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Obama Pledges Support for Democracy in Africa

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Obama Pledges Support for Democracy in Africa

 

By Nduka Nwosu and Tokunbo Adedoja

President Barack Obama has said that United States would support democracy in Africa and elsewhere because it is in its interests to do so.

In his inaugural address delivered Monday shortly after his public oath-taking ceremony in Washington DC, Obama said: “We will support democracy from Asia to Africa; from the Americas to the Middle East, because our interests and our conscience compel us to act on behalf of those who long for freedom.”

He also said that America would remain the anchor of strong alliances in every corner of the globe and renew those institutions that extend its capacity to manage crisis abroad, adding, “For no one has a greater stake in a peaceful world than its most powerful nation.”

The colourful ceremony watched by millions of people around the world and witnessed by hundreds of thousands of people at the inauguration ground, including two of Obama’s predecessors, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, along with their spouses, was themed: “Faith in America’s Future”.

The first family, Vice-President Joe Biden and his wife had earlier attended a church service at St. John’s Episcopal Church before returning to the White House for a brief rest and then headed to Capitol Hill at about 10.35 am for the inauguration ceremony.

Along the routes from the White House to the inaugural ground at Capitol Hill, thousands of people lined up behind law enforcement tapes waving at the presidential convoy as it made its way to the inauguration ground.

Reassuring his nation of the commitment of his administration to their security, Obama said: “We will defend our people and uphold our values through strength of arms and rule of law. We will show the courage to try and resolve our differences with other nations peacefully – not because we are naïve about the dangers we face, but because engagement can more durably lift suspicion and fear.”

His inaugural address made before a sea of heads, who waved thousands of star-studded flags, also rekindled hope for immigrants, women, as well as gays as it linked the challenges they face with the journey the United States must embark upon.

He said: “For our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers, and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts. Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law – for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.

“Our journey is not complete until no citizen is forced to wait for hours to exercise the right to vote. Our journey is not complete until we find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as a land of opportunity; until bright young students and engineers are enlisted in our workforce rather than expelled from our country.

“Our journey is not complete until all our children, from the streets of Detroit to the hills of Appalachia to the quiet lanes of Newtown, know that they are cared for, and cherished, and always safe from harm.”

On the importance of the inaugural ceremony, Obama said: “Each time we gather to inaugurate a president, we bear witness to the enduring strength of our constitution.

“We affirm the promise of our democracy. We recall that what binds this nation together is not the colours of our skin or the tenets of our faith or the origins of our names. What makes us exceptional – what makes us American – is our allegiance to an idea, articulated in a declaration made more than two centuries ago.”

Delivering the opening remarks at the 57th inaugural ceremony, New York Democrat and head of the congressional committee on inauguration, Senator Chuck Schummer, described the occasion as “the perfect moment to renew our collective faith in America.”

The swearing-in of Vice-President Biden by Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor at about 11.46 am was preceded by the rendering of the “Battle Hymn of the Republic” by the famous Brooklyn Tabernacle choir.

Adding colour to the ceremony were Singer Kelly Clarkson, who performed “America (My Country ‘Tis of Thee)”, singer James Taylor, who performed “America the Beautiful”, Beyonce, who performed the national anthem, Richard Blanco, who gave the inaugural poem, and the US Marine Band.

The first official assignment performed by Obama after his inauguration was the signing of the paperwork to nominate four new members of his cabinet and national security team – John Brennan, CIA; Chuck Hagel, Secretary of Defence; John Kerry, Secretary of State; and Jack Lew, Secretary of the Treasury.

Two official balls – the Commander-in-Chief’s Ball – for members of the armed services, and the inaugural ball, for the invitees of the president, also held Monday.

The inaugural ceremonies would be round off Tuesday with a national prayer service at the National Cathedral also in Washington DC.

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Nigerian law permits harvesting of organs without owner’s consent, medical expert tells NASS

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The Chairman, Global Prolife Alliance, GPA, Prof (Dr) Philip Njemanze, has revealed that the National Health Act 2014 permits the harvesting of a person’s organs without their consent in Nigeria. He cited sections 13, 20, 43, 45, 48, 51, 53 and 58 of the NHAct 2014 as contentious sections of the Act, which ought to be amended for the safety of Nigerians. The National Health Act was sponsored by Senator Ifeanyi Okowa and passed into law by the government of President Goodluck Jonathan. In a lengthy submission to the National Assembly on the urgent need to amend the National Health Act, Njemanze, a former Chairman of the Catheter Medical Practitioners Association and proprietor of Chidicon Medical and Research Center, Owerri, said there are national security implications if the Act is not amended. He stated: “National security demands Federal Government Amendment of the National Health Act 2014 to prevent mass harvesting of human organs and poaching of ovarian eggs. “We would like to draw your attention to the Statues of the National Health Act 2014 (NHAct) that permit Human Organ Trafficking and Poaching of Ovarian Eggs without consent that may lead to deaths of millions of Nigerians. “We hereby warn that if the NHAct is implemented without the proposed amendments it will facilitate the operations of International Organized Criminal Cartel on Human Organ and Ovarian Egg Trafficking. On the other hand, if terminated now and the crime exposed, Nigeria would be saved!” He alleged that there are foreign sponsors of the National Health Act 2014, and provided shocking details on the dangers of the Act.

He said: “The first part of this project in Nigeria would provide the human organs to keep the rich Western patients alive, until they succeed with the therapeutic human organ cloning. Organ cloning using embryonic stem cells is a projected big business worth 30 trillion US dollars (one-third of the world economy) for the Western economies within the next 5-10 years of operation!   “This is the anticipated Western Economic Recovery Plan of the G7 countries to get ahead of Asia. This program is supported by most Western governments and many billionaire investors deceptively projecting Billionaire Philanthropic works. How does this work? To clone a tissue like heart, you will need to collect the nucleus (that stores all its genetic materials) of the heart of the sick person and place it in a human ovarian egg obtained from a woman through IVF (in-vitro fertilization).   “The new cell is put in tissue culture to grow into a heart, which could be transplanted to the sick person. The process of transferring the nucleus to the egg is called Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer (SCNT). Has this worked? Yes! SCNT was applied in experiments of Dolly the Sheep derived by cloning. To perfect the SCNT process for therapeutic cloning, they will need millions of human ovarian eggs. It has been forbidden in all Western countries to collect the ovarian eggs of women for this experimentation. “But the law like the British Embryology Law permits using human eggs from Africa and those of animals while banning the use of human eggs from Europe and America! It has been estimated that at least 100 million ovarian eggs poached from 10 million Nigerian women would be required annually for about 5 years.   “These Nigerian women will die shortly thereafter from complications of Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome as a result of the multiple hormonal injections that stimulate the ovaries given at IVF Clinics. The ovarian eggs would be obtained through in-vitro fertilization (IVF). Women have to go for the procedure if they want to get pregnant or they are donating their ovarian eggs.   “The IVF Clinics in Nigeria are proliferating under the sponsorship of foreign owners using Nigerians as fronts for ovarian egg harvesting! What then would get Nigerian women to go for IVF? For this purpose, they instituted a massive vaccination program funded by the ‘Philanthropist’ billionaire and his related ‘reputed’ international and national organizations. The vaccination for polio and tetanus has at different times been coupled with ‘sterilizing agents’ even though denied by the international agencies, facts suggest otherwise. “The billionaires bank-rolled the UN agencies for 20 years and staffed it with critical manpower working together to achieve this goal under the UN banner of deception that captivates most Nigerian officials! The billionaires own over 90% of the embryonic stem cell research companies. The ‘Philanthropic’ vaccine donations have laced common vaccines with infertility agent that reduces human chorionic gonadotropin (anti-HCG) to cause miscarriages. This has been done successfully with the tetanus vaccine and other common vaccines (see attached Talwar GP et al. A vaccine that prevents pregnancy in women (human chorionic gonadotropin/birth control vaccine) Proc. Nati. Acad. Sci. USA. 1994;91:8532-8536). “The ovarian eggs could be poached through IVF after administering a set of hormonal injections. Faced with the challenge of bareness, Nigerian women will go for IVF, where 12 ovarian eggs could be poached and maximum of 2 used for trials. The rest are sold by IVF centres to Western laboratories working on embryonic stem cell research. According to the European Union report, Nigeria is the top country for export of human ovarian eggs (see attached Jana Tutkova, ‘Human Egg Trafficking in Europe’, European Policy Officer, Core 30th March, 2006).” “About ten million Nigerian women could die in 2-3 years from the complications called Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome (liver failure, kidney failure, cancers, infections, etc). These criminal actions must be protected by an enabling system law in Nigeria, hence the NHAct 2014, was designed to do just that in disguise. The so-called good statutes were framed as window-dressing to cover the main criminal statues.”

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Hundreds of permanent voters card discovered by hunters in Bayelsa

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Over 320 Permanent Voters Cards were dumped inside an uncompleted building along the AIT/Elebele road in Yenogoa, the Bayelsa State capital.

The hunters handed over the PVCs to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Wednesday, July 27, in Yenagoa, the state capital. the Commandant of the association, Moses Okano

Said :

“We have been combing the bushes in the nooks and crannies because of the happening we have been hearing in the bushes. We started from Azikoro and went through Elebele,” he said

In the course of our going round, we ran into an uncompleted building in the bush and we heard some noise with our usual way of operation to ascertain those who were there, the people sighting us started to jump out of the windows of the uncompleted building.

So, we were able to penetrate the building and what we saw were the abandoned voters’ cards. So knowing full well that these are Federal Government property and the only authority empowered or authorised by law to keep custody of these items is INEC, we have to recover them and decided to bring it to the Commission.” he said

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INEC rules out another extension of voter registration

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has ruled out another extension of the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration (CVR).

The INEC National Commissioner in charge of Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo States, Chief Ken Okeagu, stated this at a media briefing on Wednesday in Abakaliki.

The REC said he had visited the commission’s local government area offices to assess the progress so far recorded in the exercise.

He expressed satisfaction with the turnout of prospective voters.

He said: “I’m quite impressed. The arrangement is good and people are turning out.

“So far, we don’t have challenges other than the number of people that have been coming out to register.

“I have gone round some of the centres and we are discussing how to take care of the surge.

“Some of the arrangements are going to be internal and we are looking basically at getting more machines to attend to people.

“We are not going to extend again.

“We have done it once for one month and we are not going to extend again.

“Those who have yet to register should go and get registered.

 

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