national team captain John Terry who was stripped off his English captain band
by the FA for alleged racial abuse on Anton Ferdinand of Queens Park Rangers
who also surprisingly announced his retirement from international football last
week on the eve of the hearing by the FA Committee has been found guilty.
A Liberian opposition member of the House of Representatives has threatened to bring impeachment proceedings against President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for what he called aiding and abetting cheating during the country’s 2005 presidential election.
Channels Television - A new virus belonging to the same family as the SARS virus that killed 800 people in 2002 has been identified in Britain in a man who had recently been in Saudi Arabia, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Sunday.
Nigerian Church is at traffic circle. From the world go I admonished the church not to preach the gospel for money. But there are always two sides to the same coin about the church in Nigeria: It is staged with lumps of economic interests, and fragile gospel.
PUNCH - Nigeria midfielder Mikel Obi has apologised for the Champions League blunder that allowed Juventus to snatch a 2-2 draw against holders Chelsea.
John Mikel Obi
With just 10 minutes remaining at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, Chelsea were on course to open their title defence with a victory after two goals from Brazil midfielder Oscar gave them a 2-1 lead over the Italian champions.
A middle aged man was on Thursday allegedly shot dead by a policeman in Iperu, Remo North local government area of Ogun State, South West Nigeria while two others sustained bullet wounds.
Eyewitnesses said the incident occurred when the deceased, a commercial driver allegedly brushed a police patrol van along the Sagamu/Benin express way.
Confirming the incident, the Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi expressed the displeasure of the command over the incident, saying that investigations into the killing would commenced immediately while the culprit would be made to face the full wrought of the law if found guilty.
Eyewitnesses said after the killing, the residents in the area engaged the police officers in a fight leading to the burning of the police patrol vehicle.
Mr Adejobi however said that the situation has been brought under control as the state commissioner of police, Ikemefuna Okoye sympathize with the family of the deceased when he visited the scene of the crime.
"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he is at times of
comfort or convenience, but at times of challenges and controversies".
Folorunsho Samuel Enitan [my cousin], the first child in the family of
6, with enormous responsibilities to cater for including his siblings,
graduated from one of Nigeria universities four years ago, with a
degree in Business Administration Second Class Upper, the sky is the
beginning he thought armed with his certificate he went in search of
white collar jobs, cris crossing the length and breadth of
Nigeria looking for job.
Four years down the line "THE SEARCH CONTINUES......", he was
recruited by the local politician to be part of his campaign team.This
is the fate of million of youths in Nigeria unemployment market,
hopelessness and a bleak future, with alternatives dangles before them
by greedy politicians and drug barons, they easily gave in to make
Youth unemployment in Nigeria has assumed a dimension that is now
called "A MONSTER", the devastating effect of youth unemployment in
Nigeria has affected me socially, psychologically and economically.The
devastating MONSTER in Nigeria families, society and the nation has
saw in the Northern part of Nigeria, an army of ALMAJIRI'S", called
the foot soldiers,"YANDABAS","BOKO HARAM SECTS". In the South South
region of Nigeria Oil rich region breeds, the dreaded "EGBESU BOYS"
and militants [that has crippled Nigeria's economic fortunes, hostage
taking phenomenon, vandalization of Oil facilities and Oil bunkering].
In the Eastern part of Nigeria "THE BAKASSI BOYS". In the Western
part of Nigeria, Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC). In Lagos the economic
Nigeria breeds "Area Boys".
The unemployed youths are used as tools by politicians to disrupt
elections, wrecking havoc, caused and inflame religious disturbances
and crisis. As there is a saying " AN IDLE HAND IS A DEVILS WORKSHOP".
The youths are used as hired killers, and political thugs, many of the
unemployed youths are willing tools in the hands of the politician and
drug barons as they served as couriers for drugs [desperate to make
ends meet], Internet Scam "YAHOO YAHOO" and the now popular social
networking sites "Facebook" and Twitter".
They become a MONSTER ! Rather than contributing to the social and
economic development of the family and society, and the nation at
large. The unemployed youths have engaged themselves in orgy of
destructive careers, wasting precious lives in their wake of trails.
They are added burden to families, who spent their hard earned
resources to see them acquire good education in the hope of a better
future. The parents now faced with the realities of a dash hope and
dreams as a result of unemployment.
Youth unemployment has really affected the social psyche of families,
society and the nation, as youth unemployment has let millions of
youths embarking on a dangerous journey across the dreaded Sahara
Desert gateway termed "Journey Of No Return" or "Endless
Odyssey" en-route Europe with aim of getting better job.
Girls are the most hit as they have resort to the world oldest
profession "PROSTITUTION". A catastrophe playing itself out! Some of
the girls [with family knowledge] sold off their prized possessions,
house, farmlands and lands to enabled them obtain the travel documents
and contacts in Europe.Some are made to swear at the local shrine. Edo
State, South South Nigeria accounts for 83 percent of girls
trafficking in Africa, estimated at about 300,000 yearly.
As a result of unemployment, families have been ruined, as youths
who cannot find employment resorts to criminal activities, terrorizing
the neighborhood and when caught they are sent to jail, there by
denting families image, honor and image, as a result of youth
unemployment, the youths drank to stupor to contain emotions, overcome
worrisome, inhale stimulants to stay high, smoke dangerous drugs and
become a nuisance to the family and the society.
The youths live on drug, sleep with drug, think drug and walk with
drugs! The army of unemployed youths are easily brainwashed and
indoctrinated with false doctrines and are co-opted into illegal
societies, frustrations, dejection and hopelessness remain a day to
day occurrence in their lives. With millions of graduates being
churned out yearly in Nigeria Schools joining the already saturated
Some have taken to spiritual and religious homes seeking divine
intervention in their despair, with no future and hope. In the open
fields, playing grounds, mammy markets in the barracks and motor
parks. It is the same RHYTHM! Odor and red lights emitting
from marijuana [Indian hemp]smokers! Lagos as city is under siege of
hard drugs by the youths, because of unemployment all the streets
corners and neighborhood are now occupied by the youths smoking these
hard and dangerous drugs.
The odor emanating from these joints is becoming worrisome. The
future of these youths is now BLEAK!
What does the future holds for them? A CATASTROPHE IS LOOMING!
As Nigeria keeps marching, the future of Nigerian youths keeps
getting darker, bleak and hopeless neither to see the "sun shining
behind the clouds nor realizing their DREAMS". It is a FAIT ACCOMPLI:
Signed, Sealed and Delivered!
Youth unemployment in Nigeria is a MONSTER, THE HOPE, FATE, DESTINY AND THEIR
FUTURE HANGS IN THE BALANCE! As the gods are getting angrier! It is
race against time.....!
This is surely not the end of the beginning nor beginning of the end,
but the beginning of the beginning.
BERLIN (AFP) – German prosecutors said Tuesday they had opened a manslaughter investigation against a 49-year-old woman after the corpse of a new-born baby girl was found in her freezer after 10 years.
The grisly find was made by her former husband on Friday when he defrosted the freezer in the house where they used to live, said prosecutors in the northern city of Flensburg.
It was not clear whether the baby was alive or dead when placed in the freezer, investigators said. There were no signs she had been violently treated but authorities confirmed the baby was not stillborn.
The woman, who has not been named, has admitted the baby was hers and said she was “in a state of complete exhaustion and hopelessness” at the time.
The couple already had three, now fully grown, children and divorced in 2009, prosecutors said.
The woman was released pending further investigations.
Ahead of 2015 presidential election, the political arena appeared to have brightened its mood at Onitsha, the commercial capital of the West African sub- region, when President Goodluck Jonathan was offered the support of the South Eastern states for his second term bid. Speaking at a Town Hall meeting as the Chairman of the South East Governors’ Forum, the Anambra State Governor, Mr. Peter Obi, said he was convinced that President Jonathan was greatly committed to Nigeria, doing great things for the entire nation. “The facilities you commissioned today will create over 10, 000 jobs,” Mr. Obi said. Governor Obi said Ndigbo had faith in him and were committed to his leadership, despite the opinions of his critics which replicated the fate of leaders bringing change anywhere in the world, saying they were never friends to the public. ”There is no doubt that you are greatly committed to Nigeria and you are doing things that will create jobs. …… we as Anambra people are happy the way you assisted us in taking care of Ojukwu’s burial…..Anambra is a leading state in Nigeria. The facilities you commissioned today will create over 10,000 jobs. “Ndigbo have faith in you and we are committed to your leadership and sometimes you feel pained by what people are saying. Anywhere in the world where people are bringing change, they are not friends to the public but I am saying you are bringing change that will change this country. ”You are creating a level playing ground where talents will match opportunities and people who leave of the old order and confusion will not accept the change but we are with you in the morning, in the afternoon and in the night. “If we don’t change we will bequeath anarchy to our children unborn. You got 90 percent from Ndigbo in the last election and if you come back again you will get 90 percent. Anambra is a state of great people and you can see the kind of great men and women that I am governing. We are strongly behind you and our support is for you and once you get Anambra as the largest in everything, you have got other states in the South-East. Once you have us forget it because we will not only deliver you but will assist in delivering other states for you. We have the richest men in this country and all of them came home to receive you and show you solidarity. They would make it possible for you to win not only in Anambra, but in other states.
The management of Oxpharm specialities limited, the pharmacy where the drug, Rohypnol Flunitrazepam, was allegedly bought and used on the late Cynthia Osokoku has told their side of the story on how the two accused pharmacists were arrested.
The Chief Executive Officer of the pharmacy, Ike Ugwu while speaking with Channels Television’s correspondent, Yomi Otaigbe, expressed regret over the blanket charges placed on both the pharmacists – Osita Orji and Chukwunonso Maduokor, who were alleged to have dispensed the drug and the other accused persons.
Both pharmacists were arraigned together with the suspected killers of the deceased before a Yaba Magistrate Court on Monday. The suspected killers, Okwumo Nwabufo and Ezike Olisaeloka, allegedly purchased the drug, most commonly known as date-rape drug, which was allegedly used on the late Cynthia.
Mr Ugwu pleaded with the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) to look carefully into the matter to prevent miscarriage of justice.
…As agitation for review of ICJ verdict heightens ahead of deadline When the United Nations endorsed a referendum in Sudan to end the intractable civil war in the North African country, it was obvious that “the wild oats sown in your younger days had made an awful harvest in our autumn of life.”
The referendum paved the way for South Sudan to emerge an independent nation on July 5, 2011. But the oil rich territory of Abyei, straddled between the North and South Sudan, has been given the option to decide, through a UN supervised referendum, which part of both countries it would like to join.
Based on this, the people of Bakassi have a precedence to fall back on if they decide to approach the United Nations General Assembly and the Security Council to resolve the question of their sovereignty, which the International Court of Justice, acting on the 1994 suit on land and maritime boundary dispute filed by Cameroon against Nigeria, ruled on October 10, 2002 that the sovereignty of Bakassi Peninsula belongs to Cameroon. In the light of this, Hon. Essien Ayi, representing Calabar South/Akpabuyo/Bakassi in the House of Representatives said, “It has happened in Southern Sudan; so why can’t it happen here?”
Before the deadline of October 10, 2012, Nigeria is expected to file an appeal against the ICJ judgment, if not, then it would finally forget Bakassi. The people and leaders of the disputed territory have cried out against the ICJ verdict. They are opposed to being forced into Cameroon, which the leader of the Save Bakassi Group, Mr. Maurice Ekong, described as a police state with anti-democratic culture.
There has emerged a militant group called Bakassi Self-Determination Front and a flag, which is a symbol of national identity for the new Bakassi. According to Ekong: “There is anger among the inhabitants of Bakassi people who strongly oppose the idea of dispossessing them of their land, their identity, language, culture and personality.”
Drumbeats of war Now, the world awaits the response of Cameroon and its foreign backer, France. Eagerly awaited also is the response of Nigeria, which had shown its willingness to hand-over Bakassi peninsula to Cameroon, without firing a bullet. Now, the big question is, how far can the people of Bakassi go in their long walk to freedom?
Historians, legal experts, diplomats, traditional rulers and political actors, media practitioners, military personnel, were mobilised, last week, by the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs Lagos, to the 12th brainstorming session under the theme, ‘The Bakassi Peninsula’ Ten Years of ICJ Ruling and Prolegomena To Resultant Problems.
Former President Obasanjo
Homeless people So far, Nigeria seems not prepared to be drawn into a situation with its south eastern neighbour, which could result in international opprobrium, reproach and animosity, for reneging on the Green Tree Agreement (GTA). The Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Mr. Mohammed Adoke, said, last week, “that Nigeria is committed to working out a pragmatic and politically sensible resolution to the dispute within the framework of the ICJ judgment.”
But the Director General of NIIA, Professor Bola Akinterinwa, said “Nigeria is not a Monist state that accepts the superiority of international law without domestication by the National Assembly as required by article 12 of the 1999 constitution”.
He said unless urgent steps are taken to resolve the Bakassi question, the situation could degenerate into the case of Kurds who are a people without a home land or the people of Palestinians that have been denied of home state by international conspiracy.
Akinterinwa, who was the chief convener of the talks, harped on the curse of Berlin on Bakassi people as he went into a historical reconstruction of the evils of Berlin Conference of 1884 and 1885 where European countries carved up African kingdoms, territories, people and resources and apportioned their carved domains to themselves as areas of political and economic interests, using brute force and fraudulent treaties of protections to claim African lands, transfer the original owners of the land to other destinations that seem convenient to the Europeans.
The people of Bakassi are the latest victims of this pre-colonial machinations and even, in the 21st century, they are yet to regain their freedom.
Akinterinwa is of the view “other nations that are interested in the resources in the region will easily recognise the quest of Bakassi people for self determination”, citing the examples of the recognition of the impoverished state of Azawad in northern Mali where the Tuaregs have declared to be independent nation.
According to him, the actual demarcation of Nigeria and Cameroon land and maritime boundary will compromise Nigeria’s Exclusive Economic Zone and effective participation in the Gulf of Guinea where 70% of its maritime resources will be ceded to Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea and Sao Tome and Principe; invariably, Nigeria would have sentenced itself to death.
President Paul Biya of Cameroon
Unintended consequences The GTA under which Bakassi was ceded to Cameroun is yet to be ratified by the National Assembly. The Chairman, Senate Committee on Information, Media and Public Affairs, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, PDP, Abia South said, “If National Assembly has not ratified the Green Tree Agreement, it is not yet legal.”
But a former member of Cross River State House of Assembly, Joe Etene, believes that the new agitators’ on the Bakassi issue are walking a tight rope.
According to him, after Bakassi people mobilised themselves to appear at a public sitting coordinated by Senator Jubril Aminu in 2008, the report never saw the light of day. Etene said “the outcome of the sitting would have helped to galvanise public opinion long before now”.
The law lecturer at the University of Calabar said: “When we raised our voices about the injustices of GTA, especially the fact that ICJ and UN did not give the people of Bakassi the chance to express themselves as guaranteed by the UN charter on human right, former President Olusegun Obasanjo bullied us and frustrated our political careers because he felt we were too radical”.
Cross River State governor, Senator Liyel Imoke, said, last week, that the ICJ verdict had thrown up some unintended consequences, notable among which are: That the people of Bakassi remain in the disputed peninsula but become citizens of Cameroon against their wish and preference, thus forcing them to change their citizenship from the country of their birth; retain their Nigerian citizenship but become immigrant in the land of their birth and subject to deportation by the Cameroonian authorities like the situation in the West Bank where the Palestinians are trapped in the struggle for citizenship and for a homeland, to be called their country.
The third option, according to Imoke, is for Bakassi people to relocate to Nigeria and become eternal refugee, which is the Kurdish example in Turkey. Imoke said “Bakassi people look up to Nigeria to protect their right, their lives and their basic freedom”.
Hon. Nkyo Esu Toyo, who spoke to Sunday Vanguard in Lagos, said Bakassi indigenes are truly Nigerians and not Cameroonians.“I totally support that Nigeria appeal against the International Court of Justice judgment in relation to the international boundaries between Nigeria and Cameroon, which ceded Bakassi peninsula to Cameroon,” she said.
“I want the ruling to be reversed so that the people can come back to Nigeria because that is where the people belong. It not a question of who owns the land, but of the people, and these people are Nigerians in blood and everything.
The people in question do not belong to Cameroon; they are Efik people from Cross River and Akwa Ibom State of Nigeria. I will urge the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice to take urgent steps towards the reviewing of the judgment handed over by the International Court of Justice on Bakassi against Nigeria.”
Between a people and the deep blue sea Sunday Vanguard learnt that President Goodluck Jonathan has asked the Ministry of Justice to advise the Presidency on the course of action to take before October 10,2012, the day Bakassi will be lost forever unless urgent steps are taken.
But the body language of the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Mr. Mohammed Adoke, and his Foreign Affairs counterpart, Mr. Olugbenga Ashiru, is that Nigeria will uphold the sanctity of the ICJ decision, flawed as it may be, to maintain her reputation as an international responsible citizen.
Adoke issued a statement, last week, saying Nigeria would seek pragmatic solution within the framework of the ICJ judgement. According to the AGF “While re-affirming Nigeria’s respect for the decisions of international tribunals and commitment to regional peace and security, this administration will not shy away from appropriately defending the dignity and sovereignty of Nigeria.”
The Nigerian authorities have in charting the path of peace re-affirmed the position of the ICJ that the rights, welfare and infrastructure of Nigerians who currently inhabit the disputed villages should be protected and that the process of implementation of the GTA should be phased to allow for this.
“Both countries have also through this process sought to navigate the difficult political and cultural challenges that must inevitably arise in the course of implementing the judgment of a tribunal whose jurisdiction we consented to”, Adoke said.
“Of recent the call to seek review of the ICJ decision has attained prominence in national discourse. Article 61 of the Statute of the ICJ does indeed permit such a review where the application is based upon the “discovery” of a “fact” which is “decisive and was unknown “to the Court and to the party claiming revision when the judgment was given.
“I do not understand the call for review as unnecessarily emotive or that heeding the call tantamount to a volte face in Nigeria’s quest for peaceful resolution of disputes and avant-garde diplomacy. It may well be that there is increased agitation for the option now given that the Statute provides that a review should be initiated before ten years have elapsed from the date of the judgment i.e. or before 10 October 2012”.
Ego and ethno-centric machinations Just like the Europeans carved up Bakassi without considering the interest of the human beings, the major ethnic groups in Nigeria seem to have taken over from where the colonialists stopped. In using Bakassi as a bargaining chip for the civil war effort, Gen. Yakubu Gowon, the then head of state, did not consult with the people in ceding the peninsula to Cameroun. Rather, Gen. Gowon relied on the advice of the late Dr. Okoi Arikpo, an Efik man who was his Commissioner for External Affairs. The Cameroonians had demanded for Bakassi as their price to support the war time task of “keeping Nigeria one,” at all costs.
When the matter was the subject of the Maroua declaration in 1975, Arikpo did not raise a voice but a source said that what Gowon made was a declaration and no agreement or protocol was signed. When the issue came up for deliberation at the Supreme Military Council (SMC), the then Brig. Murtala Muhammed, Commissioner for Communication, vehemently opposed the idea of Nigeria conceeding any part of its territory for whatever reason.
Both Murtala and the then Col. Muhammedu Buhari were among the officers that reportedly volunteered to go to war with Cameroon if the need arose. The declaration at Maroua remained a declaration.
In 1994 when Gen. Sani Abacha moved soldiers to Bakassi to effectively occupy the territory, the media and opponents of his regime derided him as trying to divert attention from opposition by starting a war with Cameroon.
The paramount ruler of Bakassi, Etiyin Etim Okon Edet, said, at last week’s talks, that the push has come to shove and the people of the ceded peninsula had come to seek divine intervention, legal and diplomatic support of the people of Nigeria, to take their case to the United Nations, to seek a referendum in the disputed territory just like it has proposed in the disputed oil region of Abiyei that is claimed by Sudan and South Sudan.
Akinterinwa said the emergence of Bakassi Self-Determination Front to challenge the ceding of Bakassi to Cameroon will compound Nigeria’s national security worries as another theatre of conflict will be opened in the south eastern axis of the country. Ambassador T.A.B Shodipo said the Federal Ministry of Justice should appeal the ICJ judgment which, in the first place, failed to recognize the right and interest of the people of Bakassi to self-determination.
He averred that the non-ratification of the GTA by Nigeria provides an ample opportunity to call for a review because all the parties have not fulfilled the terms of the agreement.
But Ambassador Margret Vogts, who is a member of the United Nations Mission in Central Africa, observed that what is required in Bakassi is political solution rather than confrontation. She said since Nigeria agreed to go to the ICJ in the first place, it should abide by the decision of the court. Both Malam Mayaki and Ambassador A. Clark shared her view but the majority of the discussants called on the Federal Government to reject the decision of the ICJ
Tony Blair and George W. Bush should be taken to the International Criminal Court in The Hague over the Iraq war, Archbishop Desmond Tutu has said. Writing in the United Kingdom's Observer newspaper, he accused the former leaders of lying about weapons of mass destruction. The Iraq military campaign had made the world more unstable "than any other conflict in history," BBC quoted Archbishop Tutu as saying in the publication. Mr. Blair responded by saying "this is the same argument we have had many times with nothing new to say". Earlier this week, Archbishop Tutu, a veteran peace campaigner who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 in recognition of his campaign against apartheid, pulled out of a leadership summit in Johannesburg because he refused to share a platform with Mr. Blair. The former Archbishop of Cape Town said the United States- and UK-led action launched against Saddam's regime in 2003 had brought about conditions for the civil war in Syria and a possible Middle East conflict involving Iran. "The then leaders of the United States [Mr. Bush] and Great Britain [Mr. Blair] fabricated the grounds to behave like playground bullies and drive us further apart. They have driven us to the edge of a precipice where we now stand - with the spectre of Syria and Iran before us," he said.
Officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency at the weekend arrested an auto technician in connection with 2.655kg of cocaine hidden inside roasted chicken.
The seizure was made at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos during the inward clearance of passengers on a Turkish Airline flight from Sao Paulo, Brazil. The street value of the seized drug is about N24 million. The NDLEA Airport Commander, Mr. Hamza Umar, who gave the name of the suspect as Vincent Chegini Chinweuwa, described the seizure as remarkable. Umar explained that the suspect had given investigators useful information. “We discovered 2.655kg of cocaine hidden inside roasted chicken. It is a remarkable seizure because no one would have imagined cocaine worth several millions inside roasted chicken,” Hamza stated. During interrogation, the suspect said he thought that the drug will not be detected. Chinweuwa said: “It took me three days to pack the cocaine inside the roasted chicken. “I was confident that the drug will not be detected. “I have been living in Brazil since 2006. “Life has been stressful because I cannot even visit my wife in Nigeria due to lack of money. “I wanted some money to start any business of my choice back home. “Unfortunately, I was disappointed upon arrival in Lagos.” Meanwhile, the Chairman/Chief Executive of the NDLEA, Ahmadu Giade, said that spectacular seizures like this will help to discourage others from the criminal drug trade. “The suspect thought his mode of drug concealment was perfect but we proved him wrong. Several drugs cleverly hidden by drug barons have been discovered and we shall continue to detect drugs regardless of the mode of concealment,” Giade said. The suspect, who hails from Imo State, will soon be charged to court.