Ministers build on polio success ahead of 70th WHA meeting

The Health Ministers of the African Union has urged member states to ride on the successes recorded in curtailing wild polio virus spread in the continent through surveillance, trained staffs and routine immunisation to address other health emergency outbreaks. The body believed that the gains from various investments in controlling wild polio could be effectively and efficiently deployed for other health related purposes. According to a statement from the Director Media and Public Relations at the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH), Mrs Boade Akinola, the decision was reached at the…

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Sen. Bent: Parties should field female Vice President for 2019

Astute politician and advocate of inter-ethnic marriage, Senator Folashade Bent, (CON), in this interview with SONY NEME, talks about some national issues which threaten the unity of Nigeria as well as the Chibok Girls’ saga, which she said remains a sour taste for the people of Adamawa State Despite the recent swap of Chibok Girls, from your constituency for Boko Haram commanders, opinion has continued to differ as some Nigerians insist that the kidnap was stage-managed to score political points and oust your party, the PDP from power. How do…

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24 hours with Nnamdi Kanu

Nnamdi Kanu: A day in IPOB’s enclave • Struggle has made our community popular –Neighbours • We sleep with one eye closed, others lament • Freedom is the only language we understand –Biafra enthusiast The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), is as popular as its leader, Nwannekaenyi Nnamdi Kenny Okwu Kanu, throughout the country, particularly in the South-East. Kanu, who was born in the 1970s, had his secondary education in Umuahia, Abia State, before travelling to the United Kingdom for further studies. He later became a political activist and has…

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Christian leaders slam Presidency over Osinbajo’s strange title

The Presidency has come under fire as Christian leaders in Nigeria have vented their anger on the seat of power following President Muhammadu Buhari’s controversial hand-over letter to the National Assemble just before he proceeded on another medical trip to London. The men in the colas frowned at the content of the letter describing it as an aberration, strange and unconstitutional document, which demeans the constitutional authority of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. Buhari had written in his hand-over letter, which was addressed to the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki,…

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A’Ibom church tragedy: I’ll never set my foot in that

Four months after a panel of inquiry was instituted to probe the remote and immediate causes of the collapse of Uyo-based Reigners Bible Church and issued a report on how to avoid a recurrence, it is yet to publish its findings. This is eliciting insinuations from some concerned church members and members of the public, that the victims have been abandoned. CHIJIOKE IREMEKA and NSIKAK EKANEM report The scriptural saying: “Count it all joy when you fall into diverse trials,” is not a scripture for Uyobased petty businesswoman, Iniem Akpan,…

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Why we refused to return home –Gun wielding Chibok girls

At least four Chibok girls kidnapped by Islamist terror group, Boko Haram on April 14, 2014, on Saturday appeared in the insurgent group’s propaganda video explaining their decision not to join other abducted girls released last weekend. The video was offered to online news portal, SaharaReporters by Nigerian journalist, Ahmad Salkida, who is known to have unfettered access to the militant group. The abducted schoolgirls, responding to questions posed by a male voice in the background gave their names and exact class level at Chibok Girls High School where they…

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Boko Haram: Narrow escape from theatre of death

Victims recount ordeals The clock kept ticking for 17-yearold Nadia to take a decision that will most probably determine if she lives or dies. She could either accept the amorous adventure of one of the Boko Haram kingpins or be forced to undertake a deadly mission – as a suicide bomber. Boko Haram had kidnapped her alongside other female victims, but she was cherry picked for a second wife by an ugly, dirty bearded insurgent. The moment was so traumatizing! “He came that night and tried to rape me,” she…

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