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Presidential candidate: Nigerians’ll help us choose among Saraki, Tambuwal, Atiku, Kwankwaso, others, says PDP

As the competition for the presidential ticket of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party gets stiffer in the run-up to the 2019 general elections, the party has said that it will rely on Nigerians to help the party choose its...

Presidential candidate: Nigerians’ll help us choose among Saraki, Tambuwal, Atiku, Kwankwaso, others, says PDP

As the competition for the presidential ticket of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party gets stiffer in the run-up to the 2019 general elections, the party has said that it will rely on Nigerians to help the party choose its candidate for the presidential election.

The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, in an exclusive interview with Saturday PUNCH on Friday, said the party had heard that many people, including a former Vice-President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar; Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki; Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal; his colleague in Gombe State, Ibrahim Dankwambo; and a former Governor of Kano State, Rabiu Kwankwaso, were interested in picking its presidential ticket.

He, however, said the decision to rely on Nigerians was premised on the party’s determination to avoid past mistakes, impunity and imposition of candidates.

According to Ologbondiyan, the party is not backing any of those in line to get its presidential ticket. Others interested in getting the party’s presidential tickets are a former Minister of Education, Ibrahim Shekarau; former governors of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido and Ibrahim Turaki; and a former Governor of Sokoto State, Attahiru Bafarawa.

He said, “As a party, we have so many candidates already, but Nigerians will determine their next president.

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  1.   02 September 2018
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Snapchat is fun, and millions use it to stay in touch and share their lives with one another every day. It has an unearned reputation for being difficult to use, but it’s not, after you get the basics. Once you’re in and have a few friends to share with, it’s easy. If you don’t have anyone to show you, you don’t get it, or you’re just...

Snapchat is fun, and millions use it to stay in touch and share their lives with one another every day. It has an unearned reputation for being difficult to use, but it’s not, after you get the basics. Once you’re in and have a few friends to share with, it’s easy. If you don’t have anyone to show you, you don’t get it, or you’re just wondering what the fuss is about, let us help.

Let’s approach this from an angle you may already be familiar with: A slide show. We know, slide shows are boring. Stick with us, this one’s worth it.

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There are plenty of reasons to use Snapchat — sharing with friends and disappearing messages and video for starters. These are the reasons I use Snapchat, I can’t speak for you. But I will say there are a lot of dogs, and they’re very adorable.

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Speaking of “that filter that makes you pretty,” here are some examples. You can try them both, but the important thing to remember is that they’re each lovely. If you’re a purist, feel free to go without, of course.

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Before we get too deep into specific features and filters, let’s take a look at Snapchat’s home screen: You know, the first thing you see when you open the app. Here’s a quick rundown of what you’ll see, and what everything does.

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One thing about Snapchat people both love and hate is that it’s not terribly obvious what any of those buttons do. I’m sure someone, somewhere will judge you if you forget what the three-dot-thing in the bottom left is, but we won’t. And remember, even if you do forget, just tap it and you’ll see what it does. It won’t hurt.

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If you swipe right on the main screen, you’ll see your friends page. This is where messages, stories, and other snaps live. For most people — especially beginners — this screen will be empty, save for a courtesy message from the Snapchat staff designed to make you feel less lonely (and also as a way to promote updates and new features).

You may not know it, but the colors actually do mean something — they’re designed to clue you in to what type of message you’ve received before you open it. Nothing more embarrassing than tapping a new message in a quiet room thinking it’s a photo only to have a video to autoplay at max volume, right? Now that’ll never be you.

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Also, did you know that Snapchat automatically lets you know when someone’s read your message? It’s true, and they don’t have a choice in the matter. Just keep an eye on the arrow next to their name.

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O.K., so that’s your inbox, but the stories and messages screen is where you’ll find the action (public, anyway). It’s where everyone you follow on Snapchat posts their public stories, where all of your messages, both group and direct, live, and everything that’s available for anyone to view for 24 hours.
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You can also use this view to review the snaps you have made publicly available to everyone who follows you. Perfect for checking out how many people have viewed your posts, make sure you’re going mega-viral, or to delete that drunk snap you meant to keep private but posted to the world.

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You can even drill down and see specifically who has viewed your snaps. That’s right — your followers can’t hide from you. If they do the creepy thing and try to take a screenshot, you’ll see that too, along with who it is so you can call them out accordingly.

O.K., so that’s the tour. Ready to take some snaps?

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Like the camera app on your phone, you press the circle at the bottom of the screen to take a picture. To take a video, hold it down. Snapchat defaults to the front-facing camera here, so don’t be surprised if you’re looking at your own face when you get to this screen. You’ve been warned!

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Once you have your photo or video ready, you can add some text or one of those cool bar captions, or you can even jazz it up by making the text colorful. Try it out, and play with it. You can always remove it and start over or just post it without any of that nonsense.

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If you really want to personalize it, you can add emoji or stickers, draw directly on the image, duplicate images — whatever you want. Be warned though, go crazy and have fun, but there are diminishing returns: You probably don’t want to add too much at once.

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Oh, you can also add filters to your photos — you didn’t forget that Snapchat has photo filters, did you? Swipe left or right to try them out. If you want to try out Snapchat’s face filters, keep the camera on your face and tap on it. You have to use the front-facing camera to get them though. You’ve seen these before, we’re willing to bet — you can make yourself look like a dog, a cat or a fox; you can squish your face down flat — the works. Some of the face filters even tweak your voice when you take a video!

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When you’re all done, tap that blue arrow to send your finished snap to the world.
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When you do tap that blue arrow, this is what you’ll see. You have the choice to post your snap to “my story,” which means “everyone who follows me publicly,” or to specific Snapchat friends or groups you’re a part of. Choose wisely!

Speaking of which, you can create groups of friends for semiprivate snap conversations. Think of them like group texts, just with all the other benefits of Snapchat videos and photos. Plus, it’s a great way to share with people you want seeing something you snap, but not the whole world at large.

There’s still a lot under the hood here, but these are the basics when it comes to using Snapchat effectively — or understanding how other people use it. Give it a try yourself. Despite being difficult to get into, once you’ve used it a few times to share with the world (or with your friends), you’ll get why it’s so popular, and you may even fall in love with it. Just remember, because it’s gone in 24 hours doesn’t mean it never happened, and always think before you snap — especially to the public.

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  1.   02 September 2018
  2.   DOTIFI.COM NEWS

It is no longer news that popular Nigerian singer, Adeleke David, popularly known as Davido, recently registered for the compulsory one-year National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme.

The singer reported to the NYSC orientation camp at Iyana-Ipaja to complete his registration, on Thursday.

However, hours later, he was said to be on his way to...

It is no longer news that popular Nigerian singer, Adeleke David, popularly known as Davido, recently registered for the compulsory one-year National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme.

The singer reported to the NYSC orientation camp at Iyana-Ipaja to complete his registration, on Thursday.

However, hours later, he was said to be on his way to Boston for his 'Locked Up' tour of the United States of America.

Meanwhile, all NYSC members are expected to be on ground at the camp during the three weeks' orientation programme, with a few exceptions.

Excerpts from the NYSC Bye-laws revised in 1993 give strict rules for corps members during the orientation period.

According to Schedule 1: 3b: "During the period of orientation, every member shall: 

     (i) Attend regularly, punctually and participate fully in all official engagements on the field, at lecture and all places of work;

     (ii) Not leave the Orientation Camp or absent himself from any official activity without the written consent of the State Director or his representative;

     (iii) When absent from his duties on account of illness ensure that such absence is covered by an “Excuse Duty Certificate” issued by a medical doctor then on duty at the camp."

The Bye-laws also state penalties for leaving the camp without the permission of the State Director.

According to Schedule 2: 1b states that:

"The following penalties shall be imposed in the following circumstances.

"Leaving the camp without permission of the State Director" will attract “extension of the service year by double the number of days for which the member was absent from his camp and forfeiture of his allowance for the same number of days of which he was absent.” 

The NYSC Bye-laws of 1993 is the code guiding every corps member in the country.

When SaharaReporters reached out to an official of Lagos NYSC orientation camp to confirm if Davido got the written consent of the State Director, the official, after initial hesitation to respond to the matter, asked that the State Coordinator, Prince Mohammed Momoh, be contacted. However, efforts by SaharaReporters to get across to him were unsuccessful.

  1.   02 September 2018
  2.   saha

Ahead of her August 29, 2018 visit to Nigeria, British Prime Minister, Theresa May, remarked that 87 million Nigerians live on less than $1.90 a day, making Nigeria “home to more very poor people than any other nation in the world.” It is interesting how the statement attracted public attention almost as if it is a new discovery. The truth is...

Ahead of her August 29, 2018 visit to Nigeria, British Prime Minister, Theresa May, remarked that 87 million Nigerians live on less than $1.90 a day, making Nigeria “home to more very poor people than any other nation in the world.” It is interesting how the statement attracted public attention almost as if it is a new discovery. The truth is that Ms. May could have made the statement to justify why her visit to Nigeria was a priority for UK government. Whether such a justification is validated with reference to details of bilateral relations between UK and Nigeria is a different matter entirely.

No doubt UK government should be concerned about developments in Nigeria for its own strategic interest. Considering the population of Nigerian or Nigerian students, medical doctors and other professionals resident in the UK, both Ms. May and UK government cannot afford to be indifferent to developments in Nigeria. A major underlying concern is the challenge that “increasing wealth has brought rising inequality, both between and within nations”. This is a paradox, which the late historian, Walter Rodney, in his classic work How Europe Underdeveloped Africa remarked “Many parts of the world that are naturally rich are actually poor and parts that are not so well off in wealth of soil and sub-soil are enjoying the highest standards of living. When the … developed parts of the world try to explain this paradox, they often make it sound as though there is something “God given” about the situation.”

Part of the critique of Rodney’s work and that of other underdevelopment and dependency scholars is that of romanticizing Africa. To the extent of that romanticization, we could over-generalize and erroneously make wrong deductions that could make us dismiss Ms. May’s concern about poverty in Nigeria. One thing that should be very clear to everyone is that the statement by Ms. May is only indicative of the UK’s policy direction in the coming years. This could mean some bilateral corporation with Nigerian government on issues of poverty reduction.

Somehow, the temptation to interpret Ms. May’s statement based on political assessment of performance of Nigerian government tend to be the dominant consideration. Be that as it may, it is however important that we remind ourselves that since 1999, national poverty headcount has never gone below 54%. The most recent was the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) report of findings of 2010 Harmonised National Living Standard Survey (HNLSS) released on February 13, 2012, which indicated that poverty in Nigeria increased from 54.4% in 2004 to 69% or 112,518,507 in 2010. With estimated population of about 200 million now, poverty headcount of 87 million as highlighted by Ms. May would mean significant reduction in the number of people living below the poverty line in Nigeria to 43.5% from 69%. This would represent estimated decrease of 25.5% or using the 2012 numeric value of 112.5 million, a reference that more than 25 million Nigerians escape from poverty between 2012 and now. This could as well be the revelation. How true would such a revelation be?

Somehow, Ms. May’s remarks have been politicised completely out of context and the dominant interpretation is suggestive of the failure of the current government. Interestingly, such disposition was also the official response of the Nigerian government under President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan when the NBS report of February 2012 was released, which made the then government to reject the NBS 2012 report on the grounds that $1.00 per day measure used by NBS overstated the nation’s poverty profile. In its place, the government argued for the use of purchasing power parity measure of $1.15 per day, based on which the headcount measure was said to be lower than the 69% or 112,518,507.

Perhaps, the $1.90 per day measure used to arrive at 43.5% or 87 million Nigerians living in poverty as reported by Ms. May is based on revised purchasing power parity measure. What could be the advantage of the purchasing power parity measure? Does it really produce a more objective poverty estimates such that reduced poverty profile become worthy of celebration? To the extent that it only represents hypothetical currency conversion measure for basket of goods used for poverty computations, it is only a function of how much emphasis we want to place on poverty incidence.

Whether with reference to absolute measure of $1.00 per day or purchasing power parity measure, computed at $1,15, $1.90 or any value, poverty headcount of 69% or 43.5% is very worrisome. The challenge is, what is it that should be done to eradicate poverty. Politicising these issues would not address the problems in anyway. As citizens, we need to relate to this information with high degree of moderation and commitment to push our governments at all levels to take initiatives towards reduced poverty.

It is perhaps more upsetting when we take into account that poverty measure based on purchasing power parity present only a comparative analysis of poverty incidence, which tends to undermine the severity of poverty. In some instances, it also takes us farther away from the causes of poverty and how to eradicate it. In the Nigerian situation, what is also very clear is that high incidence of poverty is considerably the result of poor management of resources at all levels. Perhaps on account of issues of poor management of resources at all levels, the temptation to narrow poverty discussions to political considerations could be high.

It is important to acknowledge that notwithstanding whatever political assessment we may want to pass, there is today some structured responsive anti-poverty programme under the office of the Vice President. Designated as National Social Investment, it ensures credible method of targeting the poor and vulnerable for the reduction of poverty, effective monitoring and evaluation mechanisms, among others. Predicated on the need for a more sustained and inclusive economic growth, reduced poverty rates and closing the wide inequality gap between the rich and the poor, it is anchored on four pillars, namely, N-Power, Cash Transfer, Home Grown School Feeding and Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP).

Removing the toga of politics out of the discussion of poverty in Nigeria would reveal that the National Social Investment initiative of the current government is one of its landmark successes. It is partly a recognition of this that facilitated the return of Abacha loot with the condition that they are invested in the poor through conditional cash transfers. This is besides the considerable budgetary provisions of N500 billion for the four pillars of Social Investment, N40 billion for SDGs, N65 billion for reintegration of transformed ex-militants under the Presidential Amnesty Programme and N45 billion for Federal Initiative for North-East under the 2018 Federal Government budget, among others.

Depending also on our political dispositions, we are likely to emphasise or dismiss all these. No doubt, there would be limitations, just as there are good scorecards. A lot more would be required to improve it. However, it is to the credit of current administration that the management of the Federal Government Social Investment Programme is insulted from partisan considerations, unlike in the past. Citizens’ engagement would be needed to boost capacity of delivery to achieve reduced poverty.

Salihu Moh. Lukman sent this via

  1.   02 September 2018
  2.   saha

No fewer than 30 soldiers have been killed, following an attack by Boko Haram insurgents on their military base.

The insurgents, according to AFP, were said to have invaded the military base, located in the North-East, near the border Nigeria shares with Niger.

According to sources, , the soldiers attacked the army establishment at Zari...

No fewer than 30 soldiers have been killed, following an attack by Boko Haram insurgents on their military base.

The insurgents, according to AFP, were said to have invaded the military base, located in the North-East, near the border Nigeria shares with Niger.

According to sources, , the soldiers attacked the army establishment at Zari village, near the northern axis of Borno State, late on Thursday.

The troops had to temporarily withdraw their attacks, following the heavy fighting that took place.

A military source, who preferred not to be named, was quoted as saying: “They came in large numbers in trucks, carrying heavy weapons and engaged soldiers in a battle that lasted for an hour.

"We lost at least 30 men.

“They overwhelmed the troops, who were forced to temporarily withdraw before reinforcements arrived.”

Reinforcement, however, later arrived before some sense of normalcy was restored.

While the fight lasted, the terrorists raided the army base, carting away weapons and other military equipment, before they were repelled by a fighter jet.

A military officer, speaking on the incident, said: "The terrorists also suffered heavy casualty from the bombardment.”

According to one of the sources, the terrorists may have attacked from nearby Garunda village, where 17 soldiers were killed and 14 left injured in a similar attack, but on another military base, in August.

Meanwhile, a statement credited to the Nigerian Army on the incident, read: "Troops...have successfully routed Boko Haram insurgents in an encounter that ensued yesterday evening at Zari village.”

There was no mention of soldiers being killed, but the army noted that "several Boko Haram fighters and weapons" were destroyed in the incident.

  1.   02 September 2018
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