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    News went viral on social media yesterday that pop music legend, Innocent Idibia, a.k.a 2Baba, was rushed to the hospital after suffering relapse from an undisclosed ailment he had been treating.

    According to the report which claimed that the ‘African Queen’ singer had been admitted in the hospital for sometime now, he defied medical advise to fulfil a ‘contractual agreement’, else he would have remained on bed rest.

    “2Face was in the hospital, but had to surface to meet up with a contractual agreement. Naturally, he would have remained in the hospital, but because of the fact that he is a brand, he had to attend the meeting. It was while there that he relapsed again and had to be rushed back to the hospital”, the report had claimed.

    However, when E-Daily reached out to the singer’s management, a member of his team who pleaded anonymity confirmed that 2Baba actually attended an event organised by the Nigerian Stock Exchange yesterday, but was never rushed to the hospital or hospitalized at any point in time as claimed in the online reports.

    “I’m not aware of 2Baba being sick, rushed to the hospital or hospitalized in recent times. Yes, he attended an event at the Nigerian Stock Exchange but he did not at any time suffer a relapse nor was he rushed to the hospital. He is hale and hearty”, the source affirmed.

    Source: Vanguard NG

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    Ado Ekiti-Students of the Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti, are protesting arrests of their colleagues by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over alleged involvement in yahoo and other internet scamming crimes.

    They have grounded academic and commercial activities on the campus and surrounding towns by mounting roadblocks on the highway and blocking commercial and private vehicles from moving.

    They have also prevented academic activities from holding in the school and have gone on rampage disturbing the peace of the campus and surrounding communities. Their protest has led to a huge gridlock on the Ado-Ifaki Road for hours now.

    Source: Vanguard

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    NATIONAL Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole on Wednesday said that Nigerians have the right to protest but must properly articulate their grievances.

    Briefing State House correspondents after a meeting of the APC National Working Committee, NWC, with President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa, Abuja, Comrade Oshiomhole condemned Omoyele Sowore, the convener of the Global Coalition for Security and Democracy for the revolution protest on Monday.

    He said that Sowore who was the Presidential candidate of the African Action Congress, AAC and the Sahara Reporters publisher decided to lead the protest after failing to win the February 23 2019 presidential election. What does Sowore want now that Nigerians must make him president? – Oshiomhole According to him, “What was the reason for protest? Let’s be honest! I have led series of protest even to this villa. Whoever wants to protest should articulate the particulars of his grievances and make specific demands about the solutions that he wants.

    “So what exactly as far as you know as members of the fourth estate of the realm, that Sowore, the publisher of Sahara reporters, a presidential candidate, cleared by INEC to bid for power, who had opportunity to ask Nigerians to vote for him. “Now Nigerians have voted, the votes have been counted and he was not a favoured candidate,what does he want now? That Nigerians must make him the president? Because we all have to be careful, nobody should talk as if we have another country. “We have challenges but somehow we have all resolved as a people that the way and route to power in the ballot box.

    Our task as a people I to continue to work to clean up the system so that only Nigerians alone shall determine who governs them at all levels. That I believe is a legitimate thing to fight for. “But if you want over throw, you want a revolution then he should have spared us the INEC putting him on the ballot paper. “I don’t want to talk about this but I believe Nigerians have a right to protest, I believe people have a right to contest issues, people have the right to disagree. I have often said government doesn’t have the right to dictate to people how to protest, but you must state exactly what you want. “I ask you to name any country in the world where somebody stands up and say after the election that I contested and lost, now therefore I want revolution.

    “Go and check the dictionary and political meaning of a revolution, if it comes it will be like the Christmas turkey, nobody knows which one will be first slaughtered on Christmas. ” I think we do need to take things seriously, we have serious issues in this country, I have my own reservations about many things but we have submitted to this process and we must work hard to make it work. Nigeria must deliver to the poor, APC government must deliver. ” Oshiomhole explained that they were at the Villa to congratulate the President as it was the first time after the elections the National Working Committee of the party was officially coming to congratulate him at the State House. He said,” We have had a couple of meetings with Mr. President since his re-election but an exclusive meeting between members of the national working committee and the president and Vice President had not taken place. ”

    So this is the first one and it was natural that we congratulate him but also to remind ourselves that this renewed mandate is a call to duty and there is a lot to be done to deliver to the people of Nigeria. The party, the executive, the National Assembly all of us working together sharing ideas, we are much more likely to make faster progress and those are the sort of things we discussed.

    “We also assured the president our commitment to build institute for progressive studies. Because, the people of Nigeria is that people belong to various political parties, they don’t event understand the ideology of that party if they have any, some are not even familiar with the manifestos and they don’t have conversations about how appropriate or inappropriate those manifestos are.

    “And you will find that people holding very high position on government both legislative and executive and even so party leaders may not even be aware of what we stand for. ” And so we told the president we are going to build institute for progressive studies so that people understand what defines us, what is the essence of progressive politics, basically is about social democracy. ”

    So our party must be seen to be pro-poor, putting policies in place that will lift our people out of poverty and recreate the Nigeria middle class. Unless you recreate the Nigeria middle class, you are not going to have a stable and a peaceful society. “The tragedy for now is that over the period people are either very poor or they are very rich. The president has to provide leadership working with the National Assembly leadership to see how we can over the next four years deliver, so that the current situation of extremely poor and extremely rich will is bridged by recreating the middle class.

    “Secondly, as a political party which is committed to social democracy, we want to make sure that everybody elected on the platform of our party understands dos and don’ts, in terms of politics and a policy choices, our commitment to egalitarian society and all of those things that makes a progressive party different from a Conservative party. “We think this is not something we want to be doing on adhoc basis. We don’t want to go and sleep because we have won election, the fact that we have won election means a call to duty, so we have to work together to ensure these things are done. ”

    Thirdly, we congratulated the president for appointing ministers. We happy with the progress that has been made and we also commend the senate for delaying their recess to be able to screen the ministers. “We also commended the president for the idea of having a retreat for the ministers before their allocated their respective ministries, so that they understand that they have been appointed and understand that they have been appointed and this is the job the employer has for each and everyone of them to do that they have to be well thought out before they are assigned to carry out those jobs.

    Culled from the Vanguard

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    It was a moment of disgrace and humiliation on Wednesday as Kenyan lawmaker, Zulekha Hassan was ordered out of the National Assembly for disrupting a parliamentary session.

    The legislator was ordered out of the Kenyan House of Representatives after she walked in with a baby.

    Speaker of the National Assembly Hon. Chris Omulele, MP Luanda termed the move as unprecedented.

    The Kwale Woman Rep said she had an emergency that’s why she came to parliament with the baby and suggested that a mother’s room be put in place to curb such situations.

    “I have tried really hard not to come with the baby, but today I had an emergency; what was I supposed to do?

    “If there was a room, a crech or a nursery room, I’d be able to then put my baby,” said Zulekha.

    She continued: “Today, I had an emergency, what was I supposed to do? Miss parliament? That’s why I just came with her.

    “I knew I would be staying here just for a while and later when my situation is better, I would go. But if there was a room or a creche or nursery, I would then be able to put my baby there.”

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    A father in Zimbabwe has killed his one year old infant by slapping him all over the body for making noise.

    Sometime in April this year, Clemency Gurwe was sitting with his wife, Mitchell Manyangadze in their house at night when the little boy started crying.

    Gurwe lifted the baby with one hand and started slapping and strangling him until the boy started bleeding from the nose.The boy’s mom wiped the blood from the boy’s nose and went to bed.

    The following morning, Manyangadze went to the clinic with the baby where she was advised to report the case to the police.

    The baby was further referred to Masvingo Provincial Hospital where he was discharged days later and put on weekly reviews.

    The little boy was again referred to Silveira Hospital where he eventually died on July 7 and Gurwe is now facing murder charges.

    According to TellZim reports, Gurwe was arrested and was kept on remand until July 26 for attempted murder.

    Masvingo provincial police spokesperson Chief Inspector Charity Mazula confirmed the incident.

    “We confirm that we received that case and investigations are still under progress,” said Mazula.

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    Foremost Nigerian showbiz maestro and activist, Charles Oputa, a.k.a Charlyboy, is set to release a hit single featuring ace singer and rapper Folarin Falana, popularly known as Falz.

    The 68-year-old grand-father, who released his debut high-life album over three decades ago, hinted on the ‘collabo’ in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Abuja.

    The “Nwata Miss” crooner said he has decided to work with Falz because of his philosophical style of music that addresses leadership issues and societal ills.

    He added that the project was an advocacy song targeted at driving positive narratives in the society.

    “Falz is a young man that I so much believe in his music and passion towards positive change in all aspects of our society, and we share similar thoughts.

    “We are working on something together and it will sure stir positive change in our lives as Nigerians.”

    The former president of Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria (PMAN) said that he decided to use music as a tool to inspire ordinary Nigerians, especially youths, towards holding leaders accountable.

    He explained that he was leading an advocacy and enlightenment campaign ‘Na we be Government” and decided to go back to music, his age-long passion, to call citizens to participate in nation building.

    “All over the word, the Arts, especially music, have been used to inspire people and change narratives towards a better society.

    “I did not go into music for money, but for the passion for it, and this time I am using it to awake the consciousness of all Nigerians towards building the country they desire.

    “A lot of Nigerians have given up on their country because of bad leadership over the years, and do not believe they have a say in the affairs of their country

    “It is time they are reminded that power truly belongs to them and there is a social contract between them and elected political leaders.

    “Citizens will do their part and political leaders should also fulfill their obligations as promised in their manifesto, and as required by the constitution,” he said.

    The ‘Areafada’ however urged Nigerian singers to look beyond money-making and come up with projects that would propel value reorientation(NAN)

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    Some users of Instagram, a social media platform say plans to remove ‘likes counter’ will help sanitise the platform.

    News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that in June, Instagram began testing a feature where users would no longer be able to view how many people ‘liked’ posts.

    Announcing the move, Instagram wrote on its Twitter handle @instagram, “We want your friends to focus on the photos and videos you share, not how many likes they get.

    “You can still see your own likes by tapping on the list of people who have liked it but your friends will not be able to see how many likes your posts has received.

    “We are looking forward to learning more about how this change might benefit everyone’s experience on Instagram.”

    According to some users in support of the move, removal of the feature will reduce the vanity and validation that comes with gathering ‘likes’ on the social network.

    @Imumzone said, “I absolutely love the idea. They want it to be more about the engagement and less about the likes.”

    Photographer, Abdullah Magaiskiya @Magaiskiya said, “As long as accounts (especially the businesses) are getting insights into their posts, it’s a good idea.

    “I think a lot of folks get too obsessed with this like thing, particularly the younger ones and it’s not healthy for their mental well-being.”

    @Emigo said, “This is impressive and will help our society.”

    @Single_nigerian said, “And this will encourage people to post. It’s supposed to be showing your life, not how many people liked your post.”

    @DrPepple wrote, “Very good development, it will also help mental health of many people.”

    NAN reports that some other users complained that removal of the ‘like counter’ might negatively affect influencers, businesses and celebrities who earn a living from the platform.

    @Iamettah wrote, “It’s okay for personal accounts but not fair for busienss accounts. Potential customers are swayed by the number of lives or views on a post because it gives the impression that the product is worth purchasing.”

    @N_msen said, “Bad for brand influencers but good for people who do the most for likes.”

    @Irenuga said, “It may not be good for influencers who use it to make money from ads. What metrics will prospective businesses use to determine page engagements.”

    NAN reports that more social networks are expected to follow suit in removing metric counters. The ‘movement’ was inspired by Kanye West in 2018 when the singer associated the social media metrics with mental ill-health.

    He said, “There are people who are committing suicide due to not getting enough likes. Seeking validation in the simulation,” he wrote on Twitter.

    He then listed the founders of Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat and said they need a “live-streamed meeting” to address the problem.

    Later posts made clear that West has been in contact with at least some of those companies, including Snapchat and Twitter.

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    A woman from the U.S. Ruby Karyo has said that drinking her morning pee twice a week makes her skin glow and her complexion fairer.

    Karyo said that she has been drinking her own pee and rubbing it on her face for over a decade.

    She claimed it improved her skin and overall health and she has been doing so since she was 19 years old.

    The 30-year-old mum said her dad introduced her to ‘urine therapy’ when she was just 19 and it had been working well for her.

    Karyo who is a mother of one splashed the pee on her face and used it as a moisturiser, claiming it helped her get a glowing complexion.

    She further said that she persuaded her boyfriend to try drinking his pee to quell his hair loss.

    “My dad told me about urine therapy when I was 19-years-old. He said ‘if you want to be a beauty queen use it on your face and your body.’

    “When I wake up I rub my morning pee onto my face and use it like a moisturiser, you can leave it on for a couple of hours, or leave it on all day. Every night when you go to sleep you can put it on your face.

    “For the first few days your face might look a bit raw, because all the impurities will come out, but then it will become clear.

    “It’s good for healing scars and pimples; I pee into a travel spray bottle and then spray it into my hands and then rub it onto my face,” Karyo said.

    Watch her in the video below:

    Woman who drinks her own urine says “It can change your life” | SWNS TV – 01:42
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    Unlike the realities that we are faced with years back when learning is strictly consigned to the walls of schools or some public libraries, the avenues for learning are now quite vast - thanks to the internet. That this however coincides with an era where the quest for pleasure rings out loud(er) seems to have limited or watered down how significant these platforms are in the sight of young people.

    Just like life itself, the internet presents us with choices, and one can choose to go with satisfying pleasures, marketing items or learning something new on it. It is for the last set of people that this article has been put forward as we discuss five online learning platforms that can be of advantage to them:

    • Udemy: Udemy is an e-learning platform that stands above the rest and is widely regarded as the best among the lot. The platform is a thriving one with more than 24 million students picking from over 130,000 courses - ranging from IT to business, personal development, photography, music, digital marketing, entrepreneurship, finance and so on - available and taught by experts across the various fields. The courses are made available through videos, Power-point presentation, text and other relevant resources, and they can be accessed either through laptops or smartphones. Though most of these courses are accessible upon making subscription for them, students can still take a number of free courses from this digital classroom. Visit the Link for More Udemy
    • Educadium: Educadium is another technology platform where students as well as teachers can find value. The latter, of course, by way of making profits through the services they deliver while the former are equipped with knowledge they need to excel or advance in their fields. Educadium was established over ten years ago and it has on offer a wide range of subjects, which are covered via its EasyCampus learning tool. Visit Educadium for More.
    • Skillshare: Skillshare is a well-design platform with over 30,000 digital classrooms for students to explore. It is integrated with features which enhance its functionality and make it easy for students to navigate through different sections. It can be accessed from mobile devices - be it iOs or Android - and contents from the platform can be downloaded for offline use. Skillshare has a tool specially designed for organisations that may want to train its workforce using the platform. One interesting twist to Skillshare is that, while most e-learning platforms charge per individual course, it gives access to all classes once a paid subscription has been effected - its premium package being just a little under $100 per year. Visit Skillshare For More
    • Coursera: On Coursera, students are presented with opportunities to learn some advanced courses which are taken from the syllabuses of some top universities; University of Pennsylvania, and Stanford University being among the notable ones. Besides these (advanced courses), there are other courses that can be of great advantage to any individual who wishes to upgrade his/her skills. While price is attached to certain courses [and the accompanying certification], you can still find some courses that are free on the platform. Visit Coursera for more.
    • Khan Academy: Khan Academy is a completely free online educational platform to explore, and a lot of people have been taking advantage of the opportunities to add to their knowledge bank. You can study courses from different fields, from mathematics to computer programming, medicine, arts & humanities and chemistry to mention but a few. Visit Khan Academy for more.

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    The concept of freelancing may not be one you take to heart if you are so into waking up every morning and beating the traffic to turn up in some office space or you may be a graduate who is been on the job hunt with the hope of getting that long awaited white collar. However, for those who love to have or do things in a more flexible and adventurous way, the prospect of not being tied to a routine while seeking to make a living will definitely make a great appeal.

    To the latter group [of individuals]; freelancing presents a wonderful avenue of optimizing and/or increasing their streams of income. Though freelancing is nothing new as men and women have been doing things that fetch them a living without being confined to the authority of any organizational hierarchy. But beyond this, the digital age has effectively redefined the concept of freelancing, and now more than ever before, we see people making the most of the availability/advancement of the internet to log on to platforms where they can take up gigs and earn some cash.

    With online freelancing, individuals are able to work from a remote space, particularly at home; doing projects - from article writing, web content development, website design, internet marketing and so on - that align with their skill-set. And, it is quite interesting to know that freelancing does not require so much capital to start up. All that you need is a personal computer, smartphone or modem [that guarantees internet connectivity] and of course, your effort - you have to be proactive about it. Lest I forget; considering the kind of setting we find ourselves in Nigeria, an alternate source of power - a solar charger or power bank should be a more economical option - will also be needed.

    Key points every freelancer should bear in mind
    Freelancing opens up ample opportunities to not only get employed but also create wealth, it is important that a freelancer - one hoping to make a living out of it to be precise - hold certain facts dear to heart, as these could determine the level of success he/she derives from it.

    • Your flexibility could be your curate egg: One of the major reasons people are drawn to freelancing is because of the flexibility it offers. They can get to plan their work to suit their time, and can execute projects from anywhere - whether from home or while on the go. But as this flexibility could be seen as an advantage to a large extent so could it be a freelancer’s greatest undoing. This is most likely in a scenario whereby the freelancer fails to apply some time management skills in his/her while executing a particular project at hand. It is possible for such a person to feel there is enough time to finish up a project and end up getting entangled in frivolities, some of which could come from the internet as he/she source for information. Meanwhile, completing the project within or before the stipulated time will not only enable him/her to pick up a new project but also put him/her in good stead to earn the trust of the client. Plus, nothing boosts the reputation and income generation avenues of a freelancer than having a vibrant clientele base. So, in summary; discipline is key, and time is precious for a freelancer who desires to get the best out of this opportunity.
    • Beware of exploiters: By virtue of the fact that you are not in proximate contact with the person giving out the project, you should be aware of the possibility of selling your services without making tangible earnings. So, you have to guard your business, and be careful about the kind of projects you will be bidding on. More so, you should demand some payment upfront and make sure your work is protected. Plus, it is important that you register on a trusted platform that is user-friendly and has relevant features for the purpose of freelancing.
    • Communication is vital: One thing is being proactive in seeking out clients who have a need for the service you need and another is ensuring you keep them after you must have gotten the go ahead to handle their project(s). Lack of communication or miscommunication could however kill your dream of making much gain out of freelancing. To avert this; it is essential that you keep your clients posted on a regular basis as it regards the progress made on a particular project, and also build a rapport over time. Additionally, you should not hesitate to ask whenever you are not in the clear about an issue.

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    Why I wont install successor in 2023  Buhari

    President Muhammadu Buhari says he has no plan whatsoever to groom a successor for the 2023 presidential election.

    The president stated this while reacting to one of the requests made by the members of progressives in academics, who visited him at the State House, Abuja on Tuesday.

    The spokesperson of the group, Dr Bolariwa Bolajim had earlier enjoined the president to commence the proceed of grooming his successor, who would take over the mantle of leadership from him in 2023

    Bolaji said: We are delighted having you and in another four-year time you would want to go and rest then who takes over from you?

    We are suggesting that you bring a vibrant youths among people who have shown interest, bring them in so that you start saddling them with responsibilities and you will be watching them over these next four years so that when you want to leave the circle, you would have vibrant youths to hand over to.

    This is one of the ways the gains of this government can be made to be continues so that there will be continuity in what you are doing.

    However, President Buhari said he would rather stay away from identifying anybody as his successor so as not to create problem for such a person.

    The president said: To me this is very funny. I think if I identify anybody Id create more problem for him or for her.

    So, Id rather keep my mouth shut. Let those who would want to be president try as much as I did. And I believe that those who are interested know that I tried three times.

    And the first time, I thank God and technology, PVC. Before, they just go to the television and they read the results. They say anybody who disagreed should go to court.

    And most of my supporters are looking for next days meal. They dont have money to give to lawyers. So I said God dey. So, the first time God and technology came along , PVC they couldnt rig the election so I won.

    The president, therefore, challenged the youths to continue to work harder, saying that they should not take things for granted.

    I tried to work hard but I think you have a lot more to do you as intellectuals so that you correctly document Nigerias political development. Its very important for the next generation.

    A lot of our young chaps are taking things for granted. Imagine to contest election three times ending up in Supreme Court three times. It needs a lot of conviction you know, and hard work.

    But people take success for granted. They say, ah, hes the president. They think its just closed my eyes and I got it? The president asked rhetorically,;; he added.

    The Members of the progressives in Academics, who were drawn from different tertiary institutions across the country, presented three proposals on revitalization of education, power and agriculture to the president possible approval.

    Source: NAN

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    Senate confirms all 43 nominees as ministers
    By Kingsley Okoye

    The Senate on Tuesday confirmed 43 nominees as ministers of the government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

    President Muhammadu Buhari had on July 23 released the list of 43 nominees to senate for screening and confirmation as ministers.

    Following the submission, the senate had on July 24 began the screening of the nominees to determine their suitability for the position.

    The screening which lasted for five days came to an end on July 30.

    The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that many of the nominees were asked to take bow, while few of them were subjected to questions.

    NAN also reports that the take a bow syndrome that dominated the screening exercise was the tradition of the senate to excuse nominees who have had legislative background.

    The senate also hinged the reason for asking female nominees to take a bow on the gender sensitive nature of the senate among other reasons.

    Following a voice vote for the confirmation of the individual nominees, the senate at plenary confirmed the 43 nominees.

    Those confirmed are: Dr Uchechukwu Ogah (Abia), Muhammad Bello (Adamawa), Sen. Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom), Dr Chris Ngige (Anambra), Sharon Ikeazu (Anambra), Adamu Adamu (Bauchi), Amb. Mariam Katagum (Bauchi), Timipre Silva (Bayelsa), Sen. George Akume (Benue), Mustapha Baba-Shehuri (Borno), Goddy Jedi-Agba (Cross River).

    Others are Festus Keyamo (Delta), Ogbonnaya Onu (Ebonyi), Dr Osagie Ehanire (Edo), Clement Agba (Edo), Richard Adebayo (Ekiti), Geofery Oyeanma (Enugu), Dr Ali Isa-Pantami (Gombe), Emeka Nwajuba (Imo), Sulaiman Adamu (Jigawa), Zainab Ahmed (Kaduna), Dr Mohammed Mahmoud (Kaduna), Sabo Nanono (Kano), Maj.-Gen. Bashir Magashi (Kano).

    Also confirmed are Hadi Sirika (Katsina), Abubakar Malami (Kebbi), Ramatu Tijani (Kogi), Lai Mohammed (Kwara), Gbemisola Saraki (Kwara), Babatunde Fashola (Lagos), Sen. Adeleke Mamora (Lagos), Mohammed Abdullahi (Nasarawa), Amb. Zubairu Dada (Niger), Olamilekan Adegbiti (Ogun), Sen. Tayo Alasoadura (Ondo), Rauf Aregbesola (Osun), Sunday Dare (Oyo).

    Others are Pauline Tallen (Plateau), Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers), Mohammed Dingwadi (Sokoto), Saleh Mamman (Taraba), Abubakar Aliyu (Yobe) and Sadiya Faruk (Zamfara).

    Speaking on the confirmation, President of the Senate, Dr Ahmad Lawan, said the senators demonstrated patriotism throughout the screening exercise.

    He said the attitude of the senators was a demonstration that they are ready to work for the good of Nigerians.

    He urged the confirmed ministers to be ready to work with the Senate for the good of Nigerians, adding that the senate would be firm on its oversight responsibilities.

    Lawan thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for selecting experienced Nigerians as ministers.

    He also thanked his colleagues for their commitment and loyalty all through the screening, saying that the Senate hopes to face the 2020 budget when it resumed from recess in September.

    We hope that the budget will be ready in September or October and we are ready to pass the budget by December.

    He said the Senate was committed towards returning the nation budget cycle to the January to December cycle.

    Source: NAN

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    Atiku, father, grandfather not Nigerians- Abba Kyari
    By Martins Odeh

    Abba Kyari, Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buahri on Tuesday told the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal that the presidential candidate of the PDP, Atiku Abubakar in the Feb.23 general election was a Cameroonian flesh and blood.

    Kyari, who was led through his deposition by Chief Wole Olanipekun, SAN, Counsel for the president, insisted that Jada, hometown of the former vice president was in Adamawa Province, an enclave that belonged to Northern Cameroon in 1946 when he (Atiku) was born.

    He explained that Atiku was already born in 1946 before the plebiscite was conducted in 1961 to balkernize Nigeria and Cameroon where Jada which was part of Northern Cameroon voted to become Nigerian territory.

    Kyari further said that the plebiscite also resulted in the Southern part of Cameroon officially aligning to becoming Cameroonian territory.

    The witness therefore, said the French system of assimilation had compelled people of Jada, including Abubakars father and grandfather to be full Cameroonians in flesh and blood.

    On the status of Buhari Certificate, Kyari said he had personally gone to collect the Cambridge University West Africa Examination Certificate of the president on July 18 for further proof.

    I can confirm that I was the one that collected and signed the Cambridge University West Africa Examination Certificate on behalf of the president on July 18, 2019, he said.

    News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Buhari and his party, the All Progressive Congress (APC) had urged the tribunal to dismiss PDPs petition for fielding a non-Nigerian to contest the presidential election.

    They submitted that the Constitution had foreclosed the participation of non-Nigerians in the Countys election.

    They further argued that it did not matter if the provision was not tested when Atiku was selected to be the countrys vice president.

    The president and APC had therefore invited the tribunal to do the needful by dismissing all the allegations made by the petitioners against Buharis victory.

    The respondents further submitted that it was inappropriate for a non-Nigerian to contest or challenge outcome of the Feb.23 presidential election.

    Also testifying was Retired Gen. Paul Tarfa, who said Buhari was he enlisted with Buhari into the Officer Cadre of the Nigerian Army on April 16, 1962.

    Tarfa explained that English Language was the medium of instruction, adding that Buhari had achieved an enviable record during the military training.

    He listed some of their colleagues to include Brigadier Ola Oni, Maj:-Gen. Durojaye, Col. J.C Ojukwu, Late Brigadier Shelleng as well as Late Maj:-Gen Musa Yar-Adua.

    He said the conduct of the promotional examination in the military was always done in the merit, adding that Buhari had always come out in flying colour.

    On his part, Malam Suleman Mai-adua, Buharis classmate in Katsina Provincial Secondary School in his evidence in chief, said, they graduated from the school with Cambridge University West African Examination Certificate in 1961.

    The witness, who came to court with a group photograph of the class six of 1961 set and their principal, was able to spot himself and Buhari in the picture.

    Earlier, the tribunal admitted a total of 26 documentary evidence from the president through his counsel, Olanipekun.

    NAN listed the some of the exhibits to be 19 Certified True Copies of Newspaper publications.

    The respondent also tendered the APC Roadmap to a new Nigeria as evidence.

    The others are: Cambridge Assessment International Education Certificate for Muhammadu Buhari obtained in 1961 and Receipt of the above document.

    The tribunal also admitted as evidence, a Certified-True-Copy of Confidential Result sheet of the University of Cambridge West Africa School Certificate 1961 for Katsina Provincial Secondary School showing names of candidate who attended sat for the examination.

    Another set of evidence included the class six group photograph of Katsina Provincial Secondary School taken in 1961 and news publication of June 22, 2015 of the above photograph.

    Also tendered and admitted was the Curriculum Vitae of the second respondent (Buhari) which was duly signed by him.

    Furthermore, the tribunal admitted a commendation letter on Buhari signed by the Commandant of the U.S. Army War College delivered to Lt:- Gen. Alani Akinrinade (Rtd) in June 1980.

    However, Dr Livy Uzoukwu, SAN, Counsel for the Petitioners objected to the admissibility of the all the materials but had reserved reasons to the address stage.

    Justice Mohammed Garba, Chairman of the tribunal, thereafter adjourned proceedings until July 31 for continuation. (NAN)

    Source: NAN

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    China orders business owners to take down Arabic, Islamic signs
    Authorities in the Chinese capital have ordered halal restaurants and food stalls to remove Arabic script and symbols associated with Islam from their signs, part of an expanding national effort to Sinicize its Muslim population.

    Employees at 11 restaurants and shops in Beijing selling halal products and visited by Reuters in recent days said officials had told them to remove images associated with Islam, such as the crescent moon and the word halal written in Arabic, from signs.

    Government workers from various offices told one manager of a Beijing noodle shop to cover up the halal in Arabic on his shops sign, and then watched him do it.

    They said this is foreign culture and you should use more Chinese culture, said the manager, who, like all restaurant owners and employees who spoke to Reuters, declined to give his name due to the sensitivity of the issue.

    The campaign against Arabic script and Islamic images marks a new phase of a drive that has gained momentum since 2016, aimed at ensuring religions conform with mainstream Chinese culture.

    The campaign has included the removal of Middle Eastern-style domes on many mosques around the country in favor of Chinese-style pagodas.

    China, home to 20 million Muslims, officially guarantees freedom of religion, but the government has campaigned to bring the faithful into line with Communist Party ideology.

    Its not just Muslims who have come under scrutiny. Authorities have shut down many underground Christian churches, and torn down crosses of some churches deemed illegal by the government.

    But Muslims have come in for particular attention since a riot in 2009 between mostly Muslim Uighur people and majority Han Chinese in the far western region of Xinjiang, home to the Uighur minority.

    Spasms of ethnic violence followed, and some Uighurs, chafing at government controls, carried out knife and crude bomb attacks in public areas and against the police and other authorities.

    In response, China launched what it described as a crackdown on terrorism in Xinjiang.

    Now, it is facing intense criticism from Western nations and rights groups over its policies, in particular mass detentions and surveillance of Uighurs and other Muslims there.

    The government says its actions in Xinjiang are necessary to stamp out religious extremism. Officials have warned about creeping Islamisation, and have extended tighter controls over other Muslim minorities.

    Source: NAN

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    150 UK and EU postgraduate placements At University of the Arts London, 2019-2020

    The University of the Arts London is seeking outstanding aspirants and wants to give them an opportunity to pursue higher studies by applying to the postgraduate placements program in theUK.

    With complete pleasure, this educational award is available for all the high achieving UK andEUparticipants and aims to support their masters studies at UAL.

    University or Organization:University of the Arts London


    Course Level:Postgraduate

    Award:Total 7,50,000

    Access Mode:Online

    Number of Awards:150 (5,000 each)

    Nationality:The UK and EU

    The program can be taken inthe United Kingdom



    • Eligible Countries:The UK and EU participants.
    • Acceptable Course or Subjects: Available for pursuing a masters degree program at the university.
    • Admissible Criteria: Must be a full-time participant.

    How to Apply:If you are interested in this program, then you must have to take admission in a masters degree program at the university. The university will let you know the details about how to apply for the award in your offer letter.

    • Supporting Documents:You need to submit your application form and all supporting evidence listed in your course letter before the deadline.
    • Admission Requirements:A successful participants must hold a bachelors degree for studying a masters degree program.
    • Language Requirement:The applicants must be very proficient in the English language.

    Benefits:Total 150 awards (7,50,000) will be granted and each will have the value of 5,000.

    Application Deadline:August 30, 2019, for September 2019 entry and December 6, 2019, for January 2020 entry.

    Source: Scholarships And Aid

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    Merit Scholarship Program At Qubec university in Canada, 2020/2021

    The objective of the Merit Scholarship Program for Foreign Students (PBEEE) is to support the internationalization of research activities in Qubecs institutions of higher education, to attract the best foreign researchers and students, and to promote abroad Qubec universities and College Centres for the Transfer of Technologies (CCTT).

    Eligibility Criteria

    • Must meet all eligibility conditions at the closing date of the competition (a different closing date has to be confirmed for the students preselected by CSC).
    • Must have been preselected by a university or Synchronex (a CCTT).
    • For the Qubec-China scholarship, must be preselected by the CSC.
    • Cannot have already received a Merit Scholarship for Foreign Students from MEES, FRQNT or theFonds de recherche du Qubec Socit et culture (FRQSC).
    • Cannot be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada.
    • Cannot have applied for permanent resident status under Canadian immigration law.


    • Double doctoral degree programs are not eligible.
    • Qubec-Wallonia scholarship applicants must have previously studied in a French-language university-level institution in Belgium by the time they are granted their scholarship.
    • Doctoral research (V1, 1B, 1C, 1I, 1IS, 1M, 1W) scholarship recipients must:Have a Certificat dacceptation du Qubec (CAQ) issued by the ministre de lImmigration, de la Diversit et de lInclusion du Qubec and a study permit issued by the Canadian Consulate valid for the entire duration of their scholarship.
    • Postdoctoral scholarship (V2, 2B, 2C, 2I, 2M) recipients must:Have a work permit issued by the Canadian Consulate for the entire duration of their scholarship.
    • Short-term research or professional developmentscholarship (V3, 3B, 3C, 3I, 3IS, 3M, 3W) recipients must:Have a temporary resident visa or electronic travel authorization to come to Canada.

    Qubec Scholarship Program Coverage.

    The Merit Scholarship Programs for Foreign Students has three components:

    • Doctoral research scholarships (V1, 1B, 1C, 1I, 1IS, 1M, 1W):,000 a year. The duration of the scholarship is three years, with a possible extension of up to 12 months (monthly allowance of ,000).
    • Postdoctoral scholarships (V2, 2B, 2C, 2I, 2M): ,000 for one year (cannot be renewed).
    • Short-term research or professional development scholarships (V3, 3B, 3C, 3I, 3IS, 3M, 3W): ,000 a month for a period of up to four months.

    In addition to the scholarship, MEES offers all scholarship recipients an exemption from paying the higher tuition fees required for foreign students and the medical insurance coverage offered by the Rgie de lassurance maladie du Qubec (RAMQ).

    Method of Application

    • Submission of applications to FRQNT of the preselected candidates by responsible bodies (universities, Synchronex, SRE):October 1st 2019, 4 pm
    • Submission to FRQNT of the candidates preselected by CSC:March 31st 2020
    • Submission of application to FRQNT by preselected candidates:November 1st 2019, 4 pm

    Once preselected, the candidate must create his account in the FRQnet system. The FRQNT will then contact all preselected candidates to complete an electronic form to which the required documents will be attached. Applicants can consult the Instructions for completing an application document in the Toolbox.

    • Only the 2020-2021 competition electronic forms and other required documents will be accepted. No documents other than those requested will be transmitted to the evaluation committee.
    • E-forms are available only in the secure zone of the FRQnet system of the FRQNT. They must be completed and sent electronically.
    • Files cannot be updated after the closing date for applications. It is suggested to keep a printed copy of your form for your records
    • The form may be completed in French or English. Candidates who apply in English must provide a French title for their project.



    Source: Scholarships And Aid

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    Fully Funded John Montague International Poetry Fellowship At University College Cork, 2019

    The fellowship is made possible through the very generous sponsorship of University College Cork. The fellowship acknowledges the special place of poetry in the cultural history and contemporary practice of Cork City. The Munster Literature Centre hosts the largest annual poetry festival in Ireland.

    Eligibility Criteria:

    • Open to a poet from outside Ireland of international standing
    • Fellowship applications are invited from poets working in English from outside Ireland
    • The Poetry Fellow must have at least two full-length collections of poetry published
    • The successful candidate will be a poet respected by peers and preferably has experience in the coaching or teaching of other writers either through workshops and/or mentoring, inside or outside a formal academic setting.

    John Montague International Poetry Fellowship Benefits.

    • The successful fellow would benefit from the prestige of receiving a highly competitive international literary award which will not only allow the candidate to spend time concentrating on their own work, but also enable them to acquire experience in literary mentoring and the teaching of writing in an academic context.
    • The successful candidate will have the opportunity to be inspired by living in one of Europes oldest cities, with a well-developed cultural infrastructure and a thriving literary community.
    • The successful fellow would receive a monthly stipend of 2000, totalling 6,000 and self-catering accommodation. The costs of economy air travel to and from Cork would also be covered.

    Method of Application

    Candidates must supply through Submittable a single Word document consisting of a literary CV, a letter explaining why they want to work in Cork, and a course outline for a four morning poetry masterclass aimed at poets who have already been successfully published in periodicals. The masterclass is to take place on four consecutive mornings of the Cork International Poetry Festival involving the same group each day. The dates for the 2020 festival are March 25 to 28, 2020. Shortisted poets may subsequently need to supply copies of their books and submit to interview by Skype.



    Scholarship Application Deadline: August 18, 2019.

    Source: Scholarships And Aid

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    Why Buhari did not assent to PIGB  Malami
    By Kingsley Okoye

    Abubakar Malami, the former Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation on Friday explained why some bills passed by the senate were not signed by President Muhammadu Buhari.

    Malami while fielding questions during the ministerial screening in Abuja said that the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIGB) was refused assent because public interest was not factored in the bill.

    He said that the PIGB passed provided more priority to the individual more than the public interest.

    He said that there was the need to establish deep rooted collaborations from conception of a bill to convocation of public hearing to seek input of varied opinions for the good of the public.

    He also said the federal government had also taken up polices that would ensure the independence on funding of the Judiciary.

    Malami, who got commendations for his laudable contributions as AGF was later asked to take a bow

    He said that the ministry under his watch had facilitated the prosecution of 63 terrorism cases and secured 59 convictions.

    He said the Federal Government through the ministry had also increased the recovering of looted public funds in 2015 from N19 billion to N279 billion in 2018.

    Malami, the immediate past Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) was screened along side Hadi Sirika the immediate past Minister of State on Aviation.

    News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Senate adjourned the exercise by 6:30p.m. on July 25, after screening 14 nominees.

    The third nominee, Dr Osagie Ehanire (Edo), who was the immediate Minister of State for Health was not available to be screened.

    However, Sen. Lawrence Ewhrdjakpo (PDP-Bayelsa), raising a point of Order 121, observed that a number of the ministerial nominees did not present their certificate of declaration of asset to senate.

    He said that it was a breach of the constitution for the nominees not to have presented their certificates of asset declaration as intending public officers.

    He said that failure of the nominees to present the certificate could result in their non-confirmation.

    Commenting on the point of order, Senate President, Dr Ahmad Lawan, sitting as Chairman of the Committee of the Whole, said that the order was noted.(NAN)

    Source: NAN

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    Shiites, police clash: NDYC shelves protest against NNPC
    By Emmanuel Afonne

    Niger Delta Youth Council (NDYC) has suspended its planned protest against the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) for failure to consider its youth in its recent recruitment.

    The group announced the suspension in a statement jointly signed by its National Coordinators, Mr Jator Abido and Mr Kede Michael.

    It said the suspension was necessary following the persistent clashes between the members of Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) and security agencies.

    The clash had caused tension in Abuja and other states of the federation due to the continued detention of their leader in Nigeria, Sheik Ibrahim El-Zazaky.

    The IMN has consistently organised protests in the nations capital and other states in the North resulting in many deaths including a Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) and a NationalYouth Service Corps member with Channels Television.

    We had planned a grand protest to shut down activities of NNPC and all its subsidiaries in reaction to marginalisation of people of the region in the last recruitment exercise carried out by the nations oil company.

    The Niger Delta Youth Council has held series of meetings with representatives of NNPC over the issue; we made demands and they agreed that our demands were genuine and promised that the management would look into them.

    However, we have not seen signs that moves are being made to address our concerns.

    As law abiding citizens, who are genuinely concerned about the peace and development of the nation, we resolved at our congress to shelve the protest in the interest of peace.

    We will continue to engage the management of the corporation, the group stated.

    The group further added that it would not relent in its struggle until the youth of the region were considered in recruitment into the NNPC and its subsidiaries.

    Source: NAN

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    Buhari receives Liberias highest national honour
    President Muhammadu Buhari has been conferred with The Grand Cordon of the Knighthood of Venerable Order of the Pioneers, Republic of Liberias highest national honour.

    The president is the Special Guest of Honour at the countrys 172nd Independence Anniversary.

    The award is presented by the government for outstanding and distinguished service in international affairs, government, religion, art, science and commerce.

    It is also for singular acts of philanthropy and deeds of heroism and valour, the presidents media aide Garba Shehu stated.

    Buhari was accompanied by Governors Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti state, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara and Mai Mala Buni of Yobe.

    Others on the presidents entourage were the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Amb. Mustapha Sulaiman and other top government officials.

    Source: NAN

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