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Al Qaeda’s second in command killed in Yemen strike; successor named

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Al Qaeda’s second in command, Nasir al-Wuhayshi, has been killed in a drone strike in Yemen, dealing a heavy setback to the leadership of the international terrorist group.150406083552-02-yemen-unrest-0406-medium-plus-169

Al-Wuhayshi was the top leader of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), one of the most dangerous and dynamic branches of the jihadist network.

His death is “the biggest blow against al Qaeda since the death of bin Laden,” said CNN terrorism analyst Paul Cruickshank.

Al-Wuhayshi was al Qaeda’s “leading light” and was one day expected to take over from its current global chief, Ayman al-Zawahiri, said Cruickshank.

Two Yemeni security officials told CNN on Monday that al-Wuhayshi was killed Friday in a suspected U.S. drone strike in Yemen’s Hadramout region.

On Tuesday, AQAP released a video statement announcing that its leader and two aides had died. The speaker said that al-Wuhayshi would be succeeded by the group’s military chief, Qasm al-Rimi (also known as Abu Hureira al-Sanaani).

‘Leadership matters’

U.S. authorities were looking to confirm al-Wuhayshi’s death, a U.S. intelligence official said before AQAP made its official announcement.

“If it’s true, it is a significant blow. Leadership matters,” Sen. Angus King, an independent of Maine, told CNN on Monday.

Al-Wuhayshi, known as al Qaeda’s crown prince, was a charismatic figure who was adored by many of the terrorist group’s jihadist fighters.

In a video that surfaced in April last year, al-Wuhayshi appeared brazenly out in the open, greeting followers in Yemen, the impoverished nation that the organization uses as a base..

In a speech to the group, he makes it clear that he’s going after the United States, saying: “We must eliminate the cross … The bearer of the cross is America!”

The video showed what looked like the largest and most dangerous gathering of al Qaeda in years.

Successor seen as ‘brains of the operation’

Originally from Yemen, al-Wuhayshi assumed command of AQAP in 2009. He’d escaped a Yemeni prison in 2006, and had previously worked as a personal secretary for Osama bin Laden.

His successor is also seen as a formidable leader.

“Qasm al-Rimi was considered the brains of the operation,” Cruickshank said. “For more than a decade, he’s really been at the helm of the military side of things for AQAP but also planning their large international operations.”

The leadership change is expected to bring “a degree of continuity,” he said, noting that al-Wuhayshi and al-Rimi were believed to have worked very closely together.

AQAP benefiting from Yemen chaos

Al-Wuhayshi’s death comes at a time when AQAP appears to have been thriving amid the recent turmoil in Yemen.

The group has been “expanding the territory they control, taking advantage of political chaos,” Cruickshank said.

AQAP has been feeding off anger among Sunni tribes in Yemen over the advances made by the predominantly Shiite Houthi rebels who overthrew the Yemeni government earlier this year.

Adding to the violence and destruction, a Saudi-led coalition has been bombing the Houthis and their allies in an effort to restore the deposed government.

AQAP has exploited the unrest to seize more turf, including the port city of Al Mukalla, where it freed hundreds of inmates from a prison in April.

The Yemeni security officials told CNN that the drone strike that killed al-Wuhayshi took place in southern Mukalla.

‘This is a long, difficult struggle’

Yemen’s descent into chaos prompted the United States to pull out its Special Operations forces based in the country in March, raising fears that its counterterrorism efforts against AQAP would be hobbled.

But al-Wuhayshi’s death and an airstrike in April that killed a senior AQAP leader show that Yemen is no safe haven for the terrorist group.

King said the terrorist leader’s death would hurt al Qaeda, but he stressed that the jihadist network still poses a threat.

“This is a long, difficult struggle that we’re engaged in, and it’s going to require all kinds of tools,” King said.

News of al-Wuhayshi’s death emerged days after U.S. planes carried out a strike inside Libya, purportedly killing a key terror figure in North Africa.

The target was Mokhtar Belmokhtar, a veteran Islamist fighter, who is blind in one eye, affiliated with al Qaeda in North Africa, a U.S. official told CNN.

The Libyan government said Belmokhtar was killed in the weekend strike, something that U.S. officials have not confirmed.

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  1. Donna

    July 17, 2015 at 12:02 am

    Hi my name is Donna and I wanna say Hell to those militants they can die for all i care

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Involve Africa Holds An Evening With Youngest Local Govt Boss In Lagos, Gbenga Abiola

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The Involve Africa Group hosted the youngest Local Government Area boss, Hon Gbenga Abiola, the current SOle Administrator of Agege LGA.

The event was held at the MRC Hall, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, Lagos on Tuesday, June 27th.

Sole Administrator of Agege LGA, Hon Gbenga Abiola with the Convener of Involve Africa, Ibrahim Owolabi during an interactive session

The event which was themed; Youth & Governance: Access, Capacity and Engagement had Hon Abiola share his experience so far in politics of the State and how he remained relevant till he was appointed by the State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode.

The Founder and Executive Director of Involve Africa, Ibrahim Owolabi stated that the project is to encourage young active Africans get involved in the democratic governance process of Nigeria and Africa at large.
He stated that with the likes of Abiola in governance, it was certain that youth still have a place if they get engage properly in grassroots politics.

In his remarks, Hon Abiola urged the youth to get themselves rooted in the activities that make up a party. He shared his testimony of starting off as a party agent and rose in the Local Government hierachy before he was recommended by the Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt

Hon Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa.

Hon Abiola disclosed that his loyalty to his party, the ruling All Progressives Conress rewarded him with the lofty position when the time of  appointment came forth.

Hon Abiola giving his acceptance speech after he was presented with recognition award by the Involve Africa Team.

He disclosed that despite being told to step down for an aspirant in the past did not stop him from participating in the party’s activities.

He encouraged the youth present at the programme to always remain focus in order to change the narrative in the playing of politics in Nigeria and also to always be ready to demand for accountability from their elected officials.

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president Buhari sick absent at fec meeting again 

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President Muhammadu Buhari was absent again today at the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting in Abuja.

The meeting is being presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

The cabinet had awaited the president’s arrival until the State House Chief of Protocols suddenly stepped in at 11.00am and whispered to Osinbajo.

A security officer had also stood anxiously behind the president’s official seat in expectation of Buhari’s attendance.

The Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa are scanty as only about 20 ministers were seated as of the time journalists were leaving.

Osinbajo kick-started the meeting with a call for the recitation of the national anthem as well as prayers by the Ministers of Education and Health, Adamu Adamu and Isaac Adewole respectively.

Immediately the meeting commenced, ministers were sighted curiously whispering.

A fortnight ago, Buhari was also absent at the weekly council meeting.

The meeting did not hold last week with the Presidency citing the Easter break.

The acting Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Dr Habibat Lawan, is in attendance.

Lawan became acting SGF last Wednesday following the suspension of Babachir David Lawal who is being investigated for alleged mismanagement of funds meant for the development of the northeast.

Daily Trust

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Oloori Jay – The Real Estate Giant Woman Doing A Mans Job Even Better

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Oloori Jay – The Real Estate Giant Woman Doing A Mans Job Even Better
Oloori Jay – The Real Estate Giant Woman Doing A Mans Job Even Better

Oloori Jay – The Real Estate Giant Woman Doing A Mans Job Even Better

She is amazing, beautiful and captivating. She makes us look forward to each new day that we spend together. She goes by the name ‘Juliena Temitope Ali’ popularly called Oloori Jay, a business woman, mega real estate realtor, consultant, charity lover and a hustler. She believes that whatever a man can do, a woman can do even better.Juliena Tosin Ali is constantly on our mind, and not a moment goes by that we want to be apart. She holds the keys to our heart, and she deserves to know it.

After having a little interview with her, she explained to us how busy she can be and took us around showing us how she spends her daily life, check it out below;

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by Lucky O. Freeman
Lagos, Nigeria

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