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Protect, promote Nigeria’s unity – CAN tells citizens

The Lagos chairman of CAN, Apostle Alexander Bamgbola, has appealed to all Nigerians to pray for the unity of the nation

The cleric also stated that the nations’ leaders should also ask themselves if they are truly building Nigeria or destroying it

– According to Bamgbola, every member of the political class will give account of his or her stewardship to God some day

Apostle Alexander Bamgbola, Chairman, Lagos state Chapter, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), on Wednesday, January 17, urged all Nigerians to protect and promote the country’s unity, NAN reports.

Addressing a news conference on the state of the nation in Lagos, Bamgbola said that destroying Nigeria was not the solution to the challenges facing the country.

African entertainment  gathers that the CAN chairman added that once Nigerians are united, there would be solutions to most challenges facing the country.

“We wish to speak to our political leaders to pause for a moment, look and think of what Nigeria has become under their watch.

“For many more Nigerians, it is a sad story, the question that the political class must ask itself is, are we truly building the Nigeria nation or are we destroying it?

“What kind of Nigeria do we want to handover to our children?

“I will like to remind every member of today’s political class that no condition is permanent.

“Every member of today’s political class will give account of his or her stewardship to God some day,’’ he said.

Meanwhile, African entertainment previously reported that the Christian Association of Nigeria sent a message to President Muhammadu Buhari, condemning the attack in Benue state by herdsmen.

The religious body charged the president and security chiefs to look into the issue and stop paying lip service.

CAN president, Rev Samson Olasupo Ayokunle, in a statement issued in Abuja by his special assistant, media and communications, Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, condemned the attack, claiming the country had witnessed unprecedented attacks in the past two years.

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Dangote reveals cause of increasing attack across Nigeria

Aliko Dangote has disclosed the real cause for increasing attack in some parts of Nigeria

Dangote attributed the country’s increasing attack to the high rate of unemployment

– He, however, said the government is working tirelessly to make sure that the issue is resolved

The president and chief executive of the Dangote Group Aliko Dangote on Tuesday, January 16, spoke on the increasing attack in some parts of Nigeria.

Dangote on Tuesday, while speaking with Channels TV revealed that increasing rate of unemployment was to blame for the attacks.

According to him, ”The government is working tirelessly to make sure that we resolve the issue is resolved.

”Government cannot do it on its own; we also need to do our own. The government is giving us an opportunity to also create jobs.

And I think people are under-rating how many jobs we need to create, not just in Nigeria and Africa, we need to create 12 million jobs every year in Africa.”

On how to tackle unemployment, the industrialist called for a need to focus on Agriculture.

He added: ”I think we should focus on agriculture, we should focus on solid minerals, these two can now replace oil.

“So if you have to create 12 million jobs, creating 12 million jobs especially now with technology is going to be a little bit difficult, but we have all it takes to create a lot of jobs, which is agriculture.”

Meanwhile, African Entertainment  had reported that Senator representing Kaduna central ShehuSani said some of his colleagues can’t confront President Buhari on the killings across the country because they want to be re-elected in 2019.

Sani made this known on Tuesday, January 16, on the floor of the Senate while debating a report of an ad hoc committee on security

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No fewer than 26 states to participate in Calabar cultural carnival, says official

No fewer than 26 states will be participating in the 2017 Calabar carnival, scheduled to begin on Tuesday, Mr Gabe Onah, Chairman of the Carnival Commission has said.

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Onah who disclosed this on Sunday in Calabar during the `Technical Recce’ inspection of the carnival routes and the special booths, also said a 30-man horse crew from the Estu Nupe, will participate in the carnival.

According to him, the participating states and local governments will showcase their rich cultural content and what they have to offer to the world.

“The 2017 cultural carnival will feature 26 states and all the 18 local government areas in Cross River. The essence is to allow the people showcase their rich cultural content to the world.

Culture itself is dynamic, and what we have done over the years through training is to develop art and craft and taking them to the next level.

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“We are satisfied with the Technical Team, the Very Important Persons booth at target by Mary Slessor is 80 per cent ready and the booth at the High Quality by Marian Road is as good as ready too.

Worthy of note also is the road rehabilitation programme for smooth dancing and movement of the tourists’’, he said.

He further said that the content of Calabar carnival had remained cultural, adding that the 2017 theme `Migration’ was global and unique.

The Chairman said that the carnival had provided a unique job opportunity for unemployed youths to be gainfully engaged in the production of arts and crafts and other fabric used in the carnival.

He said that no fewer than two million tourists from Nigeria and abroad are expected in the state to witness the “largest street carnival” in Africa.

He assured all those visiting the state for the carnival of adequate security had been put in place to ensure a hitch free carnival celebration.


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Millions Of Nigerian Youths Became Unemployed In 2017 Because Of Recession [ Must Read

 A total of 7.956 million Nigerians became unemployed between January 2016 and September 30, 2017, data from the National Bureau of Statistics shows.


This unemployment report survey for the third quarter of 2017 released by the NBS on December 22, 2017 puts the number at 7.956 million more than the 8,036 million in stood in 2015 Q4.


The bureau in the report stated that the number of Nigerians that became unemployed rose from 8,036 million in 2015 fourth quarter to 15.998 million in third quarter of 2017.

The report said further that between the second quarter and third quarter of 2017, the number of economically active or working age population (15 – 64 years of age) increased from 110.3 million to 111.1 million.

“The unemployment rate increased from 14.2 per cent in Q4 2016 to 16.2 per cent in Q2 2017 and 18.8 per cent in Q3 2017. The number of people within the labor force who are unemployed or underemployed increased from 13.6 million and 17.7 million respectively in Q2 2017, to 15.9 million and 18.0 million in Q3 2017.

“Total unemployment and underemployment combined increased from 37.2 per cent in the previous quarter to 40 per  cent in Q3 2017.

“The labor force population increased from 83.9 million in Q2 2017 to 85.1 million in Q3 2017. The total number of people in full-time employment (at least 40 hours a week) declined from 52.7 million in Q2 2017 to 51.1 million in Q3 2017.”

NBS in the report blames the increasing unemployment and underemployment rates on Nigeria’s fragile economy despite the exit from recession. The report explained that domestic labor market is still fragile and economic growths in the past two quarters in 2017 have not been strong enough to provide employment in Nigeria’s domestic labor market.

“An economic recession is consistent with an increase in unemployment as jobs are lost and new jobs creation is stalled.

“A return to economic growth provides an impetus to employment. However, employment growth may lag, and unemployment rates worsen especially at the end of a recession and for many months after,” the report said.

During the third quarter of 2017, according to the report, 21.2 percent of women within the labour force (aged 15-64 and willing, able, and actively seeking work) were unemployed, compared to 16.5 percent of men within the same period.

The report also noted that underemployment was predominant in the rural areas as 26.9 percent of rural residents within the labour force in were underemployed compared to 9 percent of urban residents within the same period.

See table of the report below:

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Presidency reacts to President Buhari’s involvement in Kano Politics 

Presidency has reacted to allegations that President Muhammadu Buhari is behind the removal of the Kano state chairman of the APC

– Presidential spokesman, Malam Garba Shehu, has described the accusation as false

– He warned against dragging the name of the president into the removal of the APC chairman in Kano state

The presidency has warned against dragging the name of President Muhammadu Buhari into the removal of the Chairman of Kano chapter of the APC, Alhaji Umar Doguwa, from office.

A presidential spokesman, Malam Garba Shehu, gave the warning in a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday, 

Shehu described as false, the accusation that Buhari was behind the removal of the erstwhile All Progressives Congress chairman in Kano State.

The presidential aide was reacting to the allegations made by a political support group at a press conference in Kano.

The group named itself “Concerned Members of the APC in Kano State.”

He stated that at no time did the president involved himself in the internal conflict of any APC chapter in the country, and would never do so.

“President Buhari would not risk his integrity to support one side against the other in the affairs the APC or any other political party anywhere in the country.

“Anybody who knows the president’s principles would not believe any allegation linking Buhari to interference in the election or removal of party leaders across the country, he added.

He noted that Buhari was accused in the past of not taking control of the National Assembly by imposing some people on the legislature as SenatePresident and Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Shehu said that it was ironical that the president would now be accused of abandoning those principles to order the removal of the chairman.

“I am 100 percent convinced that this group, which is being associated with the respected senator representing Kano, Rabiu Kwankwaso, did not seek his permission before dragging President Buhari’s name into this matter.

“Kwankwaso knows President Buhari too well to reduce him to this level,”he said.

The presidential aide therefore advised the group to stop belittling the person and office of the president by dragging his name into their local party quarrels.

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Obiano speaks on ‘2019 presidential ambition’

Anambra State governor, Chief Willie Obiano has insisted that there was no truth in the recent rumour that he intended to fly the flag of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, in the 2019 presidential election.

The governor in a Christmas message signed on his behalf by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mr James Eze dispelled the speculations.

He said, “I dismiss them as a mere political stargazing which has no bearing on the facts on the ground.”

The governor urged the people of the state to seize the opportunity of the Christmas to touch the lives of their neighbour positively with love as they commemorate the birth of Christ.

Obiano described Christmas as the season of love when Christians are expected to rise above all inhibitions to show love to their neighbours.

“Christmas underscores the salvific role of Christ to mankind and reminds us all of the centrality of sacrificial love to a more peaceful and harmonious world. So, in the birth of Jesus Christ, we Christians are reminded that love is the first condition for a better world.”

Speaking further, Governor Obiano observed that Nigeria was in a period of time when only sacrificial love can heal the deep-seated wounds and harrowing agonies that harangue the people on a daily basis.

“We need to be kind to one another, encourage one another and support one another. Nigeria is at a time when we must all come together to seal the cracks between us with love and the celebration of Christmas gives us a perfect opportunity to do just that,” he further advised 

He assured the people of the state of his commitment to ensure that he surpasses his first term performance during his second term.

Obiano thanked them for voting him overwhelming in the just concluded governorship election.

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Senate President Hosts OPC Leader, Gani Adams At The National Assembly. Photos

The Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki received The 15th Aare Onakakanfo of Yoruba Land at his office located on the 4th floor of the new senate building inside the National Assembly Complex, Abuja.

Welcoming Adams, Dr. Saraki said, it is good that the younger generations are are taking up the mantle of leadership, according to him “i was very delighted and glad when i read it in the news that you have been appointed as the 15th Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yoruba Land, your determination and commitment to the promotion of culture and tradition as well as the defense and love you have for the Yoruba race and Nigeria led you to where you are today”.

Enumerating the virtues of the new Aare Ona Kakanfo , the Senate President revealed that Adams is not a stranger to him, “You are not a new person to me, i have known you for long, especially when I was the Governor of the Kwara State, you come to the state for a lot of cultural and people oriented events, you have distinguished yourself, I thank God for your life. I assure you that I will lead the delegation of the members of the Senate to Oyo on your installation day”.

In his speech, Aare Gani Adams explained that his visit to the Senate leader is to introduce himself as the 15th Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yoruba land and requested for the presence of the Senate President at his installation Come January 13, in Oyo. He saluted the courage of Saraki and praised him for the political wisdom he is using in paddling the affairs of the upper chamber.

Some of the Senator who were at the visit include Senator Sola Adeyeye, Senator Monsurat Sunmonu, Senator Omotayo Alasoadura, Senator Boroffice Ajayi, Senator Olamilekan Adeola, Senator Clifford Ordia.

In the entourage of Aare Gani Adams, are his Chief of Staff, Prince Akanni Segun Olalekan, Bar Tanimowo Babajide Akinkunmi, Bar Oguntimehin…

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Masquerade Killed By Speeding Cab Driver In Akwa Ibom State. Photos

A masquerade was knocked down by a hit-and-run driver, today, ten days to the end of the year. According to reports, the masquerade is said to have been hit when the driver, who was on high speed, tried to avoid another vehicle on the road.

The corpse was seen lying on Nwaniba Road by Use Offot, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State Capital.

The identity of the masquerade is yet to be ascertained at the time of filing this report.

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Man Transforms Old And Abandoned Peugeot 504 Car In Enugu. See Incredible Photos

When before meets after… A man based in Enugu has got his work trending online after redesigning an abandoned and rickety Peugeot 504 vehicle. 

The automobile designer and repairer, Frank Blaise totally refurbished the old vehicle both the interior and exterior as the once rejected vehicle has now become the interest of online users.

The car caused a scene when it was driven in Enugu metropolis recently as people gathered to check out the incredible transformation, according to reports.

 

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Conjoined Nigerian Twins Undergo Successful Surgery Involving 22 Doctors. Photos

Remember Mr Obinna Ugwuoke from Ebonyi state, who temporarily went insane after discovering that his wife gave birth to conjoined babies fused at the stomach at First Covenant Hospital in Satellite Town, Lagos on the 8th of May 2017, the conjoined twins have undergone a successful surgery in India involving 22 specialists, according to reports.

The happily married couple with two children – were shocked on seeing their new babies, James and John after the delivery.

The Nigerian parents traveled to a specialist hospital in Bangalore for the marathon operation that involved 22 specialists.

Medics now claim the twins are ready to live ‘independent lives’ – despite spending the first six months of life attached to each other.

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