The Sun News » Trending http://sunnewsonline.com/new - Voice of The Nation Thu, 30 Jul 2015 18:21:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.6 Moyo Okediji explodes with “Ogunnic Exploits” http://sunnewsonline.com/new/moyo-okediji-explodes-with-ogunnic-exploits/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/moyo-okediji-explodes-with-ogunnic-exploits/#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2015 18:21:07 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=129288 Professor Moyo Okediji is a Nigerian painter, theorist and educator gifted with the words, colours and shapes to tell of his experiences in no less attractive way. This much he has done with his latest painting entitled “Ogunnic Exploits”, which will be shown at the Gantt Centre for African American Art at Charlotte, North Carolina, [...]]]>

Professor Moyo Okediji is a Nigerian painter, theorist and educator gifted with the words, colours and shapes to tell of his experiences in no less attractive way. This much he has done with his latest painting entitled “Ogunnic Exploits”, which will be shown at the Gantt Centre for African American Art at Charlotte, North Carolina, US from July to September 2015.more…

“Ogunnic Expoits” was conceived since 1992 and started out as a sketch on a painting turned up-side down. The rhythm of the painting structurally takes its tapestry from Fela’S song “Teacher Don’t Teach Me Nonsense”. As a receptacle of deep emotions, the artist unleashes the identity, belief and understanding he has of the African culture, which he thinks unwise to denigrate. It also elaborates on the liberation theme of Wole Soyinka’s epic poem “Ogun Abibiman”, which derives from the anti-apartheid activism of Southern Africa.

Moving to present-day struggle within cultural contradictions, “Ogunnic Exploits” still finds a connection saddled with a message of hope decades after the exit of the colonizers have left poisons of low or no self esteem, poverty, foreign religions, nepotism and insensitivity to human rights which has continued to haunt the ex-colonies.

The colours of the painting are symbolic of revolutionary valour, with bright and dark spaces to versify the changing terrains of multiple dimensionality of Ogun. Ogun, the deity of creativity and destruction, is pictured riding a horse across the landscape of Africa to engage the forces of negative powers entrenched in contemporary culture. “Ogunnic Exploits” is a visual African apae of Ogun, a force of liberation in the composition. “Everything begins from basic colour symbolism of thinking that dark is evil and white holy. Such is a self-destructive cultural notion, because when I look at my skin, I know I am dark and good,” he says.

The only Black member of the Africobra, the most enduring group of black artists in the United States, needs no inspiration to write or paint. He has to his credit a number of books, which bother on African arts and studies.

A typical day for professor Moyo is fluid, no rituals. He spends hours preparing for each class. He enjoys working in clay. He taught in the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, from 1978 to 1992, before relocating to the United States to become a professor of Art and Art History at the University of Texas, Austin, in the United States. He is also the Director of the centre for art of Africa and its Diasporas at the same University.

Not mincing words, he clearly attests to Africans being some of the most creative artists in the world. Depression, trauma and injuries, he says, are items that fuel a burning passion for Africans. However, he does not hide his disappointment about the lack of understanding of the black culture by Blacks. “It results from what I call the post traumatic slave disorder (PTSD) .We have not yet healed from the trauma of the European Invaders; we, therefore, move around sheepishly like people on drugs, saying ‘yes sir’ and ‘yes ma’ to any culture from people with lighter skin colours. Until we heal from the PTSD trauma, we will continue to sleep walk as a people.”

With experience spanning over 30 years, Moyo reveals he no longer sees the human body the same way people typically see it. “The female body is just a canvas. Even if I experience natural curiosity and pleasure at touching the body as I paint it, I cannot sexualize it, other wise, I couldn’t concentrate.”

In the 1970s, as a student in Nigeria, he trained to cultivate a high level of artistry and, by hard work, has written the following books, African Renaissance: Old Forms, New Images in African Art, Western Frontiers of African Art, and Shattered Gourd: Yoruba Forms in Twentieth Century American Art.

For ten years, he was the curator of African and Oceanic arts at the Denver Art Museum. He has taught at various colleges in the United States, including Wellesley College, Gettysburg College, University of Wisconsin, Madison, and the University of Colorado at Denver. He has also exhibited at various places, including the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, The Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, the Corcoran Centre, London, and the National Museum Gallery, Lagos, Nigeria.

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Calais illegal immigrant crisis: P.M warns Britain is ‘no safe haven’ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/calais-illegal-immigrant-crisis-p-m-warns-britain-is-no-safe-haven/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/calais-illegal-immigrant-crisis-p-m-warns-britain-is-no-safe-haven/#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2015 15:00:57 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=129272 Britain will not become a “safe haven” for migrants in Calais, David Cameron has warned, after hundreds continued their attempts to reach the UK. The prime minister warned illegal immigrants would be removed from the UK, as migrants told the BBC they remained determined to reach Britain. Mr Cameron was speaking after people gathered for [...]]]>

Britain will not become a “safe haven” for migrants in Calais, David Cameron has warned, after hundreds continued their attempts to reach the UK.

The prime minister warned illegal immigrants would be removed from the UK, as migrants told the BBC they remained determined to reach Britain.

Mr Cameron was speaking after people gathered for a third night at fencing at the Channel Tunnel freight terminal.

Over 3,500 attempts have been made this week to get into the tunnel terminal.

Several hundred migrants were escorted away from the terminal by French police on Wednesday night – the third night of large-scale attempts to storm the terminal.

As night fell, the road towards the Channel Tunnel started to come alive. Groups of 10 or 12 migrants, moving steadily along the darkened highway, jackets pulled close, hoods up.

After a day of discussion in Paris and London over how to secure the tunnel, and fresh deployments of riot police, the determination of Calais’ migrants seems unchanged.

People like Jamal – an Ethiopian who arrived here on Wednesday.

He said he’d spent most of his adult life doing military service in the Ethiopian army, had spent 10 days drifting in the Mediterranean, and had crossed six different European countries to get here.

Not once had his dream of reaching England wavered. For Jamal, a barbed wire fence, or brush with police, might change his tactics, but probably not his goal.

The fresh attempts came despite the death of a man, believed to be a Sudanese national and aged between 25 and 30, who was crushed by a lorry on Tuesday.

Nine people have been killed attempting to cross the Channel in the past month.

Speaking in Vietnam during his tour of South East Asia, Mr Cameron said the French had sent an extra 120 police to Calais and the UK was investing in fencing and security.

“Everything that can be done will be done to make sure our borders are secure and make sure that British holidaymakers are able to go on their holidays,” he said.

The prime minister said the situation was “very testing” because there was a “swarm of people coming across the Mediterranean, seeking a better life”.

He warned illegal immigrants would be removed from the UK “so people know it’s not a safe haven”.

The Refugee Council attacked Mr Cameron’s use of the word “swarm” as “irresponsible, dehumanising language”.

The last official estimates suggest there are about 3,000 migrants in the port town in northern France.

It is not known how many migrants have reached Britain in recent months via the tunnel although MP Keith Vaz said police had told him 148 were held in Folkestone on Tuesday after about 2,000 migrants breached security in Calais.

Raihan Jan, 24, a clerk from Afghanistan, said he had travelled through Iran, Turkey, Greece and Italy before reaching Calais four days ago.

“We heard that one guy died and we know it’s very dangerous, but there is not another way to go the UK,” he said.

English literature graduate Mohammad Al-Mohammad, 26, said he had fled Syria’s civil war, arriving in France three months ago.

“I have tried maybe nine or 10 times to get to the tunnel but I have failed,” said Mr Al-Mohammad, from Aleppo. “I am seeking peace in the United Kingdom.”

Eurotunnel said it had blocked 37,000 migrants trying to get to Britain since January, describing the problem as a “nightly assault” by thousands of migrants.

The rail shuttle has been delayed in recent days, but is now operating to schedule.

Operation Stack – where lorries park on Kent’s M20 when Channel crossings are disrupted – is to continue into the weekend.

Parties from across the political divide have called on the government to push France to do more to resolve the situation.

Conservative MP David Davies echoed calls for the Army to be sent to Calais and and urged the government to build camps in the countries migrants were from so they could be “sent back in a kind and humane fashion”.

Senior UN official Peter Sutherland said demands for migrants to be kept out of the UK were “a xenophobic response to the issue of free movement”, adding: “The debate in the UK is grossly excessive in terms of Calais.”

(BBC)

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El-Rufa’i cuts overhead, cancels pilgrims sponsorship http://sunnewsonline.com/new/el-rufai-cuts-overhead-cancels-pilgrims-sponsorship/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/el-rufai-cuts-overhead-cancels-pilgrims-sponsorship/#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2015 13:12:29 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=129269 Governor Nasiru El-Rufa’i of Kaduna State, says his administration has cut down overhead costs by 60 per cent as part of measures to rescue the state from its precarious financial situation. El-Rufa’i, in a broadcast to the people of the state on Wednesday night, said the state was broke and had a debt burden of [...]]]>

Governor Nasiru El-Rufa’i of Kaduna State, says his administration has cut down overhead costs by 60 per cent as part of measures to rescue the state from its precarious financial situation.

El-Rufa’i, in a broadcast to the people of the state on Wednesday night, said the state was broke and had a debt burden of more than N74.297 bn, comprising N28.840 bn domestic and N45.44 bn foreign debts.

He said the administration had also taken radical steps to reduce costs of governance, shore up its internal revenue and block all revenue leakages.

El-Rufa’i said, “It was obvious that running Kaduna the old way is a recipe for disaster.

“One of the steps we took was to cut overheads spending by 60 per cent. I therefore directed the state accountant general to release only 40 per cent of budgeted overheads as we strive to improve liquidity and prioritise spending for public goods.

“However, our efforts in this regard are not on the expenditure side alone. As we cut costs, plug leakages and reduce wastes, we need to grow our revenues and have more realistic budgeting in the state.

“We are therefore focusing on strategies to rapidly increase our internally generated revenue.”

The governor said the reduction of ministries from 19 to 13 and the 50 per cent salary cut for himself and the deputy governor were also targeted at reducing the cost of governance.

He emphasised that the administration would no longer spend money on gifts, feeding and pilgrimages.

“In 2014, over 2,000 pilgrims were sponsored to the Hajj by the Kaduna State Government and the 23 local government areas. Out of the 810 Christian pilgrims, 800 were sponsored by the same governments.

“All these cost the governments nearly N1.5 bn in just one year. Our state simply cannot afford these expenses any longer.”

El-Rufa’i said N120m was saved from salaries paid to ghost workers after the biometric verification of civil servants conducted by the administration, adding that those involved in the fraud would be prosecuted.

The governor said, henceforth, the administration would adopt the zero-based budgeting system.

“This means that every expenditure item will have to be justified both in terms of its necessity, cost and availability of funds vis-à-vis other competing needs before it can be included in the state budget.

“There is no reason to legislate N200bn as annual budget when the realistic revenue and expenditure capacity is less than N100bn.”

On tax reforms, El-Rufa’i said the government was studying all options to improve its internally generated revenue and reduce dependence on federal allocations.

He said their target was to generate IGR exceeding what the government would receive monthly from the Federation Account.

(PUNCH)

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Miss Tourism Nigeria pays courtesy visit to The Sun http://sunnewsonline.com/new/miss-tourism-nigeria-pays-courtesy-visit-to-the-sun/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/miss-tourism-nigeria-pays-courtesy-visit-to-the-sun/#comments Wed, 29 Jul 2015 23:55:41 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=129236 By Tony Ogaga Erhariefe & Deji Aroloye Winner of the just concluded Miss Tourism Nigeria, Anya Ifeoma Sharon, alongside Miss Tourism Nigeria officials paid a courtesy visit to The Sun Newspapers yesterday, at its corporate Headquarters, Lagos. While welcoming the Queen and members of her entourage, The Sun Managing Director and Editor -In-chief MD/EIC), Mr. [...]]]>

By Tony Ogaga Erhariefe & Deji Aroloye

Winner of the just concluded Miss Tourism Nigeria, Anya Ifeoma Sharon, alongside Miss Tourism Nigeria officials paid a courtesy visit to The Sun Newspapers yesterday, at its corporate Headquarters, Lagos.
While welcoming the Queen and members of her entourage, The Sun Managing Director and Editor -In-chief MD/EIC), Mr. Eric Osagie, stated that the media house would always support any initiative designed to empower youths and described tourism as a sector with awesome potentials.
“We welcome you to The Sun. We believe in culture and tourism and that is why we are welcoming you today. We have respect for womanhood and humanity and we believe that we should promote culture and tourism. Look at the entertainment industry, the number of people employed by that sector is enormous.”

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Buhari hails Mbaka’s courage, patriotism http://sunnewsonline.com/new/buhari-hails-mbakas-courage-patriotism/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/buhari-hails-mbakas-courage-patriotism/#comments Wed, 29 Jul 2015 23:53:24 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=129233 From Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari has praised the “extraordinary intrepidity” and “remarkable patriotism” of Catholic Priest, Father Ejike Mbaka of the Enugu Adoration Centre. In a  statement issued by a Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in a tribute marking Mbaka’s 20th anniversary of priesthood, the president described the cleric as [...]]]>

From Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari has praised the “extraordinary intrepidity” and “remarkable patriotism” of Catholic Priest, Father Ejike Mbaka of the Enugu Adoration Centre.
In a  statement issued by a Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in a tribute marking Mbaka’s 20th anniversary of priesthood, the president described the cleric as a great priest, who was not afraid to speak truth to power, even at the cost of his life or being hated by leaders in power.
According to Buhari, Mbaka is a remarkable example that religious leaders are the conscience and moral compass of the society.
He said Mbaka rose to the occasion to add his voice in support of good governance and identify with ordinary Nigerians of amid despair and uncertain future.
According to Buhari, “one’s voice to make one’s country better has nothing to do with politics,  conscience of the nation, religious leaders cannot afford to be aloof or indifferent to the miseries of the people”, he said.

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Principal officers: Court refuses to stop Dogara http://sunnewsonline.com/new/principal-officers-court-refuses-to-stop-dogara/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/principal-officers-court-refuses-to-stop-dogara/#comments Wed, 29 Jul 2015 23:52:22 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=129231 From Godwin Tsa, Abuja A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja yesterday refused an application against the Speaker, House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara and three others from appointing members as principal officers other than those suggested by the All Progressives Congress (APC). Justice Gabriel Kolawole held that “courts are not created or established to [...]]]>

From Godwin Tsa, Abuja

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja yesterday refused an application against the Speaker, House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara and three others from appointing members as principal officers other than those suggested by the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Justice Gabriel Kolawole held that “courts are not created or established to supervise the National Assembly in the way and manner it will run its own constitutional duties except where its acts, as I had earlier remarked, border on a substantial infraction of the Constitution, which goes beyond its own internal “Rules” of procedure or application of its “Standing
“The only legitimate order I should grant, is for the defendants to, within the provisions of Section 150(1) of the Constitution, attend the court on the return date for the hearing of the plaintiff’s Motion on Notice and to show cause why the orders being sought by the plaintiffs probably to preserve the sanctity and independence of the National Assembly, the Senate in particular, pending the hearing and determination of the plaintiff’s Motion on Notice should not be granted”.

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Mimiko flags off water project in Ondo http://sunnewsonline.com/new/mimiko-flags-off-water-project-in-ondo/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/mimiko-flags-off-water-project-in-ondo/#comments Wed, 29 Jul 2015 23:50:35 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=129225 From Bamigbola Gbolagunte, Akure Ondo State Governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko has flagged off a N4billion water project for the riverine Communities in the state, even as he promised that a mother & Child hospital would be constructed in the area before the expiration of his tenure. At the flag-off of the  water scheme at Aboto [...]]]>

From Bamigbola Gbolagunte, Akure

Ondo State Governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko has flagged off a N4billion water project for the riverine Communities in the state, even as he promised that a mother & Child hospital would be constructed in the area before the expiration of his tenure.
At the flag-off of the  water scheme at Aboto in Ilaje Local Government Area of the state, Governor Mimiko said the water scheme when completed will afford the people of the area access to  portable water for wholesome consumption.
He noted that the water scheme would terminate the previous order where rainfall, pond, streams or polluted rivers were the only sources of water for domestic use of the people of the area.
The first phase of the project,  according to the Governor is designed to extend from Aboto-Igbokoda and Aboto-Ugbonla axis, adding that the second phase will cover the entire council area.
To actualize the project, Mimiko disclosed that two construction firms have been contracted to undertake the works.
Mimiko commended youths and all other stakeholders for their efforts at providing the enabling environment for various government landmark developmental interventions to thrive.
Also speaking at the event,  Chairman of OSOPADEC pastor Johnson Ogunyemi  said with the project the perennial problem of potable water would be a thing of the past.
Ogunyemi who lauded the Governor for adding value to mankind by the provision of basic amenities, said the water project will put a stop to traveling long distance to get drinkable water.

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Nigeria will abide by ICJ ruling on Bakassi, Buhari assures http://sunnewsonline.com/new/nigeria-will-abide-by-icj-ruling-on-bakassi-buhari-assures/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/nigeria-will-abide-by-icj-ruling-on-bakassi-buhari-assures/#comments Wed, 29 Jul 2015 19:05:04 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=129139 (ABUJA) President Muhammadu Buhari has assured that Nigeria will abide by the ruling of the International Court of Justice on Bakassi. He has also promised to get all internally displaced persons in Nigeria and those who are refugees in Cameroon back to their homes. The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi [...]]]>

(ABUJA)

President Muhammadu Buhari has assured that Nigeria will abide by the ruling of the International Court of Justice on Bakassi.

He has also promised to get all internally displaced persons in Nigeria and those who are refugees in Cameroon back to their homes.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, disclosed Buhari’s position on his Twitter handle.

The President is on a two-day official visit to Cameroon.

The ICJ had ceded the peninsula to Cameroon during the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

The peninsula was a subject of dispute between the two countries, forcing them to approach the ICJ.

“Nigeria will abide by ICJ ruling on Bakassi, says PMB (President Buhari),” Adesina wrote.

Meanwhile, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Defence, Ismail Aliyu, told newsmen in Yaounde, that Nigeria is to contribute 3,200 to 3,500 to the 10,000 ‎to the Multinational Task Force.

(Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, DAILY SUN)

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Massive shake up in Nigerian Army, as Buratai appoints new GOC http://sunnewsonline.com/new/massive-shake-up-in-nigerian-army-as-buratai-appoints-new-goc/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/massive-shake-up-in-nigerian-army-as-buratai-appoints-new-goc/#comments Wed, 29 Jul 2015 17:20:12 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=129133 There was massive shake up in the hierarchy of the Nigerian Army as the Chief of Army Staff, Major General Tukur Buratai appointed new General Officers Commanding the Divisions of the Nigerian Army as well as new Principal Staff Officers to run the affairs of Army headquarters. Also appointed were new Corps Commanders, Special Task [...]]]>

There was massive shake up in the hierarchy of the Nigerian Army as the Chief of Army Staff, Major General Tukur Buratai appointed new General Officers Commanding the Divisions of the Nigerian Army as well as new Principal Staff Officers to run the affairs of Army headquarters.

Also appointed were new Corps Commanders, Special Task Forces Commanders, a new Commander for the Multi-national Joint Task Force to tackle Boko Haram, new Brigade Commanders as well as new Defence Advisers in Nigeria’s foreign missions abroad.

The new General Officers Commanding according to Vanguard’s investigations are Major General Adeniyi Oyebade, GOC ‘1’ Division, Kaduna. He was formerly the Deputy Commandant of the National Defence College, Abuja; Major General L.C. Ilo is the new GOC 2 Division, Ibadan. He replaces Major General SM Muazu who is appointed Commander, Infantry Corps, Jaji; Major General H. Umaru is the new GOC 3 Armoured Division, Jos.

Others are Major General M.A Koleoso, new Commander, Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) Minna. He takes over from the new Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Olonishakin. He was formerly Director of Administration at Defence Headquarters; Major General H. Edet, new GOC 81 Division, Lagos.

He was formerly the Commandant, Nigerian Army Training Center (NATRAC), Kotangora; Brigadier General Ibrahim Attahiru firmerly the Brigade Commander, 13 Brigade, Calabar is the Acting GOC, 82 Division, Enugu. He takes over from Major General S. Yusuf who is redeployed to Defence Headquarters as Chief of Training and Operations.
(VANGUARD)

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Palace shut as sympathisers troop to confirm news on Ooni http://sunnewsonline.com/new/palace-shut-as-sympathisers-troop-to-confirm-news-on-ooni/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/palace-shut-as-sympathisers-troop-to-confirm-news-on-ooni/#comments Wed, 29 Jul 2015 16:40:14 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=129119 Following media reports of the passing of the Ooni of Ife, O Okunade Sijuwade, sympathisers on Wednesday morning, trooped to his palace to confirm the development. The sympathisers began arriving at the palace as early as 6.3a.m. to ascertain the veracity of the report from palace chiefs, who declined to speak. They were, however, turned [...]]]>

Following media reports of the passing of the Ooni of Ife, O Okunade Sijuwade, sympathisers on Wednesday morning, trooped to his palace to confirm the development.

The sympathisers began arriving at the palace as early as 6.3a.m. to ascertain the veracity of the report from palace chiefs, who declined to speak.

They were, however, turned back at the entrance of the palace by palace guards, while the gate was shut.

Many sympathisers, however, gathered in groups a few metres from the palace gate discussing the development in low tones.

When the Private Secretary to the Ooni, Saka Awojoodu, was approached by a correspondent to react to the development, he simply said: “I have nothing to disclose.’’

Bisi Oduyemi, one of those at the palace, said he came to find out whether the news of the monarch’s passing on was true.

“I am here to find out whether the story of the Ooni’s death was true.

“I heard the news on radio during the newspaper review this morning but I am here to confirm this from the palace chiefs and unfortunately, they are not forthcoming,” Mr. Oduyemi said.

Another resident, Idayat Akinrolu, said she abandoned her house chores to find out the authenticity of the story from the palace.

Meanwhile, the state government and the Osun Council of Traditional Rulers have yet to react to the development.

Both the state government and the traditional council were waiting for official announcement by the palace chiefs.

Mr. Sijuwade was born on January 1, 1930 in Ile-Ife to the Ogboru Ruling House and was the grandson of Ooni Sijuwade Adelekan Olubuse I.

He studied at Abeokuta Grammar School and Oduduwa College in Ile-Ife.

Mr. Sijuwade worked for three years in his father’s business, then two years with the Nigerian Tribune, before attending Northampton College in the UK to study business management.

By the age of 30, he was already a manager in Leventis, a Greek-Nigerian conglomerate. In 1963 he became Sales Director of National Motor in Lagos.

After a 1964 visit to the Soviet Union, he formed a company to distribute Soviet-built vehicles and equipment in Nigeria and this became the nucleus of his business empire.

He also invested in real estate in his home town of Ile-Ife and became the Ooni on Dec.6, 1980.
(NAN)

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Buhari writes to Saraki, seeks confirmation of Service Chiefs http://sunnewsonline.com/new/buhari-writes-to-saraki-seeks-confirmation-of-service-chiefs/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/buhari-writes-to-saraki-seeks-confirmation-of-service-chiefs/#comments Tue, 28 Jul 2015 18:13:10 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=128981 President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki on Tuesday announced the receipt of a letter from President Muhammadu Buhari, requesting the confirmation of Service Chiefs. He read the letter at plenary which just resumed after five weeks recess. Saraki said that the letter for confirmation of the appointments was in accordance with the provisions of Section18 [...]]]>

President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki on Tuesday announced the receipt of a letter from President Muhammadu Buhari, requesting the confirmation of Service Chiefs.

He read the letter at plenary which just resumed after five weeks recess.

Saraki said that the letter for confirmation of the appointments was in accordance with the provisions of Section18 (1) of the Armed Forces Act, 2004.

The president on July 13 announced the appointment of new Service Chiefs for the nation’s armed forces. They are Maj-Gen. Abayomi Olonishakin, Chief of Defence Staff; Maj-Gen. Tukur Buratai, Chief of Army Staff; Rear Adm. Ibok-Ete Ibas, Chief of Naval Staff.

Others are Air Vice-Marshal Sadique Abubakar as new Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice-Marchal Monday Morgan as Chief of Defence Intelligence.

Maj-Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd) was named as National Security Adviser.

(DAILY POST)

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GSK’s Nigerian unit reports 66 per cent drop in first-half profit http://sunnewsonline.com/new/gsks-nigerian-unit-reports-66-per-cent-drop-in-first-half-profit/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/gsks-nigerian-unit-reports-66-per-cent-drop-in-first-half-profit/#comments Tue, 28 Jul 2015 16:53:38 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=128978 GSK’s Nigerian unit said on Tuesday its first-half pretax profit fell to 424.8 million naira ($2.14 million), down 66.05 percent from a year ago. Revenue also fell to 15.44 billion naira in the period to end-June from 15.66 billion naira last year, the unit of British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline, said in a statement without giving any [...]]]>

GSK’s Nigerian unit said on Tuesday its first-half pretax profit fell to 424.8 million naira ($2.14 million), down 66.05 percent from a year ago.

Revenue also fell to 15.44 billion naira in the period to end-June from 15.66 billion naira last year, the unit of British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline, said in a statement without giving any reason for the drop in earnings.

(THE ECONOMIC TIMES)

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Gbajabiamila wins, emerges House Leader http://sunnewsonline.com/new/gbajabiamila-wins-emerges-house-leader/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/gbajabiamila-wins-emerges-house-leader/#comments Tue, 28 Jul 2015 16:19:54 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=128975 After weeks of infighting, ding dong politics and finger pointing, Speaker House of Representatives, Honourable Yakubu Dogara, yesterday buckled and named Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila as the Majority Leader of the chamber. The development, which was a sharp contrast to the earlier stand of the speaker that the position must go to the Northwest to accommodate [...]]]>

After weeks of infighting, ding dong politics and finger pointing, Speaker House of Representatives, Honourable Yakubu Dogara, yesterday buckled and named Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila as the Majority Leader of the chamber.

The development, which was a sharp contrast to the earlier stand of the speaker that the position must go to the Northwest to accommodate federal character principle in the sharing of principal offices, came a day after President Muhammadu Buhari met with the House caucus of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

“The President is the game changer”, Chairman House Ad hoc Committee on Media Hon Sani Zorro said.

Other positions announced by the Speaker are Hon. Buba Jibrin (Deputy Majority Leader), Hon. Alhassan Doguwa (Chief Whip), Hon. Pally Iriase(Deputy Chief Whip).

For the PDP, Dogara announced Hon. Leo Ogor as the Minority Leader and Hon. Chukwuma Onyema as the Deputy Minority Leader. Honourables Yakubu Barde and Binta Bello emerged the Minority Whip and Deputy Minority Whip.

Yesterday’s announcement of the principal officers was preceded by last ditch intrigues and meetings involving the Speaker, the Clerk and some key members of the House.

Everything had suggested that the principal officers would not be announced as the Speaker , after reading his speech to welcome the lawmakers from a five week break, went ahead with the business of the day.

However, midway into the plenary, he beckoned on his Deputy, Hon. Yusuf Lasun to take charge of the proceeding. This was construed by many as a sign that the announcement of the principal officers had been postponed to another day.

Dogara was later said to have gone to the office of Clerk of the House, Sani Omolori with some lawmakers. It was there that the decision to alter the list and concede the position of Majority Leader to Gbajabiamila was agreed.

With the development, the Dogara camp conceded three of the four principal offices to the APC Loyalist Group, Gbajabiamila’s group.

Before today, Dogara had penciled Alhassan Doguwa for Majority Leader, Buba Jibrin as deputy, and Pally Iriase as Chief Whip, with Chike Okafor as deputy.

Speaking on his appointment, the elated Gbajabiamila said: “What you saw in the last 49 days was actually democracy in action. That’s what politics is all about: everybody trying to outwit everybody for the greater good of the country. And I am glad that everything has panned out the way it has panned out. You will now see the House you knew in the last four years back in action, working for the people, working for the nation. I’m sure we’ll have a lot more to say tomorrow (today)”.

Giving details of all that transpired, Zoro explained: “You can also remember that when we were going on recess and there were some disturbances in the House of Representatives we made it clear that the problems we were going through were merely transitional in nature and we have been proved right.

“Today we have resolved all the problems that brought (about) that circumstance.”

He stressed: “What transpired today is the triumph of the internal democracy of the House of Representatives and this triumph is also anchored on four factors.

“It is anchored on patriotism, constitutionalism, reason and rationality. These re what guided the steps taken by the entire House of Representatives laid by its leadership and all the contending groups that were party to the various negotiations.

“…What we did was purely transitional and is in order but I can assure you that apart from the triumph of dialogue, the 8th House of Representatives has shown that we are mature politicians. Politics is about give and take and that is what has happened.

“The leadership, the commitment of the leadership and the followership of the House of Representatives ‎to the objectives of the party and commitment to national interest can no longer be in doubt.

“We members of the House of Representatives will be on good behaviour henceforth. There will be no cause for rancour and the kind of disturbances that was witnessed the other day.

“We want to use this opportunity to thank Mr. President for a 20 minute meeting. It was very, very crucial. What Mr. President did was a fatherly engagement. What he did has clearly shown that he is not the so-called dictator that our opponents wanted to paint him as.

“He said let the National Assembly follow it’s own democratic ‎processes and it’s leaders will emerge and that is what happened.

“We thank [The President] and recognize that democratic temper in him that is going to flow to all [our]democratic institutions.”

(Iheanacho Nwosu, DAILY SUN)

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Obama to Africa: embrace Democracy, end “cancer of corruption” http://sunnewsonline.com/new/obama-to-africa-embrace-democracy-end-cancer-of-corruption/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/obama-to-africa-embrace-democracy-end-cancer-of-corruption/#comments Tue, 28 Jul 2015 15:50:20 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=128971 Barack Obama has chided African leaders who refuse to give up power in the first speech at the African Union headquarters by a US president. The scolding came in the course of his address on Tuesday in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa to the 54-member continental bloc. “Africa’s democratic progress is also at risk when [...]]]>

Barack Obama has chided African leaders who refuse to give up power in the first speech at the African Union headquarters by a US president.

The scolding came in the course of his address on Tuesday in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa to the 54-member continental bloc.

“Africa’s democratic progress is also at risk when leaders refuse to step aside when their terms end,” Obama said. “No one should be president for life.”

Obama said he himself was looking forward to handing over to his successor.

“I have to be honest with you: I just don’t understand this,” he said.

“Under our constitution, I cannot run again. There’s still so much I want to get done to keep America moving forward. But the law is the law and no one is above it, not even presidents.

“And, frankly, I’m looking forward to life after being president. It will mean more time with my family, new ways to serve, and more visits to Africa.”

Obama singled out Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza – whose re-election to a third term provoked weeks of unrest in the small central African nation – as an example of the dangers of trying to stay put.

“When a leader tries to change the rules in the middle of the game just to stay in office, it risks instability and strife, as we’ve seen in Burundi.”

Obama said clinging to power was “often just a first step down a perilous path”.

“If a leader thinks they’re the only person who can hold their nation together, then that leader has failed to truly build their country,” he said.

He cited Nelson Mandela, the late South African statesman, as an example for the continent.

Obama also called on Africa to end “the cancer of corruption” and embrace democracy to ensure continued progress.

He also warned African governments against cracking down on opposition groups and dissent.

He said Ethiopia “cannot unleash the full potential of its people” if it jails journalists and restricts legitimate opposition groups. Ethiopia claims that journalists have been detained because of crimes.

He also urged African leaders to prioritise creating jobs and opportunity for the next generation of young people or risk sacrificing future economic potential to further instability.

Africa’s progress will also depend on security and peace, since businesses and wealthy people will not want to invest in unsafe places, Obama said.

“As Africa stands against terror and conflict, I want you to know the United States stands with you,” he said, highlighting threats ranging from Somalia’s al-Shabab, Boko Haram in Nigeria, fighters in Mali and Tunisia, and the Uganda-led Lord’s Resistance Army in Central Africa.

Obama said the US was backing AU military efforts and saluting the “brave African peacekeepers” battling armed groups.

“From Somalia and Nigeria, to Mali and Tunisia, terrorists continue to target innocent civilians,” he said.

“Many of these groups claim the banner of religion, but hundreds of millions of African Muslims know that Islam means peace. We must call groups like al-Qaeda, ISIL, al-Shabab and Boko Haram, we must call them what they are – murderers.”

(ALJAZEERA)

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Girl as Young as 10 Kills 19 in Nigeria in Latest Wave of Suicide Bombings http://sunnewsonline.com/new/girl-as-young-as-10-kills-19-in-nigeria-in-latest-wave-of-suicide-bombings/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/girl-as-young-as-10-kills-19-in-nigeria-in-latest-wave-of-suicide-bombings/#comments Tue, 28 Jul 2015 15:43:49 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=128965 A girl, who police described as around 10 years old, killed 19 and injured 47 in a suicide bombing on Sunday in the north-eastern Nigerian city of Damaturu. No group has taken responsibility for the attack, although the bombing employed a similar approach as previous attacks attributed to the jihadist group, Boko Haram. This attack [...]]]>

A girl, who police described as around 10 years old, killed 19 and injured 47 in a suicide bombing on Sunday in the north-eastern Nigerian city of Damaturu.

No group has taken responsibility for the attack, although the bombing employed a similar approach as previous attacks attributed to the jihadist group, Boko Haram. This attack is the most recent in a string of bombings over the last month employing women and young girls.

Sunday’s bombing took place near a crowded market in Damaturu, a city in the Nigerian state of Yobe, which has been the site of a number of recent suicide attacks.

Toyin Gbadegesin, a Yobe police spokesman, told the Reuters that “a female of about 10 years old capitalised on the crowded entrance of the market where screening was being conducted and detonated the device.”

Six days earlier, militants detonated a car bomb on a highway connecting Damaturu and the Borno state Capital Maiduguri, killing three policemen. On 20 July, Gbadegasin told Reuters that the police had seized two cars loaded with explosives when the SUV exploded.

The attack came just three days after an elderly woman and girl around 10-years-old killed nine Muslim worshippers who were on their way to celebrate the end of Ramadan feast holiday, Eid al-Fitr. According to a military spokesman, the bombs were detonated on 17 July in the queue leading to an open-air praying area. Boko Haram has been know to target Mosques where clerics preach against Islamic extremism and the actions of the terrorist organization.

On July 25th an attack involving a female suicide bomber in the northern town of Maroua, Cameroon killed at least 19 and injured 62 at a bar in the Pont Vert neighborhood near a bridge crossing the river that flows next to the town.

Maroua was also the site of two additional bombings in a public market and a populated neighbourhood on 22 July, which reportedly killed 13 and injured 32.

In each of these cases, the attacks were attributed to Boko Haram, although no responsibility was claimed. Boko Haram declared their allegiance to Islamic State (ISIS) in March.

Since coming to office on 29 May of this year, President Muhammadu Buhari pledged: “From the first day of my administration, Boko Haram will know the strength of our collective will and commitment to rid this nation of terror, and bring back peace and normalcy to all the affected areas.” The terrorist group has intensified their attacks in northern Nigeria and the regions surrounding the country’s borders since Buhari was sworn into office.

(NEWSWEEK)

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Reps ask Buhari to publish Jonathan’s Handover Note http://sunnewsonline.com/new/reps-ask-buhari-to-publish-jonathans-handover-note/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/reps-ask-buhari-to-publish-jonathans-handover-note/#comments Tue, 28 Jul 2015 14:26:14 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=128962 (ABUJA) The House of Representatives yesterday asked President Muhammadu Buhari to make public the handover note handed to him by former President Goodluck Jonathan The lawmakers specifically demanded the publication of the Handover Note in the official gazette of the Federation, arguing that Nigerians have the right to know the projects, programmes, achievements and constraints [...]]]>

(ABUJA)

The House of Representatives yesterday asked President Muhammadu Buhari to make public the handover note handed to him by former President Goodluck Jonathan

The lawmakers specifically demanded the publication of the Handover Note in the official gazette of the Federation, arguing that Nigerians have the right to know the projects, programmes, achievements and constraints of the past administration to guide them in rating the incumbent government.

The House’s decision followed a motion moved by Hon. Uzoma Nkem Abonta (PDP, Abia). It was titled “Need for Publication of the Handover Note of the Administration of former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan in the official gazette of the Federation”.

Leading the debate for the motion which attracted massive contributions from several lawmakers, Abonta contended that Nigerians can not continue to rely on rumours and speculations regarding things that were captured in the handover Note given to President Buhari.

Abonta’s motion read: “… on the expiration of the tenure of former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan on May 29, 2015, he presented a Handover Note of stewardship of his administration to President Muhammadu Buhari.

“… the Handover Note would expectedly have captured the activities, projects, programmes, achievements and constraints of the last administration, including counsel to the new administration on the way forward.”

The lawmaker continued “aware that the Handover Note is a public document and that some extant laws may place restrictions on the publication of some contents of the document.

“Realise that notwithstanding any such legal restrictions, it is apparent that only officials of the Presidency have access to the Handover Note at the moment.

“Worried that members of the National Assembly, most of whom are new to the legislative business, require authentic information to ascertain the actual state of the nation without which they may not be able to perform their legislative functions effectively”.

Based on these points Abonta urged the presidency to “publish the official gazette of the federation, save for information restricted by law, the Handover Note and the accompanying documents of the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan to enable interested Nigerians and other residents access it for information and record purposes.”

Initially the motion was seen through the lens of politics, as APC and PDP lawmakers took divergent stands on it.

Hon. Pally Iriase (APC, Edo) in his contribution urged his colleagues to reject the motion on the ground that issues raised in it were not what Nigerians were concerned about at the moment.

He asked the author of the motion or any other person interested in the Handover Note of the former President to take advantage of the Freedom of Information Bill and access it.

Iriase’s position was initially backed by Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila who, however, declared that he was in support of the motion.

Marshaling out reasons for supporting the motion, Hon. Leo Ogor (PDP, Delta) insisted that Nigerians deserve to know what the former government left in place.

(Iheanacho Nwosu, DAILY SUN)

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Libya court sentences Gadhafi son to death for 2011 killings http://sunnewsonline.com/new/libya-court-sentences-gadhafi-son-to-death-for-2011-killings/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/libya-court-sentences-gadhafi-son-to-death-for-2011-killings/#comments Tue, 28 Jul 2015 13:51:34 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=128959 A court in Libya on Tuesday sentenced a son of Moammar Gadhafi to death by firing squad after convicting him of murder and inciting genocide during the country’s 2011 civil war. It is unlikely, however, that the sentence against Seif al-Islam Gadhafi will be carried out anytime soon, as a militia in western Libya has [...]]]>

A court in Libya on Tuesday sentenced a son of Moammar Gadhafi to death by firing squad after convicting him of murder and inciting genocide during the country’s 2011 civil war.

It is unlikely, however, that the sentence against Seif al-Islam Gadhafi will be carried out anytime soon, as a militia in western Libya has refused to hand him over to the government for the past four years.

That uncertainty reflects the chaos still gripping this North African nation split between rival militias and governments while facing an affiliate of the extremist Islamic State group.

The Tripoli court sentenced to death eight others, including former Libyan spy chief Abdullah al-Senoussi, who is in their custody. Also sentenced to death were foreign intelligence chief Abuzed Omar-Dorda and Gadhafi’s former Prime Minister Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi.

The rulings can be appealed, and a defense lawyer in the case, Ali Aldaa, said he would challenge it before the Libyan Supreme Court. The Tripoli-based top court has in the past ruled the Tobruk government as illegitimate, raising questions over whether it is under pressure from militias that dominate the city.

Only 29 of the 38 Gadhafi-era figures were present in court. Six others were sentenced to life in prison and four were cleared of charges.

U.S.-based Human Rights Watch said the trial was “undermined by serious due process violations,” and called on the Libyan Supreme Court to independently review the verdict. Other international organizations, including the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Council of Europe, also condemned the verdict.

“This trial has been plagued by persistent, credible allegations of fair trial breaches that warrant independent and impartial judicial review,” said Joe Stork, Human Rights Watch’s deputy Middle East and North Africa director. “The victims of the serious crimes committed during the 2011 uprising deserve justice, but that can only be delivered through fair and transparent proceedings.”

The Council of Europe said the case should have been turned over to the International Criminal Court at The Hague, which wants Seif al-Islam on charges of crimes against humanity.

Libya has slid into chaos since the overthrow and killing of Gadhafi, who ruled the country for four decades. It is now bitterly divided between an elected parliament and government cornered in the country’s east, with little power on the ground, and an Islamist militia-backed government in the west that has seized the capital, Tripoli.

Since the end of the civil war, Seif al-Islam has been held by a militia in Zintan, which is allied with the Tobruk-based internationally recognized government against the Tripoli one. The court that convicted him is affiliated with the Tripoli-based government.

During the trial, Seif al-Islam was accused of recruiting mercenaries who were given Libyan nationality, planning and carrying out attacks on civilian targets from the air, forming armed groups and shooting into crowds of demonstrators. Among the charges he was convicted of were incitement of murder and rape.

Hundreds of militias in Libya are battling for power and turf in a lawless environment has allowed human traffickers and kidnappers to flourish. Meanwhile, extremists returning from fighting in the Syrian civil war have created a local affiliate of the Islamic State group, taking territory and beheading captives.

The U.N. envoy for Libya has urged the Islamist-led government in Tripoli to sign a peace deal that would establish a unity government. Members of the Tobruk government and regional leaders signed the unity accord in Morocco on July 11.

(ASSOCIATED PRESS)

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Nigerians arrested in Spain for controlling prostitutes with Juju http://sunnewsonline.com/new/nigerians-arrested-in-spain-for-controlling-prostitutes-with-juju/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/nigerians-arrested-in-spain-for-controlling-prostitutes-with-juju/#comments Mon, 27 Jul 2015 17:24:05 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=128819 A man and a woman of Nigerian origin have been arrested over claims that they forced Nigerian women into prostitution and deployed voodoo to keep their victims under their control, Spanish police said Sunday. The two suspects were arrested on a warrant issued by Norway after a Nigerian woman lodged a complaint against them in [...]]]>

A man and a woman of Nigerian origin have been arrested over claims that they forced Nigerian women into prostitution and deployed voodoo to keep their victims under their control, Spanish police said Sunday.

The two suspects were arrested on a warrant issued by Norway after a Nigerian woman lodged a complaint against them in Oslo.

Spanish police said the pair promised their victims, who were living in extreme poverty, a job and that they would cover their travel expenses. They would then force them to become prostitutes.

The young Nigerian woman who filed the complaint had herself been lured in 2011 to Spain by a woman who promised her work.

When she arrived in Spain, however, she was kidnapped and held in an apartment on the southern edge of Madrid.

Her abductor then forced her to work as a prostitute in several Spanish cities, as well as Bordeaux in France and finally Oslo, claiming she was owed a 60,000-euro ($66,000) debt).

“The ‘madam’ and her accomplices had control over her, using all methods of aggression and threats and resorting to traditional Juju voodoo practices, including animal sacrifices,” the police said.

In these rites, the victims are forced to take a pledge of obedience, which they are then persuaded into believing that they would fall ill or become insane if they fail to obey, according to Amnesty International.

The two suspects were arrested at their home with police finding false identity documents and several objects linked to the rituals there.

Six Nigerians including four women were convicted in France last month over similar charges.

Also in June, Spanish police dismantled a trafficking ring that they said used voodoo rituals to force women into prostitution.

(AFP)

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Greece Debt Crisis – Lessons for Nigeria http://sunnewsonline.com/new/greece-debt-crisis-lessons-for-nigeria/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/greece-debt-crisis-lessons-for-nigeria/#comments Mon, 27 Jul 2015 15:59:47 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=128816 The global economic slowdown has left some mature economies like Greece stricken and more on a par with emerging markets like Nigeria, mainly because of their Achilles Heel of over-leveraged government debts. At last count, Greece owes 242 billion euros to its creditors the IMF and European Central Bank, an amount that the IMF decided [...]]]>

The global economic slowdown has left some mature economies like Greece stricken and more on a par with emerging markets like Nigeria, mainly because of their Achilles Heel of over-leveraged government debts. At last count, Greece owes 242 billion euros to its creditors the IMF and European Central Bank, an amount that the IMF decided is unsustainable just after the country missed a 1.5 billion-euro repayment.

As a Eurozone member state, Greece’s economic performance has a direct impact on the value of the euro, which slumped to its lowest point in 2015 against the USD, while declining to 0.00462 from 0.00451 against the naira at the height of the Greek debt crisis in mid-July.

Why is this good news for Nigeria-EU trade? In the process of signing a trade agreement with West African countries, the EU has been steadily developing its relations with Nigeria, which is the largest economy in Africa. In the face of some difficulties in trade talks, business has picked up considerably between the two partners, and the EU is gaining market share in Nigeria, which imports millions of euros-worth of goods from the bloc. The EU sells machinery, chemicals, industrial goods and vehicles to Nigerian companies. A fall in the value of the euro means that European goods are more affordable than they used to be, so this could mean an increase in the level of goods ordered from the EU by Nigerian companies.

Nigeria exports mainly oil and other commodities like gold and diamonds to the EU, accounting for 80% of West African exports together with Ghana and the Ivory Coast, and this is where the bad news comes in. As the euro declines against the USD and the naira, Nigeria gains buying power, but loses some selling power because the EU may reduce the current level of purchases or imports from the West African country, which will have a knock-on effect on government tax revenues. A lower-valued euro means less buying power for the EU, which sees Nigeria as its top source of oil in West Africa, and the longer the Greek debt crisis drags on, the more damage it will do to the bloc’s exchange rate stability with its trading partners.

Emerging markets like Nigeria are coming into an era of opportunities and increased bargaining power in their relations with giant economies like the EU, which is the world’s second largest economic power. With each member state crisis, the euro loses value. There are also some serious underlying economic trends that are concerning, such as disinflation, slow GDP growth, and the challenge to the euro that is posed by vulnerable economies like Italy, or Spain and Portugal, which are only just emerging from their own crises.

Back to the good news, with lower oil prices around the globe, maintaining oil imports to the EU may not be such a difficult challenge as originally assumed. This is balanced out by future developments in the level of the USD against the euro, if the US economy continues growing and outpacing its developed rivals, the currency exchange challenge returns to the table.

My view is that Nigeria could see the Greek debt crisis as an opportunity to increase its bargaining power with the EU, both in terms of bilateral trade agreements and in terms of increasing its national exports to the bloc.

(THISDAY, FXTM)

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Suspected Boko Haram militants attack police camp in N. Cameroon http://sunnewsonline.com/new/suspected-boko-haram-militants-attack-police-camp-in-n-cameroon/ http://sunnewsonline.com/new/suspected-boko-haram-militants-attack-police-camp-in-n-cameroon/#comments Mon, 27 Jul 2015 14:24:31 +0000 http://sunnewsonline.com/new/?p=128812 (YAOUNDE, Cameroon) Suspected militants of Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram on Monday attacked a gendarmerie camp in Cameroon’s Far-North Region. An unnamed army source told Xinhua that fighters from Nigeria crossed the border and raided the camp in Afade, a border village, in early morning, burning down two vehicles and killing two “detainees.” The fighters [...]]]>

(YAOUNDE, Cameroon)

Suspected militants of Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram on Monday attacked a gendarmerie camp in Cameroon’s Far-North Region.

An unnamed army source told Xinhua that fighters from Nigeria crossed the border and raided the camp in Afade, a border village, in early morning, burning down two vehicles and killing two “detainees.”

The fighters ran away before the defence and security forces could take any action, the source said.

Four soldiers and three policemen were found missing after the attack. It is still unknown whether they were kidnapped by the fighters, according to the source.

A suspected Boko Haram member on Saturday carried out a suicide bomb attack in Maroua, capital of Far-North, leaving at least 25 people killed, according to hospital sources.

Boko Haram started attack on northern Cameroon in 2013. Chad sent troops in Cameroon in January to help in the defence against the group.

(XINHUA)

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