Indian Prime Minister Donates Cows To Rwanda, Uganda

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, donated 200 cows to families in Bugesera District, Eastern Province of Rwanda.

This is just ahead of of the 10th BRICS summit in South Africa.

In Rwanda, where Modi was making his first state visit, President Paul Kagame and his guest held bilateral talks and signed several agreements including loans and grants worth millions of dollars.

“With India we signed a loan of $100 million for irrigation in three separate areas in the country and $100 million for developing special economic zones,” Rwanda’s minister of finance Uzziel Ndagijimana said.

The beneficiaries of the donated cows will received them through the government’s Girinka programme-One Cow per Family, that aims at empowering poor families.

The Prime Minister will depart to Johannesburg after the Uganda visit, where he will join the leaders of other emerging economies – Brazil, Russia, China and South Africa for the BRICS Summit.

Uganda together with Togo, Namibia, Rwanda, Senegal, Gabon, Angola and Ethiopia have been invited to the summit as the “Africa outreach segment”

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Woman Lynched In India After WhatsApp Rumors

A mob lynched a woman in India after rumours circulated on WhatsApp about child kidnappers, police said Monday, days after the messaging firm said it was curbing the forwarding of messages.

More than 20 people have been killed in similar incidents in the past two months, leaving both the Indian authorities and Facebook-owned WhatsApp scrambling to find a solution in its biggest market.

Police said nine people have been arrested and more are being sought after they found the middle-aged woman’s mutilated body near a forest area in the Singrauli district of the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh on Sunday.

The accused men told police they caught hold of the woman late Saturday after finding her moving suspiciously and seeing a flurry of WhatsApp messages about gangs of child kidnappers in the area, local police chief Riyaz Iqbal told AFP.

“We are trying to identify the victim and have circulated her picture to all the police stations,” Singrauli police chief Riyaz Iqbal told AFP.

WhatsApp said the next day it would test limiting the ability of its more than 225 million Indian users to forward messages and remove the “quick forward button” next to media messages.

It had already announced new features to help users identify messages that have been forwarded and bought full-page adverts in Indian newspapers with tips on how to spot misinformation.

It has however stopped short of acceding to Indian government demands to enable the authorities to trace messages, saying its service would stay “end-to-end encrypted”.

The spate of attacks related to rumours of child kidnapping started last May in the eastern state of Jharkhand with the emergence of a video that has since spread across India.

People have also been lynched by Hindu extremists murdering Muslims and thrashing low-caste Dalits accused of killing cows or eating beef.

AFP

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India Govt Tasks WhatsApp To Prevent Circulation Of Fake News

India has asked Facebook Inc-owned WhatsApp messenger to take steps to prevent the circulation of false texts and provocative content that have led to a series of lynchings and mob beatings across the country in the past few months.

With over 200 million users in India, WhatsApp’s biggest market in the world, false news and videos circulating on the messaging app have become a new headache for social media giant Facebook, already grappling with a privacy scandal.

So far this year, false messages about child abductors on WhatsApp have helped to trigger mass beatings of over a dozen people in India, no fewer than three of whom have died.

In addition, five people were beaten to death by a mob on Sunday in a fresh incident of lynching in India’s western state of Maharashtra on suspicions that they were child abductors.

“Deep disapproval of such developments has been conveyed to the senior management of WhatsApp.

“They have been advised that necessary remedial measures should be taken,” India’s IT ministry said in a strongly-worded statement.

The ministry said law enforcement authorities were taking steps to apprehend culprits responsible for the killings but the repeated flow of fake news messages on WhatsApp was also a matter of deep concern.

It also said that messaging platform “cannot evade accountability and responsibility” when such services are abused by users to spread misinformation.

“The government has also conveyed in no uncertain terms that WhatsApp must take immediate action to end this menace and ensure that their platform is not used for such malafide activities,” it added.

According to WhatsApp, it does not want the platform to be used for spreading misinformation, while the dissemination of false messages was a challenge that companies and society should address.

The firm also announced awards for researchers to explore misinformation related issues and share their proposals with the messaging service, its parent Facebook, academia and policymakers.

However, Facebook did not respond to a request for comment on the government’s statement.

WhatsApp previously told newsmen that it is educating users to identify fake news as well as considering changes to the service.

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India Bans Day Time Advertisement Of Condoms

India on Tuesday banned telecast of condom advertisements on TV during day time, a move that has invited fierce criticism from campaigners of safe sex.

In an advisory, India’s Information and Broadcasting Ministry has asked all TV channels in this country not to air condom advertisements between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. local time to avoid exposure of such material to children.

“It has been brought to the notice of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting that some channels carry advertisements of condoms repeatedly which are alleged to be indecent especially for children.

“In view of the above, all TV channels are hereby advised not to telecast the advertisements of condoms which are for a particular age group and could be indecent/ inappropriate for viewing by children,” the ministry added.

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Inspirational Story Of An Armless Man Who Defy All Odds To Become A Professional Tailor

An inspirational man has defied the odds by becoming a professional tailor – despite having no arms.

Madan Lal, 45, from Haryana in India was born without arms but learnt to adapt to the demands of everyday life by using his feet.

Now he uses his talented toes to stitch beautiful garments from a shop in his village.

He said: ‘Whatever I have to do in my life, it’s just with my feet. All the stitching work I do with my feet. From cutting the cloth to measurement, I have to use my feet.’

Speaking of growing up with his disability Mr Lal explained: ‘It didn’t bother me during my childhood. My grandparents used to take care of me and help me with daily chores.’

But he did encounter prejudice towards his disability outside of his family circle.

He said: ‘When I was young almost every school denied me admission because of my disability. The teachers refused to admit me into the school.

He said: ‘I went to many places and met many tailors. I requested them to train so that I can earn out of it. But all of them laughed at me.

‘They said I could not make clothes without arms. It’s not possible. I can’t ever run a stitching machine. They sent me back to my village.’

A determined Mr Lal decided to travel to Fatehabad and search for a tailor who was willing to train him.

He said: ‘I went to Fatehabad to learn stitching from a tailor. He initially refused to teach me. He said, “You don’t have any arms, how would you do stitching?”

‘I said, “Just give me one chance”. He said okay and within 10 to 15 days my teacher started saying, “You will become successful”. And I became very happy.’

Within a year, Mr Lal had learned the art of tailoring and had opened a shop in his village. The impact on his life was immediate.

He said: ‘That day I forgot all the sufferings. It was the best day of my life. I saw people coming to my shop to greet me. The whole village was happy, as if they were part of my family.’

But some potential customers were still initially dismissive of the idea of a man with no arms being able to stitch.

Lal said: ‘People used to make fun of me. They never believed that I would learn tailoring using my feet.

‘They would say, “He stitches with his feet, he will ruin our clothes”.’

‘Then I slowly started to win their confidence. And then a lot people started to come to me for stitching.’

Mr Lal cuts the cloth by holding his scissors with his feet which he also uses to take measurements and operate his sewing machine.

And now Madan’s talent has overcome even the most sceptical of his villagers, and his exploits have made him something of a local hero.

He said: ‘Some people said that I could ruin clothes because I stitch using my feet. Now everyone at our village comes to my shop for stitching their clothes.

‘That’s the love and support I got from people.

‘It’s not like the past anymore. I have won the confidence of everyone.’

DailyMail UK

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In-Laws Beat Woman With Hockey Sticks In India

An Indian woman has allegedly being beaten by her in-laws over a dowry dispute.

The victim, Meena Kashyap, had been beaten after giving birth to a girl who her husband’s family refused to accept.

The 35-year-old from Patiala, Punjab, was attacked as part of the dispute over her dowry of 700,000 (£8,300) rupees given by her parents to her husband’s family.

Footage shows her screaming and desperately trying to protect herself as she is hit with what appear to be hockey sticks by two men, believed to be her brother-in-law and his friend.

Her husband’s family had apparently found out she had previously made complains about them treating her with violence.

Her father told India’s ANI news agency: “We had complained about the issue last year itself but nothing was being done regarding that.

“They have been married for the past two years now and have a girl child. Their family asked for 700,000 rupees for dowry.”

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FG To Sign $15bn Upfront Payment Oil Deal With India, Says Kachikwu

Ibe Kachikwu, minister of state for petroleum resources, is seeking $15 billion in advance oil payments from the Indian government, to stem Nigeria’s cash flow challenges.

The deal will see the Indian government make an upfront payment for crude purchase to Nigeria, to be repaid on the basis of firm term crude contracts over some years.

According to the minister, who is currently on a three-day visit to India, the deals from the negotiations will involve Indian public sector companies collaborating in the refining sector as well as exploration and production activities on a government-to-government basis.

According to a statement released by the ministry of petroleum resources, the minister concluded talks on the investments in Nigeria’s oil and gas sector.

Kachikwu revealed this after a bilateral meeting with Shri Pradhan, Indian minister of petroleum and natural gas.

Both ministers noted the existing and significant engagement between the two countries in the hydrocarbon sector, while acknowledging that Nigeria is one of India’s largest trading partners in Africa, which is dominated by import of crude oil and gas from Nigeria.

In 2015-16, India imported nearly 23.7 MMT of crude (nearly 12% of India overall imports) and over 2 MMTPA of LNG from Nigeria.

Following this negotiation, the two countries agreed to work on a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to facilitate investments by India in the Nigerian oil and gas sector.

The MoU is expected to be totally sealed in December 2016 during PETROTECH-2016.

Both ministers also agreed to strengthen the existing cooperation in oil and gas sector, with particular reference to explore investment opportunities for Indian public and private sector companies in Nigeria.

Kachikwu assured the investors that Nigeria would be back to its 2.2 million barrels-per-day production capacity by December 2016.

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Death Of Kano Student In India: The Untold Story, By Salihu Tanko Yakasai

It is often difficult to put forward facts and figures or advance reasons when emotions are high. This is even more so when a serious and solemn event like death has been used to appeal to sentiments and achieve a target. It is the situation we found ourselves in Kano with the death in India of a Kano State student, Jibril Abubakar Jibril.

Jibril was, until his death, studying Pharmacy at the Bapuji Pharmacy College in, India, on Kano state Government scholarship.

While it was indeed painful seeing how tempers were whipped high by some people whose target is actually not sympathy for the deceased’s family or even the suffering of the late student prior to his death, but rather using the unfortunate incidence for certain ends, one still felt the need for restrain to let tempers calm before setting the records straight.

The first and very important information on the travails of the deceased student that was conveniently ignored by hate mongers is that late Jibril was actually involved in a fatal road accident in India while travelling very late at night on April 4, 2016. It was not only him. His fellow student, Usman Safiyanu Jaafar was on him during the ill-fated journey.

However, while Usman Jaafar sustained mainly bruises that were treated and he was discharged immediately, Jibril was not as lucky. He sustained serious neck injuries that required surgery. And because of the cordial relationship between the school and the Kano State government, Jibril’sschool did not waste time in taking care of him while they contact the government.

The government’s link man in India, the consultant that is like the guide of all our students there immediately sent an email to the Scholarship Board and other government figures. He broke the sad news and informed the authorities here that a relative of Jibril also on scholarship in the same institution had signed a consent form for an immediate surgery. The consultant equally attached another form for Jibril’s father back in Kano to sign for further work to continue.

The uncle of the student was then called to the Scholarships Board where he was briefed on the sad development and the consent form was presented to him. The duly signed form was then posted back to India.

However, because of the medical report the government received and the critical nature of the student’s condition, and after Governor AbdulllahiUmar Ganduje was briefed about the situation, the state government promptly sponsored two members of his family – his mother and a brother to travel to Bangalore to look after him.

The state government also requested that Jibril be given the best care he could get and that was how he was transferred to the best hospital in Bangalore despite the doctors saying his survival chances was just about 10 percent.

The governor directed the Executive Secretary of the Scholarships Board to keep tab of development around the patient and keep him abreast of developments as they unfold. The Scholarship Board was therefore on daily contact with the doctors in India, the college’s principal, Jibril’smother and the consultant who was monitoring everything. On days his condition warranted, officials of the board even got to speak to Jibril himself.

When the student eventually died, the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology immediately facilitated the transportation of his remains alongside his mother and brother who were sponsored to nurse him. This was done as urgently as possible in line with the Islamic injunctions on funeral and in order for the deceased student to be given befitting burial as ordained by Islam.

The foregoing has shown the level of concern and commitment the Kano State Government has shown on this unfortunate happening, contrary to the falsehood peddled since the death of Jibril. Indeed, no one can rescue a soul whose time is up but for sure the government has done its extreme best to help Jibril and his family in their hours of need.

Kano State Government has so far paid a total sum of $27,474 (Twenty seven thousand, four hundred and seventy four dollars) to settle the medical bills of late Jibril and other related expenses.

All that was done, of course, was backed by finances and the government did not hesitate in releasing all necessary funds for treatment and other needs for the late Jibril. His school was up to its responsibility by paying up the initial bills for emergency care before contacting the government. Immediately the government came in it paid up the bills accrued by the school in giving the early care and continued from there till the end.

With all this effort on the government’s side I wonder why anyone would go and manufacture conjectures about neglect or whatever in this case. It is nothing less than inhumanity for anyone to cease the grief of a family and turn it into a political mischief trick, which is what happened in this incidence.

May the soul of Jibril find repose in the nicest of Jannah. May Allah comfort his family, ameen.

Salihu Tanko Yakasai is the Director General, Media and Communications to the Kano State governor

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A Passage to India By Femi Adesina

at do you do during a flight that lasts nine hours and six minutes? You read. You sleep. You wake, and sleep again. You eat. You pray (if you are the praying type). You discuss with your co-passengers. And of course, you ruminate about your destination. What you’ve heard, or read about the place, particularly if you were visiting for the first time.

But first, due credit for this headline. ‘A Passage to India’ is the title of a literature text I read in the university some 32 years ago. It was a 1924 novel by the English writer, E.M Forster. The book was on the struggle for Indian independence from British colonial rule, and the book is today regarded as one of the 100 Great Works of the 20th Century by the Modern Library, while Time Magazine also includes it in its ‘All Time 100 Novels’ list.

A Passage to India. That was what I embarked on, alongside my principal, President Muhammadu Buhari, who was billed to attend the 3rd India-Africa Forum Summit, scheduled for New Delhi, the Indian capital, between October 27 and 30,2015.

What had I heard about India? You probably heard those childhood tales, too. India, the land of potent talisman. India does not take part in world soccer competitions, because the world football ruling body, Fifa, had banned it for life. What was the offense? Well, France had met with a country that nobody knows, in a game of soccer. But instead of depending on natural skills, India deployed its famed talisman. The opponents kept kicking the air, because the Indians had made the ball invisible. While the opponents did all the gyrations, however, the Indians did all the scoring. When the game ended at the end of 90 minutes, India had scored 90 goals.

Blue murder, Fifa screamed! This is unnatural, and would bring the beautiful game into disrepute. So it banned India for life. Well, that was the story we heard as young boys. Believe it, and you’d believe anything.

And what of athletics. The International Athletics Federation had to ban India for life, too. What happened? It was an Olympics Games (nobody seemed to know what year, and who the host country was). India was competing, and ended up winning gold medals in all the races. You would see all the athletes at the starting blocks, and the moment the whistle is blown for the race to begin, Indian athletes would already be breasting the tape at the other end. Talisman at work!

This is unfair competition, the rest of the world screamed. So the athletics federation banned India again. And that was how the country was left to play cricket, hockey and other such games. But the question we did not ask ourselves was; if talisman worked with soccer and athletics, why doesn’t it work with cricket and hockey? At least, India gets defeated in those games. Some imaginations are simply fertile.

Well, we were passing to India, and it was for serious business. India and Africa had found common grounds, and were cooperating for development in what Narendra Modi, Indian Prime Minister calls “partnership beyond strategic and economic benefits.”

We landed in the land of film stars, beautiful damsels (hope my wife is not reading this) and, of course, medical tourism, at nighttime. Straight to Lalit Hotel, where our President and his entourage were to stay. Lalit. You need to hear a bit about the story of the hotel. It was part of the Lalit Hospitality Group, established in 1988 by Mr Lalit Suri, a very successful businessman and politician, who represented his people in the Indian parliament.

Lalit Suri had the Midas touch. The hotel chain was very successful, and can be found today in most major Indian cities. He had great plans for expansion, and was growing steadily towards the goal. But in 2006, while on a trip to London, Lalit suffered a massive heart attack, and died. He was only 59. But his wife, Dr Jyotsna Suri, took up the gauntlet, and is today keeping her husband’s dreams alive, along with their four adult children.

A day before we travelled, a massive earthquake had occurred in Afghanistan, and the tremor was felt both in Pakistan, and New Delhi. But the organizers of the summit said ‘no shaking,’ that delegates had nothing to fear. There were presidents and top government officials from more than 41 countries, and it was, indeed, a great outing for India and Africa.

Wednesday began with a bilateral meeting between President Buhari and Prime Minister Modi. Discussions focussed mainly on three areas: strengthening relations between the two countries, oil business, and helping Nigeria and Africa to develop their potentials.
India would be quite willing to cooperate with Nigeria on the military front, the PM said. She had helped set up the Nigerian Defence Academy in the early 1960s, provided instructors, and also took in Nigerian officers in its military academy. In fact, President Buhari was at the Defense Services College, Wellington, between July 22 and November 24,1975.

India wants Nigeria’s oil on government to government transactions, and President Buhari said the request would be considered in the context of ongoing reforms in the industry.

Back to Wellington. The alumni of the academy paid the Nigerian president a courtesy visit at the Lalit Hotel. Led by Gen V.K Singh, it was time to go down memory lane. The then Lt Col Buhari had been described thus in a confidential report by H.W Kulkam, the Chief Instructor of the College:”Tall, slim, and well-turned out, Buhari is a quiet, unassuming and honest individual.”

Major General S.P Malhotra, Commandant of the College, on his part, had written: “Sober and balanced. Straightforward, simple and mature.” Memories are made of such.

In almost all the countries he has visited, President Buhari always spared the time to interact with Nigerians in the Diaspora, at the grounds of the Nigerian Embassy or High Commission. It was not different in New Delhi.

Ambassador ‘Sola Enikanolaiye, the acting High Commissioner of Nigeria to India had put together an impressive assemblage of professionals, post-graduate students, businessmen, indeed, Nigerians from all walks of life. He reeled out the many ways in which the High Commission supports Nigerians in India, and from the way he was repeatedly hailed, he seems quite popular with the people.

Nigerians asked many questions. The President answered them all. And he gave them his usual charge: be law abiding. Don’t lord it over your hosts. Obey the rules. Be good ambassadors of Nigeria.

From the High Commission, it was time to meet with the CEOs of Indian companies, particularly those who do, or are aspiring to do business in Nigeria. All the big names in pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, construction, manufacturing, power, oil and gas, agriculture, and many other sectors, were there. They spoke earnestly. The President responded frankly. New vistas were opened, promises were made. A very rewarding session, if you ask me.

That parley did not end without President Buhari warning the Indian businessmen not to connive with unscrupulous people to send sub-standard food and pharmaceutical products to Nigeria. To show how dear this was to the heart of the Nigerian president, it formed part of his paper at the plenary session of the summit the next day.

Thursday was the main day, in which 41 heads of government gathered at the Indira Gandhi Stadium for the high point of the summit.
After a colorful opening session of cultural display, Prime Minister Modi took the floor. He underscored the raison detre of the summit:

“The dreams of one-third of humanity have come together under one roof. Today, the heartbeat of 1.25 billion Indians and 1.25 billion Africans are in rhythm.”
He said further:”India is honoured to be a development partner for Africa. It is a partnership beyond strategic and economic benefits. It is formed from the emotional bonds we share, and the solidarity we feel for each other.”
Modi backed his position with statistics. In the past few years, trade between Africa and India has more than doubled to over $70 billion. India is now a major source of business investment in Africa, and 34 African countries enjoy duty free access to the Indian market. The country has equally committed $7.4 billion in concessional credit and $1.2 billion in grants since the first summit held in 2008.

In the immediate future, according to Modi, concessional credit of $10 billion would be given to Africa within five years, while grant assistance will total $600 million.

The presidents spoke one after the other. Trust Robert Mugabe, who spoke in his capacities as Zimbabwean president and chairman of African Union, he used the opportunity to fire darts at the West.
According to him, one-third of the world’s population must be respected, therefore, the United Nations must become the United Equal Nations, with its Charter amended.

Chairperson of the AU Commission, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, submitted that Africa and India could no longer be rationally excluded from the permanent seat of the UN Security Council, a position supported by almost all the presidents.
One thread ran through the presentation of nearly all the African leaders. This was a good time to promote cooperation between Africa and India. South-south cooperation must not just be political slogan, but an opportunity for the countries to to meet their growing challenges.

“Africa needs mutual partnerships leading to development, rather than aids,” submitted King Mohammed VI of Morocco.
Idris Deby Itno of Chad said India and Africa had had mutual exchanges since time immemorial, stressing that partnership will help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

President Muhammadu Buhari said India and most African countries have similar historical experiences, and the summit was an opportunity to review what had been achieved since 2008, stressing:”India and Africa must develop new spirit of solidarity to confront challenges.”

He equally brought the message home, saying:”as a government, we have demonstrated our strong determination to change the direction and content of governance, including the management of our resources through accountability, transparency, and result-orientation in governance. We are confident that India, as a tested friend and dependable partner, will always stand shoulder to shoulder with us in the discharge of the mandate entrusted to us by our people.”

With the summit over, and planning to return home, I sent text messages to my friends in Nigeria, saying since I was in the land of talisman, they should indicate the type they wanted. The responses were rib-cracking, but you can’t beat this one from Steve Nwosu, Deputy Managing Director/Deputy Editor-in-Chief of The Sun Newspapers. He wrote:

“Get me a money-doubling ring. They call it evergreen pocket. Every money you spend finds its way back to your pocket. Hahahaha.”
No doubt, India and Africa are onto a strong partnership that may be enduring, mutually beneficial, with strong implications for development. That is the true talisman.Ever potent, ever sure.

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VIDEO: Radio Biafrans Threaten To Destroy Nigerian Embassy In India If Kanu Is Not Released

Some pro-Biafra activists under the aegis of Indigenous People of Biafra have threatened to destroy the Nigerian embassy in India over the detention of the Director of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.

The activist, who wore vests bearing the insignia of Biafra, staged a protest at the Nigerian High Commission building in New Delhi to demand the release of Kanu.

In a five minute Facebook video, the activist, among other demands, said if Kanu was not released within the next 24 hours, they would destroy the embassy.

The protesters, who chanted a Biafra solidarity song, “Biafra save my bullet when I die,” said not even the Indian police would stop them if Kanu was not released.

One of the activists said, “Today we are all over the world and we are making it very clear. We know your families all over the world. If Nnamdi Kanu is not released within 24 hours, we will bring down this building. Kanu has not done anything wrong, he is a prisoner of conscience kidnapped by the operatives of the Department of State Services. But we are warning that if they fail to release him, we will break down this embassy. Go and call all the police in India, they cannot stop us. We don’t joke about our leader. We are not afraid of jail.”

Another member of the group said, “We don’t mince word. There should not be a clause to his release. After all, this embassy was built with our money. No matter the number of Indian police they put here, we will bring this building down. We are ready to die. We are dead already so we are not afraid of death.”

An unidentified man at the embassy said he would convey their demands to President Muhammadu Buhari.

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Revealed: Diezani Sat On $14bn Oil Deal With India

…Used Agents Instead of Signing Long-Term Agreement With Number One Oil Buyer .

…Delayed Approval of Oil Concession After Receiving $25 Million Signature Bonus

…Nigeria May Lose Share of Indian Market to Iran, Saudi Arabia, UAE

The former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs Diezani Allison Madueke, failed to sign  a long-term agreement with New Delhi, Nigeria’s Number One oil buyer, but rather used intermediaries in the annual $14 billion deal, the Indian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Ajjampur R. Ghanashyam, has revealed.

Speaking in an interview with Daily Trust on Sunday at the weekend, the High Commissioner stated that Nigeria is the only country who uses intermediaries in its oil deals with India, saying, “From other countries, when we buy oil, whatever we want to pay, we pay to the Ministry of Finance of that country. In Nigeria, we pay to intermediaries. We would like to be dealing directly with the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). It’s not a good thing. Why should we go through intermediaries? Secondly, we would also like to have long term agreement, which we have with many countries: Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and other countries from where we buy oil. Nigeria is the only country with whom we don’t have an agreement. .. When we write a letter to NNPC, we don’t get a response.”

The NNPC 2014 Annual Statistical Bulletin indicated that India bought 136,419,844 barrels of crude oil, at a time when the United States’ own purchases from Nigeria was 24,047,758. China’s oil purchases from Nigeria also went as low as 11,412,275, despite the fact that it is one of Nigeria’s major trading partners. Next to India in oil purchases from Nigeria is the Netherlands, which imported 101,953,572 barrels of crude oil in 2014. Spain is next with 79,647,587 barrels, then South Africa comes fifth with the purchase of 51,148,821 barrels of crude oil from Nigeria.

The Indian High Commissioner added that apart from the lack of long-term agreement between the two countries on crude oil purchases,  in 2006, an Indian company, Oil & Natural Gas Commission Videsh Limited (OVL) and Mittal Energy International, which is a joint venture between OVL, an Indian government  company, and Mittal Energy a private firm, applied for oil concession. The Signature bonus sum of $25 million was paid, but neither was the oil concession granted nor the money paid returned to the Indian companies.

He lamented the situation thus, “How many years is it? Nine years. Even to get the concession is not possible, and the money is not refunded to us. For nine years your country has been sitting on this, and they make us go round and round and round. We buy $15 billion worth of crude oil per year and we have the potential of importing $50 billion worth of crude oil from Nigeria. We can buy more because our requirement is going up. But if you continue to make us to pay through agents, and continue to ask us to buy from the swap market, it means you don’t trust us, and if you don’t trust us, we have to look for those who trust us more. We are making concessions to Nigeria by buying your crude oil because you’re our old friends and we’ve been friends for a long time, and your crude oil is better quality. But you must take our interest into account.”

Checks by our reporter at the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Abuja at the weekend revealed that the letter for the signature bonus was prepared by the department, but the former minister failed to sign it until the end of the tenure of the Jonathan administration.

Recently, the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the United Arab Emirate (UAE) and signed a deal to deepen Indian trade with the Gulf State, and it is feared that the agreement could mean more  oil export from UAE to India, which could affect Nigeria’s share of the oil trade.

Though Mr. Ghanashyam said India’s trade with UAE may not threaten India’s oil import from Nigeria, he revealed that there are other overtures from oil producing states.

According to him, “Today, oil is the buyers’ market, not the sellers’ market. You can’t sit on your high horse and dictate to the buyer. From Iran we used to buy 11 million metric tonnes. They want us to raise it to 22 million metric tonnes because the sanction is being lifted. They want to come back in full force. The last time our prime minister went to Iran, they said they wanted to invest between $8 billion and $10 billion in India.  Saudi Arabia has offered to use their own oil fleet to supply crude oil to India. That means we get transportation at Saudi’s cost, that is a difference of 50 cents per barrel. Countries are trying to woo India because we are the third largest consumer of oil in the world, after the United States and China, .. and we need more. Every year we need between $6  billion and $8 billion additional worth of crude oil. We will go everywhere  to buy crude oil.”

Already, Nigeria has lost oil deals with both the United States and China in the last few years. China, which used to import crude oil from Nigeria has shifted its loyalty to Angola, Daily Trust on Sunday gathered.

Though no official of the Chinese Embassy could be reached for an explanation to the decline of the Asian country’s oil deal with Nigeria, Mr Charles Onunaiju, who is the Director of the Center from China Studies in Abuja attributed it to the instability in Nigeria’s oil sector.

According to Mr Onunaiju, “China imports more from Angola because of the instability in the oil industry. Also, they are reaching out to Saudi Arabia, Iran, Venezuela. There’s also a huge deal with Russia which is being struck for the supply of some $400 billion worth of crude oil over the next 30 years.”

Meanwhile, the Indian High Commissioner told our reporter that the attempt by two Nigerians to cross the Indian border with Pakistan to join ISIS came as a surprise to the mission in Nigeria.

According to him, “The students came from Kano and went to Bangalore to study. We’ve been liberal about granting students visas to Nigerians. With what has happened they have broken the visa rule, so when students apply to us for visa we have to do more checks. It’s quite unfortunate.

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India Nabs Two Nigerian Students On Their Way To Join ISIS

A huge drama was witnessed near the integrated checkpost (ICP) at Attari on the border between India and Pakistan when two Nigerian students from Delhi scaled a 20-foot-high grilled fence in a bid to illegally enter Pakistan in the morning of Friday, August 7.

The two Nigerians, who claimed to be cousins, were identified as Imran Kabir, 24, and Jamilu Sani, 25 years of age. They were arrested by Border Security Force (BSF) personnel after a hot chase.

“Both wanted to go to Pakistan for pursuing Islamic studies. Sani had a Nigerian passport, while Kabir didn’t. We recovered five printouts taken from Google maps of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq. They described Iraq as their final destination,” a BSF spokesperson said.

The duo got to the checkpost at about 5.50am in a stolen swift dzire taxi. The BSF said they had hired the taxi from Delhi and made off with it on reaching Amritsar when the driver, with whom they had a tiff on Thursday night over the fare, was asleep.

They parked the car close to the border and enquired about the route to Pakistan. They were told that the border was closed at that time, but rather than leaving, they waited near the car.students

The BSF personnel, who are ever on high alert, got suspicious and approached them. The two Nigerians they panicked and sped away on the road.

The border guards personnel chased them, forcing the suspects to abandon the car. The duo managed to climb over the 20-foot-high grilled fence and jump onto the rail track.

“Once there, they thought they had entered Pakistani territory and started shouting ‘we are in Pakistan’. They didn’t know that they were still in India,” the BSF spokesperson said.

During interrogation one of the Nigerians claimed to be a student of Mahatma Gandhi Open University in Delhi and the other said he studied at Karnataka State Open University, also in Delhi.

“Both had come to India on student visa in 2014. They said they were headed for Afghanistan en route to Iraq, which was their final destination. They wanted to pursue Islamic studies in Pakistan before that,” the Indian authorities confirmed.

When searched, a copy of the Quran, mobile phones, a sum of 4,000 Naira recovered from them. However, no weapons were found.

The suspects would be handed over to the police after initial interrogation.

ISIS is not strange to Nigeria. About four months ago, Nigeria’s deadly terrorist group, Boko Haram, pledged its allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

Boko Haram appeared to have aligned its media production, social media and execution style videos with ISIS.

Some say the vow of alliance by the Nigerian terror sect to the Islamic State may be no more than a propaganda move.

Earlier this week, the militants put out a video that showed the beheading of a policeman. The method of the killings, and also the professional production value of the record, spookily reflected the work of the so-called Islamic State. Some experts fear that it could presage tighter links.

Peter Pham, director of the Africa programme at the Atlantic council think tank in Washington, said: “It’s something that has been developing over the course of at least nine months.

“Both groups need this right now. They need a propaganda coup to raise morale and attention because they are both suffering setbacks in their military campaigns.

“For Isis, it’s an opportunity to present themselves as ever-expanding, to enhance their aura of inevitability. It’s a propaganda victory. And for that, all you need is a small camera and an Internet connection.”

However, reports by NBC News states that American Intelligence officials believe racism will stop ISIS operating in Northern Africa and from teaming up with the Boko Haram sect.

“The Arab world is incredibly racist. They don’t see black Africans as equivalent to them,” a US intelligence official explained.

The official added that ISIS may show “affinity” with Nigeria’s insurgents, “but they stop short of allegiance.”

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