Dr Joseph Natsah of General Hospital Kachia in Kaduna State, has advised youths against tobacco smoking, saying it leads to impotence.
Natsah said in an interview on Tuesday in Kaduna that tobacco smoking results in low sperm count, weak erection and impotence.He warned girls involved in smoking to desist from the habit as it would also prevent them from either conceiving or having still birth.
Natsah said tobacco smoke generally has adverse effect on every organ of the body, including the immune system.
The medical practitioner listed some of the conditions generated by smoking to include coronary and heart disease, as well as breathlessness and influenza,He also said that smoking causes cancer, such as leukaemia, cancer of the bladder, throat and stomach.
Also, a laboratory technician, Miss Mercy Onu said smoking was contributing to higher percentage of deformed sperms and impotency.She also said it contributed to “painful ulcers along the digestive tract and build up fatty deposit on the artery walls”, thereby leading to low blood flow and heart attack.
A police sergeant, Dalhatu Konkiyel, who said he was a “retired chronic smoker”, said that he experienced various health challenges while smoking.Some of the challenges, he said, were poor vision, high blood pressure, common cold , tooth decay, gum disease, sleeping and blood circulation problems.
He advised the youths not to indulge in the habit, to avoid early death and psychological trauma.Konkiyel called on the Federal Government to ban the manufacture, distribution, sale and smoking of tobacco in the country. (NAN)
The military said it was acting on directives by President Goodluck Jonathan.
The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) announced in Abuja on Tuesday that it would release some persons detained in connection with terrorist activities.
The Director of Defence Information, Brigadier General Chris Olukolade, said in a statement that the decision to release the suspected terrorists was based on the directives ofPresident Goodluck Jonathan.
Mr. Jonathan had declared state of emergency in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa on May 14.The statement said the move was in furtherance of the Federal Government’s position in response to requests by the Presidential Committee on Dialogue and Reconciliation.
“The measure which is in line with presidential magnanimity to enhance peace efforts in the country will result in freedom for suspects, including all women under custody.
“The details of the directives and those to benefit from this gesture have been communicated to field units and the Joint Task Force, ‘’ it said.
The statement said that the beneficiaries would be released to the state governors who would be involved in further rehabilitation before the suspects were released to their respective community leaders and relations.
Part of the major issues raised by the Boko Haram in videos made before the State of Emergency declaration was their demand that government forces release all their wives and female relatives in detention.
An Ilorin Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday remanded a 20-year-old, Musa Raimi, for allegedly raping a 15-year-old girl.
The accused was said to have lured the girl into his room and had canal knowledge of her without her consent on May 16 at Offa Garage Area of Ilorin.
The Police Prosecutor, Insp Godwin Azua, told the court that the accused was arraigned on a one-count charge of rape, punishable under section 283 of the Penal Code Law.
The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.The prosecutor objected to bail for the accused on the ground that the offence of rape was not ordinarily bailable.
Magistrate Shade Lawal ordered the remand of the accused in Mondala Prison in Ilorin and adjourned the case to June 4 for mention.
The House of Representatives backed the Senate on Tuesday to approve President Jonathan’s request for emergency rule in three northeast states, but steered away from the upper chamber to initiate stricter measures to check the president on funding and administration of the rule.
Unlike the Senate’s holistic passage of the president’s request, the House conducted detailed analysis of all clauses for hours behind closed-doors, and rejected Mr. Jonathan’s proposal that the federal government routinely apply the statutory funds belonging to the affected states for the emergency.
The House said the Emergency Act provides that such funding should altogether be provided by the federal government.“The Emergency Act has provided for the funding from the consolidated revenue of the federal government,” said Ibrahim El Sudi, a lawmaker from Taraba State.
The senate had earlier advised the government to deploy only federal funds for the operations, with reports some states like Yobe have spent over N5 billion on the Joint Military Task force before the emergency rule began last week.
The House also asked the president to back away from assuming powers that may allow him take charge of full administrative powers of those states as contained in his proposal, insisting that such authority be limited to only security issues.
The president’s proposal would have allowed him powers to overrule the governors and the local government heads as he wishes on issues affecting the areas.
The House also inserted a wholly new clause to the president’s proposal, mandating the payment of “compensation to victims of terrorism on or before the emergency declaration” last week.
The variations with the senate are to be addressed by a conference committee headed by Sam Tsokwa, the chairman House committee on Business and Rules.
A report is expected Wednesday.But more than the differences, the two chambers made it clear their emphasis remain on ensuring the elected structures of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states were not tampered with as with previous emergency rules.
In earlier remarks, Senate president David Mark said “that all democratic structures” at the local and state levels in the three states “must be in place, be allowed to fully operate and should not be tampered with.”
The speaker, Aminu Tambuwal, said the measures were in support of democracy.“The essence of all we have done is to ensure the democratic structures are left intact,” Mr. Tambuwal said in remarks after the resolution got the unanimous support of 253 members.
The constitution requires the at least 240 members vote in support of the decision.Mr. Tambuwal praised the military for their commitment to confronting the crisis, and rooting insurgents responsible for the deaths of about 3,000 people since 2009.
He however advised troops to respect the rights of the innocents, amid growing allegation of abuses by security forces in the area.“May I caution our men and women in uniform to be mindful of the rights of those who are not in any way involved in the wanton destruction of lives and properties,” he said.
Mr. Jonathan’s letter to the National Assembly curiously bore Monday’s date-May 20; suggesting the letter either arrived late as speculated-which would question why the Senate announced its plan to consider it since Thursday if it had no letter; or the letter was updated after uproar over potential breach of the constitutional timelines on its passage.
Alarmed by the growing insecurity in the country, some prominent Nigerians, former and current government officials have begun mobilising for a major national summit to work out political consensus on how to arrest the situation.
This hint was dropped in a statement issued on Tuesday in Abuja by the Secretary of the National Summit planning committee, Modupe Odubanjo, on behalf of the arrowhead of the summit conveners, Maitama Sule, leader of Northern Elders Forum.
The conveners also said that the three-day national summit initially scheduled to hold next week at Le’ Meridian Hotels and Resorts, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, will now hold from 25 to 27 June 2013, at the same venue.
Ms Odubanjo explained that the national parley is expected to discuss the modality for a nationwide consultations and negotiations, while assessing the controversial issues of amnesty for militants as well as the latest state of emergency imposed in three northern states by President Goodluck Jonathan.
She said those already being invited to convene various sessions of the emergency national summit include eminent jurist and leader of the Patriots, Ben Nwabueze, leader of the Northern Political Leaders Forum, Adamu Ciroma, Former Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Emeka Anyaokwu, Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka, former Minister of Defenec, Theophilus Danjuma.
According to a draft programme earlier released by the summit organizers, President Jonathan is expected to deliver a keynote address at the event, which is expected to be attended by governors of the three troubled states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa.
“Also expected to deliver goodwill messages at the historic event tagged National Summit on the Future of Nigeria are the President of the Senate, David Mark, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal and all former Presidents and Heads of State of Nigeria as well as senior members of Project Nigeria, the Nigerian Labour movement, civil and political society in the country,” the statement added.
The Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, Tuesday said its national leader and 2011 presidential candidate, Gen Muhammadu Buhari is ready to give maximal support a more formidable candidate that will emerge as the presidential candidate of the All Progressives’ Congress, APC, in 2015.
A member of CPC merger committee and 2011 governorship candidate in Enugu State, Mr. Osita Okechukwu told Vanguard in a telephone interview that Buhari’s statement about his ambition of becoming the presidential candidate of the APC in 2015 was misunderstood and misconstrued.
Okechukwu said if eventually Buhari did not emerge as APC’s presidential flag bearer, he will support a better candidate than him that will emerge as the presidential candidate, and his position was very clear when he made that statement, because Buhari is a liberal democrat.
“If you understood what Gen Buhari said, he indicated interest to run under the banner of the four political parties that will merge to be APC. He gave a caveat that if there will be a better or more formidable candidate he will support the person. So is not as if Gen Buhari going out of his way to say if I am not the presidential candidate there will be no APC, of course he did not say so.
“To be honest and sincere, Gen Buhari had always said, ‘I support the merger wholeheartedly and if the merger adopts or elects me as their presidential candidate, but if they don’t I will support the person that they will be elected as their presidential candidate. I think it is as clear as that, he (Buhari) has been very clear on that,” Okechukwu added.
Barcelona Celebrate Jose Mourinho Quitting Real Madrid, While Cristiano And Pepe Go To Restaurant [PHOTOS]
Barcelona vice-president Carles Vilarrubi has welcomed the news Jose Mourinho is leaving Real Madrid, describing the Portuguese as a ‘scourge’ on Spanish football.
It was announced on Monday night that Mourinho would be parting company with Madrid at the end of the current Primera Division season, bringing to an end a turbulent three-year spell in charge of the club.
During that time, Mourinho has had several high-profile run-ins with Madrid’s arch rivals Barca, including poking Tito Vilanova in the eye during a Spanish Supercopa match and claiming UEFA favoured the Catalan club following an ill-tempered Champions League semi-final.
And Vilarrubi, vice-president of Barca’s Institutional Area, is glad to see the back of him.He told Catalunya Radio: ‘Now I can say it, Mourinho has been a scourge.
‘Seeing him leave is a positive for Spanish football because he had created a negative atmosphere.’
And Real’s Portugal stars Cristiano Ronaldo and Pepe did not seem too concerned, going to a restaurant just hours after the announcement on Monday night.
Madrid president Florentino Perez waived the £12million compensation clause in Mourinho’s contract, paving the way for him to re-join Chelsea.Perez announced that Mourinho’s troubled and chaotic three-year stint at the Bernabeu will end next month after holding talks with the Portuguese coach over the weekend.
Mourinho had four years left on his contract. He will take charge of Sunday’s clash at Real Sociedad and then bow out at home against Osasuna on June 1.
Perez, who hopes to appoint Paris Saint-Germain’s title-winning coach Carlo Ancelotti, said: ‘The club and manager agree the timing is right to bring our relationship to an end. We would like to thank Jose for all his hard work.
The team have improved in his three years and we wish him all the best.’The self-styled Special One will officially leave his position at the Bernabeu on June 3 and Chelsea are hoping to unveil him at a Stamford Bridge press conference the following week.
The parting was billed, diplomatically, as ‘mutual consent’, but anyone with more than a passing interest in Mourinho’s career in Spain will know he has exhausted the patience of this famous club — particularly with his failure to win the Champions League.
Perez added: ‘We have made a big jump in terms of competitiveness. Now we are back where we belong. Before we were being knocked out of the Champions League at the last-16 stage and now we are always group seeds.
We played some spectacular football last season. In the world of mere mortals reaching the semi-finals of the Champions League and the final of the Copa del Rey would be enough but for us it is not enough.
‘Overall, the balance is positive. It has just not been sufficiently good; neither for us nor for Mourinho. But it has not been a bad season.‘Mourinho is the longest-serving coach in the first division. It is not easy to last three seasons — and even more so at this club.
‘If we had won a European Cup then we would not be talking about this. In England a match lasts the two hours before a game, the two hours of the game, and then the two hours afterwards.
Here it is seven days a week and the pressure tells.
We would have liked him to continue but the pressure was just not sustainable and went beyond the limits of normality, with insults unbecoming civilised people.
Malam Wahab Ahmed of Ojagboro area, Ilorin, on Tuesday, told an Ilorin Area Court that he was seeking for divorce from his wife, Abike Wahab, for her lazy nature and “I don’t care attitude.”
The 48-year-old man told the court that he had been married for six years now and that his wife hardly swept their bedroom and surroundings whenever she woke up in the morning,“ not until I force her to do so.”
The petitioner told the court that his wife was fond of sleeping and watching movies thereby abandoning her domestic activities.According to him, their marriage was contracted in 2007 and has produced two male children.“My lord, I want an end to this marriage because I cannot cope with her dirty and lazy habit anymore.”
The respondent objected to the prayer of her husband, saying she was still interested in the marriage.“My husband complains a lot and forces me to do things that were beyond my capacity. I promise to do his wish henceforth.”
She prayed the court for an adjournment for her to make a reconciliatory move.The Presiding Judge, Mr Ibrahim Abdulquadri, however adjourned the case to June 6 for a report of settlement or continuation of hearing. (NAN)