Friday, October 24, 2014
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The leader of the Niger Delta Peoples Volunteer Force, NDPVF, Mujahid Dokubo-Asari has dared President Goodluck Jonathan not to re-contest for Presidency come 2015.
The former militant said this statement during an interview he had with Silverbird television, stating that President Jonathan 'cannot' say he is not contesting for the presidency in next year's general elections.
Below is the video of Asari-Dokubo:
It would be recalled that President Jonathanwas reported to have officially made the long-awaited declaration to run for re-election in 2015 while speaking with leaders of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, at the Presidential Villa on Wednesday.
The PDP had asked Jonathan, who had been earlier elected as a sole party candidate, to buy the expression of interest and nomination forms by October 30 if he planned to participate in the elections.
Meanwhile, the PDP primaries are scheduled for December 6.
The abducted immediate past President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Okey Wali (SAN) has been released by his kidnappers.
Wali was said to have been released at about 11pm on Thursday, October 23 by his abductors after keeping him for about 12 days.
He was reportedly kidnapped on October 11 close to his residence in Port -Harcourt, Rivers State.
Although the report of his release could not be independently verified, his successor in office, Augustine Alegeh (SAN) confirmed the Wali has been set free by his abductors.
He did not provide details of his predecessor's release.
Personally to me 'tobietti', I think the issue of rape is psychological not physical, rapist generally have a problem, a problem that is mainly caused by some sociological factors in the society.
Recently rape victims stormed the National Assembly seeking life sentences in jail for Rapist, I feel their pain because it is out of pain and justice they seek this, but will this actually reduce the incidence of rape in Nigeria.
We need to come up with a reasonable solution to this problem because Rape has to stop.
Female federal lawmakers fought back tears on Thursday as they listened to the painful stories of rape victims rape victims who besieged the National Assembly to share their agonising experiences in the hands of rapists.
The victims, mostly young ladies, were at the legislative arm of government to sensitize members of the Senate and House of Representatives to the need to save them from further assault by passing the bill against sexual offences. The bill seeks life jail for rapists.
The ladies participated in the mock tribunal/court on sexual and gender based violence, organised by the National Assembly Women Affairs Committee and the Legislative Advocacy Coalition for Violence in Nigeria.
Most of them recalled with pains how they were sexually assaulted by older men while efforts made by them to seek redress legally had been frustrated due to weak laws against such a crime.
The victims, who spoke with their faces covered, passionately appealed to female lawmakers at the meeting to save other ladies, either of their ages or much younger than them.
Senators Chris Anyanwu and Oluremi Tinubu, who spoke at the occasion, condemned the criminal act, which they described as the wicked crime against the womenfolk.
They vowed to do everything within their powers to ensure that relevant bills that sought to protect women and children against violence were passed before the end of the current legislative year.
The Founding Director, Women Aid Collective, Dr. Joy Ezeilo, said the purpose of staging the mock tribunal /court at the National Assembly was to spotlight cases of gender-based violence in Nigeria.
Ezeilo also explained that the organisers also wanted to use the event to raise the voices of victims and survivors towards eliciting urgent action in enacting protective laws, especially the one that had made significant progress in both chambers of the National Assembly.
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The federal government has allocated N500 as daily feeding allowance for members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC). This was disclosed yesterday by the Director General of the NYSC, Brigadier-General Johnson Bamidele Olawumi.
He made the disclosure at a House of Representatives Committee on Public Petition investigative public hearing on the N4,000 online registration fee imposed on prospective corps members by the corps...but the question now is, "was there no feeding allowance before? If there was, how much was it? will this lead to an increase in the monthly allowee which is currently N19,800?"
The Economics graduate led the pack of 46 other First Class graduates; 158 Second Class (Upper Division), 115 Second Class (Lower Division) and 14 Third Class graduates.
On the occasion, a former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon (retd); a former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos and currently the Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University, Ndifu Alike in Ebonyi State, Professor Oye Ibidapo-Obe; the Vice Chairman of Julius Berger Nigeria Plc, Mr. Heinz Stockhausen, and a United Kingdom-based specialist in General Medicine and Neurology, Dr Ann Coxon, were honoured with honorary doctoral degrees.
Ogunbusola, told Tribune Education on the occasion that she "sacrificed social life, sleep time, gist time" to achieve the feat, thanking Governor Ayò Fayose, who gave her N1million as gift as well as an offer of employment, saying "I'm extremely grateful and short of words."
In what seems to be good news for the fans of the couple, American tabloid, 'People' is reporting that parents of Blue Ivy have sorted their differences and even renewed their marital vows.
A source told the news platform: "They did have major problems. But they worked it out and they've renewed their vows. They worked it out for [the sake of] their reputations and for [their 2-year-old daughter] Blue Ivy."
The couple are believed to have renewed their vows while traveling Europe, shortly after their joint 'On the Run' world tour.
The students who protested said the rules were childish and are unaccepted.
In a circular displayed at halls of residence, authorities at the University of Zimbabwe said students "caught in any intimate position such as kissing or having s*x in public places" would be punished.
The university also barred resident students from bringing members of the opposite sex to their hostels and "loitering in dark places outside the sports pavilion or lecture venues."
Student leader Gilbert Mutubuki said students would resist the rules introduced two weeks ago.
"We are against these rules which we view as archaic, repressive and evil," Mutubuki, president of the Zimbabwe National Students Union (ZINASSU) told AFP.
"We are urging students to resist the rules. These rules reduce the university to a primary school. The authorities need to be reminded that this is an institute for adults who are mature."
"We believe these are security measures meant to limit students from associating," he said.
Choosing a woman based on beauty alone: This is the common mistake committed by almost all men. True, it is difficult to look past the attractiveness. However, it is important to remember that in due course of time, beauty fades. Then it is the other factors like compatibility, intellectual ability etc. that matter. There surely has to be a proper blend if you don't want to be caught with a bimbo for the rest of your life.
Do not try to be best friends too soon: It very rarely happens that, women get attracted to their best friends. A woman wouldn't date a guy merely on the basis of how understanding he is. It is the degree of attraction that counts. So quit being so available for her, that she takes you for granted. Yes it is important that she feels comfortable in your company, but that does not mean she begins to treat you like one of her girlfriends.
Hot temper and violent behavior: This can instantly scare off women. In fact, you should use this when you want to get rid of a clingy date. Actions like being rude to the waiter or cab driver or getting involved in unnecessary fights with random people is the signature of a narcissistic creep.
Sharing intimate details with her too soon: You don't need to tell her why you broke up with you ex-girlfriend on the first date. Neither do you have to tell her how much you are attracted to her. It is always good to go slow in relationships. As far as sharing intimate details are concerned, it should be done at a much later stage. This will not only build her interest in you, but she will also begin to look forward to trying to getting to know you.
Letting them take total control: Women would naturally want to be with someone with who she can feel secure. Whatever happens don't let her take total charge of any situation. Show it to her, that you are man enough to look after things. She will respect you and magnetically get attracted to you.
Being bossy and dominating: Yes it is important to learn to take charge, however that does not mean that you go about dominating her all the time. Let her take her own decisions. Advise her only when you're asked for it. Women hate to be bossed around. They look out for a man, with who they can be themselves. Hence, make sure you accept her just the way she is.
Being self-obsessed: This can be a big turn-off for any woman. No matter how good looking, self-obsession is a trait of the unsecured. Habits like constantly being bothered about your looks, checking out your reflection even in a spoon, being a constant shopaholic, etc will give her the feeling that she is with one of her girlfriends.
Corny pick-up lines: This is another instant turn-off. Pick-up lines can be cute among lovers. However, when you are using them to try to get to know somebody they are a strict no-no. Most of the time they are ineffective. There are chances that she may pick the wrong signal, thus subtracting any chance you might have had with her. Instead, just ask a common friend to introduce the two of you.
Bragging about yourself: There is a very thin line between telling her about your achievements and bragging about them. Women hate braggers. They find them stupid and annoying. Instead, just tell her about yourself. As far as your achievements are concerned, let her find them out herself. She will appreciate your modesty.
Showering her with gifts: Big mistake! It is the signature of a person plagued by insecurity and foolishness. When you do this; you are indirectly sending her the message saying that, you are so insecure about yourself and hence you need to buy gifts in order to get her attracted to you. You may look like a desperate person, trying so hard to get into a relationship.
These are some of the most common mistakes that men tend to repeat over and over again, but in different ways. Avoid these mistakes to have a happy relationship.
So go pick up your dream girls by avoiding these mistakes and come update us on how the adventure went..
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The umbrella body of the operators of commercial tricycles, popularly known as Keke NAPEP and motorcycles, also known as Okada, the National Commercial Tricycles and Motor Cycles Owners and Riders Association (NATOMORAS) have declared their support for the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan in the 2015 election.
The body also vowed to do all things in their power to ensure President Goodluck Jonathan was re-elected with a very wide margin in the presidential election.
Members of the group made this known during a courtesy call on the Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Prof. Rufai Ahmed Alkali, in Abuja.
The party had said it would not shift the deadline for the procurement of nomination forms. Jonathan's body language over time had also shown that he was prepared to seek re-election even though his government is believed to have carried along with it, a baggage of various challenges.
To ensure a successful declaration exercise that is scheduled for between 7th and 15th November, the President has set up a Presidential Declaration Committee headed by Dr. Haliru Bello, a former Minister of Defence, to prepare the programme for the declaration.
Thursday, October 23, 2014
of Adamawa state where they abducted about 45 girls, local sources in the area disclosed.
Boko Haram insurgents have launched an attack on Waga Mongoro village where they abducted about 45 girls, local sources have disclosed.
Waga Mongoro village is sandwiched between Gwoza town of Borno State and Madagali town of Adamawa State.
The recent attack on seems to have sealed any hope of cessation of hostilities in the area despite an earlier ceasefire agreement reportedly entered into by the insurgents and federal government.
Sources in the area said the insurgents similarly burnt down the whole town after they carried off food items, animals and household utensils belonging to the residents.
Many of the residents who managed to escape the attack and run into the nearby bushes have refused to return to the town for fear of another attack by the insurgents.
A resident, who said he was speaking from hiding in a nearby bush, told LEADERSHIP that he was better off remaining in the bush than trying to go back to the village as most of their houses had been totally destroyed by the insurgents while their foodstuff, livestock and other belongings had been carried off by the rampaging insurgents, who might return to do more damage.
He said the insurgents stormed the town early Tuesday morning through the road leading to Sambisa Forest and returned through the same route after the onslaught.
"When they came into the town, they rounded up about 45 girls and uploaded them into some trucks they came with. They also carried off foodstuff, household items and domestic animals before razing our houses," he said.
Another displaced person from the area, who is currently taking refuge in Yola, the state capital, told LEADERSHIP that a relative of his, who is currently trapped in the bush, told him that he heard the insurgents disowning the ceasefire agreement the sect reportedly reached with the federal government, adding that the insurgents were insistent on foisting Sharia law on Nigerians.
"When they struck, we heard them chanting anti-government slogans to the effect that they were not party to any ceasefire agreement and that the government was on a mission to deceive the people," my trapped relative told me.
When contacted via phone, the chairman of Madagali Local Government of Adamawa State, James Abawu Watharda, said he could neither confirm nor deny the report as he had since lost contact with the people of the area, adding that the areas had been deserted by the people for a long time.
In a clear indication that the ceasefire deal sealed between the Federal government of Nigeria and the Boko Haram sect has truly crumbled, the insurgents have launched attack on Waga Mongoro, whisking away no fewer than 45 girls.
Waga Mongoro is situated between Gwoza town of Borno State and Madagali town of Adamawa.
Leadership reports that the girls were taken to an unknown destination on Wednesday.
DailyPost recalls that the outlawed sect is still holding over 200 girls they abducted from Chibok in April.
The PGF Chairman, Rochas Okorocha, who announced this to journalists after the forum's meeting in Ilorin, Kwara State on Wednesday, added that neither the forum nor the party had adopted any candidate for the 2015 presidential election.
He said the forum which comprises APC governors was in support of consensus so long as there would be no imposition of anyone on members of the party.
The governor said, "On consensus, our forum is in full support of consensus as one of the ways to produce our presidential candidate or any candidate in the party for as long as it is done with regard to respect for internal democracy. There will be no imposition of candidates in our party.
"Our party has not adopted any candidate neither has the forum but we shall encourage consensus and dialogue within the leadership of the party and aspirants to see how we can come up with a candidate but where that is not possible, like true progressives, we shall have a free and fair primary."
Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano State, who also attended the meeting, is the only progressive governor that had openly kicked against a consensus arrangement. He however made a U-turn recently.
It is widely believed that the APC leadership and many of the governors are rooting for a former Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari, as the party's consensus candidate for 2015.
According to Punch, during Buhari's declaration last week, many of them attended unlike when another aspirant and a former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar, joined the race.
When contacted, the Atiku Campaign Organisation said there was nothing alien about the PGF decision on consensus candidacy.
The organisation however argued that "the best form of consensus is the decision of voters in a free and open contest."
A statement from the campaign organisation of the politician, who was the first to pick an Expression of Interest Nomination form towards the Nov 15 APC primaries, said that the declaration will take place at the Onikan Stadium at 10am.
The press statement from Ambode's campaign office noted that the declaration is coming on the heels of the massive endorsement that the Epe-born Ambode got from Islamic clerics in Lagos State on Tuesday at the Blue Roof, Lagos State Television Complex, Agidingbi, Ikeja.
"Friday's declaration, which is expected to be a carnival-like endorsement of Ambode by stakeholders from all the 57 council areas in Lagos State is an opportunity for the frontline aspirant to thank party stalwarts, who have given him good reception during his year-long consultation and to sell his 5-point agenda of Continuity and Consolidation to Lagosians," the campaign office stated.
The campaign office informed that the approval to use Onikan Stadium for the declaration was personally granted by Governor Babatunde Fashola, who wrote glowingly about the civil service career of Ambode when the aspirant voluntarily retired in 2012.
The 51-year-old Ambode retired at the peak of his career in the Lagos State Civil Service after almost three decades, which took him round all the nooks and crannies of Lagos State Local Government and Civil Service establishment, an advantage which his supporters believe places him in a very good position to satisfy the aspirations of the voters.
The Punch Newspaper reports;
The opposition All Progressives Congress recently had cause to celebrate the entrance of fresh defectors from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party. The fears that the party's leaders may not grace the occasion gave way to jubilation when the National Chairman of the APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, joined notable members of the party at the rostrum.
Odigie-Oyegun was at his best when he reeled out numerous reasons why the PDP should be voted out of power in the state and at the federal levels come 2015.
For beginners, he asked all present to take a look at the dilapidated roof of the stadium. He also wondered if youths in the state were not interested in playing football due to the stadium's poor standard and lack of maintenance. Some of the party's supporters at the stadium laughed, others cursed and yet others called the state government and its leaders unprintable names.
Odigie-Oyegun, a one-time governor of Edo State, expressed his sympathies with the state civil servants, especially teachers. He said, "Teachers are not paid. Workers are not paid. It is a challenge for you to ensure that they (PDP) do not rise again. "Potholes are all over the roads. It is not an easy job. But we shall not make the mistake we made in the past by not protecting our votes. I want to assure you that the APC is the only party with vision. It is dependable and willing to change things."
According to him, it was a thing of joy to see over 5,000 members of the ruling party abandoning the umbrella for broom, which is the symbol of the APC.
The defectors were led by a former acting governor of the state, Chief Clarence Olafemi, a former House of Assembly Speaker, Abdullahi Bello, and a former chairman of the party, John Odahu. With other defectors, the downpour did not prevent them from trooping into the stadium, where they told the gathering that they were no longer members of the ruling PDP.
Just as they were dancing and singing, supporters of the defectors as well as members of the APC, who have eyes on elective offices – held the banners of their candidates and the offices they were seeking above their heads.
Apart from Olafemi, Bello, and Odahu, seven members of the state House of Assembly, Daudu Attah, Ambassador Isaac Onu, 20 former local government chairmen, and Echocho Youths Vanguard stood up to be counted as part of the defectors.
Supporters of presidential aspirants such as a former Head of State, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.); a former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, and the Governor of Kano State, Alhaji Rabiu Kwankwaso, also used the occasion to sing the praises of their aspirants as the three presidential political heavyweights, who were present, watched with contentment.
The national chairman of the party however cautioned members of the party against complacency. He noted that he would have had more cause to celebrate if party members in Niger State had defended their votes during the recently concluded bye-election to fill a vacant senatorial seat.
He said it was apparent that his party was on the verge of winning the bye-election, expressing regret that instead of the members of the APC to protect their votes, they went home dancing, an action he said gave the PDP the opportunity to manipulate the results.
Odigie-Oyegun, how-ever, told the cheering crowd that things have come to change for better in the Confluence State.
He reminded the crowd about some scandals trailing the ruling PDP-led Federal Government. He said, "Have we forgotten the N20bn? Have we forgotten the N225m armored cars? Can we forget the $9.3m? Can we forget Boko Haram? And, look at it here in Kogi State; look at the very stadium we are standing on, the government cannot fix its roof. Is this what we want?"
The party chairman also said the end has come for the ruling party's hold at the federal level and in some states, especially Kogi. He said the defection of the former acting governor, the former speaker, members of the state house of assembly, youth leaders, former local government chairmen and others were all indications that the PDP needed help, which he said would not come.
In his short address at the occasion, Buhari urged Nigerians not to vote for those he described as treasury looters during the 2015 general elections.
Buhari said, "Stealing must be stopped in 2015 and we will make sure that nobody takes money from the treasury and puts it in his pocket because it is the people's money. The money is not meant for stealing but for development. So, you should be up and doing so that we can change the system from councillor to the president."
Atiku said the APC would wrest power from Governor Idris Wada and President Goodluck Jonathan. He said both leaders "have failed the state and the nation."
A former governor of the state, Alhaji Abubakar Audu, assured the defectors that their future was bright in the APC. He appealed to them to join hands with others to wrest power from the PDP in the state.
Others who attended the event include the APC Deputy National Chairman, Senator Lawal Shuaibu; the party's National Vice Chairman, South-West, Mr. Segun Oni; a former Minister of State for Petroleum, Shuaib Abdullahi, APC National Treasurer, Bala Muhammed and the party's National Organising Secretary, Senator Osita Osinazo, among others. They all joined Odigie-Oyegun in presenting the APC flag to the defectors.
Sihuan Pharmaceutical Holdings Group last week signed a tie-up with Chinese research institution the Academy of Military Medical Sciences (AMMS) to help push the drug, called JK-05, through the approval process in China and bring it to market. The drug, developed by the academy, is currently approved only for emergency military use.
"We believe that we can file to the Chinese Food and Drug Administration before the end of the year," said Sihuan chairman Che Fengsheng during an investor call last week. "They are looking at this very seriously ... and we could get on the 'green light' track."
Sihuan's drug is only one contender among a number of experimental cures worldwide to treat Ebola, though if successful, it would be a huge boon to China's developing pharmaceutical sector and the country's soft power in Africa, which is an increasingly important partner to the world's No 2 economy.
Che said one of Sihuan's strengths was its close military ties. The firm, which claims to be China's third-largest prescription drug maker, was originally a military scientific unit, which was spun off into its current form in 2001.
"We have a myriad of connections with the military medical science units and have developed lots of products in cooperation with the AMMS," Mr Che said. The AMMS is a research unit of the People's Liberation Army, China's armed forces.
Mr Che pointed out that a Chinese vaccine, also developed by the military, against the severe acute respiratory syndrome outbreak a decade ago was approved by the drug regulator rapidly after its application, hinting that JK-05 could receive similar treatment. "At that time, the whole approval process, clinical components and the period after was cut right down," he said.
Officials at Sihuan, which is partly-owned by Morgan Stanley, were not available for further comment on Tuesday.
China's Ebola cure bid still lags some way behind US-developed ZMapp and TKM-Ebola, but Sihuan management said the drug had proven effective during animal testing on mice.
ZMapp and TKM-Ebola have been tested on monkeys, which give a closer immune response to that of humans, and have been used to treat human patients with the disease.
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
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**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: email@example.com 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.