Christians set for war over under-age marriage •Oritsejafor to lead mass protest against Nigerian Senators

Culled from News Express Nigerian Christians are in war mood over what they see as a clever attempt by the country’s senators to approve the marriage of under-aged girls through the back door. Already, the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, has started mobilizing for the protest, which he vowed would hold soon and would be led by himself.


Jesse Jackson asks US to assist Nigeria in Insecurity

WORRIED by the security challenges in Nigeria, founder and president of Rainbow Push Coalition, Chicago, Reverend Jesse Jackson, has pleaded with the government of the United States of America to assist the country in seeing an end to the problem. Jackson, who spoke at the 42nd Annual International Convention of the Coalition in Illinos, Chicago, noted that an atmosphere devoid of peace could not witness growth, adding that it had become imperative to join Nigeria in the fight against terrorism because if its position on the African continent. According to him, Nigeria, with a growing population of young ones, must also be supported in the area of education for a sustainable future.


Senator weeps claims voting error in Child marriage paedophiles

The member representing Ondo Central Senatorial District at the National Assembly, Senator Ayo Akinyelure, wept before members of his constituency in Akure on Monday as he apologised to them that he voted in error to support the senate resolution backing marriage of underage girls. Akinyelure was summoned by his constituents to explain his role in the controversial passage of a resolution to retain the provision of Section 29 (4) (b) of the 1999 Constitution, which states that a married underage girl is deemed to be an adult.


Immigration loses 400 of their officers to Boko Haram

No fewer than 400 officers and men of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) have been killed by Boko Haram insurgents, it was learnt yesterday. There have been 11 jail breaks across the country believed to have been carried out by insurgents in which many prison officers were killed, Senator Atiku Bagudu said yesterday. Bagudu is the chair, Senate Committee on Interior. He spoke in Abuja. He said the figures were given to members of his committee when they went on oversight function. He noted that though the country’s Northeast borders had posed some problems in an attempt to curtail the activities of insurgents, the deployment of technology and the increment in personnel would check the menace.


The five north governors are patriots says Gen Babangida

Five Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governors yesterday took their save-democracy crusade to Minna, the Niger State capital. They met with two former Heads of State Gen. Ibrahim Babangida and Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar. Their self-appointed mission, started with a meeting with former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Saturday in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital. Their intention, according to them, is to avert a drift as a result of the crisis in the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) and the Rivers PDP.


Obi calls for more revenue allocation to states

Anambra State Governor, Mr. Peter Obi, yesterday called for more revenue to be allocated to states in the country. Obi made the call for a change in the revenue sharing formula to favour the states when a team from the Revenue Mobilization, Allocation and Fiscal Commission, RMAFC, paid him a courtesy visit at the Governor’s Lodge, Awka, the state capital. He said states have the bulk of responsibilities that drive the federation and should therefore be entitled to receive more revenue from the Federation Account. The governor suggested that 40 percent of the allocation should go to the Federal Government and 40 percent to states, while local government councils should receive 20 percent.


President Jonathan meets security chiefs over Boko Haram

President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday met with security chiefs behind closed doors to review the security situation in the country. The meeting at the Presidential Villa, which lasted for some hours, was attended by Chief of Defence Staff, Admiral Ola Sa’ad Ibrahim; the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika; Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal Alex Badeh and the Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Dele Ezeoba. Jonathan had on June 10 met with the security chiefs to discuss the issues which border on national security.