WHY MANY MODERN MARRIAGES FAIL BY Timothy Motivator Ofoegbu

Why do marriages made in today's modern age often end up in divorce while marriages made in the distant past seem to last for a lifetime? ENGAGED COUPLES SPEND HUGE AMOUNTS OF TIME AND MONEY TO HAVE A GREAT WEDDING, BUT ALMOST NO EFFORT PREPARING FOR A GREAT MARRIAGE. Weddings nowadays have become big business, and people profit heavily from dresses, catering, event coordination, and many more things. These seem to distract couples from the important goal of marriage. The wedding lasts only one day but the marriage should last a lifetime, so make sure you're planning for more than a one-time party. WE VIEW MARRIAGE AS A CONTRACT BUT NOT AS A COVENANT. God created marriage as something more than a contract. As a covenant, one's focus should not be selfish, since a married person should always have their partner's best interests at heart. "It's selfless, and it's timeless and there's NO exit strategy. That's the only way a marriage can really work, but our modern world has lost sight of this. WE BUILD MARRIAGE ON OUR FEELINGS INSTEAD OF OUR COMMITMENT. Marriage is far too important to be based on feelings. Instead, we need to build marriage upon our commitments even on those days when we're not feeling it. Our modern world worships feelings and is quick to quit on a marriage the moment the feelings change, but the strongest couples have learned that marriage requires choosing to love each other even on those days when you struggle to like each other. WE VIEW MARRIAGE AS A 50-50 PARTNERSHIP. While this seems relatively harmless, but it's a dangerous perspective to marriage. Husbands and wives would often have a mental scorecard when they go on a "50-50" partnership. Couple should give their best in their marriages 100 percent of the time. WE THINK THE HAPPINESS OF OUR KIDS SHOULD BE A BIGGER PRIORITY THAN THE HEALTH OF OUR MARRIAGE. The wellbeing of one's kids is undoubtedly important. However, if marital health is suffering because taking care of one's marriage has taken a backseat, then something is wrong. When all the focus is on the children's temporary happiness, we end up harming the kids and harming the marriage at the same time,. One of the greatest gifts you can give your children is the security that comes from living a unified home where their mom and dad are in a loving, committed marriage with each other." NOT HANDLING FINANCES WITH MATURITY Money matters are big matters in marriage. Unemployment, poverty, extravagance, stinginess and debts create serrious crisis in marriage . PORN SEX AND ONLINE ROMANCE AND NO BEDROOM ACTIVITIES One of the reasons why the pornography business is in such high demand is that even couples turn to it instead of turning to each other. One of the biggest marriage-killers in our modern world is that husbands and wives have stopped pursuing each other and have turned their sexual/romantic fantasies to outside sources like pornography, erotica and graphic romance novels. Modern marriage could instantly improve if we committed to not only being physically monogamous, but striving to be mentally monogamous as well. IMPATIENCE IN TIMES OF TEST AND TRIALS Barrenness, sickness, poverty, loss of job or even separation can shake even the best marriage to its foundation. Couples must stick together in the times of trials and tribulations than accusing each other to be the source of the problems. WE THINK DIVORCE WILL SOLVE ALL OUR PROBLEMS. Divorce creates more problems instead of solving problems. If people often assume that they can jump ship when hardships ensue, then issues will never be resolved. "Let's fight for each other instead of fighting against each other!" should be the motto of every Christian couple. NOT ALLOWING GOD TO TAKE CONTROL OF THE MARRIAGE “Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labour in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.”-- Psalm 127:1 May you have a sweet marriage not a bitter manage. The unmarried reading this post will be blessed with a loving and caring life partner. TIMOTHY OFOEGBU is a trained Relationship and marriage…

Shettima: Fall Of Sambisa Best Christmas, New Year Gift To Borno

Governor Kashim Shettima says there is no Christmas and New Year gift to the people of Borno State better than the fall of the Sambisa forest, the stronghold of the Boko Haram insurgents. The Governor described year 2016 as one that witnessed a major breakthrough in the ongoing fight against the terrorists. He added that the year was so far his best in the last five years since he assumed office on May 29, 2011. Governor Shettima made the remarks at a mini ceremony hosted by the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, on Christmas day in Borno State, northeast Nigeria. The event was organised to officially reopen the Maiduguri-Gubio-Kareto-Damasak road and Maiduguri-Monguno-Baga road leading to the northern axis of the state. Nigeria’s Year Of Victory “Since I became the Governor of Borno State in over five years, this is the best Christmas season I have witnessed. This is the best December I have witnessed and the year 2016 is my best year so far as Governor of Borno State. “2016 is for me, Nigeria’s year of victory and Borno’s year of hope and resurrection. It is in this 2016 that we began to have access to major towns like Gwoza, Bama, Dikwa, Monguno and Damasak, following their liberation by our gallant armed forces. “It is in the year 2016 that major highways began to be reopened. It is in the year, 2016 that we accelerated our major reconstruction of liberated communities. “It is in the year 2016 that the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) began to return to communities; it is in the year 2016 that we recovered some of our daughters abducted at the Government Secondary School, Chibok in 2014 and fellow Nigerians, it is in the year 2016 that the Federal Republic of Nigeria established it’s supremacy over the Sambisa headquarters of the Boko Haram. “For Government and the good people of Borno State, there is no better Christmas and New Year gift that is more precious than the conquering of Sambisa forest by our sufficient military” Shettima said. The Governor also said the two roads reopened have significant economic benefits to the people of the state. “This is an important economic road through which hundreds of trailers convey agricultural produce from farming communities in northern Borno to markets in different parts of Borno State. We are extremely happy to have this road added to the list of other major roads reopened earlier in 2016,” he added. Inducement Of Soldiers On his part, General Buratai cautioned against extortion of ‎motorists who would ply the road and also advised against inducement of soldiers, maintaining that the troops were well taken care of by the Army command. The two major roads reopened were earlier closed by the military, following the activities of Boko Haram terrorists since 2014. The insurgents had taken over population centres of most local government areas along the two major roads including Damasak, Malam-Fatori, Baga, Mobbar, Marte and other communities. However, all of these roads have been liberated by the military with the last being Malam-Fatori, where Lieutenant Colonel Muhammad Abu Ali was…

Beware Of These Holiday Season Social Media Scams

Here is how to stay safe from criminals leveraging holiday-season social media in an effort to steal your money and identity. Holiday season has once again arrived, bringing joy, shopping, and... criminals trying to steal your money and identity. I strongly suggest that readers familiarize themselves with the scams that proliferate this time of year. Also, do not think that you are too smart to fall prey to a scam - the Better Business Bureau has pointed out that nearly 4 out of 5 North American scam victims has a college degree or graduate degree. In addition to the scams described in the aforementioned articles, and the email-based scams that I described earlier this week, various social-media borne scams also target holiday shoppers. Here are some specific ones for which to watch out: 1. Fake surveys, giveaways, and contests As I described in the article 8 Ways to Protect Yourself From Scams on Social Media , social media is full of scam giveaways, contests, and surveys. These scams are often customized for the holidays - so, for example, being that this season, Hatchimals are the "toy to get," you will likely see one or more scams that promise a prize of a Hatchimal for performing some action. (Ironically, I saw my first Hatchimal scam post just minutes after having lunch with someone who had just received one of the toys.) As described in the article Beware These 6 Holiday-Season Email Scams , during holiday season people are also especially likely to fall prey to scams involving fake shopping-related surveys that offer great rewards in exchange for participation. Criminals may contact intended victims by email - and our team at SecureMySocial has found plenty of posts shared on social media that appear intended (at least by their original author) to do the same. Be careful. Don't click links to surveys unless you are sure that they are safe; a survey appearing on the official, verified page of a brand, for example, is a lot more likely to be legitimate than one shared by a friend. (Also, don't be the friend who blindly shares information about a survey, contest, or giveaway.) Think about whether the reward for participating makes sense relative to the value of your participation to the party conducting the survey - if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. 2. Bogus gift card offers As I mentioned in the piece 14 Dangerous Holiday Shopping Scams to Avoid , criminals often leverage holiday season as an opportunity to sell not only phony gift cards and stolen gift cards, but also legitimate gift cards purchased using stolen credit card numbers or obtained in the process of laundering money. As such, posts about discounted cards appear on social media - some may represent totally kosher offers, but a great number do not. Ideally, you should purchase gift cards directly from a card's vendor or from a store that you know is legitimate. Some third-party gift card markets offer money back guarantees if a card is not honored - but, in the case of holiday gifts, do you really want someone who received a gift from you to possibly to be embarrassed in a store if the card you gave him or her does not work? Do you want him or her to have to ask you to get a refund and buy another card?  3. Fake gift card number generators Researchers at ZeroFOX have found a variety of gift card number generators promoted on social media. Gift card number generators are programs used to create fake gift card numbers for testing purposes, but some people use them in an attempt to guess valid gift card numbers which they then use to purchase goods without having to pay - which is, of course, illegal. So, unless you are testing payment systems and interfaces as part of your job, you should probably never be using card number generators in the first place. That said, criminals clearly seek to exploit the fact that some people do use them; crooks also know that someone infected by malware or ransomware installed by a gift card number generator being used for illegal purposes is unlikely to contact law enforcement 4. Fake coupons and discounts As was the case during last year's holiday shopping season, social media is loaded with links to fake deals and coupons; once one person posts a fake deal or coupon, social media can help that "amazing (mis)information" go viral. ZeroFOX researchers also found Twitter accounts with no followers or following (probably to keep the accounts "under the radar" so that Twitter does not delete them), but with names like "Macys Coupon," (sic.) that simply direct people searching for coupons to particular URLs in their "bios." Be careful. Links shared on social media can point to phishing sites, or to sites delivering malware, advertisements, or other undesired material. Keep in mind that people are often gullible, and their social media accounts can be hacked, so, even if it is a trusted friend is sharing a "deal" or "coupon" be careful. Other forms of fake discounts include social media posts that link to sites that advertise discounted merchandise and request payment information -- but, which, naturally, never deliver the goods. 5. Fake apps As I discussed last month, one scam on the rise this year is that of fake shopping apps - smartphone and tablet apps that appear to be from major brands, but are not. These apps are present in multiple appstores, creating a major risk to shoppers - and criminals are using social media to promote these dangerous apps. (The SecureMySocial team even found what appeared to be paid promotions for such apps!) Before clicking a social media link and downloading any shopping app from any appstore make sure that the app is described and linked-to from the brand's official social media profile or website. (Theoretically, it is possible that a hacker could compromise those accounts or site and create the link - but that is a lot harder to do, and a lot more likely to be caught quickly than creating and publishing a "save on some-brand-name" app in an appstore and promoting it on social media). Also, keep in mind that links to such apps from social media might not even go to the apps - they may go to sites distributing malware or sites phishing Google, Apple, or other credentials . 6. Fake news stories While fake news has been covered in the real news quite a bit in recent days due to its possible impact on the recent election, fake news poses other risks, including that it is not hard for a criminal to write, or copy, fake news stories that are likely to go viral due to their headlines, and to place such stories on a website that distributes malware, or to create a site for such a purpose from the get go. Fake stories about amazing gifts, deals, discounts, or offerings can be especially effective during holiday shopping season. If a story sounds outlandish, Google it to see if any established media venues can corroborate it. Stay Secure One other warning - like legitimate social media users, many scammers leverage popular hashtags in order to make sure that their posts are seen by as wide an audience as possible. Don't trust a post just because it appears in the search results for a particular hashtag or keyword - trusting it is precisely what scammers want you to do. Besides following the aforementioned advice to avoid the social-media-borne scams running wild right now, I also strongly suggest that you familiarize yourself with ways to secure your social media accounts. Please see the article How to Be Better at Social Media Than Mark Zuckerberg for some…

26-Year Old Who Was Bathed With Acid By Ex-Lover Demands Justice

A 25-year-old caterer, Rosemary Nnaife, who was allegedly bathed with acid by her ex-lover in the Lawanson, Surulere area of Lagos State, has demanded the prosecution of the suspect, identified only as Paul. The Delta State indigene, whose face had been scarred by the acid, said since the incident, Paul had yet to be prosecuted. The victim explained that she had dated Paul for four years before the relationship ended due to abuse and violence. She said she got into another relationship, which did not go down well with the suspect, who allegedly began sending threat messages to her and her new boyfriend. The threat allegedly culminated in an acid bath after she was tricked out of her residence in the Abaranje, Ikotun area of the state. Nnaife said she was rushed to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Surulere, by sympathisers, while Paul was arrested by policemen from the Itire division. She said although the Directorate of Public Prosecutions ordered that the suspect be tried at the Lagos State High Court, the case was still pending. She said, “I dated Paul for four years and I loved him. But the problem was that he was always beating me. He also embarrassed me in the public, so I ended the relationship. “I got another boyfriend and moved on with my life. But Paul was angry and he attacked me. He got my new boyfriend’s number and threatened him. He also threatened me. But I didn’t take the threats seriously. “Some days later, an unknown number called me and when I picked it, it was a woman. She said she wanted me to bake cakes for her and I should come down to Surulere. We agreed to meet at Lawanson bus stop. “When I got to the bus stop, somebody touched my shoulder from behind. When I turned around, I saw Paul. He then poured the acid on me and ran away.” She added that the matter was reported to the police at the Itire division, and later transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba. Punch Metro learnt that the suspect was arraigned by the police at the Ebute-Meta Chief Magistrate’s Court, where he was admitted to bail. However, the case was said to have stalled. Nnaife called for justice, saying she wanted the suspect to pay damages and bear the cost of a plastic surgery. “He has been walking free, while I have been scarred for life. I want him to pay for this. I need the help of the government and the good people of Nigeria,” she added. The Director of the Lagos State Public Advice Centre, Mrs. Tola Akinsanya, said the agency would revive the case to ensure there was diligent prosecution of the suspect. She said, “The woman was allegedly bathed with acid by her ex-boyfriend on June 3, 2015, and he was arrested and taken to a magistrate’s court. When the DPP’s advice was released, it ordered that the case should be transferred to the high court. “Although we are aware the case has been filed, it has yet to be assigned to any court since last year. We are working with the Lagos State Office of the Public Defender to assemble a team of lawyers to represent her. We must ensure that she gets justice.” Akinsanya explained that the agency would also make effort to get support from the state ministry of health for a plastic surgery for…

Too Many Favorite Shows? Take Them In at High Speed By Christiana

Some viewers watch movies at an accelerated speed to save time. Credit J. Emilio Flores for The New York Times So much media, so little time. Consumers face a dizzying array of entertainment choices that include streaming video such as Amazon Prime Video, Hulu and Netflix; cable channels and apps from outlets like HBO and Showtime; YouTube; and as many as 28,000 podcasts. With them all offering uncountable hours of addictive programming, how is a listener or viewer supposed to keep up? For some, the answer is speed watching or speed listening — taking in the content at accelerated speeds, sometimes two times as fast as normal. While speed viewing does save time — devotees say it can save hours over the season of a series — others raise concerns that it undermines the rhythm of a production and can dilute some creative elements. Jan Rezab said in an article in Forbes last year that his viewing eventually progressed from 1.2 times to two times as fast. “As you continue to speed watch, higher speeds get easier and easier to comprehend,” he wrote. “I’ve been speed watching for the last 2 years, and I now feel comfortable watching at 2x the normal viewing speed.” He watches some even faster. Speed TV Watching - 10 second from Game of Thrones - at 1x speed Video by Jan Rezab Speed TV Watching - 10 second from Game of Thrones - at 1,2x speed Video by Jan Rezab Speed TV Watching - 10 second from Game of Thrones - at 2x speed Video by Jan Rezab Be prepared to jump through a few hoops if you want to speed up your content, though. While some players make it easy to change your playback speed, others make it more difficult. On YouTube, it lives under settings. On Apple’s native podcast app, it’s right next to the play button, and other podcast players have a similar function. Audible, the major audiobook app, offers the option as well. Netflix, Hulu and HBO, however, don’t offer higher speeds on their players, but there are workarounds available. It’s possible to speed up online video through a Google Chrome extension, and an open-source media player called VLC will play many formats of digital media. Some set-top boxes like TiVo allow high-speed playback of recorded programs. Speed listening to podcasts can save as much as 10 minutes per show, according to a practitioner. Credit Stan Olszewski/Dallas Morning News, via Associated Press It’s not clear how widely the practice has been adopted. In an informal poll on Twitter, David Chen, a host and producer of the movie and television podcast “Slashfilmcast,” asked, “Do you ever listen to podcasts or watch TV/films at a faster speed than intended?” Of 1,505 responses, 79 percent chose the response “No, it’s an abomination,” while 16 percent said they did so for podcasts, and a total of 5 percent said they did so for films, television and podcasts. On a recent episode of the podcast, Mr. Chen and his co-hosts, Jeff Cannata and Devindra Hardawar, took up the question of speed viewing. A listener asked, “In this increasingly content-rich, time-poor world, I wonder, how much of a crime against culture I am committing by speeding through these shows?” The podcast hosts seemed aghast. “How dare you,” Mr. Cannata, said, adding that the practice “cheapens your entertainment.” Mr. Hardawar said speed viewing did not allow time to soak in what was happening. “I feel like you are not even actually watching it,” he said. “You’re consuming it. You’re not actually like absorbing it or letting it work on you in a creative way. So yeah, this is bad. This is bad.” Speed viewing waters down the emotional impacts of a movie, Peter Markham, senior filmmaker-in-residence at the American Film Institute Conservatory in Los Angeles, said in an interview last week. David Chen, a host of the film and television podcast “Slashfilmcast.” Credit David Chen “If you were watching a play by Pinter, for example, the pause could carry the greatest meaning,” he said. “I can’t imagine watching a movie at twice the speed.” Renan L. Borelli, 31, who is director of audience growth and engagement at MTV News and who has a 35-minute commute from Park Slope in Brooklyn to the West Village in Manhattan, is a big fan of podcasts. He listens to as many as three or four a day and subscribes to about 30. Mr. Borelli estimated he could save about five to 10 minutes per podcast. “Even if it’s a couple of minutes, it’s a help,” he said in an interview, noting that he has “many gigabytes” of podcasts stored on his phone. Nicholas Quah, who writes Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts, said in an email that it was unclear how widespread speed listening was, but that anecdotally, it appeared to be “an established behavior” among high-volume listeners. He said he saw no harm in it. He wrote, “Speed listening might be more offensive to folks who make highly produced, preciously crafted and sound-rich podcasts (vs. a loose conversational one, like the Slate gabfests), but what we’re actually confronting here is that tension in the relationship between artist and consumer: Which is more important, the artist intent or the consumer’s preference?” Mr. Chen, of “Slashfilmcast,” said in an email that speed listening was a consumer’s way of saying: “I don’t care how you wanted me to experience this work you’ve created. I just care about the information exchanged.” Lost are elements of dramatic or comedic timing and intentional silences, he said. “It becomes a fundamentally different experience that disregards what the creator intended” at an accelerated speed, he wrote. He said the practice was like trying to eat twice as many meals as normal to avoid missing any culinary treats. “Sure, you might actually be consuming more, but you’re probably having a worse, more grotesque experience,” he wrote. “And you’re certainly not doing it in a way that the chef intended.” Correction: December 12, 2016 An earlier version of this article misstated the name of a video streaming service. It is Amazon Prime Video, not Amazon Prime Instant Video. …

Corruption, Poor Leadership Responsible For Africa’s Poverty- IFAD

Head of the International Fund For Agricultural Development (IFAD), Dr Kanayo Nwanze, says Africa is a leader in world poverty and hunger, as a result of lack of committed leadership and rampant corruption. Dr kanayo was speaking at the UK’s house of lords on Wednesday. According to him, despite its rich natural resources including arable land, Africa still generates only 10% of its agricultural output while spending some 35 billion Dollars on food imports each year. The head of the UN agency then challenged African leaders to stop talking about change but rather, deliver it, particularly investments in small-holder agriculture. Mr Nwanze who believes the future of agriculture lies in the hands of the continent’s young generation, also called on the youths as well as the government, who he has asked to create an enabling…

Naval Chief Says Force Will Increase Surveillance On Waterways

The Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas, on Wednesday reiterated the need for increase and effective surveillance on the Nigerian Waterways. As part of the efforts to improve security the naval chief visited naval formations in Delta State at the Naval Engineering College Oghara. He said the recent activities by the militants in the region called for intensified security. Rear Admiral Ibas explained that his tour had helped in the identification of challenges faced by men and officers in the region in the fight against oil theft, vandalisation and militancy. ‘Remain Patriotic’ He advised his men and officers to have a change of attitude in their operations to enable him actualise his new plan of addressing the menace confronting the nation’s waterways. “You are all aware of the recent insecurity challenges in the country especially in the Niger Delta region and its impact on the economy. I have taken my officers up on the need to remain patriotic and serious with their jobs. “I have visited some IOCs asking them the challenges they are having all on a bid to ensure that they mop up security and provide en enabling environment for the improvement of oil production,” he told reporters after the tour. The naval chief also took time to thank officers and men of the Naval Command for their resilience and steadfastness in keeping Nigeria’s waterways void of crime. …

Bill To Establish Maritime University Passes Second Reading

A bill to establish the Maritime University of Nigeria Okerenkoko and another bill to upgrade the maritime academy of Nigeria Oron to a degree awarding institution has passed the crucial second reading in the Senate. The bills, which were sponsored by Senator James Manager and Senator Nelson Effiong, were unanimously supported by Senators. Presenting the lead debate on the bill, Senator Manager said the bill was a bold step that would address the educational challenges of the people of the Niger Delta region and also provide a platform for training of top class manpower for the maritime industry. “The ‪Maritime University Bill seeks to provide a Legal Framework for the maritime University. It will encourage the advancement of learning. “And if sited in Okerenkoko, it will bring the huge desired development to the oil sector and curb the violence in the Niger Delta by providing employment,” Senator Manager told the lawmakers. Giving his opinion on the bill, Senator Foster Ogola said that “the University is well located, considering the provisions of all enabling departments. “Nigeria will make a huge return on this investment because ‪the Maritime University is established for all Nigerians and it will be the first of its kind in West Africa”. …

Climate Change: Buhari Commits To Nigeria’s Reduction Of Emissions

President Muhammadu Buhari has declared the resolve of the Nigerian government to ensure implementation of policies that will address climate change. He says Nigeria will emerge as one of the world’s best examples of how reducing emissions could benefit the environment and the economy. In his speech at the 22nd Session of the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP22) taking place in Marrakech, Morocco, President Buhari outlined the plan of the administration towards aligning with the global objectives on climate change and ensuring inclusive growth and environmental sustainability. “In Nigeria, we are launching a strategic plan for the implementation of our Intended Nationally Determined Contributions and we have equally embraced the issuance of green bonds as an innovative means and alternative way of raising climate finance both locally and internationally. “We cannot afford to wait until 2020. We are already making far reaching changes to all sectors of our economy including through: Substantially increasing the use of climate smart agriculture, diversification of our energy mix through renewable and efficient gas power, creating a more efficient, cleaner and lower-carbon oil and gas sector especially through a gas to energy programme and initiating the implementation of the clean-up of the Ogoni-Land in the Niger-Delta region,” he said. President Buhari also announced Nigeria’s ambitious but achievable commitment to ‘green growth’. “We have reflected our determination for green growth in my country’s ambitious Intended Nationally Determined Contribution. We have also announced our plans to reduce emissions by 20% by the year 2030, with the intention of raising this target to 45%, with the support of the international community. This is one of Africa’s most ambitious Intended Nationally Determined Contributions – covering all emissions from all parts of the economy,” he told the gathering. President Buhari also affirmed that Nigeria had no choice but to key into the global action on climate change. “In Nigeria for instance, the impact is being felt by the more than 2.1 million people displaced by devastating floods that the country has continued to suffer since 2012. If not addressed by 2050, the human and financial cost would be colossal. For us in Nigeria, the larger dimension of the challenge goes beyond emission rights. Survival rights are also at stake,” he explained. The Nigerian President equally reminded the gathering of the agreement at the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly that climate threats and security threats go hand in hand and called for concerted efforts on them. “The Lake Chad Basin for example, has shrunk to a mere 10% of its original size, and this has seriously affected the livelihood of over five million people and contributed to the growth of insecurity in the region, including the emergence of Boko Haram as a terrorist group. Hence the urgent need to resuscitate Lake Chad. “In this regard, I seize this opportunity to express gratitude and appreciation to those who have responded to our call and to encourage other well-meaning partners to join in our efforts to revive the Lake Chad Basin,” President Buhari said. He expressed the readiness of Nigeria to join hands for the change that the whole world is working towards. “We, therefore, stand ready to engage in meaningful partnerships to tackle the menace, and call on our neighbours and developing partners to fulfil their financial obligations in support of efforts to mitigate the negative impacts of climate change,” the President declared. He also called on world leaders to recommit themselves to the achievement of the goals outlined in the Paris Agreement which they collectively signed in 2015 for the benefit of this and future generations. “Nigeria has submitted its instrument of ratification for the new global agenda on climate change. We urge others to do the same in order to make the world a safe place,” he added. …

Three Confirmed Dead In Diesel Tanker Accident

Three persons have been confirmed dead in a diesel tanker accident, as the tanker collided with another truck, causing a fire explosion, on a major bridge along Lagos-Ibadan expressway, in the early hours of Wednesday.  Although traffic is still heavy as officials are working to ease the tension on the roads, evacuation efforts are however almost over with men of the National Emergency Management Agency, (NEMA), Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), NSCDC, fire service and the police, all combining resources. Lagosians who usually ply the route, got up to a very ugly start on Wednesday morning, with the ghastly accident involving goods-laden truck, diesel tanker and some vehicles. As early as 4:30am, traffic already started building-up, in what many thought was the usual traffic, which started last week due to the re-construction of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. According to passers-by, vehicles heading toward the axis were diverted to the inward-Lagos lane as officers of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) cordoned off the outward Lagos-lane. A bus driver giving account of the event said he got caught up in the traffic which he thought was due to the u-turn before Secretariat bus-stop, but on getting to the u-turn, he saw FRSC officials diverting vehicles to the inward-Lagos lane. Vehicles that were already ahead on the cordoned off lane started making a u-turn to join the inward-Lagos lane on sighting the diesel tanker accident. Public vehicles that are Mowe-Ibafo bound, are dropping off passengers at Berger bus-stop, refusing to go further due to the diesel tanker accident, with passengers left with no other choice than to trek from Berger to their various destinations. Another eye-witness who requested anonymity, explained that the failure of the fuel tanker’s brake system caused it to lose control and collided with goods-carrying truck which led to the accident. Thanks to the prompt alertness of the FRSC, LASEMA, Lagos State Firefighters, and Police who were able to bring the situation under control with rescue operations still ongoing. FRSC Officials however warned motorists that are now driving against traffic, to be careful. A spokesman for the FRSC told Channels Television that immediately the event occurred, “Our men, LASEMA and many other emergency response organizations, rushed to the scene of the accident. He believes that the accident was as a result of indiscipline of drivers. “What you have seen is a classical example of indiscipline that has been happening on this road, since the commencement of the rehabilitation of the roads. “As you can see, there are about four vehicles involved, which means two-lane carriage way had been converted to four-lanes and as a result, they struck themselves and there was a crash and also an explosion of fire. He, however, gave the assurance that the debris would be cleared while the traffic would ease as soon as possible. …

PROPENSITY: THE BANE OF SPIRITUAL ASCENT BY ENGR. EDDY MEZUE

The activity of the Will of God permeates everything in Creation and develop itself as the natural laws. Propelled by motion which bears life, power and love these laws maintain order and show the way. The law of spiritual gravity is the lever in the whole evolution and process of development of the human spirit. The law of attraction of homogeneous species ensures that one species can only recognise the same species and experience with them wherever the lever brings one. The law of reciprocal action ensures unconditional reaping by one of what one sows within one's kinds in the place the lever places one. These three laws are the corner-stone of the Will of God and works out reward and punishment for a human spirit. Development of propensity is hinged on these laws. Propensity can be said to be a strong inclination, predisposition, predilection, tendency, preference, or attraction for something good or bad. Propensity is developed from within outward through the intellect and instincts of the body: The spirit(the core of man) guiding the intellect of the frontal brain arouses the instinct of the body such as thirst, hunger, urge, etc for a particular thing. The instinct working back with the intellect arouses feelings in the body. The feelings working still with the intellect causes imagination. The imagination arouses the feelings the more and pushes one to act either in words or deed. If the intellect refuses or ignores or blocks itself from the promptings or guidance of the spirit (intuition or conscience), the feelings generated from imagination will lead to wrong actions. The action starts from nibbling(desire to taste) to real tasting and to enjoying until it gradually develops to passion: The enjoyment gradually ceases one's entire being and makes one dependent or inclined or predisposed to what caused it. i.e. what caused the enjoyment becomes the individual's preference, tendency or point of attraction. It becomes the person's passion i.e. great, strong, powerful emotion which if base results to evil deeds that forms one's dark karma (fate, destiny). Thirst for drinks, drugs, etc or hunger for material things, etc or sensual urges can through the process of tasting, enjoying become abnormal in one and develop to propensity. Propensity for drinking, drugging, in most cases lead to unrestrained expression of one's weaknesses and faults like fighting, sexual orgy, rape, suicide, incendiarism, careless negligence, lasciviousness, licentiousness, etc Propensity for sensual urges, in most cases, lead to unrestrained acquisition of material things at all cost which can lead to killing, enviousness, jealousy, lies, greed/avarice, stealing, fraud, backbiting, evil practices, covetousness, slander, gossip, hypocrisy, Pharisaic, orgy for entertainment, fun, sports,etc Propensity makes one's weaknesses and faults manifest easily and cause or attract more faults that can further develop to more propensity: when, for instance, drinking becomes a propensity, evil emanating from drinking can also develop to propensity. Drinking alcohol can lead to alcoholism, a propensity. And then the alcoholism leads to vices and the vices develop to propensity. The instincts of the body of the contemporary man has through the overcultivated intellect been aggravated so many folds that man now becomes slave to them and therewith develop a lot of dark propensities. Propensity as an experience of the spirit, the inner man, is carried into the beyond by the soul (spirit as its core) at the death of the earthly body. The spirit never dies but can loose self-consciousness already acquired (spiritual death) at the last judgement. The soul could return to earth (reincarnate) to parents with the same propensity as its in accordance with the laws of gravity, attraction of homogeneous species and reciprocal action. So whereas the earthly body inherits what is strengthened in it by constant use e.g. the instincts, the soul does not inherit anything but retains, as personal to it, its faults & weaknesses and whatever it attracted to itself in its experiences. The natural laws draw a soul to where it will amend its faults, weaknesses and other guilts it attracted to itself in other to become free. Dark or base propensity has the following effect on a human spirit: 1. Free Will is enslaved making one servant to his instinct and his passion. 2. Destiny is developed by sowing what one will one day reap and which will only be redeemed by one himself through reaping the ripening fruits of what the one sowed. 3. Ascent to luminous heights is prevent by spiritual gravity. 4. Becomes focal point for temptation to approach. The tempter approaches one through one's propensities. 5. Becomes route to/for demon influence and base spirit possession. 6. Reduces the earthly life span. May we ever strive to always permit our spirit to guide our intellect so that everything that emanates forms us will accord as God, the Almighty Father, wills. The above explanation is from my own personal understanding of the work '' In the Light of Truth, the Grail Message'' by Abd-ru-shin …

It Christmas Season; Make All Your Millions While It Last Using MMM: By Engr. Prince Jonathan

As a blogger, I have not seen network that pays like the MMM and that motivated me to have a taste of the MMM network and its wonder pay of over 30% every month as you rends help to people. Alot of Information has been published about the scheme of MMM and its debatable applications of  the pondzi system and how its working to change the lives of the Nigerians and contradicting most speculations earlier formated. Yes lots of Nigerians has made millions via the over 30% profit accrued for giving help. Yes I was one of the blogger that criticized the modus of operation of the MMM but out of curiousity and predetermination, I decided to test the network and between February and October, I have made over 30% of the money I used in giving out help for Nine (9) months and a friend of mine used borrowed 5million from Bank and used 3 million for MMM to make 4.5million at the end of the month and have paid the bank with its interest. Wow, If me and my friend are making money every month and it paid me more to see you succeed with the team of winners. Do not procrastinate for delay is dangerous. As a blogger, I need to verify the MMM before introducing the world, friends, business partners and allies into the  MMM Network. Winners take action but please do not let the business of MMM to make you a lazy folks for its also your another streams of Business. For those that want to join or wish to register, click on http://nigeria-mmm.net/?i=sirchidiplus@gmail.com or call me on 08034685084 for details and registration. The Federal Government cannot stop the network because its helping Nigerians in Recession. Welcome to the world of winners. …

Blast Rocks Pipeline Feeding Forcados Terminal In Niger Delta

A blast rocked a pipeline operated by Nigeria’s state-run oil firm NNPC that feeds the Forcados terminal in the southern Niger Delta energy hub, a community leader and security source said on Tuesday. The explosion occurred while the pipeline was being repaired following an attack last week, they said. A week ago, community leaders from the restive region, the source of most of Nigeria’s oil, met the president and asked him to pull the army out of the energy hub, order oil firms to move headquarters there and spend more on development to end militancy in the region. A community leader said it happened at the same location as last week’s attack – in Batan, near the southern city of Warri – while repairs were being carried out because “the boys claimed they were not happy” with the work. “There was a serious fire and most people working narrowly escaped being shot by the gunmen, who opened fire on them,” said the leader, who did not want to be identified. A security official attached to Operation Delta Safe also said the attack took place. …

Niger State Approves 0.5bn Naira For Power Contracts

The government of Niger State has approved the sum of 536,944,754 naira to connect two local government headquarters with 33KVA direct line to the national grid after decades of abandonment. The state’s Commissioner for Works, Transport and Rural Development, Abdulmalik Cheche, disclosed this to reporters on Monday after a State Executive Council meeting in Minna, the Niger State capital. He explained that the approval was made as Mariga and Agwara local councils have never been connected to the national grid since their creation. The Commissioner was optimistic that the completion of the projects at Bangi and Agwara, the headquarters of Mariga and Agwara respectively would have added value to the people and boost their economic productivity. He regretted that the two local governments remained the only councils in Nigeria that were not connected to the national grid, despite Agwara’s proximity to Kanji Dam. Mr Cheche further stressed the need for the project to alleviate the plight of the people of the areas, as other local governments were connected to 11KVA. He stated that the contract would be completed at the stipulated time agreed so as to ensure its commissioning by January 2017. The Commissioner disclosed that Mariga and Agwara projects cost 401,252,162 naira and 135,692,592 naira respectively. He said that the Niger State government has never relented in the payment of its statutory 35 million naira monthly due to the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) for its power consumption. Cheche stated that contractors were given equal opportunity to bid for the contracts, adding that all due processes were followed in the award of the contracts. …

NEMA To Open Operational Office In Benin City

The Director of Relief and Rehabilitation at the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Fagbemi Kayode has revealed plans to establish an operational office in Benin City, the Edo state capital. Mr Kayode disclosed this after presenting relief materials to internally displaced persons at the International Christian Centre in Uhogua, Ovia Northeast Local Government Area of the state. The proposed NEMA operations office in Benin City will handle disaster victims from Edo, Delta and Bayelsa states. Mr Kayode acknowledged the basic facilities required in managing a camp. He emphasized the need for improved water sanitation, the need for better hygiene and educational facilities. “So the person coming or the people coming will be able to support them and guide them,” he said. In his response, the overseer of the facility, Pastor Folorunsho Solomon, called for the federal government’s intervention over items meant for the centre still being held at the ports in Lagos. “There are other persons that want to help us, but they have problems shipping things to this place. We have a container there for more than one year, it has not been released to us and it is for these children. “So, with your coming today, with you speaking to the DG, you have the power to get the container for these children because they are owners of the things that are there,” he said. …

Eze Nwachukwu Eze, a political lackey in search of relevance By Nwaze Francis

I have read with amusement the publication in the Nation Newspaper of page 44, October 29, 2016 by Pastor Eze Nwachukwu Eze accusing the Executive Governor, Engr. David Nweze Umahi of sponsoring attacks on the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu. While I state boldly that Governor Umahi cannot stoop to indulge in such petty act having been occupied with the business of governance, I am constrained to respond so as to bring to bear, the true personality of the self-acclaimed Pastor without a church called Eze Nwachukwu Eze and why he should not be taken serious. It does not surprise me that such rubbish is emanating from him as everything about him is fake. Our governor played decent politics during the electioneering period and has since assumption of office focused on delivering democracy dividends to the people who overwhelmingly voted him into office. Eze Nwachukwu Eze identified himself as the Acting State Chairman of APC in Ebonyi State. But we need to let the public know that this is not true. The truth is that he was the deputy state Chairman of the APC in the state but was suspended for various allegations of anti-party activities during the 2015 general elections. It is a known fact that he opened a factional secretariat of the APC with the support of some political jobbers both in the state and Abuja. Therefore, what he is simply doing now is justifying the crumbs he gets from his pay masters. We are also aware that he has a criminal case in Court 6 of the state High Court for forging signatures of party officials purporting to have endorsed him as Acting Chairman of the APC in Ebonyi State. 10 of the party officials whose signatures he forged have sworn affidavit in the court showing that Eze Nwachukwu Eze forged their signatures. I challenge him to deny this. We still recall during the last administration when the court nullified the election of Hon. Mabel Aleke, the same Eze Nwachukwu Eze was given huge sum of money by his Abuja pay masters to contest the bye-election on the then ANPP platform but rather than do that, he converted it into personal use and therefore betrayed the party. If indeed Eze Nwachukwu Eze is the acting state chairman of the APC, how come that the national secretariat of the APC directs its correspondences to the Ben Nwaobasi-led State Executive? Eze Nwachukwu Eze should make public any correspondent from the Abuja headquarters either inviting him to its meetings or directing him to do anything on its behalf. The above stated are the reasons why that statement emanated from this self-appointed acting chairman should be discountenanced as it is a common knowledge that the “Leopard can never change its colour.” I therefore invite the general public to disregard him and every statement coming from him. He is a political reject, lacking in authority. Note: Nwaze Francis is an Ebonyi Based Social Commentator. …

Olaniwun’s Death Decimates True Yoruba Leadership Hierarchy – Ajimobi

Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, has described the death of the foremost leader of the pan-Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, Afenifere, Sir Ajayi Olaniwun, as a huge blow that has decimated the hierarchy of true Yoruba leadership. A statement by the Special Adviser on Communication and Strategy to the Governor, Mr Yomi Layinka, said that Afenifere, the entire Yoruba and the country at large have lost a rare, committed and disciplined leader of repute. Although the late Isara Remo-born Yoruba leader passed on at a ripe age of 91, the governor lamented that he died when the country was in dire need of sages, required to proffer solutions to the myriads of its socio-economic challenges. Eulogizing Olaniwun as urbane and affectionate, the governor said that his modest lifestyle was a lesson in humility, despite his accomplishments as a distinguished writer, great Yoruba leader and philosopher. The governor recalled that the late leader proved to be a dependable rallying point when patriots were in the trenches to wrest power from the military, which made him one of the very few heroes and heroines of the democracy the country now enjoys. Afenifere, Sir Ajayi Olaniwun Ajimobi said, “I visited you at Isara Remo in February to tap from your rich repertoire of knowledge and to drink from your fountain of wisdom. But, little did I know that your warm welcome, as you ushered me into the inner recess of your modest home, was a way to bid me farewell. “You were bubbly, energetic and full of life, with a strength that belies your nonagenarian status. This, definitely, is an attestation to your disciplined and Spartan lifestyle. “How I wish the young ones of today can emulate your way of life, which was a lesson in path to gerontology, piety, discipline, hard work, modesty, love for humanity, dedication to the course of Yoruba and fear of God. I have no doubt that you fought a good fight and you finished your course. “Your death has created a huge vacuum in the hierarchy of true Yoruba leadership. You left us when your wisdom and experience was badly needed to pilot our dear country into safety, from this turbulent socio-economic weather. “You will be sorely missed,” Ajimobi stated. The governor condoled with the family, friends and associates of the legendary Olaniwun and prayed for the repose of his gentle soul as they plan on giving him a befitting burial. …

Do I Need To Work If I am Living By Faith?

Yes—because the Lord desires to bless the work of our hands (Deuteronomy 16:15, 24:19). Is work pleasant? Not always. But it is definitely not evil. So what is God’s perspective on work? First, we must realize that God creates all of us with a very special purpose and destiny. Jeremiah is a great example of this. God told him: “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations” (Jeremiah 1:5). Like the prophet Jeremiah, we all have a special job to do for the Lord, which ultimately is to point people to Him. When our ultimate goal and aim is to use our gifts and abilities to bring glory to God and lead people to Jesus, we can all live as full-time ministers of the Lord! There can be a wrong perspective on work. Jesus alerted us to this in Matthew 6:31-33, “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” The main difference between Christians and the world concerning work is we are not working because we seek material things. As we prioritize fulfilling God’s will, material things seek us (verse 33)! As Christians we never have to simply “work a job” for the sake of a monthly salary. We are working for the Lord, and our motivation is to bless people with the resources God gives us! An interesting thing happens when we simply spend time with God daily, listen to the Holy Spirit and do what He shows us to do—His plan becomes clear. Finding God’s plan follows putting Him first. When we do, we will find that even things like work become enjoyable instead of laborious because we are doing it as unto Him …

Obiano Presents Scorecard To Anambra People In Rivers

The Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has taken the “Think Home Investment Campaign” to Anambra citizens living in Port Harcourt, Rivers State as well as presentation his scorecard. The governor explained that his administrative blueprint that has placed the state in the map of prosperity and progress while persuading them to come home and help in the development of Anambra State. The governor made this known at the Actech Arcum Event Center, Port Harcourt, Rivers State. He added that the event is part of the celebration of the state’s 25th anniversary which he decided to meet with them and present his scorecard of the past two years and seven months. He revealed that his administration has attracted investments worth over 4.7b Naira in investment, “it is the vision hinged on four key development pillars and the twelve enablers that has charted a progressive cause for the state’s development and created activities that have diversified the State economy”. The governor, who emphasized that the state is blessed with abundant human and material resources, said his government is focused on providing the right leadership that will galvanize the potentials for the benefit of the state. The First Vice President of the Association of Anambra State Development Union, Rivers state Branch, Mr. Chibueze Okafor, commended the governor and his administration towards the development of the state. While the Deputy Governor, Nkem Okeke, urged the people to heed the governor’s clarion call and come home and help develop the state. …

Rivers Police Arrest Killers Of Human Rights Lawyer

The Rivers State police has arrested and started investigation into the gruesome murder of Human Rights lawyer, Ken Atsuete This was disclosed by the Commissioner of Police in the state, CP Francis Odesanya during presentation of the command’s achievements in the last one month at the headquarters in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. According to him, about 75 suspected criminals are in police net over crimes ranging from murder, kidnapping to armed robbery, 249 fire arms and live ammunition were recovered,11 of the suspects were killed in action, 30 kidnapped victims were rescued with 15 stolen cars recovered among other exhibits. Assorted rifles, pump action guns, live ammunition, mobile phones and other gadgets are among the items in the premises of the command. One of the suspects known as general dodo, told journalists that he led a gang of six gunmen who are linked to criminal activities in Onelga and Ahoada Local Government Areas. According to him, he returned to crime after accepting the state government’s amnesty because there was nothing to far back on. “Before my amnesty, the government promised to rebuild my house that was destroyed and release my men that were arrested, but after the amnesty, they did not give me anything, i was homeless, I was even in the hotel when the police came to arrest me, that is why i went into this crime that led to my arrest” The Commissioner of Police in the state while presenting a summary of the command’s operations and achievements in the last one month said besides the suspects and items recovered, the police has nabbed the killers of human rights lawyer, Ken Atsuete who was gruesomely murdered on August, 2016. The suspects confessed to have carried out the operation that led to the death of victim a Port Harcourt based human rights lawyer who was killed on August 29, 2016 and on October 16, 2016 the leader of the dreaded cult group known as “Shina Rambo” who led the cult group that killed a police sergeant, later died from gunshot injuries he sustained during encounter with the police.” end of quote The police has vowed to continue its clampdown on criminals in the state. …

FRSC Seeks Cooperation To Manage Lagos-Ibadan Gridlock

Friday has been a day of heavy gridlock on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, owing to the ongoing reconstruction work on the road and the closure of some portions of the road. As a result, the Federal Road Safety Corps is asking motorists and other road users to cooperate with the agency to address their plight on the road and reduce their travel time. This is according to FRSC Corps Marshal, Mr Boboye Oyeyemi, who is in Lagos to monitor the management of the heavy traffic witnessed on the highway. “Construction work is going on on Lagos-Ibadan express and two days ago we issued a traffic alert in respect of the partial closure of a section of the road from the Shagamu interchange coming towards Lagos. “The essence of this is that the construction company wants to do the final asphalt overlay of the road and they need to partially close that section which is just five kilometres. “We are moving towards the dry season, the tempo of work has increased and the construction company has asked for support from both the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing and the FRSC to enable them do the correct thing so that they can increase the pace of work. “We want to appeal to the public to bear with this development because when the road is closed there will be some strain. “Road users need to plan their journeys and with the peak period like this, what we require is understanding from road users. By next year the road will be in a better shape,” he said. …

Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made.

Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” 2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’” 4 “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5 “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. Genesis 3:1-7 From the above event, the following are clear and evident: 1. Satan knows the Word of God but does twist it to confuse the feeble minded. What is the state of your mind? Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do. James 1:18 2. Eve knows the Word of God but choose to disobey God. She told Satan exactly what God's stand is on that issue. Are you not doing same, although you know the truth? 3.Adam knew the Word of God but he also choose to disobey. Infact, he was the person that told Eve what God said about that very act. Eve was not yet created when God gave Adam the instruction. Do you preach the Word of God like Adam but secretly or openly disobey the same Word? 4. Eve was created in Genesis 2:18, but God commanded Adam about the fruit in Genesis 2:15-16 5. If you know the truth about God's Word, have you shared it with others as Adam did? If you have, are you abiding in that Word unlike Adam? Still looking for short cuts? 6. Beware of the things of this life that are good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom. These are the three keys factors that lead to Eve's seduction and fall. 7. What are the possible things of this age that God has told us to avoid which we are already disobeying or planning to compromise on? A. Sex before marriage is fornication, whether you use condon or not. Read God's standard in Matthew 5:28 B. Sex outside marriage is adultery. Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral. Hebrews 13:4 C. The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. Galatians 5:19-21 8. To live above these fleshly high jumps or ambush, surrender completely to Jésus-Christ everyday. Live the live in thought and in deed. Pray for me and lets pray for one another. …

See What Mikel Obi Is Doing To Save His Chelsea Career

Out-of-favour Chelsea midfielder  Mikel  Obi has held showdown talks with  Blues  manager  Antonio Conte  after being  frozen out of the team by the Italian. The Nigeria captain  has yet to play a single  Premier League match for the Stamford Bridge side  since the beginning  of the season. Mikel revealed  on Monday  that  he had been working hard to  play his way back into the team. “Fighting every day for my place, like all the guys are. Focus, work hard,” the 2013 Europa League winner  wrote  on Twitter. Former Italy manager Conte is allegedly not happy with the 29-year-old for opting to represent Nigeria at the Rio  2016 Olympic Games, where he helped the national Under-23 team win bronze (Nigeria’s only medal at the competition). Mikel, who was signed from Norwegian side Lyn Oslo by the then manager of Chelsea Jose Mourinho  in 2016,  has  however  turned in a pair of impressive performances for  the Super Eagles, guiding them to a 1-0 victory over Tanzania in their 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Uyo in September   followed by  their 2-1 win against Zambia in their 2018 World Cup qualifier in Ndola on October 9. With criticisms flying from all directions for his lack of match action at his London club, the 2012 UEFA Champions League winner, who got  plenty of playing time under Dutchman  Guus Hiddink, has apparently moved to save his club career. Mikel is competing with in-form N’Golo Kante and  Nemanja Matic for a role  in defensive midfield and the player, who represented Nigeria at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil,  confirmed on Tuesday he had  spoken to Conte about his frustrations at the club. “I hope I will get some playing time against West Ham, but it is down to the manager,”  the Evening Standard quoted him as saying. “He has been open and honest with me. I respect him for that. He has explained the situation and I totally understand. “When you have been at a club for a long time, these things happen where a club wants to move forward. “I just have to be professional, work as hard as I can to try and get into the team. I work twice as hard every day and it’s because I appreciate this club.”…

Reps Probe Privatisation And Concession of Railway Lines

The House of Representatives is to investigate if the concession of assets of the Nigeria Railways Corporation to General Electric violates the county’s privatisation laws. In a motion considered during Tuesday’s plenary, the lawmakers queried what they described as an attempt by the Federal Executive Council to concession the Western (Lagos-Kano) and Eastern (Port Harcourt-Maiduguri) rail lines, to General Electric, without recourse to the Bureau of Public Enterprises, and privatisation regulations. The move to investigate the concession agreement with GE comes after a motion raised by Hounorable Chukwuemeka Ujam. The lawmakers said the action of the FEC is a part of attempts to pander to certain interests who want to see the nation’s core assets sold off and alleged that the move contravenes the Public Enterprises (Privatization and Commercialization) Act, 1999. Ahmed Yerima heads the house committee on privatisation The chairman of the House committee on Privatization, Yerima Ahmed, said by engaging the American firm, FEC had usurped the functions of the Bureau of Public Enterprises and the National Council on Privatisation. “Section 11 (j) outlines the procedures for privatisation; there are four sections to be followed by the BPE and the agency is not being carried along. “The NCP has not been inaugurated, and in its absence, the BPE is the secretariat for any privatisation.” He said The chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Relations, Nnenna Ukeje, said it is incomprehensible how such concession or privatization agreement would be deemed legal when the National Economic Stimulus Bill is yet to be signed into law. Honourable Ukeje says “we cannot sacrifice our laws, our processes on the altar of expediency.” The house committee on privatisation was directed to investigate the matter and report back to the house in four weeks. Debated Concession After the last Federal Executive Council meeting in Abuja, the Minister for Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi announced that the council has approved a negotiation with GE, towards contracting the railways across Nigeria. ‎He said the narrow gauge railways to be contracted would to a great extent, assist the agriculture and mining ministries in the transportation of extracted minerals. One of them is the Port Harcourt-Maiduguri railway which would include: Port Harcourt, Aba, Umuahia, Enugu, Makurdi, Jos, Gombe and Bauchi to Borno. The other is the Lagos-Kano railway, which would also comprise: Lagos, Abeokuta, Ibadan, ‎Ilorin, Kano, Funtua and Zaria to Kaura Namoda. The Transportation Minister says the railways to be rehabilitated by GE will come at no cost to the government.…

FG Recalls Angela Uwakwem Despite Imo Health Workers Opposition

The Federal Government has recalled the Medical Director of the Federal Medical Centre Owerri, Imo State, Dr Angela Uwakwem after a 10-month suspension.  According to the directive, she might have no case to answer after all, despite the insistence of health workers on her sack. This is because the government concluded after its investigation, that Dr Uwakwem is not guilty of the accusations leveled against her by workers at the hospital. The directive for her reinstatement was contained in a statement issued by the Minister of State for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire. Dr. Ehanire said the recall of Dr. Uwakwem was with immediate effect, as she had since returned to work. Contrary to the claims of the protesters, the minister asserted that her appointment was a presidential issue likewise, her removal could only be done through a presidential directive. “Should evidence of misconduct be found against her, Dr. Uwakwem will answer for it and face the law, as no person shall be protected from justice. However, “Since Dr. Uwakwem’s four-year tenure is valid until 2017 and no evidence of misconduct against her was raised by a Ministerial Fact Finding Commission, the Ministry desires rule of law to prevail over mob action,” he stated.…

See Why Canada Seeks Partnership With Nigeria To Address Child Marriage

The Canadian government is seeking a stronger partnership with the Nigerian government to reduce the burden of child marriage in Africa’s most populous nation. The Canadian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr Christopher Thornley, who spoke at a forum in Abuja on the growing international concern about child marriage, pointed out that Nigeria had more cases of child brides in sub-Saharan Africa. He also explained the commitment of the Canadian government to assisting Nigeria’s efforts at reducing the burden of child marriage. When the Child Rights Act was passed into law in 2003, many people celebrated it as a law that would finally put the issues of child marriage to rest because it puts the minimum age of marriage at 18. Almost 13 years after, the burden of child bride is still heavy on Nigeria, as statistics from the Canadian government reveal. At a photo exhibition by the Canadian High Commission in Abuja, the burden of child marriage was highlight as a global issue, with focus on what could be done to end it. At the event was a teenager who was a victim of child marriage in Zamfara State, northwest Nigeria. She dropped out of primary school at 12, the same year she was married off. This situation is what the Canadian High Commissioner to Nigeria said his country was trying to address and reduce the burden on Nigeria. For the Minister of Women Affairs, Aisha Alhassan, the problem is endemic in some states despite the existing federal laws that protected the child rights. She, however, assured the Canadian government of Nigeria’s efforts to ensure that states domesticate laws that would protect the girl child rights. Statistics by the Canadian government reveals that over 15 million girls are married every year before they turn 18, an alarming figure that the Sustainable Development Goals hope to reduce by the year 2030.…

How NJC Rejects NBA’s Call For Judges’ Suspension

The Nigerian Judicial Council (NJC) has disagreed with the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) on the alleged corruption case against some judges. The NJC, in a statement on Friday, dismissed the call by the NBA for the judges under investigation to proceed on compulsory leave until their innocence is fully and completely established or until the conclusion of all judicial or disciplinary proceedings. The NJC said that it would be unlawful for it to yield to the call by the NBA, as “that position breaches the 2014 revised judicial discipline regulations formulated by NJC pursuant to section 160 of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended”. The council further stated that it shall not be subject to the direction or control of any other authority or person while exercising its disciplinary power of control over judicial officers in the federation. It added that its constitutional mandate is to process and recommend to the executive at the federal and state levels, the appointment, and or the removal of judicial officers from office, including exercise of its disciplinary control of suspending and or warning judicial officers. …

CODE OF CONDUCT FOR IKEMBA SUPER CUP

CODE OF CONDUCT FOR IKEMBA SUPER CUP 1.The list of 20 players should be submit by different team to LOC before 15th Dec.2016 2.Red card attracts 500 while Yellow card attracts 200. 3.Two yellow cards will lead to Red and misses a match. 4.Straight red card result in two matches ban. 5.Fans misconduct i.e fighting,shouting on referees,throwing object inside d pitch attracts 5000 from the team fans involve. 6.Use of bare legs is prohibited. 7.A team must put on complete uniform including the customize Ikemba jersey.Each team must dress properly. 8.player misconduct attracts 2000. 9.All team must present their coaches and captains 10.The game are for the ideanians only. 11.The fixtures will be draw on second week of December. 12.All teams must registered with sum of 2500. 13.The time for the match start counting immediately the specify time reach. please do not say this is ideani thing, please do not fall a victim. 14.screening must be done before any match. 15.Any problem you observe either from official nor LOC must be appeal immediately after the match to the LOC. NB: The cup for Ikemba is available so the defending champion should keep their cup.The rules are also applicable to female teams and table tennis.Finally you must abide by the rules if you really want to participate in the competition.For futher detail contact prince jonathan, 08034685084. From Secretary Idf youth and sport. Thank you and God bless you.…

See How Imo State Is Ready To Partner With Pind

His Excellency, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, the Executive Governor of Imo State has declared the willingness of his administration to partner with the Foundation for Partnership Initiatives in the Niger Delta (PIND). He released this cheering news when the delegates attending the 2016 Niger Delta Development Forum (NDDF) in Imo State from USA, UK, Abuja, Lagos and the nine States of the Niger Delta region paid him a high powered courtesy call. Speaking at the occasion, Sam Daibo, CEO of PIND informed the Governor that their organization, which was established by Chevron Corporations in 2010 is driving sustainable development in the region and requested an opportunity to enter into an understanding with the State Government, to enable them assist the government realize its massive job creation and development initiatives. He also intimated the Governor of their ongoing intervention projects in the State, being implemented in partnership with the Imo State Directorate for Employment and Job Center. According to him, such projects include training of farmers in the palm oil and cassava value chains with demonstration farms at Umuagwo and Ngor Okpala as well as the distribution of their mechanical adjustable harvester and palm oil processing plants in the State. Earlier, the Principal Officer, Imo State Directorate for Employment and Job Creation, Remy Chukwunyere, had informed the Governor that he requested the State to host this year’s NDDF in order to create an opportunity for the Government to discuss investments and partnership opportunities with all the international donor agencies attending the conference in Owerri. In attendance at the meeting were His Excellency, Prince Eze Madumere, the Deputy Governor of Imo State; Rt. Hon. Acho Ihim, the Speaker, Imo State House of Assembly; Ugwumba Uche Nwosu, the Chief of Staff; the Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations members of the Expanded Executive Council and Hon. Members of the Imo State House of Assembly. Remy Chidi Chukwunyere, Principal Officer, Imo State Directorate for Employment and Job Center …

Sahara Reporter :“Mohammed Buba Marwa Delivered The Letter Bomb That Killed Dele Giwa” — Dr. Taiyemiwo Ogunade

This is a throwback to an exclusive interview between SaharaReporters and Professor Taiyemiwo Ogunade in 2009 explaining who assassinated renowned journalist Dele Giwa. On Sunday, Professor Taiyemiwo Ogunade gave a bombshell interview to the NATION newspaper in which he made startling revelations about those who killed Dele Giwa in 1986. In a subsequent chat with SaharaReporters, he spoke specifically about the role of former military administrator of Lagos State Buba Marwa in the assassination of the journalist. Dr. Ogunade disclosed that soldiers loyal to the slain General Mamman Vatsa identified Marwa as the person who delivered the parcel bomb that killed Giwa, the Newswatch magazine founder. He said the revelation came from a confidential discussion he had with one of the military boys who came to the City University of New York (CUNY) to press the college to train Nigerian military officials in “Peace and Conflict Resolution”. He said that Vatsa gave a four-hour long testimony to the military tribunal that tried and later sentenced him to death for a phantom coup plot against former military dictator, Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida. SaharaReporters : Do you know who delivered the bomb that killed Dele Giwa? Ogunade : I believe that Buba Marwa did it. Some Mamman Vatsa boys told the full story in New York during a visit to my college to lobby our college to accept to train Nigerian military officers. Ambassador Olusola was on that entourage. [My informant] told me Dele Giwa was killed because he was in possession of a tape containing Vatsa’s testimony before the military tribunal. For four hours, Vatsa requested to tell the full story about how the Babangida regime was operating and his knowledge of the workings of IBB’s mind. He pointed out that after Halilu Akilu and Col. A.K Togun of the military intelligence prepared the parcel it was handed over to Buba Marwa to deliver to Dele Giwa. Marwa is a well–known “IBB boy”. But I was the one who gave Dele Giwa the tape. SaharaReporters : How did you get the tape? Ogunade : Vatsa had a copy made by his friends in the tribunal and smuggled out to me and I “loaned” it to Dele Giwa who got on the case immediately. I still don’t know how Dele Giwa found out that I had the tape till this day. SaharaReporters : Do you still have a copy? Ogunade : Yes, but you know I left Nigeria hurriedly after the death of Dele Giwa. I left [the tape] with my aged mother, who did not know the value then. I won’t say more, let the military release that tape to the Nigerian public. Saharareporters : Did Dele Giwa return the tape to you? Ogunade : Yes, he returned it after 24 hours. Don’t forget that I loaned it to him; I think he went and played it to Babangida’s people and they eliminated him after they heard the tape. SaharaReporters : What about Gloria Okon? It’s been said that Dele Giwa’s discovery of her was the reason he was killed? Ogunade : Gloria Okon is actually Chinyere, that’s her real name. She married Charles "Jeff" Chandler, the fellow who killed Nzeogwu and was killed a day later. Chinyere, Maryam and Princess Atta were young friends who hung out together. They all married into the military, because the military was a proud and respectable profession then. Charles Chandler, who was Tiv, married Chinyere who I think is from Imo State. IBB married Maryam from Asaba and Mamman Vatsa married the princess. So Chinyere became a widow and resorted to trading between UK and Nigeria. And then she was caught with drugs; Mamman Vatsa was the person who put Chinyere on the next available flight from Kano to London – and then claimed that she was dead by parading a dead woman picked out of the mortuary. Dele Giwa later found out that she was in London having delivered a baby by another man. He sent a French photographer to the place and they saw Maryam Babangida at the event. Kayode Soyinka brought back the photographs. Dele was sitting across the table from Kayode examining the photos taken of “Gloria Okon” (Chinyere, Richard Chandler’s wife) at the naming ceremony in London. Maryam Babangida was there. And then a letter parcel was delivered to him and he said excitedly that it must be from “Mr. President” referring to the discussions he had with IBB days earlier. The bomb exploded and severed his lower abdomen; he died a few hours later. SaharaReporters:  Did you ever meet Marwa again? And did you ask him about his involvement? Ogunade : Yes, Marwa was very active in the Nigerian embassy in New York. For a long time he was the “military attaché” to the Nigerian mission in New York while I was a professor of Black Studies at the City University of New York. He came to my college to sign a $30 million contract with the college so that members of the Nigerian military could attend a “Peace and Conflict Resolution program” and then be awarded a masters degree upon completion of the program. I fought bitterly against it, but the chair of the department, John Muyibi Amoda, badly wanted the money. I kept fighting and one day the college authorities acceded to my request. When I got home the college had dismissed me, but also I got a fax message saying the $30 million had been returned to Marwa. But between Marwa and Abacha they never returned that money to the Nigerian treasury. They shared it. I heard between him and Abacha, over $250 million was laundered through an account used by the New York mission of the Nigerian embassy. Marwa later set up an airline with his share of the loot. When he showed up to run for president I was the one who petitioned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to investigate him. He confessed to money laundering in handwritten statements to the EFCC, but today he is the ambassador of Nigeria to South Africa. The police officer that investigated him, Ibrahim Magu, is permanently suspended from the police force after he was humiliated by the EFCC. It is a shameful country. SaharaReporters : What else did you do? Ogunade : We helped start the Obama phenomenon in Chicago. SaharaReporters : How? Ogunade : We fought and exposed Carol Mosley-Braun who was Abacha’s agent in the US Senate. She was removed from the US Senate because she took $5 million from Abacha to help cover his tracks in the US. We exposed her, which was how it became possible for the brilliant Obama to become the US president today. We set the stage for it.…

See Why Lagos NUJ Holds Colloquium To Mark 30 Years of Dele Giwa’s Death

The Story of an Investigative Journalism who was killed with a letter bomb in 19th October 1986. The Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Lagos State Council, is to mark the 30th anniversary of the assassination of renowned journalist, Mr. Dele Giwa, with a colloquium in Lagos on Wednesday, October 19, 2016. Dele Giwa, pioneer Editor-in-Chief of NewsWatch magazine, was killed via a parcel bomb at his Ikeja, Lagos residence on Sunday, October 19, 1986. According to a statement issued yesterday by the Chairman and Assistant Secretary of Lagos NUJ, Messrs Deji Elumoye and Alfred Odifa, late Dele Giwa is being remembered 30 years after his gruesome murder for what he stood for as a through bred professional journalist. The colloquium with the theme: Safety of Journalists and Culture of Impunity in Africa, the release said, being put together in partnership with Dele Giwa Foundation, will hold at Multipurpose Hall of Radio Lagos/Eko FM, Agidingbi road in Ikeja by 10.00am with Social Critic and Rights Activist, Mr. Femi Falana, SAN, as Guest Speaker. Those to discuss Falana’s paper at the event to be chaired by former President of NUJ and Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Internally Displaced Persons, IDP, Hon. Sani Zorro, include Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, Mr. Fatai Owoseni; President of Tell Communications Ltd, Mr. Nosa Igiebor and President of the Nigerian Guild of Editors, Mrs Funke Egbemode. Other discussants are the Deputy Managing Director of ThisDay Newspapers, Mr. Kayode Komolafe; Second Vice President of Nigerian Bar Association, Mr. Monday Ubani and the Managing Director of The Sun Newspapers, Mr. Eric Osagie. The statement further said the Executive Secretary of Dele Giwa Foundation, Mr. Richard Akinnola will deliver a keynote address while Special Guests of Honour at the occasion include Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, CON; Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State; Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Mudashiru Obasa and the three Senators representing Lagos State at the National Assembly vis Senators Adeola Solomon, Oluremi Tinubu and Gbenga Ashafa.…

See How Neymar Is Set For New Barca Contract

Brazil forward Neymar will sign a new five-year contract with Barcelona on Friday, the La Liga champions said on Monday. The 24-year-old joined Barcelona from Santos in 2013, winning nine trophies including two La Liga titles and the 2015 Champions League final in which he scored in the 3-1 win over Juventus. Barcelona first announced they had reached a deal with the Neymar on July 1, setting his release clause at €200 million for the first year, €222 million for the second and €250 million for the final three. Neymar has scored 90 goals for the Spanish club and is part of the their feted 'MSN' attacking trident along with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez. The nature of his signing, however, has brought the club and player prolonged legal problems. Neymar and his father had to testify in Spain's national court this year along with Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu and his predecessor Sandro Rosell, who resigned in 2014 over controversy about concealing the total cost of the transfer. The case was reopened in September after Spain's national court overturned a judge's decision that it was not a matter for the criminal court. Barca's Argentine defender Javier Mascherano has signed a contract extension keeping them at the club until June, 2019.…

See The Stepping Up Security for an Internet-of-Things World By Steve Lohr

The vision of the so-called internet of things — giving all sorts of physical things a digital makeover — has been years ahead of reality. But that gap is closing fast. Today, the range of things being computerized and connected to networks is stunning, from watches, appliances and clothing to cars, jet engines and factory equipment. Even roadways and farm fields are being upgraded with digital sensors. In the last two years, the number of internet-of-things devices in the world has surged nearly 70 percent to 6.4 billion, according to Gartner, a research firm. By 2020, the firm forecasts, the internet-of-things population will reach 20.8 billion. The optimistic outlook is that the internet of things will be an enabling technology that will help make the people and physical systems of the world — health care, food production, transportation, energy consumption — smarter and more efficient. The pessimistic outlook? Hackers will have something else to hack. And consumers accustomed to adding security tools to their computers and phones should expect to adopt similar precautions with internet-connected home appliances. “If we want to put networked technologies into more and more things, we also have to find a way to make them safer,” said Michael Walker, a program manager and computer security expert at the Pentagon’s advanced research arm. “It’s a challenge for civilization.” To help address that challenge, Mr. Walker and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or Darpa, created a contest with millions of dollars in prize money, called the Cyber Grand Challenge. To win, contestants would have to create automated digital defense systems that could identify and fix software vulnerabilities on their own — essentially smart software robots as sentinels for digital security. A reminder of the need for stepped-up security came a few weeks after the Darpa-sponsored competition, which was held in August. Researchers for Level 3 Communications, a telecommunications company, said they had detected several strains of malware that launched attacks on websites from compromised internet-of-things devices. The Level 3 researchers, working with Flashpoint, an internet risk-management firm, found that as many as one million devices, mainly security cameras and video recorders, had been harnessed for so-called botnet attacks. They called it “a drastic shift” toward using internet-of-things devices as hosts for attacks instead of traditional hosts, such as hijacked data center computers and computer routers in homes. And last week, researchers at Akamai Technologies, a web content delivery company, reported another security breach. They detected hackers commandeering as many as two million devices, including Wi-Fi hot spots and satellite antennas, to test whether stolen user names and passwords could be deployed to gain access to websites. The Cyber Grand Challenge was announced in 2013, and qualifying rounds began in 2014. At the outset, more than 100 teams were in the contest. Through a series of elimination rounds, the competitors were winnowed to seven teams that participated in the finals in August in Las Vegas. The three winning teams collected a total of $3.75 million in prize money. With the computer security contest, Darpa took a page from a playbook that worked in the past. The agency staged a similar contest that served to jump-start the development of self-driving cars in 2005. It took the winning team’s autonomous vehicle nearly seven hours to complete the 132-mile course, a dawdling pace of less than 20 miles per hour. Still, the 2005 contest proved that autonomous vehicles were possible, brushing aside longstanding doubts and spurring investment and research that led to the commercialization of self-driving car technology. “We’re at that same moment with autonomous cyberdefense,” Mr. Walker said. The contest, according the leaders of the three winning teams, was a technical milestone, but it also shed light on how machine automation and human expertise might be most efficiently combined in computer security. In the security industry, the scientists say, there is a lot of talk of “self-healing systems.” But the current state of automation, they add, typically applies to one element of security, such as finding software vulnerabilities, monitoring networks or deploying software patches. And automated malware detection, for instance, is often based on large databases of known varieties of malicious code. For the Darpa test, the attack code was new, created for the event. In the capture-the-flag style contest, the teams played both offense and defense. For the humans, it was hands-off during the competition. The software was on its own to find and exploit flaws in opponents’ software, scan networks for incoming assaults and write code to tighten its defenses. The winners succeeded in integrating different software techniques, in ways not done before, into automated “cybersecurity systems.” The contest was conducted in a walled-off computing environment rather than the open internet. The scientists agree that further development work needs to be done for the technology to be used broadly on commercial networks and the open internet. “But this was a demonstration that automated cyberdefense is mature enough, and it’s coming,” said David Melski, captain of the second-place team whose members came from the University of Virginia and a spinoff start-up from Cornell University, GrammaTech, where Mr. Melski heads research. The first-place team, which won $2 million, was a group from ForAllSecure, a spinoff from Carnegie Mellon University. Hours after the Darpa contest, its cyberreasoning software, called Mayhem, went up against the best human teams at Defcon, an annual hacking competition. In that three-day contest, Mayhem held its own for two days and proved itself to be extremely strong on defense. But by the third day, the human experts had come up with more innovative exploits than Mayhem, said David Brumley, a professor at Carnegie Mellon and chief executive of ForAllSecure. Still, the automated system displayed its power, especially in keeping up with the scale of security challenges in the internet-of-things era. “The number of things automated systems can look at is so vast that it changes the game,” Mr. Brumley said. Yan Shoshitaishvili, a Ph.D. candidate who led the third-place team, a group from the University of California, Santa Barbara, is focusing his research on designing “centaur” systems that effectively combine machine firepower with human expertise. Humans are still better than computers at understanding context — and security is so often defined by context. For example, you do want to broadcast your GPS location data to friends in a social app like Glympse; you do not want a program sending out location data if you’re in a battlefield tank. “In the real world,” Mr. Shoshitaishvili said, “humans can assist these automated systems. That’s the path ahead.”…

See How Hackers Handle Stolen Login Data By Mark Ward, Technology Correspondent, BBC News

Yahoo suffered a massive breach that saw information on 500 million accounts go astray We've all had them. Those emails you read with a growing sense of dread which tell you to change the password you use on this account, that social network or one of the many other online services you use. Those emails are common given that almost one billion login credentials have been stolen and shared online in the last year. Yahoo, MySpace, LinkedIn, Dropbox and Tumblr, have all been hit and the list goes on and on. The worst part is the uncertainty that comes in the wake of the warning - do you panic now or later? Computer scientist Jeremiah Onaolapo and colleagues from University College London decided to find out how quickly criminals react once they get access to an online account. The team set up 100 Gmail accounts and then accidentally-on-purpose shared their login credentials on forums and sites that data traders are known to frequent. Active login and password pairs are being eagerly sought by cyberthieves The accounts were made to look "live" by having message threads, alerts and updates flow through them. They were also surreptitiously locked down to limit abuse. Mr Onaolapo was sure the webmail accounts would be tempting because of the way people use them. More often than not, he said, they have data from other accounts, such as bank details, passing through them. "It's information that can be used for ID theft," he said. Quiet period They did indeed prove tempting. By the end of the study, 90 of the accounts had been visited by people who were not their rightful owner. "Judging by the activity on the accounts, I would say that the majority of the visitors did not know they were faked," he said. Staying secure Use two-factor authentication where possible Use a sentence or a string of random words as a password Do not re-use passwords across sites or services Consider using a password manager for all your accounts Change the default passwords on gadgets you own Regularly check where account activity originates What was surprising, he said, was that the cyberthieves did not instantly take over and ransack the accounts for saleable data. Instead, he said, there was initial activity by "curious" people who checked that the login details worked and that the account was live. And then it went quiet. "For some of the accounts, where someone checked them, we did not see any more activity for some time," he said. As far as he could tell, the accounts were being monitored to let thieves assess the value of the information flowing through them. "If they find they are not valuable they do not get accessed again," he said. "For them, there's no point." Valuable accounts would be overflowing with messages and information from banks and other online services. By contrast, spammers sought accounts that are in good standing with an internet service or webmail provider and which can support lots of messages being pushed through them. Malicious hackers who wanted to send malware through the accounts were most keen to hijack them and shut out the original owner, he said. But no matter which type of cyberthief was interested, he said, there was often a period of days or weeks between the first access and the time when the account actually started to be abused. Testing times Dr Stephen Moody from security firm ThreatMetrix said the pattern of activity made sense given the way cyberthieves operate. "If you have got hold of data from a breach, if you have bought it or tapped it yourself, you have to test those creds," he said. Knowing that one set of credentials works, spurs hackers to test the same login name and password combinations on other sites, he added. "Most people have about 36 online accounts and far fewer passwords," he said. "There's a reasonable likelihood that if you get into one account you will get into others. "They automate the first part of the process and get the machine to run through them all," he said. A password safe can help manage your growing list of account credentials Evidence of the checking being done could be seen in the "huge rise" in attempts by bots using stolen credentials to login to online accounts, he said. ThreatMetrix helps companies monitor logins to help them work out which ones are legitimate and which are not. "We've seen 450 million login attempts by bots in the first half of the year as hackers test the combinations across as many sites as they can," he said. That testing produces a list of "live" accounts associated with a given login/password pair. These, he said, are then compiled and then put up for sale on underground markets. Once data is sold off then it take a while for a separate thief to work through the list, he said. Hence the delay between initial test and subsequent action. The time between initial exposure and subsequent attack means people have a chance to shut out the hackers, said Dr Moody. "Changing your password is a very good first step," he said. "But it's never too late to change it, unless there has been fraud committed against that account." Dated data Password and security expert Per Thorsheim painted a more sober picture and said vast amounts of breach data had appeared this year for one good reason. "They put it up for sale so they can get the last bit of value out of it, the last few thousand dollars," he said. A sentence makes a better password, said security expert Per Thorsheim The data surfacing in 2016 was stolen years ago and had been steadily been worked over almost unseen, he said. "It's not just one hacker that does the initial breach and then exploits the data," he said. "The lists are split up and sold off to other brokers. They go through many different hands." The only upside of the massive amount of data being shared is that it will take the criminals time to process it all, he said. To protect themselves people should, where possible, set up two-factor authentication, he advised. That provides an extra layer of protection even on those accounts where people re-use a login name and password. "No matter how many times we talk about this people still re-use the same password across sites," he said. It was also worth people changing how they choose a password. "Use a sentence or a number of random words as your password," he said. "All services today should be able to handle a normal sentence with spaces between the words." "It's a good step, because length creates complexity," he said.…

IDF NATIONAL CHAIRMAN; CHIEF COL. A.C MEZUE (Rtd) LAUGHED AT IDEANI DETRACTORS SAYING THAT OUR PG IS DEMOCRATICALLY ELECTED

IDF NATIONAL CHAIRMAN; CHIEF COL. A.C MEZUE (Rtd) LAUGHED AT IDEANI DETRACTORS SAYING THAT OUR PG IS DEMOCRATICALLY ELECTED IDF National Chairman, Chief Col. A.C Mezue (Rtd) from his Abuja resident expressed and reported to ideani news on the saga that filtered in the state quarters. Saying in his reaction that its laughable and illiteratical for such information to filter from some quarters of our community but meanwhile if actually such news is true, then those involved in such has exposed that they don’t have any element of education in them because the only way to remove the democratically elected PG is through election and votes. The IDF National Chairman wish to sound it as a warning that its time to tell those in government aiding this evil plan to know that their nemesis shall soon caught up with them as ideanians and all IDF N.G.O members shall not tolerate disobedience to rule of law and constitution from whosoever be it those in government or not. He also warned such people to disease from such act saying that Ideanians and IDF members shall pretend it never happened but we have involved the government to keep us informed on any person that felt he could cause nuisance for proper prosecution. He also added that there is no place for distraction for informed minds. He has asked them to bring their critics in the open for anything short of that is cultism and they shall be treated as such. Long Live IDF,  Long Live IDU, Long Live Ideani. From IDF National Chairman.…

Why Netflix Choose Spectranet for first server deployment in West Africa

Netflix, the World’s leading Internet TV service and Spectranet, Nigeria’s leading 4G broadband service provider, today announced the deployment of one of the first dedicated Netflix servers in Africa. This high capacity server will hold the entire Netflix content library, in Lagos, providing Spectranet’s customers with the best possible video streaming performance. This solution offers faster delivery in a cost effective way. Mr David Venn, CEO of Spectranet, said “because we focus on providing families with an excellent and affordable broadband service, this partnership with Netflix means that our customers will be able to enjoy the very best TV experience available in Nigeria. We are honoured that Netflix has selected Spectranet for one of its first deployments in Africa and the only one in West Africa.” Netflix offers a new way of watching TV, giving its members the ability to enjoy TV series and films when, how and where they want with seamless, instant access across TVs, tablets, smartphones, game consoles and computers. Netflix offers a great entertainment experience with many titles available in high-definition with Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 surround sound and some in Ultra HD 4K and HDR. With fast.com, a simple-to-use website that helps people see how fast their Internet connection is, whether on mobile or broadband - Netflix offers an independent tool that consumers can use for greater insight and control of their Internet service. People in Nigeria can try Netflix for free for one month by signing up…

See Why Pastor Chris Oyakhilome’s Wife, Anita Remarries, Her New Husband Will Marvel You

There are strong indications that the ex-wife of Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, Pastor Anita, has remarried. Recent check revealed she that Pastor Anita introduced ‘Schafer’ to her maiden name as she authored her latest article ‘A Simple Prayer’ as Anita Ebhodaghe Schafer. From all indications, Pastor Anita has remarried. This proofs might just be right, you know Pastor Anita runs an online Christian portal {www.pastoranita.org which is linked to her verified Facebook page} where she writes articles on different subjects. She also APPROVES all comments that are published on her website The confirmation of her marriage was revealed in one of the approved comments on Wednesday, 12th October 2016 where the writer Frau Glauben{who attended the ceremony} said, “Congratulations Pastor Anita for your new name We wish you all the best as you begin a new chapter in your life as you have moved on to the glory of God. Old things are passed away, behold all things have become new. It was such a beautiful ceremony. We are so excited for you and your family. We Rejoice with you, Pastor Anita Schafer. God bless you Ma.” Apart from Glauben, there were two other comments that confirmed that Pastor Anita has indeed moved on! Dawn-To-Dusk News gathered that Pastor Anita had a quiet wedding with a European man sometime in September 2016. Recall in February 2016, a decree absolute was pronounced in the High Court of Justice Principal Registry of the Family Division in the United Kingdom dissolving her marriage to Pastor Chris Oyakhilome. Pastor Anita and Pastor Chris, who co-founded Christ Embassy, have between them two daughters. Source: Dawn-To-Dusk News…

Why Electoral Reform? – Disband Nnamani Committee Now, Activist Tells Buhari

SCB Reads — A renowned human rights activist in Nigeria, Comrade Adeniyi, Alimi Sulaiman has called on the President Muhamamdu Buhari to disband the newly inaugurated Electoral Reform Committee headed by former Senate President, Senator Ken Nnamani, saying that the new Committee was another jamboree to give job to the political jobbers who were beneficiary of the manipulated electoral system in the land. However, Comrade Sulaiman who is the Executive Chairman, Centre for Human Rights and Social Justice (CHRSJ) urged the President to implement the Justice Mohammed Uwais Electoral Reform Committee’s report and the report of the 2014 National Conference which dealth with the problems surrounding our electoral reforms as it affected our political space of the country. It will be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari, recently constituted a 24-man committee on Constitution and Electoral Reform headed by former Senate President Ken Nnamani and the Committee is expected to look into possible amendments to the Constitution and Electoral Act and come out with a more robust, endurable and generally acceptable electoral system. This was contained in a statement issued and signed by Sulaiman on the development, which was made available to newsmen on Sunday, the rights activist,insisted that the Committee was a ploy to waste Nigeria precious time and meager resources at this period the country was facing the economy recession, advised the President to send the Uwais report to the National Assembly for implementation, instead of wasting huge resources on another Committee which the report would end up in archive. Sulaiman who doubles as Chairman, Civil Societies Coalition for the Emancipation of Osun State (CSCEOS), also advised Buhari to purge the nation’s electoral body of bad eggs, particularly, those who were facing investigation on the mindboggling bribery scandal that rocked the Commission during the last general elections so as to serve as deterrent to others. …… Implement Uwais Report He then stated that all the electoral commission staff found guilty of corrupt charges over the last general elections, should be charged to court for proper prosecution and all their alleged owned property should be confiscated. CHRSJ boss opined that the responsibility of conducting local government elections should be transferred to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) so as to deepen the democratic space in the local government of Nigeria, noting that the present state of the local governments  in the hands of State Governors in Nigeria was nothing to write about, adding that the Governors in Nigeria have turned the local government to be the conduit pipe where governors perpetrate their corrupt practices mostly in Nigeria today. Signed: COMRADE ADENIYI, ALIMI SULAIMAN, (REVOLUTIONARY ALFA) EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN, CENTRE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AND SOCIAL…

See Why You Have To Always Be Yourself By Admin Chinasa Ezeanya Our IDF N.G.O P.A

The easiest way to a miserable life is to think everybody is talking about you. Learn to ignore and overlook many things if you truly want happiness in life. Never allow anyone to steal your joy from you. Never worry yourself about what people say behind your back because its none of your business as long as you are true to yourself. Sometimes minding your own business does not keep people out of your business. No matter your situation in life people will always talk. You can never stop people from talking about you, what you can do is to stop giving them what to talk about. There is a time limit for every rumor in life. Never allow freelance broadcasters put your life in hold. Do what makes you happy. Anyone who cannot feel your pain, has no right to judge you in life. 70% of those who talk bad about you behind your back, wish to be like you. When people can't be like you they try to bring you down and condemn what you have. Those without money will sarcastically say money is not everything in life. (Is poverty anything?) Never allow anyone to put you in a position of depression and self pity in life. Those whose life has no joy will always find every means to remove happiness from other peoples life. Enemies are inevitable if there's GRACE of GOD in your life. If no one has never gossiped or talked bad about you means nothing good has ever happened to you. Grace can turn an old friend to a new enemy. Never feel bad when old friends become new enemies. They are just tired of acting painfully like enemies as friends. Never allow the opinions of people who didn't see your tears stop your laughter in life. You don't owe anybody an explanation to be happy. Never see yourself through the eyes of those who don't value you. To be beautiful means to be you. To stand out is to be out-standing. You do not need to be accepted by others. You just need to accept yourself. Never beg anyone to accept you for who you are. Anything you acquire through begging will require begging to maintain. Be humble but selective. Being selective doesn't mean you are arrogant or proud. It simply means you know your worth. If you are conscious of your personality avoid too much familiarity. Sometimes when you treat people too much like celebrities, they end up treating you like ordinary fan. You are equally important. Never downgrade yourself while trying to upgrade anybody in life. Anyone who sees you like an option doesn't deserve to be a priority in your life. The dream of a fool is for everybody to become a bloody fool. Avoid negative people if you have a dream. Those without mission will say your vision is just an illusion. Negative minds will never give you a positive life. Anyone who is always reminding you about what is wrong with you has a personal problem which he/she wants to take out on you. Most people spend half of their entire life analyzing the faults in other peoples life, when their own lives need. urgent repairs. Never worry yourself about enemies and friends, because everybody in your life will eventually fall into one of two categories. Some will hate you and some will love you. Loving you or hating you are both in your favor. When people love you, you live peacefully and happily in their heart; and when people hate you, you become the landlord in their head living painfully in their brain everyday and giving them sleepless nights. Never allow negative people to rent a space in your life, kick them out of your life and increase the rent. May God continue to guide our lives on the right path even if our souls does not want to be so. Amen …

WHY IDF N.G.O NATIONAL VICE CHAIRMAN: CHIEF STANLEY MEZUE THE GREAT IKEMBA OF IDEMILI REMAINS THE FAVOURITES FOR FACE OF IDEMILI…

WHY IDF N.G.O NATIONAL VICE CHAIRMAN: CHIEF STANLEY MEZUE THE GREAT IKEMBA OF IDEMILI REMAINS THE FAVOURITES FOR FACE OF IDEMILI. The reasons are: 1. He has bought new football jersey for all the village football FC  ahead of the Ikemba Biggest Tournament in December for  2016/2017 season. 2. He has bought new football jersey for the ideani ladies leaque FC ahead of the Ikemba Biggest Tournament in December for 2016/2017 season. 3. He has bought a table tennis board for IDF N.G.O ahead of the Table tennis Ikemba Biggest Tournament in December for 2016/2017 season. 4. He has bought jersey for the table tennis players ahead of the Ikemba Biggest Tournament in December for 2016/2017 season. 5. He has also started the customization of all the jersey's and deposited banners, news, and radio/tv station publication at the strategic places ahead of the Ikemba Biggest Tournament in December for 2016/2017 season. 6. He has also bought footballs, table tennis net and tennis balls. 7. He has also ask the LOC to keep the tempo high by organizing a better leaque and to ensure the needful need to be done. More details shall be updated as we are expected that more need to be done to ensure a better IKEMBA SUPER CUP TOURNAMENT 2016/2017. More details shortly. …

See How First Class Graduates Of Crescent University Bags Instant Job Placements

First class graduates of Crescent University may not have to worry about unemployment as the Ogun state governor, Mr Ibikunle Amosun, has promised them automatic placement in the state civil service. This was the commitment made by the Governor during the 8th graduation ceremony of the private institution in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital. The Proprietor of the institution, Mr Bola Ajibola, affirmed that the institution is producing excellent students in terms of both academics and morals. At the occasion, some eminent Nigerians were equally awarded with honourary degrees for their contribution to human development. Among them was former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar and the Chairman of Channels Media Group, Mr John Mohmoh, who was awarded an honourary doctorate degree in Mass Communication. Other prominent Nigerians present at the occasion were the former Head of Interim Government, Chief Ernest Sonekan, Traditional Ruler Of Egba Land, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, Former Governor of Ogun state, Chief Olusegun Osoba among others. The event also witnessed the induction of a new chancellor, the traditional ruler of Oyo state, who has promised to take the school to greater heights.…

See Why Those In Opposition Tackled Buhari In Germany Via Their Women, Bet Me Those In Opposition Would Always Talk.

German Women rise against Nigerian Leader In a press conference with the German leader in Berlin, President Buhari in what might be perhaps his most stupid political blunder yesterday in Germany, in answering a reporters question on the role of his wife in his government, has this to say..." my wife belongs in my Kitchen and in my living room and other room" what a statement!  That was politically incorrect. The ill adviced President totally forgot that he is standing next to  a woman who is a world leader. Here in Germany as in the rest of Europe, the issue of women's right is a delicate one as women have come a long way fighting inequality in both society and at work place. Without warning, a visibly angry Mrs Merkel  (the German Chancellor) quickly ended the press conference to save the President further embarrassment. The emancipation of women in Europe is a civil rights issue, that is why feminist groups in Germany immediately reacted to his outing as a hate speech and demanded his exit from their territory. A German opposition leader called for his immediate expulsion from Germany, while a renowned German newspaper in its editorial, has this to say about our President. He is simply a dumb leader, hailed as the Messiah of Africa's most populous democracy  after winning election in 2015 His agenda of fighting corruption which was given a blessing by the West, especially former colonial master, England is very unpopular in his country as citizens are more concerned about the economic hardship and joblessness to his fight for financial recovery. It went ahead to say, when it comes to world issues, the former general has little knowledge of events of the moment and hardly articulates.The more you listen to him, the dumber you become;Hard words, but written with some elements of sincerity. Germany has a woman as head of state. Germany has mother with eight children as defence minister, (commander of a powerful military force) something unthinkable in most parts of the world especially, Africa. The notion here is that, girls can be everything including being President.…

Lawyers Advocate Free Legal Service To Decongest Prisons

A group of lawyers and civil society groups in Nigeria are asking the Nigerian Bar Association to make it mandatory for lawyers to offer free legal services, as part of efforts to decongest the nation’s prisons. They made the request over the weekend at Kuje Prisons in Abuja, the nation’s capital. The lawyers and civil society organisations led by the initiator of the free legal aid, Mr Abubakar Ndakene, believe that the congestion of the nation’s prisons is largely responsible for the several attempts at jail-breaks. They said the detention of prisoners without any hope of being tried in a court of law fueled such prison-break attempts. After taking a tour of the prison facilities, the Chief Executive Officer of Lyngrace Foundation, Lynda Yusuf, also appealed to Nigerians to help in the re-integration of ex-prisoners in the society. She added that stigmatisation of ex-prisoners should be discouraged in order to facilitate their smooth re-integration. There have been series of efforts to decongest prisons in Nigeria, but the number of inmates awaiting trial has continued to increase. On September 24, a prison official in Ilesa Prison in Osun State, said 454 out of 582 inmates were awaiting trial. He told Channels Television that the situation was as a result of huge challenges facing the Prisons Service. The officer in charge of the Prisons, Deputy Comptroller Ope Fanimikun, said that presenting 454 inmates for trial in 72 courts was a huge challenge for officers. He explained that the Prisons service had just four vehicles, the newest of which was given to the prisons four years ago. The Deputy Comptroller sought the support of Nigerians in form of vehicles’ donation to ensure that inmates were presented for trials to decongest the prisons. He disclosed that the prison needed at least 20 vehicles, medical facilities and consumables. After that request was made, the Federal Executive Council (FEC) set aside 3.5 billion Naira to procure 320 made-in-Nigeria vehicles to aid prisons decongestionacross the country. The approval was in response to the request in a memo presented at a FEC meeting on Wednesday by the Minister of Interior, General Abdulrahaman Dambazau (rtd). General Dambazau noted that the procurement of vehicles was part of requirements needed to strengthen the Criminal Justice System. He told State House correspondents after the meeting in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, that at least 75% of an estimated 65,000 inmates were awaiting trial. The Interior Minister also blamed their continued detention on lack of logistics and availability of vehicles to transport them to at least 5,000 courts from prisons within the country.…

See Reasons Why You Should Make It Warm: Read Details

BENEFITS OF WARM WATER 👉👉👉 A group of Japanese Doctors confirmed that warm water is 💯 % effective in resolving some health problems👇, including: Headache, migraine, high blood pressure, low blood pressure, pain of joints, sudden increasing and decreasing of heartbeat, Epilepsy, increasing level of cholesterol, cough, bodily discomfort, golu pain, asthma, hooping cough, blockage of veins, diseases related to uterus & urine, stomach problems, poor appetite, also all related diseases to the eyes, ear & throat. HOW TO USE WARM WATER 👉👉 Get up early in the morning and drink approximately 4 glasses of warm water when the stomach is empty. Do not eat anything 45 minutes thereafter. You may not be able to make 4 glasses at the beginning, but slowly you will.✍ The warm water therapy will resolve the health issues within reasonable periods:👇 👉 Diabetes in 30 days 👉 Blood pressure in 30 days 👉 Stomach related issues in 10 days 👉 All types of cancer in 9 months 👉 Blockage of veins in 6 months 👉 Lack of hunger (Poor appetite?) in 10 days 👉 Uterus and related diseases in 10 days 👉 Nose, Ear & Throat problems in 10 days. 👉 Women problems(?) in 15 days, 👉 Heart diseases in 30 days 👉 Headache/Migraine in 3 days 👉 Low blood pressure in 30 days. 👉 Cholesterol in 4 months 👉 Epilepsy and paralysis continously in 9 months 👉 Asthma in 4 months. COLD WATER IS BAD FOR YOU: 🌻In the past, people used to say that if cold water does not affect you at young age, it will harm you at old age👇 👉 Cold water closes 4 veins of the ♥ heart and causes heart attack 💔; Cold drinks are main reason for Heart Attack. 👉 Cold water💦 creates problems in liver; makes fat stuck with liver. Most of the people waiting for the transplant of liver are victims of cold water drinking. 👉cold water affects internal walls of stomach. 👉cold water affects stomach and big intestine and results in cancer. 👉please, do not forget to share, tell someone to tell someone.…

Why Hon. Ifeanyi Ibezim Remains The Man For Idemili Progress By Ideani Information Manager.

Hon. Ifeanyi Ibezim is one of the politicians in Anambra State that would made impact if given a chance in the South East of Nigeria. He has done a lot for the people of Idemili North and South via the foundation of change, and made his impact to any political parties he is involved in. Infact, He promoted and did the underground work under the AC Party that put Hon. Chris Ngige into Senatorial Seat before he was discredited by the same party he promoted. In the last general election, he maintained winning strata on the poll field where he contested but the electoral umpire has the final say. Its time to say this: that Hon. Senator Chris Ngige should not forget how it all started and urge him to always remember the terrain and work with the Hon. Ifeanyi Ibezim Network to make is political prowess anew. Sir Chid’s Blog and information Data Center and Communication have monitored this activities in the past ten years and wished to inform all the APC members that the strength of APC at Idemili North today was because Ibezim Network that funded. Hon. Ifeanyi Ibezim is the man the people of Idemili needs at this time of recession to represent the people while his network get involved to make idemili a strong-hood again. Sir Chid’s Blog would be glad to see the core political strength come back Idemili again if all those that made it happen come back to the party that shall make it possible. Bravo Ochiagha Idemili…

Facts and Truth Behind The Chibok Girls Release-SCB=IDCC

Chibok girls return as mothers and pregnant ladies... Thirty months in Boko Haram captivity, 21 girls breathed the air of freedom yesterday after they were seized from the Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok in Borno State. Most of the Chibok girls as they were called, returned pregnant, while others are already mothers. About 276 girls were abducted from their dormitory in the night of April 14, 2014. As they returned yesterday, 19 parents of the girls have died from the trauma of their wards’ incarcerations. The Presidency confirmed the girls’ release after being briefed by the Department of State Services (DSS), saying their names would be released soon. President Muhammadu Buhari was briefed before his departure for Germany yesterday. The girls’ release was a product of negotiation involving the Federal Government, Swiss authorities, the International Red Cross Society and Boko Haram representatives. In fact, the girls were addressed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at Aso Villa, Abuja, yesterday. Presidential spokesman, Mallam Garba Shehu confirmed the negotiation. The latest success came after the international intervention of the Red Cross and the Swiss government, he said. “The release of the girls, in a limited number is the outcome of negotiations between the administration and Boko Haram brokered by the International Red Cross and the Swiss government,” a statement issued by Garba said, adding that the talks will continue. Although sources claimed the girls were swapped for four Boko Haram insurgents, whose identities wet unknown, but the Information Minister, Lai Mohammed, denied such deal. However, the insurgents had earlier demanded the release of members held by the government, as a condition for freeing the girls. How they were released: Sources said the exchange took place Wednesday night when Nigerian military officials, alongside personnel of United Nations, Red Cross and National Emergency Management Agency, conveyed four Boko Haram militants by chopper to Banki, a border town in Bama Local Government Area of Borno State. There, 21 released girls were picked up. The girls were brought into Maiduguri Air Force base at about 8.30a.m. The sources said most of the girls had babies. Many residents of Maiduguri were woken by the sounds of aircraft hovering in the air yesterday morning. Bring Back Our Girl Group reacts “We welcome reports from the presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, of the negotiated release of 21 of our abducted #ChibokGirls ,” today read a statement by the group. “This wonderful development confirms what we have always known about the capacity of our government to rescue our #ChibokGirls. “While awaiting further details, we take this opportunity to salute the work of our security services at the front lines — the commitment, resilience and tireless efforts of our members of the Multi-national Joint Task Force and the civilian JTF. We also thank the International Committee of the Red Cross, the Swiss government and all negotiators involved in securing the release. Also, a leader of the BBOG and former Education Minister, Mrs. Oby Ezekwesili, said, “she can only cry and weep”. Ezekwesili, –vilified by the government and security agencies for continuously leading protests to the presidential villa –could not hide her joy. “I can only weep, right now. You know that kind of cry that is a mix of multiple emotions. Lord. Some of OUR Girls ARE BACK!!! B. A. C. K.!!,” she tweeted. “As WE @BBOG_Nigeria wait for FG and Chibok girls parent identification of OUR 21 #ChibokGirls, THANK YOU, LORD. THANK YOU, @MBuhari .Thank you.” Ezekwesili added that even though it was 4am in the part of the United States that she was, she could no longer sleep. “It is 4am in California and I can no longer sleep. Join me in singing the words of Psalm126… “When the Lord turned again the CAPTIVITY…” Trauma centre Meanwhile, the Federal Government yesterday assembled a team of medical doctors, psychologists, social workers, trauma experts among others to properly examine the 21 girls. In denying the swap deal, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who confirmed the release at a press conference in Abuja yesterday, revealed that the DSS in collaboration with a friendly European country, renowned international humanitarian organization and supported by the military pursued the leads directed by President Buhari. While insisting that there was no swap deal for the released girls, the minister maintained that it was as a result of the confidence building that has existed overtime and interventions from friendly countries and organisations. He noted that the assemblage of the experts is to ascertain the state of the health of the released girls disconnected after speeding over 900 days in captivity, stressing: “The first thing we are going to do is to see what is the state of their health and mind before anything else. The parents will also identify them before they will be finally released to them.” “We can confirm that 21 of the girls were released, safely, to us by 5.30 on Thursday morning and they were flown to Kaduna from the location of their release.” “This is the most glaring manifestation to date of the unwavering commitment of Mr. President to secure the safe release of the girls and reunite them with their families. It is also a result of the round-the-clock efforts by the administration to put a closure to the sad issue of the kidnap of the girls. “The released girls will land in Abuja. However, ahead of their arrival, we have assembled a team of medical doctors, psychologists, social workers, trauma experts, etc to properly examine them, especially because they have been in captivity for so long.” No swap deal Refuting the impression that there was a swap deal, the Information Minister said: “I repeat, this is not a swap deal but a release effected because over time, we succeeded in confidence building. It was possible because we use friendly countries and organisations in this process. It is not also true that they were released in exchange for any freed four Boko Haram members. This particular release is very significant because it is the first step in what we believe will lead to the eventual release of the remaining school girls.” On the continuation of military operation despite the release, he said: “When you are fighting insurgency, it is a combination of carrot and stick. The release of these girls does not mean the end to military operations but it could also mean a new phase in the conduct of the war against terrorism. “On the impression that the whole thing about Chibok girls is a farce, I want to say that you can only wake up a man who is sleeping not the one pretending to be sleeping. “There is nothing we can do or say to convince those who have made up their minds that the whole thing is a sham. However, the parents of these girls are the major stakeholders and the ones that matter not the opinion of anybody,” he said. 19 parents die Meanwhile, about 19 parents of the girls will never see their daughters again. Last year, a village near Chibok was under siege from Boko Haram. Seven fathers of the kidnapped girls were among 51 bodies taken to Chibok hospital after an attack on the nearby village of Kautakari, said a health worker who declined to be named for fear of reprisals . Community leader, Pogu Bitrus, also said at least, four more parents have died of heart failure, high blood pressure and other illnesses. “One father of two of the girls kidnapped just went into coma and kept repeating the names of his daughters, until life left him,” said Bitrus. In May 2016, Ayama Pogu, a retired Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) said his wife died as a result of the emotional trauma she suffered following the abduction of their daughter, Margaret. Pogu said although he was optimistic about reuniting with his daughter, some of the abducted girls might never be rescued. “Even if the children were to return, I am of the view that not all of them will come back in one piece,” Pogu said. Just last month, a member of Kibaku Area Development Association (KADA), Chibok, Borno State, Dr. Allen Manasseh, said yesterday in Abuja that four of the 19 parents were killed by the terrorists in subsequent attacks that occurred after the abduction of the girls. He said the remaining 15, including Mrs. Paul Lalai, whose twin daughters were among the abducted girls, died of trauma. “Yes, 19 of the parents have died since the abduction of the girls,” he said. SCB=IDCC…

The Federal Government And Its Show Of Hope Over The Release Of Chibok 21 Girls

Nigeria ’s Presidency has described the release of 21 out of the over 200 Chibok girls kidnapped by Boko Haram terrorists as ‘a show of faith’ on the part of the insurgents. Mr Femi Adesina, who is a spokesman for President Muhammadu Buhari, clears the air on the release which had triggered rumours that it was a swap deal between the Nigerian government and the terrorist group. He told Channels Television on Friday that the development was a confidence building step that would lead to bigger things. “I have heard and read so much about what we gave and what we didn’t give. “This is just a confidence building step that will lead to bigger things. “In the past, there have been many of such meetings that would have led to releases but along the line, discussions broke down. “Maybe they (the terrorists) trust the (new) process and they believe that they do this as a show of their trust and faith and believe. “For now, what we have been told is that there was no swap and the girls were released just as a show of faith, a confidence building measure and I think it is good enough for us to believe,” he said. “Many More Releases” Mr Adesina asserted that there would be more releases, describing the freedom of the 21 girls as a giant leap for humanity. “As we have been told, this is just one step which I will also call a giant leap for humanity. “You can be sure that there will be many more releases and as many of the girls that are alive would definitely return to their parents,” he said. End Of Insurgency The President’s spokesman says the government is winning the war against the dreaded insurgents, stressing that they have been largely degraded. “They used to attack army formations, police formations, schools (and) different types of target but they don’t do that anymore because their capacity to do that has been largely degraded. “I think a lot of progress has been made (and) we can simply say we are at the end of this insurgency and this is just the mopping up process,” said Adesina on Sunrise Daily. At least 200 girls were abducted by the Boko Haram terrorists from their hostels at the Government Secondary School, Chibok in Borno State on April 14, 2014. In the heat of the over six-year insurgency, Borno State, in northeast Nigeria became a strong hold of the dreaded insurgents. Since the abduction of the girls, pressure has been mounted on the Federal Government to rescue them, including demands for a swap with members of Boko Haram in detention. After much push for the girls’ release, 21 of them were freed on Thursday. The Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed, confirmed the release of the 21 girls. He stated categorically that the release was not a swap, but was achieved through the collaborative efforts of the security agencies, a friendly European country and a renowned International Humanitarian Organisation. In their reaction, the Bring Back Back Our Girls Campaign Group welcomed news of the release of the Chibok girls while praising the military for the efforts so far. The group said in a statement that the “wonderful development” confirmed what was known about the effort of the government to rescue the Chibok girls. They added that while they await further details, they salute the work of Nigeria’s security services at the front lines and the tireless efforts of members of the Multi-National Joint Task Force and the Civilian JTF.…

See Why Buhari Vows To Keep Pressing For Release Of Other Chibok Girls And How He Addressed The Wife BBC Reports.

Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, on Friday said his government would sustain efforts to free the remaining girls, kidnapped by the jihadist group Boko Haram in 2014.  The group had released 21 girls on earlier and “About 100 more (girls) are still in the hands of the terrorists,” Buhari told reporters in Berlin after a meeting with German Chancellor, Angela Merkel. “We hope we’ll get some  intelligence to go about securing the balance.” Determination To Secure After the release of the girls, President Buhari said their rescue was a confirmation of his determination to secure all Nigerians where ever they are. He made comments about the girls’ release at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport in Abuja just before takeoff to Germany on an official visit. He said that the Vice President would work out the details of how to receive the girls. “I believe you will be duly briefed by the Vice President. He will give you the details. I have just been briefed about it and I think the Vice President and the Minister of Information will give you the details. “To Nigerians all over, our responsibility is to continue to secure them wherever they are,” the President said. Appointees Rejig Call President Buhari also dismissed criticism voiced by his wife, Aisha Buhari, in a BBC interview published on Friday, saying that he had “superior knowledge” about running the government. The wife had said she might not back her husband in the next election unless he ‘shakes up his government’. President Muhammadu Buhari The first lady, who further alleged that the presidency had been hijacked, said a “few people” were behind presidential appointments. According to her, people who did not share the vision of the ruling All Progressives Congress, were now appointed to top posts because of the influence of certain people. Mrs Buhari said the President “does not know” most of the top officials he had appointed. “The President does not know 45 out of 50 of the people he appointed and I don’t know them either, despite being his wife of 27 years,” Mrs Buhari stated. She further said her husband had not told her whether he would contest the 2019 election.…

Why National Union Of Journalist (NUJ) Commends Federal Government On Release Of Chibok Girls.

Its eminent that President Buhari is working, read below: The National Secretary of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), Mr. Shuaibu Leman has commended the Federal Government for its determination to secure the release of the girls. The union believes this success will spur the government to secure the release of the remaining girls to enable them reunite with their families. “This development as we learned is as a result of the Federal Government’s determination to secure the release of the girls through negotiations initiated by the Department of State Services (DSS). “And a friendly foreign government as well as a renown International Humanitarian Organisation. The NUJ is also asking the government not to relent in the fight against terror until those held captive by the sect regain their freedom. On Thursday, the Spokesman for Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari,confirmed that 21 out of the Chibok girls kidnapped by the Boko Haram militants, have been released. According to a statement by Garba Shehu, (the President’s Spokesman), the Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Lawal Daura, already briefed President Muhammadu Buhari on the development. He said that the release of the girls, in a limited number, is the outcome of negotiations between the administration and the Boko Haram, brokered by the International Red Cross and the Swiss Government. The statement added that the President welcomes the release of the girls but cautioned Nigerians to be mindful of the fact that more than 30,000 fellow citizens were killed via terrorism.…

…See Why South Korea Accuses Nissan of Cheating on Emissions Tests In May

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korean environmental officials accused the Japanese carmaker Nissan Motor on Monday of cheating on auto emissions tests, and authorities called for one of the company’s executives to face criminal charges. The case reflects the increasing pressure on global automakers, as the crisis that has engulfed Volkswagen reverberates across the industry. Volkswagen last year admitted to installing a so-called defeat device on 11 million vehicles worldwide, software that effectively lowered emissions when the exhaust was being tested. The deception, which has cost the German company billions of dollars and prompted a management shake-up, has pushed global authorities to take a deeper look at emissions testing by car manufacturers. The accusations against Nissan in South Korea mirror the emissions discrepancies that regulators in Europe have detected in a wide range of cars. While those discrepancies have not been considered illegal in Europe, regulators in South Korea say they violate local emissions standards, in the case of Nissan. After Volkswagen’s deception emerged, South Korean officials started investigating the emissions systems of 20 diesel models in the country. As part of that effort, the Environment Ministry of South Korea said on Monday that it had discovered that Nissan had manipulated the emissions of its Qashqai diesel-power sport utility vehicle. The authorities said it had found problems with emissions levels in some other cars, but no cheating mechanisms like the one the Environment Ministry said it found in the Nissan model. Nissan disputed the accusations, adding that the model in question had passed European pollution tests. The cars are made in Britain. “Nissan has not and does not employ illegal defeat or cheat devices in any of the cars that we make,” the automaker said in an email statement. The potential hit to Nissan is more reputational than financial. Officials ordered Nissan to recall 814 cars, the total sold in South Korea. The company was also ordered to pay a fine of 330 million won, or about $280,000, and to suspend sales of the Qashqai. The Environment Ministry also said it would ask prosecutors to indict the head of Nissan’s South Korean operations, Takehiko Kikuchi, on criminal charges of violating the country’s emissions law. Carmakers have been under increasing scrutiny since Volkswagen’s deception emerged. The United States Justice Department is investigating Daimler, the maker of Mercedes vehicles, over emissions testing. As part of an inquiry into potential emission anomalies, French authorities collected documents from the PSA Group, the parent of Peugeot and Citroën. German regulators last month recalled 630,000 cars over emissions issues, a group that includes vehicles by General Motors’ Opel unit, Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen. The country’s officials are also looking into whether Opel and Fiat used manipulated software similar to the device found in Volkswagen vehicles. Opel officials are set to testify before an investigatory committee in Germany this week. South Korean authorities have been particularly proactive in the wake of the Volkswagen scandal, as officials look to address the growing health concerns stemming from pollution. Graphic: Explaining Volkswagen’s Emissions Scandal Officials, who have raided the local offices of the German automaker, fined the company 14.1 billion won, or about $12 million, and ordered a recall of 125,000 vehicles. They have also asked prosecutors to indict two Volkswagen officials in South Korea on related charges. Prosecutors are still considering that request. During the broader inquiry into diesel vehicles, investigators found that the defeat device used in the Nissan Qashqai was set to turn off its exhaust reduction system automatically under regular driving temperatures, the ministry’s statement said. It added that the system turned off when the engine’s intake temperature reached 35 degrees Celsius, or 95 degrees Fahrenheit. Other models turned off at higher temperatures. A British government report, published in April, said that emissions of nitrogen oxides from tested vehicles, including two different Qashqai models, were “surprisingly different when tested on a test track or on-road under real driving conditions.” The report cited significant differences depending on whether the engines of tested vehicles were cold or had been warmed up. Volkswagen, however, used software specifically designed to thwart emissions tests. “Our priority is to protect the interests of U.K. consumers,” the British Department for Transport said in a statement on Monday. “There is no evidence that Nissan has cheated emissions tests in the U.K., but we continue to monitor emissions investigations in other countries with interest.” The German Transport Ministry said in a report in April that vehicles from more than a dozen manufacturers, including Nissan, had engines that were programmed to turn down emissions controls in cold weather. As part of its investigation, the ministry tested the Nissan Navara. Officials ordered the recall of 630,000 cars. (The Navara was not part of that group.) The automakers will be required to improve the emissions performance of the vehicles. The ministry said that only Volkswagen had illegal software designed to produce artificially low emissions under testing conditions. Scaling back the emissions controls, according to German authorities, is allowed under certain conditions to protect the motor from damage. The vehicle at the center of the South Korean investigation, the Qashqai, was produced in Nissan’s British plant, using a Renault diesel engine, the ministry said. Nissan and Renault are partners with a common management structure; Carlos Ghosn is chairman and chief executive of the alliance. Nissan said sales of the Qashqai, a compact crossover introduced in 2007 that resembles an S.U.V. and a hatchback, had reached one million vehicles by 2011. The Qashqai is sometimes marketed under the name Dualis. While it is not sold in the United States and it is being phased out in Japan, the car has been especially important in Europe. The Qashqai is credited with helping raise Nissan’s market share in Europe, including Russia, to 4 percent last year, from 2.7 percent in 2009. That amounts to 715,000 units, out of Nissan’s roughly five million annual total. Beyond the issues over emissions testing, automakers have admitted to other irregularities. Last month, in a separate scandal involving fuel efficiency, Mitsubishi Motors acknowledged using a testing method, banned in Japan, that tended to produce a more flattering assessment of fuel economy. But that method is approved in the United States.…

…Why I Will Not Support Buhari’s Re-election For 2019 if… – Wife Of The President Aisha Buhari

 BBC reports that Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari's wife has warned him that she may not back him at the next election unless he shakes up his government. In a BBC interview, Aisha Buhari said the president "does not know" most of the top officials he has appointed. She suggested the government had been hijacked, saying a "few people" were behind presidential appointments. Mr Buhari was elected last year with a promise to tackle corruption and nepotism in government. His wife's decision to go public with her concerns will shock many people, but it shows the level of discontent with the president's leadership, says the BBC's Naziru Mikailu in the capital, Abuja. The president famously remarked at his inauguration that he "belongs to nobody and belongs to everybody". In the interview with Naziru Mikailu, Mrs Buhari said: "The president does not know 45 out of 50, for example, of the people he appointed and I don't know them either, despite being his wife of 27 years." She said people who did not share the vision of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) were now appointed to top posts because of the influence a "few people" wield. "Some people are sitting down in their homes folding their arms only for them to be called to come and head an agency or a ministerial position." Asked to name those who had hijacked the government, she refused, saying: "You will know them if you watch television." On whether the president was in charge, she said: "That is left for the people to decide." Mrs Buhari said her husband had not told her whether he would contest the 2019 election. "He is yet to tell me but I have decided as his wife, that if things continue like this up to 2019, I will not go out and campaign again and ask any woman to vote like I did before. I will never do it again." Asked what she regarded as the government's major achievement, she said it was to improve security in the north-east where militant Islamist group Boko Haram has waged an insurgency since 2009. "No-one is complaining about being attacked in their own homes. Thankfully everyone can walk around freely, go to places of worship, etc. Even kids in Maiduguri have returned to schools," Mrs Buhari said, referring to the city which was once the headquarters of the militant group.…

…See Why Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) Group Praises Military Over Release Of 21 Chibok Girls Bags For More Work On The Release Of Others

The Bring Back Back Our Girls Campaign Group has welcomed news of the release of the Chibok girls while praising the military for the efforts so far. In a statement jointly signed by co-conveners of the movement, Oby Ezekwesili and Aisha Yesufu, the group said that the “wonderful development” confirms what it has always known about the activity of the government to rescue the Chibok girls. The group said that while it awaits further details, it salutes the work of the nation’s security services at the front lines: its commitment, resilience and tireless efforts of the members of the Multi-National Joint Task Force and the Civilian JTF. The group also thanked the International Committee of the Red Cross, the Swiss government and all negotiators involved in securing the release. It, however, urged the international community to continue to support the government’s effort to rescue all other abducted Nigerians, so that parents, the Chibok community, the nation, and the world at large can finally put an end to the nightmare once and for all. The Spokesman for the President on Thursday,   confirmed that 21 out of the Chibok girls   kidnapped by the Boko Haram militants, have been released. …

…See Why Senate Recommends 3-Year Validity For Jamb Result

The Nigerian Senate has extended the validity of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) examination results for three years from the date of the examination. Federal lawmakers took this decision to amend the JAMB Act during Thursday’s legislative proceedings. The Chairman of the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and Tetfund, Senator Jibrin Barua, read the report of the committee which was mandated to work on the act. The committee recommended that a candidate who meets the requirements for admission and is duly qualified shall remain so qualified for three years. The committee also recommended that a candidate awaiting admission shall be given preference in the succeeding year over fresh applicants who shall only become eligible when the backlog has been cleared. The committee also recommended that the matriculation examinations conducted by the board shall be the sole examination required for admission and entry into all universities, polytechnics and colleges of education to the exclusion of any other institution or body. The Senate approved these recommendations.…

…USA Towards Answering The Call Of The Election Season…

DISCUSSION of the presidential election is everywhere, from TV to water-cooler conversations. So you might as well embrace it on your phone, with apps to help understand the candidates’ positions and keep up on election issues. Voter   is popular, and its core function is easy to grasp: It uses swipe gestures to test which way your political leanings go, and then suggests political “matches” that line up with your interests and beliefs. This part of the app is actually fun and interesting since it poses straightforward questions — like “Legalize marijuana?” or “Build a border wall?” — that may make you confront your thoughts. You can tap on a particular issue to learn more. When you have finished tapping and swiping, you get a list of matches with information about each politician’s or party’s positions. Ostensibly, this makes the app useful in trying to explain the entire election process to youngsters. There is undeniable educational value here. Voter may also help you think about how you will vote, though it’s equally possible that it may just make you angry. The app has a few other features, including a political map that displays in a simple visual style where your beliefs fall on the political spectrum, and a social media link to share your thoughts on Facebook. There is also a section for updates on election news, which draws from numerous sources, including NPR and Fox. Best of all, there is a button to help you register to vote via the   Rock TheVote campaign (though this does depend on which state you live in). An opinion app and a news aggregator, Voter is a bit of everything, and it’s well designed, with an easy-to-use interface. It’s free on   iOS   and   Android. Brigade   is similar to Voter, but with a social media twist. It’s designed to inspire political discussions. Like Voter, Brigade uses simple questions to gauge your opinion on different political topics, like civil rights. Given a question like, “Are more laws needed to ensure equal pay?” you choose “yes,” “no” or “unsure” with a tap. Then the app shows how many other users agree or disagree with you. After a handful of questions, Brigade tells you which candidates your feelings align with and asks you to “pledge” your vote. This is symbolic only, but the app encourages you to take to social media networks and email to encourage others to debate with you and perhaps pledge their support. You can interact with other users in a chat-roomlike debate. You can even start public debates by stating an opinion or asking a question. Brigade feels more serious than Voter, and its users do seem passionate about their positions. The app, which is free on   iOS   and   Android,   provides another avenue to vent frustrations or chat with like-minded people. We the People — Election 2016   lets you discuss matters anonymously with other users nearby. You can publicly state your opinion, if you choose, and a useful heat map feature allows you to see which way people around you are leaning. The app also has a news aggregator to keep you on top of election issues. It’s free on   iOS   and   Android. For a bit of gaming relief, type “Trump,” “Clinton” or “election” into the app store search box and you’ll find many free games that feature an election motif. I like the Risk-like game called   Battleground . This app places you in control of either the   Hillary Clinton   or   Donald J. Trump   campaign bandwagon in an effort to raise funds and campaign your way around the states to election victory. It’s silly fun, and free on   iOS. Finally, there are some great new election-themed iMessage sticker apps. They are variously funny or offensive, but I prefer the simple   Hillary Clinton for President   app (There’s a   Donald Trump for President one, too.) These free apps let you badge your iMessage chats with simple, elegantly designed stickers that feature plain text, like “I’m with her,” and attractive imagery. These are a classy way to express your opinions — no need for name-calling. Quick Call The Shazam app is always fun to use, thanks to the magical way it can identify a song after just a few seconds. Now the app’s makers have a lightweight version,   Shazam Lite , aimed at basic Android phones that do not have a lot of storage. Shazam Lite takes up one megabyte of space, and though it’s visually pared down compared to the full Shazam app, it works the same way. It’s   free, though you need to check whether your Android phone supports it. Battleground is a bit like the game of Risk. You manage your election campaign as you travel around the nation trying to “win” states and raise money.…

The Bash On Cybersecurity And Social Media: Corporate Training Best Practices

Everybody agrees that it’s important to instill a corporate culture of compliance for cyber security, privacy and social media with your employees. But what are the best practices around doing that, especially with a large company? At a recent event, Donna A. Balaguer, Principal, Fish & Richardson, Roota Almeida, Head of Information Security, Delta Dental of NJ, E.J.Borrack, General Counsel, The Stilwell Group and Korin Neff, Senior Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer, Wyndham Worldwide explored the challenges and best practices of training employees to follow cyber and social media policies. This is an edited version of that conversation. As a note, you’ll find that many of these key concepts apply to any type of corporate training. Donna Balahuer: From a practical perspective, how do you instill a corporate culture of compliance? Korin Neff:  People always talk about getting senior management involved or the “tone at the top”. What is often forgotten is the “tone at the middle”. While it’s important that your CEO, CFO, your board of directors, and general counsel to show strong buy-in to the program, it’s also important to get your next level of senior leaders involved, buying into the message, and spreading it forward. We’ve developed a network of compliance champions to lead the “tone at the middle” throughout the company. We gather them together annually to talk about cyber security, privacy and other compliance issues. We discover what’s really important to them and how to resonate that message throughout their areas of the business. We’ve learned that while it’s important for people to understand the “dos and don’ts” in terms of cyber security and privacy in the workplace, the way to get employees really engaged is by explaining how they can incorporate those practices into their daily lives. We’ve started a campaign of common sense practices for personal assets (such as cybersecurity for children or what to do if you are breached personally) so that these things just become habit. People start to understand if something is important to you in your personal life, it also important in your professional life. Donna Balahuer: How do you spread the message to staff that cyber security is an important core value in the company? Roota Almeida: It’s helpful to use different kinds of channels to spread the word. You could use email, or put it on the company website, or print posters, conduct contests, offer “lunch and learns” or create videos. …

See The Names Forwarded By Federal Government of 21 Chibok Girls Released By Boko Haram

Senior Special Assistant to President Buhari on Media and Publicity, Shehu Garba, just released the names of the 21 girls Chibok girls released today by Boko Haram members. Here are the names made available by the government after the cut... 1. Mary Usman Bulama 2. Jummai John 3. Blessing Abana 4. Lugwa Sanda 5. Comfort Habila 6. Maryam Basheer 7. Comfort Amos 8. Glory Mainta 9. Saratu Emannuel 10. Deborah Ja’afaru 11. Rahab Ibrahim 12. Helen Musa 13. Maryamu Lawan 14. Rebecca Ibrahim 15. Asabe Goni 16. Deborah Andrawus 17. Agnes Gapani 18. Saratu Markus 19. Glory Dama 20. Pindah Nuhu 21. Rebecca Mallam…

See Why Microsoft Will Launch Its Price War With Salesforce On November 1

Microsoft on Tuesday showed off the next incarnation of a major software product called Dynamics 365, stuffed full of new features and artificial intelligence. Microsoft has been teasing Dynamics 365 for a while now, as is its custom. On Tuesday the company announced that Dynamics 365 will be will be available to customers worldwide beginning November 1. This is the product that goes head-to-head with Salesforce, as well as Oracle and SAP. Dynamics 365 is cloud software that has combined what's known as CRM or customer relationship management software – used by salespeople to track prospects and customers (a market Salesforce leads) – with ERP or enterprise resource management software. ERP is financial, manufacturing, and supply chain management software, a market where SAP is the biggest player, followed by Oracle. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella This new product is one of the main reasons that Microsoft bought LinkedIn for more than $26 billion. Dynamics 365 includes new applications that sift through data stored in Microsoft documents, the CRM/ERP system, and social media like LinkedIn to provide sales leads and business insights for marketing campaigns. Microsoft had previously said that it plans to start a price war with the main CRM players, particularly Salesforce. On Tuesday, cloud vice president Takeshi Numoto wrote a blog post that shared a few more details about those pricing plans. He explained that Microsoft's new subscription plans for Dynamics 365 will bundle together many popular options, rather than making a company pay for each one per user, separately. Numoto writes that this "could save four to five times the cost of traditional CRM providers." While Salesforce isn't known to be dirt cheap — it can cost up to $300 per person per month — enterprise IT departments tend to negotiate prices, so list prices don't always count for much. In his blog post, Numoto also couldn't resist another subtle dig at Salesforce and its newly announced, much hyped AI product called Einstein, which has been receiving mixed reviews so far. Salesforce has spent hundreds of millions of dollars to acquire the tech and team that built Einstein over the past few years. Plus, CEO Marc Benioff has been saying that AI is the next big wave in software, and will one day be baked into everything Salesforce does. Meanwhile, Microsoft, with its massive R&D organization, says its been working on AI for "decades." Numoto writes (emphasis ours): "With so much attention on artificial intelligence and the promise it holds,  it can be hard to tell what’s real and what’s not.  When it comes to business process – and your business – Dynamics 365 delivers the intelligence you need to transform, now, backed by decades of research and investment."…

See The Core Reason Why DSS Arrested Justice Ademola For Granting Unconditional Bail To Nnamdi Kanu Exposed

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has said that the arrest of  Justice Ademola’s by the DSS was linked with the unconditional bail he had earlier granted Nnamdi Kanu which the Federal Government rejected. A statement from IPOB Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful,  said that Nnamdi Kanu has spent one year in detention illegally even though a court of competent jurisdiction had granted him unconditional release on 16th and 17th December 2015 by magistrate and federal high courts in Abuja. Emma Powerful stated that Biafra will be a country where people of Africa will benefit, ‘the Africa will be technologically, economically, politically and spiritually free through the new republic’. “However, we are aware of the systematic way of delaying the members of IPOB who were detained illegally in all the prisons and security cells across the country”.…

What Engr. Edmund Said On The Ordained Order Of Taken Up The Earthly Human Body

Man was created in Paradise as unconscious spirit germ. The urge to become conscious inherent in the germ caused it to be driven out of Paradise into the world of matter in order to acquire consciousness indeed self-consciousness by experiencing heterogeneous waves. As it descended into matter, the quality of attraction inherent in it as spirit drew to it and covered it with substances of the realms it passed through as cloak. These cloaks are called soul. So the soul bears the spirit, the real man, as its core. It is this soul that takes up the earthly body, the heaviest body or cloak the spirit wears. The natural process for wearing this heaviest cloak called the earthly body, after the initial creation process of evolution of primeval man on earth from cells generated and developed by Substantiate Beings, is Procreation, Incarnation and Birth. The Substantiate Beings are servants of God that executes His Will. Various species of them work in all realms of creation and subsequent creation. The activities of the substantiate beings in matter in the evolution of man was described in the Bible as ''And the Lord God moulded man from the dust of the earth.....'' The process of procreation of human being with flesh and blood on earth is fusion of sperm from man and egg from woman resulting to a conception in a natural vessel for it; the womb of woman, otherwise what will be conceived will not be a human being that will bear a spiritual core. Conception naturally results from sexual intercourse. The condition ordained for consummation of sexual intercourse is pure love and spiritual harmony between the two persons involved in the act, otherwise a sin is committed. The act involving mutual exchange of vibration (radiation) sends out waves that alert souls wishing to reincarnate to be close. Conception i.e. becoming pregnant is accompanied with coding and differentiation of the egg cell to various body parts in an ambient environment of the womb by the substantiate beings till the middle of pregnancy ( about 4½ to 5 months) when all the body parts are fully formed. At this stage one of the souls hovering to reincarnate incarnates and the body becomes a human being. This incarnation was described in the Bible as ''......and breathed into it the breath of life and man became a living soul''. On this incarnation, the human blood is formed and begins to circulate. The soul that incarnates must be the one that has homogeneous qualities with the human beings involved in the sexual act and/or one that has a seed or seeds that links it to them to reap or settle. This has implication for a woman in marriage, a divorced or a single; for the woman in marriage the soul that incarnates is drawn by her and her husband if there is love between them or by her to any other person she is inclined to in love, for the divorced or the single it is drawn by either her alone or with whomever she gets closely inclined to in love. The incarnated soul at this stage of pregnancy completes the development of the body parts already formed by the substantiate beings till the body matures enough to bear the harsh environment of the earth, then earthly birth occurs through labour pain. The severity of the labour pains differs from woman to woman depending on her nature and that of the soul that reincarnates; light woman and light soul or light woman and dark soul or dark woman and dark soul. The connection with darkness increases the pain. The light woman and dark soul becomes possible if the woman loves a dark man or inclines more to dark people because the light withdraws wherever darkness exerts upper hand. On taking its first breath at birth, the human body immediately adjusts to the new environment with a cry. Every birth is under the influence of a star in a constellation of a zodiac sign. The radiation of the star forms a channel through which the threads of fate of an incarnated soul flows to it. The above description is the order ordained by God for coming to earth of every being that wears human form, no exception. God is perfect, and in His perfection He cannot subvert His Will for any reason. Any other means devised by man as a way of wearing the earthly human body is false and cannot be from God. May we strive to recognise the perfection of God in the natural laws for they are expressions of His will. This explanation is based on my own understanding of the work ''In the Light of Truth, The Grail Message'' by Abd-ru-shin You may wish to examine it for better understanding.…

Hold Lawyers Responsible For Rot And Shameful Nature Of Judiciary – Itsey Sagay

Lawyers, especially the senior ones are responsible for the rot in the judicial system. That is the view of a professor of law, Itsey Sagay. In an exclusive interview with Channels Television, Professor Sagay said that the senior lawyers corrupted the judges and are largely responsible for the corruption in the system. He condemned the reaction of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), saying the body lacked the moral premise to criticize the activities of the DSS which he said is lawful. On whether the National Judicial Council has the capabilities to deal with the corruption in the bench, the law professor said that the NJC lacks the capacity because it is an emergency situation which demands unusual approach. …

Hurray! Senate Clears Political Debates Commission Bill For Second Reading–See Why

The Senate in Nigeria has passed for second reading, a bill to establish a Nigerian Political Debates Commission. The bill is to give legislative backing for the establishment of a commission with the responsibility of organising and conducting debates for all candidates cleared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Candidates that are to participate in elections into the offices of the president and vice president of the country as well as governor and deputy governor would be made to take part in debates if the bill scales through. The sponsor of the bill, Senator Abdulfatai Buhari, says the Election Debates Bill if passed into law shall be used to sample the candidates’ knowledge on a wide range of issues and offer the electorates the avenue to evaluate candidates. Since there is no law mandating all candidates for elections in Nigeria to take part in a debate, most of the candidates stay away from debates when they are conducted by media houses or other organisations. The law is expected to mandate them to take part in debates. It is not yet clear if there would be sanctions that the law will prescribe for candidates that shun debates after the bill has been passed.…

The Anglican Primate: Nicholas Okoh To Nigerians- Believe In Buhari’s Promise,

The Primate of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Most Reverend Nicholas Okoh, has asked Nigerians to believe in President Muhammadu Buhari’s promise of better days ahead. Most Reverend Okoh gave the advice while speaking with journalists on Wednesday at the diocese of Osun Northeast of Anglican Communion in Otan Ayegbaju, Osun State. He says progress of Nigeria depends largely on unity. The primate further emphasised the need for all Nigerians to work towards national development. Prerequisite For Development The clergyman, who noted that peace was a major prerequisite for development, urged political leaders and others to do away with the idea of supremacy. “Nigerians should believe the President. They have no choice. He knows better than everybody, so what he is saying to them that recession will be short-lived, they should believe and look forward with hope. “Unless we have unity, we will not make progress. It is a prerequisite for development, both the east, the West and the north and south must all learn to respect one another. “There should be no idea of anybody trying to dominate one another, we must all cooperate and work as one in order to enhance national progress,” he emphasised. On the economic situation of the country, Most Reverend Okoh stressed that recession was not peculiar to Nigeria alone and should not be allowed to destroy the country. “Recession is not only a phenomenon in Nigeria. It happened in different countries depending on the state of the economy but it’s not enough to destroy the nation. “All the people need to do is to stretch their imagination beyond the recession and make progress,” he advised. He, therefore, urged Nigerians to see beyond economic recession in order to make progress.…

How Reps Wants To Investigate DSS’ Sting Operations

The House of Representatives has revealed plans to set up an Ad-hoc Committee to investigate what they term as invasion of property and arrest of persons by the Department of State Services (DSS). This is following the operations carried out over the weekend by the agency, in which several judicial officers were picked up. A lawmaker, Kingsley Chinda, presented the matter as a motion of urgent national importance, saying that the trend, if left unchecked, could result in the introduction of self-help by citizens. According to the lawmaker, it is important to understand if the security agency is legally empowered to investigate issues of corruption and professional misconduct. The House Ad-hoc committee is to investigate if the action of the DSS is not outside it’s duties as prescribed by the National Securities Act. Senate Condemns Arrest Of Judges The Senate has also condemned what it called an invasion of the homes, arrest and detention of serving judges by the directorate of the Department of State Services (DSS) without deference to the constitutional responsibility of the National Judicial Council (NJC). The Chairman, Senate Committee on Judiciary, Senator Joshua Lidani, brought the matter before the Senate at the resumption of plenary on Tuesday. Senate President, Bukola Saraki said that the Senate was in full support of the fight against corruption but the government must ensure that the war on corruption is fought within the rule of law.…

How Federal Government Wants To Launch Digital Switchover In Abuja In December 2016

The Federal Government has announced plans to launch digital broadcasting in December as part of efforts to ensure the realization of the June 2017 Digital Switch Over deadline. This is in line with the directive of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) to its member countries.‎ Fielding questions from Journalists in Abuja after inspecting a set-up box manufacturing company, the Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed, said that digitizing broadcasting in Nigeria is irreversible and unstoppable and that the digital switch over is no longer a matter of choice but a matter of necessity. He added that the process of digitization would also provide over a million jobs for Nigerian youths within the next two years. The June 2017 deadline for the digital switch over from analogue to Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) is part of the development of all digital terrestrial broadcast services for sound and television for 119 countries who are members of the International Telecommunications Union.…

Why NJC Emergency Meeting Have To End, To Continue On Wednesday

The emergency meeting of the National Judicial Council (NJC) scheduled to discuss the arrest of some judges last week ended on Tuesday without members reaching any resolution. The meeting, which held at the three Arm Zone of the Presidential Villa in Abuja, will continue on Wednesday. Journalists, who had gathered early enough to cover the meeting were barred from covering the event, but an insider confirmed that the meeting had begun and that the meeting was exclusively for members of the NJC. This meeting is coming on the heels of the arrest of some judges by the Department of State Services over allegations of misconduct and corruption. The arrest has thrown up a lot of debate across sessions of the society. Meanwhile, the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has called the harassment and arrest of the judges absurd and unacceptable, but the Federal Government insisted that the ongoing trial was for judges alleged to be corrupt and not the entire judiciary as argued by the NBA This is perhaps the first time the Department of the State Service, (DSS) will be making such sweeping arrests and some believe that this is a highjack of the responsibilities of the Nigerian Police Force. DSS SPOKESMAN ABDULLAHI GARBA Tuesday’s meeting by the NJC is expected to make pronouncement on the position of the body regarding the arrest of the High Court judges. DSS Explains Why It Made Arrests After the arrest of the judges triggered series of comments from lawyers, the DSS, through its Spokesman, Abdullahi Garba, said that the service had in the past few days, embarked on raids of residents of some Judges of the Supreme, Appeal and High Courts. Mr Garba says the operations are based on allegations of corruptions and other acts of professional misconduct by a few of the suspected Judges. According to him, “the Service action is in line with its core mandate, as we have been monitoring the expensive and luxurious lifestyle of some of the Judges as well as complaints from the concerned public over judgment obtained fraudulently and on the basis of amounts of money paid. “The judges involved were invited, upon which due diligence was exhibited and their premises searched. “The searches have uncovered huge raw cash of various denominations, local and foreign currencies, with real estate worth several millions of Naira and documents affirming unholy acts by these Judges”. The DSS spokesman further explained that some of the judges had made useful statements while a few declined even with the glaring evidences that were found against them in terms of material cash, documents and property recovered pointing to their compromise. “In one of the States where the Service operations were conducted, credible intelligence revealed that the Judge had Two Million United States Dollars ($2,000,000 USD) stashed in his house. “When he was approached for due search to be conducted, he in concert with the State Governor, mobilised thugs against the Service team. “The team restrained itself in the face of unbridled provocative activities by those brought in by the Governor. “Unfortunately, the Judge and Governor also engaged the tacit support of a sister security agency,” he said. He did not state the name of the Governor and the state. But the Rivers State Governor, Mr Nyesom Wike, had foiled the arrest of a judge in Port Harcourt.…

A Must Read On Twitter’s Fate: Marc Benioff of Salesforce Addresses Acquisition Talk

SAN FRANCISCO — Marc Benioff, the founder and chief executive of Salesforce.com, showed up onstage on Wednesday afternoon at his biggest customer event of the year to talk up his business technology company’s products and strategy. But what was arguably the higher-stakes meeting was held later that day. At the plush St. Regis San Francisco Hotel, Mr. Benioff presided over a gathering with Wall Street analysts and investors. His aim: to assuage their concerns about his plan to buy Twitter, the struggling social media company. “We look at a lot of things,” Mr. Benioff told the room, without directly mentioning Twitter. “The number we acquire is very few.” Still, he said, “it gives us ideas” to look at companies. For weeks, the technology world has been buzzing about Mr. Benioff’s intentions, after it emerged last month that Salesforce was interested in bidding for Twitter. At first glance, the two companies could not be more different. Twitter is where celebrities, politicians and countless other individuals broadcast their thoughts in 140-character messages. Salesforce, on the other hand, makes online software for salespeople and marketers. Yet Twitter would fit into a vision that Mr. Benioff has had for Salesforce, which he founded in 1999, as a company that can help enterprises with all of their customer needs. Twitter, in Mr. Benioff’s eyes, is already a powerful customer service tool that airlines, restaurants, banks and many other companies use to field consumer complaints and requests. Companies can also use what people post on Twitter to glean consumer habits. “This is a huge messaging and communications service,” Mr. Benioff, who turned 52 last month, said on Wednesday in an interview on his way to the St. Regis. He added, “I use mergers and acquisition activity to think about the market.” Mr. Benioff faces a battery of challenges in buying Twitter. Skeptical investors have pushed Salesforce stock down about 5 percent since news broke that the company was considering bidding for the social media company. Behind the scenes, investors have been grousing about a potential purchase. Any deal would very likely be Salesforce’s largest, with Twitter valued at about $14 billion. Salesforce, which is unprofitable, has a market capitalization of about $48 billion. Twitter investors appear dubious, too. The company’s stock dropped more than 20 percent on Thursday as speculation about other suitors seemed to dissipate. “This would be a disaster,” said Joel Fishbein, managing director at BTIG, a financial services firm. “Benioff is a visionary, but this could blow up. Engineers could leave Salesforce, and it would send the stock down 30 or 40 percent.” Mr. Benioff acknowledged that Salesforce would face difficulties in taking over Twitter, given that Salesforce sells software to businesses while Twitter is a consumer technology company. The chief executive, who is an activist in areas like gay rights and gender equality, also said he was troubled by the amount of hate speech on Twitter. But it is not unusual for Mr. Benioff to go against the grain. A San Francisco native, he worked at Oracle, the business software company, for years before founding Salesforce as an online software firm in 1999, when online software was still unproven. Salesforce soon became the largest maker of so-called customer relationship management, or C.R.M., software sold over the cloud, which is used by salespeople and marketers at companies like American Express andGeneral Electric. Salesforce went public in 2004. Along the way, Salesforce became one of the largest employers in San Francisco and Mr. Benioff became one of the city’s richest men. He has turned part of his fortune toward philanthropy, donating millions of dollars to a new children’s hospital in San Francisco that bears his family’s name, as well as pledging money to the city’s public schools. “Marc wants to be well thought of, to feel like he’s doing things the right way,” said Adam Bosworth, a Salesforce executive who left in August to work at Amazon. Mr. Bosworth recalled once disagreeing with Mr. Benioff on a management issue and sending him an email with the subject line, “You are not being a mensch.” “It was the fastest response I ever got from him,” Mr. Bosworth said. Mr. Benioff has courted attention as Salesforce has grown. San Francisco’s tallest building, which is now under construction, is set to have the Salesforce name. The chief executive has publicly crusaded for political causes like gay rights in Indiana, where Salesforce has a big office. He holds mindfulness workshops with Buddhist monks from a group that has been staying at one of his San Francisco mansions for the last year. This week, the streets of his city are jampacked with people attending his company’s annual conference. To increase Salesforce’s business, Mr. Benioff has been on a buying spree, purchasing companies that can help build up data or capabilities in technologies like artificial intelligence, as well as features that broaden how Salesforce can serve customers. This week, Salesforce said it was buying Krux, a little-known advertising company with over 30 petabytes of information on 3.5 billion devices, in a deal valued at more than $700 million. That followed a $750 million purchase in August of Quip, a maker of real-time collaboration software. Quip co-founder Bret Taylor, a veteran of Google and Facebook, is on the board of Twitter. Much of the data that Salesforce is gaining through acquisitions can help power artificial intelligence, which Mr. Benioff says will soon be everywhere. “We’ve bought about a dozen A.I. companies, built whole new teams,” he said in a recent interview. But the biggest deal was one that got away. Earlier this year, Mr. Benioff tried to acquire LinkedIn, the professional social networking site, which has data about professionals and jobs. Salesforce lost to Microsoft, which is paying $26.2 billion for LinkedIn. Salesforce has since raised concerns over the deal with Europe’s antitrust authorities. Without LinkedIn, Mr. Benioff turned his sights to Twitter, which has been trying to figure out how to rev up its growth. Mr. Benioff, who is himself a power user of Twitter, said on Wednesday that while it was essential that Salesforce be in A.I., there was more to Twitter than that. “It’s a huge customer-service platform,” used by companies like Dell, Apple and Bank of America, he said in the interview on the way to the St. Regis. “It’s not a reason to buy it, but it’s a reason to look at it. I’m not saying I’m buying it, but I’m not saying I’m not buying it.” Later, at the investor meeting where analysts shied from mentioning the name Twitter, Mr. Benioff tried to explain where he was coming from. “I see things in a different kind of way,” he told them. “I hope someday to sit down and say how I think about that which shall not be named.” Eventually, though, Mr. Benioff could not resist a more direct reference to Twitter’s chief executive, Jack Dorsey. “I wish Jack well with his company,” Mr. Benioff said at the end of the investor meeting.…

Why Twitter Is Said to Be in Continued Talks With Salesforce

SAN FRANCISCO — Over the last week, Twitter’s fate has appeared to be murkier than ever. The troubled social media company, which has been engaged in talks to sell itself, seemed to be running out of potential buyers. But inside Twitter, executives are continuing deal talks with at least one suitor, the online software company Salesforce.com, according to two people involved in the discussions who spoke on condition of anonymity because the strategizing is private. The talks are continuing even though Salesforce has faced pushback from some of its biggest investors over a potential acquisition. Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s chief executive, is now not averse to selling the company as long as it is what is best for the integrity of the product, according to two people involved in the talks. That is a shift of heart for the chief executive from last month, when Mr. Dorsey was said to be resistant to a deal because he was concerned Twitter would be sold for parts. At the same time, Twitter’s executives are pressing on as if the company will remain an independent entity, said the people involved in the negotiations. While Twitter executives think they have clarified the social media company’s mission and focus, which now revolves around live events and live commentary, they had feared they were running out of time to achieve their goals given the volatility of its stock and investor skepticism over its prospects. The multipronged strategy gives a glimpse into how Twitter is internally trying to come to grips with its path forward amid a shifting chess match of deal talks and considerations. Even as Twitter is in the spotlight as a go-to discussion forum during this presidential election cycle, the challenges the company faces remain acute. Twitter, which will report its next quarterly earnings on Oct. 27, is still wrestling with questions about its growth in users and revenue. The company, which is based in San Francisco, also faces mounting concerns around the potential threat of an activist shareholder lawsuit, a choppy stock price and a growing internal fear among employees that it is susceptible to forces outside of their control. Mr. Dorsey was in the middle of a major turnaround effort, an attempt to stanch the bleeding of users and reinstall faith in the company with new efforts around live streaming video. Mr. Dorsey, executives and many on the board wanted more time to prove Twitter could work as an independent company, even as they had a fiduciary duty to consider all options. A Twitter spokeswoman declined to comment. Salesforce also declined to comment. The internal state of affairs at Twitter and its likely options was described in interviews with more than a dozen current and former employees. Rank-and-file staff members are frustrated about being in the dark on the company’s future, and a handful of employees have stopped showing up for work entirely, several insiders said. Morale has deteriorated over the last year, especially amid rumors of more layoffs at the company — some took place a year ago. Employees said management handled the situation poorly when at one point, some of them discovered access to a digital folder on Twitter’s network that had the names of people who were to be dismissed, before any announcement being made. Eventually, Twitter announced it would cut more than 300 jobs. Mr. Dorsey has been trying to rally the troops, sending two companywide memos, one in mid-September and one last week, which were obtained by The New York Times. In the September note, Mr. Dorsey struck a consoling tone to employees, and noted the progress around Twitter’s live streaming of a Thursday night N.F.L. game to be broadcast that day. But he did not offer clarity on the rumors surrounding the company’s potential acquisition, leading to further internal speculation and grumbling. Despite the drama, there is a bright spot for Twitter executives: The company’s focus on live efforts, however nascent, are beginning to bear some fruit. One measure that is on the rise is Twitter’s logged-out live stream viewers — that is, people who watched the live streamed N.F.L. game who do not hold Twitter accounts — accounting for about 15 percent of total viewership of the company’s first handful of N.F.L. games, according to two people with knowledge of the viewership numbers. That syncs with Twitter’s overall thesis that its platform extends beyond those who hold Twitter accounts. As far as logged-in Twitter accounts are concerned, the company reported three million new users last quarter. People familiar with the company’s metrics expect that growth to continue. Twitter executives are also focused on making Twitter profitable. Since going public in November 2013, the company has yet to turn a profit, particularly because of a large stock-based expenses related to employee compensation and high research and development costs. As a result, Twitter is looking at divesting some non core businesses. Those include Vine, the six-second video sharing app, which has been bleeding users and executive staff. Twitter is also considering selling off Fabric, a mobile developer platform that the company launched in 2014, from which effectively it did not make money. Twitter earlier held separate talks with Microsoft about a potential acquisition of Fabric, according to four people involved in the matter. Those preliminary talks stalled when rumors of a possible sale of Twitter to Salesforce spilled out since Microsoft and Salesforce compete with one another, these people said. It is unclear if the talks will resume. I.B.M. was also approached about a deal. Microsoft and I.B.M. declined to comment. Twitter is also considering new layoffs. As of the company’s most recent earnings report, Twitter employs nearly 4,000 staffers in more than 35 offices worldwide. “I empathize with the feelings that come from the constant critique, the constant negativity, and the constant doubt,” Mr. Dorsey wrote in the companywide memo last month. “But hey, that’s life in the arena. All we control is how we choose to react to it.”…

Why FG Releases Two Presidential Aircraft To Nigerian Air Force See Video

The Federal Government has fulfilled its promise of reducing the number of aircraft in the presidential fleet as officials released two Agusta Westland helicopters to the Nigerian Air Force. At the handing over ceremony, the National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno (rtd), reaffirmed the government’s commitment to enhancing the capacity of the Nigerian Armed Forces. He advised the Air Force to make judicious use of the helicopters in the overall interest of Nigeria’s national security. Speaking at the event on Monday in Abuja, the Minister of Defence, Brigadier General Mansur Dan-Ali (rtd), applauded the gesture of the Federal Government to support the Nigerian Air Force with the two aircraft. He expressed optimism that the helicopters would aid the air power of the force to respond to national security threats. In his remarks, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, pledged the commitment of the force to double its effort in the fight against terror. He pointed out that the Agusta Westland 101 and 102 helicopters are rugged helicopters used in civil and military ‎applications. The Air Chief added that aircraft have ballistic defence capabilities and are equipped with defensive aid against some forms of missile attacks.…

BOMBSplash; IPOB Releases Press Statement On Arrest Of Judges, Says The Time To Disband Buhari’s DSS Is Eminently Right.

Press Statement BUHARI’S DEPARTMENT OF STATE SERVICES (DSS) HAVE OVERSTEPPED THEIR BOUNDARIES: TIME TO REPEAL CAP N74 L. F. N. 2004 AND DISBAND THE DSS Because of his limited education and innate dictatorial lifestyle, Retired Major-General Muhammadu Buhari has continued to use Nigeria’s Department of State Services (DSS) to perform duties statutorily assigned to the Nigerian Police Force and other relevant agencies. In simple terms, what we are witnessing now is a repeat of the Late Idi Amin’s style of running a country. Within the shortest possible time, the Nigerian Judges shall experience the same thing that happened to the 50-year old Chief Justice Benedicto Kiwanuka on September 21, 1972, in Kampala-Uganda. In recent reports from various newspapers within and outside Nigeria, the DSS was said to have embarked on the arrest of Judges on allegations of corruption. According to Saharareporters of New York, one Abdullahi Garba stated that the DSS carried out a “ special sting operations ” which according to him “ constitutes a part of its mandate .”  Mr. Abdullahi Garba maintained that the DSS action “ is in line with its core mandate .”  He went further to state that “this current operation will be sustained and followed till sanity and sanctity is restored to the esteemed third arm of government and public confidence is regained.” For the avoidance of doubts and to correct the falsehood being peddled by the DSS, it is proper that we make public, the law establishing the DSS and state their responsibilities. The DSS was established by the National Security Agency Act CAP N74, Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (L.F.N.) 2004. This was the same Act that established the Defence Intelligence Agency and the National Intelligence Agency. Specifically, in Section-2(3) of the Act, the DSS is charged with the following responsibilities: (a) The prevention and detection within Nigeria of any crime against the internal security of Nigeria; (b)   The protection and preservation of all non-military classified matters concerning the internal security of Nigeria; and  Show original message Such other responsibilities affecting internal security within Nigeria as the National Assembly or the President, as the case may be, may deem necessary. There is nothing above that supports the claims by Abdullahi Garba that they acted according to the mandate of the DSS. Rather the DSS usurped the responsibilities and duties of both the Police and the EFCC. For instance, Section-4 of CAP P19 (Police Act) empowers the Police to embark on the very operation that the DSS have usurped. Also, Section-6 of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (Establishment) Act, No. 1 of 2004 empowers the EFCC to investigate, arrest, and prosecute individuals and organizations for financial crimes. Clearly, the DSS have overstepped their boundaries as specified in the law establishing the organization. We are aware that they are exhibiting their disregard for the rule of law with the open support of Buhari himself. It should be recalled that Buhari is a congenital breaker of the laws of the land. We should not forget that on the 31st of December 1983, Buhari committed treason when he overthrew a democratically elected Federal Government of Nigeria headed by Alhaji Aliyu Usman Shehu Shagari. Recently, which was on the 30th of December 2015, Buhari committed perjury when he lied under oath as he told the entire world that though Mr. Nnamdi Kanu has two International Passports (one British, one Nigerian) but he did not enter Nigeria with any Passport. Besides Buhari’s encouragement of brigandage by the DSS, we have come to the conclusion that the DSS targetted Judges who handled or are handling the cases between the DSS and Nnamdi Kanu and other illegally detained Biafrans. The objective is to embarrass these sagacious and fearless Judges and to cow them into doing the bidding of the DSS. A very good example is the fearless and upright Hon Justice  A. F. A. Ademola who ordered the unconditional release of Nnamdi Kanu. The ultimate aim of the DSS is to use this illegal operation orchestrated against these Judges as a warning sign and impart fear into any Judge that would be assigned to the case between the DSS and Nnamdi Kanu as  Hon Justice JohnTsoho is no more presiding over the case. On the other hand, we posit that the Judiciary brought this attack on themselves because they allowed Buhari to get away with flagrant disregard of the law on several occasions. Had the Judiciary insisted that Buhari should obey all court orders he would not have had the temerity to tamper with their liberty as he is currently doing. Recall that it was the same Judiciary that literally allowed the DSS to get away with murder when they kept mute as uncountable number of court orders were flouted by the DSS. Again, it was these same Judges that tacitly sanctioned the illegal arrest and detention of innocent citizens in the name of keeping Nigeria one. Today, the same monster the Judges encouraged has turned around to consume them. The same Nigerian Judiciary knew that Justice John Tsoho was corrupt, yet they agreed to let Buhari use him to try to achieve the illegal conviction of Nnamdi Kanu. What we are witnessing today with this all-out commando assault on the Judiciary is a punishment from God to the Judiciary because they kept quiet in the face of injustice against Nnamdi Kanu, although the few untainted ones like Hon Justice A. F. A. Ademola are now caught in the cross-fire. Is it not ironic that criminals in gowns like Justice John Tsoho were never arrested despite all the judicial impunity he has committed? Mr. Barack Obama and the British government, both of whom imposed Buhari on Nigerians, will now understand why the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) want to leave Nigeria. A country where a civilian president can wake up and decide to round up some Judges because they ruled against his interest in a court of law, is not meant for human habitation. We, Biafrans, are not interested in Nigeria purely for this reason. This is one of the reasons that led our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu to call Nigeria a Zoo. Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, now and without equivocation, has been vindicated. We restate that there is nowhere in the law establishing the DSS which empowers the organization to embark on the prosecution of cases of corruption. We believe that the DSS acted ultra vires. Indeed, we see the Act  (CAP N74 L.F.N. 2004) establishing the DSS as a duplication of the Police Act (CAP P19 L.F.N. 2004). Therefore, we strongly recommend that the Act establishing the DSS should be repealed with immediate effect and the DSS should be disbanded. Also, we recommend that the Judiciary must find Buhari and his DSS in contempt of court and sanction him. Furthermore, it is our considered opinion that if Buhari is allowed to remain in office, many innocent people will die just like many people would have died if he had stayed beyond August 1985. However, these recommendations, even if implemented, cannot stop the unquenchable and irreversible process of the restoration of the blessed nation of Biafra. Biafra restoration is unstoppable, irrespective of whatever Buhari does with his DSS. Signed Barrister Emma Nmezu                     Dr. Clifford Chukwuemeka Iroanya Spokesperson for IPOB                               Spokesperson for IPOB…

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Mbaka News Episode: Rev. Father Mbaka Showers A Shocking New Prophecy Again..Must Read

The prominent cleric said that many years ago a prophecy came that the league trophy belongs to Enugu Rangers and his prediction came to pass In his New Year message Mbaka raised an alarm over a plot to assassinate Buhari Fear now grips Nigerians over President Buhari’s life as the latest prophecy of Father Mbaka has come to pass Controversial Catholic Priest Rev. Father Ejike Mbaka of the Adoration Ministries Enugu on October 6, Wednesday, congratulated officials of Rangers FC with winning the Nigerian Professional Football League. He presented N2 million and decoders to players at the dedication of the league trophy to God at the ministry by the club. Rev. Mbaka said that he was happy that God fulfilled his prophecy to the club after 32 years in the wasteland. The prominent man of God said: “Before the 2016/2017 season began, we dedicated the players and the league to God in which a prophecy came that the league trophy belongs to Rangers. “Today, we are celebrating God`s work in action, we are no more praying to emerge the champion but celebrating the champions. “For this achievement, I and the Adoration Ministries hereby give N2 million to Rangers FC and a decoder to each member of the club.’’ On his own part, Charles Ndukwe, state commissioner for youths and sports, appreciated the cleric and gave the assurance that the club would always seek God’s presence in their endeavors. Father Mbaka is one of the prophets who predicted the victory of Muhammadu Buhari in the last year presidential election. However, the fiery priest was strongly criticized by the priesthoods in the south east when he chose to support President Buhari to beat Goodluck Jonathan in the poll. Mbaka blasted those who labeled him a false prophet and released his prophecies for 2016. He warned the leader of the nation that his life is in danger because of his fight against corruption. The cleric said: “Many people are planning to kill Buhari; there are many plans on how to eliminate his life so that corruption will continue; so that embezzlement will continue.”…

Why Court Made The Orders: Informing AMCON To Pay Capital Oil And Gas 26bn Naira.

A Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the Asset Management Corporation Of Nigeria (AMCON) to pay Capital Oil and Gas Limited the sum of 26 billion Naira as contained in the consent judgment delivered in 2013. Justice Abdul Kafarati in his judgement held that the court has powers to enforce its judgment or the verdict of any lower court in the country. The trial judge also restrained AMCON from exercising any power over Capital Oil and Gas Limited and its assets and from processing any assignment and transfer among others. Justice Kafarati, who resolved all four issues canvassed by Capital Oil, advised the agency to live up to its statutory responsibility of reviving the nation’s economy through positive support for businesses to thrive. A Federal High Court in Lagos had on May 6 struck out a suit commenced by AMCON against Capital Oil and Gas Industries on the grounds that the suit was premature. AMCOM sought to circumvent existing suits in different courts on issues relating to the alleged indebtedness of Capital Oil and Gas which was currently under dispute.…

Latest Update On The Rev. Fr. Attacked By Fulani Herdsmen In Enugu State, Nigeria-IDCC Report

Previously, it was published of the Fulani herdsmen on the Reverend Fathers that were attacked in Enugu state. Today we wish to bring the updates of the latest reports on how the situation of the events. Read below for the latest updates: Praises and appreciation to God for the miracles he did, We Thank God Rev. Fr. Jude Chetanna Chukwuneke, Rev. Fr. Prof Jude Ezeokana and Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Dim are all  alive, free and healthy. On Monday, September 26, 2016, these three Catholic priests escaped death in the hands of suspected Fulani herdsmen in Akachine, Nsukka LGA of Enugu State, around 6pm on their way from a condolence visit. My Cousin Rev Fr. Jude Chetanna Chukwuneke (who was driving) with bullet wounds in the head; see his Blood soaked soutane on the Photo attached. He is alive after a Successful Operation. Rev. Fr. Prof. Jude Ezeokana who sustained injuries after their car fell into a bush, has been discharged from the hospital. And Rev. Fr Dim was also released by his kidnappers. The Brothers And Sisters of their parish are in joyful mood and giving thanks to God while praying for their quick recovery. …

Marriage Tips As Important As It Concerned The True Values And Gods Institute-IDCC

Marriage is a sacred entity and when your there, there is no going back. The important tips as cited by the IDCC married Clan Don't Marry Because of SEX, Don't Marry because you are getting OLD, Don't Marry because you are of AGE, Don't Marry because you are LONELY, Don't Marry because you Need someone to Support you FINANCIALLY. Don't Marry because you Mistakenly Got PREGNANT for Him, Don't Marry because you don't want to LOSE the PERSON, Don't Marry because of Family PRESSURES, Don't Marry because you Like the IDEA Of Marriage, Don't Marry because of PITY or Out of PITY, Don't Marry because of TRIBE, Don't Marry because you Admire of WEDDING GOWN you See, Don't Marry because you Love KIDS, Don't marry because all your Friends are getting Married, Don't Marry because of Physical/ Academic Qualifications. But marry because you want to fulfill destiny. I pray to God almighty to give the Best Life Partner to as many who truly Desire to marry with the Right Motives in God…

Can Attacks On Oil Facilities Be The Cause Of This Nigeria Recession? Its Unbelievable..

The recession was a result of the drop in the price of crude oil and the attacks on the nation’s oil facilities by some militant groups in the Niger Delta region. Some militants under the umbrella of the Niger Delta Avengers have claimed responsibility for most of the attacks which have drawn the attention of the Nigerian Government and some other foreign governments. Disturbed by the spate of the militants’ activities, the Nigerian Army launched a special team code named “Operation Crocodile Smile”, as the government agreed to dialogue with the militants after a ceasefire agreement from both sides. In spite of the development, both military and militants have continued to point accusing fingers, alleging a breach of agreements as the military said it would not hesitate to repel militants’ attack in the region.…

W.H.O:HIV/AIDS Cure Finally Found, Doctors Confirm Say Condom Era Is Over:

Previously, it was gathered that religion was used as a tool to propagate on the deadly disease called HIV/AIDS but following the recent development, it seems over. Doctors in Barcelona, Spain believe they have found the cure to HIV – the AIDS-causing virus that affects the lives of more than 34 million people worldwide, according to WHO. By using blood transplants from the umbilical cords of individuals with a genetic resistance to HIV, Spanish medical professionals believe they can treat the virus, having proven the procedure successful with one patient. A 37-year-old man from Barcelona, who had been infected with the HIV virus in 2009, was cured of the condition after receiving a transplant of blood. While unfortunately the man later died from cancer just three years later, having developed lymphoma, the Spanish medical team is still hugely encouraged by what it considers to be a breakthrough in the fight against HIV and related conditions, according to the Spanish news source El Mundo. Doctors in Barcelona initially attempted the technique using the precedent of Timothy Brown, an HIV patient who developed leukemia before receiving experimental treatment in Berlin, the Spanish news site The Local reported. Brown was given bone marrow from a donor who carried the resistance mutation from HIV. After the cancer treatment, the HIV virus had also disappeared. According to The Local, the CCR5 Delta 35 mutation affects a protein in white blood cells and provides an estimated one percent of the human population with high resistance to infection from HIV. Spanish doctors attempted to treat the lymphoma of the so-called “Barcelona patient” with chemotherapy and an auto-transplant of the cells, but were unable to find him a suitable bone marrow. “We suggested a transplant of blood from an umbilical cord but from someone who had the mutation because we knew from ‘the Berlin patient’ that as well as [ending] the cancer, we could also eradicate HIV,” Rafael Duarte, the director of the Haematopoietic Transplant Programme at the Catalan Oncology Institute in Barcelona, told The Local. Prior to the transplant, a patient’s blood cells are destroyed with chemotherapy before they are replaced with new cells, incorporating the mutation which means the HIV virus can no longer attach itself to them. For the Barcelona patient, stem cells from another donor were used in order to accelerate the regeneration process. Eleven days after the transplant, the patient in Barcelona experienced recovery. Three months later, it was found that he was clear of the HIV virus. Despite the unfortunate death of the patient from cancer, the procedure has led to the development of an ambitious project that is backed by Spain’s National Transplant Organization. October 2016 will mark the world’s first clinical trials of umbilical cord transplants for HIV patients with blood cancers. Javier Martinez, a virologist from the research foundation Irsicaixa, stressed that the process is primarily designed to assist HIV patients suffering from cancer, but “this therapy does allow us to speculate about a cure for HIV,” he added.…

IDF N.G.O B.O.T Member And Top IDF Forum Adviser And Admin Chief Sydney Ezika In Partnership With IDF L.O.C To Train Idf Youths(Male/Female) On Skills

The IDF N.G.O Board of trustee member, senior admin and IDF top adviser Chief Sydney Ezika to partner with the IDF N.G.O LOC to enhance an acquisition skill to the people of Ideani. The skill acquisition shall cut across enhancing the people way of life through proper acquisition training. In a discussion with the Ideani News, He revealed that the IDF Secretary General should prepare the mode and forward to him saying that he love what IDF N.G.O is doing despite the shallow life of our Community. The Ideani news and Idf National Secretary General was delighted that the plans of the IDF BOT shall seriously impact in the life of our IDF youth in rural and urban resident. The programme shall kick start as soon as the mode is activated and we are happy that one of the IDF forum member Mr. Koci Slim of Agbaleke family has shown he is talented and we shall work with him as Prince Joe has written his name in that cadre. Other Details Shortly....…

What An Exceptional Leaders Never but Always Do This Instead Read Carefully..

Your business is a reflection of yourself--it's time to take self-development seriously. The best leaders have a unique opportunity to create an environment that reflects their own values while maximizing individual strengths. Unfortunately, many individuals in leadership positions lack the self-awareness necessary to become exceptional at inspiring others. If you want to take the next step in your leadership development, avoid these 20 mistakes: 1. Speaking like a politician instead of a person. Between Trump, Clinton, and congress, we have enough masquerades to last until 2020. What employees crave is someone who's authentic, genuine, and not afraid to answer questions with honesty and transparency. 2. Putting people on the spot in front of others to make them feel embarrassed. Calling someone out in front of their peers leads to isolation and shame, quickly creating a dynamic of secretes instead of open communication. 3. Using titles or experience to justify your behaviors instead of logic. The best way to convey your values and philosophy to your company is explaining your thought processes behind important decisions. Hiding behind your resume is an appeal to authority that builds resentment and divides team members. 4. Seeking arguments with coworkers you know you'll win. We get it--you know more than the rest of us, there's no need to go the extra mile--it only builds resentment. 5. Allowing negativity in your personal life to infiltrate the workplace. When you have a bad weekend and then bring that negative energy into the workplace it decreases productivity and makes everyone feel on edge. 6. Blaming others instead of taking ownership and responsibility. The best leaders hold themselves accountable because it models the ability to own up to your mistakes and shows that no one is except from personal and collective responsibility. 7. Telling people to do something that you haven't done. When you haven't experienced something, it's important that you value the opinions of people who have. 8. Displacing your frustration onto employees rather than its source. Having control over the workplace but not your personal life leads to the re-creation of family-like chaos in a corporate environment, which is bad for business and emotional wellbeing. 9. Enforcing policies without explaining the reason for their implementation. Stop wasting opportunities to get people on the same page. No one wants to do something that feels arbitrary and without reason. 10. Reducing employee satisfaction to a dollar value instead of prioritizing workplace cohesion. Give back to your employees instead of pinching them for every dollar and cent. When you make employees feel valued and aligned with your core values, they want to work for you instead of the competition. 11. Not being approachable. Whether it's the cleaning staff or the investors, leaders need to be open and actively seeking out engagement with others. 12. Not taking action to solve and resolve employee complaints. When you ask for feedback and then do nothing about it, you're communicating that people's opinions don't matter. Even something as simple as showing the top complaints and your plan to address it is sometimes enough validation to buy time and respect. 13. Excessively emphasizing the company's bright future to minimize current suffering. Stop dangling the carrot and start acknowledging what's happening right now. 14. Not truly listening to their employees. Great leaders listen and value the opinions of their employees. 15. Shaming workers for lacking your same level of dedication to work. Expecting other people to care as much about their work as you do is setting yourself up for frustration. 16. Being out of touch with the experiences of entry level workers. When you're driving a car, you need to know what's happening on the ground so you can avoid potholes. 17. Saying one thing and then doing another. If you want your words to be valued, you need to increase not decrease your integrity. 18. Failing to acknowledge and reward above-and-beyond performance. When you go above and beyond acknowledging and appreciating good performance, it becomes a great recruiting tool and motivates current employees to work harder. 19. Keeping underperforming friends and family in the business. Establish a meritocracy. If your friends and family don't keep up, you can't reward them without undermining everyone else. 20. Being rude and inconsiderate in digital communications. Be thoughtful with your words--they set the precedent for everyone else. Exceptional leaders do what they say, practice what they preach, and lead by example. They immerse themselves in self development practices because they know that they must embody the values they wish to instill in others. They behave according to their values, treat all people with warmth and respect, encourage conversation, and they recognize their own limitations. If you want to be the best leader you can become and have the most significant impact on your company, then you need to work on refining yourself--because your business is a reflection of yourself.…

At Last My Good People! Presidency Sales Off Two Presidential Jets See Details Below:

At Last My Good People! Presidency Sales Off  Two Presidential Jets See Details Below: Garba Shehu, the president’s senior special assistant on media and publicity, has confirmed the sale of two private jets in President Muhammadu Buhari’s fleet Shehu said this is in line with the directive of the president that aircraft in the presidential air fleet be reduced to cut down on waste The president’s senior special assistant also said some of the aircrafts will be handed over to the Nigerian Air force to boost their operations On Tuesday, October 4, the federal government advertised the sale of two aircraft in the presidential fleet. Garba Shehu, the president’s senior special assistant on media and publicity, confirmed this in a series of tweets from his Twitter handle @GarShehu. He said this is in line with the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari that aircraft in the presidential air fleet be reduced to cut down on waste. The fleet is believed to hold as much as 10 airplanes, and the president has been criticised for maintaining the large fleet in the past. The Office of the National Security Adviser advertised the sale of two airplanes in a national daily, adding that the aircraft that are currently up for sale are Falcon 7x and Hawker 4000 and are to be quoted in dollars. The president’s senior special assistant also said some of the aircrafts will be handed over to the Nigerian Air force to boost their operations. It was earlier reported that interested buyers were asked to inspect the Falcon at the presidential wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International, Airport, Abuja, and the Hawker at Cessna Zurich Citation Service Centre, Zurich, Switzerland.…

World Teachers Day In Nigeria?: Where is the Nigerian teacher globally? By Dayo Adesulu

AS Nigerian teachers join their counterparts all over the world to celebrate the World Teachers’ Day, stakeholders in the teaching profession have lamented the precarious state of Nigerian teachers in the comity of teachers globally. The 2016 World Teachers’ Day with the theme -‘Valuing Teachers, Improving their Status’ was described by teachers as most apt for the Nigerian where our teachers deserved to be celebrated for being the pivot of socio-economic development. Nigerian teachers who spoke to IDCC decried their poor teaching conditions, stressing that teachers are not so treated with disdain globally. According to them, whereas the Nigerian teachers are still using blackboards and chalks for teaching in the 21st century, their counterparts in other countries are using whiteboards and markers, noting that many countries of the world have even gone beyond the use of whiteboard to interactive classroom system, coupled with teaching aids. While teachers in many countries of the world are well remunerated, they maintained that teachers in Nigeria were not only poorly paid, but many were being owed several months of unpaid salaries. Overloaded classrooms Comparing teachers in Nigeria to their counterparts globally, they described in Nigeria working conditions as appalling, adding that the average Nigerian teachers, apart from few private schools, were working under poor conditions of service. According to Vanguard investigations, many teachers, especially in public schools are compelled to work in overloaded classrooms of 80 to 100 pupils without electricity, and comfortable office chairs and tables.  They argued that the manner in which the federal and state governments handled teachers makes the society to hold teachers and the teaching profession in low esteem. “How many teachers in Nigeria are computer literate and what is the government doing to upgrade teachers’ knowledge in computer literacy,” they quarried. Making allusion to what a typical teacher and the teaching profession were like in those days, stakeholders noted that in the good old days, teachers were highly regarded in the society as they exerted great influence and authority on the people and were subsequently ranked second in command after the traditional chiefs. “That informed the reason many teachers in those days were given free accommodation and scholarships for further studies,” they said. They pointed out that in those days, a student would rather prefer his mother beats him when he commits an offence at home, than she reported him to his class teacher, the punishment and the shame at the assembly ground could be better imagined. The question begging for an answer is: Where did we begin to get it wrong and how did our teachers suddenly lose their prestige? In his reaction, the Provost of Michael Otedola Primary College of Education (MOCPED), Professor Olu Akeusola, said that the day we abrogated Grade II teachers colleges in Nigeria was the time we killed teachers education and subsequently education. Akeusola who maintained that the standard of education was not falling, but the quality, explained that what was instrumental to a very good foundation in the past, was our being able to develop teacher education. He noted that if teacher education was developed, it would create a methodology of passing the information to the younger generation adding, “unfortunately, we have destroyed that solid pillar foundation of teacher education. Teachers can only be what the society or government wants them to be. In those days, teachers were highly respected and compensated. Since the colonial teachers brought education, we were able to discover the purpose of education. But now, we cannot maintain the purpose. In those days, teachers were second in command to the colonial masters because they taught teachers to become interpreters in palaces. “What we had in the past was a very good and solid teacher education. That was the time we were having Grade III, Grade II, Grade I and the like. By then, these teachers that were more co-ordinated with methodology were able to use their knowledge to teach the pupils. The students that were well trained at the primary and secondary levels now went to the university. Any student who does not have a good primary and secondary foundation cannot be lectured at all in the university. Let us bring back Grade II as senior secondary school education so that anybody that finishes will either go to college of education or university. We must train our teachers right away from secondary school level. If not, we will keep on going backward.” On the way forward, he said: “Government should spend 25% of our budget on education. Education is that sector that will develop every other sector. If education is messed up, the entire sectors of the economy will be messed up. If education is developed, it will develop economy, technology and every other thing. The federal government should see to the development of education in Nigeria.’’ On his part, former Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission, Professor Peter Okebukola, said that if we assert that teachers make up the fulcrum of the education lever, the conclusion is that the story of Nigeria’s development over the last 56 years is largely the story of its teachers. According to him, if we take quality teachers out of our development equation, Nigeria will be in the backwaters of nations in the world. “Here we are today, boasting of being the second largest economy in Africa and among the leading countries in the region on many development indicators. To all Nigerian teachers past and present, we should say “all hail”, the teachers, he said. Sadly, he observed that our teachers were hardly valued, stressing that in more than half of the states of the federation, teachers were being owed salaries running to several months. He said: “So, they will mark the 2016 World Teachers’ Day on empty stomachs unable to pay school fees of their children as schools resume; and unable to wear decent clothes and live in homes with minimal comfort. He, however, urged government in Nigeria at all levels to pay more attention to the plight of teachers in terms of improving their welfare. At the federal level, he pointed out that the Buhari administration is doing its best in the circumstance, adding that State governments are most guilty in terms of not giving teachers their due. Status of teachers His words: “Improving the status of teachers is beyond money. It includes building their capacities to ensure they deliver better quality education. Today, almost half of the teachers in Nigeria have severe quality deficiencies. Government at all levels must take steps to improve the quality of teachers through better pre-service and in-service training. Agencies concerned with registration of teachers and regulating their training should evolve more vibrant methodologies for delivering on their mandate. Here we are looking at Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN), National Universities Commission (NUC), National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) and National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE). Many of our teachers are sub-standard and we need to tighten quality assurance. We need to tool teachers better in a fast-evolving ICT world to enable them take full advantage of ICT to deliver the curriculum. We need to better resource our schools so that Nigerian teachers will have more clement environment with which to work. Mr. Goke Gbadebo, a teacher at New Christfield College, Ikorodu said that he is proud being a teacher adding that whenever he imparts knowledge to students, he feels fulfilled. He, however, frowned at the attitude of the government and the society, lamenting that teachers were not treated with the respect they deserve. ‘’Government and the society must place value on the teachers, commend and celebrate them. Teachers should be well remunerated and made happy because if they are not happy, they will not be able to give their best.’’ Challenge of recession For Mr. Paul Oguchi, a teacher at Dampress Schools, Lagos, salaries of teachers should be reviewed so as to meet up with the challenge of recession in the country. He said though he was not happy being a teacher, he was, however, glad that he was imparting knowledge. On her part, Mrs. Yetunde Oresanya, a teacher at Okota Junior High School, Lagos applauded Governor Ambode for prompt payment of teachers’ salaries in the State. She said: “Governor Akinwunmi Ambode is trying for us. On 22nd of every month our salaries are paid, making us to be happy. For me, if it is possible, Ambode should continue till the next 12 years because of the prompt payment of our salaries.” Oresanya, however urged the government to replace retired teachers with new ones for better productivity. Asked, how many students in her class, she said, 40.…

Recession Saga As Lamentation Book Was Opened Saying Bogus Salaries, Allowances of Principal Officers Affecting Us As Nigerians The Most (Please Read Carefully)

Bauchi – Economic and finnancial experts, mostly dons and industrialists nationwide have given the Federal Government some clues, basically on creativity, diversification of economy and human development to quickly recover from the current economic recession in Nigeria. Nigeria recently slipped into its first recession after more than two decades. According to data released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), Africa’s largest economy has witnessed a 2.06 per cent decline in the second quarter of 2016 after the 0.36 per cent fall in the first quarter. The two consecutive quarters of deteriorating growth have clearly pointed at a recession. The situation is largely due to the persistently low crude oil prices. Crude oil sales account for 70 per cent of government income and 90 per cent of export earnings. Experts say Nigeria has been dealt a heavy blow by the collapse of oil prices from the highs of about 112 dollars a barrel in 2014 to less than 50 dollars at present. A cross section of the experts, mostly economists in the universities and other stakeholders, hold the views that the ways forward for Nigeria include reducing emphasis on oil and re-directing attention to the agriculture and solid minerals sector to retool the economic. In the North Eastern part of the country, respondents in Gombe, Adamawa, Yobe, Jigawa and Bauchi states, said that government needed to match its words with actions to quickly get Nigeria out of the doldrums Mr Malik Daniel, Deputy President of Adamawa Chambers of Commerce, Mines and Agriculture, said a major step out of it was to diversify the economy by tapping other abundant mineral resources in the country. He urged government to pay more attention to agriculture by supporting rural farmers with soft loan through the Anchor Borrowers Scheme, advising that similar gesture be extended to small scale miners and other business entrepreneurs to ginger the economy. But a cleric in Yola, Malam Abubakar Ibrahim, called for fear of God and patriotism in tackling the recession. “Nigerians need to change; we must have fear of God by being honest, patriotic and be ready to make sacrifice for the country. Alhaji Safiyanu Sulaiman, the Managing Director of Dutse Micro-Finance Bank (DMFB) in Jigawa, urged the Federal Government to provide palliatives to cushion the effect of the economic hardship. Dr. Yusuf Bachama of the Economics Department, Gombe State University (GSU), said there was the need for the economy to move away from being import-dependent and become exporter of products. “The recession being experienced is not a new thing to an economy that solely depends on oil; it is quite natural that once the price of crude goes down, recession sets in. Halilu Usman, a graduate of Business Administration and Bureau-de-Change operator in Yobe, said with its large population, Nigeria needed viable market for the economy to thrive. “The country is succeeding in the war against corruption; we now have a leader with a committed political will to promote good policies to develop the economy,” he said. Abdullahi Shehu, former General Secretary, National Union of Bank, Insurance and Financial Institutions Employees (NUBIFIE) in Bauchi State, called for the suspension of some portions of the Nigerian constitution to enable the president to use emergency powers in tackling the problem.  “United States and Japan had recession some time ago but because they love their country, a law was approved and implemented, making them to get out of the problem quickly,” he said. Alhaji Adamu Jatau, Zonal Coordinator, Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Reseach, Bauchi, said a short term plan was for the government to expand on taxable items and for the people to pay such taxes. A long term solution is for the government to revamp all ailing industries to commence production of local goods and place restriction on importation Experts in South East proffer solutions to economic recession In the South East, experts want the government to cut down on allowances of officers by 80 per cent and channel the fund to agriculture to reboot the economy. They also called for the removal of multiple taxation and provision of stable electricity to enable cottage industries to thrive. The Head of the Department of Economics at the Imo State University, Prof. Zik Anolu, said that at a critical period such as now, allowances should be cut to cushion the effect of the recession. Anolu said though government had earlier cut down some allowances and placed embargo on frivolous travels, the percentage was insignificant to compare with the current situation. “What is affecting the nation most is the bogus salaries and allowances paid to principal officers,’’ he said. He also advocated for a strengthened mechanised farming to help boost the economy. The HOD, however, faulted the government for placing embargo on importation of certain goods which had caused more problems than good to the economy. “When a country places embargo on goods that they don’t produce, it will lead to high level of smuggling of goods, which has serious effect on the price tags. He said government should encourage investors to establish manufacturing industries and for the country to harness its raw materials. The Economic Adviser to Gov. Rochas Okorocha of Imo, Mr Ikechukwu Njoku, said the government should first address the problem of oil vandalism. He also advised government to open sectors such as the Nigerian Railway as a key sector in the country. “Nigerians are feeling the impact of the recession more due to high cost of transportation as a result of fuel increase. “When we make the railway service permanently functional, it will ease the difficulties of transportation thereby reducing the pressure on the people”, he said. Another business expert in Imo, Dr. Anayo Ikemba, said government should kill all form of bottlenecks that hindered discoveries of oil. He said there were high deposits of crude oil in some areas, but wondered why government had not started exploring them. From Enugu, university teachers and economists called for a bi-directional to overcome the recession. Prof. Cletus said “we need fiscal and monetary policies that would stimulate foreign investment and job creation to take care of the millions of youths out of job”. Contributing, Dr Nathaniel Urama, a lecturer at the University of Nigeria Nsukka, said the immediate solution was a dialogue with the Niger Delta militants. He said that this would enable the Federal Government to get immediate fund to plan ahead for the future. The Executive Director, Anambra State Investment Promotion and Protection Agency, Dr Ifediora Amobi, noted that Nigerians must do away with the attitude of focusing on stomach or wasteful spending. According to him, what is needed now is productivity and cutting of all financial wastage; adding that an individual having financial scale of preference is important today. “Today, China is out of recession and has the highest number and base of cottage or family mini-industries and ventures. Rev. Fr. Innocent Ekeagwu, a lecturer of Economics, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike in Abia, suggested the injection of funds into the industrial and manufacturing sectors of the economy. According to him, the measure will act as a tonic to the economy. He said that for the nation to achieve economic greatness, government needed to borrow to fund the real and critical sectors of the economy and make them productive. A legal practitioner, Mr Suleiman Ukandu, advised the government to give incentives, including tax holiday and favourable import conditions, to manufacturers and industrialists in the country. “For agriculture to play the critical role of saving the country out of the current economic malady, government needs to invest in mechanisation,” he said. The President, Onitsha Chamber of Commerce, Industry Mines and Agriculture (OCCIMA), Dr Uche Akpakama wants the Federal Government to revive the Industries as a sustainable measure to take the country’s economy out of the recession. He said the interest rate of 14 per cent at interbank rate was high and not realistic to help the country out of recession because it could not support investment in the real sector. “How can you grow an economy out of recession when you have 14 per cent at the interbank rate. “It cannot work, wouldn’t you set up industries, wouldn’t you get this running, at what interest rate will get that done, and the private sector employs most Nigeria and the industries carry a lot of weight on that employment. Dr Tagbo Maduagwu, an economist, said that the solution might not necessarily be increasing workers’ pay but ensuring that workers were paid. He said that increasing salaries was usually accompanied by price upheaval (inflation) which should be put in check. “When the firms are operating, they would earn profit and expand capacity; this would create manpower demand and employment,’’ he said. From Ebonyi, stakeholders want the Federal Government to inject the funds recovered from public officers into the economy. They said the measure would check the current economic recession and cushion the hardship on Nigerians. Dr Onyeka Okwara, a don, noted that Nigerians now realised that the economy needed to be injected with funds to check the recession. South West states and Kwara, that experts opined that the nation’s production capacity was totally externally dependent, putting pressure on available foreign exchange. Eminent academic, Prof. Akin Mabogunje, said that there was clearly a glaring need for government and all stakeholders to focus on policy development and articulation. He said that the was need to look into the seeming dissonance in policies to stimulate the growth and expansion of the real economy. Mabogunje said such could be done through a low interest rate policy and the prevailing Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) initiatives to promote price stability and curb inflation Prof. Bola Okuneye, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Agric Economics at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, suggested that the level of production must be greatly increased for Nigeria to quit recession. “Our major problem is that we are consuming more than we are producing, so we must encourage production. “When production is improved, then we need to ensure that people are really assisted in participating in consumption.’’ Mr Adewale Raji, the Group Managing Director of Odu’a Investment Limited, said in Ibadan that “we cannot afford to feed from overseas in terms of what we eat, wear and use. I think improving local availability, quality, standards and patronage are ways through which our demand for foreign exchange will reduce”. Dr Tunji Olaopa, the Executive Vice-Chairman, Ibadan School of Government and Public Policy, said that the nation needed to reflect its “ Made in Nigeria’’ campaign with the fundamental elements of its development plans. A university lecturer, Dr Tolani Hassan, advised the Federal Government to reflate the economy, stabilise the oil sector and create employment opportunities to reverse the recession. Hassan, a lecturer in Economics at the College of Management and Social Sciences, Tai Solarin University of Education (TASUED), Ijebu-Odeo, Ogun, urged government to increase spending on capital projects to stimulate the ailing economy. Hassan urged President Muhammadu Buhari to engage more economic managers, including seasoned economists, to chart viable economic pathways for the nation. Dr Samuel Nzekwe, a former President, Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN), advised the Federal Government to invest massively in infrastructure to stimulate the economy. “Enabling environment in terms of stable power supply, good roads, macroeconomic stability and strong legal frameworks are vital to attracting foreign investors and getting out of the current recession.” he said. Mr Olusola Bankole, the Chairman, Ogun House of Assembly Committee on Finance and Appropriation, called for increased collaboration between government and the private sector. Government, he said, should stop being a “monopolist provider of infrastructure and should seek to work more closely with credible partners to bridge the infrastructure gap and unlock Nigeria’s potential’’. Dr Titus Okunronmu, a former Director in the Budgetary Department, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), warned against the sale of the country’s assets. Another don, Dr Michael Oke, said that drastic reduction in government expenses would be a practical way out of the current recession. Oke noted that the reduction should be on consumption and public office holders’ allowances which had major impact on personal expenditure of public office holders rather than public interest. He applauded government’s decision to source for loan from the World Bank, China’s Exim Bank and Japan International Cooperation Agency to tackle the recession. “Our foreign reserve as of today is less than 30 billion dollars to a population of over 170 million. “We need to invest massively in locally produced goods, especially in the area of agriculture for us as a nation to come out from this recession,” he said. The lawmaker added that promoting locally produced goods would also help the government and the private sector in creating jobs for youths in the country. A former consultant to the Federal Government on MDGs, Mr Tosin Yusuf , said there was need to overhaul the whole fiscal policy of the government and make it “home-grown’’. According to him, the western economic theory of forces of demand and supply as a sole determinant of price mechanism should be jettisoned for practical economic reality. Yusuf said fiscal policy of the government should first take care of the immediate needs of the citizenry as a result of high poverty rate and boost the economy internally.  “One of the proactive measures against the present economic recession in Nigeria is to internalise our fiscal policy and boost the economy with home-grown logics. In the same vein, A Senior Lecturer in the Department of Economics at the Fountain University, Osogbo, Dr Goke Ilori , called for the thorough deregulation of certain sectors to facilitate efficiency and effectiveness. Ilori, said certain sectors of the economy like the aviation, maritime and oil sectors should be deregulated to reduce financial burden on the government and ensure efficiency and effectiveness. The Head of Economics Department, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Prof. Philip Olomola, said government should sell some of the unproductive national assets to stimulate the economy. A professor of Economics, Gholahan AbdulGafar, called for more improvement in export of commodities as a way out of the recession. “Naira will continue to crash until export improves and leakages are blocked in Nigeria,’’ the economist said. Chief Samuel Oni, a retired financial expert with Central Bank of Nigeria, shared the same view. “The high level of political interference had been a major problem, in spite of the numerous gifted economic experts,” he said. “The grassroots, especially the towns and communities with their economic and tourism potentials, were always at the receiving end of government’s socio-economic development plans,” he said. Also, Dr Joseph Falaye of the Finance and Account Department of Landmark University, Omu-Aran, Kwara, urged government to prioritise entrepreneurship development to solve the nation’s economic challenges. He said the appointment into the headship of the nation’s financial institutions like the CBN should be based on merit. “This is the body that drives the nation’s economy and such appointment should be based on competence and expertise devoid of political influence to move the economic forward. “There is the need for proper and adequate coordination between the major economic policy makers to achieve the desired success,” he said. A legal luminary, Chief Afe Babalola (SAN), suggested a return to an agric-based economy, with a bias for promotion for commercial farming. “For Nigeria to overcome the present economic problems, we must add business to agriculture A don, Prof. Chris Taiwo, also advised that the same approach would revive the economy. “Enough of all the big retail chains carrying 95 per cent foreign agriculture-based products; let us give them the benefit of stocking our well processed and packaged products,’’ he said. Chief Kolade Oyewole, the Chairman of Ekiti Chambers of Commerce, Industries, Mining and Agriculture, shared the same view but emphasised the need for massive industrialisation through support to small and medium enterprises. However, economists in the North Central states, including Plateau, say creativity among industrialists and experts is needed to take the nation out of the woods. Some of them, who spoke with NAN in Benue, Nasarawa, Kogi, Niger and Taraba, called for more investments in mechanised farming, deeper and practical interest in the exploration of the abundant mineral resources to create jobs, feed the nation and facilitate exports. Dr Sylvanus Ade, an economist and university teacher, said the current challenges should be seen as “a positive development”. “Our leaders should minimise the waste, plough all holes usually exploited to cheat the system and invest the resources into farming and mechanised exploration of the massive mineral resources in states like Plateau, Nasarawa and Kogi. Mrs Gina Gabriel, a large scale potatoes farmer and an official of the All Farmers Association, advised leaders to pay more attention to more farming activities and quality seeds with better yields and additional value. From Nasarawa State, economists and experts appealed to the three tiers of government to give priority attention to agriculture as a way of boosting the nation’s economy and pulling it out of recession. Two of such experts, Alhaji Yakubu Hauwa, former Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, and Mr Sunday Malkus, an economist, said “it was very wrong for Nigeria to heavily depend on a monolithic source of income Dr Jessy Asumate, the Taraba Commissioner of Finance, said the state alone could feed the nation if adequate attention was paid to agriculture. Similarly, financia experts in Kogi, including Dr Hussein Oju, said Nigeria should immediately start exportation of natural products, either semi processed or raw materials. The expert urged the government and the people to look inward and be creative and innovative in their thinking. “For instance, Ajaokuta Iron and Steel Company can produce numerous useful metallic products which we currently import daily from China, Korea and so on. Oju, therefore, advised government to create an industrial-based channel where anyone, who has creative ideas, could come and be financed to start projects. “The Federal Government should, as a matter of urgency, channel funds towards promoting industrialisation and agriculture, and not selling of national assets.” Dr Femi Adebayo, a lecturer at Federal University of Lokoja, said that government should invest more funds into the country’s educational structure to produce independent and productive graduates. Meanwhile, Mr Peter Chieshe, an industrialist and President, Newland Group, has blamed the economic recession on the rise of Nigerian billionaires who had no business establishments. Chieshe, who has diversified interests in the agricultural value chain, said growing number of Nigerian billionaires without a single productive business was responsible for the current recession. According to him, lack of productive businesses in any country ultimately leads to economic recession. He noted that economic development would not happen by chance but through smart policy measures pursued over a sustainable period by committed leadership. “Nigeria must undergo structural economic transformation from traditional agriculture toward an industrial economy which will begin with light manufacturing,” he said. A cross section of stakeholders advised the states and the federal governments on the necessity of retooling the economy to overcome the recession. …

Buhari, Jonathan, Jega meet in Abuja tomorrow By Soni Daniel, Northern Region Editor

Perhaps for the first time, President Muhammadu Buhari and the immediate past Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof Attahiru Jega, will meet under one roof after the election midwife by Jega. The point of convergence of the trio will be the annual Conference and Awards Ceremony of LEADERSHIP, scheduled to hold on Thursday October 6, 2016, at the Abuja Transcorp Hilton Hotel by 10am. The three important men, whose actions have shaped the Nigerian political scene, according to a statement from the newspaper, have already confirmed their participation in the annual awards event. This year’s event is significant as it will bring together a serving and two former presidents, governors, legislators, members of the diplomatic corps and elder statesmen to discuss the theme: ‘Democracy, Political Transition and the Challenge of Leadership in Africa.’ The keynote address will be delivered by the Akwa Ibom State governor, Udom Emmanuel. The Group Managing Director, Dr Cletus Akwaya, in a statement yesterday, disclosed that former head of state and elder statesman, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, will be chairman of the occasion and is scheduled to present the Persons of The Year awards to the winners. The trio of President Muhammadu Buhari, former President Goodluck Jonathan and immediate past chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Attahiru Jega, are LEADERSHIP’s Persons of the Year 2015. The Etsu Nupe and Chairman, Niger State Council of Chiefs, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, will be the royal father of the day at the event, with Senate President, Bukola Saraki as guest of honour while the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello is co-host. In a letter of confirmation signed by his chief of protocol, Sani Musa Daura, the minister said he would personally grace the event. “Their selection followed a critical review of their various contributions to the growth and development of democracy in Nigeria and the peaceful and seamless manner in which the three eminent Nigerians handled the 2015 democratic transition without derailing the country’s democracy to the admiration and commendation of the global democratic community,” the statement pointed out. It further stated that the LEADERSHIP Awards would be honouring President Buhari “for making history by being the first opposition candidate to defeat a sitting president after three attempts.” In the case of former President Goodluck Jonathan, he would be recognized by the newspaper “for achieving the improbable and for conceding defeat in an election in which he was a contestant – a first for Nigeria.” The former INEC boss is to be honoured “for his courage, doggedness and fairness even in the face of threats to his life in the conduct of the 2015 elections,” to global acclaim. Explaining the criteria employed by the newspaper’s Board of Editors in arriving at the choice of the trio LEADERSHIP said: “It always seems improbable until it is done. We may now take for granted the watershed of the 2015 presidential election but who could have thought it would come to pass? It was far from being so before it was done. When Nigeria held her presidential poll on March 28, 2015 – the fifth since civilian rule was restored in 1999 – it had all the elements of a do-or-die affair. “Providence and three key personalities – Jonathan, Jega and Buhari, turned the tide. They jointly midwifed and protected the people’s mandate and the nation’s democracy from the pernicious machinations of contending interests. In choosing the LEADERSHIP Person of the Year, the Board of Editors could not separate the three central characters who defined 2015. We celebrate these icons of democracy for their role in the nation’s proper initiation to true democracy.” According to the statement, Abdulsalami was chosen to present the Persons of the Year awards because of his role before, during and after the 2015 general elections, particularly in the National Peace Committee, where he, together with other statesmen, got the presidential candidates of the major political parties in the election to sign peace accords. The management noted that Abdulsalami was largely instrumental to the peaceful conduct of the candidates, a role he played using his experience in 1999, when he midwifed the peaceful transition of power from the military regime to a democratically elected government. The board and management of LEADERSHIP stated that the venue for the event was chosen in view of the high-powered guests who would be attending it. The board assured that all logistics had been put in place to accord the event deserving honour and prestige. The Presidency had earlier confirmed that President Muhammudu Buhari will personally attend the event. Presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, confirmed to LEADERSHIP, that the president will grace the occasion as guest of honour. Similarly, LEADERSHIP also confirmed that former president, Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, will be attending the annual awards. The former INEC chairman currently based in the United States had also confirmed that he would attend the event. Fifteen other individuals and organisations will also receive awards at the event. They include the Gombe State Governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Dankwabo, House of Representatives Speaker, Hon Yakubu Dogara, former Managing Director/CEO of Bank of Industry (BOI), Mr Rasheed Adejare Olaoluwa and chairman of Honeywell Group, Oba Otudeko. Others are: Mr Boboye Oyeyemi, the Corp Marshal/CEO of Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Managing Director of Intelsat Nigeria Limited, Mr Simone Volpi, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), the Dangote Cement, Heritage Bank, Access Bank, SystemSpecs, Zenith Bank, Chibok Girls, the Golden Eaglets and the rave of the moment artiste, Mr Korede Bello. …

What Senate Says On IDPs’ Condition, Decried Worrisome As Probes On Presidential Committee Sets In.

The Nigerian Senate has launched an investigation into the utilisation of funds allocated to the Presidential Initiative on North East. The lawmakers said the probe was to ameliorate the conditions of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) affected by the insurgency. President Muhammadu Buhari had inaugurated the Presidential Initiative on the North East in 2015 to address the crisis in the north east. The Senate consequently set up an ad-hoc committee at their first legislative proceedings for the week on Tuesday at the National Assembly in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital. They expressed concern that funds appropriated to the committee for the displaced persons have been allegedly used to take care of other interests. Subhuman existence The lawmakers also resolved to investigate the purported diversion of grains and other food items from the strategic grains reserve, the National Emergency Management Agency and other sources for the IDPs. They asked the committee to ascertain how much has been released to the committee and how the funds have been utilised from inception till date. The Senate noted that the displaced persons had fled their homes as a result of the Boko Haram insurgency and were living in IDPs’ camps scattered across the northern part of Nigeria. They were sad that despite the fact that the insurgency victims lost their loved ones and all their property, they were contending with horrific living conditions in their various camps. UNICEF has raised concerns of acute malnutrition in children, nursing mothers and pregnant women in the region that has seen over six years of insurgency. While the military decimate Boko Haram militants in the region, the United Nations agency said it had become difficult for aid materials to get to the displaced persons. IDMC maps the flow of IDPs within the North Eastern region. The agency fears that if nutritious food items do not get to the IDPs in the region, 49,000 severely malnourished persons were at the risk of death. A grim situation The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre, a leading source of information and analysis on internal displacement worldwide, in its latest figures stated that about 2,096,000 people have been displaced in armed conflicts along the North East axis of Nigeria. This agrees with figures listed by the Displacement Tracking Matrix of the International Organization for Migration. IOM says between 2014 and 2015, some 200,000 refugees fled across the borders from north-east Nigeria into Cameroon, Niger and Chad, many of whom have since been repatriated and are now among the IDPs in Nigeria.…

How Tinubu Against Oyegun Dispute Takes Another Differentials After Edo Poll, See What Jagaban Could Do.

The quarrel between the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, and the National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, assumed another dimension on Tuesday. While Odigie-Oyegun took his case to President Muhammadu Buhari, some party youths protested Tinubu’s vituperative call on Odigie Oyegun to resign from office. The crisis in the party blew open recently when Tinubu, in a statement, called for the resignation of the party chairman. The bone of contention was the party’s governorship primary in Ondo State, which produced Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu as the candidate for the November 26 governorship election in the state. Tinubu, a former Lagos State governor, had faulted Odigie-Oyegun for overruling the decision of the party’s National Working Committee that upheld the decision of the Appeal Committee which recommended the cancellation of the primary. The party chairman, who had said he was engrossed in the preparations for the Edo State governorship poll, which was won by APC’s Godwin Obaseki, however, refused to take issue with Tinubu, who he said he held in high esteem. Odigie-Oyegun lost his ward to the Peoples Democratic Party in the governorship election, held on September 28, 2016. On Tuesday, however, Odigie-Oyegun took his grievance to President Muhammadu Buhari. The meeting between the President and the party’s national chairman, who is also a former governor of Edo State, was held behind closed doors at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Speaking with State House correspondents at the end of the meeting with Buhari, Odigie-Oyegun said Tinubu was too harsh on him. He, however, said the situation between the two of them could not be described as a rift but a difference of opinion. “There is no rift with Asiwaju. We have difference of opinions, difference of perception and I think that is normal. Yes, I agree that the nature of the (Tinubu’s) statement was a bit harsh,” he said. When asked if he would resign as demanded by Tinubu, the ex-governor said, “The methods of getting rid of a national chairman, if that is what I will call it, are spelt out in the constitution. They don’t take place on the pages of newspapers.” He said it was proper for all arms of the party, including the National Executive Council, to meet and the meeting would hold at the appropriate time. Odigie-Oyegun denied being the brains behind the youths who protested against Tinubu at the party’s national headquarters earlier in the day. He, however, promised to investigate the matter. “God forbid (that I sponsor the protest)! Anybody who knows me knows that it is not my style. I am equally shocked and I am going to look into it and find out why and who is behind it. “Do people know how far back our association goes? Do they know that we were in the trenches together in the NADECO days? Why can’t people, who have mutual respect for each other, have different opinions? “All we had was difference of opinions. Yes, it was expressed a bit harshly but that doesn’t remove the basic fact that we have worked together for a very long time,” he added. Odigie-Oyegun said all that transpired in the party’s primary election in Ondo State were contained in the report of the chairman of the primary committee. When asked whether the party would consider a change of mind since the result is generating controversy, the party chairman said, “It is only INEC (the Independent national Electoral Commission) that can make a U-turn on the Ondo primary.” Odigie-Oyegun described the recent governorship election in Edo State won by the party’s candidate, Godwin Obaseki, as a referendum on the performance of Governor Adam Oshiomhole and on the quality of the party’s candidate. Earlier on Tuesday, a group of youths stormed the APC National Secretariat to protest what they claim was Tinubu’s overbearing influence on party’s affairs. The party’s youths, who came under the aegis of the APC Democratic Youth Frontiers, held several banners with anti-Tinubu posters. Some of them read, ‘We are united in APC; Tinubu can’t separate us’; ‘Tinubu is not God’; ‘Greed is not democracy’; ‘No room for an emperor’. Leader of the protesters, Mr. Lookman Salaudeen, said the APC national leader should be told to either toe the party line or be shown the way out. He said, “We call on Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu to either leave the APC, (or) curtail his greed (and) toe the line and exhibit the kind of loyalty needed for party cohesion whether from ordinary members or national leaders. “Nigeria is bigger than Lagos State, where you control affairs like a god; whose words are sacred and must be obeyed at all times.” The group leader said he and members of the group were compelled to stage the protest when it became apparent that attacks on Buhari’s appointees and other party leaders were coming from within. Salaudeen added, “We had initially thought this was the handiwork of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, who wanted to continue with the unjustified attacks on the administration of Mr. President. “We are unusually perplexed that our leader, who parades himself as the national leader of our great party, the APC, Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu, is the one now whistle-blowing against the same party he claimed to have brought into prominence. “Had any other member of the party done something like this, it would have been classified as an anti-party activity; it remains the same anti-party act, an offence from whatever perspective it is considered. “He is apparently not seeing reason as he again launched an attack on our national chairman, Chief John (Odigie-) Oyegun, whom he asked to resign, the same way his proxies have been demanding the resignation of the appointees of Mr. President. “He did this without any thought on how the call on the national chairman to resign would affect our party in the Edo State governorship election that was taking place just hours away from when he made that error of poor judgment.” When contacted, Tinubu’s spokesman, Mr. Tunde Rahman, promised to get back to The PUNCH. His response was still being awaited as of the time of filing this report. Also, a pro-APC group, ‘APC Disciples in Edo’, has warned against plots by some leaders of the party to force Odigie-Oyegun out of office by all means. The group, in a statement by its leader, Chief Francis Inegbeniki, on Tuesday, said no amount of conspiracy would remove the national chairman. It stated that Oyegun had not committed any offence warranting such calls for his resignation when it was so evident that he had delivered on his mandate as results of different elections held under him had testified. It added, “it is unfortunate that Chief Bola Tinubu, our National leader, whom we all respect so much and Timi Frank to have asked Oyegun to resign from office, as both of them never disclosed any offence that Oyegun committed to warrant his resignation. “Oyegun was not an aspirant in the Ondo APC primary; so, it is unnecessary for anyone to direct his anger to Oyegun. It is not fair to put all the blame on the head of Oyegun.”…

The Fears Of Massive Net Attacks As Codes Are Shared Online—BBC News

Computer code used to mount one of the biggest web attacks ever seen has been released online. Security experts fear the release will prompt more massive attacks that knock sites offline by swamping them with data. The attack tool seeks out smart devices in homes that are weakly protected with easy-to-guess passwords. Net monitoring firms said they had already seen an increase in scans that seek out vulnerable devices. The "Mirai" source code was released on a widely used hacker chat forum over the weekend. The same code is believed to have been used to target security blogger Brian Krebs in late September in an attack that pointed more than 620 gigabits of data every second at his site. Mr Krebs said the release "virtually guaranteed" that the net would soon be flooded with similar incidents as it made it easier to mount such large-scale attacks that abuse access to the consumer gadgets. 'Collateral damage' When Mr Krebs' site was attacked, the amount of data with which it was hit was believed to be the biggest ever seen. However, it was eclipsed later the same month by an attack on French hosting firm OVH, which suffered a malicious datastream that peaked at more than one terabit per second (1,000 gigabits). Research by security firms suggests that both attacks managed to generate so much data by seeking out insecure devices that make up the "internet of things". These are smart devices such as webcams, thermostats and other gadgets that owners can control via the net. Scanners built into the attack code seek out vulnerable devices and enrol them into a network, known as a botnet, that a malicious hacker can then use in what is known as a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack. "There is already a surge in botnet operators attempting to find and exploit IoT devices in order to gain access to uniform and sizable botnet networks," said Dale Drew, chief security officer at net firm Level 3, in an email to Ars Technical. The Mirai botnet and the one used to attack OVH are, between them, believed to control more than 1.2 million vulnerable devices. Post-attack analysis suggests the DDoS deluges aimed at Mr Krebs and OVH used only a fraction of the total number of devices on these botnets. Stephen Gates, chief research intelligence analyst at NSFocus, said the growth of such large IoT botnets could mean chunks of the net get knocked out. In addition, he said, those owning compromised gadgets could see their browsing speeds slow significantly as their home net connection is used to send attack data. "This is all collateral damage caused by a failure of good judgement by using the same factory default passwords on IoT devices in the first place," said Mr Gates in a statement.…

IDF N.G.O Group Birthday Celebration For 3rd/4th October Born Courtesy Of IDCC

Its Birthday Showers for some members of the IDF N.G.O forum members.... Those whose birthday are on the 3rd and 4th of October are : Onyinye Cherry Ebeogu, Atuokoye Chike, Chisom Uchegbu, Cherish Uchegbu, Chukwuebuka Echelu and our good friend on the forum JohnPaul Yen Onyeka......Lets celebrate and wish them a happy Birthday...Its Indeed wonderful that majority of our members are celebrating today...Thanks be to God    …

See What Daily Report Have To Say: Google’s Slow Response to Amazon’s Echo is a Warning

Google, for all its financial success and world-beating technology, has a problem: It often lags or is never even a player in markets it could have dominated. As Daisuke Wakabayashi and Nick Wingfield write, that’s been the case with artificially intelligent home appliances. Two years ago, Amazon introduced its Echo device. The Echo is essentially a personal assistant. You can tell it to do things around the house, like play music or control internet-connected lights. The Echo became a surprise hit. And on Tuesday Google will finally release its competitor, called Google Home. That Google is two years behind Amazon with a competing home appliance is puzzling to some people in tech. It has some of the most advanced A.I. technology in the world and an unmatched database of terms thanks to its search engine. Photo So what happened? As some people inside Google tell it, an A.I. home device fell through the cracks, in part because the company was so focused on building this sort of technology into mobile devices that use Google’s Android operating system. There is plenty of time for Google to reel in Amazon. But the early miss on home A.I. tech shows that the company is vulnerable to new ideas — or different ways of thinking about older ideas. It can’t afford to allow that to happen too many times. Silicon Valley veterans sometimes say the tech industry is built on the bones of older companies. Google executives must know this well, since part of the company’s headquarters used to be the home of Silicon Graphics, a computer company that peaked two decades ago. The trick is to never become one of the dinosaurs.…

Search For Super Star Hunt: West Ham storms Nigeria, meets NFF, FC Ifeanyi Ubah For Technical Discussions

Fast rising Nigerian Professional Football League, NPFL side and first African partner of West Ham United FC of England, FC Ifeanyi Ubah will this week host their London-based partners, West Ham United FC in Lagos and Nnewi in a bid to take the partnership between both football clubs to the next level. Proprietor, FC Ifeanyi Ubah, Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah (L) at the signing of the partnership deal with West Ham United Top executives at West Ham United led by the Managing Director, Angus Kinnear and President of FC Ifeanyi Ubah, Dr. Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah will on Wednesday unveil the blueprint that will guide the hunt for the next Nigerian superstar. The project which aims to identify talented kids between the ages of 6 – 15 years will kick off in December with coaches and scouts of West Ham United in regular attendance to offer technical support throughout the duration of the project. Selected kids will be enrolled into Ifeanyi Ubah football academy with the aim of harnessing their talents, thus providing West Ham United with a pool of talented players to pick from on a quarterly basis.  Recall that FC Ifeanyi Ubah recently signed a long term partnership with West Ham United back in August that will see the two football clubs join forces on a number of football-related projects led by FC Ifeanyi Ubah, from best-practice coaching initiatives to establishing grass roots football programmes in Nigeria, all with a view to improving the standard of football across the region. Speaking to newsmen at the weekend in Lagos, Dr. Ubah explained the aim of the ‘Talent Hunt Programme’ and how that will metamorphose into a football Academy run by both West Ham United FC and FC Ifeanyi Ubah.  The President Capital Oil & Gas said: “Our discussions since the unveiling of this historic partnership has always been centred on football development, with the discovery of future football stars in a country so rich in football talents waiting to be harnessed top on the priority list.  West Ham are known to have one of the best academies in the world having produced players like Sir Trevor Brooking, Frank Lampard, Rio Ferdinand, Michael Carrick to mention a few and they are eager to identify and handpick talented African players that they can develop. The search for the next Lampard, Payet, Kanu and Okocha just begun and we believe this talent hunt will help us achieve our goal”. Dr. Ubah further revealed that many more details on the next level of the collaboration between FC Ifeanyi Ubah and West Ham FC will be unveiled during the week in Lagos when executives from the London Club will be entertaining questions at a press Conference in Lagos at Eko Signature, Victoria Island by 3pm. There will also be a dinner in honour of the contingent from West Ham by 6pm on Wednesday at the same venue where major football stakeholders and personalities will be in attendance after which they will be heading to Nnewi, Anambra state on Thursday for another press conference at Ifeanyi Ubah Games Village by 1:45pm. Their visit will end with an appearance on “Naija made” by 7:30pm on Supersport9 where they will be discussing in details, the benefits of West Ham’s deal with Capital Oil and Gas and FC Ifeanyi Ubah, as well as the blueprint and goal of the talent hunt.…

Breaking News: The 2016 Nobel Prize Award In Physics.

BREAKING NEWS: The 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics is awarded to David Thouless, Duncan Haldane and Michael Kosterlitz ”for theoretical discoveries of topological phase transitions and topological phases of matter” They revealed the secrets of exotic matter The 2016 Physics Laureates opened the door on an unknown world where matter can assume strange states. They have used advanced mathematical methods to study unusual phases, or states, of matter, such as superconductors, superfluids or thin magnetic films. Thanks to their pioneering work, the hunt is now on for new and exotic phases of matter. Many people are hopeful of future applications in both materials science and electronics. Kosterlitz and Thouless have studied phenomena that arise in a flat world – on surfaces or inside extremely thin layers that can be considered two-dimensional, compared to the three dimensions (length, width and height) with which reality is usually described. Haldane has also studied matter that forms threads so thin they can be considered one-dimensional. Their discoveries have brought about breakthroughs in the theoretical understanding of matter’s mysteries and created new perspectives on the development of innovative materials.…

‘Invisible Hands’ Attack At Umuahia Hotel: Survivors Suffer Memory Loss- By Anayo Okoli

UMUAHIA—THREE of the survivors of last week’s ‘invisible hands’ attack in a hotel on 44, Uyo Street, Umuahia metropolis, Abia State, have regained consciousness, but cannot recall what happened to them. Two persons were confirmed killed and four others rushed to hospital, following an attack at the 50-50 Hotel.  Three of the four survivors regained consciousness and the state Police Command said they would help with information of what actually happened. Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, Leye Oyebade, who had transferred the matter to the CID, said investigation would reveal what transpired.   The little information pieced together from the survivors indicate that none of them could actually pin-point where their trouble came from. According to one of them, a female victim, Chika Obi, who said she hails from Ozubulu in Ekwusigo Local Government Area of Anambra State, “honestly, I cannot remember what happened, all I can tell you is that I slept in my room as usual. “I was alone that night, because I did not get any client. Then I woke up here in the hospital.  I do not know if it was a spiritual attack. I cannot explain. I cannot even remember where my phone was. “I do not have any relative here. But I thank God, I survived this mysterious attack— be it spiritual or not. The night before that incident, I did not take any drink. Please, I want to be discharged. I want to go home,” she added. For Ikechukwu Udemba from Ohuhu, in Umuahia North Local Government Area of Abia State, he could not recall what happened. According to him, “this was a place we usually stay to drink and watch football.  So on that Tuesday night, I went there as usual, and called one of my brothers to meet me there. I had not even taken any drink, so there is no room to suspect that I was poisoned through drink. “I went there with the food I bought outside and had neither eaten it nor drank anything in the place before whatever happened occurred.  I was sitting at the bar. “Whatever happened there, I don’t know, except that yesterday, I woke up and found myself here at about this time. I did not drink anything in that place.” However, it was learned that the owner of the place suspects foul play from the association of hoteliers with who she allegedly had issues with. …

See Latest Photos Of How Mad Man Is In Love With Mad Woman

A mentally handicapped man and woman have been seen displaying affection for each other in the streets of Lagos while on-looker watched in amazement. The woman is seen with pregnancy alleged to be the work of her mad lover. Mad man in love with mad woman see photos …

See Some Important Health Tips That Shall Be Beneficial To You.

Important Health Tips: 1. Answer phone calls with the left ear. 2. Don't take your medicine with cold water.... 3. Don't eat heavy meals after 5pm. 4. Drink more water in the morning, less at night. 5. Best sleeping time is from 10pm to 4 am. 6. Don’t lie down immediately after taking medicine or after meals. 7. When phone's battery is low to last bar, don't answer the phone; the radiation is 1000 times stronger. Also avoid these Tablets, they are very dangerous: * D-Cold * Vicks Action-500 * Actified * Coldarin * Cosome * Nice * Nimulid * Cetrizet-D They contain Phenyl Propanol-Amide PPA which causes Strokes and are banned in…

Beware And Be warned-Causes Of Kidney Diseases: How To Avert The Menace Of Kidney Disease.

Many young people are increasingly dying as a result of kidney disease and see what you must do to keep safe of the menace: 1. Stop Delaying Going To a Rest Room: Keeping your urine in your bladder for too long is a bad idea. A full bladder can cause bladder damage. The urine that stays in the bladder multiplies bacteria quickly. Once the urine reflux's back to the urether and kidneys, toxic substances can result in kidney infections, then urinary tract infections, and nephritis, plus uremia. When nature calls do it as soon as possible. Eating Too Much Salt: You should eat not more than 5.8 grams of salt daily. Eating Too Much Meat: Too much protein in your diet is harmful for your kidneys. Protein digestion produces ammonia – a toxin that is very destructive to your kidneys. more meat equals more kidney damage. Drinking too much caffeine: Caffeine is a component of many sodas and soft drinks. It raises your blood pressure and your kidneys start suffering. You should cut down the amount of Coke, Pepsi, Red Bull, etc that you drink daily. Not drinking water: Our kidneys should be hydrated properly to perform their functions well. If we don’t drink enough, the toxins can start accumulating in the blood, as there isn’t enough fluid to drain them through kidneys.  Drink more than 10 glasses of water daily. There is an easy way to check if you are drinking enough water: Look at the colour of your urine; the lighter the colour, the better. Late Treatment: Treat all your health problems properly and have your health checked regularly. …

See What IDF N.G.O Forum Member and IDU Lagos President Chief Sir and Lady Patrick Sunny Udolisah Have To Say On 14years Of Marriage (See Photos).

He Says the following on his facebook account: Today marks 14yrs of my marriage with my lovely wife Edna. We thank God for what He has done for us in these years of marriage and what He will yet do. To Him be all the Glory. …

Why State Attorney General Orders Donald Trump Foundation to Cease Raising Money in New York- Reporter

The office of the New York attorney general, Eric T. Schneiderman, has issued a “notice of violation” to Donald J. Trump’s foundation, ordering it to immediately stop soliciting charitable donations in the state. The letter, which was sent on Friday and released on Monday morning by Mr. Schneiderman’s office, said its charities bureau had determined that the Donald J. Trump Foundation had been fund-raising in New York this year when it was not registered to do so under state law. “The Trump Foundation must immediately cease soliciting contributions or engaging in any other fund-raising activities in New York,” wrote James Sheehan, the chief of the charities bureau. Mr. Trump’s foundation has come under increasing scrutiny amid questions about his fulfillment of large charitable pledges and his lack of financial support in recent years. The foundation’s compliance with the rules that govern nonprofit groups has also been a concern. The New York Times reported last month that Mr. Trump’s foundation does not show up on the charity registers in many states, and The Washington Post subsequently reported that the foundation did not have the certification necessary to solicit money in New York. “While we remain very concerned about the political motives behind A. G. Schneiderman’s investigation, the Trump Foundation nevertheless intends to cooperate fully with the investigation,” Hope Hicks, Mr. Trump’s spokeswoman, said in a statement on Monday. “Because this is an ongoing legal matter, the Trump Foundation will not comment further at this time.” Mr. Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, has previously deflected criticism about his charitable giving, saying that he makes contributions personally and that he has been supportive of his foundation. Mr. Schneiderman’s office is investigating Mr. Trump’s foundation to determine if it is in compliance with state laws, including how it spends its money and courts donations. The attorney general’s office was particularly interested in a fund-raiser held by Mr. Trump this year to benefit veterans in lieu of attending a Republican primary debate. The event raised $5.6 million, including some money from wealthy donors, and the Trump Foundation said $1.67 million had come from online donations. The foundation did not break down the sources by state. Over the years, Mr. Trump has donated $5.4 million to his charity, according to the organization’s tax filings. But the last of those contributions was in 2008, and in recent years, the foundation’s coffers have been filled by outside donors — including organizations and people in New York. (The foundation’s most recently available filing was for 2014.) From 2009 to 2014, the foundation raised $4.36 million, with $2.5 million from New Yorkers, records show. State rules require nonprofits raising more than $25,000 a year in New York to register and file audited financial statements and annual financial reports to the attorney general’s charities bureau. In the letter, Mr. Schneiderman’s office provided notice to Mr. Trump’s foundation that it must provide those financial documents within 15 days. It also must file any “delinquent reports” for past years within that time frame. “The failure immediately to discontinue solicitation and to file information and reports” with the charities bureau, Mr. Sheehan said, “shall be deemed a fraud upon the people of the state of New York.” Mr. Schneiderman, a Democrat and a supporter of Mr. Trump’s Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, has also asserted in a separate pending case that Mr. Trump defrauded students who participated in Trump University, his for-profit educational program. …

Congratulations To All Our German Friends As You Mark Germany Unity Day, 2016 In Grand Style….The write up of the news so far

The news so far are entailed below: The Day of German Unity (German: Tag der Deutschen Einheit ) is the national day of Germany, celebrated on 3 October as a public holiday. It commemorates the anniversary of German reunification in 1990, when the goal of a united Germany that originated in the middle of the 19th century, was fulfilled again. Therefore, the name addresses neither the re-union nor the union, but the unity of Germany. The Day of German Unity on 3 October has been the German national holiday since 1990, when the reunification was formally completed. It is a legal holiday for the Federal Republic of Germany. An alternative choice to commemorate the reunification could have been the day the Berlin Wall came down: 9 November 1989, which coincided with the anniversary of the proclamation of the German Republic in 1918, and the defeat of Hitler's first coup in 1923. However, 9 November was also the anniversary of the first large-scale Nazi-led pogroms against Jews in 1938 ( Kristallnacht ), so the day was considered inappropriate as a national holiday. Therefore, 3 October 1990, the day of the formal reunification, was chosen instead and replaced the "Day of German Unity" on 17 June, the national holiday of the Federal Republic of Germany from 1954. Days of Imperial Germany Before 1871, in the area where the single state of Germany now exists, different kingdoms and principalities existed. After the unification of Germany, and the Founding of the Empire 1871, there was still no common national holiday. The Sedantag was, however, celebrated every year on 2 September, recalling the decisive victory in the Franco-Prussian War on 2 September 1870. After the founding of the Empire in 1871, there were calls for a national holiday, and there were three suggestions. No decision was made. Until 1873, the Sedantag was moved to 18 January or the day of the Frankfurt Treaty (10 May 1871). The Sedantag would soon also be celebrated at the universities and in many German cities. It never occurred to them to think about "Empire Parade" or "Emperor's Birthday". Some Culture Ministers of the states, especially in Prussia, decided that the Sedantag would be an official festival in schools. Upon many suggestions, the date of the Emperor's proclamation on 18 January would be established as day of remembrance. Emperor Wilhelm I declined this: "This was also the day of the first Prussian coronation of the king, which should not fall into the shadow of a united German holiday." Days Of Weimar Republic On 31 July 1919, the Weimar Constitution would be accepted in its form by the Weimar National Congress. In memorial of this "Hour of birth of democracy", the 11 August was created as Constitution Day, because the President of the Empire, Friedrich Ebert, signed the constitution on this day. Days Of National Socialism Shortly after the Nazis took power in 1933 (the so-called Machtergreifung), May Day (1 May) was established as a national holiday in the German Reich . It was already celebrated as a "Day of the Labor Movement" since 1890, and also was part of the tradition for the May dance commemorating the Walpurgis Night. Immediately after the establishment of the holiday in 1933, the Nazis banned trade unions on 2 May 1933 and occupied their buildings as offices for the Nazi Movement. On 1 March 1939, Hitler declared 9 November (the day of the failed Hitler Putsch in 1923) as the "Memorial Day for the movement" as the national holiday. Federal Republic of Germany From 1954 to 1990, 17 June was an official holiday in the Federal Republic of Germany to commemorate the Uprising of 1953 in East Germany, even with the name "Day of the German Unity".Since 1963, it was proclaimed by the President of the Federal Republic as "National Day of Memorial of the German People". Therefore, in the year 1990, the "Day of German Unity" was celebrated twice. German Democratic Republic In East Germany, the Founding Day in 1949 would be celebrated on 7 October as Day of the Republic, until the 40th anniversary in 1989. Decision for GDR's unity with the Federal Republic The motive for setting the date of 3 October as the possible Day of Unity was decided by the Volkskammer (GDR Congress) on the impending economical and political collapse of the GDR. The Helsinki Conference was set for 2 October, at which the foreign ministers would be informed of the results of the Two-plus-Four talks. At the beginning of July, the governments of both German states decided on the schedule: elections in the GDR would be held on 14 October, and a common election for the entire country on 2 December. The decision on the date was finally made on 22 August by the GDR's Minister-President, Lothar de Maizière, at a special session of the Volkskammer, which began at 9 pm. After a heated debate, the President of the Volkskammer, Sabine Bergmann-Pohl, announced the results at 2:30 am on 23 August: "The Volkskammer decides on the accession of the GDR to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Germany according to Article 23 of the Basic Laws effective as of 3 October 1990. In the matter Nr. 201 there have been 363 votes. There were no invalid votes. 294 deputies have voted 'yes.' (Strong applause from CDU/DA, DSU, FDP, partly SPD and the deputies standing up in their seats.) "62 deputies have voted 'no', and 7 people abstained. This is a historic event. Ladies and Gentlemen, I believe that we have not made an easy decision, but today we have acted within our responsibilities of the voting rights of the citizens of the GDR. I thank everybody that this result was made possible by a consensus across party lines." Gregor Gysi, Chairman of the SED-PDS, was visibly moved and made a personal statement: "Madame President! The Parliament has no more and no less decided on the downfall of the German Democratic Republic as of 3 October 1990".(Jubilant cheers from the CDU/DA, DSU and SPD.) Attempt to change the date of national holiday On 3 November 2004, the Federal Chancellor, Gerhard Schröder, suggested that the "Day of the German Unity" be celebrated on a Sunday, for economic reasons. Instead of 3 October, the National Reunification should be celebrated on the first Sunday of October. This suggestion received a lot of criticism from many sides, amongst them from Federal President Horst Köhler as well as the President of the Bundestag, Wolfgang Thierse. The demand worried a part of the population because of discontent for an increased working hours would be seen as a provocation and devaluing the national holiday. In addition, fixing the Unity Day on the first Sunday of October would have meant that it would sometimes fall on 7 October, which happens to have been the national day of East Germany; this date would thus have been seen as commemorating the division of Germany rather than the reunification. The idea was dropped after a short but angry debate. Day of Celebrations At Last Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Joachim Gauck at the Bürgerfest (German Unity Day festivities) in Hannover in 2014 The Day of German Unity is celebrated each year with a ceremonial act and a citizens' festival ( Bürgerfest ). The celebrations are hosted by a major city, usually the state capital, in the German state presiding over the Bundesrat in the respective year (a sequence determined by the Königstein Agreement ). After Bonn in 2011, Frankfurt am Main was the second non-state capital to host the celebrations in 2015; however, both cities bear a significance for German history (Bonn as former capital of West Germany and Frankfurt Parliament of 1848/49). 1990 in Berlin, capital of Germany, reunited that year 1991 in Hamburg 1992 in Schwerin, state capital of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern 1993 in Saarbrücken, state capital of Saarland 1994 in Bremen, state capital of Bremen 1995 in Düsseldorf, state capital of North Rhine-Westphalia 1996 in Munich, state capital of Bavaria 1997 in Stuttgart, state capital of Baden-Württemberg 1998 in Hannover, state capital of Lower Saxony 1999 in Wiesbaden, state capital of Hesse 2000 in Dresden, state capital of Saxony 2001 in Mainz, state capital of Rhineland-Palatinate 2002 in Berlin 2003 in Magdeburg, state capital of Saxony-Anhalt 2004 in Erfurt, state capital of Thuringia 2005 in Potsdam, state capital of Brandenburg 2006 in Kiel, state capital of Schleswig-Holstein 2007 in Schwerin, state capital of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern 2008 in Hamburg 2009 in Saarbrücken, state capital of Saarland 2010 in Bremen 2011 in Bonn, former federal capital, instead of the state capital of North Rhine-Westphalia, Düsseldorf (Motto: „Freiheit Einheit Freude – Bewegt mehr“ - "Liberty Unity Joy - Make a bigger difference") 2012 in Munich, state capital of Bavaria 2013 in Stuttgart, state capital of Baden-Württemberg 2014 in Hannover, state capital of Lower Saxony (Motto: „Einheit in Vielfalt“ - "Unity in Diversity") 2015 in Frankfurt, largest city of Hessen (Motto: „Grenzen überwinden“ - "Overcoming borders") 2016 in Dresden, state capital of Saxony (Motto: „Brücken bauen“ - "Building bridges") 2017 planned in Mainz, state capital of Rhineland-Palatinate 2018 planned in Berlin In addition, various celebrations are held in the federal capital Berlin, mainly based on the Straße des 17. Juni and around the Brandenburg Gate. State capitals and also other cities often have additional festivities. Furthermore, the Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich, which traditionally runs until the first Sunday in October, now runs until 3 October, if the Sunday in question falls on the first or second day of October. The celebrations in the host city always includes a festival and fireworks show. Zipfelbund: compass communities At the 1999 Day of German Unity celebration in Wiesbaden the Zipfelbund (de) (Compass Confederation) was formalised. The Zipfelbund are the four communities at the cardinal compass points of Germany: North – List on the island of Sylt, West – Selfkant, South – Oberstdorf and East – Görlitz. Together, they always participate in the respective annual celebration to represent the modern borders of Germany. List Selfkant Görlitz Oberstdorf Zipfelbund – Compass Communities – locations Direction Community State Coordinates Population North List auf Sylt Schleswig-Holstein 55° 1′ N, 8° 26′ O 2,462 West Selfkant North Rhine-Westphalia 51° 1′ N, 5° 55′ O 10,263 East Görlitz Saxony 51° 9′ N, 14° 59′ O 56,461 South Oberstdorf Bavaria 47° 25′ N, 10° 17′ O 9,974 See also Uprising of 1953 in East Germany References Karl Erich Born: Preußen im deutschen Kaiserreich 1871–1918. Führungsmacht des Reiches und Aufgehen im Reich . In: Wolfgang Neugebauer (Hrsg.): Handbuch der preussischen Geschichte . Bd. III: Vom Kaiserreich zum 20. Jahrhundert und Große Themen der Geschichte Preußens . De Gruyter, Berlin 2000, ISBN 3-11-014092-6 S. 37 www.buzer.de – Article 3 of the Treaty of German reunification ("Einigungsvertrag") Kosmidou, Eleftheria Rania (2012). European Civil War Films: Memory, Conflict, and Nostalgia . pp. 9–10. ISBN 1136250646 Deutsche Welle (dw.de) (9.11.2004). Schicksalstag der Deutschen Fritz Schellack: Nationalfeiertage in Deutschland 1871 bis 1945 . Peter Lang, Frankfurt am Main u. a. 1990, ISBN 3-631-42524-4 (zugl. Dissertation, Universität Mainz 1989 …

See How A Filipino Doctor Discovered The Solution That Can Cure Diabetes in Just 5 Minutes

According to the International Diabetes Federation, Philippines is one of the world’s developing diabetes hotspot, and more than 4 million Filipinos were diagnosed with the disease. Diabetes is the biggest single cause of amputation, blindness, stroke and end stage kidney failure. More than half of all deaths from diabetes result from cardiovascular disease including stroke and heart attack. Despite of thousands of researches conducted all over the world, there was a Filipino doctor who conduct his own study to kill this disease. He is Dr. Jaime Dy-Liacco, 82 years old, doctor of Metabolic Medicine. He discovered a very effective way to treat the disease in less than 5 minutes. According to him, after taking the formulation you can already eat any sweet foods no matter how much you like since sweets are not the main reason why people develop the conditions but due to mineral deficiency in our body. Ingredients: 12 pieces Native chilli pepper [siling labuyo] 2 pieces Raw eggs ½ Teaspoon sea salt Procedure: Cut and grind the chilli  peppers Combine the peppers with raw egg Add ½ spoon of tea salt Time to drink the formula Jaime E. Dy-Liacco, DMM is doctor degree from College of Metabolic Medicine in Kansas USA 2001. He is a graduate of the Colegio de Sta Isabel 1943,  Ateneo de Naga 1950, Ateneo de Manila 1952 and Northwestern University in Illinois, USA 1957. In 2015 he was awarded by “BRAVO FILIPINO’ a monthly magazine as one of the brightest Filipino Doctor.…

See How The World Celebrates Cuban Doctors To Have Achieved To The Cure For Vitiligo

This disease is also known as leucoderma and its main features are depigmentation of skin areas, especially in the face, limbs or genital area. It can spread quickly throughout the skin and de-pigment it completely. The destruction of melanocytes, which are the cells that are responsible for producing melanin, is the cause for this disease. As you know, melanin is the pigment that gives color to our skin. Cuban doctors found the cure. Also, they developed a complete treatment for the disease. If you want to start the treatment, you need to consult the International Clinical Service and to stay in Cuba for minimum 3 days. You can consult the medical personnel every day from Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. The price is 120.00 CUC. Also, you need to take a biopsy result of the skin. It can be performed in the centre for a price of 150.00 CUC. Moreover, every treatment session is 40.00 CUC. Patients do not have to stay at the hospital. They can stay in a hotel because the treatment is ambulatory. Patients are treated in order of arrival, so there is no need of reservation. Histotherapy Centre is located at Calle 18 No. 4302 corner to 43. Miramar, Playa, Havana, Cuba. Patients can go home after a couple of sessions and continue the treatment at home.You will take the prescribed amount of drugs for the home treatment. The amount of drugs depends on the degree of extension of the disease on the skin. The medicine is called Melagenina Plus and each bottle costs 36.00 CUC. The drug is not sold freely. First, you need to undergo a medical examination and have a prescription by the Centre. The price of the treatment includes a consultation and three treatment sessions. The medicine is an alcoholic extract of human placenta. It has the power to increase the production of melanocytes. Also, the remedy speeds up the process of melanin production in these cells.…

See What Engr. Edmund Mezue Has To Say On The Grace Of God In The Law Of Sowing And Reaping (Reciprocal Action)

THE GRACE OF GOD IN THE LAW OF SOWING AND REAPING (RECIPROCAL ACTION) The law of Sowing & Reaping is the only natural law commonly spoken of in every religion but the interpretation differs. The right interpretation can only be derived from observation of the natural procedural process of or the trend of development to ripeness & harvest of the agricultural seeds sown on earth, and then relating it to the swiftness, fineness and consistency of the beyond. Natural laws are expressions of the Will of God and they are immutable, inviolable and non discriminatory The Law of Sowing & Reaping gives everyone exactly what one puts into Creation and in multiples too if cared for well. Spiritual seeds are sown with one's volition(intuitive & thought), words and actions. Spiritual seeds just as seen in agricultural seeds give one exactly what one sowed at harvest time. Likewise the time of harvest depends on the type of seed; some soon, some in a short period, some long time, some very long time and some even beyond one's earth life. Also the harvest is bumper or plentiful if the seeds are cared for or nourished well. No miracle can change this order. Spiritual seed must be reaped by only the one who sowed it unlike the agricultural seeds that can be reaped by another through either stealing, death of the sower, donation by the sower, etc. Also quantity of the spiritual seed reaped at any time depends on how the sower stands at the harvest time; if the seed is bad and the sower reasonably changes to good at harvest time he reaps less bad. This is called symbolic redemption. The reaping of agricultural seeds does not depend on how one stands. The lighter or purer or more chaste a human being is, the faster his spiritual seeds ripe for him to reap or the shorter the time of harvesting his seeds becomes. This enables him reap off his bad seeds fast enough for his ascent. This is often wrongly understood by many that God chastises His own or those He loves. With the above knowledge of the impeccable operation of this law, one can now see that the grace of God in it lies in the love, justice, perfection, forgiveness, mercy, vengeance/recompense and providence which the law bears. ASK YOURSELF is it not love for one to harvest/reap what one sowed in multiples, i.e. plenty, abundance? Is it not justice for one to reap exactly what one sowed e.g. good for good, bad for bad, maize for maize? Is it not perfection for one not to reap any other thing apart from what one sowed no matter how much one prays for change? Is it not forgiveness when once one reaps what one sowed it will no longer be recorded or remembered for one i.e. it will be completely effaced for one? Is it not mercy when one is presented a harvest of what one sowed in accordance with how one stands at the time of harvesting? Is reaping evil sown by one not revenge, not retaliation, not retribution, not reprisal, not recompense, not corrective or reaping good sown by one not reward, not compensation, not pay back, not restitution? Is it not careful guidance, manifestation of care(prudence care) when what one sowed determines one's future or prepares one's future? When it makes one conscious of the effect in future? When it urges one to live in the present consciously & rightly? The Ten Commandment of God mediated through Moses swings in the Law of Sowing & Reaping. The commandment admonishes one on every of one's faults, weaknesses and guilts so as to enable one to always sow good seeds May the Grace of God inherent in this law urge each one of us to strive more to live In His Will. This explanation is based on my understanding of the work ''In the Light of Truth, The Grail Message'' by Abd-ru-shin. You may wish to examine it for clearer perception. …

Hear What IDU President; Comr. Emma Iykema Okpala Have To Say On 56th Independent Anniversary To Ideanians.

Happy Independent to you all and especially the to all ndi ideani from me the President, Ideani Development Union. Ideani has come a long way in search of development and we are glad that together we shall be victorious on our quest to make ideani a better place. Its 56th Independent anniversary for Nigerians and silver jubilee celebration for the people of Anambra. Ideani as a micro society need a drastic change to be on the lime light of greatness and i wish to inform the ideanians on this day on our works this far: The #20million naira state community infrastructure project has been approved for ideani (A mini civic center and the re-channeling of electric power from abatete. Ideani Day comes up on 29th day of December, 2016. It will be fun, a cultural heritage which will have in attendance among all, the governor of the state. It will feature cultural dances, traditional wrestling, award presentation  to deserving ideanians and friends of ideani and fund raising. Please support this noble project. The ceremony shall be ushered in by an all night christian crusade which shall hopefully be anchored by Rev. Fr. Emma Obinma (Ebube Muo Nso) on the 28th December night. The  C.E.C has levied all the branches various sums of money to enable us execute this project.  Contact the PG  or IDU Secretary or the Ideani Information Manager or your branch president or village chairmen and secretaries to know more on the details of all the preparations.  Finally, we cannot stop thanking you enough for you are  always there for us, Lets Join hands to make ideani great. Thanks and Long Live Ideani. From ideani PG, Comr. Emma Okpala Iykema. …

NPFL: Enugu Rangers Confirmed NPFL Champions

Chisom Egbuchulam scored a hat-trick, as Enugu Rangers sealed their Nigeria Professional Football League title win, with a 4-0 thumping of El-Kanemi Warriors. It is their first NPFL title in 32 years. Imama Amapakabo’s men could have been named champions last week, after they beat Ikorodu United in Abeokuta, but were made to wait until the last game. The Flying Antelopes finished on 63 points from 36 matches, three points ahead of second-placed Rivers United. Both teams will represent Nigeria in next year’s CAF Champions League, while third-placed Wikki Tourists will play in the CAF Confederation Cup. …

Signs People See In You To Be A Great Leader

In the movies, amazing leaders can frequently be seen making life-changing speeches — sometimes whilst riding a horse back and forth before a mass of armored, sword-wielding soldiers. In real life, leadership is a much quieter trait. In fact, you may not always even realize that others see you as a great leader. Here are some signs that people view you as a leader in the office: 1. Everyone seeks out your opinion This is probably the most obvious sign that your peers view you as a leader. Whether or not you're the boss, you're a fixture in the office when it comes to giving insight and opinions. If this sounds like you, then your coworkers clearly value your wisdom. 2. You're a good communicator People won't think you're a great leader just because you've got good ideas. You've got to be able to communicate those ideas too. "There has to be a sense that the person themselves believes in the project or idea," leadership expert Hugh Kearns said in an interview with Science magazine. "If they are wishy-washy or not very committed to the idea themselves, then it will be very hard to bring other people along. The other people will have the concern that the project will collapse at the first obstacle or setback." 3. Your boss ignores you sometimes "Sometimes, bosses want to see how proactive and self-starting their future leaders are. Those who need less care and feeding may have the edge over those who need constant reinforcement and direction to be productive," Jim Morris writes for the Daily Muse. Having your supervisor "neglect" you sometimes might not be the best feeling in the world, but it's probably a pretty good sign. 4. You never scramble to take the lead In an article for Inc, Les McKeown wrote that there's a difference between take-charge-type posers and real leaders: "Always opinionated, usually impatient and frequently brusque, these gotta-be-in-fronters get so used to other people describing them as natural born leaders that sooner or later — to their own and everyone else's detriment —they begin to believe it." Real leaders only take the helm when it's necessary. This trait goes back to one of the heroes of ancient Rome. A general named Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus was called to serve the state as dictator during an invasion (in those days, "dictators" were appointed during military emergencies and held full authority for six months). He was so competent that he routed the invasion in a matter of weeks. Afterwards, instead of taking advantage of his term, he resigned, went back to his small farm, and became a legend in his own lifetime. People generally prefer selfless leaders like Cincinnatus over ambitious, grasping ones like Caesar. 5. You help people grow Whenever someone messes up, you're the first one on the scene helping them to fix things. Coworkers seek you out for help and your boss frequently asks you to mentor others. "If people are coming to you, they either figured out you excel at something, or they were sent to you as a knowledgeable resource. Either way, it's a good sign," Morris says in an article for the Daily Muse. 6. You're firm, but not close-minded Moderation is key. You don't want to come across as a pushover, of course. No one is going to view a weak-willed person as a potential leader. That being said, the best leaders aren't lone wolves. They take their team members' suggestions and concerns into consideration before acting. If you stand up for your own ideas, but fairly weigh every option before proceeding, then odds are your coworkers consider you an effective leader. 7. People come to you for advice If people are actually soliciting your insight at work, that's a clear sign they respect your judgment. They're looking to you for guidance. Think about it this way. Who do you turn to when you need advice? Some random colleague whose work you don't respect? Or someone you aspire to become more like? 8. You always do your homework A good leader doesn't have to give amazing speeches or even have a ton of charisma. People will perceive you as as promising leader if you have insightful solutions and prepare well for workplace projects. Instead of trying to wow others with fake charisma, focus on being the best you can be at your job. "I think most people have unrealistic ideas about leadership," Kearns said an interview with Science magazine. "They tend to think they have to be Nelson Mandela or some such inspirational character. In reality leadership is much more mundane: for example, preparing for your meeting, communicating with people, and listening." 9. You're confident, but not arrogant Arrogant people believe themselves to be excellent leaders and workers — without having much evidence to back up that hypothesis. They just feel like they should be in charge. No one wants to take orders from an arrogant leader. Confident people know their strengths and work on their weaknesses. They trust in their own competence and work hard. People are usually happy to follow confident, competent individuals.…

Delta State Again As Fear Returns In Gbaramatu Kingdom Over Oil Spillage Caused By NNPC (Must Read)

A fresh oil spill has occurred in 12 communities of Gbaramatu Kingdom in Warri, South-West Council Area of Delta State. The development has worsened the already devastated environment and caused panic among residents. The oil spill, which occurred on Thursday night, was as a result of a ruptured trunk line reportedly belonging to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation. Some of the affected communities included Ikpokpo, Tebujor, Okpeleama, Meke-Ama, Opuedebubor, Atanba, Oporoza federated communities, Oto-Gbene, Okerenkoko-Gbene, Opuede, Opuede-Zion and Gama-Zion –  all in Gbaramatu Kingdom. A similar incident occurred in the area on August 17 from a pipeline belonging to the Pipeline and Product Marketing Company. The spill rendered many residents homeless. A statement signed by Yabrade Moses and Edward Odudu on behalf of Gbaramatu communities on Saturday read in part, “The fear of people in the Gbaramatu Kingdom came to reality again in the early hours of September 30 as crude oil was discovered gushing out from the ruptured trunk line when the NNPC pumped crude oil through the trunk line from the morning of Thursday.”…

How A Boxer Died After A Head Triggered Blow That Caused His Brain To Swell And Bleed See Photo

Scottish prizefighter Mike Towell has died from injuries sustained in the ring, his manager says. The 25-year-old boxer was carried out by stretcher after going five rounds with Welsh fighter Dale Evans in Glasgow. The Scottish boxer died early Saturday after suffering severe bleeding and swelling to his brain during a televised Friday night fight at a Glasgow hotel. His St Andrews Sporting Club tweeted the tragic news early Saturday. Towell was knocked down twice in the fight before referee Victor Loughlin stopped the bout in the fifth round. He had been undefeated prior to the fight, a British welterweight title eliminator, with 11 wins and one draw on his professional record. His opponent has yet to comment on Towell’s death but described the figher as a “true warrior” in a statement issued after he was taken to the hospital. “The ingredients were there for an entertaining fight and it was that, we are both punchers and so sadly for Mike he came out the wrong side,” Evans said. “I never wanted to see my opponent being stretchered out of the ring. Who would ever want that sight? That was so hard for his family and my heart goes out to them.” Towell’s partner Chloe Ross – and mother of his child – suggested that Towell may have been suffering from a previously undiagnosed injury. “Michael had severe bleeding and swelling to his brain. He had been complaining of headaches for the last few weeks but we put it down to migraines with the stress of his fight,” she wrote on Facebook. “It has been the longest 24 hours of our lives. My baby has lost his daddy. But he will be so, so proud of his dad in what he achieved.” Loughlin, the fight’s referee, had also been in charge of the British middleweight title fight in March between Chris Eubank Jnr. and Nick Blackwell, which ended Blackwell’s career after he suffered cranial bleeding before the fight was stopped at 10 rounds. …

See What Ex-Anambra State Governor; Mr Peter Obi Said That Is Making Waves

Former Anambra State governor, Peter Obi on Saturday spoke at The Platform, an annual event on leadership, business, creativity and national empowerment- and everyone has been talking about it. Obi spoke on cutting the cost of governance especially during this time of recession, while sharing his experience as a governor. He talked about how he cut cost during his tenure by visiting Abuja alone when the need arises. He also advised governors to scrap the Office of the First Lady which he said gulps N2bn monthly. He said, “It costs an average of N2 billion to run the office of the First Lady in every state in Nigeria. Multiply by 36. “Nigeria can still function on its income if only we learn how to cut cost. “We need to cut the cost of governance. No governor needs a house in Abuja; governors don’t live in Abuja. “Government house is not a restaurant, I told my cook to cook for only one person.”…

Flashy Kicking News!!! Death Strikes In The Movie Industry Again As Legendary Nollywood Actor Elder Maya Passes On

Kindly take out 3 seconds of your time to Pay your last respect to him by typing RIP in the comment box.. Read details of how he died below… Popular Nollywood actor, Martins Njubuigbo, popularly known as Elder Maya has Just passed on. After battling a prolong liver-related ailment for months. May his soul rest in peace, May his gentle soul rest in peace Amen…Source: Gossip Mill Nigeria …

Catholic Priests, Sisters Protest Violent Activities Of Herdsmen In Enugu Held In July, 2016. Its For Your Update (See Photo)

The Catholic Church in Enugu State on Saturday held mass rallies protesting violent activities of herdsmen in the state. The three Catholic dioceses in the state, Nsukka, Awgu and Enugu, staged separate rallies and  expressed their anger at the menace posed by herdsmen. Priests and lay members of the Catholic Church turned out in their thousands for the peaceful rallies in Nsukka and Awgu dioceses. However, the Enugu Catholic diocese shelved its plan to march to the Government House, where they intended to deliver a petition to Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi. The Diocese had earlier announced that it would march from the Holy Ghost Cathedral, through the streets of Enugu metropolis, to the Government House on Saturday. The march was tagged “Diocesan peaceful prayerful protest march.” But the planned march failed to hold after Ugwuanyi and some members of the state executive council visited the church. Our correspondent learnt that the church leadership called off the march after they were informed of an alleged plan by miscreants to hijack the event. The miscreants allegedly including pro-Biafra activists, planned to use the protest march to cause a breakdown of law and order. Addressing the Catholic faithfuls at the cathedral during the visit, Ugwuanyi said his administration was determined to protect lives and property in the state. He said, “On the issues you have raised in this rally, I wish to state that I address you today not only as a Catholic but as your governor and the Chief Security Officer of Enugu State.  While taking my oath of office, I swore to do everything within my powers to preserve the security of lives and property of the people of Enugu State. “You can therefore be assured that I will not fail in this responsibility and be further assured that whatever message you convey through me to the appropriate authorities at Abuja, will be promptly delivered.” The church also made known its opposition to the proposed grazing bill in a joint press statement read by the Catholic Bishop of Enugu Diocese, Rt. Rev. Callistus Onaga, and the bishops of Awgu and Nsukka dioceses. “The free grazing of cattle in our area has now become a threat not only to the growing of crops, which is the mainstay of our sedentary people, but also to our lives. The nomadic lifestyle makes policing and the pursuit of criminals much more complex and hazardous, while providing terrorists like Boko Haram operatives with ready cover for penetrating every nook and cranny of our country,” the statement said.…

Fulani Herdsmen Again, Strikes Priest From Anambra Community – What They Did To Three Catholic Priests Will Make You Cry For Days

The Catholic Diocese of Nnewi, yesterday alleged that suspected Fulani herdsmen armed with dangerous weapons including guns, attacked and kidnapped the Rector of Tansi Major Seminary, Rev. Fr. Dr. Emmanuel Dim, while two other priests Rev. Frs. Jude Chukwuneke and Jude Ezeokana who were in the same vehicle with him escaped with various degrees of gun shot wounds. Addressing reporters at the Nnewi Catholic Diocese Media House, located in Assumption Cathedral Nnewi, Director of Communication of the Diocese, Rev. Fr. Hyginus Aghaulor, alleged that the herdsmen called, and demanded for a ransom of N2.5 million. He said: “Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria, CBCN, has decided and directed that ransom should not be paid for the kidnap of any of its priests and anybody that is demanding for ransom for the release of any priest kidnapped is wasting time. “If anybody or group goes ahead to pay ransom for the release of any priest, the person or the group is on his own.” In a statement issued after addressing reporters, titled “Fulani herdsmen kidnap Rector of Tansi Major Seminary, Onitsha, demands for ransom,” the Catholic Diocese of Nnewi said the incident happened on the September 26, 2016, around 7pm along Nkpologwu/Nimbo Road Enugu State. According to the statement, “the three Catholic priests were returning from Nsukka to Onitsha and Nnewi, after a condolence visit to Rev. Fr. Uchenna Ezeh of Nsukka Diocese who lost his mother, before they were attacked and while Rev. Fr. Dim is still being held by the herdsmen- kidnappers who are demanding a ransom of N2.5 million, Rev. Fr. Ezeokana, who lectures in both Fr. Tansi Major Seminary Onitsha and Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, received treatment briefly at a hospital in Nsukka, but is now recuperating at Awka his home Diocese. “Rev. Fr. Chukwuemeka, who is the Chaplin of St Camillus de Lellis Chaplaincy, College of Health Science, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Nnewi ,who was shot on the head has been transferred from Memphis Specialist Hospital Enugu to Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi, where he is currently receiving treatment.” “On a separate place the same Monday 26th September, 2016, a Vincentian priest whose name is yet to be confirmed was also kidnapped with his brother along Abuja Lokoja express way, another Catholic priest Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Ugwu was kidnapped on August 9,2014 along Ugwuogo-Nike-Opi and few weeks back a senior seminarian was killed in cold blooded in Attakwu, Enugu State, and one begins to wonder if Catholic priest have become endangered species”. The visibly angry Rev. Fr. Aghaulor lashed out on South East Governors for doing nothing to protect people they are governing, “while their counterparts in the North are influencing the Federal Government in spending billions of naira to contain the Boko Haram insurgents, when something more worrisome and sinister than the activities of Boko Haram is being done in the South East by the Fulani Herdsmen”. “The South East Governors and their Chairman have done nothing to protect the people of South East, the Enugu State Governor whose state is where the menacing activities of the of the herdsmen is worst and the state legislators have not done anything to protect the people there, they should borrow a leaf from Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State. “We are in Federalism, and each state have right to make certain law governing them, what prevents Enugu State Government from making laws that can protect the people there, Governors of South East and their State Assembly’s should make laws that will protect their people”. Rev. Fr. Aghaulor lamented that since the existence of Nigeria, nobody has seen the level of killing spree that is being perpetrated by the Fulani herdsmen, adding that “while innocent people are left unprotected, we have seen barrage of military wares and personnel protecting the pipelines in Niger Delta, as if oil is more important than people’s life. Why should people be killed without provocation in their own traditional lands? “We are asking the government for how long would this continue, is this the type of country we all signed up for, is this part of the change, is there no rules and laws in this country , all over Nigeria women are being raped, people are intimidated, innocent Nigerians are being slaughtered and property worth billions of Naira destroyed by the suspected Fulani Herdsmen”.…

Photos Of President Buhari, VP Osinbajo, Saraki & Others At Independence Day Celebration In Aso Rock

Pesident Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Senate President Bukola Saraki, ex-Military leader Abdulsalami Abubakar, Ex-vice president Alex Ekwueme and others participated in the 56th Independence Anniversary Presidential Change of Guards Parade which held in Aso Rock, Abuja this morning to commemorate the independence day celebration. More photos below… …

CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele Thanks Buhari, Security Agencies Over Wife’s Release

Central Bank Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, has expressed gratitude to God, President Muhammadu Buhari and security agencies for the rescue of his wife, Margaret, from the hands of kidnappers. He was however silent on whether any ransom was paid to secure her release. Mrs Emefiele was kidnapped last Thursday by kidnappers along Agbor-Benin road and taken to unknown destination. The Central Bank Governor, in a statement released in Abuja on Saturday morning, said his joy knew no bounds when the news of his wife’s rescue reached him Friday night. He praised security agencies for their gallantry in bringing his wife back home within 24 hours in compliance with the directive of President Buhari. He also expressed his gratitude to the Delta and Edo State Governments, friends and well wishers who, through their actions, prayers and goodwill, helped to bring this harrowing experience to a joyful end. He reaffirmed his resolve to continue to serve the nation diligently and with all his heart without any fear of intimidation. Recall Mrs Emefiele’s kidnapper‎s had initially demanded N100 million as ransom for her release but increased it to N1.2 billion when they discovered she was a ‘big catch’. …