Nigerian prostitutes ramp up drive for rights
Patoo Abraham has become famous for fighting for the rights of prostitutes, but what she – and those she is trying to help – do to make a living is illegal and frowned upon by many in the country.
Abraham is not only proud of her profession but is also campaigning to ensure that prostitution is legalised and that sex workers are respected in Africa’s most populous country. Read more
US FDA halts trials on a potential Ebola treatment
Finding money to back an investment in Ebola treatments has been difficult — but not impossible.
A Canadian pharmaceutical company called Tekmira has been at work for the past few years on an Ebola treatment called TKM-Ebola. It has been among the most advanced attempts at a drug that could protect against, and treat, the disease — but was also recently dealt a setback by the Food and Drug Administration. Read more
Wole Soyinka: ‘Islam is not in danger’
He is often called Nigeria’s national conscience and Africa’s most compelling literary force – Wole Soyinka, the Nigerian poet, playwright and activist. He was the first black African to be honoured with the Nobel Prize for literature in 1986. Read more
South Korea rescinds invitation to Nigerians
Seoul – A South Korean university rescinded an invitation for three Nigerians to attend a conference and a group of South Korean medical volunteers called off a trip to West Africa amid growing concerns about the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.
The Duksung Women’s University in Seoul said in a statement the school “politely withdrew” its invitation for three Nigerian students to attend an international conference that it is co-hosting with the United Nations starting from Monday. Read more
Nigeria: Jonathan Promotes Hatred – Kwankwaso
Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso of Kano State, yesterday, accused President Goodluck Jonathan of running a government based on ethnic sentiment and religious bigotry.
Kwankwaso, who spoke with reporters in his office weekend, also advised the presidency to reduce the level of hatred and bitterness among Nigerians, if the government was actually interested in resolving the problem of insecurity. Read more
TB Joshua Bars Foreign Visitors Over Ebola Outbreak
THE General Overseer of one of Nigeria largest Congregations, the Synagogue Church of All Nations, Prophet Temitope Joshua, has barred foreign members from countries where the ebola virus disease has been reported, from visiting the church.
Synagogue Church of All Nations is one of Nigeria’s largest congregations with thousands of visitors coming from different parts of the world is search of miracle healing. Read more
Hamas Demands UN ‘Apologize’ for Demanding Soldier’s Release
Hamas officials called on UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon to “formally apologize before the Palestinian people” for “accepting Israel’s version of events” regarding their breaking a humanitarian ceasefire on Friday, claiming that the fact that IDF soldier Hadar Goldin (hy”d) was killed and not abducted proves that Israel lied to international community on being attacked by Hamas.
Hamas spokesman in Gaza, Sami Abu-Zuhri, called Ban a “partner in slaughter” to Israel in his remarks and demanded an apology. Read more
Delta Airline stopped from disembarking passengers from Liberia
Ghana’s security apparatus and an official of government have prevented America’s Delta Airlines from using the country’s airport for an evacuation exercise in Liberia deemed to be detrimental to the safety of Ghanaians in the wake of an Ebola scare.
America is evacuating its citizens from Liberia because of the outbreak of the Ebola virus. Read more
Centenary of First World War marked by national event in Glasgow
The centenary of Britain’s entry into the First World War will be marked with a national event in Glasgow, including a service remembering the Commonwealth’s contribution, and a wreath-laying ceremony at the city’s cenotaph.
It is the first of three events in the UK Government’s programme of centenary commemorations, with a further two to be held in London and Belgium.
The Glasgow commemorations on Monday will start with a special service at the city’s cathedral featuring a Commonwealth theme to reflect its contribution to the war. Read more