THE ROLE OF YOUTHS IN PEACE AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION #SuperBloggers by @abusidiqu

Published:18 Mar, 2012

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The modern world is becoming smaller, highly integrated and technologically more advanced. It is also becoming highly fragmented, less peaceful and unsafe for both present and future generations. The world is today passing through an environment full of tension, violence, declining values, injustices, reduced tolerance and respect for human rights. The gun culture has already taken a dominant position in most of the developing countries, threatening the future of the youths who deserve a peaceful and better quality of life.

The youths constitute the richest wealth of a country. They develop quality of catholicity of personal integrity, personal discipline and open mindedness. The youthful period is a period of passions, emotions, activities and vigour. Because of their frontline positions in any country, their input to any development programme will go a long way in achieving desired objectives.

There is no doubt that there is a greater need to create a culture of peace and conflict free environment. This is an area where the youths can come in. One important role which the youths can play in peace and conflict resolution is for them to “BE THE CHANGE”. The youths can do this by changing their attitudes towards people, traditions, religion and believes. They should learn to combine their enthusiasm with patience, realising the importance of living together and should be responsible to defend the frontiers of peace and non-violence.

The youths should equally understand their leadership capacity by educating themselves on the need for community leadership and taking opportunities available to prioritise leadership development programme especially within them in rural areas because lack of knowledge about basic decision making impedes progress and therefore results in conflicts.

On the other hand, the youths can play an active role in peace and conflict resolution by forming a new phalanx of peace missionaries and NGO network in the grassroots, concentrating on value education and spiritual renewal among children.

In the area of ethnic development, the youth of different ethnic groups can forge links between cultural minorities and popularise shared values, shared culture and traditions handed down from generations to generations. The youths on the political area of development can engage or join in political awareness building, force reforms in bureaucracy to ensure good governance, accountability, transparency and citizenry participation.

At the international scene, the youths can become peace ambassadors of their respective countries, promoting exchange programmes in education, culture, science and technology, sports and games and in tourism promotions to link all the youth of the region and the world in the pursuit and maintenance of peace and conflict.

In addition, the youths should learn new skills to deal with conflict in non-violent ways and create a community that lives by a credo of non-violence and multicultural appreciation. This however must be done with the present crop of people whom we have termed as the leaders of ‘yesterday’ given the necessary chance and creating the opportunity for the youths to act with their enthusiast.

With all this and with every youth having at the back of his mind that wherever he goes, peace is with him because without peace, he cannot live, then the 21st century would be a century of tolerance, peace and conflict free.

Abubakar Sidiq Usman

Writes on abusidiq.com

@abusidiqu on twitter Abuja, Nigeria

  • Abu, this is very impressive. You really took time to understand the youth and the role they have to play. I only pray we can do that which we have to do. Thanks for this.

  • teehidee

    Nice one Sidiq, kudos!

  • Beeba

    Nice one, all the youth needs is enlightenment and coperation,toward the set goal of achieving a conflict free nation,thanks for this info, we hope conflict would be a thing of the past soonest.

  • Yunusa Usman

    Wow, very impressive write up. We youths really owe this nation and the world a lot.

  • rukkie

    A wonderful piece,kudos!!

  • Temitope Ajagbe

    Thank God for social networks; we are gradually getting there. The youths of Nigeria are better than we were 10 years ago. Well done my friend…

  • ojuolape

    Brilliant piece abubakar. We as the youth have a responsibility towards building our nations…I’m so committed to this!

  • Abdulmumin Okehi

    Your choice of words is what kept me reading the piece and everything presented is a fact we all must work with. Nice write up.

  • Enesi Islameen

    Nice write up bro. Keep it up.

  • Nice write up. We as youth really have a great role to play in
    resolving the myriad of conflicts we have around us 2day. Keep the
    pen flowing.

  • Abdussalam Abdullahi Khaleel

    It is said that corruption thrives only when good people do nothing. Your write-up got me thinking…..minds like yours are just what we need. More ink to ur pen!

  • Fatima O.

    This is a very beautiful piece dear. keep it up.

  • lilian

    Well said!

  • Stella

    Nice write up. Try and take it beyond words. Start something and we will cue behind you.

  • This is well researched material from a true Nigerian who has Nigeria at heart. A Nigeria where peace and unity reigns. The youths re the future of this country of ours we ve to organise ourselves to have the Nigeria we deserve which is Nigeria of our dreams. The moment the youth realise what they can achieve in tolerance and understanding Nigeria is saved. Abu thumbs up for this piece !

  • I Am Haphiz

    This to me is the fuel we need to keep the dream alive.. Our generation is blessed with people lyk u Abu..the labours of heroes past shall never be in vein.i say thank u my brother.

  • I Am Haphiz

    This to me is the fuel we need to keep the dream alive.. Our generation is blessed with people lyk u Abu..the labours of heroes past shall never be in vain.i say thank u my brother.

  • Change through violence is not lasting. well said 🙂

  • Maruf abdullahi

    What a wonderful article, more grace to your elbow abu sidiq.

  • Kassim Mahmud

    This article has broad view of youth & youthful exigences: it enuciate the problem created by youth in our community, at national & even international level. It took us back the memory lane, when values an norms guide our society and youths are the beautiful bride every segment of the society want to tie nupt with! It as factor out, clinically the way to bring back the old good days & it has also factor out how this cultural renaissance can be zero-in in to the jet age of 21 Century. This piece is thougth provoking, morally refreshing & lexically ingenious!!

  • @Dolusegun

    This is great bro! Very great! Sorry didn’t read it earlier

  • Jesse Jimmy

    Good stuff Abu pls keep it up. Its left of us this generation to change our faith for our self and future generations too

  • zulaiha

    Hmmm! Nice one! Keep it up.

  • Fareedah

    This is very insightful. Truly the change has to come from we the youth. A must read for all Nigeria loving youth. Kudos Sadiq

  • Wozimat abdullahi

    Wat a very nice stuff keep it up.

  • Uzo Rex

    Great article, I hope the youths get to learn a few things from this piece.

  • Tunde

    Nice article, hope the ‘youths’ take the advice here and let us have a future we can be proud of.

  • Abdulmalik Baba Muhammed

    Nice piece.. The youth are the leaders of this n ation and with this piece we believe the future ‘ll be better if the Nigerian youth can go through this…

  • celine

    Good write up, we youths have to know that peace and achievement is good. I pray we get there soon

  • Elisha

    Excellent prose, well articulated points and most pertinently, a call to service to young people across the country to rise up and be more responsible…I’m inspired!

  • ifiok Etim

    This is a good piece. If only our youths can rise to their responsibilities, this country will be a far better place.

  • Wilson Ozobu

    What needs to b said has been well said by this article, like other brilliantly-written ones before this,
    but it is in doing that we most often fall short. I think it is about time that we got that right too. There is no better time to act than in this critical times of our nation’s history

  • Ashraff Aisha

    A brilliant and Well constructed piece. You have said it all…. The youths need to BE THE CHANGE.

  • abdulkareem onipe Sanusi

    The easiest way to go about our national issue, I am proud we still have a young man who despite the disappointment that our contry is facing with lesders who recognized our problems but look the other way after taken an oath! And Abubabakar you still believe there’s a way out. Kudos man if this loudble plan is in place we sure get better!

  • salamatu

    Nice one, infact its d best. This is what the youths need, MOTIVATION.

  • Grace

    “The handwriting ????§ on the wall” this ????§ indeed an eye opener and a way forward for the Youth *thumbs up*

  • haruna momoh

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    The Role of the Youth in Promoting Peace and Conflict Resolution PRINTABLE VERSION
    by David Oluwamayowa Fakunle, NigeriaNov 7, 2007
    Human Rights , Education , Peace & Conflict  Opinions

      

    The world we live in is full of competitors; we are all competing for one thing or the other. We all have rights and wants; our human nature desires that our rights be protected at all times, whatever the situation. The impossibility for this expectation to be met calls for compromise between the parties involved.

    Henry Giessenbier, the founder of Junior Chamber International (JCI), spoke of this worldwide federation of young leaders and entrepreneurs, saying, “From within the walls of the soul of this organization wherein the foundation of character and good citizenship are laid, I hope a message will come in the sometime of tomorrow that will stir the people toward the establishment of a permanent and everlasting world peace.”

    Henry Giessenbier’s dying wish was for the world to have peace. For this peace to be achieved the two things that he stated must not be overlooked are

    Character

    Good citizenship

    Conflict resolution can simply be defined as a process of analysing a problem and strategising a solution to sort out the differences between two parties in discord. It can also be referred to as the method used to solve problems between two parties, individuals, community or nations. Peace and conflict resolution is very important in the world today.

    The process of resolution brings an agreement between the parties involved in the conflict. Peace cannot be achieved without bringing the pieces together. This can only be achieved by strategising for change, mobilising for advancement, erasing shallow thinking and taking responsibility for every action taken.

    In any situation, it is not a matter of who is right but who is left i.e. who is on the other side, who is the person with a different perspective. We should learn to listen twice as much as we speak so as to sample other people’s opinions. It is imperative that deliberate actions should be taken to achieve these feats.

    The youth are a very important factor in peace and conflict resolution as they stand the chance of been used as elements for violence, hooliganism and conflict-making. We have seen such cases in countries where terrorism is the order of the day. Also, the elites and power hungry politicians make the youth in their communities cause problems so that they can achieve their own selfish interests in government. The youth are vulnerable to these proposals because they don’t have the right education.

    When I say education I do not mean going to school. We have graduates that are used as social miscreants in the community by the power hungry people who have the money to influence these situations in order to achieve their selfish aims. The education I am talking about is the one that was defined by Napoleon Hill when he said, “That word education is derived from the Latin word ‘educo,’ meaning to educe, to draw out, to develop from within. An educated man is not necessarily one who has an abundance of general or specialized knowledge. An educated man is one who has so developed the faculties of his mind that he may acquire anything he wants or its equivalent, without violating the rights of others. Any man is educated who knows where to get knowledge when he needs it, and how to organize that knowledge into definite plans of action”. It only takes a man of purpose to see that he gets the right education. The wrong school is the wrong mentality acquired over the years.

    In spite of all these challenges and problems the youth must be responsible enough to design their future based on their vision. They should be empowered and motivated to be change agents in our environment. They have the strength, mental alertness, speed, ideas and information necessary to create positive change. The youth must be catalysts for change and not catalysts for destruction. Kwame Nkrumah (Ghanaian president) said that “Circumstances can be changed by revolution and revolutions are brought about by men, by men who think as men of action and act as men of thought”. Therefore, it is upon the youth to become men in their thoughts and mental capability, rather than just in their physical fitness or vigour.

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    David Oluwamayowa Fakunle

    I am haruna momoh,I am interested in Peace and in Conflict resolution. My main goal in life is to make an impact on my generation and to positively affect lives in the best way that I can.

  • yahuza magaji

    Dat is a great publication,i strongly hav d belyv dat if sentiment(tribal,religion,race,ethnicity)are kept aside,youths wil play a vital role 2ward conflict resolution.abusadiqu all d way

  • adetutu

    Nice write up,the youths in Nigeria deserve a change and we are the instrument of that change.

  • Ahmed Aliyu

    Nice write up bro. Keep it up.

  • Onota

    Like the angle from which u spoke from, just wish we could learn

  • Charles Ameh

    Your article captures the direction all peace loving youths should go. The active population of the world is made of majorly youths. By implication, whatever culture is prevalent among them will determine the trend. There is an urgent need for the youth to realise how much their actions and inactions affect the society. Youths should be embodiment of peace, love, vitality and positive exuberance. Their peaceful energy and enthusiasm is the needed tonic for a world filled with peace.

  • tunde oretade

    BE THE CHANGE…..apt write up and i like the spirit behind it….that is exactly what we need today in Nigeria today. keep it up

  • Munira

    Brilliant write up, keep it up. This is what the youth needs. Bravoooo

  • Youths has a lot to do in a societies but we have not been given a chance let the youths now standup for their responsibilities now………Abubakar Sidiq Usman you did well for bring this kind of ideal remain bless

  • aishat atta

    Nice blog, very impresive

  • oluwatoyin dosunmu

    A very lovely article. Nice one

  • hassan yakubu

    Wot an article, great lines bro

  • hafsat kadiri

    We need articles like this posted daily

  • ahmad musa

    ur article is well documented.There is a sign of quality leader in it. May Allah help us with applying it to our everyday lives

  • mukhtar Alhassan

    Gud write up bro,wiv d youth in peace,I tink dis country will go along way

  • Abdulrahman salisu

    A child that is acedemecally bankrupt is obviously a deformed child,knowledge n wisdom is power if a wide range of children are enriched n polished wt quality enducation, I believe the words violence n conflict will sieze to exist amongst humans.the youths are the future and if the youths are empowered the future is Made.

  • Sadiku Halima

    An inspiring write-up, its time the youth realise that they can have a better future than the ones mapped out for them by pple who don’t care abt them n only want to use them for violence and destruction.

  • Ken

    Given the Abu that I know. I couldn’t have expected anything less. Well said, well written. Kudos.

  • yahaya Abubakar Sadiq

    A great masterpieace it is, defining the youth as a great resource, where they are coming from and where they should be. If we all can become these agents to bringing the good changes we want and desire, Nigeria would surely be far from where it is. Weldone Abubakar Sidiq

  • Nice write up sidiq, since youths re d leaders of any Nation , we shuld try 2 avoid violence nd learn how 2 tolerate any kind of situation we found ourslf. In addition we shuld tink of wat 2 do 2 our country not wat d country will do 4 us.

  • WeLl written, we need more from you again. But let me critique! You must begin to learn how to write with simplicity and avoid using words that calls for the dictionary,well am not saying don’t take your readers to school.Also noted,you must learn to edit, words like “Catholicity” don’t exist in the dictionary, “their enthusiast” that’s a preposition in the wrong place.”On the need for” does not join. Other errors were noted.

  • NDAYAKO S.M

    Actually am really inpired with this write up Mr. Abubakar Sadid Usman. And i belive with this, the youth of our time will benefit on this.

  • Odim

    I like the points you have raised my brother. The youths should take a cue and wake up from their slumber

  • Nic

    It couldn’t have been said any better. The youths have often being reffered to as the future of any nation. As for our youths, that future is now. Very stimulating article

  • TJ

    A patriotic article from you Sidiq. Its good to know that the youths are not all chasing after oil company and bank jobs but some like you are looking to help build the nation. Kudos my broda

  • Chucz

    Well said my brother. Lets arise and help Nigeria fulfil its potential. Lets make Nigeria great!

  • John

    Abu! Abu!! Abu!!! You totally killed it. You hit the hammer on the head. You re on point sir

  • Zak

    Sidiq, you make me feel proud to be a Nigerian youth. Its good to know that people still believe in the power of the youth to make positive change.

  • Simon

    Knowledge is power! With knowledge positive change can be effected. And who says it can be done by the youths? Well written article my brother

  • Ojay

    Excellent article Sidiq. Given that the youths are mostly the “foot soldiers” in most of the conflicts, I think it will be instructive for the youths turn out to be the agents for peace and conflict resolution

  • Onyeka

    This a call to national duty for the youths of Nigeria. Irrespective of tribe or creed, rising up to change the course of the father land should be paramount

  • JC

    A profound and well articulated piece. I totally agree with every point you ve discussed. Arise o compatriots, Nigeria’s call. Obey!

  • Muhammad muktar

    This is a very lovely article. it is left for the youths to rise up to the challenge.

  • aliyu abubakar sadiq

    Well, wht can I say. U’av hit d nail on d head. We d youth of 2day must rise up to d situation and see dat we serve as d agent of change we so much desire. it can start 4rm our immediate environment to d society at large. Until we stop believing d notion dat d youth is d leader of tomorrow and start believing we can lead even now and leading by example, only then we correct most of dis anormally.

  • aliyu

    Thumbs up,quite an interesting piece.

  • me me

    yeah, y’all shld try this piece too
    http://omojuwa.com/2012/my-questions-for-lagos-superbloggers-by-ijayxl/ i found it hilarious

  • @dawisu

    What a mervelous piece my brother! U’ve hit so many home-runs in this article! I hope andd pray those that have read it will take the message to those that haven’t, so we forge a common front and unite to salvage our country together! Keep it up and more grease to ur already greased elbow! Thank u!

  • adedoyin

    Very Impressive… The Mentality of every Youth can change within a twinkle of an eye… What we hear, read, watch/see go along way in influencing our future… The Youth of this generation can not be left out in any way…
    Bravo Bro…..

  • jummai jatto

    Dis is coming @ a time wen the youth needs 2 be enlightened.u have always shown traces and qualite of a great leader.we r proud of you sadiq.

  • Man that was a nice peace am just afraid the elders hav eroded and erase morals from every dictionary.the youth wil have to change individualy

  • oluyemi bosede

    good job,a must read article…..welldone

  • Emmanuel Stephen

    Great piece…the youth must be the vanguard for conflict resolution and forerunner for lasting peace in our social setting…and this is attainable through value orientation…. Great peace,the masters stroke..

  • Yakubu Yusuf

    This is a great piece. I enjoyed reading.

  • Salamat Aliyu

    I am proud of the writer of this article. He has said it all.

  • usman ozovehe M J

    great work,keep it up.

  • momoh lawal

    great work

  • where are the supposed youth Sadiq wrote about? are they the politcal thugs or unemployed youth. a well articulated write-up. vital points raised by this article are ideal and desired but where what you have is a rotten system what do we do? sadiq have make his own possitive contribution what about you?

  • Saba Isaac.

    This is a very impressive publication. In spite of all these challenges and problems the youth must be responsible enough to design their future based on their vission. They should be empowered and motivated to be change agents in our environment. If we can become these agents to bring the good changes we want and desire, Surely our country will be far better than where it is now. Youths deserve a change and we are the instrument of that change. Weldone ABU……,Keep it up.

  • lami Habiba

    Your words is full of substance Abu,I’m very impressed you have our beautiful country at heart.May God see the youth through by thinking positively and remembering the fact that we can only b leaders of tomorrow once we ensure peace in our country and live in harmony through strong cooperation. Work well Abu

  • 1igboboy

    Wonderful, Read it twice. Thank you for the insight. More power to the movement for change

  • kaytee

    Nice ryt up my frnd, itz gd to knw dat sum1 out dia rili iz tryin to help d youths cum out of dia slumber. Kudos man!

  • Shecrownlita

    Nice piece.. I don’t expect less..

  • Dfewgoodmen

    Yes, it’s true that the world is becoming very technologically advanced and at the same time, very fragmented. Every age group has a role to play in society. Yes, and the youths have a very vital part to contribute too. I agree with that surmise.

    The article is well written and I cannot flaw the logic. It’s about time that we allow the youths of Society to play its indelible and expedient role to make society work! The role of the youth class in any society cannot be over-emphasised!

    The elder generation in Nigeria are invariably undermining the Youth age-group and sensibilities of Nigerians. Imagine a 60 year old Man that was endorsed as the youth leader for PDP? Isn’t that gesture obscene? Doesn’t it upset our sensibilities? Is the position of the youths in Society or in Nigeria in specific being deliberately extirpated?

    There are so many questions yet few, credible, and palliative answers. I believe that the youth has to do more. Has to be more aggressive to take its due place in Society! The older generation shouldn’t feel threatened. It’s a together thing for progress. Yes. But they shouldn’t run the youth class to the ground because they are inevitably the future of every society!

  • Emmanuel yusuf

    Well said, if our nation is to become better or worse it lies in the hands of youth,let’s join hands to make our nation free from violence and avoid been used as tools for destruction by some hungry and evil politician…I vote for a NEW NIGERIA

  • Rahanatu Suleiman

    It’s high time for the youths to know their worth,the role they need to play in the society and how our rights are being trampled on. Good right up,keep it up.

  • aishaa

    Great piece! If only our youths cld really rise up… My dearest NIGERIA will b more than dis, GOD BLESS NIGERIA!!

  • yusuf M

    Nice piece, we need more articles like dis, more grease 2 ur elbow

  • shuaibu Aishat

    The power to have a conflict free nation lies in the hands of the youth, let us stand up nd say no to conflict.

  • helen anda

    Youths have to stand up and face d challenges in this country

  • florence ehusani

    More of this pls

  • surraj

    Very encouraging, youths pls let’s rise up to dis challange.

  • Usman Audu

    This is an excellent work. Keep it up.

  • Ma’arufat abdullahi

    Very inspiring,dis is a call 2 all d youths to rise up.

  • Abubakar

    Nice piece. We know you have this qualities, you just have refused to let them out. Thank God we are seeing something from you now.

  • Binta abdullahi

    Abu sidiq nice work, keep it up.

  • Amina

    Well said

  • Odoma Samuel

    Great article, atleast youths have a chance to air their views

  • Nice article………keep it up……..

  • Abel bishop

    Very inspiring, nice right up abu sidiq.

  • bashirat ahmed

    Dis articles need 2 go beyond places like dis 2 enlighten our youths, kudos.

  • Rebecca yusuf

    This is a rise up call to we the youth, to see to the end of conflict in this great country of ours. Nice write up.

  • mena

    More grease to your elbow

  • Abbas

    The youths are the future of this country. if we unite to enthrone peace, we will make better leaders. Nice work by the writer.

  • Jamiu Mohammed

    The writer is very succinct in his analysis. More grease to your elbow.

  • Zainab

    I am impressed with this write up. keep it bro.

  • Onotu sadiq

    Youths we need to weakup 4rm our slumber.

  • How I wish every youth can just have this kind of mind set,how I wish we could see the need of our society,how I wish we could all outlive religious,cultural and ethnic differences to embrace love

  • Sadiq Abu

    This is the bomb, youths are the solution this nation needs. Mr Abu keep it up.

  • yahuza Aishat

    Good right up, pls keep dis article flowing.

  • Bello O

    Truth exposed, youth stand up to this call.

  • Bakar

    A nice article

  • Amina H.

    I feel very inspired by this write up. If only many of us can go by the suggestion of the writer, we will make a difference.

  • Funmi sani

    Wat an educative article, i luv dis.

  • Habib Oladimeji

    Nice one

  • Godwin

    no meaningful peace can be achieve without the involvement of youth because they are true agent of peace! good one

  • Yemi

    This is a wake up call to all youths. Let us all rise to the occasion.

  • Saudat Ahmed

    I was very skeptical in about reading this article, but am glad I did eventually. This writer should be commended for doing justice to the role we youths need to play in the peace of Nigeria.

  • Aminat Abdullahi

    God bless you for this wonderful write up

  • Ikenna

    Its a well done research and well penned down write up. Keep it up Sadiq, u will go places & change the world with this. Cheers man!

  • Yusuf Aisha

    The writer has done justice to issue of violence. The youths should take the bull by the horn.

  • Salihu muhammed jamiu

    A very wonderful research, i think the kinds of leadership we have to day in the countries have tourn our youths to be come a hooliganism,this will enable our youths to know how important they are in the communities, also encourages the youths on how to add values to the economic development in the countries not to be the subject of violence in the societies. Infact more grate to your elbow

  • haruna m lawal

    Nice write up,u are d bst.

  • Zakari

    Thumbs up to you bro for doing justice to the issue of peace and conflict resolution. More grease to your elbow.

  • Achenyo Attah

    Nice one. God bless you

  • Mohammed Usman

    I know you will always make us proud. Very inspiring and thought provoking article. Keep it up.

  • Aisha

    It’s always been in you. Please do more

  • Mohammed Usman

    I know you will always make us proud. Very isnpriring and thought provoking. Keep it up.

  • Abdul Ibrahim

    The writer has explicitly analysed the role youths can play in enthroning peace. The rest is lrft for us to act.

  • Abubakar, this is a compelling and well-articulated piece – a must read for any youth desirous of playing a part in peace and conflict-resolution in today’s world. Keep it up, my brother.

  • Eseosa

    Great piece Abu. Well done.

  • Nice one bro this is a most read.

  • good job, man!

  • I-Am Haphiz

    We are indeed the leaders of tomorrow.. Bravo my brother

  • The idea of concentrating on value education and spiritual renewal in society is to me the most beloved clarion call for youths in this brilliant sermon. The Nigerian society without a doubt needs civil renewal and not as most people believe, good central governance would immediately be its answer. More and consistent community engagement/participation rather stands as a better messiah.

  • If you desire to take much from this paragraph then you
    have to apply such techniques to your won web site.

  • Mercy

    Nice article.it’s inspiring the young adults making peace.

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Swimming’s world governing body on Monday banned seven Russians from competing at next month’s Rio Olympics in the fall-out from Russia’s state-run doping. FINA was the first sport to impose bans in light of Sunday’s IOC decision, which ruled against a blanket ban on all Russian competitors in Rio, instead leaving it up to each sports federation to decide whether to accept Russians. Vladimir Morozov and Nikita Lobintsev, both 4x100m freestyle bronze-medal winners with the...

Lawyer Urges Buhari To Grant Amnesty To Boko Haram Members

A Lagos-based human rights lawyer, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to grant amnesty to Boko Haram members in the wake of the defeat being inflicted on the insurgents by the Nigerian military. In a statement issued Sunday, Mr. Adegboruwa said one year after Mr. Buhari declared war on the group, it had become clear that they may not be totally defeated immediately. “It would seem, from all indications, that it will require a...

British PM Rules Out Return Of Hard Border In North Ireland

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday promised a “practical solution” on the Irish border after Britain leaves the European Union in a bid to allay fears about a return to tough checks. She spoke on her first visit since taking office to Northern Ireland, which has what would become the United Kingdom’s only border with the EU after Brexit. “Nobody wants a return to the borders of the past,” May said in Belfast, where...

Update: Ansbach Bomber ‘Pledged Allegiance To ISIL’

A Syrian man who detonated explosives outside a music festival in the German city of Ansbach, killing only himself and wounding at least 15 people, had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State of Syria and the Levant group before the attack, according to a senior government official.   The 27-year-old suspect, who was a refugee, blew himself up late on Sunday after being denied entry to the event.   Joachim Herrmann, the interior minister of Bavaria, said on Monday that video footage discovered...

Bear With Us, Saraki Pleads With Nigerians Over Recession

The President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki has lamented the current economic hardship being experienced by Nigerians, assuring that the Senate will collaborate with the presidency to find a quick and lasting solution to the economic crisis even as he pleaded with Nigerians to bear with the government. Saraki also identified dialogue as a solution to the vandalization of oil and gas installations by Niger Delta militants. He emphasised the need for government to engage...

Military Court Sentences Former Top Chinese General Guo Boxiong to Life in Prison for Taking Bribes

A Chinese military court on Monday sentenced a former top general to life in prison for taking bribes, concluding China's highest-level prosecution of a military figure in decades. Guo Boxiong was also stripped of his rank and forced to hand over all his assets to the Chinese government, the official Xinhua News Agency reported. Guo, 74, is a former vice chairman of the Central Military Commission,...

FRSC Creates Data Bank For Road Traffic Accident– Report

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) says the need to have a unified road accident data in the country informed the creation of the “National Crash Report Information System (NACRIS)’’. According to the corps 2015 annual report, the NACRIS is a committee responsible for the collation and harmonisation of road traffic accident data from all agencies generating data on accident. The report said the FRSC and Ministry of Health serve as Secretariat of the NACRIS...

FG Scraps Plan To Build N3bn Film Village In Kano Following Public Outcry

The federal government has cancelled its plan to build a massive film village in Kano state.   According to BBC, the government shelved the plan as a result of social media outcry and opposition from Muslim clerics. More than N3bn was reportedly budgeted for the project as part of the government’s efforts to improve the Hausa language film industry known as Kannywood.   The government argued the village would create thousands of job opportunities and promote cultural activities.But Muslim clerics argued it would...

Syrian Migrant Killed By Own Bomb In Germany

A Syrian migrant set off an explosive device near an open-air music festival in southern Germany that killed himself and wounded a dozen others, authorities said Monday, the third attack to hit the region in a week. The 27-year-old had spent time in a psychiatric facility, but the authorities said an Islamist motive for the attack on Sunday night in the city of Ansbach appeared “likely”. Germany is reeling after nine people died in a...

Brexit A Risk To Global Growth – World Leaders

Britain’s vote to leave the European Union heightens risks for the world economy, finance chiefs from the G20 group of leading countries said on Sunday, vowing to use “all policy tools” to boost growth. The outcome of June’s referendum “adds to the uncertainty in the global economy”, they said in a communique after a meeting of central bankers and ministers in the Chinese city of Chengdu.

Buhari, Obasanjo Meet Behind Closed Doors Again

President Muhammadu Buhari is currently meeting behind closed doors with former President Olusegun Obasanjo. Obasanjo, decked in a blue agbada and cap to match, arrived the Presidential Villa, Abuja for the meeting at about 12.54pm. He was driven to the forecourt of the President’s office in a black Sports Utility Vehicle marked ABJ425 PY. The former President was accompanied by one of his daughters. Details later.

Jigawa LGC Targets 13,104 Children For Polio Immunisation

The Dutse Local Government Council of Jigawa is targeting no fewer than 13,104 children to be immunised against polio virus in the ongoing polio immunisation in the area. The Health Educator of the council, Alhaji Sani Yusif, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Dutse on Sunday. Yusif said the council had received enough doses of Oral Polio Vaccines (OPVs) to conduct the exercise. He explained that the...

MEND Confirms Talks With FG

The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has confirmed there are on-going peace talks between its representatives and the Federal Government. MEND had set up a team of negotiators it called Aaron team 2 led by former minister Odein Ajumogbobia and other prominent Niger Delta leaders to discuss with the Federal Government to find a lasting solution to the Niger Delta crisis. President Muhammadu Buhari had first disclosed the Federal Government participation...

Police Arrest Father Who Chained Son For Weeks

Pastor Francis Taiwo, who chained his nine-year-old boy for several weeks to a wood in the premises of a church he heads, has been arrested by the police. The news had earlier broken of the rescue of the nine-year-old by an official of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC from the Ajibawo area of Ado-Odo/Ota church where he was locked down. The father had reportedly chained him inside the premises of the...

Wizkid Shares New Pics Of His Lover, Justine Skye

Photos show Wizkid and his bae Justine Skye having a swell time at the One Africa Music Fest. All shared by Wizkid on his IG page.             Wizkid with Alicia...

At Least Two Dead In Florida Nightclub Shooting

At least two people were killed and 14 others wounded in a shooting early Monday at a Florida nightclub, US broadcaster NBC reported. Police confirmed that the incident occurred at Club Blu in Fort Myers, which US media said was holding a party for teenagers. A “person of interest” has been detained at another location, the station said. The Fort Myers Police Department reported that while two individuals were fatally shot, “at least 14-16”...

Breaking: Turkish Airlines Fire 250 Personnel Over Failed Coup

Turkey's state-run Turkish Airlines fired more than 100 employees, including management and cabin crew, as part of a purge at state institutions to root out supporters of an abortive coup, Turkish media reported on Monday.   The dismissals at the national carrier occurred late on Sunday after it was determined the employees were linked to a religious movement President Tayyip Erdogan has said attempted to overthrow the government on July 15, Sabah newspaper said.   An official at Turkish Airlines, Europe's fourth-biggest carrier,...