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UNICEF said, N44.1b is required to fight malnutrition in North-East

United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, has revealed that about N44.1 billion (US$147 million) is required to prevent severe malnutrition in 450,000 children in North-East part of the country this year, even as it seeks $3.3 billion to cater for 48 million children living in the worst conflict areas globally.
In a statement made available to Vanguard yesterday, the organisation made an appeal for support, warning that in the three most affected states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa, thousands of children may come down with acute malnutrition in the near future if the required financial support is not made available.According to the UNICEF Director of Emergency Programmes, Manuel Fontaine, “Nigeria is one of the main countries of focus for the appeal. “For our emergency response for children and families affected by the conflict in North-East Nigeria, UNICEF is seeking US$147 million. “While the biggest individual appeal is on behalf of children and families caught up in Syria’s long-runni…

FG said, it had recovered a sensitive information from Boko Haram

The Federal Government, yesterday in Abuja, said it had recovered some sensitive documents and treasure of the Boko Haram in the Sambisa Forest.The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who disclosed this, said the items, including the propaganda strategy of the sect, was discovered from the materials left behind by the terrorists after they were routed from their last stronghold in the forest.The minister, therefore, called on the media and the public to be vigilant, saying “the decimated group has shifted its strategy towards dominating the media space, propagating a perverted version of Sharia law and giving the impression that it is still holding territory.” He also appealed to the public and the media to ensure that they do not “unwittingly provide the terrorists with the oxygen of publicity that they desperately need.“We must all unite against terrorism by denying Boko Haram our platforms to propagate its ideology. Both the media and the citizens have importa…

National Assembly, Udoma confer with Osinbajo

Nigeria Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, yesterday, led the Speaker of House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara, to a meeting with Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo. Others in attendance were Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun and Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udoma Udo Udoma.
Speaking with State House correspondents at the end of the meeting held behind closed doors, Saraki said they were consulted on matters of economy and 2017 budget. He said: “We are meeting on the economy and the budget, myself, the Vice President and the Speaker, Minister of Budget and Minister of Finance. We are aware that the economic team will soon be on a road show and to brief us and let us know the issues and carry us along. “We have just started the  budget defence. So, there are no issues. These are just consultations.” Meanwhile, Secretary to Government of the Federation, SGF, Mr Lawal Babachir, was seen coming out of Osinbajo’s office shortly after Saraki and Dogara lef…

Nigeria declares two senior Customs officials wanted over importation of 661 rifles

The Nigeria Customs Service has declared two of its senior officers wanted over the importation of 661 pump-action rifles into the country.The arms, which were intercepted at the Lagos port, were concealed with steel doors and other merchandise good.The wanted officers are Abdulahi, I, an assistant superintendent of customs (ASC), with service number 44483 and ACIC Odiba Inah, with service number 133386.An alert issued on Tuesday evening by the Deputy Comptroller General, Enforcement, Investigation and Inspection, Dan Ugo, requested that the officers should be arrested wherever they are seen and taken to the nearest customs formation.The Comptroller-General of Customs, Hameed Ali, had on Monday said that the Federal Operations Unit, while on patrol, intercepted a Mark truck with registration number BUG 265 XG conveying a 40ft container with number; PONU/825914/3 along Mile 2 Apapa Road, Lagos.The comptroller-general said the truck was immediately taken to F.O.U. premises for physical …

Moroccans welcomed their country’s to the African Union

Moroccans welcomed their country’s “victorious return” to the African Union as their king on Tuesday took a seat at the bloc’s Ethiopian headquarters for the first time in decades.
“Morocco should have rejoined the African Union a long time ago,” pensioner Mohamed Alaoui told AFP in the capital Rabat late Monday.
The King of Morocco Mohammed VI delivers a speech in the main plenary of the African Union in Addis Ababa on January, 31, 2017. Morocco’s King Mohammed VI took a seat at the African Union headquarters Tuesday for the first time in 33 years after being re-admitted by the bloc. Morocco’s return to the fold comes a day after 39 of the AU’s 54 member states agreed to allow Morocco back in the fold, despite stiff resistance from countries such as South Africa and Algeria over the status of Western Sahara. AFP PHOTO Mustapha Akhaziz, a language professor, said it would be an opportunity for Morocco to “defend its interests on the issue of the Western Sahara”. Morocco’s press on Tue…

Rivers Police Commissioner is dead

DAILY POST report that, the Commissioner of Police in Rivers state, CP Francis Odesanya is dead.The reporter gathered that CP Odesanya has been battling with an undisclosed illness, but subsequently flown abroad for better medical care.A reliable source in the Command who does not want his name mentioned disclosed that CP Odesanya died early Tuesday.When contacted, Spokesman of the Command, DSP Nnamdi Omoni declined comment on the development.

Governor Ugwuanyi reorganize Ranger International management

The Governor of Enugu State, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, has rejigged the management of Rangers International, after holding a fact-finding meeting with the board, players, supporters’ club and other stakeholders in the club.After it was agreed that there was a need for change, Ugwuanyi named former captain and coach of the Flying Antelopes, Christian Chukwu as the new General Manager and Chief Executive Officer of the club.Chukwu takes over from Ozo Chibuzor and his appointment takes place with immediate effect.The decision was not unconnected with the unimpressive start to the new Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season by the defending champions. They have only won one game out of the first five fixtures.Reacting to the development, Chukwu thanked the Governor for the appointment and his prompt intervention and promised to put in his best to ensure that Rangers retains it current status in Nigeria football.He called for the cooperation and support of the board, management, players…

ANC alleged of spreading fake news in South African local elections

ANC is alleged to have used the services of a group called the Media Advisory Team to attract voters through the use of social media, chat shows and a news website.But the team is also alleged to have produced and planted fake information about its political opponents.The accusation came to light when one of the people involved, Sihle Bolani, filed a case in court suing the ANC for 2.2 million rands (150,000 euros), claiming the party owes her the money for work she did.Sihle Bolani also recorded on her cellphone some of the group's "war room" meetings with ANC's general manager Ignatius Jacobs.The Democratic Alliance opposition party has said it is going to raise the matter with the Independent Electoral Commission in a meeting on Tuesday 31 January and ask for a full investigation into any violations of the Electoral Code of Conduct."The ANC's decision to run a black ops smear campaign against the Democratic Alliance and other political opponents undermine…

Number of homeless in France still on rise as Hollande's mandate ends

Despite his election promise to tackle poverty and other social problems, Hollande has had mixed results in providing decent homes for all, according to the Fondation Abbé Pierre homelessness campaign.Four million people do not have a home or live in very poor housing conditions, the organisation's in annual report says, and more than 12 million are either tenants in arrears on their rent or home-owners in difficulty.During the 2012 election campaign Hollande promised 500,000 new constructions per year, with 150,000 of them being public housing units.But fewer than 400,000 homes have been built each year.The Fondation Abbé Pierre also notes a massive 24 percent rise in evictions from rented property in 2015.But there are positive points, the campaigners say, particularly limits on rent rises, better targeted attribution of social housing and help with heating and lighting.The group has 15 proposals to fight homelessness, including the construction of 150,000 social housing units.P…

A civil servant woman, sues her husband to Jikwoyi customary court

A civil servant, Faith Ogu, on Tuesday, dragged her unemployed husband, Joseph Ogu, to a Jikwoyi Customary Court in Abuja, seeking for divorce on the grounds that he deceived her about his ’employment’ status. Faith told the court that her jobless husband had deceived her into believing he had a source of livelihood before their marriage, adding that she only got to knew about his status as a ‘jobless’ person after they had  tied the knot.
“He never told me that he had no job, instead he kept telling me that he works with the Zenith Bank and that he has a business in Lagos, that yields him millions. “It was after I got married to him that I discovered the whole truth about him,” Faith said. She told the court that Joseph had also told her that he had built a house somewhere in Lugbe, but that after investigating, she realised that it was false. Faith said all her efforts to encourage him find a job did not elicit any positive response, as such she wanted the marriage dissolved. “He is…

Federal High Court in Abuja refused an application by the Rivers state governor Nyesom Wike to stop the probe of election violence in the state

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Monday, January 30, refused an application by the Rivers state governor Nyesom Wike to stop the probe of election violence in the state.The governor had earlier prayed the court to grant an ex-parte motion for an interim injunction on a proposed probe by the Nigerian police.A submission objected by the police counsel.But Justice Gabriel Kolawole in his ruling asked the defendants to provide reasons why Wike’s prayer cannot be granted.However, on Monday, January 30, the police filed an application challenging the court’s jurisdiction to hear the matter.But counsel to the plaintiff Mike Ozekhome asked the court for time to respond to the motion filed by the defendant.Ozekhome said the defendants did not only admit conducting the investigation, which formed the thrust of his clients’ case, they confirmed they were proceeding with the investigation despite the pendency of the suit.But responding, the judge denied the plaintiff’s prayer on the groun…

Nigeria soldiers were reportedly ambushed by the Boko Haram terrorist group while they followed some commercial vehicles

The Nigerian Army has confirmed the attack and killing of some soldiers in a Boko Haram ambush in Damboa, Borno state on Saturday, January 28.The Punch reports that Major-General Lucky Irabor, the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, said the terrorists escaped through the bush after the attack in which a civilian was also killed while two others were injured.“There was an incident like that on Saturday. There was a military convoy passing and the Boko Haram came out in an ambush.One civilian was killed and two others injured. The Boko Haram members incidentally ran away. There was no death on the part of the Boko Haram insurgents.“The insurgents only wanted to disturb the peace and we lost a civilian. If you are in touch with happenings here, you will know that ambushes are not a big deal; two or three terrorists may set up an ambush.“It was not true that the terrorists took away military vehicles. You cannot have a military convoy in procession and then an ambush, and vehicle…

Barack Obama warn American that U.S. values are at stake

Barack Obama has re-entered the political fray just ten days after he handed power over to Mr Trump, stating that he supports mass protests against the "extreme vetting" orders."The President fundamentally disagrees with the notion of discriminating against individuals because of their faith or religion," Mr Obama's spokesman said in a statement that was the former president's first since leaving office."Citizens exercising their Constitutional rights to assemble, organise and have their voices heard by their elected officials is exactly what we expect to see when American values are at stake." It is rare for former presidents to criticise their successors - and certainly not just a week and a half after they are sworn in.Protests continued across America and around the world - including in Britain.In the US, at least three top national security officials - Defence Secretary Jim Mattis, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and Rex Tillerson, who…

Jose Mourinho up at 1pm

Jose Mourinho will speak to the media this lunchtime ahead of tomorrow's Premier League clash at home to Hull.The United manager could well have an update on the chances of his side making a last-ditch bid for someone and the latest on the futures of Ashley Young among others.United have added one new team member today though, that of new scout Radoslaw Kucharski.Kucharski joins from Legia Warsaw and will search for potential new talent in central and eastern Europe.Kucharski, who spent 10 years at Legia, is credited with bringing through a numerous youngsters at the club including Arsenal's Krystian Bielik.

Transfer Deadline day rush?

Morning all. It's transfer deadline day. Manchester United are one of six teams not in action tonight which means their whole day can be dedicated to bringing in those final recruits who can really help them push on between now and the end of the season.Already this month, the focus has been on trimming the wage bill and recouping cash through sales, with Morgan Schneiderlin and Memphis Depay having left for Everton and Lyon respectively in deals worth a combined £46 million. Ashley Young could follow suit, with half a dozen Premier League clubs and Chinese suitors chasing the player. Midfielder Sean Goss joined QPR and goalkeeper Sam Johnstone went on loan to Aston Villa.United have also been keeping a close eye on Atletico Madrid striker, Antoine Griezmann. Yet the Frenchman looks to be a priority for the summer while Mourinho also wants Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko. All eyes for now will be on whether captain Wayne Rooney takes up a £32 million a year offer to move to Chi…

Coleman to swap blue for red?

Well one of the leading bookies are confident the Republic of Ireland international will be swapping the blue of Everton for the red of Manchester United this month.According to Paddy Power, Colelman is 1/3 to move to United. The 28-year-old has been a firm favourite of United managers gone by with both David Moyes and Louis van Gaal expressing their interests in the right-back.Now it seems that Mourinho is equally as big a fan of Coleman and could go the whole hog and actually sign him. Well I never.

USA: Google employees stage worldwide walkout over Trump travel policy

Chanting Google employees launched into a round of "Sergey! Sergey!" Monday afternoon as hundreds of Googlers walked out of their offices at the company's Mountain View, Calif. headquarters to rally in protest of President Trump's executive order banning immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries.Rallies were held at Google offices worldwide and by some counts as many as 2,000 employees took part.Google co-founder Sergey Brin has popped up the day before at San Francisco International Airport, where thousands protested the executive order for hours on Sunday.No matter how they voted, Republican or Democrat or Independent, many people are "outraged" by Trump's actions, Brin told the crowd who gathered under a clear California sky in a central area of the sprawling campus.Brin himself came with his family from Russia as a refugee in 1979, fleeing persecution against Jews."Some of us might even adopt Pence 2017 bumper stickers," Brin told t…

Mr. Donald Trump order targeting business rules leaves key regulations untouched

President Donald Trump signed an order on Monday that will seek to dramatically reduce federal regulations, but the policy will not apply to most of the financial reform rules introduced by the Obama administration.Trump's latest executive action will require that agencies cut two existing regulations for every new rule introduced and it will set an annual cap on the cost of new regulations.For the rest of fiscal 2017, the cap will require that the cost of any additional regulations be completely offset by undoing existing rules.But, the move does not cover independent agencies that crafted many of the rules required by the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law, including the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the White House said.It also would not apply to rules mandated by statutes."There will be regulation, there will be control, but it will be normalized control," Trump said as he signed the order in the Oval Office, sur…

Members of the Yoruba Patriots Movement meet in Ibadan

Members of the Yoruba Patriots Movement including a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole; a former Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro; and a former Senior Special Assistant on Public Affairs to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Doyin Okupe met behind closed door on Monday in Ibadan.Also at the meeting were the National Coordinator of YPM, Oladosu Ladapo, a former Defence Minister, Kayode Olatokunbo, a former deputy governor of Osun State, Fatai Akinbade, Senator Ayo Adeseun, Prof. Soji Adejumo, Wole Oyelese, Saka Balogun and Dotun Oyelade.Although Bankole and Obanikoro refused to grant interview to pressmen that approached them at the end of the meeting, Ladapo said they met to discuss a common economic agenda for the South-West.He stated that Obanikoro and Bankole had been saddled with the responsibility of developing a blueprint for the South-West economy.The meeting followed a colloquium that was held in Ibadan on January 21, where the YPM was …

DSS quizzes and freed Apostle Suleman over alleged inciting comment

Operatives of the Department of State Services in Abuja, on Monday, interrogated the General Overseer of Omega Fire Ministries, Apostle Johnson Suleiman, for several hours.Suleman arrived at the headquarters of the DSS at Asokoro, Abuja, with a few of his followers at 8.34pm.A former governor, who was said to have assured the security agents that the pastor would honour the invitation, allegedly brought the fiery clergyman to the DSS for questioning.Unlike in the morning when many of his followers and members of his church stationed themselves around the headquarters of the DSS, just a few of them were around the premises when he visited at night.The few members who came were seen at Aso Drive in four cars.In the morning, when he was expected to visit the DSS, several security apparatus were on the ground to allegedly curtail the excesses of the church members who had pledged to follow the preacher to the DSS for interrogation.Apart from the gun-carrying DSS operatives, policemen draw…

News: Dolphin 'wrapped in clothing' sparks plea in Australia

The Department of Parks and Wildlife said the bottlenose dolphin was spotted off Bunbury, 170km (106 miles) south of Perth, on Australia Day last week.A member of the public took images of the animal before alerting authorities.Australian laws prohibit people from interfering with dolphins or whales without approval.The public has been urged to report any sightings.The photos appear to show the dolphin "wrapped" with a shirt or singlet vest, the department said."It is unlikely that the dolphin swam into the singlet, so this appears to be an intentional act," it said in a statement."This could have been catastrophic for the dolphin if it had covered its blowhole and restricted its breathing."Unfortunately the animal has not been seen since."The department said the maximum penalty under the Wildlife Conservation Act was about A$4000 (£2400, $3000).BBC

High court rejects Rod Culleton's last-ditch bid to keep Senate seat

The high court has rejected a last-ditch case from Rodney Culletonto to declare he is still a senator and maintain his pay and privileges until an appeal against his bankruptcy or the high court challenge to his eligibility are concluded.The court, sitting as the the court of disputed returns, decided on Tuesday to dismiss Culleton’s bid to summon the president of the Senate and declined to grant any order to allow Culleton to continue calling himself a senator.Speaking after the judgment, Culleton restated his position that he was a senator unless and until a court orders otherwise.Asked why Justice Stephen Gageler had not found he was a senator, Culleton said: “Well, he didn’t say I wasn’t, either.”Culleton claimed the decision merely amounted to the court deciding to wait until the judgment in the main case challenging his eligibility, although that was no part of Gageler’s reasoning.The court’s reasons hinted that a decision in the main case could come before the Senate resumes on…

Nigeria Senate meets today for smooth passage of 2017 budget

Senator Ahmad Lawan has told Nigerians that the 2017 budget would be smoothly and promptly passed, just as he said that the leadership will meet today with chairmen of committees on the way forward for the budget.
Speaking with journalists yesterday, Senator Lawan, said that after the meeting which would ensure a seamless budget process, committees would then commence with budget defence, adding that the meeting with committee chairs would pave the way for the committees to do their job which is aimed at passing the budget as soon as possible. Senator Lawan, who noted that it was obvious that Nigerians were waiting anxiously for the 2017 budget to be passed, said: “The leadership will meet tomorrow (today) with committee chairmen on the way forward for the budget.
”After the meeting, committees will begin the budget defence. We don’t envisage any issue. Everybody has learned his lesson. We are all working for the smooth passage of the budget.” Senate President, Bukola Saraki, had on T…

NASENI develops solar-powered electronic voting machine for 2019 poll

The Electronic Development Institute, ELDI, Awka, Anambra State, has developed a solar-powered electronic voting machine for the 2019 general election. Presenting the device to the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, in Abuja, yesterday, Vice Chairman of National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure, NASENI, Prof. Mohammed Haruna, told the minister that the innovation was inspired by his (minister’s) request on the agency to develop a tamper proof electronic machine for general election. He explained that the new voting machine was an improvement on the existing Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC process. Illustrating the machine, the NASENI boss said the novel technology with cloud-based election result collation system was developed using computer based computing which addresses most of the current electoral challenges with several advantages. Haruna said the machine, which comes with many advantages, has the capacity to eliminate ballot …

Senator Saraki advices NGOs to Partner with govt on North-East development

The Nigeria Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has advised all humanitarian agencies and non-governmental organisations, NGOs, operating in the North-East region of the country to always liaise with government agencies to help ease administrative bottlenecks in the course of their duties
The Senate President, while receiving the Executive Director of the World Food Programme, WFP, Ms. Ertharin Cousin, who led other members of the organisation on a visit to the National Assembly, urged humanitarian agencies to always collaborate with security agencies to ensure their safety at every point during their stay in the country. While responding to comments by the WFP Executive Director, Saraki said such collaboration with different levels of governments in the country would help ease some of the administrative challenges the NGOs may encounter in their line of duty, especially on security and importation of their equipment.
According to the Senate President, “the collaborative efforts will…

Emir of Kano advice Northerners that, ‘If You Can’t Take Care Of Your Children, Don’t Give Birth’

The Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II has called on Northerners to give birth to only the number of children they can cater for.He said this when he spoke at the 60th Anniversary, Founder’s Day Lecture and Magazine Launch of Kaduna Capital School.“You are allowed to marry two wives if you can maintain them. You are also allowed to produce 100 children if you can maintain and educate them, but if you cannot, please marry the number of wives you can maintain and produce the number of children you can take care of. We are obsessed by number as anything produced en masse is cheap. We have produced all these children like commodities They are there on the streets and that is why they die and people don’t care because they have no value. They are also on drugs and people don’t care” he said

Revcontent partner with Google on AMP

Revcontent's CEO and founder, John Lemp (pictured left), has announced the company’s latest partnership – a strategic initiative with Google to create a better mobile experience for users through Google's AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages) project. Revcontent’s partnership with Google is the latest step in Revcontent’s mission to create a better user experience across the web. With Google AMP pages loading 85% faster than standard mobile web pages, many types of advertisements are not allowed because they slow down load times and create a poor user experience. Revcontent’s technology loads as quickly as AMP pages for a seamless and unintrusive user experience.ne of the first content recommendation networks to partner with Google, Richard Iwanik-Marques, Revcontent VP of Marketing, explains, “The product innovations and value-added offerings Google has consistently given consumers makes them a perfect compliment to Revcontent on the partnership side.“Creating a seamless, lightning-…

Mexico government sees signs of U.S. change on wall payment

There are signs the U.S. government is taking a more flexible view of how to pay for its planned border wall with Mexico, and new meetings to craft future bilateral relations could take place soon, a top Mexican official said on Monday.Those ties were shaken last week when a planned summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto was canceled after the American said it was better to forgo it if Mexico was unwilling to pay for the wall.Trump wants a wall on the U.S. southern border to keep out illegal immigrants and says Mexico will pay for it. Mexico has flatly refused, making the issue a point of national pride.Pena Nieto and Trump spoke by telephone to calm tensions on Friday, and Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said the two administrations were in close contact and would talk this week."Dialogue has not broken off," he said. "It's an extraordinarily important relationship for Mexico."While no date has been set for …

Nigeria Customs Service intercepted 661 pieces of pump-action rifles through Lagos

The Nigeria Customs Service intercepted 661 pieces of pump-action rifles from China, concealed with steel doors and other merchandise goods, which came in through Lagos port, an official said.The Comptroller-General of Customs, Hameed Ali, made the disclosure while briefing journalists on Monday in Lagos.Mr. Ali said that the Federal Operations Unit, while on patrol, intercepted a Mark truck with registration number BUG 265 XG conveying a 40ft container with number; PONU/825914/3 along Mile 2 Apapa Road, Lagos.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the consignment was cleared from Lagos port.The comptroller-general said the truck was immediately taken to F.O.U. premises for physical examination and 49 boxes containing 661 pieces of pump action rifles concealed with steel doors were revealed.Mr. Ali said the rifles were under absolute prohibition, adding that its importation was illegal.“Such deadly contravention of the law is even more unacceptable considering the fragile security si…

FG signs AU’s cross border convention

Nigeria government on Sunday in Addis Ababa signed the African Union Convention on Cross Border Corporation geared at peaceful resolution of border disputes.It was signed on the side line at the on-going 28th African Union Summit in Addis Ababa.The Niamey Convention, which was adopted in 2014, is to promote Cross Border Corporation at local, sub-regional and regional levels.It is aimed at ensuring peaceful resolution of border disputes.It is also to ensure effective and effective border management.The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Godfery Oyeama, who signed on behalf of the Federal Government, said the action was a demonstration of the country’s commitment to ensure peace on the continent.“We do so by signing this agreement to join the list of countries that have appended their signatures to the convention.“Hopefully we believe that as we appended our signature, the convention would soon come into force within shortest period as possible and all these in the interest of member state…

Solomon Dalung, on Sunday announced the death of his wife

Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Barrister Solomon Dalung, on Sunday announced the death of his wife.The minister made the announcement on his Facebook page.In a short statement he posted on the social media platform, Dalung said: “I AM BEREAVED:“For it is appointed for man to live thereafter comes death and judgment says the Holy Bible. While in the Quran, it states that it is appointed that every soul shall test death.“My heart is heavy, I cannot continue, I lost my first wife this morning. May her soul and the souls of faithful departed rest in the bosom of the Lord, amen.“What a black Sunday”.

Osinbajo, issues stern warning to religious leaders, others to stop dividing Nigeria with war of words

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has advised Nigerian leaders, religious and political to work for the unity of Nigeria than allow themselves be torn apart by temptations.The Nigeria Television Authority reports that Osinbajo made this known in a statement from his office.According to the report, Osinbajo also reaffirmed the commitment of the federal government to defending the rule of law and protecting the lives of Nigerians no matter their religious or ethnic background.
Osinbajo also warned that defaulters must be made to face the full wrath of the law despite the limitations of the criminal justice system in the country.He also noted that with President Muhammadu Buhari’s instruction to security agencies, military and the police to send reinforcements to southern Kaduna to enforce peace, things will soon be all right.Osinbajo then charged all Nigerians to work together to find a lasting solution to the crisis and resist the temptation to succumb to divisive tendenciesRecall that ju…

Federal government has said that $50 billion is needed to recharge the shrinking Lake Chad Basin

The federal government has said that $50 billion is needed to recharge the drying Lake Chad.The Nigerian government alongside its Republic of Chad counterpart has called on the African Union and other international donors to assist in raising the money.Speaking on the drying basin, the minister of foreign affairs Geoffrey Onyeama said the call was made at the summit of the heads of states and government of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) alongside of the ongoing 28th AU Summit.Onyeama said an agreement was also made by Nigeria and Chad to host a formal international donor conference on the Lake Chad shrinking which he said is already affecting 30 million people.He said conference will focus on recharging the Lake Chad and having a direct engagement with possible donors.He also said that the review which consists of 33 countries is a self-monitoring policy to ensure social, economic and political development among member states“We recognized the role that Chad has been playing…

Nigeria National Assembly to create 25 new federal agencies

The National Assembly is planning to create about 25 additional federal agencies.If the reports from Daily Trust are to be believed, the National Assembly has approved the creation of North East Development Commission (NEDC), a body charged with the reconstruction efforts of the insurgency ravaged region.Here is a list of other agencies, some of them are two in one:1. Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission2. Competition and Consumer Protection Tribunal.Also in order to address the bloody herders/farmers clashes in the country, they plan to create two bodies namely:3. Grazing Areas Management Agency4. National Ranches Commission.There are also plans to create research bodies and an entrepreneurship centre, such as:5. National Council for Research and Development6. National Research and Innovation Foundation7. National Research and Innovation Council8. Federal Entrepreneurship CentreTwo federal capital agencies are also in the works:9. FCT Traffic Management and Enforcem…

Presidency response to USA immigration policy

The policy aims to treat countries the same way Americans are treated as regards visa issuance. Nigeria only offers a one-year visa to Americans at the moment while American used to offer a 2-year visa to Nigerians.According to Vanguard, presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, in reaction to the visa ban on Sunday, January 29, said: “It is not a presidency matter.”A critical analysis by Naij.com shows that Nigerians who hold dual nationality will be affected if their other passport is from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen the seven Muslim-majority countries “of concern”.Recall that barely a week after the inauguration of Trump as the president of the United States, he approved some executive orders that include visa denial for citizens of Syria and six other middle East and African countries.There had been a widespread uproar during Trump's campaign when he proposed a temporary ban on Muslims migrating to the United States, this he believed, would protect the citiz…

Member Nazi Propagandist Joseph Goebbels’ Secretary Dead at 106

Brunhilde Pomsel, a former secretary of Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels, has died. She was 106.Pomsel lived most of her life in relative obscurity until a German newspaper published an interview with her in 2011, prompting a flurry of interest in one of the last surviving members of the Nazi leadership's inner circle.Her death was confirmed Sunday to The Associated Press by Christian Kroenes, a director and producer of the film "A German Life."In the documentary, Pomsel talks about her three years working for the man responsible for spreading Adolf Hitler's ideology in newspapers and across the airwaves.Kroenes said Pomsel had been lucid when he last spoke to her on her birthday Jan. 11. He says she died in her sleep at her Munich home Friday.

Philippines to suspend drug war to clean up 'corrupt' police

Police Chief Ronald dela Rosa said on Monday that anti-drug units would be dissolved.It comes after the murder of a South Korean businessman inside police headquarters. He had been kidnapped and killed by anti-drug police.More than 7,000 people have been killed since the crackdown on drugs began.The death toll and President Rodrigo Duterte's hardline stance against drugs have attracted intense criticism from human rights groups and Western countries, although the president continues to enjoy a high level of support among Filipinos.Speaking on Monday, Mr Dela Rosa said Mr Duterte "told us to clean the organisation first"."We will cleanse our ranks... then maybe after that, we can resume our war on drugs."Mr Duterte has made tackling drug use in the Philippines a central part of his presidency.He had initially promised to eradicate the problem by December, then extended the deadline to March this year.But he told reporters at a press conference late on Sunday: &q…

John Lynch as general manager is 49 years' ultimate gamble

The San Francisco 49ers better hope their big bet on John Lynch as general manager pays off.If it doesn't, good luck getting any respected personnel man to take on the next overhaul, as long as the same folks are calling the shots.People in the league talk, and a lot of them are going to have a bad taste from the 49ers' nearly month-long, coast-hopping search to replace Trent Baalke (and Chip Kelly).That's what happens when you conduct close to a dozen interviews with GM candidates -- flying Minnesota's George Paton and Arizona's Terry McDonough to Atlanta for second interviews with expected head coach pick Kyle Shanahan over the weekend before the 49ers hired Lynch on Sunday -- only to settle on a guy you could've found by turning on the TV.Basically, Jed York, Paraag Marathe and whoever else is influencing the team's decision-making process took up a lot of people's time test-driving SUVs for a month and then bought a sports car.Nothing against Lynch,…

"mosque attack that killed 6 is terrorism" - Canada prime Minister

Canada’s prime minister said early Monday that a shooting at a Quebec City mosque during evening prayers that killed six people and injured eight was an act of terrorism."We condemn this terrorist attack on Muslims in a center of worship and refuge," Justin Trudeau said in a statement. "It is heart-wrenching to see such senseless violence. Diversity is our strength, and religious tolerance is a value that we, as Canadians, hold dear."The incident took place Sunday night. More than 50 people were in the mosque at the time of the assault. Police said two suspects were arrested and they don't believe there are further suspected perpetrators at large.The identities of the suspects were not released and a motive has not been been established.Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard said in a press conference that the "Muslim community was the target of this murderous attack."It comes amid heightened tensions worldwide over President Trump’s ban on admitting refug…

At least, ten thousands in U.S. cities protest Trump immigration order

Tens of thousands of people rallied in U.S. cities and at airports on Sunday to voice outrage over President Donald Trump's executive order restricting entry into the country for travelers from seven Muslim-majority nations.In New York, Washington and Boston, a second wave of demonstrations followed spontaneous rallies that broke out at U.S. airports on Saturday as U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents began enforcing Trump's directive. The protests spread westward as the day progressed.The order, which bars admission of Syrian refugees and suspends travel to the United States from Syria, Iraq, Iran and four other countries on national security grounds, has led to the detention or deportation of hundreds of people arriving at U.S. airports.One of the largest of Sunday's protests took place at Battery Park in lower Manhattan, within sight of the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor, long a symbol of welcome to U.S. shores.Democratic Senator Charles Schumer of New York t…

Miss France was crowned Miss Universe

Iris Mittenaere, a dental surgery student from Lille in the north of France, beat 85 of the world's most beautiful women at the event in the Philippines scheduled for primetime viewing in the United States.Mittenaere, 24, edged out Miss Haiti, the first runner-up, and Miss Colombia the second runner-up.In the final question round, Miss France highlighted the benefits of open borders when asked about the global refugee crisis."In France we want to have the most globalisation that we can. We want to have the biggest exchange of people that we can. Maybe someday that will change but now we have open borders," Mittenaere said."Having open borders allows us to travel more through the world and to find out more about what's out there in the world."Miss Kenya, another finalist, said Donald Trump's presidency "may not have been the choice of many people" and divided the United States.She also spoke out in support of former US president Barack Obama an…