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Beyond the ‘Youth Take over Power Slogan”: Setting Agenda for African Young Minds

By James Alabi In the Yoruba proverbial parlance, a popular word of wisdom says “If you listen to the noise of the market, you will not buy anything” which literally means that “One should face what is paramount to one first before any other thing.” There has been quite unwholesome proverbial market noise about the role of the youth in governance system in Africa. While this argument persists and spreads very quickly like wild fire, there has been no argument in the direction of setting clear agenda in terms of what the youth essentially need to drive governance in a democracy. Sadly, the focus of the narrative hitherto has been that the old men must dismount the horse and their characters quit or be made to quit the scene and allow a new generation of young minds take over the stage. Whil...Read More

Power of Permanent Voter Card (PVC), Its Use and Nigeria’s 2019 Presidential Election

This article is borne out of the frustration and disappointment expressed by many Nigerians at the poor performance of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration of the country. More important, there is a Presidential Election taking place in 2019, when the use of Permanent Voter Card (PVC) by the Nigeria’s Voting population would be Golden. The use of PVC becomes an important, critical instrument for electing the presidential candidate, who would be occupying the Aso Rock Villa in Abuja for the next 4years. This is to say that many Nigerians of voting age take the utility of PVC in the election process for granted. In many democratic societies around the world, the importance of Permanent Voter Card cannot be overemphasized in the election of or putting a political candidate in office....Read More

Women In Saudi Arabia To Attend Football Matches On Friday For First Time

Women in Saudi Arabia would be allowed to attend football matches on Friday for the first time in the conservative kingdom, authorities said on Monday. Female fans would enter major sports stadiums in the Kingdom to attend three football matches involving local sides as part of the Saudi Professional League competition, the government-run Centre for International Communication said in a statement. The three fixtures are scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Jan. 18, the statement added without further details. In October, the Saudi General Sports Authority, a state agency, said that as of early 2018 three stadiums, up to now male-only facilities, would be prepared to be ready for families, including allocation of special places for seating and entrances. They are King Fahd International Stadi...Read More

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

FG to recruit more police officers

The Federal Government yesterday assured Nigerians that more police officers will be recruited to deal with problems associated with internal security adding that such provision was already capture in the 2018 budget. President Muhammadu Buhari said yesterday at the Passing out Parade ceremony of Cadet ASP course at the Police Staff College in Jos that his administration would also improve the welfare of police officers who constantly put their lives on the line for Nigerians to live and move around peacefully and freely. Buhari who was represented by the Minister of Interior, Lt. Gen. Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau (rtd) said “on assumption of office, I directed for the recruitment of a total of 10,000 eligible young graduates and able bodied school leavers into the Nigeria Police Force. I am...Read More

Troops captured 220 Boko Haram insurgents in North-East

The Nigerian Army on Friday said its troops had captured 220 Boko Haram insurgents in various clearance operations in the northeast region. Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, the Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, Operation Lafiya Dole, made the disclosure in a statement issued in Maiduguri. Nwachukwu said that troops  captured 167 insurgents after raiding their enclaves in Lake Chad Basin while 53 others were captured in northern parts of Borno State. He disclosed that troops also extricated 67 women and 173 children, who were family members of the insurgents. Nwachukwu said that the troops have intensified offensive to clear remnants of the insurgents in the region, noting that the operation has yielded positive results. “Troops of Operation Lafiya Dole have intensified offensive on Boko Haram ...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

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

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