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CIA Director Says North Korea Seeks Arsenal for ‘Coercive’ Purposes

CIA Director Mike Pompeo said Kim Jong Un’s regime wants to use its budding arsenal for “coercive” purposes, dismissing North Korea’s contention that it needs a nuclear missile program to enhance its defense against a possible U.S. attack. Pompeo also said that despite Pyongyang’s rapidly improving missile and nuclear programs over the past year, Kim “will not rest with a single successful test.” “The logical next step is to develop an arsenal” of missiles capable of striking the U.S., Pompeo said in a rare public appearance Tuesday at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington. “They have moved at a very rapid clip.” The Central Intelligence Agency director’s comments come amid gestures of reconciliation between North Korea and South Korea — which remain technically at war R...

Obasanjo’s statement: We won’t comment now – Presidency

By Nwafor Sunday Following the statement released on Tuesday by the former president of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo on issues affecting the nation and his stand in President Buhari’s re-run in 2019, Presidency on Tuesday said ‘We won’t comment now’. Garba Shehu Obasanjo’s special statement which can be categorised as a letter criticised the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari and unrevealed many societal and political issues in the country. This was made known to newsmen through the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and publicity, Garba Shehu. Apart from advising Buhari to proceed on retirement after his first tenure expires next year, he said that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) was not better than the Peoples Dem...

We don’t charge school fees in public schools – Osun Govt.

The Osun state government has said that, contrary to rumours making the rounds, that it does not charge any school fees in public schools in the state. The state government also said at no point in time in the 8 years of Governor Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola-led administration was any school fees charged in public primary and secondary schools. Rauf Aregbesola In a statement signed by the state’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Adelani Baderinwa, Osun government said, however, that the only payment done in schools in the state is an “Education Trust Levy (ETL), which is N500 per term for pupils/students in both public and private schools in the state.” The statement reads thus: “It has come to the attention of the state government of Osun, the rumour that some pup...

Tinubu, Akande meet President Buhari in Aso Rock

Two chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and Chief Bisi Akande, on Tuesday in Abuja met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The  APC chieftains were in the presidential villa barely some hours after the release of a letter purportedly written by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, advising President Buhari not to re-contest the 2019 presidential villa. NAN reports that both Tinubu and Akande, who  met with the president for about an hour, declined to speak to State House correspondents after the meeting. It would be recalled that the two chieftains were absent at the last Thursday’s night dinner hosted by President Buhari for APC chieftains across the country. The national chairman of the APC, Chief John O...

Boroh says President Buhari will not abandon Ijaw Youths

The Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta, Brig.-Gen. Paul Boroh (Rtd), has assured Ijaw youths that President Muhammadu Buhari would not abandon them. Boroh, also the Coordinator, Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) said this when 25 Ijaw Youths groups held a rally at the gates of the Presidential Amnesty Office in Abuja on Tuesday. The groups include the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) and the National Association of Izon-Ebe Students. Paul Boroh Boroh described the rally as a demonstration of their support for the Buhari administration and assured them of Federal Government’s commitment to create mass employment, sustainable peace and development of the Niger Delta. “The President, who is interested in your matter, will ensure your welfare by sustaining the Prog...

Kaduna State requires 45,000 qualified primary school teachers- – Official

No fewer than 45, 000 qualified teachers are required in Kaduna State to adequately provide quality teaching in public primary schools across the state. Malam Nasiru Umar, Executive Chairman, Kaduna State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), stated this at a news conference in Kaduna on Tuesday. According to him, the current staff strength in primary schools stood at 11, 591, following the dismissal of 22,000 teachers recently. The 22,000 teachers were sacked for allegedly failing a competency test organised by the state government in June 2017. NAN reports that the process of recruiting 25,000 new teachers to replace the sacked ones would be concluded in February, after which the number would increase to 36,591. The chairman added that the remaining 8,409 teachers...

NSE market indicators drop further by 1.16%

The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) market indicators on Tuesday dropped further by 1.16 per cent due to market volatility caused by profit taking. Market capitalisation shed N187 billion or 1.16 per cent to close at N15.902 trillion compared with N16.089 trillion on Monday. The All-Share Index lost 522.68 points or 1.16 per cent to close at 44,389.85 against 44,912.53 achieved on Monday. Mr. Ambrose Omordion, the Chief Operating Officer, InvestData Ltd., attributed the development to profit taking embarked by some investors ahead of 2017 earnings season. Omordion said that some investors were taking adavantage of 18 per cent growth posted by the market in the past three weeks. Mobil Oil recorded the highest loss, declining by N7 to close at N209 per share. Dangote Cemen...

Tillerson Says Russia Is Responsible for Syrian Chemical Use

Russia is ultimately responsible for chemical weapons use by the Syrian regime and should stop blocking United Nations resolutions seeking to investigate alleged violations of a 2013 accord to remove chemical weapons from Syria, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said. Russia, at a minimum, should abstain during Security Council votes, Tillerson said Tuesday in Paris at the end of a 24-nation meeting aimed at creating a “partnership” to punish chemical weapon use. “The facts are known and documented,” French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said. “But we face obstruction by several countries.” In November, Russia vetoed the renewal of a UN body that had investigated chemical use in Syria. U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said in a statement Thursday that there are reports that B...

5 Female Nigerian Celebrities Who Would Make You Embrace Low Cut

Deciding to wear a low cut takes a lot of bravery and commitment and many Nigerian celebrities have taken up this style. Many international celebrities like Teyanna Taylor, Jennifer Hudson, Amandla Stenberg, Kate Hudson and more have taken up this challenge, ditching their long weaves for a beautiful cut and Nigerian celebrities have not been left behind in this stylish act. Here are 5 Nigerian celebrities that would make you ditch your weaves and embrace the low cut style. 1. Chidinma Ekile Chidinma always steps out looking young and beautiful in her curly low cut. 2. Nancy Isime Nancy always steps out looking fierce, beautiful and stunning with her gorgeous blond low cut. 3. Shan George Veteran Nollywood actress, Shan George would definitely make you ditch your weaves with her stylish lo...

Four Months After Wedding, Yomi Casual And Wife Welcome Baby Girl

Nigerian designer, Yomi Casual, who walked down the aisle with his beautiful wife, Grace in October 2017, is the latest dad in town as he welcomed a baby girl with his wife in United States. Yomi, who shared photos on his Instagram page, disclosed that the baby has been christened Kahley Makun. Here’s what he wrote; ‘So my gorgeous wife decided to give me the biggest birthday gift ever. Issa baby girl.Welcome to the world “KAHLEY MAKUN”, it is a place full of delights and wonders. You will be a blessing to the world. Mother Alive, baby alive. God is awesome. He is faithful’. Here is what he shared:

Hugh Masekela: South Africa’s ‘Father of Jazz’

Image copyright AFP Jazz legend Hugh Masekela first picked up a trumpet in the 1950s: a time when the colour of his skin meant he was no more than a second-class citizen in his own country, South Africa. Over the following decades, he would become known across the world for both his music and his role as an anti-apartheid activist. Indeed, songs like Soweto Blues would provide the soundtrack of the movement. By the time of his death at the age of 78 – almost 30 years after the fall of white minority rule – he was revered as South Africa’s Father of Jazz. Inspiration Ramapolo Hugh Masekela was born on 4 April 1939 in KwaGuqa township, 100km (60 miles) east of the capital, Pretoria, part of a musical household. “You know, everybody had a gramophone,” he recalled...

Morocco launches 2026 World Cup campaign and logo

Morocco is up against a joint bid from Canada, Mexico and the United States to host the World Cup Morocco launched its campaign to host the 2026 World Cup in Casablanca on Tuesday. Bidding for their fifth finals, the Moroccans are up against a joint bid from Canada, Mexico and the United States. “Morocco 2026 will showcase the best of football, at the heart of the world,” said bid chairman Moulay Hafid Elalamy. The decision on who will host the event will be made on 13 June, the eve of the 2018 World Cup in Moscow. “We promise to stage a tournament overflowing with real passion and to celebrate the values of unity and peace,” added Elalamy. “A World Cup in Morocco will deliver commercial success and leave a long-lasting legacy and if we win the honour of hosti...