Buhari Reaching out to Igbo Leaders to Intervene in Pro-Biafra Protests

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Latest reports reaching Africa Business World indicates that the Buhari administration is currently in talks with some of the South East leaders asking for their help with intervention in the growing pro-Biafra Demonstrations across the South East and parts of the South south. Femi Adesina, the special adviser to President Buhari has reportedly received assurances from an unnamed Igbo leader that this matter has been sufficiently addressed.

The Presidential adviser said, “Government is in communication with credible leaders of the South-East on the Biafra issue…..At the last Council of State meeting, one of the governors from the region assured council members that the issue was being looked into….The leaders of thought are working already. The President is concerned about every part of the country, but he will always respect due process and rule of law Adesina added”

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APC procession in PH, illegal,inciting –PDP

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The chairman, Peoples Democratic Party, Rivers State chapter, Felix Obuah, says he is disappointed about the continued show of disrespect for the law and breach of public peace by members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, led by Dakuku Peterside, Magnus Abe, Andrew Uchendu and other leaders of the party in the state.

The PDP chairman, in a statement signed by Jerry Needam, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, observed and considered today’s event tagged, ‘Rivers Black Day,’ organized by the APC, which according to them, was to remember those killed during the 2015 general elections, as clearly a demonstration of impunity, and disposition to cause crisis, and to incite not only their members but the people of the State against the security commands and constituted authorities in the State.

The PDP is aware that following recent incidences of violence associated with public demonstrations in the State, the Rivers State government, in collaboration with the State security agencies, placed a ban on all forms of public protest, wondering why in spite of the subsisting order, the APC leaders still went ahead to organize such  procession in the State. This, to us, is a flagrant disobedience and disregard for the law and State authorities, and should not be taken for granted.

It is also a cause of concern that the remembrance event is being held this period and on this date, which in no way, was not the date the alleged deaths took place. It is therefore, an undisputed fact that organizers of the event deceitfully dressed up a public procession aimed at causing violence and crisis in Port Harcourt and making cheap political points by blackmailing the PDP and perceived political opponents in the State.

The PDP also wishes to draw the attention of the security agencies and other relevant government authorities to the fact that the State APC failed governorship candidate, Mr Dakuku Peterside, was always being referred to as ‘the Governor’ by speakers at the event, which was televised live on the NTA network during the session. To us, this is a treasonable offense and should be investigated and those culpable be arrested and prosecuted accordingly.

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Tension heightens as Faleke, Bello’s supporters clash at APC national secretariat

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ABUJA – The atmosphere around the national secretariat of the All Progressive Congress, APC, Abuja has become tense following a clash between supporters of Yahaya Bello and Hon. James Faleke.

Both have entrenched interest in the Kogi State election and are jostling to replace the former governorship candidate of the party, late Abubakar Audu.

While Bello, who was the second runner up in the primary election that featured Audu as candidate is rumoured to have been endorsed by the party for the replacement, Faleke, Audu’s former running in the November 21 inconclusive election, is asking the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC and the APC to declare him both the standard candidate and Governor-Elect.

INEC has slated December 5 as the day for supplementary polls.

The situation has consequently boxed the APC to a corner but the party has scheduled a meeting of its stakeholders today to resolve the impasse.

At the moment, the relevant stakeholders in the election are locked up in a meeting.

Bello had earlier entered for the meeting.

Coming afterwards was Hon. Faleke.

Governor Nasir El-R0ufai of Kaduna State and Senator Dino Melaye are also in the meeting.

Interestingly, El-Rufia was the chairman the panel that conducted Kogi APC primary election recently.

Meanwhile, the supporters of both contenders mainly “jobless” youth had a fleeting clash of strength at the party secretariat.

Stones, clubs and sticks were freely used as they chanted the names of the contenders respectively to show their preference.

The unhealthy development created fear in most people around the APC vicinity.

It took a reinforcement of stern-looking policemen to chase the restive youths away, thereby restoring sanity.

The meeting is still ongoing as at the time of filing this report.

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Nigeria’s unity not negotiable, says Onu

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Dr Ogbonaya Onu, the Minister of Science and Technology, says the unity of Nigeria is not negotiable, though the nation is facing some development and security challenges. Onu, who spoke on Sunday night in Abuja at a dinner organised in his honour by Ebonyi Elders’ Council, said he was committed to the unity of the nation.

“I am committed to the unity of our country. If Nigeria did not exist; Africa would have looked for a Nigeria. “Nigeria is not just important for Africa, but it is important for every black man and black woman all over the world. “There is a very important job that Nigeria will do for black people,’’ Onu said.
The minister called for concerted effort to solve the problems facing the nation in order for all Nigerians to be happy as a member of one country. On the economy, Onu stressed the need to diversify it to create and distribute wealth to the people.
“Today the price of crude oil has fallen drastically. It happened at a time that our economy is not diversified.
“We have seen distresses in the capital market; the manufacturers, all these places, even the currency. We have seen how much money the Central Bank had to pull out from our reserves to ensure that our currency is stable. “Science and technology can help Nigeria to diversify our economy. `Science and technology can help Nigeria to fight and reduce drastically poverty in our nation.
“Science and technology can help Nigeria create wealth; because we need to create wealth before we distribute wealth. You cannot distribute what you don’t have,’’ he said. He promised to lead the ministry to play its role to contribute meaningfully to national development.
Earlier, Chairman, Ebonyi Elders’ Council, Abuja, Chief Nicholas Oyo urged the minister to remain a worthy ambassador of the state. Oyo also advised him to use his position to reduce poverty in the country by encouraging development of small businesses. He said this would to a large extent positively affect the Ebonyi youths by helping to remove them from street trading.

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Defecation: Expert recommends use of water instead of toilet paper to clean up

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Dr Safiya Ojo, a General Practitioner with Wuse General Hospital, Abuja, on Monday, recommended the use of water for anal cleansing rather than toilet paper after defecation.

Ojo told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that it was important to have a hygienic means of cleaning the anus for overall body hygiene.

She said “it is better to wash with water than use toilet paper after defecation because water washes completely without a trace, whereas toilet paper might not wash completely or properly.

“The paper particles can attach to the surroundings of the anus which can bring discomfort, while water washes off everything, leaving you clean and fresh.’’

The doctor said westernisation had lured many people into using toilet paper, adding that water allowed for thorough cleaning.

She said it was important to wash the hands with soap after defecation and after almost every activity for good hygiene.

Ojo also recommended the use of warm water to clean infants and toddlers, saying most wipes which mothers used to clean their babies after defecation could give the children rash due to the chemicals in the wipes.

NAN also sought the opinions of a cross section of Abuja residents on which sanitary option they would prefer after using the toilet and got different views.

A university student, Miss Kemi Smart, said she had never used water to wash after using the toilet but used water to just clean her hands.

She said “I use tissue paper to clean up after using the toilet and I am comfortable with that; in my family house then, one thing I know that we never lacked in the house is tissue packs.

“But some people I know are comfortable using water to wipe their anus after defecating; I normally ask how comfortable it is using water because your buttocks will be wet after using water.’’

However, a trader, Mrs Veronica Ossai, said water was the best way to clean up after using the toilet and advised ladies to avoid keeping nails for proper washing and in order to avoid germs entering the fingers.

She said “I feel more comfortable using water to clean my body after using the toilet.

“I also use good toilet soap to wash my hands because one might not have enough tissue to properly clean up.’’

A civil servant, Mrs Mary Williams, said that both water and toilet paper could be used, adding that water could be used first and toilet paper used to wipe the wetness.

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SON destroys N10bn worth of substandard goods

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The Director General of Standard Organisation (SON), Dr Joseph Odumodu, on Monday said that organisation destroyed substandard goods worth N10 billion in the last four years. Odumodu disclosed this during his official visit to the Headquarters of National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) in Lagos.

He said said that the items were destroyed from 2011 to date. He urged freight forwarders to collaborate with the organisation to halt importation of substandard products. “In the next few years, we will reduce substandard products to 15 per cent. “Now, we are going through the period of change since the election of President Muhammadu Buhari, who was elected based on his honesty and integrity.

“I am pleading to you all to change from all ramifications because many people are dying day by day of cancer as a result of substandard goods coming into the country. “You should all be part of the positive change by complying with the e-Product Registration and e-Provision Clearance Certificate platform,’’ Odumodu warned.

He commended the Nigeria Customs Service for supporting the organisation. Chief Boniface Aniebonam, the Founder of NAGAFF, urged freight forwarders and clearing agents to collaborate with SON to reduce substandard products. He said that seized containers should be checked and conveyed to SON base by the officials of the organisation instead of checking points.

“Enlightenment platforms and strategic processes can help in solving all the problems encountered during cargo importation as well as cargo clearance,” Aniebonam said. He stressed the need for continued campaign to remind agents on the actual time for moving out cargo from ports.

Chief Eugene Nweke, President of NAGAFF, said that trade could not be facilitated under rigid and uncoordinated process and procedures. The president of NAGAFF was represented by the National Deputy President, Mr Oluwole Adeyemi. Nweke said that there was need for harmonisation and coordination to enable his members to blend with the era of e-commerce trade facilitation.

He commended the organisation on the e-Product Registration and e-Provision Clearance Certificate platform. “We wish to advise SON management to go further by creating a forum where our national officers and other members will be given proper training and sensitisation programme. “This sensitisation will help our members in depth understanding of the scheme,” Nweke said.

Festus Ejiofor, the President of Council for Managing Director Licensed Custom Agent (CMDLCA), said the association would continue to support SON on its operations. Ejiofor said CMDLCA would comply with SON to ensure that containers were no longer stopped on the road.

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Ronaldo, Messi, Neymar on shortlist for Ballon d’Or – FIFA

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Barcelona pair Lionel Messi and Neymar were on Monday named on the shortlist for FIFA’s prestigious Ballon d’Or along with double reigning title holder, Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid. While Portuguese Ronaldo has triumphed over the last two seasons (in a total of three wins), Argentinian Messi has previously claimed the coveted award four times while Brazilian Neymar makes the shortlist for FIFA’s player of the year award for the first time.

Messi was the catalyst for Barcelona’s impressive run to three titles last season (the Champions League, La Liga and the Spanish Cup) and will be the standout favourite ahead of Ronaldo. The Portugal international might have finished the season without a trophy, but his individual talent shone out as he was La Liga’s highest scorer with 48 goals, and has notched up a leading seven in the Champions League this term.

World Cup-winning captain Carli Lloyd (USA/Houston Dash), Aya Miyama (Japan/Okayama Yunogo Belle), and Celia Sasic (Germany/1. FFC Frankfurt) are in the running for the FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year award.

Two Spanish coaches, Bayern Munich’s Pep Guardiola and Barcelona’s Luis Enrique made the shortlist of the FIFA World Coach of the Year for Men’s Football award alongside Jorge Sampaoli, the Argentinian coach who led Chile to Copa America victory.

And Jill Ellis (USA/USA national team), Mark Sampson (Wales/English national team) and Norio Sasaki (Japan/Japanese national team) are the final trio to battle it out for the FIFA World Coach of the Year for Women’s Football award. All of the awards will be presented at the FIFA Ballon d’Or award ceremony in Zurich on January 11, 2016.

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Bello arrives APC secretariat, may be unveiled as Audu’s replacement

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ABUJA- Barring any changes, the All Progressives Congress, APC would any moment from now unveil Mr. Yahaya Bello as its governorship candidate for Kogi State supplementary polls this Saturday.

He is to replace the party’s former candidate, Abubakar Audu who died on the verge of victory in the main election on November 21.

Bello was the second runner up in the first party’s primary election that produced the late Audu as the candidate.

Unconfirmed sources around APC said he is being considered for possible replacement which explains why he had been invited for a meeting with the stakeholders of the party at the secretariat.

Bello arrived the venue at exactly 2:20 pm in a black semi tinted Lexus jeep with registration number BWR 535 GA and went into the building to meet with the national chairman of the party, Chief John Oyegun.

Meanwhile, a group of protesting youth heralded his arrival at the secretariat.

The youths carrying different placards and banners that announced supports Bello were chanting “sai Yahaya Bello”, meaning it’s Yahaya Bello.

The group however encountered a mild resistance from the security agents who had been on the ground since morning.

Journalists are anxiously waiting to see what would be the outcome of the meeting between Bello and party officials.

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FG inaugurates 2015 MDGs end-point report

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The Presidency on Monday, through the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Millennium Development Goals (OSSAP-MDGs), inaugurated the 2015 MDGs end-point report. Mr Ochapa Ogenyi, Secretary of Programme, OSSAP-MDGs who launched the report at the 2015 Social Good Summit in Abuja, said Nigeria had also presented the report to the UN.

Ogenyi said MDGs established measurable and universally-agreed objectives for eradicating extreme poverty and hunger. He said the measures were also to prevent deadly but treatable diseases and expand educational opportunities to all children, among other development imperatives.

The official said that Nigeria had recorded success on implementing the goals, especially on poverty and hunger reduction as well preventing deadly diseases. He said the MDGs projects impacted on the lives of almost every Nigeria, adding that “ there is no where you will go to that you will not see the impact of the MDGs.

“So, the goals have been used as instrument for development in the country in the past 10 years.’’ The official, however, told the stakeholders that Nigeria was the first country to submit its end-point report on MDGs at the UN General Assembly, adding that the county received an award on the report.

He said that Nigeria was ready to implement the SDGs, which focused on economic, social and environment issues. Ogenyi said that Nigeria was six years late in the implementation of MDGs and that the country would not be left behind this time around in implementing SDGs.

According to him, the summit is aimed at sensitising Nigeria on the benefits and gains of SDGs. UNDP’s Acting Resident Representative, Mr Opia Kumah, advised the Federal Government to merge political will with human resources to achieve the implementation of the SDGs. Kumah said that there were a lot of lessons that Nigeria could learn from the challenges of implementing the MDGs which would end in December.

“A lot of lessons were learnt during the MDGs era, we must not ignore them. “The challenges the country faced in the last decade and half should be turned into opportunities in coming 15 years. We can learn from our failures and build on our successes.

“Achieving SDGs will not depend on economic growth alone, it will depend of successes on all human development parameters including health, peace and security. “Before us is a mammoth task, but a doable one because it is a task of every Nigerian,’’ he said.

Mrs Nkoyo Toyo, Special Adviser to the Cross River Government on SDGs, commended the Federal Government for merging Budget Office with National Planning Commission. Nkoyo said that the development would enhance the implementation of the SDGs, saying that “budget will support planning for government at all levels to achieve the goals’’.

She advised the Federal Government on effective monitoring of the goals to achieve economic development. The summit was organised by OSSAP-MDGs and Federal Ministry of Budget and National Planning in collaboration with the UNDP.

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Nigeria submits its INDC to UNFCCC – Presidency

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Nigeria has submitted its Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC) to address climate change to United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). This followed President Muhammadu Buhari’s approval for the exercise on Nov. 26.

This information is contained in a statement issued in Abuja on Monday by Mr Femi Adesina, the president’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity. He said that Nigeria’s INDC was approved by the President and submitted to the UNFCCC on Nov. 28, ahead of Monday’s opening in Paris of the UN Climate Change conference, widely known as COP 21.

It stated that the Federal Government’s policy to address climate change, as espoused in the country’s INDC, committed to 20 per cent unconditional and 45 per cent conditional Greenhouse Gases (GHGs) emission reduction post 2020. According to the statement, the action plan announced by the Federal Government represents a fair and meaningful contribution to address climate change.

It said that the plan also reaffirmed President Buhari’s commitment to an economic transformation which placed inclusive, green growth as key priority for his administration. “President Buhari is fully aware of the acute threat that climate change poses to Nigeria’s development through flooding, desertification and insecurity, and many of these accrue from weather-related natural disasters,’’ it added.

The statement said while in Paris, President Buhari would participate in a meeting on Lake Chad’s current depletion, which had become a cause of international concern. The meeting of the Lake Chad Basin Summit of Heads of State and Government, which the President would attend with Nigeria’s delegation, is slated for Dec. 1.

The Lake Chad is currently less than 10 per cent of its original size and little of the remaining waters is in Nigeria. About 11.7 million of an estimated 20 million people that lived on the Lake Chad Basin as at 2013 were in the North Eastern region of Nigeria.

Also during the conference in Paris, President Buhari is scheduled to participate in the launching of International Solar Alliance by the Indian Prime Minister and the French President. The statement said that President Buhari would also seek international partnerships to deliver Nigeria’s climate change response

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