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Buratai inaugurates Army Peacekeeping Centre BoT

He said the aim was to promote professionalism in peacekeeping missions.

Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai
Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai
Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai has inaugurated a five man Board of Trustees of the Martin Luther Agwai International Leadership and Peacekeeping Centre in Jaji, Kaduna State.

 He said the aim was to promote professionalism in peacekeeping missions.

Buratai disclosed on Thursday that the Peacekeeping centre was established to harness the lessons learnt from Nigeria’s experiences in peace support operations over the years and build the capacity of the Principal Staff Officers.

He said the decision was underscored by the need to conform to global trend, reposition the centre to better support Nigeria’s growing efforts at global peace, as well as create the right conditions for the centre to collaborate more effectively with partners globally.

According to him, the Board of Trustees will act on behalf of Army Headquarters to pilot the affairs of the centre for an initial period of four years.

Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai has inaugurated a five man Board of Trustees of the Martin Luther Agwai International Leadership and Peacekeeping Centre [Twitter/@HQNigerianArmy]

Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai has inaugurated a five man Board of Trustees of the Martin Luther Agwai International Leadership and Peacekeeping Centre [Twitter/@HQNigerianArmy]

“The enormous responsibilities of transforming the centre to an international institution and galvanising partners support for this purpose, necessitates that eminent personalities with internationally recognised reputation are appointed as members of the board,” he said.

He further explained that due consideration was given to their experience, reputation and connection with the UN and other relevant organisations.

“After due consultations, the centre proposed a 5-member BoT to be headed by Gen. Martin Luther Agwai (rtd).

“Other members include: Ambassador Ibrahim Gambari, Mrs Halima Ahmed (ECOWAS), Maj. Gen. O T Ethan (rtd), Commandant MLAILPKC, Maj. Gen. Abubakar Tarfa and the Director Peacekeeping Operation as the secretary,” he said.

Earlier, in his opening remarks, the Commandant of the centre, Maj-Gen. Abubakar Tarfa said its responsibility is to provide quality training for troops earmarked for Peace support operations and individual members of the Armed Forces, police, paramilitary and selected civilians for possible United Nations, African Union and ECOWAS engagements.

Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai has inaugurated a five man Board of Trustees of the Martin Luther Agwai International Leadership and Peacekeeping Centre [Twitter/@HQNigerianArmy]

Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai has inaugurated a five man Board of Trustees of the Martin Luther Agwai International Leadership and Peacekeeping Centre [Twitter/@HQNigerianArmy]

Tarfa said the centre had prepared the military for contemporary multidimensional peacekeeping environment which had become more dynamic and complex.

“The center was renamed Martin Luther Agwai International Leadership and peacekeeping Centre to reposition it for greater benefits from its foreign partners.

”The centre had trained over 87, 000 personnel with requisite support of the army headquarters,” he said.

In his remarks, the BoT Chairman, Gen Martin Luther Agwai (rtd.) commended the foresight of the COAS for inaugurating the board with people of repute.

Agwai who promised that the board would keep to the terms of reference, said the working relationship between the centre and the partners would be sustained.

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Cultivate good relationship with your neighbour, Buhari urges Nigerians

Buhari said this when he hosted leaders of the National Assembly at a dinner in the State House, Abuja, on Thursday night.

President Muhammadu Buhari has urged Nigerians to cultivate good relationship with their neighbours  (Premium Times)
President Muhammadu Buhari has urged Nigerians to cultivate good relationship with their neighbours (Premium Times)
President Muhammadu Buhari says “cultivating neighbourliness’’ on individual and national level will deepen the values of democracy and speed up development process by saving the cost of delays and repairs.

Buhari said this when he hosted leaders of the National Assembly at a dinner in the State House, Abuja, on Thursday night.

According to the president, an effective working relationship with the legislative arm of government will easily translate into more gains for Nigerians.

President Buhari said he was pleased with the voting pattern of principal leaders of the National Assembly, which showed a lot of maturity and patriotism, and also signalled to all Nigerians that love for the nation supersedes party affiliations.

Senate President Ahmad Lawan says lawmakers do not get jumbo pay.

Senate President Ahmad Lawan says lawmakers do not get jumbo pay.

“I was very pleased that people expressed their desires at the National Assembly across party lines. Neighbourliness is very important.

“It makes sense to cultivate neighbourliness on individual and national level. If you cultivate good relationship with your neighbour, you will save a lot emotionally and materially.’’

Buhari said Nigeria had benefited a lot by maintaining a good relationship with neighbours like Cameroon and Benin Republic, adding that the fight against Boko Haram had been jointly carried out with neighbouring countries.

He also said that Nigeria’s drive for food security had been discussed with neighbouring countries to cut smuggling.

The President urged the legislature to stop comparing Nigeria’s democracy with more developed countries as every country had its peculiarities and the historical growth patterns had been different, with the developed countries practicing liberal democracy for longer years.

Speaker of the House of Representatives Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila [Twitter/@Femigbaja]

Speaker of the House of Representatives Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila [Twitter/@Femigbaja]

“Along the line of development, we are a developing country. We have different experiences,’’he added.

In his remark, the Senate President, Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan, assured the President that the legislature was ready to work with the executive to provide solutions to the challenges facing the nation.

Lawan said that the 9th National Assembly was different in “attitude, composition and patriotism’’ and would ensure good “collaboration, partnership and synergy’’ on national issues.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, said elections of principal officers in the National Assembly were transparent, assuring that the National Assembly would work with President Buhari to improve the lives of constituents.

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Osinbajo says corruption damages economy, violates human rights

Osinbajo made the call at the 2019 African Union (AU) Anti-corruption Day organised by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) in Abuja on Thursday.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says corruption damages economy and violates human rights  [Twitter/@ProfOsinbajo]
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says corruption damages economy and violates human rights [Twitter/@ProfOsinbajo]
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has urged stakeholders, including government, parliamentarians and non-state actors to be more effective and adopt holistic, strategic and coordinated approach in the fight against corruption.

Osinbajo made the call at the 2019 African Union (AU) Anti-corruption Day organised by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) in Abuja on Thursday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Day, commemorated on July 11 annually, is an Africa observance event to raise awareness in the fight against corruption.

The theme for this year’s celebration is “Towards a Common African position on Asset Recovery”.

Osinbajo, who was represented by Solicitor-General of the Federation and Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry Of Justice, Mr Dayo Apata, said that the bane of corruption had given birth to unbridled loot of public funds and property.

In reality, corruption undermines Africa’s security, generates huge economic damage and violates human rights.

“This gives a sense of urgency to the fight against corruption, as failure to address corruption inhabits sustainable long-term growth and undermines human development. 

“The menace of corruption in African continent is endemic, as it negatively affects all aspect of people’s lives. And those who suffer most are the vulnerable, the downtrodden, the less privilege, the poor and the marginalised.

President Muhammadu Buhari [Twitter/@BashirAhmaad]

President Muhammadu Buhari [Twitter/@BashirAhmaad]

“In spite of commendable regulatory instruments and established different institutions to combat corruption in Africa, the ugly trend continues unabated.

“Through its diverse practices, funds allocated for the provision of vital public services such as roads, health clinics, good schools, among others, are diverted, mismanaged and stolen,” he said.

Osinbajo said that the third AU roundtable high level discussion would continue to pave way for the needed opportunity for cross fertilisation of ideas, knowledge exchange and sharing of best practices in checkmating the challenges militating against good governance.

He added that it would also help in the recovery of looted assets among the African States and around the world, thereby improving asset recovery and asset return.

He noted that tackling corruption head-long had been a top priority programme the present administration led by President Muhammadu Buhari since its inception in May 29, 2015.

“As a result, there is in place no zero tolerance policy to corrupt practices and non-conforming conducts in public life and for ensuring integrity and ethical conducts in the task of governance. 

“It is time for Africa to fight for all it has lost through bad leadership and mismanagement of public funds which is detrimental to its citizens,“ he said. 

Osinbajo assured the public of the continued commitments of government to give effect to all domestic laws, International and regional obligations in combating the scourge of corruption in Nigeria.

Prof Bolaji Owasanoye, Head ICPC

Prof Bolaji Owasanoye, Head ICPC

The Chairman of ICPC, Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye, said that the anti-corruption day was intended to enable all 55 AU countries raise more awareness on corruption and propagate the supportive things people can do to fight it.

Owasanoye, who was represented by a Member of the commission, Mr Obiora Igwedibia, noted that the anti-corruption day became imperative because of the negative impact of corruption on the continent’s economic development which could not be underestimated.

“The worst-hit victims of the crimes of corruption remain the vulnerable poor and the marginalised individuals.

“Indeed, the panel on illicit Financial flows from Africa, chaired by former South African President, Thabo Mbeki, in 2015, put the amount of money leaving Africa through illicit flows at a staggering sum of 50 billion US dollars annually,” he said.

He explained that President Muhammadu Buhari also noted that it was more than three times the US overseas development assistance to Africa.

“Sadly, the flow is now estimated at 90 billion US dollars and it is still growing,” he said.

Owasanoye said that efforts geared towards recovery of identified stolen wealth would be transformational for the continent, adding that millions of Africans suffering denial of basic social services and lack of infrastructures such as hospitals, schools, water and employment would receive succour as stolen assets are recovered.

“When you recover stolen wealth back to the original owners in a way that obviously makes the concealment of same difficult at all times, there is less controversy in corruption “Future perpetrators are also prevented, while the rich people that were ordinarily made poor by activities of thieves rejoice and bask in general prosperity,” he said.

Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), Professor Itse Sagay

Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), Professor Itse Sagay

In his remarks, the Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), Prof. Itse Sagay said that the major problem Nigeria had experienced with regards to recovery of assets was the extreme difficulty of persuading foreign countries to whose territory such looted funds had been transferred to return the funds to the victim state.

“Nigeria particularly has experienced this with regard the Abacha loots which are still located in various countries all over the world.

“The latest example is the funds identified as Abacha loot funds in the island of New Jersey which is determined to keep large proportion of looted funds before returning the balance to Nigeria,” he added. 

He urged African leaders to come together to establish a common procedure for demanding the return of such funds from foreign countries.

“Such a standard once established will create a more conducive mindset in the receiving countries for the return of looted funds in their custody.”

NAN reports that the day was organised by ICPC in collaboration with PACAC, Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) and Pan African Strategic and Policy Research Group (PANAFSTRAG). 

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I didn’t implement 2014 confab report because of time constraint — Jonathan

I didn?t implement 2014 confab report because of time constraint ? Jonathan

Former President Goodluck Jonathan in his speech on Thursday, July 11, 2019, called for the implementation of the 2014 confab report which his government convened. 

Speaking at the public presentation of a book written by Senator Femi Okurounmu in Lagos, Goodluck Jonathan said he failed to implement the 2014 confab report because of the time constraint as the 2015 political campaign had reached its peak. 

The former President also maintained that the 2014 confab report can address most of the challenges facing the country, if implemented. 

“I believe the constitutional conference will solve our immediate challenges. My administration was prepared to change the narrative of our constitutional democracy with the assurance that sovereignty belongs to the people.

“However, we were time constrained. The conference was conducted one year to the end of my tenure. We did not have the time, even the National Assembly which supposed to validate the report was busy with political survival. I did not insist on rushed implementation because my administration did not set out to achieve political popularity but to genuinely advance the course of nation building” he said

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Alibaba calls out women defending Senator Elisha Abbo

Alibaba has lashed out at women defending Senator Elisha Abbo, days after the Nigerian police started off his prosecution over the assault incident as a sex toy shop in Abuja. 

The ace comedian stated that the women supporting the senator representing Adamawa North senatorial district in the wake of the assault incident, are the reason why women get treated anyhow. Alibaba added that such women go on to defend rape, molestation, marginalization and even the people behind human trafficking and sex slave rackets.

He wrote; 

Some women are the reasons women are treated anyhow. They will defend rape, molestation, marginalization, even be the people behind human trafficking and sex slave rackets.

They will hate on their fellow women… who are doing well. Cook up reason for such women’s success, just to make nonsense if their success.  They will rather give a job they know a woman can do better than any man, just so the woman doesn’t become outstanding.

They will cover up a Rape, because of the damage it will do to the family. Fear some women ooo

Alibaba calls out women defending Senator Elisha Abbo
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Patricia appoints Benjamin Oyemolan As CTO, becomes the youngest CTO in West Africa

The announcement apparently made Mr. Benjamin the youngest CTO in West Africa as he is just 23 years old.

Patricia appoints Benjamin Oyemolan As CTO, becomes the youngest CTO in West Africa
Patricia appoints Benjamin Oyemolan As CTO, becomes the youngest CTO in West Africa
Fast-growing e-commerce firm Patricia during a recent press conference announced Benjamin Oyemolan as their Chief Technology Officer. This was made known by their Founder/CEO Mr. Hanu Fejiro Agbodje who was ecstatic to have Ben as the company’s CTO. 

The announcement apparently made Mr. Benjamin the youngest CTO in West Africa as he is just 23 years old.

In his words, “It feels good to be recognized for the good work done here. I joined Patricia barely a year ago and I have contributed immensely to making the brand a world-class brand. I’ve seen Patricia grow from baby steps to taking giant leaps. I can’t wait to see how we’ll change the entire fintech system in Africa,” he said.

It is equally good to note that Patricia is one of the largest traders of Bitcoin and gift cards in West Africa. In a recent interview with Vanguard Allure, the CEO Mr. Hanu Agbodje reiterated his dream of making sure the e-commerce ecosystem is safe for every individual in the world to do business.

Patricia appoints Benjamin Oyemolan As CTO, becomes the youngest CTO in West Africa

Patricia appoints Benjamin Oyemolan As CTO, becomes the youngest CTO in West Africa

Patricia is surely on the path to achieving this as Ben and his team of creative tech enthusiasts have created a safe and ultimately secure platform to handle bitcoin trades in Nigeria and Ghana; a first of its kind.

We are on the lookout for what this innovative company will do next, the future is looking bright for Nigeria and Africa’s fintech industry.

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Ladies who bleach, enhance their ass and boobs won’t last in marriage – Counselor Charlotte Oduro

Ladies who bleach, enhance their ass and boobs won?t last in marriage - Counselor Charlotte Oduro

Counselor Charlotte Oduro in her counseling session, warned that women who bleach, enhance their ass and boobs won’t last in any marriage. 

According to the Ghanaian relationship counselor, such acts come off as having low self-esteem. She also advised women to let go of men who won’t accept them the way they are, but will want them to enhance their beauty with “products”. 

“I am surprised they don’t believe in themselves…I am surprised people cannot be proud of themselves. That is why they go for injections for breast and for back because they want to get shape. Any man that goes for a woman who has gone for injections for breast and back five years to come that thing will reduce.

“It is not you so if the man does not want you as you are you let him go. We should not add things to ourselves just because the man want it. I want you to bleach, I want you to be fair but when you saw me I wasn’t fair and now you want me to be fair…go and get fair ladies and leave me alone”, she advised.

The controversial relationship counselor was called out weeks ago by Nigerian singer, Simi, over her comment on how women should handle cheating husbands.

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Nigerian mission in South Africa urges restraint in comments over Obianuju-Ndubisi’s death

The Consulate General of Nigeria in South Africa has called on social media platforms to exercise restraint over comments on the alleged murder of Mrs Elizabeth Obianuju-Ndubisi.

Late Mrs Elizabeth Ndubuisi-Chukwwu, strangled in a hotel room in South Africa (Vanguard/Google News)
Late Mrs Elizabeth Ndubuisi-Chukwwu, strangled in a hotel room in South Africa (Vanguard/Google News)
Mr Godwin Adams, Nigerian Consulate General to South Africa, who gave the advice in a statement on Wednesday, said that some of the comments did not represent facts on ground.

Adams commiserated with the deceased’s family, saying he had met and discussed with her older brother, Dr. Chiedu Ndubuisi, after which they agreed that since the cause of her death was unknown, they should rely on the resultant autopsy report to confirm the circumstances surrounding her demise.

The Consulate General said that he received information about Obianuju-Ndubisi’s death on June 16, and immediately rushed to Emperors Palace Hotel in Johannesburg, where she died, to follow up on the development.

“I met the hotel management, who immediately called in the security officials to brief me on the incident, and was also directed to Kempton Police station, where the case was handled.

“I have been in touch with the family and the Director General of the Insurance Institute in Nigeria, Mr Richard Borokini, to review the case.

We have requested for copy of the CCTV footages from the hotel to which they have agreed, subject to compliance to section 205 of the SA constitution relating to coronary inquest.

“We have commenced a process through the police to obtain necessary approval; the mission is currently following closely the process and has reported developments to our headquarters in Abuja.

“It was contemplated to have independent autopsy, the family finalised arrangement with funeral parlour to repatriate the body to Nigeria for burial, fixed for July 25.

“While sympathising with the family, we advice that people exercise restraint in some misleading comments in the social media that do not seem to represent the facts on the ground,” Adams said.

He revealed that the said hotel was cooperating in the investigation which had begun, saying that patience was required to get to the root of the matter.

Adams noted that there was no suspicion on the cause of the death yet, since it was a weekend; the investigating police officer was not available.

He explained that on June 24, the Consular was informed about autopsy report, which indicated that the deceased died of circumstances consistent with strangulating.

At this stage the investigating police officer and the said cousin immediately requested to watch the CCTV-footages in the hotel and this was granted by the hotel management.

“There was nothing that showed there was foul play; they later went to the pathologist to reconfirm and he said he stood by his earlier findings.

“I stepped in to approach the hotel for an independent meeting, as one of the representatives of the Nigerian government in South Africa, and we were given access to footages of the CCTV.

“We did not find anything incriminating; the docket opened by the police was an inquest case, but now alleged murder had been identified, we had to press for murder or culpable homicide,” he added.

Adams also revealed that the mission was not informed about the conference, adding that he immediately rushed to the hotel to find out more on the development when he was told. 

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Chaii!!! Local Thief Caught, Whipped, Served Food And Told To Clean The Gutter (See Pics)

A thief was caught, stripped, beaten, even fed and told to help desilt the gutter. Jungle justice you say, but this time, he was made to work for the society.

According to Richard Blackstone a facebook user, the thief was given a different kind of treatment.

He wrote;

“This muscled guy was caught stealing in enugu , He was whipped small. Afterwards, we bought food for him, gave him two bottles of fanta drinks to quench his thirst and supplied him with one bag of sachet water. He was then given a shovel to desilt the big gutter leading to my poultry farm road in enugu, What a beautiful thing. He doesn’t need to go to jail. I think this is better than killing them or jail, let’s use them to keep our country clean.”