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As president inaugurates national confab committee Nwabueze opts out , Count Jigawa State out – Gov Lamido

Luminary, Professor Ben Nwabueze, on Sunday, declined the offer to serve on the national conference panel on health ground. The leader of The Patriots, however, welcomed the initiative, saying it was a bold step. In his letter to President Goodluck Jonathan, on Sunday, the octogenarian, a former education minister, requested the president to nominate another eminent lawyer, Chief Solomon Asemota, to replace him on the committee chaired by the former university don, Senator Femi Okunrounmu. In the letter to President Jonathan, said to have been written on behalf of “The Patriots,” Nwabueze, a staunch advocate of a Sovereign National Conference (SNC), congratulated him for taking an indisputable bold step towards ensuring that a national conference was convoked before 2015.

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Nigeria’s economy is weak – CBN •No, it’s healthy – Okonjo-Iweala

DEPUTY Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) (Financial System Stability), Dr Kingsley Chiedu Moghalu, has said that the nation’s economic performance had been rather weak. He stated this on Saturday in a lecture delivered at the Golden Jubilee ceremony of the pioneer graduates of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN). Moghalu regretted that Nigeria’s economic performance does not reflect its endowments. “With a population of 170 million people, Nigeria is generously endowed with human, physical and natural resources. “The country is ranked the 6th largest producer of crude oil and also has the 6th largest gas reserves in the world. ” It also has very significant reserves of solid minerals which remain undeveloped. The country is richly endowed with about 34 different types of solid minerals in

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175 killed in attacks on Benue community, says lawmaker

A Benue State House of Assembly member representing Agatu Constituency, Sule Audu, has said 175 people have been killed by suspected Fulani herdsmen in the area since April. Agatu Local Government is located in Benue South Senatorial District. Its residents are mostly peasant farmers and fishermen. Addressing reporters in his Makurdi home, Audu noted that among those killed by the suspected mercenaries were children, women and the aged, who were either shot or hacked down with machetes. The lawmaker said four villages in Agatu – Egima 1 and 2, Ikpele and Omogbou – had been deserted, following a series of attacks by suspected hired mercenaries.

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Centenary village to cost N3.2tr, says Abubakar

The proposed Centenary Village, an ultra-modern city within the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to mark the 100 years of the Nigerian nationhood, will cost N3.2 trillion, former Head of State Gen. Abdusalami Abubakar said yesterday. Gen. Abubakar, who is Chairman of the Board of Centenary Village Plc, spoke while presenting a report to President Goodluck Jonathan at the State House in Abuja.The Centenary Village Plc is a public liabilities company to be jointly set up by the private companies which will finance the project. The former military Head of State, who led other members of the company’s board to the Presidential Villa, said the Centenary Village would be wholly financed by the private sector. Abubakar said the board had in the report also requested Jonathan to grant certain concessions to the private investors who are willing and ready to be part of the project.

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FG lacks will to fight Boko Haram –US official

As the Nigerian Army continued in its war against the incessant attacks of the Islamist sect, Boko Haram, in parts of the north, a top United States official has faulted the Federal Government’s lack of political will to end the carnage. Head of the United States’ Commission on International Religious Freedom, Robert P. George, has said that the Nigerian government has the capacity to wage a successful war against Boko Haram, but that the government does not have the political will to do so. George, whose organisation published a report last year on the activities of the Islamic insurgents, reiterated some of the recommendations in the report. He said the Boko Haram insurgency was a real and growing threat to the future of Nigeria, which the country must confront head-on.

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Confab: Nwabueze opts out on health ground

Elder statesman, Professor Ben Nwabueze (SAN), has excused himself from the National Conference Committee set up by President Goodluck Jonathan to formulate modalities for the convocation of a national dialogue. Prof. Nwabueze, in a letter to the president dated October 2, 2013, explained that he would be abroad, “for medicals and may be away from Nigeria for some time.”

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National Conference will not disintegrate Nigeria – Lawmakers

A member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mr Rotimi Olowo, has said that the country will not break up as a result of the National Conference. Olowo, Chairman, House Committee on Works and Infrastructure, made the assertion in an interview with in Lagos on Sunday. He said: “Nigeria will not disintegrate as a result of the national conference; such pronouncement is misleading and incorrect. “We have become united through inter-tribal marriages, and we are connected with one another in one way or the other, so, the national dialogue will not split us,” he said.

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Jihadist Attack On Kaduna Imminent As Military Invade Kafanchan

Information available to 247ureports.com indicates that the ongoing Jihadist violent incursion into the Christian communities in Kaduna maybe far from over. This is as available information indicates that the military men from Division One moved into the Kafanchan communities late Friday [October 4, 2013] night following a tipoff that a group of Jihadist believed attached to the Emir of Jam’a – Emir Mohammed – had begun broad campaign for arms acquisition. According to the information received from within the military ranks, a tipoff was received via intelligent agents stationed in the area – of the arms depot being assembled by a Jihadist group believed to be attached to the dreaded Boko Haram. In addition to the cache of weapons being assembled, it was gathered that the Emirate council had already employed foreign experts in the use of the weapons to train the local youths on the use of the weapon and on the act of terrorism. The foreigners are believed to be attached with the Iranian funded Hezbollah from Lebanon.