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Monday, 19 February 2018

VAIDS take sensitization campaign to Enugu



  1. VAIDS take sensitization campaign to Enugu  Daily Post Nigeria

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The Red and the Sea Love Story! A Tale of Passion and Friendship

An Abu Salami Experience CHAPTER ONE: HAPPY ANNIVERSARY   Lovers can come to a place of desolation and doubt because love is a living thing and like all living things…

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IG sends more special forces to Zamfara



  1. IG sends more special forces to Zamfara  The Nation Newspaper
  2. Breaking: Police nab 3 principal suspects in Zamfara killings  Vanguard
  3. Zamfara Killings: Police arrest three suspects  Premium Times
  4. Zamfara killings: Police arrest three principal suspects  The Punch

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Station owners to be prosecuted for violating DPR order



  1. Station owners to be prosecuted for violating DPR order  The Nation Newspaper
  2. DPR to prosecute 8 filling stations for violating seal order  P.M. News

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'7 Big Wins', an Effective Tool to Navigate Economic Downturn



  1. ‘7 Big Wins’, an Effective Tool to Navigate Economic Downturn  THISDAY Newspapers

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Iran delays hunt for airliner lost in mountain blizzard with 66 aboard



  1. Iran delays hunt for airliner lost in mountain blizzard with 66 aboard  The Japan Times
  2. 66 Feared Dead After Iran Plane Crashes Into Mountain  New York Times
  3. The Latest: Iran says 65 killed in airplane crash  Washington Post

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Politics: A Secret Service agent tackled a Chinese security official over the nuclear football when Trump visited China

US President Donald Trump (R) gestures toward China's President Xi Jinping (C), as US First Lady Melania Trump (back C) is seen in the background, in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on November 9, 2017.

The nuclear football is a briefcase that allows the president to authorize a nuclear strike and should always be in close proximity to the president.

  • Axios reported on Sunday that during President Donald Trump's trip to China in November, a Secret Service member tackled a Chinese security official.
  • The incident reportedly began when Chinese detail tried to prevent the military aide carrying the "nuclear football" from entering a room behind Trump.
  • White House Chief of Staff John Kelly intervened, and was grabbed by a Chinese security official, who was then tackled by a Secret Service agent.
  • The nuclear football was never in contact with a foreign official, and the Chinese security detail later apologized.

During President Donald Trump's visit to Beijing last November, a US Secret Service agent reportedly tackled a Chinese security official after attempts to block the movement of the "nuclear football."

The nuclear football, officially known as the "president's emergency satchel," is a black leather briefcase that allows the US president to authorize a nuclear strike while away from a command center. It is carried by a military aide and is supposed to be in close proximity to the president at all times.

But according to a report from Axios, when Trump met with President Xi Jinping in Beijing's Great Hall of the People, Chinese security blocked the entry of the aide carrying the nuclear football.

A US official quickly informed Trump's Chief of Staff John Kelly who "rushed over" and told US officials, "We're moving in."

As the US delegation started moving into the hall, a Chinese security official "grabbed Kelly" who pushed away the man's hand, according to Axios. It was then that a US Secret Service agent tackled the security official to the ground.

The briefcase was reportedly never touched by a foreign official, but the head of the Chinese security head later apologized about the incident.

Five sources confirmed the incident, which reportedly ended almost as quickly as it begun, according to Axios.

Last year, during one of Trump's many visits to his Mar-a-Lago resort in southern Florida, a club member took a photo of a military aide who was reportedly responsible for carrying the nuclear football and posted it on Instagram. The incident raised concerns over whether the briefcase is still the best way for highly sensitive military information to be made available to the president on short notice.

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Sex & Relationships: 'The girls next door' reveal whether size really matters

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You know the feeling: You’re on a date, and it’s going well. You find yourselves back at your place, making out and groping one another like horny teenagers.

Don’t want to ask your girlfriend what she thinks? This is the next best thing

You know the feeling: You’re on a date, and it’s going well. You find yourselves back at your place, making out and groping one another like horny teenagers.

Soon the two of you are stumbling toward the bedroom, moments away from seeing each other naked for the first time.

She’ll look amazing, of course. But in the back of your mind, in that annoying little buzzkill part of your brain, you just can’t help but wonder: How will I measure up?

Well, she may not tell you—but our Girls Next Door will.

Recently the three of them—Naomi, Marissa, and LiLi—got together to drink wine, snack on some bananas (and cucumbers?), and engage in some good old-fashioned girl talk.

READ ALSO: Do side chicks really enjoy Feb 14 more than main chicks?

One reader—Joe from Boise—wrote to them with a simple request: “Size: discuss.”

The girls did not hold back. They talked length vs. width, what really matters to women, even micro-penises. (Plus, learn how having a small penis can work to your advantage.)

“My friends and I definitely talk about it,” admits Marissa.

Naomi always texts her friends hooking up with a new guy—“Sometimes I just send ‘carrot emoji’ or ‘eggplant emoji’—question mark.”

And you’ll never believe what one of LiLi’s friends confessed to her.

Maybe you wish you could be a fly on the wall when your girlfriend is talking to her friends about you. But this is the next best thing. Trust us, just watch the video—you’ll be glad you did. (And regardless of your size, always make sure you have a condom on hand. We like these Lelo Hex ones from the Men's Health store.)

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Sunday, 18 February 2018

Unrepentant Soul: Police arrest ex-convict for duping policewoman on Facebook

Surajudeen Balogun

Balogun was previously convicted for duping a woman, one Bimpe Akinmade, of N950, 000, after claiming to be an NNPC staff based in Port Harcourt.

The police have arrested one Surajudeen Balogun, for allegedly impersonating the State Director of Finance on Facebook.

The 46-year-old ex-convict was reportedly taken in by officers of the Ogun State police command.

ALSO READ: 2 Nigerian women convicted in the UK for defrauding 7 men

Premium Times reports that Balogun was also accused of attempting to dupe a female police officer on Facebook.

Instablog9ja reports that the suspect who is a fashion designer was posing as a staff of NNPC with the picture of the said finance director and has been defrauding unsuspecting members of the public.

According to the reports, Balogun was earlier convicted for duping a woman, one Bimpe Akinmade, of N950, 000, after claiming to be an NNPC staff based in Port Harcourt.

The convict picked up his fraudulent activities again.

The suspect was finally nabbed while trying to defraud another woman on Facebook under the same guise, not knowing that his new victim was a police officer.

ALSO READ: Nigerian Yahoo-Boy jailed in the UK for fraud

The policewoman reportedly played along with the convict until Saturday, February 17, when he was arrested while trying to collect money from her.

Balogun will be charged to court upon the completion of the investigations.

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Edo Youths, Police Clash: Policemen alleged to have caused cab driver's death testifies



  1. Edo Youths, Police Clash: Policemen alleged to have caused cab driver’s death testifies  Vanguard

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Air passenger allegedly steals N1m on board, faces trial



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Mercy Johnson gives the reason why she doesn’t act romantic roles in movies

Nollywood actress, Mercy Johnson who is married to Prince Odianosen Okojie, has stated the reason why she doesn’t act romantic roles in movies anymore. According to the actress, her husband…

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Entertainment: Olympic curlers are buff now, and have the calendars to prove it

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GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Thomas Ulsrud lifts weights, hammers through squats and hangs upside down from metal bars, molding his abdominal muscles with a sadistic series of crunches.

“I guess I was blessed a little from nature’s side,” Ulsrud said, “but I do like to work out.”

None of this would be all that unusual except that Ulsrud is a 46-year-old curler.

Obliterating the sport’s tired reputation as ground zero for paunchy, beer-swilling weekend warriors, curlers like Ulsrud, who is back at the Olympics for the third time with Norway, are representative of a growing emphasis on fitness — for men and women alike. They bench press, bang out bicep curls and lay off the sauce.

Some, like Ulsrud and Marc Kennedy, a Canadian Olympian, have gone so far as to showcase their physiques in racy promotional calendars for the sport.

“It kind of goes to show you just how far curling has come,” said Kennedy, 36, who posed shirtless while doing yoga with two curling stones for the cover of the 2018 Men of Curling Calendar.

Brian McWilliams, head trainer for USA Curling, said that when he joined the organization in 2006, he discovered that he was responsible for conditioning players who were still smoking cigarettes during fifth-end breaks, which is the equivalent of halftime.

“I was like, ‘What did I just get myself into?'” McWilliams said.

But curling, the sport that involves using brooms to direct a heavy granite rock down a sheet of ice, has joined the CrossFit age. Phill Drobnick, coach of the U.S. men, said he suspected that this was the first Olympics in which every team in the field had bought into a fitness program in the run-up to the games.

“In the past, if you were a good shotmaker, you could be pretty good and still be successful,” said Aileen Geving, who plays for the U.S. women’s team. “But the game has gotten so precise: The ice is better, and the players have gotten better. Any bit of edge is going to make a difference. So if fitness is that difference, you’re going to work for it.”

Joanne Courtney, 28, who is competing for Canada and has a reputation as one of the strongest sweepers in the world, has worked with a trainer in Edmonton to add muscle mass to her upper body. The more weight she has over the broom, she said, the more downward pressure she can apply to the ice.

She also does interval training — on treadmills and rowing machines — to hone her anaerobic fitness and her explosiveness. She does the bulk of her training in the summer.

“That’s where I try to build as much muscle as I possibly can,” she said.

Sweeping is important because it heats the ice while creating micro-scratches on the surface, which helps players control for distance and trajectory as the rock travels down the sheet.

As for Ulsrud, he said he began to focus on weight training in his mid-30s as a way of sustaining his career. He guided the Norwegians to the silver medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics and to a world championship in 2014. Ulsrud now makes it a point, he said, to outperform his younger teammates in their various conditioning tests.

The sport clearly has changed.

“It used to be older people, drinking beer all night,” Ulsrud said. “And those were the best players! You’d meet them at the bar.”

About that calendar: It features elite curlers in various states of undress — including Ulsrud, who posed in his underwear with his teammates for the month of December.

The photo shoot was on the second floor of a busy restaurant in Oslo. The lunchtime crowd was riveted.

“A lot of people were like, ‘Hey, if we have a dinner party, can you guys come over and serve?'” Ulsrud said.

The calendar is the work of George Karrys, owner and publisher of the Curling News, an industry bible based in Toronto. Karrys said he had nearly sold out of the 10,000 copies he had printed, with the net proceeds going to various charities. This is the second edition. Bowing to public demand after he had published several calendars featuring female curlers, Karrys came out with the first Men of Curling Calendar in 2014. (Ulsrud was in that one, too.)

“It was pretty explosive,” said Karrys, a former Olympic curler for Canada.

Karrys lets the curlers follow through on their own artistic visions. For the latest calendar, Ulsrud and his three teammates chose a holiday dinner tableau, with Havard Vad Petersson posing like a roasted pig with an apple in his mouth.

“He drew the short straw,” Ulsrud said.

The target audience is no secret.

“You get a lot of the older ladies up in Alberta or Saskatchewan who are just going to buy those things up,” said John Landsteiner, a member of the U.S. men’s team.

Neither Landsteiner nor any of his U.S. teammates are featured in the calendar — “We’re not exactly the beefcakes,” said John Shuster, a four-time Olympian and the team’s leader — but they were no less focused on making gains (or losses, as the case may be) in the weight room before the games.

After Shuster labored to a last-place finish alongside his teammates at the 2014 Winter Olympics, he made big changes. He worked on his conditioning, refined his diet and dropped about 35 pounds. As a result, he said, he has more energy, no longer feels jet lag after long flights and can power through tournaments.

Known as the skip, Shuster orchestrates the game plan and throws the most important shots, leaving most of the sweeping duties to his teammates. But at the U.S. mixed doubles trials in December, Schuster had to sweep — and sweep a lot, grinding through 10 matches over five days with his partner, Cory Christensen.

“I couldn’t have done that four years ago,” Shuster said.

When Karrys won a silver medal with the Canadian men’s team at the 1998 Winter Olympics, curling was making its debut at the Olympics. Karrys, who played alongside an electrician, a plumber and a golf pro, said he was the only member of his team who worked out.

“I knew there would be comparisons between curlers and real athletes from these other Olympic sports,” Karrys said in a telephone interview. “So I wanted to not only be able to perform to the best of my ability and help my team out, but I also wanted to not look terrible while I was doing it.”

In the 20 years since, curling has benefited from a slow but steady influx of funding from sponsors and national federations — and from greater exposure, too. Those who hope to reach the highest levels face more competition than ever. Many still have day jobs, but they also have high-performance coaches and regimented training schedules.

For the curlers vying for medals here in Gangneung, the Olympics are a marathon that demand endurance. Pool play for the men’s and women’s events stretches over eight days, with each team playing nine matches — and then tiebreakers, semifinals and medal rounds to follow.

“You need to be as fit as possible so that you can approach that very last stone to win the championship the same way that you did several days earlier, with the first stone of the competition,” Karrys said. “And if you’re physically dragging, everything drags — all the strategic aspects, all the actual execution of throwing the stone.”

Now, more than ever, a lot of that hard work happens in advance, at gyms far from the ice.

“You’ve got to take care of the body,” Ulsrud said, “like all the sports.”

This article originally appeared in The New York Times.

SCOTT CACCIOLA © 2018 The New York Times

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Saraki congratulates child comediene, Emmanuela, invites her to Senate



  1. Saraki congratulates child comediene, Emmanuela, invites her to Senate  Daily Post Nigeria
  2. Saraki invites ‘Emmanuella’ to the senate  Vanguard
  3. Saraki invites seven-year old comedienne, Emmanuella, to Senate  Premium Times

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APC reconciliation: Senator Ogunlewe reveals what Buhari intends to do to Tinubu



  1. APC reconciliation: Senator Ogunlewe reveals what Buhari intends to do to Tinubu  Daily Post Nigeria
  2. Presidential Villa roundup for Feb. 12 to Feb. 17, 2018  BusinessDay (satire) (press release) (blog)
  3. How Atiku bests Buhari  TheCable
  4. 2019: The Emerhor, Ogboru, Omo-Agege ego war will not help APC — Comrade Ofehe  Vanguard

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Wizkid: Starboy signs new artist Terri, set to drop “Made In Lagos” EP

Wizkid celebrates his son's 2nd birthday

The singer made this announcement on Twitter, explaining that he met his new signee in December 2017, after he was tagged in a video on Instagram.

Wizkid has signed a new artist named Terri to Starboy Entertainment.

The singer made this announcement on Twitter, explaining that he met his new signee in December 2017, after the singer tagged him in a video on Instagram. You can check out the video below.

Terri will be introduced under Starboy on Wizkid’s debut single for 2018. It is titled ‘Soco’, and also features guest acts, Spotless and Ceeza Milli.

Terri’s signing comes two months after Wizkid signed up Ahmed, a 12-year-old rapper named who freestyled at his headline concert in December.

Made In Lagos EP

Wizkid is also set to drop an EP, titled “Made In Lagos.” According to the singer, thenew EP which he has continuously teased on Twitter, will contain ‘Soco’.

 

When it is released, this will mark Wizkid’s first ever EP. The singer has three albums, 2011’s “Superstar,” 2014’s “Ayo (Joy),” and “Sounds From The Other Side,” which he released under his deal with RCA Records.

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Iran plane crash in south of country 'kills all 65 onboard'



  1. Iran plane crash in south of country ‘kills all 65 onboard’  The Guardian
  2. All 65 People Aboard Plane Feared Dead After Crash Into Iranian Mountain  NPR
  3. Iran says fog caused a plane crash that may have killed 65. That might not be the whole story.  Washington Post
  4. Iran plane crash LIVE: 66 passengers die after Aseman airlines crash near Semirom  Financial Express

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Killings: IG deploys 3 additional Police Mobile Force units to Zamfara



  1. Killings: IG deploys 3 additional Police Mobile Force units to Zamfara  Vanguard
  2. Zamfara Killings: Police Deploy 3 Mobile Unit  Leadership Newspapers (press release)
  3. Zamfara killings: IGP vows to crush bandits  TheCable

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2018 UTME: JAMB to conduct Mock test Feb 26

JAMB ends sales of exam forms today

The board’s Head, Media and Information, Dr Fabian Benjamin said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) on Sunday said the much anticipated conduct of the 2018 Mock Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) would now hold on Feb. 26.

The board’s Head, Media and Information, Dr Fabian Benjamin said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

According to him, a total of 245,753 of the  1,652,795 candidates that registered for this year’s  UTME are expected to write the test.

We are happy to announce to the public that the board has concluded arrangement for the conduct of the mock UTME, slated for Monday, February 26

“This is irrespective of the ongoing strike embarked upon by members of non-academic  unions of federal universities nation wide.

“Candidates will soon be informed on when to print notifications for the examination and in addition, notifications will be sent through e-mails and text messages on the schedules of their examination,” Benjamin said.

He explained that the examination was expected to be hitch free because the board had successfully reduced incidences of malfunctioning of computers by electronically integrating the systems to see their functionality and effectiveness through link tests.

“What this means is that, at the end if the exercise, whatever system that is not seen will not be used for the mock examination.

“The 2018 exercise sold a total of 1, 966,918 candidate generating profiles.

“In previous examinations this number of candidates would have paid for the forms but through our efficient and effective system of ensuring that candidates do not waste resources, we decided to introduce the profile generating regime.

“By this method, candidates will first have to   generate personal  profiles before proceeding to obtain pins, in between which they are open to deciding whether to go ahead to pay for the registration documents or otherwise,” Benjamin explained.

NAN reports that the main UTME is expected to hold nationwide from March 9 to March 17

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Emmanuella: Comedienne to star in new Disney movie

Emmanuella

Emmanuella just revealed on social media that she will be starring in an upcoming Disney movie.

Emmanuella Samuel is on a steady rise with her career and her latest post on Instagram is all the proof we need.

The child comedienne just revealed on social media that she will be starring in an upcoming Disney movie.

ALSO READ: "Emmanuella is not my daughter, she is my niece"

In the post, Emmanuella thanks her fans for helping her achieve these new heights.

See her post below:

 

Child celebrities

Already an Ambassador for yoghurt drink, FreshYo, at age seven, Emmanuella has been making steady strides in the entertainment industry.

 

She has also appeared in ad campaigns for Nickelodeon and Wikipedia.

The child actor also became the youngest recipient of the Afro-Australian Music & Movie Awards (AAMMA).

7-year-old Emmanuella aka Not My Real Face bagged two awards at the event held in Sydney Australia. She came home with the Best new comedienne and the princess of comedy, making her the youngest person to win the prestigious awards.

From Youtube to Disney movies

Emmanuella is without a doubt, the biggest star on the Nigerian Youtube space, with the popular Mark Angel Comedy show she stars in.

 

2016 in Nigerian comedy got a new, unexpected visitor. A girl, not based in Lagos like most entertainers, and most of all, she was a kid, with all the odds stacked against her.

However, her fan base grew quickly, from Nigeria, to the Philippines, to even bagging awards in Australia.

ALSO READ: Is this Youtube star really funny?

She quickly became so mainstream that parents send Mark Angel videos to their kids and by the end of 2016, the Youtube channel already crossed a total of 100 million views.

 

With over 900k channel subscribers, one new Mark Angel episode easily does 1 million views in a week.

At this point, it is safe to say that Emmanuella is a success with so much more in store for her.

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Akwa United, Plateau United depart for Caf engagements

Akwa United vs. Hawks of Gambia

The Promise Keepers and the Peace Boys have fixed Sunday and Monday for their departures to Gambia and Cameroon respectively

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Nigerians reacts to Buhari, APC governors' meeting in Daura amid killings



  1. Nigerians reacts to Buhari, APC governors’ meeting in Daura amid killings  Daily Post Nigeria
  2. Oyegun to Nigerians: Shun detractors of Buhari, APC  Vanguard
  3. Election sequence: Senators, Reps strategize ahead of Buhari’s decision  Daily Trust
  4. Buhari’s men who want to be governors  The Nation Newspaper

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Separatists declare war in Cameroon



  1. Separatists declare war in Cameroon  Brinkwire (press release)
  2. Under Buhari, Nigerian govt. has resorted to authoritarian tactics – Femi Falana  Vanguard

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Nigeria, global bodies move to stop illicit financial flows in Africa



  1. Nigeria, global bodies move to stop illicit financial flows in Africa  Blueprint newspapers Limited (blog)
  2. FG tracing, tracking illicit financial flows, assets – Adeosun  Vanguard

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Kano Pillars won't halt Enyimba fine form, says Wasiu Alalade

Enyimba starting XI

The People’s Elephant’s attacker has boasted Sai Masu Gide should forget about getting a result on Sunday

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Big Brother Naija: Viewers react to Nina and Miracle having sex on #BBNaija [Day 20 recap]

Cee C and Tobi make out, Miracle and Nina get into a fight

Nina and Miracle seemingly have sex, a boring DJ, K Brule tries to kiss Leo: Here's a recap of #BBNaija day 20.

Have you been following the new season of Big Brother Naija? Here are some important things you probably missed on day 20.

Check out a recap of day 20, including social media reactions.

Nina and Miracle have sex

Nigerians have reacted to a video of Nina and Miracle supposedly having sex. This was after the weekly house party, which already had most of the housemates drunk.

Yesterday was also Miracle's birthday. The couple have come under attack, not just for 'having sex' on Live TV, but also because Nina is in a relationship outside the house.

It is not certain if they actually had sex or were just dry humping.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A drunk K. Brule tried to kiss Leo, and got into a fight with Khloe

There's no clip of K. Brule trying to kiss Leo, but from the conversations amongst the housemates, a drunk Brule tried kissing Leo.

The latter told his partner Khloe, who tried to have a conversation with him. An argument started, with the two insulting themselves and their parents.

Several housemates shared their thoughts, taking sides with K.Brule. According to Cee C, Alex, Angel and Ifu Ennada, Khloe didn't handle the issue well.

Big Brother had called K.Brule into the diary room, however, viewers weren't let in on the conversation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lai Mohammed: No imminent war, crisis in Nigeria – Minister

PDP, looters planning to rubbish Buhari’s achievements - Lai Mohammed

Mohammed said that contrary to negative narratives being read in the social media and the internet, there was absolutely no cause for alarm in Nigeria.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed says there is no imminent war or crisis in Nigeria and the country is in competent hands under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The Minister stated this during an interactive session with a cross section of Nigerian community and members of staff of the Nigerian Embassy in Madrid, Spain.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Minister is in Madrid for the signing of Agreement between Nigeria and the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) on the hosting of Conference of UNWTO Commission for Africa.

The Conference of the African Ministers of Tourism and global tourism players with the theme “Tourism Statistics, a Catalyst for Development” is scheduled for June 4 to June 6 in Abuja.

Mohammed said that contrary to negative narratives being read in the social media and the internet, there was “absolutely no cause for alarm and the nation is not in any form of imminent war”.

He said, specifically, that the challenge of herders and farmers clashes in the country was neither ethnic nor religious but as a result of global environmental and economic realities.

Mohammed stressed that the development was not new to the country and the government was committed to addressing the challenge.

He said some people were, however, for their personal agenda and gains, trying to bring in religious and ethnic sentiments to what was happening.

“Do not be surprised that the naysayers have invested billions of Naira to promote instability, ethic wrangling and misunderstanding.

“But I want you to put your minds at rest that there is no war in Nigeria, there is no imminent  war, there is no ethnic battle or religious conflict

“The Nigeria I left behind is a country where people, irrespective of where they come from, live together in harmony and government is alive to its responsibilities.

“We are not saying that there are no problems at all in Nigeria, there is no country where there is no problem including Spain here.

“A couple of month ago, we know that separatism raised its ugly head here in Spain and the whole world watched the development.

“There is nothing new happening in our country, it is a reflection of our plural values and we will continue to address them,” he said.

Mohammed said that the Administration was on the right path delivering on its electoral promises especially in revamping the economy, tackling insecurity and fighting corruption.

He said that in assessing the performance of the Administration people should do so in the context of what it inherited in 2015 and where the country is now.

“Today our foreign reserves has gone up from 24 billion dollars to 42 billion dollars and this is the highest level in the last four years.

“Inflation has been brought down in the last months.

“Before we came, Treasury Single Account (TSA) was not implemenred and people put money in different accounts, we were losing about N108 billion to bank charges

“Today, I am glad to say that with the implementation of TSA, we save monthly N24 billion from charges and about N120 billion from ghost workers,” he said.

The Minister said that because of the discipline of the administration, it got the country out of recession and the Nigeria stock market had been adjudged one of the best performing in the world.

The minister  disclosed that as at December last year, the Federal Government has given about N1.9 trillion as bail out to states.

He said many of the states had been so poorly managed that they could not pay the salaries of their workers which necessitated the intervention of the federal government.

The Minister told the meeting that the Administration’ agricultural revolution is moving Nigeria close to self-sufficiency in many staples, especially rice.

He said the Home-Grown School Feeding Programme had created jobs for 61,352 cooks, and it is providing 6.4million school children in 33,981 schools across 20 states with one meal a day.

Mohammed said the administration inherited power generation of 2690 MW even when over 16 billion dollar had been spent on power reforms.

He said with the efforts of the government, power generation has increased to 7,000 megawatts and the dministration’s is embarking on a massive infrastructural renewal.

Mohammed said that Boko Haram had been massively degraded and the suicide attacks by the hitherto emboldened group were act of defeat and cowardice.

He said the group leader, Abubakar Shekau had to disguise as a woman to escape when the heat was too much for him from the military in Sambisa.

Fielding questions from the audience, the Minister assured that the government would address issues of Diaspora voting, illegal deportation of Nigerians among others.

The host of the event and the new Nigeria Ambassador to Spain, Mrs Susan Folarin thanked the Minister and his entourage for the visit and holding the interactive session.

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Why Buhari is best for Nigeria — Lai Mohammed



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Ibrahim Idris: Banditry: Police to deploy 3 additional mobile units to Zamfara – IGP

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Idris made the disclosure in an interview with newsmen on Saturday in Gusau after a condolence visit over Thursday’s attack in Birane village, Zurmi Local Government area in which over 40 people died.

Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, has said that three additional mobile police units would be deployed to Zamfara to beef up security.

Idris made the disclosure in an interview with newsmen on Saturday in Gusau after a condolence visit over Thursday’s attack in Birane village, Zurmi Local Government area in which over 40 people died.

The IGP also said the police had set up a committee to investigate the incident and suggest measures to end such attacks.

Idris added that the Federal Government has approved the recruitment of 6,000 policemen in 2018, to further strengthen security in the country

We believe the recruitment would assist in the government efforts to address security challenges facing the country.

“We are here to commiserate with Zamfara State Government, Zurmi Emirate Council over this incident.

“We received complaints of shortage of personnel from the stakeholders; we are going to deploy additional three units of police mobile to the state to strengthen the state police command in tackling security challenges.

“We are going to set up a committee to investigate the incident aimed at avoiding the re-occurrence of the menace in the future; the committee is coming to this state next Monday Insha Allah.’’

He commended the state government for its support to the police and urged stakeholders to assist all security agencies with relevant information to tackle the security challenges bedevilling the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the IGP was received by the state Deputy Governor, Malam Ibrahim Wakkala at Government House, Gusau.

He had earlier paid similar visit to Emir of Zurmi to commiserate with the families and relatives of the deceased.

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John Oyegun: 34,826 PDP members join APC in Niger

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Among the defectors are the state Deputy Chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Aminu Yusuf, former Speaker of the state Assembly, Alhaji Adamu Usman, a former Attorney General, Alhaji Abdullahi Wuse among others.

Chief John Oyegun, National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC),  on Saturday received 34,826 members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Niger, who moved to APC.

Among the defectors are the state Deputy Chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Aminu Yusuf, former Speaker of the state Assembly, Alhaji Adamu Usman, a former Attorney General, Alhaji Abdullahi Wuse among others.

Oyegun said in Minna at a rally to receive the defectors that Nigerians must shun sentiment and support the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari to set the nation on a new path of growth and progress.

He said that the country require “people of principle’’ to help fight for the success of the programmes of the APC.

APC needs sincere soldiers as leaders, people who are ready to join the fight, because God entrusted Buhari to us to salvage the nation and its economy,” he said.

He therefore urged the new APC members to support President Buhari in the efforts to restore the economy through the revitalisation of agriculture and solid minerals sectors.

Oyegun noted that already, government support to agriculture had helped to drastically bring down rice importation.

The APC national chairman stressed that the Buhari administration had also raised power generation to 7,000 megawatts and that the figure would go up by 50 percent after the completion of the Mambila hydro power project.

He noted that the increase in power supply would help boost industrialisation and job creation in the country.

Alhaji Aminu Yusuf, PDP state Deputy Chairman, said they joined the APC to assist in developing the state.

By the time elections are over, you don’t talk about parties anymore, instead you talk about development of the state.

“The party approached me to come and join them and assist the government build the state. We are coming with our skills and experience to assist the government in developing the state,” he said.

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Family Quarantined after Lassa Fever Kills Three Persons in Benue



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Edo clean-up project restored sanity in markets and eliminated chaos in our roads



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Tech: Snap CEO Evan Spiegel sold $50 million in Snap stock — his first sale since the IPO (SNAP)

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The Snap CEO is worth $4.5 billion.

  • Snap CEO Evan Spiegel sold $50 million in Snap stock.
  • It's his first stock sale since Snap's IPO.

Snap CEO Evan Spiegel sold 2,675,600 shares of Snap last week at a price of $18.71 per share, a transaction netting him just over $50 million.

The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which you can read here.

It's Spiegel's first official public stock sale since Snap's IPO last March. He previously promised not to sell any of his stock during 2017.

The sale was conducted according to a pre-arranged sales plan, and was only 1% of his holdings. He still retains control of the company and its primary product, Snapchat, as does his co-founder Bobby Murphy.

Spiegel's fortune is worth roughly $4.5 billion.

Earlier this week, he defended Snapchat's recent controversial redesign at a conference in San Francisco.

"We'd been thinking about the redesign for a really long time because we were frustrated that when you looked at the [app], both sides looked the same," Spiegel said. "We're excited about what we're seeing so far. Even the complaints we're seeing reinforce the philosophy. The frustrations we're seeing really validate those changes."

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Politics: 'To every politician who is taking donations from the NRA, shame on you': Survivors of the Florida school shooting rage against gun lobby

Alessandra Mondolfi yells, “No more" during a protest against guns on the steps of the Broward County Federal courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on February 17, 2018.

Wednesday's deadly shooting at a high school in Florida has sparked protests in support of stricter gun control in several cities across the US.

  • Wednesday's deadly shooting at a high school in Florida sparked a nationwide uproar against lax gun-control regulations.
  • Survivors of the Florida shooting and activists demanded a range of measures, including a ban on assault weapons like the AR-15, which was used in the Florida shooting.
  • A nationwide student walkout against gun violence is planned for next week as gun-control advocates call on Congress to do more.

Survivors of the Florida school shooting lashed out at lawmakers, gun advocates, and even President Donald Trump on Saturday at a fiery rally demanding immediate gun-control measures in the wake of Wednesday's massacre.

Hundreds of people gathered in Fort Lauderdale to mourn the 17 lives lost in nearby Parkland and demand Congress to do more to prevent future mass shootings.

"No more guns! No more guns!" the crowd chanted.

Students, teachers, and local officials took turns giving impassioned speeches before the crowd, simultaneously celebrating those who died and blasting inaction from lawmakers in Washington.

One of the Florida shooting survivors, Emma Gonzalez, a Stoneman Douglas student, excoriated Trump and the National Rifle Association.

"If the president wants to come up to me and tell me to my face that it was a terrible tragedy and how it should never have happened and maintain telling us how nothing is going to be done about it, I’m going to happily ask him how much money he received from the National Rifle Association," Gonzalez said. "But, hey, you wanna know something? It doesn't matter because I already know: $30 million."

Gonzalez also slammed Trump for a recent tweet that some perceived as placing blame on former classmates of suspected gunman Nikolas Cruz for not contacting authorities. She demanded Trump explain how much he believed America's gunshot victims were worth.

"If you don't do anything to prevent this from continuing to occur, that number of gunshot victims will go up and the number that they are worth will go down. And we will be worthless to you," she said. "To every politician who is taking donations from the NRA, shame on you."

Demanding action

Gonzalez has been far from the only student at Stoneman Douglas speaking out against gun violence. David Hogg, a senior at the school, has been particularly vocal.

"Some of our policymakers and some people need to look in the mirror and take some action because ideas are great, but without action, ideas stay ideas and children die," Hogg said on CNN Thursday.

Rep. Ted Deutch, a Democrat who serves Florida's 22nd congressional district, also attended the rally and said the House of Representatives will propose legislation next week that would ban semi-automatic assault rifles, like the one used in Wednesday's shooting.

Deutch implored students at Stoneman Douglas and others throughout the country to continue speaking out.

"It is just not acceptable to ever think that it should be commonplace in our country for people to send their kids to school in the morning and not know if they’re going to come home at the end of the day," Deutch said.

He also laid out four other measures for Congress to consider: preventing people on the no-fly list from purchasing firearms, subjecting every gun buyer to a full background check, banning high-capacity magazines, and increasing the minimum age requirement to buy a rifle to 21.

Protests spread across the US


The tragedy in Parkland has sparked pro-gun-control rallies beyond Florida.

A day after the shooting at Stoneman Douglas, gun control advocacy groups occupied the Massachusetts State House, demanding action on a bill that would prevent individuals who pose extreme risks to themselves or others from possessing a firearm.

In San Diego, more than 100 people gathered in support for a ban on assault weapons. Hundreds more convened outside NRA headquarters in Virginia, criticizing the influence the gun rights lobby has on politicians.

On Friday, a group called 'Student Walkout Against Gun Violence,' which appears to have been launched in response to the Florida shooting, said it is planning a nationwide walkout sometime next week in schools across the country to demand action.

Gun control remains a hot-button political issue on Capitol Hill. Though mass shootings tend to elicit increased support from lawmakers in the immediate aftermath of the massacres, that support usually dies out in the following weeks and months.

Sen. Chris Murphy has been one of the more outspoken lawmakers on gun control. Amid the Florida shooting, Murphy lashed out at his colleagues on the Senate floor for failing to act.

"This happens nowhere else other than the United States of America," Murphy, the senator from Connecticut, said. "This epidemic of mass slaughter — this scourge of school shooting after school shooting. It only happens here not because of coincidence, not because of bad luck, but as a consequence of our inaction."

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Samson: 3 great lessons all Christians can learn from this powerful man’s walk with God

3 great lessons Christians can learn from Samson’s life

Improve your spiritual life by applying the following from the story of this Biblical character.

The Bible is filled with so many great, inspiring characters.

One of them is definitely Samson, a man born with powerful abilities whose life story is embedded with interesting lessons.

Here are three great lessons we can all learn from this powerful man’s walk with God.

 

We are born with a divine purpose

There are many who argue that we make our own path but Samson’s story knocks this outta the park.

From the beginning, we see a special gift was placed in the unborn son of Manoah and his wife, way before he was even born (see the book of Judges, chapters 13–16).

This is made evident with a visit from an angel, who directs the parents not to cut the child’s hair as it is the source of his strength. A supernatural strength put in Samson for him to eventually rescue Israel, God’s people, from the Philistines.

 

Just in case, this predestined purpose is not just for this powerful man.

This explains Paul’s words in Ephesians 5:15–17, which reads: “Be very careful, then, how you live,” Paul admonished, “– not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.”

Now, that we have seen what occurs before our birth, let's move right on to what happens next.

Godly purpose attracts opposition

After you are born with this divine calling, the next thing you need to know is that divine purpose does not mean smooth sailing.

Nope, it does not. As we all know, Samson’s life right to the moment of his death was filled with opposition.

At every turn, he faced antagonism from the Philistines, the woman he loved, Delilah and even sometimes himself.

For us Christians, we know that opposition is not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, the Bible encourages us to face them with pure joy (see James 1:2).

We are also told to expect it in John 15:20; “‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also.”

You can only successfully deal with them by relying on your creator

Right about now, you may be feeling downcast, wondering why life has to be hard.

You can take comfort in the fact that you do not have to face any opposition by yourself.

During the final moments of Samson’s life, we see God come through for him in Judges 16:28–29.

It reads: “…Then Samson called to the LORD and said, “O Lord GOD, please remember me and please strengthen me just this time, O God, that I may at once be avenged of the Philistines for my two eyes.”

“Samson grasped the two middle pillars on which the house rested, and braced himself against them, the one with his right hand and the other with his left.”

This supernatural display of strength took out more people than he had killed throughout his entire life. See what happens when God steps in?

 

If, by any chance, you are not convinced that you can rely on God, Matthew 28:18–20 says, “Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you  always, to the very end of the age.”

In simpler words, ‘go, dominate and conquer any opposition because I am with you every step of the way.’

Thanks to a command like this, we can boldly say, “I can do all this through him who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:13).

Samson’s story is proof that challenges are inevitable but we can relax because, like him, we are backed by someone who has “overcome the world” (John 16:33).

Samson comes to the big screen

This amazing story is being brought to life in the new feature film called “Samson.”

Fun Fact: The lead role is played by actor Taylor James, who had a divine “vision” years before he got the part. This led him to keep his hair and workout a lot.

During a recent episode of “Pure Talk”, he said: “I had a vision as an actor and a person a few years ago to grow my hair and to maintain a certain physical appearance. It was my guiding light.”

 

The movie started showing in theatres from February 16, 2018.

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