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Tuesday, 30 July 2013 05:00

Malema's Party (EFF) unveils logo

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EFF LogoMaverick S.A politician Julius Malema and his Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) political group have unveiled their much anticipated organisational logo. It is anticipated that EFF would be registered with the IEC this week as a full fledged political party according to the group's ever controversial Commander in Chief (Julius Malema).

Above is the sample of the organisation's logo as unveiled at their National Assembly over the past weekend at Soweto.



Bonny NwankwoAn online comment about a powerful controversial politician and businessman lands a South Africa-based Nigerian businessman in trouble: police harassment and prolonged detention.

On July 13, four days after arriving Nigeria from his South Africa base, Bonny Okonkwo was attending a business meeting in Surulere, Lagos when his phone rang.

The caller on the other end announced that he was a police officer from the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS. The officer ordered Mr. Okonkwo to race back to his Mushin apartment immediately for an arrest.

When he arrived his apartment, half a dozen fully armed and stern looking SARS officers were waiting with AK 47 rifles on their shoulders.

ObasanjoThe Pan African Forum has rejected the African Union’s decision to name former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo as head of the AU election observer team to Zimbabwe’s July 31st election.

David Nyekorach-Matsanga, CEO of Pan African Forum, said the former Nigerian president is too divisive and could create an Egypt-style scenario in Zimbabwe.

The group described former Obasanjo as a traitor who has betrayed Africa during past election monitoring missions around the continent.

Nyekorach-Matsanga said Obasanjo has a dislike for Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and a “soft spot” for the opposition, something he said could cause a conflict of interest in the election.

AL MustaphaChief Security Officer to late General Sani Abacha yesterday turned his visit to Kaduna state into a 2015 campaign speeches.

Al-Mustapha, who had been in detention for nearly 15 years, was acquitted by the Court of Appeal Lagos recently over the killing of Kudirat, wife of M.K.O Abiola, the presumed winner of 1913 presidential election.

Major Al-Mustapha, arrived Kaduna state metropolis from Zaria where he paid a visit to the Emir of Zazzau, Dr. Shehu Idris around 2.10pm.  

Hundreds of youths trooped out to receive him and  chanted , “ 2015: Major Al-Mustapha for president.”

SPACE LAUNCHDESPITE teething challenges, efforts toward actualizing the country’s 25-year road map for space technology development have intensified with the plan to recruit possible candidates for the first Nigerian astronauts to be sent to space by the end of 2013 and the development of Assembly Integrated Testing and Design Centre (AITDC), which will enable Nigerians build satellites at home.

The roadmap was kicked-off last year with the hand over of NigeriaSat-2 and NigeriaSat-X Earth observation satellites to National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) in Abuja by the Minister of Science and Technology, Professor Bassey Ewa Ita.

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Maiduguri VigilantesMilitary checkpoints have been a common sight in the northern Nigerian city of Maiduguri - the birthplace of the militant Islamist group Boko Haram - for several years.

But these days the people asking the questions at the ubiquitous roadblocks are often not in uniform.

They are civilians who are adding their muscle to the fight against Boko Haram, which is waging a military campaign to create an Islamic state across Nigeria.
More than 2,000 people have been killed since it launched an insurgency in 2009.

White InitiateA white South African teenager has undergone a traditional circumcision, even though dozens of boys die each year in such ceremonies, which are seen as a rite of passage into manhood in some communities. He told the BBC's Pumza Fihlani it had changed him for the better.

Seventeen-year-old Brandon de Wet, from South Africa's Eastern Cape province, went through with the ritual, which is not without its risks, with his Xhosa friend of 13 years, Yanelisa Somyo.

Child BrideThe Gender and Constitution Reform Network, GECORN, a coalition of women’s rights organisations across Nigeria, on Thursday rejected the Senate’s resolution on child marriage.

The organisation, in a statement signed by its National Coordinator, Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi, and made available to journalists in Abeokuta , rejected the argument of Ahmed Yerima that the proposal for the deletion of section 29 (4)(b) which states that “any woman who is married shall be deemed of full age” is at variance with Islamic law.

“The constitution of Nigeria is the supreme law of the country. While we hail the constitution review process led by the Senate and the House of Representatives, we reject the argument of Senator Ahmed Yerima that the proposal for the deletion of section 29 (4) (b) which states that “any woman who is married shall be deemed of full age.”
The women activists emphasised that section 29 of the 1999 Constitution particularly prescribed the procedures for Nigerians who wish to renounce their citizenship.

Monday, 22 July 2013 08:21

Making mothers out of children

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Child MotherDespite the fact that there are medical, psychological, social and legal moral justifications, not to mention international outcry, against child marriage, the Nigerian Senate, last Monday, legalised child marriage, thereby increasing the risks of children developing sexual health complications and contravening the Child Rights Act. RUTH OLUROUNBI examines the medical, psychological and social implications of child marriage and how the child rights have been grossly violated by the Senate’s singular action.

Child marriage is not only wrong, it is dangerous. It exposes a young girl to profound health risks from early pregnancy and difficult childbirth and it exposes her baby to complications of premature birth —Anthony Lake, Executive Director of UNICEF.

Pervert Senator_YerimaWife of the Ekiti State governor, Chief (Mrs) Bisi Fayemi, has called for sustained protests against the decision of the Senate on girl-child marriage, saying the people must lend their voices to the ongoing outrage on the decision.

Mrs Fayemi, in a statement made available to newsmen in Ado Ekiti on Sunday, charged “more men and women of good conscience, civil society organisations, feminists and social justice crusaders to lend their voices to the ongoing outrage about the move by the Senate to legalise child marriage.”

In the statement by her Special Assistant on Media, Mr Akin Oyedele, Mrs Fayemi said “the lawmakers’ move is self-serving and at variance with all international conventions and protocols on the rights of the child, which Nigeria has ratified.”

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Ethiopian and Nigerian asylum seekers who had settled in South Africa fleeing persecution and conflict in their own countries cleaned streets in Johannesburg to pay tribute to a figure widely praised as ‘a father of Africa’.
“In this country, Mandela is the reason all of us blacks are free, so that’s why we love him as the first citizen,” said Kennedy Uzondu, 30, a Nigerian trader who has lived in South Africa for three years.

The United Nations declared July 18 as Nelson Mandela International Day in 2009 and it was celebrated with speeches from figures such as former U.S. President Bill Clinton.

GardenThe whole wide world is stark awake, day and night, waiting for the Mandela hour. But there's no escaping the fact that even in life or death Mandela trumps all. It is indeed with bated breath that the global village looks ahead to the great one's 95th birthday on July 18. Of course that date has been universally fixed as Nelson Mandela International Day, or Mandela Day for short. The epochal day was officially declared by the United Nations in November 2009, and the first UN Mandela Day held on July 18, 2010.