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Business / Re: Naira appreciates against dollar Update by lordryse: 2:1 pm On 4 Apr
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Nigeria News / Disputed Maritime Varsity land: We’ll sue FG if… —Itsekiri nation by JerryB: 12:0 am On 2 Feb
WARRI—ITSEKIRI nation says it will sue the Federal Government if the law establishing Nigerian Maritime University, NMU, Kurutie, Warri South-West Local Government Area, Delta State, is passed without compensation paid to the Omadino people, the perceived land owners.Chief Edward Ekpoko, Secretary, Itsekiri Leaders of Thought, ILoT, stated this in Warri, yesterday, while briefingVanguardon the wayforward over the ownership dispute of the NMU Okerenkoko temporary site, following the appearances bythe disputing Gbaramatu andItsekiri, claimants to the land,before a public hearing held at the National Assembly on the bill to back the school.Ekpoko, theTolurejuof Warri Kingdom, said: “We are not against the establishment of the university there. All we are saying is that the proper name of the place is Okereghigho, not Okerenkoko. That is how the courts have decided ownership of the land and compensation should be paid to the land owners, the Omadino people.“Litigations in respect of Okereghigho had been concluded to finality. No more appeal. The first was in 1951 in the case between E. E. Cillo from Omadina and Adurokumor on behalf of the people of Bakokodia, what Ijaws today call Kokodiagbene. In the judgement it is Bakokodia, not Kokodiagbene there.The Maritime University, in Okerenkoko, Delta State.“Adurokumor was in Bakokodia but was claiming rent in respect of tenants of Omadino in Okereghigho. Omadino people sued him. Inthe litigation plan, Omadino people said Okereghigho andBakokodia were their lands. And they got judgement against Adurokumor.“When they continued again, Omadino had to go to court again in 1962. They sued James Uloba and two others on behalf of Okereghigho people. The judge even recalled that judgement had already been given in 1951 inrespect of Okereghigho, that plaintiffs didn’t need to cometo court again, but in any case, the court still gave judgement to Cillo and Omadino people again.”On the claim by their Ijaw neighbours that they have a Supreme Court judgement setting aside the Omadino court victory, Ekpoko said that was a deliberate falsehood, adding that the case Ijaws refer to had nothing to do with Okerenghigho and Omadino’s ownership.He said, “The Ijaw people appealed to Supreme Court following the judgement of 1962. That appeal was dismissed on January 31, 1973. They went as far as theWest Africa Court and the Supreme Court then. There must be an end to a litigation. In respect of Okerenghigho, appeal will only come on the day of resurrection. On earth, it is dead, concluded to finality.“The judgement they are harping on in the appeal they got setting aside an earlier judgement in a case betweenUgborodo people and Gbaramatu in respect of another piece of land, Oporoaza area, not Okerenghigho. Okereghigho has been concluded to finality, no more appeal.“The Ugborodo case started in 1970. Ugborodo won at the High Court, then the Court of Appeal said they should send it back for retrial. The Ugborodo people went on appeal to the Supreme Court. Omadino was never mentioned in the matter where they got their said appeal.”



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Nigeria News / Wait for four years before judging us- Amaechi by JerryB: 12:0 am On 2 Feb
ILORIN—Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, yesterday, said All Progressives Congress, APC,government did not promise to fix Nigeria’s problem within a year and cautioned those lamenting the economic hardship to wait till2019 for the desired change.Also, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, cautioned Nigerians against making statements that could cause religious disharmony, warning that “nonation has ever survived religious war.”The ministers spoke in Ilorin, Kwara State, during a North Central town hall meeting for the people of Kogi, Niger and Kwara states by the Federal Government.Amaechi, who was the Director General of the Campaign Organisation of President Muhammadu Buhari during the 2015 elections, said though the Federal Government knows that things are difficult, Nigerians should wait till the end of the four-year mandategiven to the administration before they can judge whether the government had performed or not.Rotimi AmaechiAccording to him, “we did notpromise you that those challenges will be solved in one year or you would have given us a one-year mandate. But you gave us four years mandate, so wait till the end of four years before you can conclude thatwe have not done well.”While giving stewardship of his ministry, the minister lamented that the refusal of the National Assembly to approve the government’s borrowing plan from China was drawing the government back, urging the people from the three states to prevail on the National Assembly to approve the loan.According to him, if accessed, the loan would enable the government embark on the rivatalisation of rail projects, which would create more jobs.He said: “Go and talk to your people in the National Assembly. They are the ones holding the Federal Government back from improving on the infrastructure that would provide mass employment for the people by stopping the President’s borrowing plan from China. They are theones frustrating our efforts.”On his stewardship, the Minister of Health, Professor Issac Adewole, said the Federal Government had secured a loan of $500 million to fund the revival of basic health institutions across the country.He explained that N420 million was disbursed to each state in 2015 to fund the project in their respectivestates.Under the scheme, which would provide 1,000 basic health centres as already captured in the budget, the minister said a model health centre is being cited in each of the three senatorial districts of the three states.Other ministers who gave accounts of their stewardship were those of Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed; Water, Sulyman Adamu; Mining and Steel (State), Abubakar Bwauari, and Tradeand Investment, Ayishat Abubakar.


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Nigeria News / Avoid comments that can lead to religious war, FG warns religious leaders by JerryB: 12:0 am On 2 Feb
ILORIN— The Federal Government, yesterday, pleaded with religious leaders to avoid comments which can lead to religious war.It also clarified that there wasno plan to Islamize the nationor subject Christians to any form of persecution.Apostle Johnson Suleiman and Bishop David OyedepoThe government said it suspected that crises between Muslims and Christians used to be driven by political motivation, ethnicdifferences, extremism, intolerance and terrorism.The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who made the clarifications at a Town Hall meeting for North-Central in Ilorin, denied that the militarywas being used to arm Fulaniherdsmen to kill Christians.He asked the local and foreign media to shun the reportage of inviting statements by religious leaders.Mohammed said: “Without equivocating, let me say that a lot has been achieved by this administration, despite the challenges that we have faced since assuming office. But whatever has been achieved in all spheres will pale into insignificance if there is no peace in the country.“And there is no bigger threatto the peace and unity of our country today than religion-coated incendiary messages,which are being carelessly sent out there by some religious, political and opinion leaders.”No plans to Islamize NigeriaThe minister faulted allegations that the government was out to Islamize Nigeria or persecuteChristians.He added: “Such fallacies likethe Islamization of Nigeria, the killing of Christians by Muslims, the labelling of Nigeria as the most dangerous place for Christians in the world can only serve one purpose: trigger a religious war. Needless to say that no nation ever survives a religious war.“Those who are making these allegations know that they are not true, but they have found in religion another tool to demonize the government of the day, divertattention from the government’s anti-corruptionstance and create undue tension in the polity.“Make no mistake about it, there have been conflicts between adherents of the two major religions in certainparts of the country. To now extrapolate from that to say Nigeria is the most dangerous place for Christians in the world is a disservice to Nigeria and an overkill.“What those who are pushingthis negative narrative about Nigeria do not know is that if they succeed in giving Nigeria a bad name in the comity of nations, they too will not escape the consequences that will resulttherefrom.“The alleged Islamisation of Nigeria under the current administration is totally false and should be perceived in its entirety as a campaign of calumny.“The secular nature of Nigeria’s Constitution makes the issue of religious dominance and impunity improbable.”Military not arming Fulani herdsmen to kill ChristiansHe said the government considers it ludicrous to claim that the nation’s military was arming Fulani herdsmen to kill Christians.He said: “Before I end my speech, let me appeal to the media to desist from providing a platform for exponents of incendiary statements, those who will latch on to religion and ethnicity to divide us, and those who have no qualms about leveraging their privileged positions to give Nigeria a bad name in the international community.”“Their foreign collaborators, including a section of the international media, have even gone as far as accusingthe Nigerian military, a symbol of the country’s unity,of arming Fulani herdsmen tokill Christians, as if the army is made up of officers and men from only one religion.“The Federal Government rejects this ludicrous and nonsensical accusation against the military and warns those behind it to desist forthwith.”


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Nigeria News / Herdsmen in police uniform clash with police in Delta, Area Commander injured by JerryB: 12:0 am On 2 Feb
ORHORHO—herdsmen, dressed in police uniform, armed with AK-47 rifles and other dangerous weapons, engaged a team of policemenin a gun battle, yesterday, in Delta State, leaving a numberof police officers, including an Area Commander, injured, while some are missing.However, Delta State Police Commissioner, Mr. Zanna Ibrahim, who spoke toVanguardon phone yesterday evening, said: “There was no injury.“What happened was that thepolicemen were fatigued. They entered the terrain they were not used to and some of them collapsed out of fatigue.”He said none was injured, butadmitted that the Area Commander, who led the team and one other person were exhausted.Herdsmen attending to their cowsVanguardlearned that the police team, including men oftheDragon,Quick Response Squad, QRS and Ughelli AreaCommand patrol team, led bythe Area Commander, Ughelli, had stormed Orhorhocommunity and surroundingsin Ughelli North Local Government Area of the state.The move was due to incessant reports of rape andattacks on villagers by herdsmen, who were taking cover in the bush.But as soon as the policemen arrived, the herdsmen opened fire.The police officers, numbering over 60, it was gathered, had stormed the community to enforce an ultimatum issued the herdsmen to leave.Though details of the incident were still sketchy at press time, sources said the head of the police team was among the wounded in the gun battle.A source, who craved anonymity, said police officers were ambushed by the herdsmen, who he said opened fire on them, as they were approaching the community.



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Nigeria News / Women docked for forgery, theft by JerryB: 12:0 am On 2 Feb
By Innocent AnabaA Lagos housewife, Mrs. Remi-Louis Abolore, has been arraigned before a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, on a nine-count charge bordering on forgery, fraud and stealing.Abolore was arraigned beforeJustice Sule Hassan led-court by men of Zone 2 Nigeria Police Force, Onikan, Lagos.In the charge, the police alleged that the mother of three, in November 23, 2012, forged a document which she used to present herself as Managing Director of Vic-M-Vic Services Limited and also made a false document in writing with the signatures of her three under-aged children, with an intent to use the said document to induce public officers to act upon them.The police further alleged that the accused fraudulentlystole original Certificate of Incorporation, Memorandum of Association and Article of Association of Vic-M-Vic Services Limited, and Certified True Copy of Form CAC7, Original Copies of Acceptance Form and Acknowledgment form Trade Mark, Original copy of Board resolution dated February 13,2008, of Skin Speakers Cosmetics, without the companies’ authority.The accused was further alleged to have fraudulently stolen Vic-M-Vic Services Limited’s cheque books, which she used in withdrawing N300,000.She was also alleged to have stolen original Deed of Contract dated June 4, 2009, for 12 plots of land at Alasia village, Eti-Osa Local Government Area, valued N6.5 million, which was between Vic-M-Vic Services Limited and Rawak Properties Limited.The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to all the counts.The trial judge, Justice Sule Hassan, ordered that the accused be remanded in prison custody and adjourned the matter till February 13, for trial.


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Nigeria News / Russia hikes 2018 World Cupbudget by $325 million by JerryB: 12:0 am On 2 Feb
Russia has increased government spending on the 2018 World Cup by 19.1 billion rubles ($325 million) without explanation.Total spending rises to 638.8billion rubles ($10.8 billion), with all of the increase coming from federal budget funds, which now make up almost 55 percent of total spending.The increase dwarfs previous attempts to cut costs by reducing the number of high-end hotels tobe built and trimming expenses on other infrastructure.There was no immediate comment by the World Cup organizing committee on the reason for the increase, which was announced when an updated budget documentwas published on the government legal database.The document said the extra money would largely go to construction or refits of World Cup-related facilities, without specifying which particular projects.


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Nigeria News / Militants, pirates abduct, rape women – A’Ibom Monarch cries out by JerryB: 12:0 am On 2 Feb
•Boat owners lose N500 million in 3 years, pay ransom to pirates•We pay tax, yet no protection from govt , victimsexpress griefBy Emmanuel AyungbeIDUA SANG — THE village head of Idua Sang, Oron Local Government Area, Akwa Ibom State, His Royal Highness, Chief Iniko Asukwo Offiong, has screamed that militants and sea pirates kidnap and rape women of the community, who went fishing to provide for their families on the high sea.Chief Offiong, who spoke to NDV, said that militants and sea robbers have not only turned the women into sex slaves, but were also demeaning the men. He appealed to the state governor, Udom Emmanuel, to come to the rescue of the unfortunate villagers.Dump women in the creeks after raping them: Chief Offiong who lamented the agonies of women and men in the community, said: “As a village, we have written series of appeal letters to thestate and federal governmentthrough the state House of Assembly and National Assembly through our son, Hon. Robinson Awak, alertinggovernment of the lives and property we had lost going for fishing business on the high sea on daily basis.“Our women, who travel to the fishing terminal on the high sea are always raped and sexually harassed, some die in the process or come home to die days after undergoing unimaginable dehumanizing experiences inthe hands of militants and sea pirates.” The activities ofpirates, the traditional ruler noted, has made the economic recession more devastating to the people of Oro nation, who depend solely on products from the sea for their livelihood.People die daily: In his words, “My people are dying daily from pirates attacks and hunger. We do not have land to grow crops, everywhere is water, no forest for logging, we dependonly on the high sea for food,but sadly, sea robbers have taken over the sea, leaving my people without hope of survival.”Presence of Naval personnelThe village head, however, appreciated the presence of Naval personnel in the area, but regretted that the naval officers were located at camps like Ibaka and in between their posts, so muchhavoc have been perpetratedon his people. “The men are maltreated and debased, while women are taken away to unknown locations on the high sea, sexually abused and abandoned in creeks,”Chief Offiong said his people were suffering too much hardship in spite of the fact that a sizeable proportion of crude produced in the country is from the Oro nation, yet there was no government presence in the area. “Nature made our soil not good for farming and blessed us richly with aquatic life, but the pirates have besieged us,” he said.22 boats lost: Reacting, chairman, Transition Committee, Oron Seamen Boat Owners Union, Samson Oluwasegun, said members of union lost over N500 million to sea pirates in the past three years. Oluwasegun disclosed that between 2013 and 2015, boat owners lost 22 boats and paid millions of naira as ransom to sea pirates to recover some of their seized boats and passengers.“As a union, we pay our dues to the state and federal government, yet no government has come to our rescue even though we have written several letters to the government on our plight. Nocompensation is paid to our people or adequate protection, which is the basicand statutory responsibility of a government to the tax payers provided. Recently, we lost one of our boat drivers and a conductor with so many others nursing bullets wounds from the automatic guns of the sea pirates,” the chairman revealed.I’m now jobless: A boat owner, Chief Sunday Okoh, told NDV that he lost three boats, which he used to ply Oron – Cameroun route to pirates. “The sea pirates have seized three of my passenger boats leaving me with only one after removing the four engines worth N520,000 each. Now, I am jobless and my children are at home, no school fees, no food and no government assistance in spite of series of complaints through our union for government support,” he asserted.Board member of Oron Seamen Union, Mr. Imaobong Edet Okon, who owns passenger boats on the international route, fumed: “I was a road transport commercial driver, Igathered some money beforegoing into boat business, which I used to feed my children, but today sea pirates have retuned me to square one, everything I had are all gone, no hope to recover them.”Govt collects tax and does nothing thereafter: Chief Executive of Godown Marine Transport Company Limited, Mr. Daniel Collins Olumafa who hails from Ekeremo localgovernment area of Bayelsa State, told NDV: “I have been doing this marine business inOron since 2000 to date. Lastweek, I went to my church to do thanksgiving to God for the gift of life even though I have lost over N20 million to sea pirates.”Wiping out sea piratesMr. Olumafa said his company paid all necessary taxes to state and federal government and in most cases, they assisted the marine police and the naval personnel with fuel to enable them secure the waterway, but government was not committed to helping them wipe out sea pirates.At Calabar and Atabong/Abana routes, Elder Effiong Atte and Bassey Inyang, who spoke separately, complained of state government’s neglect. “We do not have serious cases of pirates’ activities in this section because of the short distance to our destination, we do not operate in the night, but the state government through the Ministry of Transport collects their dues everyday without thinking of maintaining the beach,” Atte asserted.Inyang, however, commended the effort of former governor, Victor Attah, whom he said constructed the beach over 10 years ago, but bewailed that subsequent governments only came to collect taxes without considering the problems of the aging beach. “The owners of the boats are complaining of the cost of maintaining their boats because the boat finds it difficult to berth,” he complained.


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Nigeria News / We’ve potentials to replicate commercial success of Chinese Economy- by JerryB: 12:0 am On 2 Feb
The Chairman, Capital Oil andGas, Dr. Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah has stated that with conscientious interventionistpolicy, the commerce driven potentials of Anambra State can be enhanced to become a commercial hub of the entire Sub-Sahara Africa.Speaking at his country home Nnewi after FC Ifeanyi Ubah had defeated Rangers International with one goal tonil, during an interactive session with market leaders of the State, Ubah stated thatAnambra State is blessed with ideas that can replicate the Chinese type of economic recovery.He said: “We are blessed with ideas that can replicate the Chinese type of economic recovery here in Anambra State if governmentunderstands its role in commerce. It is not just about collecting tax but to create commercial enhancement policy relationship between it and business owners.“With government partnership with the traders and other business owners in the state, we can create a thriving local economy in Anambra state that will make it a commercial hub in sub-Sahara Africa.”Ifeanyi UbahUbah pointed that Anambra State must think beyond waiting for Federal Government’s intervention, stating that “we can build a strong economy on our own without looking the direction of the center.”He added that, “We as a statemust get ambitious towards enhancing our commercial potentials by partnering with the traders in our state. The 21st century is not a century for lazy sub-national governments, rather a century that beckons on States to build a thriving local economy.“You can’t grow commercial activities in any territory where the traders or investors are not making profit. However, attracting business to the state is not enough, but making Policies that will reduce the cost of doing business in the state and create profit margin that will encourage business expansion which will in turn aid our economic recovery.“Without creating road map for commercial activities ,we will remain stagnant economically”. Ubah said .Ubah, who is also the Publisher of Authority Newspaper, stated that Igbo race is endowed with the potentials to rival China in doing business, but regrets that “our businessmen and women lack the requisite support of their state governments which their Chinese counterparts do enjoy.“We are the only black race that can mimick the Chinese style of doing business, but unfortunately our business players do not get government’s support like that of their Chinese counterparts. If I have the opportunity to govern Anambra state, I will not just replicate but internalize the Chinese model of commerce here in Anambra state,” he said.Ubah who speaks over four western languages and about five African languages stated that his knowledge of International business politics and that of local economy will help him achieve his set goals on issues of creating synergy between the international Business community and thelocal economy.His words: “I understand International business politics and how to synergizewith foreign and local interest institutions for the benefits of our state’s commerce. The point is that a 21st century business community needs government with knowledge of commerce to thrive.”


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Nigeria News / Oil steadies near $57 by JerryB: 12:0 am On 2 Feb
By Sebastine Obasi, with agency reportOil steadied close to $57 per barrel, yesterday, as rising tensions between the United States and Iran and Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries, OPEC, supply cuts were countered by ample inventories and signs that higher prices will revive U.S. output.U.S. energy companies added oil rigs for a 13th weekin the last 14, data showed last Friday. Despite the OPECcuts, U.S. crude inventories increased more than expected last week. Benchmark Brent crude traded at $56.75 a barrel, down 6 cents, while U.S. crude was up 4 cents at$53.87.“The tug-of-war between oil bulls and bears continued last week and there are no clear signs who could turn out to be the winner,” said Tamas Varga of oil broker PVM.“The result is a range-bound market where buyers shy away on a pop over $57 basis Brent but they feel a dip to the $54-level is an attractive purchase.”Tension between Tehran andWashington has risen since an Iranian missile test which prompted U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration last week to impose sanctions on individuals and entities linked to the Revolutionary Guards.However, a Revolutionary Guards commander said at the weekend Iran would use its missiles if its security is under threat.“The move by the U.S. to impose new restrictions on Iran does raise the risk of further tensions disrupting (oil) supply,” ANZ bank said.Iran, OPEC’s third-largest producer, has been raising output gradually since most international sanctions over its nuclear programme were lifted in 2016. Tehran is exempt from OPEC’s plan to cut supplies alongside Russia and other independent producers, which started on January 1 and calls for reductions of almost 1.8 million barrels perday.The OPEC members includedin the move have implemented at least 80 percent so far, according to aReuters survey and analysts. Russia has cut output by about 100,000 barrel per day,bpd and plans to deepen the reduction to 300,000 by the end of April. With output being cut, more investors arebetting on rising prices despite indicators such as the Baker Hughes rig count pointing to increased U.S. supply.Investors were said to have raised their net long U.S. crude futures and options positions in the week to January 31 to a record 412,380 lots, the Commodity Futures Trading Commissionsaid on Friday.


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Nigeria News / Joost van der Westhuizen: Former South Africa captain dies, aged 45 by JerryB: 5:0 pm On 2 Feb
Former South Africa captain Joost van der Westhuizen has died aged 45, six years afterhe was diagnosedwith the debilitating motor neurone disease.Van der Westhuizen won the World Cup with the Springboks in 1995.Regarded as one of the finest scrum-halves in history, he won 89 international caps between 1993 and 2003, scoring 38 tries.He captained the Springboks for four years, including at the 1999 World Cup, before his retirement in 2003.Van der Westhuizen was admitted to hospital in Johannesburg on Saturday, when he was said to be in a "critical condition".*.In his own words: 'It's been a rollercoaster from day one'"Joost will be remembered as one of the greatest Springboks - not only of his generation, but of all time," said South Africa Rugby president Mark Alexander."He also became an inspiration and hero to many fellow sufferers of this terrible disease as well as to those unaffected."We all marvelled at his bravery, his fortitude and his uncomplaining acceptance of this terrible burden."A record-breaking careerVan der Westhuizen made his Springboks debut the year after the team were readmitted to international rugby and was their record try-scorer until Bryan Habana surpassed him in 2011.He will be best remembered for his major role in the Springboks lifting the World Cup on home soil, beatingNew Zealand in the final.After winning the Tri-Nations Championship in 1998, he was named captain for the 1999 World Cup - at which South Africa finishedthird - before retiring after defeat by New Zealand in the quarter-finals of the 2003 tournament.At the time of his retirement, his 89 Tests made him the most-capped South African of all time, though fiveplayers have since won more caps.After being diagnosed with MND, a rare condition that progressively damages parts of the nervous system and impacts on important muscle activity such as walking, speaking and breathing, he set up the J9 Foundation, which provides support and care to people with the disease.


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Nigeria News / It’s difficult to Islamise Nigeria – Lai Mohammed by JerryB: 5:0 pm On 2 Feb
The Federal Government has declared that it is difficult to Islamise Nigeria by any government, saying that it has no hidden agenda to achieve such plan.The Minister of Information and Culture, Alh. Lai Mohammed made declaration on Monday at theNorth-Central Edition of Town Hall Meeting held in Ilorin, Kwara state.He said that the alleged Islamisation of Nigeria under the current Administration is totally false and should be perceived in its entirety as a campaign of calumny, sayingthat the secular nature of Nigeria’s Constitution makes the issue of religious dominance and impunity improbable.Mohammed who condemnedthe action of those preachingreligious intolerance stressed that it was difficult to Islamise Nigeria and thoseclaiming the current Federal Government was plotting to Islamise the country were not only political but were also working towards diverting attention from the ongoing anti-corruption crusade.‘‘The media has been increasingly awash with incendiary statements that seem designed to pitch the adherents of the two prominent religions in the country, Christians and Muslims againstone another.‘‘Such fallacies like the Islamization of Nigeria, the killing of Christians by Muslims, the labelling of Nigeria as the most dangerous place for Christians in the world can only serve one purpose: trigger a religious war.‘‘Needless to say that no nation ever survives a religious war. Those who are making these allegations know that they are not true, but they have found in religion another tool to demonize the government of the day, divert attention from the government’s anti-corruption stance and create undue tension in the polity.‘‘It is also important to note that the underlying principle of religious conflict may not be purely religious, but more often than not coloured with political connotations as vividly depicted in the case ofthe terrorist group Boko Haram.‘‘And more often than not, conflicts between Muslims and Christians are fuelled by political motivations, ethnic differences, extremism, intolerance and terrorism.’’On achievements of the administration, the Minister said, “a lot has been achieved by this administration, despite the challenges that we have faced since assuming office.“But whatever has been achieved in all spheres will pale into insignificance if there is no peace in the country. And there is no bigger threat to the peace and unity of our country today than religion-coated incendiary messages, which are being carelessly sent out there by some religious, political and opinion leaders.“Make no mistake about it, there have been conflicts between adherents of the two major religions in certainparts of the country. To now extrapolate from that to say Nigeria is the most dangerous place for Christians in the world is a disservice to Nigeria and an overkill.‘‘What those who are pushing this negative narrative about Nigeria do not know is that if they succeed in giving Nigeria a bad name in the comity of nations, they too will not escape the consequences that will result therefore,’’ he warned.


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Nigeria News / We sold APC to you, please hang on to it, endure more – Tinubu by JerryB: 5:0 pm On 2 Feb
National leader of the All Progressives Congress Party, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has told protesting Nigerians to hang on to the APC party they sold to them and endure a little longer for the promised change to arrive. Tinubu assured the protesters that the Buhari-led government which the people voted into power is not running away from the change it promised Nigeriansduring campaigns.Tinubu gave the comment onMonday while addressing theprotesters in Lagos.Recall that thousands of Nigerians took to the streets to protest the unfavourable situation in the country especially the economy. The protest which was to be initially led by popular musician, 2face Idibia later saw a last minute withdrawal by 2face citing plots by hoodlums to hijack the wholeprocess and cause mayhem.This was equally as pressuremounted on 2face from both the presidential spokespersons, Femi adesina and Lauretta Onochie on one hand and from the Lagos state commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni who even threatened to arrest 2face should he continue with the protest.Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu2face however, chickened-out and called for the cancellation of the protest. But, concerned Nigerians under the banners,#OnevoiceNigeria and#IsatandwithNigeria went ahead with the protest with big and popular personalitiessuch as Charly Boy, sheyi Law, activist, Deji Adeyanju, Saharareporters’publisher, Omoyele Sowore among so many others joining the protest.However, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu made out time to meet some of the protesting groups from where he told them the mind of the government concerning the predicaments faced by the people under the Buhari-led administration.He said, “What we are going through now will be resolved.We are going through a historical phase of a country that is promising and holdingthe promise for you. There is a leadership on the line. And you have to live with that for now. Protest won’t solve the problem, will it, he asked rhetorically.”He said re-planning is the


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