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North Korea just tested a ballistic missile capable of reaching the US according to some experts. (Photo Credit: CNN)

North Korea just tested a ballistic missile capable of reaching the US according to some experts. (Photo Credit: CNN)

Senator Lindsey Graham(R) in an interview on Tuesday said the United States military should take out North Korea and not just concentrate on its nuclear program. The interview, hosted by The Today Show, saw the senator say “President Donald Trump is not going to allow the ability of this madman to have a missile to hit America. If there is going to be a war to stop him, it will be over there. If thousands die, they are going to die there, they’re not going to die here.”

He added that Trump did not want a war but he would not allow North Korea to obtain a reliable nuclear-tipped ICBM. “The Chinese can stop this,” he said.

Graham’s statement came just days after North Korea tested another intercontinental ballistic missile which experts believe could have the range to hit most of the United States, with the exception of Florida. Some problems still remain with its reentry vehicle, however, which will require at least a few more tests.

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CNN: The trivia mocking Buhari. (Photo Credit: CNN)

CNN GPS: The trivia mocking Buhari. (Photo Credit: CNN)

In what appears to be a trivia session, GPS, a CNN programme hosted by Fareed Zakaria mocked the long absence of President Muhammadu Buhari. The programme which is one of the channel’s flagship ones posed the trivia to viewers of the show in its ‘GPS challenge.’

The trivia question was: “The head of state from which country has not set foot in his homeland in over two months?” and had these multiple options: Syria, Saudi Arabia, Cuba and Nigeria.

President Buhari has been out of the country for 84 days for medical treatment in London, and his absence has continued to dominate news headlines locally and around the world. Visits to him in London by various governors and government officials was widely reported. Acting President Yemi Osinbajo also visited Buhari in London and announced that he will return home shortly.

 

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Youths shut down NASS. (Photo credit: Nigerian Monitor)

Youths shut down NASS. (Photo credit: Nigerian Monitor)

Youths in their hundreds, yesterday stormed the national assembly (NASS) demanding for the ‘not too young to run’ bill, which was proposed by lawmakers, be passed into law. The bill, which is has recently been proposed is seeking to reduce the qualification age for those aspiring for public office, including that of the president.

Former Chairman of the Human Rights Commission, Chidi Odinkalu, addressing the coalition of youth groups before marching to the national assembly said: “We are in a country with the median age of 19 but people who want to save Nigeria’s unity have an average age of over 60.

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Governor Rochas Okorocha. (Photo credit: Buzz Nigeria)

Governor Rochas Okorocha. (Photo credit: Buzz Nigeria)

Freshly back from London where he went to visit his sick boss, Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state had this to say about Femi Fani Kayode: “The guy (Fani-Kayode) is a spoilt child, one of those whose parents over pampered they hardly talk like human beings. Apart from somebody who went into government, he is not known for doing business. I wonder if he has ever worked and all of a sudden he had political appointment. He has nothing else to brandish apart from the father’s name. Remove his father’s name; I don’t think he is a human being. Rochas grew from the scratch. By the grace of God and hard work, he is where he is today. But that one apart from coming to politics what else does he have to brandish?”  OUCH!

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Nigerians and the National Assembly.

Nigerians and the National Assembly.

Surely, this is one piece of legislation that’ll be welcomed by the Nigerian youth. The house of representatives has proposed a change in the constitution to allow for the age limit for running for the presidential office be lowered to 35 years.

The current minimum age for qualification for the contesting is 40.

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African Presidents. Photocredit: brandeis.edu

African Presidents. Photocredit: brandeis.edu

I came across an article this week that listed the salaries of the top 10 highest paid African Presidents. According to Africaranking.com, South African Presisent, Jacob Zuma is the highest paid leader in Africa receiving an annual wage of $272k and Rwanda’s president Paul Kagame ranked #10 receiving $85k per year. These guys are mong the highest paid leaders in the world, this is a continent where many live on only $2 per day.

On another note, isn’t it a surprise that the President of Nigeria never made the list? Perhaps its because the wages listed only reflects base salaries, regardless though, is the Nigerian President’s salary that low? Blasphemy! I hear Nigerians say. They should take solace in the fact that a common Local Government Chairman in Nigeria is richer than all 10 presidents put together. I’m sure every African (if not the world) knows that already. Anyway, here’s the list in full:

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Nigerian President Buhari has hyenas and jackals to contend with. Photo credit: CNN

Nigerian President Buhari has hyenas and jackals to contend with. Photo credit: CNN

You know how they say politics is ‘dog eat dog?’ well, in Nigeria, it is ‘hyena eat hyena,’ or ‘jackal eat jackal,’ depending on the political camp. Since her husband’s incapacitation following an illness since May, Aisha Buhari took to Facebook to say “The Hyenas and Jackals will soon be sent out of the kingdom” in a cryptic reply to a senator’s post. For those of us watching from the sidelines, we decoded the message instantly and understood the bloody nature of the politics and the drama unfolding in Nigeria.

The hyenas and jackals are indeed circling and that’s because they can smell blood; Buhari’s blood. Out of the country since May 7th, after only returning from a 7-week stint earlier in the year, President Buhari’s only communication with his country has only been through written statements. Because of this, rumours abound in the land, some even claimed he was already dead. The president’s handlers have always been fighting a raging fire, trying to salvage his reputation since his absence, and I must say, their efforts has been SHAMBOLIC. It annoys me that President Buhari’s media handlers first tried to pull the wool over all our eyes by saying he just went to london for ‘a check up,’ it took 7 whole weeks for Nigerians to see a President they voted overwhelmingly for just a few years ago. The media machine certainly forgot we now live in the age of Facebook and Twitter. My annoyance doesn’t end there, now Mr President has returned to London for another ‘check up,’ information on his whereabouts, his treatment, etc has now completely dried up. What we now see are pictures of Mr President waving from a window, or sitting in front of a Telly.

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Blow fake whistle and face the music. Photo credit- Daily Trust

Blow fake whistle and face the music. Photo credit- Daily Trust

All of you that like to blow fake whistle, the senate has caught on to your tricks. They have now recommended a five-year jail term or a 10M Naira fine against any persons who blows unnecessary or fake whistle about stolen or hidden loot in the newly passed Whistle-Blowers Protection Bill.

Deputy Minority Whip, Abiodun Olujimi, who sponsored the bill followed a consideration and adoption of the report by the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters. According to the panel, the bill was to compliment the anti-corruption campaigns of the current administration.

The upper chamber of the national assembly has also approved that 5% of any loot recovered as a result of information from a whistle-blower be given to the informant as is currently practised by the government.

Whistle-blowers, you have been warned!!

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Lai Mohammed. Photo credit: Per Second News

Lai Mohammed. Photo credit: Per Second News | Reuters

Nigerian information Minister, Lai Mohammed has recently denied suggesting a ban on the shooting Nigerian music videos and movies abroad.

In a response to the furore the supposed announcement caused, Mr Mohammed had this to say: “At COSON, I said that I would work to amend the National Broadcasting Commission’s code to ensure that if a product is designated a Nigerian product, it must be produced in Nigeria. I didn’t say that, henceforth, all music and films would or must be produced in Nigeria. All I said was that if a programme is designated as a Nigerian content programme, we will amend the code to ensure that it is produced in Nigeria. I didn’t say I’ll ban the production of Nigerian movies and videos overseas.”

There was public outcry recently when it was reported that the Nigerian Federal Government would ban production of Nigerian music videos and movies abroad.

 

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Difficult times for former Petroleum Minister Diezani Alison-Madueke. Photo credit: Premium Times Nigeria

Difficult times for former Petroleum Minister Diezani Alison-Madueke. Photo credit: Premium Times Nigeria

Former Nigerian Petroleum, Minister Diezani Alison-Madueke named in US bribery scandal.

Former Minister of Petroleum, Diezani Alison-Madueke once threatened to reveal everything that transpired in the controversial fraudulent transactions between her and co-conspirators, Kola Aluko and Jide Omokore.

The minister made the comment in a recorded telephone conversation obtained by the prosecutors probing the corruption allegations against her.

Details of the conversations have now been filed as part of a civil complaint by the United States Department of Justice (DoJ) seeking the forfeiture of over $144 million slush fund.

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