Thursday, 27 February 2020


Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari says he will be stepping down when his second term in office ends in 2023.

In a New Year message, Mr Buhari said he would not attempt to exceed the constitutional mandate.

The president said he was determined to help strengthen the electoral process both in Nigeria and across the region, and cited his primary concerns as the security of the nation and the safety of Nigerians.

A BBC correspondent says speculation that Mr Buhari planned to remain in power has been rife in recent days.

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Former Senate President, Bukola Saraki has reacted to Thursday’s demolition of his father’s Ilorin, Kwara State house.

The Kwara State Government had on Thursday morning demolished the late Olusola Saraki’s house, popularly called Ile Arugbo (House for old persons), after the state government revoked the title of the landed property.

Reacting to the development, Saraki assured that justice would prevail in no distance time.

“Following the development this morning in Ile Arugbo, I want to commend the women and men, old and young, who displayed their affection, love and staunch support for my late father and the family. I appreciate the genuine support of the women and youths who stood firmly in the face of aggression and naked show of force.

“Your action throughout the night gave full expression to my belief that what Ile Arugbo represents to all of us is etched in our hearts. It goes beyond the physical structure. I am happy that you were not intimidated as you stood your ground.

Saraki’s family house demolished.

“This day will go down as the day you reciprocated the love and affection my father and family have for you. You have displayed a gesture of goodwill and passionate love. We assure you that justice shall prevail in a not too distant future,” he said on his Facebook wall.

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The Phoenix Suns and the Los Angeles Lakers are set to square off in a Pacific Division matchup at 10:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday at the Staples Center in the final game on the New Year’s Day NBA schedule. Los Angeles is 26-7 overall and 11-4 at home, while Phoenix is 13-20 overall and 7-8 on the road. The Lakers have the second-best record in the NBA. Los Angeles is looking for its third consecutive win after getting past a four-game losing streak. The Suns have won two straight after snapping an eight-game losing streak. Los Angeles is favored by 11.5 points in the Lakers vs. Suns odds, while the over-under is set at 226.5. Before entering any Suns vs. Lakers picks, you’ll want to see the NBA predictions from the model at SportsLine.

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Los Angeles wrapped up 2019 with a 108-95 victory over Dallas. Anthony Davis had 23 points along with nine rebounds. The Lakers held the Mavericks to a season low in points and limited Dallas to 36 percent shooting from the field.

LeBron James had 13 points and 13 assists against the Mavericks. He leads the league in assists with 10.8 per game.

Phoenix didn’t have too much breathing room in its game with Portland on Monday, but still walked away with a 122-116 win. They overcame a 19-point first half deficit and outscored Portland in the final quarter, 39-27.

Devin Booker scored 33 points to go with seven assists and made all 15 of his free-throw attempts. Kelly Oubre Jr. had 29 points, hitting a career high seven 3-pointers. Ricky Rubio had 18 points and 13 assists.

Deandre Ayton returned from a five-game absence because of an ankle injury and grabbed 12 rebounds. The Lakers won the first meeting between the teams,123-115 on Nov. 12.

The Lakers enter the contest with a 48.2 field goal percentage, good for second best in the league. Less enviably, Phoenix has allowed opponents to shoot 47.8 percent from the floor on average, which is the fourth highest shooting percentage allowed in the league.

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David Moyes is back at the club again and will take charge of West Ham United on New Year’s Day when Bournemouth visit the London Stadium.

The former Manchester United manager, who was deemed an unworthy candidate to take the club forward only 19 months ago, has been recalled after a dreadful spell under Manuel Pellegrini that saw the Hammers being consigned to 19 points after 19 games, a point and a place above the drop zone.

After picking up only two wins in their last 13 games, the Hammers board finally ran out of patience with the Chilean. It is up to Moyes now to turn the tide, and take the club back to a respectable position at the end of the season.

Moyes has a more talented squad at his disposal. However, they have underperformed and Moyes will have to inject a sense of belief to drag the club away from danger.

The former Everton boss doesn’t have to deal with too many injury issues when assessing his squad, with Andriy Yarmolenko and Jack Wilshere being the two major absentees.

The Scotsman is expected to make five changes to the side that lost 2-1 against Leicester, with the likes of Angelo Ogbonna, Aaron Cresswell, Robert Snodgrass, Mark Noble and Michail Antonio all expected to return.

Antonio, 29, has battled with fitness and has managed only five starts this season. He is an important player and Moyes will be looking to get the best out of him.

Predicted West Ham starting XI vs Bournemouth: Fabianski, Fredericks, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Rice, Snodgrass, Noble, Anderson, Antonio, Haller.

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The England captain thought he had scored the equaliser at St Mary’s only to have the goal chalked off for offside and injuring himself in the process

Tottenham suffered a potentially disastrous blow to their plans on New Year’s Day as Harry Kane limped off with what looked like a hamstring injury during their Premier League game at Southampton.

With around a quarter of an hour to play at St Mary’s and Jose Mourinho’s side trailing 1-0, Kane side-footed a tidy finish in for what looked like the equaliser – but the linesman had his flag immediately up for offside.

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Kane felt his left hamstring straight away, and was promptly replaced by Erik Lamela.

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My Chemical Romance, Rage Against The Machine and Travis Scott are all reportedly being lined up for headline slots at Coachella Festival2020.

According to Consequence of Sound, comebacks will be the order of the day at the California festival as Gerard Way’s returning emo icons gear up to take top billing alongside Rage – who previously self-confirmed the show in a list of mysterious reunion shows.

Travis Scott will take the third headline slot at the April event, joined by an eclectic line-up which also reportedly includes the likes of Lana Del Rey, Flume, and Thom Yorke.

The report cites unnamed “industry sources” and comes ahead of the official line-up reveal – which is expected to take place in early January.

It comes after 2019’s Coachella saw headline slots from the likes of Tame Impala, Childish Gambino and Ariana Grande.

After confirming their reunion in October, MCR played their first comeback show in Los Angeles earlier this month.

Reviewing MCR’s live return, NME’s Kevin EG Perry wrote: ” Towards the end of their triumphant, cathartic performance, frontman Gerard Way turned to the crowd and said he saw ‘a lot of familiar faces, so thanks for waiting around all these years.’

“He seemed genuinely taken aback when he asked how many people were seeing MCR for the first time, and it looked as if 90% of the crowd raised their arms and cheered in joy and disbelief. This is a whole new generation of fans who never got to see MCR live the first time around, and who now can’t believe their luck.”

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A Customer Service Officer with a first generation bank at Mpape, Abuja, Larry Ehizo, has given details of how robbers gained access to the banking hall with his help during the botched robbery of a bank at the weekend.

An attempt to rob the bank was foiled by policemen and soldiers when one of the robbery suspects was killed and four others arrested.

Officials of the bank on duty on the fateful day are being held by the police for questioning.

The policeman on duty, who the robbers unsuccessfully tried to tie down, gunned down one of the invaders and called for security reinforcement.

According to Ehizo, who was paraded by the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command, the mastermind of the robbery, one Ernest (still at large), had threatened to kill him, his girlfriend and his family if he did not facilitate the robbery.

Ehizo, who has worked with the bank for about two years, said he drove the five robbers into the bank premises in his vehicle.

The 30-year-old graduated of Political Science from the University of Abuja, said Ernest promised to give him the proceed.

According to him, he declined the offer but Ernest insisted he must cooperate.

He said: “I met a friend (Ernest) in November and we had a discussion where we used to hang out and I said something after he complained about our services in the bank and we almost got into a serious argument and I told him that the only thing he would do is get angry and maybe not bank again with us.

“He (Ernest) said he was going to hurt someone and I told him not to do that. That the highest he could do was to maybe rob the bank to make them feel bad. I did not know he had that on record and he used that to threaten that I must take the people that he would bring into the bank.

“He threatened my family, me and even the people around me – even my girlfriend. After that, I was afraid to go to the police because he said even if I went to the police he had already informed his colleagues and because he is a cultist.

“That is when he brought them. I still begged him and he went as far as my family house and threatened to kill them. He brought them on that day that I should take them in and tell them what to do.

“He even followed us to the bank but escaped when they caught them. He insisted I took them inside the place in my car and that was the only thing I was supposed to do and leave the rest for them to do.

“I didn’t report to the police because of the threat. He brought his fellow cultists to my house and threatened me and my girlfriend. He said he was going to give them N7 million. He said I was going to get 20 per cent and I told him I did not want anything. He said I must collect it. I am a Customer Service Officer. I have been with the bank for over two years.

“If I had gone to the police I would not have been here talking now. Members of my family also would not be. He knows my family house and knows where I stay personally at Mpape. I did everything out of fear of being killed.

“Ernest is a customer at the bank. He comes around. There is a place I go to hang out in Mpape. He is a barman there. He sells drinks. On normal situations, we have sat down to have drinks. We discuss about football, family and how to move forward.”

Also 24-year-old Princewill Obinna, who led the robbers, said they did not expect any difficulty as they were assured by Ernest and Ehizo that it was going to be an in-and-out operation.

He described Ernest, was a friend of his.

Obinna said: “I was among those people that robbed the bank. It happened that Mr. Larry invited us. Mr. Ernest met us and told us there is a job we wanted to do, but he would connect us to the person that had the work.

“I asked him who the person is. So he called me and introduced us to Mr. Larry, who told us that there is an event that he wants us to carry out that Ernest has been troubling him.

”I said what was the deal about and he said it was a bank. I was shocked and said I have never done such before. He said we should not worry that there is a vehicle that is tinted and nobody would see us and that everyone would be okay.

“The message came to me on Tuesday and the operation was on Saturday; so, we were just thinking about what they told us that it would be easy and they would give us money. They promised to give us N7 million to share. I coordinated the other boys.

“The ammunition we took there was a local pistol that our late friend (robber who was shot) brought. He said he would be the one to stand at the gate and that I should hold this one and threatened the mobile policeman.”

Obinna said he went for recruitment into the Army in 2017 and just a few weeks to their passing out parade, he was dismissed for medical reasons.

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Commissioner of Police (CP), Bala Ciroma, said no money was lost in the robbery.

Ciroma said 985 suspects were arrested last year for various offences inclcuding armed robbery, kidnapping, cultisem/drugs, car theft, petty theft and fraud.

Also recovered during the period were 88 firearms, 118 ammunition and 63 cars.

The CP said: “I want to sound this note of warning to criminals that they have no place in the FCT. The Command has deployed proactive security measures to beat them at their game.

“The only option available to criminals nursing any thought of coming to FCT is to either repent and turn a new leaf or be prepared to face the full wrath of the law.

“As we advance into the New Year, I want to assure the public that the Command is making concerted effort to build on its numerous successes of 2019 and provide FCT residents with better service delivery in 2020.”

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Is your new year’s resolution to find true love? If so, you may well be considering a dating app for your phone. Thanks to trailblazers like Tinder, and new dating apps like KissaApp, online dating has gone mainstream. And mature daters want in on the action too.

Lorna is 62 and lives in Edinburgh where she works as a PA. She is a divorcee with children and grandchildren and is still looking for love.

“You come home from work, you want to be talking to someone about your day, it’s good for your mental health,” she explains. “It’s the reason why I’m still dating at my age.”

But it becomes harder to meet potential partners as you get older, she says. “For women of my generation you can’t just walk into a pub by yourself, because that sends a certain message.”

She became an early adopter of dating apps like Tinder, drawn to the way you can build up a rapport privately through messaging, before committing to meet in person.

It was exciting rather than frightening, publishing her profile for the first time, she remembers.

She has met some lovely people, but the experience also left her feeling uncomfortable.

“I was often approached by people much younger than me, people that are the age of my children. I found that creepy and unsettling. I didn’t even like the thought that they’ve looked at my profile.”

So the idea of a dating app that was age-restricted appealed to her. She tried signing up to one called Lumen, which is for over-50s. It’s just one player in a growing market for mature daters.

Online dating is a billion dollar global industry that has enjoyed huge growth in recent years thanks to mobile phones. The industry is expected to grow by as much as 30% over the next two to three years, according to research group eMarketer.

Tinder brought online dating into the mainstream after it launched in 2012, helping to remove any stigma around it. In the USA the number of people using dating apps shot up from 15 to 25 million between 2015 and 2018.

Matchmaking companies used to cater primarily for people in their late 20s to early 40s, who were looking to get married or meet a long-term partner. The big growth now is at either end of the spectrum: the 18-24 market and those over 50.

In the 2013-15 period, when Tinder was taking off, online dating tripled for that younger demographic; and in the same period it doubled for those aged 55-64, according to the Pewresearch centre.

Lumen stands out because, like Tinder it only exists as an app. It is designed first and foremost for the mobile phone.

“If you look on social media sites like Facebook, the audience is getting older, so it’s a natural extension that they would meet people online for dating,” says Charly Lester, founder of Lumen.

She founded it in London in 2018, believing she had spotted a gap in the market. She knew lots of people in their 50s and 60s who were just as phone-fixated as the younger generation.

Her app has attracted more than 1.5 million users in less than a year.

It’s free to join, but the company makes money by charging users for “premium” features. These include the ability to search potential partners with “advanced filters” like “height, children, smoking, politics and star sign” and the chance to see who has saved you as a “favourite”.

More established companies also cater for mature daters, like OurTime and Silver Singles. They began as website platforms but have now developed apps. OurTime says it has seen a 146% increase in active users in the past two years, with 63% of joiners registering by mobile.

Media captionCan a 30-something launch a dating app for over-50s?

Some dating apps wouldn’t let you sign up if you were older than 50, so people lied about their age, says Ms Lester. “Another reason we started the app is that a lot of women were complaining that men their own age didn’t want to date them any more, they wanted to date significantly younger.”

You do find men in their eighties chasing the “youngsters” in their 50s, she says, but you can use age-range filters to set who can see your profile.

So do mature daters behave differently to younger ones?

There is a divergence in what men and women want in later life, says Nicola Fox Hamilton, who lectures in cyber-psychology at Dublin’s Institute of Art, Design and Technology.

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Nicola Fox Hamilton researches online dating

Women are looking for companionship but without a caring role, because often they are just escaping from that and value freedom, she says.

Men are more focused on committed relationships at this age, she thinks. And they are often struggling with more narrow social networks in real life, so online dating is a lifeline for them.

It’s also a myth that people are not interested in sex at this age, she says, with women placing only a slightly lesser value on it than men.


However, this age group is more prone to “catfishing” and romance scamming, she warns.

Catfishing involves people creating fake profiles to lure people into a relationship. When this is a scam, the goal is to extract money from the unsuspecting person.

People have lost anything from £50-£800,000, with many losing more than £5,000, says Ms Fox Hamilton.

A typical scam account might involve an attractive man serving in the military – or any kind of scenario that explains why they struggle to meet in person.

Many victims don’t believe it has happened until the police tell them, she says, and even then they struggle to take it in. Many who do realise it has happened don’t report it out of shame.

Lumen acknowledges that scamming is an issue in this market. It combats it with artificial intelligence software, and a “selfie” registration system which makes users take a photograph of themselves when they register, and compares it to the profile photos they then upload to ensure they are genuine.

A team of just 15 look after a site where 1.5 million are looking for love, and human intervention is sometimes required to spot people joining in bad faith.

Back in Edinburgh, Lorna says she is always careful to follow the sensible safety precautions recommended by dating sites – she thinks would-be mature daters shouldn’t be deterred.

Many of her friends have found successful relationships through online dating, including marriage. She hopes she will be next and in the meantime she enjoys the excitement, she says.

“Each time someone sends a message, my heart lurches,” she confesses. “It’s like when you see someone across the dance floor.”

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My Dear Compatriots,

Today marks a new decade. It is a time of hope, optimism and fresh possibilities. We look forward as a nation to the 2020s as the opportunity to build on the foundations we have laid together on security, diversification of our economy and taking on the curse of corruption. These are the pledges on which I have been twice elected President and remain the framework for a stable, sustainable and more prosperous future.

Elections are the cornerstone of our democracy. I salute the commitment of the millions who voted in peace last February and of those leaders who contested for office vigorously but fairly, submitting to the authority of the electorate, the Independent National Electoral Commission and judicial process. I understand very well the frustrations our system has in the past triggered. I will be standing down in 2023 and will not be available in any future elections. But I am determined to help strengthen the electoral process both in Nigeria and across the region, where several ECOWAS members go to the polls this year.

As Commander-in-Chief, my primary concern is the security of the nation and the safety of our citizens. When I assumed office in May 2015 my first task was to rally our neighbours so that we could confront Boko Haram on a coordinated regional basis. Chaos is not a neighbour any of us hope for.

We have been fighting on several fronts: violent extremists, cultists and organised criminal networks. It has not been easy. But as we are winning the war, we also look to the challenge of winning the peace, the reconstruction of lives, communities and markets. The North East Development Commission will work with local and international stakeholders to help create a new beginning for the North East.

The Federal Government will continue to work with State Governors, neighbouring states and our international partners to tackle the root causes of violent extremism and the networks that help finance and organise terror. Our security forces will receive the best training and modern weaponry, and in turn will be held to the highest standards of professionalism, and respect for human rights. We will use all the human and emerging technological resources available to tackle kidnapping, banditry and armed robbery.

The new Ministry of Police Affairs increased recruitment of officers and the security reforms being introduced will build on what we are already delivering. We will work tirelessly at home and with our allies in support of our policies to protect the security of life and property. Our actions at all times will be governed by the rule of law. At the same time, we shall look always to engage with all well-meaning leaders and citizens of goodwill to promote dialogue, partnership and understanding.

We need a democratic government that can guarantee peace and security to realise the full potential of our ingenious, entrepreneurial and hard-working people. Our policies are designed to promote genuine, balanced growth that delivers jobs and rewards industry. Our new Economic Advisory Council brings together respected and independent thinkers to advise me on a strategy that champions inclusive and balanced growth, and above all fight poverty and safeguard national economic interests.

As we have sat down to celebrate with friends and family over this holiday season, for the first time in a generation our food plates have not all been filled with imports of products we know can easily be produced here at home. The revolution in agriculture is already a reality in all corners of the country. New agreements with Morocco, Russia and others will help us access on attractive terms the inputs we need to accelerate the transformation in farming that is taking place.

A good example of commitment to this inclusive growth is the signing of the African Continental Free Trade Area and the creation of the National Action Committee to oversee its implementation and ensure the necessary safeguards are in place to allow us to fully capitalise on regional and continental markets.

The joint land border security exercise currently taking place is meant to safeguard Nigeria’s economy and security. No one can doubt that we have been good neighbours and good citizens. We have been the helpers and shock-absorbers of the sub-region but we cannot allow our well-planned economic regeneration plans to be sabotaged. As soon as we are satisfied that the safeguards are adequate, normal cross-border movements will be resumed.

Already, we are making key infrastructure investments to enhance our ease of doing business. On transportation, we are making significant progress on key roads such as the Second Niger Bridge, Lagos – Ibadan Expressway and the Abuja – Kano highway. 2020 will also see tangible progress on the Lagos to Kano Rail line. Through Executive Order 007, we are also using alternative funding programmes in collaboration with private sector partners to fix strategic roads such as the Apapa-Oworonshoki Express way. Abuja and Port Harcourt have new international airport terminals, as will Kano and Lagos in 2020. When completed, all these projects will positively impact business operations in the country. These projects are not small and do not come without some temporary disruption; we are doing now what should have been done a long time ago. I thank you for your patience and look forward to the dividends that we and future generations will long enjoy.

Power has been a problem for a generation. We know we need to pick up the pace of progress. We have solutions to help separate parts of the value chain to work better together. In the past few months, we have engaged extensively with stakeholders to develop a series of comprehensive solutions to improve the reliability and availability of electricity across the country. These solutions include ensuring fiscal sustainability for the sector, increasing both government and private sector investments in the power transmission and distribution segments, improving payment transparency through the deployment of smart meters and ensuring regulatory actions maximise service delivery.

We have in place a new deal with Siemens, supported by the German government after German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited us in Abuja, to invest in new capacity for generation, transmission and distribution. These projects will be under close scrutiny and transparency – there will be no more extravagant claims that end only in waste, theft and mismanagement.

The next 12 months will witness the gradual implementation of these actions, after which Nigerians can expect to see significant improvement in electricity service supply reliability and delivery. Separately, we have plans to increase domestic gas consumption. In the first quarter of 2020, we will commence work on the AKK gas pipeline, OB3 Gas pipeline and the expansion of the Escravos – Lagos Pipeline.

While we look to create new opportunities in agriculture, manufacturing and other long neglected sectors, in 2020 we will also realise increased value from oil and gas, delivering a more competitive, attractive and profitable industry, operating on commercial principles and free from political interference. Just last week, we were able to approve a fair framework for the USD10 billion expansion of Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas, which will increase exports by 35 percent, restore our position as a world leader in the sector and create thousands of jobs. The Amendment of the Deep Offshore Act in October signalled our intention to create a modern, forward-looking industry in Nigeria. I am confident that in 2020 we will be able to present a radical programme of reform for oil and gas that will excite investors, improve governance and strengthen protections for host communities and the environment.

We can expect the pace of change in technology only to accelerate in the decade ahead. Coupled with our young and vibrant population, this offers huge opportunities if we are able to harness the most productive trends and tame some of the wilder elements. This is a delicate balance with which many countries are struggling. We are seeking an informed and mature debate that reflects our rights and responsibilities as citizens in shaping the boundaries of how best to allow technology to benefit Nigeria.

During my Democracy Day speech on June 12, 2019, I promised to lay the enduring foundations for taking a hundred million Nigerians out of mass poverty over the next 10 years. Today I restate that commitment. We shall continue reforms in education, health care and water sanitation. I have met international partners such as GAVI, the vaccine alliance, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation who support our social welfare programmes. I will continue to work with State and Local Governments to make sure that these partnerships deliver as they should. Workers will have a living wage and pensioners will be looked after. We are steadily clearing pensions and benefits arrears neglected for so long.

The new Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development will consolidate and build on the social intervention schemes and will enhance the checks and balances necessary for this set of programmes to succeed for the long term.

I am able to report that the journey has already begun with the passage and signing into law of the 2020 Appropriation Act. As the new decade dawns, we are ready to hit the ground running. Let me pay tribute to the Ninth National Assembly who worked uncommonly long hours to make sure that the 2020 budget scrutiny is both thorough and timely. The close harmony between the Executive and Legislature is a sharp contrast to what we have experienced in the recent past, when the Senate kept the previous budget for 7 months without good reason just to score cheap political points thereby disrupting the budgetary processes and overall economic development plans.

Our policies are working and the results will continue to show themselves more clearly by the day. Nigeria is the most tremendous, can-do market, offering extraordinary opportunities and returns. Investors can look forward with confidence not only to an increasing momentum of change but also to specific incentives, including our new visa-on-arrival policy.

They can also be certain of our unshakeable commitment to tackle corruption. As we create an environment that allows initiative, enterprise and hard work to thrive, it is more important than ever to call out those who find the rule of law an inconvenience, or independent regulation an irritation. We are doing our part here in Nigeria. We will continue to press our partners abroad to help with the supply side of corruption and have received some encouragement. We expect more funds stolen in the past to be returned to us and they will be ploughed back into development with all due transparency.

This is a joint initiative. Where our policies have worked best, it has been because of the support of ordinary Nigerians in their millions, numbers that even the most powerful of special interests cannot defy. I thank you for your support. Transition by its very nature carries with it change and some uncertainty along the way. I encourage you to be tolerant, law abiding and peace loving. This is a new year and the beginning of a new decade – the Nigerian Decade of prosperity and promise for Nigeria and for Africa.

To recapitulate, some of the projects Nigerians should expect to come upstream from 2020 include:

  • 47 road projects scheduled for completion in 2020/21, including roads leading to ports;
  • Major bridges including substantial work on the Second Niger Bridge;
  • Completion of 13 housing estates under the National Housing Project Plan;
  • Lagos, Kano, Maiduguri and Enugu international airports to be commissioned in 2020;
  • Launching of an agricultural rural mechanisation scheme that will cover 700 local governments over a period of three years;
  • Launching of the Livestock Development Project Grazing Model in Gombe State where 200,000 hectares of land has been identified;
  • Training of 50,000 workers to complement the country’s 7,000 extension workers;
  • Commissioning of the Lagos – Ibadan and Itakpe – Warri rail lines in the first quarter;
  • Commencement of the Ibadan – Abuja and Kano – Kaduna rail lines also in the first quarter;
  • Further liberalisation of the power sector to allow businesses to generate and sell power;
  • Commencement of the construction of the Mambilla Power project by the first half of 2020; and
  • Commencement of the construction of the AKK gas pipeline, OB3 gas pipeline and the expansion of the Escravos – Lagos pipeline in the first quarter of 2020.

Thank you very much!

President Muhammadu Buhari,

State House, Abuja.

January 1, 2020

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Baby naming trends tend to happen gradually, so decades are great markers for analyzing the rise and fall of different names.

As this decade comes to a close, we took a look at the Social Security Administration’s data from the 2010s to identify names that got a boost in popularity. The name Mila, for example, rose from No. 364 in 2010 all the way up to No. 14 in the most recent rankings. (The SSA’s current data only goes up to 2018, but it seems likely these general decade trends will hold into 2019 as well.)

Many names like Luna, Zayn and Aria/Arya may owe their rise to pop culture. There are also broader trends like the rise of a-ending names for girls (a la Cora, Isla and Stella) and names that end in -son for boys (think Grayson, Hudson and Jameson).

Without further ado, here are 100 baby names that rose in popularity in the 2010s.


Luna ― from No. 342 in 2010 to No. 23 in 2018

Aria ― No. 353 to No. 19 (Arya rose from No. 942 to No. 119)

Mila ― No. 364 to No. 14

Emilia ― No. 348 to No. 58

Hazel ― No. 264 to No. 42

Isla ― No. 297 to No. 82

Cora ― No. 275 to No. 73

Adeline ― No. 323 to No. 78

Kinsley ― No. 307 to No. 63

Raelynn ― No. 628 to No. 115

Willow ― No. 290 to No. 62

Everly ― not in the top 1,000 until 2012 to No. 53

Nova ― not in the top 1,000 until 2011 to No. 56

Ivy ― No. 299 to No. 86

Quinn ― No. 255 to No. 84

Penelope ― No. 200 to No. 26

Aurora ― No. 203 to No. 44

Paisley ― No. 238 to No. 52

Emery ― No. 313 to No. 92

Athena ― No. 363 to No. 117

Eloise ― No. 527 to No. 167

Thea ― not in the top 1,000 until 2014 to No. 273

Juniper ― not in the top 1,000 until 2011 to No. 281

Oakley ― not in the top 1,000 until 2013 to No. 388

Iris ― No. 315 to No. 138

Emerson ― No. 316 to No. 143

Leilani ― No. 268 to No. 120

Eleanor ― No. 166 to No. 32

Skylar ― No. 181 to No. 50

Nora ― No. 159 to No. 30

Harper ― No. 118 to No. 9

Alice ― No. 172 to No. 71

Hadley ― No. 218 to No. 104

Violet ― No. 123 to No. 43

Scarlett ― No. 115 to No. 20

Elena ― No. 163 to No. 66

Valentina ― No. 152 to No. 81

Eliana ― No. 168 to No. 83

Finley ― No. 408 to No. 163

Esther ― No. 260 to No. 153

Kennedy ― No. 100 to No. 59

Camila ― No. 61 to No. 18 (Camilla jumped from No. 508 to No. 302)

Stella ― No. 85 to No. 38

Ellie ― No. 104 to No. 37

Ruby ― No. 113 to No. 74

Piper ― No. 144 to No. 88

Josephine ― No. 185 to No. 91

Delilah ― No. 187 to No. 94

Brielle ― No. 192 to No. 99

Clara ― No. 167 to No. 103


Maverick ― No. 507 to No. 73

Ezra ― No. 242 to No. 59

Mateo ― No. 222 to No. 37

Lincoln ― No. 199 to No. 40

Theodore ― No. 259 to No. 44

Leo ― No. 191 to No. 50

Grayson ― No. 122 to No. 32 (Greyson jumped from No. 249 to No. 77)

Hudson ― No. 139 to No. 54

Asher ― No. 138 to No. 47

Ezekiel ― No. 213 to No. 87

Jameson ― No. 277 to No. 91

Declan ― No. 274 to No. 101

River ― No. 432 to No. 197

Rhett ― No. 608 to No. 167

Matias ― No. 710 to No. 201

Weston ― No. 224 to No. 102

Axel ― No. 187 to No. 94

Zayn ― not in the top 1,000 until 2013 to No. 334

Otto ― not in the top 1,000 until 2011 to No. 430

Nolan ― No. 104 to No. 64

Oliver ― No. 88 to No. 5

Jaxon ― No. 99 to No. 39 (Jaxson rose from No. 173 to No. 76)

Santiago ― No. 134 to No. 81

Sawyer ― No. 172 to No. 99

Jace ― No. 146 to No. 90

Leonardo ― No. 150 to No. 92

Easton ― No. 145 to No. 66

Elias ― No. 141 to No. 67

Roman ―No. 186 to No. 85

Everett ― No. 287 to No. 95

Waylon ― No. 422 to No. 142

August ― No. 427 to No. 170

Brooks ― No. 401 to No. 161

King ― No. 399 to No. 150

Rowan ― No. 327 to No. 129

Ryker ― No. 309 to No. 122

Beau ― No. 375 to No. 151

Elliot ― No. 301 to No. 162

Luca ― No. 272 to No. 106

Silas ― No. 219 to No. 110

Kingston ― No. 214 to No. 117

Kai ― No. 205 to No. 113

Harrison ― No. 233 to No. 115

Abel ― No. 293 to No. 146

Jayce ― No. 299 to No. 147

Jasper ― No. 286 to No. 154

Elliott ― No. 315 to No. 168

Finn ― No. 300 to No. 166

Dean ― No. 285 to No. 173

Sebastian ― No. 68 to No. 18

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