Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Following his remake of late Fela Anikulapo's monster hit single 'Double Wahala,' the singer continues to grow in leaps and bounds.
Fans presently await the musical video of his 'Double Wahala' single, which is expected to feature Nigeria's biggest musical export, D'banj while a section of his fans have not overcome the euphoria of his deal with Avantar Entertainment management company in Abuja.
The deal does not however, distort activities of his self-founded label, Money Stops Nonsense (MSN).
The singer's manager, Danku has confirmed Oritsefemi's latest acquisition adding that his former Ikeja residence is still being retained for social use.
Prior to residing in Ikeja and now Lekki, the singer was a resident of Ajegunle.
Here are 10 more never known facts about Dillish Matthews:
1. Dillish cannot be in a relationship up to 5 years anymore, the model says 2years is enough after which marriage should come next.
2.The craziest thing she has ever done is kiss a girl.
3. Matthews had sex for the first time when she was 19years old.
4. Her male celebrity crush is Nigerian singer Flavour N'abania. She calls him hot, and also featured in his music video Ikwokrikwo.
5. Her greatest achievement despite all she has attained including winning Big Brother; is taking care of her family.
6. Her favourite Nigerian food is chicken pepper soup.
7. The currently single beauty is single and unavailable. Dillish plans to stay single for another, she says she has dated for too long.
8. The BBA winner got her first kiss at the age of 16.
9. The super stylish celeb's beauty routine include lots and lots of mascara.
10. She is a true android phone lover and hopes to own a Samsung Galaxy Alpha.
We Killed the Oba & took Illorin from the Babbarian Yoruba and their filthy pagan gods-- Mallam Aliyu Gwarzo
Its not the fault of extremist like this, its the fault of an Oyo General, Afonaja who rebelled against the Empire and allowed the Usman Danfodio to takeover Illorin.
Read what Mallam Aliyu Gwarzo said;
We also captured Ilorin, killed their local King and installed our Fulani Emir. We took that ancient town away from the barbarian yoruba and their filthy pagan gods. We liberated all these places and all these people by imposing islam on them by force.
It was either the Koran or the sword and most of them chose the Koran.
In return for the good works of our forefathers Allah, through the British, gave us Nigeria to rule and to do with as we please. Since 1960 we have been doing that and we intend to continue.
2015: If Jonathan Wins, We will kill, maim, destroy and turn this country into Africa's biggest war zone - Mallam Aliyu Gwarzo
Read this annoying and boiling report below;
**No Goodluck or anyone else will stop us from taking back our power next year.
**We will kill, maim, destroy and turn this country into Africa's biggest war zone and refugee camp if they try it.
Northern elders has deteriorated their stand that when we say that the Presidency must come to the north next year we are referring to the Hausa-Fulani core north and not any northern christian or muslim minority tribe.
Mallam Aliyu Gwarzo maintained that, the Christians in the North such as the Berom, the Tivs, the Katafs, the Jaba, the Zuru, the Sayyawa and all the others are nothing and the muslim minorities in the north, including the Kanuri, the Nupe, the Igbira, the Babur, the Shuwa Arabs, the Marghur and all the others know that when we are talking about leadership in the North and in Nigeria, Allah has given it to us, the Hausa-Fulani.
They can grumble, moan and groan as much as they want but each time they go into their bedrooms to meet their wives and each time they get on their prayer mats to begin their prayers, it is we the Fulani that they think of, that they fear, that they bow to and that they pray for.
Some of them are even ready to give us their wives and daughters for one nights sport and pleasure. They owe us everything. This is because we gave them Islam through the great Jihad waged by Sheik Usman Dan Fodio.
We also captured Ilorin, killed their local King and installed our Fulani Emir. We took that ancient town away from the barbarian yoruba and their filthy pagan gods. We liberated all these places and all these people by imposing islam on them by force.
It was either the Koran or the sword and most of them chose the Koran.
In return for the good works of our forefathers Allah, through the British, gave us Nigeria to rule and to do with as we please. Since 1960 we have been doing that and we intend to continue.
No Goodluck or anyone else will stop us from taking back our power next year. We will kill, maim, destroy and turn this country into Africa's biggest war zone and refugee camp if they try it.
Many say we are behind Boko Haram. My answer is what do you expect? We do not have economic power or intellectual power. All we have is political power and they want to take even that from us.
We must fight and we will fight back in order to keep it. They have brought in the infidels from America and the pigs from Israel to help them but they will fail. The war has just begun, the Mujahadeen are more than ready and by Allah we shall win.
If they don't want an ISIS in Nigeria then they must give us back the Presidency and our political power. Their soldiers are killing our warriors and our people every day but mark this: even if it takes one hundred years we will have our revenge.
Mallam Gwarzo repeated Nasir El-Rufai's comment two years ago that, "Every Fulani man that they kill is a debt that will be repaid even if it takes 100 years. The Fulani have very long memories.''
Of the identical betrayal now being repeated, it can be recalled that a most avid author and analyst, Victoria Ibezim-Ohaeri on March 10th, penned in PremiumTimes:
"Disbanding the JTF is apparently one of the worst things that ever happened to the security crisis in the north east. Ever since a military division was established to take over from JTF, the security infrastructure over there appears to be on the verge of total collapse, while most of the skilled military personnel may have been transferred out of the region. Comparatively speaking, the JTF did well!
Under JTF, it could not have been possible for gun men to operate for hours without intense combat by our security forces." Read full from source:
Do we not learn anything from history? Why does the Nigerian president, in our faces, decide to keep promoting and preserving Boko Haram? If he believes as he said in 2012, that they, the terrorists are his siblings who he cannot kill, shall we not reject this with all the strength and means we have and implore the global community join us in expelling such a leadership that fraternizes with terrorists?
In May of 2013 after calls from us, the Jonathan government reluctantly finally declared a State of Emergency, SoE in the affected north. The result of this was that by August Nigeria had significantly crushed Boko Haram and declared Abubakar Shekau I dead.
Suddenly, on August 19th, the Military announced the disbanding of the JTF. The result of this is known to all. Boko Haram who our military were rooting out from holes in the ground like rats, was given the chance to grow and return to full strength. They were left to recuperate in Sambisa forest from where they staged repeated attacks on passenger buses of Nigerian citizens plying near-by roads and abducted thousands of youth to be forcibly conscripted. It seems more than a coincidence that the same August 19th that Ihejirika announced the disbandment of the JTF, on that same date, the release of a French kidnapped Family in Cameroon was announced. The French reportedly paid Boko Haram $3.15 million dollars and had Cameroon release top Boko Haram commanders as part of an expansive secret deal with the sect.
So as Boko Haram was about to be extinguished, on August 19th, 2013 last year, they suddenly got their commanders released, got sponsored by the French with $3.15 million dollars and also in what some analysts believe was part of the deal to release the French family, got the Jonathan-Ihejirika government to disband the JTF and in effect create a pseudo ceasefire state to allow them to recuperate. In addition the Civilian-JTF were also neutralized at that same period, now disallowed from continuing their successful missions against the terrorists as they were now ordered by Ihejirika to fill ridiculous forms and go through impossible protocols for authorization.
Fast-forward to 2014. In April this year, the abduction of over 234 girls forced the hand of the Jonathan government to handle Boko Haram with more mature gloves as against the "kid gloves" President Jonathan admitted in Nairobi, to using against terrorists who have killed tens of thousands and totally destroyed life especially for farmers in the north of the nation.
Global attention to the plight of Nigeria caused the Jonathan government to amp military attacks against the terrorists. Like 2013, as soon as victory was being felt and the final defeat of the terrorists was within reach, and "coincidentally" just as Abubakar Shekau II was killed, the government once again and to the dismay of all intelligent people, suddenly announced a unilateral cessation of fire.
The reason why we call this "ceasefire" unilateral is because since the so-called ceasefire, Boko Haram has killed dozens of persons including notable Nigerians like the father of the Speaker of Borno; and has captured and annexed even more territory. Abadam town on the border with Niger fell to the terrorists on October 19th while the so-called ceasefire was in effect. Additionally there can never be a ceasefire with terrorists who have annexed and "govern" several towns in sovereign Nigeria. The territorial integrity of Nigeria is not negotiable.
Boko Haram currently controls and governs over Bama, Gwoza, Marte, Ngala, Konduga, Dikwa and Abadam and is continuing to annex more territory as they engaged the Nigerian military at Damboa and other cities this weekend. Our foot soldiers are perplexed with the betrayal from the top. Anything akin to a ceasefire proposal between Nigeria and the terrorists must detail immediate and total relinquishment of all occupied territory and surrender of fighters and ammunitions by the Boko Haram terrorists.
Again do we say it is by coincidence that the latest ceasefire as happened in 2013, was right when Boko Haram was again sponsored with $400,000 by the French nations and given sophisticated arms and ammunitions, delivered to its commanders on the field by the Presidents of Chad and Cameroon as contained in the recent hostage release deal? What is really going on here? These things are being done right in our faces.
The question now is, after the Jonathan government successfully got the approval it wanted to borrow $1 billion dollars to "crush Boko Haram;" when are we going to return to the war front to recapture our territory and protect the hundreds of thousands of civilians in Boko Haram controlled Nigerian land?
Has Jonathan abandoned #VictoryForNigeria? And replaced it with #VictoryForBokoHaram?
The Borno elders have denounced this betrayal; we expect all Nigerian elders and statesmen to urgently combat this treasonable delay that mortgages life and the territorial integrity of this nation and sponsors and promotes the enemies of Nigeria.
Dr. Peregrino Brimah
http://ENDS.ng [Every Nigerian Do Something]
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @EveryNigerian
As you read this, a 40-year-old patent medicine dealer (pictured above) who was arrested by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has blamed his alleged culpability on the quest to raise more money for his wedding billed for December, 2014.
Mr. Chike Pauline was arrested during the outward screening of passengers on the Rwanda Air flight at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos on Monday, with one kilogramme of substance that is suspected to be methamphetamine.
In his confessional statement, the man said: "I am a patent medicine dealer in Aba, Abia State. My arrest is very unfortunate because I am a hardworking person...
"I was deceived into drug trafficking because I was desperate to perform my marriage ceremony by the end of the year. I was optimistic that I will not be arrested, but things did not go according to my expectation.
"What must I do to set myself free from this predicament?" he asked, begging not to be allowed to be confined until his proposed wedding.
During preliminary investigation, NDLEA Airport Commander, Hamza Umar, said the businessman who is based in Aba, Abia State, was discovered to be travelling to Bujumbura, Burundi, with the drug.
The statement titled "N3.3bn new Government House is Fayemi's Show of Wickedness to Ekiti People," was signed by his Special Assistant on Information and Social Media, Mr. Lere Olayinka.
The statement described the new government house as an act of insensitivity to the plight of Ekiti people, many of whom, could not afford to feed once in a day.
No Ekiti person would see the "out-of-this-world luxury" provided with over N3.3bn borrowed funds for Fayemi, his wife and children and will not weep for Ekiti State and its people.
"Between Fayemi and his wife, what was spent on their bedrooms, toilets and bathrooms will be in the region of N100m. How can a responsible government use borrowed funds to provide this kind of luxury for the governor and his family alone in a state where a lot of people cannot afford to feed more than once in a day?
"People should ask the former governor what was really wrong with the abandoned governor's lodge used by his (Fayemi) predecessors?" Check out more photos:
"Shouldn't such funds expended on the hilltop edifice have been used to resuscitate the moribund textile factory in Ado-Ekiti that was turned to lock-up shops to provide employment for our teeming youths?
"Also, was Fayemi living in that manner of opulence before he became governor? Was he sleeping on a body-massaging bed and bathing in an electric-controlled Jacuzzi?
"Here is Fayemi, who could not pay workers salaries, owing them two-month salaries before he left. A Fayemi, who out of sheer wickedness refused to pay pensioners N2.4bn pension and gratuities; N400m workers leave bonus, N700m subventions to parastatals and tertiary institutions and remit N2.4bn four months' cooperative society's deductions from workers salaries preferring to use N3.3bn borrowed funds to provide luxury for himself, his wife and children alone.
"This is wickedness!''
The statement quoted Fayose as being alarmed at the waste of Ekiti resources to provide comfort for a single family out of the thousands of households in the state.
It added, "The governor would have preferred to sell out the property and use the fund to provide basic amenities and employment opportunities for the people."
The statement also alleged that Fayemi was planning to buy a helicopter if he had returned to office for a second term because the plan was for him "to run government from the comfort of Oke-Ayoba Government House and move from there to anywhere he wanted without the people seeing him."
It added, "That's also the reason he (Fayemi) refused to renovate the Governor's Office, leaving it in a state of disrepair because he knew that he was not going to use the office during his second term."
Fayose, according to the statement, wondered "if the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, whom Fayemi and his so-called progressives claimed as their role-model, lived in any government house, much less of building an Emperor-like house for himself."
The statement added, "Fayose will prefer to live where Ekiti people can easily see him, touch him, eat with him and discuss the progress of the state together.
But Fayemi, through his media aide, Olayinka Oyebode, said the allegation was more about The Comedy of Errors. He advised Fayose to stop the theatre of absurd.
He said, "I have taken a guided tour of that place and I don't think I have seen such an outcry. I don't know where they got their figure from; it sounds absurd. I 'll advise them to stop this theatre of absurd. Governance is a serious business and I am appealing to them not to reduce it to a joke. They are turning Ekiti into a circus show and they should stop it. "
The National Chairman of the PDP, Adamu Mu'azu, said on Monday that members of the opposition should stop insulting the PDP which he described as a "great party."
In a veiled reference to the five governors who in 2013 abandoned the PDP for the opposition All Progressives Congress, Mu'Azu said because of their selfish ambition, they now refer to the ruling party as the "most useless" political party in Nigeria.
The five governors are Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers State), Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano State), Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara) and Magatakarda Wamakko (Sokoto) and former governor of Adamawa State, Murtala Nyako.
Writing on Twitter, the PDP national chairman lamented that the "politics of 2015" had taken the centre stage with politicians struggling to take power at all costs.
"All of a sudden our party is now the most useless party in Nigeria because your political ambition cannot be achieved. What kind of politicians do we have in Nigeria? They have no shame, principle or ideology.
"It's all about ambition and selfish interest. You spend seven years as a PDP governor then in your eighth year you decamp to another party and start insulting us and our great party. I am more concerned about Nigeria's unity than votes or electoral victories.
"For me, it's not all about power. Under me, it will never be a do-or-die affair in the PDP. Power comes from Allah. I am a very proud northerner but I do not discriminate based on tribe or ethnicity.
"I get worried when I read tribal or ethnic-oriented comments or opinions. Please, fellow Nigerians, let us stop tribalism and ethnicity," Mu'Azu tweeted.
Muazu argued that he agreed that in politics, "all game is fair game" but added that there should be certain lines that should never be crossed.
Nigerian politicians, he added, could go to any length to get votes, but warned that his colleagues should never do so to the "detriment of the nation or the people we lead."
He claimed that members of the APC had been using the circumstances surrounding the Chibok girls' abduction to bash the Goodluck Jonathan-led Federal Government and the PDP.
"Our appeal to fellow politicians is that we should not play politics with everything in our nation especially issues of security.
"Although, we may need to solicit for the votes of Nigerians, using every available tactics at our disposal but let us be cautious in doing so.
"We at the PDP will refrain from making further comments on the Chibok girls' abduction, but let Allah judge all of us on this issue of politics of Chibok.
"The politics of 2015 has finally taken the centre stage in all our national life. Everything now is about 2015 and the struggle for power," he said.
As the 2015 general elections gather momentum, the former Bauchi State Governor said the poll should not be a do-or-die affair.
Meanwhile, a former member of the House of Representatives and stalwart of the APC, Dino Melaye, has accused the PDP leadership and the President's aides of being "myopic."
Melaye, in a series of tweets, said the PDP was only resorting to slander with a view to winning the political battle which he said the ruling party was already losing.
The former lawmaker stated that the he and other leaders of the APC would continue to demand the whereabouts of the missing Chibok girls from the PDP-led Federal Government.
Refuting the claims that the APC was politicising the Chibok girls' abduction, he explained that the way and manner the Chibok girls were abducted from their dormitory on April 14, without any form of resistance by the security agencies, amounted to criminal negligence on the part of the Federal Government.
"For the Jonathanians (sic) when the battle is lost, slander becomes the only tool of the losers. The criminal negligence of the Federal Government pertaining to the Chibok girls' case cannot be forgotten in a hurry.
"No amount of name calling, propaganda, lies, blackmail or documentary will turn lies to truth. They should answer one question: Where are our daughters? The packagers of GEJ are so myopic, porous and intellectually stagnant that Oga (Jonathan) should have sacked them long ago," Melaye stated.
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The Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo–Iweala, has assured Nigerians that the economy is growing positively in spite of the reduction of oil price in the international market.
Okonjo-Iweala, who stated this on Tuesday at the 2014 Ministerial Platform in Abuja, said the nation was not broke as being speculated in the media.
She said, "If you look back two years ago, that title 'is Nigeria broke' was written in a newspaper article, it is like people are trying to force Nigeria into brokerage.
"I think since two years, we have managed to keep things going, let me explain these; Nigeria is a country that depends on a stream of income.
"That income is being able to collect taxes from companies, individuals and our income is also based on selling a product and that product you take to market and you take whatever price a buyer is willing to pay."
According to her, government is doing everything within its power to ensure economic stability in the country.
She said presently, government had been budgeting below the existing oil price to help build buffers in case of uncertainty.
She said, "We are operating an economy that depends on a product that fluctuates with oil price and we don't have the right to control the price.
"Just like you have in your own household, when the quantity diminishes or the price drops, you remember in 2007 to 2008, the price of oil dropped from $140 to $38.
"At that time, nobody asked if the country was broke because we had saved up $22bn in the Excess Crude Account and we were able to continue spending and to stablise the economy."
The minister said that presently Nigeria was faced with fluctuations in quantity and price of oil, adding that it had affected the amount paid into government coffers.
She said, "Does that mean that the country is broke? We still have resources that we depend on; we still have the ability to tax.
"Sometimes, things need to be a little tighter, easier and we just have to weather it and manage ourselves but that does not amount to the country being broke."
The finance minister said if government was not able to pay salaries to people and continue to manage, "then we can say that the country is broke but we have not gotten there yet."
She urged Nigerians to bear with the nature of the economy, adding that it was the reason every effort was challenged to ensure the economy was diversified.
Commenting on the management of the fiscal deficit, she said that the Ministry of Finance would continue to ensure that it was kept as narrow as possible.
She said that in 2013, the debt to Gross Domestic Product ration was 1.4 per cent and 1.03 per cent in 2014 and projected to be one per cent in 2015 budget. .
She added that borrowing had been on the decline and external debt stood at N1.46tr or 14 per cent of the total debt.
The ministry had adopted prudence to debt management and Nigeria's debt to GDP remained one of the lowest in the world.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Simone Steenkamp who attended the trial says Pistorius deserves to be jailed and his disability should be no excuse
Reeva Steenkamp's sister has pleaded with a judge to jail Oscar Pistorius for a long time, arguing that his disability should be no excuse for a lenient sentence.
Simone Cowburn, 49, who was not given the opportunity to speak in court, issued a heartfelt plea to Judge Thokozile Masipa to jail her sister's killer and send out a firm message.
She added that community service or house arrest is not a strong enough punishment, and that even thieves are treated more harshly.
Throughout a week-long sentencing hearing in South Africa, Pistorius's defence team continually made the case for the athlete to be spared jail.
And Simone is now worried the arguments may have swayed the judge.
Speaking to the MailOnline, she said: "Oscar deserves prison. How can he just stay in the luxury of his house after taking somebody's life. What is house arrest if not just wrong?
"Community service and house arrest are ridiculous. These should be for people who are stealing or other minor offences. Not shooting somebody. Reeva deserves justice.
"This case will set a precedent all around the world. We do not want other men to get off just because Oscar Pistorius has. It is still homicide."
She added that it would not be right for the sprinter to avoid jail but that it was hard to say how long he deserved. "Ten or 20 years, or whatever," she continued.
Given that the 'Blade Runner was able to compete in he Olympics against able-bodied athletes, his disability should be no excuse, Reeva's older sister declared.
She also highlighted that he had been on bail since the killing, free to do what he wanted and free to see other women.
Simone, who moved from her home in Cambridge to care for her parents after Reeva's death, dismissed Pistorius's show of emotions throughout the 48-day long trial - including his vomitting - as an act, and said he had shown no remorse.
Both Simone and her mother, June, are committed to founding a shelter for women who suffer from domestic violence in Reeva's name.
The 49-year-old argues that Judge Masipa has the responsibility to send out the message with her sentence that it is not acceptable for men anywhere in the world to shoot his wife or girlfriend and say it was an intruder.
Pistorius will be sentenced tomorrow and faces up to 15 years imprisonment after being convicted of culpable homicide.
Prosecutors have demanded he serve at least 10, although his defence team believe he should face only a community punishment.
This is one of the issues discussed at the meeting the President had with the governors at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Sunday night. The meeting ended in the early hours of Monday.
The meeting was said to have discussed the presidential declaration of General Buhari on the platform of the All Progressives Congress.
While some of the governors were said to have asked the President for "a Buhari challenge", others
were said to have dismissed it, saying that the former leader could not defeat the President in 2015 if he emerged as the candidate of the APC.
President Jonathan was said to have invited the governors to the meeting over the growing complaints of their move to endorse candidates in their respective states.
A source at the meeting, who spoke with PUNCH on condition of anonymity, said the President said he was not against the governors picking and working for their preferred candidates as their successors.
The source said, "The President said he was not against us (governors) picking our candidates, but that we should make sure we have a popular person without blemish. He said such a candidate must also be acceptable to the generality of the members of the party in our states and that the candidates must be able to win the election.
"It is wrong to say the President is against us. He also said that we should also make sure that the candidate must have a clean record so the opposition will not capitalise on this against such a candidate."
The source said that the meeting also discussed the desire of some of the governors to vie for senatorial seats on the platform of the party.
While saying that no concrete agreement was reached on this, he said the meeting agreed that there would be another round of discussions, which he said would involve the national leadership of the party.
The issue of senatorial seats involving the governors and sitting senators is also causing confusion in some states as senators who the governors are angling to replace are said to be demanding that they should be made to also replace their state governors in 2015.
"If the governors want to take our position, they should also allow us to take their positions as governors," one of the aggrieved senators was said to have complained to the President.
When PUNCH visited Solid Model College, the children recounted their ordeal, noting that the absence of their parents was affecting their studies.
Seun Adepegba, 14, Seyi, 10 and Titilola, 13, were severed from parental love and care since infanthood. After waiting for eight years, they seemed to have relinquished all hopes of reuniting with their parents.
It was learnt that their tale of sorrow began in 2007 when their father, Mr Segun Adepegba, who had been separated from their mother, enrolled them in the boarding school because he could not afford to take care of them.
According to the proprietor of the school, Mr Samuel Ayegbusi, Adepegba came to enroll them in his school on September 24, 2007 with a promise to always check on them. He said:
"Mr. Adepegba told me his wife had just left him and that he could not afford to take care of them, being a jobless man. The children were very little. Seyi was two, while Titilola was five.
"Mr Adepegba had pleaded with me to accept them in the boarding school. Mr Adepegba's sister promised to bear the cost of their upkeep. They paid an initial N150,000 for the three children for the first term."
But according to the proprietor, Adepegba never kept his promise. He said after the first term, the school expected him to come and take his children home for holiday but he never showed up until four years later. He said the school had expended over N7m on the upkeep of the children since 2007.
The proprietor said efforts to reach the parents' families had proved abortive, adding that calls to Adepegba's phones were not always answered.
He said, "Whenever we called him and he realised who was talking on the phone, he would switch off his phones and for the next two weeks, the numbers would not be available. When the school contacted their father's sisters, we were told that they had travelled out of the country.
"When we called one of them, we were told that they had sent money to Mr Adepegba to defray the children's school fees and upkeep. But Mr. Adepegba has never come here to make any payment since the initial deposit he made in 2007."
According to the proprietor, taking care of the children had further become cumbersome for him as one of them, Titilayo, had started misbehaving. He recounted how Titilayo ran away from the hostel twice without informing the school authority on the excuse that she was going to look for her father.
Ever since she was found, the proprietor said the school had had to keep her in a room, under tight surveillance, because she had vowed to run away to find her father.
He said, "The school is not even bothered by the cost of their upkeep. But anytime the school closed for holiday and parents come around to take their children home, Titilayo would fall into a sober mood and twice, she had run away from the hostel without informing anyone. It was a resident who stopped her and brought her back to the school.
Some of the teachers, who spoke with PUNCH Metro during the visit, said the absence of the children's parents was seriously affecting their studies. They said the appearance of their parents would boost their academic performance.
While recounting their days with their father, the children said he celebrated birthdays with them. They said they had never met their mother.
Titilayo said, "We do not know who our mother is. We grew up in Yaba, Lagos and all we remember is that there was a woman that washed our clothes and took care of us until we came here. We knew she was not our mother."
Seyi, the youngest of the trio, however, was an exception as she kept a cheerful look during the visit. Seyi, who told our correspondent her dream was to become a medical doctor said, "Although I have a faint memory of my father, I will like to see him. If he comes today, I will ask him why he left us for so long."
Seun added, "I don't care how long he has left us. I just want to see him. I really need to see him."
When Punch called Adepegba on Thursday, his phones were switched off.
Due to various media inquiry about the purported defection of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, we wish to state the following:
1. That today, Monday, 20/10/2014, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Tony Anenih, led other members of the party on a reconciliation meeting in Sokoto but the Speaker of the House of Representatives and a member of the NEC of the PDP, Rt. Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal CFR, was not invited to the meeting.
2. That Rt. Hon Speaker Aminu Waziri Tambuwal was later invited by His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko, to attend the meeting of their political family to discuss the political future of Sokoto State.
3. That the Speaker, Rt. Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, duly obliged and attended the meeting.
4. That the meeting had in attendance prominent Sokoto citizens many of who have no known political affiliation. The most notable been the Sardauna of Sokoto and former Minister of Finance, Alhaji Abubakar Alhaji.
5. That consultations on the Speaker's political future continues and the outcome will be made public at the appropriate time.
Malam Imam Imam @imamdimam
Special Adviser on Media and Public Affair
After Abuja is Lagos... Two big headquarters of Nigeria. Lagos 2015 election is going to be a serious one. Fayose of Ekiti has proven in this year that any political party can be uprooted from their state, that's why APC won't be undermining PDP in this election, as they had done before.
In PDP primaries, its Between Obanikoro and Jimi Agbaje.
In APC primaries, its Between Ambode and Hamzat.. This is serious.
Read a statement from Obanikoro Below;
Outgoing Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro yesterday declared his interest in running for the governorship of Lagos State in the coming elections.
Obanikoro, who spoke when he inspected the ministry's Quarter Guard set by the Defence headquarters in his honour, as part of activities marking his sendforth, explained that he wants to become the governor of Lagos State in order to rescue the state from unnamed individuals that have put the state in bondage.
"Lagos is under bondage and for the liberation of Lagos; I want to liken it to General Gowon's phrase that it is a task that must be done.
"As a native Lagosian, I am committed to the liberation of Lagos.
"Commercialisation of Lagos as a way of governance is something we must put an end to," Obanikoro said.
The minister also expressed hope that the ceasefire deal struck between the Federal Government and the Boko Haram sect will be successful.
He expressed his appreciation to President Goodluck Jonathan, the Minister of Defence, General Aliyu Gusau and the staff of the ministry for the support given him while in office.
"We came in at a very difficult time for the country and I thank God we have been able to strongly put in hard work to ensure that value is added to what we met on the ground, and some of the successes that we have seen in terms of stability in the country is part of the contribution that we have also made as part of the ministry of defence family," he said.
"Funding will always be a challenge, the commitment and the effort we have put in so far with Mr. President at the helm of affairs; we are making progress. From a nation of anything goes to a nation where we are bringing about stability. We have conquered the issue of militancy in the Niger/Delta; the Boko Haram issue will also be a thing of the past," he said.
"I'm excited; things like this don't come easy, a lot of sleepless nights have gone into it. We must salute Mr. President for the courage and the conviction that we must have peace than to have war," he stated.
SCANDAL: Fayemi Spent N3.3bn On The Governor's Lodge While The Ekiti People Remained in Poverty-- Fayose
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Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose has faulted Dr Kayode Fayemi for spending N3.3 billion on the construction of a Governor's Lodge when the people of the state live in abject poverty.
"My heart nearly failed me when I got to the new governor's lodge on last Thursday. The mansion cost N3.3 billion. It was initially awarded for N2.3 billion and later increased to N2.7 billion, while a sum of N640 million was used to procure fittings and furniture," said Fayose, who spoke while administering oath of office on the new Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mrs Modupe Alade and other Special Assistants in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, yesterday.
He continued: "And this building will require N150 million to maintain annually. Ekiti cannot sustain this and we have to do something about it.
"How could a governor be living in such a house when the masses are living in abject poverty?" the governor asked. Ekiti State is one of the poorest states in Nigeria.
Explaining why he chose Mrs Alade as SSG, Fayose said it underscored the enormous respect he has for the womenfolk. He assured that his administration will strictly comply with the 35 percent Affirmative Action for women in government in consonance with the Beijing Declaration of 1993.
He also pledged that his government would protect them through allotment of reasonable appointive and elective positions, especially during the 2015 State and Federal Legislative polls.
"Let me tell the men here who are politicians that some of them will be asked to step down for women in next year's elections," he said.
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General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) Pastor Enoch Adeboye has spoken in defence of the national president of the Christian Association (CAN), Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor on his alleged involvement in the $9.3 million arms purchase funds seized by South Africa.
"Pastor Ayodele Joseph Oritsejafor is a man of God I trust and I can personally vouch for him," said Adeboye yesterday, in London, during an ecclesiastical visit.
"I believe on the issue of his aircraft being chartered and the purpose it was used for he had no prior knowledge. I am sure God will continue to build his church and the gates of hell will not prevail in Jesus name. One anointed cannot attack another anointed. A pastor cannot attack another pastor. Touch not my anointed is what God said. Some Nigerians have questioned the use of Pastor Oritsejafor's private jet by the Federal Government to convey the money to South Africa, accusing him of involvement in money laundering," Pastor Adeboye was quoted by Vanguard as saying.
Following the seizure of the fund by South African authorities, some Nigerians have passed derogatory comments at the CAN president, accusing him of having prior knowledge of the deal. The pastor however said the aircraft had been leased out and he had no knowledge whatsoever of who was using it and what it was being used for.
In defence of the the pastor who also founded Word of Life Bible Church, the federal government said he knew nothing about the deal.
"Oritsejafor is the President of CAN and head of all Christians in Nigeria who is representing at least, 50 per cent of people in this country. When it comes to a man like that, people should be cautious and circumspect," said Dr. Doyin Okupe, Senior Special Assistant to President Goodluck Jonathan on Media and Publicity, when commenting on the issue.
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Nigeria has been declared officially free of Ebola after six weeks with no new cases, the World Health Organization (WHO) says.
WHO representative Rui Gama Vaz, speaking in the capital Abuja, said it was a "spectacular success story".
Nigeria won praise for its swift response after a Liberian diplomat brought the disease there in July.
The outbreak has killed more than 4,500 people in West Africa, mostly in Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone.
An estimated 70% of those infected have died in those countries.
The WHO officially declared Senegal Ebola-free on Friday.
Meanwhile, European Union foreign ministers are meeting in Luxembourg to discuss how to strengthen their response to the threat posed by Ebola.
European countries have committed more than 500m euros (£400m; $600m) but the UK is pressing to double that amount.
Will Ross in Nigeria spoke to a doctor about how to treat the early stages
The money is being sought to help reinforce over-stretched healthcare systems in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea and to mitigate the damage Ebola is doing to their economies.
Ahead of the talks, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier suggested the EU could send a civilian mission to West Africa that would serve as a platform for sending medical staff.
Another diplomat said there were plans for three countries to spearhead aid to the region - the UK for Sierra Leone, France for Guinea and the US for Liberia.
Earlier, the Spanish government said a nurse who became the first person to contract Ebola outside West Africa had tested negative for the virus.
Monday, October 20, 2014
Operatives of the Enugu State Police Command has launched an investigation into the heinous crime describing the suspect as an alleged serial wife beater.
According to a statement released to newsmen by Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Mr. Ebere Amaraizu, DSP, he said:" Close family source informed the command that the suspect had been using his wife as punching bag.
"The suspects wife is four months pregnant. Due to the beating she got from the husband on that fateful day which inflicted injuries on her right leg and on her vital organs, she was rushed to hospital.
"She was unconscious at the nearby hospital were she was rush to and the doctors on duty confirmed her dead. The reason for the beating is yet-to-ascertained. The suspect, Ozemena Nwankwo has been nabbed and is helping Police with investigation."
Meanwhile, the deceased corpse has been deposited at the Agbani General Hospital for autopsy.
Police Spokesperson however said that the matter will be charged to court once investigations is concluded urging members of the public to always avail security agencies of information that will nip crime in the bud to cub crime in the society.
After the marriage crash and a baby to look after Uche is now back to her acting career. When asked by Vanguard if she will take daring roles considering the fact that she is now a mother, she said:
"Of course, I'm going to take on more daring roles, that's my career and I'm only going to keep improving myself. As an actress, there's nothing that I cannot do. There's nothing I can't do in a movie, once it's a movie. I can even take up a lesbian role. But in real life I'm not a lesbian, don't get it twisted. That's why I'm an actress, its make-believe, it's not who I am. I'm only going to do my career the way I'm supposed to do it and it puts food on my table so you don't feed me, you don't judge me, that's it" she told Potpourri.
The two leading presidential aspirants on the platform of the APC, Muhammadu Buhari and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, met at a meeting of the party's northern states' stakeholders in Kaduna over the weekend where they both agree to put in their very best to ensure the party wins in the 2015 Presidency.
Following the ceasefire deal the Federal Government entered into with Boko Haram, the violent sect has split into two. While one faction wants peace, the other doesn't.
OluFamous.Com observation: This is why FG should not have waiting until Boko Haram has killed well over 20,000 Nigerians before talking of peace. It's almost late, now the peace is more difficult.
It was gathered on Sunday that the Federal Government might have entered into the ceasefire with only the faction interested in the cessation of hostilities in the North-East.
"The Boko Haram faction that carried out the attack is the one that wants the insurgency to continue. It is made up of hardcore elements who believe their goal of imposing Sharia on the whole country has not been achieved and for them, the violence must continue until they win the war or perish in their quest."
A reliable source in government told PUNCH in Abuja that the leaders of the pro-peace faction of the sect were the ones who took part in the negotiations with representatives of the Chadian, Cameroonian and Federal Government in Ndjamena last week.
FG and Boko Haram reps are expected to finalize the ceasefire at another meeting on Tuesday.
The source said he believed the attacks on Shafa in Borno State and Sina, Adamawa State on Friday, could have been carried out by the faction not be interested in ending the violence.
There had been reports of disagreements among the top members of the sect following the clamour by some of its commanders for an end to the insurgency.
A yet to be verified report had said some sect members died a few weeks ago in a shoot-out between the pro-peace and the pro-Jihad factions.
Nigerian military is however keeping its side of the peace deal by suspending all hostilities against the insurgents, PUNCH learnt.
This, according to a top military source, was a direct outcome of a directive issued by the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh. He had on Friday ordered the suspension of all on-going aerial and ground offensives against the sect.
"One cannot say the peace deal has been violated; it is the nature of most terrorist organisations to act that way, and it should be expected because they have several layers of operation. They have such a long chain that it takes time for them to communicate with the top unlike the military where you are very quick communication channels.
"Another thing is that each of the cells operates independent of the other. So those who carried out the attacks in the villages in might not even be aware of the deal," the source added.
Keshi spoke on Saturday at the Kwara State stadium during the final of the 28th edition of All Financial Institutions Football competition.
"I was never sacked by the NFF. It's if you have an existing contract that you would be sacked. Super Eagles can still qualify for the 2015 AFCON. They have the chance, because the group is still open. They only need to work harder.
"We need a lot of encouragement from Nigerians for the players to go ahead and qualify. I think we can qualify for the 2015 AFCON," he said.
Keshi also said that the Eagles can still qualify for the African Cup of Nations, adding that the team only needed to work hard. He urged Nigerians to encourage the team.
Nigeria is currently in the third position of Group A with four points, trailing Congo with seven points and South Africa leading the group with eight points while Sudan is the last in the group having three points.
Nigeria will play away with Congo on November 14, and at home with South Africa on November 19.
The NFF had announced Keshi's sacking on Thursday with Shaibu Amodu as his replacement.
Sunday, October 19, 2014
Mr. Onyebuchi through his five-man team of lawyers led by Femi Falana SAN, in the Suit Number E/373/2014 filed on September 30, 2014, is asking the court to determine whether the State Assembly could initiate removal or impeachment proceedings against him for the purposes of removing him from office when he had not committed a gross misconduct in the performance of his functions as the state Deputy Governor.
Other lawyers appearing for Onyebuchi in the matter are Chief Ogochukwu Onyekwuluje, Chief Chris Aghanwa, Osinachi Nwoye, and C.K. Ogbonnaya Esq.
The Speaker of the State Assembly, Eugene Odoh, 23 lawmakers, the Enugu State House of Assembly, and the new Deputy Governor, Pastor Ifeanyi Nwoye were listed as defendants.
Onyebuchi prayed the court to make an order setting aside and declare as void and unconstitutional the Notice containing the Allegations upon which he was purportedly investigated as well as an "order setting aside all the steps taken by the Defendants in relation to the issuance of Notice of allegation of misconduct, passage of motion to investigate same and the purported directive to the Honourable Chief Judge of Enugu State, the said steps having breached the provisions of Section 188 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria."
He also sought an order of the court re-instating him as the Deputy Governor of Enugu State, adding that, "in the event of his tenure of office expiring before the determination of this case an order that the plaintiff is entitled to receive all his entitlements and benefits including his pension as deputy governor of Enugu State, having lawfully served out his tenure."
Besides, Onyebuchi asked the court to set aside "the nomination of and approval by Enugu State House of Assembly of the 25th Defendant (Pastor Ifeanyi Nwoye) as the Deputy Governor of Enugu State".
The Archdiocese of Santiago issued a statement on Oct.13 denying that the Chilean cardinal had denounced Fathers Felipe Berrios, Mariano Puga and Jose Alduate. Likewise, a Vatican source confirmed to CNA that Cardinal Ezzati has not in fact initiated any process against the priests, although it said the Holy See was aware of the stance they have taken, which it finds "very troubling."
In June of this year, Jesuit Father Felipe Berrios stirred controversy with comments on a television program defending "gay marriage," calling the defense of life a matter of opinion and criticizing the canonization of St. John Paul II.
After four years in Africa, Fr. Berrios returned to Chile and gave an extensive interview on Chilean television criticizing Church teaching. Similar statements in the past forced the Jesuit superior in Chile to ask the priest to make a public apology.
Asked about "same-sex marriage," Fr. Berrios said the Church's position differs from that of Pope Francis and that he doesn't have a problem with such unions.
"Gays and lesbians are telling me that sexuality between them is much deeper than that between a man and a woman. They are broadening my outlook on sexuality, they are making me much more humane. Why can't they get married? If they are the ones who marry each other and the State recognizes the marriage, why can't they do it? In other words, enough is enough," the priest said.
Previously, Fr. Berrios spoke out on the debate over the legalization of abortion in Chile and suggested that the Church's stance on defense of human life is a matter of opinion.
"For me life is an untouchable gift from God from the moment of conception to natural death. But that is my experience. The same respect that I have for life as a gift from God makes me respect the opinions of others," he said.
At another point during the interview, Fr. Berrios slammed St. John Paul II, saying that in "the 1980s liberation theology was cut short "and the Church closed in on itself" and "ended up rotting."
"I couldn't understand how they could canonize John Paul II so quickly," he added.
In its Oct. 13 statement, the Archdiocese of Santiago said Cardinal Ezzati has not "made any accusations" to the Vatican against the three priests.
"What the archbishop has done is respond to a request from the Apostolic Nunciature in Chile to send in various statements that the three priests have made and that have appeared in the media," the archdiocese said.
The archdiocese said Cardinal Ezzati, who is in Rome for the Synod of Bishops, "regrets that this misinformation has created a climate of division."
Vatican sources confirmed to CNA that the cardinal has not made any accusations against the priests and said that the misinformation in the media is intended to "intimidate the Chilean bishops from denouncing the grave doctrinal errors that exist in the public statements of the three priests."
I vividly Recall the story of a man who became popular for engaging in money rituals just to buy the 80's edition of the Honda Prelude. You wouldn't buy that car for 50k today. Some other guy brutally murdered his brother ( whom their father gave cash 2 travel 4 the purpose of re- stocking their warehouse), just'cos he wanted to acquire the rave of the moment - Pathfinder Jeep. That same vehicle is now better described as a coffin. I Remember as a kid, my whole street gathered to watch a truck deliver a very large satellite dish to my neighbour's house. Today a dish one tenth that size delivers 5 times the value and is in almost every student's room. What about the Volkswagen Santana, Mercedes Benz V boot, 505Evolution, Toyota Crown, all overtaken by latest models of Camry, Honda, Bugatti, Bentley, X6, Acura and Infinity.... Vanity! Some ladies left their true loves cos some rich guy then persuaded them with a Benz 190, which turned out to be the only car they ever owned till date. They found out too late that true love is invaluable. A friend declared drinks because he launched the Nokia Communicator for over hundred grand in 2002. Today that phone would embarrass the owner and is a joke compared to the low cost and everyday phones. What about the MTN SIM card that many people went extra miles before they bought for over 30k, today you will not buy it at N100 bcos all networks are begging people to even take it for free. People are still making the most horrific sacrifices over 'vanity' and make enemies over worthless material things. What can I Say? Look back at that one thing you want to kill or die for today and see what becomes of it tomorrow. There is absolutely nothing you can't achieve. All you need is a little time and PATIENCE and you would thank God without regrets. There is actually nothing in this world that is worth brooding on for long, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! Think of this...pls rebroadcast and share if u can!
#Signed By ORE SOTOMI
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Ella Martins, a top Beninoise musician and actress has revealed to Vanguard Newspaper why it has not been easy for her to date another person after a ruling president broke up with her. According to her, she fell in love with him, but he broke her heart in the process. Here is what she said about the heartbreak.
Yes, a president broke my heart. The relationship I had with the president is a long story. I fell in love with him because he was attentive and mature. In fact the relationship made me mature. It's not easy dating a president. I am even working on a movie based on that experience. Since dating the president, I found it difficult to date an ordinary person.
PDP and APC can fight their war but they should think of the Ekiti people--"we like their iyan "pounded yam" lol ..
Ekiti State Government on Saturday announced the dissolution of the 35 local government areas including Local Council Development Areas' caretaker administrations.
This was contained in a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the State Governor, Mr Idowu Adelusi, made available to News Agency of Nigeria in Ado-Ekiti.
According to the statement, all the 35 council chairmen along with their secretaries and other members of caretaker committees have been relieved of their appointments.
It stated that Governor Ayo Fayose had approved the immediate dissolution of all the councils.
The statement also ordered the immediate dissolution of all boards of parastatals, agencies and commissions.
The 35 local government areas involved were those of the original 16 and the 19 LCDAs in the state.
The statement directed all the affected caretaker chairmen to immediately hand over to the directors of administration in their respective council areas.
NAN recalls that caretaker chairmen had been in control of the 16 council areas throughout the four year tenure of the immediate past governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi.
The former governor also appointed caretaker committees for the 19 newly created LCDAs few days after the June 21 governorship poll which he lost.
NAN further recalls that Fayemi's attempted to hold council election in the 16 councils on February 4, 2011, but was halted by the state High Court ruling following a suit filed by the Peoples Democratic Party in the state.
The PDP had alleged that some of the members of the State Independent Electoral Commission were card-carrying members of the then ruling Action Congress of Nigeria.
NAN reports that Fayose, at his inaugural speech on Thursday in Ado Ekiti, vowed not to recognise any illegal creation made by the immediate past administration.
Vice President Namadi Sambo, made the disclosure while representing President Jonathan at the grand finale of the nationwide rallies by the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN), held at the Eagles Square, Abuja on Saturday.
TAN, which had embarked on sensitisation and mass mobilisation of citizens at the six geopolitical zones of the country since August 16th, have been highlighting the achievements of the Jonathan administration, collecting signatories in his favour and urging him to present himself for re-election in 2015.
Unveiling the over 17.8 million signatures so far collected, the vice president commended TAN for its constructive engagement of the populace, which he said was in line with democratic tenets all over the world.
Sambo noted that the signatures were an eloquent testimony of the popularity of President Jonathan and his acceptance nationwide.
The event was attended by dignitaries including the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Sen. Pius Anyim; Minister for Agriculture, Dr. Femi Adesina; Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, Governors Mukhtar Yero (Kaduna) and Seriake Dickson (Bayelsa) among others.
The Beauty of Democracy has been Abused: Ex Gov Uzor Kalu Picks PDP Senatorial Form, Advises GEJ not to Drop Sambo
Immediate past Governor of Abia State, Dr Orji Uzor Kalu, has urged President Goodluck Jonathan not to bow to the antics of those pressurizing him to drop Vice President Namani Sambo as his running mate, ahead of his anticipated formal declaration to seek re-election in 2015.
Kalu, who disclosed that he had picked nomination form to run contest the Abia North Senatorial seat under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, described those angling for Sambo's removal from the 2015 presidential ticket as political jobbers who were only out to create disaffection between the president and his deputy.
He said those throwing up the names of other persons as the running mate of President Jonathan were the enemies of the ruling party, adding that dropping Sambo would amount to a disincentive for the loyalty the vice-president had demonstrated as a good deputy and ally, who was not ambitious to rock the boat.
The former governor spoke yesterday at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos as he made to fly out of the country.
He was reacting to insinuations making the rounds that Jonathan was buckling under pressure to consider the Governor Ibrahim Shema of Katsina, the National Chairman of the People's Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Adamu Muazu or the Jigawa State Governor, Alhaji Sule Lamido as his running mate.
Kalu said: "Considering the good working relationship between the duo of President Jonathan and Vice President Namadi Sambo, the wise thing is to allow the same team fly the party flag. Not only that Sambo has been loyal to the President, he has also supported and added value to the transformation agenda of the present administration.
"In order to ensure effectiveness and efficiency in government, the President gave a mandate for the Vice President to oversee some government agencies and technical committees for which, Sambo has performed credibly well. In addition, he has also contributed to the party by maintaining peace and unity in PDP especially in the North. Forget what anyone says, give it to Sambo, he remains a seasoned professional and a consummate politician".
On the insinuation that Jonathan was considering Muazu and others as possible running mate, Kalu said, "I see that as a rumour. Our national chairman, Muazu is busy running the affairs of the party ahead of the forthcoming general elections. Remember, PDP remains the largest party and as such, Muazu has a lot on his table. I know he is not thinking in the direction of political jobbers.
"Anyone proposing Muazu as running mate to President Jonathan is an enemy of PDP. Jonathan/Sambo ticket remains the best. I urge perpetrators of such rumour not to cause confusion between trio of Jonathan, Sambo and Muazu. God has placed everyone in his rightful position".
On his ambition to vie for the Abia North Senatorial District seat, he said, "Last week I picked my nomination form at Wadata Plaza. I decided to run for Senate after several calls by the good people of Abia North for a better representation. I and Governor Theodor Orji are from different senatorial zones and more so, the mandate belongs to the people".
Kalu said no one has monopoly of power to make anyone Senator except God and the aspirant's constituents, saying that he believed that the beauty of democracy was fair play and President Jonathan had assured all aspirants of a level playing ground.
"Before venturing into politics I had been empowering my people; same when I was in public office, so based on this, I am assured of victory in the forthcoming election", Kalu said.
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A former Governor of Plateau State, Ambassador Fidelis Tapgun, on Friday berated the leadership of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state for disowning him and also for describing him as an "impostor".
The state PDP had in a statement signed by its Secretary, Prince Pam Sale, warned Tapgun and another former Governor of the state now Senator, Chief Joshua Dariye, to stopparading themselves as members of the party, describing them as impostors.
"They are those who had left the party to other parties, fought the party in the last elections and today want to contest without being officially received as returnees", the statement said, adding that it was "totally unacceptable".
While insisting that the former governors were not members of the party having deserted it in the past, the state PDP urged them to save themselves from embarrassment by not getting involved in any of the party's activities but should rather wait until after the party's primaries are over before they can nurse the idea of returning back to the party.
But Tapgun, in his reaction to the PDP's position, described it as "self-deceit".
The former governor, who had already purchased his nomination form to contest the 2015 governorship election under the party's platform, said that what the state PDP has failed to realize is that it cannot operate independent of the national PDP, which not only recognised him and others as bona fide members of the party, but also sold the nomination form to contest the Plateau governorship election to him.
His words: "The Plateau PDP should know that it is not operating in isolation of the national PDP. Since 2012, I have revalidated my membership of the party. If this is not so, the party would not have sold the nomination form for me to contest the governorship election.
"And the people are behind us because we are on course. So the state PDP cannot be innocent or mischievous to claim otherwise and as such people should disregard their antics whatsoever".
Saturday, October 18, 2014
First of all, was there really a ceasefire agreement, and if there was did one of the side break the agreement clause.
Because at this moment, we need need peace in Nigeria urgently.
Despite Nigerian government claims of a ceasefire, gunmen believed to be Boko Haram fighters attacked two villages and a town near the border with Niger, killing at least 8 and kidnapping others, residents told CNN Saturday.
Boko Haram has not yet responded to the government's announcement Thursday of a ceasefire, which an official said heralded peace in the country after some five years of conflict with the Islamic extremist group.
In one attack, militants ambushed travelers in the Borno state village of Shaffa, residents of the area said, killing eight people and abducting others.
Boko Haram gunmen also stormed the village of Waga in Adamawa state, abducting a number of residents, including women, residents there told CNN.
Insurgents also occupied the town of Abadam, near Niger, after killing an unknown number of residents in their attack, residents said.
Nigerian officials said Friday that the government had reached a ceasefire agreement with Boko Haram, which has been waging an insurgency in the country's north since 2009.
The deal, the government said, includes the release of more than 200 kidnapped girls whose abduction from their boarding school shocked the world in April.
The deal, first reported by Agence France-Presse, came Thursday night after a month of negotiations with representatives of the group, said Hassan Tukur, principal secretary to President Goodluck Jonathan.
Nigerian officials met with Boko Haram in Chad twice during talks mediated by Chadian President Idriss Deby, according to Tukur.
"We have agreed on the release of the Chibok schoolgirls, and we expect to conclude on that at our next meeting with the group's representative next week in Chad," Tukur said.
Doyin Okupe, a government spokesman, said the ceasefire deal was meant not only to free the girls but also to end the insurgency.
"On the war front, we can say there is peace now," he said Friday.
A source involved in talks with the militants told CNN last month that Nigerian government officials and the International Committee of the Red Cross had discussions with Boko Haram about swapping imprisoned members of the group for the more than 200 schoolgirls. It is unclear, however, whether the deal includes a prisoner swap.
The name "Boko Haram" translates to "Western education is sin" in the local Hausa language. The militant group is trying to impose strict Sharia law across Nigeria, which is split between a majority Muslim north and a mostly Christian south.
As part of its insurgency, the militant group has bombed schools, churches and mosques; kidnapped women and children; and assassinated politicians and religious leaders alike.
Twenty-seven members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, seeking for various positions at the national and state levels have picked nomination forms to contest the 2015 general elections.
This is sequel to the setting up of a 20-man committee for the sale of the forms.
The committee has Abubakar Yabo as its Chairman while Abubakar Kantoma, the Special Adviser to the party's Chairman on Political Matters, Abubakar Kantoma, is its Secretary.
Mr. Kantoma said in Sokoto on Friday that the exercise was commenced in line with a directive from the national headquarters of the party.
The directive stipulated that the exercise should begin October 10 nationwide.
"So, it is in line with this directive that the committee was set up and we commenced our assignment on Oct, 16.
"The 27 aspirants who have so far bought the forms included incumbent and new aspirants seeking to contest for senatorial seats, House of Representatives and the state House of Assembly positions", Mr. Kantoma, added.
He stated that the senatorial seat, house of representatives and state assembly forms cost N4.5 million, N2.5 million and N1.2 million respectively.
Mr. Kantoma explained that the sale of the nomination forms would end on November 5.
"So far, so good and the exercise is going on smoothly and we don't envisage any problems. Every bonafide member of the party is free to buy the forms and aspire to occupy any positions", he said.
TAN is expecting 12million Supporters For Jonathan Today in Abuja.
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Ahead of President Goodluck Jonathan's formal declaration for a second term in office, the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria, TAN, will on Saturday (today) formally endorse him and the ruling Peoples Democratic Party for the 2015 general elections.
This was disclosed by the Director of Public Communications and Strategy of TAN, Dr. Udenta O. Udenta, at a pre-event press conference in Abuja, on Friday.
He also said about 12 million supporters, who are signatories to the TAN register, were expected to converge at the Eagle Square, venue of the grand-finale of the group's nationwide rallies.
Udenta, however, did not specify whether Jonathan will make an appearance at the event to make a formal declaration as was being speculated.
According to him, TAN is a group of passionate Nigerians, who took it upon themselves to showcase the president's achievements for all to see.
He noted that Saturday's event would be a culmination of its efforts made within the last five to six months.
Udenta said, "We have a figure of 12.2 million Nigerians, who have endorsed the President to continue. They have signed their signatures, with a comprehensive database with their names, states, local governments, ward and telephone numbers.
"Tomorrow, therefore, will be a day that this number of Nigerians from the forest of the South-East, to the arid areas of the North, will endorse this incredible journey by Mr. President, who has not only deconstructed our colonial inheritance and is reconstructing our future".
But since then, Ekiti hasn't seen political peace as different 'wahala dey burst'. Currently the newly elected Gov. Fayose of PDP is crying out 'APC is plotting to frustrate my govt'. How true is this??
The Punch Newspaper reports;
"Ekiti Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has accused the All Progressives Congress-dominated state House of Assembly of plotting to frustrate his government.
He described the closure of the Assembly by the Speaker, Adewale Omirin, as the party's Plan B to frustrate his administration.
Fayose, in a statement by his Special Assistant on Information and Social Media, Mr. Lere Olayinka, said the plan was to prevent the governor from appointing commissioners and special advisers as well as presenting and passing of the 2015 budget.
The statement read, "After failing to realise his ambition of becoming Ekiti State Acting Governor (hoping that Fayose's inauguration would not hold), Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Dr. Wale Omirin, has ordered the lawmakers to go on one month recess.
"The Speaker claimed that the seven Peoples Democratic Party members in the House were plotting to impeach him and for this, Ekiti must be held to ransom.
"For the avoidance of doubt, there is no plan by the state government to instigate the removal of the Speaker or anyone in the House of Assembly."
Fayose said the election and removal of the Speaker and other principal officers of the state House of Assembly was the prerogative of the lawmakers and not the duty of the executive."
"I can confirm that FG (the federal government) is working hard to meet its own part of the agreement so that the release of the abductees can by effected either on Monday or latest Tuesday next week," the source told Reuters by telephone.
The head of Nigeria's military, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, announced on Friday that authorities had reached a deal with Boko Haram for a ceasefire that would enable the release of the girls, who were kidnapped while taking exams in a secondary school from the remote northeastern town of Chibok in April.
Officials at the presidency and the military did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Boko Haram, which conveys messages in videotaped speeches by a man claiming to be its leader, Abubakar Shekau, has also not yet commented on the ceasefire.
Some Nigerians are likely to greet claims of a ceasefire with scepticism after five years of violence. Since the girls' abduction, Nigeria's military has twice claimed to have rescued some or all of the girls, only to back-track hours later.
Several rounds of negotiations with Boko Haram have been attempted in recent years but they have never achieved a peace deal, partly because the group has several different factions.
The group, whose name translates roughly as "Western education is sinful" has killed thousands of people in its struggle to carve an Islamic state out of religiously mixed Nigeria.
According to NTA news reports, the former coach dismissed by new NFF board after a run of poor performances which led to widespread fears that Nigeria will not make it to the next Nations Cup from a group comprising Sudan, Congo and South Africa, has spoken for the first time.
'Its about time for me to move on, my dear. This is not the end of the world for me,' Keshi, who had said he was not bothered by being sacked said.
Keshi became the coach of Nigeria's senior national team in 2011, leading the country to victory at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations and a second place finish at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.