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Sports / Manchester United Fan Commits Suicide After Quarter-final Loss Against Arsenal by icnsystem(m): 3:54pm On Mar 14
Manchester United 1-2 Arsenal

A 42-year-old man from Kenya reportedly jumped into the Indian Ocean from the Kilifi Bridge in Kilifi County, Kenya.

A Manchester United supporter committed suicide after the Red Devils' 2-1 FA Cup quarter-final defeat to Arsenal.

According to Yahoo News, the man was bragging about how Louis van Gaal's side would humilate Arsenal in the cup clash, but goals from Nacho Monreal and former United player Danny Welbeck sealed the Gunners' passage to the semi-finals at Wembley.

Money, credit cards and identification were all recovered from his wallet after his body was found, with the Mombasa government tweeting an image of the man's body on Friday morning.


Suicides have become particular prevalent in football hotspots of Africa over the past few years.

In 2009 an Arsenal fan hanged himself after his team lost 3-1 to Manchester United in the Champions League semi-final while in December 2013 another Kenyan jumped from the seventh floor of a building after learning that Manchester Unied had lost to Newcastle United that same day.
Education / Top 100 World Universities By Reputation – In Full by icnsystem(m): 3:16pm On Mar 13
Universities in the UK, including Oxford and Cambridge, have risen in international rankings published by the Times Higher Education. Check out the full table here
British universities have climbed up world reputation rankings, according to the latest table published by Times Higher Education (THE), with Oxford and Cambridge passing big US names to make it to the top spots just after Harvard.
The table shows 12 UK universities made it into the top 100, up from 10 the year before, thanks to the universities of Durham and Warwick.
Cambridge and Oxford each rose two places to reach second and third place respectively, overtaking the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford University.
Harvard has retained first place in the ranking as the world's most prestigious university since rankings began in 2011
Top 100 world universities by reputation 2015
1. Harvard University, United States
2. University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
3. University of Oxford, United Kingdom
4. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States
5. Stanford University, United States
6. University of California, Berkeley, United States
7. Princeton University, United States
8. Yale University, United States
9. California Institute of Technology, United States
10. Columbia University, United States
11. University of Chicago, United States
12. University of Tokyo, Japan
13. University of California, Los Angeles, United States
14. Imperial College London, United Kingdom
15. ETH Zürich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, Switzerland
16. University of Toronto, Canada
17. University College London, United Kingdom
8. Johns Hopkins University, United States
19. University of Michigan, United States
=20. New York University, United States
=20. Cornell University, United States
22. London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom
23. University of Pennsylvania, United States
24. National University of Singapore, Singapore
25. Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russian Federation
26. Tsinghua University, China
27. Kyoto University, Japan
28. Carnegie Mellon University, United States
29. University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
30. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, United States
31. King’s College London, United Kingdom
32. Peking University, China
33. University of Washington, United States
34. Duke University, United States
=35. Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany
=35. McGill University, Canada
37. University of British Columbia, Canada
=38. Heidelberg University, Germany
=38. University of California, San Francisco, United States
=38. University of Wisconsin-Madison, United States
=41. University of California, San Diego, United States
=41. University of Melbourne, Australia
=41. Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany
44. University of California, Davis, United States
45. Karolinska Institute, Sweden
46. University of Texas at Austin, United States
47. Northwestern University, United States
48. École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
49. Georgia Institute of Technology, United States
50. University of Manchester, United Kingdom
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
University of Sydney, Australia
Australian National University, Australia
Panthéon-Sorbonne University – Paris 1, France
Paris-Sorbonne University – Paris 4, France
Seoul National University, Republic of Korea
University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Free University of Berlin, Germany
Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
University of São Paulo, Brazil
Technical University of Munich, Germany
École Normale Supérieure, France
Pennsylvania State University, United States
University of California, Santa Barbara, United States
National Taiwan University, Taiwan
Wageningen University and Research Center, Netherlands
University of Southern California, United States
Leiden University, Netherlands
University of North Carolina, United States
Purdue University, United States
Utrecht University, Netherlands
National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, United States
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong
Brown University, United States
Boston University, United States
University of Pittsburgh, United States
Michigan State University, United States
University of Minnesota, United States
Saint Petersburg State University, Russian Federation
Durham University, United Kingdom
Uppsala University, Sweden
University of Helsinki, Finland
University of Copenhagen, Denmark
University of Queensland, Australia
Ohio State University, United States
Washington University in St Louis, United States
University of Warwick, United Kingdom
Texas A&M University, United States
École Polytechnique, France
RWTH Aachen University, Germany
University of Maryland, College Park, United States
Mayo Medical School, United States
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
London Business School, United Kingdom
University of Massachusetts, United States
Monash University, Australia
Pasteur Institute, France
University of Bristol, United Kingdom


Politics / My Parents Volunteered Me, Says 14-year-old Kano Suicide Bomber by icnsystem(m): 8:08pm On Dec 24, 2014
The girl, who was identified as Zahra’u Babangida, was arrested in Kano on December 10 following a double suicide bombing in a market that killed 10 people.

She was presented to journalists by police and instructed to recount how Islamist militants allegedly forced her to take part in the attack.

She said her mother and father, both Boko Haram sympathisers, took her to an insurgent hideout in a forest near the town of Gidan Zana in Kano state.
She said one alleged militant leader asked her whether she knew what a suicide bombing was.

“They said, ‘Can you do it?’ I said no.
“They said, ‘You will go to heaven if you do it.’ I said ‘No I can’t.’ They said they would shoot me or throw me into a dungeon,” Zahra’u told journalists.

There was no way to independently verify her story and she had no lawyer present. No information was available concerning the whereabouts of her parents.

Police said they had instructed the girl to tell her story to boost public awareness about those responsible for the December 10 attack.

Faced with the threat of death, Zahra’u said she finally agreed to take part in the attack but “never had any intention of doing it.”

Several days later, Zahra’u said, she and three other girls, all wearing explosives, were brought to the Kantin Kwari market by unidentified men.

Zahra’u said she was injured when one of the girls detonated her bomb and then she fled the scene, ending up at a hospital on the outskirts of Kano where she was discovered to be carrying explosives.

Boko Haram has increasingly used female suicide bombers, including teenagers, as part of their five-year insurgency.

Kano, the largest city in the mainly Muslim north, saw four such attacks in one week in July, while similar bombings have hit the states of Bauchi and Niger.

Experts say the group has used girls as bombers to demonstrate the range of tactics they have available to sow fear across Nigeria.

If confirmed, Zahra’u’s story would be the first known case of parents volunteering their daughter to take part in a deadly attack.
Violence in northern Nigeria has intensified in recent months, raising security fears ahead of February 14 elections.

- See more at: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2014/12/parents-volunteered-says-14-year-old-kano-suicide-bomber/#sthash.2hS5ur8q.dpuf

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Nairaland / General / Robbers Mistakenly Attack Van Transporting Ebola Victims Blood Samples by icnsystem(m): 1:08pm On Nov 22, 2014
Robbers in Guinea attack van they thought was carrying money but instead, found cooler of blood containing Ebola.

Armed bandits in Guinea have stolen a batch of blood samples infected with the deadly Ebola virus which were being delivered to a test centre, the Daily Mail of UK reported.

The robbers held up a minibus near the town of Kissidougou which was transporting the samples from central Kankan prefecture to the test site 165 miles away in southern Gueckedou.

The blood was stored in a sealed cooler and was being escorted by four Red Cross officials. It is believed the bandits had no idea what it was they were stealing and may have thought there was cash hidden inside the cooler.

Guinea authorities publicly appealed on national radio to the unidentified robbers to hand over the stolen samples that are understood to have been taken from a single person.

The theft underscores how hazards abound and hiccups remain in the aid response, despite millions of dollars’ worth of international support pouring into West Africa to fight a virus now responsible for more than 5,000 deaths.

Guinea Red Cross press officer, Faya Etienne Tolno, explained that the Guinea Red Cross did not have its own vehicles for transport, which explains why a taxi was commissioned.

“We don’t understand why they stole the blood sample. Perhaps they thought there was cash hidden in the flask,” Tolno said.

Dr. Barry Moumie, who heads patient care for the national Ebola response coordination committee, told The Associated Press: “We have informed the security services. If these thieves handle this blood, it will be dangerous.

“I can assure you, however, that the sample-transportation procedures will now be strengthened to avoid such disappointments,” he said.

Ebola, which has killed more than 5,000 people in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, is spread primarily by contact with infected bodily fluids including blood, faeces and vomit.

On Thursday, a doctor in Mali died of Ebola after treating an imam who also succumbed to the disease, taking the total toll in the west African country up to seven, health authorities said.

The World Health Organisation said the virus was “almost certainly re-introduced into Mali by a 70-year-old Grand Imam from Guinea, who was admitted to Bamako’s Pasteur clinic on 25 October and died on 27 October.”

The doctor had been undergoing treatment for Ebola for nearly two weeks, according to the health ministry.

A total of five infections, all of which have proved fatal, were now linked to the imam.

As well as the doctor, they include a male nurse who cared for the imam at the Pasteur clinic, and a 51-year-old friend who came to visit the imam.

A two-year-old girl also died from the disease last month in an unconnected case in the western town of Kayes.

The health ministry said a total of 303 people were under surveillance and had their temperatures taken twice a day.

The Malian government had on Wednesday cited a figure of 413 people being monitored.

The WHO said Wednesday 5,420 people have died from Ebola in the current outbreak, mostly in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

Meanwhile, a Cuban doctor who contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone has arrived in Switzerland for treatment.

The Swiss news agency, SDA, reported on Friday that Felix Baez Sarria arrived on a flight overnight and was transported in a specially outfitted ambulance with a police escort to Geneva University Hospital.

Geneva Canton Dr. Jacques-Andre Romand told the news agency that the 43-year-old Baez was able to disembark the plane on his own, and wore a protective suit and mask.

The doctor’s treatment in Switzerland was organized by the World Health Organisation.

Cuba sent a 165-member medical team to Sierra Leone to help in the fight against the Ebola epidemic.

The World Health Organisation declared on Friday that an outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo was over after no people showed symptoms for two incubation periods since the last case.

The outbreak was separate from the one spreading in West Africa,

“Having reached that 42-day mark, the Democratic Republic of Congo is now considered free of Ebola transmission,” the WHO said in a statement.

There were 49 deaths out of 66 people infected in the remote northwestern Equateur province, authorities said last week.

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Nairaland / General / Govt Houses Costlier Than Nigerian Universities by icnsystem(m): 10:17am On Nov 08, 2014
The cost of building many government houses in Nigeria is far higher than what it takes to build many universities in the country with some state houses gulping as high as nine times more than the cost of building a university, Saturday PUNCH investigation has shown.

It was also discovered that in many states where billions of naira were expended on building bogus and expansive state houses for the first families, universities owned by such state governments were in terrible conditions.

In addition to this, many programmes run by these state universities are yet to be accredited by the National Universities Commission, the regulatory agency for universities in Nigeria, due to lack of fund.

To accredit a programme for study in any university in Nigeria, there are minimum acceptable standards required by the NUC. They include availability of adequate facilities to run the programme as well as minimum number of staff both academic and non-academic.
A former Executive Secretary of the NUC, Prof Peter Okebukola, said, ‘’The requirements are essentially facilities and staff. Both need money to put in place. However, in the case of staff, a long-term investment is needed to procure quality staff.’’

Depending on the number of programmes to be accredited, accreditation of courses, according to him, could gulp between N1.8bn and N2.7bn with science-based courses gulping more money than non-science based courses.
But Saturday PUNCH investigations showed that some states that could hardly afford to spend as low as N800m on accreditation in their universities, spent billions of naira to build state houses for their families.In Bayelsa State for instance, a Government House Complex named “The Glory Land Castle” gulped at least N24bn. The edifice, located in the heart of Yenagoa, the state capital, was initiated by former governors Diepreye Alamieyeseigha and Timipre Sylva.

The same state has begun the construction of a new Governor’s Office project at Government House, Yenagoa, at a cost of N3.8bn according to the state Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Mr. Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo.

Justifying the cost of the project, he described the impressive edifice as one of the best in Nigeria and West Africa with a captivating aesthetic ambience.Paradoxically, there is high level of infrastructural decay at the Niger Delta University being run by the state government.

The Chairman, Academic Staff Union of Universities, Niger Delta University branch, Dr. Tuboukiye Sese, told one of our correspondents on the telephone during the week that lack of infrastructure had been the major problem of the university.

Sese said, “Honestly, the state of infrastructure at NDU is nothing to write home about. Successive administrations in the state have been neglecting the school.

“When the incumbent governor, Seriake Dickson, paid a visit to the university recently, he saw things for himself. The structures in the permanent site of the institution are those provided by TETFUND (Tertiary Education Trust Fund). The governor then awarded contract worth N1.2bn. Unfortunately, up till now, nothing has been done.“In the university, internal roads are non-existent, office space is a sad development and student hostels are in poor state.”

He lamented that due to absence of staff quarters, academic and non-academic workers alike operate from Yenagoa, the state capital, a journey of close to one hour.

Though he could not be specific on the number of programmes in the university that are yet to be accredited, he recalled that many of the university’s programmes were not accredited during the last accreditation exercise.

He said, “We lost quite a number of our programmes during accreditation. This development is giving us cause for concern. As it is, many lecturers risk losing their jobs because of the development as students will not want to go to a school where most of their programmes are not accredited.

“The state government should help us in this direction. The university’s management is running round the clock and using its initiative to ensure the de-accredited courses are accredited.”

In the same vein, the Kaduna State Government has just completed a N9.6bn new Kaduna Government House/ Office Complex that was recently inaugurated by President Goodluck Jonathan. The state Governor, Alhaji mukhtar Ramalan Yero, said the project was executed in six phases.
But shortly after the inauguration, medical students of Kaduna State University stormed the street to protest the non-accreditation of the institution’s medical courses by the NUC. They also protested poor conditions at the Barau Dikko Specialist Hospital, which is supposed to be the university’s teaching hospital.The protesting students lamented that the Faculty of Medicine started since 2008/09 academic session and none of the students had gone beyond 300 levels. According to them, the hospital’s ICU/dialysis centre has been abandoned; the pathology laboratory is not supplied with equipment; and all other works in various departments are moving at a very slow pace.
The spokesperson for the Medical Students Association, Hassan Abu, who called on the state government to address the problem urgently, said a set of medical students had been transferred to Uganda to complete their studies due to inadequate facility at the Barau Dikko Specialist Hospital.

The story is similar in Akwa Ibom State where the government constructed a State House with a sum of N16bn and a Banquet Hall with 500 seating capacity with the sum of N18bn. In other words, N34bn was spent on constructing a state house and banquet hall, according to the state Commissioner for Special Duties, Mr. Enobong Idem.
It was learnt that the state government only released N1.5bn for construction projects, expansion and renovation of academic blocks, including the acquisition of laboratory equipment in the university.

The government was said to have set up a task force headed by the Commissioner for Education, Prof Atim Antai, to execute the projects and guarantee their timely completion.

The NUC between July and August accredited only 11 courses in the institution’s Faculty of Natural and Applied Sciences. Some of the courses are Physics, Mathematics, Statistics, Chemistry, Computer Science, and Geology. Others are Marine Biology, Biotechnology, Microbiology, Botany and Zoology.
Apart from the Faculty of Natural and Applied Sciences, the university also runs courses in other faculties like Business Administration, Arts, and Education, among others. But none of these other courses which are over 40 have been accredited.

While Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, in 2012 said his administration would spend N6bn on the building of a new Government House, Ekiti State former governor Kayode Fayemi borrowed N3.3bn to build a state house.

Both governors justified the huge investment in building the state houses on the need to build befitting edifices for their states. Uduaghan had said, “The current Government House in Asaba has always been a temporary arrangement, not a permanent feature. But we cannot continue to live in a temporary accommodation. We have to do the right thing and do it well.’’

But it was learnt that as of the time Fayemi spent N3.3bn on the state house, the state university was in terrible condition.

According to the Student Union Government President of Ekiti State University, Babatope Ibitola, the institution lacks basic laboratory equipment. He said, “We still lack lecture theatres because the available ones are not sufficient. Our core sciences lack laboratory apparatus except the College of Medicine which is well equipped.” He appealed to the state government to hasten the accreditation process of the college of medicine.

New Kaduna Govt house
New Kaduna Govt house

Investigations by Saturday PUNCH also showed that while it was convenient for states to budget billions of naira to build state houses, governments did not make such bogus budgetary allocations towards establishment of new universities.

For instance, the Federal Government provided just N2bn, about a quarter of what should ordinarily be needed, for the take-off of each of the nine universities it established three years ago.

President Goodluck Jonathan approved N18bn for the nine universities. The sum was among others to assist them in developing their campuses as well as providing administrative blocks, libraries and Information Communications Technology centres. The nine federal universities are located in Jigawa, Katsina, Gombe, Nasarawa, Kogi, Ebonyi, Bayelsa, Ekiti and Taraba states.

Providing insight into what it would cost to establish a new university, the Registrar, Elizade University, Ilara-Mokin, Mr. Omololu Adegbenro, said a minimum of N7bn is required to establish a standard university in Nigeria.

According to him, one of the NUC’s demands from promoters of private universities is that they must have 102 hectares of land. Adegbenro said, “This alone is expensive to acquire. Even if you are starting with two faculties, you will need to construct the faculty buildings. You need at least two halls of residence for the students; one for female and one for male.

“You will also need to build a cafeteria, a library, administrative complex, banking halls, road networks and provide Information Technology facilities, among others. These are huge projects and that is why you need a minimum of N7bn to set up a good private university in Nigeria.

New Ekiti Govt house
New Ekiti Govt house

“You will also need to start with at least four professors; the principal officers and other personnel are also there. The NUC also requires that you must have at least N500m in your account before takeoff.”

A former NUC Executive Secretary, Prof. Peter Okebukola, said though there was no minimum amount specified in the commission’s guidelines for setting up a standard university, there are minimum facilities and human resources that should be available before a university is licensed.

According to him, the minimum amount to set up a university can be estimated from the cost of such facilities and resources. He said the amount was N3bn in 2003, but it is about N5.5bn now.

He, however, said Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State; Landmark University, Omu-Aran, Kwara State; American University of Nigeria, Yola, Adamawa State; and Afe Babalola University had a cost range of between N7bn and N12bn at take-off.

The former NUC executive secretary, however, said it would cost more to accredit science-based courses than non-science courses.

He said, “If we have an admixture of the two which is the typical scenario in most universities, the cost can range between N1.8bn and N2.7bn if the programmes are to be elevated from the denied status.

“In 2004, Kogi State University spent about N900m to get about 20 of its programmes re-accredited. In 2014, a number of universities seeking re-accreditation for about 20 courses are asking their proprietors for about N1.5bn.”

Okebukola, however, blamed the governors’ preference for luxury at the expense of investment in education on members of their state Houses of Assembly who approved money for giant Government Houses.

He said, “Education is a potent tool for fast-paced development and investment in the sector should never be made secondary to luxury. No governor will start using tax payers’ money to build a giant Government House without approval by members of his state House of Assembly who are the representatives of the people.

“The greater concern is not the governor who spends the people’s money on a structure in his state, but those who steal the money to build giant structures in Dubai, the United Kingdom, the United States and South Africa, among others.’’

The Dean, Faculty of Education, University of Lagos, Prof. (Mrs.) Mopelola Omoegun, said, “According to the NUC, it will cost a minimum of N9bn to build a standard university in the country and I think it is not fair for governors to spend almost same amount to build their lodges.

“The state of education in this country will continue to fall if there is no adequate funding. We have been talking about this all the time. What is the root of the falling standard of education? It is inadequate funding. There is need for adequate funding. If our governors will play their politics right, they have to fund this sector well even if they have to sacrifice their comfort for the benefit of all. They should make it viable.

“Some of the state institutions are the direct victims of this menace. That is why it may be difficult to even establish new higher institutions in such states. To all the governors, provide facilities and funds, and we will get the results we want,” she added.

Also, an Abuja-based lawyer and social commentator, Mr. Jide Oluyemi, said it was still unacceptable for a state government to spend billions of naira on building one Government House when the Federal Government gave each of the nine newly established universities N2bn as take-off grant.
source: http://www.punchng.com/news/govt-houses-costlier-than-nigerian-universities/

Politics / Atiku May Collect ₦1 As Salary If Elected As Nigeria's President. by icnsystem(m): 1:45pm On Oct 27, 2014
INDICATIONS emerged at the weekend that presidential aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC); Atiku Abubakar would simply be contented with N1 as his annual salary if he emerges the President of the country.

Already, the former Vice President may have accepted in principle the recommendations of a memo on the subject, ahead of the Policy Retreat Review at the Obasanjo Presidential Library, which gets underway Monday.

The decision, according to The Guardian’s source is predicated on the avowed commitment of the leading APC presidential to “give back to Nigeria for all that the country has done for him.”

Atiku had at the declaration of his intent to contest the 2015 presidential election said he would continue to give back to Nigeria for as long as he is able and capable.

The source confided in The Guardian that the balance of the salary that would have accrued to Atiku Abubakar should he emerge as President will be deployed to people-oriented charities of his choice.

“I believe that Turaki may be considering taking a token salary of N1 not because he is endowed like so many others but to underscore his preparedness to make personal sacrifices in the quest to rebuild and reinvent our dear country and by so doing engender a culture of sacrifice in his envisaged administration,” the source said.

However, when contacted Mallam Garba Shehu, Coordinator of Atiku Media Office said he was unaware of this development. He, however, said that nothing is off the table at the policy review retreat.

Meanwhile, the Policy Review Retreat promised by Atiku at the unveiling of his economic policy in Abuja October 15 kicks off on Monday at the Obasanjo Presidential Library in Abeokuta the Ogun State capital.


Nairaland / General / Nigerians Are Missing My Late Father –abacha’s Daughter by icnsystem(m): 8:05am On Oct 03, 2014
Gumsu, daughter of the late maximum ruler, Gen. Sani Abacha, has claimed that Nigerians have been missing her father’s dictatorial leadership.

The late dictator’s daughter stated that she came to this conclusion after having closely monitored people’s comments on the trends of political events via social media.

Writing on her Twitter page, Gumsu claimed that “all of a sudden” she now also misses her late father.

“All of a sudden I miss my late father. And I realise that Nigerians miss his leadership everyday when I read people’s comments on social media.

“Whatever you think remains your opinion. He was a loving and caring father. He had a good heart. He was the best ever.

“Happy 54th Independence Day to all my Nigerian brothers and sisters. We shall keep rising! May our nation’s tomorrow be brighter, stronger, prosperous, and safer,” a series of messages on Gumsu’s Twitter page read.

Meanwhile, the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, ‘’’ Muazu, has lamented that poor Nigerians fight themselves in a bid to protect the interest of politicians.

According to Muazu, members of the ruling class whom the “poor and helpless” fight their cause are more united in achieving their political dreams.

In his Independence Day message, the PDP national leader said the masses must reject the “divide and rule” method of the ruling class.

Unity of the masses, he argued, was not in words, adding that Nigerians should begin showing it in actions as the nation celebrates her 54th Independence from colonial rule.

“The disunity and division in our nation are more visible among the poor and the helpless. Even those who divide you are united.

“Unity is not in words, it is in action. Patriotism is not for the lips, it is shown by your actions.

“Reject their divide- and-rule methodology and Nigeria will remain one indivisible entity strong and glorious.

“Happy 54th Independence Day, my great nation. Usman, have you called Tolu to tell him you appreciate him and that he is your brother wishing him ‘happy independence’?

“Make few calls across borders, reach out today and reassure them of your love, respect, admiration and loyalty,” the PDP national chairman preached.

A former Governor of Kwara State, Dr. Bukola Saraki, on his part, said both the masses and the ruling class must continue to work and pray for a better Nigeria.

Saraki, who represents the Kwara Central Senatorial District at the National Assembly, expressed optimism that “a lot of good can and will come out of Nigeria.”

Describing it as a great country, Saraki noted that the heroes and heroines worked for the unity of Nigeria as well as the health and safety of the Nigerian people.

“How often do you remember the real heroes and heroine of the battle against Ebola in Nigeria? Truly, we must not forget the real heroes and heroines that fought and won the battle against Ebola in Nigeria

“Happy 54th Independence Day. We must continue to work and pray for a better Nigeria. I pay homage to the gallant soldiers who have died in defence of our sovereignty and heroes that have worked to maintain our democracy.

“I salute the soldiers on battlefield confronting our enemies to make sure that at every October 1st, we can come together to commemorate our independence.

“I remember Chibok girls, who as of today, have been in clutches of the enemy for 170 days. One hundred and seventy days is 170 days too many,” he explained.

The former governor, however, lamented that he was being harassed by politicians aspiring to hold various political offices ahead of the 2015 general elections.

According to him, many of the politicians who have since shown interest in the All Progressives Congress as a platform to aspire their dreams, seek his support without getting their constituency’s backing.

“I keep getting SMS, tweets and calls about candidates interested in different offices. I say to you, ‘Go back home and let people recommend you.

“Anyone who believes in me should be with my people all the time. Not those that come back four months to election. The people must recommend you.

“APC politicians that want to contest in 2015, endeavour to be heavyweight at home and not only in great hall. No automatic ticket for anyone.

“No one is perfect, including my humble self, but continuously, I have tried to improve on a daily basis with the support of my people. We will put forward credible candidates,” Saraki added.


Sports / ‘glamour Model’ Fooled Into Giving Birth To Fake Footballer’s Child by icnsystem(m): 10:42pm On Sep 29, 2014
A wannabe WAG claims she was conned into believing her boyfriend was Hull City captain Curtis Davies for 18 months – and only realised she'd been duped hours before giving birth to the fraudster’s child.

Josie Cunningham – who is best known for having undergone nearly £5,000 worth of cosmetic bosom enhancement surgery on the NHS – says she was “manipulated” into having a relationship with a man pretending to be the Premier League defender.

And she is now having his baby, having gone into labour at the weekend.

Davies, who has played for West Brom, Aston Villa, Leicester and Birmingham, is hardly a celebrity footballer, making this story even more absurd.

A journeyman centre-back who has spent his career between the top flight and the Championship, Davies said he was "disappointed" in the story, which had "no legs."

Cunningham, 24, claimed she was “physically fooled” by the man, who she says is a Davies look-a-like, after he sent her photos of the 29-year-old while romancing her online.

The pair went on to have a relationship, meeting for sex in hotels, with Cunningham telling friends she was dating an unnamed Premier League star. They did not believe her, but she insisted she had bedded the star.

She only realised he was a fraud just before entering labour this weekend.

“I feel so dirty, ashamed and devastated. I've been completely manipulated by a man for 18 months pretending to be a Premiership footballer,” she said in a lengthy statement to nearly 56,000 Twitter followers.

“We weren’t in a full-blown relationship, so I didn’t see him too much. That’s how he managed to keep the lie going.

“I know I’m not that clever.”

Josie's Twitter account also features several screenshots from Facebook, where she explained the fraud in full, and some more explicit references to their relationship.

She also apologised to friend and manager Rob Cooper, who she admits warned her of the possibility that her boyfriend was not who he claimed to be.

Cunningham rejected his advice, even after asking the man to Tweet her, which he did from a clearly fake account.

It is a bizarre tale exposing the desperation for fame in modern society, and the submission of some young women to footballers, not to mention the dangers of social media and online dating.

There is also a melancholy to her comments – the lack of self confidence, the willingness to define herself by a secret relationship with a middle-ranking footballer, the dating website she has set up, tragically named "Pull the Pig".

Davies, who lives with his long-term partner, is understood to have never met Cunningham


Food / Restaurant Owner Admits To Lacing Customers’ Noodles With Opium To Get Them Hook by icnsystem(m): 3:21pm On Sep 26, 2014
The owner of a noodle restaurant in Shaanxi in China has confessed to adding opium to his dishes in order to ensure customers would keep coming back.

The noodles seasoned with an ingredient used to make opium were discovered when Liu Juyou tested positive for drugs during a routine urine test by traffic police, according to the Xi’an Evening News.

Juyou was adamant he hadn’t taken drugs and started to suspect the noodle shop he’d eaten at hours before. Relatives who also ate there took drug tests, and all came back positive.

According to the Hua Shang Bao daily via the BBC, the restaurant owner named Zhang, admitted to buying poppy buds containing seeds and crushed them into a powder to spread on his noodles. The powder, if it is allowed to build up, can give a positive drug test.


Health / Ebola:don Recommends Insects As Substitute For `bush Meat’ by icnsystem(m): 3:40pm On Sep 16, 2014
Prof. Chukwunenye Anene, on Tuesday advised Nigerians to harness insects as alternative rich sources of protein to other sources of protein or `bush meat’ causing Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).

Anene, who is the Dean, Faculty of Natural Sciences in Anambra State University, gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Igbariam near Onitsha, Anambra.

The don said that with targeted research it would be possible to convert and harness some insects to produce rich protein for a very large population.

Anene, who is a Professor of Entomology and Insect Pest Management, noted that it was regrettable that very delicious and well-known sources of protein (animal meats) in Africa, especially West Africa, are today dreaded by people.

“Insects should no longer be called pests but treated fairly as food substances and alternative source of protein.

“And where the regular protein from meat is been jettisoned by many, insect could as well replace these sources of protein for man.

“So there is a need for a co-ordinated research in this direction since it had been found out that some insects, which are helpful to man, have high protein content,’’ he said.

Anene, however, urged humans to stop the indiscriminate killing of insects as they play vital role in the existence of man.

The don also advised to health workers not to subdue all insects at the same time through their in-door and out-door non-selective residual spraying as well as other unhealthy environmental practices.

Some Africans, especially those in the West Africa, have stopped eating animal meat from the wild (bush meat), which is an available and rich source of protein, due to the EVD traceable to some wild animals.

WHO has reported that the disease has claimed the lives of about 2,500 people in the West African region since it broke-out in March.
- See more at: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2014/09/ebola-don-recommends-insects-as-substitute-for-bush-meat/#sthash.XBVNGKe5.dpuf
Crime / Man rapes man in Lagos by icnsystem(m): 7:09am On Sep 16, 2014
A terrifying ordeal occurred in Lagos last month when a man held down another man and raped him, a police prosecutor told an Abule Egba Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.

The prosecutor, Insp. Racheal Williams alleged that the accused had drugged his victim before raping him.

“When the complainant woke up, his anus was paining him and there was some left-over Fluid in it,’’ she said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the accused, 38-year-old Sali Malu, a gatekeeper, lives at 31, Peace Estate, Ipaja, a suburb of Lagos.

He is facing a two-count charge of sexual assault and causing a breach of peace.

The accused pleaded not guilty to the charge of raping a fellow gatekeeper (names withheld) and breach of peace.

Williams said the offences were committed on March 23 in the house of the accused.

“The complainant (names withheld), who is also a gatekeeper in the estate, went to the room of the accused to charge his phone.

“The accused gave him food to eat. The man did not know that the food had been laced with drug.

“After eating the food, he slept off only to wake up to the reality that he had been raped,’’ she told the court.

The offences, according to the prosecutor, contravene Section 166 (d) and 259 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

Ruling on the bail application of the accused, the Magistrate, Tajudeen Elias, granted the accused a bail of N500, 000 with two sureties in like sum.

The case has been adjourned to May 5 for mention. (NAN)
- See more at: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2014/04/man-rapes-man-lagos/#sthash.dSKbsTgf.dpuf
Health / “ewedu” Can Prevent And Cure Ebola – LUTH Consultant by icnsystem(m): 11:59pm On Sep 04, 2014
A consultant at the Lagos University Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, Professor Adebukola Ositelu, has said Ewedu ‎which is known in English as the Long-Fruited vegetable, is capable of preventing and curing the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) by boosting the immune system.

Ositelu stated this at the annual African Traditional Medicine Day organised by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) on Thursday, at Ikeja, Lagos.

According to her, the vegetable had a high potency to boost the immune system such that it’s usage would prevent an individual from being infected with Ebola, or get rid of the virus in the case of an infected person.

She, however, noted that chances of being cured by an intake of Ewedu when a victim has gotten to the stage of vomiting was low, but could still be administered.

Ositelu, who is a professor of ‎Ophthalmology at the University of Lagos, Akoka (UNILAG), said to administer the ‘treatment’, the Ewedu should be rinsed thoroughly with liquid vinegar “blend and cook with drinkable water, without adding salt or kaun (pottash) or any other ingredients; then take a 25cl or half a tumbler measure once a week, first thing in the morning before any meal” for prevention, adding that those already infected should take it every morning for seven to five days.


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Health / 9 Things You Didn't Know About Sperm by icnsystem(m): 12:57pm On Aug 19, 2014
We've all heard the rumors about sperm--pineapple, hot tubs, ladies who are allergic. But what's the truth? We consulted the experts for the facts:

It's Fast and Furious, Right from the Start

Get this: The first moment of expulsion contains the highest concentration of sperm, says board-certified urologist Dr. Harry Fisch, clinical professor of reproductive medicine at Weill Medical College of Cornell University.

It Sticks Around Longer Than You Think

Sperm typically stays in your body for 48 hours after sex, however, "it can hang around for as long as five days to a week," depending on how "friendly" your cervical mucus is, says Fisch. Interestingly, cervical mucus protects sperm and helps it stay longer in the body around ovulation, when you're most fertile.

Lots of Sex or self-service Won't Lower a Guy's Sperm Count

Don’t worry, he doesn’t have a limited supply of swimmers that he's going to use up, says reproductive endocrinologist Dr. Carrie Wambach, from Southern California Reproductive Center in Los Angeles. That said, frequent expulsion may lower the volume, but if he generally has a normal sperm count this shouldn't make much of an impact, she says.

Temperature CAN Lower His Sperm Count

Apparently, his Fluid fluctuates with the seasons. "Sperm count tends to be lowest in summer months and highest in winter months," says Fisch, because exposure to heat lessens sperm count. Overheating can include anything as seemingly innocuous as your man having a hot Macbook on his lap or as obvious as the two of you relaxing in a hot tub. "In a Jacuzzi 104 degrees and higher, sperm count can decrease dramatically," warns Fisch. In fact, this decrease can last for months after extreme overexposure to high temps. "I tell my patients, if you're trying to have kids, don't go into hot tubs." Of course, don't assume you're totally safe from getting pregnant after you take a dip, either. "It's not birth control," he laughs.

Pineapple Isn't Proven to Make Him Taste Better

Unfortunately, scientists haven't tested this one out yet (can somebody get on that, though?). Fluid does contain fructose (naturally occurring sugar), giving it a slightly sweet taste, but there's never been a real study on the connection between foods a guy eats and the taste of his swimmers, says Fisch. However, this rumor has a ton of anecdotal evidence, so if it seems to work for your partner, we say go ahead and grab the pineapple.

Male and Female Sperm are Created Equal

Sperm either have the X or Y chromosome, but their chances of making it don’t differ, says Fisch. The idea that one type is more resilient or swims faster than the other is just a myth.

MORE: The Weird Thing That Can Mess with a Man's Fertility

It's Super Rare to Be Allergic to Sperm

We've all heard that women can be allergic to sperm, causing inflammation or redness, but both Fisch and Wambach say that it's very, very rare to be allergic. "I'd look to other factors, like a vaginal infection, first," says Fisch. There has also been one study on a sexually transmitted allergy to Brazil nuts (where a woman had an allergic reaction to her partner's sperm after he ate the nuts). But again, cases like this are extremely rare. In the unusual case you are diagnosed as allergic, wearing a condom can prevent irritation.

Sperm Has a Pretty Intense Journey Before the Grand Finale

It takes about two and a half months to prep all the sperm expelled in the average expulsion. It initially forms in the testicles then moves up to the epididymis. Then fully formed sperm travels through the vas deferens and swings by the seminal vesicles where it mixes with a fluid to form Fluid. Finally, the prostate adds the last little bit of fluid before expulsion.

Your Guy's Health Affects His Sperm

"Sperm may be healthier for men under 40," says Wambach. "And they'll definitely be healthier in men who avoid things like smoking, a high-fat diet, and environmental toxins." So if you're considering starting or expanding your family, keep that in mind.


Nairaland / General / Al-qaeda Theme For Recruiting Jihadist & Suicide Bombers by icnsystem(m): 11:31pm On Jul 31, 2014
Terrorist bait for recruiting Suicide Bombers:
“Life is nothing compared with life you will lead as a holy warrior; that real men do jihad; and if you do end up getting "martyred" in any holy war,for you in paradise, a tree will pick the fruit off of itself and hand it to you and this paradise will welcome you with beautiful women. These women are so beautiful,pure that you would die again from their beauty”



Fact About Human:

Throughout human history,from pre-historic period down to modern era,human being has been credited as been the most rational,distinctive,intelligent,discerning and superior to other creatures on earth.

My Question:

With all aforementioned outstanding attributes then how come some human being (even the highly educated) belief in this terrorists' irrational and akward philosphy?


Intellectual contributions to this topic will be highly appreciated.
Nairaland / General / Re: Second Wedding For 9-year-old Boy & His 61-year-old Wife by icnsystem(m): 7:23pm On Jul 29, 2014
Click the link to see the video recording of the wedding.,Some cultures are simply astonishingly very negative
Nairaland / General / Second Wedding For 9-year-old Boy & His 61-year-old Wife by icnsystem(m): 6:02pm On Jul 29, 2014
A nine-year-old schoolboy has become one of the world’s youngest grooms for the second time – marrying his 62-year-old wife again. Looking a little taller in last year’s silvery tuxedo, baby faced Saneie Masilela clutched the hand of Helen Shabangu as they repeated their vows one year on. Last year the boy, from nearby Tshwane, tied the knot with bride Helen after claiming he had been told by his dead ancestors to wed. Shockingly his family took the message from the heavens seriously and hurriedly forked out £500 for the bride and a further £1,000 for the big day. The second marriage ceremony was this time held at the home of the blushing bride in Ximhungwe in Mpumalanga, South Africa, in front of around 100 guests. Wide-eyed residents looked on as the married mother-of-five shared a piece of cake, a toast and even a kiss with her young groom Sanele – and long-term husband Alfred Shabangu, 66.
Romance / Will You Accept An Invitation To Attend Gay Wedding? by icnsystem(m): 10:35am On Dec 24, 2013
As the gale of same sex marriage is spreading across western world and beyond.It's gradually becoming a reality that an invitation to attend one of this unusual wedding will be extended to an African residing in this clime.Of course,every human being is a product of his/her environment.since we are part of every society we find ourselves,there is no way we can exist in isolation without interacting with people of other cultures,orientations and belief systems in place of work,business or daily activities.Invitations come in different forms,it could be birthday,naming,funeral,graduation,wedding ceremony,e.t.c,
But what if it is an invitation to attend a gay wedding?As an African how would you handle this situation especially if the person inviting you is very very dear to you?

Politics / North Korea Leader Execute His Uncle by icnsystem(m): 2:59pm On Dec 13, 2013
(CNN) -- As the shock sinks in of North Korea's extraordinary announcement of the execution of leader Kim Jong Un's uncle and former protector, government officials and analysts are trying to decipher what the brutal move means.

The ruthless disposal of Jang Song Thaek -- Kim's uncle by marriage who had, until recently, been regarded as the second-most powerful figure in the secretive, nuclear-armed nation -- has serious implications for North Korea, its neighbors and the United States, observers said.

But exactly what is going on inside the notoriously opaque North Korea regime remains as murky as ever.

"We don't have a clear sense of this at all," said Victor Cha, a senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies who represented the United States in nuclear talks with North Korea.

Romance / Man Padlock Lover's Blue Jean by icnsystem(m): 3:51pm On Oct 08, 2013

A man in Mexico has been charged by police for padlocking his girlfriend jeans to prevent her from having affair with another man.
Religion / Re: Which Is Your Best Gospel Songs And Artists? by icnsystem(m): 6:05pm On Oct 06, 2013


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Nairaland / General / Male Prostitution Causes Rise In Sale Of Pampers In Kenyan by icnsystem(m): 9:11pm On Aug 20, 2013
Addis Ababa – The Police in Kenya said Tuesday said they were battling to contain a new trend of commercial sex tourism that targets young boys in the coastal towns of the country .
The reports monitored from a local radio station, quoted Police as saying the trend had caused the rise in the sale pampers in the region due to the rising health problems among boys indulging in the act.
Malindi sub county Deputy Police Commissioner, Joshua Nkanatha told Kenya local radio that boys from poor families were being lured into the trade by rich male tourists.
The Police official said the situation had lead to an increase in number of cases of HIV/AIDS spread in the area.
“A survey we conducted shows that boys engaging in sexual activities with male tourists are buying pampers because they can no longer hold their stool, “Nkanatha said.
Nkanatha, who spoke during a Public Baraza at HGM primary school, Malindi said “male prostitution had become high
in Malindi and contributing to increased cases of HIV and AIDS.
He urged educated and concerned members of the public to take up the responsibility of enlightening the youths
about the health risks of engaging in the vice.
Malindai is a resort town on the outskirt of Nairobi, the Kenyan Capital which attracts Tourists from within and outside Africa.
Fashion / Re: Eniola Badmus' New Look by icnsystem(m): 6:40pm On Aug 14, 2013
There is nothing wrong with this Lady physically and mentally.To be extra large is not a sickness,crime or disadvantage.
Good education should always compel us to accept others for who they are.One thing i admire so much about this lady is her strong sense of personal identity,with this quality,haters can go to hell.Fly Baby Girl!The sky is not your limit,God is....

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Sports / O-U-T-R-A-G-E-O-U-S!: Soccer Team Wins 79 – 0, Another 67 – 0 - See More At: Htt by icnsystem(m): 7:37am On Jul 10, 2013
This is Nigeria in his true colour and character.We are in the guinness book of record again for laughable and unbelievable reason
Read on Nairalanders:
Politics / Re: Katsina Has Highest Rate Of Teenage Pregnancy — NPC by icnsystem(m): 4:17pm On Jul 09, 2013
That is more delinquency and a very veritable tools for boko-haram's recruitments...May God save Nigeria
Nairaland / General / How Would You React If You Discovered That Your Only Son Is A Gay? by icnsystem(m): 10:31pm On Jun 13, 2013
A Nigerian Family friend of mine from French city of Lyon are going through emotional trauma now because their only son is a confirmed gay.Their son,aged 20 is now living with his partner (A man),they now planning to legalise their union by getting married this december.The boy seems very happy and fulfilled but his parents especially his dad is gradually going insane about his only son sexual orientation.Though his two younger sisters are doing very well in school but his dad considered him as a natural heir and symbol his struggle.
His parents attempts at making him to change his attitudes towards same sex backfired as the poor boy see such parental intervention as threats to his freedom of choice and liberty.
To restrain his parents and protect his privacy the boy is now armed with court order restraining his parents at least 100 meters square from him and banning them from calling or chatting with him.Nairalanders, if this boy is your only son how would you react?
Family / Re: Raising A Child To Speak English In Nigeria: Is It Proper? by icnsystem(m): 3:35pm On May 06, 2013
It's widely believed in the west that sub-sahara African lack strong sense of identity.Though as a black African i found this analysis very insulting and repulsive.But a careful reflection and study of our society will attest to the authenticity of this claim.Nowhere across the world are kids forced to speak foreign languages and culture at the expense of mother's tongue at home.
Even ex-British colonies of India,pakistan,west-indies,e.t.c, children are raised with native language and culture thereby giving them very strong sense of identity.But Today,it's only in sub-sahara Africa,we have these backward mentality that equates fluency in English as measure of intelligent quotient.That is the biggest lie and propaganda.A sub-Sahara African child raised at home with native language and culture fare better in life intellectually & morally than the kids raised entirely with western values and language.Conduct an empirical research before antagonising me.
Back in my days in school, we were told that speaking our native language was vernacular and we pay fine if anyone is caught speaking native language in class.That's the greatest fraud and blackmail accepted by our parents because they lack sense of identity.Most socio-cultural values of sub-sahara Africa origin are fast vanishing because our parents denied us values that reflect our heritage through native language.We know that written tradition is easier to pass to next generation than oral tradition.That's sub-sahara's misfortune
Even if you have FIRST CLASS PHD in English or other foreign language there are still core socio-cultural values you cannot decipher from these foreign language.Not until i travelled to Europe,i never knew that the white man blackmailed us by telling us our language was vernacular and speaking queens English is sign of intelligence and accomplishments.What a fraud


Investment / Re: Nigerian Stocks That Make You Happy All The Time by icnsystem(m): 11:55pm On May 04, 2013
Politics / Breaking News: Taraba Speaker,his Deputy Impeached by icnsystem(m): 4:06pm On Apr 22, 2013
Reports from Taraba State, indicate that the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Istifanus Gbana, and his deputy have been impeached.
The former speaker and his deputy were removed by 17 out of the 24 members of the Assembly. Both men did not attend Monday’s sitting.

Investment / Re: GtBank & First Bank Dividends In 2013 by icnsystem(m): 11:56pm On Mar 22, 2013
And how much dividends and bonus Zenith Bank is paying this year?I doubt if anybody knows
Foreign Affairs / President Obama's Inaugural Address by icnsystem(m): 11:58pm On Jan 21, 2013
We do not believe that in this country freedom is reserved for the lucky, or happiness for the few. We recognize that no matter how responsibly we live our lives, any one of us at any time may face a job loss, or a sudden illness, or a home swept away in a terrible storm. The commitments we make to each other through Medicare and Medicaid and Social Security, these things do not sap our initiative, they strengthen us. (Applause.) They do not make us a nation of takers; they free us to take the risks that make this country great. (Applause.)


Politics / Re: Pictures Of Nigerian Troops Arrival In Mali by icnsystem(m): 5:21pm On Jan 18, 2013
This is not the time to criticize our military in Mali.If we refuse to discourage these Jihadist from spreading their campaign of terror,Nigeria and the whole Africa will surely pay huge price for sitting on the fence.
Our Troops should be supported,encouraged and well motivated to perform this supreme price of securing our peaceful co-existence and future.This is not the time to talk from both side of the mouth on security issues.Our sense of communal survival should be stronger than ever because,we are all in this together.We have decided to send our Son,Daugther,Brother,uncle,cousin,niece,sister,e.t.c,in "HARM'S WAY".Criticizing them now is tantamount to exposing their flanks to terrorists.
My prayer is that non of our military men in Mali should die,kidnapped or held hostage in terrorist or enermy(s)den.As a citizen of this great nation,i personally share their Joy and Pain in the battle to secure our freedom..WE SHALL NEVER MOURN THEM BUT CELEBRATE AND SAVOUR THEIR SWEET VICTORY.Because through their supreme sacrifice our Freedom to worship the supreme being in whatever way we damned fit is surely guaranteed.GOD BLESS THESE MEN & WOMEN OF GREAT ENCOURAGE


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