Saturday, 28 February 2015

America is the ally that Egypt needs

Workers clear debris outside a Vodafone branch following a blast, in Cairo February 26, 2015. (Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters)

The Obama administration’s decision to engage Egypt is “a case of realpolitik over idealism,” concedes one official. But it’s also the right policy choice.
President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi certainly doesn’t make it easy. His repression of dissent now rivals that of deposed president Hosni Mubarak. His campaign against the Muslim Brotherhood has broadened to include suppression of secular activists, some of whom helped bring him to power in 2013. Sissi’s subversion of democracy adds another sad chapter to the vexed modern history of Egypt.

Photos: Jos Bomb Blast. Warning Contains Graphic Pictures

Dont have much to say than together we can win the War Against Terrorism. More pics after cut..
Be warned on its content.

Photos: Captured Members Of Boko Haram, Weapons Seized And Transnational Force In Operation Wipe-out Boko Haram

More pics after cut......

Photos: Weapons Recovered From Boko Haram And Defence HQ Press Release

Defence HQ Press statement below,
"Troops have finally routed terrorists from Bara, the Headquarters of Gulani LGA of Yobe State and Gulag, the Headquarters of Madagali Local Government Area of Adamawa State in the early hours of today, Friday.

Femi Fani-Kayode "Osinbajo Planning To Hand Over To Tinubu"

At a press briefing in Abuja yesterday, the spokesperson of the PDP Presidential campaign organization PDPPCO, Femi Fani-Kayode alleged that a Chieftain of the APC, Bola Tinubu has compelled the Vice Presidential candidate of the APC, Prof Osinbajo to swear to an oath that he would resign as Vice President six months after inauguration (if their party wins) so that he can scheme his way into power if Gen Buhari dies in office. Read FFK comment after cut,,,,

'Don't eat to the point of being full': Mugabe gives one secret to his long life

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe.

In a televised interview ahead of a huge birthday party in Victoria Falls, Mugabe said: "I do certain things that I believe sustain life.
"I eat well, not filling my stomach, eating foodstuffs that I believe sustain one most. You must eat well, and really not go for food because it's attractive and feed yourself until your tummy is full," the longtime Zimbabwean leader said.

Nigeria’s Boko Haram as a Peasants’ Revolt by John Campbell

People from Gwoza, Borno State, displaced by the violence and unrest caused by the insurgency, are pictured at a refugee camp in Mararaba Madagali, Adamawa State, February 18, 2014. (Stringer/Courtesy Reuters)  
People from Gwoza, Borno State, displaced by the violence and unrest caused by the insurgency, are pictured at a refugee camp in Mararaba Madagali, Adamawa State, February 18, 2014. (Stringer/Courtesy Reuters) 
 Over the past two weeks, Nigerian military forces have driven Boko Haram out of several towns in northeast Nigeria. There have also been reports of Cameroonian, Nigerien, and Chadian successes against Boko Haram. President Goodluck Jonathan made a rare visit to the northeast, and he even stopped in Baga, the site of a notorious Boko Haram massacre. All of this seems to support Jonathan’s recent statement that even if Boko Haram is not defeated by the scheduled national elections on March 28, its scope will have been much reduced and it will be possible for elections to take place.

Nigeria, Where "Stealing Is Not Corruption" By Socrates Mbamalu

 President Jonathan

Corruption has been one of the biggest issues in the run up to the 2015 general elections in Nigeria. Waza blogger, Socrates Mbamalu, says that if Nigerians are to make any progress, they will have to do away with their ambivalent attitudes towards corrupt practices.
In a recent article on Sahara Reporters, Okey Ndibe summarises the Nigerian situation perfectly:
"through a succession of military regimes and civilian pseudo-democracies, Nigerians have embraced a culture of lowered standards and wretched code of conduct... we have taken to declaring that the stealing of public funds is not corruption, that a governor who pays salaries is not only an achiever, but has 'totally redefined governance,' that the construction of roads is the acme of political genius and that rigged elections are just fine because, at any rate, 'it is God that gives power, not voters.'"

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Nigeria: Please Don't Catch Shekau Alive! BY Ochereome Nnanna

     Photo: Gary Varvel
Abubakar Shekau
One mid-morning early in December last year, I stood in the balcony of my house and watched as aircraft, as usual, lazily came in to land. I live along the very busy international plane route leading to the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos. But this morning, there was something unusual about the incoming flights. Within the space of 45 minutes, I was able to count thirteen Nigerian Air Force Hercules transporters. I immediately knew Nigeria's war against Boko Haram was going to take a turn for the better.

Bobbi Kristina Brown is being taken out of coma to gauge brain functionality

Bobbi Kristina Brown.
The 21-year-old daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobbi Brown is still ''fighting for her life'' after being found unresponsive in a bathtub at her home in Atlanta on January 31, but doctors have begun to wean her off the medication that has been keeping her in a state of unconsciousness.
A family member said: ''We're hoping for a significant change soon, but we know that it may not change anything.''

Photos: Anti-Buhari's Protesters At Chatham House, London

Several Nigerians were at the Chatham House in London on a peaceful protest against the candidacy of Muhammdu Buhari. More pics after cut.....

Photos: APC Presidential Candidate Muhammadu Buhari, Tinubu, Governor Amaechi And Several APC Chieftians At Chatham House In London

APC Presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari was at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham house in London earlier today, Thursday 26 February 2015 with several APC Chieftains such as Ashiwaju Bola Tinubu, Amaechi and others. More pics after cut......

Muhammadu Buhari "I Will 'lead from the front' against Boko Haram"

APC presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari today in London vowed to "lead from the front" in the fight against Boko Haram if elected in the country's forthcoming election.
The former military ruler, who rejected descriptions of him as a "dictator", also argued against further delays to the election and said a free, fair and peaceful vote would boost democracy in Africa.
The 72-year-old from the All Progressives Congress (APC) opposition has been seen as neck-and-neck with President Goodluck Jonathan in the closely fought election campaign.