 REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE UNFOLDS HIS AGENDA FOR NATO

Republican presidential nominee, Donald trump has said if he is elected president, he may abandon a guarantee of protection to fellow nato countries.

Mr. Trump said the us would only come to the aid of allies if they have fulfilled their obligations to us.

Members of nato have all signed a treaty that says they will come to the aid of any member that is attacked.

Reports say Mr. Trump outlined a foreign policy strategy aimed at reducing us expenditure and involvement abroad.

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 FAAN INSTALLS SECURITY GADGETS TO FORESTALL POSSIBLE TERROR ATTACKS AT NATION’S AIRPORTS

Nigerian authorities have reacted to the terror attack in turkey, by beefing security at all major airports across the country.
Following the twin explosions and gunfire that rocked the Turkish international airport of Ataturk in Istanbul, killing thirty-six and leaving more than forty others injured, the federal airport authority of Nigeria reacted to possible terrorist threats.
FAAN said yesterday that technological devices such as metal detectors and screening machines had been installed to counter any possible security breach.
FAAN advised all airport passengers to be security conscious at all times and weary of any threats or suspicious packages.
Meanwhile the presidency reacted to the terrorist attacks in turkey, saying it was very sad and wished all the victims to rest in peace.

 COURT OF CONDUCT TRIBUNAL ADJOURNS SENATE PRESIDENT’S CASE TO JULY THIRTEEN

The code of conduct tribunal today/ yesterday heard the motion filed by the senate president, Dr. Bukola Saraki, asking the chairman of the Tribunal to disqualify himself from presiding over his trial for alleged false declaration of assets.

Arguing the motion, counsel to the Senate President Paul Erukoro said it would no longer be possible for the chairman to be fair to both parties in the suit.

The Tribunal Chairman, while reacting to the allegation of delay tactics by the prosecution counsel, Mr. Rotimi Jacobs against Saraki’s lawyers on June seven said the consequences of the trial and the charges would not be reduced on the accused person by his tribunal.

Erukoro referred the Tribunal to the written address of the prosecution, where they, admitted that the chairman of the tribunal made the statement.

He held that the Chairman of the Tribunal was personally served as required by law, to enable him refute any part of the motion if he so wished, but the chairman did not do so.

The defense counsel averred that the position of the prosecutor that the chairman spoke out of anger and that meanings should not be read into his statement was not admissible and advised the tribunal to reject the proposition of the prosecution that the judgment should be left to the end of the trial because the motion is asking him to disqualify himself from the trial.

He said should he go ahead, it will be assumed that he has taken his decision again, citing the decision of the tribunal on April twenty seven.

Responding, the prosecution counsel, Mr. Rotimi Jacob said he had filed a counter affidavit showing that the prayer being sought was the same trial they have been seeking since the start of the trial.

He noted that considering the motion would mean the chairman taking over the duties of the appeal court.

Mr jacobs observed that the affidavit of concern submitted to the tribunal was not known to law, as the law permits only a reasonable person who was in trial can speak on an issue.

The other member of the tribunal then asked the defence to speak on the issue raised by the prosecution that they want the tribunal to be disbanded.

Mr Erukoro explained that the circumstances would bring to the attention of the executive, the need to properly constitute the tribunal, if the chairman of the tribunal agrees to disqualify himself.

He added that the law makes provision for appointing persons to hear the case.

Having heard both parties, the Tribunal chairman accordingly adjourned the matter for ruling till July thirteen which all the parties agreed with.

President Muhammadu Buhari Returns Back To Nigeria

President Muhammadu Buhari returned to Nigeria yesterday after official vacation in London.

He arrived in Abuja, the nation’s capital, at about five-thirty in evening.

The President had travelled to the UK on June six to rest and also see an e.n.t. specialist for ear infection evaluation.

Special adviser to the president on media and publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, had in a statement said President Buhari’s personal physician and an e.n.t. Specialist had recommended further evaluation of the ear after they had examined him.

On June sixteen, the acting president the vice president, professor Yemi Osinbajo, said President Buhari would return to Nigeria on Sunday.

Vice president Yemi Osibajo told state house correspondents of the president’s return date before the national executive council meeting held in the council chambers.

The Vice President said he spoke with the president and confirmed that he was in good health. 

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PRAISE-SINGING NIGERIANS AND FATE OF AN AILING NATION

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Moshood Muhammed
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“Hypocrisy is the greatest impediment to our liberation” -Moshood Muhammed, 2016
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One thing that is peculiar and as well synonymous to every society in the world is the urge and hunger for progress; leaving on its own without much dependence on other nations and societies of the world. This struggle requires and demands several efforts to achieve this lofty dream as a people.
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Sometimes, I feel utterly perturbed and regrettably sorry by what has happened to the country of my own. I’m cock sure it is same with many of us who are conscientiously watching events and monitoring the ever-unending but tiring issues unfold in the largest black race on earth. Though, our point of regrets may differ, depending on what is being viewed or considered as aberration or sardonic among the very many myriads of obscurities available for our consumption as members of the social system.
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It should sadden the heart of a seriously bereaved and unhypocritical Nigerian that it’s only in this country that things are done awkwardly, against the international and reasonable standard as largely visible in advanced societies.
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Hardwork, going by my upbringing as an African nay Nigerian and minimally or to say the least Yoruba culture (not in category but in a generalized rank) which am a descendant teaches that hardwork, morality, humility and other good behaviours are greatly valued and appreciated with good commentaries, eulogies, remarks and perhaps in highest term with awards or and other recognitions of sort. But, what do you say when those practices are fast eroding on our own very soil?
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These days, awards and recognitions are visibly and apparently not won on merits. Not only this, chieftaincy titles, offices  and positions, are never won on the platform of capability but rather on trivialities and irrelevances, majorly dominated by affluences, riches and and other materialistic basis and conditions, available to and can be met by only by a few.
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This practice, incontrovertibly cuts across all sectors and parts of the country, viz a viz politics, religion, entertainment, education, artisanship, among so many others to mention but little.
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Awards have been dolled out to some Nigerians, most especially politicians and the affluents in the country. Recently, Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mubashiru Obasa; Honourable representing Remo at the House of Representative, Hon. Ladi Adebutu were both reportedly honoured by City People Magazines. The list is endless as well as categories and series.
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Giving the awards is not the problem, but the problem is with the selection and criteria for emergence of the awardees.
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More often than not, the process leading to the emergence of awards nominees are not usually in the public domain. If it is, would be open  for public scrutiny and assessment, while enhancing the transparency, and spur others to emulate and learn from them those who are so awarded and recognized. No doubt, this will cleanse the system of the bad eggs while sanity is restored and hardwork would be taken above mediocrity.
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Earlier this year, the whole country, particularly the social media celebrated  the ignoble affray between two highly placed CEOs (OLAMIDE and DON JAZZY) in the Nigerian entertainment scene in what OLAMIDE going by his reactions termed as political and unsavoury the rating, nomination and eventual awarding of Reekado Banks of Marvins as Next Rated against his then YBNL’s Lil Kesh.
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Ain’t here to judge that award, but the shameless display on that day at the event venue and consequently the social media war of words wouldn’t have occurred or surfaced if things had been openly or say carefully done.
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Similarly, Senator Dino Melaye representing Kogi West in the National Assembly in the month of May was  awarded as “Senator of the year” by Abass Akande Obesere, a Fuji Musician. Isn’t that surprising? How did he emerge and what qualified him for that recognition?
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This not peculiar to only those highlighted above in this piece, it surfaces and pervades among various individuals, socio-economic and political groups in the country.
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The media, by my training have so many functions they play in the society. But, most of these are fast eroding, since the ownership of the media was deregulated and made a free market. Sadly, the media engages in this, sometimes even more than other groups. Can’t stop imagining media organisations organising award, not for ordinary Nigerians or professionals but politicians and affluent. Would there ever be balance, fairness, objectivity, editorial independence and other code of ethics of the profession? Isn’t news commercialization?
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Has the society watcher been bought? Will the fourth estate be able to discharge its social responsibility to Nigerians? Nigerians may have to start watching the watchers!
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Do I need say the obvious on this? Awards are now a source of fund raising. Pitiably, Nigerian politicians who are supposed to be forthrightly held are rather celebrated and patted.
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On the political scene, Nigerians who come out to cast their ballots during polls more often than not do that for the love of the country, while the choice of who becomes what in the nation is left at the mercy of a few people. These people use their discretion and judgement in presenting an “anointed” candidate for election and are usually gullibly supported by unsuspecting citizenry.
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A more reason why people, overtime from my interactions can’t but imagine how those at the helms of affairs re-cycle themselves, family members and close allies for those offices. When will it be your turn? This has continued to play out in a country that houses over 170 million people without significant and meaningful changes. Where thou lie the hope this country?
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Perhaps, that is why the then Head of Department of Mass Communication, Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta, Mr. Sina Aina in the year 2015, while commenting on the year’s topic – PR in Management of Electoral Violence in Nigeria lamented during the polytechnic’s annual Diamond Lecture the continuous use of violence by desperate politicians to perpetrate evil, cause havoc, disrupt peace of the nation in bid to winning the supposedly popular people’s mandate through rigging and other forms of  electoral violence. He further said, “elections in Nigeria are never won by manifestoes”.  No doubt, with the obvious and apparent, it sounds more than nothing but the truth. “Anointed” candidates will definitely not be the people’s choice, but they are smuggled in to serve the interest of some cabals, thus the use of violence.
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Moreso, Nigerians take their political membership opportunity to shy aware from critical national issues, as a result of their partisanship. As it stands, if any member of a political party is seen to criticize his fellow party member in power, he’s seen as a traitor and termed to be engaged in anti-party activities. And on and on like that.
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Nigerians who give dissenting voices to issues are quickly taken up by those I call the political bigots or say sycophants as sponsored propagandists and paid agent. Senator Sheu Sanni got his piece of tongue-lashing when he openly criticized the increase in pump price; even his fellow members of APC were quick to remind him of his sojourn from PDP to the ruling party, describing him as PDP’s mole. But was greatly hailed when he supported the President Buhari’s London travel on ear infections treatment. What a people!
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The list is endless.
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Noteworthily, I’m not advocating for blind criticism or campaign of calumny, dressed in politics that does not mean good for the nation. Remember, our fundamental human rights have limitations.
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As a people who want the good of the country and its people, not forgetting the unborn generations, we have to collectively face, criticize and bring out the best in our representatives, as failure to do so will spell doom for the entire race on this soil.
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The president and other elected officials got to office through the ballots. Seeking that they fail is like seeking that generations suffer. As such, our criticism must be conscientiously done to aid the growth of the nation and simultaneously the good of our people.
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Undoubtedly, there are so many issues and challenges on table of this nation, yet, the people, regardless of differences are the first set of solutions we need to correct these anomalies. And the right questions have to be asked.
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As Martin Luther King Jr. once asserted, Darkness cannot drive out darkness:
only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that. Let’s all opinions and issues relating to the country be purposeful while we remain patriotic in our dealings, for the sole good of this country.
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If Nigeria fails or falls (God forbid) as a result of our saturated foolishness and or uncensored stupidity, what shall we tell the unborn generations?
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On this note, I say, #DontBringDownThisNationmustNotFall

 NIGERIA SECURITY AND CIVIL DEFENCE CORP PARADES SUSPECTED PIPELINE VANDALS IN DELTA STATE

The Nigeria security and civil defense corp, has paraded suspected pipeline vandals in agip gas plant, kwale in delta state.
The delta state commandant of NSCDC, Mrs. Beatrice Irabor, who paraded the suspects at the command’s headquarters Asaba, said they were nabbed in Ndokwa west local government area of the state.
She said the vandals arrived on speedboats before engaging officers of the NSCDC which led to the injuring of some of the vandals while others escaped through waters.
Items recovered during the operation include gas cylinders, cutters and generators among others.
The suspects, however, denied being involved in the alleged vandalism.

 Lagos State Governor Approves Dissolution Of Caretaker Committees in Local Government Councils

Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode has approved the dissolution of the caretaker committees of the fifty-seven local councils in the state.

The approval followed the resolution of the State House of Assembly for relieving the executive secretaries of the local government areas of their responsibilities.

The house at plenary had asked Governor Ambode to dissolve the caretaker committees in the fifty-seven local government councils.

The Governor said the dissolution of the caretaker committees is part of preparations for the conduct of elections in the council areas.

Article; NIGERIAN STUDENTS/YOUTH LEADERSHIP, THE BURDEN OF PATRIOTISM

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Moshood Muhammed

Once asked what the first Nobel laureate of Africa, Prof. Wole Soyinka, felt about Nigerian youths, a disappointed Soyinka observed, “After a quarter of a century of witnessing and occasionally participating in varied aspects of social struggle in all their shifting tempi, dimensions, pragmatic and sometimes even ideologically-oriented goals, I feel at this moment that I can only describe my generation as the wasted generation, frustrated by forces which are readily recognizable, which can be understood and analysed but which nevertheless have succeeded in defying whatever weapons such ‘understanding’ has been able to muster towards their defeat.” Perhaps, Wole Soyinka is right.
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Among the very many elements that make up our country which if well blended and aligned will berth a reasonable government in any serious nation, the human capital factor is inevitable. They are the managers of all other resources and elements.

As a developing nation with countless incubus rocking it, so many things are begging for Nigerians’ attention for a proper debate and action in other to proffer a rational resolution, with an impeccable conclusion in such processes or instances as the case may be. Ours as a country is not different.
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The United Nations in 2011 puts the world population at 7.3billion with the world youths population as at 2014 at over 1.8 billion, i.e those who fall within  ages 0-24, with majority of these people in the developing countries which include Nigeria (still according to the report)
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Arguably, those above the age range enunciated by UN, up to 35 years can still be regarded as youth. As such, the youth of the world have  a whole lots to do to address the needs of the world.
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While those of other countries are fully engaged and taking chances and not leaving out any to make life better for their people, Nigerian youths are barely interested in taking the bull by the horn. Though, some Nigerian youth are ruling their worlds but, what do we say of the public leadership roles and engagements of Nigerian youth and students in various capacities? What do we say when the youths and the supposed future of a generation are not doing the needful to take up the chances to better the lots of its own people, as the same set of people who have let us down have kept parading and occupying the nation’s leadership positions?
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Infact, how far have we fared in our engagements in leadership capacity at different levels?
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Years back, students and indeed youths were known for their activism, agitation and active participation in nation-building. These days, the level of sharp practices at students level of representation and leadership is even worse compared to what is obtainable at the political scene. In the 70’s and 80’s, those who held sway at the helms of affairs in the country were majorly those below age 40. If it could be done then, what has gone wrong?
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Former President Goodluck Jonathan had on January 1, 2012, announced total deregulation of the PMS which took the price of the product from N65 to N145. The beauty of democracy was displayed; people frowned seriously and vehemently rejected the sharp increase. The nation boiled as a result wild protests organized by labour unions, civil societies including the National Association of Nigeria Students (NANS) which got active participation of most Nigerian students.
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Alas! The alternative that was sought during the last elections had announced same policy, though with inconsistent views as to why it was done. This will be a discussion for another day.
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Perhaps, Nigerians never knew they would be greeted with hike in fuel pump prices, barely a year we all gave our lives to CHANGE. Recently, Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachukwu, broke the news that pitched Nigerian populace against the past government.
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Infact, National President of NANS, Shehu Tijani had on May 12, as reported by Vanguard threatened to shut down all tertiary institutions in the country and re-awakened the Occupy Nigeria protest, but the drumbeats changed after the said meeting he had alongside other not-well-to-do officials and ‘shameholders’ of the association with the minister.

Other officials, aside the national body have backed this policy which has not gone down well with many Nigerians, particularly the students community. One of such is the press conference addressed by NANS Zone D EXCO led by Okikiola Ogunsola while his Deputy has distanced himself from that stance.
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Even those who had left school for several years who are supposed to serve as mentors of the movement were fingered in the shady deal. These set of people act as demi-gods and sometimes determine the tone of the election and who emerges. They do these to be in control for political and financial gains.
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NANS National President, Tijani Usman led other NANS official and shameless stakeholders in selling the interests of millions of people to the sitting government.
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The emergence of these ill-fated and ill-fitting opportunists as leaders notwithstanding is the reason for this mess. Non-students and those without capabilities have always made it to the top to serve as leaders, particularly in NANS and other student bodies in the country. Factionalization, misrepresentation, embezzlement of funds, impersonation, electoral malpractices and other shameful acts are regular features in students’ leadership in the country. Politicians, stakeholders in the education sector, parents and public officials can not be exonerated for the unpalatable situation.
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Worst still, most of these set of ‘come and raids’ barely think of how to better the lots of students populace. This is apparent in various and multifarious alarming issues on various campuses across the nation, ranging from excruciatingly porous welfare cases on campuses, hike in tuition fee, accommodation, scholarship, admission, bring succor to the wounds of bereaved students’ activists and unionists who are at the mercy of authoritarians and tyrants at all levels among so many others across the length and breadth of the country have taken to the contrary by smiling to the bank, amassing wealth and building political contacts at the expense of their respective constituency.
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If at the students/youths leadership we can’t get it right, when are we then going to, even if we have to opportunity to rule this nation?
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As the process of transition of power beckons, and election into the NANS national executive is being awaited, it’s another opportunity to lift the apex students’ association from the dire while raising the hope students and Nigerians by positioning the body to be a force to reckon with in the country polity. The world is now watching!
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It’s widely known and let it be restated that posterity will judge and track all those who have led us where we are today as students community, as a nation and as youths movement.
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If Nigeria must take its rightful place among comity of nations, the youths have to brace up for the responsibility by taking rightful places in all and indeed every strata of the Nigerian economy. Sooner or later, the responsibility would rest on them.
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Conclusively, may the hottest place in the hell be reserved for those who have or are and will betray thousands of Nigerian students and youths.
Moshood M.S