India And Africa Must Work Together – Buhari

India And Africa Must Work Together - BuhariNigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, says India and Africa must work together to uplift the lives of their people.

The President was addressing the third India Africa Summit which took place at the Indira Ghandi Stadium in the Indian capital, New Delhi.

He pledged that his administration was for the greater majority of humanity, observing that what India was doing was in the spirit of globalisation and the interest of the greater majority.

President Buhari called on the summit to fashion out a road map that would develop the continent and make Africa and India comparable to any western world.

The Indian Prime Minister , Mr Narendra Modi, pledged to continue to support Africa at all times.

He made a donation of 600 million dollars grant for which African countries should draw for development purposes.

President Buhari had earlier met with Chief Executive Officers (CEO) of Indian companies with interests in Nigeria, promising his administration’s commitment to maintaining macro-economic stability and improving investors’ confidence in Nigeria.

He said that the fall in oil prices would not deter his government from creating an enabling environment for businesses to thrive.

Buhari Holds Bilateral Talks With Indian PM, Modi

Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, has held talks with the Indian Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi, with focus on deepening co-operations and using the potential of both countries to greater advantage.

Briefing reporters on the outcome of the dialogue held on Wednesday, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Danjuma Sheni, said that the discussion also centred on how India and Nigeria could assist each other to meet their aspiration of becoming members of an expanded United Nations Security Council.

Recovery Of Stolen Funds

President Buhari also met with the Nigerian community in India, promising to make Nigeria more secure, especially with regard to the health sector to avoid capital flight.

While addressing the President and other Nigerians at the meeting, the Acting High Commissioner in India, Shola Enikanoliaye, expressed optimism that Buhari’s administration would double effort to reduce capital flight to India, where over 40,000 Nigerian go to every year for medical attention.

In his speech, the President further reiterated his administration’s resolve to curb corruption and plug all loopholes in public sector accounting.

He vowed to sustain the recovery of stolen funds and prosecution of persons who had been indicted for corrupt practices.

This, he added, was to serve as a deterrent to others who nurse the ambition of seeking public office solely for illegal personal gains.

The high point of the meeting held at the Nigerian High Commission in Delhi was the revelation that no Nigerian living in India belongs to the ISIS terrorist group.

The President urged them to obey the laws of the land, promising to make life comfortable back home.

President Buhari arrived in India on Tuesday, where he is expected to participate in the 3rd summit of the India-Africa Forum slated to hold in the city of New Delhi.

According to statistics, over 10,000 Nigerians are living in India, with majority of them as students, with some of them especially from Kano, carting away academic laurels from Indian Universities.

Nigeria established its High Commission in 1962 to cater for the needs of Nigerians living in India.


Rescue Efforts Expanded For Afghanistan, Pakistan Earthquake Victims

Rescue Efforts Expanded For Afghanistan-Pakistan Earthquake VictimsA day after a powerful earthquake devastated some remote areas of Afghanistan and Pakistan, officials have stepped up rescue efforts to help those affected by the magnitude 7.5 quake.

Over 300 people were known to have died, with at least 2,000 injured victims.

Not less than 200 people had earlier been reported dead when the earthquake struck northern Afghanistan, with tremors felt in Pakistan and northern India.

According to the BBC, rescue teams had been sent to remote mountainous areas where the effects of the earthquake were still unclear.

Reports said the quake’s focus was deep, reducing its impact.

Victims included 12 Afghan school girls who were killed in a stampede as they tried to leave their classes.

Many people across the region, who were afraid of a new earthquake, spent the night sleeping outside in temperatures close to freezing.

Afghan President, Ashraf Ghani, in a televised address, urged those living in affected areas to help the rescue effort.

Afghanistan Earthquake Kills At Least 200

Afghanistan Earthquake Kills At Least 100Not less than 200 people have been killed when a 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck northern Afghanistan, with tremors felt in Pakistan and northern India.

At least 12 of the victims were Afghan schoolgirls killed in a crush as they tried to get out of their building.

In Pakistan, 51 people died while Afghanistan recorded 19 deaths.

The US Geological Survey reported that the quake was centred in the mountainous Hindu Kush region, 75 kilometers south of Faizabad.

Buildings have been evacuated in the capitals of all three countries and communications disrupted in many areas.


India Woman’s Arm ‘Cut Off By Employer’ In Saudi Arabia

India woman, Kasturi MunirathinamIndia has filed a complaint to the Islamic Kingdom of Saudi Arabia following an alleged “brutal” attack on a 58-year-old Indian woman in Riyadh.

Reports said that Kasturi Munirathinam’s right arm was chopped off, allegedly by her employer, when she tried to escape from their house.

Mrs Munirathinam had gone to Saudi Arabia to work as a domestic help only three months back.

Her family has alleged that she was being tortured by her Saudi employers.

Her relatives in Tamil Nadu’s Vellore district claimed that they learnt about the incident “through agents who sent her to Saudi Arabia”. They also said that they had a mobile phone video of her.

The Foreign Ministry said that the Indian embassy in Riyadh had taken up the case with the Saudi Foreign Office and asked for ‘attempt to murder’ charges against Mrs Munirathinam’s employer.

Mrs Munirathinam has been recovering in a hospital.

Saudi authorities have not commented on the incident yet.


Hajj Stampede: 99 Nigerians Died, 215 Missing In Mecca – NAHCON

HajjThe National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON has confirmed that 99 Nigerian pilgrims died, 42 were injured and 214 others are missing in the September 24 Hajj stampede in Mina, Saudi Arabia.

The agency’s Commissioner, Planning, Research, Statistic Information and Library Service, Dr. Saleh Okenwa, said that the total number of Nigerians affected in the incident is presently 355.

Dr. Okenwa insisted that those missing cannot be declared dead, since identification of those affected were still being collated by the Saudi Arabia health authorities in conjunction with Nigerian and other nations’ health officials.

He went on to give the breakdown of the victims as 73 deaths from the state pilgrims welfare boards, agencies and commissions, while the remaining 26 are from the tour operators.

Hajj Stampede: Iran Death Toll Rises To 464

hajj pilgrims_1Iranian officials have said that the number of its citizens who died in the Hajj stampede in Saudi Arabia last week has reached 464 – nearly double the previous toll.

Authorities also said that there is no longer hope of finding any of the country’s missing pilgrims alive.

According to Saudi officials, 769 people died in the crush in Mina, near Mecca, and 934 were injured.

The Saudis have been criticised over their handling of security and for the slow publication of casualty figures.

Iranian officials alleged that the overall number of deaths is now more than 1,000.

Pakistan, India, and Indonesia have also suggested death toll may be higher than the 769 reported by Saudi Arabia.

The crush occurred as two large groups of pilgrims converged at right angles on the way to taking part in one of the Hajj’s major rites at the Jamarat Pillars.

UN Security Council: Nigeria Opens Debate On Regional Security

UN-Security-Council-meeting-of-August-2015Nigeria has opened the debate on regional peace and security at the United Nations Security Council which is in line with the resolve by African leaders for regional bodies to lead peace-building and peace-keeping in their areas.

UN Secretary General, Ban-ki Moon and over 20 countries, who participated in the debate, agreed that the role of regional organisations in conflict resolution could not be over emphasised, drawing inferences from Chapter 8 of the UN Charter.

However, India strongly disagrees with the popular views, calling into question, Africa’s ability to effectively handle peace- keeping missions.

France Begins MH370 Debris’ Searches Around Reunion

France Begins MH370 Debris' Searches Around Reunion IslandFrance has commenced air, land and sea searches on and around the French Indian Ocean Island of Reunion.

These searches launched by France are coming in the anticipation of recovering more remains that could be linked to the MH370.

According to BBC, Malaysia said on Thursday that a wing section found on the island definitely came from the doomed Malaysia Airlines flight.

However, the French investigators have not confirmed the link which is causing frustration among the families of victims.

France had also dismissed the statements made by Malaysia that more debris had been found.

The Boeing 777, which had 239 people on board and most of which were Chinese, was travelling from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014 when it disappeared from radar.

A piece of debris that experts believed could be from the missing flight MH370 earlier arrived Paris, France’s capital, from the Island where it was found.

Nigerian Special Athletes Continue To Impress In Los Angeles

los angelesTeam Nigeria has won nine medals at the ongoing Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles. The medals are six gold and three silver.

The star boy of day-5 is Sunday Olowoniyi. The 20-year-old beat Panama’s Loaiza Tamir and South Korea’s Jeong Seong Jun by three games to top the men’s singles division six and win another table tennis gold for Nigeria.

Victoria White set the ball rolling on day-4 of the competition, winning gold in table-tennis. It was an almost flawless performance by the young Nigerian who defeated her opponents from India, Macau and the United Arab Emirates without dropping a game in her division.

Rasaq Muraina and Jeffrey Olu-Imaferami continued the gold rush for Nigeria with excellent displays in badminton, adding to the cycling gold won by Emuwa Chidubem in the 500 meters time trial.

Sikiru Sadiq threw a distance of 6.72 meters to win silver in the 4kg division mo8 shot put event, while the basketball team rounded off proceedings with an exciting 28-23 win over Belgium.

Once again, Moshood Popoola emerged the star of a good team performance scoring 10 points and recording 10 rebounds. The next game is a top of the table clash against Korea.

Team Nigeria started their campaign at the Special Olympics World Games with Tejumoluwa Ogunlela winning silver in division 15 of the 100 metres women’s freestyle.

Adebiyi Olatunji and Adedamola Roberts consolidated to win gold and silver in division 17 of the 100 meters men’s freestyle event.

On day-2, Nigeria crushed South Africa 6-0 in division one of the unified soccer event. Two first half goals from Daniel Osadolo ensured a great start at the Balboa Sports Center.

In the second half, Coach Stephen Adeyomo’s team turned up the heat on their opponents with further goals from Abubakar Adebayo and Eziema Chukwudi, ensuring a comfortable win.

On the same day, Nigeria defeated Canada 33-21 points in Basketball, to advance to the next round. The West African team dominated the first quarter 17-9, but the Canadians fought back in the third to reduce the deficit. The 4th quarter saw another close battle, before Nigeria eventually pulled away late in the game.

With athletes such as Sadiq Sikiru, Chidubem Emuwa, Fatai Fatimoh and Mbum Esther also receiving medals for successful outings in shot put, cycling and standing long jump.

Team Nigeria will be hoping the medal chase continues before the competition ends on August 2, 2015.

The 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games opened on July 25, 2015 in  Los Angeles, California. The 2015  Games feature competitions in aquatics, gymnastics, track and field, basketball, football (soccer) and many other summer sports involving 6,500 athletes with intellectual disabilities from around the world.

Unidentified Gunmen Attack Police Station In India

Unidentified Gunmen Attack Indian Police StationSome unidentified gunmen have stormed a Police Station in the Northern Punjab State in India, close to the border with Pakistan.

The group was said to have killed at least four persons and injured six in the course of the attack.

Officials said the attackers first hijacked a car, before opening fire at a Bus Station leading them into the police station in Gurdaspur district.

Police believed that the attackers could be from Indian-administered Kashmir.

A Policeman told BBC that the police were exchanging gunfire with the attackers who had occupied the Police Barracks.

Following the attack, Indian security forces have been deployed to the region to strengthen forces to repel further attack.

APC Has Right To Decide Leadership Of House Of Representatives – Obono-Obla

obla on House of Representatives A lawyer and member of the legal and security directorate of the All Progressives Congress (APC)  Presidential Campaign Council, says the party has the right to choose the principal officers of the House of Representatives.

Mr Okoi Obono-Obla made the statement on Tuesday on a Channels Television’s programme, Sunrise Daily.

The leadership of the party and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourable Yakubu Dogara, have disagreed on the choice of the principal officers.

In an attempt to clarify the party’s position and choice, Mr Obono-Obla stressed that the party provided the platform which the Speaker and other members that were against the choice of the party gained membership of the House.

“The Speaker, as long as he is a member of the APC, should obey the dictates of the party because the party is supreme,” he emphasised.

Describing the wrangling within the APC over the choice of principal officer as a common occurrence in democracy, Mr Obono-Obla, defined  politics as  the struggle to allocate resources in a society where resources are not many.

“What we have is politics and we should expect that in a mosaic complexity of Nigeria. It is not also strange because it occurs in the US, India and UK.

Mr Obono-Obla further said that there was always struggle by one fraction, group, and wing to outweigh another.

“I don’t see the struggle for leadership as a struggle by the legislators to allocate resources to themselves.

“It is the struggle by the different faction, wings and tendencies in the APC  which is normal because the party is big,” he explained.

The lawyer, who was the co-secretary of the Joint Inter-party Merger Committee that negotiated formation of the APC, said that the committee envisaged they would have a large party made up of different tendencies, factions and wings, and as such was prepared for the current situation.