Thursday, December 18, 2014

CONTENT OF THE CHARACTER PLEASE, NOT CREED OR CLAN II.

Thank God that yet again our nation has assembled a duo that evokes strong following like Abiola & Kingibe did in 1992/93. The APC duo of Buhari/Osibajo are men of unrivaled integrity, their strongest enemies cannot remove from that reality nor can the hate by Jonathanians taint their credibility.

Whilst unveiling the GEJ campaign in Lagos, I heard the President's jester Doyin Okupe who had the temerity to compare a Separatist/Sectional President Goodluck Jonathan with Jesus Christ, Doyin forgets that there is always a limit to luck. Doyin talked about the need to continue with the Nigeria of the now rather than going back to the Nigeria of the 80s. Curiously the Chairman of the event Richard Akinjide is in his 80s about 10years older than Buhari; the Chairman of GEJ's Presidential Declaration jamboree that took place a day after almost 100 kids were barbecued in Yobe by the Haramists, Bello Haliru is in his 80s, Anenih in his 80s, Edwin Clark in his 80s & before politics tore them apart rather recently Bamanga Tukur is over 80years. Truth be said the PDP is a Party of Old horses & turks, their contentious primaries yet wreaks of bad blood telling the level of individualism & selfishness that underscores the character of that Party.

GEJ has made corruption and fraud States-craft and elevated lying and perfidy to State Art. This regime yet pays subsidy for fuel even when everywhere in the world the price of fuel is falling since the steady drop in global Oil price, in Cotonou from 435CFA fuel price has fallen to 255CFA but in Jona's Nigeria nothing changes. Sad.

•Pls read up..What is Truth? II
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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Muhammadu Buhari Finally Picks Professor Yemi Osinbajo As Running Mate http://t.co/50s3SpyvE9

Profile Of Muhammadu Buhari Running Mate, Prof Yemi Osinbajo http://t.co/VTNp2CbZDz

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Our Nigeria's version of Pickwick Letters ... reminds of 1836 "Pickwick Papers" - Charles Dickens

... Today, December 2, 2014, marks exactly (365days) i.e. 1 year since commencement of circulation of famous letters/responses on happenings around the Nigeria polity ….
 
You recall OBJ’s letter dated December 2, 2013 and GEJ’s response thereto? Both letters are enclosed below to refresh your memory …
 
Whether to continue to focus on the “letter-writers” or their “messages” are strictly yours to take …  but what I know is that 365 days have since passed…
 
We are embarking on another 365 days from thisday … and wondering loud if, God sparing our lives, you get another note indicating 'motion without movement' at the end of another year?
 
Time will tell … 
 
Attachments:

OBJ's: 
http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/obasanjos-letter-to-jonathan-before-it-is-too-late/167193/
 
GEJ's:
http://saharareporters.com/2013/12/22/letter-president-goodluck-jonathan-replies-former-president-obasanjo

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Court issues warning to Daniel, Bankole, Salako

A Federal High court in Lagos has warned a former Governor of Ogun State, Gbenga Daniel, a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole and a former member of the House Representatives from Ogun State, Dave Salako, against taking the court for a ride.

Justice Okon Abang, on Monday, threatened that the court would not hesitate to order their arrest to show that “the court would not only bark but it would bite and where adequately provoked, it would even crush bones.”

The warning was issued following the failure of Daniel, Bankole and Salako to appear in court on Monday in a contempt suit instituted against them by the Ogun State Peoples Democratic Party executive.

Other respondents in the suit are the PDP and the Independent National Electoral Commission.

The Adebayo Dayo-led executive of the PDP in the state, believed to be loyal to Prince Buruji Kashamu, a chieftain of the party,  had asked the court to jail Daniel,  Bankole and Salako for allegedly failing to comply with two separate judgements of court in respect of the party executive in the state.

It was the allegation of the applicants that Bankole, Daniel and Salako had been engaging in series of activities to dissolve the  Dayo-led executive, despite two separate judgments of the Federal High Court affirming the legality of the Dayo-led executive.

When the matter came up on Monday, out of the three alleged contemns, only Salako was represented in court by his lawyer, Dele Oloke.

Bankole’s lawyer, Afolabi Fashanu (SAN), sent a letter informing the court that he was before the Court of Appeal in Ekiti and therefore asked for an adjournment.

But opposing the prayer for adjournment, the applicant’s counsel, R.A. Oluyede, said adjournment at the instance of the respondents was not allowed in a contempt proceeding.

Ruling on the application for adjournment, Justice Abang noted that a contempt proceeding was not a civil proceeding but a quasi-criminal one, in which personal appearance of the respondents was mandatory.

Frowning at their absence, the judge said, “The alleged contemnors are not in court, but they ought to be in court. It is mandatory that they have to be here. They cannot be in the comfort of their homes and be controlling the court. They must be in court before any application filed by them can be taken.

“The second  (Bankole), the third (Daniel) and the fourth (Salako) respondents have no reason for being absent in court today and no reason has been offered for their absence. It’s not a civil matter. This is a quasi-criminal matter,” the judge said.

He described their behaviour as “reprehensible to the extreme,” adding that, “I will not be a party to this kind of unwholesome development where an accused stays in the comfort of his home to be controlling the court. If the alleged contemnors failed to willingly report themselves by being in court, I will compel their appearance.”

The judge said in view of the behavior of the respondents, it was only deserving to grant some of the requests of the applicants as prayed.

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Monday, November 17, 2014

OBJ’s many sins, by Bakare

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Sunday, November 2, 2014

DON'T ASK ME...If I Hear!!! IV.

"There are two kinds of men and women; the one who keep their words and promises, and the one who doesn't...The former enjoys my fancy; men and women of their words are sublime and trustworthy" - Prof. Chris Nwaokobia Jnr.

In this unfolding series in deference to the demands of my followers and readers I shall endorse and recommend certain candidates seeking different elective positions; I see the persons I shall here recommend not as Saints but as vistas of change and as men of their words.

For the Edo Central Senatorial Seat I'm enamored by the Aspirant called Chief Francis Inegbeniki, remember him, he was the young man over a decade ago who challenged the overbearing and meddlesome politics of Mr Fix-It Chief Tony Anenih for which he was detained. He believes that the people NOT Godfathers should choose their leaders. He has elected to take his belief in Peoples Power to the next level for which he enjoys my blessing & support.

I find it very difficult however to endorse GEJ who whilst seeking election in 2011 said on Monday the 31st of January 2011 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, “If I’m voted into power, within the next 4years, the issue of power will become a thing of the past. 4years is enough for anyone in power to make a significant improvement and if I can’t improve on power within this period, it then means I cannot do anything…” Has GEJ improved on power? You know the TRUTH. He has not added up to 1,000Mega Watt of power to the National grid, we cannot boast of an average of 6hours daily power supply. National Security is at its lowest ebb and patriotism in tatters BUT Jonathanians forgetting that GEJ is yet the C-in-C (Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces) shamelessly blame the Haramist and villify the North. Sad!!

God Save Nigeria.

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Saturday, November 1, 2014

Chelsea FC
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Civilian JTF Killed 41 Suspected Boko Haram Fighters
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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Twitter Introduces New Way To Listen To Audio

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Obasanjo’s sudden change from ‘confused’ elder statesman to new ‘bride’ - A Must Read!!!

http://www.punchng.com/politics/obasanjos-sudden-change-from-confused-elder-statesman-to-new-bride/

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Friday, October 17, 2014

#BringBackOurGirls #BokoHaram to hand over kidnapped girls to Chadian President on Monday in peace deal with Jonathan

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BREAKING: FG, Boko Haram agree on ceasefire

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Boko Haram Kill 27, Burn Down 70 Houses In Plataeu.
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Four More Chibok Girls Escape Boko Haram Captivity.
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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Military Aircraft Crashes In Yola

What would have been a major tragedy in Nigeria’s military circles was yesterday narrowly averted, when a military aircraft crashed at the Yola International Airport.

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Google says it has restored lindaikeji.blogspot.com reportedly because complaints filed against it were bogus

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

‘Evil Will Be Visited On The Home Of Lai Mohammed’ ~ Asari Dokubo

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Peregrino Brimah: I Wil Defend Richest Lifestyle’s Claim Of Jonathan’s Wealth

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President Jonathan, Oritsejafor, Four Others Dragged To Court Over Seized $9.3Million

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

PRESS STATEMENT
 
CONDUCT OF GOVERNORSHIP BYE - ELECTION IN ADAMAWA STATE
 
The Federal High Court, Abuja on Wednesday, October 8th, 2014, delivered judgment in Suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/545/2014 between Barrister Bala James Nggilari vs. Speaker Adamawa State House of Assembly & 5 Ors. The Court declared that Barrister Bala James Nggilari did not resign from his office as Deputy Governor of Adamawa State as required by the Constitution and granted, among others, an order restraining INEC from conducting a bye-election to fill the office of Governor of Adamawa State.
 
In compliance with the court order, INEC hereby suspends all preparations for the conduct of governorship bye-election in Adamawa State, which was scheduled to hold on Saturday, 11th October, 2014.
 
 
H. Adamu
Ag. Secretary, INEC
08th October, 2014

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Gbenga Daniel Ex-Governor Of Ogun State Returns To PDP. Read more.....

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Breaking:

Adamawa: Court orders swearing in of Ngilari as Governor

A Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered that the former Deputy Governor of Adamawa State, Mr. Bala Ngilari, be sworn in as the governor of the state.

The court ruled that the purported resignation of Ngilari on July 14, 2014 was invalid, null and void as it breached the provisions of sections 306(1), (2) and (5) of the 1999 Constitution because it was addressed to the Speaker and acted upon by the House of Assembly.

Ngilari, erstwhile deputy to removed Governor Murtala Nyako had filed a suit before the Federal High Court in Abuja, seeking an order compelling his swearing in as the governor of the state.

He had asked the court to declare his resignation letter dated July 14, 2014 and addressed to the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, as illegal, null and void.In his suit, marked, FHC/ABJ/CS/545/14, the plaintiff argued that his resignation letter was in breach of the provisions of sections 306(1), (2) and (5) of the 1999 Constitution because it was addressed to the Speaker and acted upon by the House of Assembly.

Justice Adeniyi Ademola, while delivering his judgment, ruled that Ngilari’s letter was written at a time when Nyako had not been removed, thus implying that the letter ought to have gone through Nyako as then governor, which it did not, thus rendering the resignation null and void.

He therefore ruled that Ngilari be sworn in as the substantive governor of the state.

The judgment implies that the bye-election slated for Saturday by INEC, has been stopped.

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UPDATES:
* ‘Jonathan, 6th richest African president’.
* Banks to invest N598bn in power sector – FG.
* Eleven states resume today after forced Ebola holidays.
* Military beefs up security around court martial venues.
* $5.7m scandal threatens Nigeria, South Africa relations.
* Only troublemakers are leaving Ekiti, Fayose replies Falana.
* Govs, FG battle at S’Court over fuel subsidy.
* Ondo PDP resists dismantling of structure for Mimiko.
* We’ll rescue all Nigerians in B’Haram captivity –FG.
* Daniel, loyalists’ defection holds in Aso Rock today.
* Nigeria has 48 million active Internet users – NITDA.
* Discos can’t increase tariff to repay N213bn – NERC.
* Lower oil prices put pressure on Nigerian economy.
* Victim of Nyanya bomb blast dies after second surgery.
* Green economy can create 60 million jobs – ILO.
* NIMC advocates e-ID card as international travel document.
* FG installing anti-B’Haram alarm system in northern schools –Okonjo-Iweala.
* Standard Chartered to hire 1,000 in Nigeria, others.
* Ajah community battles Lagos over construction of canal.
* Badeh To Troops: Flush Out Boko Haram Before Saturday Poll.
* Bi-Courtney Denies Owing AMCON N50bn.
* Buhari Declares Presidential Interest Oct 15.
* Surgery: I’ll Soon Be Back From Germany – IBB.
* EX-Gov Peter Obi Bows To Pressure, Defects To PDP.
* Navy Impounds 2,000 Gallons Of Petroleum Products.
* Jonathan gets 74% job approval rating for September.

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Happening now!! Femi Fani-Kayode on Channels TV • "Another $5.7M Arms Deal"

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GEJ had no shoes but now on top 10 list of richest African Presidents 2014. He lives. :: Africa Independent Television - AIT

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Taraba Acting Governor: Danbaba Suntai Is Missing.
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Richest African Presidents 2014

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Monday, October 6, 2014

A MUTINOUS SENATE AND THE 12 MUTINEERS II.

Today's news of another 5.7m US Dollars seized by yet again the South African Authorities tells how much mutinous corruption this Senate indulges. The other day it was 9.3m US Dollars ferried on behalf the Federal Govt into South Africa with a Private Jet belonging to Ayo Oritsejafor the flamboyant President of the Christian Association of Nigeria CAN, yes the Senate has given a blind eye and a deaf ear to such sleaze and breach of international protocol. To the Senate the Mutinous 12 must die, it doesn't matter if corruption bleeds Nigeria to death.

A young Airport Pilot Wing Cmdr. Chimda Hedima in service of fatherland was beheaded after the Haramists shot down an aircraft with which he dealt damage to the insurgents, yet the Senate is quiet whilst the Defense Headquarters refuses to come through with what really happened. The President is mum about the demise of this young hero who gave his life for our peace and so is this mutinous Senate whose billing is cheques rather than checking the excesses of an uncaring Federal Govt., to them the Mutinous 12 must die in the face of unmitigated sabotage within the Army.

As Trillions of Naira and Billions of Dollars are fleeced and stolen by way of Security Votes it doesn't matter to this Senate. As the President's Independence Day Speech made no mention of what will happen to the Nat. Confab Report (confirming my position that it was afterall a 'busy them' jamboree) that cost task payers over 5.7b naira. As the yet missing 218 Innocents of Chibok and the many other abducted citizens in the Haramists dungeon did not enjoy a line in the President's speech, it is obvious that our imperial President cares little, and this mutinous Senate cares only about how much of our collective patrimony they share. Sad!

To kill the Mutinous 12 is to court greater mutiny I dare say.

CONCLUDED.

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Sad: Former Speaker, Dimeji Bankole loses 7year old
daughter to sicklecell, Family releases statement!
This is the release from the family
YEWANDE SEMIAT BANKOLE – 7yrs- Female.
With gratitude to Almighty Allah and with heavy hearts we
announce the demise of our daughter Yewande Semiat
Bankole aged 7yrs at a London hospital. Yewande is the
grand daughter of Chief Alani Suara Bankole and the
daughter of Rt Hon. Dimeji Sabur Bankole.
Yewande was born with HbSS Sickle cell disease. She
was a radiant girl who struggled with the disease. We
originally managed her condition at a Lagos hospital but
later transferred to a London hospital . Sadly we lost her
at 10.30pm on Wednesday October 1st, 2014. Her remains
will be buried according to Islamic rites.
We wish to thank you for your prayers and support at this
very trying time.
May almighty Allah make our affairs easy.
Signed: Bankole family

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

2014 Independence Day Broadcast by
His Excellency, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR
Wednesday 1st October, 2014

Fellow Nigerians:
1. Today marks the 54th anniversary of our country’s independence as a sovereign nation. This is also the tenth month of our journey into a new century, having marked the centenary of our nation in January this year.

2. The first one hundred years were marked by triumphs and tribulations, benefits and burdens, opportunities and challenges. We made some far reaching advances in building a strong, united and prosperous nation. We also overcame the forces of disunity that culminated in a debilitating civil war. We have also renewed our faith in one another, and in our country. We have proven that we are truly a resilient nation.

3. In my address to the nation last year, I did emphasize that we were in a sober moment in our country. We are still in that mood in spite of the many accomplishments of our administration. Our sombreness has to do with the crises of nationhood occasioned by the activities of terrorist elements who have done the unimaginable to challenge our unity as a people.

4. On an occasion like this, it is important that we remember all the precious souls that have been lost in the unprecedented war of terror unleashed on some parts of our country by these individuals who want to compel us to live our lives their way. They will not succeed!

5. In their mission, they have maimed and raped. They have killed men, women and children, rendering many children orphans and several women widows.

6. They have made violence their ideology and are bent on destroying our country. Dear countrymen and women, we will not allow them.

7. Night after night, day after day, our security forces continue to engage the terrorists in battle. My gratitude goes out to our armed forces whose will has been greatly challenged by this insurgency more than any other time, since the civil war.

8. Yet, they have remained undaunted and unwearied in the face of constant challenge and mortal danger. Driven by patriotic zeal, they are turning the tide by their prowess and determination. As Commander-in-Chief, I will continue to do all it takes to enable them to keep on inflicting devastating blows at the heart of terror. Fellow Nigerians, it is our collective duty as patriots to avail our men and women in uniform of all the support they need to fight and win this war.

9. This Administration is committed to making Nigeria safe for all Nigerians, irrespective of our places of birth, how we worship God and our political persuasion. To all those waging war against our country, I ask that you lay down your arms and embrace peace.

10. To those who have genuine grievances, I affirm that Nigeria will listen to you, if you bring your grievances to the table of dialogue. To the good people of Nigeria, let me restate that our task of building a better and greater country must not waver.

11. While we continue to deploy our resources in the fight against the terrorists, we do recognize the great toll the conflict is taking on our people.

12. This is why, to assist the afflicted, we have launched the Victims Support Fund, an independent multi-sectoral charity, which will aggressively solicit resources to augment Government’s statutory intervention, in bringing succour to the injured, the displaced and the bereaved.

13. In partnership with Nigerian business leaders and international partners, we have also introduced the Safe Schools Initiative which is aimed at promoting safe environments for education nationwide, starting with the North East region.

14. The Presidential Initiative for the North East, a comprehensive programme to fast-track the economic restoration of this region, which has been the epicentre of terrorist activity, has been set up.

15. Our overall objective is to do all we possibly can, to sustain in the North-East, the momentum of economic advancement, which is on-going in other parts of the country, despite the machinations of the terrorists and their sponsors.

16. It should now be clear to anyone who was ever in doubt that these terrorists do not mean well for anyone, of whatever religion or dispensation. Their persistent choice of the weakest and most vulnerable in society, for gruesome attack, provides an insight into their abnormal mind-set.

17. I urge every Nigerian to put aside political, sectional or other parochial considerations, and support whole-heartedly the efforts of the government and the military, in checking this evil.

18. We are grateful to the international community, and especially our neighbours who are working closely with us in confronting this challenge, for their increased partnership and solidarity. Our steady progress in weakening the insurgency has certainly justified our cooperation.

19. Fellow Nigerians, in my independence anniversary address last year, I informed you that we had taken cognizance of the suggestion over the years by well-meaning Nigerians on the need to focus attention on rebuilding and strengthening the ligaments of our union. It was in that regard that we announced the convening of a National Dialogue on the future of our beloved country.

20. We have successfully delivered on that promise as we established the 2014 National Conference headed by Justice Legbo Kutigi. After months of deliberations, which did not come without its challenges, the conference concluded its assignment and has handed its Report to me.

21. I have made a firm commitment that we would act on the recommendations of the conference. This, I have started by setting up the Ministerial Committee headed by the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation to work out the modalities for implementing the Report. Every promise I make, God willing, I will see to its fulfilment. I assure you, we shall implement the report.

22. One major lesson which the 2014 National Conference has taught us as a country is that, a multi-ethnic country like ours, must learn to embrace painstaking dialogue until consensus is established.

23. To me, the National Conference is the greatest centenary gift to our country that we must cherish and sustain.

24. Fellow Nigerians, our 54 year-journey as a nation has not been easy. There have been tough periods, but the Nigerian spirit and the unflagging resilience of our people have seen us through. We will continue to march forward to greater heights.

25. We have been able to sustain a big, strong and influential country with a robust economy. We are currently in our sixteenth year of uninterrupted democratic rule, daily improving on the consolidation of our democratic process.

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

27. We will continue to ensure that the will of the electorate prevails so that political leaders would be reminded at all times that there is a day of reckoning when they have to go back to the people at the polls. Election days must not be days of violence and death. We must remain vigilant to ensure that our electoral process is characterised by peace, security and transparency.

28. I enjoin the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), all security agencies, politicians and the electorate to work conscientiously and peacefully, together, to consolidate on the gains of the recent elections. Free and fair elections have come to stay; nothing else will be acceptable to our people.

29. My dear countrymen and women, occasions such as this present an opportunity to thank God for our country and to report to you, on our journey so far.

30. Our power sector reform is on course with the ultimate objective of generating enough electricity to power our homes, industries and businesses. We are making giant strides in the Agricultural Sector which we are re-positioning to diversify our economy. We will continue to upgrade our infrastructure to make life easier for all and create an enabling environment for enterprise to flourish.

31. Over the last four years, the implementation of the Nigerian Content Act in the Oil and Gas Sector has ensured major increase in the participation of indigenous Oil and Gas companies in the industry. Several critical infrastructure projects have been commissioned and commenced. The level of indigenous asset ownership has greatly increased and utilisation of Nigerian-owned and built assets such as marine vessels and rigs is being progressively enforced.

32. There has been maximised local value addition by encouraging the manufacture of equipment components and parts within the country. There has also been massive growth in indigenous participation in the provision of goods and services to the upstream sector from 10% to 60% within the last four years.

33. Today, following the rebasing of our economy, every international monitoring and ratings agency now acknowledges Nigeria as the largest economy in Africa, with a Gross Domestic Product of five hundred and ten billion dollars ($510 billion) which also places us as the 26th largest economy in the world. This is progress.

34. Earlier in the year, we launched the Nigeria Industrial Revolution Plan (NIRP) and the National Enterprise Development Programme (NEDEP) with the stated objective of fast tracking inclusive growth, job creation, enterprise development and industrialisation.

35. The success of these policies is already evident in the increased value addition in the agricultural and manufacturing sectors.

36. In line with our objective of encouraging the production of made-in-Nigeria vehicles and making Nigeria a regional hub for the automobile industry, a number of foreign auto manufacturers have established plants in Nigeria, complementing the laudable efforts of our local vehicle manufacturers who have also demonstrated great innovation and competitiveness.

37. We have also launched a special support programme for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises with an initial intervention fund of two hundred and twenty billion naira (N220 b). This is in addition to the Presidential Job Creation Board which I inaugurated recently with the charge to create three million jobs annually.

38. In demonstration of our Administration’s commitment to addressing Nigeria’s housing deficit, we have commenced the new mortgage re-finance programme with the establishment of the Nigerian Mortgage Re-finance Company. It is expected that, in addition to creating additional housing units across the country, this initiative also represents a huge job creation opportunity.

39. We have recorded notable success in the social sector. Nigeria has been globally acknowledged for reducing extreme hunger by more than half, with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) formally presenting the country with an award for achieving the Millennium Development Goal on Hunger three years ahead of the 2015 target date set for the Millennium Development Goals.

40. This progress is as a result of the deliberate policy of government to increase capacity in our agricultural sector of which the first step was to address and eliminate the graft in our fertilizer procurement system and ensure that the product gets directly to the farmer. We are expanding our irrigation infrastructure to ensure that our farmers have sufficient water supply for dry season farming.

41. A benefit of these combined actions is that our national food import bill has declined from 1.1 trillion naira (6.9 billion dollars) in 2009 to 684.7 billion naira (4.35 billion dollars) by December 2013, and continues to decline.

42. Modern hybrid schools are being provided for less privileged children across the country, resulting in significant increase in the national school enrolment figure.

43. In order to further enhance access to education at the tertiary level, fourteen new Federal Universities have been established; and, to encourage persons of exceptional abilities, our Administration has also introduced a Presidential Scholarship Scheme based strictly on excellence and merit.

44. On infrastructure, we are building roads, bridges, and new rail lines to make it easier to traverse Nigeria and increase the integration of our people and our ability to do business with each other. In this regard, we have commenced the process of building the Second Niger Bridge. The Loko-Oweto Bridge over River Benue in Nasarawa and Benue States, will significantly reduce travel time by road between Northern and Southern Nigeria. The on-going dredging of the River Niger up to Baro in Niger State is opening up large parts of the Nigerian hinterland to maritime activity.

45. The Zungeru and Mambilla Hydro-electric power projects are on course, and the Kashimbilla dam which we started a few years ago, is nearing completion. The successful privatisation of our power sector will in the long run enhance industrial growth. Policies such as this and others have raised Nigeria to the enviable status of being the number one recipient of Foreign Direct Investment in Africa in the past year.

46. The result of this infrastructure drive is that two and a half million jobs have been created over the past two years. This is a record, which we are committed to improve upon to continue to provide jobs for our youth.

47. An unprecedented number of Airports across the country, are not only being reconstructed at the same time, but being re-equipped and reassessed with emphasis on maintaining global standards.

48. Fellow Nigerians, the goals we set to achieve for our country involve expanding the frontiers of economic freedom. Let us therefore unite with one heart and one mind. All our people must have access to the good things of life. All our people must be empowered to pursue the gift of life with happiness. This is our country; we must build it for our common posterity.

49. As we move into an election year, desperate moves to overheat the polity are becoming a regular occurrence. Our political leaders in particular must know that the contest for power should not translate to the destruction of the polity.

50. The contest for the leadership of our country must yield good governance, and not ungovernable spaces. The love of country should rank higher than our individual ambitions.

51. We must remain committed to a united and indivisible Nigeria within democratic parameters. The protection of individual rights, liberty, equality before the law, freedom of thought, and a progressive pursuit of a sound economy must be our goal.

52. I cannot end this address without commenting on the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) which was sadly brought into our country recently. My directives to the Federal Ministry of Health saw the ministry leading the charge in curtailing the spread of this deadly scourge and managing its impact. This is how it should be: swift, effective and comprehensive action in defence of citizens.

53. It must be pointed out that the Ebola battle is still raging elsewhere in our sub-region. I therefore enjoin all our citizens to continue to adhere strictly to all the guidelines that have been given by our health officials to keep Ebola out of our country.

54. I appreciate and welcome the spirit of collaboration, unity and partnership with which we confronted the threat of the Ebola Virus Disease. I thank all Nigerians for working together to prevent what could have become a major epidemic. I particularly thank the medical personnel, some of whom made the ultimate sacrifice.

55. This is the spirit which we must demonstrate at all times as we face up to our challenges as a nation: one people, united by a common resolve, in the pursuit of one common national interest.

56. As we look forward to another year in our national life, I am more than confident that our tomorrow will be better than our yesterday and today. Nigeria has got the human and material resources to excel and we shall lead the way in that journey to our manifest destiny.

57. Fellow countrymen, brothers and sisters, in all our plans, and in all our words and our actions, we must stand together in love and unity, as one people under God.

58. We are one people from the womb of one Nigeria. We are brothers and sisters. We are one family. We are Nigerians.

59. God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

“A jet registered for the facilitation of evangelism cannot be leased to another company for commercial purposes as churches are registered under part C of the Company and Allied Matters Act (CAMA) as non-profit making organizations. Falana“If Pastor Oritsejafor is lucky that he is not prosecuted for breaching the CAMA, he owes Nigerians a public apology. The CAN leadership cannot afford to engage in attacking its political opponents in a matter pertaining to the breach of the law.”

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Jamie Vardy and Leonardo Ulloa were the heroes as Leicester City roared back from two goals down to claim a famous win over Manchester United in a eight-goal thriller at King Power Stadium.

Two goals in three minutes from Robin van Persie and Angel di Maria put United in a commanding position early on but Ulloa’s header ensured Leicester were still alive at the interval.

Ander Herrera appeared to have settled matters when his flick wrong-footed Kasper Schmeichel to put United 3-1 up, but David Nugent struck from the penalty spot on 62 minutes before summer signing Esteban Cambiasso brought the hosts level moments later with a low drive.

United poured forward in search of a winner but it was Leicester who showed the greater ruthlessness, with Vardy applying a clinical finish to a counter-attack and Ulloa converting a penalty which saw youngster Tyler Blackett sent off.

Radamel Falcao made his expected United debut, replacing the in-form Juan Mata, with captain Wayne Rooney eased back into a slightly deeper role.

Vardy was one of four changes for Leicester alongside former United trainee Danny Drinkwater, Cambiasso and son of Old Trafford legend Peter Schmeichel, goalkeeper Kasper.

Schmeichel was called into early work after Van Persie was fed by Di Maria, but he could do nothing about the Dutchman’s deflected header from a superb Falcao cross which put the visitors ahead on 13 minutes.

The lead was doubled in sublime fashion three minutes later when Di Maria linked up with Rooney before the Argentina star lifted a delightful effort over the helpless keeper.

However, United were almost immediately caught cold at the other end when Vardy got to the byline and crossed for Ulloa to head home powerfully to David de Gea’s left.

The visitors suffered another setback when Jonny Evans limped off and was replaced by Chris Smalling with less than half an hour gone, but both defences just about managed to hold firm for the rest of a fast and furious first period.

Falcao went close to restoring United’s two-goal cusion at the start of the second half when controlling a Rooney pass and firing a half-volley against the crossbar, but it proved a temporary respite for Leicester.

It was Herrera who did claim the third when flicking a Di Maria strike from the edge of the area past a stranded Schmeichel on 57 minutes.

However, Leicester again showed great heart to rally through a Nugent spot kick after Rafael da Silva shoved Vardy in the box and Cambiasso connected sweetly with a shot from just inside the area to level the scores just after the hour.

As United poured forward in search of a winner, they were caught woefully short in defence.

Mata, on as a substitute, was robbed by Ritchie De Laet, whose throughball released Vardy – the former Fleetwood Town man keeping his nerve to slot past De Gea one-on-one.

A mesmerising comeback was complete just four minutes later, more defensive dithering allowed Vardy in on goal again and Blackett could only chop him down in the penalty area, earning the youngster a straight red card and providing Ulloa the chance to cap a stunning outing for Leicester and a first home win in the top flight since May 2004.

Leicester 5 -3 Man United

 

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

B-R-E-A-K-I-N-G News!!!
Air Force Helicopter Crash: Missing Crew Member Found Alive.

**Flight Lieutenant NM Halilu, Co-Pilot, and Warrant Officer Augustine Nwanonenyi, aircraft technician survived the crash.

The crew member, who was declared missing when his body could not be located in the vicinity of the crash, resurfaced at the military headquarters in Maiduguri today, having trekked through the bushes after the crash.

The engineering crew member of the crashed Nigerian Air Force Mi-35 Helicopter earlier declared missing has been found alive. The crew member, who was declared missing when his body could not be located in the vicinity of the crash, resurfaced at the military headquarters in Maiduguri today, having trekked through the bushes after the crash.

It is thus confirmed that Flight Lieutenant NM Halilu, Co-Pilot, and Warrant Officer Augustine Nwanonenyi, the aircraft technician, survived the crash while Flight Lieutenant Onyeka Nwakile was the only one lost in the crash. The family of the officer has been duly informed while the two survivors are in stable condition but receiving medical attention.

Meanwhile, search and rescue operation on the incident has been concluded, while investigation into the crash continues.

Maj Gen CHRIS OLUKOLADE
Director Defence Information

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

What is Your Take On This:

'We will continue to Protect you' - President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan to the people of Kano following BokoHarram killings in College of Education

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"Pastor Oritsejafor must be arrested and investigated. Which government in the world uses private jet, with private pilot and crew,all civilians to purchase arms with cash? It is ludicrous and we must see the end of this." -by Hon. Dino Melaye

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Wale Adedayo wrote on Facebook :

An avoidable national disgrace, again, in the hands of South Africa has been visited on Nigeria. President Jacob Zuma claimed 67 South African nationals died in the building that collapsed at the Synagogue Church of All Nations in Lagos. Interestingly enough, the figures in Nigeria, given by emergency officials on site was lower.

National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) spokesman, Ibrahim Farinloye, on Wednesday insisted Zuma got his figures wrong. But the South Africans countered with facts, which the Nigerian official does not seem to have.

Farinloye contradicted himself, saying, "The church management up until now has not estimated or given us any list of people trapped, so we are just working on blind guesswork until we get to the last rubble.”

The South Africans have a list of their nationals visiting the church at the time of the incident. They number 300, and were brought to Nigeria by five tour groups, who often arrange such visits to the church.

Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Raji Fashola, may need to wield the big stick against that church. Synagogue should have a list of the guests in that Guest House. Why have they not released same to emergency/rescue officials? Must Nigeria continue to be disgraced like this?

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Nigeria college attacked by gunmen
5 minutes ago

Gunshots and an explosion have been heard at a teacher training college in the northern Nigerian city of Kano.

Students were seen fleeing from the city's Federal College of Education.

There was no immediate indication of whether there were any casualties in the attack.

Nor was it clear who was responsible, although suspicion will fall on militant Islamist group Boko Haram, which has been waging an insurgency in Nigeria since 2009.

In July the city suffered a spate of five attacks in four days, one of which also targeted a college and killed six people.

In May 2013, Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan imposed a state of emergency in the northern states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa, vowing to crush the insurgency.

However the militants have stepped up attacks, killing more than 2,000 civilians this year, according to New York-based Human Rights Watch.

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Friday, September 12, 2014

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO of Nigerian Army And Civilians Fleeing From Boko Haram: 

http://youtu.be/_WxPK6xdukQ via @YouTube

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Monday, September 8, 2014

REAL LEADERSHIP, INSPIRING AND COURAGEOUS SPEECH: Read the address of Gov Bukar Shettima to the abandoned and terrorized people of Borno State yesterday.....

TEXT OF A STATE-WIDE BROADCAST DELIVERED BY HIS EXCELLENCY, THE EXECUTIVE GOVERNOR OF BORNO STATE, HON. KASHIM SHETTIMA; FRIDAY, SPETEMBER 5, 2014

Fellow, and dear citizens of Borno State

In recent days and weeks, we have come under renewed and augmented attacks, waged against all of us, by an armed minority that seeks to impose on us, a doctrine that is completely at variance with the religion of Islam which they claim to promote; a doctrine that negates the dignity and existence of humanity on earth, despite Allah’s decree in the glorious Quran, that He has dignified the human creature, prohibited unjust killings and made the religion of Islam that which does not sanction compulsion in a multi-faith society like ours.

Several innocent communities in Gwoza, Damboa, Askira/Uba, Marte, Chibok, Konduga, Dikwa and the most recent, Bama, have had young and old, amongst them children, weak old men and women, killed in cold blood, their homes destroyed and thousands forced to flee, with some trekking over hurtful distances to become refugees within and outside Borno State. Our Capital City of Maiduguri is today facing a heavy influx of refugees from the local government areas in Borno. Borno citizens have been forced to take refuge in parts of Gombe and Adamawa States mainly on account of man’s inhumanity to fellow man in the gratuitous name of religion. These acts are absolutely condemnable in the strongest of terms.

Let me use this opportunity to once again, extend my deepest sympathy to the families of all those who lost their lives in these serial massacres that are designed to send Borno and its people into oblivion, but which will not succeed insha Allah.

I also express my very deep sympathy to all victims who either lost property or are taking refuge. Our heart as Government is fully with each and every one of you and we will do everything humanly possible to support you, reclaim your communities, rebuild them and give all of you a new lease of life insha Allah.

We will be supporting you as a matter obligation to you as good citizens. You have a right to be supported in distress. You have even more fundamental right to be protected from fear and attack in the first place.

The number one duty of Government is to safeguard the lives and property of the citizenry. However laudable policies and programmes of Government could be, no matter the beauty of infrastructures put in place, they would all amount to less than nothing if human lives are not secured. As Government, we are more than mindful of this constitutional, moral and spiritual obligation.

As Governor of Borno State, I am un-forgetfully aware that for every life that is lost in Borno State, I will account before Allah on the Day of Judgment if that life is lost on the basis of deliberate failures on my part, to do what I have the powers, resources and influence to do.

This administration has never and insha Allah will never abdicate from its obligations to citizens. We have done, and still doing everything within the limits of our powers and resources, to complement the duty of the Federal Government to safeguard lives and property.

Immaterial as it may sound, we have through combined efforts with the Military, the Nigeria Police Force, the Department of State Security; our youth volunteers called the civilian JTF and other para-military organizations averted so many planned attacks. However, this assertion will hardly make sense to most citizens, in a situation where many attacks have been successfully carried out with elevated mass killings and destructions in the past and in very recent days and weeks.

Citizens have very legitimate reasons to be aggrieved by the current situation in Borno State. We are pained as your Government. We are in this together. As Governor, I feel a sense of not just responsibility but an even personal loss whenever any attack is recorded no matter what part of the State is affected and who is or are involved. We are in this together.

Borno state has been facing this Boko Haram challenge since July 2009 in Maiduguri when the Boko Haram waged its major war on Borno’s soil. Haven been defeated by our determined armed forces, insurgents resorted to Guerrilla warfare that has been raging on for the last four years. At least one third of our local government areas have been affected by their attacks with different degrees of intensity and periodic occupation.

In the history of Borno since 19th century, this is however not the first threat to our existence as a people. We had faced and survived threats in years past and we shall survive this insha Allah.

We are confident of victory through a reinforcement of our armed forces and the collective will of all of us, citizens, who are committed to defeating the Boko Haram scourge. Collectively as a people, we have exhibited great determination.

Our youth volunteers have made us proud. We are all in this, fellow citizens. We all have roles to play. One of these roles is the devoted offer of prayers and ceaseless appeal to the Almighty to make us victorious.

In the past, our armed forces have proven their mettle even in global warfare where they were in foreign terrain in the Second World War, in the Congo, in Liberia, in Sierra Leon, in the Sudan and elsewhere. Our armed forces have also, during the Civil War, successfully saved our country from dismemberment. Our armed forces that have outstandingly proven their capability in such difficult times can by the grace Allah defeat the Boko Haram insurgency with overwhelming federal reinforcement in all areas of their needs. We strongly appeal to the federal government to redouble its present efforts so that the nation will be a historic witness to speedy containment of the Boko Haram insurgency. The Borno State Government will continue to do whatever it can to compliment the constitutional roles of the Federal Government in this battle of ours.

Let me reassure the good people of Borno State that measures have been taken by the Federal Government based on information available to us as Government. With these steps and our combined efforts as State Government and resilient people, we shall overcome this tribulation.

We must be very forth coming with useful information on what we hear or see because our safety start with what we tell not what we keep or bury. Hiding information that threatens us never helps us or others. We must be very vigilant in all our communities. We must take copious note of anyone or anything strange around us but without raising false alarm or spreading any form of rumour that will cause panic. Let us try to reach out to those in position of authority to verify information concerning public safety or related matters.

The Borno State Radio and Television will be coming up with a Television and Radio programme designed with public telephone lines that can be reached by citizens for enquiries on public issues in relation to security, help in orientation and mobilisation of victims, as well as helping them in locating missing loved ones and friends where there are such matters and keeping citizens regularly updated on matters affecting security, victims support and their comfort. I appeal to other media houses to kindly assist in this effort.

The Ministries concerned with Home Affairs and Local Governments and Chieftaincy Affairs are also to make available public lines that can be reached by any victim from any affected local government area.

Similarly, the Ministry of Health will also put in place an immediate Mobile Task Force on Insurgency Victims Health that should be moving round Maiduguri and environs to source for and attend to the health needs of victims on both emergency and lesser cases; ensure the existence of clinics in all victims camps and coordinate the efficiency of the clinics to guarantee the availability of health personnel at all times, drugs, ambulances and other required materials. The Ministry has my express permission to commit Government in the event of any critical medical need involving ascertained victim of this unfortunate insurgency from any affected community.

Government is not unaware of the multi-facet effects of insurgent attacks on other spheres of human lives in affected communities in terms of food security, means of livelihood and access to education among others.

Already, the State Government has taken measures to acquire food stuffs for free distribution to affected citizens. Government has purchased thousands of bags of food stuffs and more is being acquired. On the issue of means of livelihood, the Secretary to the State Government is to chair a High level and Enlarged Victims Rehabilitation, Reintegration and Support Team that will soon meet and work with stakeholders in affected communities to assist victims on a permanent measure.

On access to education, Government has observed a high scale requirement of admissions into primary and secondary school especially from guardians who seek slots at orphanage schools in Maiduguri and Biu in particular, for orphans whose parents were killed as a result of the insurgency.

Consequently, a team of respected academics, school administrators and educationists will be inaugurated by me next week, with the mandate of coming up with State Primary and Secondary Schools for Special Citizens to be cited in Maiduguri and Biu for the time being. The schools are to be designed to accommodate high capacity of pupils with modern boarding facilities. Every child admitted into that school is to be on full Government scholarship from basic to University Education.

Members of the public willing to make donations will be entertained to a ‘Adoption of child Education Programme’ though which kind citizens can adopt the education of a child, two or more, through well organised system that can be monitored by every sponsor who must be entitled to all academic and attitudinal record of an adoptee. While the team is to fine tune this idea, the Ministry of Education is directed to identify and enrol affected children into temporary public schools in Maiduguri and Biu or in the alternative, create temporary special school sites for affected children to start having immediate access to education soon as schools open.

Fellow citizens, we shall at all times be responsive to our duties as Government. We are very much committed to doing just everything that we can do. Borno State has been in the eye of the storm; we have suffered deaths, destruction and hardships on scales never witnessed in the annals of our long and glorious history.

We have experienced unprecedented sorrow, tears and blood. We must all work for peace. To work for peace is to covet and protect it. In seeking peace, those of us who mean well for this State, must not only remain united, we must strive to consolidate this unity. Defeating the insurgency is a collective task that must be done, we must not be distracted. We must remain united, focused and vigilant. I will particularly like to direct this appeal to our heroes, the galant and courageous youth volunteers, the Civilian JTF. They must remain united and focused more than ever before.

The Civilian JTF must at all times have at the back of their minds that Allah (SWT) in his infinite wisdom and mercy is using them to support security agencies to rescue our state from the advocates of hate and destruction. The people of Borno are very grateful to them for their undying love and sacrifices. As Government which is holding the sacred mandate of the people, we will remain supportive of the civilian JTF as we have been. Our support for the military, police and other security agencies is that of a shared battle against the forces of darkness.

We shall accelerate our focus on jobs creation to discourage idleness and criminality. We shall speed up ongoing infrastructures to deliver on our promises to make Borno a better place, a remodeled State, a great home we will all be proud of. Borno is our home.

This is why I returned home amidst rumored fears held by some residents on possible attacks on Maiduguri. I cut short my official trip and returned home so we can be together as we have always been in trying to overcome the threat before us. I am confident that together we can overcome this challenge. Our condition cannot be permanent, no condition, ever was. We can overcome this problem with the right attitude from the top to the bottom. Indeed we can.

May Allah give us the fortitude to bear the loss of those killed in this crisis, May He grant us peace and guide those of us in leadership, to work selflessly for Borno to become a better place for all of us, and for our children.

I thank you very profoundly for your tremendous support and for listening to me today as you always did in the past.

Long live Borno State!
Long live Federal Republic of Nigeria!

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Friday, September 5, 2014

... The Federal Government of Nigeria has directed all public and private schools to re-open (resume) September 22, 2014 ...

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Jonathan’s town boils as youths protest varsity admission quota

SEPTEMBER 4, 2014 BY SIMON UTEBOR, YENAGOALeave a Comment

President Goodluck Jonathan’s hometown, Otuoke, in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, was on Thursday thrown into chaos.

Aggrieved youths from the President’s community protested the alleged refusal of the Federal University, Otuoke, to employ and give out admission slots to indigenes of the community.

The protesting youths barricaded the entrance to the university.

The protest, which started at about 8am lasted many hours, leading to the closure of the entrance into temporary sites of the institution and the disruption of examinations for pioneer students and the 200-level students of the institution.

It was learnt that the protest was called off by the irate youths following the intervention of riot policemen and the military from the Joint Military Task Force, Operation Pulo Shield.

Also, head of the Oloibiri of the Ijaw Youths Council, led by Mr. Osaanya Osaanya, the Ogbia clan head of the Ijaw National Congress, Chief Wilson Obi and the Chairman of the Oloibiri Clan Youth Assembly, Ifiola Moses implored the youths to cease hostilities.

The protesting Otuoke youths said recruitment had not been done in the last two years.

The youths demanded that a total 319 names agreed by the community should be employed. We also demand admission slots from the university.

They also demanded a Memoradum of Understanding with the community on issues of employment and admission.

But the Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Mobolaji Aluko, reacting to the incident, said the university had never failed in engaging the host community of Otuoke on issues of employment and admission as stipulated in the provided legislation.

He said, “Community pressure will come up and we have handled them well. But we don’t want to be compelled and the academic activities of the students distrupted.

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Scores Killed as Boko Haram Insurgents Overrun Nigerian Town

Sources
By Lanre Ola
MAIDUGURI Nigeria (Reuters)

Islamist Boko Haram insurgents overran most of a northeastern Nigerian town on Tuesday after hours of fighting that killed scores and displaced thousands of residents, security sources said.

The Islamists launched an attack on the town of Bama, 70 km (45 miles) from the Borno state capital of Maiduguri, on Monday. They were initially repelled but came back in greater numbers overnight, the sources and witnesses said.

Nigerian defense spokesman did not respond to a request for comment. The sources said there were heavy casualties on both sides and one said at least 5,000 people fled the town.

In a bungled air strike, several Nigerian troops were killed at the Bama armory by a war plane targeting the insurgents, a soldier on the ground told Reuters.

Two months after Islamist militants in Iraq and Syria declared the area they seized an Islamic caliphate, Boko Haram has also for the first time explicitly laid claim to territory it says it controls in parts of northeast Nigeria.

They captured the remote hilly farming town of Gwoza, along the Cameroon border, during fighting last month. The group's leader Abubakar Shekau in a video declared it a "Muslim territory" that would be ruled by strict Islamic law.

Shekau's forces have killed thousands and displaced hundreds of thousands since launching an uprising in 2009 to revive a medieval Islamic caliphate in religiously mixed Nigeria. They are the biggest security threat to Africa's top oil producer.

"When we started hearing gunshots, everybody was confused. There was firing from different directions. We just ran to the outskirts of town," Bukar Auwalu, a trader who fled with his wife, three children and brother, told Reuters by phone.

"There were military helicopters and a fighter jet. We slept in the bush on the outskirts of town. We can't go back."

Adrian Edwards, spokesman for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), said 9,000 people fleeing violence in Nigeria's northeast had arrived in Cameroon's Far North region in the past 10 days.

"Even upon arrival in Cameroon, they are not necessarily out of harm’s way. On Sunday, insurgents attacked Kerawa town inside Cameroon, forcing refugees and some local residents to flee further inland," he said in a briefing note from Geneva.

Another 2,000 had crossed into Niger, which is already hosting some 50,000 refugees from fighting since May 2013. Some 645,000 people are internally displaced in Nigeria, she said.

Cameroon state radio said on Tuesday it had killed 40 Boko Haram insurgents during an attempted incursion by the militants the previous day.

BLOODY INSURGENCY

Because of Bama's proximity to Maiduguri, a metropolis and home to an army base, security officials are worried there is now little to keep Boko Haram from gaining access to a city that was also the birthplace of their movement.

The military has extended Maiduguri's nightly curfew to 7 p.m. (2.00 p.m. EDT) until 6 a.m. - it previously started at 10 p.m. - to fight infiltration by insurgents, Nigerian defense headquarters said.

The insurgents have also been in control of a small town called Gamboru Ngala, on the shores of Lake Chad to the north, that they seized in August which potentially opens up two fronts for an attack on Maiduguri.

"Boko Haram are beginning to operate like a conventional army, a major change from... before July, when it focused on carrying out short-lived hit-and-run assaults," the Nigeria Security Network's Andrew Noakes said in a report on Tuesday.

"If Maiduguri falls, it will be a symbolic and strategic victory unparalleled so far in the conflict."

Boko Haram attracted the international spotlight on April 14, when it kidnapped more than 200 girls from a school in the northeast village of Chibok in April. They remain in captivity.

The apparent powerlessness of the military to protect civilians or prevent the militants' raids has triggered much criticism of President Goodluck Jonathan's administration.

A soldier involved in the Bama fighting, who declined to be named, said the insurgents had targeted the Bama armory with heavy weapons including tanks. As troops tried to repel the attack, they called in air reinforcements.

But by the time the war planes arrived, they had mostly lost the battle for this location. The jet then bombed the area but accidentally killed everyone there, both Nigerian troops and insurgents, the soldier said.

"The situation is bad. We lost so many of our men," he said.

Farmer Ibrahim Malu said hundreds had fled the town. He had gone out to his farm early in the morning when gunfire and loud explosions erupted. He ran back home, but by the time he got there his wife and children had already fled.

"I still don't even know where they could be," he told Reuters by telephone. "Two soldiers fled with me. One of them didn't even have any shoes."

(Reporting by Lanre Ola; Additional reporting by Tim Cocks in Lagos, Emma Farge in Dakar and Tansa Musa in Yaounde; Writing by Tim Cocks, Editing by Angus MacSwan)

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Nigeria's Boko Haram 'Seize Banki Town Near Cameroon'

Nigeria's militant Islamist group Boko Haram has captured the town of Banki, which borders Cameroon, after government troops fled, residents say.

The military has not yet commented on the latest town to reportedly fall to the insurgents in recent weeks.

Fears have been raised that their main target is Maiduguri, the capital of north-eastern Borno state.

Boko Haram's "lightning territorial gains" could lead to Nigeria breaking up like Iraq, a think-thank has warned.

Last month, Boko Haram leader declared an Islamic caliphate in areas under the group's control, following a similar declaration by the Islamic State (IS) group, previously known by the acronym Isis, after it captured parts of Iraq and Syria.

"Unless swift action is taken, Nigeria could be facing a rapid takeover of a large area of its territory reminiscent of Isis's lightning advances in Iraq," the Nigeria Security Network (NSN) said in a special report released on Tuesday entitled North-East Nigeria On The Brink.

"If Maiduguri falls, it will be a symbolic and strategic victory unparalleled so far in the conflict," it said.

"A successful attack could be followed by a take over of the whole of Borno state and possibly parts of Adamawa, Yobe, and neighbouring Cameroon."

The UN refugee agency has said the fighting has forced more than 10,000 people to flee to neighbouring Cameroon and Niger in the past week, the Associated Press news agency reports.

Meanwhile, regional foreign ministers have held talks in Nigeria's capital, Abuja, to discuss the growing security threat.

Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, Benin and Niger agreed to step up security co-operation, including intelligence-gathering, to defeat the militants, a statement issued after the meeting said.

'Hiding in bush'

Residents from Banki say that government troops abandoned their posts as the militants advanced on the small border town on Tuesday.

Most of the people remaining in the town were women and children, as many of the men had fled, one man who was hiding in the bush nearby told the BBC Hausa service.

The militants have not harmed anyone in the town, residents said.

The capture of Banki gives Boko Haram leverage as it tries to secure territory beyond north-eastern Nigeria, says BBC Nigeria analyst Jimeh Saleh.

Earlier this week, Boko Haram seized Bama, the biggest town in Borno after Maiduguri, which is about 70km (45 miles) away.

Meanwhile, Cameroon's army has said that militants crossed into Cameroonian territory on Monday night.

The militants were pushed back after a three-hour battle, it said in a statement.

About 40 militants were killed and an army corporal was seriously wounded in the fighting, it added.

Boko Haram's five-year insurgency has intensified in recent months despite the deployment of thousands of extra troops to the worst-affected areas.

The military has denied that Nigeria's territorial integrity is threatened.

But Nigerian soldiers say they do not have enough resources to curb the insurgency.

In April, the militants captured more than 200 girls from a boarding school in the town of Chibok, also in Borno state.

Countries such as China, France, the UK and US have sent military assistance to help find the girls but they have not yet been rescued.

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... Fake Ebola Test Kits Flood Lagos

The Lagos State Government on Wednesday warned people in Lagos and other citizens in the country not to fall victims of suspected fraudsters who were selling a kit that could be used to test for Ebola Virus.

The government, in a statement by the Special Adviser on Media to the Governor, Mr. Hakeem Bello, explained that the reality on ground was that there was nothing like that.
 
It added that the product, which was called Rapid Response Canada, was nothing but a hoax to rip-off unsuspecting Nigerian people of their earned money.

Bello stated that the technique for the manufacture of such kit does not exist. He urged the members of the public not to patronize sellers of such dubious product.

The statement read, “The Lagos State Government on Tuesday alerted members of the public to the activities of some unscrupulous people who are purportedly marketing Ebola Test Kit. In a statement signed by the Special Adviser on Media to the Governor, Mr. Hakeem Bello, the fake items, which are branded as Rapid Response Canada with test results purportedly available in 10 minutes is a hoax.”

“According to the statement, there are no Ebola test kits manufactured anywhere in the world and that the technique for its manufacture does not exist yet. The statement adds that members of the public should not patronize the dubious marketers of the product.”

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OGUN APC Crisis Taken For the Worst:
Why Osoba must not accept Amosun’s apology – Obadara

ABEOKUTA — A  Senator  representing  Ogun Central Senatorial district in Ogun State,  Gbenga  Obadara, yesterday, explained why former governor of the state, Chief Segun  Osoba, must not forgive governor Ibikunle Amosun.
Obadara,  who is a member of the group loyal to Osoba, said  though,  the governor had asked the people in the state to help him apologise to Aremu Osoba, but claimed the governor by actions, had not shown sincere repentance.

The senator, who is also, Chairman, Senate Committee on Privatisation, spoke while featuring on a live programme on a private radio station in Abeokuta.

The All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state has been polarised into two factions, with former governor Osoba leading one faction and Governor Amosun leading the other.

The governor had asked the people of the state to help him beg Aremo Osoba to allow reconciliation.

While  listing reasons Amosun’s apology must not be accepted, Obadara  accused the governor of not being a team player, claiming “the party is lopsided, our people paid for the congresses, but, they were sidelined.

“When we complained to the national leadership of the party, they did nothing. He who goes to equity must come with clean hands. How can you explain a situation in a state where five to six local governments do not have commissioners?

“The governor does not have good advisers. Our leader, Aremo Olusegun Osoba was humiliated, he was abused and his house was defaced. The governor did not say anything about it. He neither  phoned  the leader  nor went to his house since he became governor. The appointment he made since he assumed office is lopsided; so many local governments do not have representatives in his government.
“The governor had said all the National Assembly members in the state are inconsequential, and we do not have electoral values. He is not a team player and his commissioners cannot talk to us.

“Some of his loyalists said they will kill us. When we told him what his people told us,  he said he did not send anybody. Except justice is done,  if we did  not get  the required justice,  definitely,  we will take our fate in  our hands.”

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A friend posted this on my page and felt it's good I share the information with u my good friends:

Good morning my people, please do join me to commend Multi Billionaire Arthur Eze for his bravery in Umuahia the other day. In a well attended function hosted by gov. T. A. Orji, Chief Arthur Eze openly told the governor that Abia state stinks and that he has taken Abians to 10 years backward because of his visionless administration. There was a pin dropping silence when the Anambra born business mogul dropped his bombshell, took T.A Orji to the cleaners right to his face without any apologies. This is the kind of message we need to pass across to our so called leaders. All these governors squandering the resources of their states, enriching themselves at the detriment of their people will NEVER go unpunished. Nemesis will definitely catch up with them even after leaving office. I wish u all a blissful day.

Dr. Fabian.

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Just In: Review of School Resumption Date

The Federal government has decided that the earlier extension of resumption date for primary and secondary schools to the 13th October be reviewed to the middle of September. Addressing state House correspondents after Wednesday’s Federal Executive Council meeting, the Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu said the decision to review the extension of resumption date was based on the recommendation of a body of experts set up by government to look at the extension of resumption dates for primary and secondary schools. According to the Minister, the Minister of Education was directed by council to convene an emergency meeting with all states commissioners of Education in order to agree on when schools can resume nationwide. Professor Chukwu who briefed council on the status of the Ebola Virus in the country said that only two patients of the Ebola Virus Disease are under treatment in Nigeria with one each in Lagos and Portharcourt. He explained that since the out break of the Ebola Virus Disease in the country, a total of 18 persons have been infected, out of which 14 were in Lagos and 4 in Portharcourt. He explained that while 8 patients have been successfully treated and discharged, seven persons incuding the Liberian American have so far died of the disease.

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WHO: New Ebola Fears Mount in Nigeria

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — An ill doctor in southern Nigeria exposed dozens of people to the Ebola virus by continuing to treat patients before his death, the World Health Organization warned Wednesday as it announced the toll across West Africa had surged above 1,900 fatalities.

Officials in Nigeria had believed that Ebola was largely contained within Africa's most populous country after a sick traveler from Liberia brought the disease to Lagos. However, a man who had had contact with the ill visitor later evaded his surveillance and traveled to the oil hub of Port Harcourt where he triggered a second cluster of cases.

A Port Harcourt doctor and another patient there are now dead, and the doctor's widow and sister are sick with Ebola. About 60 other people are under surveillance after having "high-risk" or "very high-risk" contact with the infected doctor, WHO said. More than 140 others are also being monitored.

"Given these multiple high-risk exposure opportunities, the outbreak of Ebola virus disease in Port Harcourt has the potential to grow larger and spread faster than the one in Lagos," WHO warned. Nigeria's health minister has said there is no reason for people to panic in Port Harcourt.

The U.N. health agency, though, said it feared civil unrest and public fear of Ebola could further the crisis, saying "military escorts are needed for movements into the isolation and treatment center."

Nigeria's Ebola toll so far has been limited in comparison to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea where hundreds have died in each country. Nigerian authorities say five people have died in Lagos, and the doctor in Port Harcourt and the other fatality there bring the national toll to seven.

The man who infected the Port Harcourt doctor was later found after a four-day manhunt and is recovering. WHO said Wednesday that the physician continued to see patients after the onset of Ebola symptoms and even operated on two people. Ebola is transmitted through direct contact with bodily fluids, and health authorities say patients are only contagious once they show symptoms.

"Prior to hospitalization, the physician had numerous contacts with the community, as relatives and friends visited his home to celebrate the birth of a baby," WHO said in a statement. "Once hospitalized, he again had numerous contacts with the community, as members of his church visited to perform a healing ritual said to involve the laying on of hands. During his six-day day period of hospitalization, he was attended by the majority of the hospital's health care staff."

The announcement from WHO did not specify whether the health care staff wore gloves or other protective gear when treating him. Getting protective gear to health workers in the affected areas and ensuring that they receive hazard pay are top priorities for combatting the crisis, said Dr. David Nabarro, who is coordinating the U.N. response to the outbreak.

Doctors and nurses have been especially vulnerable to Ebola because they work closely with Ebola patients, whose bodily fluids spread the virus. Dr. Rick Sacra, 51, from the Boston area, is currently infected in Liberia, his missionary organization said Wednesday.

Two other Americans already have been evacuated back to the United States and have recovered from Ebola. Both received an experimental drug known as ZMapp. The company has said that all of its doses are now exhausted, and it will be months before more can be made.

It is also still not clear if the drug is effective, since human trials have not yet been carried out. Two of the people who received ZMapp died, while five others survived.

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

PRESIDENT JONATHAN, OTHER AFRICAN LEADERS TO MEET ON MORE JOINT ACTION AGAINST TERRORISM, LEAVE FOR NAIROBI TOMORROW

President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan will travel to Nairobi tomorrow to participate in a meeting of the African Union’s Peace and Security Council scheduled to hold in the Kenyan capital on Tuesday. The Nairobi meeting, which is a follow-up to talks by President Jonathan and other African leaders at Pretoria, South Africa in May this year on joint action against terrorism, will receive and consider the report of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission on Terrorism and Violent Extremism in Africa. Deliberations at the Nairobi Summit and the adoption of the African Chairperson’s Report by President Jonathan, President Uhuru Kenyatta and other participating Heads of State are expected  lead to more collaborative actions by Nigeria and other African countries to rid the continent of acts of terrorism and violent extremism. The President, who will be accompanied to the Nairobi Summit by the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Dr. Nurudeen Mohammed, the National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd.) as well as other advisers and aides will return to Abuja at the conclusion of the meeting on Tuesday.  

Reuben Abati Special Adviser to the President (Media& Publicity)
August 31, 2014

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Pastor Chris Removes Information About His Wife From Church Website.
Latest findings by Daily Post indicates that Pastor Chris Oyakhilome of the Christ Embassy has removed every information about his wife, Anita from the church website. This is not unconnected with the wind of divorce currently blowing in the family. The Cable had exclusively reported that the wife, Anita who is also Vice President of Loveworld Assembly, better known as Christ Embassy had filled for divorce in a London Court over alleged adultery. Following the shocking revelation, Daily Post ran a quick check on the church’s website (http://www.christembassy.org) only to discover that every information about the wife has been expunged. Previously, the picture of Pastor Chris and his wife, Anita were on the homepage of the website but following the shocking revelation, the wife has been removed from the site. Amazingly, Daily Post is currently monitoring the live service of the church and pastor Chris is yet to open up on the issue....

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Just In...

The Uniport Teaching Hospital Mortuary has been closed down over Ebola virus.. No corpse will be allowed to be moved or brought in until the morgue is fully cross checked and cleared of Ebola after the late medical doctor who died of Ebola virus in Port Harcourt was kept there..

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The Father inlaw of Nigeria's foremost showbiz personality and broadcaster Dayo Adeneye D1 has been kidnapped. The 74 years old Chief Nigbenebor was kidnapped in Benin. According to her daughter, Caroline, the kidnappers are asking for N40m for his release and have reduced it to N10m.

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WHY‬ THERE HAVE BEEN NO LG ELECTIONS IN OYO STATE SINCE AJIMOBI CAME TO OFFICE

Many people, especially Dr. Ben Jimi Dada whom I love so much and I'm proud of, have asked me to investigate why we have not had local government election in Oyo State, since Governor Abiola Ajimobi assumed office.

Since 2011, our LGs have been manned by caretaker councils appointed at the sole discretion of the governor. This is undemocratic as it runs against the spirit and letters of section 7 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).

However, my findings show that the fate of LG elections in Oyo State is intertwined in a labyrinth of litigations instituted by 3 different parties namely:

1. Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission OYSIEC members appointed by Governor Ladoja who were sacked by Governor Alao Akala.

2. OYSIEC members appointed by Alao-Akala but sacked by Governor Ajimobi and the Ajimobi administration which wants to know which of the judgements given in the above 2 cases to obey and follow.

These are legal impediments as opposed to the political as reasons for not conducting local government elections in Oyo State.

When Otunba Alao-Akala came on board as the Governor of our dear state after the impeachment of Senator Ladoja, he sacked all the members of OYSIEC appointed by Ladoja. The sack was undoubtedly unconstitutional in that the constitution prescribes a 5year certain period for members, who were yet to see out their tenure when sacked, challenged their dissolution in court and judgement was not delivered until after Senator Abiola Ajimobi was sworn in as Governor. The said court declared their removal as illegal and unconstitutional and the government was directed to pay them all their entitlements.

With that declaration by the court as per P.O Ige (as he then was the judge), it automatically follows that Otunba Akala's appointees were occupying the office illegally as the office was not vacant when they were appointed into that office.

The Ajimobi government complied with the judgement and settled all the arrears of salaries of the judgement creditors.

He (Ajimobi) made moves to constitute OYSIEC board, but the Akala men also went to court to challenge their removal from office. Oyo State High Court under Justice M.O. Bolaji -Yussuff also gave judgement in their favour and against the state government. The government was also ordered to pay this set of OYSIEC Board as well.

Ajimobi felt that it is against due process to apply state resources to offset the salaries of 2 sets of people for the same office at thesame time, more so that a court had also declared those occupiers of the office as illegal.

Therefore, he presented the two matters to the Court of Appeal for determination on which of the two conflicting judgements to follow.

Once the Court of Appeal clears the legal impediments and government is empowered legally to constitute the Board, machinery can be set in motion by the Board towards conducting the elections.

With this investigative report, "Who is to be blamed?

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Osun poll:
Omisore hires 7 SANs, submits 815 page petition to tribunal.

Standard-bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the August 9, 2014 governorship poll, Senator Iyiola Omisore, on Thursday, finally filed 815-page petition at the Election Petition Tribunal, to challenge the declaration of Governor Rauf Aregbesola as the winner of the poll.

Accompanied by the Chairman of the PDP in the state, Alhaji Ganiyu Olaoluwa, Omisore, who arrived at the premises of the State High Court around 4.05 pm, headed for the office behind one of the court’s buildings, where the secretary of the Election Petition Tribunal, Mr Mohammed Alli received his entourage.

Nigerian Tribune sighted him alongside the state’s PDP chairman, signing the petition which were in three bundles of 815 pages booklets, before they were handed over to the tribunal’s secretary.

Speaking during a chat with journalists after submission of the petition, Omisore contended that, “with the submission of this petition, I would
soon be declared the original winner of theAugust 9, 2014 governorship election in Osun, with lawful votes cast by the people of this state, unlike the rigged and manipulated figures released by the INEC, which declared the candidate of APC as the winner.”

According to him, “there was huge connivance between the INEC, OYES cadets, who they used as presiding officers and some policemen, who were
bribed and bought over to chase our agents out of polling units and centres. This development indicated that there was no transparency, fairness in the conduct of the poll in some identified areas in the state.”

Responding to a question on his confidence in the Election Petition Tribunal to dispense unbiased justice, considering the controversy that
characterised the tribunal, which sacked former Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola’s government, Omisore simply stated, “as far as we are concerned, that tribunal that sent Oyinlola away,headed by Justice Salami, paid dearly for their misdeeds.

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