Nigerian News from Leadership News Tue, 03 Mar 2015 21:07:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Nigerian Witchdoctors Planned To Kill Me – Mugabe Tue, 03 Mar 2015 21:07:37 +0000 Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe, has alleged that his former Vice President and other top officials in his ruling Zanu-PF sought the services of Nigerian witchdoctors in a bid to kill him.

The Africa Review reports that President Mugabe made the bizarre claims at the weekend as he celebrated his 91st birthday at a lavish party hosted by the party’s communist-styled 21st February movement.

The veteran ruler, in power since Zimbabwe’s independence in 1980 claims he was ordained by God to rule forever according to the report.

He told party supporters at the celebrations held at a top hotel in the resort town of Victoria Falls that sacked Vice-President Joice Mujuru used two Nigerian witchdoctors in her alleged plot to have him killed.

Ms Mujuru was sacked together with more than 10 Cabinet ministers for allegedly plotting to assassinate President Mugabe and being involved in corrupt activities.

President Mugabe said Ms Mujuru was now too desperate to push him out of power even after he won an election in 2013.

“We managed to know what (Ms) Mujuru was doing at her house, even consulting witchdoctors,” he claimed.

“Recently she invited two Nigerian witchdoctors. We heard that they were specialists in the field of witchcraft. They were specialists, yes, but specialists in robbing people, foolish people.”

He said the Nigerians ordered Ms Mujuru to buy chickens that were named after herself, the President, his wife and Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

The President claimed the former Vice-President who was his deputy for 10 years, performed the rituals naked.

“Where do these Nigerians get the powers to entrap the soul of a human being into a chicken or sheep and then kill him?

“God is for us all. I also go to church, I do not believe in superstition. We were taught God’s teachings,” Mugabe said.

Last year, Nigeria’s Foreign Affairs ministry summoned Zimbabwean envoy in Abuja Stanley Kunjeku to protest after President Mugabe said Nigerians were corrupt.

The Nigerian government at the time said it had lodged ‘the strongest protest’ against the veteran ruler’s statements.

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Bill Gates Is Named World’s Richest Person Again Tue, 03 Mar 2015 20:54:16 +0000 Bill Gates has been declared the richest man in the world for the 16th time by Forbes magazine’s annual ranking of global billionaires.

The Microsoft founder once again beat Mexican businessman Carlos Slim to the top spot.

Mr Gates’ net worth rose by just over $3bn (£1.94bn) in the year to 13 February, to $79bn.

There are a record 1,826 billionaires in the world, Forbes said, an increase of 181 in the past 12 months.

Mr Gates has now been top of the list for 16 of the last 21 years, Forbes added.

Legendary US investor Warren Buffet regained third place in the list with a net worth of $72.7bn, from Amancio Ortega, the founder of Spanish fashion chain Zara.

The funds required to make it into the top 20 in the list have fallen by $2bn to $29bn this year.

The founders and chief executives of US technology firms dominated the list again, accounting for six of the top 20 richest men in the world.

The first woman on the rich list is Christy Walton, the widow of John Walton, one of the heirs to the Wal-Mart retail empire.

She has been declared the richest woman in the world for five of the last six years by Forbes.

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg moves up five places in the rankings to number 16, with a net worth of $33.4bn. This is the first time he has been included in the list of the world’s 20 richest people.

The youngest billionaire in the world is 24 year-old Evan Spiegel, the co-founder of messaging app Snapchat, with a fortune of $1.5bn.

Silicon Valley has produced 23 new billionaires this year including co-founders of car-hailing service Uber, Travis Kalanick and Garrett Camp, and their first employee, Ryan Graves.

Elizabeth Holmes, the founder of blood-testing firm Theranos, has debuted on the global list as the youngest self-made woman at age 31, with a fortune of $4.5bn.

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Rivers Foreign Students Decry Abandonment Tue, 03 Mar 2015 20:52:22 +0000 RIVERS STATE SPONSORED STUDENTS IN THE UNITED KINGDOM

1st March, 2015

The executive governor of Rivers state, Moscow Road, Port Harcourt


The executive director,

Rivers state Sustainable Development Agency Port Harcourt.


Dear Sirs,


I wish to humbly bring to your notice the current dilemma faced by the students sent overseas by the state government, especially those of us studying in the United Kingdom. The foreign Students on Rivers State Government scholarship via the RSSDA Scholarship scheme decry abandonment by the State government for about 5 months now. Most of us, especially those from very poor background have been evicted from our residential apartments due to inability to pay up our rents as at when due or clear the backlog, and have resorted to squatting and gallivanting in the streets of London, Manchester, Glasgow, Hull, Sunderland, Edinburgh, Nottingham, Oxford etc. in frustration.

Many others stand the risk of eviction as I write this letter. This is not the first time the Rivers State Government has fallen short of its obligations to its foreign scholars, and this is not the first time our allowances are been owed (held) for more than 5 months. It is a shame that we have had to in the past forced our families back home to send us feeding money, and the pains they go through in sending this money is unbearable. In the past, children of indigent parents have had to drop out due to their inability to cope with their studies.

As at today, some students have been forced by this unfortunate situation to take up menial jobs to cope with survival and it is not clear what the state of their studies is because they have shuttle between workplace and university. No Rivers child deserves to go through life this way and certainly not in a foreign land. Please we appeal to the Rivers State Government to release funds to the RSSDA to enable it meet its obligations to students on foreign scholarship.

Many thanks, Fubara Dennis ( University of Oxford

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Poll Shift: US Congress Warns Over Dire Consequences On Nigeria Tue, 03 Mar 2015 18:46:18 +0000 The United States House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs has warned the federal government of Nigeria on the dire consequences to be expected if the rescheduled March 28 general elections are shifted again.

The Congress’ Committee which is being chaired by Rep. Ed Royce while highlighting the significance of the elections during the week, said there would be a serious implication if the elections are not held on the new dates.

The committee further urged the Nigerian government to do everything to ensure the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) conducts a safe and credible election without further delay despite the activities of the Boko Haram Sect which it said had caused several security threats to the country’s stability.

Also, members of the Committee called on all the candidates of the various political parties to uphold their commitments to prevent political violence, which they said was very common in Nigeria.

On insecurity, the lawmakers unanimously passed a bipartisan legislation to condemn the activities of Boko Haram. They also condemned the terrorist group over its bloody attacks which they said had claimed several lives and properties.

The legislation that was passed also applauded the efforts of the African Union to raise a standing regional force to combat Boko Haram. It also expressed support for a robust security assistance to the new force.

The lawmakers encouraged the Nigerian government to continue to work with the United States and the neighbouring countries of Chad, Niger and Cameroun to defeat the bloody group, adding that the government needed to ensure that the new coalition forces authorized by the African Union has the tools needs to get the job done.

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1.1 Billion Youths Risk Hearing Loss – WHO Tue, 03 Mar 2015 18:44:41 +0000 Some 1.1 billion teenagers and young adults are at risk of hearing loss due to the unsafe use of personal audio devices, including smartphones, and exposure to damaging levels of sound at noisy entertainment venues such as nightclubs, bars and sporting events, according to the World Health Organisation.

The WHO stated this in a statement to mark the International Ear Care Day, celebrated each year on March 3rd and the launch of the “Make Listening Safe” initiative to draw attention to the dangers of unsafe listening and promote safer practices.

Nearly half of teenagers and young adults are exposed to unsafe sound levels on headphones, while some 40 per cent put their hearing at risk at clubs, bars and sports events where “recreational noise” is excessive, WHO said.

The UN health agency called on youths to listen to loud music on their headphones to less than one hour per day.

“As they go about their daily lives doing what they enjoy, more and more young people are placing themselves at risk of hearing loss,” notes Dr Etienne Krug, WHO Director for the Department for Management of Noncommunicable Diseases, Disability, Violence and Injury Prevention. “They should be aware that once you lose your hearing, it won’t come back. Taking simple preventive actions will allow people to continue to enjoy themselves without putting their hearing at risk.”

Nightclubs typically play music at 100 decibels, which is the equivalent of hearing a jackhammer at short distance and is safe for only 15 minutes.

Entertainment venues should limit sound levels and offer protective earplugs and quiet zones to their customers, WHO recommended.

“Hearing loss can have serious consequences for physical and mental health, and for young people’s prospects in education and employment, and they should be aware that once you lose your hearing, it won’t come back,” the message warned.

The WHO said young people can better protect their hearing by keeping the volume down on personal audio devices, wearing earplugs when visiting noisy venues, and using carefully fitted, and, if possible, noise-cancelling earphones/headphones.

“They can also limit the time spent engaged in noisy activities by taking short listening breaks and restricting the daily use of personal audio devices to less than one hour.

“Governments also have a role to play by developing and enforcing strict legislation on recreational noise, and by raising awareness of the risks of hearing loss through public information campaigns,” WHO added.

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Jonathan Eligible to Contest 2015 Presidential Election – Appeal Court Tue, 03 Mar 2015 18:40:36 +0000 The Appeal Court has declared President Goodluck Jonathan eligible to contest 2015 presidential election.

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Katsina Now Free Of Bird Flu Tue, 03 Mar 2015 18:38:39 +0000 Katsina State government has curtailed the menace of dreaded avian influenza popularly known as bird flu across the state.

A statement signed by the public relations officer of the state ministry of agriculture, Ismaila Ashiru, copy of which was made available to newsmen said the state had been certified free of the disease.

He urged farmers not to panic as the disease had been contained following aggressive efforts from the state government noting that necessary equipments and logistic were provided leading to effective control of the disease.

“Farmers need to strongly control human and vehicular traffic into their farms as well as to sanitized, and disinfect their farms and premises regularly”

He enjoined farms to promptly report any outbreak of disease to the ministry or any of the seven zonal areas veterinary clinics in the state.

It would be recalled that outbreak of bird flu was recorded in two poultry farms in the state last two weeks.

State commissioner of agriculture, Adamu Mato Zango who confirmed the outbreak said no fewer than eight thousand birds from the two farms were affected by the disease and stressed that the ministry promptly conducted depopulation exercis

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Woman Nabbed Buying PVCs In Katsina Tue, 03 Mar 2015 18:35:48 +0000 Barely few days after a Katsina State PDP councillor was arrested for alleged purchase of permanent voter cards (PVCs), a woman, one Zuwaira Bello had been nabbed for allegedly buying PVCs in the state.

It was gathered that the said Bello, a resident of Funtua, was reportedly caught buying the cards in Danja town, the headquarters of Danja LG of the state.

A source told our correspondent that the woman was arrested along with two other persons and is being held at the Katsina State command of Nigerian Police.

She was reportedly caught in the act by some APC members in the area who handed her over to the police.

The spokesman of Katsina state police command, DSP Aminu Sadik who confirmed the arrest of the culprits said investigations was being conducted.

Reacting to the rising case of trade in PVCs, the Coalition of Political parties in  Katsina state
appealed to both INEC and police to take stern measures in averting it.

Addressing newsmen on behalf of the Coalition, its PRO and the chairman of Katsina state chapter of Labour Party, Shafiu Salmanu said the trend smacks of attempt to jeopardise the elecoral proce

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Woman In Kaduna Arrested Over Sales Of PVCs Tue, 03 Mar 2015 18:32:13 +0000 Ahead of the general elections, a woman in her mid 40s was on Tuesday arrested by the Police in Kaduna while attempting to sell some permanent voter cards (PVCs), following an alarm raised by the women leader of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kabala ward ‎in Kaduna North local government.

The women leader, Hajiya Hajara Mairiga told the police that the suspect whose name could not be ascertained as at press time came to her house on Monday and told her that she had her ‎PVCs and others for sale.

Details shortly


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Jonathan Wades Into Ebonyi Crisis, Summons Elechi, Anyim, Umahi Tue, 03 Mar 2015 18:27:42 +0000 The impasse crippling political activities in the  Ebonyi State chapter of the ruling People’s Democratic Party ( PDP) took a deeper crisis dimension on Tuesday, as a meeting between President Goodluck Jonathan and the warring parties was inconclusive.

The president, LEADERSHIP gathered had summoned the state Governor, Martins Elechi; Secretary to Government of the Federation, Anyim Pius Anyim and the PDP governorship candidate for Ebonyi state, David Umahi as well as some PDP leaders to the meeting with a view to addressing the political rancor once and for all.

The meeting, which lasted for over five hours in the President’s office at the presidential villa Abuja was also attended by Vice President Namadi Sambo and some PDP governors led by chairman of their forum  and Akwa Ibom State Governor, Obong Godswill Akpabio.

Also in attendance were Governors Sule Lamido of Jigawa State and his Benue counterpart, Gabriel Suswam.

After the December governorship primary in which former Health Minister, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu who was Elechi’s candidate lost to the governor’s deputy said to be the preferred candidate of the SGF, the state has been embroiled in a serious crisis.

The embattled governor who also failed to scale through his own senatorial primary is at the moment  facing impeachment threat from the Ebonyi State House of Assembly on allegations of misappropriation of funds, gross misconduct and anti party activities, as he is said to have shifted his support to the Labour Party governorship candidate in the state.

It became apparent that yesterday’s meeting could not resolve the impasse in Ebonyi when the Elechi stormed out of the president’s office looking rather angry.

He was very hostile to State House correspondents who had approached him for the outcome of the meeting, just as he threatened to brake a tape recorder belonging to one of the reporters.

The governor who said he was not in Aso Rock to answer questions from journalists raised his walking stick, threatening angrily to smash the tape recorder of the correspondent who was adamant on getting answers from him.

Benue State Governor, Suswam who spoke to journalists acknowledged the fact that the political crisis in Ebonyi was one of the major issues discussed at the meeting,even as he said the impasse in the south east state would soon be over.

Suswam who came out of the meeting few minutes after his Ebonyi counterpart had left denied, however that Elechi did not storm out of the meeting, contrary to the impression created by his body language.

He argued that the meeting went well and that Elechi only rushed out IOC the meeting the way he did to meet up with his flight.

He said, “I don’t think he (Elechi) stormed out of the meeting. We ended the meeting properly, and I believe he had a flight to catch and so, he was rushing.

“Yes, Ebonyi problem was one of the issues discussed in the meeting, but we are almost at the solution to that problem. So I think the governor was rushing to catch a flight”.

On the allegation that some PDP candidates were not campaigning for other candidates of the ruling party, especially the party’s presidential candidate, Jonathan, the governor dismissed the claim as near impossible.

He explained that all candidates of the party were duty bound to campaign for the party which implied that every single candidate was campaigning for all others of the party platform, not excluding the presidential ticket bearer.

He said: “I don’t think that is true. People have different ways of campaining, and as a senatorial candidate there’s no way I can be campaigning for my seat alone without campaignong for the president.

“You know in political parties we have issues. Different candidates have different issuses. There are no universal issues across the lenght and breadth of the parties. So it is not true that people are not campaigning for the president.

“There are minor issues here and there and those issues like I said since yesterday, you will observe that between yesterday and today, we’ve been meeting. We are meeting because we want to be in charge, we want to be abreast. PDP is going to win this election landslide, there’s no two ways about it. Forget about the noise and propaganda. We are ready and willing, and nothing is going to stop it.

“So there’s no issue of not campaigning for the president. We are all campaigning for the PDP. and all the PDP candidates across, even if no names are mentioned.”

Suswam further explained that the series of convened by President Jonathan with PDP governors, candidates and party leaders in the last few days were targeted at calibrating the ruling party as safe guard for victory in the forthcoming general poll

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