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Pope Francis: There’s Something In The Name

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After he was elected pope on Wednesday, Jorge Mario Bergogli, former archbishop of Buenos Aires in Argentina, chose the name Francis. There may be nothing in a name, but the 76-year-old priest obviously wanted to be identified with another Francis who had lived on this planet some 800 years ago.

Yesterday, during his meeting with media people, he confirmed that he took his name from St. Francis of Assisi who, in mediaeval Europe, abandoned his father’s wealth to live a life of poverty and simplicity just like Jesus Christ himself.

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Presidential Jailbreak

The President’s pardon for men of corrupt past undermines EFCC and encourages official sleaze. For President Goodluck Jonathan it was another low in the country’s annals when on Tuesday he approved presidential pardon for some Very Important Personality ex-convicts. Prominent among these was Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, the former Governor of Bayelsa State. Others included Gen Oladipo Diya, the Chief of General Staff during the reign of military dictator Gen Sani Abacha, who was accused of coup plotting; former Managing Director of the Bank of the North, Mr. Shettima Bulama, who was also convicted of fraud; former Chief of Staff, Supreme Headquarters, the late Gen Musa Yar’Adua; former Minister of Works, the late Maj.-Gen Abdulkareem Adisa, who was also found culpable in the alleged coup that landed Diya in prison. Others included ex-Major Bello Magaji, Mohammed Lima Biu and former Major Segun Fadipe.

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Nakedness as means of protests? In pictures

capetown: naked cycling protest

Capetown: naked cycling protest.

People now use all manners of tactics to gain attention for sundry causes.

In South Africa, people take part in the 3rd annual Cape Town Naked Bike Ride yesterday 9 March. This event is a protest against car culture and to raise awareness of cycling as an environmentally friendly option.

The World Naked Bike Ride(WNBR) is an initative that takes place in over 50 cities around the world.

There was protest too in Peru for the same cause. But most of the protesters didn’t strip all, however.

Peru naked bikers: they didn't strip all however, AFPPeru naked bikers: they didn’t strip all however, AFP.

Finally in Brazil, female activists of the women’s rights group Femen, go topless to stage a protest against homophobia at a fountain in front of the Candelaria church in Rio de Janeiro on March 9, 2013.

Brazil: female activists strip to protest homophobia. AFP photoBrazil: female activists strip to protest homophobia. AFP photo

So, my question: if you want attention, go naked?

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Super Eagles – Now the Hard Part Begins

In two weeks time, the Super Eagles will return to the pitch to tackle the Harambee Stars of Kenya in a Brazil 2014 qualifier. This will be the first time the Eagles will be playing a competitive match since they surprised many by being crowned African champions at the Nations Cup in South Africa.

Of course, this singular act as now puts a different complexion on the Super Eagles whenever they now take to the field.

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Unending war against terrorism

The brutish murder of seven abducted Setraco workers by the Jama’atu Ansarul Musilimina Fi Biladis Sudan (JAMBS) has further shown that security agencies should go the extra-mile to contain the growing threat which the relatively new sect constitutes.

JAMBS, an offshoot of the Boko Haram sect, had abducted the workers at their camp in Jama’are, in Bauchi State on February 18, 2013 and threatened to kill them if France did not stop its military operation against Islamic rebels in Mali.

Those kidnapped were an Italian, a Briton, a Phillipino, a Greek and three Lebanese.

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Bill Clinton’s views on Nigeria

Former president of the United States of America, Mr. Bill Clinton, has identified lopsided distribution of wealth in Nigeria as the causative agent of the Boko Haram insurgency, pointing out that the only solution is to enthrone fairness in the system so that everyone could participate in the equitable sharing of the country’s patrimony.

He also noted that the mismanagement of natural resources, particularly oil and gas, by successive administrations over the years contributed immensely to our underdevelopment. On the issue of squandering of the country’s oil wealth, there is a consensual prism that is known by virtually everyone in Nigeria and even the global community.

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Questions Over 2013 Budget

President Goodluck Jonathan, Tuesday, 26 February, finally signed the long-awaited 2013 budget, after he reportedly reached a truce with members of the National Assembly, following weeks of bickering over the 2013 Appropriation Bill.

The budget signing was however done behind closed doors, altering the long tradition of the president performing the exercise before the cameras, with key state officials witnessing the process. Continue reading

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