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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
  • [Image: 0914-nicki-minaj-nas-wednesday-night-2.jpg]

    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.

Posted by: Watchtower - 14-09-2017, 11:45 PM - Forum: Celebrities - No Replies
  • [Image: Screen%20Shot%202017-09-14%20at%203.18.1...k=aQ31SDvh]

    Singer and actress, Selena Gomez, 25, revealed on Instagram Thursday that she recently took a step back from the spotlight to focus on recovering and getting her health together after having a necessary kidney transplant due to her battle with lupus.

    Lupus is a chronic inflammatory disease that occurs when your body's immune system attacks your tissues and organs. Inflammation caused by lupus can affect many different body systems — including your joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, brain, heart, and lungs. 

    In Miss. Gomez's case, her lupus damaged her kidneys to the point that she had to get a transplant. 

    Mrs. Gomez shared a photo of, revealing that her donor was her best friend, 29-year-old actress, Francia Raisa. 

    In the photo, the ladies held hands from their hospital beds.

    “There aren’t words to describe how I can possibly thank my beautiful friend Francia Raisa,” said Gomez. 

    “She gave me the ultimate gift and sacrifice by donating her kidney to me. I am incredibly blessed. I love you so much, sis.”

    Miss Raisa shared back in 2013, that she met Selena six years ago when child stars from Disney and Disney affiliated shows visited a children's hospital.  

    “Selena and I were in the same group and we just clicked,” Miss Raisa said.

    Since then the duo has remained friends over the years.   


    Source: http://saharareporters.com/2017/09/14/se...transplant

Posted by: Watchtower - 14-09-2017, 11:15 PM - Forum: Conflicts - No Replies
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    News just reaching DAILY POST, indicates that a combined team of the Nigerian Army, the Police and the DSS have invaded the home of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

    When contacted, the spokesman for the group, Emma Powerful told DAILY POST that the whereabouts of Kanu, his parents and his siblings could not be ascertained.

    He said: “Yes, they broke our leader’s home in Afaraukwu Ibeku Umuahia, at about 1.30 pm. The combined team of Nigerian Army, police and DSS including civil defence corps, broke Nnamdi Kanu’s house this evening and killed many of our members in the front of our leader’s house.

    “Right now, we cannot ascertain the whereabouts of our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and his family members including his father, mother and siblings.

    “This invasion by the Nigerian Army is being led by Major General Buhari, supervised by Brg. General Buratai and his co army of occupation.

    “They killed many of our members who have been staying with our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and carried away the dead bodies.

    “We are calling on men and women of good conscience around the globe to prevail on Nigeria Government and her security operatives, especially the Nigeria Army to return back the dead bodies for our burial.

    “The number of people killed in our leader’s house will be made available to the press men after the proper account of the dead and the living, who were narrowly escaped from the attack from Nigerian Army and other operatives.

    “The combined team arrived Nnamdi Kanu’s house with armoured vehicle and sophisticated weapons; they stayed while shooting sporadically for about three and half hours.”

    Source: http://dailypost.ng/2017/09/14/breaking-...-siblings/

Posted by: Watchtower - 14-09-2017, 05:17 PM - Forum: Conflicts - No Replies
  • [Image: Nigerian-Army-1.jpg]
    Abia State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, has announced that Soldiers of the Nigerian Army, involved in the Operation Python exercise in Abia State will be withdrawn from Tomorrow.

    This is sure to bring calm to an already troubled state, heightened by tension in the past few days.

    Details coming soon. 

    Source: http://www.thebreakingtimes.com/operatio...-tomorrow/

Posted by: Watchtower - 14-09-2017, 08:03 AM - Forum: Crime - No Replies
  • [Image: army9-620x400.jpg]
    The Nigerian Army has said it is investigating a video being circulated on the social media, which shows Army personnel assaulting some members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

    In the three-minute clip, a flag of Biafra could be seen on the ground in front of the men who laid face down. They were eventually flogged and forced to drink and sleep inside dirty water. 

    Although, DAILY POST cannot verify the source of the viral video that surfaced yesterday, the Acting Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Sanni Usman, has said the military hierarchy was aware of it.

    He told newsmen Wednesday night: “We are aware of certain video being circulated.

    “We have gotten complaints of the said video, and have commenced an investigation into the matter and the report would be made public.

    “The General Officer Commanding 82 Division, Major General Adamu Abubakar, is investigating it and whatever it is, we will definitely let the public know about the outcome,” he added.

    Source: http://dailypost.ng/2017/09/14/biafra-ar...-tortured/

Posted by: Watchtower - 14-09-2017, 07:03 AM - Forum: Immigration Law - Replies (1)
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    The top House and Senate Democrats said on Wednesday they had reached agreement with Donald Trump to protect thousands of younger immigrants from deportation and fund some border security enhancements - not including the president's long-sought border wall.

    The deal announced by Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi following a White House dinner would enshrine protections for the nearly 800,000 immigrants brought illegally to this country as kids who had benefited from former President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, programme.

    The programme provided temporary work permits and protection from deportation.

    Mr Trump ended the programme earlier this month and had given Congress six months to come up with a legislative fix before the statuses of the so-called "Dreamers" begin to expire.

    "We agreed to enshrine the protections of DACA into law quickly, and to work out a package of border security, excluding the wall, that’s acceptable to both sides," Pelosi and Schumer said in a joint statement.

    However, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders threw doubt on the agreement to exclude the wall. 

    "While DACA and border security were both discussed, excluding the wall was certainly not agreed to," she tweeted. 

    The announcement angered hardline Republicans. Congressman Steve King, an Iowa Republican who believes that DACA is unconstitutional, tweeted: "@RealDonaldTrump Unbelievable! Amnesty is a pardon for immigration law breakers coupled with the reward of the objective of their crime."

    It was the second time in two weeks that Mr Trump cut out Republicans to reach a deal with Ms Pelosi and Mr Schumer. A person briefed on the meeting told AP the deal specified bipartisan legislation called the DREAM Act that provides eventual citizenship for the young immigrants.

    The White House said in its own statement that the president had had "a constructive working dinner" with Schumer, Pelosi and administration officials "to discuss policy and legislative priorities," including DACA.

    "This is a positive step toward the President’s strong commitment to bipartisan solutions for the issues most important to all Americans," the White House said.

    During a White House meeting with moderate House members from both parties earlier Wednesday, Mr Trump had urged lawmakers to come up with a bipartisan solution.

    "We don’t want to forget DACA," the president told the members at the meeting. "We want to see if we can do something in a bipartisan fashion so that we can solve the DACA problem and other immigration problems."

    The apparent deal is the latest example of Mr Trump’s sudden pivot to bipartisanship after months of railing against Democrats as "obstructionist." He has urged them to join him in overhauling the nation’s tax code, among other priorities.

    Mr Trump, who was deeply disappointed by Republicans’ failure to pass a health care overhaul, infuriated many in his party when he reached a three-month deal with Schumer and Pelosi to raise the debt ceiling, keep the government running and speed relief to states affected by recent hurricanes.

    "More and more we’re trying to work things out together," Mr Trump explained on Wednesday, calling the development a "positive thing" for both parties.

    "If you look at some of the greatest legislation ever passed, it was done on a bipartisan manner. And so that’s what we’re going to give a shot," he said.

    The thorny issue of immigration has been vexing lawmakers for years. Funding for Mr Trump’s promised wall had been thought to be a major point of contention between Republicans and Democrats as they attempted to forge a deal.

    Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/09/...portation/

Posted by: Watchtower - 14-09-2017, 06:55 AM - Forum: Crime - No Replies



  • A video made available on YouTube, shows Nigerian soldiers ordering some captured members of the Indigenous people of Biafra(IPOB) to swim in a puddle of Mud.

    One of the IPOB members is seen lying on the ground motionless. He reportedly died from gunshot wounds. This footage was taken on Aba-Umuahia expressway on Tuesday.

    Source: http://politicsngr.com/2017/09/13/soldie...ead-video/

Posted by: Watchtower - 14-09-2017, 06:44 AM - Forum: Conflicts - No Replies
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    A former Director of the Department of State Services (DSS), Mike Ejiofor, has warned the President Muhammadu Buhari government and the military, to end the military operation set up in the South East code-named ‘Operation Python Dance’.

    Ejiofor, speaking on Channels Television Breakfast Programme, Sunrise Daily, expressed worry that the military operation may lead the country into serious national trouble.

    “It is a very worrying and disturbing situation. Operation Python dance has a grave consequence to our national security.

    “My fears are that, if these situations are not checked now, it can conflagrate into a more serious national security situation.

    “The military, I appeal, I am not giving an order must withdraw in the interest of peace. In the interest of peace, that dance of the military must stop.

    “That dance is not necessary, it is uncalled for and I am using this opportunity to appeal to the military authorities and the Federal Government to stop that dance. That dance is not necessary,” he said.

    Ejiofor also analyzed the code-name of the operation and said it was dangerous to name a military operation as such.

    He said: “Let’s look at it, Operation Python Dance, what is a python? A Python looks at its victim, suffocates the victim before it swallows it. That is not conciliatory at all.

    “At this stage of our national life when we have a lot of security challenge, we should try and see how we can solve some of the problems instead of adding more to our problems.”

    The military started Operation Python Dance last year in the South East, with the aim of tackling criminal activities and insecurity in the region.

    Source: http://dailypost.ng/2017/09/13/biafra-op...r-ejiofor/

Posted by: Watchtower - 14-09-2017, 06:36 AM - Forum: Conflicts - No Replies
  • [Image: Herdsmen.jpg]

    Cattle breeders deny Plateau attacks, say Police lied
    The Delta State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) yesterday alleged that herdsmen have perfected a plot to kill more farmers in their host communities.

    It said allegations by the Publicity Secretary of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association (MACBAN) in a BBC Hausa service broadcast recently that 150 herdsmen and 300 cows were killed in the state this year was not true.

    Secretary of CAN, Oke Akokotu, who spoke to journalists in Asaba, advised the leadership of the herdsmen in the state to desist from making inciting statements capable of causing public unrest.

    He described the allegations as baseless, false, mischievous and atrocious, alleging that herdsmen in various communities in the state were holding secret meetings in recent times with a view to unleashing more terror on residents of their host communities.

    But the State Commissioner of Police, Zanna Ibrahim, in a swift reaction, said the police were ready to bring any herdsman causing mayhem in the state to book and warned those holding secret meetings to desist from doing so.

    Speaking further, Akokotu noted with dismay MACBAN’s allegations and called on it to retract the statement and apologise to the Delta State government and their host communities.

    CAN, however, called on the Police and the State Security Services (SSS) to hold talks with the traditional rulers in the state to ascertain the enormity of the atrocities committed by herdsmen in the past few years.

    Meanwhile, MACBAN has denied allegations that herdsmen carried out the attack in which over 20 Irigwe people of Bassa local council of Plateau State were killed last Friday, insisting that the Police lied.

    Following the attacks, Governor Simon Bako Lalong had assured that those found guilty in the genocide would not go unpunished.

    The group said in an interview with its state Chairman and Legal Adviser, Nuru Abdullahi and Salihu Muhammad that the former Police Commissioner, Peter Ogunyanwo was biased in his statement alleging that the attack was a reprisal by suspected herdsmen.

    Muhammad said: “The problem was that the police and especially the Commissioner of Police reached the conclusion that it was our people that carried out the attack even before investigation.

    But MACBAN’s spokesman, Muhammad Nuru Abdullahi and President of the Irigwe Development Association, Sunday Abdu, condemned the attack, as they agreed to collectively fight those causing violence in the council.

    Also, the Operation Safe Haven (OPSH) said that they killed five gunmen who were going to attack a neighbouring community near Ancha village in Bassa council, adding that they could be the same assailants that carried the Friday attacks.

    Its spokesman, Umar Adam said one of the soldiers was killed in the operation while another one was injured.

    The killing in Ancha is the first of such in the state since the APC took over government in 2015.

    Source: https://t.guardian.ng/news/can-alleges-h...-in-delta/

Posted by: Watchtower - 14-09-2017, 06:30 AM - Forum: Conflicts - No Replies
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    Human rights lawyer, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, yesterday condemned the deployment of military in the Southeast and the use of soldiers to clamp down on civilians in a democratic government, which operates under the rule of law.

    He argued that deploying soldiers to that part of the country was uncalled for since there is no insurrection in the Southeast now to warrant the display of military force or deployment.

    The activist also described as amazing the clamp down on the Premium Times, an online medium, in Abuja and other civil protesters as an affront on freedom of the people.

    His words: “The soldiers quelled the Shiites’ peaceful rally in Zaria, Kaduna State, the military sacked civilian communities in the Niger Delta, the military supervised elections in Rivers and other places, the military mowed down peaceful gatherings in the Southeast and took over Premium Times’ office in Abuja, a while ago.”

    He was amazed by the overwhelming support for the President Mohammadu Buhari administration, even by those who were suppose to criticise the government’s policies.

    He went on: “It’s just so amazing, that our entire life has been swallowed up in this frenzy and support for the Buhari administration, as to even justify military clamp down on civilians in a supposed democratic government, birthed under the rule of law, human rights and freedoms.

    “I’ve read people, and even comrades and enlightened ones, prodding them on, defending the military to carry on ‘Python Dance’, in the midst of civilians and locals. The military! The next phase of this hidden agenda is a take over of civilian authority, because when the ‘python’ has finished ‘dancing’, it must surely swallow something to quench its usually large appetite.

    “Why is the ‘python’ not ‘dancing’ in Kaduna, where a quit notice was handed down to the Igbo to vacate? Why is the ‘python’ not ‘dancing’ in Yenagoa and Ibadan where separatist agitations are also on the rise? Are pythons found only in Igboland?

    Adegboruwa added that he hoped those who are riding on the back of the military tiger now, do not end up in its belly someday, because, according to him, “once you put fire on petrol, then you cannot dictate how it should burn.”

    He, therefore, urged the soldiers to go back to the barracks and submit themselves to civilian authority.

    Source: https://t.guardian.ng/news/activist-lawy...southeast/

Posted by: Watchtower - 14-09-2017, 06:23 AM - Forum: Conflicts - No Replies
  • [Image: Nigerian-Army-1.jpg]

    Although there is a myriad of indicators of the failure of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration, there is one that sticks out like a sore thumb. It is the inability of the government to effectively grapple with the challenge of making right choices in a manner that negates the social imagination that it is incapable of listening and ever doing what is appropriate. This incapacity has found expression in a brazen defiance of good proposals from the citizens to set governance on an even keel.

    Or how do we explain the fact that despite the warnings from prominent citizens, the Federal Government has made good its threat to crush agitators in the south-east? But the government must not fantasize about its triumph over an already oppressed people. It should rather stop its troops in their tracks since the outcome of their misguided expedition in that part of the country would not only conflict with genuine efforts to bring peace to the region, it would aggravate the mutual distrust among people of different parts of the country.

    On Sunday, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) raised the alarm that his home was invaded by soldiers acting under the auspices of Operation Python Dance II. He said that he only escaped being mowed down with armoured personnel carriers and other weapons deployed by the army because his supporters used themselves to form a shield around his home. But when the soldiers attempted to break this shield by shooting into the supporters, some of them allegedly died while others were injured. The army was quick to dismiss the allegation of IPOB as a figment of the corrupt imagination of its members. It insisted that the soldiers only embarked on their professional exercise that had nothing to do with Kanu and any other member of IPOB. The army remonstrated that it was IPOB members who attacked soldiers without any provocation.

    These accusations and counter-accusations made it difficult to really appreciate what was happening. No one was sure whether it was the army or IPOB that was lying. But by Tuesday, it became difficult to accept the army’s claims to innocence. Even though the army insisted that it did not lay siege to Kanu’s home, it seemed easier to be persuaded by the version of IPOB on the developments in Abia State. If the army did not target Kanu the first time the allegation was made by IPOB on Sunday, it should have ordered its soldiers to steer clear of his home. They have enough room for their exercise in any other part of Abia. Instead, by Tuesday, IPOB members and other people in the south-east, including the apex group of Igbo leaders, Ohanaeze, had no doubt that the sole objective of the deployment of the soldiers in Abia was to force Kanu and others to stop their agitations against their marginalisation. The deployment of troops in the region is not justifiable. But if the deployment must be justified by the presumed inevitability of the army embarking on its professional exercise, it ought not to have been done close to Kanu’s home. No matter the genuine intention behind the deployment, it is tragically insensitive to the mood of the south-east, especially the pro-Biafra agitators. Again, if the soldiers had done nothing wrong, why were they hell-bent on stopping journalists from telling the world, especially through photographs, the alleged lies against them by IPOB? Why did they unleash violence on journalists who were covering the events as they unfolded in Abia?

    Clearly, the rhetoric of Kanu’s quest to right the wrongs against him and his people reeks of violence that should not be brooked by all who cherish the oneness of the federation. But by deploying troops in a bid to intimidate him into submission or worse still, to brutally eliminate him, the government has taken the laws into its own hands. For, the fact is that since the government is bent on incarcerating Kanu again over the allegation that he has breached his bail conditions, it should have waited for a law court to order his re-arrest. Even this request to the court has been justifiably condemned, and the deployment of soldiers to intimidate Kanu is much more condemnable.

    The government is wasting human and material resources moving soldiers, armoured tanks and other weapons to the south-east when nothing warrants this. Indeed, the agitation in the south-east which the government considers a serious crisis that could only be resolved through the deployment of violence could easily be resolved if only the government would adhere to the advice of the citizens. The first step to ensuring enduring peace in the south-east is for the government to withdraw its troops. Since dance is Buhari’s euphemism for war, his pythons should be deployed to dance in the north-east where Boko Haram are still on the prowl despite the claim of the government that they have been defeated. They can also be deployed to check herdsmen who are raping, maiming and killing innocent farmers in different parts of the country. The government should not think that it can stop agitations through force. In this regard, it should take the path of negotiating with the agitators. If the government were sincere, it should not be afraid of negotiating with the agitators. The government cannot consider the idea of dialoguing with the agitators far-fetched after negotiating with Boko Haram members who have done so much damage to life and property in the north-east. The citizens are now paying billions to bring life to the south-east after the Boko Haram’s havoc that was inspired by religious bigotry and political machinations.

    The government must come to terms with the reality that it is not only the south-east where there are agitations. Agitations everywhere have become a regular fallout of the inequality in the polity. What the government should do to stop them instead of using soldiers is to acknowledge the inevitability of the restructuring of the country. After all, with people like Prof. Wole Soyinka who propped up the Buhari government now rating his performance low and vigorously canvassing restructuring, the government must realise that agitations would continue until at least there is the assurance to tackle the injustice that has made some citizens to be superior to others.

    The government has not only demonstrated its disposition to be heedless by not accepting the call for restructuring. It has also shown a shocking unwillingness to change from its fixation on skewed appointments in favour of the northern part of the country that Buhari comes from. This is sufficiently borne out by the appointments of northerners as the new managers of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) while brazenly marginalising other parts of the country, including even where the oil resources come from.

    With this misguided deployment of soldiers in the south-east, Buhari cannot easily discharge himself of the allegation that his objective of making only northerners to head security agencies in the country is to eliminate any opposition to his pre-mediated conquest of other parts of the country. Far removed from the ordeals of the marginalised, the heads and other personnel of the security bodies could easily be disposed to think that by attacking agitators in other parts of the country, they are faithfully serving their country and protecting the president with whom they share ethnic and religious affiliations.

    It is sad that Buhari has forgotten so soon his warning during his August broadcast against the prospect of some people starting a war only for them to flee abroad with their families while allowing innocent people to suffer. Now, it is Buhari who is provoking a war in the south-east. When it happens, like those he attacked for fleeing the battle they triggered, Buhari would be cocooned in Aso Rock, while the lives and property of innocent citizens bear the brunt of his misguided action. By his deployment of soldiers in the south-east and his opposition to restructuring, Buhari is heating up the polity ahead of the October 1 deadline given by northern youths for the Igbo to quit their region. For the sake of the unity of the nation, it is high time he sought introspection and rethought his self-serving positions.

    Source: https://t.guardian.ng/opinion/pythons-ne...outh-east/

Posted by: Watchtower - 14-09-2017, 06:17 AM - Forum: Politics - No Replies
  • [Image: YORUBA-.jpg]
    Some iconic elders of the Yoruba race have taken their push for restructuring the country a notch further. At the Yoruba Summit in Ibadan, September 7, they voted for a return to the regional system as obtained in the 1950s, the one, to quote the expression used in their communique, “fashioned out by the country’s founding fathers.”

    The gathering was impressive except for the absence of some other prominent Yoruba leaders like Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu, and the APC governors as well as senators and members of the House of Representatives who obviously are no less significant in the affairs of this country.
    But for the purpose of clarity, I wish to ask this question. When proponents of restructuring talk about a return to regional arrangement, the question is: which regions? Do the proponents of regionalism, and this is not exclusive to the Yoruba group, have in mind the regions which constituted Ruth First’s Nigerian federation that rested on the “tripod of uneven length and fashioning?” And the tripod in question, in case you are in doubt, referred to the defunct Northern Region, the Western Region and Eastern Region before the carving out of the Mid-Western Region in 1963.

    For that matter, were the Ibadan summiteers and the other regionalists like Jerry Gana and Co referring to the same regions fashioned out by the British colonial master, Sir John Macpherson? This colonial administrator, after a wide ranging consultation, introduced the federal constitution that provided for, among other salient features, the legislative houses comprising the Federal House of Representatives at the centre and the regional assemblies which elected members to the centre. I guess they all have in mind this same Macpherson Constitution which, despite its merits, suffered three major crises that led to its collapse in 1953 after only three years in operation.

    The advocates of restructuring along regional lines could, in my view, be forgiven for feeling nostalgic about this colonial master for his unique constitutional craftsmanship. Being neither Hausa-Fulani, Yoruba nor Igbo, he was neutral enough that the constitution he introduced was hailed for its national outlook. Nobody accused the document of ethnic or even religious bias. And to boot, it introduced, for the first time, a revenue sharing formula something like the equitable mode of sharing the national cake. Apparently our founding fathers did not have any problem with this formula because, devoid of any bias, it also sought to please all and sundry.

    But good as it was, it appeared to be too good for Nigeria. Three constitutional crises in quick succession saw its demise in 1953. The first test of its Iroko like durability came when the National Council of Nigerian Citizens, NCNC, the party of the great Zik of Africa, Dr. Nnmadi Azikiwe, failed to elect him to the House of Representatives in Lagos and the ministers from this party threw knock out jabs at the constitution. It suffered another mortal wound when, in the same year, the Action Group, AG and the NCNC sponsored a motion for the country’s self government in 1956. Self-government was to be the dress rehearsal for independence from the British colonial rule. 

    The motion was moved by Anthony Enahoro of the AG. Though the motion represented a crucial step forward, because of its timing, the Northern delegates in the house were apprehensive. The North, it was made clear, was not prepared at the time politically and administratively for self-government. They came up with some amendment which replaced the 1956 with “as soon as practicable.” Swinging a Northern majority in the house, the proposed amendment to the motion was carried to the chagrin of the delegates from the south. Matters were taken outside the house to the streets where the aggrieved politicians resorted to jeering and booing their counterparts for daring to oppose Enahoro’s motion.

    The brittle relationship that characterised the affairs and deals that predated independence provided a fertile ground for fist cuffs. What could have been treated as a gentlemen’s game became a huge crisis which snowballed into the famous Kano riot and which, in turn, spelt the death knell of the Macpherson constitution.

    But the collapse of the federal constitution did nothing to injure or kill federalism. And certainly the regions, as they were, remained intact. The 1960 constitution, also fashioned out by the colonialists, ushered in the country’s independence with the NPC in control of Federal Government at the centre with Abubakar Tafawa Balewa as Prime Minister and NCNC as the junior partner with Azikiwe as Governor General, though in a shaky coalition. Chief Obafemi Awolowo’s Action Group became the official opposition party and the sage of Ikenne himself officially became leader of the Opposition.

    Thus was independence served on the platter of mutual suspicion. The North, it was feared in the South, would continue to dominate the government in the centre because of its numerical strength. All manner of alliances were forged either to take control of government at the centre or as conspiracy to whittle down the power and the influence of the North. Northern region was for all practical purposes, bigger than the two southern regions put together.

    And for the comfort of the South, something had to give. But what? It was difficult to say. The coup of January 15, 1966 became handy. No matter how much the spin doctors tried, they have failed to provide a justification for the killings that took place. Apart from the killings, politically the coup changed the structure of the country.

    The man who took power from the rump of the Federal Cabinet, Major General J.T Aguiyi Ironsi, in his attempt to fashion out the new structure of government, was persuaded by his advisers to settle for a unitary system of government. He said that the various committees that he set up had come with findings that “majority of Nigerians abhor federalism and they prefer unitary system of government” which would unify the administrative structure along the line of the Army’s command and control system. That is how federal system as we knew it kissed the dust.

    The Leviathan that was Northern Region, as well as the other regions of the federation, was to be broken up into groups of provinces with military prefects at the control of affairs. That suited those who were eternally in mortal fear of the North, its size and its population.

    Those who seek a return to regional governments as part of the restructuring agenda would do well to bear in mind the trajectory of the country’s political and constitutional development, so that nobody holds any one section of the country responsible for what obtains today. It is also advisable that we do not issue threats and give conditions that suggest that we as citizens of this country are implacable strange bedfellows who must either slightly stay apart or go our separate ways to prevent the heavens from falling.

    But the questions remain pertinent. What regions are we talking about – the Northern Region that made government look so distant from the majority of the people in the North who continued to agitate for states of their own or the Eastern Region with minority groups of the Rivers, Cross Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Bayelsa states who today value their political freedom, they are prepared to die to keep it or, for that matter, the Western Region that predated the creation of the Mid-West which today comprises Edo and Delta states?

    Nobody quarrels with devolution of powers and authority and all other salient features in the current state structure. But it looks to me like wishful thinking to begin to amalgamate the states within the currently unrecognised six zones of the country and call them regions. To do that, I think, is to take one politically pragmatic step forward and take 36 clumsy and thoughtless steps backwards.

    Source: https://t.guardian.ng/opinion/regions-which-regions/

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