Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Komla Dumor award: Nigeria's Amina Yuguda wins BBC World News

Amina Yuguda
A journalist from north-eastern Nigeria has won the third BBC World News Komla Dumor Award.
Amina Yuguda is a news presenter on local network Gotel Television, where she has reported on high-profile news stories, including the Boko Haram insurgency.
She will start a three-month placement at the BBC in London in September.
The award was created to honour Komla Dumor, a presenter for BBC World News, who died suddenly aged 41 in 2014.
Ms Yuguda said her win was a "huge honour".
"I was overwhelmed with joy. Storytellers have always had an important role in Africa... this is what defines us. Today journalists are taking on that responsibility."

Trump to call for more pressure on North Korea in first UN speech

Donald Trump
US President Donald Trump is expected to call for more international pressure on North Korea over its nuclear weapons programme when he addresses the United Nations General Assembly later.
It will be his first speech to the world body and will take place at 10:30 New York time (14:30 GMT).
White House officials said he would refer to Islamist militants as "losers" and criticise Iran and Venezuela.
Mr Trump has previously hinted that the US might cut its UN funding.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has told the BBC that if the US withdraws from international affairs the void left will be filled by others.
Officials said Mr Trump would tell UN member states to act against North Korea's "destabilising, hostile and dangerous behaviour".

Entertainment: Carson Dalys touching statement after mother's death

FILE - In this May 3, 2008, file photo, Carson Daly and his mother Pattie Daly Caruso arrive at the 134th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. Daly announced on Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, his mother died the previous day. (AP Photo/David Harpe, File)
Carson Daly wasn’t able to celebrate the Emmy win for “The Voice” on Sunday because he was busy dealing with some tragic news. The host’s mother, Pattie Daly Caruso, died early Sunday morning.
The news was confirmed on Monday’s episode of “The Today Show,” where Carson Daly is a host. He was absent from the broadcast, but his colleagues read a statement on air that the “Voice” host wrote.
“It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our mother, wife, grandmother, Pattie Daly Caruso,” Matt Lauer read. “She passed away peacefully on Sunday, Sept. 17. Kiki, as she was known to her grandchildren and many others, touched so many lives with her kindness, her giant spirit and her love of life. She’ll be terribly missed by her family and the world, but her spark will shine for eternity.”

Just In: Ilaje First Class Monarch, Oba Lawrence Adetemi Omowole is dead

There are indications that the Amapetu of Mahin Kingdom in Ilaje Local Government Area of Ondo State, Oba Lawrence Adetemi Omowole has joined his ancestors.
The news of the monarch’S demise which started as a rumour on social media has been confirmed by competent palace source.

Reps chief whip Alhassan, attacks Saraki over Nnamdi Kanu, IPOB

Chief Whip, House of Representatives, Alhassan Ado-Doguwa, has attacked Senate President, Bukola Saraki, over his comment that declaration of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, and Nnamdi Kanu, as terrorists, was unconstitutional.
Saraki had stated that: “The announcement of the proscription of the group known as Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) by Governors of the South-east states and the categorisation of the group as a ‘terrorist organisation’ by the Nigerian military are unconstitutional and does not follow due process.
“Our laws make clear provisions for taking such actions and without the due process being followed, such declaration cannot have effect. I am sure the President will do the needful by initiating the right process.”

‘Your failures brought IPOB’ – PDP condemn APC failure

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked the All Progressives Congress (APC) to stop making excuses and blaming a superficial opposition for the agitations and activities of the pro-Biafra group, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
According to the PDP, the APC-led federal government should admit the fact that poorly articulated policies in government served as the catalyst for the IPOB problem.
PDP, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Dayo Adeyeye, urged the APC to do soul searching and correct the anomalies behind the agitation for actualisation of the State of Biafra which it said was a total silent voice while the PDP was in power because of the inclusiveness Nigerians experienced between 1999 – 2015.

We will resist attempt to impose El-Rufai as candidate – Group tells APC

Some members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, known as Kaduna APC Democratic Elements, said they will vehemently resist any attempt to smuggle El-Rufai as sole candidate of the party.
“We shall emphasize that no shunting and skipping of processes will be tolerated in our party and if other States can do it, Kaduna State is a different place entirely,” the group said in a statement signed by Victor Asat and Ahmed Idris, Chairman and Secretary respectively.
The group warned that the symptoms of the disease that aborted PDP’s vision aimed at governing this nation for 60 years had manifested its ugly head in Kaduna Chapter of All Progessive Congress.
It noted, “This we won’t allow to grow and spread. We will continue to apply the right drug until the symptom vanishes. We desire to see our party rule this nation far beyond PDP conceived Sixty years, this is only possible if we allow internal democracy thrive.
“Our openness and internal democracy was largely responsible for our successes during the 2015 general elections, we can’t do otherwise as 2019 draws nearer.

Igbos in Kano deny IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu

The Igbo Community Association in Kano State has distanced itself from the activities of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its leader, Nnamdi Kanu.
President-General of the association, Mr. Ebenezer Chima, made the position of the association known at a joint news conference in Kano.
“We want to state categorically here that we, the Igbo residing and doing business in Kano, dissociate ourselves from the activities of IPOB and its leader, Nnamdi Kanu.
“We are strongly advocating peace and unity in the land,” Chima said.
While condemning “the unfortunate and avoidable crisis in Abia”, he called on all Igbos resident in the state to remain calm, promising nothing would happen to them.

Enugu Police command, cautions residents against unfounded rumour

The Enugu State Police Command on Tuesday cautioned residents of the State against spreading any rumour capable of jeopardizing existing peace in the Coal City State.
The warning followed claims by some Muslim faithful in Igbo-Eze North Council Area of the State that their mosque was set ablaze by members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.
DAILY POST reports that the mosque located at Ogrute, the council headquarters was engulfed by fire early Saturday morning.
However, spokesman of the Enugu Police Command, SP Ebere Amaraizu said contrary to claims, preliminary investigation showed that power surge was responsible for the inferno.
According to Amaraizu, “the issue is that there was an incident and that incident involved inferno.

Avoid another civil war, allow Igbos to form their government – Niger Delta militants warn President Buhari

The Coalition of Niger Delta Agitators have advised the Federal Government to avoid another civil war that would claim millions of lives by allowing Igbos actualize Biafra.
The coalition made the claim while calling on all serving governors, Senators, House of Representatives members, Ministers, Ambassadors from the South East to immediately join the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu to form a Biafra government.
In a statement, the agitators called on the Federal Government to stop funding the South East with resources with funds generated from the Niger Delta region.
The statement was signed by 13 militant groups led by the leader of the Niger Delta Watchdogs, John Duku, Ekpo Ekpo (Niger Delta Volunteers), Osarolor Nedam (Niger Delta Warriors), Henry Okon Etete (Niger Delta Peoples Fighters), Asukwo Henshaw (Bakassi Freedom Fighters), Ibinabo Horsfall (Niger Delta Movement for Justice) and Duke Emmanson (Niger Delta Fighters Network).
Others include: Inibeghe Adams (Niger Delta Freedom Mandate), Abiye Tariah (Niger Delta Development Network), Joshua Ebere (Renewed Movement for Emancipation of Niger Delta), Jeremiah Anthony (Movement for Actualization of Niger Delta Republic), and Francis Okoroafor (Niger Delta Freedom Redemption Army).

CBN threatened to sanction erring banks

Forex: CBN to sanction erring banks

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has threatened to sanction any Deposit Money Bank (DMB) in breach of its earlier directive to open teller points for retail forex transactions and to have electronic display boards in all their branches, showing rates of all trading currencies.
Meanwhile, the naira, yesterday appreciated to N359.06 per dollar in the Investors and Exports (I&E) Foreign Exchange, forex Window.
Data from the Financial Market Dealers Quote, FMDQ showed that the indicative exchange rate for the I & E Window, known as Nigerian Autonomous Foreign Exchange, NAFEX rose to N359.06 per dollar, yesterday, from N360.25 per dollar last week Friday. Hence the naira has appreciated by N1.19 per dollar. Meanwhile, the volume of dollars traded in the same window dropped to $131.84 million from $154 million last week Thursday.

Swistzerland shut down ‘fake’ E-Coin in latest cryptocurrency crackdown

Swiss shut down ‘fake’ E-Coin in latest cryptocurrency crackdown

Switzerland’s financial watchdog has closed down what it said was the provider of a fake cryptocurrency and is investigating around a dozen other possible fraud cases, in the latest clamp-down on the risks involving virtual money.
The move by the FINMA watchdog comes on the heels of Chinese authorities’ ordering Beijing-based cryptocurrency exchanges to stop trading and immediately notify users of their closure.
Virtual currencies such as Bitcoin, which are issued and usually controlled by their developers and not backed by a central bank, are hailed by their supporters as a fast and efficient way of managing money.
But regulators and traditional banks are increasingly concerned about the risks of fraud in the burgeoning online cryptocurrency underworld.
JPMorgan Chief Executive Jamie Dimon last week said Bitcoin, the original and still the biggest cryptocurrency, “is a fraud” and will eventually “blow up”.

ASUU calls off strike but the union said that the suspension has time line for the Federal Government to implement

ASUU calls off strike
The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, last night announced a conditional suspension of the strike it embarked upon five weeks ago.
But the union said that the suspension has time line for the Federal Government to implement what was contained in the memorandum of action the two parties entered into.
Briefing journalists after a meeting with the Federal Government Negotiation Team, the National President of ASUU, Prof. Abiodun Ogunyemi said in event the government in her characteristic mature failed to implement the aggreement, the union will not hesitate to take appropriate action, adding that all the items on the list have a time line.
ASUU and the Federal Government team led by the Minister of Labour and Employment Senator Chris Ngige had lurked in a meeting that started about 4.00pm which was supposed to last for about one hour, but it dragged for about four hours before agreement was reached on all contending issues.

IPOB Agitation: Rivers Muslim leaders call for religious, ethnic tolerance

IPOB: Rivers Muslim leaders call for religious, ethnic tolerance

Muslim leaders in Rivers State have called for religious and ethnic tolerance in the country. This was in reaction to recent attacks on Muslim faithful in parts of the state by members of the Indigenous People of Biafra
The Rivers State Council of Islamic Affairs wants to clear the air.
They have described the violence that broke out in Oyibo Local Government area of Rivers State as an attack on their members by the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB rather than clashes between both sides.
Worried by recent developments, the council called for an end to these incessant and unprovoked attacks on Muslims living in the state.
Alhaji Uhor also reiterated the call on Muslims in Rivers State and other parts of the country not engage in reprisal attacks.

President Buhari addresses UN Assembly, speaks on restructuring

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday ​called for on restructuring of the United Nations.
In his speech to the UN Assembly, Buhari said how to restructure the world body should be priority number one.
Nothing that “several ideas are out there”, he added that what must be done is to get them together and agree on what works for majority of the people of the world.
His full speech below…
The president of the United Nation’s General Assembly, Your Excellencies, Heads of States and governments, Distinguished Delegates, Ladies and Gentlemen.
On behalf of the government and people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, I congratulate you, Mr. President, on your election to preside over the 72nd session of the United Nations’ General Assembly. I also wish to express my country’s appreciation to the Secretary General of the United Nations, Mr. Antonio Guterres, for his steady leadership and this body’s dedication to the search for a peaceful and equitable world through the charter of the United Nations.
Every year we gather here to deliberate on the affairs of the world. Sometimes we implement what we talked about and move humanity an inch closer to that ideal relationship as members of the world community.
At other times, we have our talks and end up not implementing anything to the disappointment of millions and millions of people around the world who look up to this body to provide leadership in a world that is constantly oscillating between advancement and doom.

Federal rate hike remains uncertain after Harvey, Irma

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Two hurricanes slammed into the United States within two weeks, taking a bite out of economic growth, and adding to doubts about the potential for a third interest rate hike this year. 
The Federal Reserve is widely expected to leave interest rates untouched after the two-day policy meeting this week, but economists are split on whether the impact of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma will create enough uncertainty to delay the next tightening move until 2018.
After inflation at long last posted a size-able uptick in August, markets saw an increased probability of a move in December that would push rates up a notch from the current range of 1.0-1.25 percent.

‘Pythons should dance in the bush’ - Ebonyi Government declares support for the army

Ebonyi Government declares support for the army: ‘Pythons should dance in the bush’
The Ebonyi Government has declared support for the ongoing Nigerian Army exercise – “Egwu Eke’’, Python Dance II, in the South East zone. Gov. David Umahi declared the support when he received the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai.
He, however, urged the army to keep to its rules of engagement. Represented by his Deputy, Dr. Kelechi Igwu, Umahi noted that there was misconception of the exercise by some people in the region. He said that the first phase of the exercise, which took place in the zone between November and December 2016, recorded success without any reported case of human rights abuse or molestation.
“We support the army; we support the exercise, but please dance by the rules of engagement; dance in the bush, not in the street,’’ the governor said. On the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafa (IPOB), Umahi condemned the activities of the group, saying “we do not address perceived injustice through violence’’.

Following IPOB agitation; Borno government assures Igbo Community of safety

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The Borno state government has assured Igbo residents of their safety in spite of growing crisis in the some parts of the South East.
Deputy Governor, Mamman Durkwa made the promise while hosting Igbo leaders at the Government House in Maiduguri.
Head of the Igbo community in Borno state, distanced the group from Nnamdi Kanu’s agitation, for the formation of republic of Biafra.

Yoruba Youths Congress (YYC) kicks against calls to restructure Nigeria

Image result for restructuring nigeriaA non partisan group, Yoruba Youths Congress has described the growing calls to restructure Nigeria as ill-timed, saying what Nigeria needed is a strong institution.
National leader of the group, Wale Alake, said the loudest advocate of restructuring are those who manipulate the narrative, to suit their selfish interest.
He believes Nigeria can overcome any challenge, if various institutions of government are strengthened to work at optimum level.
But he also condemned the recent meeting of Yoruba elders in Ibadan, saying it was attended by those who lost out in the last election.

Pythons don’t dance, and crocodile can never smile – Abati respond to Nigerian military over code-names

Reuben Abati, former spokesman to former president, Goodlcuk Jonathan, slammed the Nigerian military over its operation code names.
Abati said army’s operation code-names such as: Operation Python Dance, Crocodile Smile were wrong because a python does not dance neither does a crocodile smile.
In an article entitled, ‘Python Do Not Dance,’ the former presidential spokesman noted that the Nigerian military has never been so clever in coming up with operation code names.
He wrote, “Many of them are dead give-aways (Operation Lafiya Dole, Operation Pulo Shield, Operation Maximum Safety, Operation Crackdown) or so stupidly incongruous they evoke instant suspicion (Operation Python Dance, Operation Crocodile Smile). Pythons don’t dance. Crocodiles don’t smile.
“Wars have been fought over the use of wrong codes; nations have been sabotaged due to poor communication. Whoever came up with the code name – Operation Python Dance- (sometimes a code name may be computer generated) may have been aiming for irony, but it was strange irony given the facts of the situation and the manner of operation. I make this point to argue that the Nigerian military has messed up Operation Python Dance II in the South East conceptually and operationally, and the attendant arrogance does not serve the Nigerian state well in my view.
“A dance is accompanied by music, it is celebratory in its kinetic and spatial expressions, and it is probably one of the most ingenuous explorations of the human frame. Accompanied usually by music and the symbolism of movement and flexibility, a dance, vertical, horizontal or earth-bound is one of the wonders of human creativity and the most universal of human languages.
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