We woke on Saturday morning to brilliant blue skies and bright sunshine…do you sense a pattern here? Everyone we encountered throughout the cruise said this was the best summer in decades. One person said since 1976…the same year I moved back to the states. I was sixteen. You can do the math! After a quick […]
Time makes fools of us all. Not because we are fools, but because the ravages of time tend to catch us by surprise. Sometimes those ravages reveal changes we wouldn’t have expected. It dawned on me a few days ago that we tend to photograph and document our accomplishments, but we rarely document and photograph […]
When people work out, they tend to go for two major accomplishments: weight loss or mass development. That first one makes sense, to a point. But the second generally applies to the noticeable and well-known muscle groups, such as biceps, triceps, pectoral muscles, deltoids and quadriceps, to name a few. But a big part of […]
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The problem with the majority of exercise programs is they all claim their way is the end-all-be-all to get the body you want. With all of the programs out there, have you ever wondered why some of them work better than others? With everyone’s body being so unique, how is it possible that one way […]
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A report by Vanguard indicates that the Nigerian army captain who allegedly ordered soldiers on security check-point along the Ibi-Jalingo expressway in Taraba state, to attack and kill police operatives attached to the Inspector General of Police Special Intelligence Response Team, IRT, has been identified.
According to the report, police investigation carried out so far has revealed that telephone conversations between the kidnap kingpin, Alhaji Hamisu Balla, alias Wadume and the captain, were about 191 within the space of one month between July 9 and August 6.
A source quoted in the report, explained that the police authorities believed that the army captain might have been providing cover for the kidnapper, who is said to have received hundreds of millions as ransom from his victims.
The army captain, who is currently undergoing interrogation at the Defence Headquarters Abuja, was arrested alongside five other army personnel, who were alleged to have taken part in the horrific killing of the three policemen and their two civilian agents.
The arrested solders had confessed that they received orders to attack the policemen from the captain, whom they said informed them that Wadume had been kidnapped and was being transported in a silver-coloured Toyota Hiace Bus.
The soldiers claimed that they acted squarely on the orders of the captain, being their superior officer, but police sources at Force Headquarters Abuja, disclosed that the police authorities have established strong links between the army captain and the notorious kidnapper, alleging that the army captain was on the kidnapper’s payroll.
Investigations have also revealed that the army captain, who was not present in Ibi town at the time the IRT operatives arrested Wadume, might have ordered his men to attack and kill the IRT operatives as well as rescue his friend, the kidnapper.
Meanwhile, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors Forum has condemned the killing of the three policemen and some civilians by men of the Nigerian army in Taraba.
Chairman of the forum and governor of Bayelsa, Seriake Dickson, in a statement he issued on Monday, August 12 in Abuja, described the killings as “unfortunate, sad, tragic, wicked, malicious, unprofessional and totally unacceptable” to the people of the country.
ABUJA (Reuters) – Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has told the central bank to stop providing funding for food imports, his spokesman said in a statement on Tuesday, a move that has raised questions about the bank’s independence.
Nigeria, which has Africa’s biggest economy, is the continent’s top oil producer and relies on crude sales for around 90% of it foreign exchange. Low oil prices led to a recession in 2016 from which the country emerged two years ago.
Since Buhari first took office in 2015, Nigeria’s central bank has presided over policies aimed at stimulating growth in the agricultural sector to reduce dependence on oil. Those policies included a 2015 ban on access to foreign exchange for 41 items that the bank felt could be produced in Nigeria.
“President Muhammadu Buhari … disclosed that he has directed the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to stop providing foreign exchange for importation of food into the country,” Tuesday’s statement said.
“Don’t give a cent to anybody to import food into the country,” Buhari said, according to the statement, which said that the call was in line with efforts to bring about a “steady improvement in agricultural production, and attainment of full food security”.
“The foreign reserve will be conserved and utilised strictly for diversification of the economy, and not for encouraging more dependence on foreign food import bills.”
The latest move comes only weeks after Central Bank Governor Godwin Emefiele in July said the bank would ban access to foreign exchange to import milk.
Tuesday’s statement prompted many observers to point to the central bank’s status as an independent body.
“The central bank act of 2007 makes it clear that the bank is independent. It is not supposed to be taking direct instructions from politicians,” said Kingsley Moghalu, who served as deputy central bank governor from 2009 to 2014.
“The trajectory in this administration is that we have seen a very clear tendency for the president to direct people. Increasingly Nigeria’s institutions have lost independence,” said Moghalu, who was a contender in February’s presidential election.
Bismarck Rewane, an economist and the head of Lagos-based consultancy Financial Derivatives, also said the bank was supposed to be independent.
A central bank spokesman did not immediately respond to phone calls and text messages seeking comment.
Buhari has been a vocal supporter of such restrictions and one of his first moves after his re-election in February was to reappoint the central bank governor.
Rewane said a curb on foreign exchange for food imports could backfire after Buhari last month signed up to the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA). That deal seeks to create a continent-wide free trade zone where tariffs on most goods would be eliminated.
YESSSSSS!!!!!! Mental health is now starting to get more recognition as we progress as a society. Although, there is still a lot of work to be done we are now acknowledging it. The stigma behind mental health just blows my mind: “Mental health, mannnn you don’t know what it’s like to struggle.” “Stop complaining, stop […]
The other day I was curled up on my couch so depressed I could barely move. I wanted to die. The ironic thing? Everything in my life has finally started to look up, I’m loved and in general a happy person who loves life.
Many years ago while I was working on my Master’s degree, I thought about becoming a licensed professional counselor. I really wanted to work with individuals with mental illness and depression. I started my coursework then decided on becoming a school counselor. My decision was based on family and economics at the time. I was […]
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At a local Jr College the Psychology professor asked his class to read a chapter on mental health. In order to see what they learned he asked, (hoping to get the answer, “manic depression”), “How would you diagnose a someone who walks back and forth screaming at the top of his lungs one minute, then […]
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This piece was written by an ally of mine on facebook and I pleaded with her to grant me permission to publish it on my blog.I believe it will be a source of inspiration to many people who are in quandary whether to quit or move on with their job. I hope […]
Sir Muhammadu Sanusi I (1905-1990 ), the grandfather of the present Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II reigned for only five years as Emir of Kano before he was forced to resign. He was said not to be in the good books of the authorities of the day due to his views which were considered […]
The Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, has exonerated himself in a reply to the query issued to him by the administration of Abdullahi Ganduje, governor of the state, over an alleged misappropriation of N3.4billion.
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A Canada-based organisation, 1Million Teachers Inc, has appointed the Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II, as the Chairman of its Advisory Board in Nigeria.
The monarch is also to be a board member of the organisation’s parent body, 1 Million Teachers Canada.
According to a statement on Tuesday, 1Million Teachers Inc. “provides access to high-quality teacher education to severely underserved communities around the world.”
The statement quoted the organisation’s Chief Executive Officer, Hakeem Subair, as expressing his excitement at Sanusi’s appointment.
“It is a morale booster for the team. 1 Million Teachers regularly seeks strong voices, to help us amplify our advocacy for access to equitable and inclusive education for all, especially women and girls, and to provide counsel to our team.
“It is, therefore, with great pleasure that we welcome His Highness, Muhammad Sanusi II, CON, Emir of Kano, as Chairman, Advisory Board of 1 Million Teachers.”