Chimamanda Adichie disagrees with Buhari on Nigeria Governance

“He had an opportunity to make real reforms early on, to boldly reshape Nigeria’s path. He wasted it,”

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Chimamanda Adichie breaks silence disagrees with Buhari on Nigeria Governance

Chimamanda Adichie breaks silence disagrees with Buhari

Nigerian award-winning novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie breaks silence with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari. She disagreed with the current government over the position he shared on appointment of ministers, Fulani herdsmen's attack on civilians and failed currency policies. Chimmamanda wrote in an op-ed published by the New York Times on Wednesday that:

“He had an opportunity to make real reforms early on, to boldly reshape Nigeria’s path. He wasted it,”

“After an ostensible search for the very best, he presented many recycled figures with whom Nigerians were disenchanted. But the real test of his presidency came with the continued fall in oil prices, which had begun the year before his inauguration,” she continued.

“Nigeria’s economy is unwholesomely dependent on oil, and while the plunge in prices was bound to be catastrophic, Mr. Buhari’s actions made it even more so.

“He adopted a policy of ‘defending’ the naira, Nigeria’s currency. The official exchange rate was kept artificially low. On the black market, the exchange rate ballooned. Prices for everything rose: rice, bread, cooking oil. Fruit sellers and car sellers blamed ‘the price of dollars’. Complaints of hardship cut across class. Some businesses fired employees; others folded.
                                        Chimamanda Adichie disagrees with Buhari on Nigeria
“The government decided who would have access to the central bank’s now-reduced foreign currency reserves, and drew up an arbitrary list of worthy and unworthy goods — importers of toothpicks cannot, for example, but importers of oil can. Predictably, this policy spawned corruption: The exclusive few who were able to buy dollars at official rates could sell them on the black market and earn large, riskless profits — transactions that contribute nothing to the economy.”

“There are no easy answers to Nigeria’s malaise, but the government’s intervention could be more salutary — by prioritising infrastructure, creating a business-friendly environment and communicating to a populace mired in disappointment,”

Friday, October 14, 2016

#BringBackOurGirls: 21 of 218 released after 2years of failure

BringBackOurGirls: 21 of 218 released

21 of 218 Nigerian teenagers that were kidnapped by Boko Haram from a school in the town of Chibok for the past 2.5 years are now free.

Soon after the girls were kidnapped in April 2014, an international campaign began urging the Nigerian government to do more to secure their release, using the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls. The #BringBackOurGirls is one of the biggest social media fails of 2014.

For more than a year, the Nigerian government has negotiated with Boko Haram to get the girls back. But the talks failed multiple times, in one case at the last minute.

Finally, the government said Thursday, the negotiations bore fruit. Still, most of the girls remain in captivity, their whereabouts, health and circumstances unknown.

“The release of the girls, in a limited number, is the outcome of negotiations between the administration and the Boko Haram, brokered by the International Red Cross and the Swiss government,” Garba Shehu, a spokesman for President Muhammadu Buhari, said in a series of messages posted on Twitter. “The negotiations will continue.”

Relatives of the girls rejoiced, even before they knew whether their kin were among those freed.

Lawan Zanna, the father of Aisha Zanna, one of the abducted girls, said by telephone that he hoped his daughter had been freed. All of the parents are “very happy hearing that they have released our daughters,” he said. “All are our daughters.”

Another parent, Esther Yakubu, said by telephone that she was praying that her daughter Dorcas was among those released. “They say it’s only 21,” she said. “Most of them are still out there, and we want them to come back.’’

Manasseh Allen, a native of Chibok whose cousin was abducted, said in a phone interview that he hoped more girls could be rescued. “Once we have 21 parents now linked up with daughters, at least we have solved a good part of the problem,” he said. “So many will be hopeful that their daughters have been brought back.”

Asked if he thought a ransom was involved, he said: “Whether it’s a ransom, whether it’s a prisoner swap, the government knows how best to get these girls back. All we are after is to get the girls back.”

Earlier in the day, Lai Mohammed, the minister of information and culture, denied preliminary reports that Boko Haram fighters might have been released in exchange for the girls.

“Please note that this is not a swap,” he said. “It is a release, the product of painstaking negotiations and trust on both sides. We see this as a credible first step in the eventual release of all the Chibok girls in captivity.”

The Bring Back Our Girls campaign thanked the Nigerian security services on Facebook and added: “We trust that our government will continue to work to keep the safety, security and well-being of the other girls a high priority.”

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Why South Africa like Ethiopia must declare State of emergency over protests

South Africa Ethiopia State of emergency over protests

Ethiopia declared a state of emergency following months of violent anti-government protests. The state of emergency was the first time in 25 years Ethiopia has declared a state of emergency.  South Africa are reluctant to declare a national state of emergency after violent new protests over the police shooting of a black man erupted in the heart of Capetown, leaving one guard shot and two critically wounded.

Student newspaper IG: WitsVuvuzela ‏@WitsVuvuzela tweeted: “3 #petrolbombs found in a backpack on @WitsUniversity campus while two were found outside #JohnMoffatt building‚ according to @shirona37.”

Vehicles being searched this morning at access gates. "Welcome to the university of stones & guns", says one of the campus control guards.

Twelve suspended University of Stellenbosch students are entering the third day of their hunger strike. They want the university to lift their suspensions but said they are yet to hear from the management. They were suspended for their involvement in the #FeesMustFall protest on campus, which involved occupying the library.

Acting National Commissioner Lieutenant General Khomotso Phahlane said on Monday South Africa was far from a state of emergency but the violent has turned violent 

“It is extremely concerning to note that criminality, intimidation and attacks on police members have taken place at some universities, leaving the SAPS members deployed with no option but to respond with a degree of force in order to stabilise the situation,” 

The protesting students have vowed to continue protesting until government and management at universities commit to free education.

The government, grappling with a budget deficit of nearly 4 percent of GDP, has capped the 2017 fee increases to 8%.

“We believe sense will prevail. Stakeholders must also play their part,” he said reiterating his view that the protests have been infiltrated by criminality.

Five students were arrested at Rhodes. At least 20 students were arrested at the University of the Free State in relation to public violence and contravening a court order.

There were also disruptions at the Mahikeng Campus of the North West University early this morning and students were dispersed by the police.

At the Westville campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, police came under constant attack by groups of students who pelted them with rocks.

At the UKZN Westville campus, public order policing shields were damaged and at least two police members sustained injuries when students stoned them with rocks.

General Phahlane said this type of behaviour can never be condoned by any law-abiding person and should be condemned.

“Attacks on law enforcement officials, constitutionally mandated to uphold the laws of the land, can only be described as an attack on the state itself.”

General Phahlane went on to defend police members deployed to curb the situation saying they have continued to display maximum restraint in the face of severe provocation. Theirs is not an easy task, he said.

“They have been called upon to protect lives and property in the middle of a dispute that is not of their making. Many, if not most of them are parents and to be attacked, insulted and assaulted by the youth who they only want to protect is a bitter pill to swallow.”

General Phahlane vowed that despite the intimidation from the students, “there will be no other Marikana” under his watch.

“We are determined, and have proved to this point that our members will exercise restraint so that no student should be harmed while we attempt to maintain stability and safety in our country. We remain resolute in this regards.”

In order to ensure peace and stability and to protect the life and property of people of South Africa, the police will enforce the Dangerous Weapons Act of 2013 and the Regulation of Gatherings Act of 1993 decisively, he said.

General Phahlane also called on the members of the media to report “objectively”, without resorting to sensationalism, exacerbating a situation which is volatile.

He urged student leaders not to incite violence.

“We yet again call upon students’ leaders, students and all interested parties to act with the utmost restraint and calm at all times … we also request academics to be true academics and not to make inflammatory remarks that could tend to exacerbate the situation.”

Fake girlfriend jobs on the rise: $100/month

Fake girlfriend jobs

Technology on the rise. There's no question about it – the IT workforce is evolving quickly. The Internet is providing a wider range of jobs for men and women.Fake girlfriends job are one of the fastest growing in 2016. Men pays an average of $100 each month for a fake girlfriend to sent him pictures, messages and emails.

Apps like Invisible Girlfriend and KARI the Virtual Girlfriend, have become more and more popular for lonely men. The number of never-been-married Americans at 25-years-old is at an all-time high.

While some fake girlfriends do have to meet in person, one client Ben explained he pays for a girlfriend simply because he doesn't have time to physically meet someone. He stated: "In the morning I could get a Snapchat selfie with 'good morning baby' written on it, later in the day she might message me on Kik about how her day at work has been. It's not crazy stuff.

"If she's come down with strep I'll know about it, if she's got a headache she tells me, and if she's out partying I get Snapchats that no-one else sees. There's never really any hot stuff...for most of the time it's the sort of thing you'd find in any regular relationship."

Ben claims the ability to message her and receive a response gives him a sense of closeness and he admitted to feeling genuinely toward the part-time model.

"I don't think it's as strange as it first sounds," he said. "It's a connection."

When asked how he feels about his "girlfriend" messaging other men for money, he admitted, "I don't really go down that route."

Friday, October 7, 2016

''Make university free for all South Africans'' Protesters

 South Africans University Protesters
 South African protesters clash with police turned violent as police fired stun grenades, rubber bullets and tear gas at stone-throwing students. Universities say they cannot make further compromise on the tuition as last year’s fee freeze has put their finances under great strain. Universities student leaders have pledged to continue protests against tuition fees as university students protest turns violent.
South African police fire teargas as university fees protest

"I owe the university close to 70,000 rand ($5,000) in tuition as it stands. Even if you don't protest, at the end of the year the university is still going to send you a letter to say: 'look you haven't paid for two years, you have to leave," said a second-year education student at Johannesburg's University of the Witwatersrand (Wits).

Protests have hit more than half of South Africa’s universities in recent weeks. Major South African universities suspended classes this week and others are shutting down.

The protests came after President Jacob Zuma's government said it would continue subsidising university costs for the poorest students but could not afford free education for all.

The family income cut-off for financial aid for three household income is 160,000 rand or less.

Statistics South Africa data shows that university fees have soared by 80 percent since 2008, leading to the initial protests in 2015 that forced President Zuma to scrap proposed increases for 2016.

The Treasury allocated nearly 300 billion rand to education this year, 20 percent of the budget and almost double spending on health.