US To Partner Kano In Fight Against Terrorim

Boko Haram emir Abubakar Shekau makes his first major video appearance  United States Assistant Secretary for African Affairs, Linda Thomas Greenfield, Monday expressed her government’s readiness to work with Nigeria and state governments in the country to help them address security problems bedeviling the nation.  According to Greenfield the September 11 terror experience is still…

HEART BREAKERS, T.A ORJI AND SON HAVE MURDERED SLEEP!; Wife of murdered aide of Abia Governor’s son is seven months pregnant.

The scale of the tragedy that happened at Saturday’s reception for  Governor Theodore Orji of Abia State, South-East Nigeria, is becoming  clearer following the revelation that the wife of the murdered Mr. John  Ndukuba is carrying a seven month pregnancy. The poor woman just  completed her National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) programme last  Thursday, February…

CONFESSION: I was responsible for Amaechi’s 2007 woes not Dr. Peter Odili – Obasanjo.

FORMER  President Olusegun Obasanjo has said that he should be held responsible  for the travails of the Rivers State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi,  before and after the 2007 governorship election.Obasanjo explained that rather than  blame Dr. Peter Odili, who was Amaechi’s predecessor, the state governor  should realise that he (Obasanjo) was fully in charge and…

The zoo is breaking: 600 microfinance banks face shutdown

About 600 of over 800 microfinance banks in the country may be closed down soon by the Central Bank of Nigeria unless they merge within the next few months, investigation, by our correspondent has shown.  Some CBN and industry sources told our correspondent on Friday that the 600 MFBs could not meet the recapitalisation deadline,…

Boko Haram: Nigeria at war, says governor

As the Nigerian military command deploys more troops in the troubled North Eastern region of the country, where Government forces has been battling insurgents,Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima painted yesterday a gloomy picture of the war against Boko Haram, saying the resources of the military are not adequate to defeat the insurgents. Speaking with State House correspondents at the Presidential Villa, he said that more resources should be voted to the fight against the insurgents as the situation has already degenerated into a war. According to him, Book Haram members are better armed and better motivated to carry out their evil attacks. But Shettima did not blame the situation on the military. He said they were doing their best in the circumstances. Said the distraught governor: “Well, in a nutshell, what we are being confronted with is that we are in a state of war. It is what I came to update Mr. President; the sooner we stop playing the ostrich and rise up to the challenges of the day, and marshall all resources towards visualising the antics of Boko Haram, the better for all of us. “But the bottom line is that we need more resources, more votes on ground. In all fairness to the officers and men of the Nigerian Army and police, they are doing their best, given the circumstances they have found themselves in.” The governor went on: “But, honestly, Boko Haram are better armed and are better motivated than our own troops. And believe me, I am an eternal optimist as I have always said, but I am also a realist. Given the present state of affairs, it is absolutely impossible for us to defeat Boko Haram. “I made it emphatically clear to Mr. President that the Boko Haram are better armed and better motivated. Anybody who is following events in this country can attest to the fact that they have a very smooth sail overrunning communities, killing people. Have we ever succeeded in thwarting any of their plans?” “They went to Konduga and did what they wanted to do. They held sway for over four to five hours before they left. They were in Kauri, Idzge and I don’t blame the Nigerian military. Honestly, we the leaders should be held responsible for our failure in leadership.” He also said he was not aware of any threat by Boko Haram to launch an onslaught against the people if Cameroon assists the Federal Government of Nigeria to fight the insurgents. “I am not privy to such an information but the President has assured us that he will put in his best to see that the unfortunate tendency of the Boko Haram overrunning communities and butchering innocent souls is brought under control.” On the number of casualties, Shettima said: “In Idzge alone, we lost 106 people and they raided eight other communities. So, until I get back home, today or tomorrow, I cannot give you the exact figure. But some were hospitalised with very great injuries so I am afraid the figures might climb.” He said it was too early to start talking about elections in the state as all attention should be on how to ensure peace and harmony.

Calling off his attack dogs since losing 2011 elections: Boko Haram sect has devilish ideology – Buhari.

A  chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Alhaji Muhamadu Buhari  has condemned the Sunday’s attack by the Boko Haram insurgents in Borno  State where over 121 persons were killed.The former Head of State wondered why the terrorists and criminal  elements could still express themselves despite the presence of the  military in the region.Gen. Buhari…

You can’t speak for Ndigbo, Ohanaeze tells Okorocha and Nwabueze

Apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo yesterday told Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha and constitutional lawyer, Prof. Ben Nwabueze, to desist  from claiming to be the mouthpiece of Ndigbo, warning the duo to stop speaking for Ndigbo on any issue. The President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo in Anambra State, Elder Chris Eluemunoh, who spoke to newsmen in Awka, described such claims by the duo as selfish, insisting that they had no ‘locus’ to claim being Igbo leaders. Eluemunoh said Prof. Nwabueze had printed lots of leaflets and pamphlets discrediting Ohanaeze in recent times, thereby creating an impression that there was division in the group. He said such utterances could make Nigerians believe that there was disunity in Ohanaeze.

Nigeria Foreign reserves drop by $7.1bn in 10 months

Nigeria’s external reserves has suffered a massive decline to a 10-month-low as the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, increased funding of the foreign exchange market to stabilise the naira. The reserves have come under pressure amid falling revenues from crude oil prices due to industrial scale theft from pipelines and illegal exports as well as foreign portfolio investment outflows. The reserves plunged from the peak of $48.9bn attained on May 2, 2013 to $41.8bn on February 14, a depreciation of $7.062bn. According to CBN data, the reserves which stood at $43.6bn at the beginning of this year have been on the downward movement declining by $1.8bn.

Borno Governor Shettima We can’t win Boko Haram war

Frustrated, Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima was in Abuja yesterday to brief President Goodluck Jonathan on the latest attack by suspected  Boko Haram members, admitting that the Islamist sect parades more sophisticated weapons and better motivated by their backers to continue to unleash terror on the North-East. The insurgents were reported to  have killed over 100 people in Izge village in Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno State last Saturday. The attack came three days after gunmen stormed the same village and killed dozens of people including nine soldiers in a shoot-out.