NIGERIA: Governor criticises Buhari over Benue killings

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Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti state has criticised President Buhari for not doing anything about the recent killings in Benue state.

Fulani herdsmen allegedly killed over 300 people in Agatu-Benue state.

The Governor also called on the Federal Government to find a lasting solution to the menace of the herdsmen.

Fayose said “Farmlands costing billions of naira have been destroyed in States in the South-West, South-East and North-Central zones of the country. One wonders how Nigerians can go back to farming when those already in the farms are losing billions of naira worth of crops to destruction of their farmlands by the Fulani Herdsmen and the Federal Government is not doing anything about it.”

He also said “If in the last one week, over 300 Nigerians were allegedly killed, several villages razed, with farmlands destroyed by Fulani herdsmen and President Buhari is comfortable junketing from one country to the other, something is definitely wrong somewhere.

“This is because in saner climes, no country will have over 300 of its citizens reportedly killed with thousands others displaced and the leader of such country will not rush home from wherever he is to take charge of the situation by himself.”

Fayose also reminded Buhari how he led Arewa leaders to Oyo state, to register his anger over the killing of  Fulani herdsmen in Saki.

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Governor criticises Buhari over Benue killings

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The Plateau state commissioner of health,  Kunden Deyin, said the state government has embarked upon a sensitisation program to teach people how to prevent the spread of the Lassa Fever disease.

Deyin said the state has recorded eight deaths, 13 confirmed cases and 50 suspected cases of Lassa fever.

The commissioner also said “Lassa fever is transmitted through the urine and excreta of a rat that serves as a reservoir for the Lassa virus and this rodent is usually attracted to dirty and flirty environments.

“The ministry, through its sensitisation campaign, is making an effort to educate the populace on the importance of keeping a clean environment and on the need to ensure that all foods are stored in rodent-proof containers.

“We are also encouraging them to desist from drying food stuff on the road side since the rats can urinate and defecate in them.

“We embarked on this social mobilisation because we believe that prevention is better than cure.”

Deyin also said personnel have been trained to help people in the rural areas maintain good personal hygiene.

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Philippines asks China to respect outcome of arbitration in territorial dispute

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The Philippines on Monday urged China, as a responsible member of the international community, to respect a forthcoming ruling by an arbitration court in the Hague on a territorial dispute in the South China Sea.

China claims almost the entire South China Sea, believed to have huge deposits of oil and gas. Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam also have claims on the waters, through which about $5 trillion in trade is shipped every year.

China refuses to recognise the case lodged by the Philippines with the tribunal and says all disputes should be resolved through bilateral talks.

Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario’s comments came after China’s foreign minister, Wang Yi, on a visit to the United States, accused the Philippines of “political provocation” in seeking arbitration to resolve the dispute.

“The Philippines, as well as the international community, is asking China to respect the forthcoming ruling of the arbitral tribunal and together advance an international rules-based regime,” del Rosario said in a statement in Manila.

“If China does not heed our collective call, does it mean that China considers itself above the law?”

The tribunal’s ruling is expected before May, said del Rosario, who leaves office on March 7 for health reasons. Manila and Beijing had met several times to discuss maritime disputes but nothing had been resolved, he added.

Wang held talks last week with his counterpart, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who said China was rapidly militarising the waterway after building artificial islands and deploying fighters and missiles.

Wang defended China’s actions as self-defence but said it would remain open for two-way talks with countries claiming the South China Sea.

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SSS 1 student dies during money ritual in Ogun

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The quest for quick money has led to the death of a 16-year-old Senior Secondary School One [SSS1], student, Raimi Fatai, after he allegedly died following the administration of a liquid substance on him by three of his classmates during a money ritual process in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

It was gathered that the deceased and his mates had embarked on the money ritual route after one of them whose father is a native doctor, promised them that the substance would make them rich.

The native doctor’s son, according to the report, had told his colleagues that he has mastered that art from his father and could equally prepare a charm that would make them rich and therefore, gave them the substance which led to the death of Fatai whil the rest are battling for their lives in a hospital.

After taking the fatal substance, all four students reportedly took ill with Fatai giving up the ghost two days later while the other victims who were also on the verge of death, were taken to hospital.

It was gathered that the late Fatai’s father, who was bothered about the sudden death of his son, approached the father of another student who led them to the herbalist’s den before the case was reported to the police.

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Comedian’s wife opens up on divorce rumours

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Following reports that Mabel Makun had split up with her husband Ayo Makun and moved out of his Lekki home, the interior designer has shut it down by declaring the comedian her ‘Man crush for Life’.

Mabel took to Instagram and wrote,  “If you don’t know my story, don’t try to tell it.”.

Many people believe her post was targeted at top blogger, Stella Dimoko Korkus who broke the story and insisted that it was true.

Following the rumours, the duo have been sharing new photos and touching words on their social media, intent to rendering the rumour false.

AY recently displayed his romantic side in a lovely Instagram post talking about his affection and relationship with his wife, Mabel Makun.

He shared this on both Twitter where he talked about the value of having a wife who also fits the image of a friend.

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Buhari is in denial over Boko Haram

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President Muhammadu Buhari has repeatedly said in recent times that Nigeria has defeated terrorist sect, Boko Haram.

Buhari bases his conclusion on the fact that the sect no longer has the capability to capture territories. What the president fails to mention however is that Boko Haram is still killing Nigerians.

On January 30, 2016, about a month after Buhari said that Boko Haram had been technically defeated, the sect attacked Dalori Village in Borno State and left about 60 people dead.

The terrorists were said to have burnt children alive during the invasion which continued for hours without military intervention.

Since then, Boko Haram insurgents have killed four people in Mairi and Malari in the Konduga Local Government Area of Borno State, 40 people between February 8 and 9, also in Borno and six people in Kuda Village in the Madagali Local Government Area of Adamawa State on February 15.

Granted the casualty figures have drastically reduced compared to the heydays of Boko Haram, but every single Nigerian life taken by the sect is a loss.

Unfortunately, President Buhari issued a rather insensitive response to the Dalori attacks which he said were part of a plot to “embarrass” his government.

“Having lost the war, they (the insurgents) are seeking ways and means to gradually find their way back into society,” Buhari said in a statement released by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu.

“They are not returning to contribute but to cause more havoc. They are so desperate to embarrass the government and the people that they have no qualms attacking isolated communities and markets,” the statement added.

Expressing a similarly unfortunate sentiment, Buhari said, while speaking in Qatar on Sunday, February 28, 2016, that Boko Haram is no longer a threat.

“We, however, take pride to inform you that since our coming to power, Boko Haram has been systematically decimated and are in no position to cause serious threat to our development programmes,” he said.

Dear Mr President, the war against Boko Haram is not about your government neither is it about your “development programmes”, it’s about the helpless people who are being butchered like flies, the people who the government is still failing daily.

It is highly insensitive for government officials to boast of how Boko Haram has been defeated when lives are still being lost and many displaced persons are still stranded in camps unable to return home.

It is even more insensitive to talk about how the sect can no longer hold territories or threaten the government, as if the people who are being killed are of secondary importance.

Dear President Buhari, you were elected because you promised to change things, so now it’s time for you to change how the government views its citizens.

No Nigerian is dispensable, every Nigerian life matters, and until every single Nigerian is free from Boko Haram and the terrors it leaves behind, no victory can be reasonably claimed.

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Oil prices “totally unacceptable”, Nigerian president tells Qatar’s ruler

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The OPEC cartel needs to take action to stabilise the oil market because crude prices have fallen to “totally unacceptable” levels, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said on Sunday.

Nigeria, Africa’s biggest oil producer which earns around 90 percent of its foreign exchange earnings from crude oil exports, has been hit hard by the erosion of vital revenues caused by the global slump in oil prices which has also hammered its currency.

“The current market situation in the oil industry is unsustainable and totally unacceptable,” Buhari told Qatar’s ruler during a meeting in Doha, his office said in a statement.

Speaking on the second day of his visit, Buhari highlighted the need for cooperation between OPEC and non-OPEC producers.

“We must cooperate both within and outside our respective organisations to find a common ground to stabilise the market,” said Buhari, who also discussed ways to stabilise prices with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman in Riyadh last week.

On Thursday, Venezuela’s oil minister said Qatar, Russia, and Saudi Arabia had agreed to a meeting in mid-March as part of efforts to stabilise oil markets.

Buhari’s spokesman, Femi Adesina, added that delegations from Nigeria and Qatar signed two bilateral agreements to “boost economic cooperation” between the countries.

There was an agreement to avoid double taxation and tax evasion as well as another that would pave the way for direct flights between major cities of both countries.

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Military officers kill 9 youths after militants killed a soldier in Rivers [Graphic Photos]

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Nine people, including a pregnant woman, have been reportedly killed by some men of the Nigerian Army during a clash between soldiers and militants in Bori community in Rivers State, after a soldier was allegedly murdered by some unknown gunmen in the community.

It was gathered that the murdered soldier was killed on Monday, February 22 and the next day, February 23, his colleagues stormed the community trying to unearth the culprits but in the process, they clashed with some militants and in the process, the youths were cut in their prime.

According to the report, the area had become restive after some militants burnt down the campaign office of Senator Magnus Abe, a member of the Senate representing their constituency, after they accused him of working against one of their former militant leaders, Solomon Ndigbara, aka Solo.

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Pensioner dies during screening in Benin

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BENIN — A pensioner, identified as Sunday Oboite, slumped and died, yesterday, during screening of pensioners of Oredo Local Government in Edo State. The pensioner slumped at the reception of the council secretariat after taking Viju milk and water, provided by a good Samaritan when he complained of hunger for several hours.

His death caused pandemonium among the council workers as they crowded the reception to catch a glimpse of his corpse. The 75 years old Oboite reportedly worked in the works department of the council before he retired. The council had directed that the pensioners come for screening before they would be paid their 10 months pension arrears. Vanguard gathered that when the pensioners presented themselves for screening at 8a.m., they were asked to go to Urhokpota Hall, which is about 100 meters away. However, the late pensioner was unable to go with his colleagues but chose to wait at the reception due to hunger. Secretary of Oredo Pensioners Association, James Erhunmen-se, said Oboite came to the screening venue alone and complained of not having any money to buy food and drugs. He slumped at 1:20p.m. and doctors at the council confirmed him dead. But by 3p.m., his corpse was yet to be removed.

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Glo threatens to drop the duo as its ambassadors

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Nigeria’s biggest indigenous telecommunication company, Globacom, has refused to renew P-Square’s contract as the company’s ambassador.

While Mike Adenuga recently renewed the contract of its ambassadors, he has decided to put a hold on Peter and Paul Okoye’s endorsement.

This means the duo may not remain as the company’s ambassadors, immediately their current contract expires.

Naij.com reported a top manager in GLO, disclosed the decision was imposed due to the show of shame that ensued between the company’s representatives and Peter, one half of the P-Square twins during the grand finale of the Dance with Peter talent hunt show.

Read: Peter Okoye How Jude Okoye allegedly betrayed singer

He also admitted that GLO had defaulted on some of its promises made as the sole sponsor of the show and expressed dissatisfaction on how Peter overreacted by insulting them in the process.

It was gathered that when Mike Adenuga heard of the development, he gave the order that Psquare can no longer be his company’s ambassador.

Few days ago, the pop stars were in the news for days after airing their differences on social media which led to a huge controversy.

With Peter calling for their elder brother and manager, Jude‘s sack and the subsequent responses from his twin, Paul that he stands with Jude, the Okoyes were in the news for days.

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