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Politics / Re: Melaye: INEC Confirms Receipt Of Petition For Recall by ceomike: 6:30pm On Jun 22
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Politics / Melaye: INEC Confirms Receipt Of Petition For Recall by ceomike: 6:13pm On Jun 22
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Thursday formally acknowledged the receipt of a petition submitted to it by constituents of Kogi West Senatorial District seeking to recall Senator Dino Melaye who is representing the constituency in the Nigerian Senate.

European Football (EPL, UEFA, La Liga) / Lukaku Vs Diego Costa : Five Reasons Romelu Lukaku Is The Perfect Replacement by ceomike: 4:02pm On Jun 15
After 52 goals in 83 matches, two EPL titles, one EFL Cup and plenty of memorable moments, it seems that Diego Costa’s time at Chelsea has come to an end. The enigmatic Brazilian-born Spaniard has revealed that Antonio Conte, Chelsea’s Italian manager, sent him a text message to tell him his time with the English champions was up. A lot has been said about how better the parting of ways could have been handled, but at the end of the day, the inevitability of the breakup had been there all along.

As Costa’s legend is being consigned to the annals of the Pensioners’ history, another man who left Stamford Bridge as a boy some time ago is ready to come back and fulfil all the promise he showed at a young age at the London club. That man is Romelu Lukaku. See five reasons Chelsea fans should be excited about the big, burly Belgian’s return!

Politics / Democracy, The Elders And Buhari’s Presidency by ceomike: 11:27am On Jun 02
It is very unfortunate that some elders who ought to be looked up to by the younger ones as towers of strength in a delicate and complicated federation are the ones making regular toxic statements that can destroy the country’s basis for unity. The provocative statements by a socio-political group, the Northern Elders Forum (NEF), to the effect that its members would not allow strict adherence to constitutional provisions should ailing President Muhammadu Buhari find it impossible to continue in office are insensitive, careless and unpatriotic in the extreme. To start with, President Buhari is only human and the prayers of all Nigerians are that he gets well soon to continue the execution of the duties of his office.

The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) which has been very dubious in defending so-called“ northern interests” since the reported illness of the president met in Kano the other day and warned that some leaders of the ruling party had been exploiting the absence of the president to undermine the presidency. If this was so, such persons should be seen to be just as odious.

More: https://guardian.ng/opinion/democracy-the-elders-and-buharis-presidency/
Culture / Oba Of Lagos Versus Oba Of Ile-ife by ceomike: 11:00am On Jun 02
The title of this piece is in line with that of the famous Daily Times weekly columnist, the late Allah de Odunewu, when in his inimitable humorous style, he wrote in the early 1970s: “Kola Balogun Vs. Kola Balogun”. This is the template for mine that reads: “Oba of Lagos Vs. Oba of Ile-Ife”. There are differences in the personalities. Allah de’s personalities were private citizens of repute, whilst in mine, the personalities are royal fathers. In his article, the duo was flexing muscles over the similarity in their names. That was a storm in a tea cup. In mine, the royal fathers are apparently proving superiority of status through snub. It confirms the truth in the idiom: “It takes two to tango”. The background to the tango is essential.\

European Football (EPL, UEFA, La Liga) / Arsene Wenger Agrees Two Years Arsenal Deal (sorry, anti-Wenger Fans) by ceomike: 2:11pm On May 30
Arsene Wenger has told Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke he will accept the Premier League club’s offer of a new two-year contract, according to reports on Tuesday.

Wenger met Gunners majority shareholder Kroenke and chief executive Ivan Gazidis on Monday to discuss his future before his contract expires next month.

The 67-year-old has been heavily criticised this season, with Arsenal fans calling for his resignation after their team failed to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in 20 years.

More- http://guardian.ng/sport/wenger-to-extend-arsenal-reign/

Politics / Police Warn Biafra Groups, Arrest IPOB Members In Rivers State by ceomike: 9:57am On May 30
The Imo State Commissioner of Police, Chris Okey Ezeike, has warned that his men would not allow any Biafran group hold the state to ransom in order to effect the sit-at-home directive by the Movement of Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), and the Biafra Independent Movement (BIM), in remembrance of the Biafra independence.

A statement yesterday by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Andrew Enwerem, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), urged those who are circulating publications on the order to desist or face the consequences.

Politics / Biafra At Fifty by ceomike: 9:42am On May 30
It was on May 30, 1967 that Col. Emeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu, the military governor of Eastern Nigeria, declared that region the Republic of Biafra. A few weeks later, Col. Yakubu Gowon, Nigeria’s head of state, declared war on the secessionist territory. The war dragged on for 30 horror-filled months until the Biafrans threw in the towel in January 1970. Gowon announced a three-point programme of Reconciliation, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction. A few days ago, Biafra became 50 and was marked with a solemn seminar titled “Memory and Nation-building: Biafra 50 Years After.” It was well attended: Olusegun Obasanjo who commanded troops in that war and later on became head of state and President of Nigeria; Prof. Yemi Osinbajo who was in primary school then but is now the Acting President of Nigeria; Ahmed Joda who was one of Gowon’s super permanent secretaries at the time. He headed the Muhammadu Buhari transition committee in 2015. John Nnia Nwodo, the President of Ohaneze Ndigbo, a former minister of Information and a scion of the famous Nwodo family; Professor Ebere Onwudiwe, a well-known political scientist and public intellectual.

There were several others, most of them young Igbo intellectuals who were probably not born during the war. There was nothing substantial or divergent to be expected from a group like that. It was largely a gathering to do some introspection on the lessons of the war and why Biafra as an idea has not gone away. It was an exercise in admonition and not quite a forum for soul searching. But it was worth it because since the end of the war things have not moved swimmingly either for the Igbos or for Nigeria. There have been renewed agitations for the actualisation of Biafra as a republic. The agitators have been harassed and detained by security agencies but there is no let-up in the agitation.

More - http://guardian.ng/opinion/biafra-at-fifty/
Crime / Customs Intercepts 440 Pump Action Rifles, Others At Lagos Port by ceomike: 8:00am On May 24
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has intercepted a cache of arms and ammunition imported through the Tin Can Port in Apapa, Lagos.The 440 pieces of assorted pump action rifles, which originated from Turkey were concealed inside a 40-footer container with numbers PONU210024/1 22G1 carrying POP powder used in designing house ceiling. It was the second seizure of arms of such magnitude this year. The customs had in January this year seized 661 pieces of pump action rifles, which were found in 49 boxes. The secret importation of arms and ammunition is deepening the insecurity in the country.


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Politics / I Will Resign If Nigeria Still Imports Petrol In 2019, Says Kachikwu by ceomike: 3:33pm On May 23
Nigeria’s minister of state for petroleum has insisted the country would stop importing refined petroleum products in 2019, noting that the country “must process rather than ship out oil.”

Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu said he would walk away from his job if the 2019 target, which he claimed he set for himself, is not achieved.


European Football (EPL, UEFA, La Liga) / Arsenal In Talks To Sign Nigerian Striker, Henry Onyekulu by ceomike: 9:52am On May 23
Arsenal have become the latest club to be linked with impressive Nigerian winger, Henry Onyekuru, reports supersport.com. The Gunners are believed to have held talks with the representatives of the player, whose performance in recent months in the Belgian Pro League for KAS Eupen has had many European outfits tracking him. Now the Gunners have been named as one of such clubs showing interest in the winger.


European Football (EPL, UEFA, La Liga) / Arsenal, Man City, Real Madrid Poised For Blood This Weekend! by ceomike: 11:51am On May 19
The champions of three of Europe’s five major leagues have already been produced, Chelsea have taken the EPL, while Monaco have won the French league title and Bayern already wrapped up the German title a while ago. We will find out who wins the Spanish La Liga this weekend, while the Italian title could also be won this weekend or we might have to wait till the final day of the season. As usual, I’ll be previewing the games that will be played this week and the likely scenarios that might play out.

Read more: https://guardian.ng/sport/arsenal-man-city-real-madrid-poised-for-blood-this-weekend/
Health / Eating Suya Increases Death Risk From Nine Major Diseases by ceomike: 9:10am On May 19
Eating roast beef and lamb, popularly called Suya in Nigeria, increases your chances of dying from nine major diseases, according to new research.

Red meat raises the risk of death from cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease and diabetes, scientists have found.

Politics / Ambode Commissions Ajah, Abule-egba Flyovers by ceomike: 8:21am On May 18
Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, yesterday commissioned the two newly-built bridges in Ajah and Abule-Egba, stating that it would not only help reduce travel time but also boost economic activities within the corridors.

Ambode noted that in the quest to build a globally competitive city-state, one strategic emphasis of his administration has been to improve connectivity in the state. He said his administration has embarked on deliberate actions to create innovative solutions to the challenge of ensuring a free-flow of traffic within the city.

Politics / Drama As PDP Lawmaker Defects To APC by ceomike: 3:51pm On May 17
There was a mild drama Wednesday as a member of the House of Representatives Mr Pwajok Edward Gyang representing Jos South/Jos East federal constituency dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to for the ruling All progressive Congress (APC).

The decision by Gyang who a senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN) representing Jos South/East federal constituency of Plateau state, however, stoked a mild drama immediately after Speaker Yakubu Dogara read a letter, intimating the House of the development at a plenary session.

Business / 5 Richest People Can End Extreme Poverty In Nigeria by ceomike: 2:39pm On May 17
The Inequality report released by Oxfam International on Wednesday, revealed that the combined wealth of five richest Nigerians, put at $29.9 billion, could end extreme poverty in the country.

The report, entitled ‘Inequality in Nigeria, Exploring the Drivers and obtained in Abuja, exposed the large and growing gap between the rich and poor in Nigeria.

Politics / Boko Haram Fighters Returning To Sambisa Forest by ceomike: 9:52am On May 17
Members of a faction of Boko Haram are regrouping, re-arming and returning to the Sambisa Forest area, a report by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has warned.

The commission has also expressed worry about the increase in the number of children used as suicide bombers from nine in 2016 to 27 in the first quarter of the year.

Sports / Kelechi Nwakali Named Arsenal’s Most Outstanding Loanee by ceomike: 4:07pm On May 16
Nigeria’s U-20 international, Kelechi Nwakali has picked up an award at the alternative end of season awards by highly-respected Arsenal youth team expert, Jeorge Bird.

The attacking midfielder has been named one of Arsenal’s best performing youth players this season, and won the Best Loanee award.

Politics / The Guardian Poll - President Buhari’s Indefinite Medical Trip Wrong by ceomike: 11:34am On May 16
President Muhammadu Buhari’s indefinite medical travel to London, United Kingdom is ill-advised, the latest Guardian Poll has shown.

Fifty-seven per cent of respondents to a poll on The Guardian website between May 12 and May 14, said it was inappropriate for the President to travel indefinitely. Forty-three per cent, however, backed Buhari’s latest medical travel, noting that there was nothing to worry about.

Sports / Guardiola Lists Iheanacho In Manchester City Clear-out by ceomike: 11:27am On May 16
Reports from London indicate that Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola has concluded plans to have a clear out majority of his first team members, including Kelechi Iheanacho, to make room for the new players he feels would help him achieve his ambition of dominating English football.

Politics / EFCC Re-arraigns Fani-kayode, Nenadi Usman by ceomike: 6:01pm On May 15
Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode was on Monday re-arraigned before a Federal High Court in Lagos, over charges bordering on laundering N4.6 billion.

Fani-Kayode was re-arraigned alongside former Minister of State for Finance, Sen. Nenadi Usman and Yusuf Danjuma, former National Chairman, Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON). Also charged is a company, Jointrust Dimentions Nigeria Ltd.

Crime / Court Jails 2 Siblings For Internet Fraud by ceomike: 11:42am On May 15
Two siblings, a male and female, have been sentenced to two years imprison each for Internet fraud in Warri, Delta, according to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

In a statement on Monday, spokesman of the commission, Mr Wilson Uwujaren, identified the duo as Chukwudi Ugwueke a.k.a James Scott and Sophia Ugwueke.

Uwujaren said they were sentenced by Justice E. A .Obile of the Federal High Court, Warri, but were given an option of N400,000 fine each.

Sports / Opera Announces Chelsea's Victor Moses As Brand Ambassador by ceomike: 10:51am On May 15
As a part of its plan to strengthen its place in Nigeria, Opera has announced Chelsea FC’s and super Eagles of Nigeria’s star player, Victor Moses, as the brand ambassador of its popular browser, Opera Mini.

Moses will be featured in the new Opera Mini TV commercial as well as a range of collaborative projects extending throughout 2018, the tech company says in a statement.

Family / Mother Sells Baby For N250,000 by ceomike: 10:15am On May 15
A Twenty-two-year-old lady along with six other suspects have been arrested by the decoy team of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the Lagos State Police Command over the sale of a day-old baby for the sum of N250,000.

The lady, Miss Onyinyechi Osoneye, was arrested on Wednesday by the operatives, who were working on intelligence over the sale of her baby to Mr. and Mrs. Ike Nwata.

It was gathered that Onyinyechi with the connivance of her mother, Mrs. Joy Osoneye, concealed the pregnancy from her father knowing her father’s strict position on a child born out of wedlock.

Read more: http://guardian.ng/news/mother-sells-baby-for-n250000/
Travel / FG To Merge Arik, Aero As National Carrier by ceomike: 10:08am On May 15
A likely merger and conversion of assets of Arik Air and Aero Contractors is one of the options being considered by the Federal Government (FG) in the buildup to a new national carrier for the country.

The option, according to sources, is due to the alleged debt burden of the airlines. Besides, despite government’s recent intervention since their takeover by the Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON), the airlines are not promising in terms of operations and debt payment.


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Jobs/Vacancies / 7 Websites To Learn CV Boosting Courses For Free by ceomike: 9:52am On Apr 27
Please see the lists below. If you have any, please add in comments section.

1. Studony/Shawacademy: You can get a lot of free diploma courses with Shaw Academy/Studony. Courses includes digital marketing, social media marketing, nutrition, content marketing, photography, finance and many more. You can get started with a free one-month course via http://www.studony.com.

2. IBM Data University: Data Science is becoming popular everyday and data scientist are among the highest paid employees in the world. IBM Data University offers free courses on how to use R and Python to analyse data and generate insights. You can visit https://bigdatauniversity.com/ to get started with IBM Data University.

3. DataCamp: If you'd like to study data science in a very friendly learning environment, I will suggest you try Datacamp. While you can study for free for a limited period, there monthly subscription fee is just around $29/N9000. It's worth an investment as the classes are fun. You can register using this invite link: https://www.datacamp.com/invite/q9GJYSkoLXGiY and get free access (limited number of days).

4. Coursera: With Coursera, you can learn from some of the best universities in the world. They offer most of their courses for a fee but you can always bypass that by applying for a fee waiver. Just fill a form, explaining why you are unable to pay the fee and you will get free access almost immediately. Visit http://www.coursera.org/.

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Politics / Why Money Spent On Buhari's Health Matter by ceomike: 11:50am On Apr 22
Interesting article on The Guardian Nigeria

In response to inquiries on the cost of the medical treatment of President Muhammadu Buhari abroad, the other day, Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information deemed it a matter of ‘national security’ and a moral [issue].

It may be appropriate to accept the minister’s response for the reason that abjectly immature opponents of Buhari, his government, and even his political party , the All Progressives Congress (APC), might just exploit such information to score cheap points. Indeed, it is bad manner to trivialise or to exploit for self-interest or political gains, matters of the health of any man at all, not to talk of the President of the country. In principle, health is the greatest measure of wealth so, no monetary sum can be too much to secure the well-being of any man. It is not appropriate, therefore, to ask, except out of genuine concern and clearly pure motive, the why and how of the expenditure on the health of the president. As noted by this newspaper in an earlier editorial, the African culture forbids mockery of old age or making a fuss about such matters as concern elders.

Nevertheless, it would be equally unfair to presume that question by a citizen and a member of the electorate about the medical expenses by the president is necessarily ill-motivated. For example, the constitutional obligation of the mass media to ask questions about conduct of government is stipulated in Section 22 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) that ‘the press, radio, television and other agencies of the mass media shall at all times be free to uphold the fundamental objectives contained in [Chapter II] and uphold the responsibility and accountability of the Government to the people.’ And, of course, there is a fundamental reason that the media must do this not for its (sectional|) self, but for ‘the people’ as a collective entity. This reason is to be found in Section 14 (2) (a) that says ‘sovereignty belongs to the people of Nigeria from whom government, through [the constitution] derives all its powers and authority.’

Religion / Buhari Is Victimizing Those That Don't Belong To His Religious Group - CAN Youth by ceomike: 7:35am On Apr 22
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Youth Wing has said that president Muhammadu Buhari has turned his government into a religious organization, victimizing those that did not belong to his group.

The national president of the association, Mr. Daniel David Kadzai, who spoke to journalists yesterday at Yola international airport on his way to Abuja, noted that the recent suspension of the secretary to the government of the federation (SGF) Mr. Babachir David Lawal and the Director General of NIA Mr. Ayo Oke, is a confirmation that religion has become immunity under this administration.

He argued that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) acting chairman Ibrahim Magu, is indicted by Department of Security Service (DSS), but he is still in office due to his religion.

Kadzai pointed out that the present government declared war on Christians when the present minister of education removed Christian Religious Knowledge (CRK) as a subject in the academic curriculum of the country. He further disclosed that the SGF ran into troubled waters when he queried the JAMB registrar for contracting Jaiz bank, which has very few branches in the country to register students for the examination.
He pointed out that the controversial suspension of Lawal and Oke and allowing indicted Magu to remain in office is a clear plot to plant Muslims in those vacant seats



Sports / ‘Recalling Enyeama To Eagles Can Cause Bad Blood’ - Adegoke Adelabu by ceomike: 7:03am On Apr 22
Former Green Eagles winger, Adegoke Adelabu has kicked against plans by team manager, Gernot Rohr to recall former goalkeeper, Vincent Enyeama to the fold ahead the 2018 FIFA World Cup and 2019 AFCON qualifiers.

Enyeama announced his retirement from the Super Eagles in October 2015 following a conflict with former handler coach Sunday Oliseh.

Adelabu, who played for the then IICC Shooting Stars of Ibadan, told The Guardian yesterday that the best thing to do is to leave Enyeama out of the team saying: “The issue of multiple captains could bring personality clash into the team, and in a way, cause serious damage to our qualification.



Politics / Re: Nigeria Out Of Recession, World Economics Declares - The Guardian Nigeria by ceomike: 5:33pm On Apr 18

The part in bold is the real news here

Spot on!
Politics / Nigeria Out Of Recession, World Economics Declares - The Guardian Nigeria by ceomike: 5:02pm On Apr 18
After a few quarters of negative growth that saw the death of businesses, the Nigerian economy is out of recession, but “conditions remain difficult for businesses,” World Economics said Tuesday.

World Economics is a London-based organisation dedicated to producing financial analysis, insight and data relating to questions of key importance to the world economy.

“April Sales Managers’ Index (SMI) data suggests that the Nigerian economy is continuing to grow out of the recession which saw 10 months of consecutive contraction in 2016,” it said in a release published on its website.


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Business / Exchange Rates: Naira Improves To N460 To The Dollar by ceomike: 3:19pm On Feb 24
The Naira traded at N460 in the parallel markets against the US Dollars, rising significantly after it was traded at N520 earlier in the week.

Many believe the recent reductions in parallel rates is as a result of the release of forex by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to alleviate the pains in school fees, medical fees and and personal traveling allowance payments.

The CBN pegged exchange rates for payment of the school fees, and personal travel allowance (PTA) and medicals at N375 to the dollar.


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