13,000 Migrants Repatriated From Libya Since December 2017

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More than 13,000 migrants have been repatriated from Libya since the beginning of December 2017, the African Union’s chief said on Monday, nearly two months after reports emerged showing refugees being sold as slaves.

That number is short of the AU’s goal to fly 20,000 out of the conflict-wracked north African nation by mid-January, but chairperson of the AU commission Moussa Faki Mahamat insisted the campaign was on course.

“We have 13,000, and every day, the number increases,” Faki told a press conference after the closing of an AU summit in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.

“I believe that this process is on course, although with a bit of delay. Already more than two thirds… have been repatriated,” he added.

Faki announced the repatriations after media reports emerged in November showing black Africans being sold as slaves in Libya, which has no central government.

The country collapsed into violent chaos after the 2011 revolt that toppled and killed longtime dictator Moamer Kadhafi, with a myriad of militias and several jihadist groups battling for influence.

Libya has long been a transit hub for migrants seeking a better life in Europe, but people smugglers have stepped up their lucrative business since the revolution.

Together with the United Nations and European Union, the AU is ferrying the migrants out of Libya on flights organised by individual African countries, Faki said.

Many of those who were repatriated are refugees, Faki added.

Those who cannot go back to their home countries have been offered refuge by Niger and Rwanda.

AFP

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Football Papers: All The Latest Football News And Transfer Gossips This Evening

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LONDON EVENING STANDARD
Chelsea are considering hiring former Blues defender Juliano Belletti as their director of football to work alongside Antonio Conte’s possible replacement Luis Enrique.
Tottenham are hopeful of completing a deal worth around £25m for PSG winger Lucas Moura before Wednesday’s transfer deadline.
Joe Hart wants to be released from his season-long loan at West Ham.
MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS
The LA Galaxy are inching closer to signing Manchester United forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Jose Mourinho confirmed there will be no more business this month at Manchester United.
LIVERPOOL ECHO
Everton are willing to offload striker Sandro Ramirez this month – but clubs fear being priced out of a move.
Inter Milan admit they are now unlikely to move for Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge this month.
Everton are among a host of clubs reportedly chasing Hull City youngster Jarrod Bowen.
NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE
Newcastle have tasted more disappointment in their bid to sign Nicolai Jorgensen from Feyenoord after the Dutch club rejected their improved offer.
Rafa Benitez has made it clear that Aleksandar Mitrovic will be considered for first-team action for the second half of the season – if the Serbian striker remains at Newcastle.
Kazenga LuaLua is eager to prove himself to the passionate Sunderland supporters, and says he feels like he is returning home after joining from Brighton.
SUNDERLAND ECHO
Sunderland hope to add a goalkeeper and a striker to their squad before the transfer window shuts on Wednesday night.
BIRMINGHAM MAIL
Birmingham City have been linked with a move for Blackburn defender Charlie Mulgrew.
Birmingham are also keen to take Sam Field on loan from West Bromwich Albion.
EXPRESS & STAR
Wolves have launched a bid to bring former striker Benik Afobe back to the club on loan.
HULL DAILY MAIL
Hull City are reportedly interested in signing Barnsley club captain Angus MacDonald before Wednesday’s transfer deadline.
LEICESTER MERCURY
Ahmed Musa looks set to join Leonardo Ulloa by going out on loan before the end of the transfer window.
West Ham have offered £12m for Tottenham and Leicester City target James Maddison.
NOTTINGHAM POST
Joe Worrall has delivered a clear message, insisting ‘I’m going nowhere’ and pledging that, while he has fierce ambitions to play in the Premier League, he wants to do it with Nottingham Forest.
DERBY TELEGRAPH
Derby County have made a £6m offer to Bristol City for Aden Flint.
Johnny Russell wants to leave Derby County to pursue a career in the MLS, manager Gary Rowett has revealed.
WEST LONDON SPORT
QPR are discussing whether to offer Tim Cahill a short-term deal.

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Klopp Not Seeking Coutinho Replacement

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Jurgen Klopp has revealed that Liverpool are not looking to replace Philippe Coutinho in this transfer window.

Liverpool lost a key attacking player in Coutinho, after he joined Barcelona for €160 million.

The Reds have already strengthened in defence with Van Dijk, and Klopp insists that is the only business this window.

“Philippe Coutinho is not to replace in this window,” he said at a media conference. “We can stop thinking about that.

“It’s not about replacing players – it’s about using our own opportunities and our own tools, players, tactics, formations.”

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“Keep your strong nose out my business” – Between 50cent And A Nigerian Follower On Instagram

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Ace American Rapper, 50cent shared a photo of one of his Nigerian follower who would not stop throwing shades at him social media.

The Nigerian follower identified as @brightimuze1 had earlier commented on 50 cent’s post asking the rapper why he only shows off one of his son instead of both on social media.

In his response, 50cent shared the photo of the Nigerian Man to his over 17 million followers with the caption;

‘This guy just asked why I? only show 1 son, because l only have a relation ship with 1, but why do he want to know? I? don’t give a fuck about them dirty ass kids on his page. Man keep ya strong ass nose out my business’.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian man responded;

“I will have the last laugh”

See screenshot below;

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City Pay Laporte’s €65 Million Buy Out Clause

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Manchester City have met and paid the €65 million release clause for Athletic centre back , Aymeric Laporte, with the deal set to be completed on Tuesday.

Athletic have also confirmed the exit of Laporte, with City eager to unveil their January signing on Tuesday.

Laporte, 23, has also said farewell to his boyhood club: “So much to say with so few lines… I want to thank everybody for what you have given me. I arrived as an adolescent and I have been formed here as a person and as a footballer.

“I don’t want my exit, ahead of a new challenge in my career, to be a ‘goodbye’, but rather a ‘see you soon’. I am leaving a unique club, I will never forget it. For all of that, thank you!”

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Samklef Loses Huge Money To Internet Fraudsters

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Konlive Records signee, Samklef has recently tweeted about his recent ordeal with Internet Fraudsters. The Nigerian producer stated that a thousand dollar is missing from his bank account.

Meanwhile, Samklef who appeared not to have approved the dubious transaction hailed the perpetrators of the fraud calling them “Bois”.

See his tweet below;

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#BBNaija 2018 Day 1: Double Wahala For The Housemates As Six Are Up For Eviction

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#BBNaija is in full swing and the housemates have barely had time to rest since they made their way into the house.

The first official day in the big brother house saw the 2018 #bbnaija housemates stepping immediately into a task set for them by big brother. After the electrifying performances of the previous nights, the Big Brother Niaja Housemates stepped into the House but the last thing they found there was rest.

Less than an hour of stepping into the house with most of the #bbnaija housemates trying to relax and enjoy themselves,  Biggie announced that there would be a rapid fire “Eviction” and six Housemates had to exit the House.

This left a lot of the housemates baffled, even though some of them moved along swiftly. Not more than an hour after the first announcement, even as the housemates chatted in an apparent effort to bond, Biggie’s voice boomed over the speakerz that there would be a challenge for the Head Of House.

After much time and perserverance, the duo of Ifu Ennada and Cee-C came out on top and both will battle it out for the title of HOH later on in the day.

Teddy A, Miracle, K. Brule and BamBam slowly began to come out of their shells which pointed to the fact that friendships and alliances are in the offing

Six of the #BBNaija housemates that are the “Evictees” were left to face their own challenge of keeping hushed tones in the Arena Games room, their fate and reward will also be decided later on in the day.

The big brother nigeria housemates spent much of the rest of the first evening in the House chatting and getting to know one another.

There hasnt been a dull moment so far in the #BBNaija house, even as the plot thickens and alliances are made. It is left to be seen what the day holds for our exciting housmates.

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#BBNaija 2018 Day 1: Double Wahala For The Housemates As Six Are Up For Eviction

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#BBNaija is in full swing and the housemates have barely had time to rest since they made their way into the house.

The first official day in the big brother house saw the 2018 #bbnaija housemates stepping immediately into a task set for them by big brother. After the electrifying performances of the previous nights, the Big Brother Niaja Housemates stepped into the House but the last thing they found there was rest.

Less than an hour of stepping into the house with most of the #bbnaija housemates trying to relax and enjoy themselves,  Biggie announced that there would be a rapid fire “Eviction” and six Housemates had to exit the House.

This left a lot of the housemates baffled, even though some of them moved along swiftly. Not more than an hour after the first announcement, even as the housemates chatted in an apparent effort to bond, Biggie’s voice boomed over the speakerz that there would be a challenge for the Head Of House.

After much time and perserverance, the duo of Ifu Ennada and Cee-C came out on top and both will battle it out for the title of HOH later on in the day.

Teddy A, Miracle, K. Brule and BamBam slowly began to come out of their shells which pointed to the fact that friendships and alliances are in the offing

Six of the #BBNaija housemates that are the “Evictees” were left to face their own challenge of keeping hushed tones in the Arena Games room, their fate and reward will also be decided later on in the day.

The big brother nigeria housemates spent much of the rest of the first evening in the House chatting and getting to know one another.

There hasnt been a dull moment so far in the #BBNaija house, even as the plot thickens and alliances are made. It is left to be seen what the day holds for our exciting housmates.

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Bovi Writes Open Letter To Dorcas Shola Fapson Over Taxify Situation

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Popular comedian, Bovi has shared his thoughts on the situation involving actress, Dorcas Shola Fapson and a Taxify driver she accused of trying to abduct her.

In an open letter he shared on Instagram, Bovi encouraged Dorcas to not let the accusations from Nigerians affect her.

See the letter below

Dear Dorcas,

I’m compelled to write you a public letter because I have an overwhelming urge to participate in the public discuss of your recent episode. As a friend, I will feel I failed you by remaining quiet while a section of society bashed you these past few days. But rather than defend you to a group of people who don’t know you personally and who have made up their minds even in the face of overwhelming evidence, allow me to publicly tell you about your experience, what you did right and what you should have done differently.

First off, your biggest crime in all of this was not fitting into the stereotype! You’ve been dragged in many sections for being bold and courageous under fire. While the taxi driver was taken you to a wrong destination, just because your voice was firm and assertive, it seemed as though nothing troubling was happening. While the driver restrained you from coming down from the taxi, you pepper sprayed him and your voice and resolve was still not broken. This too doesn’t fit the stereotype. If it was a scene out of a movie, the director would probably ask you to scream, cry, be shaken and even beg to be let go. In the eyes of many, you were too bold, too calm, too calculated for a lady. To this I say a big kudos. Don’t stop. Don’t change. Because the fact remains, as far as he took you to a destination against your will in the middle of the night, you were abducted. That is a crime punishable by law.
Somewhere, some girl is inspired by your boldness.

Next time though, it will be wiser to get down from the car as quickly as possible. Do not take chances or hesitate. Safety first should be your watch word. Cynthia hesitated in festac. It didn’t end well.

If you had a PR expert by your side the next day, just before you posted those videos explaining what actually transpired, he/she would have worn you a very thick cardigan and wrapped you in a blanket. You would have been asked to speak in a “victim tone”. All this would have been channeled to swing the narrative in your favor. Kudos to you, you weren’t trying to milk the situation, neither were you thinking of the mileage those videos will accumulate. You see, perception is reality and in these parts, your outfit together with your still firm and assertive tone is synonymous with “troublesome girl” “ashawo” “runs”. Pictures speak louder than words. On this issue I think what you should have done differently was to change the outfit. But keep the assertive tone. When I was in Uni my dean of students took one look at me and concluded I was part of a bad gang. In reality I was just broke, hungry, angry and ugly. That’s the power of perception.

We live in a society where women are not encouraged to live in big houses as single ladies so that they don’t scare suitors away. This is basically catering to bloated egos while benching our women. It is a shame but that is our reality. I know you are miffed at the accusations leveled against you. Never let such bother you. Truth is, those who judged and condemned you don’t really hate you. A good majority of them hate themselves. They are filled with hate and they can only give what they have; hate! So understand that it’s never really about you. It’s nothing personal actually.

We are with you. Learn and keep growing. Stay strong and succeed. See you at work.

Bovi

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President Muhammadu Buhari’s Full Speech at the 30th AU Summit (Read Here)

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The 30th African Union Summit took place on Sunday, in Addis Ababa Ethiopia and President Muhammadu Buhari was present.

The President spoke on the topic “Winning the Fight against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation”.

“It gives me great pleasure to address you on the occasion of the launch of the African Union theme: “Winning the fight against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation”. I congratulate the African Union for dedicating the theme of the year to the noble cause of fighting corruption on our Continent.

​​I also take this opportunity to thank you, on behalf of the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and on my own behalf, for entrusting me with the responsibility of serving as the Champion of the theme of the year. I pledge that I shall do my very best to ensure that the anti-corruption agenda will receive the attention it deserves and make the impact we all hope for, during 2018 and beyond.

Excellencies,

​​Corruption is indeed one of the greatest evils of our time. Corruption rewards those who do not play by the rules and also creates a system of distortion and diversion thereby destroying all efforts at constructive, just and fair governance.

In tackling corruption, the Continent has made significant strides, putting in place legal and policy frameworks, notably the African Union Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption (AUCPCC). However, the adoption of the legal and policy frameworks have not had the desired success in tackling this evil.

Excellencies,

​Fifteen (15) years after the adoption of the African Union Convention, 2018 provides a good starting point to take stock of progress made so far, assess what still needs to be done and devise new strategies to address new corruption challenges.

​​It is true that our continent has witnessed sustained growth over the past two decades. Nonetheless, public confidence has been eroded by a focus on short-term priorities and payoffs, propelled by corruption, which too often leaves projects uncompleted and promises unfulfilled.

​Corruption and its effects have many sides. It poses real threat to national security, unity and survival of the African State and people. The African Union Agenda 2063, under Aspiration 3 recognizes that corruption erodes the development of a universal culture of good governance, democratic values, gender equality, respect for human rights, justice and the rule of the law.

​The United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, under Goal 16, calls on all countries to promote and develop accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels, notably, by reducing bribery and corruption.

In this connexion, I cannot over-emphasize the value of strong institutions. A Judiciary which stands firm against arbitrariness and injustice by the executive is a vital pillar in the anti-corruption fight.

As leaders, we must build synergy between the Executive, Legislative and Judicial arms of government in order to entrench good governance, transparency and accountability.

Your Excellencies,

​Strong institutions are a necessary condition in any society which aims to fight corruption. In building strong national and regional institutions, we must adequately empower our national anti-corruption agencies and insulate them from political influence. We have to encourage increased institutional collaboration between Law Enforcement Agencies and anti-corruption Agencies in order to win this fight.

Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is evident that Corruption has a devastating impact on marginalized communities especially the youth, women and children. Corruption breeds unequal societies, renders vulnerable groups prone to human trafficking, as well as recruitment into armed groups and militia. In effect, corruption deprives our young citizens of opportunities to develop meaningful livelihoods.

​​We must therefore, work together to defeat this evil. With the endorsement of Your Excellencies, during the course of 2018, I wish to prioritize the following initiatives, to help us in the fight against corruption.

a) to organize African Youth Congresses against Corruption, in order to sensitize and engage our youth in the fight against corruption,

b) mobilizing all African Union Member States to implement the African Union Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption, and

c) advocating for the strengthening of the criminal justice system across Africa through exchange of information and sharing best practices in the enforcement of anti-corruption laws.

The African Union Advisory Board on Corruption should be strengthened in order to play a more proactive role in the anti-corruption fight. We also propose to enlist as partners, important actors such as parliamentarians, women associations, the media, the business community, faith-based groups, the youth, educational institutions and traditional leaders, among others.

Excellencies,

We also need to redouble our efforts in addressing the causal relationship between corruption and illicit financial flows. The Report of the AU High Level Panel on Illicit Financial Flows from Africa, chaired by H.E Thabo Mbeki, former President of South Africa, in partnership with United Nations Economic Commission (UNECA) revealed that Africa loses about 50 billion dollars annually.

The High Level Panel has also pointed out the corrosive role that tax havens and secrecy jurisdictions play in concealing ill-gotten assets. The African Union must do more to stop the continuous assault on our economic and financial resources by multinationals in collusion with some of our citizens. ​​It is also important that one of the goals of this year’s theme should be the development of a Common African Position on Asset Recovery.

The manifestation of corruption in Africa is also a reflection of the need for stronger leadership and oversight institutions. Tackling corrupt acts and greed require a reorientation of our attitudes and perceptions. To win the fight against corruption, we must have a CHANGE of mind set.

Changing the state of play requires retraining a greater awareness as a means to instill better and more transparent values in the political class and the citizenry, especially people in positions of trust. In Nigeria we have gone far into the implementation of our CHANGE Agenda, which is primarily aimed at fighting corruption.

Excellencies,

​​As we set off on this honorable path, let us also bear in mind that fighting corruption is not going to be a straightforward task and that corruption does fight back. While we may face some setbacks, we should remain resolute. Our common goal is to eradicate corruption in the best interest of our societies.

Let me end my remarks by reiterating Nigeria’s abiding commitment to the fight against corruption today, tomorrow and the day after tomorrow.

Excellencies, Chairperson of the African Union,

I am truly inspired in this task by the commitment, encouragement and support of my fellow African Heads of State to succeed in this noble cause. On this note, I officially launch on the theme of the year.

I thank you for your kind attention.”

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Why Female Singers Are So Few In Nigeria’s Music Industry – Yemi Alade Reveals

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Popular Nigerian female singer, Yemi Alade has called out her female colleagues in the industry for their lack of desire to help one another in the music industry.

According to her female Nigerian singers are so petty and lack vision to increase the numbers of ladies in the music scene. Through her Snapchat, Yemi Alade urge female artistes to emulate their male counterparts through cooperation.

‘Ladies can we just get together, respect each other and not put ourselves against each other’, the Mama Africa singer started.

“Because we put ourselves against each other that’s why the whole world always put us against each other. I know about female artists who when you want to feature them on an album they have to be the only female artiste on that album.

If they are not the only one on the album they won’t feature, that is why we are so few. It’s so petty, we are the cause of our downfall. Go and see the guys and see how they are doing well and killing it, it’s by cooperation and division of labour, we can’t do it alone”, Yemi Alade concluded.

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Nigerian Govt Blames Spread Of Lassa Fever On Doctors’ Carelessness

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The Federal Government of Nigeria has blamed the spread of Lassa fever on health workers refusal to take necessary precaution, while treating patients.

Lassa Fever And Why You Need To Take It Seriously (Must Read)

The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, who made this known on Saturday in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State when he paid a courtesy call on the state Governor, David Umahi described the recent outbreak in the state which killed 4 Medical health workers as unfortunate.

According to the Adewole, most doctors treat the deadly disease as if it is any other ordinary disease and do not wear protective medical apparels while treating patients.

He said: “What is worrisome is that when doctors and healthcare workers become infected, then the country is in danger because everyone that will go and meet that doctor or nurse is at risk.

“Lass fever requires close contact between the blood of an infected person and healthcare workers looking out for him. Once you wear gloves, wear protective gown, you can’t have Lassa fever. but we have discovered that doctors and nurses treat Lassa as if it is just ordinary flu or malaria, but it is not”.

The Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) recently said that the outbreak of Lassa fever in the country has spread to 10 states with 61 confirmed cases.

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Nigerian Govt Blames Spread Of Lassa Fever On Doctors’ Carelessness

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The Federal Government of Nigeria has blamed the spread of Lassa fever on health workers refusal to take necessary precaution, while treating patients.

Lassa Fever And Why You Need To Take It Seriously (Must Read)

The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, who made this known on Saturday in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State when he paid a courtesy call on the state Governor, David Umahi described the recent outbreak in the state which killed 4 Medical health workers as unfortunate.

According to the Adewole, most doctors treat the deadly disease as if it is any other ordinary disease and do not wear protective medical apparels while treating patients.

He said: “What is worrisome is that when doctors and healthcare workers become infected, then the country is in danger because everyone that will go and meet that doctor or nurse is at risk.

“Lass fever requires close contact between the blood of an infected person and healthcare workers looking out for him. Once you wear gloves, wear protective gown, you can’t have Lassa fever. but we have discovered that doctors and nurses treat Lassa as if it is just ordinary flu or malaria, but it is not”.

The Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) recently said that the outbreak of Lassa fever in the country has spread to 10 states with 61 confirmed cases.

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Cattle Colony: Before Buhari Lures Us Into Deadly Trap

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Cattle Colony: Before Buhari Lures Us Into Deadly Trap – Professor Ben Nwabueze

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To us here in Nigeria, a colony is nothing new. The colony of Lagos established by the British in 1861 has familiarised us to it. But our acquaintance with it goes much further back to the ancient colonies established in 7th century B. C by the Greeks on the Mediterranean coastline of Italy, France and Spain, of which Nice, Marseilles and Naples are notable examples; by the Phoenicians, notably Utica (Utique) in 1100 B.C. and Carthage in 813 B.C. (both in present-day Tunisia) and Tripoli in 900 B.C. in present-day Libya; down to the modern colonies founded by the English in the early 17th century AD in North America, – thirteen of them, the first of which, Virginia, was founded in 1607.

This piece was written by Professor Ben Nwabueze. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

The idea underlying a colony, both in antiquity and in modern times, is that of settlement: see British Settlements Act 1887. A colony is a place for the settlement of people “with common or similar language, interests or occupations, living together in close association”, like the farm settlements established in some parts of the Eastern Region of South-East Nigeria by the Government of M.I. Okpara. A colony as a settlement for people is one integrated idea, it cannot be separated from a settlement; it cannot meaningfully exist divorced from such a settlement, except as a mere idea without existential content. So divorced, it means nothing but an empty word tendentiously employed to beguile or hoodwink the public.

The cattle colonies which the Federal Government proposes to establish in every State of the Federation can, therefore, mean nothing other than a place for the settlement of Fulani herdsmen, however much the Federal Government may try to hide this fact, by, for example, calling it “cattle colony”; that is what it is intended to be, and will eventually become, if it is not such from inception. Its character as a place for the settlement of Fulani herdsmen is implicit in the Agric Minister’s long presentation giving details of the proposed project, as published in the Nigerian Tribune newspaper of 12 January, 2018, which leaves him no room to gainsay it.

It is not the  idea that cattle is to be left in a colony without a herder or keeper, without someone to feed it, give it water, and keep a watchful and protective eye on it. Rearing cattle or livestock necessarily requires a herder. From what we know, two or more herders will be needed to follow and tend 100 cows; accordingly, 300 herders will be needed to tend 30,000 cows. A colony of 30,000 cows requires 300 herders living in the colony. It may be expected that a herder may have a family, a wife (wives) and children living with him in the colony. We are therefore talking of 300 Fulani herdsmen and their families lodged in the body of a State under the scheme.

Lets listen to what the Agric Minister said:

“We are talking of colonies because 20, 30, or 40 ranchers can share the same colony. A ranch is usually owned by an individual or a company with sometimes very few cattle. Some have more than 200 or 300 cows. In a cattle colony, you could find 30,000 cows owned by different owners.” “The reason we are designing the colony is that we want to prepare on a large scale, on economy of scale, a place where many owners of cattle can coexist, be fed well, because we can make their feeds. They can get good water to drink. Cows drink a lot of water. We can give them green fodder.” The Hon. Minister talks only of cattle owners or ranchers, but not at all of herders, who are essentially the cause of the problem. The cattle owners or ranchers are no doubt a part of the problem but the part they play seems somewhat peripheral. The herdsmen are at the centre of the problem. From the Minister’s presentation, the cattle colony scheme may magnify the problems beyond what they presently are. The scheme is not intended to, and will not, stop the open grazing practice, which is the main cause of the problem. It may well reduce, but will not completely stop it. The Hon. Minister of Agriculture affirms this when he said: “We will tell the herdsmen, if you are passing through a state, you can only go to the colony and stay there, feed your cattle and, when you are moving off, agro-rangers will follow you and make sure you don’t destroy anybody’s farm.”

This statement is confusing to say the least. It seems to suggest that a cattle colony as a settlement for herdsmen and their cattle will be combined with the existing practice of herdsmen roaming over the whole country with their cattle, but stopping at a colony to feed them.

THE LEGAL AND POLITICAL IMPLICATIONS OF THE SCHEME

The Minister’s emphasis on the process of acquiring land for the colony is misdirected. The issue is not so much about the process for acquiring land, but about the ownership of the land after it is acquired and, more important, about the right to the exclusive use, management and control of the land so acquired. Does the ownership of the land belong to the Federal Government, or to traditional communities, villages and families supposed to have been divested of it?

Does the right to the exclusive use, management and control of the land belong to the Federal Government, the cattle owners or the herdsmen? Perhaps, more worrisome, is the issue of the relationship of the Fulani herdsmen settled on the land and the political authorities in the State – the state government, the local government authorities and the traditional authorities, the town unions, the community development associations, the civil defence and vigilante groups, etc.

Will the Fulani herdsmen settled on the land, the cattle owners and their association, the Miyetti Allah, not constitute themselves a “state” within a state? The deadliest of the implications of the establishment of cattle colonies in every State of the Federation is the religious and cultural implications.

RELGIOUS IMPLICATIONS OF THE ESTABLISHMENT OF CATTLE COLONIES IN EVERY STATE OF THE FEDERATION

In considering the religious implications of establishing cattle colonies in every State of the Federation, it is necessary to recall to mind what Sheikh Gumi wrote about Sir Ahmadu Bello, the Sardauna of Sokoto. According to Gumi, the Sardauna’s well-known agenda of consolidating and perpetuating the idea of Northern Nigeria as one united entity “was not borne out of political consideration only”, but was also conceived as “a personal mission” handed down to him by his forbear, Sheikh dan Fodio.

The agenda had an accompanying ideology whose object, as articulated by the Sardauna, is to maintain Northern Nigeria as a theocracy ruled by a Moslem claiming to be divinely directed, with utter disdain for democracy, and with the Sharia as the supreme governing law; the non-Moslem minority ethnic groups in the North are to be used as “willing tools”, and the South is to be subjugated and reduced to “a conquered territory”, which is not to be allowed to “have control over their future.”

The Sarduana had conceived a kind of jihad, for the pursuit and possible accomplishment of his agenda, an agenda which President Buhari has now vowed to carry on to a “finish”. President Buhari’s resolve and commitment to pursue the Sardauna’s agenda to a finish was unmistakeably announced in his first major policy statement as President-elect. In a speech delivered before an audience of exclusively prominent Northern Moslem leaders on 2 May, 2015 at Queen Amina Hall, Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, he said: “I charge you to join me as we build a new Northern Nigeria in a generation…..the best investment we can make in the North is not finding oil in the Chad Basin….we will start with one local government in each state until we get to every school in all of Northern Nigeria…..To achieve this, I have secured a Northern rehabilitation fund…..to rebuild the North after the devastation of Boko Haram insurgency…..Join me my brothers and sisters and let us finish the work our forefather, Ahmadu Bello, started.” The name Shiekh dan Fodio, the Sanduana’s forbear, is worth recalling again. He was a Fulani immigrant in Gobir (now renamed Sokoto), who was accommodated and well-favoured by the King of Gobir. Dan Fodio mobilised an army of Fulani immigrants who, in 1804 – 1808, overran all the Hausa Kingdoms and some other neighbouring communities, dethroned their rulers, installing Fulani emirs in their places, and imposed the Moslem religion on them.

Thus was Hausaland together with other conquered lands, islamised, and a caliphate established over Sokoto, with dan Fodio as its Sultan. That was the price the Hausas paid for their hospitality in granting access to grazing land to the Fulani immigrant settlers. With knowledge of the tragic experience of the Hausas in 1804 – 1808, we should not make the tragic mistake of letting history repeat itself in 2018. It should be mentioned that the Fulani immigrant settlers’ ravaging on-slaught failed to subdue the Bornu and Jukun kingdoms, whose rulers have continued to maintain suzerainty over the their terrotiries till date. The colonisation and islamisation (by conquest) of Hausaland is reminiscent of the colonisation and islamisation (again by conquest) of North Africa by the Arabs in the 7th century A.D.

The conquest has been described as “the most amazing feat in military history” : Will Durant, The Story of Civilisation, vol iv, pp. 155 With Persia, Syria, Iraq, Palestine, and other countries or cities in the Middle East vanquished and taken over for Islam in A.D. 632-638, the Moslem Arabs next marched on Egypt in the same year (638 A.D.). aided by the defection of the native Egyptians who hated the Greeks and had become disaffected towards the Roman imperial government because of the Monophysite controversy. The invading Arabs succeeded, in siege after siege, in subduing one city after another – Farmah, gateway into the country; Memphis, the former capital; and, finally, in 641 A.D., Alexandria, the new capital, with a loss of 23,000 men (the siege of Alexandria is said to be “perhaps the most arduous” in the annals of Arab conquests.) Gibbon, Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, vol. V. P. 343. Having conquered Egypt, the Arabs embarked next on the conquest of the rest of North Africa. First Barca and other cities in the province of Cyrenaica, then Tripoli, Sabratha and the magnificent city of Sufetula, were taken in 642-647 A.D. There followed a lull of nearly 20 years because of succession tumults in Arabia. The war was resumed in 665 A.D. with the conquest of more territories. The hero of the renewed fighting was the commander of the Arab troops from 670-675, called Akbah (Okba bin Nafa). It was to him, writes Edward Gibbon, that “the title of conqueror of Africa is more justly due…..He marched from Damascus at the head of ten thousand of the bravest Arabs; and the genuine force of the Moslems were enlarged by the doubtful aid and conversion of many thousand barbarians…..The fearless Akbah plunged into the heart of the country, traversed the wilderness in which his successors erected the splendid capitals of Fez and Morocco, and at length penetrated to the verge of the Atlantic and the great desert….The career, though not the zeal, of Akbah was checked by the prospect of a boundless ocean. He spurred his horse into the waves, and, raising his eyes to heaven, exclaimed with the tone of a fanatic, Great God! If my course were not stopped by this sea, I would still go on, to the unknown kingdoms of the West, preaching the unity of thy holy name, and putting to the sword the rebellious nations who worship any other gods than thee”. Gibbon, ibid, v., pp. 356 – 358. The conquest was, however, not yet complete.

The great metropolis of Africa, Carthage, was yet to be conquered. There was another interruption of many years followed by renewed fighting. Carthage was easily taken but the Arabs were later driven out by imperial forces despatched from Constantinople, (the second capital of the Roman Empire, renamed Istanbul), joined by powerful reinforcements from Sicily and Spain. Returning to the charge in 698, with more numerous armament by sea and land, the Arabs re-took the city, and North Africa was irrecoverably lost to the Roman Empire. In the interval, they had also conquered and Islamised Northern Sudan in the east. But the Arabs were not yet secure in their conquest. For they were later driven out by the Moors.

They retreated to the confines of Egypt, but returned some years later to inflict a crushing defeat on the Moors, taking some 300,000 of them captive, 60,000 of whom were “sold for the profit of the public treasury”: Gibbon, ibid, v, pp. 362. The native Berbers, the indigenous dwellers of the valleys of the Atlas Moutain, had similarly been crushed. Nigerians Beware!

CULTURAL IMPLICATIONS

But even if we are able to avert being subjugated and Islamised by Fulani herdsmen militia armed with AK47 guns, we may still meet the same fate by peaceful penetration into our various communities by Fulani herdsmen settled in the cattle colonies through the process known as acculturation. The Fulani settlers will bring to the cattle colonies, as part of their baggage, the religion of Islam, just as the English settlers in the thirteen colonies in North America in 1607 and the years following took with them, as part of their baggage, English law, with its political institutions as well as English customs, conventions and traditions, including the precepts and practices of the Christian religion, just as the early Greek settlers in their colonies on the coastline of Italy, France and Spain took with them, as part of their baggage, Greek culture, tradition and religious precepts and practices. As Will Durant, in his monumental eleven volume treatise, titled The Story of Civilisation, vol. 11, p. 127, tells us, these ancient Greek. “colonies became greater than their mother cities, and preceded them in the development of wealth and art.  The real creators of Greek culture were not the Greeks of what we now call Greece, but those who fled before the conquering Dorians, fought desperately for a foothold on foreign shores, and there, out of their Mycenaean memories and their amazing energy, made the art and science, the philosophy and poetry that, long before Marathon, placed them in the forefront of the Western world.”

One of the products of the Greek colonies on the Italian coastline was Pythagoras (580-500 B.C.), generally acknowledged as the father of both science and philosophy in Europe — his theorems and his theories of numbers and proportion became the foundation of geometry, arithmetic and algebra (the terms mathematics and philosophy were first used by him).  He was born of Greek parentage in Samoa, a Greek colony, and lived most of his life in Crotona, another Greek colony.  The great Athenian oracle on philosophy and political ideas, Plato (427-347 B.C.), took so much of his ideas from Pythagoras.  And the first written code of law in Greek history originated in one of these colonies in 664 B.C. The same feature characterised the colonies on the  Mediterraneous coastline of North Africa settled by the ancient Phoenicians and Greeks of which the largest and best-known were Utica (Utique) and Carthage (both in present-day Tunisia) and Oea (Tripoli in Libya), founded by Phoenicians in 1100 B.C., 813 B.C. and 900 B.C. respectively, and Cyrene, founded in 641 B.C., by Greek settlers (Cyrene together with four other Greek colonies, constitutes the province of Cyrenaica, one of the three provinces of present-day Libya.)  Like the English settlers in North America in the 17th century and Greek settlers mentioned earlier, these Phoenicians and Greek settlers in North Africa also took with them to their new settlements, the civilisation, the habits, traditions, the political ideas, governmental institutions and processes they had imbibed in their home countries.

Nwabueze is the leader of The Patriots.

This piece was written by Professor Ben Nwabueze. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

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Grammys 2018: See All The Looks From The Red Carpet

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The 60th annual Grammy Awards took centre stage on Sunday night at the Madison Square Garden in New York City.

The awards was hosted by James Corden and was attended by the heavyweights in the music industry. Music superstars like Lady Gaga, Pink, Sam Smith and Miley Cyrus, turned out on the Grammys red carpet displaying white roses in solidarity with the Time’s Up and #MeToo movements against sexual misconduct.

Check out pictures from the red carpet below

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Sarah Silverman
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James Corden
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Nick Jonas
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SZA
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Anna Kendrick
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Childish Gambino/Donald Glover
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Chrissy Teigen and John Legend
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Hailee Steinfeld
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Camila Cabello
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Miley Cyrus
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Joy Villa
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Ashanti
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Common
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Trevor Noah
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Rita Ora
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Sam Smith
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Ryan Seacrest
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Janelle Monae
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Logic and wife, Jessica Andrea
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Heidi Klum
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DJ Khaled
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Ke$ha
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Tyler, The Creator
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Andra Day
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Football Papers: All The Latest Football News And Transfer Gossips This Morning

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  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s pending arrival means Arsenal will allow Olivier Giroud to move to Chelsea should their London neighbours meet the 31-year-old’s £35m valuation.
  • West Bromwich Albion are lining up an £18m bid for Watford striker Troy Deeney.
  • Arsenal are reluctant to let defender Rob Holding leave on loan following an enquiry from Burnley.
  • Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte has revealed he wants to keep striker Michy Batshuayi at the club until the summer
  • Dele Alli was branded “selfish” and Erik Lamela “ineffective” in an incredible Newport County scouting report on Spurs.
  • Stoke will have to stump up the full £16m asking price for Galatasaray’s Badou Ndiaye.
  • Swansea hope to seal an £18m deal to re-sign Andre Ayew from West Ham.
  • Chelsea’s move for Roma striker Edin Dzeko is on the verge of collapsing after talks proved unsuccessful.
  • Manchester United have joined the race for Arturo Vidal with Bayern Munich ready to cash in on the midfielder.
  • Referees’ bosses want to make use of big screens at stadiums in an attempt to help solve the VAR shambles.
  • Manchester City, Real Madrid and Barcelona are all interested in signing Inter defender Milan Skriniar.
  • Arsenal are interested in signing West Brom defender Jonny Evans – and believe a deal can be done on the cheap.
  • Angelo Ogbonna admits he was left baffled by Arthur Masuaku’s spitting shame.
  • Newcastle have upped their bid for Feyenoord’s Nicolai Jorgensen but have failed to meet the club’s £20m valuation.
  • Celtic target Charly Musonda is set to land in Glasgow tomorrow to tie up an 18-month loan deal at Celtic Park.

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NDLEA Seize 865g Of Drugs At Abuja Airport

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency have arrested one Bolatito Solabi, with drug substances at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja.

The 34-year-old single mother, was arrested along with one Victor Chukwu, from whom 865 grammes of heroin was seized.

According to reports, Solabi, a graduate of a polytechnic in Ogun State, was on board an Ethiopian Airline meant to leave for Addis Ababa when agency officials discovered the drugs – ephedrine and methamphetamine – in her two bags.

The woman, however, told NDLEA officers that she was asked to deliver the bags to somebody in South Africa and had no knowledge of their contents. The second suspect, Victor Chukwu had just landed at the Abuja airport from Malawi with 59 wraps of heroin which he had ingested. He reportedly told investigators that a woman, who lives in Malawi, paid him to smuggle the drugs into the country.

The NDLEA Commander at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Lawan Hamisu, speaking on the arrests said “The seizures by the command have shown that South and East Africa routes are becoming more attractive to West African drug trafficking organisations, with Malawi, Kenya and Tanzania featuring prominently as sources of transiting heroin from Pakistan to Nigeria; with Ethiopian Airline as most preferred by these criminals.”

​The agency’s spokesperson, Jonah Achema, said 26 kilogrammes of illicit drugs had been seized at the airport in the last three months.

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Buhari Says He’s Expecting Millions Of Nigerians To Join APC Soon

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President Muhammadu Buhari has said that he is expecting millions of Nigerians to join the ruling All Progressives Congress in the next few months.

According to the president, the defectors would join the ruling party from all parts of the country.

Buhari made this known in a letter he sent to Basheer Mohammed, a former senator, who recently defected to APC from the Peoples Democratic Party.

His Personal Assistant on New Media, Bashir Ahmad, posted a copy of the letter dated January 25, 2018, and titled, ‘Re: Declaration for APC,’ on his Twitter handle, @BashirAhmaad.

The letter, it was gathered, was a response to an earlier one written by Mohammed.

The letter read: “I was most delighted to receive your letter informing me of your impending decision to formally declare for our great party, APC.”

“Furthermore, I am very encouraged to learn that you are bringing thousands of new supporters into the fold. We are expecting millions to join us in the next few months.

“I would have very much welcomed another opportunity to be in Kano but due to a conflict of engagements, I am due on that day in Addis Ababa for an important African Union meeting which was scheduled months ago.

“I hope I shall have the pleasure of welcoming you to the Presidential Villa in the near future. I wish the event turns out to be a resounding success.”

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Maritime Workers Threaten To Shut Down Ports Nationwide, Issue 7-Day Ultimatum

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The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) has threatened to withdraw all its members from the seaports nationwide if the federal government does not carry out emergency fixes on all access roads to ports, especially the Apapa port.

The union also issued a seven-day ultimatum to the Federal Government to remove all trucks abandoned on the Oshodi-Apapa Expressway and make access roads to the country’s seaports motorable by Monday, February 5.

It said on Sunday that if the government failed to get rid of the trucks after seven days, its members would embark on a nationwide indefinite strike by Monday, February 5, while all ports operations would be shut from Tuesday, February 6.

These demands were contained in a statement signed by the President-General, MWUN, Adewale Adeyanju, and Secretary-General, Felix Akingboye and made available to newsmen.

The statement read in part, “On May 14, 2017, the union issued a 21-day ultimatum to the Federal Government to fix the access roads to the nation’s seaports, especially the Oshodi-Apapa dual carriageway that leads to Apapa and Tin-Can ports. Before the expiration of the ultimatum, the management of Nigerian Ports Authority met with us and pleaded that they were doing something to fix the roads, especially the Apapa and Tin-Can ports axis of the Oshodi-Apapa dual carriageway.

“We were assured that remedial works would be done on the road because it was not captured in the 2017 national budget. We decided to suspend our planned industrial action.”

The maritime workers, however, said that they waited and endured “harrowing experiences” on the access roads to the ports in Lagos, Port Harcourt, Calabar and Warri, with the hope that the government would, at least, do a quick fix on the roads to make them motorable.

 “Nine months after we suspended the ultimatum, the roads have completely deteriorated and in addition, have claimed several lives and property. In fact, we lost two of our members on the Oshodi-Apapa dual carriageway.

“The Oshodi-Apapa dual carriageway has completely failed and is not motorable. From the Berger Bridge, there are countless craters and potholes on the road. To worsen the already terrible situation, from Otto Wharf, the road has become a park and mechanic workshop for heavy-duty trucks parked and abandoned by drivers and owners in the last few months.”

“If by Monday, February 5, 2018, the trucks are not removed and the craters and potholes filled, the union will withdraw all its members from the ports nationwide until these two demands are met.”

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Osun LG Polls: APC Wins All 389 Councilorship Seats

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The Osun Independent Electoral Commission (OSIEC) on Sunday, January 28, announced that all the 389 candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) won in Saturday’s councillorship election in the state.

Announcing the official results to newsmen in Osogbo, the state capital, yesterday, the Chairman of the commission, Segun Oladitan, said the ruling party’s candidates were returned in all the 389 seats contested on Saturday.

Oladitan said 128 of the returned candidates were from Osun Central Senatorial District, while 117 were from Osun West, with the remaining 73 from Osun East Senatorial District.

He said that 318 out of the candidates were returned unopposed, adding that only 71 candidates went into the contest.

While giving the breakdown of the figures, he said 52 out of the candidates that emerged through election were elected from Osun East Senatorial district, 13 from the West, and the remaining six came from the Central Senatorial district.

Oladitan added that going by the results of the exercise, all the APC candidates were declared as winners.

The Chairman, after the announcement, thereafter issued certificate of return to the 389 councillors.

The government had adopted a parliamentary system for the councils, which means that the councillors will elect their chairmen as they assume office.

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Gattuso: Cutrone’s Goal Should Have Been Disallowed

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Gennaro Gattuso was honest in his remarks of Patrick Cutrone’s goal and believes it should have been disallowed.

Cutrone opened the scoring for Milan in the 2-1 win over Lazio, with a glancing effort.

The goal came in from Calhanoglu’s cross and Inzaghi, Lazio boss believes it was handball and Gattuso agrees.

“I’ll be honest, I thought it was a header at first glance. Seeing it again from that angle, it was a goal that should’ve been disallowed,” Milan head coach Gattuso told Mediaset Premium.

“Having said that, it’s reductive to talk only about one incident. There were many chances and we rode our luck at times.”

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Buhari Schools African Leaders On How To Win Fight Against Corruption

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday told African leaders while launching the African anti-corruption year at the ongoing AU summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia that winning the war against corruption in the continent would require a change of mindset.

The summit was attended by Heads of State and Government of the African Union.

Obasanjo Meets Buhari In Addis Ababa Days After His ‘Letter Bomb’

The Nigerian supreme leader, who described corruption as one of the greatest evils facing the continent, renewed his commitment towards the fight against it in Nigeria, saying there’s no going back.

While stating that corruption is one of the “greatest evils of our time”, Buhari said Africa has made significant strides in tackling the menace by “putting in place legal and policy frameworks, notably the African Union Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption (AUCPCC)”.

He told African leaders at the summit with the theme, “Winning the Fight against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to African Transformation,” that his administration had gone far in its change agenda of which the fight against corruption was an important part.

“In Nigeria we have gone far into the implementation of our change agenda, which is primarily aimed at fighting corruption,” he said.

The President described strong institutions as necessary condition for winning the fight against corruption, stressing that for the corruption war to be won, African leaders must empower anti-corruption agencies and insulate them from political influence.

He, however, added that public confidence has been eroded by a “focus on short-term priorities and payoffs, propelled by corruption, which too often leaves projects uncompleted and promises unfulfilled.

His words: “As leaders, we must build synergy between the executive, legislative and judicial arms of government in order to entrench good governance, transparency and accountability.

“Strong institutions are a necessary condition in any society which aims to fight corruption. In building strong national and regional institutions, we must adequately empower our national anti-corruption agencies and insulate them from political influence.

“We have to encourage increased institutional collaboration between law enforcement agencies and anti-corruption agencies in order to win this fight.”

“The African Union must do more to stop the continuous assault on our economic and financial resources by multinationals in collusion with some of our citizens.

“Tackling corrupt acts and greed require a reorientation of our attitudes and perceptions.

“To win the fight against corruption, we must have a change of mindset.

“As we set off on this honorable path, let us also bear in mind that fighting corruption is not going to be a straightforward task and that corruption does fight back.

“While we may face some setbacks, we should remain resolute. Our common goal is to eradicate corruption in the best interest of our societies.”

 

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#BBNaija double wahala Opening Show: Mayorkun And Kiss Daniel Set The Stage On Fire

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#Bbnaija 2018 kicked off much to the teeming delight of the millions of followers of the show in africa and across the world. The artists lined up to perform on the night set the tone for what is expected to be another entertaining season of #bbnaija.

One of the performers of the night, MayorKun is perhaps one of one Nigeria’s fastest rising stars and he lived up to the billing as he performed his smash hit “Mama” for the audience.

This was a fitting opening for the new Season of Big Brother Naija, whuch has been tagged #bbnaija double wahala. a rising music star to introduce the newset and biggest Nigerian reality stars for 2018.

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It was perhaps fitting that mayorkun was the one to open the show that will herald new stars. His natural moves and smooth voice were easy on both the eyes and ears, as he kept not only the in-house audience captivated, but viewers all across the world with his musical artistry.

The other artist that performed on the night needs little introduction. Young Nigerian legend Kiss Daniel was next on stage and he immediately got everyone at the #bbnaija opening show moving, smiling and dancing with his iconic track, “Mama”.

He looked very stylish on his outfit which consisted of a denim jacket and shades, even as he delivered his famous lyrics while the dancers sychronised their moves around him.

Kiss daniel made good use of the stage as he engaged the audiencr during his performance in the most natural and easiest of ways possible, making the positive energy in the room radiate to enormous levels.

MayorKun later returned to the #bbnaija stage to serenade the audience with his  latest hit “Che Che”. Decked in an all white ensemble and moving to the beat like he was born to do it, he gave one of his best performances yet.

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To end an entertaining night, Kiss Daniel hit the stage once again, thus time dressed in an all orange ankara suit. He went ahead to perform another of his recent hits “Yeba”, just as his dancers danced ecletically as he sang hi heart out on stage.

The #bbnaija double wahala 2018 opening show has set the tone for what to expect and we cant wait to see more nigerian music artists grace the stage!

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Inzaghi Slams VAR For Allowing Cutrone Handball

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Lazio boss, Simone Inzaghi has slammed VAR for allowing Patrick Cutrone’s goal stand, after replay showed it was handball.

The 20-year-old opened the scoring for Milan in the 2-1 win over Lazio, after glancing in Calhanoglu’s cross, however replay showed it touched his hand.

Bonaventura scored the winner, after Marusic scored the equaliser, but Inzaghi could not hide his disappointment.

“It’s incredible. Honestly, I didn’t notice it [at the time]. They’ll have to explain this one to us, too,” he told Mediaset Premium.

“They told me on the touchline and I asked Cutrone after the final whistle. He said it was deflected but it obviously wasn’t.

“It’s a shame. Once again, we have to deal with this situation. The pictures speak for themselves.

“I saw a very good performance in the second half and one that merited at least a point, but that’s football, you have to put the ball in the net. Milan did, and we didn’t.”

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Ex-Senator, 5,000 Supporters Dump PDP For APC In Kano

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A former ‎ Senator under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Basheer Lado, has decamped to the All Progressives Congress (APC) with over 5,000 supporters in a grand reception in Kano.

The event took place at the popular Sani Abacha stadium before a large crowd of supporters.

Mr. Lado, who was accompanied to the venue by party supporters, was received by Deputy National Chairman of the APC, Segun Oni on behalf of the party’s national chairman, John Oyegun.

The former Senator, who represented Kano Central from 2011 to 2015, lost to the immediate past Governor of the state, Rabi’u Kwankwaso, during the 2015 general elections.

Speaking shortly after he was received by the party, Mr. Lado promised to work for the development of the party not only at the state level but the country as at large.

“I am very happy to join APC with over 5,000 supporters , together we are going to work for the party to become stronger in the state and the country in general,” he said.

The former senator said his decision to move to the APC was borne out his conviction that the party had done well and fulfilled the promises it made to the electorate.

In his remarks, the North- West Zonal Vice Chairman of the party, Inuwa Abdulkadir, described the Mr. Lado’s coming as a ‘boost’ to the APC in the country.

Earlier, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje said that Mr. Lado had brought a lot of development to the state when he was senator representing Kano Central between 2011 and 2015.

He said the contract for the Kano-Katsina road was awarded during the Senator’s term in the senate.

Mr. Ganduje also added that the senator moved the motion for the construction of a ‎fly-over along Zaria Road in Kano metropolis.

The governor also commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his efforts in the figth against corruption and insurgency in the country.

He also thanked Mr. Buhari for approving the contract ‎for the construction of modern rail line from Lagos to Kano in addition to awarding contract for the rehabilitation of the Abuja – Kaduna-Kano road.

Mr. Ganduje then appealed to the people of the state to continue to pray for the president and for peace, stability and progress in the country.

NAN reports that among the prominent personalities that graced the occasion were Governor Jibrila Bindow of Adamawa, Governor Abubakar Bello of Niger, Senator Kabiru Gaya, Senator Barau Jibrin and some members of the House of representatives.

Other were the National Organising Secretary of the APC, Osita Izunaso; Publicity Secretary, Bolaji Abdullahi‎; Senator Eta Enang and the National Women Leader of the ruling party, Rabi Abdullahi, among others.

(NAN)

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