Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Atiku congratulates Buhari, hails Jonathan

My hearty congratulations to His Excellency, General Muhammadu Buhari, for being elected the next president of our beloved county, Nigeria. You have led our party, the All Progressives Congress to an unprecedented victory within two years of its official formation, and in so doing, written the most important chapter of our democracy.
The great Nnamdi Azikiwe once wrote that “history will continue to vindicate the just.” Your victory in the polls, with votes from across the length and breadth of our country, bears witness to the acceptance of not just our party, the APC, but also your ideology of justice, fair play and zero tolerance for corruption as the bedrock for national rebirth.
At this historic moment, it is most important to say a hearty thank you to every Nigerian who voted for the APC. Your votes have not just elected the first opposition party into federal power, but has also set a precedent which will have positive implications for democracy across Africa.
Dear GMB, the journey has just begun. Millions of Nigerians have put their trust in you, because they were not satisfied with the status quo. You represent the hope of a new generation of Nigerians, and you cannot afford to fail them. Our party has made a promise of change to our young people, to secure and rebuild our country, create jobs and opportunity, and improve citizens’  welfare. We will stand behind you to ensure we keep those promises, just like we did during these elections.
Our country needs a new direction. We have voted for you, and our party won the election, but when you assume our highest office, you must become the president of not just the APC, but all of Nigeria, including the people who did not vote for you. We look up to you to heal the fractures of our country, and truly unite this country like never before.
To President Jonathan, I want to specially thank you for conducting a historic election. Your party may have lost the elections, but you have won the admiration of the world by not interfering with the wishes of Nigerians. History will be kind to you.
It is my sincere hope that we will all come together as one country, to build the Nigeria of our dreams.

ISIS beheads 30 civilians in Syria

The extremist Islamic State group on Tuesday executed at least 30 civilians, including two children, in a raid on a regime-held village the central Syrian province of Hama, a monitor said.
IS “executed at least 30 people, including women and children, by burning, beheading, and firing on them” in the village of Mabujeh, said Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
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The extremist Islamic State group on Tuesday executed at least 30 civilians, including two children, in a raid on a regime-held village the central Syrian province of Hama, a monitor said.
IS “executed at least 30 people, including women and children, by burning, beheading, and firing on them” in the village of Mabujeh, said Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
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The extremist Islamic State group on Tuesday executed at least 30 civilians, including two children, in a raid on a regime-held village the central Syrian province of Hama, a monitor said.
IS “executed at least 30 people, including women and children, by burning, beheading, and firing on them” in the village of Mabujeh, said Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
The extremist Islamic State group on Tuesday executed at least 30 civilians, including two children, in a raid on a regime-held village the central Syrian province of Hama, a monitor said.
IS “executed at least 30 people, including women and children, by burning, beheading, and firing on them” in the village of Mabujeh, said Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
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Edo declares public holiday to celebrate Buhari's victory

 

Edo State Government has declared a work-free day in the state on Wednesday to celebrate the historic victory of General Muhammadu Buhari, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress.
Governor Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole in a statement by the Chief Press Secretary, Peter Okhira invited people of the state to a victory party which will hold at the Oba Ovoranmwen Square, Benin City starting from 3:00pm.
Top artistes, including Davido, Patoranking, Osayomore Joseph, Young Bolivia, among others, will perform at the party to celebrate General Buhari’s victory

Abdusalami hails Jonathan for conceding defeat


 Celebration galore in Kano

Former Head of State, Gen. Abdusalami Abubakar, has commended President Goodluck Jonathan for conceding defeat and congratulating Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari on his victory in the Saturday’s presidential election. Abubakar spoke with State House correspondents shortly after leading members of the National Peace Committee for the 2015 general elections to a closed-door meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan. Gen. Abdulsalami called on all Nigerians to emulate president Jonathan and allow for peace to reign in the country. He said those “those celebrating and those sorrowing” should always have the interest of the country at heart.

Buhari thanks supporters, calls for calm, sober celebrations


Abuja, Nigeria, 31 March 2015: The candidate of the APC in the just-concluded elections, General Muhammadu Buhari has issued an interim message of thanks and gratitude to Nigerians for choosing him and his party over and above the PDP and their candidate, the incumbent President, Dr Jonathan Goodluck.
 The party declared victory after Dr Jonathan called General Buhari at 5:15pm to make a concession and congratulate the winner.
 A statement issued on his behalf this evening by the Director Media and Publicity of the APC Presidential Campaign Council Garba Shehu said the mood of the country as well as its current state did not warrant the type of wild celebrations reportedly going on in some cities across the country.
 Buhari said anybody happy with the victory of the APC in the presidential election will not be involved in the molestation of opponents or the destruction of their property.
 "He or she is not with me, whoever does that," Buhari curtly said.
 He is due to make a major acceptance  speech in the coming hours .

Buhari wins: Jonathan calls, congratulates him

Incumbent Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has congratulated APC presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari on his victory in the Saturday election.
According to APC chieftains in the know, they said in a telephone call at exactly 5:15pm to Buhari in Abuja, Jonathan assured him of maximum cooperation and smooth transition.
Jonathan has also called National leader of the APC, Senator Bola Tinubu to congratulate him on his party’s victory at the poll.

Buhari claims victory in historic Nigerian vote


ABUJA (Reuters) - The opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) declared victory for its candidate, former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari, in Nigeria's presidential election on Tuesday and said the country was "witnessing history".
"This is the first time in Nigeria that a sitting government will be voted out of power using purely democratic means," APC spokesman Lai Mohammed told Reuters at the house in the capital where Buhari was watching the results come in.
"The people of Nigeria have taken over."
He said the APC had no reason to doubt that President Goodluck Jonathan would concede defeat.
"He said several times that he would relinquish power if he was voted out in a free and fair election," Mohammed said.
Former army general Buhari ruled between 1983 and 1985 after seizing power in a coup. Ousted himself in another military takeover led by General Ibrahim Babangida in August 1985, he declared himself a convert to democracy and has since run and lost in several previous elections.
Jonathan's five years at the helm of Africa's most populous country and biggest economy have been plagued by corruption scandals and a Boko Haram Islamist insurgency. His People's Democratic Party (PDP) has run Nigeria since the end of military rule in 1999.
 
"If you leave it to the Nigerian people they will be ready to make big decisions and to make Nigeria look something more like a conventional democracy."
In the Abuja house where Buhari was staying during the delivery of the final results, there was joy tinged with a sense of responsibility to manage the transition smoothly in a turbulent country with a long history of political violence.
"We are on course to win. We need to first manage this period where - for the first time in Nigeria - we are going to see an incumbent government unseated in the polls," Kwara state senator and senior APC official Bukola Sarki said.
"We should all work together to redirect the country in the right direction," he added. "A lot of sacrifices will have to be made in the next few years with the economic and security situation in our country."
Buhari's march towards victory was briefly interrupted when former PDP minister Godsday Orubebe, a Niger Delta community leader, grabbed a microphone and launched into a 10-minute rant against election commissioner Attahiru Jega at the election commission headquarters in Abuja.
"Mr. Chairman, we have lost confidence in what you are doing. You are being very, very selective. You are partial," he shouted as nervous security guards stood by, wondering what to do.
Orubebe was persuaded to end his sit-in and put down the microphone, allowing the results ceremony to continue.

PDP Rep, Orubebe, accuses Jega of bias but INEC Chair stays calm, upholds Rivers election


The National Collation Centre in Abuja, Tuesday morning, was thrown into a theatre of the absurd and the ugly as INEC reconvened to receive more results from states as a former Minister of Niger Delta, Godsday Orubebe, who is also an agent of the PDP at the centre openly accused the INEC chairman, Prof Attahiru Jega of bias.


Orubebe grabbed the microphone shortly after Jega reconvened the meeting for the second day of collation and raged at the electoral umpire in the full glare of camera and the international TV audience. Not even the intervention of security personnel in the hall would assuage the former minister who accused agenda of working for the opposition APC. He called Jega a partial umpire who is tribalistic , stressing that the PDP has no confidence in what he was doing.
He queried the logic behind the results from Katsina, Kano, Kaduna which the PDP alleged were forged to suit the APC candidate.
According Orubebe, a petition was sent to the INEC chairman by the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), requesting for investigation into the results released from key northwest states of Katsina, Kano, Jigawa and Kano, but was not accepted by the chairman.
He also said that a petition sent by APC regarding the election in Rivers State was promptly acted on and a team dispatched to the state to investigate.
Orubebe created an ugly scene, insisting that collation would not go ahead as they have lost confidence in the INEC chairman.
Reacting, Jega dismissed the allegation, saying one Dr. Bello Fadile, a PDP agent contrary to the rule gave a petition to his PA from the PDP after yesterday’s session.
However, Jega said he asked his PA to return the document as all letters/petitions are to be submitted through the secretary of the Commission and not at the collation centre.
Jega also dismissed accusation that he gave results to APC that the party has released same
on its website.
“As as I sit with you now, I have not received anything (PDP petition) from the secretary.
“For you to engage me on this issue frankly, is not fair to me. Let us not disrupt a process that has ended peacefully”.
The collation however continued afterwards with Jega upholding the result from Rivers State.

Orubebe’s drama, part of a larger plot, APC Campaign warns


*Asks Nigerians to be calm, vigilant

Abuja, Nigeria, 31 March 2015: The All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Organisation has asked Nigerians to be watchful of impending distasteful actions by agents of the Peoples Democratic Party, as the drama orchestrated by the former minister of Niger Delta, Elder Peter Godsday Orubebe during the collation of presidential election results on Tuesday, was the beginning of sinister things to come.
 A press statement signed by the Director of Media and Publicity of the APC Campaign, Mallam Garba Shehu, said that the bizarre show of shame by Orubebe underpins a larger plot of the PDP and the Jonathan government to foment crisis and subvert our hard-won democracy.
 "Much as disgraceful as the action by Elder Orubebe was this morning, it typifies the kind of things Nigerians should expect from the PDP and its agents, in an expression of their desperation and pent-up frustrations with the popular decisions of Nigerians in the March 28 Presidential and National Assembly elections.
 "We cannot under-rate the frustrations of these people, and we anticipate that they will not hesitate to do the unthinkable to subvert the course of the electoral process and, indeed, democracy in the country.
 "We wish to alert that Orubebe's drama aimed at disrupting the announcement of the results of the presidential election is just act one scene one in a plot that has many more acts and scenes ahead. The elements of the drama might involve a breach of law and order.
 "We therefore call on Nigerians to be watchful, vigilant, and prayerful and remain resolute to protect our democracy from the machinations of agents-provocateurs."

Man gets buried in his Hummer Jeep


 
Talk of death wishes and it has really gotten to that. The person who tweeted these said it happened in Nigeria

Is it appropriate for this lady to be bathing with her son?


This photo is posted by a Facebook user  to his account showing his girlfriend & her son both naked in a bathtub! He quickly removed it after serious backlash from other users who saw it as inappropriate and asked for child services to look into it. Even if that is your son, why get naked with him? Or is this OK?

See what election result anxiety has turned Nigerians into




Nigerians are working out the winner themselves.


Heavily pregnant Tiwa Savage rocks the stage with Flavour in London


The duo of Tiwa Savage and Flavour  in London for the Dance Afrique concert which happened recently.

Warri billionaire Ayiri Emami and his entourage storm Warri


Jay Z launches music streaming site (photos)

Rapper Jay Z recently launched his newly acquired music streaming site called Tidal. If you are active on social media, you would have noticed that big guns like Madonna, Beyonce, Usher, Kanye West, Rihanna and so many others turned their Twitter icons blue and were tweeting #TidalForAll. Tidal is reportedly the world's first streaming platform owned by musicians that promises to deliver "exclusive experiences that will be available nowhere else." But comes at a monthly $20 fee.
To promote the site, Jay held a press conference that was filled with some of the biggest names in music in New York last night. See more photos after the cut.


















Teenage girl stabs boyfriend to death for attempted rape in Lagos

Olutola Adebayo Street | credits: Samson Folarin
The Lagos police command has  arrested an 18-year-old lady, Kafayat Olawale, for allegedly stabbing to death her 32 year old boyfriend, Ojo Ijabike.
The incident happened on Friday on Olutola Adebayo Street, off Idimu Road, in the Alimosho area of Lagos State. Investigations by PUNCH Metro revealed that Ijabike, an indigene of Owo, Ondo State, had attempted to forcefully have carnal knowledge of the suspect when there was a scuffle between them.
Olawale, who hails from Osun State, was said to have stabbed the deceased in the heart region, while the 32-year-old victim inflicted injuries on her.
The landlord of the house, who heard the noise, was said to have broken the locked door and met the
duo lying in a pool of blood. They were reportedly rushed to a private hospital in the area where Ijabike, an electrician, gave up the ghost.
When Punch visited the Cele Egbe area, where the suspect was an apprentice in a hairdressing salon, he met her boss, who said Olawale was tricked into Ijabike’s apartment.
The woman, who did not identify herself, said:
 “She is a little girl and I often tried to guide her home whenever it was late in the night. She cannot hurt a fly. Ojo (Ijabike) bought her a phone and she brought it to the office that morning. He called her and said he forgot the charger at home, that she should come over to pick it.
 It was the charger she went to pick when he locked the door against her and wanted to sleep with her.”
 A young man, who claimed to be the “real boyfriend of the suspect”, said the deceased was not in a relationship with Olawale. The barber, who said they had been dating since 2014, told PUNCH Metro he had warned Olawale to stop collecting gifts from the deceased.
“But she kept telling me it was just a normal friendship. I tried my best to always please her, but I am aware the guy was also giving her money and gifts and I knew his intention was not pure. When he bought her the phone, I frowned at it. I was told it was on Friday when she was on her way to work that he called her to come over to his place to take the charger of the phone which he forgot to give her. That was how he wanted to take advantage of her and things went awry,” he said.
PUNCH visited where the incident happened on Olutola Adebayo Street and met co-tenants of the deceased. A girl took them to the one room apartment of the deceased, which was shut.
A drama however played out when the Punch correspondent was directed to the landlord of the house, who quickly denied being the owner of the house.
“I am new in this house and just rented a shop here. I don’t know anything and cannot say anything,” the elderly man said.
Other residents equally declined to speak. PUNCH Metro subsequently visited the private hospital, where the duo was rushed to on Modupe Shittu Street.
A worker, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, explained that the deceased was still alive when he was brought to the hospital.
“When they were rushed here, they were both alive. We, however, observed that the man was stabbed in the heart region. He died soon after. The girl also sustained injuries. I learnt that it was after the girl stabbed him that he collected the knife and began stabbing her in anger,” the worker said.
PUNCH Metro gathered that the deceased had first used the weapon to threaten the suspect so she could submit to his desire.
While the corpse of the victim was taken to the morgue, the suspect was arrested by policemen from the Ikotun division. A police source said the suspect was stabbed more than six times on her back.
He said, “The lady was also injured. She was first hospitalised before she was arrested.”
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Kenneth Nwosu, confirmed the incident, adding that investigations were ongoing.

Prophet TB Joshua prophesies death of a top politician

Prophet T.B. Joshua, has revealed some things that will happen soon after the elections in Nigeria.
Speaking to his congregation on Sunday, March 29, 2015, the prophet said, he is seeing the death of a prominent politician due to ‘heated up’ politics in the wake of the closely fought Nigerian elections.

“I am seeing Nigerians heating up politics.

“They will heat up politics and a great man among the politicians will likely lose his life… I am seeing this kind of thing happening in the night.
“Wednesday and Thursday of this coming week and next week, make sure you fast and pray.”

Joshua stated this just before the close of his church service at 7pm in a message broadcast live via Christian television station Emmanuel TV.
He urged members of his congregation to remain prayerful on those specified days so as to save souls.
He urged his congregants to avoid violence, and not allow themselves be used by politicians to cause bloodshed, while adding that do or die is not politics.
The man of God said: “There is a difference between your faith and politics.
“Don’t play politics as if it is your faith. ‘Do or die’ is not politics. Politics is a game. When you lose, you say, ‘Thank You, Jesus’; when you win, you say, ‘Thank You, Jesus’.
“Your future and the future of this nation – Jesus will ask you to give account. What we are doing now is for generations yet unborn. Don’t trade this future for money, thuggery or corruption.”
T.B. Joshua also predicted that an international terrorist will be captured.
“A criminal they have been looking for, for many years, who has been terrorising the world – I am seeing him being caught and displayed to the world on international media,”  he announced.
Before the elections, the cleric had warned Nigerians to be aware of a fake political party people, saying he foresees a plane crash.
Pastor T.B. Joshua is famous both in Nigeria and abroad for his religious activities. He performs miracles and conducts deliverance. The cleric also makes predictions about events that will take place on the national and international stage.

Rivers 2015 election, My position - Princewill



After a closed door meeting with all my local government representatives and an extended stakeholder engagement within my party, it is our official position that the senate and house of representative elections conducted on the 28th of March where largely neither free nor fair and were not in accordance with laid down electoral procedures. We will therefore be rejecting a large number of the national assembly results we participated in. The evidence to buttress the tribunal cases is now being collated and a team of 5 SANs, co-ordinated by the Rivers State party chairman, Prince Favour Reuben is being deployed to ensure we secure justice.

Our national assembly candidates trusted that INEC and the security agencies would protect them and provide for them a level playing field, but it was a surprise to see that not only did they not do so, their processes and equipment left them exposed, disenfranchised and ultimately short changed with results that clearly did not reflect the will of their people. As law abiding citizens, we have vowed to challenge, to the end, the injustices meted out to us through legal means and have no doubt that in the end, justice will prevail. 

As many now know, our party supported the PDP candidate for President and so we have no doubt, his overwhelming victory in Rivers state is inevitable. We demonstrated our political maturity in working with PDP, other parties and indeed even APC faithful in voting for him in a peaceful and orderly fashion. Aside from being our son, we believe he has not only done well, he has earned all our support. We only pray that our collective efforts are enough to lead him on to a national victory. For us it was never about the party, it was always about the person.

I would like to add that it is particularly ironic to find ourselves in the same boat as the leadership of the APC in the Rivers state, complaining about the conduct of an election when the same actors in the APC have been the same executors of similar injustices in the past. "He without sin should cast the first stone." What goes around clearly comes around and I hope this will serve as a lesson for us all, including the PDP. In the end, power is simply transient and there are powers above powers. Justice comes in many forms.


Prince Tonye T.J.T Princewill
Governorship Candidate, Labour Party


Buhari Support Organisation call for the arrest of Femi Fani-Kayode

The Buhari Support Organisations (BSO) has called for the arrest of Mr Femi Fani-Kayode, the Director, Media, Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Organisation for announcing unofficial results.
The Director, Media and Information of the BSO, Dr Chidia Maduekwe, made the call yesterday in Abuja at a news conference.
According to Maduekwe, this is the time for security agencies to show their neutrality by arresting Fani-Kayode because the only authority to announce election results is the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The organisation claimed that Fani-Kayode had breached relevant sections of the Electoral Act by announcing on Sunday that the PDP was leading in the presidential election in 23 states of the federation.
“We ask the security agencies to immediately arrest Fani-Kayode for breaching relevant sections of the Electoral Act which forbids any organ outside INEC from officially declaring election results.”

What is the meaning of this photo?


We have seen strange things happen before but we are also seeing stranger things. What is this? An hermaphrodite?

Fifty killed during Nigeria's Saturday's elections-NHRC declares

Not less than fifty persons were killed during and after last Saturday’s presidential and National Assembly elections in Nigeria, says the country's National Human Rights Commission, NHRC.
The commission also through a statement it issued in Abuja yesterday, commended Nigerians for refusing to be intimidated or discouraged by operational and logistical hiccups that trailed the election in various parts of the country.
The statement was signed by the Chairman, Governing Council of NHRC, Professor Chidi Odinkalu.
The commission noted that there had been incidents, reports and allegations of various forms of violence, including some reported attacks by extremists in some parts of North-Eastern Nigeria, which it said was designed to frustrate the electoral process.
It said that varying acts of violence, which resulted in fatalities were reported in Akwa Ibom, Borno, Bauchi, Edo, Gombe, Lagos, Osun, Rivers, and Yobe states.
”At the end of yesterday, the number of persons reported killed in these attacks and incidents is over 50.This number includes one state legislator, a community leader and two ad hoc election staff of Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) allegedly killed in an extremist attack in Gombe State, as well as the killing of an officer of the Nigerian Armed Forces in Rivers State.
“There were also reported cases of injuries from politically-motivated violence in Edo, Ekiti, Imo, Lagos, and Kano states as well as allegations of snatching of ballot boxes, card readers and related election materials in some states, including Akwa Ibom, Benue, Gombe, Imo, Niger and Rivers states,” the statement stated.
It stressed that there were also isolated but very worrying reports of arson attacks on assets of INEC and that of Police in some parts of the Niger Delta.
It blamed the incidents on widespread availability of small arms and light weapons in some parts of the country, especially in parts of Akwa Ibom, Imo, Delta, Rivers, and Benue states.

Another bomb factory discovered in Gwoza



Military authorities in Nigeria on Sunday said that it has discovered another Boko Haram bomb factory in Gwoza, Borno state.
A statement by Defence spokesperson in Abuja, Maj. Gen. Chris Olukolade said “A number of women, the elderly and children who were locked up by fleeing terrorists in Gwoza have been freed by troops as cordon and search along with mopping up operations continue in the town.
The freed hostages some of whom are so weak are being given medical attention while others are also receiving necessary care pending the arrival and activities of aid agencies.
Some of them are also providing useful information for the intelligence in aid of troops operations in the area.
In another development, a building which have been converted to a bomb making factory have been unearthed by troops in the course of ongoing mopping up operations in Gwoza.
The facility which is being used for the manufacture of various calibres of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) is still being carefully evacuated of dangerous materials.
Massive destruction of infrastructure and property including blowing up bridges and burnt houses including Emir’s Palace have also been noticeable.
Troops are also carefully removing land mines placed in various parts of the town.
In Bama also in Borno State, troops on routine patrol in the suburbs of the town this morning recovered a large number of rifles and various arms believed to have been abandoned by terrorists who fled the area when troops were advancing to flush them of the town recently.
Bama was liberated by troops on 16 March 2015 and troops have since been dominating the town with aggressive patrols to defend it against any further terrorists activities.”




The Nigerian Military on Sunday disclosed that it has discovered another Boko Haram bomb factory in Gwoza, Borno state.
In a statement by Defence spokesperson in Abuja, Maj. Gen. Chris Olukolade, the Military said “A number of women, the elderly and children who were locked up by fleeing terrorists in Gwoza have been freed by troops as cordon and search along with mopping up operations continue in the town.
“The freed hostages some of whom are so weak are being given medical attention while others are also receiving necessary care pending the arrival and activities of aid agencies.
“Some of them are also providing useful information for the intelligence in aid of troops operations in the area.
“In another development, a building which have been converted to a bomb making factory have been unearthed by troops in the course of ongoing mopping up operations in Gwoza.
“The facility which is being used for the manufacture of various calibres of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) is still being carefully evacuated of dangerous materials.
“Massive destruction of infrastructure and property including blowing up bridges and burnt houses including Emir’s Palace have also been noticeable.
“Troops are also carefully removing land mines placed in various parts of the town.
“In Bama also in Borno State, troops on routine patrol in the suburbs of the town this morning recovered a large number of rifles and various arms believed to have been abandoned by terrorists who fled the area when troops were advancing to flush them of the town recently.
“Bama was liberated by troops on 16 March 2015 and troops have since been dominating the town with aggressive patrols to defend it against any further terrorists activities.”
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Boko Haram failed to disrupt Nigeria elections: UN


People wait to vote at a polling station in Abuja, Nigeria, during presidential elections on March 28, 2015
People wait to vote at a polling station in Abuja, Nigeria, during presidential elections on March 28, 2015 (AFP Photo/Nichole Sobecki)
United Nations (United States) (AFP) - Boko Haram was unable to disrupt elections in Nigeria but its allegiance to Islamic State shows the group has an agenda that reaches well beyond Africa's most populous country, a UN envoy said Monday.
Mohammad ibn Chambas, the UN envoy for West Africa, told the Security Council that while Boko Haram fighters staged attacks on election day in Bauchi state, northeast Nigeria, "they didn't have an impact on the voting process.""Boko Haram was unable to disrupt the electoral process," he told the 15-member council.
Nigerians voted Saturday and Sunday in presidential and parliamentary elections, one of the closest in the country's history, amid fears of violence.
Chambas said that Boko Haram's announcement that it had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group, "whether for publicity reasons or to tap into ISIL support," shows that "Boko Haram's agenda goes well beyond Nigeria."
At least 1.5 million people have been forced to flee their homes in northeast Nigeria and in neighboring Cameroon, Niger and Chad since May 2013 as Boko Haram stepped up its insurgency.
The United Nations is scaling up operations in Nigeria and neighboring countries to address the humanitarian crisis triggered by the Boko Haram offensive, Chambas said.
The envoy voiced hope that the new Nigerian leadership "will remain committed to the sub-regional fight against Boko Haram".
UN deputy aid official Kyung-wha Kang said the situation in northeast Nigeria and affected areas in neighboring countries was "dire," with the violence having a "devastating impact" on women, children and young people.
Since early 2014, more than 7,300 civilians have been killed by Boko Haram in Nigeria's three northeastern states under a state of emergency, said Kang.

Beyonce loses her cool composure and goofs around backstage at launch of Jay Z's new streaming service

Several of music's biggest stars aligned to launch new music streaming service Tidal, the brainchild of Jay Z.
And though there is serious money at stake, that didn't stop the rapper's wife Beyonce from having a bit of fun with a few of her famous friends.
The 33-year-old singer was spotted backstage at the #TIDALforALL event on Monday seriously goofing around with Alicia Keys, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna and Madonna among many others.
Silly stars! Beyonce swapped her usually cool composure for a bout of goofiness as she posed backstage at the launch of the Tidal streaming service along with Alicia Keys and Nicki Minaj in New York on Monday
Silly stars! Beyonce swapped her usually cool composure for a bout of goofiness as she posed backstage at the launch of the Tidal streaming service along with Alicia Keys and Nicki Minaj in New York on Monday
The usually cool and composed star didn't mind showing off her best silly face for the camera, crossing her eyes, sneering and sticking out her tongue as she took a photo with Alicia and Nicki.
However, she was back to her beautiful best throughout the rest of event, looking stunning in a racy, plunging playsuit in black and white lace.
Her fishnet-clad legs were on full display - as was most of her cleavage and torso in the garment - and she added a further nuance of style with a long black lace kimono worn over the top, and towering strappy heels.
Queen Bey: Beyonce wore a tiny black and white patterned romper with a plunging neckline and fishnet tights for the launch
Queen Bey: Beyonce wore a tiny black and white patterned romper with a plunging neckline and fishnet tights for the launch
Stunning: She looked typically flawless in her ensemble, her legs the main attraction in their fishnet tights and towering heels
Stunning: She looked typically flawless in her ensemble, her legs the main attraction in their fishnet tights and towering heels
Fabulous foursome: Rihanna, Alicia Keys, Madonna and Beyonce had fun together as they cuddled up for a snap while backstage at the Tidal launch
Fabulous foursome: Rihanna, Alicia Keys, Madonna and Beyonce had fun together as they cuddled up for a snap while backstage at the Tidal launch
Tremendous trio: The three beautiful singers posed for a more serious shot as they showed off their fashionable ensembles
Tremendous trio: The three beautiful singers posed for a more serious shot as they showed off their fashionable ensembles
Stunners: Alicia, Nicki and Beyonce all attended the event for the service being billed as the first artist-owned platform for music and video
Stunners: Alicia, Nicki and Beyonce all attended the event for the service being billed as the first artist-owned platform for music and video
The superstar hitmaker wore her long blonde locks down at the event as she had natural, complementary make-up on her face.
The launch for the service being billed as the first artist-owned platform for music and video was held at the Skylight Moynihan Station in New York City.
Beyonce had cuddled up next to legendary singer Madonna, 56, as Rihanna, 27, wrapped her arms around 34-year-old Alicia as they posed for another fun snap together. 
Rihanna also had quite a bit a fun hanging out backstage with Madonna as they were spotted chatting it up with each other before cuddling in close for some cute photos. 
Stunning: As always, Beyonce looked nearly perfect with green-highlighted eyes and several strings of pearls
Stunning: As always, Beyonce looked nearly perfect with green-highlighted eyes and several strings of pearls
Buddies: With so many big music stars in the house, there was time for socializing
Buddies: With so many big music stars in the house, there was time for socializing
Divas unite: Alicia and Beyonce vied for who had the biggest smile
Divas unite: Alicia and Beyonce vied for who had the biggest smile
Legs and chest: Both Rihanna (right) and Beyonce (left) were comfortable showing off plenty of skin
Legs and chest: Both Rihanna (right) and Beyonce (left) were comfortable showing off plenty of skin
Who knew they were friends: Rihanna and Madonna were spotted chatting it up backstage
Who knew they were friends: Rihanna and Madonna were spotted chatting it up backstage
Hamming it up: The two singers cuddled up for a cute snap together
Hamming it up: The two singers cuddled up for a cute snap together
Cuddling up: The Diamonds hitmaker put her arms around the Like A Prayer hitmaker
Cuddling up: The Diamonds hitmaker put her arms around the Like A Prayer hitmaker
Solo act: In her provocative suit, Rihanna gave some of her biggest smiles when alone
Solo act: In her provocative suit, Rihanna gave some of her biggest smiles when alone
Solo act: In her provocative suit, Rihanna gave some of her biggest smiles when alone
The Diamonds hitmaker donned a checked suit jacket and skirt combination as the Like A Prayer singer donned a black long-sleeved gown.
Rihanna also posed for a snap with EDM DJ Deadmau5 as Madonna hung out with rapper Kanye West.
It was definitely a social event featuring artists from all different genres as Nicki donned a pink coat while posing with Jack White.
Collaboration: Rihanna posed for a snap with EDM DJ Deadmau5
Collaboration: Rihanna posed for a snap with EDM DJ Deadmau5
On stage: Along with other stars, Rihanna took the stage
On stage: Along with other stars, Rihanna took the stage
Friendly: Madonna was spotted hanging out with rapper Kanye West
Friendly: Madonna was spotted hanging out with rapper Kanye West
Other big names at the event included Usher, Daft Punk, Arcade Fire, Jack White and Jason Aldean, who were all on hand to launch as they stood side-by-side onstage as a sign of solidarity during the event.
The subcription service, unlike rivals Spotify, will not have a free tier - meaning the musicians stand to make more money from it.
Alicia Keys called the event 'a graduation' as she took the stage at the gala.
That went well: Jay Z, Beyonce and Win Butler of Arcade Fire toasted the new music streaming service with glasses of wine
That went well: Jay Z, Beyonce and Win Butler of Arcade Fire toasted the new music streaming service with glasses of wine
Unlikely pair: As the event brought together several artists from all different types of genres, Jack White was spotted spending time with rapper Nicki
Unlikely pair: As the event brought together several artists from all different types of genres, Jack White was spotted spending time with rapper Nicki
'So we come together before you on this day, March 30th, 2015, with one voice in unity in the hopes that today will be another one of those moments in time, a moment that will forever change the course of music history.
'For today we announce of Tidal, the first ever artist-owned, global music and entertainment platform,' Keys said.
The launch came after a huge social media push, in which the stars devoted their Twitter and Facebook pages to promoting Tidal.
Making a stand: Alicia spoke out at the event as she called it 'a moment that will forever change the course of music history'
Making a stand: Alicia spoke out at the event as she called it 'a moment that will forever change the course of music history'
On the dotted line: Rihanna and Kanye signed a document as one of the high-profile co-owners of the service
On the dotted line: Rihanna and Kanye signed a document as one of the high-profile co-owners of the service
On the dotted line: Rihanna and Kanye signed a document as one of the high-profile co-owners of the service
A leg up: Madonna hopped up on the table as she signed the paper
A leg up: Madonna hopped up on the table as she signed the paper
Star-studded: Jason Aldean, Jack, the two members of Daft Punk, Beyonce, Regine Chassagne and Win Butler stood next to each other as a sign of solidarity
Star-studded: Jason Aldean, Jack, the two members of Daft Punk, Beyonce, Regine Chassagne and Win Butler stood next to each other as a sign of solidarity
The mastermind behind the new system, Jay Z purchased Swedish tech company Aspiro for $56 million earlier this year to take control of Tidal.
Before the purchase in February he reportedly hosted a meeting of the music world's biggest stars at which he lamented 'crass commercialization'.
Daft Punk's two members were key figures in deciding on a strategy during the meeting days before the Grammy Awards at The Fig House event space in a remote part of Pasadena, Los Angeles.
And it appears Jay Z's business mind convinced them to open their pockets, and sign on as 'co-owners'.
Watch The Throne: Kanye was seen at the event with his buddy Jay Z, who spearheaded the music service
Watch The Throne: Kanye was seen at the event with his buddy Jay Z, who spearheaded the music service
Big day: Unlike, popular music service Spotify, Tidal will not have a free tier
Big day: Unlike, popular music service Spotify, Tidal will not have a free tier
Heading home: A subdued Madonna headed out after the night was through
Heading home: A subdued Madonna headed out after the night was through
Checking in: Kanye West took time during his departure to catch up on his phone
Checking in: Kanye West took time during his departure to catch up on his phone
Done for the night? Rihanna may have been glad to finish her busy night
Done for the night? Rihanna may have been glad to finish her busy night
Done for the night? Rihanna may have been glad to finish her busy night

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