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Thursday, February 11, 2016

President Biya's Message to the Youth at 50th Edition of National Youth Day


My dear young compatriots,

The celebration of the National Youth Day always affords me a singular opportunity to address you.

This year, we are celebrating the fiftieth edition of the Youth Day, which is proof that the entire nation has been paying constant attention to youths for half a century now.

It cannot be an overstatement to say that our youths constitute a major asset for the nation’s future. They are numerous and full of potential, dynamic and ambitious, conquering and creative.

In this regard, I wish to hail our young compatriots who have distinguished themselves lately through major innovations which are acknowledged by all. They took bold initiatives in the highly competitive domain of new information technologies and in many other domains such as agriculture.

They were not afraid. They were daring. Such has always been my recommendation to you. They were able to weather the deficiencies in our country which is still in the building process, and they have achieved the excellent results which we can all be proud of.

They are exemplars of personal patriotic commitment for our society. They deserve everyone’s support. May they serve as a source of inspiration for those who are still hesitating or dragging their feet!

My dear young compatriots,

Patriotism is a virtue that some people might wrongly consider outdated. Even today, it remains a mark of responsible and nobly asserted citizenship for the nation.

Regardless of your role in society, you should be patriotic to deserve well of the nation: the farmer on his farm, the pupil or student in their studies, the workman on his work site, the teacher in the classroom, the doctor or nurse at the hospital, the researcher in his laboratory, the civil servant in his office, the trader in his shop, the mechanic in his garage, the sweeper at his workplace, the transporter driving his vehicle.

We should each ply our trade with patriotic love. Only then will we become forces of progress for our country.

In this regard, take the example of our youths who are engaged at the war front. For the past two years, they have been protecting our country from the terrorist threat. They are sustained and driven by patriotic love, often to the point of sacrificing their lives.

Their behaviour is unlike that of some other youths who do everything possible to get recruited into the public service and then desert their duty stations while continuing to receive their salaries. They represent examples of what should not be done.

Some youths join the public service just to obtain a service number, as they are fond of saying. These do not deserve well of the nation.

The unbridled quest for easy profit and wealth is a road to perdition that should be shunned by the youths.

It is proper for our youths to be imbued with republican and civic values. These should form the basis of a genuine commitment on every front, be it security, economic, cultural or socio-political.

My dear young compatriots,

I am fully aware of the difficulties you are facing. I know your doubts and worries. I know especially that you have difficulty getting a job.

Our capacity to create decent jobs is constrained by external factors related to the global economic environment, coupled with some domestic red tape. Nevertheless, we are not giving up. Our efforts over the past few years are starting to pay off.

The imminent commissioning of major infrastructures and the ongoing Three-Year Emergency Plan should consolidate such gains.

In the medium term, the launching of the extensive industrialization programme which I outlined on 31 December last year should create many job opportunities.

The development of our agricultural sector will be accorded a prime place. In this regard, I urge you to truly revolutionize your mindset. The soil has never betrayed anyone. Do not be afraid to take the plunge and become the agricultural entrepreneurs that Cameroon needs. It is a noble and rewarding trade in the so-called real economy.

I therefore I urge the elders to shoulder their responsibility: it is proper to urge the youths to work the land and it is unwise to dissuade them from doing so.

It is equally important to set a good example for them: urban workers should also undertake activities in rural areas. Through their actions and those of the Government, we should make our villages more youth-friendly.

It is not a matter of waiting to amass substantial resources. It is, first and foremost, a matter of determination and commitment. In agriculture, a little often goes a long way.

There are many Government programmes designed to support rural development. Obtain information on such programmes. You should be able to make the most of them.

In addition, there is another domain which I know you of the so-called "Android" generation hold most dear, namely the development of the digital economy.

To each generation, its historic challenges for the nation’s future! I can say that one of the major challenges for our youths is to manage to keep abreast of the astounding phenomenon of the digital economy.

I urge the entire nation to resolutely mobilize and support the numerous initiatives undertaken by our youths in this area:

- The Government should systematically and effectively continue setting up appropriate infrastructure, but also cleaning up and properly regulating this key sector in the interest of the national economy and the development of youth employment.

- Public or private training institutions are called upon to fully play their role. They must identify the new trades and tailor their syllabuses accordingly.

- Large enterprises and other public and private entities should set the example by progressively carrying out their own digital switchover.

- Financial institutions definitely stand to benefit by developing specific programmes to support youth-initiated projects in this new economy.

It is through such collective commitment that we will be able to rise to the challenge of digital transition.

These two sectors, namely agriculture and digital economy, require us to continue with and step up the professionalization of our secondary education.

In higher education, the various stakeholders have been mobilized to progressively provide the job market with human resources that meet the new requirements.

Enterprises are not seeking out for just graduates, but a labour force that is well trained in specific trades and that is constantly adapted to global trends.

To meet this expectation, I am pleased to note that the Government has opened three Pilot Centres of Excellence in Douala, Limbe and Sangmelima, at the cost of about 21 billion, to provide retraining and skills upgrading for senior technicians and other skilled workers.

The economic integration of youths is thus a constant concern. Our actions will continue with greater momentum to enable our youths to make the most of the numerous programmes and projects that are underway or in the pipeline.

To that end, I have just given instructions for the launch of a three-year "Special Youth" plan worth CFAF 102 billion in total.

This plan should facilitate and accelerate the economic integration of our youths. We should all take a keen interest in it. In so doing, I believe, you will be demonstrating your “economic patriotism”.

Furthermore, I believe that you could reap much benefit from the good citizenship education programmes offered by the Civic Service Agency for Participation in Development.

This very timely initiative has already set up hundreds of local committees countrywide. You should sign on and enjoy its benefits.

My dear young compatriots,

I gave you a hint about it. The sky is gradually clearing up. The clouds are dispersing progressively.

I am aware that you, more than the other population segments, are affected by unemployment. I, however, urge you to look to the future with more confidence. Of course, we have not yet reached our goal, but we are making progress against all the odds.

More effort is definitely required from us to achieve stronger, more stable and more sustainable growth. We will undoubtedly continue to encounter obstacles along the way; however, it behoves us to overcome them resolutely and bravely with everyone’s participation.

I have just outlined all the benefits you can reap from working the land, from our new-found industrialization and also from the digital economy.

Thus, through your active participation, you are expected to inevitably and progressively take the nation’s future into your own hands, under the benevolent mentorship of the elders, in a properly organized blending of generations.

To that end, you should have faith in the future, despite the challenges.

Rest assured that I will spare no effort to support you in your determination to succeed.

Happy Youth Day to each and every one of you!

Long live Cameroon’s youths!

Long live Cameroon!

Yaounde, 10 February 2016


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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

congratulations Ngie Didimus Tantoh

Nelson Mandela once said that " A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special.”  This is perphaps one of the most inspirational quotes to sauce the success story of Ngie Didimus Tantoh who just graduated in flying colours with a Master Arts in International relations at the Eastern Mediterranean University in Turkey. Bravo Mon Frere. But nothing could capture this great achievement more than the lenses of Rudyard Kipling which could spice this. To Rudyard “if you can keep your head when all around you are losing theirs and if you can meet with triumph and disaster and treat the two the same, yours is earth and everything that is in it”.  There is no doubt that Kipling had in mind the success story of brilliant young boys who have stood the taste of time to accomplish their dreams like Ngie. Rudyard Kipling surely had this inspiration from the fact that education demands alot of sacrifices given that majority would tumble on the way and never get up. The few who succeed have to be encouraged.
If you are looking for someone who has been able to draw his knees up and had passed comfortable nights in the blanket far away from home to add a literate tongue and pen to his head, I know one. His name is Ngie Didimus Tantoh. His graduation on February 9, 2015 is a historical object. I feel he is going to be the most trusted expert. After spending years without pulling or hauling off his feet the blanket of books, Ngi Tantoh entered into records yesterday as he graduates with a Master Degree from one of the most prestigous educational institutions in Turkey. In fact nothing defines a workaholic than his dedication to accomplish something. After obtaining a degree at the Buea University in 2013, he has always admired Ph.D holders and he is now just a step to be one.  That he graduated in flying colours is not surprising to those who know of what stuff he is made. What is important about this young and talented young graduate is that his brain is a relic which makes him a webster. If we go by Albert Einstein's desctiption of a genius which is 1/10 inspiration and 9/10 perspiration, Ngie Didimus Tantoh is a genius. In this light, Didi stans out tall from th madding crowd for his story, if not the story of graduates who this generation could look up to as role models will remain incomplete. What inescapably catches your attention when you first meet this young lavender from Mbum land in Donga Mantung is his strive to always look back home. Being a youth emancipator of this generation, he knows too well what is good, attractive and inspiring. And truely it takes years of hard-work to smile. Take it for overconfidence and you are wrong. Bravo and Congratulations brother.



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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

North West Fons Set to Elect New President in Nkambe

The elective General assembly of the North Fons Union will hold on February 20, 2016 in Nkambe. The decision to hand over power to Donga Mantung was reached at during an enlarge executive meeting that took place in Bamenda this weekend. Sources say the executive also endorsed the candidature of HRH Fon Ibrahim Japbfu Nfor, ruler of Nkambe as lone candidate for the position of General President. It should be recalled that HRH Fon Ibrahim Jabpfu Nfor has served NOWEFU in various capacities since creation. He served as Treasurer, Vice President and has also served as Divisional Coordinator for Donga Mantung. He is a former memebr of the House of Chiefs and is jampacked with experience in associative life and group dynamics.Given his experience and the wisdom, he was also endorsed by the Donga Mantung Fons Union as their lone candidate.
Classified sources hinted this reporter that the Nkambe Elective General Assembly will begin with an eceumical service and ends with the election of the President, Secretary General and Treasurer. The President General will be empowered to coopt a 50 man executive that will pilot the affairs of the union.








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Monday, February 8, 2016

CAMWATER GM Sacked

The General Manager of CAMWATER William Sollo was fired today February 8, 2016 during an extraordianry board meeting. He was immediately replaced by Ondoua Akoa Alphonse Roger. It is not yet clear whether the sacked GM had committed management errors as is the case with several companies in the country.  Classified sources say what happened to Zacheuse Forjindam is likely to happen to William Sollo as he was immediately whisked off. It is alleged that he maybe heading to Kondengui.


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US Classifies Cameroon as Second Most Dangerous Country (See Reasons)

A report of the Council on Foreign Relations of the US State Department has prohibited US citizens from traveling to Cameroon. This report which was posted on their website on December 22, 2015 places Cameroon as the second country to avoid worldwide.
After South Sudan, the report which has gone viral on the social media places Cameroon as the second most dangerous country in the world. This is the result of the report issued by the Council on Foreign Relations of the US State Department. The fact on which the assertion of this report was issued allegedly is based on the insecurity in the northern region of Cameroon. In the report the US State Department formally outlawed the movement of its citizens in the North and East of the country. This is because of attacks and kidnappings orchestrated by the terrorist sect Boko Haram. As for the eastern region, the reason is based on Central African, Seleka rebels. US indicate that 21 foreigners have been kidnapped since 2003. And since July 2015, Boko Haram has operated at least 14 suicide attacks in the North and the Far North, including Maroua. So Cameroon would be more dangerous than Nigeria and the Central African Republic that have respectively been ranked at the 30th and 20th positions. The report also indicates that the political capital Yaounde and the economic capital Douala enjoying great crime rate. It also observed a high rate of unemployment and under-equipped police. Yet it goes further to stress that the influx of refugees to Cameroon negatively impact the country's economy which has resulted to further consequences of exodus to urban areas. While a black picture painted by the country of Barack Obama, to show how dangerous it is to end up in Cameroon. The report was posted on December 22 on the website of the US State Department.



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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Anyone Saying Chibok Girls will Return is a Big Liar - Obasanjo


Former president Obasanjo has blamed the immediate past president, Goodluck Jonathan for trivializing the distress call to rescue the girls on the day they were abducted.

Speaking at an event organized by the Staff Club of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria's former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, on Friday, doubted the ability of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s Federal Government to rescue the abducted Chibok girls alive, adding that anyone saying the girls would return was simply lying.
Obasanjo’s reaction follows several promises by the current administration that it would rescue the abducted Chobok girls alive. The ex president, however blamed the immediate past President, Goodluck Jonathan, for trivializing the distress call to rescue the girls on the day they were abducted.
He said, "The former president heard about the kidnap 8am in the morning of the abduction but failed to act until 72 hours later and by then it was too late.
Anyone saying the Chibok girls will return is telling lies, maybe some of them will return to tell their story."
He stated that the failure of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2015 presidential election is a blessing to Nigeria. "We tried, but with Jonathan, it was best that PDP should fail to save Nigeria," Obasanjo said.
According to Obasanjo, the Jonathan’s administration trivalised issues of importance as politics, particularly that of Boko Haram.


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Dramas as Man of 'God' Impregnates Seven Church Members, Two Married Women

A spiritual leader in the christian faith has been accused of using diabolical means to lure his female church members to bed.  
A randy man of God identified as Dukes (surname withheld) in Umunede, Delta State who has been accused of sleeping with his church members in the past two years, has allegedly impregnated seven of his single female church members and two married women.
While trouble is currently brewing over the act, it was reliably gathered that the self-acclaimed man of God had also allegedly seduced several young girls in neighbouring communities: Ute-Ukpu, Otolokpo under the guise of providing them with suitors before he moved into Umunede after his cover was blown.
He was said to have been arrested and detained at Agbor Police Station by aggrieved parents of his victims for two days before granted bail.
A member of his church “Light Of God Ministries” Josephine Ogor said, “The self acclaimed reverend uses preaching, choirs and organised youth fellowship to get young girls.”
“That was what he did in Ute-Okpu, Otolokpo neighbouring communities before he moved into Umunede and he was driven away by the elders of the communities, he likes girls of 15, 16 and 17 years he sleeps with,” she added.

Investigation revealed that until some married women started carrying their marital problems to him, the self-acclaimed man of God allegedly known for magical powers, specialises in mind-blowing prophecies for unsuspecting members of his church including some highly placed politicians and businessmen across the state.
His victims, some who claimed they were hoodwinked into sexual intercourse with him via magical powers, Awele John, Marble Ogoan and Rosemary Iwendi said: “Please Mr. Pressman don’t use our pictures.”
“The man is fake, he uses magical powers to woo young girls he sleeps with, that was how we fell into his net, and our eyes were opened”.

Another victim, a married woman who did not want her name in the print said she had gone to the reverend’s house to seek advice on constant quarrels between her and the husband for possible solution when Dukes allegedly gave her anointed oil for her to rub and take from it but this was not to be, when she found herself in love making with the reverend during the night.
She said: “I saw myself having sexual intercourse with the Reverend in my sleep and I was shocked before I made it known to my husband”.
Further investigation revealed that his modus operandi is to give out olive oil bottles to unsuspecting female miracle seekers, young girls looking for suitors, a situation that keep them glued to him before taking them to bed. The accused has denied all the allegations with the police currently undertaking investigations to ascertain the truth.
 
Source: Punch



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Friday, February 5, 2016

P. Diddy Allegedly Hired Hitmen to kill Tupac Shakur

 A former LAPD police officer has sensationally revealed how the legendary rapper, Tupac Shakur was murdered by an assassin hired by P Diddy over a fued.
Rap star P Diddy (centre) hired hitmen to kill Tupac Shakur (left), a former LAPD police officer has sensationally claimed
 Shakur, 25, was murdered in a drive-by shooting in 1996 in the middle of a feud between rival rap groups from the East and West Coasts of US. Now retired, Detective Greg Kading has said the entire hit was set-up by Sean ‘P Diddy’ Combs, who was then known as Puff Daddy.
 Kading also claims that the murder of Combs’ best friend Christopher ‘Biggie Smalls’ Wallace six months later was in revenge for the murder of Shakur.
 Kading’s claims appear in a new documentary that suggests Combs hired Crips gang member Duane Keith 'Keffe D' Davis to kill Shakur for $1million. Davis was also allegedly hired to kill Shakur’s manager Marion 'Suge' Knight. Instead Kading said Keffe passed the hit onto nephew Orlando 'Baby Lane' Anderson.
 It was therefore Anderson who shot Skakur dead after he left a Mike Tyson fight on September 7, 1996, Kading claims. The documentary, Murder Rap, includes a 2008 interview with Keffe where he claims to have heard Diddy issue a call for Tupac’s murder.
 He declared to a room full of Crips gang members that he'd “give anything for Pac and Suge Knight's heads”, the Huffington Post reports.
 He goes on to say in the police interview that the rapper had later approached him and offered him $1million to kill the pair.
In the documentary, Kading says he “trapped” Keffe into revealing details of Shakur's murder in order to avoid a longer sentence for another crime.
 
Tupac is pictured with his manager Marion 'Suge' Knight  (Photo:Getty)
Kading says that in retaliation to Tupac's murder, his manager Knight ordered the killing of Combs’ long-time friend Biggie Smalls.
 He allegedly hired rival Blood gang member Wardell 'Poochie' Fouse to carry out the killing for just $13,000.
 
Source: The Sun UK


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The Problem With Goodluck Jonathan - by Niran Adedokun

Amid the heaping of blames for Nigeria's economic woes on Goodluck Jonathan by Nigerians, Niran Adedokun explains what the faults of the former president were.
I am not one of those who think former President Goodluck Jonathan is the worst thing that happened to Nigeria after God made Satan like a lot of Nigerians think currently.
 Nigerians have an unusual capacity to take in the dramatic. We are drawn in by the eloquence of men and when such fluency is combined with some elements of drama, we mostly lose the tendency for soundness. I try to detach myself from that mob reasoning whose motivation is most often discovered not more than some tempest in a teapot.
The level of unreasonableness and rapidity of presumptions have even now worsened with the capacity of the social media to sell falsehood and untested information. Like the downpour that lumps the chicken and pigeon together, social media has conjoined folly and wisdom in a marriage of perpetual discomfort.
 I recently saw a Facebook post, which got me wondering what a lot of us Nigerians make of the reality of life and living. The post sought to know why the Supreme Being ever allowed a man like Jonathan to rule Nigeria. And when I saw it, I felt that the error therein define Nigerians’ perception of the necessary ingredients for the development of their country. Expectedly, that post gained some traction but I disagree with it on two fronts.
 For starters, does God decide who becomes President in any country? Do we realise that the choices that we make ultimately determine what happens.
 For example, would President Muhammadu Buhari be in office if Christians prayed round the clock and Muslims sat on their mats without casting their votes on March 28, 2015? Wouldn’t Buhari be back in Daura tending his cattle without the interventions of mortals?
 Reminds me of a story I read in The Believer’s Authority, one of the classic offerings of the late American Pentecostal preacher, Kenneth Hagin. He told of how Jesus Christ appeared in a vision to teach him about the authority that a believer has. In the course of their discussion, an evil spirit appeared, making a lot of noise and causing a cloud which made it impossible for him to see Jesus. Hagin waited for Jesus to do something but he didn’t. The preacher said he later came to himself, rebuked the spirit, saw it hit the floor like a bag of salt and then the cloud cleared and he could see Jesus again. Thereafter, Jesus explained that if Hagin did nothing about the situation, there was nothing he, Jesus, could do as he already completed his own job years back! This is one fact that Nigerians, especially Christians, must wrap their heads around. There are things that God cannot do for us!
 Secondly, I think it is totally unfair to judge Jonathan only on the basis of current alarming revelations of sleaze. Here, I should be clear, corruption is horrible and everyone found culpable by our courts should be made to pay for their misdeeds but we need to put these issues in perspective.
 One understands that Nigerians are angry with Jonathan on the assumption that the current vulnerable state of the economy is a direct effect of the volume of monies allegedly stolen under his watch but that is not exactly so. Nigeria’s economy is at its prostrate state because successive leaders failed to put action behind the rhetoric about diversifying the economy.
 In spite of all the instances of theft and pilfering that have recently been revealed, Nigeria will not be at this state of affairs if crude oil still sold for say $100 per barrel. The situation with the price of crude oil has left many economies globally in dire straits. Russia, Saudi Arabia. Canada and Venezuela are currently on differing levels of struggles due to this crunch.
 Unfortunately, we do not seem to have learnt much from this situation. This administration is in the main; seems to concentrate diversification efforts on commodities and the extractive industries rather than exploring manufacturing, the enormous human resources as well as the creative and tourism potential of the country. Even then, budgetary allocation for Agriculture in the 2016 budget does not reflect the urgency with which Nigeria needs to diversify.
 Then, if we did not have a Jonathan who was not desperate to remain in office, could the 2015 elections have gone so smoothly? Some argue that then chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Attahiru Jega, would not have allowed any manipulation but a president whose eyes were set on a second term would not have appointed a Jega in the first place!
 Again, Jonathan did more than this. I do not remember any administration doing as much as Jonathan did to revamp and modernise agriculture. The YouWin Enterprise initiative, even if tokenistic, was an innovative employment generation programme which encouraged entrepreneurship and empowered hundreds of Nigerian youths. YouWIN was the first time I saw people benefiting from a national scheme without recommendations from some highly placed individuals. Modest attempts were made under Jonathan to rebuild a few institutions while the capacity of our security forces to respond to crimes cannot be said to be the same as in 2010. Not too long ago, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, was quoted as acknowledging that Jonathan built more roads than any previous government in Nigeria while the strides made in the reform of power, provided a pedestal for this administration to build on. The Jonathan administration also attempted to save by setting up a Sovereign Wealth Fund.
 In spite of whatever strides he made however, some character flaws would deny him the crown for good governance.
 One is his deficit in courage. Jonathan came across as a man who could take a stand in power. Someone who listens to every opinion without committing to anything. The inability of Jonathan to curb many of those who worked with him from the mindless plundering of the nation is a case in point. Reference can also be made to the excesses of his wife, Patience and Chief Edwin Clark who has now done a Judas on him.
A corollary to this is the penchant of the former President to speak out of turn. While in government, Jonathan hardly said anything right at the appropriate time. When he spoke, he did with a lot of slips some of which accounts for the whittling down of his popularity. Till date, Nigerians remember sound bites, like “I don’t give a damn about asset declaration”, “stealing is not corruption” and many other faux pas.
 Even now, the former president has yet to see the memo. At this time when his closest aides are answering corruption charges, Jonathan should be courageous enough to step out and explain the circumstances around the allegations against his administration. He is not the one on trial at the moment and he should be bold enough to take on this government which is determined to rubbish his administration or savour the dignity of silence until he is called upon to account.
 But as this administration and Nigerians continue to probe the past, not paying attention to the weakness of our national institutions will make it all futile.
 The inefficiency of our bureaucracy, the hypocrisy of our political elite, the betrayal of public trust by the National Assembly, a unique body meant to check the excesses of other arms of government and protect the people must be addressed without let.
 If all the stories of fleece under Jonathan are true, how does the National Assembly exculpate itself from this grand conspiracy against the people? How can Nigeria continue with anti-corruption agencies which wait on executive prompting before getting to work, one which summarily appropriates the roles of courts? How do we reform a Central Bank that flouts its own process on the altar of political convenience ruining thereby the monetary policy of the state and destroying the national economy?
 The problem with our leaders, to my mind, is not as much a question of their personal idiosyncrasies as it is the failure of democratic institutions to perform their constitutional roles. Even President Buhari is on this path now unless something gives and everyone holds the ball firmly. For, do not less us deceive ourselves, there are no good men in public office, only institutions can restrain leaders from executive waywardness.


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Scam Alert! Do Not Open This Message on Your Iphone

 Apple users have been given a serious warning to be alert after a new scam tactics internet fraudsters are using to hack personal information of apple product users was revealed.
Apple users are being warned not to open a scam text, that's apparently sent by company, which tricks people into sharing their personal details, reports The Sun.
 The fraudulent message tries to scam users by telling them their account has been frozen and they should validate their iTunes account to avoid suspension.
 The latest scam was announced ahead of Apple's upcoming press event where the technology company are expected to unveil the new iPhone and iPad.
 The web address is disguised using a link shortener, a tool that cuts down the URL into smaller format, so it appears to say 'iTunes'.
 Iapple users have been warned to be on the safe side by not opening the link if they get the message. They have been warned  to simple delete the message to avoid anything that might lead them into divulging useful information or account hack.
 
 
Apple has previously sent out virus email and text warnings from con artists who claim to be the popular digital media store.
 A statement on the company's website explains the dangers of the malicious messages.
 It claims: "The iTunes Store will never ask you to provide personal information or sensitive account information (such as passwords or credit card numbers) via email.
 "Email messages that contain attachments or links to non-Apple websites are from sources other than Apple, although they may appear to be from the iTunes Store.
"Most often, these attachments are malicious and should not be opened.
"You should never enter your Apple account information on any non-Apple website."

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#WorldCancerDay: All You Need to Know About Early Warning Signs of Cancer

 It is world cancer day! Here are tips to keep you safe that could very much save your life in the future if you read and follow accordingly.
 
What are signs and symptoms?
 
Signs and symptoms are both signals of injury, illness, disease – signals that something is not right in the body.
A sign is a signal that can be seen by someone else – maybe a loved one, or a doctor, nurse, or other health care professional. For example, fever, fast breathing, and abnormal lung sounds heard through a stethoscope may be signs of pneumonia.
A symptom is a signal that’s felt or noticed by the person who has it, but may not be easily seen by anyone else. For example, weakness, aching, and feeling short of breath may be symptoms of pneumonia.
Having one sign or symptom may not be enough to figure out what’s causing it. For example, a rash in a child could be a sign of a number of things, such as poison ivy, measles, a skin infection, or a food allergy. But if the child has the rash along with other signs and symptoms like a high fever, chills, achiness, and a sore throat, then a doctor can get a better picture of the illness. Sometimes, a patient’s signs and symptoms still don’t give the doctor enough clues to be sure what’s causing the illness. Then medical tests, such as x-rays, blood tests, or a biopsy may be needed.
 
How does cancer cause signs and symptoms?
Cancer is a group of diseases that can cause almost any sign or symptom. The signs and symptoms will depend on where the cancer is, how big it is, and how much it affects the organs or tissues. If a cancer has spread (metastasized), signs or symptoms may appear in different parts of the body.
As a cancer grows, it can begin to push on nearby organs, blood vessels, and nerves. This pressure causes some of the signs and symptoms of cancer. If the cancer is in a critical area, such as certain parts of the brain, even the smallest tumor can cause symptoms.
But sometimes cancer starts in places where it won’t cause any signs or symptoms until it has grown quite large. Cancers of the pancreas, for example, usually don’t cause symptoms until they grow large enough to press on nearby nerves or organs (this causes back or belly pain). Others may grow around the bile duct and block the flow of bile. This causes the eyes and skin to look yellow (jaundice). By the time a pancreatic cancer causes signs or symptoms like these, it’s usually in an advanced stage. This means it has grown and spread beyond the place it started – the pancreas.
A cancer may also cause symptoms like fever, extreme tiredness (fatigue), or weight loss. This may be because cancer cells use up much of the body’s energy supply, or they may release substances that change the way the body makes energy from food. Cancer can also cause the immune system to react in ways that produce these signs and symptoms.
 
Sometimes, cancer cells release substances into the bloodstream that cause symptoms that are not usually linked to cancer. For example, some cancers of the pancreas can release substances that cause blood clots in veins of the legs. Some lung cancers make hormone-like substances that raise blood calcium levels. This affects nerves and muscles, making the person feel weak and dizzy.
 
How are signs and symptoms helpful?
 
Treatment works best when cancer is found early – while it’s still small and is less likely to have spread to other parts of the body. This often means a better chance for a cure, especially if the cancer can be removed with surgery.
A good example of the importance of finding cancer early is melanoma skin cancer. It can be easy to remove if it has not grown deep into the skin. The 5-year survival rate (percentage of people who live at least 5 years after diagnosis) at this early stage is around 98%. Once melanoma has spread to other parts of the body, the 5-year survival rate drops to about 16%.
Sometimes people ignore symptoms. Maybe they don’t know that the symptoms could mean something is wrong. Or they might be frightened by what the symptoms could mean and don’t want to get medical help. Maybe they just can’t afford to get medical care.
Some symptoms, such as tiredness or coughing, are more likely caused by something other than cancer. Symptoms can seem unimportant, especially if there’s a clear cause or the problem only lasts a short time. In the same way, a person may reason that a symptom like a breast lump is probably a cyst that will go away by itself. But no symptom should be ignored or overlooked, especially if it has lasted a long time or is getting worse.
Most likely, symptoms are not caused by cancer, but it’s important to have them checked out, just in case. If cancer is not the cause, a doctor can help figure out what the cause is and treat it, if needed.
Sometimes, it’s possible to find cancer before having symptoms. The American Cancer Society and other health groups recommend cancer-related check-ups and certain tests for people even though they have no symptoms. This helps find certain cancers early, before symptoms start. For more information on early detection tests, see our document called American Cancer Society Guidelines for the Early Detection of Cancer. But keep in mind, even if you have these recommended tests, it’s still important to see a doctor if you have any symptoms.
 
What are some general signs and symptoms of cancer?
You should know some of the general signs and symptoms of cancer. But remember, having any of these does not mean that you have cancer – many other things cause these signs and symptoms, too. If you have any of these symptoms and they last for a long time or get worse, please see a doctor to find out what’s going on.
 
Unexplained weight loss
 
Most people with cancer will lose weight at some point. When you lose weight for no known reason, it’s called an unexplained weight loss. An unexplained weight loss of 10 pounds or more may be the first sign of cancer. This happens most often with cancers of the pancreas, stomach, esophagus (swallowing tube), or lung.
 
Fever
 
Fever is very common with cancer, but it more often happens after cancer has spread from where it started. Almost all people with cancer will have fever at some time, especially if the cancer or its treatment affects the immune system. (This can make it harder for the body to fight infection.) Less often, fever may be an early sign of cancer, such as blood cancers like leukemia or lymphoma.
 
Fatigue
 
Fatigue is extreme tiredness that doesn’t get better with rest. It may be an important symptom as cancer grows. But it may happen early in some cancers, like leukemia. Some colon or stomach cancers can cause blood loss that’s not obvious. This is another way cancer can cause fatigue.
 
Pain
 
Pain may be an early symptom with some cancers like bone cancers or testicular cancer. A headache that does not go away or get better with treatment may be a symptom of a brain tumor. Back pain can be a symptom of cancer of the colon, rectum, or ovary. Most often, pain due to cancer means it has already spread (metastasized) from where it started.
 
Skin changes
 
Along with skin cancers, some other cancers can cause skin changes that can be seen. These signs and symptoms include:
  • Darker looking skin (hyperpigmentation)
  • Yellowish skin and eyes (jaundice)
  • Reddened skin (erythema)
  • Itching (pruritis)
  • Excessive hair growth
  • Signs and symptoms of certain cancers
Along with the general symptoms, you should watch for certain other common signs and symptoms that could suggest cancer. Again, there may be other causes for each of these, but it’s important to see a doctor about them as soon as possible – especially if there’s no other cause you can identify, the problem lasts a long time, or it gets worse over time.
 
Change in bowel habits or bladder function
 
Long-term constipation, diarrhea, or a change in the size of the stool may be a sign of colon cancer. Pain when passing urine, blood in the urine, or a change in bladder function (such as needing to pass urine more or less often than usual) could be related to bladder or prostate cancer. Report any changes in bladder or bowel function to a doctor.
 
Sores that do not heal
 
Skin cancers may bleed and look like sores that don’t heal. A long-lasting sore in the mouth could be an oral cancer. This should be dealt with right away, especially in people who smoke, chew tobacco, or often drink alcohol. Sores on the penis or vagina may either be signs of infection or an early cancer, and should be seen by a health professional.
 
White patches inside the mouth or white spots on the tongue
 
White patches inside the mouth and white spots on the tongue may be leukoplakia. Leukoplakia is a pre-cancerous area that’s caused by frequent irritation. It’s often caused by smoking or other tobacco use. People who smoke pipes or use oral or spit tobacco are at high risk for leukoplakia. If it’s not treated, leukoplakia can become mouth cancer. Any long-lasting mouth changes should be checked by a doctor or dentist right away.
 
Unusual bleeding or discharge
 
Unusual bleeding can happen in early or advanced cancer. Coughing up blood may be a sign of lung cancer. Blood in the stool (which can look like very dark or black stool) could be a sign of colon or rectal cancer. Cancer of the cervix or the endometrium (lining of the uterus) can cause abnormal vaginal bleeding. Blood in the urine may be a sign of bladder or kidney cancer. A bloody discharge from the nipple may be a sign of breast cancer.
 
Thickening or lump in the breast or other parts of the body
 
Many cancers can be felt through the skin. These cancers occur mostly in the breast, testicle, lymph nodes (glands), and the soft tissues of the body. A lump or thickening may be an early or late sign of cancer and should be reported to a doctor, especially if you’ve just found it or notice it has grown in size. Keep in mind that some breast cancers show up as red or thickened skin rather than a lump.

Indigestion or trouble swallowing
 
Indigestion or swallowing problems that don’t go away may be signs of cancer of the esophagus (the swallowing tube that goes to the stomach), stomach, or pharynx (throat). But like most symptoms on this list, they are most often caused by something other than cancer.
 
Recent change in a wart or mole or any new skin change
 
Any wart, mole, or freckle that changes color, size, or shape, or that loses its sharp border should be seen by a doctor right away. Any other skin changes should be reported, too. A skin change may be a melanoma which, if found early, can be treated successfully. See pictures of skin cancers and other skin conditions in our Skin Cancer Image Gallery.
 
Nagging cough or hoarseness
A cough that does not go away may be a sign of lung cancer. Hoarseness can be a sign of cancer of the larynx (voice box) or thyroid gland.
 
Other symptoms
The signs and symptoms listed above are the more common ones seen with cancer, but there are many others that are not listed here. If you notice any major changes in the way your body works or the way you feel – especially if it lasts for a long time or gets worse – let a doctor know. If it has nothing to do with cancer, the doctor can find out more about what’s going on and, if needed, treat it. If it is cancer, you’ll give yourself the chance to have it treated early, when treatment works best.
 
Source: cancer.org


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All What You Need to Know About Zika Virus


Zika virus is a mosquito-transmitted infection that has ravaged most of Latin America, the Caribbean and now Europe. Here are some answers and advice about the outbreak you need to know.
 
The World Health Organization has declared the Zika virus an international public health emergency, prompted by growing concern that it could cause birth defects. As many as four million people could be infected by the end of the year. Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have urged pregnant women against travel to about two dozen countries, mostly in the Caribbean and Latin America, where the outbreak is growing.
The infection appears to be linked to the development of unusually small heads and brain damage in newborns. Some pregnant women who have been to these regions should be tested for the infection, the agency said. Here are some answers and advice about the outbreak.
 
1. What is the Zika virus?
A tropical infection new to the Western Hemisphere.
The Zika virus is a mosquito-transmitted infection related to dengue, yellow fever and West Nile virus. Although it was discovered in the Zika forest in Uganda in 1947 and is common in Africa and Asia, it did not begin spreading widely in the Western Hemisphere until last May, when an outbreak occurred in Brazil.
Until now, almost no one on this side of the world had been infected. Few of us have immune defenses against the virus, so it is spreading rapidly. Millions of people in tropical regions of the Americas may now have been infected.
Yet for most, the infection causes no symptoms and leads to no lasting harm. Scientific concern is focused on women who become infected while pregnant and those who develop a temporary form of paralysis after exposure to the Zika virus. 
 
2. How is the virus spread?
Mosquitoes, but not every species.
Zika is spread by mosquitoes of the Aedes genus, which can breed in a pool of water as small as a bottle cap and usually bite during the day. The aggressive yellow fever mosquito, Aedes aegypti, has spread most Zika cases, but that mosquito is common in the United States only in Florida, along the Gulf Coast, and in Hawaii – although it has been found as far north as Washington, D.C., in hot weather.
The Asian tiger mosquito, Aedes albopictus, is also known to transmit the virus, but it is not clear how efficiently. That mosquito ranges as far north as New York and Chicago in summer.
Although the virus is normally spread by mosquitoes, there has been one report of possible spread through blood transfusion and one of possible spread through sex. The virus was found on one occasion in semen.
 
3. How might Zika cause brain damage in infants?
Experts aren’t certain how it happens, or even whether the virus is to blame.
The possibility that the Zika virus causes microcephaly – unusually small heads and damaged brains – emerged only in October, when doctors in northern Brazil noticed a surge in babies with the condition.
It may be that other factors, such as simultaneous infection with other viruses, are contributing to the rise; investigators may even find that Zika virus is not the main cause, although right now circumstantial evidence suggests that it is. 
It is not known how common microcephaly has become in Brazil’s outbreak. About three million babies are born in Brazil each year. Normally, about 150 cases of microcephaly are reported, and Brazil says it is investigating nearly 4,000 cases. Yet reported cases usually increase when people are alerted to a potential health crisis.
 
4. What is microcephaly?
Babies with microcephaly have unusually small heads. In roughly 15 percent of cases, a small head is just a small head, and there is no effect on the infant, according to Dr. Constantine Stratakis, a pediatric geneticist and a scientific director at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.
But in the remainder of cases, the infant’s brain may not have developed properly during pregnancy or may have stopped growing in the first years of life. These children may experience a range of problems, like developmental delays, intellectual deficits or hearing loss.
 
The consequences can vary widely from child to child. Pinpointing an underlying cause helps clinicians to advise parents about their newborn’s prognosis.
 
Genetic abnormalities are a common cause. Microcephaly can also be triggered by infections of the fetus, including German measles (also known as rubella), toxoplasmosis (a disease caused by a parasite found in undercooked contaminated meat and cat feces) and cytomegalovirus. 
 
Microcephaly may also result if a pregnant woman consumes alcohol, is severely malnourished or has diabetes. If the defect occurs in a child’s first years, it may be a result of a brain injury during labor.
 
There is no treatment for an unusually small head.
 
“There is no way to fix the problem, just therapies to deal with the downstream consequences,” said Dr. Hannah M. Tully, a neurologist at Seattle Children’s Hospital who specializes in brain malformations.
 
5. What countries should pregnant women avoid?
About two dozen destinations mostly in the Caribbean, Central America and South America.
The Pan American Health Organization believes that the virus will spread locally in every country in the Americas except Canada and Chile. Here is the C.D.C.’s current list of countries and territories in which Zika virus is circulating. The latest updates are here.
 
 
6. How do I know if I’ve been infected? Is there a test?
It’s often a silent infection, and hard to diagnose.
Until recently, Zika was not considered a major threat because its symptoms are relatively mild. Only one of five people infected with the virus develop symptoms, which can include fever, rash, joint pain and red eyes. Those infected usually do not have to be hospitalized.
 
There is no widely available test for Zika infection. Because it is closely related to dengue and yellow fever, it may cross-react with antibody tests for those viruses. To detect Zika, a blood or tissue sample from the first week in the infection must be sent to an advanced laboratory so the virus can be detected through sophisticated molecular testing.
 
7. I’m pregnant and I recently visited a country with Zika virus. What do I do?
Some women should get blood tests, and just about all should get ultrasound scans.
On Jan. 19, the C.D.C. issued interim guidelines for women in that situation and for their doctors. The guidelines are complex — and may change.
 
In general, they say that pregnant women who have visited any area with Zika transmission should consult a doctor. Those who have had symptoms of infection like fever, rash, joint pain and bloodshot eyes during their trip or within two weeks of returning should have a blood test for the virus. 
 
That recommendation is controversial, because even women with no symptoms may have been infected — 80 percent of those who get the virus do not feel ill — and there is no evidence that babies are hurt only when the mother has been visibly ill. But at the time the guidelines were issued, the C.D.C. and state health departments simply did not have the laboratory capacity to test every pregnant woman who visited Latin America and the Caribbean in the last nine months, as well as every pregnant woman in Puerto Rico.
 
Even for women who get blood tests, the news is not entirely reassuring. Tests for the virus itself only work in the first week or so after infection. Tests for antibodies can be done later, but they may yield false positives if the woman has had dengue, yellow fever or even a yellow fever vaccine.
 
Under the C.D.C’s testing algorithm, pregnant women who have been to affected regions – whether they have symptoms or not, and whether they have negative or positive blood tests – should eventually have an ultrasound scan to see if their fetuses are developing microcephaly or calcification of the skull.
 
Unfortunately, an ultrasound usually cannot detect microcephaly before the end of the second trimester.
 
Some women also should have amniocentesis to test the fluid around the fetus for Zika virus. But amniocentesis involves piercing the amniotic sac with a long needle through the abdomen; it is slightly risky for the fetus and is not recommended before 15 weeks gestation.
Several companies are working on rapid tests for Zika infection. The C.D.C. also usually distributes test kits and training materials to state health departments during outbreaks, which should increase testing capacity.
8. I’m of childbearing age, but not pregnant and not planning to get pregnant. Should I go to an affected country?
Only if you use birth control religiously.
Half of pregnancies are unintended. If you want to visit a country where Zika transmission has been reported, Dr. Laura E. Riley, a specialist who works with high-risk pregnancies and infectious disease at Massachusetts General Hospital, advises strict use of birth control to ensure you don’t get pregnant.
Women who become unexpectedly pregnant while traveling or shortly afterward will face blood tests, monthly ultrasounds and a great deal of anxiety.
“Why would you ever sign yourself up for that?” said Dr. Riley. “There’s enough in life to worry about. I wouldn’t add that to my list.”
 
9. I’m pregnant now, but wasn’t when I visited one of the affected countries. What’s the risk?
Very low, experts say.
With rare exceptions, the virus does not appear to linger in the body, and people who recover from the infection are immune.
 
“Our understanding, thus far, is that the risk is very, very low if you were in that place prior to conception,” said Dr. Laura E. Riley of Massachusetts General Hospital.

“I wouldn’t be worried about if you conceived after you got back to the U.S.”
 
 
10. Does it matter when in her pregnancy a woman is infected with Zika virus?
Earlier in pregnancy seems to be more dangerous.
The most dangerous time is thought to be during the first trimester – when some women do not realize they are pregnant. Experts do not know how the virus enters the placenta and damages the growing brain of the fetus.
 
Closely related viruses, including yellow fever, dengue and West Nile, do not normally do so. Viruses from other families, including rubella (German measles) and cytomegalovirus, sometimes do.
 
11. Should infants be tested?
Other birth defects may be linked to the virus.
Federal health officials say that newborns should be tested for infection with the Zika virus if their mothers have visited or lived in any country experiencing an outbreak and if the mothers’ own tests are positive or inconclusive.
 
The reason, officials said in interviews, is that infection with the virus could be linked to defects in vision and hearing, among other abnormalities, even if the child does not suffer microcephaly. The other defects may require further assessments and testing.
 
The new guidance applies only to infants of mothers who reported symptoms of Zika virus infection — a rash, joint pain, red eyes or fever — while living abroad in an affected country or within two weeks of travel to such a destination.
 
12. Is there a treatment?
No.
The C.D.C. does not recommend a particular antiviral medication for people infected with the Zika virus. The symptoms are mild – when they appear at all – and usually require only rest, nourishment and other supportive care. 
 
13. Is there a vaccine? How should people protect themselves?
Protection is difficult in mosquito-infested regions.
There is no vaccine against the Zika virus. Efforts to make one have just begun, and creating and testing a vaccine normally takes years and costs hundreds of millions of dollars.
 
Because it is impossible to completely prevent mosquito bites, the C.D.C. has advised pregnant women to avoid going to regions where Zika is being transmitted, and has advised women thinking of becoming pregnant to consult doctors before going.
 
Travelers to these countries are advised to avoid or minimize mosquito bites by staying in screened or air-conditioned rooms or sleeping under mosquito nets, wearing insect repellent at all times and wearing long pants, long sleeves, shoes and hats.
 
 14. If Zika virus has been in Africa and Asia for decades, why wasn’t a link to microcephaly detected earlier?
It may be that the virus never had struck such a large population without immunity.
Microcephaly is rare, and it has many other causes, including infection of the fetus with rubella (German measles), cytomegalovirus or toxoplasmosis; poisoning of the fetus by alcohol, mercury or radiation; or severe maternal malnutrition and diabetes. It is also caused by several gene mutations, including Down syndrome.
Until recently, health officials paid little attention to Zika virus. It circulated in the same regions as dengue and chikungunya, and compared to those two painful infections – nicknamed “break-bone fever” and “bending-up fever” – Zika was usually mild.
 The virus is thought to have reached Asia from Africa at least 50 years ago. While it may have caused spikes in microcephaly as it first spread, there was no testing to pin down which of many possible causes was to blame.
In 2007, a Southeast Asian strain of the Zika virus began leap-frogging the South Pacific, sparking rapid outbreaks on islands where no one had immunity to it. Because island populations are small, rare side effects did not occur often enough to be noticed. But in 2013, during an outbreak in French Polynesia, which has 270,000 residents, doctors confirmed 42 cases of Guillain-Barrê syndrome, which can cause paralysis. That was about eight times the normal number and the first hint that Zika virus can attack the nervous system, which includes the brain.
Zika was first confirmed in Brazil – a country of 200 million – last May, and it spread like wildfire. The first alarms about microcephaly were raised only in October, when doctors in the northeastern state of Pernambuco reported a surge in babies born with it. Pernambuco has nine million people and 129,000 annual births. In a typical year, nine are microcephalic infants.
By November 2015, when Brazil declared a health emergency, Pernambuco had had 646 such births.
15. Outside of Brazil has a Zika outbreak ever been linked to microcephaly?
Officials in French Polynesia have suspicions about an outbreak two years ago.
French Polynesia is the only area outside of Brazil to be affected by a Zika outbreak in which public health officials have identified an increase in the number of fetuses and babies with unusually small heads. There is “very high suspicion” of a link between the Zika virus and microcephaly in French Polynesia, said Dr. Didier Musso, an infectious disease specialist at the archipelago’s Institut Louis Malardé – though he said additional research was still needed.
Last November French Polynesian officials reinvestigated an outbreak of Zika that lasted from October 2013 to April 2014. They reported finding an unusual increase – from around one case annually to 17 cases in 2014-15 – of unborn babies developing “central nervous system malformations,” a classification that includes microcephaly.
There were no investigations at the time to determine whether the mothers were infected with Zika virus during pregnancy. Four of the mothers were tested later and the results indicated they may have been infected with the virus. Additional research is underway, Dr. Musso said. 
 
Source: nytimes

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Wife of Boko Haram Member Reveals How They Trained Female Suicide Bombers

A shocking revelation has been made by a frustrated wife of a Boko Haram member who revealed details of how her husband trained suicide bombers has gone viral on the net.
A renowned international investigative journalist, Chief Bisong Etahoben has made a shocking revelation using his twitter handle on how Boko Haram insurgents train suicide bombers. The story which is published by Nigerian online states that a jealous wife from Kerawa has betrayed her husband who allegedly trains girls, arms and sends them as suicide bombers to kill innocent people. 
The woman revealed that she helped her husband now living in Goche, prepare girls who exploded bombs in Mozogo, Ashigashiya and Kolofata.
 



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Backlash to Political Hatred: SDF, CDPM Militants Commune with Hon. Awudu Mbaya



The Member of Parliament for Donga Mantung Centre, Hon. Awudu Mbaya Cyprian who doubles as Questor at the National Assembly has urged the people of Bongom, Chup, Wat, Mbaa, Nwangri, Bih, Saah, Binjeng, Kungi, Tabenken, Binshua and (13 other) localities in Nkambe central sub Division to be advocates of peace and social change in their communities. Hon Awudu made the clarion call during a Midterm Thank You Tour that took him to several localities of Nkambe Central Sub Division. He used the opportunity to call on the population to shy away from politics of bitterness and hatred. Midterm Thank You Tour, he said is intended to bring together everyone without looking at party leniency. “This is not time for campaigns”. The tour which started at Kup village with the blessings of the gods of Merry reached its climax at Wanti, Mbaa and Wat market square where CDPM militants dressed in their party outfits joined the SDF in welcoming their MP. There was euphoria and jubilations as both party militants sang the famous “we are one, we are together” song. Though some local CPDM bigwigs were threatening militants, the militants of Wat and Mbaa stood their ground arguing that “enough is enough” and would not continue to accept that they are torn apart in the name of politics. The presence of the fons of Wat and Mbaa gave them the courage to engage into what has been described as a backlash to political hatred in Mbumland.

Traditional Rulers Ignite Hope  
 HRH Fon Valentine of Wat who doubles as CPDM councilor for Nkambe also defied all the odds to be part of the merrymaking. Addressing the population in his capacity as the ruler of Wat people and not councilor of the CPDM, the fon said that Hon. Awudu is the Member of Parliament for all and not of a single political party. The fon of Mbaa village on his part said that ever since multi party politics was reintroduced, the SDF has never ever lost an election in his village.
The fon of Kup on his part was categorical that Hon. Awudu Mbaya must go back to Parliament because he is the people’s choice. “Those who think that they can replace him are on the wrong side of history”, he added. HRH Fon Nformi Nfor of Bongom was very optimistic in his statement. He said that Hon. Awudu Mbaya should accept the people’s call to go back to the national assembly. “You are the one to go back and represent us in Parliament” he concluded.
The fons of Kup, Bongom and Mbaa were categorical that given the trappings of Hon. Awudu Mbaya, he should contest in the upcoming legislative elections. This call it should be noted was echoed by the SDF Zonal chairman for Bongom who in welcoming the MP and his entourage said that the population of Bongom village have chosen Hon. Awudu as their candidate for the upcoming legislative elections in 2018. Other fons who defied the party leniency to receive the MP included the Fons of Binshua and Kungi. Yet tongues are still waging as to why the fons of Saah, Bih and Tabenken did not attend the ceremony. It is even alleged some fons have been intimidating villagers to militating in the SDF. The case of the Fon of Saah where SDF zonal chairman decried that they were victimized by the village authorities.  

MP Dolls Out Parliamentary Goodies  
At Kup village, the MP donated 10 bags of cement for the plastering of the village hall and plywood for the rehabilitation of the Kup palace hall. He used the opportunity to donate additional bags of cement to Fai Bondi of Kup for the rehabilitation of the sub palace. In Bongom, Hon. Awudu embarked on the construction of the Bongom palace project (paid for 3000 sundried bricks, builders and 5 bags to kick start construction project which he had donated two bundles of zinc. At Mbabi-Wat, he donated 20 bags of cement for the plastering of the Yakwa and Nkfumdung youth halls and then zinc, sundried bricks, cement and zinc for the construction of Fai Ndimbep’s sub palace which was consumed by fire some two years ago.
At Konya, the MP also doled out 10 bags of cement for the plastering of GS Konya, another 10 bags of cement for the Nwangri Youth Hall and an additional 10 bags of cement, 3000 sundried brick to support the WACUDA construction project at the Nwangri Palace. At Mbaa, Hon. Awudu donated 10 treated electricity poles and cables for the extension of electricity to the Mbaa fon’s palace. At Mbanka, he donated 10 bags of cement for the renovation of GS Mbanka and an additional 10 bags for the rehabilitation of the Ntoh Youth Hall (Wat Palace). In Binshua, Wat market square and Tabenken, Hon. Awudu doled out 30 bags of cement for the renovation of the market sheds he constructed as part of micro project during his first mandate. At Binju, he also donated 10 treated electricity poles for the extension of electricity to some quarters, 10 bags of cement for the renovation of Binju sub palace and 10 bags of cement at Mayo Binka for the rehabilitation of the primary school. At Kindfu-Wat, he gave us 10 bags of cement for the renovation of the community hall and promised to support the construction of two bridges linking Wat to the Ngoro zone.  
    
Keynote Message
 “It is only when there is peace that we can make this Sub Division a small heaven”, Hon. Awudu Said. According to Hon. Awudu Mbaya, communities must be united to chase away the devil that wants to stir insecurity in Cameroon. “Daddy Awudu” as he is fondly known within the communities also congratulated the Nkambe Council for constructing market sheds in Wat, Bih, Saah and other localities. Development, he added should not be carried out with political sentiments but rather it should be for all. “This is not the time for campaigns; I have come to thank those who voted for me and against me because I am the Member of Parliament for all and not one political party”. He warned that those who are using politics to divide the people are doing so at their own peril. Politics, he emphasized should serve as unifying factor and to divide.  He spoke elaborately on the rural electrification project he lobbied for more than 24 localities in the Division. One of his key points was on the effects of climate change. He warned against abusive cultivation of eucalyptus trees in watersheds and catchment areas as well as the phenomenon of climate change.  
On their parts, the SDF District chairman, Education Secretary, District Secretary used the opportunity to call on those who have not registered in the electoral registrar to do so. The first lap of the tour ended in Tabenken where the massive turnout defied the established notion that the SDF party was dead in the area.  
 


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