Benue To Create Additional 12 Local Government Councils – Suswam


gabriel_suswamGov. Gabriel Suswam of Benue said arrangements had been concluded to create 12 additional local government councils in the state in order to stimulate grassroots development.

Suswam who spoke on Saturday in Vandeikya Local Government Area, during the flag-off of the state’s free medical services, said the seven-man committee charged with the responsibility would soon be inaugurated.

Suswam explained that the creation of additional 12 local government councils from the 23 existing ones would not be based on family lineage and development associations.

He advised the people of the state not to base their agitations for new councils on such sentiments.

Suswam assured that the new local government to be created would be viable and feasible because it had been done in other states.

On the free medical services, he explained that the scheme was in tandem with his economic blueprint of providing a healthy and prosperous society.

He said Benue had not recorded any case of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) and assured the people that proactive measures were taken to prevent its outbreak.

The governor said the state Ministry of Health had already trained teachers on how to handle possible Ebola cases.

Dr Terver Tule, the Executive Secretary, Benue Hospitals Management Board, who also spoke, said 81 people had benefitted from free surgical operations, while many patients were treated for different ailments. (NAN)

Taraba Assembly Moves Against Suntai As Speaker Unveils 5-Man Medical Panel


Danbaba Danfulani SuntaiThe Taraba State House of Assembly has set up a five-man medical team to investigate the “true state of health” of Governor Danbaba Suntai, who is recuperating from injuries he sustained from a plane crash on October 25, 2012.

The Speaker, Josiah Sabo Kente, in a statement on Saturday, said the need to constitute the medical panel has become necessary following a unanimous demand by members of the state’s executive council.

It would be recalled that prior to Suntai’s return from United Kingdom where he went for further treatment penultimate Saturday, the state’s commissioners and advisers had written the lawmakers to constitute a medical panel to ascertain the “mental and physical condition of the governor” – whether he is capable of steering the affairs of the state.

The move is seen by many as the first bold step taken by the acting governor, Garba Umar, to unseat his boss and be confirmed as substantive governor, with an eye on the forthcoming Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP’s) governorship primaries.

Umar has indicated interest to run for the 2015 governorship election and his posters are already out.

The five-man medial team has Prof. B.B Shehu as Chairman, with Dr. Inusa Samaila, Prof. Peter Alabi, Dr. Shehu Sule and Dr. Ahmed Kara as members. Kara is the personal physician to the governor.

The Speaker said: “consequent upon the receipt of the resolution by the Taraba State Executive Council after its meeting on September 10, 2014, evoking the provision of section 189 (1) (b) and 189 (4) of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) which requested me to appoint a medical panel to verify the health condition of Governor Danbaba Suntai, I hereby constitute the medical team”.

For the purpose of clarity, Section 189 (Subsection 1) of the Nigerian Constitution provides that “The Governor or Deputy Governor of a state shall cease to hold office if (a) by a resolution passed by two-thirds majority of all members of the executive council of the state, it is declared that the Governor or Deputy Governor is incapable of discharging the functions of the office, and (ii) The declaration in paragraph (a) of the subsection is verified after such medical examination as may be necessary by a medical panel established under subsection 4 of this section in its report to the Speaker of the House of Assembly.

(2) “Where the medical panel certifies in its report that in its opinion the Governor or Deputy Governor is suffering from such infirmity of body or mind that has renders him permanently incapable of discharging the functions of his office, a notice thereof signed by the Speaker of the House of Assembly shall be published in the Official Gazette of the Government of the State.

(3) “The Governor or Deputy Governor shall cease to hold office as from the date of publication of the notice of the medical report pursuant to subsection (2) of this section”.

The statement also said the panel would soon be inaugurated.

2015: Kwankwaso Knocks PDP For Endorsing Jonathan As Sole Candidate


Governor-Rabiu-Musa-KwankwasoGovernor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso of Kno State has again lampooned the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, describing it as undemocratic. He said the fact that the party recently adopted President Goodluck Jonathan as its flag bearer in the 2015 general election is further testimony to the undemocratic stance of the party.

“Since the five governors decamped from PDP to APC, I told Nigerians that PDP will become a weaker party whose democratic value will erode. Now the stakeholders of the party have come out to say that they have chosen President Jonathan as their party’s sole presidential candidate without going for primary election”, Governor Kwankwaso noted.

Kwankwaso spoke while receiving reports from committees sent out to the 36 states of the federation for consultation on calls for him to contest the 2015 presidential election on the platform of All Progressives Congress, APC, at Africa House, Kano Government House on Saturday.

The governor noted that the PDP leaders, without consultation with appropriate party supporters, took the decision to adopt Jonathan, stessing that this development would not allow the party delegates to choose the best candidate for the party, which portends victory for the prospective APC candidate.

“I am assuring you that APC leaders are committed to do justice in all of the forthcoming party primaries be it at state and National Assemblies, governorship and even that of the presidential election”, maintained Kwankwaso, even as he stated that “the party will give everybody, especially delegates right to choose the best candidates”.

The governor recalled that when he and some of his colleagues were in the PDP, there was no time when a candidate was forced on them without holding primary election, adding that even those who were offended in the party by then sitting President like Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, were also consulted for reconciliation as part of democratic process of building the party.

Governor Kwankwaso pointed out that present leaders of PDP have shown that they are not democrats. He claimed that PDP would definitely lose the 2015 general election because of the leaders’ sheer incompetence and undemocratic attitude to governance.

Continuing, the Kano governor alleged that there was never a time that money politics is being played in Nigerian democracy more than now, accusing the Jonathan administration of using US dollars to influence party leaders. He, however, averred that money will not translate to victory at the polls for PDP.

According to him, money politicians are never and would ever be mindful of people’s suffering, assuring that he, as a governor, would continue to expose such people so that the electorate will identify and avoid them during elections.

TAN N/East Rally: Adamawa Will Deliver Highest Vote For Jonathan In 2015 – Fintiri


Screenshot (47)Delegates of the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN) from the north-east, represented by six states have pronounced their allegiance for President Goodluck Jonathan, saying he is the answer to Nigeria’s problems.

The North-east rally of the Tranformation Ambassadors of Nigeria, TAN, a pro-Jonathan group, in Gombe State on Saturday, disclosed that one million people in the region had already put pen to paper urging Dr. Goodluck Jonathan to seek a second term as president.

The Acting Governor of Adamawa State, Ahmadu Fintiri, expressed the region’s gratitude to President Jonathan for appointing citizens from the region into various strategic positions under his administration.

“We are grateful to President Jonathan for the transformation of our state in different facets of live, particularly in the construction of roads and the development of various institutions in the state.

“From all indication, we have seen everything on ground to show that the security situation in the north-east, particularly in Adamawa will be a thing of the past”, he said.

Fintiri said that the region would support President Jonathan if he decided to run for a second term in office, pledging that the state would make history in 2015, as “a state that will give the highest vote to ensure that president Goodluck Jonathan continues in Aso Rock”.

Ebola: Fashola Visits First Consultant Hospital, Pledges To Replace Equipment Discarded During Decontamination


LAGOS STATE GOVERNOR, MR. BABATUNDE FASHOLA, SAN, BEING CONDUCTED ROUND BY THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER/CHIEF MEDICAL DIRECTOR, FIRST CONSULTANTS HOSPITAL OBALENDE, DR BENJAMIN OHIAERI DURING HIS VISIT TO THE HOSPITAL

Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State has assured First Consultant Medical Centre of the support of his government towards mitigating the impact of the losses it incurred during the treatment of the index case of the Ebola virus disease and the attendant crisis that ensued.

The governor made the pledge when he led top officials of the state government on a visit to the hospital in Obalende, where the index case, American-Liberian, Mr Patrick Sawyer, was admitted before he died.

Fashola said  the government would help in the replacement of equipment discarded in the process of decontamination and would provide other forms of support to help the hospital get back fully on its feet.

He commended the hospital for its sacrifice in the fight to contain the virus, saying the government was proposing a law designed to boost the capacity of health professionals and guarantee their safety at work.

Recall that four health workers who had contact with the late Sawyer in the hospital died while four others tested positive to the virus but were successfully treated in quarantine.

Consequently, the hospital was shut and decontaminated, leading to the discarding of equipment worth millions of naira.

Fashola said: “You need to let us know how we will help and, certainly, we will help.

“One of the ways the state government will be assisting the hospital is to replace all the equipment discarded during the decontamination process.

“This is the first thing we will be doing to replace the tools, but, most importantly, we will also be supporting the personnel, because they are the most important tools.

“On law, there is the Public Health Law and you were right to have acted the way you did. We are also considering the amendment to that law.

“And when the executive bill goes to the parliament in a couple of weeks, I have asked them to list it for consideration to see what we can do in the law to strengthen capacity going forward”.

Fashola said he visited the hospital as part of the post-Ebola damage control measure. He added that his visit was to pass a message that people should not live endlessly in fear over problems but they should always confront them and move on with their lives afterwards.

The governor commended all those who helped in the containment of the deadly virus disease in the state, saying their support helped to avert what could have been a tragedy.

The Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Dr. Benjamin Ohiaeri, thanked the governor for the visit, saying it had helped to enliven the atmosphere at the hospital and boost the morale of the personnel.

According to Ohiaeri, the hospital paid a huge price in containing the virus as it lost four workers, including a medical consultant, Dr. (Mrs) Stella Adadevoh.

The CMD further noted that some other workers tested positive to the virus while caring for the index case but were subsequently sent to quarantine and treated.

While saying the hospital had learnt an invaluable lesson from the experience, he said the institution would be more than willing to share such to better what had happened.

“The state government and the hospital must share the experience so that we can better what has happened.

“A lot of things happened and the most important thing now is to go back to the basics”, he said.

Oyedepo Defends ‘Exorbitant’ Fees Charged By Private Varsities, Reason He Doesn’t Reply Critics


wpid-david+oyedepo.jpg.jpegPresident and founder of the Living Faith Church aka Winners Chapel Worldwide, Bishop David Oyedepo, has defended what many consider to be the exorbitant tuition fees charged by the church’s schools, describing the provision of quality education as an expensive venture.

Oyedepo defended the fees while addressing journalists on Friday in Ota, Ogun State, at a media chat organised as part of activities to celebrate his 60th birthday coming up on September 27, 2014.

Private schools, especially faith-based ones in the country, including Covenant and Landmark universities, owned by the church, are often criticised for being too expensive for average Nigerians to afford.

But the popular cleric highlighted some of the church’s humanitarian programmes which include providing scholarships and bursary awards to assist disadvantaged and brilliant students.

He said, “I’m sure we all agree that education is expensive. Education carries cost; nothing of value is free. Our mission for years long, before we started any university or secondary school, was a bursary awarding church and we have not stopped doing that till tomorrow”.

Oyedepo said that the church was committed to providing quality education to youths, adding that many Nigerians complain about the cost of education in private universities because they have got their priorities misplaced.

“Our problem most of the time is priority; an average Nigerian can spend N1m on burial but to spend N200,000 on education (is a problem), because of wrong priority.

“On a yearly basis, we have N1.5trn that Nigerians spend to overseas universities, so people thrive on it. Nigerians spend N463bn a month on recharge cards, how much are they paying for schools fees? So it’s all a matter of priority. This is the largest market for telephone in the world. Now, to pay N500,000, some people have only one son, they have huge business and houses all over the places, they will never pay it”.

Speaking further, Oyedepo, who seems to have developed thick skin to many controversial reports about him on the social media, revealed that it is a waste of time to respond to his critics.

He said, “My understanding of opposition, persecution is simply someone’s opinion harshly expressed. Everybody has a right to his opinion. Today, millions follow after Christ but you will be surprised that when you get to Israel some people do not believe that Christ has come.

“People have rights to their opinions. I naturally don’t feel it’s necessary (to respond). The energy I would need to react, I can use it to make moves. I have enough to think about than start running after a man who says you are a fool.

“If he says you are a fool and you are behaving so, then he’s right. If you leave your job and start pursuing somebody who says you are a fool, he has already said so, your going around doesn’t change it. So why going around, why don’t you settle on your job and make moves?

“I’ve also come to understand that those who make news hardly watch them, they are so busy making news while others are busy watching”.

Asked about the challenges he has faced in life and in his ministry, Oyedepo said he had never focused on his challenges but rather, has been fuelled by them.

He said, “Life essentially is full of challenges, it is those challenges that make champions. You can’t emerge a heavy weight boxing champion except you receive punches. You can’t change classes in school except you write exams.

“So to me, life is an adventure in challenges and I’ve said often that it is normal to be challenged but it’s unscriptural to be defeated. Challenges are the stepping stones for the making of champions”.

In 1981, at the age of 27, Oyedepo, who would later become a household name in Nigeria and beyond, started his ministry in Ilorin, Kwara State and sited his first church two years later in Kaduna State.

At the media chat, he said that the church, which had humble beginnings, is now located in 63 countries in the world and that the Faith Tabernacle, Ota, where he is the presiding Bishop, plays host to “over 200,000 worshippers every Sunday morning in four services”.

SCOAN Building Collapse: FG Investigating Mystery Aircraft, Says Obanikoro


SCOANSenator Musliu Obanikoro, the Minister of state for Defence, on Friday said investigations were ongoing to unravel the mystery of the aircraft that allegedly caused the collapse of a guesthouse belonging to the Synagogue Church.

The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the Synagogue Church of All Nations had claimed that an unidentified aircraft had hovered above the building many times before it finally came down.

No fewer than 86 persons died while many were seriously injured when the six storey building collapsed on Sept 12 in Lagos.

Speaking with newsmen after a condolence visit to the Church, Obanikoro urged Nigerians to remain calm as the mystery would be unravelled.

“We must not pre-empt the outcome of the investigation.

“The investigation is under the jurisdiction of the police and the police will do all it can to conclude investigations swiftly.

“My appeal is that people should wait for the outcome of the investigation”, he added.

“Human lives are involved and so the issue must not be trivialised or politicised.

“I am here to commisserate with the Church and all the people that lost their lives”, the Miinister said.

He, urged journalists to be mindful of what they write while reporting the incident.

“We must remember that the families of those that died are there and so we must try not to hurt them more with our reportage”.

Kidnapped Girl R*ped Everyday By Boko Haram Members – Stephen Davis


A girl, who was kidnapped by Boko Haram insurgents was r*ped everyday, sometimes several times a day by groups of men, Australian Boko Haram negotiator, Stephen Davis has revealed.

Davis made this known in his reply to leader of Niger-Delta Peoples Volunteer Force, NDPVF, Alhaji Dokubo-Asari, who has once expressed doubts about the kidnapping of the Chibok girls.

“While Asari may not believe any girls were kidnapped, let me assure you that hearing the stories of some girls who have escaped from Boko Haram camps is a sobering experience. There are many girls who have been kidnapped apart from the girls from the Chibok school,” said Davis.

“The kidnapping of girls by Boko Haram has been going on for at least a year. Initially Boko Haram kidnapped girls because the fighters could not go back home to their wives. They used the kidnapped girls. Girls tell how they were defiled every day, week after week.

“One girl was defiled every day, sometimes several times a day by groups of men. Some did not survive the ordeal. The escaped girls tell harrowing stories of r*pe and abuse. They are traumatised and require medical treatment and counselling. These girls are testament to the horrifying truth about the kidnappings.”

Reacting to Asari’s comments after the former militant accused him of naming alleged Boko Haram sponsors in order to embarass Jonathan, Davis said Asari was right to say the two knew each other very well from the days of militancy in the Niger Delta. He also denied that President Obasanjo put him up to naming the alleged sponsors of Boko Haram.

I read with interest Asari Dokubo’s comments published on September 14 in the Daily Post.

Asari is quite correct in saying that he knows me well and has met members of my family. In 2004, the Niger Delta was aflame with conflict. Asari, Ateke Tom and Tompolo were waging a fierce war against the Nigerian federal and state governments. Many people had been killed.

Nigerian military were having trouble contending with Asari’s guerrilla warfare. Small, highly mobile and heavily armed militant forces in fast boats struck across the Niger Delta targeting oil installations and military posts. Nigeria’s oil output at one point dropped to as low as 600,000 barrels per day and on average was halved to one million barrels per day.

This was a devastating blow to Nigeria’s economy and the operations of the major international oil companies. Apart from the economic impact, communities were suffering from the conflict with many innocent people killed in military efforts to purge the communities of militants.

My wife and I were living in Port Harcourt and, in 2004, I explored the idea of a peace deal with an Ijaw friend, Von Kemedi. As an Ijaw, he knew Asari who was also Ijaw. Von was able to make contact with Asari who agreed to meet with me.

Von and I subsequently travelled through the swamps in a speed boat to Opurata village to see the damage to villages before transferring to a canoe that we paddled to another village from where we were met by Asari’s men in another fast boat. With a blindfold on we were taken to another island where we waited until another boat escorted us to Asari’s camp. A vigorous discussion took place that night surrounded by Asari’s well-armed fighters. By the end of the night, the foundation of a peace deal has been set down.

I subsequently took the peace proposal to President Olusegun Obasanjo and found him ready and willing to support peace and disarmament. The deal also encompassed demobilisation and a programme to reintegrate the militants back into the communities. This required a skills training programme which President Obasanjo supported. A final essential element was weapons surrender and destruction. The protocol used was that set down by the UN and was agreed by both sides.

I stayed in close contact with Asari by satellite phone each evening around 5pm. We worked out the details of the peace process. The first step was a ceasefire. The ceasefire was set in place on September 8, 2004, but in the following days was broken three times and each time it was the Nigerian military that broke the ceasefire. Even when under fire during a ceasefire breach Asari, honoured his word and withdrew, firing only for self-protection.

To complete the peace deal, President Obasanjo directed me to oversee the extraction of Asari and his key commanders in September 2004. I travelled to the Niger Delta with a handful of SSS men headed by Fubara Duke, an Ijaw man known to Asari and trusted by President Obasanjo.

At 1am on September 29, 2004 Asari, and his commanders met us at Abonnema Landing in the Niger Delta and we proceeded to Port Harcourt airport where we boarded a plane at dawn to take us to Abuja and direct to President Obasanjo in the Cabinet Room. That day was punctuated with amazing revelations as Asari recounted events that led him and his men to defy the government and launch a guerrilla style campaign.

Asari always kept his word to me. He gave me an undertaking on the ceasefire and kept it even in the face of breaches by the military. When it came to time for weapons surrender, he asked me how many weapons I wanted him to surrender. I said, ‘ Asari you have 3,000 men, so I want 3,000 weapons.’

Asari gave a commitment to hand over 3,000 guns, 100 general purpose machine guns and some rocket launchers which were subsequently destroyed in a series of public destructions to UN standards overseen by the Army at Bori Military Camp in Port Harcourt in mid-November 2004.

President Obasanjo kept his word and on October 1, 2004 the peace accord was announced and Asari and his commanders returned to the Niger Delta.

Asari is correct is saying I never paid him anything. I never paid anyone and no one paid me either by way of funds or favours. President Obasanjo did not offer to pay me for the Niger Delta peace accord and I did not seek payment. The peace deal was built on trust. I went to Asari’s camp unarmed and without any security.

Asari and his key commanders travelled with me and the small SSS contingent totally unarmed. We trusted each other with our lives and that built trust. There can be no peace without trust. Without trust, there is merely a ceasefire which will eventually be broken and the fighting resume.

Asari said in his interview with the Daily Post that President Obasanjo broke his word. I am not so sure of that. What I think Asari may be referring to is the demobilisation and skills training that did not materialise after the peace accord. Funds were to be set aside to train the ex-militants for employment and to reintegrate them back into their communities. This phase of the work was to be undertaken by the state governors.

By March 2005, a full six months had passed without any sign of training and reintegration. It was no surprise then to find 200 Niger Delta ex-militants had been recruited by foreign mercenaries to participate in a coup attempt in Equatorial Guinea. The ex-militants were intercepted as they departed Warri in a ship bound for Guinea. They had each been promised $5,000 and an AK47.

Had the promised skills training and reintegration been implemented, these young men probably would not have agreed to join the coup attempt in Equatorial Guinea. So Asari is right but it was more likely that the governors were not sincere and not former President Obasanjo. It was the governors that had armed, promoted and used the gangs for political purposes in much the same way that former Governor Modu Sheriff was alleged to have done in Borno State..

It was this failure to honour the agreement to demobilise by providing skills training and reintegration that fuelled discontent and provided the conditions that formed MEND which added bombing and kidnapping to its mode of operation.

Contrary to Asari’s understanding, former President Obasanjo did not bring me to Nigeria on my recent trip to seek the release of the Chibok girls or for any other purpose. Nor did President Jonathan or anyone else. I came to Nigeria in April this year to seek the release of the Chibok girls at my own expense and of my own volition because I could see no progress on the release of the kidnapped girls.

While Asari may not believe any girls were kidnapped, let me assure you that hearing the stories of some girls who have escaped from Boko Haram camps is a sobering experience. There are many girls who have been kidnapped apart from the girls from the Chibok school.

The kidnapping of girls by Boko Haram has been going on for at least a year. Initially Boko Haram kidnapped girls because the fighters could not go back home to their wives. They used the kidnapped girls. Girls tell how they were defiled every day, week after week.

One girl was defiled every day, sometimes several times a day by groups of men. Some did not survive the ordeal. The escaped girls tell harrowing stories of r*pe and abuse. They are traumatised and require medical treatment and counselling. These girls are testament to the horrifying truth about the kidnappings.

But the Chibok kidnappings were only the start of my recent journey to Nigeria. It soon became apparent the (alleged) sponsors did not want any interference in their plan. The “political Boko Haram” which (allegedly) started out as Sheriff’s ECOMOG (so named after the military peace keeping forces operating in Liberia at that time because an SDP – Social Democratic Party- candidate was protected from an angry mob in Bama by a group of youths supporting the SDP) that targeted his political opponents in the 2003 and 2007 elections have since mutated into the Boko Haram we see today that terrorises through beheadings, butchering innocent villagers, bombing innocent people at shopping malls and in churches, defiling and kidnapping.

It is true that Sheriff fell-out with Yusuf and the allegation stands that when the military captured Yusuf in late July 2009 and handed him over to the police in Borno State, he was allegedly executed on Sheriff’s instruction. Thus the root of the perception that Sheriff cannot be a sponsor but a hated enemy of Boko Haram. But the core of the old Yusufiya is no longer part of Boko Haram.

Boko Haram is a mutation of political Boko Haram and Shekau’s Ansaru. The Yusufiya grew out of the Izala movement and had great respect for Izala. Boko Haram now beheads Izala followers. The “slaughterers” work with the political assassins and suicide bombers.

The sponsors of Boko Haram do not care how many innocent Nigerians are slaughtered, how many women are defiled, how many girls and boys are kidnapped, how many villages are plundered. I have met too many victims to say, “It is not my problem”.

We are each diminished if we allow such crimes against our fellow citizens to persist. The Nigerian military is diminished if it uses Boko Haram tactics to address the problem. Evil will flourish and triumph if good men and women do nothing.

Many Nigerian politicians have said little and done nothing to curb the slaughter of Nigerians that is being supported by the sponsors. While fathers die to protect their daughters and wives are defiled and butchered the sponsors of Boko Haram are accorded privileges and protection.

They fly in private jets and are accorded military protection. Are the sponsors of Boko Haram so far above the law? Have the citizens of Nigeria lost the right to bring these men to justice? Who will stand up for the poor and oppressed who are being slaughtered and defiled in their hundreds? By the grace of God we trust that good men and women will stand up and justice will prevail.

 

Lamido’s Conditions To Support Jonathan’s Re-election Bid


Having earlier distanced himself from the initial endorsement of President Goodluck Jonathan for re-election by the North-West Zone of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Jigawa State Governor Sule Lamido might have changed his mind.

Lamido’s poster for 2015 presidential election, with Rivers State Governor Rotimi Amaechi as hos running mate have emerged at several times during the last two years, but the governor now wants to support his president, provided some conditions are met.

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According to Vanguard, Lamido changed his mind after Niger State Governor, Babangida Aliyu reportedly told the Jigawa governor that Jonathan had accepted to abide by all the commitments that he made to Jigawa people during his electioneering campaign in the state in 2011.

Top on the list of the commitment extracted from Jonathan for Lamido is that the Presidency will refund the sum of over N15 billion expended by Lamido to build the Dutse International Airport, a project which the Federal Government promised to undertake but failed.

The Presidency also agreed to undertake the immediate construction of the Auyo Irrigation Project, which was started by the Shagari Administration but abandoned and has remained an electioneering topic by successive presidential candidates and parties.

It was also learnt that the Federal Government agreed to construct a major road in the state to connect the state-owned university at Kafin Hausa, as a means of appeasing the governor and his people.

A top source in Jigawa told Vanguard that Lamido accepted to support Jonathan’s candidature at the PDP NEC meeting in Abuja on Thursday because according to him “there has been a commitment” by President Jonathan to fulfill his campaign promises to the people of the state.

“All along, Governor Lamido had insisted that he would only support the president if he fulfilled his campaign promises to the state and not that he wanted to replace him as some persons were insinuating, a top official said.

But the Director of Press to Governor Lamido, Mr. Umar Kyari, who spoke on the phone from Saudi Arabia, pointed out that the governor had never had any disagreement with Jonathan on the issue of running for the same office.

“As a matter of fact, the governor has never declared his intention to challenge Jonathan in the Presidential race but it was only his admirers, who suggested that based on the brilliant performance he has put up in the state, he could replicate same if he becomes the president of Nigeria,” Umar explained.

“It must be made abundantly clear that governor Lamido has never told anyone that he was going to challenge Jonathan in the presidential election in 2015,” the spokesman stressed.

Jonathan Thanks S’West PDP For Re-election Endorsement


President Goodluck Jonathan was in Lagos yesterday, where he expressed gratitude to the members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for giving him the right of first refusal to as the party’s sole candidate for the 2015 Presidential election.

Addressing party members at the Tafawa Balewa Square in Lagos, at the South West sensitization and unity rally, Dr Jonathan said “I thank the party for giving me the right of first refusal, that is what happens in advance democracies. It also shows that our democracy is maturing.

“There are no dictators in the PDP. There is no one who will determine the councillor, local government chairmen, state House of Assembly member, House of Representative member, Senator, governor and even president.

“The decision is by the people, for the people and that is why the PDP will continue to new things. The Vice President and I have promised not to disappoint the people; the PDP will continue to do the right thing and we promise you that we will not disappoint you.”

The president spoke about the achievement of his administration since inception, saying that the Transformation Agenda was on course. “You will see that the government is moving. The signs are there though we have not reached where we wish to reach but government is focused.

“The Transformation Agenda is on course. We will continue to make sure that we create jobs for our youths, the job creation, the VP mentioned, we are taking it from various angles. In terms of education, we are making sure we improve the quality of education and also enlarge the facilities.”

Speaking further, he said “when we came on board, we noticed that a state in the south west did not have a federal university. We built a federal university there, it is a small university but we will continue to improve it.

“We’re improving small and medium industries to create jobs for our people and we are providing soft loans to make sure young men and women are employed. We are promoting youth programmes.

“If we continue to create 3.5 million jobs every year in the next few years, we will see that the unemployment rate will continue to drop.”

He, however, urged party members to observe a minute silence for those who lost their lives, recently in a building collapsed, at the Synagogue Church of All Nations in Lagos.

Commiserating with those who lost their lives in the collapsed, he said “My first port of call was where a six-storey building collapsed and 80 people where found dead and over 130 people were injured. It was a very sad incident for us and the international community because most of the people who died in that building collapse were non Nigerians. About 65 of them were South Africans. I spoke with the President of South Africa to send our own condolence.”

Yuguda Drums Support For Jonathan’s Declaration Of Ending Insurgency By Mid-October


Isa-YugudaGovernor Isa Yuguda of Bauchi State has expressed total support for President Goodluck Jonathan’s recent declaration of a deadline to finally stem insurgency by the middle of October, describing the target as realistic if only all well-meaning Nigerians support the president.

Mr. Jonathan set the deadline in Abuja on Thursday at the 66th National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in reaction to fresh insurgency of the Boko Haram sect, which he affirmed is a secessionist agenda.

Gov Yuguda told reporters in an interview in Abuja yesterday that with President Jonathan’s ongoing stepping-up of the anti-insurgency infrastructure to stem increasing threats to the unity and stability of the country, all well-meaning and patriotic Nigerians should fully support and back the president’s declaration towards attaining the target of finally crushing the insurgency before the end of October.

“If there is anytime our president deserves and direly needs our fervent prayers and unconditional support, it is now. The best all well-meaning Nigerians can do in the present circumstances is to rally round President Goodluck Jonathan and support him in steering the ship of the Nigerian state successfully at this critical moment”, he said.

Yuguda condemned the recent bombing and attacks in Kano and Kaduna, describing them as cruel, callous and barbaric. He prayed that the blood of the innocent victims of the senseless killings will continue to haunt the perpetrators.

According to him, it is now clear that the present insurgency in the country is a common enemy to all Nigerians irrespective of region or religion, state or status, wondering why not even s*x, age or political affiliation of any Nigerian means anything to the insurgents.

“A common enemy needs a common response. This common response should start with our collective prayers for the present leadership of the country. It is now also clear that insurgency is taking a secessionist dimension. Our support for the president is the first guarantee that they can and will be crushed”, Yuguda said.

Adamawa IDPs Reject Relief Materials Donated By State APC


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Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from Madagali, Gulak, Michika and Bazza local government areas of Adamawa State have rejected relief materials donated to them by the Adamawa State chairman of All Progressives Congress, Hon. Binta Garba Masi.

The IDPs said what was paramount to them was the return of peace so they could go back to their homes and continue with their major preoccupation which is farming.

Hon. Masi was accompanied by members of the state exco of the party to Ribadu Square, the venue of the distribution of the relief materials.

The displaced persons maintained that no amount of food or relief materials would solve their problem, unless something urgent and lasting was done to enable them go back to their ancestral homes.

“All we need is peace not assistance with relief materials”, the aggrieved IDP’s told the APC chairman.

Gulak and Madagali are in Madagali local government area, while Bazza and Michika are in Michika local government area.

Hon. Binta Garba Mai hails from Bazza.

Australian Senator Says Sharia Law Involves Terrorism


Australia’s Palmer United Party Senator Jacqui Lambie has yet again called for Sharia law supporters to leave the country, claiming that the law involves terrorism.

According to Lambie, who claims she has no problem with Muslims, the Islamic legal system “obviously involves terrorism” and its followers need to instead follow Australian law “100 percent”.

“If you are not going to show your allegiance to our constitution and to Australian law, then get out,” she told ABC’s Insiders.

She is also not relenting on her call for the ban of the burqa headdress, arguing that it is a security risk.

“I believe it is a national security issue,” she said.

“It is just like anything else, it is like a motorbike helmet. It’s like a balaclava. I will not allow you to wear that into my office because it is a security risk.”

People should be able to show their faces and “they shouldn’t feel that they need to be oppressed, to be able to hide their faces,” she said.

“I think that’s the way for the future of Australia.”

The Senator defended her decision to post a photo online of the first female police officer in Kandahar who was murdered by the Taliban, while calling for the headdress to be banned.

“What I was showing people is how heroic she was,” she claimed of the picture of Malalai Kakar, shown wearing a burqa and holding a gun.

“I am choosing this woman because she is a bloody hero. What she done was extremely heroic and she should always be remembered for that.”

Senator Lambie also said she “absolutely” stood by her call for Sharia law supporters to pack their bags and leave Australia.

When asked what she understands Sharia law to mean, the PUP Senator said it “obviously involves terrorism”.

“It involves a power that is not a healthy power.”

You can’t follow both Sharia law and Australian law, she claimed.

“You can’t have 50-50.”

The former soldier said the government was “heading in the right direction” tackling the issue of terrorism at home.

“It needs to go in hard and fast.”

You Have To Be Prudent With Resources To Win Elections; PDP Tells Its Govs, Officials


National leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday, told all its governors, federal and state legislators, ministers, chairmen of locals, all appointed and other elected officials to be prudent in the management of resources if the party must continue to get the votes of Nigerians in presidential and general elections.

The PDP however reiterated its call on Nigerians irrespective of ethnicity, religion, region or party affiliation to live in unity and remain peaceful.

The party however urged Nigerians to emulate the people of Scotland who have chosen to preserve their more than 300 years union by voting to stay in Britain irrespective of challenges of ethnic diversity.

According to Metuh, the decision by the Scots has shown that “citizens can indeed push through their resolve to live together and peacefully as one people with a common destiny despite their differences, perceived or real.

“We might be different in our tongues, tribes and religious affiliations but, as one people, let us not dwell on these differences but rather magnify those things that bind us together so that we continue to live together in peace, love and unity.” [Vanguard]

Medical Panel To Probe Health Status Of Danbaba Suntai


Taraba State governor Danbaba Suntai’s health status is to be ascertained by a medical panel.

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According to Sunnewsonline, the Taraba State House of Assembly has set a five-man medical team to probe health of Danbaba Suntai. The ailing Taraba State governor has just returned from yet another trip to the United Kingdom where he received treatment since June 2014.

In a yesterday’s statement, Taraba Assembly Speaker Josiah Sabo Kente, said the medical panel had been raised following a unanimous demand by mem­bers of the state’s Executive council. Before Danbaba Suntai’s return from the UK, the state’s commissioners and advisers had stressed the necessity to ascertain the “mental and physical condition of the governor”. Thus, they were asking to determine whether Danbaba Suntai is capable of steering the affairs of the state.

Prof. Bala Shehu was named as chairman of the panel, with other members being Dr. Inusa Sa­maila, Prof. Peter Alabi, Dr. Shehu Sule, and Personal Physician to Suntai, Dr. Ahmed Kara.

Danbaba Suntai’s camp reacted by describing the meaures as “illegal”.

It would be recalled that Danbaba Suntai sustained major injuries when his aircraft crashed near Yola, Adamawa State on August 25, 2012. Multiple media and medical reports, as well as specualtions by those privy to the governor, indicate that Danbaba Suntai is still suffering from the consequences of the crash, both physically and mentally.

SCOAN Collapse: Surviving South Africans To Go Back Home


South Africans injured in the collapse of the Synagogue, Church of all Nations’ guest house are to be evacuated by a government-sent South African aircraft.

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Recall that the tragedy struck on September 12.  At least 86 persons are reported dead, 84 South Africa nationals among them.

South African officials said on Saturday they were not planning to return the bodies of the deceased to the country at least for a week because of the ongoing identification procedures by South African forensic experts.

The next-of-kin of only ten dead South Africans have been notified so far thanks to the identity documents found on the deceased.

The aircraft, which was to leave for Lagos early on Sunday, would remain briefly on the ground while loading the injured South Africans before returning. Medical personnel would be on board to treat them in the air.

About 30 South Africans are believed to be in hospital in Lagos. The government’s announcement that it will repatriate them will come as a relief to humanitarian workers who have battled to gain access to them in Lagos.

No conflict between South Africans and Nigerians?

In a related development, the South African government debunked reports of a “diplomatic spat” allegedly caused by the way the tragedy was being handled by the Nigerian authorities.

According to some reports, President Goodluck Jonathan and his government had offended Pretoria by taking too long to express condolences to South Africa.

After a slow start, which it blamed partly on the lack of co-operation mainly from the SCOAN, the South African government has now mobilised a major effort to deal with the aftermath of the tragedy. Forensic experts, doctors to and welfare counsellors were sent to Lagos to help the injured and their families.

Meanwhile an audio file purporting to record TB Joshua, head of the SCOAN, Nigerian journalists on how to report the story of the collapsed church has surfaced on the internet.

Furthermore, reports in South African press indicate that the Nigerian government “seems to have made a deliberate decision to block entry to South African journalists to avoid negative publicity”. No South African media houses have been able to get visas for their journalists to enter Nigeria.

On Saturday, President Goodluck Jonathan visited the collapsed guest house, promising to investigate the cause of the tragedy.

2015: Abubakar Says He Is More Experienced Than Jonathan


A former Vice-President of the country, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, said that he is more experienced than President Goodluck Jonathan in the field of running the country.

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In an interview with French news agency (AFP) on Friday, the Adamawa State-born politician blamed the escalating spate of insurgency and violence in most parts of the North-East especially Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States on Jonathan.

According to Atiku Abubakar, Jonathan’s administration had done nothing significant to address the fundamental issues and to improve the lives of the populace.

“This insurgency shouldn’t have lasted even six months. Within weeks, we (Obasanjo and I) crushed it because we did not neglect military training and, of course, we did not lack the leadership and the capacity to take decisions.

“I told Nigerians that Jonathan did not have the capacity; he didn’t have the experience. He didn’t have anything and yet they gave him the chance, the opportunity. And they can now see the chance and the opportunity they gave him. Of course, I’m more experienced than he is. I believe my capacity cannot be compared with his, in all respect,” Abubakar said.

Atiku continued slamming the administration for failing to initiate innovative reforms that would sporadically transform key sectors of the society.

Earlier this month, Atiku Abubakar revealed his intention to fight for the presidential chair after having lost out to Jonathan at the PDP primaries three years ago.

Though, he is currently with the main opposition party, the APC (All Progressives Congress), it is yet unclear if he would be handed the party’s ticket ahead of the likes of Muhammadu Buhari, a former Military Head of State, and Aminu Tambuwal, incumbent Speaker of the lower legislative arm of the National Assembly.

IN PICTURES: Jonathan’s condolence visit to Prophet T.B Joshua’s church


President Goodluck Jonathan on Saturday visited the collapsed guesthouse at a mega-church in Lagos, promising to investigate the cause of the tragedy as the death toll hit 86, rescuers said Saturday.

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Jonathan promised to investigate the cause of the September 12 collapse of the guesthouse at Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) which left scores trapped in the debris, and many others still suffering from injuries.

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The Cash, The Jet And Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, By Fani-Kayode


Much ado has been made about recent events in South Africa concerning the Nigerian-owned jet that was found loaded with millions of dollars and that was in the process of procuring arms and a fighter helicopter for the Nigerian military and security agencies.
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As a former Minister of Aviation, I wish to assure the general public that the flying of large sums of cash by security and intelligence agencies for the purchase of arms in a time of war and conflict is something that is quite normal and that it happens quite often. As a matter of fact, it happened under successive Nigerian governments, both military and civilian.

Obviously in the case of the jet that flew to South Africa with 9.3 million USD, there must have been a breakdown of communication between the South African authorities and ours and a few lapses in procedure here and there which is what has led to the seizure of the money and all the ensuing suspicion and confusion. However, the idea that there was anything untoward or sinister about the whole transaction has no basis in logic, sense or rationality. Perhaps the only failing was the fact that the cash was not declared to South African Customs as is required by law.

The fact that our intelligence agencies have said that they were the ones that sent the money and that they have told us what it was for is good enough for me. It appears to me that this was a lawful and legitimate exercise and that there is nothing for anyone to worry about. I am aware of the fact that the British, the French, the American, the Chinese, the Israeli, the Saudi Arabian and the Russian intelligence and security agencies, amongst many others, have indulged in such covert ”cash for arms” transactions on numerous occasions in different parts of the world.

They either sell such arms at short notice and off the cuff or they procure them for themselves or for unknown third parties. Even the South Africans themselves have done so on numerous occasions in the past.These are legitimate transactions that are covert and secret in nature but they are certainly not illegal.

Such is the murky and dark world of intelligence and security worldwide. There is plenty that we do not know about their day-to-day operations and they have their own unique way of doing things. We should not assume the worst or constantly denigrate them simply because we are not familiar or comfortable with their modus operandi. Suffice it to say that anyone that is in the process of getting arms to help our boys at the war front to fight Boko Haram and protect our citizens and our country ought to be regarded as heroes and not villains.

The attempt by certain elements in the opposition and the Nigerian media to stigmatise all those involved in this transaction and make the whole thing appear like something that is out of the ordinary or sordid and criminal in nature really does nauseate me. Those who know no better ought to appreciate the fact that this is how the real world operates and they should learn to live with it.

The Nigerian intelligence services operate in no different a way to their colleagues in the international community and they do so with as much patriotism, professionalism and commitment as their counterparts from other parts of the world. And yes, we do have our very own ”James Bonds” in our intelligence services even though, more often than not, they are not recognised, celebrated or appreciated. I counsel that we should cut these men and women that work in the shadows and in secrecy some slack and that we should not be too quick to label them as sleazy rogues who are attempting to indulge in all manner of criminal activities.

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Since we are on this topic, I would like to take this opportunity to say one or two things about the way in which Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), has been villified, maligned and treated with the utmost disdain and contempt in this and other matters by elements within the leading opposition party in our country.

The truth is that, contrary to what some of the leading lights in the opposition would have us believe, he is not an arms smuggler, a money launderer, a murderer or a Boko Haram sponsor. Going to a foreign land and telling the parliament of that country that the President of CAN in Nigeria is the head of Boko Haram, as one or two of them have just done, is not only a pernicious and vicious lie but it is also utterly shameful and disgraceful. Worst of all, it is an affront to the Christian community in Nigeria and a reckless provocation.

On the South African matter, it is clear that Pastor Oritsejafor was not the owner of the 9.3 million USD and neither was he aware that the cash was being flown on the plane. Though he has confirmed that he was the owner of the plane, he has also pointed out the fact that he had leased it out to a company on a long term basis who were themselves subleasing it out to other companies for regular trips.

He has also said that he had no idea about who they were subleasing it to, where they were flying it to or who or what they were carrying in it in any of their operations. The two companies that were involved, both the one that leased it from Oritsejafor and the one that subleased it from them for the journey to South Africa, have since confirmed and corroborated what he has said. In my view, that ought to settle the matter. Yet some people, fuelled and egged on by a ravenous and desperate opposition, have refused to let go of the matter and allow sleeping dogs to lie.

Those in our land trying to divide our ranks and denigrate us by alleging that Oritsejafor is involved in gun-running, money-laundering, Boko Haram or any other filthy and unsavory criminal activity are the lowest of the low. They are wicked and cruel and I have no doubt that such people are in desperate need of prayer.

They need deep intercession and deliverance from the demons that have taken control of them and that are using them. The truth is that it is a grave insult to the Christian community for anyone to suggest that the leader of the umbrella organisation of the over 80 million-strong Christian faithful in Nigeria is a sponsor of a vicious and barbaric Islamist sect that has killed and abducted more Christians and burnt more churches than any other terrorist organisation in the history of the African continent.

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The same people may as well tell us that the leaders of the Christian community in Syria and Iraq are the ones behind ISIS. They can also tell us that the Christian leaders in their respective countries are the ones behind Al Shabab, the Taliban, the Al Nusra Front, Islamic Jihad, Al Qaeda, Daesh, and all the other terrorist organisations that have recently afflicted the world with their vile inhumanity, their sheer evil and their venal barbarism.

It is only in Nigeria that the leadership of the Christian community would be accused, by a supposedly serious-minded opposition, of wanting to wipe out the Christian faith, wanting to kill all the Christians and moderate Muslims in the country and wanting to establish an Islamic fundamentalist state where 6th century Sharia law applies, where little girls are subjected to serial r*pe and where women are enslaved.

Calling the President of CAN a money-launderer and arms-smuggler and accusing him of murder and sponsoring terror will not help to create religious harmony in our country. As a matter of fact, it will completely destroy it. Those that are doing so and the political party that is stirring up the hornet’s nest and encouraging them ought to think very carefully about the implications of what they are doing.

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We know that they have a religious agenda but they should not take this too far or push us to the wall. Our meekness and humility should not be taken for weakness or stupidity. It is in their own interest and in the interest of the unity of our nation for them to leave the President of CAN alone before matters get out of hand and before all hell breaks loose.

He deserves to be accorded the same level of respect from the Muslim community in our country as the Sultan of Sokoto, the leader of the Muslims in Nigeria, is accorded by Christians. What is good for the goose is surely good for the gander. A word is enough for the wise.

AT LAST: Boko Haram Commander Shekau Has Been Killed


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Finally the big iroko has been brought down and Nigeria will soon begin to experience peace again, after a long while, courtesy of the activities of heartless Abubakar Shekau and his Boko Haram boys.

OluFamous.Com gathered that multiple sources in and around Borno are confirming that Nigerian military air-strike in the Konduga area has sent the dreaded Boko Haram leader to his grave. News of the death of Shekau and some of his top commanders in the latest battle with troops in Konduga is spreading.
Confirming that Shekau has been killed, one of the residents said: “Look, this picture is being circulated after the attack in Konduga. If you know Shekau very well, you will know he is the one in this picture…
“We all know him very well. Many of his commanders were also killed during the attack. We learnt that some of them that were caught alive are held in the barracks.
“The remaining ones are those attacking people now. They have gone wild, but we were also told that the soldiers are in pursuit of them. Our prayer is that they would all fall and our state can experience peace again.”Shekau’s reported death is also contained in the account of some of the survivors of an attack of the sect on Mainok on Friday, as they said they were afraid of returning to the town “because we are told the insurgents are mad as a result of the killing of their leader, Abubakar Shekau, in Konduga.”

Reports reaching Tribune in Maiduguri, Borno state capital, indicated that over 300 people were killed when Boko Haram attacked Mainok market on Friday in what was believed to be a retaliation for their leader’s death. They attacked when villagers were in the peak of trading on the market day.

A local, Modu Jakana, who narrowly escaped that attack, told Tribune that the insurgents came in from all angles, “shooting the people as if they were exchanging fire with the military. We don’t know how we escaped, but we were so lucky. They were so determined to kill everybody. I saw so many corpses while we were running for dear lives. At the main road, vehicles that were on top speed also killed so many people as there was confusion everywhere.

“This morning, some of our people told us that over 300 people, including some of the insurgents, were killed because we learnt that the military came and engaged them in a fierce fight. There is calm, but we won’t return to Mainok.

“For now, they said calm has returned, but we cannot go back because these people may strike again. They said the people (Boko Haram) are mad, following the killing of their leader, Abubakar Shekau, during the attack in Konduga.”

What Man of God is Pastor Chris Oyakhilome? – Femi Aribisala


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If our marriage breaks down, we must not fool ourselves and others by insisting we are standing in the righteousness of God

Christian pastors have become demigods. Their word is law; no questions asked. As Jesus said, they teach as doctrines the commandments of men. (Matthew 15:9). They come up with all kinds of self-serving principles that turn scripture on its head; just in order to justify themselves before men and control their lives. I want to discuss Pastor Chris Oyakhilome.

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Pastor Chris is going through a rough patch at the moment. His wife, Pastor Anita, has filed for divorce, accusing him of having inappropriate relationships with female church members, among other things. Instead of waiting for his day in court, Pastor Chris has resorted to bogus interpretations of the scriptures; even proclaiming he is a “man of God” and therefore above sin.

Pastor Chris declared to his congregation through a live telecast: “There are preachers and there are men of God. I am not a preacher; I am a man of God, and I go in the way I’m asked to go. You have to understand something about a man of God. A man of God is not just someone who worships God or preaches God. A man of God is handpicked by God, set on course by God. If you study the scriptures, you will not find one man of God go against God, sinning against God.”

What nonsense! Who made Pastor Chris a man of God? From which school of theology did he get his sinless distinction? John says: “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” (1 John 1:8-10).

David was a “man of God.” (2 Chronicles 8:14). Yet he committed adultery with Bathsheba. Balaam was a “man of God;” yet he became apostate. The “man of God” who came from Judah was killed by a lion because he sinned against God. (1 Kings 13:23-26).

But listen to what Pastor Chris says about himself: “We are not working in sin and living in sin and hoping that we can mix sin and righteousness together. We are the manifestation of his righteousness.” This is standing logic on its head. If our marriage breaks down, we must not fool ourselves and others by insisting like Pastor Chris that we are standing in the righteousness of God. There is no righteousness in divorce.

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In the bid to justify himself, Pastor Chris is fabricating similarities between Jesus Christ and himself. He said: “Jesus Christ was accused by many – a lot of frivolous charges. There will always be those who would like for it to be true. But you know, in spite of the accusations against Jesus, it didn’t change who he was.”

However, Pastor Chris is not Jesus. Many accusations were indeed leveled against Jesus, but they were not made by his wife and they did not include inappropriate relationships with the opposite s*x.
In short, Pastor Chris might be whoever he likes, but he is certainly not Jesus. Jesus says: “If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true.” (John 5:31).

Yes, there are “men of God” in the Old Testament. However, Jesus created no such distinction in the New Testament; we are all “children of God.” Jesus says: “Unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18:3). Indeed, Jesus was implacably opposed to men like Pastor Chris, who sit on pedestals and claim to be holier-than-thou. He says:

“Their lives are perpetual fashion shows, embroidered prayer shawls one day and flowery prayers the next. They love to sit at the head table at church dinners, basking in the prominent positions, preening in the radiance of public flattery, receiving honorary degrees, and getting called ‘Doctor’ and ‘Reverend’. Don’t let people do that to you, put you on a pedestal like that. You all have a single Teacher, and you are all classmates.” (Matthew 23:5-8).

Male chauvinism
While Oyakhilome was busy elevating himself, he was also snidely putting down his wife. He said: “If you are married to a man of God, it doesn’t make you automatically mature. You can make mistakes; you can do something that is wrong. But some people expect the wife of a minister to definitely be at the level of that minister.”

This is an arrogant statement. What makes Oyakhilome more spiritually mature than his wife? By what measure and by what criteria did he come to ascribe this superiority to himself? Anita Oyakhilome was also a minister. She was a so-called pastor of a London branch of Christ Embassy. So why should Pastor Chris presume himself more “minister” than her.

If we are to accept Pastor Chris’ bogus self-appellation as a “man of God;” what disqualifies Anita from also being called a “woman of God?” Are women inferior to men? Oyakhilome said: “If a man of God is married, it doesn’t automatically mean that the wife of a man of God is therefore a woman of God. That’s not the way it is in the Bible. That’s why you don’t really find the wives of men of God mentioned in the Bible…. You never find their names.”

What poppycock! When one of the female pastors in his audience asked why the names of wives of the men of God were not mentioned in the bible; Oyakhilome’s response was a classic. He exclaimed: “Why? You ask God when you find him. Ask God when you find him!”

But it was not God who fabricated this theory that the wife of a man of God cannot also be a woman of God simply because wives’ names are not mentioned in the bible. It was Chris Oyakhilome.

Therefore, it is up to Chris Oyakhilome to provide us with another bogus explanation.
Pastor Chris ended his diatribe by saying: “When it comes to Reverend Anita, what I will say to you is ‘pray for her.’” There is no doubt that, more than anybody else; it is Pastor Chris himself that is greatly in need of prayer.

Ban on police road-blocks/check-points still in force – IG of police


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The police road blocks in Lagos is so annoying. And according to this press release signed by the Force Public Relations Officer, Emmanuel Ojukwu, the ban on the road blocks is still in force. Guess the police officers we see on the roads didn’t get the memo. Find the press release below..

The Inspector-General of Police, Acting IGP Suleiman Abba, has stated unequivocally that the order banning the setting up of Police road-blocks nationwide is still strictly in force. In a directive issued to all Commands and Formations of the Force, the IGP warned that all semblances of Police road-blocks and permanent check-points reportedly re-emerging in some parts of the country, especially in the South-East, South-South and South-West geo-political zones of Nigeria should immediately be dismantled.

 

The IGP who described the trend as a serious violation of subsisting order on road-blocks warned that severe sanctions await any Police Commands, Formations and personnel who violate the order.

 

While charging the Command Commissioners of Police and Heads of Formations to ensure total compliance with this order, the IGP further orders extensive visibility patrol and effective surveillance on our roads.

TFC HQ renamed Bunmi’s Place in honour of owner’s son who died last year


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The Headquarters of one of Nigeria’s biggest fast food joints, TFC (Tastee Fried Chicken) has been renamed Bunmi’s Place, in honour of the only child of the owner Mrs Olayinka Adedayo, Olubunmi Adedayo, who passed away on September 24th in South Africa. Before his death, the father of two was an executive director at TFC.

The unveiling of Bunmi’s Place will take place on September 25th at the company’s corporate HQ in VI. It’s just the HQ that’s going to be re-named, all other retail outlets will remain as TFC

Red Cross involved in secret Boko Haram prisoner swap to release Chibok girls


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Looks like the federal govt is in talks with Boko Haram to release Chibok girls despite vowing a few months ago not to negotiate with the terror group. According to UK Telegraph, the International Committee of the Red Cross is currently involved in a secret prisoner swap deal to secure the release of the girls. Find the report below…

Officials from the Geneva-based organisation have sat in on talks between the Nigerian government and a senior Boko Haram leader currently held in one of the country’s maximum security prisons. The Red Cross officials have also visited a number of other jails, identifying a list of 16 senior commanders that Boko Haram wants freed in exchange for its hostages.

The ICRC’s role in the talks represents the first official confirmation that the Nigerian government is actively engaged in talks with Boko Haram over the release of the girls. Publicly, Nigeria’s president, Goodluck Jonathan, has maintained that the government would never agree to any kind of negotiations.The ICRC, whose global remit includes prisoners’ welfare, has agreed to act as an independent party in ensuring that the two sides, neither of which trust each other, honour any prisoner swap agreement. It has also offered to monitor and oversee any co-ordinated exchange of the schoolgirls for the militants.

Fred Eno, a veteran Nigerian civil rights activist who has been involved in the talks, told The Telegraph: “We felt the negotiations would go better with the backing of a major international humanitarian organisation like the ICRC. There have been two or three ICRC people at each meeting – international staff rather than Nigerians – and they accompany the government security agents to the various prisons and detention centres to identify the people that Boko Haram want released.”
The negotiations began around two months ago, when representatives of the ICRC, along with government officials and intermediaries from Nigerian civil rights groups, met with a senior Boko Haram leader currently serving a life sentence in Kuje prison, near the Nigerian capital, Abuja. The Boko Haram leader, identified only as “Omar”, acted as a spokesman for all the group’s detainees.
A source close to the talks claimed that at one point, the discussions came close to reaching a deal, with delegations despatched to the city of Yola, in north-east Nigeria, in preparation for picking up the girls.
However, the deal then broke down when Boko Haram refused to release all the girls at once, as the government had insisted.

“The insurgents wanted to release the girls on a piecemeal basis, but the government turned down that offer,” the source said. “There was also some opposition from some factions inside of the government to doing any kind of prisoner swap at all, as they feel the Boko Haram prisoners are hardened criminals who have committed heinous crimes.”

Mr Eno said the 16 prisoners that Boko Haram wanted released were not well-known names among the Nigerian public, but were still senior figures in the group. “They were senior enough that some other commanders who had taken their place are worried about what will happen to their own positions if they are released,” he said.

He added that one of the reasons for the breakdown in the agreement was that in some cases, the ICRC and prison authorities had been unable to match the names on the Boko Haram list to prisoners held in any jails. He said was possible that this was because the names were simply wrong or inaccurate, but that the group had inferred that the government was trying to hold some prisoners back, and had therefore refused to release all the girls at once.

News of the ICRC’s involvement may bring a glimmer of hope for the girls’ families, many of whom have begun to fear that they may never see their daughters again. Some have even asked the government to officially declare their children as dead so that they can conduct formal funerals. Western diplomats in Abuja also told The Telegraph recently that they doubted the girls would ever be released because of Western pressure on the Nigerian government not to negotiate with a terrorist group as brutal as Boko Haram.

The ICRC has a track record in trying to assist people held captive by insurgent groups. In Afghanistan, its staff have made discreet visits to private jails run by the Taliban, even as the Taliban engage in fighting with coalition forces.

A spokesman for the ICRC in Geneva would neither confirm nor deny its involvement in the talks, but said it was willing to help “in facilitating the transfer of people back to families if necessary”.
He added: “We have a dialogue with all the different parties, and if there is any way we can help as a neutral humanitarian organisation, we will.”

Culled from UK Telegraph

APC Warns Against Plan To Postpone 2015 General Elections


The All Progressives Congress (APC) has warned those nursing the plan to postpone the 2015 general elections to perish the thought, saying Nigerians will not accept, under any guise whatsoever, any scheme by desperate elected officials to get tenure elongation by subterfuge.

In a statement issued in Lagos on Sunday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said those who are flying the kite of pushing forward the election ostensibly because the nation is at war are trying to imperil the nation’s democracy.

“Election is the lifeblood of democracy, the mechanism by which modern representative democracy operates. It is the only way for the citizenry to renew and refresh the governing process so they can get the most benefits out of democracy. Therefore, anyone that tries to sabotage this mechanism is aiming a dagger straight at the heart of democracy,” it said.

APC said the statement credited to Senate President David Mark, that ”there is no question of elections, it is not even on the table now. We are in a state of war,” reflects the thinking in government circles, even though the Senate President, having run into a wall of opposition over his unfortunate statement, has tried to step back from the comments.

“We in the APC saw this coming, and we have said it at several fora: That the Jonathan Administration has deliberately allowed the insurgency in the North-east, an opposition stronghold, to fester so he can cash in on it to get re-elected. Simply put, the Administration has been playing dirty politics with Boko Haram, at the expense of the lives and property of the citizenry and the well-being of the nation.

“However, the Administration is being too clever by half to think that Nigerians will reward it for its failure in its main reason for existence, which is the protection of the welfare and security of the citizens. There is just no way this government will be allowed to profit from its ineptness and its conspiracy to prolong an insurgency that should have ended a long time ago,” the party said.

It said the statement by INEC Chairman Attahiru Jega, that the commission has started preparing for elections even in the North-east, represents a ray of hope, but warned the electoral body to remain steadfast and not to cave in to what will be massive pressure from the Jonathan Administration and its gong beaters to scuttle the 2015 elections.

APC said just like Jega has said, countries like Afghanistan and Iraq successfully held elections even though they are in a state of war, hence there is no reason why Nigeria cannot organize elections because of the insurgency in a part of the country.

“We know the Jonathan Administration is mortally afraid to face the electorate, having failed woefully to deliver the dividends of democracy to the people. We know many elected officials are also aware that they will be punished by the electorate because they have failed them (the electorate). It is therefore easy for them to queue behind any plot to ensure the 2015 general elections do not hold as planned, so they can get tenure extension.

“However, we have got news for these saboteurs: Nigerians have seen through their game and will not allow them to succeed in endangering our democracy. 2015 elections must hold as scheduled. This is not negotiable,” the party warned. [Vanguard]

OHAKIM GAVE ME JOB-Obinna Okwudiri


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Obinna Okwudiri wrote: yes I did pay three thousand naira for scratch card but Ohakim gave me job with appointment letter. He raised my hope and dreams. At least I received six months salaries before OKOROCHA came and shattered  my dreams. Had It been I’m still working by now I would have been promoted and my salary would have been increased. I can comfortably settle down and offer a helping hand to my relatives. God will never forgive Okorocha for this hardship he has turned me into, sending me into the labour market for the past three years. My God is alive and will surely bring back Ikedi Ohakim to government house come 2015 so that my lost job will be restored.

Ex-Army Chiefs Support Death Penalty Verdict For 12 Soldiers


A number of retired senior Nigerian military officers support the death penalty imposed on the 12 soldiers of the Army for their participation in the May 2014 Maiduguri mutiny.

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Speaking to Sunday Punch, former Commandant of the Nigerian Army School of Infantry, Brig.-Gen. Williams Obene (retd.), commended the Army for following the laws, thus upholding discipline. He noted that politiciams and prominent, influential Nigerians trying to interfere in the daily administration of the military only make things “difficult”. This, he said, occurs too often “under democracy.”

Justifying the death penalty, a former Adjutant-General of the Nigerian Army, Major General David Jemibewon (retd.), also a former Minister of Police Affairs, said the court-martial have based their decision on the available facts and evidence.

“The military does not operate on sentiments or on people expressing either sympathy or lack of sympathy,” he said. “It is difficult for me to align with people calling for clemency or pardon.”

Colonel Anthony Nyiam (rtd.) was one of the officers who received t death penalty from the regime of former head of state, Ibrahim Babangida. “The worst thing a soldier can do is to mutiny,”  he said. “And the penalty, as the law says, should be served. If you interrupt the traditions of the military, you’re interfering with the foundations.”

A former military administrator of Bauchi and Osun states, Col. Theophilus Bamigboye (retd.), also backed the death penalty. “I will not want anybody to die,” he said, “but we are talking of military procedure, which has to be followed.”

Ealier, the Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Olajide Laleye, insisted that the military had handled the matter in line with stipulated procedures and despite contrary public opinion. He also reminded that the approval of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Kenneth Minimah, is still needed before carrying out the death penalty.

It seems that the overwhelming majority of Nigerians plead to temper justice with mercy and replace the death penalty with less terminal punishment.

Thirteen of the eighteen Nigerian Army soldiers were on September 15 found guilty of various offences. In mid-May, they, apparently aggrieved by the death of their comrades-in-arms from the hands of Boko Haram, fired shots at their General Officer Commanding. Thus, they were court-martialled and found guilty of mutiny, criminal conspiracy, attempted murder, insubordination and false accusation.

Twelve of the convicted soldiers were sentenced to death, five were discharged and acquitted, while the remaining one was jailed for 28 days of hard labour.

Those sentenced to death are Jasper Braidolor, David Musa, Friday Onuh, Yusuf Shuaibu, Igonmu Emmanuel, Andrew Ugbede, Nurudeen Ahmed, Ifeanyi Alukagba, Alao Samuel, Amadi Chukwuma, Alan Linus, and Stephen Clement.

BRING BACK IKEDI OHAKIM (PART 3)


 

BRING BACK IKEDI OHAKIM (PART 3)

For the poor and working people in Imo State there is nothing cheerful in the plans of Governor Rochas Okorocha to re contest governorship in  2015  . Just like this his present regime, if he is allowed to win again, it will mean a  continuation of  a regime of anti people, anti poor, pro-rich ,pro-imperialist cum capitalist policies and it will legalize the looting of public resources by elements in government and their fronts. Okorocha’s speech recently of how he will retire his political opponents in 2015  was rich in bombastic self-praise, false promises and utter deception. What he  intends to consolidate is the failure or inability of his  primitive capitalist  thieving cabal to use the wealth of Imo  for the benefit of the poor working people.The major preoccupation of the Okorocha ‘s  government is looting  of  Imo oil allocation, Imo LGA funds and government properties and companies  with corruption opportunities for its extremely bloated top functionaries.

This same man sacked 10,000 Imo civil servants , sacked 30,000 Imo LGA workers, sacked elected councilors and chairmen, used  state funds and land to build his private University at his  home town pretending to relocate Imo State University to the site, sold Adapalm  to his company ( Roche Group),sold  Imo Transport Company (I.T.C.), Concorde Hotel, Children’s Park and  state General Hospitals to himself  for many years, refused to pay severance packages to political appointees who served under him and who served under the last administration. This same man has squandered more than 132 billion naira Imo council funds, squandered  more than 16 billion naira which is  13 percent oil derivation funds of Imo State ,etc. I can go on and on .Please Google 114 reasons why Rochas must go in 2015 .He has destroyed Imo State.

Today Imo as a state is presently run as an offshoot of  Rochas Foundation with his siblings and in-laws visibly milking the state dry with impunity. In Imo one man  has sold   80% of Imo  state  resources including choice lands   to himself  while 99% of Imolites wallow in abject and extreme poverty.

I am asking so many what,where, who ,how and why  questions. Questions like where is Aboh Mbaise LGA’s 5,6 billion naira? Where is Ahiazu Mbaise LGA’s 4.8 billion naira? Where is Ehime Mbano LGA’s   4.7  billion naira? What happened to Ezinihitte LGA’s  4.9 billion naira funds? What happened to Ideato North LGA’s  5 billion naira funds? What happened to Ideato South LGA’s   5 billion naira? Who squandered Ihitte Uboma LGA’s  4.6 billion naira? Who squandered Ikeduru LGA’s  4.9  billion naira? Why did Isiala Mbano LGA’s 5.5 billion naira developed wings? Why did Isu LGA’s  5  billion naira  funds developed wings? What happened to Mbaitoli LGA’s 5.9 billion naira? What happened to Ngor /Okpala LGA’s  5.1  billion naira? Who chopped Njaba LGA’s 4.8 billion naira? Who chopped Nwangele LGA’s 4.6  billion naira?

I am also asking : how did Nkwerre LGA’s 4 billion naira disappeared? How did Obowo LGA’s  4.4  billion naira disappeared? Where is Oguta LGA’s  5 billion naira? Where is Ohaji/Egbema LGA’s 5.3  billion naira? Where is Okigwe LGA’s  4.8 billion naira? What happened to Onuimo LGA’s 4.3  billion naira? What happened to Orlu LGA’s  4.7  billion naira? What happened to Orsu LGA’s  4.5  billion naira? Who chopped Oru East LGA’s  4,7 billion naira? Who chopped Oru West LGA’s 4.6 billion naira?  How did Owerri Municipal LGA’s 4.6  billion naira disappeared? Where is Owerri North LGA’s 5.1 billion naira? Who is holding Owerri West LGA’s   4.7 billion naira? Who is holding ISOPADEC’s 16 billion naira?

All the mentioned billions have been squandered by Okorocha. Another question remains: Is this man who deprived us democracy at the grassroots worthy to be elected democratically again? The answer is NO. Even Popular Ijaw leader  Chief Edwin Clark  recently called him  a very corrupt Governor who is ruling Imo with impunity. He told us that Okorocha’s  company was owing every bank to the extent that the CBN said no bank should lend him money again but 2 months after becoming governor, he paid all his debt. Where did he get the money from? Clark said

It has been our position that Governor Okorocha’s regime is drenched in corruption. Chief Clark  calling him  a very corrupt Governor is just a confirmation of our  long held position. We  know that he is irredeemably corrupt and lacks  integrity to continue to rule over Imo..

Since 2011, i have been fighting the anti poor, anti peoples policies of Governor Okorocha.. I wrote 212   articles/ advertorials  in several newspapers, online media and blogs against his policies  to the extent that  his government summoned me to various panels and secretly declared me wanted in the state. You can Google the articles. Efforts are on to incarcerate me like the way they did to Activist Ikenna Samuelson Iwuoha and his wife. The plan is to dump me in cell till after 2015 election. They are holding Samuelson Iwuoha so that  document in his possession will not  get to the public. They know I also  have documents which I will release to the public  in various national dailies after the party primaries and bury them finally in 2015 so they are desperate to lock me up too.

As a man who has so much fought against Okorocha’s impunity in Imo State, i boldly say that one man among the lot in PDP contesting for  governor  can beat him  in 2015 and correct this mess that Imo is into. That one man is Dr Ikedi Ohakim. Many of those clamoring for Mr A and Mr B for Governor  in PDP today are sponsored to scatter the plans of PDP  in 2015 and keep Imo youths out of jobs again. How many of them jumping up and down now  can  boldly do what I have been doing since 2011?

I say bring back Ikedi Ohakim to help Imo to wrest power from the current band of marauders in Douglas House Owerri  and put in its place a working peoples’ government which will implement pro-masses policies as against the prevailing anti people, anti poor, pro-rich ,pro-imperialist cum capitalist policies of Rochas Okorocha. We want the 10,000 sacked workers back, we want the elected councilors and chairmen back, we want our development centers back , we want additional 150,000 jobs for Imo youths, we want our LGA systems back, we want our town unions back, we want Imo to work again.

Yes for the interest of justice, equity, law and order, the 10,000 graduate jobs, our dying civil service, labour force, market men and women and our dying school system lets bring back Ikedi Ohakim. Imo youths must regain their jobs. Let’s give Dr Ikedi Ohakim the needed support so that he can re- introduce his vision that obviously led to massive job creation, youths and women empowerment, industrialization, solid road construction, rural development driven by democratically elected local government system and environmental cleanliness that made Owerri the cleanest state capital in Nigeria during his time. We the youths don’t want to stay another 4 years in Imo without jobs. If we are pushed to the wall, we will embark on a people’s revolution targeted at the political elites in Imo for keeping us out of jobs since 2011 and trust me, I can champion this revolution.

-Kenneth Uwadi, Mmahu-Egbema, Imo State, Nigeria

OHAKIM DEDICATES AWARD TO THE 10,000 WORKERS THAT OKOROCHA SACKED


Chief Ikedi Ohakim proceeded to the Citadel of glory church where he was bestowed an award of excellence at their 2nd year anniversary, Chief Ohakim didicated his awards to the unemployed graduates and the10,000. Jobs youths that was sacked by gov. Rochas.

Ohakim promised to help the church build their cathedral when he assumes office by next year.

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POPULAR ACTRESS TAKES OFF EVERYTHING IN HER BEDROOM, SHARES PIX ONLINE (SEE PHOTO)


Popular Nollywood Actress Takes Off Everything In Her Bedroom, Shares Pix Online (See Photo)

Nasarawa: Youth Council Endorses Maku For PDP Governorship Ticket


Labaran-MakuThe National Youth Council of Nigeria, NYCN, Nasarawa State chapter, has endorsed the Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, as the state gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

This position was contained in a 14 point communique signed by the state president of the group, Usman Abdulhakim, issued in Lafia, after a town hall meeting held at Savanna Hotel along Jos Road, Thursday.

The council said the information minister was head and shoulder above other aspirants vying for the PDP governorship ticket.

“We have observed that the majority of political opinions across Nasarawa State have learned towards Mr. Maku because of his pedigree, antecedent, clear vision, mission, political stability, humility and performance in all the office he held”, the group said.

The communique, which was read by Mr. Abdulhakim, added that Mr. Maku had during his days as student union leader, championed the rights of students to address their plight.

“The current honourable minister of Information is the most broadly accepted choice for governorship of Nasarawa state for the 2015 gubernatorial election among all contenders.

“Maku has remained one of the most stable and loyal members and leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state”, it said.

The communique added the group will deploy all its resources to mobilise support for Mr. Maku.

“We hereby resolve to deploy all available resources to embark on relentless mobilization devoid of political, ethnic and religious inclinations in Nasarawa to support the election of Labaran Maku as governor of Nasarawa State”, it said.

Nigeria Turns To Russia For Help As Battle With Boko Haram Intensifies


BOKO HARAM: FG turns to Russia, China as USA, UK fail Nigeria

The battle against Islamist sect Boko Haram has stretched the Nigerian military, prompting it to ask for help from its Western allies, especially after the Chibok girls were abducted, but the nonchalant attitude of the West may be pushing Nigeria towards Russia and China.

It has been more than 100 days since the allies promised support in the rescue of the Chibok girls who were abducted from their school on April 14. While it was reported that they were helping with intelligence, no concrete results have surfaced. While many have blamed Nigeria’s military for incompetence and the government for lackadaisical attitude, the allies seem not to be doing enough to help the country fight insurgency, it has emerged.

Nigeria has now turned to Russia for the training of its military as well as acquisition of military hardware to fight Boko Haram insurgents.

According to highly placed military and intelligence sources in Abuja who spoke to Saturday Vanguard, the decision to turn to the other two world military powers was an interim measure to roll back the military advances made by the Boko Haram insurgents who have gained some grounds in seizing and controlling some towns and Villages in the north eastern states of Borno and Adamawa.

Nigerian security personnel from the Army, Police, Department of State Services (DSS) have already been dispatched to Russia for training as Special Forces to combat the Boko Haram insurgents who are mounting stiff challenge to the Nigerian security services.

Vanguard also learnt that following the increasing sophistication of the Boko Haram terrorists, the Nigerian government approached American and British governments to procure arms for its armed forces in order to effectively counter the insurgents but the two western governments have continued to dither, a situation that may have been responsible for some of the gains recorded by terrorists in recent times.

“The United States and Britain appear unwilling to provide arms to our armed forces. It is surprising because these are two friendly countries to Nigeria which is under threat from terrorists. We have no option but to look somewhere else for our needs pending when the issues are resolved at the diplomatic level by our government,” a source told Vanguard.

The United States had said that it would not assist Nigeria with land forces and would not also share intelligence with the Nigerian military. Sources said that they did not trust the Nigerian military which was accused of lacking professionalism and which also had moles within. But Nigeria expected better assistance from USA, Britain and the likes. But their support has fallen below expectation.

Saturday Vanguard gathered that one of the options was to turn to Russia which has always been willing to supply weapons and some other logistics to Nigeria when other western countries are not forthcoming. The Nigeria Air force has several Russian fighter jets in its fleet.

Nigeria was said to have entered into contract with Russian Arms manufacturers for the supply of high calibre weapons to the Nigerian Army to combat the insurgents in the North east and has begun discussion with the Israeli government on possible supply of military hardware.

“When the Chief of Army staff said recently that the Nigerian army would soon take possession of weapons that would reverse the trend in the North east, he was referring to the deal between Nigeria and some Russian arms manufacturers. We are also in discussion with Israeli companies. We don’t want to be held ransom by our traditional allies. That is why we are expanding our sources of supply,” the source said.

As part of the agreement between Nigeria and Russia, a group of Nigerian security personnel are already in Eastern Europe for training as Special Forces with another batch, made up of the Army, Police and DSS billed to leave Nigeria next month to join the other three batches that are already in training. [Vanguard]

Sierra Leonean Human Trafficker Arrested In Enugu


A Sierra Leonean, who specialises in trafficking women out of Nigeria for prostitution has been arrested by the Nigeria Immigration Service, Enugu State Command.

The Immigration Comptroller, Mr. Bashir Ismail, disclosed this in Enugu, yesterday, that Mr. Koffi Hassan, the human traffic kingpin, who had been on their wanted list, was arrested following a tip-off.

“Human trafficking has been a challenge in this part of the country,” he said.

“Just last month, we succeeded in arresting one notorious human trafficker called Koffi Hassan, who has been involved in trafficking of women for prostitution.

“We have been tracking him and finally, we were able to arrest the kingpin. We have now presented him for prosecution. After prosecution, we will definitely repatriate him.

“That’s a great achievement for us; we have been challenged for this kind of things in this area.

“This warns those who are involved in human trafficking that the end is in sight. Victims that are with him confessed what he uses them for and NAPTIP has succeeded in reuniting them with their families.”

Ismail said the command had also embarked on the repatriation of irregular aliens in the state. He said that such people had caused security breaches in the state and had become threats to their host communities.

“The service decided to embark on regular repatriation and removal of such kind of citizens that are among us.

“Between January and now, we have repatriated over 98 people out of Enugu. We have to be on it and to be frank, we have been getting great support from Enugu State government.

“We also get people referred to us due to our synergy with other security agencies. Whenever they have such kind of people arrested among other criminals, they do refer them to us, then we take action.

“We are very happy with that because the synergy has been working very well. That’s why we were able to repatriate such high number of illegal aliens.

“Most of the nationals are from Niger Republic, Togo and Mali and a few Beninois and the Cameroonians,” he said.

He added that citizens from West African countries were entitled to stay in any member state under certain regulations backed up by prescribed documents.

Ismail said that those without the required documents would be vulnerable to manipulation and could commit offences without records.

2015: I’m Out To Save Kaduna From Further Deterioration – El-Rufai


el-rufai-36997890A former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory and chieftain of the All Progressive Congress, APC, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, yesterday said Kaduna State, which used to be a reference point for peaceful coexistence, must be saved from further disintegration.

The former minister stated this in a statement ahead of his public declaration of his aspiration for the governorship of Kaduna, which will hold later in September.

In a statement Thursday in Kaduna, El-Rufai said: “Our state, Kaduna, is now fragmented across ethnic and religious lines. Without federal allocations, the state cannot survive. Our renowned educational institutions are decaying, while unemployment and youth restiveness are visible. Trust in government is low and the essentials needed to stimulate socio-economic development are most lacking. The Kaduna state that was once a point of reference in peaceful coexistence, progress and fairness in the Northern region in particular and Nigeria as a whole is now lagging behind most states created recently”.

Arguing that the state must be saved, Mr. El-Rufai said “The situation should not and must not be allowed to deteriorate further; otherwise the cohesive fabric of our community may be completely destroyed. Bearing these in mind and after deep reflection and wide consultations with stakeholders who cherish the importance of providing good leadership, I have resolved to contest for the office of the Governor of Kaduna State on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the 2015 elections”.

The aspirant, who added that development of the state must be confronted, said, “We do not underestimate, by any means, the challenges ahead. We also appreciate the enormity of the tasks ahead and the potential land mines that the ruling party will inevitably place on our path. We therefore, most humbly, solicit your guidance, support and prayers as we begin the journey to rebuild Kaduna State and put our people on the road to peace and prosperity”.

Dr. Ikedi Ohakim pays a condolence visit to the family of Njamanze at the old Njamanze residence over the loss of their brothers, Etilbielt Njamanze


Dr. Ikedi Ohakim pays a condolence visit to the family of Njamanze at the old Njamanze residence over the loss of their brothers, Etilbielt Njamanze who was part of the New Face Of Imo Government of Gov. Ohakim.

Ohakim in the picture, signing his condolence message

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Suntai: I Didn’t Return Because Of PDP Primaries


Danbaba Danfulani SuntaiRecuperating Governor of Taraba State, Danbaba Suntai, on Thursday said he did not return to the country because of the forth coming Peoples Democratic Party’s governorship primaries, as being speculated.

Suntai, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Hassan Mijinyawa, noted that “series of publications were being circulated by individuals and faceless groups on his return which were not considered as freedom of speech”.

He said the clarification became necessary because the people of Taraba State deserve “good conducts” from their politicians.

The governor on Saturday returned from the United Kingdom after over two months of medical checkup following injuries he sustained when his plane crashed near Yola, Adamawa state in 2012.

Speculations were rife that Suntai “rushed” back to the country because of the forthcoming PDP governorship primaries, after which he would return to the UK to continue his medical treatment.

The statement said: “It has become pertinent to call on such individuals and groups to keep Governor Danbaba Suntai out of their political permutations and mischief.

“Suntai secured the mandate of the good people of Taraba State twice and has performed admirably well. He is not contesting for any election”.

He also spoke on why his deputy, Garba Umar, was not allowed to see him at the Abuja Airport upon his return, warning politicians to desist from sowing seeds of discord.

“The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) handles all security issues at the airports and also permissions for non-airport staff to be on the tarmac at any point in time.

“It is therefore, misinforming for an individual and faceless groups to apportion blame on certain personalities as being responsible for Garba Umar’s inability to see the governor at the airport.

“Umar is better placed than any Taraba person to see Governor Suntai in Abuja or anywhere.

“Umar approved the arrangement and paid for the aircraft that brought the governor to Abuja. The details of the flight were known to him (Umar). He knew when the plane took off and when it was going to land”, the statement stated.

2015: Elections’ll Hold In Adamawa, Borno, Yobe – Jega


jega4The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has maintained that elections will hold in the Northeast region of Nigeria, despite the spate of insecurity.

INEC Chairman, Prof. Atahiru Jega, specifically noted that if elections could hold in more volatile Afghanistan and Iraq, they can hold in the troubled Northeast, which has been plagued by Boko Haram insurgency.

Jega spoke at a meeting with members of the Senate Committee on INEC on creation of polling units in the Northeast, Thursday.

The INEC boss noted that while it would be unreasonable to underestimate the security situation in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states, elections could still hold in the three states.

Jega insisted that there was nothing unusual about the increase in the number of polling units.

The increase, he said, was based on prevailing needs.

His word: “We are having displacement of people, with people leaving where they live to live in camps; it is a serious challenge.

“Nobody can underestimate it, but the hope of everybody in this country is that this is a temporary problem and you cannot begin to plan long term based on a temporary thing”.

Jega said elections were held in several unstable nations, “including countries which are having problems like ours in terms of security; take Afgahnistan, take Iraq and so on”.

“We hope and pray that states where emergency is will stabilise sufficiently for us to be able to conduct elections that are relatively peaceful in those areas and we must plan for that eventuality”, he added.

INEC, according to Jega, is obliged to prepare for elections in all parts of Nigeria, even where there are displaced people, as long as there are registered voters.

Dankwambo Appoints New VC For Gombe State University


Gov. Ibrahim Dankwambo

The governor of Gombe State, Ibrahim Dankwambo, has appointed Ibrahim Umar as the new Vice Chancellor of Gombe State University, GSU.

Notice of the appointment is contained in a statement issued by the Public Relations Officer of the university, Abubakar Sammani, in Gombe on Friday.

The statement quoted Mr. Sammani as saying the appointment letter was signed by the Secretary to Gombe State Government, Abubakar Bage.

Mr. Umar succeeds Abdullahi Mahdi, who has been the Vice Chancellor of the university since its inception in 2005.

Until his appointment, Mr. Umar was the Dean, Faculty of Science and Postgraduate School of the university.

Born on June 12, 1958 in Dukul village of Kwami Local Government Area of the state, Umar obtained a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria in 1981.

He started work as a Graduate Assistant at the ABU in 1982, had a Ph. D from University of Salford, England, on Nuclear and Radiochemistry in 1987.

He was the Director, Centre for Energy Research and Training, ABU Zaria; Director, Nuclear Science and Technology, Energy Commission of Nigeria, Abuja and one time Deputy Vice Chancellor of the state university.

A recipient of the National Honours of Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON), Mr. Umar is a Fellow of the Chemical Society of Nigeria, Fellow of Materials Society of Nigeria.

He is married with children.

(NAN)

PENGASSAN, NUPENG Suspend Planned Strike


diezani-allison-madueke-465x315The labour unions in the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Petroleum and Gas Senior Staff Association (PENGASSAN) and the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas (NUPENG) Workers on Friday resolved to suspend their planned strike, which would have shut down the entire country had it gone on as planned.

It was learnt that the planned strike was shelved owing to the intervention of President Goodluck Jonathan, who directed the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke to immediately convene a meeting with the striking oil workers’ unions.

The meeting which began in the afternoon, held at the presidential villa.

According to a report by PREMIUM TIMES, the oil workers had downed tools over the management of their pensions.

The unions also demanded for more commitment to the Turn Around Maintenance of Nigeria’s four refineries.

Other demands of the unions include the need for increased allocation of crude oil for local refining to help reduce the increasing dependence on importation of petroleum products for domestic consumption.

“Government has given a commitment to resolve all issues particularly the issue of Turn Around Maintenance and increment of allocation of crude oil”, PENGASSAN secretary, Bayo Oluwoshile said.

Insurgency Cannot Stop 2015 Elections From Taking Place, Says Tambuwal


AMINU TAMBUWAL (R) & NBA PRESIDENT, AUGUSTINE ALEDEH

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, yesterday insisted that Nigeria’s general elections must hold in 2015 despite fears in some quarters over the possibility of conducting peaceful elections amidst the insurgency in some parts of the country.

Tambuwal’s statement comes on the heels of controversies generated by the “election is not on the table now” statement credited to Senate President David Mark.

“I firmly believe we can go into elections in 2015; elections in 2015 should be held.What we need to do is to address insurgency before the elections and encourage soldiers to do the needful”, the speaker was quoted as telling a delegation of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) at a meeting which held at the National Assembly.

Section 180(3) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) says if the country is at war, there will not be elections.

Tambuwal also urged the NBA to step up action against politicians who violate the country’s electoral laws ahead of 2015 elections.

He told the NBA delegation led by its president, Mr. Augustine Alegeh (SAN) that in spite of repeated warnings by the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), some politicians have kick started campaigns before the stipulated time.

Tambuwal said good governance has been relegated to the background as politicians abandon their responsibilities for politicking ahead of time.

“The problem is that some politicians are already in election mood, so the NBA should call the attention of those to stop forthwith”, he said

The speaker pointed out that insecurity and corruption were on the rise in the country and called on all Nigerians to join hands in the fight against social ills.

He said that the green chamber was committed to passing the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) before politics takes the center stage.

Earlier, the NBA president urged the speaker to expedite actions to ensure the speedy passage of the PIB and the Justice Sector Bill.

“The PIB should be given speedy hearing.

“I urge you to put it in the front burner, let it serve as a legacy for you”, Alegeh added.

Al-Makura Fires 8 Commissioners, 5 Aides


Tanko-Al-MakuraGov. Umaru Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa State, has sacked eight cabinet members and five other aides.

A statement Friday, signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Zainab Abdulmumini, said all affected officials are to hand over to their permanent secretaries on or before Tuesday 23rd September.

The affected commissioners are Innocent Lagi, Commissioner for Justice, Angama A. Weibey Commissioner for Rural and Community Development, Muhammad Sani Yakubun- Hauwa, Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology.

Others are Danladi Madaki Commissioner, Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources and Adamu Mu’azu Alu Adogi Commissioner, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources.

The statement also listed Godwin Tyowua Mbatsav who was the Commissioner, Ministry of Sports and Youth Development; Samuel Meshi Commissioner, Ministry of Culture and Tourism; and lastly Amos Akawu who was the Commissioner of Planning and Deputy Chairman, Nasarawa State Planning Commission, as sacked.

“His Excellency, Umaru Tanko Al-makura, Governor of Nasarawa State has relieved the appointments of the underlisted persons as Honourable Commissioners and Members of the Nasarawa State Executive Council with immediate effect”.

The five aides affected by the development are the Director of Press affairs, Iliyasu Ali Yakubu, Executive Secretary, Nasarawa State Scholarship Board, Sulaiman Abdul-Wahab Sulaiman and the Executive Secretary, Nasarawa State Emergency Management Agency, Idris Abdullahi.

Others are Daniel Ajegina, Managing Director, Nasarawa Investment and Property Development Company, Murtala Adogi Muhammad Special Assistant to the Governor on Youth Empowerment.

The statement said Gov. Al-makura thanked those sacked for contributing positively to his administration and wish them well in their future endeavours.

“His Excellency appreciates their services and contributions to the present Administration in particular and Nasarawa State in general and wishes them successes in their future endeavour”, it said.

Insurgency Slowing The Pace Of Development Projects In North-East – Maku


Labaran MakuThe Minister of Information, Mr Labaran Maku, has urged northern elders and youths to strive to ensure that peace reigned in the region for development to thrive.

Maku made the call on Friday in Abuja at the Ministerial Press conference where the Minister of Works, Mr Mike Onolememen, appeared to present the score of the ministry.

Citing an example from the presentation of the works minister, Maku said that the Kano-Maiduguri road which should have reached 90 per cent completion, had stopped at 65 per cent completion because of insurgency.

He said that while development was stunted in the northern part of the country, other areas were making quantum leaps in various developmental projects.

“In terms of strategic road delivery, the president has recorded very high marks for the country; unfortunately, the insurgency in the North-East has reduced the pace of work for us.

“If we can overcome that threat, we will see that the roads will be delivered faster because the topography of the North makes road delivery very easy than in the South.

“We are beginning to move and we can do better by allowing peace to reign; the money we have spent fighting Boko Haram and insecurity, that money would have been used for development.

“Everyone of us stakeholders in the north, we have a duty to stand up and be counted.

“The military alone cannot deliver security; it must be our duty at the community level, as community leaders, traditional leaders, local government chairmen and politicians to stand up and be counted.

“For those areas not yet affected, you must know that once trouble starts in your community, development will be interrupted”.

Maku said that the best way to encourage the president to meet his Transformation Agenda in all parts of the country, was to allow peace to reign.

The minister also urged Nigerians to desist from building on the right of way, to avoid causing trouble for themselves and for the government at various levels.

He urged all relevant government agencies to be proactive in preventing people from erecting structures on such right of way, to avoid the trauma of having to demolish such structures.

He admonished state governments to desist from laying false claims to federal roads as though it were a state road rehabilitated or reconstructed by the state.

Maku said that the Federal Government had decided to place marking on every two kilometre of federal road to indicate tha to prevent state governors from claiming to have constructed them.

He commended the Ministry of Works for the laudable work it had done in the sector.

The minister noted that the ministry had constructed 25,000 kms of roads by 2014 from 4,500 Kms in 201, to with 62 Federal roads completed and 52 others at various stages of completion.

The minister said that in the next four years, roads would be constructed using private sector funds, adding that by 2019, the railways would have been completed under the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan. (NAN)

Jonathan Urged To Reject Endorsement As PDP Sole Candidate For 2015 Election


jonathan-pdpPresident Goodluck Jonathan has been advised to reject his recent endorsement by the Peoples Democratic Party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) as the party’s sole Presidential candidate for the 2015 elections as it may backfire on him.

The call is contained in a statement jointly signed by leaders of a coalition of pro-democracy groups under the aegis of National Coalition Against Fraudulent Politicians, who also said that the open letter written to President Jonathan by an Adamawa State PDP governorship aspirant, Dr. Umar Ardo and others calling on the president to shelve his 2015 presidential ambition should be heeded.

The leaders of the pro-democracy groups are Mallam Abdullahi Mohammed, Movement for the Protection of Peoples Rights (MPPR); Comrade Umar Falalu, Northern Youth Coalition for Justice (NYCJ); Prieye Godson, Supreme Niger Delta Youth Assembly (SNDYA), Oluwagbemiga Segun, Oodua Progressives Forum (OPF); Prince Chinedu Hillary, South East Network for Good Governance (SENGG) and Daniel Obasi, Pragmatic Initiative for Youth Empowerment and Good Governance (PIYEGG).

“Firstly, it is pertinent to note that any student of Law will be accustomed to some of the relevant clauses and cases cited by Dr. Ardo in his submission. However, it is also important for Nigerians who are not vast in Law or constitutionality to have a clear understanding of the message Dr. Umar Ardo sent to the public domain. Either Dr. Ardo is right or wrong in his submissions is left for constitutional lawyers to proof in a Court of Law.

“Our opinion on the matter is based on the moral rights of President Jonathan who has continued to take Nigerians for a ride in his attempt to stage manage a third term bid through the back door. We applaud the courage of Dr. Umar Ardo who has headed for the court of Appeal for interpretation in the constitutional provision for an occupant of the executive office to stay beyond eight years. Dr. Ardo’s gallant effort to approach the court of Appeal at his own expense to buttress his views about the ineligibility of President Jonathan to contest the 2015 election is commendable”, the group said.

While saying that it was not unaware of the political game plan by some politicians hiding under the cloak of regional representation to extend the tenure of office of President Jonathan in an attempt to make him the longest serving President Nigeria ever had, it added that the ‘third term’ agenda of the president is not a secret as his leaders and advisers from the south-south have continued to beat war drums if he does not succeed.

“However, we are sure that this is just an effort in futility. The insecurity of our people in the North Eastern part of Nigeria where civilians are killed and maimed on a daily basis attested to his inability to stay a day more in office after May 29th, 2015. Ardo has unveiled to discerning hearts a good example from one of the worlds’ longest democracy, the USA from where we copied our brand of democracy. For example, out of the nine past Vice Presidents in US who for one reason or another took over the rein of leadership from their principals never went beyond the provisional eight years of two terms in office? Some of them sacrificed their personal ambitions to resist the political temptations to contest an election”, it said.

The group noted that instead of President Jonathan to be magnanimous enough to retire from active politics in 2015 and leave the political arena for other Nigerians who have not benefited from the country as much as he has, he has continued to heat up the polity while his foot soldiers are busy campaigning all over the country without any care for electoral rules and regulations.

FG Not Doing Enough To End Boko Haram Insurgency – Catholic Bishops


Catholic_BishopsThe Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria has accused the Federal Government of doing very little to put an end to the rising insecurity and the unending killings in the country.

The Bishops, who issued a statement during their Second Annual Plenary in Warri, Delta State, said the meeting has daily been inundated with “first-hand and horrifying reports reaching from Borno, Yobe, Adamawa, Taraba, Kano and Kaduna states about the mass slaughter of fellow Nigerians; the burning and sacking of whole villages and churches and rectories”.

In the statement titled ‘While Nigeria bleeds and burns’, the CBCN lamented the precarious situation in the North-East, where it noted that reports “only confirm further killings, burnings and fleeing of defenseless Nigerians creating a heightened sense of unrest and siege to the whole nation”.

Signed by the CBCN President, Most Revd Ignatius Kaigama, and Secretary, Most Revd William Avenya, the body called on the all tiers of government to do more than they were doing to preserve the unity of the nation.

CBCN said, “In the face of this Boko Haram group and other criminal militias arming themselves beyond our legitimate government and brazenly killing innocent, defenseless citizens, our government must do more than it is currently doing to safeguard our lives and defend our nation.

“It must do more than it is currently doing to fight off and disarm these actual destroyers of Nigerians and Nigeria. It must do more than it is currently doing to prevent segments of our nation from drifting, anarchy and mutual self-destruction and bring criminals to justice”.

The Bishops warned that what should be uppermost in the programme of government should not be the fight for positions in the 2015 elections but how to guarantee the lives of Nigerians.

The clerics added, “We warn every Nigerian community at local and state levels to be alert to the grave danger facing all of us and our nation from within and from without.

“The issue is not about who becomes president or governor or senator after the 2015 general elections. The issue is about the life and security of every one of us who loves his or her life and really cares about our living together in peace as noble Nigerians.

“We urge therefore that we all support and encourage every positive effort by the current government to protect every Nigerian and defend the integrity and unity of Nigeria. Let us equally take lawful measures locally to prevent the destruction of fellow Nigerians and to ward off Nigeria’s destroyers”.

2015: Alao-Akala Picks PDP Nomination Form For Oyo Governorship Race


Adebayo Alao-AkalaFormer Gov. Adebayo Alao-Akala of Oyo State and an aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Friday collected the nomination form for the 2015 governorship election.

The aspirant, who paid the mandatory N3 million fees, collected the form at the party secretariat in Ibadan through his Committee of Friends.

Razak Gbadegesin, the aspirant’s former Chief of Staff, who collected the form on his behalf, said the committee picked the form because the aspirant went to Abuja for an assignment.

“We are here to collect the form on his behalf and it is due to the fact that we believe in his ability to deliver when he becomes governor Oyo State”, he said.

Gbadegesin said there was no other person that could wrestle the position from the incumbent, Gov. Abiola Ajimobi, other than Alao-Akala.

Dr Kola Balogun, another member of the committee, said that the group believed the aspirant could represent the yearnings of the people of the state.

“I want to urge PDP members in Oyo State to work hard to see Alao-Akala elected as governor of the state”, he said.

Responding, on behalf of the party, Mrs Kehinde Eboda, an official of the PDP, confirmed that the aspirant had fulfilled the necessary condition for the collection of form.

Earlier, Kehinde Salawu, state Public Relations Officer of the party, who represented the Chairman, Olayinka Taiwo, said it had no annointed candidate.

“We are going to allow a level playing ground”.

The number of aspirants who picked the form on the platform of the party has now increased to five.

Others are Femi Babalola, Kehinde Olaosebikan, Prof. Olusoji Adejumo and Dr Gbola Adetunji. (NAN)

Jonathan Thanks NYSC Member For Donating N10,000 Towards His Re-Election


Jonathan smilingPresident Goodluck Jonathan on Friday in Abuja expressed excitement at the N10, 000 donated toward his re-election by a National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) member, Ezemagu Nnamdi.

The president’s excitement was contained in a statement issued by Dr Reuben Abati, his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity.

Abati said that the president was deeply touched and encouraged by the immense support from Nigerians in a letter to the young Nigerian identified as the donor, currently serving.

The president was quoted as saying he would continue to count on the support, goodwill and prayers of patriotic Nigerians as he strives to give the best possible leadership to the country.

Jonathan said he was deeply touched and encouraged by the immense support his administration continued to receive from young Nigerians from across the country.

He said “your gracious gesture is particularly gratifying, coming as it does from one of our nation’s vibrant and gifted youth who are our successor generation.

“It is for them our administration is unequivocally committed to providing the requisite environment to optimally realise their tremendous creative and productive potential.

“As I carry on with the task of positively transforming our country for its God-ordained greatness and prosperity, I will continue to count on the goodwill as well as the practical and prayerful support of committed patriots like you”, the president wrote.

He thanked the youth corps member for the donation, which was received ahead of the PDP’s adoption of the president as its sole candidate for the 2015 presidential elections on Thursday.

Mr. Jonathan also welcomed Nnamdi’s expression of faith in Federal Government’s ongoing efforts to reposition the country for sustained growth and development.

He assured the corps member and other young Nigerians that he would continue to do his best in the service of the nation in keeping with their trust and expectations.

In a letter accompanying his donation, Nnamdi was said to have assured President Jonathan of the continued support of patriotic Nigerians and urged him to seek re-election in 2015.

He said “Nigerians are behind you. We see your good works in power, transportation, education, housing, ICT, sports, electoral reforms, observation of the principle of federal character and the creation of investment opportunities.

“The insurgents who are trying to destabilise your administration are enemies of peace and progress. You will surely defeat them”, Abati quoted the youth corps member as saying.

 

 

Sultan Urges Leaders To Speak The Truth


sultan-of-sokoto.jpgThe Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, on Friday called on all leaders to harbour no fear in speaking out the truth.

The sultan was speaking when he received former Head of State, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd) in his palace in Sokoto.

Abubakar said “Traditional rulers are always close to the people in all respect, we feel more pain than any other person on the killings of innocent souls in our society”.

He added that “we had shouldered our responsibility by informing the appropriate quarters on the killings, especially in the northern parts of the country”.

The sultan also called on the people to support leaders that worked for the development of the society because “this will surely encourage the leaders to have more confidence in ruling the society”.

The sultan urged the leaders to have the fear of God in conducting all their activities.

He also thanked the former head of state for the visit, and prayed for all Nigerians to live in peace and have good health.

Earlier, Buhari commended the sultan for his fatherly leadership and for his sustained efforts to ensure the unity of Nigeria.

The All Progressives Congress chieftain thanked the state government for executing people oriented projects.

The host, Governor Aliyu Wamakko, commended Buhari for the visit, saying the doors of his government are always open to welcoming people like him.

Wamakko added that, “our hope is for the country to maintain peace and stability for the good of our people”.

‘I don’t intend to marry any girl in the entertainment industry – Praiz


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Singer Praiz says marriage is not in the cards for him right now and said when he’s ready to settle down, it won’t be with any girl in the entertainment industry..

“I don’t intend to marry anyone in the industry. I want my love life to be different from what you see on the screen” he said

“Marriage is not something one just rushes into. I can’t say because everyone is getting married, I should now rush into marriage. It’s a deal forever. Basically, I am just focused on my musical career” he said

Speaking on his kind of woman, Praiz says women who like to work turn him on

“I like my woman to be ambitious. I like a lady who likes to work. It turns me on. I like a woman who would give me that challenge, she must be a good dresser. I like a lady who is obedient, humble and patient with me whether she is right or wrong. Obviously she has t be physically attractive” he said

Photos: Mario Balotelli arrives to Liverpool training in £240k Ferrari


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Mario Balotelli drove to Liverpool training on Thursday in his £240,000 (about N65million) Ferrari F12 Berlinetta which he shipped from Italy last week. The 24 year old footballer moved from AC Milan to Liverpool in a £16million switch last month. See the super car below.

 

‘I don’t bleach, what I have is sun burn’- actress Ayo Adesanya says


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Actress Ayo Adesanya says contrary to popular reports, says she doesn’t bleach her skin. In an interview published on Punch today, Ayo said what she has is sun burns which most people confuse for skin bleaching …

“No I do not bleach my skin. When you see somebody that bleaches, you will know. I have sun burns and it is not a hidden thing. I have tried a lot of things to make it fade away but it has refused and I have come to terms with it. I would never bleach my skin, a lot of people get confused about it but I don’t get bothered. I don’t owe anybody an explanation but when you meet me in person, you can always make up your mind”

What does she think of bleaching?
“Some people are naturally fair and the weather in Nigeria is terrible, it is just recently that we have been experiencing cool weather. The sun is usually very hot and it is bad for the skin. For someone like me, a lot of people are usually confused when they see my picture. They are quick to assume things and they do not know me personally. When you see people in pictures, don’t be too quick to judge, do you know how many lights are focused on the person while taking the picture? Because of the weather in this country, there are some lotions people use to enhance their skin and make it softer. There are some lotions that are not harmful but people have some misconception. The weather is very bad and it can affect one’s skin if care is not taken. I have friends that are fair in complexion and I know what they go through to maintain their complexion. If you do not maintain it, it would appear as if yourskin is dirty. I don’t believe people should bleach personally.” she said