Photo: Demi Lovato goes nude and make up free for Vanity Fair

Demi Lovato who has made no secret of her struggle with eating disorders in the past, has gone completely nude and make-up free for Vanity Fair photoshoot to prove it is possible to overcome body image battles and learn to "love the skin you're in".

In a video posted by the magazine the 23-year-old, who recently also posed topless for Complex magazine , opens up about how uncomfortable she used to be about her body.

"The reason why I decided to do this photo shoot is because when I think of confident I think of many things, but one thing in particular is feeling comfortable in your own skin," the make-up free star says to camera.

Photos: Heavily pregnant Mercy Johnson and hubby step out in style

Pregnant Mercy Johnson Okojie, her husband Prince and brother-in-law, stepped out in style yesterday as they attended Miss Nigeria Ireland beauty pageant in Dublin. Mercy is expecting her third child. Another photo after the cut..

Father sexually assaults his 4 year old daughter

Four-year-old child has lost her voice following several sexual assaults on her by her 37-year-old father, identified as Ademola.

Her mother explained to Saturday PUNCH how her husband of 14 years had been molesting their daughter.
Blessed with four children; three girls, including a set of twins, and a boy,things became took a dark turn when she caught her husband sexually assaulting their 2nd child.

 The unfortunate incident seems to be tearing the family further apart as she has not only moved out of the house; she has vowed never to return, whilst accusing her husband of being diabolical.

£25m worth of drugs found in freezer after tyre fitting firm police raid

Police have arrested five people after the discovery of drugs with an estimated street value of about £25 million - most of it at a flat.
The drugs, believed to be mephadrone and amphetamine, were found within a ground floor flat in Liverpool yesterday.
Detectives from ‘Titan’, the north-west’s regional organised crime unit, had gone to the flat after a discovery of drugs earlier in the day at a tyre fitting centre in Huyton.

Merseyside Police patrols had followed a Ford Fiesta car and its occupant left the vehicle and went into a tyre fitting yard on an industrial unit.
Officers detained three men inside and recovered a quantity of suspected drugs, reports the Liverpool Echo .

APC will soon crumble –Adesiyan

A former Minister for Police Affairs, Mr. Jelili Adesiyan, has predicted that the ruling All Progressive Congress will crumble because it was formed by disgruntled elements of another parties.

“The APC is an amalgamation of people who are disgruntled here and there. They came together to hijack power, Adesiyan said on Friday in a chat with journalists in Akure, the Ondo State capital.

The Peoples Democratic Party chieftain said the last presidential election won by the APC was not free and fair.

He said, “What was free and fair in the election in which a state was given about 1.9 million votes and another one was given about 1.4 million votes? Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, is the biggest town in West Africa and cannot provide such figure.

IT critical to Nigeria’s economic survival – Experts

The Regional Sales Manager, Blue Coat Technology, Mr. Justin Lee, has described the Nigerian Information Technology market as one of the biggest in the world, saying that the sector is an important element in the development of the nation’s economy.

Lee, who spoke at the launch of a comprehensive lifecycle protection for all forms of advanced threats currently affecting organisations around the world in Lagos recently, said that the latest technology would finally address every risk posed by malwares and hackers.

According to Lee, the event which was organised in conjunction with Tarsus Technology Group, a value added distributor of the company’s products in Nigeria and other West African markets, is an avenue to introduce the latest solution to the region and also assure new and existing clients of their resolve to surpass expectations.

Military threatens to demolish facilities hosting Boko Haram

The Nigerian Army on Friday threatened to demolish any facility hosting members of the Boko Haram terror group.

The threat was issued to check against recent suicide attacks in part of troubled Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

Addressing a press conference in Maiduguri, the Theatre Commander of Operations, Lafiya Dole, a military operations established to put an end to Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East, Maj.-Gen. Yusha’u Abubakar, said any facility used to perpetuate terrorism would be demolished forthright with.

Jail corrupt public officials, Kukah tells Buhari

The Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Matthew Kukah, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to send public officials found guilty of embezzlement to prison.

He also said the President should set minimum standard of human behaviour for ministers that would be named in his cabinet.

Kukah, who spoke at “The Platform” – a programme organised by the Covenant Christian Centre, Lagos on Thursday on the topic “Nigeria: Euphoria, Hysteria and Dementia, still a Long Walk to Freedom,” said very little had changed in 55 years of Nigeria’s independence from the British colonial masters.

FG gets report on proposed national airline

The Federal Government on Friday received the report on the establishment of a national carrier from the 13-member committee it set up in August to produce the document.

The Federal Government said the report contained recommendations that would guide it as it works towards establishing a national airline for the country, adding that it was put together after the committee consulted with local and international partners.

The committee for the establishment of a national carrier was inaugurated in Abuja on August 25 at the headquarters of the Federal Ministry of Aviation.

Bayelsa PDP, APC talk tough over gov poll

The Peoples Democratic Party in Bayelsa State has said that the All Progressives Congress governorship candidate in the state, Mr. Timipre Sylva, is not electable.

Sylva during the week emerged as the APC’s candidate for the December 5, 2015 governorship poll.

The PDP Secretary in the state, Keku Godspower, said in a statement on Friday in Yenagoa that it was an insult to the people of Bayelsa State that Sylva was the best the APC picked as its candidate.

Keku said the emergence of Sylva as the APC’s candidate had shown that the party was not prepared for serious outing as the election was concerned.

Boko Haram kills over 34, injure 39 in Maiduguri

Boko Haram insurgents have killed over 34 people in Sajeri and Gwoza areas in Maiduguri, Borno State between Thursday and Friday.

Four female suicide bombers killed 13 people and injured 39 others in Sajeri while gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram members attacked Gwoza on Friday morning killing over 20 persons.

Confirming the development on Friday, the Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman, said that multiple explosions rocked the Sajeri area on Thursday, killing at least 13 persons and injuring 39 others.

Usman also confirmed that the injured victims of the attacks, which were carried out by four female suicide bombers, had been taken to the hospital.

Stampede: Nigerian victims not insured

Fresh facts have shown that the 64 Nigerians confirmed dead in the Mina stampede in Saudi Arabia, plus the 71 injured and the 244 missing pilgrims were not insured.

Saturday PUNCH’s investigation revealed that majority of the 76,000 Nigerians, who participated in this year’s Hajj in Mecca, did not have travel health insurance before jetting out to Saudi Arabia for the pilgrimage.

This, it was learnt, was due to the disposition of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria that there is no insurance in Islam and life comes from God and it goes to God whenever He takes it.

Attack on court becoming national tradition – CACOL

A group seeking a corrupt-free society, the Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders, has decried the recent attack on the Ogun State Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Abeokuta.

CACOL said it was disturbing that needless attack on litigants by overzealous and lawless politicians was gradually becoming a tradition in Nigeria.

Describing the attack on the Ogun State election petitions tribunal as a national embarrassment that tends to diminish the Nigerians as a people; CACOL urged the security agencies to arrest and prosecute the perpetrators.

Bomb blast: Pieces of human flesh litter Abuja suburb

Pieces of human flesh were seen on Saturday morning littering the roadside in a suburb of Abuja, Nyanya, where an explosive went off late on Friday.

The explosive was said to have been detonated at the Jikwoyi Park, Nyanya, on the popular Abuja-Keffi Expressway, claiming yet-to-be ascertained number of lives.

The late Friday incident was the third to be recorded in that vicinity.

Two previous incidents with heavy casualties were witnessed there last year.

Our correspondent, who visited the scene as early as 6.30am on Saturday,  reported that the scene of the blast had been cordoned off by security operatives.

Billionaire man supports Nigerian Teen Entrepreneurs to surmount the world

Over 250 teenagers from 15 countries were in Seoul, South Korea to compete in the 13th annual Students for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship (“SAGE”) World Cup tournament on August 6-9. SAGE was founded at California State University, Chico in 2002.The Korean Trade and Investment Association (KOTRA), part of the Korean Ministry and Trade and Industry, served as the host.

There are two categories of competition. The first category is the Best Socially-Responsible Business and the second category is the Best Social Enterprise. The top three teams in each category win prize money, a trophy and bragging rights as the world’s best youth enterprise teams.

At the competition teams make 15 minutes presentation to explain details of their entrepreneurial and community service ventures to a panel of business and civic leaders.

Photo: Motorcycle thief in a ghastly accident while running with stolen motorcycle

A thief was involved in an accident while trying to escape with the motorcycle he stole along Abu King Shuluwa road, Makurdi Benue state yesterday October 1st. According to, the thief who disguised as a passenger, had flagged down a motorcycle rider and asked to be taken to Tse-Ayihe, a suburb on the outskirts of Makurdi. When they arrived at his destination, the thief forcefully snatched the motorcycle from the rider.

As he tried to run with the motorcycle, an alarm was raised and he was immediately pursued by other motorcycle riders in the area. As the thief was running on top speed, he crashed into speed bumps and was badly injured. His pursuers had no sympathy for him as they gathered and beat him to a pulp. He was later taken to the police station.

Lee Daniels apologizes to Jennifer Lopez over diss on Empire

You all know Cookie Lyon played by Taraji P. Henson has a bad mouth on his TV show, Empire. The show's writers kinda use the character to diss Hollywood. On the last episode of Empire, Cookie made a slick comment about Jennifer Lopez's talent by telling son Hakeem, who's putting together an all girl group,
“Ain’t nothing wrong with a couple of long as they can really sing.” ouch!
The show's creator Lee Daniels apologized to JLo for Cookie's mouth. What he tweeted after the cut..


2 Minutes and it’s over? Lasting longer in bed is only a matter of practice & technique.
We’ve all been working under a completely false assumption. The idea that women are less interested in amazing, mind-blowing sex than men is a relic of Puritan and Victorian social standards, but nonetheless persists. Well, it’s just not true; society lied to us. Throw away all those rumors and whispered ideas you’ve heard about women not wanting sexual pleasure. They’re nonsense.

Women not only love sex as much, if not more, than men – a powerful, masculine lover is probably what every women desires most!

A Must-Read List of Facts Vs Myths about … Sex

Sex. It’s something that everyone partakes in at some point in their lives. People think of it in many different ways – it’s intimate, it’s taboo, it’s a beautiful expression of human nature…regardless of how people think about it there are many myths and rumor surrounding the act itself.

We’re here to clear some of the up for you! We’ve found some of the most common myths about “doing the dirty” exposed the truth along with some fun facts. Maybe getting busy isn’t as bad as some people may think.

These 3 Celebrities Were Caught Red Handed

Kanye West looks really focused on the game

APC Reacts To Widely Circulated Ministerial List

The Internet was awash yesterday, October 1, following the release of the long awaited ministerial list.

According to reports, the list submitted to the National Assembly comprises 21 would-be ministers which include the likes of former governors: Dr Chris Ngige (Anambra), Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti), Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers), Babatunde Fashola amongst many others.

However, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, national publicity secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has reacted to the widely circulated ministerial list.

Addressing newsmen yesterday, Lai Mohammed advised Nigerians not to accept in its entirety the list being circulated around, Vanguard reports.

In Oyo, herdsmen believe their animals are utmost

As a result of the cord of unity that binds all diverse ethnic groups together as an indivisible entity, it is not out of place for anybody from the 44 ethnic groups that make up Nigeria to live anywhere in the country.

But, what happens if visitors now pose a serious threat to security of lives and property of their hosts?

That aptly paints the picture of the frosty relationship between residents of Oyo State especially people from Oke Ogun area and Fulani herdsmen. The constant clashes between the two groups.

The people of Oke Ogun are not complaining about co-habiting with the Fulani herdsmen, but their grudge against them stems from constant and unabated destruction of their farmlands by the cattle of these nomads.

Lagos shuts Chinese firm over worker’s death

Lagos—Lagos State Government has shut Hongxing Steel Company Limited, a Chinese company based in Amuwo-Odofin Local Government for safety violations.
The state government issued the stop-work order following the death of a casual worker, Mr. Emeka Umoh. He sustained severe burns after liquefied iron spilled on him on September 23, 2015.

Vanguard learnt that he died at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, where he was rushed to for treatment by the management.
Director General of the Lagos State Safety Commission, LSSC, Mr. Fouad Oki, in a statement after visiting the company, said that the company failed to adhere to the state safety standards.

Oki lamented the working condition in the company, saying it was deplorable.

Kidnapped Ondo cleric freed after 11 days

Akure—AFTER 11 days in kidnappers den, a 70-year-old cleric at Ikare-Akoko area of Ondo State, Japhet Obafemi, has regained his freedom.

Pastor Obafemi of the Apostolic Faith, Ilepa in Ikare-Akoko, was ambushed by some suspected Fulani herdsmen who abducted him along Augu/Akunmu Expressway, while coming back from a church engagement in Kogi State.

His son was said to be driving his SUV when his abductors, numbering about 13, reportedly ambushed him.

The kidnappers later called the wife, identified as Olu, that her husband was with them and that the family and the church should pay N16 million ransom for his freedom.

Ambode urges Nigerians to return nation’s glorious past

Governor  Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State, yesterday, urged Nigerians to rededicate themselves to the service of the country as a way of returning the glorious past of the nation.

Ambode, who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Dr. Idiat Adebule, made the call at the Independence Day parade to mark Nigeria’s 55th anniversary.

He said there was need to rekindle the flame that ignited the determination of the founding fathers to fight for and obtain independence.

“On this day, Nigeria defined her sovereignty as a people and since then had collectively built a strong nation, united and indivisible in spite of tough challenges.

Fresh abduction epidemic hits S-West

The menace  of abduction-for-ransom has hit the South-West.

Recent kidnappings in the zone has proved that the trend my be becoming lucrative. Kidnapping-for-ransom in the region, prior to now, was alien.

The worrisome trend has been attributed to factors including: unemployment, poverty and vengeance.

The recent high profile abductions of a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Chief Olu Falae and wife of the Deputy Managing Director of The Sun Publishing Limited, Mr. Steve Nwosu are danger signals that the South-West is fast becoming the next hub of the kidnapping business.

How Fulani herdsmen kill, rape Ogun residents, farmers

Farmers and residents of agrarian communities in some local government areas of Ogun State have some gory tales to tell on the menace of Fulani cattle rearers, otherwise known as Fulani herdsmen.

So many lives have been lost while property worth millions of Naira has been destroyed allegedly by these Fulani marauders .

It was gathered that, the Fulani herdsmen move with their cattle from one of these agrarian communities to the other wreaking havoc.

Further findings have also shown that worse still, they do not respect the borders of the state. They did not only seek pasture they inflict deaths and mayhem.

Female suicide bombers hit Maiduguri

MAIDUGURI—Multiple female suicide bombers, yesterday evening, sneaked into Sageri, Ajilari and other communities on the outskirts of Maiduguri, Borno State capital, and detonated bombs which left scores dead and many injured.

Ajilari ward, which is on outskirt of Maiduguri, had two days to Sallah, witnessed a suicide bomb attack which left over 100 people dead with 97 seriously injured.

The multiple explosions in Sageri and Ajilari occurred simultaneously at about 7:30p.m., after which men of the 7 Division, Nigerian Army, responded with their artillery fire power.

A source close to the scene at Sageri told Vanguard that the female suicide bombers who sneaked into the area on tricycles, detonated their explosives at a popular public gathering near at tea seller joint (Mai Shai).

For Ndigbo, it’s thanksgiving all the way

SINCE President Muhammadu Buhari, PMB came to power, people have argued that Ndigbo should be punished for not voting massively for him. Some say it was a political miscalculation by the Igbos, that they put all their eggs in the basket of former President Goodluck Jonathan, they are politically naïve, and all that. Such people do not understand where Igbos are coming from. Igbos are very grateful to God for the turnout of events, because if it were not so, they would have been the victims of post elections violence in the north. Igbos have investments in almost every nook and corner of Nigeria, which would have been torched. Ndigbo are the ones who need a peaceful Nigeria more than any other tribe, because they have more at stake in the unity and stability of Nigeria. We simply continue to thank God for Nigeria, in spite of all.

But these men have continued to goad PMB to do all he can to punish Igbos for not voting for him, and his kitchen cabinet appointments, to the complete exclusion of  Ndigbo, confirms his position.

INDEPENDENCE TRAGEDY: Mob attempts to lynch naval personnel over death of man

Lagos—Kirikiri area of Lagos, was yesterday, thrown into pandemonium,  following attempt by a  mob to lynch some naval personnel  whom they accused causing of the death of a conductor attached to a truck driver.

The deceased was reportedly crushed by the  truck he was attached to, while the driver, Ibrahim Salima, was reportedly  running away from   naval personnel stationed at the Kirikiri bridge, by Tokunbo car park road,  to control the perennial gridlock.

There were, however, different accounts to how the tragedy happened. A version of the account, alleged that naval personnel stationed there usually collect N500 from truck drivers who wait on the queue to get petroleum products from jetties, daily.

Afenifere spits fire over cattle rearing in S-West

AFENIFERE, a Pan-Yoruba Socio Political group rose from an emergency meeting in Akure, the Ondo state capital and called for the stoppage of cattle rearing activities in  South West states following the menace of Fulani herdsmen.

The group said that the activities of the  herdsmen in the states have endangered the lives of the people.

Spokesman of the group, Yinka Odumakin said that their activities  should be stopped in every space of Yoruba land just as he called for the arrest of those who abducted a Chieftain of the group, Chief Olu Falae.

Odumakin declared that; “ In the event this call is not heeded then our people may resort to self help to protect themselves.’’

How Lagos tamed Fulani herdsmen

There have been rising cases of killings and wanton destruction of properties by Fulani herdsmen in some parts of the South West region in recent times.

Lagos State is also located in the south-western part of Nigeria on the narrow coastal flood plain of Bight of Benin.

The state is bound in the north and east by Ogun State of Nigeria, in the west by the Republic of Benin, and in the south by the Atlantic Ocean. It has five administrative divisions of Ikeja, Badagry, Ikorodu, Lagos Island and Epe.

There was a period when the cases of Fulani herdsmen attacks were on the rise, particularly at the border line between Ogun and Lagos States, at Berger, along Lagos-Ogun Expressway.

S-West is Nigeria’s kidnap capital — Report

“A result of a recent survey it conducted shows that you are more likely to be abducted in the South West than any other region in Nigeria.”

Contrary to the perception that kidnapping is more prevalent in the South East and South South geo-political zones, a recent survey shows that people are more likely to be kidnapped in the South West than any other region in Nigeria.

The 2013 National Crime Victimisation and Safety Survey conducted by CLEEN Foundation with support from the United States based Macarthur Foundation shows that the South West has the highest incidents of kidnapping with 5 per cent of the respondents from the region saying they have either been kidnapped or attempts have been made to kidnap them.

MINISTERIAL LIST: Why Buhari holds on to 15 other nominees

ABUJA—There are feelers from the Presidency that the remaining 15 names of ministerial nominees will hit the Senate early next week after what sources described as ‘laborious’ security checks and vetting of the prospective nominees.

The high-wire tension and expectations with which Nigerians awaited President Muhammadu Buhari’s ministerial nominees have been doused with his submission of names of 21 nominees to the Senate.

As of last night, the various security agencies were said to be working frantically to beat the new deadline said to have been given to them by the President.

APC to Nigerians: Wait for Tuesday’s official announcement of Buhari’s ministerial list

…Says Buhari qualified to head petroleum ministry

Nigerians were yesterday, advised by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) not to accept in its entirety the list being bandied around in the media, but be patient for the official announcement of the names of President Muhammadu Buhari’s ministerial nominees by the Nigerian Senate on Tuesday, October 6, 2015, when it resumes for plenary, after its Independence Anniversary recess.

The ministerial list handed-over to the Senate President, Bukola Saraki (Left) by the Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari (Middle), as Special Adviser to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Ita Enang looks on. Wednesday, 30/9/2015

2 men put their hands on Chris Brown and he didn't spazz (photo)

Chris Brown was on his way out of Warwick Nightclub in LA yesterday when two men approached him and put their hands on him. The old Chris would have spazzed out and pushed or shoved the men but this new one, with a daughter to consider, didn't do anything, he just allowed his bodyguards to remove the men and he strolled to his car and drove away.

Jada Pinkett Smith wears revealing outfit to Balmain's Paris show

Jada Pinkett Smith, 44, stunned in a ribbed bodysuit and skirt to French Fashion House: Balmain's star-studded Spring 2016 show, which took place today at Paris’s Hotel Intercontinental. Kris Jenner & her boyfriend, Corey were also at the show. See more photos after the cut...

10 dead, 20 wounded in Oregon community college shooting today

At least 10 people were killed and 20 more injured in a shooting at a community college in south-western Oregon today. The shooter - male - went into multiple class rooms as classes started at Umpqua Community College and opened fire, killing students.

Police first received a call about an active shooter in a classroom in the college just after 10:30 a.m. local time. They arrived and exchanged gunfire with the shooter and later said he'd been 'neutralized. While some sources are saying the shooter is currently in custody. The college, which in a remote location, was put on lock-down and the students and staff were evacuated.

80 Boko Haram terrorists surrender to the Army in Bama today

According to The Nigerian Army, 80 Boko Haram terrorists today, October 1st, surrendered in mass to troops of 'Operation Lafiya Dole' in Bama.

Nigeria @ 55: Dogara, others congratulate Nigerians

Abuja – The Speaker, House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara, has felicitated with Nigerians on the 55th independence anniversary of the country.

This is contained in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Mr Turaki Hassan, in Abuja.

The Speaker said that although Nigeria was facing multifarious challenges, “nonetheless the country has witnessed significant improvement in some areas,’’ adding that Nigerians had cause to celebrate the event.

“I will urge our people to use this period to give thanks to God for keeping the country one, despite many upheavals and prophesies of doom,’’ the statement said.

‘Unruly behaviour’ must end, Buhari tells Nigerians

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday called for an end to “unruly behaviour” in the country, saying progress could not happen without a change in citizens’ attitudes.

The call, made in his first Independence Day address as civilian president, will likely remind some of his time as military ruler in the 1980s, when he cracked down on so-called “indiscipline”.

Then, civil servants were made to do star jumps if they were late for work, orderly queueing was enforced, while traders selling goods at above agreed rates were punished.

Buhari, elected in March on an agenda for “change”, has bxeen at pains to stress there will be no return to the past, despite claims to the contrary by his political opponents that old habits die hard.

In a brief televised address to the nation on Thursday, he said: “Change does not just happen. You and I and all of us must appreciate that we all have our part to play if we want to bring change about

Happening now: OAU students protest state of education in Nigeria

Students of Obafemi Awolowo University are on the streets of Ibadan, protesting the dwindling educational system in Nigeria as the country celebrates its 55th Independence anniversary.

The students gathered at Iwo Road Ibadan and are marching to the Oyo State Government House, Agodi, Ibadan reports Citizen Lukmon Fasasi.

President of the students union, Omotayo Akande, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to implement the 26% education budget as recommended by UNESCO in Nigeria.

“The dwindling educational system in Nigeria is alarming and our Educational facilities is becoming rotten daily, we say no to this and beg for the Federal government to inculcate the 26% Educational budget instead of the 8%”.

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has described the 55th anniversary of independence today as “unhappy birthday for hundreds of victims of Boko Haram who continue to suffer the consequences of the conflict in the Northeast of the country.”

SERAP in a statement by its executive director Adetokunbo Mumuni said that, “Independence Day should ordinarily be an anniversary to cheer and celebrate but this is unfortunately not the case for hundreds of victims of bomb blasts and their families in Nigeria. The case of Hope Musa from Tabara State who recently died as a result of untreated injuries suffered from bomb blast is a sad reminder of the trauma and neglect that many victims continue to face.”

How bad parenting contributes to Nigeria’s security challenges – Brig-Gen. Musa

The Commandant Depot Nigerian Army (Depot NA), Brig-Gen. CG Musa has blamed the social problems and contemporary security challenges facing the nation on bad parenting.

Musa who was delivering the Chief of Army Staff (CoAS), Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai’s Independence message to troops during the combined service in commemoration of Nigeria’s 55th Independence Day Church Service, at St. Benedict’s Catholic Church, Chindit Cantonment, Zaria, Kaduna, said parents are now over-conscious of economic survival rather than being there for their children.

He also observed that parents have neglected their wards to unpredictable peer influence for character development and social upbringing.

Fayose cancels independence celebration

Gov. Ayo Fayose of Ekiti state on Thursday cancelled all forms of fanfare as well as stadium parades usually held on Independence Day celebrations.
NAN reports that Fayose in a broadcast said there was nothing to celebrate in view of the economic situation in the country.
“I do not think it is proper to engage in jamboree when it is almost becoming increasingly difficult to pay workers salaries.
“The current situation demands sober reflection from all and we cannot pretend about this,” Fayose said. He ordered residents to stay at home and enjoy the celebration in low-key.
NAN reports that as a result of the governor’s order, the usual activities associated with the celebration were absent in most parts of Ado-Ekiti on Thursday.
However, there were few places where pockets of activities were organised by individuals or corporate bodies.

UP COMING EVENT...University of Lagos..Distance Learning Institute (DLI) DLISA AWARDS 2015


The University of Lagos Distance Learning Institute Students' Association (DLISA) is a body responsible for the academic and Social welfare of its members of over 12,000 students from five (5) different levels and departments duly represented therein. This responsibility towards its members is facilitated by protecting and representing their general interest within and outside the premises of the university.
DLI is the largest faculty in University of Lagos, and its over growing population is traceable to the fact that the institution is one of the best in Nigeria of today. The association shares a flourishing relationship with the general University of Lagos students and other Institutions in Nigeria with mission to enhance academic excellence by being ambassadors of good moral values and thereby cumulating to national development.

Nigeria at 55: Read full text of President Buhari’s speech

“October 1st is a day for joy and celebrations for us Nigerians, whatever the circumstances we find ourselves in because it is the day, 55 years ago; we liberated ourselves from the shackles of colonialism and began our long march to nationhood and to greatness.

“No temporary problems or passing challenges should stop us from honouring this day. Let us remind ourselves of the gifts God has given us. Our Creator has bequeathed to us Numbers – Nigeria is the ninth most populated country on the planet. We have in addition arable land; water; forests; oil and gas; coastline; and solid minerals

“We have all the attributes of a great nation. We are not there yet because the one commodity we have been unable to exploit to the fullest is unity of purpose. This would have enabled us to achieve not only more orderly political evolution and integration but also continuity and economic progress.

Nigeria@55: I’m worried, unhappy but optimistic – Osoba

Former Governor of Ogun State, Aremo Olusegun Segun Osoba, in this chat, shares his thoughts on the state of nation, where we missed the mark and the way forward.

In 1960, this nation had a promising future but along the line something happened, where will you say we missed it as a country?
Nigeria’s problems started when the leaders of the First Republic started going after one another. The issue of Foster-Sutton Tribunal against Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe over the African Continental Bank, ACB and other issues. Then the deliberate attempt to malign Chief Obafemi Awolowo through the Coker inquiry was the beginning of the instability of the country.

What do you think we’re doing wrongly today?
We’re repeating history, today politicians seem to be going for each other’s jugular. When I look back, I remember all that happened even up to the series of commissions of inquiry set up by the military after the 1966 coup. As a young reporter, I covered these inquiries. Nigeria has not yet learned any lesson, the corruption that we have been talking about since independence is still the monster that is destroying everything in Nigeria.