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Abike Dabiri calls for Nigeria-India Joint Diaspora Commission

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Rep Abike Dabiri-Erewa, (ACN-Lagos) has called for the establishment of a joint action committee on Diaspora between Nigeria and India to harness the potentials of the Diasporasin the two countries.
Dabiri-Erewa, who is the chairman House of Representatives committee on Diaspora Affairs, made the call during a lecture titled “Heritage and Diaspora’’ delivered at the 11th Indian Diaspora Convention (Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2013) at Kochi, India.
A correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the Nigerian delegation quotes the legislator as saying “Nigeria and India are were two great nations with huge Diaspora potentials which require collaboration from the two countries in order to tap into”. “Nigeria and India Diaspora, need to chart a path of collaboration because we have many things in common.’’ “We cannot change the past but wecan determine the future, the choice we make now, will determine the future,’’ she said.
The lawmaker, who was honoured for being thefirst non ethnic Indian to speak at the Indian Diaspora Convention, said that the proposed committee would influence policy in the Africanand Indian sub-continent. She said since India has the largest Diaspora and remittance in the world just as Nigeria has the largest in Africa, the coming together of the two countries wouldbe of great benefits to all. “we must unite because there is a need for greater interaction and collaboration between us as we are linked by common heritage of being colonised by the British,’’ she said.
Dabiri-Erewa advised the home governments torecognise the Diasporas as their citizens and accord them all the rights and benefits enjoyedby home-based citizens and should not “treat them as outcasts”. She equally advised that young graduates and seasoned professionals should be offered employment in their fatherland. “Such A move would enrich their sense of belonging and pride as contributors to nation-building.” The law maker cited the example of India’s Bollywood and Nigeria-Nollywood, which were cintributing substantially to the Gross Domestic Products (GDP) of the countries.
She counselled that the promotion of tourism inthe homeland must exploit the opportunities offered by the citizens in Diasporas and should not only focus on attracting foreigners. “Our citizens in the Diaspora must be encouraged to come home to explore the beautiful and historical places in the land of their heritage. Dabiri-Erewa recommended the India Diaspora as a model, where wealth and population are huge resources which the homeland government should tap for nation-building. NAN reports that over 2,500 Non-Residents Indians (NRI) from over 50 countries as well as other delegates are attending the convention which was declared open by Indian Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh.

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Nigeria Ranks Third On Global Terrorism Index Despite Drop In Deaths – Report

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Nigeria Ranks Third On Global Terrorism Index Despite Drop In Deaths – Report

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Nigeria has been ranked as the third most terrorized country in the world according to a 2020 report by the Global Terrorism Index (GTI).

The report which was released on Wednesday, ranked Nigeria third only behind war-torn countries of Afghanistan and Iraq.

According to the GTI report, Nigeria witnessed an increase in Boko Haram attacks in the period under review, witnessing her worst terrorist attack in 2019 in northeastern Borno State, where at least 70 people were killed and 10 others wounded when insurgents attacked at a funeral.

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“Over the past year, Boko Haram increased attacks on military targets, with deaths rising from 26 in 2018 to 148 in 2019,” the report said.

However, the report recognized that terror-related incidents in the country fell by 27% in the same period due to a significant reduction in violence attributed to killer herdsmen.

“This reduction occurred despite a small increase in deaths attributed to Boko Haram, which has been the most active terrorist group in the country over the past decade. Deaths from terrorism in Nigeria are now 83 percent lower than at
their peak in 2014.”

 

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Nigeria’s Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

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Nigeria's Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

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Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami, has announced the loss of his 13-year-old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali.

The Minister took to his Twitter account on Monday night to announce this sad news.

Pantami stated that the funeral prayer for the deceased will be conducted in Abuja on Tuesday at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2.

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The post by the minister announcing the incident reads; “Inna lil Laahi wa inna ilaiHi Rajiun! My 13-year old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali (Amal) passed away just a moment ago.

“Due to some necessities, funeral prayer tomorrow at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2, immediately after Zuhr prayer In sha Allah. May Allah forgive and be merciful to her.”

 

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

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Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has imposed a 24-hour total curfew for two weeks on some parts of Port-Harcourt, the state capital.

The Governor made this known during a broadcast on Sunday where he noted that the curfew begins from Monday 23rd November 2020.

The statement noted that the upsurge noticed by the state government in cases of cult activities, other forms of violence, and killings is responsible for the curfew.

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Wike in the statement declared that the entire area along and around the Okoro-nodu flyover up to a one-kilometre radius from Saint Emmanuel Anglican Church, Rumuokoro, extending to the Rumuodomaya Slaughter and Local Government daily market will be affected.

He added that no form of trading, human or vehicular movement is allowed in the affected areas until further notice.

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