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Pictures shows former Anambra State Governor,Mr Peter Obi attending the ongoing Democratic Party Convention in the Unite States of America where Senator Hilary Clinton was formally nominated as the flag-bearer in the forthcoming Presidential election

The Inspector-General of Police, Ag.IGP Ibrahim K. Idris, NPM, mni on July 27, 2016 played host to Royal Fathers from Nasarawa State. 

The Chairman of Traditional Rulers in Nasarawa State, His Royal Majesty, Alh. Dr. Isa Mustapha Agwai was represented by the Emir of Keffi, Alh. Dr. Chindo Yahusa, Emir of Kwandere, Alh. Dr. Almakurah, Emir of Mama and Emir of Loko.

2. During the visit, the Inspector-General of Police sought the cooperation of the Royal Fathers to ensure adequate security in their domains and prevail on their subjects to be law abiding. He further solicited the assistance of the Royal Fathers in crime prevention and control in their jurisdictions. 

3. The Inspector-General of Police further intimated the Royal Fathers of the establishment of the Eminent Persons Forum in every State of the Federation, he enjoined the Royal Fathers to participate actively in the Forum most especially by making inputs from their wealth of experience to intervene and resolve conflicts and crisis where they occur.   

The Emir of Keffi while responding on behalf of the Chairman, Traditional Rulers in Nasarawa State assured the IGP of their supports and partnership with the Police in the Eminent Persons Forum and other area their assistance is needed.

The African Union Commission (AUC) and the International Committee of the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) have earmarked four cities in Nigeria to host the third edition of the All Africa Music Awards, (AFRIMA) which holds in November 2016.

This was disclosed at just concluded 27th AU Summit in Kigali, Rwanda on July 17, 2016.

The four cities targeted as potential hosts for the continental awards ceremony are: Calabar (Cross River State), Lagos (Lagos State), Port Harcourt (Rivers State) and Uyo (Akwa Ibom State),

The AU’s interest emanated from the visions of these four states in promoting and preserving Africa’s rich culture while also inspiring African youths.

The Commissioner for Social Affairs, African Union Commission, Dr Mustapha Sidiki Kaloko said, “The main purpose of the Host City partnership is to showcase the tourism and economic potential of one of the great cities in Africa and promote its strengths to global audience which in turn adds to the GDP of the state and the continent at large.”

While urging the considered cities to passionately vie for hosting privileges, the AUC official pointed out the immense advantages for the host city which include ‘long term investment and job creation; adoption of new benchmarks for city development; increased civic pride and community empowerment; increased tourism and publicity’.

“Ultimately, there is an opportunity to tap into the millions of participants and followers of the booming African music,” said Dr. Kaloko.

Also, AFRIMA Director of Sponsorship/Communication, Ms. Matlou Tsotetsi, explained that these four states are capable of creating global brand equity for Africa.

She said, “The host city will be one that is willing to create value and deep brand equity not only for Nigerians but Africans. It must have the most motivation to host AFRIMA in line with its values; have the strongest vision in tourism, culture and entertainment; have the most adequate facilities, surrounding infrastructure, security and tourist attraction to host the event and should have hosted successful events in the past that attracted both national and or global audiences.”

AFRIMA in partnership with the AUC opened submission of entries for this year’s edition of the continental awards on Monday, May 30, 2016.

Music professionals of African origin including artistes, songwriters, video directors, music/entertainment journalists and music producers resident on the continent or abroad are eligible to enter in any of the 33 award categories and entry submission closes on Saturday, July 30, 2016. Works to be submitted must be produced in the year under review—May 20, 2015 to July 30, 2016.

Format of submission: Detailed information about eligibility and format of submission is available on

You are probably already wondering: Why on earth would anyone be scared or have the fear of talking on the phone? The funny truth is that the fear of making and receiving phone calls is so common it has its own name: phone phobia (also telephone phobia or telephobia). A number of Nigerians who have phones and seem to be married to their devices actually struggle with this “ailment”.

Many phone users find it easy to text with their phones, email on them, navigate with them, and then we play Candy Crush on them, but when it comes to picking up the telephone and talking, it becomes a different ball game. Actually, there are quite a number of reasons why a person might be afraid of phone calls. Jumia Travel, Africa’s No.1 online hotel booking service tries to quell your curiosity by sharing a few reasons why Nigerians sometimes refuse to talk on their phones.

They feel vulnerable

A majority of Nigerians prefer to communicate via e-mail, texts, voice notes and other forms of communication that do not require impromptu response. These forms of communication presents them with the opportunity to edit whatever they want to say and coin it in the best way possible before they send it in. With phone calls, they have to respond immediately and so, they do not have that option of editing themselves. This makes them feel more vulnerable as most become afraid of saying what they will later regret.

Fear of being recorded

No one likes to be recorded unawares, but for some Nigerians, the fear that they will be recorded while having a conversation on the phone is so great that they try to wriggle themselves out of any situation that involves them having to talk on the phone. Some even pick up the phone and refrain from saying anything else other than “yes” or “No”, while others even disguise their voice so it is not easily recognized.

Wasting credit/airtime

This is the number one reason why Nigerians do not talk on the phone. They buy air time which they mostly refer to as “credit” either by topping up or buying cards from registered vendors, but most of the time, the air time runs out so fast that they have to spend a substantial sum to make a long phone call. As a result, some develop this phone phobia and only feel comfortable when texting or communicating via Social Media chat platforms like Whatsapp, Viber or IMO.

Phone voice

When you ask some Nigerians who do not like to make phone calls why they have a phobia for it, they tell you they do not like the way their voice sounds on the phone. It may seem like a very trivial reason, but a number of Nigerians actually refrain from making calls as a result of this.

Past experience

Some Nigerians develop the fear of talking on the phone after having a negative experience over a call, like a breakup or a bad medical diagnosis. They eventually feel extremely anxious whenever they are on calls and go to great lengths to avoid phone calls (even from friends!).

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The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said that President Mohammadu Buhari has fulfilled its campaign promises to address insecurity, fix the economy and fight corruption.

The minister said the Mohammadu Buhari-led administration is on the right track and there is no alternative to what it is doing.

The minister stated this at a meeting with the members of staff of the Nigerian Embassy in Madrid, Spain.

The meeting was on the sideline of the minister’s two-day official visit to the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).

“I believe that we are on the right track, there will be some pains, but there is no alternative to what we are doing,’’ he said.

Mohammed said that the administration had fulfilled its campaign promises to address insecurity, fix the economy and fight corruption.

In the area of security, the minister said that when Buhari came on board, 14 of the 20 Local Government Areas of Borno, four in Adamawa and three in Yobe were under the sovereign authority of Boko Haram.

He said that with proactive measures and soft diplomacy with neighbouring African countries, the U.S., France and the G-8 had helped the country to “decisively deal with Book Haram’’.

“Today, all the major highways leading to Maiduguri are opened and about two months ago, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) played a league match in Maiduguri stadium,’’ he said.

On the renewed agitations in the Niger-Delta region and parts of the South-East, the minister reassured that the government would not marginalise any part of the country, and assured that economic development would go round to everyone.

According to the minister, the present administration is implementing fiscal discipline and other measures to address the messed up economy it inherited from its predecessors.

He said with the temporarily painful measures, the government would turn around the adversity to gains and ensure that never again would the nation run a corrupt, clueless and an oil-dependent economy.

The minister said that the administration had been unfairly accused of placing too much emphasis on the fight against corruption at the expense of addressing fundamental economic issues.

He stressed that no amount of economic reforms put in place could work unless the “monster of corruption is successfully dealt with’’.

Mohammed clarified that the administration’s fight against corruption was not selective, and that the government was not probing the 2015 elections campaign funds of the People’s Democratic Party.

He assured that that the government would continue to remain focus in its efforts to rebuild the country.

The Minister Consular of the embassy, Mr Sola Akinlude, who conducted the minister round the embassy, said that the official population of Nigerians resident n Spain was about 100,000.

Prospects of a confrontation between Niger Delta militants and the military heightened yesterday as the Nigerian Army announced that its Special Forces had started exercises in preparation for combat in the restive oil rich region.

The Army in a statement by its Director of Public Relations (DAPR), Col. Sani Usman, said it had started conducting exercises for its Special Forces on maritime warfare. “The Nigerian Army will from this weekend commence another training exercise code named ‘Exercise Crocodile Smile’ in 82 Division and part of 2 Division areas of responsibility traversing the South-south geo-political region,” he said.

But Bayelsa State Governor Seriake Dickson wednesday met with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja and said force was not the solution to the problem that had massively constrained the country’s crude oil production output.

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai, had warned last week that if the militants failed to accept the federal government’s offer of dialogue over their grievances, the military would have to step in to protect the nation’s oil and gas assets that had been the target of a militant group, Niger Delta Avengers’ (NDA) consistent acts of sabotage.

The federal government’s strategy for dialogue would appear to be experiencing some hiccups as the main militant group, the Avengers, has consistently expressed reservations about the sincerity of the process even as some other stakeholders query the government’s option of using proxy for the proposed talks.

Obviously not wanting to be caught unawares, the Nigerian Army has started preparing for a possible confrontation with the militants, conducting exercises for its Special Forces on maritime warfare.

Usman wednesday said: “The aim of the exercise is to practise our Special Forces and other units of the Nigerian Army in Amphibious and Internal Security Operations in riverine environment and also check criminal activities like kidnapping, militancy and piracy and other forms of criminal activities in support of the civil authority.”

He urged members of the public “not to panic on the sight of unusual movement of large number of troops, heavy military weapons and equipment in these areas”.
As part of the military’s preparation, its Joint Task Force in the Niger Delta, Operation Delta Safe, also warned the militants not take it for granted, saying it had the capacity to crush them.

Rear Admiral Joseph Okojie, the new Commander of the outfit covering Delta, Rivers, Bayelsa, parts of Ondo and Akwa Ibom States, described the crisis in the region as a fifth generation security threat, but stressed that Nigerians would soon begin to see the results from the efforts by the forces to tackle the violent agitators.

Okojie, who spoke with journalists in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, where the JTF, ODS is headquartered, assured Nigerians that the military had total control of the security infrastructure in the country, but added that the military remained subservient to the political leadership of the country.

He noted that the federal government, the minister of defence, the chief of defence staff and all the service chiefs were fully involved in the current operations to rout all criminalities in the oil-rich region.

“The ODS will not shirk its responsibility of securing the Niger Delta. We will ensure that there is sanctity of our territorial integrity, but we have to make sure that collateral damage is minimised.

“We are on top of the security manifestations and at the appropriate time, if necessary, action will be taken to ensure there is peace.

“If there is need to up the tempo, we will do it, but for now (our operations) are driven by the political imperatives of our leaders. The political leadership has come out with clear instructions while we also carry out our core duty,” he said.

Flanked by his lieutenants in charge of land operations, maritime and civil military operations, Okojie explained that in the last few weeks, his men had successfully foiled cases of pipeline vandalism, kidnapping, illegal oil refining, piracy and other criminalities in the region.

“These are complex operations, but we are trained for that and very soon everyone will begin to see the results,” he said.

He added: “We are quite capable of enforcing our mandate. This is a fifth generation warfare. Not everyone there is a criminal. It is complex and you must consider innocent people. Every situation demands its own solution. We wouldn’t want to hear complaints that people are being killed.”

He urged the media to be objective and professional in reporting the security challenges in the region, saying that the military would continue to keep its mandate of providing a safe environment for economic prosperity.

According to Okojie, “We have seen reports emanating from faceless sources that tend to compromise national security in the mainstream media and want to restate our commitment to the mandate given to Operation Delta Safe.

“Our mandate does not include engagement in propaganda with any interest and wish to restate that the territorial integrity of our country is sacrosanct.
“We implore the media to rise to the occasion and subject their security related stories to the dictates of their professional ethics.”