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Admission of Morocco into ECOWAS is an anti-Nigeria move

Since I left the office of the Minister of External (Foreign) Affairs in December 1987, I have refrained from making direct comments or I can count on the fingers of one hand, the number of times I have made comments on issues which are of direct concern to Nigerian foreign policy. I did this because I believed and still believe that having had my own opportunity at batting, the present ministers at the crease should be allowed unfettered room during their innings. However, this issue of the admission of Morocco (and possibly Tunisia) into the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), an organisation midwifed by Nigeria and Togo, an organisation on which Nigerian regional security construct has been based for the past 40 years, an organisation on which Nigeria’s claim to be a reg...Read More

Arms purchase not the magic in the war against Boko Haram

A retired officer who does not want his name mentioned said purchasing arms should not be an exclusive priority. “I can tell you that most of the arms currently being used by Boko Haram in the northeast belonged to our troops. The terrorists stole them after attacks on army formations and ambushes. “We must, therefore, put a strategy on the ground to stem this tide by renewing our approach to guerrilla warfare and arms handling,” the retired military chief said. “And I am really not convinced that we are prioritising our actions. It is not just about arms procurement but intelligence gathering,” he said. According to the officer, going by the recent deadly attacks in places like Mubi, Biu and other locations in Borno and Adamawa states, something is fundamentally wrong. Another security ex...Read More

Boko Haram still with us – Experts 

Some retired military officers also said yesterday the governors’ approval for $1 billion for arms is government admittance that the terror group is still powerful. Salihu Bakari, a retired army officer, said it was good that the civilian authorities admitted that the Boko Haram is still a national threat. “I may sound naïve but this singular approval is an admittance of the obvious by our political leaders, that the Boko Haram is still deadly,” he said. He said it was good news that the governors were probably briefed by Nigeria’s security chiefs on the security architecture of the country and therefore resolved to do the needful. “I am sure that they were briefed and that was why they agreed that such huge money should be used. Constant procurement of arms by serious countries is a legit...Read More

Govs approve $1bn for Boko Haram war – Daily Trust

In Nigeria The Nigerian Governors Forum yesterday approved $1 billion (N362 billion) from the Excess Crude Account to fight Boko Haram insurgency in the northeast. This is coming at a time the Nigerian authorities and military hierarchy severally declared that the anti-insurgency war has ended and the Boko Haram terror group defeated. There was no official statement on what the $1 billion would be used for last night. Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki said they approved the fund to “support the effort” of the federal government in the anti-terror campaign. However, multiple military and defence sources told Daily Trust last night that the money would be used in purchasing military hardware that includes anti-mine tanks and fighter jets. The money was approved by the governors during a meet...Read More

What Kind of Small Business Should I Start?

Do you dream of starting your own small business?   But what kind of small business should you start? Learn more about the opportunities waiting for you. Are you hungry to be on your own, to be self-sustaining, to make your own decisions, to take pride in what you’re doing and to own something? Do you want to say, “I’ve worked hard for this, and it’s mine?” There are many new business opportunities where enthusiastic entrepreneurs can make their fortunes, or at the very least, a good living. You can take charge of your future and build exceptional wealth and long-term equity through opportunities like these. You already know more than you think you do. You have the talent, drive and ambition to run your own business. One of my favorite quotes is from Aristotle, who said, “Become by doing.”...Read More

Great Home Businesses You Can Start While You Turn Your Passion Into Profits

There’s a million-dollar idea for everyone, a way to start a business and make money from your interests, insights, and inventions. Are you one of those people who dream about a home business of their own? Are you creative? Would you like to take your favorite hobby or inventive concept to a new, more profitable level? How about working from the comfort of home while you make money around the clock? If this decade has taught us nothing else, it has taught us that we can’t count on an employer for our long-term financial security. There’s no such thing as job security when you work for someone else. This article opens up a world of opportunity and shows you how to turn your creativity into cash. The first step to independence and success is to find a great home business. S...Read More

12 Magic Ideas for Your New Internet Business – Make Money While You Follow Your Passion

Starting an Internet business is the opportunity of a lifetime. The Internet has become our primary tool for communication and sales. An Internet business offers you many advantages over a conventional business. You can operate a global Internet business right from home, often by yourself. Your Internet business does not require a bricks-and-mortar storefront. Your Internet business has unlimited potential for success with only a small investment. Sometimes it takes only part-time work to make full-time profits. Do not be deterred by the process of building a web site, which is actually fairly straightforward. The investment of your time and your expertise can earn big rewards. From the beginning, the hot areas for an Internet business have always been software, music, books, electronics, ...Read More

Atiku’s Defection: Between APC’s Failure And Ambition

As former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar formally defects from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), SOLOMON AYADO writes for LEADERSHIP NEWS on the gains and losses the defection has engendered in both political parties. if anything has attracted widespread reactions in the political space in recent time, it is the final dumping of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) by a former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and his audacious return to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The political atmosphere has become pressured since this political colossus changed party. Because of that, heavyweight politicians and ardent supporters alike have not pretended their stands by making their voices loud on whether the defection was ap...Read More

Trump to undergo physical examination early 2018

The White House has said that U.S. President Donald Trump will undergo a physical examination while promising to allow the results to be released. Trump will be examined by a doctor at Walter Reed, a military medical center, “scheduled for the first part of 2018,” said White House press secretary Sarah Sanders. “Those records will be released by the doctor following that taking place,” she added. Sanders’s announcement came a day after Trump appeared to get a dry mouth and slurred his words when delivering remarks on Wednesday, leading to questions about the president’s health. “There were a lot of questions on that, frankly pretty ridiculous questions,” Sanders said. “The president’s throat was dry. Nothing more than that.” Trump’s predecessors typically underwent annual physical examinat...Read More