Sy had topped the Philippine Rich List for eleven years in a row. His net worth was estimated at $19 billion at the time of his passing, making him the 53rd wealthiest person in the world. The 94-year-old former immigrant from China had built a vast business empire that spans retail, real estate and banking. Sy’s family-owned SM Investments is the holding company for SM Retail, the country’s largest chain of department stores and supermarkets, SM Prime, the country’s largest shopping mall operator, as well as BDO Unibank.
Former Vice President and presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar, has withdrawn from the ongoing presidential debate. He lambasted President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for not attending, insisting there was no point taking part in the debate. A statement he released reads: “We came here for a Presidential debate, not a candidacy debate, and I, Atiku Abubakar can not challenge or question an administration where the man at the helm of the affairs of the nation is not present to defend himself or his policies.
Abubakar’s Media Aide, Paul Ibe disclosed this on his twitter account on Saturday. Ibe simply said “The Eagle @atiku has landed from his U.S trip.” Abubakar had arrived the US on Thursday with the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, amidst insinuations that he could not go to the US because he had corruption cases hanging on his neck and might be arrested if he travelled to the State.
The smoke from the 500-year-old Spanish tradition is meant to purify the animals and protect them for the year to come. Those taking part in the village of San Bartolome de Pinares, Spain, ride down the narrow cobbled streets and jump through raging fires laid out before them. The smoke is meant to purify the animals and protect them for the year to come. The tradition has been running for 500 years The ritual takes place every year on the eve of St Anthony’s feast day, January 17.
Okri explained that despite the fact that Nigeria is not one of the top ten oil producing countries in the world right now, Nigeria is one of the top ten cheapest selling countries in the world. "This is coming on the heels of international reports that petrol now sells for an equivalent of N1204 per litre and diesel N1135 in Zimbabwe. The five countries listed in the report with a better price per litre of Petrol than Nigeria are Venezuela ($0.01), Sudan ($0.13), Iran ($0.29), Kuwait ($0.34), and Algeria ($0.35).
The United Nations said on Friday it was “extremely alarmed” by the forced return by Cameroon of thousands of refugees to north-east Nigeria, where Boko Haram Islamists pose a continuing threat to civilians. “This action was totally unexpected and puts lives of thousands of refugees at risk,” the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Filippo Grandi, said in a statement. Cameroon forced “several thousand” refugees back to Nigeria this week, including 267 on Wednesday, the UN agency said.