Military Provides Relief Materials To Displaced Communities

Southern Kaduna Attacks: Military On Cross Border PatrolThe Special Task Force in charge of maintaining law and order in Plateau state and parts of Bauchi state, Operation Safe Haven has provided succour to some communities in affected areas of Bokkos Local Government Area of Plateau State and Jema’a Local Government of Southern Kaduna in Kaduna State.

The force provided the residents with writing materials and borehole to alleviate the sufferings of the displaced people.

Commander of the task force, Major General Rogers Nicholas said that the provision of the materials was to build confidence of people in the affected areas while returning to their ancestral homes by providing portable water in the community.

He encouraged parents to release their wards to return to schools by providing writing materials to the pupils.

Beneficiary communities include Tenti community in Bokkos Local Government area of Plateau.

They got a borehole to carter for the need of the people which is aimed at bringing the people together.

At Godogodo in Southern Kaduna under Jema’a Local Government Area, the beneficiary schools include Model Primary School and Ube Kibam all in Godogodo.

As the military continues to strengthen the relationship with the civil populace towards confidence building, Nigerians have continued to call for efforts to sustain and maintain the peace process in the affected areas by providing adequate security in the areas.

U.N. Agencies Urge Trump To Allow Refugees Entry

u-n-refugeesThe United Nations refugee agency and International Organization for Migration (IOM) called on the Trump administration on Saturday to continue offering asylum to people fleeing war and persecution, saying its resettlement program was vital.

U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday put a four-month hold on allowing refugees into the United States and temporarily barred travelers from Syria and six other Muslim-majority countries, saying the moves would help protect Americans from terrorist attacks.

“The needs of refugees and migrants worldwide have never been greater and the U.S. resettlement program is one of the most important in the world,” the two Geneva-based agencies said in a joint statement.

Trump stopped the entry of travelers from Syria and the six other nations – Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen – for at least 90 days, saying his administration needed time to develop more stringent screening processes for refugees, immigrants and visitors.

IOM and UNHCR said that they remained committed to working with the U.S. administration towards a shared goal of ensuring “safe and secure resettlement and immigration programmes”.

“We strongly believe that refugees should receive equal treatment for protection and assistance, and opportunities for resettlement, regardless of their religion, nationality or race,” they said.

Resettlement places provided by every country for vulnerable refugees, some of whom require special medical treatment not available in their first country of asylum, are vital, the agencies said. More than 30 countries take part in the program, which starts with vetting by the UNHCR.

The agencies hoped “that the US will continue its strong leadership role and long tradition of protecting those who are fleeing conflict and persecution”.

Some 25,000 refugees were resettled in the United States between October and year-end under UNHCR’s program for the most vulnerable, the agency said on Friday.

A host of U.S. federal government agencies are involved and extensive background checks are carried out, UNHCR spokeswoman Vannina Maestracci told a briefing.

President Trump Signs Executive Order Targeting Obamacare

Donald TrumpPresident Donald Trump has signed an executive order which targets the signature health care reforms of his predecessor.

As part of first steps as president, the order directs agencies to ease the economic burden of the laws known as Obamacare.

The proclamation followed Mr Trump’s inauguration as the 45th President of the United States of America.

In Friday’s inaugural speech, the US President promised a new approach to governance, acknowledging that his oath mandates him to put Americans first.

He added that every decision during his administration would favour American workers and the masses.

President Trump also upheld his pre-election stance on terrorism and stressed the need to protect Americans from danger.

He stated that “America will start winning again like never before”, and promised to fight for the citizens with every strength in his body.

Donald Trump Sworn In As 45th U.S. President

Donald Trump Sworn In As 45th U.S. PresidentMr Donald Trump has been sworn in as the 45th President of the United States of America.

Trump was on Friday inaugurated in Washington DC.

The Vice President-elect, Mr Michael Pence was the first to take the oath of office, followed by Mr Trump.

America First

In his inaugural speech, President Trump promised a new approach to governance, acknowledging that his oath mandates him to put Americans first.

“From this day forward a new vision will govern our land, from this day forward, it is America first,” he said.

Reiterating his campaign promises, he promised that every decision during his administration would favour American workers and the masses.

“Every decision on trade, taxes foreign affairs will be made to favour Americans.

“We will no longer accept politicians who are all talk and no action, constantly complaining and doing nothing,” he said, adding that the “time for empty talk is over”.

“Now arrives time for action. Do not allow anyone to tell you that it cannot be done. We will not fail, our country will thrive and prosper again,” he said.

President Trump also preached equality and fairness, promising that irrespective of social status, “you will never be ignored again”.trumpinauguration

“Your voice, hopes and dreams will define our own American destiny. Your courage will guide us along the way. Together, we will make America prosper and great again.”

‘I Will Fight For You’

Mr Trump maintained his pre-election stance on terrorism and the need to better protect Americans from danger.

“Protection will lead to great prosperity and strength. I will fight for you with every strength in my body and I will never let you down. America will start winning again like never before.

“We will bring back our jobs, wealth, border and dreams. We will build new roads and highways, bridges railways all across our wonderful nation.

“We will get our people out of welfare and back to work. We will follow two simple rules; buy American and hire American.

“We will seek goodwill with every nation but we will eradicate Islamic terrorism completely from the face of the earth,” he said.

Prayers were offered for the new president and the country.

Several world leaders were present at the event.

Also present was Mr Trump’s Democratic opponent during the presidential election, Mrs Hillary Clinton and her husband, former US President, Bill Clinton.

She tweeted earlier, reaffirming her belief in America.

Full Text: Donald Trump’s Inaugural Speech

Donald Trump’s Inaugural Speech

Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans, and people of the world: thank you.

We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and restore its promise for all of our people. Together we will determine the course of America and the world for many, many years to come. We will face challenges. We will confront hardships, but we will get the job done.

Every four years we gather on these steps to carry out the orderly and peaceful transfer of power, and we are grateful to President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for their gracious aid throughout this transition. They have been magnificent. Thank you.

Today’s ceremony, however, has very special meaning. Because today we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another or from one party to another, but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C. and giving it back to you, the people.

For too long, a small group in our nation’s capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost. Washington flourished, but the people did not share in its wealth.

Politicians prospered, but the jobs left and the factories closed. The establishment protected itself but not the citizens of our country. Their victories have not been your victories. Their triumphs have not been your triumphs, and while they celebrated in our nation’s capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land.

That all changes starting right here and right now, because this moment is your moment. It belongs to you. It belongs to everyone gathered here today and everyone watching all across America. This is your day, this is your celebration, and this, the United States of America, is your country.

What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people. Jan. 20, 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again.

The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer. Everyone is listening to you now. You came by the tens of millions to become part of an historic movement, the likes of which the world has never seen before. At the center of this movement is a crucial conviction that a nation exists to serve its citizens.

Americans want great schools for their children, safe neighborhoods for their families and good jobs for themselves. These are just and reasonable demands of righteous people and a righteous public, but for too many of our citizens, a different reality exists.

Mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities, rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation. An education system flush with cash but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of all knowledge. And the crime and the gangs and the drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential.

This American carnage stops right here and stops right now.

We are one nation, and their pain is our pain. Their dreams are our dreams, and their success will be our success. We share one heart, one home, and one glorious destiny. The oath of office I take today is an oath of allegiance to all Americans.

For many decades we’ve enriched foreign industry at the expense of American industry, subsidized the armies of other countries while allowing for the very sad depletion of our military.

We’ve defended other nations’ borders while refusing to defend our own and spent trillions and trillions of dollars overseas while America’s infrastructure has fallen into disrepair and decay. We’ve made other countries rich while the wealth, strength and confidence of our country has dissipated over the horizon.

One by one, the factories shuttered and left our shores with not even a thought about the millions and millions of American workers that were left behind. The wealth of our middle class has been ripped from their homes and then redistributed all across the world. But that is the past and now we are looking only to the future.

We assembled here today are issuing a new decree to be heard in every city, in every foreign capital and in every hall of power. From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land. From this day forward, it’s going to be only America first. America first.

Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs will be made to benefit American workers and American families. We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies and destroying our jobs. Protection will lead to great prosperity and strength.

I will fight for you with every breath in my body, and I will never, ever let you down. America will start winning again. Winning like never before. We will bring back our jobs. We will bring back our borders. We will bring back our wealth. And we will bring back our dreams.

We will build new roads and highways and bridges and airports and tunnels and railways all across our wonderful nation. We will get our people off of welfare and back to work rebuilding our country with American hands and American labor.

We will follow two simple rules: Buy American and hire American. We will seek friendship and good will with the nations of the world, but we do so with the understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their own interests first.

We do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but rather to let it shine as an example. We will shine for everyone to follow. We will reinforce old alliances and form new ones and unite the civilized world against radical Islamic terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the earth.

At the bedrock of our politics will be a total allegiance to the United States of America, and through our loyalty to our country, we will rediscover our loyalty to each other. When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice. The Bible tells us how good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity.

We must speak our minds openly, debate our disagreements honestly, but always pursue solidarity. When America is united, America is totally unstoppable. There should be no fear. We are protected, and we will always be protected. We will be protected by the great men and women of our military and law enforcement and most importantly, we will be protected by God.

Finally, we must think big and dream even bigger. In America, we understand that a nation is only living as long as it is striving.

We will no longer accept politicians who are all talk and no action constantly complaining but never doing anything about it. The time for empty talk is over. Now arrives the hour of action. Do not allow anyone to tell you that it cannot be done. No challenge can match the heart and fight and spirit of America. We will not fail. Our country will thrive and prosper again.

We stand at the birth of a new millennium ready to unlock the mysteries of space, to free the earth from the miseries of disease and to harness the energies, industries and technologies of tomorrow. A new national pride will stir ourselves, lift our sights and heal our divisions. It’s time to remember that old wisdom our soldiers will never forget, that whether we are black or brown or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots.

We all enjoy the same glorious freedoms, and we all salute the same great American flag. And whether a child is born in the urban sprawl of Detroit or the wind-swept plains of Nebraska, they look up at the same night sky. They fill their heart with the same dreams, and they are infused with the breath of life by the same almighty creator.

So to all Americans in every city near and far, small and large, from mountain to mountain, from ocean to ocean, hear these words. You will never be ignored again. Your voice, your hopes and your dreams will define our American destiny. And your courage and goodness and love will forever guide us along the way.

Together we will make America strong again. We will make America wealthy again. We will make America proud again. We will make America safe again. And, yes, together, we will make America great again. Thank you. God bless you and God bless America! Thank you. God bless America.

Thousands Attend Inauguration Of Donald Trump As U.S. President

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The Capitol Hill is filled with hundreds of thousands of dignitaries for the historic inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States.

President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle, hosted the Trump family moments ago at the White House before proceeding to the Capitol Hill for the inauguration.

Former U.S Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, are among the dignitaries at the Capitol Hill and are attending with their wives.

Donald Trump must recite the oath of office.

He will deliver his inaugural address and later lead a parade to the White House.

Today’s ceremony opens a new page for the Republican Party and the United States.

Earlier on Friday, Liberal activists protesting U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration scuffled with police in Washington after attempting to block the Republican real estate developer’s supporters streaming in for the ceremony.

About 900,000 people were expected to pack the grassy National Mall facing the Capitol, where Trump will be sworn in, as well as the parade route along Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House and other parts of central Washington.

Protesters organized by a group called Disrupt J20 linked arms at one of the dozen security checkpoints leading to the largest public viewing area for the ceremony, and several were led away by police in riot helmets and body armor.

Abia Targets 2.5 Billion Naira As Monthly Generated Revenue

Abia Govt. Promises Prudent Utilization Of Paris Club RefundThe Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, has said that the state is targeting 2.5 billion Naira Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) monthly from December 2017.

He revealed this at a gathering in Umuahia where he that his government is committed to increasing revenue collection processes, block leakages and ensure rapid improvements in road infrastructure at Aba.

He added that it will serve as additional incentive for citizens and residents who pay all statutory revenue.

According to the governor, the internal revenue profile of the state when he took the mantle of leadership in the state stood at 500 million Naira, monthly and hence there is need to work hard to turn it around.

“I want you to know that the Internally Generated Revenue target for 2017 is to hit 2.5 billion Naira monthly, especially in Aba.

“And I wish to tell you that as at today, we have hit the 1 billion in Aba but this administration is not satisfied yet and is working tirelessly to reverse the trend, so that we will be able to pay salaries without waiting for allocation from the Federal Government,

“Abia State is collaborating with a private sector to develop and commercialize the large cashew plantations in Umunneochi Local Government Area with plans to establish cashew plantations across the state, and processing plants to produce cashew for consumption and export.

“Therefore, I want to encourage all Abians and those in the Diaspora to support this government by investing at home, promoting made in Aba goods/services and representing the state well at their countries of residence.

I want to urge you to contribute your quota and  taxes for government to provide the needed enablers like infrastructure, to attract investment potentials for trade and commerce to thrive .”

Blast Kills More Than 40 In Mali Military Camp

Twin Blasts Recorded In MaiduguriMilitants killed at least 42 people and wounded more than 100 others when they detonated an explosives-laden vehicle inside a military camp in Mali’s northern city of Gao on Wednesday, the deadliest suicide bomb attack in the country’s history.

The attack struck at the heart of still fragile efforts by the government and rival armed groups to work together to quell the violence that has plagued the restive desert north for years.

The bombers forced their way into the camp shortly before 9 a.m. (0900 GMT), running over several people before blowing up the vehicle just as 600 soldiers were assembling, said Radhia Achouri, a spokeswoman Mali’s U.N. peacekeeping force MINUSMA.

A Reuters reporter at the site soon after the blast saw dozens of bodies lying on the ground alongside the wounded as ambulances rushed to the camp and helicopters circled overhead.

“I’ve just left the hospital where there were bodies ripped to pieces and wounded piled up,” said Gao resident Kader Toure.

President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita declared three days of national mourning.

State media put the death toll at 47, including five suicide bombers, and army spokesman Diarran Kone said that 115 people were also wounded.

APC Lifts Ban On Suspended Members In Yobe

Johnson Oghuma Emerges Winner Of APC EDO PrimariesThe All Progressives Congress (APC) in Yobe State Northeast Nigeria has lifted the suspension placed on some members of the party.

The Yobe APC had on February 2016 suspended some of its members for what it termed “gross misconduct and insubordination against some members of the party”.

Addressing journalists in Damaturu the capital of the state, the State Secretary Mr Abubakar said the state executives during its meeting on Tuesday lifted the suspension.

“Having served the suspension order for this period of time with clear demonstration of remorse by the affected persons, the party wishes to announce the lifting of the suspension on them with effect from January 17, 2017,” he said.

With their suspension lifted, the secretary said the indicted officials have been relieved of their offices and therefore remain ordinary members at wards, Local Government and state level.

He revealed that “the dissolved party executive in Fune, Fika and Potiskum Local Government Council remain dissolved and hereby replaced by the new executives to run the affairs of the party in the three LGAs”.

Mr Abubakar said the decisions were taken in the best interest of the party and its members, so as to instill discipline and loyalty in the party and serve as deterrent to others.

The party according to him wishes to assure all members of its support, cooperation and equal opportunities to pursue personal and collective political ambition and the development of democracy as a whole.

Kaduna Govt. Announces Killings’ Masterminds

zariaThe Kaduna State governor, Nasir el-Rufai, has announced the arrest of some of the people behind attacks in the southern part of the state.

The governor disclosed the names when he visited the State Commissioner of Police, Mr Agyle Abeh in his office.

He vowed that his administration would ensure all those involved in the attack in Southern Kaduna would be fished out and prosecuted in accordance with the law.

Governor El-Rufai stressed that his administration would not condone any form of criminality and lawlessness in the state.

Earlier, the Police Commissioner while parading some of the suspects before the governor, said that they were arrested for various offences, ranging from involvement in Southern Kaduna violence to armed robbery and kidnapping.

He assured the governor that the command, under his watch, would not relent until criminals were chased out of the state and until normalcy returned to all troubled areas.

The governor also took out time to address the suspects with a view to know their involvement for the crimes which they were accused of.

Speaking to reporters, Governor El-Rufai called on citizens of the state to embrace peace and tolerate one another for the interest of peace and development of the state.

In the meantime, Muslim clerics under umbrella of Council of Imams and Ulamas have called on Federal and Kaduna State governments to arrest and prosecute the Senator representing Kaduna South in the National Assembly, Danjuma Laah, and few others for making inflammatory statements and instigating the recent Southern Kaduna crisis.

Addressing journalists on state of affairs in Southern Kaduna, the Chairman of the Imams and Ulamas, Sheikh Abubakar Babatunde, said the council was in support of Federal and Kaduna State government in taking any measures legally to deal with any individual or group of persons found guilty in the attacks without fear or favour.

Donald Advocates For Revival Of Tourism In Nigeria

dukeThe former governor of Cross River State, Donald Duke has advocated for more attention should be focused towards reviving the tourism sector as it cuts across other sectors of the economy.

Speaking in Calabar the Cross River State Capital, Mr. Duke made reference to the need for the Free Trade Zone in Calabar to work effectively in order to encourage commercialization of local products and the revival of tourism sites across the country.

“If we got Tinapa working, the traffic you see in December will be Year Long, this will be the most sort out destination in the whole of Africa, not West Africa.

“Now you try and envisage if the traffic that came in December is year long, with the amount of resources that we brought into our State, the farmer will make money and grow more food, hotels will make more money, you open a restaurant, you’ll make more money and that’s what it’s all about, the economy will be functional”.

He further said “If we are able to reactivate the Obudu Cattle Ranch, the traffic going between the Northern and the Southern region of the country, people flying across the state, all that will help”.

He maintained that,”Tourism is so natural to us, it’s not something we have to work hard to achieve, it’s just almost a second nature to us”.

Also speaking, the Bakassi IDPs want the Federal Government to implement the policy of the Green tree agreement as signed.

They sued for assistance towards getting mechanized equipment for farming.

Shiites Claim Police Used Poisonous Weapons On Them

kano, police, ShiitesMembers of the Islamic movement of Nigeria have accused the police of using poisoned bullets and tear gas against its people during the last Monday’s clash.

Addressing a news conference today, leader of the movement in Kano Sheikh Sanusi Abdulkadir says doctor’s investigations confirmed that the bullet and tear gas used by the police are poisoned.

On November 13, 2016, members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria clashed with operatives of the Nigeria Police attached to Kano command leading to the death of one police officer and at least eight members of the movement.

Four police officers and more than 100 members of the Shi’a group were said to have been injured.

Since then, the once peaceful police/Shiites relationship became soar and blames continue to be traded between the two parties.

In a fresh reaction to the recent display of weapons allegedly belonging to the Shiites by the police, leader of the group in Sheikh Sanusi Abdulkadir says he has reason to believe that police uses poisoned bullets and tear gas on his members.

Although Kano police described the Shiites procession as unapproved and illegal religious rally, but Sanusi says the group wrote a letter to the police four days before they embarked on their annual Arba’een trek, unfortunately, the command did not give approval but the Shiites went ahead with their procession, consequences of which led to the incident.

Meanwhile, the group is asking for unconditional release of their members who were allegedly killed by the police and those they say are still in police custody.