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Trump To Iran: Try America, We’ll Hit You Hard And Fast, USA Wants No More Threats

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Donald Trump has warned that the U.S. will ‘strike back’ harder at Iran if it retaliates against over the killing of military leader Qasem Soleimani.

‘These Media Posts will serve as notification to the United States Congress that should Iran strike any U.S. person or target, the United States will quickly & fully strike back, & perhaps in a disproportionate manner,’ Trump tweeted on Sunday afternoon.

‘Such legal notice is not required, but is given nevertheless!’ he continued.

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The president remained largely silent on Twitter for most of the day as he golfed during his last winter vacation day in West Palm Beach.

He broke his silence after returning to Mar-a-Lago from his golf resort and took a hit at lawmakers and politicians who have criticized him for not notifying or consulting Congress before directing the attack.

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Trump ordered an airstrike on an Iraqi airport in Baghdad, which took out Soleimani – who was classified by the Obama administration as a terrorist.

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The attack came just days after protesters who support Iran-backed Iraqi Shia militia raided on New Year’s Eve the U.S. embassy in Iraq, which has never been breached before.

Several U.S. politicians and pundits have questioned whether the attack was warranted and have said they haven’t seen enough intelligence to warrant the action. Trump said he ordered the killing because Soleimani had ordered attacks on Americans in the Middle East.

Iran has since placed an $80million bounty on Trump’s head and threatened to attack the White House in response to the president’s warning that any strike on American interests in the region will bring massive retaliation.

An organizer for a funeral procession for General Qassem Soleimani called on all Iranians to donate $1 each ‘in order to gather an $80million bounty on President Trump’s head’.

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The organizer made the remarks during the procession in Mashad.

Iran has also announced it they will no longer abide by any of the limits of its 2015 nuclear deal.

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A statement issued by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s administration said the country will not observe limitations on its enrichment, the amount of stockpiled enriched uranium as well as research and development in its nuclear activities.

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It did not elaborate on what levels it would immediately reach in its program.

The International Atomic Energy Agency, the United Nations watchdog observing Iran’s program, could not be immediately reached for comment.

Earlier on Sunday, the Iraqi parliament voted for US troops to be expelled from the country. The vote will ‘obligate the government to work towards ending the presence of all foreign troops on Iraqi soil,’ the country’s media office stated.

As tensions escalate after Soleimani’s death, Iranian MP Abolfazl Abutorabi threatened to launch an attack on American soil in retaliation.

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‘We can attack the White House itself, we can respond to them on the American soil. We have the power, and God willing we will respond in an appropriate time,’ Abutorabi said, according to the Iranian Labour News Agency.

Abutorabi went on to say that ‘this is a declaration of war, which means if you hesitate you lose’.

‘When someone declares war do you want to respond to the bullets with flowers? They will shoot you in the head,’ he added.

Abutorabi’s threat was made during an open session of parliament in Tehran just days after Iranian military Soleimani was killed in a drone strike on Friday at Baghdad airport. Soleimani was the architect of Tehran’s overseas clandestine and military operations as head of the Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Force.

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After Sunday’s funeral marches in Iraq, where thousands of people gathered, Soleimani’s body was flown to the city of Ahvaz in southwest Iran. Video from the scene showed a casket wrapped in an Iranian flag being unloaded from a plane as a military band played and the crowd angrily chanted ‘Death to America’.

On Saturday, Revolutionary Guards commander Major General Hossein Salami promised ‘strategic revenge’ which will definitely put an end to the US presence in the region’.

However, Trump, who Iranian leaders branded as a ‘terrorist in a suit’, threatened to hit 52 critical targets in Iran in retaliation if Tehran strikes any American interests in the region. He upped the stakes after Iran said it had identified 35 targets for potential strikes and raised its red ‘flags of revenge’ over a key mosque.

An organizer for a funeral procession for Soleimani reportedly called on all Iranians to donate $1 each ‘in order to gather an $80million bounty on President Trump’s head.’

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But Trump replies saying: ‘Let this serve as a WARNING that if Iran strikes any Americans, or American assets, we have targeted 52 Iranian sites (representing the 52 American hostages taken by Iran many years ago), some at a very high level & important to Iran & the Iranian culture, and those targets, and Iran itself, WILL BE HIT VERY FAST AND VERY HARD. The USA wants no more threats!’ Trump tweeted on Saturday from Mar-a-Lago, after spending the day at his nearby golf course.

‘Iran is talking very boldly about targeting certain USA assets as revenge for our ridding the world of their terrorist leader who had just killed an American, & badly wounded many others, not to mention all of the people he had killed over his lifetime, including recently hundreds of Iranian protesters,’ Trump said.

‘He was already attacking our Embassy, and preparing for additional hits in other locations. Iran has been nothing but problems for many years,’ he continued.

Trump’s threat referenced the Iran hostage crisis of 1979-1981, in which 52 US diplomats and citizens were held hostage by student revolutionaries in Iran.

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His threat to target sites important to ‘Iranian culture’ drew many accusations from critics that he was threatening to commit ‘war crimes’. A White House spokesman did not immediately respond to an enquiry about the list of US targets from DailyMail.com.

‘They attacked us, & we hit back,’ Trump said of the drone strike on Soleimani, which followed assaults on the US embassy in Baghdad by pro-Iranian militiamen.

‘If they attack again, which I would strongly advise them not to do, we will hit them harder than they have ever been hit before!’ he said.

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(DAILY MAIL)

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PICTORIAL: Rep Gifts Daughter SUV For Graduating From Secondary School, Netizens React

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A member of the House of Representatives from Plateau State, Yusuf Gagdi, has gifted his daughter, Aisha, a new Sport Utility Vehicle as a gift on her graduation from a secondary school, Lead British International School Abuja.

Aisha was said to have excelled in her Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations, and to mark the achievement, her father surprised her with the luxury vehicle.

Sharing pictures from the graduation ceremony on Instagram on Saturday, Gagdi wrote, “Today, I attended my amazing daughter’s graduation ceremony. Watching you, my dear daughter, walk across that stage fills my heart with immense pride and love.

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“I celebrate your achievements and the strength you’ve shown. Here’s to a future filled with endless possibilities and happiness.
Congratulations, my shining star!”

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On Sunday, Gagdi further shared a report by #northern_trending_ on Instagram, which confirmed that he surprised her with a car gift.

The report partly read, “To celebrate her graduation and great performance in JAMB, her father surprised her with a gift of a car.”

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The lawmaker’s gesture has generated mixed reactions on social media, with some praising his generosity and others criticising the extravagant gift amidst Nigeria’s economic challenges.

One Yusuf tweeting as #kubcy17 on X.com wrote, “Absolute nonsense and rubbish in this trying time. Hon. Yusuf Gagdi doesn’t have a single respect for the people of his constituency.”

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Haidar, tweeting as #AliyumuazuIbra2, wrote, “It’s not surprising to see that a car, which even university graduates and professors dream of owning, is given as a gift to a secondary school graduate.

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“If she completes university, she might receive a private jet or a personal yacht as a gift.”

Some others, however, stood on the side of the lawmaker.

#Uthmann__ wrote on X.com, “Hon. Gagdi only displayed the car he gifted to his daughter after graduation from secondary school.

“People celebrate their children according to their pockets. This is nothing new in Abuja. And this is even a gift from dad to his daughter.”

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Sen. Buba To Empower 130 Youth On Crop, Animal Production In Bauchi

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Sen. Shehu Buba, representing Bauchi South at the Senate has selected nothing less than 130 youth to be trained and empowered on crop and animal production as well as agric extension services in Bauchi state.

Mr Mohammed Dahiru, one of the Programme Coordinators, stated this during the distribution of training forms to the selected youths in Bauchi on Saturday.

According to him, the youth were selected across the seven Local Government Areas of the Bauchi South Senatorial district the senator represents at the senate to fight food insecurity in the state.

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He said that the senator’s attention has diverted to agriculture where he thought it wise and mandated them to select 130 participants to be trained on both crops and animal production as well as Agric extension services.

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“They will be trained on crop production like rice, maize, soya beans and many others and there is also a portion of animal production which consists of the process of raising and breeding animals for various purposes such as meat, milk, eggs, and other animal products.

“At the end of the programme, they would be able to have a knowledge of farming in both crop and animal production, financial management of farming and they will also know how to farm some selective crops that are more predominant in the state and animals that are not predominantly reared in the state.

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“They will also know how to monitor and evaluate a particular farm and the safety precautions that are within the farming activities,” he said.

Also speaking with newsmen, Engr. Musa Idi, the second programme Coordinator, said after the training, each of the beneficiaries would be empowered with some farming equipment that consists of a solar powered spraying machine.

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“After giving them the empowerment materials, they will be given an allowance that would help them to start something.

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“With this, they would be able to start a small farming business and put what they have learned into practice.

“This is going to help them a lot as the move by the senator is a huge one geared toward eradicating poverty,” he said.

One of the beneficiaries who spoke on behalf of others, Mohammed Ibrahim, lauded the senator for initiating the training and promised to make effective use of the training.

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NEDC Assures Adequate Development In Northeast Region

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The North East Development Commission (NEDC) has reiterated its resolve to leave no stone unturned to ensure adequate development in every part of the region.

The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Mohammed Alkali, made the assurance on Saturday while on project inspection to monitor the level of progress of the projects embarked upon by NEDC in Ningi Local Government Area of Bauchi state.

According to him, the commission was ever ready to provide the necessary interventions to cushion the effect of hardship experienced by the people in the region as a result of insurgency and other disasters.

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Alkali, who also assured that NEDC had not skewed its interventions towards a particular state, said every state would continue to be treated equally as far as development is concerned.

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He however, expressed displeasure at the pace of work with the contractor handling the construction of some structures at the National Obstetrics Fistula Center, Ningi and summoned him to Maiduguri, the Headquarters of the commission for explanations.

The Managing Director, added that this became necessary as the Commission needed to know what was causing the delay in the completion of the projects.

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He further expressed the desire of the commission to see that the facilities were put to use as soon as possible, saying that NEDC was desirous to see that both the Surgical ward and the skills acquisition centre were equipped in order to facilitate treatment and rehabilitation of the patients.

Alkali also lauded the Management of the Centre for providing adequate care to the parents and reiterating that the NEDC would always support the Centre in order to meet up to the objectives of its establishment.

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