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SYNW Commiserates With Fagunwa Family Over Death Of Beloved Mother

The Society of Young Nigerian Writers has registered their condolence to the prestigious family of the Late foremost Yoruba Novelist and pioneer author - Daniel Olorunfemi Fagunwa, popularly known as D. O. Fagunwa, over the death of their beloved wife and mother - Late Chief Elizabeth Adebanke Fagunwa.

In a statement signed by the National President of the forum, Mr. Wole Adedoyin, the SYNW joins voice with writers all over the world to mourn the demise of the late literary promoter who throughout her life was committed to sustaining and promoting the footprints and the leviathan legacies left by her late husband in the literary field of life.

He described the late Mrs. Fagunwa as a virtuous woman who played great roles in advancing, peaking and championing the cause of literary activities across the country, especially through the Fagunwa Foundation which is founded to promote the literary works of the late legend.

On his own part, the National Secretary of SYNW, Izunna Okafor described the demise as a great loss to the literary community. He said although Late Mrs. Fagunwa died at 85, having lived a purposeful life, the literary community would always miss her presence.

In a bid to mourn and honour the great woman, Izunna further stated that the National body of the SYNW has resolved that this year's edition of the Fagunwa Day will no longer hold, as it has been postponed to next year, following the news of the demise.

Fagunwa Day is an initiative of the Society of Young Nigerian Writers, and has been running since the year 2011.

Pengician Multimedia


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News / NAPTIP Seals Baby Factory In Abuja
« on: February 11, 2018, 01:34:02 PM »
The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) said it had sealed an illegal maternity and baby factory in Nyanya, Abuja.
NAPTIP
This is contained in a statement signed by the NAPTIP spokesman, Mr Josiah Emerole, and made available to newsmen in Abuja on Sunday.
Emerole said that the acclaimed Chief Medical Director of the baby factory was arrested few weeks back by NAPTIP for allegedly swindling several women who were in dare need of babies.
He said that the sealing of the illegal medical outfit, Akuchi Herbal Concept, located on Old road, around Pure Water area, New Nyanyan, Abuja, was part of the ongoing investigation into the case.
According to him, the case had already generated public concern among Nigerians especially relations of the victims.
Newsmen recall that the operatives of NAPTIP last week arrested a 38-year-old herbalist, (names withheld) for allegedly deceiving women into thinking they are pregnant and thereafter giving other people’s babies to them having collected lots of money.
The suspect, who is from Enugu State is the owner of Akuchi Herbal Concept, located at New Nyanya, Abuja, was arrested after weeks of diligent surveillance by combined team of Officers of the agency and those of the Department of State Services.
The spokesman said that the latest operation was coordinated by the Director, Investigation and Monitoring Department, Mr Greg Esele on the directive of the Director – General, Ms Julie Okah- Donli.
He said the agency recovered local herbs used by the suspect to stimulate ovulation for women, some soaked black-coloured leaves and concoction, among others.
Emerole explained that contrary to the suspect’s claim as displayed on the signpost, the Clinic was virtually empty thereby raising question on how the women were able to believe his claims.
The spokesman quoted the director general of NAPTIP as saying, investigation was ongoing to determine the level of crime allegedly committed by the suspect.
“Investigation is ongoing to clearly establish level of the unwholesome activities of the suspect and we are not leaving any stone unturned in getting to the roots of the crime.
“This is also in line with our determination to ensure that Nigerians are not exploited in any way, ” she said.
NAN

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Music / Urhobo musicians and their communities of origin
« on: February 10, 2018, 11:08:46 PM »
Chief Ogute Otan (Orhuwhorun)
Gometi Oyibo (Orhuwhorun)
Ogbiniki (Enerhen)
Sir Juju Debala (Alaska)
Odjabo Okonko (Aladja)
Chief Omokomoko Osokpa (Orogun)
Oliver Gbagi (Eyara)
Benson Amojuku
Sally Young (Abraka)
Goslow (Abraka)
Complain Ufuophu (Owahwa)
Lady Rose Okirighwo (Owhrode)
Badia Okokon (Orhuwhorun)
Taxi (Orhuwhorun)
Nigeria (Egini)
Okworo (Ujevwu)
Sir Peter (Egini)
Egweyanudje (Orhoakpor)
Johnson Adjan (Ughelli)
Chief Okpan Arhibo (Agbarho)
Toma Eleh (Okwagbe)
Olorume Toroh (Egini)
SAN Friday Olomu (Emadadja)
Egbeku Kenairu (Ujevwu)
Tekpe (Ujevwu)
Agboro (Ophorigbala)
Lucky Okwe (Oghara)
Kikoro Mukoro (Otutuama)
Udu Nowenoni (Esaba)
Adama (Orhuwhorun)
Jatito (Otokutu)

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News / Why US Is Allergic To Peace Between The Koreans – Owei Lakemfa
« on: February 09, 2018, 09:08:39 AM »
THE 2018 Winter Olympic Games kicked off today, February 9 in Pyeongchang, South Korea. With an estimated four billion viewers across the globe, it carries the significance of North and South Korea uniting and marching under a common flag, and having a unified Women Ice Hockey team. The specially chosen theme of the Games is Peace, and it emphasises the  clear possibilities of peace and unification of a homogeneous people split now for 73 years, not because they wanted it, but because the super powers simply decided to use them to play Ping-Pong.

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President Muhammadu Buhari has said that it is a false statement for some Nigerians to say that he is sitting in an air-conditioned office and home, enjoying himself while herdsmen go about killing and maiming lives in some parts of the country.
President Buhari who condemned the recent killings by herdsmen and other hoodlums in Benue, Adamawa, Taraba, and Zamfara states however assured that he has mandated the security operatives to ensure a speedy prosecution of perpetrators and all those found with illegal arms in the affected areas.

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News / SSANU, NASU, NAAT demand N30bn to end strike
« on: January 14, 2018, 01:07:02 PM »
SSANU, NASU, NAAT demand N30bn to end strike
 
By Dayo Johnson, Akure

Striking Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU) and National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT), have called on the Federal Government to release N30billion to them as a condition to calling off their industrial action.

The unions had embarked on the industrial action following the failure of government to honour the agreement reached with them.

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Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom, has described the attacks on his kinsmen by suspected Fulani herdsmen as a declaration of total war on people of the state.

The governor said since 2011 when the attacks started, the state has lost illustrious sons and daughters as well as approximately N95bn.

The governor made these remark on Thursday in Makurdi at the mass burial of those recently killed by Fulani herdsmen in Logo and Guma LGAs of the state.

Ortom, who wept profusely while giving his speech called on both national and international communities to come to the aide of the state.

He noted that the attacks were aimed at making the state ungovernable.

His words, “For several years, these attackers have turned our beautiful and endowed land into their killing fields.

Source: Daily Posts

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Thousands of security personnel have been deployed across Kaduna state ahead of the protest by the Nigerian Labour Congress over the sacking of 36,000 civil servants. Reports have it that heavily armed security personnel have been stationed at the NLC headquarters along Independence Way and strategic areas of the metropolis while others were patrolling the town.

The police and other security personnel were also stationed along major streets in the city including Kaduna-Kachia road, Kaduna-Zaria highway and Kaduna-Abuja expressway.

Most streets were empty with minimal vehicular movement due to the high presence of security personnel within the town, with a few commercial vehicles plying the roads.

Meanwhile, the state government says it has obtained a bench warrant to arrest violent protesters in the state.

Source; https://www.nationalhelm.co/2018/01/security-personnel-arrive-kaduna-ahead-of-protest.html

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News / 657,000 Pvcs Abandoned In Oyo State - Politics
« on: January 11, 2018, 02:39:40 PM »
On Thursday, The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Oyo State said nothing less than 657, 267 Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) were yet to be collected by their owners in the state.

The INEC’s state Administrative Secretary, Mr. Surajudeen Junaid, disclosed in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ibadan.Junaid indulges those who had not collected the PVCs to come forward and receive the cards.

He also encouraged Nigerians who attained voting age to utilize the ongoing Continuous Voters Registration to obtain their voter cards.

The administrative secretary indulges Nigerians to participate fully in the electoral process ahead of the 2019 elections and votes for candidates of their choice.

Junaid also cautioned politicians against any act that would derail the electoral process, stressing that they must play by the rules.

He said the commission had intensified public enlightenment to educate the electorate on their rights and responsibilities in the electoral process.

Source:
https://informationengine.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/657000-pvcs-abandoned-in-oyo-state/

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Quotes / 15 Top Scary Quotes of Muhammadu Buhari
« on: January 10, 2018, 08:16:47 PM »
15 Top Scary Quotes of Muhammadu Buhari

1. "I will continue to show openly and inside me the total commitment to the Sharia movement that is sweeping all over Nigeria. God willing, we will not stop the agitation for the total implementation of the Sharia in the country.” - Buhari (News24, August 27, 2001)

2. "If what happened in 2011 should again happen in 2015, by the grace of God, the dog and the baboon will all be soaked in blood." - Buhari (Vanguard May 15, 2012)

3. “The last general election was anything but free and fair. The only political parties that could complain of election rigging are those parties that lacked the resources to rig.” - Buhar (First Speech after Military Coup, 31 December, 1983)

4. "No no no, Abacha did not steal Nigeria's money." - Buhari (10th Anniversary of Abacha's death)

5. "The declaration of state of emergency in three Northern states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe is a grave injustice against the North." - Buhari (Liberty Radio, June 2, 2013)

6. "I live on borrowing. I borrowed from the banks to build the house in Daura and the one in Abuja and Kano. The bank then was Barclays, now Union Bank." - Buhari (The SUN Exclusive Interview, December 24, 2012)

7. “When the Niger Delta militants started their activities in the South-South, they were invited by the late President Umaru Yar’adua. An aircraft was sent to them and their leaders met with the late President in Aso Rock and discussed issues. They were given money and a training scheme was introduced for their members. But when the Boko Haram emerged in the north, members of the sect were killed”. - Buhari (Liberty Radio, Kaduna May 14 2012)

8. "Muslims should only vote those who will promote Islam. We are more than the Christians if you add our Muslim brothers in the West."- Buhari (Liberty Radio Kaduna, 2003)

9. “This campaign is the third and last one for me; since, after it, I will not present myself again for election into office of the president.” – Buhari (April, 2011 at the Int'l Conference Centre, Abuja)

10. "I'll stabilize oil market if elected." - Buhari (Channels TV Interview, 2014)

11. “Why should Christians be concerned when Muslim cut off their limbs? After all, the limbs that are being cut off are Muslim ones and not Christian. So why should Christians bother about it?? – Buhari (Liberty Radio, Kaduna 2003)

12. "I will not have office of the first lady if I'm elected president.” – Buhari (2014)

13. "If There Is a repeat of the Civil War again, I will kill more Igbos to save the country." - Buhari (BBC Hausa Service, 2015)

14. “I can die for the cause of Islam if necessary. We are prepared to fight another civil war. We cannot be blackmailed into killing Sharia.” – Muhammadu Buhari (Freedom House, 2000)

15. I’ll make Naira equal in value to dollar." - Muhammadu Buhari (Vanguard, March 23, 2015)

Compiled by Slik Austin
NewsDay Reporters

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How I was offered a vessel to stop Senate hearing on petitions against Total – Senator Olamilekan

Senator Olamilekan Solomon Adeola representing Lagos West Senatorial district disclosed on Tuesday in Abuja, that he was offered a vessel to kill a petition brought against Total Upstream Nigeria Limited for deliberately flouting the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development Act.
A petition against Total Upstream was forwarded to Senate Committee on Local Content by the Indigenous Vessels Operators Association of Nigeria asking it to intervene in the cancellation of the bidding contract entered by the association members in 2014.

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Soldiers arrest Some armed Benue Vigilante Youth who mobilized themselves to secure lives and property of their communities operating under the civilian Joint Task Force in Benue state

By Baron Large

The Youth vigilante were arrested in a town known as Arufu, between Benue and Taraba state

 Soldiers of the 93 Battalion in Takum area of Taraba state have arrested nine members of Benue Vigilante Youth known as Civilian Joint Task Force.

The vigilante group were arrested at Arufu, a town between Benue state and Taraba states. five of the Benue Vigilante Youth were arrested with AK-47 riffles.

Although a reinforcement came to prevent the soldiers from arresting the CJTF's, that they were here as security and defense for the communities as the government can not provide them one, yet the troops stood their ground and insisted they must be arrested.

Benue Vigilante Youth have members of about 60 men camped in Gbeyi, Benue state.

It was also gathered that over 1,000 of the Benue Vigilante Youth team are stationed at different camps while 700 out of them bear arms. 

Benue Vigilante Youth who are trying to defend, secure the lives and properties of their people are being arrested while Fulani herdsmen who have killed over 100 Benue people, destroyed their farms and burnt their houses are untouchable and are also under the protection of the Nigerian security forces

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Essays / A hollow presidential broadcast By Sunny Awhefeada
« on: January 09, 2018, 02:46:43 PM »
A hollow presidential broadcast

By Sunny Awhefeada

When the felicitous presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, gave hint of a New Year presidential broadcast billed for Monday 1 January, majority of Nigerians hissed and heaved in utter despondency. Even the robustly complacent claque in the nation’s corridors of power must have yawned and looked at one another in pampered aloofness knowing that the presidential broadcast would cut no ice. A few days earlier, presidential sidekicks had aired an absurd documentary unimaginatively woven around what they called the human side of President Muhammadu Buhari. The video ran on major television channels to the indignation of Nigerians. The promoters of the documentary must have set out to pull a public relations stunt for a regime whose popularity has plummeted.

Rather than impress Nigerians, the documentary became the butt of satire in the media. The hoi polloi are hungry and mired in poverty, yet their President could only offer his now familiar indignant cold stare which has never solved any of the nation’s problems. The presidential honkers who produced the documentary are not unaware of the disenchantment bestriding the nation. They are not unaware of the perception of the regime by majority of Nigerians as being responsible for their socio-economic woes. Deeply etched in the consciousness of Nigerians is the question of the humaneness of the man they elected as their President. This perception and the desire to correct it was what elicited the ill-fated documentary.

The New Year presidential broadcast did not fit the bill. The humdrum of a broadcast was probably not meant for Nigeria and Nigerians transiting from a tortuous 2017 to an uncertain 2018 as it neither reflected the depth of disillusionment in the land nor envisioned reprieve and hope in the New Year. Tormented as the nation and the people have been since 2016, a nationwide broadcast of this nature ought to be inspiring. It should have been the elixir for a new consciousness, a harbinger of hope and the antidote to the widespread disillusionment. But the speech was none of these. It inspired nobody and it did not soothe the nation’s frazzled psyche. Rather, it read in part as an addendum to the 2018 budget and a supercilious contention against Nigerians.

The speech privileged and emphasized the word “change” and it seems we will never get beyond the mere change rhetoric with this regime. The more the President and his handlers talk about change the more things remain unchanged. His opening lamentation regarding the fuel palaver is a case in point. The President is the Minister of Petroleum. There is a Minister of State for Petroleum and then the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC and the Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR. Yet the President turned around in his speech to blame saboteurs created by the perpetual indiscipline and abhorrence of due process for which the nation’s ruling elite, to which the President belongs, is famous.

He threatened sanctions against the saboteurs, assuring that such would not be allowed to happen again. But there was in circulation a newspaper cutting of 1977 depicting the same fuel crisis when Buhari was Petroleum Minister 40 years ago! So it is a recurring decimal that hunts the nation as a result of the failure of government to redress the problem. The President bemoaned the hardship induced by the fuel crisis during the yuletide. He conveniently forgot that the hardship afflicting the nation has been implacable since 2016 under his stare! It didn’t start in December 2017. When the present regime could not stem the recession, the Nigerian people were plunged into their worst economic hardship ever. Government has gone to town with the song that the nation was out of recession, but this is not true.

The reality for the common man is that economic hardship is still biting hard. The misery index is still disturbingly high and there seems to be no reprieve. Many of the issues mentioned in the speech are the same jejune items Buhari has been telling Nigerians for years now. Infrastructure: roads, rail and power. Nigeria has become a nation without roads. The rails, as few are as they are, experience hiccups by the second, while the power sector has consistently sold Nigerians darkness. The agriculture sector Buhari tried to crow about is in shambles as the nation still import tones and tones of food. Insecurity remains a dreaded menace. From Boko Haram insurgents to kidnappers, armed robbers, arsonists and brigands, insecurity roams the nation.

Restructuring also popped up in the speech. The President upbraided Nigerians for being “very impatient” and dismissed the call for restructuring. He insisted that process and not structure was the problem. That was vintage Buhari, the unchanging change President who would not for once consider another opinion. Nigerians should brace up, work harder in 2018 and seek ways of improving their lives beyond government’s hollow broadcasts. The present tuke tuke economic arrangement cannot take Nigerians anywhere. As I write I am depending on power from a generator running on fuel I bought at N250 per litre! What a New Year! Welcome to 2018!

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News / First death sentence handed to man for blasphemy on social media
« on: January 06, 2018, 05:51:59 PM »
First death sentence handed to man for blasphemy on social media

An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) on Saturday sentenced a man to death for sharing blasphemous content about Islam on social media, a government prosecutor said.
ATC Judge Shabir Ahmed announced the sentence for the 30-year-old accused in Bahawalpur, according to Shafiq Qureshi.
The Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) had arrested the accused, who belongs to the Shia community, last year in Bahawalpur.
The accused, who hails from Okara, had allegedly posted derogatory content about prominent Sunni religious figures and the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and his wives on Facebook.
A case was registered against him on behalf of the State at CTD Multan police station under Section 295-C (use of derogatory remarks, etc., in respect of the Holy Prophet) and Sections 9 and 11w of the Anti-Terrorism Act (which deal with whipping up sectarian hatred) .
The sentence is the harshest among cyber-crime related sentences handed down so far in the country. Pakistan has never executed anyone convicted of blasphemy.
Blasphemy has been a contentious issue in the country where people have been murdered over allegations of sacrilege. Earlier this year, a mob in Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan beat up a student, Mashal Khan, to death after accusing him of blasphemy over social media.
The incident caused an outrage across the country, with calls for the blasphemy law to be amended. The investigation into Mashal's murder was concluded after a joint investigation team probing the case
cleared him of all blasphemy charges .
Pakistan is cracking down against blasphemy related crimes on social media with the Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar threatening to block all social media websites with 'blasphemous content' earlier this year.

PS: The above post was Updated June 10, 2017

Source:
https://www.dawn.com/news/1338684

Should other nations encourage online blasphemy and act accordingly?

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"Don't love too deeply until you're sure that the other
person loves you with the same depth.
Because the depth of your love today is the depth of your
wound tomorrow."
Jacob Zuma

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