Monday, 18 October 2021

BUSINESS AND ECONOMY

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the recommendation of a committee on the review of 368 grazing sites across 25 States.

He directed the committee, which task, among others, was “to determine the levels of encroachment”, to carry out its assignment “with dispatch”.

According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, the President’s directive followed his approval of the recommendations of the committee chaired by his Chief of Staff, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari.

Among others, the committee had recommended the collection of field data collection on 368 Grazing Reserves across 25 states to assess encroachment and encroachers, stakeholder engagements and sensitisation.

The Committee also recommended production of maps and geo-mapping/tagging of sites, analysis of findings and report preparations as well as design appropriate communication on Grazing Reserves and operations.

The number of the Grazing Reserves and States were deduced from considerations of existing security concerns and other pre-existing socio-economic conditions.

The President directed that the assignment be undertaken with dispatch to bring more understanding on the Grazing Reserves, and implementation.

Members of the committee include Kebbi Governor and Vice Chairman, National Food Security Council, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu; Ebonyi Governor and Chairman of NEC Sub-Committee for National Livestock Transformation Plan, David Umahi; Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu; Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Sabo Nanon; Minister of Environment, Dr. Mohammad Mahmood Abubakar and Deputy Chief of Staff, Ade Ipaye.

The Technical Sub-Committee consists of representatives from the seven members of the main committee in addition to representatives from Ministry of Justice, Surveyor General of the Federation, National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA) and National Space Research Development Agency (NASRDA).

Among its Terms of Reference, the Committee was to collate from states and confirm the status of all Grazing Reserves, assess the percentage of available land and those with existing encroachment complications for case-by-case resolution in partnership with state governments and the FCT.

The Committee will also make recommendations for gazetting of ungazetted Grazing Reserves and create a data base of National Cattle Herders and ensure that Grazing Reserves are well communicated to all stakeholders.

The inaugural meeting of the Committee held on May 10, 2021.

Published in Business and Economy

BY Adeniyi Adewoyin/ THE NATION

BBNaija Shine Ya Eye Housemate Maria has picked Boma as her Deputy Head of House.

Maria, who was the immediate Deputy Head of House, emerged the winner of the Head Of House game.

After picking Boma as her Deputy, Big Brother insisted Boma should pick someone who will join him in the HOH lounge.

Boma picked Jackie B to enjoy the HOH privileges.

The twist of the game changed hours after Kayvee was pulled out of the show over medical reasons.

Published in Arts & Culture

BY Olaitan Ganiu August/ THE NATION

BBNaija Shine Ya Eye housemate, KayVee’s family has reacted to allegations by some housemates that their son is mentally unstable.

Viewers of the reality show had called the attention of the organisers to monitor the misbehaviour of KayVee.

Similarly, some housemates have also appealed to Biggie to examine the photographer.

Whitemoney, JMK, Cross feel KayVee might be suffering from depression, hence needs psychological evaluation.

Responding to the issue, KayVee’s family disputed the allegations.

In a letter posted on the official Instagram page of their son, the family said they will never allow him to go into the competition if he had a mental health issue.

“The KayVee we know isn’t what people are painting him to be. His friends and family will never allow him to go into the house if he had a mental health issue. KayVee is big on mental health and positive vibes, and you could see that from when he entered the house.

“What is happening in the house is simply a reaction to him being unwelcomed. He was full of life when he got into the house, and something has triggered this phase. This has caused him to withdraw into his shell to rebuild his energy and vibe.

“Have you met #KayVee? If 20 people are in a room and down spirited, he’s always there to uplift them. We could see how he played this role for his fellow housemate, Angel. He is a kind person, and that’s one of the qualities that makes us super supportive of him.

“KayVee is passionate about his craft, and that’s why he is on the #BBNaija show to promote himself and work. He has worked with several celebrities and individuals. He’s a focused and hardworking person whose life and work ethics inspire his friends and family. Over the years, he has tirelessly built his brand “KOKO’S VIEW”, which provides top-notch photography and cinematography to clients.

“He doesn’t speak bad English. Guys, he felt unwelcomed and overthinks his point before speaking, so it sometimes comes across as incoherent. Isn’t it human nature to overthink? Let’ be humane.

“When we say, “you don’t know what people are going through”, this is the kind of situation where we should be reminded to be kind to each other and remain supportive. Fewer words, more action. Please keep supporting #KayVee as he needs us now more than ever.”

Published in Entertainment

BY Alao Abiodun August/ THE NATION

Olusegun Falola, one of the lawyers of embattled Yoruba nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo aka Sunday Igboho, has said his client might not return back to Nigeria in a long time when he regains freedom from Benin Republic.

Falola explained it would be a dangerous decision for Igboho to return when he is free from Benin Republic because his life is under threat in Nigeria.

He stated this in an interview with feelrightnewsTV obtained by The Nation.

“When I arrived from Paris at the custody where Igboho was detained, he was first chained. They were scared that he could just disappear into the thin air because of his mystical powers.

“The police told me that if Igboho’s chains were untied and he escapes mysteriously, he (police officer) will be stripped of his rank and also dismissed.

“The police officer said he was told that Igboho could disappear or turn into a cat, and many other things were said to the police officers which made them tie him.”

He noted it took his timely intervention for the officers to unchain him and allow him (Igboho) walk freely, explaining Igboho did not commit any offence but he is just a human rights activist.

Giving an update on Igboho’s case, Falola assured he is safe in the Benin Republic.

He said: “The case will make revelations as to which government is powerful in Africa, our government may not be wealthy, and not much in population as compared to Nigeria but there is a signed treaty that must be respected.

“Igboho cannot be left to return back to Nigeria for now because of the destruction of his properties that was witnessed, they are not looking for Sunday Igboho alone but planning to kill him.

“They are looking for how to kill him and that’s very dangerous to allow him return back to Nigeria. So he is being kept safe in custody.”

Although the investigation is still ongoing, Falola explained he is monitoring the developments going on in Nigeria before any application for Igboho’s freedom in court can be made.

He added that if Igboho is released, He may proceed to Germany to see his children and family.

“This case has become a global one with many watching the developments, all Yorubas especially in Diaspora, monarchs, traditionalists, others are keenly following the case,” Falola stated.

Published in Business and Economy
Monday, 16 August 2021 15:16

Buhari hails IBB at 80

President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated former Military President, General Ibrahim Babangida, as he marks his 80th birthday anniversary.

In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, Buhari noted he and the former Military President share a similarity in their mutual hope for a stronger and more united Nigeria.

“President Muhammadu Buhari sends birthday greetings to former President Ibrahim Babangida, wishing him a “long and healthy life as he marks his 80th birthday.

“President Buhari notes that as former military commanders during the war, both retiring as Generals, they have mutual interests, great hopes and expectations in a strong and united Nigeria.

“President Buhari expresses hope that privileged Nigerians like President Babangida and others like himself will recommit to ongoing efforts to help the nation to reach more glory, progress, and prosperity,,” the statement reads.

Published in News & Stories
From a distance, Jacqueline Suowari's larger-than-life portraits look like monochromatic photographs overlaid with colorful graphics. Upon closer inspection, you see these dramatic images are the culmination of thousands of tiny lines made using a simple ballpoint pen.
Suowari, 30, has been an artist since she was a child, practicing professionally for over a decade. She studied Fine Art at the University of Port Harcourt in southern Nigeria, and has participated in group exhibitions globally and had solo exhibitions in Miami and Nigeria.
Her work has been featured in several publications including Chukwuemeka Ben Bosah's book, "The Art of Nigerian Women," which celebrates female artists from the Nigerian diaspora.
This June she launched a touring exhibition of her new body of work entitled "Now I Wear Myself." In her new exhibition, Suowari considers the fetishization and condemnation of aesthetics associated with indigenous Nigerian cultures, and tries to destigmatize subjects that are often taboo in the country, like depression, grief and shame.

Philosophy with a ballpoint pen

As a child Suowari didn't know whether to be an artist, a poet or a dancer -- so she decided to be all three. "Somehow, I've been able to merge all these things together to form the Jacqueline Suowari experience," she laughed.
"I describe myself as a visual artist who specializes primarily with the ballpoint pen," said Suowari. Her practice is a combination of intricate drawings paired with bold Afro-urban painted elements in poppy, primary colors. These works -- often up to eight feet tall -- are accompanied by poetry and performance art.
"With my drawings, I have this philosophy of layering -- it's just a way that I pattern my strokes upon each other," explained Suowari. "I like to look at each stroke as the human experience. One experience, one stroke -- and the gathering, and layering, and falling together of all the strokes creates the person and their character."
Suowari works in fine detail on a macro scale.
Suowari works in fine detail on a macro scale. Credit: Courtesy of Jacqueline Suowari
Her mark-making process is painstaking, with most of her works requiring months of meticulous drawing.

The power of the pen

Suowari's work is as motivational as it is aesthetically pleasing. Her huge creations share a message of hope and empowerment; their intention is to allow Nigerians to embrace vulnerabilities -- encouraging them to discuss issues, including mental health, that she says aren't in common discourse in Nigerian society.
"The Nigerian system kind of bullies you into shape," Suowari said, adding that she's trying to encourage people to be their authentic selves, whether that takes the form of acknowledging their own personal strife or joining huge political action, such as the EndSARS movement.
One of the pieces included in her latest body of work is an image of a woman wearing a traditional Ankara wax print dress and loosely styled dreadlocks. "One of the things that was the agitation for the EndSARS movement was the stereotyping of people based on their looks," said Suowari. "In Nigeria, if a policeman should find a woman dressed like that in the night, they would say she's a prostitute."
Suowari opened her new solo exhibition, "Now I Wear Myself", at RetroAfrica in Abuja in June.
Suowari opened her new solo exhibition, "Now I Wear Myself", at RetroAfrica in Abuja in June. Credit: Courtesy of Jacqueline Suowari
Suowari said that her vast portraits represent the faceless, voiceless masses; she wants to tell the stories of the minority and ostracized individuals to give them strength.
"I believe that everybody was created with a particular blueprint. It's like a puzzle -- you're supposed to be a certain kind of way to fit into the puzzle for better things to happen," she explained. "We can't make up this beautiful picture if everybody's the same."

Art for the greater good

Suowari's latest collection, "Now I Wear Myself," opened in Abuja on June 25. The exhibition will go on tour in October with the next showing in Lagos and further dates to be confirmed.
After a guest appearance on Rodney Omeokachie's "The Young God" podcast following the launch, Suowari said she was overwhelmed with messages of thanks for openly discussing subjects that she feels are unnecessarily taboo in Nigeria.
"I think the artist is some sort of prophet," she said. "Some sort of priestess, or pastor, or doctor that should be able to use their art as a tool to inform positive change in people's minds."
Suowari regularly receives emails from fans saying how her work has touched their lives. "I think for me that is the greatest achievement: being able to use your art as a tool to change people for the greater good," she said. "To inspire people to be better."
Published in Headliners

WASHINGTON — Jeffrey A. Rosen, who was acting attorney general during the Trump administration, has told the Justice Department watchdog and Congressional investigators that one of his deputies tried to help former President Donald J. Trump subvert the results of the 2020 election, according to a person familiar with the interviews.

Mr. Rosen had a two-hour meeting on Friday with the Justice Department’s office of the inspector general and provided closed-door testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Saturday.

The investigations were opened following a New York Times article that detailed efforts by Jeffrey Clark, the acting head of the Justice Department’s civil division, to push top leaders to falsely and publicly assert that ongoing election fraud investigations cast doubt on the Electoral College results. That prompted Mr. Trump to consider ousting Mr. Rosen and installing Mr. Clark at the top of the department to carry out that plan.

Mr. Trump never fired Mr. Rosen, but the plot highlights the former president’s desire to batter the Justice Department into advancing his personal agenda.

Mr. Clark, who did not respond to requests for comment, said in January that all of his official communications with the White House “were consistent with law,” and that he had engaged in “a candid discussion of options and pros and cons with the president.”

Mr. Rosen did not respond to requests for comment. The inspector general’s spokesman declined to comment.

Mr. Rosen has emerged as a key witness in multiple investigations that focus on Mr. Trump’s efforts to undermine the results of the election. He has publicly stated that the Justice Department did not find enough fraud to impact the outcome of the election.

Mr. Rosen on Friday told investigators from the inspector general’s office about five encounters with Mr. Clark, including one in late December during which his deputy admitted to meeting with Mr. Trump and pledged that he would not do so again, according to a person familiar with the interview.

Mr. Rosen also described subsequent exchanges with Mr. Clark, who continued to press colleagues to make statements about the election that they found to be untrue, according to a person familiar with the interview.

He also discovered that Mr. Clark had been engaging in unauthorized conversations with Mr. Trump about ways to have the Justice Department publicly cast doubt on President Biden’s victory, particularly in battleground states that Mr. Trump was fixated on, like Georgia. Mr. Clark drafted a letter that he asked Mr. Rosen to send to Georgia state legislators, wrongly asserting that they should void Mr. Biden’s victory because the Justice Department was investigating accusations of voter fraud in the state.

Trump’s Bid to Subvert the Election


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Pressuring state officials to ‘find votes.’ As the president continued to refuse to concede the election, his most loyal backers proclaimed Jan. 6, when Congress convened to formalize Mr. Biden’s electoral victory, as a day of reckoning. On that day, Mr. Trump delivered an incendiary speech to thousands of his supporters hours before a mob of loyalists violently stormed the Capitol.

Such a letter would effectively undermine efforts by Mr. Clark’s colleagues to prevent the White House from overturning the election results, and Mr. Rosen and his top deputy, Richard P. Donoghue, rejected the proposal.

As details of Mr. Clark’s actions emerge, it is unclear what, if any, consequences he could face. The Justice Department’s inspector general could make a determination about whether Mr. Clark crossed the line into potentially criminal behavior. In that case, the inspector general could refer the matter to federal prosecutors.

Mr. Rosen has spent much of the year in discussions with the Justice Department over what information he could provide to investigators, given that decision-making conversations between administration officials are usually kept confidential.

Douglas A. Collins, a lawyer for Mr. Trump, said last week that the former president would not seek to bar former Justice Department officials from speaking with investigators. But Mr. Collins said he might take some undisclosed legal action if congressional investigators sought “privileged information.”

Mr. Rosen quickly scheduled interviews with Congressional investigators to get as much of his version of events on the record before any players could ask the courts to block the proceedings, according to two people familiar with those discussions who are not authorized to speak about ongoing investigations.

He also reached out directly to Michael E. Horowitz, the Justice Department’s inspector general, and pledged to cooperate with his investigation, according to a person briefed on those talks.

Published in Politics

Chelsea are confident of landing the signature of Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku with a final bid, reputed journalist Fabrizio Romano claims.

The Blues have been locked in negotiations with the Nerazzurri for the Belgian. They recently submitted an £85 million offer plus Marcos Alonso that was rejected.

Inter prefer a straight cash deal for a reported fee of around £102m. It is now reported that the Blues are confident of landing the marksman in the next few days.

Sportslens view:

The west London giants have been impressive in pre-season, but there has been a similar situation up front with their tendency to squander clear-cut chances.

Lukaku, who bagged 30 goals and 10 assists last term, would provide an ideal solution for manager Thomas Tuchel as the club look to mount a title challenge.

The Belgian was initially happy to stay with Inter next season, but his stance has changed recently after learning about the interest from the Blues.

He believes he has unfinished business at the club. Lukaku was previously with the Blues between 2011 and 2014 but hardly made a mark for them.

The 28-year-old spent two seasons away from the club before he left them permanently for Everton. The Blues attempted to sign him three years later but failed to do so.

Manchester United hijacked the deal at the final hurdle. Lukaku has since joined Inter, where he has played well over the past two seasons.

It looks increasingly likely that they will get their hands on Lukaku this time around with just a £17m difference in the valuation between the clubs.

Published in Sports

By Adeniyi Adewoyin/ THE NATION

BBNaija Shine Ya Eye housemate, Angel, has revealed Cross’ shenanigans after the pool party on Friday, August 6, 2021.

Angel revealed Cross showed everyone at the garden his manhood after the party.

Angel said this during a conversation with Nini, Saskay, Emmanuel and Cross.

Cross had told the housemates he always blank out when he drunk.

He said: “You guys should know one thing about me, I don’t really take alcohol but when I take alcohol, I tend to blank out”.

Nini then asked: “So you don’t remember most of the things you did last night? Angel said you showed her your d***k”.

Angel then confirmed saying “you showed everyone in the garden”.

Published in Entertainment

By Gbenga Bada/ THE NATION

BBNaija Shine Ya Eye housemate WhiteMoney has blamed Liquorose for fighting Beatrice over alleged gossip with Angel.

WhiteMoney, in a conversation with Jaypaul, revealed he told Liquorose that she was wrong to have informed other housemates about the gossip without confronting them.

He said: “I asked Liquorose about the argument and after her explanation, I told her she was wrong.

“She was in the room when she heard it, why not confront them and clear the issue? I told her she shouldn’t have told other housemates before confronting Angel and Beatrice.”

WhiteMoney added after the conversation with Liquorose, she admitted she was wrong.

Liquorose said she was upset because Angel and Beatrice were talking about her relationship with Emmanuel. She had heard the conversation inside the room.

Published in News & Stories
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