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‘Disastrous living conditions’ discovered in Northern Nigeria
$14 billion? We didn’t do that! – MTN
Shell, Chevron, Mobil – 70% of incomes lost
Senate, see what you’ve caused; MTN shares drop on allegations
MTN Nigeria; it’s one mess after the other
WannaBe ‘Bomber’, Abdulmutallab falls victim of identity theft in Edo voters’ register
From nudity to hijab, Playboy features first Muslim woman wearing a hijab
Again, Nigeria fails sportsmen. Nigeria’s Chess Olympiad team funded by ‘good samaritans’
Obasanjo visits his Jamaican ‘brother’
Nigeria: Disastrous living conditions more deadly than violence
The humanitarian emergency in northeastern Nigeria is reaching catastrophic levels. A massive relief effort is needed immediately in remote areas as well as in the state capital, the international medical humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said today.
The desperate living conditions in Borno state show the devastating impact of the ongoing conflict between Boko Haram and the Nigerian military. In several locations, people have sought refuge in towns or camps controlled by the military, and are entirely reliant on outside aid that does not reach them. “Although a nutrition emergency was declared three months ago, there has been a serious failure to help the people of Borno,” said Hugues Robert, head of MSF’s emergency response. “And we are again calling for a massive relief effort to be deployed now.”
On 19 September, MSF teams managed to reach the town of Ngala, where 80,000 displaced people are living in a camp cut off from the outside world. They desperately lack food and healthcare. People are effectively stranded in the camp and cannot leave. A rapid nutritional screening of more than 2,000 children under the age of five found that one in 10 was suffering from life-threatening severe acute malnutrition. People in the camp reported having less than half a litre of water per person per day. MSF teams provided food and medical care and are scaling up assistance.
In nearby Gambaru, MSF teams found more than one in seven children suffering from severe acute malnutrition. The town’s 123,000 residents lack basic food supplies and have no access to healthcare after the town’s only clinic was burnt down. Roads are too dangerous for people to go elsewhere for medical care.
The desperate situation in Ngala and Gamburu matches that in Bama, Banki and Gwoza – all towns which were inaccessible until very recently due to insecurity, and where MSF has since been providing food and medical assistance. But most worryingly, in Maiduguri, where there is no conflict and aid organisations have been able to access the population for the last two years, MSF recorded malnutrition rates in some locations as high as those seen in the conflict zones. More than half of the 2.5 million people living in the state capital have been displaced from other areas of Borno. MSF teams screening children in the Custom House camp found that one in five children are suffering from severe acute malnutrition. The mortality rate is five times higher than what is considered an emergency, with the main cause being hunger.
“So far the aid response has been massively insufficient, uncoordinated and ill-adapted to the needs of people who are suffering the consequences of this crisis,” said Natalie Roberts, MSF emergency programme manager. “To avert an even greater humanitarian disaster, food and medical care must be delivered now to remote and accessible areas in Borno state. Nigerian authorities have a responsibility to make sure this happens for the sake of thousands who are at risk of imminent death.”
PDP, APC trade words as Battle for Supremacy Heats up
Buhari, Tambuwal, APC govs move to quell Tinubu, Oyegun’s reft
President Buhari Welcomes $5bn Investment from India Africa
Sale of National Assets is the Highest form of Corruption – Femi Aborisade
Nigeria: UNFPA, DFID Want Pact With Government to Save Lives
Navy vows to deal with impostors, illegal ‘naval groups’
Bishop Onaiyekan says it is not too late for FG to dialogue with Boko Haram, militants
Navy vows to deal with impostors, illegal ‘naval groups’
Exempt Nigeria from oil freeze, Kachikwu begs OPEC
Nigeria: Fire Forces Closure of Shell Oil Pipeline
Exempt Nigeria From Oil Freeze, Kachikwu Begs Opec
Amid expectations from the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, OPEC, ordering members to freeze oil production, at its meeting yesterday, the Minister of State, Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, has pleaded for an exemption for Nigeria. He explained that Nigeria was still struggling to get back on its production strength of 1.7 million barrels per day and facilities repairs. Speaking at an interview with Bloomberg, Kachikwu, stated that given the current challenges bedevilling the sector such plans would be unfair for the country’s productivity. He said: “Frankly, given what we are faced with in Nigeria in the last 11 to 12 months, we have lost literally between 500,000 and 700, 000 barrels per day on an average. It is very unrealistic to expect Nigeria to make more sacrifices. We will expect to be one of those people to be granted an exemption.” The minister maintained that possible discourse would be geared towards production cut rather than a freeze, saying, “this is because freezing at current levels is still fairly high and would not make serious impact in terms of the market. “There have been some arguments that when you have an unwillingly partnership as it is right now, you first do what is possible which is creating a freeze which is a softer module and then you progress to cuts. “But the realistic situation is that unless you have a realistic cut, you are not going to have much of an impact in terms of pricing.” However, we hope to have a good and very honest dialogue; to a willingness to have at a minimum a freeze; and at the maximum a cut. At least, if we don’t achieve that now, having an undertaken that it must be done between now and when the next meeting commenced in November.” Commenting on crisis in the Niger-Delta region and current strategies to stem the tide, Kachikwu called for a more effective and realistic dialogue. “We are doing all we can but the truth is that we should effect a dialogue which is engaging as much as we can. I think we should be realistic about a robust and aggressive dialogue and be able to find a solution to this crisis. “Secondly, at the end of the day, we should have a very robust military response not in terms of real strike or attacks, but in terms of being able to respond to surprises. A twin set of solution both military and dialogue positions where to propose,” he said. According to him, the country’s current production stands at 1.7 million barrels, up from the very low 1.2 million from about two to three months ago, adding that, “if we can finalize the dialogue in the month of October, we will be able to get the country to about two million barrel by the end of the year. Kachikwu noted that when the pipelines are been destroyed it will take time to get them repaired and get back to production, stressing that it was really the main constraints rather than the attacks. “The Quo-Ibeo and the Shell Bonny will require an average of two to three months to finalize the terms of repair. I am hoping that by the end of the year, we will have about two million barrels,” the minister said. However, he asserted that there was need for the country to build reserves. “But we are launching a petroleum road map that would cover everything from Niger-delta solution to the security in the area; financing the industry; stopping government from cash calls; looking at assets and seeing how we can deploy vast sum of money in the hands of government,” Kachikwu opined.
MTN Group Ltd. shares slumped the most in almost two months after Nigerian lawmakers raised new allegations about the wireless carrier, this time accusing the company of illegally moving almost $14 billion out of its largest market.
Nigeria’s Senate will thoroughly investigate the claim, it said on its Twitter account on Tuesday. The Johannesburg-based company, Africa’s biggest wireless carrier by sales, is accused of repatriating the funds over 10 years starting in 2006, according to Dino Melaye, the politician who proposed the motion. The four banks involved in the alleged illegal transfers are Citigroup Inc., Standard Chartered Plc, and Nigerian lenders Stanbic IBTC Holdings Plc and Diamond Bank Plc.
Representatives for MTN, Citigroup and Johannesburg-based Standard Bank Group Ltd., which controls Stanbic, declined to comment. The other two banks weren’t immediately available to comment.
MTN shares fell 3.4 percent to 119.77 rand by the market close in Johannesburg, the steepest decline since Aug. 2. That values the company at 221 billion rand ($16.4 billion).
The accusation comes a little over three months after MTN agreed to pay a 330 billion naira ($1 billion) fine in cash to the Nigerian government and list its local unit on the country’s stock exchange after about eight months of negotiations. That penalty was imposed for missing a deadline to disconnect 5.1 million customers unregistered in the country, which is battling an Islamist insurgency. The stock has fallen more than 37 percent since the fine was first reported in October, allowing crosstown rival Vodacom Group Ltd. to overtake the company in terms of market valuation.
“It’s not a good thing for MTN that there is a lot of noise being made again around corporate governance,” Sasha Naryshkine, an analyst at Johannesburg-based money manager Vestact Ltd., said by phone. “It’s difficult to move money out of the country illegally as it has to be moved through the central bank.”
Nigeria Trade and Investment Minister Okechukwu Enelamah was among people “who MTN used” in moving the funds, according to the motion. His special adviser, Olubunmi Adeoye, didn’t answer calls seeking comment.
MTN shares had fallen earlier on Tuesday after the Nigerian telecommunications regulator blocked the carrier’s attempt to take over internet spectrum owned by closely held Visafone, which it had agreed to buy in January. MTN is trying to add capacity to extend internet access in Nigeria and South Africa as revenue from voice services declines.
“It’s one mess after the other for MTN in Nigeria again today,” Naryshkine said.
#EdoDecides: Terrorist’s name in fake voter register, says Oshiomhole
Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, said on Tuesday that the picture of a convicted terrorist, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, was found in a fake voter register as an eligible voter for Wednesday’s governorship election.
Oshiomhole, who spoke when he received the United States Consul General in Lagos, John Bray, at the Government House in Benin, explained that the said terrorist was registered with a Bini name.
Abdulmutallab was convicted for attempting to detonate explosives hidden in his underwear onboard an airline from Amsterdam, The Netherlands, to Detroit, Michigan, on December 25, 2009.
Oshiomhole, who expressed worry over the development, noted that the foundation for credible elections was the voter register, adding that once the voter register was manipulated, there could be problems.
When contacted, the spokesperson for the Independent National Electoral Commission in Edo State, Mrs. Priscilla Imoudu-Sule, promised to get back to our correspondent.
But she has yet to do so as of the time of filing the report.
Oshiomhole explained, “Right now, we have evidence of two versions of the voter register – the one they have officially distributed and the one that some elements within the ICT in INEC have also produced in Abuja.
“What they have done in the past, which we hear they want to re-enact, is that they will display one voter register which is reasonably accurate. They also have a fake one which they intend to bring and use to spring a surprise in certain locations, where they believe that they have no chance. When voters go there, they would find a voter register different from the one that they know. There will be confusion in those voting centres.
“For example, I was shocked to find the portrait of Mr. Abdulmutallab, and that will interest Your Excellency, the young man who has been jailed in the US for a terrorist act. His portrait is in the fake voter’s register with a Benin name under it.
“I am sure if you look at the face, if we don’t know the face, you, the US officials know the face. And you find the name under it, that it is a Benin name in Ovia South-West.”
He also alleged that INEC had enlisted some members of the opposition party as election observers even in Etsako-West, where he hails from.
The governor said, “Last night, in my local government, one of the PDP leaders, who incidentally is on the list of INEC observers, I can be very specific, one Tenebe, we have information that he got boys around and they were shooting. But the police went to apprehend them; they engaged the police in a shootout.”
Oshiomhole, however, reiterated the commitment of the state towards a peaceful conduct of the election, adding that, “I guess that if you review your records or your political notes, you would find that up till 2007, our opponents relied solely on rigging.”
Earlier, he US Consul-General, who led a delegation of election observers, expressed the hope that the outcome of the poll would reflect the will of the electorate.
Brady said, “We are here to observe the elections. We will all be watching this election very closely. It is essential that the election is peaceful, fair and credible and reflects the will of Edo citizens.
“The postponement was a setback a few weeks ago. But I still believe it offers us the opportunity to hold the first successful and transparent governorship election in 2016.”
Playboy features first Muslim woman wearing a hijab
Playboy magazine, once famous for bunnies and soft porn, for the first time is featuring a Muslim woman wearing a hijab, in a spread that is drawing both praise and criticism.
American journalist Noor Tagouri appears in the magazine’s October “Renegades” edition, a series that focuses on men and women “who risked it all — even their lives — to do what they love.”
The 22-year-old journalist who works as a reporter for Newsy, a video news network, is featured wearing a black leather jacket, jeans, sneakers and a hijab, or headscarf, in the publication that describes her as “a badass activist.”
Tagouri, who is of Libyan descent and whose goal is to become the first “hijabi” anchor on commercial U.S. television, says that her struggles as a Muslim woman growing up in the United States have helped her move ahead in her career.
“I know what it’s like to have the narrative of our community be skewed and exploited in the media,” she told Playboy, which did away with nudity earlier this year as it sought to appeal to a wider audience.
“I was like, ‘Hey, I know what it’s like to be misrepresented in the media. I won’t do that to you. I want to tell your story because it’s important and deserves justice.’”
Tagouri, who has a social media following of more than 100,000, first gained attention after launching the viral #LetNoorShine campaign in 2012.
Her appearance in the revamped Playboy is being hailed by many as a breakthrough, but others have hit out at the young woman.
“Playboy is synonymous with pornography,” read an article in The Muslim Vibe, an online magazine.
“It has been at the forefront of the objectification, sexualisation and commodification of women for decades and just because they’ve softened their image, it doesn’t mean we can begin to engage with the platform and jump on board.”
Blogger Nishaat Ismail also questioned in an opinion column the wisdom of Tagouri associating with an institution “based on the objectification of women.”
“Are the voices of women — and in particular Muslim women — buried so deep under the cries of those who claim to speak on our behalf that our only available response is (to) involve ourselves with Playboy, a magazine that has solely existed for the past 63 years for men to gawp at the bodies of half-naked women?” wrote Nishaat.
“Is this really how we reclaim our own narrative?”
That was from Raw Story
Controversy erupts as the first Muslim woman in a hijab appears in Playboy magazine
Playboy is featuring its first Muslim woman in a hijab. The young journalist will actually wear much more than that, and will even makes a “strong case for modesty” in the steamy pages of the magazine, of all places. But it’s not happening without a tsunami of controversy.
American Noor Tagouri, 22, who works for Newsy, will appear along with a sex activist, a comedian and a novelist in Playboy’s October issue as part of the magazine’s annual Renegade picks, featuring people who, according to Playboy “risked it all – even their lives – to do what they love, showing us what can be accomplished if we break the rules”.
It’s not clear what rules Tagouri has broken. But the West Virginia native and first generation Libyan American of her family has wracked up lots of followers on #LetNoorShine and her YouTube channel, collaborated on a fashion line, given a TED talk on individuality – and aims to become the first hijab-wearing network news anchor.
Tagouri definitely won’t be nude in the magazine (Playboy has jettisoned its fully nude photos), and is very modestly dressed for her Renegade appearance.
She does talk about what it’s like to be an American and a journalist as a “hijabi Muslim woman”. She believes her experiences with discrimination and stereotypes in the US has improved her connection with many news sources.
“I know what it’s like to have the narrative of our community be skewed and exploited in the media,” she tells Playboy. “Hey, I know what it’s like to be misrepresented in the media. I won’t do that to you,” she says she tells sources. “I want to tell your story because it’s important and deserves justice.”
But Tagouri has already been slammed by several critics after she announced her appearance online. As the Miami Herald quipped in a headline: “A Muslim woman in Playboy. What could go wrong?”
She was instantly attacked by Muslims many of whom see her appearance in Playboy as a betrayal, and by many feminists who also see it as a betrayal.
“There was the backlash, then the backlash against the backlash, then the (I’m not kidding) backlash against the backlash against the backlash,” Shadi Hamid, a Brookings Institution fellow who specializes in Islam, said of the Tagouri controversy on Facebook.
Linda Sarsour, one of the country’s most prominent Muslim activists, revealed that she had also been approached by Playboy, but turned down the interview.
Sarsour said her decision was personal, “as a woman, as a mother, as a Muslim.” But she slammed the Muslims attacking Tagouri.
“While I don’t agree with Noor’s choice to take this interview, I am outraged by the slut-shaming of a young sister in our community,” Sarsour wrote. “She is our daughter.”
Tagouri has promised to respond to the controversy. Until then, she wrote on Twitter: “I’m gonna let everyone get the hate out of their systems and calm down for a sec.”
The International Business Times
The Nigerian Team At The Baku Chess Olympiad
Preparing for the Baku Chess Olympiad, the top five Nigerian chess players had to train on their own, as the country was unable to fund the trip. This evolved into the uncertainty of even participating this year.
But owing to the passion of a single man (the president of the Nigerian Chess Federation), four of the five registered open players were provided flight tickets. The fifth player was crowdfunded to the tournament, and arrived about two days after the start of the event.
GCPP petitions CHRAJ over $5m Abacha gift to Rawlings
The Great Consolidated Popular Party (GCPP) has implored the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) to launch an investigation into former President Jerry John Rawlings’ alleged $5m Abacha gift.
The late Nigerian leader, Sani Abacha in 1998 was rumoured to have given Mr. Rawlings $5m as gift.
Mr. Rawlings’ acceptance of the money according to the presidential candidate of the GCPP, Dr Henry Lartey is unethical and that CHRAJ must institute a swift investigation into the matter.
Accusing the former president of lying, Dr. Lartey said “We will not allow anyone who is corrupt to get away with it, even if you are the president of Ghana. “
As a result, he said at a press conference Tuesday that “We are going to CHRAJ with our lawyers and he [Rawlings] will have to answer all these questions. No vendetta or whatsoever, I actually respected him to a point – he disappointed me and he has disappointed all West Africans.”
He continued “It is a sad thing that a man of probity and accountability must come to tell us that he took $2m cash [from Abacha]. Did he take it on behalf of Ghanaians? Who signed for the money? What was the money used for? Did he really receive $2m? Are we being lied to?”
Speaking to the Guardian Newspaper in Nigeria in July this year, Mr. Rawlings confessed to receiving money from Mr. Abacha but denied that the quantum is $5m. He said, he received $2million contrary to the rumoured $5m.
Obasanjo visits his Jamaican ‘brother’
Chief Olusegun Obasanjo’s easy smile last Friday left no doubt that he was among friends.
Indeed, the former Nigerian president was a guest at the St Andrew home of Ambassador Carlton Masters, Jamaica’s first representative to the African Union, who described Obasanjo as “my brother”.
Naturally, the reception hosted by Masters would not have been the same had the guest list not included his good friend and former Jamaican Prime Minister PJ Patterson, who has known Obasanjo for many years.
The retired Nigerian army general was also pleased to see Opposition Leader Portia Simpson Miller, former Finance Minister Dr Peter Phillips, Jamaica Olympic Association President Mike Fennell, former Cabinet ministers Anthony Hylton and Arnold Bertram, and Verene Shepherd, professor of social history at the University of the West Indies, Mona campus.
Obasanjo was in the island for just a few days on what Ambassador Masters described as “a friendly personal visit”. Therefore, the late evening reception was devoid of business. In fact, the closest he came to engaging in such talk was in his informal remarks after being officially welcomed by Patterson.
The Jamaica Observer, though, got him to speak a bit about international politics, especially current events in Africa, after the newspaper asked him for an update on his life since his retirement in 2007.
“Jokingly I always say that I’m unemployed and unemployable,“ he responded with a soft chuckle.
“I don’t hold any political office; I don’t even belong to any political party now. I think I can call myself an elder statesman in Nigeria because the position that I have, of not belonging to any political party or not holding any Government or political office, allows me to be able to be advisor to all and sundry and to make informed comments on situations in the country and indeed in Africa,” he added.
“I do occasionally get invited, either by the African Union, by the Commonwealth or by ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) to be involved in election observation, or to investigate some situations in Africa. I did that in the case of South Sudan after the unfortunate violence and destructive actions in 2013,” he said.
His reference was to the flare-up of violence in December 2013 sparked by political divisions between President Salva Kiir and former Vice-President Riek Machar that exacerbated deeply rooted ethnic tensions.
“Then I was asked to observe elections in Zimbabwe [and] Ghana. I’ve in fact now been asked to observe elections in Gambia, which are coming up towards the end of November. That’s the sort of thing I do, in addition to running my farm,” Obasanjo explained.
Farming has actually proven successful for Obasanjo, who had to be pressed a bit to tell the Observer that he had seven farms – four producing poultry, and three providing maze and cassava.
The farms, he said, employ approximately 7,000 people. Information posted in 2014 about the business called Obasanjo Farms, states that it was opened in October 1979 and earns up to 34 million Naira (approx $107,851) daily.
Asked whether his produce are for export, Obasanjo no.
“They are purely for the domestic market,” he said, adding that the population of Lagos, said to be Nigeria’s largest city, is more than 20 million.
“Whatever we produce, Lagos is a good market,” Obasanjo said.