• Again, Trump knocks Buhari, says he's an insensible president

    16/Sep/2016 // 8652 Viewers

     

    NEW YORK – Donald Trump, who is running as the Republican Presidential Candidate of the United States, referred to President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria as an ‘insensible president’ during one of his recent speeches. Donald Trump like we all know is outspoken. He is one politician who loves to air his opinion with little or no concern about how his subject receives the comment.

    Some people would say Trump talks before thinking, others may say he is just being a blab, while a lot others simply love his undiplomatic approach to presenting speeches.

    “No sensible president continuously travels round the globe while his country Nigeria is in terrible hardship and economic mess. It can only happen in Nigeria where all that matters to the President is the full introduction of Islam, annihilation of his political opponents and absolute extermination of the people of the old Eastern Nigeria. Buhari, prior to his questionable victory at the polls as the President of Nigeria made lots of promises which he has obviously failed to keep and in most cases denied.”

    Trump is not far from the truth, as Buhari has made tons of trips since he became the Nigerian President. The likes of Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State do not buy the idea of Buhari’s frequent trips as he says it is detrimental to the finances of the nation. No doubt President Buhari’s trips are becoming “too often,” Nigerians now wait to hear the next announcement of yet another trip.

    SOURCE: http://www.tipsupdate.org


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  • Breaking! Finally, United Nations wades into N'Delta crisis, pleads with N'Delta Avengers

    16/Sep/2016 // 2405 Viewers

     

    The United Nations and the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution on Thursday in Abuja urged aggrieved persons and groups in the country to allow peace to reign.

    Speaking at a news conference on the commemoration of the forthcoming 2016 International Day of Peace, the Director-General of the IPCR, Prof. Oshita Oshita, said the IPCR had embarked on several peace-building interventions.

    The director-general explained that the day would provide all aggrieved persons and groups with another opportunity to embrace negotiation in the interest of the country and humanity.

    According to him, the day also requires all aggrieved persons and groups to agree to a ceasefire for, at least 24 hours, on the day as a respect for humanity.
     
    “In the context of Nigeria, the 2016 International Day of Peace requires all aggrieved persons, groups and conflict actors to cause a ceasefire for at least 24 hours and allow peace to prevail.

    “We demand all parties involved in crises in the country to agree to a ceasefire as no crisis can be resolved by violence; we still have to come to a roundtable for a meaningful resolution.

    “We want to draw the attention of all conflict actors to the need to come to their senses in order to bring our country to the path of dialogue and development,” he said.

    He appealed to state governments to ensure the commemoration of the day in their respective states to underscore the importance of entrenching the consciousness of peace in public and private conducts.

    Oshita commended the Federal Government for giving Nigerians an opportunity to enjoy peace by bringing the Boko Haram down.

    He enjoined Nigerians to join hands with the Federal Government to promote peaceful co-existence in order to attain the sustainable development goals.

    “Take a decision to be a peaceful person today and help to underscore the significance of the “Change begins with me” philosophy of the Federal Government.

    ‘With peace, we can all have an economy and an investor-friendly country to help create jobs for our youth,” he said.

    In his remarks, Peace and Development Adviser to the UN Development Programme, Dr. Zebulun Takwa, said the whole world looks up to Nigeria to come out of the current security challenge.

    “The return of polio in the north-eastern Nigeria has been facilitated by the Boko Haram crisis and we are now spending hundreds of millions of naira to try to combat it.

    “If ministries, departments and agencies had been spending just five per cent of their budgets in supporting peace-building, we would have re-oriented the minds of the citizens.

    “Peace should not be a slogan for rhetoric, but we must all invest in it, and it involves money,” he said.

    The Deputy Programme Manager, UN (Women), Mr. Peter Mancha, stressed the need to mainstream peace-building in development agenda, saying that the 17 sustainable development goals could not be achieved without peace.

    He pledged that the UN Women would continue to work in Nigeria in the area of women, peace and security in line with the UN Security Council Resolution 1325.

    According to the News Agency of Nigeria, the theme of the 2016 Day would be, “The Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks for Peace.”


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  • How we defeated B'Haram - Buratai tells US Defence officials

    16/Sep/2016 // 322 Viewers

     

    CHIEF of Army Staff (COAS) Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai has addressed top United States (U.S.) defence officials and policy leaders on the efforts being made by the military in the fight against insurgency in the Northeast.

    Army spokesman Col. Sani Usman told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in a telephone interview that Buratai spoke at the Africa Center of the Atlantic Council in Washington DC, U.S.).

    Usman said the presentation was titled: “Nigerian Army Challenges and Priorities in the Ongoing Operations against Boko Haram Terrorists and Other Threats to Peace and Security.”

    He said the presentation at the centre was part of the Army chief’s programme on his official visit to the US.

    Usman said Buratai emphasised the fact that the fight against terrorism was one that concerned the entire global community and not only the countries.
     
    He said the chief of army staff talked about addressing the issues of insecurity in Nigeria at the strategic, tactical and operational levels as well as the challenges in tackling the threat of terrorism.

    Usman said the Army chief applauded the strategic leadership provided by President Buhari in the reinvigorated fight against Boko Haram.

    “Buratai enumerated the Presidential strategic directive of relocating the Military Command and Control Centre from Abuja to Maiduguri, which was followed by the directive of defeating the insurgents by the end of December 2015.

    “He spoke about the involvement of neighbouring countries, as well as provision of necessary arms and logistics, assisted in the defeat of the terrorists.

     “Buratai maintained his stand to undertake and sustain the current level of operations to ensure complete defeat of the Boko Haram terrorists.

    “The aim is in ensuring the safety and freedom for all abducted persons and creation of favourable environment that would permit the return of all refugees and internally displaced persons to their original home,’’ he said.

    Buratai , Usman noted, also informed his audience of the Army’s commitment to developing capacity through local training and international collaboration in the provision for equipment, training support, equipment maintenance, intelligence and respect for human rights.

    He said Buratai sought the support and understanding among all cooperating agencies and international partners for a collective action against Boko Haram terrorists.


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  • US President appoints Adeyemo as Deputy Security Adviser

    17/Dec/2015 // 407 Viewers

     

    The President of the United States of America, Barak Obama has appointed Mr. Adewale Wally Adeyemo as Deputy National Security Adviser.
    Mr. Adeyemo succeeds Caroline Atkinson who had served in that capacity for four years.

    Obama said Adeyemo was part of a team that helped coordinate the US response to the global recession and laid the foundation for renewed growth in America.
    The US President said ” he helped establish the consumer financial protection bureau and the main point man on a range of international economic issues, including negotiations on strong currency agreements around the Trans Pacific Partnership.”

    He stressed that ” I will be calling on Willy Adeyemo’s intellect, judgment and dedication as we sustain America’s global economic leadership which reinforces National Security as we work with allies and partners around the world to create jobs and opportunity for all our people”

    Obama called on the new Deputy National Security Adviser for International Economic Affairs to use his wealth of experience to sustain America’s global economic leadership.

    Mr. Willy Adeyemo had served under President Obama since 2009 at the age of 28 as Deputy Director, National Economic Council and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley and later Yale Law School.

     

     

     

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  • Breaking: Again, Donald Trump makes a very powerful appointment as transition continues - The Washington Post Reports

    17/Dec/2016 // 1038 Viewers

     

    Trump picks Rep. Mick Mulvaney, a conservative Republican and a leading advocate for deep spending cuts, as budget director.

     
    The South Carolina congressman is President-elect Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Office of Management and Budget. This is a developing story. It will be updated.


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  • : Again, Trump shakes world, vows to unveil another powerful plan next week

    17/Feb/2017 // 932 Viewers

     

    PARIS, FEBRUARY 17, 2016: (DGW) Irked by the blockage of his travel ban on some Muslim countries by courts President Donald Trump has vowed to launch a new offensive next week rolling out a new set of immigration order on travels and refugees next week to replace the controversial one blocked by the courts, The Cable reports.

    Trump, who made the announcement during a televised press conference on Thursday, pledged to keep Americans safe in line with his campaign  promise.

    “Our administration is working day and night to keep Americans safe including you reporters,” he said.

    “A new set of executive actions next week will comprehensively protect our country. We’re going to put in place a new set of travel ban.

    “The (blocked) roll out was perfect because if we had announced that (ban), a lot of bad people would not have come into our country.

    “The new executive order will be based on the decision of the courts.

    “But now there is serious vetting,” he said, adding that he was willing to deal with dreamers” who were brought into the US illegally as children, “with heart” as a father who has kids and grand children.

    Trump said he had ordered a crackdown on sanctuary cities that violated the federal laws by providing safe haven for illegal immigrants.

    “I’m following through on what I pledged,” he said, pointing out that the travel ban was only holding true to his campaign promises rather than deceive his supporters by reneging.

    Trump also claimed that his administration inherited a mess in the US and overseas when he took over.

    “I inherited a mess in United States and overseas,” Trump said.

    “This administration is running like a fine-tune machine in spite that I can’t get my cabinet approved. Our cabinet will be one of the greatest in American history.

    “We will renegotiate fair trade deal, we’ve been treated unfairly. Other countries have been taking advantage of us for decades. We cannot continue to let that happen.

    “There has never been a presidency that has done so much in a very short period of time.”

    The president emphasised that he would “repeal and replace Obamacare by March”, insisting that the healthcare plan was a disaster.

    He maintained that the Russia scandal was a ruse that was meant to cover up for the loss of Democrats and Hillary Clinton, but emphasised that it was better for the US to get along well with Russia.

    Trump, however, described the leak as illegal, and vowed that the leakers of classified information, whom he claimed to be the Obama’s hangovers, would be caught and made to face the law.

    “It will be great to get along with Russia. I want to do the right thing for the American people and for the world,” he said.

    “We are a very powerful country and so they (Russia) are. They are nuclear powerful but it will be in our country’s interest.

    “I don’t think Putin is testing me. But whether we are going to get along, I don’t know because I’m not going to tell you. I don’t have to tell you what my response to Russia is.

    “Russia is a ruse. I’ve never done anything for Russia. I don’t have any connection with Russia.

    “Putin called me on the election victory and also on the inauguration and it was a fantastic conversation, especially the second one just like almost all leaders all over the world called me.’’

    Trump assured Americans that Melania, his wife “is going to be a fantastic First Lady; she’s going to be a fabulous representative of the women’’.


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  • JUST IN: At last, UN wades in to save over 244 million migrants across the world as threat of deportation sweeps across Europe, US

    17/Feb/2017 // 1795 Viewers

     

    UN Secretary-General António Guterres says no fewer than 244 million migrants need protection from any forms of discrimination, calling on countries to provide safe haven for them.

    Guterres, in a message to the 15th Coordination Meeting on International Migration, delivered by Mr Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, said the world could not afford to fail the migrants and refugees.

    “You gather at a crucial time, with hundreds of millions of people affected by the issues at stake. We cannot fail them; we must work closely than ever before.

    “Migration is a pressing global issue that should not be viewed solely as a problem but rather as a potential solution to many of the challenges we face today. In the current atmosphere of rising xenophobia, it is essential to have a clearheaded understanding of the facts.

     
    “Most of today’s 244 million international migrants travel in a safe and orderly fashion with the requisite documents.

    “Migrants often perform critical jobs and send remittances to their families in what amounts to a major contribution to development.

    “At the same time, millions of people on the move suffer hardship. Thousands of migrants perish each year in the search for basic human security. Many risk their lives in dangerous journeys only to suffer discrimination and even abuse in new lands.

    “States have a right to control their borders and a duty to protect their citizens – both their physical safety and their ability to earn a decent living. States must also protect and assist migrants in vulnerable situations, ensure basic rights for all, and provide a safe haven for refugees.”

    The UN chief said the international community should focus on addressing the root causes of displacement and making prevention a priority.

    He added that human rights, humanitarian law and refugee law must guide all international work adding implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development should be a top priority for all UN Member States.

    “We must forcefully reject discrimination, which only feeds the narrative of violent extremists. It is important to respond to misrepresentations with truth and replace fear with hope. That is the aim of our TOGETHER campaign, which deserves wide support.

    “We have reached a critical juncture at the United Nations last September, with Member States agreeing on a consensual pathway for developing the global migration compact.

    “The New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants provides an ambitious agenda and an opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of all women and men who have left their homes in search of a better life.

    “Now is the time to act. If the draft modalities resolution currently under consideration is adopted, we will have to meet tight timelines to forge the building blocks of what will become the Global compact.”

    He commended the meeting for bringing together international organizations, governments, civil society and academics to address the challenges confronting migrants and refugees.

    “Together, we can mark a new departure in efforts to forge global approaches to international migration,” he said

     


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  • Fires threatening communities around West

    17/Jun/2016 // 277 Viewers

     

    GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — Hundreds of firefighters and a fleet of aircraft battled a 1,400-acre fire tearing through coastal canyons in California on Thursday as blazes in Arizona and New Mexico threatened communities with thousands of residents.

    Hot, dry weather across the Western U.S. challenged firefighters.

    In California, crews for a second day struggled to douse flames amid rugged coastal canyons west of Santa Barbara where brush hasn't burned for 60 years.

    About 140 homes and ranches were potentially at risk, depending on which way winds pushed the flames.

    "Sundowner" winds that rose at nightfall Wednesday spread the fire and authorities feared a repeat as winds began to pick up Thursday night.

    "If that happens, it's going to be a major battle" to protect homes, said Gina DePinto, communications manager for Santa Barbara County.

    The fire was expanding and a freeway, U.S. 101, was closed for a second night.

    About 800 firefighters and a fleet of aircraft were assigned to the battle.

    Several campgrounds remained evacuated, although nobody remained at shelters. A convention group at one campground got Uber rides to leave the area, said Susan Klein-Rothschild with the county health department.

    Charlie and Elizabeth Hatten spent the night at a shelter Wednesday night after a park ranger woke them as they camped at El Capitan State Beach.

    "The flames looked so close. You couldn't see the moon anymore," Charlie Hatten told the Los Angeles Times.

    In central New Mexico, firefighters struggled to make progress against a blaze that exploded to 25 square miles and forced residents of some small communities to flee after sending up a towering plume of smoke that blanketed the state's largest city in a thick haze.

    Some structures burned near the small community of Chilili, but it was not clear whether they were homes.

    The community was among those in Bernalillo and Torrance counties placed under a mandatory evacuation order as flames raced northeast.

    In east-central Arizona, a small community was evacuated and thousands of other residents were told to prepare to leave after a wind-whipped wildfire charred more than 12 square miles.

    However, fire lines were holding Thursday.

    "The winds weren't as bad, and the back-burns did exactly what we wanted them to do," Navajo County Sheriff KC Clark said at a late afternoon news conference.

    The fire broke out Wednesday 12 miles south of Show Low. Gusty winds pushed it into brush and ponderosa pine.

    In Nevada, a 300-acre Reno brush fire that threatened dozens of homes was 75 percent contained and crews were mostly in mop-up mode Thursday evening.

    Blazes also threatened homes in Utah, where a firefighter hurt his head in a fall.

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  • Orlando Attacks: Elder Republican statesman says Obama is ‘directly responsible’ - Washington Post

    17/Jun/2016 // 1078 Viewers

     

    PARIS, JUNE 17, 2016: (DGW) Senator John McCain has blamed the recent Orlando attacks that killed no fewer than 50 people on President Obama, the Washington Post has reported.

    The elder Republican statesman, said President Obama's failure handling of the Islamic State terror group with kid gloves is directly responsible for the attacks.

    According to the report culled from the  Washington Post, ''McCain’s statement goes beyond the criticism of Obama that has been leveled by his Republican colleagues in the Senate, and it follows remarks made this week by presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, who seemed to connect Obama to the attack in a Monday interview and on Wednesday tweeted an article claiming that Obama “actively supported” the terrorist group that became the Islamic State.

    McCain made his remarks in a Senate hallway to a small group of reporters, responding to a question about the gun-control debate that has flared on Capitol Hill since the Sunday-morning shooting that left 49 clubgoers and the gunman dead. Obama on Thursday traveled to Orlando with Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) to pay his respects to victims’ families.

    McCain answered the question about the gun debate by citing Obama’s culpability for the attack through his foreign policy: “Barack Obama is directly responsible for it, because when he pulled everybody out of Iraq, al-Qaeda went to Syria, became ISIS, and ISIS is what it is today thanks to Barack Obama’s failures,” McCain said.

    ISIS and ISIL are alternate terms for the Islamic State.

    When pressed by a reporter on the claim that Obama was “directly” responsible, McCain reiterated his point — that Obama should not have withdrawn combat troops from Iraq: “He pulled everybody out of Iraq, and I predicted at the time that ISIS would go unchecked, and there would be attacks on the United States of America,” he said. “It’s a matter of record, so he is directly responsible.”

    In a statement released Thursday afternoon after the comments were publicized, McCain said he “misspoke.”

    “I did not mean to imply that the President was personally responsible,” he said. “I was referring to President Obama’s national security decisions, not the President himself. As I have said, President Obama’s decision to completely withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq in 2011 led to the rise of ISIL. I and others have long warned that the failure of the President’s policy to deny ISIL safe haven would allow the terrorist organization to inspire, plan, direct or conduct attacks on the United States and Europe as they have done in Paris, Brussels, San Bernardino and now Orlando.”

    While the gunman referenced the Islamic State multiple times on Sunday, investigators say they are still working to figure out precisely what motivated the gunman and determine how he spent the months leading up to the attack.

    Omar Mateen, the 29-year-old shooter, pledged loyalty to the leader of the Islamic State during a 911 call made while the hostage standoff at the club was ongoing. According to Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, Mateen also posted on Facebook the day of the shooting pledging allegiance to the group’s and claiming that the shooting was “vengeance” for airstrikes.

    Officials have said that they have not found any signs that Mateen was directly tied to any kind of network, and the FBI said this week that it remains unclear which extremist group he supported. While he referenced the Islamic State multiple times on Sunday, Mateen has also made comments in recent years claiming that he had ties to ­al-Qaeda and Hezbollah, two opposing terrorist groups that have clashed repeatedly in Syria and that both predate the Obama administration. He has also referenced the brothers who carried out the 2013 bombing of the Boston Marathon.

    Investigators are interviewing Mateen’s family, friends and any other associates and scouring his digital trail to develop “the most complete picture of what the shooter did and why he did it,” Ronald Hopper, an FBI assistant special agent in charge, said during a briefing Wednesday.

    McCain, who lost to Obama in the 2008 presidential election, is seeking a sixth term in the Senate this year and faces a competitive Republican primary in August.

    The likely Democratic nominee in the race, Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, issued a statement Thursday saying McCain “cross[ed] a dangerous line in comments that undermine our Commander in Chief on national security issues — at the very moment the president was in Orlando to comfort victims’ families.”

    “It’s difficult to imagine the old John McCain being this reckless with something so serious,” the statement said. “John McCain has changed after 33 years in Washington.”

    Adam Jentleson, a spokesman for Senate Minority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.), condemned McCain’s remark, calling it “just the latest proof that Senate Republicans are puppets of Donald Trump” and that
    “there is no daylight between Senate Republicans and Donald Trump.”


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  • Islamic State committed genocide against Christians, Shi'ites: U.S.

    17/Mar/2016 // 312 Viewers

     

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Islamic State militant group has committed genocide against minority Christians and Yazidis as well as Shi'ite Muslims, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday, a finding that is unlikely to greatly change U.S. policy toward the group.

    "The fact is that Daesh kills Christians because they are Christians. Yazidis because they are Yazidis. Shi'ites because they are Shi'ites," Kerry said, referring to the group by an Arabic acronym, and accusing it of crimes against humanity and of ethnic cleansing.

    While the genocide finding may make it easier for the United States to argue for greater action against the group, it does not create a legal obligation on the United States to do more.

    On Wednesday, a State Department spokesman Mark Toner said: "Acknowledging that genocide or crimes against humanity have taken place in another country would not necessarily result in any particular legal obligation for the United States."

    Islamic State militants have swept through Iraq and Syria in recent years, seizing control of large swathes of territory with an eye toward establishing jihadism in the heart of the Arab world.

    The group's videos depict the violent deaths of people who stand in its way. Opponents have been beheaded, shot dead, blown up with fuses attached to their necks and drowned in cages lowered into swimming pools, with underwater cameras capturing their agony.

    U.S. President Barack Obama has ordered air strikes against the group but has not made any large commitment of U.S. troops on the ground.

    "It may strengthen our hand getting other countries to help. It may free us against some (legal) constraints, but the reality is that when you are fighting somebody, you don't need another reason to fight them," said Jon Alterman, director of the Middle East program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a think tank.

    PREVENTIVE ACTION?

    Kerry argued that the United States has done much to fight the group since the start of air strikes in 2014, but did not directly answer a question on why the Obama administration had not done more to prevent genocide.

    Historians have asked the same question about Darfur and Rwanda, both places where the United States also concluded that genocide had taken place.

    Islamic State militants have exploited the five-year civil war in Syria to seize areas in that country and in neighboring Iraq, though U.S. officials say their air strikes have markedly reduced the amount of territory the group controls in both.

    On-again, off-again peace talks got under way this week in Geneva in an effort to end the civil war, in which at least 250,000 people have died and millions have fled their homes. A fragile "cessation of hostilities" has reduced, but not ended, the violence over the last two weeks.

    U.S. lawmakers urged Kerry last year to make a determination on whether atrocities committed by the militant group against Christians and other religious groups amounted to genocide.

    The State Department earlier had predicted it would miss a deadline set for Thursday on this decision.

    Republicans, who control the U.S. Congress, have been pressuring the Democratic Obama administration to call the militants' atrocities in Iraq and Syria acts of genocide. This week, one chamber, House of Representatives, passed a resolution labeling the group's violence against religious and ethnic minorities as genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.

    A U.S. administration has not made a genocide finding since 2004, when it determined genocide had occurred in Darfur and that the government of Sudan was responsible.

    Asked if the genocide finding was likely to accentuate a view held by some that the West is engaged in a battle with Islam, a senior U.S. official noted that Kerry's determination included Shi-ite Muslims as well as Christians and Yazidis.

    "A very large Muslim group is included in this," said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. "The secretary isn't just singling out one group that has political support in the United States," he added, referring to Christians.


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