Thursday, August 30, 2012

Nigerian Priest Is New Pastor Of Christ Our Hope

Father John Paul Ezeonyido


LITHONIA-Father John Paul Ezeonyido has answered Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory’s call in June to serve as pastor of Christ Our Hope Church, a position to which he is still adjusting.

“I have always understood being a pastor as being a shepherd, helping to bring people closer to Christ,” said Father Ezeonyido. “And I understand that being a shepherd comes with a lot of challenges.”

A native of Akukwa Village, Ngo, Igbo-Ukwu, in Anambra State, Nigeria, Father Ezeonyido comes from a large family of his two parents, six siblings and more than 25 nieces and nephews. Initially interested in becoming a doctor, the young man heard God calling him to priesthood, and after earning his bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Bigard Memorial Seminary in Enugu, Nigeria, he began discerning traveling to the United States as a missionary priest. His missionary call was affirmed as the Atlanta vocations office asked to meet him and invited him here, recognizing that the Nigerian Igbo Catholic community in the Atlanta area needed more spiritual support.

He came to the United States in 1999 and continued his seminary formation, earning a master of arts and a master of divinity in theology with a specialization in Old Testament Sacred Scripture at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Md. During his seminary training, Father Ezeonyido lived and worked with Hispanic and multicultural communities in El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, as part of an immersion program, picking up some Spanish along the way.

Ordained by the late Archbishop John F. Donoghue as a priest of the archdiocese in 2003, Father Ezeonyido, 41, has served the Catholic Church in Georgia in various capacities, working with both American and African immigrant communities.

He earned his third graduate degree, in social work, in 2011 from the University of Georgia, Athens. Father Ezeonyido earned certification in marriage and family therapy during his time at UGA.

He has also earned certification as a hospital chaplain and previously served as chaplain at Saint Joseph’s Hospital, Atlanta, and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite.

Father Ezeonyido’s previous assignments in the archdiocese include serving as a parochial vicar at Holy Cross Church, Atlanta; Holy Trinity Church, Peachtree City; and St. Stephen the Martyr Church, Lilburn. He has served as chaplain of the Nigerian Igbo Catholic Community of Atlanta for the past eight years.

He enjoys traveling, playing tennis, working out and preaching.

As he makes the shift from student and parochial vicar to pastor of the Lithonia parish, he admits he is still adjusting to the responsibilities of his new assignment. While his previous duties have prepared him in certain ways, he is still learning the business side of the pastoral duties.

“Being a pastor does not mean being comfortable,” said Father Ezeonyido, who likened being a pastor to a literal shepherd, who must protect his sheep from outside dangers.

A pastor must do what is best for the good of his flock, he said.

NIGERIA: I’m In Pains, Says Woman Who Orgasms 100 Times Daily

While many women in Nigeria and the world would do anything to have an orgasm during sex, Kim Ramsey, a 44-year old nurse, is in agony as she orgasms up to 100 times per day at the slightest trigger.

She feels constantly aroused and even the slightest pelvic movement would cause her to climax.

She orgasms while doing simple housework or when riding on a train or even in a car and she says she is in pains as the number of orgasms she experiences a day makes her tired, exhausted and prevents her from having a normal relationship.

Ms. Kim Ramsey is suffering from an incurable Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder, a rare health problem which some experts say happens to some women.

The disorder provokes the same sensation like the one experienced during sexual desires and fantasies, but it is not actually based on any sexual desire, thoughts or behaviour, and it is unconnected to libido according to experts, who also explained that any pressure on the genitals can result in increased intensity and also bring on the urge to urinate for women with this condition.

Ms. Ramsey, who resides at Montclair, New Jersey, is believed to have developed the incurable disorder in 2001 when she accidentally fell down from a staircase leading to what experts call a Tarlov cyst on her spine, at the particular point where a woman’s orgasm originates.

She laments that while other women wonder how have an orgasm, she wonders how to stop hers, saying she first noticed the problem in 2008 after she had sex with a new boyfriend.

The Daily Mail quoted her as saying: “I had constant orgasms for four days. I thought I was going mad.

“We tried everything to make it stop. Squats, deep breathing, I even sat on frozen peas but the orgasms and sexual arousal continued for 36 hours,” adding that she must have had around 200 orgasms during that period.

“The pain and exhaustion was excruciating,” she continued, lamenting that she now finds it difficult to control herself or go about her daily life because of fear she would embarrass herself in public.

“Imagine feeling aroused for no reason other than you got up that day. I’ve even had one in public. I was travelling home on the train and it was a bit of a bumpy ride.

“Every jerk of the train or vibration made me more aroused and it was a 40-minute journey so there was nothing I could do.

“I just had to bite my lip and sit on my hands and hope no one noticed.

“Both women and men just don’t seem to get it, they seem to think it’s a great thing and, believe me, it’s really not.”

She said she had visited a lot of medical homes, but doctors have not been able to help out

“At the moment I am able to work. But without the correct treatment this condition can limit my ability to work. I don’t want that.

“It’s already destroyed my chance of having a relationship,” she was further quoted as saying.

The statistics of women suffering from this condition is yet to be known as many of the women who experience it have so far failed to come out probably because of shame, guilt and fear of rejection.

They have continued to suffer in silence.

However, Dr David Goldmeier, an expert on sexual medicine at Imperial College in London, who spoke concerning the condition was quoted as saying he sees up to 20 women in a year.

He said: “PGAD sufferers experience intrusive, unsolicited and spontaneous genital arousal that can be unrelenting. This arousal can persist for hours, days or even longer.

“This can be highly distressing for a woman and despite attempts to relieve it with sexual activity or orgasm, this often doesn’t help or can worsen the symptoms.”

—Eromosele Ebhomele, PM NEWS NIGERIA

AP Exclusive: Nigeria Secret Police Details Leaked


Personnel records of former and current members of Nigeria's top domestic spy agency, including home addresses and names of immediate family members, leaked onto the Internet in a threatening message that claimed to come from a radical Islamist sect that's killed hundreds of people this year alone, The Associated Press has learned.

The leak of personal data of more than 60 past and current employees of Nigeria's State Security Service remained easily accessible on the Internet for days and had details about the agency's director-general, including his mobile phone number, bank account particulars and contact information for his son.

Many of agents listed who could be reached by the AP said they received no official warning from the spy agency that their information had been posted online nor been otherwise alerted. The material has been deleted from the comment section of a website, but the security breach astonished spy service veterans and calls into question whether Nigeria's intelligence community, whose agents already have released suspected terrorists out of religious and ethnic sympathies, are too compromised from within to stop the violence now plaguing Africa's most populous nation. Nigeria Secret Police Leak.

A senior Nigerian intelligence official said authorities were aware that the leak had happened and that many were embarrassed by it. He spoke on condition of anonymity as information about the leak was not to have been made public.

Marilyn Ogar, a spokeswoman for the State Security Service, declined to answer questions Thursday about the posting of the information.

The State Security Service, created in 1986 by then-military ruler Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, monitors domestic dissent in Nigeria, an oil-rich nation of more than 160 million people. Though geared toward stopping terrorism and destabilizing coups, the agency routinely faces criticism for targeting government critics. In Abuja, Nigeria's capital, the agency operates out of cars made to look like the many green taxis that roam the streets. Plain-clothed agents of the service routinely question foreign journalists at airports, border crossings and on city streets if they see reporters conducting interviews. Agents carrying assault rifles often guard major events in the country.

Many agents for the typically secretive agency are preoccupied with concealing their identities, as most try to blend unnoticed into society.

The information leak came in two postings earlier this month on a website that provides rewritten news on Nigeria. The first posting threatened to kill agents of the State Security Service on behalf of Boko Haram, a radical Islamist sect responsible for more than 660 killings this year alone in Nigeria. The second posting simply offered a block of text containing biographical and other details about the agents.

Though the comments have been removed, the AP is not identifying the website involved as cached versions of the comments remain online and intelligence service agents have been killed by Boko Haram members in the past.

The list includes former and current agents across the country, including Director-General Ekpeyong Ita. Those reached by the AP who were willing to talk expressed disbelief that sensitive information like that could make its way to the Internet.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

NIGERIA: Bizman Steps Out To Claim Ibori's $15m Slush Money

The controversy surrounding the $15m bribe that former Delta state governor James Ibori gave to Nuhu Ribadu, the former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, assumed a bizarre turn as a chieftain of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and self acclaimed oil magnate, Chief Chibuike Achigbu, claimed ownership of the money.

Achigbu, in an application filed on his behalf by ten lawyers, three of whom were Senior Advocates of Nigeria, claimed ownership of the money. He said that he gave the money to Senator Andy Uba, who was then the Domestic Aide to former President Olusegun Obasanjo for the purpose of financing the Peoples Democratic Party during the 2007 general elections.

In the affidavit deposed to by Achigbo in support of his application, he stated that he first sought legal advice on whether he could raise money to support the PDP and its candidates throughout the federation for the purpose of winning the 2007 general elections.

According to the him, by April 2007 when the election had drawn near, he had raised money in excess of N2 billion after which he realized that such donations could only be made and accepted through a financial institution.

He further stated that in order to legitimately apply the funds, that he approached Andy Uba to contact relevant agencies of government to investigate and certify that the funds were raised honestly and in good faith with a view to donating same to finance PDP.

He stated that Uba advised him to deliver the fund to him (Uba) for onward transmission to the anti graft agency being the agency of the Federal Government sufficiently equipped to give a clean of legitimacy to the fund before it could be donated to PDP.

The three senior advocates of Nigeria hired by Chief Achigbu to represent him in the matter are Chief Adeniyi Akintola, Mr. Okey Amaechi and Mr. Abiodun Owonikoko.

Achigbu said that after he had delivered the money to Uba, that he heard rumours about an attempt by Ibori to bribe the chairman of the EFCC but that the rumour did not strike him as having any bearing with the fund he delivered to Uba for clearance by EFCC.

He further explained that due to the political ambition of Andy Uba to become the governor of Anambra State, he lost contact with him and was not able to reach him to ask for an update regarding the fund.

“It was not until several months after Uba’s election was voided at the Supreme Court that I succeeded in making contact with him. He, in a telephone conversation I had with him sometimes in the early part of the year 2008, confirmed that, as agreed, he did invite the EFCC to take custody of the purported unclaimed fund and revert on their investigations about its suitability for the purpose that the fund was intended.”

Achigbu however said that he did not believe Uba and suspected that he (Uba) had diverted the money to fund his electioneering expenses when he was campaigning for governor of Anambra State but chose not to pursue the case any further because he, ’took the view that God had sufficiently avenged Uba’s betrayal when his election funded with the money was voided by the Supreme Court less than a month into his tenure in June 2007.’

The self proclaimed oil magnate who claimed to have become estranged with Uba further stated that on the night of August 27, 2012, that he received a call from Uba informing him about the latest development concerning the $15 million and that the money in question was the same money he collected from him.

That Uba specifically confirmed to him that it was Ibrahim Lamorde, the then Director of Operations of EFCC and now chairman of the anti graft agency, that was superficially instructed to receive the money from him (Uba) on April 25th, 2007.
Achigbu further stated that Uba had also agreed to depose to an affidavit to own up to the facts deposed to in his application.

No date has been fixed for the hearing of this latest application which is coming closely behind a related one seeking that the said fund be returned to the Delta state treasury which the same court struck out earlier same day following the submission of the Delta state Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Mr. Charles Ajuya, also a senior advocate of Nigeria denying issuing any authorization to the plaintiff, Mr. Timipa Okponipere, to institute the case.

The stage is apparently being set by interested parties to lay their hands on the slush money.


Saturday, August 25, 2012

NIGERIA: Imo State Weekly, August 24-30, 2012



The Immortalisation of Odumegwu-Ojukwu Begins

Owerri, the Imo State capital, was a Mecca of sort last Thursday, as people from all walks of life besieged the city to witness the opening of the Ikemba Odumegwu-Ojukwu Centre built by the Imo State government in honour of the late Igbo leader and Biafran war lord, Dim Chukwuemeka OdumegwuOjukwu...THIS DAY

We'll fish out Nwosu's killer - Bolanta

IMO state Commissi-oner of Police, Baba Adisa Bolanta has promised to fish out in no distant time the killers of a former director of CBN, Charles Nwosu, at the weekend. Speaking through the state Police Public relations Officers(PPRO) Vitalis Olugu, said that the state police, under the command of Bolanta, had set up machinery in motion to ensure that the killers of the former CBN director are brought to book...NIGERIAN TRIBUNE

Gunmen abduct Imo dep gov’s aide

The Media Assistant to Agbaso, Mr. Onyema Okpara, who confirmed the incident to The Guardian yesterday morning, said the abductors stopped the government’s official as he was in the company of his wife and his driver late on Sunday.He disclosed that the armed men did not seize Ihekwuaba’s car but rather took him to their vehicle’s booth and drove him to an unknown destination...NIGERIAN GUARDIAN

Federation Cup Winners Travel By Road to Owerri

Twelve hours after lifting the Federation Cup, players and officials of Heartland Football Club of Owerri left Lagos by road for a long trip to Owerri, the capital of Imo State. And this did not go down well with the Federation Cup champions who have won the trophy back-to-back...ALL AFRICA/VANGUARD

Igbo language to die by 2025!

In the days of F.C. Ogbalu, Founder of the Society for Promotion of Igbo Language and Culture (SPILC), the Igbo used to go for divination on height gain and at the end of the day, their language was able to gain some lexical height with the introduction of some new Igbo vocabularies like Mahadum (university), Okammuta (Professor), Tekinuzu (Technology), ekwenti (phone/mobile phone), nari (hundred), puku (thousand), nde (million) and ijeri (billion)...DAILY SUN

Obi, Okorocha: Playing Dirty Politics In Ojukwu’s Name

The party which experienced similar leadership tussle while Ojukwu was still alive, is today in tatters to the extent that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC is said to be considering de-listing it as well as other mushroom parties from its list of registered political parties...LEADERSHIP NIGERIA

Imo Makes Possession Of Igbo Language Compulsory For Admission Into Higher Institutions

IMO State Government has directed that any student seeking admission into any of the state-owned tertiary institutions must possess Igbo Language at credit level. Rochas Okorocha stated this while inaugurating the board of Ikemba Ojukwu Convention Centre, Owerri. The board is chaired by the former Nigeria’s Ambassador to the United States, Prof. George Obiozor, while the Director General and Chief Executive is the former Minister of Education, Prof. Fabian Osuji...NIGERIAN GUARDIAN

Boko Haram: Residents panic as beggars take over Owerri

Residents of Owerri, the Imo State capital, have expressed worry over the increasing influx of beggars from the northern part of the country into the city. They also condemned the attitude of the beggars whom they claim flock around churches, motor parks and other public places in Owerri...CHANNELS TV NEWS


Okorocha is facing problems with Nigerian Medical Association, 27 local government chairmen, the state council of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) on the introduction of a fourth tier government, and landlords whose properties were demolished without compensation...ALL VOICES

Imo NUJ to Train 20 Journalists On Geographic Information System

The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Imo Council, has concluded plans to train 20 journalists in the state on Geographic Information System (GIS) and Google Fusion Reporting. A release signed by the Chairman of the Council, Mr Innocent Igwe , in Owerri on Friday said the training would enhance the capacity of the journalists to practise in the digital age...LEADERSHIP NEWSPAPER/ALL AFRICA

Ojukwu made great sacrifice for Nigeria’s unity, says Okorocha

Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha has described the late Ikemba Nnewi, Chief Chukwuemeka Ojukwu, as “a detribalised Nigerian, who paid the greatest price for the nation’s unity by fighting to enthrone fairness, equity and justice”. He said today, Ndigbo have continued to make “huge sacrifices” to keep the country together, irrespective of the “continued neglect and injustices suffered by them”...THE NATION

‘Whither Igbo President In 2015, Hold Ohanaeze Responsible’

NATIONAL Publicity Secretary of the Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) and Enugu State governorship candidate of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) in last year’s general election, Mr. Osita Okechukwu, spoke on the alleged pact between the leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo and President Goodluck Jonathan last year, the possibility of Igbo Presidency in 2015, the planned alliance between the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and CPC ahead the 2015 elections and other topical issues...NIGERIAN GUARDIAN

Lobi’s supporters want Suswam in Lagos, plan fans’ drive for team

SUPPORTERS of Lobi Stars of Makurdi, who say they have started a massive drive to get many fans for the team before Sunday’s Federation Cup final against Heartland of Owerri, believe that the presence of Governor Gabriel Suswam will go a long way in motivating the team to victory...NIGERIAN GUARDIAN

Friday, August 24, 2012

Usher gains sole custody of two children

LOS ANGELES - An Atlanta judge on Friday awarded R&B singer Usher primary custody of his two sons with ex-wife Tameka Foster Raymond, according to a person with knowledge of the ruling.

Usher had been seeking sole custody of Usher V, 4, and Naviyd, 3, while his ex-wife wanted to maintain joint custody and receive an increase in child support payments.

The long custody battle had been marred with public mud-slinging on both sides as each party alleged the other was an unfit parent. Tragedy also struck in July when Foster Raymond's 11-year-old son Kile Glover - Usher's stepson - died after suffering a brain injury during a jet-ski accident.

One source who was not authorized to speak on the record confirmed the judge's ruling and said "it's been a long and difficult process for everyone."

Representatives for the "Yeah!" singer declined to comment on the ruling or the court proceeding.

Usher filed for divorce from Foster in 2009 after less than two years of marriage. -- Reuters

Tennis ref's attorney: arrest, charges 'unfounded'


LOS ANGELES (AP) — An attorney for a professional tennis referee accused of killing her 80-year-old husband denounced the allegations Friday and criticized Los Angeles police for arresting her in New York, where she would have been a line judge in next week's U.S. Open.

Still wearing a tennis official outfit, Lois Goodman, 70, appeared briefly in Superior Court in Van Nuys but her arraignment and bond hearing were continued to Wednesday to allow her attorney time to file a motion seeking reduction of her $1 million bail and allow her to be released on her own recognizance.

Her sister and daughter were in the courtroom but couldn't see her because she was behind a meshed-covered window.

Outside court, Goodman's attorney condemned the arrest.

"She's distraught. This is an outrage," Alison Triessl said. "She is in shock and her family is very concerned for her."

Goodman has cooperated with investigators throughout, she said.

"These charges are outrageous and they're completely unfounded," the attorney said. "The Los Angeles Police Department should be ashamed of arresting a 70-year-old woman in New York who has made herself available to investigators in Los Angeles."

Triessl also responded to implications in the search warrant affidavit that Goodman may have been involved in a relationship with another man.

"There was no romantic relationship with anyone else. It's absurd to suggest that," she said.

She said she had met with Goodman briefly and "My client absolutely maintains her innocence."

During the search of Goodman's home, police said they seized evidence that Lois Goodman had been communicating on the Internet with another man, though the nature of that relationship was not clear.

The affidavit said one email contained the phrases "terminating a relationship," and having "alternative sleeping arrangements," though police could not determine to what it referred.

Triessl said it was not referring to an affair.

Deputy District Attorney Lisa Tanner said prosecutors allege that Goodman bludgeoned her husband to death with a coffee cup that broke and then used the sharp handle to stab him.

"All of these facts will come out during the trial," Tanner said. "The people are confident that justice will prevail."

Goodman was returned to Los Angeles late Thursday after agreeing to not fight extradition from New York.

Los Angeles police have said Goodman was poised to be in New York for several weeks and they wanted to move swiftly to arrest a murder suspect.

Her husband, Alan Goodman, died on April 17 at the couple's condominium in Woodland Hills. Authorities briefly accepted Lois Goodman's explanation that she returned home to find a blood-covered coffee mug and her husband lying in bed not breathing after most likely falling down the stairs.

Two fire department paramedics answering the 911 call made note of an odd-shaped wound on Goodman's head, according to a police detective's affidavit. They advised police that "the scene appeared suspicious and left the body undisturbed," said the document attached to a search warrant by police Detective Jeffrey T. Briscoe.

But after questioning Lois Goodman, police released her husband's body to her and it was transported to a mortuary for cremation. But on April 20, before that could happen, a coroner's investigator, Mario Sainz, was sent to the crematory to sign a death certificate. His examination of the body turned the case into a homicide investigation, according to the affidavit.

"Saenz discovered that the decedent sustained multiple lacerations to the right side of his head and also had three cuts to the right ear," said the affidavit. "The injuries appeared to be deep, penetrating blunt force trauma that was consistent with being inflicted with a sharp object.

"Saenz stated that he believed there was sufficient evidence to suggest that this was a homicide," said Briscoe.

The body was then taken to the coroner's office for an autopsy which found nine to ten distinct injuries to the right side of Goodman's head and concluded "his death was caused by another person."

When police executed a subsequent search warrant, they found blood throughout the three-story house "inconsistent with accidental death" and suggesting a "mobile victim," the affidavit said.

Blood was found on the carpets, in a linen closet, on the refrigerator door and on a wall leading to the first floor garage.

During her initial questioning, Goodman "went out of her way to account for her time on the day of the decedent's death"

"Lois' emotional reaction to what she had seen and the loss of her husband was not typical of that of a grieving spouse," the affidavit said.

Detectives worked the case for four months. An arrest warrant was filed Aug. 14.

L.A.-area priest stole $284,000 from elderly widow, suit alleges

Father Peter Valdez is suspended after a lawsuit accuses him and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles of elder abuse and fraud.

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles suspended a priest Friday amid allegations that he stole nearly $300,000 from an elderly widow who was a member of his parish.

Michalena Jones, 79, filed a lawsuit this week that accused Father Peter Valdez of befriending her after her husband's death and using his influence to steal $284,000 over a seven-year period.

The archdiocese placed Valdez on administrative leave, "pending the resolution of this matter," said Tod Tamberg, an archdiocese spokesman.

Jones said she met Valdez at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Palmdale after her husband died in 2003. The priest persuaded Jones to give him $150,000 to buy a home in Downey and added his name to her checking account, which he used to make mortgage payments, the lawsuit said.

"Jones was a devout Catholic. She developed a great admiration, trust, reverence and respect for and obedience to Roman Catholic clergy, who occupied great influence and persuasion as holy men and authority figures," Jones' lawsuit said. This caused her to "respect and obey Catholic priests, including Defendant Valdez," it said.

The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, also seeks damages from the archdiocese, which it accused of failing to intervene after it learned of the situation.

Tamberg said in an email that "the archdiocese had no knowledge of the alleged financial transactions between Father Valdez and the plaintiff" until it was contacted by her attorneys this year. "Beyond this, archdiocesan policy precludes comment on pending litigation."

Valdez could not be reached for comment.

Valdez, 46, had served as a priest since 1998 and was at St. Mary's from 2003 to 2005, Tamberg said.

William McMillan, an attorney for Jones, said he was disappointed that it took a lawsuit and media attention for the archdiocese to take action. He said that Jones' family told the church last year about the theft and that he personally met with archdiocese officials this past spring to discuss the matter.

"My church needs to stop doing what it has been doing for a long time in protecting people who shouldn't be protected," said McMillan, who is Catholic. "They need to stop these activities, whether it's abuse of children or financial elder abuse. They need to get these people out and do a quicker job of it."

According to the lawsuit, the thefts were not discovered until November 2011, when Jones' son took over her finances after she entered a convalescent home.

The son discovered that Valdez stole $284,000 from Jones from 2003 until 2010, the lawsuit said. Valdez has made promises about returning the money but has failed to do so, McMillan said.

Los Angeles County property records show that a person named Peter Valdez bought a home on Brock Avenue in Downey — the home mentioned in the lawsuit — for $620,000 in 2006, taking a mortgage for $480,000. He sold the home in 2010 for $330,000, the records show.

The lawsuit accuses Valdez and the archdiocese of elder abuse and fraud and seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages.

NIGERIA: Weekend Papers, August 24-26, 2012


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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Adamawa Least Developed Nigerian State


Nigeria’s Adamawa State, home of Nigeria’s former vice-president, Atiku Abubakar, ranks lowest on the country’s human development index in education, economic growth and human capacity among others, a development expert, Dr Solomon Mamuru, has said.

Mamuru, Deputy Director, Academic Planning at the Adamawa State University, spoke in Abuja Wednesday, adding that unless drastic measures were taken to address the dwindling fortunes of education in the state, the state would continue to decline.

“The people of the state have continued to rely on government for survival, agriculture there is largely subsistence and there are very few industries that should contribute to the economic growth of the state.

“All these and coupled with the fact that people are not enlightened about the great role that education plays in the development of all areas of life, are responsible for the problem.

“The UN Development Programme has taken the right step in the right direction by addressing the main issue — building human capacity,” Mamuru stated.

Mamuru spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria on the sidelines of a Stakeholders’ Validation Workshop for Mainstreaming Human Development Studies in Nigerian Universities, held in Abuja.

UNDP organised the workshop for stakeholders in partnership with the National Universities Commission (NUC) and the National Planning Commission.

Mamuru who specialises in Nano-technology, stressed the need for residents of Adamawa to be empowered with knowledge.

“If you are economically independent, it means you are empowered and if you are empowered that would give you the liberty to contribute and lend a voice to how the government runs the affairs that concern you,” he stated.

The UNDP, NUC partnership began 2010, when a roundtable was organised to brainstorm on the possibility of creating human development studies in the academic curricula of Nigerian universities.

The curriculum when operational, will help in the development of programmes that will concern three central platforms in human development as enunciated by the UNDP.

Nigeria's Former Oil Bandits Now Collect Government Cash

Ex-militant Alhaji Dokubo-Asari, who was granted bail in 2007, supported Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan in 2012.

By Drew Hinshaw/Wall Street Journal

ABUJA, Nigeria—Alhaji Dokubo-Asari once stalked the mangrove-choked creeks of the Niger Delta, a leaf stuck to his forehead for good luck, as a crew that he ran bled oil from pipelines and sold it to smugglers. "Asari fuel," they called it.

Last year, Nigeria's state oil company began paying him $9 million a year, by Mr. Dokubo-Asari's account, to pay his 4,000 former foot soldiers to protect the pipelines they once attacked.

He shrugs off the unusual turn of events. "I don't see anything wrong with it," said the thickly built former gunman, lounging in a house gown at his home here in Nigeria's capital.

Nigeria is shelling out hundreds of millions of dollars a year to maintain an uneasy calm in the oil-rich delta, where attacks ranging from theft to bombings to kidnappings pummeled oil production three years ago, to as low as 500,000 barrels on some days. Now production is back up to 2.6 million barrels daily of low-sulfur crude of the sort favored by U.S. refineries, which get nearly 9% of their supply here.

The gilded pacification campaign is offered up by the government as a success story. But others say the program, including a 2009 amnesty, has sent young men in Nigeria's turbulent delta a different message: that militancy promises more rewards than risks.

While richly remunerated former kingpins profess to have left the oil-theft business, many former militant foot soldiers who are paid less or not at all by the amnesty, and have few job prospects, continue to pursue prosperity by tapping pipelines.

Now, oil theft appears to be on the rise again. Royal Dutch Shell RDSB.LN -1.47% PLC's Nigerian unit estimates that more than 150,000 barrels of oil are stolen from Nigerian pipelines daily. That is one of the lower estimates. In May, theft from one pipeline got so bad that Shell simply shut it down.

"Everybody seems to believe…that the Niger Delta problem is over," said a former government mediator, Dimieari Von Kemedi. "It's just on pause. The challenge is to move from pause to stop."

Meanwhile, Nigeria is facing a separate militancy, in the form of the radical Islamic group Boko Haram, whose guerrilla attacks on churches and police stations in a different part of the country have left hundreds dead. Some legislators have proposed extending amnesty to Boko Haram, as well.

It is an expensive proposition. This year alone, Nigeria will spend about $450 million on its amnesty program, according to the government's 2012 budget, more than what it spends to deliver basic education to children.

Under the arrangement, the government grants living allowances to tens of thousands of former members of the bandit crews and sends them to vocational classes, in sites ranging from Houston to London to Seoul. These costs are on top of millions of dollars paid at the outset to the crews' leaders for handing in their weapons.

For a few, the program has meant spectacular rewards. To improve ties with former delta warlords, the government invited the top "generals," as they call themselves, for extended stays on the uppermost, executive floors of Abuja's Hilton hotel.

The Nigerian state oil company, according to one of its senior officials, is giving $3.8 million a year apiece to two former rebel leaders, Gen. Ebikabowei "Boyloaf" Victor Ben and Gen. Ateke Tom, to have their men guard delta pipelines they used to attack. Another general, Government "Tompolo" Ekpumopolo, maintains a $22.9 million-a-year contract to do the same, the official said.

A liaison to Mr. Tom declined to comment on the contracts. Mr. Ekpumopolo didn't return phone calls and messages. Mr. Ben, when reached for comment, asked, "How much money is involved in this interview?" and then hung up.

Later, he sent an enigmatic text: "Very wel dn im nt dispose bt cnsider 100%al u wnt ,we need investors in niger delta absolute peace is guarante."

For President Goodluck Jonathan, a Niger Delta native, such lavish expenditures have become a political liability. Despite a growing economy, his country of 167 million struggles to finance even the basics, starting with power plants, roads and sewers. A blossoming middle class in Nigeria's cities has put further strain on public infrastructure.

Yet because four-fifths of government revenue flows from the oil fields, aides to the president defend the high cost of peace by saying the treasury would face an even worse drain if a full-blown militancy in the delta flared up again. "If it's too huge, what are the alternatives?" said Oronto Douglas, a senior adviser to Mr. Jonathan.

"For you to address the whole issue of poverty and development, you need some kind of peace," added Mutiu Sunmonu, managing director for Shell's Nigerian unit. "That is what I think the amnesty program has offered."

Enticed by the program, the militants emerged a couple of years ago from the oil-soaked swamps of the delta. Some of the leaders took up residence in the executive floors of Abuja's Hilton and through much of 2010 and early 2011 spent weeks or months enjoying the Executive Lounge's complimentary supply of Hennessey V.S.O.P. cognac, priced at $51 a shot on the room-service menu. Over a buffet of fiery Nigerian dishes—gumbos, Jollof rice pilafs, goat stews—they rubbed shoulders with the country's leading politicians and influence peddlers, who often live in the floor's $700-a-night art-deco rooms.

"These are young men who came out of the creeks and were given the opportunity to hang out with the crème de la crème, wearing gold watches and drinking from gold-rimmed teacups," said Tony Uranta, a member of the government's Niger Delta Technical Committee advisory group and a frequent Hilton executive-floor guest. "It's a natural thing."

Most have since moved out of the hotel. "It's too high-profile," said an aide to one ex-warlord, Mr. Tom.

Meanwhile, thousands of former militant foot soldiers have been given job training, a feature of the program that officials call its most indisputable success. The question is how many will be able to make use of this training. In Nigeria, the government estimates, there are 67 million other people waiting to be employed.

Kempare Ebipade says he spent six years guarding creekside armories as an oil militant, in the course of which he took two bullets to the thigh. In 2009 he accepted amnesty and was sent to the U.S. for two weeks at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta. He displayed a booklet of Dr. King's speeches from which he said he sometimes reads to villagers.

Mr. Ebipade is a skilled welder now, trained in the craft by the amnesty program. But the father of four struggles to imagine how he will find clients for a welding workshop he has set up, or how he will continue to afford his apartment's rent of $1,100 a year.

The government has vigorously pushed oil companies to hire locals. Mr. Ebipade says that out of the former militant army of 10,000 he belonged to, he has heard of only five that landed jobs with oil companies.

Shell's Mr. Sunmonu warned against the idea "that every trained ex-militant is going to get a paid employment, because if you just look at the number, it's probably huge. So we therefore must broaden our solutions to focus more on self-employment: small enterprises, medium enterprises."

The Niger Delta has seen promising economic progress. Construction on a regional highway is under way.

Nigeria's overall economy is projected to grow at a brisk 7.1% this year. But much of the growth is in cities far from the delta, and a population boom reduces the degree to which the growth helps with the unemployment problem.

In the delta, years-old electric towers punctuate village skylines, but many don't carry electricity, having never been connected to the overtaxed power grid. Children travel to scattered schools aboard canoes, navigating creeks coated by the rainbow stains of oil slicks. A United Nations office has estimated it would take 30 years to clean the waters, which once sustained fisheries.

Amid this landscape, oil-related crime lures locals like Atu Thompson, father of 18 and self-described oil thief, who says he and others see few other ways to provide. "You can take me to amnesty, give me a good contract—but others are still there," Mr. Thompson says.

Mr. Dokubo-Asari, 48 years old, used to be prominent among them. While not all of his account of life in the mangrove swamps could be verified, he long was one of Nigeria's best-known oil marauders.

About 25 years ago, Mr. Dokubo-Asari left overcrowded university classrooms, he says, to study guerrilla warfare in the Libya led by Col. Moammar Gadhafi. He says he was given $100,000 to stir up trouble back in Nigeria, an oil competitor to Libya.

Fomenting conflict proved easy in the restive Niger Delta he returned to in the early 1990s. From a local governor, Mr. Dokubo-Asari says, he procured weapons and money to build a militia that ultimately was several thousand strong. For years, as he tells it, they broke open pipelines, filling canisters with crude oil and refining some of it through timeworn techniques used by locals to boil palm-tree sap into wine.

The government struggled to lure him out of the mangroves. Mr. Dokubo-Asari responded to one amnesty offer that he considered meager by announcing a death threat against petroleum workers. Shell evacuated hundreds of expatriates and oil derricks briefly slowed to a stop. The next day, oil prices hit $50 a barrel for the first time.

Nigeria's government offered Mr. Dokubo-Asari a truce and $1,000 apiece, he says, for his AK-47 rifles, numbering 3,182. He says he took the deal and used the profits to purchase more weapons and return to the swamp.

There, he recounts he was finally arrested and coerced into another round of negotiations. Fearing assassination, he fled to Cotonou, Benin, where he says he founded a school for Niger Delta children. He showed a video of him teaching kids kung fu at the school.

New warlords quickly took Mr. Dokubo-Asari's place. Marauding under noms de guerre like Gen. Shoot-at-Sight, Gen. Africa and Gen. Young Shall Grow, they formed a loose confederation of gunmen calling itself the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, or MEND, and crippled enough oil infrastructure to bring Nigeria's production on some days to a near-halt.

That was when Nigeria announced the 2009 amnesty. In televised ceremonies, guerrillas dropped off rifles, machine guns, tear-gas canisters, dynamite bundles, rocket launchers, antiaircraft guns, gunboats and grenades to be sold to the government, which also offered the nonviolence training courses and nine-month vocational classes.

Theft fell sharply. Yet now, just as Nigeria's state oil company has begun institutionalizing pipeline-watch jobs for some ex-militants, theft has blossomed again. "It's quite an escalation. If nothing is done, it will continue to increase because more and more people will just come to feel that this is a gold field," said Shell's Mr. Sunmonu. "We're not going to give up on this and run away from it. We believe it can be stopped."

Maclean Imomotimi left an overpacked university four years ago, the muscular 30-year-old says, to rob barges in the Niger Delta swamps. Now, befitting his new career, he is known as Gen. Imomotimi.

He says he accepted the government's amnesty offer in 2011 on the expectation he would be feted, his hotel bills and bar tabs paid; instead, he was disappointed to receive a living allowance of just 65,000 naira ($413) a month.

So Gen. Imomotimi has returned to the waterways, this time, he says, not to rob barges but to steal oil.

"I take amnesty's money—what [little] they give me—I take it and I buy other guns," he says. "There's much, much more money in the creeks."

Monday, August 20, 2012

NIGERIA: Imo State Weekly, August 17-23, 2012


Okorocha bars monarchs from speaking English at public fora

Henceforth, all Imo monarchs must only speak Igbo Language at every public forum in the state, or risk losing their staff of office, and by extension, the traditional stool...BUSINESS DAY

Owerri to end Prime's fantastic voyage

The Cup holders saw off Crown FC in the quarterfinals in Port Harcourt while the Ogbomosho-based side eased off the hostilities of the two-time African champions, Enyimba in Ibadan to pave the way for the last four duel...SUPER SPORT

Suspected transformer vandal pays with his life in Owerri

A middle-aged man, simply identified as “Baba” has been electrocuted while attempting to vandalise a 500 KVA electric power transformer at Area ‘G’ in New Owerri, an area where the government is shifting infrastructure development due to congestion in main Owerri which began as state capital in 1976...BUSINESS DAY

Federation Cup: Aregbesola storms Ilorin for Prime FC

GOVERNOR Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State will tomorrow lead members of the executive council of the state to the Kwara State Stadium, Ilorin, to drum support for the state's representative in the ongoing Federation Cup, Prime FC of Osogbo as it confronts Heartland FC of Owerri in the Semi-final of the 2012 Federation Cup...NIGERIAN TRIBUNE

Igbo celebrate new yam in Lagos

The event began with the breaking of kolanut, which was followed by prayers for the well-being of those who ate it. Representatives of the ethnic groups were invited to partake. Prayers were said for the country’s unity and progress...THE NATION

Okorocha offers employment to all qualified physically challenged citizens

"During a meeting with physically challenged citizens at the Ikemba Ojukwu memorial centre in Owerri the governor noted that his administration is willing to partner with the physically challenged people in the state to move his rescue mission agenda for the state to a different level"...CHANNEL TV NEWS

Federation Cup: Aregbesola offers free trip to Osogbo fans

"Chairman of the Osun State Football Association Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi said the players are well prepared to cause another upset by eliminating the cup holder having dumped established teams like Rangers International and Enyimba enroute this stage. NIGERIAN TRIBUNE"

Mixed reactions trail Imo community government council

"The state government had explained that the concept of the Community Government was to decentralize power towards bringing governance to the door-step of the rural dwellers and unlock the hidden potentials in the rural communities"...THE NATION

Drug Abuse in Children Is On the Increase - Imo Ndlea

Owerri — The Director of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Imo, Mr Mshelia Kuka, has decried the growing trend of drug abuse among school children and described it as 'disheartening '...ALL AFRICA/VANGUARD

Imo’s local parliament moves to fix bride price

"The motion, entitled, “ Motion on the Harmonisation of the Marriage Institution in Imo”, was moved by Eze Duru Okwudor and Eze Obi II of Okwudor in Njaba Local Government Area alongside other traditional rulers.Okwudor identified high pride price and difficulties involved in the process of traditional marriage as some of the reasons for a change in the system"...PM NEWS NIGERIA

Saturday, August 18, 2012

NIGERIA: Sunday Papers, August 19, 2012


THIS DAY LIVE: Destruction of Northern Nigeria

TRIBUNE NIGERIA: Brilla fm gets broadcast partnership for EPL

THIS DAY LIVE: Capital Market Report: House Committee Goofed on Assets Valuation, Says Chike-Obi

THIS DAY LIVE: I Have Been Celibate all My Life

THIS DAY LIVE: Ikomi: Keystone ‘ll be Among Top Five Banks by 2015

TRIBUNE NIGERIA: Osaze scores as West Brom routs Liverpool

THE ECONOMIST: Africa’s fast-growing middle class has money to spend

THE ECONOMIST: Destroying Makoko

GUARDIAN NIGERIA: Coca-Cola Kicks Off Africa Happiness Manifesto

GUARDIAN NIGERIA: ‘Our Challenge On Polio Vaccination’

GUARDIAN NIGERIA: Imo: Okorocha Approves N320m For Schools Repairs

GUARDIAN NIGERIA: S.A. Mine Killings: ‘Why African Leaders Must Protect Workers’ Rights’

THE ECONOMIC TIMES: What stops internet access from being cheaper

LEADERSHIP NEWSPAPER: Where Are The President’s Men?

GUARDIAN NIGERIA: Future Stars Begin Quest for FIFA Women U-20 Diadem

FIFA: Who will be crowned champions at Japan 2012?

THIS DAY LIVE: FG: We’re Committed to Peaceful Co-existence

THIS DAY LIVE: 76 Oil Wells: A’Ibom to Renegotiate with C’River

THIS DAY LIVE: Suswam: Talk About 2015 Now is Idiotic

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

NIGERIA: Wednesday Papers, August 15, 2012



DAILY TIMES NIGERIA: The Sovereign National Conference

SUPER SPORT: Pillars still in the fight

PM NEWS NIGERIA: Expand Plateau peace talks, Jonathan advised

THE MALAY MAIL: Family wants George home

DAILY TIMES NIGERIA: Sokoto LG sensitises parents on girl-child education

DAILY TIMES NIGERIA: Falconets jet out to Japan for U-20 World Cup

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Police: 2 men die in failed attack in major north central Nigerian city

CHANNELS TV: Plateau flood: 38 dead, houses and farmlands destroyed

PM NEWS NIGERIA: Damaturu residents flee besieged town

TUSCOLA TODAY: Opportunity knocks on four fronts

TIMES OF NIGERIA: Olympics Scandal: How Sports Ministry Squandered N2.3 billion

SECURING PHARMA: NAFDAC considers life in jail for fake drug dealers

VIBE GHANA: Africa Partnership Station to offer humanitarian assistance in Ghana

TRIBUNE NIGERIA: We’re recycling criminals in Nigeria - AIG

Monday, August 13, 2012

Bookshelf: Remembering Biafra: Narrative, History and Memory of the Biafra-Nigeria War

Edited by Chima J. Korieh and Ifeanyi Ezeonu

"Remembering Biafra: Narrative, History, and Memory of the Nigeria-Biafra War" brings the reader face to face with the literary and historical narratives of the Nigeria-Biafra Civil War from the perspectives of scholars and individuals who experienced the war. Authors who are diverse in their knowledge and experience of the complexities of the war provide fascinating insights into the human experiences of the war. Those looking for new perspectives on the Biafra war, especially a narrative of its human cost, will find this book illuminating and fascinating. The interdisciplinary nature of the book makes it a unique and important resource for scholars in literature, history, and all interested in the interplay between war, trauma, and memory. Editors: Chima J. Korieh and Emeka Ezeonu. Publisher: Goldline and Jacobs Publishing.

SYNOPSIS: In 1967, Nigeria was plunged into a brutal civil war with Biafra following the secession of the Eastern Region from Nigeria. The war lasted for 30 months and led to the death of over one million ethnic Igbo and other easterners. As the first genocide in post-colonial Africa, Biafrawas synonymous with starvation. The war took a terrible toll on the Igbo people with destruction of civilian infrastructure, including roads, bridges, schools, hospitals. Homes and towns, crops and livestock were set ablaze as the federal troops marched through villages. Starvation was used as a deliberate policy of war against the Biafran population.

The war and its legacy have their roots in the historical conditions of Nigeria. The civil war was the culmination of nearly half a century of ethnic rivalry and mistrust and the peculiar vilification of the Igbo by other ethnic groups. The first military coup d’état of January 15, 1966, which resulted in the death of Ahmadu Bello, leader of the Northern People’s Congress and Tafarwa Balewa, the Prime Minister of the Nigerian federation (a Northerner) but no major Igbo political leader, gave the coup the image of an Igbo coup and the existence of a “grand Igbo design to rule Nigeria. The incident was followed by a series of pogroms and eventually a war against Biafra to deal with what was perceived as the Igbo problem. The underlying intention of Nigeria authorities in its relation with the Igbo and other easterners was to solve their political or resolve other differences by calculated massacre of Biafrans. Besides physical acts of extermination, the Biafrans were subjected to psychological pressure by malicious, vicious and destructive falsehood that relegated them to unwanted “stranger” in Nigeria.

Much of what has been written about the Nigeria-Biafra war remain the perspectives of the major actors and generals who conducted the war. These studies have not particularly focused on the genocide against the Igbo and the strategies adopted by northerners and the federal army to achieve the goal of annihilating the Igbo population. This book highlights the extraordinary and often neglected story of how the Igbo population was drawn into the warand their attempt to overcome the restrictions imposed on them by federal Nigeria.Focusing primarily on the Biafra side of that civil war, the book re-examines the civil war from the perspective of non-military actors in the war effort and the lingering human costs of the conflict. Through careful analysis of the experiences of those who witnessed the war and other primary and archival sources, this book brings to life the trials and tribulations of ordinary Biafrans and their experience of genocide.

Based on a personal experience of the Biafra-Nigeria War, this book speaks to the underlying genocidal rather than political motivations for the war. The book reveals that Igbos not only died in larger numbers at the hands of Nigeria federal troops and northerners than has previously been estimated, but that they also resisted their oppressors with greater determination than is commonly understood. The book highlights acts of heroic resistance by ordinary men, women, and children whose acts or resistance and resilience are shamefully unknown to scholars. Through the use of previously un-utilized eye-witness accounts and other records of the genocide in Biafra, the story reveals the genocidal actions of the Nigeria government, the impact of international politics on the crisis and the successful resistance to a ‘final solutions.’The book is an instructive experience in understanding the tortured path of the Igbo experience in Nigeria as well as the darker sides of international politics during the war.

Nigeria-Biafra War: Genocide and the Politics of Memory is an important book for Modern African studies, genocide, and history collections.

About the authors:

Chima Korieh was born in Mbaise, Nigeria. A product of public education, he graduated in 1991 with a First Class honors degree in history from the University of Nigeria. Dr. Korieh has a Masters in Education degree from the University of Helsinki in Finland, a Masters of Philosophy degree in History from the University of Bergen, Norway, and a PhD from the University of Toronto. He was a British Academy Fellow at Oxford University in 2008. Dr Korieh has traveled extensively to a number of countries including, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Malaysia, Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Russia. He is currently an Associate Professor at Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin and author or editor of over ten books.

Ifeanyi Ezeonu, PhD, teaches Criminology at Brock University, Canada. He received his B.Sc. (Hons. First Class) from the Anambra State University of Technology (now, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Nigeria), M.Phil. from the University of Cambridge, England, M.A. from the University of Leeds, England and Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. He has published on issues of social and economic justice in Sub-Saharan Africa. His present research interests include: gang violence, racialized crime, the social construction of crime, transnational crime, environmental crime in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria, and contemporary African Diaspora.

Highlights of Africans at the 2012 London Olympic Games

MEDALS COUNT: Kenya: Total Medals: 9 (2 Gold, 3 Silver, and 4 Bronze); Ethiopia: Total Medals: 7 (3 Gold, 1 Silver and 3 Bronze); South Africa: Total Medals 6 (3 Gold, 2 Silver and 1 Bronze); Tunisia: Total Medals: 3 (1 Gold, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze); Egypt: Total Medals: 2 (2 Silver); Algeria: Total Medals: 1 (1 Dold); Gabon: Total Medals: 1 (1 Silver); Botswana: Total Medals: 1 (1 Silver), and Morocco with 0ne bronze medal.

David Lekuta Rudisha, Kenya, wins the Men's 800m Final in a World Record time of 1:40.91 at the Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, during the London 2012 Olympic games. London, UK. 9th August 2012. Photo Tim Clayton

Ezekiel Kemboi of Kenya celebrates winning the Men's 3000m Steeplechase with Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad of France who came second during the athletics at the Olympic Stadium as part of the 2012 London Olympic Summer Games in London, UK on August 5th 2012. Photo: Visionhaus/Ben Radford

Meseret Defar, Ethiopia, winning the Gold Medal in the Women's 1500m Final with Vivian Jepkemoi Cheruiyot, Kenya, winning Silver and Tirunesh Dibaba, Ethiopia winning Bronze at the Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, during the London 2012 Olympic games. London, UK. 10th August 2012. Photo: Tim Clayton

Uganda's Stephen Kiprotich, center, celebrates after receiving his medal as he stands alongside Kenya's Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich, right, and, Kenya's Abel Kirui, left, during the medal ceremony for the men's marathon during the Closing Ceremony at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, in London. Stephen Kiprotich won gold, Abel Kirui silver and Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich bronze. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Women's 5000-meter gold medalist from Ethiopia, Meseret Defar, center, poses with Kenya's silver medalist Vivian Jepkemoi Cheruiyot, left, and Ethiopia's bronze medalist Tirunesh Dibaba, right, during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Friday, Aug. 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Ethiopia's Meseret Defar, left, reacts as she crosses the finish line to win gold ahead of Kenya's Vivian Jepkemoi Cheruiyot, center, and Ethiopia's Tirunesh Dibaba, right, in the women's 5000-meter final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Friday, Aug. 10, 2012. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

USA's Aries Merritt, Cuba's Dayron Robles, USA's Jason Richardson, South Africa's Lehann Fourie compete in the 110 meter hurdles final at Olympic Stadium during the London 2012 Olympics on Wednesday, August 8, 2012 in London. Merritt finished in first for gold and Richardson finished in second winning silver. (Vernon Bryant/The Dallas Morning News)

Oscar Pistorius (R) of South Africa waits for relay baton in men's 4x400m relay final at London 2012 Olympic Games, London, Britain, Aug. 10, 2012. The team of South Africa ranked 8th with 3:03.46 (Xinhua/Liao Yujie)(zgp)

Crowd watches as as Great Britain's Ciaran Williams (#3) shoots as Team GB plays handball against Tunisia at the Copper Box during the 2012 London Olympics. 8/4/12 (Andrew Mills/The Star-Ledger) Sent DIRECT TO SELECTS Saturday, August 04, 2012

Gabon's Anthony Obame celebrates during the victory ceremony after winning the silver medal in men's plus 80-kg taekwondo competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Gold medalist Italy's Carlo Molfetta, second from left, stands on the podium with silver medalist Gabon's Anthony Obame, left, bronze medalist Cuba's Robelis Despaigne and bronze medalist China's Liu Xiaobo, right, during the medal ceremony for the men's plus 80-kg taekwondo competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Morocco's Driss Fettouhi..London Olympic 2012 Group D men's match between Japan v Morocco at the St. James' Park, Newcastle upon Tyne on the 29th July 2012. Image: Richard Lee/SPORTIMAGE.

USA Carmelo Anthony goes for the layup past Nigeria Ekene Ibekwe during 156-73 Team USA victory over Team Nigeria, during the men's basketball preliminary, at the Basketball Arena, in London, Great Britain.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Nigeria @ The 2012 London Olympic Games

"Our inability to win any medal so far is as disappointing for my team and myself and for all Nigerians everywhere," ...................Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, Minister of Sports

A team that left Nigeria three weeks ago with hopes of stellar performances and becoming conducts during the London Olympic Games, ended up with the worst records and all sorts of moral outrages since the Moscow 1980 Olympic Games' sex scandals.

Fifty-five athletes in eight sports, twelve coaches, twenty-nine administrative officials and nine medical personnel had been delegated for the 2012 London Olympic games with athletics having the highest number of overall staff of 29 athletes, 14 coaches and 2 administrative staff; basketball with 12 players, 2 coaches, and 2 officials; boxing with three boxers, two coaches and two officials; canoeing with one athlete, a coach and two administrative staff; table tennis with four athletes, two coaches, and two officials; taekwondo with two athletes, two coaches and two administrative staff; weightlifting with two weight lifters, a coach and two administrative staff, and wrestling with four wrestlers, a coach and two administrative staff.
Team Captain: Chika Chukwumerije assisted by the team's highest hope, Blessing Okagbare.

Team's Assistant Captain Blessing Okagbare reacts after competing in a women's 100-meter heat during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Friday, August. 03, 2012. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

Blessing Okagbare of Nigeria (C) winning her women's 100m heat on the first day of the London 2012 Olympic Games Athletics, Track and Field events at the Olympic Stadium, London, Britain, August 03, 2012. (EPA/JOHN MABANGLO)

Nigeria's Regina George, right, hugs Haiti's Marlena Wesh after a women's 400-meter heat during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Friday, Aug. 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus

Jordan's Ihab Almatbouli reacts after defeating Nigeria's Lukmon Lawal, left, in a light heavyweight 81-kg preliminary boxing match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Monday, July 30, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Edith Ogoke of Nigeria (R) celebrates after defeating Elena Vystropova of Azerbaijan (L) in their Women's 75kg fight at the London 2012 Olympic Games Boxing competition in London, Great Britain, 05 August 2012. EPA/DENNIS M. SABANGAN

Aruna Quadri of Nigeria in action against Carlos Machado of Spain in the first round of the London 2012 Olympic Games Table Tennis competition, London, Britain, 28 July 2012. EPA/BERND THISSEN

Olufunke Oshonaike of Nigeria during her Women's Single Preliminary Round match against Neda Shahsavari of Iran the London 2012 Olympic Games Table Tennis competition, London, Britain, 28 July 2012. EPA/BERND THISSEN

ron Williams (C) of the USA goes to the basket during the preliminary round match between USA and Nigeria in the London 2012 Olympic Games Basketball competition, London, Britain, 02 August 2012. EPA/LARRY W. SMITH

Jamaica's Melaine Walker (centre) lags behind the field in the women's 400-metre hurdles semi-final in the London Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Monday, August 06, 2012. Nigeria's Muizat Ajoke Odumosu (second right) leads the field. Walker failed to advance after finishing sixth in 55.74 seconds. Image: Ricardo Makyn/Jamaican Gleaner.

Russia's Nadezda Torlopova, left, fights Nigeria's Edith Ogoke in a women's middleweight 75-kg quarterfinal boxing match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Monday, Aug. 6, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Maryam Usman holds her elbow as she walks off stage following a lift during women's +75-kg, weightlifting competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Ivory Coast's Murielle Ahoure leads Nigeria's Christy Udoh in the women's 200-meter heats during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Monday, Aug. 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Nigeria's Muizat Ajoke Odumosu competes in the women's 400-meter hurdles semifinal during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Monday, Aug. 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Women's 4X100m relay semifinals - Netherlands - Brazil - Switzerland - Japan - Trinidad Tobago - Nigeria - USA. Image: Fredric Haslin.

Tosin Oke takes a jump during the men's triple jump final in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012. Image: David J. Phillip/Associated Press

ordan's Mohammad Aabulibdeh fights Nigeria's Isah Muhammad (in red) during their match in men's 68-kg taekwondo competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

United States' Aries Merritt leads Britain's Andrew Turner and Nigeria's Selim Nurudeen in their men's 110-meter hurdles semifinal during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

Nigeria's Felix Expo competes during the men's 77-kg weightlifting competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

Jamaica's Usain Bolt, left, reacts after winning ahead of Nigeria's Ogho-Oghene Egwero, right, and Britain's James Dasaolu in a men's 100-meter heat during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Jamaica's Veronica Campbell-Brown, foreground, crosses the finish line ahead of Bulgaria's Ivet Lalova, left, and Nigeria's Gloria Asumnu in a women's 100-meter heat during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Friday, Aug. 3, 2012. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip )

Jamaica's Usain Bolt, center, Nigeria's Noah Akwu, left, and United States' Isiah Young, right, compete in a men's 200-meter heat during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

Friday, August 10, 2012

NIGERIA: Weekend Papers, August 10-12, 2012

GUARDIAN UK: The story of London 2012: Guardian writers' Olympic Games review

SUN NEWS ONLINE: Olympics: NOC in $100,000 grant scandal

UPDATED NEWS: Nigeria army ‘kills 20 Boko Haram Islamists’

GOAL DOT COM: Moses agent denies reports of Chelsea agreement

THE PATRIOTIC VANGUARD: UIU [Umu Igbo Unite] 8th Convention ends in Baltimore

CINCINNATI: Doctor soothes patients in direst situations

TRIBUNE NIGERIA: Nigerian Project: What Did OBJ, IBB Foresee?

TRIBUNE NIGERIA: Toyota Nigeria Backs Elizade On Sales Of Used Toyota Cars •Records Appreciable Increase In Auto Market Share

TRIBUNE NIGERIA: Nigerian Artistes Set For All Stars Performance

INDEPENDENT UK: Our Kind of People, By Uzodinma Iweala

TRIBUNE NIGERIA: I Shivered Day Hotel Worker Insisted On Sleeping With Me —Bishop Adelakun

CHRISTIAN TODAY AUSTRALIA: Nigerian President dismisses Boko Haram call to resign

PM NEWS NIGERIA: Nigeria fourth as US ladies break world record

CNN AFRICAN VOICES: Nigeria's Chioma Ajunwa's leap to glory after drug scandal

BUSINESS DAY: World Bank says Nigeria has most attractive investment environment

PM NEWS NIGERIA: Nigeria: Big slump in church attendance and finance

SUN NEWS ONLINE: There won’t be election in 2015 – Tunde Bakare

OTTAWA CITIZEN: Local economist probes government efficiency with fake address experiment

ZEE NEWS: Subhash Ghai to set up film institute in Nigeria

AWOKO: Salone Film Industry cries foul …as foreign actors gain preference over locals


BUSINESS DAY: Interbank rates falls back

DAILY TIMES NIGERIA: Nokia unveils Pureview with great offer

LEADERSHIP NEWSPAPER: Imo Govt Signs MoU On Health Sector Reforms

NIGERIAN ENTERTAINMENT TODAY: 2face apologizes to fans for missing Atlanta concert

BUSINESS DAY: Heavy rain imminent in August, October

THE TIMES UNION: Jamaica, Grenada lead per capita medal count

LEADERSHIP NIGERIA: LASG Rehabilitates 5,090 Schools In 5 Years