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Nigeria: Ruling APC coalition on the brink of collapse?


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Less than a year from the next federal election, cracks are beginning to show in the ruling APC party. What does this mean for President Buhari’s re-election prospects and the future of the young party?

Increasingly strained relations between the executive and the legislature branches of Nigeria’s All People’s Congress (APC) party are fueling speculation that the coalition may be on the verge of collapse in the lead up to next year’s federal election.

Incumbent president Muhammadu Buhari won the 2015 election based largely on his promise to fight rampant corruption and address ongoing security challenges. However, critics claim the president has so far only used his policies to target his opponents.

Marred by infighting

On Tuesday, APC lawmakers issued a list of demands to President Buhari, which included calls for an end to the “systemic harassment and humiliation by the executive of perceived political opponents.”

The National Assembly, which has the ability to impeach the president, threatened to evoke its constitutional powers if the issues were not addressed and certain party members continued to be “ostracized.”

The president and parliament were involved in another impasse earlier this year concerning the confirmation of new members of the central bank’s monetary policy committee.

Meanwhile, Nigeria’s Senate President Bukola Saraki pulled out of talks with Buhari concerning the 2019 elections. The decision came shortly after Saraki was asked by police to respond to allegations that he had links to a gang behind a number of armed robberies, which he strongly denied.

Shaky beginnings

Observers say the current fractured state of the APC can be traced back to its unique formation just a few years ago.

The APC was born in 2013 with the intention of taking on the embattled People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and then-President Goodluck Jonathan. It consisted of three of Nigeria’s biggest opposition parties — the Action Congress for Nigeria (ACN), the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), as well as a faction of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA). Their presidential candidate Buhari managed to win the 2015 election by almost 2.6 million votes, marking the first time in Nigeria’s political history that an opposition political party managed to unseat an incumbent party. It also marked the first peaceful transition of power from one party to another.

But although the coalition was widely hailed as a positive turning point for Nigerian politics at the time, its unraveling has not come as a major surprise.

“We need to remember that there was nothing ideological binding the APC together from the beginning,” Tukur Abdullkadir, a senior lecturer in political science at Kaduna State University told DW. “It only came about as a result of a desire to oust the ruling PDP party.”

Elizabeth Donnelly, the Deputy Head of the Africa Program at Chatham House, agrees that the foundations of the APC did not provide it with a stable beginning.

“It does seem that this fragile, somewhat uneasy alliance is really starting to show significant stress,” she told DW. “At the time, [the formation of the APC] was [an example of] quite astute political thinking in seeing what could be done by forming an alliance across regions and with real political heavyweights in Nigeria. However, with the different regions and different political heavyweights also come complications. So we can now see how the work of being a ruling party has taken its toll.”

A ‘very dicey situation’

Abdullkadir believes a combination of conflicting interests within the party and poor management have effectively “sown the seeds of discourse.”

In the wake of the most recent APC party congress, which was marred by complaints from disgruntled party members and even instances of violence, it would seem now is the time to address the dysfunction. But that’s easier said than done, as most party members fight to keep their political careers alive.

“The state governors appear to have cornered every position in the party’s directive,” Abdullakadir told DW. “The implication here seems to be that if you are not in the good books of your state governor, you seriously stand the risk of losing the primary which qualifies you to contest at next year’s general election.”

“It’s a very dicey situation. If the governors eventually turn their attentions to the PDP as an alternative, it will certainly affect the prospects of the [APC].”

However, this is not the first time a ruling party has struggled to govern effectively in Nigeria — the final months of the PDP in power come to mind. Donnelly thinks that the APC is a microcosm of Nigeria itself in many ways, as it attempts to develop and maintain a sense of political unity in such a diverse region.

“The APC is made up of very different personalities and very different politics,” she told DW. “The problem is that the major decision-makers are becoming increasingly distracted by nasty politics. Governance will continue, but this is going to be a year of great distraction.”

Re-election prospects unknown

In April, Buhari officially declared his intention to seek a second term as president. But given the current status of the APC — and his falling popularity among the public — his prospects of re-election are far from certain. Although most observers agree it’s too early to make any predictions, especially considering Nigeria has yet to see a real alternative leader with national appeal emerge.

“This really is new ground,” Donnelly told DW. “It’s a new party. This is the first time it will fight an election from the position of incumbency. We don’t yet know whether the APC will split and unravel or whether it will be able to stay the course and see the campaign through to 2019.”

By Dw.Com

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No Public holiday on June 12, 2018 – FG


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The Federal Government of Nigeria says there will not be a federal holiday on June 12, 2018 to mark Democracy Day.

President Muhmmadu Buhari had declared few days ago that June 12 will now be celebrated as Democracy Day rather than May 29.

Also, a federal holiday was given to celebrate democracy day on May 29 before Buhari’s recent pronouncement.

Many Nigerians have been asking questions whether Tuesday, June 12, 2018 will be declared public holiday to celebrate democracy day.

But the federal government, on its twitter handle, @AsoRock on Friday said a public holiday would not be declared to mark June 12 on Tuesday.

“There have been questions regarding whether or not there will be a Federal public holiday on June 12, 2018. The answer is ‘N0.’

“Presidential Order says June 12 “in Future years will replace May 29th as a National Public Holiday in celebration of Nigeria Democracy Day,” it said.

What the Federal Government’s interpretation means is that celebration of June 12 as democracy day will begin from 2019.

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‘Enemy attack’ in Somalia leaves 1 US soldier dead, 4 wounded


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© AP/File The Islamic militant group, al-Shabab, claimed responsibility for the attack friday that killed one U.S. service member and wounded four others.
A U.S. special operations soldier was killed and four U.S. service members were wounded Friday in an “enemy attack” in Somalia, the U.S. military said.

It was the first public announcement of a U.S. military combat death on the African continent since four U.S. service members were killed in a militant ambush in Niger in October.

President Donald Trump shared his condolences in a Twitter message Friday evening.

“My thoughts and prayers are with the families of our serviceman who was killed and his fellow servicemen who were wounded in Somalia,” Trump tweeted. “They are truly all HEROES.”

U.S. troops with Somali and Kenyan forces came under mortar and small-arms fire in Jubaland, Somalia around 2:45 p.m. local time, U.S. Africa Command said in a statement.

The joint-coalition forces had been conducting an operation against al-Shabab militants about 217 miles southwest of the capital, Mogadishu, when the attack occurred, the statement said. The operation aimed to drive out the Somalia-based extremist group al-Shabab from contested areas.

Three of the four U.S. service members were transferred for medical treatment while the fourth received medical care on the spot, the Washington Post reported.

Al-Shabab claimed credit for the attack, the SITE Intelligence Group said in a statement Friday.

The U.S. has about 1,000 special operations personnel in Africa. The last killing of a U.S. service member in Somalia was in May 2017 during an operation about 40 miles west of Mogadishu, Stars and Stripes reported.

Trump approved expanded military operations against al-Shabab in early 2017, leading to an increase in U.S. military personnel to more than 500 and the launch of dozens of drone strikes.

Al-Shabab, linked to al Qaeda, seeks to establish an Islamic state in Somalia. It was pushed out of Mogadishu in recent years but continues to control rural areas in the south and central regions.

Late last year U.S. drone strikes also began targeting a small presence of fighters linked to the Islamic State group in Somalia’s north.

Somali officials have said civilians have been killed in more than one joint U.S. military operation with Somali forces. Earlier Friday, the U.S. Africa Command issued a statement in response to allegations that civilians had been killed in a May 9 operation, saying a “thorough review” found the allegations to be “not credible.”

The October attack in Niger raised questions in Washington about the U.S. military presence across Africa as the Trump administration focuses counterterror efforts on a range of groups linked to Al Qaeda and the Islamic State group.

A Pentagon investigation into the Niger attack, parts of which were made public last month, found multiple failures but none that directly caused the ambush by Islamic State group-linked fighters.

The investigation has already triggered changes in the way military activities are carried out in Niger and elsewhere in Africa, including giving teams the option to use heavily armored vehicles and beefed-up firepower.

Source: Fox News

How to get rid of infertility problems


Have you been battling with problems of infertility? Do you know someone who is battling with this issue?

If your answer to any of the above questions is yes, then you need to pay a close attention to this. Cut off every distraction and read this article with an open mind.

What is infertility?

In women, infertility refers to an inability to conceive after having regular unprotected sex for at least 6 months of trying or someone who cannot carry pregnancy to full term. Infertility in men can be referred to the biological inability of the male specie to contribute to conception.

Infertility is a rising problem in today’s society. I tried to find accurate info on how much is spent annually on infertility treatments, and I kept getting results for ways to finance treatments for infertility.

The saddest part is that in many cases, no matter what causes the problem, the body can reverse infertility naturally if given the correct resources.

Infertility, like any other disease, is simply a sign that something is not right inside the body and must be fixed. I have worked with a lot of men and women on this issue and have seen very few health-related problems that cause such pain and anxiety as wanting to have a child and not being able to. The good news is that all the women and men who I have worked with that have changed diet and lifestyle factors have eventually conceived.

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Yes, all of them, ages 21 to 45. That is a 100% success rate in people I’ve worked with personally. On the other hand, the success rate for invitro fertilization [IVF] is just over 20%. Also, while IVF costs over N1,000,000, changing diet/lifestyle and doing some other little things costs far far below.

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Fertility drugs and artificial hormones of any kind, including birth control or viagra, can make underlying problems even worse and make future fertility more difficult (this is sad, because hormonal birth control is often prescribed for various hormonal imbalances and other problems in women).

What causes infertility?

Infertility can be caused by a huge number of factors: In men, it could be Erectile Dysfunction, Low Sperm Count, Low Sperm Motility and many other things.

And in women, it could be; Hormone Imbalance, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Endometriosis, Anovulatory Cycles, Physical Blockage, Inadequate Hormone Production, Short Luteal Phase, Lack of Luteinizing Hormone, High Levels of Prolactin, and many others.

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Poor nutrition often plays a major role, as does exposure to toxins. Age plays less of a role before menopause than was originally thought. While there are many wonderful naturally minded fertility specialists out there, in many cases it is not possible for them to test for and address any of these possible underlying issues. Extreme fertility treatments do work for some, but can be very emotionally and physically exhausting and very expensive.

Given the choice, every woman I have worked with would always prefer to conceive naturally, with just her husband in the room! And every man would have wanted to get rid of the infertility issues in the most natural way without having to consume lots of chemicals in the form of a drug.

The great news is that dietary and lifestyle changes can make a tremendous difference in fertility, and often help with other issues like excess weight, lack of energy, blood sugar problems, skin issues, and insomnia in the process.

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How to reverse infertility?

This is the specific system we use when working with men and women on the issue of infertility, but it is also very useful for helping with PMS, cramping, fatigue, heavy periods and other hormone related problems in women. It is designed to address all issues that can contribute to infertility and it works.

Nutrition

This is by far the most important step. Most of us these days are undernourished, despite being overweight. The body simply will not allow conception to occur or a pregnancy to continue if it doesn’t have the basic foundation it needs to sustain a pregnancy.

Many women turn to a low-fat, high fiber diet in an attempt to increase health and lose weight. Weight loss has been shown to increase fertility, but losing weight in this way is rarely effective for increasing fertility because it deprives the body of the necessary proteins and fats necessary for hormone production.

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Nigeria ‘baby factory’ raided in Lagos


More than 160 children have been rescued from a “baby factory” and two unregistered orphanages in Nigeria’s main city, Lagos, an official has said.

Some of the babies and children had been sexually abused,

Agboola Dabiri added.

It is not uncommon for Nigerian authorities to raid “baby factories”.

In some cases, unmarried pregnant women are promised healthcare, only for their children to be taken away. In others, women are raped and made pregnant.

The babies can be sold for adoption, used for child labor, trafficked to Europe for prostitution or killed for ritual purposes.

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Ten Best food for pregnant woman


Egg: In addition to more than 12 Vitamin and Minerals egg contain lots of quality protein, which is essential for pregnancy especially at a early stage. The baby cells are growing at an exponential rate, and every cell is made of protein. Besides as a pregnant woman, you have your own protein need too. Eggs are also rich in choline which promotes your body overall growth and brain health, some eggs even contain omega-3 fatty acid which help in both brain and vision development. Healthy woman with normal blood cholesterol can consume one to two eggs a day as part of a balanced diet low in saturated fat. But for a woman where cholesterol is a concern problem substitute egg whites for whole day.


Fish: Not only salmon fish rich in high-quality protein, but it’s also an exceptionally good source of omega-3 fat, and may help boost your mood. And unlike shark, mackerel filefish, salmon has low amounts of methyl mercury, a compound that can be harmful to your baby’s developing nervous system.

Beans:  Beans contain the most fiber and protein of all the vegetables. In as much as protein is very good during pregnancy, fiber is another vital food you will need once you are pregnant. When  you’re pregnant, your gastrointestinal tracts slows down putting you at risk for constipation and hemorrhoids, (Pile). Fiber can help prevent and relieve these problem.

Sweet Potatoes:  Sweet Potatoes get then orange colour from carotenoids, plant pigments that are converted to Vitamin A in our body.

Popcorn And Other Whole Grain: Popcorn is a whole grain ‘yes’. And  whole grains are important in pregnancy because they’re high in fibre and nutrient, including Vitamin E, Selenium, and plytonutrient (Plant Compound That Protect Cells).

Walnut: Walnut are one of the richest source of plant based omega-3 fat, Walnuts are also a good source of protein and fiber.

Yogurt: Yogurt is a good source of calcium which is vital in a pregnancy diet. If you don’t take in enough calcium, the limited amount you have will go to your boby then now depleted the calcium in your bones. The goal during pregnancy is to make sure you provide everything your baby need without sacrificing your own health and nutrition. Calcium will help your own bone intact while laying down a healthy bones for your baby.

Green, Leafy Vegetables: Spinach and other green leafy vegetable are loaded with vitamins and nutrients including acid. They’re also been found to promote eyes health.

Lean Meat: Meat is an excellent source of high quality protein, say Dietitian Karin Hosenfield of north dallas Nutrition “look for lean ment with fat trimmed off” Do you know beef and port meat contain choline in addition to protein that’s what make them stand out. Don’t eat dead meat or hot dogs, though, they’re heated until steaming hot, there’s a small risk of passing bacteria and parasites such as listeria, toxoplasma salmonella from the meat to your boby. Says Mayo Clinic Obstetrician many Marnach UDA.


Colourful Fruits And Vegetables: Eating plenty of green, red orange, yellow purple, white fruits and vegetable ensures that you and your baby get a  variety of nutrients. During the later stages pregnancy, the baby “tastes” the food you eat through the amniotic fluid so if you expose your baby yo a variety of fruits and vegetables in the womb, you will increase the chance that your baby will recognize and accept those flavour later on…..

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 ​In Abuja Transformer explodes killing pregnant woman, 5 others



Tundunwada satellite town in Abuja experienced tragedy when a transformer exploded in the area reportedly killing a pregnancy woman as well as five others.

PUNCH Metro reports that the transformer exploded on Saturday, July 2, 2016, electrocuting six people, while another four, including a six-year-old boy identified as Destiny Okolo, sustained injuries.

The reports reveal that the transformer was on fire for roughly 10 minutes before the devastating explosion sent current surging into some apartments in the area.

The pregnant victim was reportedly in the process of turning off her fan when she got electrocuted, before her son raised an alarm which attracted the neighbours of her demise.

The young boy has been taken to a Catholic church to await the arrival of his father who is reportedly based in Lagos State.

Destiny’s is reportedly recuperating at home as his father reveals that he has spent over N11,000 on is medical bills.

His mother tells PUNCH Metro :

“We attempted to run from the house, but the electric current injured Destiny in the face and behind the ear. Another person, Edwin Joseph, was also injured in the waist.”

Another survivor, Donald Terlumun , tells of how he was taking a nap in his room when screams from outside his house, and when he attempted to leave the house, got electrocuted.

“As I made to step out, the door shocked me and threw me against the wall. I shouted and made for the door again and the next thing was that I was flung outside where I hit my face on the ground. I later opened my eyes to find myself in the hospital.”

The AEDC who is currently being blamed for the mishap is reported to have admitted to the fault on their part with promises to compensate the inured as well as the families of the dead.

The Head, Corporate Communications and Community Relations, AEDC, Mr. Oyebode Fadipe , has disclosed that further investigations are being carried out on the unfortunate incident, declining to speak about compensations until the cause of the accident has been established and a decision made by the management.

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