Sunday, 19 February 2017

Nigeria now 2nd largest rice producer in the world- Presidency

Nigeria now 2nd largest rice producer in the world- Presidency

Nigeria is now the second largest rice producer in the world, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, has proclaimed.

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He said this at a special interactive session with the youths organized by Citizens Support for Good Governance in Nigeria (SGGN) in Abuja during the weekend.

“No country will develop when you have to import virtually everything, including tooth pick and tissue paper. All the food we eat in this country was being imported. So, all of the money earned was just going to buy food.

“But as I speak to you now, Nigeria just achieved the record of the second largest producer of rice in the world. The rice revolution just started a year ago. Some of you from Nasarawa know the kind of things going on there. A newspaper did an investigation in Kebbi and they found out that there were 48,000 new millionaires in Kebbi state alone last year for growing rice.

“This over-reliance on oil has killed this country and we cannot continue like this. So, the diversification of the economy means more money will be in the hands of ordinary Nigerians. And there will be widespread prosperity all over the country.”

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Home Remedies for Fungal Infections

Home Remedies for Fungal Infections

Fungi are microorganisms that are present everywhere, both indoors and outdoors. In fact, there are more than 50,000 different species of fungi in the environment.

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There are many fungi that can live on your skin for years without causing any problem. However, at times certain factors can cause fungi to overgrow or change, and this can lead to a fungal infection.

Fungal infections are usually categorized by the type of fungi causing the problem, the affected body part and the severity of the infection. These infections can occur on the surface of your skin, within a skin fold or on any other area that is warm and humid and cause intense itching.

Some common types of fungal infections are athlete’s foot, jock itch, ringworm that can affect any part of the skin as well as scalp, onychomycosis that affects the nails and nail beds, and candidiasis that can infect the mouth, vagina, and urinary tract.

The severity of a fungal infection may vary from person to person.

Several factors can contribute to acquiring a fungal infection including a side effect of antibiotics, a weakened immune system, diabetes, poor hygiene, living in a warm environment, poor blood circulation, a skin injury and coming in contact with someone who is infected.

Anybody can get a fungal infection, and in today’s active lifestyle, they are fairly common. Some simple herbal remedies can destroy the fungi causing the infection as well as reduce the intensity of the symptoms.


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Home Remedies for Fungal Infections

Here are the top 10 home remedies for a fungal infection.

1. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is a common treatment for any kind of fungal infection. Due to the presence of antimicrobial properties, apple cider vinegar helps kill the fungus causing the infection. Plus, its mild acidic nature helps prevent the infection from spreading and promotes speedy recovery.

Mix two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in one cup of warm water and drink it twice daily.

Another option is to dilute apple cider vinegar with an equal amount of water, and then apply it externally on the affected skin. Leave it on for 30 minutes. You can even soak the infected skin area in this solution for 30 minutes. When done, pat dry the area thoroughly with a towel or dryer.

You can use any of these remedies until you get rid of the infection.

2. Plain Yogurt

For treating a fungal infection, you can use plain, unsweetened yogurt with live, active cultures. The probiotics present in plain yogurt can keep the growth of fungi in check by producing lactic acid.

Soak cotton in plain yogurt and apply it on the infected area. Leave it on for 30 minutes, and then rinse it off with warm water and pat dry. Follow this remedy two times a day until the infection clears.
In case of vaginal infection, dip a tampon in yogurt and insert it in the vagina for two hours. Do this twice a day.
Also, make plain yogurt a part of your daily diet. Eat two to three cups of plain yogurt daily until the infection is gone completely.
3. Garlic

Garlic is a useful antifungal agent and hence very effective for any type of fungal infection. It also has antibacterial and antibiotic properties that play a key role in the recovery process.

Crush two garlic cloves and add a few drops of olive oil to make a paste. Apply the paste on the affected areas and leave it on for 30 minutes. Then wash the area with lukewarm water and pat dry the skin thoroughly. Follow this treatment twice daily until you get rid of the infection.

To treat a fungal infection in the vagina, wrap one garlic clove in gauze and put it in the vagina for not more than 30 minutes. Use this treatment once daily for several days.
You can also add a few garlic cloves to your food to speed up the healing process of any fungal infection. You can even take garlic supplements, but only after consulting your doctor.
4. Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil has natural antifungal compounds that help kill the fungi that cause fungal infections. Plus, its antiseptic qualities inhibit the spread of the infection to other body parts.

Mix together equal amounts of pure tea tree oil and olive oil or sweet almond oil. Apply this solution on the affected skin area several times a day.

You can also prepare a mixture with three parts of tea tree oil and one part of aloe vera gel. Rub the mixture on the infected area twice daily.

For a vaginal infection, place a few drops of tea tree oil on a tampon and insert it into your vagina for two to three hours. Repeat twice daily.

All these remedies must be followed for several weeks.

Note: Pregnant women should not use tea tree oil remedies.

5. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil works as an effective remedy for any type of fungal infection due to the presence of medium-chain fatty acids. These fatty acids work as natural fungicides to kill the fungi responsible for the infection.

Gently rub extra-virgin coconut oil on the affected area and allow it to dry on its own. Repeat two or three times daily until the infection clears up.

Mix equal amounts of coconut oil and cinnamon oil and apply it on the affected area. Follow this remedy twice daily to control the growth of the infection.

For a vaginal infection, soak a tampon in organic coconut oil and insert it in the vagina. Leave it in for two hours. After removing the tampon, rinse the area thoroughly with lukewarm water. Repeat the process once daily until the infection is gone.

6. Tea

The tannins in tea can help kill the fungi responsible for fungal infections. Plus, tea has antibiotic and astringent properties that help get rid of the symptoms of a fungal infection like the burning sensation, swelling and skin irritation.

Soak a few tea bags in warm water for 10 minutes. Remove them from the water, and put them in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Apply the cold tea bags on the affected area. Repeat this remedy three times daily until the infection clears up completely.

For toenail fungus or athlete’s foot, steep five black tea bags in four cups of boiling water for five minutes. Allow the water to cool and then soak the affected foot in it for 30 minutes. Repeat twice daily for five to six weeks.

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7. Oregano Oil

Oregano oil contains antifungal properties that fight the fungi responsible for fungal infections. Also, its antimicrobial property can be effective in preventing fungal infections.

Mix equal amounts of oregano oil and extra-virgin olive oil. Apply this mixture on the affected area and leave it on for a few hours.
Alternatively, you can add three drops of oregano oil to a glass of water and drink it twice daily.

You can also take one or two capsules of oregano oil twice a day after eating your meals.
Follow any of these treatments regularly until you get the desired result.

Note: Always use the type of oregano oil that does not contain alcohol.

8. Olive Leaf

Olive leaf contains antifungal as well as antimicrobial properties that help kill fungi. Plus, it makes the immune system strong, which helps in faster recovery.

Grind a few olive leaves to make a paste. Apply it directly on the affected area. Leave it on for 30 minutes, rinse it off with warm water and pat dry the skin thoroughly. Follow this remedy once or twice daily until the infection is gone.

You can also drink two to three cups of olive leaf tea daily for faster recovery. To make the tea, steep one or two teaspoons of crushed and dried olive leaves in a cup of boiling water for 10 to 15 minutes. Strain and enjoy your tea.


the fungal infection. While you may have given a good tip for a bacterial yeast infection, it’s the antithesis of the treatment needed for said fungal condition, and it should be noted as such.

I have had good results with plain old kerosene. Just take a clean cloth, soak it in the kerosene and wipe it on the infected area. It kills the fungus right away and then over the next few days or weeks the dead skin will start coming off, usually with itching, and new skin will take its place. You can read about the healing effects of kerosene on the internet and it even mentions its use in treating cancer.

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Fresh Crisis Brews In APC As Ngige, Others REJECT Okorocha's Imposed Nnamani As Southeast APC Leader

Fresh Crisis Brews In APC As Ngige, Others REJECT Okorocha's Imposed Nnamani As Southeast APC Leader

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The ruling All Progressives Congress, APC already enmeshed in fresh crisis as the Southeast zone of the party has denounced the selection of former Senate President, Ken Nnamani as the National Leader of the party in the zone.

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The Imo State Governor, Rochas Owelle Okorocha had a few weeks ago announced Ken Nnamani as the zone's leader.

Briefing newsmen at the end of the zonal meeting, Minister of Labour and Productivity, Dr. Chris Ngige and the National Vice Chairman, Chief Emma Eneukwu said the party constitution did not provide for such position.

Ngige said: “There’s no such position in our party constitution. No clause or section of the party constitution provides for such position in our party.

It’s a storm in a teacup; we don’t want that to cause disunity. So, this is a non-issue at all; it is just that the press made it look like a mountain out of a small molehill.”

Ngige stated that the party leaders extensively deliberated, as well as, call to order those championing the issue to be guided by the constitution, stressing that what mattered to the party presently was not leadership, but how to win elections.

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Lagos Man Kills Estranged Wife, Buries Her Corpse in a Shallow Grave

Lagos Man Kills Estranged Wife, Buries Her Corpse in a Shallow Grave

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A man has escaped being lynched by a mob after he confessed to killing his wife and burying her in a shallow grave in an effort to conceal his crime.

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The Police in Lagos yesterday exhumed the body of a woman who was allegedly killed by her husband and buried in a shallow grave. Sherifat Bello, is suspected to have been killed for ritual purpose at Ijora, Lagos, by Shakiru Bello, last Monday.

The offence was committed last Monday inside an uncompleted building in the area. Police sources said it was not Bello’s first attempt to kill his wife.

An earlier attempt which involved the suspect inserting charm in the woman’s private part had led to their separation, sources said.

However, the woman contacted Bello last week to ask for upkeep allowance for their three children.

The suspect agreed to give her the money but asked her to come and collect it at a particular place in Ebute Metta, Lagos. Once they met at the designated place, they both moved to Ijora where Bello allegedly pounced on her.

She died on the spot and the suspect allegedly proceeded to dismember her corpse apparently to remove certain parts of her body.
He thereafter buried her remains in shallow grave and bolted from the scene. He then headed to his hometown, Ibadan, so that he might not be suspected of the murder.

When the victim failed to return home, her relations raised the alarm, refusing to be deceived by Bello’s trip to Ibadan.

The police were contacted and Bello was arrested. He confessed that he murdered Sherifat and led the police to the shallow grave. Recovered from the grave in the presence of a large crowd of people yesterday were the head, two hands and legs were in their decomposing state.

The atmosphere soon became charged as the crowd surged forward to lynch him.

Bello speaking at the Area ‘B’ Police command, Apapa blamed the devil for the murder of his wife.

He said they had been married for 14 years.

He said: “I killed her on Monday. If I did not bury her, people would easily link me with her death. Yet I have been caught. It was the work of the devil.”

He did not say why he committed the offence.

A relation of the deceased said her pubic hair and some other parts were missing which suggested that she must have been killed for ritual purpose.

The exhumed parts were later buried at Amukoko cemetery.

The case was transferred to the Homicide section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba.

-The Nation
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Causes, Symptoms of Broken Blood Vessel in the Eye and Treatment

Causes, Symptoms of Broken Blood Vessel in the Eye and Treatment

A broken blood vessel in the the eye is usually nothing more that the breakage of the many tiny blood vessels that are found within the eye. A broken blood vessel in the eye is known as a subconjunctival hemorrhage.

The conjunctiva is the clear surface of your eye, and a hemorrhage is the breaking of the blood vessels. This condition is most often harmless and under normal circumstances will clear up in one to three weeks.

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In the conjunctiva there are literally hundreds and hundreds of tiny blood vessels as well as a number of nerve cells. The blood vessels that are contained in the conjunctiva are, for the most part, not visible to the naked eye. They happen to be very fragile and the blood vessel walls can easily break.

These broken blood vessels will cause the eye to become very red, as if they eye appears to bleeding underneath. Although a broken blood vessel may appear to be painful, quite the opposite is actually true

A broken blood vessel in the eye is painless. Most people that develop a broken blood vessel in the eye don’t even realize they have one until they take a look in the mirror.

A person may also realize they have a broken blood vessel in their eye when someone asks them what happened to their eye. They usually are cause for development when there has been blunt trauma to the eye.

If you become worried about a broken blood vessel in the eye, you actually need not be concerned. There is usually no pain associated with a broken blood vessel in the eye. A broken blood vessel in the eye can be caused by a few different things.

Although there are many different causes, the real cause often remains unknown. If you’re experiencing a broken blood vessel in the eye, following are some of the more common causes of this annoying, yet harmful condition. Some of the causes of broken blood vessel in the eye include but are not limited to:

• Rubbing the Eyes

There are a number of reasons you might rub your eyes. Small irritations like dust will make you rub your eyes without even thinking about it. If your eyes are dry you may be subject to rubbing them as well. If there are any sort of germs on your hands when you rub your eyes, it may result in a broken blood vessel.

• Straining to See Better

Any strain on the eyes may also be the cause of a broken blood vessel. If you’re subject to wearing glasses to see and you don’t have them, straining the eyes to see could cause mild trauma to the eye that could cause a broken blood vessel.

• Sneezing

Our bodies are inherently connected and sometimes when we experience a heavy fit of sneezing it can cause the blood vessels in the eye to pop. Allergies, cold, and flu can lead to sneezing that may result in broken blood vessels in the eye.

• Coughing

When we cough, for any number of reasons, it may be cause for a broken blood vessel. The strain from heavy coughing could make the blood vessels in the eye to break. When we get sick with a cold or are experiencing congestion this may lead to heavy coughing which in turn may lead to broken blood vessels in the eye.

• Vomiting

Vomiting, while one of the most uncomfortable things ever, is something we all must deal with at some point in our life. Stomach bugs, overindulgence in alcohol, morning sickness, and food poisoning may all cause violent fits of vomiting. This can cause extreme pressure to the eye cavity and result in a broken blood vessel.

• Crying

Unfortunately there are times in life where we have very intense fits of crying. Grief is often expressed through heavy tears, and may result in broken blood vessels in the eye.

• Increased Pressure to the Eye

Increased pressure to the eye is often a cause of broken blood vessels. Going upside down on a roller coaster, being inverted in a yoga pose for too long, or even the increased pressure pressure in an airplane can be causes for increased pressure to the eye resulting in a broken blood vessel.

• Poor Blood Pressure

Poor blood pressure can cause major damage to the arteries in your body. Blood flow may become blocked to major areas of your body. This is one of the more serious conditions that a broken blood vessel in the eye is caused from. If this is in fact the case, you should seek medical attention immediately.

• Blood Thinning Medications

Any medications that are taken and thin the blood can sometimes be the cause of a broken blood vessel in the eye. Aspirin, high doses of vitamin E, excess garlic, and too much fish oil can all be culprits, although this usually isn’t really the case.

• Blunt Trauma

Blunt trauma to the eye is an easy way to get a broken blood vessel in the eye. Blunt force trauma can be caused from a variety of different reasons.

Athletes often get broken blood vessels in the eye when a ball hits them in the face resulting in damage to both the outer eye region as well as the blood vessels within the eye. Violence is unfortunately another cause of blunt trauma that can cause a broken blood vessel in the eye.

• Heavy Lifting

If you’re prone to heavy lifting or have recently lifted something heavy and have a broken vessel in the eye, this could easily be the cause. Moving boxes or lifting furniture can cause broken blood vessels. Those that lift too much weight when working out may also get a broken blood vessel in the eye.

• Shaken Baby Syndrome

Children that have broken blood vessels in the eye, more specifically both eyes, could be showing signs of physical abuse. Broken blood vessels in the eyes of children can be a result of shaken baby syndrome, and should be taken very seriously. If you suspect any form of abuse when a child has broken blood vessels in both eyes, the child should immediately be taken to a doctor.

Symptoms and Sings of Broken Blood Vessel in the Eye

For the most part there are no symptoms of a broken blood vessel in the eye. In most cases all you will notice is blood over one part of the white area in your eye. It is very rare that people experience any pain when this hemorrhage starts.

When the broken bloods vessel first starts, you might notice that the eye feels a little full. You’ll definitely be aware that something is different in the eye. As the broken blood vessel begins to heal there may be a bit of irritation as well. This is nothing to serious though, and all you will really feel is just a general discomfort.

Symptoms of the broken blood vessel itself are pretty obvious. A broken blood vessel is a bright red area that is normally not there.

Different than bloodshot eyes where there is a general redness of the entire area, the broken blood vessel is usually restricted to one area, but there are occasions where the entire white part of the eye may be covered with the hemorrhage.

In the first 24 hours the broken blood vessel will appear the largest. Once the first day is over, the broken blood vessel will slowly start to decrease as the blood becomes absorbed.

When to Visit the Ophthalmologist

If you are experiencing any pain with the broken blood vessel in your eye, you may want to take a trip to the ophthalmologist, other wise known as the eye doctor.

If your symptoms worsen or do not improve within a few days, this may be a sign of a more serious problem. If you’ve experienced blunt trauma to the eye or feel that there is something possibly lodged in the eye, you should definitely see a professional.

When you visit the ophthalmologist, the doctor will take your medical history. You’ll be asked about any medications and if you’ve had eye problems in the past.

To take a diagnosis, the doctor will also ask what the nature of the broken blood vessel is. You will be asked of any events leading up to the broken eye vessel, and may get your blood pressure taken.

If you’ve experienced any kind of trauma, a more thorough examination will probably be conducted. Following the examination, a complete diagnosis will be made.

If there is more serious issues with the eye, you may be referred to a specialist. If there is no serious damage you will be discharged and the broken blood vessel should quickly run its course.

Treatment for Broken Blood Vessel in the Eye

For most cases of broken blood vessel in the eye, no treatment is necessary, and no eye patch is required. You may want to get some artificial tears from the drugstore if you are feeling any irritation.

This may help if the eyes are also dried out as well as irritated from the broken blood vessel. Eye drops are wonderful if you feel you need refreshment in the eyes, and will really help with any mild discomfort caused by broken blood vessels.


Under no circumstances should you take aspirin or any other type of medication that restrains blood clotting. If you’re taking an anticoagulant for another medical condition, you may want to inquire with your physician if it is wise to keep taking this when you’ve got a broken blood vessel.

Although they can hinder the healing of a broken blood vessel, in some situations they are dangerous to your health to stop taking. It is a rare case where you will be asked to stop taking an anticoagulant for something as minor as a broken blood vessel.

Taking vitamin C is recommended to help protect the cells from further damage. It will also help to repair the broken blood vessel by encouraging the production of collagen.

Vitamin C will also help strengthen the immune system and help keep any further infections from developing. Also be sure to drink plenty of fluids. Although this will not take away the broken blood vessel in the eye, it is always beneficial to drink fluids to keep your body as healthy as possible.

There are some rare cases that a broken blood vessel is caused by an external infection. If this is the case, the external infection should be taken care of immediately.

You may want to consider seeing a doctor to see if antibiotics are necessary to treat the infection. If this is the case, the doctor may also prescribe an antibiotic cream or drops for the eye area.

This will help to reduce infection and although will not make the broken blood vessel go away any quicker, will help to keep symptoms minimal and not become more serious.

More often than not, broken blood vessels in the eye are nothing at all to worry about. Everyone will more than likely experience a broken blood vessel in the eye at some point in their lives and they should not be cause for any alarm.

Broken blood vessels will go away in two or three weeks and you should see improvement after only a few days. Broken blood vessels in the eye are no different from broken blood vessels anywhere else in the body.

Bruises on the body usually fade to a light brown with time, and blood vessels in the eye will do the same. You will notice that they start off bright red, but eventually fade away with just a hint of color left at the end.

If you’ve got a broken blood vessel in the eye it’s really nothing to worry about. This is not a serious medical condition. It should go away on its own with time and is truly not cause for unnecessary concern.

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MEET THE HEALTHIEST FRUIT IN THE WORLD: It Strengthens Your Heart, Protects from Strokes, Lowers Blood Pressure…

MEET THE HEALTHIEST FRUIT IN THE WORLD: It Strengthens Your Heart, Protects from Strokes, Lowers Blood Pressure…

Dates have a wide range of health and nutritional benefits, which is the main reason why they are considered to be the healthiest fruit on Earth. There isn’t almost any disease which cannot be treated with this amazing fruit.

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An Excellent Source of Iron

Dates are an excellent source of iron, which is why anemic patients are recommended to eat as many dates as they can. Only 100 grams of dates contains about 0.90g of iron, which is about 11% of the recommended daily intake.

Iron, as part of the hemoglobin within your red blood cells is basically what determines the oxygen carrying capacity of your blood. The biggest need for iron are usually with children in puberty and pregnant women.


Stops Diarrhea

Dates contain potassium, which is extremely useful in inhibiting diarrhea. And apart from this beneficial effect, dates can also help your stomach flora to renew itself quickly. With regular intake of dates, your intestines will produce “friendly” bacteria more easily.

A Cure for Constipation

Just as they can prevent diarrhea, dates can also help your organism to digest food faster and easier. If you want to use them for this purpose, you would have to take a couple of dates and soak them in clean water overnight.

During the night dates will drip their juice, which is an excellent laxative that can stimulate any sluggish bowels. This is why in the US dates are pre-packaged in small bottles as prescriptions drugs for constipation.

They Regulate Your Body Weight

Due to the high level of nutrients in them, dates quickly cause a feeling of satiety and thus facilitate weight loss. If you take one date on an empty stomach, it will regulate your bowel movements and provide your body with the sugar it needs.

However, even though they don’t contain any cholesterol, they still have a lot of sugar in them, which with excessive use can lead to weight gain. One kilogram of dates contains nearly 3,000 calories, which is the minimum daily calorie intake for a person who is active all day.

Dates Lower Cholesterol

Dates have the ability to reduce the levels of LDL cholesterol in your organism, which make them an excellent food for people with high cholesterol. High cholesterol can cause fat buildup in the arteries that lead to blood clots and other heart more serious diseases.

They Strengthen the Heart

People with a weak or ailing heart can also benefit from this amazing fruit. If you want to try them, just soak some dates during the night into water. Then, in the morning, remove the seeds from your dates and grind them in a blender along with the water in which they were marinated in during the night. When you do, take this remedy several times a day to strengthen your heart.

Dates Reduce Blood Pressure

Dates are a very suitable food for people who suffer from high blood pressure because they contain very little sodium but are instead rich in potassium. A regular portion of five or six dates contains about 80 milligrams of magnesium – an essential mineral that helps the blood vessels dilate. Researches have shown that 370 milligrams of magnesium a day is enough to reduce blood pressure.

They Protect Against Strokes

One of the key benefits of dates is their ability to help maintain a healthy nervous system, thanks to their rich potassium content. Research has shown that higher intake of potassium (400 mg) can reduce the risk of strokes by 40 percent.

They Increase Sexual Stamina

Take a handful of dates, soak them in goat milk and leave them overnight. In the morning, blend your dates with the milk, and then add some honey and cardamom and drink the mixture. This syrup can be used by both sexes, since its main effect is to strengthen the body and increase energy levels.

These are just some of the health benefits of consuming dates. There are many other diseases which can help you with, but the list is so long that it would take books to cover it all.

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WATCH VIDEO!!! Remove skin tags easily using apple cider vinegar. Here's how written by Jenny Brown

WATCH VIDEO!!! Remove skin tags easily using apple cider vinegar. Here's how written by Jenny Brown

Skin tags are very common and harmless skin growths that form due to friction and rubbing. A person can have anywhere from one to over hundred skin tags on their body.

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These little flaps of skin are highly annoying to deal with because they look a lot more dangerous and harmful than they actually are. Luckily, there’s a simple solution to removing them, and you do not even need to make a trip to the doctor.

WATCH VIDEO!!! Remove skin tags easily using apple cider vinegar. Here's how written by Jenny Brown


It turns out that using Apple Cider Vinegar will help remove skin tags.

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To do this, you first soak a cotton ball with apple cider vinegar. Then, you rub it against the skin tag two to three times a day. If you repeat this process every day, the skin tag will eventually change color and fall off. It takes roughly a week for this process to happen (occasionally more) so a bit of patience is required.

According to Simple Household Tips, “Make sure to squeeze the cotton ball while you massage the skin tag so that the skin tag is saturated with the vinegar. This can be done three times a day until the skin tag is gone.

Keep in mind that apple cider vinegar is acidic and it can cause some mild itching and stinging for a few minutes when you do this treatment. To minimize these effects dilute the vinegar with some water before doing the treatment.”

The video below contains some more helpful information from Dr. Doug Willen.



[Source: Doug Willen]

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Tomorrow set to be the hottest February 20th for 160 years with temperatures reaching 16C

Tomorrow set to be the hottest February 20th for 160 years with temperatures reaching 16C

Finally, some warmth! (Picture: PA)

The beach in Brighton, East Sussex as people enjoy the sunny weather.

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Spring seems to be edging ever closer with tomorrow looking set to be the hottest February 20th for 160 years.

Temperatures are expected to reach 16C which will be hotter than even Greece, Dubai and Saudi Arabia at this time.

The warmth is all thanks to a ‘blast of hot air from the Caribbean’, which will be a welcome change from last week’s bitter cold temperatures.

A woman walking her dogs in Regent's Park, London, as a blast of warm air from the Americas brings milder weather to the UK. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 18, 2017. See PA story WEATHER Hot.

Tomorrow set to be the hottest February 20th for 160 years with temperatures reaching 16C


Temperatures are expected to reach 16C tomorrow (Picture: PA)

A Met Office spokesperson reportedly said Monday will be one of the warmest February days since February 23, 2012, when temperatures reached 18.7C in northern Wales.

Forecaster Helen Roberts told Metro.co.uk: ‘It is going to be very mild for the time of year tomorrow but it is more scientifically correct to look at February as a whole.’

‘Yesterday we saw temperatures of 15.1 in north west Wales, which was the highest of the year and today we’re likely to see similar temperatures, more across southern counties.

Tomorrow set to be the hottest February 20th for 160 years with temperatures reaching 16C


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‘Temperatures will hit 15C this afternoon and tomorrow we will see the peak of the particularly mild air.

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‘We’re looking at highs of 16C close to London and in the east Anglia region.

The highest temperatures are likely to hit Aberdeen, Wattisham and London, with the east of the country enjoying most of the warmth.

The hottest recorded day in February was in 1998, when thermometers reached 19.7C.

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Fg Turns Down Hike In Federal Hospital Bills

Fg Turns Down Hike In Federal Hospital Bills

Prof. Isaac Adewole

The Federal Government has rejected the ongoing lobby by tertiary health institutions to increase treatment fees.

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Chief medical directors across the country had recently disclosed plans to lobby the Federal Government for increase in hospital treatment charges.

The CMDs hinged their reasons for the demand on inflation.

But the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole

disclosed that he had not received any formal letter on the demand from the CMDs.

Adewale, who acknowledged the high cost of medical equipment, said he might not grant the request.

He insisted that the poor and vulnerable in the society must be catered for not minding the rising cost of medical equipment.

He said, “They don’t have to lobby the Federal Government for increment. Ideally if they have a board, they will write to us and when they write to us, we look into it.

“For now, there is no policy yet; the only thing we are doing is to say those who cannot pay, we will find a way to support them. But people must pay for treatment, we are running cost recovery. But those who cannot pay, we will help them.

“I may not grant their request. You know I am a pro-poor person and that’s why we have been doing the RRI (Rapid Results Initiative) to get treatment to the poor and the vulnerable. Those who can pay must pay. No atmosphere for free treatment.

“We will take care of those who can’t afford to pay. But when those who can pay, escape payment, then, we are in trouble.”

On the letter of demand from the CMDs, Adewale said, “I can’t tell you; I’ve not seen their letter. I will have to ask the permanent secretary.”

He said that it would be difficult to convince Nigerians to pay more for medical services when the Federal Government was clamouring for Universal Health Coverage.

“Universal Health Coverage does not mean free treatment. It means that you do not need to suffer financial injury if you go for care. It didn’t say free treatment.

“There are ways to take care of that, either through insurance or government is subsidising it through tax. Somebody must pay, the primary healthcare principally is to take care of the common thing so that we can free the tertiary centres.”

The Chairman of Committee of Chief Executives of Tertiary Health Institutions, Prof. Thomas Agan, told newsmen that teaching hospitals would not take any drastic decision if the Federal Government failed to accede to their request for increase in medical treatment fee.

In an interview on Friday, Agan said he would prefer to comment on the extent of lobby after the 2017 budget had been passed by the National Assembly.

He, however, said that if the Federal Government in the interim failed to accede to their lobby, they would abide by the rate.

Agan said, “We will continue to manage the way we have been managing because we provide social services in the health institutions. We cannot do anything contrary.”

Agan had during his initial argument said, “There is no way the rate of treatment will not increase otherwise the hospitals will break down completely. For me, we have not even increased rates but we are trying to lobby the Federal Ministry of Health to see to the possibility of increasing the cost of treatment.”

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Governor Fayose Finally Decides to Visit Buhari in London...See Interesting Details

Governor Fayose Finally Decides to Visit Buhari in London...See Interesting Details

Governor Ayodele Fayose

Staunch critic and controversial Chairman of the People's Democratic Party Governors' Forum, Governor Ayodele Peter Fayose open to paying President Muhammadu Buhari a courtesy visit in London despite their personal and political differences.

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Governor Ayodele Fayose is prepared to be a rare guest at the Abuja House in London to see the ailing Nigerian leader and All Progressives Congress chieftain, President Muhammadu Buhari who has been away in the United Kingdom for over a month on medical grounds.

According to the Punch, the Ekiti State Governor claims that he is willing to visit Buhari in the United Kingdom if he does not return soon.

He, however, said the PDP governors belong to the Nigerian Governors' Forum and would take instructions from the governors’ body.

He said, “PDP or APC governors’ forum is merely political. We all belong to the NGF and we will go by the decision of the governors’ forum. As a person, and speaking for the PDP governors, we support the call to visit the President in the UK.

“The health of the President should not be politicised. Anybody can fall sick, whether old or young. The President’s handlers are the ones causing confusion and creating room for rumours. They should have told Nigerians what was wrong with the President.

“We pray for the President to be strong so that he can return  home on time to perform the functions Nigerians elected him to perform.

“It doesn’t matter what party is in government, constructive criticisms should not amount to wishing anybody dead. We wish our President well and our prayers are with him. And as a party, the PDP wishes the President well.”

It should be noted that the Buhari-led government is currently investigating Mr. Fayose for corruption and electoral fraud leading to unsettled scores and long feud between both parties.

The Cross River State Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade, also said that there was nothing wrong if PDP governors chose to visit Buhari in the UK.

Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Christian Ita, who spoke on behalf of his boss, said as President of Nigeria, there should be no special political colouration of such a visit.

He said, “If the PDP governors are going to visit the President as a group, Ayade will not be opposed to it because President Buhari is the President of all Nigerians irrespective of political affiliation. Again, you know that Ayade has a special relationship with the President.”

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Also, the Governor of Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, said there was nothing wrong if any governor decided to visit the President.

Mimiko, who spoke through the state’s Commissioner for Information, Mr. Kayode Akinmade, said nobody prayed for the President to die.

He said, “Nobody is happy about the present condition of Mr. President and if anybody wants to show him love by visiting him in London, it is not bad.”

Similarly, the Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, on Friday said it was needless for anybody to politicise the alleged ill-health of President Buhari.

Okowa, who is a member of the PDP, spoke through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Charles Aniagwu, stating that it was the duty of all Nigerians to pray for the good health of their leaders irrespective of his political party or religion.

He enjoined Nigerians to pray for the quick recovery and return of President Buhari so that he could fix the daunting challenges facing the country.

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Pastor Digs Out "charms" In A Family's Compound During Liberation & Deliverance (photos)

Pastor Digs Out "charms" In A Family's Compound During Liberation & Deliverance (photos)

Pastor David

Residents of Ama Achara, Ngugo in Ikeduru area of Imo state were shocked after a pastor identified as David Joshua dug up charms during a prayer liberation in a family\'s home in the area.

Pastor David was carrying out a liberation in the family home of one Chibueze Amaechi, when he suddenly called for a machete and used same to dig up a small area, revealing charms made of red cloth, pieces of bones and a padlock. Generational battles!

Pastor David was able to untie and destroy the charms with serious prayer...

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5 Dead, 13 Hospitalised after Pastor Gave Church Members 'Annointed' Rat Poison to Drink (Photos)

5 Dead, 13 Hospitalised after Pastor Gave Church Members 'Annointed' Rat Poison to Drink (Photos)

Light Monyeki

Tragedy has befallen some church members in South Africa after their pastor encouraged them to drink 'annointed' rat poison...

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Remember Pastor, Light Monyeki from Soshanguve, South Africa, who made his church members drink 'anointed' rat poison? Well five members of the church who drank the poison are reportedly dead.

The pastor tried to prove to his members that they were sub-human and couldn't die from drinking the lethal dose of rat poison that he had 'anointed', well, he was proven wrong with the death of 5 of his members.

5 Dead, 13 Hospitalised after Pastor Gave Church Members 'Annointed' Rat Poison to Drink (Photos)


After his members drank the poisonous liquid, all of them started to complain of stomach pains by the evening of the same day.

13 of them were admitted in hospitals for treatment while 5 of them died.

Monyeki has denied responsibility of the death of the 5 members.

Police have now been involved in the case and they are investigating the matter.

So far, nobody has been arrested.

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PDP Crisis: Makarfi calls for emergency meeting over Sheriff’s victory

PDP Crisis: Makarfi calls for emergency meeting over Sheriff’s victory

The Caretaker Committee Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Sen Ahmed Makarfi, has called for an emergency meeting of party stakeholders over the court ruling that affirmed Ali Modu Sheriff as National Chairman of the party.

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Recall that an Appeal Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, had on Friday ruled in favour of the former Borno State governor.

But the Makarfi’s faction of the party rejected the ruling, saying it was heading to the Supreme Court to contest the judgement.

According to a notice signed by the faction’s Publicity Secretary, Dayo Adeyeye, the meeting will hold at the International Conference Centre, ICC, Abuja 2pm on Monday.

Adeyeye said the decision of the Appeal Court which gave victory to Sheriff will be discussed.

The notice of the meeting posted on the party’s twitter handle @OfficialPDPNIG mentioned that those invited to the meeting are “members of the National Executive Committee (NEC), members of the Board of Trustees (BoT), National Assembly members, former governors of PDP, former ministers under the platform of the PDP, former National Assembly members and party elders.”

Adeyeye urged all invited guests to attend “unfailingly.”

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PDP crisis: I don’t talk to monkeys – Fayose replies Sheriff

PDP crisis: I don’t talk to monkeys – Fayose replies Sheriff

Ayodele Fayose

The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, had reacted to a statement credited to the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Ali Modu Sheriff , where he said Governors Fayose and Nyesom Wike would be pushed out of the party.

Addressing people of his state on Ekiti Radio-91.5FM and EKTV on Saturday, Fayose said he does not talk to “monkeys.”

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Quoting a passage from the Bible, the outspoken governor said all things will work for his good and the good of the PDP.

The Chairman of the PDP’s Governors Forum wondered who Sheriff would lead since most members of the party were on the side of Ahmed Makarfi.

He also urged members of the PDP who are aggrieved by the Port Harcourt Appeal Court ruling to “calm down.”

Fayose said, “On that comment by Sheriff that he will kick me and Gov Wike out of PDP, I don’t talk to monkeys. That Appeal Court judgement is just a phase, it will fizzle out. All things will work together for good for me, that’s what the Bible says.

“All the Governors, National Assembly members, BOT, etc are on this side. So who is he going to be leading?

“Whether he is being backed by whatever forces, be it external or internal, good luck to him.

“Let everybody in PDP calm down, there is salvation ahead of us.

“I’m aware that some people are apprehensive of 2018 but I want to say it here that they should worry not. What I know that will happen tomorrow is that I will get to greater heights.

“There are three major important factors in elections, the people is number one, followed by the party and the candidate. You can have a party and candidate, if you don’t have the people, you will fail because the power of the people is greater than the power of those of us in power.

“Here in Ekiti, we have the people.

“I am saying it here that we are under the leadership of the Ahmed Makarfi led Caretaker Committee.

“When we got the judgement at the lower court, affirming the Caretaker Committee, Sheriff was still parading himself as the chairman.”

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Meet the Vagina Whisperer: New York's star surgeon who spends every minute of every day designing perfect private parts for women

Meet the Vagina Whisperer: New York's star surgeon who spends every minute of every day designing perfect private parts for women

Dr Amir Marashi

He is known around his office as the 'vagina whisperer'.

That's because Dr Amir Marashi spends day in and day out creating 'perfect' vaginas.

The New York-based doctor specializes in vaginoplasty - surgery 'down there' - and performs 80 to 100 procedures each year.

And demand has grown so much the number of women undergoing the surgery has rocketed from 5,000 in 2013 to nearly 9,000 in 2015.

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Dr Amir Marashi, a surgeon based in New York, specializes in creating ideal vaginas for women and it's earned him the nickname of the 'vagina whisperer'

There are two reasons women come in for surgeries with Dr Marashi. The first is cosmetic purposes. Women feel uncomfortable about the size, the shape, or even color of their vagina.

Dr Marashi told Daily Mail Online: 'For each person, they want something different. But the most important thing is they feel better, they feel confident.

'Some report better orgasms, feeling more comfortable in the bedroom, and so on.'

The second is functionality purposes.

'It'll be someone who has had one to two children and they feel their vagina is losing shape or consistency. Usually they're 35 or older,' he said.

'Or they'll have a problem with their labia. They're uncomfortable wearing tight clothing, tight underwear. They're uncomfortable riding a horse or a bike.

'They can be more prone to getting yeast infections.'

At the end of the day, Dr Marashi says, the choice is up to the patient. But he makes sure he consults with them multiple times before they do decide to undergo surgery.

The surgeon can shorten the labia, lighten the color, make the vagina moister, and amplify the G-spot.

WHAT IS A VAGINOPLASTY?

A vaginoplasty is a surgical procedure that results in the construction or reconstruction of the vagina.

Most vaginoplasty operations are done by private clinics as cosmetic surgery to change the appearance of the female genitals.

Occasionally, there may be a medical need for the operation such correcting congenital defects to the vagina, urethra and rectum.

Procedures include:

Labiaplasty - shortening or reshaping the vaginal lips

Tightening the vagina

Amplifying the G-spot

Clitoridotomy - reducing the clitoral hood

Hymenoplasty - reconstruction of the hymen

It is usually performed by a gynecologist or plastic surgeon.

It can be carried out using either a general anesthetic or local anesthetic with sedation, and procedures usually take about one to two hours.

According to the most recent figures from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, more than 5,000 women underwent vaginoplasties in 2013.

No figures have been released since then aside from the fact that the percentage has risen each year.
The surgeries, he says, can even help lift the bladder, helping with urination, and strengthen the rectum.

Dr Marashi's ability to create the ideal vagina for his clients has earned him the nickname the 'vagina whisperer' among his staff.

He said it first occurred while he was doing non-profit work in Haiti after the devastating 2010 earthquake.

There was a woman he was treating who was suffering from a vaginal fistula - when a hole develops between the vagina and either the bladder or the rectum - but had been too ashamed to talk about it.

One of the nurses who was in the operating room with him commented: 'Wow, I can't believe you're some kind of vagina whisperer.'

The name got passed around to his nurses back in New York and stuck.

Over the course of his career, Dr Marashi has performed more than 400 surgeries and says he's seen a tremendous rise in the number of women wanting vaginoplasties.

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, more than 5,000 women underwent the procedure in 2013.

As of 2015, that figure was estimated to have risen to around 8,745 women.

Since Dr Marashi first began performing vaginal surgeries six years ago, he says particularly more younger women seem to want the surgery.

One reason is that the subject is becoming less taboo as more and more celebrities show off their 'designer vaginas', including British model Katie Price and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Brandi Glanville.

However, because of this celebrity rise, younger women see the procedure as a type of fashion statement.

'I always make sure they know that it's not something that they need but something that they want. I don't want to just do anything for cosmetic purposes,' Dr Marashi said.

'If they decide they want to go through with it, that's fine, but they need to do their homework.'

For women who are considering undergoing the procedure, the surgeon offered some tips to follow:

Make sure your surgeon is board-certified

Make sure they've been performing the surgery for at least a few years

Go in for a face-to-face consultation

Ask for before and after pictures

Request written and/or in-person testimonials

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Fg To Spend Funds Recovered From Diezani, Yakubu To Feed Poor Nigerians

Fg To Spend Funds Recovered From Diezani, Yakubu To Feed Poor Nigerians

The Federal Government is set to invest some of the recently recovered funds on its social intervention programmes.

A top government official told newsmen on Saturday that the $9m recovered from a former Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Andrew Yakubu and the $153m forfeited by a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, would be immediately used to fund the welfare scheme for the poor.

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The official, who wished to remain anonymous, said the money would be used in paying the N30,000 monthly stipend to beneficiaries of the N-Power scheme, the job creation programme of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration; as well as the school feeding programme.

He said, “The National Economic Forum has been meeting and we are looking at the idea of investing the recovered funds on the social intervention programme which will gulp hundreds of billions of naira.”

The Federal Government is also on a mission to recover at least N399bn and $6.62bn in cash and assets from the high profile cases being prosecuted across the country.

Documents made available to journalists from the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption showed that at least 45 high-profile corruption cases had been taken to court.

The cases stated in the document exclude the $153m recently forfeited to the Federal Government by Alison-Madueke; the $9m case involving Yakubu; the prosecution of a former Director-General of the National Broadcasting Commission, Emeka Mba (N2.8bn); as well as all retired military officials (N40bn).

Some of the high-profile cases stated in the document include an alleged N36bn case involving a former Governor of Jigawa State, Saminu Turaki; a fraud case involving a former Governor of Gombe State, Senator Danjuma Goje (N25bn), and a former Governor of Nasarawa State, Aliyu Doma.

Other prominent cases listed include the Chairman of Atlantic Energy Brass Development Limited and Atlantic Energy Drilling Concept Limited, Jide Omokore, who is standing trial for an alleged $1.6bn fraud; a former Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Patrick Akpobolokemi, who is standing trial before two different courts for alleged N1.6bn fraud and N754.7bn fraud.

The committee also listed the case of the President, NLNG Staff Bonny Co-op Investment and Credit Society Limited, Julius Peters, who is being tried for an alleged N207bn fraud.

The committee defined high-profile cases as cases in which any of the suspects is “a politician, public officer or judicial officer; a person elected or nominated to a public office or position and where the subject matter of the case involves government property or funds.”

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Apc Registers One Million In South East

Apc Registers One Million In South East

The All Progressive Congress (APC) has registered over one million new members in south east states, it was revealed at the weekend.

The south east zone of the party has also requested for extension of the time allotted for the on-going continuous registration exercise of the party.

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It also requested for more materials from the national leadership of the party.

A communiqué by the national vice chairman south east zone of the APC, Hon. Emma Eneukwu, at the end of a one day meeting of the party’s stakeholders in the zone in Enugu, stated that the exercise had recorded a huge turnout in the zone.

Eneukwu stressed the meeting re-confirmed the ongoing registration exercise was very much on-track.

He commended state chairmen of the party in all the South east states for a job well done.

”The meeting re-confirmed that the ongoing continuous registration exercise in APC South east, which recorded a huge turnout, is very peaceful

“The state chairmen of the South east states were also commended for a job well done at their states. Over one million members have been registered so far.

“The zone requested from the national leadership for the provision of more materials and extension of the time allotted for the exercise.

“The South East APC is united and heartily welcomes all the prominent Igbo politicians who recently joined the party.

“The South East zonal stakeholders pass a vote of confidence on the national, zonal, states, local governments, wards leadership of the party as constituted before the 2015 general election,” the communiqué stated.

It maintained the APC was favored to win in Anambra state given the quality of the governorship aspirants in the state.

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The meeting, it further stressed, ratified the zonal disciplinary committee for the zone with Hon. Uche Onyeagocha as chairman and Barrister Mrs Ngozi Udodi as secretary.

It also ratified the fund raising and finance with Chief Gbazuagu N. Gbazuagu as chairman and Amara Iwuanyanwu as secretary.

The meeting was chaired by Imo governor, Rochas Okorocha and attended by Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu, Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, Former Senate President, Ken Nnamani, former Governor of old Anambra State, Senator Jim Nwobodo and Senator Ifeanyi Ararume, among others.

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PDP crisis: Makarfi, govs weigh five options

PDP crisis: Makarfi, govs weigh five options

Ahmed Makarfi

•Sheriff waves olive branch, says no winner, no loser

•Ben Bruce queues behind ex-Borno Gov

•APC to PDP: Count us out of your trouble

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The fate of the beleaguered Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) may be sorted out tomorrow at an emergency meeting of the expanded National Caucus of the party in Abuja.

The meeting summoned by the Ahmed Makarfi faction is in response to weekend’s ruling of the Court of Appeal, Port Harcourt which sacked the Makarfi-led Caretaker Committee and reinstated Senator Ali Modu Sheriff as the rightful national chairman.

Five options have been listed for consideration at the meeting, The Nation gathered authoritatively, yesterday.

Sheriff offered yesterday to make sacrifices to ensure the unity of the party and branded the court’s ruling as victory for all.

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“Sheriff is no winner and Makarfi is no loser, because there is no winner and there is no vanquished. It’s a misunderstanding within our fold,” he told reporters in Abuja.

Sheriff got the backing of Senator Ben Bruce (Bayelsa East) who called the bickering in the party as childish and irrelevant.
He said no to further litigation to resolve the crisis.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) reacting to allegation by prominent members of the Makafi faction of the PDP that it engineered the court ruling dismissed such views as laughable.

The APC said it is none of its business who heads PDP.

At tomorrow’s meeting of the expanded caucus of the PDP, members are scheduled to consider the following options and build consensus on the most practicable to save the party.

They are:

*File an appeal against the Court of Appeal’s ruling which declared Sheriff as the valid National Chairman of PDP

* Allow the status quo to remain with Sheriff in charge of the party till August

* Negotiate with Sheriff’s faction to find amicable political solutions to the crisis

* Leave PDP en masse for Sheriff.

* Leave Sheriff to tow the path of honour and bow out as he promised in the past.

Expected at the forum are PDP governors, members of the National Executive Committee (NEC), BOT members, ex-Ministers, party members in the National Assembly especially principal officers, and chairmen of the state chapters of PDP.

The Board of Trustees of PDP is also likely to follow suit on Tuesday and the Forum of ex-Ministers on Thursday.

The BoT, the PDP Governors Forum and the Forum of ex-Ministers are all on Makarfi’s side.

They said in separate statements at the weekend that on no account can they work with Sheriff.

The spokesman of the Forum of ex-Ministers, Prof. Abubakar Suleiman, said: “We are holding an Expanded Caucus meeting on Monday to review the ruling and chart a way forward whether to file an appeal at the Supreme Court against the decision of the Court of Appeal on Friday or allow the status quo to remain.

“We have many options on the table but those in favour of taking the battle to the Supreme Court are in the majority.

“But some have asked for political solutions because they are tired of litigations. They think that the prolonged court case is affecting the fortunes of the party.

“It is when we meet that we will try to build consensus on any of the alternatives which we may consider viable and realistic.

“No one knows how long the case will take at the Supreme Court and Anambra State Governorship poll is around the corner. We need to do a lot of work to reshape the party.

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“Some of our leaders are saying if Sheriff means well, if he is working in the interest of the party, why can’t he take a bow?”
Asked if PDP leaders might leave the party for Sheriff, the ex- National Planning Minister said: “The possibility is remote. I don’t see the possibility for now.”

However, Alhaji Ali Modu Sheriff yesterday asked Senator Ahmed Makarfi to join him in fixing the party.

Sheriff, at a press conference in Abuja declared the judgment a no-winner-no-vanquished situation, adding that he was ready to make sacrifices to ensure the unity of the party.

His words:”It’s victory for all. Sheriff is no winner and Makarfi is no loser because there is no winner and there is no vanquished. It’s a misunderstanding within our fold.

“This is the beginning of good things to come. I am not interested in sitting tight in office as national chairman but to ensure the conduct of credible convention to elect leaders for the PDP.”

The former Borno State Governor however parried questions regarding the expiration of his tenure as chairman, saying: “my tenure as chairman is immaterial. I am not talking about my tenure.”

He hinted that he would open consultations with the governors, the BoT, the National Assembly caucus and the various reconciliation committees set up by the party.

According to him, the consultations will start immediately, adding that his team would ensure the re-opening of the party’s secretariat which was sealed off by the police last June.

Sheriff maintained that the consultations would lead to the process of drawing up a programme for conducting national convention and congresses in states where the last exercise was inconclusive.

The party chairman cautioned the various stakeholders against making inflammatory statements that could further compound the party’s problems.

“Well meaning Nigerians want the PDP to be united. My hands are clean and I have nothing to hide. I am ready to make sacrifices to ensure the unity of the party.

“We want the culture of impunity to stop, we should learn to do things the right way by giving the party back to the people”, Sheriff added.

With Sheriff at the briefing were Senator Hope Uzodinma, Chief Chris Uba, and Senator Seidu Kumo, among others.

Senator Ben Murray Bruce threw his weight behind Sheriff yesterday.

He offered, via his Twitter handle, to work with the former Borno State governor.

In a tweet which he entitled ‘My Position on the Appeal Court’s judgement concerning the Leadership of the PDP,’ he said the PDP has embarked on the path of destruction.

“Concerning the PDP, the current bickering is childish and irrelevant,” he said.

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“I am not in support of anymore litigation. We will work with Ali Modu Sheriff and go to a convention. Right now, PDP is on a course towards destruction and abiding by the judgement of the court is the only thing that can save us.

“In the first place, it is never the job of the judiciary to choose the leader of a party. I therefore call an end to the fighting. And I am supporting Ali Modu Sheriff because it is the only way to preserve the party. Right now, what Nigeria has is a one-party state – there is no opposition. Enough is enough. This is the time for PDP to unite, we are a formidable force.”

But the Makarfi camp insisted on having nothing to do with Sheriff.

Spokesman for the group, Prince Dayo Adeyeye said in a statement that the Appeal Court judgment cannot stand as it is nothing short of a “travesty of justice, a mockery of valid facts, miscarriage of justice and an invidious attempt to destroy the PDP.”

“We will certainly appeal to the Supreme Court. No reconciliatory effort will stop it. We need the Supreme Court to make a pronouncement on the issue once and for all,” he said.

“We maintain that this is a continuation of the attempt to kill the PDP and thereby destroy all opposition in Nigeria. The rebels in the party who were favoured by the two justices of the Appeal Court are snakes within the house working for the ruling party, the APC.

“The great conspiracy to silence the PDP is an assault on the Nigerian democracy. We are however determined to resist this onslaught to the very last. The struggle continues.”

The APC through its National Publicity Secretary Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi denied having a hand in the crisis rocking the PDP.
The party said it has no interest in who emerges as the national chairman of the opposition party or how the PDP handles its internal affairs.

Abdullahi insisted, in an interview, that the crisis within the PDP is of no interest whatsoever to the APC or the government of President Muhammadu Buhari and urged the opposition party to stop looking for who to blame for the glaring division in its ranks.

He said:”What is happening in the PDP is their internal problem. I am not a member of their party and I can tell you that APC is not interested in the cries. We have no interest whatsoever in who emerges as the national chairman of the opposition party or in how the PDP handles its internal affairs.

“Whoever is alleging that APC has a hand in the crisis or the judgements does not know what he or she is talking about. I will just want the world to know that APC as the ruling party is not interested in what goes on in the PDP, especially their internal scheming. We also do not care how they get to settle their problems.

“I will also challenge those making the allegations to be specific by mentioning names of person who intervened in the said judgement as alleged.

It is when we all get to hear such names if any exists, that we can all look at how APC is involved. Until then, I want to advise PDP to find solutions to their problems without mentioning APC. Above all, I want to say the allegation is laughable,” Abdulahi said.

The Appeal Court, in declaring Sheriff the rightful national chairman of the PDP, also nullified the National Caretaker Committee of the party led by Senators Ahmed Makarfi.

Two t of the three-member Appeal Court, Justice B.G. Sanga and Justice A. Gumel, in their judgment said the Port Harcourt convention on May 21, 2016, was an abuse of court process.

Delivering the lead judgment, Sanga said that PDP did not follow the provisions of Article 47(3) of its Constitution in the removal of the Sherrif-led National Working Committee.

Justice Theresa Agbadua Orji, in her own judgment, said she found it difficult to agree with the positions of the two judges on the matter.

She argued that the contentious issue in the matter which was the judgment of July 4, 2016 by the lower court did not constitute any abuse of court process by the respondent as alleged.

She maintained that Sheriff actively participated in the screening exercise of the party before he backed out, emphasizing that he had no power as an individual to cancel or postpone the national convention because he was not the party.

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"Why We Knock Before We Enter Into The Mortuary” - Mortician Reveals Shocking Details

"Why We Knock Before We Enter Into The Mortuary” - Mortician Reveals Shocking Details

"Why We Knock Before We Enter Into The Mortuary”

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The proprietor of Emeka Mortuary, Okunmi Community, Cross River State, Mr. Kalu Ben Chima, popularly called Emeka Ambulance, has revealed the spiritual combats that morticians, go through with occultists and members of some secret societies before their corpses were embalmed in his mortuary.

The Arochukwu-born mortician, whose mortuary is located along Ikom-Calabar highway, revealed that dead bodies, especially those of occultists and members of secret societies “do give us trouble while being embalmed because their bodies have been ‘fortified’ by the devil or some spiritual forces.”
He disclosed;

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“In such cases, we have to pet and persuade them by talking to them to allow the chemicals to penetrate their bodies, but if they remain stubborn, we have to employ our own spiritual force and of course, power pass power and we can then embalm them,”

According to him, he learned the trade in Onitsha General Hospital, Anambra state, and had come to know that some dead bodies were so “powerful” such that they do not allow others to lie close to them and he was always careful when attending to such bodies"

He said; “Some powerful people do not allow other dead bodies to lie close to them, so in the night, they will remove other bodies near them and dump them far from where they are or they would go to an isolated place and lie there – all dead bodies are not the same, which is why we knock before we enter there.”

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Saturday, 18 February 2017

No need to panic over forex policy – Emefiele

No need to panic over forex policy – Emefiele

The Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, spoke with journalists in Abuja on issues affecting the economy and the foreign exchange policy, among others. IFEANYI ONUBA was there

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The central bank has been focusing on some sectors through the provision of interventions fund; what is the bank doing in terms of assisting the power sector in view of the complaints of the operators about lack of foreign exchange to import equipment for the industry?

I dare say that those in the power sector also qualify for the 60 per cent that has been set aside for manufacturing if they are importing materials such as components of metres, components of transformers, or plants and other equipment; the power sector qualifies.

But it is also possible that the constraints some of the small manufacturers are facing may be confronting the power sector companies too; we will try to appeal to the banks to also look in their direction.

 Will the CBN float the naira as being widely canvassed by some financial experts?

The reserves are now $28.9bn and it’s exciting to see this happen. But is there a need to float the naira? It’s important to know that we do not run a float regime; we run a managed-float (forex system) and what that means is that from time to time, we will continue to intervene in the market to ensure that the exchange rate does not go beyond our own expectations and those interventions will come to moderate the rates as we deem necessary.

 The CBN is expecting the naira to be stable following its series of policy actions. When will the naira be stable?

The fact that we began to see some accretion to reserves does not mean that we have to be reckless. We will continue the policy of ensuring that foreign exchange is made available to those who are importing raw materials, plant and equipment and to those importing in the agricultural sector; but not for those who want to engage in what we regard as less important sectors that will not support growth and development of the economy.

 What are the measures that the central bank is taking to close the gap of about 60 per cent between the official and the parallel rate?

Naturally, what we would try to do from time to time is to make more foreign exchange available within the limit of available resources to those sectors that we consider priority sectors.

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And we will continue to do that hoping that as we increasingly do that, the urge for people to go to what I regard as illegal market will hopefully reduce. I want to assure people that we would increasingly allocate forex resources to those very important sectors of the economy.

 There are insinuations that the various multiple windows open in the forex market are sustaining the gap between the official and parallel market rate, thus aiding corruption. How do you react to this?

I have read about some multiple exchange rates. I have heard about budget rate; I have heard about parallel and black market rates; I have heard about airline rate and pilgrims’ rate and the rest of them. But it’s unfortunate and unfair that some of those writing or discussing these issues are those who have direct access to the Central Bank of Nigeria.

What we would have expected is that they would talk to us but I know the objective that they are pursuing is best known to them. Budget rate is a rate that is forecast rate and it has always been there from history. It is a rate that is used just to determine the budget and as you know the budget is a forecast, which is tentative.

And so I cannot understand why people are using budget rate as a basis to say that is an exchange rate in the market. The parallel and bureau de change market rates, as far as I’m concerned, are one rate and I don’t understand the duplicity about the rate.

We seized the opportunity when the issue of the pilgrims rate came up last year to explain what happened and I keep saying that you must put yourself in the position of a businessman where you have struck a deal that this is the rate at which you will do your deal and because the conditions are against you, you now go back and begin to change the conditions.

That is an unfair business practice. What happened was that sometime around March last year, the pilgrims commission, both Christian and Muslims, approached the CBN and at that time, the rate was N197 and that was the market rate at that time. Those who were going on pilgrimage started to make payment at the rate of N197 to the dollar.

They made their full payment in advance of the pilgrimage. They wanted to embark on the pilgrimage sometime in July and then somebody said because market had moved; they should pay N300 or whatever it was.

That would have been seen to be an unfair business practice on the part of central bank. It is just like if the rate had gone down; would we have also gone to them in the same direction? So, it is important for people not to play to the gallery. Their motive is best known to them.

 The Vice President recently spoke in Davos where he said that the government was in talks with the entail bank to make changes in the forex policy as soon as possible. What will this entail? Will the policy on forex change anytime soon?

The forex policy that we are operating is flexible forex market, which has been in operation since June. And that document remains a sound document. But of course, there may be few issues and fine-tuning has to be made in terms of the implementation strategies; we will look at it from time to time.

But I will like to say there is nothing wrong with that document and there is nothing wrong with what the central bank is doing at this time to stabilise the exchange rate and see to it that the currency stabilises at a rate that we consider to be in line with any model that anybody wants to use to determine the price or value of our currency.

That is what we are doing and we will continue to stand by it. We will continue to assure those who are doing their business that as you require forex, we will support you and there is no need for anyone to panic.

 The textile industry is in serious need of support considering its potential to create jobs; what is the CBN doing to complement the efforts of the government in this sector?

About N50bn has been set aside to see to the revamping of some of the textile industries. We have started to disburse the money but we have not quite disbursed everything.

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I know that in the 1980s and even up to the early 1990s, the textile industry used to be the second largest employer of labour in Nigeria after the public sector. We will continue to give our support because we want to see the textile industry grow.

In today’s world where we are all confronted with the issues of bilateralism and trade practice, it is important that we start to look more at growing some of those sectors that used to create jobs for this country so that we will begin to see more of our young graduates going to factories to work as graduates rather than being on the streets as unemployed persons.

 There are complaints that local manufacturers are not getting the 60 per cent allocation on forex compared to the large ones. What is the CBN doing about this?

We decided to allocate 60 per cent of forex to manufacturers and we did that for a purpose because we felt there is a need to support manufacturing sector.

We felt there is a need to ensure that forex is made available to those that will provide jobs and get the manufacturing and industrial output to continue to look positive. And I’m happy that recent data released by the National Bureau of Statistics has started to show that the manufacturing index is looking upwards.

On the central bank’s website, you will find the list of the banks; how much foreign exchange they sourced and how the foreign exchange has been deployed in line with the 60/40 ratio that has been prescribed for the banks. But from the data that we have so far, they are complying with the 60/40 ratio.

But I can understand why some of the Small and Medium Enterprises may be having a few challenges with their banks. This is because of the need to have credit lines to fund their accounts.

 We will try from this side to continue to appeal to the banks to show mercy to the smaller institutions so that they can also survive.

But in terms of compliance with the 60/40 ratio that has been prescribed for the Deposit Money Banks, I am happy to say they are complying with it.

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