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Saraki’s Acquital : ‘Attourney Generak shoould resign-Ibrahim M Zikirullahi

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The executive director of the Resource Center for Human Rights & Civic Education (CHRICED), Ibrahim M. Zikirullahi, has described the acquittal of Senate President Bukola Saraki by the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) as part of a conspiracy by Nigeria’s political elite.

In a statement issued earlier today, Mr. Zikirullahi said the senator’s acquittal was a “retrogressive judicial outcome,” adding that it was “abundantly clear that the anti-corruption crusade has been mortgaged by the band of thieving elite bent on cornering the resources of the nation, and holding down the country’s development agenda.” He demanded the immediate resignation of Nigeria’s Attorney General and Minister for Justice, Abubakar Malami.

The human rights activist asserted that Nigeria’s anti-graft war had been compromised “through a grand conspiracy involving corrupt actors, who cut across all the three arms of government.”

CHRICED added that the Nigerian judiciary as well as “all the pretenders in the so-called temple of justice” had failed the Nigerian people. According to Mr. Zikirullahi, the operators of Nigeria’s current judicial system were “looking the other way and allowing looters go scot-free through technicalities orchestrated by the same thieving elites,” adding that the country’s judiciary “has emptied itself of the last shred of credibility.”

The activist argued that nobody would be surprised if “if Nigerians wake to hear that the recently arrested kidnap kingpin (Evans), if brought before the courts, is asked to go home, in spite of his heinous crimes. This is the extent to which the Nigeria judiciary has sunk in aiding and abetting criminals, who in sane societies would be behind bars.”

Mr. Zikirullahi reserved scathing words for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), stating that the party had neither the strategy nor the commitment to deal “a decisive blow to the monster of corruption.”

He added: “In fact, the party has become so accommodating to the corruption that it is no longer different from the hopelessly corrupt PDP, which it replaced in 2015.

“This means the Nigerian people must begin the search for a viable alternative to the current APC contraption.”

On account of what he described as a “rape of justice,” the CHRICED spokesman demanded the immediate resignation of Mr. Malami as Nigeria’s Attorney-General and Minister for Justice. He accused the minister of incompetence, adding, “For leading the justice machine of the entire country to such an embarrassing situation, where clearly indicted felons are now routinely winning ‘victories’ over the government and by extension the people of Nigeria, it is time for Mr. Abubakar Malami to quit or get the boot.”

His statement concluded: “For the supporters of corruption, who have been busy clinking glasses and engaging in vulgar celebration of the abnormal since this rigged verdict, there is the need to make it clear that those who make justice impossible through the courts, are inviting the justice of the streets. Let it be on record that when the short-changed and serially abused people of this country eventually decide to administer justice on their own terms, those who arrogantly
think they are winning now will have no palatable stories to tell. The thieving class must know that there is also the ultimate judgment of the Almighty God, which unlike the corrupted political judgments, cannot be compromised by the likes of Saraki.”

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Education crisis widening social gaps in Nigeria, others –World Bank

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The World Bank Group has warned that the education crisis in Nigeria is currently widening the social inclusion gaps in the country .

The group said this in its World Development Report for 2018 titled “Learning to Realise Education ’s Promise ” which was presented in Abuja on Wednesday .

The event was attended by the Minister Finance , Mrs . Kemi Adeosun , her counterpart in the Education Ministry , Adamu Adamu , and major stakeholders in the education sector .

The bank in the report called for greater action and coordination of the education sector to achieve the objectives of poverty reduction.

It said millions of young students in low and middle -income countries face the prospect of lost opportunities and lower wages in the future because their primary and secondary schools were failing to educate them to succeed in life .

Warning of a ‘learning crisis’ in global education , the World Bank report said schooling without learning was not just a wasted development opportunity but also a great injustice to children and young people worldwide.

Without learning , it said education would fail to deliver on its promise to eliminate extreme poverty and create shared opportunity and prosperity for all .

The report observed that even after several years in school , millions of children could not read , write or do basic mathematics .

This learning crisis , according to the report , is widening social gaps instead of narrowing them .

It added that young students disadvantaged by poverty, conflict, gender or disability got to adulthood without even the most basic skills of life .

The World Bank Group said like in Kenya , Tanzania, and Uganda “where third grade students find it difficult to make a sentence ,” evidence had shown that in Nigeria , when fourth grade students were asked to complete a simple two- digit subtraction problem , more than three – quarter could not solve it.

It said , “The diagnosis in this World Development Report may make for disheartening reading , but it should not be interpreted as saying that all is lost – only that too many young people are not getting the education they need .

“Learning shortfalls eventually show up as weak skills in the workforce , making it less likely that young people will find good- paying , satisfying jobs .

“But change is possible , if systems commit to learning , drawing on examples of families , educators, communities , and systems that have made real progress . ”

 

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New study finds that 78% of black fathers are unmarried

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A new study has found that most black fathers are unmarried and this revelation has led to a coversation online.

The study carried out by the Centers For Disease Control reveals that more than 3/4 of all Black fathers are not married. The study also found that 72% of Black men have had children by age 44. But only 27% of African American fathers were ever married to the child’s mother. That number applies irrespective of the race of the child’s mother.

The study goes on to point out that 78% of Black men with kids fathered at least one child outside of marriage.

Past studies have pointed out the high percentage of unwed Black mothers. The new study pointing out the percentage of unwed fathers exposes a crisis among Black men and social media activists are concerned by the high percentage of unwed fathers.

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IVF made easy: Scientists create device to identify strongest sperm

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Scientists from Cornell University have created a device that will help doctors identify the strongest sperm to be used for in-vitro fertilization.

The result of the research was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.

Alireza Abbaspourrad, Cornell’s Yongkeun Joh assistant professor of food chemistry and ingredient technology, said conventional methods of separating motile sperm is tedious and takes hours.

The device takes advantage of sperm’s ability to go against the flow — a process called rheotaxis. It has a microfluidic channel through which the sperm swim and a microscopic corral — shaped like a “C” — with a retaining wall that attracts the strongest swimmers.

“The older method is tedious, time-consuming and not efficient. It’s the time that laboratory technicians and physicians expend that makes the process expensive,” Abbaspourrad said.

“With this method, it’s five minutes instead of several hours.”

Soon Hon Cheong, Ph.D., assistant professor at Cornell’s College of Veterinary Medicine, and Meisam Zaferani, a doctoral student in chemistry, also worked on the device.

“Here, we took advantage of sperm’s natural tendency to redirect against fluid flow, once the sperm reach a certain velocity,” said Cheong.

“Once the sperm detect interference, they can use it to swim upstream. That’s when we can trap them. We could separate the good sperm from the not-so-strong in a reasonably elegant way. We are able to fine-tune our selection process.”

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