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Beaufils: ISIS W’Africa behind Attacks on Nigerian Military
Sun, 09 Dec 2018

British Deputy High Commissioner to Nigeria, Ms Laure Beaufils, has said ISIS West Africa, and not Boko Haram, was responsible for the rise in insurgents’ attacks in the North-east. Beaufils said the federal government must pay attention to the new development.

Speaking exclusively to THISDAY ahead of the United Nations Anti-Corruption Day, which holds today, Beaufils said there were no quick wins in the fight against corruption. She added that part of the successes the cooperation between Nigeria and the UK had recorded in the fight against graft was the over £70 million Malabu oil loot that had been returned to the nation’s treasury.

Shedding more light on the war against insurgency, especially, the recent rise in attacks on military formations in the North-east, Beaufils said, “I think it is the ISIS in West Africa that is responsible for a lot of the terror in the North-east. Why it is so difficult to defeat, as it is often the case with terror or guerrilla organisations, is that they use unconventional methods, throwing in very mean young girls, women with guns on their backs, attacking and bombing populations of people.

“It is very difficult to spot them in a crowd. It is very difficult to know what they are planning and it is very difficult to stop them. I think the government has to really focus on them and I think we have all seen an upsurge and I think it is important that we do speak about it.”

She maintained, “We are really committed to fighting extremism alongside Nigeria. We have provided a lot of support, not only to the military in Nigeria to address terrorism, and I think it is right that we continue to focus on the North-east right now, because a lot of people are suffering and this is why our organisation is in the North-east to see that the people have access to basic services and put them in Internally Displaced Camps (IDPs).

“But now because of security concerns, they are worried about putting our people there. So, I think it is really essential that we continue to shine the spotlight on North-east and on the situation there, and on the civilian population that are suffering.”

On concerns about the slow pace of prosecution of corruption cases, Beaufils said, “That is speed and systems and, ultimately, what you need for a country to really have robust anti-corruption policies are strong institutions. If you had those then you are much more protected from corruption. But these take a very long time to do and I think a long term approach is absolutely necessary.

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The Significance of Presidential Debates
Sun, 09 Dec 2018

The issues in next year’s presidential election are many and the candidates must talk through them for the people to make an informed choice, writes Olawale Olaleye

Writing on ‘The Role of Presidential Debates’, the Bill of Rights Institute, a United States-based organisation, devoted to educating individuals about a free society, gave a catchy and rather instructive description of the 1960 debate between Richard Nixon and JF Kennedy as a critical marker of that year’s electrifying campaigns. It further contended that even the mere demeanor of the candidates weighed heavily on the results posted at the end of the day.

First, ponder this bit: “In 1960, a sweaty, nervous-looking, and makeup-free Richard Nixon squared off against a youthful and energetic looking John F. Kennedy in the first nationally televised presidential debate. Historians generally agree that this televised appearance had a profound effect upon the result of the election. Since then, the importance of these debates has grown immensely. For many, these debates are what they rely upon to decide upon which candidate will receive their vote.”

With a good understanding of the role presidential debates had played in virtually all of US elections, save for the 2016 election, which proved bookmakers wrong and inexplicably so, the culture of debate is arguably an integral part of the US electoral tradition, which even in the face of certain reservations, cannot be yanked off. Many other developed societies have also etched this culture into their electoral tradition.

There is no debating the importance of giving voters the opportunity to hear candidates discuss and debate key issues prior to elections. Although there have been controversies on the role of presidential debates in modern election cycles particularly, if the current format of debates in the US helps or hurts the very objective, no stronger argument has been so far advanced on why debates should no hold.

In their joint report titled: “Presidential debates and their effects: Research roundup”, Denise-Marie Ordway and John Wihbey, argued that whilst the ‘news media often anticipate televised presidential debates as a national event of great importance — a kind of Super Bowl of American democracy, political scientists have noted that, in contrast to the party conventions, the general election debates do not typically have dramatic effects on voters.’

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Sanwo-Olu: Ambode Will Certainly Lead My Campaign to Victory
Sun, 09 Dec 2018
The campaign of Babajide Sanwo-olu, the gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Lagos State is in full swing. He has been moving from one part of the state to the other, addressing the people on his plans to build a new Lagos, with quality infrastructure and people-oriented projects. Sanwo-olu took time off his []The post Sanwo-Olu: Ambode Will Certainly Lead My Campaign to Victory appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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PDP Accuses FG of Freezing Peter Obi’s Bank Accounts
Sun, 09 Dec 2018
EFCC invites Doyin Okupe over hate speech Adedayo Akinwale in Abuja The Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Organisation saturday accused the federal government of freezing bank accounts of its vice presidential candidate, Mr. Peter Obi, his wife, family members and their businesses. In a statement by his National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, the opposition []The post PDP Accuses FG of Freezing Peter Obi’s Bank Accounts appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Communal Clash Claims Eight in Niger
Sun, 09 Dec 2018
Laleye Dipo in Minna Not fewer than 8 persons have been confirmed killed in a communal conflict that broke out between the Gaba and Anfani communities in the Lavun Local Government Area of Niger state. THISDAY findings revealed that the incident occurred precisely on Thursday, noting that some of the victims of the communal clash []The post Communal Clash Claims Eight in Niger appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Udoma: Buhari Has Delivered Campaign Promises
Sun, 09 Dec 2018
Olaseni Durojaiye Minister of Budget and Planning, Senator Udoma Udo Udoma has insisted that President Muhammadu Buhari has delivered on three key campaign promises to fix the economy, fight corruption and combat insecurity in the North East geopolitical region of the country. The minister, also, said the administration’s strategic economic plan, the Economic Recovery and []The post Udoma: Buhari Has Delivered Campaign Promises appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Group Canvasses One Million Votes for Sanwo-Olu
Sun, 09 Dec 2018
Segun James A campaign group, ‘I want Sanwo-Olu Campaign Organisation’ has promised the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu nothing less than one million votes in the coming election. The promise was contained in a statement by the group’s Director of Publicity, Mr. Adewale Oriade, canvassing support for Sanwo-Olu based []The post Group Canvasses One Million Votes for Sanwo-Olu appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Aminat Abiodun, Iyalode of Ibadan, Dies at 94
Sun, 09 Dec 2018
Anxiety Saturday pervaded Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, over the death of the 13th Iyalode of Ibadanland, Alhaja Aminat Abiodun. Abiodun, the only female member of the Olubadan-in-Council, died in the early hours of yesterday, about a fortnight to her 94th birthday on December 24. Efforts to get official confirmation of her death from the []The post Aminat Abiodun, Iyalode of Ibadan, Dies at 94 appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Lagos Laments Govts’ Failure to Prepare Staff for Retirement
Sun, 09 Dec 2018
The Lagos State Government has lamented that many state governments in the federation do not see the need to prepare their employees for retirement. The Commissioner for Establishments, Training & Pensions, Dr. Benson Oke made the observation at a retreat organised for the state’s trade union leaders held at the Michael Imoudu Institute in Ilorin, []The post Lagos Laments Govts’ Failure to Prepare Staff for Retirement appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Ambode Canvasses Support for Buhari, Sanwo-Olu
Sun, 09 Dec 2018
Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode saturday urged voters in Epe Divison to support candidates of All Progressives Congress (APC) across board to ensure the continuation of the good works of the party both in the State and in the country at large. Ambode made the call at a meeting with the APC leaders in []The post Ambode Canvasses Support for Buhari, Sanwo-Olu appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Theologians Urge Church Leaders to Desist from Judging Others
Sun, 09 Dec 2018
Kayode Fasua The National President of Association of Christian Theologians (ACTS), Prof. Olakunle Macaulay saturday urged church leaders in the country to desist from passing judgements on issues they never investigated, warning that this is against the scriptures. Macaulay gave the advice in reaction to comments passed by the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian []The post Theologians Urge Church Leaders to Desist from Judging Others appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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