult," she said. "I was behind schedule until about third or fourth grade. I would have to go home and really work with my parents to keep up with the rest of the class." Even though she struggled early on, Avery said that, in a way, the nystagmus contributed to her success and gave her a direction to follow. "I had to learn to really study even outside of school," she said. "I learned some very good study habits. But I think it also really affected where I wanted to go as far as my career. ... I really learned that a medical team can not only dispense medicine, but can really affect someone's life." A National Merit finalist who has volunteered extensively with Special Olympics and already completed 43 hours of college-level coursework, Avery has been awarded the University of Arkansas Fellowship. She plans to study medicine at UAMS after completing her undergrad degree, then practice in Arkansas. That goal has always pushed her to succeed academically. "I wanted to go into the medical field from an early age," she said, "so I knew starting out in high school that I needed to make very good grades in order to get where I needed to. I had to really learn the material, rather than just trying to ace a test."
High school: Cabot High School
Parents: Dan and LeAnne Gilliam
College plans: University of Arkansas, engineering
When most young people say they want to change the world, it's easy to believe that's just pie-in-the-sky thinking by someone who hasn't yet been through the Academy of Hard Knocks. When Jared Gilliam says he wants to change the world, however, there's a good chance he might actually pull it off. Jared even has a plan: He'll change the world through engineering. A National Merit finalist and AP scholar with a GPA of 4.18 and a perfect score of 36 on the ACT, Jared is well placed to do just that. A musician who plays percussion with the Cabot High Marching Band, Jared said his favorite subject in school is math. "I think I'm mostly interested in engineering because I've always been sort of a problem-solver," he said. "I've enjoyed math and science, working through things and finding solutions to everyday problems. This year, I've been in robotics, so we've spent time working on a robot to perform various tasks. I've enjoyed that a lot. I think engineering is where my ability would best be used." He'll attend the University of Arkansas, which has offered him the Honors College Fellowship. He said the drive to excel academically has always been a part of his life. "I've grown up being encouraged to do well, and I guess I have my parents to thank for that and all my teachers," he said. "I think knowing that I have the ability to do all of this, I feel compelled to do what I can to make a difference. I think life would be pretty boring if I didn't go out there and do all the things I do. I don't think I could settle for not being successful."
Hometown: Fort Smith
High School: Southside High School
Parents: Drs. Bill and Janice Keating
College plans: Undecided
If you were looking for a ringing endorsement of Ben Keating's character, you'd need to look no further than Amy Slater, the guidance counselor who nominated him for our Academic All-Stars roster and who said of Ben, "He is all the things I hope my son turns out to be. ... He really thinks about things, and he practices the trumpet and piano for hours a day. It's crazy, his dedication." Ben probably had something to prove here; he admits to some skepticism on the part of his mother when he announced he'd be pursuing a career in music. He's certainly proved his mettle; Ben is band president at Southside, was a principal trumpet for the 2017 National Youth Honor Orchestra, first chair for Southside's Wind Symphony and for the All-State Jazz Band and was ranked in the top-tier bands for All-State Band and All-State Orchestra each year from 2014-16. The accolades go on and on: Ben has received a Young Artist Award from the International Trumpet Guild, a Gold Medal from the National Piano Guild and superior ratings from the National Federation of Music Clubs competitions for over a decade. He plays for the Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra and as a volunteer musician for the Fort Smith Community Band. Ben is still deciding where to attend college, but wherever he goes, he hopes to continue playing with an orchestra. Eventually, he wants to teach at the university level. "Ultimately," he wrote, "I want to use my passion to unite people of all different races, backgrounds and cultures. In today's society that is politically and culturally divided, it is more important than ever to share the universal language of music."
High School: Huntsville High School
Parents: Shannon Hahn
College plans: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, biochemical engineering
Katherine Hahn is ranked first in her class at Huntsville High School, which she attends because her hometown of Hindsville is too small to support its own school system. The population of Hindsville is "about 75 people," she told us. At Huntsville High, Katherine plays bass drum in the marching band and marimba/xylophone in the concert band and runs with the Huntsville cross-country team. Her real passion, though, is science. "I think I've always wanted to go to a college that was science-based and research-based," she told us. Her high school principal, Roxanne Enix, noted her own surprise when Katherine announced that she'd take 10 credits her senior year, instead of the recommended eight. "I thought she had lost her mind," Enix stated. Those credits, over half of which are in AP classes, are what Katherine hopes have prepared her for the rigorous workload at MIT. Aiming for a career in pharmaceutical development, Katherine plans to study biochemical engineering, something she said resonated personally with her as a result of her mother's struggle with skin cancer. "Biology helps me understand why medicine does the things it does," Katherine told us. "Whenever I first started out, I wanted to do environmental stuff," she said, but turned her attention to drug delivery systems after observing so many friends and loved ones battling cancer. "I want to help stop people from being scared of losing people," she explained. Katherine, a native of Tahlequah, Okla., who moved to Arkansas around fifth grade, has served on the Madison County Health Coalition as Youth Leader and was named Student of the Year in 2017 by the Huntsville Chamber of Commerce and Huntsville High School.
Hometown: Little Rock
High school: Little Rock Christian Academy
Parents: Bob and Ann Burnside
College plans: Stanford University, biology and public policy
When this reporter mentioned to friends at UAMS that she'd just spoken to an amazingly poised, optimistic and intelligent young woman with a spinal cord injury, they said in unison, "You mean Georgiana Burnside." Her reputation as a teenager who at 16 was paralyzed from the waist down in a snow skiing accident but who considers the event a "blessing" no doubt goes further than UAMS, all the way to Denver's Craig Hospital, where she spent "the most memorable two months in my life," she said, and where she returns to continue her rehabilitation. What is a spinal cord injury? She answers that it is a) a life changed in a split second, b) finding out that a bad attitude is the true disability, c) a time to show off wheelchair tricks, and d) spontaneous moments of unfortunate incontinence. In her essay for the Arkansas Times, Georgiana writes, "my physical brokenness has developed wholeness in my heart about the capacity life holds for individuals regardless of their disabilities." In a phone interview, Georgiana, once a figure skater, talked about her work with Easter Seals, fundraisers for Craig Hospital, and giving talks and testimony about her faith. Georgiana has regained the ability to walk with hiking sticks and leg braces, thanks to the strength in her quads. And, thanks to support from the High Fives Foundation in Truckee, Calif., which sponsors athletes with injuries and which has paid for some of her rehabilitation, Georgiana returned to the slopes over spring break, skiing upright with the aid of long forearm equipment. At Stanford, she'll study to be a doctor, with a goal to return to Craig Hospital as a physician who'll treat other injured youths who, though they may have, like Georgiana, at first believed their life was over, will learn they have "a unique role ... enabling the advancement of society."
Hometown: North Little Rock
High School: North Little Rock High School
Parents: David and Susan Harvey
College plans: Likely Mississippi State University, chemical engineering
Mitchell Harvey is a big fan of the periodic table. "The elements are amazing little things," he wrote in his Academic All-Star essay. "They make up everything, yet we hardly see them in their pure form in everyday life." Mitchell decided they needed more exposure, so he started collecting examples of the elements and taking them to school for his peers and teachers to see. He extracted helium from an abandoned tank on the side of the road. He found zinc in wheel weights, grew crystals of copper with electrolysis and made bromine, which he describes as "a blood-red liquid that fumes profusely," from a "crude" homemade distillation setup and pool chemicals. Though you can buy sodium readily, Mitchell made his by melting drain cleaner (sodium hydroxide) with a blowtorch and then passing a current through it, separating the mixture into sodium metal, oxygen and water. His parents were OK with the procedure, he says, because he wore a Tyvek suit, three pairs of gloves, safety goggles and a face shield. While on a college visit in California last summer, Mitchell toured Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles and was impressed by the large periodic table display exhibit there. So he decided to build one for North Little Rock High. He got money from the school's alumni group, the Wildcat Foundation, to pay for the supplies necessary to construct the 9-foot-by-6-foot display. He hopes to have it completed in the next two weeks and fill it with examples of elements he has collected, though he may need additional funding to pay for other elements. No. 1 in a class of 687, Mitchell scored a perfect 36 on the ACT. He's also an Eagle Scout, and led a project to plant 800 native hardwood seedlings at Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park. After college, Mitchell said, he might start his own waste remediation business. "The business model I would be going for would be taking some byproduct that's hazardous and turning it into something useful."
High school: Bryant High SCHOOL
Parents: Kevin and Ruby Molder
College plans: University of Arkansas
Not everybody plays the mellophone and likes to draw up better interstate exchanges, but Carson Molder does both. The University of Arkansas Honors College-bound student, No. 1 in his class, likes to create three-dimensional schemes in his head, and has been creating road designs since he was young. But as a musician who plays the French horn in his school's orchestra and the mellophone in the Legacy of Bryant marching band, and who has won a band scholarship in addition to his Honors College reward to the UA, he said that one day he may be an audio engineer. "I'm going to put things together and see what sticks," he said of his future. Meanwhile, Carson said the internet has been his Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria, taking him to new places that he otherwise could not get to. "I can count on my hands the number of times I have set foot outside Arkansas," Carson wrote in an essay for the Arkansas Times. But with the internet, "I can gaze into the redwood forests of California and the skyscrapers of New York City without leaving my desk." Without the internet, he said in a phone interview, "I would not be at the top of my class." Carson added, "It's not going to replace going out and visiting these things, but if you're a kid and don't have the money to go out, you can visit Yellowstone." Carson, who describes himself as "really ambitious," is looking forward to studying with Dr. Alan Mantooth, the director of the UA National Center for Reliable Electric Power Transmission. The UA, he said, "will provide me the tools" he'll need to succeed in graduate school, which he hopes will be Stanford University.
High school: Brookland High School
Parents: Kelly Webb and Jonathan Langer
College plans: University of California, Santa Barbara, chemistry
You might think that a student who is No. 1 in her class and a National Merit finalist with nary a B on her high school transcript might not consider one of her greatest achievements her selection as her high school's drum major three years in a row. But here's the thing: Schoolwork comes easy to Olivia Langer. "I never had to work hard," she told us. In fact, her style of learning is "conversation-based," she said; she enjoys "debate without argument." But music was different: "I struggled at points, and had to put in extra work to be good." Her selection as drum major was "something I know I've worked for," she said, and she has enjoyed the responsibilities that come with it. "I like to take care of people. The band calls me band mom," she added. Beside numerous academic awards, Olivia also earned a 2017 state Horatio Alger scholarship for students who have overcome great obstacles. Hers, Olivia said, was financial: She's always had a place to stay and food to eat, but she hasn't been able to afford academic programs. "Honestly, I wasn't able to visit any of the colleges I applied to," she said. So she will see the UC Santa Barbara campus for the first time when she arrives this fall. She's considering a double major in chemistry and anthropology; she's interested in the evolutionary side of anthropology, and plans to seek graduate and post-graduate degrees.
High School: Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts
Parents: Eileen and Rick Parham
College plans: University of Arkansas or Hendrix College
On a visit to Hanamaki, Japan, with her school, Rebecca Parham noticed that once a month all the citizens would clean the front of their homes and shops. Folks would give each other gifts, too. "It was clear people tended to think for the whole," she said. "I thought that was really nice." An avid chemist, Rebecca did not just improve her Japanese on the trip, she brought those lessons of helping the community back to Arkansas. Her work has been at the intersection of heady science and community impact. In her robotics club, she noticed that girls were less likely to participate. "I decided that was not OK," she said. So, she designed a day with LEGO kits to encourage women to pursue STEM education. That desire to make an impact goes beyond school, too. For her senior project, Rebecca designed a test for homebuyers to see if meth had been cooked on their property (yes, meth). Her parents, on hearing of this project choice, asked her to "please explain a little bit further ... ." Here's the gist: The method of meth production in rural areas has shifted to something called the Birch reduction; older testing kits would no longer work. But Rebecca thought she could produce one that could. She designed a flame test. It finds lithium compounds left behind. The process of invention was "definitely frustrating," Rebecca said, but you "learn things you never thought of before." Rebecca did not plan to spend senior year in her dorm late at night "searching online" how to identify meth production, but she has a driving curiosity toward science and how it "connects to the world." She hopes to work in renewable energy — to be part of the global community, from Japan to Arkansas — making the world a nice place in which to live.
High school: Searcy High School
Parents: Eric and Lisa Robinson
College plans: University of Arkansas
Grant Robinson's father is a cardiologist, and Grant long figured he would follow in his dad's footsteps. But now he's not so sure. Last summer, he was selected, among thousands of applicants from around the world, to participate in a Stanford University summer engineering program. He got to experience a taste of college life, to take advantage of Stanford's decked-out labs and to tour the area to see results of civil engineering. The most memorable part of the program? Grant's small group built a Rube Goldberg machine — a complicated gadget that performs a simple task in a convoluted way — that, by Grant's estimation, was "the most complex and aesthetically pleasing" in the program. It included an electromagnet the group handmade and chemical reactions triggered by the machine. Grant's academic achievements are the byproduct of a natural curiosity. He said he spends what little free time he has exploring YouTube, trying to figure out the way the world works. Another influence: His father, who pulled himself out of poverty to become a doctor, has always instilled in him the importance of hard work. The message clearly stuck. Grant is second in his class of 263, with a 4.27 GPA. He scored a 35 on the ACT. He's a Presidential Scholar. His classmates voted him most likely to receive the Nobel Prize. He also participated in Project Unify (now known as Unified Champion Schools), an effort by the Special Olympics to get young people with and without special needs to come together for activities. Grant helped plan a basketball tournament as part of the project. In the fall, he'll be rooting on the Razorbacks at the University of Arkansas.
Hometown: Little Rock
High school: Little Rock Christian Academy
Parents: Jill and Steve Snyder
College plans: Cornell University, industrial and labor relations
Whatever you were doing by your senior year in high school, chances are you probably hadn't already authored a book, much less a book on the complicated intersection of taxation and politics. John Snyder has, though. His book, "The Politics of Fiscal Policy," explores the political aspects of economics, including the pros and cons of various governmental tax schemes and their effect on government spending. It's for sale on Amazon right now. "It's pretty concise," John said, "but I wanted a way to express all my ideas in economic terms. That was a great way to do that." A history buff who serves as vice president of his class, John has a stunning 4.49 GPA and is ranked first in his class of 129. Though he wanted to be a lawyer when he was younger, his plan now is to go into investment banking. "Ultimately I want to have my own hedge fund — this thing called an activist hedge fund — and eventually I want to be actively involved in politics, whether that's in the midst of my business career or after ... . I'd love to run for public office one day." At Cornell University, John will be studying industrial and labor relations, a field that marries his love of multiple subjects. "Basically it ties in business, law, economics and history all into sort of one degree," he said. "You can do limitless things [with the degree]. Some people go into law school, some go into banking, some go to politics. That's why I chose that degree." John said his philosophy is that we have only a limited amount of time on earth, and so we should try to make the most of our lives. "I think there are a lot of things I can do to change the way things currently are in society, whether it's related to business or in academia or public policy," he said. "If I don't play a role in that and I'm not striving to do my best, I would feel like I'm wasting my potential."
High school: Benton High School
Parents: Haley Hicks and Brec Stone
College plans: University of Arkansas, pre-med
Benton High School's Big Man on Campus — No. 1 in his class, captain of the football team, an AP Scholar, straight As — can add to his resume the fact that he helped build his home. Preston, his two brothers and his mother bounced around a bit after her divorce, from Texas to Arkansas, living with grandparents and friends, Preston said. Then the family was selected by Habitat for Humanity, and he and his brothers pitched in to build their house. "It was the first place I could truly call home and it allowed me the stability I needed to grow into the kind of student I am today," he wrote in his essay for the Arkansas Times. Preston, who also helped build a school outreach group called SERVE to help new or struggling students, also credits sports for giving him purpose. He recently volunteered to trade in the pigskin for a basketball, joining a team that played boys at the Alexander Juvenile Detention Center. "It was an awesome experience," Preston said in a phone interview. "We were a little bit nervous at first" at the detention center, he said, but the team enjoyed the game — even though they lost to the Alexander team, formed to reward inmates with good behavior. "They practice every day," Preston said. Preston has received a $70,000 Honors College scholarship at Fayetteville. He won't be playing football with the Razorbacks. Instead he is thinking of following a pre-med track that will lead him to sports medicine. He plans to go Greek, as well.
Hometown: Little Rock
High school: Central High School
Parents: Amy Yu and Shawn Bao
College plans: undecided
Karina Bao embraces complexity. The Central High School valedictorian (in a class of 636) is a member of the school's back-to-back state champion Ethics Bowl Team, for which she said she spent hours "researching, discussing and sometimes even arguing" case studies. Unlike debate, she said Ethics Bowl is "really about the back-and-forth and considering different caveats and nuances and considerations" in issues ranging from local food to gender identity. As president of the school's Brain Club, she leads discussions on brain diseases, disorders and anatomy. It's a role for which she's more than qualified: She placed first in the U.S. Brain Bee, a youth neuroscience competition in which contestants answer questions about anatomy and make diagnoses based on patient actors. Placing No. 1 in the U.S. competition landed Karina a trip to Copenhagen, Denmark, to the International Brain Bee, which happened to coincide with a Federation of International Neuroscientists conference, where Karina got to talk to scientists from all over the world about their groundbreaking research. She placed fifth in the international competition. A perennial outstanding delegate winner at Model United Nations competitions, Karina said Model U.N. has helped her to "not be scared of the complexity and interconnectedness of pressing issues we face today." In her spare time, Karina volunteers on the oncology wing of Baptist Hospital. "You don't get to do much," she said. "But at least we get to talk to people and help them with whatever they need and be there to listen." In her Academic All-Stars essay, Karina echoed the same drive for understanding: "The stories other people share with me become not my own when I retell them, but a part of humanity's collective spirit to understand each other. We grow from hours of listening and crying, to empathize, to have the strength and openness to pop each successive layer of the protective bubble that keeps us from seeing the very world in which we reside."
High school: Greenwood High School
Parents: Mike and Robin Cohea
College plans: University of Tulsa or Vanderbilt university, biology
Though he grew up landlocked, far from the deep blue sea, Greenwood High School standout Bryce Cohea knew from an early age that he wanted to be a marine biologist. To reach that goal, Bryce had to start early. "In the ninth grade," he wrote in his Academic All-Stars essay, "I began planning out all my classes for the next four years. I wanted to graduate top of my class, and in order to do that I would need to take every advanced placement class and get an A in every class." That's exactly what he did, too, making nothing less than a perfect grade in every class for his entire high school career. With a 4.25 GPA and a rank of No. 1 in his class of 275, Bryce has volunteered extensively with the Salvation Army and collected shoes for the homeless; he helps unload trucks and stock shelves at the food bank at his church. A National Merit semifinalist, he also has the distinction of having scored the first perfect ACT score of 36 in Greenwood High School history. "I've honestly been a good test-taker," he said. "The first time I took it, I got a 34. After that, I got the test back and I worked on whatever I missed. After a few more tries, I got a 36." Bryce was still deciding on which university to attend when we spoke to him, but he definitely plans to study science. The subject has always interested him, he said. "I'm planning on majoring in biology and then specializing after that," he said.
HIGH SCHOOL: ROGERS HIGH SCHOOL
Parents: James and Hyesun Gosserand
College plans: University of Southern California, Harvey Mudd College or Columbia University, computer science or environmental science
Imani Gosserand has a journal in which she organizes the many moving parts of her life — competitive gymnastics, AP classes, computer science, Young Democrats, volunteering — into lists. Personal stuff is in there, too: bucket lists, remembrances. The journal combines the creative and the organized; it is problem-solving with an artful flare, which is how Imani operates. "I really like being able to create something of my own," she said of computer science. At a camp at Stanford University, in California, her team won the competition to program a car. Imani, not surprisingly, is good at math: She learned multiplication at age 4 and went on to skip two grades. Imani thinks schoolwork is fun. "We had a huge packet of homework problems we had to do over one of our breaks," she said. "And no one else was excited about it except for me. I was like 'Oh, I'm so excited to do all these problems!' " She brings that enthusiasm for problem-solving to bigger issues, as well. "I feel like there are so many opportunities for me because our world relies on technology, so I think I could go into any field," she said. She's excited to explore and see where she can help. "I want to meet people from around the world and hear different perspectives."
Hometown: Little Rock
High School: Central High School
Parents: Bobbi and Dustin McDaniel and Chris and Kim Fowler
College plans: Yale University
C.J. Fowler has long been around Democratic politics. His stepfather is former Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel. But C.J. said he decided to become more politically involved himself after he came out as gay. "The situation that I'm in is not great," he said. "People are not always accepting. But it's on me if I want to try to change that and make it better for the people who come after me. I have to make sure that my community and all marginalized communities have a seat at the table, because far too often a bunch of old gray white guys are making policies that hurt everyone else." The student body president of Central High, C.J. said he's tried to move the student council, a glorified dance committee, toward advocacy and activism for students throughout the district, whose future is being decided by those "people sitting in dark rooms." He said students too often get left out of the conversation about the district "because we're too young to have opinions. But we're not; we're living it every day." C.J. has been a fixture at Little Rock School District public comment periods. Though he can't point to any policy victories, he said at least LRSD Superintendent Mike Poore knows who he is and that he disagrees with him. C.J., who is also the executive director of Young Democrats of Arkansas, sees the backlash against President Trump as encouraging. "We're realizing that, if we're going to go all in for progressive values, we need to go all in." Rather than join the chorus of progressives in the Northeast after he finishes at Yale, C.J. says he wants to come back to Arkansas and possibly continue in politics. He admires state Sen. Joyce Elliott (D-Little Rock) and says he hopes if he ever holds office that he can follow her example.
Hometown: Fort Smith
High School: Southside High
Parents: Claire Price and Scott Price
College plans: Vanderbilt University, political science
"Growing up, I would always argue with everybody," Sophie Price said. Sometimes it was just to play devil's advocate, but mostly, it was because Sophie wants to find the capital-t Truth. Some of this digging for truth is class: seven AP course just this year and 12 during her time in high school. But, some of it is also talking with people, discussing issues. "The best way to improve your argument is to hear the counters, to hear the other side," Sophie said, and often she is willing to be convinced. She wants to do the right thing; she believes in justice. Which is why after college at Vanderbilt on a full scholarship, she wants to field arguments as a judge. "My whole life I've followed this ideal that you have to do what's right," Sophie said. "I want to be a judge so I can kind of decide that." Vanderbilt was the only school to which Sophie applied. She knew it was the right one for her. She arrived in Nashville on a rainy day in January, but through the gloom, she knew. "Something about the beautiful campus and the intelligent people and these varying perspectives just sold me immediately," she said. In a few months she was back at Vanderbilt for a camp where she studied law, and it cemented the deal. "There was something so exhilarating about being able to have this case and have the facts and kind of create your own narrative and really advocate for someone that drew me in," she said. Watch out, because "everything I do, I want to give it a 120 percent," Sophie said.
High School: Fayetteville High School
Parents: Anjanette Olsen
College plans: University of Arkansas Honors College, chemical engineering Fayetteville High School’s top student, with a perfect ACT score of 36, a 4.2 gradepoint average and the co-author of a paper on fractal self-assembly, is not just a bookworm. She’s a leader, her counselor Cindy Alley says, who shows “grit, motivation to succeed and a desire to help others.” She is also, Alley says, “a pure joy to be around.” In her essay for the Arkansas Times, Meagan talked about how she came to understand “ternary counters,” a base-3 method of counting in which only the digits 0, 1 and 2 are used. (Binary counters of 0 and 1 make up our computer’s “thinking,” as people with 10 fingers, we use base 10 to count.) Meagan, trying to make a “self-assembling ternary counter,” said she banged her head against “endless walls” for weeks. Then just after 1 a.m., she woke up with the answer. It’s a wise child who gives credit where credit is due: “I understood,” she wrote, “my mother’s advice about taking a break whenever I was upset.” Meagan’s paper on fractal self-assembly was published in the 22nd International Conference on DNBA Computing and Molecular Programing. She no longer lets frustration prevent her from solving a problem; sometimes, she’ll just sleep on it. Meagan told the Times she plans to attend a small conference this summer and then take some needed down time. She plans to use her degree from Fayetteville to pursue biomedical research.
Evans the kidnapper has filed another lawsuit against the Inspector General of Police, Idris Ibrahim, challenging his continuous detention since his arrest on June 10th.The lawsuit was filed through his counsel at the Federal High Court, Lagos.I am still laughing hysterically at this.Absolutely incredible! He is demanding N300 million in damages for his continuous detention without trial and being subjected to media trials. But as if ALL these wasn't enough,Evans father,has also reportedly filed a suit in support of his son alleging that he is not being given a fair trial as this has all been done on the pages of news paper! Do these people have no shame at all?Even though we know legally,these are acceptable claims,surely with some things the moral code comes into play?It's not as if we are in any doubt that Evans was guilty of all the crimes linked to him.He has admitted this himself,even though i know this is not much cos it was not done in the courts.But it is quite different if he had denied in anyway what he has done.He even took them to houses or should i say the den where he held his captives.And the father can come out and defend this man? It just shows that he lied when he said he did not know of his sons whereabouts or what he did for a living. They are all criminals..Personally ,i feel Evans should be killed.That is the only justifiable thing for all his crimes.
Father of the kidnapping criminal.
Joined as respondents in the kidnapper's new lawsuit are the Nigeria Police Force, the Commissioner of Police Lagos State and the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Lagos State Police Command.
In the fresh lawsuit marked FHC/L/CS/1012/ 2017, Evans is asking the court to declare that his continued detention since June 10th without arraignment, violates his fundamental rights as guaranteed under the 1999 Constitution.
Evans is also asking the court to declare that his parade before the media at the Lagos state police command in Ikeja on June 11th by the police was unconstitutional since the police had no court order to that effect.
The notorious kidnapper is asking the court to order the police to arraign him before a court or set him free. He is also asking the court to order the respondents to jointly and individually, pay him the sum of N300 million as exemplary damages for illegal detention and alleged harm caused by the alleged media trial.
Evan is also seeking an order of perpetual injunction, restraining the respondents from further arresting, detaining, harassing, investigating or inviting him in relation to the facts of his case.
The court is yet to assign a judge to the case nor fix a date for hearing of his new suit.
Barrister Olukoya Ogungbeje pictured above is reportedly the lawyer that filed the Fundamental Humanrights lawsuit against Inspector General of Police Idris Ibrahim, Nigeria Police Force, the Commissioner of Police in Lagos State Fatai Owoseni and the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Lagos State Police Command, on behalf of Evans. (he's doing his job though) But as if ALL these wasn't enough,Evans father,has also reportedly filed a suit in support of his son alleging that he is not being given a fair trial as this has all been done on the pages of news paper! Do these people have no shame at all?Even though we know legally,these are acceptable claims,surely with some things the moral code comes into play?It's not as if we are in any doubt that Evans was guilty of all the crimes linked to him.He has admitted this himself,even though i know this is not much cos it was not done in the courts.But it is quite different if he had denied in anyway what he has done.He even took them to houses or should i say the den where he held his captives.And the father can come out and defend this man? It just shows that he lied when he said he did not know of his sons whereabouts or what he did for a living. They are all criminals..Personally ,i feel Evans should be killed.That is the only justifiable thing for all his crimes.
It seems rather apt that Bobrisky should come out in support of Hushppi yahoo boy.The self styled Nigerian drag queen abi is it transgender?Cos i don't even know what Bobrisky is,has come out blazing supporting his friend after he was attacked online by Nigerians.
Hushpuppi was dragged on social media today by musicians and some Nigerians after he threw shade at Phyno and Ice Prince for allegedly wearing fake designer wrist watches. Bobrisky and his blonde weave have now come out to declare support for the flamboyant spender.
Hush Puppi Nigeria or Hushpuppi Yahoo boy as he is called has been slammed by Nigerians online after his recent fight with rappers Phyno and Ice Prince.Oh i forgot Kcee is involved as well.
The celebrities started their online spat after the big spending Hushpuppy called out the musicians for allegedly wearing fake watches.They did not find it funny and swiftly all replied the self styled instagram celebrity.
Here are some reactions from Nigerians..and they are funny as hell.
The fight between Sahara reporters founderOmoleye Sowore and Nigeria senate president,Olubukola Saraki took a new turn when the latter won a judgement against the publisher. Justice Adeyinka Oyinloye of an Ilorin High Court in Kwara state, ordered the publisher, to pay the sum of N4 billion as damages to the Senate President,over a series of libelous stories published on the news platform from September to December 2015.
Saraki through his lawyer, Babatunde Olomu, approached the court for an intervention following the publication of series of stories against him by Sahara Reporters.
Both Sowore and Sahara Reporters were joined as defendants in the suit marked as KWS/23/2017.
According to Saraki's counsel, the defendants had refused to defend the case despite the service of the summons on them. Olomu said the first series of service involved an arrangement between the office of the Nigerian ministry of Justice and their counterpart in New York, the operational base of the medium.
When that failed, the counsel said the claimant thereafter seized the opportunities of a visit to Nigeria by Sowore to serve him at his two properties in Ikeja area of Lagos state.
The relief granted to Saraki by the court include “the sum of N1 billion as general and aggravated damages for libelous words falsely, maliciously and recklessly published by the defendants of and concerning the claimant in the online issue of Sahara Reporters of October 5, 2015 under the caption “Nigeria at 55: Bukola Saraki and 83 Inmates Are Running the Asylum.
“The sum of N1 billion as general and aggravated damages for libelous words falsely, maliciously and recklessly published by the defendants of and concerning the claimant in the online issue of Sahara Reporters of Sahara Reporters of September 20, 2015 under the caption: “A polished Name for political immorality. Time for Saraki to Go!.
“The sum of N1 billion as general and aggravated damages for libelous words falsely, maliciously and recklessly published by the defendants of and concerning the claimant in the online issue of Sahara Reporters of Sahara Reporters of November 09, 2015 under the caption: “Bukola Saraki On a shopping Spree to Buy Judges…Stop Being a Clown And A Coward Man Up, face The Music”
“The sum of N1 billion as general and aggravated damages for libelous words falsely, maliciously and recklessly published by the defendants of and concerning the claimant in the online issue of Sahara Reporters of Sahara Reporters of December 1, 2015 under the caption: “Arms Contract Scandal: Senator Saraki Blackmailed CBN Officials To Pay N250 Million Hush Funds.”
“An order for injunction restraining the defendants from further writing, printing or causing to be written, printed or circulated or otherwise published of the claimant the said, or similar libel.
“An order directing the defendants to remove the offending publications from its website on the internet within three days from the date of judgment and an order directing the defendants to publish an apology to the claimant on its online newspaper and in three other daily newspapers.” Sowore on the other hand's reaction was predictable as he took to his Facebook page to give his verdict on the ruling. Have we heard the end of this? You bet not.Watch this space.
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While speaking at the launch of the Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme in Abuja yesterday June 29th, acting president, Yemi Osinbajo, said statistics from the Federal Inland Revenue Service FIRS, shows that out of the active population of 70 million people in Nigeria, only 14 million of them are taxpayers.
According to Osinbajo, 914 Nigerians pay between N10m and N20m tax yearly and that of the 914 persons, 912 of them are residents of Lagos state while the remaining two reside in Ogun State. The vice president said that this is considerably low considering the fact that Nigeria boast of very wealthy persons with choice properties within and outside the country.
According to him, it is only those who work in very formal offices that mostly pay their tax.
“Those who earn salaries that are known in a formal setting are those we know that pay taxes. Outside of that group of people, there are many high net worth individuals, self-employed persons and some companies that are able to evade full tax payment due to the limited knowledge of the tax authorities to assess their true income. According to the FIRS, the total number of taxpayers in Nigeria is just 14 million; of this number, 96 per cent of them have their taxes deducted at source from their salaries under the Pay-As-You-Earn system, while just four per cent are under direct assessment. So, the vast majority of Nigerians do not pay taxes.
This is at variance with our economy where almost 70 million Nigerians are economically active. The statistic of those paying taxes are quite alarming. Despite having some of Africa’s wealthy people, whose lifestyles are the subject of global admiration, only 214 Nigerian pay taxes of N20m or more each year. A personal tax of N20m implies that the person is earning personal income of N80m a year. That group of 214 excludes many names who can pay well over N20m"he said
Osinbajo announced the grace of the next nine months for tax evaders to go and regularize their payments with the appropriate authorities, failure to do so could earn them criminal prosecution. He added that the Federal government is currently carrying out a secret investigation into the earnings of some highly placed Nigerians and the tax they pay to government.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, has traced the sum of N603 million to the wife of Mr Josiah Habu, who is the Director of the Bioresources Development Centre in Bayelsa State.
Investigations carried out by EFCC showed that Esther was given suspicious contracts by over 20 directors of BIODEC across the country.
A statement by the EFCC spokesman, Mr Wilson Uwujaren, stated that about N70m was traced to Esther's husband. Director-General of NABDA, Prof Lucy Ogbadu, who oversees all BIODEC branches across the country was also arrested by the anti-graft agency.
The professor allegedly received N23m from the slush fund. EFCC stated that Ogbadu’s link with all the alleged scams was being investigated. She had been duly served with bail conditions while investigations continued.
The EFCC statement read in part:
"Operatives of the EFCC have arrested the serving Director-General of NABDA, Prof Lucy Ogbadu, for her alleged involvement in criminal conspiracy and diversion of public funds to the tune of N23m. “Ogbadu was arrested on Wednesday, June 28 in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, following her alleged link with the Bayelsa State Director of BIODEC, Mr Josiah Habu, who is being investigated by the EFCC in a case of fraudulent diversion of the sum of N75m. “Investigations by the EFCC showed that Ogbadu allegedly received the sum of N23m through a bank account belonging to the wife of Habu, Mrs Esther Habu, and admitted same in a voluntary statement made to the EFCC. “Further investigations have also shown that Mrs Habu is one of the contractors with BIODEC, Odi, Bayelsa State, and a total sum of N603m has been traced to her in different deals involving over 20 directors of BIODEC across the country.”
BIODEC is an intervention programme of the Federal Government aimed at developing the natural resources of Nigeria for use in agriculture, health, environment and industry. It was established in 2003 by the National Biotechnology Development Agency under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology. BIODEC has about 25 centres across Nigeria.
Tonto Dikeh shared a video of light snow falling today in Abuja, Nigeria. In the video, the light snow was slightly obscured by a glass behind which the person filming was standing, however, once in a while, a white substance is seen falling.
A number of the actress' followers have said it looks more like cotton wool than snow. Others who live in Abuja said they did not experience it, however, one particular follower resident in Abuja, claimed to have seen the snow fall.
Two days ago, Ekiti state governor, Ayo Fayose, addressed a press conference in his office where he said that President Buhari is currently on life support in the UK and that he should resign from office so as to allow acting president Yemi Osinbajo run the affairs of the country appropriately.
Human rights lawyer, Mike Ozekhome, has come out to lend his support to Fayose's call for President Buhari's resignation. Speaking in an interview with Channels TV, Ozekhome said;
"We have seen a situation where what Dora Akunyili famously referred to as the cabal. The cabal has consistently flown the kite of Mr President, lurking behind and in front of the corridors of power which was why they gave us a voice some few days ago, whether genuine or stimulated, that it was President Muhammadu Buhari addressing Nigerians with much profanity, in his own native language of Hausa which is not the recognized lingual franca. The point they tried to make is that whether we like it or not, Mr President is hovering around here, he is right here with us. That has not given the acting president who has assumed full powers of the President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo SAN, the capacity, the ability, the space to act because he continues to look behind his shoulders whether they would throw in the name of the president. So Fayose is therefore right and right to call for Mr President’s resignation because it is clear that under section 143 and 144 of the constitution, the Federal Executive Council, which is made up of ministers appointed by the President himself, cannot recommend that Mr President be subjected to medical report by a panel set up for that purpose. We cannot continue to be like a rudderless country, like an aircraft flying without a compass, it is dangerous”he said
The music artist and Big brother Naija 2017 house mate, Mojisola Sowode popularly known as Coco Ice who is from the Yoruba tribe in Nigeria stuns in the Yoruba traditional attire of a typical Yoruba bride in New bridal inspired photo shoot with a Nigerian Makeup brand "Taries Beauty World".
The United Kingdom has deported another 28 Nigerians from its country on Thursday for remaining in the country illegally.
The deportation came two days after Spain repatriated 23 Nigerians for immigration-related offences. Thursday’s deportees were returned aboard a chartered Titanic Airways plane with the registration number AWC-761/2.
The deportees, comprising 21 men and 7 women, touched down at Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) in Lagos at about 12:15 p.m.
Toyin Dawodu, a Nigerian citizen, has filed a lawsuit to compel the Senate of Nigeria to constitute a medical panel to determine if President Muhammadu Buhari can discharge his constitutional duties.
In a statement dated June 28, he said he instructed his attorneys from Forthright Chambers and lawyers for Citizens Advocacy of Nigeria to file the action [FHC/ABJ/CS/508/2017] at the Federal High Court in Abuja a few weeks ago.
Citing reports that Nigeria is being controlled by a group of unelected bureaucrats, and that Mr. Buhari is in such incapacitation that even his wife is not allowed to see him, Mr. Dawodu said it was possible that President Buhari is being held by his handlers against his will, and that Nigerians deserve to know his current status and whereabouts. Affirming his love and respect for President Buhari, and praying fervently for God to give him strength to gain back his health, Mr. Dawodu said:
“But I love Nigerian more. I fear for my country, I fear for the future of millions of Nigerians both living and unborn,” adding that hecannot stand by and allow the current leadership vacuum that exists to continue.
He stressed it is now incumbent on the members of the Senate, who were elected, to stand up and be counted to save Nigeria in her hour of need.
“I am also urging every Nigerian to impress upon their Senators to discharge their duty by constituting a medical panel as prescribed by the constitution to determine if President Buhari is capable of discharging his duty.”
Text of the statement:
IS NIGERIAN PRESIDENT BEING HELD AGAINST HIS WILL?
THE LAWSUIT FILED AT THE FEDERAL HIGH COURT IN ABUJA NIGERIA. CASE NUMBER FHC/ABJ/CS/508/2017
TO COMPEL THE SENATE OF NIGERIA TO CONSTITUTE A MEDICAL PANEL TO DETERMINE THE HEALTH STATUS OF PRESIDENT BUHARI.
Riverside, CA 6/28/17- A few weeks ago, I instructed my attorneys from Forthright Chambers and lawyers for Citizens Advocacy of Nigeria to file a lawsuit compelling the Nigerian Senate to constitute a medical panel to determine if President Buhari is capable of discharging his constitutional duties.
Several reports have indicated that the country is being controlled by a group of unelected bureaucrats whose motives may not align with the aspirations of most Nigerians.
Reports have also indicated that our elected President is in such a medical incapacitation that even his wife is not allowed to see him in his incapacitated state.
It is possible, that President Buhari is being held by his handlers against his will and Nigerians deserve to know his current status and his where about.
This Press release explains my rational for the lawsuit to all Nigerians and other well-wishers of Nigeria.
In 2014, I campaigned to elect then General Buhari to be elected President of Nigeria. Here's a link to the video I uploaded to YouTube as my support for his candidacy. goo.gl/P2EExJ
A full copy of the law suit can be found on my blog at www.amazingtoyin.blogspot.com
My admiration for President Buhari dates back to his first foray as head of state. In 1985, I expressed this admiration by contacting him through the Nigerian Embassy.
In my letter, to him and his administration, I outlined how he could make Nigeria a great nation economically by focusing on our strategic assets of both human and natural resources.
Unfortunately his administration was short lived.
Fast forward 2014. After three tries, he succeeded in becoming the head of state.
My support for him in the last election was based on my inclination that President Buhari can finally finish the job he started 30 years earlier.
Regardless of his current policy failures, I and millions of Nigerians are now convinced that the President, despite all his intentions, is incapable of discharging his duties. Therefore, he should resign or be forced to do so, by the Senate, or the executive council as prescribed in the Nigerian constitution.
The Nigerian electorate voted for Buhari as head of state.
Currently we have an acting President.
The problem with the current situation is that the acting president is not fully in charge of the country.
There is no proof that any elected official, including leaders of both houses of assembly have seen the President in the last several weeks.
There is no proof that even the vice President or any member of the cabinet of President Buhari has spoken to him in his current incapacitated state.
I love and respect President Buhari and I wish and pray fervently for God to give him strength to gain back his health.
But I love Nigerian more. I fear for my country, I fear for the future of millions of Nigerians both living and unborn.
Therefore, I cannot stand by and allow the current leadership vacuum that exists in out polity to continue.
There are several current agitations for the restructuring of Nigeria.
If Nigeria needs a strong leader, it is now. Unless a strong leader emerges that has the full authority of Nigerians, the country may descend into chaos.
Our elected leader is indisposed, due to no fault of his own.
Therefore, if we love our country, we must collectively urge our President to face his health issues and let Nigeria be led fully by a capable Vice President as prescribed by the constitution.
As it stands, the Vice President takes direction from the so called Cabal, who passes such instruction under the pretext that they come from the President.
No one can confirm the present condition of the President. As such, it is now incumbent on the elected members of the Nigerian Senate to stand up and be counted to save Nigeria in its hour of need.
I am also urging every Nigerian to impress upon their Senators to discharge their duty by constituting a medical panel as prescribed by the constitution to determine if President Buhari is capable of discharging his duty.
That is the basis of my lawsuit.
I love President Buhari and wish him speedy recovery, but I love Nigeria more.
A message for Hushpuppi and co? IK Ogbonna shared his own piece of advice via Instagram to Nigerians after all the drama and shade throwing Olympics about fake designer watches on social media today. According to the actor:
"In life you make money and you feel you have it all. You die (well no one lives forever ) and time washes away the memory of you from people's heart. What matters most is the impact you had on the people directly , indirectly or completely not connected to you . Make money and don't let money make you . WHATS YOUR LEGACY ? Husssssh🙊 WISDOM IS PROFITABLE TO A MAN THAN GUCCI AND GOLD"
‘Unpredictable‘ by Nouva Couture is a collection that was crafted from multiple sources of inspiration as evidenced by the various colours, fabrics, prints and silhouettes seen in the collection. Using Nowe Isibor as their muse, Nouva has traditionally been known as a brand of particular types of clothing and the brand wants its current […]
There's big deal. It simply doesn't make sense leaving the aircraft there and incurring unnecessary expenses. The aircraft should be flown back home and then flown to UK when the President is ready to return to Nigeria.
[…] becomes clear after two years that it is not making progress, the firm should put itself for sale. Glo remains a strategic partner that can help absorb it. It may not be cash deal, of total buyout, but something closer to a merger […]
«L'existence de nouvelles menaces contre les intérêts des États, mais aussi l'apparition de nouvelles formes de résistances citoyennes [...] ont permis de mesurer à quel point la toile bouleverse la conception traditionnelle de la ''sécurité'', mais plus fondamentalement, de la liberté.»
Philippe Côté-Martine (doctorant aux HEI) est le nouveau rédacteur en chef de Regard critique. Il introduit ainsi le numéro d'hiver deRegard critique. Les nouvelles menaces n'émanent toutefois pas seulement d'Internet, comme le montre le dossier central du numéro:
Regard d'expert: un entretien avec Aurélie Campana sur la place du terrorisme dans les diverses menaces qui planent. Mme Campana est professeure au Département de science politique et titulaire de la Chaire de recherche du Canada sur les conflits identitaires et le terrorisme
Cyberespace et Anonymous: entre fantasmes et réalités complexesMaxime Pinard, candidat Master 2, UPMF Grenoble
Portraits de conflits asymétriques Abderraazzak El-Laia, candidat maîtrise HEI
Les rapports ambigus de l'État et du crime organisé Hobivola A. Rabearivelo, candidat doctorat HEI
Les assassinats ciblés : lorsque la fin justifie les moyensMarie-Michèle Longchamps, candidate maîtrise droit international, U. Laval
Les autres textes abordent l'accord de Durban sur les changements climatiques (Raïhan Cherrouk), les mutations de la violence armée(Anne-Cécile Dequen), la gestion du risque de la pandémie grippale(Nadia Naffakh), la crise sociale à l'est du Rio Grande (Anne-Marie Rouleau), les tensions communautaires au Nigeria (Otaifolehabor Ben), la Hongrie et l'autoritarisme (Bruno Lavallée-Montambault), la crise del'Euro (Marie-Christine Aubé et Otaifolehabor Ben) et le changement de leadership chinois en 2012 (Vincent Fradette).
The budget impasse between the Minister of Work, Power, and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola took a new dimension as the former Lagos Governor was accused of fraudulent insertion of N20 billion as miscellaneous expenditure in the 2017 appropriation bill.
Raising the accusation on Thursday according to LIB is Abdulrazaq Namdas, the spokesman of the House of Representatives, who said Fashola should be bold and sincere enough to tell Nigerians why his ministry inserted N20 billion for miscellaneous expenditure while the second Niger Bridge had N12 billion estimate.
Fashola had last week berated the National Assembly for cutting the budget meant for his ministry to carry out its duties.
Namdas said; “there is a clear judgment in favour of NASS in May 2016 when activist lawyer, Femi Falana, went to court to ascertain whether we can increase or decrease budget estimates of the executive and the court ruled in our favour that the National Assembly is not a mere rubber stamp.”
Namdas further said; "'when I told the minister that they budgeted N17 billion for environmental impact assessment (EIA) in Mambila, we felt it was unjustified, we felt it was bogus and uncalled for. He did not fault what I said. What he said was that it was a misdescription that we should have called his attention".
“As good as they are in their place since they know everything, they shouldn’t have brought something to the National Assembly with misdescriptions. But because we have due diligence in the National Assembly, we were able to detect mis-descriptions and that means we have been working, identifying and looking at the budget. "
"And again, when I even said N20 billion lump sum was just put in the budget without details, the minister did not say I was telling lies. He didn’t say he provided details. What he only said was that it was proper planning that N20 billion was put in case of eventualities".
“How can you put N20 billion as miscellaneous in case of anything when a whole Second Niger Bridge was N12 billion and it was yanked off?
“If every ministry must bring N20 billion as miscellaneous then what is going to remain as the budget of the country?" Namdas queried
Africa suffers artificial drought of hardcore and outstanding professionals in every field. This plaque has become more visible with Africans joyful acceptance of the neo-colonial erroneous, biased and destructive verdict of Africa as a continent of failures.
And each time, these alien forces descend their imperial knives on the precious skins of Africans and Africa, it deposits far-reaching consequences. Africans exceptionally gifted are held back in giving out their best. They suffer a psychological inhibition based on these polluted verdicts imposed on people of the continent.
But Africans are equally and competitively, very intelligent like the white-skinned people. How Africans prefer to celebrate their foolery, instead of positive assertion of themselves is really a riddle. Nonetheless, as time ebbs, more courageous Africans have overcome these mental barriers and are steeping out to prove to the whole world the real substance or worth of an African.
No one can deny brilliance and intelligence of African people in every chosen field of human specialization. Nigerians in particular have carved a niche for themselves in their preferred careers. They are celebrities in academics’, science and indeed, in all professions.
As the largest black nation on earth, the conspiracy of foreign nations against Nigeria is really subject of a whole thesis. The blackmail of compelling the people to think more in failure and destruction, than progress has impinged on the psyche of Nigerians retardation. It has gone to sublime levels that optimal exhibition of skills is most times impeded in some people because of this belittlement.
As determined as ever, Nigerians are gradually breaking these barriers to demonstrate their excellence to the world. That’s why Nigerians are usually elated, anytime a Nigerian displays uncommon exploits or accomplishments in his career, especially in exceptional professions.
It explains why Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt. Gen. Tukur Yusufu Buratai’s embodiment of professionalism, perfection, discipline and courage in the war against terrorism excites the people. Upon leading the counter-insurgency war that humbled Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs), Nigerians feted him with celebrations and Africa picked it up and expanded it. Today, Gen. Buratai is celebrated around the world, as an exceptional professional soldier of high esteem
To many, the Nigerian Army Chief is indescribable. Also, a peep into his persona does not provide easy insights either. What is however certain is that his personage undulates with unrivalled zeal for exceptional exploits and successes. He has an extremely infectious aura.
But what has worked more for this African Army General is his flair for professionalism, discipline, uprightness in leadership, selflessness, courage, transparency, principle of inclusiveness and hard work. And all these have been seared in the passion for positive results in all endeavors; which have made him a worthy assert to Nigeria, Africa and the world. Beyond flattery, Gen. Buratai is admittedly a special specie of humanity. By the dictates of his profession, he ought to be tough and rugged; but to the contrary, he is amiable and humane in dealing with fellow men. It’s scarce to find such qualities and virtues buried in a single soul in the military, particularly in Nigeria.
Africans have seen Gen. Buratai as both a leader and soldier in the trenches, much as in the administrative boardroom of his vocation, bearing all risks, good or bad. He does not chase shadows and nothing distracts his focus and concentration.
True to his type, Gen. Buratai personifies the Christ-like motif of troops under his command. He positions himself to feel their pains, sufferings, agonies; the heat in the trenches, the dejections and the defeats. He is not bossy, so shares the victories and joys of his troops in the same measure the least among troops would feel. It’s not unusual to see him spend Sallah or Christmas celebrations with troops in the battlefield, where he personally lights the candle of bonfire carnivals. This is a mark of leadership, very scarce nowadays.
Understanding the strength behind the modus operendi of Gen. Buratai has proven to be no easy path to walk. But suffice it to say, in achieving efficiency and effectiveness on targets, the COAS utilizes his unique talents to create the needed impact. He is feted in Africa and beyond because Gen. Buratai extensively tapped and improvised on the wisdom, vision and intellectual prowess of men or globally acclaimed war veterans, upon his appointment as the ombudsman of the counter-insurgency war in Nigeria.
It gave birth to the reforms and innovations Buratai brought to bear on the Nigerian Army. Suddenly, Nigerian soldiers’ adjudged as weaklings, who could shamelessly bid an effeminate retreat in the battlefield became courageously, gallant soldiers to confront terrorists and defeat them. Therefore, having prepared his house, this Soldier-General courageously broke new grounds and unimaginable records in terrorism warfare. It has continued to draw the inspiration of the world to his convictions, tactics and strategies. As earlier hinted, there is no iota of doubt that Gen. Buratai must have drawn inspiration from great men, such as the famous English novelist, Ernest Hemmingway, author of the popular, “Old Man And The Sea.” Author Hemmingway timelessly asserted that “Once we have a war, there is only one thing to do. It must be won. For defeat, brings worse things, than any that can ever happen in war.”
For this Nigerian Army Chief, the wise counsel of this author was his conviction and guiding principle. It compelled him to face the lethal Boko Haram terrorism war in Nigeria without flinching. He feared more the consequences of defeat, than the difficulties of surmounting the hurdles, some deliberate, on the battlefield to ensure victory.
And the wisdom, tactics and strategies of Chinese war veteran and father of the Chinese revolution, Mao Tse Tung was also of immense assistance to him, as leader of the counter-insurgency campaigns in Nigeria. Mao Tse believed thus; “Imaginative, intelligent, and bold leadership is absolutely essential.
Commanders and leaders at every echelon must be selected with these specific qualities in mind. Officers and NCOs who are more than competent under normal conditions will frequently be hopelessly ineffective when confronted with dynamic and totally different situations.”
The unfaltering Nigerian Army Chief and Commander of the anti-terrorism war in Nigeria imbibed enough of these virtues and effectively applied them. So, he risked advance on enemy troops, where his predecessors dreaded; he trailed insurgents and their agents, dynamically in tactics, from battlefield encounters to cyberspace terrorism manifestations and matched action for action.
He suffocated enemy forces' sources of food and ammunition supply. He endured and ignored all manner of distractions back home to focus on his assignment to earn the victory today savoured by the whole world.
And in all instances, he moved centuries in thinking, ahead of the localized thoughts and strategies of enemy forces- the Boko Haramists. This Army General slept once in two weeks, always awake to strategize and personally supervise field operations. He left nothing to chance; while terrorists slept every day in their hideouts with the delusion of courage and invincibility.
So, he conquered them and their agents in the trenches, caves, cyberspace propaganda and everywhere. They scattered in confused directions, as his troops chased them to the point of conquer or surrender.
After the defeat of Boko Haram terrorists, the Nigerian Army Chief also deployed the wisdom of Mao Tse in cleansing communities in Northeast, Nigeria of remnants’ of Boko Haram terrorists. He commanded his troops to embark on “Operation Crackdown.” Mao Tse’s thoughts in this direction were that; “After the enemies with guns have been wiped out, there will still be enemies without guns; they are bound to struggle desperately against us, and we must never regard these enemies lightly. If we do, nor now raise and understand the problem in this way, we shall commit the gravest mistakes.”
Today, Nigeria has regained her freedom. The world stands up in stupefying relish of Buratai’s exploits and victories over terrorism warfare in Nigeria within the shortest possible time.
This Nigerian Army General perceived defeat in the eyes of troops, but meticulously inspired them into self-confidence, greatness and victory; he triumphed over their disunity and inclination for mutiny and made them converts of the new order of professionalism, discipline, comradeship and pursuit of the common agenda of defeat of enemy forces against Nigeria.
No doubt, Gen. Buratai strikes as an angel to civilians in his operational jurisdictions; but a very venomous snake to enemies of state. For Nigerians and millions of Africans, this Army Chief is simply one of the best Africans in recent times. This is attested or gleaned from the flurry of unsolicited awards and recognitions showered on him across the globe in the last few months. The Republic of Brazil recently feted and decorated him with the country’s highest military honour in global recognition of his battle against terrorism in Nigeria and the world.
Thus, Gen. Buratai can be described as a gentlemen soldier, a great soldier of repute, a hero of international dimensions, the conqueror of terrorists in Nigeria and environs. He has replicated history in Nigeria and the world, by religiously deploying and improvising on the military wisdom of those before him to attain the unimaginable victories in war against terrorism.
Consequently, the world is prodded to utilize his wealth of wisdom to surmount the global monster of terrorism. This would be a step palpably illustrative of the global agenda on collective action against terrorism, a reality now, than yesterday and likely tomorrow. But if treasured masters of the game, like Buratai are factored into this global collaborative action against terrorism, the world may likely experience respite.
Goulding, a security expert writes from 199 Watford Way, Hendon, London, United Kingdom.
Move to sack senator Andy Uba from the senate and stop his Anambra Governorship his bid has failed as Abuja court clears him of allegation of certificate forgery.
The cour further affirmed the originality of his waec certificate and eligibility to hold any public office in nigeria.
The controversy over the eligibility of Andy Uba to seek public office over the allegations of certificate forgery was laid to rest today by the fct high court sitting in Apo and presided over by Justice Valentine Ashi.
In a Ruling that lasted over two hours ,the judge held that the plantiff failed to discharge d burden of proof bestowed on him and so his suit stands dismissed. The court held that the same certificate have been used by the defendant since 2007 till date without any alteration and wonders the foundation upon which the suit is based since the defendant election forms submitted in Inec in over three elections he participated is same without any alteration.
The court established that the defendant senator Andy uba is eligible to hold any elective position as he meets wit the minimum educational requirement provided by d constitution of nigeria.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission says it has traced N603m to Mrs Esther Habu, the wife of Mr Josiah Habu, who is the Director of the Bioresources Development Centre in Bayelsa State.
Established in 2003 by the National Biotechnology Development Agency under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, BIODEC is an intervention programme of the Federal Government aimed at developing the natural resources of Nigeria for use in agriculture, health, environment and industry.
BIODEC has about 25 centres across the country.
According to the EFCC, investigations showed that Esther, whose husband is a director at the BIODEC branch in Bayelsa State, was given suspicious contracts even as a total sum of N603,000,000 was traced to her in different deals involving over 20 directors of BIODEC across the country.
The anti-graft agency said in a statement by its spokesman, Mr Wilson Uwujaren, that about N70m was traced to her husband.
The EFCC also arrested the Director-General of NABDA, Prof Lucy Ogbadu, who oversees all BIODEC branches across the country.
Ogbadu allegedly received N23m from the slush fund.
The statement read in part, “Operatives of the EFCC have arrested the serving Director-General of NABDA, Prof Lucy Ogbadu, for her alleged involvement in criminal conspiracy and diversion of public funds to the tune of N23m.
“Ogbadu was arrested on Wednesday June 28 in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, following her alleged link with the Bayelsa State Director of BIODEC, Mr Josiah Habu, who is being investigated by the EFCC in a case of fraudulent diversion of the sum of N75m.
“Investigations by the EFCC showed that Ogbadu allegedly received the sum of N23m through a bank account belonging to the wife of Habu, Mrs Esther Habu, and admitted same in a voluntary statement made to the EFCC.
“Further investigations have also shown that Mrs Habu is one of the contractors with BIODEC, Odi, Bayelsa State, and a total sum of N603m has been traced to her in different deals involving over 20 directors of BIODEC across the country.”
The commission said Ogbadu’s link with all the alleged scams was being investigated, adding that she had been duly served with bail conditions while investigations continued.
Most people who were not properly taken care of when they were in their early childhood years have faced enormous difficulties ranging from poor health to poor mental development.
Early Childhood Development (ECD) is the way the child grows during the early stages of life and the activities that follow in the process. Such activities include what the child learns, what the child eats, the development of the ability to have complex thinking and reasoning skills, to communicate with people in their way, to socialize, take control of their emotions and also learn by imitation or observation. The learning by observation and imitation are some of the most important factors in the Early Childhood Development. That is why most children grow up believing in and practicing most of the things they observe their parents, family and those around them or their communities do. Parents should be very careful with handling their children at this stage and after.
Reaching optimal levels of physical, cognitive, language, and social-emotional development does not just happen during the early years of a child. For these potential to be met, children must live in a healthy and supportive environments. The issue of healthy and supportive environments has been one of the fundamental problems in Early Childhood Development especially in developing countries such as Nigeria.
Since early childhood is considered to be from prenatal period to eight years of age and the most rapid period of development in a human life, parents must handle their children within this period more carefully.
As a child begins to grow, they start developing physical, cognitive, language and social-emotional growth. The basic factors that influence child development are: heredity, family and community. Certain things a child does are inherited from the parents through the genes. That is why in most cases, children turn to behave like either their father or mother in intellectual ability, moral and social life. The family can influence the child by certain norms and values. A functional family turns to influence the child positively while a dysfunctional family turns to influence the child negatively. The community is where the child is born, bred or based. If the community is violent, the child might most likely grow up to be violent. If the community is peace-loving, the child might most likely grow up to be peaceful.
The experience children have in their early stages in life will affect them now and in the future. For children to develop, learn and become better now and in the future, their basic needs must be met, feel safe, and feel valued by their parents, families and communities.
The discordance tune ongoing between the northern and southern youths of Nigerian has continued as the youths wing of the apex socio-cultural group of Igbos, the Ohaneze Ndigbo has said they would not accept any kind of restructuring spearheaded by any northern president, including President Muhammadu Buhari, saying it would not reflect equity and fairness.
The group rather said it would prefer a restructuring exercise to be overseen by an Igbo leader or a leader from the South but not from the North.
According to them, any restructuring conducted by the Buhari administration would definitely favor the North, thereby leading to a continuation of the agitations.
Secretary General of the Council, Mazi Okwu Nnabuike, who said this, explained that restructuring of Nigeria overseen by a leader from the South would definitely ensure equity and fairness to all parts of the country.
Meanwhile, the parent body of Ohaneze Ndigbo also yesterday took a swipe at the leadership of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, for allegedly ordering that the November 18, 2017 governorship election in Anambra State should not be conducted.
The President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief John Nwodo, who led other national leaders of the organization to the Anambra State House of Assembly, warned leaders of groups championing self-rule for the Igbo nation not to arrogate to themselves the supreme leadership of Igboland.
He said though it was obvious that Ndigbo were suffering marginalization in the affairs of the country, Igbo was still part and parcel of Nigeria, adding that in seeking mitigation of the injustice being meted to Ndigbo, civilized approach should be adopted.
He lashed out at the leader of IPOB for, according to him, making unguarded utterances that Anambra State governorship election slated for November would not hold, explaining that such utterance had already drawn the attention of the Inspector General of Police who, he stated, had deployed more police personnel to patrol Anambra State.
Kanu’s utterance, Nwodo stated, had breached the undertaking he took before him (Nwodo) when he was released from detention.
About 13 former service chiefs and senior military officers are presently facing corruption charges to the tune of N102 billion before various courts in Abuja and Lagos.
Already, one of the former service chiefs has forfeited N1.82 billion to the Federal Government.
Top among the Generals being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for alleged corruption are the former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd); ex-Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh; ex-Chiefs of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Usman Jibrin and Admiral Dele Ezeoba; former Chiefs of Air Staff, Air Marshal Dikko Umar and Air Marshal Adesola Amosu.
Others on trial are the Chief of Administration, AVM A.M Mamu; a former Director of Procurement, Defence Headquarters, AVM O.T Oguntoyinbo; Air Officer Tactical Command, Makurdi, AVM R.A Ojuawo and former Chief of Accounts and Budgeting in NAF, AVM J.B Adigun.
Also on trial is a former chairman, Presidential Implementation on Committee on Maritime Safety (PICOMMS), AVM Saliu Atawodi and a former Director of Armament with the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), AVM John Adeniyi Kayode-Beckley and a former aide to Dasuki, Col. Nicholas Ashinze.
Dasuki is standing trial before three different courts. The first charge was filed before the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja where Dasuki was charged with diverting $2.1 billion.
Second, the EFCC preferred another 19-count charge against Dasuki and four others before an Abuja High Court for alleged diversion of another N32 billion meant for arms procurement.
Dasuki’s co-accused persons are a former Director of Finance and Administration in the Office of NSA, Shuaibu Salisu, and a former General Manager, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Aminu Baba-Kusa.
The third charge was filed before another Abuja High Court, wherein the anti-graft agency slammed another 22-count charge bothering on alleged diversion of N13 billion meant for arms procurement.
The former NSA had, since, been arraigned before the three courts. The Abuja High Court later consolidated the two charges against Dasuki.
Badeh in the dock
Badeh, who was a former Chief of Defence Staff, is standing trial on a 10-count charge bordering on money laundering, criminal breach of trust and corruption to the tune of N3.97 billion belonging to the Nigerian Air Force before the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja.
Badeh pleaded not guilty to the charge and was consequently admitted to bail, first under stringent condition. The condition for bail was later reviewed due to his inability to meet it.
Trial had since started as the prosecution, the EFCC, has called witnesses. The witnesses had, in turn, explained to the trial judge, Justice Abang Okon, how Badeh collected the said money and expended it on the purchase of property in highbrow area of Abuja.
Badeh was said to have used dollar equivalent of the sum of N1.4 billion from the NAF accounts to purchase a mansion situated at No. 6, Ogun River Street, off Danube Street, Maitama, Abuja.
Another Air Chief standing trial over corruption related charges is a former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Umar Dikko, who was accused of diverting about N4.86 billion belonging to NAF to purchase property for himself.
Diko, who was arraigned before the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, however, pleaded not guilty when the seven-count charge bothering on diversion of funds slammed on him by EFCC was read to him.
In the charge, Dikko was alleged to have, while being the Chief of Air Staff between September 2010 and 2012, converted the United States dollar equivalent of the aggregate sum of N4,864,630,000 removed from the account of NAF.
Dikko was also alleged to have used N700 million removed from NAF account to purchase a property at No 14, Vistula Close, off Panama Street, Maitama; accused of using another N860 million removed from NAF account to buy a property at Plot No. 1853, Deng Xiao Ping Street, off Mahathir Mohammed Street, Asokoro Extension, Abuja; accused of taking N500 million from the account of NAF to purchase a four-bedroom duplex with boys’ quarters at Road 3b, Street 2, Mabushi Ministers Hill, Abuja; accused of removing N250 million from NAF account to buy a property at No 14, Audu Bako Way, GRA, Kano.
Amosu, Adigun and Olugbenga
The anti-graft agency is prosecuting a former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu (rtd), Air Vice Marshal Jacob Bola Adigun, Air Commodore Gbadebo Olugbenga and eight companies before Justice Mohammed Idris of the Federal High Court, Lagos over an alleged N22.8 billion fraud.
The companies involved are: Delfina Oil and Gas Ltd, Mcallan Oil and Gas Ltd, Hebron Housing and Properties Company Ltd, Trapezites BDC, Fonds and Pricey Ltd, Deegee Oil and Gas Ltd, Timsegg Investment Ltd and Solomon Health Care Ltd.
They were arraigned by the EFCC before the court on June 29, 2016 on a 26-count charge of stealing and concealing of proceeds of crime.
Upon their arraignment, the accused persons were granted bail by the court in the sum of N500 million with two sureties in like sum.
Further hearing in the matter has been adjourned to June 28.
Also in the dock is a former commander of the Joint Task Force, Operation Pulo Shield in the Niger Delta, Major General Emmanuel Atewe and three others.
Atewe was, on June 3, 2016, arraigned before Justice Saliu Saidu of a Federal High Court in Lagos on an 11-count charge bordering on conspiracy, fraud, stealing and fraudulent conversion of N19.7 billion to personal use.
Atewe was arraigned alongside the immediate past Director General of the Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Patrick Akpobolokemi, Kime Engozu and Josephine Otuaga.
The anti-graft agency, in the charge marked, FHC/L/C/217C/16, alleged that the former JTF Commander and other accused persons had, between 2014 and 2015, in Lagos, used six companies to commit the alleged acts.
Further hearing in the trial has been fixed for September 20.
Former Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Usman Jibrin, is also being prosecuted at the FCT High Court over alleged N600 million fraud.
Jibrin is facing trial alongside Rear Admiral Bala Mshelia(rtd), Rear Admiral Shehu Ahmadu (rtd) and Habor Bay International Limited on a four-count charge of criminal conspiracy.
The naval chiefs, whilst in office, allegedly bought a house worth N600 million from the account of Naval Engineering Services without budgetary provision.
A former Naval Chief, Dele Ezeoba, is another ranking security chief standing corruption trial before the Federal High Court, Lagos.
The trial judge, Justice Muslim Sule Hassan had, however, on April 6, 2017, ordered the permanent forfeiture of the said sum of N1.82 billion.
In the league of Generals in the dock is a former Chairman, Presidential Implementation Committee on Maritime Safety (PICOMMS), Air Vice Marshal Saliu Atawodi (rtd).
Atawodi was arraigned by the EFCC on a three-count charge bordering on conspiracy, abuse of office and misappropriation of public funds.
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty when the charge was read to him.
Atawodi allegedly defrauded the government to the tune of over N600 million through suspicious contracts to procure military boats.
The trial is ongoing.
Also in the dock is a former Air Officer in charge of Tactical Air Command, Makurdi, Air Vice Marshal Rufus Ojuawo.
Ojuawo was arraigned before an Abuja High Court on a two-count charge of allegedly receiving a gift of N40 million and a car valued at N29.2 million from a contractor with NAF, Mr. Hima Aboubakar of Societe D’ Equipments Internationaux Nig. Ltd.
Until his arrest by the EFCC at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, AVM Ojuawo, was Air Officer Commanding, the Tactical Air Command, NAF, Makurdi.
Air Vice Marshal John Adeniyi Kayode-Beckly is being tried over a one-count charge of bribery.
Beckley, who is the Director of Armament with NAF, allegedly collected the sum of N10 million as gratification from a contractor, one Mr. Hima Abubakar, of Societe D’Equipments Internationaux Nig. Ltd.
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge and prayed the court to admit him to bail.
Also in the dock is a former Air Officer Training Command and a member of the Committee for Procurement, Ministry of Defence, Air Vice Marshal Alkali Mohammed Mamu.
The Federal Government is prosecuting Mamu on a three-count charge bordering on bribery to the tune of N5.9 million.
Mamu, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge and consequently prayed the court to admit him to bail.
AVM Mamu allegedly collected a cash gift in the sum of N5.9 million for the purchase of a Range Rover Evoque, $300,000 and two vehicles (Ford Expedition SUV and Jaguar XF Saloon) valued at N15 million and N12 million respectively from Societe D’ Equipments Internationaux Nigeria Limited, a contractor with the Nigerian Air Force.
Air Vice Marshall Olutayo Tade Oguntoyinbo is another ranking officer facing corruption charge before an Abuja High Court on one-count charge of bribery to the tune of N166 million.
Oguntoyinbo, while being the Chief of Training and Operations of the Nigerian Air Force, allegedly collected the said sum as gratification from a contractor with the NAF.
Col. Nicholas Ashinze was an aide to Dasuki.
The Federal Government has arraigned Ashinze, alongside three others, before Justice Gabriel Kolawole of the Federal High Court, Abuja on a 13-count charge of corruption and money laundering to the tune of N3.1 billion.
Ashinze and his co-accused were arraigned alongside five companies accused of allegedly diverting huge sums from the office of the former NSA.
The Nigerian Police Authority has said the fugitive members of kidnap gang of Evans, who real name is Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike are behind series of suits in a bid to frustrate further investigation on the notorious kidnap syndicate.
The Police, rising from an emergency meeting, the police authorities said that they have the power to keep the arrested kidnapping kingpin Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, widely known as Evans, in their custody.
According to Daily Trust, a senior police source said that some people who felt that their interest was being threatened were the ones behind the move to get the court to release Evans.
A lawyer had approached a Federal High Court to challenge the continued detention of Evans, stressing that it violated Evans’ fundamental human right.
Sources at the police high command said it was Evans’ gang members yet to be arrested that sought for and got the services of the lawyer to frustrate further investigation into the case.
The Nigerian in Diaspora Monitoring Group (United Kingdom Chapter) has faulted the recent media report, which alleged that President Muhammadu Buhari has been on “life support for 20-days.
Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, had in a statement he personally urged Nigerians to pray for the President as all was not well with him.
“Like every other Nigerian, I do not wish the president dead, I have therefore maintained dignified silence since we were told that the President embarked on his second medical trip abroad this year,” Fayose had said.
NDMG while condemning the claim, described Fayose as a low jobber, who is only out to dent the administration of president Buhari.
Adeka Onyilo, NDMG Coordinator, in an electronic statement made available on Thursday, the diaspora body berated Fayose for making crude remark about the office and person of the president.
Onyilo said, “It is most ridiculous the story is coming from no other person than the governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, who has not for once been able to hide his bellicose for the bite of the anti-corruption fight championed under President Buhari.
“His antecedent as a man who manipulated a sacred electoral process to emerge the governor coupled with his unmasked hatred of the President should have triggered the alarm bells for any reputable media organization to do better with its fact check.
“Contrary to achieving whatever devious objective the sponsors of the report might have had in mind, it has served to ridicule and compromise Nigerians especially those in the Diaspora as we can authoritatively report based on our experience and feedbacks from other nationals that we interact with in the UK since its publication,” he said.
The group’s leader recall that before the most recent Salah audio from President Buhari went public, the Nigerians in Diaspora Monitoring Group can confidently report that Nigeria’s number one citizen is doing well here in the United Kingdom.
“This is an update we could have freely given to Sahara Reporters or any other member of the public since our group continues to closely monitor developments in this regards in line with the promise we made to Nigerians. That we were not issuing periodic updates as promised out of consideration for Mr. President’s privacy.
“It is most unfortunate that those who traded their humanity for a pittance to violate this privacy are also incidentally bereft of knowledge to the point that every single piece of medical equipment transforms into a life support machine in their mind's eye. Much as they may want to massage their fantasies, we recommend to them to desist from trying to mislead Nigerians since their calamitous wishes are not the same as what has been ordained by God,” Onyilo added.
The ripples generated over the cost of parking the Presidential Jet in the United Kingdom where President Muhammadu Buhari is currently receiving treatment for an undisclosed ailment has attracted the attention of the Presidency.
The Presidency, yesterday, described as untrue, claims that the Presidential Aircraft, NAF 001, parked in a London hanger was costing the nation a daily parking fee of £4,000.
According to a statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the amount was outrageous and the allegations untrue, adding that Aircraft conveying heads of state all over the world usually enjoy waivers even where payments for parking were differentiated by aircraft categories.
“We have been assured that where the waiver is not granted, payment will not exceed £1,000, which is a quarter of the amount being peddled,” Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba, said in the statement.
The jet is parked in a London facility while President Muhammadu Buhari undergoes treatment in an undisclosed hospital in the UK.
Garba described those behind the criticisms over the parking of the aircraft in the Uk, as lacking understanding of protocol of trips by heads of states all over the world.
He also said it was against protocol to leave the president on a foreign trip without planes for immediate return or evacuation.
A post by a Facebook user Retty Susie on Wednesday drew attention to the Nigerian presidential aircraft in London.
“Today, it would be 50 days it has stayed idle and if you multiply that by N400/1pounds for 50 days it will amount to N80,000,000 doing nothing but waiting for the president to get well. This is not a government but a mistake Why not return the aircraft to Nigeria till he is ready to return. If the plane is here where is the crew?”
Shehu, however, insisted that NAF 001 was at the service of the president.
The statement read: “The Presidency is constrained to decry criticisms, mostly on social media, on the retention in London of the Presidential Aircraft, NAF 001 as mostly informed by lack of understanding of protocol around foreign trips by Heads of State all over the world.
“It is important to state that for reasons of protocol, national security, diplomacy and prestige, there is no world leader who travels abroad and is left without plans for immediate return or possible evacuation.
“From operational point of view, this country’s Armed Forces as represented by the Nigeria Air Force are not to abandon their Commander-in-Chief in whichever circumstance he is. This is a standard operating procedure.
“We have also read claims about outrageous fees allegedly paid by Nigeria. The published amounts are totally untrue. Aircraft conveying heads of state all over the world usually enjoy waivers even where payments for parking are differentiated by aircraft categories.
“We have been assured that where the waiver is not granted, payment will not exceed £1,000, which is a quarter of the amount being peddled.
“For the avoidance of doubt, this president is not the first to have a presidential aircraft standing by for him, as he will certainly not be the last. All past Heads of this country have had this privilege, and the part that surprises the most is that leaders who in the past travelled with three Nigerian aircraft did not suffer this trenchant criticism.
“We appeal to Nigerians to ignore opposition campaign aimed at derailing this administration’s big plans for the country.
“This is a government that is constructing the Second Niger Bridge, the Mambila Power Plant, the East-West and the North-South standard gauge railway lines.
“We are a government that has saved this country an annual loss of two trillion Naira from fraudulent petroleum subsidy schemes by influential citizens and their children, and rid the public service of about 50,000 ghost workers.
“The Buhari administration certainly deserves a chance.”
He said, “Every time we have been challenged, we overcame danger because we had visionary leaders committed to union and citizens committed to ensuring justice for all.
“Today, Nigeria is fortunate to have such leaders and citizens. Together, they are dedicated to keeping Nigeria united and just and to ensuring every Nigerian is heard and taken into account and treated fairly.
“Together, those Nigerians will overpower any call to divide this nation.
“Thanks to them, thanks to you, the lamp of unity and justice burns brightly both in our nations tonight. And the sight of a united Nigeria’s light lifts Africa and with it, the world.”
The US envoy said Nigeria’s diversity is an inspiration to many countries.
He said that, just like the US, Nigeria’s plurality was a source of strength.
Symington added, “Wherever I meet a Nigerian, I ask ‘What do you like the most about your country?’ I like our diversity, our resilience, our energy, our warmth, our spirit, our food.’
“Just like the United States, Nigeria is a wonderfully diverse nation whose differences and diversity are sources of strength and reason for pride.”
An unconfirmed report by online news blog, Elombah.com has claimed that the notorious billionaire kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, a.k.a. Evans had confessed to the police how he sent millions of naira to Nnamdi Kanu’s Radio Biafra.
The online Newspaper quoted a reliable police source who pleaded anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to the press as saying that Evans confessed he has allegedly donated heavily in promoting radio Biafra and the Nnamdi Kanu led Indigenous People of Biafra [IPOB].
The Kidnap kingpin was also quoted to have made a shocking revelation that he has donated over 10 million Naira to the group since 2014.
According to Elomba.com, Evans was quoted to have said his last donation to the group was allegedly $5,000 in June 2015 and that he was allegedly in touch with IPOB leaders until he was arrested.
According to the insider, Investigations are ongoing and the Inspector General of Police (IGP) is leaving no stone unturned in ensuring those who benefited from Evan’s magnanimity are arrested and every penny recovered.
The IGP has also promised that Evans will soon be arraigned and prosecuted once investigations are completed.
Meanwhile Evans, on Wednesday filed a fundamental rights enforcement action before the Lagos Federal High Court in Lagos, urging the court to order the police to charge him to court or release him immediately.
Joined as respondents in the said suit marked FHC/L/CS/1012/2017 are the Nigeria Police Force, Commissioner of Police, Lagos State and the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Lagos State Police Command.
In the suit filed on his behalf by a Lagos-based lawyer, Olukoya Ogungbeje, the suspected kidnapper is seeking a court order directing the respondents to immediately charge him to court if they had any case against him in accordance with sections 35 (1) (c) (3) (4) (5) (a) (b) and 36 of the Constitution.
He is on the alternative seeking for an order compelling the respondents to immediately release him unconditionally in the absence of any offence that will warrant his being charged to court.
Evans is contending that his continued detention by the respondents since June 10, 2017, without being charged to court or released on bail was an infringement on his fundamental human rights.
The suspected kidnap kingpin who had evaded arrest for a long time, was eventually arrested at his Magodo Estate home in Lagos on Saturday, June 10, 2017 after an intense gun battle between his gang and special detachments of the Nigeria Police Force.
The 36-year-old kingpin has also revealed his involvement in drug trafficking and robberies.
Suspected billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike aka Evans, has again dragged the Inspector General of Police, and three others before a Federal High Court in Lagos over his alleged illegal detention.
In the new suit filed on Thursday, Evans is claiming N300m as general and exemplary damages against the police for alleged illegal detention and unconstitutional media trial.
Joined as respondents in his new originating motion are the Nigeria Police Force, the Commissioner of Police Lagos State and the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Lagos State Police Command.
Evans had on June 28 filed an ex parte application with reference number FHC/L/CS/1012/2017, before the same court, seeking an order directing the respondents to charge him to court.
He had also in the alternative sought an order directing the respondents to release him unconditionally where no charge is preferred against him.
In an affidavit deposed to by his father, Mr Stephen Onwuamadike, it was averred that the applicant has been subjected to media trial without any court order by the respondents.
Onwuamadike further averred that the media trial and news orchestrated by the respondents have continued to generate reactions in both print and electronic media without his son being afforded fair hearing before a court of law.
Evans contended that his continued detention by the respondents since June 10, without a charge, or release on bail, is an infringement on his fundamental rights.
In his new suit also marked FHC/L/CS/1012/ 2017 and with the same persons as respondents, the applicant is seeking a declaration that his continued detention since June 10 without arraignment, violates his fundamental rights as guaranteed under the 1999 Constitution.
He is also seeking a declaration that his parade on June 11 before journalists in Lagos, at the Lagos Police Command Headquarters in Ikeja, without any court order, is unconstitutional and illegal.
He is consequently, seeking an order, compelling the respondents to immediately arraign him before a law court, or release him from custody forthwith.
‘Evans’’ is also seeking an order, compelling the respondents to jointly and severally, pay him the sum of N300m as exemplary damages for illegal detention and alleged harm caused by the alleged media trial.
The suspect is also seeking an order of perpetual injunction, restraining the respondents from further arresting, detaining, harassing, investigating or inviting him in relation to the facts of his case.
He is also seeking further orders as the court may deem fit, to make in the circumstances.
No date has been fixed for hearing in his latest suit.
The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has claimed that President Muhammadu Buhari is suffering from voice impairment and has been on life support in a West-End London Hospital since June 6.
He also dismissed a purported audio message of the president greeting people for the just celebrated Eid-el-Fitri in Hausa language as “absolute lies.”
“No doubt, the audio message was only a damage-control strategy aimed at further deceiving Nigerians,” he said.
Addressing journalists in Ado Ekiti on Wednesday, the governor noted that there had been no official statement on the health status and whereabouts of the president since he travelled abroad for treatment 53 days ago.
Fayose, who issued a 48-hour ultimatum to the Presidency to discountenance his claims, threatened to reveal further details on the hospital if there was no official statement from the government.
“Today, it makes 53 days since our President left Nigeria to attend to his health challenges abroad. We have no official information as to his whereabouts and his state of health.
“Like every other Nigerians, I do not wish the President dead, I have therefore maintained dignified silence since we were told that the President embarked on his second medical trip abroad this year.
“However, the recorded audio message which was released by the Presidency as the President’s Ramadan message to Nigerians necessitated my setting the records straight today.
“The audio message does not represent the truth as our President does not only have voice impairment, he has been on life support since June 6, 2017 at a West-End, London Hospital.”
The governor revealed that the First Lady, Aisha, was not allowed to see her husband during her last visit to the United Kingdom, if only she would be courageous enough to admit.
He said, “Only three Nigerians who are of the President’s cabal are allowed access to the President. I will keep their identities for now.
“Anyone with contrary claim should produce the President to Nigerians within the next 48 hours. I want to say emphatically that the Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has not spoken to the President in the last one month. I expect him to prove me wrong.”
Fayose said it was obvious that Nigeria was drifting like the last days of the former President Umaru Yar’Adua’s government and urged Buhari to resign if he truly loved Nigeria.
“Hate me or like me, again I am putting Nigerians on notice on the present state of health of our President.
“Dear Nigerians, even though President Buhari needs our prayers and we should keep praying that God takes total control of his situation, it is equally imperative that our leaders must tell us the truth at all times.”
Raising the alarm that there were various attempts on his life, the governor said he was unperturbed and remained committed to the truth.
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Conforme relatos, homens fortemente armados invadiram a casa do casal, por volta das 3 da manhã de terça-feira (20), e exigiram dinheiro, o homem disse aos ladrões que ele tinha pouco dinheiro em casa.
Baba Eneh, que é motorista de ônibus comercial, teria implorado aos assaltantes para que eles não fizessem mal, e que não tinha muito dinheiro em casa desde que gastou todas as suas economias ao se casar com a esposa. Mas os assaltantes que estavam ficaram irritados pelo fato do homem não ter muito dinheiro, por sua vez, eles decidiram violentar sexualmente a esposa do homem. [VIDEO]
Após cometer o #Crime os ladrões foram embora tomando rumo desconhecido. Segundo o esposo, ele ficou furioso com a mulher, pelo fato dela se aproveitar do estupro gemendo com entusiasmo e contorcendo sua cintura enquanto os ladrões a assaltavam sexualmente, em vez de gritar por ajuda. "Imagine minha esposa, em vez de pedir ajuda, ela estava ocupada fazendo alguns sons engraçados, uma indicação de que ela estava gostando do sexo, mesmo na minha presença", disse o marido da vítima.
Revoltado com a situação, o homem disse que a sua esposa lhe desonrou e a expulsou de casa. No entanto, o homem, aparentemente com medo de morrer, pediu à esposa para retornar à sua aldeia até que os sacrifícios necessários sejam feitos.
Atualização sobre o caso;
Conforme informações divulgadas pelo portal The Nigerian, a mulher identificada como Ejalo, de 28 anos, retornou para a residência do esposo para passar por um trabalho de limpeza espiritual. Segundo o portal, após a mulher ser vítima de violência sexual [VIDEO], ela tinha ido fazer um teste de HIV em Lagos, capital da Nigéria. Mas o resultado deu negativo. No entanto, o médico pediu que ela voltasse em seis meses para outro teste para verificar se ela está livre de DST e gravidez.
Segundo um curandeiro identificado como Johnson Agada, relatou que o homem deveria aceitar a esposa de volta depois da limpeza espiritual, uma vez que era uma violação de caso, os deuses pareceriam o contrário. "Na verdade não é culpa dela. É realmente doloroso. O homem deve permitir que ela faça a limpeza espiritual e volte para casa ", acrescentou a fonte.
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GREAT BRITAIN heavyweight Mahama Cho won a silver medal at the World Taekwondo Championships in South Korea after being beaten in the final by Nigerian Abdoul Issoufou. The 27-year-old Stockwell fighter said: ‘Issoufou is on my wanted list now and I...
De overgang van de Nigeriaan Henry Onyekuru van Eupen naar Everton is afgerond. De 20-jarige aanvaller ondertekende in Liverpool een contract tot medio 2022, maar komt eerst nog op huurbasis uit voor Anderlecht.
Hot on the heels of the first season of 15 episodes of Paris DJs & Le T-shirt Français"Wearplay" series, combining clothing, music and graphic design, we're already back with the first episode of the second season! While we won't be able to release a new episode every day of the week this time, we've tried our best to add a new wow factor to our concept. Paris DJs co-founder Loik cooked a hypnotic mix of deep & funky tunes from 1980s Africa, a perfect summer selection, destined to grow on you after repeated listening. Paris DJs' in-house sound engineer Grant Phabao then carefully mastered the mix, while poster artist Ben Hito draw an illustration inspired by the theme and music. Then Clément, the main man behind Le T-shirt Français, printed it on a cotton-brushed, made in France T-shirt of his own production. This mix is available as a free download in compressed MP3 format on Paris DJs' podcast (up above on this page), or as a high-quality audio file on Bandcamp, through a unique download code printed on the back of the Wearplay T-shirt.
Last week's heat wave had us think : when it's that hot, it's high time to get on the groovy train and catch the "Highlife Express"!
Whether people call it simply Highlife or Frimpong style, with a pinch of Afrosynth, funky, digital and cosmic vibes (check the second part of the last song!), this is a highly addictive sound. Acting like a soul massage for the heart, it's purely designed to make you feel good. We're proud to share with you these good vibes, through a selection of 80's vinyl mainly from Ghana, supposed to take you on a deep and groovy ride...
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Dans la foulée de la première saison de 15 épisodes de la série "Wearplay" de Paris DJs et Le T-shirt Français, combinant prêt-à-porter, musique et graphisme, nous sommes déjà de retour avec le premier épisode de la deuxième saison! Si nous ne publierons pas cette fois un nouvel épisode chaque jour de la semaine, nous avons essayé de trouver une nouvelle idée étonnante qui fonctionnerait avec notre concept. Loik, co-fondateur de Paris DJs, a préparé un mix hypnotique de morceaux deep & funky africains des années 80, une sélection parfaite pour l'été, dont vous découvrirez toutes les merveilles cachées à force d'écoutes répétées. Grant Phabao, l'ingénieur du son maison de Paris DJs a ensuite masterisé avec précaution le mix, tandis que l'affichiste Ben Hito dessinait de son côté un visuel inspiré par la thématique et la musique. Clément, le principal activiste derrière Le T-shirt Français, a ensuite imprimé ce visuel sur un T-shirt coton brossé, fabriqué en France, issu de sa propre production. Ce mix est disponible en téléchargement gratuit au format compressé MP3 à travers le podcast de Paris DJs (au début de ce billet), ou en fichier audio haute définition sur bandcamp, par le biais d'un code unique de téléchargement, imprimé au dos du T-shirt Wearplay.
Avec la canicule la semaine dernière, nous nous sommes dit : quand il fait aussi chaud que ça, il est grand temps de monter dans le "groovy train" et d'attraper le "Highlife Express"!
Quel que soit le nom que les gens lui donnent, tout simplement "Highlife", ou "Frimpong Style", avec une pincée de synthés afro, de vibes funky, digitales et cosmiques (écoutez la seconde partie de la dernière chanson de ce mix!), ce son est des plus addictifs. Agissant comme un massage spirituel pour le coeur, il est purement conçu pour votre bien-être. Nous sommes plutôt fiers de partager avec vous ces "good vibes", à travers une sélection de vinyles des années 80 (principalement du Ghana), qui devraient vous emmener dans un trip "deep & funky"...
Paris DJs Soundsystem - The Highlife Express - Deep & Funky Africa 80's
(MP3 Podcast on www.ParisDJs.com) 2017-06-30
Pedro Martínez EA3GFP/EA7 Desde Serón Sorteo de libros con motivo de la semana cultural de Serón.
Bases publicadas cada año en la Revista de la Unión de Radioaficionados Españoles. ---------------- ---- ---------------
Con motivo de mi desplazamiento a Serón, EA3GFP estaré operativo durante el mes de julio, agosto y septiembre para hacer un homenaje a Serón, mi pueblo, con motivo de la Semana Cultural.
Otorgare un número de tres cifras por banda y día solo podrán participar estaciones nacionales. Dichos ejemplares, por ser de una edición especial y privada no se encuentran a la venta en librerías y su contenido es de gran valor. El número que coincida con las tres últimas cifras del sorteo de la ONCE del día indicado y los cinco números anteriores a aquél serán los premiados. El envió de los libros será, como en los años anteriores, libre de gastos, gentileza de Pedro Martínez EA3GFP.
Cada libro es Patrimonio Cultural y natural del país.
2004: Sorteo de ocho libros cuyo titulo Argentina Patrimonio Cultural y Natural. Los ganadores han sido las estaciones. EA1BRD; Antonio en Acobedo (Cantabria), EA4HQ Joaquín en Hostaliza (Madrid), EA7CWV; Carlos en (Sevilla), EA7TT; Francisco, en Jerez de la Frontera (Cadiz), EA7EMB; Miguel, en Garrucha (Almeria). Perdidos los datos informaticos en mi base de datos de las tres estaciones.
2005: Sorteo de tres libros cuyo titulo México Patrimonio Cultural y Natural. Los ganadores han sido las estaciones EA5JC; Vicente, en Ribarroja de Turia (Valencia). EA3GEG; Juan, en (Barcelona), EA7TT; Francisco, en Jerez de la Frontera (Cadiz).
2006: Sorteo de cuatro libros cuyo titulo Argentina, Argelia, Nigeria, y Lisboa. Los ganadores han sido las estaciones. EA3IP; Jose Maria, en Torreforta (Tarragona), EA7AQA; Jesús en El Ejido (Almería), EA7GHI; Francisco, en (Málaga), EA7RCO;
2007: Sorteo de cinco libro cuyo titulo Patrimonio Cultural y Natural en el Magreb. Los ganadores han sido las estaciones. (EA7ANK; Juan en (Huelva), (EA1BAU; Juan en Vigo), (EA7HFS; (EA5NX; Leoncio en Gandia),(EA7HID.
2008: sorteo de seis libros cuyo titulo Argelia Patrimonio Cultural y Natural. Los ganadores han sido las estaciones: (EA3AOI; Sergio (Barcelona), (EA8CDJ; Tomas en Lanzarote Islas Canarias), (EB1FNS; Ángel en Gijón Asturias), (EA3AHZ; Antonio), en (EA3FQT; Pedro en Tarragona), (EB5LR; Jesús en Murcia),
2009: Sorteo de cuatro libros cuyo titulo Argentina, Argelia, Nigeria, y Lisboa. Los ganadores han sido las estaciones. EA4GZ; Matías en Mostoles (Madrid), EA5ASM; José Francisco en Alcoy (Alicante), EA4YX; Carmen en (Madrid), (EA7BNL; Francisco en Zalamea del Real (Huelva)
2010; Sorteo de tres libros cuyo titulo Colombia, Brasil, Puerto Rico. Los ganadores han sido las estaciones. EA5RY Fidel Alberto en Torrent (Valencia), EA7IYQ Alberto en Barbate (Cadiz), EC1AGO José Eduardo en Sada la (Coruña).
2011; Sorteo de tres libros cuyo titulo Nigeria, Brasil, y Puerto Rico todos Patrimonio Cultural y Natural. Los ganadores han sido las estaciones EA3ZD; Miguel, EA7GHI Paco en (Málaga), EA5AT Fernando (Valencia). Felicidades para los ganadores
2012; Sorteo de cuatro libros cuyo titulo México, y Puerto Rico todos Patrimonio Cultural y Natural. Los ganadores de la edición VIII han sido las estaciones (EA7DQM), (EA7BNL Francisco en Zalamea del Real Huelva), (EA3OO Pedro en Ruidoms Tarragona), (EA7TT Francisco en jerez de la Frotera Cadiz).
2013. Sorteo de cuatro libros cuyo titulo Angola, Brasil, Nigeria, y Sicilia, los ganadores de la edición IX han sido las estaciones. EA4CQR: Emilio en Alcalá de Henares (Madrid), EA3EVL: Pablo en Tortosa (Tarragona), EA1FB: Pablo (Madrid), EA7RCU: Radio Club Andalucía Unida por la Radio.
2014: Sorteo de cuatro libros cuyo titulo Sicilia, Brasil, Nigeria, y Qatar, todos son Patrimonio Cultural y Natural. Los ganadores de la edición X han sido las estaciones (EA5IY: Vicente en Onda Castellon) (EA4EQA: José Maria en Madrid) (EA7JFB: Paco en Baza Granada) y (EA1BQR: Maria del Carmen en Almazan Soria
2015: Sorteo de cuatro libros cuyo titulo Puerto Rico, Quatar, Brasil, y Sicilia, todos son Patrimonio Cultural y Natural. Los ganadores de la edición XI han sido para las estaciones (EA4BFP: Francisco en Alcalá de Henares Madrid) (EA4CFG/M Pablo en Cuenca) (EA7GTJ José en Bentarique Almeria) (EA1AHP Laureano en Salamaca) Felicidades pra los ganadores
Sorteo de libros 2016 cuyo títulos Brasil, Nigeria, y Argelia. Todos son Patrimonio Cultural y Natural de su país. Los ganadores de esta edición han sido (EA7SS: Jóse Antonio en Sevilla), (EA7TT: Francisco en Jerez de la Frontera, ganador de las ediciones 2016, 2012, 2006), (EA7GR: Guillermo en los Barrios Cádiz). Tanto los ejemplares y envió a los ganadores son libre de gastos
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The funds helped finance 5,303 projects in 148 countries.
By Jürgen Liminski
NEW YORK--In 2016, international
Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) has once again raised a record
total in donations. Last year, ACN brought in close to $148M, topping the 2015
total by $5.7M. This was the highest total ever raised in a year. The funds
helped finance 5,303 projects in 148 countries.
More than a quarter of the grants were awarded for projects in located in
Africa, where the Church is growing very fast. The continent accounts for more
than a third of all grant applications.
Countries located in the Saharan zone
receive particular attention, as do northern Nigeria, Kenya and Tanzania, all
of which are countries where an aggressive form of Islam has been spreading.
Just behind funding for Africa came emergency
and subsistence aid for Church communities in the Middle East, the cradle of
Christianity. This support is vital for ensuring the survival of Christianity
in the region. In the Middle East, Iraq and Syria received the most aid in
2016. This is of course due to the volatile political situation in these two
More than $66M flowed into the crisis
areas in the Middle East since 2011. This aid is expected to continue to grow
exponentially in 2017 as ACN has launched a multi-million campaign to help
displaced Christians return to their homes in areas newly liberated from the
grip of ISIS.
As in the preceding years, the majority of
the total aid was earmarked for rebuilding projects, which accounted for 30
percent of all spending; next came emergency aid for the Middle East and
subsistence aid for women religious, as well as support for pastoral formation:
some 30,000 catechists and pastoral agents around the world were among recipients
and Eastern Europe especially, the focus of the aid is shifting from building projects
to training and continued education. The Balkan countries have moved to the
center of attention in this part of the world, because radical forms of Islam
are making itself felt there as well. Construction and repair of 1,200 chapels,
churches, cathedrals and seminaries all over the world were financed in part by
ACN, mostly in regions hard hit by natural disasters. One third of
the building projects were in Africa.
priest (or 43,015 in total) received help in the form of Mass stipends,
especially in Africa (14,403) and Asia (11,293). That meant that every 22 seconds Mass was elebrated somewhere in the world for the intentions of ACN donors. Aid was
approved for 10,760 seminarians, a number equivalent to every eleventh
seminarian worldwide. Most of them were preparing for the priesthood in Africa
(4,667), Latin America (2,900) and Eastern Europe (1,577).
Training and/or subsistence aid was
granted to 11,080 women religious, or every 62nd sister worldwide. In 2015,
only every 67th sister received aid. In most cases, the help was in the form of
subsistence aid for members of contemplative orders for women. Further funding
was granted for to purchase 375 cars,
149 motorcycles and 239 bicycles as well as two boats.
fundraising through a network of national offices in 23 countries.
Everton have completed the signing of highly rated Nigerian striker Henry Onyekuru from Eupen, it was confirmed on Friday.
The Toffees have landed the forward on a five-year deal, although as confirmed by the club's official website, the 20-year-old will join Anderlecht on loan for the 2017-18 season. Onyekuru posed with the Everton crest on his Instagram account earlier in the week:
As noted by Belgian football journalist Kristof Terreur, the decision to loan the player back to the Jupiler League is with a view to Onyekuru getting a work permit:
Everton look to have pulled off something of a coup in landing the youngster, who shone in the Belgian top tier last season. Here's why there is so much excitement surrounding him:
Onyekuru finished as the joint top scorer in the Belgian first division, banging in an impressive 22 goals in 38 games. His sparkling form was enough for him to earn a call-up to the national team for the friendly against Togo earlier this year too.
As noted by WhoScored.com, he finished the season in particularly impressive form:
The striker has plenty of attributes to work with. Onyekuru is quick, has excellent movement and is an excellent finisher.
There are raw aspects to his game still, though, and with that in mind, another season on loan in Belgium seems like a sensible choice for the Super Eagles starlet at this point. If he continues on this upward trajectory, Everton will have an exciting striker to call upon ahead of the 2018-19 season.
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(New York) – Human Rights Watch announced today the appointment of Mausi Segun as executive director of the Africa division, effective July 1, 2017.
Segun has worked at Human Rights Watch since 2013 as the senior researcher for Nigeria. During that time, she conducted many field investigations and wrote numerous reports and articles. The topics include violence in north-central Nigeria, killings by state security forces, muzzling of the news media, Boko Haram's abduction of girls and women, and abuses by both sides in the Boko Haram conflict.
Segun has also been a global representative for Human Rights Watch, presenting, analyzing, and advocating for compliance with international human rights and humanitarian law. She has written opinion articles for the New York Times, CNN, Al Jazeera, and other media outlets on conflict-related abuses, religious freedom, women’s and children’s rights, and freedom of expression, among other topics. Prior to Human Rights Watch, Segun worked with the Nigerian government in several capacities, most recently as assistant director and zonal coordinator at the National Human Rights Commission.
“Mausi Segun brings a rich and varied background to the position of Africa division executive director,” said Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch. “Mausi’s expertise and understanding of the complexity of human rights issues in Africa comes at a time of considerable turmoil on the continent.”
The Africa division at Human Rights Watch works to advance human rights throughout the African sub-region and carries out work that includes investigations, reporting, advocacy, and media outreach. The division’s 18 staff members cover over 30 countries on a wide range of human rights abuses, most recently conflict related-abuses in the Sahel, the recruitment and use of child soldiers in South Sudan, police killings and enforced disappearances in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the impact of climate change on the livelihoods of indigenous people in Ethiopia and Kenya.
Human Rights Watch is a nongovernmental organization, established in 1978, that monitors, reports, and advocates on human rights issues in more than 90 countries around the world.
Trudeau’s first cabinet was Africanless. Africans in Canada, from the continent and here questioned this move. Many felt that the younger Trudeau took us for granted because his father Pierre Elliott Trudeau (October 18, 1919 – September 28, 2000) “opened” the doors for immigrants from the Caribbean and Africa. Eventually he did appoint Somali Toronto MP Ahmed Hussen to the federal cabinet as immigration minister.
Trudeau did appoint Indian-born Sikh Harjit Sajjan, MP for Vancouver South, minister of defence. Sikhs have a significantly different history in Canada than Africans. The Sikh community is represented in all professional fields: medical, legal, technological, academic. Africans came kicking and screaming to the Western Hemisphere. Recently he has been questioned about “fibbing” about being the leader of a battle in Afghanistan. Sajjan said yearly defence spending will swell by more than 70 per cent, from $18.9 billion in 2016-17 to $32.7 billion in 2026-27. He promised $62.3 billion in new spending over 20 years.
Bardish Chagger is another India- born Canadian politician who is the current Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister of Small Business and Tourism. Chagger was elected as a Liberal member of the House of Commons of Canada in 2015. She is the first female Leader of the Government in the House of Commons by Trudeau.
Amarjeet Sohi is an Indian-Canadian politician, currently the Member of Parliament for Edmonton and the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities in the federal cabinet. He narrowly beat out strong community advocate Nigerian-born Chinwe Okelu.
Maryam Monsef is an Afghan Canadian politician, a Liberal member the House of Commons in 2015. She was previously the Minister of Democratic Institutions and president of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada until January 10, 2017.
Monsef has not had an easy ride. According to Wikipedia: “Monsef has been criticized for stating that she was born in Afghanistan, when in fact she was born in Iran. When this was revealed in September 2016, some commentators pointed out that this could lead to revocation of her Canadian citizenship and potential deportation, while others have criticized the absurdity of the present law or decried the importation of birtherism into Canadian politics. In an interview at that time, former MP Dean Del Mastro said that political workers in the 2014 municipal and 2015 federal campaigns knew she was not born in Afghanistan, but chose not to make an issue of it.”
Navdeep Singh Bains, the new minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development is a Canadian born Indian.
Canada’s role in Haiti should never be forgotten. Back in the day I discussed Haiti on the Black Commentator in an article: “Canada's Crimes Against Haiti” in the October 27, 2005 issue. After reading Yves EnglerandAnthony Fenton’s volume ‘Canada in Haiti’, I pointed out: “The chapter ‘Responsibility to Protect or A Made in Ottawa Coup?’ points out the coup against Aristide was actually planned on Canadian soil. From January 31-February 1, 2003, Canada’s Secretary of State for Latin America and La Francophonie, Denis Paradis, played host to a high-level roundtable meeting dubbed, The Ottawa Initiative on Haiti. Surprise, surprise, no representative of Haiti’s elected government was invited. However, Otto Reich, then President George W. Bush’s appointee as Assistant Secretary State for the Western Hemisphere, was in attendance. Paradis leaked the fact that this meeting took place to journalist Michael Vastel, who reported the meeting in the March 15, 2003 edition of L’Actualite magazine. Another chapter, ‘Using NGOs to Destroy Democracy and the Canadian Military Connection’ exposes the shameful role played by many Canadian NGOs.”
Trudeau is a self-proclaimed “feminist”. The court is still out on this matter. A recent article in the British based Guardian newspaper questioned the Canadian Prime Minister: “A slight note of exasperation crept into Justin Trudeau’s voice, suggesting that this was a topic he had broached many times before. ‘I’m going to keep saying loud and clearly that I am a feminist until it is met with a shrug,’ he declared to an audience at the United Nations in New York.”
His words sparked delight around the world. But one year on, Trudeau’s heady promises have run into the realities of government, prompting the question: has electing a self-described feminist to helm of the country translated into real change for Canadian women?
Canada’s prime minister is moving the Great White North further to the right on foreign affairs. Trudeau’s father Pierre Elliot Trudeau opened the doors to draft resisters including myself who refused to fight against the Vietnamese people. I saw Africans in America and the Vietnamese as colonial subjects. Africans in the United States were colonized by Uncle Sam and the Vietnamese by the French. Wiki pointed out: “While Canada had previously participated in military action against Iraq in the Gulf War of 1991, it refused to declare war against Iraq without United Nations approval.
The Iraq War began with the United States-led 2003 invasion. The Government of Canada did not at any time formally declare war against Iraq, and the level and nature of this participation, which changed over time, was controversial.
Prime Minister Jean Chrétien said on 10 October 2002 that Canada would, in fact, be part of a military coalition to invade Iraq if it were sanctioned by the United Nations. However, when the United States and the United Kingdom subsequently withdrew their diplomatic efforts to gain that UN sanction, Jean Chrétien announced in Parliament on 17 March 2003 that Canada would not participate in the pending invasion.”
However, this is not the full story. The “Big White Folks” as Paul Robeson called them speak with forked tongues. “Nevertheless, he offered the US and its soldiers his moral support. However, according to classified U.S. documents released by Wikileaks, a high-ranking Canadian official may have secretly promised to clandestinely support the invasion. Two days earlier, a quarter million people in Montreal had marched against the impending war. Major anti-war demonstrations had taken place in several other Canadian cities.” Chrétien’s moves had more to do with the growing opposition to the invasion than his political morality.
The not so great white north has a checkered history in the African continent. Canada joined the imperialists and played with the white checkers. They played a significant role in the assassinations of Patrice Lumumba, Maurice Mpolo, and Joseph Okito on January 21, 1961. Ottawa came up on the wrong side of history on the question of the Congo. Yves Engler author of the illuminating volume, Canada in Africa: 300 years of aid and exploitation, pointed out: “Siding with Washington, Ottawa promoted ONUC) and UN Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold’s controversial anti-Lumumba position. ONUC was established in July 1960 to ensure the withdrawal of Belgian forces. 1,900 Canadian troops participated in the UN mission between 1960 and 1964, making this country’s military one of its more active members. There were almost always more Canadian officers at ONUC headquarters than those of any other nationality and the Canadians were concentrated in militarily important logistical positions including chief operations officer and chief signals officer.”
Canada opposed anticolonial struggles in Africa, supported apartheid South Africa and Idi Amin’s coup against Milton Obote (December 28 1925- October 10, 2005) who had led Uganda to independence in 1962 from British colonialism. He was overthrown by Amin in 1971. Canada played a role in the ousting of Lumumba in the Congo by the CIA, Belgium and Mobutu Sese Seko Kuku Ngbendu Wa Za Banga aka Joseph Mobutu and Ghana’s Kwame Nkrumah.
The Great White North pressed African states to follow neoliberal policies, which have benefitted Canadian corporations. The Canadian International Development Perform points out: “Canada is a global mining giant and a leading player in Africa’s mining sector. 70% of the equity capital raised globally by the mining industry was raised on the Toronto (TSX) and Venture (TSXV) exchanges. Of the $10.3 billion in equity raised for mining on the TSX and TSXV in 2012 $1.9 billion or 18.5% was for projects in Latin America while another $1.7 billion or 16.5% was for projects in Africa.” Canada played a role in the violence the Congo, Rwanda and Somali.
Canada does have a Black Radical Tradition. However, we cannot expect Corporate Canada or the Black Misleadership Class to tell the story. That is on us on the Black Left.
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Nigeria: Foreigners kidnapped Heavily armed gunmen in speedboats kidnapped seven workers, including three foreigners, from an offshore Nigerian oilfield on Saturday. The raid was the first big attack on an oil facility in five months since the inaug
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# Who could possibly link allah's blasphemous, terror-casting religion to terrorism? The fake god, perhaps?
When your Lord revealed to the angels: I am with you, therefore make firm those who believe. I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them. (Sura 8:12)
Expert warns against linking Islam to terrorism
By Editor | 30 June 2017
... “People should see other religions as the fundamental rights of those who practice them. We should all live in peace and harmony with one another. The time to stop this erroneous insinuations and misinformation about Islam is now.” ...
Tidak mudah bagi Everton untuk mendapatkan Onyekuru. Pasalnya, The Toffees harus bersaing dengan Arsenal dan West Ham United. Selain itu, kontrak Onyekuru dengan Eupen juga baru berakhir pada Juni 2022.
So yesterday, after a forward Nigerian citizen decided to calculate how much has been spent on the Presidential aircraft for parking ($4000 per day), the Presidency, has finally explained why NAF 001, remains idle in London where Pres. Buhari is currently receiving medical attention. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, […]
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N4bn Judgement Against Sahara Reporters: Saraki Releases Statement President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Thursday commended the judgment of an Ilorin High Court that ruled that the publisher of the online news platform, Sahara Reporters, Mr. Omoyele Sowore, should pay him the sum of N4 billion ($11.1 Million) as damages over a series of libelous stories published against him by the medium in 2015.
Saraki, in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, stated that the judgement issued against Sahara Reporters for constantly publishing false, libelous and misleading stories that were aimed at defaming his person, was a testament that the moral arc of the universe will always bend towards justice.
“One thing is clear by the judgement, there are systems in place in our nation for all citizens to seek redress if they have been unfairly treated in any way,” the statement read, “This judgement is a fulfillment of our promise that we will explore all legal means to seek redress for all the fabrications and mudslinging that Sahara Reporters has thrown at us over the years.
“This judgement demonstrates that our justice system can and will continue to protect the fundamental human rights of all citizens from being infringed by anyone. Moving forward, the purveyors of mischievous stories can learn from this precedent that has been set. The ruling by Justice Adeyinka Oyinloye, will serve as a deterrent to all those who profit by propagating ‘Fake News’ to blackmail innocent citizens or curry undue favours.
“This judgement is definitely not a victory for the Senate President alone. It is a victory for all the victims of the falsehood which Sahara Reporters daily dole out to rubbish the reputation of innocent Nigerians, many of whom either out of fear, lack of the patience to consistently pursue a court case for years or lack of belief in the ability of the system to give them justice decided to live with the injury to their reputation. The judgement is another vindication for our country and her solid enthronement of the rule of law as against the rule of men.
“Dr Saraki believes this judgement would provide inspiration and encouragement for all those whose reputations have been unduly and unnecessarily injured by SaharaReporters and its ilk who are purveyors of false news to seek redress through the courts.
“He sees the verdict of the High Court against Sahara Reporters as a positive development with the potential to reassure individuals and firms who would in future come under undeserved attack by publications which spread falsehood aimed at maliciously casting them in bad light.
“The judgement provides a redeeming point for the noble profession of journalism which has as its sacred, cardinal principle the pursuit of facts at all times and in all situations. The journalists and news media who have devoted themselves to the pursuit of truth but appear to be overwhelmed by those who trade in falsehood and sensationalism now have a reason to be proud that they are on the right path. That is another meaning Dr. Saraki gives to this judgement.
“However, the Senate President will like to assure all and sundry that he will not spare any legal efforts and expenses, both in Nigeria and abroad, necessary to recover every kobo of the cost awarded in his favour from the defendant.
“The restitution from this judgement will be channeled to set up a Foundation whose aim will be to support pure and unadulterated investigative journalism and assist the families of real journalists that die in the line of duty. The money will also be used to support genuine publications whose owners are struggling to pay salaries of workers or meet their ever rising running cost. Part of the money will also be channelled to help lawyers who have been providing pro bono services to litigants, particularly, on cases bothering on enforcement of fundamental human rights.
“It should be noted that the methodical and dogged manner in which Dr. Saraki pursued the case despite the ceaseless barrage of false allegations thrown at him by the Sahara Reporters should assure all Nigerians that he maintains a solid belief in free press, free speech and responsible journalism and that he will do every thing legal to fight those who want to use journalism as a destructive, blackmail and oppressive instrument. This latter brand of journalism will not help our society and has no role to play in the emerging Nigeria”, he stated.
Melaye: Constituents File Suit To Stop INEC's Recall Process The Concerned Kogi Registered Voters (CKRV) numbering 18, have filed a suit at a Federal High Court in Abuja, seeking to stop the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from commencing verification of signatures collected in order to recall Senator Dino Melaye who is representing Kogi West Senatorial District.
Addressing newsmen on Thursday in Abuja, the convener and secretary of the group, Olowosayo Gabriel Sunday and Amupitan Babayomi Segun claimed that names of dead persons and people who do not reside in the district appeared on the recall register submitted to INEC.
The applicants, who faulted 188,000 signatures which were submitted to INEC, noted that while 111,534 voted in the general election in Kogi West, the total number of registered voters in Kogi West is 360,098. According to a copy of the motion which was made available to newsmen, INEC which is the first respondent was sued alongside eight other respondents, comprising some aides of the state governor, Yahaya Bello and state lawmakers from the senator's district.
In their application, the plaintiffs said, "that 2nd to 9th respondents fraudulently opened a recall register and signed signatures for registered voters in Kogi West Senatorial District.
"That some of the names of the registered voters that appeared in re said recall register were dead voters and some voters who were not even residing at Kogi State and they were at different parts of the country when the purported signatures were fraudulently collated by the 2nd and 9th respondents."
However, the convener of the indigenes, Olowosayo Gabriel Sunday, who is also the first applicant in the suit, said, "That as at the last announcement, INEC itself agreed and announced a figure of PVC collection in Kogi West that is far less than the alleged 188,000.
"That we are aware that there is possible connivance between the people on the recall agenda and INEC because we have evidence of photograph of PVCs in thousands gathered together for the recall, an act contrary to the electoral act."
UK deports 28 Nigerians The United Kingdom has deported another 28 Nigerians from its country on Thursday for remaining in the country illegally.
The deportation came two days after Spain repatriated 23 Nigerians for immigration-related offences.
Thursday’s deportees were returned aboard a chartered Titanic Airways plane with the registration number AWC-761/2.
The deportees, comprising 21 men and 7 women, touched down at Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) in Lagos at about 12:15 p.m.
Nigerian Copyright Commission Seizes Pirated Books Worth N800 Million After carrying out a successful anti-piracy raid at Awodi-Ora Estate in Ifelodun-Ajeromi Local Government Area of Lagos State which led to the confiscation of thousands of cartons of pirated works worth N600 Million, the Nigerian Copyright Commission has again carried out another successful anti-piracy raid at Tedi Village in Amuwo-Odofin Local Government Area of Lagos State.
The anti-piracy raid culminated in the seizure of about two thousand cartons of pirated books belonging to various publishers. The Commission also arrested a Chinese nationale in connection with the pirated books. The seized books are worth over N200 Million.
Photo of a man who is above 130 years has surfaced online. A Nigerian Cleric named – Chiadikobi Emmanuel shared photo of the man alleged to be above 130 years old. His name is Mr Ifem, and reportedly used to ride his bicycle from Imo state to Porth-harcourt in 1930! Chiadikobi wrote: Today I bless the name of God meeting a man above 130 years. In 1930, Mr Ifem used to ride his biscyle from Amazu Ebenator IMO state to Port Harcourt. Today he is still very strong and healthy. Long life is reality. As I celebrate Mr Ifem, I covet his long life. May the grace for long life rest upon you and your family in Jesus name. Type amen, like and share to covet this grace.
Poverty and deadly wars are the major drivers of displacement.
The UN Refugee Agency has announced the new figures for the world’s displaced: 65.9 million. That means that 65.9 million human beings live as refugees, asylum seekers or as internally displaced people. If the refugees formed a country, it would be the 21st largest state in the world, just after Thailand (68.2 million) and just ahead of the United Kingdom (65.5 million). But unlike these other states, refugees have few political rights and no real representation in the institutions of the world.
The head of the UN Refugee Agency, Filippo Grandi, recently said that most of the displacement comes as a result of war. "The world seems to have become unable to make peace," Grandi said. "So you see old conflicts that continue to linger, and new conflicts erupting, and both produce displacement. Forced displacement is a symbol of wars that never end."
Few continents are immune from the harsh reality of war. But the epicenter of war and displacement is along the axis of the Western-driven global war on terror and resource wars. The line of displacement runs from Afghanistan to South Sudan with Syria in between. Eyes are on Syria, where the war remains hot and the tensions over escalation intensify daily. But there is as deadly a civil war in South Sudan, driven in large part by a ferocious desire to control the country’s oil. Last year, 340,000 people fled South Sudan for refugee camps in neighboring Uganda. This is a larger displacement than from Syria.
Poverty is a major driver of displacement. It is what moves hundreds of thousands of people to try and cross the Sahara Desert and then the Mediterranean Sea for European pastures. But most who try this journey meet a deadly fate. Both the Sahara and the Mediterranean are dangerous. This week, the UN’s International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in Niger rescued 600 migrants from the Sahara, although 52 did not survive.
A 22-year-old woman from Nigeria was among those rescued. She was on a pick-up truck with 50 people. They left Agadez for Libya. ‘We were in the desert for ten days,’ she says. "After five days, the driver abandoned us. He left us with all of our belongings, saying he was going to pick us up in a couple of hours. But he never did." Forty-four of the migrants died. The six who remained struggled to safety. ‘We had to drink our own pee to survive,’ she said.
Getting to Libya is hard enough. But being in Libya is perilous. Violence against vulnerable migrants inside Libya continues to occur. The IOM reports the presence in Libya of ‘slave markets.’ Migrants who make it across the Sahara into Libya have told investigators that they find themselves in these slave markets where they are bought to be taken to private prisons and put to work or else sold back to their families if they can raise the high ransom payments. UNICEF reports incidents of rape and violence against women and children in these private prisons. One 15-year-old boy said of his time in a private prison, "Here they treat us like chickens. They beat us, they do not give us good water and good food. They harass us. So many people are dying here, dying from disease, freezing to death."
Danger lurks on the sea as well. This year already IOM reports least 2,108 deaths in the sea between Libya and Italy. This is the fourth year in a row that IOM has counted over 2,000 deaths by mid-year. Over the past five years, this averages out to about 10 deaths a day. Libya, broken by NATO’s war in 2011, remains a gateway for the vulnerable from various parts of Africa, countries damaged by IMF policies and by warfare. There is no expectation that the numbers of those on the march will decrease.
In a recent paper in The Lancet (June 2017), Paul Spiegel, formerly of the UN Refugee Agency suggests that the "humanitarian system was not designed to address the types of conflicts that are happening at present." With over 65 million people displaced, the various institutions of the UN and of the NGO world are simply not capable of managing the crisis.
"It is not simply overstretched," Spiegel wrote of the humanitarian system, "it is no longer fit for purpose."
These are shattering words. One problem Spiegel identifies is the assumption that refugee flows are temporary, since wars will end at some point. What happens when wars and occupations are permanent? People either have to live for generations in refugee camps or they will seek, through dangerous passages, flight to the West. He gives the example of Iran, which absorbed over a million Afghan refugees without using the camp strategy. They simply allowed the Afghans into Iranian society and absorbed them by putting money into their various social schemes (such as education and health). Spiegel also points out that refugees must be part of the designing the process for humanitarian aid. These are good suggestions, but they are not going to be possible with the limited funds available for refugees and with the crisis level of activity that detains the humanitarian agencies.
Spiegel does not deal with one of the great problems for humanitarianism: the persistence of war and the theory that more war—or the current euphemism, security—is the answer to humanitarian crises. This January, over 1,000 people tried to scale the large barrier that divides Morocco from the Spanish enclave of Ceuta. Looking at that barrier, one is reminded of the idea that walls will somehow prevent migration, a view driven by President Donald Trump. Violence met the migrants, a mirror of the violence that was visited among migrants along the spinal cord of Eastern Europe last year. Walls, police forces and military interventions are all seductive to an imagination that forgets why people migrate and that they are human beings on the run with few other options. There is a view that security barriers and security forces will raise the price of migrant and deter future migrants. This is a silly illusion. Migration is dangerous already. That has not stopped anyone. More humane thinking is necessary.
It is important therefore that the UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed told a meeting on the Sahel on June 28 that the world leaders need to "avoid a disproportionate emphasis on security" when dealing with the multiple crises in the Sahara region and north of it. "No purely military solution" can work against transnational organized crime, violent extremism and terrorism, nor against poverty and hopelessness. Underlying causes are not being addressed, and indeed the surface reactions—to bomb more—only create more problems, not less.
In the July issue of Land Use Policy, professors Charles Geisler and Ben Currens estimate that by 2100 there will be 2 billion refugees as a result of climate change. These numbers are staggering. They are an inevitable future. By then, refugees will be the largest country on earth—nomads, seeking shelter from destruction of climate and capitalism, from rising seas and wars of greed.
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[Guardian] Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has warned all operators of telecoms operators, owners of landing facilities and general public over mounting of high structures without the right approval.
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When the Bible is translated from English to Warri pidgin and Calabar English, you should expect nothing but a laughter filled presentation. This Comedy cartoon will make you laugh and imagine what it would have been like if we had our own Nigerian languages voice translation of the holy bible. Cartoon Video: When You Leave […]
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A Nigerian girl has landed in trouble as she has been reportedly menstruating for 5 weeks non-stop after sleeping with a married man. A Nigerian man has raised an alarm after a girl who reportedly slept with a married man has been allegedly menstruating for 5 weeks non-stop. The man with the Twitter handle, @Alpacino_jay, […]
Awww 😭😭❤ ➡Tag @SympLySimi in the comment section so she can see this The singer who started as a gospel artist has gone mainstream because she wants to get a feel of the industry. She has worked with many popular Nigerian singers like Adekunle Gold and Falz the bahd guy. Even though it was speculated […]
[Guardian] Improvements made in the availability, affordability and accessibility of water and sanitation goes a long way to improving the quality of life for the lives of billions of people. This is why safe drinking water and sanitization has been recognized by the United Nations as a fundamental human right. As of 2012, close to a billion people did not have access to water from a protected well, protected spring, collected rainwater or tap. When it comes to the burden of collecting water, what's common throughout
Mercy Aigbe Gentry is a well-known Nigerian actress who has starred in a great number of Nollywood films, in particular, Yoruba movies. Apart from acting, she is also a film director and businesswoman. She is so versatile! Mercy Aigbe has directly tackled her estranged husband on Instagram.. and It’s Messy… Recall the issue came up […]
In his own words..Son Of The Soil! Son of A King!..His name is…Ikechukwu Onunaku born in Manassass Virginia to Nigerian parents. Raised in Lagos, Nigeria. Moved Back to America after High School. Based outta New York. now He’s BACK in Nigeria With his second album titled ” Life and Times of Killz Vol.1 “.scheduled to […]
Nigerian celebrities gang up against Hushpuppi Ray.Hushpuppi’s lavish lifestyle has finally attracted the attention of some celebrities – There seems to be an alliance against the internet big boy – Led by the likes of Iceprince, Kcee, IK Ogbonna etc Hushpuppi is a trending topic today on Social Media, Thanks to Phyno, Kcee and Ice […]
President Mohammadu Buhari is Nigeria’s greatest mistake. He has destroyed the economy of this country. We were living better when Dr. Goodluck Jonathan was President. I believe Allah is punishing us for our sins hence he (Allah) made Buhari to be President.” Cross River firewood seller, Mrs. Bassey Effiom Ballantine, “Although life has been difficult […]
The report “World Population Prospects: The 2017 Revision” was published by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs last week. It suggests that the global population will reach 9.8 billion by the year 2050.
The revised report was a response to high rates of population growth in Africa and India.
The UN report predicts, the populations of 26 African countries will double between 2017 and 2050.
Nigeria, in particular is projected to surpass the U.S. as the third most populous country shortly before 2050.
China, the most populous country in the world for a while now, might see its population size overtaken by that of India by 2024.
The world population grows by around 83 million people each year. This in itself presents a lot of challenges around issues such as food security and sustainability.
Just last week, the MSCI Emerging Markets Index included China’s A-shares as part of its portfolio.
The index was created by Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) and is designed to measure equity market performance in global emerging markets.
The agreement to admit mainland-listed stocks, thereby allowing them to be traded by foreigners, comes after China’s three failed attempts at expanding its global market influence.
Analysts have said that China’s inclusion on the Emerging Markets Index could lead to as much as US$12 billion of capital inflows. This is because many overseas investors measure the performance of their portfolios against MSCI indexes and are obliged to buy shares in them.
The China Securities Regulatory Commission stated that the inclusion demonstrates international investors’ confidence in a stable Chinese economy with better prospects and in the steadiness of China’s financial market.
MSCI said the move has “broad support” from international institutional investors and was the result of a loosening of restrictions enacted by China on foreign ownership of ‘A’ shares yuan-denominated stock in mainland China-based companies. Ownership of the shares had once been limited to mainlanders.
Airbus and Boeing have been involved in a 13-year World Trade Organisation (WTO) battle over illegal state aid.
Most recently, the WTO’s compliance panel has rejected several EU claims that the US had failed to withdraw all illegal subsidies to Boeing.
The WTO found all but one of the 29 issues highlighted by the EU to be in compliance with global trade rules.
Both sides are likely to appeal against parts of Friday’s ruling. That would take the EU case to the WTO’s appellate body, which is already considering a separate US case over state aid to Airbus.
Though there seems to be no winner from this the latest round, one can argue that it is ideal for both parties to stick to the status quo for the time being, rather than to lose a battle that could costs hundreds of millions.
Overall, Airbus maintained that illegal state support for Boeing had cost it roughly $100bn in sales over time.
These disputes raise questions over what constitutes protectionism and what’s considered appropriate as part of an industry structure.
Aircraft businesses are government-owned/linked, which also means it makes little sense to think that the owners cannot get involved. How does this differ from engagements by other state-owned or state-linked enterprises in the international business arena?
On a more fundamental level, to what extent do we allow governments to participate in business?
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has announced that his government is ready to cooperate with China on the Belt and Road Initiative, but only under the right conditions.
Previously Japan, along with India had indicated they were not keen to get involved in the China-initiated project.
Japan’s involvement is contingent on the projects adhering to international norms.
Abe emphasized that it is critical for infrastructure to be open to use by all, and to be developed through transparent and fair procurement. Projects must also be economically viable and the debt sustainable.
Given the strained bilateral relationship that Japan and China have had in recent times, the slight shift in Japan’s stance represents a significant move to smooth the relationship. It also shows a willingness to continue to engage with Asia more deeply, and to avoid being left behind.
The renminbi weakened 6.5% against the US dollar last year, its worst year ever.
But late last year, China tightened capital controls to curb downward pressure on the currency. That effort has largely succeeded, with the renminbi appreciating 1.2% in 2017.
Late last month, China’s central bank changed the way it guides the renminbi exchange rate, a move designed to enhance the government’s ability to prevent renminbi depreciation at a time when authorities are still concerned about capital flight.
In the recently revised formula, dealers will incorporate a “counter-cyclical adjustment factor” in their quotes, according to a statement on the website of the China Foreign Exchange Trading System.
The move will hedge against pro-cyclical fluctuation in market sentiment and alleviate the potential for ‘herd behaviour’ in the foreign exchange market.
The People’s Bank of China permits the US dollar’s value against the renminbi to fluctuate by 2% above or below a so-called “central parity rate” published each morning, also known as the midpoint or fixing. The midpoint is ostensibly formulated by compiling quotes from a group of dealer banks, but the price is understood to be largely determined by the central bank.
Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari faced a fresh call to quit Thursday, nearly two months after he left the country on indefinite sick leave. "I want to say that it's time that the president throws in the towel and resigns and allows his country to move forward," Ekiti state governor Ayo Fayose told reporters. Buhari, 74, has not been seen since May 7, when he left Abuja for London to undergo treatment for an undisclosed medical condition.
Under the agreement, Schlumberger would provide the over $700 million development cost of the Anyala and Madu fields which would generate 193 million barrels of crude oil into the current reserves of 37.2billion barrels and an additional 800 billion cubic feet of gas into the nation’s proven gas reserves which currently stand at 197 Trillion Cubic feet of gas .
“The government discloses almost none of the rules or practices governing deposits, withdrawals or investments of the ECA,” the report said. It added that the account, along with the other worst performers, is “so opaque that there is no way to know how much may be lost to mismanagement.”
“On the contribution of the AfDB to Nigeria, we have a very large programme in Nigeria to match the size of the country; it is about six billion dollars. It has grown significantly over the last few years; I think we have been investing about 1.5 billion dollars a year both in the public and private sectors."
“Gas development remains the new horizon for opportunity. There is so much happening that needs to happen that should have happened yesterday and not begin to happen now in the gas sector. Gas is the future of this country in terms of infrastructure, support, members of staff training and re-training.”
30 June 2017, London — OPEC oil output has risen in June by 280,000 barrels per day (b/d) to a 2017 high, a Reuters survey found, as a further recovery in supply from the two member countries exempt from a production-cutting deal offset strong compliance by their peers. High compliance by Gulf producers Saudi Arabia […]
“The reality is that once private sector players begin to build their own refineries, whatever we are afraid of will disappear. And unless we begin to move very rapidly and quickly to position these refineries in such a way that they can compete, we will lose the refineries completely together with the job scale that exist there right now."
Ag. President Yemi Osinbajo at 5th Annual Christopher Kolade Lecture, speaks on “Prevention Is Better Than Cure Even In Corruption” Despite few loses, the Federal Government says it will not pull-back in the investigation and prosecution of corruption, urging Nigerians to close down the space on perpetrators of corrupt practices. The Acting President was speaking […]
The White House usually picks a photo of the day. On June 28, the image they chose showed two girls from Nigeria who were abducted in 2014 by Boko Haram but managed to escape: Joy Bishara and Lydia Pogu. They're flanked by President Donald Trump and his daughter, Ivanka Trump. The photo had been taken the day before. Trump is giving a thumbs up. The meeting was not publicized in advance. NPR's White House correspondent Tamara Keith says the administration didn't notify the press corps about it, it didn't appear on the White House daily schedule and it was not discussed in any of that day's briefings. How did these two girls get to the White House? Doug Wead, who is also in the photo, was the point of contact. He's the president of Canyonville Christian Academy , the Christian boarding school in Canyonville, Ore. that the girls just graduated from. Wead was an assistant to President George H.W. Bush and has published many books , including Game of Thorns: The Inside Story of Hillary
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Copyright 2017 Fresh Air. To see more, visit Fresh Air . DAVE DAVIES, HOST: This is FRESH AIR. In Nigeria in 1964, when future Afrobeat star Fela Kuti heard and hired his influential drummer Tony Allen, they were both working as jazz musicians. The following year, they revamped the band into something more pop-oriented. Now Tony Allen revisits those jazz roots in a salute to his early hero Art Blakey. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead has a review. (SOUNDBITE OF TONY ALLEN'S "MOANIN'") KEVIN WHITEHEAD, BYLINE: Drummer Tony Allen deep in the groove on a revamp of Bobby Timmons is soul-jazz classic "Moanin'," a staple of Art Blakey's repertoire. It's from Allen's four-song digital and vinyl EP on Blue Note, "A Tribute To Art Blakey." The drum kit was one of the 20th century's great inventions. The array of drum, cymbals, foot pedals and hardware that let a single musician do the work of a small percussion section. (SOUNDBITE OF TONY ALLEN'S "MOANIN'") WHITEHEAD: Tony Allen had heard the
Ray Hushpuppi (born Igbalodely on June 14) also called “Aja Puppi” a.k.a Aja 4, is a Malaysian-base-Nigerian philanthropist. He is best known for his luxurious lifestyle he lives both home and abroad. The young man has taste for good things as he is highly fashionable. Hushpuppi reviewed that he used to be a heavy gambler. […]
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Kiran, one of the Matharoo sisters, who was arrested in Nigeria for allegedly blackmailing Otedola, has taken to Instagram to call out a girl spotted in same Dubai villa with Instagram Big Boy Hushpuppi, who has been enmeshed in social media call-outs involving Nigerian celebrities. According to her, the girl sleeps around with married men. Here’s what she wrote; […]
Who Wants To Be A Millionaire host, Frank Edoho, have shown no chills, as he took to his Twitter page to air his Manchester United star, Paul Scholes, being disrespected. Meanwhile, His follower, @Stevolalaski, who was not having any of that decided to go all in on him. But trust Nigerian Celebrities now, he served him […]
Nigerian twitter user, Amirul, has taken to his twitter page to share the traffic offense ticket he got from the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC). He expressed great joy and was also surprised that the FRSC has started issuing tickets to traffic offenders, just like other road safety bodies in developed countries. He wrote: Guys […]
A Nigerian couple who are based in Washington D.C, USA just shared their pre-wedding photos and love story online. The bride-to-be is Ashley, revealed her fiancé , Kunle, has been her best friend for about 8 years now and she is excited to be getting married to him. She posted their photos on her Instagram […]
A Lady took to Facebook to send a shocking shoutout to her dad on her birthday. She wrote; God Bless my father for putting his Preeq inside my Mother’s Pussy Tew produce mhe.. Putting it At d rty time nd on d rty Spot I love my daddy ehnn… Her Facebook friends have been blasting her for the […]
Distributes Cash, Skill Support Equipment, Others To celebrate the 2017 International Widows’ Day, wife of the Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode on Thursday empowered at least 103 widows across age category with financial assistance, equipment support and skills training programme, during an event organized by her foundation, Hope for Women in Nigeria Initiative, HOFOWEM,
A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and 2015 governorship candidate of the party, Dakuku Peterside says perceived disagreement within the party’s fold was because of its now found attractiveness. Peterside, who is the Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, however, said the leadership of the APC would determine his [...]
A former presidential adviser, Senator Florence Ita-Giwa, has claimed that Cross River State Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade sent his aides to forcefully remove a Toyota Prado jeep from her Calabar residence while she was out of the country. According to her, the removal was the aftermath of an alleged diversion of relief materials sent by [...]
One week to July 8 by-election for Osun West Senatorial, assistant state auditor of All Progressive Congress (APC), Mr Tajudeen Adekunbi and another member of APC, Mr Basiru Abidoye Adigun have filed an application before a Federal High Court, in Osogbo, to disqualify the party’s candidate, Senator Mudashiru Hussein from contesting the election. Other defendants [...]
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun State has accused the ruling APC of violence and act of hooliganism, as scores of APC supporters were allegedly attacked on Thursday at Ido-osun, in Egbedore Local Government Area of Osun State. Hoodlums, alleged to be loyal to the ruling All Progressive Congress(APC) in the state were said [...]
Suspended Kogi lawmaker, Friday Sani Makama has described judgement of the Kogi State High Court, sitting in Lokoja, which reinstated him on Thursday as victory for democracy. Speaking with DAILY POST in Abuja, Makama representing Igalamela/Odolu State constituency in the Kogi State House of Assembly explained that the court had proved to be the last [...]
The immediate past governor of Ondo State, Olusegun Mimiko, yesterday said Nigerian leaders needed political will to stop people from travelling abroad for medical treatment. Mimiko stated this while speaking at the 51st Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference of the International College of Surgeons, Nigeria National Section held at the University College Hospital, Ibadan. [...]
Concerned Kogi Registered Voters (CKRV) has filed a suit at a Federal High Court in Abuja seeking to stop the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from commencing verification of signatures collected in order to recall Senator Dino Melaye, representing Kogi West at senate. Addressing newsmen yesterday in Abuja, convener of the group, Olowosayo Gabriel Sunday, [...]
United Progressives Party (UPP), Thursday accused the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) of defrauding and trying to divide Nigeria as a nation. National Chairman of the party, Chief Chekwas Okorie, who spoke in Awka at the National Convention of the party, insisted that the ruling party had failed to make good its promises of bringing [...]
The embattled National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Victor Oye, has boasted they will continue to rule Anambra State for the next 100 years. Oye was reacting to threats from members of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, who allegedly said they would pull down the bridges constructed by [...]
Former Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, has said that former Military President of Nigeria, General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida, owed the nation apology for contributing to where the country found itself. Oshiomhole was speaking at the 5th Triennial Delegates Conference of the Petroleum And Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) in Abuja, where he [...]
Il rialzo del prezzo del petrolio è solo all'inizio? Nonostante le buone indicazioni arrivate negli ultimi giorni, il peggio non è affatto passato. Ad esserne convinte sono molte banche di investimento che sulla quotazione del petrolio (Wti e Brent) continuano a restare molto fredde e dubbiose. La posizione di queste banche di investimento conferma la possibilità che il prezzo del greggio vado incontro ad una fase di alta volatilità. Fattori divergenti, infatti, potrebbero condizionare l'andamento del grafico relativo alla quotazione del petrolio nel medio termine. Insomma, a parte le posizioni estremiste di chi ritiene possibile una caduta del Wti e del Brent addirittura verso i 30 dollari al barile, il quadro relativo alla previsioni sull'andamento del greggio resta comunque molto complesso e incerto.
A riportare lo scetticismo delle banche di investimento è stata l'edizione odierna del Wall Street Journal. Secondo un sondaggio realizzato dal quatidiano tra 14 primarie banche d'affari, i prezzi del petrolio resteranno bassi con il Brent che, nell'anno in corso, si attesterà su una media di 55 dollari al barile e il Wti che sarà scambiato attorno ai 52 dollari al barile. Il peggioramento delle previsioni sulla quotazione del petrolio è evidente se si considerano quelle che erano le indicazioni fornite dalle stesse banche di investimento nel mese di maggio. Appena due mesi fa, infatti, le banche d'affari puntavano su un Brent in area 57 dollari nel 2017 e su un Wti a 54 dollari.
Ricordiamo che le banche citate dal WSJ avevano già tagliato le loro previsioni sul prezzo del petrolio nel sondaggio di giugno. Siamo quindi dinanzi ad un doppio taglio che non promette nulla di buono. Un analista di Commerzbank ha del resto affermato che c'è la concreta possibilità che la delusione per un ribilanciamento più lento del previsto del mercato continui a deprimere i prezzi del greggio.
La view negativa degli analisti riguarda anche il 2018. Le stesse banche, infatti, hanno portato le previsioni sul prezzo del petrolio per il prossimo anno a 57 dollari nel caso del Brent (contro i 59 dollari stimati a maggio) e 55 dollari nel caso del petrolio Wti (contro i 58 dollari stimati a maggio).
I motivi alla base della revisione al ribasso delle stime sull'andamento del petrolio sono sempre gli stessi a partire dall'eccesso di produzione in un contesto che continua ad essere caratterizzato da una crescita economia mondiale che resta molto debole. Secondo le banche di investimento citate dal Wall Street Journal, inoltre, il rischio che la produzione di greggio aumenti in Libia e in Nigeria, due paesi che non fanno neppue parte del cartello Opec, rappresenta un problema potenziale che può avere un impatto soprattutto nel medio termine.
Oggi il petrolio Brent è scambiato a 47,9 dollari al barile e il petrolio Wti a 45,2 dollari al barile.
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Chicki Brown has penned a dynamic family series about six brothers. The Stafford family, richly steeped in the world of medicine, consists of a heap of unique, strong, attractive--did I say hunky?--men. There is family drama what with relationship issues between the family patriarch and all of his sons as to how he views their life decisions and the amount of influence he's exerted upon them. There's sibling drama between a few of the sons who have felt favored (or not) or have been disrespected over the years. As the men find their soul mates, they introduce women to the mix who bring new personalities...and in some cases, drama.
In this installment, Charles Stafford, a successful plastic surgeon in search of greater professional fulfillment, closes his Atlanta practice and heads to Nigeria where he volunteers with Doctors Without Borders. On the African continent, he meets Adanna, a Nigerian-born, London-raised nurse, who excites his physical and professional passions. But problems arise because her family does not think much of Americans and goes to extremes to keep them apart.
Brown lays out the flavor of Nigerian culture and politics, planting Charles and Adanna squarely in the middle looking for a solution that will satisfy both families and allow them to be together. Adanna wears her caring heart on her sleeve, causing Charles to fall for her that much more, and Charles shows himself to be as upstanding as he is a gifted surgeon, making Adanna a goner.
The characters are well drawn, and if Brown never tires of writing about these folks, I could see a number of spin-offs from this series, starting with Adanna's brother's story.
The fast pace of the story makes it an easy, entertaining read. I'm not anti-prologues. I can go either way. But this book didn't really need one, or at least not one so long. It was a bit confusing at first to pick up the story where book one left off, then retreat in time. Because I'd read the first book in the series, I quickly understood what was happening and was able to speed-read to get to where the story began moving forward.
One thing I enjoyed, however, is that Brown lays the groundwork for the next brother's saga in a manner that takes nothing away from this story. It's a pet peeve of mine when authors throw in a few lines to set up the next book, and it's obvious that it's just thrown in. Here, Brown serves up a juicy bone that fits will with the story, one that will cause eager readers to anxiously await the next Stafford installment.
Last week, Johnny Eric Williams, a professor of sociology at Trinity College, gained national notoriety.
Williams, who is black, posted some racially incendiary remarks on his Facebook wall. They were conjoined with the hashtag, “LetThemFuckingDie.”
The hashtag Williams borrowed from an article published at The Medium and written in response to the recent mass shooting of Republican congressmen in Alexandria, Virginia. The essay’s author, “Son of Baldwin,” expressed regret that a black police officer risked her life to save the lives of “white bigots” and urged other blacks who are in positions to do the same to refrain from indulging the impulse.
Instead, they should: “Let.Them.Fucking.Die.”
The backlash against Williams and his employer was massive and sudden. Two Connecticut congressmen, Trinity College alumni, issued a statement imploring Trinity to terminate Williams immediately. Supposedly, the now infamous professor went into hiding because of death threats that he received.
Williams and his supporters among Trinity faculty and students insist that he meant to call for the death of, not white people, but “a system of white supremacy.”
I wrote a full analysis of this situation here. For now, I’d like to focus on this idea of “a system of white supremacy.”
“White supremacy” and like terms have ominous connotations associated with them; everyone knows that they are really, really bad. However, when push comes to shove, they prove awfully difficult to define. In fact, few people, least of all those who constantly invoke these terms, even bother to try to define them
The truth is, when it comes to charges of “white supremacy,” “racism,” and so forth, the Johnny Williams of the world would prefer to avoid doing the hard work of defining, or trying to define, their terms of choice. This is because it is infinitely easier for them to continually move the proverbial goalpost so as to satisfy their political needs of the moment.
The great 18th century philosopher David Hume made this point: “It is easy for a false hypothesis to maintain some appearance of truth, while it keeps wholly in generals” and “makes use of undefined terms [.]” Hume also said that “ideas, especially abstract ones, are naturally faint and obscure: the mind has but a slender hold of them: they are apt to be confounded with other resembling ideas; and when we have often employed any term, though without a distinct meaning, we are apt to imagine it has a determinate idea annexed to it.”
“Systems of white supremacy,” “institutional racism,” and “white privilege” are abstractions. They are valued and tirelessly trotted out precisely because they are abstractions. The truth is that concrete individual white “racists,” i.e. those who harass, intimidate, and attack blacks, simply aren’t in large enough supply to sustain the narrative of perpetual White-on-Black-Oppression that is the lifeblood of the Racism-Industrial-Complex (RIC).
Indeed, flesh and blood white “racists” or “supremacists” are all too rare. The proof of this is not only in the data—which shows that, overwhelmingly, blacks tend to be perpetrators of interracial attacks while whites are just as overwhelmingly the victims—but in three other facts.
That RIC sales agents long ago shifted their focus from individual and overt “racism” to “covert,” “subconscious,” and/or “institutional racism”; regularly trade in hoaxes; and continually make “honorary whites” of those people of color who have had altercations with black criminal suspects (who these same RIC merchants then elevate into national martyrs) definitively establish the scarcity of real-life “white supremacists.”
These considerations also prove that RIC agents know that there is a scarcity of “white supremacists.”
Thus, it is this reality and this knowledge of the reality that gives rise to the need on the part of those who depend on keeping the Big Lie alive to retreat from the real world and take refuge behind abstractions like “systems of white supremacy.”
It is a strange system of “white supremacy” that, for over 50 years, has restricted immigration to America from European, i.e. white, countries while encouraging immigration from non-white ones.
It is a strange system of “white supremacy” that, annually, attracts millions of non-white peoples to leave their homelands, risking life and limb, to come and live under it.
It is a strange system of “white supremacy” to which African blacks fled, voluntarily, in greater numbers over a mere 15 year period (1990-2005) than were brought to America as slaves.
It is a strange system of “white supremacy” that makes it possible for its black citizens to live at a standard of living not only higher than that at which blacks live anywhere else in the world, especially in Africa, but a standard of living higher than that at which whites live in other parts of the world.
It is a strange system of “white supremacy” that has expended trillions of dollars since the 1960s on countless social programs aimed at combatting “white supremacy” or “racism” and uplifting blacks.
It is a strange system of “white supremacy” that spawns numerous race-based preferential treatment policies (“affirmative action,” “diversity,” etc.) meant to privilege blacks over their white counterparts.
It is a strange system of “white supremacy” whose architects allow for the election and re-election to office of the Presidency of, not just a black man, but a black man with an Arabic-sounding name.
It is a strange system of “white supremacy” that allows for blacks to occupy such powerful and nation-shaping positions as those of Supreme Court Justice, Attorney General, National Security Adviser, Secretary of State, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
It is a strange system of “white supremacy” that allows blacks (and other nonwhites) to become multimillionaires and celebrities as athletes, entertainers, media personalities, politicians, and in business.
It is a strange system of “white supremacy” under which Nigerians in America have a higher annual household income than do whites.
It is a strange system of “white supremacy” under which Asians, i.e. nonwhites, earn more than every other ethnic group. Asians in “white supremacist” America also have lower rates of criminality, illegitimacy, drug use, unemployment, and suicide than every other group—including whites.
What a strange system of “white supremacy” this is!
I could continue in this same repetitive vein. The case, I believe, has been made amply:
There is no system of white supremacy.
However, Johnny Williams and his ilk must insist that there is, for they are race pimps, forever sucking at the nipple of the Racism-Industrial-Complex.
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Henry Onyekuru, one of Nigeria's top goal-scorers in Europe, was left off the national squad for the May 26 friendly against Corsica.
Nigeria international striker Henry Onyekuru is set to become the latest addition to Everton's impressive young team once his £7million transfer from KAS Eupen in Belgium is made official.
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When the pro-separatist movement the Indigenous People of Biafra asked Igbos in Nigeria’s south-eastern region to stay at home on 30 May to remember those who lost their lives in the country’s bloody civil war 50 years ago, it did not foresee the reaction that followed.
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Las aspirantes al cetro de Miss Mundo que este año se celebra en Polonia participaron en una competencia para elegir el Mejor Cuerpo del concurso de belleza, título que ganó la venezolana Alexandra Federica Guzmán Diamante. La elección se realizó en el Hotel Normadski en el ciudad de Gdynia, a las orillas del Mar Báltico.
Aunque Miss Perú Mundo 2006 Silvia Cornejo causó buena impresión durante su desfile, no logró clasificar entre las 20 mejores y esculturales figuras. Las seleccionadas en la edición 56 de este certamen fueron: Angola, Canadá, Colombia, República Checa, India, Irlanda, Italia, Nigeria Panamá, Filipinas, Polonia, Puerto Rico, Rumania, Escocia, Singapur, Eslovenia, España, Suecia y Venezuela. Como ganadora Miss Venezuela clasifica directamente como una de las 16 semifinalistas que disputaran el titulo de Miss Mundo 2006, que se realizará en la sala Krongresowa del Palacio de la Cultura y Ciencia de la ciudad de Varsovia el día 30 de setiembre
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Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Friday approved the appointment of Mrs. Patience Oniha as the new Director-General of Debt Management Office (DMO). The Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun announced the appointment in Abuja.
Oniha, from Edo State, takes over from the former Director General, Dr. Abraham Nwankwo who retired after serving for two terms of five years each. The handover formalities took place in a brief ceremony at the DMO office in Abuja.
Oniha retired as a director in the agency, served in the Efficiency Unit of the Ministry of Finance before her recent appointment as DMO Chief Executive.
The new DG contributed greatly to the success DMO achieved in the last 10 years.
During that period, DMO scored a number of firsts in its operational efforts to manage the country’s debt profile. These include the establishment of 37 sub-national Debt Management Departments for the 36 states and the FCT, culminating in the construction of the first-ever comprehensive and areliable Domestic Debt Database for all the states and the FCT in 2012; putting in place Primary Dealing-Market Making (PDMM) system for the FGN Bonds, enabling two-way quotes in the trading of FGN Bonds and, therefore, the introduction of a vibrant and liquid Secondary Market for FGN Bonds; listing of FGN Bonds on the Nigerian Stock Exchange; inclusion of Nigeria's Sovereign Bond in Global Market Indices, the JP Morgan Index and the Barclays Capital Index; issuing of Nigeria's Eurobond in the International Capital Market and its listing and trading on the London Stock Exchange; issuing of Nigeria's Sovereign Retail Bonds, the FGN Savings Bond and its listing on the Nigerian Stock Exchange and on the FMDQ OTC Exchange.
Others are issuing of Nigeria's Diaspora Bond and the first-ever registration of Nigeria to access the Unites States financial market under the stringent U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rules and regulations; designing and implementing Nigeria's National Debt Management Framework; Introducing the soon to be launched first-ever Nigeria's Sovereign Non-Interest Bearing Bond: the Sukuk as well as exporting of Public Debt Management services through capacity-building support to other African countries, including the Sudan, Zimbabwe, South Sudan, Kenya and Uganda.
Mrs Oniha is expected to consolidate on these achievements.
The Chairman of Etisalat Nigeria Limited, Hakeem Bello-Osagie, has resigned his position following the approval of a restructuring plan for the telecommunications firm.
A statement obtained by this newspaper confirmed the development, saying the decision followed “the approval of a restructuring plan for the telecommunications firm.”
Mr. Bello-Osagie, the one-time Chairman of the United Bank for Africa, UBA, was the surviving shareholder in the embattled mobile operator currently embroiled in a $1.2 billion (about N377.4 billion) loan repayment crisis with a consortium of 13 Nigerian banks.
He was the promoter of Emerging Markets Telecommunications Services, EMTS, which controlled 15 per cent of the equity holding of the company
His resignation followed the withdrawal, two weeks ago, of the company’s major shareholder, Emirates Telecommunications Group Company, which announced the decision to quit effective June 15, 2017.
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has embarked on sensitisation of Nigerians, especially farmers, traders, artisans, and micro small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) on the procedures for doing business by obtaining loans to finance them to export their products to earn foreign exchange.
In one of such programmes held at the Prof. Dora Akunyili Development Centre in Awka, Anambra State, the acting Director, Corporate Communication at the CBN, Mr. Isaac Okoroafor said that the intention of the central bank was to create a platform for Nigerians to understand what the apex bank does especially her interventions in the real sector and how they can benefit from it.
He decried the dependency on foreign products and services even when Nigerians could produce such goods, especially in the food sector where “we have become major consumers of foreign goods without the commiserate export to match the foreign exchange.”
According to him, “we are here to explain to the people some of our policies especially our foreign exchange policy and to make them realise that we have come to a point as a country where we must decide to produce what we eat and eat what we produce.”
Okoroafor maintained that no nation could develop by depending on foreigners for its food needs, adding that the only way to grow the nation’s economy and advance the country was to ensure that “we apply our creative energies in innovation, in creativity to production”.
He stated that Central Bank of Nigeria was ready to provide the financial support by way of loans at 9 percent interest to all Nigerians, especially the creative, enterprising and hardworking people of Anambra State to enable them produce, add value, even to export and make money to better their lives and to bring up their children.
Furthermore, he said the CBN has all kinds of loans; for manufacturers, for agriculture (smallholder farmers, medium size farmers and even commercial agriculture). We have loans for artisans, for those who are engaged in cottage industries, for those who sell recharge cards, mechanics, vulcanizers, beauty salon operators under our MSME development fund scheme.
“We have loans for fresh graduates who are still doing their Youth Service or who have finished Youth service in the last five years. All that is required of them is to go through our Entrepreneurship Development Programme, where they will be given a short training to understand what they would be going and how to write business plans, and the only thing that is required is for them to show passion for what they want to do and for them to deposit their Certificates as collateral.
“We have also established a National Collateral Registry (NCR) where you register your moveable assets, so that people can get micro loans by using what they already have to obtain loans and still be using their assets at the same time”, he noted.
On the 41 items which the CBN had banned from accessing forex from its window for their importation in order to promote indigenous products, Okorofor stressed that it is foolhardy for a country to spend scarce foreign exchange to import what the country could produce such as rice, eggs and toothpicks, etc.
“We reserve our foreign exchange for critical inputs that will bring back the production lines in factories that would support the farmers to grow more food. Those are our critical needs. We have for the first time in many years reversed the nation’s misfortune in rice production to the extent that by the end of next year Nigeria would become a net exporter of rice.
“We have done it in Kebbi, it is going on in Anambra, Enugu, Ebonyi, Kano, Sokoto, Jigawa. In Ogun State we have it in fish. So our Anchor Borrowers Programme tries to set up a process that will enable farmers get the most critical inputs and the best practices”, he stressed.
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has urged members of the public to desist from ill handling of the nation’s currency, the naira.
The central bank stressed that the cost of maintaining the naira note was expensive, while also urging members of the informal sector to embrace the various e-payment options in the economy.
This call was made at the CBN’s ‘Promoting Financial Stability and Economic Development Fair,” in Lagos yesterday, which had a collective attendance of farmers, traders, SMEs and others from the informal sector.
The Assistant Director, Currency Operations Department, CBN, Mr. Benedict Maduagwu said thatthere are so many interventions by the CBN aimed at promoting the well-being and also in diversifying the economy.
“We have the Anchor Borrowers’ scheme which is a wonderful initiative. We also have the MSME intervention scheme of N220 billion which 60 percent is reserved for women. We also have the youth empowerment development program and we are also promoting cashless.
“The way currency is being handled, it is being abused and the cost is huge. As at 2005 to 2010, it was over N192 billion and as i speak it is more than that. So the effort in the cashless policy and also telling people on how to carry clean naira are all aimed at reduction of the huge cost in currency.”
He also added that this sensitisation fair would be a nationwide event, in order to enlighten members of the public on various reforms made by the central bank. This is expected to improve financial stability and economic development.
On his part, the Deputy Director, Trade and Exchange Department, Mr. Olu Vincent said: “This is a sensitisation to the public on what CBN has been doing federally over the past few years to stimulate the economy to produce a base for economic development since the volatility in the oil price market. This is to divert the economy from oil to non-oil export, which everyone is clamouring we should lay more emphasis on non-oil export.
“There have been various interventions that the central bank has put in place as part of the proactive measures of the bank in stimulating the growth of the economy. So what we doing basically this period is to sensitise the public about what the bank has been doing underground and also sensitise the public about their rights while relating with their banks.
“We are moving from oil to non-oil and the strength of the economy is actually in the agricultural sector and other SMEs.”
Some universities have described as false the statement by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU that they had increased tuition due to poor funding from the Federal Government.
ASUU had in a statement by the Chairman of the University of Ibadan chapter, Dr. Deji Omole, on Monday reportedly said that 38 higher institutions had hiked their tuition fees.
It had also stated that the increase might not be unconnected with poor funding from the state and federal governments and lamented the hardship faced by Nigerians under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Among others, the union had reportedly listed the Federal University of Technology Akure, FUTA, (From N19,000 to N83, 340.00, University of Benin (from N12,000 to N49,500), Igbinedion University ( from N540,000 to N820,000), Benson Idahosa University ( from N280,300 to N1,150,000 and the Federal Polytechnic, Auchi (from N14,800 to N28,000), as the institutions affected in Edo State.
However, a statement by Adegbenro Adebanjo, Head, Information and Protocol, FUTA, said that “For the avoidance of doubt, no such decision has been taken at any level in the University. The fees payable by students remain what they were before the erroneous report.”
According to the Dean of Students Affairs, Professor Kayode Alese, ”Students’ School Fees have not been increased in the last five years and the entire University Community is requested to disregard the purported increase in the fees”.
The management of the University of Benin said that there was no recent increase in the fees paid by its students.
The Public Relations Officer of the institution, Michael Osasuyi, urged parents to verify the fees payable by the students from the university’s official website.
Osasuyi stated, “The university has not increased any fees. When you look at that paper (ASUU’s statement), you will discover that it was not ASUU-UNIBEN that said so. As of this morning, UNIBEN has not increased school fees.
“We do not know where the issue of N12,000 to N49,500 is coming from. We want to appeal to parents that if they even go to our online platform, they will see that the University of Benin has not increased fees. Parents should try as much as possible to verify.”
The management of BIU stated that while the tuition charged for its Law programme was the same as claimed by ASUU, it was neither increased recently or due to poor funding from government.
“There is no increase. The report is very false. The fee for Law only is N1,150,000; it used to be N980,000,” a source in the information unit of the university said.
“It was increased last year, not now. No other course is as expensive as Law,” the source added.
On his part, the Vice-Chancellor of Igbinedion University, Okada, Prof. Eghosa Osaghae, said that the institution had no plan to hike its fees.
Osaghae, in a statement, said, “Please be informed that contrary to the post on increased fees making the rounds, Igbinedion University, Okada has not increased fees, and has no plans to do so.
“In fact, rather than increase, we have lightened the burden of paying fees by allowing parents to pay in instalments. I make these submissions as the Vice Chancellor of the university.
A US Army soldier fires at Taliban fighters near the village of Allah Say, Afghanistan, on August 21, 2007. (Photo: The US Army)
We walked in a single file. Not because it was tactically sound. It wasn't -- at least according to standard infantry doctrine. Patrolling southern Afghanistan in column formation limited maneuverability, made it difficult to mass fire, and exposed us to enfilading machine-gun bursts. Still, in 2011, in the Pashmul District of Kandahar Province, single file was our best bet.
The reason was simple enough: improvised bombs not just along roads but seemingly everywhere. Hundreds of them, maybe thousands. Who knew?
That's right, the local "Taliban" -- a term so nebulous it's basically lost all meaning -- had managed to drastically alter U.S. Army tactics with crude, homemade explosives stored in plastic jugs. And believe me, this was a huge problem. Cheap, ubiquitous, and easy to bury, those anti-personnel Improvised Explosive Devices, or IEDs, soon littered the "roads," footpaths, and farmland surrounding our isolated outpost. To a greater extent than a number of commanders willingly admitted, the enemy had managed to nullify our many technological advantages for a few pennies on the dollar (or maybe, since we're talking about the Pentagon, it was pennies on the millions of dollars).
Truth be told, it was never really about our high-tech gear. Instead, American units came to rely on superior training and discipline, as well as initiative and maneuverability, to best their opponents. And yet those deadly IEDs often seemed to even the score, being both difficult to detect and brutally effective. So there we were, after too many bloody lessons, meandering along in carnival-like, Pied Piper-style columns. Bomb-sniffing dogs often led the way, followed by a couple of soldiers carrying mine detectors, followed by a few explosives experts. Only then came the first foot soldiers, rifles at the ready. Anything else was, if not suicide, then at least grotesquely ill-advised.
And mind you, our improvised approach didn't always work either. To those of us out there, each patrol felt like an ad hoc round of Russian roulette. In that way, those IEDs completely changed how we operated, slowing movement, discouraging extra patrols, and distancing us from what was then considered the ultimate "prize": the local villagers, or what was left of them anyway. In a counterinsurgency (COIN) campaign, which is what the U.S. military was running in Afghanistan in those years, that was the definition of defeat.
Strategic Problems in Microcosm
My own unit faced a dilemma common to dozens -- maybe hundreds -- of other American units in Afghanistan. Every patrol was slow, cumbersome, and risky. The natural inclination, if you cared about your boys, was to do less. But effective COIN operations require securing territory and gaining the trust of the civilians living there. You simply can't do that from inside a well-protected American base. One obvious option was to live in the villages -- which we eventually did -- but that required dividing up the company into smaller groups and securing a second, third, maybe fourth location, which quickly became problematic, at least for my 82-man cavalry troop (when at full strength). And, of course, there were no less than fivevillages in my area of responsibility.
I realize, writing this now, that there's no way I can make the situation sound quite as dicey as it actually was. How, for instance, were we to "secure and empower" a village population that was, by then, all but nonexistent? Years, even decades, of hard fighting, air strikes, and damaged crops had left many of those villages in that part of Kandahar Province little more than ghost towns, while cities elsewhere in the country teemed with uprooted and dissatisfied peasant refugees from the countryside.
Sometimes, it felt as if we were fighting over nothing more than a few dozen deserted mud huts. And like it or not, such absurdity exemplified America's war in Afghanistan. It still does. That was the view from the bottom. Matters weren't -- and aren't -- measurably better at the top. As easily as one reconnaissance troop could be derailed, so the entire enterprise, which rested on similarly shaky foundations, could be unsettled.
At a moment when the generals to whom President Trump recently delegateddecision-making powers on U.S. troop strength in that country consider a new Afghan "surge," it might be worth looking backward and zooming out just a bit. Remember, the very idea of "winning" the Afghan War, which left my unit in that collection of mud huts, rested (and still rests) on a few rather grandiose assumptions.
The first of these surely is that the Afghans actually want (or ever wanted) us there; the second, that the country was and still is vital to our national security; and the third, that 10,000, 50,000, or even 100,000 foreign troops ever were or now could be capable of "pacifying" an insurgency, or rather a growing set of insurgencies, or securing 33 million souls, or facilitating a stable, representative government in a heterogeneous, mountainous, landlocked country with little history of democracy.
The first of these points is at least debatable. As you might imagine, any kind of accurate polling is quite difficult, if not impossible, outside the few major population centers in that isolated country. Though many Afghans, particularly urban ones, may favor a continued U.S. military presence, others clearly wonder what good a new influx of foreigners will do in their endlessly war-torn nation. As one high-ranking Afghan official recently lamented, thinking undoubtedly of the first use in his land of the largest non-nuclear bomb on the planet, "Is the plan just to use our country as a testing ground for bombs?" And keep in mind that the striking rise in territory the Taliban now controls, the most since they were driven from power in 2001, suggests that the U.S. presence is hardly welcomed everywhere.
The second assumption is far more difficult to argue or justify. To say the least, classifying a war in far-away Afghanistan as "vital" relies on a rather pliable definition of the term. If that passes muster -- if bolstering the Afghan military to the tune of (at least) tens of billions of dollars annually and thousands of new boots-on-the-ground in order to deny safe haven to "terrorists" is truly "vital" -- then logically the current U.S. presences in Iraq, Syria, Somalia, and Yemen are critical as well and should be similarly fortified. And what about the growing terror groups in Egypt, Libya, Nigeria, Tunisia, and so on? We're talking about a truly expensive proposition here -- in blood and treasure. But is it true? Rational analysis suggests it is not. After all, on average about seven Americans were killed by Islamist terrorists on U.S. soil annually from 2005 to 2015. That puts terrorism deaths right up there with shark attacks and lightning strikes. The fear is real, the actual danger... less so.
As for the third point, it's simply preposterous. One look at U.S. military attempts at "nation-building" or post-conflict stabilization and pacification in Iraq, Libya, or -- dare I say -- Syria should settle the issue. It's often said that the best predictor of future behavior is past behavior. Yet here we are, 14 years after the folly of invading Iraq and many of the same voices -- inside and outside the administration -- are clamoring for one more "surge" in Afghanistan (and, of course, will be clamoring for the predictable surges to follow across the Greater Middle East).
The very idea that the U.S. military had the ability tousher in a secure Afghanistan is grounded in a number of preconditions that proved to be little more than fantasies. First, there would have to be a capable, reasonably corruption-free local governing partner and military. That's a nonstarter. Afghanistan's corrupt, unpopular national unity government is little better than the regime of Ngo Dinh Diem in South Vietnam in the 1960s and that American war didn't turn out so well, did it? Then there's the question of longevity. When it comes to the U.S. military presence there, soon to head into its 16th year, how long is long enough? Several mainstream voices, including former Afghan commander General David Petraeus, are now talking about at least a "generation" more to successfully pacify Afghanistan. Is that really feasible given America's growing resource constraints and the ever expanding set of dangerous "ungoverned spaces" worldwide?
And what could a new surge actually do? The U.S. presence in Afghanistan is essentially a fragmented series of self-contained bases, each of which needs to be supplied and secured. In a country of its size, with a limited transportation infrastructure, even the 4,000-5,000 extra troops the Pentagon is reportedly considering sending right now won't go very far.
Now, zoom out again. Apply the same calculus to the U.S. position across the Greater Middle East and you face what we might start calling the Afghan paradox, or my own quandary safeguarding five villages with only 82 men writ large. Do the math. The U.S. military is already struggling to keep up with its commitments. At what point is Washington simply spinning its proverbial wheels? I'll tell you when -- yesterday.
Now, think about those three questionable Afghan assumptions and one uncomfortable actuality leaps forth. The only guiding force left in the American strategic arsenal is inertia.
What Surge 4.0 Won't Do -- I Promise ...
Remember something: this won't be America's first Afghan "surge." Or its second, or even its third. No, this will be the U.S. military's fourth crack at it. Who feels lucky? First came President George W. Bush's "quiet" surge back in 2008. Next, just one month into his first term, newly minted President Barack Obama sent 17,000 more troops to fight his so-called good war (unlike the bad one in Iraq) in southern Afghanistan. After a testy strategic review, he then committed 30,000 additional soldiers to the "real" surge a year later. That's what brought me (and the rest of B Troop, 4-4 Cavalry) to Pashmul district in 2011. We left -- most of us -- more than five years ago, but of course about 8,800 American military personnel remain today and they are the basis for the surge to come.
To be fair, Surge 4.0 might initially deliver certain modest gains (just as each of the other three did in their day). Realistically, more trainers, air support, and logistics personnel could indeed stabilize some Afghan military units for some limited amount of time. Sixteen years into the conflict, with 10% as many American troops on the ground as at the war's peak, and after a decade-plus of training, Afghan security forces are still being battered by the insurgents. In the last years, they've been experiencing record casualties, along with the usual massive stream of desertions and the legions of "ghost soldiers" who can neither die nor desert because they don't exist, although their salaries do (in the pockets of their commanders or other lucky Afghans). And that's earned them a "stalemate," which has left the Taliban and other insurgent groups in control of a significant part of the country. And if all goes well (which isn't exactly a surefire thing), that's likely to be the best that Surge 4.0 can produce: a long, painful tie.
Peel back the onion's layers just a bit more and the ostensible reasons for America's Afghan War vanish along with all the explanatory smoke and mirrors. After all, there are two things the upcoming "mini-surge" will emphatically not do:
*It won't change a failing strategic formula.
Imagine that formula this way: American trainers + Afghan soldiers + loads of cash + (unspecified) time = a stable Afghan government and lessening Taliban influence.
It hasn't worked yet, of course, but -- so the surge-believers assure us -- that's because we need more: more troops, more money, more time. Like so many loyal Reaganites, their answers are always supply-side ones and none of them ever seems to wonder whether, almost 16 years later, the formula itself might not be fatally flawed.
According to news reports, no solution being considered by the current administration will even deal with the following interlocking set of problems: Afghanistan is a large, mountainous, landlocked, ethno-religiously heterogeneous, poor country led by a deeply corrupt government with a deeply corrupt military. In a place long known as a "graveyard of empires," the United States military and the Afghan Security Forces continue to wage what one eminent historian has termed "fortified compound warfare." Essentially, Washington and its local allies continue to grapple with relatively conventional threats from exceedingly mobile Taliban fighters across a porous border with Pakistan, a country that has offered not-so-furtive support and a safe haven for those adversaries. And the Washington response to this has largely been to lock its soldiers inside those fortified compounds (and focus on protecting them against "insider attacks" by those Afghans it works with and trains). It hasn't worked. It can't. It won't.
Consider an analogous example. In Vietnam, the United States never solved the double conundrum of enemy safe havens and a futile search for legitimacy. The Vietcong guerillas and North Vietnamese Army used nearby Cambodia, Laos, and North Vietnam to rest, refit, and replenish. U.S. troops meanwhile lacked legitimacy because their corrupt South Vietnamese partners lacked it.
Sound familiar? We face the same two problems in Afghanistan: a Pakistani safe haven and a corrupt, unpopular central government in Kabul. Nothing, and I mean nothing, in any future troop surge will effectively change that.
*It won't pass the logical fallacy test.
The minute you really think about it, the whole argument for a surge or mini-surge instantly slides down a philosophical slippery slope.
If the war is really about denying terrorists safe havens in ungoverned or poorly governed territory, then why not surge more troops into Yemen, Somalia, Nigeria, Libya, Pakistan (where al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri and Osama bin Laden's son Hamza bin-Laden are believed to be safely ensconced), Iraq, Syria, Chechnya, Dagestan (where one of the Boston Marathon bombers was radicalized), or for that matter Paris or London. Every one of those places has harbored and/or is harboring terrorists. Maybe instead of surging yet again in Afghanistan or elsewhere, the real answer is to begin to realize that all the U.S. military in its present mode of operation can do to change that reality is make it worse. After all, the last 15 years offer a vision of how it continually surges and in the process only creates yet more ungovernable lands and territories.
So much of the effort, now as in previous years, rests on an evident desire among military and political types in Washington to wage the war they know, the one their army is built for: battles for terrain, fights that can be tracked and measured on maps, the sort of stuff that staff officers (like me) can display on ever more-complicated PowerPoint slides. Military men and traditional policymakers are far less comfortable with ideological warfare, the sort of contest where their instinctual proclivity to "do something" is often counterproductive.
As U.S. Army Field Manual 3-24 -- General David Petraeus' highly touted counterinsurgency "bible" -- wisely opined: "Sometimes doing nothing is the best reaction." It's high time to follow such advice (even if it's not the advice that Petraeus himself is offering anymore).
A little foreign policy humility goes a long way toward not heading down that slippery slope. Why, then, do Americans continue to deceive themselves? Why do they continue to believe that even 100,000 boys from Indiana and Alabama could alter Afghan society in a way Washington would like? Or any other foreign land for that matter?
I suppose some generals and policymakers are just plain gamblers. But before putting your money on the next Afghan surge, it might be worth flashing back to the limitations, struggles, and sacrifices of just one small unit in one tiny, contested district of southern Afghanistan in 2011...
So, on we walked -- single file, step by treacherous step -- for nearly a year. Most days things worked out. Until they didn't. Unfortunately, some soldiers found bombs the hard way: three dead, dozens wounded, one triple amputee. So it went and so we kept on going. Always onward. Ever forward. For America? Afghanistan? Each other? No matter. And so it seems other Americans will keep on going in 2017, 2018, 2019...
Lift foot. Hold breath. Step. Exhale.
Keep walking... to defeat... but together.
[Note: The views expressed in this article are those of the author, expressed in an unofficial capacity, and do not reflect the official policy or position of the Department of the Army, Department of Defense, or the U.S. government.]
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Major Danny Sjursen is a US Army strategist and former history instructor at West Point. He served tours with reconnaissance units in Iraq and Afghanistan. He has written a memoir and critical analysis of the Iraq War, Ghostriders of Baghdad: Soldiers, Civilians, and the Myth of the Surge. He lives with his wife and four sons near Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
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ECONOMICS POPULATION GROWTH AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN NIGERIA (1981 2011) CHAPTER ONE 1.1 BACKGROUND OF THE STUDYOver the years if has become established that the existence of an efficient human capital is the key to economic growth and development in any nation. This seems from the fact tha...read more
(1980 – 2010) ABSTRACT This research work is centred on the impact of exchange rate fluctuation on the Nigeria’s economic growth with special emphasis on purchasing power of the average Nigeria and the level of international trade transaction. Without exchange rate the exchange of goods an...read more
ABSTRACTThis research work centers on the power supply and the performance ofsmall and medium scale industries in Nigeria from 1986 – 2010. carrying out this study, secondary data were collected and empirical analysis was made to achieve these objectives, multiple regression were used in ang...read more
THE EFFECT OF EXTERNAL DEBT ON ECONOMIC GROWTH OF NIGERIA(1981 2010) ABSTRACT This work evolved out of the need to provide an in depth understanding of the economics of debt in Nigeria. This study aims at analysing the effectiveness of external debt on economic growth within a span of 1981 201...read more
ABSTRACT This research work reviews the impact of the contributory pension scheme on the Nigerian economy. The study employed the survey approach, while the linear regression statistical tools were used to test the research hypotheses, thus, it was revealed the contributory pension scheme has ...read more
CHAPTER ONE INTRODUCTION 1.1 INTRODUCTION Nigeria, which spans an area of 924,000 square kilometers, is bordered by the Gulf of Guinea, Cameroon, Benin, Niger, and Chad. The topography ranges from mangrove swampland along the coast to tropical rain forest and savannah to the north. Nigeria is ...read more
ABSTRACT This research work is centred on the impact of exchange rate fluctuation on the Nigeria’s economic growth with special emphasis on purchasing power of the average Nigeria and the level of international trade transaction. Without exchange rate the exchange of goods and services among...read more
ABSTRACT Exchange rate is the price of one currency in terms of another currency.Exchange rate s This exchange rate is also used to determine the level of output growth of the country. Over the years, Nigeria has adopted various exchange rate regime ranging research work is centered on the ...read more
ABSTRACT The study examined the impact of foreign direct investment (FDI) in Nigeria over the period 1980 to 2010. The study employed multiple regressions in analysis, using the ordinary least square (OLS) regression technique. The result at this revealed that FDI impacted positively on the...read more
THE IMPACT OF INTEREST RATE ON INVESTMENT DECISION IN NIGERIA. AN ECONOMETRIC ANALYSIS (1981 2010) ABSTRACT The focus of this research work is based on the impact of interest rate on investment decision in Nigeria. An econometric analysis between the periods of 1981 2010. Secondary data obt...read more
There is no doubt to the fact that technology has come a long way developing and modification to suit the period. Banking industries are one of the sectors in the Nigerian Financial market that have benefitted tremendously from technology application, and it also made banking operations so much e...read more
BACKGROUND TO THE STUDY In our economy today we are privileged to make use of the advanced world countries’ products having risen from improved or advanced technologies of the world. We even eat their type of food, wear their type of cloth, drive in their kind of cars etc. without having to do ...read more
THE IMPACT OF INTEREST RATE ON OTHER SELECTED MACROECONOMIC VARIABLES IN NIGERIA (1970 2010) ABSTRACT This study was embarked upon with a view to determining the impact of interest rate on other selected macroeconomic variables in Nigeria. Data were sourced from CBN Abuja and NBS. Data were...read more
Abstract This study examined and analyzed the impact of human capital development on economic growth in Nigeria, using time series data of 32 years spanning 1980 to 2012, data utilized for the study were extracted from secondary sources i.e. journals and publications, CBN and NBS. The Ordinary Le...read more
CHAPTER ONE INTRODUCTION 1.1 Background Of The Study The Nigeria labour market in recent years has experienced problems such as strikes, unemployment and reduction in productivity. Labour conflict is a phenomenon that most often takes the form of strikes [where they are permitted] or, as in th...read more
ABSTRACT This research work is on the impact of The Nigerian Securities Exchange Market and the Nigerian Economy. The main objective of this study is to empirically examine the impact of Nigerian Securities Exchange Market and the Nigerian Economy: A Test of the Adaptive Expectation Hypothe...read more
. ABSTRACT The study examined the impact of monetary policy in stabilizing the Nigeria economy. In the model specified inflation is the regress while cash research requirement, liquidity ratio, money supply, minimum rediscount rate, interest rate are the regressors. The government employs a de...read more
THE IMPACT OF MONEY SUPPLY ON ECONOMIC GROWTH IN NIGERIA (1981 2010) ABSTRACT The study examined the impact of money supply on economic growth in Nigeria. In the model specified, real gross domestic product (real GDP) is the regress while broad money supply, real exchange rate, and real int...read more
THE IMPACT OF NON OIL EXPORT ON ECONOMIC GROWTH IN NIGERIA (1986 2010) ABSTRACT The essence of this work has been to determine the effect of non oil export on economic growth in Nigeria, during the period of 1986 2010. In carrying out this study, secondary data were collected and empirical analys...read more
ABSTRACT The study investigates the impact of small and medium scale industries on the Nigerian economy, spanning from 1986 to 2010. The study adopted Ordinary Least Square (OLS) Linear Specification model. Using unit root test, the work shows that small scale industries significantly contr...read more
CHAPTER ONE INTRODUCTION 1.1 BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY The financial system of any financial company provide the catalyst through financial intermediation for productive activities to ensure economic growth and development Olowo (2008). The Nigerian financial sector is undoubtedly the most import...read more
This research work is on the impact of small and medium scale enterprises on economic growth in Nigeria. The main objective of this study is to empirically examine the impact of small and medium scale enterprises on economic growth in Nigeria. This research work made use of secondary data whic...read more
CHAPTER ONE INTRODUCTION 1.1 Background Of The Study The transportation system in Nigeria is being seen as the means towards attainment of growth and development of the Nigeria economy. To attain such growth, an efficient function forms has to be laid. In every aspect of man’s activities, tr...read more
THE IMPACT OF UNEMPLOYMENT ON ECONOMIC GROWTH IN NIGERIA (1970 2010) ABSTRACT The term unemployment can be defined as an economics condition marked by the fact that individual actively seeking jobs remain unhired. Unemployment is expressed as a percentage of the total available work force. The...read more
CHAPTER ONE INTRODUCTION 1.1 BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY The concept of poverty and material deprivation is a critical one in contemporary social discussions. Social Sciences’ literature is replete with attempt by Economists and other Social Scientists to conceptualize the phenomenon. Poverty ha...read more
ABSTRACT This paper analyzed empirically the impact of Value Added Tax (VAT) on economic growth in Nigeria from 1994 2010. Data was collected from Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) statistical bulletin. Ordinary Least Square techniques was used to estimate the model, which reveals a strong positiv...read more
CHAPTER ONE INTRODUCTION 1.1 BACKGROUND TO THE STUDY Inflation is an inevitable property of any economy in the world. It influences every country, negatively as well as positively, whether it is developed or developing country as well. Anyanwu (2011) stated that inflation is an important factor l...read more
THE ROLE OF MICROFINANCE BANK CREDIT ON AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT IN NIGERIA: (1980 2010) ABSTRACT This research work tries to investigate the role of microfinance bank on agricultural development in Nigeria using Nigeria as a case study. Using ordinary least square method, data collected were ...read more
ABSTRACT This study attempts to investigate the Role of the Stock Market in the Growth of the Nigerian Economy spanning through 1980 – 2010. The broad objective of this work is to ascertain the role of the stock market in output growth in Nigeria using Market Capitalization as a proxy for the s...read more
AbstractThe research examines the impact of corruption in oil and gas industry as implication for economic growth. survey research method was adopted for this study. The finding of the study is that the level of corruption in Nigeria has significant impact on economy growth. The implication of...read more
CHAPTER ONE INTRODUCTION 1.1 Background of the Study Globalization, the increasing integration among nations has accelerated over the past half a century, driven largely by the remarkable expansion in international trade and extra ordinary advances in information and communication technologies ...read more
CHAPTER ONE 1.1 BACKGROUND OF THE STUDYBy the time Nigeria became politically independent in October 1960,agriculture was the dominant sector of the economy, contributing about 70% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) employing about the same percentage of working population and accounting for about ...read more
CHAPTER ONE INTRODUCTION Background to the Study The political, economic and social development of any country depends on the amount of revenue generated for the provision of infrastructure. The revenues may be derived from diverse sources. These sources may be classified in various ways such...read more
THE ROLE OF THE NIGERIAN STOCK EXCHANGE ON CAPITAL FORMATION (1980 2011) ABSTRACT This study was carried out to determine the effect of stock market on capital formation in Nigeria. The variables included in the model were, Gross Fixed Capital Formation, value of share traded, interest rate, i...read more
CHAPTER ONE INTRODUCTION 1.1 Background to the Study The relationship between taxation and economic growth has received serious attention in developed and developing economies the world over. Taxation forms the hub of financing public expenditure with other sources of revenue suppleme...read more
Abstract This paper examines the impact of key macroeconomic variables on unemployment in Nigeria between 1981 and 2012. It also analysed . It is pertinent that there exist positive relationship between respondents who strongly agree to Personal and Sociopolitical Skills are req...read more
CHAPTER ONE INTRODUCTION 1.1 Background of the Study At independence, Nigeria just like other third world countries was in a hurry to transform the society from agrarian to an industrial one. This was influenced by three related factors. The first was the urgent need to sustain political inde...read more
CHAPTER ONE INTRODUCTION Background to the Study Financial sector constitutes a key sector of any economy. Its activities include the mobility of financial resources through institutions from surplus units, channeling of financial resources through intermediaries/institutions to deficit units, id...read more
CHAPTER ONE INTRODUCTION 1.1 Background of the Study Economic policy refers to the actions that governments take in the economic field. It covers the systems for setting levels of taxation, government budgets, the money supply and interest rates as well as the labor market, national owne...read more
CHAPTER ONE BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY 1.0 INTRODUCTION Statistics on International Development 1998 – 2003 a publication of the British Department for information development holds that; one in five of the worlds population – two third of them rural women live in abject p...read more
CHAPTER ONE INTRODUCTION 1.1 BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY It is a known fact that the Nigerian construction industry continues to occupy an important position in the nation’s economy even though it contributes less than the manufacturing or other service industries, (Aibinu and Jagboro, 2002). Th...read more
ABSTRACT This research work attempts to provide empirical evidence of the impact of infrastructure on economic growth in Nigeria. The research work made use of the ordinary lease square (OLS) technique to capture the effect of infrastructure on economic growth. This work covered a period of 31 ye...read more
PUBLIC EXPENDITURE PATTERN AND ECONOMIC GROWTH IN NIGERIA (1970 – 2007) Abstract Implementing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) demands effective public expenditure management that is imbued with transparency and accountability measures to achieve strategic outcomes. Undoubtedly, ...