Senator Shehu Sani applauded South East Leaders for meeting with Buhari.

Former Senator representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District, Shehu Sani on Friday, applauded south east leaders for meeting with President Muhammdu Buhari, saying dialogue is the best way to resolve any political dispute.

Former Senator representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District, Shehu Sani on Friday, applauded south east leaders for meeting with President Muhammdu Buhari, saying dialogue is the best way to resolve any political dispute.null

President Buhari on Friday, received the delegation comprising traditional and religious leaders of the Igbo extraction at the state House in Abuja.

Although details of the meeting were not disclosed as the delegation declined to speak with journalists, it may not be disputed that the leaders discussed the security situation of the Southeast. Also, another likely issue on the agenda could be the arrest, ongoing detention and prosecution of the leader of the Indigenous people of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.

Senator Shehu Sani on his verified Facebook on Friday, wrote;
“The President meeting with leaders of the South East is a step in the right direction; Such a meeting should be expanded to include other notable and important leaders of the region who are noticeably absent.

Give us our guns that we surrendered, Ex-Militants tell Federal Government.

Ex-agitators under the Phase III of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) in Delta State have demanded for their guns and other weapons which they surrendered to the Federal Government in 2011.

The ex-militants are making the demand as a result of alleged failure of the FG to fulfill it’s own part of the bargain for the monthly payment of N65,000.00 stipend  to each member of the group.

Coordinator of the Phase III Ex-Agitators in Delta State, Gen. Marshal Atake, alleged that they were being excluded, continuously, from the monthly stipends by the Amnesty Office.

Atake said if the government cannot fulfill it’s obligation, their guns should be released back to them.

He lamented that since the 2011 documentation of the Phase III at JTF Headquarters Sector 1, Effurun barracks, Warri, the Amnesty Office has allegedly refused to implement the payment of the N65,000.00 monthly, adding that their colleagues in other states were being paid.

According to him, the documentation exercise started during Kingsley Kuku’s administration but there was this flimsy excuse that their machines developed fault and promise to complete the documentation and implementation exercise to the final point of payment but as we speak nothing is done till date while others are enjoying the benefits of the programme.

“We wrote severally to the Amnesty Office when Kingsley Kuku was there and had also written under Col. Milland Dixon Dikio as the administrator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, but no success.

We are calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to give Dikio a marching order to include the Phase III ex-agitators in the monthly payment and all the programmes that other members benefitting from,” he said.

Other ex-agitators including Gen. Daniel Egole and Gen. Williams Emoghene in their separate statements, insisted on being paid their monthly stipends.

They said they were disarmed 11 years ago, and have not been paid a dime, asking why the discrimination when it was the same gun others dropped that they also dropped, urging the amnesty boss, Col Dikio to pay them their stipends.

Resident desert Imo community over killing of unarmed Civillians by Nigeria Army.

The soldiers are allegedly said to be on a mission to take out anyone perceived to be a supporter of the gunmen running riot in some parts of the South-East in recent times.

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The residents of Orsu-Ihiteukwa community under Orsu Local Government Area in Imo State have been fleeing their homes over fear of being killed by soldiers of the Nigerian Army, according to SaharaReporters.

The soldiers are allegedly said to be on a mission to take out anyone perceived to be a supporter of the gunmen running riot in some parts of the South-East in recent times.

The soldiers are said to be moving round the town and hacking down individuals picked up randomly, according to accounts of some residents, who have run out of the community with their family members.

“There is an ongoing massacre of Igbos at Orsu in Imo at the moment. The government has ensured that this is not reported in the media.

“The army is killing Igbos, let the whole world know about this. A lot of us have fled the community so that we will not be killed by the soldiers. Everybody is afraid,” a resident told SaharaReporters on Friday.

Residents further revealed that soldiers were taking away bodies of those killed in trucks in order to conceal the crime.

“They are moving the bodies away in their trucks. This is so that the world will not know the atrocities they are committing here,” another native of the town, who has also fled the area, disclosed.

Findings by SaharaReporters revealed that the latest onslaught by soldiers in Orsu might be connected with the killing of an Anglican priest named Emeka Merenu on September 14, 2021 by gunmen said to be angry with the victim for inviting soldiers to protect a school he oversaw at a time IPOB declared a sit-at-home order.

Apart from killing the priest, the gunmen also burnt his car.

Earlier in February this year, the Imo State Government invited the military to Orsu and Orlu to help chase away suspected members of Eastern Security Network (ESN) said to be a wing of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

According to the state government, the soldiers will help restore sanity to the area and ensure that gunmen don’t have a field day anymore.

“Our government decided to invite the military to flush out IPOB and their so-called ESN.”

“We discovered that there was a camp which IPOB established at Umutanze, Orlu, and we sent police to dislodge them; it happened that they attacked the policemen and killed two of them.

It was after they killed those policemen that the government had to bring in the military.

They also relocated to Udah in Orsu LGA, a camp at a boundary between Imo and Anambra states. The place is a very depressed groove that no one can easily enter.

The military had to deploy their arsenal to diminish the IPOB people there. We can’t fold our arms for these boys to continue to kill people every day,” Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice in Imo, Mr. Cyprian Akolisa, disclosed in May this year. It was revealed how a soldier of the Nigerian Army in an audio warned residents of Orlu town in Imo to either relocate or be vigilant as some personnel had allegedly been given a shoot-on-sight order in the battle with members of ESN.

Spokesperson for the 82 Division of the Nigerian Army and that of the 34 Artillery Brigade, Obinze, Owerri, Imo State, could not be reached for comments on the latest development at the time of filing this report. 

American vice president Kamala Hareis, to be acting President as Joe Bien Undergoes medical procedure.

Kamala Harris
Kamala Harris

American vice president Kamala Harris will serve as acting president while President Joe Biden is under anaesthesia for a routine colonoscopy, the White House has said.

“As was the case when President George W Bush had the same procedure in 2002 and 2007, and following the process set out in the Constitution, President Biden will transfer power to the Vice President for the brief period of time when he is under anaesthesia,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement. “The Vice President will work from her office in the West Wing during this time.”

Mr. Biden arrived at the Walter Reed Medical Centre on Friday for his annual physical, his first while serving as president.

Ms. Psaki added that the White House will release a report on Mr. Biden’s health later on Friday. The physical was not initially on the public presidential schedule but was announced hours before Mr Biden left the White House at around 8.30am. He arrived at the hospital in Maryland at 8.51am.

Mr. Biden, who turns 79 on Saturday, is the oldest person in US history to hold the office of president.

Before Mr. Biden, Mr. Trump was the oldest president in history at the time of his swearing-in. Mr. Trump was 70 years old when he took office in January 2017. Fellow Republican President Ronald Reagan was the oldest before Mr. Trump. Mr. Reagan was 69 when he took office in 1981 and 77 when he left office in 1989. Mr. Biden took office at the age of 78.

Ms. Harris, who is the first woman to serve as vice president, is also the first woman to wield presidential power.

Following concerns about Mr. Biden’s age, the administration has said on numerous occasions that he would undergo a physical this year and that the results would be public.

Three Nigerian firms have won nearly half a million dollars in total in funding provided by the Chinese billionaire, Jack Ma..

Jack Ma
Jack Ma

Three brilliant young Nigerians Ikenna Nzewi, Chidi Nwaogu, and Oghenetega Iortim have been announced among the 2021 Africa’s Business Heroes winners funded by Chinese billionaire, Jack Ma.

The three Nigerians will be receiving a whopping sum of $480,000 (N197.7 million) to scale their businesses.

Ikenna Nzewi for his firm Releaf will be getting $250,000 as as he came second among the top 10 finalists.

While Chidi Nwaogu a co-founder of Publiseer and Oghenetega Iortim the founder of Gricd will both get $100,000 each.

Among the top 10 African finalists the biggest winner is Egypt’s Khadija Mohamed Elbedweihy, founder of PraxiLabs.

She walked home with $300,000 business funding.

In a note published by Alibaba Nzewi, Nwaogu and Iortim will also get an additional $10,000 for a training program to be hosted in Alibaba Group’s headquarters in Hangzhou, China.

Who are the other winners?

At the event, a total of US$1.5 million in grant funding were awarded to the top 10 finalists.

The top 10 represent seven African countries, with 80% operating businesses in rural areas and half of the finalists are female.

The names of other finalists

Ghirmay Abraham – Founder, Aptech Africa (aptechafrica.com) (Uganda)

Yvette Ishimwe – Founder and CEO, IRIBA Water Group (www.IRIBWaterGroup.com) (Rwanda)

Charlot Magayi – Founder and CEO, Mukuru Clean Stoves (mukurustoves.org) (Kenya)

Violet Amoabeng – Founder and CEO, Skin Gourmet (SkinGourmet.com) (Ghana)

Ketshephaone Jacob – Founder and CEO, The Bulb World (https://bit.ly/3Fu2nU4) (Botswana)

Nigeria Military acquire new weapons from China.

The Nigerian army Mechanized Infantry is finally living up to its name. More IFV’s en-route. Nigeria’s quest to repair two decades of neglect is firing on all cylinders. No less than three foreign militaries are covertly understudying the Nigerian military’s exploits in COIN operations. The United States, a traditional admirer of the Nigerian military as far as land operations are concerned, Britain and Belarus.

They are paying particular attention to how the Nigerian military cut Boko Haram’s supply line and isolated the insurgents. Admirers of the tactics are said to have described such as unbelievable even by the standards of those that have been much longer involved in COIN warfare. Although insurgents may never be able to mount and sustain any major operations again, sensitive Nigerians that terrorism is many-sided warfare.

You don’t finish it at a go. Soft targets will be the next port of call for insurgents to stay relevant. We have come a long way. The Nigerian military had been left without weapons to fight and troops sent to the war front were easily vulnerable to being savaged by Boko Haram insurgents. Nigerians saw their troops running away from the battle. Only this stellar performance would cure the psychological trauma of such a disaster

Now the army is facing another battle against the Senate and House of Reps. The military should be isolated from budgetary volatility in terms of a credible, deterrent force. In the aftermath of two insurgencies within a decade aside from rising criminality, it is evident that neither democracy nor development is feasible without an informed, lethal military.

Just imagine that the plethora of equipment on the possession of the Nigerian military is not there, the war against insurgency in Nigeria would have just been a dream that won’t come to fruitfulness. It is in the dream of all Nigerians that our military becomes stronger than that of the US and other countries that are claiming hegemony in the world.

The next generation of home robots will be more capable – and perhaps more social.

Wander around any big-box electronics store long enough and you may eventually stumble over a handful of domestic robots designed to tidy up after you. Theyre probably somewhere near the refrigerators and the washers and dryers, waiting for you to introduce them to a mess.

The next generation of home robots will be more capable - and perhaps more social, too

That’s not exactly the future that decades of speculative fiction foretold. We were promised homes full of intelligent (and sometimes sassy) robotic assistants, not just the cavalcade of glorified, rolling appliances we wound up with. But over the next few years, a new wave of domestic robots could start to do more than just clean up after us.

Amazon introduced Astro earlier this fall, a $1,000-plus robot meant to ferry around small items and keep its eyes – well, cameras – peeled for intruders while roaming our homes. (Amazon founder Jeff Bezos owns The Washington Post.) Samsung, which at one point or another has built almost every kind of home gadget imaginable, has spent the last few years openly wondering about what a new generation of domestic robots should be able to do. And researchers and start-ups have continued to work on robots meant to help people in still more personal and social ways.

So, does this mean we’re on the verge of a home-robot renaissance? Maybe, but it’s not going to materialize overnight. Turning a more sophisticated breed of robots into actual products isn’t easy, which means the resulting machines won’t come cheap – at first, anyway. And long-standing concerns over privacy could dampen people’s enthusiasm for machines designed to recognize and react to members of their family.

That’s enough to convince Gartner analyst Annette Jump that these kinds of personal robots are “still six to eight years away from early mainstream adoption.” Until then, here’s what you need to know about how these machines are changing.

Cleaning your floors. Mowing your lawns. Scrubbing your grills. Most domestic robots you can go buy right now are single-purpose machines, and with good reason: Relatively speaking, robot vacuums like the Roombas are much easier to build than, say, Rosey from “The Jetsons.”

“That has really been the technique that has worked for a lot of different robots,” said Henny Admoni, the A. Nico Habermann Assistant Professor at Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute. “The Roomba does one thing and it does it well, and it’s the longest-lasting home robot we’ve seen.”

Slowly but surely, though, some of the biggest names in tech have designed robots that are meant to play multiple roles in our homes.

Consider Amazon’s Astro: The telescoping camera in its neck makes it a home security sentinel, while the camera embedded into the tablet that acts as its face means it can pull double duty as a video-calling station. Astro can use those cameras to recognize individual people’s faces, too, which will allow it to deliver small items to your kids or your partner sitting in another room. (That is, as long as there aren’t any stairs involved.)

And since this is Amazon we’re talking about, Astro is also an Alexa speaker on wheels, delivering reminders and playing music wherever it goes.

During its launch event, Amazon has said it tested Astro for “hundreds of thousands of hours” with employees and plans to release it to would-be beta testers as part of its Day 1 program later this year. (Long story short, that means you can pay a discounted price to get early access to Astro and provide feedback to the team behind it.)

While its plans to launch an Astro competitor are a little more secretive, Samsung has also been crafting robots of its own in forms and shapes that sometimes invite disbelief. At this year’s CES trade show, the company highlighted a concept robot called Bot Handy, a roving tower with “eyes” built into its cylindrical body, right next to a single, segmented arm.

Imagine sitting down for dinner after a long day at work – with a little help from artificial intelligence. Bot Handy uses its arm to gingerly pour you a glass of wine. And when you’re done with your meal, the robot could help load your dishwasher while making sure to use only the amount of strength needed to handle your fine china.

The weirdness doesn’t end there, either. At that same trade show a year earlier, Samsung showed off another off-the-wall concept: a grapefruit-sized orb called Ballie designed to roll itself around people’s homes, controlling smart home appliances, recognizing voice commands and curling up next to pets.

Samsung declined to comment on the progress of its home robots, but we do know two things. First, neither Bot Handy nor Ballie have ever been sold to real people. And second, Samsung is trying to shorten the gap between the moment it develops a home robot concept and the moment it actually goes on sale. Brian Harms, research engineer at Samsung Research America, has said his team now aims to make those projects marketable in one to three years, instead of the three to five years it used to target.

When it comes to robotics, Samsung is best known for its smart vacuum cleaners, some of which sell for more than $1,000. Going off the robotics projects Samsung keeps showing off at trade shows, though, the company clearly expects sophisticated, multitasking machines to eventually find a place in our homes.

And for better or worse, big companies like Samsung and Amazon seem to have the best chance of making those kinds of robots a reality – even though it’s too early to tell how well any of them actually work.

“They can use some of their cash to make the robot at a consumer price point,” Admoni said. “And that will let them at least get into the market and maybe survive long enough to adapt and to develop better systems.”

That doesn’t mean big companies haven’t struggled to make their personal robots worth using. Japanese conglomerate SoftBank reportedly stopped producing its charming Pepper robots earlier this year. But that hasn’t stopped some smaller outfits from trying to make their mark anyway.

In some ways, Buddy – a robot developed by a French company called Blue Frog Robotics – has a lot in common with Amazon’s Astro. It can remind you of events saved on your calendar. It can place video calls. It can even roam around your house in search of intruders. But for Blue Frog founder Rodolphe Hasselvander, Buddy is different in one crucial way: It’s meant to be an “emotional companion” as much as it is a gadget.

“The key point for acceptability and mass adoption is based on the creation of an emotional link with people,” he said.

Hasselvander has been working on Buddy since 2015, and – despite a few ups and downs – this cutesy robot is nearly ready to get to work. Blue Frog says it recently inked a deal with France’s Ministry of National Education that would see 1,750 of its machines used to help homebound or hospitalized children remotely interact with their peers in classrooms, and the company is gearing up to release Buddy in the United States in the next few months.

Unlike machines that perform a single mechanical task like cleaning, Buddy is an example of what researchers call a “social” robot.

“Social robots are designed to engage with people more as a collaborative partner,” said Cynthia Breazeal, director of the Personal Robots Group at the MIT Media Lab. “As opposed to a tool that you use, you interact more in an interpersonal way to achieve tasks or goals or experiences.”

Amazon’s Astro has some characteristics that Breazeal believes could make it a social robot of sorts, but the company’s product page plays up the machine’s home monitoring and security feature before almost anything else.

In addition to the practical tasks Buddy can perform, Blue Frog has also tested it as a companion to the elderly – who responded well to the robot’s reaction to petting and its expressive tablet-face – and as an educational tool for children with autism. But in those early tests, it also became clear that its users wanted Buddy to be able to do more, a shortcoming the Blue Frog team is trying to address by opening the robot up to developers who want to create their own apps and experiences for it.

“People want to have longer, more meaningful, more interesting conversations with these technologies. They get frustrated when it’s too transactional,” Breazeal said. “I think there’s a hunger and a desire for people to be able to interact with these technologies in this way.”

She would know. In addition to being a pioneer in social robot research, Breazeal also created Jibo, a gyrating bobblehead of a home companion that holds the Guinness World Record for being the most crowdfunded social robot. It developed a cult following for the sheer amount of personality it could be coaxed into expressing, but people’s Jibos collectively died an untimely death in 2019 when the servers that powered it were shut down. Jibo’s $899 price tag was hard for many to swallow and Amazon had announced its virtual assistant Alexa while Jibo was in development – that made it all but impossible for the robot to sustain a business.

Still, Jibo’s social legacy seems to live on in domestic machines like Buddy, even though some are wary of the baggage people might be carrying when interacting with it. The way robots behave in popular culture staples like “Star Trek” have given people a set of high expectations about what social robots should be able to do, and “the risk of putting a face or other anthropomorphic features on robots is queuing those expectations and potentially setting the bar too high,” Breazeal said.

And therein lies the rub for social robots: Because they’re meant to build fruitful, collaborative relationships with people, it can be difficult to nail down exactly how such a machine should look and act. Privacy remains a crucial concern for all home robots, but that’s especially true for social robots. As we allow those kinds of machines to act as our partners and companions, the potential fallout from hacks and improper data handling and analysis grows ever higher.

For those reasons, Admoni expects it will take much longer for social robots to catch on compared to their more immediately practical counterparts.

“I don’t think it’ll happen in the next couple years,” she said. “We haven’t yet had the breakthrough that will make the social robot we all imagined we could have in our homes. But I would be happy to be proved wrong.”

Boko Haram, ISIS, ISWAP threat in Nigeria increasing – Osinbajo notifies US..

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says the threat to Nigeria by Boko Haram, ISIS and its affiliate, Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP), is increasing.

Osinbajo raised the alarm on Thursday at the State House, Abuja, during the United States-Nigeria signing of a $2.1billion Development Assistance Agreement.

The VP thanked US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken for America’s support on security, infrastructure and intelligence.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says the threat to Nigeria by Boko Haram, ISIS and its affiliate, Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP), is increasing.

Osinbajo raised the alarm on Thursday at the State House, Abuja, during the United States-Nigeria signing of a $2.1billion Development Assistance Agreement.

The VP thanked US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken for America’s support on security, infrastructure and

Noting that the 12 Super Tucano turboprops have been delivered, he said Nigeria looks forward to receiving the fighter helicopters.

Osinbajo informed Blinken that the security issues and terror threats in the North-East, Lake Chad and the Sahel persist.

“They seem to increase. We are looking forward to greater cooperation because the challenge of terrorism, especially of the sort we have seen with ISWAP, Boko Haram and ISIS.

“It will fester and it can really take on the kinds of dimensions that may turn out to be much more grave than we ever thought. We need to do a lot in that particular respect,” he said.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says the threat to Nigeria by Boko Haram, ISIS and its affiliate, Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP), is increasing.

Osinbajo raised the alarm on Thursday at the State House, Abuja, during the United States-Nigeria signing of a $2.1billion Development Assistance Agreement.

The VP thanked US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken for America’s support on security, infrastructure and intelligence.https://d-3279840542469705999.ampproject.net/2111060251009/frame.html

Noting that the 12 Super Tucano turboprops have been delivered, he said Nigeria looks forward to receiving the fighter helicopters.

Osinbajo informed Blinken that the security issues and terror threats in the North-East, Lake Chad and the Sahel persist.

“They seem to increase. We are looking forward to greater cooperation because the challenge of terrorism, especially of the sort we have seen with ISWAP, Boko Haram and ISIS.

“It will fester and it can really take on the kinds of dimensions that may turn out to be much more grave than we ever thought. We need to do a lot in that particular respect,” he said.

He expressed gratitude to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for their work in Nigeria over the years.

Osinbajo revealed his admiration about how USAID mastered the way of ensuring that there is a bottom-up approach and participation of beneficiaries.

“I think that accounts for a lot of the success that we are seeing in a good number of those programs. We really would want to thank the USAID”, the VP added.

In attendance were the VP’s Chief of Staff, Ade Ipaye; Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama; Minister of State, Industry, Trade and Investment, Mariam Katagum; US Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Beth Leonard.

Others were Molly Phee, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs; Dana Banks, Senior Director for Africa, National Security Council; Suzy George, Chief of Staff, State Department; Tom Sullivan, Deputy Chief of Staff; Kathleen FitzGibbon, Deputy Chief, US Mission Nigeria.

What is happening to Celine Dion.?

Céline Marie Claudette Dion (born March 30, 1968) is a singer from Canada. Her vocals are known for being both strong and technically adept. Pop, rock, R&B, gospel, and classical music have all been integrated into Dion’s work. She is the best-selling Canadian recording artist of all time, as well as the best-selling French language artist in history and the world’s best-selling modern female musician.

Celine Dion

 She was born into a large family in Charlemagne, Quebec, and rose to fame as a teen star in her own country during the 1980s with a series of French-language albums. She first rose to prominence after winning the Yamaha World Popular Song Festival in 1982 and the 1988 Eurovision Song Contest, where she represented Switzerland. She signed with Epic Records in the United States after learning English. Unison, Dion’s first English-language album, was released in 1990, establishing her as a viable pop artist in North America and other English-speaking countries.

Celine Dion
Celine Dion
Celine Dion

 Unison, Dion’s first English-language album, was released in 1990, establishing her as a viable pop artist in North America and other English-speaking countries. Although she has sang in Spanish, Italian, German, Latin, Japanese, and Mandarin Chinese, the majority of her recordings are in French and English.

Dion has been the target of eating disorder accusations for decades due to her petite body, which she has continuously denied: “I don’t have an eating problem, and there’s nothing more I can say about it.” “My job necessitates that I be in excellent physical condition. If I had eaten too much or too little, or if, as some magazines have said, I forced myself to throw up after each meal, I wouldn’t have been able to put on a hundred shows a year and travel nonstop from one end of the planet to the other.”