Sunday, 2 August 2015

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that Boko Haram will
be defeated hopeful by end of this year.
Buhari made this statement in Cotonou, during a gala lunch
held in honour by the President of Benin Republic, Boni Yayi.
He expressed optimism that the Multi-national Joint Task
Force, MNJTF launched in Cameroon on Thursday would
start yielding fruits soon.
This is as Yayi who described his country as the 37th State
of Nigeria assured president Buhari that 800 troops would
be contributed to the Joint Task Force by his country in the
all-out-assault on insurgents.
While commending the gesture by Yayi, Buhari said “I assure
you that we will defeat Boko Haram by the end of this year”.
President Buhari who was on a one-day official visit to
Cotonou as the special guest of honour at the 55th
independence anniversary of Benin Republic was bestowed
with the national honor of the Republic of Benin.
Nigeria’s president recalled that both countries have
maintained peace over the years even when he was a
military Head of State.
He said:
“I am impressed by your concern and critical
approaches by increasing your contributions to the
multinational task force of the Lake Chad
Commission. This is a great sacrifice on the part of the Benin Republic….
“Even in my first coming into office under a different
arrangement, we have learnt to live in peace with our
neighbours. Within the week I was sworn in, I went
to Niger, Chad. I was supposed to go to Cameroon
but I was summoned by the G7 leaders to brief them
about the security situation in Nigeria concerning
Boko Haram which declared allegiance to ISIS which
gives it international dimension”.
Vanguard
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Bobby Brown's wife Alicia Etheredge was rushed to an
Atlanta area hospital after suffering a seizure.
Alicia suffered the seizure at a hotel the family was staying
at on Saturday night after Bobbi Kristina's funeral ... she was
taken to the hospital in an ambulance. According to a
source, once Alicia got to the hospital, she was able to walk
inside with little help. Bobby Brown is by her side.
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Saraki seeks Emir’s help on Buhari

Senate President Bukola Saraki, has resorted to seeking the
assistance of emirs and traditional rulers, to make peace
with President Buhari. He has solicited help from the Emir of
his home town, Ilorin, Kwara State, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-
Gambari, an aide of the emir says.
President Buhari, since the inauguration of the 8th Senate
on June 9, has reportedly been shunning Saraki whose
emergence and that of his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu of the
Peoples Democratic Party did not go down well with the
leadership of the All Progressives Congress.
According to the emir’s aide who spoke on condition of
anonymity, the senate president has requested some
prominent traditional rulers in the state led by Sulu-Gambari,
who is also the Chairman, Kwara State Council of Traditional
Rulers to intercede on his behalf with Buhari.
It was gathered that the monarchs had wanted to meet with
Buhari but could not as a result of the President’s visit to
the United States and his recent visit to Cameroon to seek
for regional collaboration against Boko Haram.
The aide said that this would not be the first time Sulu-
Gambari had interceded on behalf of Saraki concerning the
senate presidency.
According to him, the Emir of Ilorin before the emergence of
Saraki as the Senate President had sent a team of
emissaries to the National Leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola
Tinubu, with a view to getting the former Lagos State
governor soften on his stand against Saraki’s ambition to
occupy the exalted position.
He said Saraki is now more worried with the resolution of
the leadership tussle in the House of Representatives, where
the Speaker, Alhaji Yakubu Dogora, after meetings with
Buhari and other APC stakeholders acceded to the party’s
decision and announced Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila as the
House Leader.
The aide added that Saraki was in Ilorin at the weekend,
adding that the Senate President would continue with his
mobilisation for prominent stakeholders to smoothen the
relationship between him and Buhari.
However, the spokesperson for the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji
Solihu Mohammed, said though he could not confirm Sulu-
Gambari’s mediatory role between Buhari and Saraki, the
Emir had been playing unifying roles for the sustenance of
the nation’s democracy.
Mohammed said,
“I am not aware that Saraki has approached the emir
to smoothen relationship with the senate president
and the president of the country.”
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Chris Brown says Rihanna is his 'homie'

Following his performance in Cyprus, Chris Brown discussed
his friendship with Rihanna. He was asked about his
decision to perform Rihanna’s chart-topping hit, “B****
Better Have My Money” during his live show and he said that
he had nothing but love for ex Rihanna.
“She’s my homie though. We knew each other since
we were 14, 15 so with that kind of history, we are
always going to be cool. I don’t get jealous, I don’t
get mad. I got nothing but love and respect for her.
“I respect her as an artist. Obviously people are
going to make a spectacle, like, ‘Oh, he’s playing her
music!’ But who doesn’t? I’m pretty sure she plays
my music.”
Breezy opens up about what fans can expect from his new
album.
“The new stuff that we got coming, the new album and also
the new stuff, when y’all see the show…man I can’t wait.
That’s on my number one list for 2015, for real,” Brown
admits.
A source claim that Brown has reached out to Rihanna for a
feature collaboration on his newest project.
“I think there might be a dope Rihanna and Chris
Brown song coming this year. These two have
collaborated before and make dope hit music so
when they come together you can expect something
crazy.”
The source adds that the duo have been in talks to
collaborate on a new project for a while, noting that Rihanna
has “agreed” to work with her ex on his upcoming album.
“This is something that they have been talking about
for a while now but it was his idea original to get her
on his upcoming album. She agreed that they should
do another song so it’s almost a done deal.”
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Students of Nwafor Orizu College of Education, Nsugbe in
Anambra State are complaining that they haven't had any
electricity for over 2 straight weeks now. They say
students now resort to paying huge amounts of money to
charge their phones by the road side.
Students are really upset at PHCN's lack of
consideration and are asking for the State
Governor's intervention in this matter. More photos after the
cut...

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Melinda Gates, who is the wife of the richest man in the
world, Bill Gates, was recently in Malawi for a visit. She said
during her stay there, she joined women to fetch water and
she carried 20 liters of water and it was tough for her.
She said the woman in the middle, Chrissy, carried 40 liters
of water and was very impressed at how the women in the
picture were able to do so effortlessly.
She shared this photo and captioned it:
Helping wash the dishes during my homestay in
Malawi. Women spend much of the day cooking and
then cleaning up. It’s a reminder that it’s a lot more
time consuming to do dishes when you can’t just
turn on a faucet
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Authorities are investigating why a 48-year-old man lost
consciousness and died just after being detained in the
lobby of the Dallas County jail Saturday morning.
According to authorities, Joseph Sheldon Hutcheson ran
into the building sometime after 10 a.m., yelled for help, but
was placed in handcuffs, lost consciousness and died.
Raul Reyna, the Dallas County sheriff’s office spokesman,
said Hutcheson parked his pickup in the crosswalk and ran
into the jail’s south tower, yelling that his wife was trying to
kill him, Reyna said.
A deputy restrained Hutcheson with handcuffs, “believing
that he may be a threat to himself or others until they could
calm the man down,” Reyna said in an email.
An eye witness, April Berryhill, who was at the jail to submit
a property release form, said she saw one sheriff’s deputy
with his knee on Hutcheson’s back and another one with a
knee on his throat.
Berryhill said Hutcheson told deputies he couldn’t breathe
before they uncuffed him and laid him down on his back.
By then, the color of his face had turned from pale white to
pale blue, Berryhill said.
“He came in saying, ‘Don’t be scared of me. I just
need some help.’ They just tackled him as if he’d
threatened their lives,” Berryhill said. “He didn’t have
a weapon. He wasn’t swinging at the officers. He just
needed help.”
Reyna said deputies performed CPR at the scene until Dallas
Fire-Rescue arrived and took him to Parkland Memorial
Hospital.
He was pronounced dead at 11:31 a.m.
The jail remained closed to visitors Saturday afternoon.
Investigators were at the scene, with some officers
stationed behind Hutcheson’s black pickup, which remained
parked on Commerce Street.
Reyna said deputies saw what “appeared to be narcotics” in
the truck.
The Dallas County medical examiner’s office will determine
Hutcheson’s cause of death, and the findings will be
included in the sheriff’s investigation, Reyna said.
Dallas Morning News
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