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Shetimma Is A Prudent Manager Of Resources – Durkwa

Monday, 22 January 2018

Shetimma Is A Prudent Manager Of Resources – Durkwa

Alhaji Usman Mamman Durkwa is the Deputy Governor of Borno State. In this interview with SUNNY NWANKWO, he sheds some light on his experience in office and the administration’s successes so far, among other issues. Excerpts:

You have just clocked two years in office as a Deputy Governor of Borno State. Could you share some of your experiences so far?

Firstly, I must thank Almighty Allah for giving me life to do whatever I am doing. Without life and good health, there is nothing else one can do as a human being. Let me also thank the Executive Governor of Borno State, Alhhaji Kashim Shettima, for giving me the opportunity to serve the state as a deputy governor. I will always hold him in very high esteem. I will ensure that I don’t disappoint him.

As regards my experience so far as a deputy governor, it is quite challenging and at the same time very interesting. Since I became the deputy governor, I have been doing my best. I am sure the people of the state appreciate my efforts so far.

How would you describe the relationship between you and Governor Shettima since you became his deputy?

Wonderful. It is very cordial. In fact, we are not looking ourselves as governor and deputy, but as brothers.. He treats me like his immediate brother, not like his second-in-command. So, in a nutshell, we understand ourselves very well. That is why we’ve been able to achieve so much in the state. The governor is very simple, kindhearted and an easy going person. I don’t think that I will ever regret working with him as my boss.

In what area would you say that the Governor Shettima administration has performed well?

To be frank with you, this present administration under the leadership of Kashim Shettima has performed wonderfully well in all the sectors of the state’s economy. A lot have been achieved so far. For example, the Legacy Housing Estate along Jos Road has been completed. Also, this administration embarked on the establishment of the Borno State University, which has reached 80 percent completion. I have not mentioned roads and drainages construction, both at the urban and rural areas, building of new homes for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the state, construction of new schools, equipping them with modern facilities across the state. What this government has done so far are too many for me to remember for now.

What is the magic behind these achievements?

It is all about prudent management of resources. We are managing the little we are getting very well. And moreover, our Governor, Kashim Shettima is an economist who knows how to manage resources very well. He is not on any bank loan at all to achieve all these things you are seeing everywhere within the state. To answer your question, the magic behind our successes in the state is good management of resources.

Could you tell us how much the Borno State government is currently spending on IDPs camps?

At the moment, I cannot quote the exact amount the state government is spending on the IDPs. But, I know the money is so much. Before now, the state government was spending over N50million every month on the displaced persons in the state. Like I said, the money is much. But, I cannot remember the actually amount for now. The number of IDPS in the state is much and they are being well fed, three times a day, apart from provision of health facilities for them. All these are being shouldered by the state government. However, some NGOs are also rendering assistance to complement the effort of government on the welfare of the IDPSs

Governor Shettima has once said that by May 2018, all the IDPs in Borno State would have returned to their ancestral homes. Do you think this is possible?

Yes, it possibly because the state government is aggressively embarking on construction and reconstruction of the homes of the IDPs across all the local governments of the state. Works have been completed in some areas, while in some places, it has reached near completion stages. So, I believe firmly that by May this year, the IDPs should have returned to their respective towns and villages.

Do you think that there are some local government areas of the state still under the control of Boko Haram?

Well, I don’t think so. Almost all the local governments areas of the state have been liberated from Boko Haram captivity. The military and other security agencies in the state are doing wonderful work in ensuring that total peace returns to the state. Some of the attacks the Boko Haram is unleashing now are mostly coming from remote villages within the local government headquarters. So, the activities of the terrorists have been highly degraded.

Let me use this opportunity to thank President Muhammad Buhari for his total commitment to ensure that peace returns to Borno state. He gave the soldiers all the necessary support to make them work effectively in the fight against the terrorists. The state government too, under Kashim Shettima, has also done much in boosting the morale of the troops. As it is now, most of the local government areas of the state are free for the IDPs to return to their homes.

Sometime ago, you were almost lynched by some suspected political thugs in your area. Did you suspect anybody in that act?

Well, it is true that I was seriously attacked by some hoodlums to the extent that people thought I was dead. But, for now, I don’t want to talk more on that because the case is already in court. So, that is it.

What would be your next political agenda as we learnt that your people are calling on you to contest for a higher position in 2019?

Firstly, I want to thank my people for appreciating me for what I am doing and I assure them that I will not disappoint them. But, for now, I cannot really say for sure that this is my political agenda because I have not finished the one I am doing. Let me finish this particular one I am doing as the deputy governor. It is then that I will know my next line of action politically.

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Low Oil Price, External Debts, Others Will Lower Nigeria’s Balance Of Trade From 2021 –Report

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Lagos – The deepening of Nigeria’s net negative liabilities position is only likely to continue over the coming years as structurally lower oil prices see the country’s trade balance to move into persistent deficits from 2021, BMI View Report on Economic Analysis of Nigeria’s Limited Risk from External and Balance of Payments has said.

It, however, said while exposure to foreign liabilities leaves the economy vulnerable to a sudden deterioration in investor sentiment , adding that  at just -12.7% of GDP in 2015 , when NIIP data was last made available, the size of Nigeria’s deficit in its NIIP is small compared to elsewhere in the region.

It maintained that Nigeria’s net international investment position will remain in negative territory as the country’s current account returns to deficit from 2021. The threat of capital flight, it added, is limited by the large role foreign direct investment plays in Nigeria’s liabilities position.

It said although a recovery in the price of crude oil – comprising around 90.0% of Nigeria’s total export revenues – will keep the country’s current account in surplus in the next two-to-three years, we believe goods trade dynamics will begin deteriorating notably around 2021 due to steady import growth and maturing oil fields.

According to BMI  report, “As it stands, we are yet to see that kind of economic reform and improvements to Nigeria’s operation environment that could yield the uptick in investment needed to diversify export revenues. This will see the current account reach a deficit of 3.8% of GDP by 2027 according to our forecasts.”

It added that years of foreign investment and government borrowing from abroad have left Nigeria’s NIIP in negative territory despite having run years of current account surpluses.

Besides its relatively small NIIP, the report said Nigeria’s external position benefits from a low external debt burden, which reached just 9.1% of GDP in 2017 compared to a regional average of 45.1%.

“Foreign obligations fell dramatically in the early 2000s as growth accelerated and the country’s creditors wrote off large portions of its debt. While we believe Nigeria’s total external debt stock will steadily rise over our long-term outlook period to 2027, it will likely remain in sustainable territory thanks to a low base, rising oil prices, and a cyclical upswing in real GDP growth, with external debt average 7.4% of GDP across the next decade,” the report stated.

It added that the cost of servicing external debt is likely to rise over in coming years. A decade of unprecedentedly loose monetary policy in developed markets has dragged down yields across emerging markets as investors have moved their into EM markets, where they can usually get a higher return.

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SAG Awards: See full list of winners as host throws shade at Melania Trump

See full list of winners at 2018 SAG Awards

The 2018 SAG Awards host, Kristen Bell subtly criticised the US First Lady for her failure in combating cyberbullying, which was her promise before occupying the White House.

Hollywood actors on Sunday night, January 21, 2018, came out in their most glamorous looks to celebrate and to receive reward for their outstanding performances in the past year at the 24th annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards.

The event, which was held in Los Angeles, California, United States, was hosted, for the first time, by actress Kristen Bell.

She kick-started the ceremony by taking a jab at US First Lady, Melania Trump.

"There has never been a host for this awards show before. First time. First person. First lady. I honestly never thought I would grow up to be the first lady, but you know what, I kind of like it. I think my first initiative as first lady will be cyberbullying because I have yet to see any progress on that problem quite yet," CNN quoted Bell as saying.

Although Bell did not mention Mrs. Trump's name, she was obviously making reference to the First Lady, who had said that combating cyberbullying would be her key focus during her time in the White House.

The big winner of the night was "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" with trophies for best ensemble cast and best actress for Frances McDormand for her portrayal as a grieving mother.

Gary Oldman continued his run, winning Lead Actor for his role in "Darkest Hour" in which he portrayed Winston Churchill.

See the full list of winners below:

 

Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

Timothee Chalamet, "Call Me by Your Name"

James Franco, "The Disaster Artist"

Daniel Kaluuya, "Get Out"

Gary Oldman, "Darkest Hour" – WINNER

Denzel Washington, "Roman J. Israel, Esq."

Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

Judi Dench, "Victoria & Abdul"

Sally Hawkins, "The Shape of Water"

Frances McDormand, "Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri" – WINNER

Margot Robbie, "I, Tonya"

Saoirse Ronan, "Lady Bird"

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

Steve Carell, "Battle of the Sexes"

Willem Dafoe, "The Florida Project"

Woody Harrelson,"Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"

Richard Jenkins, "The Shape of Water"

Sam Rockwell, "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" – WINNER

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

Mary J. Blige, "Mudbound"

Hong Chau, "Downsizing"

Holly Hunter, "The Big Sick"

Allison Janney, "I, Tonya" – WINNER

Laurie Metcalf, "Lady Bird"

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Theatrical Motion Picture

"The Big Sick"

"Get Out"

"Lady Bird"

"Mudbound"

"Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" – WINNER

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture

"Baby Driver"

"Dunkirk"

"Logan"

"Wonder Woman" – WINNER

"War for the Planet of the Apes"

Television Awards

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries

Benedict Cumberbatch, "Sherlock"

Jeff Daniels, "Godless"

Robert De Niro, "The Wizard of Lies"

Geoffrey Rush, "Genius"

Alexander Skarsgard, "Big Little Lies" – WINNER

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries

Nicole Kidman, "Big Little Lies" – WINNER

Jessica Lange, "Feud: Bette & Joan"

Susan Sarandon, "Feud: Bette & Joan"

Reese Witherspoon, "Big Little Lies"

Laura Dern, "Big Little Lies"

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series

Jason Bateman, "Ozark"

Sterling K. Brown, "This Is Us" – WINNER

Peter Dinklage, "Game of Thrones"

David Harbour, "Stranger Things"

Bob Odenkirk, "Better Call Saul"

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series

Millie Bobby Brown, "Stranger Things"

Claire Foy, "The Crown" – WINNER

Elisabeth Moss, "The Handmaid's Tale"

Robin Wright, "House of Cards"

Laura Linney, "Ozark"

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series

Anthony Anderson, "Black-ish"

Aziz Ansari, "Master of None"

Larry David, "Curb Your Enthusiasm"

Sean Hayes, "Will & Grace"

William H. Macy, "Shameless" – WINNER

Marc Maron, "GLOW"

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series

Uzo Aduba, "Orange Is the New Black"

Alison Brie, "GLOW"

Jane Fonda, "Grace and Frankie"

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "Veep" – WINNER

Lily Tomlin, "Grace and Frankie"

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

"The Crown"

"Game of Thrones"

"The Handmaid's Tale"

"Stranger Things"

"This Is Us" – WINNER

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

"Black-ish"

"Curb Your Enthusiasm"

"GLOW"

"Orange is the New Black"

"Veep" – WINNER

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series

"Game of Thrones" – WINNER

"GLOW"

"Homeland"

"Stranger Things"

"The Walking Dead"

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January transfer news & rumours: Alexis pictured in Man United shirt after medical

Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond as we head into the winter window

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Brotherhood of the Cross and Star: 5 things you need to know about religious group

What you need to know about Brotherhood of the Cross and Star

We take a look at this religious group, its origin story, beliefs and more.

Brotherhood of the Cross and Star is a religious organization that a lot of people know nothing about.

Pulse Religion offers five things you need to know about this religious group.

Origin

It started in 1956. It was founded in Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria. Their motto is Love, Faith, and Hope.

Once it started, it stood out because of the mode of dressing. Based on 1 Peter 3:3, 1 Timothy 2:9–10, Exodus 32:2–4 members dress in white.

 

They also apply no makeup, or jewelry including rings, chains, and wristwatch. Members are also not allowed to wear shoes especially inside the place of worship which is called Bethel.

Members are not permitted to drink anything apart from water.

Leadership

The group is led by Olumba Olumba Obu, the founder. He was born in 1918.

 

For years, he was the leader of the group. He eventually stepped down in 1999.

His son named Rowland, who is also called Olumba Olumba Obu took over in 2000. Reportedly, he is also known as “King of Kings” and “Lord of Lords.”

Beliefs

Unlike mainstream Christianity, this organization believes that Olumba Olumba Obu is the Holy Spirit. However, Obu has said, “I am not Jesus Christ or God.”

The group takes love towards other men, reincarnation, vegetarianism, and veganism seriously.

 

They also believe in God and Jesus whose achievements are believed to be inferior to Obu’s role, which is to complete the work left unfinished by Jesus.

Medicine is a big no-no as the BCS website writes that “BCS do not believe in medicine of any form”.

According to the website, “BCS’ concept of ‘brotherhood’ is much broader than that of most religions, as it encompasses not only human beings, but also all members of the animal kingdom. It seeks to put into practice the idea of Reverence for Life that is to be found in some of the great faiths of the East.”

ALSO READ:  Olumba Olumba refutes claim of transferring power to sister

Controversy

The organization has faced a lot of scandals. Over the years, there have been claims for miracles, violence within the Brotherhood and speculation that the founder may have died in December 2003.

 

Branches

The group has gone beyond Cross River state. The website says that there are “over a million followers in Africa.”

Members can also be found in the United Kingdom and London.

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WAPIC becomes NFF’s ‘Official Insurance Services Provider’

King Ateke Tom backs Wike’s 2nd term bid

Herdsmen, victim or culprits?

THE intractable conflict between Fulani herdsmen and farmers has reached a dangerous dimension. Of great concern are the series of coordinating attacks and counter attacks witnessed in some communities of Zamfara, Benue, Taraba and Adamawa […]

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Brands that will still retain consumers’ loyalty in 2018

NO doubt,  the coming of  another year is expected to bring with it new resolutions, new decisions  and fresh thinking, on  the  part of individuals and corporate bodies alike. Expectedly,  the integrated marketing communications sector, […]

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A party for Fafowora



  1. A party for Fafowora  The Nation Newspaper

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Sunday, 21 January 2018

Ghezzal outshines Niane as AS Monaco defeat Metz

The Algeria international scored to lift his side past their visitors who got a consolatory effort via the Senegal forward

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Lyon 2 Paris Saint-Germain 1: 10-man leaders downed by twin wondergoals

PSG midfielder Marco Verratti and referee Clement Turpin

Kylian Mbappe was injured and Dani Alves was sent off as Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain were beaten 2-1 at Lyon.

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Messi, Suarez Score As Runaway Leaders Barcelona Thrash Real Betis

Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez scored a brace each as Barcelona extended their lead at the top of the Spanish La Liga table to 11 points following a 5-0 thrashing of Real Betis at the Estadio Benito Villamarin on Sunday.
Ernesto Valverde’s men went into the game on the back of their 1-0 defeat in the first leg of their Copa del Rey quater-final clash against Espanyol but gave a perfect response to the setback.
The Blaugrana are unbeaten in LaLiga this season.
Both teams struggled to create any meaningful chance in the first half with Ivan Rakitic and Lionel Messi coming close for Barcelona.
Thomas Vermaelen was withdrawn two minutes before the break due what looked like a hamstring injury with Samuel Umtiti his place.
Barcelona made the breakthrough in the 59th minute with Rakitic racing onto a through ball and slotting it into the net.
Messi added the second five minutes later with a left-foot shot after beating Betis’ offside trap.
Rakitic and Messi combined in the 69th minute with the former delivering an inviting cross for  Suarez who volleyed home to make it three.
Messi grabbed his second of the game 10 minutes from the end. Suarez played a great ball out wide to the Argentine and as they found themselves two-on-two, he cut inside, and went past both defenders before scoring.
The rout was completed a minute when Suarez tucked the ball into the net after he was teed up by Messi.

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Killings in Nigeria: JNI carpets CAN, Oyedepo, Suleman, Ortisejafor



  1. Killings in Nigeria: JNI carpets CAN, Oyedepo, Suleman, Ortisejafor  Daily Post Nigeria
  2. ‘Herdsmen’ debacle mischievously invented by CAN – JNI  Vanguard
  3. Stop Linking Herdsmen With Benue Killings, JNI Tells CAN, Others  CHANNELS TELEVISION
  4. Christian women face increasing danger in countries where Islamic extremists are in control  Fox News

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ROUND-UP: Ajayi Scores In Ahly Win; Troost-Ekong, Agu Go Down At Home

By James Agberebi: Nigerian striker Junior Ajayi was on target for Al Ahly who defeated Misr Lel Makasa 2-1 in the Egyptian first division on Sunday.

John Antwi put Makasa 1-0 ahead from the penalty spot in the 27th minute

In the 55th minute, Ajayi drew Ahly level, it was his fourth league goal for Ahly this season so far.

And with six minutes remaining, Walid Soliman scored what proved to be the winner to give Ahly a 2-1 win.

Ahly, who have a game in hand, top the league table on 45 points, four points ahead of second place Ismaily.

In the Dutch Eredivisie (first division) Batholomew Ogbeche was on from the start for Willem ll who played a 1-1 home draw against FC Groningen.

The draw means Willem ll are winless in their last five league games (three draws, two defeats).

Ogbeche, who has scored eight goals in nine league games, was later replaced in the 60th minute of the game.

And in the Turkish Super Lig, Super Eagles duo William Troost-Ekong and Mikel Agu were in action for Bursaspor who lost 3-0 at home to Istanbul Basaksehir.

Troost-Ekong and Agu played the full 90 minutes for Bursaspor in the loss to Basaksehir.

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Nigeria needs visionary leaders – Ekweremadu

The Deputy President of the Senate, Chief Ike Ekweremadu on Sunday declared that Nigeria needs visionary leaders in order to attain the desired height. According to him, the extent of development of any people was dependent on the vision of their leaders. He said when leaders have big dreams for their people, what followed was […]

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LaLiga: Cristiano Ronaldo scores twice as Real Madrid beat Deportivo 7-1



  1. LaLiga: Cristiano Ronaldo scores twice as Real Madrid beat Deportivo 7-1  Daily Post Nigeria
  2. Gareth Bale given standing ovation as Real Madrid thrash Deportivo  The Guardian
  3. Bloodied Ronaldo scores twice in Real Madrid rout  Reuters
  4. Madrid’s main man: Bale shows Ronaldo the way as Real rediscover goal touch  Goal.com
  5. Real Madrid 7-1 Deportivo live score and goal updates as Nacho joins Bale and Ronaldo on two goals each  Mirror.co.uk

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Sports: Police had to break up an ugly brawl prior to NFC title game that left at least one Eagles fan bloodied and under arrest

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The fight was reportedly between Eagles fans and police officers.

  • An ugly brawl broke out prior to the NFC Championship game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Minnesota Vikings.
  • According to the report, the fight was between Eagles fans and police officers.
  • Video from the scene showed one fan under arrest and bloodied.

A brawl reportedly broke out prior to the NFC Championship game that required riot police and ended with at least one Eagles fan bloodied and under arrest.

According to Eliot Shorr-Parks of NJ.com, the fight broke out in the parking lot of Lincoln Financial Field. It got so out of hand that six officers on horses, as well as state troopers, had to be called to the scene to get the crowd under control.

The brawl was reportedly between Eagles fans and police officers.

"The fight was between Eagles' fans and the police officers, and it doesn't appear any Vikings' fans were involved," Shorr-Parks wrote. "The incident, which required Philadelphia police officers and Pennsylvania State troopers to get under control, left at least one fan beaten and blooded."

Photos from the scene can be seen at NJ.com.

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Martin Luther King: If you are Nigerian, MLK died for you too

Martin Luther King Jr. speaks to the crowd at a Civil rights rally

The legacy of the civil rights movement has affected how black people around the world are viewed.

It is safe to say nearly every black person, Nigerian, Aruban or American, knows Martin Luther King. If you do not exactly remember his work, you must know his iconic “I Have A Dream” speech which he delivered during the 1963 march on Washington.

The Baptist Pastor is the face of the black American struggle for equality till this day.

From 1954 to 1968, King emerged as the most prominent leader and speaker in the civil rights struggle that was one of the most dominant conversations and cultural movements in the world at the time, as it remains today.

Black people in America were subject to extreme institutional racism in a society that claimed to be legal but schools and buses were run with a strict principle of segregation.

Many had tried different methods in the past, but King achieved much for his people using the tactics of nonviolence and civil disobedience based on his Christian beliefs and inspired by the nonviolent activism of Mahatma Gandhi.

Martin Luther King, or MLK as he is often referred to, operated with a heavily strategic method that focused on drawing attention to the problem and inciting the powers-that-be to address it.

 

One of such was the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott. With the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) which he helped found in 1957, he led an unsuccessful 1962 struggle against segregation in Albany, Georgia, and helped organize the nonviolent 1963 protests in Birmingham, Alabama.

In 1964, MLK was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace for combating racial inequality through nonviolent resistance.

However, death made an untimely call in 1968 when King was planning a national occupation of Washington, D.C., to be called the Poor People's Campaign.

He was assassinated by James Earl Ray on April 4 in the American city of Memphis, Tennessee.

Respect the King's Legacy

These achievements are why MLK is so worshipped, especially among the black community. It is why an entire week, from January 15–19, has been tagged MLK week in celebration of the late icon’s legacy.

It begins with Martin Luther King Day, an American federal holiday marked on January 15. For most of black America though, the celebrations continue over the week.

They are marked by a series of talks and seminars in most educational and research institutions.

Bastions of the civil rights movement, such as the Reverend Jesse Jackson and members of King’s family, often speak about the minister’s legacy.

His impact is not lost on the world of art.

ALSO READ: Here are 14 facts you should know about Rosa Parks

One of such, Peter Max has painted portraits of the great civil rights leader for over 20 years, Max remembers: “Dr King was such a dynamic and visionary leader. I will never forget the power of his presence, words and peacefulness.

During his anniversary, the civil rights movement also embarks on a status update of sorts, where it comments on the conversation around black rights and how much progress has been made in combating racism in America, particularly, and the world, in general.

In this sense, it is important to note that although the good reverend fought from America, his work has affected the lives of billions of black people around the world.

 

Black Excellence, for America and beyond

The legacy of the civil rights movement has affected how black people around the world are viewed.

Apart from forcefully changing how black people are treated even in the own countries, it has had a massive ripple effect in countries like South Africa where those who fought against apartheid continuously referred to his work and the progress made for guidance and inspiration.

ALSO READ: This professor believes Martin Luther King Jr. has been severely whitewashed

If you’re Nigerian, MLK fought for you too.

In a rapidly globalised world, racism has crossed national borders and like the H&M ad showed, subtle imagery can target an entire demographic.

It is why the work of the civil rights movement is so important in this day and age.

 

The progress that has been made is enjoyed by every single black person, in how racial sensitivities are addressed in conversation, in how the rest of the world considers every person of black skin or heritage.

ALSO READ: We celebrate Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, the mother of Nigerian feminism

It shows in how we are finally recognised as our own separate entities and not a bunch of savages hoping to be led to salvation by the white man.

It has created the atmosphere for the emergence of black billionaires and empires, brands that create products specifically for black people, the idea of black excellence is built on the very ideals that MLK stood for.

We may not be able to stay at home for MLK day but his dreams have come true in certain ways ad we are all the better for it.

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Again, petrol scarcity hits Lagos

After the assurances by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) last week that fuel scarcity is gone for good, scarcity of premium motor spirit (pms) otherwise called petrol hits Lagos and its environs again. During […]

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2019: Buhari Unworthy To Lead Nigeria Again – Atiku Group Says

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Abuja – President Muhammadu Buhari is unworthy to lead Nigeria again in his current capacity because “he has failed to lead the nation aright,” a group backing key opposition figure and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, has said.

The grim verdict was passed on the President him at the weekend by a group christened as “I am Atikulated 2019”, and led by one Ike Bishop Okoronkwo.

Speaking at a press conference in Abuja at the weekend, the group said that the former Vice President is the best choice for Nigeria at the next election, urging Nigerians to reject President Buhari because he had failed in his duties as President of the nation.

According to the group, there are too many instances of failure ascribable to the current government, and Nigerians should do themselves a whole lot of good by rejecting the president at the next election.

“The incessant and needless killings of innocent Nigerians by Fulani Herdsmen and other militant groups, and the inability of the present government to stop the killing or bring the perpetrators to book, the worsening joblessness among Nigerian youths, epileptic power supply amidst high tariffs.

Other reasons the group gave include “the increasing rates of kidnappings, violent crimes and cultism cases across Nigeria, the undue and unwarranted sufferings that Nigerians are currently subjected to due to scarcity of petroleum products, to mention a few, all of these are becoming unbearable for the average Nigerians.

“We wish to use this opportunity to call on all Nigerians, both at home and in the diaspora, to vehemently reject President Muhammadu Buhari and his party, the APC in Nigeria in all future elections.

“Let us put away petty sentiments and come together as one united people in the interest of our country Nigeria, to support and vote Atiku Abubakar and his party, the PDP, in the upcoming general elections, because, “patriotism” as they say, has no political party.

“We also call on all Nigerian youths and women groups, to key into the agenda of this organization so that, together, we can change this ‘fake’ change government, and enthrone Atiku Abubakar, as the next president of Nigeria,” the group said.

Okoronkwo, who read the text of the press statement, also urged PDP members, leaders and Nigerians to ensure that Abubakar emerged as the standard bearer of the party for the 2019 presidential election.

“We wish to appeal to PDP Governors, present and past party leaders, stakeholders and members of the party, and indeed all well meaning Nigerians, to support the candidacy of Abubakar.

“They should ensure that he emerges as the Standard Bearer of the PDP for the 2019 presidential election,” Okoronkwo said.

“We have looked at the profiles of those currently aspiring to contest for president on the platform of PDP in 2019.

“We have identified Abubakar, as the only one with the character and content, political will and capacity required to bring the needed transformation that Nigerians are yearning for.”

He described Abubakar as a detribalised leader and a uniting figure, a good bridge builder who bridges gap between tribes, and modest in religion.

“He relates equitably with Nigerians in business and in politics without greed or sentiment.

“He is an astute politician, entrepreneur and philanthropist. Perhaps, his philanthropy is most visible through his promotion of education at all levels, particularly higher education.”

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The battle for Champions League places intensifies as Serie A returns from its winter break with a huge encounter – follow the action LIVE!

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Tech: Your burger habit could be under threat

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New genetic engineering technique CRISPR could help create both crops and animals that are more immune to environmental challenges.

  • Producing meat is a resource-intensive and wasteful process. Pigs and cows require land to graze and crops to eat; water is used throughout the process.
  • Climate change and a growing population will turn up the heat on these resources.
  • A handful of companies are trying to solve the problem with plant-based meat, but since those products rely on grains and veggies, they'll ultimately face the same challenges.
  • Genetic engineering technique CRISPR may help solve these problems by making both plants and animals that are more immune to environmental challenges.

Making meat is wasteful work.

An ounce of beef — one-sixth of a standard burger patty — requires over 100 gallons of water. Dairy cattle, chickens, and pigs also belch out methane, a key greenhouse gas, and the factories and farms that house them add carbon dioxide to the mix. Livestock are also prone to disease. An estimated 20% of the world’s animal protein is lost to bacterial infections and illness.

A new technology may help solve these issues. CRISPR, which allows for tiny, precise tweaks to DNA that were previously considered impossible, is being used to make crops that are cheaper, more reliable, and more immune to environmental challenges like drought and pests. Experts say the first CRISPR corn and mushrooms could be on grocery shelves within two-to-eight years.

"We're not talking about the future. We're talking about right now," Stefan Jansson, a plant researcher at Umea University in Sweden, told Business Insider.

Neal Gutterson, the vice president of research and development at agricultural giant DuPont Pioneer, told Business Insider that the company’s first CRISPR-edited grain, a type of corn that will be used in products like soups and salad dressings, "will likely be the first commercial product for agriculture and potentially the first product to market for any [CRISPR] application." He expects the company to bring it to market "by the end of this decade."

Scientists are already experimenting with using the new tool to solve some of the problems presented by a more environmentally chaotic world.

Last February, Chinese researchers used CRISPR to create cows that are better protected from tuberculosis, a chronic bacterial disease that can spread to humans and has fueled the scourge of antibiotic resistance. About nine months later, another team from China used the tool to give pigs less white fat (aka lard) and more brown fat (the stuff that helps them keep warm) than normal animals. If the development were perfected and scaled up — something that would require more research — it could cut costs and make the animals better able to withstand extreme temperatures.

Around the same time, at the University of California at Davis, Alison Van Eenennaam successfully bred CRISPR cows without horns, which could one day eliminate the need for breeders to manually burn horns off so that the animals don’t hurt each other or farmers. Van Eenennaam, a professor of animal genomics, oversees multiple projects that use various new forms of gene editing to modify cattle in a way that might protect them from animal cruelty and climate change.

"Why wouldn't you want a disease-resistant animal?" she told Business Insider. “It ticks off every box there is — animal welfare, environment, economics. What else is there to say?"

Why meatless meat may not solve the problem

In the meantime, several companies are trying to solve the problem from a different angle. They want to create meat-like products — also known as plant-based meat — without any animals at all.

California-based startup Beyond Meat sells a burger made mostly from pea protein at 5,000 restaurants and in the meat aisle at some Whole Foods grocery stores; Bill Gates is among the company's investors. Impossible Foods, another California startup backed by Gates, makes another plant-based burger that's on offer at several upscale fast-casual restaurants, including Umami Burger and Momofuku.

But since these burgers rely on plants, their makers could ultimately face the same challenges that will confront farmers across the globe. As the global population rises and climate change pushes crop production down, prices and demand could rise significantly — which brings us back to CRISPR crops.

The world population of 7.6 billion could reach 11.2 billion by 2100, according to recent UN estimates. And though the world will have more mouths to feed, it will have less food to do so.

Climate change is projected to drive down crop yields by up to a quarter in some parts of the world, with important food sources like corn and wheat seeing dramatic losses. A study published by researchers at Michigan State University suggests that high temperatures not only weaken plants' natural defenses but strengthen bacterial attacks, a sort of double whammy for crop productivity.

"Agriculture must transform over the next 30 years in order for us to avoid mass famine," Charlotte Lusty, who helps manage agricultural gene banks for an international nonprofit called the Crop Trust, said at the UN Climate Change Conference in November.

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Farmer-Herder Clashes: FCTA Partners NOA Towards Peace-Building

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Abuja – The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) is to partner with the National Orientation Agency (NOA) in a community-based sensitization and enlightenment campaign.

The campaign is aimed at forestalling the deadly clashes between farmers and cattle herders, currently rocking some parts of the country.

The FCT Minister, Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello made this disclosure in Abuja over the weekend in a parley with the Director-General, NOA, when the latter paid him a courtesy visit in his office.

The Minister said the administration will provide the necessary financial, logistics and manpower support.

Bello said it had become increasingly necessary for government to take pre-emptive steps to ensure that the city remains very peaceful and safe in the face of the influx of people with different characters.

FCT Minister however assured NOA DG, “We are going to give you full support on this programme. We are going to make available our facilities and establish a small group in the FCT Administration that is going to liaise with you on this. We will also give you monetary support.”

He directed the Secretaries of Social Development, Agriculture, Area Council and the Head of the FCTA Information and Communication Department to liaise with the NOA to map out the strategies for peaceful coexistence, patriotism and national unity among residents of the Territory.

Mallam Bello also solicited the support of the NOA in the campaign against such other vices as criminality, drug abuse, traffic indiscipline, indiscriminate waste disposal as well as vandalism on public infrastructure.

The Minister lamented, “At the rate which the city is growing, people come in with such bad habits as traffic indiscipline, environmental nuisance and criminality and vandalism on public assets and facilities – the streetlight infrastructure, manhole covers and other related vices.”

He said these vices would need to be eliminated to ensure the city remains of international standard.

The Director-General of the National Orientation Agency (NOA) Dr. Garba Abari, had earlier in his remarks informed the Minister of their plan to bring together local Fulani herders and farming communities in the FCT and other contiguous states to advocate common grounds that will put a stop to their frequent clashes and the resultant destruction of lives and properties.

He said the strategy is to use advocacies and community theatre under the guidance of the National Troupe, to portray the challenges and evolve solutions that would stem violence. The DG added that the agency hopes to create a framework for interpersonal peace building initiatives, working in collaboration with the support of state governments and other stakeholders.

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Fulani herdsmen: Fayose orders group to pay N5,000 registration fee in Ekiti state

Governor Ayo Fayose orders Fulani herdsmen to pay N5,000 registration fee

Fayose told the Serikin Fulani of Ekiti that he will be held responsible if any attacks happens in the state.

Governor Ayo Fayose has ordered Fulani herdsmen to pay N5,000 as registration fee in the community where they operate.

Fayose disclosed this during a peace meeting which he held over the weekend with the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), farmers, local hunters, security agencies and members of the Tiv community in the state, Punch reports.

The Governor also condemned the killing of a Tiv woman in Orin Ekiti by Fulani herdsmen.

He said “If you (Fulani herders) still want to stay among us, you must accept the responsibility to ensure that none of our peoples’ farms is destroyed by herdsmen any longer.

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“None of our people must be killed by your men, either they are strangers or those herdsmen living among us.

“If any killing or destruction of farms of our people occurs again in that area, I will ensure that I use the law to fight you their leader on it. This is the last warning I am giving you.”

Fulani herdsman beheaded in Ekiti

A Fulani herdsman from Kwara state, Ahmed Dele was beheaded by some unknown men while grazing in Ekiti state.

According to Idris Salaudeen, the Secretary of Jamunati Fulbe Association of Nigeria, Ekiti State Chapter, Dele was declared missing on Monday, February 6, 2017.

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Nigerian Teenager Obafemi Makes Southampton Debut In Tottenham Draw

Tottenham Hotspur were forced to a 1-1 draw away to Southampton at the Saint Mary’s Stadium in an English Premier League clash on Sunday.

Southampton got off to a flying start in the encounter with Davinson Sanchez scoring an own goal in the 15th minute.

The Colombian international turned a cross into his own net to hand hosts Southampton the lead.

But the celebration was shortlived three minutes later when Harry Kane restored parity for Tottenham scoring the equaliser with a header.

Kane rose higher than the Saints defence line to head home Ben Davies cross from the right flank.

The goal was his 99th English Premier League goal ever and his 21st this season.

The result means Tottenham are unbeaten in their last 12 games at Saint Mary’s Stadium while Southampton have now failed to record a win in their last 11 EPL games this season.

In the second half, Spurs came close to taking the lead through Dele Alli but his effort was saved by Michael Vorm in goal for Tottenham.

Kane, Heung Min Son all came close scoring for Spurs but their attempt was saved by Fraiser Forster.

Nigerian-born teenager Michael Obafemi was handed his Southampton debut as a substitute and he nearly marked it with the winner, not properly connecting after a cross was driven into the Spurs box with the net gaping.


At 17 years and 199 days Obafemi became Southampton’s second youngest player to appear in the Premier League after Luke Shaw.

The result moved Spurs to fifth place in the EPL table with 45 points from 24 games, three points ahead of London rivals Arsenal.

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