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Scientist urges Nigerians to embrace rabbit production, consumption



Dr Yemi Popoola, a livestock scientist at the Institute of Agricultural Research and Training (IAR&T), Ibadan, has urged Nigerians to embrace production and consumption of rabbit because of its numerous benefits.

Popoola gave the advice in an interview with the FELLOWPRESS on Monday in Ibadan, Oyo State.

He said other livestock species such as cow, goat and sheep take longer time to mature, cost more to feed and slower to reproduce, unlike rabbits.

Popoola said developing countries like Nigeria that have a shortage of animal protein could benefit by switching to rabbit meat as a food source.

“In many countries, this product costs roughly the same as chicken, which means that the price is not a barrier.

“Rabbit meat is more than just a delicacy, the meat is white meat, which means it is healthier and it nourishes the body with nutritional values like proteins, iron and phosphorus.

“Its low-calorie content almost equates it to a balanced meal that meets the optimal health goals.

“As compared to beef and pork, rabbit meat is relatively low on saturated fat as consuming high amounts of saturated fat subjects one to greater risks of coronary heart diseases due to its high cholesterol content,’’ he said.

According to him, rabbit meat adequately gives the body a required protein that is an important building block for essential muscle strength.

With such strong muscles, he said, the body generates more energy to build and maintain other tissue types.

“This helps to increase metabolism and it also contains selenium, a mineral the body uses to make antioxidants and stimulate sperm production.

“Each portion contains 46.8 per cent of the recommended daily value of selenium.

“This sperm stimulation is boosted by a vitamin commonly known as niacin, which converts carbohydrates to energy, thereby manufacturing a variety of sex hormones.’’

The livestock specialist said selenium also guards against hardening of the arteries and cancers such as stomach, lung, prostate and skin cancer.

Among other benefits derived from rabbit meat, he said, was brain development, as part of the reasons it is recommended for the young and old.

He also emphasised that it was also good for healthy skin, adding that with its qualities of tastiness and good nutrition, the rabbit has everything to satisfy gourmets that are concerned about their health.

He further recommended rabbit for pregnant women, nursing mothers, youths, the elderly and even sports enthusiasts.

“The meat of a rabbit is rich in quality proteins (around 21g per 100g) it is also lower in calories and sodium than the majority of other meats.

“It is an excellent source of vitamins, minerals and trace elements; high in vitamins B3 and B12, phosphorus and potassium.

“It is regarded as one of the best white meats available in the market today, the meat has a high percentage of easily digestible protein.

Popoola further explained that rabbits could produce around six pounds of meat on the same feed and water as the cow would produce one pound of meat on the same feed and water.

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UK orders probe into Islamophobia claims by conservative lawmaker



UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has ordered an investigation into conservative lawmaker, Nusrat Ghani claims that she was sacked as a junior minister in 2020 over concerns that she was a Muslim.

A Downing Street spokesperson announced on Monday in a brief statement to reporters that “the Prime Minister has asked the Cabinet Office to conduct an inquiry into the allegations made by Nusrat Ghani MP.’’

In an interview published by the Sunday Times, Ghani said that she was dismissed as a junior transport minister in February 2020.

She said following her dismissal a senior Conservative lawmaker told her that her Muslim faith made colleagues “uncomfortable” and that her career would be “destroyed” if she tried to complain.

In a subsequent statement on Sunday, she said that she had directly informed Johnson about the matter but that the prime minister wrote to her that he could not get involved and suggested that she use the internal Conservative party’s complaint process.

Reacting to the launch of a probe, Ghani wrote on Twitter that she welcomed the decision and asked that all that was said in Downing Street, and by her senior Conservative colleague be included in the terms of reference of the inquiry.

“As I said to the Prime Minister last night, all I want is for this to be taken seriously and for him to investigate,’’ she added.

The Islamophobia claims came as Johnson was facing calls to resign over a string of parties that were allegedly held in Downing Street during the COVID-19 lockdown.

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Photos of Arnold Schwarzenegger involved in car crash



Hollywood actor, Arnold Schwarzenegger has been involved in a car accident, his spokesman has confirmed.

The four-vehicle crash, which occurred on Friday afternoon, January 21 in Los Angeles left one person with injuries, Los Angeles Police said.

Photos from the scene published by TMZ show a large SUV on top of at least two vehicles at an intersection in Brentwood while the ‘Terminator’ actor can be seen standing nearby.

Police said that no arrest has been made and ruled out the involvement of drugs and alcohol.

Officers did not identify those involved but the actor and former California governor’s spokesman confirmed to the Los Angeles Times that he was driving the SUV when the incident occurred.

A report by police, seen by CBS Los Angeles, said that the SUV driver was “near the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Allenford Avenue, when a collision occurred with a red Prius making a u-turn as he continued through a ‘red arrow’ signal to turn left.”

It added that the SUV rolled on top of the Prius and ended up hitting two other vehicles.

One person was taken to hospital by ambulance, but the injuries are not thought to be life threatening.

Schwarzenegger’s spokesman said that the actor was uninjured and had spoken with emergency services and the injured person.

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Minna district head suspended over forceful marriage



District Head of Allawa in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State, Mallam Bello Haruna has been suspended by Minna Emirate Council for engaging in forceful marriage.

The district head who was accused of forcefully marrying out a girl (name withheld), humiliating her father and also ordering that she be beaten by vigilantes, was also accused of insubordination by not answering the calls from the Emirate council leaders to explain some of the complaints against him.

In a letter signed by the Emirate’s assistant secretary, Usman Umaru Guni, the district head was accused of not having the leadership qualities necessary for peace and progress of the community he was appointed to lead.

Galadima Allawa, Ahmadu Magaji has now been appointed as the acting district head.

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