* I feel your pains, Buhari tells Zamfara residents as banditry claims more lives * Rwanda honours 800,000 Tutsis killed in genocide

* I feel your pains, Buhari tells Zamfara residents as banditry claims more lives                                * Rwanda honours 800,000 Tutsis killed in genocide




I feel your pains, Buhari tells Zamfara residents as banditry claims more lives

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that he is genuinely concerned about the mind-boggling killings that have been going in Zamfara State. He also restated the steps his administration has so far taken to restore peace to beleaguered states such as Kaduna, Katsina, Kogi, and Niger. Taking to his verified Twitter handle @MBuhari on Sunday, the President wrote:

“It is ridiculous and unfair to suggest that I am not concerned about the situation in Zamfara, or doing anything about it. Ensuring the protection of the people of Nigeria is one of my primary responsibilities and functions. No other issue dominates my attention as much. “We are fully determined to tackle this challenge ferociously until these remorseless killers are crushed and utterly defeated. We have deployed security agents to all the areas currently under attack, and we are constantly fine-tuning and escalating our security strategy. “I am constantly in touch with the security chiefs, and receive regular briefings on the situation in Zamfara and across the country. Let me assure that we will continue to do everything to motivate and equip them to respond effectively to all our security challenges.


Rwanda honours 800,000 Tutsis killed in genocide

Rwandans gathered on Sunday to begin a solemn commemoration of the lives of 800,000 Tutsi and moderate Hutus murdered during the Rwandan genocide, a three-month-killing spree that began 25 years ago. The ceremony marks the beginning of a week of events to honour the dead. Rwandan President Paul Kagame is scheduled to lay a wreath at Gisozi genocide memorial site, where over a quarter a million of people are buried. “Remembering is necessary because it’s only thanks to looking back at what happened (that we can) ensure that it never happens again,” said hairdresser Olive Muhorakeye, 26, who survived the genocide. In the afternoon, officials will join around 2,000 people in a “walk to remember” from parliament to the national soccer stadium, where candles will be lit in a night vigil.


Fear of kidnappers forces VIPs, military officers on Kaduna trains

Prominent Nigerians, including senators, serving senior military officers and other politicians have been forced to take trains to Kaduna for fear of being abducted by the notorious kidnappers operating along the Kaduna-Abuja Expressway. Findings indicates that dignitaries, who hitherto snubbed the train service, had now resorted to patronising it following the rising cases of kidnapping on the Kaduna route. The spate of insecurity on the road prompted the acting Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to inaugurate ‘Operation Puff Adder’ on Friday to address the challenge which was becoming embarrassing to the government.


Buhari meets Saudi energy minister on oil price stability

Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih met with President Muhammadu Buhari and discussed cooperation between the two OPEC member countries in the energy sector, the minister said in a tweet on Saturday. Al-Falih said that he met with Buhari on the margins of the World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa in Jordan. They discussed “ways of cooperating in the fields of energy and industry, and the importance of cooperation for the stability of the global oil market.” President Buhari attended the WEF at the invitation of King Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein of Jordan.


Power shift to Southern Nigeria not negotiable in 2023: APC chief

Alhaji Ahmed Lawal, Organising Secretary of APC in Adamawa on Sunday insisted that power must shift to the southern part of Nigeria in 2023.  He stressed the need to demonstrate fairness in the polity, adding that the southern part of Nigeria supported the Northern part to retain power for eight years. He advised the APC to ensure power rotation in 2023 to enhance national cohesion. He rejected comments from those he called “some selfish northern politicians” intent on shortchanging the south in the scheme of power play. The organising secretary said that the proponents of power retention in the north are selfish as they cannot claim to be speaking for the entire north.


Chibok, Dapchi representatives pray for release of Leah Sharibu, others

Representatives of Chibok in Borno and Dapchi in Yobe on Sunday sought spiritual help at The Synagogue, the Church of All Nations, at Ikotun-Egbe, Lagos to pray for the release of Leah Sharibu and other students kidnapped by Boko Haram. The representatives who carried several placards told the General Overseer, Prophet Temitope Joshua, that they were at The Synagogue because they had exhausted all human efforts to get the students released. A spokesman of the representatives told Prophet Joshua that the father of Leah Sharibu could not come with them because he had been bedridden by stroke, as a result of the kidnap of her daughter. He said they had been watching his ministry through Emmanuel Television (the church’s cable TV) and all the help he had rendered to the sick and the less privileged, hence their joint visit to plead for intercessory prayers for the release of the students.


Causality figure in Taraba Tiv/Jukun clashes rises to 10

The Chairman of Wukari Local Government Council of Taraba, Mr Daniel Adi, has confirmed that 10 people were killed and several others injured in the ongoing clashes between Jukun and Tiv ethnic groups. The Jukun and TIV ethnic groups share common boundary between Benue and Taraba states. In an interview with newsmen in Wukari on Sunday, Adi who called for calm, further disclosed that more than nine communities had so far been razed and displaced from the Kente ward of the affected area. “As I am talking to you now, several households including Government Day Secondary School (GDSS) Kente, were burnt down by the attackers in the early hours of today.


HIV/AIDS: A’Ibom people are not promiscuous — health commissioner

Dr Dominic Ukpong, Akwa Ibom Commissioner for Health, had dismissed insinuations that promiscuity could be responsible for the high prevalence rate of HIV/AIDS in the state. Ukpong said this at the Post National HIV/AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey (NAIIS) discussion and Stakeholders Engagement Meeting in Uyo on Sunday. The Nigerian HIV/AIDs Indicator and Impact Survey (NAIIS) revealed that Akwa Ibom had the highest prevalence rate of HIV in the country. According to the survey, 5.5 per cent of people living with HIV in Nigeria are in Akwa Ibom, followed by Benue which has about 3.5 per cent prevalence rate. Ukpong expressed worry that the high prevalence rate was being interpreted by many as a sign of promiscuity among the people of  Akwa Ibom.


‘We still want to win the league’ —Dortmund CEO

Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has said that his team are still hoping to win the Bundesliga title after their 5-0 humiliation at the hands of Bayern Munich on Saturday. Bayern reclaimed top spot with their emphatic victory on Saturday, but they remain only a point ahead of Dortmund with six games to go. “Of course we want to win the league,” said Watzke during a Sky Sports chat show appearance with his Bayern counterpart Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. “In a few days, Bayern will notice that they only got three points for their win, and we will realise that we are only a point behind them.”


Man City’s Mendy vows to stay out of trouble

Benjamin Mendy has promised to stick to the rules at Manchester City as the French star returned to action following a turbulent season. Mendy’s first season with City was ended by a cruciate ligament injury and, having helped France win the World Cup, he has once again struggled with fitness and on-field issues this term. On Saturday, the 24-year-old left-back made his first start since undergoing meniscus surgery in November, helping City reach the FA Cup final with a 1-0 win over Brighton at Wembley.


Somalia seizes Al Shabab’s weapons of ‘mass destruction’

Somali security forces seized a cache of weapons, including suicide belts, remote detonators and explosive materials, belonging to al-Shabab militants outside Mogadishu, officials have said. Zakiya Hussein Ahmed, deputy police commander, said the explosive materials, which also included grenades, cartridges and other substances used for bomb-making were discovered in an underground site in an operation in the vicinity of Elasha Biyaha, outskirts of Mogadishu. “The weapons we discovered include explosive vests, bombs, and landmines, heavy and light weapons,” Ahmed told journalists in Mogadishu on Sunday. “It’s believed to be the biggest weapons owned by the terrorist groups Al Shabab.” Gen. Zakiya added.


Carole Ghosn wife of detained ex-Nissan boss flees Tokyo

Carole Ghosn wife of the arrested former Nissan boss has fled Tokyo as her husband is set to name the people he believes are responsible for his downfall. Carole said in an interview on Sunday that she fled Tokyo out of fear she could be detained. Carlos Ghosn was re-arrested last week in the Japanese capital over fresh allegations of financial misconduct which will see him held in custody until at least April 14.


Thanks to Samsung and Verizon, 5G is about to all get up in your face

eady or not, 5G data is at your doorstep. Samsung and Verizon made that fact crystal clear. Last Wednesday, Verizon lit up its 5G network, claiming it to be the world’s first. Two days later, the largest phone maker on the planet began selling its first 5G device, the Galaxy S10 5G, in its home country of South Korea. These two events prove 5G is off to a very real, if slow, start. I tested Verizon’s days-old 5G network in Chicago, one of its two launch cities. Some results were encouraging, but mostly my experience revealed how far Verizon has to go to make its newborn network stable enough to support phones like the Moto Z3 with a 5G Moto Mod, and the Galaxy S10 5G, when that device comes to the US.

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Osigweh Lilian Oluchi is a graduate of the University of Lagos where she obtained a B.A (Hons) in English, Masters in Public and International affairs (MPIA). Currently works with 1stnews as a Database Manager / Writer. [email protected]

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