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Doyin Ajala plays inside an oil drum at the waterfront in Lagos, Nigeria Friday, Oct. 17, 2008. More than 100 countries planned World Poverty Day events Friday to encourage action towards United Nations goals for cutting poverty and improving health care and education for the world's poor. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
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While Nigeria is not in the list of the poorest countries in the world, countries with populations less the size of 1 out of the 36 Nigerian States top the least of the poorest nations in the world. The poorest country in the world, Central African Republic, has the same population as Bauchi State. China has 32 highly populated provinces, just two of which has more people than Nigeria.

In June, Nigeria overtook India as the country with the largest number of people living in extreme poverty, with an estimated 87 million Nigerians, being half of the country’s population, thought to be living on less than $1.90 (about 700 Naira) a day. This report was taken to mean that Nigerians are the poorest in the World whereas it actually means Nigeria has the largest population of poor people. This seemingly small difference is huge in reality.

The Brooklyn Institute research shows that 643 million people across the world live in extreme poverty and 2-third of this number are in Africa. This means 1 in every 12 persons in the world is extremely poor. It also means almost half a billion Africans live in extreme poverty as Africa is about 1.2 billion in population. 

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While attention was on the general fact that Nigeria has become the country with the most people living in extreme poverty, not much was said of the growth of extreme poverty in Nigeria, which was the main issue for a number of reasons.

The presence of more poor people in Nigeria can be explained as a consequence…

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Nigeria’s new excise tax on Tobacco is actually in line with Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the World Health Organization (WHO) directives, which urged member States and Countries to increase duty rates on tobacco products in order to curtail abuse and promote moderation in consumption. An excise duty is a type of tax charged on goods produced within the Country, as opposed to customs duties, charged on goods from outside the country.
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Third party and government interference currently pose a threat to the participation of Nigerian and Spanish teams in the 2018 World Cup. This threat is in line with FIFA statutes which govern the conducts of Football Federations under the international Football community. FIFA has issued a warning that it would not consult with any of the parties fighting for the leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) before issuing a ban on the country from
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Meghan Markle’s feminism ideology has been brought to question by many who see her marriage to Prince Harry as a move which negates the principle of feminism, but this assumption is based on a wrong understanding of what feminism is and poor knowledge of the moves the British Royals have made towards its agenda.

Harry and Meghan Royal wedding took place on Saturday at St George Chapel, Windsor, before the reception at the Hall, attracting 600 guests including Queen Elizabeth and top Royals.

Prince Harry was bestowed the Duke of Sussex by the Queen, and Markle automatically became a Duchess.

Meghan official profile as the Duchess of Sussex reads her as being “a woman to be and a feminist”, which had left many wondering how she would cope with a system that might deprive her of many self-benefits.

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No more selfies

As she becomes part of the Royals, she is prohibited from taking selfies as it was reported that the queen disproves of it, with former US Ambassador Matthew Barzun, saying she finds them “disconcerting” and “strange”.

Acting is a Big NO

Meghan, an actress, would also quit her career, as there would be a conflict of interest between her job and attending meetings. More so, Royals are prohibited from promoting commercial interest.

No voting for Meghan

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Russian President, Vladimir Putin, is getting a run for his money as mammoth crowd of supporters gather in Makhachkala, Dagestan, to celebrate Aina Gamzatova’s confirmation to run for Presidency come March 2018.

Gamzatova, 46, confirmed her Presidential ambition via her Facebook page. She is a writer of Islamic books, heads the country’s largest Muslim media holding ‘Islam.ru’ which comprises of television, radio and print outlets, and also runs a charity.

She is married to Akhmad Abdulaev, the Mufti of Dagestan, Russia’s troubled province, with confrontation between fighters, clans and government forces killing thousands.

Gamzatova, a member of a Sufi order with thousands of followers, led by Said-Afandi Chirkavi, lost her first husband, Said Muhammad Abubakarov, in a car blast in 1998.

Her candidacy is viewed by some as altering the monopoly of male dominance in presidential candidacy.

“This is an exclusively PR step of a rather small scale. The more different candidates, especially women, the better, and she is a Muslim woman, why not?”, said Ekaterina Sokirianskaia, a Northern Caucasus expert and Director of the Conflict Analysis and Prevention Centre, a Moscow-based think-tank.

Gamzatova vows to deal with Wahabbist, referring to some of them as “duplicitous” and “bloodthirsty”, despite threats and killings of prominent figures with links to Sufism.

 “It is a desire to publicly announce and support on the federal level a harsh anti-Wahhabism stance that both local authorities and some federal officials responsible for the region have tried to silence in recent years”.

A popular blogger from Dagestan wrote;

“Of course, she won’t become President, it’s stupid to even discuss it. She will definitely get a majority vote – and Putin won’t get his traditional 146 percent from the republic”, referring…

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