Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, said on Thursday that no member of his family ever reached the ripe age of 70 years.

He spoke in Yola at an event organised to mark his 70th birthday by students of American University of Nigeria Academy and Primary schools.
“It is a milestone in my life because nobody in my family has ever lived up to 70 years,” Abubakar said.
He lauded the students for “the surprise of a birthday bash’’ and reiterated his commitment to continue to support education in the country.
The former vice president called on the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to suspend the ongoing warning strike for the sake of Nigerian students.
He said that education was the backbone of development, stressing that nothing should be done to jeopardise education.(NAN)
The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) on Thursday said it would ensure steady supply of petroleum products to Nigerians during the yuletide.

Its National President, Mr Chinedu Okoronkwo, gave the assurance dwhile speaking with newsmen on the sideline of the executive meeting of the association in Aba.

“We have chosen the path of peace; the path of progress to ensure that members of our association here in Aba are not shortchanged,“he said.
He said the association, under the leadership of Chief Christian Ahukanna in Aba, had ensured that pipelines were not vandalised and marketers enjoyed supply from the Aba depot.
“With time, people will begin to see what we have achieved. Our duty is to ensure that there is a level playing field where everyone will be able to access the products without any problems,” he said.
He said that bad roads had become a challenge to them in making products available to Nigerians and expressed the hope that government would pay attention to them.
Okoronkwo said if the priority roads would be given attention, it would help easy access of products.
Mr Udo Alozie, the newly-elected IPMAN Eastern Zonal Chairman, said the association was committed to ensuring that Nigerians got constant supply of petroleum products.
Alozie said only Aba depot was functioning in the zone as others had been destroyed by pipeline vandals.
He, however, promised to collaborate with NNPC, Police, communities, youth organisations, village heads and royal fathers to protect the pipeline for optimal performance.
The zonal chairman said NNPC had started work on some of the pipelines, adding that Enugu depot would soon receive products.
Alozie expressed the hope that there would be no petroleum product scarcity during the festive season, following the government’s efforts to support product import by marketers.
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo credit: Reuters
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday said he might follow Russia and withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC), citing criticism from Western nations for a rash of killings unleashed by his war on drugs.

Duterte described the ICC as “useless” and expressed frustration about the West’s allegations of extrajudicial killings and its failure to understand his crackdown on narcotics. He also appeared to blame the United Nations for failing to prevent wars all over the world.

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an executive order removing Russia’s signature from the founding treaty of the ICC on Wednesday, and Duterte said he might consider doing the same.
“They are useless, those in the international criminal (court). They (Russia) withdrew. I might follow. Why? Only the small ones like us are battered,” Duterte said before his departure for Lima to attend an Asia-Pacific summit.
Duterte is seeking a meeting with Putin in Lima this weekend, which comes as he pursues an independent foreign policy aimed at weaning the Philippines off dependence on longtime ally the United States. He has frequently praised Russia and China.
Duterte, known for his frank statements, speculated that Russia’s ICC move might be because of its air strikes in Syria.
“What could be the reason? I really would not know,” he said. “Maybe to protect what they are doing in Syria, the incessant bombing and the killing of civilians.”
Russia is under international pressure over the Syria air strikes, with some human rights activists and U.S. officials accusing it of bombing civilians and civilian targets. Russia has denied those allegations.
The ICC, which the Philippines became a member of in 2011, has received an ear-bashing from the outspoken Philippine leader, like all those who have showed concern about his war on drugs and the more than 2,400 people killed.
An ICC prosecutor last month said the Hague-based tribunal may have jurisdiction to prosecute the perpetrators of the killings.
Duterte said he was annoyed about the criticism he had received and that “nobody was listening” to his reasons for having the crackdown, including U.S. President Barack Obama.
He took aim at U.S. foreign policy and the United Nations and said he would be happier if China and Russia called the shots.
“You know, if China and Russia would decide to create a new order, I will be the first to join,” he said.
“The killings is endless,” he said, referring to conflicts in the past and current. “The amount is splattering. That is our lesson. Just because it is America, it does not mean that it is good.”
The Nigerian military delegation visited Pakistan to seek for additional assistance in its fight against Boko Haram.

Pakistan has been one of the countries suppling military equipments since the inception of insurgency in Nigeria.

Both countries have been caught up in similar challenges which necessitated for more formidable collaboration.

Below are pictures of Nigerian Army delegation being introduced to the Lightweight Sniper Rifle (LSR .338) at the Pakistan Ordnance Factories.

Samy Badibanga. Photo by Junior D. Kannah: AFP
DR Congo’s president Thursday named an opposition lawmaker as prime minister under a controversial power-sharing deal that effectively extends President Joseph Kabila’s term in office.

Samy Badibanga will be the country’s next prime minister, according to a presidential decree read on state television.
Paving the way for his nomination, former premier Augustin Matata resigned Monday.
The move is part of an October deal between the government and fringe opposition groups that was slammed by the main opposition coalition as a Kabila ploy to remain in office.
The deal, which emerged followed a “national dialogue”, aimed to calm soaring political tensions but will extend Kabila’s term to at least late 2017. He was due to leave office next month.
“The deal currently represents the only roadmap put in place by the Congolese themselves,” said Kabila during a defiant speech to parliamentarians in the capital Kinshasa on Tuesday.
He added that he was ready to defend against any attempt to take over the country by force, pledging that elections would be organised in the coming months.
– ‘Open air prison’ –
The bulk of Kabila’s political foes have formed a “Gathering” around the opposition Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS) party founded by veteran Etienne Tshisekedi.
He has called himself the country’s “president elect” since the last presidential poll in 2011.
Badibanga’s appointment has come as a surprise as Vital Kamerhe, who led the fringe opposition that participated in the national dialogue and had been cited as the favourite to succeed Matata as premier.
Badibanga was among opposition figures who in early 2015 put their name to a statement branding Congo an “open air prison” after access to text messaging, mobile internet and radio stations were blocked.
Among his first tasks on taking office will be to organise elections in the vast country, a former Belgian colony which has one of Africa’s richest mineral reserves but has been wracked by unrest, misrule and corruption since independence.
The country has been in a state of crisis since disputed elections in 2011 returned Kabila to office for a second term. A 2006 constitutional provision limits the presidency to two terms.
Violent anti-Kabila protests in September triggered by the political instability claimed 53 lives, according to the UN.
Kabila took power in 2001, 10 days after the assassination of his father, the then-president, Laurent Kabila.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Thursday pardoned 82 “youths” including a prominent advocate of Islamic reform, following calls to free prisoners swept up in a crackdown, his spokesman said.

Sisi, a former army chief who won elections after toppling his Islamist predecessor Mohamed Morsi in 2013, had promised to look into pardoning prisoners at a youths’ conference last month.
The pardoned include Islam al-Behairy, a television show host and Islamic reform advocate sentenced to a year in prison for criticising canonical religious works, presidency spokesman Alaa Youssef told AFP.
Nashwa el-Hofy, a member of a panel that recommended prisoners for the pardons, said the focus was on “university youths”.
“We focused on those who have a final ruling against them,” she said.
Sisi has also pledged that the government would look into revising a protest law that bans all but police sanctioned demonstrations.
Morsi’s overthrow in July 2013 unleashed a crackdown on his supporters that killed hundreds of protesters and jailed thousands.
The crackdown extended to liberal and leftwing activists who had supported Morsi’s ouster but turned against the government after rights abuses mounted.
Sisi pardoned 100 people in September 2015, including two journalists and several prominent dissidents.
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar is the new dab king.

Mr Atiku was at the inauguration of the American University of Nigeria law school today.
The dab dance is mostly exhibited in a standing or squatting position while raising an arm and the elbow.
Nigerian-born forensic pathologist, Bennet Omalu, who first discovered Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in an NFL player in 2002, has been honoured with the American Medical Association (AMA) Distinguished Service Award, AMA’s highest award.

CTE has since been confirmed by postmortem examination in dozens of American athletes.
Dr. Omalu, MD, MBA, MPH, overcame massive efforts to discredit him and his research, and today CTE is widely recognized as a health risk in millions of patients with histories of repetitive brain trauma, including military veterans. 

He was honored during the opening session of the 2016 AMA Interim Meeting in Orlanda, Fla. on Saturday, November 12th.
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Dr. Omalu was working as a forensic neuropathologist in Pittsburgh when he conducted postmortem examinations of former NFL offensive lineman Mike Webster’s brain and spotted what would become the hallmarks of CTE.

“When I looked at his brain and he had diffuse amyloid plaques everywhere and there were no neuritic plaques … I took the slides home with me,” Dr. Omalu said in a 2015 interview.
“I spent six months with those slides. I saw tau randomly situated, and not reminiscent of any other dementia that I knew. My first reaction, when I went to the literature, was that I expected to find previous reports like this, but I didn’t find even one.”
He had the case published in 2005 and went on to identify CTE in postmortem examinations of numerous other former NFL players.
Dr. Omalu initially thought the league would be pleased to learn of his findings, but when they were presented at an NFL meeting on concussions in 2007, they were dismissed, and the league—through lawyers, physicians and other experts—went on to mount a coordinated effort to discredit Dr. Omalu and his research.
At the time, the Nigerian-born Dr. Omalu was not a U.S. citizen, and his immigration status was dependent on his continued employment. He stuck to his findings in the face of intense pressure, and in 2009—seven years after his discovery—the NFL relented and publicly acknowledged the link between concussions sustained in football and CTE.
“Because of the service Dr. Omalu has rendered to every player and every family member in the football and other sporting communities, I am delighted to present him, on behalf of the AMA, with the Distinguished Service Award—our highest honor,” AMA President Andrew W. Gurman, MD, said in a statement. “His meritorious service is all the more remarkable given that Dr. Omalu was relatively junior at the time of his discovery, having only completed his pathology residency a few years prior to describing CTE.”
Dr. Gurman said he strongly believes “that Dr. Omalu—by his work, determination and dedication—strongly exemplifies the best of American medicine.”
Nominated by the AMA Board of Trustees and endorsed by the House of Delegates, the Distinguished Service Award recognizes a member of the AMA for meritorious service in the science and art of medicine.
A 20-year member of the AMA, Dr. Omalu attended medical school at the University of Nigeria at 16. He became a U.S. citizen in 2015 and now serves as chief medical examiner for the San Joaquin County Coroner’s Office in California and is a clinical associate professor in the University of California, Davis, Department of Medical Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.
The story of Dr. Omalu’s CTE research and the pressure he faced from the NFL inspired the 2015 film “Concussion,” in which he was portrayed by Will Smith.

The 81 Division of the Nigerian Army on Thursday says it arrested 37 suspected Boko Haram terrorists in Lagos and Ogun States within the last 15 months.

The outgone General Officer Commanding (GOC) 81 Division, Maj.-Gen. Isidore Edet, disclosed this in Lagos while handing over to his successor, Maj.-Gen. Ebenezer Oyefolu.

Edet said the Division, under his watch, arrested the terrorists in different parts of the two states.
“As Boko Haram is being defeated, the terrorists run to other parts of the country. From the period I took over in August 2015 till date, we arrested 37 Boko Haram suspects.
“We will continue to arrest them and hand them over to the appropriate authorities,’’ he said.
Edet said his most challenging moment as GOC 81 Division was the abduction of three of his operatives by militants in Ijagemo Area of Lagos.
“I had to work round-the-clock to secure their release,’’ he said.
On pipeline vandals at Arepo area of Ikorodu, the outgone GOC said the Army worked collaboratively and cooperatively with other security agencies to rout the vandals from the area.
In his remark, the new GOC, Maj.-Gen. Oyefolu, said he would key into the successes of his predecessor to move the Division forward.
Until his appointment as GOC 81 Division, Oyefolu was the Deputy Director at Defence Intelligence Agency, Abuja. 
President Muhammadu Buhari says the anti-corruption war is tough and grueling, with corruption fighting vigorously back, but assured that the battle would be won.

Meeting with American Secretary of State, John Kerry, Wednesday, on the margins of conference on climate change, COP22, in Marrakech, Morocco, President Buhari said corrupt people had accumulated a formidable arsenal of illicit wealth, which they were now deploying against the government on diverse fronts.
“But it is a war we are determined to win, and which we will win,” President Buhari said. 
“People of goodwill are behind us, countries like America and many others are with us, and we will surely win.”
The President also updated Secretary Kerry on the war against insurgency in the North-east of Nigeria, efforts being made to tackle humanitarian problems caused by the insurgency, informing that a presidential committee had been launched “under Gen T.Y Danjuma, a man of high integrity.”
On the unrest in the Niger Delta area, which manifests in the sabotage of critical oil and power installations, President Buhari said the engagement process was proceeding apace, adding that it was rather difficult bringing the main protagonists of the insurgency under one umbrella.
The President said Nigeria was happy with American support on different fronts, assuring that the economic challenges facing the country were being “frontally tackled, and we will overcome them soon.”
Secretary Kerry expressed delight at the many successes of the Buhari administration, pledging continued U.S support in the bid to overcome security, humanitarian, political, and economic challenges.

As the Barrack Obama administration exits next January, Kerry said he would love to continue engaging with Nigeria, even in a private capacity. He described President Buhari as a strong international partner in the battle against violent extremism.
The Democratic mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, met with President-elect Donald Trump for more than one hour on Wednesday, saying afterward he told the Republican that many New Yorkers were afraid of his presidency.

“I let him know that so many New Yorkers are fearful, that more had to be done to show that this country can heal, and that peoople will be respected, ” de Blasio told reporters after the meeting at Trump Tower.
“I reiterated to him that this city and so many cities around the country will do all we can to protect our residents and to make sure that families are not torn apart.” 

Trump has vowed to deport or incarcerate as many as three million undocumented immigrants with criminal records after he takes office on January 20.
De Blasio said Trump’s stance “flew in the face of all that was great about New York City, the ultimate city of immigrants.”
“The place that has succeeded because it was open for everyone, the place built of generation after generation of immigrants,” he said.
In the wake of Trump’s November 8 election victory, de Blasio said the city would delete from its data base by year-end the names of hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants who have received a city ID card, so they cannot be identified or deported by the incoming administration.
The mayor and Trump are known to have strained relations. De Blasio said he stressed to Trump “that I would be open-minded as we continue substantive discussions but also vigilant.”
Like de Blasio, the mayors of other major US cities with high numbers of immigrants have vowed to protect them from deportation, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia and the US capital Washington.
AFP contributed to this story
Defeated Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton called on Wednesday for a renewed fight for a more-inclusive United States despite disappointment over an election loss that laid bare national divisions.

In her first public remarks since conceding to Republican Donald Trump last week, Clinton said that many Americans were asking whether his victory meant the United States was still the country they thought it was.

“The divisions laid bare by this election run deep, but please listen to me when I say this. America is worth it, our children are worth it,” she said at a Children Defense Fund event honoring scholarship winners.
“Believe in our country, fight for our values and never, ever give up.”
Although Fund founder Marian Wright Edelman called the nonprofit advocacy group’s event “a love-in for Hillary Rodham Clinton,” the former first lady said it had not been easy for her to attend.
“There have been times this past week when all I wanted to do was just to curl up with a good book or our dogs, and never leave the house again,” said Clinton, whose ties to the Children Defense Fund date back to her work there as a young law student.
Clinton, a former secretary of state, won the popular vote but lost the crucial electoral college tally to Trump, a New York real estate magnate who has taken a hard line on immigration and has opposed accepting Syrian refugees.
“I know many of you are deeply disappointed by the results of the election. I am too, more than I can ever express,” Clinton said.
“But as I said last week, our campaign was never about one person or even one election. It was about the country we love, and building an America that is hopeful, inclusive and big hearted.”
She said that help for children backed by Republicans and Democrats was a hopeful sign of both parties working together. The federal Children’s Health Insurance Program, for example, now covers 8 million children and its creation had relied on bipartisan support, Clinton said.
“For the sake of our children, and our families and our country, I ask you to stay engaged, stay engaged on every level,” Clinton said.
She added, “I am as sure of this as anything I have ever known. America is still the greatest country in the world, it is still the place where anyone can beat the odds.”
A Mobile policeman attached to MOPOL 55, Osisioma, near Aba, Abia State has allegedly shot dead an Aba businessman. Mr. Ezekiel Okechukwu. The victim, who married recently, hails from Enugu State.

The late Okechukwu had after church service last Sunday, went for a wedding ceremony in the city, with his new wife. As they were going home after the event, on getting to the popular Ukwu Apu bus stop along Umule in Osisioma Ngwa Local Government, a policeman was said to have stopped a commercial tricyclist and demanded N20 bribe from the rider.

But the police spokesperson, Nta Ogbonnaya Nta, said it was not true.
The rider according to a source, reportedly refused to accede to the request of the policeman said to be notorious in the area.  He fired at the operator and Okechukwu was hit on the forehead as his wife watched.
A witness said: “The man was returning from a function with the wife when a stray bullet from the gun of one of the policemen on duty at the check-point, hit him.  “He died before help could come his way”.
The incident caused pandemonium in the neighborhood, as shop owners hurriedly closed for business in an attempt to evade possible police mass arrest.
But ASP Nta said according to  an entry made to the police by Okechukwu’s widow, Uju, the killer was in mufti.  He said Commissioner of Police, Adeleye Oyebade, is investigating the incident.
President Tayyip Erdogan could govern Turkey until 2029 with expanded executive powers if proposals by ruling AK Party is approved.

Some officials who have seen the latest draft of the proposal said in Ankara on Wednesday that the ruling party planned to take the proposed constitutional change to a referendum next spring.
Mr. Erdogan and his supporters had argued that Turkey needed a strong executive presidency, akin to the system in the U.S. or France, to avoid the fragile coalition governments that hampered its development in the past.
However, opponents observed the proposed change as a vehicle for Mr. Erdogan’s ambition.
They feared that it would bring increasing authoritarianism to a country already under fire from Western allies over its deteriorating record on rights and freedom.
They referred to the widespread purges in the wake of a failed military coup in July.
The AKP is aiming to hold a referendum on the issue next spring and is seeking support from the nationalist MHP opposition to win parliamentary approval for such a vote.
Under the latest draft presented to the MHP on Tuesday, Mr. Erdogan could assume the position of “acting” executive president immediately after the referendum, if the changes are approved.
A presidential election would then be held, as scheduled, when his term expires in 2019.
Under the Constitution’s current two-term limit and provided he wins the 2019 election, Mr. Erdogan would be able to rule until 2024 only.
But under the proposed executive presidency, the clock would be reset, allowing him another two terms.
“We have come to a conclusion in our work on constitutional changes and will bring it to the parliament in the coming days.
“We will continue to seek a base for consensus with the other parties.
“After that, the decision lies with the people,’’ Prime Minister Binali Yildirim told a conference of AKP without giving details.
According to two senior officials who have seen the draft, the president would be eligible to serve a maximum of two five-year terms.
They said that he would also be able to issue presidential decrees on most executive matters without the need to consult parliament.
The officials added that the president would have up to two deputies and would directly appoint the heads of the military and intelligence agencies.
They said that he would also be able to appoint university rectors, senior bureaucrats and some top judicial bodies, expanding the powers of the role.
The President, Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), Dr. Frank Jacobs, says with the current economic situation, the country may not be out of recession in 2017.

Jacobs told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Abuja that there was the need to introduce policies and initiatives to control the economy.

Jacobs said that government needed to take steps to shore up the manufacturing sector by ensuring that the concessionary Forex allocation to the sector was effectively implemented.
 He said that interest rates needed to be reduced to not more than five per cent and more development banks should be established to provide long-term funding for manufacturers to encourage more investment.
 “One cannot say for sure that the recession will be over in 2017.
 “Manufacturers are now patronising the parallel market for their Forex requirements but this is at a very high exchange rate.
 ”Unfortunately, after production, consumers may not be able to purchase such products, which may lead to the closure of some of the factories.
 “I have not seen anything to suggest that, at least not from the perspectives of the manufacturing sector, ” Jacobs said.
 He said that from all indications, “it appears that the Forex situation in the country had not improved.
 Jacobs said that there seemed to be no respite in sight, considering the price of crude oil in the international market and the activities of militants in the Niger Delta.
He said that the development of support infrastructure should be fast attacked to facilitate the country’s industrialisation effort, adding that this would enhance the economic situation of the county.
Recently, economic experts predicted that 2017 would be tougher than 2016, adding that the economy might not recover until 2018.
The experts also said that due to continued rise in inflation, Naira to Dollar might remain in the 450s.
It was also predicted that with liquidity squeeze, many more businesses would fold up, leading to job losses and more poverty. (NAN)
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is warning of a “very real risk of mass atrocities” in South Sudan and that peacekeepers deployed in the war-torn country will not be able to stop such a bloodbath.

Ban told the Security Council in a report released Wednesday that the United Nations must clearly define what actions it is prepared to take in the event of mass killings.

“There is a very real risk of mass atrocities being committed in South Sudan, particularly following the sharp rise in hate speech and ethnic incitement in recent weeks,” Ban said.
While UN peacekeepers will resort to “all necessary means” to protect civilians, “it must be clearly understood that United Nations peacekeeping operations do not have the appropriate manpower or capabilities to stop mass atrocities,” he added.
Nearly 14,000 soldiers and police are deployed in the UNMISS mission, but a recent report showed the peacekeepers failed to protect civilians during an outbreak of heavy fighting in the capital in July.
“The limits on UNMISS ability to protect civilians in the current environment have been demonstrated clearly,” he said in the report sent to the council last week.
Ban plans to dispatch a delegation to the African Union in Addis Ababa to agree on a joint plan to confront a possible outbreak of mass violence in South Sudan.
The plan could include the creation of an over-the-horizon force that would quickly deploy in a crisis.
Inundated with weaponry
The world’s youngest nation, South Sudan descended into war in December 2013, leaving tens of thousands dead and more than 2.5 million people displaced.
The country won independence from Sudan in 2011, with strong support from the United States.
A peace deal between President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar in August last year had raised hopes of peace, until clashes erupted in Juba four months ago.
The UN Security Council agreed to deploy a regional force to Juba to improve security, but the government in Juba has balked at the deployment of the 4,000 troops.
In a separate confidential letter to the council obtained by AFP, Ban said Kiir’s government had shown “piecemeal and limited consent” for the proposed regional force while continuing to impede UNMISS in its work on the ground.
The council, which will discuss South Sudan on Thursday, has threatened to impose an arms embargo on South Sudan for its refusal to cooperate, but it has yet to take action.
“South Sudan is inundated with weaponry, which is often turned on defenseless civilians,” Ban said in his report, adding that “under the present circumstances, stopping the flow of additional arms into the country is critical for the protection of civilians.”

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Popular media personality, Charlyboy, also known as AreaFada, stormed the National Assembly with other protesters, to kick against corruption by Nigerian lawmakers, who “have stolen the future of the youths”.

The protest, which caused traffic gridlock, forced the National Assembly leadership and workers to use alternative route to the complex.

The protesters were members of a group known as “Occupy Unlimited,” which is a civil society group that advocates good governance and a corruption-free society.

The AreaFada said: “Corrupt leadership has been killing ordinary Nigerians slowly and steadily over the years.

“It is time to properly define it as murder in disguise, and treat as treasonable offence against our dear country.”
“Over 180 million people are surviving at the mercy of few politicians who have mastered the art of creating division among her own people through religion, ethnicity, corruption, and frivolous issues.”
“This is a process of holding politicians accountable not only to their promises, but in their service to the Nigerian nation.
“We are a coalition of ordinary Nigerians from different parts of the country, with no political affiliations; we believe in the interest of our country.
“We also believe strongly in the fight against corruption by President Muhammadu Buhari.”
The group was also advocating for unicameral legislature for Nigeria to reduce cost of governance.
“Lawmakers must begin a process of reducing the Bi-Cameral Legislature to Uni-Cameral Legislature.
“Let them initiate the process of a referendum to review the Constitution, specifically with the aim of Scrapping the Senate.
Charlyboy added: “I am here to encourage them because when next we come here, the whole place will be filled up. This is a movement and I am telling the young Nigerian youths that if you do not do something about your future because your future has been stolen. So if you don’t fight to retrieve it, you will die for nothing in this country. They will be nothing for you if you don’t agitate.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday signed a decree declaring that his country will not become a member of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

In his decree, Mr. Putin ordered Russia’s Foreign Ministry to inform the UN of his decision.
Earlier this week, the court released a statement saying it was considering Russia and Ukraine to be involved in an armed conflict, with Crimea as occupied territory.
In 2000, Russia signed a treaty to establish the court, but the country did not ratify an agreement to join.
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai. Photo: NAN
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, on Wednesday, said that judging by the current activities of the Boko Haram terrorists, 60 percent of them are not Nigerians.

Buratai said this in Maiduguri when he received the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, Dr. Mohammed Ibn Chambas, at the headquarters of the Theatre Command of Operation Lafiya Dole at the Maimalari Cantonment.

“Your Excellency, I want to bring to your attention that while the Boko Haram (insurgency) can be said to have started in Nigeria, by and large as at today, I can say that almost 60 per cent of the insurgents are from our neighbouring countries.
“You can see that almost all of the recently surrendered insurgents are not Nigerians.This is a challenge that impacts more on the Nigerian side than the other countries. But by and large, our military is up to the task and we will continue to do our best to ensure that our country is secured,’’ Buratai said.
He said that there was no doubt that the terrorists had been defeated but added that troops would continue with their operations until the insurgents finally surrender.
The army chief thanked the UN for identifying with Nigeria in its efforts to rout-out the terrorists and solicited additional support from the world body.
Speaking earlier, Dr Chambas said that his visit was an expression of the UN’s identification with Nigeria in the fight against Boko Haram and efforts to restore peace to the North-East region.
He restated the UN’s condemnation of the terrorists’ group, adding “we are behind the Federal Government’’ in its efforts to defeat the terrorists. Chambas noted that the immediate consequence of the insurgency was the “huge humanitarian crisis’’ in the North-East and assured him that the UN had stepped up efforts to address it.
He called on the international community and donor agencies to come to the aid of Nigeria in addressing the crisis.
He said that Nigeria had always been involved in the UN peacekeeping missions across the world.
The UN representative used the occasion to commiserate with the Federal Government, the Nigerian Army and families of late Lt. Col. Muhammad Abu-Ali, who along with six other soldiers were killed by the insurgents on Nov. 4.
He said that their sacrifices and those of others who had died in the course of the war would not be in vain as Nigeria would be supported to win the war. NAN