Sunday, August 24, 2014

Ex-Beauty Queen Omowunmi Akinnifesi's dad passes on.

Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria 2005 Omowunmi Akinnifesi lost her dad Dr. Emmanuel Akinnifesi a few weeks ago. He was ill for a while and passed at the age of 74. May his soul rest in peace..Amen. Continue to read more about late Dr. Akinnifesi...

Bsc, MA (Econs) Yale. PhD (Econs) Lagos, FIMC, F.Inst. Fm, FNSA

Chief Dr Olulana Akinnifesi was a PhD Degree and Yale University, Connecticut, U.S.A masters degree holder in Economics. He was a former Director at the Central Bank of Nigeria and was Head Statistics and Econometrics. He received many awards, which included fifteen years of meritorious service certificate awarded by CBN in December 1992. While he was at Central Bank he became a Diplomat and was appointed Chief Executive/ Executive secretary, West African Clearing House, Freetown Sierra Leone, an International Organisation. There he represented Nigeria and the interest of 15 other West African Countries and 10 Central Banks from 1991-1993.

Ukraine Crisis: Donbass. Chronicle of Genocide (Video)

Egypt President: Abdel Fattah al-Sisi denies role in Libya air strikes

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi denied on Sunday that the Egyptian armed forces are involved in any military operation in Libya, official news agency MENA reported.

“We didn’t take part in any military act outside our borders so far,” Sisi said during his meeting with the state newspapers editors-in-chief.

The Islamists in Libya have claimed that Egypt along with the United Arab Emirates were behind the recent air strikes on their bases around Tripoli airport on Friday night that killed 11 fighters.

The significance of the Russian decision to move the humanitarian convoy into Novorussia

It appears that the Russians got tired of waiting.  I suggest that you all carefully parse the Statement of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs I posted earlier today.  This is an interesting document because besides an explanation of the Russian decision to move it, it is also, potentially, a legal defense or an unprecedented Russian decision: to overtly violate the Ukrainian sovereignty.  Let me explain.


At Least 87 Injured in Northern California Earthquake – Media

More than 80 people were injured after a magnitude 6.0 earthquake hit northern California on Sunday, according to media reports. At least 87 people are being treated at hospital for injuries with two adults and a child being in critical condition, the Los Angeles Times reported citing local fire department officials. The quake left structures and roadways damaged and some 15,000 homes without power, according to ABC. The temblor jolted the Bay Area early Sunday morning. It was centered about 6 miles southwest of Napa and hit at a depth of about 7 miles, the US Geological Survey (USGS) reported. The quake was felt as far south as Santa Cruz and into Sonoma County. The earthquake was the strongest to hit the region in nearly 25 years, according to USGS.

Poland, Baltics Urge NATO to Target Russia with Europe’s Ballistic Missile ‘Shield’

Several NATO member states have reportedly thrown their weight behind an agenda of targeting Russia with the US-controlled ballistic missile “shield,” which is being built in Europe to allegedly guard the European Union against Iran, Germany’s Der Spiegel said Sunday.
According to the German daily, the push comes from Poland and the Baltic trio of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia who claim they “feel threatened by Russia’s intervention into Ukraine.”

Donetsk Region Requests Humanitarian Aid as Fighting Continues in Ukraine

The leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic in eastern Ukraine said Sunday the region required humanitarian assistance after months of heavy fighting between government forces and local militia.
Republic’s Prime Minister Alexander Zakharchenko said he was not going to ask the embattled city of Luhansk to share the aid that Russia’s convoy had brought earlier this week.

Ukraine Army Mobile Mortar Teams Shelling Donetsk – Independence Supporters

Ukraine’s army is using mobile mortar teams to shell downtown Donetsk, Volodymyr Konovalov, the defense minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, said Sunday. “Kiev is using the cowardly tactics of mortar teams. They fire 10-20 shells and retreat. The city is big, they are moving, there are enough places where they can hide,” Konovalov said. On Saturday, a mortar attack hit the center of Donetsk, killing a nine-year-old girl, the official reminded. Since mid-April, Kiev authorities have been conducting a special military operation in the east of Ukraine to crack down on independence supporters that refuse to recognize the legitimacy of the new government. Over 2,000 people have been killed and more than 5,000 injured since the start of Kiev’s offensive, according to the United Nations.

Over 500 Killed as IS Gains Control Over Syrian Air Base in Raqqah

 Islamic State (IS) militants have seized an air base in the Syrian northern province Raqqa, with over 500 people being killed in the fighting, Agence France-Presse reported Sunday citing a monitoring group.

"One hundred and seventy Syrian soldiers were killed on Sunday in the offensive which led to the IS jihadists seizing Tabqa airport," the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told AFP.
Also, 346 IS jihadists has also been killed in the fighting at the air base since Tuesday, according to the Observatory.

Boko Haram steals riffles in Borno police academy.

The Boko Haram insurgents, who attacked the Police Academy, Gwoza, Borno State, on Wednesday, seized not less than 200 assault rifles from the riot policemen on training. Investigations revealed that about 159 of the guns were seized from men of the three mobile police units from Mopol 50, Abuja; Mopol 38 and Mopol 58 based in Akwanga and Lafia respectively in Nasarawa State.

DR Congo confirms two deaths from Ebola

Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo say two people have died from Ebola in the country’s North-West. They are the first reported Ebola cases outside West Africa since the outbreak there began, although it is not clear if they are directly linked to that outbreak. So far 1,427 people have died from the virus. The speed and extent of the outbreak has been “unprecedented”, the World Health Organisation says. An estimated 2,615 people in West Africa have been infected with Ebola since March.

Adamawa imposes 24-hour curfew on Madagali

Adamawa State Government has imposed a 24-hour curfew on Madagali Local Government Area of the state, where heavily armed men suspected to be Boko Haram were said to have attacked the secretariat of the local government on Saturday.

Gwoza: Boko Haram’s Claim is Empty - DHQ

The Defence Headquarters has dismissed as empty, claims by Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau that the sect had seized Gwoza from the Nigerian government.  In a statement just released, Defence spokesman, Major Gen. Chris Olukolade insisted that the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country remained intact.

The statement said: 

“The claim is empty. The sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Nigerian state is still intact. Any group of terrorists laying claim to any portion of the country will not be allowed to get away with that expression of delusion and crime. Appropriate military operations to secure that area from the activities of the bandits are still ongoing”.

British left, the French left, the Germans left, the Portuguese left, the Belgians left What are Fulanis Still doing ? - Asari Dokunbo

Boko Haram is not fighting for anything other than the seizure of political power by the Fulani people.

They are using Kanuri territory to perpetrate the evil, but the main people instigating this bloodletting are the Fulani from Futa Djallon. We know where they came from. They are colonialists and if we made the British to leave, what are these people doing here? They are also colonialists.
You have to reflect and ask yourself some questions.

Kano is a Hausa city, the Emir of Kano is not a Hausa man; he is a Fulani. Ilorin is a Yoruba city, the Emir of Ilorin is a Fulani. Bida is a Nupe town, the Emir of Bida is a Fulani. Birnin Gwari is a Gbagi town, the Emir of Birnin Gwari is a Fulani. The Lamido of Adamawa who is residing in Yola is a Fulani, who claims he has other Fulanis in Cameroon and other places. These are not Fulani cities.
We know where they all came from.

They all migrated from far-flung places to their present locations. So if we know where they come from and we know that they are not from here, they came to colonise these territories. What are they still doing here? If the British left, the French left, the Germans left, the Portuguese left, the Belgians left, what are these people doing here? They are also colonialists, but this is what our elites are ready to accept.

Why should we allow foreigners to dominate the aborigines?
 When people like us talk, they say these are very sensitive issues, don’t touch them. Why should we not touch them? Why should the Sultan of Sokoto be the head of Muslims in Nigeria? Where did we meet and make the Sultan our head?
So these are the things. But a lot of people don’t look beyond the surface. A man says he is born to rule; you have not asked yourself, if that man is born to rule, what about you? If the man is born to rule, you are born to be ruled.
So you become drawers of water and hewers of wood.

A wise man in one of the great books I have read said: For I have seen a grave injustice on the surface of the earth that I saw the servants riding on horseback and princes walking on foot. The Hausa man in Kano is walking on foot; Sanusi, a Fulani man, a Gambari from Guinea is riding on horseback.
Fulani Sulu-Gambari in Ilorin is riding on horseback. These are the issues that we’ve not been able to capture.

Why should injustice continue?
Why should the indigenous Hausa population in Kano not be given back what rightfully belongs to them? Why is it that in Ilorin, the indigenous Yoruba people, the ones they call Baba Agba, are not given back what rightfully belongs to them?
-Mujahid Dokubo Asari

24yr-old Footballer passes on after being hit in the head by object thrown by fan after match

24 year old Cameroonian striker Albert Ebossé Bodjongo (pictured above) was killed yesterday Aug. 23rd,after being struck in the head by an object thrown from the stands by an angry fan after his team lost 2-1 in a home defeat during an Algerian league game.

Albert and his team mates were leaving the field at the end of a match between his club JS Kabylie and USM Alger in Tizi Ouzou, when an angry fan threw what is believed to be a rock.

Albert, who had scored the sole JSK goal, died a few hours later in the hospital. He was 24. Continue after the jump

Ukraine: Nothing to Celebrate

The 23rd anniversary of Ukraine's independence, that will be celebrated on August 24, comes as the most tragic national day for a war-ravaged country in the heart of Europe. Military parade in Kiev is overshadowed by the Ukrainian army punitive operation in the eastern regions amid failed diplomatic efforts to reach a much-awaited ceasefire.


August 21 Iraq SITREP by Mindfriedo: American Hostage Crisis

NB: The term Salafi may refer to a Puritan Sunni (or rarely Shia) but in these SITREPs is being referred synonymously with Wahabi Takfiris. 

The titles Farooq and Siddique were originally those of Ali ibn Abi Talib (as), but over the ages, for whatever reasons, have been associated with Omar ibn Khattab and Abu Bakr (the second and first Caliphs).
Similarly the term Salaf may have referred to a pious worshipper but, as is the norm now, the term Salafi Jihadism is associated with Wahabism. To avoid confusion, the term Salaf here does not refer to its “original” purpose/meaning.

Russian Foreign Ministry Statement On The Start Of The Delivery Of Humanitarian Relief Aid To Southeastern Ukraine

The endless delays hampering the initial deliveries of the Russian humanitarian relief aid to southeastern Ukraine have become intolerable.

A lorry convoy with many hundreds of tonnes of humanitarian relief aid, urgently needed by the people in these regions, has been standing idle for a week now on the Russian-Ukrainian border. Over this period, the Russian side has made unprecedented efforts in all areas and at all levels in order to complete the required formalities. We have met all conceivable and inconceivable demands of the Ukrainian side and have submitted to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) exhaustive lists of food, drinking water, medications, essential items and diesel generators due to be delivered to Lugansk, where they are urgently needed by women, children and the elderly.

I’m not in PDP on anyone’s errand – Ribadu

Today is a happy day for me. I am awed and inspired even further by the cheerful crowd that received me at the airport and which has come with me to this place. Whatever way I turn, I feel a sense of boundless happiness at coming home, more so now with a mission to be accomplished; a task dear to the hearts of all the people of Adamawa State. This is therefore not an ordinary day for me, and as indeed it is not for the rest of the patriotic citizens of this State – we are here on the march of history. 

Just in: Nigerian doctors call off strike, to resume work Monday

The Nigerian Medical Association [NMA] has suspended its 65- day old strike action. The body’s President, Kayode Obembe, told journalists the association’s delegates resolved to suspend the industrial action in the interest of the ongoing public health issues in the country (Ebola outbreak). He said all Nigerian doctors are expected to report to work on Monday. Mr. Obembe said the delegates also resolved among others that the Federal Government recall all suspended resident doctors without punitive measures. Over 16, 000 resident doctors where suspended by the Federal Ministry of Health following a presidential directive. More details later … In the meantime, you can read the 24 reasons the doctors went on strike here. -

VIDEO: Why I Set Books Ablaze As Kano Governor — Shekarau, Education Minister

In 2007, Ibrahim Shekarau as Governor of Kano State in Northern Nigeria publicly burned Hausa romance novels and materials he described as pornography and immoral to the customs and traditions of Northern Nigeria society. He banned actors and subjected Hausa authors to what human rights campaigners described as heavy-handed censorship board. Writers in Kano State had to go to court and Mr. Shekarau was forced to settle out of court and slow down on his censorship. His local enforcers had a field day moralising for writers, authors and those they describe as ‘immoral’. Kayode Ogundamisi met Mr. Shekarau, who is now Nigeria’s Education minister, at a London event organised by UK based BEN-TV and sought clarification from him on why as governor, he had to personally enforce and lead the burning of books publicly.
Watch the video after the break.

EBOLA: FG’s ₦1.9 billion intervention fund at risk of diversion – NMA, Falana cry out

Some concerned stakeholders have urged the Federal Government to shun the temptation of diverting the N1.9bn set aside for the containment of the spread of the deadly Ebola virus. President Goodluck Jonathan had, on August 8, 2014, approved the release of N1.9bn as the Ebola intervention fund. But two weeks after the presidential directive, the fund had yet to be released.

Photo: 20yr-old Covenant University Student Kidnapped, Murdered in Lagos

The Lagos State Police Command is currently investigating the circumstances surrounding the kidnap and murder of a 20-year-old undergraduate, identified as John Chinedu Okere, who until his death was a 300 level Electrical Engineering student at Covenant University, Otta in Ogun State.

According to reports, Chinedu left his parent’s house in the morning of Wednesday, August 6, 2014, to a Hospital in Yaba, Lagos for medical reasons and never returned. He reportedly left home with about N6000 and that was the last time he was seen alive.

Libya migrant boat sinks with 170 on board

Dozens of people are thought to have drowned after a boat loaded with migrants sank off the coast of Libya. At least 170 passengers are reported to have been on board, but so far the coastguard has only rescued 17 people. Separately, unidentified planes are reported to have bombed militant positions near Tripoli airport, leaving at least 10 people dead. Libya has been in turmoil with fighting between rival militias who led the 2011 uprising against Col Muammar Gaddafi. 


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