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Obasanjo Slams Nato Intervention In Libya

Former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Mr. Olusegun Obasanjo, has strongly condemned the invasion of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces in Libyan, noting that the attack on the North African country was uncalled for.

Obasanjo said this while addressing newsmen at State House in Freetown last Friday during visit to President Ernest Bai Koroma in acknowledgement of his Golden Jubilee Award presented to him during the country’s 50th Independence Anniversary celebrations on April 27, 2011.

Speaking about the on-going conflict in North Africa, Obasanjo, he said ‘North Africa has given a lesson to all of us. The first lesson is that the apparent economic progress is not enough to satisfy the yearning of the people - for they want to have a feeling of fulfilment and choice.

“It is obligatory for leaders to respect their people and create an enabling atmosphere for good governance, but the NATO intervention in the conflict in Libya is wrong because it will take a long time to address the damages caused.”

He also cautioned the international community, saying that change in any country and in the world - particularly in Africa, must be left in the hands of the people, as change from outside may not immediately bring lasting peace to a country.

Meanwhile, Libya’s interim leader, Mustafa Abdul Jalil, said the six months of fighting left some 50,000 dead.

“In Misrata and Zlitan between 15,000 and 17,000 were killed and Jebel Nafusa took a lot of casualties. We liberated about 28,000 prisoners. We presume that all those missing are dead. Then there was Ajdabiyah, Brega. Many people were killed there too,””he said.

“About 50,000 people were killed since the start of the uprising,” Colonel Hisham Buhagiar, commander of the anti-Gaddafi troops who advanced on Tripoli out of the Western Mountains, known as Jebel Nafusa, also told Reuters.

As the hunt for Gaddafi himself goes on, Libyan officials accused Algeria of an act of aggression for giving refuge to his fleeing wife and three of his children, as well as a new grand-daughter, born on Tuesday.

Algeria’s Foreign Ministry said Gaddafi’s wife Safia, and his sons Hannibal and Mohammed had entered Algeria on Monday morning, along with their children. His pregnant daughter Aisha was also among the party and she gave birth within a day to a girl, a source close to Algeria’s health ministry said.

The incident stirred a diplomatic row as Libya’s interim council works to consolidate its authority and capture places still loyal to Gaddafi, notably the coastal city of Sirte.

Anti-Gaddafi forces have converged on Sirte from east and west, but have stopped short of an all-out assault in hopes of arranging a negotiated surrender of Gaddafi’s birth-place.

Gaddafi’s whereabouts have been unknown since his foes seized his Tripoli compound on Aug. 23, ending his 42-year rule after a six-month revolt backed by NATO and some Arab states.

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Last Friday I launched a comprehensive database on all Vehicles in Nigeria designed to link every vehicle to its owner/operator such that vehicles can be traced within seconds. This is part of proactive steps we are taking as part of a review of our national security architecture to lay greater emphasis on intelligence and citizens' participation in security surveillance. Terrorism has no conscience and spares no one. We must stand together against terror in its destructive manifestations. GEJ
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I saw that, how exactly will that be done?

Boko Haram: Military beefs up security in defence hqtrs, barracks

On September 8, 2011 · In News

ABUJA— Following intelligence reports indicating that Boko Haram suicide bombers have been sent to unleash bomb attacks on military formations, including the Defence headquarters of the armed forces, military personnel have been put on alert with the Defence headquarters in Abuja, now a no go area.

Vanguard gathered that the Armed Forces have received intelligence report which shows that the ‘boat house’ in particular, housing the DHQ, AHQ, NHQ and Air Force headquarters, was a primary target by the group to seek revenge for the devastating blows the military has inflicted on the group since the constitution of the Special Task Force in Maiduguri.

To checkmate the threat or any eventuality, Vanguard gathered, that the armed forces have put in place additional security measures.

Vanguard was told that the armed forces was not taking the threat lightly because of the bombings of the Police headquarters and the UN house barely few weeks ago hence the restriction of movement into and out of military formations, as well as the Defence headquarters.

Consequently, the Directors of Intelligence at headquarters Nigeria Army, DMI, Naval intelligence, DNI, and Air Force intelligence, DAI, are now personally coordinating security arrangements at the Defence headquarters supervised by a Major General.

As a result of the stringent security measures, anybody coming to the Defence Headquarters must be on appointment from a senior military officer while the road directly opposite the gate of the Defence headquarters has been blocked by military vehicles with fierce looking armed soldiers manning them.

Furthermore, Vanguard gathered that the military high command has consequently advised military officers within the complex to be wary of the type of visitors they invite into the complex while a directive for additional security equipment to check vehicles including that of military personnel have been deployed for use.

A top source at the Defence headquarters explained that the military is seen as the last hope of every Nigerian in this matter, adding that once this place is attacked the country is in trouble and that is why additional security measures are being put in place.

It was gathered that Boko Haram members have been boasting that since they have succeeded in bombing the police headquarters and the United Nations building in Abuja, there is nothing preventing them from bombing the Defence headquarters.

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NTI tackles poor quality of teachers

On September 9, 2011 · In News

By Favour Nnabugwu
Nigeria remains the only E-9 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) facing serious challenges of turning around the illiteracy rate among its youths and adults by the 2015 timeline set to achieve education for all (EFA) and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The importance and linkage of education to the development of any society is well known. It is in recognition of this importance that the international community and governments all over the world have made commitments for citizens to have access to education. Meanwhile, it has been documented that across the globe, there are inequalities in educational access and achievement as well as high levels of absolute educational deprivation of both children and adults.

Minister of Education, Prof Ruqayyatu Rufa’i said an ambitious developmental plan has been launched to take the nation into the league of prosperous one, in terms of development.

She said at an education summit held last year that it was unanimously observed that the teacher education in terms of quality and quantum and their motivation was central to having a vibrant and productive sector “that can take Nigeria to the promise land.”

The minister was speaking in Abuja while declaring open the 2011 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) nationwide capacity building workshops for teachers.

Also in his remarks, the minister of state for education, Chief Ezenwo Nyesom Wike, said the annual retraining programme for Nigerian teachers was an event that seeks to improve through professional practices through shared knowledge and experiences. The approach adopted for the workshop is one of peer-interaction, group activity and mass participation he said.

He said the ministry recently approved the conduct of research by the institute on the skill gaps of teachers in public schools especially and a census of all private schools which would serve as a guide to design trainings to close the gaps.

The retraining of 125, 000 teachers of primary and junior secondary schools across the federation will cost N3.7 billion, it was gathered . The 2011 training workshops will concentrate on the teaching of core subjects such as English, Mathematics, Social Studies and Basic Science and Technology. It will also focus on thematic areas such as teaching large classes, coping with children with special needs, teaching in Small Rural Multigrade schools and continuous assessments of the children.

Dr. Aminu Sharehu, Director General of the National Institute in Abuja said that the training of teachers is focused on the methodology which will facilitate the effective teaching of the four major subjects and as well improve their skills on how to teach the students in the classrooms.

He stated that this year’s training was unique because of the components of the junior secondary school teachers. He said, “Previously, we have been training only primary school teachers. It has to be a continuous exercise at least three times in a year. This year, the junior secondary school teachers were co-opted.” On the aspect of students poor performance in their academics, Sharehu said the welfare of teachers, continuous upgrading of teachers qualification from one academic qualification to the other amongst other basic components have to be met in other to produce quality teachers required for the country.

The first phase of the programme which holds from 5 to 7 of September in the North- West, North Central and South-South geopolitical zones while the second phase would hold between September 12 and 17 in the North-East, South-East and South West geo-political zones.

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Naira abuse: Offenders risk 6 months imprisonment, says CBN
on SEPTEMBER 9, 2011 · in NEWS

The Central Bank of Nigeria CBN Friday warned that abusers of the nation’s currency notes risk six months imprisonment or a fine of N50,000.
The apex bank at a one-day sensitization campaign on the abuse of the naira held in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, described as criminal the abuse of the country’s currency, stressing that offenders would henceforth be arrested and prosecuted.

Spraying of the naira, hawking and mutilation it are punishable under section 21, subsection 1-5 of the CBN Act of 2007.

Wrong way to handle the Naira

Acting Director Currency Operations CBN, Mr. Charles Olorunda, represented by Branch Controller, CBN Yenagoa, Mr. Prince Basil Udoh Utun, who stated this in Yenagoa, said the campaign is aimed at creating awareness among the populace with a view to according the naira the deserved respect.

“The national flag, the naira and the national anthem should be accorded respects as they promote the nation’s image globally,” he said, describing the abuse of the currency by market women, Okada riders, politicians and those hosting marriage ceremonies as criminal and called on them to respect the legal tender.

While urging Bayelsans to take the sensitization campaign seriously he said the CBN would soon commence prosecuting abusers of the naira note in the country.

According to him, “The offenders would be arrested and prosecuted by the law enforcement agencies across the country.”

The CBN, he added had in the past arrested some sellers of naira notes and raided selling points in Abuja, Kano and Ibadan.

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Didn't they try this a while back :lol: I wonder when the government will realize that laws are completely useless if they are not enforced. Nigeria has all the laws needed for orderliness but none of the manpower to actually enforce it :lol:

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Britain joins fight against Boko Haram

ABUJA—Against the backdrop of increased terrorist attacks in the country and fears that the Boko Haram sect may have targeted the bombing of foreign embassies operating in Nigeria, the British High Commissioner in Nigeria, Mr. Andrew Lloyd, yesterday declared that Britain was willing to provide intelligence and technological support in the nation’s fight against terrorism.

Mr Lloyd who disclosed this when he paid a visit to the Minister of Defence, Bello Haliru Mohammed in his office said the very close bilateral relations between Nigeria and Britain had made it imperative that issues of terrorism which are condemnable acts are tackled headlong together in the interest of the people of both nations.

He said that though Britain has always provided support in the areas of training for Nigeria’s military personnel, it has made it imperative for new pages of cooperation to be opened in providing modern technological devices and the advanced intelligence needed to tackle terrorism cankerworm.

The High Commissioner also disclosed that the Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON), which is presently operating below capacity would be given British support and experience through the exchange of expertise and other required support to succeed in its quest to develop, manufacture and assemble arms and ammunition for the nation.

Defence Minister, Dr. Bello Mohammed in his response, requested Britain’s support in Nigeria’s bid to become a permanent member of the UN security council explaining that by virtue of Nigeria’s contribution to peace keeping efforts worldwide, the country deserves to be at the security council.

Commending Britain for its support to the armed forces particularly as it regards training and capacity building of personnel, the minister reminded the High Commissioner that terrorism being a global phenomenon, required all hands to be on deck to fight it hence he called for greater cooperation between the two countries in this regard.

Dr. Bello further requested Britain to improve its trade ties with Nigeria and show example to other countries still dragging their feet toward investing and benefitting from the immense socio-economic and mineral opportunities that abound within the country.

Niger Delta militants volunteer to join forces with army

Meanwhile following uncovered intelligence reports that the Islamic sect, Boko Haram, had concluded plans to bomb some states in the Niger-Delta, South-East and South-West geo-political zones, militants in the Niger Delta, have volunteered to team up with the security agencies, especially the armed forces to repel the rebellious group.

Spokesman of the militants under the aegis of Niger Delta Liberation Force, NDLF, “Captain” Mark Anthony, in an online statement, Tuesday, said the Israeli forces contracted by the government cannot provide adequate security and volunteered special security services for President Goodluck Jonathan and members of his immediate family because of the precarious security situation in the country.

The militant group specifically warned Boko Haram members to steer clear of Niger Delta in their own interest, saying, “If they ignore this warning, the counter reaction will be disastrous”.

Part of the statement reads thus: “We, on behalf of the good people of Niger Delta and Nigerians do hereby offer to partner with the federal security force, especially the army to give voluntary security services to President Goodluck Jonathan and his immediate family over the precarious security situation created by the Islamic sect, Boko Haram with suicide bombing at strategic locations in Abuja and other cities in the nation, thereby creating total insecurity”.

“This call for partnership becomes expedient, especially with the porous security network and backstabbing at high security quarters , which gave the feeling that the life of the President and his immediate family members is at risk.

“We show concern for the fact that the Nigerian security apparatus have been overtly cowed down by the activities of the Boko Haram. For us, President Goodluck Jonathan is a product of our intensified Niger Delta arms struggle and we will not claim not to know that the Boko Harram mission is to destabilize President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration or assassinate him, if they could have their way. God will not allow it to happen as emergence of President Goodluck Jonathan was through divine providence”, he added..

The militant group stated that, “The Boko Haram agitation is not anti-western education, but anti Niger Delta/Christianity and we will not continue to fold our hands and allow these devils in human faces to terrorize and kill innocent citizens at will”.

“We are aware that the government had offered the security of the life of President Goodluck Jonathan to Israeli police, but that is not enough as NDLF tested soldiers are still very visible to give the President the needed support/security as one of our own from any external force, if the enabling environment is given to us.

“We do not want anything to happen to the life of our President. This is because President Goodluck Jonathan is an exchange of lives of countless youths who died during the heat of Niger Delta agitation.

For us, suicide bombing or throwing hand grenade at public places is ‘ woman fight’, that is why while we were in the creek, we always alertëd soldiers of our pre-targets and our locations. And we did not throw any bomb at public places because such operations are devilish and satanic and are not part of Niger Delta struggle.”

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the borno elders said that they want peace and dialogue between everyone at the funeral of mohammed yusuf brother on monday, military intervention will not appease the people of the northeast, it is a declaration of war which no one can win, fighting ideology with arms, nigeria never cease to amaze, thinking like toddlers

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Then they should continue fighting and they will die for nothing with their ideology.

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Then you go have dialogue with them, why is it that every should be flatten but Boko Harem get's dialogue :| Umaka

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23 September 2011 Last updated at 06:39 ET
Cyber anger at Nigeria gang rape footage
By Jonah Fisher BBC News, Lagos

Nigeria's National Assembly has called on police to investigate the gang rape of a woman after footage of the incident was circulated on the internet.

There has been widespread anger in Nigeria, both at the attack on the woman and what has been seen as a failure of the state authorities to take the case seriously.

The 10-minute clip shows the brutal rape of a woman in what appears to be a dormitory room.

Five young men are seen laughing and joking as they take turns sexually assaulting their victim.

Exhausted, she begs for mercy - at one point even asking them to kill her.

The video, which the young men filmed, shows the victim's face closeup but avoids showing those of her attackers.

Linda Ikeji, a blogger in Lagos, was one of the first to write about the incident and helped turn it in a national issue.
Twitter reward

In an angry post, she alleged the rape had taken place on 16 August and been perpetrated by students at Abia State University in south-eastern Nigeria.

The video, she said, had been circulated on the phones of students at the campus before being uploaded online last week.

Over the next few days, in part thanks to Ms Ikeji, the video went viral, trended on Twitter, and anger in the online community grew.

It was fuelled by announcements from the state governor, the vice-chancellor of the university and the head of police in Abia, all saying they had conducted their own investigations and were sure that the rape had not taken place in their state.

With no victim coming forward, they said they regarded the case as closed.

They reckoned without the growing power of Nigeria's cyber community, whose members scrutinised the video for clues.

One Twitter user offered a reward of 200,000 naira ($1,250, £830) for information leading to the rapists' arrest.

"We discovered names because there was a conversation between the men as they were raping," Ms Ikeji says.

"So we have the names and the girl's face but for now but we still don't know who they are."

Wary of the damage to the state and the university's reputation, officials in Abia refused to back down.

The governor's wife issued a statement saying she was sure that there had been "no such inglorious act and ugly incident" at Abia State University.

Police maintained that with no victim there could be no investigation.


"The Abia state government were too quick to try and disassociate [themselves] from it," Josephine Effah-Chukwuma from women's rights group Project Alert said.

"The faces of the men were covered, so how could the vice-chancellor of the university say within 36 hours that it 'didn't happen on my campus' and 'they are not my students'."

Ms Effah-Chukwuma said she had sent people to Abia to try and find the woman but that it was a race against time as she said government and university officials would also be trying to find her to "quiet" her.

Only a small fraction of Nigeria's rapes are reported, she said, due to stigma associated with attacks and the unhelpful attitude of a police force widely seen as corrupt and inefficient.

"We are trying to find out where this young girl is and get to her and isolate her as soon as possible to protect her," she said.

"Because I can tell you that even with her family she's being blamed, they're asking her: 'What did you do to get raped?'"

At a national level there has been a more sophisticated response.

Minister for Youth Development Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi called the rape despicable and announced that he would be going on a fact-finding mission to Abia state next week.

That was followed by the National Assembly passing a series of resolutions asking the head of police to start a rape investigation even without the victim.

The resolutions are not binding but with online activists now publishing names and even photos of possible suspects - the pressure is on Nigeria's police service to start making progress.

I hope that they catch these losers, too many people have been raped and have not received justice in Nigeria :no:

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The Mujahadeen Will Wipe Out The U.S - Abdulmutallab
Abdulmutallab: Mujahadeen Will Wipe Out U.S.

DETROIT - A Nigerian man accused of trying to bring down an international jetliner with a bomb in his underwear walked into the start of his federal trial Tuesday and declared that a radical Islamic cleric killed by the U.S. military is alive.

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab's outburst came as jury selection got under way for his federal terror trial in Detroit, where the 24-year-old is acting as his own attorney and has previously told reporters they should stop reporting that Osama bin Laden was dead.

"Anwar is alive," Abdulmutallab said Tuesday, referring to American-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who was killed last week by a joint CIA-U.S. military air strike in Yemen.

"The mujahadeen will wipe out the U.S. — the cancer U.S.," he added.

Abdulmutallab, a well-educated Nigerian from an upper-class family, was directed by al-Awlaki and wanted to become a martyr when he boarded Northwest Airlines Flight 253 in Amsterdam on Christmas 2009, according to the government.

Abdulmutallab, who complained loudly at a previous hearing about having to wear prison clothes, came into the courtroom Tuesday wearing an oversized prison T-shirt. U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds called a brief recess to allow him to change into clothes more appropriate for court, after acknowledging and denying his apparent request to wear a "Yemeni belt with a dagger."

Abdulmutallab later wore a long robe with a dark pinstriped suit coat over it, as well as a black skull cap.

The judge has denied several of Abdulmutallab's requests for the trial, including that the case be judged under Islamic law.

Abdulmutallab has pleaded not guilty to eight charges, including conspiracy to commit terrorism and attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction. The government says he wanted to blow up the plane by detonating chemicals in his underwear, just seven minutes before the jet carrying 279 passengers and a crew of 11 was to land at Detroit Metropolitan Airport.

But the bomb didn't work, and passengers assisted by crew members saw flames and pounced on Abdulmutallab.

The failed suicide attack, the first act of terrorism in the U.S. during the Obama administration, revealed the rise of a dangerous al Qaeda affiliate and al-Awlaki's growing influence.

The government says Abdulmutallab willingly explained the plot twice, first to U.S. border officers who took him off the plane and then in more detail to FBI agents who interviewed him at a hospital for 50 minutes, following treatment for serious burns to his groin.

Abdulmutallab told authorities he trained in Yemen, home base for Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. He said he was influenced by al-Awlaki, who was killed Friday by an air strike that President Barack Obama called a "major blow" to al Qaeda's most dangerous franchise.

Following the strike, a U.S. official outlined new details of al-Awlaki's involvement against the U.S., including Abdulmutallab's alleged mission. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss intelligence matters, said al-Awlaki specifically directed Abdulmutallab to detonate an explosive device over U.S. airspace to maximize casualties.

Osama bin Laden appeared in a video declaring Abdulmutallab a "hero." Abdulmutallab also has been lauded by al Qaeda's English-language Web magazine Inspire, whose editor was killed along with al-Awlaki.

After the outburst about al-Awlaki and flap over Abdulmutallab's clothes, jury selection got under way in earnest, with most questioning done by the judge and attorney Anthony Chambers, who has been appointed to assist Abdulmutallab.

Abdulmutallab, who had suggested he would interview some prospective jurors and could give his own opening statement, calmly questioned one woman who indicated she had concerns about retaliation for serving on the jury.

The woman remained in the jury pool, but several others were immediately dismissed after saying they could not be impartial.
Thia boy is :crazy: what kind of programing did he undergo in Yemen :crazy2:

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It's a possibility, choosing to be your own lawyer in this type of case and making those kind of statements:crazy::lol: he really wants to go to Guantanamo Bay :lol:
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