• Soyinka carries out his threat, says he's destroyed his Green Card but no tangible evidence

    01/Dec/2016 // 268 Viewers

     

    Wole Soyinka, Nobel laureate, has fulfilled his pledge to destroy his green card over the victory of Donald Trump in the American presidential election.

    Soyinka, a scholar-in-residence at New York University’s Institute of African American Affairs, had vowed to give up his permanent US residency over Trump’s promise to get tough on immigration.

    “If in the unlikely event he does win, the first thing he’ll do is to say [that] all green-card holders must reapply to come back into the US. Well, I’m not waiting for that,” he had said.

    “The moment they announce his victory, I will cut my green card myself and start packing up.”

    After Trump was declared president-elect, the comment started gaining traction, with many, particularly on social media, asking the scholar to match his words with action.

    But speaking at a conference in South Africa, the internationally-acclaimed playwright and poet said he had thrown away the green card and returned to where he had always been.

    “I have already done it; I have disengaged (from the United States). I have done what I said I would do,” he reportedly said.

    “I had a horror of what is to come with Trump… I threw away the (green) card, and I have relocated, and I’m back to where I have always been.”


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  • VIDEO: Biafra or death, Nigeria is British fraud, I'm not Nigerian - Kanu co-accused spits fire on Thursday

    01/Dec/2016 // 8289 Viewers

     

    PARIS, DECEMBER 1, 2016: (DGW) IT  was a mild drama on Thursday, December 1, 2016  as one of the coaccuseds dressed in white caftan  with the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra , Nnamdi Kanu , defiantly revealed his true identity to the overzealous  security operatives that gave marching orders on to the Black Maria.

    It was not immediately revealed what led to the angry outburst as of the time of filing this report but eyewitnesses revealed it was not unconnected with the overzealousness and highhandedness of the Nigeria's security operatives as they were leaving the court premises.

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  • Video: Tension in US as Trump drops another bombshell

    01/Dec/2016 // 4322 Viewers

     

    PARIS, DECEMBER 1, 2016: (DGW) US President-elect, Donald Trump, has dropped another bombshell thus sending worries to all and sundry in the United States particularly  US companies owners planning to leave the country.

    He told them to perish the thought or face dire consequences of their actions, AFP has reported.

    Speaking,  he said 'companies are not going to leave the United States anymore without consequences, it's not going to happen''

    Trump reminded them they have no reason to leave anymore promising a favourable business environment for them to operate.

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  • Finally, Buhari 'surrenders' woos Nnamdi Kanu, others on Biafra, urges him to rethink, reveals plans to develop S/East

    01/Dec/2016 // 8184 Viewers

     

    In what appeared to be a reaction to Kanu Nnamdi's coaccused's angry outburst on Thursday  President Muhammadu Buhari broke his silence  and  reiterated the essence of the unity of Nigeria, urging those contemplating its break-up to have a rethink.

    He made the call while speaking at a meeting with the Council of South-East Traditional Rulers at the State House, Abuja.

    Buhari, according to a statement by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, warned that the question of having another country out of Nigeria was misplaced.

    “The question of having another country out of Nigeria is going to be very difficult.  From 1914, we have more than 200 cultures living with one another. God had endowed this country with natural resources and talented people.  We should concentrate on these and be very productive,” the President said.

    Addressing specific issues raised in the address by the traditional rulers, the President gave the assurance that the South-East will also benefit from the new railway architecture being put in place by his administration.

    On their request for more representation for the South-East in his government, the President said that he was “very conscious of the sensitivities of the South East”, on account of which, he gave the region’s four out of five states senior ranking ministers in the Cabinet.

    He appealed to the traditional rulers to persuade their people to give his government a chance and to continue to serve as beacons of culture and traditions of their people.

    He assured the delegation that kidnapping and cattle rustling, which he described as “unfortunate” will be the government’s next target, now that “we have managed to calm down the North-East.”



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  • At least 65 people killed in attack in Nigeria's Maiduguri

    01/Feb/2016 // 308 Viewers

     

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) - At least 65 people were killed during an attack by Islamist militant group Boko Haram near Nigeria's northeastern city of Maiduguri, a Reuters reporter said after counting bodies at a hospital morgue.
     
    The remains of a dozen victims were burnt beyond recognition in Saturday's attack when militants opened fire on residents, set fire to houses and targeted a crowd with suicide bombers, security and medical officials said.
     
    A Nigerian military spokesman, Colonel Mustapha Ankas, said that Boko Haram militants attacked the community of Dalori, about 5 km (3 miles) east of Maiduguri in Borno state.
     
    It was the third attack this week suspected to have been carried out by the insurgent group - and the most deadly. Since it started losing control of territory, Boko Haram has reverted to hit-and-run attacks on villages as well as suicide bombings on places of worship or markets.
     
    In neighbouring Adamawa state, a suicide bomber believed to be a Boko Haram militant killed about 10 people on Friday and at least 12 were killed on Wednesday in an attack on the Borno state village of Chibok, from where over 200 schoolgirls were abducted in 2014.
     
    Ankas said insurgents entered Dalori in two cars and on motorcycles and opened fire on residents and burned down houses.
     
    "While people were running for their dear lives...three female suicide bombers attempted to make their way into the crowd...and subsequently got blown up," he said without providing a casualty figure.
     
    An official of the state emergency agency who was at the scene said there were 12 bodies burnt beyond recognition. "We can't even pick those ones, they were seriously burnt," the official who declined to be named said.
     
    Borno state capital Maiduguri was struck by several bombs at the end of December that killed at least 48 people.
     
    The state is the heartland of the seven-year insurgency that seeks to establish an Islamist state. Over 2 million people have been displaced and thousands killed. Maiduguri has swelled to double its size over the last few years to around 4 million as it has become the refuge for most of the displaced population.
     
    Separately, twin suicide attacks by suspected Boko Haram militants killed at least three people in two locations near Lake Chad, around 100 km (60 miles) north of the Chadian capital N’Djamena, security sources said. At least one other would-be bomber was reported to have taken flight, they added.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
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  • Nigeria looks for another source to fund its budget, seeks loan from World Bank

    01/Feb/2016 // 250 Viewers

     

    PARIS, FEBRUARY 1, 2016: (DGW) - Nigeria hard hit and  groaning under dwindling oil revenues is looking for ways to finance its budget.

    Finance Minister Kemi Adeosun says Nigeria is looking forward to approaching the World Bank and  African Development Bank for a loan up to the tune of $3.5 billion.

    In a statement, the Finance Minster said although Nigeria has not formally applied for a loan and would not  for emergency loan but as a member of the World Bank group she is entitled to look for funds from the supra-national financial institution. Other means, she said, will be employed to look for funds including exploring its vast domestic market.

    Infrastructural development said the Minister is one area the present administration is spending on to boost the economy and to cushion the effect of the oil price shock in the international market.

     


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  • Oil spill in Bayelsa

    01/Feb/2016 // 207 Viewers

     
    PARIS, FEBRUARY 1, 2016: (DGW) - Bombings of oil pipelines by militants on Thursday and Friday last week  have resulted in oil spills in Bayelsa State, south-south Nigeria.
    Waterways, farms streams and fishing grounds have all been drenched in oil which residents say flowed unchecked  for over two days.
     
    Sources revealed to DailyGlobeWatch that the spill was the worst in recent times. Pipelines belong to Agip and no fewer than 16,000 barrels were reportedly lost.
    Be that as it may the company is working on resuming production.
     
    Bombings of oil facilities and installations appear to have resumed after  the Nigerian government granted amnesty to the militants years ago. Militants, DailyGlobeWatch understands, are pressing for larger share of oil revenues from their region.
     
     

     


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  • More hardship awaits Nigerians as FRSC seeks nationwide ban on motorcycle taxis (Okada) - NAN

    01/Feb/2017 // 1053 Viewers

     


    The Federal Road Safety Corps has recommended a nationwide ban on commercial motorcycles popularly known as ‘Okada’ to reduce road accidents.

    The recommendation forms part of the October Road Traffic Crash Report 2016, submitted by the Corps Marshal, Mr. Boboye Oyeyemi, to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.

    The report quotes Oyeyemi as saying that commercial motorcyclist remained a major cause of fatal road traffic accidents across the country, hence the need for state governments to consider banning them from operating.

    The RTC statistics for October 2016 shows that 230 cases or 18 per cent of a total of 1,259 vehicles involved in accidents within the month were commercial motorcycles.

    According to the report, motorcycle accidents ranked third after cars which accounted for 457 cases or 36 per cent, followed by minibuses with 243 or 19 per cent of the total.

    Oyeyemi said, “Following the outcome of the analysis, it could be concluded that motorcycle still constitutes serious menace on the nation’s highways.

    “Accordingly, improved results could be achieved in the future, if more state governments could consider placing a ban on the use of motorcycle for commercial purposes.

    “In view of the above, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation should facilitate and encourage state governments to ban the use of motorcycle for commercial purposes.’’

    Commercial motorcycle is currently banned from major routes in some cities and towns including Abuja and state capitals across the country.

    Besides their contributions to road accidents, they have also been linked to the operations of armed robbers, kidnappers and other criminals in several parts of the country.

    In 2014, the National Council on Transport recommended their ban nationwide “to ensure adequate provision of safe and secure means of transportation in the country’’.

    Reports say Anambra and Lagos states had for over two years banned the use of commercial motorcycle on highways in their territories.

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  • Surprise as Gov OKOROCHA told to remain silent, 'you can't decide for Ndigbo!'

    01/Feb/2017 // 3800 Viewers

     

    Former Minister for Power and Steel, Chief Goddy Ogbaga, on Tuesday, declared that people of the Southeastern part of Nigeria will run for Presidency come 2019.

    Okorocha had advised the Southeast region to stop talking about an Igbo Presidency until after President Muhammadu Buhari’s tenure in 2023.

    His statement was swiftly backed by the Director General of Voice of Nigeria, VON, Mr. Osita Okechukwu.

    ‎However, the former minister stated that governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, did not speak for the people of South East.

    Ogbaga called on Ndigbo to come together and be of one mind to enable them succeed in the project.

    He said, “We will be ready to take a shot at the presidency in 2019. Nobody has ever vomited sugar already put into his mouth and that is the situation with Igbo presidency.

    “All we need to do is to come together and form a bigger and stronger force that can make this possible.”


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  • APC in complete disarray as CAN youth wing vows to vote out APC in 2019, says party against Christianity, Christians

    01/Feb/2017 // 889 Viewers

     

    The Youth Wing of the Christian Association of Nigeria (YOWICAN) yesterday vowed to vote out All Progressives Congress (APC) leaders who are working against Christians in the country.

    President of the youth wing, Daniel Kadzai, in a statement made available to journalists in Jos yesterday, said if the impunity against Christians continued, the church would ensure that the APC would not get their votes in all levels in the 2019 general elections and a vote of no confidence would be passed on the entire administration.

    “Should the impunity against Christians persist and the wave of terrorism not nipped in the bud as promised by President Muhammadu Buhari as well as addressing the level of unemployment, then we shall not only ensure that APC does not get our votes at all levels and we shall also pass a vote of no confidence on the administration.”

    Kadzai drew attention to several national issues concerning Nigerians with a special emphasis on Christians.


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