Boko Haram: 2015 Elections May Be Postponed If Insurgency Continues Unabated, Elechi Says


Martin ElechiGovernor Martin Elechi of Ebonyi State, on Tuesday said there is a possibility that the 2015 elections will be postponed if the present security challenges continue unabated.

He stated this in Abakaliki, the state capital, during a media chat, as part of activities marking the country’s 54th independence anniversary and 18th anniversary of the state’s creation.

Elechi, who was responding to a question on the choice of a successor, said the people of Ebonyi State will decide who becomes the next governor in 2015.

He said, “I don’t know why we are so unsettled about this matter, the time table is out and actors are going to make themselves available. You create the impression that I will singlehandedly say that this is my successor.

“It has to come by way of consensus and by election. So please, do not over heat the polity. What is important now is that we face our projects and programmes.

“What if the elections don’t come? You should pray more that we overcome the destabilizing factors that are shaking the entire nation with probability. I’m not saying that they will succeed, but with probability of stalling all elections.

“If the nation is at war and this is a constitutional provision, such that elections can’t be held, elections will be postponed.

“We should be more concerned with ensuring peace and tranquility in the country rather than who succeeds who.

“If I am alive till May 29, 2015, I will hand over to somebody”.

DSS To Appeal Court Judgment Asking It To Apologise, Pay El-Rufai N2m


el rufaiThe Department of State Services (DSS) on Tuesday said it would appeal the court judgment asking it to pay former FCT Minister, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, N2 million as damages, over alleged illegal detention.

A Federal High Court sitting in Akwa, Anambra, on Monday, had also asked the service to tender apologies to the ex-minister and to be published in two national dailies.

In a statement signed by its spokesperson, Marilyn Ogar, in Abuja, the DSS said that although it held the service, the Judiciary and its sanctity in high esteem, it would appeal the judgment.

“The Instrument setting up the Service and the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended gives the Service statutory powers to detain and investigate any suspect for not more than 48 hours before recourse to a Court of Law.

“In this instance, the complainant was not confined or detained for more than two hours.

“If we cannot intercept, detain and investigate, then we will, with due respect, be operating like any ministry of the Federal Government.

“It is also pertinent to clarify that the Service never imposed a general restriction on movement during the elections as averred”, it said.

2015: Tambuwal Urges Political Leaders To Avoid Acts That Heat Up The Polity


 

Aminu TambuwalSpeaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Aminu Tambuwal, on Tuesday asked political leaders to be mindful of comments that could unnecessarily heat up the polity.

He called on political office holders to play politics by the rules ahead of the 2015 general elections.

In a statement in Abuja to mark Nigeria’s 54th Independence Day anniversary, the speaker, through his Special Adviser, Media, Mr. Imam Imam, also advised Nigerians to fight for their democratic rights and ensure that good governance and democracy thrived.

“Tambuwal appealed to the political elite to moderate their utterances and be mindful of their responsibility to the country.

“He said with elections scheduled for early 2015, all leaders must avoid acts that heat up the polity”, part of the statement read.

Tambuwal assured Nigerians that the House of Representatives would work to uphold the unity of the country‎.

Early Campaigns: INEC’s Warning ‘Coming Too Little, Too Late’, Says APC


 

APCINECThe All Progressives Congress has lampooned the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, for acting too little, too late by issuing a warning on illegal public political broadcast and campaign, saying the commission’s belated action is highly suspicious.

In a statement issued in London on Tuesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the main opposition party said INEC’s action, coming after the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and President Goodluck Jonathan have been campaigning endlessly for the 2015 elections, can only be to the disadvantage of other candidates and political parties.

“Is it a ploy by INEC to give undue advantage to the PDP and its adopted sole presidential candidate, President Jonathan, in next year’s elections?” it queried

APC wondered where the electoral umpire was when the so-called Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN) was organising what it termed ‘noisy rallies’ across the country, attended by government officials and designed to benefit President Jonathan and his party, the PDP

APC also expressed shock that INEC has been in a deep slumber since the so-called Protectors of Nigeria’s Posterity have been running adverts on television solely for the benefit of President Jonathan in next year’s elections.

“When did INEC become aware that these actions are illegal, considering that Section 221 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, which INEC quoted in its warning letter, says ‘no association, other than a political party, shall canvas for votes for any candidate at any election or contribute to the funds of any political party or to the election expenses of any political candidate at an election’,” it queried.

APC said what TAN has been doing all along is to canvas for votes for President Jonathan, in clear contravention of the Constitution as well as the Electoral Act, which bans political campaigns until 90 days before election.

“Our party, joined by well-meaning Nigerians, had publicly alerted INEC to these campaigns and the fact those behind them are breaking the law, but INEC merely responded with some unbelievable sophistry. Now that those illegal campaigns have run for several months, INEC suddenly awoke from its slumber to issue a warning on illegal campaign.

“This is unbecoming of an election umpire that expects to be taken seriously, an umpire that is expected not only to be fair but to be seen as such, and one that knows its onions. This caution by INEC is coming too little, too late”, it said.

2015: Imoke’s Chief of Staff, Five Others Resign


 

liyel imokeChief of Staff to Governor Liyel Imoke of Cross Rivers State, Dr. Alex Egbuna, alongside five others of the State Executive Council, on Tuesday, resigned their positions to pursue their political aspirations.

It was learnt that the five others that have turned in their resignation letters included the Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Mike Aniah; the Commissioner for Youths and Sports Development, Patrick Ugbe, and the Commissioner for Works, Legor Idagbor.

Others are the Special Adviser on Investment Promotion; Gerald Adah and the Special Adviser on Budget, Peter Oti.

With the exception of Egbuna, who intends to vie for the Abi/Yakurr seat in the Federal House of Representatives, the others are looking to succeed Mr. Imoke, whose tenure comes to an end next May.

El-Zakzaky Exposes Alleged Plot By Military To Use ‘Supporters’ To Kill Soldiers


 

Ibrahim el-ZakzakyThe leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, also known as Shi’ites, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, on Tuesday exposed an alleged plot by the military to cause violence in Zaria, Kaduna State, using the movement as a cover.

The cleric disclosed that he had to arrive in Zaria earlier than scheduled for his weekly sermons to expose and forestall what he described as a sinister plan to cause violence in the city.

El-Zakzaky, in a statement by his Media Adviser, Malam Ibrahim Usman, in Kaduna, said he was acting on a tip-off over the plan by the Nigerian military to infiltrate the movement and kill unsuspecting soldiers, which will justify official clampdown on its members.

According to the Shi’ite leader, the plan would involve soldiers wearing Hurras (Guards) traffic control volunteers’ uniforms and subsequently open fire on unsuspecting soldiers passing by.

“While this is happening, they will have their camera ready, filming it and later blame it on ‘Shi’ites’. They would then begin manhunt and indiscriminate shooting of people”, he said.

He added, “The unsuspecting soldiers (the target) in four vehicles comprising 60 soldiers in each, two Hilux vans, Jeep and an ambulance had actually arrived Leventis roundabout, scene of the planned shooting, disembarked with sign of hostility, but a sudden heavy downpour foiled their plan. They had to walk away disappointed as the situation was becoming uncontrollable”.

Zakzaky revealed that the Hurras traffic control volunteers were earlier asked to withdraw and he also changed route, which left only the disguised soldiers visibly identified at the scene, and therefore had to quickly depart in full disappointment.

Obiano’s Wife Didn’t Endorse Me As APGA Candidate For House Of Reps, Says Anambra Speaker


 

Chinwe Clare Nwaebili- SpeakerSpeaker of the Anambra State House of Assembly, Princess Clare Chinwe Nwaebili, has said she will not bow to the pressure to quit politics until she achieves her political dreams.

Affirming speculations that she would vie for the Ogbaru constituency’s House of Representatives seat in next year’s election on the platform of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), the speaker also denied rumours making the rounds that Governor Willie Obiano bribed the state lawmakers with N400 million when he took them to the United States.

She also denied the allegation that the governor also gave the Assembly N300 million to pass the supplementary budget he presented to it.

The speaker described the allegations as the handiwork of the governor’s detractors.

Princess Nwaebili addressed reporters yesterday in Awka, the state capital, after the Assembly’s plenary.

She said: “Our visit to Washington D.C in U.S.A was on a leadership course. Governor Obiano never visited the place throughout our sojourn, not to talk of giving any member of the Assembly any money. All these issues are being raised by uninformed persons”.

Mrs Nwaebili also denied the rumour that the state governor’s wife, Mrs Ebelechukwu Obiano, endorsed her as APGA candidate for the 2015 House of Representatives seat for Ogbaru.

The speaker described the purported endorsement as a misinformation.

She said: “I do not know what some people tend to achieve by all these lies. Mrs. Obiano did not say anything like that. What the governor’s wife did was heaving praises on me during her visit. She said I had worked closely with her and that I deserved a compensation.

“I am just starting my political career. The present House of Assembly has worked closely with the state government. That is why we have this cordial relationship in the state.

“Name-calling cannot set me back in politics. I am aspiring to go higher; that is to the House of Representatives in the next dispensation. My people have seen that the cap fits me.

“I do not like politics of pulling people down, which has been in vogue in Anambra State. The game should not be a do-or-die affair. It should be a game of brothers and sisters. I am not eyeing anybody’s seat but I want to be promoted to the next level”.

‘Maybe movies will get better’ – Patrick Obahiagbon reacts to Nollywood actors joining politics


 
Kate Henshaw, Desmond Elliot, Tony Tetuila, Kenneth Okonkwo, 9ice, Kenny St. Brown are just a few of the celebrities who have declared their intention to run for political offices….

I Feel Bad With The Way My Marriage Ended – Juliet Ibrahim


 

28-year old Ghanaian actress, Juliet Ibrahim has said it’s not her fault that her marriage didn’t work out and it has nothing to do with being an actress like a lot of people having been suggesting. The actress said people won’t believe her former husband was busier than she was, and somewhere along the line they just missed it. She also said it could also have been because they didn’t study each other well before jumping into marriage. We were both 24 when I got pregnant and we got married, she said. Here’s what she told US based Lawyer and Entrepreneur, Uduak Oduoko;

‘I call it a failure because I’m someone who likes to go into things and tell myself I have to make it work. I got married at age 24, he was 24 too then we were happy in love but we really didn’t get a chance to really know ourselves. He was a sweet person and all, I got pregnant along the line and we continued Not long after family members kept coming in saying “oh no, she’s an actress. He’s a very soft person so he usually tells me what he hears about me. Along the line, we just grew apart.

On reports that the marriage crashed because of her busy schedules, she said;

‘He travels and works more than I do. He’s a professionalpilot although he has stopped now to handle his father’s business. This is something a lot of people don’t know, they think because Im an actress. I do have time but he was more of the traveller, going out of Accra every weekend. We grew apart and became more like good friends. I never wanted a divorce but then we realised it wouldn’t work out there were so many lies and disappointments. He hurt me in the process because I felt he was going to stand by me all through,’ she said.

Boko Haram’s foreign ICT expert arrested, reveals their modus operandi


 

 

The military has arrested a foreign computer expert who is said to be behind the several video shots sent to online media organization and foreign media houses.
He was said to have been arrested with some sophisticated equipment and copies of some of the videos the terrorists had sent to online media houses on their escapades including that of the abducted Chibok girls..
Vanguard reports that,Military sources disclosed that the computer analyst who is currently being interrogated was responsible for configuring computer images website and internet accesses that enables the group fight media and psychological operations.

Sources said he was arrested after a shootout when a group of the sect members mobilized and attacked Konduga with a view to recovering the body of the impostor for burial in a site they would later earmark as their shrine.

Vanguard further gathered that the foreigner has made shocking confessional statements about the terrorist’s plans and modus operandi as well as their backers that would aid the troop’s fast track the routing of the Boko Haram insurgency.

“We have made a very big break through; the computer analyst is opening up and has made very big revelations on the modus operandi of the sect”.
“We also discovered that the ICT expert is the back bone of the signals and communication links of late impersonator, Mohammed Bashir who always poses as Abubakar Shekau, whenever he is talking on “U” tube”.

With the breakthrough, the military is said to be better informed on how the Impostor of Shekau was able to reach out to the world and claim victory over Nigerian troops after several attacks.
While confirming that there is a successor crisis in the camp of the terrorists resulting from the death of most of their commanders by troops in Konduga, Vanguard learnt that some terrorists are yet to be disarmed because they were yet to come to terms that their erstwhile leader, Shakau has been killed.

Nadia Buari shows off her sexy legs (Photos)


 

 

 
Isn’t she just flawless…See Another photo below:

Love & Drama! Go Behind the Scenes of Waje’s “No Be You” Music Video


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Nigerian superstar singer extraordinaire, Waje, is back with the video for her new single, “No Be You,” a follow up to her previous song, “Onye” which featured Tiwa Savage.
Produced by Cobhams, “No Be You” is the 8th single off Waje’s eponymous album W.A.J.E.
The video was directed by FilmBoy and shot at Haven Homes in Lagos. It co-stars fast rising actor Deyemi Okanlawon of Ndani TV’s ‘Gidi Up’.
For the shoot, Waje was styled by Fierce and Modish.
The video will be released on Thursday, October 2nd.
Check out the behind the scenes photos below:


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Fred Amata supports my upcoming marriage – Ibinabo Fiberisima


 

Ibinabo Fiberesima says the father to her last child and ex-boyfriend Fred Amata is in full support of her upcoming nuptials to her Igbo mystery fiance who she plans to marry this December…

“Fred is aware of my marriage plans. He is not an enemy. Fred is my baby’s father. Yes he knows about my marriage. He supports my marriage” she told encomium magazine. 

She refused to say if he will be attending the wedding…

Dubai Police Bust Nigerian Gang Involved in N13million Armed Robbery


 

The Ajman Police have busted a gang of five Nigerians that robbed the Al Mustaqbal money exchange of  Dhs275,000 (N13million) including various foreign currencies.

According to Dubai news website, GulfToday, Brigadier Sheikh Sultan Al Nuaimi, deputy Ajman Police chief, said that the incident took place last week when the gang members entered the exchange and attacked and assaulted its employees, threatening them with toy guns before emptying the premises of its cash and fleeing.

The gang members entered the country on a visit visa, which expired long time ago. He added that the police operations room received a call about the robbery at around 10.30 pm last Thursday. However, the suspects managed to escape before the police arrived on the scene, as the employees failed to activate the alarm in order to alert the police.

Lt Col Abdullah Saif Al Matroushi, director-general of CID at Ajman Police, said that police formed a
special team to investigate the case.

    “The police team used sniffer dogs to trace the movement of the suspects and found the shirt of one of the suspects and a toy gun used in the crime.

The police also used the footage obtained from surveillance cameras installed at the exchange house and the street, which assisted in revealing their car plate number and its description.

In cooperation with the Sharjah and Dubai Police, the team managed to identify the suspects and their location. One of the suspects was arrested in a street in Sharjah. He then led the police team to his accomplices in Dubai. In coordination with the Dubai Police, the team raided the house of the suspect and arrested the other four. The sixth suspect is still on the loose and the police is on the lookout.

Upon inspection of the suspect’s residence, the police seized Dhs11,000, receipts of purchases of gold, garments and various items, as well as money transfer to their countries and currencies including US dollars, euros, Omani riyals and other currencies. The suspects confessed to their crimes and were referred to the Public Prosecution.

Psquare Peter Okoye Falls Off Stage During Concert


 

Peter Okoye just tweeted this.
The Psquare brothers were on stage last night to perform at Beat 99.9 FM’s Triple 9 Concert which held at the Landmark Event Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos when the incident happened. Hopefully, we “won’t be seeing” the video soon. Wishing him a quick recovery too.

More Scoop on Ini Edo’s Crashed Marriage


The Marriage which was contracted in November 2008 is whispered to have been hopping on one leg before finally crashing over five weeks ago.

A close friend of the actress squealed that the marriage broke down due to very strong allegations of ‘serial cheating with evidence’ but that the couple who are pretending to still be in talking terms might cite irreconcilable differences. My source alleges that Phillips Ehiagwina demanded to have back the bride price he paid to marry Ini Edo and his wishes were granted by her people.

Ini Edo and Phillips got married in an American ceremony and the whispers also indicate that part of the union may have also been dissolved.

Efforts to contact Mr Ehiagwina to find out why he collected back the bride price he paid on our darling actress met a brick wall as his American and Nigerian phones were switched off.

There are also strong whispers that a group of ladies accosted actress Ini Edo recently and beat the living daylights out of her.The whisperers say that the reason is that ”One of the girls who is dating a Lekki big boy named Lewa alleges that Ini has been dating her boyfriend for the past 3 years and it was time to stop and face her marriage but unfortunately Ini’s marriage was already over by the time they accosted her……”

Ini and Phillip have no child between them.
I wish them God’s love as they move on with their lives and pray that they find love again.
It is well!

Ini Edo Spotted Without Wedding Ring + See Her Last Message About Her Husband And Love


Ini Edo’s last post about her husband was made on her Instagram page back in February of this year after the couple just returned from a vacation in South Africa. It’s unfortunate that less than a year later, the couple have been reported to have gone their separate ways. She posted the couple’s picture below on Valentine’s Day with this message about love as the caption.

Happy valentine to all of u who believe in love, found love, or lost love. love is all dat matters.

I love u all, my fans whom without them, I wouldn’t be here, my friends n family for their constant support dat feels like oxygen, my haters who challenge me to work harder, my husband who loves me unconditionally, my God Jesus Christ who taught me that love is de greatest, thank u all..

I love u n so does ur creator. Nvr give up on love

Below are some pictures of Ini Edo without her wedding ring, the first picture was posted during the last week of August and the pictures with Sammie Okposo and Daddy Showkey just two days ago.
I still hope the couple are able to work things out. See her photos without her wedding ring below:

GRAPHIC PHOTO: Alleged thief caught in Lagos


 

 

The man in the pic is a suspected thief who allegedly tried to steal from a woman along the tollgate axis by 7up road in Ikeja, Lagos. He was reportedly apprehended by passersby after the woman raised an alarm. And y’all know what follows next…jungle justice. He wasn’t killed though.

EFCC Arraigns 60 year old Man for N37.5m Scam


 

Find the EFCC Press statement below…

A 60-year-old man, Vincent Odionu was on Monday September 29, 2014, arraigned before Justice M.A. Onyetenu of the Federal High Court, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on a 2-count charge that borders on stealing, forgery and impersonation

The accused person who is an agent to a brokerage firm, Lion Stockbrokers Limited, allegedly conspired with others to sell the shares of Onwubu Gibson Anake ( deceased) in several blue chip companies ( RT Briscoe, CFAO, Cement Company of Northern Nigeria, First Bank, Oando, Nigerian Breweries, etc) without authorisation. The total value of the shares sold by the accused is put at Thirty Seven Million, Five Hundred and Fifty Five Thousand Naira only.

One of the counts in the charge reads,” That you Vincent Odionu sometime in March 2008 in Abakaliki, Ebony State within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court of Nigeria with intent to defraud obtained the sum of N1,268,000,00 (One Million Two Hundred and Sixty Eight Thousand Naira only) by means of fraudulent encashment of GTBank Cheque belonging to Onwubu Gibson Anake issued by lion Stockbrokers Limited when you falsely represented yourself at Fidelity Bank as Onwubu Gibson Anake, which pretence you knew to be false and you thereby committed an offence contrary to section 1 (1)(a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under section 1 (3) of the same Act”.

The accused pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The matter was adjourned to October 22, 2014 for consideration of bail applications.

2014 Independence Day Speech by President Jonathan


 

 
Fellow Nigerians:
 
Today marks the 54th anniversary of our country’s independence as a sovereign nation.  This is also the tenth month of our journey into a new century, having marked the centenary of our nation in January this year.  The first one hundred years were marked by triumphs and tribulations, benefits and burdens, opportunities and challenges.  We made some far reaching advances in building a strong, united and prosperous nation.  We also overcame the forces of disunity that culminated in a debilitating civil war.  We have also renewed our faith in one another, and in our country. We have proven that we are truly a resilient nation.
  In my address to the nation last year, I did emphasize that we were in a sober moment in our country. We are still in that mood in spite of the many accomplishments of our administration. Our sombreness has to do with the crises of nationhood occasioned by the activities of terrorist elements who have done the unimaginable to challenge our unity as a people. 
 On an occasion like this, it is important that we remember all the precious souls that have been lost in the unprecedented war of terror unleashed on some parts of our country by these individuals who want to compel us to live our lives their way. They will not succeed!
 
In their mission, they have maimed and raped. They have killed men, women and children, rendering many children orphans and several women widows.
 
They have made violence their ideology and are bent on destroying our country. Dear countrymen and women, we will not allow them. 
 
 Night after night, day after day, our security forces continue to engage the terrorists in battle. My gratitude goes out to our armed forces whose will has been greatly challenged by this insurgency more than any other time, since the civil war.
  Yet, they have remained undaunted and unwearied in the face of constant challenge and mortal danger. Driven by patriotic zeal, they are turning the tide by their prowess and determination. As Commander-in-Chief, I will continue to do all it takes to enable them to keep on inflicting devastating blows at the heart of terror. Fellow Nigerians, it is our collective duty as patriots to avail our men and women in uniform of all the support they need to fight and win this war.
 
 This Administration is committed to making Nigeria safe for all Nigerians, irrespective of our places of birth, how we worship God and our political persuasion. To all those waging war against our country, I ask that you lay down your arms and embrace peace.

  To those who have genuine grievances, I affirm that Nigeria will listen to you, if you bring your grievances to the table of dialogue. To the good people of Nigeria, let me restate that our task of building a better and greater country must not waver.
 While we continue to deploy our resources in the fight against the terrorists, we do recognize the great toll the conflict is taking on our people.
This is why, to assist the afflicted, we have launched the Victims Support Fund, an independent multi-sectoral charity, which will aggressively solicit resources to augment Government’s statutory intervention, in bringing succour to the injured, the displaced and the bereaved.
 In partnership with Nigerian business leaders and international partners, we have also introduced the Safe Schools Initiative which is aimed at promoting safe environments for education nationwide, starting with the North East region.
The Presidential Initiative for the North East, a comprehensive programme to fast-track the economic restoration of this region, which has been the epicentre of terrorist activity, has been set up.
 Our overall objective is to do all we possibly can, to sustain in the North-East, the momentum of economic advancement, which is on-going in other parts of the country, despite the machinations of the terrorists and their sponsors.
It should now be clear to anyone who was ever in doubt that these terrorists do not mean well for anyone, of whatever religion or dispensation. Their persistent choice of the weakest and most vulnerable in society, for gruesome attack, provides an insight into their abnormal mind-set.
I urge every Nigerian to put aside political, sectional or other parochial considerations, and support whole-heartedly the efforts of the government and the military, in checking this evil.
  We are grateful to the international community, and especially our neighbours who are working closely with us in confronting this challenge, for their increased partnership and solidarity. Our steady progress in weakening the insurgency has certainly justified our cooperation.
  Fellow Nigerians, in my independence anniversary address last year, I informed you that we had taken cognizance of the suggestion over the years by well-meaning Nigerians on the need to focus attention on rebuilding and strengthening the ligaments of our union. It was in that regard that we announced the convening of a National Dialogue on the future of our beloved country.

 We have successfully delivered on that promise as we established the 2014 National Conference headed by Justice Legbo Kutigi. After months of deliberations, which did not come without its challenges, the conference concluded its assignment and has handed its Report to me.
 
 I have made a firm commitment that we would act on the recommendations of the conference. This, I have started by setting up the Ministerial Committee headed by the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation to work out the modalities for implementing the Report. Every promise I make, God willing, I will see to its fulfilment. I assure you, we shall implement the report.
One major lesson which the 2014 National Conference has taught us as a country is that, a multi-ethnic country like ours, must learn to embrace painstaking dialogue until consensus is established.

To me, the National Conference is the greatest centenary gift to our country that we must cherish and sustain. Fellow Nigerians, our 54 year-journey as a nation has not been easy. There have been tough periods, but the Nigerian spirit and the unflagging resilience of our people have seen us through. We will continue to march forward to greater heights.
 We have been able to sustain a big, strong and influential country with a robust economy. We are currently in our sixteenth year of uninterrupted democratic rule, daily improving on the consolidation of our democratic process.

 Our Administration has made a commitment to ensure that we build and sustain a democratic infrastructure anchored on free and fair elections. International and local observers have attested to the positive evolution of electoral credibility and we cannot afford to relent.

We will continue to ensure that the will of the electorate prevails so that political leaders would be reminded at all times that there is a day of reckoning when they have to go back to the people at the polls. Election days must not be days of violence and death. We must remain vigilant to ensure that our electoral process is characterised by peace, security and transparency.
 
 I enjoin the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), all security agencies, politicians and the electorate to work conscientiously and peacefully, together, to consolidate on the gains of the recent elections. Free and fair elections have come to stay; nothing else will be acceptable to our people.
 
My dear countrymen and women, occasions such as this present an opportunity to thank God for our country and to report to you, on our journey so far. Our power sector reform is on course with the ultimate objective of generating enough electricity to power our homes, industries and businesses. We are making giant strides in the Agricultural Sector which we are re-positioning to diversify our economy. We will continue to upgrade our infrastructure to make life easier for all and create an enabling environment for enterprise to flourish.
 
Over the last four years, the implementation of the Nigerian Content Act in the Oil and Gas Sector has ensured major increase in the participation of indigenous Oil and Gas companies in the industry. Several critical infrastructure projects have been commissioned and commenced. The level of indigenous asset ownership has greatly increased and utilisation of Nigerian-owned and built assets such as marine vessels and rigs is being progressively enforced.  
 
There has been maximised local value addition by encouraging the manufacture of equipment components and parts within the country.  There has also been massive growth in indigenous participation in the provision of goods and services to the upstream sector from 10% to 60% within the last four years.
 
 Today, following the rebasing of our economy, every international monitoring and ratings agency now acknowledges Nigeria as the largest economy in Africa, with a Gross Domestic Product of five hundred and ten billion dollars ($510 billion) which also places us as the 26th largest economy in the world. This is progress.
 
 Earlier in the year, we launched the Nigeria Industrial Revolution Plan (NIRP) and the National Enterprise Development Programme (NEDEP) with the stated objective of fast tracking inclusive growth, job creation, enterprise development and industrialisation. 
 
 The success of these policies is already evident in the increased value addition in the agricultural and manufacturing sectors.  

In line with our objective of encouraging the production of made-in-Nigeria vehicles and making Nigeria a regional hub for the automobile industry, a number of foreign auto manufacturers have established plants in Nigeria, complementing the laudable efforts of our local vehicle manufacturers who have also demonstrated great innovation and competitiveness.
 We have also launched a special support programme for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises with an initial intervention fund of two hundred and twenty billion naira (N220 b).  This is in addition to the Presidential Job Creation Board which I inaugurated recently with the charge to create three million jobs annually.

  In demonstration of our Administration’s commitment to addressing Nigeria’s housing deficit, we have commenced the new mortgage re-finance programme with the establishment of the Nigerian Mortgage Re-finance Company. It is expected that, in addition to creating additional housing units across the country, this initiative also represents a huge job creation opportunity. 
 
We have recorded notable success in the social sector. Nigeria has been globally acknowledged for reducing extreme hunger by more than half, with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) formally presenting the country with an award for achieving the Millennium Development Goal on Hunger three years ahead of the 2015 target date set for the Millennium Development Goals.
This progress is as a result of the deliberate policy of government to increase capacity in our agricultural sector of which the first step was to address and eliminate the graft in our fertilizer procurement system and ensure that the product gets directly to the farmer.  We are expanding our irrigation infrastructure to ensure that our farmers have sufficient water supply for dry season farming.

A benefit of these combined actions is that our national food import bill has declined from 1.1 trillion naira (6.9 billion dollars) in 2009 to 684.7 billion naira (4.35 billion dollars) by December 2013, and continues to decline.
 Modern hybrid schools are being provided for less privileged children across the country, resulting in significant increase in the national school enrolment figure.
 In order to further enhance access to education at the tertiary level, fourteen new Federal Universities have been established; and, to encourage persons of exceptional abilities, our Administration has also introduced a Presidential Scholarship Scheme based strictly on excellence and merit.

 On infrastructure, we are building roads, bridges, and new rail lines to make it easier to traverse Nigeria and increase the integration of our people and our ability to do business with each other. In this regard, we have commenced the process of building the Second Niger Bridge. The Loko-Oweto Bridge over River Benue in Nasarawa and Benue States, will significantly reduce travel time by road between Northern and Southern Nigeria. The on-going dredging of the River Niger up to Baro in Niger State is opening up large parts of the Nigerian hinterland to maritime activity.
 
The Zungeru and Mambilla Hydro-electric power projects are on course, and the Kashimbilla dam which we started a few years ago, is nearing completion. The successful privatisation of our power sector will in the long run enhance industrial growth. Policies such as this and others have raised Nigeria to the enviable status of being the number one recipient of Foreign Direct Investment in Africa in the past year. 
The result of this infrastructure drive is that two and a half million jobs have been created over the past two years. This is a record, which we are committed to improve upon to continue to provide jobs for our youth. 
 
An unprecedented number of Airports across the country, are not only being reconstructed at the same time, but being re-equipped and reassessed with emphasis on maintaining global standards
  Fellow Nigerians, the goals we set to achieve for our country involve expanding the frontiers of economic freedom. Let us therefore unite with one heart and one mind. All our people must have access to the good things of life. All our people must be empowered to pursue the gift of life with happiness. This is our country; we must build it for our common posterity.
 
 As we move into an election year, desperate moves to overheat the polity are becoming a regular occurrence.  Our political leaders in particular must know that the contest for power should not translate to the destruction of the polity.The contest for the leadership of our country must yield good governance, and not ungovernable spaces. The love of country should rank higher than our individual ambitions.
 
 We must remain committed to a united and indivisible Nigeria within democratic parameters. The protection of individual rights, liberty, equality before the law, freedom of thought, and a progressive pursuit of a sound economy must be our goal.

 I cannot end this address without commenting on the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) which was sadly brought into our country recently. My directives to the Federal Ministry of Health saw the ministry leading the charge in curtailing the spread of this deadly scourge and managing its impact. This is how it should be: swift, effective and comprehensive action in defence of citizens.
It must be pointed out that the Ebola battle is still raging elsewhere in our sub-region. I therefore enjoin all our citizens to continue to adhere strictly to all the guidelines that have been given by our health officials to keep Ebola out of our country.
 I appreciate and welcome the spirit of collaboration, unity and partnership with which we confronted the threat of the Ebola Virus Disease.  I thank all Nigerians for working together to prevent what could have become a major epidemic.  I particularly thank the medical personnel, some of whom made the ultimate sacrifice.  
 This is the spirit which we must demonstrate at all times as we face up to our challenges as a nation: one people, united by a common resolve, in the pursuit of one common national interest.

 As we look forward to another year in our national life, I am more than confident that our tomorrow will be better than our yesterday and today. Nigeria has got the human and material resources to excel and we shall lead the way in that journey to our manifest destiny. 
Fellow countrymen, brothers and sisters, in all our plans, and in all our words and our actions, we must stand together in love and unity, as one people under God.
 
 We are one people from the womb of one Nigeria. We are brothers and sisters. We are one family. We are Nigerians.  God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

NFF wants me to replace Keshi – German coach


Christoph Daum
German Christoph Daum claims he has been approached by the Nigeria Football Federation to replace Stephen Keshi as the Super Eagles coach, supersport.com reports.
The former Bayer Leverkusen manager was reported to have told German website mobo.de that he rejected the offer last week.
The NFF has yet   to renew Keshi’s contract when it expired after the Brazil 2014 World Cup in June and he is currently on a ‘game per game’ contract.
Daum, 60, who has previously managed German sides FC Cologne, VfL Stuttgart and Eintracht Frankfurt, as well as Turkish outfit, Bursaspor, and is currently out of work.
Keshi guided the Eagles in their two 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Congo and South Africa. Nigeria lost 3-2 to Congo in Calabar on September 6 and battled to a goalless draw against South Africa in Cape Town four days later.
“I had offers last week to become coach of Nigeria,” mobo.de quoted Daum as saying.

The former Fenerbahce coach said he is not open to any coaching job until next season.
“By next year, I’ll take over a team,” Daum said.
Meanwhile, Stoke City winger Victor Moses has said he was surprised he was not awarded a penalty after he was brought down inside the box on his way to goal in a 1-0 win over Newcastle United in their Premier League match on Monday.
Nigeria international Moses, who is on a season-long loan from Chelsea, has impressed in his four Premier League appearances for Stoke City this season.
“We’re delighted with these three points,” Moses told Sky Sports.

2015: Why I want to be President – Buhari


BUHARI DECLARES: General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) declaring his intention to seek the All Progressives Congress, APC, nomination to contest next year’s presidential election yesterday.

ABUJA—Former Head of State, and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, General Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday in Abuja formally declared his intention to seek his party’s nomination to contest next year’s presidential election, saying the country is tired of 15 years of purposeless leadership by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

The expression of Buhari’s intention is coming exactly one week after former Vice President Abubakar Atiku, another presidential aspirant declared to run for the plum office on the party’s platform.
By this development, Buhari has become the second person to declare his presidential ambition in the party.

Addressing a crowd of supporters under the aegis of Buhari Support Group Centre in Abuja, the former military ruler said he would make formal statement on his intention soon.
He however urged his supporters to be ready to take the support beyond his person to ensure victory for  APC.

He said: “Within the next few weeks, the party will hold its convention to choose the flag bearers who will
stand election on its platform. Your duty as supporters and volunteers will, among other things, include participation in the preparation for these primary elections and seeing to their successful conclusion and getting yourselves ready to do all it takes to wrest power from the PDP.

“With your support, I intend to offer myself for the position of the president of the republic on the platform of our great party. I intend to make a formal announcement soon and I hope I can count on your continuing support and sacrifice.

“However, I would like to point out to you that to be more meaningful, your support must extend beyond my person and always be available to the party and all those the party puts forwards; because it is the party that is the platform.

“You must remember at all times that APC is a party with several qualified people for each and all the positions that will be contested, including that of the president.

“It is the primaries that will determine who eventually represents the party in which capacity. If I get the nomination, I expect you will redouble your effort and commitment until we clinch the presidency. But in the event that it happens to be one of the other aspirants who wins, I will expect you as good party men to extend to him your total support.

We are a united party, and united we shall remain because  our strength lies in our unity.”
Apparently tired of having his name associated with pre and post election violence, Buhari warned his followers to desist from any unruly behaviors.

“For this and for other reasons, I must  warm all my supporters, volunteers and other well-wishes within the party or even out of it not to insult or be rude to any other aspirant or party leader on my behalf.

“My supporters must not engage in any kind of behavior or conduct that will tarnish the image of any leader or promote division or rancour within the ranks of the party. Whoever does that should know he or she is working for the enemy”, he said.

…Says we are in 15 years of PDP purposeless leadership
Taking a swipe at the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP,  he said the party in its 15 years of existence was clueless about the challenges facing the country. According to him, change was imminent.

His words: “Today, we are in the 15th year of purposeless leadership by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and all we have seen is unprecedented deterioration in the security and law and order, astronomical rise in the incidence and intensity of corruption, and in the failure of governance.

“And as we reach this last lap of the journey, I would like to request that we concentrate all our effort and energy toward realising and achieving change in how this country is run. The only way to meaningful change in this country is to vote the PDP out of power to which it was never legitimately elected, anyway.”

…Maintains APC is hope of Nigerians

Buhari who has been a contender for the position since 2003 boasted that APC was the alternative party Nigerians were waiting for.

He said: “We are the alternative the nation has been waiting for. We are committed to democracy and entrenching its culture in Nigeria. We are committed to the principles of good governance and making them work in this country. We are committed to public probity and entrenching a culture of accountability in the conduct of government business.”

“Because we are committed to developing the potentials of this nation into true greatness, we shall bring about transformative change in this country-change in the way things are done and change in the way things are undone; change in the way this nation is left unsecured and mismanaged; and change in the way corruption is pampered and worshipped; and we shall install a culture of openness in the public affairs. We shall develop this land and go after prosperity and get it for our long-suffering people.”

Mob Sets Two Ablaze Over Alleged Okada Theft In Nasarawa


 

MobA mob on Tuesday set ablaze two men over alleged attempted to steal a commercial motorcycle popularly known as okada at Akwanga Local Government Area of Nasarawa State.

The State Police Public Relations Officer, Ismaila Numan, confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria in Nasarawa.

Numan said the mob set the suspects ablaze after being caught allegedly trying to snatch an Okada in the area.

He said the policemen from the nearest divisional command, raced to the area after receiving a distress call.

“But before our men got to the scene of the incident, the two suspects were already set ablaze by the mob while the third suspect ran away”, he said.

Numan explained that before police could get to the scene, one of the two suspects set ablaze died while “our men were able to rescue the second one alive”.

He however said the rescued suspect died while he was being taken to the hospital.

Numan said the command had commenced investigation into the matter with a warning to members of the public to desist from taking the laws into their hands.

Enugu 2015: Ayogu Eze Insists On Primary, Says He Won’t Be Ambushed Into Dropping Gov. Ambition


 

L-R: SEN. AYOGU EZE, SENATE PRESIDENT DAVID MARK & GOV. SULLIVAN CHIME

The Senator representing Enugu North Senatorial District on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Ayogu Eze, has denied reports claiming he has withdrawn interest in the Enugu State governorship race.

Eze, who is Chairman of the Senate Committee on Works, also debunked reports that a consensus candidate has been picked for the PDP governorship ticket in Enugu State.

He said: “I wish to state clearly and unambiguously that I’ve not and will not step down for any anointed candidate. I ‘m still squarely in the race for the Enugu Lion Building in 2015”.

On why he attended the meeting where the decision was said to have been taken to endorse House of Representatives member, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, as the PDP sole candidate, Senator Eze said he was ambushed.

Narrating the events leading up to the endorsement, the senator said he was invited to a meeting presided over by Governor Sulivan Chime at the Governor’s Lodge in Enugu and that prior to his arrival, the agenda of the meeting was not circulated while the criterion for selecting a consensus candidate from among those attending the meeting was not made known to him.

He stated that during the meeting, he made it known that he was not bound by the decisions reached.

“Democracy is about elections and the will of the people, those elements of democracy will be put to test when we arrive the field for the primaries”, he said.

The lawmaker said he will gladly accept the outcome of the primary election and go the extra mile to work for the party once a candidate emerged, insisting, however, that he cannot be ambushed into dropping out from the race.

“Let me state categorically that my respect for the governor and leader of PDP in Enugu State is not diminished in anyway by this development. My loyalty to the party is also unalloyed”, he explained further.

Boko Haram: Two Shekau’s Down; Who’s Next?


By now, the Nigerian military should be picking up a few useful insights into guerrilla warfare, which is going to be the preferred face of armed confrontation in the foreseeable future. During the conflict in the Niger Delta between the militants and the Nigerian Armed Forces, the militants used two names to issue public statements and threats: Jomo Gbomo and Cynthia Whyte.

Gbomo has fallen mute since the 2011 Independence Day bombing in Abuja, when the leader of MEND, Henry Okah, was apprehended and put on trial in South Africa.

It is Cynthia Whyte that is still talking any time MEND or those parading with the name issue a threat or claim responsibility for some mishap in the Niger Delta to prove they are still active even after five years of the Amnesty programme.

Boko Haram under its founder, Mohammed Yusuf, was not more than its predecessor jihadist anarchists led by Maitatsine and “Musa Makaniki” in Maiduguri and Jimeta, respectively in the 1980s. But when he was captured and killed and the original Abubakar Shekau emerged, Boko Haram assumed the toga of a full guerrilla outfit, feeding off sumptuous funding, floating arsenal of the deposed Muammar Gadhafi armoury and internal sabotage in the military and government by Boko Haram acolytes.

When the military announced it had killed the original Shekau, Boko Haram mimicked the Niger Delta militants and brought out another bearded figure, which it said, was Shekau, to portray that the military was lying…

Unfortunately, most Nigerians chose to believe Boko Haram rather than the army fighting to protect them. Even the media stopped putting punctuation marks after the name of this upstart impostor. The military did not help matters because during the reign of Shekau II, a number of events took place to deflate the confidence Nigerians had in them. The Chibok girls were abducted in the most bizarre manner, with the insurgents making the Borno State and Federal Governments look like common idiots. Boko Haram struck and overran some military and security facilities, killing officers and seizing arms and logistics.

Mutinies took place and soldiers shot at their commanding officers, which led to a court martial. The Minister of Defence, Alhaji Aliyu Gusau, threatened to resign over quarrels with Service Chiefs, and Nigerian troops sent to the war front often fled in the face of Boko Haram assaults.

In the streets, we fought one another on political party or ethno-sectional basis. All these reinforced Boko Haram under Shekau II and emboldened them to storm out of their hiding places in Sambisa Forest and start seizing territories to plant their comical “Islamic Caliphate” pennants.

The Nigerian Army must have realised that guerrilla warfare is more about brains than brawn. It is a mind game. Boko Haram under Shekau II fought us with deft application of mind game, and surged forward. It also took a commonsensical use of wits to snare Shekau II to his end.

Our soldiers captured some Boko Haram fighters in the battle of Konduga. They forced them to stage a false victory celebration and invite Shekau II to come and officiate. They laid an ambush and wasted the bastard. The tide of public opinion has now changed. Nigerians now believe the Army more on the death of Shekau II. Boko Haram fighters have lost their nerve and are surrendering.

We must keep chasing them right to the gates of hell, as US Vice President, Joe Biden would put it. The war has just gone into a new phase. It may not end tomorrow. Guerrilla wars never end that easily. Unless we press our advantage, Shekau III is likely to emerge. Boko Haram is already using their media acolyte, Ahmad Salkida; to deceive the public by saying Shekau is “alive, hale and hearty”. This simply means, “get ready for Shekau III”.

The killing of the two Shekaus is like cutting off a hydra’s head: it will simply grow another unless you stamp it out conclusively. This we must do, by standing together with our armed forces.

By Ochereome Nnanna for Vanguard

When I hear some statements, I feel sad for Nigeria – President Jonathan


President Goodluck Jonathan on Sunday said that terrorism and kidnapping were still major national challenges because Nigerians had not united against them as they did against the Ebola Virus.

Jonathan made the statement at an inter-denominational church service at the National Ecumenical Centre, Abuja, to mark the country’s 54th Independence Anniversary coming up on Wednesday:

“Take the case of Ebola for example; this is a good example all Nigerians must learn from. When Patrick Sawyer brought Ebola to Nigeria, it was in Lagos that this incidence happened and in terms of politics, Lagos is an opposition party state but the central government is the ruling party.

“From Lagos Ebola moved to Rivers State, also opposition party state.

“But because all Nigerians fought Ebola irrespective of political persuasion, irrespective of religion, irrespective of ethnicity, as individuals we defeated the disease.”

The president frowned at inflammatory utterances by politicians, saying:

“We will not require people to come from heaven or other countries to solve our problems. What we require from our brothers and sisters is to encourage our military because it is not easy.

“When people are sleeping in their houses at night, they are busy fighting. Bullets are not badminton rackets or something. When I listen to some statements made by some people who call themselves leaders, I feel sad for the country.

“We must believe that we do not have any other country outside of Nigeria.”

Photo: President Jonathan’s cook, Taxi driver and Traffic Warden honored at 2014 National Awards


From left: Presidential steward, Onu Isaac Michael, Taxi driver, Imeh Usuah and traffic warden Cpl Solomon Dauda, conferred with the Member of the Order of the Niger, MON and MFR, today. Usuah was honored for returning N18million a passenger forgot in his taxi. The three of them were also given houses in Abuja.

$9.3m Scandal: “I won’t do anything to compromise the standard of the church” – Oritsejafor


CAN president, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor has been under fire after his private jet was used to smuggle $9.3m into South Africa. Despite the government saying the money was legitimately meant for the procurement of arms, many have still wondered why the man of God’s jet was used out of all other Jets in the country.
He finally broke his silence during the National Executive Council Meeting of CAN (Christian Association of Nigeria)yesterday .He also said the jet wasn’t a gift from the president but members of his congregation..He said

“I wish to assure you that I will not do anything to tarnish the image of Jesus Christ or compromise the divine standard of the church.As you are all aware, the media has been awashed in the past few days about an unfortunate incident involving the movement of funds from Nigeria to South Africa. In the unfortunate news reports, attempts have been made to link me directly with the transaction.

“So far, I have refrained from making any direct public response pending the time that I would have briefed the leaders of the church and explained my position on the issues to them.I believe that the primary institution that I owe any explanation to is the church.At the risk of being seen to be defending myself, I wish to confirm to the distinguished leaders of the church that the Bombardier Challenger 601 aircraft in question is mine. The aircraft was presented to me as a gift by members of our congregation and ministry partners worldwide at my 40th anniversary of my call into the ministry.

May I be permitted to stress that the aircraft was not given to me by the President of Nigeria,neither was it a settlement for any political favour or patronage.With the benefit of hindsight, the President of the country was a guest in our church during the anniversary celebration when the jet was presented to me. This has construed an implication that it was a gift from the President of the country.The President of Nigeria has nothing to do with the gift of the aircraft. By the way, I still wonder why all those saying this cannot come out to show proof so that the matter can be put to rest once and for all. Let me say that this might be an issue of the court in the near future.”
“In order to ameliorate the cost of maintenance of the aircraft, I sought and got permit to allow the aircraft fly in and out of Nigeria.Based on this, I leased the aircraft on August 2, 2014, to a company to run it. It was the leasee that entered into an agreement with the people who carried out the transfer of funds. Having leased the aircraft to the Green Coast Produce Company Limited, any transaction undertaken with the aircraft can no longer be attached to me.
“In as much as I am shocked and distressed by the incident, I wish to appeal to Christians in Nigeria to remember that a war has been waged against the Nigerian church. This war is being fought on many fronts and this unfortunate incident is another dimension in the assault against the church.
It is clear that those who manipulated this conspiracy desire to create a schism in the church.”

Actor John Dumelo Donates To Ebola Victims In Sierra Leone


John Dumelo donates to Ebola victims vial Sierra Leona Community in Maryland, USA
Ghanaian movie star John Dumelo is giving back to Ebolavictims in Sierra Leone, one of the countries in Africa the deadly disease massively affected.

The actor donated some school and health items while visiting the Sierra Leone community in Maryland, USA Monday morning.

The John Dumelo Foundation in partnership with the organizers of the “Ebola Must Go” campaign in Maryland came together for one purpose – “To strongly support the eradication of Ebola from affected African countries.”

Dumelo posted a picture on his Instagram of him ‘hanging out’ with the community in US which included children and adults and captioned:

“… All hands on deck… this is an African problem, Let’s support each other. God bless you and God bless Africa! #melomoment”

Joke Silva receives National Award on her birthday (Photo)


Legendary actress Joke Silvia is a year older today, She also got a national award today in Abuja where she was accompanied by her loving husband and Legendary Actor Olu Jacobs and her handsome son.

Afro Candy & Anita Joseph goes shopping in USA (photos)


 

 

Afro Candy and Anita Joseph are now best of friends ever since porn star Afro Candy once said she wanted Anita to act in one of her movies . Anita who has been in Atlanta shooting a movie,went to see Afrocandy in New Jersey and they went shopping.

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Obasanjo’s step daughter contests for Lagos State Governor


Obasanjo stepdaughter Lagos governor APC Obasanjo’s StepDaughter Joins Lagos Governorship Race
The stepdaughter of former President, Olusegun Obasanjo is following in his footsteps with a foray into politics.

Mrs Adetokunbo Tobun-Agbesanwa is the daughter of Major Moji Adekunle-Obasanjo and Chief Adekunle Tobun and she is set to contest the 2015 Lagos governorship elections.

The intending candidate is currently a Senior Special Assistant to Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State and she is set to contest on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

She spoke about her aspirations in an interview with Tribune Newspaper,

Excerpts below:

How did your parents influence your involvement in politics?

My parents played a great role in my development and my passion for politics. I wanted to study law but found myself studying political science.

My father, Chief Adekunle Tobun’s activities during the Third Republic, when he contested for the gubernatorial primaries and the campaigns then, gave me a lot to learn and think about.

My late mother, Major Moji Adekunle-Obasanjo, gave me all the support and opportunity to utilise my knowledge and, at every instance, continued to boost my self-esteem. I am very lucky to have such great personalities as parents.

Women in politics are often considered as wayward and are often abused by their male counterparts.

How has your experience been so far? What are your regrets?

There is no gainsaying the fact that in our society, women have great obstacles in attaining political positions.

These are socio-economic factors rather than physical.

There have been arguments that women themselves frustrate the chances of their colleagues at securing elective offices, while another argument is that male politicians manipulate the system to the detriment of women.

In many cases, women are discouraged by late night meetings and women who attend have been labeled prostitutes.

I believe, however, that politics is not the only arena where we have wayward women or sexual harassment. It pervades the society; schools, the corporate world – everywhere.

Politics is an aspiration to serve; it is not do or die.

What gives you the impression that the time is ripe for a female governor in Lagos State, given its political sophistication, ethnic heterogeneity and the historical reality of male dominance in Lagos politics?

I could go on and on in answering this. But, I will try my best to summarise the issues.

First, as with any endeavour or responsibility, the eligibility of any individual aspiring for any job or position is measured by his credentials and suitability for the job.

The constitution provides that a person shall be eligible for the office of governor if he or she is a citizen of Nigeria by birth, at least 35 years of age; is a member of a political party and is sponsored by that political party.

There is no provision for gender discrimination in this article.

Consequently, I believe I even have more than enough requirements for the job.

Women’s participation in politics – not only in Lagos State but in Nigeria – has been very poor due to a lot of factors that have nothing to do with the physical constitution of the female gender.

That is the reason I truly identify with my party, the APC, which has as its slogan, ‘change.’

Photos from Majid Micheal’s surprise birthday party


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Ghanaian actor Majid Michel was a year older Last week and last night, Stella Damasus and Daniel Ademinokan threw him a surprise party in Atlanta. So Stella is cool with Daniel even when she knows Doris simeon is bittered?
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Tony Tetuila finally changes his campaign poster’s look (Photos)


Tony who is set to contest for the seat of House of Assembly in Kwara state has changed his campaign look which makes his look a little bit responsible. I strongly believe he hasn’t ditched his blonde hair but rather he just wore a cap on his head.

Dating Davido is the last thing on my mind – Ghanaian Beauty Queen Cries Out


Few days after picture of Davido and Ghanaian beauty queen flooded the internet, she took to IG to debunk rumors that she is having an affair with the singer.

Tiwa Savage has gone MIA from hubby’s house


Yesterday, we exclusively confirmed that Tiwa Savage and TeeBillz are on a rocky path in their relationship (due to domestic violence and cheating allegations), well, it has gotten uglier.
Hours after we unveiled details of her new manager, Meka Millions, our source confirmed that Tiwa Savage has moved out of the house.
“It’s like she’s decided to stay with a friend or something… but she has left the house as we speak, she left yesterday afternoon and has not returned… No, she didn’t go for a show,” our source exclusively told us.
When asked how Tunji is faring, the source said, “What will he do? He caused the whole thing now. Tunji is a randy guy… it’s family members that are trying to salvage the situation now. He really hurt her this time.”

This is not the first time a celebrity couple is finding it hard to keep their marriage intact due to constant media checks and scrutiny.
Tiwa and TeeBillz began their love affair over two years ago but kept it under wraps and even denied it on the pages of newspapers and magazine until Wednesday, February, 5, 2013, when TeeBillz engaged Tiwa with a $2,000 diamond-encrusted, yellow canary wedding band.
The pair held a traditional marriage in November 2013 and a white wedding in Dubai, UAE, in April 2014.
TeeBillz has two children from a previous relationship in the US, and it has been said, but not confirmed, that that relationship ended because of domestic violence on his part.

Fans blast TecnoMiles fashion sense (Photos)


Tecno who is signed under Iyanya’s record label was blasted by some fans on his Instagram page because he sagged his trousers so low.
See screen shot of what two of his fans had to say below

 

 

We shouldn’t be surprised at what he does because he is still a kid and what would one expect from a kid who is making cool cash at his age? Not withstanding he remains one of the freshest kids in the music industry, You agree?
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KCee shows off his new swag (Photo)


Nadia Buari shares new photos from her Reality Show ‘The Buari’s Ville’


Nadia is taking the step of her best friend ‘Jim Iyke’ as the ghollywood screen Diva is shooting a reality show titled ‘The Buari’s Ville’. Here are few photos she released for her fans.
If eventually she gets married to her best friend ‘Jim’ so all they would do is to shoot reality show other than show affection for each other or make babies. Well, its their life and we wish them well.
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Ini Edo’s marriage to Philips crashes & Hubby collects her bride price


This is so touching and i must say its sad. Well, According to blogger Stella of SDK,
She exclusively reported that Ini Edo’s marriage to her hubby Phillip has crashed

The Marriage which was contracted in November 2008 is whispered to have been hopping on one leg before finally crashing over five weeks ago.

A close friend of the actress squealed that the marriage broke down due to very strong allegations of ‘serial cheating with evidence’ but that the couple who are pretending to still be in talking terms might cite irreconcilable differences.

My source alleges that Phillips Ehiagwina demanded to have back the bride price he paid to marry Ini Edo and his wishes were granted by her people.

Ini Edo and Phillips got married in an American ceremony and the whispers also indicate that part of the union may have also been dissolved.

Efforts to contact Mr Ehiagwina to find out why he collected back the bride price he paid on our darling actress met a brick wall as his American and Nigerian phones were switched off.

There are also strong whispers that a group of ladies accosted actress Ini Edo recently and beat the living daylights out of her.The whisperers say that the reason is that ”One of the girls who is dating a Lekki big boy namedLewa alleges that Ini has been dating her boyfriend for the past 3 years and it was time to stop and face her marriage but unfortunately Ini’s marriage was already over by the time they accosted her……”

See Photo Of Tiwa Savage’s new manager


Tiwa Savage has sacked her husband from managing her affairs (due to domestic violence and cheating allegations) and hired a new one .

The new manager, Emeka popularly known as Mekka has been the one picking calls directed to Tiwa Savage’s lines and he accompanies her to events.

We carried out our investigations and found that Mekka Millions is a protégé of TeeBillz – he is known within the industry as Mekka Millions.

He also currently manages fast rising rapper, Olusegun Olowokere aka Iceberg Slim.

Evra reveals how Ferguson sent him to beg Pogba


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Patrice Evra has spoken about the time, when he was asked by Sir Alex Ferguson to convince Paul Pogba not to leave Manchester United.

Pogba moved to Juventus in 2012 after running down his contract at Old Trafford and has since gone on to become one of the best young players in the world.

Evra, who left United for the Serie A champions this summer, has revealed how former the United boss desperately wanted to keep his compatriot.

“La Pioche [Pogba] is like a son to me,” Evra told La Repubblica.

“Ferguson sent me to his house to convince him to stay. He cried, he couldn’t sleep. He knew he could become greater than [Patrick] Vieira, but he had decided.

“Ferguson also knew Pogba could become very strong, but he couldn’t force the issue.”

Evra also claimed that Ferguson’s exit affected United greatly and left his successor David Moyes, with a tough job to do.

“Ferguson was at the heart of everything. He made sure United was a family, with a culture for winning,” Evra added.

“I’ve suffered a lot for Moyes, a great person, but even with [Ryan] Giggs things were different. For this club, you have to sacrifice everything. That’s the kind of culture I’ve found at Juve.”

Grapich photo: Hit and run on Mile 2


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A yet to be identified woman was crushed to death this morning by a hit and run driver on the road just before Mile 2 in Lagos. Her body was later removed by Lagos State officials. warning – graphic pic

Man tried to commit suicide inside Synagogue church to prove T.B Joshua is a true prophet


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The spokesman of Emmanuel TV, the media outfit of the Synagogue Church of all Nations, Ken Emeakayi, revealed on Channels TV’s Sunrise Daily programme today September 29th that a young man had attempted to commit suicide during service yesterday Sunday September 28th.

Speaking on the the misrepresentation of the church building collapse tragedy, Emeakayi said the man suddenly tried to jump down from the gallery of the church which would have immediately killed him upon landing. Asked why he’d tried to jump, the young man supposedly said he wanted to show that he believed prophet T.B Joshua. Emeakayi argued that if the man had succeeded in the suicide attempt, the story would have been reported differently.

Emeakayi also said what happened on September 12th was a controlled demolition. He maintained the aircraft they claimed hovered around the church building four times triggered off the detonation of some explosives

“We are investigating the incident for the world to know what actually happened. When you look at the clip you will see that it was not just the aircraft hovering. At the point of the incident, there was explosion. It is possible they were either dropped or planted and the aircraft will have to come and detonate it. The persons in the building said that the noise they heard suggested that it was an explosion. Those involved in the act may not have been aware of the security cameras. With modern technologies explosive devices could be detonated without a loud noise. There were about four explosives that were detonated in the building from the much the CCTv could capture and because we know that there would be fragments from the explosive, we are calling for an investigation” he said.

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Graphic pic: Man kills himself trying to jump over barbed wire in Jos


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A man trying to cross to the other side to steal diesel met his untimely death after he got caught in electric barbed fence on Dagin Farouk road in Jos.warning – graphic pic

Rivers 2015: Ogoni Urge Political Parties To Zone Governorship To Own Community


GOV. ROTIMI AMAECHI PRESENTING A SOUVENIR TO PRESIDENT OF THE SUPREME COUNCIL OF OGONI TRADITIONAL RULERS, KING GODWIN GININWA

The Ogoni Leadership Forum on Sunday called on political parties to zone the 2015 Rivers governorship slot to the area.

The forum, comprising all groups, associations and politicians from the four Ogoni-speaking councils of Rivers, made the demand at a meeting in Port Harcourt.

Walter Ollor, spokesman of the forum, told journalists that the people would support parties that field Ogonis as their candidates for the governorship election.

He said since the return to civil rule in 1999, Ogoni people have not produced the governor of the state and that equity and justice demanded that the slot should be given to them in 2015.

“The people of Ogoni land will support only that political party which fields our candidate for the gubernatorial election.

“Political parties that enthrone Ogoni candidates as second fiddle office holders will not enjoy the support of Ogoni people,’’ he said.

Mr. Ollor urged other ethnic groups in Rivers to support their course because Ogonis supported them when their candidates contested elections to produce the governor of the state.

Peter Medee, President Kagote Ogoni, said the decision by the forum was a step in the right direction.

“This decision was taken in the interest of all Ogoni people and we will stand by it.

“Equity, justice and fairness demands that Ogoni people should produce the next governor of Rivers.

“Since the return to civil rule, Ogoni people have not produced the governor, deputy governor or speaker of the state house of assembly,” Mr. Medee said.

(NAN)

Fayose Pleads Innocent, Calls On NJC To Probe Ekiti Judicial Crisis


AYO+FAYOSE1The Ekiti State Governor-elect, Mr. Ayodele Fayose has urged the National Judicial Council to as a matter of urgency, investigate the allegation levelled against him that he was involved in last Monday’s beating of a serving judge in the state.

The investigation, he said, would open a can of worms in the state judiciary.

Fayose argued that it would be wrong for Nigerians to swallow hook, line and sinker the lies being spread on the issue by the All Progressives Congress, APC, which has already called for his arrest and prosecution over his alleged role in the crisis currently rocking Ekiti State.

Speaking in a calm tone, Fayose said he was begging the NJC to look at all issues at stake dispassionately and be guided by the truth.

The governor-elect, who spoke with journalists in Abuja on Monday, said all the news about him fomenting troubles in the state was just a part of what he described as a grand plan by the APC to cause crisis in the state with a view to forestalling his inauguration come October 16.

He said, “What I’m saying, is that the National Judicial Council should launch a thorough probe of the happenings in Ekiti State judiciary and through that, the rot in the system will be exposed.

“A lot of things are happening there and there are signs that some judicial officers are conniving with the outgoing governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi and the APC.

“The current crisis is an agenda of the APC and their sole aim is to try and get through the back door what the people of the state did not give them on June 21 when they voted overwhelmingly for me and the Peoples Democratic Party”.

He said as former governor and a responsible person, there was no way he could have raised his hand to beat a judge, adding that he was not even capable of raising his hand against his house help.

Fayose said he was being portrayed in negative light in order to create the impression that he is a bad person.

He said, “I did not and cannot slap a judge. I cannot slap a house boy let alone a High Court Judge, and I have utmost respect for judicial officers.

“The media propaganda that I beat up a judge is an APC agenda to portray me in bad light having failed to take my mandate through the back door.

“The Ekiti State Attorney General Wale Fapounda has disclosed that he has spoken with the judge in question, and he spoke on Sunrise programme on Saturday morning on Channels TV where he made it clear that the news that I slapped the Judge was all lies.

“I did not enter Justice John Adeyeye’s court because I had no business to transact there. The Tribunal venue, where I went to, is quite a distance from Adeyeye’s court. Then the pertinent question is, at what point did I meet him?

“Is it that the Judge left his courtroom  with his robe to face so called protesters? Investigation will reveal all these”.

He said up till now, “nobody has been able to provide photo or video evidence that I slapped the judge”, adding that “there was no way I would succumb to blackmail and surrender the mandate that was freely given to me by  the people of the state”.

The governor-elect noted that PDP leaders were aware of the various petitions written to the NJC by APC leaders in Ekiti, saying only a thorough investigation would reveal the truth.

He also stated that the actions and utterances of Fayemi in recent times, showed a collaboration between him and some judicial officers.

He said, “For the information of all, I am openly expressing my readiness to appear before the committee to be set up by the NJC even after I must have been sworn in, to testify on the issue if need be.

“The whole issue I  can say with all intent was part of a grand plan by the APC to cause mayhem and through it, install the Speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly as Acting Governor which the people of Ekiti has seen through, and are ready to stop at all cost”.

Yvonne Nelson Shows Off Her iPhone 6 In The Most Unusual Way – Photo


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Ghanaian actress, Yvonne Nelson flaunts her iPhone 6 in the most unusual way……..

Fela Durotoye Reveals! ”How An Extra-Marital Affair ‘Killed’ My Dad”


 

Motivational speaker/CEO of Visible Impact/husband of make-up boss lady, Tara Durotoye, Fela Durotoye reveals how his father left his mum for a nursing student and died just as he was about to leave his mistress to get back with his wife. So sad…….

Read the interesting revelation below:
My father died because of an extra-marital affair. He had a great marriage but at one point in time he cut it off and left his home, few years later he died. He even died some days to when he was supposed to return home to my mother. He died a mysterious death because the lady said, if I will not have you, nobody will. Few years later, the woman ran insane and was saying all over that she killed my father. So now that I’ve seen what a strange woman can do to a man, it makes sense to stay in one place so I don’t put so many life at stake.

He died in 1982, I was 11 years old. It was so devastating because he went beyond just being my father, he was my best friend. He left home in 1977. I must have been six years old. He was gone for five years. It was at the point where he was trying to get back to his wife that he died in 1982. I never knew what it was like to be a child because my father never treated me like one. I was also his best friend, he used to relate with me like an adult . Even when he left my mum at Ife and was at Ibadan, I used to go to Ibadan every weekend. My relationship with him blossomed till he died. He would send his driver to come and pick me up every weekend. I had to learn how to deal with seeing him and the other woman if I wanted to enjoy my dad. But I was always the centre of attraction every weekend I was with him. The woman was not a major thing I will deal with because my father would give us total attention. Before the separation, my father was a professor in physiology while my mother was a lecturer in Geology.

After he left the University of Ife, he went to set up consultancy firm in medical equipment and so on. My mum remained a professor at Ife. My mum was one of those amazing human beings that you can ever imagine. I cannot tell you how she did it but you can be such that it was God that helped her. And the most difficult part was that watching a man you of loved die in your hands. By the time my father was dying, my mum was right there. He died with his heads in her hands. I do not know how anybody would have done that. Many times my mum said maybe she should not have let him go. She always says that if she knew that the end of the matter would have been that way, she would have followed him with the other woman, she would never let him go. I do not think that my father followed the other woman willingly, it was programmed. It wasn’t natural. I don’t think that he was in his total senses. His siblings were so upset with him, they had to leave him. We should not have allowed him to go into the hands of the devourer.

He used to tell me, don’t worry it is all going to be alright. Meaning that we are all coming back as family. I could see that he always wanted to go back home. His death was one of the most difficult things I had to overcome.

My mum had traveled on sabbatical to Belgium and at one point my father was passing through Belgium. And they had a very short meeting and who knew maybe the signal of the remote control did not get to Belgium. I think somehow the love was rekindled and there was a gentleman, Rev. Faniku who was also in Belgium at that time. He took it upon himself and work on it for almost a year and my dad was almost back to his senses. My mum is incredible brilliant and beautiful. There was no basis for comparison with the other woman who was a nursing student.

Then he fell ill with diabetes but there was no record of diabetes in our linage. He feels sick on Wednesday and died on Sunday morning. He just finished a meeting with my mother and he told the other lady that my mum was coming back home that she has to leave. She told him if she will not have him than nobody will (kaka kekumajesese, afisawadanu). By evening he had come down with a flu. By Monday he was already really sick, by Tuesday he was in the hospital and my Wednesday he was dead.

I have never talked about my dad like this before, I don’t know why I am doing it with you. You must be very special. I learnt that no matter how gifted you are, your destiny can be truncated by a woman. I saw the joy of a successful marriage and I saw the pain of an unsuccessful one. I choose i will go for the joy of a successful marriage. Before my wife and i got married we went to pray and tell God that none of the things that happened in our parent’s marriage would happen in ours. We have tried so far.

Before the separation, they won the couple of the year award twice on campus. My father was an incredible brilliant man. He was the youngest professor in Nigeria as at when he became a professor in 1976. He was 35 or 36. My mum was beauty and brain. They were the happiest couple you can never imagine together.

A mistake of falling for a nursing student who was not even in his department caused all sort of troubles

Culled from iCampus

Ibrahimovic Unfit for Barca


Ibrahimovic Out of PSG Clash With Former Club Barca. Image: Getty.

Barcelona have had a better start to their respective Spanish La Liga campaign, scoring 17 goals and conceding none in six matches. They have dropped points only once as they lead the Spanish league table in early days.

Barca midfielder Andres Iniesta could make his 100th Champions League appearance in Paris.

Ibrahimovic featured for Barcelona between 2009-2011 before leaving for AC Milan from where he eventually joined PSG. The game will nonetheless mark a reunion between Barca boss Luis Enrique and PSG boss Laurent Blanc. The pair played 33 games together in Barca colours during the 1996-97 season.