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Nigeria To Hold Presidential, National Assembly Elections On Feb 19, 2019

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Nigeria’s Manufacturing Index Sustains Upswing in September

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Nigeria’s Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) stood at 55.3 index points in September 2017, indicating expansion in the manufacturing sector for the sixth consecutive month.
The PMI is an indicator of the economic health of the manufacturing sector. The PMI is based on five major indicators: new orders, inventory levels, production, supplier deliveries and the employment environment.
According to the PMI report posted on the central bank’s website yesterday, 14 of the 16 sub-sectors reported growth in the review month in the following order: appliances & components; electrical equipment; chemical & pharmaceutical products; nonmetallic mineral products; printing & related support activities; plastics & rubber products; food, beverage & tobacco products; furniture & related products; transportation equipment; cement; paper products; computer & electronic products; textile, apparel, leather & footwear and fabricated metal products.
But, the pri…

FOREIGN: Melania Trump Replys Librarian Who Rejected Her Donated Books

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First lady Melania Trump slammed on Friday the Massachusetts elementary school librarian who rejected her donation of children's books.  Melania Trump's director of communications Stephanie Grisham said the librarian's response was "unfortunate," according to FOX News.  "She has demonstrated this in both actions and words since her husband took office, and sending books to children across the country is but one example," she told the outlet. "To turn the gesture of sending young students some books into something divisive is unfortunate, but the First Lady remains committed to her efforts on behalf of children everywhere." The White House selected a school from every state to receive ten Dr. Seuss books in recognition of “National Read a Book” Day — among them, was the Cambridge public school where Liz Phipps Soeiro works as a librarian. Soeriro responded to the donation in an open letter, saying the Trumps should donate the books t…

In Nigeria, Governors Are More Powerful Than President, Says Obasanjo

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By Sunday Okobi Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has recently stated that state governors are more powerful than the president of the country, noting that the states’ chief executives have a lot of power. Speaking in an interview with African Arguments, the ex-president said he does not believe in true federalism, stating that “why are they (the governors) not accountable? What powers do they not have? They have power. “In fact, state governors are more powerful than the president. That’s the truth. “(So) if anybody tells you they want devolution or true federalism, he doesn’t know what he is talking.” He went on to point out that President Muhammadu Buhari has not done enough to tackle economic recession and unemployment, especially as regards sustainability. “Buhari has made some announcements. He has tried to keep on going in the area of agribusiness, but not enough. It is not yet enough to prepare the ground for uninhibited growth of the economy, which we need,” he said…

Nigerians Urged To Seek Sufficient Information Before Applying For Canadian Visa

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Appeal Court Orders DSS To Produce Dasuki In Court

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UNICEF: 3m Children Need Emergency Education Support in N’East Nigeria

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By Mich Olugbode The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) on Friday said the humanitarian crisis brought upon North-east Nigeria by the protracted Boko Haram insurgency is dire, leaving three million children in need of emergency education support. Speaking to journalists in Maiduguri after an assessment tour of Borno State, the state most hit by the crisis, the Deputy Director of UNICEF, Justin Forsyth, said the humanitarian crisis is beyond UNICEF and need the collaboration of all including governments and international aid agencies.

IPOB Leader Kanu Not In Military Custody, Says Nigerian Army

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By Ugo Aliogo
The Nigerian Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has declared that leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, is not in military custody as being insinuated in some quarters.
Defence Spokesman, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, stated this at a news conference in Abuja on Friday saying that the various military operations going on across the country to deal with the various security challenges would be sustained. Enenche also said that the exercises were being carried out by the armed forces not only to tackle the challenges but to train personnel, adding that they were being done in line with best international practices. He declared the unalloyed loyalty of the military to the President and Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces and the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Enenche urged the citizens not to be alarmed in the face of the presence of the military in almost all parts of the country explaining that they were assisting civil authorit…

Pirates Strike Again, Seize Passenger Boat in Bayelsa

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An armed gang suspected to be sea robbers on Thursday struck again in Bayelsa State waterways barely 48 hours after launching an ambush that killed three passengers on Tuesday.
The gunmen reportedly hijacked a passenger boat along the Nembe-Brass creeks, took its occupantsdeep into the sea before asking them to disembark. None of the passengers died as they were all said to have swum to safety.
Another gang had on August 28 ambushed a military houseboat and killed a soldier and civilian crew. Again, last Friday, the bandits attacked an oil services vessel killing three security men on board.
Before they struck, it was gathered thatthat the suspects had trailed the boat after it had dropped off its occupants in Brass from Nembe before hijacking it. An eyewitness who declined to be named said the suspected pirates armed with sophisticated weapons shot several times into the air before seizing the boat.
Chairman of the Bayelsa State Chapter of the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria, Lloyd Sese, …