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Thursday, 22 March 2018

Mark Zuckerberg breaks his silence over 'Cambridge Analytica' scandal that compromised 51 million profiles

Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg broke his silence over the Cambridge Analytica scandal on Wednesday but did not apologize for the fact that 51 million Facebook users' information was taken without their knowledge. 

In a lengthy post, Zuckerberg offered his timeline of the events which led to the revelation this week that the shadowy data firm which shaped Trump's campaign and has been linked to Brexit improperly harvested tens of millions of users' data in 2013 by buying it from an app. 

He said 'the good news' was that Facebook changed its practices years ago to stop apps from accessing so much information. He however did acknowledge that the breach happened under his watch and said the company was now working on ways to win back users' trust. 

'I started Facebook, and at the end of the day I'm responsible for what happens on our platform. 'I'm serious about doing what it takes to protect our community. While this specific issue involving Cambridge Analytica should no longer happen with new apps today, that doesn't change what happened in the past. 'We will learn from this experience to secure our platform further and make our community safer for everyone going forward,' he said. 

His announcement sent Facebook's struggling stock back up to $169.39 before the final bell. At 1.30pm, after news emerged that he was due to address the scandal, the stock surpassed the $170 mark for the first time since Monday. Before the scandal, it was $185. 

In his statement, Zuckerberg said that while it was 'his responsibility' what happened at Facebook, the company was duped by Aleksandr Kogan, the researcher who sold the information to Cambridge Analytica, just as the people who gave him their details were. 

Pope Francis condemns the use of 'Crucifix' as a fashion accessory

Pope Francis has said use of the religious symbol `the Crucifix’ (cross) as a fashion accessory contributes to abuse of the religious object. 

In a speech at St Peter’s Square in the Vatican, Pope Francis said that the religious symbol should be “contemplated and understood”, and “not be abused”. Highlighting the religious meaning of the cross, he said: “the crucifix is not an ornamental object or a clothing accessory which is sometimes abused, but a religious sign to be contemplated and understood. The image of Jesus crucified reveals the mystery of the death of the Son as the supreme act of love, the source of life and salvation for humanity of all times. How do I look at the crucifix? Like a work of art, to see if it’s beautiful or not beautiful? Or do I look inside, within the wounds of Jesus up to his heart? I look at the mystery of God annihilated to death, like a slave, like a criminal.” 

His comments mirror those made by the Archbishop of Canterbury in 2013, within the foreword of his first Lent book. Speaking about how the crucifix is used, Most Revd Justin Welby wrote: “For those early Christians it was a badge of shame. Today it is more commonly seen as a symbol of beauty to hang around your neck. As a friend of mine used to say, ‘you might as well hang a tiny golden gallows or an electric chair around your neck’.”

Video: Senator Adeleke takes the floor at Fatima and Jamil's wedding

Over the weekend, Nigeria's dancing Senator Adeleke took the dance floor at Fatima and Jamil's wedding and as expected, he killed it!

See the video below...

FFK shares photo of #Dapchi residents waving at Boko Haram members after dropping off the abducted school girls

The former aviation minister and strong critic of the Buhari government, took to his twitter handle to react to the recent release of abducted Dachi school girls. See his other tweet below

African migrants are worse than terrorists, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday that the flood of illegal migrants from Africa are worse than terrorists in the Sinai peninsula.

Netanyahu said this while speaking at an event celebrating the Negev region held in Dimona. The PM said that Israel has recently completed a fence along "more than 200 kilometers of the border with Sinai." He said the border fence constructed along Israel’s border with Egypt is holding back a potential "flood" of illegal migrants from Africa.

Without the fence, "we would be faced with … severe attacks by Sinai terrorists, and something much worse, a flood of illegal migrants from Africa," Netanyahu said.

Netanyahu's comments come on the heels of Israel's campaign to deport thousands of African migrants in the country. The interior ministry says there are currently some 42,000 African migrants in Israel, mainly from Sudan and Eritrea, and the government has ordered that thousands of them must leave or face indefinite imprisonment.

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

WhatsApp Co-founder Brian Acton joins #DeleteFacebook Movement

Brian Acton, co-founder of WhatsApp Inc 
Brian Acton made a fortune selling a company he co-founded, WhatsApp, to Facebook for $16 billion, and now he’s joined the #DeleteFacebook movement.
Acton, who left WhatsApp this year to start is own foundation, joined the #DeleteFacebook trend on his Twitter, writing:
It is time. #deletefacebook
The hashtag started trending after it was revealed by Facebook that data of over 50 million users was misused in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections.
The company’s value had dropped $37 billion since the reveal.
According to The Verge, Acton, just last month, invested $50 million into signal, another instant messaging app.
Photo: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Obi, Other SDG Experts Speak At UN Event In Germany

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Former Governor of Anambra State, Mr Peter Obi, is among Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) experts scheduled to speak at the Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development holding at the World Conference Centre, Bonn, Germany, from Wednesday to Friday, March 21-23, 2018.

A statement made available globally by UN SDG Office disclosed the reason behind the invitation to each of the speakers. On Mr. Obi, the statement said that he was invited as “an expert speaker” given his critical role and experiences in implementation of SDGs in Africa.

“We would be honoured to host you as an expert speaker to share your insights into the importance of multistakeholder engagement and cross-sector collaboration to achieve of the SDGs. We would be delighted to hear from you about ways in which subnational governments can be instrumental in the implementation of the goals,” Mitchell Toomey, Head of UN SDG Action Campaign, had said in a letter of invitation to Mr. Obi dated 19 February 2018.
Mr. Obi, who is already in Bonn for the global event expected to be attended by over 1,000 participants from across the world, is known for his zealous implementation of Millennium Development Goals (MDG) and SGD programmes during his time as Governor from 2006 to 2014. 

As a result, he was recognised by Nigeria’s Presidential MDG Office and UNDP Nigeria Office as the Best Governor in MDGs implementation in Nigeria, and was invited to the UN Headquarters in New York, USA, to speak and his experience.

Other speakers at the Bonn event include Mr Mitchell Toomey, Head UN SDG Action Campaign; Dr Anne Kamau, Institute for Development Studies, University of Nairobi, Kenya; Professor Tran Thi Thai Ha, Director, Education Information Centre at Vietnam Institute for Educational Sciences; Mr Ashok Sridharan, Lord Mayor of Bonn Germany;

Dr Nova Maulani of Indonesia; Albert Askeljung of UNDP Nordic Office Sweden;

Professor Willem Fourie, Co-ordinator, South African Sustainable Development Hub,

Pretoria; Dr Tejas Joshi, Independent Educationist; Dr Eddy Okoth Odari, Founder, Ogallo Osako Memorial Foundation; and HE Princess Adegoke Orelope-Adefulire Senior Special Assistant to the President of Nigeria on SDGs.
The Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development is a ground-breaking annual event powered by the UN SDG Action Campaign with the support of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.

“The Festival,” according to Mr Toomey, “will bring together the global community taking action to make the Agenda 2030 become reality. It will recognise and celebrate the innovators, conveners and breakthrough actors who are transforming lives, tackling trade-offs and generating practical solutions to some of the world’s most intractable development problems.”
He disclosed that “over the course of three days, the Global Festival of Action will use innovative methods to create the space and networks for implementers of the SDG agenda for share practical examples of processes, projects and approaches to achieve the SDGs, form critical relationships with fellow national, regional and sectoral stakeholders and foster discussions across networks and partnerships to further action on SDG implementation.”

Twitter says "Black Panther" is the the most-tweeted about movie of all time with over 35 million tweets

Twitter has issued a statement today saying that "Black Panther" is the the most-tweeted about movie of all time. The film, which stars Chadwick Boseman and is directed by Ryan Coogler, has amassed more than 35 million tweets. 

According to the statement, "Black Panther" Twitter chatter was loud enough to topple two other box office hits that held the title from a galaxy far, far away: "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" and "Star Wars: The Last Jedi." 

In January, Kendrick Lamar fired off what is now the most-retweeted "Black Panther" tweet ever when he posted to Twitter the track list to the film's soundtrack, which was curated and produced by the Grammy-winning rapper.

"Black Panther The Album 2/9," Lamar wrote in the tweet, which has now been retweeted more than 240,000 times.

It took only 26 days for "Black Panther" to crack $1 billion at the global box office, and since opening last month the film has been at the top of the box office five weeks in a row. So far the film has made more than $1.1 billion worldwide. 

The film also holds a 97% score on review site Rotten Tomatoes, making it one of the best-reviewed comic book films in history.e to EmailShare to WhatsAppShare to Google+

Trial of Biafra members resumes without Nnamdi Kanu

On Tuesday, the Nigerian government filed a fresh three-count charge of treasonable felony against four members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). 

The four accused persons are Bright Chimeze, Benjamin Madubugwu, Chidiebere Onwudiwe and David Nwawuisi. They were initially facing a similar charge along with the wanted IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu. 

Following the stalling of the trial by the disappearance of Kanu in September 2017, the prosecution lawyer, Shuaibu Labaran, asked the court to hear the charge against the other defendants separately. The request was granted by the court presided by Binta Nyako and resulted in the new charge read before the court on Tuesday. The four defendants pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Earlier, Mr. Labaran read from a sheet of paper which he described as the published version of an online publication, wherein a threat was made on the life of an operative of the State Security Service by IPOB members. According to Labaran, a picture of the alleged operative was taken during the last sitting and used on the social media, with a threat by the IPOB members to "teach the operative a lesson". 

Responding, however, counsel to one of the defendants, Nnemeka Ejiofor, asked the court to disregard the publication as well as the allegation. Ejiofor accused the prosecution of fabricating the said allegation, stressing that the alleged publication "does not bear any similarities with a traceable medium." 

In a ruling, the judge warned journalists and family members to desist from taking pictures in the court room. "Otherwise, I shall ban the press. I shall also ban family members. I can do all that," said Judge Nyako. The judge also warned parties that she would not allow the lawyers to waste time in her court. She adjourned the case till Thursday for further hearing.

EFCC arrests former co-ordinator of Amnesty Programme, Paul Boroh and discovered $9 million cash at the residence

Operatives of EFCC and ONSA, have discovered $9 million cash at the residence of the sacked Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, retired Brig.-Gen. Paul Tarelah Boroh. 

Boroh, who was Special Adviser on Niger Delta to President Buhari has also been arrested.

The discovery of the cash was made a few hours after his arrest by a combined team of EFCC and operatives of the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA). 

The Head, Media and Publicity of EFCC, Wilson Uwujiaren, confirmed the arrest and cash recovery.

A senior security agent said Boroh was picked up from his home in Gwarinpa, Abuja, on Monday. He was reported to have been taken back to his residence at about 3 a.m. Tuesday by the security operatives who raided his house for hours and made the cash discovery of $9 million at his home. He remains in the custody of the EFCC. 

“The former adviser was driven to his home in an unmarked car after his arrest. His home was searched for several hours and about $9 million cash was discovered in several safe boxes in several parts of the house. The combined team of EFCC and the National Security Adviser operatives were very thorough with the search. Indeed, at a point, the operatives broke all the locks in the home including his wife’s closet. The recovered cash has been deposited at the Office of the NSA” the senior security agent stated.

Buhari sacked Boroh last week and announced Prof. Charles Dokubo as his replacement. In the statement announcing Boroh’s dismissal, it said the NSA, Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd), had been directed to probe the activities of the Amnesty Office from 2015, when Boroh was appointed, especially allegations of financial impropriety and other acts that were allegedly detrimental to the objectives of the Presidential Amnesty Programme.

According to reports, Boroh’s sack, investigation and arrest by the EFCC may not be unconnected to a petition, among others, that was sent to the president last August. The petition to Buhari dated August 21, 2017 was signed by one Timi Angalabiri, on behalf of the Niger Deltans for Accountability and Good Governance (NDAGG). The group requested the president to suspend the ex-Amnesty Programme boss “for a credible investigative inquiry to commence into the non-payment of tuition fees and living expenses of recently graduated Niger Delta students in universities across the United States, the United Kingdom and Nigeria. The petitioner further pleaded with Buhari to use his good office to prosecute Boroh and others for allegedly diverting the sum of N70 billion.

Celine Dion celebrates her mom's 91st birthday with mother-daughter duet

Celine Dion's mother, Therese Dion turned 91 yesterday, March 20, and Celine celebrated her mother on Instagram with a photo of both of them doing a duet.
The Québécois television personality, popularly known as Maman Dion, and her songstress daughter can be seen in the photo holding identical microphones while gazing into each other's eyes. 
"Happy Birthday, Mom! You are an infinite source of comfort and inspiration. I love you," the 49-year-old singer wrote in the caption.

Celine Dion's message to her mother comes just two and a half weeks after she shared a similar post to celebrate her late father who died in 2003. Just like Celine, her parents are both musicians and were married for 48 years until her father's death. Celine is the youngest of their 14 children.

Woman allegedly gives birth to a lizard after two years pregnancy at Omoku market, River state (photos)

Woman allegedly gives birth to a lizard after two years pregnancy at Omoku market, River state (photos)
According to multiple reports on Facebook, a lady was who has been pregnant for 2 years give birth to a lizard at Omoku market, Rivers state. More photos below 
Woman allegedly gives birth to a lizard after two years pregnancy at Omoku market, River state (photos)
Woman allegedly gives birth to a lizard after two years pregnancy at Omoku market, River state (photos)
Woman allegedly gives birth to a lizard after two years pregnancy at Omoku market, River state (photos)


The Arewa Consultation Forum (ACF) says Nigeria “can never survive” without the north.

Ibrahim Coomassie, chairman of the forum, said this on Tuesday when the Jammiyar Matan Arewa (JMA), a northern women group, visited the secretariat of the forum in Kaduna.

Coomassie said northern leaders need to work together to change the “negative narrative” portrayed about the region in over the years.

He said the north is faced with various challenges, with insecurity being the worst of them.
“We all know that without the north, Nigeria can never survive, the ACF chairman said, adding: “We still stand by it. But now is the time to walk the talk in the interest of our people.”
He condemned the recent abduction of 110 schoolgirls in Dapchi, Yobe state, by Boko Haram insurgents.

Coomassie, who is a former inspector-general of police, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to do all within his power to bring back the girls and also address the nation’s security challenges.
“Chibok girls are still missing. Now it has gone to Dapchi in Yobe state, what happened? Are we always going to be the victims?” he asked.

“See what Boko Haram did to the north-east. They have spread to the north-central and even to the southern part of the country. Should we continue to be regarded in the negative side? No. We are leaders in our own right and we must exercise this responsibility for our people.

“Enough is enough; enough of killings of our women and children; enough of the kidnapping of our daughters and enough of the destruction of our property. We are proud that you have come forward to meet us to discuss this issue.”
-The Cable

#DapchiGirls: This miracle must be deeply analyzed to replicated for Chibok girls - Oby Ezekwesili

#DapchiGirls: This miracle must be deeply analyzed to replicated?for Chibok girls and other issues plaguing our country - Oby Ezekwesili
Oby Ezekwesili, the leader of the 'Bring Back Our Girls Movement' has reacted to news of the safe return of the kidnapped Dapchi Girls.

According to her,
'#DapchiGirls returned! What a Testimony! Boko Haram took and Boko Haram returned! For the parents, we thank GOD! For FG, this miracle must be deeply analyzed to replicate it for #ChibokGirls and other issues plaguing our country!'.

See the rest of her tweets below...

Lai Mohammed confirms 76 out of the 110 #Dapchi school girls have been released

The Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, has released a statement confirming the release of some of the abducted Dapchi school girls.

According to Lai Mohammed, only 76 out of the 110 girls were released this morning. Read the statement below.

The directive by President Muhammadu Buhari to all security agencies to do everything possible to secure the release of the Dapch schoolgirls, who were abducted 19 Feb. 2018, has yielded fruits, with the confirmed release of 76 of the 110 abducted students in the early hours of Wednesday.

In a statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday, the Minister of
Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said the 76 are those who have been documented so far, adding that the release of the abducted students is ongoing.

He said the girls were released around 3 a.m. through back-channel efforts and with the help of some friends of the country, and that it was unconditional.

''For the release to work, the government had a clear understanding that violence and confrontation would not be the way out as it could endanger the lives of the girls, hence a non-violent approach was the preferred option.

''Within the period when the girls were being brought back,
operational pause was observed in certain areas to ensure free passage and also that lives were not lost,'' Alhaji Mohammed said.

He said the number of the freed girls would be updated after the remaining ones have been documented, especially because the girls were not handed over to anyone but dropped off in Dapchi.




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