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Sule Lamido: Buhari came to power through blackmail

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Former governor of Jigawa State and presidential aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Sule Lamido, has said his Party (PDP) was voted out of power in 2015 based on blackmail.

He, however, added that three years down the line, Nigeria had become a war zone because of the present government’s alleged incompetence.

Lamido stated this on Thursday in Lagos when he met with PDP chieftains in the state to inform them about his ambition to run for the presidency in 2019.

“In 2019, the coast is clear. There is no way APC will win. Look at the country, are we united? Are we stable? Are we prosperous? Are we secure? We’ve become a world embarrassment; we are becoming an ancient nation. So PDP will come back in 2019.

“There is no way, Buhari will ever come back no matter what he does, because he knows he is a contraption who rode on the notions of the Nigerian people based on blackmail, sentiment and hate speech,” he alleged.

He pleaded with Nigerians to help ensure APC does not return in 2019, adding: “If we allow Nigeria to go to APC in 2019, God will judge us.”

Borno Govt shuts down boarding schools over security fears

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Boarding schools have been shut indefinitely in Borno State, which analysts have described as “most affected by Boko Haram violence,” the government has said, in the latest blow to children’s education.

“All boarding secondary schools in the state, with the exception of those in (the state capital) Maiduguri and (the town of) Biu, will close down with immediate effect until further notice,” the Borno State Government said.

Borno is the spiritual home of Boko Haram Islamists, whose name translates loosely from Hausa as “Western education is forbidden.”

The high-profile abductions of more than 200 schoolgirls in Chibok, Borno state, in April 2014, and 110 others from Dapchi, Yobe state, in February this year also led to closures.

Schools that teach a so-called secular curriculum have been repeatedly targeted during the insurgency, which since 2009 has left at least 20,000 people dead.

According to the UN children’s agency UNICEF, more than 2,296 teachers have been killed and some 1,400 schools destroyed in the wider northeast region.

Muhammad Bulama, the Borno commissioner for home affairs, information and culture, said on Wednesday the decision was taken last week after a Boko Haram attack in Rann on March 1.

Three aid workers and eight security personnel were killed in the attack on the remote town near the border with Cameroon, which led to the withdrawal of aid agencies.

Schools have previously been shut in the wake of deadly attacks in Buni Yadi, Yobe state, when more than 40 students at a boys’ boarding school were killed in a Boko Haram attack.

Bulama said “urgent and immediate measures” were being taken to improve security but the closures are the latest disruption to schooling in an area already hit by low levels of education.

At the start of the new academic year in September last year, UNICEF said at least 57 percent of schools in Borno remained closed.

It warned the situation threatened to create “a lost generation of children, threatening their and the country’s future”.

11 Soldiers Feared Killed As Bandits Attack Nigerian Military Base

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Eleven Nigerian soldiers are feared killed during an attack by armed bandits on a Nigerian military detachment at Kamfanin Doka, along Funtua road in Birnin Gwari Local government Area of Kaduna State.

According to PREMIUM TIMES the attack occurred on Tuesday night.

A former chairman of the local government who pleaded not to be identified because he has no authority to speak on it confirmed the incident.

He said three other soldiers and nine members of a vigilante group sustained gunshot injuries.

“The bandits attacked the military based at Kamfanin Doka along Funtua road. 11 soldiers lost their lives while three sustained injuries,” he said.

“The bandits also ambushed our vigilantes at Maganga, about 44 kilometres from Birnin Gwari this morning (Wednesday) when they were rushing there to assist the soldiers. About nine sustained gun shot injuries. They were rushed to General Hospital Birnin Gwari for treatment,” he said.

He explained that the attackers rode to the scene on motorbikes at 10.05 p.m. ‎on Tuesday night to engage the soldiers in gun fights.

A religious scholar in the area also confirmed the attack to PREMIUM TIMES. He said many people were reported killed.

“The incident occurred at Maganga area in the night and the bandits killed soldiers there and others sustained injuries,” he said in a telephone interview.

When contacted, the spokesperson for the Nigerian Army, One Mechanised Division, Muhammed Dole, a colonel, said: “We are already in the bush trying to ascertain the situation. We will issue a statement, please be patient.”

Kaduna State governor’s spokesperson, Samuel Aruwan, also said the government will release a statement on the development as soon as possible.

PDP: Dapchi Kidnap an APC mastermind

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The north central chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, of masterminding the kidnap and release of the female students of Government Girls’ Science and Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State.

Zonal chairman, Hon. Theophilus Dakar Shan, made the claim on Wednesday in Lafia, Nasarawa State when he led zonal exco members to a meeting with the state working committee of the party in the state.
According to Shan, the APC-led administration of the Federal Government was playing on the intelligence and sensitivity of Nigerians for political reasons.

According to the official: “Two weeks ago, the APC-led Federal Government told Nigerians that the abducted school girls in Dapchi will be released in two weeks and today we wake up to realise that the school girls were released. It is worrisome and sends a bad signal that the government has a hand in it.”

Speaking earlier, state chairman of the party, Hon. Francis Orogo, informed zonal executives that the party in the state decided to boycott the schedule May 26 local government elections due irregularities in the process.

He said that at the time the state government announced the time table for the election, “the Commission was not properly constituted to take such weighty decisions, as the existing members did not form a quorum. It is therefore absurd that two persons can sit and schedule an election that will affect the destiny of millions of Nasarawa State citizens.

“It was after the process had started that the Governor sent a list of five APC members to the Assembly for confirmation as Chairman and members of the state Electoral Commission – the new chairman of the Commission just finished his tenure as chairman of Doma local government under the APC.”

Nigerian govt moves to tackle unemployment

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The federal government has inaugurated the National Employment Council to tackle the menace of unemployment in the country.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige while inaugurating the council advocated for a shift from reactive and temporary measures to curbing the menace of rising unemployment.
According to him, “job creation policies and programme must anticipate future labour market requirements rather than reacting to it.

“In coordinating implementation of strategies to fast-track employment creation, we must bear in mind that such strategies are most likely to be successful if it anticipates future labour market requirement rather than reacting to them.

“We have to move away from past approaches where strategies for employment creation and poverty alleviation were a response to a crisis or a temporary measure to mitigate the impact.”

While noting that unemployment is a global challenge, Ngige observed that Nigeria like other nations needed to make concerted efforts towards curbing the menace.

He added that the concern was even more urgent due to the association of youth idleness to perennial violent crimes in the different parts of the country which poses a threat to socio-economic stability.

Ngige said the task before the Council was formidable, expressing confidence in the ability of the Council to come up with the solution that will in the medium and long-term reverse the current alarming trend of unemployment.

BBNaija: I am sexually attracted to Lolu – Khloe

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One of the housemates, Khloe who is paired with fellow housemate Brule has revealed who she is sexually attracted to in the house.

Khloe on Wednesday night speaking with Anto said the only person she is sexually attracted to in the house is Lolu.

She said “Lolu is the only person I can be sexually attracted to in the house.

“There is something different about lolu. He is intelligent, small and he calculates his things.”

Recall that the housemates were on Wednesday paired into twos as their fight for the 45m continues.

If the person you are paired with is evicted, you are automatically evicted too.

Coalition for Nigeria: Obasanjo to register today in Abeokuta

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Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, is expected to launch his Coalition for Nigeria Movement, CNM, today​ in Ogun state.​

The event will hold at the state secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Oke-Ilewo Abeokuta.
The ​​notice of the launch ​was issued ​Thursday morning by ​the ex-leader’s media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi​.

​He said ​Obasanjo would register as a member and also be on hand to chat with prospective members.

“The registration of members for the Coalition for Nigeria Movement, CN, Ogun State chapter begins today, Thursday, February 1, 2018.

​”​It will hold at the lwe-Irohin House, Press Centre, Oke Ilewo Abeokuta,” the statement said.
Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, is expected to launch his Coalition for Nigeria Movement, CNM, today​ in Ogun state.​

The event will hold at the state secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Oke-Ilewo Abeokuta.
The ​​notice of the launch ​was issued ​Thursday morning by ​the ex-leader’s media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi​.

​He said ​Obasanjo would register as a member and also be on hand to chat with prospective members.

“The registration of members for the Coalition for Nigeria Movement, CN, Ogun State chapter begins today, Thursday, February 1, 2018.

​”​It will hold at the lwe-Irohin House, Press Centre, Oke Ilewo Abeokuta,” the statement said.

CN was launched yesterday in Abuja at the Yar’Adua Centre, Abuja.

Former Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Governors, Olagunsoye Oyinlola and Donald Duke were in attendance.

Speaking at the event, Oyinlola, said the group is not yet a political party.

Oyinlola said for it to make electoral impact in the manner described by the former President, they would need to follow the constitution and register it as a political party.
Obasanjo suggested the formation of the movement in his recent statement on President Muhammadu Buhari and his administration.

​Meanwhile, ​a body of professionals and civil society activists have identified with the CN.

The group known as Civil Society and Professionals Coalition for Nigeria (CSPCN) was represented at the inauguration of the ​CN in Abuja​.

Spokesperson for CSPCN, Kayode Samuel, in a statement said: “We in the Civil Society and Professional Coalition for Nigeria (CSPCN) have decided to stand up to be counted in this mission and are ready and prepared to join hands with other concerned compatriots to bring about the Nigeria of our dreams – where life is safe and secure, livelihoods guaranteed and the people have confidence in their government.”

He noted that it is self-evident that two crucial duties – security and prosperity of Nigerian citizens – appear to have been fulfilled mostly in the breach in the present government.

“Insecurity and poverty roam the land and wrack the people. This has created a climate of uncertainty and fear not just for individual Nigerians but more critically for the entire enterprise of nation building​.​

​“Today, the country appears to have transited from the domain of bad governance to the zone of a failed state. This has a damaging effect on both public security and citizen well-being.”

CSPCN, Samuel said had observed that majority of Nigerian youths and women are fast reaching the conclusion that Nigeria is neither good for them nor fair to them, adding that to reverse the narrative requires more than lamentation but to become politically involved.

“This historic duty is even more incumbent on civil society and professionals, who must have a continual interest in the good of society and its smooth functioning. They must now assume a custodial role in the remaking of Nigeria for a better future not only for themselves but also unborn generations”, he said.

He stressed it is in the, “enlightened self-interest of Nigerians to rise and be counted on the side of a rescue mission that is almost becoming belated.”

H&M hires a ‘DIVERSITY leader’ after racist ad image featuring a black boy wearing a ‘monkey in the jungle’ hoodie

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H&M says it has appointed a ‘diversity leader’ after having been accused of racism over an ad showing a black boy dressed in a hoodie reading ‘coolest monkey in the jungle.’

H&M announced the move via its Facebook page on Tuesday evening, insisting that the group’s ‘commitment to addressing diversity and inclusiveness is genuine’ and that it had therefore chosen to ‘appoint a global leader, in this area, to drive our work forward’. The Stockholm-based company reiterated that ‘the recent incident was entirely unintentional’ but ‘demonstrates so clearly how big our responsibility is as a global brand’.

However, the move may have come too late for the brand to totally salvage its reputation, which has been dragged through the mud numerous times in the past few weeks as a result of the ‘insensitive’ image.

Several celebrities lent their voices to the furious criticism, with NBA star LeBron James and rapper Diddy among those who had responded with outrage to the ad.

Meanwhile, rappers The Weeknd and G-Eazy both cut ties with H&M, canceling their partnerships with the brand.

In South Africa, there were protests at some H&M stores, while the response has been somewhat more muted in Europe. The case highlights how important it has become for multinationals to take into account differences in cultural views and sensitivities between the markets it sells in. That’s especially true as social media makes it possible for an ad posted in one country to be shared and viewed anywhere else in the world.

H&M’s latest move comes just days after it was revealed that the parents of the young boy at the center of the controversy have had to move from their home in Sweden over fears for their safety – and the safety of their son.

Appearing on ITV’s This Morning on Monday, Terry – who initially raised eyebrows when she said critics should ‘get over it’ – and Frank said they have an ‘obligation to protect’ their children. ‘The most unfortunate thing is that my son is very young and there’s a lot that’s going to come with this and that really shakes me a little bit,’ Frank said on the show, before adding that Liam is unaware of the controversy around the picture. He believes people love him for his modeling job. He’s seen the pictures and he’s seen pictures online. He believes people love him for his modeling job and that he’s cool and confident in his job.’

Facebook selfie helps convict killer who strangled her best friend

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A selfie helped convict a killer who strangled her best friend to death – because it shows her wearing the belt she used in the deadly attack.

Brittney Gargol, 18, was strangled to death by her best friend, Cheyenne Rose Antoine, 21, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada in back in March 2015.

Cheyenne has now been found guilty of manslaughter thanks to the picture of the pair together. Brittney’s body was found dumped by a road south of Saskatoon on March 25, 2015, with a belt discovered nearby.

A photo of Brittney and Cheyenne had been posted to Facebook six hour before the body was discovered. The photo shows Cheyenne wearing a belt that matched the one found near the body, The Star Phoenix reports. Cheyenne also posted on Brittney’s Facebook, writing ‘Where are you? Haven’t heard from you. Hope you made it home safe,’ in an alleged attempt to cover her tracks.

Cheyenne initially told police that the pair had been out drinking the day before Brittney’s death but that she had gone home with an unknown man at the end of the night and did not know what had happened to her friend.

However, police later received a tip-off that Cheyenne had made a drunken confession to the killing, CBC reports. Cheyenne later admitted to the court that herself and Brittney had gotten into an argument, but that she does not remember killing her.

She pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to seven years in prison on Monday. In a statement released through her legal representative, Cheyenne said: ‘I will never forgive myself. Nothing I say or do will ever bring her back. I am very, very sorry…It shouldn’t have ever happened.’

 

Kemi Olunloyo found Jesus after spending six months in Maximum prison and thank Tiwa, Seyi Law’s daughter for emptying her savings account to save her life!

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Controversial Nigerian Journalist, Kemi Omololu Olunloyo has revealed on her Instagram page, that she met with Christ in Port Harcourt, in the church pastored by her one time enemy Pastor David Ibiyeomie.

After serving 6 months in PH prison Ms. Oluloyo said she walked into Salvation Ministries yesterday after her afternoon mass, and she encountered the Kingdom of God like no other.

What she shared on her IG

Pastor @david_ibiyeomie officially helps me SURRENDER MY LIFE TO #JESUS

Yesterday Tuesday 16th of January 2018 marked 7 days I left #Portharcourt prison. Been doing outdoor therapy as instructed by my psychotherapist. Venturing out safely into neighborhoods which I’ve been doing as part of my treatment of depression. 

I normally go to 3pm prayers at the Catholic church down the street to get spiritual energy. Last night, I decided to go to New GRA to worship at #Salvationministries. I walked into the kingdom of God like no other.

This church was very different. I was lifted! They were having 4.30pm prayers after a 21 day fast. I joined them in an energized service in a God anointed mega church. I ate communion and drank wine. The Lord was everywhere!

After service I asked security personnel to meet Pastor Ibiyeomie privately in his office to pray for me. The men in black suits took me to a waiting room and then asked me to come in. There were 5 pastors in the room watching. Two were my prosecuting lawyers, then I walked up to him telling him I was the one he locked up in prison! I knelt down and he grabbed my hands. Suddenly my all day asthma wheezing and migraine vanished! He had divine powers of some kind. He prayed for me, told me he had FORGIVEN ME long time ago and repeated it in front of me again. I told him I was not bitter and have forgiven him too. I have decided to serve God and it will be through Salvation Ministries and him.

Pray that the holy spirit transforms #DavidIbiyeomie into a greater realm of sensitivity, revelation, and divine direction that will give birth to manifestation of the holy spirit in time for next week 22nd-26th January 2018 when he invited me for his #5NOG 5 nights of glory. He says miracles happen during that week.

My miracles started last night. I will give my compelling TESTIMONY soon. I am never leaving PH again.

I begin serving the Lord here working in his church and will stoop to conquer flying my flags with Jesus here at Salvation Ministries. The Home of Success! See you next week at 5 NIGHTS OF GLORY!! Isn’t God wonderful? 💒⛪😇 OluKemi Olunloyo @hnnafrica

Ms. Olunloyo also humbled herself to another enemy of hers, Tiwa who is comedian Seyi Law’s miracle daughter. Ms. Olunloyo is known for calling baby Tiwa unpleasant names and picking fights with her parents. But the story changed yesterday when baby Tiwa showed to be the bigger person after Ms. Oluloyo launched a fundraising for her deteriorating health after prison life. Baby Tiwa supposedly “emptied” her savings account to help Ms. Olunloyo.

Ms. Olunloyo took to her IG page to appreciate Tiwa and her parents.

#BREAKING HA!!! TIWA JUST EMPTIED HER SAVINGS ACCOUNT TO HELP AUNTY KEMI’S MEDICAL FUND!! @seyilaw1 tell my cute pumpkin #hnntiwa @fameuxtiwa thanks for her donation to my medical fund. You will NEVER LACK! This is your year of more blessings. Your family are FREE from evil IJN Amen– @HNNAfrica @kemiolunloyo. Love to Mommy Ebere. Thx for the phone call my brother. Come visit me in Ibadan when I recover and go home. I am smiling. My chest still hurts a lot but ma baby made me smile! #SeyiLaw is a Nigerian comedian and father to Nigeria’s most famous female toddler. FOLLOW #hnntiwa to see my journey with her. #HNNShowbiz #HNNComedy #hnnkemi #hnnhealth TO HELP #AuntyKemi First Bank 3020832750 Router/Sort code FBNINGLA Olukemi A. Olunloyo #KemiOlunloyo #MadamKOO

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