Synagogue Church of All Nations building collapses, several dead


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

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

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

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

More details shortly…

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

How financially rewarding is the song for you?

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

See Photos As 9ice Campaigns In Ogbomoso Against 2015 Election


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

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

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

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

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Boxing: Ortiz Dents Kayode’s Record


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

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

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

Luis Ortiz and Kayode Power at the Weight. Image:  Gene Blevins/Hogan Photos/ Golden Boy.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cardinal Arinze Decries Corruption In The Church, Society


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Boko Haram: FG Deploys 500 Troops To North East


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

So, why are you so determined to come back?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Tinubu’s health condition allegedly worsens


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

He had left the country about two weeks ago.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vigilante group kills over 80 insurgents in Adamawa


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

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

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

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

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

Court finds Pistorius not guilty of murdering girlfriend


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

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

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

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

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

Jonathan Felicitates With Igbenedion At 80


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Parradang Urges Immigration Officials To Join Fight Against Insecurity


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Gov. Obiano Presents 3 Refurbished APCs To Anambra Police Command


Obiano-amourGovernor Willie Obiano of Anambra State on Wednesday presented three refurbished Armoured Personnel Carriers, APCs, to the state police command to strengthen and sustain security in the state.

In his speech at the occasion, Mr. Obiano said the target of his administration was to refurbish and present 20 APCs to the state police command for deployment to various parts of the state.

He said that two more APCs would be handed over to the police in two weeks.

He promised that his administration would present 10 horses to the police to aid crowd control during major events.

“The APCs are expected to equip the police to adequately battle kidnappers, armed robbers and criminals who threaten the peace in the state”, he said.

The governor urged the police to make effective use and maintain the APCs to protect the people of the state.

In his remark, the out-going Commissioner of Police in the state, Usman Gwari, thanked the governor for his zeal and commitment to the maintenance of peace and security in the state.

Mr. Gwari, who was recently promoted to the rank of Assistant Inspector-General of Police, AIG, recalled that the APCs were wasting away until the governor refurbished them for effective performance.

He assured that vehicles would be effectively used for crime fighting.

Mr. Gwari attributed the achievements recorded by the state police command during his tenure to the good working relations between the police and the government.

Mr. Victor Okoye, Chairman, House of Assembly Committee on Security, commended the governor for equipping the police and building their capacity to discharge their duties effectively.

(NAN)

Tinubu: Boko Haram Insurgency Evidence Nigeria Has No Government


tinubu1Former Lagos State Governor and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has said that the Boko Haram insurgency in the North East is a glaring attestation to the absence of leadership in the country.

Relating with his followers via his Twitter handle @asiwajutinubu, the frontline opposition figure said: “The festering Boko Haram attacks on the North East and massacre of innocent citizens is a concrete proof that Nigeria has no government”.

APC: Presidential Directive On #BringBackGoodluck2015 A Good First Step


jona-apcThe All Progressives Congress (APC) has described as a good step, the directive by President Goodluck Jonathan for the stoppage of the #BringBackJonathan hash tag and removal of the banner wherever they are mounted.

It said it is perceived as a mockery of the #BringBackOurGirls hash tag, which has helped to attract global attention to the fate of the over 200 girls, who were abducted by Boko Haram insurgents in Chibok, Borno State, almost five months ago.

In a statement in London yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the opposition party, however, said the president made a mockery of his administration and his country by waiting for an international condemnation of the shameless and brazen usurpation of the #BringBackOurGirls hash tag before doing something about it.

It said: “Had the US newspaper, Washington Post, not written a stinking editorial decrying the Jonathan administration for appropriating the BringBackOurGirls hash tag for his re-election, the administration would have continued its brazenness without regard to the feelings of the parents of the girls or indeed Nigerians.

“Again, the administration has waited for a global opprobrium before doing what is right. Recall that it took an international media campaign before the Jonathan administration acknowledged, after 19 days that the Chibok girls were missing in the first instance. Recall also that it took a 17-year-old, Yousafzai Malala, to make the President realise that he should meet the parents of the girls, even if he eventually insulted the grieving parents by inviting them to Abuja instead of going to visit them in their abode.

“It is important that we don’t make a mockery of our own people, so that we don’t become an object of international mockery”.

Mr. Mohammed said as belated as the presidential directive on #BringBackJonathan hash tag is, it is a good first step that must be followed by another directive ordering the so-called Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN) to stop its rallies that have offended the sensibilities and intelligence of Nigerians.

He pointed out that the noisy and sycophantic rallies held across the nation, ostensibly to collect signatures from Nigerians urging Jonathan to seek re-election, contrast with the challenges facing the nation, which is being dismembered town by town by the terrorist group, Boko Haram.

He said: “Nigeria is in a state of war, a state of anarchy, a state of loss never witnessed since the end of the unfortunate civil war in 1970. Terrorists are capturing towns after towns and hoisting their flags over the seized territories. Our troops are engaged in an epic battle to ward off the terrorists. Our people are being daily slaughtered by the marauding terrorists, and Ebola is very much here with us.

“Therefore, this cannot be the time for festivities and celebrations, the type being orchestrated by the government under the TAN banner. The rallies insult the troops, who are battling Boko Haram. The rallies insult Nigerians, who are praying for the unity of the nation in the face of the madness by the marauders. The rallies offend the sensibilities of the families of our citizens, who are being mowed down daily by Boko Haram. They must stop forthwith”.

The party wondered whether the organisers of the rallies and those who had been mocking the #BringBackOurGirls campaigners knew that Nigerians were not fools, hence could see the deceit, the callousness and the insensitivity of the Jonathan administration in secretly funding the rallies and the anti-BringBackOurGirls campaigns.

“Really, what makes the President and his backers think he should be brought back? Is it because he is presiding over the dismemberment and humiliation of a once proud nation? Is it because he presides over an administration, which is corrupt. That cannot account for 20 billion dollars in oil money. That cannot successfully prosecute anyone over 1 trillion oil subsidy fraud? Is it because of an unparalleled incompetence, which has led to a massive decay in infrastructure and lack of jobs for our youths? Or is it because he has exposed Nigeria to unprecedented global ridicule?

“There must be a limit to the desperation of a President to win re-election at all cost. There must be a political price to pay for a President, who would willfully subvert the constitution he swore to uphold. There must be some introspection by a President, who will be jetting around with an alleged sponsor of terrorism. As we have warned before, when a drum is beating too hard, it is about to burst. President Jonathan must take a moment to reflect, to realise that he can only preside over a country that remains whole, not one that has been fractured or bombed out of existence by terrorists”, APC said.

Ebola: Sept. 22 Schools’ Resumption Date Based On Expert Advice – Minister


Onyebuchi-ChukwuThe Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, on Wednesday described as irrational, calls by some Nigerians to delay the resumption of schools till December or early next year as a result of the Ebola Virus Disease.

He made this known while briefing State House correspondents at the end of the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan.

According to the minister, the decision to bring forward the resumption date to 22nd of this month was based on expert advice.

While insisting that it is safe for the students to resume, Chukwu said there is presently no patient under treatment anywhere in the country and that there is no community transmission of the disease in Nigeria like other countries.

Stressing that the country is making good progress in curtailing the disease, the health minister assured that Nigeria will continue to maintain vigilance at the entry points to make sure no infected person is allowed into the country.

On schools’ resumption, he said: “The Minister of Education after meeting with the commissioners for education from the 36 states and FCT decided when public schools should open which they told us is September 22. In taking that decision, they used information that was given by the federal Ministry of Health to the fact there is actually no reason now with the expert information we have at hand why schools cannot resume earlier than the original date of October 13.

“I think people should just allow us to do the work we have been doing very professionally. It was based on advice given by the Ministry of Health that the Minister of Education took the original decision that it was going to be in October and nobody quarreled with the minister. Now the minister, based on expert advice, has come back to say well, for us, if you are asking us to resume earlier than October 13, we don’t have any reason to stop that”.

Reps, NMA, Education Minister To Meet On Schools’ Resumption Monday


House-of-RepsThe House of Representatives Committee on Education, on Wednesday, said it had invited the Minister of Education, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau, and the Nigeria Medical Association to a meeting over the resumption date for schools.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Chairman of the House Committee on Education, Aminu Suleiman, disclosed this to journalists on the sideline of oversight tour to some tertiary institutions in Lagos.

Suleiman said the committee would meet with the minister and NMA officials on September 15 to discuss the resumption date for public and private schools in the country.

He said, “It is true that government has reviewed the position earlier taken on the resumption, government may have some reasons that are not available to us.

“But since the Minister of Health has initially justified the reason for the review, the legislature decided to abide by that position.

“Now, a superior, more professionally position has been taken by those supposed to drive the project in the first place.

“The NMA advised that the review of the date will not be in the best interest of the country health wise”.

The lawmaker said as representatives of the people, the House decided to invite the executive through the minister and the NMA, “which we have done”.

“The meeting is slated for September 15, so that we can interact and arrive at the very best position”.

#BringBackOurGirls Group Demand Sack Of Presidential Aides Over Bring Back Jonathan Banner


BBOGThe #BringBackOurGirls (BBOG) advocacy group has called for the head of presidential aides or officials responsible for the offensive #BringBackGoodluck2015 campaign banners, which sprung up in strategic locations of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

Leader of the group, Aisha Yusufu made the call on Wednesday in Abuja during the group’s daily sit-out at the Unity Fountain.

President Goodluck Jonathan in a statement yesterday signed by his spokesman, Reuben Abati, said the #BringBackGoodluck2015 banners were put up without his knowledge or approval even as he affirmed that it was a highly insensitive parody of the #BringBackOurGirls hash tag.

But the BBOG was not satisfied with the president’s explanation, insisting that someone needs to be held accountable and made to pay for the insensitivity meted out on the grieving Chibok parents on their daughters’ abduction by the Boko Haram sect.

The group slammed President Jonathan for waiting until Washington Post took up the issue to react, noting that Nigerians and the Nigerian media had been condemning the banners for so long but he ignored the complaint.

Yusufu said that the group, which is advocating for the return of over 200 girls of the Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, regard the banners as insensitive and will request that President Jonathan offered an apology to Nigerians and learn to listen to the voice of the people.

Her words, “Ordinarily there should be an apology and for those Government officials that where involved, should resign, I mean that is the right and proper thing to do because this was the height of insensitivity in every ramification that you look at it.

“Parents are grieving and then somebody is using their grief to mock them; it is something that not only should an apology be given but people should resign or be sacked. In this country we need to take responsibility of our actions because that is the worst thing that is really killing us in this country, a lot of people do anything because they know that they will get away with it.

“They are not held accountable for what they have done but people need to be held accountable. Somebody made a mistake and he should pay for it”, she said.

We Must Revive Nigeria Governors’ Forum Before Leaving Office In 2015, Says Fashola


FasholaGovernor Babatunde Fashola (SAN) of Lagos State has stressed the need for governors of the 36 states to put their differences aside and revive the Nigeria Governors’ Forum before leaving office in 2015.

Speaking at a dialogue session organised by the Kukah Centre for Faith and Leadership Research, Fashola said it was embarrassing that the Forum which they inherited from their predecessors was going into extinction, saying “my fear is that the next set of governors may not have a Governors’ Forum”.

The NGF is currently split between factions loyal to the Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi and Plateau State Governor, Jonah Jang, who is backed by the Presidency.

According to the Lagos governor, government and elected officials must realize that the problems of Nigeria revolve around the people of the country, pointing out that there was nothing wrong with the Nigerian nation, but in the value system of the people.

He said: “If we agree that the problems revolve around people, then the difference will lie in the method. The Presidential system we use is the American system. As a matter of national value, the Americans agree that anybody who earns income must pay tax.

“The essential quality for institutions to do well is people. When institutions do well, it is because good people have done the right thing and when they do badly, it is because bad people have been allowed to take charge.

“So, there is nothing esoteric about institutions because what drive institutions is good men and women. But you will not find them until there is a convergence of ideas and values and this is the right thing to do.

“We should be driven by a nationalistic value system that if our country crumbles, no party will be saved. Until there are shared values, you can have united actions. If the values systems are different, then you can sit down, you can sit down in a governors forum and have an election and some people will say a smaller number is greater than another number.

“I say that because I am embarrassed that we were in the same club where that happened. And it speaks so badly of all of us. I fear now that the next set of governors who come on board may not have a governors’ forum.

“I am hopeful that before we go, the least we can do is to give back to those who will succeed us what we inherited from those we succeeded. I think that in that kind of contest, you can lose one day knowing that there is any other day to fight”.

Boko Haram: Badeh Has Failed, Deserves To Be Sacked – Agbakoba


olisaagbakobaA former Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) President, Dr. Olisa Agbakoba (SAN), yesterday called on President Goodluck Jonathan to sack the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, for failing to contain the Boko Haram insurgency.

The legal expert believes that the Nigerian military with Badeh at the helm of affairs, has failed to contain the Boko Haram insurgency

“If I was the Commander-in-Chief, the Chief of Defence Staff should be dismissed”, he said.

Speaking at a news conference in his Lagos office on Wednesday, Agbakoba said insurgency would not end until Boko Haram’s leadership was neutralised.

The SAN said  Badeh, who was appointed in January this year, had lost control of the army, citing the case of about 480 Nigerian soldiers, who crossed over the Cameroon border during a confrontation with the Boko Haram insurgents as a confirmation of his position. The Defence Headquarters, however, defended the troops saying their retreat to Cameroon was a tactical maneuver.

Mr. Agbakoba argued that Boko Haram had emulated Iraqi terror group, ISIS, by declaring an Islamic caliphate in the North-East just like ISIS did in Iraq and Syria.

He said, “I think our first task is to look around the world and ask whether our Nigerian intelligence and military infrastructure are doing just what it ought to do. If I were the Commander-in-Chief, I would be inviting the Chief of Defence Staff, Alex Badeh; if you lose command in the army, it’s over. If the president fails to send a strong message that the mission is not accomplished, then the chain of command would be weak.

“In the army, it is obedience to superior orders.  How can you have Nigerian soldiers carrying our equipment into Cameroon and running away? It tells you that the Army is degraded. The only way that you can solve the Boko Haram problem is by a resolute decapitation of the leadership. There is no other way.

“We have to realise that Boko Haram is copying the tactics of ISIS. ISIS declared a caliphate in Iraq and Syria, they declared it here and we are all sitting down licking ice cream. This is the challenge facing Nigeria and the only way is for the president to send the strongest message that enough is enough. And the first thing is to say that the Military High command has failed in its duty and should be relieved of its functions immediately.

“I mean, if you don’t do well in football as you all know, you are put on the bench. I hate nothing about Alex Badeh being a nice man but the point is, if the mission has not been accomplished, there has to be a consequence. If there is no consequence, then nothing will change. There has to be consequence of failure. Boko Haram is serious, we have failed, we need to try new a tactic and the new tactic is to completely degrade them”.

Taraba Exco Writes Assembly To Set Up Medical Panel On Suntai


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The Taraba State Executive Council yesterday advised the state House of Assembly to set up a seven man medical team to probe the health status of recuperating Governor Danbaba Danfulani Suntai.

Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Musa Tende, disclosed this to newsmen shortly after the State Executive Council meeting at the Government House in Jalingo.

According to Tende, the Acting Governor, Alhaji Garba Umar, said he was ready to hand over the reins of leadership to Governor Suntai if the medical team finds him fit to resume official duties.

The commissioner also debunked speculations that the executive council had declared Suntai incapacitated, adding that it had no power to do so.

Tende said Suntai had been away from the state for a long time on account of his ill health and there was every need to employ the services of medical experts to offer expert advice on his health status.

Governor Suntai is currently away in the United Kingdom where he went for a scheduled medical check-up.

Adamawa By-Election: We Won’t Be Caught Unawares, Says Friends Of Atiku


BallotBoxVote_0All Progressives Congress chieftains in the South West yesterday said the party would not be caught napping in next month’s Adamawa State governorship by-election.

The APC chieftains, who were drawn from Osun, Ekiti, Oyo, Ondo, Lagos, Ogun and Kogi states, made this position known in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

The chieftains, who converged under the aegis of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar Collectives, AAA, said the Adamawa election would not be like that of Ekiti State, which they claimed was stolen by the leadership of the PDP with alleged connivance of the presidency.

Led by Bode Ajewole, the zonal leader of AAA Collectives, said, “Ekiti election was stolen by the presidency. We were caught unawares. That was why we rose up to our responsibilities in Osun State. For this coming election in Adamawa, we are very much prepared. The election will be won like that of Osun”.

They said they believed in the leadership of the former vice-president, who they said had made much impact in all ramifications of life.

According to the spokesperson of the group, “we are friends of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar from the entire South Western states and Kogi. We are convinced beyond reasonable doubt that Atiku winning the primaries of our great party will be the beginning of the party’s success in next year’s presidential elections”.

Aliyu Urges Defeated APC Senatorial Candidate To Return To PDP


Babangida AliyuNiger State Governor, Dr. Babangida Aliyu on Wednesday admonished the defeated All Progressives Congress candidate in the recently held Niger East senatorial by-election, Barr. David Umoru, to return to the Peoples Democratic Party if he was desirous of realizing his political dreams.

“David Umoru should return to PDP; that is where he started, that is where his success lies”, he said.

Gov. Aliyu spoke when he received a delegation of the PDP from Niger East Senatorial district and the presentation of the senator-elect for the zone, Dr Shem Zagbayi, at the Government House, Minna.

He recalled that Umoru, who lost the governorship elections twice in 2007 and 2011, would be in a position to serve the people of the state better if he teamed up with the PDP, boasting that the party would always win elections in Niger State.

Speaking on the senatorial by-election, the governor admitted that it was a tough contest, stressing that PDP would continue to meet the yearnings and aspirations of the people through the delivery of dividends of democracy to all wards and local governments in the state.

According to Gov. Aliyu, “Some did it for selfish reasons; some as a revenge most importantly; some out of greed; some did not pay party agents the required fees.
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“I urge you all to go back to all our polling units, to go back to all our wards to explain and relate to our people; we need to reinvigorate our party. There is no village where we have not done something; we must relate well with our people.

“There must always be a symbiotic relationship between elected and appointed members of the party. Without the party we (elected representatives) cannot be where we are to today”.

Despite Security Challenges, Nigeria’ll Overcome – Wamakko


Sokoto-State-Governor-Aliyu-WamakkoGovernor Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko of Sokoto State yesterday insisted that the current wave of insecurity in Nigeria will surely come to an end for good.

Wamakko, who noted that the situation has gotten to a stage whereby everybody is forced to ask whether they are safe in the country, urged Nigerians not to lose hope in the country, recalling that the country has gone through trying times before and prevailed.

Speaking at the Government House when MTN Foundation Security Support Project presented five patrol vans to the Sokoto State Police Command, Wamakko also noted that security is a collective responsibility.

“Security is the duty of each and every one of us. You don’t need to be knowledgeable to arrest criminals but your effort in providing useful information to the relevant authorities matters a lot hence it could help in arresting the menace. And with such support, we can collectively overcome the insecurity situation in the country”, he said.

The governor called on the security agencies as well as other Nigerians to work together to ensure the safety of the lives and property in the country. He also advocated better equipment for the security agencies.

“Let our mothers continue to pray for the country that our current challenges should become a thing of the past. We must work hard to ensure the security of lives no longer excuses. We must equip our security agencies to enable them overcome”, he said.

We Will Implement The Creation Of More States – David Mark


Nigeria’s Senate President, David Mark had yesterday declared that the Senate will instill the creation of additional states after it was brought forth by the recently ended national conference.

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In a statement released by his Chief Press Secretary, Paul Mumeh in the federal state capital, Abuja.

It read that the idea for the creation of more state’s matched the President’s idea was due to the mass populace desire to end the imbalances created by the current system.

He said this new creation will give Nigerians a more instilled sense of belonging.

It read: “Even if it takes my last breadth, I want to pursue the creation of state. I will put in my last breadth to ensure the creation of Apa State for my people” .

Mark revealed that the Senate has already advocated for the creation of more states, but some members have opposed with the notion that the existing ones can barely be maintained.

The 2015 National conference had proposed the idea for the creation of additional 18 states to increase the number of states in Nigeria from 36 to 54.

On the issue of if he would commit and contest for the 2015 senatorial seat, Mark said: I will only make my intention known when the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) releases the guidelines and programme for the elections”.

He cautioned future aspirants to political office to coordinate their campaigns on problems that would impact the local citizens instead of  engaging in mudslinging or character assassination.

David Alechenu Bonaventure Mark is the current Senate President and was born in April 18 1948.

He is the former military governor of Niger state, he was then a Major General.

Ezekwesili, Others Condemn Jonathan Over Hashtag


More Nigerians are coming out to condemn President Goodluck Jonathan over the #BringBackGoodluck2015 printed by his supporters on large banners and posted around Abuja for his 2015 re-election campaign.

Among the latest persons to lambast the president on the issue is the convener of the #BringBackOurGirls group, Obiageli Ezekwesili.

The former Nigeria’s Education Ministe lambasted the presidency over its claim that President Jonathan was unaware the famous #BringBackOurGirls hashtag had been modified for his re-election bid.

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It would be recalled that Jonathan on Wednesday, 10 September, 2014, ordered the removal of the #BringBackGoodluck2015 printed by his supporters on large banners and posted around Abuja for days.

Premium Times reports that Jonathan gave the directive after the banners had drawn widespread condemnation from Nigerians home and abroad.

President Jonathan called the posts ‘repugnant’, according to a statement released by Reuben Abati, a presidential spokesperson.

Abati claimed the president was unaware of the hashtags for the days they circulated on social media, and even after they appeared on banners printed by his supporters.

According to Premium Times, the mock hashtag may have been generated by another presidential spokesperson, Doyin Okupe.

It informed that Okupe was one of the first persons to tweet the hashtag.

Reacting on the issue on her official Tweeter account,  Ezekwesili accused both Abati and Okupe of “deceit” and “incompetence”.

“The inhumanity of that hashtag was too much for one to bear and so steadfastly ignored it…But this DECEIT by@abati1990 cannot be ignored,”  Ezekwesili tweeted.

The former minister called the presidential aides “liars and duplicitous beings” in her other tweets.

“LIARS and Duplicitous beings. @abati1990: President Jonathan orders removal of offensive Bring Back Jonathan Signs ,” she said.

Ezekwesili accused Abati of incompetence in his effort to dissociate the hashtag likely created by Okupe.

“Also incompetent, @abati1990 dissociating the Presidency from a hashtag that was GLEEFULLY CREATED by the President’s spokesman @doyinokupe,” she said.

Also commenting on the matter, the Head, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, Emmanuel Onwubiko, urged President Jonathan to investigate and discipline whoever used the #BringBackGoodluck2015 hashtag for his re-election campaign.

“The president should go a step further to investigate who generated that hashtag, it was highly irresponsible, he should order for a probe so that next time other people will not do same,” he said.

The Executive Director, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, Mumuni Tokunbo, said it was illegal for any group to have started such political campaign especially when the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has not authorised political campaigns.

“The campaign for any election must commence legally upon the declarations of INEC, nobody is expected to jump the gun,” Mr. Tokunbo said.

It would be recalled that the #BringBackOurGirls hashtag was generated by a Nigerian lawyer, Ibrahim Abdullahi, after the abduction of over 200 schoolgirls from their dormitory in Chibok, Borno on 14 April, 2014 by the Boko Haram insurgents.

The hashtag drew massive international attention to the fate of the girls even though some of them are yet to regain their freedom from their captors after five months in captivity.

TOP-5 Wierd Actions Of Nigerian Pastors


There are different men of God. Some pastors are really great people, but some of them can act rather weird… We picked up some examples of odd behaviour of Nigerian pastors. 

1. Pastor “Did It” With Woman And Her Teen Daughter

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Pastor of the Pentecostal Church in Delta State impregnated a woman and her underage daughter. In the 2013 they regularly consulted with him. And one time they got ill and were taken to hospital, where it turned out that both of them were pregnant. Mother confessed that pastor “did it” with her. The daughter was keeping in secret the name of father of her future kid, but them confessed that it was also pastor. Pastor Sam said he did it to clean 45-year-old woman and her 14-years-old daughter from some evil spirits…

2. Sending 4000 Bottles of Patented Holy Water To Cure Ebola

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T. B. Joshua decided to send some help to poor regions of Sierra Leone. So he delivered there 4000 bottles of his patented holy water to cure Ebola. Bottles were delivered by his private jet. By the way he is one of the richest pastors of Nigeria, and is the founder of The Synagogue, Church of All Nations (SCOAN).

3. Not Having a Bath for 13 Years

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Wale Olagunju, the presiding Bishop of Divine Seed of God Chapel Ministries in Ibadan, Oyo State didnt take a bath for 13 years. </strong>De refuses to have s*x with his wife as well. According to his words, his abstinence from taking a bath is a price God wanted from him. He even dont let rain to touch his body.

4. Married His Dead Girlfriend

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Pastor of Christ Embassy can be forced to marry his dead girlfriend. Vivian Ndukwu had a secret affair with a pastor. But the girl died while giving a birth to their child. Now her parents want pastor to marry their poor dead daughter.

5. Asking Gays To Come Out

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Rev. Jide Rowland Macualay of House of Rainbow is the pastor of the first gay church in Nigeria. Despite the fact that homosexuality is forbidden in Nigeria by law, he asks all gay people to openly show their se*uality. His church is meeting in secret for security of its members.

 

Boko Haram: Troops Capture Child Soldiers


Some child soldiers fighting for Boko Haram have been captured by troops during an encounter with the dreaded sect.

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The Nation reports that the child soldiers were among Boko Haram fighters who attacked some towns and villages in Adamawa State.

Suspected foreign mercenaries were also among those who took part in the attack.

The mercenaries were said to be ‘fair’ in complexion and do not look like Nigerians.

It is not ye ascertained where the mercenaries came from.

Troops and those displaced in Bama, Gwoza,  Madagali, Michika, Marte, Gulak and Mubi have seen the mercenaries and child soldiers.

It was learnt from a source who craved anonymity that the captured child soldiers were being interrogated.

The source said: “These claims are already being investigated by the military and security agencies in order to ascertain whether they are from neighbouring countries or they were drawn from the pool of Al-Qaeda in the Maghreb(AQIM.

“So, you need to appreciate the large scale dimension which the war the troops are waging against the insurgents has taken.

“There will be a lot of intelligence gathering on the discovery in order to ascertain those behind these insurgents and sources of their arms and back-up.”

He explained that very soon, all the towns seized by the insurgents will be recaptured by the military and normalcy will be restored to these areas.

Boko Haram often armed with sophisticated weapons have been wreaking continuous havoc in the Northern states most especially Adamawa and Borno. The Ismalist group have killed thousands of innocent people in their incessant attacks.

The Nigerian military in a bid to curb Boko Haram activities were said to have killed over 40 members of Boko Haram during a fierce battle at Vimtim in Adamawa state.

About 80 Boko Haram members were reportedly killed on Tuesday night, September 9, by  youths and vigilantes in Muchika  and Madagali local government of Adamawa state in a bid to take over their towns back from the insurgents.

Research: Ebola May Hit 15 More Countries


A new research has revealed that the deadliest Ebola outbreak in the history of mankind could spread to no fewer than 15 countries in West and Central Africa.

The research, carried out by the University of Oxford, also stated that up to 70 million people would be at risk of infection.

It was gathered that the study compared historic outbreaks to the virus’ possible transmission in bats and chimpanzees to predict how the disease could spread through its vast animal reservoir.

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According to reports, it is the first time scientists have attempted to explain how the virus, which is contracted through contact with infected bodily fluids, has travelled westward across Africa.

The resulting map shows how the populations of the Central African Republic, Cameroon, Ghana and a dozen more countries could be hit by the outbreak, which has already killed nearly 2,300 people in 2014, according to latest estimates released on Tuesday, 9 September, 2014 by the World Health Organisation, WHO.

Earlier studies on the Ebola Virus Disease, EVD, have revealed that several species of bat are suspected of carrying the virus through the jungles of West and Central Africa without showing symptoms, passing the disease onto other animals which are eaten by some communities as “bush meat”.

Researchers said transmission to the human population was not “inevitable”, but that environmental factors in many more countries than previously considered made it possible for further Ebola outbreak outbreaks.

According to the latest research conducted by the University of Oxford, Cote D’Ivoire, Gabon, Angola, Tanzania, Togo, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Burundi, Equatorial Guinea, Madagascar and Malawi could also join those countries already affected.

More than 1,000 people have so far died in Liberia, where the country’s Defence Minister Brownie Samukai has said the disease threatens the country’s very existence.

“Liberia is facing a serious threat to its national existence. The deadly Ebola virus has caused a disruption of the normal functioning of our State,”  the minister said on Tuesday.

It would be recalled that more deaths have been reported in Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Guinea and one case has recently been confirmed Senegal.

“Our map shows the likely ‘reservoir’ of Ebola virus in animal populations, and this is larger than has been previously appreciated,” Oxford study’s author Nick Golding, a researcher at the University’s Department of Zoology, said.

“This does not mean that transmission to humans is inevitable in these areas; only that all the environmental and epidemiological conditions suitable for an outbreak occur there,” Golding added.

No fewer than seven people have died from the Ebola virus in Nigeria since the late Patrick Sawyer brought the deadly disease into Lagos on 20 July, 2014.

Boko Haram Seeks Swap Of 30 Chibok Girls For 18 Key Members


After a secret negotiation, Boko Haram has agreed to release some of the abducted 219 Chibok girls.
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The sect has listed 18 of its key members, who it said should be freed from detention in exchange for the girls.
But there was a snag last night because while the government wanted freedom for all the 219 Government Secondary School, Chibok girls, the sect said it would free only 30. The girls have been in captivity for 149 days.
Boko Haram sent the list of its commanders and the 30 girls to be swapped to a minister, who is also a lawyer, an elderstatesman and a key facilitator of peace with the sect, Comrade Shehu Sani, who is also the President of the Civil Rights Congress of Nigeria, according to sources.
The list, it was learnt, was sent after secret talks between a government delegation and a Boko Haram commander, who is being detained in Kuje Prison in Abuja. But there was no confirmation of this last night.
According the sources, the delegation, whose membership was kept under wrap, discussed with the commander, who is simply described as Umar.
One of the sources said: “Some top officials met with Umar about two weeks ago in Kuje Prison to discuss issues connected to the fate of the Chibok girls.
“We heard some inmates sharing this information that the sect might swap the girls with Umar and others. But all the details are still secret because Umar keeps to himself a lot.”
But another source said: “The delegation had a fruitful negotiation with Umar, who is one of the highly-rated commanders of Boko Haram. The group assured Umar of a swap and he has been looking forward to it.
“The sect has given a list of 18 of its members to be swapped with the abducted Chibok girls.”
It was, however, gathered that the fresh negotiation has suffered a little setback because Boko Haram has agreed to set free only 30 of the remaining 219 girls in its custody.
The government has offered to release the 18 key Boko Haram leaders/ members only on the condition that all the Chibok girls will be freed.
Some security agents are said to have given “cautious advice” to the government when there was “no full assurance that all the girls will be released”.
“So, technically, the release of 30 girls was unacceptable to the government based on the advice of some security agents,” another source said, adding:
“You can see why Nigerians should stop blaming Boko Haram from continuously keeping these girls in captivity. What is of concern now is to get even these 30 girls out to prove to the whole world that they are alive.”
Sani simply said last night: “No comment.”
Earlier in May, Sani explained why he and some Boko Haram contacts had audience with ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo in Abeokuta.
He said the session was meant to open a new channel for dialogue with the sect to rescue the girls.
He said: “The meeting in Abeokuta was aimed at repackaging and salvaging the dialogue option.”
It was not immediately clear if the latest talks had any connection with the repackaging or not.
The Chairman of the Presidential Fact-Finding Committee on the abduction of Chibok girls, Brig-Gen. Ibrahim Sabo, had on July 22 said the incident was real, contrary to misinterpretation in some quarters.
He also said 276 pupils were abducted, but 219 were unaccounted for, as at the time of submitting the report.
He said 57 of the abducted pupils had been reunited with their families after escaping from the sect.
Gen. Sabo, who made the disclosures in an address at the presentation of the committee’s report to the President, said 119 pupils escaped from the school premises before the insurgents took away their classmates.”
SOURCE: The Nation

OAU student tests negative to Ebola virus – Management


The management of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, has said that the female student of the institution who was suspected to have the Ebola virus and moved to Lagos State has tested negative to the virus.
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The Public Relations Officer of the OAU, Mr. Abiodun Olanrewaju, said this in a telephone interview with our correspondent on Thursday.

He said, ” The preliminary result of the girl is out and she tested negative. Another test will be done tomorrow. The university will issue a statement on this later today.”

The female student of the university who hails from Port Harcourt, Rivers State was said to have had contact with Dr. Iyke Enemuo who died of the Ebola virus after treating an ECOWAS diplomat in a hotel room.

The OAU student was said to have been put under surveillance in Port Harcourt for 21 days before she was certified okay having tested negative to the virus.

However, on her return to the OAU to resume her studies, she took ill again on Monday and she walked to the university’s health centre where she was admitted.

He confession to have had contact with the late doctor and the symptoms similar to the EVD triggered rumour that she had the virus and the whole university community was thrown into panic.

Some students told our correspondent that the lady was bleeding and showing signs of the Ebola virus.

But the result of the second test now would calm students of the university who had been thrown into panic since she fell sick and was moved to Lagos.

Ramsey “Has a Chance”, Welbeck “Can Become Better”- Wenger


Aaron Ramsey has “a chance” of being listed in the squad for Manchester City on Saturday after an ankle problem forced him out of Wales 2-1 win in Andorra on Tuesday, according to Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.

The ‘Gunners’ midfielder limped off the pitch in the closing stages of the encounter on the controversial synthetic pitch at the Estadio Nacional.

Wenger, speaking during his pre-game press conference, confirmed Chris Coleman’s earlier take on Ramsey’s condition.

“He (Ramsey) will be assessed today and he has a little chance to be available for Saturday,” said Wenger. “He had an ankle sprain but it’s a minor one that’s for sure. Will it be enough to be available for Saturday? We’ll know today.”

Following striker Olivier Giroud’s injury, Arsenal pulled through a transfer deadline day move for England international, Danny Welbeck, in a deal reportedly worth about £16m from Manchester United.

The 23-year-old, who grabbed a brace in England’s 2-0 win in Switzerland on Monday night is among a number of deadline day signings hoping to make their Premier League debuts this weekend. Wenger believes the Man United academy product could join the likes of Thierry Henry, Nwankwo Kanu and Patrick Viera, among the records of players who turned even better after joining the club.

Arsene Wenger Says a Win Over Man City Could Restore Confidence aT Arsenal. Image: Twitter @Arsenal

“Danny Welbeck is an ideal signing for us because he can play through the middle, which I think is his best position, but as well on the flanks,” he said.“He was at Man United, where he had many big stars, and he is a player who is very versatile so he had to make room sometimes for players to play through the middle. But if you analyse in an objective way his qualities, I think he has the perfect style to play through the middle.

“He can make himself a better player [here] because I can help him. He’s a young boy, he’s not 24 yet and let’s not forget that some players who arrived here at the age of 23 made huge careers here so I hope we can contribute and help him.”

Danny Welbeck Could Become An Even Better Player for Arsenal, After 29Goals in 142 Appearances for Man United. Image: Getty via Arsenal.

The Frenchman is however keeping his cards close to his chest about his possible starting XI at home to the champions, but adds Welbeck is in the frame.City’s visit continues a line-up of early fixture tests for the Emirate Stadium outfit, which has already squared Everton and with the likes of, Tottenham and Chelsea lying in wait.

Wenger is not concerned by that but says victory over Manuel Pellegrini’s men, who are currently positioned a point above their hosts after three round of league matches, is more important than the early standings.

After their emphatic win over the Manchester team in the Community Shield five weeks ago, Wenger insists three points on Saturday will be good for the club’s credibility and confidence; as well as placing them on a better footing to conquer, this season after last several inconsistencies last term.

“We have now got the opportunity to show that we have grown as a team, that we are more mature and ready for the fight. Let’s do it,” he added.

“I don’t think that this game is very important for us mathematically [just] because we dropped points away from home [at Everton and Leicester]. But it gives us credibility and confidence if we do well.

“It’s a big game and for us it is a home game as well. We had a decent start in the Premier League but of course we dropped some points and we have a good opportunity at home to play against Manchester City and get the three points.”

Aaron Ramsey During Wales Euroa 2016 Qualifier in Andorra. Image: PASCAL PAVANI/AFP/Getty .

The manager is also delighted to have Mikel Arteta and Kieran Gibbs back in the squad, with the duo having underwent normal training in the week. Mesut Ozil did not play for Germany in the 2016 Uefa Euro qualifiers “because he had a sprained ankle”, but the manager says he will be available for the weekend cracker.

Mikel “Very Important” for Eagles, Says Keshi.


Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi has thrown his weight behind John Obi Mikel, despite the midfielder’s lack of match-fitness form against South Africa on Wednesday.

Keshi says the 27-year-old remain a “very important” contributor to the Super Eagles, regardless of him earning playing time at Chelsea or not.

“Just because he is not playing in his team, that does not mean I cannot use him in my team, that’s the coaches’ choice,” said the 52-year-old after Wednesday night’s goalless draw in Cape Town.

John Obi Mikel Remains an Important Member of the Super Eagles, Says Keshi. Image: AFP.

Mikel’s only appearance in the Premier League this season came in a cameo (23′) role against Everton a couple of weekends ago. He has however had the chance to reassert his importance to his teams on the international stage, featuring in Nigeria’s first two round of 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifying matches, but fell further below in ratings.

He lost most of the midfield battle to 24-year-old Belgium-based Andile Jali, as Nigeria managed to earn just a point from two of the 2015 Afcon qualifiers.

The Super Eagles will play Sudan home and away in November and one will hope the former Lyn Oslo playmaker earn some form in time for the crucial matches. Which ever way it turns out, Keshi believes Mikel remains an inspiration for the upcoming ones.

“In my team, if I think that he is (in) good shape, with the wealth of experience he has, all his years in the Champions League, I think he’s very important for us in the team, and we just have to make the best of the situation.”

San Lorenzo to Name New Stadium After Pope


Argentine football club San Lorenzo de Almagro has announced it will name its new stadium after Pope Francis.

The pontiff has supported the Buenos Aires-based team since he was a boy and was a paid-up member, then as Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio.

The Pope’s father played for the club’s basketball team, and took him to watch the football side regularly. He even got the title of ‘World’s Most Famous San Lorenzo Fan’ Viggo Mortensen before becoming the Roman pontiff.

San Lorenzo President Matias Lammens (C) and the Copa Libertodores Trophy During a Visit to  Pope Francis. Image: Getty

The team, named after a saint and known – among other nicknames – as El Santo, ‘the Saint’, is one of Argentina’s ‘Big Five’ clubs.

They plan to build a new stadium in Boedo, a working-class neighbourhood in the Argentine capital. The new venue will be biult on land seized from the club during the time of military rule from 1976-1983- plot of ground the club faithful donated money to help purchase.

The military sold the land to a supermarket chain, which later sold back after a court action.

TV personality Kemi Adetiba addresses false fraud case against her


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Two years ago, media personality and video music director, Kemi Adetiba was involved in an alleged fraud scandal where she was said to have duped a church, The God Bless Nigeria church, of about N15million for a documentary she was supposed to do for them about the downtrodden in Nigeria.

Kemi, who has since been cleared of all the allegations, chose to finally speak about the case today, two years after it went viral. In a post on her instagram page, Kemi addressed the allegations and posted a letter from the said church. See what she wrote below…

Nigerian Teachers threaten to strike over new resumption date


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The Nigerian Union of Teachers, NUT, have threatened to go on a nationwide strike if the Federal government does not shift the date of resumption as well as put in place measures that would protect their members from contracting the deadly Ebola virus while teaching in schools.

Speaking in a telephone interview with Punch, the National President of the NUT, Michael Alogba, said the union had taken a decision not to allow any of its members go into any school to teach if the eradication of the deadly virus has not been scientifically and medically proven. Continue…

“In any sane society, decision such as this will not be taken until the government and all stakeholders have met and discussed the issue at stake and are sure that the nation is scientifically and medical free from the scourge. But this is not the case in our country. When they arrived at the early October 13 date, they wrote us and we agreed with their argument but when this new date was given, they did not because of the influence of some powerful school owners who put pressure on them (Federal Government) to announce the September 22 date. Anyway, we have written to tell them that if the   Federal Government does not shift the date and provide all necessary safety measures in schools before Monday next week, all NUT leaders will meet in Abuja by 9am on Tuesday to decide our fate by ourselves. Though I don’t want to preempt the outcome of the meeting but as teachers who have families and who should protect our future, I mean our students, we will shun the classes; we will call for strike. What kind of government is this, don’t they know that children can never be as hygienic as adults? Don’t they know that the immunity level of children is not as high as that of adults? Why do you want to open schools when you have not cleared out the virus; when you still have about 400 people under surveillance in Port Harcourt and Lagos? You are aware of what is happening at the Obafemi Awolowo University. How are we sure that there is no primary or secondary school pupil that has had   contact with an Ebola patient. It’s good that the   NMA (Nigerian Medical Association) has spoken and we have told them too that we would not cooperate with them. That   is why we are going to take a drastic action on Tuesday to protect ourselves and our children. I can tell you that we will shun schools; we won’t cooperate with them. In other words, we will embark on strike.” he said

He warned that if by next Monday, September 15th the Federal Government had not extended the new date, the executive council would meet by Tuesday 16th September where a drastic decision would be taken.
Meanwhile after the Federal Executive Council meeting in Abuja yesterday the Health Minister said there was no going back on the resumption date. According to him, there was no scientific basis for school resumption date to be postponed
“First unlike other countries, there is no community transmission of the disease in Nigeria; not one yet. But we have taken precautions, what we are doing, we may as well have said everybody should just be moving about, but we are taking precautions. There is no scientific basis for school resumption to be postponed. There is no community transmission of the disease in Nigeria. That is what separates Nigeria from other countries. It is what I call irrational fear; we don’t need to be irrational about this.” he said

The Nigerian Medical Association as well as the House of Representative Committee on Education have spoken against the new resumption date.

Igbinedion’s granddaughter writes about him as he turns 80 today


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Sir Gabriel Igbinedion’s granddaughter, Osasu, wrote this sentimental message to her grandfather on her Instagram as he turns 80 years old today September 11th. Happy 80th to him.

British nurse who caught Ebola in Sierra Leone plans to return there


William Pooley, the 29 year old British nurse who recently got treated of the Ebola virus which he contracted while working as a voluntaeer nurse in Sierra Leone, says he plans to go back to the country to continue working there and help other victims. Speaking with UK Guardian, Pooley said;

“While I’m happy to be recovered and alive, there’s a lot of stuff on my mind with what’s going on back there. It would be relatively safe for me to go back and work there, and it’s really the least I could do having received all this amazing care and have people look after me and potentially save my life. It’s the least I could do to go back and return the favour to some other people, even just for a little while. The more help they get, the less chance there is they get sick.” he said. Continue…

His mother, Jackie, also supports his wish to head back to Sierra Leone

“We would want him to go back, not as an individual but with an organization of some kind so he’s got the backing. Obviously in a way we don’t want [him] to, but I can see I would feel very proud of him if he decided he was going to, because he knows what it is going to be like,” she said.

Nigeria has no single current case of Ebola – Health Minister


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Dan Nwomeh is the spokesman for the Minister of Health. And above is the man who brought Ebola to Nigeria. We’ve contained it…hopefully it stays that way! See more tweets below.

The OAU student has tested negative to Ebola…