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Buhari returns today, to address Nigerians Monday

President Muhammadu Buhari who has been receiving medical attention in London, the United Kingdom since May 7 is expected back in Nigeria today. According to a report by Punch,  he is also scheduled to address Nigerians in a nationwide broadcast on Monday. His Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, disclosed this in a statement made available to journalists on Saturday morning. buhari-body-guard
The statement read, “President Muhammadu Buhari returns to the country later today, after receiving medical attention in London. “The President had left the country on May 7, this year, after handing over power to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who has functioned as Acting President since then. “President Buhari is expected to speak to Nigerians in a broadcast by 7 a.m on Monday, August 21, 2017. “He thanks all Nigerians who have prayed ceaselessly for his recovery and well-being since the beginning of the health challenge.”

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Lassa Fever spreads to Kwara State

Sulyman Alege, the Kwara State Commissioner for Health has confirmed one case of Lassa fever in Babanla community of Ifelodun Local Government Area of the state. He briefed journalists in his office today announcing that out of the five samples sent to Virology unit of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, only one of a ten-year-old boy tested positive.

  He added he has sent his medical team to the area to monitor the patient and those who had contact with him. According to the Commissioner, isolation centres will be created at Omu Aran general hospital for the patient which is closer to the community and appealed to the people of the state not to panic as the government will do everything to ensure their safety.
 Meanwhile, a new Lassa fever case was identified last Thursday at  LUTH among the doctors, who first had close contact with the index case, even as 65 others are still under watch. Disclosing this while giving an update on the Lassa fever cases at the hospital, the Chief Medical Director, Prof Chris Bode, said the patient, a female, had already commenced treatment and is expected to recover fully very soon. Bode, who noted that psychological and other supports had also been provided, added that her family contacts were closely being monitored.
He also said that 70 of the contacts being followed up had also been let off, having completed their period of observation. “Last week, we reported the deaths of two patients who had been brought to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital and were later diagnosed with Lassa fever. “Three doctors who closely attended to the first patient later tested positive for the disease and were admitted while 135 other contacts have been followed up.

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10-year-old rape victim gives birth to baby girl

A 10-year-old rape victim whose plea for an abortion was rejected by India’s Supreme Court has given birth to a baby girl, a doctor said Thursday.

The girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was raped several times allegedly by an uncle who has since been arrested. Last month her parents asked the country’s top court to allow her to have a late-term abortion but the request was turned down. Indian law does not allow medical terminations after 20 weeks unless there is a threat to either the life of the mother or her child.“She gave birth through C-section today (Thursday). Both the girl and her baby are doing fine,” doctor Dasari Harish told AFP by phone from the northern Indian city of Chandigarh. “The surgery was uneventful. There were no complications whatsoever. The baby weighed 2.2 kilos (4.8 pounds) and is in the neonatal ICU for now.” The Press Trust of India news agency said the girl was unaware that she had delivered a child and the parents had decided to put the baby up for adoption. Her parents have told her that she had a stone in her stomach and had undergone surgery to remove it, PTI said. India has a grim record of sexual assaults on minors with 20,000 cases of rape or sexual assaults reported in 2015, according to government data.  

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Strange illness kills 62 people in Kogi State

Kogi state Commissioner for Health, Dr Saka Audu says an unknown illness has struck residents of the state leaving at least 62 people dead.

The strange illness which was initially thought to be Lassa fever by many people because it has some symptoms that are similar to Lassa fever such as diarrhea, abdominal pain, and vomiting but apparently its something different. According to reports, the worst hit community is Okoloke in Yagba West Local Government Area of the state. Other areas are Okunran and Isanlu-Esa – both villages in Yagba West LGA.  With over 60 people dead and Lassa fever ruled out as a cause, the government has taken samples of the disease and is hoping to identify the illness as quickly as possible to prevent more deaths, says the commissioner.

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Dangote to invest $50bn in US, Europe

Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, plans to invest $50bn in the United States and Europe by 2025, in renewable energy and petrochemicals. This is coming after completing almost $5bn of agricultural projects and an $11bn oil refinery in Nigeria. He confirmed the planned investment in an interview with Bloomberg Markets Magazine.
“Beginning in 2020, 60 per cent of our future investments will be outside Africa, so we can have a balance,” said Dangote, who is worth $11.1bn, according to Bloomberg’s Billionaires Index. dangote 9 Dangote Group would consider investment in Asia and Mexico, but would focus mainly on the US and Europe, he said, adding that, “I think renewable energy is the way to go forward, and the future. We are looking at petrochemicals but can also invest in other companies.” According to the report, Dangote has diversified rapidly in the last five years, both geographically and into new industries. He has expanded the Dangote Cement Plc, which accounts for almost 80 per cent of his wealth, into nine African countries aside from Nigeria. In 2015, he began building a 650,000 barrel-a-day refinery near Lagos, and he is constructing gas pipelines, connecting to Lagos from the Niger Delta with the US private equity firms Carlyle Group LP and Blackstone Group LP.             

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Libya repatriates 135 Nigerian migrants

Libyan authorities on Thursday repatriated 135 Nigerian migrants, including women and children, who had made failed attempts to cross the Mediterranean to Europe, an official said.
“We are organising… the voluntary repatriation of 135 clandestine Nigerian migrants who were rescued offshore by the coastguard,” said Hosni Abu Ayanah of the Libyan government agency tackling illegal migration. The first group of 75 men and 10 women gathered Thursday in downtown Tripoli to board buses with metal grills towards the capital’s Mitiga airport. Others were set to depart from other migrant detention centres. The Libyan authorities have coordinated with the International Organization for Migration to run special flights to repatriate migrants, mostly from sub-Saharan Africa. Ever since the rule of longtime dictator Moamer Kadhafi, thousands of people have crossed Libya’s 5,000-kilometre (3,000-mile) southern border to make perilous bids to reach Europe in often unseaworthy boats. Following the 2011 NATO-backed revolt that toppled and killed Kadhafi, people traffickers have exploited the chaos rocking Libya to transport ever more migrants towards Italy, 300 kilometres away. Those who fail often end up stuck in Libya in dire conditions and opt to be repatriated.  

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Lagos ranked 2nd world’s least liveable city

Lagos State, Nigeria’s commercial capital, has been ranked as second world’s least liveable city. It ranked second behind Damascus in an annual report by The Economist, which placed Melbrourne, Australia, as the world’s most liveable city for the seventh year running. The Lagos rating was a fall from the third position from the bottom as contained in the 2016 report.
The 2017 ‘Global Liveability Report’, which was released on Wednesday by The Economist’sIntelligence Unit, stated that terrorism and diplomatic tensions were eroding living conditions worldwide. The report was premised on the criteria of stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure. The “overall rating” of Lagos State stood at 36 per cent with stability, pegged at 10 per cent; healthcare, 37.5 per cent; culture and environment, 53.5 per cent; education, 33.3 per cent and infrastructure, 46.4 per cent. Agence France Presse reports that conflict and terrorism were the major factors responsible for those cities finishing on the bottom of the survey. “Violent acts of terrorism have been reported in many countries, including Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, France, Pakistan, Sweden, Turkey, the UK and the US. “While not a new phenomenon, the frequency and spread of terrorism have increased noticeably and become even more prominent,” the report added. Melbrourne, the Australian city was ranked number one out of 140 cities, slightly ahead of the Austrian capital Vienna, with the Canadian trio of Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary completing the top five. The survey revealed that medium-sized cities in wealthy countries fared best. “These can foster a range of recreational activities without leading to high crime levels or overburdened infrastructure,” the report said. Major hubs like New York, London, Paris and Tokyo which were hives of activity reportedly lost points due to high levels of crime and overcrowded public transport.

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Marriage Dilemma: Ooni of Ife’s marriage crash

Its disheartening to see marriages crashing these days both short term and long term. How can a young marriage of less than two years develop issues so suddenly? Where there cracks in the relationship  and courtship foundation? Yesterday there were various reports online that the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi's marriage to his wife Olori Wuraola has crashed after just 17 months.
A few weeks ago, he told his wife he was no longer interested in the marriage and asked her to leave. The former Olori has relocated from Osun state and now lives in Lagos.
So what led to the marriage break up? Here's the report from LIB
The Ooni married Olori Wuraola shortly after meeting her last year. According to sources close to the estranged couple, after he ascended the throne, a wife was needed asap and he was introduced to Wuraola, who at the time was with a Lebanese business man. But immediately the Ooni indicated interest to marry her, she quickly dumped the Lebanese man and went with the new Ooni.
"She was with this guy in February 2016, infact she had their photo on her Whatsapp DP and just the following month, in March, she was married to the Ooni. The funny thing is; the Ooni was advised not to marry her. Former president Obasanjo himself, who regards the Ooni highly, advised him to marry someone else but the Ooni turned a deaf ear to his plea. She had been married before to a former governor and a Lebanese man, so many of his inner circle friends wanted another woman for him, but he was adamant" the source continued.
We gathered that the Olori still ran to the same Obasanjo for help and advise, when the Ooni threatened to marry another wife. Obasanjo didn't do much according to what we gathered.
According to another source, Olori Wuraola and the Ooni didn't court for long and didn't really know each other that well before getting married. And she went into the marriage with high expectations from the new Ooni, but when those expectations were not met, she allegedly started to act up.
"They have been having issues for many months now. But the Ooni finally knew his marriage to Wuraola was nearing its end after they returned from London in March.
While there, he suspected the Olori was not 100% loyal to him after he saw some text messages on her phone. I wish I could go into details of what he saw. Before then, she had done so many things, including traveling abroad to be by herself, and many other things that the Ooni was bitter about" the source continued.
According to what we gathered, after the Olori staged the walk against domestic violence in Lagos in July, the Ooni told a few friends that his marriage to the Olori was over, but it wasn't until about two weeks ago that he informed her family that he no longer wanted the marraige and asked the Olori to leave.
LIB asked the source how they could have been having marital issues as far back as March 2017 when the Ooni sent out a loving birthday shout out to the Olori in April. The source laughed and said
"Everyone who knows the Ooni knows he would never write that kind of message publicly. We know him. He himself was surprised to see the message online on her birthday but didn't react, not to embarrass her. The Olori wrote the message herself and posted it on his IG page. I can assure you that message was not from the Ooni"
The message read:
“Happy birthday to my beautiful wife, my queen. I pray on this day you continue to increase in strength, grace and wisdom. I love you very much”
When we asked the source if they thought the marriage could be save, he said no!
"It's final. He's done with the marriage but don't be surprised if there's a media battle betweem them, especially from the Olori".
 

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Obama’s tweet becomes third most-liked with 2.4m likes

A tweet by ex-President Barack Obama condemning the Saturday racial killing in Charlottesville, American State of Virginia, has received 2.4 million likes and still counting.

While his successor, President Donald Trump, was silent on Twitter, refusing to address the violent clash between hate groups and protesters for hours, the much-beloved ex-president Obama had shared three powerful messages, one of which was in the form of a Nelson Mandela quote about hate and the human potential to love. He wrote: “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion…” This tweet alone gathered 39,000 responses, 1.0 million retweets, and 2.4 million likes, making it the third most-liked tweet in history, according to Esquire magazine. He then did two quick follow-ups, with one of them quoting late ex-South African President Nelson Mandela, who had said, “…For love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”
See the tweets:

"No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion..."

"People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love..."

"...For love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite." - Nelson Mandela

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FG shortlists 300,000 youths for capacity building in renewable energy

Nigeria’s youth unemployment, estimated at 40 million youths would soon drop as the Federal Government has short listed 300,000 youths for immediate training and engagement. The youths, drawn from the 36 States of the federation were short listed from a total of 2.5 million who applied for the programme this year. The Senior Special Adviser to the Presidency on Jobs Creation and Youths Empowerment, Afolabi Imokhuede, who confirmed the development, said the youths would be attached to reputable organisations with capacity to train them in areas such as renewable energy, oil and gas, construction and agriculture. youth (1) According to him, the training would last for three months while attachment to organisations would last for about one year. He said that such organisations may grant some of them permanent employment, while others would have to form clusters to enable them offer professional services to operators in different sectors of the nation’s economy. The management of Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics Base (LADOL) also disclosed that it would assist to train and build the capacity of youths in many areas, including oil and gas, fabrication and welding.   The company disclosed this when the United State Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) its premises noted that has commended the Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics Base (LADOL) as a safe haven for investment and having great capacity for job creation in the African sub-region. Investigations showed that the action of the government would go a long way towards complementing the efforts of the private sector to enhance capacity building and employment in the nation. It showed that many stakeholders have started to show interest in tackling the issues as a result of its negative impact on the nation’s economy.