Delhi Confidential: American Padmas

Delhi Confidential: American Padmas

26/Jan/2015  //  244 Viewers

The Padma Awards, announced on the day US President Barack Obama arrived in India, interestingly honour as many as nine individuals based in America — the largest number of recipients from a single state or country. Delhi and Maharashtra too have nine awardees each. Six individuals from UP, India’s most populous state, and two from J&K, where the BJP is trying to form the next government with the PDP, have been honoured. There are a total 104 awardees this year, fewer than last year. There are 17 women on the list.

Mukul’s eclipse
In yet another sign of the changing power equations in the Trinamool Congress, first-time party MP Abhishek Banerjee received an invite for the Rashtrapati Bhavan banquet in honour of US President Barrack Obama. On similar occasions earlier, it was always Rajya Sabha MP Mukul Roy who represented the party. Roy, who arrived in Delhi on Saturday, faces CBI summons in the Saradha case and has cut down on party engagements.

Red against Prez
The CPM and other Left parties have been protesting across the country against President Obama’s visit, and posting protest messages on Twitter. The CPM also boycotted the Presidential banquet in Obama’s honour.

Nudge ki Baat
The I&B Ministry is pulling out all the stops to secure the widest possible coverage of the joint Mann ki Baat radio address by Prime Minister Modi and President Obama on January 27. The ministry has sent a communication to all news and current affairs TV channels, and all FM radio and community radio channels saying that “they may like to broadcast/telecast the same simultaneously by availing free feed from AIR and DD News”. While most media would not want to miss out on broadcasting the programme, the Ministry clearly doesn’t want to take any chances.

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Women power to the fore at Republic Day parade

Women power to the fore at Republic Day parade

26/Jan/2015  //  246 Viewers

New Delhi: There were several firsts to the 66th Republic Day celebrations. It was the first time that a US President was the chief guest at the ceremony. It was the first time that the three wings of the Indian Armed Forces—the Army, Navy and Air Force—had an all-woman contingent each marching down Rajpath. And it was the first time that a woman officer, Wing Commander Puja Thakur, led the guard of honour to welcome the chief guest, US President Barack Obama, at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Reports said the idea of all-woman contingents came from Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself; he wanted the services to focus on nari shakti (Hindi for woman power).

 And it was woman power all the way—right from the moment Wg Cdr Puja Thakur smartly saluted Obama as she invited him to inspect the guard of honour a little after noon on Sunday to Monday morning’s march past by three all-woman contingents. The contingents were 148-strong each, and led by Capt. Divya Ajith (Army), Lt Cdr Sandhya Chauhan(Navy) and Squadron Leader Sneha Shekhawat (Air Force) respectively.

“We believe we are second to none,” said Captain Ajith, who made history in 2010 by becoming the first woman to win the Sword of Honour (awarded to the best all-round cadet) at the Officers Training Academy.

Thakur, asked about her experiences, said she was an officer first and a woman second.

In a country blighted by its poor safety record for women, who face the threat of rape, sexual harassment and dowry murders among other crimes, the symbolic importance of the all-woman contingents and guard of honour cannot be overstated.

“Yes, it might not translate into much on the ground but you can’t deny that there is some kind of resonance to this,” said feminist writer and publisher Urvashi Butalia. The intent is clearly to re-fashion the image of the average Indian woman from a victim to one who is in control and in a position of strength.

 “Women in this country are only seen as victims… there is a notion that women are physically weak. Such representations (as on Sunday and Monday) help break stereotypes. The feminization of the defence forces is very important. Women are not just beneficiaries or victims but also active agents of change,” said Vibhuti Patel, who teaches women’s rights at SNDT Women’s University in Mumbai.

 The forces, which started inducting women in 1992, have always provided outstanding examples of women’s empowerment. Flying Officer Gunjan Saxena was the first woman to fly into a combat zone during the Kargil war. Piloting a Cheetah, her job was to evacuate wounded soldiers. Over the years, several rescue missions in disaster-hit areas such as Uttarakhand in 2013 have been flown by women chopper pilots. The daily Beating the Retreat ceremony at the Wagah border with Pakistan has been led by two women soldiers from the Border Security Force (BSF) since 2010 from the all-woman BSF training camp near Hoshiarpur, Punjab.

“In fact a veteran Pakistani officer had once jokingly asked me: ‘What does India feed these women? They brook no nonsense, not even jocular comments from our men’,” recalls defence analyst and military historian, Mandeep Singh Bajwa.

Indian forces opened up to women only in 1992, though they had been appointed to the Military Nursing Service and the Medical Officers cadre since 1927 and 1943 respectively. In an article written in 2010, Maj. Gen. Mrinal Suman (retd.) said women make up 2.44% of the work force in the Indian Army, 3% in the Navy and 6.7% in the Air Force.

In the Air Force women are eligible for ground duty and to fly transport aircraft and helicopters while in the Indian Navy, women are inducted in the Education branch and Logistics and Law cadres. A Press Information Bureau report from 2008 said that “women officers are not being posted to serve afloat. The present design of ships, congested living conditions do not allow a mix crew…” No women are involved in combat roles. In fact it was only in 2008 that it was decided to grant permanent commission to women officers inducted initially for short service commission in those arms of the services that do not involve direct combat roles.

 “I think it is time we integrate women soldiers in combat. There is a very strong patriarchal attitude in the forces which cites everything from physiological to practical reasons for not including women but forces across the world have women in combat,” says defense analyst Bajwa. The Russians had women snipers and machine gunners during World War II; Queen Elizabeth II of England drove a military truck in the same war.

 Ironically, Subhash Chandra Bose’s pro-freedom Indian National Army (INA) set up a women’s regiment, the Rani of Jhansi Regiment, one of the few all female combat regiments of the war. Even Pakistan has inducted women fighter pilots.

 The attitude of the services towards its women officers has been questioned over the years. In 2006, a serving officer, Lt Sushmita Chakraborty, committed suicide and, according to her parents, “extreme dissatisfaction” with her profile led her to take the extreme step. It was alleged that she was repeatedly assigned the task of arranging official parties at the Officers Mess. Anjali Gupta, the first woman officer to be court-martialled, also committed suicide though the reasons cited for that were personal.

“Most of the women officers I have come across are tough as nails and very committed to their profession. The services have to find a way to utilize their potential,” said Bajwa.

Ritu Swan, professor and head, Centre for Gender Economics, department of economics, University of Mumbai, agrees. She said that if the government were really serious about promoting women’s empowerment and ‘nari shakti’ then they could begin by giving “permanent commission and equal rights in the forces”. Till date the Indian Army has only had one woman lieutenant general, Punita Arora. “Every profession should and must be open to women, if women themselves wish to get into this, then let’s not create an argument,” said Butalia.

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“In fact a veteran Pakistani officer had once jokingly asked me: ‘What does India feed these women? They brook no nonsense, not even jocular comments from our men’,” recalls defence analyst and military historian, Mandeep Singh Bajwa. Indian forces opened up to women only in 1992, though they had been appointed to the Military Nursing Service and the Medical Officers cadre since 1927 and 1943 respectively. In an article written in 2010, Maj. Gen. Mrinal Suman (retd.) said women make up 2.44% of the work force in the Indian Army, 3% in the Navy and 6.7% in the Air Force. In the Air Force women are eligible for ground duty and to fly transport aircraft and helicopters while in the Indian Navy, women are inducted in the Education branch and Logistics and Law cadres. A Press Information Bureau report from 2008 said that “women officers are not being posted to serve afloat. The present design of ships, congested living conditions do not allow a mix crew…” No women are involved in combat roles. In fact it was only in 2008 that it was decided to grant permanent commission to women officers inducted initially for short service commission in those arms of the services that do not involve direct combat roles. “I think it is time we integrate women soldiers in combat. There is a very strong patriarchal attitude in the forces which cites everything from physiological to practical reasons for not including women but forces across the world have women in combat,” says defense analyst Bajwa. The Russians had women snipers and machine gunners during World War II; Queen Elizabeth II of England drove a military truck in the same war. Ironically, Subhash Chandra Bose’s pro-freedom Indian National Army (INA) set up a women’s regiment, the Rani of Jhansi Regiment, one of the few all female combat regiments of the war. Even Pakistan has inducted women fighter pilots. The attitude of the services towards its women officers has been questioned over the years. In 2006, a serving officer, Lt Sushmita Chakraborty, committed suicide and, according to her parents, “extreme dissatisfaction” with her profile led her to take the extreme step. It was alleged that she was repeatedly assigned the task of arranging official parties at the Officers Mess. Anjali Gupta, the first woman officer to be court-martialled, also committed suicide though the reasons cited for that were personal. “Most of the women officers I have come across are tough as nails and very committed to their profession. The services have to find a way to utilize their potential,” said Bajwa. Ritu Swan, professor and head, Centre for Gender Economics, department of economics, University of Mumbai, agrees. She said that if the government were really serious about promoting women’s empowerment and ‘nari shakti’ then they could begin by giving “permanent commission and equal rights in the forces”. Till date the Indian Army has only had one woman lieutenant general, Punita Arora. “Every profession should and must be open to women, if women themselves wish to get into this, then let’s not create an argument,” said Butalia.

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“In fact a veteran Pakistani officer had once jokingly asked me: ‘What does India feed these women? They brook no nonsense, not even jocular comments from our men’,” recalls defence analyst and military historian, Mandeep Singh Bajwa. Indian forces opened up to women only in 1992, though they had been appointed to the Military Nursing Service and the Medical Officers cadre since 1927 and 1943 respectively. In an article written in 2010, Maj. Gen. Mrinal Suman (retd.) said women make up 2.44% of the work force in the Indian Army, 3% in the Navy and 6.7% in the Air Force. In the Air Force women are eligible for ground duty and to fly transport aircraft and helicopters while in the Indian Navy, women are inducted in the Education branch and Logistics and Law cadres. A Press Information Bureau report from 2008 said that “women officers are not being posted to serve afloat. The present design of ships, congested living conditions do not allow a mix crew…” No women are involved in combat roles. In fact it was only in 2008 that it was decided to grant permanent commission to women officers inducted initially for short service commission in those arms of the services that do not involve direct combat roles. “I think it is time we integrate women soldiers in combat. There is a very strong patriarchal attitude in the forces which cites everything from physiological to practical reasons for not including women but forces across the world have women in combat,” says defense analyst Bajwa. The Russians had women snipers and machine gunners during World War II; Queen Elizabeth II of England drove a military truck in the same war. Ironically, Subhash Chandra Bose’s pro-freedom Indian National Army (INA) set up a women’s regiment, the Rani of Jhansi Regiment, one of the few all female combat regiments of the war. Even Pakistan has inducted women fighter pilots. The attitude of the services towards its women officers has been questioned over the years. In 2006, a serving officer, Lt Sushmita Chakraborty, committed suicide and, according to her parents, “extreme dissatisfaction” with her profile led her to take the extreme step. It was alleged that she was repeatedly assigned the task of arranging official parties at the Officers Mess. Anjali Gupta, the first woman officer to be court-martialled, also committed suicide though the reasons cited for that were personal. “Most of the women officers I have come across are tough as nails and very committed to their profession. The services have to find a way to utilize their potential,” said Bajwa. Ritu Swan, professor and head, Centre for Gender Economics, department of economics, University of Mumbai, agrees. She said that if the government were really serious about promoting women’s empowerment and ‘nari shakti’ then they could begin by giving “permanent commission and equal rights in the forces”. Till date the Indian Army has only had one woman lieutenant general, Punita Arora. “Every profession should and must be open to women, if women themselves wish to get into this, then let’s not create an argument,” said Butalia.

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Nigeria: If Anything Happens to Buhari!

Nigeria: If Anything Happens to Buhari!

26/Jan/2015  //  310 Viewers

What haven't we heard and seen? My only pity is for those who are still rooting for the usurpers of our commonwealth, stealers of our peace, and despoilers of our land, despite not benefiting anything from them. Those despoilers are in a final dash to loot and share whatever their hands can reach. Some of them are ready to face the music. But most have relocated abroad or are planning to do so very shortly. The guilty are afraid.

Let us think for a second or two, about the kind of campaign that is being mounted especially by the ruling party. The president - no stranger to divisive politics - talks about politicians minding their utterances but continues to lead the pack of character assassins, rash talkers and forgers of document. The main opposition even sticks to the issue better and seems better prepared for the job ahead - a great task indeed given the total emptying of the treasury. Nigeria has been stolen blind by operatives of this government and their civil-servant cohorts and instigators.

First, we were hearing about how Buhari is a Muslim bigot who is coming to convert by force, the whole Nigeria to Islam. We asked whether this is possible and whether it has been done anywhere in the world. Not even in Saudi Arabia have they forced everyone to become Muslims! Neither can anyone also 'Christianize' Nigeria. But the purveyors of this bogeyman idea keep plying their trade, even preaching the same story from church pulpits around the country to date. We need to watch and listen.

Then they said the man does not have the basic school leaving certificate, even though the constitution only recommends "an equivalent", and even Buhari has the equivalent of a Masters degree, according to legal luminary Itse Sagay (SAN), because some of the military courses he went for abroad equate to such. The man is intelligent, has always been and there is no reason to doubt his mental capabilities today. In fact, this is what the constitution says about the issue of certificate or no certificate:

"Section 131 (d) of the Constitution provides that a person shall be qualified for election to the office of the President if he has been educated up to at least School Certificate level or its equivalent. Section 318 goes further to say that a "School Certificate or its equivalent means: a Secondary School Certificate or its equivalent, or Grade II Teacher's Certificate, the City and Guilds Certificate; or education up to Secondary School Certificate level; or Primary Six School Leaving Certificate or its equivalent and- service in the public or private sector in the Federation in any capacity acceptable to the Independent National Electoral Commission for a minimum of ten years, and attendance at courses and training in such institutions as may be acceptable to the Independent National Electoral Commission for periods totalling up to a minimum of one year, and the ability to read, write, understand and communicate in the English language to the satisfaction of the Independent National Electoral Commission, and any other qualification acceptable by the Independent National Electoral Commission." - courtesy Abimbola Ojenike in The Cable

The new story is now that the good General perjured; that he lied in court that he has a school-leaving certificate, when it appears that the Principal of his primary school merely issued a letter recommending/certifying him to the Army. I should think such 'certification' or 'testimonial' by the Principal of his school, perhaps stating that indeed he was quite bright and ahead of his time, should even be a plus. Whether the man should remember exactly what happened 60 odd years ago is another question.

They weren't done. Before then they forged a so-called report from the "Ahmadu Bello Teaching Hospital", a non-existent organization; because the real hospital is called AHMADU BELLO UNIVERSITY TEACHING HOSPITAL. The fake report, which was circulated by Jonathan's lovers and campaigners said that Buhari has prostate cancer. They actually got a doctor, a fraudulent one at that, to write in that 'report' in a manner that suggests professionalism. But it was fake. Their printer omitted UNIVERSITY on the 'forms/letterheads'. Too bad. We now deal with people who are so desperate, they will do anything to cling to their positions and what they have. THE GUILTY ARE AFRAID. Lies, innuendoes, thefts, intimidation, character assassination, even forgery. Are these the people we voted for? The ones we hope to hand over a mandate for the next four years?

As if that was not enough, the nation awoke on Monday the 19th of January 2015, to an advert paid for by the Governor of Ekiti State, His Excellency the Rascal, Ayo Fayose, in the Punch and Sun newspapers - in fact on their front pages - in which were the photographs of Murtala Muhammad, SaniAbacha and Umaru Yaradua. General MuhammaduBuhari's picture was the fourth, with his age, 72, written next to him. Fayose then went on to tell Nigerians not to choose death and to choose life; life here being his candidate, Goodluck Jonathan. He averred that northern leaders always died in office and that since Buhari was already 72, he was likely to die by 75 and there was no need for another state burial.

I had never seen anything so shockingly distasteful in my life. I got so angry, I called Fayose a bastard on my Facebook page, instinctively, only to later remember that President Obasanjo, who knows him much better and brought him to limelight, had called him the same thing many years ago. For me, it was that it is abominable for a Yoruba person to say such a thing - as if asking one's father "when will you die so I can inherit your properties". This is the stuff of people leading Nigeria today. Recall I had written on this page, that we pray that God delivers us from psychopaths, megalomaniacs and schizophrenics. Not because I loved the big words, but specifically because I think most of those 'leading' Nigeria, especially in the PDP today, are totally unhinged and belong in the sanatorium (mental hospital). Fayose is actually one of those. He even quoted Bible verses to support his abominable excursion.

We should only now inform him that he and his paymasters will be totally responsible even if the lizard on General Buhari's wall in his Daura country-home suddenly falls and dies. Nothing must happen to Buhari or any of his keen supporters, myself inclusive. We didn't know we were dealing with people like these. Despicable and disgusting!

What these people don't know is that a revolution is already upon the land and there is no way Nigeria will not change after the upcoming February 14 elections. People are sick and tired. We hear they are doing some final looting - the 'smart' ones among them. They know themselves that their games lasted for too long. What will be will be. I want us to be positive-minded, to have that goal-orientation required at this time, and to never give in to any equivocation, that this government will be no more by May 29, 2015. I believe strongly that this government will be routed in the coming elections and will depart in ignominy. Many former Jonathan supporters have converted in the last few days.

We must not rest on our oars. The analogy about King Solomon, the child and the two women is apt. It is obvious who cares about Nigeria and who doesn't. We only never knew it could be this bad; that they would do everything to try and scuttle the people's wish for emancipation and some well-deserved peace and prosperity, including destroying the nation. But we still hold the trump card. God save Nigeria!


Source: http://allafrica.com/

Greek F-16 jet crashes at base in Spain, killing 10 people

Greek F-16 jet crashes at base in Spain, killing 10 people

26/Jan/2015  //  246 Viewers

A GREEK F-16 fighter jet crashed into other planes on the ground during NATO training in southeastern Spain Monday, killing at least 10 people.

Another 13 people were injured in the incident at the Los Llanos base, which sent flames and a plume of black smoke billowing into the air, the ministry said in a statement. Seven were in serious condition, one person was treated and released from hospital, while the conditions of the five others were not disclosed.

Most of the victims were not believed to be Spaniards but NATO staff from member countries that participated in the program, according to a Defence Ministry official who spoke on condition of anonymity because of ministry rules preventing him from being named.

The two-seat jet was taking off but lost thrust and crashed into an area of the base where other planes involved in the NATO exercise were parked, the ministry said in a statement.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said he was “deeply saddened by the crash of a Greek fighter jet at the Los Llanos base in Spain, which has caused many casualties.”

He did not specify their nationalities in a statement, but called the crash “a tragedy that affects the whole NATO family.”

The Spanish ministry said the jet that crashed was taking part in a NATO training exercise called the Tactical Leadership Program.

The 10 NATO countries that participate in TLP are Belgium, Britain, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and the United States.

Spain’s Defence Ministry did not immediately disclose the nationalities of those participating at Los Llanos on Monday.

According to a US Air Force Website, TLP was formed in 1978 by NATO’s Central Region air forces to advance their tactical capabilities and produce tactics, techniques and procedures that improve multi-national tactical air operations.

The first TLP course was located at Fuerstenfeldbruck Air Base, Germany. It has been based at the Spanish base since June 2009.

The Los Llanos base is near the southeastern Spanish city of Albacete, about a two and a half hour drive from Madrid.


Source: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/

19 Killed, 18 Injured, As 10 Year-Old Female Suicide Bomber Hits Maiduguri Market

19 Killed, 18 Injured, As 10 Year-Old Female Suicide Bomber Hits Maiduguri Market

26/Jan/2015  //  283 Viewers

 Maiduguri (Nigeria) (AFP) - At least 19 people were killed on Saturday when a young girl, thought to be aged about 10, blew herself up at a crowded market in the restive northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri.

The powerful explosion rocked the city's Monday Market at about 12:40 pm (1140 GMT) when it was packed with shoppers and traders. The same market was hit twice by female suicide bombers late last year.

The latest atrocity came a week after a major Boko Haram attack on the fishing town of Baga in northern Borno State, which is believed to be the worst in the bloody six-year insurgency.

The town and at least 16 nearby settlements in and around Lake Chad were burnt to the ground and at least 20,000 people forced to flee their homes.

"For five kilometres (three miles), I kept stepping on dead bodies until I reached Malam Karanti village, which was also deserted and burnt," one survivor, fisherman Yanaye Grema, said.

But there was no independent corroboration of huge numbers of dead cited locally.

- Remotely detonated? -
In Maiduguri, there was no immediate claim of responsibility but Boko Haram has increasingly used women and young girls as human bombs in their deadly campaign for a hardline Islamic state.

Ashiru Mustapha, a civilian vigilante, said the explosives detonated as the girl was being searched at the entrance to the market.

"The girl was about 10 years old and I doubt if she actually knew what was strapped to her body," he told AFP.

"In fact, she was searched at the entrance of the market and the metal detector indicated that she was carrying something.

"But sadly, the explosion went off before she was isolated."

Witness Abubakar Bakura said: "The blast split the suicide bomber into two and flung one part across the road.

"Among the dead are two vigilantes who were searching the girl. I am pretty sure the bomb was remotely controlled."

A Red Cross official, who declined to be named, warned: "Many people sustained life-threatening injuries."

Borno State police spokesman Gideon Jubrin told reporters 19 people were killed and 18 others were injured but warned that the death toll could rise.

The market in the Borno State capital was cordoned off as health officials began the grim task of sifting through the wreckage and collecting body parts.

An attack at the market on December 1 killed more than 10 people, and the previous week more than 45 people lost their lives in an attack there.

On July 1, at least 15 people were killed in another suicide attack blamed on the militants.

- Female recruits -

Boko Haram launched its first female suicide attack in June last year in the northern state of Gombe and there have been a spate of bombings since, including four in a week in the city of Kano in July.

The same month a 10-year-old girl was found in Katsina state wearing a suicide vest, prompting fears that young girls were being forced into becoming human bombs rather than through ideological motivation.

Forced conscription of young men and boys by Boko Haram has been well-documented. Last July, three women said to be "female recruiters" for Boko Haram were arrested.

An alleged trainer of women bombers was also detained in Kano in August with up to 16 "trainees".

Boko Haram is now said to be in control of all three borders of Borno state with Niger, Chad and Cameroon, as well as dozens of towns and villages in Borno and the neighbouring states of Yobe and Adamawa.

Security analysts said the Baga attack was likely against civilian vigilantes assisting the military. On Friday, militants fought running battles with troops in the Yobe state capital, Damaturu.

The attack was said to be a reprisal for an offensive by civilian vigilantes and local hunters against a Boko Haram enclave in southern Yobe on Tuesday.


Source: http://www.universalreporters247.com/
Reject Buhari's One Term Agenda For North - Mohammed Wakil

Reject Buhari's One Term Agenda For North - Mohammed Wakil

26/Jan/2015  //  239 Viewers

 The minister of State Power, Hon Mohammed Wakil has raised alarm that the North will lose opportunity of having a two term at the presidency unless the zone backs the re- election of President GoodLuck Jonathan.
Addressing youth and women leaders after successful campaign rally for Mr President in Maiduguri, the minister alerted the North General Buhari had promised to serve for only one term, warning that a vote for Buhari is a vote for return of presidency to South West in 2019.
According to Wakil ,"instead of voting for a man who will short change the North and deny it of a two term presidency, we believe it is in the best interest of the North to support president Jonathan.
"General Buhari said he will serve only one term if elected. So Pastor Osibajo will take over in 2019.The North should allow President Jonathan to complete a new term in 2019 so that the North can rule till 2027.
 "We must be careful not to fall prey to sinister plot to keep the north down politically. If the grouse of some people is for a return of power to the North  ,why must we vote ourselves into a single term trap?

 Wakil who charged the youth and women to go house to house to campaign for the president said Arewa voters should back Jonathan for normalisation of political crisis rocking the northern region.

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Your Advise To Postponed The Election Is A Criminal Tendency APC Tells Dasuki By Yakubu Busari,Jos

Your Advise To Postponed The Election Is A Criminal Tendency APC Tells Dasuki By Yakubu Busari,Jos

26/Jan/2015  //  256 Viewers

 The Plateau State Secretary of  the  All Progressive Congress, Alh. Musa Sati has reiterated that the suggestion made by the National Security Adviser to president Jonathan, Col. Sambo Dasuki, was criminal and any attempt to welcome the suggestion, the credibility of the electoral body, would be eroded.
Sati who was reacting over Dasuki's call said , long time ago, INEC had made all necessary arrangements and preparations to conduct the February 2015 polls and therefore there should be no reason to suggest the postponement of elections.
He said, " let me say it very clearly that the suggestion to postpone the February elections is criminal. For INEC to accept the call, its credibly would totally eroded. INEC is neutral body. We have heard them time without number that they have made all necessary arrangement to conduct the poll.
“So for somebody to suggest that the exercise should be postponed, I think that person is not fair and does not mean well to this country especially at this critical ours when our democracy is expected to grow to its full capacity.
“Nigerians should not. allow that to happen. As opposition, we want the elections to be conducted. We are not supporting any change or modification along the line. So this is our stand. We have reached to the point of no return,” he added.
He however alleged that there was a tendency of foul play in the call, contending that the call should have been made earlier than now, adding that the issue of insecurity had been there for long time, saying that the best thing to wait for February for every Nigerian to their votes.

The APC chieftain further called on INEC to disregard the call and not to take it serious because every Nigerian was fully ready to the keenly February elections.

Source: http://www.universalreporters247.com/
Military Kills 53 Boko Haram Members In Borno By Masoyi Lusa

Military Kills 53 Boko Haram Members In Borno By Masoyi Lusa

26/Jan/2015  //  262 Viewers

 In their renew assault on the deathly activities of dreaded islamic fundamentalists known as boko-haram report emerge that about 53 of them were said to have kill by combine security forces on Sunday.
The Military  and  Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF )in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital confided that the casualty figures on Sunday’s military barrack attacks and two other villages of Maronti and Njimtilo were 53 terror suspects; and 12 other residents that were buried yesterday at the Gwange central cemetery, Maiduguri.
A resident Hamidu Isa one of the civilian joint task force said said  that the vigilante youths numbering about 75; were not only overwhelmed in repelling the terrorists, but evacuating the bodies of gunmen into our patrol vehicles for burials at the cemetery in the afternoon
“We cannot leave the bodies in these dug-out trenches and two affected villages; because they can cause outbreaks of cholera and other airborne diseases in Maiduguri metropolis. This was why we had to work round the clock, and quickly burry all the bodies retrieved from trenches and uncompleted buildings at  Maronti  and Njimtilo villages," Isa said in a telephone interview with universalreporters247.com
He said the Civilian JTF alert to residents had prepared them to flee on time, before the over six hour “aerial and ground” joint operations that succeeded in killing over 50 and arrest of over a dozen terror suspects yesterday morning.
He said during the joint military and Civilian JTF operations, three units of Amoured Personnel Carriers (APCs) and several rifles and ammunitions were also recovered from the Boko Haram gunmen.

The APCs, he added, were recovered at Njimtilo village, 500 metres west of a military post on the 132-kilometre Maiduguri-Damaturu

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Buhari will never get all Yoruba votes, because we don’t trust fulani,  Adams

Buhari will never get all Yoruba votes, because we don’t trust fulani, Adams

26/Jan/2015  //  248 Viewers

Ganiyu Adams, factional leader of the Yoruba self-determination group, Oodua People’s Congress (OPC), says Muhammadu Buhari should not expect to win the south-west en masse in the February 14 presidential election.

With Buhari, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) expected to win most votes in the north-east and north-west and President Goodluck Jonathan projected to enjoy  support in the south-south, south-east and north-central, most analysts have predicted that south-west votes will decide the winner.

But Adams does not agree with the projections that Buhari will make a clean-up in the south-west based on the dominance of APC in the geo-political zone.

“Don’t think that south-west is APC states. South-west is a place that you cannot use the media to deceive. We are highly exposed and highly educated,” he told Nigeria Today newspaper in its latest edition due for the market on Monday, January 26.

“For you to say we should go one way, it is impossible. I don’t think that the south-west will vote for Buhari en mass.  Don’t forget the pain caused by the June 12 annulment, it is still fresh in the mind of our people many died in the cause of June 12 struggle, many lost a lot of properties. I don’t think our people will trust a Hausa/Fulani man from the north this time around.”

Frederick Faseun, leader of another faction of OPC and founder of the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN), has already thrown his weight behind Jonathan, with UPN adopting the president as its candidate.

Adams, meanwhile, refused to blame Jonathan for Nigeria’s woes, maintaining that governors and lawmakers also have their blames.


Source: http://pointblanknews.com/

Egypt Activist Killed on Tahrir Square Protest Anniversary

Egypt Activist Killed on Tahrir Square Protest Anniversary

26/Jan/2015  //  281 Viewers

A female activist who was shot dead in Cairo was among 18 people killed as Egypt marked Sunday's anniversary of the popular uprising that ousted autocrat Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

Shaimaa al-Sabbagh died of internal bleeding after being shot when police dispersed a demonstration on Saturday, Hisham Abdel Hamid, a spokesman for the Health Ministry's forensic department, told NBC News.

An image of her being carried away from the scene by fellow activists was widely shared on social media.

Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb said in a statement that an impartial investigation would find whoever killed Sabbagh, the state news agency reported. In further clashes Sunday at least 17 other people were killed and 35 mre were wounded.

In a scheduled televised address late Saturday evening, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi praised the desire for change that had sent Egyptians into the street four years ago but said it would take patience to achieve all of "the revolution's goals." While Sisi, a former army chief, has taken steps to improve Egypt's economy, human rights groups accuse him of restoring authoritarian rule to the most populous Arab state.

Activists have blamed police for the death of al-Sabbagh, a 32-year-old mother of one from Alexandria.

Her death marks the second killing of a female protester in recent days. Islamist Sondos Reda was shot dead during a protest Friday in Alexandria. Activists also blame the police for that death.



A recent handout picture made available by the family on January 24, shows Egyptian Shaima al-Sabbagh posing at her home in the costal city of Alexandria. Shaima al-Sabbagh, the mother of a five-year-old boy, was killed in clashes with Egyptian police during a rare leftwing protest in central Cairo on January 25, the eve of the anniversary of the 2011 uprising against Hosni Mubarak, an official said.


Source: http://www.nbcnews.com/