2015: It’s Our Turn To Produce Next Rivers Gov, Says Ogoni People


OgonilandThe Ogoni Welfare Association, Abuja, has stated that it was the turn of the Ogoni ethnic group to produce the next governor of Rivers State.

The association decried the neglect and marginalization of the Ogonis, noting that since the creation of Rivers state in 1967, no Ogoni son or daughter has been appointed or elected governor or deputy governor despite their numerous sacrifices and contributions to the development of the state.

In a statement signed by a board member, Brighteen Saagwe, and issued at the end of its meeting in Abuja on Thursday, the OWA appealed to the conscience of all well-meaning people of Rivers State to support the candidacy of an Ogoni indigene for the governorship of the state come 2015.

This, it said, was necessary in the interest of peace, justice equity and fairness and continued progress of the state.

The group also called on all Ogoni sons and daughters to join hands and support the actualization of the Ogonis to produce the next governor of Rivers State in 2015.

The association assured that the Ogonis were ready to take up the challenge of lifting Rivers State to greater heights, with the support of other ethnic groups in the state, stressing that the time had come for everyone to come together for the political and economic advancement of the state.

The statement read, “In view of the unchallengeable facts that the Ogonis have not produced the governor or deputy governor of Rivers State since its creation in 1967, the Ogoni Welfare Association, Abuja, appeals to the conscience of all well-meaning people of Rivers State to support the candidacy of an Ogoni indigene for the governorship of Rivers State in 2015”.

ANCOPSS Rejects Sept. 22 Resumption Date For Schools


schoolchildren_in_bornoThe All Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools, ANCOPSS, has expressed concern over the September 22 resumption date recently announced by the Federal Government.

The National Secretary of ANCOPSS, Mr. Kevin Nwankwo, who spoke on behalf of the group yesterday, said there has yet to be evidence of any preventive measure taken by the states to curb the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease. He therefore urged government to reverse its directive on the resumption date for schools.

“Our position is not different from the position of the Nigeria Union of Teachers. We need to take cognisance of the observation of the Nigeria Medical Association saying that government was under pressure.

“Until yesterday, there was nothing to show that teachers are being trained. I am not aware of sanitisers or training in any school yet. The slated date for the teachers’ training is today, Thursday but as at yesterday, Wednesday, there was nothing to show that anything will happen. There is simply nothing to show that we are ready to reopen schools yet”, he said.

INEC Clears 1.5 Million Voters For Adamawa By-Election


BallotBoxVote_0The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday said that 1,529,636 voters were registered to vote in the Adamawa by-election scheduled for Oct. 11.

Mr Kasim Gaidam, the state Resident Electoral Commissioner, said this in Yola during the distribution of soft copies of the voter register to 13 political parties which fielded candidates for the governorship by-election.

Gaidam said the exercise was to assist the political parties to add value to their political campaigns.

“The register of voters for the state stands at 1,529,636 and there are six units in Yola North, Mubi and Numan LGAs respectively”, he said.

The commissioner said that INEC headquarters was yet to communicate with it on what the arrangement would be for units that had less than 50 voters.

Gaidam said that the update of the voters’ register would start in the state at the end of October.

According to him, the continuous voters’ registration will give opportunity to those who have not registered and those with challenges to register and obtain their Permanent Voter Cards for the 2015 general election.

He advised the political parties to use the register given to them positively for the good conduct of the election.

According to the commissioner, youths between the age group of 18 and 35 years constitute over 43 per cent of total voters registered in the state.

He said that no one would be allowed to vote without the permanent voter’s card in the Oct. 11 by-election in the state with exception of Adamawa North Senatorial District.

“In the Adamawa North Senatorial District, eligible registered voters will be allowed to vote with their temporary voters’ cards for obvious reason”, Gaidam said.

NAN reports that the political parties that fielded candidates to contest the by- election include APGA, KOWA, PDP, APC and SDP.

Others are MPPP, APA, PPN, UDP, PPA, CPP, AA and AD. (NAN)

Keshi not sure of Super Eagles job


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Keshi has admitted there is a possibility he may not continue as Nigeria coach.

The Big Boss’ deal expired after the 2014 World Cup and he has been locked in negotiations with the Nigeria Football Federation over a new contract.

He however agreed to manage the African champions for their two Africa Cup of Nations 2015 qualifiers against South Africa and Congo.

“I’m not sure yet. I was just brought in to help manage these two games,” Keshi told Reuters.

“We have finished them now, so we’ll see what happens. If we (he and the Nigerian federation) come to an agreement, yes I’ll stay. If no, I’ll depart. Let’s see how it turns out when I get home.”

Nigeria are currently third in Group with one point, behind Congo (6) and South Africa (4).

Manko Describes Lagos As ‘Relatively Peaceful’, Hands Over To New CP


policeimages.jpgThe out-going Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Umar Manko, has described the state as “relatively peaceful”.

He made the statement on Thursday in Lagos while handing over to the state’s new Commissioner of Police, Mr. Kayode Aderanti.

Speaking with journalists after a closed door meeting with Aderanti, Manko described his successor as “a seasoned police officer”.

“He (Aderanti) is capable and up to the task. I do not have any doubt in my mind that he will continue from where we stopped.

“When we came in, there were challenges of armed robbery and kidnapping, but we have been able to fight and brought them to the barest minimum.

“I am sure he (Aderanti) will be able to maintain the tempo”, he said.

Manko, who had just being promoted to the rank of Assistant Inspector-General, urged journalists to accord the cooperation they gave him to the new CP.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the new Lagos police boss joined the Nigeria Police Force in January 1984 as Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police.

He had B.Sc in Sociology from the University of Ibadan.

Aderanti served the force in various capacities both within and outside the country and attended several courses both in Nigeria and abroad. (NAN)

Nigerian soldiers capture Boko Haram’s deadly weapon


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A new tweet from the Defence Headquarters reveals that men of the Nigerian Armed Forces have now captured one of Boko Haram’s most deadly weapons.

The disclosure which came through the twitter handle of the Defence Spokesperson, Gen. Chris Olukolade reads ”@DefenceInfoNG capture BH ‘ Toyota Technical’ configured with Quad Barreled ZSU-23-4 Shilka Gunnery Beegeagle.”

The Defense Headquarters had yesterday informed, through the same channel, that “the situation in Mubi, Michika, Bazza, Gulak, Gwoza, Bama, Gamboru Ngala and other parts of the North East is being stabilized as highly coordinated air and land operations are ongoing.”

It asserted that the ongoing counter-terrorism efforts were yielding impressive results in the overall bid to rid affected parts of the country of all terrorist activities.

Zamfara Distributes 200 Tricycles To Commercial Operators


KekeMarwaThe Zamfara State Government on Thursday distributed 200 tricycles to members of the Amalgamated Commercial Motorcycle Association and WAZOBIA KEKE NAPEP Association in the state.

The tricycles were distributed by the committee set up by the state governor and chaired by the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Alhaji Sunusi Rikiji, in Gusau.

Speaking at the occasion, Rikiji said the state government decided to provide the machines to the associations because of their vital roles in moving people from one place to the other.

“It is unfortunate that women in the state use motorcycles while moving around; we, therefore, decided to bring a safer alternative and more affordable means of transportation to them.

“The tricycles were provided to members of the associations to support their businesses and provide jobs to the teeming unemployed youths.”

He commended the state government for the gesture and advised beneficiaries against selling the machines.

In their response, the chairmen of the associations, Isma’il Abdullahi, WAZOBIA KEKE NAPEP and Aminu Haido of the Amalgamated Commercial Motorcycle Association, thanked the state government for the gesture.

They assured that their members would comply with the agreement reached before approval was given by the state governor to provide the tricycles. (NAN)

Jonathan Waiting For Appropriate Time To Announce 2nd Term Presidential Ambition – JMG


jonathan_2015The National Secretary, Board of Trustees of Jonathan Mandate Group, JMG, Segun Adewale, has disclosed that President Goodluck Jonathan will soon officially announce his second term ambition.

He added that the group was equally ready to hit the ground running to ensure that Jonathan is re-elected for a second term come 2015.

Mr. Adewale made this known in a parley with reporters when he paid a courtesy visit to the leadership of the Ogun State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, at the party’s secretariat along Presidential Boulevard, Abeokuta.

Mr. Adewale, who is also eyeing the Ogun State Governorship seat on the platform of the PDP, noted that constitutionally, Mr. Jonathan was eligible to run for the presidency again.

“A lot of people are calling on him to run but he is still dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s and at the appropriate time, Mr. President will certainly declare his intention and we are asking him to please run because he has done more good to this country than any government that ever ruled”, Mr. Adewale stated.

While explaining the delay in the president’s official announcement, the governorship hopeful noted that under the constitution, there was no date set aside for aspirants to declare their intention.

“We are still within the period and that is what we talk about in governance. In PDP, we consult widely before decisions are taken”, he said.

Mr. Adewale stated that the JMG was a pressure group whose primary focus was to ensure President Jonathan’s electoral victory.

“I am the National Secretary of the Board of Trustee of Jonathan Mandate Group. As the name implies,we are pressure group working for the return of Mr President in 2015. We are a group of people that believe in his works. We are a group that believes in what he has done for Nigeria and ourselves. Many other teaming Nigerians are members of the group working for the realisation of this project. That is what the group is doing and we are sensitising the people across Nigeria on what the President is doing and what he can still do if allowed to run again”, he said.

Boxing: Sam Peter to Face Ron Aubrey on Sep 27


Former WBC heavyweight champion Samuel ‘the Nigerian nightmare’ Peter will face former ECHL hockey enforcer turned heavyweight KO specialist Ron ‘the iceman’ Aubrey on September 27.

The eight-round heavyweight fight is part of co-main feature of the boxing event entitled “Rumble on the River” at the OKC Downtown Airpark in Oklahoma City, presented by Ivaylo Goztev and his Epic Sports and Entertainment.

It will be Peter’s first fight in three years, after he was overwhelmed by Finnish prospect Robert Helenius in round nine of their bout in Germany.

Samuel Peter Returns from a Three-Year-Long Break on September 27 Against Ron Aubrey.

“I am happy to be back in boxing,” said Peter, who defeated Russia Oleg Maskaev by TKO in March 2008 to win the WBC heavyweight championship belt.

“I will dedicate myself to winning the heavyweight championship once again. I’m ready to knock out anyone who stands in my way.”

The ‘bombs away’ fight also marks Aubrey’s return from a two-year break since his TKO win over countryman Alonso Toney. The 47-year-old Oklahoma native (12-3, 12KOs) will be looking to have his home fans behind him against the world renowned Nigerian (34-5, 27KOs).

“He’s got more experience,” admitted Aubrey, who was knocked out by 27-year-old compatriot Jamal Wood in December 2011. “But I’ve been in hundreds of brawls in my lifetime . I’m not intimidated by him. He’s the better boxer, but I’m the better brawler and that’s what kind of fight it’s going to be.”

In the eight-round middleweight co-main event, former WBA/WBC welterweight and WBC light middleweight champion Ricardo ‘el matador’ Mayorga (29-8-1, 23KOs) will face 33-fight veteran and ex-US Marine Allen ‘funky cole’ Medina of Denver, Colorado.

The undercard event of the ‘Rumble on the Rivers’ features a host of prominent local names, including Mexico’s former IBF light middleweight champion ‘yory boy’ Campas (102-17-3, 79KOs) against 33-fight veteran Julio Cesar Lanzas of Colorado Springs, Colorado, in an eight-round middleweight face-off.

Ebola: GTBank Bans Staffs From Handshakes


Since the late Liberian diplomat, Patrick Sawyer, brought the Ebola Virus Disease, EVD, into Lagos on 20 July, 2014, and died from the disease on 25 July, 2015, various precautionary measures have been put in place by Nigerian banks to curb the spread of the deadly disease inside their banking halls.

Among measures adopted by banks in Nigeria include provision of sanitizers at the entrance of banks’ branches for customers to wash their hands, screening of customers or visitors for body temperature levels using infra-red thermometer prior to gaining access to  banking halls and others.

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Part of the aforesaid measures include banning customers with body temperature higher than the normal temperature range from entering the bank branch or building as the case may be.

However, the Guaranty Trust Bank, popularly called GTB, has taken a step further as it has instructed its staff not to offer customers the usual ‘you are welcome handshake’.

In other to sensitize its customers about the new measure, posters containing the new measure and others already put in place are displayed conspicuously at entrances of the bank’s branches in Lagos.

According to the contents of the posters, the ban on handshakes is put in place “in view of the recent outbreak of Ebola virus in Nigeria”.

“In particular Lagos state and in support of precautionary measures being put in place by States and the Federal Government to contain the spread of the Ebola virus,” the directive read.

The directive did not end without seeking the cooperation of the bank’s customers as it stated: “Thank you for your understanding and banking with us”.

It would be recalled that banks in the northern state of Kaduna had also some weeks ago started screening customers before letting them in.

The banks started adopting the measure less than 24 hours after one suspected case of Ebola Virus Disease was reported at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria

Reports stated that customers were asked told to wash their hands before being allowed into banks.

However, after tests where run on the Ebola suspect, the results came out negative, health workers informed.

Also,  it was reported about two weeks ago that WEMA bank sent a notice to its customers that all customers and visitors to any branch of the bank would be required to use the hand sanitisers and be scanned for symptoms of fever before being admitted into their banking halls.

“In the wake of the recent Ebola Virus Disease outbreak across West Africa, we are compelled to introduce the following preventive health and safety initiatives at all our business locations in order to ensure a safe banking environment for all customers and staff,” the bank stated.

Apart from these measures, some of the bank workers at the branch were also seen wearing hand gloves and mouth coverings at their teller points.

However, the federal Ministry of Health said it was not informed of the move, considered by some as discriminatory.

A health campaign organization, Projekthope, believes that some of the new measures adopted by Nigerian banks are discriminatory.

“We should all learn to do things right. The presence of Ebola symptoms does not necessarily mean transmission will take place,” said Steve Aborisade, who heads Ibadan-based Projekthope.

“And even if we want to be hyper proactive it should be sensitive in ways that will not be discriminatory and which actually stops transmission which is our first purpose.”

A medical expert said the bank should go beyond screening and make adequate referral arrangements for customers who may be turned away due to their health.

“I don’t think we should see it in the light of a discriminatory policy, I think they are just trying to act on the side of caution,” said Osahon Enabulele, the immediate past president of the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA.

“The end point should be to aid the referral of such an individual to the nearest health facility for appropriate treatment. And of course, I expect that they should have a medical unit in the bank to quickly evaluate clients that may have suspicious features to properly evaluate them and not just to turn them away,” Mr. Enabulele said.

According to the Minister of Health, Dr. Onyebuchi Chukwu, the Ebola virus has killed no fewer than seven people in Nigeria.

Also, a recent report of the World Health Organisation, WHO, indicated that the disease has killed more than 2225 people since the new outbreak started in West Africa in February, 2014.

Apart from Nigeria, other West African countries affected by the Ebola outbreak are Liberia, Guinea , Senegal and Sierra Leone.

Armed robbers writes letter promising to visit residents


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Great fear has engulfed residents of some streets in the Palmgroove area of Lagos after they got a shocking and intimidating letter from armed robbers who said they will be storming the area soon to raid their homes one after the other.

The letter which was sent to five different streets on Saturday- September 6th, reads in part;

“Beware of the coming! Be on the lookout in this area. Property owners are coming anytime from now. The gate-men you have are not our problem. Our problem is how many resources do you have for us? August visitor must visit whether you like it or not. So expect August visitor when you did not expect. Surely August visitor shall visit just like the second coming of Jesus. It is turn by turn.”

It has been alleged that the armed robbers listed names of the street they plan to attack. They are Oseni street, Nkanna street, Odogbolu street, Ibiwoye Oba and Bode Thomas street.

Shortly after the said letter was received, some residents of the areas listed in the letter contacted the Police. Report says some police men have been mobilized to guard the streets and they were on duty for a few hours yesterday.

Kwara APC General Secretary, Afolayan Is Dead


apc-logoThe All Progressives Congress in Kwara has announced the death of its General-Secretary, Mr. Yemi Afolayan, who died on Friday.

A statement by the party’s Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Sulaiman Buhari, confirmed the death of Afolayan.

Afolayan was once a member of Kwara House of Assembly.

“It is with heavy heart of grief and loss that we announce the death of our General-Secretary, Prince Yemi Afolayan.

“Prince Yemi Afolayan passed on this morning after a brief illness. Funeral arrangements will be announced later by the family.

“We empathise with his immediate family in this moment of grief and we urge them to find solace in the fact that Prince Yemi Afolayan lived an impactful life.

“He will be remembered for his unflinching loyalty to APC, contributions to the development of Kwara State as a parliamentarian and his huge contributions to humanity and mankind.

“Indeed, Kwara has lost a worthy son. We pray for the repose of his soul and we empathise with all APC members and the people of Kwara State,” the statement said.

The state’s chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party has also expressed its condolences to the leadership and members of the APC in the state on the issue.

The party’s condolence message was through a letter signed by its Publicity Secretary, Mr. Rex Olawoye, on Friday in Ilorin.

“The PDP particularly condoles with the family of late Afolayan and the good people of Isin Local Government Area where the deceased hailed from for the irreparable loss.

“We hope the family will find solace in the fact that the deceased lived an eventful life.

“May God grant the bereaved the fortitude to bear the loss”, the PDP said.

Ebola: West-African Countries Beg Fashola For Help


West African countries presently dealing with the cursed Ebola virus has seeked help from the Lagos state government in strategies to fight the virus.

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The Deputy Director, Lagos State Ministry of Health, Mrs. Omowunmi George, revealed this today in Lagos and said that the death rate of  quarantined patients in lagos was the lowest in among areas so far afflicted with the virus.

She was talking at the Ebola awareness campaign in Ikorodu.

She revealed that of the 15 cases in the state only five had passed away and the rest overcame the virus and are now well and back to work.

She said: “What we did was to get everybody on duty at the airport when Sawyer came in; we got their numbers and contacted them; brought them a thermometer each to start monitoring their temperature; surely, their temperature will go up.

“Immediately they reported high temperature, they would be picked up and quarantined to prevent them from having any contact with other people.”

Lagos state has been praised by the United Nations for its effective control and contain of the deadly ebola virus.

The Ebola virus was introduced into Nigeria by the now late Patrick sawyer who deliberately traveled into Nigeria while harboring the deadly disease.

Crude Oil Theft: EFFC Arrest PDP’s Jarrett Tenebe


Jarrett Tenebe, a gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), was arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Investigators also reported about the involvement of several senior government officials and top politicians, including Mike Oghiadomhe, a former Chief of Staff to President Goodluck Jonathan, Tony Anenih, Chair of the board of trustees of the PDP and Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison Madueke.

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According to the information obtained by SaharaReporters, Mr Tenebe told investigators that his political patrons Ms. Alison-Madueke, Mr Oghiadomhe, Mr. Anenih, a close confidant of President Jonathan, and James Jephthah enabled him to carry out lucrative crude oil theft from Nigeria under the guise of evacuating stolen crude on behalf of the Federal Government. The stolen crude oil was sold in Ghana.

EFCC source disclosed that the anti-corruption agency was able to arrest Edo state born Mr Tenebe only because US investigators were involved. American investigators informed Nigeria’s law enforcement authorities that several vessels linked to Mr. Tenebe’s Fenix Impex Nigeria Limited were involved in the ferrying of stolen crude from Nigeria to Ghana via the Saltpond oil platform in the West African country.

The EFCC officially declined to comment on the ongoing investigation. However, a top official of the agency disclosed that the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, had ordered the agency not to take any action until her return to Abuja.

That this is the second time Mr Tenebe and his main collaborator have been in trouble this year. In March 2014, Nigerian soldiers, who were under the command of Brigadier General Azinta, arrested Mr Tenebe and Mr Dunia.

The two men’s arrest came after soldiers found fraudulent crude oil evacuation contracts in their possession. They tried to bribe General Azinta in the amount of $65,000. One of sources told journalists that James Jephthah (aka Octopus), a very close friend of President Goodluck Jonathan, used his access to Aso Rock to obtain approval for the transfer of the case to Bayelsa where he eventually influenced the JTF to release Mr Tenebe.

Presidency Lied On Jonathan’s Trip To Chad With Sheriff -APC


jona-apcThe All Progressives Congress has accused the presidency of being economical with the truth in its response to the widespread condemnation of President Goodluck Jonathan for hobnobbing with an alleged sponsor of the Boko Haram sect, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff.

In a statement issued in Dubai on Friday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the opposition party said the presidency’s stout defence of the former Borno State governor’s presence at President Jonathan’s meeting with host President Idris Deby of Chad, and the fact that the presidency’s statement was coordinated with the one by Sheriff’s spokesman, has shown that the APC is right to have called for the trial of Sheriff and other alleged Boko Haram sponsors by the International Criminal Court, instead of the Nigerian security agencies which are under the Jonathan spell.

The APC spokesman said President Jonathan lacked the liver to investigate and prosecute the accused, who are his friends, adding: “How can you prosecute a person who accompanies you on a high level security meeting to a foreign head of state?”

“The presidency said the security agencies are investigating Sheriff and that the President will not interfere, but what message was the President sending to the security agencies by circulating the picture of the accused with himself? Is that a subtle message to the security agencies that the accused is a friend of the President hence he is untouchable?

“The presidency said Sheriff has a long standing business in Chad. Is the presidency not aware of the memo sent home by the Nigerian Defence Adviser in Chad concerning Sheriff? Why didn’t the presidency tell Nigerians whether or not the investigation recommended by the Defence Adviser over Sheriff’s alleged sponsorship of Boko Haram was ever carried out, and if so what was the outcome? APC queried.

APC insisted that President Jonathan exhibited palpable indiscretion by allowing himself to be photographed with an accused terrorism sponsor while on a foreign trip to rally support for his country’s anti-terrorism efforts.

Collapse At Synagogue Church, Casualties Feared


Several people feared dead, injured, while many others remain trapped following the collapse of a building in the premises of the Synagogue Church, Ikotun in Lagos.

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The initial information is also confirmed by individuals on social media. At least 10 people feared dead.

The six-storey building collapsed due to yet-to-be identified reasons. This building serves as a guest house for people travelling from far and for foreign visitors of the Synagogue Church, however, it has not been fully completed yet.

The collapse occurred after 12 in the afternoon. The total number of people present at the building may be around 70. They include foreign believers, church members, canteen and construction workers.

At least 7 ambulances have arrived the scene almost immediately. Passers-by and drivers were reportedly helping to evacuate the victims to hospitals.

A military helicopter was seen hovering above the area shortly after collapse. Strong police presence reported by multiple eyewitnesses as well. This development caused pandemonium in the area and heavy traffic for those who were heading to Ikotun from Ejigbo, Mushin and so on.

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People concluded that we have to pray God that this had not happened on Sunday.

Nigerians Will Vote For GEJ Come 2015 – Maku


Nigeria’s Information minister, Mr Labaran Maku has yesterday revealed that President Goodluck Jonathan will gain 95 per cent of votes from the state in the 2015 presidential election.

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He said this yesterday to media men after PDP’s stakeholders meeting in Akwanga Nassarawa state.

He said Jonathan has helped Nassarawa state over the years and even helped to give the state a university, a Central Bank building, Court of Appeal, Federal Secretariat, roads and bridges.

“If you look at what is happening in Nigeria today, there is no reason for the people of Nigeria not to rise in support of Mr President.

“If you look at what this president has done in Nassarawa State, in 2015 the president should expect 95 per cent of the votes in the presidential election in Nassarawa State.

“As you have seen here, the youth are saying it must be Goodluck, the women are saying it must be Goodluck, the elders are saying it must be Goodluck.

“It is clear to every Nigerian that if election is conducted today, the president will take 70 per cent of the votes in the south, what we saw in Ibadan was very clear,” he said

He went on to say that anyone in the state who believes in the rotation of presidency , should allow the president serve his eight years and complete the south south’s remaining four year term.

Maku went on to make note that the South-South had never ruled Nigeria before and therefore deserve to hold the power, he said after 2019 power will return to the North.

Maku then told the stakeholders to come together and support GEJ  against opposition parties and help PDP clinch the 2015 presidential ticket again.

President Jonathan had gotten his presidential position when as vice president, then President Umaru Musa Yar’adua dies in office in 2010.

A year laterhe sealed his place as president after he won the presidential election organized by INEC.

Abuja Mothers deny babies breastfeeding over fear of sagging breasts


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Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS) carried out in 2013 has indicated that only 9 per cent of nursing mothers in Abuja, the nation’s capital breastfeed their babies for the first six months, ranking the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), the lowest in the country.

Dr. Rilwan Mohammed, the Executive Secretary of FCT Primary Health Care Development Board, stated this on Thursday in Abuja. He said the figure was low due to the high class nursing mothers in the Capital territory.

Briefing journalists to flag-off this year’s breast feeding week, with the theme ‘Breast feeding week is a winning goal for life,’ Mohammed stressed that breast milk contains all the nutrients including large percentage of water that babies need for optimal growth from 0-6 months of life.

He admonished men in the FCT to support their wives to breast feed exclusively for six months, adding that from the survey, total breast feeding rate in the country stands at 17 per cent as against 13 per cent in 2012.

While lamenting that the development accounts for the severe malnutrition among infants, he blamed most nursing mothers in the FCT saying that they excuse exclusive breast feeding simply because they don’t want their breasts to sag.

Mohammed said malnutrition is responsible for at least, 35 per cent child mortality of less than 5 years of age.

According to him, the infant mortality rate is 100 deaths per 1000 live births but decreased to 75 deaths per 1000 live births in the 2008 NDHS.

However, he stated that the figure has further decreased to 69 deaths per 1000 live births, adding that the survey revealed that maternal rate has risen to 576 per 100,000 live births from the 545 per 100,000 live births in 2008.

Shehu Sani Accuses Former VP, Ekwueme Of Fueling Sectional Attacks Against Jega


Alex Ekwueme-Attahiru Jega-Edwin ClarkKaduna based Civil rights activist, Malam Shehu Sani, has accused elder statesman and Second Republic Vice President, Dr. Alex Ekwueme of fuelling sectional attacks against the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega.

Sani, reacting to the attack on the INEC chairman for allegedly favouring the North against the South in the delineation of constituency ahead of 2015 elections, said the statement of the elder statesman was without substance.

Sani, who is the Executive Director of the Civil Rights Congress, in a statement issued in Kaduna, said fuelling sectional attacks against Jega would not help the country, adding that the INEC boss, who conducted an election, which gave President Goodluck Jonathan victory against a northerner, could not be said to be planning a hidden agenda against the South.

The statement reads: “The allegations of sectional bias and the call for Prof. Attahiru Jega’s resignation by an elder statesman, Chief Alex Ekwueme and others stand condemned. The allegations are without substance and proof.

“INEC’s new polling units did not favour the North. In fact, going by the available statistics, the new polling units upgrades the South against the North. An instance is a situation whereby Anambra State with 1,784,563 registered voters was allocated 4,729 units and Jigawa State with 1,817,087 registered voters was allocated only 3,920 polling units.

“The overall statistics, which gave the North 54.6 per cent of the polling units for its 39,636,977 million voters and 44.2 per cent of the polling units for the South for its 29,853,822 registered voters is an evidence of data for analysis.

“The elder statesman is simply whipping up unnecessary sectional sentiment and targeting Prof. Jega and Dr. Nura Yakubu without any proof. It’s most unbecoming of Dr. Ekwueme, a former vice-president, to dwarf his esteemed status to a vendor of unsubstantiated allegations.

“The 2015 general elections face danger if those who ought to give hope and motivate Nigerians, resort to casting aspersions with ethnic and sectional tinge.

“Nigeria is facing a mountain challenge of armed insurrection and myriad of related political crisis. Fuelling the already charged atmosphere with sectional attack against INEC will not help the country. How can Prof. Jega, who supervised an election, which gave victory to President Jonathan, a southerner, against a northerner, be suspected of having a hidden northern agenda?”

Boko Haram members raid Yobe, steal over 500 cows


Over 500 cows belonging to village heads of Gutumba and Marma have been carted away by suspected members of Boko Haram in Gujba local government area of Yobe State.

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A Councilor representing Dadingel Ward in Gujba council disclosed to journalists on Friday that the sect members have within the last three months terrorised and stole many cows in the area.

He said, “Boko Haram members stole 257 cows from five herds belonging to the village head of Gutumba and two other ward heads – Bulama Bukar and Bulama Mallam of Marma village.

“The 157 cows belong to the village head while the remaining 103 are for ward heads in Bulama Bukar and Bulama Mallam of Marma village,” he said

He said the terrorists also carted away 69 cows from the district head of Ngurbuwa at Dadingel village.

“Two months back, they took away 69 cows belonging to Ngurbuwa district head. Car and other materials were taken away from his residence,” he said.

Van Gaal- Jones Out for Up to a Month


Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says defender Phil Jones is set for up to four weeks on the sidelines with a torn hamstring.

Jones pulled up in the second half of England’s 2-0 Euro 2016 qualifying win in Switzerland on Monday and he is now likely to be unavailable for a number of weeks.

“Phil has a torn hamstring,” Van Gaal said in his press conference ahead of Sunday’s league game. “He is maybe out for three weeks or a month.”

Phil Jones Set for Up to a Month on the Sidelines. Image: Getty via Man Utd.

If recovery goes as expected for the England international, he could be available for the club’s trip to Everton on October 5. He is doubtful for United’s game at Leicester City and West Ham’s visit to Old Trafford, as well as England’s double-header against San Marino and Estonia in October.

United have been vulnerable in the defence so far this season, as the Dutch boss has lacked manpower to perfect the responsibilities of his three-man defence.

Ashley Young, who has been deployed as a wild wing in recent games, suffered a groin strain. The good news from Carrington is that Michael Carrick is back doing some light training following an ankle injury he suffered before the pre-season tour of the United States.

Luke Shaw is also back in training and could make his debut on Sunday, along with recent signings Radamel Falcao, Daley Blind and Marcos Rojo.

Van Gaal said nine of his players, including; “Chris Smalling, James Wilson, Sam Johnstone, Reece James, Jones and Jesse Lingard are out. Marouane Fellaini’s ankle injury will keep him out for “longer than a month” are unavailable for QPR’s visit.

Synagogue Church of All Nations building collapses, several dead


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The headquarters of the Synagogue Church of All Nations in Ikotun, Lagos has just collapsed.

Several people are reported to have died while many others have sustained injuries.

The church located in Ikotun, Lagos state had embarked on an expansion drive over the last few months.

General Overseer of the church, T.B. Joshua is yet to speak on the incident.

More details shortly…

Panic In Lagos Suburb After Liberian Woman Is Found Hanging On A Tree


There was confusion on Bankole Street, Isheri-Oke, Lagos on Friday morning when residents woke up to the sight of a woman hanging on a tree.
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The woman, popularly called Kate in the area, was found dead in a black sweater and orange skirt under a pear tree.
Our correspondent, who also visited the scene, gathered from the residents that the woman did not live on the street.
Residents who spoke to our correspondent also said that the woman was a Liberian who worked in a sachet water factory before she died.
While they said that the woman had been sickly for some time, the residents said she did not appear to have any problem with anyone in the community.

But after the outbreak of the Ebola disease that was brought to Nigeria by a Liberian diplomat, Patrick Sawyer, some of the people in the area opted not to have anything to do with her.
One of the residents who pleaded anonymity said, “We see her in this neighbourhood every day. She always looked sick but people stopped selling to her after the Ebola outbreak. It could be because she was Liberian and looked sickly. This might have frustrated her.”

Another resident who spoke to our correspondent after his request for anonymity was granted said, “She attended a church in the area and her church members still saw her yesterday. I used to see her every day in the dress she died in. She was sick and people in this area had avoided her, especially after the Ebola outbreak.”
It was however gathered from some landlords, who are members of the Isheri Oke Community Development Association, that the incident had been reported to the Isheri Police Division.

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Ngozi Braide, could not be reached for comments.
Meanwhile, when our correspondent left the area around 11am, the woman’s body was still hanging on the pear tree.

Afua Antwiwaa Sent Her Naked Photos Of Her “Craw Craw” Pussy To A Married Man


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Singer, 9ice starts campaigning in his home town, Ogbomoso… [Photos]


Singer 9ice, who is from Ogbomoso, Oyo state, visited his constituency yesterday September 10th for an awareness campaign and to identify with the electorate.

He addressed a large crowd that gathered at the Town hall in Oja Igbo, and promised that if elected to represent Ogbomoso Federal constituency 1, he will use this salary to do developmental projects in the constituency.

9ice declared his intentions to go into politics many weeks ago. He plans to contest for House of Reps in 2015.

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Harrysong: I’m A Billionaire…Says He Flies To The US To Shop For Sneakers and Belts AloneH


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Harrysong seems to have crowned himself as a billionaire!!!

The ‘Beta Pikin’ singer, in a recent interview with Encomium said his Beta Pikin song made him billions and he also talks about how he usually flies out of the country just to go and shop for belts and sneakers alone.

How financially rewarding is the song for you?

Beta Pikin is a billion naira stuff. If I was to put together the estimate, I cannot even count, because it’s bought me different properties, it’s bought me houses, cars and so many other things.

Learnt that you just acquired a brand new SUV, how did it happen?

Correct! I went to America. I went to Boston, I went for shopping for just sneakers and belts and I saw the car at the mall and they approached me and it’s a beautiful car and I paid for the car

: Rev. Chris Oyakhilome Reportedly Has 6 Weeks To Reconcile With His Wife


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According to reports reaching me, some fresh details have emerged on the controversial divorce between Pastor Oyakhilome and his wife, Anita.

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There are indications that reconciliation moves are on course between the President of Christ Embassy, Rev. Chris Oyakhilome and his wife Rev. Anita who have been in the news in the past week over the divorce proceedings the latter filed.

The decree nissi, with suit number FD14D01650, was filed on 9th April 2014 at Divorce Section A, Central Family Court, First Avenue House, High Holborn in London by Anita’s lawyers, Attwaters Jameson Hill Solicitors.

City People Magazine reports that, to have a divorce in the UK, both parties must have a marriage that is legally recognised in the UK, and have a permanent home in England or Wales. Getting a decree nissi, there are 5 grounds: adultery; unreasonable behaviour; desertion; 2 years’ separation; and 5 years’ separation. In the case of Rev. Chris, adultery wasn’t cited but the decree nissi was reportedly served to him during a recent visit to the UK.

According to the Family Law in UK, decree nissi is a document that says that the court doesn’t see any reason why you can’t divorce. This is usually applied for if one’s husband or wife doesn’t defend a divorce petition.

After 6 weeks, the applicant can apply for a ‘decree absolute’ to end the marriage. The decree absolute is the legal document that ends a marriage, and the applicant needs to wait at least 6 weeks after the date of the decree nisi before applying for a decree absolute. This delay gives a chance to discuss finances and other issues (between the couple) before the marriage comes to an end.

See Photos As 9ice Campaigns In Ogbomoso Against 2015 Election


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So, it became officially official days ago when the Nigerian singer released photos of his campaign banner against the 2015 elections.

9ice is seeking to be elected as a house of representative member at Ogbomoso North/South/Orire Constituency in 2015.

The singer has obviously started preparing early as he had a little campaign rally, where a lot of youths came out to have a glimpse at the music star.

He also went around his constituency telling the people how beneficial it would be if they vote him in.

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Boxing: Ortiz Dents Kayode’s Record


Nigerian-born Lateef ‘power’ Kayode conceded the WBA interim heavyweight championship belt to Cuba’s Luis ‘the real king kong’ Ortiz by first round KO on Thursday night at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

Ortiz knocked Kayode down in round one. Referee Robert Byrd the surprisingly stopped the contest after just 2:55secs following a barrage of unanswered punches from Ortiz (22-0; 19KOs).

Kayode (21-1; 16KOs) complained about the early stoppage, but the deed was already done to Oscar De La Hoya’s delight- owner of Golden Boy Promotions (the fights main sponsor)- who immediately took to the stage to congratulate his only heavyweight champion on his day.

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Ortiz, Wladimir Klitschko and Ruslan Chagaev now ranks as the three fighters recognized as WBA world heavyweight champions in their respective forms.

The controversial TKO brought an end to Power’s 6-year-long unbeaten run.

In the co-feature, WBA interim featherweight champion Jesus Cuellar (25-1, 19KOs) scored an emphatic second round KO over former two division champion Juan Manuel Lopez (34-5, 32KOs).

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Unbeaten middleweight contender Jermall Charlo (19-0, 15 KOs) scored a seventh round TKO over Norberto Gonzalez (20-5, 13 KOs).

Julian “J-Rock” Williams (17-0-1, 10 KOs) won an eight round unanimous decision over Eliezer Gonzalez (14-1, 9 KOs) in a clash of unbeaten jr middleweights. Scores were 80-72 on all cards. Williams was adjudged to have landed more punches.

2012 Olympian jr middleweight Errol Spence (14-0, 11 KOs) continued his unbeaten run after Noe Bolanos (24-11-1, 16 KOs) didn’t come out for round three citing a hand injury.

Former world title challenger Josesito “The Riverside Rocky” Lopez (32-7, 19 KOs) dominated his eight-round bout with Rafael Cobos (15-5-5, 3 KOs) in the welterweight category, claiming it by unanimous decision. All three cards were 80-72.

Unbeaten lightweight Jamel Herring (9-0, 6 KOs) halted Luis Pelayo (11-5, 7 KOs) in round two.

CP Mbu Showed Us He Was A Member Of PDP – Amaechi


Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State, yesterday, described the former Police Commissioner in the state, Mr. Joseph Mbu, as a politician in police uniform, who attempted to cripple the economy of the state.

The governor said this when the newly deployed Commissioner of Police, Mr. Dan Bature in company of the outgoing Commissioner of Police and newly promoted Assistant Inspector General of Police, Mr. Tunde Ogunshakin and other paid him a courtesy visit at the Government House in Port Harcourt.

According to Amaechi, the former police boss deviated from his professional role of protecting lives and property by serving politicians of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

“Unlike Mr Mbu, who clearly showed us that he was a registered member of PDP, in your own case (Ogunshakin), you know that we had disagreement, but you realised your responsibility to ensure the security of lives and property as the paramount responsibility of the Nigerian Police. It was important you kept the peace. And I thank you for that peace. I am also sure, Rivers people are happy about that. And the way Mr. Mbu was going, Rivers economy would have collapsed completely.

“Fortunately for us, they took him away and brought you (Ogunshakin) and you restored calm. You tried to create a platform for all parties to have access to you. And as you go, please, go with that same spirit. The Police in Rivers State should discharge their responsibility as it concerns the protection of lives and property.

“Let me welcome the new commissioner of Police and say that if the Federal Government refuses, I will repeat what I said, when I was sworn in as governor in 2007. I said, if the Federal Government refuses to provide legitimate source of livelihood for Nigerians in our state, Nigerians will provide for themselves illegitimate source of livelihood. And that include kidnapping, robbery, stealing by people who will hire or provide police or military uniforms. And that illegitimate source of livelihood becomes its own economy which automatically frightens the legitimate economy,” Amaechi said.

He also advised the new commissioner of Police, Mr. Bature to ensure social justice rather than partisan politics, warning that the absence of social justice may breed resistance and breakdown of law.

Cardinal Arinze Decries Corruption In The Church, Society


Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, His Eminence, Cardinal Francis Arinze, has decried quest for materialism and high level corruption in places of worship in the country.

According to him, religion is neither a commodity for market nor an arrangement for financial betterment.

Arinze, who was former Prefect for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacrament in the Vatican, said religion should be about love for God and neighbours.

Speaking on the topic, ‘Proliferation of Churches in Nigeria,’ the priest said it was left for Christians to make efforts to see that there was Christian unity.

He also expressed regrets about the high level of corruption in the country, despite multiplicity of religious bodies.

“Jesus Christ prayed that those who believe in him may be one, and instituted only one church, so, there is no doubt that multiplicity of the religious bodies is against the will of God.

“Proliferation of the churches has not really benefited man, because for some people, it may be capable of gathering those with a particular state of need.

“People with need for babies, marriage, progress in their business, healing in their sickness, they may have spiritual problems or they just want to read the Bible and get it interpreted in a way they like because there is another way it is interpreted elsewhere they do not like.

“Jesus Christ recommended one flock, one Shepperd to ensure plenty of attention to people’s problems and needs, Catholic Church in Japan, England, America and Italy may not be the same but believe in one God.

“Jesus Christ instituted one church, so having up to ten thousand churches in Nigeria is alarming. However, if that is the case, the nine thousand nine hundred and ninety nine came out of one church He instituted.

“If Nigerians are having many churches and they are still corrupt, lack of love for God and neighbours, and steal what belongs to the public, then we must conclude that they are not following what God is preaching, and the teaching of Jesus Christ.

“If Nigerians love God and their neighbours, the country will become a minor paradise; bribery, corruption, kidnapping and political backstabbing will stop; people will be content with what they have,” Cardinal Arinze said.

Boko Haram: FG Deploys 500 Troops To North East


About 500 troops have been deployed to the North East to contain insurgency in Adamawa, Yobe and Borno states, the Federal Government, yesterday, confirmed.

Coordinator of National Information Centre, Mr. Mike Omeri, gave the confirmation while briefing newsmen in Abuja on the current security situation in the country.

Omeri said the deployment of the troops was contrary to rumours that there was no presence of the military in the affected states.

He maintained that normalcy had returned to Mubi and other cities claimed to have been taken over by the dreaded Boko Haram sect.

“We just have one issue today about reinforcement of military troop as part of the effort to check and caution Boko Haram sect challenge in the country.

“The Nigeria military has continued to enforce its presence on the security challenges in communities in the North East.

“Contrary to media reports, striking of some towns in Adamawa State, such as Mubi, the military have confirmed the new redeployment of more than 500 troops to support the expectation around those areas, including Gulak, Michika among others. We believe with this commitment and effort, the situation will be brought under control.

“Meanwhile the situation report indicates that Mubi town is calm, while troops, including the police and other services, are on patrol there,” Omeri said.

I’m the only one that can defeat Okorocha –Ohakim


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Immediate past governor of Imo State, Chief Ikedi Ohakim, recently made public his intention to run for the office of governor, which he vacated nearly four years ago. In this interview with a group of journalists in his Burma Retreat country home in Okohia, Isiala Mbano LGA, Imo State, he spoke about his current ambition and sundry issues, concerning the state. Excerpts:

Some of the aspirants are com­plaining that you gave them the nod to go ahead and now you have come out to contest.

Was I in a position to ask anybody to run or not to run? If somebody came to you to tell you that he wants to run for an election, what moral authority do you have to tell him not to run? Can I even tell my son not to run? They came to me out of courtesy and courtesy requires that you encourage the fellow. Some of them came to me while I was still in court, pur­suing my case. It would be rude to tell a man, who has gotten to the level of aspir­ing to become a governor not to aspire; I don’t think it is proper. It is possible that the situation at that point in time was such that some of them thought I would not be able to run. But politics is the most dynamic thing in human endeavour.

Having said that, I don’t think there is any problem yet. The aspirants are all my personal friends and political associates and we have one common objective, which is to make our party get back to power in Imo State. When the time comes, we all know what to do. I don’t think there is any problem.

So, why are you so determined to come back?

I want to return to put Imo back to work, to put Imo back to the path of economic prosperity. There have been calls by well meaning citizens of Imo State, who have been worried about the economic loss of abandoning the key projects we started that would have laid a solid foundation for a take-off into sus­tainable economic growth. If you recall, the thrust of my administration was to establish an economy for the state. That was why we went ahead to start some mega projects. But because such things take time to mature, some people did not have the necessary patience. Some of my colleagues, who got their second term after 2011 are just completing some of their key projects. Some will not even complete theirs before they leave in May next year. But some critics did not have the patience. Now, they have seen the difference. The economy of the state is in complete shambles. In my four years, Imo became a tourist destination. Nearly every seminar or conference facilitator chose Imo, as venue. And the tourism industry in the state began to experience a boom. Hotel occupancy rate rose from less than 20 per cent to over 90 per cent. Total hotel rooms rose from 2,000 in 2007 to 10,000 by the time we left. Real estate value rose to over 300 per cent by 2011; but all that has now crashed. We ran a programme that was designed to create jobs. But the administration that took over from us refused to continue from there, thereby denying Imo people of the benefits of that collective vision. By so doing, the administration set both the people and the economy several years back. And you will agree with me that nobody can complete a project better than the initiator.

In the four years we were in office, the economy of the state became very attrac­tive to players in the private sector. At least, two airlines were doing two flights each to Imo, one in the morning, one in the afternoon. Today, they reluctantly do one late afternoon flight to Abuja and Lagos. That is not good enough for a state that has a vibrant social and politi­cal elite. Since I already had in place a framework for building the economy of the state, I think it would be wrong for me to shy away from coming out since the constitution permits me to do that. And like I said, several well-meaning Imolites believe that we should return to take that vision to the next level. I know people will abuse Ikedi Ohakim for com­ing out again but I am prepared to take every abuse because I know I am doing the proper thing by offering my service to my people once again. No doubt, we made mistakes but we have learnt from them.

Some people may argue that you lost the 2011 election even when the people or structures you are talking about were there.

We did not lose the 2011 governorship election. We won that election on April 26 but because there was a conspiracy to stop me by all means, one thing led to another and there was a supplementary election on May 6, 2011.

I am sure you have read several ac­counts of what happened on April 26 when the state’s returning officer refused to admit the results from Ohaji-Egbema Local Government Area, which had al­ready been declared at the LGA level and we got over 28,000 votes, as against that of APGA, which got a little above 3,000 votes. You know what happened at the supplementary election. Our party mem­bers and supporters were chased away by soldiers, using armoured vehicles. I do not want to go into details but all I can say is that I am running to prove that if anybody thought that Ikedi Ohakim had been sent to political oblivion because of what happened in 2011, I am sorry they will be disappointed. It is not a do or die thing for me and like I said, I may be abused but my confidence in what I have set out to do for my people remains unshaken.

Finally, I believe my emergence, as candidate of the PDP, will bring down the political temperature both within the party and in the state. Without sounding immodest, I am the only fellow who will command the respect of other aspirants if I emerge. I acknowledge the fact that at this stage, some aspirants may feel that I ought not to have come out but I can assure you that at the end of the day, they will have no difficulty, working with me if I emerge. They are all working very hard and are among the best anywhere in the world but do not forget that if the court had given me justice, my tenure would have ended in 2018. Most of them are young and enterprising and the sky remains their limit. Tomorrow is better, provided we try to do the correct thing now.

If we are talking about rescuing Imo from the Okorocha ruin, we need a per­son, who knows what was where before he came in. I handed over to him; so I know where to start in order to return life to the state. Okorocha has told so much lies against the PDP. I am the only person who can expose such lies because I know the lies and his intention for telling such lies. It will take a brand new fellow four years to understand the nuances of gover­nance. By then the PDP would have lost the momentum in the recovery effort.

But you have just acknowledged that the other aspirants in the PDP also possess sterling qualities.

Yes; of course, they do. But I am say­ing, with the highest sense of responsi­bility that I am better experienced than all of them in executive governance. We have among the aspirants people who have held offices in other areas and have done so well. But the two are not the same. We are talking of executive governance, which the constitution of the country puts enormous responsibilities on. The PDP is determined to continue to give Imo and Nigeria as a whole quality governance. And it has to make use of its best and in this case and in all cases experience matters. The PDP is returning to rescue Imo from the mess in which Okorocha has put it. Okorocha told lies that the PDP administration never created 10,000 jobs. That has been disproved now. Okorocha dismissed local government councils. In the last three years, there has been no local govern­ment administration in the state. I am the only one among the aspirants, who can, without hesitation, indemnify the local government executives and put effect to the judgment of the court of appeal and revive this important arm of government.

So, how do you handle the issue of zoning and Charter of Equity?

Of course, I am for zoning and for Charter of Equity. And let me seize this opportunity to correct those who say there is nothing like Charter of Equity. Of course, there is a document to that effect and I have a copy. Zoning is a political imperative at this stage of our democratic journey and I support it wholeheart­edly at all levels. It is also enshrined in the PDP constitution. And happily the National Confab made up of some of the most patriotic and knowledgeable Nigerians, has recommenced zoning of political offices in the country. That is why at the national level, majority of Nigerians are requesting that President Jonathan be allowed to do another four years in order to complete the eight years the South-south geopolitical zone is entitled to. If that is not done, it will pose a problem in the future. But if we start with the South-south, then when it comes to the turn of another zone, things will move on smoothly. Apart from that, President Jonathan is doing a very good job, which he has to complete. Bringing the matter down home, that is why some of us are saying we should begin now to lay a solid foundation for the Charter of Equity by allowing Okigwe zone where I come from to do another four years to complete the eight years it is statutorily entitled to.

So, assuming that the people of Ow­erri zone agree to this, why must it be Ikedi Ohakim?

It must not be me. That’s not the impression I am trying to create. We are talking about leaving a legacy for the people. Everybody in the country has agreed that what happened in Imo in 2011 was an accident deliberately effected on a vehicle moving on top speed. If we have agreed to that, is it not only human that we ask about those who were in that vehicle. Where are they now and where is the vehicle? But beyond analogies, I want to tell you that our great party knows that I am probably the only person it can use to successfully counter the propaganda by Okorocha and his party that he should be allowed to continue because he will have only four more years to go and handover to a fel­low from Owerri zone.

Any other candidate from Okigwe zone has the luxury of doing eight years. We have experienced it before. Okorocha promised to do four years and handover to somebody from Owerri zone; and even swore to that. But once he got there, he started demolishing those with whom he entered into that agreement. The incum­bent governor himself is the only other fellow in Imo State, apart from me, that can do only four years. So, I am the only person from our party that can neutralise the advantage he has because he will definitely try to take advantage of that in wooing the support of people of Owerri zone. Yes, it must not be Ikedi Ohakim but we are talking about taking advantage of what you have to get what you want.

There are some aspirants from Okigwe Zone like you, who are against zoning because they believe that a party in opposition does not zone.

First, go and find out what such people said about zoning before now. They sup­ported it before but have only changed because of certain emerging factors. More importantly, the postulation that a party in opposition does not zone is utter rubbish. Which theory of political science is that? Which authority are they referring to? On the contrary, you will discover that in spite of all the attempts to pretend that zoning is not important, its attraction has remained. I just remind­ed you that the just concluded National Conference has recommended it as an official policy at all levels. And they did not say it is not for parties in opposition. On the contrary, a party in opposition has to make use of all the technical and peculiar details in the particular polity to be able to win.

Today, the truth is that Imo people believe in zoning and any party that dismisses that does so at its own peril. What we are even saying is that the PDP should take full advantage of this belief in zoning by helping the state to lay a solid foundation for its practice under the Charter of Equity.

Of late, there have been anxieties in the state over security matters. As a former governor, do you have any suggestions?

Well, I am concerned just like every other Imo person or Nigerian and there is no doubt that the security agencies are on top of the situation. The worry is that the current administration in the state has created an environment that may lead to security problems. When you have a private army or police in the name of vigilante, you are creating room for militancy. If you move around the state today, you see all sorts of people in uniform, most of them armed, harass­ing the people. That is a condition for unrest if things are not properly handled. All over, there is so much unruliness be­cause the impression was given that the people were being oppressed and today they have been liberated. But that is an indirect way of creating enmity among the people of the state. Liberated from whom? You go and build a place and call it Freedom Square. Freedom from whom? You erect a giant billboard with somebody, breaking loose from chains. Is that not telling the people that they are a bunch of cowards and timid people? You go and mount Nelson Mandela’s pictures somewhere and call it Freedom Square. Is that not laughable? Mandela was fight­ing for his people against white domina­tion. So, the analogy Okorocha is creat­ing is both laughable and depictive of Imo people as ignorant. Such things are affecting the psychology of the people. They feel talked down. They are meant to feel that they are fighting with their own brothers and sisters. That should not be. Imolites are not fighting one another. But that is what Okorocha came to inculcate in their psyche; it is not fair.

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Jonathan is taking advantage of Boko Haram insurgency to return to power in 2015 – Lai Mohammed


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Lai Mohammed, the Spokesperson for the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC, has told the British Parliament that President Goodluck Jonathan and Nigeria’s ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, were behind the Boko Haram crisis, a strategic meant to return Mr. Jonathan to power in 2015.

Presenting a paper titled “Challenges of Insecurity in Nigeria and Boko Haram Insurgency” to a sub-committee of the House of Commons in the United Kingdom on Monday, Mr. Mohammed outlined six ways, he said the ruling party was taking advantage of the operation by Boko Haram for political gains.

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I am here to share my personal thoughts and those of my party, the APC, on the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria. It is certainly apt to say this platform and audience provide auspicious opportunities to correct misinformation, half-truths and endemic political manipulation of the Boko Haram insurgency by our political opponents.
Since the formation of our party the All Progressives Congress (APC ) our political opponents have strenuously tried (but failed) to misinform Nigerians and the international community that the APC is linked to Boko Haram, claiming ‘our actions, utterances and body language’ supports or sympathises with Boko Haram
Of course, this deliberate political misinformation and manipulation continue to flounder and fail spectacularly, not least because successive events prove these claims to be hollow, but also that it is our political opponents who are playing a ‘Boko Haram POKER Game’.
In particular the PDP and anyone for that matter (including their hired American PR firm, Levick) have failed to produce any substantial and even anecdotal evidence linking the APC with Boko Haram!
Keen followers and watchers of Nigerian politics are well aware of recent revelations by Dr Stephen Davis, a renowned Australian hostage release negotiator hired by the Goodluck Jonathan government over the Chibok saga, who confirmed some few days back that indeed the sponsors of Boko Haram are nestled in the PDP and President Goodluck Jonathan government – in the persons of Alh. Ali Modu Sheriff (former governor of Borno state) and Major General Ihejirika (former Chief of Army Staff). The value of this revelation is hardly about its newness, but that it collaborates previous revelations, such as those by the former NSA (late Major General Azazi Owoeye) and even by President Goodluck Jonathan himself!

My task here is incomplete without providing this august gathering with logical, empirical and evidence-based explanation and accounts of goings-on about the Boko Haram ‘crises’ in Nigeria. I emphasize that Boko Haram is a “crises” because it is no longer a single event but multiple intertwined crises.
There is the crisis of Boko Haram violent attacks, but also crises of the PDP-President Jonathan inept mismanagement, crisis of Nigeria’s military response and operations, crisis of refugees and internal displacement, and a crisis of insecurity in general.
What I present here are hardly my and APC’s hunches or guess-estimates or attempts at political misinformation, but logical accounts, insights and information contained in open-source materials, thus verifiable. I proceed to share these important empirical account of events about Boko Haram as detailed in media reports, academic papers and research, and even from different sections of the Nigerian government under five main headings:
a. Origin of Boko Haram
b. The Politics of Boko Haram
c. Boko Haram and Resource Allocation
d. The Boko Haram Crisis and GEJ Security Spending Spree
e. New Thinking and Approaches to Ending Boko Haram: The APC’s Prescriptions.
A. The Origins of Boko Haram
When the sect “Nigerian Taliban” the precursor of today’s monster called Boko Haram, started off in 2002, it was another fringe sect along the same pattern of many before it, which started off under the cloak of religion but were in real sense, in response to the widespread poverty, deprivation and the injustice that have hallmarked post-independent Nigeria.
Before now, the most remembered, for the scale of its share brutality and mass killings, was the Maitaisine Crisis in the northern city of Kano that left thousands of people dead in 1980. A decisive response by the then Federal Government saw the crushing of the sect, which was fiercely anti-modernism. Maitaisine was the nickname of the sect founder, Mohammed Marwa, whose preaching attracted a huge number of youths, unemployed immigrants and others who felt that mainstream Muslim teachers were not doing enough for their communities.
By December 1980, the group had started launching attacks against other religious figures and the police, forcing the government to call in the military. In the ensuing clashes, about 5,000 people including the founder, died. But in the end the sect was dead and buried for good.
Fast forward to 2009, almost three decades later, Boko a Haram, a salafi-jihadi group that espouses messianic revivalism of Islamic religion and cultural practices ( sharia) and which translates literally as ” Western education forbidden” was in full swing and following in the path of the Maitaisine.
It is no use hiding the fact that the emergence of Boko Haram and its armed insurgency from 2009, has changed the political, economic, security and socio-cultural landscape of Nigeria.
But who and what is Boko Haram? Why and how did it come about?
Boko Haram’s original name is the Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati wal-Jihad (People Committed to the Propagation of the Prophet’s Teachings and Jihad) movement.
‘Boko Haram’ when translated literarily means ‘Western education’ (Boko) is forbidden (haram), however the group’s ideology transcends this to mean the rejection of western culture and civilization of which education is a vehicle for its transfer.
In recorded interviews by the BBC with the late founder of the group (Mohammed Yusuf), he stated that ‘western-styled education is mixed with issues that run contrary to our belief in Islam’ and ‘our land was an Islamic state before the colonial masters turned it to a Kafir (infidel) land. The current system is contrary to true Islamic belief’.
Another recorded interview with the group’s spokesperson clarified that ‘Boko Haram does not in anyway mean Western education is a sin…(It) actually means western civilization is forbidden. The difference is that while the first gives the impression that we are opposed to formal education coming from the West…which is not true…the second affirms our belief in the supremacy of Islamic culture, for culture is broader, it includes education but not determined by western education’.
The emergence of Boko Haram as a movement and the evolution of its armed insurgency could be divided into five phases:
Phase One
This pertains to the earliest recorded information about the group and its ideological foundation and organizational development as a movement. There is a loose consensus that Boko Haram is an offshoot of the Nigerian Taliban Movement that was first reported in media circles around 2001-02 (following the US-led NATO military campaign in Afghanistan), that the top leadership of the group were adherents of the Ibn Taymiyyah Sect.
The group relocated (undertook Hijra) from Maiduguri city (capital of Borno state) to a remote location in Yobe state (Kanama) in 2002 to establish its own community that was governed in accordance with strict Islamic law and culture (Sharia). Following disagreements and clashes with neighboring communities over fishing rights and police action between 2003 and 2004 the group was dislodged from Kanama and it relocated back to Maiduguri in 2004.
Phase Two
This chronicles the regrouping, activities and growth of the group between 2004 and 2009. Boko Haram’s relocation to Maiduguri in 2004 led to its creation of a new base (the Ibn Taymiyyah Masjid around the railway area, north of Maiduguri). The group is alleged to have got financial support from within and outside Nigeria with which it set up businesses and started providing welfare services to the hordes of jobless, homeless and illiterate young people in Maiduguri. Mohammed Yusuf’s recorded and live public preaching started circulating and attracting wide audience during this period. With this, the group’s membership grew astronomically and the profile of its leader (Mohammed Yusuf) increased to the extent that he was included in the Borno state committee of clerics following the introduction of Sharia Law.
A known senior member of Boko Haram, Late Boju Foi, was actually appointed a commissioner by former Governor Ali Modu Sheriff. This marked official and unofficial connections between the group and influential politicians and government functionaries that facilitated the flow of patronage, financial resources and immunity from police prosecution for Mohammed Yusuf (whenever he was arrested, he was promptly released based on intervention by influential politicians). The fact that Boko Haram became a magnet for thousands of youth made politicians on all sides to seek to use it for election purposes. Boko Haram thereafter began spreading to neighboring Yobe, Bauchi and Adamawa states.
Phase Three
This is where things started to fall apart between Boko Haram and politicians/government officials in Borno state.
Available reports point to some sort of disagreement between the group and some politicians following the 2007 elections (e.g. over monthly stipends payable to the group). This was followed by recurring clashes between Boko Haram members and the local police, especially over police harassment and arrest of Boko Haram members. One of such led to the massacre of over a dozen police officers in July 2009.
This triggered a large-scale security operation as ordered by President Yar’Adua in Borno, Yobe and Bauchi states. It is estimated that over 1000 suspected Boko Haram members were killed or summarily executed by security forces, including Mohammed Yusuf and his in-laws in this operation. In the aftermath of this crack down, some members of Boko Haram leadership escaped and regrouped outside Nigeria, and linked up with other Salafist groups in the Sahel.
Phase Four
This covers the ‘hardening’ of Boko Haram as it was transformed into an ultra-violent, insurgent Salafist group. Remnants of Boko Haram reportedly joined up with salafi-jihadi groups – such as the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO) and Al Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) – and underwent insurgency trainings in jihadi camps in Northern Mali, and Mauritania. From September 2010, Boko Haram commenced violent attacks to mark the onset of the current insurgency. It started with high profile targets such as the Nigerian Police headquarters, United Nations country office, police and military facilities, prisons, mosques and churches, banks, schools, government offices, telecommunication masts, markets and lately local communities.
Phase Five
This covers recent dynamic of Boko Haram insurgency, including the emergence of splinter groups, and the sheer increase in the Boko Haram’s audacity, including the Chibok kidnappings (that internationalized the insurgency), the take-over of entire communities and towns and communities, and the declaration of a Caliphate. In short, the Boko Haram insurgency has changed from what it was before, and it is at its fiercest level, as yet.
B. The Politics of Boko Haram
I have carefully chronicled Boko Haram’s evolution to counteract the rationale of PDP-Jonathan Administration failed attempt at linking it to the APC.
What is the PDP’s logic and rationale for linking the APC with Boko Haram?
This is based on a faulty logic of presuming that the APC is a sectional (Northern), as opposed to a national political party, that the APC is made up predominantly of Muslims, that it is a Muslim/Islamic party; and therefore the APC must directly or indirectly support and sympathize with Boko Haram; and finally that Boko Haram is a Northern and Muslim plot to resist and challenge a Southerner-Christian Jonathan Presidency.
This faulty logic is inconsistent on several fronts.
First, Boko Haram climaxed during the reign of Late President Yar’Adua, hence could not be a Northern plot against a Southern-Christian president. The 2009 security operation which led to the death of over 1000 members of Boko Haram was ordered by a sitting Northern-Muslim president!
Second, it was the PDP, from 2009 till date that transformed Boko Haram from a movement into an insurgent group, from a moderate Sunni group to a Salafist-Jihadi franchise, from a local group with localized (socio-economic and cultural change) agenda to an international violent Jihadist group.
Third, while it is true the APC is the number one grassroots party across Northern Nigeria, but so also is the case in substantial parts of Southern Nigeria. The APC is a proper Pan-Nigerian party that reflects the ethno-religious and cultural diversities of Nigeria. The APC has functional structures across the 774 LGAs, and 36 states plus Abuja. As a matter of fact as of today APC has seven state governors from the Northern part of Nigeria and eight from the Southern part of the country.
Fourth, the APC is neither a Muslim nor a Christian political party. I make bold to say that it is impossible to have a religious political party in Nigeria because of the complex diversity in Nigeria. APC, like the PDP has Christian members across Northern Nigeria, and Muslim members across Southern Nigeria. Moreover, it is absurd to still think of Nigeria in a simplistic North equate Muslim, and South equate Christian prism.
Fifth, the APC is neither ashamed nor proud to acknowledge the socio-economic and political abyss that made the emergence of such a deadly and evil group like Boko Haram possible in the first place, and the crass leadership failures and ineptitude that transformed Boko Haram into a killing machine.
It is the APC’s acknowledgement of the underlining socio-economic and political conditions that is misinterpreted by the PDP as APC’s ‘sympathy’ for Boko Haram. The truth must be told, Boko Haram, similar to other ethno-political militias in post-1999 Nigeria, emerged against the backdrop of deepening poverty, social-economic deprivations, corruption, poor governance, police brutality and governance failures under the PDP since 1999. It is no coincidence that the northern half of Nigeria, including the northeast corner (Boko Haram base), are the poorest in the country.
A 2010 assessment by the National Bureau of Statistics reported the national poverty rate was 60.9 per cent, but it was 77.7 percent for the northwest and 76.3 per cent for northeast, compared with 59 per cent for the Southwest. The World Bank also noted that economic growth and opportunities were not equally shared by different parts of the country, that growth was fastest in southern and middle agroclimatic zones, with much slower growth in northern states. This has resulted in the largest number of poor people residing in the northern part of the country.
Sixth, Alh. Ali Modu Sherif, and all known persons directly or indirectly implicated in Boko Haram are members of the PDP or persons serving or with close ties to the Jonathan presidency.
Finally, the President Jonathan-PDP’s political manipulation of the Boko Haram has to be understood as part of its ‘poker-like’ calculus for clinging on to political power ahead of the 2015 elections.
How is the PDP doing and using this? In essence, how is the PDP benefitting politically from the Boko Haram insurgency?
This is in at least six ways:
I. The PDP is using the Boko Haram crises to launder the battered image of the Jonathan presidency by securing attendance and participation for President Goodluck at important international summits and meetings. Curiously, Boko Haram has now become a way of getting the international community to talk and meet with President Goodluck, and gain international media coverage.
II. The PDP is also using the Boko Haram crises, especially the #Bringbackourgirls campaign, to blackmail opposition groups, impose emergency rule in states and areas controlled by opposition political parties, harass and restrict media freedom (through military clampdowns), and for justifying illegal activities.
III. The Boko Haram crises is readily used by the PDP to rationalize the Jonathan Government’s abdication of its constitutional responsibilities, including visits and assistance to areas affected, effective response to kidnappings and abductions (e.g. the GEJ government was silent over the Chibok girls kidnaps for over 15 days).
IV. The declaration of emergency rule, massive increases in spending on security without correspondent impact, has become a political gimmick by the PDP – it is ever counted as the GEJ achievement in promoting peace and security.
V. The PDP is actively politicizing the declaration of emergency rule. For instance, the PDP government is ever quick to propose and declare emergency rule in areas controlled by opposition political parties, but not in PDP-controlled states even where the scale of violence, killings and destruction are similar. For example, despite incessant violence, killings, displacement and destruction in Taraba, Benue and Plateau (PDP controlled states), the PDP has been quick to discount the possibility of a full scale emergency rule, however it is quick to impose emergency rule in non-PDP states at the slightest episode of violence.
VI. Finally, the status quo favours the PDP and President GEJ. Why? Boko Haram affected areas and indeed the Northern region are APC strongholds, hence Boko Haram crises, the declaration of emergency rule and general atmosphere of insecurity in the North is likely to affect voting (low turnout due to displacement). There is already talk of cancelling elections in some areas in the Northeast, all plots designed to minimize President Jonathan-PDP electoral losses in the North and enhance the likelihood of a PDP victory.
C. The Boko Haram Crisis and GEJ security Spending Spree
One salient, yet under-reported and under-discussed issue is the incredible amount of Nigeria’s national income being expended, by the President Jonathan administration purportedly on combating Boko Haram in the last 5 budget years (since 2010). I will share the mind-boggling figures with you.
APC’s research on total security sector spending (covering Defence, Police, Office of National Security Adviser, Road Safety Corps, and security-related service-wide votes (e.g. on Amnesty Programme, internal security operations, etc.) is based on information contained in successive budget documents.

Tinubu’s health condition allegedly worsens


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A report published by 247ureports indicates that the health condition of the former Lagos governor and leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has deteriorated.

He had left the country about two weeks ago.

Other section of the media have also alleged that he was actually flown to a medical facility in London for treatment, following what is believed to be a serious health issue.

The site which quoted a source said to be close to the Tinubu family, reports that the health of the APC leader may have worsened due to recent discovery of cancer.

The cancer, the source claims, had reached advanced stage before it was diagnosed by the medical team, adding that the recent stroke only added to the seriousness of the situation.

It was alleged that Tinubu in his current state has not been able to recognize close family relatives who had come to pay him a visit, heightening fears that the self-styled godfather of southwest politics was exhibiting symptoms of dementia.

Reacting to the claims, an aide of the ex-Lagos helmsman said his principal was never in any hospital.

“Yes, it is true Asiwaju is out of the country. But he is on vacation. He was in the United States for some days, Los Angeles I guess. He then proceeded to London.

“It is normal for him at this time to observe his summer break.”

Asked to provide specifics on why Mr. Tinubu travelled abroad aside vacation, the source said, “I am aware he was billed to see his physicians for his normal routine medical check-up, he would see his dentist too.”

“Honestly, I don’t know why Asiwaju health has become a major issue in Nigeria. He is human just like every other person. Besides, he is not even a public office holder, neither is he using public funds, so what’s the buzz about.”

“Well, its a good one for us, those spreading rumours are only doing us favour by promoting the Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu brand and the All Progressives Congress in general,” our source added.

Vigilante group kills over 80 insurgents in Adamawa


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vigilante1Youths and members of Michika and Madagali local government areas vigilance group in Adamawa State, on Tuesday night killed about 80 Boko Haram insurgents fleeing the areas after they had ran out of arms and ammunition.

DailyPost recalls that that the insurgents have been attacking and destroying lives and property at some boundary communities in Adamawa and Borno states. Reports says the victory was attained when the youth group ambushed the insurgents while they were returning to their base.

Military sources have however informed that relative peace has returned to the LGAs with troops stationed in strategic places.

One of the residents identified as, Vandi Joseph, told Newsmen on Wednesday in Yola, that the insurgents were overpowered by youths and vigilance group who overpowered and killed them.

He said, “As I am speaking to you, our youths and vigilance group members ambushed and killed over 80 insurgents who escaped from soldiers and hid themselves in the bush. Our youths and vigilance group saw them and killed them.”

Court finds Pistorius not guilty of murdering girlfriend


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Oscar Pistorius has been found not guilty of murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

The Blade Runner was overcome with emotion after the shock decision, but might be found guilty of culpable homicide on Friday.

“The state clearly has not proved beyond reasonable doubt that the accused is guilty of premeditated murder,” Judge Thokozile Masipa told the High Court in Pretoria.

“Viewed in its totality the evidence failed to establish that the accused had the requisite intention to kill the deceased let alone with premeditation,” she said.

The victim’s parents, Barry and June Steenkamp, left the courtroom with stony faces.

Jonathan Felicitates With Igbenedion At 80


Esama-of-Benin-kingdom-Gabriel-IgbinedionPresident Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday commended the Esama of Benin kingdom, Chief Gabriel Igbinedion, “for living a life of uncommon accomplishments”.

A statement issued by Dr Reuben Abati, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, in Abuja said Jonathan’s commendation was contained in a congratulatory letter addressed to Igbinedion on the occasion of his 80th birthday anniversary.

Abati said Jonathan also praised the Esama’s “trail-blazing achievements in several fields of human endeavour.

“Come Sept. 11, you will be marking your landmark 80th birthday anniversary of a life of uncommon accomplishments and enduring fulfillment.

“In a classic epitomisation of the triumph of the will over the temporal limitations of circumstance of birth, you defied all odds and emerged from very humble beginnings to become a captain of industry of note beyond the shores of our nation.

“You are also one of Nigeria’s most readily recognisable names, through it all, you have remained faithful to the rich cultural heritage of the revered Benin Kingdom as one of the most senior chiefs in the land”.

He said Igbinedion had played a significant role in Nigeria’s democratic developmental process.

He also described the Esama as a trailblazer in every enterprise he had ventured into, noting that “yours is indeed a life truly worthy of celebration”. (NAN)

Ex-PDP Chairman, Ali, Ezeife Support Removal Of #BringBackJonathan2015 Banners


GEJ-CampaignSen. Ahmadu Ali, former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has expressed support for President Goodluck Jonathan’s directive for the removal of #BringBackJonathan 2015 signs and banners around Abuja.

Ali gave the support in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Abuja.

The former chairman said the president’s opinion should be respected and such signs be removed as directed.

“The president’s opinion should be respected and I don’t see anything wrong with the directive that the signs should be removed.

“Most of the people are doing this thing without his consent”, he said.

Similarly, former Governor of Anambra, Chief Chukwuemeka Ezeife, said the president reserved the right to ensure that his name was not used wrongly by any group.

According to him, the directive by the president is not out of place, in view of the connotation given to the call for his return in 2015.

“It is the president’s prerogative to ensure that his name is not used wrongly and as such he has the right to order the removal of such signs. I support his order”, he said.

President Goodluck Jonathan had, in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, directed immediate removal of #Bring Back Jonathan 2015 signs around Abuja.

The statement noted that the president and many Nigerians found the signs and banners offensive and repugnant.

The statement further noted that the signs, which were highly insensitive parody of the #BringBackOurGirls hash tag, were put up without his knowledge or approval.

The president commended the enthusiastic show of support for his administration by a broad range of stakeholders, but condemned the #BringBackJonathan 2015 signs.

The signs, according to the statement, appear to make light of the very serious national and global concern for the abducted Chibok girls. (NAN)

Parradang Urges Immigration Officials To Join Fight Against Insecurity


David-ParradangThe Comptroller-General of Nigerian Immigration Service, Mr David Parradang, has asked officers of Nasarawa State command to cooperate with other security agencies to maintain peace in the country.

He gave the charge when he addressed officers and men of the command in Lafia on Wednesday.

Parradang called for joint efforts among the security organisations in the country to fight the security challenge in some parts of the country.

“I urge you to always be at alert and to collaborate with other security agencies so as to maintain peace and order in the state and the country in general”, he said.

He urged them to be vigilant so as to ensure that immigrants of questionable character did not sneak into the state especially now with the outbreak of the Ebola virus in some West African countries.

Parradang also urged the officers to intensify patrol of the state’s borders so as to save the people of Nasarawa state from insurgents and criminals who may want to sneak into the state to perpetuate evil.

The comptroller-general, who inspected offices at the state command headquarters, expressed optimism that it would soon be relocated.

He told them to be diligent in the discharge of their duties and to avoid doing anything against the rules and operations of the immigration service. (NAN)

Ebola: 18-Month-Old Infant Tests Negative, Says Rivers Commissioner


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The Commissioner of Health in Rivers State, Dr Sampson Parker, yesterday, said that the 18 months old baby at the Port Harcourt Ebola treatment centre has tested negative to the disease, adding that a fresh test would be done on the infant before concluding on his Ebola status.

The infant was admitted recently at the treatment centre after manifesting symptoms of the disease.

Parker, who spoke in Port Harcourt, also appealed to the international community to assist in the fight against the dreaded Ebola virus in Liberia and Sierra Leone, stressing that such move would curtail its spread to other West Africa countries.

On the wife of late Dr Iyke Enemuo, who is at the Ebola treatment centre in Lagos, the commissioner expressed the hope that she would soon be discharged, noting that she was responding to treatment.

“We can commend the Nigerian government for the success it has achieved in combating Ebola. We can also commend Rivers State for its efforts in containing the spread of Ebola, but we cannot go and sleep when Liberia and Sierra Leone are still battling with the spread of the disease.

“The international community and the other West African states should do more. If we think we have successfully contained the spread of Ebola in our countries and then shut our eyes to what is currently happening in Liberia and Seirra Leone, we will not also be helping ourselves because citizens of these countries may find their way into our country no matter how well we claim to have policed our borders.

“I am pleased to inform you that Dr. Iyke Enemou’s wife, who is currently receiving treatment at the National Treatment Centre in Lagos is doing well and will soon be discharged”, he said.

Civil War Veterans Call On Jonathan To Declare For 2nd Term


jonathan_2015Members of Nigerian Civil War Veterans (1967–1970), under the aegis of Carefirst for the Aged Welfare Development Association of Nigeria, CAWDAN, have thrown their weight behind President President Goodluck Jonathan’s second term ambition.

The veterans said they had already concluded arrangements to engage their over 65,000 members living in different parts of the country to give their total support to the re-election bid of President Jonathan come 2015.

National Chairman of the group, Ubi Okoi, who made the call yesterday in Onitsha, Anambra State, shortly after receiving their certificate of incorporation for the CAWDAN from the Corporate Affairs Commission, C.A.C, Abuja, described Jonathan’s on-going transformation agenda as monumental.

Okoi said: “President Jonathan should as a matter of urgency declare his intention to run for a second tenure in 2015 because we have already concluded all the arrangements to engage the over sixty-five thousand members of the body living in different parts of the country to give their support to ensure the emergence of the President in 2015 presidential election”.

He noted that members of the group contributed their quota towards keeping the country united adding that the group was established to pursue payment of their compensation by the federal government.

Okoi also appealed to the government to fulfil its promises of compensation to them.

Non-Payment Of Pension Increment: Retired Soldiers Threaten ‘Guerilla Warfare’


retired soldiers protestBenin City, the Edo State capital, yesterday witnessed the convergence of over 100 retired soldiers, who were protesting over alleged non-payment of the 2010, 53 per cent increase in their pension by the Federal Government, warning that they may resort to guerrilla warfare if their demands are not met.

The protest, led by the National Secretary of Association of Military Pensioners, Patrick Okpaiyo, regretted that after they fought for the survival and unity of the country, they were neglected by government, adding that if the implementation of the consolidated military salary of the ex-service men was not urgently paid, their next line of action would make the Boko Haram insurgency look like child’s play.

The ex-service men, said: “We are here to call the attention of the Federal Government to our plight. We have been deprived of our rights, we fought the civil war at our youthful age but today, this administration has forgotten us, our people are dying, so we have been pushed to the wall.

“In 2010, we were given 53 per cent of pension increment and it was not until we protested last year in Abuja that we were given the salary and the arrears have not been paid till date and this year, we are sure that the arrears is budgeted for but we have not been paid and the year is running out. We need the money except they want us to go to the bush and begin a guerrilla war but we believe in the Nigeria project but if they push us to the wall, we may have to do that”.

Adamawa Guber Primary: PDP Made A Laughing Stock Of Ribadu – Kwankwaso


Governor-Rabiu-Musa-KwankwasoGovernor Rabi’u Kwanwaso of Kano State has said that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has now made the former EFCC chairman, Nuhu Ribadu, a laughing stock among PDP stakeholders in Adamawa State after the party refused him its governorship ticket for the Adamawa by-election.

The Kano governor stated this yesterday while receiving merit awards from two NGOs, namely, APC Kwankwasiyya Amana, Bauchi State chapter, and Nigeria 774 Kwankwasiyya Merger: Kwankwaso for President, at the Government House, Kano.

He said, “After he left the APC for the PDP, his new party did not find him worthy of its gubernatorial ticket. I am sure the PDP stakeholders in Adamawa are now laughing at him. We sympathise with him”.

A statement by the Director of Press and Public Relations to the governor, Halilu Ibrahim Dantiye, quoted Kwankwaso as calling on the Adamawa electorate to think wisely and vote for the APC candidate in the October 11 by-election in the state considering the untold hardships caused to the state by the PDP-led federal government.

The presidential hopeful also appealed to them to pay back good for good, urging them to dump PDP and vote for APC, a party he said is ready to bring about positive and realistic changes in the whole country.

“Anybody who voted for PDP, which within five years could not lead the nation rightly has deceived himself”, the governor stated, pointing out that APC had come up with a credible alternative in the person of Senator Muhammad Jibrila Bindow, who he expressed confidence in his ability to govern Adamawa State.

He alleged that the Adamawa PDP chose a candidate who most of their supporters see as incompetent.

Allegation Of Boko Haram Sponsorship Attempt To Demonise Ihejirika – Aka Ikenga


azubuike ihejirikaAn Igbo think tank, Aka Ikenga, has faulted attempts to portray former Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Azubuike Ihejirika (retd), as an alleged sponsor of Boko Haram insurgents, describing the development as a “satanic machination and conspiracy of the anti-Nigeria mafia in the ridiculous attempt to demonise Ihejirika”.

In a statement by its President, Chief Goddy Uwazurike, entitled ‘Enough is enough’, the group commended the former army chief for serving Nigeria meritoriously but faulted the alleged conspiracy and propaganda that Ihejirika was sponsoring Boko Haram.

According to Aka Ikenga, the same anti-Nigeria Mafia has conducted another propaganda after conspiring with a phantom Australian negotiator, Stephen Davis, to allege that Ihejirika is a sponsor of the same Boko Haram that he dedicated his tenure as Chief of Army Staff to fighting.

Aka Ikenga queried: “Is this not standing logic on its head? Boko Haram started under Obasanjo Government in 2002. Malam El-Rufai was a key member of Obasanjo’s Government from 1999 to 2006. late President Yar’Adua fought Boko Haram in 2009, while El- Rufai was doing further studies abroad. He returned as soon as Goodluck Jonathan became the President of Nigeria and was, indeed, one of those speculated to be angling for the seat of the Vice President”.