Buhari ordered AGF Malami to meet with me, ensure my reinstatement – Maina

Abdulrasheed Maina
Former Chairman of defunct Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina[Photo Credit: Buzz Nigeria]
The embattled former chairman of the Presidential Pension Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, on Tuesday said his reinstatement started with a meeting with the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, as ordered by President Muhammadu Buhari.
In a video aired by Channels TV on Monday, Mr. Maina, wanted for alleged corruption, explained how the current administration held meetings with him and returned him to the civil service.
His secret reinstatement, exposed in October by PREMIUM TIMES, outraged Nigerians and raised questions about the

2018 budget proposal is fictitious, says Abaribe


Lawmaker representing Abia South Senatorial District, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, has described the 2018 Appropriation Bill presented to the National Assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari, as fictitious.
No president in Nigeria, Sen Abaribe argues
Abaribe on the floor of the senate

The debate on the 2018 budget proposal started on a dramatic note at the plenary on Tuesday when the first speaker, Abaribe, dismissed the 2018 budget proposal as “fictitious.”
The Majority Leader, Senator Ahmad Lawan, however, retorted by raising a point of order to fault Abaribe for describing a bill presented by President Muhammadu Buhari as “fictitious.”
Lawan urged the lawmaker to withdraw the word “fictitious” and use another word that was “parliamentary and acceptable.”
Withdrawing the word, Abaribe, however, insisted on his position, saying, “I am just quoting the Senate Leader from his speech, which said in the 2018 budget was designed to consolidate on the achievements of the 2016 and 2017 budgets. What was done in 2017 when less than 15 percent of that budget was released. Nothing was done and that was why I called it (2018 budget proposal) fictitious.”
Details later…

W’ve found the first extraterrestrial life, and it was right under our noses- Russians claim

Science fiction has taught us to expect our first contact with alien life to be a momentous event, with radio signals from another civilization filling our airwaves and perhaps even the arrival of an alien spaceship or two. Reality is somewhat less exciting, and scientists have long expected our first discovery of extraterrestrial life to be on the microscopic scale. Now, the Russian space agency claims they may have stumbled upon just that, and it may have been hiding under our noses the entire time.
Russian cosmonauts have reportedly discovered tiny bacteria on a swab collected from outside the International Space Station, and they’re confident that the organisms didn’t originate on our planet. If the discovery can be confirmed, it would be the very first concrete evidence of extraterrestrial life. That’s a pretty big deal.

The swabs, which were collected years ago but seemingly overlooked, contained living bacteria which may have come from outer space. “Somehow these swabs reveal bacteria that were absent during the launch of the ISS module,” Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov explains. “That is, they have come from outer space and settled along the external surface. They are being studied so far and it seems that they pose no danger.”
Along with the purported alien bacteria, other bacteria thought to have originated on Earth was also found on the swabs. Surviving in the vacuum of space is no easy feat, and intense temperature fluctuations failed to kill the bacteria over the course of three years, which is mighty impressive. It’s unclear exactly how the researchers were able to differentiate between terrestrial bacteria and the alien bacteria that appeared within the same samples.
The bacteria was brought back to Earth on the swabs and is now being studied, though the Russian space agency says it shouldn’t be considered dangerous. The group apparently didn’t actually know the bacteria was present on the swab samples until it was returned to Earth for closer examination.
There will surely be plenty of scientific interest and certainly debate over where the bacteria originated, but if you’ve seen sci-fi movies you already know that the bacteria will become sentient and lead to the total destruction of the Earth within a few weeks anyway, so get your affairs in order

Nigerian government to sell Tafawa Balewa Square, National Arts Theatre, others to finance budgets

The Director General of the Budget Office, Ben Akabueze, yesterday, said the Federal Government has concluded plans to sell key national assets in a bid to generate sufficient revenue to finance Nigeria’s annual budgets between 2018 and 2020.

Akabueze disclosed this in Abuja at a public hearing organised by the House of Representatives joint committees on finance, appropriation, loans, debts and aids and legislative budget and research on the 2018-2020 Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and Fiscal Strategy Paper (FSP).
He explained that proceeds from sales of the key government assets, which include National Integrated Power Plant (NIPP) plants, National Parks, as well as the National Arts Theatre and Tafawa Balewa Square in Lagos are to be deployed as financing items for the 2018 budget.
Akabueze also told the Committee that the power generation plants constructed by the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) under the NIPP on behalf of the government would be sold.
Some of the NIPP expected to be sold include Alaoji Power Station in Abia State, a 1074 Mega Watts (MW) capacity plant; the 561MW capacity Calabar Power Station; the Egbema Power Station, a

Meghan Markle describes 'new chapter' in her life now that she's engaged to Prince Harry

When Meghan Markle accepted Prince Harry's proposal a few weeks ago, she knew she'd be giving up her life as an American actress.
Not only did the former "Suits" star quit her acting role as Rachel Zane, the Los Angeles native also recently moved to the U.K. officially.
Markle told the BBC today, hours after the couple's engagement was announced, that this marks a "new chapter" in her life.
Britain's Prince Harry and his fiancee, U.S. actress Meghan Markle give their first interview following their engagement, Nov. 27, 2017.
"Keep in mind, I've been working on my show for seven years. So we were very, very fortunate to be able to have the longevity on a series. And once we hit the 100-episode marker, [I felt] 'I have ticked this box,'" she explained.
"And I feel really proud of the work I've done there," Markle, 36, continued. "It's time to work as a team with you."
Prince Harry, fifth in line to the British throne, was by her side for the pair's first sit-down interview

Archbishop Of Canterbury: 'I Genuinely Do Not Understand' Christians Who Back Trump

The head cleric of the Church of England says he’s perplexed by Christians who support President Donald Trump.  
The Most Rev. Justin Welby, the archbishop Of Canterbury, was asked by ITV’s Robert Peston on Sunday if he understands why fundamentalist Christians in the United States are so supportive of Trump. 
The head cleric of the Church of England says he’s perplexed by Christians who support President Donald Trump.
“There’s two things going through my mind: Do I say what I think, or do I say what I should say? And I’m going to say what I think,” said Welby. “No, I don’t understand it. I really, genuinely do not understand where that is coming from.”
White evangelical Christians have been key part of Trump’s base, with 81 percent of them voting for him in 2016. A Fox News poll last month found 66 percent approve of the job he’s doing, far higher than the president’s overall approval rating of 38 percent. 

Peston asked the archbishop if he would meet with Trump during his planned visit to the United Kingdom early next year. 
Welby said he would, but don’t read too much into that. 
“I spent years and years involved in conflict stuff around the world where I met people who had killed many, many people,” he said. “Part of the job is to meet people you disagree with and to testify of the love of Christ to them and to seek to draw them into a different way.”
Welby said he’s already been invited to a dinner with Trump, but odds are they’ll do little more than shake hands at the event.

Imisi Weds Adesewa In Ajagba

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As the Nigerian media focused  on #BAAD2017 (Banki W and Adesu Etomi)  and Oritsefemi and his darling #ON 2017, on Saturday, the Town of Ajagba, Ondo State witnessed the white wedding of Imisi Arowojolu and his angel, Adesewa Okuntarami in the town rich in bitumen

Maradona Wants Daughter Jailed After Accusing Her Of Stealing £3.4m From Him

Diego Maradona has accused his two daughters of stealing £3.4million from him and has called for one of them to be jailed.

The Argentine World Cup winner also accused his wife of being involved in the alleged theft, alleging they stashed some of the money in Uruguay.
The 57-year-old football legend is suing ex-wife Claudia Villafane and daughters Dalma and Giannina.
The former Barcelona player says his family transferred stolen cash to a bank account in Uruguay and also used his money to buy up property in the USA.
Now Maradona's lawyer claims 28-year-old Giannina was in Uruguay for a 'few hours' in August, according to Spanish sports news outlet Marca.
The lawyer said: 'I say to you that she has an account in Uruguay, her child takes the money and puts

Our meeting with Atiku ‘fruitful’, says PDP official

Former Nigerian vice president Atiku Abubakar who on Friday announced his decision to leave APC, has arrived in Yola where he is now engaged in series of meetings with Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) officials at all levels who keep trooping to his house to woo him back into the party.
Atiku Abubakar
NAN reports that the former Vice President had so far met with Adamawa PDP executives at all level as well as state chairmen from the six states that constituted North East, including the National Vice chairman North East of the party.
Commenting on the meeting between Atiku and the state executives of PDP, the State Secretary of PDP, Alhaji Abdulllahi Prambe, said the meeting was fruitful.
“Our meeting with him has been fruitful and from his body language he will soon return to PDP,” Prambe said.
Prambe said that it would be a big boost to the party at the state and national levels when Atiku finally returned.
“With Atiku, the party will carry more weight and more people will also troop in,” Prambe said.
When contacted about developments, Atiku’s spokesman, Mr Paul Ibe, declined to comment.

Boko Haram Founder’s House To Be Converted To Museum- Borno Govt'

Immortalizing him? The Borno Government says it will convert the house of the former leader of Boko Haram sect, Mohammed Yusuf, to a museum.
The state Commissioner for Home Affairs, Information and Culture, Mohammed Bulama, disclosed this at the sidelines of the 9th National Council for Culture, Tourism and National Orientation held in Dutse, Jigawa.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Council with the theme “Tourism and Culture as Panacea for Nigeria’s Economic Recovery’’ was organised by the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture.
Mr. Bulama told NAN in an interview that the museum would help to archive all things related to Boko Haram insurgency to attract tourists and for the benefits of future generation.

Atiku Abubakar shares a photo of his 2019 campaign vehicles


Osetigo! Atiku Abubakar shares a photo of his 2019 campaign vehicles
Two days after his resignation from the ruling APC, Atiku Abubakar seems to have kicked off his 2019 presidential campaign. 

The former Vice President tendered his resignation from APC citing maltreatment by the party and failure of the party to live up to the expectation of Nigerian youth. 

The Mugabe in most of us By Martins Oloja- The Guardian

This week I have had to deepen my understanding of why Master Jesus had to be angry with (religious)hypocrites of his time. Jesus is introduced to us in the scriptures as a calm, cool and collected teacher, preacher and healer until he encounters hypocrisy and speaks angrily about hypocrites. In the account in Matthew 23, Jesus who for the first time shows that he can lose his cool too, pronounces a series of woes on the hypocritical scribes and Pharisees.
He condemns the Pharisees’ lack of spiritual values, as shown by the arbitrary distinctions they make. For example, they say: “If anyone swears by the temple, it is nothing; but if anyone swears by the gold of the temple, he is under obligation.” They thus show their moral blindness, for they put more emphasis on the gold of the temple than on the spiritual value of Jehovah’s place of worship. And thus, they “have disregarded the weightier matters of the Law, namely, justice, mercy and faithfulness.”​(v-16-23).
In the same vein, Jesus calls the Pharisees “blind guides, who strain out the gnat but gulp down the camel!” (v-24). They strain a gnat from their wine because that insect is ceremonially unclean. Yet, the way they disregard weightier matters of the Law is like swallowing a camel, also a ceremonially unclean animal, only far larger (Leviticus 11:4; 21-24).
It is understood here that Jesus who has discerned the danger of hypocrisy in building a business, a ministry or society has had to speak to the hypocrites as pollutants. In other words, we cannot build broken societies with hypocrites in the mix.
The man with divine authority, Jesus thus pronounces seven woes on hypocrites who are teachers of the law and the Pharisees who could stand in his way of nation and ministry building: “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to.
“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to win a

Mugabe Accepts Ousting And He's ‘Quite Jovial’ – Nephew


Robert Mugabe’s nephew said Sunday the ousted Zimbabwean president was in good health and “quite jovial” after being forced to resign when a military takeover ended his 37 years in power.
“He is fine. I have been to see him, he is quite jovial,” Leo Mugabe, son of Mugabe’s late sister Sabina, told AFP.
“He is actually looking forward to his new life, farming and staying at the rural home. He has taken it well.”
Leo Mugabe declined to discuss the $10-million retirement bonus reportedly granted to the 93-year-old former president as part of a deal to persuade him to eventually resign on Tuesday.
He added that Robert Mugabe’s wife Grace was now concentrating on plans to build a university in his honour.
“I like the spirit she has, she is with him all the time. She is an amazing person. She wants to continue planning the Robert Mugabe University so they have something to do,” he said.
In August, Zimbabwe announced plans to build the $1-billion post-graduate university in Mazowe, 35 kilometres (20 miles) outside Harare.
The plan drew fierce criticism as Mugabe is accused of brutal repression and bringing the country to economic ruin.

Photos From Banky W/Adesua's S.A Wedding


The final stage for Banky W and Adesua Etomi to become man and wife is officially on in South Africa and here are few photos from the ceremony.
 More photos after the cut...

27 Children Were Among The 305 Killed In Egypt Mosque Massacre

At least 27 children were among the 305 people killed during a terrorist rampage at a Sinai mosque on Friday, the Egyptian government said as it updated the grim toll of one of the bloodiest attacks since September 11th.
Egypt’s attorney general said that up to 30 gunmen had taken part in the slaughter and that they carried the black banners of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) as they gunned down worshippers during Friday prayers.

Relatives of the victims told The Telegraph that some households in the village of Rawda had lost every single male member of their family. “There is no one in the village who didn’t lose at least one of his relatives,” said Mohammed Sleem, a university student who lost two cousins.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack but suspicion has fallen heavily on Isil’s Egyptian affiliate, known as Sinai Province, which has carried out deadly attacks against Egyptian troops and Christians in the area.

VP Osinbajo & Wife Celebrate 28th Wedding Anniversary With Lovely Words To Each

Vice-President of Nigeria, Yemi Osinbajo and wife today are celebrating their 28th wedding anniversary. They both took to social media to show love to one another as they celebrate 28years of being man and woman. The vice-presdent wrote;

“When our worlds collided, it was just a matter of time. Our story began today, many years ago The harmony in the symphony, My treasure! Happy Anniversary Oludolapo Your heart is my home.”

While Mrs Osinbajo wrote;

“28 years together to the glory of God!
O God our help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come. Our shelter from the stormy blast
And our eternal home”

Couple crashes car into tree while having sex on highway with baby in back seat

Washington State Patrol troopers stop vehicles at a road block on a local highway: David Ryder/Getty Images
A couple in Washington State has sustained multiple injuries after crashing their car into a tree while having sex, police said.
The man was drunk and the woman was sitting on top of him, engaging in sexual activity, while they navigated a local highway, State Trooper Brooke Bova told The Independent. Both were naked.
The man failed to negotiate the curves in the road, Ms Bova said, and struck a tree with his car. The woman broke her pelvis and the man broke his wrist.
Their three-month-old child, properly restrained in a carseat in the back, was uninjured.
Witnesses told police they saw the couple, both in their early twenties, exit the vehicle naked. Some witnesses reported one of them fleeing the scene. Ms Bova believes the couple were scrambling to locate their clothes before police arrived.
“I’ve never seen anything like this,” Ms Bova said.
If the man is convicted, it will be his fourth DUI in Washington State – a felony offence. He has also been charged with vehicular assault and child engagement. He was booked into Pierce County jail immediately after his release from the emergency room.
The woman has been admitted to the hospital and it is unclear whether charges will be brought against her, Ms Bova said. Authorities have not announced what will be done with the child.
A study of college students conducted by researchers at the University of South Dakota found 33 per cent of men and nine per cent of women had engaged in sexual activity while driving. None of the students surveyed had crashed their cars as a result.

Jeff Bezos' net worth grew to over $100 billion after a Black Friday stock surge (AMZN)

  • Amazon.com founder and CEO Jeff Bezos' net worth has hit $100 billion.
  • Retail stocks have surged after strong Black Friday sales figures, pushing Amazon stock to record highs and adding $1.7 billion to Bezos' fortune.
  • He would be the first person in the modern era with a known fortune of $100 billion.

Jeff Bezos, the world's richest person, has a net worth of $100 billion after Black Friday buzz sent Amazon stock soaring to record highs.
Retail stocks are surging after Americans went crazy for Black Friday deals, spending about $1.5 billion online Thanksgiving evening.
Amazon gained 2.6% Friday to $1,186 a share, pushing his total fortune to over $100 billion, based on data from the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.
He is the first person in the modern era with a known fortune of $100 billion or more.
Bezos, Amazon's founder and CEO, owns 78.9 million shares of the tech and retailing giant, according to November filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, a roughly 16% stake worth $93.6 billion.
His fortune stood at $97.9 billion after the last stock-market close on Wednesday, according to the Billionaires Index, which is updated at the close of every trading day in New York.
With Amazon up 2.6% Friday, the value of his stake in the company would have increased to $93.6 billion — a $2.4 billion jump since Wednesday.
In addition to his Amazon holdings and cash investments, Bezos owns a roughly $3 billion stake in rocket company Blue Origin, and he owns The Washington Post, which he paid $250 million for, according to Bloomberg.
It's difficult to compare the net worth of today's billionaires with tycoons of the past or of heads of state presumed to have shadowy but enormous fortunes.
Some surmise oil baron David Rockefeller was worth the equivalent of several hundred billion based on the percentage of the economy he controlled, and Vladimir Putin is believed by some to secretly have similarly vast assets.
But Bezos is the first to reach $100 billion since organizations such as Forbes and Bloomberg began tracking the fortunes of the world's richest.

Trump says he turned down Time's 'Person of the Year'

 US President Donald Trump on Friday said he turned down being named Time's "Person of the Year" after the magazine asked him for an interview and photo shoot but did not confirm he would be chosen.
He tweeted: "Time Magazine called to say that I was PROBABLY going to be named 'Man (Person) of the Year,' like last year, but I would have to agree to an interview and a major photo shoot.
Time magazine confers its award on the person who "for better or for worse... has done the most to influence the events of the year"   (AFP Photo/Nadav KANDER)
"I said probably is no good and took a pass. Thanks anyway!"
Time responded on its own Twitter account: "The President is incorrect about how we choose Person of the Year. TIME does not comment on our choice until publication, which is December 6."
Former editor Richard Stengel went further, retweeting Trump's tweet with the comment: "Hate to tell you but that PROBABLY means you're NOT Person of the Year.
"They just wanted a photo shoot. But I'm sure you still have that fake TIME cover somewhere in storage."
The magazine confers the distinction on the person who "for better or for worse... has done the most to influence the events of the year."
Trump was named the magazine's 2016 "Person of the Year" following his election, in an edition which carried the title "President of the Divided States of America."
The former real estate tycoon keeps a close eye on the award, and complained on Twitter in 2012, 2014 and 2015 about not being picked.
In June, The Washington Post revealed several of his golf clubs prominently display a framed copy of a fake Time cover featuring several positive headlines and Trump as its cover.
Since announcing his presidential run, Trump has had an antagonistic relationship with much of the US media, accusing critical outlets of peddling "fake news."

'Atiku Three-Year Loan To APC Expired' - Nigerians react to Atiku's Leving APC

Nigerians have publicly declared the 'political transfer window' open after former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar announced today that he was done with his 'dying party' - All Progressives Congress (APC). See more reactions, also from FFK, below.

Atikulate 2019: Atiku leaves APC

Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar has defected from the All Progressives Congress.
Atiku, in a statement he personally signed on Friday, recalled how he joined the ruling party in 2013.
Below is the statement:
 “On the 19th of December, 2013, I received members of the All Progressives Congress at my house in Abuja. They had come to appeal to me to join their party after my party, the Peoples Democratic Party, had become factionalized as a result of the special convention of August 31, 2013.
“The fractionalization of the Peoples Democratic Party on August 31, 2013 had left me in a situation where I was, with several other loyal party members, in limbo, not knowing which of the parallel executives of the party was the legitimate leadership.
“It was under this cloud that members of the APC made the appeal to me to join their party, with the promise that the injustices and failure to abide by its own constitution which had dogged the then PDP, would not be replicated in the APC and with the assurance that the vision other founding fathers

Maina: 222 Seized Properties From Pension Thieves Shared, Maina Still Receiving Salary, Lawyers Tells Reps

The Senate on Thursday extended its probe into the controversial reinstatement of former Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Abdul-Rasheed Maina, into the service of the Federal Government to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
The upper chamber of the National Assembly, at the plenary on Thursday, further asked its ad hoc committee carrying out the investigation of Maina to probe the whereabouts of the 222 properties seized from alleged pension fund thieves kept in the custody of the EFCC.
 In the same vein, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), who appeared before the Senate panel on Wednesday for the third time in two weeks, has asked the Senate to probe the EFCC over the “missing” seized properties.
A source in the Senate, who spoke to The PUNCH on condition of anonymity on Thursday, disclosed that Malami denied the letters allegedly sent by him to the Federal Civil Service Commission and the Head of Service of the Federation, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita, demanding that Maina be reinstated.
“The committee has been able to narrow its investigations down to the AGF but the man has denied the signature on the letters. He is insisting that he did not sign the letters,” the source said.
In the 13-page documentary defence he filed to the panel dated November 14, 2017 , a copy of which our correspondent sighted on Thursday, the AGF challenged the panel to investigate the circumstances surrounding the monies and properties seized from pension thieves by the Maina-led task force.
Malami raised several questions suggesting that the recovered properties had been shared by government officials and those close to them.
The AGF asked, “What happened to the monies recovered from the syndicate? What about 270 properties comprising of real estate and motor vehicles, one of which is a mansion worth N1bn situated at No. 42, Gana Street, Maitama, Abuja allegedly given to a senior lawyer meant to crave his

World longest bridge 26 miles long opens in china. cost $1.5B. 2nd Niger bridge 1mile cost $2B

As shared this morning by Doyin Okupe.. Dr. Doyin Okupe was the Senior Special Assistant on Public Affairs to former President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria

World longest bridge 26 miles long opens to traffic in china. cost $1.5B. 2nd Niger bridge 1mile cost $2B

South African Appeals Court Increases Pistorius Sentence From six to 13 yrs

South Africa's Supreme Court increased Oscar Pistorius' murder sentence on Friday to 13 years and five months after the state argued his original sentence of six years for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp was "shockingly lenient".
Rights groups in a country beset by high levels of violent crime against women say Pistorius, a gold medal-winning athlete known as the "Blade Runner" for his carbon-fiber prosthetics, received preferential treatment compared to non-whites and those without his wealth or international celebrity status.
Former Paralympian Oscar Pistorius appears for sentencing for the murder of Reeva Steenkamp at the Pretoria High Court, South Africa June 14, 2016.
Pistorius was jailed in July last year after being found guilty on appeal of murdering Steenkamp on Valentine's Day 2013 in a case that attracted worldwide interest.
He was not in court for Friday's ruling. The court handed down the minimum 15-year sentence prescribed for murder in South Africa, and subtracted the years Pistorius had already served.
Steenkamp's family, who were not in court for the ruling, welcomed the sentence and said it showed justice could prevail in South Africa.
"This is an emotional thing for them. They just feel that their trust in the justice system has been confirmed this morning," Tania Koen, a family spokeswoman, told Reuters.
Judge Willie Seriti, reading out the court's decision, said: "The sentence imposed ... in respect of

Children In North Korea Ate Lice And Corn Extracted From Cow Dung

A wretched practice has been revealed to the South Korean government by defectors from the North: Orphaned children in ate corn extracted from cow dung and lice in order to stay alive.
Defector Lee Wi-ryeok told Daily NK on Wednesday that the practice occurred during the North Korea's famine, when conditions in orphanages were poorer than other parts of the country. "If a cow excreted kernels of corn in the form of diarrhea, we would rinse them out and eat those," said Lee, who lived at a North Korea orphanage in the late 1990s, until he was a teenager.
Children In North Korea Ate Lice And Corn Extracted From Cow Dung
Children also ate lice because the parasites have blood and they believed it would be a waste not to eat them. "When you bite into lice they would burst with blood," Lee said.

The orphans had to survive inhumane treatment. Administrators made bonfires to disinfect the children from mites and would hit them with sticks if they tried to escape. Many children suffered burns.
If a child contracted a disease, it could be the end of his or her life, because few if any cures were available. "After I came to South Korea, I was amazed to learn tuberculosis is a disease that can be treated," Lee said.

The famine in North Korea, which lasted from 1994 to 1998 and killed hundreds of thousands of people, occurred after the loss of Soviet support led food production to plummet. It was worsened by floods and droughts.
North Korea has been a signatory to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, a

Senate rejects Zamfara REC nominee, confirms two



Members of the Nigerian Senate at a plenary. PHOTO: TWITTER/ NIGERIAN SENATE
The Senate on Thursday rejected the nominee from Zamfara, Mr Ahmad Mahmud, as Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC).
The upper chamber, however, confirmed the nominees from Lagos State and Kebbi State, Dr Rufus Akeju and Dr Mahmuda Isah, respectively.
This followed the consideration of the report of the Committee on Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), which was presented by its Chairman, Sen. Suleiman Nazif, at plenary.
Nazif said that the nominees appeared before the committee in May, 2017.
He said that after careful study of the nominees’ documents, the committee found those from Lagos and Kebbi suitable for the position of Resident Electoral Commissioner, but had to step down that of Zamfara.
In his contribution, Sen. Adamu Aliero (APC-Kebbi) said that it was true that they initially had

‘2018 Budget won’t be ready before March’


THE leadership of the House of Representatives has urged the citizenry not to expect the final budget in less than three months.
Chairman, House Committee on Media, Abdulrazak Namdas, who gave this indication in a chat with The Nation yesterday, hinted that the budget may not get to the President at the time he envisaged.
Dogara budget
He added that the National Assembly must consider the fine points of the bill and make necessary adjustments that reflect the realities of the constituencies and the nation in general.
According to him, the Green Chamber cannot return the document as it was presented.
His words: “When the president presented his speech on the budget presentation day, he expressed the wish that the budget is approved by January 1st.

“We are saying that we will work faster, since the 2018 Appropriation Bill was brought a little bit earlier, we should also be able to approve the budget a little earlier.
“But I cannot be specific about a date, since we are few weeks to the end of December. This is about 20 siting days. So, if I sit here in the comfort of my office to assure Nigerians that the budget will be

Barca, Chelsea reach last 16 as Man Utd lose



Manchester United’s Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini (C) vies for the ball with Basel’s Ivorian midfielder Geoffroy Serey Die (L) and Basel’s Colombian defender Eder Balanta during the UEFA Champions League Group A football match between FC Basel and Manchester United on November 22, 2017 in Basel. Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP
Barcelona and Chelsea progressed to the Champions League last 16 on Wednesday, but Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United must wait to seal their spot after a last-gasp 1-0 defeat in Basel.
Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde rested Argentina star Lionel Messi in Turin, later introducing him as a second-half substitute as a 0-0 draw against Juventus sent the five-time European champions through as winners of Group D.
Willian scored twice and won a pair of penalties as Chelsea thrashed 10-man Qarabag 4-0 in Baku to guarantee Antonio Conte’s side a top-two finish in Group C.
First-half goals from Eden Hazard and Willian put Chelsea in control, with Cesc Fabregas adding a third before Willian netted again to cap the rout and knock Qarabag out of the competition.
“We did everything well. We should have scored more. It is easy to play with these good players,” Hazard said.
Atletico Madrid, runners-up twice in the past four years, retained an outside chance of pipping Roma to a place in the knockout stage as Antoine Griezmann snapped an eight-match goal drought in a 2-0

Herdsmen Murders 30 In Adamawa


At least 30 people were killed when farmers attacked herdsmen in northeast Nigeria’s Adamawa state, police told AFP on Wednesday. murders
State police spokesman Othman Abubakar said farmers from the Christian Bachama ethnic group stormed four settlements of Muslim Fulani herders in Numan district on Monday, hacking residents and burning homes.
“We have so far recovered 30 bodies from the affected villages but the toll is not conclusive as rescue teams are still combing the bushes in the area for more bodies,” he said.
A man-hunt had been launched for the assailants, he added.
“The deputy governor visited the villages and an investigation has commenced to unravel the cause of the attack and bring the perpetrators to justice,” he said.
Fulani community leaders gave higher tolls from the incident, the latest in a long-running series of clashes between farmers and herders across Nigeria.
Mafindi Danburam, head of the herders’ union in Adamawa, said the farmers stormed the villages of Kikan, Kodomun, Shafaran and Ketowal at about 1:00 pm (1200 GMT) on Monday, “killing women

Mnangagwa to be sworn in Friday as Zimbabwe’s president

(FILES) This file photo taken on January 07, 2017 shows Zimbabwe acting President Emmerson Mnangagwa (L) and his wife Auxilia (R) attending the funeral ceremony of Peter Chanetsa at the National Heroes Acre in Harare. Zimbabwe’s vice president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, who is seen as favourite to succeed President Robert Mugabe, has been flown to South Africa for emergency medical care, officials said on August 14. Mnangagwa, 74, fell ill at a rally where Mugabe spoke on Saturday in the southern town of Gwanda, and suffered severe suspected food poisoning. AFP PHOTO / Jekesai NJIKIZANA
Zimbabwe’s former vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa was to return to the country Wednesday to take power after Robert Mugabe’s resignation brought a sudden end to 37 years of authoritarian rule. Ahead of his arrival, state media said he would be sworn in as president at a ceremony on Friday.
Mugabe’s iron grip ended in a shock announcement to parliament where MPs had convened to impeach the 93-year-old who dominated every aspect of Zimbabwean public life for decades.
On the streets, the news that his long and often brutal leadership was over sparked wild celebrations which lasted late into the night, with crowds dancing and cheering ecstatically amid a cacophony of car horns.
“Comrade Mnangagwa is coming back today,” senior aide Larry Mavhima, told AFP, saying he was expected to brief the media after landing at a military airport outside Harare.
Mnangagwa, 75, was sacked by the president on November 6 in a move that pushed infuriated army chiefs to intervene, triggering a series of events which led to Mugabe’s ouster.
A former key Mugabe ally, Mnangagwa fled the country after his dismissal, saying he would not return without guarantees of his safety.
His sacking was the result of an increasingly bitter succession battle with Mugabe’s wife Grace, who had been pushing to take over from the ageing leader.

50 Killed In Adamawa Suicide Bomber Attack


• Two female terrorists blow up selves, vigilance group’s chief
Despite losing almost all its territories to Nigerian troops, Boko Haram yesterday demonstrated gruesome ability to hit back, staging a suicide attack that killed 50 people.At about 5 a.m., a youth detonated an improvised explosive devise strapped to his body as the Muslim faithful observed prayers at a mosque in Mubi, Adamawa State.
The attack came amid repeated reassurances by the Federal Government that the group had been degraded.Also, yesterday, two female suicide bombers blew themselves up in Bakin Dutse village, Madagali, killing the chairman of a local vigilance group.Adamawa police spokesman, Abubakar Othman, confirmed: “We have received the report that 50 people were killed in the morning attack on worshippers at a mosque. We are trying to get the actual figure of those injured and receiving treatment at various hospitals in the area.”
Mubi, earlier overrun by the insurgents and renamed ‘Madinatul Islam’, was liberated by Nigerian

A week of desperation: Inside Robert Mugabe’s fight to stay in power

It was 4 a.m. on Nov. 15 in the Zimbabwean capital of Harare. After gunshots had shattered the quiet of the night many were alert.
Troops commanded by Constantino Chiwenga, the head of the armed forces, had rumbled into the city and quietly surrounded the main camps of the police,presidential guard and secret service. President Robert Mugabe was confined to the Blue Roof, his mansion on Harare’s outskirts. Some loyalists were arrested.
Robert Mugabe (C) sits with his wife Grace Mugabe and Emmerson Mnangagwa (L) at the State House in Harare, December 12, 2014.
Robert Mugabe (C) sits with his wife Grace Mugabe and Emmerson Mnangagwa (L) at the State House in Harare, December 12, 2014.
Image: REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo /File Photo
Zimbabwe Defense Forces spokesman Major-General Sibusiso Moyo took the newsreader’s seat at the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corp. He explained that the military was intervening to rein in criminals surrounding President Robert Mugabe.
“We wish to make it abundantly clear that this is not a military takeover,” he said.
That statement revealed the plotters’ Achilles heel in their effort to unseat Zimbabwe’s ruler of 37 years. Because the military didn’t want the action to appear to be a coup, it took six more days to get Mugabe out of office via public pressure, impeachment threats and hours of backroom cajoling.
The military and its backers knew that in recent years, the African Union, the continent’s intergovernmental forum, had suspended countries where the army has overthrown the government.
Just as important, perhaps, 93-year-old Mugabe had helped lead Zimbabwe to independence in 1980

Robert Mugabe Resigns As Zimbabwe President After 36 Years In Power

His Reign Has Come To An End- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has resigned, ending his 37-year reign.
Speaker of the country’s parliament, Jacob Mudenda, announced the development Tuesday afternoon, a move that ended an impeachment proceeding that begun shortly before then.
Robert Mugabe (Photo Credit: CNN)
Mr Mugabe, according to Speaker Mudenda, said in his resignation letter that the decision to quit was voluntary and that he made it to allow a smooth transition of power, the BBC reports.
His resignation brings to an end the political impasse in that country since last week when the Army took charge of its government.
Mr. Mugabe had initially refused to resign, insisting he would hold on to power.
The country’s ruling party, Zanu-PF, had on Sunday sacked Mr. Mugabe from its leadership and gave him until noon on Monday to resign as President of the country.
Ex-Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who was fired by Mr. Mugabe two weeks ago, was then appointed leader of the party.
It was the sacking of Mr. Mnangagwa that triggered last week’s takeover of power by the military,

Breaking: Bomb blast kills many in Adamawa



There has been a report of bomb blast in Mubi in Adamawa states with many casualties recorded. According to report by Hassan Shallpella he said ‘bomb blast in Mubi town, Adamawa state North-East Nigeria this morning, many casualties recorded. 
More details soon



Also yesterday Boko Haram beheaded six farmers at Dimge plantation in the Mafa local government area of Borno state.
 The killing is the latest in a string of attacks in the violence-wracked north-east, where more than 20,000 people have been killed in nine years of insurgency.
 The killing occurred on November 19, while the farmers worked on their farms in the plantation, a witness, Jiddah Ahmad, told a NAN correspondent in Jere town, near Maiduguri.
Ahmad said the insurgents abducted seven farmers killed six of them in a nearby bush. Ahmad, who is a younger brother to one of the slain farmers, said that two of the deceased were from Lawanti Gongulon village in Jere.


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