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Five Steps To Put Young People At The Heart of Development | Theguardian


With more than half the global population aged under 30, issues affecting young people are receiving greater attention from policymakers. Tackling high youth unemployment and low school attendance rates, and providing greater access to sexual and reproductive health services, are now top priorities. Leaders are beginning to realise that responding to young people’s needs is the only way to meet the biggest challenges facing the world.

But how involved are young people in the decisions that affect them? We asked campaigners involved with the youth-led NGO Restless Development what needs to be done to bring them closer to the heart of development.

#PanamaPapers: How ex-Nigerian Minister Bought Two Penthouses in Panama for N837million | PremiumTimes


A former Minister for National Planning, Rasheed Gbadamosi, owns two expensive and luxurious penthouses in Panama, a notorious tax haven, documents retrieved by PREMIUM TIMES from the leaked Mossack Fonseca database have shown.

Mr. Gbadamosi, writer, businessman and bureaucrat, who was recently appointed co-chairman of the Lagos at 50 planning committee, bought the two properties in 2008, while serving as chairman of the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA).

Unchecked Pollution And Bad Food ‘Killing Thousands In UK’ | Theguardian

3000Thousands of people are dying each year because of the government’s failure to tackle food poisoning, health and safety breaches and pollution, a thinktank is warning.

A new report from the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies (CCJS) claims that lax regulation and weak enforcement are failing to hold businesses in check and are tantamount to state-facilitated “social murder”.

The ‘Fulani’ Rampage By Obi Nwakanma

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Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria’s current president is a passionate Fulani, and the Fulani are a transnational migrant group, dealing today with the forces of environmental change that are forcing great pressure on their pastoral culture. Armed Fulani-herdsmen As desertification intensifies in the Savanah regions, grazing and watering grounds disappear, and drives the herdsmen farther and farther out, seeking places to graze, occupy, or settle. The Fulani herdsmen are no strange sights in Nigeria.

Who really wants change in Nigeria? By Tonnie Iredia


The All Progressives Congress (APC) won the 2015 Presidential elections in Nigeria because the party promised to bring about positive change in governance. Before the elections, it was generally agreed that corruption was the nation’s number one enemy which must be aggressively fought. President Muhammadu Buhari’s well known disciplined character gave everyone confidence that he would make good his avowed promise to deal with the subject. However, since May 29, 2015 when he assumed office as President, Buhari must have been shocked at the several attacks on him for doing what influenced his election victory.

Nigeria’s constitution, police, and cattle farming By Ropo Sekoni


One thing that has remained amazing about Nigeria in my adulthood is the country’s readiness to create tension and distraction from the most important job at hand for the country’s political and administrative leaders. If it is not sudden introduction of Sharia jurisprudence to rattle secular governance; it is popularization of militants committed to obtaining some measure of social justice for a few beneficiaries of petroleum amnesty. If it is not Boko Haram forcing the country to spend (or steal in the process) about one-quarter of its annual budget on fighting a few Islamists desirous of a having an Islamic caliphate, it is some inexplicable fixation on the part of government leaders and their pundits on how to manage nomadic cattle ‘farmers.’ One thing that is clear about the ongoing crisis arising from periodic killing of tree, shrub, herb farmers in the central and southern part of the country by cattle farmers from the northern part is the unflagging enthusiasm of leaders and their supporters to chase shadows.

Reconciling accounts: An ex-Excellency prepares to meet his maker By Sonala Olumhense


Any student of history who has encountered the legendary South African figure called Shaka Zulu knows you either hate him or love him.

In a life filled with brutality and deception, Shaka killed his half-brother in order to become king.  In the fullness of time, he was also similarly killed by his half-brothers to bring to an end the bloodiest era in the history of his people.

Governor Fayose: The new Nigerian Nostradamus (Part 2)


“There will be removal of fuel subsidy and petrol (PMS) will sell over N100/litre, leaving the masses in more serious hardship. Product will not be available and long queues in petrol stations will persist throughout the first quarter of 2016 and beyond”. To say that the above prediction came to pass is putting it mildly, because a worse scenario actually played out.

The absence of the usual subsidy component in the latest PPPRA template indicates that the Federal Government’s decision to officially remove subsidy on PMS, better known as petrol, has since commenced.

A good example from South Africa …….. SUN


EVEN as the media beamed TV signals worldwide during the obse­quies in honour of the late South African president, Nelson Mande­la, in 2013, the international net­works could not resist flashing the images of the expansive, palatial country mansion of South Africa’s current president, Jacob Zuma. The imposing edifice, which had just been upgraded with public funds, had become a subject of public controversy.

The controversy recently came to a head when the South African Supreme Court ruled that Presi­dent Zuma had unduly benefitted from the use of public funds and had failed to “uphold, defend and respect” the constitution of the country by refusing to pay some of the money that was ostensibly spent on “security upgrades” in his personal home in Nkandla, KwaZulu Natal. The project, which cost the country $27 mil­lion, included poultry equipment, a cattle enclosure, an amphitheatre and a swimming pool.

The man who could be the next Mayor of London By Hilton Idahosa


As Sadiq Khan increases his lead over Zac Goldsmith in the race to become the next Mayor of London, we ask ourselves, what does he have for African Londoners? Predictions are that Sadiq khan would most likely win.

Polls, pundits and bookmakers are already predicting, the Labour candidate will succeed Boris Johnson following the election come 5 May, while none are doing the same for the only one of his rivals with a realistic chance of beating him, the Conservative MP Zac Goldsmith.

BENIN KINGDOM: How a new Oba will emerge ……. Vanguard


According to Benin tradition, the Oba never dies, he only joins his ancestors or he transits. Nobody announces his burial because he did not die in the first instance. What is announced after an interlude is coronation, which usually lasts  3-4 months. Breaking of white chalks During this period, the custom prohibits social engagements like burial ceremonies while markets are shut. The Esogban of Benin Kingdom breaks white chalks in front of markets  to signal the closure of markets for a period, but no open announcement.

All male Bini sons are required to shave their heads in respect of the Oba. The burial arrangements are not public, so many, except a privileged class, do not know his resting place. Pilgrimage to Uselu Immediately the Isekhure of Benin Kingdom announces the coronation programme, the crown prince proceeds to Uselu where he is the Edaiken, and where he will spend 90 days and make all necessary rituals. After that, he will climb the traditional tree (Udianamasunamieuwa tree) and proceed to a wrestling contest at Ogiamien’s palace on Sakpoba Road. The history is that Ogiamien had never pledged allegiance to the Oba, he has always been at loggerheads with the monarch and would always want to prevent every incoming Oba from gaining access to the kingdom. A palace source, who corroborated the narration, said, “They will begin from Egua-Edaiken, the traditional residence of the heir-apparent to the Benin throne. On a day fixed by the Edaiken, his people at Uselu will escort him on his journey back to Benin-City.

High-profile fraud: EFCC probes four judges frustrating probe …….. Nation


Four high court judges in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) are currently under the radar of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for allegedly frustrating the probe of high-profile corruption cases.

The judges are said to have developed a penchant for going soft with suspects who approach their courts to stop their trial for corruption by EFCC.

Gunmen attack Onaiyekan in Edo, Catholic bishops kick …… Punch


The Catholic Archbishop of Benin, Most Rev. Augustine Akubueze and the Bishop of Uromi Catholic Diocese, Dr. Donatus Ogun, have appealed to the Federal Government to tackle the growing attacks by criminals in Edo State.

The bishops, who spoke against the backdrop of last Friday’s attempt on the life of the Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, Cardinal John Onaiyekan.

Oshiomhole’s deputy escapes assassination ……… Punch


Gunmen on Saturday opened fire on the Edo State Deputy Governor, Dr. Pius Odubu, and his entourage in Auchi, Etsako West Local Government Area of the state.

It was gathered that a policeman, an operative of the Department of State Security and three other persons were injured during the attack and were taken to an undisclosed hospital.

Odubu had last Wednesday formally declared his intention to contest the September 10 gubernatorial election in the state under the All Progressives Congress amidst wide speculation that his decision did not go down well with Governor Adams Oshiomhole.

Latinos take US citizenship to stop Donald Trump ………. Al Jazeera


Many Hispanic-Americans say they intend to adopt US citizenship now to avoid to formalise their residency rights in case the Republican presidential front-runner is elected.

Donald Trump has caused anger among US residents of Latin American origin by blaming Mexicans for bringing drug, rape and crime across the border.

The billionaire TV personality has also proposed building a wall across the border with its southern neighbour at Mexico’s expense.

Prince’s ‘only focus was music,’ according to former guitarist …… Fox


Dez Dickerson, who spent five years as Prince’s guitarist until 1983, is thankful he maintained a close relationship with the musical legend.

“I’m thankful I had a very authentic relationship,” he told FOX411. “Obviously, he was my employer but at the same time there was a level of respect and because of the window of time I worked with him it was in that critical point where you go from off-the-radar to dominating the radar. I think, more than anything else, I really felt, and he demonstrated, that he saw me as not just a band member or employee but more as a confidante big brother and we had an authentic relationship.”

Nissan recalls over 4 million cars over possible air bag, safety belt failures ……. Fox


Nearly 4 million Nissan cars are being recalled due to major safety problems where passenger air bags or seat belts could fail in a crash, leading to serious injuries or fatalities.

The two recalls are just the latest in a string of safety problems to hit automakers in the past year with Acura, BMW, Chrysler, Ford, Honda, Lexus, Mazda, Toyota and other manufactures having to recall cars over air bag problems. The Nissan problems are unrelated to the other air bag issues.

Obama’s last chance to zing Washington ……… Fox


President Barack Obama is getting one more chance to poke fun at fellow politicians, the press and himself at the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

The dinner Saturday night comes amid a fierce presidential campaign that should provide plenty of material for after-dinner remarks by Obama and this year’s professional comic, TV host Larry Wilmore. The president arrived at the head table with first lady Michelle Obama.

Obamas challenge Queen and Prince Harry to the Invictus Games …….. CNN


Boom! There’s a social media war between the Obamas and Prince Harry, and the prince just brought in the Queen.

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama posted a video to social media challenging Prince Harry to the Invictus Games, an international event where wounded, injured or sick armed services members and veterans compete in sports.

Facing long odds in California, Cruz courts state’s Republicans …….. Reuters

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U.S. presidential candidate Ted Cruz made a plea to the California Republican Party on Saturday to line up behind him in the state’s June primary in his uphill battle to stop front-runner Donald Trump from grabbing the nomination.

At the same party convention that was the backdrop for chaotic protests against Trump on Friday, Cruz tried to woo party members with support for their long-time issues, such as lower taxes and a harder line on immigration.