P.M. NEWS Nigeria » Media http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com First with Nigeria News - Nigerian leading evening Newspaper - Sat, 23 Aug 2014 07:29:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 In Pictures: UFUK 2014 Dialogue and Peace Award http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/12/in-pictures-ufuk-2014-dialogue-and-peace-award/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/12/in-pictures-ufuk-2014-dialogue-and-peace-award/#comments Sat, 12 Jul 2014 00:44:14 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=202634 PRINCE YEMI SHYLON RECEIVES AWARD FOR HIS CONTRIBUTION TO CULTURE FROM THE MINISTER OF MINES AND STEEL DEVELOPMENT ARC. MUSA MOHAMMED SADA AT DIALOGUE AND PEACE AWARD CEREMONY ORGANISED BY UFUK DIALOGUE FOUNDATION TURKEY AT SHERATON HOTELS ABUJA

PRINCE YEMI SHYLON RECEIVES AWARD FOR HIS CONTRIBUTION TO CULTURE FROM THE MINISTER OF MINES AND STEEL DEVELOPMENT ARC. MUSA MOHAMMED SADA AT DIALOGUE AND PEACE AWARD CEREMONY ORGANISED BY UFUK DIALOGUE FOUNDATION TURKEY AT SHERATON HOTELS ABUJA

PROF. SULAIMAN ELIAS BOGORO AWARDEE FOR ACADEMIC LIFE, MR. FEMI ADESINA AWARDEE FOR PERSPECTIVE OPINION AND PRINCE YEMI SHYLON

PROF. SULAIMAN ELIAS BOGORO AWARDEE FOR ACADEMIC LIFE, MR. FEMI ADESINA AWARDEE FOR PERSPECTIVE OPINION AND PRINCE YEMI SHYLON

MOST REVD.IGNATIUS AYAU KAIGAMA (RELIGION)  PROF. SULAIMAN ELIAS BOGORO (ACADEMIC LIFE), FEMI ADESINA, PRINCE YEMI SHYLON AND DR. JOSEPH GOLWA (PUBLIC SERVICE)

MOST REVD.IGNATIUS AYAU KAIGAMA (RELIGION) PROF. SULAIMAN ELIAS BOGORO (ACADEMIC LIFE), FEMI ADESINA, PRINCE YEMI SHYLON AND DR. JOSEPH GOLWA (PUBLIC SERVICE)

PRINCE YEMI SHYLON

PRINCE YEMI SHYLON

CROSS SECTION OF AWARDEES

CROSS SECTION OF AWARDEES

HAJIA HADIZA LADI SADA REPRESENTING THE FIRST LADY

HAJIA HADIZA LADI SADA REPRESENTING THE FIRST LADY

ARC. MUSA SADA , MR. FEMI ADESINA PRINCE SHYLON AND A GUEST

ARC. MUSA SADA , MR. FEMI ADESINA PRINCE SHYLON AND A GUEST

HAJIA AISHA BALA MOHAMMED RECEIVES SPECIAL AWARD AT THE DIALOGUE AND PEACE AWARD CEREMONY ORGANISED BY UFUK FOUNDATION TURKEY AT SHERATON HOTELS ABUJA

HAJIA AISHA BALA MOHAMMED RECEIVES SPECIAL AWARD AT THE DIALOGUE AND PEACE AWARD CEREMONY ORGANISED BY UFUK FOUNDATION TURKEY AT SHERATON HOTELS ABUJA

PROF. ISHAQ OLOYEDE RECEIVES AWARD FOR HIS CONTRIBUTION TO AWARD AT THE DIALOGUE AND PEACE AWARD CEREMONY ORGANISED BY UFUK FOUNDATION TURKEY AT SHERATON HOTELS ABUJA

PROF. ISHAQ OLOYEDE RECEIVES AWARD FOR HIS CONTRIBUTION TO AWARD AT THE DIALOGUE AND PEACE AWARD CEREMONY ORGANISED BY UFUK FOUNDATION TURKEY AT SHERATON HOTELS ABUJA

ARC. MUSA SADA AND PRESIDENT UFUFK DIALOGUE FOUDATION ;MR. OGUSHAN DIRICAN AT THE DIALOGUE AND PEACE AWARD CEREMONY ORGANISED BY UFUK FOUNDATION TURKEY AT SHERATON HOTELS ABUJA

ARC. MUSA SADA AND PRESIDENT UFUFK DIALOGUE FOUDATION ;MR. OGUSHAN DIRICAN AT THE DIALOGUE AND PEACE AWARD CEREMONY ORGANISED BY UFUK FOUNDATION TURKEY AT SHERATON HOTELS ABUJA

HAJIA HACAR RUQAYYA AND THE REPRESENTATIVE OF FEDERATION OF WOMEN MUSLIMAT THE DIALOGUE AND PEACE AWARD CEREMONY ORGANISED BY UFUK FOUNDATION TURKEY AT SHERATON HOTELS ABUJA

HAJIA HACAR RUQAYYA AND THE REPRESENTATIVE OF FEDERATION OF WOMEN MUSLIMAT THE DIALOGUE AND PEACE AWARD CEREMONY ORGANISED BY UFUK FOUNDATION TURKEY AT SHERATON HOTELS ABUJA

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In Pictures: Rauf Aregbesola Campaign Rally in Ede http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/09/in-pictures-rauf-aregbesola-ede-campaign-rally/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/09/in-pictures-rauf-aregbesola-ede-campaign-rally/#comments Wed, 09 Jul 2014 03:29:59 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=202152 Governor of the State of Osun, Rauf Aregbesola on 8 July had a mammoth political campaign rally at Ede Federal Constituency where he was endorsed by the Timi of Ede, Munirudeen Lawal.

A sea of supporters waving brooms at the Ede rally

A sea of supporters waving brooms at the Ede rally

Residents of Ede catch the campaign trail fever

Residents of Ede catch the campaign trail fever

Primary school students were not left out

Primary school students were not left out

Optimistic supporters waving brooms, the symbol of their party

Optimistic supporters waving brooms, the symbol of their party

Rapturous welcome: Aregbesola is greeted by a mammoth crowd in Ede

Rapturous welcome: Aregbesola is greeted by a mammoth crowd in Ede

Aregbesola (2nd R) observes the national anthem along with his deputy and other APC chieftain

Aregbesola (2nd R) observes the national anthem along with his deputy and other APC chieftain

The imposing crowd show support for the governor

The imposing crowd show support for the governor

Endless: Thousands of supporters at the rally in Ede

Endless: Thousands of supporters at the rally in Ede

Aregbesola acknowledges his supporters on the street

Aregbesola acknowledges his supporters on the street

Recognised: Artisan's partake in the Ede rally

Recognised: Artisan’s partake in the Ede rally

People's Man: Residents show their support on a street in Ede

People’s Man: Residents show their support on a street in Ede

The elders also graced the campaign from their homes

The elders also graced the campaign from their homes

Residents dancing in approval of Aregbesola

Residents dancing in approval of Aregbesola

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The faces of the Chibok girls abducted by Boko Haram http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/06/21/the-faces-of-the-chibok-girls-abducted-by-boko-haram/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/06/21/the-faces-of-the-chibok-girls-abducted-by-boko-haram/#comments Sat, 21 Jun 2014 12:43:22 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=199714 Chibok girls abducted by Boko Haram

Chibok girls abducted by Boko Haram

Since 14 April, all the girls shown here have been in the captivity of Boko Haram militants.

Abducted from their school in Chibok, Borno State, their whereabouts is unknown despite promises by the Nigerian government and a string of foreign aiders, such as the US, Britain and France to get the girls home.

The clock keeps ticking; hopes are diminishing as the girls continue to spend weeks and months with the bloodthirsty insurgents whose mission is to Islamise northern Nigeria.

Will these girls ever be brought back home? There are 219 of them with Boko Haram according to the final tally, by the Nigerian government.

Another set of Chibok girls abducted by Boko Haram

Another set of Chibok girls abducted by Boko Haram

Photos, Courtesy of Thisday/Arise TV and Gordon Brown, former UK Prime Minister and now United Nations special envoy for Global Education

.Please click the photographs to see the names of the girls.

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Football: The Dutch inflict horrid pain on Spain http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/06/13/football-the-dutch-inflict-horrid-pain-on-spain/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/06/13/football-the-dutch-inflict-horrid-pain-on-spain/#comments Fri, 13 Jun 2014 21:12:01 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=198681 It was a night that defending champions, Spain would want to forget very quickly. A night they were humiliated by Netherlands in their first group game in Salvador Brazil.

Robin van Persie starred with a brace as the Netherlands gained revenge for their final defeat in South Africa by thrashing champions Spain 5-1 at the World Cup in Salvador on Friday.

Arjen Robben also scored a brace with Stefan de Vrij another to get his name on the scoresheet after Xabi Alonso had opened the scoring for Spain, who suffered their worst defeat in more than half a century, with a highly contentious penalty.

Spain drew first blood, with a penalty taken by Xabi Alonso

Spain drew first blood, with a penalty taken by Xabi Alonso

Netherlands' goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen reacts after failing to save Alonso's penalty

Netherlands’ goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen reacts after failing to save Alonso’s penalty

Van Persie heads home the equaliser and the game changer

Van Persie heads home the equaliser and the game changer

Van persie tongue-out mocks Spain after scoring

Van persie tongue-out mocks Spain after scoring

Arjen Robben, first right,  being mobbed by team mates. He had a brace

Arjen Robben, first right, being mobbed by team mates. He had a brace

Spain's keeper, Casillas, right,  being  consoled by Sergio Ramos. AFP

Spain’s keeper, Casillas, right, being consoled by Sergio Ramos. AFP

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Beast of Burden http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/05/29/beast-of-burden/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/05/29/beast-of-burden/#comments Thu, 29 May 2014 13:32:58 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=196480 A Pakistani labourer pulls his cart loaded with barrels in Rawalpindi on May 27. May God lessen his burden!

A Pakistani labourer pulls his cart loaded with barrels in Rawalpindi on May 27. May God lessen his burden!

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In Pictures: #BringBackOurGirls Protest To Aso Rock http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/05/22/in-pictures-bringbackourgirls-protest-to-aso-rock/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/05/22/in-pictures-bringbackourgirls-protest-to-aso-rock/#comments Thu, 22 May 2014 20:40:21 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=195577 Former Education Minister, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili led “Bring Back Our Girls” protest rally to Aso Rock in Abuja.

GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS DURING THE ''BRING BACK OUR GIRLS'' PROTEST RALLY TODAY IN ABUJA.

GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS DURING THE ”BRING BACK OUR GIRLS”
PROTEST RALLY TODAY IN ABUJA.

CHIBOCK, OBY ADDRESIING GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, WITH HER IS WOMEN AFFAIRS MINISTER AND SGF

CHIBOCK, OBY ADDRESIING GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, WITH HER IS WOMEN AFFAIRS MINISTER AND SGF

OBY EZEKWESILI ADDRESSING PROTEST RALLY IN ABUJA TODAY

OBY EZEKWESILI ADDRESSING PROTEST RALLY IN ABUJA TODAY

PROTESTERS WALKING TOWARDS ASO ROCK

PROTESTERS WALKING TOWARDS ASO ROCK

CHIBOCK, OBY ADDRESSING THE RALLY WITH WOMEN AFFAIRS, ABATI, MAKU AND OTHER GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS

CHIBOCK, OBY ADDRESSING THE RALLY WITH WOMEN AFFAIRS, ABATI, MAKU AND OTHER GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS

POLICE BLOCK THE PATH TO THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY IN ABUJA DURING THE ''BRING BACK OUR GIRLS'' RALLY IN ABUJA

POLICE BLOCK THE PATH TO THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY IN ABUJA
DURING THE ”BRING BACK OUR GIRLS” RALLY IN ABUJA

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In Pictures: Jonathan meets traditional rulers in oil producing states http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/05/15/in-pictures-jonathan-meets-traditional-rulers-in-oil-producing-states/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/05/15/in-pictures-jonathan-meets-traditional-rulers-in-oil-producing-states/#comments Thu, 15 May 2014 19:50:15 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=194674 PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN (L) IN A HANDSHAKE WTH THE TRADITIONAL RULER OF MGBIRICHI, OHAJI and EGBEMA LGA IMO STATE/NATIONAL CHAIRMAN, TRADITIONAL RULERS OF OIL MINERAL PRODUCING COMMUNITIES OF NIGERIA (TRAMPCOM) HRM EZE RAPHAEL IKEGWURUKA DURING THE VISIT THE GROUP TO THE PRESIDENTIAL VILLA ABUJA ON THURSDAY 15 MAY 2014

PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN (L) IN A HANDSHAKE WTH THE TRADITIONAL RULER OF MGBIRICHI, OHAJI and EGBEMA LGA IMO STATE/NATIONAL CHAIRMAN, TRADITIONAL RULERS OF OIL MINERAL PRODUCING COMMUNITIES OF NIGERIA (TRAMPCOM) HRM EZE RAPHAEL IKEGWURUKA DURING THE VISIT THE GROUP TO THE PRESIDENTIAL VILLA ABUJA ON THURSDAY 15 MAY 2014

PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN, VICE-PRESIDENT NAMADI SAMBO AND MEMBERS OF TRADITIONAL RULERS OF OIL MINERAL PRODUCING COMMUNITIES OF NIGERIA (TRAMPCOM) (TRAMPCOM) AFTER A MEETING AT THE PRESIDENTIAL VILLA ABUJA ON THURSDAY 15 MAY 2014

PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN, VICE-PRESIDENT NAMADI SAMBO AND MEMBERS OF TRADITIONAL RULERS OF OIL MINERAL PRODUCING COMMUNITIES OF NIGERIA (TRAMPCOM)
(TRAMPCOM) AFTER A MEETING AT THE PRESIDENTIAL VILLA ABUJA ON THURSDAY 15 MAY 2014

PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN IN A HANDSHAKE WITH THE LEADER OF OIL AND GAS PRODUCING COMMUNITIES IN NIGERIA, CHIEF WELLINGTON OKIRIKA DURING THEIR VISIT TO THE PRESIDENIAL VILLA ABUJA ON THURSDAY 15 MAY 2014

PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN IN A HANDSHAKE WITH THE LEADER OF OIL AND
GAS PRODUCING COMMUNITIES IN NIGERIA, CHIEF WELLINGTON OKIRIKA DURING THEIR VISIT TO THE PRESIDENIAL VILLA ABUJA ON THURSDAY 15 MAY 2014

PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN, VICE-PRESIDENT NAMADI SAMBO AND MEMBERS OF OIL AND GAS PRODUCING COMMUNITIES IN NIGERIA, AFTER A MEETING AT THE PRESIDENTIAL VILLA ABUJA ON THURSDAY 15 MAY 2014

PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN, VICE-PRESIDENT NAMADI SAMBO AND MEMBERS OF OIL
AND GAS PRODUCING COMMUNITIES IN NIGERIA, AFTER A MEETING AT THE PRESIDENTIAL VILLA ABUJA ON THURSDAY 15 MAY 2014

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In Pictures: Boko Haram release pictures of kidnapped Chibok girls http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/05/12/in-pictures-boko-haram-release-pictures-of-kidnapped-chibok-girls/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/05/12/in-pictures-boko-haram-release-pictures-of-kidnapped-chibok-girls/#comments Mon, 12 May 2014 16:58:53 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=194331 The pictures are screengrab taken on 12 May, from a video released by Nigerian Islamist sect, Boko Haram. AFP shows the girls wearing full length hijabs and Boko Haram leader talking.

A girl, wearing the full-length hijab talking to the camera at an undisclosed rural location. Courtesy: AFP

A girl, wearing the full-length hijab talking to the camera at an undisclosed rural location.
Courtesy: AFP

Another girl looks into the video

Another girl looks into the video

The girls are seated in full-length hijab and praying. They are being filmed by an unidentified man. AFP

The girls are seated in full-length hijab and praying. They are being filmed by an unidentified man. AFP

A screengrab of the irks praying.  AFP

A screengrab of the irks praying.
AFP

AFP shows a man claiming to be the leader of Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram  Abubakar Shekau.

AFP shows a man claiming to be the leader of Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram Abubakar Shekau.

Kidnapped girls are staring into the video. AFP

Kidnapped girls are staring into the video.
AFP

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In Video: Homage to Oba Sikiru Adetona, Awujale of Ijebuland http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/05/11/in-video-homage-to-oba-sikiru-adetona-awujale-of-ijebuland/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/05/11/in-video-homage-to-oba-sikiru-adetona-awujale-of-ijebuland/#comments Sun, 11 May 2014 22:07:10 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=194234 On Thursday 8 May, the Ijebu people from six local council areas of Ogun state, converged in Ijebu-Ode to pay homage to Oba Sikiru Kayode Adetona, the Awujale of Ijebuland, as part of the weeklong ceremony to mark Nigeria’s longest reigning monarch’s birthday. Oba Adetona who had reigned on the throne for more than 54 years, clocked 80 on Saturday 10 May.

On the Thursday event, there were cultural displays as well, with the performance by members of Osugbo Confraternity standing out.

Emma Osodi of P.M.NEWS captured some of the moments on video. Please watch here, or go to You Tube

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In Pictures: 80th Birthday of Awujale of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/05/10/in-pictures-80th-birthday-of-awujale-of-ijebuland-oba-sikiru-adetona/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/05/10/in-pictures-80th-birthday-of-awujale-of-ijebuland-oba-sikiru-adetona/#comments Sat, 10 May 2014 15:28:52 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=194128 Otunba Subomi Balogun, Abimbola Balogun and Senator Gbenga Kaka at the 80th birthday of Awujale of Ijebuland

Otunba Subomi Balogun, Abimbola Balogun and Senator Gbenga Kaka at the 80th birthday of Awujale of Ijebuland

Oba Sikiru Adetona and his Oloris

Oba Sikiru Adetona and his Oloris

L-R: Alafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi; Celebrant, Oba (Dr.) Sikiru Kayode Adetona; Oba of Lagos, Oba Reliwanu Akinolu; Obi of Onitsha, Nnaemeka Achebe; Alake of Egba Land, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo and Olori Omoba Ijebu Land, Otunba Subomi Balogun, at the 80th Birthday Party of the Awujale of Ijebuland Oba (Dr.) Sikiru Kayode Adetona held at the Otunba Dipo Dina International Stadium, Ijebu Ode, Ogun State on Saturday 10th of May 2014

L-R: Alafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi; Celebrant, Oba (Dr.) Sikiru Kayode Adetona; Oba of Lagos, Oba Reliwanu Akinolu; Obi of Onitsha, Nnaemeka Achebe; Alake of Egba Land, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo and Olori Omoba Ijebu Land, Otunba Subomi Balogun, at the 80th Birthday Party of the Awujale of Ijebuland Oba (Dr.) Sikiru Kayode Adetona held at the Otunba Dipo Dina International Stadium, Ijebu Ode, Ogun State on Saturday 10th of May 2014

Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson and Oba Sikiru Adetona

Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson and Oba Sikiru Adetona

Amiu Masari, Tunde Bakare and Mohammed Buhari at the birthday party in Ijebu Ode

Amiu Masari, Tunde Bakare and Mohammed Buhari at the birthday party in Ijebu Ode

Pictures by Emmanuel Osodi

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Twitter activists push Nigeria kidnap up world agenda http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/05/09/twitter-activists-push-nigeria-kidnap-up-world-agenda/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/05/09/twitter-activists-push-nigeria-kidnap-up-world-agenda/#comments Thu, 08 May 2014 23:12:36 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=193882 WASHINGTON (AFP) – Social media sites have exploded with urgent appeals to #bringbackourgirls, ramping up global awareness of the Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram extremists 24 days earlier.

The hashtag appeared 412,000 times on Twitter on Thursday alone, more than any other day since the April 14 mass abduction, keeping the topic firmly on Twitter’s trending list throughout the day.

“Our prayers are with the missing Nigerian girls and their families. It’s time to #BringBackOurGirls,” wrote US First Lady Michelle Obama under a picture retweeted more than 48,000 times.

Celebrities added their voices, with Oscar winner Anne Hathaway joining a protest in Los Angeles after fellow A-lister Angelina Jolie, in Paris, declared the kidnappings “unthinkable cruelty and evil.”

•Michelle Obama campaigning for the release of Chibok girls

•Michelle Obama campaigning for the release of Chibok girls

The biggest of several Bring Back Our Girls pages on Facebook attracted 94,000 likes, while a multilingual petition on Change.org urging world leaders to get involved sailed past 706,000 signatures.

- White House petition grows -

On the official White House website, a petition calling on President Barack Obama to work with Nigeria and the United Nations to rescue the schoolgirls swelled to 21,000 names.

“This campaign has really exceeded my expectations,” said Hadiza Bala Usman, who has led protests in the schoolgirls’ hometown Chibok and helped spearhead the #bringbackourgirls campaign.

“We are at a point where Nigerians need to know that they have social media as a tool,” she told AFP. “You can’t suppress us. We have a voice.”

Since the crisis began, the #bringbackourgirls hashtag has appeared 1.8 million times on Twitter, according to Topsy.com, a social media analytics website — with 1.4 million of those tweets in the past week alone.

“One thing that makes this campaign unique is that it has activated people around the globe rather than just those who live in a certain region or speak the same language,” said Shelby Knox, a senior campaigner at Change.org.

- Slow to jump on story -

AFP first reported the kidnappings a day after they happened, but many Western news organizations were slow to jump on the story, overshadowed as it was by the South Korean ferry and Malaysia Airlines disasters.

Nigerian women protest in Abuja

Nigerian women protest in Abuja

The #bringbackourgirls hashtag originated within Nigeria — a sign of how pervasive social media has become in developing nations amid the rapid growth of Internet access and mobile devices.

Usman, concerned about “our silence on this terrible attack,” sent around an email to six friends, asking what could be done to raise awareness, she told AFP Lagos correspondent Benjamin Simon.

That led to the collective development of a “concept note” from which the slogan emerged. Former World Bank vice president Obiageli Ezekwesili was copied into the online discussion.

She proved helpful with contacts and visibility, and by sharing the hashtag with her 125,000 Twitter followers.

Besides raising awareness, however, it remains to be seen to what extent an online campaign can sway events on the ground, in a diverse nation of 168.8 million that few outside Africa know much about.

“This social media campaign in the rest of the world has forced the Nigerian government, the US government and the world’s media to pay attention,” said Lori Brown, a sociology professor at Meredith College in North Carolina.

Political scientist Chris Dolan, an expert on humanitarian intervention and human security at Lebanon Valley College in Pennsylvania, questioned how it would help the young captives who Boko Haram is threatening to sell as slaves.

“But I think it does diminish the Boko Haram cause. It demonstrates how brutal they are,” said Dolan, who underscored how social media enables young adults to engage on issues otherwise neglected by their traditional sources of information.

On the CompareAfrique.com, website co-founder Jumoke Balogun argued that the #bringbackourgirls campaign would give the US military “legitimacy to encroach and grow their military presence in Africa.”

And Nigerian writer Teju Cole drew a distinction between grassroots effort by Nigerians to democratically influence their own government and grand-standing and interference outsiders.

“Remember: # bringbackourgirls, a vital moment for Nigerian democracy, is not the same as # bringbackourgirls, a wave of global sentimentality,” he wrote on Twitter.

But at the University of Rochester in upstate New York, where students taking final exams donned head wraps or green and white clothing Thursday in solidarity with Nigeria, the role of social media was deemed critical.

“It kind of embarrasses the government of Nigeria to actually do something,” said Fayokemi Ogunmola, president of the university’s Pan-African Students’ Association. “Everybody knows where Nigeria is now.”

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In Pictures: May Day Rally In Edo State http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/05/01/in-pictures-may-day-rally-in-edo-state/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/05/01/in-pictures-may-day-rally-in-edo-state/#comments Thu, 01 May 2014 16:34:55 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=193134 Comrade Emmanuel Ademokun, Chairman Nigeria Labour Congress, Edo State; Comrade Didi Adodo, Commissioner for Establishment and Special Duties and Governor Adams Oshiomhole at the 2014 May Day rally to celebrate Workers' Day in Benin City.

Comrade Emmanuel Ademokun, Chairman Nigeria Labour Congress, Edo State; Comrade Didi Adodo, Commissioner for Establishment and Special Duties and Governor Adams Oshiomhole at the 2014 May Day rally to celebrate Workers’ Day in Benin City.

 Governor Adams Oshiomhole marches with the National Union of Textiles, Designs and Tailoring Workers at the 2014 May Day rally to celebrate Workers' Day in Benin City.

Governor Adams Oshiomhole marches with the National Union of Textiles, Designs and Tailoring Workers at the 2014 May Day rally to celebrate Workers’ Day in Benin City.

Governor Adams Oshiomhole joins a member of the National Union of Food, Beverages and Tobacco Employees to juggle a ball at the 2014 May Day rally to celebrate Workers' Day in Benin City.

Governor Adams Oshiomhole joins a member of the National Union of Food, Beverages and Tobacco Employees to juggle a ball at the 2014 May Day rally to celebrate Workers’ Day in Benin City.

Comrade Charles Oronsaye, Chairman, Trade Union Congress, Edo State; Comrade Emmanuel Ademokun, Chairman Nigeria Labour Congress Edo State and Comrade Adams Oshiomhole at the 2014 May Day rally to celebrate Workers' Day in Benin City.

Comrade Charles Oronsaye, Chairman, Trade Union Congress, Edo State; Comrade Emmanuel Ademokun, Chairman Nigeria Labour Congress Edo State and Comrade Adams Oshiomhole at the 2014 May Day rally to celebrate Workers’ Day in Benin City.

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In Video: Lagos Easter Carnival 2014 edition http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/21/in-video-lagos-easter-carnival-2014-edition/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/21/in-video-lagos-easter-carnival-2014-edition/#comments Mon, 21 Apr 2014 22:57:52 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=192172 Just sit back and be ready to join in the fun.

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CNN presents Mo Abudu as Africa’s Oprah http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/20/cnn-presents-mo-abudu-as-africas-oprah/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/20/cnn-presents-mo-abudu-as-africas-oprah/#comments Sun, 20 Apr 2014 09:00:13 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=192023 CNN has profiled Nigeria’s Mo Abudu, Executive Chairman and CEO of EbonyLife TV and first black woman to own a pan-African TV channel, EbonyLife TV, as one of the continent’s leading women.

‘Mo’ as she is fondly called was interviewed on ‘Leading Women’ – a show that connects it’s audience to extraordinary women in the world – as a talk show host and media owner who presents the vision of a very different Africa. The show celebrates women at the top of their field, exploring their careers, lives and ideas.

With EbonyLife TV, Africa’s first Global Black Entertainment and lifestyle network, Mo has won acclaim for building a TV network creating 1,000 hours of fresh, engaging, original and premium homegrown programming yearly. And there are plans to unveil even more channels – all under the EbonyLife brand.

Mo Abudu CEO of Ebony TV tells her story on CNN

Mo Abudu CEO of Ebony TV tells her story on CNN

Calling her “Africa’s Oprah”, CNN notes that Mo Abudu’s greatest achievement and what makes her story remarkable is not just conquering African TV – but doing it without any prior media experience.

“There were many knock backs along the way, many people telling me ‘you can’t do these things,” said the British-born entrepreneur in an interview with CNN’s Stephanie Busari. “But I think what’s important in life is that you believe in yourself and the things you can do.”

http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/business/2014/04/17/spc-leading-women-mosunmola-abudu-africas-oprah.cnn.html

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In Pictures: VP Sambo at the turbaning of Kaduna Governor http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/19/in-pictures-vp-sambo-at-the-turbaning-of-kaduna-governor/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/19/in-pictures-vp-sambo-at-the-turbaning-of-kaduna-governor/#comments Sat, 19 Apr 2014 18:10:12 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=191971 Governor Mukhtar Ramalan Yero of the northern state of Kaduna was today honoured with the title of Dallatun Zazzau by the Emir of Zaria, Alhaji Shehu Idris. Vice President Namadi Sambo and many other dignitaries witnessed the turbaning ceremony in Zaria.

Vice  President  Mohammed  Namadi  Sambo with the  Emir of  Zazzau, Alh.(Dr) Shehu  Idris, during the turbaning ceremony of Kaduna  State  Governor Alh. Mukhtar  Ramalan Yero as the  Dallatun Zazzau at the  Emir's palace in Zaria on Saturday 19/04/14

Vice President Mohammed Namadi Sambo with the Emir of Zazzau, Alh.(Dr) Shehu Idris, during the turbaning ceremony of Kaduna State Governor Alh. Mukhtar Ramalan Yero as the Dallatun Zazzau at the Emir’s palace in Zaria on Saturday 19/04/14

Vice President  Mohammed  Namadi Sambo with the Emir of Zazzau, Alh.(Dr) Shehu Idris, during the turbaning  ceremony of  Kaduna state Governor  Alh. Mukhtar Ramalan  Yero  as the Dallatun Zazzau at the Emir's palace in Zaira  on Saturday 19/04/14

Vice President Mohammed Namadi Sambo with the Emir of Zazzau, Alh.(Dr) Shehu Idris, during the turbaning ceremony of Kaduna state Governor Alh. Mukhtar Ramalan Yero as the Dallatun Zazzau at the Emir’s palace in Zaira on Saturday 19/04/14

Vice President  Mohammed  Namadi Sambo; Emir of Zazzau Alh (Dr) Shehu  Idris; Kaduna State  Goernor, Alh. Mukthar  Ramalan Yero and Deputy  Governor of Kaduna State  Amb. Nuhu Audu Bajoga;  during the turbaning ceremony of Kaduna State  Governor Alh. Mukhtar Ramalan Yero as the Dallatun Zazzau at the  Emir's palace in Zaira on Saturday 19/ 04/14

Vice President Mohammed Namadi Sambo; Emir of Zazzau Alh (Dr) Shehu Idris; Kaduna State Goernor, Alh. Mukthar Ramalan Yero and Deputy Governor of Kaduna State Amb. Nuhu Audu Bajoga; during the turbaning ceremony of Kaduna State Governor Alh. Mukhtar Ramalan Yero as the Dallatun Zazzau at the Emir’s palace in Zaira on Saturday 19/ 04/14

Vice President Mohammed Namadi Sambo; Emir of Zazzau Alh (Dr) Shehu  Idris; Kaduna State  Governor Alh. Mukhtar  Ramalan Yero and Deputy  Governor of Kaduna State  Amb. Nuhu Audu Bajoga;  during the turbaning ceremony of Kaduna State  Governor Alh Mukhtar  Ramalan Yero as the Dallatun Zazzau at the Emir's palace in Zaira on Saturday 19/04 /14

Vice President Mohammed Namadi Sambo; Emir of Zazzau Alh (Dr) Shehu Idris; Kaduna State Governor Alh. Mukhtar Ramalan Yero and Deputy Governor of Kaduna State Amb. Nuhu Audu Bajoga; during the turbaning ceremony of Kaduna State Governor Alh Mukhtar Ramalan Yero as the Dallatun Zazzau at the Emir’s palace in Zaira on Saturday 19/04 /14

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Maku condemns media coverage of Abuja bombings http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/16/maku-condemns-media-coverage-of-abuja-bombings/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/16/maku-condemns-media-coverage-of-abuja-bombings/#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:18:36 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=191601 Nigeria’s minister of information, Labaran Maku has described as “unethical, unprofessional and insensitive’’, the manner some sections of the media presented the gory scenes of the Abuja bombing to the public.

Maku, a former journalist spoke after the Federal Executive Council meeting in Abuja. The meeting was presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan at the State House.

Maku said the meeting was essentially devoted to reviewing the early Monday morning bombing at Nyanyan bus park, with a view to taking pro-active measures for prevention and learning lessons.

The Minister said that council was displeased with the “unprofessional way the newspapers and television houses showed the gory pictures of dismembered bodies.

newspapers in Nigeria

newspapers in Nigeria

“We observed with regret that in spite of the great job the media has continued to do, we saw also that the way this incident was reported in the last two days has been really very insensitive.

“Council noted that it is really very unprofessional that newspapers and most of the televisions just unleashed gory pictures. They never could have been published on the basis of humanity, professional ethics and feelings for the sensibility of our people.

Labaran Maku: chides the media

Labaran Maku: chides the media

“We saw shredded bodies on some pages of newspapers. This does not happen in any part of the world because journalism has a responsibility to the sensitivity of people.

“Newspapers are read and televisions are watched by minors and it is expected that in cases like this, our professional training, our commitment should be uppermost in the way we report what has happened. We will continue to urge the media, although we expect that whatever happens must be reported, but, in reporting we must show extra care for the psychological health of our citizens and the image of our nation.

“ We collectively feel that those gory pictures that were splashed on the front and inner pages of newspapers and the television screens could not have been the case. You will notice that throughout the 911 incident in the USA, hardly was any picture shown of the victims.

“It showed disrespect for the dead, disrespect for the living and absolute lack of sensitivity to the health of the public. We will continue to urge that in fighting terror, all of us have our roles to play and there is the need not to overlook the details of professional commitment’’, he said.

On President Jonathan’s presence at PDP unity rally in Kano a day after the bombing, Maku said it was not an insensitive act.

“It was a loud statement that terrorists can never stop this country from moving and from working.’’

Maku noted that on the day of explosion, the President suspended his trip to Ibadan for the centenary of the Olubadan as wall other engagements.

“One thing that terrorists want is to paralyse the society and to make sure that they keep you and I at home, frustrate every normal activity of society.

“They will continue to do it again and again, so that when they strike, government stops and everything stops, they will be very happy.

“On the day the terrorists struck, the President cancelled his trip to Ibadan and other engagements, and visited the scene personally and directed all services to provide support.

“Do not forget that this pain is to the President of this country more than any other person in this nation today.

“This president has suffered psychologically as a result of this criminality which terrorists carry out to distract the public and disrupt the normal activities of government. The intention, among others, is to set people against the government, so that when people die, whatever the government say, is not what people will hear.

“You will notice that whenever there is any significant story something will just come negatively. So, the purpose is to demoralise and disrupt government and society to set people against each other and create paralysis.

“So, if we are to say we will do nothing because of the strike, then it means that terrorist would have succeeded in putting a stall each time they strike in our country. And I think going to Kano was a loud statement that terrorist will not stop this country from moving and from working’’, he said.

Maku appealed to politicians not to exploit the suffering of the people just to score cheap political points.

The minister said the council underscored the need for the nation to be united against terrorism and reassured government’s commitment with the support of the people to defeat the evil.

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Washington Post, London Guardian share Pulitzer prize http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/15/washington-post-london-guardian-share-pulitzer-prize/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/15/washington-post-london-guardian-share-pulitzer-prize/#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 23:15:59 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=191356 NEW YORK (AFP) – The Guardian of London and the Washington Post shared a Pulitzer Prize Monday for reporting on leaks from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden that revealed a global surveillance network monitoring millions of Americans and foreigners.

The British and American newspapers won the award for public service journalism handed out by the Pulitzer committee at Columbia University in New York for sparking debate on secretive NSA programs.

The awards evoked a similar situation in 1972 when The New York Times was recognized for publication of The Pentagon Papers, leaking details of US political and military involvement in Vietnam.

The US unit of the British newspaper was honored for “helping through aggressive reporting to spark a debate about the relationship between the government and the public over issues of security and privacy,” the committee said.

It recognized The Post for its “authoritative and insightful reports that helped the public understand how the (NSA) disclosures fit into the larger framework of national security.”

Edward Snowden: the whistle-blower, now in Russia as refugee

Edward Snowden: the whistle-blower, now in Russia as refugee

The shared award went to the two newspapers credited with breaking the news about NSA surveillance programs, without specifically citing the journalists involved.

Both newspapers relied on documents leaked by Snowden, a fugitive former NSA contractor who has been granted temporary asylum in Russia and is being sought for prosecution in the United States.

The reporters who played key roles in the story included Glenn Greenwald, who has since left the Guardian, and colleague Ewen MacAskill. Barton Gellman, who already has two Pulitzers, was the writer of most of the Washington Post reports.

Laura Poitras, a documentary filmmaker who was the point of contact for Snowden, had the unusual distinction of sharing bylines in both the Guardian and the Post on the topic.

- ‘Not focused on Snowden’ -

In arguably the most influential story of the decade, The Guardian and Post broke sensational ground by exposing how the US government monitors the data of millions.

The NSA leaks embarrassed the government, strained relations with allies angered that Americans had been tapping into the private phone calls of leaders and sparked a debate within the United States on the merits and morality of mass surveillance.

Sig Gissler, administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes since 2002, said the choice was complex and that the prize was “really not focused on Mr Snowden.”

He said the two newspapers “helped stimulate this very important discussion about the balance between privacy and security and that discussion is still going on.”

Snowden, in a statement released to The Guardian, said the Pulitzer decision “is a vindication for everyone who believes that the public has a role in government.”

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In Pictures: President Jonathan daughter’s wedding ceremony http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/12/in-pictures-president-jonathan-daughters-wedding-ceremony/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/12/in-pictures-president-jonathan-daughters-wedding-ceremony/#comments Sat, 12 Apr 2014 19:52:48 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=191079 PRESIDENT JONATHAN AND HIS DAUGHTER FAITH ARE ALL SMILES

PRESIDENT JONATHAN AND HIS DAUGHTER FAITH ARE ALL SMILES

HERE COMES THE BRIDE: President Jonathan walks his daughter down the aisle

HERE COMES THE BRIDE: President Jonathan walks his daughter down the aisle

THE COUPLE AND THEIR PARENTS SIGN THE REGISTRY

THE COUPLE AND THEIR PARENTS SIGN THE REGISTRY

THE COUPLE IS JOINED BY THE REST OF THE CHURCH AS THEY SING THE HYMN

THE COUPLE IS JOINED BY THE REST OF THE CHURCH AS THEY SING THE HYMN

THE COUPLE AND THEIR PARENTS POSE FOR THE CAMERAS

THE COUPLE AND THEIR PARENTS POSE FOR THE CAMERAS

R-L: FORMER PRESIDENT OLUSEGUN OBASANJO AND IJAW LEADER EDWIN CLARK ALSO GRACED THE OCCASION

R-L: FORMER PRESIDENT OLUSEGUN OBASANJO AND IJAW LEADER EDWIN CLARK ALSO GRACED THE OCCASION

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In Pictures: Amosun condoles Okuneye family http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/08/in-pictures-amosun-condoles-okuneye-family/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/08/in-pictures-amosun-condoles-okuneye-family/#comments Tue, 08 Apr 2014 07:28:11 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=190490 Governor Ibikunle Amosun has paid a prompt condolence visit to the family of Otunba Adetola Okuneye, who was assassinated Sunday morning during a service at St.John Anglican Church,Oke-Sopen,Ijebu-Igbo, in the state.

He said government will do its best to get the killers of the businessman, who was also involved with efforts to provide security for the town.

‘’The heinous manner with which the life of a good citizen who had invested in security was terminated is uncalled for. I don’t know why men of the underworld will terminate the life of a man who will not hurt a fly. They even went as far as carrying out the dastardly act in the sacred house of God.

‘’This was a man who did his best on security of lives and property as a way of serving humanity. As a government, we will do out best to ensure that the perpetrators of this act are brought to justice’’,
Amosun said.

Otunba Tola Okuneye: shot dead inside a church

Otunba Tola Okuneye: shot dead inside a church

Governor Amosun, middle, speaks during condolence visit to to the family of Otunba Tola Okuneye. Sitting right is the widow, Funmilayo. On the left is Senator Olabiyi Durojaiye

Governor Amosun, middle, speaks during condolence visit to to the family of Otunba Tola Okuneye. Sitting right is the widow, Funmilayo. On the left is Senator Olabiyi Durojaiye

Governor Ibikunle Amosun (3rd right), Secretary to the State Government, Barrister Taiwo Adeoluwa (left), Commissioner of Police, Ikemefuna Okoye (2nd right),  Director, State Security Service, Mr. S. Charanchi (right) Senator Biyi Durojaiye (2nd left) and Rt. Rev. Gbetogo Kuponu (3rd left) during a visit to the scene of the assassination of the businessman, Chief Adetola Okuneye in Ijebu-Igbo yesterday.

Governor Ibikunle Amosun (3rd right),
Secretary to the State Government, Barrister Taiwo Adeoluwa (left),
Commissioner of Police, Ikemefuna Okoye (2nd right), Director, State
Security Service, Mr. S. Charanchi (right) Senator Biyi Durojaiye (2nd
left) and Rt. Rev. Gbetogo Kuponu (3rd left) during a visit to the
scene of the
assassination of the businessman, Chief Adetola Okuneye in
Ijebu-Igbo yesterday.

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80 year-old nun, Italian priests abducted by terrorists in Cameroon http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/06/80-year-old-nun-italian-priests-abducted-by-terrorists-in-cameroon/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/06/80-year-old-nun-italian-priests-abducted-by-terrorists-in-cameroon/#comments Sun, 06 Apr 2014 07:24:59 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=190318 Sister Gilberte Bissiere, from Canada, 80 years old

Sister Gilberte Bissiere, from Canada, 80 years old

Who were the gunmen that kidnapped Italian priests, Giampaolo Marta and Gianantonio Allegri and this 80 year-old Canadian nun in Cameroon early Saturday? The latter is in the country to help improve water supplies and provide medical help to those with HIV and Aids.

Although no group has claimed responsibility, all indicators point to Nigeria’s armed terror group, Boko Haram.

‘Doors were broken towards midnight by unknown people and the religious were taken away. We do not know where they are,’ Bishop Philippe Stevens said.

‘The act is not yet claimed but we imagine who is behind this kidnapping,’ the Bishop, who is based in Maroua where the kidnapping took place, added.

Why all eyes are on Boko Haram is because the group had carried out such cross-border abductions in the past and had threatened to carry its war into the neighbouring country as punishment for meddling in its affairs with Nigeria. Recently, Cameroon arrested two Boko Haram arms dealers and impounded an armoury of the terror group containing 288 rifles, 35 Rocket Propelled Guns as well as 35 locally made IEDs.

Other weapons impounded were Pistols, Mortar Bombs, Sub- machine Guns and various calibers of ammunition.

Abducted: Father Gianantonio Alllegri, left and Giampaolo Marta, right. In white shirt is Vicenza Bishop Beniamino Pizziol. Photo taken during a visit to Maroua

Abducted: Father Gianantonio Alllegri, left and Giampaolo Marta, right. In white shirt is Vicenza Bishop Beniamino Pizziol. Photo taken during a visit to Maroua

Allegri, right, again at a mass in Maroua

Allegri, right, again at a mass in Maroua

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