​NIGER Delta Avengers congratulate Trump

WARRI- NIGER Delta Avengers, NDA, the militant group at the forefront of the agitation for fiscal federalism in Nigeria and economic emancipation of the Niger Delta region, has commended the President – Elect of the United States of America, Donald J Trump.

The group in a statement by its spokesperson: self-styled Brigadier General Mudoch Agbinibo, asserted: “Your hard fought victory against world establishments is hope for us, the over 30 million oppressed minorities of the Niger – Delta that have being continuously raped and economically colonized because of our God-given resources, over the last six decades, by the Nigerian state and Islamic fundamentalists in power.”

“Mr. President elect of the United States of America sir, we are hoping for a new perfect economic order and relations as it concerns the United States’ critical assets and interest in the Niger Delta.

“Lead the world to a real change not the President Barack Obama change that manipulated a clueless puppet in General Muhammadu Buhari on the people of Nigeria,” NDA said.

Source: Vanguard

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​Primary school teacher sodomises 10-yr-old pupil

Ibadan— A 20-year-old primary school teacher is in police net in Ibadan for allegedly raping a 10-year-old boy. The man, whose name was given as Collins Obi, was caught after allegedly having anal sex with the boy.

While confirming the incident, Commissioner of Police, Mr. Samuel Adegbuyi, through his Public Relations Officer, Adekunle Ajisebutu, said the bubble burst when the mother of the abused boy reported the matter after her son confided in her and related what happened between him and his teacher.

He said: “The Oyo State Police command has arrested a teacher in Ibadan for having anal sex with one student. The 20-year-old primary school teacher, Collins Obi, was arrested for having anal intercourse with a boy aged 10 years.

“The suspect, who was also an extra-moral class teacher to the victim, committed the unlawful act on November 7, when he lured the little boy to a house in the neighbourhood at Asaka, Itamaya area, Ibadan where the offence was committed.”

The police spokesperson explained that the arrest of the suspect was made following report made at Iyaganku Police Station by the victim’s mother.

After the victim reported the incident to his mother, detectives from the police arrested the suspect in his hideout.”

During interrogation, the police claimed that the suspect confessed to the crime and disclosed that he was introduced to sodomy by an older friend now at large.

The victim was taken to the hospital for medical attention.

According to him, Adegbuyi had directed immediate arraignment of the suspect in court after completion of discreet investigation by the Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department.

Source: Vanguard

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​South-East senators meet Buhari over IPOB, infrastructure, others

…as erosion commission bill scales 2nd reading
ABUJA—WORRIED by the bad state of social infrastructure in the South-East zone of the country, Senators from the zone yesterday met with President Muhammadu Buhari and pleaded with him to address the problems head-on.

Other pressing issues the senators, on the platform of South-East Senate Caucus, took to the President were those of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, and perceived lop-sided appointments.

Led by the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, and the caucus’ Chairman, Enyinnaya Abaribe, the senators expressed regret and dissatisfaction with the present state of infrastructure in the zone.

The meeting, however, was held behind closed doors inside the President’s office at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Meanwhile, following the problem of erosion in the South-East and some other parts of the country, a bill for an act to establish an erosion control and prevention commission, yesterday, scaled second reading in the Senate.

Buhari made promises—Ekweremadu, Abaribe

On the Senators meeting with the President, Senator Ekweremadu said that Buhari had promised to address the issues raised.

He said that the caucus made the move because the people of the South-East believed in dialogue as an instrument of peace and development.

He said: “For us from the South-East, we believe that dialogue is better than any other form of engagement. So we decided to visit the President and present to him some of the concerns of the South-East, including the issues of roads, general infrastructure: the rail, airports.

“We also discussed the issue of security with him and of course, the issue of IPOB. We had a good conversation and he promised to look into the issues.”

Also speaking, Senator Abaribe said South-East zone was the most marginalised in the country even as he recognised that there were other social issues across the country.

He said: “This is the South-East caucus in the Senate and we came to see the President because of the issues we have.

“We had a fruitful discussion with the President. He has promised us that he is going to look into the

problems of the South-East.

“We are reassured with the response we got from the President and we look forward to further interaction with him in this manner.”

Other senators on the delegation were Sam Egwu, Hope Uzodinma, Andy Uba and Chukwuka Utazi.

Erosion bill—Uzodinma

On the erosion bill, which was sponsored by Senator Hope Uzodinma (PDP, Imo West), it was first read on Wednesday, August 12, 2015.

In his lead debate yesterday, Senator Hope Uzodinma said: “I wish to thank you for this great privilege to lead the debate on the general principles on a Bill for An Act to establish the Erosion Control and Prevention Commission and for other matters connected therewith, 2015.

“Nigeria is plagued by numerous environmental problems of different degrees. Almost every part of this country is characterised by one environmental problem or the other, but the menace of erosion is unarguably the severest in terms of devastation and destruction.

“There is no better time than now to leave a legacy for Nigerians. The menace of erosion leaves in its trails serious economic hardship and poverty on Nigerians.

“Families are rendered homeless, villages displaced and yet the ecological fund targeted at addressing this problem stands misdirected.

“There is the dire need for adequate management of this fund, hence the call for the establishment of this Commission.”

Source: Vanguard

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​Nigeria’s population now 182 million —NPC

The Director-General of National Population Commission, NPC, Ghaji Bello, has said Nigeria’s population was currently 182 million, with more than half its people under 30 years of age.

According to him, this puts a severe strain on a nation, with its slowing economy and declining revenue to provide enough schools and health facilities.

Bello, who disclosed this in Abuja, said the latest estimate was based on the population of 140 million recorded in the last census a decade ago, using an annual growth rate of 3.5 percent weighed against other variables such as rising life expectancy and a declining infant mortality rate.

President Muhammadu Buhari chats with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Executive Director and Under Secretary General of the United Nations, Dr Babatunde Osotimehin during a meeting in Abuja.(File)
He said Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, was witnessing a growing youth bulge, with those under 14 years accounting for more than 40 percent of its citizens.

According to him, this is happening at a time the International Monetary Fund, IMF, has predicted that the nation’s gross domestic product will shrink 1.7 percent this year, the first full-year contraction in more than two decades.

“The implication is that they are assets, they are the future of our country, but they are also liabilities. We need to know how to plan for their transition from youths to the next category.

‘’It has implications for education, health and security, particularly in our environment where you have a lot of unemployment,’’ Bello said.

He said plans to hold a census this year were delayed by 2015 elections and a plunge in revenue due to low prices for crude, the country’s main export, and slashed output caused by militant attacks in the Niger Delta.

“We’re hopeful the government will soon make a statement for the next exercise,” he said.

Source: Vanguard

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​After stunning upset: How Trump’s victory’ll affect Nigeria – 

ABUJA—THE election of Mr. Donald Trump of the Republican Party as the 45th President of the United States of America, yesterday, provoked an avalanche of questions from local and foreign experts.

There were uncertainties over how his presidency will affect the country’s economy, crude oil price, Nigeria’s main revenue earner; her nationals in the US, aid to developing countries, including Nigeria and, of course, international politics.

Contrary to pre-election opinion awarding victory to the Democratic Party Candidate, Hillary Clinton, the President-elect secured 276 Electoral College votes against Clinton’s 218, to emerge victorious.

Demonstrators hold placards that read “No to racism, no to Trump” during a protest outside the US Embassy in London on November 9, 2016 against US President-elect Donald Trump after he was declared the winner of the US presidential election.

Political novice and former reality TV star Donald Trump has defeated Hillary Clinton to take the US presidency, stunning America and the world in an explosive upset fueled by a wave of grassroots anger. / AFP PHOTO

NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 09: Republican president-elect Donald Trump along with his wife Melania Trump (Center-R) greet people in the crowd after delivering his acceptance speech at the New York Hilton Midtown in the early morning hours of November 9, 2016 in New York City. Donald Trump defeated Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton to become the 45th president of the United States. Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

Former Democratic US Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks to supporters at the New Yorker after her defeat last night to Donald Trump on November 9, 2016 in New York. / AFP PHOTO
Trump’s victory elicited words of salutation from President Muhammadu Buhari, who said he looked forward to working with Trump, who would be sworn-in on January 20, 2017.

Other Nigerians, who spoke on Trump’s election, yesterday, included Senate President, Bukola Saraki; Aare Afe Babaloa, SAN; Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State, Professor Bolaji Akinyemi, Ambassador Dapo Fafowora, Professor Ibrahim Gambari and Chief Guy Ikokwu, among others.

I look forward to working with Trump – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari,while congratulating Mr. Trump on his victory, yesterday, said he would work with the U.S. President-elect.

A statement by Presidential Spokesman, Mr. Femi Adesina, said: “On behalf of the Government and people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari congratulates President-elect Donald Trump on his victory in the United States presidential election.

“President Buhari also congratulates American citizens on the outcome of the election, which was keenly observed by all true lovers of democracy and those who believe in the will of the people.

“The President looks forward to working together with President-elect Trump to strengthen the already established friendly relations between both countries, including cooperation on many shared foreign policy priorities, such as the fight against terrorism, peace and security, economic growth, democracy and good governance.

“As Mr Trump prepares to assume the position of the President of the United States, President Buhari extends his good wishes to him on the onerous task of leading the world’s strongest economy”, the statement added.

We’ll  work together — Saraki

In his own reaction, Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki said yesterday that he will work with the President-Elect of the United States of America, USA, Mr. Donald Trump.

In a statement he personally signed, Saraki who congratulated Donald Trump over his victory, said: “I look forward to working with President-Elect Trump to continue the strong US-Nigeria relationship and to address our mutual interest in defeating global terror networks, rooting out corruption and strengthening the institutions of governance.”

“Mr. Trump’s years of being a private sector leader can be invaluable to Nigeria as we work to restructure and diversify our economy. It is important for the private sector here to have a larger role in expanding our economic base, creating jobs and fostering entrepreneurship. In these areas, I am sure he will be able to serve as a strong partner.”

Surprise, lesson for Nigeria – Ikokwu

Chief Guy Ikokwu said Trump’s victory took Nigeria and the rest of the world by surprise because, apart from being an outsider in the race, he is not a public servant, politician or among those in the corridors of power. “It shows that sovereignty belongs to the people and not public officials. Nigeria has a lesson to to learn.’’

To benefit from Trump’s presidency, he said Nigeria must strive for meritocracy, ensure job creation, diversify our economy, restructure the polity and give the zones fiscal autonomy so that “we will be able to make tremendous progress and end squalor.”

A lesson for Nigerians — Fafowora

Ambassador Oladapo Fafowora, former Nigerian Ambassador to the UN, however, said Trump’s victory was a lesson to Nigerians and Africans to remain in and contribute to the development of their countries.

Fafowora said Africans needed to reduce their reliance on world economic powers, adding that “there is nothing in his background to suggest he has any durable interest in Africa. I think it is a lesson for Nigerians; people should stay here and make contributions in developing our country.

US may cut aid to developing nations

– Industrialist

An industrialist, Chief Tomi Akingbogun, said, yesterday, that there might be less foreign aid from the American government to developing nations like Nigeria, given Trump’s victory.

Speaking in Abuja, Akingbogun said with Trump’s triumph, developing nations in the world might witness less support from the new government in terms of grants, considering the conservative orientation of the Republicans.

He said the policies and programmes of the new government might not be favourable to Nigerians and other immigrants, based on the campaign speeches of the President-elect.

“America might play a lesser role in assisting developing countries by coming to the help of needy nations. That means we in Africa will be on our own; that means there might be less foreign aid from the new government. If that happens, it is an opportunity for Nigerians, who have become very successful in America to return home and support the rebuilding of the economy.”

He said Nigerians have contributed to the building of the American economy over the years, noting that it was time for them to return and help salvage the nation from recession.

It will affect Nigeria positively — Security expert

A security consultant, Ibrahim Garba, said Trump’s election will affect Nigerian professionals positively.

Decrying the attitude of Nigerians, who project the image of the country in bad light, he said Nigerians needed to change their business orientation to reflect positive ideas in the new era.

“This would affect Nigeria because things would be more competitive; Trump is a man who knows about your money; he does not throw money around. For you to do any business in America you have to be serious. From a business perspective, if Nigerians know what they are bringing to the table and it’s of value, Donald Trump will approve it.”

Trump: Victory for America’s ugly side

International relations experts have described the victory of U.S. President-elect, Donald Trump, as a surprise that will bring uncertainty to international politics.

The experts told the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja, yesterday, that Trump does not have experience and expertise in international affairs.

Bolaji Akinyemi, a professor of political science, described Trump’s victory as a worrisome development.

Professor Akinyemi, a former Minister of Foreign Affairs, said: “It brings uncertainty into international politics because the world now has to deal with a man, who is inexperienced, does not understand the complexities of international politics and has no respect for anyone who is not white or American. I think that is dangerous.”

Be prepared, says Gambari

Former Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, expressed optimism that U.S. laws and institutions would protect Nigerians and Africans in the U.S., stressing, however, that “clearly, we should be prepared.”

He also advised the leadership of Nigeria and Africa to promote policies in the interest of their citizens. Gambari said such interests would encourage development and reduce the flow of African citizens to western countries.

“As Africans, we have survived slavery, colonialism and apartheid. I think the strength of the African people will enable us to survive any negative consequences arising from this result.”

OPEC’s job has just got tougher – Yergin

Pulitzer Prize-winning U.S. oil historian, Daniel Yergin, said OPEC’s job of trying to prop up oil prices just got harder with the election of Trump.

Yergin told the media that the 14-country oil producing cartel may have to battle a sourer outlook for the global economy and weaker demand for crude.

He said: “Buckle up your seat belts for a more turbulent and uncertain global economy ahead.”

Yergin, who is also Vice Chairman of IHS Markit Think Tank, said “the outcome of the U.S. election has added to the challenges of oil exporters because it will lead to weaker economic growth in an already fragile global economy. And that means additional pressure on oil demand.”

Oil prices fell almost four per cent early, yesterday, but recovered slightly to trade at around $46 per barrel later in the day.

Stock market falls by N65 billion

Trump’s election appeared to have had immediate impact in Nigeria as transactions in the Nigerian Stock market declined further, with investors losing another N65bn at the close of trading, yesterday.

The development tallied with trading results from other advanced markets that reacted negatively to the results of the US presidential election.

Though the equities market has been on a downward trend in the past three weeks, some market operators argued that the losses were as a result of the outcome of the election.

At the end of trading session, the market capitalisation declined from N9.076 trillion to N9.011 trillion, representing 0.76 per cent decline.

Also, the All Share Index, ASI, slumped by 0.76 per cent to close at 26,173.69 from 26,364.27 points. Sectoral analysis showed that the Oil and Gas sector closed the day higher to top gainers’ chart with a gain of 0.1 per cent on account of price appreciation in Oando Plc, which returned 0.9 per cent. Conversely, the financial services sector trailed with a negative daily return of 2.5 per cent, on account of sell-offs in companies like Access Bank Plc, which fell by 4.6 per cent, Guaranty Trust Bank (-3.5 per cent) and Zenith International Bank Plc 2.8 per cent.. The consumer goods sector followed with a loss of 0.3 per cent underscored by profit-booking in PZ Cusson Plc which fell by 8.4 per cent, Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc five per cent and Nascon Allied Industries Plc 4.9 per cent, while the industrial goods sector traded flat.

According to analysts at United Capital Plc, sentiment is expected to remain mixed in today’s trading session, “albeit with a bearish undertone as bullish triggers remain scarce.”

Source: Vanguard

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​Yoruba, Egun youths clash in Lekki, burn 200 structures in Lagos State Nigeria

No fewer than 200 structures were burnt on Wednesday in Otodo Gbame, an Egun community in the Lekki Phase 1 area of Lagos State, during a clash between some Egun and Yoruba youths.

PUNCH Metro learnt that the crisis started on Sunday, when the Yoruba youths demanded that the residents should relocate from the area.

It was gathered that the Egun community insisted that residents would not leave their houses, tagging the youths as hoodlums and land grabbers.

Our correspondent gathered that the crisis came to a head on Wednesday when the Yoruba youths set fire to the structures in the area at about 8am.

The action was said to have triggered a clash between the youths of the Egun community and their Yoruba counterparts.

Two persons were said to have been injured during the clash, while the area was quickly deserted as the fire raged. Some residents reportedly salvaged their property from the fire and fled.

It was learnt that policemen from the Rapid Response Squad, the Maroko division and the Area J Command, Ajah, went to the area to restore normalcy.

A policeman on the team said an abandoned two-day-old baby was rescued from one of the burning structures.

He said, “When the structures were set ablaze, the mother and the father of the baby fled. It was the cry of the baby that drew the attention of policemen to that room. The baby was locked inside the house. The baby was rescued and reunited with her parents.”

“Nobody was killed, but about three persons were injured. The entire community was razed.”

A resident, who identified himself only as Hunsu, said, “The crisis started on Sunday. Some people came and said they had bought our land and we should relocate. We did not know that the hoodlums would go to this extent.

“The crisis escalated on Wednesday when they invaded the community and set fire to our property. All my belongings are gone. My wife and children are homeless.”

Our correspondent learnt that the state Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, went to the area around 2pm and held a peace meeting between the leaders of the two groups.

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, said five suspects were arrested in connection with the crisis.

She said, “The command received a report that the Egun and Yoruba communities were engaged in a serious brawl over land issue. Upon receipt of the information, the command operatives from the RRS and men of the Area J Command moved in. Some shanties being occupied by the residents were set ablaze by the warring factions.

“A baby was rescued from the one of the houses. Five suspects were also arrested in connection with the fracas. The CP visited the scene and promised that everyone involved in the clash would be duly prosecuted.”

Source: PUNCH

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​Hard lessons from Trump’s victory

HAVING not been foretold even by the most credible pollsters, Donald Trump’s victory has upended every paradigm in global politics and as well left in its trail, hard lessons for political actors.

It is a triumph that would for a long time, pose as a reference point and model in political contests given its upsetting and recording making nature.

Whichever way it is viewed, the exercise has provided a new and different way to look at politics by reasserting that change remains the only constant certainty in politics, especially in developed democracies.

That this victory came even with the President-elect’s recognized shortcomings resonates salient questions whose answers could be found in Trump’s exploitation of the peculiar undercurrents that defined the historic election.

Examining this victory through the prism of Trump’s believed unelectable post-election status, showed that every political contest is purely a battle of ideas which could be won with tricks as exemplified by him.

Little wonder, DicK Stoken in his book:

The Great Game of Politic: Why We Elect Whom We Elect observed that it was germane to understand the force that can force the pendulum back toward the centre thereby resulting in the change of parties in power at the executive level.

Indeed, by turning out upsetting, Trump’s triumph exposed how risky it has become for a political system to be consumed by the realities of the moment when projecting the likely outcome of elections.

Though it had never been out of context to predict the future with today’s event, in Trump’s victory, it becomes risky to treat post-election prognosis as a reality in respective of the scope of its focus.

Interestingly, the development brings to mind, Robert Green’s nineteenth law of power where he cautioned thus: ‘’Never underestimate your opponent or think less of him. You never know the force of his blow when he comes in for an attack.”

Of course, the triumph which momentously defeated conventional and professional wisdom provides a lesson that every segment of the electorate most be prioritized in very political engagement.

That was self-evident from the demographic of those, who voted for the President-elect.

In all these, the hardest lesson remains that no matter what, the people take preeminence over the establishment when targeting the audience of political messages.

The people in this context are simply the ordinary men and women, who feel neglected by the system and the white working class, who craved for a paradigm-setting President.

Therefore, possessing the inalienable rights from which government derives its sovereignty as highlighted by Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence makes it fatal to ignore the people’s significance in any democracy where their power had not been stolen.

On that strength, it would be agreed that by choosing Trump as the 45th President of the United States amid post-election resentment, Americans have reaffirmed that political legitimacy is still defined by the American people

Indeed, it seems difficult for the world to grapple with the reality of a Trump presidency, but it is a surprising fact Americans would live with within the next four years.

Perhaps, this immortal quote in Shakespeare’s play , Hamlet would provide solace.

‘’ When our deep plots do pall and that should teach us there’s a divinity that shapes our ends’’’

Source: Vanguard

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