Thurrock Labour reveal wining team to fight local elections in May – YourThurrock

THURROCK Labour have begun to announce their prospective council candidates for the May 2018 local elections. Labour will field candidates in all 16 wards with elections. A third of the council seats are up for election, and will decide the balance of a council that has been in no overall control since 2014 and led …

Trump shows ‘America First’ is utterly incoherent – E.J. Dionne

The worst aspect of President Trump’s speech at the United Nations on Tuesday was not his immature taunting of a dangerous foreign leader when the stakes far outweigh those of a schoolyard fight. Calling North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un “Rocket Man” may make Trump happy by reminding him of the glory days of “Little …

Ahmadu Bello Sardauna of Sokoto (video)

Sir Ahmadu BelloKBE (June 12, 1910 – January 15, 1966) was a Nigerianpolitician who was the first and only premier of the Northern Nigeria region. He also held the title of Sardauna of Sokoto. Bello and Abubakar Tafawa Balewa were major figures in Northern Nigeria pre-independence politics and both men played major roles in negotiations …

Thurrock Council suspend controversial “Grass Tax” charges – YourThurrock

THE Leader of Thurrock Council, Cllr Rob Gledhill, (Little Thurrock and Rectory ward) has today (Tuesday 26 September) announced the temporary suspension of the grounds maintenance service charge for council tenants. Cllr Gledhill, who is responsible for council housing in the borough, said: “I have received more detailed information, have listened to tenants and other …

UK banks to check 70m bank accounts in search for illegal immigrants – The Guardian

Exclusive: From January banks will be enrolled in Theresa May’s plans to create ‘hostile environment’ for illegal immigrants. A Barclays spokesperson said the bank was simply complying with the Immigration Act 2016. Banks and building societies are to carry out immigration checks on 70m current accounts from January in the biggest extension of Theresa May’s …

Lessons from IPOB – Niran Adedokun The Punch

For the record, I do not have any shred of sympathy for Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and the Indigenous People of Biafra. I agree that the Igbo people of South-East Nigeria have been served the short end of the stick for too long. One should be honest enough though, to admit that Nigeria has been unfair …

Biafra and the burden of a warrior nation – The Nigerian Guardian

Nnamdi Kanu When the last Biafran War ended in 1970, Nnamdi Kanu, the founder and leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, was barely three. Whatever he may have known about the war he must have acquired from his parents, his peers, senior people who experienced the war first hand and from reading and …

Fayose challenges Lai Mohammed to name looters sponsoring IPOB – Premium Times

Editorial Before all our eyes and ears Lai Mohammed is metamorphosing into Comical Ali the framed Iraq spokesman during the second Iraq war. Lia also known and ill famously called Lie Mohammed is becoming bombastic in his alternative facts narratives. People like him and like Fayose must be held accountable for their statements. Ayodele Fayose, …

Dancing Senator at church (video)

Ademola Adeleke, senator representing Osun west, whose love for dancing made headlines during his campaign, has been seen in a video, singing, and dancing at a church believed to be in the US. The lawmaker led the congregation in Yoruba and Igbo choruses as he moved from one end of the church to the other. …

Double suicide attack kills 15 people in Nigeria – News agencies

18 September 2017 At least 15 people were killed on Monday when two female suicide bombers attacked an aid distribution point in northeastern Nigeria. A rescue worker said the first blast happened at 11:10am local time (10:10 GMT) in Mashalari village of the Konduga area, about 40km from Borno state capital Maiduguri. "[It] killed 15 people …

Imo State fake Military Administrator, Chief Rochas Okorocha bans Press

Imo State Governor, Chief Rochas Okorocha, yesterday carried out his threat against journalists operating in the state, banning the Correspondents of THISDAY and Vanguard Newspapers, Amby Uneze and Chidi Nkwopara, from covering government house activities. The governor did not give any reason for his action other than that he said correspondents do not like him. …

Vacancy By Pius Adesanmi

Wole Soyinka's work as a teacher of his nation and people in the last seven decades can be summed up in one word: transcendence. His entire envisioning of Nigeria – for which he has suffered persecution, deprivation, abuse, insults and other unspeakable forms of punishment – is reducible to transcendence. The tragedy of Nigeria is …

BBC Hard Talk with Obasanjo (link)

How will Africa cope with an impending population explosion? Over the next thirty years Africa's population is projected to double, requiring delivery of jobs, housing and infrastructure to enable two billion people to thrive. It is an unprecedented leadership challenge. Does governance in Olusegun Obasanjo's Nigeria inspire confidence or scepticism? BBC Hard Talk with Chief …

Police Service Commission confirms Misau’s retirement letter – NAN

The Police Service Commission on Wednesday described as “authentic” the retirement letter of Senator Isah Misau, Chairman Senate Committee on Navy. The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the Nigeria Police Force on August 27 declared Misau a “deserter”, and accused him of carrying a forged retirement letter. NAN also recalls that Misau was invited …

S’East govs meet Nnamdi Kanu, plan talks with IPOB – Punch Newspaper

Governors of the South-East states, on Wednesday, held talks with leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, in Enugu, the Enugu State capital. The meeting held at the Enugu State Government House. It was the first time the governors are meeting Kanu, who is championing the pro-Biafran agitation in the South-East and parts …

Supreme Court Nullifies Disputed Kenyan Election (video) – Council of Foreign Relations

Kenya's Supreme Court nullified the August 8 reelection of President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday and ordered new polls be held (The East African) in sixty days following a petition by opposition candidate Raila Odinga. The electoral commission claimed Kenyatta won with 54 percent of the vote (WaPo); Odinga accused the commission of irregularities (AP) in …

Kenya’s Supreme Court orders rerun of disputed presidential election – CNN

The Kenyan Supreme Court has overturned the election of the Kenyan president and ordered another election within 60 days. The general basis of the ruling was not that there was malfeasance and rigging but a sufficient breach of form and protocol. This was a brave ruling given the grounds it based it historical decision. The …

International Election Observation and Monitoring (video)

The quick acceptance by the international election observers of the outcome of the vote was the operation of low expectation syndrome for anything African. Again even Africans suffer from similar syndrome. The electoral and judicial development is a welcome one for Africa and hopefully for the rest of the world. Do not support what you …

The worst thing about uncontrolled immigration is that it gave UKIP an excuse – The Mirror

Migrants are leaving in droves - and we're screwedIt turns out the government has not been counting migrants properly.But it's worse than that. It hasn't actually been counting at all - it's been guessing.And, just like any ignorant twit down the pub who reckons we're overrun on the basis of no evidence at all, the …

Okorocha’s illegal demolition of Owerri market – Punch Newspaper Editorial

On the morning of Saturday, August 26, 2017, bulldozers accompanied by a horde of armed security operatives, acting on the orders of the Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, stormed Eke-Ukwu Owerri Market, and forcefully evicted the traders, demolished their shops and destroyed wares worth millions of naira. Security operatives, specifically, military men from the 34 …

Roger Stone predicts a Civil War if Donald Trump is impeached by Charlie May

President Donald Trump’s former campaign advisor and longtime friend, Roger Stone, said on Wednesday that the country would break out in violence reminiscent of the Civil War if the president were to be impeached.“The people who are calling for impeachment are the people who didn’t vote for him,” Stone told TMZ when they caught up …

Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif Resigns After Supreme Court ruling following a probe into his family’s wealth after the 2015 Panama Papers leak.

Editorial When the Panama Papers leaked, the Nigerian senate president, his wife were named as using illegally the facilities of Panama money laundering scheme. A country as corrupt as Nigeria, Pakistan is doing something about it. Yet our senate president is sitting sweet in Nigeria and in position. Nawaz Sharif has resigned as prime minister …

Trump escalates clash with LGBT community by Madeline Conway

President Donald Trump prompted the quick rebuke from advocacy organizations when he announced on Twitter early Wednesday that the military would reverse an Obama administration decision to allow transgender troops to serve openly. | Alex Brandon/APPresident Donald Trump’s decision to bar transgender Americans from serving in the military is ammunition for gay rights activists who …

The deconstruction of the USA by Trump, GOP, FOX News, Radio by Fareed Zakaria

In London last week, I met a Nigerian man who succinctly expressed the reaction of much of the world to the United States these days. “Your country has gone crazy,” he said, with a mixture of outrage and amusement. “I’m from Africa. I know crazy, but I didn’t ever think I would see this in …

Buhari and his health tour

Whether President Muhammadu Buhari has been irrevocably hobbled by ill health or he is sound in body and mind and prancing around in the Abuja House in London is a puzzle that would not be unravelled until he returns home. Even if all the state governors, the officials of the presidency and political parties travel …

Nigeria’s Senate has voted to reduced age limits for presidential and governorship candidates — Yomi Kazeem Quartz

Nigeria’s next general elections might still be two years away but there’s already a good reason for young citizens to be excited.In a session today (July 26), the Nigerian senate voted to lower the age limit for contesting for elections for the offices of state governors and president. The age limit for candidates for president …

London visit: How much does it cost Nigerian taxpayers? By the Nigerian Guardian

Last Sunday, five governors from the All Progressives Congress (APC) including the party chairman, John Oyegun and Aviation Minister Rotimi Amaechi visited President Buhari who has been on medical vacation in London since May 7.The recent visit by a dozen party leaders to London, United Kingdom where President Muhammadu Buhari is recuperating costs only a few …

PDP still not learnt their lessons from Ali Modu Sherif debacle

PDP chapter in Adamawa state says they are working hard to bring back former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, into their fold. The Adamawa State chairman of the party, Abdurrahman Bobboi, disclosed this at a press conference in Yola the state capital yesterday July 24th. Recall that Atiku defected from PDP to APC in February 2014. His attempt to …

UK criminal check plan for EU citizens is sticking point in Brexit talks

British demands to carry out criminal records checks on every EU citizen seeking "settled status" in the U.K. after Brexit have proved a major sticking point in talks with Brussels, according to individuals familiar with the negotiations. | Juan Mabromata/AFP via Getty ImagesUK criminal check plan for EU citizens is sticking point in Brexit talksBrussels …

ANALYSIS: Nigeria’s budget reforms: Lessons from U.S. Congressional Budget Office by Adeshola Komolafe

Nigeria’s Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo signed the nation’s Appropriations Bill into Law on June 12, 2017, well over five months into the 2017 financial year. What this means is that for over five months, the government was spending funds that were not appropriated.While this misnomer is not new to Nigerians, it runs contrary to the …

APC: The Obstinate Journey to Shame via London by Pius Adesanmi

Those interested in the dustbin of Nigeria's history will one day find APC inside the rubble, among the putrefaction, just beside PDP, and bring out her carcass for examination.Such students of the dustbin of history will likely conclude that APC's signature contribution to the Nigerian tragedy is not in the empirical failure to deliver on …

Fun with Trump voters

Tyrone was having trouble in school; his teacher was always yelling at him, "You're driving me crazy, Tyrone; can't you learn anything?One day Tyrone's mother came to school to see how he was doing.The teacher told her honestly that her son was simply a disaster, getting very low marks, and that she had never had …

Donald Trump’s lost opportunity by Fareed Zakaria

There are many ways to evaluate the Trump presidency at the six-month mark. What I am struck by is the path not taken, the lost opportunity. During the campaign, it was clear that Donald Trump had many flaws, but he tapped into a real set of problems facing the United States and a deep frustration …

Employment standards in universities unacceptable, says Obaseki

Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has spoken against employment standards in universities, pointing out that universities were not established to create jobs, but to advance learning, promote research, and develop cultured students. He stated this at the 21st Convocation Ceremony of Ambrose Alli University (AAU), Ekpoma, which held during the weekend at the University’s Auditorium …

The Diary of Donald Trump: June 9th, 2016A glimpse inside the mind of a presidential candidate.Sarah Cooper

The following is an excerpt from Donald Trump’s diary entry dated June 9th, 2016. Slept like a billionaire last night (because I am one) (don’t forget that diary) Checked Fox News after my fried chicken and taco breakfast and saw Stupid Obama (still don’t know what to call him) endorsed Crooked Hillary Unbelievable. No one …

The Impact of the US Withdrawing from the Paris AccordsAntonio Graceffo Foreign Policy Journal 

It appears that a US withdrawal from the Paris accords will have no significant impact on the climate. On June 1, 2017, press outlets around the world condemned US President Trump for withdrawing the US from the Paris climate accords. Climate change (and the necessity to reduce greenhouse gas emissions) is a sensitive topic, which …

Missing President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari receives visit from his deputy. Why now? – Conor Gaffey of Newsweek

For a short time this week, Nigeria—one of the world’s most populous countries and Africa’s biggest economy—was leaderless. The current president, Muhammadu Buhari, has been off grid for more than two months since stealing away to London on May 7 to receive treatment for a mystery ailment. He has not been seen publicly (and has …

Bexit, Yes Prime Minister 

An office. There is a knock on the door. Sir Humphrey Come in. Minister I’m told I can find the new permanent secretary of the new Brexit ministry in here. Sir Humphrey Indeed you can. Sir Humphrey Appleby at your service. Minister I’m the new minister. Sir Humphrey Which one? Minister Which one? Sir Humphrey …

PDP: A lifeline from the Supreme CourtByReuben Abati

On Wednesday, July 12, the Supreme Court saved our democracy and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). It did with its ruling in the matter between Ali Modu Sheriff and Ahmed Makarfi, to determine who among the two is the authentic Chairman of the PDP. The Supreme Court of Nigeria practically threw the party a lifeline. …