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Posted by: Watchtower - 18-09-2017, 05:17 AM - Forum: Global Gist - No Replies
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    LONDON, Sept 17 (Reuters) - A second man has been arrested over Friday’s bombing of a London commuter train that injured 30 people and Britain remained on its highest level of alert on Sunday with soldiers helping provide security.

    The 21-year-old man was detained under Britain’s terrorism laws in the west London suburb of Hounslow just before midnight on Saturday, London police said in a statement.

    Police arrested an 18-year-old man in the departure lounge of Dover port earlier on Saturday in what they called a “significant” step and then raided a property in Sunbury, a town near London and about four miles (six km) from Hounslow.

    The home-made bomb shot flames through a packed train carriage at west London’s Parsons Green Tube station during the Friday morning rush hour but apparently failed to detonate fully.

    Police said on Sunday they were searching a residential property in Stanwell, Surrey, close to the perimeter of London’s Heathrow Airport, in connection with the Hounslow arrest.

    The search of the property in Sunbury, also in the county of Surrey next to the capital, was continuing but there were no safety risks to local residents, they said.

    Local media reported that the Sunbury home belongs to a couple who have fostered hundreds of children, including refugees. The BBC said the couple, 88-year-old Ronald Jones and Penelope Jones, 71, had been honored by Queen Elizabeth for their work with children.

    ISLAMIC STATE CLAIM

    Islamic State claimed responsibility, as it has for other attacks in Britain this year, including two in London and one at a concert by American singer Ariana Grande in Manchester in May.

    Interior minister Amber Rudd said on Sunday the second arrest indicated it was not a “lone-wolf” attack, but there was no evidence Islamic State was involved.

    “It is inevitable that so-called Islamic State, or Daesh, will reach in and try to claim responsibility. We have no evidence to suggest that yet,” she told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show.“But as this unfolds, and as the police do their investigations, we will make sure that we find out exactly how he was radicalized, if we can.”

    The bomb struck as passengers were traveling towards the center of the British capital. Some suffered burns and others were hurt in a stampede to escape. Health officials said none was thought to be in a serious condition.

    Prime Minister Theresa May put Britain on its highest security level of “critical” late on Friday, meaning another attack might be imminent. Soldiers and armed police were deployed to strategic locations such as nuclear power plants.

    On Saturday, armed police patrolled the streets near government departments in Westminster and guarded Premier League soccer grounds hosting matches.

    The last time Britain was put on “critical” alert was after a suicide bomber killed 22 people at the Ariana Grande concert.

    On that occasion, the threat level remained at critical for four days while police established whether the bomber had worked alone or with others. Prior to that it had not been triggered since 2007.

    Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/lond...world-news

Posted by: Watchtower - 18-09-2017, 05:07 AM - Forum: Global Gist - No Replies
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    On a Friday in August, the president of the United States casually said at a televised news briefing that his administration could not rule out a “military option” to respond to the crisis in Venezuela.

    A look of bewilderment washed over the face of the woman standing next to him: Nikki R. Haley, President Trump’s ambassador to the United Nations. She knit her brows, looked at him briefly, looked down at her hands.

    Twitter reacted immediately. “Nikki Haley’s face,” wrote one.

    “We are all Nikki Haley right now,” wrote another.

    “Hey, she accepted the job,” wrote a third.

    That moment embodied the challenge that confronts Ms. Haley in her role as the United States ambassador.

    She represents Mr. Trump to the world. But she has also shown herself to be an ambitious politician, quick to voice her own opinions on the big policy issues that are high on her agenda like Iran and North Korea. And she has cast herself as someone who can sway her mercurial boss on everything from Russia sanctions to refugee resettlement to the value of the United Nations itself.

    A crucial test of her influence on him will come this week during Mr. Trump’s maiden visit to the United Nations, the organization he has repeatedly pilloried and whose very reason for being — international cooperation — he has dismissed with his promise of “only America first.”

    Ms. Haley predicted with confidence at a White House news conference on Friday that Mr. Trump would make “quite an impact” at the world body. What impact she has had on his approach to the world is still unknown.

    On Monday, Mr. Trump, who proposed a drastic funding cut to the United Nations, is expected to host an event dedicated to a still-vague, American-led effort to overhaul the organization. On Tuesday, he is scheduled to deliver his address to the General Assembly and have lunch with the secretary general, António Guterres (Mr. Trump had declined for months to schedule a customary meeting), but he is not expected to attend a meeting hosted by Mr. Guterres on climate change. Mr. Trump said in June that he would withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord, to the dismay of most American allies.

    Many credit Ms. Haley for leading what Richard Gowan, a fellow at the European Council for Foreign Relations, called “the administration’s grudging but growing recognition of the U.N.’s significance.”

    “It shows Trump engaging with the U.N. rather than bombing it from afar,” added Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch. “Undoubtedly, Nikki Haley gets part of the credit. Destroying the U.N. doesn’t play to the political mainstream.”

    At the Friday news conference with Mr. Trump, in remarks that immediately made headlines, Ms. Haley showered her boss with praise. “I personally think he slaps the right people, he hugs the right people, and he comes out with the U.S. being very strong in the end,” she said.

    Ms. Haley, 44, the daughter of Indian immigrants, has reinvented herself many times.

    Sikh to Methodist. Accountant to politician. Anti-union, anti-abortion Southern Republican star to South Carolina governor well known for pulling down the Confederate battle flag from the State House.

    Ms. Haley is nothing if not a deft politician. Her public remarks are addressed to her home crowd and delivered in folksy language, even if they are occasionally flimsy on the facts. She often refers to her staff as #TeamHaley in her Twitter posts, a shrewd bit of personal branding.

    The French ambassador to the United Nations, François Delattre, singled out “strong political instincts” as Ms. Haley’s trademark.

    Mr. Delattre recalled how Ms. Haley had orchestrated a White House lunch for the other 14 Security Council diplomats and their spouses in April. And he credited her for using her political connections on Capitol Hill to push back against the proposals to radically cut funding for the United Nations.

    “She is a master in bringing these very different worlds together, and for that, you indeed need quite exceptional political instincts and skills,” he said.

    Behind the scenes, Ms. Haley has pushed back against the nationalists in the Trump camp by lobbying for relatively higher ceilings for refugee resettlement. She has publicly praised Mr. Trump’s decision to abandon the climate agreement, but she has also acknowledged the fact of climate change.

    She has said little, publicly, about the president’s handling of the white supremacy rally in Charlottesville, Va., saying on Twitter only that she knows “the pain hate can cause.” But she issued a far more forthright letter to her staff. “Those who march spewing hate are few, but loud,” she wrote. “We must denounce them at every turn, and make them feel like they are on an island and isolate them the same way they wish to isolate others.”

    Later, she said in a television interview that she had had “a private conversation” with the president about it.

    Her office did not respond to numerous requests for an interview. She is a frequent guest on Sunday morning network television shows, though, and she favors news conferences at the White House, rather than at the United Nations.

    She plays to Republican concerns about the United Nations by referring, frequently, to the need to cut “fat” from its budget. She is often the first in the administration to speak out on what she recognizes as the most high-profile foreign policy issues for her Republican base: including Israel and Iran, even if it means glossing over facts.

    On Friday, for instance, she asserted that the latest sanctions stop North Korea from earning money by exporting its workers; the sanctions, in fact, stop countries from increasing how many North Korean laborers they can bring in.

    In the case of Iran, she said in a speech at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative research group, that Mr. Trump would be entirely justified if he decided to decertify the nuclear accord, even though the International Atomic Energy Agency has said Iran is complying with its obligations under the deal.

    Her biggest success, diplomats say, has been to engage with the United Nations system, rather than to bludgeon it, as many had feared.

    “There was a perception that this was a relationship cruising for a bruising,” said Stewart M. Patrick, an analyst at the Council for Foreign Relations. “She has been a skillful politician.”

    She has faced tough negotiations. Her efforts to cut the peacekeeping budget met with a great deal of pushback from France, and Ms. Haley had to settle for an approximately $600 million cut to a budget of nearly $8 billion.

    She tempered her push to get United Nations forces to disarm Hezbollah in Lebanon even though she had excoriated the force commander of the Interim Force in Lebanon as being “blind” to Hezbollah’s weapons buildup near the Israeli border.

    Her broadsides against the United Nations Human Rights Council have been massaged down to more modest calls for change, including for countries to demonstrate, through competitive elections, that they uphold human rights.

    Nor did she get the most ambitious North Korea sanctions she fought for after the North tested an extremely powerful nuclear device. She had proposed a full oil embargo; after speedy, intense negotiations with Russia and China, she agreed to a cap of two million barrels of refined petroleum products and a complete ban on natural gas. 
    That led to an uncomfortable public exchange with her boss.

    Mr. Trump described the sanctions as “no big deal.”

    So it fell to Ms. Haley to smooth it over. “I think what the president is saying is this is just the beginning of what we can do,” she said.

    Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/17/world...trump.html

Posted by: Watchtower - 16-09-2017, 07:26 AM - Forum: Politics - No Replies
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    I read the statement by the former Deputy Director of the Buhari Presidential Campaign Council, Mallam Mohammed Lawal with great amusement.

    Mr. Lawal, who is one of President Buhari’s lopsided recent appointees to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (AKA Northern Nigeria Petroleum Corporation) wants Nigerians to believe that former vice President Atiku Abubakar, has been plotting the downfall of President Muhammadu Buhari since 2014. Infind the allegation laughable. Why, you may ask?

    Well, because it is silly for any ally of the President to say Atiku Abubakar plotted President Buhari’s failure. Does anybody need to plot the failure of a man who still calls Germany ‘West Germany’? Was it Atiku’s plot that made Buhari wait and waste six months before setting up a cabinet of square pegs in round holes? Atiku did not force Buhari to make promises he could not keep like making $1 equal to ₦1 or creating 3 million jobs per annum. 
     
    Even before day one, didn’t Nasir El-Rufai warn Nigerians in 2010 that ‘if you ask Buhari, he will think that Blackberry is a fruit?’ A plagiariser  of Barack Obama’s speech, who surrounds himself with the likes of Amaechi, who is still afraid of rats as an ex-general, needs no one to plot his failure! 

    Just as you have an auto-correct function on your phone, so does President Buhari have an auto-fail function in his government. He does not need an Atiku to plot his failure!

    Let me cite an example: Two weeks ago, Benue State experienced a cataclysmic flooding of almost biblical proportions. Many pundits, including yours truly, appealed to the President to at least visit the victims of the flood to give them moral support. 

    However, the President chose to ignore the 100,000 families that had been rendered homeless and I thank God that this same Atiku Abubakar who they claim is plotting the President’s failure was able to plot his way to donating ₦5 million to the suffering victims.

    But that is not where the story ends. President Buhari who refused to visit Benue shocked right-thinking people by visiting Kaduna even while the people of Benue (who coincidentally voted for him) had not had the pleasure of his visit.

    President Muhammadu Buhari is strong enough to visit Kaduna State to inaugurate a poultry but not strong enough to visit Benue to commiserate with humans. You visit with poultry but not people. Why does it seem as if this administration values animals over human beings?

    Recall that when Nigerians were facing possibly the worst food crisis in our history, Buhari’s minister of agriculture was more focused on importing grass for cows from Brazil. And even after herdsmen killed vast amounts of people in Southern Kaduna, the APC Governor of Kaduna admitted to paying them compensation for their cattle killed. Perhaps the President would have postponed his visit to poultry chickens in favour of visiting paltry citizens in Benue.

    Can his handlers continue to blame Atiku Abubakar for these unforced errors?
    President Trump who we unfairly like to criticise in this part of the world has visited Texas twice to help out with Hurricane Harvey relief efforts and to project hope to his people. His office has equally announced plans to visit Florida after Hurricane Irma eases. And here our President is visiting poultry!

    And look at what is happening in the South-east. Do we blame Atiku for this avoidable crisis too?
    Until Nnamdi Kanu was arrested by Muhammadu Buhari, he was unknown to most Nigerians and these include Nigerians of Southeastern origin. The president actually created Nnamdi Kanu, made him a celebrity and gave him the power he has right now.

    Right now he has empowered the young man to do a lot more damage to him and his inept administration by making him a cause célèbre that even foreign diplomats go to pay homage to. What was Nnamdi Kanu doing before President Buhari had him arrested? Radio Biafra? How many people were listening to it? 

    What President Buhari did by arresting Nnamdi Kanu was to turn him from a Bright Chimezie to a Michael Jackson without releasing a Thriller album!

    And to make matters worse, he has now initiated this unnecessary, ill-thought-out, ill-advised and ill-fated so-called Operation Python Dance 2 in the South-east.

    The US Army is in Texas and Florida helping hurricane victims. That is what I expect the Nigerian Army to do in Benue, where 100,000 families have been rendered homeless by flood, not doing a ‘Show of Force’ in a place that is in need of persuasion, not threats.

    Four days ago, suspected herdsmen killed 20 people in Ancha village in Miango district of Jos. If the army wanted to do a ‘show of force’, that would have been a good place to start. It makes no sense to do a show of force in a peaceful community when you have violence-prone communities all over Nigeria.

    Since when did the dictionary definition of intimidation change to ‘show of force’? Please let us call a spade a spade and not a big spoon.

    The injustices under the Buhari administration are just too glaring, too blatant and too obnoxious.
    Arewa youths gave their fellow Nigerians a Quit Notice and they get a song and dance from the Buhari administration. IPOB youths who did not threaten other Nigerians get Python Dance from the same government. How is that fair?

    Ignorance is a disease and the Buhari administration appears to be heavily inflicted by this disease. If not, they ought to have known that no nation on earth has permanently put down a separatist movement by force of arms alone.

    History does not repeat itself. Men repeat history. The United States has 14 separatist movements. England invited her own separatist movements to form regional govt. in Ireland and Scotland. In the case of Scotland, they even threw in a referendum into the bargain!

    President Buhari could have defeated Nnamdi Kanu’s IPOB and its separatist agenda if he had only been equitable and just in his management of Nigeria.

    Buhari’s appointments overwhelmingly favour the North. The military and security agencies are almost entirely in the hands of not just Northerners, but core Northern Muslims.

    The chief of army staff is a core Northern Muslim from Borno. The National Security Adviser is similarly a core Northern Muslim from Borno. The Chief of staff to the President is likewise a core Northern Muslim from Borno. The acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is, you guessed it – a core Northern Muslim from Borno.

    The chief of air staff is a core Northern Muslim from Bauchi. The Inspector-General of Police is a Northern Muslim from Niger State. The Controller-General of Prisons is a core Northern Muslim from Kebbi. The Comptroller-General of Immigration is a core Northern Muslim from Jigawa. The Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Customs Service is a core Northern Muslim from Bauchi.
    The Director-General of the Department of State Security Services is a core Northern Muslim from Katsina. The Chief of Defence Intelligence is a core Northern Muslim.

    These are the appointments in the security agencies. Even if you are a core Northern Muslim, as long as you fear God, you can see that this list is obviously lopsided in favour of the core North. 
    In fact, the President has even stopped pretending. At the last Eid-el-fitri, President Muhammadu Buhari discarded all pretences and addressed the nation in Hausa, the language of the core North.
    When you take into consideration his famous comment, to wit “the constituents, for example, gave me 97% cannot in all honesty be treated on some issues with constituencies that gave me 5%”, you can now see how alienated he has made the South feel from Nigeria.

    Since his swearing-in as President of Nigeria, President Buhari has not seen it fit to visit the South-east yet this is a man that said, “I belong to everybody, and I belong to nobody” (never mind that he plagiarised Charles De Gaulle.

    If President Buhari wants to end the Biafran agitation, he needs to, with urgency, retrace his steps and start acting like he is the President of Nigeria, and not the President of core Northern Muslims only. The day he makes this paradigm shift, will mark the day that separatist agitation will start to fizzle out.

    President Buhari does not need guns to quell any separatist movement. All he needs is guts.
    Reno’s Nuggets

    This week’s nugget is very special to me. It is directed at one Peter Odumosu, a man who has for weeks been going around social media spreading false and wicked lies about me to the effect that I stole government money. In this regard, he was helped by one Olumide Dada, a certain Dr. Yomi Ogunyemi and one Kola Arubayi who joined him to cast aspersions on my character that have no bearing on reality. To them I prayed to God whom I have served with what I believe is a pure conscience from my childhood, during my recent pilgrimage, that if their allegations against me are true, may God punish me and do so publicly. However, if they have falsely accused me, may God fulfill the word He confirmed in 2 Thessalonians 1:6.

    Congratulations guys, you made it onto my column in ThisDay newspaper. To all of you I say the following: If you see someone ‘flexing’, don’t hate or falsely accuse them of flexing ‘with other people money’. Instead, study what makes them flex. If you hate a successful person, you can NEVER attract what you hate. The Bible says, “He that walks with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed”-Proverbs 13:20. The main reason haters don’t succeed, is because they walk with bitterness instead of walking with God! #RenosNuggets. 

    And to Enebeli Theo, Adamu Usman Attaboh, Ogbonnaya Kanu and Ebi Warekromo, I say God bless you for coming to my defence without being asked. That’s what true friends are for.
    And for all those who sat on the fence, joking and exchanging banters while these people engaged in the vilest form of character assassination, I pray that in your own time of false accusation, you will have friends like Enebeli Theo, Adamu Usman Attaboh, Ogbonnaya Kanu and Ebi Warekromo and not friends like yourselves. In Jesus’ name I seal all that I have written here.

    Source: http://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/201...nce-for-5/

Posted by: Watchtower - 16-09-2017, 07:05 AM - Forum: Celebrities - No Replies
  • [Image: Taiwo-Oyebanjo-weds-Cool-FM-OAP-Dotun-Ojuolape-copy.png]
    Cheers to Cool FM OAP Dotun and his wife as their marriage reaches the four-year mark today.

    The energetic AOP and hypeman married Taiwo in August 3, 2013 and he has an array of cool words for the woman in his life on the occasion, taking to his Instagram page to write:

    “She is clothed in strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future. Keep calm…

    “It’s our anniversary and we are 4 years today… say a prayer for us…”
    Dotun, 33, and Taiwo who happens to be Dbanj’s younger sister and Kay Switch’s twin, tied the knot in a lovely Lagos ceremony held on August 3, 2013.

    Source: http://www.epiczone.com.ng/aop-dotun-wif...niversary/

Posted by: Watchtower - 16-09-2017, 06:50 AM - Forum: Food & Beverage - No Replies
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    The leading beverage manufacturer in Ghana, Kasapreko Company Limited, has rebranded its flagship product, Alomo Bitters.

    The rebranding involves the re-packaging of the product in a new, stylish bottle with an hologram sleeve which provides a tamper proof seal of authenticity, mitigating against counterfeiting and ensuring the safety and purity of the product.

    “Since it was launched in 1999, Alomo Bitters was in the same bottle,” Kasapreko’s Managing Director, Richard Adjei, said at a press conference in Lagos announcing the rebranding.

    So, according to Adjei, the rebranding was designed to appeal to more customers and give the product “a more premium look.”

    However, he stressed that despite the new look bottle, Alomo Bitters’ content, “an invigorating blend of herbal extracts from carefully selected and scientifically researched tropical plant extracts”, remains the same. “We say thank you to all our customers for their patronage,” he said.

    As part of the rebranding process, Kasapreko also introduced a new 30ml satchel of Alomo Bitters, to increase access to the product and launched a campaign theme ‘Confido’, which plays on the word ‘Confidence’.

    Alomo Bitters, which is a herbal liquer made from carefully chosen tropical medicinal plant extracts, was conceived by Kasapreko’s Founder, Dr. Kwabena Adjei in the mid 90s. In 1995, he approached the Centre for Plant Medicine Research in Ghana for a collaboration into the development of the product and the first bottles were first sold commercially in April 1999.

    Source: http://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/201...o-bitters/

Posted by: Watchtower - 16-09-2017, 06:43 AM - Forum: Gossip - No Replies
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    Talk about love in high places, The son of the Oyo State governor, Abiola Idris Ajimobi has gone online to profess his love for Fateemah Ganduje, the daughter of Kano state governor, Alhaji Abdullah Umar Ganduje.

    As the saying goes, the rich befriend the rich while the poor … well, they have no other option that to roll with the poor.

    Ajimobi’s son, Idris Ajimobi posted a photo of Fateemah Ganduje on his instagram account professing his love for her. He captioned with “Mother said, ‘ when you know you know’ and I’ve never been so sure of anything as i am of you @fateeganduje”

    To which Fateemah Ganduje replied saying

    “As I am of you”

    Idris Ajimobi also replied to a comment from another user who asked him how it happened saying:

    “toh, i don’k know o, only Allah (SWA) know, but somehow i met her and she has turned my world upside down, she is my missing rib”. 

    Idris Afolabi Ajimobi is the only son of the present governor of Oyo state.

    Fateemah Ganduje is the last of Alhaji Umar Ganduje’s 4 daughters. She is a first class graduate of the American University of Nigeria, Yola. She also owns and coordinates an NGO, Let’s Talk Humanity (LTH) which caters for the provision of education to children, the disabled and the impaired. It also helps to promote youth education and women empowerment. The initiative had also been associated with some support projects carried out in IDP camps in the north.

    Fateemah Ganduje has also been the subject of many media publications as a result of her stunning looks, a report once described her as the most beautiful governor’s daughter in the country.

    Someone like me would have really loved to be friends with this lady of so many likable traits, but then like I said early, the rich only party with the rich.

    Source: http://www.epiczone.com.ng/governors-con...-daughter/

Posted by: Watchtower - 16-09-2017, 06:33 AM - Forum: Celebrities - Replies (1)
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    Floyd Maayweather Jr is hardly your regular Joe and the superstar boxer has just revealed he has seven girlfriends in a bizarre interview with a puppet in his Las Vegas strip club.

    Speaking to Diego from the YouTube channel Awkward Puppets, the boxing star went through a grilling over his wealth and women.

    ‘Money Mayweather, who recently stopped UFC star Conor McGregor in their grudge fight, revealed how much he keeps in just one bank account and how many of his fast cars he keeps in Las Vegas alone, Sun writes.

    Speaking to the puppet at his Girl Collection club, Mayweather said: “The last fight that I fought, that was the money fight.

    “For real, because the next fight, they’re going to try and get me to fight an alien on another planet.

    “How many women do I have? Probably about seven deep. Lucky seven.

    “We go out to eat, some of us travel together. Having one is too close to having none.”

    When asked if he had any tips for a married man, Mayweather simply said: “Get f***ing divorced.

    “Bring my wife here and tell her this is your favourite place to come. That’s how you get a divorce.”

    The former boxing champ has been linked with a string of girls, including British retail assistant Rmarni Ellis and former reality TV star Abi Clark from The Only Way Is Essex.

    Minted Mayweather also revealed to the puppet how much money he has after retiring with a flawless 50-0 record.

    “$US200 million, $300 million, yeah. In different accounts,” he said.

    When asked how many cars he had in Las Vegas, Mayweather replied: “Twenty five.”

    Source: http://www.epiczone.com.ng/fk-marriage-i...ayweather/

Posted by: Watchtower - 16-09-2017, 06:21 AM - Forum: Student Market Place - Replies (4)
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    Dear Madam,
    You have an honest ministry that only few can be called into. You are treating a very crucial angle in human life which has been abandoned by most of our ministers of God/Pastors. I wonder why they wouldn’t emphasise on sexual purity which is indeed the foundation for an excellent life leaving our daughters to learn from a lie and be at the whims and caprices of so much evil when they should be blossoming and positively transforming the world. May God preserve your life. I love your passion and the way you write with conviction. You are designed just for this purpose. Please don’t stop campaigning for chastity.

    Chidi Igwe. 


    Dear Aunty Temilolu,
    I thank God for the day I stumbled on your Facebook posts. The article you posted about graduating from the university as a virgin has really helped me. My mum had always told me that marrying as a virgin is the best thing a lady can do for herself but I felt it’s not possible in this jet age. However, seeing your beautiful pictures, illustrated posts on chastity, your colourful life and your very strongly-worded articles, I’ve come to realise it’s more than possible and I’ve vowed to God that I’d keep myself chaste till my wedding night. I love you aunty. God bless you ma.
    Esther, (19) Calabar. 


    Dear Aunty Temilolu,
    I am an ardent reader of the Girls Club column in Saturday Punch. My father made it compulsory for me to read it every weekend and I’m thoroughly enjoying it although I am a boy! May the good Lord continue to strengthen you.

    Richard Kenneth. 


    Dearest Aunty Temilolu,
    I bought an item wrapped in a newspaper and lo and behold, what greeted me was your article on preservation of one’s virginity! I read it, was inspired and motivated. I tell you, your articles are just what I need to keep encouraging me. The devil has lost his battle over my life. I’m remaining a virgin till my wedding night. Please keep praying for me. Thanks for being a blessing!

    Kehinde A.,21. 


    My darling, precious, glorious, dignified, world-famous and heavenly celebrated Nigerian sisters,
    We are still on passing through the university untouched, unpolluted, unspoiled and graduating as a virgin. If you are just reading this for the first time, you can Google GIRLS, HERE’S HOW TO PASS THROUGH THE UNIVERSITY AND GRADUATE AS A VIRGIN! You’ll find the entire series or just visit my Facebook/Temilolu Okeowo. May the mighty power of God hit you and let it sink in your hearts in Jesus name!

    I have discussed the following tips:

    Defining your goal and main purpose at the higher institution
    Your spirituality as a weapon
    Mind the type of friends you keep
    Avoid the distraction called boyfriend
    Avoid seductive dressing
    Have a minimal social life

    Most teenagers view their parents’ restrictions on their social life as unreasonable and wicked especially when they are surrounded by friends whose parents are permissive. I felt so decades ago so I don’t even want to start imagining what goes on out there today! The higher institution where your parents won’t live with you on campus is just what a lot of teenagers are waiting for because of unlimited freedom to be anywhere at any time. 

    I know a good number of girls who were raped because they decided to accompany a friend to her boyfriend’s house and got entangled with one guy or the other. Believe me, MOST TEENAGE BOYS WHO ARE NOT CLOSELY MONITORED AND MENTORED BY THEIR PARENTS DON’T KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DOING! And this is why a good number of them feel they can over-power a girl and sleep with her by force! You don’t want to get yourself wounded by any demonised boy’s madness. That word “demonised” may sound harsh but it’s just the way to describe anyone who thinks he can rape a girl and get away with it. Don’t forget a lot of these boys drink alcohol, smoke weed and are so high on lewd lyrics which debase females and turn them to sex objects! If I were you, I wouldn’t even get too close to a girl who’s engaging in sex because before long, she’ll convince you!

    Also, while I won’t advise you to be an island, you really don’t have to attend club parties/raves. Everything that happens there is completely against God. It’s usually a gathering of immorality and exploitation. It’s safe to attend birthday celebrations as long as it doesn’t stretch into the night. You will agree with me that a lot of evil goes on at night! And you must be so sure you know the celebrant so well and confident you won’t get into trouble.

    A lot more is coming your way my sweets! The point is there’s time for everything. Concentrate on your mission at the university and shine like the star that you are. Believe me that might end up being your saving grace!

    To be continued.


    Source: http://punchng.com/you-need-a-minimal-so...-a-virgin/

Posted by: Watchtower - 16-09-2017, 05:59 AM - Forum: Crime - Replies (1)
  • [Image: Kanu-Buhari.jpg]

    President Muhammadu Buhari was said to have issued a matching order to the Nigerian military
    to weaken Nnamdi Kanu and his group, the Independent People of Biafra (IPOB) before he returns from the trip he is set to embark on Sunday.

    Buhari will attend the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 72).

    He will join other world leaders at the welcoming reception to be hosted by the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, and also hold a bilateral meeting with the UN scribe.

    The Nigerian leader is billed to have a a lunch meeting with President Donald Trump of the United States of America, along with other world leaders.

    Buhari, who will be accompanied by the governors of Zamfara, Ebonyi and Ondo States, and key cabinet ministers, will transit through London on his way back to the country.

    Although it is still unclear how long the president will be away, DAILY POST gathered on Friday that he spoke to the nation’s security chiefs earlier in the week.

    The president, angered by the audacity of IPOB in declaring that they were ready to fight Nigerians ordered the military to move in and quell their violent clamour.

    ”Buhari will never negotiate the unity of Nigeria and I can tell you that the declaration by the military that IPOB are enemies of the state is the outcome of the go-ahead by the president.”

    “Rules of engagement will be respected but force will be applied where necessary. My advice is for the agitators to clam down and use wisdom,” a reliable source told DAILY POST.

    The Nigerian military in a statement by Major General, John Enenche, Director Defence Information, declared IPOB a terrorist organisation.

    A statement he signed gave reasons for the decision.

    The military had said, “after due professional analysis and recent developments, it has become expedient, to notify the general public that; the claim by IPOB actors that the organization is non violent is not true.

    “Hence, the need to bring to public awareness the true and current state of IPOB.
    “In this regard, some of their actions, clandestinely and actively, that has been terrorising the general public among others include;

    “The formation of a Biafra Secret Service; Claimed formation of Biafra National Guard; Unauthorised blocking of public access roads; Extortion of money from innocent civilians at illegal road blocks.

    “Militant possession and use of weapons (stones, molotov cocktails, machetes and broken bottles among others) on a military patrol on 10 September 2017.

    “Physical confrontation of troops by Nnamdi Kanu and other IPOB actors at a check point on 11 September 2017 and also attempts to snatch their rifles.

    “Attack by IPOB members, on a military check point on 12 September 2017, at Isialangwa, where one IPOB actor attempted to snatch a female soldier’s rifle.”

    The source told our correspondent that the onslaught against Kanu and IPOB will commence on Monday.

    He said the military is fully ready and will clampdown on Biafra agitators in response “to the battle line drawn by Nnamdi Kanu”.

    “If you go to the extent of forming a secret service all in the name of agitation, you have declared war on the state and no responsible government will just watch and do nothing”.

    "So come Monday, those who think they have grown so much that they can threaten a whole country should be ready to face the consequences”.


    Source: http://dailypost.ng/2017/09/15/biafra-we...-military/

Posted by: Watchtower - 15-09-2017, 09:04 PM - Forum: Movies - No Replies




  • Link: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=bJUuKrocK3w

    MAGIC versus DREAM is the work of A Nigerian based in Europe  (Barcelona). He and his team have come up with his first attempt at making their work in movie production known. Paul victory ikehi, is a writer (Author/screen play writer), actor and film producer. 

    MAGIC versus DREAM was written and produced by Paul Victory Ikehi. While Kelly Ahonor was the Camera man and Director of the movie. 

    Please enjoy the triller of MAGIC versus DREAM, while we await the complete version of the movie.

Posted by: Saybaba - 15-09-2017, 07:55 PM - Forum: Music - No Replies





  • Your Weekend  just got more interesting as Penthauze rapper, Phyno collaborates with DJ Enimoney on this new one titled Mmili.

Posted by: Saybaba - 15-09-2017, 07:43 PM - Forum: Jokes & Fun - No Replies
  • There are three things which are a mystery unto me, yea 4 which I do not know;

    (1) The way Neymar makes over $200 million in 8 years

    (2) The way Mayweather makes  in 56 minutes more than Neymar makes in 8 years

    (3) The way Deziani is able to make more money than both Neymar and Mayweather combined

    (4) The reason I went to school

    ???????

Posted by: Saybaba - 15-09-2017, 07:31 PM - Forum: Jokes & Fun - No Replies
  • Instead of these Aboki Okada riders to tell you that they don't know the place you are going to,
    They will just Call price for you. So I decided to teach one of them a lesson.

    ME: Bike, Bike, you dey go?

    ABOKI: Where u dey go?

    ME: Australia, How much?

    ABOKI: Kai, how much U go pay?

    ME: You Tell me how much u go collect..

    Aboki: N200 last

    ME: huh? Australia no far na, no be 100
    naira?

    Aboki: No na N200 

    ME: (try to leave him)

    Aboki: Oya make we go...

    "***Starts Bike***
    Since 6 hours on bike, we are still on our way to Australia.....
    Aboki don round town and am enjoying the Ride.?

    ABOKI: Oga, I neva reach?

    ME: No ooo e remain small, but you say you know the place?

    ABOKI: Yes I know am, e dey for front but your money don pass N200.

    ME: no wahala, I go Add 20 naira... Just
    continue.... 

    I go gist una how e end. 
    But not now sha, till we reach Australia.

    Today, i must reach Australia with 220 naira.

    Source: ?? Why you dey ask me? I no know.

Posted by: Saybaba - 15-09-2017, 07:13 PM - Forum: Health - No Replies
  • *MEDICAL FITNESS*
    *PREVENTION IS* *BETTER THAN CURE*

    _MEDICAL FITNESS_

               *BLOOD PRESSURE*
              ----------
    120/80 --  Normal
    130/85 --Normal  (Control)
    140/90 --  High
    150/95 --  V.High
    ----------------------------

               *PULSE*
              --------
    72  per minute (standard)
    60 --- 80 p.m. (Normal)
    40 -- 180  p.m.(abnormal)
    ----------------------------

              *TEMPERATURE*
              -----------------
    98.4 F    (Normal)
    99.0 F Above  (Fever)



    *Must read* 

    Know your genotype before you say yes to that handsome guy or to that beautiful lady whom you wish to spend the rest of your life with...
    *Genotype & It's Appropriate Suitor:*
    AA + AA = Excellent
    AA + AS = Good
    AA + SS = Fair
    AS + AS = Bad
    AS + SS = Very Bad
    SS + SS = Extremely Bad (In fact, don't try it)

    *#SickleCellAwareness*


    *BLOOD GROUP COMPATIBILITY*

    What’s Your Type and how common is it?

    O+       1 in 3        37.4%
    (Most common)

    A+        1 in 3        35.7%

    B+        1 in 12        8.5%

    AB+     1 in 29        3.4%

    O-        1 in 15        6.6%

    A-        1 in 16        6.3%

    B-        1 in 67        1.5%

    AB-     1 in 167        .6%
    (Rarest)



    *Compatible Blood Types*

    O- can receive O-

    O+ can receive O+, O-

    A- can receive A-, O-

    A+ can receive A+, A-, O+, O-

    B- can receive B-, O-

    B+ can receive B+, B-, O+, O-

    AB- can receive AB-, B-, A-, O-

    AB+ can receive AB+, AB-, B+, B-, A+,  A-,  O+,  O-

    Source. Unknown

Posted by: Saybaba - 15-09-2017, 06:48 PM - Forum: Gossip - No Replies
  • 1. Take risks in your life. If you win, you can lead; if you lose, you can guide.

    2. People are not what they say but what they do; so judge them not from their words but from their actions.

    3. When someone hurts you, don't feel bad because it's a law of nature that the tree that bears the sweetest fruits gets maximum number of stones.

    4. Take whatever you can from your life because when life starts taking from you, it takes even your last breath.

    5. In this world, people will always throw stones on the path of your success. It depends on what you make from them - a wall or a bridge.

    6. Challenges make life interesting; overcoming them make life meaningful.

    7. There is no joy in victory without running the risk of defeat.

    8. A path without obstacles leads nowhere.

    9. Past is a nice place to visit but certainly not a good place to stay.

    10. You can't have a better tomorrow if you are thinking about yesterday all the time.

    11. If what you did yesterday still looks big to you, then you haven't done much today.

    12. If you don't build your dreams, someone else will hire you to build theirs.

    13. If you don't climb the mountain; you can't view the plain.

    14. Don't leave it idle - use your brain.

    15. You are not paid for having brain, you are only rewarded for using it intelligently.

    16. It is not what you don't have that limits you; it is what you have but don't know how to use.

    17. What you fail to learn might teach you a lesson.

    18. The difference between a corrupt person and an honest person is: The corrupt person has a price while the honest person has a value.

    19. If you succeed in cheating someone, don't think that the person is a fool...... Realize that the person trusted you much more than you deserved.

    20. Honesty is an expensive gift; don't expect it from cheap people.

    This is very interesting post and I want all my friends and family to benefit.

    Source unknown.

Posted by: Saybaba - 15-09-2017, 06:39 PM - Forum: Jokes & Fun - No Replies
  • Fight between husband and wife ......(both are students of English literature)instead of resorting to shouting, abusing or physical force... they write poems to each other. .....

                                 WIFE: 
    I wrote your name on sand it got washed.. 
    I wrote your name in air, it was blown away. 
    Then I wrote your name on my heart & I got Heart Attack. 

                               HUSBAND: 
    God saw me hungry, he created pizza. 
    He saw me thirsty, he created Pepsi. 
    He saw me in the dark, he created light. 
    He saw me without problems, he created YOU. 

                                 WIFE: 
    Twinkle twinkle little star 
    You should know what you are 
    And once you know what you are 
    Mental hospital is not so far 

                         HUSBAND: 
    The rain makes all things beautiful. 
    The grass and flowers too. 
    If rain makes all things beautiful 
    Why doesn't it rain on you? 

                         WIFE: 
    Roses are red; Violets are blue 
    Monkeys like u should be kept in zoo.                               
                    Husband :
    Don't feel so angry you will find me there too. Not in a cage but laughing at you!!

Posted by: Saybaba - 15-09-2017, 06:31 PM - Forum: Pidgin English Forum - No Replies
  • ??Chicken wey run away from Borno go Ibadan go still end up inside pot of soup;
    *YOU CANT RUN AWAY FROM YOUR DESTINY.*

    ??Today's newspaper na tomorrow suya wrap;
    *KEEP CALM NOTHING LAST FOREVER.*

    ??Cow wey dey in a hurry to go America go come back as corn beef;
    *JUST BE PATIENT LET THE GAME COME TO YOU, DON'T RUSH.*

    ??Akara and moinmoin get the same parent, na wetin dem pass through make dem different;
    *HOW YOU START DOESN'T MATTER, WHAT MATTERS IS HOW YOU FINISH.*

    ??If life show you pepper, my guy make pepper soup
    from it; *MAKE SOMETHING GOOD OUT OF A BAD EXPERIENCE.*

    ??I get am before no be property;
    *STOP LIVING IN THE PAST AND START LIVING IN THE PRESENT.*

    ??If person too tey for party e go follow dem wash plate;
    *DON'T OUTSTAY YOUR WELCOME.*

    ??Craze no hard to form na d trekking be wahala;
    *EASIER SAID THAN DONE.*

    ??No matter how hot your temper be, e no fit boil beans;
    *CALM DOWN, YOUR TEMPER WON'T SOLVE THE PROBLEM.*

    ??Every mallam with im own kettle, every northerner with im own radio;
    *EVERY MAN FOR HIMSELF.*

    ??Frog eye no be open eye:
    *HAVING BIG EYES DOESN'T MAKE YOU CIVILISED.*

    ??Bring suya...bring suya, na cow body dey suffer am;
    *EVERY ACTION HAS A CONSEQUENCE.*

    ??E go better e go better na im make ibo man still dey kano;
    *WHEN THERE IS LIFE THERE'S HOPE.*

    ??The difference between ipekere and plantain chips na packaging;
    *DON'T JUDGE BASED ON APPEARANCE ALONE.*

    ??Escort me, escort me, na so slave trade take start; SERIOUS THINGS *SOMETIMES START LIKE JOKE.*

    ??Pikin wey use agbada take start, abeg wetin e go
    wear wen e old; *SLOW AND STEADY WINS THE RACE.*

    ??The water wey dem use make eba can never be
    recovered back; *DONT CRY OVER SPILLED MILK...*

    *Bro/Sis, COOL DOWN..

    Source unknown.

Posted by: Watchtower - 15-09-2017, 02:44 AM - Forum: Conflicts - No Replies
  • [Image: police_brutality-760x600.jpg]


    The Army in a statement signed, last night, by Director, Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman, asked the public not to misconstrue the  statement of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State, yesterday, to mean that the Army was totally halting the Operation Python Dance II in the South East, including Abia State. Ikpeazu and Buratai The statement read:  ‘’The attention of the Nigerian Army has been drawn to some stories in the media that it is withdrawing its troops from exercise EGWU EKE II,   crediting such information to Abia State Governor and the General Officer Commanding 82 Division Nigerian Army. This is not true. 

    The Nigerian Army wishes to enjoin members of the public to disregard such rumours. ‘’For the avoidance of doubt, the Abia State Governor in his speech stated that “there will be gradual withdrawal of soldiers on the streets of Aba and Umuahia from tomorrow. ‘’This should not be misconstrued as withdrawing of troops earmarked for Exercise EGWU EKE II. 

    The General Officer Commanding 82 Division has not said such thing. ‘’Consequently, we wish to state that exercise EGWU EKE II is commencing tomorrow as scheduled. Commanders have been instructed to ensure that all hands are on deck to commence the exercise to its logical completion. ‘’We wish to state further that the successful completion of the exercise will dovetail into the various states security outfits till the end of this year. ‘’Members of the public, especially in the areas where the exercise will take place, are please enjoined to go about their lawful businesses. 

    We wish to also state that we would not allow any individual or group to jeopardize the conduct of the field training exercise through unlawful or criminal activities. ‘’Hoodlums and criminal elements are once again warned to be law abiding and not cause any breach of peace. ‘’We, hereby, reiterate that our troops would conduct themselves in the best professional manner, abide by the Rules of Engagement and Code of Conduct in line with requirements of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. 

    Any act of indiscipline by any of our personnel would be decisively dealt with. ‘’While we enjoin all Nigerians to go about their normal businesses, the Nigerian Army urge all to support the troops as they carry out their constitutional duties and make exercise EGWU EKE II a success.’’ Governor Ikpeazu had earlier spoken amid reports of heavy shooting around IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu’s home in Umuahia, yesterday, with about four persons feared killed. This, however, could not be confirmed at press time. 

    The announcement came as 82 Division of Nigerian Army said it is investigating a video clip trending on social media and other platforms purportedly showing troops humiliating some people at a check-point in Abia State. Also, yesterday, the  Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Ibrahim Idris, said the police hierarchy is in touch with South-East governors, asking them to mobilize political leaders on how to intervene in the charged security situation in the zone. 

    Similarly, Plateau State governor, Solomon Lalong, yesterday, declared a dusk-to-dawn curfew in the state, following tension that trailed reports that an indigene was allegedly killed by some members of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, in Abia State. 

    Giving security update of the state at a media briefing, Governor Ikpeazu called for calm and urged the people of the state to go about their lawful businesses. He said:  “Gentlemen of the press, permit me to use this medium to update my brothers and sisters of Abia State origin, and those living and doing business in the state on the current security situation. “Dear brothers and sisters, the security situation in the state in the past few days, which led to the deployment of soldiers into our state ahead of the Operation Python dance 11, has become of great concern to both the government and the citizenry. 

    “After several interventions, I want to inform you that by tomorrow morning (today), there will be withdrawal of soldiers from the streets of Aba and Umuahia, apart from the pre-existing military checkpoints at various locations in the state. “With the expected exit of soldiers from the streets, we must warn that we will not tolerate agitators and protesters taking over the streets for any reason at all. “I will also be meeting the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, President Mohamaudu Buhari, to discuss possible ways of relaxing the Operation Python dance 11 in the state for now. “Our attention has been drawn to ugly incidences of attacks on police stations and military posts at Aba and Umuahia and we hereby warn that we will no longer tolerate that, and all other acts that are capable of causing insecurity in the state. “We have also observed illegal acts of throwing petrol bombs and setting up of bonfires to obstruct free movements along some roads by suspected miscreants and wish to warn that such acts should stop forthwith. 

    “To mischief makers who want to use Abia as their base, let me announce to you that henceforth, Abia will be too hot for you to carry out your wicked acts as the Government will work with security agents to ensure the protection of lives and properties in the state without fear or favour. There will be no hiding place for you. “At about midnight yesterday, we received security reports that hoodlums and miscreants, some of whom were allegedly brought into the state by unscrupulous individuals, were mobilizing around Uratta Road at Aba with a view to converging at Ariaria International Market to burn it down. Their aim was obviously to take advantage of the security situation in the state to cripple the economy of the state and cause widespread suffering. “It was this group that originated the rumours of attacks and counter-attacks around the area and also tried to create panic to force people out of their homes to enable them execute their evil intentions under the cover of orchestrated crises. 

    “Thankfully their plan was nipped in the bud by the combined team of soldiers and policemen that promptly moved to the area and later positioned around Ariaria market to protect the lives and properties of our people. “My fellow Abians, it is in the interest of all our citizens and residents for full and total peace and security to return to our state immediately. No meaningful progress can be made in an atmosphere of violence and anarchy. “Those at Aba are therefore advised to fully observe the current curfew in the city and ensure that they cooperate with security agents to maintain peace and order. “I swore to protect lives and properties of all Abians and residents and that I must do. I, therefore, call on all to support our efforts at making sure that lasting peace prevails in our dear state”, Ikpeazu said.

    Source: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2017/09/army...ance-goes/

Posted by: Watchtower - 15-09-2017, 02:03 AM - Forum: Mobile Phones - No Replies
  • [Image: iPhone-X-Concept-renders.jpg]

    APPLE’s newly launched smart  phone Apple X is making a clear innovative statement. Apparently, the device maker’s focus is to continually remain on top despite stiff competition. That is where innovation is key and Apple showed its stuff with the exclusive facial recognition technology feature in the new device. 

    Usually Apple’s devices spot fingerprint, facial recognition, password and other unlocking methods. Now, the device maker has done away with others and makes the unlocking system of its new beaut exclusively facial recognition. 

    Speaking during the on stage presentation at the launch, Apple’s Senior Vice President, Craig Federighi, revealed; ““The iPhone X has wireless charging, an infrared camera and hardware for facial recognition, which replaces the fingerprint sensor for unlocking the phone. The home button is also gone, and users instead tap the device to wake it up. 

    It features richer colours thanks to the new OLED screen technology, and is water resistant with the option of 64GB or 265GB version. “The iPhone X has a 12 megapixel wide angle lens and a second telephoto lens for zooming. It offers huge improvements over the cameras we saw in the iPhone 7 Plus, which was the first to offer a telephoto lens.This means less shaky videos, improved pictures in low light, and more. 

    Also, a new front-facing “TrueDepth” camera is installed and capable of taking fancy portrait shots that debuted on the iPhone 7 Plus, which create a blurred background effect that looks much more professional. It is fitted with A11 Bionic chip, which has six cores and is the most powerful chip yet in a smart phone.”Federighi enthused. The launch also saw the display of the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, as well as the 4G enabled Apple Watch which, for the first time, will be able to make calls and access the internet without the customer carrying an iPhone, a major upgrade that would likely double watch sales. 

    Apple iPhone X would be shipped November 3 at $999.


    Source: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2017/09/incr...iphones-x/

Posted by: Watchtower - 15-09-2017, 01:49 AM - Forum: Sports World - No Replies
  • [Image: FIFA.jpg]

    Nigeria’s Super Eagles dropped six places to 44 spot in the September FIFA rankings released Thursday despite the heavy defeat handed out to Cameroon in Uyo and one-all draw in Yaounde four days later in the World Cup 2018 qualifiers.

    The three-time African champions however swapped places with the Indomitable Lions in the continental grading with Nigeria now in the fifth position.

    It appears the victory recorded by the home-based Eagles against Benin Republic in the sub-regional WAFU Cup of Nations qualifiers count little in the final grading for September. Nigeria’s total point haul depreciated from 716 to 696.

    Nigeria’s only rival to next year’s World Cup, the Chipolopolo of Zambia, are still a lowly 78th in the world and 16th in Africa. Both teams have an October 7 date in Uyo that may determine which country grabs the Group B ticket to Russia 2018.

    Nigeria with 10 points from four matches is three points ahead of second-placed Zambia.

    At the top of African rankings is the Pharaohs of Egypt with fellow north Africans Tunisia in the second spot. Senegal is fourth with Burkina Faso (7th), Ghana (8th), Cote d’ Ivoire (9th) and Morocco completing the Top Ten power houses of African football.

    Globally, World champions Germany pushed Brazil back into second place to return to the top of the FIFA rankings.
    Germany’s 2-1 win away to the Czech Republic and their 6-0 drubbing of Norway in the World Cup qualifiers lifted them over the already-qualified Brazil, who dropped points in a draw away to Colombia.

    European champions Portugal climbed three places to third – even though they are second in their World Cup qualifying group behind Switzerland.

    In another surprise, Argentina is fourth in the rankings despite struggling to qualify for the World Cup after drawing its last two games – away to Uruguay and at home to Venezuela.

    The rankings made disappointing reading for Asia with only three sides in the top 50 – Iran, Japan and Australia.
    The next FIFA rankings will be announced on October 16 and used to determine the seedings in the draw for the four European playoff ties for next year’s World Cup finals in Russia.

    Source: http://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/201...-cameroon/

Posted by: Watchtower - 15-09-2017, 01:37 AM - Forum: Education - No Replies
  • [Image: NECO.png]
    The National Examination Council (NECO) on Thursday released the results of the senior school certificate examination (SSCE) it conducted throughout the country and some overseas countries between June and July this year.

    The results showed that 745,053 candidates that sat for the examination recorded credit and above passes in English and Mathematics, while 947,850 candidates passed with credits and above in five subjects irrespective of English and Mathematics.

    The Registrar and Chief Executive Officer of NECO, Professor Charles Uwakwe, who announced the results, said over 1,055,988 candidates registered for the examination, while 1,051472 actually sat for the test which covered a total of 76 subjects.

    The registrar disclosed that 50,586 candidates were involved in examination malpractices, adding that 276 schools were involved in “mass cheating” in 34 states.

    As a result, Uwakwe said six schools had been “derecognised” for their institution being involved in examination malpractices in addition to 23 supervisors “who aided malpractices in one way or the other were blacklisted”.

    Details later…


    Source: http://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/201...e-results/

Posted by: Watchtower - 15-09-2017, 01:26 AM - Forum: Politics - No Replies
  • [Image: Restructuring-1024x732.png?resize=1024%2C732]


    Whether Nigerians like it or not, the restructuring of the polity will be the defining issue in the general elections in 2019. Everywhere you turn now, both offline and online, the conversation is all about restructuring.

    This discussion has been vigorously amplified such that it has become a buzzword with varying meanings to those who truly know the imperative of restructuring and those who don’t seem to quite understand. But they must, in any way, lend their voices to the reigning concept about the polity.

    Undoubtedly, many Nigerians are talk-experts in virtually everything, but most are bereft of solutions. So it is not surprising that the issue of restructuring has become a cuisine that every Jack and Jill can claim expertise to prepare. This is just the way it is.

    At every point of political transition of a nation the populace should demonstrate spirited frustration on big issues such as the afflicted health system, poor education sector, bad infrastructure, high level of poverty and such other matters. In Nigeria however, the politicians and exploiters of our ethno-religious differences always find emotive concepts that will get the masses worked up unnecessarily while those matters of national urgency remain on the backburner.

    Like a good friend recalled, there wasn’t really any strong point in terms of promising manifesto to market candidate Jonathan during the 2011 presidential election than the emotional tale of a boy who had no shoes to go to school in and rose from a minority ethnic group in one of the remotest parts of Nigeria to aspire for the highest office in country. Therefore, he should be given the opportunity to serve as a remarkable case-study of “possibility”. Hence Jonathan won and inspired a generation and also elevated the spirit of possibility.

    But whether Jonathan’s presidency was commensurate with the type of desirable governance and leadership that Nigeria earnestly needed or not is a subject of diverse opinions out there.

    Similarly, candidate Buhari in 2015 succeeded in winning millions of hearts and minds essentially on his personal integrity and long aversion for corruption. Of course, fighting corruption is a very important cause in the bid to move Nigeria forward, but this must be supported with viable socio-economic programmes. That said, so far, how this battle against graft has impacted the lives of ordinary Nigerians since President Buhari’s assumption of office in May 2015 remains a hot topic in the public square.

    Interestingly, while the need for Buhari to throw more vitality into the economy in a way similar to his resolution to rid the country of corrupt practices remains a hot topic, we have swiftly shifted to restructuring and different shades of Nigerians have become so obsessed with the new political theme such that it’s being adorned with variant colours and colourations as suitable for various contexts.

    Clearly, there is a great confusion around the restructuring debate which has made a few discerning minds conclude that instead of the call for true reorganisation of Nigeria’s system to suit popular desires it will end up as a mere term exploited for political advantage and to win election.

    It is therefore not unusual to hear, in the midst of these varying ideas, those canvassing for the restructuring of minds, restructuring of regions, restructuring through resource control and others who are seeking the balkanisation of the nation so as to allow every part to face their separate destinies.

    Meanwhile, President Buhari almost scored a political own goal when, in his first broadcast to Nigerians upon his return from his medical vacation in the UK, he stated that, “Nigeria’s unity is settled and not negotiable.” And the president also added that “The National Assembly (NASS) and the National Council of State are the legitimate and appropriate bodies for national discourse.”

    Following this statement, many got riled and felt the President was talking down on the people and withholding the freedom of the people on the idea of restructuring, a now highly sensitive political talk.

    However the acknowledgment of the authority of the NASS, which was reported had previously not been accorded sufficient regard by the presidency, may have helped to save what would have amounted to a noted political slip-up.

    And in an interesting happenstance, a respected politician from Lagos State and an All Progressives Congress (APC) member of House of Representatives, Hon. JideJimoh was on Channels TV’s Politics Today where he shed more light on the restructuring discussion and the statement of the president from the perspectives of the legislature.

    With a brilliant defense, which also looked like a strong emphasis for the presidency to come to terms with the reality of the main political issue on the table, Jimoh affirmed that Buhari never said that there will not be restructuring; that the president only stated that the unity of Nigeria was not negotiable.

    In the same vein, Jimoh stated that he and his colleagues at the NASS will reevaluate growing agitations for restructuring of the polity and galvanise support in collaboration with the presidency and all stakeholders in making sure that all the elements of the idea are presented for the good of all Nigerians.

    Bottom-line is, the earlier the presidency welcomes the noise on restructuring and take necessary steps in charting a better course for Nigeria, and inevitably, for the ruling APC to deepen its political capital, the better.


    Source: http://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/201...ructuring/

Posted by: Watchtower - 15-09-2017, 12:37 AM - Forum: Celebrities - No Replies
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    Nas and Nicki Minaj were all over each other for his birthday, and even though we don't see this kinda PDA from them everyday ... we've learned the power couple links up way more than ya know.
    Sources close to the duo tell TMZ ... Nas and Nicki FaceTime every single day and text non-stop. We're told their busy schedules make it impossible to hook up face-to-face as much as they'd like -- so they make it a priority to stay in touch other ways.

    Still, Nicki made it to Nas' 44th bash Wednesday night in NYC ... in a big way. We're told they've also quietly met up in Miami and L.A. recently.

    Nas and Nicki are telling friends they're taking it slow, but lovey-dovey moments like the ones at his party prove otherwise. 
    Like we said, their power couple status is fully intact.

    Source: TMZ.

Posted by: Watchtower - 15-09-2017, 12:10 AM - Forum: Startups - No Replies
  • [Image: wow-perusahaan-asal-china-jepang-tanam-m...4scC5h.jpg]

    A Nigerian startup, Saja, has rolled out its solar-powered mobile phone charging carts in Lagos, which enhance the ability of micro-entrepreneurs to develop their businesses, Vanguard reports.

    Saja which was established in May, is a beneficiary of Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF) loan, and piloted its carts at the NYSC Orientation Camp in Lagos and at the RCCG’s Redemption camp.

    It has so far deployed 10 carts and charges over 200 phones daily. Co-founder of Saja, Seyi Fakoya, said he was inspired to launch the firm after coming across a vendor who sells airtime by the roadside charging people’s phones using a generator.

    It plans to also provide agent banking services, point of sale, merchandise and other services. Saja currently makes money via transaction fees, customer acquisition fees, direct service fees and advertising on its carts.

    Source: http://energymixreport.com/startup-unvei...ing-carts/

Posted by: Watchtower - 14-09-2017, 11:57 PM - Forum: Conflicts - No Replies
  • Reports today indicate that there is an ongoing ethnic clash between Hausa and Igbos in Jos, the Plateau State capital.
     
    According to residents in the area, several people have been injured along Rwang Pam Street and Ahmadu Bello Way, areas that are said to be dominated by Igbos.

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