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Pics: Buhari, Tinubu, Amaechi arrive Chattam House, meet Gordon Brown

Gen. Buhari, Bola Tinubu, Governor Rotimi Amaechi, Governor Adams Oshiomhole, and other party leaders have arrived Chattam House (Royal Institute of International Affairs) where Buhari met with former British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown


10 Year Old Nigerian Girl Accepted In Uk University To Study Maths Degree

Is this Britain's cleverest girl? 
Ten-year-old is accepted on university course to study maths degree despite not going to school

Esther Okade from Walsall has enrolled on Open University course
After degree she wants to study for PhD before running her own bank
Girl's younger brother Isiah is already studying for A-levels aged six
Siblings are both home-schooled by mathematician mother Omonefe


She spends her spare time in a similar way to many other ten-year-old girls - playing with Barbie dolls and making loom bands.
But the key difference between Esther Okade and other children her age is that she has been accepted to study for a university maths degree - despite not going to school.

Esther, from Walsall, West Midlands, has enrolled on an Open University course months after she passed her A-levels - and wants to study for a PhD before running her own bank.

The girl, who gained a C grade in her maths GCSE aged six, has joined the course which started this month. Her younger brother …

Photos: Fayose says Buhari had his 'London' interview at Transcorp Hilton Abuja

Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti state yesterday took some journalists to the Transcorp Hilton Hotel in Abuja to prove that the photo of APC Presidential candidate, Gen Buhari, having an interview with Kemi Fadojutimi on 'All Eyes on Africa' TV show was actually conducted in Abuja and not in London like his media aides claimed.

Fayose took the journalists round suite 881 at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel where he said the interview with Fadojutimi actually took place in. He compared the sofa, paintings, table lamp, the flower vase, the lighting points and DSTV magazine in the suite with what was published in the papers.

According to him, Nigerians deserve the truth from her leaders and he promised to tell Nigerians the truth. Gov Fayose said contrary to what the APC is saying, General Buhari is at the Cavendis Square in London
"Buhari is on the sick bed at Cavendis Square, London. They should come out and say so. I am not wishing him dead but we have a duty to always speak the trut…

PDP Lagos Guber candidate Jimi Agbaje replies Gov. Fashola

This is a response to Governor Fashola's comments that Agbaje's company only paid his taxes after he was publicly called out. Read below...
The Honourable Governor B.R. Fashola (SAN) has lied again and I think it's time to address his repeated blunder.With regards to my taxes, there is no truth in this latest piece of misinformation that the Honourable Governor has been peddling. Following the repudiation of his initial allegations about Jaykay Pharmaceuticals unpaid taxes, he has lied again, giving the impression that my company has gone to pay money supposedly owed to the government.
JAYKAY PHARMACEUTICALS has not paid a kobo since the day the Honourable Governor launched his initial attack. We stick to the facts contained in its initial publication, which encapsulated the company's reaction to the Governor’s initial falsehood. To now insinuate that I have gone behind the curtains to pay N500,000 is clearly political silly season, for lack of a better phrase, and quite…

Nigerian military intensifies airstrikes on Gwoza, Bama – Defence Headquarters

The Nigerian military has stepped up air strikes on Gwoza and Bama, Borno State, ahead of possible invasion by troops aiming to retake the two towns seized by the insurgent group, Boko Haram, last year, the defence headquarters said Monday. Government forces have made some gains in the last two weeks in the fight against Boko Haram militants, retaking some key towns from them and pushing to eject the group from their strongholds in the North East. Gwoza and Bama are the two most important towns still under Boko Haram control, after the military announced Saturday it had recaptured Baga, a fishing community near Lake Chad. The military had earlier in the week retaken Monguno, also in Borno State. Reports from the frontlines are difficult to independently verify. The military said Monday with the airstrikes, it was preparing for “other phases of the mission”, likely, a full invasion of the areas still controlled by the extremists, who are responsible for more than 15,000 deaths. “Meanwhile, …

Investors Set To Operate Ferries From Lagos To Tema, Ghana, Says NIWA

The National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) on Friday said that some local and foreign investors had indicated interest to operate ferries within Lagos as well as from Lagos to Tema in Ghana. Mr Mu’azu Sambo, the Manager, NIWA, Lagos Area Office, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.He said the ferries would move passengers and goods along the sub-region. Sambo said the services would further ease the movement of people, especially those living on the outskirts of Lagos ``but come to work daily on the Lagos Island ’’. ``Only two weeks ago, we granted approval for an investor at Sierra Leone, who has brought in nine boats. He is already doing a lot of investments in IWT (Inland Water Transport) in Sierra Leone.  ``He has come in here; he wants to run ferries between CMS and Ikorodu, between CMS and Mile 2.  ``You know, there are a lot of Lagosians who come from Festac and beyond into Lagos for work every day, and coming by road is a lot of he…

Full list of winners at the 2015 Oscars +Pics from inside the Oscars

Best Picture Birdman - winner American Sniper  Boyhood The Grand Budapest Hotel The Imitation Game Selma The Theory of Everything Whiplash
Best Director Alexandro G. Iñárritu, Birdman - WINNER Richard Linklater, Boyhood Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game
Best Actor Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything - WINNER Steve Carell, Foxcatcher Bradley Cooper, American Sniper Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game Michael Keaton, Birdman 
Best Actress Julianne Moore, Still Alice - WINNER Marion Cotillard, Two Days One Night Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything  Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl Reese Witherspoon, Wild
Best Supporting Actor J.K. Simmons, Whiplash - WINNER Robert Duvall, The Judge Ethan Hawke, Boyhood Edward Norton, Birdman Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher 
Best Supporting Actress Patricia Arquette, Boyhood - WINNER Laura Dern, Wild Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game Emma Stone, Birdman Meryl Streep, Into the Woods
Best Cinematography Birdman – Emmanuel Lubezki…

Buhari receiving treatment in UK, Fayose alleges

Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, on Friday alleged that the All Progressives Congress presidential candidate, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), who travelled to the United Kingdom for a supposed working visit, is in a London hospital. According to him, Buhari is being treated at a hospital located at Cavendish Street, Cavendish Square, W2 London West End, London. The governor said this had vindicated his earlier stand that Buhari was sick and lacked the required capacity to rule Nigeria. Speaking through his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, the governor described the claim by the APC that Buhari would give a talk at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House, London as a “deceit taken too far.” He said, “The event is listed on Royal Institute of International Affairs website;www.chathamhouse.org/events. “For the avoidance of doubt; the event’s keynote speakers are former Brazil Minister of Defence, Celsius Amorin; UK Parliamentary …

Pres. Jonathan Inaugurates 4 Nigerian Navy Ships | Promises to Conquer Boko Haram

President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday in Lagos assured Nigerians of the country’s capability to defeat the Boko Haram sect, as he inaugurated four Nigerian Navy Ships (NNS). “Let me use this platform to promise my Nigeria country men and women that we will rout Boko Haram,’’Jonathan said at the Naval Dockyard Ltd Victoria Island venue of the inauguration. Our capacity has increased sufficiently and our officers and men are doing wonderfully well in the north and we must conduct our elections as scheduled by INEC. I commend the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice-Admiral Usman Jibrin, Chief of Defence Staff, Alex Badeh and other service chiefs, officers and ratings who have made this inauguration possible.’’ The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the ships; NNS Centenary, NNS Prosperity, NNS Okpabana and NNS Sagbama were handed over to their commanding officers. Dignitaries that were present at the event include: Minister of Defence, Aliyu Gusau; Chief of Army Staff, Kenneth Minimah; Chief…

Boko Haram: 158 kidnapped victims reunite with families in Yobe

NAN reports that the victims were released by the insurgents three weeks ago but remained in custody of security agencies to undergo screening to ensure that they were indeed captives. Alhaji Abdurahman Dauda, a displaced person, said his wife and six girls were released by the insurgents.

“Two of my boys are still in their custody but, I am of high spirit that they will soon be rescued,” he said. One of the victims who preferred to remain anonymous, said’ “to be fair to the insurgents, they did not rape or abused us, they simply asked those who were not interested in their religion to leave, and they eventually released us”.

Meanwhile, the state government has provided N50,000, two bags of rice, sugar, noodles and wrapper to each of the 15 widows among the victims, while 47 other women received N30,000 each and same quantity of rice, sugar, noodles and wrapper. Presenting the assistance, Goniri said government commiserated with the families of the victims and provided the relief materi…

Meet Linda Ikeji, Nigeria’s N1Billion Blogger

When Linda Ikeji started blogging in 2006, she never envisioned the amount of success it would become, neither had she the slightest hint that she will become a role model entrepreneur to a teaming amount of unemployed Nigerian youths. “I started blogging out of passion. Something I never thought I could make money from.” Linda has over the years, managed to carve a niche for herself as a blogger extraordinaire, and also enlightened Nigerians to the business of blogging. What started as a hobby for her is today valued to be worth N1.1Billion. Having been a model for eight years, Linda attempted a career in journalism, but this did little for her livelihood. Linda developed an interest for, and started blogging after reading a story of herself on BellaNaija, one of Nigeria’s most popular blogs. Like most start-up entrepreneurs, Linda faced common challenges in the birth of a business; her blog, www.lindaikeji.blogspot.com, didn’t garner attention or profit until August 2010, when some…

Photos: Nigerian military kill 300 Boko Haram members, capture their weapons

Press statement below...

Mapping up operation of some of the communities where terrorists have been cleared in the course of ongoing air and land operations against terrorists has indicated massive casualty inflicted on them within the last two days of the counter terrorists operations. Over 300 terrorists were killed while a few were also captured. Several weapons and equipment were also captured and some destroyed.

It has been confirmed that that 5 different types of armoured fighting vehicles, an anti-aircraft gun, about 50 cases of packed bombs and 8 different types of Machine Guns, 5 Rocket Propelled Grenade, 49 boxes of various types and calibres of ammunition as well as 300 motorcycles destroyed in the fighting. A total of 6 Hilux vehicles including those mounted with anti-aircraft guns were also destroyed.

However, 2 soldiers lost their lives while 10 others were wounded in the course of the operation. The cordon and search operations is continuing along with aggressive patrols b…

Obasanjo’s Exit: ‘We Remain Focused’ - PDP releases statement

Read the Press Statement below

The leadership Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has received the news of the decision of former President Olusegun Obasanjo to withdraw his membership of our great party. We have also carefully examined the circumstances and the reasons adduced for this unfortunate decision.
While we concede to the inalienable rights of every citizen to hold opinion and to decide who to associate with, we are however deeply saddened that Chief Obasanjo, a revered leader of our party, our first Presidential flagbearer whom the PDP offered the platform to rule our nation for 8 years, could decide to abandon this party at this critical point in time.
This is especially as Chief Obasanjo, who was also the Chairman of the highest advisory organ of the PDP, the Board of Trustees (BoT) discountenanced all pleas by elders and leaders of our great party with regard to his reservations on certain issues within our fold.

Many Nigerians are still bewildered as to what manner of provocatio…

Obasanjo tearing his PDP card was painful and insulting- FFK

Spokesperson of the PDP Presidential campaign organization, Fani-Kayode says former president Obasanjo asking someone to tear his PDP membership card while he stood there and watched was painful and tragic and a spit on the face of the PDP. He said this in a statement released in Abuja today. Part of the statement below ..
"Watching our party membership card being torn up whilst President Obasanjo was standing there and smiling was painful and tragic.  This is a party which he helped to build and on whose platform he was elected president for eight good years. The truth is that President Obasanjo is far better and far bigger than that. Such behaviour is provocative and unacceptable. He is free to leave the party but does he have to spit in our faces by tearing up our party card in public and before the television cameras? This knee-jerk reaction is most unlike President Obasanjo and it is very insulting.

It is clear that he has burnt all the bridges and that he has left us forev…

Photos from the Coronation of Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi

The Emir of Kano... Emir Muhammad Sanusi II has just been confirmed officially as the 14th Emir of Kano under the Fulani Dynasty. He has been presented with his staff of office by the king makers of the Emirate council signifying the official beginning of his time as the Emir of Kano.
Present at the event are General Muhammadu Buhari, Gen. Yakubu Gowon, General Abdulrahman Dambazau, Father Mathew Kuka, Speaker Aminu Tambuwal, Sultan of Sokoto, Emir of Dutse, Governors Ibrahim Gaidam, Kashim Shettima, Babangida Aliyu, Rabiu Kwankwaso amongst many other invited guests. See pics after the cut... by linda ikeji