Thursday, February 28, 2019

Trending news from Nigeria and the world

Trending news from Nigeria and the world

1. Nigeria - the presidency has said it is not perturbed by Atiku's threat to contest the outcome of the recently concluded presidential election in court. The election was alleged to have been massively rigged by the APC in collusion with INEC.

2. Suspected herdsmen have attacked two local government areas in Kaduna state. Kajuru and Kachia local government areas were attacked on Wednesday and there are reports of casualties.

3. The king of Saudi Arabia, King Salman, has urged the European Union to take a firm stance against Iranian malign activities in the region. Salman made this call during the EU - Arab League summit in Cairo, Egypt. Iran is the main financier of Lebanon's militant group, Hezbollah. Iran also provides military and financial support to Hamas, the Houthi rebels in Yemen  and it is currently involved in the war in Syria, aiding president Asad.

4. Aliko Dangote has been ranked the 64 richest person in the world and the only black person in a list of the world's 100 billionaires. Dangote is the richest man in Africa and the richest person of African descent in the world.

5. Talks between North Korea's strongman, Kim Jong-Un and America's president, Donald Trump, has ended in deadlock. The sticking point was sanctions relief. While North Korea wanted all the sanctions placed on the country to be lifted, Donald Trump preferred a phased removal of sanctions.

Kim offered to dismantle all of the Yongbyon complex, the research and production facility at the heart of North Korea's nuclear programme. But Donald Trump wanted a verifiable and complete destruction of all nuclear weapons in the Communist country as well as the dismantling of all facilities used in enriching uranium.

The talks ended when they couldn't reach an agreement.

6. An Indian pilot, Abhinandam Varthaman, captured in Pakistan when his fighter jet was shot down by Pakistan's military will be handed to India as a "gesture of peace".

The jet was shot after it launched an attack on terrorist' camps in Kashmir. This was in retaliation for an attack against India's security forces by islamist militants that resulted in the deaths of scores of soldiers. Tension between the two nuclear powers has flared up since the incident and Pakistan has vowed to retaliate against any military aggression by India.

Nuggets of wisdom

"Weaponise your words. Never confess anything negative about yourself. If you are a nonentity, don’t admit it. Let your enemies say it, not you. Keep saying you are great and you will become great. You become what you say regularly. Speak your future into existence"

Source: @renomokri

Historical events that occurred on February 28

Today in history; February 28

On February 28, 1066, Westminster Abbey, the most famous church in England, opens its doors.

On February 28, 1574, on the orders of the Holy Office of the Inquisition, two Englishmen and an Irishman are burnt for heresy.

On February 28, 1916, Haiti becomes the first U.S. protectorate.

On February 28, 1924, U.S. troops are sent to Honduras to protect American interests during an election conflict.

On February 28, 1936, the Japanese Army restores order in Tokyo and arrests officers involved in a coup.

On February 28, 1953, Greece, Turkey and Yugoslavia sign a 5-year defense pact in Ankara.

On February 28, 1969, a Los Angeles court refuses Robert Kennedy assassin Sirhan Sirhan's request to be executed.

On February 28, 1971, the male electorate in Lichtenstein refuses to give voting rights to women.

On February 28, U.S. warplanes shoot down four Serb aircraft over Bosnia in the first NATO use of force in the troubled area.


America’s Hart buys artwork of Kaduna-based Waduba

American comedian and actor, Kevin Hart has purchased a pencil drawing of himself from Kaduna-based artist, Eli Waduba on Twitter.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Hart, on Wednesday, also commissioned additional drawings for three of his unnamed celebrity friends.
Waduba, a hyperrealistic pencil artist, started a campaign to get Hart’s attention on Tuesday by posting the artwork on his Twitter handle @Ewaduba.

He wrote, “My name is Eli Waduba Yusuf. Am a Nigerian, based in Kaduna. I am a hyperrealism PENCIL Artist, I hope to become like @Harinzeyart. Please Retweet, let @KevinHart4real see it, thank you.”
The post, has since gathered over 13,000 retweets and 42,000 likes with fellow Nigerians posting the artwork on their social media pages to catch Hart’s attention.
He finally responded and offered the artist more work. He said, “I see it and I want to purchase it.
“I also want to support you and your amazing talent by giving you a fee to do a pencil drawing of 3 of my celebrity friends that I can gift it to. DM your info and let’s get to work!”
Nigerians, that have followed the campaign from the beginning went on to congratulate Waduba and thank Hart for supporting the artist.
@Knaikky tweeted, “Your gift have brought you before a king, Congratulations. Hardwork and Dilligence still pays.”
@Misterfreebiez said, “This Eli Waduba and Kevin hart story still shows we still have hard working people in this country.”
@Mosopemi said, “Thank you! On behalf of Eli, we say thank you, Kevin!”
@Oladesy tweeted, “for recognizing this pure talent and acknowledging it, we Nigerians say thank you. God bless you big!”
NAN reports that there has been a rising of hyperrealistic artists in Nigeria with an online community called ‘We Are Nigerian Creatives’.


Aliko Dangote is 64th richest in the world

President of Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, has significantly moved up in the world billionaires’ list as he emerged 64th richest person in the world, with an estimated worth of $16.6 billion, as against his previous ranking of 103rd in the world.

Dangote, who remains the richest man in Africa for the eighth year running, was the only Nigerian on the list of the top 500 billionaires, as released last week by Bloomberg in its yearly billionaires list.

Jeff Bezos remains the richest in the world with $136 billion in his kitty while Bill Gates and Warren Buffett followed as second and third respectively with $98.4 billion and $83 billion on the world billionaires’ chart, which is dominated by North Americans.

Dangote’s estimated worth in the latest Bloomberg ranking far outstrips an earlier ranking by the Forbes Magazine, another elite publication, which placed his fortune at $10.8bn in the 2019 Forbes Africa’s Billionaires’ list released in January, although he retained the rank as the richest African for the eighth consecutive year in the latter ranking.

There are only five Africans on the Bloomberg list of the world’s top 500 billionaires, with Dangote topping the group. The other four Africans included Nicky Oppenheimer of South Africa, who was ranked No. 216 with an estimated worth of $7.05 billion; Johann Rupert of South Africa (ranked No. 225 with an estimated worth of $6.92bn); and Natie Kash of South Africa (ranked No. 263 with an estimated worth of $6.10bn). The fifth and last African on the list of 500 HNW individuals was Naguib Sawiris of Egypt, ranked No. 331 with an estimated fortune of $5.12bn.


Health tips - Did you know that cotton buds are bad for your ears?

  • Did you know Cotton Buds are actually bad for your ears?

    Why? Cotton buds take out a little earwax and push the rest further into your ears. Leave your ears alone. The ears expel the wax on its own. And if you have to do anything, just one or two drops of olive oil is okay.

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    A rigged election, celebrated by fanatics, tyranny is enthroned

    The election is over and a winner has been declared but I am yet the see the kind of jubilation that president muhammadu buhari's 2015 victory at the polls occasioned.

    The president's re-election has been greeted with disbelief, anger, frustration and regret.

    Disbelief because he was deeply unpopular and all indications pointed to him losing the election.

    Anger because INEC colluded with the APC and our security agencies to rig the elections.

    Frustration because even though we know that the election has been rigged, there is little we can do about it. The PDP's presidential candidate has vowed not to concede defeat. He has filed charges to have the elections declared rigged, but it is not clear if the court would rule in his favour given that Buhari had sacked the former CJN and replaced him with a pliant judge.

    And regret because we elected a despot into office in 2015, voting out Nigeria's true democrat, Goodluck Ebele Jnathan. We thought he, Buhari, would make a better president than Goodluck but that has not been the case.

    His kinsmen go about maiming and killing innocent Nigerians and he does nothing about it. He has single-handedly turned Nigeria into the world's headquarter of extreme poverty.

    He has eroded our democracy and robbed us of our right. Right to elect who we want to serve us.

    The people celebrating his victory have certain things in common. They are poor, ignorant and fanatical

    The type who have nothing to offer to Nigeria.

    Muhammadu Buhari has destroyed our nascent democracy. The opposition has vowed not to recognize him as president after May 29.  I wonder how this will play out but I want everything to be settled in the court of law.

    No decision should be taken outside the law. But in all, we want the people's choice to lead the country.

    North Korea's Kim Jong Un expresses readiness to denuclearize

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said on Thursday he was willing to give up his nuclear weapons and he would not be holding a second summit with U.S. President Donald Trump in Vietnam if he were not.

    Kim and Trump began a second day of talks earlier on Thursday in the Vietnamese capital, Hanoi, with both expressing hope for progress on improving relations and the key issue of denuclearisation.
    “If I’m not willing to do that, I won’t be here right now,” Kim told reporters through an interpreter, when asked if he was ready to give up his nuclear weapons.
    Trump, responding to that, said: “That might be the best answer you’ve ever heard.”
    The two leaders were sitting across from each other at a conference table, with their aides.
    Kim did not elaborate on what “denuclearisation” would entail, but asked if he was ready to take concrete steps, Kim said they had just been talking about that.
    “Hope you give us more time to talk. Even a minute is precious,” he told reporters.
    While the United States is demanding North Korea give up all of its nuclear and missile programs, the North wants to see the removal of a U.S. nuclear umbrella for its Asian allies such as South Korea and Japan.
    The two leaders’ summit in Singapore in June, the first between a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader, produced a vague statement in which Kim pledged to work toward denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.
    But there has been little progress since.
    Kicking off the second day of talks at the French-colonial-era Metropole hotel earlier, Trump again stressed the talks aimed at tackling North Korea’s nuclear threat should not be rushed.
    “I’ve been saying very much from the beginning that speed is not that important to me. I very much appreciate no testing of nuclear rockets, missiles, any of it, very much appreciate it,” Trump told reporters before his session with Kim.
    “Chairman Kim and myself, we want to do the right deal.”
    North Korea has conducted no nuclear or intercontinental ballistic missile tests since late 2017.
    Kim, asked by a reporter if he was confident about a deal, said, through an interpreter:
    “It’s too early to tell, but I wouldn’t say I’m pessimistic. For what I feel right now, I do have a feeling that good results will come out,” he said, in what was believed to be his first ever response to a foreign journalist.
    “There must be people who watch us having a wonderful time, like a scene from a fantasy movie. We have so far made lots of efforts, and it’s time to show them,” Kim said.
    Trump reiterated North Korea’s potential, if a deal can be done, saying the isolated country could be an “economic powerhouse”.
    Asked if they were discussing human rights, Trump said they were discussing everything.
    The two leaders took a brief break from their talks after about half an hour to stroll in the leafy hotel courtyard, by a swimming pool.
    Trump and Kim have a series of meetings scheduled at the Metropole and will later hold a “joint agreement signing ceremony”, the White House said.


    Davido is nominated in " Favourite Global Music Star category" for 2019 Nickleodeon Kids' Choice award

    Nigerian music star, Davido, has been nominated in the "Favourite Global Music Star category" for 2019 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Award.

    The Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards is an annual American children's awards ceremony show that is produced by Nickelodeon. The show is usually held on a Saturday night in March or early April.

    This is the second consecutive times he would be nominated for the award.

    Here is a full list of nominees for "Favourite Global Music Star"

    1. Africa - Davido

    2. Asia - BLACKPINK

    3. Australia/New Zealand - Toye Sivan

    4. Europe - David Guetta

    5. North America - Taylor Swift

    List of countries with the worst electricity supply

    Good electricity supply is one of the things a nation must have for its economy to grow and flourish.

    Advanced countries of  the world couldn't have gotten to where they are if they had poor electricity supply. This is what some third-world countries are failing to understand.

    Ethiopia understands this and that is why it is constructing one of the largest hydro-electric dams in the world. The dam is 90% complete and when ready, it would supply electricity to parts of Ethiopia currently lacking as well as to other neighbouring countries.

    Here is a list of countries with the worst electricity supply in 2017.

  • Worst electricity supply, 2017. (out of 137 countries) 1. Yemen 2. Nigeria 3. Haiti 4. Lebanon 5. Malawi 10. Venezuela 23. Pakistan 25. Argentina 29. Ethiopia 37. Bangladesh 41. South Africa 42. Sri Lanka 45. Algeria 46. Philippines 50. Turkey

    Wednesday, February 27, 2019

    You will be the last old recycled president that will rule Nigeria, comdian tells Buhari

    Popular comedian, Francis Agoda popularly known as, I Go Die, has offered a heartfelt congratulations to president muhammadu buhari on his re-election as Nigeria's president.

    He offered his congratulations and in the same breath told the president that he "will be the last recycled politician to rule Nigeria."


    Congratulations on your victory. Nature has given you another opportunity to rebuild Nigeria, a means to discover the next generation leaders.

    “Please do find it a rare privilege to advance the course of youthful leadership, by looking for Nigerian youths all over the world that can add their creativity to advance your administration… you will be the last old aged president that will rule Nigeria, once again congratulations. Amb Francis Agoda,”

    Netanyahu, Putin meet in Moscow to discuss Iran

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday at the Kremlin, where they discussed security in the Middle East with a focus on Iran.

    During the talks, the two leaders were also set to discuss how to coordinate and avoid military clashes on Syrian territory, where Israel is taking action against Iran.
    “The biggest threat to stability and security of the region is Iran, and we will do everything to prevent this threat,” Netanyahu said in opening remarks translated into Russian before closed-door negotiations.
    Iran, Lebanese Hezbollah, and Russia are allies of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Netanyahu has stressed that he will not let Israel's arch-foe Iran use Syrian territory as a base for its military.
    Prior to his Moscow visit, Netanyahu said the talks will focus on “preventing Iran from entrenching in Syria, the entrenchment of a country which explicitly says that its goal is to wipe us out.”
    Netanyahu is accompanied in Moscow by his national security advisor Meir Ben-Shabbat and head of military intelligence Tamir Heiman.
    On Sunday, the Israeli Prime Minister said talks with Putin will be “very important” to ensure Israel's freedom to act against Iran and Hezbollah in Syria while avoiding frictions with Russian forces.
    Wednesday's talks, which Israel postponed for several days, represent the first extended face-to-face meeting since September 17, when Syria's air defense systems took down a Russian plane by mistake during an Israeli air force operation.
    The resultant deaths of 15 Russian troops caused serious tensions between Israel and Russia. Netanyahu and Putin have spoken several times since the incident, and had a brief encounter in Paris in November.
    Netanyahu said his primary goal in Moscow was “to ensure that the Russian military and the IDF (Israel Defense Force) coordinate in such a manner so as to prevent friction and clashes between us,” he said Wednesday.


    Pakistan now says two Indian warplanes downed, but only one pilot captured

    Pakistan’s military said Wednesday it shot down two Indian warplanes and captured one pilot in the disputed region of Kashmir, after having said earlier that two pilots were captured.

    “There is only one pilot under Pakistan Army’s custody,” Major General Asif Ghafoor said in a tweet above a photograph apparently showing the captured pilot, who was shot down earlier in the day after responding to a Pakistani air strike in Indian-controlled Kashmir.


    Former president of Seychelles, France-Albert René dies at 83

    Former President of Seychelles, France-Albert René who took power in a 1977 coup and went on to shape politics for decades is dead.

    René died in a hospital on Wednesday, aged 83 years.

    Rene, studied as a lawyer in London, served as prime minister before overthrowing the archipelago’s founding President James Mancham in a bloodless coup in 1977.

    René, fondly called “the boss” by fellow politicians, was also nicknamed the “kingmaker” for the influence he wielded in the Indian Ocean archipelago.

    He stepped down in 2004, handing over power to his then vice-president James Michel.

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    Herdsmen attack Kajuru and Kachia local government areas of Kaduna state

    Barely days after presidential and national assembly elections, suspected herdsmen have attacked Kajuru and Kachia local government areas in Kaduna state.

    Moro a community in Kajuru was attacked and a number of people are reported dead. 

    Kajuru suffered deadly attacks a few days to the elections and 160 people were confirmed dead.

    These fresh attacks will definitely heighten tension in a region that is bedevilled by sectarian conflict.

    I hereby reject the result of the February 23, 2019 sham election and will be challenging it in court - Atiku Abubakar

    Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the People's Democratic Party (PDP), has said he will not accept the results of the presidential election announced by INEC and that he would be challenging it in court.

    He thanked Nigerians for coming out en masse to vote in the elections but he accused the APC of rigging the elections. He also accused the APC of colluding with the military to suppress voters in his stronghold.

    "I hope and pray Nigerians will someday summon the courage to defend democracy. That is the only way we can move away from being the world headquarters for extreme poverty.

    I want to assure my supporters and the entire Nigerian people that together, we will not allow democracy to be emasculated.

    "I thank the Nigerian people who trooped out in their millions to perform their civic duty this past Saturday. The patriotism of Nigerians is heartwarming and affirms my oft-repeated statement that we are brothers and sisters born from the womb of one mother Nigeria.

    "With regards to the Presidential elections that took place on February 23, 2019, it is clear that there were manifest and premeditated malpractices in many states which negate the results announced.

    "One obvious red flag is the statistical impossibility of states ravaged by the war on terror generating much higher voter turnouts than peaceful states.

    "The suppressed votes in my strongholds are so apparent and amateurish, that I am ashamed as a Nigerian that such could be allowed to happen. How can total votes in Akwa-Ibom, for instance, be 50% less than what they were in 2015?

    "Another glaring anomaly is the disruption of voting in strongholds of the Peoples Democratic Party in Lagos, Akwa-Ibom, Rivers and diverse other states, with the authorities doing little or nothing and in some cases facilitating these unfortunate situations.

    "The militarization of the electoral process is a disservice to our democracy and a throwback to the jackboot era of military dictatorship.

    "In some areas of the country, such as, Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Imo states, troops deployed for the elections turned their guns on the very citizens they were meant to protect.

    "This is condemnable and should not be associated with our electoral process in the future.

    "I am a democrat and there are democratic avenues available to present the truth to the nation and the watching world. Already, many international observers have given their verdicts, which corroborate our observations. I am sure more will come in the coming hours and days.

    "If I had lost in a free and fair election, I would have called the victor within seconds of my being aware of his victory to offer not just my congratulations, but my services to help unite Nigeria by being a bridge between the North and the South.

    "However, in my democratic struggles for the past three decades, I have never seen our democracy so debased as it was on Saturday, February 23, 2019.

    "2007 was a challenge, but President Yar’Adua was remorseful. In 2019, it is sad to see those who trampled on democracy thumping their noses down on the Nigerian people.

    "Consequently, I hereby reject the result of the February 23, 2019 sham election and will be challenging it in court.

    "I want to assure my supporters and the entire Nigerian people that together, we will not allow democracy to be emasculated.

    "I hope and pray Nigerians will someday summon the courage to defend democracy. That is the only way we can move away from being the world headquarters for extreme poverty.

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