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Nigeria perpetrated to climate change, cyber security, says SGF

The Federal Government yesterday declared that it sets global issues such as climate change, digital divide, cyber-insecurity and crisis telecommunications at high level of priority in its change program, strategies and work programmes.

Secretary to Government of the Federation Babachir David Lawal stated this yesterday at Invention Africa Digital Summit 2016 (IAD) in Abuja.

He noted that in this era of e-government and digital inclusion, the present administration is working towards a more associated government and a digital Nigerian society

Lawal noted that with the dwindling revenue from the gas and oil sector, the Government has realized more than ever before that telecoms and the ICT sectors are amongst the main drivers for the social and economic development of Nigeria and playan important role in improving access to fundamental services in all sectors of our national life.

He observed that with a considerable percent of the Nigerias people having access to mobile cellular services, the increasing and sustained growth in Internet usage and broadband deployment, the authorities through the Ministry of Communications and its various INTELLIGENT initiatives are focused on leveraging on ICTs to create an inclusive market.

The SGF pointed out that the worldwide quest for ICT for growth is tremendous to both developed and developing countries because ICT skills are essential to the success of enhancing national growth in a globalised era.

In this respect, governments are focused on creating opportunities for citizenship engagement in ICT training, knowledge and skills acquisition, and general application and usage of ICT tools to solve problems, encourage their wellbeing and improve national growth.

He said, I am conscious that Galaxy Backbone Ltd, created in 2006 as a Government owned company and charged to provide connectivity and other Information and Communication Technology infrastructure to Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of Authorities now has up to 350MDAs connected to its 1-GOV.Net in over 4000 office locations nationally making it the biggest single network ever developed in the public sector in Africa.
How Naija can develop homegrown technology, by Nwoko

Against the backdrop of President Muhamadu Buharis recent trip to China, and the $6 billion deal struck between the two countries, an octogenarian, Demas Nwoko, has stressed the need for Nigeria to develop homegrown technology depending on its culture.

Nwoko, who made the demand, in an exclusive interview at his Idumuje state dwelling in Delta State, warned that the deal with China could open the countrys entire market to Chinese products, thereby stunting imagination and local production efforts.

The octogenarian, who is also an architect, said Naijas politics and leadership were not moving in the correct direction, as there was no protection for the few local producers who are enduring the chances to excel.

According to him, Its a blend of the great and the bad. It demonstrates our politics just isn't mature, and our leaders, not moving in a way that would benefit the individuals

He noted that under standard setting, outsiders protect their own culture, in such a way that folks dont intrude to soil it. He stressed that the greatest way to grow is to develop technology, along the line of ones relative advantage.

The architect said improvement couldnt be reached by duplicating others culture or technology, as the case may be. Following the infrastructure decay in the country to our approach to increase, Nwoko gave the instance of local furniture makers all over the state, who were shutting down businesses, as an effect of poor Chinese and American products that have flooded the local markets.

He blamed policymakers for a badly conceived educational philosophy that will not take into account Nigerias diverse cultures for the present malaise.

Nwoko said he continues to be making doors locally, before the intrusion of Chinese doors into the marketplaces; a scenario that restricts our own economic development in door building.

There were people who were assembling doors in Lagos and everywhere, who have all closed down, because American and Chinese furniture and doors took over the marketplaces.

The Paris-trained architect recalled how he was refused the opportunity to design and build the National Theatre, Lagos, lamenting the disaster the cultural edifice has gotten ever since.

He recalled that he had proposed multi-places or theatres in parts of Lagos, as against an individual edifice, so as to open up distinct neighbourhoods to the entertainment offerings that FESTAC 77 provided.

He repented that that political decisions negated against the fruition of that strong plan, noting that it would have resulted in ripple effects on the states ethnic generations ever since.

According to him, You cannot have an audience of 5,000; in the manner the theater was constructed. In fact, that building is a sports hall imported from Bulgaria. So, besides the chief bowl being 5,000, they attached the theater halls, which were not properly designed for those activities.

He added that even the master plan he had for FESTAC, had not been permitted to work, because of jaundiced government policies. Nwoko described that by his proposal, there would have already been at least five theaters or venues in Lagos, Apapa, Isolo, Yaba, Victoria Island, etc, with each place having the capacity of 1,000 1,500 men.

Boko Haram assaults Naija soldiers: army, soldier, chief

Boko Haram fighters assaulted Naija troops early on Monday, the army said, after two suspected suicide bombers were shot dead near military positions.

Military spokesman Sani Usman said in a brief e-mailed statement: Boko Haram terrorists attack troops of 113 Battalion at Kareto, northern Borno state.

The troops have already been battling the insurgents since the early hours of today.

A soldier with the regiment told AFP the troops were ordered to town of Damasak near the border with Niger and took up position in Kareto, some 38 kilometres (24 miles) away.

Today at about 6:30 am (0530 GMT), two suicide bombers approached us and we shot at them and they burst, he said.

The moment the explosives went off, there were barrages of heavy artillery fired by Boko Haram, who came in large numbers with heavy weapons.

We took up position in our trenches and fired back but they kept firing RPGs (rocket-propelled grenades), which we didnt have.

We lost some guys, I dont understand how many, and many others were injured. Some of us fled in disarray. We realised that we were outnumbered and outgunned.

The troops withdrew to Jeyimolo village and a fighter jet was deployed to Kareto while a hunt was launched for the dead and missing, he added.

A local leader supported the attack but said further details were still sketchy.

President Muhammadu Buhari said in December the Islamist militants were weakened to the extent they could no longer mount conventional attacks against the military.

But the latest strike again underlines the persistent threat posed by the Islamic State group affiliate, especially in difficult-to-reach rural areas.
Naija, Korea to reinforce marine relationships

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), said on Monday that the bureau would fortify venture between Nigeria and the Republic of Korea to enhance the marine business.

The Head, Public Relations Department in NIMASA, Hajia Lami Tumaka, said this in a statement in Lagos, a copy which was made available to the news naija latest Agency of Naija (NAN) in Lagos.

The statement said the Director-General of NIMASA, Dr Dakuku Peterside, stressed the need to enrich the maritime sector, while receiving the Korean Consul General to Nigeria, Mr Lee Younghoan, at the agencys headquarters.

According to him, the two nations stand to derive mutual benefits from such connection.

Peterside recognised the strategic position of Korea as a great ship building nation.

He counseled the Consul-General on the requirement for competent Nigerian seafarers to be placed on-board Korean vessels operating in Nigerian maritime domain.

The NIMASA leader said that Nigeria had a pool of qualified seafarers and other competent maritime staff, who could adequately serve the international maritime business.

Peterside said the bureau was committed toward handling the menace of piracy and other types of crimes at sea.

Naija is poised to tackle the threat of piracy and we now have recorded great successes previously three months.

Our vision is always to have a safe and guaranteed ocean with zero piracy in the next one year, the director general said.

Younghoan, commended NIMASA for its efforts in fighting piracy on the countries waterways.

The consul-general appealed for more surveillance and security in safeguarding lives and property on the countries waterways.

He ensured the director-general of the readiness of the Korean Government to support Nigeria in the place of maritime safety and protection.

NAN reports that Peterside, at a recent forum, expressed the desire of the bureau to work with other stakeholders and expedite action on the passage of the Anti-Piracy and Other associated Crimes at Sea into law.
IMF, World Bank laud Nigerias economic recovery plan, Adeosun affirms

Naija seeks budget support

CBN says forex limitation policy already paying off

From Washington, the headquarters of the Breton Woods multilateral institutions the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank in America came compliments for Naijas economic recovery programme, according to the Finance Minister, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun.

The commendation is even as the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, said yesterday that the countrys foreign exchange restriction policy has started to pay off with some producers of some imported goods indicating interest to begin manufacturing in Naija instead of offshore actions because of the high cost of imported products occasioned by the policy.

Both key government officials made the revelations in Washington DC, United States (U.S.) at a press briefing as part of tasks of this years Spring Assembly.

The minister spoke on the gains of this years Spring Assembly and the several bilateral meetings held between Naija and her associates.

Her words: The gains are various and important for the Nigerian government. At least, we were able to network with our co-workers, other ministers of finance of the G 7 countries and the G24 states and compared notes and their expertises. I think this augments the validation the class we have decided to restructure Naija is the appropriate one.

We got many sanctions and the direction in which we seek to take the Naija market. Particularly, we held bilateral meetings with particular bilateral agencies, like the Islamic Development Bank where we have agreed to work together on a micro-finance system for women; the Japanese development bureau where we have agreed to work collectively on electricity projects and they have consented to make sizeable investments in the place of power which I believe will be very favorable for Naija and the IFC. Likewise, we had a meeting with them this morning (yesterday), again referring to investment in power and a few of our banks to shore up their positions and similarly the ADfB on arrangements for investments in agriculture and cooperation in a variety of initiatives that would help us to diversify the market.

Similarly, we'd conversations with the World Bank around our budget support request and we have been able to have quite productive meetings to understand what the next steps are in the procedure and we have been very positive of a great result.

In his remarks, the CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, spoke on the various monetary policy measures of the authorities to improve productivity at all levels of the market, adding that both in the medium and long terms, the various policies, including the currency policy regime, are bound to arouse the market.

According to him, in furtherance of its statutory mandate, the apex bank is also concentrating more to expand giving to essential sectors such as agriculture, mining and production, including that some of the immediate increases of the fiscal and monetary policies are the raising foreign investments in the economy.
UK backs Nigerias anti-corruption fight

The Uk is completely behind President Muhammadu Buhari in the on-going attempts by his government to rid Nigeria of corruption, its Minister for International Development, Nick Hurd, has guaranteed.

Hurd told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja yesterday that fighting corruption was critical to transforming the countrys future.

We have been quite active in supporting President Muhammadu Buhari's effort against corruption in naija news now today and we believe it's essential to transform the future of the nation.

We completely support precedence that the President has given to tackling corruption in Nigeria.

We believe that corruption is definitely the right priority and you want to support him in that, he added.

The minister encouraged the Government to focus on public sector reforms aimed at making corruption unattractive to workers and the public.

Meanwhile, the son of former premier of old Western Region and erstwhile chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Niyi Adegbenro, has backed the foreign excursions embarked upon by the President, saying such international involvement was needed to reposition the states market.

Adegbenro, who has now quit partisan politics, told reporters at the weekend in Abeokuta, Ogun State that continuing moves by Buhari and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to animate the states market need wholesale support.

He described as unwarranted the criticisms against the journeys, recalling that former President Olusegun Obasanjo embarked on similar trips in the early stage of his administration which led to the successful debt relief for the country.

Adegbenro said the Presidents international engagement was in Naijas best interest, adding that he was optimistic that it would shortly yield favorable results.

Let us give Buhari the opportunity as far as I 'm concerned. I 'm not saying he is a messiah, but he is a redeemer.
Nigeria’s economical challenge is surmountable – Adeosun

In a statement issued in Abuja on Saturday, the observation was made by Adeosun at the continuing Spring Meetings of the IMF-World Bank in Washington DC in response to the government has refused to apply for IMF loans.

The statement quoted the minister as saying by executing fiscal policies to direct the country back on course for stable growth with a diversified market that Nigeria was adjusting to its new realities.

Adeosun insisted because authorities was already employing a "cocktail of measures to address the problem that what the country was passing through was surmountable.

"Nigeria is not sick. The actual susceptibility in the Nigerian economy is over-reliance on one supply of sales; oil.

"We have concluded to build resilience into the state’s economy to hedge against future oil shocks. The reason being dependence on oil brings about vulnerability and laziness.

"So, we are doing a combination of things to diversify our economy, with earnings mobilisation to empower sufficient investment in developing the non-petroleum sectors.

" We have amazing chances to reset the Nigerian economy and ensure that as we go forward, increase will be in a sustainable manner so that we wo’t be exposed to oil cost changes.’’

"The powerful business case in Nigeria is that the basics remain quite powerful, growing people that is young, a teaming, rich in resources and with a government decided to finally get it right.

The wonderful thing is that long term investors comprehend the difference between short term and long term problems and recognise this and the case for Nigeria convinces one to plan for the longer term opportunities,’’ the statement.
Non- wrong signal is sent by passage of budget says Yadudu

Bayero University Kano (BUK) law teacher, Professor Auwalu Yadudu, has said the passage of the budget requires the collaboration between the National Assembly and the Executive arm of government.

Speaking with The Guardian, Yadudu contended that although the National Assembly has the power to appropriate cash in the budget, it was incumbent on it to take cognizance of the interest of the executive.

According to him: "There is no uncertainty about the fact that the National Assembly has the power. And when they appropriate, of course, they need to take action in collaboration.

"Whatever they proper will need to be in the form of the Appropriation Act. And as an Action of the National Assembly, it requires the assent of the President for it to become law. "So, it's a collaborative effort between the Executive and the Legislative arms."

He added: "They do have the power to modify it, but once they do it, they want the understanding of the President." It is not only that he brought something and they merely change it anyway they want; the President is entitled to propose a budget, which shouldn't be tampered with."

"But the most significant idea is that if there are matters they wish to propose in the budget, they must get the comprehension of the Executive arm.

"The National Assembly does’t need to believe that because they will have the power to appropriate, they can appropriate anyway."

He stated: "It's challenging to say thus if the issue of padding must do with pursuit of selfish plan of the National Assembly members."

"All I understand is they have the power to appropriate which is a collaborative effort between the Legislature and the Executive arms, but the initiative is that of the Executive.

"To be honest with you, I do’t understand what's the issue now, but I understand the National Assembly has the power to appropriate and when they submit the budget for the assent of the President, he has the right to veto it or to approve it. "So, there needs to be a cooperative effort between both arms of government."

"Non- passage of the budget can send a sign that is wrong, but this really is not the very first time the budget has gone up without passage to the month of April or May. If it is passed by them it sends the correct signal and everything would follow what's contained in the Appropriation Act."
Made-in-Nigeria goods reign neighbouring countries, says NEXIM bank chief

Managing Director of Nigeria Export Import Bank (NEXIM Bank), Bashir Wali, has said that local manufacture of crucial commodities in Nigeria has the potential to reflate the economy.

Wali, who made this known while speaking alone with The Guardian in Abuja, said that more Nigerians should adopt the manufacturing sector of the market. "Nigeria’s production sector has great potentials to lead to increased revenue for the nation, especially if commerce is eased with good transportation system. Nigerians have to adopt this sector," he said.

Attesting to the dominance of made -in-Nigerian family commodities in neighboring West African countries and in Central African Republic, Wali said vast bulk of household and essential commodities sold in those areas are made in Nigeria. According to him, the range of products made in Nigeria but loving enormous patronage in other African countries comprise cement, toiletries, noodles,beauty products,dairy products,textiles,pharmaceuticals,foot wears, plastic seats, among many others made locally in the nation. He said: you may be amazed to discover a good variety of manufactured products sold in their markets are products proudly made in Nigeria "If you go to most countries in the West African area, even up to Central Africa.

The bank chief stressed that production of supply, sale or goods in the country and within the sub-region prevents capital flight. He added that it also promotes regional trade and offer employment opportunities to various amounts of unskilled and skilled workers.

"I was recently for instance in Congo, and what I saw was so surprising. More than 80 per cent of the merchandise on sale there were made in Nigeria. You name it, the noodles that are indomie, sugar,salt, plastics pharmaceuticals products that are made here in Nigeria were on sale everywhere in their markets."
U.S. business targets 2, 000 jobs for Nigerian women

Maria Brewer, Deputy Chief of Mission, United State embassy in Nigeria, on Friday said Curve International, an U.S. company, was targeting 2, 000 jobs for Nigerian girls in the next five years.

Brewer said the enterprise was a franchise of a, and made the disclosure at the launch of a fitness centre owned by the firm at Zone E, Abuja, Apo Legislative Quarters

She said that the center which began in 2014 in Lagos would be targeting to start about 200 added centres across the country.

She said "Curve Fitness Centre in Abuja creates the opportunity to promote female fitness and well-being" and to reinforce a brand new fitness franchise industry in Nigeria

Based on the envoy, the fitness centre established by the firm has 7,000 outlets in 94 countries of the world.

She identified balanced diet, personal hygiene and good wholesome lifestyle as panacea for longevity of life.

Guest Speaker at the affair, Pastor Tunde Bakare, lauded the initiative of the business for establishing such center in Abuja.

He urged Nigerians to be creative about what they could increase the world’s market and think apart from population.

Before, Operations Manager Mrs Peace Elimimian, of the centre, had expressed optimism that the centre would impact meaningfully on the lives of girls.
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Nigerians going through very difficult times, Osinbajo confesses

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at a town hall meeting put together by United Action for Change (UAC), yesterday, noted that Nigerians are going through very difficult times, including, electricity issue, deficiency of petrol, inflation among other challenges.

Osinbajo also said the campaign promise to supply 000 succour to 25 million poorest of the poor can no longer be fulfilled with the present state of the market, N5, but said a million Nigerians would be given N5000 monthly.

Expressing optimism, he said: "You can be sure this isn't going to be the ending of the story, but that of abundance."

The vice president implored Nigerians never to lose hope of the change mantra, remarking that Nigerians should be rest assured that there's a determination to shift the direction of the nation positively, as he and President Muhammadu Buhari are committed to solving the country’s problems.

Osinbajo maintained since according to him, the change they canvassed for isn't a motto, as Nigeria cannot endure going the direction it was before now that the issue of the country is irrevocable.

"Now, we now have a leader who's honest, which will be the most significant thing," he reasoned, adding that Nigeria has the greatest opportunity now.

Responding to the twenty questions asked by participants at the town hall meeting, the number two citizen harped on attempts being made by the administration that is present to provide alternatives to some of the challenges facing the nation.

Herdsmen, Boko Haram endanger Nigeria, say Ohanaeze, Soyinka

Nigeria is heading towards the precipice if insecurity, reflected in the activities of Boko Haram and herdsmen, is not caged, Prof. Wole Soyinka, Ondo State Governor Olusegun Mimiko, South East senators and some important groups in the nation warned yesterday.

Nevertheless, a Fulani group and Arewa Consultative Forum urged prudence on the part of critics of the ’ actions that were herders, the latter saying that about 16,000 cattlemen have been killed in battles with farmers and . others

In accordance with the Nobel laureate, the Federal Government’s quest to diversify the economy through culture and tourism is endangered by insecurity.

The literary icon talked yesterday at the National Summit on Tourism and Culture in his capacity as the chairman of the first plenary session with a presentation entitled, ‘‘The killing culture of the neo-nomadic.’’

He noted that "culture is closely intertwined with tourism – the latter is, often driven by the former, in fact," stressing that "the destination uppermost in the minds of the majority of tourists we know is – Culture." Soyinka insisted that both share friends and – enemies.

He went on: Of the principal enemies, seeing that we find ourselves within the precincts of governance, I think to engage your attention in this brief address to only one. That inability of any vacationist to let go entirely, relax, submit oneself fully to the offerings of a new environment – sights, the noises, feels, scents and flavor. Of or from the touristic intent and Culture itself, in, there is absolutely no ambiguity in the mind of its enemies. They make no bones about their detestation – call them Isis or Taliban, Daesh, Boko Haram or al Shabbab. Their hate is impassioned and pathological to a degree that goes beyond the light, beyond madness and unfortunately beyond remedy. The duty of government towards such retrogressive outbreaks remains unambiguous."

Locating a link between the heinous crimes which Boko Haram has perpetrated against Nigeria and Nigerians and incessant assaults Soyinka said: " After? In reality, at this moment, Boko Haram has no ‘ since it's by no means finished after’, regardless of what technical expressions such as ‘militarily degraded’ mean.

"But why don't we suppose indeed that we are in the past of Boko Haram. It is now clear that the sequence is determined, the ‘vacated ’ space has already been conceded, and the new territorial aspirants are already securely positioned. The continuity of an established Nigerian necropolis north to south, and the entire nation appears to be theirs without a battle and east to west will be consolidated.

"Some necropoles are actually architecturally fascinating. They attract visitors from distant places, but those are works of veneration, artistry and dedication. They are visual feasts, to hovering ancestors among whose structures the visitors actually picnic, leave symbolic presents and flowers.

When I read a short while ago, the Presidential pledge to the nation the present homicidal escalation between the cows prowlers and farming communities would soon be over ", I felt mortified.

The apex Igbo socio cultural Organisation urged the Federal Government to urgently address the issue in order to avoid a situation where ethnic militias will emerge to ensure safety within their environments and condemned the attack by suspected herdsmen on some communities in Enugu State.

The organization also blown off the projected Grazing Bill as anti- unconstitutional and federalism.

Igariwey, noted in Abuja that the incessant assault on communities by heavily armed herdsmen all over Nigeria threatened national unity and peaceful coexistence as they can destablise the nation by a synchronised action if they so determine.

He stressed: "Why could it be that the herdsmen are heavily armed, who's equipping them and where are they from? It is time so they can be tracked to have proper identification of herdsmen. The security challenge is enormous, when it isn't Boko Haram spillovers from their bases that are dislodged because the fashion of assault in many of these communities is exactly the same style of strike by Boko Haram and how do we currently know when it's herdsmen? Hamlets are sacked by them and withdraw. Attention should be paid by the Federal Government to these actions.

But the Arewa leaders have asked Nigerians to resist imputing ethnic and religious connotations to the various disasters.

They condemned the assault in Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State, as " barbaric and most unlucky." by some herdsmen on the Ukpabi Nimbo Community

ACF called to be more patient and show comprehension with one another, especially since President Buhari is determined and committed to the war on corruption and insurgency ".

"he'd the alternative, he said. He assured the country eighteen months. I believe his Minister of Agriculture echoed that after, but with a less dispiriting time schema. In any case, the external tourists have less perilous choices."

Soyinka also decried the devastation that has wreaked on "internal tourism. "

His words: "Yet there's also internal tourism, to be considered a premium strength – both economically and in spirit of private edification and nation building. This was an exercise I indulged in in the early sixties as by-product of other engagements, such as for example research. A lot nonetheless was just under fascination. I can modestly claim to be among the top twenty-five percent traveled Nigerians, acquainted with the scents, feels and flavors of these habitation that is geographical. I wish the late Segun Olusola were around to testify to the unexpected bouts of tourist quests we made in the pre-war sixties. Now, however, would the young daring set out to see the mystery caves of Anambra and its alleged curative pools from only interest? They would think twice about it."

Soyinka laced his remarks during his hunting expeditions with personal encounters with herdsmen.

He said: "I 'd noticed a change of quality in woods meetings with cows herdsmen over the years.

At the time, we thought which they were Boko Haram, infiltrating under guise of cattle into the south. That was then, and undoubtedly that surmise hasn't been firmly proven or disproved.

"Lately yet, I returned from a trip outside the state about to discover that my home ground were invaded, and a brand-new "Appian way" sliced through my refuge. That ‘motorable’ route was made by the hoofed invaders. Both exit and the improvised entrance are now blocked, but interested journalists are invited to visit. In over two decades of living for the reason that ecological preserve, no such intrusion had ever occurred. They were cattle herders but although I don't have any idea whether they were Fulani or Futa Jalon herdsmen, and they had cut a swathe that is crude through my private reasons. I made enquiries and sent alerts around, including through the Baale of our neighborhood hamlet. There continues to be no repeat, and it's going to stay the first and last of such invasion. What it portends however is for all believing citizens take concerted measures against, and to reflect upon."

Describing herdsmen as mankind’s first known tourists, Soyinka included: They must be educated nonetheless that there is a culture of settlement, and learn to seek lodging with hosts that were settled wherever encountered ".

The social activist decried the inability of government to articulate a coherent policy to handle the threat, saying: " It isn't only arbitrary violence that reigns across the nation but , impunity that was undisputed that was total.

"Impunity evolves and becomes integrated in actions when offense occurs and no legal, logical and moral answer is offered. I've yet to hear this government pronounce a company policy of non-endurance for the serial massacres have become the state’s id postage.

I haven't discovered an order given that any cattle herders captured with sophisticated firearms be instantly disarmed, arrested, placed on trial, and his cattle confiscated. The state is treated to an eighteen-month optimistic plan which, to make matters worse, smacks on innocents of encouragement and abject appeasement of violence.

He recalled effort made "to use the Open Newsgroup platform of the Centre for to launch a national debate on the topic – ‘Sacred Cows, Oshogbo, Culture and International Understanding or Holy Rights. ’ The indications were clear and the rampage of impunity was already establishing a cultic intensity of alarming proportions. For reasons which are not too mouth-watering to go into here, the forum failed to take place. We were already agreed that General Buhari be invited to give a keynote address, depending on his long experience in such issues as former head of state, and as a cattle rearer himself who might be be able to penetrate the mindset of this
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Egyptian, Filipino kidnapped by pirates in Nigeria

Pirates assaulted a cargo vessel off the coast of Nigeria and kidnapped two crew members, a marine pro validated in the today naija latest news high-seas strike in the Gulf of Guinea.

It was the second attack in one day: early Monday pirates kidnapped six crew members of a Turkish cargo ship, the M/T Puli, according to the Nigerian Navy.

"This strike — like most others off the Niger Delta — was carried out at night and taken an element of surprise," Dirk Steffen, from the Denmark-based Risk Intelligence firm, told AFP, referring naija newspaper to the later attack.

The crew news from naija mustered in the citadel after the ship had been boarded by the attackers, but two crew members — the Filipino 2nd officer and the Egyptian electrician — failed to make it there and were seized by the attackers", he said in a e-mail.

The Liberian-flagged boat, chartered by French shipping company CMA CGM, was assaulted at 8:56 pm (1956 GMT), 28 nautical miles from the shoreline of the oil-rich Niger delta area.

Steffen, the director of marine security at Risk Intelligence, said the objective was not common and indicated the pirates were aiming at kidnapping instead of hijacking tankers due to their fuel cargo.

The Gulf of Guinea is increasingly becoming a piracy hotspot alone this year and Risk Intelligence has recorded 32 offshore strikes for Nigeria.

It also reflected a tendency of a decline in abductions and offshore piracy in the region around elections. Parliamentary and presidential polls were held by Nigeria a year ago.

Nigeria loses N577b annual as tax incentives to firms

The report which focused on Senegal and Nigeria, Ghana, Cote d’ Ivoire shows that allowing tax incentives to investors, notably foreign businesses, is depriving governments of money to pay for essential public services like health, education and infrastructure.

Despite serious questions about their utility and the utilization of tax incentives, their big revenue losses has become common practice.’’

‘’ Neither have sizeable numbers of jobs been created by the foreign investments, despite generous tax incentives given by the authorities since most of them have not been in sectors like production that create the most jobs’’.

The report urges that other authorities in ECOWAS and the Nigerian authorities need to review the incentives they're granting with a view to reducing them, abolishing unproductive motivators and ensuring that those remaining are targeted at achieving specific social and economic objectives.

It likewise calls on the ECOWAS members and the government to bring their incentive regimes under the management of just one thing with resourced and effective supervision mechanisms to ensure transparency and accountability of public spending.

Addressing journalists for the coalition in Abuja, the Deputy- Country Director, ActionAid Nigeria, Ifeoma Charles -Monwuba said: ‘’The study has provided evidence for that annually, Nigeria forfeits as much as N577 billion as an effect of tax break granted businesses. This sum could go towards addressing infrastructural deficit in Nigeria’’.

AGF restates Nigeria’s obligation to rights standards that are international

The Federal Government has expressed dedication to the highest standards of adherence to human rights, in the conduct of all naija latest news her international affairs, including counter insurgency operations against Boko Haram in the nation.

In a press statement Salihu Othman Isah, the AGF assured the delegation that Nigeria has high value because of its relationships with the ICC, and will unequivocally continue to fulfill its obligations to the court.

Malami also disclosed that the Nigeria Army has conducted its operations in an extremely professional manner in the Northeast area, imbibing the best practices in the areas of humanitarian law and international human rights.

He also disclosed that he was not unaware of the eight case files opened against Nigeria by the ICC, which the prosecutor intends to inquire in her next phase of assessment of Nigerian scenario.

According to him, Boko Haram sect committed six of the alleged cases, while the remaining two were by the Nigerian Armed Forces.

Let me reiterate that Nigeria keeps the sovereign capacity punish and to investigate the alleged crimes referred to in the report, and will consequently continue current efforts in the direction that is preceding.’’

He further added that government is dedicated to ensuring that troops are directed by their rules of engagement, promising that any infractions will be seriously dealt with.

The minister yet gave indication of the management’s resolute in fighting terrorism and resoluteness to ensure respect for human rights by all, while staying unshaken.

Malami thus solicited the support and comprehension of ICC and the international community, particularly in regard to the actions of the affairs of the Nigerian Armed Forces that has helped the world to handle the scourge of terrorism in the continent and restoring normalcy to the traumatized communities in the Northeast area.

Reacting, the leader of delegation, Phakiso Mocho Choko said the prosecutor will not mean to endanger the sovereign rights of Nigeria in meting out punishment and investigating crimes.

He divulged that most cases referred to the ICC were the ones host countries are not able to resolve through internal mechanism.

The prosecutor, through the delegation expressed support and openness to work with Nigeria, in addressing all about naija news identified offenses and criminality against humankind, but advised he was confident in continuing with their involvement.

Amnesty International accuses of covering Zaria killings up Nigerian military

Amnesty International (AI), the global watchdog of human right abuses, has accused the Nigerian military of "mass slaughter of countless men, girls and children" in Zaria and attempting to cover-up the incident, which it said illustrates an "utter contempt for human life and accountability."" style="max-width:400px;float:left;padding:10px 10px 10px 0px;border:0px;">But Defence spokesman, Brig-Gen. Rabe Abubakar, described the report as "unfair," saying the military had not been consulted before its publication.

If they have proper evidence, let them bring it out for all to see. We cannot confront law abiding citizens."

"Whoever we faced must have already been a criminal and enemy of the state.

In its report published yesterday on its website, AI said evidence gathered on the ground dumped victims’ bodies, razed buildings and shown how the military burned people alive.

The official told the commission that the bodies of 347 IMN were collected from an Army depot and the hospital mortuary today breaking news in naija Zaria and buried secretly in a mass grave near Mando on the nights of December 14 and December 15.

The group’s supporters, armed with batons, knives, and machetes, had refused to clear the road the Hussainiyya, near their headquarters , for a military convoy to pass.

The military had asserted that IMN supporters attacked the convoy in an effort to assassinate Buratai, which IMN members denied.

The report, titled, Unearthing the truth: Unlawful killings and mass coverup in Zaria, detailed eyewitness testimony of alleged large-scale killings by the military and exposes effort by the authorities conceal and to destroy evidence.

" of what occurred in Zaria over those two days The genuine horror is just now coming to light. Bodies were left littered in the streets and piled outside the mortuary. Some of the injured were burned alive," said AI’s Research, Netsanet Belay and Advocacy Manager for Africa.

"Our research, depending on analysis and witness testimonies of satellite images, has located one mass grave that was potential. It's time now for the military to come clean and admit where it covertly buried numerous bodies."

Army, religious leaders harp on ethno -religious harmony among Nigerians

The General Officer Commanding (GOC), 1 Division of the Nigerian Army in Kaduna, Maj-Gen. Adeniyi Oyebade, and religious leaders in the north have called on Nigerians, irrespective of spiritual disposition, to join hands and move the country forward and also boost cordial relationship as obtainable in other parts of the

Talking at the conference/award ceremony of the Correspondents Chapel of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), Kaduna State chapter, Oyebade remembered the good old days when religious differences never caused disharmony among Nigerians, as they saw themselves as one united people working for the improvement and unity of the country.

Also in Kaduna, an university lecturer, Dahiru Yahya, and the state Director of the Directorate of Security Service (DSS), Mr. Mustapha Sani, expressed divergent views on whether members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), otherwise known as Shiites, represent a menace to Nigeria’s protection.

At the sitting of the judicial commission set up by the state government to inquire the battle between the Army and the Shiites in Zaria this past year, Yahya, who is a professor of Diplomatic History at the Bayero University (BUK), Kano blamed President Muhammadu Buhari, the Army and the state government for inability to bring to book, offenders of the alleged killing of several Shiites by soldiers.

Tony-Anenih.jpg" style="max-width:400px;float:left;padding:10px 10px 10px 0px;border:0px;">But Sani said the group had constituted serious menace to the nation by using weapons that were primitive inside their operations and organising military training.

The GOC, who was honoured with a Public Service Award, called on media practitioners to sensitise the people on religion and ethnic problems to ensure sustainable ethno -religious harmony across the country.
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