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Saturday, January 23, 2016

Top 10 News Stories In Nigeria Today![23/01/2016]

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=>  Ngige Tells Buhari What He Must Do About

Nigeria’s minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige has finally opened up on the protests by the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) for a sovereign state.
The former governor of Anambra state, who spoke with in Alor, venue of his late father’s funeral ceremony, insisted that there is nothing like Biafra.
According to him, the protesters are only a group of discontented people, a situation which is not peculiar to the eastern part of the country where they are domiciled.
He said, therefore, that there is really no need for Nigerians to panic about their presence or activities as they would be handled the same way others were dealt with by the federal government.
“Biafra? What do you mean by Biafra?” he retorted rhetorically when asked about the struggle by the protesters.
“There is no struggle anywhere. There is even no agitation. It is just discontent.”
Senator Chris Ngige during the condolence visit to his residence on Saturday, January, 2016. Photo: Emmanuel Osodi.
“In Yoruba land, they say they are OPC, Oodua Peoples Congress; in the Niger Delta, they say they are militants; in the northern part of Nigeria, especially the northwest and northeast, they say they are Boko Haram. They are against western education. They say that it is from western education that they learn how to steal money.
“So, it is discontent. The people who say they are doing Biafra agitation are the same thing and they will be handled the same way others have been handled. Dialogue!” the former Senator quickly added.

=>FG To Generate 2million Jobs From ICT - Minister Of Communications- Thenation

The Minister of Communications, Mr. Adebayo Shittu, has said that the Federal Government will create two million jobs from the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector.  He said investors from China would be investing 15 billion dollars in the sector.
He spoke at the maiden Nigeria Communications retreat organized by the Federal Ministry of Communications, at International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan on Friday.
He said: “Information and Communication Technology today creates more jobs than oil and gas and that can further be enjoyed, as investors from China would be investing N15 billion dollars in the ICT sector in Nigeria. So, potential two million jobs will be made available through investments in the sector,” he said.

 => Funds Looted From Nigeria In Last 5 Years Can Service 3 Annual Budgets – EFCC - Nigerianmonitor
The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, has said that the funds looted from Nigeria in the last five years is enough to fund three years budget of the country.
He stated this yesterday during an informal meeting with Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka in Ikeja, Lagos State.
Magu used the occasion of the meeting to discuss his plans for a renewed clampdown on corrupt officials in Nigeria.
Earlier at the meeting, Mr. Soyinka bantered with the EFCC chairman, at one point wishing him “good luck, but not that other one.”READ FULL NEWS

» Photos: Nigerian man in South Africa reportedly died after swallowing drugs to avert arrest- Linda Ikeji

A group of angry Nigerians gathered near the Arwyp hospital in Kempton Park, Johannesburg today to protest against police brutality after a policeman allegedly suffocated a Nigerian. But officials told reporters that the man died after swallowing what is thought to be drugs. Police officers rushed him to the health facility in an attempt to save his life. Details later...SOURCE

 => Financial Times calls Nigeria's economic approach the height of foolishness

Naira devaluation talk grows stronger as Nigeria also adopts Chinese-type circuit breaker
Nigeria plans to create a $25 billion fund with public and private financing to modernize infrastructure and avoid a recession.
Copying Venezuela’s exchange rate policy and China’s failed equity market strategy might seen the height of foolishness.
But, at least in the opinion of John Ashbourne, Africa economist at Capital Economics, that is precisely what Nigeria, the continent’s largest economy, has just done.
“Low oil prices are battering Nigeria’s export-dependent economy, but it’s the government’s market-distorting response that risks pushing the country into a Venezuela-style crisis,” Mr Ashbourne says.
“Nigeria is sliding towards a Venezuela-style FX regime and adopting a Chinese-style stock market circuit breaker. Neither will reassure foreign investors, many of whom seem to be eyeing the exits.”

 => FG launches special military operation to tackle pipeline vandalism - Punch

The Federal Government has launched a special military operation code-named operation AWATSU against pipeline vandals in the country.
The operatives of the special task force have also arrested 25 members of the gang of vandals operating at the Arepo in Ogun State and parts of Lagos State.
The Acting Director, Defence Information, Brig.-Gen. Rabe Abubakar, who stated this in an exclusive interview with Saturday PUNCH, said that the operatives also seized 50 vehicles belonging to the vandals in the ongoing operation in Lagos.

=> Buhari expresses concern on ranking of universities

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed concern over low ranking of the country’s universities. The president expressed the concern on Saturday in Bauchi at the 19th to 22nd convocation ceremony of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi.
Represented by Prof. Julius Okojie, Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission, he said that “it is worrisome that no Nigerian university is quoted among the top 100 universities in the world.
“We rank below a thousand, if we do not aspire to be among the world class universities, we cannot boast of robust system capable of making the country among the top economies of the world. “We have abundance of talents who excel elsewhere but appear incapacitated at home.
This is unacceptable. “Whatever makes our abundant talents fail at home and excel abroad must be identified and neutralised for our benefit and that of our future generation,’’ Buhari said. He blamed incessant strikes by teachers as “major bottlenecks to progress of the country’s university system’’. “The repercussions of strike usually retard the smooth running of academic activities with heavy negative consequences’’.

=> 15-Year-Old Caught Having Sex With Sheep In Nnewi, Anambra – Authorityngr

"I have never had sex with human being in my life except sheep because it’s sweet"
Sheep owner wanted boy to buy his sheep and marry as ‘wife’
Master Miracle Oluebube Nweke is a 15- year old boy and member of Assemblies of God Church in Nnewichi-Nnewi. But he is a self-confessed deviant who enjoys having sex only with sheep. He was recently caught in the act, last Mon­day, by a friend who raised the alarm leading to his arrest and confession of his past escapades. Our Correspondent, Isaac Ojo, was at the scene where Master Miracle made his confessions and why he is engaged in zoophilia and bestiality. Enjoy!
Although, chapter 18, verse 23 of the Book of Leviticus commands thus: “And you shall not lie with any beast and defile your­self with it, neither shall any woman give herself to a beast to lie with it,” Master Miracle Oluebube Nweke, a 15-year old Christian is not bothered by such ordinance. At his age, he has not only been copulat­ing but strangely so with ani­mals which must be sheep.


=> Boko Haram: Bloody Clashes Leave 70 Terrorists Killed, 4 Soldiers Dead (PHOTOS)
The army has reported that about seventy Boko Haram terrorists have been killed in several clashes with Nigerian troops in the northeastern region of the country.
According to a report by Major General Lucky Irabor,  the deputy theatre commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, the army says 70 insurgents and four officers have been killed in different encounters. In the military’s update on successes recorded in operation Lafiya Dole, the army said on Sunday, January 17, the troops conducted a clearance operation at Shentimari general area and cleared Boko Haram enclaves and recovered 78 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition.

=> Foreign Trips: Aides Concerned Over Buhari's Health - Saharareporters

According to a source from the presidency, some of President Buhari’s aides are concerned about his health. The aides are of the thought that the president’s frequent travels might be taking a toll on his wellbeing.
A sources informs that the president’s personal physician, Dr Suhayb Sanusi Rafindadi, now stands very close to him during and after public events on foreign and sometimes domestic trips.
It is also gathered that Buhari’s chief security officer, Abdulkarim Dauda, travels two days ahead of the president in order to spend two days in hotel rooms where Mr. Buhari is expected to sleep. “It is a precautionary measure,” said the source.

=> Nigeria Ranks 57 In Best Countries Compilation -
Nigeria has been ranked the 57th best country in the world according to the inaugural “Best Countries” ranking.
The inaugural ranking was compiled by U.S. News & World Report, the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and global brand consultants BAV Consulting.
The report ranks the 60 best countries in the world by considering 75 factors such as sustainability, adventure, cultural influence, entrepreneurship and economic influence.
Mortimer B. Zuckerman, the chairman and editor-in-chief of U.S. News said the ranking would help citizens and business leaders to have a better knowledge of the competitive business world.
The countries that made the top ten ranking are:
  1. Germany
  2. Canada
  3. United Kingdom
  4. United States
  5. Sweden
  6. Australia
  7. Japan
  8. France
  9. Netherlands
  10. Denmark
The highest ranked country in Africa is South Africa in 31 position followed by Morocco in 35, Egypt in 39, Tunisia in 47, Nigeria in 57 and Algeria rounding off the ranking at 60.READ FULL NEWS....

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