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President Goodluck Jonathan

Nigeria as it is currently run is not economically viable, and going along the routes a lot of people are suggesting won’t solve the problem. Secession by one or more parts won’t sort anything. Most of the new countries will be just as badly run as Nigeria currently is if not worse.

Creating new states solves nothing majority of the current 36 can’t even stand on their own to begin with much less smaller less viable bits. A return to the 12 state structure is a great possible solution, but being that the people involved are Nigerians, that will never happen. Throwing money at the problems associated with Nigeria hasn’t solved them, will not solve them. There is however, a likely solution: trade. There are two big lessons to be learned about Nigeria as it is currently constituted and run, and we have to sit back and learn those well.

First lesson is that our government thinks that poverty alleviation is handing out largesses, creating jobs that do not exist, dashing out cutlasses and machetes.

Me, I think that poverty alleviation is different, and it is hard work. Poverty alleviation is educating the people. That’s a 30 year plan. Poverty alleviation is is building and rehabilitating our network of roads, building our waterways. It is revamping and improving the rails. Poverty alleviation is restoring electricity so that I will not hear the damned generator that is currently giving me a headache. Nigeria needs to open internal trade. Trade brings growth, growth brings progress, progress brings development. Development brings wealth.

Lesson two: Nigeria as a country is getting richer. This is what all the Economic indices the world over would tell you. It is true. However, Nigerians are getting poorer. This is economy. They don’t, and they can’t teach this anywhere. You learn this truth by living it. The question then becomes how does the wealth of the nation translate to the people of the nation? To be honest, we know the answer to that.

We know the answer to most of our questions, the answers are at home, but like Kassim Shettima we prefer to go to London to look for them. Let us take Shettima’s state, Borno, as an example: unknown to most of you, one of Borno’s major produces is fish. Until Boko Haram that is. As a matter of fact, until the Lake Chad recession gathered pace, the Chad Basin was Nigeria’s biggest fish producer. That honour of being Nigeria’s biggest source of fish now lies with the Argungu Basin in Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara states, but that’s by the way. Imagine producing say 1 million metric tonnes of fish in this environment, how do you get them to the markets in the south? I’ll tell you…

You will have to load the whole fish in trucks which lack refrigeration, and put them on the road, to take a 1585 km journey to Lagos. By the time you get to the Lagos port to export the fish, roughly 3-4 days would have passed, roughly 60% of your stock will have rotted.

THIS, will push the price of your fish way up, and your product will not be able to compete with cheaper imports from the Ivory Coast. How is that economical? It means that it makes no sense for you to run that fish business in Borno. Cue, a lot of Borno youths lose jobs. When the Borno youths lose their jobs, Boko Haram becomes all that much nicer in their eyes, and they’ll join up. Then we’ll be “surprised”.

If on the other hand, we have refrigerated rail trucks running the 1585 km from Maiduguri to Lagos at 300km/h, it will take them 6 hours. At that point, it makes economic sense for us to trade with each other.

THAT is what our government ought to concentrate on, not talk shops that achieve nothing such as the World Economic Forum.

Cheta Nwanze is a journalist and media owner. He tweets from @Chxta.

The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author.

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The 52-year-old victim died after being attacked in a flat in Scotstoun early this morning. Police believe the suspect forced his way into the property before carrying out the attack.

Police have launched a murder hunt after a man died following a disturbance in a flat in Glasgow this morning.

Emergency services were called to the block on Dumbarton Road shortly before 1am where they found the 52-year-old victim seriously injured.

He died at the scene a short time later.

Officers taped off the neighbouring blocks of flats on the stretch of road this morning as forensic officers began their examination of the scene.

A white tent was covering the doorway to the block and a police incident van was parked outside.

Earlier a woman had arrived at the scene screaming before collapsing on the floor.

Detective Chief Inspector Jim Smith said: “Our enquiries are at a very early stage to establish the circumstances which led to the death of this man.  Although a post mortem examination will be carried out, we are treating his death as murder.

“At this time, It is believed that a man arrived at the flat around 0050 hours, forced his way into the house and assaulted the victim who was not the householder.

“It is not clear what the motive was but it was not a random act.  It would appear that the victim was the intended target however at this time it is unclear why.”

The suspect is described as a white male, 5’6 to 5’7” medium to skinny build with short fair hair, wearing a light coloured top.

Area Commander Chief Inspector Mark Sutherland said: “I would like to reassure members of the public, particularly those who live in the area of the flats, that everything is being done to trace the person responsible.

“I am aware that local residents will be shocked and alarmed by this incident, however extra patrols will be in the area and I would urge anyone who has concerns to speak to the officers.”

 

One local resident said she heard “commotion” coming from inside the property in the early hours.

She said: “At about 2am I came home from my work and heard loud voices inside. I’ve never seen so many police in this street in my life.”

Forensics were seen going into the property just after 10.30am and a team of police officers were carrying out door to door enquiries at the surrounding flats and businesses.

Anyone with information is asked to telephone Police at where on the non emergency number 101.

Alternatively telephone Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where anonymity can be maintained.

(via Daily Record)

Nollywood actress Ini Edo

Nollywood sensational actress Ini Edo has been offered a scholarship into the National Open University of Nigeria.

The Akwa ibom born actress shared the good news via Instagram on Thursday, May 15, 2014 in  a photo of her and Kenneth Okonkwo, another Nollywood actor.

“So I have been offered scholarship to study law in the national open university of Nigeria.i jus got my admission letter n am super excited. It’s a dream come true… Awesome God,”  she wrote.

Does this means the actress will be off set for a while?

Well, lets just keep her fingers crossed and watch how things unfold.

A big congratulations to you girl!!!

 

 

President Goodluck Jonathan

President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan will travel to Paris, France, Friday to participate in a summit convened by President Francois Hollande to discuss fresh strategies for dealing with the security threat posed by Boko Haram and other terrorist groups in West and Central Africa.

President Jonathan will be joined at the summit by Heads of State and Government of Benin Republic, Cameroon, Niger and Chad.

It is also expected that Britain, the United States of America and the European Union will be represented at the talks which will give special attention to the coordination and intensification of efforts to curtail the destabilizing activities of Boko Haram in Nigeria and neighbouring countries in the wake of the recent abduction of college girls from Chibok, Borno State.

President Jonathan, who will be accompanied by the Minister of Defence, Lt-Gen. Aliyu Gusau (rtd.), the National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd.) as well as other principal aides and advisers, will return to Abuja at the conclusion of the summit on Saturday.

These buses were destroyed by a bomb on the outskirts of Abuja, Nigeria, on Monday, April 14, 2014. (Photo Credit: AFP, Getty Images)

As diplomatic paperwork is being concluded to repatriate Abubakar Sadiq Ogwuche, co-mastermind of the Nyannya Motor Park bombing in which scores of citizens died and hundreds wounded, the Federal Government Thursday announced the arrest of his father retired Col. Agene Ogwuche.

Mrs. Marylyn Ogar, spokesperson for the Department of State Security Services (SSS) revealed this during the daily media briefing by the National Information Centre at the National Orientation Agency in Abuja.

Ogar explained that the elder Ogwuche was taken in because he breached the bond, which he signed while taking his son’s bail in 2012.

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It would be recalled that Abubakar Sadiq Ogwuche, a British born Nigerian was arrested on November 12, 2011 at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, on arrival from the UK on terrorism related charges but was released on Oct. 15, 2012, following intense pressure from human rights activists, who alleged human rights violation.

Contributing, Police spokesperson, Frank Mba said the retired military colonel would be made to answer for his inability to meet the bail bond which he signed pledging to produce his son when needed for questioning.

Director General of NOA, Mr. Mike Omeri gave the assurance once again that the over 200 Chibok Government Secondary School girls still in the custody of Boko Haram terrorists would soon be brought back home to rejoin their families.

Answering a question as to when the world should expect them back, Omeri said the Nigeria is currently working with members of the international community to ensure that the girls are rescued in good shape and the right frame of mind.

He refused to join issues with either Borno State Governor Alhaji Kashim Shetima or Senator Ahmed Zannah who have accused the military of not using information given to them properly.

Omeri commended members of the Kalabalge community in Borno State who repressed an attack by the Boko Haram and instead killed scores of the invaders, arrested several of them and seized many of their vehicles.

According to him, this shows that citizens are brazing up to the antics of the marauders and urged other communities to emulate the example.

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File Photo: Okigwe Road in Owerri, Imo State

NAN – Some parts of a building belonging to a former Governor of Imo, Chief Ikedi Ohakim, were destroyed early on Thursday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the roof of the house and some parlours were damaged.

Ohakim told some journalists at the premises that his security men called to alert him of the development.

Ikedi Ohakim
Ikedi Ohakim

“At about 1.30a.m. my security men alerted that they heard a loud bang like an explosion followed by huge flames which engulfed the house.

“When I got here, I met the rubbles of what used to be my home,’’ he said.

“You are all aware, this is my only house in Owerri and it was built even before I became the governor.

“What it means now is that anytime I have to be in Owerri, I will be begging people for where to sleep in a state I once presided as a governor,” he said.

The former governor who condemned the destruction of his house, described the development as a ploy by his political opponents to deter him.

`I think what triggered this action is my intention to make a political statement on Saturday. I don’t know how they did it but I will leave that for the security agencies to investigate.

“When I was the governor of the state, I did not assassinate any opposition member, neither did I harass anyone.

“I even took care of the opposition in the state but they have done this to intimidate me.

“I will still go ahead and make my political statement as planned on Saturday because I refuse to be cowed by this incident,’’ he said.

However, the Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Andrew Enwerem, said there was no evidence of an explosion at the scene.

He said there was some damage on the building but that it was caused by fire.

President Goodluck Jonathan will on Friday, May 16, 2014 pay a visit to Chibok in Borno state, the village from where over 200 schoolgirls were abducted by Islamist rebel group Boko Haram, senior government officials said.

It will be the President’s first visit to Chibok since the kidnappings.

President Jonathan said he will travel on to a regional security summit in Paris at which Boko Haram will be discussed.

President Jonathan asked France last week to arrange a Paris security summit with neighbors Chad, Cameroon, Niger and Benin, and officials from the U.S., Britain and the European Union to discuss a coordinated response.

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These buses were destroyed by a bomb on the outskirts of Abuja, Nigeria, on Monday, April 14, 2014. (Photo Credit: AFP, Getty Images)

Four weeks after the Nyanya bomb blast that claimed 74 lives and injured many others, the identities of the masterminds of the blast were made public by the Department of State Services, DSS, yesterday.

wParading the suspects at its headquarters in Abuja, DSS Deputy Director of Public Relations, Marilyn Ogar, announced that the bombing was masterminded by one Rufai Abubakar Tsiga, described as a Boko Haram leader and assisted by one Aminu Sadiq Ogwuche, an army deserter and son of a retired Nigerian Army officer.

Ogar, who was flanked by the Defence, military and police spokesmen during the briefing, said the two men, who were now at large, hatched and carried out the bombing of the busy transport terminal on April 14.

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The DSS said it was Tisga and one Muhammadu Sani Ishaq, who moved the explosive-laden vehicle to Nyanya bus station on the night of April 13, while Tsiga personally drove the vehicle to the actual position in which he detonated the bomb the following morning.

Paradoxically, while Sani Ishaq, who took part in the bombing had been arrested, the duo of Tsiga and Ogwuche, described as the brain behind the bombing, have gone into hiding, forcing the security agency to declare him wanted.

Army deserter

Interestingly, Ogwuche, who hails from Orokam, Ogbadibo council of Benue State is a student of Arabic Language at the International University of Africa, Sudan, and the son of a retired army colonel, Agene.

The suspect, who was enlisted into the Nigerian Army as Aminu Sadiq Ogwuche with service number SVC 95/104, deserted the Nigerian Army in 2006.

Before he absconded from the army, Ogwuche served in the Intelligence Unit at Child Avenue, Arakan Barracks, Lagos, between 2001 and 2006, shortly after being posted to the Nigerian Defence Academy.

He was arrested by security operatives on suspected terrorist activity at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport on November 12, 2011, shortly after arriving from the United Kingdom.

However, following intensive pressure from human rights groups, who alleged that his fundamental rights were being violated, Ogwuche was released to his father, Col Agene Ogwuche (rtd.).

The DSS had placed a bounty of N25 million on their heads. In all, five suspects, who had earlier been taken into DSS custody following the bomb blast, were paraded before journalists in Abuja yesterday.

The suspects are Ahmed Rufai Abubakar, alias Abu Ibrahim/Maiturare, Muhammadu Sani Ishaq, Yau Saidu alias Kotar Rama, Anas Isah and Adamu Yusuf.

Eight days after the blast, a joint security team arrested Abubakar at Gwantu, Sanga Local Government Area of Katsina State.

Confession

Abubakar, 43, from Yarimawa in Kazaure council of Jigawa State, confessed to security agents that shortly after the blast in Nyanya, Tsiga confirmed to him that he and other Boko Haram members had bombed Nyanya in retaliation for the killing of sect member eight days earlier.

It was, however, discovered that the alleged killing of a Boko Haram member had never taken place but was merely bandied about to elicit the sympathy of the sect members.

Abubakar confirmed that Tsiga sent him recharge card and that the phone of one Muhammadu Sani Ishaq was used in sending him the credit.

According to Abubakar (a.k.a Maiturare), Tsiga also told him that Boko Haram national leader had directed that all members of the sect should relocate with their families to ‘Gaaba’(Boko Haram forest camp) in preparation for mass attacks against the country.

Ishaq, Nyanya blast plan

He was arrested on April 24 at Utako Village behind Julius Berger Yard, Utako, following the disclosure made by Abubakar. He is a 30 year old indigene of Balari village, Ajingi council of Kano State.

Ishaq was a sales boy in Tsiga’s patent medicine store at Utako called Kishi Clinic, a structure which also served as a base for Boko Haram’s covert activities in Abuja.

He revealed that two days before the Nyanya blast, Tsiga (alias Dr. Rufai Tsiga), his boss, informed him around 4p.m. after prayers that there was a plan to bomb a facility in Abuja, but stated that he was not informed of the exact place.

He further revealed that Tsiga later informed him that the bombs to be used for the blast were being coupled at the residence of one Adamu Yusuf.

According to Ishaq, a day before the Nyanya bombing, he and Tsiga drove the car laden with explosives and parked it behind four buses inside the Nyanya park overnight, after which they left the area, which Tsiga detonated the following day.

According to him, two cars were wired for the attack. He claimed one was used for the April 14 incident, which was a retaliatory attack as a member of the sect was lynched a week earlier at the Nyanya park because he was caught with firearms.

However, the story appear untrue, but fabricated by Tsiga to elicit the interest of Ishaq and other sect members used for the attack.

Saidu alias Kotar Rama

Saidu, 28, was arrested on April 29 at his village, Dandambo, Tsanyawa council of Kano State.

Before his arrest, Saidu was an apprentice under Tsiga at his medicine store in Utako village market.

Although he denied membership of the sect, he claimed that his uncle, Tsiga and Ishaq attempted to enlist him several times. He identified the perpetrators of the Nyanya bomb blast as Tsiga, Ishaq and Ogwuche.

He also disclosed that on April 13 at 11a.m., a day before the Nyanya bombing, Tsiga and Ishaq drove out from Utako village market in a “black coloured Honda Accord” car and returned about four hours later.

Later the same day, they went out again in the same car and did not return until the following day, April 14 at 11a.m., after the Nyanya bombing incident had occurred.

He alleged that when Tsiga learnt of Ishaq’s arrest, he fled Utako to an unknown location and left the Kishi Clinic business in his care.

Tsiga equally sent a message to his wife, Hauwa’u on his mobile (number 07067434122) directing her to pack her belongings and flee the area.

 

Yusuf alias Mallam Adamu

Adamu Yusuf, 43, was arrested in Bauchi on May 5. He has confessed that he is a member of the sect. Adamu was a cleric at Finance Quarters Mosque, Wuye, Abuja.

Ishaq disclosed that Tsiga told him that the bombs used for the Nyanya incident were coupled in a bush near Yusuf’s residence.

Yusuf, however, claims that even though he knows Tsiga, the mastermind of the Nyanya bombing, he did not take part in the bombing. He mentioned the members of the sect known to him to be Tsiga, Abubakar, Ogwuche and Isah.

He claimed to be an apprentice under Tsiga along with Isah. He claimed that on the day of the Nyanya bomb blast, Tsiga called and told him that he heard of the bomb blast and that it was a job well done.

Isah

Anas Isah, 22, was arrested on May 3 at Unguwar Yan Tagwaye village, Faskari council, Katsina State. He is an indigene of Tsiga, Bakori council, Katsina State.

Isah came to Abuja in 2011 and hawked yoghurt for about one month before going back to Tsiga. He returned to Abuja again in 2012 and worked as a sales boy in a pharmacy located at Ruga near Wuye Market.

In 2013, Tsiga invited Isah to join his “clinic” at Utako village, where he worked for about five months.

Although Isah denied being involved in the April 14 incident, he identified Ishaq and Tsiga as members of the sect, especially as the latter had confided in him his membership of the Boko Haram sect.

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by Laura Argintar

To the men who don’t secretly skim Cosmo or are gravely misled by Esquire magazine, take a glance at this post.

Just as you have your strong opinions about our sexual performance, we’ve got some things to say about you men, too. This is us not-so-subtly telling you to stop doing all the annoying stuff you think we’re enjoying (we’re not).

And we know you’ll listen because let’s face it: we’re the ones who hold all the p*ssy power.

Pushing The Back Of Our Heads

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The fastest way to make us bite your dick off is to slam our necks into your crotch. If you don’t like the favors we’re so generously handing out, then encouragingly tell us what feels great or just do it yourself. There’s nothing more degrading than trying to control a woman when she’s clearly in charge. Try swallowing your own pride, if you know what we mean.


Releasing Your Entire Body Weight On Us

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Look, we understand that it gets tiring being on top the whole time, but when you rest your entire body weight on us, you’re actually crushing our ribs with your whale humping. Try using those biceps you bragged about earlier to prop yourself up or just switch positions. We can’t feel anything when we feel your weight like a boulder on our stomachs.


Pulling A Fast One

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Hmmm, how do we put this eloquently? Just like we had to consent for you to put it in the main hole, you’re going to have to get the “okay” first before you put it in the back hole. A lot of women don’t like it and a lot of women do — verbally find out which category she falls into instead of using the “trial and error” method. If you impulsively do it prior to asking (RUDE), she has every right to backhand you.


Skipping Foreplay

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Here’s a heads up (literally): unless you’re Leo DiCap, we’re going to want a warm-up session before the main event. This is when all the excitement happens, so don’t sell you and your girl short.


Saying “Hi”

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If you don’t have anything to say, we’d prefer you say nothing at all instead of greeting us with a “Hi.” Pretty sure we exchanged pleasantries at the beginning of the night, no need to say “Hello” again, we’re still here. And really, what do you want us to respond back? “Sup, nm u?”


The Jack Rabbit

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Are you trying to break ground in our vaginas? You’re not going to strike gold jack hammering your penis inside your lady. Remember, there’s vital organs in there that make babies, too.


Drowning Us In The Shower

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If there’s water involved, be sure you’re not choking your partner under the faucet. When you hear “gurggle gurggle” noises, chances are she’s drowning under the spray. Sexual activity in the shower is fun — until someone gets hurt.


Splashing On Our Freshly Laundered Sheets

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Remember the phrase “if you don’t have anything nice to say, then don’t say it”? Well, if you don’t have any place nice to spray, then don’t spray it. Yes, we are planning on washing our sheets anyway, but we’d rather not lie in your body fluids in the time being. Be respectful of our property and we may invite you back next week.


“Forgetting” To Ask If She’s On The Pill

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Your negligence will cost you. Safe sex is just as much our responsibility as it is yours. End of discussion.


Playing Awful Music

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Nothing kills a mood more than listening to heavy electro rave sounds — last we checked we’re getting it on, not embarking on a galactic space trip to Mars. Same goes for crap like “Boyz II Men” or whatever throwback nonsense you think is awesomely fun, but really awesomely lame. And if you play “Drake” in the background, you’ve officially given yourself up as the softest guy out there.

(via Elite Daily)

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Nigerian troops (file)

The authorities of the Nigerian Army on Thursday, May 15, 2014 reacted to the mutiny of some soldiers of the 7 Division of the Nigerian Army by instituting a high powered delegation to investigate the occurrence at the headquarters of the Divisions headquarters at Maimalari, Maiduguri in Borno state.

The soldiers mutinied against their general officer commanding, Major General Abubakar Mohammed in an open fire that left his bodyguards and aids wounded.

The wounded soldiers are currently receiving treatment in a military facility in Maiduguri.

Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen Kenneth Minimah, has approved the immediate removal of the GoC the 7 Division, Major Gen. Mohammed because of the deep resentment against him among the incensed soldiers and some of their colleagues.

Fact finding team of Military Police investigators left Abuja for Maiduguri on Thursday morning.

The Nigerian Army has appointed Brig. Gen. MY Ibrahim, as the replacement for Mohammed. Ibrahim is said to be appointed in acting capacity because the position is to be occupied by a major general.

It was learnt that Brig. Gen. MY Ibrahim was appointed in acting capacity because the position was meant to be occupied by a major general.

The former GoC was expected to hand over to his successor Ibrahim on Thursday before he returns to Abuja.

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