Wednesday, 23 July 2014 16:31
Two planes carrying the first of the 40 victims of last week's air disaster in Ukraine arrived at Eindhoven airport on Wednesday afternoon, in a somber ceremony attended by King Willem-Alexander, queen Maxima and other dignitaries.
Flags were flying at half-mast throughout the country as the Last Post sounded. A minute's silence was then observed for the 298 people who died when the Malaysia Airways Boeing 777 was brought down close to the Russian border.
Tuesday, 22 July 2014 15:36
Speaking on Tuesday at 13.00, the Prime Minister Mark Rutte gave a summary of the latest developments relating to the air disaster in Ukraine. Mr Rutte said he expects the first aircraft carrying victims' remains to land in Eindhoven on Wednesday. 'As soon as the aircraft lands at Eindhoven Airport, the victims will be transferred to the Korporaal van Oudheusden barracks in Hilversum, and once a positive identification has been made, the immediate next step will be to inform the next of kin.'
Tuesday, 22 July 2014 06:51
We have noted with much surprise and regret, the statement issued by General Muhammadu Buhari today in which he made some wild and totally unsustainable allegations against President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.
Although he tries very hard to deny it in the statement titled "Pull Nigeria Back From the Brink", there can be no doubt that General Buhari has sadly moved away from the patriotic and statesmanlike position he recently adopted on national security, which President Jonathan publicly commended, and
has now reverted to unbridled political partisanship.President Jonathan 1
Monday, 14 July 2014 16:09
President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan said Monday in Abuja that the notion that the Federal Government has not been doing enough to find and rescue the abducted Chibok girls, is very wrong and misplaced.
Speaking at an audience with Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani Girl-Child Education Campaigner, President Jonathan said that the Federal Government was definitely doing everything possible to ensure that the girls were rescued alive and safely returned to their parents.
He however explained to Malala, who was accompanied by her father and other members of her Foundation, that the Federal Government's efforts were constrained by the overriding imperative of ensuring that the girls' lives are not endangered in any rescue attempt.
"Terror is relatively new here and dealing with it has its challenges. The great challenge in rescuing the Chibok girls is the need to ensure that they are rescued alive," President Jonathan said, stressing that the Federal Government and its security agencies were very mindful of the need to avoid the scenario in rescue attempts in other parts of the world where lives of abductees were lost in the effort to rescue them.
The President said that this challenge notwithstanding, the Federal Government was very actively pursuing all feasible options to achieve the safe return of the abducted girls.
"The time it is taking to achieve that objective is not a question of the competence of the Nigerian Government. We have had teams from the United States, Britain, France, Israel and other friendly nations working with us here on the rescue effort and they all appreciate the challenges and the need to thread carefully to achieve our purpose," he said.
The President told Malala who met yesterday with some parents of the abducted girls that he fully empathized with their pain and anguish. He said that he would meet with the parents himself before they left Abuja to personally comfort them and reassure them that the Federal Government was doing all within its powers to rescue their daughters.
President Jonathan reiterated his Administration's commitment to ensuring the safe and proper education of all Nigerian children.
"I personally believe that since about 50 per cent of our population are female, we will be depriving ourselves of half of our available human resources if we fail to educate our girls adequately or suppress their ambitions in any way. We are therefore taking steps to curb all forms of discrimination against girls and women, and have also undertaken many affirmative actions on their behalf," President Jonathan said.
The President said that the Federal Government was also proactively evolving and implementing policies and measures that will benefit the abducted Chibok girls when they are safely rescued, as well as others that have been adversely affected by the Boko Haram insurgency.
These, President Jonathan said, included the establishment of a Victims' Support Fund, the Safe Schools Initiative and the Presidential Initiative for the North East.
He announced that he would inaugurate a National Committee to oversee fundraising for the Victims' Support Fund, which will also cater for families of security men and women who have lost their lives in the war against terrorism, on Wednesday, July 16, 2014.
The President thanked Malala for coming to Nigeria to support ongoing efforts to rescue the abducted Chibok girls and promote girl-child education.
"We appreciate your efforts to change the world positively through your powerful advocacy for girl-child education," President Jonathan told her.
Sunday, 22 June 2014 19:59
President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan heartily congratulates the Governor-Elect of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on his overwhelming victory in Saturday's governorship election in the state.
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President Jonathan also commends the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the Security Services and the good people of Ekiti State for the successful and peaceful conduct of the elections in keeping with the present administration's avowed commitment to ensuring that elections in all parts of Nigeria are progressively freer, fairer and more credible.
As Mr. Fayose readies himself to assume office in fulfillment of the clearly expressed wish of his people, President Jonathan urges him to be humble and magnanimous in victory and commit himself to forming an administration that will work for the advancement of the interests of all Ekiti people irrespective of their political affiliations or loyalties.
President Jonathan calls on Mr. Fayose to regard his second chance to serve as Governor of Ekiti State as a sacred mandate from God Almighty and his people which he must discharge with immense dedication, wisdom and vigour to achieve a much more rapid pace of socio-economic development in Ekiti State for the benefit of its people who resoundingly reaffirmed their trust in his leadership by voting overwhelmingly for his election yesterday.
The President assures Mr. Fayose that the Federal Government will give all necessary support and assistance to his incoming administration and cooperate fully with him in furtherance of the present administration's objective of significantly improving the living conditions of Nigerians in all parts of the country.
He wishes Mr. Fayose continued good health and a very successful second tenure as governor of Ekiti State.
Wednesday, 11 June 2014 13:24
Films and discussion about migration from Africa to Europe
Date: Monday, June 16 2014 from 19.00 till 21.00 hrs.
De Machinist, Willem Buytewechstraat 45, Rotterdam
Goodbye Africa. Hello Europe. The last years many Africans left for Europe searching for a better life. Now the project Surprising Europe takes time for reflection. Were the expectations of the migrants met? What are the pros and cons of living in Europe? What's the situation in Africa now? Is return an option or not?
Short movies and discussion
On Monday, June 16th Surprising Europe is organising a pleasant evening of short films and discussion on the opportunities and difficulties of live in Europe and remigration to Africa. Experiences of migrants themselves are central this evening.
Representatives of organisations are participating in the discussion. The guests these evening are Fanusa, an ex-asylum seeker who returned to Guinea, and Theo Miltenburg, of stichting ROS, an organisation to support undocumented migrants. The moderator of the evening will be announced.
All Africans in the Netherlands and other interested people are welcome! We ask staff of refugee organisations to inform African clients about this meeting. For undocumented migrants there's an option to receive a travel allowance. The entrance is free for everyone.
Registration is possible at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Surprising Europe
Maatwerk bij Terugkeer and JvdW film organise special events where video-items on experiences concerning migration from Africa to Europe play a central role. With serious topics but sometimes also with a touch of humour. The project Surprising Europe is a sequel to the documentary and TV series. For more information:
More information
Paul Dallinga, Maatwerk bij Terugkeer
Tel. 030-7551580 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Wednesday, 11 June 2014 05:15
In this very critical period in Nigerian history where the country is faced with several challenges, a Nigerian-Italian, Engineer Barry Igbeare is making a huge difference helping to attract huge business investments to Nigeria through his wide range of business network in Italy.
Saturday, 07 June 2014 13:45
A Statement By Former Governor Peter Obi Of Anambra State Confirming The Death Of Dora Akunyili
On behalf of the Akunyili's family, I wish to officially confirm the death of Prof. (Mrs.) Dora Nkem Akunyili, OFR, in a Specialist Cancer Hospital in India this morning at 10 am, Nigerian Time, after a two-year battle with cancer.
Late Proffesor Dora Akunyili

In spite her illness, Prof. Akunyili was unwavering in her belief in a better Nigeria. That was why she defied her condition and was part of Anambra State Handover Committee and the National Conference.
The last time I visited her in India, even when she needed all the prayers herself, she was full of concern for the abducted Chibok girls, security and other challenges facing the country and told me that she remained prayerful for the release of those girls and for God to help President Goodluck Jonathan to overcome all the challenges facing the Nation. She therefore urged all Nigerians to remain prayerful and committed to building a better society for our children. We all prayed together and I promised to be visiting her every month.
We thank all those who remain fervent in prayers for her recovery and urge them to remain prayerful for the peaceful repose of her soul.
Mr. Peter Obi, CON
Saturday, June 7, 2014
Tuesday, 27 May 2014 11:37
This past week, a well-known Dutch criminal guy, Gwenette Martha was gun down in Amstelveen in what Police authorities are investigating that it could be a revenge murder. With his death are so many other secrets gone with him.
Many secrets of the liquidated top criminal Gwenette Martha are likely to remain hidden forever. He had a phone that was unbreakable according to the Police.
When Martha was arrested in October 2012 in the garage of the Beehive, the investigators found a phone called, "BlackBerry Martha" in his BMW car. The phone turned out to be very well secured. For months, the police authority tried to circumvent the encryption NFI but could not.
Eventually, the phone was sent even to leading experts in the United States. And even they could not crack the smartphone. Eventually Justice gave up after nine months definitively on trying to get out information on the phone.
Gwenette did all he could to get the authorities to release back the phone to him, even going to the court. During an interim hearing in court, he agreed to cooperate with the authorities on the condition that his BlackBerry will be released.
In his words, he claims he does not remember the code and he would have to be at his best to do that.
With his death, one wonder if the secrets contain in that phone will ever be unlocked.
Saturday, 24 May 2014 20:53
Kaye Whiteman, a distinguished journalist, expert on African affairs and much-loved and respected member of the CJA, passed away on Saturday May 17, 2014 at the age of 78.