Fashion : The Nigerian Parent And Child

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In 2011 an Executive Governor of a state in Nigeria cautioned the state’s anti-crime outfit against instilling discipline in a great number of youths who have embraced indecent dressing as a tradition. In the present time, the situation seems irredeemable.

Young people are fashion conscious, know the style in vogue and want to be seen in the fashion in trend. Indeed, the physical appearance of a child, is a reflection of the kind of home such a child comes from. A sizable number of children are knowledgeable about prominent  fashion designers, but same is not exhibited during lessons in the classroom and in examination halls. This can be seen in examination results.

For several parents, meeting the insatiable demands of their children have  overtime, been a task that has come at great costs. Sadly, the choice of dresses of their children, have continuously raised moral questions. Interestingly, most children opt to follow their parents’ ways of dressing. Although, there is an argument that being children, they are ”innocent” and should be allowed to dress as they choose, but parents should guard against their  children exposing sensitive parts of their bodies. In the Nigerian society today, countless number of  girls, prefer skimpy dresses-mini skirts, sleeveless tops and transparent gowns, while their male counterparts are followers of ‘sagging’. A Biblical injunction exhorts parents to bring up their children, the way such children should grow, so that when such children grow up, there would never be a departure.

Without doubt a great number of parents have contributed to the rising level of indecent dressing and immorality in the society. The preference of Mothers is that of their children. This has resulted in such children straying from the standards and practices of decency. . And of course, this has resulted in the unabating cases of defilement and rape. Indeed, women, who engage in the ”beer parlour business”, adjust their dress codes and that of their female children  for the benefit of their patrons. These patrons are more comfortable with immorality. In such a situation, the children have no option, but to follow their Mother’s acceptable dressing instructions, as a means towards boosting their financial status.

Considering the fact that most schools no longer pay attention to the physical appearance of students, parents and the school authorities are to blame for  the bleak future that lies ahead of those who have veered off the track. A worrisome situation, no doubt.

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President’s Democracy Day Address Has Succeeded In Raising The Hopes of Nigerians With Elements of Frustration-Prof. Olagoke

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When Nigeria marked its Democracy day on 29 May, 2016, it citizens put up a non nonchalant attitude. In this interview with Federationews2day, Founder of Shafaudeen Worldwide, Wakajaye, Ibadan, Nigeria, Professor Sabitu Olagoke gives the reason why. Excerpts :

Before the present disposition, the opposition laid emphasis on June 12 as Democracy day, but now, the reverse is the case, why do you think this is so ?

The present government happens to be that of the progressives whereby the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) government was tagged reactionary, or capitalist conservative. The progressives have been sensitizing  the members of the public since the days of their been in the opposition, as well as been activists, who used to tag themselves as the progressives, the society itself is used to them, as those people who are well meaning to Nigeria, and whose government would be able to bring about the expected succour to the people. Fortunately for them, then, opposition was highly necessary because of the oppressive way the then government in power had been ruling the country.  June 12 happened to be the cornerstone of the then progressives in opposition and the argument then was that Chief M.K.O  Abiola should be recognized as the champion of democracy upon which all of us believed that he was erroneously killed. Unfortunately for them, the are now in government and they were able to come to power through the legacy of May 29, which now happens to be the tradition of  our democratic establishment in Nigeria. People are now waiting for June 12, to see how they will celebrate it. If June 12 is undermined, not well celebrated, it would mean that the progressives of yesterday,  who happen to be in power today, are hypocrites, they only rode on the back of the problem and travail of Chief Abiola, to get to power.  But this should not be strange to us, because even since the demise of  Awolowo, most of them have been riding  through the fame of Awolowo to get to power, but to the utter disappointment of the  people, they have not been able to perform, even at 25 per cent capacity, as Awolowo would have done. Political campaigns are now reality of a mirage through which the masses are hoodwinked for the politicians to have their way. It is really unfortunate. One thing that really disgust me, the real patriots of Nigeria, is the double standard posture of many of our politicians, when things are not favorable  for them, they identify with the masses, but when they are in control of power, some of the time they get  nasty. Personally, I wouldn’t like such to happen to the  All Progressives Congress(APC) government in Nigeria.

What is your assessment of President Muhammadu Buhari’s Democracy day address to the nation ?

In the real sense of it the peoples’ wishes are yet to be met by this government, because the issue of unpaid salaries, infrastructure in comatose and failure to provide basic amenities, to feel the impact of government is yet to be put in place.  But in the areas of zero tolerance for corruption, they are yet to succeed , but  they are on the right path. The argument is that the creation of an enabling environment should be paramount. And this is what this government should rightly do. Eevn the budget of N6.06 trillion is still a paper work because sourcing for the money to be able to fund the budget is still underway.  But the situation of Nigeria is that of the bad past and the weak present. Bad past, in the sense that the PDP government really and actually bastardized the economy. The present state, faces the curse of the fall in the crude oil price which in the  real sense has affected the budget, the feasibility of funding the budget without borrowing. However, political pundits want to know the amount recovered from the anti-corruption crusade, which government may not be sincere in its disclosure, because of one reason, the government itself has internal funding problems, through which its campaign was administered. Some individuals must have lent them the huge amount spent, which I believe the APC government will never declare. If part of the money is used to settle the internal debt of the party, the left over may not necessarily  be sufficient enough to support the funding of the budget.  If this is to be denied as a misconception, government owes it a huge duty and debt to reveal the names of the looters as well as the amount recovered from them so far. This is to correct possible misgivings from members of the public, for government to be able to maintain its credibility. It is not possible to give what you don’t have, although the broadcast of the President was full of complains against the peoples’ expectations. This is not to write them off, as not having achieved anything, because in the areas of fighting to have peace and curb terrorism, kudos must be given to them, as well as the Nigerian soldiers under Buratai. Government is duty bound to come out with palliatives and largesse to  cushion the effect of the rising prices of good and commodities as a result of the unexpected increase in the pump rice of petrol from N86.50 to N145.00, because people are dying, getting sick and losing hope, which negates the essence of good governance. In the areas of generating jobs, our companies must be revived, but  through functional power generation and supply, otherwise diversification of the economy to be embarked on may not be able to survive the challenges of the time. His speech, generally, has done  well in the areas of raising our hopes, but with elements of frustration. The President and the Ministers must rise up to action quickly.

 

Egypt deports French journalist amid crackdown on the media

Cairo – Egyptian authorities have deported a French journalist without explanation, their latest move in an ongoing crackdown on freedom of expression and the media.

The reporter, Remy Pigaglio, who worked for several publications, including Catholic daily La Croix, was returning from a trip to France and prevented from entering Egypt. He has a residency work permit and press card, and was detained for 30 hours at the airport before being sent back to Paris early on Wednesday.

French journalists in Egypt expressed their dismay at the deportation, saying in a note that it was a sign of “the growing repression by authorities of Egyptian and foreign media.”

Egypt was ranked 158 out of 180 countries in the 2015 Press Freedom Index, according to Reporters Without Borders, a freedom of expression advocacy group.
Source :news 24

Why Health Workers Did Not Join The Nationwide Fuel Strike Action-Allied Health Porfessionals

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Workers in Nigeria recently embarked on a nationwide strike action to show their displeasure over the decision of the Federal Government to unilaterally increase the pump price of Premium Spirit(PMS)from N86.50 to N145.00. In this interview with Federationews2day, Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Allied Health Professionals(NUAHP), Oulsegun Sotiloye, who doubles as the Deputy President(South) of the same union, gives reasons why his union did not join the strike. Excerpts :

Allied Health Professionals did not join the strike called by the Nigeria Labour Congress(NLC). Why ?

Before I answer the question directly, let me first and foremost say, the labour movement is all about loyalty, so as a labour person, I am loyal to my union and my union, NUAHP, IS affiliate of the Trade Union Congress(TUC), and therefore the union is very loyal to the Trade centre, Trade Union Congress. Therefore, whatever directives given from above has to be followed. The Nigeria Union of Allied Health Professionals as a body, went in line directly with what the Trade Union Congress directed.

All branches, units, state chapters were put on alert, until around 11.00pm on Sunday(before the strike commenced), when the directive came that we should suspend action. That is as far as the directive or loyalty to the union goes. Personally, I don’t believe that a strike  action will be of benefit to Nigerians, concerning this struggle.

The labour union had said what should be paramount, is increment in salaries, implementation of palliative to cushion the effects of the increment, I will be more comfortable with that. And that invariably is what the TUC and the Ajaero faction of NLC subscribed to eventually, that is a committee to look at the increment of salaries, making available palliatives to cushion the effects of the price increment, because let it be told, going back to N86.50, fuel was not available, even though we know people are suffering.

Buhari Will Succeed By Eze Dr. Alex .C. Anozie, Head of Igbos, Oyo state

I have carefully studied the situation of things as going on in our country, Nigeria today, even though everything looks difficult and hopeless, I remain positive that Nigeria will laugh last at the end of it all. I am saying this because I discovered that Buhari came in and met an empty treasury, the country’s wealth were stolen  away by our fellow Nigerians in high positions. Let’s look at what we read in the papers everyday, the discovered stolen wealth by fellow Nigerians, multiples of billions of Dollars. money stolen by just two or three people, as we read should be enough to strengthen our economy, and when our economy is strengthened, everything will fall in line.  And when with the sudden collapse of oil price world over, Buhari could not have performed any miracle, that is just the basic truth. But like we have all seen now, Buhari is very busy trying to recover most of these stolen monies, both those in foreign banks and locally, and I believe that by the time these stolen wealth are recovered, knowing Buhari  with his integrity, he will surely bring life back to Nigerians.

I have never met Buhari, I don’t know him and I am not expecting  anything from him, except that he should try his best and see that this great country, Nigeria, gets back to her glorious position, whereby Nigerians will begin to live again. Let me advise him, Buhari, to still look inwards because that corruption, whereby the country’s wealth is still being stolen away, is still there thriving.  He should also do everything at his possible best to see that all the unwanted killings, destruction of human lives and property all over the country, is fought to a standstill. He should be able to investigate  and find out, if there are some highly placed individuals, who are working to sabotage his government, that cannot be ruled out. I believe that Nigerians will laugh last. It is very dangerous to allow things to continue to go the way it’s going now, particularly all these unchecked killings here and there. As a matter of fact, all these contributes, so much to the reasons that make some Nigerians being tempted, to think whether it is worth it remaining in the one country, Nigeria, where lives and property are not safe, where thievery is the order of the day, where nothing is working fine,  where there seems to be no hope. But  I am calling on all Nigerians to ”Refuse to give up as God’s miracle is on the way”. All religious bodies should intensify efforts in praying to GOD FOR his mercy and guidance. Unfortunately, many religions, churches, mosques have turned from being the house of God, to something else. Most religious houses have become monster houses, they have become homes for all kinds of crimes, rape, rituals, fraud, deceit and many others. I am requesting those of them that are still for God, truly, to intensify their prayers to God. He will surely deliver the country.  Good day  Nigeria.

Liberia: 12th Graders Exams Canceled

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The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) in collaboration with the Ministry of Education has canceled this year’s 12th graders exams.

The Assistant Registrar for Testing and Evaluation at WACE told journalists that the cancellation of the exams is due to alleged burglary at one of its storage facilities at Konola Mission in Margibi County over the weekend.

Mr. Dale Gbotoe said unknown individuals passed through the ceiling, entered where the exams papers were stored and made away with countless copies of each of the nine subjects that were to be administered for this year’s exams.

He disclosed that several persons including senior students and security guards who were on duty during the alleged burglary are currently being investigation by the police.

Gbotoe said WAEC needs between US$700,000 and US$800,000 to reprint and administer new senior high exams.

He revealed that the new exams will be administered from June 27-July 1, 2016.

The Assistant WAEC Registrar for Testing and Evaluation said the Council has recalled all of its examiners from the counties pending the new dates for this year’s exams.

Source : The News, Monrovia

Were EgyptAir Flight 804 Pilots Killed Before They Could Send a Mayday?

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Whatever triggered a meltdown of the Airbus’s flight controls could also have brought instant death in the cockpit.

Among the many questions raised by the EgyptAir Flight 804 tragedy, the most perplexing concerns one thing that did not happen: Why was there no Mayday distress call from the pilots?

Experts are struggling to interpret and explain the seven brief bursts of data sent via satellite from the airplane that describe a cascade of mechanical failures ending with the loss of primary controls. Some kind of explosion involving smoke and fire at the front of the cabin is indicated but not in enough detail to give an understanding of the cause.

Like most modern jets the Airbus A320 is “fly-by-wire,” meaning that none of its controls is operated by direct physical input from the pilots as in the days of “seat of the pants” aviation. Normally all control passes through the flight management system and is dependent on computers. Even when the autopilot is disengaged and the airplane is flown “manually” bypassing the computers, the control surfaces are activated electronically.

(On Airbus airplanes the pilots use sidesticks similar to those on a video game to send commands while Boeing retains the traditional “yoke” centered in front of the pilots replicating the joystick of older generations—although the system is still “fly-by-wire.”)

Whatever happened to the Airbus within a very few minutes it essentially fried the computers and command system and rendered the controls inoperable, something never seen before in a modern jet.

Normally in a fire and smoke emergency the pilots would have time to don smoke masks with microphones in them, and would be able to send a Mayday, and describe the problem. The Egyptian pilots clearly were never able to do this, suggesting the possibility that they were either disabled or killed at the onset of whatever overcame the airplane so rapidly.

What did actually happen in that cockpit cannot be known until the main parts of the airplane, together with its flight data recorders, are found. That is likely to be a prolonged and extremely arduous operation.

The debris so far recovered is poignant in its connection to passengers—an unused life vest, pieces of luggage, part of a seat—but is far too fragmentary to offer any clues to what happened.

It also offers no guidance to where the actual crash site is. The light debris was carried rapidly on currents away from where it must have first appeared.

Unless substantial pieces of the Airbus A320 are found still on the surface—and there is so far no sign of that—the bulk of the wreckage that holds the key to what destroyed the airplane will be lying as far as 10,000 feet down on the seabed.

A French vessel equipped for undersea searches and wreck retrieval has left the port of Toulon and should arrive in the area by Monday (the French have long been leaders in underwater exploration), and the Egyptians are deploying a submarine used for undersea geological surveys for oil.

Just how formidable is the search going to be? As it happens, there is a way of demonstrating the many challenges involved because of an eerie coincidence.

On Dec. 28, 2014 an identical jet, an Airbus A320 flown by AirAsia, fell from 37,000 feet—the height at which the Egyptian jet was cruising—into the Karimata Strait, in the Java Sea, with the loss of 162 lives. (The pilots had pulled a circuit breaker not meant to be touched in flight and disengaged the autopilot, and then lost control.)

The AirAsia jet had not been structurally compromised in its dive and did not break up until it hit the water. Although we now know that the EgyptAir jet’s controls were fatally disabled there is no indication that it broke up in the air.

The dynamics of the way both airplanes dived toward the ocean were similar but exactly how they hit the water would not necessarily be the same. In any event, the heaviest parts, including the main fuselage, would instantly sink and they happen to be the most essential for investigators to reach.

The search for the AirAsia jet should have been relatively easy. After two days pieces of wreckage were spotted floating near an island where the water was less than 100 feet deep. Within a week divers located more debris underwater, but there were strong currents and heavy silt restricted visibility.

And so, even though the site was quickly found and accessible, recovery was still prolonged and difficult. It was another two weeks before the largest part of the wreck, most of the fuselage with one wing still attached, was discovered, followed soon afterward by both the flight data recorder and the cockpit voice recorder.

Finding the EgyptAir jet is a task of an altogether greater magnitude. This is not the Mediterranean of tourist brochures: warm, limpid, and inviting. The great depth means the intense darkness of the abyss and the presence of a lot of turbulence—right now, for example, the weather has deteriorated and there are rough seas.

This all makes it unlikely that signals from the locator beacon on the airplane’s flight data recorder will be easily detected. As I have earlier reported, this device is grossly inadequate for conditions like these, and with a battery life of only 30 days there is a pressing deadline to find it.

Machete Carrying Youths Attack and Rob Journalist In Olorunsogo, Molete, Ibadan

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Solomon Adewunmi, Editor-In-Chief of online news portal, Federationews2day was on Monday  night attacked, injured and dispossessed of his personal belongings by identified machete carrying youths at the Olorunsogo community in the Molete area of Ibadan, Nigeria.

The youths numbering about 12 attacked the journalist at about 7.45pm in the evening when he was about entering 3, Kehinde Aderibigbe street,  dealth him machete cuts on his head and thereafter dispossessed him of his handbag, containing N30,000 two GSM handsets and some vital documents.

The youths, led by one Samson, a student of Ibadan Grammar School, who are between 14 and 18 years old, thereafter took refuge inside a storey building, 5 Kehinde Aderibigbe street, owned by Mrs. Ajayi, Mother of Tobi of Community  Grammar School, Eyinni and a member of the gang. This was after they  had boasted in Yoruba language that ”report to the police, the police will not listen to you”. Indeed, this has been the response of the police in so many cases.

The same gang, also comprising of one Samuel of Community Grammar School, Eyinni, Samuel, of JSS 3, St. Lukes Grammar school, Kudeti, Mathew and Ayo Adesanya of Anglican Grammar School, Eyin Grammar, had in March, 2016, burgled a flat  at 3, Kehinde Aderibigbe street.

Sadly, officers and men of the Felele Police Division, which oversees, the community where the robbery incident occurred have for long exhibited attitude that has continuously raised suspicions by members of the public over their compromising roles in criminal activities within the community.

Olorunsogo is home to individuals with suspicious and questionable character, including petty traders, who own shops, which  the youths use as launching pads for attacks on innocent residents. The Landlords and Tenants Association in the community have for long aided and abetted the activities of the youths.

Before this time, the youths, who are residents, of 5 and 6 Kehinde Aderibigbe street, had scaled the fence of house no. 3, broke into a flat and stole building materials worth several thousands of Naira.

With these development, coupled with the fact that Teachers of these schools, live on the same street with the criminals, the insinuation is that the schools are now breeding grounds for criminals.

U.S. Warns ISIS Capital: Get Out Now

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The terror group was already worried that its main city, Raqqa, was under threat. A new push from the U.S. military looks to make that paranoia worse.

The American military is warning residents of ISIS’s Syrian capital to leave the city—suggesting that an offensive on Raqqa was imminent, two Pentagon officials told the Daily Beast.

In the past day, residents of Raqqa have posted photos of the warnings on Twitter, saying they were airdropped on leaflets by the U.S.-led coalition. The defense officials were the first to confirm that the coalition had indeed issued the warnings.

“The time….has arrived. It’s time to leave Raqqa,” one of the ominous leaflets read. Images portray residents fleeing the black-and-white world of ISIS for the color of freedom, urging citizens to flee toward colors. 

There is just one problem: There is no imminent ground or air attack, at least by the U.S.-led coalition. Rather the coalition appears to be the midst of a psychological offensive.

“It’s part of our mess-with-them campaign,” a Pentagon official explained to The Daily Beast.

The leaflets come amid what appears to be something of a panic within ISIS about how long it can maintain its grip on Raqqa. In recent weeks, there were reports that ISIS had declared a state of emergency in Raqqa. And earlier this week, the terror group’s leadership reportedly would not let fighters leave for holiday as ISIS dug trenches around Raqqa, moved headquarters underground, and put coverings over homes in an effort to deflect drone attacks.

Leafleting campaigns are hardly a new tactic by the U.S. military. But this appears to be the first time the U.S. has dropped them during the war against ISIS to issue possibly-inaccurate threats, an exploitation of growing paranoia within the terror group.

ISIS’s fears appear to have been spurred by the Kurdish rebel forces known as the Peoples Protection Units, or YPG, as they march southwest toward Raqqa. As far back as February, some on the ground believed that the YPG, joined by the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, could be strong enough to move on Raqqa.

The confidence in the Kurds is a marked change from as recently January. Many believed then that the Kurds would not be interested in fighting for or taking over the Arab–controlled Raqqa. But the rebel group’s wins over cities that run along Raqqa’s supply routes, like al Shaddadi, buoyed hopes that the Kurdish-dominated forces would be willing to move on Raqqa next.

If that were to happen, Raqqa would be part a potential Kurdish autonomous state in Syria.

Either way, ISIS’s paranoia—coupled with a growing belief that local forces might have the ability to move on Raqqa—has upended the longstanding presumption that ISIS’s Iraq capital of Mosul would fall first. The U.S. military has dedicated roughly 1,000 of the 5,000-plus American troops stationed in Iraq to training a local army to retake Mosul.

But the Iraqis are far from ready to take back their second-largest city. U.S. defense officials believe that such an offensive would be a year away, at best.

The YPG and Syrian Democratic Forces likely could move faster than that.

The fall of Raqqa could be mark the end of ISIS as a quasi-jihadist state as the city serves as the group’s headquarters and main capital. It is where its leaders live and its hostages have been held for months at a time. The group has controlled the city for more than two years, and its fall from Syrian Army control to the terror group marked the official rise of ISIS.