Flying Eagles and Their Moroccan Counterparts Share the Spoils


Morocco forced Nigeria’s Under-20 men’s football team, the Flying Eagles, to a 2-all draw in a friendly at the National Sports Centre in Rabat on Wednesday.

The coach Manu Garba side twice got in the lead in the second-half through Alhassan Ibrahim’s efforts but the North African team eventually drew level in regulation time.

Nigeria reportedly found their way back into the tie and, even after getting off slowly ended the first-half with a larger share of possession.

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The visitors wasted a couple of chances but claimed the lead after 64 minutes when Ibrahim gently tapped in from close range.

Morocco restored parity almost immediately when skipper Wilfred Ndidi put a low cross into his own net.

Ibrahim again fired Nigeria ahead in the 81st minute, before skipper Omar salvage a result for the Junior Atlas Lions in stoppage time with a near post header.

Asafa Powell Receives 18-Month Ban for Doping


Former world 100m record holder Asafa Powell is banned for 18 months by the Jamaican Anti-Doping Disciplinary panel for using a banned stimulant.

The 31-year-old Jamaican sprinter, and his training partner, Sherone Simpson, tested positive for oxilophrine at last year’s national championships.

They were two of five Jamaicans to test positive in last year’s doping scandal.

Simpson, a 4×100 relay gold and silver medalist, was handed an 18-month ban verdict by the same panel on Tuesday.

Asafa Powell Slapped With 18-Month Doping Ban.

Olympic discuss thrower Allison Randall got a two-year suspension.

Randall, 25, who holds the Jamaican discuss record with a distance of 61.21m, tested positive for a banned diuretic hydro-chlorothiazide.

The trio’s ban each have been backdated to 21 June 2013- the date they provided the sample.

They will not compete at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games in July with their suspension set to run until 20 December this year.

Powell denied being a cheat in July last year when he announced his failed dope test, admitting the drug was contained in a supplement given to them by trainer Chris Xureb.

Atheist Attacks Roommate He Thinks Is Jesus


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Gustav Potthoff has a cross to bear: He’s a self-proclaimed atheist accused of attacking his roommate whom he thought was Jesus.

As such, he believes that only an atheist attorney can defend him properly.

Police in Orlando, Fla. allege that Potthoff attacked his roommate, Raymond Hernandez, with a glass cup and a butter knife on Monday.

According to the police report, Hernandez said he went to the kitchen to get a drink when Potthoff suddenly threw the glass cup at him.

When the cup missed Hernandez, Potthoff allegedly attacked him with a butter knife.

Hernandez avoided injury both times. He told investigators that Potthoff told him he thought Hernandez was Jesus and wanted to kill him, according to the police report.

Potthoff, 51, was arrested Monday and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

The suspect did not mention Jesus when he told police his side of the story, but changed his story numerous times, according to the police report.

First, he said he was in the kitchen when the glass broke. Then he said he was in his bedroom and finally outside.

Officers found a broken glass cup and a butter knife on the living room floor, which were collected as evidence.

Potthoff was taken to the Orange County Jail where he remains.

But his belief in non-belief came to the forefront during an encounter with a judge on Tuesday.

Potthoff demanded that he be assigned a public defender who is also an atheist.

“It’s just my human rights and everything else,” Potthoff told the court, according to the Orlando Sentinel. “I’m allowed to be with someone of my own kind.”

The judge told Potthoff, who is reportedly indigent, that if he wanted an atheist attorney, it would be on his own dime.

That didn’t set well with the suspect, who said, ”It’s a sacrilegious thing,” according toUPI.com.

This isn’t Potthoff’s first encounter with the law.

Last May, he was arrested for calling the Secret Service with a fake bomb threat, according to a police report dated May 2, 2013.

He told police he made that threat because he felt people, mainly family and attorneys, would not leave him alone.

Wigan Stands Between Wenger and the Dream of a Fifth FA Cup


Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is wary of the challenges posed by FA Cup holders Wigan Athletic ahead of their semi-final clash at the Wembley Stadium on Saturday.

The ‘Gunners’ last clinched the oldest cup tournament in the world in 2005, at the expense of the then favourites, Manchester United, on penalty shootout.

But Wigan’s stunning victory over Manchester City in last season’s Wembley final ranks higher in the lists of FA Cup upsets in contemporary times, and the ‘Latics’ did once more make weight for their credentials as one of the tournament’s ‘giant killers’ by knocking out Manuel Pellegrini’s City this season.

Wenger Says the FA Cup is Everybody's Dream.

“We all play to win something and if you are in the FA Cup everyone can dream of winning it at the start of the season,” Wenger said.

“In the championship you can talk and talk but we know the biggest teams will win it.

“That open dream is what makes the FA Cup special in football.”

The French boss’ admiration for the Cup tournament also bares on the fact it is the only piece of silverware available for the North London outfit to end the season on a high.

Arsenal are out of the Champions League, and again deep inside the usual end-of-the-season tussle for a fourth place finish in the Premier League, with only a solitary point separating them and fifth placed Everton- who have a game in hand- with just five games left.

Having been acquainted with the drama of the championship since childhood as a school boy in a remote village in France, the 64-year-old reckon, unlike the FA Cup; “only seven clubs can dream of winning the league title at the start of the season”.

And with Shefield United, who plays Hull City in the other semi-final- still in the competition, one will doubt if the Championship clubs are not plotting to outgun the top flight teams.

Two trips to Wembley before its all done and dusted is uncompromisable for Wenger and his men, yet needs his best team against Wigan who have been playing the best attacking football in the English second division of late.

Aaron Ramsey is set to start after coming on as a substitute on his return to the squad on the back of his three months hiatus in last weekend’s loss to Everton. Goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski is expected to start in goal.

The manager says Kieran Gibbs, Tomas Rosicky and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are all doubts while Mesut Ozil could be back next Saturday and Laurent Koscielny could be back for Tuesday.

“I’m expecting everyone to contribute because we have a lot of experience. We have played great games in the FA Cup,” Wenger added. “We are still in a position where we can have a good season and that’s what we’re focusing on.”

PHOTO: Rarely Seen Giant Fish The Size of a MAN Washes Up on Mexican Beach


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A giant underwater creature which inspired stories of sea monsters has been filmed by a tourist – but sadly came to a fishy end.

The elusive 15ft oarfish was spotted swimming in shallow waters in the Sea of Cortez in Mexico.

Tour guides from Un-Cruise Adventures, who organised the expedition, were thrilled to get up close to the mysterious creature.

However, after briefly delighting onlookers with its appearance, the oarfish beached itself on nearby Isla San Francisco and died.

Lia Stamatiou, expedition leader for Un-Cruise Adventures said: “I learned about the oarfish as one of those fish you study but never see.

“Seeing it swim up to us on the beach I was completely stunned.

“It was one of the most surprising and beautiful animals I had ever seen, with fantastic iridescent blue skin and a vibrant red dorsal fin.

“The fish resisted attempts by our crew to orient and push it off the beach.

“Eventually it raked itself on the sand to the point of exhaustion, and the birds descended to finish the job.”

Oarfish are more commonly found in open water at depths of up to 3,000ft, and can grow up to 36ft in length.

Most are observed dying or dead onshore and little is definitively known about their ecology.

Historians believe oarfish sightings may be responsible for stories of sea serpents in maritime folklore.

 

Meet The Miracle Baby Born on Mother’s Day With Just Half a HEART


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This is tiny ten-day-old Sienna Alfonso, the miracle baby born with just half a heart.

The precious tot has an extremely rare condition which means oxygen cannot be properly pumped around the body.

Her anxious mother Francesca, 18, has been told her Mother’s Day arrival daughter must soon undergo an operation which she may not survive.

The teen had expected her 4lbs 13ozs bundle of joy to be whisked away by doctors once born for the grueling eight hour procedure.

But Sienna must wait until she weighs 6lbs as she is not strong enough while she is so minuscule.

It is a fraught time for teen Francesca and her family as the success rate for the complex operation stand at just 50-50.

The young mother said: “I can’t believe she is finally here and doing so well. She’s amazing.

“I am grateful to everyone whose prayers have got her to where she is now.”

Francesca, from Hunts Cross, Merseyside, was just 20 weeks pregnant when she learned Sienna had a rare heart condition.

Her tiny babe suffers from tricuspid atresia, a form of conprivate part heart disease where means Sienna lacks a right atrioventricular connection which leads to an undersized or absent right pumping chamber.

Francesca’s mum, Lindsey Bertenshaw said: “Basically the left side of the heart has formed and the right side hasn’t.

“Once Sienna weighs 6lbs, and is stable, she will be transferred to Alder Hey Hospital where the cardio team will assess her and see exactly what the situation is and what they are able to do.”

If they can operate, surgeons may be able to put a shunt in to help pump blood into her heart and around her body.

Despite the precarious odds, hairdresser Francesca and her boyfriend Kyle are determined to remain positive, and she said: “Sienna seems like such a little fighter, she is so strong. And to look at her you wouldn’t even know she was ill.

“But she is already our little miracle. She is here.

“It’s hard seeing all the other young mums taking their new babies home but, God willing, I will be doing that with Sienna soon.”

If she survives, Sienna will need another operation at five months, and also aged four, and then require a heart transplant when she is older.

Consultants did ask her once if she had considered a termination, but it was never a thought on her mind.

Francesca added: “I am just praying now that the operation goes ahead successfully and then I can bring my little girl home.

“That’s where she belongs.”

Man Covered Self In Half a Million Bees for Wacky World Record Attempt


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A suit of nearly half a million bees have made this bonkers beekeeper a world record holder.

She Ping bettered his own world-best donning the “suit” of some 460,000 bees weighing a mammoth 45kgs.

With help from his wife and five fellow beekeepers the 34-year-old was covered head to toe for 40 minutes.

“I first did this at 22, just for fun and out of curiosity. Later on, I would put on the bees just for the sake of making people believe I sell actual real honey,” he told the Chongqing Evening Post.

“The last time I did this, I put on a total of 15 beehives on my body, but today I’m breaking my own record [with 28].”

14-Year-Old Killed Stepfather in Knife Attack, Left Victim Almost Beheaded


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The 14-year-old lad who – along with his older brother – stabbed his mother’s boyfriend to death has been jailed for six years.

Teenager Jerome Ellis and Joshua, 23, killed 54-year-old Neil Tulley in a bloody attack as he “slept” on the sofa in the family home in Bellfields, Surrey, last year. Mr Tulley’s body was found by the pair’s horrified mother, Marie Ellis, with his head nearly severed due to 65 stab wounds.

In February, Jerome was found guilty of manslaughter on the grounds of loss of control. He will serve half his sentence in custody. His older brother Joshua will be sentenced for murder next month.

During the trial, Jerome gave evidence telling Guildford crown court he was thrown out of his father’s home in January 2012. He went to his mother’s house to stay with her and his brother. But an argument ensued which led to Mr Tulley being charged with the attempted murder of Joshua after attacking him with an axe, the Surrey Advertiser reported.

Jerome told the court that Mr Tulley was a threat to everyone in the family. He added: “We went to the kitchen and we took two knives from the drawer and we attacked him.”

Jerome went on to tell the jury that he was not thinking properly, that the events were a blur and claimed that the pair immediately fled the house afterwards.

Praises For Jonathan As Minister Inaugurates Rehabilitation Of llorin-Kabba-Obajana Road


FROM LEFT: OBARO OF KABBA, OBA MICHEAL OLABAYO; MINISTER OF WORKS, MR MIKE ONOLEMEMEN; GOV. IDRIS WADA OF KOGI AND CHAIRMAN, SENATE COMMITTEE ON FCT, SEN. SMART ADEYEMI, AT THE INAUGURATION OF REHABILITATION WORK ON EGBE-KABBA ROAD IN KOGI ON THURSDAY (10/4/14).

The Minister of Works, Mr Mike Onolememen, on Thursday inaugurated the rehabilitation of llorin-Kabba-Obajana Phase II road which links Kwara and Kogi States.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the project is being executed by the Federal Government at N8.2 billion.

Onolememen said the 80-kilometre road contract was awarded at the Federal Executive Meeting on Nov. 27, 2013 to CGC Nigeria Limited.

He said the road transversed many communities and served as a connector to the north and south.

“The road serves as a major economic artery, providing access to the biggest cement plant in Africa and the nation’s premier steel plant in Ajaokuta”.

He said the resultant industrial status of the area had led to increase in the number of heavy duty vehicles plying the road, thereby over-stretching the designed pavement and alignment.

“In the past two decades, this important economic artery has been more or less abandoned and the motoring public has witnessed untold hardships moving goods and services.

“The rehabilitation of this road is part of President Goodluck Jonathan’s commitment to making Nigerian roads passable and alleviating the sufferings of the people travelling this largely dilapidated route.

“Therefore, the complete rehabilitation of this road will reduce current travel time, cost of vehicle maintenance and increased socio-economic activities.

“It will thereby contribute to increase in GDP which currently stands at 510 billion dollars”, Onolememen said.

He said the rehabilitation was expected to be completed within 36 months from Feb. 2013 to Feb. 2017.

Gov. Idris Wada of Kogi commended the Federal Government for embarking on the rehabilitation.

He said his administration made effort to rehabilitate the road but that the cost was beyond what it could handle.

Wada said the growing population and industries in Kogi demanded good road infrastructure especially as it served as route to most parts of Nigeria.

He stressed that travellers from 23 states must go through Kogi to reach their destinations.

“I am glad that this project has become a reality; many lives have been lost on this road. We, the people of Kogi, salute the President for this project and we are grateful.

“This road was constructed by the Federal Government in 1976, about 38 years ago, and was rehabilitated 16 years ago and since then the road has not been touched”.

Wada said the state had undertaken the reconstruction and rehabilitation of Federal Government roads worth N14billion.

“We urgently need refund in order to facilitate the development of other roads.

“I know other states have done the same and awaiting their money too but for Kogi, it is special and desperately needs attention”.

He urged the contractors to do a good job and finish in time while assuring them of his support.

Wada said he would personally monitor the project to ensure that a perfect work was done.

Sen. Smart Adeyemi, Chairman, Senate Committee on FCT, commended the President for the kind gesture to Kogi.

He said that the rehabilitation of the road would restore economic activities in the state.

Adeyemi also urged the federal government to facilitate the completion of Omi Dam project as hydro power station.

He urged Kogi government to provide the needed security for the contractors.

The Obaro of Kabba, Oba Michael Olobayo, also commended the federal government for the initiative.

Olobayo expressed optimism that the road would be completed in time and not abandoned.

He said his people would do their best to ensure the environment is conducive for the contractors. (NAN)

2015: Security Must Be Guaranteed For Elections To Hold In Northeast


Ibrahim-ShekarauErstwhile Governor of Kano State, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau on Thursday said everything must be done to secure lives and property before elections can be conducted in the North-East states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe, which have been plagued by Boko Haram insurgency.

His comment came 24 hours after a joint statement by governors of the three states advised the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to borrow a leaf from Afghanistan, which held elections under tight security despite the threat posed by Taliban terrorist group.

Shekarau, who spoke with State House correspondents after a meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan in Abuja, said security should be guaranteed before elections are held in the affected states, which are currently under emergency rule.

He said: “You see as a democrat, I always insist that let there be elections to allow people to decide their fate, but this does not necessarily mean we conduct elections under a volatile situations.

“If there are threats to lives, who are you going to govern; even if you win the election? So it is not safe and I don’t see anybody spitting fire on it. The truth is that let the governors, the federal government and all concerned join hands and assess the situation. What will the federal government gain or INEC gain if they don’t conduct elections in any state?” He queried

“But if it is in the interest of the public, the lives and security of the people are far more important than any election that you can think of”, Shekarau said.

The former All Progressives Congress, APC, chieftain, who recently defected to the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), also spoke on the forthcoming rally in Kano.

“Well it is true the President is paying a visit to Kano and it is going to be on Tuesday for a grand reception rally. It is basically to celebrate our coming into PDP in the best way we can and also to reassure the Kano citizens that Kano is now fully a PDP environment.

“It is going to be a very grand occasion because if anybody cares to know the political trend in Kano, all along ANPP had been in charge. ANPP moved into APC and we moved the whole of ANPP into APC. So it is going to be a great day for all of us and we are waiting for the reception and we are inviting one and all to come and share with us”, he enthused.

According to him, the rally which could have held earlier, was postponed as it coincided with the annual learning of Quadriyya Movement in Kano, popularly known as Maukidi.

The former governor dismissed the Governor Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso APC-led government in the state, saying it was no match for the PDP.

He said: “So we assure you and I want to say with all sense of humility, I was in APC and I have moved away with my supporters to the PDP. As for APC, in Kano, the governor is APC, his government is APC, there will always be pockets of other parties. If you go to Kano, you will discover that every other party will have their shares. Definitely PDP is on the ground, we are in charge in Kano”.

On his complaints about the forthcoming local government elections in the state, he said: “Not complaining as such, our complaints were basically to raise the alarm, the State Electoral Commission wanted to short change us, they gave a programme in March, a 14-day programme for the purchase of forms and return of forms, changed the date to April and reduce it to only 48 hours, this is wrong.

“If you are changing the dates, then you must maintain the number of days and fortunately they listened to our protest, they had to open up because they agreed, the chairman agreed they were doing something that was violating the law, so they extended it by another four, five days, in fact they are closing today (yesterday) by midnight”.

‘Most Northern Govs Support Terrorism’


NORTHERN GOVSChairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Rules and Business, Albert Sam-Tsokwa, has said only the Speaker, Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal is constitutionally empowered to declare vacant the seats of the 37 lawmakers, who defected from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress.

Lending his voice to the heated debate that greeted the ruling of an Abuja Federal High Court, which ruled that the lawmakers’ defection was unconstitutional, Sam-Tsokwa flayed the call by the PDP Governors’ Forum that the affected lawmakers’ seats be declared vacant.

He urged the forum to stop making pronouncements capable of heating up the polity and instead advised them to seek legal redress on the matter.

Hon. Sam-Tsokwa (PDP/Taraba) representing Donga/SSA/Takum/Special Area, spoke yesterday during the House of Representatives Press Corps’ Hot Seat series at the National Assembly in Abuja.

He said: “Let me begin by saying the court is not a Father Christmas. A court has no jurisdiction, a court has no right, a court has no power to give what is not asked for.

“Now, as to the next course of action, the constitution is very clear: that power (to declare seat of any member vacant) is vested in the Senate President or the Speaker of the House of Representatives. No other person in Nigeria has that power, not even the court.

“If I am aggrieved that the Senate President has not done what he should or the Speaker has not done what he should have done, the only way we can involve a court is to go to the court and ask for an order of mandamus to compel him to do what the law requires him to do”.

The lawmaker dropped what could be considered a bombshell when he fingered most northern governors as the brains behind acts of terrorism bedeviling the country.

He based his allegations on the continuous violent clashes between herdsmen/farmers in many parts of Northern Nigeria.

He described the escalating conflicts as “a time bomb” which if not stopped, could transform into another Boko Haram challenge.

“Most of the problems we have are created by our leaders. And that was why in one occasion, I said I am of the opinion that most northern governors support terrorism. Because I see the attacks on farmers as a terrorist act. Not a conflict.

“You stay in your house, somebody comes to your land and begins to cause problems and destroy your crops. You complain and he brings out a gun, sacks you from that place and they call it conflict. What conflict is that? It is an act of terrorism.

“What we call farmer/grazer conflict is a kind of insurgency against the farmer. A grazer is a farmer, young cultivator is a farmer. Just as I cannot walk up to your land and begin to make heaps because your land is good and I want to plant rice there. A grazer too has no right to walk into my land no matter how conducive for grazing and begin to graze there. If he has no land, I have land. I have no animal. Come, buy my land, give me money and graze there.

“Today, these people (farmers) are helpless, a time will come when they will not be that helpless. That was how Boko Haram started. My advice is that the earlier we do something about it the better for us. Nigeria has enough problem on its hands. Let us not cause additional problems. Let’s handle the ones we have. We should be seen to be moving ahead rather than adding more and more problems for the country”.

Jonathan Convoked Confab On Very Risky Rule Of Thumb, Says Delegate


f5f77151bccdc35eb8b23efd3d5962b8Constitutional lawyer and professor of law, Auwalu Yadudu, yesterday told the ongoing National Conference in Abuja that the gathering lacked popular democratic principles.

Yadudu, who is one of the North-West delegates, argued that though President Goodluck Jonathan claimed not to have any sinister motive for convening the conference, there appeared to be a bold agenda set in play by acts of commission or omission.

The one-time legal adviser to the late dictator, General Sani Abacha, Yadudu noted that it is evident that the conference was designed, not in line with popular or democratic indices, contrary to the advice offered by the Femi Okurounmu Presidential Committee on National Dialogue. The conference, he added, is convoked on a novel and very risky rule of the thumb.

While insisting that the composition of delegates to the conference is based on criteria that are against universally acceptable democratic norms, the don noted that though many delegates may not submit themselves for election, the conference should not engage in self-delusion.

He explained further that given the unelected nature through which delegates were selected, the conference lacked the essential brief or mandate to restructure the country with finality. He also advised that the conference should accept its limited function as just another dignified presidential advisory committee, albeit an enlarged one.

He said, “Some have argued that even the National Assembly lacks sufficient popular mandate or credibility. That it is incapable or less favourably disposed to undertake the demolition or profound reconstruction job which Nigeria critically needs.

“This is on account of the alleged deep flaws in our electoral system and processes that its members have benefited from. Need one be reminded that the president is himself the product and beneficiary of the same deeply flawed electoral processes? As such, he cannot claim or be ascribed any more legitimacy than the National Assembly. Yet we recognise his constitutional powers to convene and have responded to his call to participate in this conference”, he said.

2015: S/East Group Endorses Atiku For Presidency


Atiku-Abubakar2Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar’s perceived presidential bid has received a massive boost from a South-East political pressure group, the Turaki East Alliance (TEA), which urged Nigerians to support his emergence as Nigeria’s next president in 2015.

The group said an Atiku presidency is the panacea to the leadership challenges confronting the nation.

The group noted that its endorsement of the former vice president was based on his contributions to the promotion of unity and religious tolerance in the country.

“He has proved to be a detribalised Nigerian who could be trusted to carry whole country along”, TEA said.

The group’s National Coordinator, Comrade Peter Akubuo said TEA’s endorsement of Atiku was informed by the need to draft a progressive democrat into the presidential race to salvage Nigeria’s democracy.

FG Rejects Mugabe’s Corruption Statement, Summons Head Of Chancery To Register Protest


GEJ-MugabeThe Federal Government summoned yesterday the Zimbabwean Head of Chancery, Stanley Kunjeku, over remarks credited to President Robert Mugabe, which depicted Nigerians as corrupt.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned Kunjeku in Abuja to protest against Mugabe’s comment.

The Permanent Secretary Dr Martin Uhomoibhi, described Mugabe’s comment as “vitriolic and denigrating on Nigeria and Nigerians”.

He added: “We were concerned when we read that on the occasion of the 90th birthday of President Mugabe, he took time to vituperate about Nigeria”.

The permanent secretary noted that Mugabe’s comments reflected “what we consider to be a strong aversion of our country, remarks which we consider denigrating …on Nigeria and Nigerians in general”.

Uhomoibhi said: “He (Mugabe) was reported to have said Nigerians are corrupt people, when he hosted service chiefs on his 90th birthday.

“We want to present the strongest protest against that statement; not only does it not reflect the reality in our country, but to come from a sitting President of a brotherly country is most unkind and very dishonourable”.

The Uhomoibhi said the Zimbabwean President’s comment was unfortunate, given the role Nigeria played in the liberation struggle of southern Africa.

He said Nigeria had always stood by Zimbabwe “shoulder-to-shoulder” since independence and was one of the first countries to congratulate Mugabe on his re-election.

“At the point sanctions were imposed on your country, Nigeria empathised with Zimbabwe”, Uhomoibhi said.

The permanent secretary told reporters that Nigeria’s reaction to the comment was not belated, because it had been in the public domain since March 15.

“In our diplomatic parlance, we do not react the way people would want us to react. We have to verify and articulate our position”, he said.

Kunjeku said Nigeria’s protest would be forwarded to Harare, the Zimbabwean federal capital.

Also, Uhomoibhi condemned last week’s attacks on Nigerians in South Africa.

He said: “We condemn, in strong terms, any act of racism, xenophobia and discrimination perpetrated by whomsoever, including in that particular country.

“We are appalled that these incidents occur from a country we hold in highest esteem and which is a brotherly country to Nigeria.

“We hope that due processes would be taken so that this does not happen (again)”.

The permanent secretary urged the South African Government to take appropriate actions against those responsible for the attacks.

He urged South Africa to abide by its commitment to international standards of behaviour and cordial relations between both countries.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that on April 2 and 3, some Nigerians were hospitalised in Pretoria, after attacks by organised gangs in South Africa.

Also, 25 shops belonging to Nigerians in Johannesburg and Pretoria were looted by South African gangs. (NAN)

KOGI STATE GOVERNMENT SHOULD RELEASE ACTIVIST UMAR GOODMAN NOW


The Youths Against Human Rights Violation And Corrupt Practices (YAHVCP) demands the immediate and unconditional release of Umar Goodman, a Kogi State Activist who was unlawfully arrested by police in Kogi State allegedly for demanding the removal of the state governor, Idris Wada. Umar Goodman was whisked away by armed police officers Saturday-allegedly on the orders of the governor- after he led two protests calling for Mr. Wada’s sack.

Mr. Goodman’s family said police loaded in three trucks stormed their residence in Idah, Kogi State at about 5 a.m. on Saturday; beat him up in front of his wife and children before he was taken to the police headquarters in Lokoja where he was detained over the weekend.Mr. Goodman was later arraigned before a magistrate court in Lokoja, Monday, charged with thuggery. The case was adjourned by the presiding Magistrate, C.O. Oyelude, till April 15. Mr. Goodman was ordered remanded in the prison until the next hearing.

This reprehensible and repressive action of the Kogi State Government is part of the despotic measures aimed at suppressing legitimate protest against injustice and miss-rule. This characteristic despotism of the Idris Wada led Kogi State government, further confirms its lack of commitment to genuine democratic culture and it is a throwback to the era of military absolutism with its associated abuse of the fundamental rights of people to freedom of expression, among others.

We strongly assert that Nigerians have fundamental rights to peacefully protest against any anti-people action of the government. We wish to state that the rights to freedom of association, expression and protest are surely guaranteed in the constitution and charters on human rights.

We call on labour, the press, pro-masses organisations and individuals, nationally and internationally, to condemn the unlawful arrest and detention of the pro-democracy activist of Kogi State Mr Umar Goodman and demand his immediate release. We also call on labour and pro-masses organizations in Kogi State not to be cowed by the repressive and despotic action of the Idris Wada led government. There should be Day(s) of Actions to include rallies, industrial strikes, peaceful protests in Kogi , to press home the demand for the release of Mr Goodman and an end to anti-poor, neo-liberal economic reforms of the Kogi State government. The protest against any unpopular government policies should be linked with daily struggles of workers and poor masses for functional education, electricity, decent jobs, living wages, water, health care, good road, food and other basic needs of life.

Kenneth Uwadi

YAHVCP Coordinator

Amaka Didanda

YAHVCP Media Affairs Director

 

5 Things Single Men May Not Understand About Married Men


images (22)“I’m not sprung, I’m just smart and I’m sleepy!” I remember having to have this conversation with one of my single friends as he tried to pull my card about why I didn’t want to hang out all night long with him. Often times as we make the transition from bachelor to husband there are some things that your single friends just won’t understand until they themselves are in your shoes. Here are a few things that they may not quite understand:

  1. I need to be home at a decent time!

Okay… I don’t mind going out with from time to time and my wife has no issues with it what so ever. In fact, she actually encourages it. The difference between me going out as a married man now is that I just choose not to be out ALL NIGHT. The first reason is that I think it’s just respectful of my home and my wife to be home at a decent time and secondly a brother just be tired! Call me old if you want to, but my bed is always more comfortable than any club

  1. Yes! I Call in and check in

hen you are bachelor or just a boyfriend, sometimes your boys can view checking in as a sign of weakness, but as a husband I view it as a responsibility. I vowed to be responsible for my wife and to my wife and thus I like to make sure she is okay and to let her know that I am okay as well. This doesn’t mean I have to have a 30 minute conversation with her, but a few text messages or a few short phone calls can solve a lot of things. It doesn’t mean that as a husband you’re weak or you don’t “run things,” it just means that you are considerate

  1. I’m not getting “brand new” just because I have other married friends.

“Oh you get married and now you don’t know nobody anymore huh?” NO…that’s not it at all, but one of the things that naturally tends to happen is that we all start to gravitate towards people with similar lifestyles. Sometimes married people will end up befriending other married people or couples because: number one, we share some of the same issues, triumphs, and struggles and number two you end up doing so much more with your significant other that it becomes a natural progression. This doesn’t mean that your homeboy or friends are getting brand-new it just means that they have extended their network of friends and that’s okay.

  1. No, I can’t be your wingman!

Look… I’ve been a wingman for the best of them, but there is nothing creepier than the wingman with a wedding ring on. First off, my mind will be too busy trying to figure out how this will be perceived by onlookers and secondly can you say awwwwkward! She doesn’t want to be entertaining the guy that isn’t available and I don’t want to end up on Facebook with a caption under it saying “look at this weirdo married guy trying to get with me.” I don’t think my wife would like me being named Creep of the Month on Instagram either.

  1. New priorities

Bottom line is that when two become one then there are some things that will change. It’s not always a change in personality; sometimes it’s just a change in priorities! Besides I can’t be the cool guy in the club at midnight if I’m nodding off in the corner

Source: xklusivethou

3 Reasons Why Your Christian Wife Wants to be Single Again


images (15)Men, what would make your Christian wife want to leave you quick fast and in a hurry? That’s the question I asked my wife. With great passion, she started breaking down the reasons why. She referenced examples from our 16 years of marriage and 14 years of mentoring couples in our business, Family Bootcamp. It got serious! After she was done, I wrote this blog post from the female perspective…in response to the male perspective on why Christian men want to be single again.

I can feel some men already getting defensive. Calm down. This is not male bashing. I have neither the time nor the inclination to heighten my acclaim by denigrating others. So let’s have an honest and respectful conversation about why your wife might secretly want to leave you. If these points don’t apply to you, then God bless you. However, if they do, then take heed to these recommendations…and God bless you too.

  1. “Why do I Have to Make All the Decisions?!”

My wife’s #1 reason was: “She makes all the decisions.” As she put it, “No woman wants a soft man.” Meaning, no woman feels secure with an “indecisive, whimpy man” that’s scared to take initiative or stand up for what he believes in. “A woman wants a man that knows how to make decisions”…tough decisions…she can put her trust in. If you fail to make these decisions, “or seem wishy-washy about the decisions you make”, how can you expect her to feel secure?

For the record…she’s not talking about a man who makes unilateral decisions without consulting his wife. Or a man who makes decisions by thumping his chest and screaming, “I’m the head of this household! You have to submit to me!” That’s a sign of weakness…not decisiveness. (Hint: If you have to announce your status or title to gain compliance, you’ve already lost.) She’s talking about a man who takes initiative to come up with a plan or suggestion to be discussed…instead of waiting for his wife to initiate everything. If this applies to you, then start making good decisions by initiating solutions for small task-oriented problems so that you can get some quick wins. Be prepared to discuss your reasoning with your wife to gain buy-in. This will build confidence in your decision making. Then gradually begin initiating solutions to more important issues in your marriage.

  1. “Can I Get Some Help Around Here?!”

If your woman feels like you’re not helping her do anything (i.e., helping with the household responsibilities), she feels like she might as well be by herself. She’d rather take all the responsibilities and do it by herself instead of hoping you will share in the responsibilities…only to be let down. In other words, “you’re more like a liability…like her 3rd or 4th child. And your wife wishes you weren’t there.” But this can be easily fixed. Start helping out! Begin by taking over one or two responsibilities your wife already does. This will help lighten her load…and gain you much appreciation in the process.

  1. “Why Can’t You Just Do What You Say You’re Gonna Do?!”

“You don’t follow through with what you say you’re going to do.” This one frustrated my wife the most. “You either do the opposite of what you say, or you do nothing.” Either way, you are driving your wife crazy…and that will make a woman want to leave you with the quickness. There’s a Proverb that says, “Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint.” (Pro 25:19 KJV). That verse is saying, such a man is unreliable, unsupportive…and very painful to have around. Don’t be that dude. Don’t let your word be like a broken tooth. Or your actions be reliable as a broken foot. Be a man of integrity in both word and deed. This will garner trust in you and security for your wife. Then she might think about staying.

This by no means is an entire list. Cheating, physical and substance abuse were three that I started to add. But these are my wife’s points. And her points highlight some serious issues that got Christian wives contemplating some tough decisions about the future of their marriage. So, Christian husband, if you have any long-term, ongoing, reoccurring issues in your marriage, I advise you to check in with your wife to see how you’re doing in these three areas above. Take the initiative and have this tough conversation. And if you’re too reluctant to do so, that may give you a clue on how you’re doing.

Source: hisleadershiphertrust.com

Man Dies After Accidentally Shooting Himself in The Testicles


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A man has died after he accidentally shot himself in the testicles.

Kittisak Krusorn, 27, was found dead on his front porch with a pool of blood trailing from his bedroom.

Cops then found a homemade handgun and one bullet case in his room.

Investigators say Mr Krusorn’s testicles were punctured by the bullet. It is thought he could have fired his weapon as he removed it from the holster on his belt.

Police were called to the property in Prachinburi province, Thailand, at 2am last Monday.

Earlier in the night it is believed he was hosting a gambling event at a local temple.

As reported by Khaosod English, relatives heard a gunshot bang and Mr Krusorn crying for help shortly after he returned to his room.

Nigerian Secret Police Detains Citizen Who Tweeted Photos Of The Boko Haram Jailbreak At Their HQ


Onimisi Ciaxon, a Nigerian citizen, tweeted six photos of the Boko Haram jailbreak after security agents regained control of the situation at the headquarters of the State Security Services (SSS) in Abuja. He was arrested shortly after his photos brought attention to the events that took place outside the Nigerian secret police, which is also known as the “Department of State Security,” on March 30, 2014. He has been in detention for 10 days now.In one of the photos, Mr. Onimisi offered a bottle of water to one of the soldiers. He also took a photo of a soldier and tweeted it to give an accurate sequence of events that transpired during that day.

The SSS was reportedly miffed by one of the photos, which showed how its officers recaptured one of the escaped detainees, who were later summarily executed by officers. The SSS stated that 21 detainees died after a firefight, in the efforts to bring the jail breakers under control.

Several sources said Mr. Onimisi is an employee of the defunct power company, Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) at the Presidential Villa substation.

 

Keshi gets N20m salary arrears


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Super Eagles head coach, Stephen Keshi, will today get his four-month salary arrears following the resolve of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to offset the salaries of the Eagles technical crew ahead of the Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup.

The federation, which made the disclosure through the chairman Media Sub-committee, Chief Emeka Inyama, blamed the delay on the late release of fund from the federal government, adding that the federation has equally concluded arrangements to pay the Eagles technical crew upfront to avoid distractions during the World Cup.

Giving an update about the salaries of the Eagles technical crew, the federation said: “As I speak to you, the coaches’ four months outstanding salaries have been processed for payment. In fact, the mandate has been signed and I’m sure they will get the payment alert by Wednesday or Thursday

Buhari, Tinubu And APC Leaders Meeting Turn To War Of Words


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**the foundation for APC was my presidential bid and not for some new boys to come and hijack the machinery – Buhari to Tinubu.

Yesterday , there was tension in the house of APC. It started with Buhari fuming and hitting hard on Bola Tinubu over talks that APC governors lead by Lagos state Gov Babatunde Fashola were shopping for a neutral presidential candidate outside Buhari and new APC comer Atiku Abubakar.

Buhari was said to have reminded Tinubu in clear terms, that the major foundation for APC was his presidential bid and not for some new boys to come and hijack the machinery and dictate to them.
He told Tinubu that he has concrete information that the governors and some younger generation of APC members where intensifying their search for a neutral presidential candidate aside the power brokers of APC and the candidate could be one of the serving APC governors in the North while 3 serving governors had been penciled for VP ( one each from SW, SE and 2 from SS).

Buhari told Tinubu that if he doesn’t curtail the governors immediately, especially, Fashola, and allow them go ahead with their plans, he would have no option than to pull out of APC.
He reminded Tinubu what that would spell for him.

After talks with Buhari, Tinubu was said to have put a call to Fashola, tongue lashing him in the strongest of phrases.
He gave Fashola a direct order to desist from any further search for any other candidate and threatened to make the rest of his tenure rough if he doesn’t desist.

Fashola was said to have reminded Tinubu of the need for them to act in a democratic way to elect the candidates, so as to be presentable to the public.
Tinubu shut Fashola up bluntly and asked him, “Where was democratic way when I made you governor?”

At this Fashola didn’t say anything again.
Tinubu went ahead and told Fashola that if he isn’t careful, he wont finish his term as governor.

Gen Buhari May Dump APC, If Money Bags Deny Him Ticket


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**there are plans by some APC group lead by Atiku Abubakar, Chief Onu, Chief Ikimi, Alhaji Sheriff and some governors to block me from the ticket.

The leader of the All Progressive Congress (APC) and former Head of state, Maj Gen Muhammadu Buhari may leave the opposition party if the new members of the party succeded in denying him the President ticket of APC in the 2015 President election.

The embittered former Head of state complained about the various grand plans by APC group lead by Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, Chief Onu, Chief Ikimi, Alhaji Ali Modu Sheriff and some APC state governors who bent of ensuring that his name will not be on the ballot paper as the Presidential candidate.

Buhari has earlier complained about the activities of the Lagos state Governor, Babatunde Fashola, who is shopping for a neutral presidential candidate outside him and new APC comer Atiku Abubakar.

Buhari was said to haveThe APC leader reminded Alhaji Bola Tinubu of his sacrifice since the pre and post registration of their party.
“Remember that the major foundation for APC was my presidential bid and not for some new boys to come and hijack the machinery and dictate to us”, the disappointed Buahi said.

Buhari passinately appealed to Tinubu to checkmate the activities of these state Governors, who are working against him aspiration and warned that he will be left with no option than to leave the APC, if unresonably pushed off the APC Presidencial ticket.
To the demoralised Gen Buhari, it is getting certain that he will lose the APC ticket to either Alhaji Atiku or any of the Northern younger candidates, that he refused to mention.

According to Polls, Maj Gen Buhari compared to other APC Presidential aspirants, has the highest chance of challenging President Goodluck Jonathan in the February 14, 2014 election

Unhealthy Relationship Alert! 13 Weird Signs Things Ain’t Right


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Sometimes you can’t quite put your finger on what is wrong with your relationship, and for that reason you decide there is nothing wrong. Not necessarily true. Here are 15 strange, subtle and seemingly unrelated signs that your man is toxic for your life.

1. He spoils you
Every woman deserves to be spoiled occasionally. But if your man constantly showers you with gifts, begins inappropriately early (like after date #2) and spends tons of money on said gifts, he is probably in great fear of losing you. And that’s a lot of pressure to put on a woman. We easily succumb to guilt and we can feel when a man would be devastated by us leaving him, so we often stay in relationships we don’t want to be in.

2. He “advises” you often
It’s great to have a man that cares about your wellbeing. But, he should believe in your ability to make decisions about such fundamental things as your friendships, your career and your finances. If you’re with a man that constantly advises you to do something completely different than what you were going to, then he could just be trying to control you. He certainly shouldn’t be telling you which friends to have, or what passions to pursue.

3. You don’t feel happy without sx
sx gives you the illusion of intimacy and that things are okay. That’s why many of the most toxic couples have the most sx. So if you feel anxious if you go to bed without having sx that means you need something as intense as s*x to simply feel connected to your guy on any level. You don’t feel at peace simply watching TV with him

4. You’re gaining weight
If you don’t feel nurtured, loved and comforted by your man, you need to get those feelings elsewhere. Often people that binge eat do so because they feel that they are working so hard to keep everything else in their life together, they need to have one thing they completely slack off on. And they let that be their diet

5. You’re losing weight
Being in a constant state of stress can override your feelings of hunger. If you are typically a girl with a healthy appetite, and you’re finding yourself not hungry, take stock of what’s happening in your relationship. Regular fighting will make you forget to eat! Or simply a regular feeling that something isn’t quite right will take your appetite away because the nerves in your stomach will overshadow your feelings of hunger

6. You feel distant from your friends
Females need to share things. It’s just the way we are built. We get a surge of great-feeling chemicals when we facilitate close friendships via conversation. Talking about our romantic relationships particularly facilitates that feeling of intimacy but if you’re afraid to tell your girlfriends what’s happening in your relationship, you’re missing out on all of that. Your girlfriends have known you longer than your man and know what’s best for you. So if you fear their judgment of your relationship, well, you probably should

7. You feel distant from your parents
Any good parent sounds their sirens if their child is unhappy in her relationship. We all shield a few details from our parents but if you’re unable to talk to your parents about your relationship at all, or you have to lie to them about it, you’re keeping your parents from being able to do the one thing they’re here to do: protect you. That will cause some major guilt in you.

8. You’re not sleeping well
This one seems obvious but sometimes we have a rough time sleeping and don’t take a minute to attribute it to something happening in our lives. We just think we’re “bad sleepers.” But if you don’t have a general feeling of peace, balance and well-being, your brain and body will not relax enough for you to get a good night’s rest. Try taking a break from your partner—go visit a friend, or even make up an excuse to be away from him each night for a week, but mentally tell yourself at the beginning of that week “I won’t see my partner for 7 days” and see how you sleep

9. You check your phone often
Are you checking it out of the anticipation of lovey-dovey messages or are you constantly on damage control, never knowing when you’ll need to tend to your boyfriend’s jealousies, demands or insecurities? In general, if a relationship is healthy for your life, you’ll feel secure enough to walk away from the phone and potentially miss a few calls without having to worry about causing a fight.

10. You’re talking to everyone about it
We don’t only talk obsessively about our relationship when we’re happy. In fact, that eventually wears off as the relationship goes on. But when things are turbulent, you talk about your relationship every chance you get. You look for validation or insight from anybody and everybody. Every topic reminds you of your relationship, and you segue into talking about that instead.

11. You or he feels lazy
It’s one thing to slack off a little on your ambitions when a relationship is new and all you want to do is shack up. But losing interest in an energy for your passions entirely is a bad sign. When you’re with the right person, you find new energy and confidence to finally go after you dreams, even the ones you’re most afraid to fail at.

12. You feel relieved around his friends/family
Do you find yourself pushing to go out with his friends, or go to the family dinner his mom invited the two of you to? This could be because you get to “cheat” in a sense when you’re with other people. You are with your partner but you don’t have to talk to him the entire time. You get to enjoy the buffer of having others around.

13. You’re together all the time
It’s cute to want to be together all the time. It’s scary to feel you need to be together all the time or else the relationship will fall apart. You should feel comfortable parting ways with your man for a few days to see friends, family and just take some you time. Doing so should not make you feel anxious. If your connection to your man can be weakened by just a few days apart, or you fear he may cheat on you, that’s not a very quality relationship.

IMO GOVT. PARTNERS NEWMAP TO CHECK ECOLOGICAL PROBLEMS


Imo State Government has reiterated it’s resolve to continue to play a complimentary role in fight against erosion menace in the State.

Imo State Deputy Governor, Prince Eze Madumere stated this  after receiving the delegation from Nigerian Erosion Water Shade Management Project in his office last Monday, April 7, 2014.

He, however, disclosed that Imo State Government has concluded arrangement for the release of N300 million as counterpart fund as its own obligation to enable the body tackle erosion problems in the State especially in the present season.

He further appealed to the delegation to consider other erosion sites other than Urualla, Iheoma and Eziala Obizi in Ezinihitte Mbaise as they begin work in the next batch.

Imo Deputy Governor, more so, briefed the team on the transformations that have taken place in Imo State in less than three years of Owelle Anayo Rochas Okorocha led administration. Areas he mentioned are education, infrastructure and other social amenities while reiterating administration’s resolve to addressing problems as they affect every zone in Imo State.

Prince Madumere, meanwhile, harped on the need to check ecological problems of the State as they pose serious threat to the progress of every society especially in the area of Agriculture, free interactions, whether socially, political, economically and otherwise, among communities and States.

The Commissioner for Petroleum and Environment, Prof. Okey Okoro thanked the Owelle Rochas Okorocha led Rescue Mission Government for release of counterpart fund, which he described as a clear demonstration of the love it has for the citizenry. He urged the delegation to do a good job in return.

Briefing the Deputy Governor earlier, the leader of the delegation, Dr. Amos Abu said they were in the State to consolidation of  their partnership with the State government to tackling erosion sites ravaging parts of the State. While thanking State Government for its positive disposition, he appealed for the timely release of the counterpart fund to enable them begin their function.

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Imo Deputy Governor, Prince Eze Madumere, MFR, Deputy Governor of Imo State in a handshake with Dr. Amos Abu, the leader of the delegation of the Nigerian Erosion Water Shade Management

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His Excellency, Deputy Governor of Imo State addressing the NEWMAP team when they paid a visit to his office in Government House, Owerri

Ask a Modern Prophet about


How does having the Mahanta, the Living ECK Master as a spiritual guide

help someone become an awakened Soul?

The holy book of Eckankar, The Shariyat-Ki-Sugmad, Book

One, tells how the ECK Sound Current is often weak at first.

However, the Master gives a student unique methods to begin

opening the Spiritual Eye.4 As it opens, the Sound becomes ever

clearer, more distinct, more compelling, a magnet of love.

This divine music then begins to draw Soul higher. The journey

home to God may now proceed in earnest.

The special methods the Master gives to a lover of God are the

Spiritual Exercises of ECK. Many, many are available in the outer

works of Eckankar. Moreover, the Master will also pass along

others in the dream state or contemplation. The latter match one’s

state of consciousness. The experiences that accrue from them

are, like the outer exercises, designed to refine one spiritually.

— Answer from “Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing,” by Harold Klemp,

2010 Eckankar Journal

How can I attain full consciousness, both in the inner and outer worlds?

The simplest key to being “conscious” is the art of listening. By

all means listen to others, but also listen—and watch—for the

silent voice of the Mahanta, the Inner Master, that speaks through

others, the waking dream, and intuition, for example.

To be conscious is to be humble and compassionate in the

presence of life. In short, love fills your being. The ego is out.

A Modern Prophet Answers Your Key Questions

about Life, Book 2, by Harold Klemp

Unemployment: Graduate attempts suicide in Akwa Ibom


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Men of the Akwa Ibom police command yesterday stopped a suicide attempt by a Mechanical Engineering graduate of Ekiti State University who identified himself as Sunday Omotayo.According to eyewitness, Sunday jumped off a of a speeding Toyota Hiace bus, expecting to be crushed to death by oncoming vehicles on the road leading to Ibom Plaza, Uyo.The police said Sunday had earlier gone to the Prison Service asking warders to either kill him or allow him rot in jail.An official at the prison who spoke anonymously said, “We just saw somebody, well dressed and on tie with no look of mentally deranged running towards us. His action forced us to become immediately alert with our weapons.“The next thing he said was ‘shoot me’, ‘shoot me’, ‘I want to die’, ‘I am tired of this world.’ We were still facing him with our weapons when he scrambled towards us, saying we should allow him to enter and die inside the prison.”It was after prison officials calmed him done and got him on a bus that from his sitting jumped off the to attempt the failed suicide. Journalists at the scenece heard Omotayo mumbling, “There is no state that I have not gone to in search of job in the past 10 years, but none for me.Speaking with the press, Sunday lamented: “I came to Akwa Ibom State because this is my last hope. I have heard stories of Governor Godswill Akpabio uncommon transformation. But unfortunately, since I came, I discovered that even many people from Akwa Ibom are also crying because of poverty and joblessness.

-Vanguard

6 Characteristics Of A Great Spouse!


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Talk about a loaded question. But then our own answer hits us with a resounding thud – Of course not. Surely there is something else we all can do a little better. Someway we can express our love a little more effectively.

  1. Become Great Communicators. We can not talk enough, about how we talk to each other. There is not an area of our marriage that is not impacted by how we talk and express ourselves to each other. Because, our communication either is the problem or the bridge back from the problem. I have read so many books about communication in marriage – even wrote a few chapters on it myself – but it always seems to boil down to lovingly saying what we feel and hearing what our spouse is really saying. The more we can honestly say how we feel and what we need the stronger our communication becomes. But also we have to hear each other. And hearing is different than listening. Hearing is seeking to understand from our spouse’s point of view, not our own. Without really hearing each other, our communication is significantly hindered.
  2. I am sorry. I forgive you. Two of the most exceptional displays of humility in a marriage. Admitting when we are wrong sometimes feels like walking across the street with our eyes closed. Vulnerable! Because, when we admit our mistakes we lose control of the outcome by placing ourselves into our spouse’s hand. Admitting we messed up, ultimately, buys us a lot of credibility with our spouse and more importantly keeps us in right relationship with Christ. As much as we need to be forgiven, we have to also forgive. Forgiving, is that ability to stop transferring our feelings about what has happened to our spouse. We know that it happened, but we are moved to a point of not transferring our hurt back to our spouse. Neither of these is easy, they are exceptionally humble actions, which is precisely why sincerely admitting our wrongs and forgiving their wrongs brings exceptional results to a marriage.

  3. Share One Another’s Load. Running a house, raising kids and then being productive on our jobs is tiring. An exceptional spouse knows nothing about 50-50 and is more focused on “whatever it takes”. Seeking to take the load off of our spouse makes their life easier if even in only small ways. While the rule may be: “that” is a man’s job and “this” is a woman’s role. When we can move beyond those boundaries and take the load off or our husband or wife, we demonstrate how much we value them. And thus, put exceptional strength into our relationship. Note to Husbands: There was a study that came out a few years ago that made a strong link between the amount of house work a man does and the degree of intimacy he enjoys with his wife.

  4. Solve Problems Side by Side. Change your language from “you”, to “we” and “us” and you can begin to move from confrontational to partnership in your marriage. For example, if you can change “you” are always late, which is 100% on them to, “we” need to work on being on time, which is walking side by side. That is exceptional patience in humility in that you remove blame and walk together.

  5. Complement (Verbally). After a few years we get so comfortable with each other that we can forget our manners. Never stop saying thank you. Take note of your spouse’s new clothes or improved attitude. At times we have to be intentional about continuing to express our feelings and admiration. SO make it a habit to routinely check yourself, are you paying enough attention to your spouse, more importantly are you telling them what you are seeing and feeling.

  6. Wisdom. Exceptional spouses seek exceptional wisdom. The longer we are married the wiser we should be about ourselves, our spouse and our family. If you even suspect that an action or behavior might lead to a bigger problem, then don’t do it! For example, the wise, exceptional spouse doesn’t linger in conversations that are clearly leading us in the wrong direction. Exceptional wisdom looks for, sees and runs like crazy from potential calamity. The exceptional spouse also takes note of what is important to their spouse and where the land mines are. The point, is that being an exceptional spouse is about knowing yourself and being proactive about avoiding big “mess ups”.

An interesting closing thought is that we can do all of these things and our spouse may or may not see the value in them. Being “exceptional” isn’t about reaching a destination, rather it is about constantly working to love our spouse more completely and most importantly, the way they need to be loved.

[Advice Needed] We Should Get Married In December, But He Is No Longer Interested! Please Help!


images (16)Dear Tee,

My fiance suddenly sent me a message that he is not interested in the wedding we would have in December. I am really down right now. What should I do? He has refused to pick his calls and we don’t stay in the same state. Please help, before I go crazy. Lara.

Dear Lara,

I understand that you are really scared, but I think you should stay calm now. Continue to ring him till he picks up his phone. If he still does not pick, you could talk to his close friend or relative and find out what’s happening with him. When he talks to you, I think you should ask him the reason for his words. Ask him questions and find out what and why. You can make adjustment if he complains of one thing or the other. If however, he is insistent on not having the wedding, don’t be downcasted, remember that everything happens for a reason. Move on with your life and don’t rush into another relationship…. Better doors would open unto you.

All the best, Tee.

If you have a dilemma and you’d like to share, send an email to us on advice@informationnigeria.org

[Advice Needed] His Mother Detests Me, Please Help!


TNMCoupleBedUnHappyArgueDear Tee,
I am a student of Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro. I an dating a collegue of mine and we intend to get married after school. Recently, I visited his family and his mother gave me a funny attitude. Later, I told my boyfriend about it and he said that his mother is against our relationship because of my tribe. I asked him what he feels about it and he said he cannot disobey his mother, but he loves me. He has started misbehaving to me now. Please what do I do?

JN

Dear JN,
I think you should not get disturbed. Let him make up his mind about the relationship, if he wants to let go of the relationship, please let him. Just understand that someone who would love your tribe would come around. Don’t beg him to stay with you, let him make his decision. Stay strong at this time, don’t feel downcasted, put your energy into other positive things and be patient.
All the best,
Tee.

If you have a dilemma and you’d like to share, send an email to us on advice@informationnigeria.org

5 Health Conditions that May Be Affecting Your s*x Life


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Regular sx is often associated with good health. So when there’s a glitch in your sx life, it is also time to get alarmed about your health. When you begin to feel such a dip in your s*x life, watch out for these health conditions, which may be influencing your bedroom chemistry.Heart health

Depression
Depression usually causes an individual to feel disinterested in many of his/her daily activities. This disinterest can also be noticed in your bedroom activities, thereby causing a dip in your sx life. If you notice such symptoms, it is important that you treat depression to improve your mood and sx drive.

Heart health
One of the earliest symptoms of heart disease is erectile dysfunction. A heart condition can also cause general fatigue and take away a lot of functionality, which could all contribute to one’s disinterest in sx. Watch out for your heart health if your sx life begins to slack.

Sleep Deprivation
Research states that there is a strong link between a less-than-satisfactory sx life and sleep deprivation. Lack of sleep can affect energy level and can cause fatigue. This in turn affects the libido and one’s interest in sx. Therefore, it is important to treat sleep deprivation to improve one’s s*x life.

Chronic fatigue syndrome
Chronic fatigue syndrome is usually characterised by persistent fatigue caused by no real exertion and can last for a long time. This condition can influence a lot of physical symptoms like joint pain, sore throat, headaches, exhaustion, low sx drive etc. If you feel that your lack of interest in sx is accompanied by other such symptoms, be alarmed about chronic fatigue syndrome.

Hormonal Imbalance
Testosterone, estrogen, oxytocin etc. are hormones that influence your libido and sx life. Hormone imbalance can disrupt a number of normal bodily functions, sx included. Hormonal imbalance is one of most common causes of s*xual disinterest. To fix this, visit your urologist (for men) or ob-gyn (for women).

Source: healthmeup.com

WE SUPPORT KESHI WE ARE NOT HIRING ANY OTHER COACH FOR WORLD CUP-NFF


Emeka Inyama says that there is no tension between the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi as all previous disagreements have been amicably resolved.Inyama who is the Chairman of the NFF’s Media and Publicity Committee revealed that the issues that led the Federation to query Keshi have been amicably resolved after the tactician satisfactorily answered to the query.

“I want to use this platform to clarify that the Federation does not have any plans whatsoever to hire any other coach for the World Cup,” he assured.“We have confidence in Stephen Keshi and we will support him to win. We are focused on the World Cup and in two months’ time, we will go to Brazil and come back with a commendable result,” he added.

 

PDP govs ask House of Reps to declare seats of 37 defectors vacant


GOVERNORS elected on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday, urged the leadership of the House of Representatives to urgently declare the seats of the 37 federal lawmakers, who dumped the party for the All Progressives Congress, APC, vacant, if they failed to return.

It will be recalled that a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja had asked the 37 former members of PDP to resign their seats at the House of Representatives for defecting to APC.The court perpetually restrained the legislators from effecting any leadership change in the National Assembly

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OKOROCHA’S LGA TOURS AND IMO LAWMAKERS—— BY HENRY EKPE (08036695810)


When the Governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha commenced the
Tour of the twenty seven Local Government Areas in the State with a
visit to Ngor Okpala , nobody envisaged that the visits and town Hall
meetings with the people would open a can of worm that will remain
indelible in minds Imo populace.

Today, a harmless working tour by the Chief Executive of the state to
rapour with the masses and also take a look at the projects his
administration sited in such LGAs, has opened the underbelly of the
present crop of politicians that populate the Imo legislature.
Rather than the Okorocha visits turn a celebration for the masses, it
has become a journey of revelation and regrets on how the politicians
the various constituencies sent to the Imo House of Assembly to fight
for their political dividends have got to Owerri and turned to
contractors, enmeshing themselves in easy lucre, leaving the men and
women who stood in the sun for hours to vote for them, to remain in
squalor in the villages.

I had reported the activities of Imo House of Assembly from 2000 to
2009 as a Journalist, but in the history of the state legislature, I
have never seen such set of “Lawmakers”.
The current Imo Lawmakers lack maturity and conduct. They have no
focus and vision. There is no comparism between them and their
predecessors, right from 1999 till date.
The Okorocha LGA visit threw up in the open, what many people had
known all these while, but were being whispered in their homes.
It was a shame that in each of the stops, Okorocha was able to confirm
that the current Imo lawmakers are an extension of his Executive, who
give and execute contracts. The Governor openly lampooned Lawmakers
for dabbling into contract executions, and even ordered for the arrest
of some Imo Lawmakers.

It was even more incredible that the Peoples Representatives, who
ought to disturb the Executive arm of the Government to site projects
that will improve the poor conditions of their constituents, were
being accused by the Governor of pocketing money meant for the
improvement of infrastructure in their LGAs nay constituencies.
From the revelations coming out from the Okorocha’s tour, this set of
lawmakers cannot be trusted to deliver and cannot bite because they
have compromised their offices by allowing the Executive, another arm
of Government, to dictate its pace, when it should be the job of the
Legislature to monitor the Executive.
No wonder, the present Imo state has turned to a private Estate of an
individual, because checks and balances have fled through the window,
because Imo lawmakers are now lame Ducks and cannot carry out
over-sight factions.
Let me state here that even though the past legislators in the state
may not pass a transparency test, over inducements from the Executive
to dance to its tunes, but whatever transpired then between the
Legislature and Executive was done in the dark, which left the
populace guessing. But Okorocha has broken the “Nsukpe Coconut”, as it
was never heard before where a contractor will in an open meeting
point at a lawmaker, accuse him or her of asking for “kick-back’
before a contract was executed.

One contractor was bold enough to confess that he used part of
contract fund given to him to roof a house belonging to an Imo
lawmaker.
What these lawmakers forget is that the electorate have the right to
recall any lawmaker who gets to Owerri and thinks he is there only for
himself and family.
In the first place, lawmakers have their jobs out-lined for them;
which is lawmaking. Therefore, in a right clime, it is a
constitutional breach for any legislator to engage in contract Award
or execution.
Instead, it is the duty of the Executive to budget funds, while the
legislature appropriates the projects, which is then put across to the
Executive again to sign into law, and execute.
This is the reason why the Federal Lawmakers usually hide behind
contractors for the constituency projects, as they do not get involved
in the “real” execution of the projects, even though the can pass the
appropriation Act.
Governor Okorocha has succeeded in “demystifying” Imo Legislature
after “devaluing” most of them in the presence of their constituents,
which is the worst  thing that can happen to a politician.
But how did Imo legislature arrive at this notorious ugly stead? From
the beginning, the foundation of the present legislature in the state
was built on treachery. Therefore the foundation will always be
shallow.

At the inauguration of the present House headed by Rt Hon Benji
Uwajumogu, political treachery was elevated to another level when five
members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, including the new
Speaker, dumped their party and joined the All Progressives Grand
Alliance, which led APGA to form the majority party in the House.
Today, Okorocha who lured them into APGA has abandoned the party and
joined APC, leaving the treacherous lawmakers confused and lost.
Today, it is still a big question to many; which political party is in
majority in the House of Assembly? Is it PDP, APC or APGA? This is the
kind of House of Assembly Imo people are confronted with in this
dispensation. Every thing happening in the present legislature have
left many people confused, to the extent that the electorate can not
even swear which party their representatives belong to.
However, the Imo electorate cannot exonerate itself from this ugly
scenario playing out at the present Imo House of Assembly.
In 2011, out of anger, the Imo electorate threw away the baby with the
birth water by voting in people they did not know too well into the
legislature, and therefore that mistake is boomeranging on the masses
now, with the strange stories pouring out from the House.
For instance, like the Lawmaker representing Ngor Okpala LGA. It is
incredible that I never knew Hon Emeka Nwafor before until I heard he
has won the Imo Assembly seat.
With all humility, I want to state here that there is no politician in
Imo state that worths his salt that does not know me in first name
terms. I have been a practicing Journalist here close to fifteen years
now. So I know them, they know me. But I did not know my
representative at the Assembly until the burial of Hon Dan Ikeazu’s
mother at Agbala where I asked him to please show me the man they said
is representing me. I had known Ikeazu when he was a Councilor in
Owerri North LGA.

Nwafor has since three years now not called one constituency briefing.
I have never heard his voice in moving or supporting any motion.
But he is cool with himself. He has used Ngor Okpala state
constituency to find his “Level”. All of now are his mugu. But time
will tell.
What is happening in Ngor Okpala is nearly the same scenario in other
LGAs, where the constituents have not set eyes on their lawmakers,
until Okorocha’s tour dragged them home. Some of them even absconded
from the Town Hall meetings in order to avoid peoples anger.
How many Bills have this House passed? Even the focused ones among
them have been cowed and muscled to the ground by Okorocha. There is
the rumour that the Governor has resignation letters signed by some of
them, which will be presented when any of them moves out of line. What
a Legislature!
If things were moving fine in the House some of them would not have
smuggled in a draconian and wicked law on ambition, yet the rest did
not know, until Imo people shouted them selves hoarse before the law
was repealed.
Much as the legislature cannot function well without the Executive
that funds it, but the House can still retain its respect and dignity
and yet make the executive meet its obligation on the legislature.
The present Imo House of Assembly need to realize that the legislature
has enormous power and operates on the same level as the executive and
can even put the Governor on the spot if they put their acts together.

I had worked under a Governor before, and aware that the legislature
can tame a Governor to fear that arm of Government, and therefore give
it the due respect. But Okorocha has decimated the present Imo
Legislature into camps, which serves the Governor better, as they
House cannot speak with one voice now. Okorocha has put them where he
wants them
Any way, the present crop of Imo lawmakers lack men who can look a
lion into the eyes and damn the consequences. Before, Imo House of
Assembly was the potpourri of Imo politics, because of the level of
vibrancy and robust discussions in the chamber.
As a cob reporter in this state those days, one will not be happy to
miss the plenary of Imo Assembly. A visit to Imo Assembly then will
make your day.
As usual, conspiracy, which is part and parcel of politics, was in
existence then. Groups plot against each other for the betterment of
the entire House, not to gain the leverage and become appendage of the
Executive. The House then cherished its independence, which was why
that era had a vibrant House that cannot be messed up by any Governor.

I am talking about the Imo Assembly with the likes of late Oliver
Akpaka (Nwangele), Chief Onyeama (Nkwerre) CNC Onuoha (Isu), Gozie
Nwachukwu (Ngor Okpala) Dan Nwagwu (Obowo) Stanford Onyirimba (Ehime
Mbano) Jeff Ojinika (Orsu), Ethelbert Nnanna (Ohaji Egbema) Alex
Emeziem (Aboh Mbaise) Prof Ezeadi O Ezeadi (Okigwe) Jasper Ndubuaku,
(Isiala Mbano) Hon Goddy Dikeocha (Aboh Mbaise) Noel Agwuocha
Chukwukadibia (Ezinihitte) Ken Obichere (Owerri North) Dr Ukaegbu
(Ikeduru) Enerst Ibejiako (Owerri Municipal), Late Agaptus Egwueogu
(Isu), Charles Uba (Ideato South) and others.
Then, Governors spoke to the legislators as men, not as kindergartens.
They roar in the Assembly, and the Executive shivers. Each arm of the
Government respected each other; Executive, Judiciary and Legislature.
No Governor can look these set of men in the face and command them to
join his party or. Then the Lawmakers realized that it will benefit
democracy and their constituents more for them to remain in their
political parties and “control” the Executive and not only gain
respect, but still “corner” other things, by mutual respect and
understanding, which the present House lacks because it reduced itself
before the Governor.
If not for Okorocha’s magnanimity to site roads in the constituencies
and asked the lawmakers to “supervise” them, none of them can look
Okorocha in the eyes and demand any thing for their people.

I sympathize with the likes of Hon Sam Daddy Anyanwu, (Ikeduru), Hon
Simeon Iwunze (Isiala Mbano), Hon Kingsley Dimaku, (Ehime Mbano), Hon
Dan Ikpeazu (Owerri North), Hon Eudora Igwe (Ideato South) Hon Ndunagu
(Mbaitoli), Hon Okemili (Oru East) who have all lived up to
expectation in such a hostile and treacherous atmosphere.
I sympathize with them because when the history of the present Imo
House of Assembly will be recorded, there names will appear as being
among this set of Legislators that went for “sight seeing” at the
chamber for four years, and only executed contracts for Governor
Okorocha’s cabinet which benefited them individually. The achievements
of members who did well will not be noted, because as they will always
say in the chamber, the majority poor performance has the “aye” vote
in the Imo House of Assembly of today.

Doris Simeon: ‘Only God Knows What’s Happening Between Stella Damasus and Daniel’


Since Nollywood actress Doris Simeon’s marriage to Nollywood film-maker Daniel Ademinokan crashed about 2 years ago, she hasn’t spoken much about the sad issue…….
Daniel had allegedly accused Doris of being the cause of the crashed marriage and that Doris didn’t have time for the family and was always away on movie locations.
 Over the weekend, while playing guest during a live TV program -  ‘Gbajumo Osere’ for yoruba movie stars – one of Doris Simon’s fans asked why her marriage crashed and if Stella is truly having an affair with Daniel.

Her response:

“Only God knows what happened and is happening between them and he’s the one who knows why it happened that way. I tried to make the marriage work but it may have been God’s will for us to have parted like that. Like I said only God knows what is happening between them but it may be true since it is all over the media and sometimes media reports have some elements of truth. What is of utmost importance to ME now is my growth in the movie industry and my business ventures.”

Movie Director, Frank Rajah Arase: ‘I Feel Terribly Bad For Pioneering indecency In Ghanaian Movies’


  
The name Frank Rajah Arase rings a bell in Ghana as one of the best film-makers who have made great impact in the African movie industry. Although many think he is a Ghanaian due to his exploits in Ghollywood, Frank hails from Edo State in Nigeria and is happily married to a Nigerian.
In a recent interview with City People, he disclosed how much he now detests ‘indecency in Ghanaian movies’ and how he turned the likes of Van Vicker, Yvonne Nelson, Jackie Appiah into celebrities.
Well Heart of Men was actually my movie and we projected indecency in a very daring way. Before then, I got lots of mails from some of my foreign fans who said we love your movies but instead of creating love scenes where you have to put people under the blanket, take off those scenes but if you have to show the scenes, make it close to reality. 

That was one flaw people saw in my movies so I was like lets try to make this happen and maybe the devil was at work that day because everybody just complied and we started shooting, it wasn’t planned and it was one of those 5 mins madness so we shot it and after that, it was like an open door for a lot of indecency in our movies and I felt terribly bad for pioneering it and I have since cautioned myself.
Till date I will never do movies with deep kisses talk more s*x.I even had serious problems way back at home with my family over that movie, it was terrible and one of those hit movies I didn’t want people to always remember me with. Am doing my very best possible to create an image that people will see and not frown their faces. ” he said.
He further disclosed how he turned the likes of Van Vicker,  Yvonne Nelson, Majid Michel into celebrities.
“…in Nigeria, you have the likes of Genevieve Nnaji, Rita Dominic and co, these are commercial faces and I want to create the likes of those in Ghana, I want to differentiate them so we can use them to sell movies here too. So I was like ok let’s sign a contract which we did for 2 years, and later I made it 4 years. The contract was to groom some actors in Ghana and make them stars, we agreed and called for audition, where we picked the likes of Jackie, Nadia Buari,Van Vicker, Kalsum Sinare, Kofi Adjorolo, Majid Michel was a stand by then.
 After the audition, they were the characters I picked, so after picking them we took them through series of productions from Mummy’s Daughter to Beyonce and all of that. That was how the journey started and later on we brought on Majid and then Yvonne Nelson, Juliet Ibrahim, Frank Arthus, Martha Ankomah and just like that  we continued. That was how we started with all of them and today, they are big.”

Kenyan Gospel Artist, Peter Kaberere Dies After Car Electrocution


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A gospel artiste in Kenya, Peter Kaberere, died on Monday, April 7, 2014, after his car electrocuted him while he was washing it. It was a very sad day in Kenya and in the gospel fraternity.

The news of Kaberere’s death which broke around 6pm on Monday came as a shock to many, especially his family and fans.

The incident was caused by a faulty wire, according to sources.

A senior reporter and anchor at NTV Mijungu released a statement after confirming Kaberere’s death: -

‘Tonight my heart weeps for a man I never knew, bleeds for a family I will probably never know, my soul is heavy with grief and tempted to ask my savior why. Just over a month and a half ago I advertised my car for sale, a friend approached me and asked me to allow him take the car to a potential client at Westlands though jittery I let Eric go with it to meet Peter Kaberere, though we didn’t settle on an agreeable price that was my encounter with the gospel artist who said his family was growing hence needed a bigger and better car. Last week as I left my parking at Nation Center I saw Kaberere or someone in his VW pull over and park opposite Bata. We never spoke but it was very late maybe a few minutes to ten PM. I am sad, very sad I never knew him but certainly he had big dreams, he worked hard to reach his goals but God had other plans. I empathize with Njesh and her son, plus a baby Peter may have just seen on scan. God rest his soul. I am reminded that the vineyard owner only picks ripe fruits,’ she said.

He leaves behind his wife Njesh Kahura and son.

Photos From Comedian Julius Agwu’s Birthday


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Ace Nigerian comedian Julius Agwu turned 41 yesterday April 7.

Being the humble father and gentleman, the famous comedian had a quiet celebration with his family, wife and 2 lovely kids Zahra and Zadok.

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Senate Passes N4.695tr 2014 Budget… Jerks It Up By N53bn


jonathan_budget_2014The Senate on Wednesday during plenary presided over by the Senate President, David Mark, passed a budget of N4, 695, 190, 000, 000.00 for the 2014 fiscal year. This was sequel to a clause by clause consideration of the document at the committee of supply which lasted about one and half hour.

The figure reflects an increase of N53billion of the N4, 642, 960, 000, 000.00 2014 budget estimates presented to the National Assembly by President Goodluck Jonathan through the Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala on December 19, 2013.

Of the amount, N408, 687, 801, 891.00 was approved for statutory transfers against the N399, 687, 801, 891.00 proposed by the Executive.

The sum of N712 billion was approved for debt service as proposed.

The Senate also Okayed the sum of N2, 454, 887, 566, 702.00 for recurrent non-debt expenditure while the sum of N1, 119, 614, 631, 407.00 was approved for capital expenditure for the 2014 fiscal year, compared to the proposal by the Executive: recurrent expenditure of N2, 430, 665, 361, 597.00 and capital expenditure of N1, 100, 606, 836, 514.00.

Major highlights of the approved budget are: Benchmark oil price – $77.5 per barrel; Crude oil production – 2.3883million barrels per day; Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth rate – 6.75 per cent; Inflation rate – 9.5 per cent and Exchange Rate – N160.00 to $1.00.

Senator Mark commended his colleagues for the timely consideration of the budget of the Ministries, Departments and Agencies of government at their various committee levels.

He, therefore, called on the Executive arm of government to ensure efficient and effective implementation of the budget

Boko Haram: North-East Govs Urge INEC To Learn From Afghanistan On 2015 Polls


SoEVanThree Governors of the North-East states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe on Wednesday urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) not to postpone the 2015 general elections in their states.

The call is contained in a statement jointly issued in Maiduguri, Borno State capital by their spokespersons.

Governors Murtala Nyako, Kashim Shettima and Ibrahim Gaidam in the statement, urged INEC to disregard calls by some politicians for the postponement of the elections due to the security situation in the states.

The affected states are currently under emergency rule as a result of the activities of Boko Haram insurgency.

They advised INEC to borrow a leaf from war-torn Afghanistan where elections were recently held, in spite of threat of attacks by the Taliban terrorist group.

“INEC should take a cue from Afghanistan’s Independent Election Commission which courageously held the country’s presidential and provincial election last Saturday despite strong threats issued by the Taliban.

“Afghanistan was celebrated worldwide for liberating herself from the scourge of fear, thereby sending a strong signal that no threat would prevent them from choosing their leaders through democratic processes”, it said.

The statement further pointed out that the Afghan government provided adequate security for the conduct of the polls, urging the Federal Government to do same.

“INEC should as a matter of counter insurgency approach, ensure that no part of Nigeria is excluded from the election”.

My Visit To Jonathan Not About Dumping APC But About Principle, Says Fani-Kayode


GEJ-FFKA former Minister of Aviation and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode has decried the speculations surrounding his visit on Tuesday to the Presidential Villa, where he met with President Goodluck Jonathan behind closed doors.

Following his refusal to disclose what transpired behind closed doors between him and the president, the social media was awash with reports that Mr. Fani-Kayode had finally dumped his party, APC, for the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, of which he was once a member.

In a statement on his Facebook page, the former minister noted that while the interview he granted State House correspondents were ‘very clear’ and words carefully chosen, he would speak no further on the matter until he is ready to do so.

In the statement, Mr. Fani-Kayode, a vocal critic of the Jonathan administration, recalled that high-ranking members of the opposition had visited the State House without their loyalty to the party being called to question and wondered why his own was treated differently, saying “people should get real and stop speculating”.

“A few days ago all the APC governors from the south west were in the State House where they held a meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan. What they discussed has not been made public until now. Does that make them PDP governors? The Presidency belongs to every Nigerian irrespective of religious and political persuasions.

“Again General [Muhammadu] Buhari was recently honoured by the same President Jonathan during the centenary celebration which the APC did not support. Does that mean he has joined the PDP? Again the ongoing Federal Government confab has some APC chieftains participating in it despite the fact that the party is against it. Does that mean that they have left the APC? People should get real and stop speculating”, he said.
Stressing that his visit had nothing to do with his intention to change political camp, Fani-Kayode said it was about principles and urged the national leadership of the APC to urgently address fears within its fold that the party was planning to field a Muslim/Muslim joint ticket for the 2015 presidential elections.

His words: “This is not about leaving parties but about principle. Let us hope that the leadership of the APC sees fit to clarify this matter at the soonest and assure us all that they will do no such thing. Their silence on the matter and their refusal to rule it out is simply fuelling more and speculation and dissent from within”.

Jamaican Sprinter Simpson Banned for 18 Months for Doping


Jamaican sprinter Sherone Simpson has been handed an 18-month ban for testing positive for a banned stimulant by the Jamaican Anti-Doping Commission (Jadco).

The 4×100 relay gold and silver medalist and her training partner, a former 100m world record holder Asafa Powell, tested positive for the stimulant oxilofrine at last year’s national championship.

They were two of five Jamaicans to test positive in what was a mass case of failed drug test, with Powell’s verdict set for Thursday.

Jamaica's Sherone Simpson Will Not Compete in Glasgow Commonwealth Game.

Simpson denied intentionally ingesting the banned substance in January, saying a supplement provided by his Canadian trainer was responsible for the positive test.

But a Jamaican anti-doping panel voted unanimously that Simpson was “negligent in all the circumstances”.

Olympic discuss thrower Allison Randall got a two-year suspension.

Randall, 25, who holds the Jamaican discuss record with a distance of 61.21m, tested positive for a banned diuretic hydro-chlorothiazide.

Simpson and Randall’s ban have been backdated to June 21, 2013, the date they provided the samples.

They will both miss the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games in July

Davido Hits The Studio With US Rapper Wale | Photos


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Davido just concluded his 2014 US tour.

While in the States and Canada, the hit maker performed in several cities in the US and Toronto in Canada then returned to the US to link up with US/Nigerian rapper, Wale.

Davido shared photos on Instagram.

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Reeva Died in My Arms, Says Pistorius


South African athlete Oscar Pistorius is back in court in Pretoria describing events after shooting his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in his home.

During his emotional testimony he said Ms Steenkamp died before the ambulance arrived while he was holding her.

He said he tried to help her breathe and stem the bleeding from her hip.

The athlete denies deliberately shooting dead Ms Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day last year, arguing he mistook her for an intruder.

Oscar Pistorius Testify Before His Own Murder Trial in Pretoria.

Prosecutors contend he intentionally killed her in the toilet of his bathroom after a row.

The 27-year-old Olympic and Paralympic sprinter, who is a double amputee, faces life imprisonment if convicted of murder.

On Tuesday, he broke down in tears whilst describing the events leading up to the shooting and the actual event.

If acquitted, South African law stipulates that the court must consider the separate, lesser charge of culpable homicide, or manslaughter, for which he could receive between six and 15 years in prison.

Mr Pistorius also faces charges of illegally firing a gun in public and of illegally possessing ammunition, both of which he denies.

There are no juries at trials in South Africa, and his fate will ultimately be decided by the judge, assisted by two assessors.

Source: BBC

Beyoncé Shares Adorable Photos From Her Wedding Anniversary Vacation With Jay-Z and Blue Ivy


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The beautiful mother and singer seems to be enjoying her vacation for her 6th year wedding anniversary. Nice photos.

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Fashola, Amosun Fault New GDP Rating


BABATUNDE FASHOLA (R) AND IBIKUNLE AMOSUN (L) AT THE 7TH LAGOS ECONOMIC SUMMIT ON TUESDAY

Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola (SAN) and his Ogun state counterpart, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, yesterday, picked holes with Sunday’s rebasing of Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), which the Statistician General of the Federation, Mr. Yemi Kale, rated as the 26th largest economy in the world with a worth of $510 billion, saying; “The new statistics does not truly reflect the real worth of the country’s economy”.

Fashola and Amosun spoke separately at the opening ceremony of the 7th Lagos Economic Summit, Ehingbeti 2014, with the theme “Powering the Lagos economy: Real opportunities, endless possibilities”, held in Lagos, with former Minister of Power, Professor Barth Nnaji and others in attendance.

According to Fashola, “If the Nigeria economy has been stated on 1990 figures, it makes imminent common sense to restate them on much more contemporary figures that captures sectors that were hitherto omitted; like Telecommunications, entertainment, arts, music, Nollywood and so on. The reality is that size only matters if it is efficient size. If it’s big and suboptimal or inefficient, it really doesn’t achieve the purpose. How to put that size to work is really the key and it’s a no brainer that power will be defining for it.

“The estimates that suggests themselves by  assessment, is that the power demand here (Lagos) is in the region of 10,000megawatts and more at a snapshot and an economy that is giving 25 percent to the GDP with 1000 and below megawatts just shows what we can unleash if we ramp up power supply. At this moment, the electricity sector has been liberalized; it is now for state governments to engage useful sensible and mutually rewarding partnerships with investors and owners of the electricity assets”.

On his part, Governor Amosun said “On the new GDP, something you will notice from the statistics release is that, it may say that we are the largest and whatever, we are 26th largest economy in the world. And if one look at the component of the GDP, one will realize that truly it isn’t the real GDP that the country has done well in. Look at services alone, I think it is over 50 percent while manufacturing is under 10 percent.

“What does that tell us, it shows that something is missing? That isn’t the best way. I will have been happier to see to the thing swap and to see maybe about 50 or 60 under manufacturing.

“That will mean real growth. And we cannot achieve all of these without power. Indeed the key to solve the challenge that we have today is power. Everyone needs power to do his or her business. And that is why the theme of this summit is better at this time. And until we solve power challenge, we will continue to have this GDP that is more of service based. And that is why the current GDP doesn’t translate into reducing unemployment and putting food on our table”.

Amosun, however, said “60 percent of the lower and middle cadre of workers live in Ogun state. So, we are pushing ahead to ensure that more people leave Lagos to live in Ogun state”.

Lagosians Spent N4bn On Food Daily – Lagos Govt


foodmarketThe potentials of the agriculture sector in Lagos State if fully maximized was brought to the fore yesterday as the state government revealed that Lagosians spent at least N4 billion daily to purchase food items. However, only about 10 per cent of the total food purchased is produced in the state.

This was disclosed by the Lagos State Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, Mr. Ben Akabueze, at the opening ceremony of the 7th Lagos Economic Summit, Ehingbeti 2014, with the theme “Powering the Lagos economy: Real opportunities, endless possibilities”, held in Lagos.

According to the commissioner, the development “was one of the reasons behind the massive investment in agriculture” by the Governor Babatunde Fashola administration in the state.

Akabueze while explaining how the state government had implemented resolutions made at previous summits said: “In 2012, the area of agriculture, the resolution was to collaborate with other state government in agricultural production. We have acquired 700 hectares of lands from other state government s where agricultural activities are going on with a view to supply the food requirement of the people of Lagos.

“Everyday N4 billion is being spent on food by Lagosians. Only about 10 percent of the total food is produce within the state. Given our limited land availability we have thought it wise to collaborate with other states. Agriculture has, since 2008 enjoyed a higher percentage of our budget”, he added.

APC Ready For 2015 Elections In Anambra – Ngige


9538cc45fd50bc68b107263e2f877863The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the last governorship election in Anambra State, Senator Chris Ngige, has declared the party’s readiness for the 2015 general elections.

The APC chieftain, who is leader of the party in Anambra, made this known after the conclusion of the APC ward congress which ended yesterday.

“You can see it yourself that the disgruntled ones in the party all came together to make the exercise a memorable one. Everybody is happy and as the leader of the party in the state, I thank everybody. I am grateful to all party faithful”, Ngige said.

Speaking in the same vein, member of the House of Representatives, Charles Odedo (Idemili North and South Federal Constituency) said: “We started with the stakeholders meeting where all the so-called groups came together and all the issues were resolved amicably and that is a very good example by APC”.

The former national secretary of the defunct All Nigeria Peoples’ Party (ANPP) and Ngige’s Campaign Director-General, Chief George Muoghalu, told journalists that “what had happened in Anambra showed that the people desired for change”.

Davido and Prezzo’s Ex-Girlfriend, Chagga Barbie Get Cozy In Minneapolis | Photos


Chagga Barbie

 

The Nigerian pop star turned up with popular Nairobi based socialite, Chagga Barbie in Minneapolis. Chagga Barbie happens to be former BBA winner, Prezzo’s ex girlfriend.

Davido x Chagga

Recall that Chagga Barbie accused Prezzo of infecting her with an STD.

 

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Chagga Barbie (2)

Nasarawa Killings: Fulani Threaten To Drag FG, Army Before Criminal Court


fulani_herdsmenThe socio-cultural group of Fulanis in Nigeria, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, MACBAN, have threatened to drag the Nigerian government before the International Criminal Court over the killings of Fulani herdsmen by the Nigerian military in Nasarawa State.

The military had claimed that those it killed last week in an operation in Kaena community of Nasarawa State, were gunmen who have terrorized local farmers in the state and neighbouring Benue.

But the association denied the allegation, saying the victims were innocent Fulani, even as it alleged that there was a grand plot to eliminate the Fulani from Nigeria.

Addressing a press conference in Abuja Tuesday, the Nasarawa State secretary of MACBAN, Alhaji Mohammed Husseini, called on government to tender a public apology and pay compensation to the families of those killed by soldiers.

He said, “Our people were killed in their houses which they have inhabited for over 30 years without committing any crime. We are convinced beyond reasonable doubt there is a grand plot to eliminate the Fulani from Nigeria. Otherwise there is no reason why a people will continue to be killed in their houses by government troops who are supposed to protect them.

“This time around we cannot keep quiet, even if it means going to the International Criminal Court, because what is being done to us amounts to genocide and ethnic cleansing”.

He stressing that direct confrontation will never solve the issue at hand, Husseini noted that the Fulanis are open to positive dialogue.

He said though there may be bad eggs amongst the Fulanis “the primary responsibility of the government is to fish out the bad eggs and there are standard procedures for doing that”.

He warned that the approach been applied by the government may take a turn for the worse and may become very difficult to handle.