2015 Election: President Jonathan’s Tactics And Race Against Time By Olaitan Ajiboye
There is an adage which says ‘we should not judge a book by its cover but by its contents’. Another one says’ we should not judge an article by its headline but by its contents’. If you visit Nasir El-Rufai’s facebook or his twitter handle @elrufai, you will understand the extent of words between members of All Progressive Congress (APC) and People Democratic Party (PDP). Let me tell you, my fellow Nigerians, that it is all politics. They are birds of the same feather that flock together.
The opposition party i.e. All Progressive Congress is not all that better than the ruling People Democratic Party as only few Nigerians can be deceived by what they present.
Nigerian Troops Hold Suspected Bomber Disguised As A Woman
Nigerian troops are holding a man suspected to be connected with the explosion targeted at General Buhari on Wednesday. The young man who was apprehended by a military patrol team that swooped-in on the area immediately following the explosion, had found the suspicious character disguised as a woman. He was clad in female garb to exude femininity with a brassiere affixed to his chest.
Central African Republic Peace Talks Suspended Due to Seleka Absence
Peace talks between the government of the Central African Republic and rebels have been suspended, after the main rebel group failed to show up for the second day of the session. The talks, in the neighboring Republic of Congo, were put on hold Tuesday due to the absence of former Seleka rebels.
A former C.A.R. minister, Abacar Sabone, who now represents the MLCJ (Movement of the Central African Liberators for Justice) rebel group, told VOA’s French to Africa Service that mediators went to the hotel where Seleka representatives are staying to try to get them to return.
Insurgents Kill Monarch, 11 Others In Fresh Borno Attack
Suspected Boko Haram militants yesterday killed 12 people in Garubula village of Biu local Government area of Borno State, a security source as well as a community member have just disclosed to SaharaReporters.
One source said some gunmen stormed the residence of a district head, Ibrahim Dawi, shot him several times, and then killed 11 other villagers.
Death Of Rap Star ‘Da Grin’ Is Another Tragedy Blamed On Police In Mushin
The fatal night-time crash that involved a budding Nigerian rap artist named Olaitan Olanipekun, famously known as “Da Grin,” was caused by the police, sources and residents in Mushin say. Da Grin’s death is the latest casualty, in a long running battle between terrified residents, and a police force many believe that is out of control.
Policemen at the Alakara Police Command in the Mushin area of Lagos State are notorious for illegal raiding, bribery, and even escapades of what some call ‘murder at night.’ Such is the wary view of some residents in the Mushin area that have come forward in a series of interviews with a SaharaReporters correspondent. The death of Da Grin, for many, may well be ‘the tipping point.’
Air Algerie Plane Carrying 116 Disappears From Radar
An Air Algerie flight en route to Algiers from Burkina Faso with 116 people aboard disappeared from radar early Thursday over the Sahara, the official Algerian news agency said. The six person crew — including the two pilots — are Spanish, the Spanish newspaper El Paisreports.
French Transport Minister Frédéric Cuvillier says ‘likely many’ French passengers were aboard the missing flight, France 24 TV reports.
The 24-hour curfew imposed yesterday in Kaduna, the capital of Kaduna State, has been lifted. The draconian curfew was imposed after the town was rocked yesterday by two separate deadly blasts that targeted a former military ruler, Muhammadu Buhari, and a major Islamic cleric, Sheik Bauchi.
The curfew’s suspension was contained in a statement released by Ahmed Maiyaki, a spokesman of Governor Mukhtar Yero of Kaduna State.
It has been emotionally zapping and psychologically tortuous for me to wrap my mind around the fact that we actually hit 100 days, and still counting, since the abduction of our precious girls. Apparently we are the ones that were not prepared for this level of crime; but the abductors were, because it is definitely not child’s play to camp hundreds of hostages for 100+ days! This reality then forced one to ask: how long shall we still wait?
Senator Bill Perkins’ Office, in partnership with Imbizo Host Committee-NY hosted the 2nd Annual Harlem Mandela Day on July 18 on the outdoor stage in front of the Adam Clayton Powell building in Harlem, New York, to commemorate International Nelson Mandela Day.
"It feels great to see all these people who came out tonight to celebrate Mandela’s Day, to hear all the people talking about him,” said performer Nomalanga Magona of the South African Harlem Voices (SAHAVO). “It really brings back memories. It’s like wow, first time I see him coming from prison, to here; it’s just great."
At least 25 people were killed in Kaduna, Nigeria, on Wednesday after a bomb targeting an Islamic cleric exploded in a busy commercial area, police said. A second explosion in Kaduna’s Kawo market killed 50, reports the International Business Times.
In the first explosion, the bomb was reportedly thrown from the back of a moving motorcycle in an attempted assassination of Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi, who led prayers in Murtala Muhammed Square shortly before the explosion, eyewitnesses told Reuters. The cleric was unharmed in the attack.
Boko Haram Battle Called A ‘Tough Fight’ By The U.S. State Department
The Islamic militant group, Boko Haram is believed to have been behind the shooting down of the Nigerian Air force helicopter that was on a training mission around Borno state, according to reports by the International Business Times, and Catholic World, including local daily claims.
Nigeria’s military helicopter ‘take down,’ coupled with the recent take-over of the town of Damboa, in the Borno State, was called part of ‘a tough fight’ by Marie Harf, the U.S. State Department Deputy Spokeswoman. Her comments came Wednesday during the department press briefing in Washington, monitored by a SaharaReporters correspondent.
General Buhari’s Convoy Targeted By Second Kaduna Bomb Blast
A source close to former military Head of State, Muhammadu Buhari, has told SaharaReporters that a second bomb explosion that rocked the Kawo bus station in Kaduna today appeared to have targeted Mr. Buhari’s convoy. Three aides and security personnel traveling with Mr. Buhari to Daura, his hometown, have been confirmed injured in the afternoon blast.
Our source said that the bombers had trailed Mr. Buhari’s convoy and detonated the bomb as the convoy neared a bridge in Kawo.